A tractor trailer crash blocks traffic on 81-
This huge tank may not look impressive but find out why it'll make getting
ready for work easier for some folks.
Plus a local women's chain is closing shop.
And two VMI studnets have a high powered idea they hope rolls into something
News 7 is next.
Unionized workers at Danville's Goodyear plant want a second chance.
As Tina Tenret reports, they're calling for another vote on a seven-day work
IN Q=Last month
SUPER=01-Doug Knowles/Union Member; :14
SUPER=01-Ellis Fitzgerald/Union Member; :48
SUPER=01-Bobby Bowling/Union Member; :58
OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Danville
(( Last month, Goodyear union members rejected a seven day work schedule by a
Now they may overturn that vote.
First and third shift workers want another election -- second shift workers
meet tonight at the union hall.
IN Q=The company's pitted
((DOUG KNOWLES/UNION MEMBER: THE COMPANY'S PITTED PEOPLE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER.
WHETHER IT'S FAIR OR NOT THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I THINK SOME PEOPLE'S
FEELINGS HAVE CHANGED.))
OUT Q=have changed
take su here
IN Q=What changed minds
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHAT CHANGED MINDS? THE COMPANY HAS LAID OFF 60 WORKERS
AND STARTED SHIPPING MACHINES TO MEXICO. OTHER PLANTS STARTED GETTING THE
DOLLARS MEANT FOR DANVILLE.))
OUT Q=meant for Danville
If the union agrees to work a mandatory Sunday shift, Goodyear promises to
expand the Danville plant and rehire the 60 people who lost their jobs.
Otherwise, the company says it will probably lay off more people.
IN Q=I think we need another vote
((ELLIS FITZGERALD/UNION MEMBER: I THINK WE NEED ANOTHER VOTE TO SAVE OUR JOBS.
BECAUSE IF WE DON'T GET ANOTHER VOTE, OUR JOBS ARE DOOMED.))
OUT Q=jobs are doomed
Not all have had a change of heart.
IN Q=We don't want it
((BOBBY BOWLING/UNION MEMBER: WE DON'T WANT IT. WE VOTED ON IT. SHOULD NOT
HAVE TO VOTE AGAIN. ONLY VOTE ONE TIME.))
OUT Q=vote one time
Of course even in a second vote union members would not necessarily approve
a seven day work week.
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
Traffic on interstate 81 screeched to a standstill tonight.
That after this truck ran into a guardrail in the northbound lanes.
State Police say the driver will be charged with reckless driving.
Police say the driver was picking something up off the floor of his truck
when he ran into the back of a tractor trailer.
The drivers of both vehicles were hurt but not seriously.
Pete Tinsley was accused of first degree murder, but today a Roanoke
County jury found him guilty of a lesser charge- voluntary manslaughter.
Tinsley shot and killed Rick Knobel (kuh-NO-buhl) in February.
But he claimed he acted in self-defense after the two men argued.
The jury sentenced Tinsley to two years in prison for manslaughter, and an
additional 12 months for using a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The search for a new police chief is raising questions in Roanoke.
The city is re-opening the process, and the local chapter of the N Double
A-C-P is asking why.
IN Q=If we have five, six or seven
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NACCP PRESIDENT: IF WE HAVE FIVE SIX OR SEVEN REALLY
STRONG CANDIDATES IN THE PIPE, WHY DO WE NEED TO OPEN UP THE PROCESS.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=we need to open up the process.
Martin Jeffrey says the selection process has already produced a diverse
pool of qualified finalists.
But city officials say they're trying to insure the strongest group of
candidates they can put together.
IN Q=And it is upon
((ANGELITA PLEMMER/PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER: AND IT IS UPON THE
RECOMMENDATION OF OUR CONSULTANT THAT WE ARE EXTENDING THE DEADLINE IN HOPES OF
INSURING THAT WE HAVE THE BEST POOL OF CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM AND ALSO THAT
THEY'RE THE MOST DIVERSE POOL TO CHOOSE FROM.))
SUPER=01-Angelita Plemmer/Public Information Officer;
OUT Q=to choose from.
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The new deadline for applications in January fifth.
Texas is still number one.
By a long shot.
But Virginia-- the state with the second most executions in the nation --
may set a new record of its own.
Arlington killer Michael Charles Satcher was put to death just after nine
tonight at the Greensville Correctional Center.
