Next on News Seven-- union workers at Lynchburg's Delta Star may go on
And some Clifton Forge residents are mad because-- they say city officials
are trying to dump trash in their back-yards.
In sports, The Riverdawgs win at home, the Orioles take one from the
Yankees, and a look at racing at New River Valley.
The summer sizzle continues--
Scattered thunderstorms may be on the horizon--
And a great- looking July fourth forecast.
All that, coming up.
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Union workers at Delta Star in Lynchburg will go back to the bargaining
table before deciding if they will strike.
This morning the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21-73
turned down the companies latest offer with a vote of 43 to 34.
Dan Hughes, the union president, says many of the workers with more
seniority were dissatisfied with the wage increases for the junior employees.
He also said some workers had problems with the change of hours-- it
requires them to arrive at work 45 minutes early.
The union has to give Delta Star a week notice before striking.
Their old contract expired midnight Tuesday.
The last time union members went on strike was the summer of '93-- that was
for about six weeks.
The company builds electrical transformers.
Rubatex workers in Bedford have voted down their company's contract offer.
The union's contract does not run out until September of '97.
But the company asked the United Rubber Workers local 2-40 to open the
contract to some changes.
The company is at a cross roads and today's vote may help management decide
if it should move part of its operation to Arkansas.
Union members say the proposal called for mandatory overtime and took away
the seniority of some workers.
They say these are two reasons the union turned down the contract.
Workers at the Rubatex make foam rubber products such as scuba outfits and
Company officials declined to comment.
Some members of the Roanoke Fire Fighters Association are worried about
Some firefighters contacted News 7 yesterday alleging a lack of personnel
will force them to work TOO much overtime and jeopardize the safety of Roanoke
The firefighters wanted to remain anonymous for fear of negative fall out
However, the association's president and Roanoke's fire chief both say they
But a civic leader is not sure and wants some answers.
IN Q=Charles Hancock is
SUPER=01-Charles Hancock/Garden City Civic League President; :12
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Fire Assoc. President; :37
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke City Fire Chief; 1:24
OUT Q=jeopardize the safety
(( Charles Hancock is President of the Garden City Civic league.
He says he received a call that his community's fire house was unmanned--
leaving no fire protection.
((CHARLES HANCOCK/GARDEN CITY CIVIC PRESIDENT: I WAS CALLED THIS MORNING I
GUESS ABOUT 9:30 THAT OUR FIRE HOUSE HAD BEEN CLOSED DOWN FOR 24 HOURS AND ALL
THE PERSONNEL HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED TO OTHER STATIONS. SO SOME OF MY CIVIC
LEADERS WENT DOWN THERE. THREE OF US WENT DOWN THERE. AND WE FOUND EVERYBODY
GONE BUT ONE PERSON WHO WAS THE CAPTAIN.))
The positions were finally filled-- but fire union officials say shortages
aren't unusual this time of year.
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. PRESIDENT: THIS MORNING WE HAD AN
UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. AND PARTLY THIS TIME OF YEAR. WITH VACATIONS, MILITARY
LEAVE, HOLIDAYS THIS TYPE OF THING WE WERE SOMEWHAT SHORT AND IT TOOK
APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS TO FIND PEOPLE TO COME BACK IN.))
But those anonymous firefighters, say the city is planning a downsizing
smoke screen to save a buck.
Sarver says there will be restructuring but also added those disgruntled
anonymous members are making a mountain out of a molehill.
((RON, YOU KNOW PEOPLE SCARED OF CHANGE. AND SOMETIMES CHANGE IS HARD TO TAKE.
WE HAVE A CHANGING DEPARTMENT OF COURSE, WE'VE MERGED WITH EMS, IT'S IN A FLUX
OF CHANGE AND A LOT THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.))
Fire Chief Grigsby says those changes are inevitable but safety will not be
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE CITY FIRE CHIEF: 93 PERCENT OF OUR BUDGET IS IN SALARIES
AND BENEFITS. SO IF WE ARE GOING TO MAKE OUT OPERATION MORE EFFICIENT WE'RE
GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE HAVE. IN THAT PROCESS THE
SAFETY OF CITIZENS AND THE SAFETY OF FIREFIGHTERS ARE OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN.
AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING BUT INCREASE THE SAFETY INSTEAD OF
JEOPARDIZE THE SAFETY.))
Chief Grigsby went on to say that the current fire service structure does
NOT meet the changes of Roanoke's growth.
He says some fire houses are too old to meet the needs of it's citizens.
He says he plans to meet with city council members, union members, and
Roanoke citizens to come up with an adequate plan.
TAPE# 96-52; edit of 96-38 (Halifax Drugs)
For the second in as many months, a Halifax County elementary school teacher
has been arrested on drug charges.
37- year- old Dorothy Ferrell was arrested and charged with crack cocaine
possession yesterday morning.
Halifax authorities said she had cocaine and a crack pipe.
The second grade teacher was arrested in Halifax County in Birchland Park
along with three others.
She's being held in the Charlotte County Jail.
This is not the first time for Ferrell-- In April, Ferrell and 40- year old
Jerry Ragsdale, a school janitor, were taken into custody for cocaine
Ferrell still awaits trial on THAT charge.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
An uproar over the location of a trash collection site in Clifton Forge--
and the new Miss Virginia says she looks forward to meeting Virginians.
IN Q=I'M VERY EXCITED
((MICHELLE KANG/MISS VIRGINIA: I VERY EXCITED. IT'S SUCH AN INCREDIBLE
FEELING TO KNOW I WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
ACROSS THE STATE FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION.))
OUT Q=abuse prevention.
We'll have that story after the break...but first, let's check in with
wx ad lib
Well, the weekend sure turned out great-- complete with partly to mostly
An approaching cold front, though, could mean some showers or thunderstorms
tonight and tomorrow-- which may bring some relief from the heat.
Speaking of heat-- let's roll through the temperatures...
MUSIC UP FULL
A battle is brewing in Clifton Forge.
Some residents say city officials are taking advantage of them by setting up
a temporary- trash- transfer- station in their back-yards.
These residents say one day, without notice, this industrial dumpster just
They later learned the city lot was going to be used as a temporary- trash-
They say the site decreases their property values.
And that the elderly and children will be adversely affected by the smell
and rodents attracted by the trash.
IN Q=IT'S AN INDUSTRIAL
(( JIMMY ANGLE/CLIFTON FORGE RESIDENT: IT'S AN INDUSTRIAL CONTAINER. IT'S
SITTING IN A HOLE THAT'S NOT CONCRETE LINED AND DOESN'T HAVE ANY KIND OF SAFETY
FEATURES. THE CONTAINER ITSELF HAS SOME CRACKS. IF IT RAINS IN THE NEXT FEW
DAYS WITH SOME TRASH IN IT IT WILL RUN ALL THAT STUFF.
VICKI SHAFFER/CLIFTON FORGE RESIDENT: IT'S A STRAIGHT SHOT FROM OUR DECK.
WHEN WE HAVE COOKOUTS, WE HAVE A POOL WE'VE INVESTED IN, WE JUST PUT A NEW
CEDAR FENCE UP AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEE.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Angle/Clifton Forge Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Vicki Shaffer/Clifton Forge Resident; :15
OUT Q= WHAT WE SEE
City officials say their backs are against the wall and the station is a
The city was supposed to be hauling trash to an Alleghany transfer station
but that station is not yet operational.
Councilman Jack Simpson says they have a permit to run the temporary
Council has an executive meeting tomorrow and Simpson says he hopes they
will address some of the residents concerns.
A Lynchburg employer is cutting back, and a dubious distinction for a
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-Covington/File Tape; :27
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Thursday; :45
OUT Q=NAT SOT
GE PROTEST LBRAW 48:00
A number of former G-E workers remain unhappy with their pension plans,
saying they're underfunded.
This week they took to the streets in a nationwide protest.
ROCK TENN LBRAW 50:32
The Rock-Tenn Company is cutting its Lynchburg operations by 70 people.
