Next on News 7-
Governor Allen is going out with a hurrah- We'll have a live report from
Goodyear workers vote today on whether they'll work Sundays.
And the olympic torch is lit for the 1998 Winter games.
Another mild day in store, but by Sunday we'll be back to normal temperature
wise, and that means cooler weather for Christmas week.
A new study reveals the answer for men to live longer is by having more sex.
And a children's product is coming off the shelves after a company recall.
These stories tonight on Health Check.
(Jean ad lib)
IN Q=Boy Scout's
((BOY SCOUT'S MOTTO INSTRUCTS US TO LEAVE A PLACE BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT.
AND I THINK WE'VE DONE THAT.))
OUT Q=we've done that.
Governor George Allen goes out on a high note -- with a budget that makes
almost everyone in Richmond heading for a big group hug.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A 37 BILLION dollar budget -- with almost two billion of it "mad money" for
the Governor to play with.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with some highlights.
Jean, George Allen says "don't just look at the money -- look at the
The policy changes he hopes the General Assembly will adopt after he's gone
in January are a wide-reaching set of performance-based funding formulas... to
try to ensure more accountability from every one who gets a state paycheck,
teaches a Virginia child, or gets a handout from state government.
But it's a budget -- so you've got to look at the money.
SUPER=01-Sen. Madison Marye/(D) Shawsville; :25
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Hawkins/(R) Chatham; :49
OUT Q=not been included.
Highlights include the biggest bi-ennial increase ever in the K-12 education
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'M ALSO PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY BUDGET INCLUDES
FUNDING TO ADD ONE THOUSAND NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN GRADES
KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 6TH GRADE IN VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS.))
That's a downpayment on Jim Gilmore's campaign promise of four thousand new
And Allen funded the first phase of the car tax cut.
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: AT FIRST BLUSH IT SOUNDS GREAT YOU KNOW. THE GOVERNOR
HAS SUCH CHARISMA WHEN HE LAYS ALL THIS STUFF OUT.))
And maybe a first ever -- no money borrowed to build on college campuses.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WITH ALL THIS MONEY THAT WE HAVE
AVAILABLE, I THINK IT WOULD BE DOWNRIGHT IRRESPONSIBLE IN SUCH A SITUATION AS
THIS TO GO INTO MORE TAX SUPPORTED DEBT.))
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: THERE ARE A LOT OF ADJUSTMENTS THAT ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO BE MADE IN ORDER TO BRING IT BACK INTO SOME SORT OF FOCUS.
THERE ARE A LOT OF PROJECTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN INCLUDED.))
LIVE=Ellen full/State Microwave
That's a Republican, Charles Hawkins of Pittsylvania County talking there.
So while a lot of constituencies feel good about this cornucopia of pet
projects being funded today...
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those that figure out what didn't get funded will be howling by January.
((Q&A=That's the biggest increase in educational funding -- did he make any
Ironically, Jean, he shored up a political weak point with record funding
for the environment.
Gunfire at the main post office in Milwaukee overnight-
A postal worker opened fire on his colleagues- killing a co-worker and
wounding two others- before turning the gun on himself.
Authorities say Anthony (da-KOO-lit) Deculit was feuding with the man he
((WARD WILLIAMS/POSTAL WORKER: PEOPLE WERE RUNNING AROUND AND SCREAMING
SOMEBODY'S GOT A GUN ON THE THIRD FLOOR. EVERYBODY GET OUT.))
((MR. DECULIT HAD BEEN ON THE JOB TWO AND HALF HOURS. HE HAD ALREADY BEEN ON
THE JOB. THERE WAS NO INCIDENT OR ANYTHING TO INDICATE THAT HE WAS GOIGN TO
PULL A GUN AND SHOOT SOMENONE.))
SUPER=01-Ward Williams/Postal Worker; 00
SUPER=01-Ida Gillis/Postal Inspector; 05
OUT Q=and shoot someone."
A union representative says Deculit had recenty been transferred from another
branch against his will and that his supervisors picked on him.
An autopsy has been done on comedian Chris Farley-
but results will NOT be released- until toxicology testing is done.
Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment yesterday- by his brother.
Police say there was no sign of foul play.
((LOOK LOOOOK. I AM YOUR FATHER.))
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OUT Q=am your father.
