Kroger workers and the union appear to have reached an accord.
Prime Minister Rabin's confessed assassin returns to the crime scene.
And the nation's top law enforcement officer announces she has Parkinson's
Sunny and chilly is the forecast for now, with clouds creeping in a bit
later on. I'll have the latest details from the News 7 Weather Center coming
Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.
Kroger Supermarkets has averted a strike by its local truckers and warehouse
employees, at least for the time being.
If the workers had gone on strike, it could have made it tough for the store
to keep its shelves stocked.
Len Besthoff has an update for us on the situation.
Len, the union representing these workers had been threatening to strike for
some time, why does it look like now there WON'T be a walkout?
Melanie, the two sides met for more than seven hours yesterday in some last
The result -- Kroger and Teamsters Local 171 have a new contract on the
Kroger says the new proposal contains significant improvements and
enhancements compared to the contract that was rejected November fourth.
What happens now is that the 300 union members will vote on the new deal
The Teamsters had threatened to go on strike THIS week after they rejected
the last contract offer.
The big issues that were keeping the two sides apart were working conditions
And Melanie, while Kroger confirmed all this, the Teamsters union had no
(Mel/Q & A: So Len, the contract still has to be approved. How big an impact
would it have if the Teamsters DO decide to strike?)
Relatives of the two children killed in a Danville traffic accident had
their day in court this morning.
Robert and Ira Jones, the children's grandfather and uncle, were convicted
of improper stopping on the highway.
They were each fined 50 dollars, for their part in the protest at the
intersection where 12-year-old Jami and 10-year-old James Earles were killed.
The children's stepfather, Raymond Mustain, was found NOT guilty of improper
All three men were arrested after blocking the intersection to push for
The man in charge of the state's parole system may face criminal charges
himself for alleged misconduct.
The Governor appointed former Roanoke U-S Marshal John Metzger to head his
tough new parole board in February of 1994.
Public Safety Secretary Jerry Kilgore tells NEWS-7 that he'll release some
details of an internal audit into the conduct of the entire board today.
The most serious of those allegations involves the possible back-dating of
warrants to arrest parolees for parole violations AFTER their parole periods
But a source within the Administration says other allegations specifically
about Metzger include sexual and racial harassment directed at other parole
Metzger could NOT be reached for comment.
Secretary Kilgore says he will make recommendations to the Governor today
about the audit.
Even after parole was abolished in January, the parole board still handles
those who committed crimes in prior years.
A news conference today may shed more light on the mystery of the missing
husband of Utah Congresswoman Enid Waldholtz.
Joseph Waldholtz vanished over the weekend without clearing up what he did
with more than one million dollars of family money.
He was supposed to have invested it.
A grand jury is investigating whether he used it in his wife's election
Yesterday the Justice Department issued an arrest warrant for Joe Waldholtz
and his wife filed for divorce.
Attorney General Janet Reno says she is suffering from Parkinson's disease.
So far her only sympton is a trembling left hand but Reno says she is taking
medicine to control the disease.
((NEITHER THE DISEASE NOR THE MEDICATIONS SHOULD IMPAIR MY ABILITY TO DO THE
JOB AND I INTEND TO KEEP DOING IT. I'VE TALKED TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEY
HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE. ))
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General;
OUT Q=THEY'VE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE.
An estimated 500- thousand to one- million Americans have Parkinson's
It's a progressive nerve disorder that robs people of control over their
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
Another day, another delay for thousands of government workers,
and the man who admits he killed Yitzhak Rabin returns to the scene of the
music up full
The Senate has begun debate on a new emergency spending bill to get the
government going again.
The plan would require President Clinton to agree to balance the budget in
The House already approved the measure in an early morning vote.
President Clinton promises a veto.
((IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THE BUDGET THEY HAVE PROPOSED THEY ARE ENTITLED
TO ANOTHER PRESIDENT THATS THAT ONLY WAY THEY ARE GOING TO GET IT RAW NAKED
OUT Q=NAKED POWER
The President says the Republican budget still calls for too many cuts in
education and social programs.
In light of the continuing budget crisis, the White House announced yesterday
that Vice President Al Gore will take the President's place at an economic
conference this weekend in Japan.
In other news from Washington -- a jury has acquitted the former White House
travel office director of embezzlement.
Billy Dale had been accused of taking White House funds for his
He insisted he used the money only for emergency press
Step-by-step this morning Yitzhak Rabin's confessed killer showed police
how he assassinated the Prime Minister.
Bob Simon has more from Tel Aviv.
IN Q=It was three in
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Simon/Reporting; 1:15
OUT Q=Bob Simon, CBS News Tel Aviv.
((It was three in the morning and there were more policemen around
the little parking lot than there had been the night of that
rally 10 days ago.
Igal Amir, the 25 year old law student, was brought in with a
bullet proof vest andlinked by a chain around his stomach to one
of the cops. He cast a cursory glance at the candle-lit shrine
marking the spot where the prime minister fell.
This was a re-enactment. Israeli police do this in serious crime
cases to build their case against the suspect. But Igal Amir is
not just a suspect. He is the confessed killer of Yitzak Rabin.
He pointed to the public phones around which he loitered for
hours, waiting for his prey. He had told police he was a driver
for one of the VIPs at the rally and the police had believed him.
This morning he smiled faintly as a few dozen people who'd
gathered behind police barricades shouted: murderer, maniac,
take off your skullcap you dog.
People also shouted at the police: Why wasn't security as tight
as this then?
Police gave him a toy gun in place of the beretta he'd used. One
cop played the prime minister. Others played Rabin's guards.
But Amir waved most of them away to show that at the crucial
moment, the prime minister had only one guard anywhere near him.
Amir walked quickly but calmly from around the left side of the
car. He walked through a gaping hole left by the guard who must
have been looking the other way. He pulled the gun and fired two
shots from a distance of less than two feet. The prime minister
slumped towards the car and died ninety minutes later.
Bob Simon, CBS News, Tel Aviv.))
Tennessee authorities are still in the dark about why a teenager went on a
shooting rampage yesterday at his high school, but they suspect it had
something to do with his grades.
Authorities say 17- year old Jamie Rouse shot and killed one teacher,
wounded another and killed a student who apparently got in the way.
One investigator says Rouse confessed he went to school with the intention
of killing teachers.
The high school will reopen tomorrow with counselors on hand to help
students and teachers deal with the trauma.
An employee of Appalachian Power says he was fired because he suffered from
John Reardon claims in a lawsuit that a company official visited him in a
psychiatric center and asked him to quit.
His lawsuit was filed this week in Roanoke Circuit Court.
Reardon, a power line repairman for the company since 1981, was admitted to
a psychiatric hospital for ten days in July for depression and other problems.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
We'll crash a party in outer space,
and some wines get better with age, but not this one.
Local stores pop the cork on a not-so-vintage vintage, next, on News 7 at
music up full
In space today, you would have thought it was Christmas.
The crews of the shuttle Atlantis and Mir space station exchanged gifts
early this morning, in a ceremony symbolizing cooperation between the U-S and
Russia in the building of a future international space station.
Both crews are now busy at work.
Cosmonauts and astronauts are ferrying more than one-thousand pounds of
supplies between the spacecraft, including food and water.
Wine connoisseurs get their first taste of the 19-95 French vintage today.
Beaujolais Nouveau (BOW-JU-LAY NEW-VO) hit the shelves this morning.
It goes on sale the third Thursday in November every year.
This is a fresh, red wine that some say should be used right away.
IN Q=Most think people
((GORDAN KENDALL/HARRIS TEETER WINE CONSULTANT: MOST PEOPLE THINK BEAUJOLAIS
NOUVEAU SHOULD BE DRANK BY NEW YEAR'S DAY. THAT'S NOT ENTIRELY TRUE. YOU CAN
DRINK IT FOR A YEAR. IT HAS FRESH AND FRUITY CHARACTERISTICS AND IS NOT MEANT
FOR AGING. ))
SUPER=01-Gordan Kendall/Harris Teeter Wine Consultant;
OUT Q=meant for aging.
The process from the vine to the bottle takes only about ten days.
It's a relatively inexpensive wine, costing less than ten dollars a bottle.
Some Montgomery County residents say the Smart Road is not a very smart
They continued their debate at a public hearing last night, as the County
Board of Supervisors considered providing land for the highway.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=This is classic corporate
SUPER=01-Dan Fleming/Smart Road Opponent; :00
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Last Night; :12
SUPER=01-Mike Scanlon/New River Valley Greens; :29
SUPER=01-Keith Furr/Smart Road Supporter; :46
OUT Q=News 7, Christiansburg
((DAN FLEMING/SMART ROAD OPPONENT: THIS IS CLASSIC CORPORATE WELFARE. CLASSIC
CORPORATE WELFARE. SO FOR A FEW DOLLARS FOR TECH, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO SELL OUT
FOR CORPORATE WELFARE. ))
Many New River Valley residents feel their own welfare is getting run over
to make room for the Smart Road.
Several local environmental groups have filed suit against the Virginia
Department of Transportation-- saying it hasn't allowed enough public input on
((MIKE SCANLON/NEW RIVER VALLEY GREENS: THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN IT THROUGH THE
PUBLIC PROCESS. THEY SHOULD HAVE PUT OUT A SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
STATEMENT, AND PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE CHANCE TO SPEAK, LIKE TONIGHT.
HOWEVER, THEY DIDN'T. THEY'VE TRIED TO CIRCUMVENT THE PUBLIC PROCESS-- AND
THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASON'S WE'RE TAKING THEM TO COURT. ))
Other opponents of the Blacksburg to Roanoke link say it's a waste of money.
But supporters say its boost for economic development will make it
((KEITH FURR/SMART ROAD SUPPORTER: WE HAVE A LOT OF AMENITIES HERE IN
MONTGOMERY COUNTY-- PAID FOR BY TAXES. UNLESS WE HAVE JOBS, UNLESS WE HAVE
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WE WON'T BE ABLE TO PAY FOR THESE GOOD LIBRARIES-- WE
WON'T BE ABLE TO PAY FOR A LOT OF THINGS. ))
The Smart Road hasn't gotten the green light yet.
The county board of supervisors is expected to vote on the issue at its next
meeting November 20th.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Christiansburg.))
Meanwhile, State Transportation Secretary Robert Martinez (mar-TEE-nez) says
he believes the lawsuit challenging the Smart Road has no merit, and he
predicts the challenge will be dismissed.
In Roanoke this morning, for a meeting of the Commonwealth Transportation
Board, Martinez said the state has made an exhaustive review of environmental
issues, and modified the road's design accordingly.
IN Q=So I think
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: SO I THINK IT HAS BEEN A VERY
EXHAUSTIVE DESIGN AND FRANKLY THE E.I.S. APPROVAL WAS SOME TIME BACK AND IT
SEEMS QUITE UNUSUAL TO ME NOW AT THIS VERY LATE TIME THAT THEY WOULD BE
PROVIDING A LAWSUIT ON THOSE ISSUES.))
SUPER=01-Robert Martinez/Va. Transportation Secretary;
OUT Q=a lawsuit on those issues.
Despite the latest obstacles, Martinez says he remains optimistic that the
Smart Road will be built.
Blue-chip stocks are continuing their push into record territory.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 31 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next --
Houston in Nashville? The Oilers slide into Tennessee,
and count not one, but TWO football rivalries at this weekend's Tech - U-V-A
Steve Mason says the match will pit former teammates against each other.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC= vshl graphic
Some stunning news for E-C Glass -- the second-ranked team in the final
Associated Press Group Triple A state prep football poll.
The Hilltoppers forfeited two victories yesterday after discovering they
used an academically ineligible player in the games.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra;
E-C Glass also relinquished their Western District championship to Heritage
and Albemarle after the losses dropped their record from 10-and-Oh to
The news got Heritage into the state playoffs and knocked North Stafford
E-C Glass still had enough Virginia High School League ratings points to
The Houston Oilers are headed to Tennessee.
Oilers owner Bud Adams signed a document today in Nashville promising to
move his team to the Tennessee city in 19-98.
Houston's mayor says he won't spend taxpayer money to keep the Oilers in the
Virginia Tech and U-V-a will play for state bragging rights in this
weekend's long time rivalry match up.
And for the first time, Tech's Brian Jennings and U-V-a's Anthony Poindexter
will be adversaries.
Lining up on opposite sides of the ball will be tough, after the two players
teamed up to win a state championship at Jefferson Forest.
Steve Mason has the story.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Ettrick/1992 State Championship Game; :00
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/Played for 2 Titles with Bryan; :09
SUPER=03-Forest/September 4, 1992; :17
SUPER=01-Bryan Jennings/Graduated from Forest in 1993; :23
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Recruited Both Players; 1:34
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
((Together, they helped bring a the title to Jefferson Forest, a triumph
that built a bond you can still feel three years later when one talks about the
They not only hooked up countless times on their home field in Forest, but
off it as well.
They won't be late this Saturday. At high noon Hokies tight end Brian
Jennings and UVa linebacker Anthony Poindexter will each try and beat the other
to help their respective teams win.
Unfortunately, their college careers began on the same paths; each finding
their way to the bench due to injuries; Poindexter had a bad knee, Jennings the
same, only his knees were fraught with tendinitis. But both have exploded onto
the football scene this season. Jennings has 16 catches for 237 yards while
Poindexter is third in tackles for UVa. And while they will both feel awkward
facing each other; they should take comfort in knowing their new rivalry is
helping to set a trend in Virginia.
Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
(toss to patrick)
(patrick ad lib)
It's the Great American Smoke-Out today.
Coming up on Health Check, we'll visit a SMOKE-SCREAM.
At two o'clock this afternoon many school children in our area will be
screaming out against smoking.
That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for joining us.
That, plus all the days news, sports and weather-- On News 7 at FIVE.