It's a packed house in Bedford tonight- the fate of some school teachers is
up for debate.
Workers at one Southside company go union.
Plus find out what doctors are saying about that 63 year old who gave birth.
And Mike checks in with Chip Sullivan in Greensboro.
News 7 is next.
Dozens of teachers may lose their jobs in Bedford- the result of budget cuts.
The School board is talking about next year's budget.
It's standing room only. We'll have a report-
Times-Fiber workers in Pittsylvania County will go union. They voted to join
the United Steelworkers. We'll have reaction.
Authorities tonight say a suspicious substance found at the B'nai Brith
headquarters in Washington is not life threatening.
The substance came in an envelope with a threatening note.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
It was standing room only tonight at Liberty High School where the Bedford
County School Board is trying to finalize its budget for the next fiscal year.
Double Boxes=Jean/Steve Microwave
Steve Smallshaw joins us.
Steve, I understand the school board got an earful from parents and students
((Rollcue: any cuts in the school systems programs.))
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :18
OUT Q=charge of this program
Double Boxes=Jean/Steve Microwave
It's becoming an annual tradition in Virginia, and this one was smokin'.
The world's biggest food, beverage and tobacco merchant comes to its
Richmond manufacturing plant to tell shareholders the news.
And since it's Philip Morris, it's usually excellent financial news.
But this year's rosy earnings picture was clouded by other issues.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Shame shame
SUPER=01-Dr. David Lewis/Martinsville Physician; 39:
SUPER=01-Russell Beggs/Richmond Shareholder; 59:
SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Virginia GASP; 1:06
SUPER=01-Mildred Cassaday/Richmond Shareholder; 1:12
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7 Richmond
((SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!))
((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: I LOVE THIS COMPANY.))
((THESE MEETINGS ARE GRAND THEATER... NO COMMENT.))
Bible instead refers shareholders to the company's most recent financial
filings... where he says the company will listen to and explore all reasonable
measures that make sense to resolve lawsuits.
Health activists hope NO deal is struck... and the company pays in every
courtroom in America.
((DR. DAVID LEWIS/MARTINSVILLE PHYSICIAN: I REALIZED THAT 25-PERCENT OF ALL
THE PATIENTS THAT COME THROUGH THE DOOR OF MY BUSY HOSPITAL IN MARTINSVILLE,
VIRGINIA ARE VICTIMS OF TOBACCO. THEY EITHER HAVE THE MAJOR PROBLEMS: THE
LUNG CANCER, THE HEART DISEASE, THE CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE. OR
THEY HAVE BRONCHITIS, AND SINUS INFECTIONS, AND EAR INFECTIONS, AND ASTHMA, AND
((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: IT'S EASY TO QUIT. AND I'D LIKE
TO ...PILLS AND PATCHES... DO IS QUIT.))
((ANNE DONLEY: I think it was.. shareholders.))
((MILDRED CASSADAY/RICHMOND SHAREHOLDER: BUT I THINK THESE NUTS WHO COMPLAIN
SHOULD EITHER SELL THEIR STOCK OR SHUT UP.))
The Marlboro man may be waiting to exhale.
This meeting came on the eve of a federal court ruling on FDA control of
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Authorities now say a suspicious liquid sent to the B'nai Brith headquarters
in Washington is not life threatening.
More than 100 people underwent de-contamination after they were exposed to a
red liquid- that came mailed in an envelope.
((CHIEF ALVIN CARTER/DC FIRE DEPT: THE DECONTAMINATION PROCESS INVOLVES BEING
WASHED DOWN COMPLETELY AFTER THE PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN OFF ALL THEIR CLOTHES DOWN
TO THEIR UNDERWEAR.))
SUPER=01-Chief Alvin Carter/D.C. Fire Department;
OUT Q=TO THEIR UNDERWEAR."
At least 15 people were taken to the hospital- complaining they felt ill.
Authorities say the liquid isn't poisonous but they still don't know exactly
what it is.
GRAPHIC=Oklahoma City Bombing Trial
Opening arguments began in the Oklahoma City Bombing trial.
Prosecutors today told the jury Timothy McVeigh murdered innocent men and
((JOHN WALSH/FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: AND USE THAT AS SORT OF AN EMOTIONAL
PUNCH TO PUT THE JURY IN THE FRAME OF MIND OF WHAT A HORRIBLE THING THIS WAS.))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/Former Federal Prosecutor;
OUT Q=THING THIS WAS."
Defense Attorney Stephen Jones says McVeigh is innocent.
He says one of the victims gave investigators a description of a man getting
out of a truck- that doesn't describe his client.
The trial continues tomorrow.
Persistence paid off for union supporters in Pittsylvania County.
Workers at Times Fiber Communications in Chatham ruled in favor of union
This is the employees second attempt in one year to unionize.
