Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Pink slips go out from Goodyear in Danville.
A metal coffin that dates back to the mid-19th century may mark the burial
plot of some well-to-do Big Lick residents.
And the sexual harassment case against Doctor Presley. We'll hear from the
fired V-A director himself tonight.
Tonight in sports, the state quarterfinals are on tap for girl's high school
hoops tonight, the Hokies are looking to make some back-to-back-to-back magic
And a man the Hokies know well, Nebraska coach Tom Osborne is having some
heart problems this week.
Except for some passing clouds tomorrow, all is fair with a gentle warm up
Goodyear is slashing 100 jobs from its Danville plant.
That means layoffs for some, but others are jumping ship by taking early
retirement packages instead.
Union workers recently refused to work mandatory Sunday shifts, so Goodyear
says it is no longer investing in the plant.
Communications manager Kori Reed says if the union had agreed to a seven day
continuous schedule, Goodyear would be hiring now.
IN Q=If the vote had gone yes
((KORI REED/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: IF THE VOTE HAD GONE YES... 300 JOBS))
SUPER=01-Kori Reed/Communications Manager;
OUT Q=300 jobs
Union leaders have refused to comment but they plan to hold a board meeting
Central Virginia's regional homicide squad is investigating last night's
murder of an elderly Lynchburg man.
72- year- old Samuel Junius York was found dead in his home at the Walden
Pond apartment complex around 9:30.
Police would not release any details except to say York had been stabbed to
Fourteen detectives have been assigned to the case.
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York's car is still missing.. it's a burgundy 1993 two- door Lexus Coupe
with Virginia plates L-Z-Z 9-2-3.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Lynchburg
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
After eight days of digging, the city of Roanoke has unearthed a gravesite in
an undeveloped part of the city's industrial park.
If scientific tests prove what the city suspects, the family buried there
died more than 100 years ago.
Scott Goldberg has more.
SUPER=01-Claude Carter/Attorney; 14
OUT Q=Scott Goldberg, News-7
(( Before making any plans to develop a big hill in Roanoke's industrial park,
the city thought it had better check out a rumor.
Or more like a legend kept alive by distant relatives of a family that once
raised horses here.
IN Q=AS THE RUMOR
((CLAUDE CARTER/ATTORNEY: AS THE RUMOR PERSISTED THE CITY FELT IT SHOULD DO
ADDITIONAL WORK, WHICH IT DID. ))
OUT Q= WHICH IT DID
The city hired attorney Claude Carter to help investigate.
And by the time excavation ended two weeks ago, this is who they think they
Wealthy horse owner Yelverton Oliver, on the right here, and the remains of
10 of his relatives.
Oliver died in 18-57, and inspectors suspect he was buried in this metal
casket -- a burial rite reserved for the rich.
Oliver's descendants are reportedly relieved to know his suspected remains
have been exhumed.
IN Q=They're pleased
((THEY'RE PLEASED THEY WERE LOCATED -- THAT WHAT THEY UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THEIR
ANCESTORS TURNED OUT TO BE REAL.))
OUT Q=TO BE REAL
After scientists look over the remains, they'll be laid to rest -- again --
this time in Roanoke County's Mountain View cemetery.
((THE MAN WHO NOW LIVES IN THE OLIVERS' OLD HOUSE HAS STAYED IN TOUCH WITH THE
FAMILY'S RELATIVES. HE SAYS EVEN THOUGH SCIENTISTS MAY NOT EVER KNOW FOR SURE
THE OLIVERS WERE BURIED HERE, HE KNOWS THEIR NEW RESTING PLACE IS BETTER THAN
THIS COW PASTURE. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7.))
Former V-A Director John Presley today flatly denied ever kissing any
employee on the mouth.
In testimony today, Doctor Presley refuted the accounts of sexual
harassment that women had related to the court.
((DID YOU HEAR THE ONE YESTERDAY WHO SAID I PULLED MY CHAIR UP CLOSE TO HER? I
DIDN'T TOUCH HER, I WAS CLOSE TO HER. SHE NEVER TOLD ME SHE FELT UNCOMFORTABLE.
