Next on News 7-
Pink slips at General Electric-
Len Besthoff will have a live report with details.
Plus four young people wanted for murder in Georgia are stopped in this
The heat stays on for a while yet and the threat of showers is fairly low
this week. More on that and the latest from the tropics coming up.
In medical news, some tips for keeping your children safe in the sun.
and more legal troubles for big tobacco.
A group of flight attendants says years of working in smoke filled cabins
made them sick.
News 7 at Five is next.
The work week starts off on a sour note for some 160 General Electric
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The confusion over layoffs has ended at the Salem G-E plant.
Problem is, they're coming.
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Len Besthoff has the details.
Len, this is not the first job cut we've seen at this plant this year-
Jean this is actually number THREE.
Back in January about 170 production workers got pink slips.
Then last month 125 salaried people got the ax.
Now, another 160 production jobs are going.
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IN Q=Well if they got
SUPER=01-Tommy Lane/GE Employee; :00
OUT Q=during the second
Jean the company says this is the way it has to cope with a reduced factory
Double Boxes=Jean and Len/StarLink
Right now the plant has about 1000 salaried people and 900 hourly, who make
control systems for heavy industrial machinery.
(JEAN QUESTION: LEN, NOW WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE WAS CONFUSION ABOUT THIS?)
Virginia state police have arrested three half brothers and a teenage girl
who drove from Georgia after allegedly committing a murder.
The youngsters refused to stop for a state trooper directing traffic on
Morgans Ford Road in Henry County this weekend.
The trooper then linked the license plate to a stolen car.
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 then stole 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.
An accident this afternoon claims the life of a 62 year old in Floyd County.
It happened off of
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
IN Q=He apparently got
((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
Assault charges against William Byrd Basketball Coach Paul Barnard
(buh-NARD) have been dismissed.
The father of one of his 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 Steve's father, BILLY Belcher who struck him hard
enough to knock him 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.
Coach Barnard left the courthouse and drove straight to Tidewater where
he'll coach the all star WEST team in tonight's game in Hampton.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on News 7 at Five,
investigators are re-enacting the final minutes of T-W-A Flight 800 in hopes of
determining what caused the jetliner to crash nearly a year ago.
It figured prominently in O-J Simpson's murder trial--today the estate at
360 North Rockingham was put on the auction block and quickly sold.
And a new advancement in the field of breast cancer prevention.
We'll have that story in Health Check.
Plus, a Ferrum grad who's made good has returned to his alma mater.
Patrick Evans will introduce us to Emmy winning makeup artist Dean Gates.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
The T-W-A crash investigation is taking to the sky-
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
A Boeing 747 equipped with special equipment took off from New York's
It's re-creating the conditions that led to the explosion of Flight 800-
One main focus- vapors in the jet's fuel tank.
((THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS FLIGHT AND TWA FLIGHT 800 IS WE WILL HAVE A GOOD
IDEA THROUGH THE WHOLE FLIGHT WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE VAPORS IN THE TANK.))
SUPER=01-James Hall/Nat'l Transportation Safety Board;
OUT Q=vapors in the tank.":
Today's is the first of ten planned flight tests.
It was last July TWA flight 800 exploded shortly after takeoff killing all
230 people aboard.
It's not mechanical problems but health troubles now worrying Mir astronauts.
The Mir commander is showing signs of heart irregularities- and he's blaming
The Russian space station's had several problems- including a fire on board
It was just last month a cargo ship smashed into Mir damaging its power
NASA says a risky mission to repair a damaged module is now being put off
until at least Friday.
Going once, going twice-
O-J Simpson's estate went up for auction today- Sold for more than two and
half million dollars.
The buyer is the bank that foreclosed on the home.
((WILCOCKS HALL/BANK REPRESENTATIVE: THE BANK BID AGAINST THE FIELD. THE BANK
BID AGAINST THEY FIELD. THEY FIGURED THEY'LL SELL IT AND MAKE MORE MONEY THAT
JUST TAKING BACK THEIR LOAN.))
