Coming up next on News 7 at 11.
They're still on the picket line... Danville Goodyear workers begin their
second week on strike.
A group claiming to be the true government of Texas take two hostages.
And a preview of a News 7 special report from Bosnia.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Nearly two thousand workers at the Goodyear plant in Danville are entering
their second week on strike.
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Negotiators for the United Steelworkers union and management have reportedly
made little progress in their ongoing contract talks, taking place in
Goodyear workers in six states walked off the job last Sunday.
Pay and benefits appear to the be the major sticking point, but the union
also wants all contracts covering Goodyear's 20-thousand union employees
to expire at the same time.
Management has said it will attempt to keep production going at the affected
Goodyear is also reportedly seeking to reduce its labor costs at two of the
factories, the Danville plant and another facility in Union City, Tennessee.
A group that believes the state of Texas is a free nation is holding two
hostages in Fort Davis, Texas.
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The group, called The Republic of Texas, say they took the hostages in
retaliation for the arrest of two of their members.
Police have surrounded the area.
The group says they'll release the hostages in return for the release of
They are also demanding a referendum to allow Texans to vote on independence
from the United States.
Police say speed was a factor in a fatal car crash last night.
The accident happened around 11-30 in the Crooked Creek area of Carroll
State Police say 19-year-old Teresa Ann Haynes of Woodlawn, was traveling
east on route 7-13 when she lost control of her car and struck a tree.
The car then went airborne and landed upside down in a creek.
Haynes was thrown from the car.
She died about an hour later at an area hospital.
Animal rights activists tried to storm a laboratory in Decatur, Georgia
About 75 protestors were trying to storm the Primate Research Center at
Dekalb police tried to restrain them, and finally fired tear gas at the
After that things got ugly... some of the protestors threw part of a
barricade onto a police car, and the officers rushed the crowd.
Police used pepper spray on some of the protestors, but there were no
reports of serious injuries.
A fire at a hotel in the Philippines killed 24 four people yesterday.
The fire started on the third floor, inside a locked Moslem prayer room.
Police say most of the victims were found inside bathrooms, as they tried to
escape the flames.
Some hotel residents were hurt as they jumped from their windows.
So far it's not known what caused the fire, but firefighters have NOT ruled
President Clinton is rolling up his sleeves as part the Presidential Summit
on America's Future.
The President, along with Vice President Gore and former Presidents Carter
and Bush, spent part of the day helping volunteers paint a wall at a
Philadelphia community pool.
It's part of a three day summit that organizers are hoping will encourage
more Americans to volunteer in their communities.
The President also announced a new plan to give college graduates a break on
their student loans.
Students who donate a year of fulltime community service won't have to pay
the interest on their student loans for that year.
He's served in the General Assembly longer than any other current member:
He's its only independent.
But Bedford to Botetourt Delegate Lacey Putney has a new distinction.
He's the man House Republican leader Vance Wilkins likes so much that he's
urging fellow Republicans to NOT challenge him for re-election.
GOP sources tell News 7 Wilkins has discouraged GOP candidates from opposing
But a Forest attorney is unswayed.
He's set to announce his candidacy in a few weeks.
Putney's refused to join the Republican party after over a decade of heavy
So why's Wilkins so fond of the former Democrat?
As one Republican puts it, Putney most often votes with Republicans now...
and there's NO need to upset the apple cart.
After more than twenty years of service, a judge in the New River Valley is
retiring from the bench.
Family and friends helped mark the end of Patrick Graybeal's six years as a
Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge.
IN Q=JUDGE GRAYBEAL
((RICHARD CHIDESTER/FRMR. ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; JUDGE GRAYBEAL
IMPRESSED ME AS BEING VERY FAIR, ALWAYS WILLING TO LISTEN TO BOTH SIDES OF THE
STORY, WHICH I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT IN JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS
COURT, ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN, AND WE'LL
CERTAINLY MISS HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Chidester/Frmr. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=MISS HIM
He also served as Montgomery County's Commonwealth Attorney from 1964 to
Graybeal lost both hands earlier in his career as a prosecutor after a pipe
bomb exploded on his car.
