250 employees at a Roanoke County fiberoptics company are out of a job as of
Double Boxes=Melanie and Tonya/Microwave
Tonya Flory joins us live from the Alcatel plant with the latest...Tonya
(ad lib) Alcatel workers turned in their badges this morning when they picked
up their paychecks...Many employees had been hearing rumors of a shut down for
(Rollcue: shut down for months)
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :03
SUPER=01-Aaron Webb/Former Alcatel Employee; :23
OUT Q=big business
(( One worker says the Alcatel plant in North Carolina is newer, larger and
more efficient than the Roanoke operation which is rumored to be the reason for
Employees of the fiberoptics plant will not return to work after getting pink
slips this morning, but they will continue to receive a paycheck until December
31 along with a severance package.
Employees say it was a shock to hear the news...
IN Q=Yay, to some
((AARON WEBB/FORMER ALCATEL EMPLOYEE:YAY, TO A LOT OF PEOPLE IT WAS, WELL I
GUESS EVERYBODY. WE KNEW WE WERE KIND OF SLOW BUT I DON'T THINK ANYBODY
PICTURES THIS HAPPENING AS OF RIGHT NOW. EVIDENTLY THINGS HAPPEN IN BIG
OUT Q=big business))
***TONYA MIC HOT*****
One employee described hearing the plant closing was like getting news that a
family member had died...they just felt numb.
( ad lib)
Local Union 164...Alcatel managers could not be reached for comment on the
reason for the layoffs.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Tonya/Microwave
We'll have more tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
A coalition of community groups says the First Union Corporation has failed
to meet its obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act.
Today, the group said it is filing objections to the proposed merger between
First Union and Signet Bank.
The Roanoke Community Reinvestment Coalition outlined its complaints at a
news conference this morning.
The group's concerns include the bank's lending record and its closing of
branches in minority and low- income neighborhoods.
IN Q=Add to that
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT COALITION: ADD TO THAT THIS
INCREASING INDIFFERENT, ALMOST ARROGANT ATTITUDE ON THE PART OF THIS PARTICULAR
CORPORATION. THE LARGER IT GETS, THE LESS ACCESS WE HAVE. THE LARGER IT GETS,
THE LESS INPUT WE HAVE IN TERMS OF POLICIES.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Community Reinvestment Coalition;
OUT Q=in terms of policies.
A spokesman for First Union says the bank has extended billions of dollars
of loans in low and moderate income communities.
Jeep Bryant says First Union is proud of a Community Reinvestment Program
that serves as a model for other banks.
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The Chrysler Corporation says it will appeal verdict of multi- million
dollar judgement awarded to the family of a six- year- old boy because of a
fatal minivan accident.
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/April 1994;
The wrongful death suit was filed in 19-94, after the boy died from being
thrown from the van because of a defective rear latch.
But Chrysler maintains "the boy was fatally injured when the driver of the
vehicle that was carrying him ran a red light."
Attorney General Janet Reno is chastising the White House for delaying the
release of the so- called Coffee videotapes.
((I WAS VERY DISTURBED THAT THE TAPES HAD NOT BEEN PRODUCED IN A TIMELY FASHION
AND THAT IT HAD TAKEN SO LONG AFTER THE PRODUCING OF THE TAPES TO LET US KNOW.
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/U.S. Attorney General;
OUT Q=to let us know.
SUPER=04-White House Video;
Still Reno says she's found no justification to call for an independent
She says an initial survey of the tapes show there was no actual
solicitation of funds.
But Reno insists the investigation is continuing.
((RENO: NO ONE CAN SHOUT LOUD ENOUGH OR WRITE A HEADLINE BIG ENOUGH OR USE
WORDS SHRILL ENOUGH TO KEEP ME FROM DOING WHAT I THINK IS THE RIGHT THINK ON
THIS INVESTIGATION. ))
OUT Q=this investigation.
Reno says she has not yet spoken with the President about the tapes.
President Clinton and America's gun makers are taking aim -- at accidental
At a White House ceremony today, the President announced that eight of
the nation's biggest firearms companies will supply child safety locks with
IN Q=THIS WILL EFFECT...
OUT Q=AND SONS.
Some 200 children a year die in accidental shootings.
The National Forest Service brings to mind Smokey Bear and Rangers putting
out campfires and stopping litter bugs.
But forest officers are actually armed police, responsible for enforcing
laws on public land.
