No strike for Kroger employees--
That's the decision after union members met tonight, and voted to approve
a new contract offer.
Double Boxes=Jean and Kimberly/Newsroom
Kimberly McBroom was at tonight's meeting.
Kim, what changes were made from last night's offer?
Well, Jean the only real change is is about a 50- percent increase in
Kroger's incentives program.
The wage increases and health benefits remain the same.
But while the contract was approved in the final tally of 855 to 583-- it
wasn't the final word for many Kroger employees.
IN Q=People who got everything
SUPER=01-Charles Dougill/Contract Opponent; :00
SUPER=01-Bonnie Gills/Contract Supporter; :07
SUPER=01-Steve Shipplett/Contract Supporter; :12
SUPER=01-Gary Summers/Contract Opponent; :41
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/UFCW Local 400 President; 1:08
OUT Q=busy Easter week
SOT tape 2 8:38:38
((CHARLES DOUGILL/CONTRACT OPPONENT: PEOPLE WHO GOT EVERYTHING ALREADY GOT
MORE. PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE GOT NOTHING AND WILL NEVER GET NOTHING. ))
SOT tape 2 8:39:20
((BONNIE GILLS/CONTRACT SUPPORTER: I THINK PEOPLE THAT'S BEEN THERE A LONG
TIME DESERVES A LITTLE MORE THAN THOSE WHO WERE HIRED YESTERDAY. ))
SOT tape 2 8:31:33
((STEVE SHIPPLETT/CONTRACT SUPPORTER: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO VOTE YOUR OWN
CONSCIENCE AND WHEN THEY COME UP THROUGH THE RANKS AND THEY GET TO WHERE WE GOT
TO, THEN THEY'LL BE MAKING MORE MONEY BECAUSE OF THIS. ))
At first glance, it appears the union vote was divided between the new
versus senior employees.
Their newly- passed contract provides a dollar- ten wage increase over the
next five years-- and maintains health benefits.
But some who've worked for Kroger many years say that's not enough.
SOT TAPE 2 8:19:35
((GARY SUMMERS/CONTRACT OPPONENT: WE HAVE HAD ABOUT A 45- CENT INCREASE OVER A
12- YEAR PERIOD. AND THERE'S A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO-- AND THIS CONTRACT
FRANKLY DOES NOT DO THAT. ))
What the contract does do is increase annual incentives packages, provided
employees meet the company's goals.
And while some workers say they've been sold out-- the union president
says it was ultimately their choice. (/////SOT/////)
SOT tape 2 8:49:12
((TOM MCNUTT/UFCW LOCAL 400 PRESIDENT: THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. THERE'S
ALWAYS PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY WITH IT. BUT THERE'S OBVIOUSLY
855 WHO ARE. THAT'S THE WAY THE SYSTEM WORKS. ))
Take Pre-pro please
Meanwhile, Kroger officials say they're pleased that the latest offer was
accepted-- especially since this is the start of the busy Easter week.
So, Jean at least for now, Kroger workers won't be trading in the checkout
lanes for picket lines.
Double Boxes=Jean and Kimberly/Newsroom
(Question: When does the contract take effect?)
Last summer residents of Pembroke in Giles County hooked up to a brand new,
sorely needed sewer system.
What they didn't bargain for, however, was the increase in their monthly
Tonight, town council could offer no immediate relief.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Last August, the town of Pembroke
SUPER=01-Kimberly Neice/Sewer & Water Customer; :19
SUPER=01-Randy Lemmon/Pembroke Town Manager; 1:00
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Last August, the town of Pembroke opened its new one-point-six million
dollar sewer plant.
Residents understood they would be paying sewer bills, but many told town
council they didn't plan on higher WATER bills as well.
((BUT FELLAS, THE WATER BILLS ARE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY'RE AS MUCH AS
THE ELECTRIC BILLS, AND THAT'S UNREASONABLE. ))
((KIMBERLY NEICE/PEMBROKE RESIDENT: LAST MONTH OUR BILL WAS 68 OR 65. THIS
MONTH IT WAS 40 FOR JUST 21 DAYS. ))
Town manager Randy Lemmon says the problem is that the health department
also forced the town to make WATER improvements. It had to start paying that
loan at the same time the sewer system went on line.
So customers are also paying more for water, even though only part of the
system was upgraded and some people still have the same old problems.
