Fire in the Catawba area destroys a house that'd been home to a Roanoke
County woman for more than 50 years.
We'll tell you a little more about it on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And there's good news and bad on the labor front.
In sports, the Hokies get ready for this weekend's game at Temple--Steve
Mason will have a report.
and Mark McGwire inks a new contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
We are watching the sky for some rain, but the clouds passing by now just
aren't wet enough. The four day forecast is coming up.
A late afternoon fire ripped through a Roanoke County home, and it doesn't
look like much will be left when the smoke clears.
Drivers could easily see the plume of smoke from the top of Catawba
Mountain, as they rode down Route 311.
The fire began around 4 o'clock, and crews are still having a tough time
getting it under control.
The house is owned by Ann Orr, who was in the building when her daughter saw
the flames and helped her get to safety.
Orr has lived in the home for 51 years.
She says she has insurance, but the home had no smoke detectors.
A decline in the market for private radio systems means about 275 people in
Lynchburg will soon be out of a job.
Ericsson Incorporated announced today it is restructuring its private radio
division to make it more profitable.
130 contractors and hourly employees will lose their jobs.. another 145
salaried workers also will be affected.
But Ericsson expects 70 percent of those salaried workers to find jobs
elsewhere in the company.
IN Q=And Ericsson
((RALPH BRUSH/ERICSSON PRIVATE RADIO SYSTEMS: AND ERICSSON HAS BASICALLY SAID
`HEY, YOU GUYS RESTRUCTURE, YOU TAKE YOUR NUMBER OF PEOPLE DOWN TO WHERE YOU
CAN BE PROFITABLE, FOCUS ON YOUR CORE MARKET AND GROW AGAIN'. SO WE'RE REALLY
SUPER=01-Ralph Brush/Ericsson Private Radio Systems; :00
OUT Q=really very pleased.
Brush says the company will help the laid- off employees find new jobs.
He adds Ericsson's cellular telephone business continues to experience
In Salem, the G-E plant has recalled about a third of the 160 production
workers it laid off in July.
But it's hard to tell how many more will return.
G-E expects to recall additional people, but it depends on the size of its
fourth quarter workload.
Some of those laid off say G-E led them to believe EVERYONE would be
G-E says it never made that promise.
Meanwhile, a union spokesman says G-E told HIM it anticipates having
everyone come back by the end of the month.
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The job security is a little better for about 15- hundred people in our area
who work for Sara Lee Knit Products.
But some big changes COULD be on the way soon.
Sara Lee's parent company has announced plans to sell the Knit Products
division, so it can raise three- billion- dollars.
Sara Lee has a sewing plant in Hillsville, a textile plant in Galax, and a
distribution center in Martinsville.
Parental notification took 18 years to get through the General Assembly.
Now Republican Jim Gilmore wants parental consent.
That's where pregnant teens would have to have to NOT only notify -- but get
their parents' permission to get an abortion.
It's the first specific Gilmore's released on his abortion stance in the
campaign for governor.
IN Q=I think
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK THE IDEA OF PARENTAL CONSENT IS ONE THAT I'VE
SUPPORTED IN THE PAST. I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO GET IT THROUGH
OUT Q=the legislature.
Yesterday, Democrat Don Beyer picked up the endorsement of the National
Abortion Rights Action League.
All three Democrats favor parental notification.
L.F. Payne also favors a ban on so-called partial birth abortions.
Republican Mark Earley would like to prohibit all abortions -- even in cases
of rape or incest -- unless the life of the mother is in danger.
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County approval or not, a Botetourt resident says he'll build a slaughter
and meat packing house on his property. That story is coming up on News 7 at
And the wife of a convicted marijuana grower has spent the better part of a
year under house arrest--but now a judge says he has no choice but to send her
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Things are heating up in Danville,
as firefighters are taking the city to court over pay issues.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret has the story from our Danville newsroom.
Keith, legal sparks are flying between the city and Danville firefighters.
About two thirds of the firefighters are suing...
others say they're happy with the way things are.
IN Q=More than 80 firefighters
SUPER=01-Capt. Ronald Harvey/Danville Firefighter; :18
SUPER=01-B.G. Lewis/Danville Fire Chief; :39
OUT Q=your own opinion
((More than 80 crew members signed the lawsuit, saying if they must fight
fires during meal breaks, they should be paid for that time.
They also say they're not getting paid properly for the overtime they do
But Captain Ronald Harvey says the crew agreed to the current pay rules in
1985, so he is NOT suing now.
IN Q=Everybody here then
((CAPT. RONALD HARVEY/DANVILLE FIRE DEP'T: EVERYBODY HERE THEN AGREED AND I WAS
IN FAVOR OF IT THEN AND I STILL AM. I ENJOY THE SCHEDULE I'M WORKING.))