OUT Q=(gun shots)
Law enforcement officers are practicing their shooting skills for firearm
They are the police of the woods and say their pursuit of suspects often
requires that they be experts in the use of weapons.
IN Q= I get
((WOODY LIPPS/FOREST SERVICE OFFICER:I GET ASKED A LOT OF TIMES WHY DO YOU HAVE
THAT GUN...BECAUSE CARRIED GUNS.))
SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/Forest Service Officer;
OUT Q=carried guns
The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests cover Virginia from Wise
to Lee Counties.
Forest officers say they hope to build practice ranges on every national
forest in the area.
Hurricane "Pauline" has skirted past
Acapulco and is now bearing down on other Mexican beach resorts
further to the north.
Acapulco did get hit with torrential rains and 60 mile- per- hour winds, but
there are no reports yet on damage.
The storm is now threatening other popular tourist areas, including Puerto
Vallarta (PWEHR'-toh vah-YAHR'-tah).
At last word, Pauline was generating winds approaching 105 miles- per- hour.
If you ever wondered who is King of the Sea the killer Whale or the Great
White Shark, a video tape may provide the answer.
The ocean's two main predators have been known to attack each other, but few
people have ever witnessed it, that is until now.
John Blackstone reports.
SUPER=03-Off San Francisco, CA; :00
SUPER=01-John Blackstone/Reporting; :42
SUPER=01-Mary Jane Schramm/Oceanic Society; :53
OUT Q=cbs news san francisco.
It was a fight between heavyweights...and a boatload of astonished whale
watchers had front row seats.
NAT SOT OOHS AND AAHS ON BOAT
An encounter between a killer whale and a great white shark. Mary Jane
Schramm was one of those watching.
MARY JANE SCHRAMM, OCEANIC SOCIETY
"THIS WAS NOT FREE WILLY OR KEIKO, THIS WAS A PREDATOR OF THE OCEAN
ENCOUNTERING ANOTHER PREDATOR OF THE OCEAN."
Two predators at the top of the food chain, never before known to attack each
other. For scientists it provides a whole new view of life in the deep ocean.
BUT THE CONFRONTATION IS NOT JUST OF INTEREST TO SCIENTISTS SOMETHING ABOUT
THIS BATTLE BETWEEN WHALE AND SHARK IS CAPTURING THE PUBLIC IMAGINATION AS
MARY JANE SCHRAMM, OCEANIC SOCIETY
"HERE YOU'VE GOT TWO VERY MYSTIFYING CREATURES YOU KNOW LOCKED IN LITERALLY A
LIFE AND DEATH STRUGGLE."
The battle was won by the twenty foot long killer whale believed to be a
female. She didn't eat the shark but left it for a smaller whale, probably
her baby. A researcher with an underwater camera captured pictures of the
younger whale having lunch.
This battle might be called Free Willy meets Jaws...but in the real world of
survival, the killer whale lived up to its name.
Jb cbs news sf.))
An Italian playwright has won the Nobel Prize for literature.
Seventy-one year old Dario Fo (DAH'-ree-oh foh) is noted for his politically
The Swedish prize committee said his work "opens our eyes to abuses and
injustices in society" with both laughter and gravity.
The academy will announce the winner of the coveted peace prize tomorrow.
Writers, artists and composers have found a getaway in Amherst County.
The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is known around the world.
On any given day, two dozen artists are in residence at the center, where
the time, space and solitude helps them perfect their craft.
The V-C-C-A is more than 25 years old, and its new director wants it to last
at least ANOTHER 25.
Suny (sunny) Monk says that means raising public awareness about the
center.. to a certain extent.
IN Q=Some of what
((SUNY MONK/VCCA EXEC. DIRECTOR: SOME OF WHAT WE DO FOR THESE PEOPLE IS TO
PROVIDE THIS ISOLATION, SO WHILE WE DO WANT OUR NEIGHBORS TO APPRECIATE THE
FACT THAT WE'RE HERE AND WE WANT TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS, AT SOME POINT WE'LL HAVE
TO SAY `PLEASE DON'T COME VISIT US EVERY DAY'.))
SUPER=01-Suny Monk/VCCA Executive Director; :00
OUT Q=every day.
The center is planning an endowment campaign to stabilize its financial
The V-C-C-A is the largest year- round artists colony in the United States.
Friends, family and state politicians today are mourning the loss of former
U-S Senator William Spong Junior.
He died yesterday of a ruptured aneurysm.
Spong served in the Senate in 19-66.