((AND IT'S RUSTY, IT'S RUINED SOME OF THE PEOPLE'S CLOTHES UP THERE. ))
Lemmon says the timing of the two projects couldn't have been worse, but
couldn't have been helped.
In the long term, he hopes the improvements will spur development and enable
the rates to drop.
((RANDY LEMMON/PEMBROKE TOWN MANAGER: IT'S STICKER SHOCK AND IT'S REGRETTABLE,
BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAD TO DO. THIS NOW ENABLES THE TOWN TO GROW, WHERE
IT WAS LOSING POPULATION. ))
Plans for further water upgrades are under way. Lemmon says the town has 55
percent leakage from its old lines. It's contracting engineers to find the
leaks so the problems may be corrected.
Tracy Altizer, News 7. ))
Anti-abortion groups walked in the rain tonight at the White House.
With candles and umbrellas in hand they took their message to the
They're hoping to put pressure on President Clinton to sign a bill that
bans partial birth abortions.
The President says he'll veto the bill because it makes no exception to
save the mother's life.
The French abortion drug RU-486 may be available in the U-S before long.
The Food and Drug Administration has begun the approval process- that could
take a year.
Meanwhile word today that Planned Parenthood will begin offering drug
induced abortions at its New York State clinics beginning in June.
((THE SAFETY OF THE TWO DRUGS HAS BEEN VERY WELL ESTABLISHED.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Hausknect/Researcher; quick!
OUT Q=very well established.
The two drugs are already on the market for other uses.
But scientists believe the drugs used together can end early pregnancies.
The procedure will eventually be available nationwide.
Suicide Doctor, Jack Kevorkian, showed up for his third trial in costume.
He arrived in colonial style garb and a white wig-
Kevorkian says the law against him is archaic- He says if he's a criminal
so is Thomas Jefferson.
((DR. JACK KEVORKIAN: SO THOMAS JEFFERSON IN THIS LETTER ADVOCATES THE USE OF
POISON FOR SUICIDE FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM CANCER AND HE DIDN'T SAY TERMINAL.
HE MEANT TO REDUCE SUFFERING. NOW IF I AM A CRIMINAL SO WAS THOMAS JEFFERSON.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jack Kevorkian/Defendant;
OUT Q=so was Thomas Jefferson."
Kevorkian is on trial for the 1991 deaths of two women.
The 67 year old has acknowledged attending 27 deaths since 1990.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at 11, a new road may be running out Lynchburg
residents and businesses,
and you may need more money than you think when you use your ATM card. We'll
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
If you'e like many Americans you use your A-T-M card quite a bit.
But it might cost you more than you realize. Dave Fehling explains.
IN Q=(nat sound) Those little beeps
SUPER=01-David Nastasi/ATM Customer; 15
SUPER=01-Rep. Charles Schumer/(D) New York; 36
SUPER=01-Stan Paur/Pulse President; 53
OUT Q=CBS News, Houston.
((Those little beeps could add up to a lot of money, the biggest automatic
teller machine networks owned by visa and mastercard are now allowing more fees
to be charged to ATM users.
DAVID NASTASI/ATM CUSTOMER: I DON'T KNOW, I THINK BANKS MAKE ENOUGH MONEY.
ESPECIALLY ON WHAT THEY CHARGE ON IN INTEREST FOR CREDIT CARDS.
The new fees are being called a double whammy, because now, not only can
your bank charge you for using an ATM to access your account, so can whoever
owns the machine.
In the fifteen states that already allow it, the surcharges usually apply
to machines in supermarkets, airports and other locations away from banks.
REP. CHARLES SCHUMER/D-NEW YORK: CONGRESSMAN WE THINK ITS IRONIC, BUT THEY
CHOSE APRIL FOOLS DAY TO DO THIS.
Ironic because congressman Charles Schumer of New York says its no joke.
He wants federal law to require ATM operators to spell out their fees on
In response, the ATM industry says...
STAN PAUR/PRESIDENT PULSE: WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE IS THAT CONSUMERS
STILL HAVE MANY FREE OPTIONS IN USING ATM'S.
The best - use your bank's own machines, not ones on stores and hotels.
As is often the case, you have to pay for convenience. Dave Fehling, CBS
A V-DOT proposal to revamp the Route 460- 29 interchange near Lynchburg
got some serious scrutiny at a public meeting tonight.
That's because building a cloverleaf at the intersection would force thirty
businesses and residents out.
The original plan placed several businesses on a dead-end road.
Those property owners say they'd much rather have to relocate.