The union was voted down last time.
But the National Labor Relations Board set aside that vote and ordered a new
election after the union accused the company of several violations.
IN Q=I'm very excited
((WESLEY FEARS/UNION SUPPORTER: I'M VERY EXCITED. I BEEN PULLING FOR THIS FOR
OVER TEN YEARS, I'VE BEEN EMPLOYED HERE ELEVEN AND I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS
FOR TEN YEARS STRONG. I AM SO HAPPY I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF. EVERYONE FEELS
FREDRICK STROUD/UNITED STEELWORKERS: UNION REPRESENTATION FOR EMPLOYEES AT
TIMES FIBER MEANS SIMPLY THIS: THAT IT WILL NOT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL. THESE
EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN MISTREATED, THESE EMPLOYEES IS A GOOD SET OF EMPLOYEES THEY
WORK HARD FOR THEIR MONEY, AND THE ONLY THING THEY'RE ASKING FOR IS JUSTICE ON
SUPER=01-Wesley Fears/Union Supporter; :00
SUPER=01-Frederick Stroud/United Steelworkers Rep.;:14
OUT Q=justice on the job.
Three hundred-21 of the 470 workers voted in favor of the union.
The company makes coaxial cable.
A regional project holds the promise of new jobs at the idle Blue Bird
plant in Buena Vista.
But tonight, the proposal is also raising questions and criticism.
Deschamps (deh-shomps) Laboratories wants to expand its local operations,
but it doesn't need the entire site.
The result is a complicated, regional agreement that would share the debt
and eventually the revenues.
Last week, Buena Vista City Council approved the agreement, but members are
still debating whether the city has gotten a fair shake from Lexington and
IN Q=We're creating an agreement
SUPER=01-Butch Floyd/Buena Vista City Council; :00
SUPER=01-Debbie Garrett/Buena Vista City Council; :19 Quick
OUT Q=into the city.
Buena Vista City Council did not reconsider its approval, but there are
questions about the legality of the original vote.
The Rockbridge County Board of Sueprvisors and the Lexington City Council
are expected to vote on the agreement next week.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast...
Norfolk Southern's alleged problems with waste removal could carry into other
and from Bedford, a convicted murderer says a tainted jury is responsible for
putting him on death row.
MUSIC UP FULL
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A federal magistrate says he'll schedule a new hearing in the 10-year old
capital murder case of David Lee Fisher.
Fisher arranged to have 18-year old David Wilkey killed on a hunting trip in
the Stone Mountain area in 1983.
But a member of the jury now says she went along with those who wanted
Fisher to die... only after her husband told her to.
In a sworn affidavit, Bertha Thomas also says the jury learned during
deliberations that Fisher said he'd kill the jurors if he ever got out of
The magistrate wants to hear testimony on the issue of outside influence on
the jury before deciding whether Fisher should be re-sentenced.
GRAPHIC=Hopping Mad at NS
For years people have complained about bags of human waste found alongside
Norfolk Southern tracks in Bedford County.
A property owner there blames N-S's "dry hopper" method of on-board waste
SS=Hopping Mad Full Screen
In part two of "Hopping Mad at N-S", Len Besthoff reports this may also be
happening out of state.
IN Q=Larry and
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Kenny Chattin/Bedford Co. Farmer; :22
SUPER=01-Van Wimmer/Retired NS Engineer; :43
SUPER=01-Doug Dent/Bedford Co. Resident; 1:16
SUPER=01-Bob Godwin/Chmn. Brotherhood Loc. Eng. (NY); 1:51
SUPER=01-Lawrence Mann/Rail Union Safety Attorney; 2:15
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Larry and Kenny Chattin have no doubt the bags of human waste they're
finding on their farm are being thrown from Norfolk Southern trains that run
along their property.
That's because N-S is the only railroad in the U-S using a "dry hopper"
system, which requires on-board employees to relieve themselves in plastic bags
draped over a commode, instead of a toilet.
SOT NS-WASTE VIII TOT 05:26:25
IN Q=The system
((KENNY CHATTIN/BEDFORD CO. FARMER: THE SYSTEM HAS FLAWS IN IT. IT LEAVES
THE ENGINEER IN THERE WITH A STENCH IN THE TRAIN. AND YOU KNOW, JUST ADD ONE
AND ONE TOGETHER AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE COMING FROM THE RAILROAD.))
OUT Q=the railroad.
Former engineers tell us it may be DAYS before bags of human waste are
removed from the trains...and that's why they've seen co- workers take matters
into their own hands.
SOT NS-WASTE VI TOT 01:51:17
IN Q=Out in the
((VAN WIMMER/RETIRED NS ENGINEER: OUT IN THE ROUGH AREAS YOU'LL SEE BAGS OVER
THE BANKS AND DOWN IN DITCHES AND IN HOLES, HANGING FROM TREES, HANGING FROM
THE ELECTRIC WIRES.))
