In southside Virginia farmers open the market with less tobacco on the
We've got a LIVE report from Danville coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And a fraternity house at Tech is destroyed by fire.
Tonight in sports, good news tonight for Barry Switzer, a good outlook for
the Glenvar Highlanders football team.
Some area youngsters are getting their kicks at Hidden valley this week,
and we'll see how today's swinging for charity turned out at Hanging Rock at
the annual Juvenile Diabetes event.
The opening of the annual tobacco market in southside Virginia is usually
cause for celebration.
But with the future of the industry appearing more and more uncertain, the
event is now approached with caution.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret joins us from our Danville newsroom.
Keith, prices are down.
The crop's late.
And farmers say nationwide anti-smoking advocates are hacking away at
tobacco like it's the root of all evil.
These factors left the farmers a little apprehensive about today's
IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Tobacco Farmer;
SUPER=01-J.T. Davis/Crop Insurance Agent;
OUT Q=of Virginia...(applause)
IN Q=nat sound
Tobacco companies are here to buy ... and as in any auction, the highest
bidder takes it.
But with a crop that is 15 percent larger than last year, prices are
And to complicate matters, poor growing weather has delayed the harvest
this year. Many farmers say their crop is still in the fields.
IN Q=There's much
((CLARENCE BRYANT/TOBACCO FARMER: THERE'S MUCH LESS TOBACCO ON THE FLOOR THAN
THERE NORMALLY WOULD BE. I DON'T HAVE ANY TOBACCO ON THE FLOOR FOR OPENING DAY
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 24 YEARS.))
OUT Q:24 years
IN Q=We were hit
((J.T. DAVIS: WE WERE HIT WITH EXTREMELY COLD WHICH HAS REALLY SET THIS CROP
BACK. IT'S GOING TO BE A REAL LATE CROP SO NOW IT'S GOING TO BE A FOOTTRACE TO
GET IT IN THE BARN.))
The farmers are also feeling the pressure of a proposed government crackdown
Candidates attending the market opening were quick to insist they are still
"friends of tobacco".
IN Q=I hope
((L.F. PAYNE/CANDIDATE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT CROP
THIS YEAR. I HOPE THAT PRICES ARE AS HIGH AS THEY'VE BEEN, AND I LOOK FORWARD
TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING ME HERE
OUT Q=here today
IN Q=As Attorney General
((JIM GILMORE (R)/CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: AS ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA I
STOOD WITH THE TOBACCO FARMERS. AND AS YOUR GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, I WILL
CONTINUE TO STAND WITH THE TOBACCO FARMERS OF VIRGINIA.))))
When he was Attorney General Gilmore did not attend the talks between several
states and big tobacco.
But many farmers here still say these politicians are on their side...
and that's support they will desperately need in the days to come.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
(Keith question: Tina, any idea how much tobacco farmers could make this year?)
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
A state task force studying the impact of the proposed tobacco settlement on
Virginia has NOT yet made a specific request.
Attorney General Richard Cullen says state officials are trying to come up
with a dollar figure impact to tell Congress.
IN Q=Virginia is
((RICHARD CULLEN/R-VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: VIRGINIA IS LUCKY IN THAT WE HAVE
CONGRESSMAN BLILEY FROM RICHMOND WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL
COMMITTEES THAT WILL DEAL WITH THIS. THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP IN THE SENATE
HAS CHUCK ROBB TO SERVE ON A FIVE SENATOR GROUP TO LOOK AT THE TOBACCO
SETTLEMENT. AND THEN WE HAVE PEOPLE LIKE VIRGIL GOODE WHO FEEL VERY STRONGLY
ABOUT IT. SO WE'RE GONNA GET A FAIR HEARING IN VIRGINIA, BUT WE HAVE TO
PRESENT THEM WITH THE EVIDENCE AND THAT'S WHAT THE TASK FORCE IS DOING.))
OUT Q=force is doing.
SS=Tobacco Under Fire
National reports say President Clinton is NOT likely to take a stand on the
settlement until September.
A Virginia Tech fraternity house is a complete loss. Fire gutted the home
Damage to the Kappa Sigma house on Main Street is estimated at between 90-
and 100- thousand dollars.
Police say no one was there when the blaze broke out around 12- thirty.
It took fire fighters about 15- minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Authorities returned to the scene today to investigate.
So far-- they haven't been able to determine what caused the fire.
