One local company is expanding. We'll tell you what's up at Yokohama Tire.
A civil rights group claims discrimination in the way one school system hires
Plus this model is suing the man Princess Di is dating- after he broke off
News 7 is Next.
A judge officially sentenced Timothy McVeigh to death for the Oklahoma City
But during a statement today McVeigh did not express any sorror or remorse-
only defiance of the Government.
Just how fast can you repair an electrical line. That's just part of one
unique competition- We'll tell you about it.
A tearful fashion model says she was engaged to millionaire Dodi (Fy-EHD)
Fayed- the man Princess Di is reportedly seeing.
Plus one local company says it's expanding.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Yokohama tire in Salem is recalling 46 laid off employees as it gears up for
a major expansion reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars.
In Roanoke tonight, the company's new chief operating officer made the
Daniel Ogden says the Salem facility will increase its operating capacity by
10 percent by the end of 1998.
For the first time, it will produce light truck and high performance tires
at the plant.
Ogden notes that a variety of improvements made by Salem employees led to
Plant officials add that more laid off employees will be recalled if there
are continued productivity gains.
With the latest news, Yokohama has about 950 workers in Salem.
Just two weeks ago, the company signed a new six year deal with its local
Yokohama says the new contract is not the main reason for this expansion.
The N-Double-A-C-P is questioning the committment of Roanoke City schools
in hiring minority contractors.
This afternoon, the group complained of discrimination, and an
unwillingness to discuss the issue in good faith.
Joe Dashiell reports on today's news conference and the reaction of school
IN Q=The sidewalk
SUPER=01-Michael Reed/Contractor; :14
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :39
SUPER=01-Marsha Ellison/School Board Chairman; :50
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((The sidewalk in front of Garden City Elementary is one of the jobs,
concrete contractor Michael Reed has completed for the city schools.
Denied a larger project, Reed now believes he is a victim of
IN Q=I can't understand
((I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY IF I WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH, WHY DID I HAVE TO DO NINE OR
TEN JOBS, THEN COME DOWN I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH NO MORE. OR TAKE A BIG JOB FROM ME
AND GIVE IT TO A WHITE MAN.))
OUT Q=give it to a white man.
The Roanoke Chapter of the N-Double-A-C-P says school system policies
discourage the participation of minority contractors in construction projects.
Chapter President Martin Jeffrey says the school board has compromized
discussions of these and other issues by requiring the presence of school
superintendent Wayne Harris.
IN Q=What we want to do
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS JUST GET OUR
CONCERNS ON THE TABLE, HAVE SOME REAL DISCUSSIONS AROUND THOSE CONCERNS WITH
THE SCHOOL BOARD, OF WHICH THE SUPERINTENDENT IS NOT.))
((MARSHA ELLISON/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THE SCHOOL BOARD ASKED THE
SUPERINTENDENT TO ATTEND TO HELP COMMUNICATIONS AND ALSO HE IS HIRED BY THE
SCHOOL BOARD TO RUN THE BUSINESS OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THIS IS A BUSINESS
THAT CONCERNS HIM AND WE WANTED HIM TO BE INVOLVED IN IT.))
OUT Q=to be involved in it.
School Board Chairman Marsha Ellison says she hopes the dialogue with the
N-Double-A-C-P can continue.
And Board Member Harry Davis has scheduled a meeting with Reed to discuss
his discrimination complaint.
Both members say the school system is committed to minority involvement in
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
State civil rights leaders say they are more convinced than ever a recent
murder in Grayson County WAS racially motivated.
That after state N-double-A-C-P officials go to Elk Creek to investigate the
death of "G-P" Johnson.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
SUPER=03-Grayson Co.; :10
SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/VA NAACP; :16
SUPER=29-Former Ceparano Friend; 1:03
SUPER=01-Pat Johnson/Victim's Cousin; 1:14
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( Salim Khalfani is one of the N-double-A-C-P officials looking into Garnett
"GP" Johnson's murder.
He's troubled by the fact Grayson County authorities have told the media
RACE was NOT a primary factor.
Two white men are charged in Johnson's murder.
