As Hurricane Bertha rages through the Caribbean-- Atlantic Coast residents
wait to see where the storm heads next,
and a union vote at the Rubatex plant in Bedford saves jobs.
Showers and storms are in the forecast for this afternoon with better
weather on tap for tomorrow. Stay tuned for a most pleasant outlook from the
News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away, the news is next.
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Hurricane "Bertha" is roaring toward the Turks and Caicos (KAY'-kuhs)
Islands and the Bahamas this afternoon with winds of up to 115 miles-per-hour.
The big storm is blamed for at least four deaths and there's concern about
the fate of another 42.
They were apparently aboard a boat the Coast Guard is now searching for.
Yesterday, Bertha swept across the U-S Virgin Islands and past Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Bertha now appears to be making a right turn in the Caribbean,
veering away from Miami and towards the Carolinas.
But all along the Atlantic Coast, no one is taking the storm for granted.
Dave Fehling reports from Miami.
(dave ad lib)
IN Q=In South Florida,
SUPER=03-Puerto Rico; :20 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-James Lee Witt/Federal Emergency Management Agency; 1:00
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:07
((In south Florida, no panic but lots of preparation.
Homeowners are buying up plywood to cover windows and at the grocery stores,
people are clearing shelves of bottled water and baby forumula.
But it may be for nothing.
Hurricane Bertha swept across St. Thomas and it nicked Puerto Rico,
but high altitude winds could whip it more northward and away from Florida.
Damage to the Virgin Islands was relatively light, some roofs torn
away and power lines downed,
but there were human casualities.
Two surfers drowned and two people died in a car wreck blamed on Bertha's heavy
rains and high winds.
Those winds have now intensified to over 115 miles a hour, making
Bertha a category three hurricane capable of causing extensive damage.
in Washington, relief officials said they're getting ready.
((JAMES LEE WITT/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY:))
For now, people here in Florida continue to watch Bertha's every
move but it will likely be 24 hours before forecasters will be able to predict
if the storm will turn northward or hit Florida head on.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Miami.))
Patrick will have more on Hurricane Bertha later in the newscast.
Rubatex workers have saved their jobs.
Yesterday they agreed to a contract.
It was nearly identical to the one they REJECTED a week ago.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=This time
SUPER=01-Parker Price Jr./Union President; :16
SUPER=01-Zelma Sheppard/Union Member; :29
SUPER=01-Jerry Kirschke/Rubatex V.P. Human Resources; 1:04
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( This time it wasn't even close.
Members of the Local 240 United Steel Workers Union overwhelmingly approved
the Rubatex contract.
These workers are now hopeful the company reverses its decision to transfer
IN Q=We're hoping
((PARKER PRICE JUNIOR/UNION PRESIDENT: WE'RE HOPING FOR THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE
OF THIS PLANT. THOUGH WE DON'T LIKE EVERYTHING IN THE PACKAGE, WE WORKED HARD
TO SAVE THE JOBS OF THE PEOPLE. I THINK THAT IT CAME DOWN TO THE BOTTOM LINE--
TO SAVE THE JOBS FOR THE PEOPLE ))
OUT Q=the people (2x)
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
IN Q=I feel
((ZELMA SHEPPARD/UNION MEMBER: I FEEL SURE THEY'RE GOING TO WORK WITH US. I
FEEL SURE. ))
OUT Q=feel sure
It was just last Sunday when this same contract was brought before the
Members shot it down by two votes, with the key issues being mandatory
overtime and the loss of seniority for some long- time workers.
In response to the proposal's rejection, Rubatex announced it would move
more than one- third of its workforce to Colt, Arkansas.
That put employees in a frenzy... and union officials called the second
Company officials say the layoffs are on the back burner for now... but
refused to speculate on the future of the job cuts.
IN Q=What we
((JERRY KIRSCHKE/RUBATEX VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES: WHAT WE WILL DO
INITIALLY IS TO PULL DOWN THE WAR NOTICES THAT WERE POSTED LAST WEEK WHICH
SIGNIFIED THE LAYOFF. THERE WILL BE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR LAYOFFS AND WE'LL
START LOOKING AT THE MODERNIZATION PLANS WE HAD ON ON HOLD PENDING THE VOTE. ))
OUT Q=the vote
There is certainly no love loss from either side... but at least for right
now... both union and company officials seem pleased with this latest vote.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
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Investigators are trying to determine if a fire that killed a family of five
in Lynchburg was caused by a computer that may have short- circuited.
