UP next on NEWS 7 at SIX:
G-E's Drive Systems plant is shut-down at the moment... with lay-offs
expected when work does resume.
A late report on that... and the Governor of Virginia says he won't stand
for hazing of future V-M-I female cadets.
Tonight in sports, the Packers are worried about at least one aspect of the
Super Bowl, Darrell Waltrip is all set for his 25th anniversary season in
Bobby Ross has a new job--
while his alma mater has a new head football coach in Ted Cain, who leaves
N.C. State to take over the Keydets.
Temperatures stay well below normal this week and by Thursday, a mix of snow
and sleet will arrive in the mid-Atlantic. Your forecast and WeatherSchool are
Workers at the Salem G-E plant remain concerned about upcoming layoffs.
A number of them have called us.
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Len Besthoff reports G-E is still assessing the situation, but workers
believe a decision has already been made. Here's Len.
Keith the G-E Drive Systems plant in Salem is one of the Roanoke Valley's
better paying, and largest employers, with roughly 800 hourly, and 1200
IN Q=Right now
OUT Q=also confirms
(( Right now the plant is in the middle of an involuntary two week vacation
due to low demand for the various drives, controls, and automation systems it
provides for steel mills, paper mills, and power generation stations.
But an employee who says he's very familiar with the situation expects when
everyone returns to work, nearly two- hundred people will be greeted with pink
208 was the exact number.
But that figure may now be down to 188, because the company has apparently
"pulled in some work".
G-E admits "the production workload situation is more serious than in years
past" but emphasizes it "doesn't have an announcement to make at this time",
and it continues to meet with union leaders.
The source notes if G-E does lay off, those affected may return by late
G-E confirms things should improve by then.
The employee in the know says the plant has been plagued by an "unbalanced
load" of customer orders for the past few years...something G-E also confirms.
G-E can't stress enough that it doesn't have an announcement to make at this
Union leaders weren't available for comment.
Without the current shutdown, G-E officials said they would have had to lay
off 100 people.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
"I loved my dad, but he put me through hell."
The words of a Carroll County teenager who admittedly shot his father and
stepmother and is asking a judge for leniency.
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18 year- old Chris Gammon was 16 at the time of the offense. During tearful
testimony today, he said his father beat him and sexually abused him for most
of his life.
He says he and his older half- brother Willie Gammon decided to pack their
bags and leave their dad's home, but their efforts to hot- wire a car failed.
Chris says Willie then pulled a gun and said they'd have to kill Gary and
Rebecca Gammon when the couple returned home.
Chris says he didn't want to but was afraid Willie would shoot him.
Their father died at the scene. Rebecca Gammon is still in a wheelchair
from her injuries.
Both brothers pled guilty.
Their sentencing hearing continues tomorrow.
Two of The Citadel's four female cadets announced they would NOT be
returning for the spring semester at the South Carolina school.
That's after they alleged incidents of hazing and assault.
Would the same thing be tolerated at Virginia Military Institute this fall?
IN Q=Oh absolutely
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: OH ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WON'T TOLERATE IT AS GOVERNOR. THE
BOARD OF VISITORS WILL NOT TOLERATE IT. THE ADMINISTRATION AT VMI WON'T
TOLERATE IT. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WON'T TOLERATE IT.
THAT'S WHY I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING ANALOGOUS TO WHAT HAPPENED AT THE
OUT Q=the Citadel.
The Governor says VMI has taken the slow approach to co-education to help
ensure that it has the best chance for success.
Lynchburg police are still searching for two suspects who shot and robbed a
man late last night.
18- year- old Steven Spinner told police he was approached by two men on
Jackson Street who demanded money.
Spinner refused and had turned around to walk away when he was shot once in
the back with a small caliber weapon.
The robbers got away with a small amount of money.
Spinner is listed in serious condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
No arrests have been made.
We have a few school announcements to pass along to you tonight.
