Coming up on News 7-
A vote at Danville's Goodyear plant that could determine if the plant stays
An autopsy is done on comedian Chris Farley today.
Plus a Dickens of A Christams in Downtown Roanoke.
And Patrick says one more warm day in the forecast.
News 7 is next.
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Goodyear union members in Danville HAVE agreed to work mandatory Sunday
shifts after years of battling against the idea.
Tina Tenret has the story.
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(( 888 union members voted in favor of working on Sundays. 649 were against
That's a slim margin of roughly 100 people -- about the same number that
swung the vote AGAINST the deal last month.
But Goodyear shipped out machines and laid off employees until finally --
the union buckled.
IN Q=Seeing people get laid off
((JOHN STEIN/UNION MEMBER: SEEING PEOPLE GET LAID OFF WHICH A LOT OF
INDIVIDUALS WERE SAYING THE COMPANY WOULDN'T COME TO LAY OFF THAT THEY WERE
JUST BLUFFING, WHEN THE COMPANY STARTED LAYING PEOPLE OFF I THINK IT WOKE A LOT
OF MINDS UP TO IT.))
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Now that the union has met Goodyear on its terms -- Goodyear promises to
rehire all who have been laid off, add 500 new jobs, and spend 100 million
dollars to update the plant.
The naysayers still complain they'll lose overtime in the deal.
IN Q=It's going to
((JOHN CRAIG/UNION MEMBER: IT'S GOING TO TAKE MONEY OUT OF OUR POCKETS. IT'S
GOING TO COST US 13 OR 14 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR. YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE A
SATURDAY. THE AVERAGE PEOPLE CLEAR AFTER TAXES $150 FOR SATURDAY.))
OUT Q=for Saturday
In one department workers are already working a seven day schedule -- and
they say it's much ado about nothing.
IN Q=We do
((ROZLAN ALLEN/UNION MEMBERS: WE DO OKAY AND WE'RE ALREADY ON. THE GUYS THAT
WORK BACK THERE WITH ME WHO HAVE BEEN THERE 25 YEARS AND OVER. THEY'RE
SURVIVING ON THEIR $35,000 CUT SO I DON'T THINK IT'LL KILL THEM.))
OUT Q=don't think it'll kill them
The Goodyear vote is good news for Danville's economy -- at least for now,
the city's second largest employer will continue to grow.
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
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It could be a year before we know what caused a fatal plane crash last week
The National Transporation Safety Board issued a preliminary report today.
So far investigators say they have not found any signs of engine failure.
Just before crashing, Texas pilot James Notch told air traffic controllers
his plane had engine problems.
Notch died when the plane crashed into this Northwest Roanoke house.
Most of the plane burned after it hit the ground.
What's left of the wreckage has been moved to Hagerstown, Maryland for more
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No survivors in the plane crash on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
At least 104 people were on board, including five Americans.
The SilkAir Jetliner went down with no sign of trouble.
The jet apparently climbed to a normal cruising altitude and was halfway
into its flight when it disppaeared from radar.
This is another crash of a Boeing 737- the most widely used plane in the
A 737 crashed in Pittsburgh in 1994 and an earlier one in Colorado Springs
Pleas from co-workers did not stop a gunmen from fatally shooting himself.
The man opened fire on his colleagues at Milwaukee's Main post office
killing one person and wounding two others- and then he turned the gun on
A fellow postal worker says he pleaded with a Anthony (Da-KOO-lit) not to
kill himself but he did anyway.
((WE BELIEVE THIS IS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT. WE DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY OTHER
RELATION TO THIS INCIDENT.))
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The gunman may have been angry he was not taken off the midnight shift-
Others say supervisors picked on him.
The jury deliberating Terry Nichols' fate is going home for the weekend.
Jurors are tired after 25 hours of deliberations over four days.
That means the jury will begin again Christmas week- a prospect many family
members are now dealing with.
((MARSHA KIGHT/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I DON'T KNOW WHAT CHRISTMAS IS GOING TO BE LIKE
THIS YEAR. YOU KNOW 50 PERCENT OF MY FAMILY IS GONE.))
