Iraq is again threatening to shoot down U-S spy planes, as negotiations to
keep American members on the U-N weapons inspection teams fizzled today.
The flights were suspended while U-N diplomats visited Iraq.
But the mediators had no luck getting Iraqi leaders to back down from an
order expelling Americans from the inspection teams, so they left Baghdad this
The U-N surveillance flights are scheduled to resume Monday.
SUPER=03-Baghdad/This Morning; :17
Iraq's deputy prime minister accuses the U-S of using the flights to plan an
(( IRAQ'S DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TARIQ AZIZ:I KNOW THAT THE U-S IS ENTERING THE
IRAQI AIR SPACE NO AND IN ORDER TO TAKE PHOTOS THAT WILL ENABLE THE AMERICAN
ARMY TO ATTACK TARGETS, THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH U-N BUSINESS.))
SUPER=01-Tariq Aziz/Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister;
OUT Q=U-N BUSINESS.
Also today, inspectors were turned away from sites in Iraq for a fifth day.
The nation's jobless rate is the lowest it's been in 24 years.
It sank to four-point-seven percent last month -- as a wide range of
industries showed big job gains.
Government statistics show many of the new hires were women.
Further reflecting the strong job market, average hourly wages rose six
The unemployment report came out much stronger than expected, boosting
concern over inflation and sending wall street into a tail spin.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Stocks tumbled at the open -- with the Dow down more than 150 points in the
early minutes of trading before pulling back a bit from those lows.
The data have only added to downward pressures on Wall Street after more
weakness for overseas markets.
Asian Markets took another tumble today.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei (nee-kay) Average fell more than four
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index finished down by just under three percent,
rebounding from steeper loses earlier in the day.
Worries about climbing interest rates gave Hong Kong investors the jitters.
But there was none of the panic that set off global market plunges
two weeks ago.
Three people shot, one strangled and all four then cremated as the house is
The situation outlined in the Earl Bramblett murder trial sound like
something out of the pages of a detective magazine.
Keith Humphry spoke to police who say Bramblett murdered the Vinton family
"by the book."
IN Q=THIS book...
SUPER=10-Barry Keesee/Va. State Police Special Agent/Wednesday; :22
SUPER=01-Helen Akers/Missing Girl's Mother; 1:42
OUT Q=Humphry NEWS 7.
THIS book- -a pulp periodical called "Front Page Detective."
It was seized from Bramblett's motel room. The magazine came out ten days
before the Hodges family was murdered.
Police believe Bramblett selected bits and pieces from various articles in
the magazine to set the stage at the Hodges house. The family allowed us
inside for the first time this week.
SOT 13:55:15 Kessee
((IT'S REWARDING TO SEE THE HODGES AND THE FULCHER FAMILY FINALLY UNDERSTAND
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVED ONES.))
The magazine was introduced as evidence... it's significance never
explained... until now.
One article profiles a murder on August 29th- -the day the Hodges were found
dead in their home.
Another refers to a note about a "family emergency." Authorities believe
Bramblett forced Teresa Hodges to post notes on the door about a family
emergency to warn off visitors.
There's an article about setting fire to destroy the evidence.
The same one refers to kerosene splashed all over a woman's body- -just what
Bramblett did to Teresa Hodges.
Her charred body was found face down on the living room couch- -her feet
sticking up in the air, just like a woman in the magazine.
The master bedroom was made to look like it had been ransacked, "searched
thoroughly and left a mess," just as it was in the Hodges house.
Blaine Hodges body was covered with a curtain- -again mimicking the
Bramblett may even have gotten the idea of ditching evidence in the dumpster
behind the sign company where he worked from one of the stories.
Many people believe this was not the first time Bramblett committed a crime
involving young girls.
Helen Akers' daughter Tammy disappeared in 1976. She's afraid she'll never
know what happened.