It was Lynchburg's deadliest fire in more than forty years.
Osama Abouzeid (o-SAMA AH-boo-zaid), his wife Felicia and their three young
daughters all perished when their Sheffield Drive home caught fire early
All five family members were found in the girls' bedroom, their exits at the
front of the home blocked by the smoke and flames.
Fire marshals are concentrating their efforts on the living room area, where
the blaze apparently started.
Police in Covington say child abuse may be to blame in the death of a
19-month old baby girl.
A medical examiner performed an autopsy on the girl yesterday.
Police say early findings indicate the girl was abused.
The girl's mother took her to Alleghany Regional Hospital last Thursday.
The child was later flown to Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
She died last Saturday.
Officials expect to release more information on the case later this week.
Four of five people charged in a gun battle at a Roanoke public housing
complex are walking away from the incident.
Only one person was convicted yesterday, on a charge of malicious wounding.
The 18-year-old will be free on bond until he is sentenced August 6th.
The exchange of gunfire happened at the Bluestone public housing
development April 23rd when according to police four carloads of young men
arrived to settle a score.
Five people were armed.
Three people were injured in the incident, but none seriously.
After hearing conflicting testimony, the judge dismissed charges against
20-year-old Teon Lee Parris and Arcadius Washington, 21-year-old Dwayne Gray
and a 17-year-old.
The man convicted has not been named because he was 17 at the time of the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next -- a third party in the presidential race may be on the Lamm,
and federal investigators find a clue into what caused an engine on a Delta
jetliner to blow apart.
music up full
Clinton administration officials have a lot of questions to answer about the
Saudi bombing last month that killed 19 American servicemen.
The Senate Armed Services Committee this morning opened a hearing on the
The panel wants to know why security wasn't better for the U-S forces.
It also wants to know if Saudi officials ignored security concerns.
(( SENATOR CHARLES ROBB/ D-VA:
THERE ARE CLEARLY CULTURAL DIFFERNCES THAT MAKE THE PROSPECT A LITTLE MORE
CHALLENGING BUT I SEE NO EVIDENCE THAT SAUDIS HAVE NOT ATTEMPTED TO COMPLY FOR
MANY, MANY DIFFERENT RESPECTS. IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY,
WE TEND TO GIVE NO CREDIT TO THINGS THAT SEEMED TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT AND
WE HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE, ULTIMATELY, FOR THINGS
THAT WEREN'T DONE." ))
OUT Q=that weren't done.
The June 25th bombing marked the second instance in seven months that U-S
servicemen have been killed in Saudi Arabia.
Defense secretary William Perry told the committee this morning that tighter
security was ordered after the November bombing in Riyadh (ree-YAHD')-- but he
says the Dhaharan bomb was ten times larger.
Federal investigators think they know what caused an engine on a Delta
jetliner to blow apart Saturday in Florida killing a woman and her son.
Bob Orr has more in this report.
SUPER=01-George Black/NTSB; :14
SUPER=01-Colin Saxton/Victims' Relative; 1:08
SUPER=01-Bob Orr/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=Bob Orr, CBS News, Washington.
Investigators have found a critical clue from the fractured engine, that
blasted shrapnel into the cabin of Delta Flight 1288.
Metal experts have discovered a pre-existing crack in the hub connecting
the fan blades.
GEORGE BLACK, NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD TO BE DROPPED-IN MONDAY
NIGHT IN NEW YORK:"THIS CRACK IS STARTED IN A HALF INCH BOLT HOLE AND MIGRATED
ABOUT AN INCH OUT
FROM THROUGH THE TITANIUM, ABOUT AN INCH OUT FROM THAT BOLT HOLE.
Animation and engine
The crack...undetected by routine maintenance...apparently reached the
breaking point as the MD-88 rolled on takeoff. The hub...blew apart into two
large pieces shooting metal like bullets into the fuselage...and parts of the
100 pound hub up to a quarter of a mile away.
ValuJet Engines have blown apart in flight before. Shrapnel sliced through
the hydraulic lines of this United jet which crashed in a fireball in Sioux
And just a year ago....a ValuJet engine explosion injured a flight attendant,
and set the plane on fire.
