Next on News Seven-- another person is killed on the highways of Rockbridge
This is the second death in as many days.
The future of union members at Bedford's Rubatex hang in the balance--
tomorrow's vote could determine if almost three hundred jobs head to Arkansas.
We'll have a live report.
IN sports, Richard Kry-Chek is the men's singles champion at Wimbledon and
the Braves rout the Astros in Atlanta.
More gorgeous weather for the last day of this lazy holiday weekend--
Look for partly cloudy skies, and maybe a few showers as you head back to
Traffic is flowing again on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County after a fatal
accident early this morning.
SS=News 7 at Six
This is News 7 at Six.
I'm Ron Jones.
One man is dead following an the tractor trailer accident in Rockbridge
County near Raphine.
IN Q=Duane Hubbell of
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Rob Fridley/State Police; :10
OUT Q=and slow down
(( Duane Hubbell of Mount Jackson was traveling Southbound on Interstate 81 at
He died after his rig ran off the highway and overturned.
IN Q=Preliminary Investigation
((SARGEANT ROB FRIDLEY/STATE POLICE: PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION THAT THE TRUCK
RAN OFF THE RIGHT SHOULDER OF THE ROAD, FLIPPED OVER THE GUARDRAIL AGAINST THE
BANK. WE THINK THAT MAYBE THE DRIVER WAS TRYING TO AVOID SOME DEBRIS IN THE
OUT Q= debris in the highway.
One lane was closed while authorities offloaded the cargo of poultry parts.
Traffic was backed up for 3 miles and state police re-routed some traffic
onto Route 11.
This morning's fatal accident was the second in Rockbridge County in as many
Authorities were surprised by today's traffic volume--
It rivaled that of the Sunday after Thanksgiving-- which is traditionally
the heaviest traffic day of the year.
State Troopers encourage motorists to drive early or late in the day to
Sergeant Bob Fridley says slow down on crowded highways.
IN Q=if you see anybody
((ROB FRIDLEY: IF YOU SEE ANYBODY NEAR THE SHOULDER OF THE ROAD, BROKE DOWN,
YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND BASICALLY JUST NEED TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE
SPEED LIMIT AND SLOW DOWN. ))
OUT Q=AND SLOW DOWN.
Another vehicle accident on the Interstate has traffic backed up almost ten
miles from Troutville.
It happened around 3:30 in the northbound lanes on I-81 near mile marker
Apparently the cab of this tractor trailer caught fire and was destroyed.
The driver was not injured.
The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.
And I-81 is closed north of Harrisonburg.
At 11 this morning, a tractor trailer crashed, blocking both northbound
State Police are in the process of cleaning up the mess.
Witnesses say traffic is backed up for about 25 miles.
State Police were busy at a traffic checkpoint in Bedford County last night.
In a two hour period police wrote nine citations.
Three of those were for driving under the influnce.
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The checkpoint was set up in Stewardsville.
State Police say it was a good way to check a lot of vehicles in a short
IN Q=With it being
((R.D. ROSS/STATE POLICE: WITH IT BEING A HOLIDAY AND PEOPLE CELEBRATING FOR
THE FOURTH OF JULY SOME PEOPLE CELEBRATE TOO MUCH. OUR EFFORTS ARE
CONCENTRATED IN GETTING THESE FOLKS OFF OF THE HIGHWAY BEFORE SOMETHING SERIOUS
SUPER=01-R.D. Ross/State Police;
OUT Q=serious happens.
Police are emphasizing three things:
Don't drink and drive, use your seatbelts, and watch your speed.
This time of year is one the busiest traffic times of the summer season.
Last year, 10 people died on Virginia highways during the July 4th holiday
Roanoke County officials say residents were mistaken when they said it took
them fifteen minutes to respond to a house fire yesterday afternoon.
Fire fighters were called to this Oakland Boulevard house yesterday around
Chief Tommy Fuqua (Few-qua) told News 7 that the first unit arrived nine
minutes after it was dispatched.
Fuqua says after the 9-1-1 call comes in it usually takes the dispatcher one
minute to contact fire fighters.
Neighbors say it took at least 15 minutes for fire fighters to respond.
