Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX, more lay-offs at the G-E Drive Systems plant
are rumored. We'll have the latest.
And Sheryl Valone talks about coming to at the bottom of a 30-foot drop in
a cave, unable to move.
Tonight in sports, west regional softball highlights coming your way from the
single-a and triple-a ranks.
Marv Albert was in court today in Northern Virginia.
And Arie Luyendyk wins the rain delayed Indy 500, a bottle of milk, and over
a one million dollars in prize money.
More clouds than sun in this forecast once again. Cooler than normal as
well. More on the forecast just ahead.
More job cuts appear to be coming to the General Electric plant in Salem.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff says the details have not been revealed, but word of a pending
move is leaking out at the drive systems maker.
Keith this time around it sounds like G-E is targeting its salaried people.
VO-NAT **Len Mic Hot**
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 solid numbers have been pinned down.
G-E currently has 1150 salaried employees in Salem, and 900 hourly workers.
At first there were indications a cutback would come as soon as tomorrow.
Now other sources believe it has been delayed, possibly several weeks.
A G-E spokesman said he has nothing to report today.
Earlier this year G-E laid off 138 production employees due to a low
They were recalled within just a few weeks.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Also, over the past eight months about 60 salaried positions have been
eliminated through attrition and a Voluntary Job Elimination Program.
Sheryl Valone says she was scared, but she knew a lot of people were trying
to help her.
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The Reston woman survived a 30 foot drop into the darkness of Clark's Cave
Today she told Eric Earnhart what happened.
IN Q=It was her first
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SUPER=07-Sheryl Valone; :11
SUPER=03-Bath Co./Yesterday; :22
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( It was her first time in a cave, but Sheryl Valone had an experienced
guide, and was wearing protective gear.
And that probably saved her life, as she lost her footing on a rock.
IN Q=That I don't remember
((SHERYL VALONE;THAT I DON'T REMEMBER AT ALL, I DON'T REMEMBER THE FALL AT ALL,
I DON'T REMEMBER THE LANDING, I JUST REMEMBER WAKING UP, I GUESS I WAS
UNCONSCIOUS FOR A WHILE ))
OUT Q=for a while
As the rescue effort mobilized outside the cave, Valone woke to find
herself at the bottom of the drop, unable to move.
((SHERYL VALONE;I KIND OF KNEW WHAT HAPPENED, MY FRIENDS KIND OF EXPLAINED TO
ME WHAT HAD HAPPENED, I KNEW THEY WERE OUT GETTING HELP SO I KNEW THERE WAS
NOTHING I COULD DO BUT JUST WAIT ))
OUT Q=but just wait
Her companions helped her fight off hypothermia as she waited, and wondered
how badly she was hurt.
IN Q=I wasn't moving
((SHERYL VALONE/ ;I WASN'T MOVING TOO WELL, I THOUGHT I MIGHT HAVE MORE DAMAGE
THAN I DID AS FAR AS FRACTURES AND INTERNAL PROBLEMS, IT WAS SCARY, I FELL
PRETTY LUCKY, I FEEL REALLY LUCKY. ))
OUT Q=feel really lucky
A possible concussion, but nothing broken.
doctors say if a CAT scan shows no serious damage, she can go home.
And this first time caver says it will NOT be her last time.
IN Q=I'd like to
((SHERYL VALONE/ ;I'D LIKE TO TRY IT AGAIN, I WOULD YEA... MAYBE NOT SOON
OUT Q=not soon(laughs)
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
A Christiansburg man accused of killing his wife and wounding his daughter
will offer "a psychiatric defense."
But today, Michael Knowles' daughter recounted a more deliberate and
The tip of Vanessa Knowles' finger was shot off with the same blast that
killed her mother.
She says her father laughed after firing the shotgun and refused to leave
IN Q=She wasn't dead then
((VANESSA KNOWLES/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: SHE WASN'T DEAD THEN AND I JUST THOUGHT IF
I COULD GET HIM OUT OF THE HOUSE SHE WOULDN'T DIE, BUT HE WOULDN'T LEAVE.))
SUPER=01-Vanessa Knowles/Victim's Daughter;
OUT Q=but he wouldn't leave.
The prosecution's evidence also included a taped confession in which
Knowles readily admitted firing the fatal shot.
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.
Defense lawyers say Knowles has serious mental problems, and believed his
wife was involved in a relationship with another man she met over the internet.
