Norfolk Southern has got labor problems.
The workers who maintain the tracks for N-S went out on strike this morning.
Electrical workers, clerks and train crew members are honoring the picket line set up this morning by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees.
They say N-S is hiring without posting job vacancies.
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[IN Q=They just go]
((THEY JUST GO AND ASSIGNMENT EMPLOYEES TO POSITIONS AND NEVER PLACE THEM ON THE BOARD SO THE SENIOR EMPLOYEES CAN BID ON THEM WHICH IS A TOTAL VIOLATION OF OUR CURRENT AGREEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Chuck Burkindine/Union Member]
[OUT Q=current agrement.]
The railroad confirms that the strike has had "SOME affect," but Susan Terpay can't say how much.
The N-S Spokeswoman in Norfolk said the company has obtained a temporary restraining order, compelling employees to go back to work.
A clerk in U-S Dictrict Court in Roanoke says the T-R-O has yet to be filed.[Smith]
Roanoke's new mayor- elect got his first taste of CITY business at this morning's budget study meeting.
Before the session got under way, current Mayor David Bowers congratulated Ralph Smith on his election victory.
Both men assured council that the transition would be a smooth one.
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[IN Q=We've been neighbors]
((RALPH SMITH/MAYOR- ELECT: WE'VE BEEN NEIGHBORS IN THE PAST. I ASSUME WE'LL CONTINUE TO BE NEIGHBORS AND ACTIVE IN MANY ISSUES TOGETHER AND MOST OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, I'VE HAD OCCASION TO WORK WITH, SO I'M CONFIDENT WE'LL COME TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor-Elect;]
[OUT Q=we'll come together]
Smith says has a lot to learn...but he's ready to "get down to business" in the city of Roanoke.
Council spent the morning discussing how the 184- million - dollar general budget should be spent.
Some changes on Danville City Council are causing concern.
Elections have changed the physical makeup.
Incumbent candidates, Joyce Glaise (GLAZE) and Sherman Saunders-- both African Americans-- both lost their seats to white businessmen.
[IN Q=I think the critical]
((PETER CASTIGLIONE/DANVILLE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK THE CRITICAL ISSUE IS THAT WE MAKE SURE WE DON'T MISS ANY SEGMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY. I THINK WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO WORK.))
((JOYCE GLAISE/DANVILLE CITY COUNCIL: IT'S IMPORTANT WE HAVE DIFFERENT VOICES ON COUNCIL NOT ONE COMMON THREAD OF BUSINESSMEN.))
[SUPER=701-Peter Castiglione/Danville City Council; :00]
[SUPER=701-Joyce Glaise/Danville City Council; :07]
[OUT Q=thread of businessmen.]
Some city officials are concerned that not enough minorities voted.
Mayor Ruby Archie, the only African American left on city council, says she will retire when her term is up in two years.
Federal agents peacefully arrested several dozen protestors early this morning from an island off Puerto Rico.
The demonstrators were blocking the Navy from resuming bombing exercises.
Lee Cowan has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Vieques, Puerto Rico;]
[SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General;]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Vieques.]
(LOCATOR: VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO)
WITH DAWN CAME THE FEDERAL AGENTS, DRESSED IN RIOT GEAR AND PREPARED FOR
"YOU MUST LEAVE NOW."
JUST AS THEY HAVE PROMISED THE GROUP OF ABOUT THIRTY PROTESTERS..LINKED
ARMS AND SANG.. FORCING THE ACTION THEY HAVE BEEN PREPARED FOR FOR
MONTHS. THE QUIET BUT FORCEFUL REMOVAL FROM THE MILITARY GATE THEY HAD
SUCCESSFULLY BLOCKED FOR 381 DAYS.
ON THE BEACH, ANOTHER PEACEFUL, BUT INTIMIDATING ASSAULT FROM THE AIR
AND THE SEA. MANY PROTESTERS FORCING FBI AGENTS TO PRY THEM LOOSE FROM
A MAKESHIFT CHAPEL..INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE U-S CONGRESSMAN.. WHO WAS
ESCORTED AWAY TO THE CHEERS OF THE FELLOW DEMONSTRATORS. (CHEERING) IN
THE END NOT A SINGLE DEMONSTRATOR RESISTED, NOT A WORD RAISED IN ANGER,
THE NAVY HAD IT'S BASE BACK AND THE PROTESTERS HAD MADE THEIR STAND.