Friends in Farley's hometown in Wisconsin are in disbelief-
((SCOTT KLUG/FARLEY FRIEND: YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HIM YOU KNOW. HE LIGHTS UP
((HE WAS LARGER THAN LIFE LITERALLY AND FIGURATELY. WHAT YOU SAW ON TV AND IN
THE MOVIES IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT YOU GOT WITH CHRIS ANYWHERE.))
SUPER=01-Scott Klug/Farley Friend;
OUT Q=with Chris Anywhere."
Chris Farley was 33 years old.
GRAPHIC=plane crash inv.
A preliminary report doesn't reveal much more on the cause of a fatal plane
crash in Roanoke last week.
So far National Transportation Safety Board investigators have not found any
signs of what they call "catastrophic engine failure."
Texas pilot James Notch died when his single-engine plane crashed into a
Northwest Roanoke house.
Minutes after he took off, Notch radioed controllers and said the plane had
Notch tried flying back to the airport, but his plane hit power lines,
tearing off part of the right wing.
Most of the plane burned after it hit the ground.
What's left of the wreckage has been moved to Hagerstown, Maryland, for
The N-T-S-B said it could take as long as a year to find the cause.
The voting will be over in less than 30-minutes at a union hall in Danville.
Goodyear union members are deciding for the second time -- whether to work
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Tina Tenret checked in with the union to gauge how the vote is going.
Jean -- it apparently all comes down to the paycheck.
Some union members do NOT want to be forced to work on Sunday because they
say they'll lose overtime.
But others just want to keep their jobs, and they're feeling the heat that
the company is cracking down to get its way.
IN Q=Job layoffs
SUPER=03-Caswell Co., NC; :00
SUPER=01-Wayne Galloway/Union Member; :17 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-George Craig/Union Member; :37
SUPER=01-Rozlan Allen/Union Member; :45
OUT Q=for so long
(( Thoughts of layoffs are sending these union members back to the voting
The company has proposed a continuous work week--
Ever since the union rejected the package last month -- Goodyear has been
slowing making changes.
That's why many Danville employees are NOW voting for that mandatory Sunday
IN Q=I hope I get
((WAYNE GALLOWAY/UNION MEMBER: I HOPE I GET MY JOB BACK... I NEED TO WORK.))
OUT Q=I need to work
Not everyone is changin their minds-- many are sticking with a no vote.
That includes several older employees who worry more about losing overtime
pay than losing their jobs.
IN Q=I've got 29 years
((GEORGE CRAIG/UNION MEMBER: I'VE GOT 29 YEARS IN AND 52 YEARS OLD... IF THEY
OUT Q= if they get it
IN Q=I can't speak
((ROZLAN ALLEN/UNION MEMBER: I CAN'T SPEAK ... WHAT THEY'VE WORKED FOR SO
OUT Q=for so long
If the union accepts the deal, Goodyear promises to flood the Danville plant
with money and jobs.
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They're talking specifically about rehiring everyone who's been laid off --
500 new jobs and 100 million more dollars pumped into the Danville plant.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The case of a Virginia Tech employee versus the campus newspaper moves to
another level-- that story next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
And several local industries in the New River Valley want to be in the
zone-- the Foreign Trade zone.
Teresa Hamilton reports on what could help some area businesses save
thousands of dollars.
In tonight's health check report--some news that can help you breathe easier
through the winter cold and sinus months.
Also coming up-- the National Hockey League is celebrating 80-years on the
Plus ice news from the Express all coming up in tonight's Ticker-- stick
The New River Valley Airport in Dublin could be heading for some big
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Teresa Hamilton is in our Blacksburg newsroom with details.
Teresa, I understand this could translate into big bucks for some local
If the Dublin Airport is granted "user fee status"--it could pave the way
for a "Foreign Trade Zone"-- which would be a big boost to local industries
that import and export.
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SUPER=01-Stuart Gilbert/NRV Economic Dev. Alliance; :00 quick
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :08
SUPER=04-File Tape; :15
oUT =trade zone. QUICK!
IN Q=It would
((STUART GILBERT/NRV ECONOMIC DEV. ALLIANCE EXEC. DIR.:IT WOULD GIVE ALL THOSE
BUSINESSES THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.))
OUT Q=of dollars.
Stuart Gilbert is Executive Director of the New River Valley Economic
Development Alliance-- the organization pushing for the changes.
