A big thumbs down this morning from union workers at Goodyear--
The membership has rejected the company's latest contract offer.
And we'll tell you about new efforts to curb accidents on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The workweek forecast carries over into the weekend with the chance for showers and storms.
I'll let you know when we can expect some drier weather, in our 7-Day Planner.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Goodyear union workers are saying "no thanks."
The membership has rejected the latest contract offer from the company.
It's the first offer made since labor talks broke down in June.
The contract covers 16-thousand employees at 14-Goodyear plants including one in Danville that employs two-thousand people.
Local workers say they just want to keep the jobs and benefits they have, while the company says it needs to cut those to save money.
Goodyear reported a record loss for fiscal year 2002.
It announced a turnaround plan that includes reducing costs by at least a billion dollars by the end of 2005.
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Enjoy the view, but watch the Road.
That's the message the Blue Ridge Parkway hopes visitors will take to heart this summer and fall.
Parkway officials say an alarming increase in accidents during the last five years prompted them to step up enforcement last year.
And they plan to repeat that effort between now and the end of leaf season.
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((WE FOUND THAT DURING THE MONTHS OF AUGUST SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER THAT WAS WHERE THE MOST DRAMATIC PEAK OCCURRED AND ESEPCIALLY ON THE WEEKENDS, SO WE BEGAN IN AUGUST HAVING EVERY AVAILABLE RANGER OUT ON THE WEEKENDS ENFORCING TRAFFIC REGULATIONS AND TRYING TO SLOW PEOPLE DOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Clark/Supervising Ranger; :]
[OUT Q=slow people down.]
The parkway is adding warning signs in areas where curves contribute to accidents.
And officials are promising pamphlets and posters to encourage parkway visitors to slow down and pay attention.
Military officials are forging ahead, despite renewed attacks on U-S troops.
One more soldier was killed today during a firefight.
Stacy Case has the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Russell/1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment; :19]
[SUPER=01-Michael Linnington/3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Case/CBS News; 1:14]
[OUT Q=Case, CBS News, Washington.]
TRACK: ANOTHER GUNBATTLE; ANOTHER LOSS. THE MILITARY SAYS A U-S
SOLDIER DIED IN WESTERN BAGHDAD TODAY, THE THIRD DEATH IN TWO DAYS.
THE 56TH DEATH SINCE MAJOR COMBAT ENDED MAY 1ST.
NAT: weapons raid
TRACK: IN AN EFFORT TO QUELL THE RENEWED ATTACKS--- U-S TROOPS RAIDED
A SUSPECTED WEAPONS MARKET IN TIKRIT.
SUPER: LT COLONEL STEVE RUSSELL/1ST BATTALION, 22ND INFANTRY REGIMENT
they saw one guy get out carrying an ak 47 and then they recorded it
and they said ok we're going to watch and see what happens. if more
weapons start coming out of the trunk we're going to engage.
TRACK: AND THEY DID. U-S SNIPERS KILLED THREE IRAQIS CONSIDERED TO BE
COMBATANTS ONCE THEY DISPLAYED WEAPONS, INCLUDING AK-47'S. IRAQI
OFFICIALS SAY 5 OTHERS WERE HURT, INCLUDING A 10 YEAR OLD BOY.
TRACK: THE DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE IN THURSDAY'S CAR BOMBING
ATTACK OUTSIDE THE JORDANIAN EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD. 19 PEOPLE HAVE DIED.
AND AUTHORITIES SAY A GROUP LINKED TO OSAMA BIN LADEN'S AL QAIDA
NETWORK MAY BE TO BLAME. SPEAKING BY VIDEOPHONE THIS MORNING, A
COMMANDER IN IRAQ SAYS MORALE IS STILL HIGH.
SUPER: Col. Michael Linnington/ Commander of the U.S. Army's 3rd
Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
we won't let up and we will remain relentless in pursuit of
victory and in pursuit of the enemies who try to derail our efforts
STAND UP; STACY CASE/REPORTING
Meanwhile, Private Jessica Lynch will soon describe her Iraqi experience in a book.
A family spokesman says the Lynch family has gotten offers from people who want to tell the story of the former prisoner of war.
They've decided a book is the most appropriate, and would give them more control.
20- year- old Lynch hasn't spoken publicly about her experience as a P-O-W in Iraq, or of her dramatic rescue.
She's turned down all offers for interviews.
Meanwhile, N-B-C begins production soon of a movie without Lynch's authorization.
The network says it is trying to get her to participate.
Authorities are searching for two Michigan State University students who disappeared without a trace nearly two weeks ago after a trip to Cape Cod.
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19- year- old Danela Alfaro- Lopez and her 21- year- old boyfriend Justin Gouveia (GOOV- way) were last seen at this bed and breakfast July 26th.
