Just ahead on News 7 at Six--what's next for DuPont workers in Martinsville? Today was the last day of work-- and many still don't have another job lined up.
And the ripple effect of the G-M strikes in Michigan--it could mean a longer wait when you take your car in for repairs here in the Roanoke Valley.
And coming up in sports, Larry Bird is in the N-B-A Hall of Fame, Ernie Irvan will have new colors for the Pepsi 400.
and N-F-L films were in town today, we'll tell you why in a moment.
One batch of showers already through, another may cross the region before a drier airmass moves in Wednesday. Deta
ils on that coming up.[DuPont-Closing]
Two years ago, the DuPont nylon plant in Martinsville announced it would close.
Today it finally did.
Employees reported to work long enough to clean out their lockers and say goodbye.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Microwave]
Christy Hubley is here to tell us about an emotional last day.
Despite a two year notice about the plant closing, many DuPont employees still haven't figured out where they'll go from here.
Uncertainties about the future sure didn't make things any easier on the last day.
[IN Q=The machines have been]
[SUPER=01-C. W. Puckett/25-Year Employee; :08]
[SUPER=01-John Winske/Plant Manager; :43]
[SUPER=01-Joanne Adams/28-Year Employee; 1:03]
[OUT Q=ready to go to work.]
(( The machines have been shut down.
The lockers cleared out.
All that was left to do on the last day at DuPont was say goodbye.
[IN Q=I'm not going]
((C.W. PUCKETT/25-YEAR EMPLOYEE: I'M NOT GOING TO MISS THE JOB BUT I AM GOING TO MISS THE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL JUST LIKE FAMILY.))
[OUT Q=just like family.]
C-W Puckett hugged the friends he made during his 25-years at DuPont.
What he'll do for the next 25-years is still up in the air.
[IN Q=I have no idea yet]
((C.W. PUCKETT/25-YEAR EMPLOYEE: I HAVE NO IDEA YET. I'M GOING TO TAKE TWO WEEKS OFF AND ENJOY IT, THEN I'M GOING TO START LOOKING FOR A JOB. I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT WILL BE OR WHAT I CAN DO BUT WE'LL FIND OUT SOONER OR LATER.))
[OUT Q=sooner or later.]
While DuPont employees look for new jobs, the company will clear out the plant.
Some of the machines that hummed here in Martinsville will hum somewhere else.
[IN Q=It's too big a facility]
((JOHN WINSKE/PLANT MANAGER: IT'S TOO BIG A FACILITY FOR WHAT WE NEED SO WE'RE MOVING SOME EQUIPMENT TO SOME OF THE OTHER LOCATIONS BUT MOST OF THE EQUIPMENT HERE IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE DESTROYED EVENTUALLY AND SOLD AS SCRAP METAL.))
[OUT Q=as scrap metal.]
Some of these people will retire with good pensions from DuPont.
But those who need jobs say their record at the company should speak for itself.
[IN Q=We worked hard]
((JOANNE ADAMS/28-YEAR EMPLOYEE: WE WORKED HARD. WE WORKED STEADY UNDER ALL KINDS OF CONDITIONS. WE'RE STRONG AND WE'RE READY TO GO TO WORK.))
[OUT Q=to go to work.]
About 65-people will retain their jobs at DuPont in the spinneret division.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Microwave]
Jean, that still leaves a lot of people looking for work.
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The teenage suspect in a weekend murder will likely be tried as an adult.
James Sutphin was arranged in Juvenile court this morning, but prosecutors say they'll request a transfer to Circut Court after his preliminary hearing.
According to police, the victim, Keith Sandifer was shot in the chest during an argument over Sutphin's girlfriend.
Family members say Sandifer did not know Sutphin or his girlfriend, and wasn't looking for trouble that night.
[IN Q=he was always]
((FRANCES BOWLES/VICTIM'S GRANDMOTHER; HE WAS ALWAYS FRIENDLY AND GENTLE AND EVERYBODY LIKED HIM. HE CAME HERE AND HE'S BEEN LIVING WITH MY OTHER DAUGHTER AND HE'S BEEN WORKING EVERY DAY AND DOING WHAT HE SHOULD DO.))
[SUPER=01-Frances Bowles/Victim's Grandmother;]
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Sutphin's mother told News 7 today the shooting was a case of self defense.
The victim's family disagrees, saying he wasn't carrying any weapons.
A candle light vigil for Sandifer will be held tomorrow night at the murder scene.