SOT IF TAPE IS ZEROED AT SALIM'S FIRST WORD 01:56
((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: YOU KNOW IT'S JUST THAT FOLKS SEEM TO BE IN A
STATE OF DENIAL ABOUT THE FACT THAT RACE WAS A PRIMARY FACTOR IN THIS CASE. AND
I DON'T KNOW HOW ONE COULD DENY UNLESS THEY'RE FROM SOME OTHER PLANET OR
Khalfani is basing his beliefs, in part, on witness statements to the media
and what he was told by the prosector.
A former friend of suspect, Louis Ceparano, spoke with NEWS 7, but didn't
want to reveal his identity.
He says Ceparano and the victim were friends-- although Ceparano was known
to use the word NIGGER.
((WAS LOUIS CEPARANO A PERSON YOU WOULD EVER THINK WOULD KILL SOMEBODY? NO, NOT
WHEN I MET HIM.
BUT DID THAT IDEA CHANGE? DID YOU THINK IT WAS A POSSIBILITY?
WE'LL, I DON'T KNOW, LIKE I SAID, HE CHANGED AND HE JUST GOT KIND OF SPOOKY AT
OUT Q=at times.
Whatever the case-- the entire incident has been troubling for the victim's
IN Q=If it
((PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN:IF IT CAN HAPPEN ONCE IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN, AND WE
NEED TO TEACH OUT CHILDREN TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNOW, THAT THEY HAVE RESPECT
FOR OTHER HUMAN BEINGS BECAUSE LOUIS CEPARANO IS SOMEBODY'S CHILD. ))
OUT Q=somebody's child.
It's unlikely we'll hear from Ceparano anytime soon-- except, maybe, in the
He's been assigned a new attorney-- who's advised him NOT to speak with the
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
It's official. A judge today sentenced Timothy McVeigh to death for the
Oklahoma City bombing-
((THIS BRINGS AN END TO THE CRIMINAL PROCESS AGAINST TIMOTHY MCVEIGH. WE'RE
CONFIDENT HE RECEIVED A FAIR TRIAL. ))
OUT Q=RECEIVED A FAIR TRIAL."
At sentencing McVeigh spoke- but did not express words of remorse-
Instead he talked about his defiance of the federal government-saying our
government is the teacher for good and ill.
It teaches by its example.
The statement was little consolation for victim's families.
((MARSHA KIGHT/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I DON'T BELIEVE HE HAS ANY REMORSE WHATSOEVER
FOR HIS ACTIONS. THEY WERE DELIBERATE.))
((I THINK HE DID EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. HE GOT THE RESULT HE WANTED I
THINK HE'S PROUD OF HIMSELF.))
SUPER=01-Marsha Kight/Victim's Mother; :00
SUPER=01-Charles Tomlin/Relative of Bombing Victim; :06
OUT Q=PROUD OF HIMSELF."
Timothy McVeigh has ten days to file an appeal.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There may be signs of progress in the U-P-S Strike,
when we return we'll hear why the U-S Labor Secretary is optimistic an end is
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MUSIC UP FULL
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The Teamsters union and United Parcel Service sat down with a federal
Even though the two sides are far apart, Labor Secretary Alexis Herman says
there are promising signs.
((ALEXIS HERMAN/LABOR SECRETARY: THE PRESIDENT AND I ARE PLEASED THE TWO
PARTIES HAVE AGREED TO COME BACK TO THE TABLE. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THEIR
PRESENCE HERE TODAY IS A CLEAR SIGNAL OF THEIR EFFORT TO REDOUBLE THEIR EFFORTS
TO TRY AND REACH A SETTLEMENT.))
SUPER=01-Alexis Herman/Labor Secretary;
OUT Q=reach a settlement."
One group is filing unfair labor charges against the Teamsters.
The national right to work foundation claims the union is threatening
workers who cross picket lines.
((REED LARSEN/NAT'L RIGHT TO WORK:
EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING ALLS FROM UNION MILITANTS AND UNION OFFICIALS THAT IF
THEY CONTINUE TO GO TO THEIR JOBS THEY'RE GONNA SUFFER ALL KINDS OF SERIOUS
PHYSICAL AND PERSONAL HARM))
((THE RIGHT TO RESIGN FROM THE UNION IF THAT'S WHAT A WORKER CHOSES TO DO AND
GO BACK TO WORK WITHOUT UNION LEGAL RETRIBUTION IS A FIRMLY ESTABLISHED RIGHT
IN FEDERAL LABOR LAW.))
