To start with on NEWS 7 tonight.
It's only temporary... but G-E Drive Systems workers fear layoffs may
follow this year's plant shutdown.
The highest-ranking deputy in the Bedford County sheriff's department tells
us why he quit.
And a record number of highway fatalities in Virginia.
The late edition of NEWS-7 next.
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General Electric calls it a temporary "production shutdown."
For 760-workers, it means a two-week vacation they didn't ask for.
G-E said its plant in Salem shuts down for about two weeks every year.
This year that shutdown is coming early because earnings have been weaker
Some of the workers affected say they're worried that when the shutdown ends
on January 17th, it will be followed by a round of layoffs.
G-E says it is assessing its "employment needs."
But the company says that does not necessarily mean anyone will lose a job.
He's a police officer who's been charged with stalking and investigators
want to know if he mis- spent sheriff's department funds.
John McCane's personal and professional problems led to his resignation this
week from the Bedford County sheriff's department.
He talked about that decision today with Steve Smallshaw.
IN Q=1997 was a
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-John McCane/Leaving Sheriff's Department; :19
OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.
(( 1997 was a difficult year for John McCane.
The subject of two separate state police investigations and a criminal
stalking charge, McCane has yet to be found guilty of ANY wrongdoing.
But the constant rumors and the perception of trouble have been too much for
both McCane and the department to bear.
IN Q=The men of
((JOHN MCCANE/LEAVING SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE MEN OF THE DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS THE
PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY DESERVE TO KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE LEADING THE DEPARTMENT
ARE ABOVE REPROACH. EVEN THE PERCEPTION OF IT, AND I FEEL THAT'S ALL THIS IS,
IS PERCEPTION, IS DAMAGING TO THE DEPARTMENT AND TO THE COMMUNITY AND I'M NOT
GOING TO ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN.))
OUT Q=that to happen.
So as of January 15th, McCane is gone.
He's proud of what his brother- in- law sheriff Mike Brown has accomplished
the last two years.
McCane says Brown's political rivals may have fueled some of the recent
controversy, but he's confident the sheriff can survive it.
IN Q=I think this
((JOHN MCCANE: I THINK THIS IS A TYPE THING THAT HIS DETRACTORS HOPE MIGHT
CAUSE PROBLEMS, BUT WE HANDLED IT IN THE SAME PROFESSIONAL WAY THAT HE'S
HANDLED EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE DEPARTMENT, SO I DON'T THINK IT WILL. I'M A
PROUD MAN, I'VE BEEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOUT 22 YEARS. MADE SOME MISTAKES,
WILL MAKE MISTAKES AGAIN, BUT WHEN THESE RUMORS COME OUT, PERSONALLY AND
PROFESSIONALLY IT IS VERY HURTFUL.))
OUT Q=very hurtful.
IN Q=Things could get
((Things could get worse before they get better for John McCane. He's scheduled
to stand trial on the stalking charge next week, and results of the state
police investigation are expected soon after. Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.))
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Comedian Chris Farley followed the path of his idol John Belushi to the end,
dying of a drug overdose at age 33.
The Cook County medical examiner says Farley died of an accidental overdose
of morphine and cocaine.
Farley's weight, his slapstick physical comedy and appetite for food, drugs
and drink prompted a lot of comparisons to Belushi. He died of an overdose in
1982, and Farley openly considered Belushi an inspiration.
The Medical Examiner also said a narrowing of the arteries to the heart was
a significant factor in the death of the 300-pound actor.
Kennedys, Shrivers, Lawfords, Cuomos and other members of the extended
family gathered at the Kennedy compound Friday to pay last respects to Michael
SUPER=03-Hyannis Port, MA;
The flag flew at half-staff over the Cape Cod home where the family has
rallied in times of crisis for decades.
It was the site of a wake for the son of the Senator Robert Kennedy.
Michael Kennedy died New Year's Eve, after slamming headfirst into a tree
while playing football on skis with members of the family on Aspen Mountain in
IN Q=He was an
((JOHN ROSENTHAL/KENNEDY FRIEND: HE WAS AN EXPERT SKIER ON AN INTERMEDIATE
DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO YOU?
NO. NO IT DOESN'T. IT'S TRAGIC, BUT IF YOU'RE A SKIER, ANY KIND OF ATHLETE,
YOU KNOW YOU CAN FALL.))
SUPER=08-John Rosenthal/Kennedy Friend
OUT Q=you can fall.
Some family members arrived in Massachusetts on a jet provided
by actor Kevin Costner.
The wake and private viewing at the home will be followed by a funeral Mass
tomorrow near the family compound.
More Virginians died on state roads this past year than in any year since
As Stacey Martin reports, state police say a little more driver attention
could keep that from happening again this year.
IN Q=1997 went out
SUPER=01-Sgt. F.W. Duffy/State Police; :12
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
((State Police say 1997 saw more Virginians killed in traffic accidents than
any year since 1990.