SUPER=01-John Presley/Former Medical Center Director
IN Q=One of the strangest
((ONE OF THE STRANGEST THINGS OF ALL IS NO ONE HAS EVER BROUGHT SEXUAL
HARASSMENT CHARGES AGAINST ME.))
OUT Q=charges against me.
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Presley believes he would have been cleared if the charges had been leveled
individually, rather than by Veterans Affairs hearing panels.
Presley believes his assistant, William Delamater, solicited complaints
IN Q=Bill Delamater
((BILL DELAMATER WAS JUST A LITTLE STOOGE THAT HAPPENED TO BE MY ASSOCIATE
DIRECTOR WHO WANTED MY JOB.))
OUT Q=wanted my job.
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Presley says the allegations arose after he wrote to the Attorney General
when V-A lawyers refused to back him in his handling of a man in the
Engineering Department who was beating up his employees.
((WHEN DELAMATER STARTED TO UNDERMINE ME, HE KNEW HE WOULD GET SUPPORT FROM
HEADQUARTERS, AND HE DID, MASSIVE SUPPORT.))
OUT Q=massive support
A ruling is expected by the end of the year.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
They want to get off welfare but they can't find a job and child care that
are compatible. Coming up on News 7 at Six we continue our look at welfare
reform in the Roanoke Valley.
and it's been a mainstay of Roanoke's City Market--but this will be the last
holiday shopping season for one store.
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Virginia's part-time legislature reconvenes in eight weeks.
But two weeks after election day, NO one in Richmond knows who'll be sitting
the in key chairs in the House of Delegates.
Ellen Qualls has a preview.
IN Q=You remember
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Joint Republican Caucus; :26
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :32
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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(( You remember the game: musical chairs.
Well the music stops in Richmond on January 14th, when Virginia's lower
chamber reconvenes to decide who sits in it's most important chair-- that of
the Speaker of the House.))
This month's elections left Democrats with a one vote majority in the 100
member House -- their slimmest hold on power this century.
And speculation on the political leanings of current Democrats like Lionell
Spruill of Chesapeake is daily fodder.
((SCOTT LEAKE: IT'S REALLY VOLATILE. A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF
DIFFERENT IDEAS AS TO WHAT SHOULD BE DONE.))
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: IF THE REPUBLICANS ARE ABLE TO SWITCH A
DEMOCRAT OR TWO, AND ARE SUCCESSFUL IN BEING ABLE TO THROW THE SPEAKERSHIP UP
FOR GRABS. AND IN FACT SOME OF THE RUMORS RIGHT NOW SAY PUT THE SPEAKERSHIP IN
THE HANDS OF AN INDEPENDENT, LIKE LACEY PUTNEY, THEN THAT WOULD REALLY BE A SEA
CHANGE IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES.))
But Democrats say don't expect House Speaker Tom Moss to give up power when
he doesn't have to.
((THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES HAS BEEN ORGANIZED IN SUCH A WAY THAT EVEN A SLIM
MAJORITY FOR THE DEMOCRATS IN NUMBERS IN THE HOUSE, IN OVERALL NUMBERS,
TRANSLATES INTO A VERY SIGNIFICANT GOVERNING MAJORITY.))
That's largely because of the enormous power of the Speaker.
He appoints all committee members and then assigns bills to friendly or less
than friendly committees.
((SCOTT LEAKE: CURRENTLY, THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY KEEPS TO ITSELF MOST OF THE
((BOB HOLSWORTH: I THINK IN FACT MOST VIRGINIA VOTERS WOULD PROBABLY BE FAIRLY
SURPRISED TO UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF OPERATION OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES.))
Some of those rules may be revised in January.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
GRAPHIC=Second Chance at Success
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Finding quality child care that's affordable is an issue for many working
But it's especially frustrating for one welfare recipient who's been
unable to keep a steady job, because she lacks day care for her children.
Take Fullscreen Second Chance at Success
Kimberly McBroom has the story in part two of our series on the changes to
Virginia's welfare system, "A Second Chance at Success."
IN Q=We first introduced
SUPER=07-Stephanie Brown-Webb; :17
SUPER=01-Corrinne Gott/Roanoke Social Services; 1:20
SUPER=01-Sandra Carol/Greenvale Nursery School; 2:02
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( We first introduced you to Stephanie Brown- Webb over a month ago, when
welfare reform took effect statewide.