Satcher is the state's eighth execution this year -- tying last year's
modern state record.
A ninth, record-breaking execution is scheduled for Thursday night.
IN Q=It shows
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT SHOWS THAT VIRGINIA ACTUALLY IS SERIOUS ABOUT JUSTICE.
JUSTICE FOR LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS AND ALSO HOLDING CRIMINALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR
THEIR VIOLENT VICIOUS ACTS IN TAKING AWAY THE LIFE OF ANOTHER FELLOW HUMAN
OUT Q=fellow human being.
Michael Satcher was convicted of robbing, raping, and murdering Ann
Borghesani (BORG-es-ani) in Rosslyn on the way to her 23rd birthday party in
the Attorney General for not seeking an independent counsel to investigate
White House Fund Raising.
((THIS HAS ALL THE APPEARANCES OF AN ATTORNEY GENERAL PROTECTING THE
SUPER=01-Rep. Dan Burton/(R) Indiana; 00 quick!
OUT Q=protecting the president.
Janet Reno said she could still call for an independent counsel.
((CHAIRMAN DAN BURTON: AND FOR YOU TO HIDE BEHIND THIS SAY YOU WOULD CONSIDER
IT IS... RENO: I'M NOT HIDING MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M TRYING TO DO MY DUTY UNDER THE
INDENPENDENT COUNSEL STATUTE AND UNDER THE LAW.))
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General; wait til :06
OUT Q=and under the law."
Then FBI director- Louis Freeh- who says his disagreement with Reno
doesn't mean he believes a crime was committed.
((LOUIS FREE/FBI DIRECTOR: I RECOMMENDED THE APPOINTMENT OF AN INDEPENDENT
COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER CRIMES MAY HAVE BEEN COMMITTED.))
SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/F.B.I. Director;
OUT Q=have been committed.
Reno also said it's improper to comment on how an investigation is being
The explosion aboard TWA flight 800 could possibly have been avoided.
Byron Pitts has more.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; 00
SUPER=01-Dan Cheyney/Federal Aviation Adm.; 25
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((Expert testimony the blast that brought down the Boeing 747
near Long Island killing all 230 people on board in 1995 is almost identical
to a Phillipine Airline crash in Manilla in 1990 in which 8 people died.
In both cases the explosion occured in the cener fuel tank, and both planes
were designed by Boeing.
DAN CHEYNEY, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: THE COMPONENTS IN THAT
ACCIDENT WERE TESTED AND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF IGNITION FOUND.
Investigators still haven't found the ignition source in the twa explosion,
even though the leading theory now is fautly wiring.
Scientists recreated the explosion in a quarter model of the center fuel tank.
... a recreation that brought back painful memories for relatives of those
killed in the crash, an explosion Boeing and the FAA had seen before. but
changes in the center fuel tank design were never made. Byron Pitts, CBS News,
The man who led the criminal investigation into the crash of
TWA flight 800 is retiring.
FBI assistant director James Kallstrom helped bring down scores of
organized crime figures during his 28 year career.
Kallstrom said he's retiring at the end of the month to take care of
Yet another actor heads to jail.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at 6.
And water woes are over for the town of Boones Mill.
There was a time when Boones Mill residents weren't sure if they would have
hot water for a shower.
But now that problem's solved and, as David Johnson reports, the town is
looking at ways to fund other repairs.
IN Q=This 250-thousand
SUPER=03-Boones Mill; :01
SUPER=01-Kevin Goode/Boones Mill Mayor; :13
SUPER=01-Jim Testerman/Maintenance Engineer; :22
SUPER=19-David Johnson; :34
OUT Q=..News 7, Boones Mill
(( This tank holds 250,000 gallons of water, 20-times more than the old
For people in Boones Mill, that means better water quality and improved
IN Q=WE HAVE WHAT I..
(( KEVIN GOODE/BOONES MILL MAYOR; WE HAVE WHAT I WOULD SAY IS A REAL WATER
SYSTEM NOW INSTEAD OF A LOT OF DUCT TAPE AND BOLTS AND STUFF LAYING AROUND ON
THE GROUND. ))
SUPER=Kevin Goode/Boones Mill Mayor;
OUT Q=ON THE GROUND.
IN Q=THE SPRING WATER..
