Here are the headlines for NEWS 7 at SIX:
Rubatex workers get another chance to consider accepting stiffer work rules
before the company ships 287 jobs to Arkansas.
And there are some signs of success in reducing Virginia's welfare caseload.
Tonight in sports, a rainy day at Wimbledon produces some impromptu
entertainment at center court.
Another leader takes over in the Tour De France.
The Commonwealth games are ready to crank up this weekend.
And Mike Tyson's fight later this month with Bruce Seldon has been cancelled!
It's an easy holiday forecast. Unusually cool weather will greet your
outdoor activities tomorrow.
Union members at Bedford's Rubatex plant will get another chance to decide
if they can accept contract concessions in order to save their jobs.
Rubatex had said it wanted to make its local intrusion factory more
efficient, but union members rejected the work rules and mandatory overtime
that came with the management plan.
As a result, Rubatex said it would move 287 jobs out of the state.
Now, both sides apparently have agreed to give the workers another chance.
The same proposal that was rejected four days ago will be put to a union
vote next Monday.
Rubatex says it will take a "strong and positive" vote in favor to keep the
jobs in Bedford.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Twelve months after it became law, those behind Virginia's welfare reform
plan say it appears to be a success.
Thousands of former recipients are now working, and welfare caseloads have
decreased more than ten percent.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
IN Q=A year after
SUPER=04-File Tape; :09
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/VA Social Services Commissioner; :35
SUPER=01-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :44
SUPER=01-Rita Argenbright/Kelly Temporary Services; 1:07
SUPER=01-Sharon Swedlow/Lynchburg Social Services; 1:20
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( One year after they implemented one of the toughest welfare reform laws in
the country, Virginia social workers are applauding its apparent success.
The plan has put more than two thousand able- bodied recipients to work, and
requires women receiving benefits to identify the father of their children.
IN Q=But a federal
((But a federal judge has blocked the state from enforcing that paternity
clause after two women complained they were denied benefits because they
honestly could not identify the father of their children. The judge says the
law unfairly punishes the kids for their parents' behavior. State officials
though are standing by the measure.))
OUT Q=by the measure.
IN Q=Children have a
((CLARENCE CARTER/VA SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO
HAVE A MOTHER AND A FATHER AND THIS INITIATIVE ENCOURAGES THAT AND WE STAND
FIRMLY BEHIND THAT PRINCIPLE, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED AT
OUT Q=fixed at all.
IN Q=This is an
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: THIS IS AN EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM AND THERE'S
ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOME FINE- TUNING. WE'RE MARKING THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
TODAY, WE'RE JUST NOW GETTING QUANTITATIVE DATA THAT WE CAN GO BACK AND LOOK
AT, BUT SO FAR THE DATA WE'RE GETTING IS GREAT.))
OUT Q=is great.
That's because recipients have been enthusiastic about leaving the welfare
rolls for the workplace.
Dozens of them have found at least temporary employment through Kelly
IN Q=Been working
((RITA ARGENBRIGHT/KELLY TEMPORARY SERVICES: BEEN WORKING WITH THEM AND THEY'RE
EXCITED AND THEY WANT TO GET OFF THE SYSTEM AND IT'S A WAY FOR THEM TO DO THAT.
IT'S NOT REAL EASY SOME TIME TO GO RIGHT OUT AND GET A PERMANENT POSITION, SO
WHEN THEY COME IN AND SIGN UP WITH USE, THEY CAN GET THEIR FOOT INTO THE DOOR
AND GET SOME WORK AND GET SOME GOOD EXPERIENCE.))
OUT Q=some good experience.
IN Q=Some of them
((SHARON SWEDLOW/LYNCHBURG SOCIAL SERVICES: SOME OF THEM IT'S THE FIRST TIME
THEY'VE EVER HAD A PAYCHECK, SO IT'S REAL EXCITING FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO SEE
THAT THEY CAN BE SELF- SUFFICIENT.))
OUT Q=be self-sufficient.
Social workers say that's the whole idea.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A judge has ruled Martinsville City Council broke the law when members held
a closed-door meeting on how they will spend tax money and then refused to
release a report about it.
Judge David Williams has ordered council to release its "Martinsville 2000"
But Williams will keep the document under seal for ten days in case the city
decides to appeal.
The Martinsville Bulletin sued council, alleging its members had violated
the state Freedom of Information Act after they closed a May meeting to the
public and refused to turn over the report about financing for capital
The city of Galax is blessed with low unemployment and a stable economy.
The problem is a lack of affordable housing for working-class residents.
