Three thousand local Kroger workers could walk off their jobs in just a
couple of hours.
Business reporter Len Besthoff is standing by. He'll have a live report.
A jarring end to opening day in Cincinnati- when umpire John McSherry
Plus April Fools day brings many practical jokes- We'll explain.
Could nature play a quick April Fools's joke in the highlands tonight? A
brief bout of snow is possible there. Forecast details coming up.
And on Health Check-- Carilion Health System is playing the name game--
Plus more about Planned Parenthood's plans to offer drug-induced abortions
at New York clinics starting in June.
SUPER=#D-0055; Coming up on NEWS-7 at Five
SOT 17:31:03 OFF CHANNEL 1 FROM "KROGER"
IN Q=You can't
((JANET HALE/KROGER UNION EMPLOYEE: YOU CAN'T EVEN PAY THE RENT WITH THE MONEY
OUT Q=they're offering.
More than three-thousand local Kroger workers could go on strike in a couple
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The most senior workers at the Kroger supermarket chain earn about 11
dollars an hour.
But union employees with less experience say they're not being paid enough.
Because of that, thousands of workers may walk off the job in just a few
Double Boxes Jean and Len
Len Besthoff says the bargaining unit's five-year contract expired over the
weekend, and union members voted to reject Kroger's new offer and go on strike.
So Len, if union workers DO go on strike, will the stores stay open?
Jean Kroger management says without a doubt, you'll still be able to go in
and get your groceries...but don't expect a speedy checkout.
(Rollcue: speedy checkout )
IN Q=Kroger says
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/UFCW Local 400 President;
OUT Q=wage package
(( Kroger says it will do the very best it can under the circumstances.
But a last minute counteroffer could keep workers off the picket lines and
on the checkout lines.
At this point though, union leaders don't seem optimistic that Kroger will
up the ante.
SOT 12:01:53 FROM NOON AIRCHECK
IN Q=It's a
((TOM MCNUTT/UFCW LOCAL 400 PRESIDENT: IT'S A SIGNIFICANT OFFER IN AS MUCH AS
THE COST OF MAINTAINING HEALTH AND WELFARE AMOUNTS TO ABOUT A
DOLLAR-AND-18-CENTS-AN-HOUR. AND THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT ADDITION IN COST TO THE
OUT Q=cost to the wage package.
Jean as far as wages go, Kroger is offering a dollar-ten increase over five
Double Boxes=Jean and Len/Microwave
(So what do the workers want, dollar-wise?)
We'll know better if union workers will go on strike
after they meet tonight at 7:00 at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Of course we'll have a full wrap up tonight on NEWS-7 after NCAA
A young man with a history of setting fires as a child was sent to the
penitentiary today for his latest arson attempt.
Jermaine Anderson had been arguing with his grandmother the night of the
incident- -just before Christmas of 1994.
When she told him he might have to go back to a special home for treatment,
he went berserk.
One of the arresting officers made an emotional plea to the judge today, not
to release the 20-year old firebug.
((I DON'T KNOW WHO HE MAY TRY TO KILL AGAIN. MAYBE IT'LL BE A LITTLE CHILD LIKE
THAT WAS IN THAT HOUSE, OR A GRANDMOTHER OR AN INFIRM PERSON, OR A BRAVE
FIREMEN WHO RUSHED THROUGH THE FLAMES THO BRING THAT INVALID OUT. I DO NOT
KNOW. BUT I'M TERRIFIED THAT HE WILL TRY TO KILL AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Lt. J.B. Lahar/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=kill again
Judge Diane Strickland sentenced Anderson to TWENTY years in the
A South Carolina couple is in the Rockbridge County jail for allegedly
transporting cocaine and possessing an exotic gun.
Jerry and Colleen Sexton of North Charleston are also wanted by the F-B-I
for questioniong about several murders in Delaware.
The two were arrested at a Lexington restaurant yesterday morning.
A state trooper spotted their vehicle, and called for help.
Authorities confiscated about a kilo of cocaine, some meth-amphetamines, and
a gun that looked like a pen.
Doctor Eric Korsh's medical malpractice lawsuit continued in Roanoke Circuit
For four days the jury has heard testimony from expert witnesses commenting
on plaintiff Pat Brunson's back condition- and the surgical spinal fusion
Doctor Korsh performed three years ago.
Brunson is suing the doctor and Lewis-Gale Clinic for two million dollars,
claiming Doctor Korsh was over-zealous in selling the bone-fusion surgery.
Korsh took the stand today saying the procedure was appropriate for
Brunson's condition and that Brunson DID understand the risks of surgery.
The Plaintiff says he is even worse for the wear now-- following surgery
using pedicel screws.
Some 50 other complaints from patients have been issued about Korsh with 19
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mother
Teresa is in the hospital.
