One of the Roanoke Valley's largest employers is still growing,
And that means more jobs are coming to the area.
Len Besthoff has more.
IN Q=First Union
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :00
SUPER=@Len1; :43 Screen Right
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.
SOT FIRST UNION TAPE
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.))
A Danville woman is still in critical condition after being shot in the
Forty-Seven- year- old Mary Elizabeth Martin was on her way to work Sunday
She stopped near her driveway to check a flat tire.
Police say a man came up behind her and shot her repeatedly in the head,
then shot her seven- year- old son Daniel in the ankle.
He was treated and released from Danville Regional Medical Center.
IN Q=So far he hasn't told
((MARRON WOODS/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: SO FAR HE HASN'T TOLD US NOTHING. I DON'T
GUESS HE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT OR WHATEVER. HE'S JUST IN SHOCK. HIS MAIN
CONCERN IS THAT HIS MOTHER'S ALL RIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Marron Woods/Victim's Daughter;
OUT Q=all right
Relatives and police don't have any suspects, but they say Martin is now
blind in one eye.
A gas leak has prompted the evacuation of nearly four thousand prisoners in
More than 30 inmates, including 26 pregnant women, were taken to the
hospitals, complaining of nausea, breathing difficulties and burning eyes.
Officials say male inmates have been bussed to another prison, while the
women were taken to a nearby civic center.
Virginia beef producers can now sell their cattle on the open market with no
Andrew Freiden has more on what's been a three year struggle.
IN Q=THIS HERD
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./1994; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Lynette Tobias/USDA Veterinary Officer; :16
SUPER=01-Terry Swecker/Va. 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 ))
On Records Set
Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'.
You would think that a state fair would be a good place to forget about the
U-P-S strike, and it probably is... Unless your a vendor.
IN Q=Alan Saunders
SUPER=12-Greenbrier Co., WV; :00
SUPER=13-Alan Saunders/Events Marketing; :10
SUPER=13-Trude Kleess/Fair Vendor; :42
SUPER=13-Marlene Ferguson/WV State Fair; 1:07
OUT Q=Through the week
Some of the spaces vendors rent go for around 500 dollars, so loosing even
just one day, especially the first one, which is traditionally very busy, is
One vendor looked on the bright side and told me if anything the strike will
help her learn more about alternative ways to send packages.
News 7 Mornin' will return.
(Toss to Stocks)
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
The town of Warm Springs may not be used to the media spotlight, but that
all changed when the Bath County Courthouse became the site of a tobacco
Appellate court justices heard arguments in the case of the tobacco industry
versus the United States Food and Drug Administration.
It was first come, first serve for reporters, so one media organization paid
locals to camp out on the steps of the small courthouse and reserve a place in
the line for courtroom passes.
100 parking spaces were allotted for the media, but the frenzy was more
controlled than expected.
IN Q=We thought
((SHERIFF TOMMY BLACK/BATH CO.:WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT HAVE A HUNDRED OR MORE BUT I
DON'T THINK THAT MANY SHOWED UP SO IT WENT REAL GOOD. I THINK IT PROMOTED THE
COUNTY ALSO AND WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL. IT WENT REAL WELL))
SUPER=01-Tommy Black/Bath Co. Sheriff; RUNS=:08
OUT Q=real well.
The hot weather is also a problem for the case, because the courthouse has no
central air conditioning.
In order to beat the heat, lawyers started filing in at 7:45 yesterday
morning for the 9:30 start.
Still no signs of a breather for the United Parcel Service strike and the
post office is having to keep on its toes.
Express mail is up 70 percent, priority mail is up 50 percent.
Workers are putting in overtime, and the Postmaster says he's bringing in
IN Q=we're trying to staff
((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER; WE'RE TRYING TO STAFF UP, WE'RE TRYING TO
HIRE CASUAL HELP, OF COURSE THE PLANT HERE IN ROANOKE, THE PROCESSING
DISTRIBUTION CENTER HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN GETTING ALL OF THIS DONE,
WE'RE CLEAN AS WE SPEAK, WE'RE CURRENT AS WE SPEAK. ))
SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster;
OUT Q=current as we speak
Employees say they want to recapture business the Postal Service lost to UPS
IN Q=that's what we're
((KEITH LYNN/POSTAL WORKER; THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HOPING, SO WE CAN CONTINUE, I
THINK WE'RE HANDLING IT SO FAR PRETTY GOOD. KEEPING UP WITH THE PACE. ))
SUPER=01-Keith Lynn/Postal Worker;
OUT Q=up with the pace
The Postmaster says one major mail order company from this area- a former
UPS customer- has signed a one year agreement to stick with the Postal Service
after the strike.
She may be in Washington D-C now, but network news correspondent Ann Compton
started, right here at W-D-B-J 7.
Keith Humphry reports.
IN Q=On the 30th
OUT Q=Keith Humphry, N7.
(( 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.))
Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'.
The theme of the 73rd West Virginia State Fair is "We've got the Blues" and
they sure do.
Everything from blueberry pie, to bluegrass music and Blue ribbons. But it
definitely won't give you the blues. Just walking through the crowd and
seeing the way some of the young children marvel at the animals and exhibits is
enough to raise anyone's spirit.
Tickets for the fair are six dollars for adults, four dollars for children
six to 12 and children five and under are free.
It runs through Saturday and in just a few minutes we're going to take a
look at one of the most popular attractions at the fair...professional bull
(toss to Kimberly)
The Clinton administration is plotting strategy on how to end the Teamsters
strike against United Parcel Service.
