Virginia may be looking at a serial killer.
IN Q=the investigation
SUPER=01-Capt. Pat Sullins/Spotsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
Published reports say the F-B-I's comparison of forensic and behavioral
evidence found a link between the three deaths.
IN Q=to date
OUT Q=as appropriate
Fifteen- year- old Kristin and
12- year- old Kati disappeared May first and were found floating in a
Hanover County river five days later.
Sixteen- year- old Sofia's body
was discovered in a King George County creek eight months earlier.
Tomorrow could be a very messy day for some American businesses.
Teamsters at United Parcel Service say they will strike at midnight tonight
without a new contract.
U-P-S handles about 12 million packages daily.
And a walkout would idle 80 percent of the nation's ground delivery
One analyst says the strike would be more devastating than an airline
Negotiations are continuing today in Washington.
U-P-S is a major shipper in our area.
Coming up on News 7 at five and six, we'll take a look at what the strike
might mean for area businesses.
Yokohama tire workers have a few days to decide whether to ratify a proposed
new six year deal.
Union officials outline contract details in an afternoon meeting yesterday.
Eric Earnhart has reaction.
IN Q=As they came out
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Muncy/Union Worker; :14
SUPER=01-Ed Robtison/Union President; :36
SUPER=01-Clint Howard/Union Worker; :59 quick!!
OUT Q=EE, News 7
(( As they came out of the meeting there were some smiling faces...
And there were some poker faces...
but there were few frowns.
Some workers said the terms of the contract were a pleasant surprise.
IN Q=I thought
((DOUG MUNCY/UNION WORKER; I THOUGHT THE MEDICAL WOULD GO UP A WHOLE LOT. IN
FACT, THEY DROPPED A DOLLAR ON THE PRESCRIPTION CARDS.))
OUT Q=prescription cards
Union officials say the six year deal also includes pension increases, a
better insurance package, cost of living increases, and one quarter of the
company's laid-off workers will be come back to work as soon as the deal is
But all the improvements came at a cost.
SOT 6:48:44 tape1
IN Q=more production
((ED ROBTISON/UNION PRESIDENT; MORE PRODUCTION, THE COMPANY'S DEMANDING MORE
PRODUCTION AND THAT PUTS US, SOME OF THE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY'RE DOING ALL
THEY CAN RIGHT NOW, BUT THAT'S THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THERE, OVERALL IT'S A GOOD
OUT Q=a good package
Another negative point, workers with less seniority will continue working 12
hour shifts on weekends.
But union officials don't think any of the problems are potential
Workers we spoke with feel the contract will be ratified.
SOT 5:52:52 tape 1
((CLINT HOWARD/UNION WORKER; I FEEL LIKE IT WILL, I FEEL LIKE IT WILL, I HOPE
IT DOES ANYWAY ))
OUT Q=does anyway
ACCORDING TO THE RULES, WORKERS HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST 48 HOURS TO CONSIDER THE
DEAL, SO THE CONTRACT VOTE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, FROM SIX AM TO SIX PM AT
THE UNION HALL.
IN ROANOKE COUNTY, ERIC EARNHART, NEWS 7))
An amazing survival story in New Jersey.
The crew aboard a Fed Express Cargo plane escaped a firey crash this morning
with only minor injuries.
Liz Mullen has the story.
SUPER=03-Newark, NJ; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Biermann/WCBS-TV Reporter; ??
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; 1:11
OUT Q=LIZ MULLEN, CBS NEWS, NEWARK
IT LOOKED LIKE GROUND ZERO OF A TRAGEDY, BUT IT TURNED OUT THAT THIS TIME, NO
ONE WOULD DIE. THE MD-11 JET, OPERATED BY FEDERAL EXPRESS, CRASHED AS IT
LANDED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, FLIPPED OVER ON ITS BACK AND BURST INTO
FLAMES. THE FIVE PEOPLE ON BOARD MANAGED TO SCRAMBLE OUT OF THE BURNING,
UPSIDE DOWN JET THROUGH A COCKPIT WINDOW AND WALK AWAY. THEIR INJURIES WERE
DESCRIBED AS MINOR. THOUGH THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH ISN'T KNOWN, ONE MAN WHO
SAW THE PLANE GO DOWN SAID IT WAS ON FIRE BEFORE IT HIT THE RUNWAY.
JOE BIERMANN, WCBS-TV REPORTER: REPORTER DESCRIBES ENGINE BROKEN OFF,
TRACKS OF THE HARD LANDING, ETC.
