Here's what you'll see next on News-7 at Five:
More than 200 workers at a fiber optics plant are looking for new jobs.
Hurricane Pauline is to blame for dozens of deaths after slamming into
And he's been called the Dean of College basketball-- today the Tar Heel
steps down from coaching.
Clouds and a sprinkle on the western horizon. The complete weather story is
Plus on Health Check--
they can be dangerous, even deadly-- but just how common are medical mistakes?
It's all coming up, on News 7 at FIVE.
IN Q=WE KNEW
((AARON WEBB: WE KNEW WE WERE KINDA SLOW BUT I DON'T THINK WE WERE PREPARED
FOR THIS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=RIGHT NOW.
A surprise for employees at Roanoke County's Alcatel plant-- the company has
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
Negotiations have stopped this evening between union leaders and the
fiberoptics plant after the company closed this morning.
Talks will resume tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.
215 Alcatel employees are now out of work.
double boxes Connie/Tonya
Tonya Flory joins us from the Alcatel plant in Roanoke County...
Tonya any word on why the plant shut down so abruptly?
Connie--in the age of technology
the company says the Roanoke operation was basically out of date.
Meantime talks continue with union officials concerning which employees will
be allowed to work to help close the plant down.
IN Q=They're probably trying
((DAVID BRINKLEY/11 YEAR EMPLOYEE:HOW THEY'RE GOING TO DECIDE WHICH PEOPLE ARE
GOING TO BE THE ONES TO COME BACK. SINCE THERE IS NO LONGER A UNION THE
SENIORITY ISSUE PROBABLY DOESN'T EXIST...IT SHHOULD BE BY SENIORITY))
SUPER=01-David Brinkley/11 Year Alcatel Employee;
OUT Q=by seniority
Union president David Terry says there will be a mass meeting sometime next
week for a status update.
Employees say this has been a long time coming...some say they even started
looking for other jobs before this morning's announcement...
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We'll have more on the layoffs and a
statement from Alcatel management on News 7 at 6...Connie
It's going to be a nail-biter.
The results are in on the latest NEWS 7 poll on the race for governor...
DOUBLE BOX=Jean/Ellen/State Microwave
...and Ellen Qualls has them in Richmond.
Connie, the pollsters at Mason-Dixon say they don't rememberSUPER=@Ellen1;
a Virginia race that's stayed this close throughout.
Let's get right to the numbers.
IN Q=In a poll
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :16
OUT Q=unusual in Virginia.
(( In a poll done Tuesday and Wednesday -- AFTER Monday night's debate --
Don Beyer and Jim Gilmore are tied at 43- percent of those who regularly
That's within three points of where they've been all year -- in polls with a
margin of error of three and half percent.
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, WE'VE RARELY SEEN
AN ELECTION IN VIRGINIA THAT HAS REMAINED THIS CLOSE THROUGHOUT. THE DOUG
WILDER-MARSHALL COLEMAN ELECTION IN 1989 WOUND UP TO BE THE CLOSEST
GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION IN VIRGINIA HISTORY. BUT FOR THE REST OF THESE TWO
DECADES, THE ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN WON BY FAIRLY SUBSTANTIAL MARGINS. SO HAVING
THIS GO INTO THE LAST THREE OR FOUR WEEKS BASICALLY IN A DEAD HEAT IS SOMETHING
HIGHLY UNUSUAL IN VIRGINIA.))
Regionally, they're tied in the Roanoke-Lynchburg area and in far Southwest
DOUBLE BOX=Ellen and Jean/State Microwave
Beyer's up in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads... but Gilmore leads in
the rest of the state.
So that makes northern Virginia turnout crucial to Beyer?
Right, that's an area that tends NOT to turn out in great percentages for
state elections -- unless there's something to rally for or against -- as they
did for Chuck Robb and against Oliver North in the final days of 1994 to tip
that election Robb's way.
North was up four points at this point in 1994.
If you want to see the numbers for yourself
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Attorney General Janet Reno says she's mad at the White House.
Reno says the Justice Department should have been informed in a timely
manner about the tapes of 44- White House coffees.
(( JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL: WHEN YOU HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THE WHITE
HOUSE HAS RECOGNIZED THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PRODUCE THE DOCUMENTS, IT IS VERY,
VERY FRUSTRATING TO HAVE THEM PRODUCED IN SUCH A DELAYED FASHION AND I ALSO
THOUGHT THAT WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOLD IMMEDIATELY-- ))
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General; :00
OUT Q=TOLD IMMEDIATELY
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However-- Reno says there's still no evidence that requires her to call for
an independent counsel-- Investigators will continue to review the case.
Meantime, the President and America's gun makers are taking aim at
accidental shooting deaths.
Eight of the nation's largest firearms companies will supply child safety
locks to their handguns.
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((IT WILL ... AND SONS.))
OUT Q=and sons
An estimated 200 children a year die in accidental shootings.
The once-glittering resort city of Acapulco is now a disaster zone.
Hurricane Pauline has pummelled the Mexican city-- packing winds gusting up to
120-miles an hour.
At least 40-people are dead-- dozens are missing.
Pauline created racing rivers of mud and debris that flooded the main
Tourists huddled in darkened hotels as towering waves carved up most of the
city's once-pristine beaches.
The storm is now moving northward up the Pacific coast of Mexico.
toss to robin.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A Roanoke group is objecting to the proposed merger between First Union and
The story coming up on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Plus-- this is what greeted last year's first Italian Festival in
Is a drier, more popular event scheduled this time around?
Also, Some hard accusations from an environmental group-- claiming some
popular vinyl children's toys contain unacceptable levels of lead and toxins.
It's all straight ahead.
An early morning shooting in Henry County killed one man and wounded
22-year-old Elmer Hagwood was found dead at a house in Basset, just after
He'd been shot in the right arm and head.
Thirty-seven year-old Harold Taylor, was shot in the hand.
He was treated at a local hospital and released.
Authorities have charged 24-year-old James Antonio Hodge of Martinsville,
with murder, malicious wounding and firearms charges.
No word on the motive.
A coalition of community groups is challenging First Union's plan to
acquire Signet Bank.
The Roanoke Community Reinvestment Coalition alleges discrimination in
First Union's lending practices.
And the group says the consolidation of the two banks will mean the loss
of more neighborhood branches.
IN Q=We want the public
((AMAZETTA ANDERSON/COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT COALITION: WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO
LOOK AT IT AND SEE. HAS FIRST UNION BEEN GOOD ENOUGH TO YOU? ARE YOU SATISFIED?
AND IF YOU'RE NOT, YOU NEED TO LOOK AT THE FACTS AND SAY, "WE'RE NOT HAPPY."))
SUPER=01-Amazetta Anderson/Community Reinvestment Coalition;
OUT Q=we're not happy.
A spokesman for First Union says the bank has extended billions of dollars
worth of loans in low and moderate income communities.
Jeep Bryant says the bank is proud of a Community Reinvestment Program
that serves as a model for other banks.
The Environmental Protection Agency is suing a Chatham plastics plant for
253-thousand dollars for allegedly endangering the public.
The E-P-A says Cook Composites-- located next door to Chatham High School is
burning hazardous waste improperly, failing to check the incinerator, and not
inspecting safety equipment.
IN Q=This is basically
((STEVE LAW/CHATHAM RESIDENT: THIS IS BASICALLY A MATTER OF SPENDING LESS OF
THEIR MONEY BUT THAT RISKS THE LIFE OF EVERYBODY AT CHATHAM HIGH AND THIS
COMMUNITY AND YOU AND ME.))
SUPER=01-Steve Law/Chatham Resident;
OUT Q=you and me
Cook's plant manager says it is correcting some of the violations, and plans
to appeal some of the others.
An affiliated company next door-- Sartomer, will ask the Board of
Supervisors for permission to expand later this month.
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The second annual Italian Festival of the Seven Hills gets underway in less
than an hour in Lynchburg...
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Steve Smallshaw joins us live from along the James River there.. Steve-- I
know there's at least one thing different about this year's event...
