Coming up today on News 7, and the angry truck drivers that came through our area yesterday continue their protest of high gas prices by pulling into downtown Washington.
and some local dairy farmers say they have a bone to pick with PETA.
Decent showers today around the region. Get ready for a big time chill down tomorrow.
In medical news, not everyone was glad to hear
about the birth of cloned pigs recently in Blacksburg. Some think the process of cloning animals is unethical.
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More trucks, more noise and more protests-
Truckers roll into the nation's capitol in protest.
Diesel prices of 2-dollars a gallon could drive up the price of everything from lettuce to lumber.
So today truckers drove into the Washington D-C to protest- They claim the high prices are threatening their jobs.
Meanwhile the president says good news about fuel prices could come in the next few days-
Lisa Hughes has more.
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Streaming into the nations capitol from all directionsindependent
truckers staged their second major protest in the past month.
They came from as far away as Maine and Florida-fed up with high fuel
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BEFORE, WE WERE OPERATING WITH A PROFIT MARGIN LIKE THIS. BUT YOU GET
BY. WITH THE FUEL, WE CANT DO IT NOW. THERES NO WAY.
Truckers arent the only ones paying more at the pump. The cost of a
gallon of unleaded is approaching the two-dollar mark in some cities.
But the price of diesel fuel has doubled in the past year. On top of that truckers pay a 24-cent per gallon federal tax. Edward Shock sayson
a 300-gallon tank it adds up.
GOING BROKE. IT HURTS. EXTRA FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS A WEEK IN
Without some kind of relieftruckers warn consumers could begin to see price increases on food and other merchandise as early as this summer.
President Clinton says more stable oil prices would solve much of the problem and hes encouraged OPEC countries will soon increase
WEVE GOTTA GET THIS BACK IN BALANCE. I WANT TO DO THAT. I
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The family of one woman killed in last week's explosion at New River Castings says federal regulators dropped the ball.
Edward Anderson -- the father of Karen Hamilton -- says Intermet didn't protect employees as it should have.
But he says agencies charged with overseeing plant safety also bear some blame for the explosion that killed three people.
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((EDWARD ANDERSON/VICTIM'S FATHER: IF SAFETY RULES AND REGULATIONS HAD BEEN FOLLOWED LIKE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO, OSHA HAD DONE THEIR JOB LIKE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO, THIS TRAGEDY WOULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.))
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The Andersons say they hope their daughter's death will help promote safe working conditions.
Edward Anderson, a 31-year employee of Intermet's Radford Foundry, says he'll campaign to make safety a priority at his plant.
The family has hired an attorney, but won't say what legal action it's taking until investigators know more about whether the company could have prevented the gas explosion.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin reed will have a look at our weekend forecast.
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Virginia Military Institute is recognizing former President Jimmy Carter for his public service and humanitarian efforts.
Carter is the first recipient of the Jonathan M. Daniels Humanitarian award... and he will accept the honor when he visits the Institute next March.
V-M-I Superintendent Josiah (joe-SI-uh) Bunting announced Carter's selection at a VMI assembly this morning.
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The award memorializes Jonathan Daniels, a 1961 graduate of VMI who was involved in the civil rights movement. Daniels was shot and killed in Alabama in 1965.