FIVE HOURS AFTER THE CRASH, THE WRECKAGE WAS STILL BURNING, AND YOU COULD SEE
HOW THIS COULD'VE BEEN A WHOLE LOT WORSE. THE UPSIDE DOWN PLANE CAME TO REST
JUST A COUPLE HUNDRED YARDS FROM A TERMINAL AT THIS, THE BUSIEST OF THE THREE
MAJOR, NEW YORK-AREA AIRPORTS.
IRONICALLY, A FEDERAL EXPRESS PLANE WAS THE FIRST TO TAKE OFF AFTER AIRPORT
OFFICIALS OPENED TWO RUNWAYS FOR DEPARTURES AROUND 7:30. OTHER FEDEX PLANES
TAXIED PAST THE CHARRED WRECKAGE WHICH CONTINUED TO SMOLDER THROUGH THE
MORNING. THE PLANE ORIGINATED IN ANCHORAGE CARRYING PACKAGES, THE TWO-PERSON
CREW AND 3 PASSENGERS. A FEDERAL EXPRESS SPOKESMAN CALLED IT A MIRACLE THAT
NONE OF THEM WAS SERIOUSLY HURT.
CBS NEWS NEWARK.))
It's a day of mourning in the small North Carolina town of Plymouth.
Yesterday ten high school students were killed when their vehicle collided
with a tractor-trailer.
The victims had crammed into a Ford Explorer during a lunch break from band
The Highway Patrol says the driver of the Explorer tried to pass three cars
in a no-passing zone, lost control, and was broadsided by an oncoming tractor
The high school band director identified the bodies.
from am NC pkg 5:21;06
((LEROY BLAND/BAND DIRECTOR;IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR EVERYONE BECAUSE WE WERE
LIKE A BIG FAMILY, IT'S LIKE LOSING PART OF YOUR FAMILY. ))
SUPER=01-Leroy Bland/Band Director;
OUT Q=LOSING PART OF YOUR FAMILY.
There are only 41-hundred residents in Plymouth.
A group of students retracing the route of the Underground Railroad say they
will restart their journey tomorrow, despite Tuesday's accident.
Their bus crashed into the Nottoway River killing a passenger.
The bus was chartered from a Detroit company which has been sued more than a
The Philadelphia "Daily News" quoted some passengers as saying the driver
appeared to fall asleep.
Thirty-four people were injured, most of them young children.
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Executed convict Joseph O'Dell was buried today in an Italian cemetery.
O'Dell was executed last week for raping and killing a Virginia
Beach woman in 19-85.
His case prompted a media campaign in Italy against America's death penalty.
Pope John Paul the Second and top Italian politicians had appealed for
Defense Secretary William Cohen is holding an Air Force General accountable
for not doing enough to ensure the security of a U-S Air Base in Saudi Arabia.
SUPER=03-Saudi Arabia/June 25, 1996;
That base was the target of a terrorist bombing that killed 19 U-S airmen.
Cohen decided to deny brigadier general Terry Schwalier a promotion to
two- star General yesterday.
The action comes despite two Air Force reports that said Schwalier could
NOT be held accountable.
A California couple is among those
missing in a landslide at an Australian ski resort.
Rescue workers fear at least 20 may have died when the mix of earth and
trees crashed into two ski lodges yesterday.
Police recovered the first body this morning.
Rescuers had to sit and listen to victims cry for help because the unstable
scene made search efforts impossible for eleven hours.
By the time the search started this morning, cries could no longer
A move from West Virginia to Blacksburg brings with it a company wide
restructuring that's expected to bring changes to a number of local plants.
Long-Airdox is moving its corporate headquarters to Virginia Tech's
Corporate Research Center.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=Long Airdox
SUPER=01-Joe Meredith/VT Corporate Research President; :11
SUPER=03-Tazewell Co.; :36
SUPER=01-Joe Hunnicutt/Tazewell Co. Economic Dev. Dir.; :50
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; 1:05
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( Long Airdox is the tenth company to move into Virginia Tech's Corporate
The maker of underground mining equipment is expected to begin operating out
of Blacksburg this fall.