She was looking for work then-- and is still looking now.
Brown- Webb's been on assistance off and on for five years, but she's quick
to dispel the myth of "welfare mothers."
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((STEPHANIE BROWN-WEBB: MORE PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AND STOP STIGMATIZING
PEOPLE ON ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT JUST SITTING AROUND IN THE
HOUSE, WATCHING SOAP OPERAS ALL DAY, SIPPING ON SODAS, LAYING IN BED, DOING
Brown- Webb has done a lot.
The mother of two small children has already completed TAP's job training
But her past work record also reveals extensive technical experience.
The army veteran says she's worked at such companies as Valcom and I-T-T.
In fact, she says social services can't help her now BECAUSE her background
is so varied.
SOT tape 9 10:40:38
((STEPHANIE BROWN-WEBB: I'VE PUT IN APPLICATIONS EVERYWHERE. I'VE COVERED
ROANOKE. I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET BACK ON AT I-T-T. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S
GOING TO COME THROUGH OR NOT. BUT THINGS ARE LOOKING UP. BUT IN SOME WAYS,
THEY'RE STILL THE SAME. ))
Brown- Webb's problems began when she was laid off from I-T-T.
Her bad luck snowballed when she lost her job at Valcom because she couldn't
find child care that was compatible with her work schedule.
In fact, finding and maintaining affordable child care is a dilemma MANY
welfare recipients are facing.
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SOT tape 3 0:51:57
((CORRINNE GOTT/ROANOKE SOCIAL SERVICES: WHEN PEOPLE WORK AT MINIMUM WAGE AND
HAVE TO PAY DAY CARE FOR 18- MONTH- OLDS TO FIVE OR SIX, AND ON WHEN THEY REACH
SCHOOL AGE, AFTER SCHOOL, AND BEFORE SCHOOL DAY CARE, THEN A LARGE CHUNK OF
THEIR EARNINGS GOES FOR DAY CARE. AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE SO MANY FAMILIES IN
Brown-Webb's three year- old son is on the waiting list for day care
Many low- income families receive affordable child care at Greenvale
Nursery School in northwest Roanoke.
The United Way agency operates on a sliding fee scale, with costs ranging
from 43 to 110- dollars a week.
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((SANDRA CAROL/GREENVALE NURSERY SCHOOL: AND SO, THE SLIDING FEE SCALE IS VERY
NECESSARY TO KEEP THESE FAMILIES FINANCIALLY SELF- SUFFICIENT AND TO KEEP THE
FAMILIES TOGETHER AND GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO REALLY SUCCEED. ))
A desire to succeed is what keeps Brown- Webb going.
SOT tape 9 10:46:55
((STEPHANIE BROWN-WEBB: I HAVE TO SUPPLY FOR MY CHILDREN. THEY MEAN THE WORLD
TO ME. AND ME, I NEVER HAVE LAID DOWN AND JUST DIED. NOTHING TAKE ME OVER.
I'M GOING TO KEEP ON GOING UNTIL I SUCCEED. ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
SS=Second Chance at Success
Tomorrow, a look at how the religious community and local agencies are
pitching in to help make the transition from welfare to work a little easier.
After gaining for three straight sessions, the stock market pulled back
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The Dow dropped 47 points to close at 76 hundred 51.
NASDAQ lost almost 14 points.
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
[ ETS /Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable]
[Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel/Roanoke Gas]
[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
It's the biggest merger in banking history.
First Union reports it is taking over Philadelphia-based CoreStates for a
reported 16-point-six BILLION dollars.
Both banks' stocks stopped trading on the New York Stock Exchange when news
of the merger surfaced.
First Union confirmed the rumor just minutes ago.
The merger will create the nation's sixth-largest banking company.
One of the most visible stores on Roanoke's City Market is shutting its
Books, Strings, and Things has been a downtown fixture since it opened in
Recently the store has struggled financially--three years ago the owners
filed for bankruptcy.
And downtown business leaders note several bigger bookstore chains are now
making their presence known.