They also say once the fire fighters arrived they didn't know where the
water hydrants were located.
The fire destroyed Eula Tribbett's home.
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A man scheduled to die on Wednesday for killing his wife and 5-month-old son
in Bedford County has been given YET another reprieve.
U-S District Judge Robert Payne this week
stayed the scheduled execution of Kenneth Manuel Stewart Junior when questions
were raised about Stewart's competency to decide whether or not to pursue
appeals available to him.
Stewart was convicted of shooting his, 34-year-old wife Cynthia and infant
son Johnathon at point-blank range on Mother's Day, 19-91.
Stewart said he snapped after losing his job and being asked for a divorce
by his wife.
Stewart was to be executed in April of last year but a Circuit Judge said
the capital murderer was NOT competent to end his appeals and ask for the death
The attorney general says he plans to appeal the ruling.
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Still to come on News 7,
The proposed Interstate 73 has received its first state funding--
that and more on the Business Review.
Rubatex workers are re-voting tomorrow on a company proposal.
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
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Thank you, Ron--
The July Fourth weekend comes to a close on a warm and sunny note.
However, clouds will be on the increase later tonight and tomorrow.
As far as the temperatures go, a few places made it into the 90s...
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Union workers at Rubatex vote tomorrow.
Jobs and revenue for the city of Bedford hang in the balance.
Double Boxes=Ron and Denise/Newsroom
Denise Allen has been talking with union members today.
Denise, after talking to some of them how do you think they're going to vote
Ron, the union is very divided at this point, but most seem to think the
company's offer will pass.
Union members voted on this contract last Sunday and it was narrowly
Layoff notices went up several days later and the company indicated it would
move ahead with it's plans to move part of the operation out of state.
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(Rollcue: out of state)
IN Q=That would mean
SUPER=01-Mike Shelton/Bedford Mayor; :44
OUT Q=of small business
(( That would mean the Bedford plant would lose nearly three hundred jobs.
So the United Rubber Workers Local 240 sought a second vote.
Workers with less seniority seem to be in favor of the proposal.
Several declined to talk on camera for fear of retribution from other union
These "vote yes" members say the union should do what it takes to keep the
jobs in Bedford.
They say once the company startes moving part of the operation the rest is
sure to follow.
Nay sayers believe layoffs will happen no matter what.
Charles Mallory, Jr. says, "if the company wants to move part of its
operation, it will move no matter how the union votes."
Bedford Mayor Mike Shelton says if these job losses occur the community's
morale will suffer.
IN Q=WHEN YOU LOSE
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: WHEN YOU LOSE AN OPERATION OUT OF A PLANT AND
YOU LOSE EMPLOYMENT THERE'S A TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY,
INTERMS OF THE VITALITY OF SMALL BUSINESS.))
OUT Q=OF SMALL BUSINESS
This is the same contract the union defeated last week.
Those against it say the mandatory overtime and the loss of seniority are
big sticking points.
They say the company is using scare tactics to make union members to vote
Ron, those "vote yes" members say this proposal extends the contract and
doesn't touch their benefit package.
Double Boxes=Ron and Denise/Newsroom
(Q & A: Denise am I to understand that layoffs will occur no matter what?)
Well that's one point on which union members seem to agree.
Union members believe the company will go to TWO 12 hour shifts.
We'll know more after tomorrow's vote.
In other business news,
Union workers at Delta Star in Lynchburg also get a second vote on a new
and the Commonwealth is trying to help pave the way for the speedy construction
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :26
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Union workers at Rubatex in Bedford will get a second vote on a proposal
they rejected that prompted the rubber products company to announce the
transfer of 287 jobs out of state.
Rubatex says it will take a strong and positive vote in favor of new work
rules and mandatory overtime to keep the jobs in Bedford.
A strike at the Delta Star transformer plant in Lynchburg has been averted,
with union workers approving a new contract.
The electrical workers rejected the original company offer because of
differences over wage increases and work schedules.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board has now put up the first six million
dollars for the Virginia portion of the proposed Interstate 73.