He's joined by more than 20- local industries-- including Volvo in Pulaski
County, Wolverine in Blacksburg and Hubble in Christiansburg.
"Foreign Trade Zone" status allows companies to reduce the cost of imports
and exports-- by deferring excise taxes and duties-- while merchandise is in
the zone for storage, testing, labeling, display and manufacture.
Supporters say other surrounding jurisdictions would also save BIG.
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((STUART GILBERT:I NOW FOR A FACT THERE ARE SOME COMPANIES OUTSIDE OF THE NEW
RIVER VALLEY THAT COULD SAVE OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR WITH THE
ESTABLISHMENT OF A FOREIGN TRADE ZONE.))
OUT Q=trade zone.
Those other areas, including Roanoke, would benefit--since the closest
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Foreign Trade Zone-- is Richmond.
(questions:Who will make the ultimate decision? )
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A Virginia Tech administrator who sued the campus newspaper and lost, is
taking her appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.
Sharon Yeagle is Tech's assistant to the Vice President for Student
She went to court after The Collegiate Times identified her in an article
by a ficticious and unflattering job title.
The paper apologized for the error, which it blamed on a computer template
not meant for publication.
A judge ruled in favor of the paper, saying the title was too absurd to be
But Yeagle has appealed the ruling, and her attorney confirms that
arguments are scheduled in Richmond early next month.
This will be the last school year for Bedford County's embattled school
John Kent has been on the job for 11 years now.
In May teachers, parents and some school board members critized him for
going over-budget for three years running.
Kent has been in the business of education for 31 years, 28 of those as an
He says he's retiring June 30th.
Kent says it is an good opportunity to leave in the summer because a new
school board will take over January first.
He says this will give the new board the time it needs to choose a
superintendent to lead the system into the future.
What kind of weather should we prepare for this last weekend before
Christmas? Patrick's forecast is coming up--
But first the Olympic winter games are getting closer-- as the torch begins
its historic journey.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Let the Games Begin.
The Olympic flame for the Nagano (NA-gano) Winter Games was lit today during
an elaborate ceremony in Olympia, Greece, at the ancient staduim where the
Olympic Games began in 7-76 B-C.
It's now in the hands of a runner, who is the first in a long chain carrying
it across Greece and Japan.
The torch is making its way to Athens, where it will be handed over to
Japanese officials at a special ceremony Monday.
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker the Roanoke Express hopes to steam-roll the
Icebreakers in a weekend faceoff...
On health check--
The dry winter weather is zapping moisture from the air--
Doctors say if used properly home humidifiers and vaporizers have the same
IN Q=The best
((DR. GEOFF HARTER:THE BEST WAY TO USE THE HUMIDIFIER IS TO USE IT IN YOUR
BEDROOM AND RUN IT CONSTANTLY))
There's more NEWS-7 at Five in a moment-- first a look ahead to NEWS-7 at
Its the story of a city that has property for sale, but its being selective
with who the new corporate neigbor should be.
Martinsville leaders have high hopes for a new industrial park that comes
complete with a railroad--
While this has been the home to furniture manufacturing for 70-years
--that's about to change.
More on the story and other news of the day tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX in
This warm weather we're experiencing won't last forever.
Soon, heaters will be working overtime-- sucking the moisture from the air
causing chapped skin, clogged nasal passages and repeated nose bleeds.
Before seeking medical help, doctors recommend trying home humidifiers and
vaporizers as the first step--
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SUPER=01-Dr. Geoff Harter/Ear, Nose & Throat Physician; :00
OUT Q=once a week
IN Q=One of the
((DR. GEOFF HARTER:ONE OF THE BIG PROBLEMS THAT WE RUN INTO IS THAT THE DRYER
AIR TENDS TO IRRITATE THE SINUSES AND ALSO IT TENDS TO PREVENT THEM DRAINING
PROPERLY, SO HUMIDIFYING THE AIR IS A VERY SIMPLE WAY OF PROMOTING DRAINAGE))
Doctor say parents should use humidifiers for children to save them a trip to
IN Q=For the
((DR. GEOFF HARTER/EAR, NOSE & THROAT:FOR THE VERY YOUNG CHILDREN AGAIN IT WILL
HELP WITH THE SINUSES, BUT ALSO CHILDREN WHO ARE GETTING RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS
AND WHO DO NOT NEED TO BE HOSPITALIZED FOR THOSE INFECTIONS. THE HUMIDIFIED AIR
MOISTURIZED ALL OF THE RESPIRATORY PASSAGES WHETHER IT THE UPPER OR LOWER AND
HELPS THEM TO CLEAR OUT SECRETIONS))
Doctors warn that devices using water for long periods of time can breed
viruses, bacteria and molds--which can cause humidifier fever.
