(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THE WOMAN WHO SPENT SEVERAL HOURS TRAPPED IN A BATH COUNTY CAVE TALKS ABOUT
HER 30-FOOT FALL.
THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR PAULA JONES A
COURAGEOUS AMERICAN HER DAY IN A COURT OF JUSTICE.
THE HIGH COURT RULES THAT A SEXUAL HARRASSMENT SUIT AGAINST PRESIDENT CLINTON
CAN GO TO TRIAL. ))
OUT Q=go to trial
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's TUESDAY, May 27th, our Top Story
More layoffs are rumored at the General Electric Drive Systems plant in
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
This time it appears G-E is targeting its salaried employees.
A source familiar with the situation who has talked with G-E management says
a "significant cut" to G-E's salaried workforce is on the way.
He was also told it would serve as a "wake up call".
No numbers have been pinned down.
G-E currently has 11-hundred-50 salaried employees and 900 hourly workers in
At first there were indications a cutback would come as soon as tomorrow.
Now other sources believe it's been delayed.
A G-E spokesman had nothing to report today.
Earlier this year, G-E laid off 138 production employees.
They were recalled within a few weeks.
Over the past eight months about 60 salaried positions have been eliminated
through attrition and a Voluntary Job Elimination Program.
A judge did NOT rule in the Kroger controversy in Charleston, West Virginia.
Kroger employees are fighting to keep 125 jobs from coming to Roanoke
Dozens of Kroger employees and some of their family members are asking a
circuit judge for an injunction against the company.
The grocery store chain has closed a warehouse in Charleston and plans to
consolidate the operation with one in Glenvar.
The workers contend Kroger has to keep the Charleston warehouse going,
because the company accepted 27- million dollars in public bonds to build it.
SUPER=03-Bath Co./Last Night;
A Reston woman who fell off a 30 foot drop in a Bath County cave yesterday
says she's pretty lucky.
It happened when Sheryl Valone (val-LOAN) and four companions were
exploring Clarks Cave.
It took 50 rescue workers eight hours to rescue Valone.
She's been recuperating in Bath County Community Hospital from a possible
IN Q=We were just going
((SHERYL VALONE: WE WERE JUST GOING ACROSS SOME ROCKS WHICH THERE HAPPENED TO
BE UNDERNEATH IT THERE WAS JUST A DROP AND AS I WAS GOING ACROSS, I WAS THE
SECOND ONE TO GO ACROSS, I GUESS MY FOOTHOLD JUST KIND OF GAVE WAY.))
OUT Q=kind of gave way
Valone doesn't remember much about the accident, but is amazed she doesn't
have any broken bones.
Fortunately she was wearing a helmet and other protective gear.
It's now up to an Arkansas federal judge to decide the timing of Paula
Jones' sexual harassment suit against
The U-S Supreme Court today ruled there's no Constitutional reason the
suit can't go to trial now, even while Clinton remains President of the United
IN Q=Today the
((TODAY THE SUPREME COURT HAS REAFFIRMED A BASIC RIGHT IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.
THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD, AND THAT NOONE IS ABOVE THE
LAW, REGARDLESS OF THEIR PRIVILEDGE, POWER AND POSITION. ))
SUPER=01-Gil Davis/Jones' Lawyer; :
OUT Q=and position.
President Clinton's lawyer was stonefaced on the matter.
IN Q=I'm quite confident
((ROBERT BENNETT, CLINTON'S LAWYER: I'M QUITE CONFIDENT, I'M NOT A PROPHET, BUT
I'M GUITE CONFIDENT AHT WE WILL
ULTIMATELY PREVAIL IN THIS CASE. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Bennett/Clinton's Lawyer; :
OUT Q=in this case.
While it may look like an immediate victory for the former Arkansas state
worker-- it could still be years before her case is resolved.
Also, you'll recall that Paula Jones' attorney-- Gil Davis-- is in fact a
Republican candidate for Attorney General in Virginia.
The Republican Primary will be held in two weeks.
Michael Knowles readily admitted to police he killed his wife in March of
Today, during his trial in Christiansburg, his lawyers said they will
offer a psychiatric defense.
IN Q=I don't want to hide
((VOICE OF MICHAEL KNOWLES/DEFENDANT: I DON'T WANT TO HIDE FROM THE SITUATION.
IT IS WHAT IT IS. I KILLED MY ------- WIFE.))
OUT Q=killed my ------- wife.