IN Q=We run fifteen
((LESTER ELDRIDGE/WOOLDRIDGE HEATING & AIR: WE RUN FIFTEEN TRUCKS IN AND OUT
DAILY, SO THIS IS A LOT BETTER. WE'RE GOING TO MOVE, BUT THAT'S PROGRESS.))
SUPER=01-Lester Wooldridge/Wooldridge Heating & Air; :00
OUT Q=but that's progress.
V-DOT says the increasing volume of traffic at the intersection is forcing
IN Q=The radiuses
((TOM RAMEY/VDOT ENGINEER: THE RADIUSES ON THE RAMPS ARE VERY TIGHT AND TRACTOR
TRAILERS HAVE A LOT OF TROUBLE NEGOTIATING THAT RAMP. AND THIS WITH THE
INCREASED TRAFFIC, IT BASICALLY HAS OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS AND WE JUST NEED A
SUPER=01-Tom Ramey/VDOT District Engineer; :00
OUT Q=need a new design.
If the affected landowners agree, V-DOT will start buying up necessary
property this summer.
Construction on the new interchange could get underway in early 1998.
Two suspects wanted by the F-B-I for questioning about several murders in
Delaware landed in the Rockbridge County jail.
The couple is from South Carolina.
Jerry and Colleen Sexton of North Charleston were stopped in front of the
Golden Corale restaurant in Lexington yesterday morning.
Police found drugs and guns in their recreational vehicle.
They were sitting in their R-V waiting for the restraunt to open when a
state trooper passed by.
IN Q=I was just on
((DAVE ALBERT/STATE TROOPER: I WAS JUST ON ROUTINE PATROL. GETTING READY TO
GET BACK OUT ON THE INTERSTATE AND HAPPENED TO OBSERVE THE VEHICLE THAT MATCHED
THE DESCRIPTION. I HAD WRITTEN DOWN THE THE DESCRIPTION ON THE VEHICLE ON A
NOTE PAD IN MY CRUISER AND JUST FOR SAKE, I SAW THE ONE THAT MATCHED IT WHICH
PULLED IN AND SAW THE TAG AND ONCE I SAW THE TAG I KNEW I HAD THE VEHICLE.))
SUPER=01-Dave Albert/State Trooper;
OUT Q=had the vehicle.
Authorities say the Sextons were arrested without incident.
Police confiscated about a kilo of cocaine, some meth-amphetamines, and
A young man with limited mental capacity and a history of setting fires was
sentenced today to 20 years in prison.
Jermaine Anderson is not retarded but has severe emotional problems.
Just before Christmas in 1994, he set fire to his grandmother's house.
Unlike the fatal fire he set at age seven, THIS time everybody got out safely.
But Police had their hands full with Anderson.
IN Q=and he
((AND HE STOOD BEFORE THE FIRE STARING AT IT WITH THIS GREAT KNIFE UPRAISED,
AND I COULD SEE HIS MUSCLES TENSE LIKE A WEIGHT LIFTER HE WAS SO ENERGIZED BY
THIS FIRE, AND WHEN HE SAW OFFICER HORN AND MYSELF, HE TURNED AND LOOKED
DIRECTLY IN MY EYE AND HE THREW THAT KNIFE RIGHT AT ME.))
SUPER=01-Lt. J.B. Lahar/Roanoke Police
OUT Q=right at me.
Under questioning from his own attorney, Anderson apologized to Lieutenant
IN Q=I'm sorry for what I did to him
((I'M SORRY FOR WHAT I DID TO HIM BY THROWING THE KNIFE AT HIM I SHOULD NEVER
HAVE DONE IT. ))
SUPER=01-Jermaine Keith Anderson/Arsonist
OUT Q=have done it.
Judge Diane Strickland said she wished with all her heart there was
something else she could do, but sent the 20-year old arsonist to the
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Two Virginia's five parole board members were victims of violent crime.
Linda Pitman made history two years ago as the first sexual assault survivor
appointed to the board.
Governor George Allen increased that point of view today, appointing Jackie
Sharpe of Norfolk.
Sharpe's son was murdered six years ago.
Former federal prosecutor and Roanoke resident Monty Tucker took over at the
helm of the board.
Since Allen appointees got control of the board, prisoners have been denied
parole three times more often than in the past.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next on the broadcast, Wal-mart's super expansion spree hits a road
block in Ferry Farm today,
and there is controvery over an Easter display at the state Capitol. We'll
tell you all about it, when News 7 returns.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanokers calling for a ward system in city council elections now want to
postpone a public hearing on the proposal.