A killer he helped send to prison apparently hired someone to plant the
Graybeal will officially step down Wednesday. On Thursday, Bob Viar --
Graybeal's successor will start hearing cases.
Viar is a lawyer in Christiansburg.
It's been nearly three months since 46 Danville National Guard members left
Virginia to help a war ravaged country rebuild.
They're peacekeepers in Bosnia Herzegovina-- a country devastated by years
of ethnic and political fighting.
News 7's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco (Duh-ROCK-oh)
recently returned from a week- long visit with the soldiers.
All this week, they'll show us what being a peacekeeper is all about.
Some of the soldiers patrol the streets, while others deliver mail or
supplies to the poor.
Serving overseas has left the National guard members homesick.
But the soldiers believe peacekeepers are needed.
IN Q=We'd been
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:WE'D BEEN TOLD THINGS WERE PRETTY
BAD, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO'D BEEN DISPLACED BECAUSE OF WAR, BUT UNTIL WE
ACTUALLY GOT DOWN HERE AND SOME OF THE DESTRUCTION, THAT'S WHEN IT REALLY SET
IN HOW BAD IT'S BEEN DOWN HERE DURING THE WAR.
CARL KEEN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I'M DOING
SOMETHING WORTH WHILE, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE OUT ON PATROL AND THE KIDS COME
OUT AND WAVE AT US, IT REALLY MAKES US FEEL GOOD. ))
SUPER=01-Chris Wiles/Danville National Guard Member; :06
SUPER=01-Carl Keen/Danville National Guard Member; :14
OUT Q=feel good.
**TAKE PINNACLE BOARD FULLSCREEN LIVE**
Watch for the first in a series of special reports, "Bosnia Peacekeepers"
tomorrow on News 7 at 6 and 11.
Teresa and Andrea take us along with a group of hometown soldiers as they
search for land mines-- one of the most dangerous jobs being performed by the
Southsiders in Bosnia.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Eleven--
an historic landmark along the Blue Ridge Parkway is back in business, just in
time for the tourist season.
And, local athletes pay tribute to a baseball legend...
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MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 0.56 foot/Down 0.97 foot;Lake levels
Fifty years ago one man changed the face of the sporting world.
This season professional baseball is honoring Jackie Robinson.
In 1947 he crossed the color line and became the first African American
player in the National League.
As Denise Allen reports Robinson's heroic performance still inspires local
IN Q=YOU'RE A SECOND BASEMAN
SUPER=01-Mac McCadden/Former Minor League Umpire; :07
SUPER=04-CBS File Tape; :13
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :58
SUPER=01-Stu Cole/Avalanche Coach; 1:19
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=YOU'RE A SECOND BASEMAN
((MAC MCCADDEN/FORMER MINOR LEAGUE UMP: YOU'RE A SECOND BASEMAN AS JACKIE
ROBINSON WAS AND SOMEONE COMES SLIDING IN HIGH WITH SPIKES AND NO ONE DOES
ANYTHING ABOUT IT AND YOU'VE GOT TO TURN AROUND AND PLAY ANOTHER PLAY AND
REMEMBER THAT IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD AND YET CONCENTRATE ON THE NEXT PLAY.
THAT'S TOUGH TO DO.))
OUT Q=TOUGH TO DO
Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby, the first African American in the American
League, inspired Mac McCadden.
Teammates threatened to walkout and Robinson and Doby weren't even allowed
to stay in the same hotels with the other players.
McCadden says their triumph over hardship is a good example for today's
IN Q=NEITHER OF THEM
((NEITHER OF THEM WANTED ANYONE TO GIVE THEM ANYTHING THEY ONLY WANTED WHAT
THEY DESERVED TO HAVE AND THEY JUST WANTED A CHANCE TO PROVE THEMSELVES LIKE
ANYBODY ELSE THAT'S ALL THEY EVER WANTED.))