Speed was a big factor.
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IN Q=People are trying
((SGT. F.W. DUFFY: PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO DRIVE TOO FAST FOR THE ROADS. YOU CAN
GET OUT HERE AND YOU'LL SEE PEOPLE TRAVELLING AT A NORMAL SPEED. THEN YOU'LL
SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE DRIVING AT MUCH HIGHER SPEEDS.))
OUT Q=much higher speeds.
State police reported 978 deaths on the roadways in 1997--up from 863 the
Other culprits--drunk driving, aggressive driving--
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IN Q=And, snow and
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: AND, SNOW AND ICE. BUT, ACCORDING TO SARGENT DUFFY
THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO TRAFFIC FATALITIES IS DRIVER INATTENTION.))
OUT Q=is driver inattention.
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IN Q=You see people
((SGT. F.W.DUFFY: YOU SEE PEOPLE COMING OUT HERE DOWN THE INTERSTATE READING
THE NEWSPAPER. DRIVING. AND, THAT'S RIDICULOUS.))
OUT Q=And, that's ridiculous.
Leading the list for traffic fatalities in Virginia's Southwest region for
1997 are Bedford County at 18, Pittsylvania County at 17 and Montgomery County
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
Safety will come first according to people who want airbags with on-off
Supporters of the idea say they'll keep using airbags for added safety but
NOT when the devices pose hazards to some riders.
Drivers wanting government permission to have the switches installed can
find applications AND information at local Triple- A offices.
IN Q=I think people really
((VICKI HOPKINS/AAA OF VIRGINIA: I THINK PEOPLE REALLY AREN'T CLEAR ON SOME OF
THE CRITERIA AND THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON. THAT'S WHY WE'RE TRYING TO HAVE
THIS CAMPAIGN FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT WE DO HAVE THESE THINGS IN HOUSE FOR
PEOPLE TO COME BY AND TALK TO US IF THEY LIKE, AND HAVE THE INFORMATION ON
SUPER=01-Vicki Hopkins/AAA of Virginia;
OUT Q=information on hand
Among the government's requirements for switch installation are that
motorists have a medical condition that would put them at risk during airbag
deployment, or that they can NOT adjust their seats the minimum 10 inches away
from the device.
Keith tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, attorneys for Terry Nichols describe him as
a loving family man as they try to convince a jury to spare his life,
and it's no mystery who contributed the most money to Jim Gilmore's campaign.
We'll tell you her connection to the next governor, when we return.
After days of testimony about the horrors of the Oklahoma City bombing,
Terry Nichols' lawyer set out to portray the co-conspirator as a loving family
man who doesn't deserve to die for his role in the blast.
Nichols' friends and relatives told how he made flash cards and greeting
cards for his children out of the file folders and toothpaste he was given in
"He was a full-time father," said Lana Padilla, Nichols' ex-wife.
"He was not an imaginary father. He was always, always, in his own
soft-spoken way, teaching Josh."
Under cross-examination, Padilla acknowledged one of the things Nichols
taught his son was how to make homemade bombs out of bottles.
The mechanics of murder and dynamics of death are her business.
Well, writing about them is.
But Virginia crime novelist Patricia Cornwell has a growing hobby: paying
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=She is granting
SUPER=10-Patricia Cornwell/Novelist/October 1993; 1:41
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( She is granting NO interviews.
But only the various wings of the Republican national party gave Jim Gilmore
more money this year.
Richmond mystery novelist Patricia Cornwell gave a total of 150- thousand
His second biggest individual donor is Dollar Tree Stores CEO Doug Perry of
Virginia Beach -- who gave just over half what Cornwell gave.
Roanoke publisher Edward Via's a close third at 75- thousand.
And finally, at number four, tobacco and food conglomerate Philip Morris.
Jim and Roxane Gilmore had dinner with Cornwell one month after the
((GOV.-ELECT JIM GILMORE: WELL I THINK SHE ASSESSED MY CAMPAIGN AND DECIDED
THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF INCLUSION, THE PRINCIPLES THAT I HAVE STOOD FOR OF ALL
VIRGINIANS HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY, THE EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS
GROWTH IN THE STATE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WERE IMPORTANT TO HER.))
That could mean in part that he's tolerant of a lesbian affair she admitted
to in a May Vanity Fair article.
That laundry was aired as a part of an abduction trial of the jealous
But a source close to the campaign says Gilmore learned more at the dinner.
Cornwell allegedly said she liked Roxane's insistence on keeping her paying
job as a college professor while serving as First Lady.
And, Cornwell allegedly said every time Jim Gilmore wrote her a thank you
note, she fired off another check.
The contributions seem to back that up.
She wrote Gilmore a 10- thousand dollar check on September 30th.