SUPER=01-Reed Larsen/National Right To Work;
SUPER=01-Stefan Gleason/National Right to Work; 16
OUT Q=IN THIS STRIKE."
A Teamsters spokesperson calls the charges ridiculous.
A Lynchburg man died this afternoon after police say he intentionally drove
his car off the road in Appomattox County.
40- year- old Brian John Rossi (ROSS-ee) had just been ordered to pay his
girlfriend child support, when he left the courtroom vowing to kill himself.
A few minutes later, a state trooper clocked Rossi at 80 miles per hour on
Route 460 near Concord.
IN Q=He turned on
((SGT. DENNIS BRADNER/VA STATE POLICE: HE TURNED ON HIM WHEN HE CAUGHT UP WITH
HIM RIGHT HERE AND TURNED HIS BLUE LIGHTS ON, HE JUST DROVE OFF THE RIGHT SIDE
OF THE ROAD.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Dennis Bradner/VA State Police; :00
OUT Q=of the road.
Rossi's truck cut a tree in half and flipped several times.
He was thrown from the vehicle and died on impact.
Three much- needed elementary schools for Bedford County are a step closer
to becoming a reality.
The school board tonight voted to apply for several million dollars in
Virginia Public School Authority financing bonds.
The money will help pay for architectural designs and the land the new
schools will be built on.
Superintendent John Kent says that could get expensive.
IN Q=There's an
((DR. JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: THERE'S AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPROVAL
FROM ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. I THINK THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS GOING TO BE
SUPPORTIVE, SO I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY PROBLEM. I THINK THEY WOULD JUST LIKE
TO GET A PRETTY EXACT OR CLOSE PRICE ESTIMATE ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE
THEY'RE FACING IN THE COUNTY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Kent/Bedford Co. School Supt.; :00
OUT Q=in the county.
Two of the new schools will be built in the Forest area, another near
A separate bond issue will cover the cost of their construction.
One model is royally mad- after her fiance was seen kissing a Princess-
Kelly Fisher told the world she was engaged to millionaire Playboy Dodi
(Fy-EHD) Fayed- when he was caught kissing Princess Diana.
Fisher's suing him for breaking off the engagement.
Fisher flashed her huge sapphire and diamond engagment ring- fighting back
((KELLY LOVED HIM TRUSTED HIM AND HAS BEEN TREATED VERY CRUELLY BY HIM. DODI
FYED SHOULD BE ASHEAMED OF HIS TREATMENT OF KELLY. HE HAS NOT ONLY HURT HER BUT
MY WHOLE FAMILY))
OUT Q=but my whole family."
Fisher's attonrey Gloria Alred filed a breach of conract suit-
She claims Fisher lost income when Dodi made her drop lucrative modeling
gigs to spend time with him.
Coming up a little later, we'll take a trip down memory lane as a new book
celebrates a former Roanoke landmark,
but first, we'll see how a group of electrical workers is going out on a line
to prepare for an emergency.
MUSIC UP FULL
Urban cowboys from Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky are competeing in
Cloverdale to see who's the best linemen.
As News 7's Tonya Flory reports the line mechanics are reaching new heights
in climbing, repairing and rescuing.
IN Q=The display
SUPER=01-Tommy Bondurant/Line Mechanic; :15
SUPER=01-Jim Elswick/AEP Operations Manager; :38
OUT Q=News 7.
((The display of friendly competition showcases the physical and mental skills
of these American Electric Power lineman.
They're judged on how quickly they can preform a job...but points are also
deducted for lack of precautions...
((TOMMY BONDURANT:SAFETY IS THE MAIN ISSUE ALWAYS WITH AEP, NOT ONLY THE WORK
FORCE, BUT ALSO OUR SAFETY PROGRAM IS BY FAR BETTER THAN ANYTHING I'VE EVER
BEEN AROUND BEFORE))
One event is the dramatic hurt man rescue in which teams race to save a
150-pound dummy...acting as an endangered co-worker injured on a pole...
IN Q=The dummy
((JIM ELSWICK:WE HAVE A SET PROCEDURE WE GO THROUGH TO BRING THE PERSON DOWN
FROM THE POLE IN THE FASTEST TIME AS POSSIBLE AND DO RESUSCITATION AND TRY TO
OUT Q=save lives
All categories demonstrate the linemens agility and precision in doing what can
potentially be a life-threatening job.
