The Goodyear strike is over.
Workers are returning to work with the longest contract in the history of
the tire industry.
Members of the United Steelworkers across the country overwhelmingly approved
a new six year deal last night.
It calls for pay raises and enhanced retirement benefits.
Employees can return to work immediately.
IN Q=The plant is
SUPER=01-Danny Barber/Local 831 President; :00
OUT Q=heads held high
The contract affects 12-thousand workers at nine plants...including
18-hundred in Danville.
After 16- years, a Bedford murder case is being reopened in hopes that new
technology will track down a killer.
TWO- year- old Brandy Barlow disappeared from her home on South Street in
Bedford in October of 1980.
Her body was discovered four months later by a group of men walking along
State Route 6-77, about a mile outside the city limits.
She had been strangled and left in a drainage ditch.
No one was arrested- but a little over a month ago, Bedford authorities met
and decided to review the case.
Chief Milton Graham hopes new forensic and investigative technology can give
them some new leads.
Several local and state agencies have promised to lend manpower to the
investigation, but that may not happen for several months.
Residents of West Helena, Arkansas are being told to stay inside as a
precaution against dangerous fumes from a chemical plant fire.
SUPER=03-West Helena, AR;
Three firefighters were killed in an explosion at the plant which packages
pesticides and herbicides.
A fourth firefighters is still missing and at least 16 were injured.
Officials say all the workers at B-P-S Incorporated managed to get out
Doctors have been giving firefighters and area residents
injections of an antidote to ward off the effects of the poisons in
A smaller explosion in Salem startled some drivers.
An Oxygen tank apparently ignited then skyrocketed about 500 feet, landing
on the roof of this nearby building.
No one was hurt, but witnesses were shaken up by the incident.
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IN Q=I was driving
((RHONDA SELLERS/WITNESS: I WAS DRIVING BY AND MY SON AND I WERE HERE AND
HEARD THIS BIG " WOOSH" SOUND AND THEN ALL THESE SPARKS AND EVERYTHING FLEW
THIS WAY. I HAD TO STOP AND BACK-UP BECAUSE I THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO
DROP ON MY CAR.))
SUPER=01-Rhonda Sellers/Witness; :02
OUT Q=on my car
The explosion happened at the Highway Machinery and Supply Company in Salem.
The tanker contained 600 pounds of liquid oxygen-- a highly flammable
It is unknown what triggered the accident.
Jim Gilmore solidified his campaign for governor by announcing his platform
yesterday as he kicked off a four city tour from Roanoke to Richmond.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=He officially
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
He's officially put the more in Jim Gilmore.
More teachers, more money for higher education, more money and laws to fight
drugs and crime, and more tax dollars going back to the voter than Don Beyer's
((WE WILL ABOLISH THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ON PERSONAL CARS AND TRUCKS HERE IN
THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
butt-together with cheers
((IN THE GILMORE ADMINISTRATION WE WILL PROVIDE FUNDING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR
LOCALITIES FOR FOUR THOUSAND NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS.))
But there's a string attached and Gilmore's quick to point it out.
Virginia revenues need to grow TWO BILLION dollars over the next five years.
He's confident they will because of a strong economy.
((BUT THE TIME HAS COME TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND SAY THAT THE WORKING PEOPLE
OF VIRGINIA ARE ENTITLED TO A DIVIDEND ON ALL THIS SUCCESS.))
It's a campaign pledge Governor George Allen would have liked to have
made...but some of his welcome with the General Assembly had worn out after a
blockbuster first two years of criminal justice and welfare reforms.
sot STANDUP 06:10:14
((THERE'S ALREADY BICKERING OVER THE NUMBERS. THE VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE
ESTIMATES THE TAX CUT PLAN WOULD COST THREE BILLION DOLLARS. NOT THE ONE
BILLION DOLLARS JIM GILMORE'S ESTIMATING. THE GILMORE CAMPAIGN SAYS IT'S
WORKED HARD ON THE NUMBERS AND STANDS BY THE FIGURES. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7,
Eight days after a Roanoke man was shot to death at the Ironto rest area
police arrest a former truck driver.
