A small plane has crashed near Wilson's Truck Stop in Ironto....
We'll tell you what we know in just a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And ghosts of Lynchburg's past turn out to promote a cemetary as a tourist
Tonight in sports, Radford University ace Jason is drafted in the fourth
round by the A's. We'll talk with him plus, tell you how the rain is affected
today's state quarterfinals softball and baseball action.
Plus, Dave Braine heads south to Atlanta for a new Tech and a new challenge.
We'll hear from him along with frank Beamer and Paul Torgersen.
Clouds extend their stay in the region for a few more days and the cool air
remains as well. A familiar forecast coming up.
A small plane has crashed in Montgomery County, near the Roanoke County
The plane went down around five o'clock near Cove Hollow Road.
Joe Dashiell joins us from the scene... Joe what have you found out so far?
roll cue: most did not see it but many around here heard it.
IN Q= I was standing there
OUT Q=nothing we could do or anything.
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The G-E drive systems plant in Salem has announced a sizeable cut in its
salaried ranks, 125 people in all.
Len Besthoff spoke with some of those affected today. He's at the G-E plant,
Keith, News-7 first reported a significant reduction was on the way at G-E a
week ago today.
But there was no way of telling exactly who would take the hit.
And many of those we spoke with say a number of senior engineers are on
their way out.
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IN Q=It's very discouraging
SUPER=01-John Mushko/GE Engineer; :00
SUPER=01-Stephen Thomas/GE Engineer; :23
OUT Q=production here, so that just makes sense to me.
IN Q=It's very
((JOHN MUSHKO/GE ENGINEER: IT'S VERY DISCOURAGING, PEOPLE ARE UPSET, SO I JUST
DON'T KNOW WHAT IN THE WORLD I'M GONNA DO.))
OUT Q=gonna do.
John Mushko is 52 and he's wondering where his career will go after G-E.
Stephen Thomas, who was part of a smaller cutback in April says many of the
125 people losing their jobs this time around are much older than him.
IN Q=The ones that they mentioned to me were people that had a lot of time
((STEPHEN THOMAS/GE ENGINEER: ))
OUT Q=I knew anyway.
The company, which makes controls for a variety of large industrial
machines, says "This action is being taken to protect the future health of our
business and the majority of jobs here."
Following the move G-E will have about 1000 salaried people and 900 hourly.
But others believe that while hourly workers were spared in this cutback,
they may be next.
IN Q=The hourly I would say eventually
((STEPHEN THOMAS/GE ENGINEER: ))
SUPER=01-Stephen Thomas/GE Engineer;
OUT Q=hourly people.
IN Q=Well if they don't have the engineering
((JOHN MUSHKO/GE ENGINEER: ))
SUPER=01-John Mushko/GE Engineer;
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Signet Bank is leaving southwest Virginia.
Today, the Richmond- based company announced a major restructuring that
includes the sale of 25 branches in our region.
Local offices will remain open until a buyer is found, and bank officials
say they will work to insure that current employees have a place in the new
Signet is reducing expenses by 58- million dollars and focusing its
attention on a core area.
IN Q=We made the decision
((RON OTTAVIO/SIGNET VICE PRESIDENT: WE MADE THE DECISION TO FOCUS ON THE
DENSELY POPULATED CORRIDOR THAT RUNS FROM BALTIMORE THROUGH WASHINGTON,
NORTHERN VIRGINIA, RICHMOND AND DOWN TO HAMPTON ROADS. AND WE FELT THAT IN
DOING THAT THESE PARTICULAR BRANCHES THAT SIGNET IS GOING TO SELL DID NOT FIT
INTO THE GROWTH STRATEGIES.))
SUPER=01-Ron Ottavio/Signet Vice President;
OUT Q=into the growth strategies.
Fourteen Signet branches in Roanoke, Danville and the New River Valley
employ about one hundred people.
Ottavio (oh-TAY-vee-oh) says the transition to new ownership should take
about six to nine months.
Danville police say they've found the man who shot and wounded a young boy
He is also suspected in a 5-year-old murder and a bank robbery.
34-year-old Frank Edward Clements Junior was arrested this morning on
charges of murder, malicious wounding, and robbery.
Clements is accused of robbing the American National Bank in 1992.
He also faces charges of murdering Tyrone Dawkins in 1993 and shooting
10-year-old Reggie Hutchins last April.
IN Q= We're always pleased
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE'RE ALWAYS PLEASED WHEN WE CAN MAKE AN
ARREST IN CRIMES AS SERIOUS AS THESE. OF COURSE, WE'RE ALWAYS SADDENED THAT
THE CRIME OCCURRED TO START WITH.))
OUT Q=this happen
Commonwealth Attorney Bill Fuller says officials stepped up their
investigation after the shooting of the child.
Out-going Virginia Tech Athletic Director Dave Braine will say goodbye to
Blacksburg at a press conference tomorrow.
Today Braine was officially named the new Athletic Director at Georgia Tech.
Braine said leaving Virginia Tech after almost ten years isn't easy.
