!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/loose.dtd"> WDBJ 7 morning news AM cutins for 08/04/00
 


[7-2-11VERIZON]

[ANCHOR=KIM]

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[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]

Verizon employees in Roanoke and nationwide are preparing to strike this weekend, if a new contract agreement isn't reached.
725 of the Union members hail from Roanoke, and all are still contracted under Bell Atlantic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 26]


On June 26, an informational picket staged in Roanoke was a rally for better working conditions at what was then Bell Atlantic.
[SUPER=04-Verizon Video; ]


Now called Verizon Virginia, the company faces accusations of unfair labor practices and intolerable treatment of its employees. The three-year contract expires at midnight on Saturday, and union members say they are ready for a strike.
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[IN Q=We have such a]

((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL 2240 PRESIDENT: WE HAVE SUCH A DEDICATION TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND SERVICE WE PROVIDE TO THEM, BUT IT'S SO DIFFICULT AT TIMES TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE TO THEM WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK UNDER SOME OF THE CONDITIONS THEY HAVE TO WORK UNDER.))
[Super=01-David Layman/Local 2240 President]
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[OUT Q=to work under.]



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[VO-NAT]


Company and Union Officials are meeting behind closed doors in Washington to discuss terms of a new contract.
Even if the 725 Union Employees in Roanoke and thousands of workers on the East Coast go on strike, the company says customers will not be affected.
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[7-11Teacher-Shortage]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[GRAPHIC=Education]

Some school systers are having trouble finind enough teachers -- and school starts in a few weeks.
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[VO-NAT]


Montgomery County schools need to fill 12 vacancies... Roanoke city is looking for six to eight new teachers.
Dave Foster is confident he'll fill his seven vacancies in Pittsylvania County.
But he predicts it's going to get even tougher in the future as more and more teachers begin to retire-- a trend many larger school systems are already noticing.
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[IN Q=There are]

((DAVID FOSTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SCHOOLS: THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER STATES THAT HAS THE SAME TYPE SITUATION AND IN FACT SOME MAY BE MORE SEVERE THAN IN VIRGINIA. ))
[SUPER=01-David Foster/Pittsylvania Co. Schools; ]
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[OUT Q=than in Virgnia.]
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[VO-NAT]


Foster says the problem is also becoming more evident because fewer people are entering the teaching profession at a time when enrollment is growing in Virginia and school systems are trying to keep class sizes small.
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[7-11Jewel-Thieves]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC33:17]
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A reward is being given to two customers who helped recover 30-thousand dollars in diamond rings at Valley Vier Mall on monday.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday afternoon Henebry's Jewelry Story Manager Heather Rutherford presented gift certificates to Don Tinsley and Drew Settle.
They were in the Valley View store Monday night when a man reached into a jewelry case full of diamond rings.
Settle got the goods away from the thief, and Tinsley went after him.
He's just one class away from his associate's degree in criminal justice.
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[SOT 17:52:55]
[IN Q=I've had a couple]

((I'VE HAD A COUPLE OF CLASSES THAT REALLY TELL YOU WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN INDIVIDUAL AND WHAT TO KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR WHEN YOU SEE A PERSON.))
[SUPER=07-Don Tinsley]
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[OUT Q=see a person.]
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[VO-NAT]


Each man got a 500-dollar gift certificate from Henebry's along with other coupons and certificates from the mall and other merchants.
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[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Taking a break from the news now to check weather on this Friday...
We'll keep a chance of showers and storms with highs in the 80s...


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[ESS C] (EXTENDED)[45-11Dogs-Missing]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Some dogs are missing from the Salem Civic Center's Dog Show.
About a dozen pure-bred dogs took off after being scared by fireworks at the Salem Avalanche game last night.
Officials are asking folks to keep an eye out for dogs roaming in the nearby neighborhoods.
If you find one you're asked to call the local authorities.

[45-11Gilmore-Convention]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC19:39]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


According to the Wall Street Journal, the Republican's "most ardent tax cutter," Governor Jim Gilmore spoke to the Republican Convention.

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[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA/Wednesday Night;]


Governor Gilmore took that message to the podium in Philadelphia Wednesday night.
As one of four surrogate speakers for Governor Bush, Gilmore had a high national profile.
His convention fun is NOT over this week though.
Gilmore will attend the Democratic convention later this month, again as a media surrogate for Bush.
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[TALENT=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Gilmore will leave some of the entourage behind for that trip.
He took three press aides, six cabinet secretaries, a deputy press secretary, and his chief of staff to Philadelphia.