City officials hope the new Knob Hill subdivision will provide a solution.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=In just a matter
SUPER=01-Dan Campbell/Galax City Manager; :29
SUPER=01-Cynthia Schoolfield/VMH Program Manager; :57
OUT Q=News 7 Galax.
IN Q= NAT OF SAWING, HAMMERING
In just a matter of weeks, Knob Hill subdivision's first home will be ready
for its family.
The city of Galax obtained a grant to extend a road and utilities and create
In most cases, it will donate the lots to keep prices low for homebuyers.
Knob Hill is the city's effort to relieve a low-cost housing crunch, and
ensure a stable work force for the industries which give the city a stable
((DAN CAMPBELL/GALAX CITY MANAGER: MOST OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE THOSE JOBS
HERE IN GALAX AREN'T NECESSARILY ABLE TO AFFORD 200, 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR HOMES
AS WE'VE BEEN SEEING GOING UP HERE IN THE LAST FOUR TO FIVE TO SIX YEARS. ))
SOT nat of sawing 6:58:14
The city has contracted with Virginia Mountain Housing to build the homes,
help homebuyers get their financial houses in order, and help homebuyers secure
low- interest financing.
The agency is already processing applications.
((CYNTHIA SCHOOLFIELD/VMH PROGRAM MANAGER: ONCE WE'VE RECEIVED THAT OUR
FINANCIAL DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE CARE OF QUALIFYING THE CUSTOMER, MAKING SURE
THAT THEIR CREDIT HISTORY IS WORKABLE FOR THE LOAN PROGRAMS. THEY NEED TO HAVE
STEADY INCOME. ))
Once it's all said and done, what was once a steep, wooded, unused hillside
will provide homes, a neighborhood for 22 families, and 22 new tax tickets for
the city books. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Galax.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come next on News 7 at Six-
It's a place where animals find new homes, but it seems there won't be a new
home for the Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A anytime soon. We'll have details.
And if you just can't decide where to vacation this summer you may want to
take some tips from this couple. They're on the ultimate road trip.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
It's back to the drawing board for the Roanoke Valley S- P- C- A.
Last year, the society purchased land for a new facility.
Today, officials found out they won't be moving in.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=An opportunity
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Van Balen/SPCA President; :30
SUPER=01-Bob Gallagher/Concerned Resident; :43
SUPER=01-Al Alexander/SPCA Executive Director; 1:00
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7;
((An opportunity has gone a stray for the Roanoke Valley SPCA.
By a unanimous decision, the Roanoke City Planning Commission shot down the
Society's rezoning request for a new animal shelter.
The SPCA was hoping to build a million dollar, state of the art facility off
of Lynn Brae Drive and Route 460... capable of housing 350 animals.
Early on in the meeting, officials pleaded their case for the shelter... not
only for more animal space... but for other priorities as well.
IN Q=We need
((FRANK VAN BALEN/SPCA PRESIDENT: WE NEED THE EXTRA SPACE TO DO THE PROGRAMS WE
NEED TO DO. ))
OUT Q=to do
Van Balen promised the new shelter would be virtually odor and noise free.
But area residents and business owners didn't believe it.
IN Q=You can
((BOB GALLAGHER/CONCERNED RESIDENT: YOU CAN SAY THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE...
THERE WILL BE NOISE. THERE WILL BE ODOR. ))
OUT Q=be odor
It was last October when the SPCA announced it had bought the 4 and a half
acre lot... and called the site ideal.
It's likely they will now sell the land.
Officials now say there's only one way to go.
((AL ALEXANDER/SPCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: ONWARD AND UPWARD. WE WILL HAVE A NEW
SPCA. I PROMISED THE VALLEY A NEW SPCA 3 YEARS AGO AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE IT.
THIS IS A SETBACK YES. AND I AM DISAPPOINTED. ))
Alexander said right now there are no alternative plans.
He says he and other officials will weigh their options in the coming weeks.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
The statue of Arthur Ashe has arrived in Richmond.
They began assembling the 15-hundred pound bronze likeness of the tennis
star this morning.
IN Q=It's been exciting
((IT'S BEEN EXCITING, A NEW MONUMENT ON MONUMENT AVENUE. THAT'S PRETTY EXCITING
FOR THE CITY. THERE'S BEEN SOME ROAD BLOCKS ALONG THE WAY, BUT WE'VE OVERCOME
THEM ALL, I THINK. AND THERE IT IS. IT'S GOING UP.))
OUT Q=it's going up
There was a lot of controversy over the statue of a contemporary black
athlete taking its place alongside Virginia's confederate war heroes on
Ashe was the first black man to win Wimbledon and the U-S Open.
The official unveiling is set for a WEEK from today, what would have been
The Richmond native died of AIDS three years ago.