And check this out-- Doctor Kevorkian shows up to his latest trial in
colonial garb-- we'll tell you why.
Drug-induced abortions will soon be done at Planned Parenthoods in New York.
That story coming up in Health Check.
Plus a look at April Fool's Day around the globe-- when News-7 at FIVE
Suicide Doctor, Jack Kevorkian, showed up for his third trial wearing quite
a get up.
He arrived in a colonial style costume 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.
wipe wipe wipe
Virginia's parole board has a new first: 40 percent of its members, or two
out of five, were victims of violent crime.
Governor George Allen appointed two new members today.
Jacqueline Sharpe of Norfolk had a son who was murdered in 1990.
Existing board member Linda Pitman-- is a sexual assault victim. The the two
women are the first ever violent crime victims on the board that decides how
long criminals stay behind bars in Virginia.
IN Q=I think
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HEAR THE ANGUISH, LISTEN
TO THE VIEWS AND PERSPECTIVES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY CRIME.
WHETHER THEY THEMSELVES PERSONALLY OR CLOSE LOVED ONES IN THEIR FAMILY.
CLEARLY, THESE FOLKS VIEWS WILL BE HEARD.))
OUT Q=be heard.
Allen also appointed former federal prosecutor and Roanoke resident Monty
Tucker as the board's new chairman.
Virginia abolished parole in 1994.
But the board expects to stay in business for another few decades, deciding
the fates of those who committed crimes before January first, of 1995.
Mother Teresa is hospitalized after falling and breaking her collar
SUPER=04-June 15, 1995;
The 85-year old Nobel Peace Prize honoree fell at her Missionaries of
Charity headquarters in India.
A doctor at the hospital said Mother Teresa's overall health and injuries
are not life-threatening.
The fall forced Mother Teresa to cancel a trip to the airport where she was
to accept 12 million-dollars worth of donated medical supplies.
The tales told by animals and rocks everyday are on display at the Virginia
Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
In addition to all the unique exhibits regularly on display at the Natural
History Museum in Martinsville, a brand-new traveling exhibit has arrived.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
As Patrick Evans reports, the traveling museum called "Stories of Nature"
invites imagination and intellect to explore our world.
SUPER=01-Sonya Wolen/Virginia Museum of Natural History;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Don't go away-- did the makers of the Mexi-melt run from the border and buy
the Liberty Bell??
And on Health Check-- the creation of the Carilion Medical Center...
plus a report from Danville on a program that provides relief for family
members caring for older loved ones.
IN Q=It gives
((MARY LEWIS/CARE GIVER: IT GIVES ME A BREAK EIGHT HOURS IN THE WEEK, I CAN RUN
ERRANDS OR DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS AND I FEEL SECURE MOM IS BEING TAKEN CARE OF.))
OUT Q=taken care of.
health bump next
The Star City's two largest hospitals have officially merged.
Community Hospital of the Roanoke Valley and Roanoke Memorial are now a
single organization- which will be called Carilion Medical Center.
The management of the two hospitals was consolidated in January, even though
the medical staffs will remain separate.
The merger is part of Carilion's "system wide re-engineering initiative."
Vice President Shirley Holland says the merger will allow Carilion Health
System to become more patient focused, while improving service and quality at
Although the French drug, RU-486 is still not available in the U-S, Planned
Parenthood plans to offer drug-induced abortions at its New York clinics
starting in June.
The organization's president says the procedure will then be made available
nationwide as an option to first-term surgical abortions.
The two drugs, Metho-trexate and Meeso-prostol, are already approved by the
F-D-A and are on the market for other uses.
But after extensive research and clinical trials, scientists now believe the
drugs can be made available for ending early pregnancies.
IN Q=The safety
((DR. RICHARD HAUSKNECHT/RESEARCHER: THE SAFETY OF THE TWO DRUGS HAS BEEN VERY
WELL ESTABLISHED. AT LEAST FROM MY OWN HANDS HERE IN THIS OFFICE
HAS BEEN 96-PERCENT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Hausknecht/Researcher; :
The drugs are taken in sequence: one stops the embryo from growing-- the
other induces uterine contractions to expel the embryo.
The procedure can be done in any trained doctor's office and would cost
around 300- dollars.
Planned Parenthood says any non-surgical option makes abortion safer.
Critics though, fear increased availability of a pill-- and an easier
method-- would mean more abortions.
Caring for an elderly parent or loved one who requires around the clock
attention isn't easy.
It's often hard to find time to run errands or have a few moments to
Teresa Hamilton reports tonight on a Danville program lending a helping
Jean--It's called the Adult Respite Care Program and it is offered by the
Coordinators say the best part is that the care giver isn't the only one who
IN Q=Start with Nat sound
SUPER=01-Mary Lewis/Care Giver; :30 quick!!
