Salem's G-E plant announces long anticipated layoffs.
And Virginia Tech may be losing its Athletic director to Georgia Tech.
Stick around news 7 at Noon is next.
It appears a large job cut has begun at the G-E plant in Salem.
The company makes control panels for a variety of industrial uses.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Starlink
Len Besthoff has been speaking with G-E employees this morning.
How many jobs are being eliminated Len?
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IN Q=my boss
SUPER=01-John Mushko/GE Employee;
OUT Q=will be affected
Len MIC hot
OUt Q=August first
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Starlink
(Q:What about hourly workers? Are there any cuts coming from their side of the
The jury that convicted Timothy McVeigh of the deadliest act of terror on
U-S soil still has a life or death decision to make.
The jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial return to court tomorrow to
decide if the 29- year- old Gulf War Veteran should pay for the crime with his
Jonathan Freed has more from Denver.
11:30- Newspath update Window
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;
OUT Q=CBS NEWS DENVER.
(( NOW THAT HE HAS BEEN CONVICTED...TIMOTHY MCVEIGH WAITS IN A JAIL CELL IN
DENVER. TOMORROW THE JURY BEGINS TO HEAR EVIDENCE THAT WILL HELP THEM DECIDE
THE PRICE MCVEIGH MUST PAY FOR THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING. CBS NEWS
CORRESPONDENT JONATHAN FREED REPORTS.
ONE PHASE OF THE TIMOTHY MCVEIGH TRIAL IS OVER. AFTER DELIBERATING FOUR
DAYS A JURY IN DENVER FOUND THE GULF WAR VETERAN...GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS IN THE
BOMBING OF THE MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
PROSECUTORS ARE EXPECTED TO CALL RELATIVES OF THE VICTIMS AND
SURVIVORS. THE DEFENSE COULD EVEN CALL MCVEIGH TO THE STAND TOMORROW WHEN
THE SAME JURY THAT CONVICTED MCVEIGH..BEGINS HEARING EVIDENCE IN THE PENALTY
PHASE. MCVEIGH FACES POSSIBLE EXECUTION FOR THE EXPLOSION THAT KILLED 168
SOT/MARSHA KIGHT/MOTHER OF BOMBING VICTIM
"I don't want Timothy McVveigh to be seen as a martyr. Death seems to be
so easy..solitary confinement seems so much better..etc..
(TRACK)(LOCATOR:OKLAHOMA CITY, OK)
YESTERDAY...SOME OF THE RELATIVES AND SURVIVORS OF THE BLAST POURED WATER ON
AN ELM TREE NEAR THE MURRAH BUILDING. THE WATER SYMBOLIZED THE TEARS SHED FOR
THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES.
ALSO ACCUSED IN THE BOMBING IS TERRY NICHOLS. THE JUDGE WHO IS PRESIDING OVER
MCVEIGH'S TRIAL..WANTS NICHOL'S TRIAL TO START AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. TERRY
NICHOL'S BROTHER HAS PROBLEMS WITH THE WAY MCVEIGH WAS TRIED.
SOT/JAMES NICHOLS/TERRY NICHOLS BROTHER
THE PENALTY PHASE OF MCVEIGH'S TRIAL COULD LAST TWO WEEKS.))
In northern California, one high school senior is dead and dozens more are
injured after a waterslide collapsed at an amusement park.
Witnesses say the teens ignored the lifeguard's warnings and went down the
slide as a group.
(((BITE 1:)WE KIND OF HEARD A CRACK AND WE LOOKED UP AND HEARD SOME SCREAMS AND
SAW WATER POURING OUT OF THE SLIDE.
THERE WAS A SENIOR PRANK. THEY ALL WANTED TO HOLD HANDS BE TOGETHER YOU KNOW.
THE GRADUATING CLASS.))
OUT Q=the graduating class.
At least six of the teens are in CRITICAL condition.
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An undercover police investigation revealed dancers at Girls, Girls, Girls,
are revealing a little too much flesh.
The Roanoke nightclub is now facing a number of obscenity charges.
As Andrew Freiden reports the manager of the club is fighting back against
IN Q=he says
SUPER=@file; :05 quick
SUPER=01-Dennis Nagel/Asst. Commonwealth's Atty.; :43
OUT Q=news 7
(( He says the city has given them permission to dance nude as long as it is
an artistic expression.
Apparently that's how they will fight the case.
IN Q=roanoke says
((WELL BECAUSE ROANOKE SAID IT WAS LEGAL. WE HAVE THEIR PERMISSION TO GO NUDE,
ARTISTICALLY. THEY HAVE THE STANDARDS, WE JUST FOLLOW THAT. IF THEY HAD A
PROBLEM WITH THAT, THEY SHOULD HAVE TOLD US A LONG TIME AGO WHEN THEY TOLD US
WE COULD DO IT. ok, so you got permission to dance artistically, it's not an
entertainment thing. you express yourself artistically? I THINK ART IS A FORM
OF ENTERTAINMENT, AS FAR AS JUST GOING IN AND STRIPPING, THERE'S A DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN A STRIP CLUB AND THIS PLACE. )) RUNS=:27
OUT Q=this place
The commonwealth's attorney's office says otherwise-- that the dancers are
violating community standards.
