Norfolk Southern notified 228 car shop workers this morning they will be laid off in August.
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Jennifer Miele is live at Norfolk Southern in Roanoke with the latest. Jennifer?
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The Night Vision Division at I-T-T is scaling back its workforce... starting today.
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The company says the surge in demand for night vision devices has leveled off to where it was in the mid-90's.
A couple of large international orders prompted I-T-T to boost employment in 1997, but those contracts expire this year.
So about 70 employees will get layoff notices this summer... 50 more will go early next year.
The company says that amounts to a 15-percent reduction in the workforce at I-T-T.
In other news this afternoon. It's a victory for the father of Elian Gonzalez.
A federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled the boy is NOT entitled to an asylum hearing.
The decision may clear the way for Elian to return home to Cuba.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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It is a huge victory for Juan Miguel Gonzales who is now free to
take Elian back to Cuba.
By dismissing the case, the court rejected the Miami relatives
claim that Elian should FIRST be given the right to apply for political
But exactly WHEN Elian would be allowed to go home is still unclear.
The 6 year olds Miami relatives could still file more appeals
including one with the US Supreme Court and that could start the
waiting all over again.
It took the THREE judges THREE weeks to issue their ruling and it
has been a long wait for everyone especially Juan Miguel Gonzales who
is said to be getting more and more anxious to get back home.
Since arriving in the country, he and Elian have moved 3 times
from Andrews Air Force Base, to the Wye River Resort, to this house in
the heart of the Nations Capitol each time his father hoping the next
move would be back to Cuba.
The Justice Department has been equally frustrated saying all
along the sooner Elians life gets back to normal the better.
(SOT, JANET RENO, ATTORNEY GENERAL)
I dont know of anybody who has followed this that isnt anxious to get
COWAN ON CAM:
Another child was released this morning in a pre- school hostage standoff in Luxembourg.
In all, twelve children have been set free since yesterday, when the hostage situation began.
But 25 kids and three teachers remain captive.
Police say the hostage taker is a 40-year-old man armed with a grenade, a gun and a knife.
He's demanding a plane to Libya, but dropped his earlier demand for a million dollars.
A local radio station reports that a man identifying himself as the hostage- taker called the station, and blamed his actions on custody problems involving his children.
There's an apparent outbreak of the bacterial infection, shigellosis.
51 people have contracted the disease in the Roanoke and Bedford areas since May 10th.
Shigellosis strikes the intestinal tract and can cause severe diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
Other symptoms include headaches and abdominal cramps.
The disease is usually spread by children who don't wash their hands properly after using the bathroom.
Health officials in the area say no food handlers have been affected so far.
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with burning property at a Botetourt County school.
Deputies say he set fire to a mattress several times
at the Arcadia Leadership Academy, a school for kids who have been in trouble before.
The school is on the brink of losing its license from the Department of Social Services for, among other things, not properly supervising students.
In yesterday's case, students put the fires out and smashed the boy's lighter.
Sheriff's deputies say the total damage is worth two hundred dollars.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber is a major player in the global market, and staying there takes a lot of work.
That's why the company is devoting plenty of effort and money in Danville to keep its employees even with or ahead of the competition.
As Surae Chinn reports .. the company, the workers, and Danville should all benefit.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Konneker/Plant Manager; :37]
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(( Carlton Carter is one of 16 Goodyear employees in this room. But what are they doing in class instead of working inside the Danville plant? They're not playing hooky but they are part of a 2 year pilot program designed to give them world class technical training.
((CARLTON CARTER/CO-OP TRAINING TECHNICIAN: I RECOGNIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS WORKING IN A PLANT FOR 23 YEARS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO WORK ON THE MACHINERY.))
That was the same incentive that brought Goodyear, the city and Danville Community College together to develop an intense program. The groups transformed the old Sears building into a Technology Center equipped with classrooms and machinery.
((JIM KONNEKER/PLANT MANAGER: AS A RESULT A MODEL FOR RECRUITING, SELECTION AND TRAINING WAS DEVELOPED.))
While the students go to school full time--Goodyear provides the tuition and continues to pay their regular salary. Not a bad deal but the students say they work hard for it.
((CHARLES BIGELOW/CO-OP TRAINING TECHNICIAN: YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR MIND SET. PACES OF THINGS...CURRICULUM IS FAST AND FIERCE AND THEY THROW THINGS AT YOU BUT WE HAVE REALLY GOOD INSTRUCTORS.))
((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: NEAR THE END OF THE TWO YEAR PROGRAM THE STUDENTS SPEND LESS TIME IN THE CLASSROOM AND MORE ON THE JOB TRAINING.))
((THIS I BELIEVE IS TO IRON IT UP.))
