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WDBJ 7 news at 5 for 08/07/00
Today on News 7 at 5, a new company is bringing a 100 jobs to Roanoke. We'll have the details,
and Democratic Presidential Candidate Al Gore makes history with his choice for a running mate.
After that relatively cool July, August is turning up the burners. We'll tell you how long the heat wave lasts, in just a moment.
Also today, a Civil War submarine is about to brought back to the surface.
and strikers at Verizon are still walking the picket line in Roanoke County. We'll have a live report.
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((AS GOOD AS THE PAST YEARS HAVE BEEN... WE WILL WORK THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU. ))
[OUT Q=Thank you.. God Bless You. Applause]
Al Gore picks Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman to be his running mate.
Gore made the official offer in a phone call at midday.
Lieberman says he's honored by the invitation and excited to get to work on the campaign.
Manuel Gallegus joins us live from Nashville where the Gore campaign made the announcement.
[SUPER=201-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News]
[SUPER=201-Sen. Joseph Lieberman/(D) Vice-Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[OUT Q=back to you]
((HISTORY WILL BE MADE TOMORROW WHEN VICE PRESIDENT GORE FORMALLY
INTRODUCES CONNECTICUT SENATOR JOSPH LIEBERMAN AS HIS VICE-PRESIDENTIAL
RUNNING MATE. THE 58 YEAR OLD MODERATE DEMOCRAT WILL BE THE FIRST
ORTHODOX JEW TO RUN ON A MAJOR PARTY TICKET.
THIS EXTRAORDINARY DAY IN WHICH I FEEL SO GRATEFUL TO GOD AND SO MANY
PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SO HELPFUL TO ME."
AND ALTHOUGH THE OFFICIAL CALL FROM MISTER GORE HADN'T EVEN ARRIVED
YET... LIEBERMAN WASTED NO TIME THIS MORNING JUMPING HEAD FIRST INTO
THE CAMPAIGN BATTLE.
THIS CHOICE IS AN EASY CHOICE, THIS CONTEST IS NO CONTEST. THE RIGHT
CHOICE IS AL GORE AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THE YEAR 2000.
CAMPAIGNING IN NASHVILLE...CANDIDTATE GORE TALKED ABOUT WHO HIS IDEAL
RUNNING MATE WILL BE.
"I'LL PICK SOMEONE WHO SHARES MY VALUES, WHO CAN BE A GOOD PARTNER FOR
ME AND WHO WILL JOIN ME IN FIGHTING FOR PEOPLE AND NOT THE POWERFUL.
ANALYSTS SAY GORE ALSO PICKED LIEBERMAN FOR HIS UNQUESTIONED INTEGRITY
AND MORAL VALUES. LIEBERMAN WAS THE FIRST DEMOCRAT TO OPENLY CHASTISE
PRESIDENT CLINTON DURING THE MONICA LEWINSKY SCANDAL... BUT DESPITE
THOSE CRITCISMS...THE PRESIDENT HAD HIGH PRAISE FOR LIEBERMAN
"HE'S AN EXTRAORDINARY HUMAN BEING AS WELL AS A LONG TIME FRIEND OF MINE.))
A company with International roots is bringing it's North American headquarters to Roanoke.
The Precision Technology Group currently manufactures high-tech mechanical equipment in Germany and Scotland.
They've leased the former Tultex building in Roanoke to head their American operations.
Precision Technology says it chose the Star City because of it's location, and because of the available workforce.
The company plans to employ more than 100 people.
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[IN Q=We really need...]
((DR. GERD ICKS/PRECISION TECHNOLOGY GROUP: WE REALLY NEED ENGINEERING PEOPLE AND OF COURSE HERE ARE GOOD SCHOOLS, GOOD GRADUATES WE CAN GET - THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT POINT ALSO FOR US - LOOKING FOR THE FUTURE TO HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO DO THIS BUSINESS.))
[SUPER=01-Gerd Icks/Precision Tech. Group CEO;]
[OUT Q=right people to do this business.]
City manager Darlene Burcham says she's pleased Roanoke is moving into the international front.
[IN Q= This is on...]
((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: THIS ON THE HEELS OF OUR ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE - I THINK THIS SAYS TO THE COMMUNITY, THE VALLEY AND TO THE COUNTRY THAT ROANOKE IS A GOOD PLACE TO DO BUSINESS.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
[OUT Q= good place to do business.]