(( JIM TESTERMAN/MAINTENANCE ENGINEER; THE SPRING WATER COMES DOWN FROM THE
SPRING, GOES INTO THE SPRING TANK, GOES THROUGH OUR CHLORINATING BUILDING AND
GETS CHLORINATED. GOES INTO THE TANK AND THEN IS GRAVITY-FED DOWN TO THE
SUPER=Jim Testerman/Maintenance Engineer
OUT Q=TO THE PUBLIC.
((DAVID JOHNSON NEWS 7; THE NEW WATER SYSTEM IN BOONES MILL IS ALREADY PAID
FOR, COURTESY OF AN EMERGENCY BLOCK GRANT. BUT THE TOWN IS IN NEED OF OTHER
IMPROVEMENTS, WHICH IS WHY IT IS LOOKING AT RAISING ITS WATER RATES.))
SHOT OF WATER TANK
An average family pays about nine dollars a month for water service that
until now they could not rely on.
Officials want to raise that rate to fourteen and a half dollars.
That would mean 75-thousand dollars in revenue, almost double what the town
brings in now.
IN Q=WE HOPE..
(( WE HOPE THAT WILL HELP US PLAN FUTURE UPGRADES AS WELL AS MAINTAIN THE NEW
SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE AND TAKE CARE OF THE RESIDENTS NEEDS AND THE
FUTURE WATER SUPPLY. ))
OUT Q=WATER SUPPLY.
The mayor says the idea is to make the town more self-sufficient.
The federal government paid for the new system, but Goode says his area
cannot count on that money in the future.
The town's council tonight agreed, voting to raise the rate for the first
time in 35-years.
David Johnson, News 7, Boones Mill.))
GRAPHIC=Liberty Univer. Seal
Thanks to some multi-million dollar donations, Liberty University has been
taken OFF probationary status by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Meeting in New Orleans today, the group voted to restore Liberty's academic
The school was placed on probation last year as it struggled to contain more
than forty million dollars in debt.
But recent contributions have reduced that debt to about TEN million
The Reverend Jerry Falwell says Liberty hopes to be back in the black by the
Another actor is going to jail.
Christian Slater must serve 90 days for allegedly punching his girlfriend
in the face and biting a man in the stomach when he tried to help her.
Slater then allegedly
fought with police.
Under terms of a plea bargain, Slater also go into drug rehab for three
Still ahead, a popular Roanoke clothing store will close its doors.
and some V-M-I engineering students hope their idea puts them on a roll.
For 73-years Lazarus has been a retail institution in Roanoke.
Not any more.
The company is going out of business, shutting down its three remaining
Owner Chip Lazarus said big discount chains in the area have made it tough
for smaller retailers to compete.
IN Q=there have
((CHIP LAZARUS/OWNER: THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF LOCAL STORES THAT HAVE CLOSED
THEIR DOORS. I'M NOT GONNA GET INTO THAT, BUT I THINK YOU CAN LOOK AROUND AT
THE NUMBER OF SMALL SPECIALTY STORES WHETHER THEY'RE IN THE APPAREL BUSINESSES
OR BOOK BUSINESSES, AND YOU CAN COME TO YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS.))
OUT Q=own conclusions
Beginning tomorrow all Lazarus merchandise is going on sale.
When the there's nothing left on the racks, the stores close for good.
As for Mr. Lazarus, he says he's looking forward to playing golf, taking a
vacation and spending time with his grandchildren.
Many new businesses, especially small ones, have a hard time making it on
That's where so-called business incubators step in.
Scott Goldberg has an update on activities at Roanoke's incubator.
IN Q=after maturing
SUPER=01-Ernie Morrison/Digital Allusions;
SUPER=01-Vince Stover/Precious Cargo Shuttles, Inc.;
SUPER=01-Lisa Ison/New Century Venture Center;
Digital Allusions, office shots begin at 11:12:20
((After maturing for six months in Roanoke's small business incubator, Digital
Allusions is moving to a bigger office.
It was a one-man computer animation startup.
But business has been good.
IN Q=there's four
((ERNIE MORRISON: THERE'S FOUR OF US. SO YOU CAN IMAGINE, THE SIZE OF THE
OFFICE IS 12 BY 12, AND THAT'S NOT ENOUGH ROOM. THAT'S NOT ENOUGH ROOM FOR
OUT Q=for me
vans--shots start at 10:54:52
Those are the sort of growing pains Precious Cargo Shuttles had BEFORE moving
to the New Century Venture Center.