OUT Q=ALL THEY EVER WANTED
IN Q=NAT SOT OF GAME
While Robinson made his mark in the majors, all aspiring baseball players
benefit from his efforts.
This season the Salem Avalanche does not have any African American players,
but other nationalities are represented on their roster.
IN Q=they wouldn't
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER: THEY WOULDN'T HAVE LET A LATIN AMERICAN
PLAYER EITHER, MAYBE AN INDIAN. WHAT HE DID SET THE PRESENT DAY AND WE'RE JUST
FINALLY SEEING THE RESULTS OF IT NOW.))
OUT Q=OF IT NOW
Those results include the dream of many black players to become major league
Avalanche Coach Stu Cole is working towards that goal.
IN Q=I'M LOOKING FORWARD
((STU COLE/AVALANCHE COACH: I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING A BIG LEAGUE MANAGER,
MYSELF. I'VE BEEN THROUGH ONLY TWO ORGANIZATIONS IN MY CAREER AND THERE WASN'T
A LOT OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE FRONT OFFICE, BUT AS TIME HAS CHANGED THERE'S
BEEN PEOPLE WHO'VE GOTTEN HIRED.))
OUT Q=WHO'VE GOTTEN HIRED
And that's Jackie Robinson's legacy--a pioneer who laid the ground work so
today's children can live their dreams.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The Blue Ridge Parkway's most photographed landmark is now open for the
Mabry Mill and the park surrounding opened this weekend.
The park had been closed while the staff made some repairs to the mill.
Maintenance workers spent last week dreging the mill's retaining pond.
Creeks and water from roadways filled the pond with mud and in some places
the mud was higher than the water.
IN Q=IT'S FUNCTIONAL
((LESTER WOOD/BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: IT'S FUNCTIONAL FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES
ONLY. WE GOT THE WATER DREDGED OUT AND WE'RE SIX FOOT DEEP WITH WATER AND ALL
THE SEDIMENT IS GONE.))
SUPER=01-Lester Wood/Blue Ridge Parkway;
OUT Q=SEDIMENT IS GONE
The park and restaurant opened this weekend.
Corn meal grinding and black smith demonstrations will start in late May.
Organized labor flexes its muscle in Danville and Pittsylvania County, and
signs of new life at an old plant in Buena Vista.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Low Moor/File Tape; :16
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/Tuesday; :25
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
1800 union employees at the Goodyear plant in Danville hit the picket lines
as part of a nationwide strike against the tire maker.
The two sides are in a dispute over pay and benefits
The Bacova Guild is branching out in its own backyard.
The home furnishings company will add to its operations in the Alleghany
Highlands with an outlet center in Clifton Forge.
It looks like the former Blue Bird bus plant in Buena Vista may soon have an
occupant after several years of sitting dormant.
DesChamps Labs plans to use part of it for its growing air exchanger
business, the rest will be used for other development projects.
Workers at the Times Fiber coaxial cable plant in Chatham now have a union.
The United Steelworkers Union won a representation vote by a large margin
A tough week for tobacco.
A ruling Friday will allow the FDA to regulate it as a drug, but it won't
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 35 points, the Nasdaq Composite edged down 13.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on the newscast, Andrew will fill us in on how long the rain will
and the soggy weather couldn't dampen spirits at the Native American Pow-Wow at
MUSIC UP FULL
A shooting in Danville, and the North Dakota flood, are two of the topics in
letters to News-7's Feedback this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
IN Q=A ten-year-old
SUPER=03-Danville/April 20; :04
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND/Last Week; :45
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
A ten-year-old was shot and wounded at his home in Danville last weekend.
Police didn't release a motive, but the child's mother believed the incident
was related to efforts to keep drug dealers out of the neighborhood.
