One of the world's top fashion designers has been gunned down in Miami.
SUPER=03-Miami Beach, FL;
Fifty- year- old Gianni Versace (jee-AH'-nee vehr-SAH'-chee) was shot this
morning outside his Florida mansion.
He reportedly later died at a Miami hospital.
Along with Giorgio Armani, Versace is considered Italy's leading
ready- to- wear designer and a symbol of Italian fashion.
Police have yet to release the name of the man found shot to death in
Lynchburg early this morning.
Around 1:45, police responded to a report of shots being fired near the
corner of 15th and Monroe Streets.
They arrived to find a man lying face down in the street.. he'd been shot at
least once and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Teresa Farmer was at her mother's house a block away when she heard the
IN Q=I heard like
((TERESA FARMER/HEARD GUNSHOTS: I HEARD LIKE FOUR GUNSHOTS AND I ASKED HER
`WHAT WAS THAT?', SHE SAID `GUNSHOTS', THEN I HEARD LIKE TWO MORE.))
SUPER=01-Teresa Farmer/Heard Gunshots; :00
OUT Q=like two more.
Police say they have no suspects and few leads in the shooting.
IN Q=Where we go
((CAPT. LEON THOMAS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WHERE WE GO FROM HERE IS THAT WE WILL
FIRST GET THE INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFIED AND WE HAVE SOME THINGS THAT WE'LL BE
DOING. THE BODY WILL BE SENT TO ROANOKE FOR THE MEDICAL EXAMINER FOR AN AUTOPSY
DURING THE DAYLIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Leon Thomas/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=the daylight.
This is Lynchburg's first murder of 1997.
The last few weeks have had a number of ups and downs for workers at General
Electric plant in Salem.
Last week they got a new contract.
This week, word of 160 layoffs and a partial plant shutdown.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=For the
SUPER=01-Les Brown/Laid Off GE Employee;:41
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( For the past few days 900 production workers at the Salem G-E plant had
the prospect of impending layoffs hanging over them.
SOT 15:15:01 ge tape
IN Q=It's something
((DENNIS PARKS/GE EMPLOYEE: IT'S SOMETHING DEFINITE THIS TIME.))
OUT Q=definite this time.
They now know the details of G-E's cost cutting plan.
It includes the indefinite reduction of about 160 hourly jobs, plus a two
week partial shutdown that affects nearly everyone in production.
SOT 15:11:55 ge tape
IN Q=There's no
((THERE'S NO JOB SECURITY. IT'S ALL I CAN TELL YOU, BAD MANAGEMENT.))
OUT Q=bad management.
The company explains it doesn't have enough work on the factory floor to
maintain current employment.
This marks the third layoff this year at G-E, leaving some wondering about
the future of the industrial drives plant.
SOT 15:14:03 ge tape
IN Q=I'm not sure
((LES BROWN/LAID OFF GE EMPLOYEE: I'M NOT SURE. I DON'T KNOW IF THE WORK IS
BEING OUTSOURCED OR WHAT.))
OUT Q=or what.
Even the salaried side of the building hasn't been immune to cutbacks.
125 pink slips went out there last month.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
G-E is way up on the list of the world's largest companies.
TAKE STILL STORE
The latest ranking of "The Fortune 500" came out today.
General Motors garnered top honors, with 19-96 revenues of 168- BILLION-
Many large local employers made the list, including G-E, WalMart, Kroger,
Others in the ranking are Columbia- H-C-A, Goodyear Tire, Bell Atlantic, and
G-E is actually new to the top spot on the list.
It bumped off Mitsubishi, the previous leader.
GRAPHIC=TOBACCO UNDER FIRE
White House aides today will try to light a fire under tobacco industry
That includes seeing whether they will go for possible changes in the big
industry tax break that is part of the proposed multi BILLION dollar
Meantime, industry lawyers today will present their opening statements in
the nation's first secondhand smoke trial.
Sixty-thousand flight attendants have filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming
that passengers' smoking made them sick.
More trouble aboard the damaged Mir space station.
Crucial repair work has been put on hold for up to ten days.
Jonathan Sanders reports.
SUPER=01-Sergei Krikolyiev/Deputy Mir Flight Controller; :53
SUPER=01-Philip Engelauf/NASA; 1:21
SUPER=01-Jonathan Sanders/Reporting; 1:27
OUT Q=JS, CBSN, Moscow.