The Teamsters Union is asking Labor Secretary Alexis Herman to restart talks
with United Parcel Service.
Meanwhile U-P-S says it's delivering ten percent of its usual volume.
Eric Earnhart tells us how warehouse managers are picking up the slack
during the strike.
IN Q=About a quarter
SUPER=01-Andrew Travers/Distribution Center Manager; :08-quick
SUPER=01-John Webster/Carilion; :53
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
((About a quarter of the more than six thousand packages that leave the
Orvis warehouse each day USED to travel in UPS trucks.
IN Q=we're juggling
((ANDREW TRAVERS/DISTRIBUTION CENTER MANAGER; WE'RE JUGGLING A LITTLE BIT, YEA,
SOME DIFFERENT PEOPLE ARE GETTING AN EDUCATION IN TRAFFIC THIS WEEK))
OUT Q=This week
And it's working, but for how long? in a few short weeks, all THIS holiday
merchandise will need to be delivered... volume on the shipping floor will
triple... and management will have to do something.
IN Q=some possible changes
((ANDREW TRAVERS/DISTRIBUTION CENTER MANAGER; SOME POSSIBLE CHANGES IN THE
SCRIPTING UPSTAIRS, WHEN WE TAKE ORDERS, TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT WE MIGHT BE
USING SOME DIFFERENT SHIPPING METHODS THAN WE HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST. I'LL
PROBABLY ALSO TALK TO THE POSTAL SERVICE AND FEDERAL EXPRESS FOR ADDITIONAL
OUT Q=additional help
At the warehouse for Carilion, they're also considering the long-term impact
of the strike, when slower deliveries could delay procedures such as joint
IN Q=It causes some
((JOHN WEBSTER/CARILION; WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY PROBLEMS YET, BUT IF NEED BE WE
WOULD NOTIFIY THE PARTICULAR SURGERIES OR THE PARTICULAR PROGRAMS THAT THEIR
IMPLANTS WERE DELAYED OR THAT THE LENGTH OF DELIVERY TIME WOULD BE EXTENDED
BEYOND WHAT WOULD BE NORMALLY EXPECTED.))
OUT Q=normally expected
As the package war continues, some customers are trying to avoid the lines
and restrictions, by using businesses like the Packaging Store, which has it's
own Fed-ex account, and aproval for increased volume.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's good and bad news in the job outlook for our area.
On News 7 at Six, we'll tell you about one factory that's closing and the
expansion of another.
and residents of a Hill City apartment complex are reluctant to give up the
added protection of Lynchburg's men in blue.
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Virginia N-double-A-C-P officials say they are satisfied the Grayson County
Sheriff's Department acted appropriately in investigating the recent
decapitation murder and burning of a black man--but they want more answers.
State chapter president Paul Gillis says he will travel to Grayson County to
try to re-organize a disbanded N-double-ACP chapter there.
Investigators found the burned and decapitated body of 40-year-old Garnett
"G.P." Johnson 12 days ago.
Two white acquaintances have been charged with his murder.
IN Q=Certainly a crime
((PAUL GILLIS/VA. NAACP PRESIDENT: CERTAINLY A CRIME OF THIS NATURE,
HAPPENING THE WAY IT HAPPENED, GIVES US REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SOME
TERRIBLE THINGS GOING ON IN THAT COMMUNITY , AND WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT AND
WHY THIS TRAGEDY HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Paul Gillis/Va. NAACP President;
OUT Q=this tragedy happened.
Gillis says the FBI reported it would take about 30 days to determine if the
murder had any elements of a hate crime, and the U.S. Justice Department will
monitor the situation.
Residents of a Lynchburg apartment complex say they fear for their safety
now that off- duty police officers no longer patrol their neighborhood.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Like most large
SUPER=01-Wally Lane/Lynchburg Police; :23
SUPER=01-Deborah Ferguson/Resident; :54
SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager; 1:16
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Like most large housing complexes, Lynchburg's Greenfield Apartments has
seen it all: drugs, crime and disturbances.
But about six years ago, the complex started hiring off- duty police
officers to patrol the streets here.
Everyone benefited...the cops earned extra money, it freed up regular
patrols for other calls and the residents felt safer.
IN Q=It afforded
((WALLY LANE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT AFFORDED THOSE PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REST
AT NIGHT AND TO HAVE A FEELING OF RELATIVE COMFORT IN THEIR HOMES WITHOUT
HEARING SHOTS FIRED IN THE COMPLEX OR PEOPLE HANGING IN THE BREEZEWAYS, MAKING
THE NOISE AND THINGS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE SORTS OF PROBLEMS.))
