These are the headlines for NEWS 7 at SIX:
Talks are progressing at Yokohama Tire.
A black history tour turns into tragedy.
The candidates for Governor are neck-and-neck.
And a hunk of a local boy makes good.
We'll tune into Rob GEV-rick-in's debut on the "Bold and the Beautiful" and
hear from the folks back home.
In sports--Carolina Panther running back Tim Biakabutuka talks about the
season, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is airlifted to a trauma unit
after an injury, Dale Jarrett talks repeat,
and Roanoke might just have a repeat performance from this guy-- the fishy or
fershy details in sports.
Today was nice but tomorrow will be better. The forecast just doesn't say
July and we will show you why.
Talks continue between Yokohama Tire and union negotiators, as they try to
beat a midnight contract deadline for 900 employees.
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Eric Earnhart is at the hotel in Roanoke County where the talks are taking
place... Eric are they going to make it?
Keith they seem to think so. I spoke with one of the union negotiators this
afternoon, he said they are hopeful they can finalize the deal this evening...
so hopeful, they've already called an informational meeting for union members
VO-NAT **Eric mic hot**
Negotiators worked into the wee hours of the morning, and then resumed later
this morning... occasionally breaking into small groups outside the room
They weren't taking many breaks, in fact there appeared to be very little
downtime, as they tried to get this agreement together before tonight's
I asked on of the negotiators if another contract extension is an option and
he said no... they are focusing on getting the agreement together tonight,
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Microwave
A bus taking children on a black history tour ran off Interstate 95 and
plunged into the Nottoway River.
One adult chaperone was killed and 34 others, mostly young children, were
The accident happened shortly after seven this morning in the Stony Point
area of Sussex County, about 20 miles south of Petersburg.
The bus apparently went down a 150-foot embankment into the river.
Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks says the victim, 25-year-old Adissa Foulke,
was a close friend who she considered a member of her own family.
Foulke was the son of the director of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Foundation,
which helped sponsor the bus tour.
Hospitals in Emporia, Petersburg and Richmond treated passengers, most of
them suffered minor injuries.
A Roanoke County man has renewed his complaint against a local priest- -the
former pastor at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church.
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Father Kenneth Stofft left the church more than a year ago, tearfully
admitting to the congregation that he has an alcohol problem.
Last month a parishioner filed a civil suit arising from an incident at the
church two years ago.
Robert A. Stone, the Third says he went to Our Lady of Nazareth for
counseling, but that Father Stofft was drunk, continued drinking and that he
propositioned Stone during the counseling session.
County police brought charges against the priest, but a judge dismissed the
CRIMINAL case in 1995.
Father Rolo Castillo at Our Lady of Nazareth says- -as far as he knows-
-the civil suit has not been served on the church or the Catholic Diocese in
Stone is asking for more than one million dollars.
His Richmond lawyer says he's meeting with church officials to try to work
out a settlement.
A Henrico county judge was wrong when he cut off contact between Sharon
Bottoms' young son and Bottoms' partner April Wade.
That's the ruling today from the Virginia Court of Appeals.
The Court says the county judge made his decision based solely on the fact
that Bottoms and Wade are lesbians.
Bottoms' mother, Kay, had won custody of the child, Tyler, and asked the
court to bar any visitation by Wade.
The appeals court today said ALL relevant circumstances- -not just Wade's
sexual orientation- -should be considered in deciding what's best for the
The court has sent the case back to Henrico County for further hearings.
A busy highway in front of some Bedford County homes is about to undergo a
Along the two mile twisting, narrow stretch of Hardy Road are 30- mile- an
hour speed limit signs.
They are posted near another reminder to motorists about driving carefully:
flowers at the site of a recent fatality.
Neighbors say an accident occurs between Beagle Club and Gravel Hill Road at
least once a week.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials plan to widen the area into
12-foot travel lanes and eight-foot shoulders with three feet of shoulder
V-DOT officials say the project has the full support of the community.
IN Q=Nobody has to
((LAURA BULLOCK:NOBODY HAS TO MOVE BECAUSE OF THIS PROJECT, ALTHOUGH WE WILL
AHVE TO PURCHASE SOME RIGHT OF WAY AND NO BUSINESSES OR NON-PROFIT
ORGANIZATIONS ARE EFFECTED.))
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Construction is expected to begin in two phases starting late next year.
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If you have questions about Hardy Road in Bedford County you can contact
V-DOT's Bedford Residency office at 586-7910.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Perservance has paid off for a Roanoke County native who's spent years
pursuing an acting career. Coming up on News 7 at Six, we'll tell you about
Rob Gevrekian's (GEV- rick- in's)
new T-V role.
and try walking a mile in this man's shoes and you'd be exhausted. Billy
Rose walks EVERYWHERE. We'll do the walking for you this time.
