Next on News 7-
First Union is bringing jobs to its operation center in Roanoke.
DNA testing is released in the case against sportscaster Marv Albert-
A Y-M-C-A catches fire in New Jersey.
Plus this Hawaiian spot did not gets its name Volcano for nothing.
News 7 is next.
First Union is beefing up its customer service staff in Roanoke County. The
bank plans to hire 70 new full time people.
A UPS manager is killed today while driving a company truck. The tractor
trailer ran over a wall and landed on the highway below in Nashville.
DNA testing released today apparently links sportscaster Marv Albert ot the
woman who says he attackedher.
The Hawaiian island of Volcano got it's name for a reason. Take a look at
this as a Volcano erupts there.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
One of the Roanoke Valley's largest employers will add even more people to
Len Besthoff has more.
IN Q=First Union
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :00
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( First Union will beef up its customer service staff at its operations center
in Roanoke County.
The bank plans to hire 70 new, full- time people, making anywhere from the
teens to the low- 20's.
50 of the positions will handle inbound calls.
The other 20 will conduct direct sales...calling potential customers about
First Union products.
The Charlotte based bank expects to hire these people within the next six
First Union adds that the 70 figure could go higher if it continues to grow,
and it finds an abundant pool of applicants at a job fair it's holding this
The Job Fair will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at the bank's operations
center on Plantation Road between four-and-seven-p-m.
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IN Q=Keep in mind
((Keep in mind, there still could be a negative shakeout, jobs-wise, from First
Union's pending merger with Signet. The two banks can't say anything right
now, they're in a federally mandated "quiet period" that follows a deal of this
magnitude. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News-7.
Eight days and the Teamsters Union is still fired up- over its strike
((SOMEONE HAS GOT TO TELL CORPORATIONS IN AMERICA ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.))
OUT Q=enough is enough.
United Parcel Service also thinks enough is enough- It's asking the White
House to intervene in the strike.
((GINA ELLRICH/UPS SPOKESPERSON: WHAT WE WOULD LIKE CONGRESS TO DO IS URGE THE
PRESIDENT TO END THE STRIKE THROUGH HIS POWERS IN TAFT HARTLEY AND SEND THIS
OFFER OUT FOR A VOTE.))
((RON CAREY/TEAMSTERS' PRESIDENT: THEY'RE VOTING TODAY. THEY'RE VOTING TODAY BY
WALKING THE PAVEMENT BY LETTING THIS COMPANY KNOW THEY ARE NOT ABOUT TO HAVE
ANY CONTRACT JAMMED DOWN THEIR THROAT.))
SUPER=01-Gina Ellrich/UPS Spokesperson; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Carey/Teamster's President; 10
OUT Q=JAMMED DOWN THEIR THROAT."
But some workers say they're ready to get back to work.
((I THINK WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR OUR FUTURES. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR
US TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A SAY IN IT. I FELL I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE.))
SUPER=01-Tom Vickery/Local 89 Teamster;
OUT Q=THE ONLY ONE."
Labor Secretary Alexis Herman met separately today with both sides, hoping to
try and get talks back under way.
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A shifting load may have caused a U-P-S truck to crash in Tennessee-
The truck tumbled over a two foot wall onto an interstate below- killing the
25 hundred packages flew across the highway.
It was a 48 year old MANAGER driving the tractor trailer at the time- He
was licensed to operate the rig.
But the head of the local Teamsters says having people handle unfamiliar jobs
during the strike is a time bomb waiting to happen.
A woman and her son were both shot last night near their home in Danville.
47-year old Mary Elizabeth Martin is in critical condition and relatives say
she is now blind in one eye.
Martin stopped to fix a flat tire last night just down the street from her
Police say as she stepped from the van, a man came up behind her and shot
her repeatedly in the head, then shot her 7-year old son Daniel in the ankle.
The boy has been treated and released from Danville Regional Medical Center.
IN Q=Hopefully she'll be home soon
((MARRON WOODS/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: HOPEFULLY SHE'LL BE HOME SOON. SHE'S
COMPLETELY BLIND IN HER RIGHT EYE BUT OTHER THAN THAT AS FAR AS HER PHYSICALLY,
MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY, SHE'S DOING REAL GOOD.))
