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Workers at the Yokohama tire plant in Salem are on the job as usual today.
Last night union leaders and company officials extended the current labor
contract for six more days.
A source tells News 7 that both sides are nearing an agreement.
The official statement says significant progress has been made, but both
sides need more time to study the proposals on the table.
The nationwide search for suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan ended last
night when his body was found inside a Miami Beach houseboat.
Police say the 27- year- old shot himself to death, just two and half miles
from where fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down last week.
Byron Pitts is in South Florida with the latest.
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SUPER=05-Miami Beach, FL;
SUPER=01-Chief Richard Barreto/Miami Beach Police;
OUT Q=Back to you in the studio.
THE END FOR ANDREW CUNANAN WAS AS QUICK AND VIOLENT AS THE DEATHS HE IS BLAMED
FOR: A GUNSHOT TO THE HEAD, PROBABLY WITH THE SAME 40-CALIBER PISTOL USED ON
CHIEF RICHARD BARRETO, MIAMI BEACH POLICE, THE NATION CAN STAND DOWN.
NATSOT, TEARGAS BEING SHOT INTO DOOR YESTERDAY
IT'S BELIEVED CUNANAN HAD BEEN DEAD FOR HOURS BY THE TIME POLICE FIRED TEARGAS
INTO THE HOUSEBOAT.AND MOVED IN LAST NIGHT. THEY DON'T KNOW YET HOW LONG HE'D
BEEN HIDING OUT THERE, LESS THAN THREE MILES FROM THE GIANNI VERSACE MURDER
SCENE. BUT POLICE DO BELIEVE THE PRESSURE OF THE CHASE, THE INTENSE PUBLIC
AWARENESS AND WANTED POSTERS WITH HIS FACE PLASTERED ACROSS THE NATION
FINALLY GOT TO HIM.
BARRETO AGAIN, WAS A DESPERATE PERSON, COULDN'T MOVE AROUND.
POLICE WILL SPEND THE DAY GATHERING EVIDENCE AT THE HOUSEBOAT. THEY HOPE TO
DETERMINE HOW LONG CUNANAN HAD BEEN THERE, HOW HE GOT IN AND WHAT
RELATIONSHIP, IF ANY, HE HAD WITH THE OWNER, WHO'D LEFT THE PLACE VACANT FOR
PITTS STANDUP CLOSE, IDENTIFICATION WAS COMPLICATED BECAUSE CUNANAN
REPORTEDLY SHOT HIMSELF IN THE FACE.))
A lethal injection last night ended the life of convicted killer Joseph
He was convicted of the 19-85 rape and murder of a Virginia Beach woman.
O'Dell was put to death by lethal injection two hours after the U.S. Supreme
Court refused to hear his last appeal.
In his final statement, O'Dell said his marriage at the prison yesterday to
legal advisor Lori Urs made this the happiest day of his life.
Virginia's corrections director read from the statement, which included a
message for the governor.
IN Q=Governor Allen,
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: GOVERNOR ALLEN, YOU'RE KILLING AN
INNOCENT MAN. I HOPE YOU PRESERVE THE EVIDENCE FOR FUTURE TESTING. EDDIE,
MAKING REFERENCE TO THE VICTIM'S SON, I DID NOT KILL YOUR MOTHER.))
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Virginia Corrections Director;
OUT Q=your mother.
O'Dell's case attracted international attention, especially in Italy, where
the pope and politicians pleaded for his life.
He was the 41st person to be executed in Virginia since capital punishment
was reinstated twenty years ago.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
Meantime, residents of the Italian city where O'Dell was born held a vigil
overnight to protest his execution.
The mayor of Palermo (pah-LER-moh) took part in the vigil and ordered that
all flags outside his palace be put on half mast.
He also announced that the city is ready to give O'Dell a burial.
Advice columnist Ann Landers is no longer facing a defamation suit after a
federal judge threw out the charges.
Convicted killer Michael Knowles sued for slander and defamation after
Landers published a letter he wrote.
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Knowles was convicted last month of killing his wife... but not before he
wrote a letter to the nationally- published advice columnist.
In the letter last February he clearly stated that he took Angie's Knowles
In the newspaper, Landers said it was a "cop out" for Knowles to blame Angie
for leaving him for a man she supposedly met on the Internet.
The Pentagon now says the number of American soldiers that may have been
exposed to small amounts of poison gas during the Gulf War is much larger
than previously estimated.
Officials now say 100-thousand troops were exposed to poisons after Iraqi
chemical weapons were blown up at the end of the war.
The pentagon had said 20-thousand troops were exposed.
The remains of "Danny" seem to be creating more havoc now than when the
storm was a hurricane.
Yesterday floodwaters washed out a railroad bridge plunging a C-S-X coal
train locomotive into a creek.
The crew safely evacuated.
But flooding and other problems related to heavy rain the storm is dumping
have claimed six lives in the Carolinas and Georgia.
Police operations, such as drug raids, must be well orchestrated to protect
That's why 30 central Virginia police officers are going through a SWAT team
training exercise in Altavista.