Well Connie, for one thing the weather..SUPER=@ssm1;
nothing but sunny skies in the forecast, and they've also changed the location
of the Italian Festival, to a spot that the city wants to breathe new life
SOT ** tape rolled from truck**
IN Q=After an
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/September 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Buscemi/Sons of Italy; :21
SUPER=01-Judy Gravely/Scene Magazine; :33
OUT Q=the entire weekend.
(( After an unplanned visit from Hurricane Fran, last year's Italian Festival
of the Seven Hills made more mud than it did money.
Things look more promising THIS year.. with dozens of vendors, a carnival
midway, live entertainment and plenty of Italian food to sample.
And last spring's Fair By The James has already proved big crowds CAN be
attracted to the riverfront.
IN Q=Actually we
((MIKE BUSCEMI/SONS OF ITALY: ACTUALLY WE HOPE TO DO A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE
FAIR BY THE JAMES DOWN HERE. I THINK OUR ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP SHOULD DRAW
SUBSTANTIALLY MORE PEOPLE DOWN THEN THEY DID FOR THE FAIR.))
OUT Q=for the fair.
This time they also have the cooperation of Mother Nature..
IN Q=Overall everyone
((JUDY GRAVELY/SCENE MAGAZINE: OVERALL, EVERYONE SEEMED TO STILL HAVE A GOOD
TIME IN SPITE OF THE WEATHER. THIS YEAR, WE'RE HOPING IT'S GOING TO BE MUCH
BETTER. IT'S A SUNNY FORECAST FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND.))
OUT Q=the entire weekend.))
So the weather is cooperating, now it remains to be seen whether the public
will as well.
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They'll have to be willing to pay.. ten dollars in advance, 12 bucks at the
(questions: given what happened last year, were there any problems convincing
the vendors to come back THIS year?)
groovy music under
National Arts and Humanities month continues-- and so does NEWS-7 at FIVE--
along with a live report from a Roanoke County gallery.
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This week on News 7 at FIVE we've been highlighting the Arts--
DOUBLE BOX Connie/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is at White House Galleries on Franklin Road-- where a new
show just opened.
Patrick, tell us about the featured work.
SUPER=01-George Ferguson/White House Galleries;
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In tonight's Ticker-- the Roanoke Express is ready to take the show on the
But first on Health Check-- a new survey indicates more than 100 million
Americans may have been affected by what they consider to have been medical
In Roanoke, Carl Creech is one of them-- he's filed a lawsuit against a
major medical center-- on behalf of his fiancee...
IN Q=I want these
((I WANT THESE DOCTORS TO HAVE TO ANSWER FOR WHAT THEY DID. ))
OUT Q=what they did.
You've probably heard the horror stories-- medical mistakes that run the
gamut from minor problems, to deadly errors.
In Florida, a patient came out of surgery with the wrong leg amputated.
In Pennsylvania, a baby died from receiving the wrong formula.
In Arizona, a surgeon sewed a heart valve in...upside down.
A new survey finds that about half of all Americans say they or someone
they know have experienced a medical mistake-- most often a misdiagnosis or
CBS Medical correspondent Dr. Bernadine Healy says patients need to be
informed consumers-- and doctors need to be frank.
IN Q=We have to be
((DR. BERNADINE HEALY/OHIO STATE UNIV. COLLEGE OF MED.: WE HAVE TO BE HONEST
WITH OUR PATIENTS BEFORE A PROCEDURE AS WELL AS AFTER A PROCEDURE, BEFORE
THERAPY AS WELL AS AFTER. WE HAVE TO CONVEY TO THEM THAT MEDICINE ISN'T PERFECT
AND THAT THEY'RE GETTING THE BEST THAT THEY CAN GIVE, AND THE BEST AS MEDICINE
CAN GIVE. THATS OUR OBLIGATION AS PHYSICIANS TO BE HONEST. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Bernadine Healy/Ohio State Univ. College of Med.; :
OUT Q=be honest.
One medical expert says the errors could be costing as much as 200 billion
A Roanoke man believes medical mistakes cost his family an even heftier
price-- the life of a loved one.