Take Schoolwatch Fullscreen
(Keith reads boards)
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--
Tomorrow is Election Day in some parts of Southwest Virginia--we'll explain--
and a popular summertime festival is getting a major facelift..
Lynchburg's Festival by the James will now be known as the FAIR by the
James...and will expand from a one- day event to FIVE days over the Memorial
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There is never a shortage of demands on the state budget -- even if less
than one percent of the state budget's up for grabs.
Ellen Qualls has the last public input.
IN Q=They prayed
SUPER=01-Rev. Claude Dykes/Roanoke's Fellowship Baptist Church; :03
SUPER=01-Cheri James/Va. Education Assoc.; :14
SUPER=01-John Moore/Higher Ed. Supporter; :38
SUPER=01-Judy Mason/Va. Council on Poverty; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( They prayed for guidance.
sot 12:02:07 earl tape
((REV. CLAUDE DYKES/ROANOKE'S FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH: GRANT THAT THEY MAY
BE WISE AS A SERPENT AND HARMLESS AS A DOVE.))
They'll need it.
Virginia teachers' salaries started the decade 423 dollars behind national
sot 04:34:16 BUDGET TWO
((CHERI JAMES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOC.: TODAY WE'RE MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND
DOLLARS BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. THE REVERSAL OF A DECADE'S PROGRESS TOWARD
REACHING THE NATIONAL AVERAGE SALARY FOR VIRGINIA TEACHERS IS A STRONG
DETERRENT TO ATTRACTING ACADEMICALLY STRONG, QUALIFIED PERSONS.))
College presidents want the other half of the 400 million dollars Democrats
promised last year.
Governor Allen has budgeted only 116- thousand more.
sot BUDGET TWO 04:30:28
((JOHN MOORE/HIGHER ED. SUPPORTER: THE CHOICE TO FUND HIGHER EDUCATION IS
ALWAYS THE DECISION THAT HAS A PAYBACK. AND EDUCATION IN GENERAL IS THE ONLY
GIFT THAT HAS THE POWER TO MAKE US ALL EQUAL.))
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: I FOR ONE SENATOR WOULD VOTE FOR A TAX INCREASE IF IT
WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO DO SO.))
Then there's social services.
((JUDY MASON/VA. COUNCIL ON POVERTY: THE AVERAGE COMMUNITY ACTION STAFF PERSON
MAKES LESS THAN 13- THOUSAND A YEAR...MEET THE INCOME QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THEY PROVIDE.))
OUT Q=they provide.
((ONE MAJOR FIGHT HAS BEEN SET ASIDE: LAG PAY FOR STATE WORKERS. THE GOVERNOR
AND ASSEMBLY LEADERS HAVE AGREED TO SWEETEN THE GOVERNOR'S DEAL BY ABOUT 21-
MILLION DOLLARS, KEEP 24 PAYCHECKS A YEAR, AND ONLY MOVE PAY DAY SIX DAYS BACK
STARTING IN JULY.))
That and the Governor's change of heart on Goals 2000 have cleared the decks
for new fights lawmakers have yet to pick.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
This Memorial Day weekend, central Virginia residents will get a taste of
what the State Fair of Virginia has to offer without having to make a trip to
Lynchburg's long- running Festival by the James will be replaced by a FIVE-
day event known as the "FAIR by the James".
The regional fair will bring the same kind of agricultural events, displays
and entertainment to the city's riverfront.
IN Q=To some degree
((OTIS BROWN/ATLANTIC RURAL EXPOSITION: TO SOME DEGREE THIS COMMUNITY CAN
DEVELOP A PROTOTYPE. I THINK WE'LL LEARN A GREAT DEAL HERE OF THINGS TO DO AND
THING NOT TO DO.))
((DR. JOSEPH FREEMAN/LYNCH'S FERRY AUTHORITY: REVITALIZATION.. VITALIZATION
MEANS HAVING LIFE THERE, A LOT OF PEOPLE WALKING AROUND FOR FIVE DAYS BY THE
THOUSAND IS GREAT REVITALIZATION.))