SUPER=01-Marron Woods/Victim's Daughter;
OUT Q=real good
Police say they have no motive in the case.
A federal judge says no new trial for Timothy McVeigh-
McVeigh's lawyers had argued the jury was unfairly swayed by pre-trial
McVeigh was convicted in the Oklahoma City Bombing at trial earlier this
Genetic testing apparently links sportscaster Marv Albert to a woman who
claims he attacked her.
But tonight through his attorneys Albert maintains his innocence.
A Virginia State Crime lab reported D-N-A testing matches Albert to saliva
and semen found on his accuser.
The woman claims Albert bit her repeatedly on the back and forced her to
perform oral sex.
He says President Clinton needs to come clean on what happened between him
and Paula Jones in a hotel room.
But un-successful Virginia attorney general candidate Gil Davis has some
more allegations of his own to face about an alleged hotel room meeting.
Pittsylvania resident Ramona Hines has already made public tapes of her
attorney at the time, Gil Davis, drinking and talking about Hines posing for
Now, Hines says she has ANOTHER videotape... that she says will ruin Davis's
Ellen Qualls reports on the follow-up to a complaint Hines filed with the
Virginia State Bar in June.
IN Q=Now, Davis
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SUPER=07-Ramona Hines; :26
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke
Now, Davis has responded to her complaint, alleging among other things, that
he NEVER met with Mrs. Hines alone.
Hines's estranged husband was present on the last videotape we saw... and a
fellow attorney was with them at what he alleges was a business meeting on
another tape she's publicly aired.
But Hines is alleging there was another night in 1994, another taping--
She alleges that she is alone with him and both are intoxicated.
sot tape ONE 01:49:12
((I DON'T KNOW THAT--MAYBE HE HAS FORGOTTEN IT. MAYBE HE HAD A BLACKOUT AND
FORGOT THAT IT WAS EVER MADE. OR I DON'T KNOW IF MAYBE BECAUSE IT'S SO VULGAR
THAT I WOULD EVEN RELEASE IT.))
And Hines does NOT deny part of her motive.
sot tape TWO 01:55:02
((WE COULD NOT RULE OUT ANY MONETARY GAIN THAT WE MIGHT GET FOR THIS.))
Gil Davis declined to return our calls.
But an attorney in his firm, Bill Stanley, says he can't vouch for what
Hines may or may NOT have on a videotape, but that her allegations seem
"absolutely ridiculous" and that she's playing the "same opportunistic angle"
she did before.
Hines says she didn't come forward with the alleged new tape because she
wanted to hear his responses before revealing her alleged proof.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Roanoke.))
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Still to come on our newscast, a fire in a New Jersey Y-M-C-A is called
and it's good news for area cattle farmers as their cows are declared
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One person is still missing
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after fire at a Y-M-C-A in Perth Am-BOY, New Jersey.
At first 17 people were reported missing- but all except one had been located
by early evening.
50 men were living on the upper floors of the 100 year old building.
The city's mayor says it appears the fire was arson.
State N-double-A-C-P leaders want to know more about the brutal death of a
black man in Grayson County.
Today they visited the county in hopes of speaking with those closest to the
case-- including the suspects.
In late July, 40-year old Garnett "G-P" Johnson was doused with gasoline,
burned and later decapitated.
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Two white men are charged with murder.
This afternoon, State N-double-A-C-P leaders tried to speak with the men
but at least one of the suspects refused.
The civil rights leaders did spend time with the victim's father.
((GARNETT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S FATHER:THEY WANTED TO FIND OUT HOW IT HAPPENED AND
EVERYTHING, THEY ASKED ME, I TOLD THEM I DON'T KNOW, THEM, I DON'T KNOW, I
SUPER=01-Garnett Johnson/Victim's Father; :00
OUT Q=I guess.
N-double-A-C-P leaders also spoke with Grayson County's prosecutor and
It's history in the making for cigarette advertising.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today listened to arguments in Warm
Springs- It's the case of the tobacco industry versus the Food and Drug
Tonya Flory reports.
