Coming up on News 7 at Six...760 workers at Salem's G-E plant are getting a
And Bedford County's highest ranking deputy explains his decision to resign
Tonight in sports, The Hokies look ahead after getting clubbing in Florida
Nebraska and Tennessee are set to make some Orange Juice in Miami.
And Ryan Leaf, the Washington State quarterback says he's giving up his
senior year to play in the NFL.
Today we reached 57 degrees...tomorrow we shoot for 60. A partly sunny
forecast is straight ahead.
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They hope it's only temporary.
But some of the 760-workers on a forced vacation from the General Electric
plant in Salem worry their jobs might be at stake.
G-E says it's nothing out of the ordinary.
The company usually shuts down for a couple of weeks each year.
This year that shutdown is coming earlier because of weaker-than-expected
Some of the workers affected say there are rumors their "vacation" could
But the president of the workers' union said the company has NOT notified him
that anyone's job is at risk.
He's charged with stalking a friend of his estranged wife, and state police
want to know whether he mis-used sheriff's department funds.
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Lieutenant John McCane sat down with Steve Smallshaw today to discuss how
all this led to his resignation. Here's Steve?.
Keith, John McCane maintains his innocence, but he hopes by taking himself
out of the equation, he can save the Bedford County sheriff's department
IN Q=1997 was a
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SUPER=01-John McCane/Leaving Sheriff's Department; :19
OUT Q=it is very hurtful.
(( 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 has 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.))
McCane says he and Sheriff Brown timed the release of his resignation to
coincide with the New Year, a symbolic fresh start for everyone.
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Whether HE gets that fresh start, Keith, will depend heavily on what happens
next week in the courts.
It's NO mystery who Jim Gilmore's biggest individual benefactor is.
But why is another question.
Ellen Qualls has a look at the new governor's puzzling patron.
IN Q=She is granting
SUPER=01-Patricia Cornwell/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.))
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What does the New Year have in store for investors? After this break, we'll
hear what local analysts are anticipating.
and while air bags can save lives, they can hurt others.
When we return we'll see what one group is doing to raise awareness.
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Lee Eddy says he'll try hard not to offer any unsolicited advice.
But as he leaves the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, Eddy says he
hopes to remain active in local government.
Joe Dashiell spoke with him this afternoon.
IN Q=Lee Eddy has served
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OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke Co.
((Lee Eddy has served on the Board of Supervisors for the last eight
years, but his interest in Roanoke County politics goes back much further.
IN Q=We were
((WE WERE BIDING OUR TIME WAITING FOR THE OUTCOME OF THE CONSOLIDATION
He was first elected to the board in the late sixties.
IN Q=I think the first term
OUT Q=out of existence.
Eddy returned in January 1990... turning an engineer's eye to county
Even those who frequently clashed with Eddy appreciate his contribution.
IN Q=Mr Eddy's
OUT Q=someone who cared.
Eddy says he won't miss the late-night meetings and the controversies, but
he has never regretted his years of public service.
And while he doubts there's another election in his future, he says he
hopes to serve the county in other ways.
IN Q=I think serving in local government
OUT Q=to the community.
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Authorities in one South Side community are stepping up efforts to make
local roads safer.
The Halifax County Sheriffs Department is now enforcing the speed limit with
newly purchased radar detectors.
The radar units came from the disbanded Clover Police Department.
IN Q=One unit is
((CPL S.T. MOSER/HALIFAX SHERIFFS DEPT: ONE UNIT IS WHAT THEY CALL THE
STANDARD RADAR, THE K R TEN WHICH WILL PICK YOU UP COMING AND GOING, THE OTHER
ONE IS A GOLDEN EAGLE, WHICH WILL GET YOU IN FOUR DIRECTIONS, COMING, COMING
FROM BEHIND, DRIVING BEHIND AN OFFICER, IN FRONT OF THE OFFICER AND ALSO
MEETING THE OFFICER.))
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OUT Q=meeting the officer
Deputies will use the units while on patrol throughout the county and will
concentrate on reducing speed related accidents, especially in school zones.
Supporters of on- off switches in air bags say they'll preserve the safety
value of the device, while offering protection for people at risk from their
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.
If you invest any money in the stock market, you know the only thing that's
predictable about Wall Street is ... nothing is ever predictable.
But that doesn't stop stockbrokers from looking into the future.
Different analysts have different expectations for 19-98.
