Results of the General Electric union vote on a new contract.
Local reaction to the new warning about the diet drug Fen-Phen.
Southside farmers assess damage from that fourth of July storm.
And just what are your chances of winning a prize at the Salem fair?
News 7 is next.
local General Electric workers give thumbs up to a new three year contract-
Close to 600 union members voted for the contract.
The union says positives include a 13 percent pay raise over three years.
After one year in Virginia, Crenshaw Electronics and Appliances is closing
shop at the Valley View site.
High tech space rovers are in the works at NASA. We'll tell you what they can
And just what are your chances of winning at the fair? We'll head out to
Salem to find out.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
General Electric workers give thumbs up to a new three year contract-
Nationally members of two unions representing 27-thousand G-E workers
ratified the new deal.
Locally close to 600 members of a union representing G-E workers voted for
95-percent of those casting ballots gave the tentative agreement the nod.
The union says positives include a and a 13-percent pay raise over three
years and a retirement option for people with 30 years experience who receive
lack of work notices.
G-E is one of the area's largest employers, with about 1000 salaried people
and 900 hourly workers.
The facility makes the control systems for large, industrial machines.
A shopping center next to the Valley View Mall may be developing a
reputation as the "Bermuda Triangle" of the Roanoke retail business.
Len Besthoff brings us a tale of two stores, that have each touched area
shoppers in their own way.
IN Q=After a
SUPER=01-Kristie White/Supermarket Shopper; 1;00
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News-7.
After a year in Virginia, Crenshaws Electronics and Appliances has
apparently thrown in the towel.
The North Carolina chain that purchased Holdren's assets a year ago closed
its fifth and final store, its Roanoke flagship showroom.
A sign on the door says thank you for your business, instructing people to
call 362-7600 with questions.
SOME HOLDRENS FILE I'LL LOCATE
Crenshaws created a lot of ill will among former Holdren's customers last
year when it said it wasn't obligated to cover thousands of Holdren's service
Even after a repossession last month, it had vowed to remain open.
LBSOT 18:15:25 crenshaw standup tape
IN Q=Now here's where
((Now here's where the story gets really amazing, because not even 24 hours
before Crenshaws shut its doors for good, its neighbor did the same thing.))
OUT Q=same thing.
RACK AND SACK SHOTS FROM RACK & SACK TAPE
Rack and Sack actually closed while its customers were still shopping.
The store, after only a year here, was the apparent victim of a poor
location and an upturn in supermarket competition.
SOT 13:58:15 from rack and sack tape
IN Q=With the
((KRISTIE WHITE/SUPERMARKET SHOPPER: WITH THE WALMART SUPERCENTERS, AND YOU
KNOW, YOU'VE GOT FOOD LION, KROGER, HARRIS TEETERS, THEN A LOT OF LITTLE
SMALLER STORES. LIKE YOU SAID RACK AND SACK, AND PLACES LIKE THAT.))
OUT Q=like that.
OTHER SUPERMARKET VIDEO FROM RACK & SACK TAPE
Commercial realtors say that in spite of this closing, more supermarkets are
on the way in the area, especially on route 460 east out of Roanoke.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
A Carroll County convicted murderer will continue to serve life behind bars
Dennis Stoneman recently lost his appeal.
Last fall, Stoneman became the first person in Carroll County convicted of
capital murder in more than 40 years.
Stoneman had asked for the death penalty-- but a jury recommended life in
He's serving time for killing his ex-wife's sister and brother-in-law.
Tina and Steve Quesenberry were shot to death two years ago.
A bizarre shootout at a Arizona prison-
Authorities first said a woman shot and killed her inmate-husband through a
fence- while he worked in a garden.
Guards then shot the wife to death.
But now, officials say the whole thing may have been a botched
The woman armed with a rifle opened fire through a prison fence.
Guards returned fire and the inmate was killed in a hail of bullets.
Rebecca Lynn Thornton lived across the street from the prison. She'd
married the inmate while he was on death row for killing a 74 year old man.
Hearings on Democratic fundraising are getting into the nitty gritty-
Byron Pitts reports from Washington.
SUPER=01-Richard Sullivan/Former DNC Finance Director; 16
SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/CBS News;
OUT Q=CBS News, Capital hill."
((Day two and the Senate Committee had it's first bone to chew.