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Lynchburg is still looking for someone to run the general aviation terminal at its regional airport.
But as Steve Smallshaw reports, choosing one company could put a Lynchburg city councilman out of a job.
[IN Q=Finding a fixed]
[SUPER=01-Bill Thrift/Hawthorne Aviation; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bill McRorie/Lynchburg Council Member; :50]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Finding a fixed base operator for Lynchburg's general aviation terminal has taken more than four years.
The city wants a company that can keep the area's private pilots happy.. and at the same time make some money for Lynchburg.
[IN Q=The problem is]
((The problem is no one knows exactly how much fuel, maintenance and flight services are provided at the airport on a daily basis, because the company that's been doing it for twelve years.. Virginia Aviation.. has never released those figures. Without them, companies like Hawthorne Aviation can only estimate what kind of profit they can turn for Lynchburg.. and the city isn't willing to rely on guesswork.))
[OUT Q=rely on guesswork.]
[IN Q=Airport commissions]
((BILL THRIFT/HAWTHORNE AVIATION: AIRPORT COMMISSIONS USUALLY COLLECT THIS DATA ON A MONTHLY BASIS AND WHEN THEY PUT OUT AN R-F-P, THEY PUT OUT THIS DATA AND YOU CAN GET VERY COMPETITIVE BIDS. SO WE HAD TO PROVIDE A MANAGEMENT CONTRACT BASED ON THE UNKNOWNS.))
[OUT Q=the unknowns.]
[IN Q=I think that]
((BILL MCRORIE/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK THAT HAWTHORNE OR ANYONE ELSE CAN MAKE A MUCH TIGHTER BID IF THEY HAVE THE BENEFIT OF THAT INFORMATION.))
[OUT Q=that information.]
Council now wants Virginia Aviation to make those numbers public so that BOTH companies can submit new bids for the project.
A decision on who gets the contract is still months away.
Complicating matters is the fact that Virginia Aviation's owner.. Stewart Hobbs.. becomes a member of city council himself on Wednesday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Tease#1]
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There's a new high school coming to Montgomery County. We will have that story coming up on News 7 at Six.
And you may not think of bingo as a gambler's addiction--but the state wants players to know help is out there. We'll have more coming up but first let's check in with Robin.
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Students won't be the only ones walking the halls of Montgomery County's newest high school.
This afternoon, ground was broken for the new Elliston-Shawsville area high school.
School officials would like to see the facility become a "community learning center" where different classes can be offered to parents and members of the community at night.
Juanita Correll graduated from Shawsville high school in 1925.
[IN Q=I'm just]
((JUANITA CORRELL/SHAWSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE:I'M JUST SO GLAD TO SEE THE COMMUNITY GET THE SCHOOL BECAUSE IT'S GROWING SO FAST, THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND HERE AND ALL THE MOBILE UNITS AND THE SCHOOLS ARE JUST BURSTING AT THE SEAMS WITH ALL THESE EXTRA CHILDREN AND THEY'LL BE IN HIGH SCHOOL IN A FEW YEARS. ))
[SUPER=01-Juanita Correll/Shawsville High School Graduate; :00]
[OUT Q=few years.]
Construction is expected to take about two years.
Republicans and Democrats across the board in the General Assembly are jumping ship.
On the eve of its effective date, many of Virginia's 140 state lawmakers are declining to accept the 100-dollar per day pay raise they voted themselves this year.
[IN Q=On the]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ON THE MATTER OF LEGALITY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S LOOKING AT THAT, I WILL RELY ON HIS ADVICE AND GUIDANCE, AND WE'LL TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION DEPENDING ON HIS ADVICE. ON THE MATTER OF POLICY, THE LEGISLATURE MUST DETERMINE FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY WANT TO TAKE THAT BACK TO THEIR VOTERS IN NOVEMBER.))
As a technical footnote to the Governor's comment, state lawmakers do NOT run again until 1999.
Most of the lawmakers say they will still accept the office expenses increase-- which would increase their retirement pensions.
That's IF the Attorney General okays it.[Higher-Ed]
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"This is not a casual speech. This is a policy speech."
With those words, Governor Jim Gilmore took up the next major challenge of administration -- appointing a 39 member commission to study Virginia's colleges and universities.
[IN Q=We have to]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA DESERVE TO HAVE A PUBLIC SYSTEM THAT SPREADS QUALITY ACROSS THE BOARD. AND WE SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES THAT ARE LAGGARDS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE OFFERING QUALITY IN ALL OF OUR INSTITUTIONS.))