On October 14th, 15- thousand dollars.
25- thousand the next day.
25- thousand six days later.
25- thousand another six days later.
And two days after that, the final check for 50- thousand.
She told Vanity Fair that she's controlling manic-depression with
medication... and she has her "impulsiveness" under control.
Her last impulsive foray into the political spotlight was in 1993.
((CORNWELL: I HAD TO COME TO THE VERY DISAPPOINTING CONCLUSION THAT MARY SUE
TERRY IS NOT THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR.))
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: SHE'S A VERY INTERESTING PERSON, VERY WELL SPOKEN, VERY
But until Cornwell speaks up publicly, her dramatic role in Virginia
politics remains a mystery -- something she's very good at.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Rough weather and international boundaries could end a balloonist's
attempts to circle the globe. We'll have that next,
and then a little later, we'll see what is motiviating movie fans to make a
cross country trek to Las Vegas.
IN Q= I've been a
OUT Q=something else.
Lee Eddy has served three terms on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors,
two of them separated by almost 20 years.
And though he's now leaving the board, Eddy says he hopes to remain active
in county affairs.
Eddy was first elected to the board in 1967, but he decided not to run for
re- election four years later.
He returned in 1990, and has represented the Windsor Hills District since.
IN Q=I've told Elmer Hodge
((I'VE TOLD ELMER HODGE THAT I WAS GOING TO TRY VERY HARD NOT TO OFFER ADVICE
DOWN THE ROAD, BUT I AM STILL INTERESTED IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PARTICULARLY
ROANOKE COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON AND IF
THERE'S SOME WAY I CAN HELP DOWN THE ROAD, SERVE ON A COMMITTEE, A BOARD, A
COMMISSION OR WHATEVER, I'LL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Lee Eddy/Former Roanoke Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=more than happy to do that.
Eddy says he won't miss the late night meetings and controversies, but has
never regretted his years of public service.
Hot Air Balloon pilot Steve Fossett is flying over Europe as he tries to
circle the globe without stopping.
SUPER=03-St Louis, MO/December 31, 1997
But rough weather over Ireland and Spain may force Fossett to fly over
And for that, he'll have to get permission from the Libyan government.
Libya initially refused Fossett request to fly over the country but
eventually granted permission to the balloonist for a previous attempt.
Moamar Ghadaffi won world-wide accolades for the gesture, so he might do it
This can be a month of record high temperatures or two feet of snow, or both.
For the sky numbers in January, here's our monthly almanac.
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SUPER=331-Clear And/Cool/32-36/Patchy High/Clouds/58-62;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/And Chilly/25-30/Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/50-55;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Chilly/30-34/Partly Sunny/And Mild/57-59;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/And Breezy/25-30/Mostly Cloudy/And Mild/53-56;
Bowl highlights from the Orange and Chick-Fil-A, plus area high school
hoopla, and the Hokies talk about their future in football.
But first how about the future of one of our football reporters.
SUPER=75-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
Steve Mason is finally back in the Star City.
This afternoon he and his wife arrived back in town after a not so sunny
Steve came down with pneumonia while covering the Gator Bowl festivities
earlier this week in Jacksonville.
After spending three days in Baptist Medical Center he was finally cleared to
return home today. At the airport he was greeted by some of his fellow workers
who gave him among other things a thermometer and a medicine dropper.
It's now a race to see who gets better first, Steve or the Hokies.
WIPE TO MOTION
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SUPER=0097-/William Byrd/64/j/Cave Spring/79//Jeff Seamon -
18pts/j/Glenvar/52//Parry McCluer/43//Donnie Wimmer - 20pts/;
Forest/65//Northside/59//Vernon Jackson - 18pts/;
SUPER=0096-/New York/98/j/New Jersey/103///j/Cleveland/81//Orlando/71///;
OUT Q=....last score."
GO TO BREAK
The Nebraska Cornhuskers capped off a perfect 13-and-0 season tonight with an
impressive 42 to 17 win over Tennessee in the Orange Bowl - a game many of you
watched earlier right here on Your Hometown Station.
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This was the final college game for both Peyton Manning and Tom Osborne, but
in the first half Osborne was the one who received the most gifts.
The Volunteers committed three turnovers and quickly found themselves down
14-to-nothing to the option minded Cornhuskers.
Speedster Shevin Wiggins set up the SUPER=36-Nebraska/42/Tennessee/17;
first TD and then got the second.
The Huskers added 340 more rushing yards in the second half as they swamp
Tennessee in the Orange Bowl 42 to 17.
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The other bowl game today saw the Clemson Tigers block two Auburn punts
including this one that is returned for a TD by Chad Speck. Clemson led the
game 17-to-6 in the fourth quarter.
But Dameyune Craig led Auburn back with an 18 yard TD run early in the
fourth, and Rusty Williams got the go ahead score on this jaunt as the War
Eagles beat Clemson 21-to-17.