But the Delta accident....is the first veteran investigators say.... where
the engine HUB itself...far stronger than steel...split in two.
And it took a deadly toll. Anita Saxton and her son Nolan, who were sitting
in the rear of the plane were killed when the engine ruptured.
COLIN SAXTON, CRASH VICTIMS' RELATIVE
WE ARE TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES AND PUT OUR LIVES BACK TOGETHER,
KNOWING THAT WE'LL BE WITHOUT THEM."
Engines like the one that failed have been used for 15 years. Thousands are
still in use, and they have a solid record. But investigators say
until they know exactly WHY the Delta engine hub cracked and then
failed......they can't discount the possiblity of a wider safety threat.
Bob Orr, CBS News, Washington.))
President Clinton this hour is holding his first meeting today with Israaeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The two leaders are discussing the current status of the mideast peace plan,
as well as ways to combat worldwide terrorism.
Netanyahu is also scheduled to address lawmakers on Capitol Hill tomorrow.
The presidential race has a major, third-party candidate.
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm is announcing at this hour that he's
This is live coverage from his news conference.
He wants the presidential nomination of Ross Perot's Reform Party.
It's not known what Ross Perot thinks.
Lamm is a 60-year-old registered Democrat.
So far, he's raised just six-thousand dollars.
Members of the Roanoke City School Board have tapped a P- T- A veteran as
their new chairman.
This morning, they elected Marsha Ellison to succeed Marilyn Curtis.
Ellison has two daughters in the Roanoke city schools, and she served as
president of the Central Council P- T- A before her appointment to the board.
IN Q=I think it's an excellent
((MARSHA ELLISON/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK IT'S AN EXCELLENT SYSTEM AND AS
YOU SAY I THINK THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON WHICH ARE REFLECTED IN
OUR PRIORITIES. WE WANT TO INCREASE OUR ATTENDANCE AND WE WANT TO REDUCE OUR
DROPOUT RATE AND THESE THINGS THE SCHOOL BAORD HAS CHARGED OUR SUPERINTENDENT
AND HIS STAFF TO WORK ON.))
SUPER=01-Marsha Ellison/School Board Chairman;
OUT Q=his staff to work on.
With the election of Nelson Harris to city council, there is now a vacancy
on the school board.
A replacement will be appointed in August.
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Still to come on News 7,
Your neighbors may know more about you than you may think, thanks to a new
order by the governor,
and while it may not be as famous as the white bronco, O-J Simpson's Ferrari is
a hot item on the auction block.
If you live in Virginia and you've served time in prison -- your neighbors
may know about it.
Governor George Allen ordered the Department of Corrections to release a
list of recently paroled prison inmates.
IN Q=Public safety
((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: PUBLIC SAFETY IS ALWAYS GONNA WIN
OUT OVER THE PRIVACY INTERESTS OF A PAROLEE. BECAUSE THIS INFORMATION IS
AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IF YOU GO TO THE RIGHT COURTHOUSE IN THE COMMONWEALTH
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Public Safety Secretary;
OUT Q=of Virginia.
The parolees are grouped by zip code.
The list can be mailed monthly to any resident who requests it.
Prison inmates who have been out on the streets for the past year are
celebrating the fact.
They've actually been WORKING the streets -- cleaning roads and mowing
About 300 communities and non-profit groups have actually invited them this
Inmate work crews are celebrating the anniversary this month.
IN Q=When you
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: WHEN YOU GO THERE AND YOU TRY TO
PITCH IT THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE BRINGING INMATES IN AND BELIEVE ME, YOU'LL BE
FINE -- UH, WHEN THEY HAVEN'T SEEN IT IN THE PAST, THEY'RE HESITANT. SOME GOOD
COMMUNITIES, POWHATAN CAME OUT, APPALACHIA CAME OUT AND SAID "YEAH WE WANT
'EM." AND ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESS IN CERTAIN AREAS, OTHER COMMUNITIES HEAR ABOUT
IT. THEY'RE ASKING FOR IT. SO WE'RE GETTING THE SPIN-OFFS NOW.))
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director;
OUT Q=spin-offs now.
This particular crew is clearing a lot behind the Science Museum of Virginia
for a 13-acre outdoor science park.