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Jurors gave no indication of how close they are to deciding Terry Nichols
Nichols is accused of helping to plan the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
*******Toss to Patrick*********
Still to come on the newscast, Bedford County will soon need a new school
and from Chicago, authorities try to find out what killed comedian Chris
An autopsy has been done on comedian Chris Farley-
Carol (Marine) has more from Chicago.
((An autopsy was performed this morning by the cook county medical examiner but
toxicology reports which will determine how farley died may not be complete
Farley's body was discovered yesterday in his luxury apartment in Chicago's
John Hancock center.
Police say there was no sign of foul play and no drugs were discovered in his
But one published report says drug use may have been the reason he died.
AND CBS NEWS HAS LEARNED THAT TWO DAYS BEFORE HIS DEATH FARLEY HAD CONTACTED A
CHICAGO ESCORT SERVICE. TUESDAY AFTERNOON WAS SPENT, A SOURCE TELLS CBS NEWS
DRINKING ALCOHOL AND SMOKING MARIJUANA.
Farley's offstage life of alcohol and drug abuse had been widely known thru
out his career.
But friends like Joyce Sloane, a long time producer from chicago's 2nd city
comedy troop, say there was another side to Farley.
JOYCE SLOANE: HE WAS VERY RELIGIOUS. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THAT, HE
OFTEN WENT TO MASS/CHRIS HAD SO MANY DEMONS AND HE COULDN'T FIGHT THEM ALL.
His acting idol was John Belushi. both men shared a history of
Not only on the screen but off the screen as well. Belushi died at the same
age from a drug overdose.
CAROL MARIN, CBS NEWS, CHICAGO))
A two BILLION dollar budget surplus made Governor George Allen's last annual
budget presentation a little more fun.
In the plan- the first dollars toward Jim Gilmore's campaign promises: one
thousand new elementary teachers, and money for the first two year phase-in of
the car tax cut.
Also, record dollars for schools and the environment.
Ellen Qualls has some highlights.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: OVER 874- MILLION DOLLARS FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12TH
GRADE EDUCATION. THIS IS THE LARGEST BIENNIAL INCREASE IN VIRGINIA HISTORY.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING THAT WE WANTED TO DO THAT WE
HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO. THE ONE THING I WOULD HAVE LIKED. IT WAS NICE TO GET
600 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS BUT I WOULD HAVE LIKED OBVIOUSLY TO GET MORE IN
TAX CUTS. AND IT'S NICE IN THIS BUDGET TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO DO THAT.))
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((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: I'M FASCINATED THAT GOVERNOR ALLEN HAS SEEMED TO ADOPT
THE KEY DEMOCRATIC COMPONENTS.))
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: IT'S A VERY STRONG REINFORCEMENT OF THE
THINGS THAT WE FELT VERY STRONGLY ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO IN RURAL VIRGINIA.
THINGS LIKE EDUCATION, KEEPING POLICE OFFICERS ON THE STREETS AND INCREASING
THEIR NUMBERS. PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT.))
The lawmakers caught him on one thing today.
((BOY SCOUT'S MOTTO INSTRUCTS US TO LEAVE A PLACE BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT.
AND I THINK WE'VE DONE THAT.))
(( BE PREPARED ))
And Allen won't be here, but Jim Gilmore should be prepared as these good
feelings wear off in January.
This budget includes a laundry list of goodies all over the state -- but
soon those who've been left out will figure it out.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Bedford County School Superintendent John Kent, is retiring after 11 years
on the job.
He says after 31 years in the business of education, June 30th will be his
In May teachers, parents and some school board members critized him for
going over-budget for three straight years.
A new school board will take over January first.
Kent says this is the best time to leave because it will give the new board
a chance to hire a new leader to bring the school system into the 21st century.
They're getting ready to light a fire under the Winter Olympics. We'll have
that story a little later.
but first, while it didn't sound like a traditional Christmas, the spirit of
the season was behind a concert in Roanoke tonight.
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Many children would be without a gift for Christmas next week, if it weren't
for programs such as Toys for Tots.
Tonight in Roanoke, some up and coming bands joined forces to make sure that
Stacey Martin has more.
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And, performers including Edwin McCain, No Authority and She Moves were
doing the best they could to remember children in need this Christmas.
