[TAPE#=98-46; TC 32:17]
Workers are saying their goodbyes today at DuPont in Martinsville.
The nylon plant is closing for good.
Employees are cleaning out their lockers and turning in their I-D badges.
Machines were shut down yesterday.
DuPont announced almost two years ago that it would close its Martinsville plant.
More than 400-employees must now find other jobs.
Some will go back to school or retire-- others don't know what they'll do.
[IN Q=I have no idea ]
((C.W. PUCKETT/25-YEAR DUPONT EMPLOYEE: I HAVE NO IDEA YET. I'M GOING TO TAKE TWO WEEKS OFF AND ENJOY IT, THEN I'M GOING TO LOOK FOR A JOB. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT WILL BE OR WHAT I CAN DO BUT WE'LL KNOW SOONER OR LATER.))
[SUPER=01-C. W. Puckett/25-Year DuPont Employee;]
[OUT Q=sooner or later.]
About 65-employees will remain at DuPont in the company's spinneret division.
[TAPE#=98-34; TC 1:57:12]
The seventeen-year-old suspect in a weekend murder was arraigned this morning.
James Sutphin is charged with shooting a man with a 22 caliber pistol Saturday night in a dispute involving Sutphin's girlfriend.
22 year old Keith Sandifer died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Sandifer's grandmother says he wasn't a troublemaker.
[IN Q=He was always]
((FRANCES BOWLES/VICTIM'S GRANDMOTHER; HE WAS ALWAYS FRIENDLY AND GENTLE, AND EVERYBODY LIKED HIM. HE CAMEHERE ANDHE'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;]
[OUT Q=what he should do.]
The judge ordered Sutphin to remain in custody.
The commonwealth's attorney's office intends to try him as an adult.
He's also facing grand larceny charges in an unrelated case.
An American fighter jet fired at an Iraqi missilie site this morning.
The F-16 was accompanying a flight of British jets enforcing the no-fly zone over southern Iraq.
The patrol detected that the Iraqi radar was being activated, which could signal an Iraqi missile attack.
The U-S jet then fired on the site.
The pentagon says the firing of the missile is standard operating procedure when Iraqi radar locks onto NATO aircraft.
Without her, the world may have never heard the name Monica Lewinsky.
Linda Tripp this morning began what's expected to be several days of testimony before the Lewinsky grand jury.
She commented to reporters as she left her Maryland home this morning.
[IN Q=Are you]
REPORTER: ARE YOU READY TO TELL YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY TO THE GRAND JURY TODAY?
TRIPP; I AM.
REPORTER: ARE YOU READY FOR TODAY?
TRIPP:YES I AM))
[OUT Q=yes I am. (DOUBLE OUT)]
Tripp secretly tape recorded some 20 hours of phone conversations with Lewisnky.
On those tapes, Lewinsky reportedly admits to having an affair with Clinton.
She also reportedly gives Tripp "talking points" about how to slant her testimony in the Paula Jones case.
These points could provide evidence of obstruction of justice-- one of the main accusations at the center of Starr's probe.
[wipe wipe wipe][CLINTON]
Meantime President Clinton is in Shanghai, the "financial" capital of China.
Today he chaired a panel discussion at the Shanghai Library and lit up the phone lines on China's most listened to radio talk show.
[IN Q=ALLOWING THE WIDEST...]
[OUT Q=THAT'S BEEN OUR EXPERIENCE.]
The President also did some sightseeing with daughter Chelsea, visiting a downtown garden and posing for photos as they fed popcorn to a lagoon full of carp.
It will soon be official -- the Vietnam veteran from the Tomb of the Unknowns is unknown no longer.
[photos of blassie 4:13]
The Pentagon officially announces today that the remains are those of Air Force pilot Michael Blassie.
Blassie, an air force lieutenant, was shot down over vietnam in 1972.
His family requested disinternment after a C-B-S news investigation
uncovered evidence connecting Blassie to the tomb.
The family will be the first to be notified today.
[IN Q=When we do]
MARY HART/MICHAEL BLASSIE'S SISTER;
WHEN WE DO RECEIVE...AT THAT TIME. ))
[SUPER=01-Mary Hart/Michael Blassie's Sister;]
[OUT Q=AT THAT TIME.]