IN Q=The fans and the eople
((DAVE BRAINE/FORMER TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR; THE FANS AND THE PEOPLE THERE, NOT
MANY PEOPLE EVER HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE HAD THERE, SO THAT PART OF IT WAS
EMOTIONAL... BUT YOU KNOW IN YOUR LIFE YOU CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH, AND WE HAD
BUILT SUCH A GOOD SITUATION THERE, I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH WE COULD HAVE DONE. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Former Tech Athletic Dir.
OUT Q=could have done
Tech President Paul Torgersen says a committee will begin the search for
IN Q=We'll have some
(( WE'LL HAVE SOME FACULTY ON BOARD, WE'LL HAVE SOME REPRESENTATIVES FROM
ATHLETICS ON BOARD, WE'LL HAVE SOME ALUMNI ON BOARD, NOT A LARGE COMMITTE, BUT
WE KNOW WHAT A SUCCESSFUL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR LOOKS LIKE AND TO THE EXTENT THAT
WE CAN CLONE DAVE BRAINE, WE'LL DO SO.))
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President;
OUT Q=we'll do so
Torgersen says the strong state of Tech athletics will make it easier to
attract qualified candidates for the job.
They've narrowed it down to two finalists for the job of Roanoke County
After reviewing 73 applications, the job will go to either Captain Ray
Lavinder or the Chief of Police in Newark (new-ARK), Delaware.
Chief Bill Hogan has been there 10 years. He's a native of Huntington, West
Hogan drew mixed reviews for his handling of a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1993.
Construction fencing lined Main Street in Newark with 430 officers on duty.
Chief Hogan borrowed State Corrections Department buses to take 105
Klansmen downtown for the rally.
In a telephone interview today, Hogan acknowledged there are those who said
he was "catering to the Klan"- -most notably the state attorney general- -but
the Chief says his handling of the Klan rally drew praise from local citizens
and law enforcement agencies.
The choice between Hogan and Lavinder for the Roanoke County chief's
position could come as early as next week.
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Still to come on the newscast, a political press conference breaks into a
name calling contest,
and we'll tell you why some state workers fear for their health and their jobs
as they try to ban smoking in their workplace.
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Even the tobacco companies agree a ban on smoke in the workplace might be a
They've put it on the table in health lawsuit negotiations.
But one Virginia state worker is getting nowhere with what has now become a
multi-year battle over second-hand smoke.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=The state
SUPER=01-Julio Del Corso/Tax Dept. Worker; :12
SUPER=04-December 1992; :37
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The state Department of Taxation is in an old shoe factory.
In the middle, there's a crossroads of sorts, where smoking is allowed.
It's called "the park."
((JULIO DEL CORSO/TAXATION DEPT. WORKER: AND YOU HAVE TO PASS THROUGH TO GET
TO WHERE I WORK. AND WHEN I GO ON A BREAK, I HAVE TO PASS THROUGH IT TO GO TO
A CAFETERIA THAT'S FILLED WITH SMOKE. WHEN I WANT TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, I
HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THIS PARK AREA SO I CAN GO TO THE BATHROOM.))
Next to the park is the cafeteria.
Some tables are smoking.
Some are non-smoking.
((JULIO DEL CORSO/TAXATION DEPT. WORKER: IT'S A HEALTH ISSUE. AND YOU CAN
BREATHE IT AND IT'S JUST LIKE SMOKING. I MEAN, WE BREATHE SMOKE EIGHT HOURS A
DAY. THAT'S WORSE THAN SMOKING. I MEAN, DO YOU KNOW ANYBODY WHO SMOKES
CONTINUOUSLY EIGHT HOURS A DAY?))
In 1992, a tax department official gave worker Suzanne Bennett a respirator
mask to wear.
After her case, the department tested the air, and says it meets OSHA
standards for nicotine.
Del Corso uncovered memos on the issue.
((JULIO DEL CORSO/TAXATION DEPT. WORKER: IT SAYS NON-SMOKERS HAVE NO WAY TO
AVOID INHALING SMOKE BECAUSE SMOKE AREAS ARE LOCATED IN CENTRALIZED LOCATIONS.
I MEAN, THIS IS THE MANAGEMENT SAYING THIS. PLUS THEY SAY "AHA" PLANS ARE
STILL PENDING TO CREATE A SMOKING ROOM WHICH WILL RESOLVE THE ISSUE. THESE
PLANS HAVE BEEN PENDING FOR SIX YEARS.))
((JULIO DEL CORSO/TAXATION DEPT. WORKER: do you fear your job? OH YES. IT'S
LIKE I TOLD SOMEONE, YOU CAN'T BE A LITTLE BIT PREGNANT. I CAN'T BE A LITTLE
BIT FIRED SO I'M GONNA GO ALL THE WAY.))
He has a grievance pending with the department now.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The lesson may be: be careful when crashing other people's news conferences.
Republican attorney general candidate Mark Earley crashed a news conference
today by the National Right To Work Committee.
He brought along three senators and a delegate to defend his record.
Then Senate Majority Leader Joe Benedetti helpfully chimed in that Earley
may have been "stupid enough" NOT to understand a bill he sponsored in 1991.