(/////SOT/////)nat sound break--13:50:50(whisle blows climb up pole)cover
video with 13:42:51
IN Q=A good
((JIM ELSWICK: A GOOD LINEMAN IS SMOOTH. AND THE SMOOTHNESS IS THAT AS THEIR
CLIMBING A POLE THE POLE WILL NOT SHAKE))
OUT Q=not shake
IN Q=One event
((ONE EVENT INVOLVES LINEMAN CLIMBING A UTILITY POLE WHILE CARRYING AN EGG IN A
BASKET THEN DESCENDING THE POLE WITH THE RAW EGG IN THEIR MOUTH. THE KEY IS NOT
TO END UP WITH EGG ALL OVER YOUR FACE))
OUT Q=over your face.
Nat sound--13:50:50 (whistle blows...climb up pole)
IN Q=As far as
((TOMMY BONDURANT:AS FAR AS OUR CLIMBING ABILITIES WE'RE PICKING UP LITTLE
POINTERS IN DIFFERENT AREAS, BUT SURE, ITS EVERYTHING AND IT'S GOING TO HELP US
AS MUCH AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC HERE))
OUT Q=public here
The winning three-person team will represent AEP at the 14th annual
International Rodeo next month in Kansas City. TF News 7.))
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SUPER=331-Partly/Cloudy/68-71/Partly Sunny/Afternoon Storms/89-93;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Some Fog/64-67/Hazy Hot Humid/Showers Possible/82-86;
SUPER=333-Partly/Cloudy/63-67/Partly Sunny/Afternoon Storms/84-86;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Some Fog/63-66/Partly Cloudy/Showers & Storms/81-84;
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Royals vs. Yankees;:00
And don't blink or you'll miss this.
In the Yanks-Royals game last night in the first Chili Davis hits double to
And watch two runs literally score back to back as Shane Halter and Jay Bell
almost run over each other sliding in past Joe Girardi.
The Salem Avalanche closed out its three game series with Wilmington last
night by beating the Blue Rocks 5-to-3.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
The Tech Hokie Bird was visiting last night, and had to be rescued by Muggsy
before the game could get started.
Salem also needed a rescue effort as it fell behind 2-to-nothing in the
second as Roman Escamilla rips a shot just past short to score 2.
The Avalanche would warm up its bats in the third, as Vicente Garcia slams
one off the left field wall, and he comes in with the standup double.
The Avalanche would get on the board with Dean Marnell driving in Garcia with
the fielder's choice. Salem wins it 5-to-3.
The team welcomes Durham to town tonight for another Party in Park at 5:30
with the Kings and the Rhythm Doctors.
The Carolina Panthers are in the NFL preseason spotlight last night battling
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/ESPN;:00
Carolina's Lamar Lathon has been watching that Kerry Collins-Bill Romanowski
tape too much this week.
Watch quarterback Rich Gannon literally take it on the chin.
Steve Beuerlein was less than stellar in Collins' absence. Donnie Edwards
picks off the Beuerlein pass to set up a TD.
The Chiefs whip the Panthers last night
30 to 10.
The Jags will be without their starting quarterback Mark Brunell when they
meet the 49ers next Monday night, but the team did get some good news
It was feared that Brunell's right knee was completely ripped apart on this
hit Saturday and would need reconstructive surgery.
But tests yesterday revealed only partial tears and doctors have eliminated
the need for major surgery.
((TOM COUGHLIN/JAGUARS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tom Coughlin/Jaguars Head Coach; :00
All along he said he was innocent, but yesterday NASCAR's most successful
multi-car team owner of the 90's, Rick Hendrick, entered a guilty plea in
Federal Court in Asheville, North Carolina.
Hendrick pleaded guilty to mail fraud in an agreement that in essence will
wipe out the other 14 charges he faced for allegedly offering bribes to Honda
motor company officials.
Prosecutors claimed Hendrick was part of a conspiracy to launder money, pay
bribes and commit fraud to acquire dealerships and additional cars.
Hendrick, who is fighting leukemia will be sentenced in the next month or so.
The government is recommending a sentence of 10-to-16 months and a quarter of
a million dollar fine.
