IN Q=Here's what's
(( Here's what's next on NEWS-7 Primetime...
four young people wanted in an Atlanta-area murder are arrested in Henry
Parents, teachers and students speak out about the state's tough new
It's Monday July 14th.
Our top story--
KYLE GRAVELY/GE EMPLOYEE: THEY TOLD US TODAY THERE'D BE 160 LAID OFF IN TWO
WEEKS AND THERE'S GONNA BE A TWO WEEK SHUTDOWN STARTING NEXT WEEK. What's the
reaction. GRAVELY: WELL I GUESS THEY'RE NOT SURPRISED AFTER LAST WEEK.
After several days of speculation G-E employees get the official word:
more layoffs are on the way.
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Good Evening, you're watching News 7 Prime Time on WEFC. I'm Eric Earnhart,
sitting in tonight for Connie Stevens.
For the third time this year General Electric in Salem is laying off
This time it's 160 production employees who will be getting pink slips.
Several employees we talked with are discouraged.
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SUPER=01-Tommy Lane/GE Employee;
OUT Q=about anything
The company says the indefinite reduction of the 160 hourly jobs will be
effective August fourth.
PLUS there will be a two week partial shutdown, which begins next Monday.
G-E officials maintain the layoffs are necessary because the plant isn't
getting enough work.
Virginia state police got a surprise when they checked the license plate
of a car which refused to stop for troopers in Henry County this weekend.
The car was carrying three half brothers and a teenage girl suspected in
an Atlanta area murder.
Police think the 17 year old girl lured her 18 year old boyfriend Vernon
Greer to a Georgia park Friday night.
The girl and three other males
are accusing of stealing Greer's car and allegedly drown him in a nearby lake.
20 year old Jeffrey Bohannon, 19 year old Wayne Curtis Shaw, the 17 year
old girl, and a 15 year old boy now face murder and robbery charges.
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Some families in Covington are afraid chemicals sprayed on a nearby
cornfield are making them sick.
After work crews sprayed herbicide on the field, the leaves on Brenda
Fleming's trees began to curl up.
IN Q=we had a flood
((BRENDA FLEMING/NEIGHBOR; WE HAD A FLOOD ON JUNE THE FIRST AND THERE WAS A LOT
OF WATER THAT POOLED AND EVENTUALLY HAD TO SEEP INTO THE GROUND. WHICH MEANS I
KNOW THAT IT COULD SEEP INTO THE WELL.
DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/(D) WARM SPRINGS; IT DOESN'T SOUND GOOD, IT SOUNDS LIKE THE
PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE HAVE HAD SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH BREATHING AND OTHER
HEALTH RELATED PROBLEMS, IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S ENOUGH THAT'S HAPPENED HERE TO
GIVE THEM SOME CAUSE
FOR CONCERN ABOUT THEIR WATER AS WELL))
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Deeds says right now there's no proof the spraying was illegal.
Neighbors say the company growing the corn, Bluestone Farms of West
Virginia, said there was nothing it could do about the spraying.
No one answered the telephone at the company's headquarters this afternoon.
Four simultaneous meetings across the state of Virginia tonight gave the
public a chance to speak its mind about pending changes to the way public
schools are run.
One of those hearings is in Roanoke County at Cave Spring High School.
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Andrew Freiden joins us with an update.
Andrew I understand there are two hot issues being discussed tonight.
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SUPER=01-Jeremy Baldwin/Student; :14
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :24
SUPER=01-Dale Graves/Elementary Principal; :40
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(Eric question--Vocational and fine arts teachers supposedly have some
concerns about the proposed changes as well?)
New details released from JonBenet Ramsey's autopsy report confirm what most
people already suspected.
The report says the six year suffered a blow to the head, and was possibly
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Boulder County officials lost a battle to keep the information sealed, when
the Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear the case.
They said keeping details secret was an important investigative tool.