[OUT Q=our institutions.]
Are college professors nervous?
Some are members of the new commission.
[IN Q=I don't]
((I DON'T KNOW... I THINK WE'RE ALL GOING TO GO INTO THIS WITH AN OPEN MIND.))
((LARRY SABATO: IT'S PRETTY CLEAR...SAVE MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Lynch/Hollins Univ. Professor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/Univ. of Virginia Professor; :13]
[OUT Q=save money.]
One commandment from the Governor today: boards of visitors need to take a stronger hold of the financial reins of schools they govern.
Virginians spend nearly 300 million dollars a year on it.
The good news is about 11 percent of that goes to charity.
The bad news is: it can be addictive.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Ed Fuhr/VA Charitable Gaming Comm.; :14]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.]
(([nat sot G-47!]
[nat sot BINGO! 11:53:53]
The thrill of winning.
The money it generates.
It's a business that's grown 33-percent in the last two years.
((ED FUHR: WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CHARITABLE GAMING, THE FIRST IMAGE THAT POPS INTO EVERYBODY'S MIND IS, OF MEN AND WOMEN PLAYING BINGO IN CHURCH BASEMENTS. AND IT'S A VERY INNOCENT GAME THAT PEOPLE THINK OF. BUT THAT'S NOT THE REALITY OF TODAY'S GAMES. THE REALITY OF TODAY'S GAMES ARE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GAMES.))
Instant bingo- at a dollar a pop- just like a lottery ticket.
So a new state law requires the state's biggest 600 bingo game operators to post a toll free compulsive gambling hotline number.
((ED FUHR: IN ROANOKE, THE AVERAGE EXPENDITURE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO PLAY THESE GAMES IS 500 DOLLARS PER YEAR. GO TO WINCHESTER, AN AREA WHERE THE PER CAPITA EXPENDITURE IS ALREADY 300- DOLLARS, IF ONLY OUT OF EVERY TEN PEOPLE UP THERE IS PLAYING, YOU'RE NOW TALKING THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER PERSON.))
((ED FUHR: THEY REALLY BECOME ADDICTED TO IT AND THEY'RE A VICITIM JUST AS MUCH AS THE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS ARE THAT ARE BEING PREYED UPON BY THIS CRIMINAL ELEMENT.))
On the criminal front, the state's indicted nearly ten percent of the big bingo operators in the last two years.
Ellen Qualls, News 7. ))
The stock market was mixed today in heavy
trading at the end of the quarter
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The Dow dropped 45 points to close at 89 hundred 52.
NASDAQ gained nearly four points.
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It's back to the bargaining table for General Motors and the striking United Auto Workers Union.
While the talks happen in Detroit, dealers in Southwest Virginia are watching closely.
As Scott Goldberg reports, a prolonged strike could hurt business everywhere.
[SUPER=01-Steve McDaniel/Pinkerton Sales Manager; 10]
[SUPER=01-Chris Helmer/Pinkerton Parts Manager; 55]
[OUT Q=News 7]
(( Walking through the lot at Pinkerton Chevrolet, you wouldn't know this car dealer -- like so many others -- is at the mercy of General Motors and its striking workers.
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[IN Q=there is]
((STEVE MC DANIEL: THERE IS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HELPLESSNESS. ALL WE CAN DO IS SELL. WE CAN'T BUILD CARS AND WE CAN'T GET ON THE PHONE AND SAY WE NEED MORE CARS.))
[OUT Q=MORE CARS]
Sales Manager Steve McDaniel has sold more cars in June than any other month this year.
But the longer G-M workers stay on strike, the more likely McDaniel is to watch his inventory and sales thin out.
[SOT 10 22 55]
[IN Q=it hasn't]
((STEVE MCDANIEL/PINKERTON SALES MANAGER: IT HASN'T HURT US YET. IN TWO TO THREE WEEKS, IT MIGHT BE A CONCERN. BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S NOT A PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=NOT A PROBLEM]
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There IS a problem in the service department, where some engine parts and sheet metal are already hard to find.
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[IN Q=FOR EXAMPLE]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTING: FOR EXAMPLE, THIS CAR NEEDS A NEW ALTERNATOR. AND BECAUSE THAT PART IS NOT IN STOCK RIGHT NOW, THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT HAS TO CONDUCT A NATIONWIDE SEARCH AND WAIT AT LEAST A DAY UNTIL THAT PART IS SHIPPED IN.))