They performed their hit tunes to raise money and toys--in the spirit of
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((EDIN MCCAIN:I THINK PEOPLE REALLY NEED SOMETHING THEY CAN GET INVOLVED WITH.
NOT EVERYBODY CAN GO DOWN AND VOLUNTEER AT A SOUP KITCHEN, BUT EVERYONE CAN
GIVE A TOY AND SEE A CONCERT.))
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The groups were part of K92's Toys for Tots Christmas Concert for 1997 at
With Marines monitoring the gates concert-goers had their choice of paying
10 dollars for admission or bringing a toy of equal value.
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((NO AUTHORITY: TOYS FOR TOTS IS DEFINITELY A GOOD CAUSE. YOU KNOW DURING THE
HOLIDAYS THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT AREN'T AS FORTUNATE THAN OTHERS AND SO
WE'RE HAPPY TO BE DONATING OUR TIME.))
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About a thousand dollars worth of toys were collected and will be given out
next week to needy children in the area just in time for Christmas.
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
The chestnuts were roasting, the bagpipes playing and the last of the
holiday wreaths were put together.
It was a Dickens of a Christmas on the Roanoke City Market, drawing families
and friends together one more time before Christmas arrives.
People who ventured downtown in the unseasonably warm weather treated
themselves to horse and carriage rides and learned exactly how to cut chestnuts
before roasting them.
IN Q=See first you
((SEE FIRST YOU TAKE THEM AND YOU SCORE THEM SO THAT THEY DON'T BLOW UP AND
THEN YOU STICK THEM ON THE FIRE, THEN YOU ROLL THEM AROUND A LITTLE BIT ON THE
FIRE THEY GET COOKED ON ALL SIDES AND THEN WHEN THEY POP OPEN LIKE THIS AND
THEY'RE ALL POPPED OPEN, THEY'RE JUST FINE TO EAT))
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The lights, decorations and sounds were an attraction but some said it was
the fellowship that brought them out.
IN Q=It's a lot of fun
((IT'S A LOT OF FUN. WE BRING THE KIDS FOR THE HORSE RIDES AND TO BE ABLE TO
JUST WALK AROUND AND SEE THE DECORATIONS; THERE'S JUST A LOT OF FAMILIES OUT
HERE WITH THEIR KIDS. IT'S A WONDERFUL EVENT.))
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Tonight's festival was the final Dickens of a Christmas this season.
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Highlights from the Roundhouse and the long distance building in DCTERMS. Plus,
we'll hear from Roanoke native Steve Robinson on the eve of the Noles' showdown
with the Heels.
Plus, the Carolina football team has had an eventful day.
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And speaking of football, Terry
Allen was placed on the inactive list today by the Skins making him
unavailable for Sunday's game against the Eagles
Allen hasn't suited up since spraining an ankle three weeks ago against the
St. Louis Rams and he did not practice Wednesday or yesterday.
Stephen Davis will start in his place.
The Skins need a win and a loss by either Detroit or Minnesota to sneak in
WIPE TO MOTION
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23pts/j/Salem/53//Northside/51//Dennis Haley - 14pts/;
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take a break
After a tumultuous week off the ice in the front office this week, the
Roanoke Express returned to the Roundhouse tonight for a little pre-Christmas
skate against the Chesapeake Icebreakers.
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One lucky Express fan tonight would win an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii.
Well, not really but we had to work this hula video in some way.
The Icebreakers would break the ice with a pinball shot that bounces off two
Express players in the net. Jurgen Leitner gets the score, 1-to-nothing.
The Express mount a rally of sorts with Michael Smith dropping in the
alleyoop pass, that Tim Christian knocks down and then knocks in to tie it at
The Icebreakers had a number of opportunities to light up the net
blowout, but some tough goal tending Dave Gagnon Enabled Roanoke to win it.
He had 22 saves as Christian, Cantu, Brearly, and Tremblay each score to give
Roanoke a 4-to-2 win.
The NHL celebrated its 80th birthday tonight without a lot of fanfare but
with a pretty good game in Detroit between the Atlanta division leading Jersey
Devils and the Central division's second place Detroit Red Wings.