OUT Q=electric wires.
SOT NS WASTE IX TOT 06:10:40
(( In the past N-S has denied its workers are tossing these bags off its
trains, and in court proceedings it has suggested that the only place this is
happening is here at the Chattin farm.))
OUT Q=Chattin farm.
SOT NS WASTE IX 05:28:26
IN Q=It made
((CHATTIN: IT MADE US WONDER WHY. BUT AS WE FOUND OUT, WE'RE NOT THE ONLY
ONES IT'S HAPPENING TO.))
OUT Q=happening to.
A few miles down the tracks, Doug Dent says similar bags of human waste have
landed on his property.
SOT NS WASTE I 01:52:04
IN Q=Back as
((DOUG DENT/BEDFORD CO. RESIDENT: BACK AS EARLY AS 86 I STARTED FINDING THEM
ON THE BACK OF MY PROPERTY, ALONG THE RIGHT OF WAY LINE.))
OUT Q=right of way line.
And a complaint to N-S in 1989 from a Montgomery County woman said "The bags
litter the tracks east and west of here for at least two miles."
News 7 has researched information which indicates the problem may be
happening out of state as well...the discovery of the bags on tracks N-S uses
in Michigan was noted in a 1994 hearing, and we recently spoke via satellite
with one of Conrail's union leaders, who says workers using N-S engines in New
York state have apparently dumped the bags as well.
SOT GODWIN CLEAN TAPE TOT 10:31:58
IN Q=They're yellow
((BOB GODWIN/CHMN. BROTHERHOOD LOC. ENGINEERS-NY: THEY'RE YELLOW AND ORANGE AND
GREEN. AND THEY'RE NOT TOO HARD TO SEE.))
OUT Q=to see.
SOT LEN QUESTIONS & REACT TOT 10:32:03...JUST AUDIO
IN Q=And how far do you
((And how far do you see them? ))
OUT Q=you see them?
SOT GODWIN CLEAN TAPE TOT 10:32:05
IN Q=All the
((GODWIN: ALL THE WAY FROM ALBANY UP TO BUFFALO ANYWAY THAT I KNOW OF.))
OUT Q=I know of.
And in this 1994 document an N-S attorney discussing the "dry hopper" system
admits that "...some misuse of the system occurs on NS despite Management's
SOT NS WASTE X TOT 05:26:59
IN Q=Here's a
((LAWRENCE MANN/RAIL UNION SAFETY ATTORNEY: HERE'S A MAJOR CORPORATION THAT CAN
OFFER 10 BILLION DOLLARS FOR CONRAIL, YET THEY CAN'T SUPPLY ITS EMPLOYEES WITH
A TOILET. IT SENDS A HELLUVA SIGNAL CONCERNING THE MANAGEMENT TYPE PEOPLE THAT
YOU'RE DEALING WITH ON NORFOLK SOUTHERN.))
OUT Q=on Norfolk Southern.
N-S has refused to comment on any of this because of a pending lawsuit
involving the Chattins.
In part three of our report we'll look at the efforts to change N-S's "dry
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7 at eleven,
Doctors say 63 is not over the hill when it comes to having children.
We'll hear what they're saying about the world's oldest mom.
And an overnight search ends as Tennessee police find two women murdered.
MUSIC UP FULL
It started as a case of two missing women- now it's a case of unsolved
Two women who worked at a Baskin Robbins in Tennessee are dead-
They're bodies found in a state natural area two miles from the ice cream
21 year old Angela Holmes and 16 year old Michelle Mace were reported
missing last night.
Mace's mom called police after she went by the store to pick up her daughter
and noticed it was empty.
Police found the bodies today.
sot ic 15:07:33
((YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT ANYTHING LIKE THIS AND YOU KNOW THIS IS REALLY HITTING
CLOSE TO HOME. IT'S REALLY GETTING SCARY.))
((I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE SOMEONE DID THAT TO THEM BECAUSE IT WASN'T FOR A LOT OF
MONEY. CRYING.... THEY WERE JUST SO NICE.))
OUT Q=JUST SO NICE."
Police say cash was gone- so was the tape from the stores surveillance
It was just yesterday news came out about a 63 year old woman giving birth-
with the help of in vitro-fertilization.
The announcement- while extraordinary was not surprising to doctors.
((DR. MARK SAUER/COLUMBIA PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER: I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE
CAN MAKE WOMEN PREGNANT WELL BEYOND 63.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Sauer/Columbia Presbyterian Med Center;
OUT Q=beyond 63."
Sauer says while technology can make almost any-age woman pregnant, he
questions whether it should be done.