IN Q=Early in
((DR. JOE MEREDITH/VT CORPORATE RESEARCH CENTER PRES.:EARLY IN THE YEAR WE WERE
NAMED BEST PRACTICE IN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND RESEARCH CENTERS IN EIGHT STATES
BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THEN ATTRACTING A HIGH
QUALITY MAJOR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, LIKE LONG AIRDOX, IS REALLY OUR SECOND
JEWEL THIS YEAR. ))
The move to Blacksburg is actually part of an overall restructuring within
the company-- that includes closing two plants in Smythe and Tazewell Counties.
Tazewell County's Economic Development Director says nearly 250- will soon
be looking for work when its Richlands plant closes.
But Joe Hunnicutt is trying to be optimistic-- he says the area has a lot to
((JOE HUNNICUTT/TAZEWELL CO. ECONOMIC DEV. DIR.:THERE'S JUST NOT MANY BURKE'S
GARDENS, THE COVES, OUT THERE WHERE THEY SHOT THE LASSIE MOVE, PEOPLE KNOW THAT
IT'S MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY, BUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE IT IS, WE HAVE BEAUTY, AT
THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE BEAUTY IN THE PEOPLE, AS WELL AS A GOOD WORK FORCE.))
OUT Q=good workforce.
The move will have a positive impact on Pulaski County-- where 80- of the
Richlands jobs will be going.
The company's Pearisburg plant will also be adding to its work force.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Columbia/H-C-A Healthcare may be the largest for-profit health care chain
in the country, but a few people are giving it a bad name.
The Justice department says three executives have used illegal means to
increase company profits.
SUPER=03-Ft. Myers, FL;
Yesterday, a federal grand jury indicted the executives on conspiracy and
The justice department says since 19-86, the three have been overcharging
Medicare and a Florida military hospital.
Two weeks ago, the government conducted surprise searches at Columbia
hospitals and offices in seven states.
So far there's been NO indication that Columbia H-C-A medical centers in our
area are the subject of the investigation.
A bookkeeper, convicted of embezzling 42-thousand dollars from the Harrison
Museum is now named in a federal indictment.
Norma Marie Underwood is pleading NOT guilty to charges that links her to an
international drug- trafficking operation.
Four years ago Underwood admitted she stole the money from the museum.
She served a six-month jail term.
Shortly after she got out, she started working at Mac Brother's Car Care-
-a thriving legitimate business that allegedly served as a front for cocaine
The government says Underwood traveled between Jamaica, the Bahamas and the
U-S mainland at least six times helping to smuggle cocaine that was often
hidden in a pair of shoes.
Roanoke's Public Housing Authority is moving to the head of the class with
Since 19-83, the City Housing Authority has given away 50 scholarships.
IN Q=this is to
((ANITA LEE/RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR: IT IS TO REWARD PEOPLE WHO DO WORK HARD
ACADEMICALLY, AND DO HAVE THE AMBITION AND WHO HAVE A STRONG CAREER GOAL, AND
KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Anita Lee/Housing Authority Res. Dir.;
OUT Q=want to do.
Two Vietnamese brothers who've been living in America for five years were
recipients of four year scholarships.
The Nguyens (NEW-yins) credit their parents for their success.
IN Q=I JUST HAVE
((HUNG NGUYEN/SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: I JUST HAVE TO DO MY BEST-- THAT'S WHAT
MY MOM AND DAD WANTED ME TO DO. SO THAT'S WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY. SO I'LL DO IT.
OUT Q=i'll do it.
Both brothers graduated in June from William Fleming High School-- and they
both had three-point-three grade point averages.
The other four recipients of scholarships are either currently working on
associate degrees, or have already achieved them.
The races for Virginia Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General are
approaching the fall home stretch.
And according to the numbers there's no definite leader.
In the latest News 7/Mason-Dixon poll, Democrat L.F. Payne and Republican
John Hager are duking it out within the margin of error in the lieutenant
Payne holds steady at 36 percent support.
Hager's shown a steady climb to 34 percent.
THIRTY percent are still undecided.
In the race for Attorney General, Republican Mark Earley's ahead of 19-93
candidate Bill Dolan.
Earley checks in with 33- percent support.
Dolan is up to 29- percent.
And 38- percent of voters say they're undecided in the race.
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You can find all the latest poll results on the W-D-B-J home page.
The address is W-D-B-J 7 dot com.
A shortage of all types of blood is mobilizing the Roanoke Red Cross.
The crisis is forcing the Red Cross to decrease shipments to area hospitals.
The donor centers are extending hours.
The Roanoke Center Donor Room will be open for donations from noon until 8
Officials say the demand for blood is increasing and right now they only have
half of their normal supply.