SUPER=01-Wilcocks Hall/Bank Representative;
OUT Q=TAKING BACK THEIR LOAN.
The bank got a good deal. The home is worth over 4 million dollars.
It's not clear how soon Simpson will have to leave.
Virginia Health officials announced in Richmond today they are going after a
20 million dollar prize.
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
IN Q=research proves
((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.;
OUT Q=IN THE HOME
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.
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Still to come on News 7 at Five,
he's an award winning makeup artist who's back in our area to lend his
expertise to a local production.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
A big appetite got a Great White Shark into big trouble--it's believed to be
the largest shark ever caught.
The shark was caught today near Port Lincoln in South Australia after it
chewed its way into a tuna breeding cage.
It weighs a ton and a half and measures almost 20 feet.
The shark was shot dead by a diver after it made a meal of a number of fish
in the tuna cage.
It is now on display in a freezer and is likely to be used for
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/68-70/Sunny & Hot/Heat Index 100/92-95;
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SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/60-64/Partly Cloudy/Wind SW-10/84-86;
health music under
There's more News 7 at Five ahead, including a call for volunteers at this
week's Commonwealth Games.
On Health Check-- fighting breast cancer is best done through early
We'll tell you about the first nuclear medicine test approved by the
government, to help spot malignancies.
There's more News 7 at Five just ahead, but first coming up on News 7 at
Bedford County introduced the three newest members of its police force
today... Bon, Rico and Volco (bahn, ree-co and vahl-co).
The three drug- sniffing canines make Bedford the first county in Virginia
that can boast of round- the- clock drug dog service.
IN Q=Get as much
((IRV PAGAN/BEDFORD CO. DEPUTY: GET AS MUCH DOPE OFF THE STREETS AS WE CAN, GET
AS MANY BAD GUYS OFF THE STREETS AS WE CAN. MAYBE JUST USE THEM AS A DETERRENT,
IF PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE'RE OUT ON THE ROAD WORKING, MAYBE SOME PEOPLE WILL JUST
THINK TWICE BEFORE THEY DO WHAT THEY DO.))
SUPER=01-Irv Pagan/Bedford Co. Deputy; :00
OUT Q=what they do.
The department was only able to afford to buy and train ONE drug dog itself,
but local businesses kicked in enough money for two more.
We'll get a chance to see them in action tonight at 6.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
The first class-action tobacco lawsuit went to trial today in Miami.
A group of flight attendants
is suing the nation's five biggest cigarette makers, claiming second hand
smoke in airplane cabins made them sick.
They maintain the tobacco industry ran a campaign of lies and deceit.
IN Q=They're an unconscionable
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. " ))
SUPER=01-Dan Donahue/R.J. Reynolds Tobacco; :07
OUT Q=to them (quick out)
SS=Tobacco Under Fire
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
If your kids are headed out to play on a sunny day, doctors say you should
apply sunscreen at least a half hour BEFORE they go.
10:00 feed 10:35:31
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
GRAPHIC=Breast Cancer Prevention
Doctors now have a new tool that when used with mammography can help spot
malignancies of the breast.
It's called the Miraluma Scan.
Dr. Emily Senay has more.
IN Q=Hermia Kamalodeen is
SUPER=03-New York; :00
SUPER=01-Hermia Kamalodeen/Cancer Patient; :11
SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/Reporting; 1:09
SUPER=01-Dr. Hemalatha Rao/Nuclear Medicine Specialist; 1:21
OUT Q=Dr. E.S. CBS News, NY.
Hermia Kamalodeen is a breast cancer patient who has just undergone a new
test called a Miraluma Scan.
Compared to a mammogram she says the test was a piece of cake.
HERMIA KAMALODEEN/CANCER PATIENT: YOU JUST KEEP LYING THERE. NOBODY IS PUSHING
YOU OR PULLING YOU AROUND--
WHICH IS FAR BETTER THAN THE OLD MAMMOGRAM.
Her doctors at New York's Coney Island Hospital are using the miraluma
scan because they are concerned that cancer had returned to her right breast.