IN Q=I think
((MATT KENNELL/ DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC. PRESIDENT:I THINK THEY WERE CAUGHT IN A
VERY TOUGH RETAIL ENVIRONMENT A COUPLE OF LARGE MEGA-BOOK STORES THAT HAVE
OPENED UP IN THE AREA IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO THEY HAD SOME VERY STIFF
SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc. President
OUT Q=stiff competition.
Downtown Roanoke Inc. expects it won't take long to find a new tenant for
Books Strings and Things will remain open through the end of the year.
Coming up tonight in sports, it's State quarterfinal night in girl's
basketball with the losers heading home, Nebraska boss Tom Osborne is having
some heart problems.
And the Hokies are looking to avoid the Pits at PITT this weekend as they
look to wrap up their third straight Big East championship.
Several of our local teams are taking part in the Virginia High School
League single and double A girls basketball quarterfinals which tip off over
the next two nights.
The group 2A teams hit the hard wood tonight. 26 and 1 William Byrd is in
Bassett for a
quarterfinal match up with Lisa Black and her 23 and 3 Lady Bengals. Game
time is 7pm.
Salem's win over Byrd earned the 20 and 7 Lady Spartans a home court date
tonight against Grundy at 7.
The single A quarterfinal round tips off tomorrow night. Glenvar is on the
road at Haysi in a 7pm game.
Bart Bellairs and the VMI Keydets play their home opener in hoops tonight as
they host Elon College in a seven o'clock tipoff at Cameron Hall.
VMI lost it season opener at Wake Forest. We'll have some highlights for you
tonight at 11.
The Virginia Tech Hokies can clinch at least a share of their third straight
Big East title with a win this Saturday at Pittsburgh, and even though past
history says the likelihood of Tech whipping the Panthers is good, no one in
Blacksburg is taking anything for granted.
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SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/1993; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :23
SUPER=01-Jamel Smith/Va. Tech Linebacker; :35
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Va. Tech Rover; :56
OUT Q=...to play on Saturday."
((History is definitely on the Hokies' side. They have never lost to PITT,
winning all four matchups against the Panthers including the inaugural showdown
in 1993 when touchdown Tommy Edwards led a 63-to-21 rout.
But this Panther team has already stomped Miami, and played Penn State and
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((JAMEL SMITH/VA. TECH LINEBACKER:))
((PIERSON PRIOLEAU/VA. TECH ROVER:))
There lips are sealed, but for a change the players should be healthy.
Everyone including receiver Angelo Harrison is expected to play on Saturday.))
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Hokies got to know each other really well last
year when the two met in the Orange Bowl.
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That's why Tech and much of the rest of the college football community is
hoping head coach Tom Osborne gets well soon.
He was treated for an irregular heartbeat Saturday evening, and he spent
Sunday night in the hospital.
Osborne, who is 60 is doing better today. He had bypass surgery in 1985.
The Miami Dolphins have moved into a first place tie with the New York
Jets in the AFC East after cashing in on the Buffalo Bills last night 30 to 13.
The Phins are 7 and 4 with every intention of improving.
IN Q=Every year
((JIMMY JOHNSON/MIAMI HEAD COACH:))
((DAN MARINO/MIAMI QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Johnson/Miami Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Marino/Miami Quarterback; :14 :
OUT Q=...it's fun"
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays are taking part in the
major's expansion draft at this hour.
The teams have had two years to prepare for this moment, but so far no real
big name players have been taken.
Tampa Bay selected Tony Saunders a left handed pitcher from the Marlins with
the first overall selection.
Left handed pitcher Brian Anderson from Cleveland was the first player taken
by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Each team will take 35 players today.
The second round of the draft begins at seven tonight with the third round
picking beginning at 10.
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And finally, the Washington Redskins host the first place Giants this
weekend, but their receiving corp will be greatly depleted.
Alvin Harper, who has been a major disappointment with only 2 catches in 11
games is out at least two weeks with a strained Achilles Tendon.
But the real bad news concerns Leslie Shepherd who will miss the rest of the
season after dislocating his elbow and breaking his wrist in Sunday's loss to
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That's News 7 at Six.
Pat Buchanan makes an appearance tonight at Washington and Lee University.
The Conservative talk show host will weigh in on the recent republican sweep
of the statewide elections.
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We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.