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((MADELINE MASON/BOULDER COUNTY ATTORNEY; THAT WAS A RED FLAG TO TAKE THAT
PERSON'S INFORMATION VERY SERIOUSLY. IF THAT SAME PIECE OF INFORMATION NOW
COMES OUT IN THE AUTOPSY REPORT, AND SOMEONE COMES IN AND TELLS YOU THAT, YOU
DON'T KNOW HOW TO EVALUATE IT, YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT'S FROM THE AUTOPSY REPORT
OF IF IT'S GENUINE FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE))
SUPER=01-Madeline Mason/Boulder County Attorney;
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The investigation has been going on since December 26th... there have been
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The path of TWA flight 800 was re-created today, almost a year after the
plane blew up and crashed off Long Island.
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The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to re-create the flight
conditions and, using several different scenarios, find out what caused the
plane to explode.
The test plane is loaded with 150 sensors, many monitoring vapors in the
center fuel tank.
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((JIM HALL/NTSB CHAIRMAN; TWO THINGS OBVIOUSLY THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN THESE
TESTS, ONE, OF COURSE, IS TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO TWA 800, THE OTHER IS TO
ADVANCE THE WHOLE AREA OF SAFETY OF THESE CENTER TANKS AND FUEL SYSTEMS. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/NTSB Chairman;
OUT Q=fuel systems
The test flights will examine six different scenarios that could have
caused the crash... four involving mechanical failure, and two involving
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Up next on News 7 Prime Time--it's coach versus parent--first on the court
and now in the courtroom.
We'll have that story.
Also man's best friend has a real nose for trouble--Bedford County sheriffs
deputies have some new crime fighting partners.
go to break
From one court to another--
William Byrd basketball coach Paul Barnard was back on the hardwood tonight
after being cleared of assault charges in a courtroom earlier in the day.
The father of one of Barnard's players swore out a warrant, claiming the
61-year old coach had bumped the boy with his chest and shoulders.
Coach Barnard said it was the boy's father, BILLY Belcher, who struck him,
hard enough to knock Barnard down.
The judge threw out the case against the coach.
IN Q=We're disappointed that
SUPER=01-Billy Belcher/Basketball Booster Club Pres.
OUT Q=like that.
The judge said he found sufficient evidence to convict Belcher but took the
charge against him under advisement.
IN Q=I think it leaves
SUPER=01-Paul Barnard/Wm. Byrd Basketball Coach
OUT Q=WILL touch a kid. (double out--quick out)
Coach Barnard left the courthouse and drove straight to Tidewater where he
coached the all star WEST team in tonight's game in Hampton.
What is it worth to Virginia to reduce the single parent population?
Health officials say it could mean 20 million dollars.
In order to get the money, the state must be one of the five best in the
nation at reducing out of wedlock births, without increasing abortions.
Currently in the state, one out of every three children is born outside of
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((ROBERT METCALF/VA. HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES SECRETARY: RESEARCH PROVES
THAT CHILDREN RAISED IN TWO PARENT HOMES HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO THRIVE THAN
THOSE RAISED WITH OUT AN INTACT FAMILY, ESPECIALLY IF THE FATHER IS NOT IN THE
SUPER=01-Robert Metcalf/Va. Health & Human Resources Sec.;
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101 "Partners in Prevention" groups throughout the state are helping to
If Virginia wins the money-- it'll be split among all localities, and used
to reduce out of wedlock births.
A work-related accident claimed the life of a 62 year old Floyd County man
The victim was working a house on
Sweet Annie Drive.
Allen Junior Nichols was apparently using a 4-wheel drive front-end loader.
Police say he was removing the top of a small house-- when the loader
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((LT. BILL MEADOR: HE APPARENTLY GOT TOO CLOSE TO A SMALL EMBANKMENT, ROLLED
OVER ON THE EMBANKMENT AND WAS CRUSHED BY THE VEHICLE. ))
SUPER=01-Lt.Bill Meador/Roanoke Fire & Rescue
OUT Q=crushed by the vehicle
Rescue workers arrived within minutes---but the victim died at the scene.