Business tripled while Vince Stover ran the children's taxi service out of
his own home.
IN Q=when we
((VINCE STOVER/PRECIOUS CARGO SHUTTLES: WHEN WE MOVED IN HERE IN OCTOBER, IT
ADDED A LOT OF LEGITIMACY TO THE BUSINESS.))
OUT Q= the business
IN Q=statistics show
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: STATISTICS SHOW MOST SMALL BUSINESSES DON'T LAST
MORE THAN FIVE YEARS. BUT, NATIONALLY, THOSE THAT MATURE IN AN INCUBATOR HAVE
A MUCH HIGHER RATE OF SURVIVAL.))
IN Q=IN AN
((LISA ISON/NEW CENTURY VENTURE CENTER: IN AN INCUBATOR SETTING, THE GRADUATES
OF INCUBATORS, 87 PERCENT SURVIVE AFTER THEY GRADUATE.))
After being open a year and a half, the incubator has 12-tenants and plenty
of growing room.
IN Q=we could
((LISA ISON: WE COULD HAVE 25 OR 30 COMPANIES IN HERE, SO JUST HAVE A LARGER
The center hopes to add another two budding entrepreneurs before January.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
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Tonight in sports, Sprewell asks for forgiveness, the Cave girls rock the
house, and have mercy we're talking to Percy.
But first we're talking about another UVa player.
Defensive back Stephen Phelan was named a first team academic all-american
Phelan, who is a grad student has been on the ACC honor for the past four
year. He already has a degree in history.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0097-j/Patrick Henry/46//North Cross/41//Girls//Amherst Co./25/j/Cave
SUPER=0098-/Emory & Henry/54/j/W & L/57////Xavier #7/72//Miami of Ohio/80///;
SUPER=0104-j/Baton Rouge/4//Charlotte/3//Final In OT//Mississippi/2/j/S.
OUT Q=.........last score."
go to break
Latrell Sprewell, the suspended Golden State Warrior publicly apologized to
the world tonight for assaulting his coach last week.
Now he not only wants the league's forgivensss but he wants back in the
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA; :00
Technically he remains suspended for a year without pay.
But as many of his teammates including Bimbo Coles, Joe Smith and Muggsy
Bogues backed him up tonight he admitted he never should have attacked his
IN Q="I THINK...
((LATRELL SPREWELL/SUSPENDED FROM NBA:))
SUPER=01-Latrell Sprewell/Suspended From NBA; :00
OUT Q=...LOSE CONTROL."
Sprewell's has hired Johnnie Cochran to serve as his lawyer.
From the bizarre NBA world to another early season romp for the powerful Lady
Knights of Cave Spring.
Tonight the victim was Amherst County.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Amherst Co. vs. Cave Spring; :00
Cave boss Linda Long knew that defense could turn this game in her favor off
the opening tap.
And watch Beth Carter come up with the steal, and then make the nice bounce
pass to Amber Neil for the layup. Cave Spring takes a 10 point lead in the
Amherst was overmatched but the Lancers hung tough as best they could.
Patrice Sandridge gets the putback to cut the Knights lead to 6.
But Cave has too many weapons. Sherri Rickmam gets the rebound and the
basket as the Knights' advantage balloons to 14 points.
Then some excellent ball movement will lead to another score as
SUPER=33-Amherst Co./25/Cave Spring/76;
Lindsey Canon converts inside and Cave Spring rolls to the 76 to 25 win over
Salem's annual Stagg Party is this weekend.
This Saturday Mt. Union will defend its division three title against fellow
SUPER=04-Last Year; :00
Good seats are still available and you want to miss the chance to see Mt.
Union quarterback Bill Borchert.
Last year he threw for 505 yards and seven touchdowns in the Purple Raiders
56-to-24 blowout of Rowan.
Tickets are $8 bucks in advance for adults and $5 dollars for children high
school age and under. Get them at the Salem Civic Center.
GRAPHIC=RKE/SALEM BASEBALL HALL
Five men are set to join the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame on February
This year's class includes Pirates all-star Tony Womack, a Gretna native
along with Sandy Hill, Bob Guthrie, Harry Bushkar,
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./June 1996; :00
and Willis Walrond.
Mr. Walrond is one of the founders of the "Challenger Little League" program
for physically challenged kids.