Carl Creech's fiancee-- the mother of his son Kyler, died at the University
of Virginia Medical Center in April of 1994.
Barbara Lynn Ross was 27, pregnant with twins, and very sick-- with a rapid
heart beat and difficulty breathing when she was airlifted from Roanoke's
Community Hospital to Charlottesville.
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While at U-V-A, Creech says a series of botched procedures, lack of
supervision by the attending physician over residents, and misiagnosis of her
condition-- cost Barbara her life.
He's filed a lawsuit against the UVA medical center and three physicians
for medical negligence.
IN Q=The caliber
((CARL CREECH: THE CALLIBER OF THE PHYSICIANS THAT WERE PERFORMING THIS WERE
MERELY RESIDENTS, THE ONE THAT PERFORMED IT WAS A FIRST YEAR RESIDENT. I FEEL
BASED ON THE EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD, THAT A FIRST YEAR RESIDENT SHOULDN'T BE
ALLOWED TO TOUCH SUCH A GIRL. IT'S VERY DANGEROUS AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT
YOU'RE DOING WHAT'S HAPPENED IN OUR FAMILY COULD HAPPEN IN ANYONE'S FAMILY. ))
SUPER=07-Carl Creech; :
OUT Q=in anyone's family.
The University of Virginia Medical Center has a policy not to comment on
pending court cases-- but an attorney for one of the physicians named in the
suit says Barbara Ross did receive appropriate care at the facility--
The problem, says the attorney-- is that Ross had a very uncommon, very
lethal condition-- called Herpes Simplex Virus Hepatitis.
And lab results for a diagnosis take time-- and weren't available before
Whatever the circumstances, with this and every other tragic case, these
are issues of life and death-- and very painful for those left behind.
Let's turn now to sports--Three decades of tradition has ended in Chapel
Here's Roy with tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Thank you Connie and good afternoon everybody welcome to the thursday 2
A changing of the guard in North Carolina Basketball as Dean smith Retires
and turns over the program to his long time assistant Bill Guthridge.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC; :
Smith ended the Rumors this afternoon at a news conference announcing his
The 66 year old Smith has coached the Tar Heels for 36 years and he's the
winningest coach in College basketball history.
Smith said his health is good and he's leaving with not disputes or
disagreements with the school.
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((DEAN SMITH/RETIRES AS CAROLINA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Dean Smith/Retires as Carolina Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=........VERY WELL."
Guthridge has been on the sideline with Dean for 31 of those 36 years. Dean
recommend Guthridge as his successor and the School followed through.
IN Q="Those of You...
((BILL GUTHRIDGE/NEW UNC HEAD BASKETBALL COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bill Guthridge/New Carolina Head Basketball Coach; :
OUT Q=..........I SHOULD TAKE."
The Roanoke Express will finally get a chance to bang on someone other than
each other tonight as they open their exhibition schedule on the road in
Wheeling against the Nailers.
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Frank Anzalone has been giving a lot of new players a look in training camp
since last Saturday, and he hopes to give each one a chance to shine tonight.
IN Q="I would say...
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...OF THE GUYS.
The Express plays two exhibition games at home this weekend on Friday and
Sunday evenings. Connie will back in a moment.
Greenpeace has a warning for parents.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :
The environmental group says many popular children's toys made of vinyl
contain unacceptable levels of lead and other toxins-- easily digested by
IN Q=It is also
((BILL WALSH/GREENPEACE TOXICS CAMPAIGN: IT IS ALSO OUR POSITION THAT THERE
ARE READILY AVAILABLE, TECHNOLOGICALLY FEASIBLE AND ECONOMICALLY COMPETITIVE
ALTERNATIVES FOR NEARLY ALL THE USES OF POLYVINYL CHLORIDE, ESPECIALLY IN
SUPER=01-Bill Walsh/Greenpeace Toxics Campaign; :
OUT Q=especially in toys.
Still, the Consumer Products Safety Commission has some doubts about the
findings-- and says parents should not be alarmed.