Steve Smallshaw has the story of this unusual training program.
SUPER=01-Tommy Neal/Altavista Police Chief; :22
SUPER=01-Terry Henderson/Martinsville Police Dept.; :49
SUPER=01-Andy Boitnott/Martinsville Police Dept.; 1:17
OUT Q=News7, Altavista.
((POLICE, GET DOWN, GET ON YOUR KNEES! GET ON YOUR KNEES!))
What looks like a scene from the TV show "Cops" is actually a very real
exercise in advanced tactical training.
The instructors are from the Army's military police school at Fort McLellan
They travel all over the country, training officers in big cities and small,
because criminals know no boundaries.
IN Q=We've got
((TOMMY NEAL/ALTAVISTA POLICE CHIEF: WE'VE GOT SOME OF THE SAME PROBLEMS THAT
THE LARGER CITIES HAVE GOT, IT'S JUST ON A SMALLER SCALE.))
OUT Q=smaller scale.
Neal says he jumped at the chance to bring the training program here to the
old Altavista Elementary School.
IN Q=The school
((The school has been closed for a little over two years now, but instructors
say the twists and turns in these old classrooms make it a perfect setting for
this kind of special operations training.))
OUT Q=operations training.
In small groups they approach a room.. making sure each angle is covered
before any member of the team advances.
IN Q=Safety first
((TERRY HENDERSON/MARTINSVILLE P.D.: SAFETY FIRST, THAT'S THE KEY IS SAFETY. WE
WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY GETS OUT THAT GOES IN. NEXT IS SAFETY OF ANY
INDIVIDUALS IN A ROOM.))
OUT Q=in a room.
But that doesn't include gun- wielding bad guys, who can be lurking around
natsot shooting 3:13:21
((WE'RE OKAY OVER HERE. WE'VE GOT SUSPECT DOWN, HOW YOU ALL DOING OVER THERE?
IN Q=A lot of
((ANDY BOITNOTT/MARTINSVILLE P.D.: A LOT OF NEW OFFICERS DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
THEY GO OUT FRESH AND GREEN AND THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF TACTICS
AND SOMETIMES IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THEY'RE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BECAUSE
OF BAD TACTICS. SO THIS HELPS OUT IN ALL ASPECTS OF POLICE WORK, NOT JUST SWAT
OUT Q=SWAT concepts.
Hopefully by the end of the week, they'll have learned their lesson..
surviving on the streets is considered a passing grade.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Altavista.))
It was a no contest plea to murder charges from a Danville man yesterday.
Thirty-four- year- old Frank Edward Clements got a life sentence for
murdering Tyrone Dawkins in 19-93.
Dawkins body was found behind a Danville middle school.
Clements must also serve two years for using a firearm to commit a felony.
He must still stand trial for allegedly shooting ten- year- old Reggie
Hutchins in April and robbing a Danville bank five years ago.
The two candidates for the highest office in Virginia have different ideas
for the state's personal property tax..
SS=tobacco under fire
They ALSO have different ideas of how tobacco should or should NOT be
The two brought their campaigns to our area yesterday.
In Martinsville, Don Beyer promised to PROTECT tobacco growers.
The Democrat said he supports government efforts to reduce underage smoking,
but adults should have the right to light up, even if it makes them sick.
IN Q=That's true with
((DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR; BUT, THAT'S TRUE WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT
THINGS, I NEVER WANT TO INTERFERE WITH AN ADULT'S RIGHT TO MAKE THE KNOWN
CHOICE, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE GREAT PLEASURES ASSOCIATED WITH IT TO. LET
ADULTS MAKE THE FREE CHOICE AND ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES.))
OUT Q=accept the consequences
Jim Gilmore, was in Roanoke...
The Republican also says he doesn't want the government to reduce the adult
market for Virginia's tobacco products.
IN Q=I think the people
((JIM GILMORE: R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I THINK THE PEOPLE HAVE TO DECIDE ON
THEIR OWN HEALTH BENEFITS AS TO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO... OUR FOCUS HAS TO BE ON
MAKING SURE THE YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T SMOKE, AND WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE WE
PRESERVE THE WORKING JOBS OF THE FARMERS OF VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=farmers of Virginia
Beyer and Gilmore don't agree on who should restrict underage smoking...
Beyer supports F-D-A regulation.
Gilmore opposes it: attempting instead to strengthen state laws against
children buying cigarettes.
And while Beyer and Gilmore are eyeing this November's election..one
newcomer to the political scene is moving past 19-97.
Radford eye doctor Joe Barta is considering challenging
Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher in '98.
Barta has formed an advisory committee and says he'll spend the next few
months meeting with Republican leaders in the Ninth District, before deciding
whether he'll actually seek the G-O-P nomination.
The nominees for the 49th annual Emmy awards were announced this morning in
SUPER=03-North Hollywood, CA;
The picks for Best drama include N-Y-P-D Blue, The X Files, Law and Order
and Chicago Hope.