Precision Technology says it plans to invest more than 2-Million dollars in the city over the next six years.
Dan River Mills has successfully courted Martha Stewart.
Dan River is now the exclusive manufacturer of Martha Stewart brand high quality bedding products.
Because of the new venture Dan River Mills has increased employment of about 25 people and hired about 80 temporary workers.
The products are made in various facilities including in Danville.
A warehouse in Danville is full of the latest brand named items. And soon every KMart in the country will offer these products.
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[IN Q=We are excited]
[SUPER=01-Joe Bouknight/Dan River Inc.]
((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC. : WE ARE EXCITED. THIS IS A MAJOR PRODUCT OFFERING OF MARTHA STEWART AND KMART EXCLUSIVELY FOR ALL BEDDING PRODUCTS. IT'S A RESULT OF MANY MONTHS OF NEGOTIATION AND A VERY COOPERATIVE EFFORT. MARTHA STEWART WOULD ONLY ACCEPT INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND WE ARE THE ONLY COMPANY TO PROVIDE IT.))
[OUT Q=to provide it.]
Dan River Mills will start shipping the products to the 17-hundred KMart stores in the next few weeks.
Dan River officials say this is a testament of how strong the company is.
Firefighters in Montana seem to be losing the battle against a wildfire there.
The wildfire there has already consumed about 73-thousand acres- and destroyed eight homes.
The fire has chased hundreds out of their homes- today some were allowed in just to retrieve belongings.
For 12-hundred firefighters, the top priorities are protecting lives and the more than 800 houses and other buildings now threatened by the fire.
Even the tiniest plumes of smoke can spell danger.
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((VOICE OF TIM DUCK/FIREFIGHTER: SO IF IT GETS DRIER TODAY THAT COULD SPARK AND YOU HAVE THE FIRE GOING AGAIN.. AND EVENTUALLY THEY GO FROM SMOKE TO OPEN FLAME. YOU GET ENOUGH OPEN FLAME THEY'LL CLIMB UP THROUGH THE TREES. YOU GET WIND IT'LL START RUNNING ON US AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=running on us again.]
The Montana fire is just one of several wildfires burning out West.
In California, the end could be sight- firefighters are closing in on an 80-thousand acre fire- hoping to have it under control by Thursday.
From fire to water- mother nature also whipped up quite a sight in Japan.
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This is what it looked like off the Japanese coast- when tornados travel over water they suck up water and become the unusual phenomenon known as a waterspout.
A Japanese camera crew caught this waterspout on tape as it moved over the sea.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a Civil War relic is about to see the light of day for the first time in more than a century,
Also company officials and union employees don't connect as the strike at Verizon continues.
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Verizon Communications and its striking employees are getting closer to a contract agreement.
87-thousand workers went on strike Sunday morning after their three-year contract expired at midnight on Saturday.
Jennifer Miele as at a picketing site in Roanoke with an update on negotiations.
Jean, for such a young company, Verizon Communications is already experiencing so many major problems. More than 200 customer service employees walked out here in Roanoke. Negotiations are uderway at this hour in Washington.
Joining me now is CWA's local president David Layman.
David, tell me what's happening in Washington?
[SUPER=01-David Layman/Local 2040 President]
Why did you go on strike?
(rollcue... why did you go on strike?)
What kind of jobs, and what kind of salaries are at stake here?
There are latest details of the contract negotiations between Verizon and former Bell Atlantic Employees.
Tonight on News 7 at 6, we'll find out more about Verizon and what they have to say about the current state of customer service.
A former janitor accused of sexually assaulting three women at an adult home in Botetourt County appeared in court this morning.
An attempted rape charge involving one of the females was dismissed against 49- year old Jerry Pinion.
The cases involving the other two women were forwarded to a grand jury after Pinion waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Pinion is accused of rape and sexual assault.
He did plead guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse but immediately appealed the charges.
The incidents allegedly took place at Mountain View Two.
A piece of history will surface tomorrow. The first submarine to ever sink a warship is supposed to be lifted out of the water near Charleston, South Carolina. Lee Cowan has more.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Neyland/Hunley Recovery Dir.;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News]
[OUT Q=Charleston, South Carolina;]
(( Four miles off the coast of Charleston South Carolina...