Michael Knowles sat quietly in the courtroom today as a police
investigator played a taped confession.
Knowles' lawyers portrayed him as a man with serious mental problems, who
lost control, but the victim's daughter painted a picture of a more deliberate
IN Q=She said please don't
((VANESSA KNOWLES/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: SHE SAID, PLEASE DON'T. SHE SAID WE'LL
TALK ABOUT IT. AND HE SAID NO WE WON'T TALK.))
SUPER=01-Vanessa Knowles/Victim's Daughter;
OUT Q=no we won't talk.
Knowles is expected to testify tomorrow, when the defense begins
presenting its evidence.
The Bedford County School Board is having to make some tough budget
cutting decisions tonight--
That means dozens of school employees will soon be losing their jobs.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;
The board started its work session needing to trim more than two million
dollars from its proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
Item by item, it has trimmed dozens of programs and positions.
Including a dozen assistant pricipals at all school levels.
Also cut were five elementary school art teacher positions and two jobs in
the nursing program.
The board is still meeting at this hour.
(toss to ROBIN REED)
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Still to come on NEWS-7 Primetime-- the director of the company making
international headlines for cloning a sheep is in Blacksburg tonight.
And a letter writing campaign is underway in Henry County-- in hopes
legislators on the Hill won't cut overtime.
go to break
One person was killed and two critically injured in a single vehicle
accident in Bedford County around six this evening.
Police say three men in a four wheel drive vehicle were ejected when they
were apparently traveling too fast around a curve on Route 460 and hit some
One man was already dead when rescue crews arrived, the two others were
airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
N-B-C sportscaster Marv Albert's been fingerprinted, photographed and
released without bond.
Albert was arraigned in an Arlington court on charges of assault and
A jury trial is scheduled for September 22nd-
((GERARD TREANOR/ALBERT'S ATTORNEY: MY CLIENT MR ALBERT PROFFERED TO THE COURT
NOT GUILTY PLEAS ON BOTH COUNTS AND DEMANDED A TRIAL BY JURY. WE LOOK FORWARD
TO THAT TRIAL AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIS VINDICATION.))
SUPER=01-Gerard Treanor/Albert's Attorney;
OUT Q=TO HIS VINDICATION."
A 41 year old woman claims Albert bit her several times and forced her into
Albert maintains his innocence.
Virginia Tech Organizers say it was a once- in- a- lifetime opportunity.
A visit from the director of the Scottish company responsible for
successfully cloning a sheep.
Ron James says the media has missed the message-- and sensationalized the
accomplishments of the scientists at his company.
IN Q=the university
((RON JAMES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: THE UNIVERSITY HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO
EXPLAIN TO A WIDER AUDIENCE WHY EXACTLY WE MADE DOLLY. AND TO CORRECT SOME OF
THE MISCONCEPTIONS THE MEDIA HAS HAD ABOUT WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DO. AND
I WELCOME THAT OPPORTUNITY. ))
SUPER=01-Ron James/PPL Therapeutics;
OUT Q=that opportunity.
James says his company has no desire to clone humans.
He doesn't plan to continue cloning animals either.
Instead, he wants to use a technique called Nuclear Transfer Technology to
genetically alter sheep to produce human proteins in their milk.
IN Q=and the reason.
((RON JAMES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS THE ANIMALS MAMMARY
GLAND EXISTS TO MAKE PROTEINS , THAT'S WHAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO DO. OT MAKE
PROTEIN TO FEED THE YOUNG ANIMALS-- SO IT DOES IT RATHER WELL, AND IT MAKES A
LOT OF IT AND IT MAKES IT CHEAPLY. ))
OUT Q=it cheaply
These proteins will be used to help people with diseases like cystic
PPL Therapeutics is based in Scotland, with 20 researchers in Blacksburg
working on similar projects.
Legislation that could cut overtime pay for hourly workers across the U-S is
getting attention in Southside Virginia.
The Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, or UNITE, has
started a letter writing campaign to Senators voting on the bill.
UNITE members from Tultex, Fieldcrest Cannon, and Health Tex are involved.
IN Q=We've sent
((JOANNE WALKER-HARRIS/UNITE LOCAL 1994: FOR US HERE, WE MAINLY NEED THAT
LITTLE EXTRA MONEY TO HELP US THROUGH A LITTLE MORE THAN THAT EVERY DAY, FORTY
SUPER=01-Joanne Walker-Harris/UNITE Local 1994; :00
UNITE explains the bill would require people to work 80 hours in a two week
period before they get overtime.