IN Q=Attorney's for the
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SUPER=01-John Fithian/Freedom to Advertise Coalition; :23
SUPER=01-William Novelli/Tobacco-Free Kids President; :53
SUPER=01-Frank Hunger/Assistant Attorney General; 1:22
OUT Q=News 7.
NAT SOUND OF BELLS WITH PEOPLE ENTERING...
((Attorney's for the nation's largest tobacco companies are asking that three
federal justices overturn a lower court's decision allowing the F-D-A
jurisdiction over tobacco products.
The F-D-A wants further authority over ads selling cigarettes and smokeless
tobacco...but some in the advertising industry say that's illegal.
IN Q=That they
((JOHN FITHIAN:THAT THEY, A GROUP OF UNELECTED FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS...AGENCY))
Others argue Congress gives agencies authority over products that effect the
Officials with the National Center for Tobacco-free kids say corporate
responsibility is missing and that's why tobacco advertising and marketing need
IN Q=If you look
((WILLIAM NOVELLI/PRESIDENT TOBACCO-FREE KIDS:IF YOU LOOK AT THE NEW CAMEL
ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN, YOU SEE EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN. JOE CAMEL HAS BEEN SENT OFF
INTO THE DESERT SOMEPLACE AND IN HIS PLACE WE HAVE A SEDUCTIVE YOUNG LADY WHO
IS IF ANYTHING, MORE APPEALING TO 14YEAR OLD 15 YEAR OLD BOYS THAN JOE CAMEL
OUT Q=ever was.
Justices eluded to the fact that under F-D-A jurisdiction, the only thing the
agency could do to regulate what they call a drug is to ban it.
IN Q=Well that's
((FRANK HUNGER/ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL:WELL THAT'S NOT BEEN THE FDA'S
DECISION AND WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT THE COURT UNDERSTANDS THAT...THANK YOU.))
OUT Q=thank you.
A ruling could take months as justices consider the appeal of the tobacco
giants....Tonya Flory, News 7.))
Virginia Cattle have regained Tuberculosis free status.
It's been three years since beef producers could sell their cattle on the
open market-- with no restrictions.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
IN Q=THIS HERD
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./1994; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Lynette Tobias/USDA Veterinary Medical Officer; :16
SUPER=01-Terry Swecker/Virginia Tech Veterinary Scientist; :51
OUT Q=NEWS 7 BLACKSBURG
(( This herd in Floyd county made things tougher for cattle raisers across
When a cow with TB was discovered there, brokers had to drop their prices.
That's because the United States Department of Agriculture declared that
Virginia Cattle was no longer Tuberculosis free.
((Dr. Lynette Tobias/USDA Veterinary Medical Officer: IT DID HAVE A
SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE INTERNATIONAL EXPORTATION OF BOVINE GENETIC
MATERIAL-- BULL SEMEN, AND FROZEN EMBRYOS. ))
State and federal health officials took the Floyd county outbreak seriously.
((Dr. Lynette Tobias/USDA Veterinary Medical Officer: BOVINE TB IS WHAT'S
CALLED A ZOOANONIC DISEASE, IT'S CARRIED BY ANIMALS, BUT CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO
And that's why it's so important to test for the disease.
The cows in Virginia Tech's beef cattle herd don't mind too much-- the
testing is remarkably similar to the TB prick test YOU get when you go to the
((Terry Swecker/Virginia Tech Veterinary Scientist: WE INJECT IT UNDER THE
SKIN, MAKE A LITTLE BUBBLE, AND THEN WE COME BACK 3 DAYS LATER AND PALPATE THE
SKIN, AND LOOK FOR ANY RESPONSES.))
TB testing has been going on for more than 60 years.