Military officials must now decide whether to inter the remains of another Vietnam era vet in the tomb.
[TAPE#98-41 TC: 1:00:48]
The question of who should provide general aviation services at Lynchburg's airport remains unanswered.
Lynchburg city council today was unable to to decide whether to keep its current fixed base operator, or go with a new out- of- town company.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
[IN Q=Two companies]
[SUPER=01-Pete Warren/Lynchburg Council Member; :24]
[SUPER=01-Bill McRorie/Lynchburg Council Member; :52]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Two companies are competing to be Lynchburg's fixed base operator, but city council isn't satisfied with either proposal.
South Carolina- based Hawthorne Aviation says it can provide fuel, maintenance and flight services to the area's private pilots while turning a nice profit for the city.
But Virginia Aviation has had the job for twelve years.. and at least one council member saw no reason to make a change.
[IN Q=The RFP]
((PETE WARREN/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THE RFP CALLED FOR SERVICES EQUAL TO OR BETTER THAN WHAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED AT THE F-B-O. I DON'T SEE THAT IN THE CONTRACT.))
[OUT Q=the contract.]
The problem is numbers.. Hawthorne says without concrete operating figures to work with, it could only guess how much money it would take to run the general aviation terminal.
Virginia Aviation has that information, but never included it in a bid to keep the FBO contract.
[IN Q=I don't know]
((BILL MCRORIE/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I DON'T KNOW WHY AIR VIRGINIA DID NOT CHOOSE TO FURNISH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION. I'M DUMBFOUNDED STILL TO THIS DAY. I FEEL LIKE WE NEED THE INFORMATION, THE CITY NEEDS THAT INFORMATION TO EVALUATE WHAT'S GOING ON ON THE FIELD.))
[OUT Q=on the field.]
[IN Q=The legal question]
((The legal question is whether the city can FORCE Virginia Aviation to supply its competitors with financial information that might give them an advantage in the bidding process. Until that's figured out, Virginia Aviation will continue to operate the private terminal on a month- to- month basis. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))[E-Dan-River]
A manufacturer in Danville expects growth in sales as it expands come summer's end.
Dan River Incorporated in Danville says it will acquire The Bibb Company for more than 250-million dollars.
The Bibb Company is based in Atlanta, Georgia and specializes in home fashions and engineered products.
Dan River's Vice President of Finance says the acquisition will make Dan River the third largest bedding manfacturer in the country.
[IN Q=It increases our sales]
((SCOTT BATSON/DAN RIVER VICE PRESIDENT: IT INCREASES OUR SALES BY APPROXIMATELY 50-PERCENT-- TAKES US FROM 500-MILLION TO 750-MILLION IN SALE-- MAKES US MORE IMPORTANT TO OUR CUSTOMERS.))
[SUPER=01-Scott Batson/Dan River Vice President;]
[OUT Q=to our customers.]
The aquisition is expected to be completed by this September.
Virginians turned out in large numbers for National HIV Testing Day Saturday.
The tests showed a trend in the Commonwealth.
But researchers don't know if the same trend holds true nationally because there are NO national statistics on HIV, separate from AIDS statistics.
[IN Q=Last year]
((SUSAN POLLARD/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF HEALTH: LAST YEAR WE LEVELED OFF WITH HIV. AND WE DID REPORT A DECREASE OF TWO-POINT-NINE PERCENT FOR AIDS CASES. I THINK WE WILL SEE EVENTUALLY A DECLINE FOR HIV. HOWEVER, WE ARE SEEING CERTAIN GROUPS, SUDDENLY MINORITIES AND WOMEN, THEY ARE BEING AFFECTED.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Pollard/Virginia Department of Health;]
[OUT Q=being affected.]
An increasing trend of heterosexual transmission of the disease is also emerging.
For new AIDS cases last year, 43- percent were transmitted from men having sex with other men.
But heterosexual transmission is now the number two way the disease spreads in Virginia, at 20- percent of all new cases.
The H-I-V numbers, before full-blown AIDS develops, show an even smaller gap between transmission methods.
31- percent of new HIV reports in Virginia were homosexually transmitted.