If all goes according to plan, the first segments of the highway could be
under construction in five to ten years.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it fell 66 points,
closing at 5588.14.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
A Danville restaurant that has been a popular campaign stop for
governors and celebrities alike is closing its doors for the last time on
The "King of the Sea Restaurant" will shut down after 32 years of service.
Owner Wilton Smith says he and his wife have enjoyed the business, but they
also want to enjoy each other.
Smith was diagnosed last year with cancer.
His restaurant had been host to stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and pro
football Hall of Famer Rosey Grier -- and also to thousands of hungry
TAPE# net-b; edit of 95-47 (Hiking Safety)
A U-S Forest Service report says that rapid growth by Virginia's sprawling
cities and towns over the last decade is eating up forests,
creating a patchwork of woods that are less environmentally and economically
In the decade ending in '95 nearly 200,000 acres of forests in central and
eastern Virginia that drain into the Chesapeake Bay were destroyed.
New homes, industrial parks and shopping centers accounted for most of
Virginians can learn more about their neighbors starting tomorrow.
By contacting the Department of Public Safety, Virginia residents can get a
list-- to find out who in their Zip-code area is a newly released inmate and
who is still under court supervision.
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When News 7 continues...
Dancing is not just for fun anymore-- It's a full fledged competitive
We'll have the story when we come back.
we'll meet a potter who is gaining national recognition for her work.
Stay with us.
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The competition in the Commonwealth Games continued today.
A new event attracted competitors of all ages.
Contestants from up and down the east coast traveled to Roanoke to compete
in Dance sport or Ballroom Dancing.
The competition was divided into three divisions--juniors, adults and
Two styles were represented--the smooth dances such as the waltz and Latin
dances like the Cha Cha.
IN Q=THE JUDGES ARE MARKING THE
((AMY COUSIN/NEW YORK CONTESTANT: THE JUDGES ARE MARKING THE COMPETITION ON
HOW THEY SHOW THE MUSIC--ARE THEY IN TIME WITH THE MUSIC, DO THEY HIT THE
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DANCE WITH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MUSIC. WHETHER THEY HAVE
TECHNICAL CORRECTNESS AS IN FOOT WORK.))
SUPER=01-Amy Cousins/New York Contestant;
OUT Q=as in footwork
This is the first year ballroom dancing has been a judged event in the
In fact it may become an Olympic event.
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((PART OF THE PURPOSE OF OUR PARTICIPATION IN THE STATE GAMES IS TO SHOW THAT
INDEED THIS IS AN ATHLETIC EVENT. AND SHOULD BE A PART OF THE OLYMPICS.))
OUT Q=PART OF THE OLYMPICS
Winners of the Dance sport competition are awarded gold, silver and bronze
Plenty of action in Major League baseball this afternoon the Roanoke Rush
gets ready for its final cut.
And Richard Kry-Chek becomes the first unseeded player to capture the men's
singles title at Wimbledon.
Richard Krychek became the first Dutchman and the first unseeded player to
win the Men's championship at Wimbledon.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/NBC SPORTS; :
Kry-chek used his powerful serve to storm past American Malivai Washington
in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
Kry-chek had 14 aces on the way to his first grand slam title. He
dominated all phases of the match and Washington was not able to match the
strong ground strokes from the Dutchman.
Kry-chek entered the tournament ranked 13-th in the world and he won the
title when Washington smashed a back hand return into the net on match point.
He's the first unseeded player to win the singles title at Wimbledon since
17 year old Boris Becker in 1985.
Greg Maddux picked up another win this afternoon as the Braves routed the
Houston Astros 9 to 1.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS; :
A hot one in Atlanta this afternoon.
And the Braves were hot. In the second Mark Whiten hits a shot off the
right field wall for a triple Ryan Klesko rounds the bases to score to tie it
at 1 to 1.
In the third, Eduardo Perez sends a shot to the left field wall scoring
Fred Mcgriff and Whiten and the Braves led the Astros 4 to 1.
McGriff gets all of this pitch SUPER=35-Atlanta/==9/Houston/==1; sending
it over the left center field wall for a two run homer in the 8-th and the
Braves go on to beat the Astros 9 to 1.