He has worked with Little League programs for more than 20 years.
wipe to eng#
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-St. Petersburg, FL; :00
In the majors, the expansion Devil Rays signed free agent third baseman Wade
Boggs, a 16 year big league veteran who is just 200 hits shy of the magical
3000 hit plateau.
It's a homecoming of sorts for Boggs, who grew up in the Tampa area.
IN Q="The main...
((WADE BOGGS/SIGNS WITH DEVIL RAYS:))
SUPER=01-Wade Boggs/Signs with Devil Rays; :00
OUT Q=...TO WIN."
And the Boston Redsox welcomed Dennis Eckersley back to the northeast this
The 43 year old relief pitcher spent seven seasons with the Sox in the 70's
and 80's before starring in Oakland and St. Louis.
Still to come on the Tuesday night sports, a big part of the Giants' success
this year can be attributed to a trio of former UVa stars.
We'll hear from the least publicized of the three, Percy Ellsworth, right
after this quick break.
If the Washington Redskins are to make the playoffs they can't afford a loss
this Saturday in the Meadowlands against the first place Giants.
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD; :00
One of the unsung heroes for the Giants for this season has been safety Percy
Ellsworth, the former UVa great who has four interceptions.
But as a free agent, he knows his job is never safe in this league.
IN Q="If you...
((PERCY ELLSWORTH/GIANTS SAFETY FROM UVA:))
SUPER=01-Percy Ellsworth/Giants Safety from UVa; :00
OUT Q=...EVERY GAME."
Ellsworth is part of strong UVa trio with the Giants that includes rookie
Tiki Barber and fullback Charles Way, all emerging stars in the league.
IN Q="I have....
OUT Q=...EVERY YEAR."
Phalan and his teamates missed getting a bowl invitation despite winning 7
games and whipping both Techs and Clemson.
Hokies' boss Frank Beamer says the bottom aren't concerned about wins, as
much as they are about money and putting fans in the stands.
IN Q="Well, I think...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...OF DIFFERENCE."
As a rule UVA's fans have traveled well, but no doubt the Independence bowl
folks still remember 1994 when only 2000 UVa fans watched the Cavs beat TCU
Two engineering students at Virginia Military Institute are putting their
best foot forward.
Eric Earnhart tells us they might have stepped into something big.
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IN Q=The test pilot was
Super=X5043 (clears FX)
SUPER=01-Steven Strachan/Senior; :31-quick
SUPER=01-Anthony Spevak/Senior; 1:00-quick
SUPER=01-Col. Richard Trandel/VMI Engineering Professor; 1:11-quick
OUT Q=EE, News 7
(( The test pilot is a bit nervous as he secures a gasoline powered engine to
his foot, straps on his helmet in the shadow of Stonewall Jackson...
And prepares for takeoff...
natsot of engine and taking off
In September, Steven Strachan(strawn) and Anthony Spevak set out to design a
pair of motorized in-line skates...
It could be a transportation breakthrough, an urban commuter's dream...
and it was this, or work on air conditioners...
IN Q=It was something
((STEVEN STRACHAN/SENIOR; IT WAS SOMETHING WE COULD ACTUALLY GET SOME HANDS ON
WORK... IT WAS SOMETHING, UNLIKE A HVAC PROBLEM, THAT WE COULD ACTUALLY HAVE
SOME FUN WITH. ))
OUT Q=have some fun with
Their professors are impressed, it took them about three months to get a
working prototype on the street... something the guys hope catches the
attention of potential employers after graduation...
And they can't find another one like it anywhere... they're talking about
applying for a patent.
Is this the future of foot travel? They say hey... it could happen...
IN Q=I think it's very
((ANTHONY SPEVAK/SENIOR; I THINK IT'S VERY USEFUL, SURE IT'S A LITTLE AWKWARD
AT THE TIME, BUT WHEN SOMEONE PRODUCED A CAR FOR THE FIRST TIME, NO ONE KNEW
HOW TO DRIVE IT. ))
OUT Q=how to drive it
In fact, use a little imagation, who knows how far this could go?
IN Q=could you imagine
((COL. RICHARD TRANDEL/VMI ENGINEERING PROFESSOR; COULD YOU PICTURE A GROUP OR
SQUAD OF RANGERS MOVING INTO A CITY WITH FULL BATTLE GEAR ON GASOLINE POWERED
STREET SKATES? ))
OUT Q=street skates
In Lexington, Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Ok, maybe not quite that far...