Humidifier fever is a flu-like illness-- the symptoms include high fever,
headache, chills and myalgia.
IN Q=If water
((IF WATER IS THERE IT'S STANDING FOR A WHILE AND YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR
BACTERIA TO GROW AND VIRUSES TOO. WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW EACH MANUFACTURERS
RECOMMENDATION AS FAR AS CLEANING THEM BUT THAT YOU CLEAN THEM AT LEAST ONCE A
That involves cleaning each part and drying them.
Then, running a cleaning solution of chlorine, bleach and water through the
Doctors say humidifiers aren't for everyone-- they say if you have a chronic
illnesses or lung disease you shouldn't look for relief from humidifiers.
Some popular child carrier and swing seats are being recalled after some
children fell out of them.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 564-thousand Graco carriers and
carrier swing seats are being pulled off the market for repair.
IN Q=The handles
((ANN BROWN/CPSC: THE HANDLES ON THESE SEATS CAN UNEXPECTEDLY UNLOCK CAUSING
AN INFANT TO FALL AND BE SERIOUSLY INJURED))
SUPER=01-Ann Brown/Consumer Product Safety Commission;
The C-P-S-C reports 45 cases of the seat handles unlocking, resulting in four
skull fractures and two concussions.
Graco is offering a free in home repair kit to lock the handle in position
If you have one of the carriers call Graco toll free at 800-281-3676 to
receive the kit.
Live a sexy life, live a longer life--that's according to a recent study.
Researchers found that men who had sex less than once a month had twice the
death rate of those who had sex at least twice a week.
But skeptics say the public will believe what they want.
In their words: "We confidently predict that Sex makes you live longer will
get more press over the holiday period than the queen's speech."
The study appeared in the "British Medical Journal."
Let's head over to sports where cold weather games dominate tonight's
The Roanoke Express has a pre-holiday game on tap tonight-- here's Mike
with all the details.
Welcome folks to the end of the work week Two Minute sports ticker.
If you're finishing up your shopping you might want to head on over to the
where tonight the Express meets Northeast Division foe Chesapeake. Roanoke
is 7-2 and 1 against Northeast divisional opponents this season.
And Roanoke beat the Icebreakers in the two teams' only other meeting this
season back on November 21st.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
((DAVE STEWART/EXPRESS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Captain; :38
OUT Q=...work hard"
The NHL is celebrating a birthday tonight as the league turns 80 years old.
There have been 32 thousand, 149 games this that first year when teams like
the Montreal Wanderers and and Toronto Arenas led the league.
The ice isn't the only place folks will be celebrating tonight.
Carl Torbush, North Carolina's new head football coach was given a five year
contract today that will pay him a base salary of $135 thousand a season.
His first order of business today was suspending one of the seven players
facing assault charges for a December 5th brawl.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/1997 Season; :00
Reserve tackle Ricco McCain will miss the Gator Bowl game on New Year's Day
against the Hokies, but the other six have been cleared to play.
Torbush says those players deny any involvement in the fight that left a UNC
freshman with a broken jaw and bruised ribs.
The Hokies are still the biggest underdog in any of this year's postseason
Have a safe weekend everybody, I'll see you at six.
take a break
Finally tonight-- to the toy department-- Barbie Dolls may be a favorite
with little girls, but one woman says she's got something better.
Look at what Patsy Bohanan creates-
She's been making dolls for 13 years.
It takes about a month to make each doll- from stuffing the body to
handpainting the face.
Bohannans' house looks like Santa's workshop.
((PATSY BOHANAN/DOLL MAKER: I FEEL IN A COUPLE OF YEARS SANTA'S GOING TO BE
CALLING ME UP AND ASKING ME TO DO HIS DOLLS FOR HIM CAUSE HE JUST DOESN'T HAVE
THE TIME TO SIT DOWN AND DO THEM INDIVIDUALLY.))
SUPER=01-Patsy Bohannon/Doll Maker; :04-07
OUT Q=do them individually."
The Georgia doll maker has made 200 in all- and many more creations are in