The innkeeper says they stayed for one night, even though they'd paid for two, and hurried off with what appeared to be a thousand dollars in cash.
A couple of days later, when the two failed to meet up with Justin's parents in Maine, their families became worried.
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[IN Q=They're dead?]
((LEANNE GOUVEIA/JUSTIN'S MOTHER: THEY'RE DEAD? I
DON'T KNOW. WHY CAN'T THEY FIND THE CAR? WHY CAN'T THEY FIND THEM? YA KNOW, I JUST HAVE A BAD FEELING. ))
[SUPER=01-Leanne Gouveia/Justin's Mother;]
[OUT Q=have a bad feeling.]
Police say they've received tips and potential sightings across New England, but so far, no solid leads.
A late day tornado touched down with little warning yesterday in Palm Beach, Florida.
Today, residents are counting their blessings, because despite the damage, no one was killed.
Scott Rapoport has more.
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[SUPER=03-Palm Beach Co., FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Scott Rapoport/CBS News; :43]
[OUT Q=Rapoport,CBS News.]
(LOCATOR: PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL)
IT WAS A TORNADO NO ONE EXPECTED...CAUSING DAMAGE FEW HERE COULD EVER
SOT: Crying woman...
THE OMINOUS FUNNEL CLOUD...RIPPING A 3 MILE PATH OF DESTRUCTION THRU
NORTH PALM BEACH COUNTY THURSDAY.
TREES UPROOTED...CARS FLIPPED ON THEIR SIDES...PERILOUS POWER LINES
FLASHING AND CRASHING....
Nat/sot from chopper...(Power lines explodees and falls into tree) let
AT THE HEIGHT OF IT...LIGHTNING SHARED THE SKIES WITH ENORMOUS AMOUNTS
OF FLYING DEBRIS.
WHEN IT WAS OVER...500 HOMES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. A MOBILE HOME
PARK LAY IN RUIN. 21-THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE LEFT WITHOUT POWER. THE
MAYOR OF RIVIERA BEACH HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY.
YET AMAZINGLY...THRU IT ALL...NO ONE WAS KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED.
SOT: Thankful woman
IT IS THE LONE SILVER LINING.... MANY HERE TAKE COMFORT IN... AS THE
LONG COSTLY CLEAN-UP BEGINS.
SCOTT RAPOPORT...CBS NEWS.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon -
Governor Warner speaks out about the California recall..
And Arnold tries to terminate doubts in voters minds about his political readiness.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is officially in the California Governor's race.
Now he just has to convince voters that he's capable of doing the job.
Jerry Bowen reports.
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[SUPER=01-Arnold Schwarzenegger/(R) Candidate for California Governor; :15]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Darrell Issa/(R) California; :29 (quick)]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Gray Davis/(D) California; :48]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Bowen/CBS News; 1:19]
[OUT Q=Bowen, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
STILL BASKING IN THE GLOW OF HIS STUNNING ANNOUNCEMENT, ARNOLD
SCHWARZENEGGER TOOK OUT PAPERS THURSDAY TO RUN IN CALIFORNIA'S OCTOBER
RECALL ELECTION. SURROUNDED BY AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD, THE 56 YEAR
OLD ACTOR SAID HE WANTED TO BRING GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE PEOPLE:
SOT: (arnold schwarzenegger/gop candidate) "PUBLIC INTEREST FIRST AND
THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO FIGHT FOR. SO THIS IS WHY I'M RUNNING FOR
GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA."
WITH ARNOLD IN, MILLIONAIRE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN DARRELL ISSA WHO
BANKROLLED THE RECALL DRIVE, DROPPED OUT:
SOT: (cong. darrell issa R-Ca ) "ITS MY DESIRE." (CRIES)
IT WAS NOT A GOOD DAY; EITHER FOR THE TARGET OF THE RECALL, INCUMBANT
GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS. HIS OWN LT. GOVERNOR AND A FELLOW DEMOCRAT
JOINED THE RACE TO REPLACE HIM. AND OTHER DEMOCRATS ARE EXPECT TO
FOLLOW. AND HE WAS PESTERED ABOUT THE SCHWARZENEGGER CHALLENGE.
THE TERMINATOR WHO WANTS TO BE GOVERNATOR:
SOT: (GOV GRAY DAVIS D-Ca ) THE TERMINATOR
HE MAY BE BACK, HE MAY NOT BE BACK. WE'LL SEE. THE PEOPLE WILL MAKE
MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN OUT REGISTRATION PAPERS FOR THE
RACE....AND FORMER BASEBALL COMMISSIONER PETER UBEROTH...AND REPUBLICAN
BILL SIMON WHO LOST TO DAVIS IN THE LAST ELECTION HAVE INDICATED THEY
MAY RUN. BUT THE CURRENT FASCINATION IS WITH THE FORMER BODY BUILDER
WHO MADE IT BIG IN HOLLYWOOD:
SOT: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS A BORN WINNER.