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The launch of a new blood- thinning drug spells good news for consumers AND
for the central Virginia company that plans to manufacture it.
Barr Laboratories announced it is now shipping Warfarin (WARF-uh-rin) to
customers across the country.
The drug is a less expensive, generic alternative to the anti- coagulant
Barr says Warfarin is on the list of drugs that will be made at its new
facility in Forest.
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((JERRY PRICE/BARR LABS V.P.: WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF OFF- PATENT PRODUCTS
THAT WE SELL THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND OUR FACILITY HERE IN FOREST HAS
BEEN CONSTRUCTED TO HELP US WITH INCREASED CAPACITY NEEDS TO PROVIDE GENERIC
PRODUCTS TO THE CUSTOMERS IN THE UNITED STATES.))
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OUT Q=the United States.
Price says the Forest plant should start making and shipping generic drugs
by this fall.
Barr Labs currently employs about thirty people there, but expects to hire
at least 70 more within the next year.
Its new facility represents a 20 million dollar investment in central
A Campbell County deputy arrested earlier this month on a peeping Tom charge
has been fired.
26- year- old Timothy Eric Bradley is accused of peering through a
neighbor's window at the Lighthouse apartment complex July 10th.
Bradley was arrested and suspended WITH pay during the internal
Sheriff Robert Maxey says he fired Bradley following an administrative
Bradley was a jailer for the last four years.
The peeping charge carries a maximum twelve months in jail and a 25- hundred
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"Virginia voters are waiting until the Fall to focus on their choice for
That's the conclusion pollsters have drawn from the latest statewide survey
conducted last week for News 7 by Mason-Dixon Political Research.
There's virtually NO change since May.
Don Beyer picked up one point from the ranks of the UN-decided, but Jim
Gilmore still has a one-point lead over Beyer with 43-percent of those polled
last Thursday, Friday and Saturday saying they'd vote for Gilmore- -if the
election were held today- -42-percent for Beyer.
With a margin of error of 3-and-a-half points, it's obviously close.
Name recognition remains virtually UN-changed, as well.
"You would hardly know that Gilmore and Beyer have been spending money on
television ads," the pollsters say.
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You can find the latest poll results on the W-D-B-J home page.
The address is W-D-B-J 7 dot com.
Most actors who head to Los Angeles to get their big break never make it.
SUPER=04-"The Bold and the Beautiful"
But William Byrd graduate Rob Gevrekian (GEV-rik-in) landed a role on "The
Bold and the Beautiful" in just over a year.
His first episode aired today.
Rob's father says the phone has been ringing off the hook all afternoon.
((BOB GEVREKIAN/ACTOR'S FATHER: FAMILY, FRIENDS, FRIENDS OF HIS, FRIENDS OF
OURS, FRIENDS OF THEIR'S, EVEN THE DENTIST. ))
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OUT Q=THE DENTIST
Rob's mother says a lot of people say her son is a "hunk."
But she still remembers him dancing in recitals as a kid.
IN Q=I DON'T THINK
((CAROLYN GEVREKIAN/ACTOR'S MOTHER: I DON'T THINK OF HIM AS A SEXY HUNK. HE'S
JUST MY BABY-- BUT HE'S A VERY TALENTED BOY))
SUPER=01-Carolyn Gevrekian/Actor's Mother;
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Rob has taped four episodes of the soap opera.
You can catch Rob's next appearance Thursday, right here on your hometown
The stock market made more gains today, with investors encouraged by the
latest economic reports, which shows no signs of inflation.
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The Dow was up 53 points, closing at a new high of 81 hundred 75.
NASDAQ gained nine points.
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Folks in Martinsville know, you can't catch up with Billy Rose.
For the last three decades, he's kept a fast pace, walking where ever he goes.
News 7's Tonya Flory tells us, he isn't slowing down anytime soon.
IN Q=I have walked
SUPER=01-Billy Rose/"Speedy"; :16
SUPER=01-Sheila Martin/Rocky Mount Resident; :33
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IN Q=I have walked
((BILLY ROSE:I HAVE WALKED FROM HERE TO WINSTON-SALEM NORTH CAROLINA IN TWELVE
HOURS, I WALKED FROM HERE TO ROANOKE TWICE IN FIVE HOURS, I TIME MYSELF, I WALK
FROM HERE TO ROCKY MOUNT SIX TIMES IN FOUR HOURS))
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And at 42 years old, Billy Rose has covered every inch of Martinsville on
foot...now no one in town calls him stranger, but he has earned a nickname...
((SHEILA MARTIN/ROCKY MOUNT:SPEEDY,YES.EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNOWS HIM? YES,
EVERYBODY KNOWS HIM))
OUT Q=knows him
IN Q=Everytime I get
((EVERYTIME I GET ON THE ROAD THEY ALWAYS HOLLERING SPEEDY. SPEEDY HURRY UP,
YOU'RE OUTRUNNING MY CAR.))