The paperboard maker will close one of the three plants it has in the Hill
City and transfer the work to New Jersey for efficiency reasons.
WESTVACO FILE LBRAW 48:36
Westvaco's Covington plant tops the new list of Virginia's largest
Westvaco notes its toxic releases are DOWN 76- pecent since 1988, and the
removal of acetone as a reportable emission has kept some major chemical
producers out of the top 10.
DUPONT LBRAW 51:36
The Dupont nylon plant in Henry County says chances are it will have to
close in the next few years because it can't keep up with lower pricing by
More than 600 hourly workers would be affected.
RUBATEX FILE LBRAW 52:58
And in Bedford, half of the 600 wage earners at Rubatex may lose their jobs.
The rubber products company is considering transferring the positions to
another plant in Arkansas.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Michelle Kang says this is the best birthday present she's ever received.
The Fredericksburg native beat out 23 other contestants to win the Miss
Virginia crown on the eve of her birthday.
SOT last night
IN Q=Here is Miss Va
OUT Q=Michelle Kang
This was the scene last night as Kang won and goes on to represent Virginia
in the Miss America Pageant.
The William and Mary graduate says during her reign she will try to increase
child abuse awareness.
SOT today 12:27:58
IN Q=I THINK
((MICHELLE KANG/MISS VIRGINIA: I THINK WE'VE BEEN FOCUSING SO HARD ON FIXING
THE PROBLEM AFTER IT'S OCCURRED THAT WE NEED TO REFOCUS FROM INTERVENTION TO
PREVENTION AND THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL PREVENTION PROGRAMS OUT THERE THAT
REALLY FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING FAMILY AND STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY AND REALIZING
EVERY CHILD IS IMPORTANT.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Kang/Miss Virginia;
OUT Q=CHILD IS IMPORTANT
Kang says she plans to use the 13-thousand dollar scholarship to attend law
She hopes to become a children's policy advocate for a national child
Kang will represent the state in September at the Miss America Pageant in
Soft Music Under
When News 7 continues,
We'll see what the month of July holds in weather.
The almanac is next.
And, the bagel business was doing so well this chain had to expand.
IN Q=A thriving business
((JOANNE STERN/FIRE BORO OWNER: A THRIVING BUSINESS ON ELECTRIC ROAD. WE WERE
DOING REALLY WELL. THERE WAS ANOTHER NEED FOR ANOTHER STORE OR SHOP.))
OUT Q=store or stop.
We'll have the HOLE story coming up next.
MUSIC UP FULL
A new merchant on the Market is offering a taste of the old world.
Five Boro Bagels recently opened on the Roanoke City Market.
The owners say their second bakery provides an opportunity to reach more
Denise Allen takes us inside the bagel baking business.
IN Q=WE've been
SUPER=01-Joanne Stern/Five-Boro Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Hal Stern/Five-Boro Owner; :54
OUT Q=News 7
SOT 1:40:28 cover with some b-roll
IN Q=WE'VE BEEN
((JOANNE STERN/FIVE BORO OWNER: WE'VE BEEN EATING BAGELS ALL OUR LIVES SO WE
KNOW WHAT A GOOD BAGEL TASTES LIKE. SO THAT'S WHAT WE STARTED FROM AND WE
WANTED TO HAVE THAT BAGEL AND THAT FLAVOR.))
OUT Q=AND THAT FLAVOR.
Evidently it's a flavor Roanoke Valley residents enjoy.
The Sterns say business is so good at their first store that it was time to
make their baked goods available to more people.
IN Q=we chose
((JOANNE STERN: WE CHOSE THE DOWNTOWN AREA BECAUSE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE
ROANOKE VALLEY COULD GET HERE PRETTY EASILY.))
OUT Q=PRETTY EASILY
SOT nat sot 1:13:48 OR ONE OF YOUR CHOICE
The Sterns say making bagels is an art.
They say weather conditions effect the dough, so the baker is constantly
making adjustments to the recipe.
They feel these creative adjustments are what makes their business a
success--that and a friendly atmosphere.