Hendrick owns 89 car dealerships in 10 states, selling 25 makes of cars.
Last year sales topped $2 point 4 billion.
The Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament wrapped its 14th successful
year of play this evening at the Roanoke Country Club.
The girls division finished up late this afternoon and 1996 champion
Cimmie Shahan successfully defended her title; winning the tournament with a
three round score of 71, 70 and 74.
IN Q="I really
((CIMMIE SHAHAN/2 TIME SCOTT ROBERTSON CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Cimmie Shahan/2 Time Scott Robertson Champion; :00
OUT Q=...last couple holes"
Jennifer Selfinger won the girl's 13-14 year old title, while Michael
Barbosa won the title in his group of 13 & 14 year olds.
Adam Cranford captured the boy's 15-to-18 year old crown.
The man named Love, and a man many would "love" to see do well lead the way
after the first round of the PGA championship.
SUPER=03-Mamaroneck, NY/TBS; :00
John Daly, who quit in his last major appearance at the US Open earlier this
year shot a blistering four under par round of 66 at the Winged Foot course.
Daly won our hearts six years ago when he won the PGA title in 1991 at
Davis Love the 3rd is tied with Daly for the lead after he used this eagle to
help him shoot a 66, as well.
Tiger Woods had an up and down day and ended the first round at even par 70.
Still to come tonight, Roy Stanley and photographer Steve Claris help us
continue our preseason football journeys
as they us up to Harrisonburg for a visit with the JMU Dukes are reloading
what they hope is another winning season.
The 1997 football season will be somewhat of a challenge for the Dukes of
The Dukes are in a rebuilding year after last season's 7-and-4 campaign.
Roy Stanley has more from the Dukes media day in Harrisonburg.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Alex Wood/JMU Head Football Coach; :21
SUPER=01-Tony Booth/JMU Free Safety; :48
SUPER=01-Cliff Wimbush/JMU Linebacker from Bassett; 1:04
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The American Theater screened its last movie more than 25 years ago and the
Roanoke landmark is just a memory.
But tonight Joe Dashiell reports the theatre's place in local history now
fills the pages of a new book.
IN Q=For more than 40 years
SUPER=01-Betty Dye/Museum of Theatre History Curator; :16
SUPER=01-Julie McDowell/Graphic Designer; :41
SUPER=01-Ollie Stein/Retired HSMM Partner; 1:05
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((For more than 40 years, the latest releases brought Roanokers to the
corner of Kirk and Jefferson.
But the American was more than a movie theater to many of the faces in the
audience. It was a meeting place, an architectural landmark, the center of
IN Q=It was so beautiful
((BETTY DYE/MUSEUM OF THEATRE HISTORY CURATOR: IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL I'VE BEEN IN
A LOT OF THEATERS SINCE THE AMERICAN WAS TORN DOWN. THERE'S ONE IN LOUISVILLE
THAT'S VERY MUCH LIKE THE AMERICAN AND I FELT LIKE I WAS WALKING THOSE SAME
OUT Q=those same floors again.
The Roanoke Valley Museum of Theatre History hopes to help others walk
those floors again.
The organization has published a tribute to the theater that includes,
photographs, blueprints and personal memories.
IN Q=It's not here now
((JULIE MCDOWELL/MUSEUM OF THEATRE HISTORY PRESIDENT: IT'S NOT HERE NOW. AND SO
THIS IS A NICE WAY FOR US TO REVISIT THE GRANDEUR, TO ENJOY IT AGAIN. IT'S SAD
THAT IT'S NOT HERE ))
OUT Q=it's not here.
Julie McDowell designed the layout. Bob Fishburne provided the words.
Current and retired partners of Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern picked up a
large share of the production costs in memory of architect E. Paul Hayes, a
founding partner of their firm.
IN Q=It was so important
((OLLIE STEIN/RETIRED HSMM PARTNER: IT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO HIM. IT WAS ONE OF
HIS FAVORITE PROJECTS. IT WAS REALLY THE PROJECT THAT BROUGHT HIM TO ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=brought him to Roanoke.
The book is now available through the museum, and may soon be on bookstore
Though the American Theatre was demolished in 1973, many still mourn its
loss... and remember with fondness a building that was more than bricks and
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))