While Goodyear is continuing to improve its facilities and educate its employees, Danville benefits with more capital investments.
((JOHN ORR/GOODYEAR'S NORTH AMERICAN TIRE V.P. : WE'RE GOING TO SPEND WELL BEYOND 113 MILLION DOLLARS IT'S PROBABLY CLOSER TO 200 MILLION DOLLARS TO GET THE DANVILLE PLANT UP TO THE TECHNICAL LEVEL THAT'S NECESSARY.))
(NATS OF CLAPPING)
With that much enthusiasm Goodyear officials say they hope to spread this training program to other plants nationwide....and that Carter and his classmates are only a spark of things to come. Surae Chinn, News7, Danville.))
The program is getting plenty of financial help from the state, including a 200 thousand dollar grant from the Governor's Opportunity fund.
A small bomb exploded on the Hammersmith Bridge in London this morning.
No one was injured in the blast, which occurred at 4-30.
But police still closed off the streets around west London.
Authorities say the explosive device was attached to a bridge girder.
The bridge will likely stay closed today.
No one has claimed responsibility.
This isn't the first bomb to hit the bridge.
The Irish Republican Army planted two bombs there in April, 19-96.
They mis-fired in that incident, causing little damage.
Halifax County authorities think a domestic dispute lead to murder.
56-year old Henry Lionel Link of South Boston was shot to death.
His wife Mary Link called deputies and stated someone had been shot and she needed a deputy.
That's when officers found Link dead in his home.
Authorities seized several firearms. Charges are pending.
The man convicted of the Rainbow Family murders has been found innocent of the crime.
7 years ago Jacob Beard was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting deaths of two hitchhikers on their way to a Rainbow Family Gathering in Pocahontas County.
But yesterday a West Virginia jury found Beard INNOCENT.
He was released from jail last year after a death row inmate in Missouri confessed to killing Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero.
Beard says he plans to head home to Florida, and spend time with his family.
President Clinton is taking matters into his own hands in the quest for peace in the middle east....
Mr. Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak today in Portugal.
Afterward, the President announced he'll send Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to the Middle East on a peace mission next week.
Mr. Clinton also says he'll meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Washington soon.
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((BOTH LEADERS KNOW FROM ME AND THEY KNOW FROM THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE
THAT THEY NOW HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO MAKE AN INTENSE EFFORT AND TO DO
THINGS THAT THEY HAVE NOT DONE IN THE PAST WITH REAL COURAGE AND VISION
IF WE ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY GET A FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT THAT DEALS WITH
THE OUTSTANDING ISSUES.))
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Meanwhile, the Israelis and Palestinians were due to resume talks today on the groundwork for a final agreement in September.
Truckers may be affected by a new proposal that will require them to have 12 hours of rest a day verses the 8 that are require now. The Department of Transportation feels sleepy drivers are causing to many accidents. Kate Weidaw has more.
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((Over 60 Fleetmaster Express trucks ship products like tires, paper, and beverages to places across the country. But if truckers end up being required to spend more time off the road, the company says there will be some changes ON the road.
((LINIEL GREGORY: WE THINK WE WOULD HAVE TO ADD ON TRUCKS AND DRIVERS AND RIGHT NOW THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS WE WOULD HAVE TO INCREASE THE EXPENSE OF BUYING NEW EQUIPMENT SO WE COULD HAVE MORE TRUCKS OUT ON THE ROAD.))
And the increase in cost could end up coming out of the consumer's pocket.
But the Department of Transportation says safety on the nation's highways needs to come first. Truckers say increasing their rest period will only lead them to drive faster to make deadlines.
((JIMMY BROCK: WE GOT TO MANY CUSTOMERS NOW WE'RE STILL RUNNING LATE ON JUST RUNNING 10 HOURS. TWELVE HOURS ON 12 HOURS OFF THAT CUTTING MORE TIME WE CAN RUN.))
Some folks feel 12 hours of rest sounds just right.
((MICHELLE WEITZMAN: I THINK THEY DRIVE FASTER THAN THEY SHOULD BE PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY 'RE ON THE ROAD TO MUCH SO IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THEM ON THE ROAD LESS.))
((EVEN THOUGH TRUCKERS SAY LESS TIME ON THE ROAD AMOUNTS TO MORE PROBLEMS THE CURRENT RULE THEY FOLLOW IS 60 YEARS OLD.
THAT'S WHY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS IT MAY BE TIME FOR A CHANGE.))
Latin bandleader Tito Puente died today in a New York hospital.
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Puente rode to fame on the heels of the 19-50s mambo craze.
Over the last half- century, he helped define Latin jazz.
Puente recorded more than 100 albums.
Just this past February, he won his fifth Grammy.
Puente was recently treated for irregular heartbeat.
(----------------------) He was 77.