A nervous and former Democratic Party finance Director -- who said
he saw nothing, did nothing illegal to raise money for the Democratic National
RICHARD SULLIVAN/FORMER DNC FINANCE DIRECTOR: I WAS NEVER, I EMPHASIZE NEVER,
CONFRONTED WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENT TO SALE AN OFFICE OR VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL
Straight forward in his opening statement. Richard Sullivan
seemed short on specifics when it came to John Huang - the former DNC fund
raiser and key figure in this investigation -- who allegedly took in illegal
campaign donations from China.
Sullivan admitted he had reservations about Huang's background in raising
money. A point Republicans lit into.
Huang also had friends in high places. Sullivan says he took phone calls from
higher ups on Huang's behalf.
A point President Clinton was pressed on while overseas in Spain.
BILL CLINTON/I BELIEVE THAT JOHN HAUNG, AT SOME POINT WHEN I SAW HIM IN 1995,
EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN GOING TO WORK TO TRY TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY. AND I THINK I MAY HAVE SAID TO SOMEONE THAT HE WANTED TO GO
WORK FOR THE DNC.))
As politicians of both parties promise NO new kinds of lottery games... the
Virginia Lottery is quietly raking in the cash.
The Lottery earned a record 343-million dollars for Virginia's general fund
in the just completed fiscal year.
And lottery director Penny Kyle oversaw a lowering of operating costs.
The result: 37 cents of each dollar spent goes to Virginia's public
That's about a penny more than the year before.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, local users of the diet drug combination Phen-Fen
seek advice after a study shows serious side effects,
and a rough year for tobacco growers gets rougher as Mother Nature devastates
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 0.77 foot/Down 0.42 foot;Lake levels
It was just yesterday warnings came out about the diet drug Fen-Phen and its
possible link to serious heart and lung problems.
A Mayo clinic study showed the drugs may cause thickening of heart valves
Today the phones were ringing at the Roanoke Center for Bariatric Medicine
where several patients are taking the drugs.
((BONNY LEE/CENTER FOR BARIATRIC MEDICINE: THINKING ABOUT TAKING THESE DRUGS
OFF THE MARKET WOULD BE A VERY EXTREME MEASURE AT THIS TIME. I DON'T THINK IT
WOULD BE JUSTIFIED.))
SUPER=01-Bonny Lee/Center for Bariatric Medicine;
OUT Q=would be justified."
The Mayo clinic also did not recommend pulling the drug-
But Lee says seeing a doctor before and while taking the medicine is
((AT THE VERY MINIMUM PATIENTS TAKING THESE MEDICINES SHOULD HAVE BASELINE
ELECTROCARDIOGRAMS DONE WHICH WE DO IN OUR OFFICE ROUTINELY. I THINK MOST
PHYSICIANS PROBABLY DO TO DISCOVER ANY HIDDEN HEART PROBLEMS.))
OUT Q=hidden heart problems.
Lee says patients should report any symptoms to their doctors such as
swelling of the hands or feet or shortness of breath
A military style boot camp coming to Floyd County will create about 40-jobs.
An old Department of Corrections work camp in Willis is being renovated for
Lawmakers set aside money for the program in response to the state's growing
juvenile crime rate.
The facility will house male juveniles-- who've committed non-violent acts.
The program includes schooling as well as substance abuse education and
County Administrator Roy Crawford says the program is expected to pay well.
IN Q=Some state
((ROY CRAWFORD/FLOYD CO. ADMINISTRATOR:SOME STATE NUMBERS THAT I SAW ABOUT A
WEEK OR SO AGO SHOWED THAT THE AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE IN FLOYD COUNTY WAS 300-
DOLLARS A WEEK. THE MINIMUM STARTING WAGER FOR THESE JOBS WILL BE NINE- DOLLARS
AN HOUR WHICH IS ABOUT 360- DOLLARS A WEEK PLUS THEY'RE GOING TO PAY BENEFITS
LIKE INSURANCE, RETIREMENT AND THAT WORT OF THINK WHICH WILL BE A BENEFIT TO A
LOT OF PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Roy Crawford/Floyd Co. Administrator; :00
OUT Q=of people.
The Floyd County program is the first of three to open in the state.
It's expected to begin operating in mid-October.
Three years ago, it was housed in cramped quarters and was on the brink of
financial collapse.. but today, Bedford's adult daycare center began a new
chapter in its history.