But most agree the stock market will not expand as much as it has in recent
IN Q=After three
((BEN HARTMAN/STOCKBROKER: AFTER THREE SPECTACULAR YEARS, WE'RE LOOKING FOR
CORPORATE PROFITS AND EARNINGS TO TO SLOW DOWN THIS YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones Investments;
OUT Q=this year
Stock Exchange video from afternoon feed
The Dow Jones Industrial Average grew more than 20-percent for the third
straight year in 19-97.
But toward the end of the year, troubles plaguing Asian economies spread into
the U-S market.
Anaylsts are not sure if the so-called "Asian Flu" will have long-lasting
effects on the U.S. economy.
Wall Street didn't slow down with the start of its New Year today.
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The DOW gained nearly 57 points closing for the week at 79-hundred-65.
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Terms like "overruled" and "sustained" are now part of some Blacksburg High
school students' vocabulary.
Local attorneys have been teaching the students what it's like to argue a
The teenagers recently got a chance to put their knowledge to work during a
mock trial in front of an actual sitting judge.
Students acted as witnesses, prosecutor and defense attorney.
IN Q=It's not
((WHITNEY FRAZIER/BHS STUDENT:IT'S NOT REALLY HARD OR EASY, IT'S JUST A LOT OF
PROCEDURE AND BEING ABLE TO ADMIT EVIDENCE OR DISCREDIT EVIDENCE WITH TERMS AND
LAWYER-ISH KINDS OF THINGS.
KAREN COSTON/BHS TEACHER:I THINK THAT IT'S BEEN GOOD FOR THEM TO THINK ON THEIR
FEET AND TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY NEED TO DO PRESENTING AN ARGUMENT , LOGICAL
ARGUMENT TO A PUBLIC. I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM. ))
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SUPER=01-Karen Coston/BHS Teacher; :12
OUT Q=for them.
The Virginia Bar Association and local bar of the New River Valley are
currently looking for schools willing to participate in the program.
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll see what the Hokies think about their
future as they attempt to bury their immediate past.
Plus, Washington State Ryan Leaf opts for the NFL.
And we'll preview tonight's Orange Bowl showdown between Nebraska and
Tennessee - that you can watch right here on WDBJ-7.
The college football bowl season comes to a close tonight with Nebraska
trying to grab at least a share of the national championship as it takes on
once beaten Tennessee.
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A win tonight will make the Cornhuskers 13-and-0, and they believe that more
than qualifies them to share the national title with Michigan.
IN Q="We feel like...
((SCOTT FROST/NEBRASKA QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Scott Frost/Nebraska Quarterback; :00
OUT Q= ...NATIONAL TITLE."
Tennessee's hopes of pulling off the upset tonight hinge on quarterback
Peyton Manning's swollen right knee, that is just plain ugly.
((PEYTON MANNING/TENNESSEE QUARTERBACK:))
((TREY TEAGUE/TENNESSEE CENTER:))
((PHIL FULMER/TENNESSEE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Peyton Manning/Tennessee Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Trey Teague/Tennessee Center; :06
SUPER=01-Phil Fulmer/Tennessee Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=...REALLY IS."
And don't forget you can watch the game at 8 tonight right here on WDBJ-7.
The man who almost turned the Orange Bowl into the national championship game
by leading Washington State to a near upset win over MIchigan in the Rose Bowl
yesterday, announced this afternoon that he's ready to turn pro.
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Cougars' quarterback Ryan Leaf, says after getting advice from Warren Moon,
Peyton Manning, Jake Plummer, and former Washington State quarterback Drew
Bledsoe, he's ready to follow his dreams.
IN Q="It will be...
((RYAN LEAF/DECIDES TO TURN PRO:))
SUPER=01-Ryan Leaf/Decides To Turn Pro; :00
OUT Q=...TOO DIFFICULT."
The next to last bowl game of the postseason is winding down in Atlanta where
Clemson is playing Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
Right now Clemson leads it 17-to-12 in the fourth quarter.
The Virginia Tech Hokies found out first hand what it's like to be Gator-Bait
yesterday as North Carolina devoured the Hokies 42-to-3.
The loss 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 106 to 46 in their final three contests - all
losses to Pitt, UVa and UNC.
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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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And speaking of a better note.
Our own 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.
Fortunately, yesterday's game was blacked out in the Jacksonville area or he
may still be in the hospital tonight.
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And with football just about over basketball is cranking up and tomorrow we
have a great ACC doubleheader as Florida State takes on N.C. State at 1:30.
And North Carolina and Clemson battle at four right here on Your Hometown
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
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