City council scheduled a hearing later this month to consider holding a
But during today's council meeting, ward system supporters said they want to
wait until new council members take their seats.
IN Q=The same people
((REV. CHARLES GREEN/ROANOKE VALLEY NAACP: THE SAME PEOPLE WHO WILL DECIDE THIS
TIME, ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO DECIDED THE LAST TIME. THEY VOTED AGAINST IT AND
I HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THEY'RE GOING TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS TIME.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Green/Roanoke Valley NAACP;
OUT Q=anything different this time.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
Meanwhile council has narrowed the field of SCHOOL BOARD candidates.
Today, council members decided to interview Charles Day, Martin Jeffrey,
James Lowe Jr. and Brian Wishneff for two seats on the school board.
A fatal car accident tonight in Franklin county--
Authorities say one person was killed-- two others were injured.
One was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital-- the other was transported
to Franklin Memorial Hospital.
The accident happened just before 11 on Route 40 West at the intersection of
Route 6-19, between Rocky Mount and Ferrum.
Authorities are not releasing the names of the victims-- they are still
investigating at this hour.
The woman who put a nativity scene in the State Capitol in December is back.
Rita Warren marched into the Capitol with a multi-faith display celebrating
both Easter and Passover.
IN Q=Well I'm doing this
((RITA WARREN: WELL I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE YOU SEE THE EASTER BUNNY IS NOT
EASTER. NO MORE THAN SANTA CLAUS IS CHRISTMAS. IT'S CHRIST. HE WAS CRUCIFIED
AND WE CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION. AND BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE OWN THIS BUILDING
WE FEEL THAT WE GOT A RIGHT TO EXPRESS OUR FAITH.))
OUT Q=our faith.
Warren got the okay from General Assembly leaders to co-mingle church and
state in Capitol Square.
But she's still fighting Fairfax County in court over its refusal to allow
her nativity scene on county office building property.
Civil libertarians say Warren's set a new precedent at the Capitol-- and now
ANY group should be allowed to put up ANY kind of display.
NEWSCAST=6 & 11
TAPE#Weather Edit #3
A new month is upon us, and there are lots of things happening you need to
be aware of in April.
Patrick Evans keeps us abreast of events in our April Alamanc.
IN Q=(music up)
Highlights form the national title game, in case you missed it.
Major league notes from opening day, including the death of an umpire in
And we'll hear from the Express, who are on the verge of elimination in the
ECHL opening round after we check tonight's scores.
(/////Sports chyron motion/////)
Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q= ...last score
take a break
For the first time since 1978 the Kentucky Wildcats are the kings of college
That year that Jack Givens powered the Cats to the crown with a 41 point
explosion, last night it was a total team effort.
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ/CBS; :00
Rick Pitino, who'se been in the hotseat all season long feeling the pressure
to win the championship, squared off against his good friend and former mentor
Jim Boeheim, who was back in the title tilt for the first time since 1987.
The Orangemen would get off fast and play tough most of the first half with
John Wallace muscling inside for 15 points.
But Kentucky went on a 14-to-5 run late in the first half behind the long
range bombing of Tony Delk, who drilled six three pointers in the opening half
to give the Wildcats a 42-to-33 halftime advantage.
Freshman Ron Mercer, who played at Oak Hill last season, helped extend the
advantage in the second half with this three pointer.
And then Delk hit another bomb - his 7th of the game to the tie Steve
Alford's championship game mark.
But the "Cuse" would not go away. Wallace, who scored a game high 29 before
fouling out slams and helps get the lead down to 2.
But UK would put it away in the final 90 seconds as Delk appropriately gets
the final hoop of the night.
Kentucky wins the national championship with a 76-to-67 victory.
((TONY DELK/24 POINTS - 7 THREE POINTER:))
SUPER=01-Tony Delk/24 Points - 7 Three Pointers; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Boeheim/Syracuse Head Coach; :12
The Braves successfully opened defense of the their world series title this
afternoon by beating the Giants 10-to-8 in a slugfest on a dreary day at Fulton
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Giants vs. Braves; :00
Greg Maddux got the win today although he gave up four runs.
The Braves were just too much at the plate as Ryan Klesko, Jeff Blauser, Fred
McGriff, Mark Lemke and Jerome Walton each hit homers.