IN Q=We like to
((BETH HENDRICKS/RED CROSS:WE LIKE TO KEEP AT LEAST A THREE DAY SUPPLY ON THE
SHELF AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE AT ABOUT A DAY AND A HALF))
SUPER=01-Beth Hendricks/Red Cross Donor Supervisor;
OUT Q=and a half
Red Cross officials blame the decline in part on summer vacations, and
apparently the heat has kept some donors at home.
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
Summer may be a time to enjoy the nice weather, but some local teens are
doing more than that.
They're learning to predict it.
Lynchburg College is playing host to the Governor's School for Math, Science
Twelve students in the weather unit are using the Internet to chart and
track pressure systems and atmospheric patterns.
IN Q=I was not
((HANLEY CHIANG/HARRISONBURG H.S.:I WAS NOT FAMILIAR WITH ANY OF THE WEATHER
WEB SITES BEFORE I CAME HERE, SO IT'S A REALLY NEAT EXPERIENCE TO INTERACT WITH
SUPER=01-Hanley Chiang/Harrisonburg H.S. Student; :00
OUT Q=with these sites.
The students have used their newly acquired knowledge to make accurate
IN Q=There was only
((TIFFANY BRUMLEY/HICKORY H.S.:THERE WAS ONLY ONE STORM THAT KINDA THREW US OFF
GUARD..THAT WE WEREN'T REALLY EXPECTING, BUT FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS, WE'VE BEEN
JUST ABOUT RIGHT ON THE NOSE.))
SUPER=01-Tiffany Brumley/Hickory H.S. Student; :00
OUT Q=on the nose.
You might like to know that the class predicts cool, dry weather for the
next few days.
SUPER=330-Clear/& Cool/53-57/Sunny/& Gorgeous/84-88;
SUPER=331-Clear/& Cool/56-60/Sunny/& Pleasant/86-89;
SUPER=332-Clear &/Quite Cool/48-52/Sunny/Very Pleasant/82-86;
SUPER=333-Clear &/Quite Cool/50-53/Sunny/& Pleasant/80-84;
SUPER=334-Clear/& Cool/54-58/Sunny/& Pleasant/83-86;
Former Virginia Tech standout quarterback Jim Druckenmiller has signed on
the money line with the 49ers.
He's been holding out of San Francisco's training camp for about two weeks.
But the wait is over.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA; :00
According to 49er public relations personnel, Druckenmiller came to terms
with the Niners late yesterday afternoon. No terms of the contract or a signing
bonus have been released at this time, but team officials think Druckenmiller
will be in camp today. Druck was the Niners top draft pick.
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The Salem Avalanche was successful in salvaging a three game homestand with
Kinston last night; defeating the Indians 7-6.
SUPER=03-Salem/Indians vs. Avalanche; :00
Down 6-4 in the bottom of the 7th. Salem rallies. Forry Wells triples off
the centerfield wall; the blast plates Garrett Newbart closing the gap to a
The Av's tie it in the same inning on a "gamble". Chad Gambill smokes the
grounder past third. Wells scores and Salem wins 7-6.
In the American League East the Baltimore Orioles have been the front
runners this season.
And last night the Texas Rangers helped the Birds stay in the top spot.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
To Camden yards we go. Texas all star catcher Pudge Rodriguez, believed to
be on the trading blocks, leaves the game after being hit by a pitch.
Danger signs everywhere; New Oriole Harold Baines losing his lumber into the
Baltimore's Geronamo Beroa knocked in 2 runs to lead the Orioles over Texas
Racing fans knew Ford would introduce the Taurus as its entry in Winston Cup
racing next year.
The new Ford looks a bit different from previous years.
SUPER=03-Dearborn, MI; :00
Take a look at the new Winston Cup Ford Taurus. The Taurus replaces the
Thunderbird, which has carried Ford drivers to 176 victories over the last 20
Ideas for the new Taurus came from several Ford racing teams and Penske
Official track testing in the new Ford will begin in the next few weeks. Ford
expects 19 Winston Cup teams to use the Taurus in the 19-98 Daytona 500.
A gorilla in a bullet proof vest?
That was the award given to Max, a gorilla at the Johannesburg, South Africa
He is recovering from gunshot wounds.
It seems a fugitive fleeing police jumped into Max's pen.
Max became incensed when he got caught in the crossfire, so he beat the
fugitive to a pulp.