((BUT I BELIEVE THAT EARL WAS CLOSE ENOUGH TO TAMMY TO WHERE HE PROBABLY KNOWS
WHAT DID HAPPEN OR PERHAPS WHERE HER BODY IS.))
Tammy Lynn Akers was one of several teenaged girls who worked for Bramblett
at the sign shop on Fifth Street.
SOT STARTS ON 2-SHOT REVERSE 11:37:45
((I JUST WANT TO KNOW THAT I HAVE MY BABY'S REMAINS BACK IN A PLACE WHERE I
KNOW WHERE THEY ARE.:09AND THAT IS MY PLEA TO HIM, AND IF HE SEES THIS I HOPE
About ten days after police had locked up the Hodges house... they found
this on the doorstep. Earl Bramblett often referred to 11-year old Winter
Hodges as his "Angel Doll." ))
The future of the Danville Goodyear plant may be uncertain after union
members voted down a proposal to switch to continuous work.
Tina Tenret reports.
IN Q=Union members
SUPER=01-Danny Barber/Union President; :19
SUPER=01-Kori Reed/Communications Manager; 1:04
OUT Q=News 7 Danville
(( Union members stood outside the voting hall pressuring people to vote
against going continuous -- and they may have succeeded.
817 people voted against a continuous work week -- 760 for it.
This means Danville Goodyear employees will NOT have to work Sundays -- and
they will earn double-time when they do.
IN Q=I've always been against continuous
((DANNY BARBER/UNION PRESIDENT: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN AGAINST CONTINUOUS BECAUSE I
PERSONALLY FEEL WHEN A PERSON WORKS ON SUNDAYS IT SHOULD BE UP TO THAT
INDIVIDUAL. IT'S BEEN NOTED OVER THE YEARS THAT IN THIS AREA, WE'VE BEEN KNOWN
TO BE WORKING AND LIVING IN THE BIBLE BELT. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THIS
PLANT THAT OBSERVE THE SABBATH AS THE HOLY BOOK -- THE HOLY BIBLE -- SAYS IT'S
SUPPOSED TO BE OBSERVED AND I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD RESPECT THAT.))
OUT Q=everyone should respect that
But managers say this is bad news for Danville's Goodyear.
They say they can not make enough tires without working continuously -- and
now they may close the plant.
Goodyear is Danville's second largest employer -- with the highest pay rate
IN Q=The vote today is very
((KORI REED/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: THE VOTE TODAY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE
FUTURE OF THE DANVILLE-GOODYEAR PLANT. AT CURRENT CAPACITY WE CANNOT MEET
DEMAND FOR MEDIUM RADIAL TRUCK TIRES. WE HAVE ALREADY LOST SOME MARKET SHARE
BECAUSE WE CANNOT MEET THIS DEMAND. ))
OUT Q=meet this demand
Danville is the only Goodyear plant that does NOT have a continuous work
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
Southeast Virginia officials will raise glasses of water today to toast the
completion of the Lake Gaston pipeline.
The 76-mile pipeline will carry water from Lake Gaston to reservoirs on the
Virginia-North Carolina border.
At peak operation, the five-foot tall pipeline can carry 60 million gallons
of water a day, easing water restrictions in southeast Virginia that have been
in place for more than five years.
A House vote on the controversial fast track trade legislation has been
postponed today at the request of the White House.
Fast track would allow the President to make trade deals that Congress could
The bill cleared a major hurdle earlier this week in the Senate.
But now President Clinton is facing fierce opposition from members of his
own party who are afraid fast track would send more jobs overseas.
IN Q=if America is....
OUT Q=Will be restricted as well.
The President needs fast track to score a major goal of his second term --
expanding free trade in the Western Hemisphere.
A little fowl play with Barney the Dinosaur has gotten the famous San Diego
chicken into some hot water.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
As part of the Chicken's act at ballgames he beats up a Barney look alike.