SUPER=01-Otis Brown/Atlantic Rural Exposition; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Joseph Freeman/Lynch's Ferry Authority; :13
OUT Q=is great revitalization.
The annual bateaux festival, which has long been a feature of the Festival
by the James, will now be held separately, two weeks AFTER the regional fair.
The Danville Historical Society is committed to preserving the past as well
as the future.
If you need proof, consider the fact the society has donated part of its new
headquarters to the Danville Police Department.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=The Danville
SUPER=01-Larry Adkins/Training Coordinator; :25
SUPER=01-Silas Crews/Danville Police Officer; :44 SUPER QUICK!!!!
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SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; 1:00
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Danville.
(( The Danville Historical Society's decision to purchase the historic
Redman building on North Main Street is having a community- wide impact.
The organization recently donated part of the building for use as a police
Right now, 38- recruits from Danville and surrounding areas are enrolled in
((LARRY ADKINS/TRAINING COORDINATOR:THE REASON WE'RE IN DANVILLE WITH THE
ACADEMY IS THAT DANVILLE GOT A GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HIRE 19-
OFFICERS AND THEN I THINK THEY HAD SOME VACANCIES TO FILL SO THEY HIRED A TOTAL
OF 24 OFFICERS. ))
OUT Q=24- officers.
((RICHARD THOMAS/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: ))
Local residents will also benefit from the historical society's generosity.
The Danville police department recently established a community policing
precinct within the building.
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:WE'RE TICKLED TO DEATH TO HAVE THAT
BUILDING FOR AN OFFICE, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREA ARE CERTAINLY GOING
TO RECEIVE BENEFITS FRO IT AND WE WANT TO HAVE COMMUNITY EVENTS THERE THAT
PEOPLE WHO COME IN FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND MEET WITH THE POLICE OFFICERS AND
THE INTERACTION I THINK IN THE LONG RUN WILL PAY BIG DIVIDENDS FOR ALL OF US.
OUT Q=of us.
Although the precinct is just getting off the ground, Morris says he's
already receiving positive feedback from the community. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS
The stock market finished higher today, setting more records.
The Dow gained five points, closing at 67 hundred nine.
NASDAQ lost a point.
The election to replace the man who replaced Virgil Goode will take place
tomorrow in the tenth district.
And as Eric Earnhart reports, the two men fighting for they job are also out
to prove there can still be honor in politics.
IN Q=It's a race
SUPER=01-Barnie Day/(D)Candidate For Delegate; :20
SUPER=01-Phil Plaster/(R)Candidate For Delegate; :32
OUT Q=EE, News 7
(( It's a race between two men who seem more suited to be running-mates,
Phil Plaster is the republican, and Barnie Day describes himself as an
ultra conservative Democrat.
One of the few issues that separated the two, Governor Allen's refusal of
federal Goals 2000 money, now a rather moot point.
IN Q=Certainly education
(( BARNIE DAY/(D)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; CERTAINLY EDUCATION HAS BEEN THE TOP
ISSUE, I'M TERRIBLY RELIEVED TO SEE THE GOVERNOR REVERSE HIS STAND ON THE GOALS
2000 ISSUE, THAT WILL PUT ANOTHER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OUT HERE INTO
SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FOR OUR COMMUNITY'S SCHOOLS.
OUT Q=community's schools
IN Q=he held out
((PHIL PLASTER/(R)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; HE HELD OUT TO A PRINCIPLE, AND WE
GOT THE MONEY, SO WE ALL WIN, EVERYBODY WINS ON THIS.))
OUT Q=wins on this
The two are so close, Day actually gave Plaster a campaign contribution and
glowing endorsement in the Martinsville paper when Plaster ran against Roscoe
Reynolds in 1995 saying
"we don't always agree on every issue-but I have never once doubted that he was
anything but straight-up honest and sincere in his beliefs."