A large donation from the Maupin-Sizemore Foundation helped build a NEW
daycare facility next to Bedford Carilion Memorial Hospital.
The center provides daycare for 19 adults, but the benefits also extend to
the participants' families.
IN Q=Yes well it
((NINA WELLS/SISTER OF DAYCARE PARTICIPANT: YES WELL IT EASED THE FAMILY UP
QUITE A BIT, BECAUSE SHE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO STAY BY HERSELF FOR A LONG AMOUNT OF
TIME. AND SOMEONE WAS HAVING TO STAY THERE WITH HER DURING THE DAY AND THAT
GAVE US NO TIME TO DO WHAT HAD TO BE DONE. SO THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT BLESSING TO
THE FAMILY AND MANY OTHER FAMILIES ALSO.))
SUPER=01-Nina Wells/Sister of Daycare Participant; :00
OUT Q=other families also.
The new center became necessary after the program outgrew its old space
inside Bedford Baptist Church.
IN Q=It certainly has
((THERESA SMART/DAYCARE CENTER DIRECTOR: IT CERTAINLY HAS MORE SPACE HERE. IT'S
BRIGHTER, IT'S A BETTER PLACE TO DROP THE PARTICIPANTS OFF AS FAR AS
TRANSPORTATION GOES, IT'S JUST WONDERFUL.))
SUPER=01-Theresa Smart/Daycare Center Director; :00
OUT Q=it's just wonderful.
The center provides activities and a social environment for its
City Pawn is out of business. The last check have been mailed out to
people who filed claims against the McGuire brothers.
Tim and Tony McGuire found they had to get out of the pawn shop business.
There wasn't enough room to store all the merchandise, once the Attorney
General said they could no longer accept vehicle titles as collateral for
IN Q=No further
((NO FURTHER FUNDS WERE COLLECTED HERE AFTER THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED WITH THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE. AND THAT ADDED UP TO PROBABLY $175,000 WORTH OF CAR
TITLES WERE RETURNED, TOTAL AMOUNT.))
SUPER=01-Tim McGuire/City Pawn shop partner
OUT Q=total amount
McGuire says City Pawn is deeply in debt.
A woman who says she paid her car-title loan off in full- -375 dollars
total- -points to the McGuire's used car lot as an additional source of revenue
to satisfy people who got those 21-dollar checks in the mail this week.
IN Q=He needs
((HE NEEDS TO TAKE THE MONEY THAT HE RECOVERS OFF OF THE CARS HE SELLS OFF OF
HIS CAR LOT AND PAY THESE PEOPLE BACK. Even though they're unrelated, separate
corporations? RIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Gray/City Pawn Customer
OUT Q=corporations? Right.
Gray says she intends to file a civil claim in court.
In Southside, hundreds of acres of tobacco are ravaged by wind and hail.
The Fourth of July storm has left local families and economies on shaky
Farmer Tim Shelton says he'll lose half his crop worth about 250 thousand
dollars this year.
The larger plants won't sprout new leaves and are a total loss.
((BOBBY SHELTON/TOBACCO FARMER: YOU CNA'T DO ANYTHING TO GET SYMPATHY FROM
ANYBODY BECAUSE WE'RE ALREADY FOOLING WITH A CROP OF TOBACCO, WHICH IS ALREADY
A BAD WORD TO ANYBODY AT THE PRESENT TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Bobby Shelton/Tobacco Farmer;
OUT Q=present time.
Farmers with insurance will be compensated for their loss.
Coming up next on the newscast, some Washington and Lee students get in on
and we'll head to Salem where fairgoers share their secrets to winning those
Sojourners successful roving on Mars is paving the way for more advanced
One is under construction 100 times smarter and 10 times faster than
((MARK ADLER/MARS MISSION PLANNER: HE'S GONNA BE ABLE TO BREAK OPEN THE ROCKS.
HE'S GOING TO HAVE THE EQUIVALENT OF A MICROSCOPE OR A HAND LENS TO LOOK AT THE
DETAILED STRUCTURE OF THE ROCKS.))
SUPER=01-Mark Adler/Mars Mission Planner;
OUT Q=happen to them over time."
The new rover will be launched in 2001 to prospect for signs of life.
In 2003 a robot will land nearby and fly the rocks to earth.