Two weeks before the Republican primary, attorney general candidate Gil
Davis was proclaiming victory today.
Not for him, so much as for his client, Paula Jones.
The U.S. Supreme Court today said Jones CAN bring a sexual harassment suit
against President Clinton, BEFORE he leaves office.
Jones has accused Clinton of asking her for oral sex in 1991, when he was
governor of Arkansas. Clinton denies that ever happened.
Davis says the ruling will help Jones continue the process of restoring her
But he doubts any of this will help his campaign.
IN Q=My running for attorney general
((GIL DAVIS/PAULA JONES' ATTORNEY: MY RUNNING FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL HAD NOTHING
TO DO WITH MY REPRESENTATION OF PAUL JONES. I DECIDED TO RUN MUCH LATER, A
COUPLE OF YEARS LATER THEN WE FILED THE SUIT. SECOND, THERE IS NO PARTISANSHIP
SUPER=01-Gil Davis/Paula Jones' Attorney;
OUT Q=partisanship here.
Davis says if he's elected attorney general, one of Jones' other lawyers
would handle her case.
State police believe the driver of a tractor trailer that wrecked in Halifax
County may have fallen asleep.
The crash happened on Route 58- between Danville and Turbeville
(Ter-buh-ville) around nine this morning.
24- year old Jamaine Anthony Boyd of Maryland was flown to Duke Medical
Center where he's in serious condition.
State police believe Boyd may have fallen asleep because there were no skid
marks at the scene.
Boyd was the only person injured.
Traffic was slowed for several hours.
A Danville teenager has been arrested for a fatal shooting this weekend.
17- year old Terrell Leroy Kelly is accused of killing 20- year old Antonio
Dixon was shot Sunday night at the Cardinal Village apartments.
Kelly is being held at the W- W Moore Juvenile Detention home.
There is no word on a motive.
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There's talk of eliminating Lynchburg's "bag it and tag it" trash
pickup--but Hill City council members ask, at what cost? That story is
straight ahead on News 7 at Six.
and 85 years young---Slammin' Sam Snead reflects on a stellar career and
golf's new superstar Tiger Woods.
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For the first time in 12 years, real estate and personal property taxes are
going UP in the city of Bedford.
Tonight city council is expected to approve a 27- million dollar budget that
includes a five- cent hike in the real- estate tax rate, and a THIRTY- cent
jump in the personal- property tax- rate.
Bedford also is doubling its motor vehicle license tax, and creating a new
ten- cent tax on each pack of cigarettes sold in the city.
Most of the extra revenue will go toward building a new middle school
gymnasium and paying the city's share of the school budget.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
The great trash tag debate lives on in the city of Lynchburg.
Council members today heard it would cost the city about 900- thousand
dollars a year to do away with trash tags entirely.
Councilman Carl Hutcherson is proposing a few less costly alternatives..
such as reducing the cost of the trash stickers or providing free pickup of
just ONE bag of trash per week.
IN Q=At least with
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AT LEAST WITH THESE PROPOSALS EVEN
THOUGH THERE'S AN ANTICIPATED LOSS OF REVENUE, HERE AGAIN WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY
HOW MUCH, BUT AT LEAST GIVES US SOME TIME TO LOOK AT OTHER ALTERNATIVES LATER
ON DOWN THE ROAD OR SOME FUTURE COUNCIL, I DON'T KNOW.))
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OUT Q=I don't know.
Councilman Robert Garber says he'll continue to push for the complete repeal
of the trash tag ordinance.
Council will take up the issue again before its July 8th meeting.
Lynchburg Democrats have a candidate to take on Preston Bryant in the 23rd
District House of Delegates race.
Hill City lawyer Jimmy Feinman (FINE-man) announced today he would try to
unseat the incumbent Republican this fall.
Feinman says public safety is his top priority, and he's got a plan to
tackle the district's cocaine problem.
IN Q=And there is
((JIMMY FEINMAN/D- DELEGATE CANDIDATE: AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT PRESTON BRYANT
HAS SAID ABOUT THAT. PRESTON BRYANT, I'M NOT HERE TO CRITICIZE HIM, BUT I DON'T
THINK HE HAS THE WHEREWITHAL TO TACKLE THAT PROBLEM AND I DO. I MEAN, I AM A
LAWYER, AND I'VE REPRESENTED LOTS OF PEOPLE, AND I'M KNOW TO TAKE ON THE TOUGH
SUPER=01-Jimmy Feinman/(D) Delegate Candidate; :00
OUT Q=the tough cases.
