Workers at one of the Roanoke Valley's largest employers say it has
announced a job cutback for the third time this year.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff says word of layoffs went out today at the G-E plant in Salem.
Len, are we talking about hourly or salaried workers?
Melanie, this time around it's hourly workers that are apparently taking the
What's amazing about this is it comes not even 24 hours after unions across
the country gave the thumbs up to a new three year contract.
OUT Q=favor of it.
(( According to workers we spoke with this morning, they were summoned into
meetings this morning by their managers.
The word is there is a shortage of work in the third quarter.
G-E's Salem plant makes control systems for large industrial machines.
Here's how the production moves break down.
Around August fourth, 160 positions will be cut, early retirement offers
could reduce that number though.
In the two weeks prior to that, G-E will have a limited production team in
And on July 18th, for one day, the production side of the plant will be
Now it was just late last night that G-E unions including I-U-E local 161
here in Salem ratified a new three year deal.
95- percent of the members voting in Salem cast their ballots in favor of
Now Melanie, this is the word we're getting from workers at the plant
Double Boxes=Melanie and /Microwave
We have not heard from management yet, though we have put in a call.
(QUESTION: WHAT DOES THE UNION HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS?)
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
The controversial cartoon character Joe Camel is retiring.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco says it's replacing the character with the
ordinary, more lifelike camel.
The announcement comes on the heels of the landmark settlement between the
tobacco companies and the states that
That deal would ban cigarette companies from using cartoons or human figures
in tobacco ads.
The New R-J ad campaign is expected to begin next month.
The well-known camel is not the only tobacco friend feeling a chill.
Tobacco growers in southside are reeling after wind and hail ravaged
hundreds of acres of their crops.
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.
U-S forces provided backup for today's successful capture of an accused war
criminal in Bosnia.
National Security Adviser Sandy Berger says a second suspect was
shot to death when he opened fire on NATO forces.
SAMUEL BERGER, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR U.S. FOR FORCES PROVIDED SOME
LOGISTIC AND BACKUP AND
TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT TO THE OPERATION. ))
SUPER=01-Samuel Berger/National Security Advisor;
OUT Q=to the operation.
This is the first time NATO led forces have arrested war crimes suspects.
There will soon be two empty buildings in a shopping center next to the
Valley View Mall.
Len Besthoff has the more on the closing of two big stores.
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.
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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.))
In Japan today, torrential rains have triggered a massive landslide
sending a deadly flow of mud and rocks down a mountainside and over an entire
At least 19 people are confirmed dead.
Bruce Dunning reports.
SUPER=03-Kyushu Island, Japan;
OUT Q=Bruce Dunning. CBS News Tokyo
The hillside collapsed just after midnight.....tons of mud and rocks poured
down on the sleeping village, burying 15 homes, before anyone could react.
The death toll is expected to pass 20 -- making it the worst such disaster in
So fierce was the rain that rescue workers couldn't work in the stricken
village out of fear of MORE landslides.
sot---villager in japanese
Says this rescuer -- "I helped a person who was under the mud over there, but
it's dangerous. I don't want to go back."
Four days of torrential downpours have soaked most of the island of Kyushu.
And with frequent minor earthquakes, the soil sticks precariously to the
ironically construction was underway on a landslide barrier - just up the hill
-- intended to prevent such a disaster. But the rains came too soon -- more
than a FOOT of rainfall recorded here in the past four days.
And that's not the worst. Other places have recorded as much as two feet of
rain ..... and forecasters predict that the storms -- and the flooding -- will
continue for at least another day.
sot -- second aptv bite
"It's so cruel...says this villager -- who ever thought such a thing could
happen to us?'
But floods and avalanches of mud are a part of life in this region, and once
again, the people of Kyushu have to clear the wreckage and bury their dead.
Bruce Dunning. CBS News Tokyo.))
Mudslides and bad weather are hampering rescue efforts in Venezuela
following the worst earthquake there in 30 years.
At least 43 people were killed, 26 of them students, when an office building
and high school collapsed.
About 50 more are believed to be buried in the rubble.
By October, you can expect to see additional rating codes in the corner of
your T-V screen.
An announcement is expected today from lawmakers and industry officials.
The new system would add the letters "V," "S," and "L" for violence, sex and
The T-V networks have been under fire to change the current system because
critics claimed it was NOT sufficiently warning parents of show content.
Lottery winners aren't the only people benefiting from games put out by the
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.
Legionnaires' disease claimed the life of a Salem man.
But health officials said there have been no other cases in the area.
The victim, a man in his mid-50s, became sick May 23rd and died July 3rd.
Last fall, an outbreak of Legionnaires in the New River Valley was linked to
a store's hot tub display.
Two people died.
Some students at Washington and Lee are benefiting from NASA's exploration
The group is following the movements of the pathfinder and 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/Washington & Lee 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.
From big pigs to midway games..the Salem Fair is bringing summer fun to the
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 Broetsky/Concessions Coordinator; :50
SUPER=19-Joy Sutton; :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))
And joining us now to tell us more about the Salem Fair is John Saunders
from the Salem Civic Center.
SUPER=01-John Saunders/Salem Civic Center
Mr. Saunders thank you for being here.
((How has the fair been going so far?))
((What types of things benefit from the revenue the fair generates?))
((Is there anything new this year?))
((How does the fair benefit the community?))
Thank you so much for joining us today.
Good luck with the rest of the fair.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/& Cool/55-60/Mostly Sunny/Wind NE 10/85-89;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Fog Developing/55-59/Fog Early/Then Sunny/80-85;
SUPER=333-Clear/Skies/50-55/Mostly Sunny/& Mild/80-85;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Late Night Fog/52-56/Turning/Sunny/80-84;
More jobs and training programs will be part of Goodwill's new building
opening in October.
Children brought shovels to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony today.
Goodwill is building a two-story facility on Westover Drive.
Executive Director Mark Segall says the point is to prepare people for
competitive jobs..and that about 25 new jobs will be available in October.
TAPE#net (edit of CL-97)
GRAPHIC=Hillcats vs. Avalanche
Lynchburg and Salem met last night in the Hill City.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats;
Lynchburg's Tike Redman lifts a fly ball into center with the bases loaded.
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.
Mark Farris plates Chris SUPER=37-Salem/1/Lynchburg/3;
Miyake with this hit, and the Hillcats win, 3 to 1.
The two teams hook up again tonight in Lynchburg.
The Roanoke Kiwanis Club was treated to a visit from U-V-A's new offensive
Steve Mason has more on Sparky Woods visit to the Patrick Henry Hotel.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Sparky Woods/U.Va. 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.))
NASA'S trip to Mars may mean a trip to the Toy store for mom and dad.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
The hottest toy in town is the hot wheels version of the Mars rover, complete
with moving parts-- a fold open lander, a pop up camera and don't forget the
The Mattel toy has been selling so fast that many stores already have waiting
lists for them.
We checked around in Roanoke.
Toys R Us is carrying the rover, but is already sold out.