One of college football's top players is turning over a new leaf.
Ryan Leaf, the star quarterback who came within a whisker of leading
Washington State to a win over Michigan in yesterday's Rose Bowl,
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announced this afternoon that he is giving up his senior year of college
eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Leaf consulted Drew Bledsoe, Warren Moon, Peyton Manning and Jake Plummer
before making the decision.
((RYAN LEAF/DECIDES TO TURN PRO:))
SUPER=01-Ryan Leaf/Decides To Turn Pro; :00
OUT Q=...STEP I THINK."
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
On to basketball, on the high school courts tonight as the Cave Spring
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./William Byrd vs. Cave Spring; :00
welcomed county rival William Byrd and head coach Paul Barnard to Knights'
Cave Spring was in a big hurry to put the Terriers away as Daniel Penn finds
Corey Paxton for the wide open three pointer to open the scoring.
Byrd's Josh Wheeler would then make a nice power move on the baseline and
pull up in the traffic for two points.
But Jeff Seamon would lead the Knights to victory this evening with a game
high 18 points as Cave Spring tops the Terriers 79-to-64.
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Over in North County tonight Northside stepped out of district as well to
take on Jefferson Forest.
But first the Vikings stepped outside to drill a three pointer with Rashon
Ward getting credit for the bucket.
Northside would then a nice effort from Vernon Jackson, who hits the little
fadeaway on the baseline for the Vikes.
But Forest would give the Vikes all they could handle tonight as Kenneth
Hancock leads the Cavaliers to a 65-to-59 win.
The college basketball season is also starting to crank up to full speed
with conference games now becoming the norm.
PINNACLE ACC - SATURDAY
Tomorrow Your Hometown Station has a great ACC doubleheader for you as Steve
Robinson's Florida State Seminoles take on N.C. State at 1:30.
And North Carolina and Clemson battle each other at four.
PInnacle ACC - Sunday
Then Sunday afternoon at one o'clock the Virginia Cavaliers return to the
Commonwealth and the ACC portion of the their schedule for a game with Wake
Hope you can catch them all this weekend.
Now the Virginia Tech men's basketball team opens it's Atlantic 10 schedule
tomorrow at Duquesne, but a lot
of folks are still concerned about the state of the football team a day after
the debacle in Jacksonville.
We'll hear what the Hokies have to say about the future right after this.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will spend the next few days trying to figure out
why they were dominated in every phase of the game in this week's Gator Bowl.
The loss to Carolina dropped Tech's record to 7-and-5.
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And it marked the first time since 1992 that a Frank Beamer team had lost
three straight games.
The Hokies were outscored by 60 points in their final three contests - all
losses to Pitt, UVa and UNC.
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SUPER=01-Al Clark/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :20
SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Va. Tech Quarterback; :32
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Va. Tech Rover; :39
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Va. Tech Senior Fullback; 1:12
SUPER=04-1995 Sugar Bowl; 1:20
OUT Q=...A BETTER NOTE."
((AL CLARK/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((NICK SORENSEN/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
((PIERSON PRIOLEAU/VA. TECH ROVER:))
(( Those seniors of which Prioleau speaks number 13, and include playmakers
Marcus Parker, Ken Oxendine and Shawn Scales.
This class won't come close to matching the 96 senior class that landed 11 of
its members in NFL training camps.
But Parker will definitely get a chance to play in the pros. And after
getting trounced in his collegiate finale - the sooner the better.))
((MARCUS PARKER/VA. TECH FULLBACK:))
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Fans of the T-V Series Star Trek have a new place to gather.
Even though it's based in Las Vegas, many Trekkers swear it's out of this
David Gee has the story.
SUPER=75-Las Vegas, NV;
Super=X5043 (clears FX)
SUPER=01-Levar Burton/Star Trek TNG; :28
OUT Q=gonna love it (DOUBLE OUT)
(( I have to admit I don't speak much Klingon. But I think they said
they're happy about the opening of this 70-million dollar space
spectacle. And so are a lot of other people.
Star Trek conventions attract more than one million people
worldwide, and presumably many of them will be heading to this
attraction. But actor LeVar Burton of "Star Trek The Next Generation"
says you don't necessarily have to be a Trekkie to make the Trek.
This ride, or voyage as it were, beams you aboard the bridge of the
Starship Enterprise, where you interact with crew members.
From there you go via turbolift to the Grand Corridor, a never
before seen area of Star Trek. And then hop aboard the shuttlecraft,
a motion based simulator that makes you on a trip to galaxies far far
away. When the shuttlecraft settles back down, you can head down to
Deep Space Nine to shop, eat, or converse with a cast of
Trekkies and Trekkers can also get a good look at the largest
collection of Star Trek memorabilia in the universe.))
That's News 7 at 11. Have a good night.