Some Kroger workers may be leaving the check out line, for the picket line,
and the waiting game continues in Montana as a government stand-off with a
militia group enters its second week.
Rain will continue to fall through the afternoon, with gusty conditions
pushing their way into the region overnight. Stay tuned for the first of hte
week forecast coming up.
Don't go away, the news is next.
More than three-thousand people from our area who work for the Kroger
supermarket chain could be on strike by early this evening.
Last night the union representing these workers voted on a new contract, and
they decided to turn it down.
Len Besthoff is here to bring us up- to- date on this story.
Len, why was this deal rejected?
It appears wages are the big sticking point, Melanie.
*******Len's Mike Hot Under********
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; (VERY QUICK!!!!!)
Last night local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union met at
the Roanoke Civic Center to vote on the deal.
They turned it down by a moderate margin.
538 people were for the deal.
But 613 were against it.
Kroger offered to maintain the workers' existing health benefits, and to
increase wages by a dollar-ten-an-hour.
But that wasn't enough, apparently, and with us now we have Tom McNutt, the
president of Local 400.
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/President Local 400;
(len toss to mel)
And here's a quick reminder again.
Local 400 members are meeting tonight about a possible strike at seven
o'clock at the Roanoke Civic Center.
State Police in Rockbridge County say they stopped a South Carolina couple
and netted a kilo of cocaine, ten thousand dollars in cash, and an exotic gun.
It all took place this weekend as the two were driving an R-V.
Police also say the F-B-I wants to question the married couple regarding a
murder that took place in Delaware or Virginia.
A third person has already been arrested in South Carolina for the same
State police have not released the names of the suspects or details
surrounding the traffic stop.
In Montana federal law enforcement officials are still trying to wait-out
the so-called "Freemen."
Some out of state sympathizers plan a rally today in support of the militia
Randall Pinkston has more.
IN Q=In the small community
SUPER=03-Jordan, MT; :00
SUPER=01-Rev. Barry Van Wagner/Jordan Assembly of God; :15
SUPER=01-Tom & Claudia Stanton/Neighbors; :52
SUPER=01-Randall Pinkston/Reporting; :59
OUT Q=CBS News Jordan, Montana.
In the small community of Jordan, Montana, population less
than 600, local residents continue to hope the Freemen, who remain on a remote
ranch, will listen to reason.
REV. BARRY VAN WAGNER/JORDAN ASSEMBLY OF GOD LET'S PRAY AT THAT THE RANCH
THAT THERE WON'T BE BLOOD SHED.
With the surrender over the weekend of Richard Clark, one of the group's
leaders, authorities continue a non- confrontational approach... allowing
relatives and friends to appeal to the remaining fugitives to give up their
anti-government rhetoric and face charges ranging from bank and
mail fraud to threatening public officials.
Tom and claudia stanton have been victims of the threats, but
say they ready to forgive if their former neighbors give up.
TOM AND CLAUDIA STANTON/NEIGHBORS:
WE'RE NOT GONNA TURN EM PLUMAWAY JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY COMES IN HEE AND
MESSED UP THEIR
MINDS IF WE CAN GET EM BACK WE'LL WELCOME EM. 34 00 AND BLOOD IS
THICKER THAN WATER.. (LAUGH)
Randall on cam close
later today, freeman richard clark, who swrrendered on saturday,
is scheduled to be arraigned. meanwhile, U.S. attorney for
Montana Sherry Matteucci says she is very optimistic that the
standoff will end peacefully.
Randall Pinkston, CBS News, Jordan, Montana.))
Dr. Jack Kevorkian says he dressed for the part, as he appeared in court
today for the start of his third trial on assisted suicide charges.
That was the only statement Kevorkian made as he entered the courtroom in a
He has criticized assisted suicide laws in Michigan as being out of date.
Kevorkian is charged in the October 19-91 deaths of two women, one suffering
from multiple sclerosis, the other from severe pelvic pain.
Meantime, allegations of jury tampering have surfaced in the O-J Simpson
Appearing on the C-B-S News broadcast "60 Minutes," dismissed juror Francine
Florio- Bunten maintains she was improperly dropped from the jury on the basis
of an anonymous letter that accused her of writing a book on the trial.
IN Q=How would you
((REPORTER:HOW WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED.
FLORIO-BUTEN:GUILTY, I THINK IT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN A HUNG JURY.))
OUT Q=a hung jury.
Simpson lead attorney, Johnny Cochrane strongly denies the accusations.
IN Q=There's no jury
((COCHRANE: THERE'S NO JURY TAMPERING IN THIS CASE, NO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
BY ANYONE THAT I KNOW OF AT ANY RATE. ))
OUT Q=at any rate.
A Los Angeles district attorney's office is now investigating the
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Still to come on News 7,
You could be paying for the cost of convenience the next time you stop at
and supporters join an Okinawan landowner as he tries to win back his land
currently occupied by American soliders.
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Tension continues to mount in Okinawa, Japan over the rape of a schoolgirl
by three U-S servicemen.
Today, a landowner on the island marched with dozens of supporters to the
gate of a U-S Navy base, trying to reclaim his land.
The man claims the lease on the land is now up and he has filed suit seeking
But Japanese riot police turned away the demonstrators.
The Okinawa base will be discussed during President Clinton's visit to Tokyo
later this month.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Also in Japan --
The world's largest bank is now in business.