It would also let companies choose how to pay for overtime...with either
comp time or overtime pay.
Senator Warner has stated he's for the bill, Senator Robb is against it.
(go to break, RELAX)
64-year-old Bessie Cassaro sure knows how to keep cool under pressure.
Last night in New York, two carjackers tossed her in the trunk of her car,
and drove off.
But she didn't panic.
Instead, she disconnected the tail-lights, to attract the attention of
Her plan worked, police spotted the car, chased it down, arrested the
carjackers and got Bessie out of the trunk.
She says she used relaxation techniques to stay calm.
(toss to robin)
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The controversy continues over silicone breast implants.
Five years ago, the FDA banned the use of silicone breast implants for
cosmetic breast enlargement, because of concern about a connection to diseases
of the immune system.
But implants have never been proven to cause diseases.
IN Q=There is still
((DR. LINDA COOK/RESEARCHER: THERE IS STILL SOME QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT
THERE ARE POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS RELATED TO HAVING IMPLANTS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Linda Cook/Researcher; :
OUT Q=breast implants.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
Seattle researchers believe other, lifestyle factors could be putting
women at risk for illness.
The study found they were more likely to be heavier drinkers, have more
sexual partners, be younger at first pregnancy, have abortions, use hair dye
and use birth control pills long-term.
IN Q=People who are
((PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING RESEARCH CONCERNING BREAST AUGMENTATION
NEED TO CONSIDER THESE CHARACTERISTICS AS THEY'RE EVALUATING THEIR RESEARCH.))
OUT Q=their research.
The study did not evaluate women who had breast implants for reconstructive
purposes after surgery for breast cancer.
The findings are in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Let our video of the day be a lesson to you--
If you're going to enter a cheese-rolling competition...try to take some
SUPER=75-Gloucestershire, England; :
At least 18 people were injured in such a contest, along the English
A crowd of four-thousand turned out to watch the Cooper's Hill Cheese
Rolling competition, in which competitors race each other while rolling--what
else-- but huge cheeses down a steep hill.
IN Q=I don't know
((I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED. IT JUST ROLLED AND ROLLED AND ROLLED.
((IT JUST, IT JUST....IT SEEMED LIKE A SECOND. JUST KIND OF ROLLING AND
OUT Q=kinda rolling and rolling.
Of the 18 casualties, six were spectators.
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight on Primetime sports, diamond gems from regional softball and
baseball action, and the NCAA championship in Salem.
Also, Indy 500 highlights.
But first, get ready Tiger, Big John Daly is ready to return to the PGA
Tour. After spending 8 weeks in the Betty Ford Center trying to lick his
alcohol problem, Daly has lost 32 pounds and says he plans to play in this
week's Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.
IN Q="I SURROUNDED...
((JOHN DALY/RETURNS TO PGA TOUR THIS WEEK:))
SUPER=01-John Daly/Returns To PGA Tour This Week; :00
OUT Q=...A TOUGH BATTLE."
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-/New York/4//Montreal/5/8///Atlanta/0//San Diego/0/1//;
OUT Q=....last score."
TAKE A BREAK
Dan River high school is hosting the Region Three baseball championships
And play opened tonight in Danville at Dan Daniel Memorial Park with
William Byrd taking on Gretna in the nightcap.
SUPER=03-Danville/Gretna vs. William Byrd; :00
The Terriers were trying to back on get back on track after losing to Salem
in the Blue Ridge tourney title game last Friday.
And they would do just that as Ryan Willie singles into right field and
drives on a run to give the Terriers a 1-to-nothing lead in the first.
Still in the first, Tommy Chambers comes up with the big blast of the inning
with a triple to center field scoring two runs to make it 3-to-nothing Byrd.
Then in the third inning Byrd would strike again with Ross Blankenship
SUPER=34-Gretna/2/William Byrd/6/Fourth Inning;
drives in another run as the Terriers
take a 6-to-2 lead on Gretna. And that's the score update we've had from the
GRAPHIC=REGION C SOFTBALL
High school regional softball action took over a diamond in Green Hill Park
this afternoon as two old Group-A rivals Glenvar and James River Knights hooked
up in a Region C opener.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Knights vs. Highlanders; :00
Glenvar ace Amy Layman overcame a slow start in the opening frame and settled
down to toss a one hitter and strike out 16 James River Batters.