SOT: I HOPE IF HE WINS HE KNOWS HOW TO HANDLE SOME POLITICS.
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AND THERE WAS MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE INCUMBANT GOVERNOR LATE THURSDAY.
THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT DECLINED TO CONSIDER ANY APPEALS REGARDING
THE ELECTION MEANING IT GOES AHEAD AS SCHEDULED IN TWO MONTHS. JERRY
BOWEN CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES
The recall election in California is putting the heat on Governor Gray Davis.
So is that making Virginia's governor sweat?
Davis and Governor Mark Warner are both Democrats.
And both oversee states with major budget problems.
But there is a difference.
Virginia does not ALLOW voters to recall governors.
Warner says that is a good thing.
[IN Q=I DON'T KNOW WHETHER RECALL]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I DON'T KNOW WHETHER RECALL EFFORTS NINE OR TEN MONTHS AFTER AN ELECTION WAS JUST HELD, I'M NOT SURE THAT'S THE KIND OF APPROACH TO TAKE IN VIRGINIA. I'M NOT SURE THEY HAVE THAT APPROACH ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY. I THINK PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING IN CALIFORNIA POLITICS IS SOMETIMES A LITTLE BIZARRE FOR FOLKS WHO DON'T LIVE IN CALIFORNIA.))
[OUT Q=WHO DON'T LIVE IN CALIFORNIA.]
LOCAL officials may not be so fortunate.
A few JURISDICTIONS in the state DO permit recalls.
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Coming up - Brent a look at your weekend weather
Also, the Art Museum of Western Virginia hopes it will be a picture perfect match with its new executive director.
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The year long search for an executive director at the Art Museum of Western Virginia is over.
Georganne Bingham is taking the position.
She comes from the Art Museum in Raleigh.
Bingham will start her new job in October and is just getting used to saying her new title.
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[IN Q=It feels very..]
((GEORGANNE BINGHAM/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: IT FEELS VERY GOOD TO SAY THAT. IT REALLY DOES. I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THIS MUSEUM. WITH THE STATE OF THE ARTS. THE STATE IF THE ARTS IN ROANOKE AND WITH THE VIBRANCY OF THE CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Georganne Bingham/Executive Director;]
[OUT Q= vibrancy of the city.]
Community leaders were on hand to welcome the new director.
Bingham wants to see the arts expand in the area.
The museum expects to open a new 75,000 square foot museum with an IMAX theater by the year 2007.
It's a mixed day on Wall Street. AT noon, the Dow gained 47 points, the Nasdaq lost 4 points.
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coming up after the break...we'll tell you how drive-in theaters are coming back in style...
and where to get your popcorn before you go.
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Next year, the Martinsville Speedway will no longer be the home of the Winston Cup's Virginia 500.
That's because yesterday at the Hotel Roanoke, Advance Auto Parts announced that it has decided to sponsor the spring races at the track for the next three years.
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[SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President; :02]
[SUPER=01-Paul Klasing/Advance Auto Executive Vice-President; :25]
[OUT Q=at this point."]
Advance began its relationship with the Martinsville Speedway back in 1988, and company officials say the move is a natural progression for the company.
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[OUT Q=they know the sport."]
Back in the '50s, people flocked to drive- in theatres.
But in recent years, they've seemed as rare as poodle skirts and pompadours.
Now, the drive-in is making a comeback, especially in small-town America.
Hattie Kauffman reports.
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[SUPER=01-Don Sanders/Drive-In Movie Afficionado; :14]
[SUPER=04-"Drive-In Movie Memories"; :21 quick!!!]
[SUPER=01-Susan Sanders/Drive-In Movie Afficionado; :27]
[SUPER=03-Granbury, TX; 1:50]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/Brazos Drive-In Owner; 2:37]
[SUPER=01-Rodney Welch/Parent; 2:43]
[SUPER=01-Hattie Kauffman/CBS News; 3:10]
[OUT Q=Kauffman, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
(nats 1950's pop tune over film and photo montage)
(TRACK) FIFTY YEARS ago .... WHEN CLASSIC CARS RULED THE ROAD... THE
DRIVE-IN WAS KING.
(SOT: Don Sanders ) "I think if you haven't been to a drive-in,
there's a void in your life and I think you've missed something that
can't be duplicated any other place.
(TRACK) DON AND SUSAN SANDERS ARE DRIVE IN AFFICIANADOS, WRITING TWO
BOOKS AND PRODUCING A DOCUMENTARY.