OUT Q=schedule I'm working
A lawyer for the suing members says the 1985 agreement is irrelevant and
Meanwhile, Chief B-G Lewis says he had no prior notice of the lawsuit and he
was especially surprised that a chief deputy signed it too.
IN Q=It did surprise me
((CHIEF B.G. LEWIS/DANVILLE FIRE DEP'T: IT DID SURPRISE ME A LITTLE BIT THAT
SOMEONE OF THAT LEVEL WOULD BE A PART OF THIS TYPE OF LAWSUIT BUT IT'S A FREE
COUNTRY AND YOU CAN BASICALLY VOICE YOUR OWN OPINION.))))
OUT Q=your own opinion
Both sides say there's a chance this can be settled out of court...
but according to firefighter Stephen Finkner, more men are still joining the
lawsuit against the city.
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(Keith question: is there any division in the fire department over this?)
Both sides say no, Keith. Apparently there was no pressure to sign the lawsuit
and the whole force is still working together, whether they chose to sue or
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
Recent polls suggest the governor's race is a toss-up, and tonight the
latest installment of a News 7/Mason Dixon survey says much the same about the
other statewide campaigns.
In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Republican John Hager's name
recognition continues to climb, but Democrat L- F Payne holds on to a slim
The contest for Attorney General is just as close. Republican Mark Earley
leads Democrat Bill Dolan, but only by two percentage points.
And more than a third of those surveyed said they haven't decided which
candidate they will support.
SS=News 7 Poll
Mason Dixon Research interviewed 813 registered voters last week.
The margin for error is plus or minus three and a half percentage points.
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It's NOT much of a surprise.
Republican attorney general Richard Cullen says Republican candidate Jim
Gilmore's car tax cut plan IS Constitutional.
IN Q=Just last year
((RICHARD CULLEN/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: JUST LAST YEAR IN THE LAST SESSION OF
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND THE SENATE, I THINK IT WAS
UNANIMOUSLY PASSED LEGISLATION THAT CLASSIFIED ANTIQUE MOTOR VEHICLES AS BEING
SUBJECT TO EXEMPTION IF THE LOCALITIES WANTED TO USE THAT POWER.))
OUT Q=that power.
Cullen says U-V-A Constitutional expert Dick Howard is just plain wrong when
he says Gilmore's plan would need a Constitutional amendment.
Democrat Don Beyer says through a spokeswoman: "with all due respect, we'll
stick with Dick Howard over Gilmore's hand-picked successor."
Virginia Beach hired killer Mario Murphy admits he's GUILTY.
But now there's an argument that his execution tomorrow night would
jeopardize the safety and freedom of Americans abroad.
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That argument is coming from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention --
which oversees 42- hundred missionaries and their families in other countries.
Murphy's arrest and prosecution was NOT reported to the Mexican consulate --
because authorities say they didn't know he was a Mexican citizen.
IN Q=We think that
((DONALD KAMMERDIENER/SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION: WE THINK THAT IF WE WEAKEN
THE WALL OF JUSTICE AND RIGHT TREATMENT OF THE ACCUSED IN OUR COUNTRY, IT MAKES
IT EASIER FOR OTHER COUNTRIES TO DO THE SAME.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THAT GAVE ME SOME CONCERN. HOWEVER, I DON'T THINK THAT
PEOPLE SHOULD ALWAYS FEEL SAFE GOING INTO OTHER COUNTRIES ANYWAY. YOU NEED TO
KNOW WHAT THEIR LAWS, THEIR CUSTOMS ARE AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU RESPECT THE
SOVEREIGNTY AND THE LAWS OF THOSE COUNTRIES.))
SUPER=01-Donald Kammerdiener/Southern Baptist Convention;
OUT Q=those countries.
The governor says it's NOT Virginia's responsibility to uphold Geneva
convention rights Murphy alleges he did NOT know he had.
Wall Street liked what it heard in a consumer price report today--inflation
remains in check.
The Dow posted one of its best gains ever--
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NASDAQ was up 34 points for a record close.
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The Bedford County Sheriff's office is asking the public's help in finding a
missing 16 year old girl.
Deanna Lynn Nunley was last seen at two o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Police say she may be with 22 year old Christian Campbell and may be held
again her will.
IN Q=That's a possibility
SUPER=01-Lt. John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.
OUT Q=locating her
Police have a warrant for Campbell charging him with contributing to the
delinquency of a minor.
The two may be travelling in Campbell's 1993 red Mazda Miata.
Dana Layman has done her time- -nine months under house arrest.
Today the wife of the "phototronman" was ordered to serve another nine
months in PRISON....
all this for her role in a massive indoor marijuana- growing operation.