OUT Q=sorts of problems.
But six months ago, Lane says Greenfield's management started putting more
money into maintenance and began cutting back on the off- duty patrols.
Last month they stopped altogether.
That's when the problems started up again.
That has long- time resident Deborah Ferguson worried.
IN Q=I think they
((DEBORAH FERGUSON/RESIDENT: I THINK THEY WERE MORE FEARFUL OF `THE POLICE ARE
HERE, HEY WE NEED TO KEEP IT UNDER SUBJECTION' MORE AND NOT BE AS BOLD AS THEY
ARE TODAY, NOT AS BOLD AS THEY ARE NOW. IT'S LIKE THEY DON'T REALLY CARE AND
SOMEBODY'S GOT TO CARE.))
OUT Q=got to care.
City officials say THEY care and they'll meet with Greenfield's management
later this month to try and work out a solution.
IN Q=I think it's
((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: I THINK IT'S NOT FAIR TO LYNCHBURG FOR
THEM TO OPERATE A FACILITY HERE THAT IS DRAWING SO MANY COMMUNITY RESOURCES,
FROM POLICE, SOCIAL SERVICES, SCHOOL SYSTEM, TO MEET THEIR RESIDENTS' NEEDS.))
OUT Q=residents' needs.
Greenfield officials could "not" be reached for comment.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
More than 100 people will lose their jobs when a Halifax County shoe factory
closes next month.
Craddock Terry Shoe Corporation opened in 1946.
Most employees are paid minimum wage, but management says cheaper labor in
Brazil and China will force this branch out of business.
Cynthia Barksdale has worked at the factory for 18 years.
IN Q=It's hard
((CYNTHIA BARKSDALE/SEAMSTRESS: I BASICALLY LOVE WORKING HERE. SOME OF THE
PEOPLE I WORK WITH ARE REALLY NICE. I'M BASICALLY GOING TO MISS THE PEOPLE
MOST OF ALL.))
OUT Q=most of all
Assistant County Administrator Gerry Lovelace says the plant closing could
Unemployment here already tops 12 percent.
IN Q=These people
((GERRY LOVELACE/ASSISTANT COUNTY SUPERVISOR: THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO
SPEND THEIR MONEY IN THE GROCERY STORES, THE CAR DEALERSHIPS, THE JEWELRY
STORES OR ANY OTHER RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT YOU CAN THINK OF. ))
SUPER=01-Gerry Lovelace/Assistant County Administrator;
OUT Q=think of
The Halifax plant closed once before in the late 80s, only to re-open a
But plant manager Paul Dunaway says this time, it's gone for good.
A Henry County pillow manufacturer expects to double its workforce to nearly
500 people over the next year-and-a-half.
American Fiber Industries will expand its pillow making operation and bring
a mattress pad line to its Southside Virginia factory.
The plant manager adds it may eventually need even more space if its strong
IN Q=We feel like
((TONY STARNES/AMERICAN FIBER INDUSTRIES: WE FEEL LIKE OUR MATTRESS PADS, WITH
WHAT WE CALL OUR STAY MADE MATTRESS PADS WE'RE THINKING THAT'S REALLY GONNA DO
WELL IN THE MARKET, AND WE'RE LOOKING POSSIBLY NEXT YEAR AT EXPANDING THE
MATTRESS PAD IF IT TAKES OFF LIKE WE THINK IT WILL.))
SUPER=01-Tony Starnes/American Fiber Industries
OUT Q=think it will.
American Fiber Industries came to Henry County a-year-and-a-half ago.
The jobs there range anywhere from six-to-10-dollars-an-hour.
The California based company expects it should be the third largest pillow
manufacturer in the United States by the end of this year.
It decided to expand in Henry County because of Enterprise Zone incentives
and low utilities costs.
The county was competing with a South Carolina community for the investment.
Another mixed session on Wall Street today, with some continued sluggishness
in the blue-chip sector.
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NASDAQ gained 16 points.
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
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[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
William Sweeney says he's seen some major changes in his courtroom, since
he became a judge more than 30 years ago.
The circuit court judge who has been on the bench longer than any other in
Virginia, Sweeney has announced his plans to retire.
He has presided over many memorable cases, including the Jens Soering and
Elizabeth Haysom murder trials.