(SOT: Susan Sanders ) People our age who grew up going to the
drive-in... we don't want that experience to die so that future
generations can't have it. It's just not the same as going to the mall.
(TRACK) IT DIDN'T really MATTER WHAT WAS PLAYING.
(SOT: Don Sanders ) "I don't think anybody's ever gone to a drive in
to see the movie!"
(SOT: Susan Sanders - "I never got to see a whole movie because I was
so busy watching his hands."
(photo of lovers and photo of family)
(TRACK) YES, DRIVE-INS WERE OFTEN "PASSION PITS"... BUT THEY WERE ALSO
A PLACE TO BRING THE FAMILY.
(SOT Susan Sanders ) "It was so popular for so long and then all of a
sudden, everyone had television"
(movie excerpts and campy movie posters, one which hattie will read from)
(TRACK) FAMILIES BEGAN STAYING HOME. At the same time, STUDIOS GAVE
THEIR blockbuster films FILMS TO regular movie THEATRES. DRIVE-INS
were stuck showing things like: "HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS" AND "DRACULA VS.
FRANKENSTEIN: YESTERDAY COLD AND DEAD. TODAY HOT AND BOTHERED."
(SOT - Susan single) "That's not the product they wanted to show, but,
unfortunately the families, which had been the backbone of the drive-in
in the beginning, the families were no longer coming."
(Don on 2-shot push into a single) "People thought that the drive-ins
would just completely all go away, (:03)
(vo shot of closed drive in from documentary)
(TRACK) THEY ALMOST DID.
(TRACK) In the LATE 50'S, THE U-S HAD WELL OVER FOUR THOUSAND DRIVE
IN THEATRES. JUST 400 REMAIN TODAY. TEXAS had THE SHARPEST
DECLINE... FROM 400 THEATRES then, TO just 15 today.
(SOT -- (Don-2-shot) "If we have 15 drive-ins in Texas, that's fine.
That's 15 more than people thought we would have." (:05)
(nats projector reel)
(TRACK) NOW THEATRES LIKE this one IN GRANBURY, TEXAS... have been
RESTORED. CARS ARE LINE UP WELL BEFORE SUNDOWN.
(vo marquee "finding nemo")
(TRACK) FIRST-RUN FAMILY ORIENTED FILMS ARE BACK at the drive ins.
SO, TOO, ARE FAMILIES.
(TRACK) It seems ROMANCE is back as well.
(Music up, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"...backtime...nats of older couple
smooching... continue vo of them dancing)
(TRACK) FROM ONE GENERATION...
(vo young lovers walking)
... TO THE NEXT.
THESE SMALL TOWN DRIVE INS ARE NOT FANCY AT ALL. THEY'RE A THROWBACK
TO AN EARLIER, SIMPLER TIME.
(SOT DON SANDERS) "I think that drive-ins are mainly popular because
people like nostalgia// -- "We generally want to think that the '50s
were a better time for most people."
(SOT SUSAN SANDERS "I just think that's important to a lot of people.
We wouldn't want it too slick."
(SOT JENNIFER MILLER/Owner, Brazos Drive-in 19:06:15) "They grew up in
the '50s, so they're coming back to experience what they did as
(nats kids playing, screen in the b.g.)
(SOT: Rodney Welch/Parent -- "The kids really enjoy it. They get to
go out and run around and see the movie on the great big giant screen.")
(SOT: RANDALL/ Parent6) "It's Americana. (:01) You know, it's, it's
uh, (:04) It's your best girl, a soda pop, a cool hot rod, a night with
the kids (:08)
(SOT Susan Sanders ) "There's just something magical about watching
a movie outside under the stars." (:06)
(SOT Don Sanders ) "Drive-ins, I don't believe they're ever gonna go
HATTIE KAUFFMAN, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES. ))
And what better to go along with the resurgence of drive- in movies than hundreds of millions of kernels of POPCORN.
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A company in the Chicago suburbs is trying to break the world's record for popping popcorn.
So, workers at Houston Harvest got down to some buttery business...
By the time they finish, they will have popped 560 million kernels that'll make the Guinness Book of World Records.
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[IN Q=We're going to make]
((JIM TOBY/HOUSTON HARVEST V.P. OF OPERATIONS: WE'RE GOING TO MAKE ABOUT 384,000 POUNDS OF POPCORN.
THAT'S NOT VERY HEAVY SO IT'S A LOT OF CONTAINERS. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE
OVER 135,000 POPCORN TINS IN OVER 125,000 BAGS OF POPCORN."
[SUPER=01-Jim Toby/Houston Harvest Vice-President;]
[OUT Q=bags of popcorn.]
The folks at Houston Harvest say the idea came from second and third graders at a local elementary school.
The students conviced state legislators and the governor to make popcorn the official snack of Illinois.
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