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7Union-Vote

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TAPE# 96-23
GRAPHIC=Kroger Contract Vote


A possible strike tonight for Kroger workers.
Yesterday the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400 voted down the company's latest offer.
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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.
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((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 MORE MONEY.
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 TOGETHER. ))
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SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/President Local 400; :09
SUPER=01-Karen McCoy/Union Member; :17
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Company officials have offered a dollar- ten pay increase over the next five years.
This contract vote affects union workers in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
These employees include cashiers, deli and produce workers.
News 7's attempts to reach company officials were unsuccessful.
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7Tucker


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE# 96-29; edit 96-17
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A former Roanoke resident joins the Virginia Parole Board.
Monty Tucker will be sworn in today.
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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.
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7Cascades


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE# 96-27
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Last January, the Cascades hiking trials suffered severe damage from heavy flooding.
Since then, crews have been working hard to make the New River Valley attraction safe for hikers.
Denise Allen reports.
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(( 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 bridges disappeared.
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 paths.
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 gravel.
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 CASCADES FOR.))
There's still work to be done.
The Giles County Chamber of Commerce plans another volunteer work day in mid April.
And forestry officials say they'll study the cost of reopening the lower trails.
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.))

7Weather


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Looking at forecast -
Periods of rain throughout the day, with highs in the low 50s.
The rain will end late tonight- lows will be in the mid 30s.

55Kroger


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=DAL
TAPE# 96-23
GRAPHIC=Kroger Contract Vote


Kroger grocery stores may hit the picket line tonight.
Yesterday, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400 voted down the company's latest offer.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


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 workers will strike.
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((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 MORE MONEY.
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 TOGETHER. ))
SUPER=01-Janet Hale/Union Member; :00
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/President Local 400; :09
SUPER=01-Karen McCoy/Union Member; :17
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VO-NAT


Company officials have offered a dollar- ten pay increase over the next five years.
This contract vote affects union workers in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
These employees include cashiers, deli and produce workers.
News 7's attempts to reach company officials were unsuccessful.
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55Majied


ANCHOR=Melanie
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A court battle is underway as a Roanoke woman seeks to have a Bedford County man's body exhumed to prove he is her father.
Christine Majied and her mother, Mary Trent Langhorne, say Majied is the result of an affair between Langhorne and Jim Brown in 19-55.
Brown died three years ago.
A Bedford County judge granted Majied's request last year to exhume Brown's body for D-N-A testing, but the order has been put on hold pending an appeal by Brown's estate to the Virginia Supreme Court.
The court will hear the case in the fall.

55Tucker


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE# 96-29; edit 96-17
GRAPHIC=Tucker, Monty


Former Roanoke resident Monty Tucker will be sworn into office today on the Virginia Parole board.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Month;


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.
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55Common-Sense


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If you thought raising a child was expensive, brace yourself for more expense you may not have thought about.
Len Besthoff explains in this week's edition of Common Sense.
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55Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Periods of rain throughout the day - highs will be in the low 50s.
Tonight, a 30 percent chance of rain during the evening, then clearing late in the night - lows will be in the mid 30s.
For tomorrow, expect mostly sunny skies and gusty conditions.
Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s.


8Union-Vote


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=DAL
TAPE# 96-23
GRAPHIC=Kroger Contract Vote


Employees at Kroger may be leaving the check out line for the picket line.
Yesterday the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400 voted down the company's latest offer.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


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 workers will strike.
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SOT 17:31:02
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 MORE MONEY.
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 TOGETHER. ))
SUPER=01-Janet Hale/Union Member; :00
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/President Local 400; :09
SUPER=01-Karen McCoy/Union Member; :17
RUNS=:29
OUT Q=TO STICK TOGETHER
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VO-NAT


Company officials have offered a dollar- ten pay increase over the next five years.
This contract vote affects union workers in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
These employees include cashiers, deli and produce workers.
If a strike occurs, it will start tonight.
News 7's attempts to reach company officials were unsuccessful.
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8Dog-Inheritance


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 96-28
GRAPHIC=None


A pooch in Roanoke County is collecting an inheritance worth thousands of dollars.
Denise Allen tells us more about this special dog and his owner.
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(( 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 the dog.
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 month.
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.)) ((dog barking))
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 Jones' relatives.
But until that time, it's not a dog's life for Ambie.
Denise Allen News 7.))

8lottery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=mel
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GRAPHIC=Virginia Lottery


The Virginia Lottery says there were two big winners in this weekend's 26-point-six million-dollar Lotto jackpot.
The winning tickets were purchased in Norfolk and Suffolk. ess
The numbers were 11, 16, 24, 26, 37 and 39.
Wednesday's estimated Lotto jackpot drops back to one million dollars.

8Weather


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Taking a look at the forecast -
Periods of rain throughout the day - highs will be in the low 50s.
The rain will continue tonight, but will end late - lows will be in the mid 30s.
For tomorrow, expect mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.