But the purple dinosaur's owner, the Lyons Partnership group, says the sight
of a chicken stomping its beloved Barney was horrifying to children, so it's
filed a trademark infringement lawsuit.
The chicken's lawyer says the parody is protected by law and calls Barney's
people mean- spirited.
Most of Connex Pipe Systems's customers are overseas.
So company officials usually don't get a chance to meet face to face with
the people they do business.
That wasn't the case yesterday.
A group of Chinese engineers visited the Troutville facility.
They're buying three-million dollars' worth of pipe for a power plant in the
Chinese province Jiangsu (JANG-sue).
For the engineers, it was a chance to check out their investment.
And for Connex, it was a chance to show off its pipes.
IN Q=WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS
((BOB BELDYK/CONNEX VICE PRESIDENT: WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS IS WE HAVE
FIRST-TIME EXPOSURE WITH THIS PARTICULAR CUSTOMER. AND IT'S GREAT TO HAVE THEM
COME INTO OUR FACILITY, SEE OUR CAPABILITIES, SEE WHAT WE CAN DO, AND ALSO SHOW
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE VIRGINIA-ROANOKE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Bob Beldyk/Connex Vice President
OUT Q=virginia-roanoke area
After the tour, the engineers got a few gifts to commemorate their visit to
They're going home with Connex hats, Botetourt County mugs, and lots of
GRAPHIC=A Woman's War
The Civil War may be over, but some historians say the ghosts live on in
But at the Bedford plantation home called Avenel, some say one walks the
Avenel is rich in history, but those responsible for restoring the grand old
home say at one of the original owners remains.
Peggy Maupin has seen "The White Lady," and has her own ideas as to who it
IN Q=I'D SAY IT'S
((PEGGY MAUPIN/FORMER AVENEL OWNER: I'D SAY IT'S MS. BURWELL. OTHERS CALL IT
SOMEONE ELSE, BUT WHO ELSE WOULD IT BE BUT MS BURWELL. SHE WAS LOOKING AFTER
SUPER=01-Peggy Maupin/Former Avenel Owner;
OUT Q=AFTER HER HOME
take 6 promo-4644essC
Denise Allen will introduce us to the "White Lady of Avenel" in the final
part of her series, "A Woman's War."
It's phase two time for Cox Communications as it cracks down on people who
are hooked up to cable programming without paying for it.
This part of the Theft Amnesty program includes inspections and focuses on
people who buy illegal
equipment that allows them to receive cable channels.
SOT 13.11.22 - 13.11.30
IN Q=Because there is
((SHARRON DAVIES/COX COMMUNICATIONS: BECAUSE THERE IS THIS GROWING SITUATION
AND GROWING PROBLEM WE ARE SEEING CUSTOMERS WHO NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT WHAT
THEY'RE PURCHASING. THEY SHOULD BE GETTING THEIR EQUIPMENT USUALLY FROM THEIR
SUPER=01-Sharron Davies/Cox Communications;
OUT Q=their cable company.
Illegal cable customers have until December 31st to cut off their service or
become paying customers.
After that, Cox says it plans to prosecute habitual offenders.
So far, Cox says its audits have uncovered about 400 people getting cable
TAPE#net (edit of 97-69)
A Roanoke man says the county is driving him off his property and out of
Willy Keeling has a tire dump with an estimated three million scraps of
The Department of Environmental Quality is calling the sight a potential
health hazard and the county has requested Keeling remove the tires or sell the
IN Q=If you do have
((PAUL MAHONEY/COUNTY ATTORNEY:IF YOU DO HAVE A TIRE FIRE, YOU'RE LOOKING AT
NOT ONLY PETROLEUM BASED RUN OFF THAT GOES INTO CREEKS AND STREAMS. WE'RE
LOOKING AT BACK CREEK AND THE ROANOKE RIVER, BUT IN ADDITION THE FUMES, THE AIR
POLLUTION THAT COMES FROM THAT))
SUPER=01-Paul Mahoney/County Attorney; RUNS=:14
OUT Q=comes from that.