The C-B-S drama "Touched by an Angel" wasn't nominated for Best drama but
its stars Roma Downey and Della Reese received nominations for Best actress and
IN Q=I don't understand what people
SUPER=04-Touched By An Angel-CBS;
OUT Q=and talking people.
The nominees for best comedy include Frasier, The Larry Sanders Show,
Seinfeld, Third Rock From the Sun and Mad About you.
Bryant Gumbel will host the Emmys right here on C-B-S September 14th.
For a group of students in the Roanoke Valley, summer camp has a high- tech
edge this year.
At the Lincoln Terrace Saturn Network, students have been designing home
pages for the Internet.
Participants in "Tech Camp" are also visiting three other Roanoke magnet
schools, for hands- on experience with science and technology.
IN Q=It's always exciting
((SANDRA BRYAN BURKS: IT'S ALWAYS EXCITING TO ME TO SEE THE DIFFERENT THINGS
THAT THE STUDENTS DO. HERE FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE A REAL WIDE GROUP OF RISING
FOURTH THROUGH TENTH GRADERS AND THEY BRING A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS INTO THE
PROGRAM AND CREATE SOME WONDERFUL THINGS.))
SUPER=01-Sandra Bryan Burks/Magnet Schools Director;
OUT Q=create some wonderful things.
The Tech Camp program is designed in part to give students a taste of the
city's magnet programs.
The Lincoln Terrace Saturn Network School is still accepting applications
for the next school year.
Turbeville's Cantaloupe Festival is going strong.
As Tina Tenret explains in a round-about way, one man's livelihood makes the
IN Q=As you can see
SUPER=01-Allen Blanks/Beekeeper; :09
OUT Q=News 7, Pittsylvania County
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Bassett Furniture is making more changes.
Now a North Carolina crib factory is closing.
Bassett says it will transfer the work to one of its Henry County plants.
The company says the move may mean new jobs, but also more hours for its
Bassett has about 21- hundred employees in the Henry County area.
Back in May it announced the closing of its W-M Bassett plant in
Nearly all the 400 employees affected in that move have transferred to other
Bassett facilities, mostly in Henry County.
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On the National League diamond, Sammy Sosa homered and drove in 2 runs
Wednesday afternoon as the Chicago Cubs downed the Atlanta Braves 3 to 1 at
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In the bottom of the fourth Sammy Sosa hits this double to centerfield
scoring Brian McRae and the Cubs took the one to nothing lead.
Chicago led 2 to nothing until the top of the 8-th that's when Atlanta's
Danny Bautista hit this solo homer over the left field fence to make the score
2 to 1.
Sosa added the icing to the cake SUPER=35-Chicago/3/Atlanta/1/;in the
bottom of the 8-th with this solo shot over the left field wall his 19-th homer
the Cubs beat the Braves 3 to 1.
In the A-L, meanwhile,
a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth gave the New York Yankees a 5 to 4
win over Anaheim.
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The Yankees got off to a good start in the Bottom of the second Charlie
Hayes gets all of this pitch, sending it over the left field wall for a 2 to
But Anaheim came back in the top of the sixth trailing 4 to 1. Tim Solman
hits this three run homer over the left field wall and the game was tied at 4.
Then in the ninth Chad Curtis SUPER=35-New York/5/Anaheim/4/;scores from
second when second baseman Luis Alicea's throw gets past pitcher Shigetoshi
Hawsegawa who was covering first and New York wins it 5 to 4.
Roberto Alomar is continuing to make headlines in the sport of baseball.
The Major League Players Association will appeal the fine levied on the
Orioles' second baseman for missing the team's exhibition game with its
Triple-A Rochester, New York farm club. Donald Fehr (FEAR) says a grievance
will be filed within the next month unless Alomar and the club work out a
News from the hardwood,
The Chicago Bulls have taken a big step in keeping the championship team
together by signing head coach Phil Jackson.
Jackson agreed to a one year contract extension with the bulls for the
19-97-'98 N-B-A Season.
A Bulls spokesman confirmed the agreement but would not release the
But the spokesman did say Jackson's Salary will be the highest ever paid to
an N-B-A coach who was not also a general manager.
The Virginia Tech Veterinary School plays mom for a baby camel.
Dorey, a six- day- old camel is doing well after being admitted to the
hospital on Sunday.
She was born last Friday at the Lost World Ranch in Pounding Mill.
IN Q=When she
((DR. MARK CRISMAN/VA. TECH VET SCHOOL PROFESSOR: WHEN SHE CAME TO THE CLINIC
SHE WAS BASICALLY A LITTLE MALNOURISHED AND HADN'T GOTTEN MOM'S MILK AFTER SHE
WAS BORN. SHE HAD A LITTLE ACCIDENT WHERE SHE ACTUALLY ROLLED DOWN A HILL AND
WAS UNABLE TO GET UP AND GET TO HER MOTHER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Crisman/Va. Tech Vet. School Professor;
OUT Q=her mother.
A special formula had to be developed to feed Dorey since camel's milk is
much different from other animals'.
Dorey has been bottle-fed around the clock to keep her healthy.
She has made rapid progress and school officials hope to send her home to
her real mom tomorrow.