The D-E-A determined she was intimately involved in the operation- -not
just AWARE of it- -but playing an active role growing pot, falsifying
She was back in court today citing double jeopardy.
IN Q=and we think
((JOHN LICHTENSTEIN/DANA LAYMAN'S ATTORNEY: AND WE THINK THAT THE IMPOSITION OF
THE ORIGINALLY ARTICULATED NINE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT SENTENCE CONSTITUTES A
DOUBLE PUNISHMENT WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT DANA'S ALREADY SERVED THE
NINE MONTHS HOME CONFINEMENT ))
SUPER=01-John Lichtenstein/Dana Layman's Attorney;
**Keith on ENG**
Judge James Turk concluded he had no choice.
The Court of Appeals sent the case back him to impose the nine-month prison
term without mentioning the time Layman spent under house arrest.
The prosecutor calls it "a dilemma of her own making."
IN Q=She made
((JOE MOTT/ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY: SHE MADE THAT CHOICE BACK IN AUGUST OF
1996. SHE COULD HAVE HAD THAT SENTENCE STAYED HAD SHE CHOSEN TO. SO I CAN'T BE
TOO SYMPATHETIC TO THAT POSITION. ))
SUPER=01-Joe Mott/Assistant U.S. Attorney
OUT Q=to that position.
Judge Turk did impose the prison term, but stayed it, to give Layman's
lawyer time to take it up again with the Court of Appeals.
A Botetourt County man who wants to build a slaughter-house and meat packing
business on his property did not defend himself against opposition today at a
In fact Donald Griffith didn't show up at all.
The board of supervisors had planned to ask Griffith some questions about his
petition to rezone about 12 acres of his property in Fincastle so he could
legally build a butcher shop.
But instead the board said NO to the request.
Many of Griffith's neighbors are complaining about the proposed business.
IN Q=If I have any
((SANDRA MCDANIEL:I'LL REPORT HIM TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, I HAVE RESOURCES TO
WHERE I CAN KEEP TABS ON HIM PRETTY GOOD...BUT WE WILL STOP HIM.))
OUT Q=stop him
At a planning commission meeting last week, Griffith said he'll build a small
shed to slaughter his meat, that way he doesn't have to worry about having his
And coming up, Mark McGwire will stay in St. Louis after signing a new deal
today the Orioles were back on the Diamond.
And Virginia Tech has an important Big East game this weekend on the road at
The Virginia Tech Hokies avenging 31 to 3 win over Syracuse must now be
filed away in order for the 18-th ranked team to prepare for this Saturday's
Big East game with the 1 and 2 Temple Owls.
Steve has more on this feathered affair.
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Cleveland scored three times in the top of the first and went on to beat
Baltimore 4 to 2.
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The Indians were in town for a doubleheader this afternoon.
In the top of the first, Matt Williams hits a shot down the left field line
scoring Tony Fernandez and the Indians jumped out to the 3 to nothing lead.
Baltimore got on the board in the bottom of the second. Mike Bordick hits
a double to centerfield scoring Cal Ripken but the Orioles trailed 3 to 1.
The Indians padded their lead in SUPER=35-Cleveland/4/Baltimore/2/;the
top of the ninth Manny Ramirez doubles to centerfield scoring Marquis Grissom
and Cleveland beats Baltimore in the Yard 4 to 2.
The Atlanta Braves tied a major league record with their 11-th grand slam
of the Season. Eddie Perez hit the shot to give the Braves a 6 to 4 win over
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SS; :
Fred McGriff game the Braves the lead in the bottom of the fourth he hits
this shot to centerfield scoring Jeff Blauser and Chipper Jones and the Braves
went on top 2 to nothing.
The Giants tied it at 2 to 2 but in SUPER=35-Atlanta/6/San
Francisco/4/;the bottom of the sixth Eddie Perez gets all of this pitch
sending it over the left field wall for a grand slam and the Braves win it 6 to
While the Baseball meetings continued in Atlanta today the St. Louis
Cardinals have inked a deal with First baseman Mark McGwire.
McGwire was traded to the Cardinals back in July and today they signed him
to a new 3 year deal worth 28 and an option for the fourth year.
McGwire joined Babe Ruth as the only Major League players to hit 50 homers
in consecutive years.
He is reunited with Tony LaRussa who coached him for 10 years while he was
with the Oakland A's. McGwire has 17 home runs, 30-R-B-I's in 38 games in St.
Louis. He's batting 248.
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Postal officials and town leaders in Christiansburg are at odds tonight over
an historic town landmark.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon is here to tell us more.
Keith it's an old post office building, that postal officials say is too
small to serve the needs of the town, so they want to shut it down.
But, tonight we'll talk to residents who say the building represents
tradition and the town's southern flavor.
And, they're fighting the planned move.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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