Right To Work Spokesman Reed Larson seized the moment.
IN Q=You can
((Sen. Joe Benedetti/R-Richmond: You can certainly forgive him for stupidity
can't you? REED LARSON/NAT. RIGHT TO WORK COMMITTEE: MR. STUPID ATTORNEY
GENERAL IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. Sen. Benedetti: No no. he was very stuip
in '91. He's very intelligent today. REED LARSON: IS THAT A QUALIFICATION
FOR A TOP STATE LAWYER?))
OUT Q=state lawyer?
The Right To Work Committee is blasting Earley for the 1991 bill in ads
across the state.
We have an update on a story we ran last night on Gil Davis.
We told you The Washington Post reported that Davis said IF he had to choose
between representing Paula Jones and his attorney general's campaign, he'd
Today, his spokeswoman says he was misquoted "or he misspoke."
She says he meant to say he'd choose the campaign.
Lower interest rates on the bond market boosted stock prices today.
The DOW rose nearly 23 points to close the day at 73-hundred-12.
NASDAQ dropped 20 points.
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Name anyone who played a part in Lynchburg's history, and chances are
they're buried in the Old City Cemetery.
Now the city is trying to tell their collective story and attract more
tourists to the historic burial ground.
This afternoon, city council members helped turn the first earth for an 80-
thousand dollar visitors center.
IN Q=It will give
((JANE WHITE/SOUTHERN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION: IT WILL GIVE A CENTRAL LOCATION FOR
THE RECORDS, THERE NEVER HAS BEEN THAT, THEY'VE BEEN SCATTERED ALL AROUND AND
THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF RECORDS IN SOME CASES. BUT IT WILL GIVE US A PLACE TO DO
THAT, TO COORDINATE ACTIVITIES, IT WILL BE A LITTLE BIT OF A MUSEUM WITH SOME
ARTIFACTS AND THINGS.))
SUPER=01-Jane White/Southern Memorial Association; :00
OUT Q=artifacts and things.
Re-enactors representing important Lynchburg residents turned out in full
costume for today's event.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, more on Dave Braine trading in one Tech
The weather is playing havoc with this week's state high school baseball and
And Radford University's Jason Anderson not only makes the grade, but earns
A's in today's Major league baseball draft.
Trading cards, trading stamps, and even trading players are all commonplace.
But trading Tech's is rarely done except on Wall Street.
But today, Dave Braine did just that.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
Virginia Tech's athletic director for the past nine and a half years
officially accepted a similar post today for more money at Ga. Tech.
IN Q="To be honest...
((DAVE BRAINE/NEW GA. TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/New Ga. Tech Athletic Director; :00
OUT Q=...DOES NOT HAPPEN."
Braine took an athletic program that was in shambles when he arrived in town
in January of 1988 and turned it into a top notch competitor in the Bog East
and Atlantic 10 conferences.
IN Q="Dave has been a...
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA. TECH PRESIDENT:))
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Va. Tech President;
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...leaving va. tech."
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/December 1995;
Highly regarded Sharon McCloskey, Braine's senior associate athletic director
will take over the department on an interim basis.
Although she is a legitimate candidate to succeed Braine.
Former Glenvar star Jason Anderson has been selected in the Major League
SUPER=03-Radford/1997 Season; :00
After playing the waiting game today; the Radford University pitcher,
who struck out 93 and walked only 40 batters this season, was chosen by
((JASON ANDERSON/FOURTH ROUND PICK:))
SUPER=01-Jason Anderson/Fourth Round Pick; :00
OUT Q=...tomorrow night"
Kelly Dampeer; Jason's teammate at Radford; has not been drafted at this
time, but should go in the later rounds tomorrow. Dampeer and Anderson tried
out for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend.
IN Q="I just
OUT Q=...for ourselves"
Virginia Tech right handed pitcher Denny Wagner was selected by the
Oakland A's today. He was a supplemental draft pick between the first and
second rounds and was the 42nd pick overall. The junior was 10 and 4 this past
The rain has forced a number of today's state quarterfinals baseball games to
be shelved until tomorrow.
The William Byrd Abingdon game has been moved to 7 tomorrow night at Terrier
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
Also, the Frankin County-Lake Braddock Group Three-A quarterfinal has also
been moved to tomorrow night at 7 in Rocky Mount.
The Eagles come into that one 22 and 1 on the season.
The Grayson County-Haysi in Group A is also now set for tomorrow at 6.
The Magna Vista-Chatham Group Two A contest is in progress at this hour,
highlights of that for you tonight on News 7 Primetime.
The weather also has forced some scheduling moves in the girls' state
The St. Paul and Glenvar game was moved from today at 4:30 to tomorrow at the
same time at Green Hill Park.
Tthe Rustburg girl's game is postponed until tomorrow night in the Group
Two-A tournament in a 7 o'clock start against
The Washington Capitals continue to clean house today.
A month after firing their general manager, tha Caps fired head coach Jim
The Caps failed to make the playoffs this season.
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