Tobacco leads NEWS 7 at SIX tonight... as Phillip Morris stockholders get
the company's annual report.
And a juror who voted to impose a death sentence says she went along with
it, because her HUSBAND told her to.
In sports, a William Fleming boys basketball star and a Patrick Henry
standout both commit to play their college basketball at Roanoke, a field of
dreams is built at Hidden Valley,
and Mike Stevens rolls over fields of green at the Greensboro open as he
follows Chip Sullivan.
Clouds will slowly move out of the area tonight and Friday. The weekend
looks pleasant at this point. The full forecast just ahead.
The world's largest producer of consumer packaged goods and America's top
taxpayer had another year of record earnings.
But Philip Morris's annual pow-wow at its Richmond cigarette plant is always
about one thing: tobacco.
Ellen Qualls reports from Richmond
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SUPER=01-Mildred Cassaday/Richmond Shareholder; :37
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(( If there was ever a company with an outspoken conscience, it's Philip
((DR. DAVID LEWIS/MARTINSVILLE PHYSICIAN: I BECAME VERY VERY ANGRY IN THE LAST
FOUR OR FIVE YEARS BECAUSE OF WHAT THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY HAS DONE.))
He's a shareholder.
But he'd rather NOT see the tobacco giant settle cases and be protected from
CEO Geoffrey Bible told the crowd in a NO cameras meeting NO comment.
((ANNE DONLEY/VA. GASP: I THINK FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, MR. BIBLE'S BEEN
INCREASINGLY CAREFUL OF EVERYTHING THAT HE SAYS. AND THE SECURITY HERE IS
INTENSIFIED. I MEAN I DON'T KNOW ANYWHERE ELSE WHERE YOU GO WHERE IT'S LIKE AN
((MILDRED CASSADAY/RICHMOND SHAREHOLDER: IT'S PERFECTLY ALRIGHT TO GET A GUN
AND SHOOT 40 PEOPLE, AND TO SMOKE POT, AND CRACK, AND COCAINE, AND ALL THAT
JAZZ. BUT DON'T LIGHT A CIGARETTE. THAT'S A MORTAL SIN.))
((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: AND YOU CAN'T GIVE 'EM ENOUGH.
ALWAYS WANT MORE.))
The head of Carilion's nursing program has resigned.
Beth Cullum, the vice president for nursing, was a key player in the
reorganization of Carilion's nursing program.
That reorganization cause some dissatisfaction among nurses, leading to an
effort to unionize Carilion's nursing staff.
A Carilion spokesperson told us Cullum's resignation was voluntary, not
forced... she will continue working through June.
Cullum was not available for comment today.
The government took the unusual step of asking for a delay in the case of
Joe Abbott and the rest of the Abed family.
Even more unusual, lawyers for at least one of the defendants are trying to
block the delay, pushing for trial May 12th.
Abbott himself was back in court today, as his lawyer discussed whether he
and the prosecutors may remain on the case.
The Abeds have already contacted ANOTHER lawyer, in the event the judge
removes Jack Kennett.
IN Q=I'm not
((JOE ABBOTT/RACKETEERING SUSPECT: I'M NOT A CRIMINAL. THEY ARE THE CRIMINALS,
THE MURDERERS, THE KILLERS.))
SUPER=01-Joe Abbott/Racketeering Suspect
OUT Q=the killers.
Abbott was referring to the fact that many of the government's key
witnesses are convicted criminals themselves.
The Judge made no decision on the status of attorneys in the case, but he
DID say he intends to postpone the trial.
The government says it'll take four weeks to put on evidence of
Ten years ago a Bedford County jury sentenced a man to die in a murder-
for- hire scheme.
Now, one of the jurors in the David Fisher case, says she was the "lone
'hold-out'" against a death sentence.
Bertha Thomas says she finally went "along with the rest of them," only
after her husband told her to.
Fisher was found guilty of arranging the murder of 18-year old David Wilkey
on a hunting trip in the Stone Mountain area in 1983.
Fisher had been named Wilkey's guardian and had taken out a 50-thousand
dollar life insurance policy on the young man.
In a sworn affidavit filed in federal court, Bertha Thomas also says the
jury learned during deliberations that Fisher had said he'd kill the jurors if
he ever got out of prison.
A federal magistrate today ordered a new hearing to determine whether Fisher
should be re-sentenced.
Seven Virginia Tech students have been charged with distributing drugs on
At least six of those students live in dorms on campus.
The students are among 20 people the Montgomery County Drug Task Force has
investigated over the last six months.
A grand jury returned a total of 47 indictments against the suspects.
During the investigation the task force seized cocaine, crack, L-S-D,
mushrooms, pot and several prescription drugs including Ritalin.
Police say the investigation centered on individuals, rather than an
organized drug ring.