Labor secretary Alexis Herman will brief the President today on her talks
with representatives from U-P-S and the teamsters union.
She met with both sides separately yesterday and asked them to resume talks.
The teamsters strike against U-P-S is now in its ninth day.
Today, the AFL-CIO is to announce financial support for strikers.
President Clinton is in the history books for using the line-item veto power
for the first time.
Yesterday, he struck three provisions from the new balanced-budget and
tax-cut laws he signed last week.
They included a medicaid spending provision benefiting new york state and
two tax breaks.
Mr. Clinton says he expects the vetos to survive an expected court
The lawyer representing Paula Jones says President Clinton needs to come
clean on what happened between the two in a hotel room.
But un-successful Virginia attorney general candidate Gil Davis is facing
new allegations about his own activities in a 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'
Ellen Qualls reports on the follow-up to a complaint Hines filed with the
Virginia State Bar in June.
IN Q=Now, Davis
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :18
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' 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.))
A Danville woman and her son were both shot Sunday night near their home.
Forty-seven- 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 just down the street from her house.
Police say as she stepped from the van, a man came up behind her and shot
her repeatedly in the head, then shot her seven- year- old son Daniel in the
The boy was 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.
Friends and co- workers are rallying around a Campbell County store clerk
who was shot in the head during an attempted robbery over the weekend.
Twenty-eight- year- old Matthew Longerbeam is expected to recover and says
he wants to return to work at the Foster Fuels store on Route 29.
Store owner Watt Foster is offering a reward to help capture the suspects.
IN Q=We spent a
((WATT FOSTER/STORE OWNER: WE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY HERE ON SURVEILLANCE
EQUIPMENT, CAMERAS AND SECURITY AND EVEN WITH ALL THAT YOU CAN'T PREVENT
SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING. FOURTEEN SECONDS, THIS GUY SHOT THIS MAN
BLINDSIDE, IT WAS JUST A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY.))
SUPER=01-Watt Foster/Store Owner; :00
OUT Q=a terrible tragedy.
Police arrested one suspect, 18- year- old Derek Smith, yesterday morning.
They're still searching for 20- year- old Rodney Keith Holland.
After several close calls, a seven- hundred- year -old sacred site on the
Big Island of Hawaii is gone forever.
A lava flow from a vent in the Kilauea (kee-low-AY-e) volcano wiped out a
The Hawaiian temple is believed to once have been a place for human
The lava flow also covered a road leading to a subdivision.
But, civil defense officials said
none of the few remaining homes there is endangered.
On Record Set
Roll cold out of birthdays
IN Q=Welcome back
SUPER=15-Steve Pardon; :00
SUPER=13-Rusty Ramsey/Bull Rider; :12
SUPER=12-Greenbrier Co., WV; :29
OUT Q=Be the two keys
(toss to Melanie)
TAPE#net (edit of 97-57)
A number of new jobs are headed to the Roanoke Valley, thanks to one of the
area's largest employers.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
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.
The Charlotte based bank says it could hire more people if it continues to
grow, and if it finds an abundant pool of applicants at a job fair it's holding
The Job Fair will be today and tomorrow at the bank's operations center on
Plantation Road between four-and-seven-p-m.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
The legal battle over tobacco has come to Bath County.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday heard 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
SUPER=03-Bath Co.; :00
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.))
A former Vinton police officer who was fired this summer has accused town
officials of discriminating against him because he is black.
The June 12th dismissal of Christopher Divers left the 17-person Vinton
police force with one black officer.
Police Chief Riley Foutz declined to discuss the firing but said a
citizen filed a complaint against Divers.
Divers has filed a wrongful termination complaint with the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission and has filed a grievance with the town.
Virginia beef producers can sell their cattle anywhere they want to.
That's because Virginia beef is once again "Tuberculosis Free."
Three years ago, a cow on a Floyd County farm tested positive for T-B.
That forced the United States Department of Agriculture to de-certify
IN Q=THERE'S A TYPE
((TERRY SWECKER/VIRGINIA TECH VETERINARIAN: THERE'S A TYPE OF TB IN CATTLE
THAT CAN AFFECT HUMANS. SO IT'S A PROBLEM FOR THE CATTLE INDUSTRY BECAUSE THE
CATTLE CAN GET SICK AND DISEASED, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THE DISEASE CAN BE
TRANSFERRED TO HUMANS, THERE'S A CONCERN THAT WE WANT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC
HEALTH AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Terry Swecker/Va. Tech Veterinarian;
OUT Q=HEALTH AS WELL
Virginia Tech's Veterinarians test their cattle every year--
It's part of a nationwide effort to eradicate T-B from the nation's cattle
in five to 10 years.
IN Q=THERE ARE
((Dr. Lynette Tobias/USDA Veterinary Medical Officer: THERE ARE OTHER STATES
THAT HAVE PROBLEMS, I KNOW HAWAII IS BEING INVESTIGATED, BUT AS FAR AS VIRGINIA
GOES, I DON'T SEE ANY RESIDUAL PROBLEMS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Lynette Tobias/USDA Veterinary Officer;
OUT Q=RESIDUAL PROBLEMS
The T-B free designation will make it easier and cheaper for cattle
producers to ship cattle across state lines.
Montreal used three homers to end Joey Hamilton's six-game winning streak
and beat San Diego.
For yesterday's baseball and women's basketball scores, let's check the
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-j/Los Angeles/2//Chicago/1///j/Montreal/6//San Diego/3///;
OUT Q=....last score."