The fascination continues with O-J Simpson.
Simpson's former Ferrari went for 127- thousand dollars this weekend in an
Apparently it was Simpson's personal license plate "JUICES" that really
attracted the buyer.
The San Jose man who bought the car says he's interested in the Ferrari's
celebrity status and wouldn't have bought it without the license plate.
The new owner of the car plans to have it on display in a museum
for a few years before auctioning off again.
The Roanoke and Lynchburg areas are reporting some of the lowest jobless
rates in the state.
The May figures released by the Virginia Employment Commission show the
Roanoke area has a jobless rate of roughly two-and-a-half percent.
The Lynchburg region comes in around three-and-a-half percent.
Both communities have seen their unemployment numbers drop compared to the
same period a year ago.
Statewide, unemployment in May went down to just a little over four-
That's the lowest number in May in six years.
Stocks are mostly higher as bargain hunters take advantage of four straight
days of declines.
At noon the Dow was UP more than 22 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around -- the N-B-A's free agent negotiations are on hold, we'll tell
and some local soccer players are kicking around overseas.
We'll have sports next.
MUSIC UP FULL
The N-B-A has imposed an immediate lockout of its players.
The move was made after the two sides failed to finalize language on a new
collective bargaining agreement.
The lockout has put plans for free agent negotiations on hold.
The market was due to open up at noon today for the likes of Michael
Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Reggie Miller.
GRAPHIC=all star game
The National League will be looking to chalk up its third straight win at
the Major League All-Star game tonight.
The senior circuit holds a 39-26-1 advantage over the American League in the
The Roanoke Stars under 15 soccer team is in Europe for three weeks of
soccer games and tournaments.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
The team has been training for over a month for the trip.
The Stars will play in Munich Germany, Holland and in Denmark.
One of the highlights is playing in the largest youth tournament in the
world which includes 800 teams from 47 countries.
IN Q="It's a lot
((DANNY BEAMER/STARS HEAD COACH: IT'S A LOT DIFFERENT THAN AMERICAN SOCCER JUST
BECAUSE THESE KIDS PLAY EVERY DAY, ALL THE TIME, 24 HOURS A DAY, BASICALLY AND
OVER THERE THEY'RE GOING TO LET YOU PLAY. IT'S VERY AGGRESSIVE STYLE OF PLAY
((TOM ASHTON/STARS SWEEPER: NO I SAY BRING IT ON. YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING OVER
THERE TO SHOW THEM HOW AMERICANS PLAY SOCCER AND HOPEFULLY JUST TAKE IT TO
SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Stars Coach; :01
SUPER=01-Tom Ashton/Stars Sweeper; :12
OUT Q=...take it to em"
GRAPHIC=Roanoke lax camp
The Roanoke college lacrosse camp has invaded Salem this week.
160 participants are in town for the week long event.
Camp officials say the focus is on fundamentals as well as friendships.
IN Q="They're having
((BILL PILAT/CAMP DIRECTOR: THEY'RE HAVING A GREAT TIME. LIKE YOU SAY, WE'VE
GOT KIDS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. 20 STATES ARE HERE AND WE GET THE NEW YORK
KIDS DOWN HERE WITH THE SALEM AND ROANOKE VALLEY GUYS. WE'RE HAVING A GREAT
((SCOTT WARNICK/CAME FROM ENGLAND: I CAME HERE THREE YEARS AGO AND THEN LAST
YEAR BECAUSE MY COACH TOLD ME TO COME THOSE YEARS AND THEN I MOVED TO ENGLAND
THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR SO I JUST CAME BACK BECAUSE I LIKED IT SO MUCH
((JOHN DURAN/CAMPER: CUZ I WANT TO SEE EVERYONE'S STYLE BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS A
DIFFERENT PLAYING STYLE AND YOU LEARN FROM THEM, ALSO FROM THE COACHES AND I
MEAN, ON THE BROCHURE IT SAID NUMBER ONE CAMP IN THE WORLD.))
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Camp Director; :05
SUPER=01-Scott Warnick/Camper; :09
SUPER=01-John Duran/Camper; :21
OUT Q=....in the world"
The camp runs through tomorrow.
********patrick tosses to mel*********
That's it for News 7 at Noon.
Thanks for joining us, and have a good day.