He was defeated for re- election in 19-72 by Republican Bill Scott and never
sought public office again.
He was also dean of the School of Law at William and Mary and a past
president of Old Dominion University.
Senator John Warner called Spong a man of unquestioned integrity and
William Spong was 77.
If you feel like V-DOT is watching you as you drive around Roanoke County,
Four cameras have been placed at the intersection of Williamson and
But don't worry the cameras can't identify tag numbers or motorists; V-DOT
is just checking out the traffic flow.
IN Q= YOU CAN SEE
((BOB PERDUE/VDOT TRAFFIC SUPERVISOR: YOU CAN SEE A PERSON IN THE VEHICLE FROM
THE CAMERA POSITION, BUT YOU CAN'T TELL IF IT'S MALE OR FEMALE, GROWNUP OR
CHILD, YOU CAN'T SEE ANY WRITING ON THE VEHICLE. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE WEARING
REAL DARK SUNGLASSES, AND YOU'RE A HALF A MILE AWAY.))
SUPER=08-Bob Perdue/VDOT Traffic Supervisor;
OUT Q= A MILE AWAY.
The cameras are in a testing period right now.
If everything goes as planned its possible they'll be installed at every new
***Rolls cold out of break**
IN Q=bread has
SUPER=01-Mary Ann Esposito/Cookbook Author; :29
OUT Q=the weather
(( Bread has been a staple food for thousands of years, yet some people are
hesitant to try making it from scratch.
With us today is Mary Ann Esposito, creator and host of the P-B-S cooking
series (Chow i-tal-yah) "Ciao Italia".
Thank you for joining us today...
You've just written a new cookbook, called "What you Knead." What is it
about bread that daunts so many?))
***tape tosses to Patrick**
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SUPER=331-Variable/Clouds/60-64/Partly Cloudy/Showers Possible/80-84;
SUPER=332-Cloudy/Maybe a Sprinkle/56-60/Variable/Clouds/75-78;
SUPER=333-Variable/Clouds/58-62/Slight Chance/of Showers/74-77;
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North Carolina will hold a news conference this afternoon for what is
expected to be the announcement of Dean Smith's retirement as the Tar Heels
head basketball coach.
He has coached the Tar Heels for 36 seasons.
At 66, Smith has the most wins of SUPER=04-NCAA Productions;
any college basketball coach.
Smith will be replaced by longtime assistant Bill Guthridge.
The Baltimore Orioles scalped the Cleveland Indians last night in game one of
the American League championship series.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Fox-MLB; :00
The O's can thank Scott Erickson for pitching 8 shutout innings.
And they can thank Brady Anderson for saving this run in the first by robbing
Five minutes later he opened the O's half of the first with this homer off
SUPER=35-Cleveland/0/Baltimore/3/O's Lead 1-0;
Chad Ogea (OH-JAY).
The Orioles take game one 3-to-nothing.
Eric Davis, who is undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer is expected to
be in tonight's lineup as the Birds and Indians match-up for game two of the
seven game series.
He sat out yesterday's game to conserve his strength.
The Atlanta Braves evened their National League series with the Marlins at a
game a piece yesterday with a convincing 7-to-1 win.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC-MLB; :00
In the Bottom of the first Ryan Klesko came through with the eventual game
winning hit as he bopped this two run homer to score Keith Lockhart.
SUPER=35-Florida/1/Atlanta/7/Series Tied 1-to-1;
The Braves also got a two run homer from Chipper Jones and a great effort on
the mound from Tom Glavine.
John Smoltz will pitch game three
for the Braves tomorrow against Tony Saunders.
The Danville Braves will get some company at Dan Daniel park next season as
the Braves Class-A team also inhabits Legion field for a year.
The announcement that the team formerly known as the Durham Bulls would
share space in the Appalachian League park for a season was made yesterday
morning at a newsconference attended by Presidents from both the Carolina and
IN Q="It appears...
((TIM CAHILL/DANVILLE BRAVES PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Tim Cahill/Danville Braves President; :00
OUT Q=...playing here."
After next season the Braves Class-A team will take up permanent residence in
A tiger cub at the Philadelphia Zoo is attracting some unwanted attention.
This week Francisco Rodriguez jumped a barrier to pet "Corona-the City
Rodriguez says "Corona" belongs to him and that the cub jumped out of his
apartment window last August.
The zoo has now asked the U-S Attorney's office to bar Rodriguez from
reaching out to touch his tiger cub.