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The homestanding Wings would get the win thanks to the persistence of Nicklas
Lidstrom who twice tonight beat Martin Brodeur with a couple of smoking shots.
The Red Wings outscore New Jersey 5-to-4 to move a bit closer to first place
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The big NationsBank Holiday hoop event is coming up nest week at the Salem
Civic Center, but tonight is was more early season regular season action on the
high school level.
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Tonight our cameras found their way into the Carter Athletic Center for some
private school action between Jim Muscaro's North Cross Raiders
and Roanoke Valley Christian. And North Cross had the hot hand early as Adam
Pawelec, the exchange student from
Poland hits the three point bomb.
RVC would answer that with Justin Hurt's nice drive right at the heart of the
defense. He gets the two and the game stays close.
The Raiders Charlie Glenn would then use a little shake and bake move to
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free himself of the defense and drive to the hole for two more.
But a big third quarter gives RVC the 76-to-59 win.
The Charlotte Hornets found out what it's like to get busted long distance
style tonight as they became the Wizards seventh straight victim in the new MCI
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The Hornets came in with a five game winning streak, but they were no match
for Washington as Juwan Howard dropped in a game high 26 points.
And watch this assist to Darwin Hamm for a power jam.
Hamm then gives it up to CHris Webber for the one hand throwdown as the
Webber had 24 points and 19 boards. The Wizards win it 106-to-86.
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In Indianapolis, Jerry Stackhouse made his debut for the Pistons and almost
won the game by coming off the bench to score 33 points. BUt the Pacers win it
Tomorrow you can catch former Radford University star Steve Robinson in
action on the sideline as the first year Florida State coach leads his
Seminoles against top ranked North Carolina at two right here on WDBJ-7.
The Seminoles, who are ranked 17th in the nation themselves, know this is a
huge opportunity to silence the critics who picked them to finish 7th in the
ACC's preseason poll.
((STEVE ROBINSON/FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH:))
((KERRY THOMPSON/FSU SENIOR GUARD:))
((TERRELL BAKER/FSU JUNIOR GUARD:))
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Still to come tonight, we'll check out some football news from the college
ranks involving Tech's opponent in the Gator Bowl,
and we'll tell you about another postseason honor for UVa's Anthony
take a break
UVa all-american safety Anthony Poindexter was voted the state's player of
the year today by a panel of college sports information directors from around
And he is one of six UVa players on the all-state team.
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Poindexter was also voted the state's top player earlier this month by
winning the Dudley Award.
The former Jefferson Forest standout was a first team Sporting News
all-american and all-ACC selection.
He had four interceptions this year despite being hampered with knee and
ankle problems all season long.
Hampton University's Joe Taylor was named the coach of the year.
Virginia Tech placed the most players on the all-state team with 8
selections, including former Fieldale-Collinsville star Kerwin Hairston.
Virginia Tech's opponent in the New Year's Day Gator Bowl, the University of
North Carolina, will be without one of its players for the game.
Reserve defensive tackle Ricco McCain was kicked off the team indefinitely
today, but the other six players facing assault charges stemming from a
December 5th brawl in Chapel Hill will be allowed to play in the game.
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The UNC administration decided not to take action against the other six
players because the individuals adamantly deny taking part in the assault, and
the university's own investigation backs up their claims.
McCain is a sophomore from Charlotte.
There was some good news for the UNC football team today.
Carl Torbush, North Carolina's new head football coach, was given a five-year
The deal will pay him a base salary of $135 thousand a season.
That's about $30 thousand dollars a year LESS than his predecessor, Mack
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The Olympic torch began its long journey to the (NOG-a-no) Nagano Winter
The flame was lit during an elaborate ceremony on the site where the ancient
Olympic games began in 776 B-C.
Heavy clouds prevented organizers from using the sun to start the fire.
Once lit the flame was transferred to a runner who'll be the first in a long
chain to carry it across Greece and Japan for the Winter Games in February.
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This time of year, many of us are in search of the season's spirit.
Nestled in a North Carolina mountain town not far from here, is a holiday
mecca where more than 200,000 may find it.
Reporter Doug Alred has more.
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