If the Miraluma test is negative it will spare Hermia more surgery.
THIS IS THE AREA IN QUESTION-- THIS IS THE RIGHT BREAST.
When cancer is present it shows up as a dark spot on the miraluma
For Hermia the news is good...the breast is clear.
HER OTHER BREAST IS CLEAN. HER LYMPH NODES --BOTH SIDES AROUND WHICH ARE CLEAN.
SO, WE CONFIDENTLY WILL READ THIS AS NO RECURRENCE AT THIS TIME."
The Miraluma Scan is the first nuclear medicine test approved by the
F-D-A- for breast imaging.
It uses a radioactive tracer which is injected...if there are cancer cells
present the radioactive tracer will be picked up by them and appear as a dark
spot on a picture of the breast.
One thing women need to understand the Miraluma test will not replace
mammography it's really to be used in women who have dense breasts.
Those are breasts that make cancer detection by mammography alone very
DR. HEMALATHA RAO/NUCLEAR MEDICINE SPECIALIST/CONEY ISLAND HOSPITAL:
THERE COULD BE SOME HIDING BEHIND THE DENSE BREAST WHICH YOU ARE
UNABLE TO DETECT ON A MAMMOGRAM YOU CAN BE TESTED BY THE BEST MAMMOGRAPHER AND
MISS THE LESION.
Dr. Rao is careful to point out that the test is to be used along with
a clinical examination and a mammogram because it cannot find a lump smaller
than a centimeter. She also says the miraluma test itself does not diagnose
breast cancer...only a biopsy can do that.
But if all indicators suggest
there is no cancer a breast biopsy can be avoided and the test can be
repeated again in three to six months.
NOW THAT WE HAVE THIS TEST THERE'LL BE A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN THE NUMBER OF
BIOPSIES WHICH ARE DONE ON SUSPICIOUS MAMMOGRAMS.
Right now only a few hospitals are using the miraluma scan...but now
that the test is approved, more institutions will likely begin to incorporate
it into their fight against breast cancer.
Dr. Emily Senay for CBS News, New York.))
Time for sports--the Tour de France headed into the mountains for the first
time in this year's race. Here's Mike Stevens with that story and more.
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Let's get the Monday two minute sports ticker started with some unfortunate
news from the
NBA concerning Reggie Miller, the former olympian and current Indiana Pacers
SUPER=03-Fishers, IN/May 15; :00
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 arrived on the scene.
Today investigators says they are confident Miller is a victim of arson.
Reggie is offering $10 thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest
in the case.
From the flames to France, where the world's best bike riders headed uphill
for the first time in the Tour De france.
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.
South Boston's Jeff Burton became the second Jeff in Winston Cup racing to
win multiple events this season.
While Jeff Gordon was having one of his worst days of the year, Burton
SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/TNN; :00
was busy putting the Exide Battery Ford in the Victory lane for his second
career Cup win.
But some of the excitement was lost due to a last lap crash that destroyed
the back end of John Andretti's car.
Andretti blamed the crash on Jeremy Mayfield.
IN Q="Looked like....
((JOHN ANDRETTI/FINISHED 14TH:))
((JEREMY MAYFIELD/FINISHED 17TH:))
SUPER=01-John Andretti/Finished 14th; :00
SUPER=01-Jeremy Mayfield/Finished 17th; :15
OUT Q=...HAD A WRECK."
And finally, the organizers at the Commonwealth Games of Virginia are in need
of ten motorcyclists and their bikes this Friday.
The cyclists are needed to lead and follow the participants in this Friday's
bike races on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
pinnacle page ( ) at -
If you can help the games organizers, give them a call at Virginia Amateur
Sports at 343-0987, or if you're outside the immediate area call the 800 number
on your screen.
Have a good night everybody. I'll see you again at six.
go to break
Special effects guru Dean Gates, a Ferrum graduate, has returned to his old
stomping grounds for a new production of "The Jungle Book."
Patrick Evans ventured to Ferrum to find out more about this localized
version of the Kipling classic.
OUT Q=News 7 Ferrum College
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