It took six hours to remove Nichols' body--because the loader weighed so
Sniffing out drugs in Bedford County will be a little easier now that a
few four legged friends are joining the force.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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SUPER=01-Betty Schuette/Regal Medical Services; :21
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :36
SUPER=01-Irv Pagan/Bedford Co. Deputy; 1:03
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; 1:19
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(( They're smart, they've got a nose for crime and they'll work for dog
Meet the three newest members of the Bedford County sheriff's department.
It costs six thousand dollars to buy and train a good drug dog.. the county
could only afford one, but business owners Betty and David Schuette had no
problem writing a check for two more. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=Our law
((BETTY SCHUETTE/REGAL MEDICAL SERVICES: OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS NEED ALL
THE HELP THEY CAN GET OUT THERE AND I DON'T THINK YOU CAN PUT A DOLLAR VALUE ON
OUT Q=on their life.
Rico and Volco are both Belgian Malinois', which authorities say are quick,
hard-working dogs that don't tire easily.
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((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THEM,
THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH A PATTERN OF SEARCHES. IF IT'S CLOSE BY THEY'RE
GOING TO FIND IT.))
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natsot barking 1:11:15
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((Most of Bedford County's drug interdiction has taken place on the county's
major highways, and this is where deputies say drug dogs can really help out.
If a deputy has stopped a vehicle that he feels might be carrying illegal
drugs, but he doesn't have enough probable cause to search the car.. a
drug-sniffing dog can make all the difference.))
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IN Q=I just give
((IRV PAGAN/BEDFORD CO. DEPUTY: I JUST GIVE HIM THE COMMAND TO SEARCH, OR
FETCH- FIND, AND HE'LL JUST GO SWEEPING THE CAR, AND IF THERE'S SOMETHING IN
THE CAR THAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT OR SHOULDN'T BE THERE, HE'S GOING TO ALERT ON
THAT AND WE'RE GOING TO ACT ON THAT. HE GIVES US THE PROBABLE CAUSE TO DO A
LITTLE BIT MORE IN- DEPTH SEARCH INSIDE THE VEHICLE.))
OUT Q=inside the vehicle.
And with one dog for each shift, the county will be well- covered.
IN Q=But this will
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: BUT THIS WILL PUT THE DOG IN THE COUNTY AND
INSTEAD OF TAKING 35, 40 MINUTES, MAYBE AN HOUR GETTING A DOG TO A LOCATION, WE
CAN HAVE HIM THERE IN JUST A MATTER OF MINUTES.))
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With every ounce of drugs they turn up, it's just a matter of TIME before
these canines pay for themselves.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
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Stick around-- there's more NEWS-7 Primetime right after this break--
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More legal troubles for big tobacco tops our Healthcheck report tonight.
The first class-action tobacco lawsuit has made it to trial.
A group of flight attendants is suing the nation's five biggest cigarette
makers, claiming second hand 10:17:40
smoke in airplane cabins made them sick.
They maintain the tobacco industry ran a campaign of lies and deceit.
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THEY'RE AN UNCONSCIONABLE GROUP OF PEOPLE -- THE TOBACCO PEOPLE -- AND WE'RE
FINALLY GOING TO SHOW THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE IN COURT.
DAN DONAHUE, R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO
"YES, WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONSTANT DRUMBEAT OF ADVERSE PUBLICITY, BUT WE
HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF FAITH IN THE JURY SYSTEM AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO
PRESENTING OUR CASE, HERE, TO THEM. " ))
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The recent agreement between tobacco companies and state attorneys will NOT
affect this trial, if a verdict is reached before the agreement is approved by
This is the height of summer vacation for kids--hot sunny days when they're
just itching to get outdoors and play.
Doctors warn to protect young skin you should apply sunscreen at least a
half hour BEFORE they go.
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That's because it takes at least that long for sunscreen to penetrate the
skin and provide the most protection.
You should use a sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 15, and don't
If you don't apply enough, the protection level can drop as low as 6.
Doctors say it takes about a palm-full to completely protect a child.
Finally, for continued protection, you should re-apply sunscreen every two
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Tonight's video comes from Roanoke...the annual workshop of employees from
the architectural firm of Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern.