...lies a 137 year old mystery - 30 feet down. A relic from the
Civil War -- that has a story to tell.
(SOT/ROBERT NEYLAND, HUNLEY RECOVERY DIRECTOR VICTOR'S TAPE 17:21:53)
"This is the largest iron-hulled archeological shipwreck to be recovered
On a starry night in 1864 -- the H.L. Hunley -- an odd looking, 40
foot experiment in submarine warfare - did something never accomplished
before -- she sank an enemy warship.
But after ramming her torpedo into the ship's side -- the Hunley --
along with her crew of nine -- sank as well. And no one knows why.
(SOT/MARK RAGAN, HISTORIAN, AUTHOR 01:07:53)
"Those hatches were sealed on February 17th 1864, and they haven't been
opened since then. Everything that was taken on board that night is
still in there."
More than a century of silt and sand have turned the Hunley into a
time capsule -- preserving her crew -- and the ship itself -- until
modern technology could bring her home.
(COWAN ON CAM VICTOR'S TAPE 10:32:54)
"Her recovery though will not be easy or cheap. -- some 5 million
dollars to bring tons, the Hunely will be
one whale of a catch.
A heavy duty truss has already been lowerd over the wreck -- and
inch by inch, cushioned straps will be slung underneath -- cradeling her
for the delicate ride to the surface.
A barge will then bring her to this state of the art conservation
lab, where she will protectively be submerged again -- and her crew,
entombed for so long, will finally be set free.
After accomplishing a first, they are now some of the last soliders
to return home -- buried as heroes after being buried at sea. Lee
Cowan, CBS News, Charleston South Carolina.))
Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will tell us why a new business wants to give the Valley an earful.
[LIVE=Jacey Full Microwave]
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Coming up today in Sports, the Yankees add more power to their lineup,
and on Health check, we've told you about a device that tracks patients who wander away from home- Tonight found out how its worked for one Pittsylvania county family.
A Pittsylvania County family says Project Lifesaver works.
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45-year old David Fitzgerald has dementia and walked away from his home last night. He was missing for about five hours.
Once the Pittsylvania County authorities were notified it only took them a half hour to locate Fitzgerald because of the device he wears on his wrist called Project Lifesaver.
We interviewed Fitzgerald last month when he first received the device. He has suffered from massive brain injuries when a car hit him while riding his bike 14 years ago.
Authorities found Fitzgerald about a mile and a half from his home.
Smokers aren't the only ones at risk when it comes to the dangers of tobacco, so are those who pick it in the field.
That's according to a study conducted by Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
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The study found that 41 percent of tobacco farm workers, reported having an illness known as the green tobacco sickness, at least once during the summer.
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[IN Q=Green tobacco sickness]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Thomas Arcury/Family and Community Medicine]
((DR. THOMAS ARCURY/FAMILY AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE: GREEN TOBACCO SICKNESS GENERALLY MANIFESTS ITSELF WITH NAUSEA OR VOMITING AS WELL AS HEADACHE OR DIZZINESS. OFTEN CASES OR PATIENTS HAVE ABDOMINAL CRAMPS AND TROUBLE BREATHING))
Workers are most it risk when picking the leaves.
All it takes is a little moisture and the nicotine from the tobacco leaf is absorbed through the skin, causing acute nicotine poisoning.
But the University is looking into ways to prevent the sickness.
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[IN Q=Working in wet clothing is one thing]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sara Quandt/Public Health Sciences]
((DR. SARA QUANDT/PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES:WORKING IN WET CLOTHING IS ONE THING. SO MAYBE IF WE CAN DEVELOP STRATEGIES EITHER FOR KEEPING CLOTHES DRY OR CHANGING CLOTHES PERIODICALLY DURING THE DAY THAT MAY BE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S QUITE EASY TO DO AND MAY BE QUITE BENEFICIAL ))
[OUT Q=quite beneficial]
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health is funding the study.
Fans and family members of the Roanoke District 12 Big League Baseball team will want to check out our website of the day.
The team is in Tucson, Arizonia for the Big League World Series.
But before it left, it set up its own webpage so the people back home could keep up with the round robin tournament.
The team is made up of players from Alleghany, Cave Spring, Glenvar and William Byrd.
If you want to see how they are doing or if you want to send them a word of encouragement, check out our website of the day.