[45-11Indians]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC35:28]
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Virginia's eight Indian tribes say they could make some headlines for Governor Jim Gilmore if he doesn't meet with the tribes soon.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/November]


Last week, Alexandria Congressman Jim Moran (muh-RAN) filed a bill that would grant federal recognition to Virginia's tribes.
Governor Jim Gilmore has NOT taken a stand.
An administration official says the potential of casino gambling "is a major barrier" to Gilmore's support.
The Indians say "get over it."
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[SOT 14:46:09]
[IN Q=Even though]

((REEVA TILLEY/RAPPAHANNOCK TRIBE: EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE NOT SHOWN AN INTEREST IN GAMING, AND THEY HAVE MADE IT AN ISSUE, IT'S THE PRINCIPLE. IT'S THE PRINCIPLE THAT IT'S OKAY FOR THIS STATE. BUT IT'S NOT OKAY FOR THE INDIAN TRIBES. NO. IT'S NOT RIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Reeva Tilley/Rappahannock Tribe;]
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[OUT Q=It's not right.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-King and Queen Co./File Tape;]


Federal recognition could help Virginia's poorest Indians qualify for housing assistance, health benefits, and scholarships.
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[45-11Hicks]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[TAPE#=00-21 TC1:44:33]
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A fugitive was caught because of snoring.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Danville authorities say a man came home Wednesday night and heard 28 year old David Lee Hicks sleeping under a bed.
Officers arrived at a home on Clearview Drive to find Hicks hiding in the bedroom closet.
Hicks was a fugitive and has 12 charges piled against him including assault on an officer, escaping and kidnapping.
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[IN Q=Anytime there"s a person]

((MAJ. B.C. ELLIOTT/DANVILLE POLICE: ANYTIME A PERSON IS ON THE RUN LIKE THIS AND HE'S CAUGHT EASY LIKE THIS IT STARTS YOU THINKING THAT WHY WOULDN'T HE OFFER RESISTANCE HE HAD TWO GUNS I COULDN'T ANSWER THIS WHETHER TO THE POINT OF EXHAUSTED.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. B. C. Elliott/Danville Police Dept.]
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[OUT Q=the point of exhausted.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hicks had his arraignment yesterday and is being held at the Danville City jail.
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[45WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Checking the forecast again--
We'll have the opportunity for a few thunderstorms today with highs in the low to mid 80s.

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[ESS C] (EXTENDED)[8-Maurakis]


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Authorities in North Carolina have caught the Martinsville man wanted for kidnapping his girlfriend.
Henry county officials say 35- year- old Kosta Maurakis went to Jeffrey Nunnery's home Wednesday and confronted him with a handgun.
Authorities say Maurakis then forced 31- year- old Tammy Harmon into his vehicle and drove away.
Among the charges Maurakis faces include abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

[8-2-11VERIZON]


[ANCHOR=KIM]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net?]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]


If they can't come to a new contract agreement by midnight tomorrow, hundreds of Verizon employees in Roanoke say they'll go on strike.
The 725 Union members are still under contract with Bell Atlantic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 26]


On June 26, an informational picket staged in Roanoke was a rally for better working conditions at what was then Bell Atlantic.
[SUPER=04-Verizon Video; ]


Now called Verizon Virginia, the company faces accusations of unfair labor practices and intolerable treatment of its employees. The three-year contract expires at midnight on Saturday, and union members say they are ready for a strike.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We have such a]

((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL 2240 PRESIDENT: WE HAVE SUCH A DEDICATION TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND SERVICE WE PROVIDE TO THEM, BUT IT'S SO DIFFICULT AT TIMES TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE TO THEM WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK UNDER SOME OF THE CONDITIONS THEY HAVE TO WORK UNDER.))
[Super=01-David Layman/Local 2240 President]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=to work under.]



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[VO-NAT]


Company and Union Officials are meeting behind closed doors in Washington to discuss terms of a new contract.
Even if the 725 Union Employees in Roanoke and thousands of workers on the East Coast go on strike, the company says customers will not be affected.
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[8-11Indians]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC35:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia's eight Indian tribes say they're tired of waiting to have a meeting with Governor Jim Gilmore.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/November]


Last week, Alexandria Congressman Jim Moran (muh-RAN) filed a bill that would grant federal recognition to Virginia's tribes.
Governor Jim Gilmore has NOT taken a stand.
An administration official says the potential of casino gambling "is a major barrier" to Gilmore's support.
The Indians say "get over it."
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[SOT 14:46:09]
[IN Q=Even though]

((REEVA TILLEY/RAPPAHANNOCK TRIBE: EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE NOT SHOWN AN INTEREST IN GAMING, AND THEY HAVE MADE IT AN ISSUE, IT'S THE PRINCIPLE. IT'S THE PRINCIPLE THAT IT'S OKAY FOR THIS STATE. BUT IT'S NOT OKAY FOR THE INDIAN TRIBES. NO. IT'S NOT RIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Reeva Tilley/Rappahannock Tribe;]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=It's not right.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-King and Queen Co./File Tape;]


Federal recognition could help Virginia's poorest Indians qualify for housing assistance, health benefits, and scholarships.
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[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Let's take one more look at your forecast...
We'll have the opportunity for a few thunderstorms today with highs in the low to mid 80s.

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