The Milwaukee Brewers scored early this afternoon to put away the New York
Yankees 4 to 1.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/WTMJ; :
Darryl Strawberry was in the Yankee lineup as the designated hitter today.
Milwaukee would score in the top of the first. Dave Nilsson hits a single
to right field scoring Fernando Vina and Jeff Cirillo and the Brewers took the
2 to nothing lead.
Strawberry went to the plate three times and failed to get a hit this pitch
is lined to the Milwaukee right fielder.
Then in the fourth, Jose Valentin SUPER=35-Milwaukee/==4/New
York/==1;hits a double to left field scoring John Jaha the Brewers led 3 to
nothing and Milwaukee gets the 4 to 1 win.
The Florida Marlins have fired Rene Lachemann the only skipper in team
The announcement was made a news conference this afternoon in
Philadelphia. Cookie Rojas will manage the team on an interim basis no
replacement has been named.
Latchemann was hired in October of 1992 he's led the Marlins to a 39 and 47
record this season. Florida has lost its last seven games.
Now for all of today's scores lets go to the boards.
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OUT Q=....SAN DIEGO."
It's getting down to the Nitty gritty at the Roanoke Rush camp over at
Patrick Henry High School.
The Rush has worked out in pads the past week and head coach Duke Strager
has liked the effort among the players trying to make the team.
But Strager will soon have to make some cuts to get his roster in line with
IN Q="The jury...
((DUKE STRAGER/ROANOKE RUSH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Roanoke Rush Head Coach; :
OUT Q=..........in the valley."
Many of the players trying out for the Rush have other jobs and sometimes
its difficult to give the effort necessary in practice.
But all of the players have the same goal to make the team.
IN Q="A lot
OUT Q=......With us here."
Strager is expected to make the necessary cuts next week in practice.
It's still to early for most of us to start thinking about the start of the
college basketball season, but one area star is already fully wrapped up in
preparations for it.
UVa star guard Curtis Staples was in town last week watching the Roanoke
Hawks AAU team practice at William Fleming.
Staples is adding strength to his game and hopefully a more steady stroke
from the outside.
IN Q="This summer...
((CURTIS STAPLES/UVA GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/UVa Guard; :00
OUT Q=...A GREAT SEASON."
Ellen Shankin communicates through clay.
She molds the mounds into usable, award winning art.
Denise Allen and videographer Greg Moore introduces us to this Floyd County
IN Q=IT'S REALLY JUST
SUPER=02-Ellen Shankin/Potter; :00
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :22
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=IT'S REALLY
((ELLEN SHANKIN/POTTER: IT'S REALLY JUST AN EVOLUTION. YOU HAVE A FEELING
ABOUT A FORM AND YOU WORK WITH IT AS YOU WORK YOU RESPOND TO EACH PIECE AS THEY
COME OFF YOU MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AND IT JUST ENDS UP GOING ALONG A PATH THAT'S
OUT Q=VERY INDIVIDUAL
Judges at the Smithsonian Craft Show seem to like the path Ellen Shankin's
The Floyd County potter won honorable mention in a competition between
thousands of crafters.
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As the wheel spins Shankin's hands create the shapes she imagines.
The ceramic bowls, pitchers, cup and saucers are beautiful.
But Shankin says it's more important for them to be useful.
IN Q=THIS IS ALL FUNCTIONAL
((SHANKIN: THIS IS ALL FUNCTIONAL STONEWARE. IT'S ALL THROWN ON A WHEEL. IT'S
FUNCTION IS OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE TO ME. I'M VERY INVOLVED WITH FORM. A
LITTLE BIT LESS CONCERNED WITH THE SURFACE. I'M NOT A PERSON WHO DECORATES.))
OUT Q=WHO DECORATES
IN Q=IT'S FOR USE
((IT'S FOR USE. HOPEFULLY THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE OF THE POT IS FINISHED WHEN YOU
USE IT AND HOPEFULLY YOU WANT TO USE IT A LOT.))
OUT Q=USE IT A LOT
Shankin sells her work to galleries all over the country.
So every time someone in Arizona sips tea from a Shankin cup, she hope
Denise Allen News 7.))
they're experiencing a bit of her individuality,