The shooting prompted a participant in our web page forum to write:
"...I send out my hatred for drug users and pushers. They all are weak,
cowardly people who have no pride in themselves and care nothing about their
own future or the future of this country. Drug users and pushers have no place
in our society. The pushers belong in morgues and I hope that users can see the
light enough to rethink and rebuild their lives. Let me reiterate that drug
users are sick and need help. Let me also reiterate that drug pushers are slime
and I would gladly and slowly break off their fingers should I have the
opportunity to meet one."
Another viewer commended the continuing coverage of the great flood in Grand
"I am a native of North Dakota and just moved to Blacksburg in January. This
is a temporary move and I will be back in North Dakota within a year. I enjoy
being able to watch your evening news knowing that I will get the latest on the
greatest natural disaster my state has ever seen. Keep up the great work."
Here's how you can send comments on news stories to News-7.
Write Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022.
The fax number for our Roanoke newsroom is 343-7269.
Email goes to email@example.com.
To access our web page, just go to www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.
Native Americans returned to Natural Bridge this weekend.
They traveled from as far away as Canada to keep their culture alive.
The rain didn't dampen the spirits of those who joined the circle of the pow
Native Americans shared their history with visitors by explaining the
symbolism behind their crafts and jewelry.
For example, these Iroquois pins originated in Scotland.
The Scots traded them for furs.
After the decline of fur trading, the Iroquois started making pins of their
They symbolized wealth and engagements.
IN Q=SOMETHING LIKE THIS
((JIM SICKLES/ONEIDA NATION: SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEING AN ORIGINAL REPLICA
THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT LIKE THESE SO YOU KNOW AND THE MORE THAT PEOPLE
KNOW ABOUT THESE PINS THE BETTER IT IS FOR US BECAUSE THAT IS HISTORY.))
SUPER=01-Jim Sickles/Oneida Nation;
OUT Q=THAT IS HISTORY
If you were hungry, there was a Native American menu that included
Visitors who didn't want to eat in the rain could duck into a teepee.
SUPER=330-Rain, Drizzle/And Fog/47-51/Light Rain/Likely/64-69;
SUPER=331-Scattered Showers/And Drizzle/48-52/Rain/Likely/64-69;
SUPER=332-Periods/Of Rain/43-47/Clouds/& Showers/62-66;
The Orlando Magic is on the verge of being eliminated from the N-B-A
Playoffs. Yesterday in Miami the Heat beat the Magic to take a 2 games to none
lead in their best of five playoff series.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Pat Riley's Heat blew the game open in the third quarter.
Jamal Mashburn pulls up and hits the jumper and the Heat led the Magic 64 to
Orlando comes right back going to Ronny Seikley he uses the power move to
score to make it 64 to 37.
Miami's Tim Hardaway gets it back he pulls up and hits the three pointer
and the Heat took a 30 point lead.
Orlando's Penny Hardaway answers Tim's basket when he pulls up and hits
the jumper but the lead was still 30.
Miami cruised through the fourth
SUPER=32-Miami/104/Orlando/87/;quarter with the big lead and the Heat beats
the Magic 104 to 87.
THe WInston 500 at Talladega is scheduled to be run at noon--more coming up
later on Mornin'.
Shaquille O'Neal had a 30 point 6 rebound game today as the Los Angeles
Lakers beat Portland 107 to 93.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/NBC SPORTS; :
Laker coach Del Harris checking the action from the sideline.
And Shaq takes it straight to the hoop on this play he scores on the game
to tie the game early in the first quarter.
Portland's Isiah Rider comes up big in the second quarter hitting the three
but the Trailblazers trailed 48 to 47.
The Lakers opened it up in the SUPER=32-L.A.
Lakers/107/Portland/93/;fourth quarter and Los Angeles beats Portland 107 to
93 to take a two games to none lead in the playoff series.
Atlanta Pitcher Greg Maddux extended his consecutive inning streak of
allowing no earned runs to 29 as the Braves beat the Padres 2 to nothing in a
game shortened by rain.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS; :
San Diego's Ken Caminitti holding down third base early in the game.