But Sweeney says the criminal docket wasn't always so crowded.
IN Q=About the time
SUPER=01-Judge William Sweeney/Bedford Co. Circuit Court;
OUT Q=very happy about that.
Sweeney says he wasn't sure he would enjoy the job, when he took a pay cut
to become a judge in 1965.
But now, Sweeney says his judicial career has been a rewarding experience.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, we'll check out some area soccer, charity
golf, and hear from Tiger Woods.
Plus, I'll have the latest on Barry Switzer
and we'll continue our preseason high school football previews with a look at
the Glenvar Highlanders.
The Dallas Cowboys were back on the practice field today preparing for the
upcoming season, while head coach Barry Switzer was attempting to move on after
yesterday's arrest for carrying a hand gun in an airport.
SUPER=03-Austin, TX; :00
Switzer has taken a lot of grief for the mistake, but today he got some
Even though he faces 2-to-10 years in jail and a hefty fine, a US attorney
said today his office likely will not prosecute the case.
He says folks who make honest mistakes concerning guns at airports are
usually dismissed with a warning.
Meanwhile, lawyers representing Allen Iverson, last year's NBA rookie of the
year, say their client will plead innocent to marijuana and firearms charges
when he appears in court next Tuesday.
The Glenvar Highlanders completed their second day of football practice
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Head Coach Brian Hooker begins his 9th season at the Highlander helm with
optimism and projects Glenvar will improve on last year's 4 and 6 record.
IN Q="at Glenvar
((BRIAN HOOKER/GLENVAR HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Brian Hooker/Glenvar Head Coach; :00
One area Hooker and his staff is addressing is defense. Giving up an
unusually high number of points last season was not the problem.
OUT Q=...this year"
Glenvar finished tied for second in the three Rivers last year and the
SUPER=04-Division 2 State Championship/Giles vs. Powhatan;
again be strong this season with Division Two state champion runner up Giles
again leading the way.
OUT Q=...all of them"
The Soccer Academy has kicked off at Hidden Valley as boys and girls ages
5 to 12 attempt to fine tune their soccer skills before the Fall season gets
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The week long day camp combines instruction as well as fun and games for the
65 youngsters in attendance.
IN Q="You got
((DAVID YATES/CAMP STAFF:))
((BETH ZOTTER/CAMP STAFF:))
((ROBERT MUNRO/CAMP STAFF:))
SUPER=01-David Yates/Soccer Camp Instructor; :00
SUPER=01-Beth Zotter/Soccer Camp Instructor; :08
SUPER=01-Robert Munro/Soccer Camp Instructor; :18
OUT Q=...enjoying it"
In the major leagues this afternoon the Tigers beat the Indians 6-to-4 at
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The Indians got a big offense effort from manny Ramirez, who had three hits
and drove in two runs for the Tribe.
This homer finds the seats in the
fifth off Justin Thompson.
But Phil Nevin led the Motor City SUPER=35-Cleveland/4/Detroit/6;
Hitmen back with a solo shot of his own, and the Tigers top Cleveland
6 to 4.
Also, this afternoon, the Jays beat the Twins 8-to-3.
The 14th annual Juvenile Diabetes Foundation tournament wrapped up today at
The two day tourney operates on a captain's choice format and there is no
age limit for participants. 65 teams chipped in this year for the JDF event.
IN Q="I think
((GLORIA GRAY/JDF GOLF CO-CHAIRMAN:))
SUPER=01-Gloria Gray/JDF Golf Co-Chairman; :00
OUT Q=...for JDF"
Juvenile Diabetes hopes to raise 50 thousand dollars through events like
the tournament and the recent JDF auction. A new saturn and a cruise were
prizes for hole in one shots. Participants come away with a better feeling in
helping a good cause despite leaving Hanging Rock with a little less money.
IN Q="we got
((CRAIG WRIGHT/JDF TOURNAMENT COMPETITOR:))
SUPER=01-Craig Wright/JDF Tournament Competitor; :00
OUT Q=...on this one"
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The first video from the crash of a Korean Airlines 737 is now coming in.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with the latest.
Keith, Korean Air now says there were 254 people on board the jumbo jet when
it crashed on the island of Guam.
The passenger list shows there were at least 13 U-S citizens on
Most of the passengers were Korean tourists.
Two U-S Navy helicopters flew into rescue about 30 people who
are said to have survived.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll have more on the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports
tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?
(Keith ad lib byes)