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Coming up on News 7 at Six--our series "Hopping Mad at N-S" continues.
Tonight--N-S continues to deny it, but News 7 has discovered information
which indicates the dry hopper bag problem isn't limited to just this area.
also--former mid-east hostage Terry Anderson visits Lynchburg and shares his
story of terrorism and captivity.
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Union supporters at a Pittsylvania county plant are claiming victory.
The United Steelworkers Union will now represent workers at Times Fiber
Comunications in Chatham.
321 of 470 workers voted in favor of unionizing today.
We'll have more on this story including reaction tonight on News 7 at 11.
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Last night we told you how some Bedford County farmers believe employees on
Norfolk Southern trains are dumping bags of human waste on their property.
In part two of "Hopping Mad at N-S", Len Besthoff says this may not be an
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SUPER=01-Kenny Chattin/Bedford Co. Farmer; :22
SUPER=01-Van Wimmer/Retired NS Engineer; :43
SUPER=01-Doug Dent/Bedford Co. Resident; 1:16
SUPER=01-Bob Godwin/Chmn. Brotherhood Loc. Eng. (NY); 1:51
SUPER=01-Lawrence Mann/Rail Union Safety Attorney; 2:15
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Larry and Kenny Chattin have no doubt the bags of human waste they're
finding on their farm are being thrown from Norfolk Southern trains that run
along their property.
That's because N-S is the only railroad in the U-S using a "dry hopper"
system, which requires on-board employees to relieve themselves in plastic bags
draped over a commode, instead of a toilet.
SOT NS-WASTE VIII TOT 05:26:25
IN Q=The system
((KENNY CHATTIN/BEDFORD CO. FARMER: THE SYSTEM HAS FLAWS IN IT. IT LEAVES
THE ENGINEER IN THERE WITH A STENCH IN THE TRAIN. AND YOU KNOW, JUST ADD ONE
AND ONE TOGETHER AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE COMING FROM THE RAILROAD.))
OUT Q=the railroad.
Former engineers tell us it may be DAYS before bags of human waste are
removed from the trains...and that's why they've seen co- workers take matters
into their own hands.
SOT NS-WASTE VI TOT 01:51:17
IN Q=Out in the
((VAN WIMMER/RETIRED NS ENGINEER: OUT IN THE ROUGH AREAS YOU'LL SEE BAGS OVER
THE BANKS AND DOWN IN DITCHES AND IN HOLES, HANGING FROM TREES, HANGING FROM
THE ELECTRIC WIRES.))
OUT Q=electric wires.
SOT NS WASTE IX TOT 06:10:40
(( In the past N-S has denied its workers are tossing these bags off its
trains, and in court proceedings it has suggested that the only place this is
happening is here at the Chattin farm.))
OUT Q=Chattin farm.
SOT NS WASTE IX 05:28:26
IN Q=It made
((CHATTIN: IT MADE US WONDER WHY. BUT AS WE FOUND OUT, WE'RE NOT THE ONLY
ONES IT'S HAPPENING TO.))
OUT Q=happening to.
A few miles down the tracks, Doug Dent says similar bags of human waste have
landed on his property.
SOT NS WASTE I 01:52:04
IN Q=Back as
((DOUG DENT/BEDFORD CO. RESIDENT: BACK AS EARLY AS 86 I STARTED FINDING THEM
ON THE BACK OF MY PROPERTY, ALONG THE RIGHT OF WAY LINE.))
OUT Q=right of way line.
And a complaint to N-S in 1989 from a Montgomery County woman said "The bags
litter the tracks east and west of here for at least two miles."
News 7 has researched information which indicates the problem may be
happening out of state as well...the discovery of the bags on tracks N-S uses
in Michigan was noted in a 1994 hearing, and we recently spoke via satellite
with one of Conrail's union leaders, who says workers using N-S engines in New
York state have apparently dumped the bags as well.
SOT GODWIN CLEAN TAPE TOT 10:31:58
IN Q=They're yellow
((BOB GODWIN/CHMN. BROTHERHOOD LOC. ENGINEERS-NY: THEY'RE YELLOW AND ORANGE AND
GREEN. AND THEY'RE NOT TOO HARD TO SEE.))
OUT Q=to see.
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IN Q=And how far do you
((And how far do you see them? ))
OUT Q=you see them?
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IN Q=All the
((GODWIN: ALL THE WAY FROM ALBANY UP TO BUFFALO ANYWAY THAT I KNOW OF.))
OUT Q=I know of.