The Braves would score what proved to be the winning runs in the bottom of
the third Chipper Jones doubles off the wall in left field scoring two and the
Braves took the 2 to nothing lead.
It's the Padres fifth straight loss and they may lose first baseman Wally
Joyner. Joyner sprained his right SUPER=35-Atlanta/2/San Diego/0/;ankle
while fielding this Kenny Lofton bunt. He had to be helped off the field after
suffering the sprain. The Braves won the game 2 to nothing.
The Boston Red Sox hammered the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yard this
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Eric Davis in the dugout waiting his turn to bat.
And Davis comes through in the bottom of the first sending this Steve Avery
pitch to deep left field for a two run homer and the Orioles led 2 to nothing.
Then in the top of the third, Mo Vaughn smokes this pitch over the left
centerfield wall for a solo homer and the Red Sox took their first lead of the
game 3 to 2.
Baltimore's Cal Ripken gave the SUPER=35-Boston/13/Baltimore/7/;Orioles
the lead in the bottom of the fifth he hits this line drive three run homer in
the left field seats Baltimore led 6 to 5 but Boston wins it 13 to 7.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
The Detroit Red Wings have wrapped up their first round playoff series in
six games. Brendan Shanahan had a power play goals as the Red Wings beat St.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0092-/San Diego/0/j/Atlanta/2////Montreal/3/j/New York/5//10 Innings/;
SUPER=0092-/Philadelphia///Cincinnati///PPD RAIN//Colorado/2/j/St. Louis/6///;
SUPER=0096-/Washington/104/j/Chicago/109//Michael Jordan Scores
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College win another ODAC
lacrosse title Frank Nobilo is the winner of the Greater Greensboro Classic.
And the Winston 500 at Talladega was postponed by rain it's scheduled to be
run tomorrow at noon.
The Winston 500 at Talladega was postponed by rain yesterday the race is
scheduled to be run later today.
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The rain moved into the Talladega area Sunday morning and it never let up.
NASCAR had the equipment in position to dry the track if the rain stopped.
It takes about 2 hours to dry the super speedway and track officials
decided to postpone the race at about 3 oclock.
John Andretti will start from the pole when the race gets started later
IN Q="I feel
((JOHN ANDRETTI/WINSTON 500 POLE WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-John Andretti/Winston 500 Pole Winner; :
OUT Q=......another day."
The Cars were returned to the garage area so NASCAR could remove the
restrictor plates which means they will go through inspection again today.
The green flag is scheduled to drop today at Noon.
Bobby Hillin will start on the outside, Dale Earnhardt is third followed by
Rusty Wallace and Mike Skinner.
Frank Nobilo of New Zealand won his first tournament in America yesterday.
Nobilo beating Brad Faxon on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in the
Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/CBS SPORTS; :
Faxon shot a 72 but on the first hole of the playoff on 18 his par putt
slide past the hole and he had to settle for bogey.
Nobilo's putt was inside Faxon's and he knocked it in to win the tournament.
Nobilo came from five shots down after shooting a 5 under par 67.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College won their fourth straight ODAC Lacrosse
championship beating Washington and Lee at Alumni Field.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Washington and Lee; :
The steady rain did not dampen the spirits of the Lady Maroons.
The score was tied 3 to 3 after the first half then the Maroons took over
alie Ogelsby takes it all the way and scores to make it 4 to 3.
Washington and Lee answered moments later when Kathrine Riddle takes the
shot and scores to tie it at 4 to 4.
The Lady Maroons took a 5 to 4 lead and Ogelsby comes up again scoring this
goal in front of the net to make it 6 to 4 Roanoke.
Ogelsby scored again to make it 7 SUPER=34-Roanoke/8/Washington &
Lee/7/;to 4 then Elie Page gets out on the run and scores the goal to make it
8 to 4 and Roanoke wins it 8 to 7.