((The eventual goal here? IS ERADICATION- RIGHT FOR THE ENTIRE NATION, WE HOPE
TO DO THAT WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE OR TEN YEARS. ))
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: ALTHOUGH VIRGINIA BEEF IS NOW CERTIFIED TB FREE,
THAT DOESN'T MEAN CATTLE PRODUCERS WILL STOP TESTING THEIR HERDS. THAT'S
BECAUSE THEY HAVE A VESTED ECONOMIC INTEREST IN MAKING SURE THEIR CATTLE WITH A
CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS7, BLACKSBURG ))
Up next, we'll have some spectacular pictures of a volcano eruption,
and we'll look back at the first woman in a Roanoke newsroom. We'll hear from
Anne Compton when we return.
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Network news correspondent Ann Compton says everything she ever needed to
know about covering politics she learned right here in Virginia.
Keith Humphry reports.
IN Q=On the 30th
OUT Q=at the Capitol.
(( On the 30th anniversary of her start here at Channel 7, we've produced a
two-part retrospective on the woman who is now ABC's White House correspondent.
Ann Compton became an intern reporter at W-D-B-J in 1967 while a student at
NAT - -with Ray Garland
Even the politicians looked young.
One of her earliest assignments was to cover a robbery at the Bank of
SOT #4 53:15
IN Q=This is Linda Anderson
OUT Q=Mr. Anders, the manager.
NAT SOT "Cinderella"
Compton herself calls it a Cinderella career- -complete with fairy
SOT #11 1:34:45
((TODAY CROWDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE SWARMED UP TO THE TOP OF MILL MOUNTAIN WHERE
THEY WATCHED A SPECTACLE OF FUN AND EXCITEMENT.))
SOT #16 43:50
((THIS IS ANN COMPTON- -ALONG WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE MOST OF ROANOKE, WISHING YOU
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.))
WDBJ hired her full-time in 1968- -the station's first female news
She quickly developed an interest in politics.
SOT #15 1:30
((WITH THE ELECTION FIVE DAYS AWAY.... ))
She covered the Capitol for us- -creating WDBJ's first full-time Richmond
NAT SOT #95 39:00 "It's going to be the most explosive issue...."
She felt strongly that we should cover the National Democratic convention
in Miami Beach in '72, but station management wasn't convinced.
Compton took vacation and paid her own way to Florida.
SOT #95 11:48:35
((NATIONAL POLITICAL CONVENTIONS ARE INCREDIBLE THINGS, BUT THEY ARE NEVER
QUITE AS INCREDIBLE ON TELEVISION AS THEY ARE RIGHT HERE ON THE CONVENTION
When she got back- -WITH THE STORY- -on her own time, Station Management
paid her expenses.
NAT- -Spong coming out
She tracked down Senator Bill Spong at an AFL-CIO Convention in Norfolk.
((ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU THINK THE MCGOVERN CANDIDACY IS GOING TO BE HELPFUL TO
Spong was defeated along with McGovern.
SOT Richmond FEED
((TO ALL THOSE WHO SUFFERED THROUGH MY EARLY YEARS AND WHEN I WAS LEARNING THE
IT MEANS A LOT, BECAUSE THE WAY I COVERED AND LEARNED TO COVER VIRGINIA
POLITICS IS EXACTLY THE WAY I COVER THE WHITE HOUSE.))
SOT #109 11:00
((AS FOR THE OTHER ELECTIONS OF 1973.... ))
In the midst of covering the General Assembly session of 1973, ABC news
called and asked her if she'd be interested in interviewing for a job.
SOT speech tape #1 8:34
((AND I SAID THE LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION. I DON'T HAVE TIME. I'LL CALL YOU
BACK IN A MONTH.))
ABC called back in March, eventually offering her a job in New York.
SOT #109 47:20
((...ANN COMPTON, CHANNEL 7 NEWS AT THE CAPITOL.))
OUT Q=at the Capitol.))
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Our retrospective resumes Tuesday at the White House.
tomorrow night, Compton talks about her most memorable moments and how things
have changed since she left W-D-B-J 24 years ago.
Sometimes we report a
story just to show you the amazing pictures.
Take a look at this volcano- erupting on the Hawaiian island of VOLCANO.
The lava is heading directly for a 700 year old temple-
The temple is rumored to be the former sight for human sacrifice -
Lava is already leaking over the walls and flowing freely into the ocean from
four different locations.