The Roanoke Valley prevailed in the fight over Interstate 73, and planning
for the highway is now moving forward...
But even as government and business officials were celebrating their success
today, they were also warning that the competition for federal funds isn't
Joe Dashiell has the story.
IN Q=The new interstate highway
SUPER=01-Robert Martinez/Va. Transportation Secretary; :17
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke County
((The new interstate highway will link Detroit and Charleston, South
Carolina... by way of Bluefield, Roanoke and Martinsville.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board has now put up the first six million
dollars for planning and design... a development that did not go unnoticed in
IN Q=Getting to where we are
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: GETTING TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY
HAS BEEN A LONG AND HARD STRUGGLE. DON'T WORRY BUD, I KNOW WHERE THE CHECK
OUT Q=know where the check is (laughter).
But planning an interstate highway and finding the money to build it are
too different challenges.
Government and business leaders say the competition for federal funds and
the fight for Interstate 73 is far from over.
IN Q=We must ask
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA: WE MUST ASK OF YOU TO REMAIN SOLIDLY LINKED
TOGETHER, CHAMBERS, COMMUNITIES, BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS, CITIES, COUNTIES AND
THE LIKE, BECAUSE I GUARANTEE YOU THE COMPETITION WITHIN THE STATE, THE
COMPETITION NATIONALLY FOR FUNDS IS VERY, VERY INTENSE.))
OUT Q=very, very intense.
Still if all goes according to plan, the first segments of I-73 could be
under construction in five to ten years.
And state officials say they are likely to start along US 220 between
Roanoke and Martinsville, where they acknowledge that highway safety demands
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
The stock market declined again today.
The Dow Jones lost almost 17 points, finishing the day at 57 hundred three.
Nasdaq down nine and a-half points.
Four months ago the Long family of Pembroke didn't think their baby would
But thanks to surgery and hours of TOUCH THERAPY Carlie Long is finally
SOT 11.55.45 - 11.55.53
IN Q=She's a miracle
SHE'S A MIRACLE BABY. I'LL SAY WHEN SHE WAS BORN SHE WAS 12 INCHES LONG. WE
CALLED HER A FOOT LONG HOT DOG.))
OUT Q=long hot dog
Nurses at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital use touch therapy on premature
babies in the intensive care unit.
They bathe the infants before the therapy, then use a light, vegetable-based
oil for the massage.
Parents take lessons at the hospital twice a week to learn the hand
The therapy helps to comfort the infants and strengthen their physical
It also helps to create an early bond between the babies and their parents.
Thousands of vacationers are hitting the highways this summer.
But what's the best way to see the sites?
Ron Jones ran into some seasoned travellers who want to share the benefits
of their experience.
IN Q=Shirley Slater and
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Harry Basch; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :13
SUPER=01-Shirley Slater/Travel Writer; :20
SUPER=01-Harry Basch/Travel Writer; :51
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven. Dixie Caverns.
((Shirley Slater and Harry Basch have been blazing trails for 20 years.
From adventures on hot-air balloons to luxury cruise ships these writing
globe trotters have shared their experiences with thousands of readers cross
Their latest mode of transport?... an R-V.
((SHIRLEY SLATER/TRAVEL WRITER: I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THINGS.
IF I GET EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING AS I AM RIGHT NOW ABOUT RV'ING. I WANT OTHER
PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT IT. BECAUSE WHEN WE STARTED IN RV'S IN 92 I HAD NEVER
THOUGHT BEFORE THAT I WOULD EVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I THOUGHT IT WAS THE
GREATEST VACATION, I SAID I'VE GOT TO TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT THIS.))
After a pit stop at Dixie Caverns they showed us all the amenities-- a
kitchen, bedroom, but more important-- a hook up for cable T-V!
Harry says travelling is fun if you use common sense.
((HARRY BASCH/TRAVEL WRITER: I'VE ENCOUNTERED NO PROBLEMS THAT WAY AND I THINK
PART OF IT IS BECAUSE THE CAMP GROUNDS ARE WELL MANAGED. A LOT OF THEM ARE
SECURED AT NIGHT AND THEY HAVE SECURITY PERSONNEL. I DON'T THINK ITS A GOOD
IDEA TO PULL OVER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND PARK...))
They're so caught up in R-Ving, as they call it, they even wrote a book
((WE WENT OUT LOOKING FOR A BOOK TO TELL US THE BASIC THINGS AND WE COULDN'T
FIND ONE. SO A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER WE DECIDED TO WRITE ONE. AND WE HAVE A
BOOK CALLED FREE WHEELING USA WHICH IS PUBLISHED BY FIELDING BOOKS AND IS
AVAILABLE IN THE BOOK STORES EVERYWHERE.))