((DAN MCCLEESE/MARS RESEARCH SCIENTIST: WE WILL NEED IN ORDER TO SAY LIFE
EXISTED SOME FOSSIL LIKE REMAINS WE'LL HAVE TO HAVE THAT IN ORDER TO CONVINCE
SUPER=01-Dan McCleese/Mars Research Scientist;
OUT Q=convince all scientists.
NASA is already planning a manned mission for the next century.
Joining in the spirit of exploration, some students at Washington & Lee are
studying the geography of Mars.
The 15 students from 12 colleges are part of an undergraduate project on an
expedition through the computer screen and straight into space.
The teams are concentrating on understanding volcanic heat sources and how they
effect the way the land is formed.
Students say information collected by the "Pathfinder" could tell us if
future trips to the red planet are a possibility.
IN Q=It's really
((IT'S REALLY EXCITING. WE'RE LOOKING AT THINGS THAT HOPEFULLY ARE JUST GOING
TO ADD TO THE BANK OF KNOWLEDGE WE HAVE ABOUT MARS AND MIGHT EVEN BE POSSIBLE
PLACES THAT WE'D WANT TO VISIT LATER.))
SUPER=01-Erin Kraal/W & L Sophomore;
OUT Q=to visit later
The undergraduates are all rising juniors.
They have access to a NASA feed connection so they can watch the Pathfinder's
mission as it happens.
The Salem Fair is not all about rides and eye-catching attractions like the
world's largest pig.
Games at the fair are also a big crowd pleaser.
But can you really win?
Intern Report Joy Sutton has more.
IN Q= Fair-goers are out
SUPER=07-Hunter Wilson; :19
SUPER=07-Chris Hincker; :29
SUPER=07-Dorris Jones; :38
SUPER=01-Steve Browetsky/Concessions Coordinator; :50
SUPER=01-Joy Sutton/Intern Reporter; :57
OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7
(( Fair-goers are out trying their luck, seeing if they have the skill to win
that special prize.
But sometimes the odds of winning are against them.
At this game, workers say only 1 in 10 people win in the first try.
Hunter Wilson spent 4-dollars playing shoot at the star..and didn't win
IN Q=I guess
((HUNTER WILSON/FAIR-GOER: I GUESS IT JUST TAKE LUCK TO WIN))
OUT Q=to win
But 8-year-old Chris Hinker won at the roll-a-ball game. He says it's all
about developing a strategy.
IN Q=I went for the
((CHRIS HINKER/FAIR-GOER: I WENT FOR THE THREE.SINCE THE THREE WAS IN THE
CORNER..SO IF IT BOUNCED OFF THE THREE IT WOULD GO INTO THE FIVE ))
OUT Q=into the five
Some people think games like bingo have better odds and more chances of
IN Q=Your chances
((DORRIS JONES/FAIR-GOER: YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING ARE WHOLE LOT BETTER BECAUSE
THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO PLAY HERE. YOUR ODDS ARE LOWERED ))
OUT Q=odds are lowered
Overall fair-coordinators say chances are 1 in 4 of taking home a prize.
IN Q=We are in the business
((STEVE BROETSKY/CONCESSIONS MANAGER: WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY BUT
WE'RE HERE FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT AS A COUNTY FAIR AND 1 AND 4 ARE OUR AVERAGE
OUT Q=are our average
IN Q=And at this game
((JOY SUTTON/INTERN REPORTER: AND AT THIS GAME.. THE DUCK POND..EVERY PLAYER
WINS. YOU CHOOSE 3 DUCKS ADD THE NUMBERS ON THE BOTTOM AND THEY TELL YOU WHICH
PRIZE YOU WIN. AT THE SALEM FAIR, JOY SUTTON-NEWS-7))
OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7
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SUPER=332-Storms Ending/Foggy/60-63/Becoming/Mostly Sunny/78-82;
SUPER=333-Gradual/Clearing/63-66/Mostly Sunny/Less Humid/78-82;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Morning Fog/60-64/Becoming/Mostly Sunny/75-80;
Highlights of the MLS all-star game and tonight Hillcats - Avalanche game in
Plus, Tyson gets tagged, and Sparky was in town today.
But first, this afternoon the Kansas City Royals fired manager Bob Boone and
replaced him with former Cubs hitting coach Tony Muser, who inherits a team
that is 10 games under 500.
GO TO SCORES!!