ONCE THE PERIMETER OF THE CAMP WAS SECURED.... MARINES BEGAN LAYING OUT
BARBED WIRE, SMALL BOATS PROTECTED THE COAST AND HELICOPTERS KEPT WATCH
FROM THE SKY. ACTIVISTS HAVE PROMISED TO BRING IN ADDITIONAL
PROTESTERS...THREATENING TO SCATTER THEM INSIDE THE BASE A LAST DITCH
EFFORT TO KEEP THEIR CAUSE ALIVE.
The Catholic church has lost one of the nation's most influential religious leaders.
[Super=03-New York, NY;]
Cardinal John O'connor passed away last night in New York City of brain cancer.
For -16- years, he led the New York archdiocese, now almost two and a half million strong.
In a part of the country known for it's liberal leanings, the cardinal was an outspoken conservative, adamantly opposing birth control and abortion and speaking out against homosexuality.
Rudolph Giuliani/NY Mayor;even if he disagreed with you, he always did it
from a point of view of charity and caring...and gave you an example of
how human beings should be..."))
[SUPER=01-Rudolph Giuliani/New York City Mayor;]
[OUT=HOW HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD BE.]
Cardinal John O'connor was 80 years old.
Beware of e-mail bearing the subject line "I Love you" or "Love Letter from Me."
The mail carries a computer virus that's already spread through Europe and Asia, paralyzing businesses and investment houses and
Clicking on the attachment in the e-mail starts the virus, which spreads itself by automatically sending itself to everyone in a P-C's computer address book.
The Catholic diocese wants to contribute thousands of dollars to Roanoke Parks and Recreation.
The money would be used to build additional athletic facilities at Washington Park.
What should be welcome news is stirring controversy.
Some say the stipulations on when the public can use the park versus the Catholic high school are NOT fair.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
[IN Q=If a proposal]
[SUPER=01-John Coates/Roanoke Parks and Rec. Dir.; :23]
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :47]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 roanoke.]
(( If a proposal from the Catholic Diocese is approved you may find more basketball and tennis courts, as well as soccer fields at Washington Park.
John Coates the Director of Roanoke City Parks and Recreation says the 300 thousand dollar contribution from the Catholic Diocese would add to the parks athletic facilities -- and at the same time help Roanoke Catholic.
((JOHN COATES: WHAT THEY'VE OFFERED IN THEIR PROPOSAL IS THEY MAKE THE INVESTMENTS IN THE PARK AND IN RETURN THE CITY WOULD GIVE THEM SPECIFIC ACCESS TO SOME OF THOSE IMPROVEMENTS CERTAIN HOURS OF CERTAIN DAYS OF THE YEAR.))
But local NAACP President Martin Jeffrey says that's not fair to the Northwest residents.
They use the park for activities almost everyday for inner city children.
((MARTIN JEFFREY: WE THINK THEY OUGHT TO CONTRIBUTE AND THAT'S GREAT BUT TO CONTRIBUTE AND PLACE STIPULATIONS ON IT THAT'S ABSOLUTELY INAPPROPRIATE.))
No one from Roanoke Catholic was able to comment on the proposal.
Parks and Rec officials say they're only in the preliminary stage and are looking into the impact the proposal may have on the community.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: CITY OFFICIALS SAY BEFORE ANY DECISION IS MADE THEY WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING. THE PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT SAYS THE ADDITIONS THAT WOULD BE MADE ARE ONES THE COMMUNITY ASKED FOR LAST SUMMER.
THEY HOPE TO HAVE A DECISION ON THE PROPOSAL BY THIS SUMMER. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
The Pan Am trial has resumed for a second day in Holland.
[SUPER=03-Lockerbie, Scotland/December 1988;]
Residents of Lockerbie, Scotland are describing for the court what it was like when flight 1-0-3 exploded over their town nearly 12 years ago.
[SUPER=03-Camp Zeist, Holland;]
The two Libyan suspects pleaded not guilty yesterday to 270 counts of murder.
For relatives of the victims, the trial is a wrenching return to the past.
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SUSAN COHEN: I can't handle hearing those horrible details about how
my beautiful daughter died.))
[OUT Q=how my beautiful daughter died.]
The trial could easily last a year.