They also have columns in several newspapers and make T-V appearances.
((THIS IS HARRY AND SHIRLEY'S VERSION OF ROUGHING IT. AFTER A LONG HARD DAY
HUNTING AND FISHING YOU CAN RELAX IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, SO TO SPEAK, AND ENJOY
THE RIDE. RJ N7, DIXIE CAVERNS.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, The Commonwealth games make their final
push, Tyson's upcoming fight may be in jeopardy, area tracks have lots of
fireworks planned for the 4th of July.
And it's been a wild day at Wimbledon with recording artists helping fill the
time during rain delays at center court, and officials discovering bodies
underneath the rain tarp.
The rain has been a serious pain today at Wimbledon during men's quarterfinal
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC; :00
Pete Sampras' match has created most of the excitement this afternoon as he
has been dodging Richard Krajicek's powerful serves and also dodging the rain
Sampras is trying to win his fourth straight Wimbledon championship but right
now he is in trouble down two sets to none.
Officials at Wimbledon have decided to postpone the completion of the match
until tomorrow because of the rain, which has interrupted play on three
The first interruption lasted 40 minutes and brought recording artist Cliff
Richards out of the stands to serenade the crowd.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=MUSIC FADES.
The second time the rains came, they lasted for an hour and 40 minutes and
instead of singing, this time it produced screams.
A member of the grounds crew that pulls the tarp over the court was trapped
under the cover and was dazed.
He was taken away on a stretcher with no serious injuries.
They hope to get all of the quarterfinals completed early tomorrow, weather
Area race tracks are certainly into the fourth of July spirit this week.
Tonight, South Boston Speedway is featuring a full night of racing including
a special match race with Winston Cup stars Ernie Irvan, Michael Waltrip, Kenny
Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield, and MIke Skinner and Richard Childress.
Steve Mason is at the track and he'll have highlights of that for us tonight
Tomorrow the New River Valley Speedway will feature a Monster Truck show and
an ENDURO race that pays $1000 to the winner.
And of course Whitey Taylor's Franklin County track to light up the Callaway
with more than fireworks.
SUPER=03-Callaway/Last July 4th; :00
Franklin County will have six races on tap including an appearance by the
The gates open at 12, with practice starting at 3, and the rammin' and
bammin' get started at 6, in the 18th annual fourth of July party.
Mike Tyson's public workout today has been cancelled, because of speculation
his bout with W-B-A heavyweight champ Bruce Seldon in is jeopardy.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas,Nevada; :00
Promotion sources have informed the Associated Press that the July 13th fight
is off and will now take place in September.
Tyson is reportedly suffering from bronchitis-like symptoms.
The former boxing champ will be seen by a Nevada State Athletic Commission
physician later tonight.
There's a couple of new events and a ceremony that's intended to bring the
valley together this year at the 1996 Commonwealth Games of Virginia.
Roy Stanley has this report.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co; :00
SUPER=01-Stuart Israel/VAS Dir. of Marketing & Develop.; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./1994; :39
SUPER=01-Peter Lampman/VAS President; :52
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
((Virginia amateur Sports announced this morning that the Commonwealth games
will include a torch run.
Three locations have been selected to begin the run. South of Boonesmill
on 220 in downtown Salem and in front of Lord Botetourt High School.))
((STU ISRAEL/VAS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING: ))
((More than 95 hundred athletes are expected to participate in the games.
and this year the sport of baseball has become a big draw.
The Number of teams participating has increased from last year.))
((PETER LAMPMAN/VAS PRESIDENT: ))
((The games kick off this weekend with events at Greenhill Park. Roy Stanley
News 7 sports.))
A fairly good day for area golfers As match play opened today at the
Virginia State Amateur golf tournament in Hot Springs.
Roanoke's Charles Keffer a big winner today as he knocked off Medalist
Jimmy Flippen, Jr. of Danville 2 and 1.
Other winners included J.W. Entsminger of Lexington and Keith Decker of
Ryan Ketron and Scott Hunter of Roanoke lost today as did Troutville's
Andrew Miller and David Brogan of Lexington.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports
Two Frenchmen do their country proud while edging out a third in the fourth
stage of the Tour de France.
SUPER=03-Lac De Madine,France; :00
First time Tour rider Cyril Saugrain (SOO-GRAN) won the 143 mile stage in
just under 6 hours. Saugrain broke away from five other cyclists in the final
Fellow frenchmen Stephane Heulot obtained the yellow jersey from countryman
Frederic Moncassin with a fourth place finish.
American rider Lance Armstrong finished the stage at 120th.