The Mitsubishi Bank and the Bank of Tokyo merged today.
The banks hold combined assets of more than 704 BILLION dollars.
Three major automated teller machine networks today begin allowing double
Now, you can be charged not only by your bank but by the A-T-M's owner, if
that's another bank.
Fees are expected to range from a quarter to two dollars and fifty cents.
What you lose at the A-T-M you may save on your electric bill.
A state examiner has determined American Electric Power does NOT need the
rate increase it imposed in 1994 to maintain profits.
If a full commission agrees, customers paying about 61-dollars-a-month could
see their bills drop by about two-dollars.
The same customer would also receive a ONE-TIME refund of approximately
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When News 7 returns,
News anchors in Britian are being fired because of their height - at least
that's what some people believe on this April Fool's Day,
and you may think this next story is an April Fool's joke but it's not.
A dog in Roanoke is rolling in the dough after he inherits his owner's
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When it comes to collecting inheritance money, it can be a dog-eat-dog
But not for one pooch, whose owner left him a 10- thousand dollar estate.
Denise Allen has the story.
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
But until that time, it's not a dog's life for Ambie.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Everyone loves a good practical joke, including the sometimes serious Brits.
London papers today invented some April Fools' news.
One paper carried stories about a water company dyeing its reservoir orange
to prevent theft by a rival utility-- and Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana
setting up rival WEB pages on the Internet.
Another paper, The ``Daily Telegraph,'' reported that T-V newscasters were
too tall for the job and all those over six feet would be fired.
One newscaster is quoted as saying that his hair added an unwanted inch to
his height, so he was planning to shave it off.
Aetna Life and Casualty says it plans to buy the U-S Healthcare company.
The nine billion dollar deal would create the nation's biggest medical
benefits company in the nation.
Combined, the companies provide health care services to about one in every
TAPE# common sense
Another thing Americans need in addition to health care -- child care.
Every parent knows it's a big part of a family budget, and here's another
expense -- the Nanny Tax.
Len Besthoff explains in this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=a lot
SUPER=01-Gary Duerk/Brown, Edwards, & Company; :05
SUPER=@Len1; :48 (screen left/quick!)
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk
Stocks began the second quarter with an advance, amid news of big mergers in
the telephone and health care industries.
In those deals, S-B-C Communications said it is buying Pacific
And as we mentioned earlier, Aetna is buying U-S Healthcare.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 15 points.
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Stick around -
Mother Nature is playing tricks with the first full day of the baseball
Some games have already been cancelled,
and the women's N-C-Double-A tournament is over and the Vols net another
Patrick has sports next!
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GRAPHIC=Women's final four
In the Women's Final Four --
Tennessee picked up another national championship, beating Georgia 83 to 65.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/ESPN; :
Georgia's La'Keisha Frett takes it in the paint and scores the basket
drawing the foul to tie it at 14.
But Tennessee comes back strong.
Michelle Marciniak takes it to the hoop and Georgia falls behind 24 to 19.
The Vols take control of the game in the second half Tiffany Johnson going
inside for the 68 to 52 lead.
Tennessee maintains 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: I TOLD THE PLAYERS THAT AFTER THE REGIONAL
"NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, YOU'RE HAVING THE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW, AND
IF YOU LOSE IN THE FINAL FOUR, YOU'LL HAVE THE WORST MOMENT." WE HAVE PREPARED
THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE READY TO GO OUT AND GIVE IT ALL THAT THEY HAVE. IN
'87, WE GAVE IT ALL WE HAD AND OUR PLAYERS HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF, BUT
IT STILL HURTS.))
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH: I THINK THE PRESSURE IS THERE BECAUSE IT'S
ONLY BEEN ONE CHAMPIONSHIP IN SO MANY YEARS, AND SO MANY PEOPLE HAD A TASTE
EARLY ON. WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE IT GOOD PRESSURE, TO TRY AND FOCUS
MORE, RUN FASTER, AND JUMP HIGHER...DO ALL THE GOOD THINGS. THERE'S NO ESCAPING
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 tonight at 9 and you can watch it right here on Your
Jeff Gordon sinks his teeth into a very wet Food City 500.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/ESPN; :
After a 45 minute rain delay the drivers are anxious to get started.
Ward Burton gets under Mike Skinner and slides into the inside wall.
Skinner remains on the track but several laps later he gets lose and also
hits the wall.
Rick Mast is second behind leader Bill Elliott with 100 laps in the book.
But Rusty Wallace finally works his way to the front with a strong run and
leads at the halfway mark.
Another shower hits and the cars are red flagged on lap 324.
The race resumes but after a couple of laps Darrell Waltrip hits the wall in
turn one bringing out another red flag.
Then the rain came again, forcing NASCAR officials to call off the race and
declare 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 Wallace
Unpredictable spring weather is plaguing the opening day of baseball.
Snow is covering the playing surface at Jacobs Field, forcing the
postponement of Cleveland's opener against the New York Yankees.
They'll try again tomorrow.
And rain has claimed the Orioles' home opener against Kansas City.
President Clinton was set to throw out the first ball.
It's the first time Baltimore has had to postpone an opening game since
(****patrick toss to mel******)
Thanks for joining us, and have a good day.
That's it for News 7 at Noon.