An A-T-M transaction moments after the murder led police to arrest 33- year-
old Livingston "Bud" Pritchett.
Tracy Altizer reports.
SUPER=01-Jim Ruhland/Virginia State Police; :11
SUPER=03-Ironto/Last Wednesday; :34
OUT Q=News 7 Christiansburg.
The time between the murder and the arrest has been a trying one for the
family of 57- year- old Estel (Es-tull) Singleton.
But yesterday's arrest only triggered more unanswered questions especially
from Susan Singleton-- the victim's daughter-in-law.
She spoke to News 7 only after we agreed NOT to show her face on camera.
SOT17.49.02 - 17.49.12
IN Q=It certainly brings
((SUSAN SINGLETON/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW: IT CERTAINLY BRINGS A SENSE OF
RELIEF ON ONE SENSE BUT WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND THE
BIGGEST ONE IS WHY.))
SUPER=01-Susan Singleton/Victim's Daughter-In-Law
OUT Q=biggest one is why
Police are continuing their investigation into the murder.
But, the Singletons say the arrest has helped to bring a sense of closure
to their family.
Roanoke Regional Airport is losing more than 100 high-paid, highly- skilled
aircraft maintenance positions.
U-S Airways made the announcement yesterday morning, as part of a system-
wide cost- cutting move.
The aircraft maintenance operations in Roanoke, Greensboro and
Winston-Salem will be consolidated with those in Pittsburgh, Charlotte and
For members of the Machinists UNION, that means a transfer- -but NOT
necessarily loss of a job.
IN Q=They have options
((PAUL ZEITLER/LOCAL MACHINISTS UNION CHAIRMAN: THEY HAVE OPTIONS OF GOING
ANYWHERE IN THE SYSTEM THAT THEIR SENIORITY CAN TAKE THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Zeitler/Local Machinists Union;
OUT Q=can take them.
U-S Airways will begin re-assigning personnel and shutting down its less
profitable facilities in September.
It'll also eliminate JET service to nine cities, put 22 aircraft
permanently in the hangar and close its reservations centers in Nashville and
A Vinton woman died in a collision in Roanoke last night.
Police say Faye Annette Cundiff was driving down Orange Avenue when her car
hit the curb, veered into oncoming traffic and slammed into a tractor trailer.
Police say she died instantly.
The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.
Police are still investigating the accident.
Goodyear workers will be heading back to work, their two- and- a half
week-long walkout is over.
Last night members of the United Steelworkers approved a six-year contract,
the longest contract in the history of the tire industry.
The deal calls for pay raises and enhanced retirement benefits.
The strike idled about 12-thousand workers in seven states, including
18-hundred in Danville.
Locals walked out in April over wages and job security.
Employees can return to work immediately.
Be a global competitor or a superior small, regional carrier- those are the
choices U-S Airways says it's facing.
At a crossroads in its corporate history, the airline announced yesterday it
will eliminate its aircraft maintenance operation in Roanoke.
One hundred-eight union machinists will be affected... though they can be
relocated to Tampa, Charlotte or Pittsburgh.
Dave Carter has worked here- -first for Piedmont, than U-S Air- -for almost
IN Q=U-S Air
((US AIR HAS AN EXCELLENT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. WE DELVE INTO THEM PRETTY DEEP.
EVEN HERE WE DO. WE KEEP THEM GOING.))
OUT Q=keep them going.
He could have his pick of duty stations within the U-S Airways system, but
he says he thinks he may just take early retirement.
Meanwhile the airline is also eliminating jet service to such cities as
Cincinnati and San Antonio... mothballing 22 older planes... actually cutting
back its capacity six-and-a half percent by NEXT summer.