She also drove in the first run of the game in the third inning and then
scored the final tally of the evening on this infield hit.
Glenvar shuts out the Knights 2-to-nothing in Region-C action.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Lancers vs. Knights; :00
Plenty of rain drops at Penn Forest park this afternoon as Cave Spring hosted
Amherst County in a Northwest region softball opener.
Cave's Sarah Ogilvie got the party started in the first inning as she opens
the scoring with this two run homer over the left field fence to make it 2-zip.
But Amherst came back in the top of the second, as Angel Cashwell signals to
right field and plates Jaime Campbell and LaToya Thomas to tie it at 2.
The Lancers added two more runs in the third on a sacrifice fly and this
Tiffany Taylor single to right field that brings home Kelly Gouldthorpe.
It's 4-to-2 Amherst.
SUPER=34-Amherst Co./5/Cave Spring/4/Northwest Regionals;
The Knights would manage to cut it to 4-to-3 in their half of the inning as
Stacy Morioka scampers home on Nikki Turner's fielder's choice. But Cave
Spring, and its nine seniors come up a run short losing 5-to-4.
Amherst moves on to the semi-finals in the region. The Lancers play at home
The NCAA Division 3 baseball championships are winding down in Salem.
This afternoon Wooster beat Carthage 2-to-1.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cortland St. vs. S. Maine;:00
And tonight New York's Cortland State was trying to become the first team in
the tournament to beat Southern Maine.
But the Huskies would get on the board first. Tony Minor rips a shot to deep
left center field, but the catch is made right up against the wall.
Jason Crepeau tags on the sacrifice fly and scores from third to make it
Cortland State would answer in the fifth as the red Dragons Dan McAvoy lifts
one into center field, and plates SUPER=34-Southern Maine/1/Cortland State/2;
Jon Young. Cortland State would get one more in the ninth to win it 2-to-1.
Cortland State now plays Wooster tomorrow at 3:30, with Southern Maine
getting the winner for the championship tomorrow night at 7.
And finally, after a couple of rain soaked day in Indianapolis, the sun
actually came out for a little bit as the Indy 500 was finally completed.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC; :00
And it was rough day for both current and former NASCAR drivers.
First Robby Gordon who began the day in fourth place, saw his chances for a
win go up in smoke and those deadly invisible flames produced by the Indy fuel.
Gordon had to roll in the grass to put out the fire on his driving suit, he
finished 19th after completing just 19 laps.
Then just 12 laps from the finish former Quaker State driver Steve Kinser,
lost control of his car and spun into the outside wall.
Kinser finished 14th in his rookie appearance.
And Tony Stewart, who plans to start driving on the NASCAR circuit for joe
Gibbs next year also hit the wall with a few laps to go. He managed to
continue and finish fifth.
In the end, a true Indy veteran won the race as pole sitter Arie Luyendyk
beat his racing teammate Scott Goodyear to the flag for his second career 500
More than $8 million in prize money was awarded today.
He's known for his drive on the golf course--
But that's not all that keeps him going.
How did Sam Snead celebrate his 85th birthday?
On the fairways of the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, of course.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Sam Snead
SUPER=03-White Sulphur Spr.; :00
SUPER=01-Sam Snead/Pro Golfer; :12
SUPER=04-Courtesy: The Golf Channel; :20
OUT Q=West Virginia
((Sam Snead has won more PGA tournaments than any other golfer in history.
And even though he doesn't play as much as he used to... on this, his 85th
birthday... he still 'matches' up quite well.
IN Q=I'm very
((SAM SNEAD/PRO GOLFER: I'M VERY PROUD OF ALL OF THAT AND THE FELLAS SAY THIS
IS ALMOST THE END OF THE ROAD. ))
OUT Q=of the road
But his road has been a long one.
Snead turned pro in 1936 and won the second event he ever played in.
Since then he's netted 3 green jackets, 3 PGA Championships and a British
He found success at an early age... much like Tiger Woods has today.
IN Q=He's something
((SNEAD: HE'S SOMETHING ELSE. HE CAME ON THE TOUR AND REALLY GAVE GOLF A LIFT.
OUT Q=a lift
Amongst half a dozen media interviews and birthday well wishers... Slammin'
Sam still managed to fit in a round of golf at the Greenbrier.
He expected to shoot better than his age.
But no matter what his score... Sam Snead will always always make the cut.
Scott Prince, News- 7, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.))
Thanks for watching, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
That's all for us tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime--