Next on News Seven, hundreds of (----------------)
Kroger Workers say they are prepared to strike.
They're unhappy with the contract being offered.
The standoff continues in Montana between the F-B-I and the Freeman.
Government officials say they want to avoid another Waco.
And this dog inherits ten-thousand dollars from his owner?
News Seven is next.
GRAPHIC=Kroger Contract Vote
Kroger grocery stores may have a hard time keeping all checkout lanes open.
This afternoon the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400 voted
down the company's latest offer.
A second vote was taken and two-thirds of the union members voted to
authorize a strike.
Now the ball is in the company's court.
If Kroger officials do not negotiate a new contract, union officials say
their workers will strike.
IN Q=insurance is good
((JANET HALE/UNION MEMBER: THE INSURANCE IS GOOD BUT YOU CAN'T EVEN PAY THE
RENT WITH WHAT THEY'RE OFFERING. YOU COULD GO TO A NON-UNION STORE AND MAKE
TOM MCNUTT/PRESIDENT LOCAL 400: THE MONEY IS A MAJOR ISSUE HERE AND WHILE
WE'RE HAPPY OF COURSE WITH PRESERVING THE BENEFITS THE PEOPLE JUST DIDN'T FEEL
THE MONEY WAS SUFFICIENT.
KAREN MCCOY/UNION MEMBER: I REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A DECENT CONTRACT FOR
SENIOR PEOPLE BUT EVIDENTLY THERE WERE MORE PART-TIME PEOPLE IN THE BARGAINING
UNIT THAT DIDN'T FEEL LIKE THEY GOT A FARE SHAKE SO WE JUST ALL GOT TO STICK
SUPER=01-Janet Hale/Union Member; :00
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/President Local 400; :09
SUPER=01-Karen McCoy/Union Member; :17
OUT Q=TO STICK TOGETHER
Company officials have offered a dollar- ten pay increase over the next five
This contract vote affects union workers in Tennessee, Virginia and West
These employees include cashiers, deli and produce workers.
If a strike occurs, it will start tomorrow night.
News seven's attempts to reach company officials were unsuccessful.
Supporters are beginning to rally behind a group of anti-government
militants as the standoff with the F-B-I heads into its second week.
The Freemen Patriots of the Northwest has announced plans to stage a
demonstration tomorrow in Lewistown, Montana, about 120 miles from the site of
Bob Orr has the story.
SUPER=01-William Webster/Former FBI Director; :18
SUPER=01-Norman Olsen/Michigan Militia; :40
SUPER=01-William Sessions/Former FBI Director; 1:14
SUPER=01-Bob Orr/Reporting; 1:25
OUT Q=CBS, Washington
VO Weaver/Ruby Ridge
Federal agents are weighing an unexpected offer of help from white separatist
Randy Weaver. His wife and son were killed by federal agents during a 1992
siege in Idaho. Now Weaver reportedly wants to mediate the Freemen standoff.
It's NOT an option that appeals to former FBI director William Webster.
SOT/WILLIAM WEBSTER, FORMER FBI DIRECTOR from stakeout
"A mediator has got to be one who enjoys the trust of both sides. And
I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who fit that description
probably better than Randy Weaver."
VO Militia pix
Federal authorities are far more worried about interference from outside
agitators. The self-proclaimed leader of the Michigan militia today announced
plans to move a convoy of followers and supplies to Montana in preparation for
a deadly showdown.
SOT/NORMAN OLSEN, MICHIGAN MILITIA from CBS Face the Nation
"If this is going to be the place where the second American revolution finally
culminates in war, then it's good for a battlefield commander to be
But the founder of the MONTANA militia says Olsen and others like him aren't
SOT/JOHN TROCHMAN, MILITIA OF MONTANA from ABC This Week with Brinkley
"If anyone from another state wishes to come visit Montana, they better
do it without their guns. We don't need help from other states. We would
like to see a peaceful settlement to this just like everyone else would."
And former FBI director William Sessions... who watched standoffs give way to
deadly shootouts at Ruby Ridge and at Waco...says HERE- patience is the best
SOT/WILLIAM SESSIONS, FORMER FBI DIRECTOR, from stakeout
"There are not people in that compound who have killed anybody. There
are not people who are attacking anybody. They can probably afford to sit and
But how long? For the FBI, it's a balancing act. Wait too long, and risk
being labeled as soft on lawbreakers... move too SOON to ignite a
confrontation, and risk the specter of more americans killed by federal force.
Bob Orr, CBS News, Washington.
In Japan, hundreds of people demonstrated against U-S military bases on
The lease on the small patch of land is about to run out.
Longstanding opposition to the bases intensified after the rape of a
12-year-old girl by three U-S servicemen.
More recently, Okinawans have been angered by government plans to force
reluctant landowners to renew leases for the base.
In Tokyo, about 22-hundred people marched to the Foreign Ministry.
President Clinton will discuss the Okinawa bases during a visit to Japan
TAPE# net 15:03:04
Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced he will halt combat operations in
the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
Yeltsin says he will pull his troops out... but on a limited basis.
He also agreed to hold indirect talks with rebel leaders.
However, the Russian president did not promise an end to the fighting and
did not indicate any compromise was going to happen.
Fights broke out as immigration officers in Hong Kong worked non-stop last
night to process applications from thousands of residents trying to become
British Dependent Territories Citizens.
By midnight over 22,000 applications had been accepted.
However, because of the long lines and slow process the applicants became a
The passports do not provide the right to live in Britain, but offer
visa-free travel to approximately 80 countries.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Some european cattle stranded at sea for a week has found safe haven in
Giles county's top hiking destination is back in working order thanks to
forest rangers and volunteers.
But first let's check in with Kimberly...
Wx ad lib
We're ringing in April quite appropriately, with showers--
Rain amounts will stay fairly light, generally less than a quarter of an
inch for most areas.
But in the New River Valley and far southwest Virginia, a flash flood watch
is in effect--
Rain there could be heavy at times.
We'll tell you more about what to expect as we head into the work week-- so
stay right where you are.
MUSIC UP FULL
An intoxicated Marine who says he was trying to get back to the Quantico
Marine Corps Base was arrested early today after trying to climb the White
A Secret Service spokesman says an agent approached an extremely intoxicated
man at the fence.
The man told the officer he thought he was at the Quantico base in northern
Corporal Jebediah Morris was arrested and charged with unlawful entry.
He's being held in a District of Columbia jail.
The mad cow disease panic has not stopped Egyptian officials from receiving
The cattle had been stranded at sea for a week after the Egyptians imposed a
ban on all European cattle.
The ban was in response to the scare that British beef may be infected with
the so-called mad cow disease.
The Egyptians lifted the general cattle ban on Friday - only British cattle
With sales of 200 million dollars a year, Ireland is the main beef supplier
Walmart is expanding again in Virginia,
The Lynchburg airport sees a dip in passenger traffic,
And the dow has a DOWN week.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :07
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Wednesday; :17
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wednesday; :30
SUPER=03-Richmond/Thursday; :45 (QUICK)
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./Thursday; 1:05
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Passenger traffic at the Lynchburg Regional Airport was down for the second
In February it dropped seven-percent compared to the same period a year ago.
Wednesday was WalMart day in both Southside Virginia and the New River
Valley, as the discount retailer opened two massive SuperCenters on the same
There are now four of these stores in our area, which sell both general
merchandise AND groceries.
About 100 Union workers from tire and rubber plants across our region
rallied outside a Firestone store in Roanoke County this week.
They were protesting what they consider unfair treatment of employees at
five Bridgestone-Firestone plants in the midwest.
A battle to get the lone permit to build a new hospital in the New River
Valley has become downright nasty.
During a meeting before regulators this week, it was revealed that the
leader of Montgomery Regional Hospital was allegedly willing to pay employees
20-dollars to tear down petitions in support of Radford Community Hospital's
The news was a bit more cheery in Halifax County, where the Family Dollar
discount chain announced plans to build a 30-million-dollar distribution
When completed next year, it will employ 500 people.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped
50-points, closing at 55-87-point-14.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
TAPE# 96-29; edit 96-17
Governor George Allen has appointed a former Roanoke resident to the
Virginia Parole Board.
Monty Tucker will be sworn in tomorrow.
Tucker was appointed as chairman of the board last month by Governor Allen.
He served as U-S Attorney in Roanoke from 19-90 to 93.
Prior to his appointment, Tucker was employed as legal counsel and office
chief for the F-D-I-C in Dallas, Texas.
It was a government lesson for some elementary students in Roanoke.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte last week spoke to third graders at Green Valley
He says it's important to teach young students about politics.
IN Q=i think it's
((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE-R-6TH DISTRICT: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO START
WITH CHILDREN AT ANY AGE AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT WHAT GOVERNMENT IS ALL ABOUT
AND WHO THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ARE AND WHAT WE DO BECAUSE EVEN THOUGHT
IT MIGHT BE VERY RUDIMENTAL IN THE THIRD GRADE IT'S NONE THE LESS IMPORTANT FOR
PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS AND TO FEEL LIKE THEY'RE A PART OF
OUT Q=part of the process
Goodlatte says children who are educated in the political system will become
responsible voters and understand the government's responsibility to them.
MUSIC ON TAPE
The weather delays.. but does NOT stop the Space Shuttle from landing.
We'll meet a dog that struck it rich, but not by hitting the lottery.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Space Shuttle Atlantis
The Space shuttle Atlantis and its five astronauts landed in the California
desert just before sunrise today.
SUPER=03-Edwards AFB, CA;
Cloudy skies prevented a Florida touchdown.
Mission Control tried for two consecutive days to land Atlantis at the
Kennedy Space Center, but thick, low clouds interfered.
Flight directors finally gave up and ordered the shuttle to land at Edwards
Air Force Base, where the weather was good.
NASA's next shuttle flight is a 10-day science voyage by Endeavour in
Flood waters tore up the Cascades hiking trails in January.
And as Denise Allen reports crews have been working for months, making the
New River valley attraction safe for hikers.
IN Q=nat sot
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :04
SUPER=01-David Collins/Blacksburg District Ranger; :24
SUPER=01-Jan Thomas/Giles Co. Chamber of Commerce; 1:16
OUT Q=News 7
(( Thousands of people walk this trail to enjoy the water, but in January
melting snow and rain water turned this beautiful stream into a recking ball.
Flood waters wiped out the lower trail leading to the water falls and two
On the upper trail water washed away culverts and top soil.
((DAVID COLLINS/BLACKSBURG DISTRICT RANGER: THE REASON WE HAD TO CLOSE THE
AREA WAS BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE AND THE HAZARDS THAT WERE INVOLVED.))
The past two months have been full of back breaking work for forest rangers.
They've cleared boulders off the trail and replace top soil and stone foot
But they're working on a limited budget--using money allotted for the usual
winter clean up.
They plan to reopen the park April fifth, but despite their hard work the
lower trail remains closed indefinitely.
David Collins says it will take more money to dig out the trail which was
covered by landslides.
((THE DIFFERENCE WOULD BE IT USED TO BE A LOOP TRAIL BUT OF COURSE WITH THE
BRIDGES GONE IT'S NO LONGER A LOOP.))
Volunteers organized by the Giles County Chamber of Commerce have helped
move the clean up along, by picking up truck loads of debris and moving tons of
This effort was to help reopen one of the county's top attractions.
((JAN THOMAS/GILE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: PEOPLE LOVE TO HIKE AND WHEN
THEY COME TO GILES COUNTY THEY THINK OF NATURE AND THE OUTDOORS AND HIKING,
THE RIVER AND THINGS LIKE THAT SO THAT'S ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THEY COME TO THE
There's still work to be done.
The Giles County Chamber of Commerce plans another volunteer work day in mid
And forestry officials say they'll study the cost of reopening the lower
But regardless of the work that's done, David Collins says mother nature may
have made changes that will last forever.
Denise Allen News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Women's final four
The Lady Vols of Tennessee picked up another national Championship today
beating Georgia 83 to 65.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/ESPN; :
Pat Summit ready for the battle with S-E-C rival Georgia.
Georgia's La'Keisha Frett takes it in the paint and scores the basket
drawing the foul for the three point play to tie it at 14.
But Tennessee came back strong Michelle Marciniak takes it to the hoop and
the Georgia fell behind 24 to 19.
The Lady Vols took control of the game in the second half Tiffany Johnson
going inside for the 68 to 52 lead.
Tennessee maintained a double SUPER=33-Tennessee/=83/Georgia/=65; figure
lead throughout the second half to win it 83 to 65.
IN Q="We got
((PAT SUMMITT/TENNESSEE HEAD COACH: WE GOT A LOT OF GOOD LOOKS IN THE FIRST
HALF, AND I KNEW GEORGIA WOULD MAKE A RUN ON US, I'M SO PROUD THAT WE WERE ABLE
TO HANDLE THEIR PRESSURE AND I THINK OUR MENTALITY OF LAY UP OR SET UP GOT US A
LOT OF EASY SHOTS.))
SUPER=01-Pat Summitt/Tennessee Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......easy shots."
It's Tennessee's fourth national title and the first since 1991.
Syracuse is making its first trip back to the Championship since 1987 when
they lost to an Indiana team on a last second shot.
JIm Boeheim remembers the game well and he's talked to his team about. But
the pressure is on Kentucky.
IN Q="I told the
((JIM BOEHEIM/SYRACUSE HEAD COACH: ))
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Boeheim/Syracuse Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach; :24
OUT Q=.......no escaping that."
The game tips off tomorrow night at 9 and you can watch it right here on
your Hometown Station.
The Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks this afternoon 98 to 79 and
clinched the Atlantic Division.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
the Magic is always tough at home in Orlando and they were again today.
The ball goes inside to a wide open Shaquille O'Neal who throws down the
slam for two of his 32 points.
But the Knicks come right back John Starks from downtown hits the three
pointer to keep New York in the game.
Orlando then took over again the ball goes in to Shaq for the jam as the
Magic began to pull away.
Horace grant had a good day he SUPER=32-Orlando/=98/New York/=79;scored
23 points as the Magic beats the New york Knicks 98 to 79.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/KCOP; :
In Minnesota, Kevin McHale watching the Timberwolves in action.
Rodney Rogers had a season high 25 points as the Clippers beat the wolves
snapping a five game road losing streak.
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=fIRST SCORE
And coming up, Jeff Gordon wins the rain shortened Food City 500 Patty
Sheehan wins the first major on the L-P-G-A tour.
And Fred Couples breaks a two year drought on the P-G-A tour.
Rain delays, cautions and red flags throughout the day at Bristol but Jeff
Gordon was the winner of the Food city 500 when the race was called off on lap
342 because of rain.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/ESPN; :
After a 45 minute rain delay the drivers were anxious to get started three
cautions in the first 50 laps the third coming when Ward Burton gets under Mike
Skinner and slides into the inside wall.
Skinner remained on the track but several laps later while leading the
race he gets lose in turn three and hits the wall but no caution.
Rick Mast, suffering from the flu, was having a strong run he was second
behind leader Bill Elliott with 100 laps in the book.
But Rusty Wallace finally worked his way to the front with a strong run
and he was the leader at the halfway mark of the race.
Another shower hit the area and the Cars were red flaged on lap 324.
The race resumed but after a couple of laps Darrell Waltrip hits the wall
in turn one doing heavy damage to his car and bringing out another red Flag.
Following Waltrips crash the rain came even harder forcing NASCAR officials
to call off the race and delcare Gordon the winner.
IN Q="It's just
((JEFF GORDON/FOOD CITY 500 WINNER: IT'S JUST NOT THE SAME, I KNOW, BUT IT'S
PRETTY AMAZING THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING FOR US. AND I CAN'T BELIEVE WE JUST WON
AT BRISTOL THIS WAY. THIS IS AMAZING))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Food City 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.........IS AMAZING."
Terry Labonte was second, Mark Martin third, Earnhardt fourth and Rusty
For the first time in over two years Fred Couples made it to the winners
circle on the P-G-A tour winning the Players championship.
SUPER=03-Ponte Verda, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
It was all good for Couples today at 16 he gets the lucky bounce from the
fairway he hits the top of the ball it glides into the green and bounces into
the rough instead of the water.
Couples got himself back together and putting from the fringe on the side
of the green he slips it in for an eagle to keep his score at 16 under par.
Couples picked up three strokes on the final three holes shooting an 8
under par and he wins the event at 18 under four shots in front of Colin
Montgomerie and Tommy Tolles.
SUPER=03-Rancho Mirage, CA/ABC SPORTS; :
On the ladies tour, Hall of famer Patty Sheehan won the Nabisco Dinah Shore
this birdie putt on the 17-th green put Sheehan at 7 under par with one hole
At 18 She rolled in this par put to win the event Sheehan firing a final
round 1 under par 71 finishing at 7 under for the tournament.
It's Sheehan's 35-th victory in 17 years on tour.
How much is that doggy in the window?
Denise Allen tells us one dog was worth so much, his owner left him a 10
thousand dollar estate.
IN Q=when Donna Wood
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dick Brown/Leigh's Friend; :18
SUPER=01-Claude Carter/Ambie's Attorney; :54
OUT Q=News 7
(( When Donna Wood picked up Ambie from the pound she didn't know she'd
inherited a rich pooch.
Wood's friend Leigh Jones had just died and relatives were unable to take
Jones had few friends and was described as a recluse who cared for his
ailing mother for 18 years.
((DICK BROWN/LEIGH'S FRIEND: HE WAS A FINE GENTLEMAN AND AMBIE WAS HIS FAMILY.
IT WAS HE AND AMBIE AGAINST THE WORLD.))
Now Sir Abercombie Of Danlin, or Ambie, has an attorney who doles out his
10-thousand dollar inheritance.
The 13 year old dog has medical problems which cost about 100- dollars a
The inheritance covers that and his new owner gets a small food stipend.
Ambie also bought a fence which affords him plenty of running room.
((HE LEFT MONEY TO HIS DOG, MONEY HE DIDN'T REALLY HAVE BUT I GUESS HE DID HAVE
IT IN A WAY. HE KNEW THE HOUSE WOULD BE WORTH SOMETHING.))
((CLAUDE CARTER/AMBIE'S ATTORNEY: PEOPLE BECOME VERY ATTACHED TO THEIR ANIMALS
AND WANT THEM TO BE CARED FOR. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THE AMOUNT WAS THE
THING I THOUGHT WAS SIGNIFICANT.))
Dick Brown says Jones poured all his affection into Ambie.
Needless to say Ambie was spoiled.
((THE DOG HAD NO TRAINING WHAT SO EVER. HE WAS A NUISANCE TO BE AROUND BECAUSE
HE JUMPED ALL OVER YOU.))
Medical bills are depleting Ambie's trust fund.
His attorney says when Ambie dies, the remainder of HIS estate goes to Leigh
Denise Allen News 7.))
But until that time, it's not a dog's life for Ambie.