Before the game, the Braves were honored for last year's championship as each
team member was given a ring, and the traditional hanging of the banner.
At least for one day the jokes about the New York Mets have stopped.
Gotham City's embarrassment was anything but that in the team's home opener
SUPER=03-Flushing, NY/Cardinals vs. Mets; :00
The visiting Cards had a changing of the guard at shortstop today as Royce
Clayton replaced the Wizard Ozzie Smith in Tony LaRussa's debut with the Cards.
The Mets would fall behind six to nothing in this one before Todd Hundley and
former Card Bernard GIlkey led an unlikely comeback with homeruns.
The Mets score seven unanswered runs to deal the Cards a 7-to-6 setback.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :00
Weather was also a major winner today at three venues including Jacobs Field
Snow forced the postponement of the Indians home opener, and rain washed out
the Phillies and Orioles first games in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
The next story has some fairly hard hitting footage.
Riverfront stadium in Cincinnati is traditionally the site of the first
national league game of each season, yesterday it unfortunately was the site of
the year's first tragedy.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Yesterday; :00
Then yesterday just two minutes into the Reds-Expos game, home plate umpire
John McSherry collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack.
Medical Personnel administered CPR to the 53 year old New York native before
taking him to University of Cincinnati hospital.
Doctors pronounced him dead 55 minutes after the collapse. He reportedly had
a massive heart attack.
McSherry, who weighed 330 pounds has had medical problems for the past
In fact one of his fellow umpires confirmed that McSherry had an appointment
to see a doctor today about an irregular heart beat.
The game understandably was postponed.
Still to come tonight, big trouble for Cowboys all-pro Michael Irvin,
and the Express talks about how to avoid getting crowned by the Checkers
tomorrow night in game three.
The Express returned home yesterday after a morning practice in
They find themselves down two games to none and facing playoff elimination.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
Charlotte beat Roanoke twice over the weekend. The Express was OH for 14
on the power play while the Checkers were 5 for 12.
((JEFF JESTADT/EXPRESS LEFT WINGER: THEY PUT 5 FORWARDS OUT AT ONE TIME, 5
HIGH POWERED FORWARDS. AND THEN THERE WERE OTHER TIMES WHEN THEY PUT A COUPLE
OF D OUT JUST TO ONE TIME A PUCK AT THE NET, AND PUT SOME BIG GUYS OUT FRONT TO
SCRENE, AND YOU GET A COUPLE OF STRANGE BOUNCES AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/Express Left Winger; :00
OUT Q=...as well
In two games, Veteran Checker goalie Nick Vitucci has allowed only 2 goals.
((JASON CLARKE/EXPRESS RIGHT WINGER: ITS GOING TO TAKE A LOT TO BEAT NICK, AND
I THINK GAME 2 WHEN WE SHOT THE PUCK A LOT MORE, I THINK HE GOT A LITTLE MORE
FRUSTRATED, BECAUSE HE HAD TO CONCENTRATE A LOT MORE, AND I THINK THAT AS WE
GOT MORE SHOTS ON HIM I THINK HE'LL WEAR DOWN.))
SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/Express Right Winger; :00
OUT Q=....wear down"
Game three faces off tonight at 7 at the Round House.
There's been no comment from Dallas Cowboy all pro Michael Irvin who was
indicted on drug charges yesterday.
SUPER=04-Last Week; :00
The receiver has been indicted on a felony county of cocaine possession, and
a misdemeanor Marijuana possession charge.
Two topless dancers have also been indicted in the case.
No trial date has been set, but Irvan's lawyers say he will plead innocent.
He's free on a 55 hundred dollar bond. If found guilty he could get 20
Two Virginia Tech Softball players earned Atlantic 10 Honors today.
Former Cave Spring star Jennie Kallio was named A-10 pitcher of the week.
Katie Mills was named both freshman and overall player of the week.
The two have led the Hokies on a six game winning streak to leave Tech in
first place in the Atlantic 10.
This was judgment day for Wal-Mart -- and it lost in its internationally
publicized bid to build a new super store next to the foundations of George
Washington's boyhood home.
SUPER=03-Stafford Co./File Tape;
The Stafford County architectural review board voted five-to-zero to reject
the store that would have stood within eyesight of the remains of Ferry Farm.
It's the site that spawned the cherry tree and coin tossing myths about the
young George Washington.
Wal-Mart says it will appeal today's decision to the Stafford Board of