Clean up costs range from three to six million dollars, which Keeling says he
County officials have had trouble surveying the land because Keeling won't
allow them on his property.
Keeling says he's selling the tires and leaving the state.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-76)
Giving directions is Danville may soon pose more of a challenge.
One road is getting a new name.
Keens Mill Road will soon be called Wendell Scott Drive, in honor of the
only black race car driver to ever win a NASCAR race.
Scott started racing almost 50 years ago in Danville.
IN Q=My father was a gem
((WENDELL SCOTT JR./SON: MY FATHER WAS A GEM OF A MAN YET ONE OF THE MOST
PRACTICAL APPROACHABLE PEOPLE I EVER SAW IN MY LIFE. A GOOD WAY TO DESCRIBE MY
FATHER IS LOYAL.))
SUPER=07-Wendell Scott, Jr.;
OUT Q=is loyal
Scott did not have sponsors or much money -- but he made his own cars and
frequently finished in the top ten.
Some say the road will show young people that even with nothing, they can
rise to the top.
IN Q=I just wish it could
((FRANCES MONTAGUE/NEIGHBOR: I JUST WISH IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED WHEN WENDELL
WAS LIVING SO HE COULD HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE GOOD THINGS THEY'RE DOING FOR HIM
OUT Q=him now.
Wendell Scott died in 19-90.
SUPER=330-Showers Likely/Winds N 10/40-44/Cloudy, with/More Rain/50-54;
SUPER=332-Rainy & Chilly/Winds NW 5-10/38-42/More Rain/Likely/45-49;
SUPER=333-Showers Likely/Winds N 10/40-44/Overcast, with/Cool Rain/45-49;
SUPER=334-Occasional Rain/& Drizzle/35-39/More/Showers/42-46;
GRAPHIC=Horse Race Betting
The luck on Wall Street may have changed for Virginia's parimutuel horse
Voters in Roanoke, Martinsville, and Fredericksburg rejected off-track
betting parlors in their communities Tuesday.
Wednesday, Colonial Downs' stock closed 30- percent lower in value than the
SUPER=03-New Kent Co./File Tape;
Colonial Downs is calling the plunge "market panic" that will be offset by
end of quarter earnings.
The track makes most of its money from two parlors in Richmond and
Chesapeake-- and will open two more in the Tidewater area by the end of the
Those parlors were approved in 19-94, the last year any Virginia voters said
YES to a gambling measure.
A luncheon tipped off the Old Dominion Athletic conference men's basketball
Roy Stanley was with the coaches and files this report.
IN Q="It didn't
SUPER=03-Salem/1997 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/Hampden-Sydney Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Head Coach; :42
SUPER=01-Joe Davis/Lynchburg Head Coach; 1:00
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((It didn't take the coaches long to pick their pre-season poll.
And Hampden-Sydney is on the hot seat. Last year, The Tigers won the
conference tournament and a berth in the N-C-A-A and 10 players from that team
((TONY SHAVER/TIGERS HEAD COACH: ))
((Bridgewater and Virginia Wesleyan are second and third and in fourth place is
Maroon fans will notice a few new faces on the bench this year but Roanoke
returns enough experience to be better that fourth in the league.))
((PAGE MOIR/MAROONS HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((JOE DAVIS/HORNETS HEAD COACH: ))
((Emory and Henry is picked sixth, Washington and Lee ninth and Guilford 10-th.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
After 11 Friday nights, regular season high school football is coming to a
Here are this week's Friday Football Extra hangouts.
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
OUT Q=...LOGO COME FULL.
It's not quite the ironman competition, but motorcyclists in England tested
their skills on water yesterday.
They traded in their leather jackets for the "Ultimate Motorcycle test".
Bikers had to travel across land and water.
Some of the amphibious contraptions worked better than others.