In Venice, Italy police this morning stormed the belltower in St. Mark's
Square, ending a standoff.
Officers scaled the 324 foot high tower and fired tear gas on a separatist
group that had seized it.
Eight people were arrested.
Members of the group were demanding a return to the independent Venice of
200 years ago.
Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the fall of the old Venice
The question this morning in financial circles: how will U-S markets react
to comments by Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan?
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Last night Greenspan said he expects economic growth to slow later this
year and into next year.
Analysts say that means an interest rate hike is unlikely.
The Fed's next meeting is May 20th.
It raised interest rates by a quarter point in March.
The Tokyo stock market reacted calmly today to Greenspan's
GRAPHIC=Mornin Health check
In medical news this morning...
Fettucine alfredo, fried chicken-- cheesecake and chocolate eclairs.
One cookbook author says these foods don't have to be forbidden.
And Stacey Hill just might know what she's talking about.
After all, she lost 200 pounds in 18 months--
Health Check's Connie Stevens has her story.
IN Q=Everybody tried to
SUPER=25-Stacey Hill; :00
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :49
OUT Q=CS. Health Check.
((STACEY HILL:EVERYBODY TRIED TO BRIBE ME WITH EVERYTHING. MY FATHER PROMISED
ME A TRANSAM IF I WOULD JUST LOSE IT, HE EVEN PROMISED ME TEN DOLLARS A POUND
AT ONE TIME. BUT YOU HAVE TO DECIDE YOURSELF AND DO IT FOR YOURSELF. ))
OUT Q=for yourself.
For this registered nurse, the bottom dropped out at 375 pounds.
She knew her excess weight could cause fatal health complications-- she
started a diet and exercise plan that would change her life.
SOT 12:18:08 Tape two
IN Q=This is the dress
((THIS IS THE DRESS THEY MADE FROM A 22 TO A 54. ))
OUT Q=to a 54.
Learning new recipes limiting fat and calories, and exercising as much as
she could stand-- she dropped from that size 54....to a 12.
IN Q=These are my
((THESE ARE MY JEANS, AND I CAN GET BOTH LEGS IN ONE SIDE OF THEM. ))
OUT Q=side of them.
She's published the secrets to her success in a new cookbook-- called "I
Stacey lives in Indiana-- but wrote the book with the help of her sister,
Gail Alford, who lives at Smith Mountain Lake.
IN Q=I'm going to
((I'M GOING TO PUT MY CHICKEN IN A SKILLET THAT HAS BEEN SPRAYED WITH PAM AND
WE'RE GOING TO COOK THIS , PUT OUR SEASONINGS IN. ))
OUT Q=seasonings in.
For instance-- how about chicken and dumplings, made in one skillet in ten
This recipe uses fat free chicken broth and flour tortillas.
IN Q=Just drop them
((JUST DROP THEM IN SLOWLY AND THEY'LL TAKE FORM. ))
OUT Q=take form.
While Stacey's in town promoting the book, she's offering free weight loss
TODAY, she'll be at Lynchburg's Holiday Inn Central at Noon, Two and Four
TOMORROW she'll speak at Roanoke County's Holiday Inn Tanglewood, again at
noon, two and four.
SOT 11:21:27 tape one
IN Q=Your doctor can
((YOUR DOCTOR CAN TELL YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT ALL THEY WANT. MY DOCTOR WAS A SKINNY
TINY THING THAT I KNOW HAD NEVER TRIED TO LOSE WEIGHT OR NEEDED TO. I FEEL THAT
LEARNING IT AND HEARING IT FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN THERE AND KNOWS WHAT IT'S
LIKE TO GO INTO A STORE AND BUY A SIZE 54 DRESS OR A SIZE 32 PAIR OF PANTS.
THERE'S NO COMPARISON.))
OUT Q=no comparison.
And after losing 200 pounds she ought to know.
Connie Stevens, Health Check.))