People from the firm's ten southeast offices celebrated by dressing up as
various structural landmarks...
Hey, who says architects don't know how to have fun?
Their slogan is... if you build it, we'll wear it.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, the Hillcats hook up with Durham, the Phoenix
race track is sold, VMI inks two women to scholarship players.
And we'll check in on some NFL training camps.
But first news tonight from the NFl that the Panthers have released center
Curtis Whitely, the six year pro who played at Clemson.
Last season he was suspended for four games for violating the league's
substance abuse policy.
His departure frees up $850 thousand dollars under the salary cap.
WIPE TO SCORES
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take a break!!
The Lynchburg Hillcats hosted the Durham Bulls for the final time ever
Next year Durham moves up to Triple-A, and tonight Lynchburg tried to send
the Bulls south with parting shot.
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The heat may have kept some folks home tonight and that's a shame because the
Cats were cooking early.
With Lynchburg up one to nothing, Derek Swafford hits one straight up the
middle and chases home Mike Asche to make it two to nothing in the bottom of
Later in the that frame, Shon Walker lifts one to right field. The
outfielder makes the catch, but Swafford tags on the sac fly, and
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Lynchburg takes 3-to-zip lead.
But right now it's tied up at 5-all in the top of the 11th.
The Redskins and Panthers don't check into their summer training camp sites
until later this week.
But a number of NFL clubs are not only in camp but already in trouble.
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SUPER=03-Lake Forest, IL/Bears Camp;:00
Bears head coach Dave Wanstadt was riding his team pretty hard today as it
opened camp in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Among those in attendance was prized draft pick running back Darnell Autry.
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((DARNELL AUTRY/BEARS ROOKIE RUNNING BACK:))
SUPER=01-Darnell Autry/Bears Rookie Running Back; :00
OUT Q=...HAVE ANYWAY."
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/Lions Camp;
While the Bears have their full complement of backs, first year Lions boss
Bobby Ross is without running back Barry Sanders, who is again holding out for
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((BOBBY ROSS/LIONS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Ross/Lions Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...IGNORE IT.
SUPER=03-Buffalo, NY/Bills Camp;
Bruce Smith still hasn't shown up at the Bills camp in Buffalo, but the post
Jim Kelly era is well underway with Todd Collins as the team's new quarterback.
((TODD COLLINS/BILLS QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Todd Collins/Bills Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...TO FILL."
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/Packers Camp;
And the defending Super Bowl champ are not exactly taking it easy.
Take a look at the full contact drill and the nice tackle by William & Mary
rookie Darren Sharper.
The VMI track and field team signed seven athletes to scholarship papers
today, including the first two female scholarship athletes in the 158 year
history of the school.
Rachel Love, a distance runner from Emmaus, Pennsylvania and discus thrower
Kelly Sullivan from Jackson, Georgia will both join head coach Mike Bozeman.
The Phoenix International Raceway was purchased today by someone other than
Bruton Smith, the man who controls Texas, Charlotte, and Bristol.
International Speedway Corporation which owns, Daytona, Talladega, Darlington
and Watkins Glen, purchased the 65 thousand seat one mile oval this morning.
One of the ISC's first priorities will be adding 25 thousand news seats.
Bill France Jr. is the CEO of International Speedway Corporation.
And finally tonight some NBA news concerning Reggie Miller, the former
olympian and current Indiana Pacers star guard.
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You many remember back in the spring that Miller's three million dollar lake
home burned to the ground in a fire that had destroyed 70 percent of the house
before fireman could even reach it.
Today investigators say they are confident Miller is a victim of arson.
Reggie is offering $10 thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest
in the case.
The world's best bike riders headed uphill for the first time in the Tour De
Today's stage nine was a 113 mile ride with Laurent Brochard winning by 14
Claude Vasseur held on to the overall lead and the yellow jersey today.
That is News 7 Prime Time for this Monday.
Thanks for watching. For more news in half an hour, we invite you to join
Have a good night.
Jean Jadhon, Mike and Robin for News 7 at 11 on W-D-B-J.