[OUT Q=SHIPPED IN]
And that's just the beginning.
[SOT 10 46 58]
[IN Q=there are]
((CHRIS HELMER/PINKERTON PARTS MANAGER: THERE ARE NO MORE GM HOODS AVAILABLE. FENDERS, THERE ARE A FEW AVAILABLE. BUT IT'S GOING TO COST YOU A LITTLE MORE BECAUSE WE HAVE TO OVERNIGHT IT.))
[OUT Q=OVERNIGHT IT]
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Then, there are the businesses that sell parts TO General Motors.
Blacksburg's Federal Mogul has laid off workers until the strike ends.
The situation may be far less critical for dealerships.
But they, too, will start feeling the heat if this strike lasts through the summer.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
And coming up, We'll check in with sports camp throughout the area the top seeds move on at Wimbledon.
And Larry Bird talks about being inducted into the N-B-A Hall of fame.
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Detroit Lion wide receiver Herman Moore is spending part of his summer in Virginia.
THe U-V-A graduate and Danville native is in Bedford County this week teaching life lesson and football plays to young athletes.
Denise Allen explains.
[IN Q=Amanda Steele]
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[SUPER=07-Amanda Steele; :14]
[SUPER=01-Lorenza Davis/Catch 84 Football Camp; :23]
[SUPER=01-Herman Moore/Detroit Lions Wide Receiver; :37]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports]
Amanda Steele is learning to play football.
The Catch 84 Football Camp is open to both boys and girls and the main goal is to boost the campers' self-esteem.
[IN Q=what have]
[OUT Q=team or everything]
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[IN Q=I talk]
[OUT Q=peer pressure]
[IN Q=nat sot]
But this is FOOTBALL camp, so the skills of the game are passed along as well.
[IN Q=he taught]
[OUT Q=stuff like that]
[IN Q=these aren't]
[OUT Q=as in Danville]
This is the first year for the camp in Virginia, but Catch 84 is a regular summer occurrence in Moore's pro-football hometown of Detroit.
He plans to bring a camp to Danville as well.
Denise ALlen News 7 Sports.
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The Rivers Edge Sports Complex and THe All Stars Sports Camp have made the big time.
NFL Films paid a visit this morning.
Actually the crew is working on a story on Tiki and Ronde Barber.
The brothers are one of only nine sets of twins to play in the NFL.
The story of their rise to professional football will be told on an up coming show called, "The NFL: Under the Helmet."
[IN Q=The most striking]
[SUPER=01-Pat Kelleher/NFL Films Producer-Director; :00]
[SUper=01-Tiki Barber/New York Giants; 20]
[OUT Q=we turned out well]
The show airs in August.
A profile on Green Bay quarterback, Bret Farve and
one called a day in the life of a lineman at camp are other features planned for the broadcast.
A pretty routine day for the top seeds at Wimbledon today.
American Pete Sampras moves on to the next round of the tournament. Sampras beat Sebastien Gosjean in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in his match today.
And on the Women's side, Martina Hingis moves a round closer to defending her title. Hingis cruised to a straight set 6-3, 6-2 win over Tamaine Tanasugan in fourth round play.
Venus Williams also advanced to the next round.
The Winston Cup drivers will begin arriving in Daytona on Thursday morning for the Pepsi 400.
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It will be the first race under the lights at Daytona and Ernie Irvan will be sporting some new colors in the race.
Irvan's Pontiac will carry the new Skittles Wild Berry Colors.
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[SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/#36 Skittles Pontiac; :]
[SUPER=01-Jay Frye/MB2 Motorsports GM; :]
[OUT Q=..of this program."]
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Mike Stevens will begin reports from Daytona tomorrow leading up to Saturday's live program Daytona at Dusk from the speedway.
Former Celtic and now Indiana Pacer Head Coach Larry Bird is the newest Member of the N-B-A's hall of Fame.
[IN Q="Played a...]
[SUPER=01-Larry Bird/NBA Hall Of Fame; :]
[OUT Q=...is good."]
Harlem Globetrotter Macques Haynes was also inducted into the Hall.
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Round Two of a battle between minority Lynchburg residents and the city school board is underway at this hour.
A citizens committee wants to know why Lynchburg schools have so few black teachers, and why black students are suspended twice as often as white students.
A meeting last month between the two sides did little to resolve the issues.
(Jean ad lib byes) We'll have more on TONIGHT'S meeting on News7 at Eleven.