((DR. MARK SAUER I AM CONCERNED NOT TODAY ABOUT HER AND HER BABY. I'M
CONCERNED ABOUT HER WHEN SHE'S GOT A 15 YEAR OLD THAT MAY BE A REAL PROBLEM AND
NOW SHE'S PUSHING 80. ))
OUT Q=she's pushing 80."
Doctors say men have become fathers for a long time in this age group. They
say technology may prompt a change in society's attitudes-
Most clinics do still put an age limit of 55 on motherhood. The 63 year old
woman lied about her age to get into the program.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/Wind W-10/42-45/Partly Sunny/Wind NW-15/65-68;
SUPER=332-Variable Clouds/Light Winds/38-40/Turning Partly/Sunny/57-59;
SUPER=333-Variable Cloudiness/Wind NW-10/38-40/Partly Sunny/And Milder/58-60;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/And Cool/38-40/Slow Clearing/Wind NW-15/52-55;
The Salem Avalanche lost a lead late in the game and Winston-Salem wins the
game 9 to 5.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Warthogs; :
A nice night out last night as some fans from Channel 7 watch the action.
The Avalanche threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth-- Jamie Taylor
hits a shot that drops in between two Warthog outfielders for a single but the
Warthogs closed the inning.
Then later in the game the Warthogs scored. Clemente Alvarez singles and
SUPER=37-Winston-Salem/9/Salem/5/; Brent Wilhelm rounds the bases to score to
make it 5 to 3 Salem but Winston-Salem comes from behind to win it 9 to 5.
The Detroit Tigers were on the road for an afternoon game against the Texas
SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/KXTX; :
A cool afternoon in Arlington at the Stadium this afternoon.
Texas Pitcher Roger Pavlik comes up big with this pitch striking out Melvin
Nieves to end the inning.
Then in the seventh with the game SUPER=35-Detroit/2/Texas/4/;scoreless
Detroit's Travis Fryman gets all of this pitch for a two run homer over the
left field wall the Tigers led 2 to nothing but Texas wins it 4 to 2.
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
Two local high school basketball standouts have decided to play college
ball at home.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1996-97 Season; :00
William Fleming senior Brad Dunleavey has decided to attend Roanoke
College and play for the Maroons. Dunleavey, a two year starter for the
Colonels, average 13 points and 5 rebounds per game this season. Patrick
Henry's Colby Leftwitch has also committed to Roanoke. Leftwitch averaged 11
points and 5 rebounds per game for the Patriots.
Also, sources have told News 7 sports that Cave Spring senior Alex
Phillips is also close to committing to Roanoke. He's also considering Randolph
News 7 sports has learned that Liberty head football coach Mike Scharnus
announced his resignation today.
Scharnus led the Minutemen to their first playoff in school history in 1995
against William Campbell.
That same year he was the Friday Football Extra Group Two-A coach of the
Scharnus, a former receiver at Virginia Tech, will still remain in the
Seminole District as head coach at Rustburg High School.
The Charlotte made a trip to the Big Apple to open the N-B-A playoffs
against the New York Knicks.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/WTBS; :
The Knicks after the win in game one of the playoff series.
But Charlotte's Muggsy Bogues, playing with a sore hamstring, hits this
three pointer the Hornets trailed by five.
John Starks came off the bench and scored 12 first half points here hitting
the jumper from the corner.
New York led by as many as 11 in SUPER=32-New York/109/Charlotte/99/;the
first half Larry Johnson scoring two of his 17 first half points and New York
wins it 109 to 99.
Mike Stevens will check in with a report from Greensboro on the valley's pro
The Orlando Magic opened up their playoff series with the Miami tonight
for that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, There's a three way tie for the lead at the Greater
Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
And Mike Stevens will check in with a report on the valley's man in the
field Chip Sullivan.
The 59-th Greensboro Chrysler Classic opened yesterday with Chip Sullivan
carrying the banner for the entire Roanoke Valley.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Dennis Brown followed Chip on his round
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/Shot 76 Today; :36
SUPER=01-Kari Sullivan/Chip's Wife; 1:10
OUT Q=...........news 7 sports.
that's it for sports. have a great day everybody
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/USA Network; :
There's a 3 way tie for the lead after the first round at Forest Oaks.
Sandy Lyle, Making this put for parr on 18, finished the round with a six
under par 66.
Lyle shares the first round lead with Mike Hulbert, Making this putt for
par on 18 and Robert Damron.
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
Build it and the Southwest Community HOPES they will come.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Today; :00
The Hidden Valley Junior High Sports Complex was officially unveiled
today thanks to sponsors like Outback Steakhouse, boosters and community
members that have donated money and time to develop the facility.
In addition to the football and soccer fields; there is new fencing and a
IN Q="We hope
((TODD KAGEALS/HIDDEN VALLEY COACH:))
SUPER=01-Todd Kageals/Hidden Valley Coach; :00
OUT Q=...and soccer"