SUPER=01-Ronnie Mand/YWCA Executive Dir.; :45
OUT Q=wants to stagnate.
nat sound of singing
On Mondays and Fridays, the Danville Y-W-C-A is often filled with the sound
of laughter and music.
It's one way the Y provides fun for adults with special needs.
At the Y-- there's little chance of being bored.
There's always a game to play or puzzle to work.
For those who need time out-- the respite care program offers a safe place
to leave their loved ones.
IN Q=The care
((MARY LEWIS/CARE GIVER: THE CARE GIVERS, ESPECIALLY MYSELF, REALIZE THE
BREAKS WE NEED, IT'S A 24- HOUR A DAY JOB FOR ME. ))
OUT Q=a day job for me.
Lewis only wishes the program was offered more often.
It's the only one of its kind in Danville and Pittsylvania County.
IN Q=The director
((RONNIE MAND/YWCA EXECUTIVE DIR.:THE DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM, DEBORAH JONES
DISCUSSES CURRENT EVENTS WITH THEM, THEY TALK ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS, SO IT
KEEPS THEIR MINDS GOING ALSO, NOBODY WANTS TO STAGNATE. ))
OUT Q=to stagnate.
Adult Respite Care is offered Monday and Friday from 10 AM until two. It's
10- dollars a day, but the "Y" says there are scholarships available.
DOUBLE BOXES TERESA/Jean
(Question: What type of requirements are there for getting into the program?)
The Orangemen and Wildcats tip off in about four hours for the championship.
Mike Stevens is rested and back from vacation... with tonight's Two Minute
Ticker...welcome back Mike.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to your Monday afternoon and today's two
minute sports ticker.
Let's begin with the end of the college basketball season.
Tonight at nine, Syracuse and Kentucky battle for the national championship
at the Meadowlands.
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ; :00
The heat has been on Kentucky, and head coach Rick Pitino all season long to
bring a national title back to the Bluegrass state.
Pitino acknowledges the stress, but says in many ways he welcomes it.
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
((JIM BOEHEIM/SYRACUSE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Boeheim/Syracuse Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=...HANDLE THAT JOB."
The coverage of the national final begins tonight at nine, and the only place
you can watch it is right here on your hometown station.
Just a short time ago this afternoon, Cowboys all-pro Michael Irvin was
indicted on two counts of drug possession.
One of the charges is a misdemeanor marijuana possession, the other is a
felony cocaine possession charge.
No trial date has been set at this time.
The official start of the 1996 major league baseball season has been marred
by horrible weather and the unthinkable, the death of an umpire.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati/This Afternoon; :00
This afternoon 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.
McSherry, who weighed 330 pounds has had medical problems for the past
Doctors believe he died of a massive heart attack.
Old man winter wiped out three other games. Snow was the culprit in
Cleveland, while rain washed out openers in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
They did manage to play in Atlanta today as the defending world series
champion Braves opened up against the Giants.
Atlanta would outlast San Francisco to win the slugfest 10-to-8.
Coming up at six, more on the NCAA, and the Express talks about battling
back from the brink of elimination.
Have a nice evening everybody.
take a break
By now you must know today is the beginning of a new month-- and it is
April Fool's Day.
Around the globe, pranksters tried their best to fool others.
Full page ads in major newspapers throughout the country said that the
Liberty Bell had been sold to Taco Bell.
The fast-food restaurant chain played its April Fools joke by saying it
bought the Bell to help reduce the national debt.
Taco Bell officials said they would shuttle the bell back and forth between
the City of Brotherly Love and the national headquarters.
But the National Park Service wasn't laughing.
((ANNE MARIE DISERAFINO/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: THE LIBERTY BELL IS NOT FOR
SALE, WILL NOT BE SOLD AND IS RIGHT HERE IN PHILADELPHIA AND IT WILL REMAIN
SUPER=01-Anne Marie DiSerafino/National Park Service;
OUT Q=remain here.
Across the ocean--London papers reported that a royal Internet war is in the
offing, with both the Queen and Princess Diana setting up rival web pages.
Another carried an ad on a "new...left-handed" Mars chocolate bar.
One reported that T-V newscasters were too tall for the job and all those
over six feet would be fired.
It was a similar site if you picked up the Roanoke Times this morning, all
the articles on the front of the Extra section were bogus.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
Supporters of Greenways say the city of Roanoke is passing up a golden
The local greenway committee presented its plan for a network of more than
But members of the group want more than city council's blessing.
Today, they urged the city to coordinate greenway construction with a new
sewer line along the Roanoke River.
Keith Humphry will be here in 30-minutes with more on the story on NEWS-7
(ad lib bye)