(toss to bump)
A camera at an Automatic Teller Machine comes to the aid of authorities as
they try to solve the murder of a Roanoke man at an I-81 rest stop.
The victim, 57- year- old (Es-tull) Singleton's bank card was used at an
A-T-M inside a nearby food store within hours of the slaying.
This is the videotape authorities used to track down the suspect
33- year- old Livingston "Bud" Pritchett of Roanoke.
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IN Q=from this tape
SUPER=01-Jim Ruhland/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=meeting the description.
Sources tell NEWS-7 Pritchett is unemployed and used to be a truck driver
who is very familiar with the Ironto rest area.
Singleton was found shot in a grassy area there, his wallet was lying next
to him... his pockets were turned inside out.
During questioning yesterday at the state police headquarters in Salem,
authorities say Pritchett made self incriminating statements and was taken into
The victim's daughter in-law, did NOT want to appear on camera.
SOT 17:48:39 stacey tape
((I THINK RIGHT NOW WE'RE FEELING PRETTY RELIEVED AT LEAST THAT THERE IS
SOMEONE IN CUSTODY AND WE'RE ALL HOPING FOR SOME SENSE OF CLOSURE TO ALL OF
SUPER=01-Susan Singleton/Victim's Daughter-in-Law
OUT Q=all of this.
Pritchett will remain behind bars in the Montgomery County Jail until his
Sixteen years ago, her body was found in a ditch near Bedford.. but
authorities say they have NOT given up the search for the killer of young
The two and a half- year- old Barlow disappeared from her home in October,
Police searched for weeks, but never found her.
Then, in February of 19-81, four men walking along State Route 6-77
discovered Brandy's body stuffed in a culvert.
Bedford police Chief Milton Graham says he plans to re- open the
investigation into Barlow's murder within the next few months.
Graham's hoping new forensic technology and investigative techniques can
provide his department with some new leads.
Several local and state agencies have promised to provide extra manpower
once the investigation is underway.
Kroger's NOT moving its distribution center to Roanoke County just yet.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
A West Virginia Judge ordered a temporary injunction yesterday afternoon
forcing the supermarket chain to keep its Charleston facility for at least 60
Residents from six counties around Charleston filed a lawsuit against the
company... claiming the proposed move violates a contractual agreement with the
The supermarket chain had planned to move its distribution center to Roanoke
County next week.
GRAPHIC=Festival in Park
A Mardi Gras gala will kick off
Roanoke's 28th annual Festival in the Park.
Festival '97 will include the usual itinerary of outdoor concerts, sporting
events and children's activities.
Organizers say new attractions include a soap box derby and lumberjack
Meanwhile, executive director Wendi Schultz says this year's Saturn Cup
Bike Race will likely fill a void in the absence of the more prominent Tour Du
IN Q=And I think
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK EXEC. DIR.: AND I THINK WE DID THAT
BEFORE THE TOUR CAME THROUGH, BECAUSE OUR BIKE RACE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN GOING ON
LONGER THAN THE TOUR'S BEEN COMING. SO, YEAH, I CERTAINLY THINK IT WIL BE AN
EXCITING RACE AND ONE THAT A LOT OF THE AMATEURS AS WELL AS THE PROS LOOK
FORWARD TO. ))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival in the Park Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=pros look forward to
The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Diamond Rio are two of the featured musical
acts this year.
A three- dollar Festival button is required for admission into most events.
The Atlanta Hawks have squared their Eastern Conference playoff series with
Chicago at one game apiece.
For last night's scores let's check the boards.
wipe to boards!!!
SUPER=0096-j/Atlanta/103//Chicago/95//Series Tied 1-to-1//Utah/84/j/L.A.
Lakers/104//West Semi-Final Game 3/;
SUPER=0103-/New Jersey/0/j/N.Y. Rangers/3//Rangers Lead Series
SUPER=0094-j/Franklin Co./9//Patrick Henry/0//Eagles Clinch RVD Title/;