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You can find it through a link to our webpage at WDBJ7-dot-com.
Good afternoon everyone, lets get our 120 seconds of sports underway with a little baseball. Yankees lost to the Seattle Mariners 11-1 last night and would try to redeem themselves today.
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But, again, the Bronx Bombers would run into an offensive and defensive machine at Yankee Stadium. Watch Ricky Henderson rob Derek Jeter of a basehit with a great catch in left center.
David Justice proved to be the main offensive punch for the Yanks, He clocks one of his two homers on the day in the bottom of the second to make it 1-nothing New York.
Tied two all, Seattle's Alex Rodriquez says whaaazzzz uuuuupppp to this pitch, he [SUPER=35-Seattle/8/New York/5;]
jacks it to left for his 28th homer on the season.
Then, in the top of the sixth, Carlos Gillen does a little base cleaning with a grand slam and Seattle beats New York at home 8-5.
[SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;]The Yankees tried to shore up their offense by signing Tampa Bay's Jose Conseco off
waivers today. He has nine homers and 31 RBI's in 61 games with the Devil Rays this season. He will be used as a designated hitter for the most part.
Now off to the links. The Bob McLelland Metro Invitational Classic teed off today at Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem.
The tournament, now in it's 24th year, plays host to some of the top high school golfers in the Roanoke area.
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[IN Q="It's a stroke play..."]
[SUPER=01-Jerry English/Tournament Director]
((JERRY ENGLISH/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
[OUT Q="...ball game this year."]
Tomorrow's action begins at noon at Countryside Golf Club.[S5-Frank]
The Roanoke Express opens it's eighth ECHL season October 13th at home against Richmond
The next night former Express coach Frank Anzalone returns to the round house.
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Coach Anzalone was in town this past week over seeing his son Francis's progress at Tim Christians hockey school and spoke about coming back to Roanoke.
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[IN Q="i think]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Pee Dee Pride Hockey Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=.....what else is knew"]
Always good to to hear from Coach Anzalone, more from him at six and Mike Steven's takes a closer look at Virginia Tech's defense.
Actin legend Alec Guinness has died. The actor died yesterday after a long illness. Kimberly Doxier has the details of a stage and film career that spanned everything from Shakespeare to Science Fiction.
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[SUPER=01-Sheirdan Morley/Theater Critic;]
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((One of the last great knights of stage and screen has taken his final
>Sir Alec Guinness, has died at eight-six, after battling years of
>(River Kwai upsot)
>He never sought fame, but won an Oscar AND a knighthood for his 1957
>in The Bridge on the River Kwai.
>Sir Alec was known as the ultimate acting chameleon -- his quiet
>grace on stage or screen, the mark of a reluctant superstar.
>(FONT: SHERIDAN MORLEY, THEATER CRITIC)
>SOUNDBITE: "He was really a character man. He said, 'I start with
>the legs, I watch how people walk and that gives me an insight.' And
>understood about the camera, in a way that most of his contemporaries
>very theatrical, very hammy on screen. Alec was very quiet, very soft -
>let the camera come to him. And you could see Alec think on screen and
>was a very powerful idea."
>The role he was MOST famous for -- he also HATED.
>(Upsot Obi Wan)
>He talked director George Lucas into KILLING OFF Jedi knight Obi Wan
>-- he even refused to open his Star Wars fan mail.
>But a share in the film's profits gave him the quiet life he so craved
>chance to spend quiet evenings with his friends, Sundays in church, and
>rest of the time, as he put it, just doing his job.
>KD, CBS News, London
A bear snared for more than two weeks in a Virginia Tech trap should be back on its feet in a few days.
The female black bear was wheeled out of surgery at Tech's vet school this afternoon.
Doctors amputated one of her front paws.
She had been caught in a trap in Botetourt County used by Tech researchers and the state game department to monitor bears in the area.
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[IN Q=We've trapped more]
[SUPER=01-Mike Vaughan/Tech Bear Researcher;]
((MIKE VAUGHAN/TECH BEAR RESEARCHER: WE'VE TRAPPED MORE THAN 1200 BEARS IN SEVEN YEARS AND IN THAT TIME LESS THAN ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT ARE INJURED.))
[OUT Q=are injured.]
Tech bear researchers say they're looking into other ways to trap the bears for their study in the future.
After its paw heals, the bear will be released back into the wild near where it was found.