The overstressed crew commander of Russia's Mir space station is
experiencing heart problems that are forcing delays in plans to repair the
REST and NO WORK is the order of the day for Russian cosmonauts--
..... a scheduled dress rehearsal for a space walk to repair the damaged
MIR space station was abruptly postponed, this morning.then the walk itself
Ground control ordered the delays after the MIR's commander Vasily
reported he had an irregular heartbeat.
Yesterday, the 43 year old cosmonaut startled mission control by
repeatedly asking if he was well enough to carry out a planned spacewalk.
Since the MIR space station was damaged in a collision with a cargo
ship 20 days ago, the Russian space agency has been simulating underwater
the procedures needed to fix the damaged and reconnect MIR's electrical
SERGEI KRIKOLYIEV, DEPUTY MIR FLIGHT CONTROLLER: "I THINK THE
MOST DIFFICULT THING WOULD BE CONNECTIONS--SOME CONNECTORS, 3 OF THEM
IS KIND OF DIFFICULT TO REACH."
Veteran Cosmonaut Tsibiliev now questions whether he is healthy enough to carry
out such a difficult mission in the weightlessness of outerspace.
And suddenly today there is talk that his American colleague, astronaut
Michael Foale who has performed spacewalks for NASA might replace
the ailing Russian as one of the outerspace repairmen.
PHILIP ENGELAUF, NASA: "BASED ON DISCUSSIONS INTERNAL TO
THE RUSSIAN PROGRAM THEY ARE CONSIDERING SUBSTITUTING MR. FOALE."
Foale, of course would need to study up and get trained for the
intricate repair procedure--that would further delay the repair mission...all
the delays create a domino effect, postponing all subsequent
missions, but the Russians insist while the timetables may slide,
mir will be fixed--and will keep flying around the earth. JS, CBSN, Moscow.))
The crash of a cargo plane in Giles County will be the focus of a National
Transportation Safety Board hearing today.
SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 1996;
The crash last December killed
all six aboard.
The N-T-S-B will try to find a probable cause for the D-C-eight crash.
We will be following the hearings and will have more tonight on News 7 at
five and six.
TAPE#net (edit of 597-34)
A nearby cornfield has some Covington families worried.
They are afraid chemicals sprayed on the field 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))
OUT Q=water as well
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 yesterday.
The Israeli Olympic games have been suspended for 24 hours following a fatal
bridge collapse at the start of the games.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;
Two Australian athletes were killed and more than 60 other athletes were
injured as they crossed the bridge over the Yarkon river to reach a stadium.
((HARRY PRESSEL:WE'RE STILL IN A STATE OF SHOCK AND WE'RE STUNNED AND IT JUST
DOESN'T FEEL REAL,THE WHOLE EPISODE, IT CAN'T HAPPEN, IT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN. ))
SUPER=01-Harry Pressel/Australian Team Manager;
OUT Q=it shouldn't happen.
In a controversial decision yesterday, organizers decided to proceed with
the opening ceremonies even as the search for victims continued.
They later decided to halt the games until tomorrow.
A day of home improvements turned fatal yesterday in Floyd County.
The accident happened yesterday afternoon off of Sweet Annie Drive.
It took rescue workers nearly six hours to remove 62- year- old Allen Junior
Nichols from underneath a front end loader.
He was apparently trying to remove the top of a small house--when the vehicle
IN Q=He apparently got
((LT. BILL MEADOR/ROANOKE CO. FIRE & RESCUE: HE APPARENTLY GO TOO CLOSE TO A
SMALL EMBANKMENT, ROLLED OVER ON THE EMBANKMENT AND WAS CRUSHED BY THE VEHICLE
SUPER=01-Lt. Bill Meador/Fire & Rescue
OUT Q=crushed by the vehicle
Authorities say Nichols died at the scene.
It turned into a shocking day for Virginia state troopers when they pulled
over a car after it refused to stop in Henry County this weekend.
When the troopers checked the license plate they found the group in the car
was 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 accused of stealing Greer's car and allegedly drowning him in a nearby
Twenty- 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
Authorities in Colorado have released the graphic details of Jon Benet
The report reveals Ramsey was hit by a blunt object that fractured her
She was strangled and may have been sexually assaulted at the time of the
Police have yet to make an arrest in the case.