Eleven hundred witness are on the prosecution list and another one hundred 25 may be called by the defense.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the infamous shootings at Kent State.
Students, alumni and others held a candlelight vigil last night to mark the dark moment in the school's history.
[SUPER=04-May 4, 1970;]
On May 4th, 19-70 National Guardsmen fired more than 60 bullets in the direction of students who were protesting the Vietnam War and the presence of the National Guard on campus.
The thirteen seconds of shooting left four students dead and nine others wounded.
A Martinsville man has been missing from Floyd County for days now.
[TAKE FULL SCREEN PICTURE]
43-year-old Clarence Preston disappeared Saturday night from the Serenity House.
Relatives are concerned about him, because he's prone to seizures and needs medication.
Preston is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 120 to 130 pounds.
Anyone who may have seen him should contact the sheriff's department in Floyd County.
Lynchburg residents may have a say concerning a tax increase.
City leaders want to raise the sales tax by a penny to pay for school projects over the next ten years.
To do that, the city needs permission from the General Assembly to hold a tax hike referendum.
Residents would then get to vote for both the sales tax increase and a ten- cent CUT in the local real estate tax.
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[IN Q=We cut real]
((PETE WARREN/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE CUT REAL ESTATE TAXES AND THAT'S THE COMPROMISE.. WE STILL END UP WITH OVER SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE WOULD NOT HAVE AND IF WE SPEND THAT MONEY ON THE SCHOOLS, THEN THAT FREES UP OTHER CITY MONEY TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE CITY, SO TO ME IT'S A WIN- WIN SITUATION.))
[SUPER=01-Pete Warren/Lynchburg Mayor;]
[OUT Q=win-win situation.]
The idea faces a tough road.. Governor Gilmore and Republican lawmakers have routinely DENIED
permission to other localities to raise taxes.
Forest rangers burned close to one-thousand acres on Brush Mountain.
They SET the massive CONTROLLED burn early yesterday.
Smoke could be seen from miles away.
The fire is set by rangers to help prevent FUTURE fires.
It also encourages re-growth of rare plants and trees.
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[SOT 1:51:23 - :34]
[IN Q=We're using a]
((JESSE OVERCASH/WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST: WE'RE USING A NATURAL FACTOR TO KEEP A NATURAL FOREST TYPE OUT THERE. AND THAT, TO ME IS THE PRIMARY BENEFIT OF WHAT WE'RE DOING.))
[SUPER=01-Jesse Overcash/Wildlife Biologist;]
[OUT Q=of what we're doing.]
About 35 rangers torched brush on the ground.
A helicopter dropped flammable ping-pong balls on the mountain to speed up the burn.
The fire was expected to be out last night, but rangers will continue to monitor the area today.
...an update on some fast court action against striking Norfolk Souther workers....
The Railroad HAS, in fact, obtained a Retraining Order against the B-M-W-E.
It was signed by Judge James Turk this morning.
The papers have not been filed in the court clerk's office, but the workers have been served notice they must go back to work.
A hearing will be held later on whether this becomes a Permanent Injunction.
Sayre Enterprises has set up shop in the old Buena Vista Manufacturing building.
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista/May 8, 1998]
The plant shut down in 1998.
Now some 65 people are back at work there.
Sayre makes military accessories, reflective clothing and embroidered garments.
The company will hold its grand opening this Friday.
An 11-year-old boy is making adults eat dust at the Franklin County speedway.
Forrest Reynolds has been racing for three years, since he was eight.
He won his first race with mini-stock cars and finished first or second in more than 30 go-kart races.
Adult drivers boycotted his second car race and refused to let him on the track.
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[IN Q=I don't]
((I DON'T REALLY LIKE HOW ALL THE ADULTS ARE ACTING MEAN TO ME. THEY ALWAYS GIVE ME EVIL LOOKS SO I DON'T LIKE THAT PART.))
[SUPER=01-Forrest Reynolds/Race Car Driver;]
[OUT Q=like that part]
This little guy has big dreams of being in a full-size car by the end of the summer.
Tonight on News7 at Five, hear why some local drivers think this is a bad idea.
Britain's Prince Andrew is flirting with the idea
of remarrying Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
In an interview with high society British magazine, magazine, the prince says he won't rule out remarriage.
The two divorced in 1993, but have been living together with their children since 1997.
The Prince say the living arrangement is not just for the children, but for their benefit as a couple.