IN Q=I endorsed him out of
((BARNIE DAY/(D)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; I ENDORSED HIM OUT OF A SENSE OF
PERSONAL FRIENDSHIP AND LOYALTY, WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO PUT THAT ABOVE PARTISAN
POLITICS OUT HERE. ))
OUT Q=partisan politics here
AND PLASTER HAS REFUSED TO USE THAT ENDORSEMENT AGAINST DAY IN THIS CAMPAIGN.
IN Q=Barnie did
((PHIL PLASTER/(R)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; BARNIE DID A LOT OF WORK FOR US IN
MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND I APPRECIATE THAT AND I WON'T SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE
ABOUT IT. ))
OUT Q=Negative about it
Both men have remained good friends throughout the campaign, and they say
they'll stay that way, no matter who comes out on top.
In Stuart, Eric Earnhart, New 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Bobby Ross takes over the Lions, while his alma
mater also names its latest head football coach.
We'll hear what Packers head coach Mike Holmgren fears most about the Super
Plus, we'll check in with Darrell Waltrip who is set to begin his 25th year
in NASCAR Winston Cup racing.
A new era began today for VMI football
as Ted Cain was introduced as the new head coach. Steve Mason has more.
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SUPER=01-Davis Babb/VMI Athletic Director; :42
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SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; 1:08
SUPER=01-Jabarr Bean/VMI Junior Tailback; 1:17
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((VMI unveiled Ted Cain in the Marshall Library, quite appropriate,
considering he's one of the country's top offensive scholars.
VMI worked hard fora month to find what the school feels is a nice fit. Cain
has succeeded as a bigtime college assistant but his military background was
also attractive to VMI.
He comes to VMI from his N.C. State 11 year offensive coordinator's
position. 7 of the Wolfpacks'top passing yardage seasons came under his
guidance, making him even more of a welcome addition to a a team that had only
5 touchdown passes this past season.
((JABARR BEAN/SENIOR TAILBACK:))
cain keeps the entire VMI assistant coaching staff and adds two restricted
earnings coaches. In Lexington, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.
VMI had hoped Bobby Ross would come back to his roots and take over the
Keydets, but Bobby
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formally accepted the Detroit Lions head coaching position today in Pontiac.
He says although the Lions struggled this year, they have two of the best
offensive players in the league.
IN Q="You've got...
((BOBBY ROSS/NEW DETROIT LIONS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Ross/New Detroit Lions Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...QUITE WELL."
Herman did have game that day, but Ross failed to mention that his Georgia
Tech not only won the game, but knocked UVa out of the number one spot in the
Fresh off their win over the Panthers, the Green Bay Packers have been tabbed
early 14 point favorites to beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 31.
And at this point head coach Mike Holmgren is more worried about his players
spouses than he New England.
IN Q="You know it's
((MIKE HOLMGREN/PACKERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Holmgren/Packers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...MAD AT ME."
The 1997 NASCAR media tour wrapped up over the weekend, but in the next few
weeks, we'll have plenty more Winston Cup racing news for you as the countdown
to Daytona continues.
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Tonight I want to give you a look at Darrell Waltrip's Western Auto-Parts
America Chevrolet that is not just silver, but chrome!
The paint job commemorates Darrell's 25th year in Winston Cup racing, but it
isn't an indication that he's ready to quit.
IN Q="In a couple of...
((DARRELL WALTRIP/25TH YEAR IN WINSTON CUP:))
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/25th Year In Winston Cup; :00
OUT Q=...COUNT IT OUT."
Besides driving the chrome car, Waltrip's car will feature several throwback
paint schemes, commemorating his success in the Gatorade, Pepsi, Mountain Dew,
Budweiser and Tide cars.
IN Q="There will be...
OUT Q=...GATORADE PAINT JOB."
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