Feinman says education and the environment also are part of his legislative
23rd District Democrats will nominate their candidate next month.
Kroger workers in Charleston, West Virginia were back in court today,
fighting to keep 125 jobs from coming to Roanoke County.
Dozens of Kroger workers and some of their family members are asking a
circuit judge for an injunction against the company.
Kroger 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.
No ruling from the judge, yet.
Getting back to business after the long holiday weekend, the stock market
pushed to record closes today.
The Dow gained 38 points to finish at 73 hundred 83.
NASDAQ was UP 20 points, also a record close.
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He's known for his sweet swing on the golf course.
But it's a different kind of 'drive' that keeps him going.
Sam Snead celebrated his 85th birthday on the fairways of the Greenbrier
Resort in West Virginia.
Scott Prince was there and has this report.
IN Q=Sam Snead
SUPER=03-White Sulphur Springs, WV; :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.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, regional high school playoff action
continues today despite the rain, Phil Jackson talks about Jordan's back swing.
Marv Albert was in court today,
and it turned out to be a rough day at Indy for those affiliated with NASCAR
Highlights of Arie Luyendyk's win coming up.
After two straight days of gloom, despair and plenty of rain the Indy 500
finally was able to start and finish itself in the same day.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC; :00
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.
The most impressive finisher was rookie Jeff Ward who came in third.
Not too many years ago, he was riding in motorcross events in Axton at Lake
Despite the rain, the Cave Spring Lady Knights softball team hosted Amherst
County in the first round of the Northwest regionals over at Darrell Shell
field at Penn Forest Park.
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An umbrella salesman could have made a killing at the ball park today, as
most of the fans stayed undercover.
Cave's Sarah Ogilvie almost knocked the cover off the ball in the first
inning as she opens the scoring with this two run homer to left field.
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.
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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 Amherst
wins it 5-to-4. Cave Spring and its 9 seniors end their season.
In the Group A ranks, Three Rivers district member Glenvar is hosting the
Pioneer's James River Knights in Region C action at Green Hill park.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Knights vs. Highlanders; :00
Glenvar ace Amy Layman overcame a slow start in the opening frame and settled
down in the second and started throwing some heat with control.
She also drove in a run in the third and then scored on this play.
SUPER=34-James River/0/Glenvar/2/Top of Fourth;
Right now Glenvar leads James River 2-to-nothing in the fourth innings.
The NBA playoffs continue tonight with the Jazz and Rockets hooking up in
game five of their western conference final that is tied at 2 games a piece.
Last night the Heat beat the Bulls 87-to-80, as Michael Jordan missed his
first 14 shots in the game.
After the loss their was talks Jordan was worn out from playing over 40 holes
of golf on Sunday, the day before the loss.
IN Q="Well, Michael...
((PHIL JACKSON/BULLS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Bulls Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ALL THE TIME."
Game five is tomorrow night back in Chicago. The Bulls lead 3 games to one.
The NBA's lead announcer on NBC appeared in an Arlington court today.
Marv Albert's attorney told a judge
that his client will plead innocent to forcible sodomy and assault
His jury trial has been set for September 22nd.
The 53 year old Albert was fingerprinted and photographed following the
hearing and then released on his own recognizance.
The NHL Stanley Cup final matchup is all set.
Last night the the defending cup champion Avalanche was eliminated
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Avalanche vs. Red Wings; :00
in the Western conference finals by the Detroit Red Wings.
Sergei Federov got the eventual game winning goal at six-eleven mark of the
final period as the Detroit wins the game 3-to-1 and takes the series four
SUPER=31-Colorado/1/Detroit/3/Red Wins Win 4-to-2;
games to two.
Detroit outshot the Avalanche 42-to-16.
WIPE TO ENG#
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Red Wings will now have to the deal with Eric Lindros and the mighty
The legions of doom dispatched of the New York Rangers in the eastern finals
4 games to one.
Game one of the championship series is set for Saturday night in Philly.
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The cloning debate has been raging since February, when a Scottish company
announced it successfully cloned a healthy sheep.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon tells us tonight the debate has moved to Blacksburg.
Keith, the director of the company which patented the cloning technique will
speak tonight on the implications of the achievement.
P-P-L Therapeutics is based in Edinburgh, Scotland--but the company has a
small office in Blacksburg. And several Virginia Tech professors serve as
consultants for the company.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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