OUT Q=my car
IN Q=I walked so
((I HAVE WALKED SO HARD, THAT I HAVE WALKED OUT OF MY SHOES.))
OUT Q=my shoes
and the tennis shoe industry has nothing to worry about as long as Billy's
IN Q=I wear out
((I WEAR OUT A PAIR OF SHOES A MONTH.))
OUT Q=a month
even though he smokes cigarettes
IN Q=I got strong
((I GOT STRONG LEGS,I GOT A STRONG HEART. DOCTOR SAID I HAVE THE BEST HEART OF
ANY HUMAN BEING.))
OUT Q=human being
but, this past time does have it's drawbacks...
IN Q=It's dangerous,
((IT'S DANGEROUS,I'VE BEEN HIT BY A CAR TWICE))
OUT Q=car twice
and he's been robbed at gunpoint while taking a walk, but Billy believes it's
still safer than riding in a car...
IN Q=A guy offered
((A GUY OFFERED ME A RIDE ONE DAY GOING THROUGH COLLINSVILLE AND I SAID NO
THANK YOU, I'M IN A HURRY.))
OUT Q=in a hurry.
So if you see Speedy charging down the road, don't offer him a ride, but do
beep the horn and wave hello...TF,News 7.))
Rose says he's even contemplating following in the footsteps of Forrest
Gump...and walking across the country.
The Express negotiates with a former star player from two years ago, Raven
linebacker Ray Lewis; is airlifted to atraum unit,
and Panther running back Tim Biakubutuka talks about coming back from his
season ending injury last year.
Yesterday, the Express signed three key players, including veteran goalie
dave Gagnon. Today; sources tell news 7 that Roanoke is close to signing
former Express star Pat Ferschwiler.
Express personnel did confirm that Roanoke is in serious negotiations with
The center played in Roanoke in 1993 and in 1994. He registered 35 goals and
80 assists. He's been in the IHL with the Kansas City Blades the last two
The Express has also acquired Chris Titman for Sean Brown. He had 11 goals
and 21 assists last season. He played in Richmond before being shipped to
The Baltimore Ravens got their first injury scare in training camp today.
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The startinglinebacker was flown by a state police chopper to
Shock Trauma Ctr. after suffering a neck injury. The team physician says that
ther was no damage to the spinal cord or primary nerves. Doctors believe that
Lewis could be released as soon as tommorow. The injury occurred when Lewis
and fullback Kenyon Cotton banged helmets.
With Leeiws's injury and the fact that Ravens draft pick a nd Linebacker
Peter Bouware is still in a contract dispute;
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is frees up room att linebacker for former Va. tech all American Cornell
Brown to start at that position. Sourse in Baltimore said today that brown is
sttill a starter.
((CORNELL BROWN/RAVENS LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/Ravens Linebacker; :00
Many Carolina panther fans and coaches have anxiously anticipated the return
of running back Tamanga Biakabatuka.
His early performance in training camp indicates he's fully recovered from
last years season ending knee injury; an injury that crushed him mentally.
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OUT Q=....he will be just fine"
((Having fun or should we say..cutting up...the field with the same force
and precision that made him an instant success as an NFL running back. But fans
only witnessed part of the package. Biakabutuka's rookie year was cut short
when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the fourth
game. However; at the resilient age of 23; Tim was able to make a full
Biakabutuka is again a big part of this team. The panthers beat San francisco
with his help and carolina was 15th out of 30 teams in rushing last year
WITHOUT him most of the season.
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The Winston Cup circuit returns to the fast track this saturday after a
They go to Indianapolis for the brickyard 400.
A number of teams, including Yates racing, took advantage of last week's down
time to test at the track.
Quality Care Ford driver, Dale Jarrett, is the race's defending champ and the
favorite to pull off the repeat.
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((DALE JARRETT/DEFENDING BRICKYARD 400 CHAMP:))
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Stacking shelves in the new Staunton River High School library required
some old- fashioned elbow grease.
An assembly line of students, teachers, and citizens transferred books into
the school's new library today, stack by stack.
The new media center is actually the school's old cafeteria, after some
IN Q=The new library
((BARBARA PLOTNER/LIBRARIAN: THE NEW LIBRARY IS MORE THAN TWICE THE SIZE OF
THE ONE WE'RE IN NOW, HAS LOTS MORE SHELF SPACE, AND WE'RE ALSO GIONG TO HAVE
LOTS MORE COMPUTERS. AND SO, WE'RE GOING TO BE SET UP AND HAVE A REAL, TRUE
MULTI- MEDIA CENTER. ))
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Volunteers expected to complete the transfer of all eleven- THOUSAND books
They said they were thankful the big move was made TODAY, instead of during
yesterday's sweltering heat.