Prosecutors worry making the report public has jeopardized the case.
sot from net b
((MADELINE MASON/BOULDER COUNTY ATTORNEY: 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 Co. Attorney;
OUT Q=first hand knowledge
Meantime, Ramsey's parents continue their relocation to Georgia.
A moving van arrived at their new home yesterday in an Atlanta suburb.
Bill Cosby is expected to be in the spotlight today at the trial of Autum
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Jackson is the woman who claims to be Cosby's illegitimate daughter.
She is accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from the entertainer.
Cosby denies he's Jackson's father, although he admits having had an
affair with her mother.
New proposed changes in Virginia's public schools have been catching
Andrew Freiden tells us what happened at a public meeting at Cave Spring
High School last night.
SUPER=01-Mickey Nixon/Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Jeremy Baldwin/Student; :14
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :24
SUPER=01-Dale Graves/Elementary Principal; :40
OUT Q=News7, Roanoke County.
Some local and state officials are CUTTING DOWN Jim Gilmore's proposed tax
The Republican candidate for Governor wants to reduce the personal property
But those who collect the taxes believe that would create a hardship for
IN Q=I know that
((DAVID ANDERSON/ROANOKE CITY TREASURER: I KNOW THAT THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX
ISSUE IS UNPOPULAR. WE HEAR THAT A LOT IN THE CITY TREASURER'S OFFICE, AS YOU
WOULD EXPECT. BUT I THINK MOST CITIZENS REALIZE THAT IT'S A SOURCE OF REVENUE
THAT PROVIDES THE NEEDED SERVICES THAT WE ALL EXPECT ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS. ))
SUPER=01-David Anderson/Roanoke City Treasurer;
OUT Q=day to day basis
Anderson and others at this morning's news conference don't believe the
state could adequately re- imburse local governments to provide for education
and public safety.
No one in Gilmore's office was able to be reached for comment.
Twenty- million dollars -- that's the reward the Commonwealth could receive
if the single parent population decreases.
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;
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.
Volcanos were big at the box office earlier this year, now some footage that
even Hollywood couldn't create.
SUPER=03-Kilauea Volcano, HI;
OUT Q=(lava flow)
Red hot lava began spilling into the ocean yesterday.
The six mile lava flow started yesterday from the Kilauea (kee-low-AY-ow)
Officials insist homes near the molten stream are safe.
SUPER=332-Partly/Cloudy/63-66/Partly Cloudy/Storms Possible/84-87;
SUPER=334-Partly/Cloudy/63-66/Partly Cloudy/Storms Possible/83-86;
The Durham Bulls took "charge" over the Lynchburg Hillcats in the final trip
to City Stadium before the Bulls move up to the Triple-A ranks next year.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Bulls vs. Hillcats; :00
The heat may have kept some folks home and that's a shame because the Cats
were cooking in the mid innings.
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
SUPER=37-Durham/9/Lynchburg/5/Final In 11;
Lynchburg takes 3-to-zip lead.
But Durham comes back to win it 9-to-5 in 11 innings.
The Baltimore Orioles have finally taken flight again ending a six game
losing streak last night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Jays vs. O's; :00
The Orioles beat the Jays 9-to-5 as Brady Anderson, Geronimo Berroa, and B.J.
Surhoff each homered.
Anderson now has 8 homers on the SUPER=35-Toronto/5/Baltimore/9;
year, last year at this point he had over 30.
O's win by 4.
Earlier this month we took a look at a group of area soccer players who were
on their way to Europe.
Well, the Roanoke Stars 15- year- old all-star team is not only safely across
the Atlantic, but it is already winning.
Yesterday the team beat the club from Stockholm, Sweden 2-to-nothing in its
first match in the Gothia Cup tournament.
From the soccer field to the football field, the Panthers camp opens in
Spartanburg, South Carolina this weekend
and yesterday the team released center Curtis Whitely.
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.
In other N-F-L news, the New England Patriots have re-signed free agent
tight end Lovett Purnell.
Purnell, a six-foot-three inch and 245-pound tight end, was
first drafted by the Patriots in 19-96.
He is the final exclusive rights free agent signed by the Patriots. Five
The terms of Purnell's agreement have not been released.
rookie draft choices remain to be signed.