And in this 1994 document an N-S attorney discussing the "dry hopper" system
admits that "...some misuse of the system occurs on NS despite Management's
SOT NS WASTE X TOT 05:26:59
IN Q=Here's a
((LAWRENCE MANN/RAIL UNION SAFETY ATTORNEY: HERE'S A MAJOR CORPORATION THAT CAN
OFFER 10 BILLION DOLLARS FOR CONRAIL, YET THEY CAN'T SUPPLY ITS EMPLOYEES WITH
A TOILET. IT SENDS A HELLUVA SIGNAL CONCERNING THE MANAGEMENT TYPE PEOPLE THAT
YOU'RE DEALING WITH ON NORFOLK SOUTHERN.))
OUT Q=on Norfolk Southern.
N-S has refused to comment on any of this because of a pending lawsuit
involving the Chattins.
In part three of our report we'll look at the efforts to change N-S's "dry
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
The Dow lost 20 points, to close at 67- hundred 92 today.
Nasdaq gained one point.
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For most of the 1980's, he was the symbol of an America held hostage by
Former Associated Press bureau chief Terry Anderson was captured by radical
Muslims in 1985 and spent six and half years in captivity before his release in
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Anderson now tours the country, giving lectures about his experiences..
He was in Lynchburg today where Steve Smallshaw had a chance to speak with
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If you missed the speech this afternoon, Terry Anderson also will be
addressing the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce dinner tonight at the Holiday Inn
downtown.. that gets underway in just a few minutes.
Mike Stevens has a report on Chip Sullivan from the Greater Greensboro
Chrysler Classic, the NBA defensive player of the year is announced,
and Colonel and a Patriot join forces??? That's right, to play college
basketball together-- we will tell you where.
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
Two high school basketball standouts from our Hometown Hoops Weekly
coverage have just made the Old Dominion Athletic Conference a lot stronger.
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William Fleming senior Brad Dunleavey has decided to attend Roanoke
College and play for the Maroons. Dunleavey; a two year starter for the
Colonels, average 13 points and 5 rebounds per game this season. He's projected
as a shooting guard.
Patrick Henry's Colby Leftwitch has also committed to Roanoke. Leftwitch,
who is Dunleavey's best friend, averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for
the Patriots. Also; sources have told News 7 sports that Cave Spring senior
Alex Phillips is also close to committing to Roanoke. He's also considering
Atlanta's Dikembe Mutombo is the NBA defensive player of the year.
SUPER=04-National Basketball Association; :00
The seven foot two Mutombo received 60 of the possible 115 votes from a
media panel. He helped the Hawks to a 56 and 26 record this year. He averaged
13.3 points per game, ranked second in block shots with 3.3 a game and was
second in rebounding with 11 per contest.
The 59-th Greensboro Chrysler Classic opened today with Chip Sullivan
carrying the banner for the entire Roanoke Valley.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Dennis Brown followed Chip on his round
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SUPER=01-Kari Sullivan/Chip's Wife; 1:10
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Build it and the Southwest Community HOPES they will come.
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The Hidden Valley Junior High Sports Complex was officially unveiled
today thanks to sponsors like Outback Steakhouse, boosters and community
members that have donated money and time to develop the facility.
In addition to the football and soccer fields; there is new fencing and a
IN Q="We hope
((TODD KAGEALS/HIDDEN VALLEY COACH:))
SUPER=01-Todd Kageals/Hidden Valley Coach; :00
OUT Q=...and soccer"
A couple of major league matinees to talk about this afternoon. In the top
of the 8th, Minnesota leads Oakland 9-8,
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On to Arlington where Johnny Oates and his Rangers played host to the
Detroit Tigers and it was smooth sailing for Texas pitcher Roger Pavlik in the
early inning s as he fans Melvin Nieves.
Travis Fryman would not let this pitch get by. Fryman puts this ball into
the left field seats, a 2 run homer But Texas wins 4-2
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Fourth and fifth- graders at Blacksburg's Montessori School today saw the
fruits of their labor from last year.
The students hiked the Spring Bulb Walk they helped create at Nellie's Cave
Although the early Spring blooms are gone, they still saw evidence of the
250 bulbs they planted last year.
IN Q=I THINK IT'S
((STEPHANIE VOSHELL/4TH-GRADER: I THINK IT'S NEAT BECAUSE YOU GET TO PLANT
SOMETHING AND SEE WHETHER IT WORKED, THEN YOU GET TO LEARN WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
NEXT TIME TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER. ))
OUT Q=make it work better.
The students also saw evidence that tulips are a favorite food for deer.
And they learned their work isn't over.
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT
((JAMES DUNAY/5TH-GRADER: THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF UP THERE THAT WE NEED TO WEED,
AND WEEDING IS HARD.
QUESTION: DO YOU THINK YOU'LL COME OUT HERE AND WEED SOMETIME?
ANSWER: YEAH, PROBABLY. ))
OUT Q=yeah, probably.
Today the students planted two rhododendrums.
Saturday, volunteers are invited to work at the arboretum in celebration of
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