SOT 1:08:12 AT REGISTER
Moving into the new Roanoke City Market location took more work and money
The building is more than a hundred years old and needed electrical and
IN Q=BESIDES CLEANING
((HAL STERN/FIVE BORO OWNER: BESIDES CLEANING UP THE BRICKS AND RESEALING
THEM, WE HAD TO RE-POOR ALL THE FLOORS BECAUSE THE BUILDING IS ONA SLOPE. WE
HAD TO FLATTEN IT OUT SO THE EQUIPMENT WOULD WORK PROPERLY.))
OUT Q=WOULD WORK PROPERLY
Room for this huge kitchen was a major selling point.
The Sterns say they plan to increase production to meet the needs of a
growing wholesale business.
Denise Allen News 7.))
And coming up, The Riverdawgs win this afternoon Mike Stevens has a report
on the New River Valley Speedway.
And the Orioles bounce back and beat the Yankees in the "Big Apple" this
After a couple of road games, The Roanoke Riverdawgs were back home for a
game this afternoon with the Philadelphia Freedom.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Riverdawgs vs Freedom; :
The Fans enjoying the sun during the afternoon showdown.
Roanoke goalie Aaron Ewert was on fire in the net. On this play he makes
the save on a shot just to the side of the net and the game remained scoreless.
The Riverdawgs answered the save. Ian Spooner gets out on the break away
and rolls it by the Freedom goalie for the score and a one to nothing Roanoke
Ewert comes up with another big
SUPER=34-Roanoke/==4/Philadelphia/==0;save just before the half blocking this
shot up in the air and catching it for the save and Roanoke goes on to win the
game 4 to nothing.
The Baltimore Orioles got revenge this afternoon beating the New York
Yankees 9 to 1.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/WPIX; :
The Orioles scored in their half of the first. Rafael Palmiero hits this
double to left field Cal Ripken rounds the bases from first to score and
Baltimore took the 1 to nothing lead.
Leading 3 to nothing, Luis Polonia hits a fly ball that drops in right
field for a single scoring Bobby Bonilla and B.J. Surhoff and the Orioles led 5
Then in the top of the seventh SUPER=35-Baltimore/==9/New
York/==1;Brady Anderson, who leads the league in homers, belts this three run
shot to deep right field Baltimore led 9 to nothing and the Orioles win it 9 to
Meantime, Several other games this afternoon in the Majors. Lets go to the
boards and check those scores.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
GRAPHIC=New River Speedway
Defending track champion Jeff Agnew hardly had a chance to make a run for
his seventh win of the year last night at New River
Agnew, the current points leader, and second place Tony McGuire had a rough
night in the 100 lap late model stock car feature both drivers saw their
chances for victory go up in smoke as Phillip Morris triggered this wreck on
lap four on the front stretch.
Pole winner Clay Highberger from Salem was able to lead from start to
finish holding off Rodney Cundiff to pick up his first win of the year at New
Last night 18 cars made up the field for the Late Model stock race, and Mike
Stevens says that low number has been the "Norm" so far this year.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff/Late Model Ford Driver; :20
SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Late Model Chevy Driver; :32
SUPER=01-Tim McGuire/1998 Track Champion; :42
SUPER=01-Ronnie Thomas/1990 Track Champion; 1:18
SUPER=01-Ronnie Snoddy/Track Owner & Promoter; 1:27
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Late Model Chevy Driver; 1:56
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Busch Cars made a stop at Watkins Glen this afternoon.
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And Terry Labonte continued his dominance of the road course. Labonte held
off Todd Bodine over the final 10 laps of the race to win the Watkins Glen 200
his third straight victory at the Track.
And Labonte credits the victory to changes his father, who is crew chief,
made to the car yesterday.
IN Q="We sat...
((TERRY LABONTE/WATKINS GLEN 200 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/Watkins Glen 200 Winner; :
OUT Q=......for us."
Picnics, barbeques, and fireworks--
All sure signs of July.
We'll tell you what else you can look forward to, as we take a look at the
OUT Q=fourth of July.
Music up through Wx-Tape to break