IN Q=We're talking
((DENNIS NAGEL/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: WE'RE TALKING COMPLETELY NUDE
DANCING AND ALSO ACTIVITIES WHICH INDICATE THAT THEY'RE VIOLATING WHAT WE
BELIEVE TO A COMMUNITY STANDARD OF ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=of Roanoke.
A lawyer for the company says the "Company also wants to try to be a good
valley citizen, they believe they're in compliance with all city ordinances and
As of now only the corporate officers and owners of Girls Girls Girls have
Andrew Freiden News 7.))
No pay raise for members of Roanoke's City Council.
Calling the controversy "a fiasco," they voted to scrap council raises and
scale back increases for top administrators.
IN Q=And I am ashamed
((W.H. HIGHFILL: AND I AM ASHAMED OF YOU AND I AM ASHAMED OF MY ALL-AMERICAN
((HELEN HALL: HOW CAN YOU SIT THERE AND SEE THE TEACHERS STRUGGLING TO GET A
THREE AND THREE TENTHS PERCENT RAISE. MAYBE IF YOU ALLOTTED LESS TO YOURSELVES
AND MORE TO THEM IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT.))
SUPER=07-W. H. Highfill; :00
SUPER=07-Helen Hall; :07
OUT Q=would be different.
Yesterday's meeting brought another round of criticism from citizens who
have protested the proposed raises.
Council members said they heard the message, and hoped their vote would put
the issue behind them.
IN Q=We made a mistake
((JACK PARROTT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WE MADE A MISTAKE. I THINK WE'RE DOING OUR
BEST TO CORRECT IT NOW. MY FEELING AND MY HOPE IS THAT THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE
WILL TAKE IT IN THE SPIRIT IN WHICH WE ARE DOING THIS.))
SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/Roanoke City Council;
OUT Q=we are doing this.
Council scaled back raises for City Manager Bob Herbert and other top
administrators to three-point- three percent.
That corresponds to the average raise for other city employees.
After almost ten years at the helm of Virginia Tech's athletic department,
it appears Dave Braine is moving on.
Published reports say Braine has been hired by Georgia Tech.
An official announcement is expected at a one o'clock news conference in
Virginia Tech officials were not available for comment this morning.
Braine came to the University in 19-88.
Under his leadership, Tech's football program achieved national recognition,
with three straight bowl bids.
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A plan to control residential growth in Campbell County is drawing heated
criticism from hundreds of residents.
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./File Tape;
The most controversial zoning change would mean land zoned A-1 agricultural
could only be sold in parcels of five acres or MORE.
The idea is to limit the number of high- density mobile home parks and
subdivisions that strain the county's resources.
The overwhelming majority opposes the plan, claiming the county is forcing
people to buy more land than they can afford or maintain.
IN Q=You can sit
((FREDA YEATTS/REALTOR: YOU CAN SIT THERE AND PAY TAXES ON IT BUT YOU'RE NOT
GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING WITH IT.))
((DOTY FITZGERALD: IF YOU DECIDE TO PASS IT WE CAN TAKE IT ABOVE AND BEYOND YOU
TO COURT AND I PLAN ON DOING THAT BECAUSE IT IS NOT YOUR RIGHT TO DECIDE
SUPER=01-Freda Yeatts/Realtor;:00 VERY QUICK
SUPER=01-Doty Fitzgerald/Opposes Zoning Changes;:
OUT Q=to decide that.
The supervisors and the planning commission will have a chance to fine tune
these zoning changes during work sessions this summer.
West Virginia officials are assessing damage today to Watoga State Park near
Marlinton in Pocahontas County.
State Division of Natural Resources spokesman Hoy Murphy says no
one was injured when rising waters forced people to be moved from
Murphy says the park roads and some bridges suffered severe damage.
Don Beyer says he'd love to someday see Virginia become home to a major
league baseball team.
The Lieutenant Governor was in Salem this morning to propose the opening of
a state sports office.
Beyer says the Commonwealth is full of sports enthusiasts--
IN Q=But Virginia can
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: BUT VIRGINIA CAN CAPITALIZE ON THE PRACTICAL SIDE OF
SPORTS, TOO. JUST AS THEY HAVE DONE IN SALEM. IT IS BIG BUSINESS. THERE ARE
ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITIES. BUT VIRGINIA NEEDS A COMPETITIVE STRATEGY TO MAKE THE
MOST OF OUR EXISTING SPORTS ATTRACTIONS AND TO DRAW NEW ONES HERE ALSO. ))
OUT Q=new ones here also
Beyer estimates the office could operate on a half- million dollar budget
As for the location of the office, Beyer says the Roanoke Valley could be a
A close call, but a victory for Canada's governing Liberal Party.
In nationwide balloting yesterday, Canadians narrowly gave the liberals the
votes they needed to maintain a majority in Canada's parliament.
Prime Minister Jean
Chretien (zhahn kreh-TYEN') barely survived a close race in his own district in
Quebec against a strong separatist challenger.