IN Q=first audio
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The Major League Soccer, staged its second all-star game last night at
Giants' stadium in New Jersey.
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ/ESPN; :00
Fans were hoping for a high scoring game and they were not disappointed as
the West struck first, with Dante Washington, the former Radford Highlander
who plays for the Dallas Burn, making it 1-to-nothing.
It was 2 to nothing West at halftime before Carlos Valderrama of the Tampa
Bay Mutiny took over the game.
He had a goal and two assists in the second half to power the East to a
5-to-4 comeback win.
SUPER=34-East Stars/5/West Stars/4;
Valderrama gets his second straight MVP award, and Bruce Arena, the East's
head coach gets the win.
GRAPHIC=Hillcats vs. Avalanche
Lynchburg and Salem have identical 11 and 8 records so far in the second
half, but the Hillcats sit atop their division, while the Avalanche are 2 and a
half games back in the Southern. The two met last night in the Hill City.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats;
To historic City Stadium we go, where we pick it up in the 3rd with the
bases juiced for Lynchburg's Tike Redman, who lifts a fly ball into
center...Shon Walker tags up but gets gunned out at the plate by Garrett
Neubart to keep the game scoreless.
It would stay that way until the 7th. Aramis Ramirez cranks his 19th homer
of the year over the left-center field wall to give the 'Cats a 1-zip lead.
They got some insurance on this sac fly by Mark Farris that plates Chris
Miyake, and the Hillcats win the battle of 460, 3 to 1.
The two teams hook up again tonight in Lynchburg.
The big league teams will be back on the field tonight following the all-star
And it's a break Braves' pitcher Greg Maddux would just as soon forget.
He gave a homer in last night's game,
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :00
and yesterday he had to watch his 58 year old father David Maddux appear in
Tuesday police arrested Greg's father and charged him with sexual imposition,
a third degree misdemeanor after the elder Maddux allegedly fondled a hotel
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=04-1995 British Open;:00
Elsewhere, John Daly, who is still battling alcoholism, has withdrawn from
next week's British Open.
The 1995 tournament champion says his personal health at this time just
doesn't allow him play to his capabilities.
Last month he withdrew from the US Open in the middle of the second round.
Mike Tyson will have to fight outside the country for at least the next
Yesterday the Nevada athletic commission revoked his boxing license for at
least a year and took $3 million dollars of his winnings.
The state's attorney general's office recommended the penalties.
((GORDON FINK/DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL:))
SUPER=01-Gordon Fink/Deputy Attorney General; :00
OUT Q=...NOT BE ENOUGH."
Still to come tonight, we'll turn out attention to football as we check in
with the Rush
and see how Sparky fired up the Kiwanis club this afternoon.
The Roanoke Kiwanis Club was treated to a visit from UVa's new offensive
Steve Mason has more on Sparky Woods visit to the Patrick Henry Hotel this
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Sparky Woods/UVa Offensive Coordinator; :10
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1996-97 Season; :55
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Speaking to a room mainly filled with Hokies; Sparky Woods openly expressed
his optimism about UVa's upcoming season; despite the loss of 15 starters.
The offensive picture is not as clear as the artist's rendition Woods
brought of the improvements that are being made to Scott Stadium. The two
biggest challenges; a young, inexperienced offensive line without depth, and a
new starting quarterback in Aaron Brooks. Woods, who was the head coach at
South Carolina for five years; has worked closely with George Welsh.
Woods feels good about former Powell valley star Thomas Jones replacing Tiki
Barber at tailback.))
The Roanoke Rush minor league football team is gearing up for the start of
its third season in the Star City.
Rush ownership and the coaching staff were introduced at Hooters this
The Rush has created a web site and the 1997 schedule includes nine homes
games. The offense will also have a new look.
IN Q="last year
((DUKE STRAGER/RUSH HEAD COACH:))
((LARRY LINKOUS/RUSH MAJORITY OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Rush Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Linkous/Rush Majority Owner; :18
OUT Q=...this year"
There was celebration in Victory Lane at the Charlotte Motor Speedway last
But it wasn't for the racers.
William Panaiha and Joy Pilla tied the knot last night in front of family,
friends, and hundreds of race fans.
The couple met at the race track so it only seemed approriate that they
In keeping with the racing theme, witnesses threw chicken bones instead of
rice at the happy couple.
It was so touching it even brought a tear to Lugnut's eyes.