23- percent were heterosexually transmitted.
The number of I-V drug user cases is declining in both columns.
Food Giant Costco has recalled thousands of pounds of beef in 20 states, including Virginia.
The company is reporting one illness from frozen ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E-coli bacteria.
The patties were produced in April at the company's central processing plant in California.
[IN Q=Much of that]
RICHARD GALANTI/COSTCO, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER:MUCH OF THAT PRODUCT..WANTED TO DO A RECALL. ))
[SUPER=01-Richard Galanti/Chief Financial Officer]
[OUT Q=wanted to do a recall]
The recalls are aimed at two products: Costco's frozen one-third
pound Kirkland Signature Ground Sirloin and Loin of Beef Patties in
six-pound packages, and frozen quarter-pound Kirkland Signature
Ground Beef Patties, also in six-pound packages.
Virginia officials are headed to federal appeals court today to contest a recent abortion ruling.
State attorneys hope the court will overturn a recent injunction that stopped enforcement of Virginia's new so-called "partial-birth" abortion bill.
The law banned late-term abortions and was supposed to take effect tomorrow.
But a federal judge blocked it last week.
[GRAPHIC=Va. State Seal]
More than 800 laws passed by the Virginia General Assembly WILL go into effect tomorrow, including one that makes non-prescription drugs exempt from sales tax.
Another bill that takes hold tomorrow will give teenage drivers in the Commonwealth more than just a ticket when they are caught speeding.
Starting July 1st, offenders under age 18 will have to take a driver improvement class for ANY moving violation--even driving without a seat belt.
Area teens say they don't like the new law, but say it's likely to have an impact.
[IN Q=It'll make me]
((IT'LL MAKE ME DRIVE MORE CAREFULLY AND OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT A LITTLE MORE. I'VE ONLY HAD ONE SPEEDING TICKET SO FAR.
I'M THANKFUL I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE AND HOPE I DON'T GET ANY MORE.
LIKE OTHER TEENAGERS, I DON'T LIKE IT, BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT IS AND I'LL HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT.))
[OUT Q=have to deal with it.]
After a first offense, teens will only be able to carry three under-age passengers in their cars.
A second offense brings a 90-day license suspension. And on a third--it's one year without a license.
It's the same road, but with a new name -- and some community leaders say it could mean new business for the area.
[SUPER=03-VA-NC State Line;]
That's why Route 29 from Danville to Greensboro is being renamed Interstate-785.
New signs were unveiled yesterday.
It is still the same road-- but community leaders on both sides of the state line say the new interstate designation will boost economic development.
Parts of the highway in North Carolina must be upgraded before the road officially becomes part of the Interstate Highway System.
For the first time in decades, a panel of scientists is suggesting
that some U-F-O sightings might be worth a second look, because they are as yet unexplained.
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;]
A nine member panel of astronomers, physicists and experts have concluded that there is compelling evidence that merits further study.
The panel reviewed photographs of supposed U-F-O's and videotape.
"THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CATEGORIES ONE IS PHOTOGRAPHIC,
ONE IS RADAR, ANOTHER IS THE EFFECT ON AUTOMOBILES, AIRCRAFT, THE
EFFECTS ON PLANTS, INJURIES TO WITNESSES. ))
[SUPER=01-Peter Sturrock/Stanford University Physicist;]
[OUT Q=aircraft equipment.]
The panel's report is the first independent review of U-F-O
phenomena since the 1960's.
The N-B-A's summer vacation could be a little longer than planned.
The league's collective bargaining agreement is about to expire and a lockout could begin at midnight.
League Commissioner David Stern says the league can't afford to play next season under the current system.
[IN Q=all 29 teams]
[SUPER=01-Russ Granik/NBA Deputy Commissioner; :00]
[OUT Q=bad situation]
THe lockout will begin at midnight, tonight.
That means no practices, signings, or summer camps.
Former Tech star and Charlotte Hornet Dell Curry could be one of the players to feel the sting of the impending lockout.
Curry is in search of a new contract, but he'll be stuck in limbo if a last minute agreement can't be reached before tonight.
[IN Q=:If we look...]
[SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Hornets Guard; :00]
[OUT Q=...decisions to make."]