If you own a 19-97 Buick or Cadillac your car may have been recalled by
Yesterday, G-M recalled 85-thousand Buick and Cadillac cars in the U-S and
Canada to replace potentially faulty computer modules that control the brake
and traction control systems.
The auto maker says the problem has been blamed for six minor crashes.
The school has yet to be built, but already money is flowing in.
The Old Dominion Electric Cooperative donated 250-thousand-dollars to
The money is earmarked for a new South Boston community college.
IN Q= We have
((PAUL BIENVENUE/OLD DOMINION CO-OP: WE HAVE A FINE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH
THE COMMUNITY. THE COUNTY HAS BEEN AN EXCELLENT ORGANIZATION TO WORK WITH. WE
FIND OURSELVES VERY COMFORTABLE IN THE COMMUNITY. WE FELT LIKE THIS WAS THE
TYPE OF THING WE WANTED TO DO.))
SUPER=01-Paul Bienvenue/Old Dominion Co-Op;
OUT Q= to do
A new community college could reduce commuting time for Southside Virginia
IN Q= the expansion project
((CHRIS LUMSDEN, PROJECT CHAIR: THE EXPANSION PROJECT WILL ENHANCE EDUCATIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR COMMUNITY. TWO, IT WILL PROVIDE A LINK TO INDUSTRY WHICH
WILL STIMULATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. AND THREE, IT WILL ENHANCE QUALITY OF
LIFE HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Chris Lumsden/Project Chair;
OUT Q= in our community
Plans for the new community college have been two years in the making.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-25)
For the first nine years of his life
nineteenth Century educator Booker T. Washington called a Franklin County
When he and his family were given their freedom at the end of the Civil War,
they WALKED 250 miles to Malden, West Virginia.
A 20th Century admirer is roughly re-tracing those footsteps this month.
In Q=the key
((THE KEY TO BEING FREE AND TO BEING IN A FREE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY WAS
EDUCATION. AND SO HE WAS A PART OF THAT WHOLE ERA, BUT HE REALLY EPITOMIZES
SUPER=01-Joseph Bundy/Booker T. Washington Scholar
OUT Q=that effort.
Booker T. Washington went on to earn a P-h-D and founded Tuskegee Institute.
Bundy figures it'll take three weeks to walk to Charleston.
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Georgia Tech has just made it official.
The Atlanta university has named Dave Braine its new athletic director.
And Virginia Tech has announced that Braine's interim replacement will be
She's currently the assistant athletic director at Virginia Tech.
We'll hear from Dave Braine tonight on News-7 at 5 and 6.
TAPE#net (edit of CL-97)
The Salem Avalanche tried to take on the Frederick Keys last night, but the
weather was stronger than either team.
SUPER=03-Salem/Keys vs. Avalanche; :00
Jamey Wright, the first Avalanche player to make it to the majors, was on
loan rehabbing a bad right clavicle.
Augie Ojeda dashed home from third to make it 1-to-Nothing Keys.
Wright would then get the strikeout as he and the Avalanche started to
settle down and the weather started to stir up.
The two teams will try again tonight.
TAPE#net (edit of s7-5)
It's time for the state baseball and softball tournaments for a number of
Giles failed to make it this far, but the Spartans did feature the top
slugger in the area -- Chris Hutchinson.
Hutchinson was an all state selection and this year turned into a statistical
eruption for him.
He batted .650 with 52 R-B-I's and 18 homeruns.
IN Q=We play a
((WE PLAY A NINETEEN GAME SCHEDULE AND HE AVERAGED A HOME RUN PER GAME. SO NOT
ONLY IS THE AVERAGE PHENOMENAL, BUT ALSO THE POWER.))
SUPER=01-Bruce Frazier/Giles Baseball Coach; :
OUT Q= also the power.
Hutchinson will play in the mid July East/West All star game in Hampton and
is headed to Virginia Tech next year on a partial baseball scholarship.
Roanoke's Curtis Staples is now one of 16 finalists for the 19-97 USA World
University basketball team.
The U-V-a shooting guard will be a world traveler by the time the summer is
over, if he can make the final cut. In early August he will practice out in
Peoria, Illinois for a week, then head to Nova Scotia and then on to Italy,
where the team will play for 10 days in August.
The final cut will take the team down to 12 players.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-4)
The N-B-A playoffs are off until tomorrow night, but last night in Chicago,
handed out its annual sportsmanship award, presenting it to the Cleveland
Cavaliers Terrell Brandon.
IN Q="This is a very...
((TERRELL BRANDON/NBA SPORTSMANSHIP WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Terrell Brandon/NBA Sportsmanship Winner; :00
OUT Q=...MUCH AS I CAN."
Princess Diana is showing why she's a fashion world queen.
Dozens of her outfits, made when she was married to Prince Charles, are on
display at Christie's auction house in London.
They're set to go on sale in three weeks in New York to raise money
for AIDS and cancer charities in the U-S and Britain.
Diana launched the show last night at a party in London.
And finally in Danville, Illinois, a real life Energizer Bunny...almost.
Actually it's a hamster, and instead of beating a drum this little guy does
The rodent spent FOUR hours doing continuous backflips off his house.
The owners are NOT certain what made the little guy go head over heels.