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The Wrath looks to end its season unbeaten, two aces hook up in the National
League plus, NFL news and highlights are on the way along with Chip Sullivan
and a preseason look at the PH football team.
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
But first, University of Virginia basketball player Courtney Alexander was
supposed to be in court today,
to answer a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.
But a judge postponed the case continuing it until August 25th.
Alexander, who is suspended from the UVa team indefinitely, is accused of
beating his girlfriend. She says he kicked her in the ribs and choked her.
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The Roanoke Wrath closed out its first season as a franchise last night by
beating the Wilmington Hammerheads
1 to nothing.
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A nice night to relax at Victory Stadium, and the fans almost saw a quick
early goal as Bobby Warnick gets a nice shot off from the right side.
The Wrath would break the ice at the
30 minute and 40 seconds mark as Lang Wedemeyer wheels around the freezes the
goalie with the bullet.
And the Wrath completes a perfect 13-and-0 season with the 1 to nothing win
An all-star showdown last night in Atlanta as the Marlins Kevin Brown faced
the Braves Greg Maddux.
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Neither man would figure into the decision, although both pitched well in
this battle of NL east front runners.
The Braves won it in the bottom of the ninth on Danny Bautista's sacrifice
fly and scores Ryan Klesko from third.
Atlanta wins 2-to-1 to stay 5 and a half games in front of the fish.
The NFL preseason continued last night in Pittsburgh as the Steelers hosted
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/ABC; :00
This one was the Kordell Stewart show in the first half as the Steelers
quarterback put on a show, throwing touchdown passes of 2 and 4 yards to
Courtney Hawkins and Mark Bruener.
"Slash" also ran one in from 20 yards out to solidify his post as
Pittsburgh's number one man.
The Steelers win it 42 to 26.
The NFL is looking into the wicked hit that broke the jaw of Carolina
Panthers' quarterback Kerry Collins on Saturday night.
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Denver linebacker Bill Romanowski blindsided Collins during their preseason
The league wants to see if the hit was legal. In other words did Romanowski
use his helmet as a weapon.
IN Q="I mean it...
((BILL ROMANOWSKI/DENVER LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Bill Romanowski/Denver Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...PHYSICAL GAME."
If the NFL rules the hit was uncalled for, he could be fined.
Collins is expected to be sidelined five to six weeks.
It's only a couple of weeks before the Friday Football Extra season opener on
And the Patrick Henry Patriots are looking to make some noise in the Roanoke
Valley District this year.
PH has a strong contingent of returning players back off last year's
team that just missed the playoffs, plus a new head coach in Jeff Johnson.
IN Q="I'm enjoying it...
((JEFF JOHNSON/PATRICK HENRY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Johnson/Patrick Henry Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...READY TO GO."
Johnson has been at PH as an assistant since 1986, and before that he was the
head coach at Natural Bridge.
This preseason he likes what he's seen, so far.
IN Q="The increase...
OUT Q=...hopefully we will."
Still to come tonight, Chip Sullivan has had an up and down year in his
rookie season on the PGA tour,
but he's always welcome back at his home course, Hanging Rock.
Steve Mason will chat with Chip right after this.
PGA Rookie Chip Sullivan was back at Hanging Rock today, competing in the
Coca-Cola Shriners Mid-Atlantic Pro-am.
Steve Mason brings us up to date on his day and his career.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Rookie; :12
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
(( Despite teeing off for only the second time this year at Hanging Rock;
Chip Sullivan felt right at home.
Visiting with old friends and including Roanoke's future golfers in his
round turned out to be a perfect combination.
Chips earnings might not be Tiger like but his driving game is definitely in
the Woods area. Sullivan is currently among the PGA's top 10 in driving
distance. His 320 yard blasts on the par five's and four's at Hanging Rock is
common for chip; but now he's dangerously more accurate and more consistent;
making him a contender for the 25 thousand dollar long drive championship at
Sullivan's handled the mental pressure of competing in 20 tour events well.
he's made the cut 7 times for about 25 thousand dollars in winnings. Chips'
always hard on himself and was not satisfied with his two under par 70 in the
mid At;antic Pro Am.))
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