U-P-S packages are being delivered this afternoon, at least for now.
U-P-S and the Teamsters union
negotiated until early this morning in Washington, well past a midnight strike
But for now the union has put strike plans on hold.
Talks are set to resume in less than an hour.
Almost two thirds of U-P-S' three-hundred thousand employees are teamsters.
A strike would NOT necessarily stop- all deliveries but management and
drivers predict delays.
Benefits, pay and pensions are the key sticking points at the negotiating
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OUT Q=IS GOING TO TAKE MY JOB.
U-P-S handles about 12 million packages daily.
If there is a strike analysts say Fed Express, the U-S Postal Service
and other shippers wouldn't be able to pick up the slack.
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Local businesses who rely heavily on mail order are keeping an eye on the
possibility of a strike.
Elizabeth Arden had a bad experience back in 19-94 the last time U-P-S
workers went on strike.
It was a busy season and transport managers say a lot of their shipments were
The company has already diverted some of its merchandise to alternative
carriers to avoid getting trapped in the U-P-S system.
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((JERYL ROWE/PRESORT EXPRESS:WE ARE INCREASING EXTRA STAFF TO HANDLE WHATEVER
VOLUME IS NECESSARY FOR US TO HANDLE AS FAR AS FIRST CLASS PRIORITY MAIL OR
OTHER MAILINGS THAT WOULD BE EFFECTED THROUGH A UPS STRIKE))
SUPER=01-Jeryl Rowe/Presort Express;
OUT Q=UPS strike
Some other catalog companies that use U-P-S such as Quality Fulfillment
Services here in Roanoke say they're sticking with U-P-S, for now.
The N-Double-A-C-P and Justice department are investigating whether race was
a factor in the decapitation and burning of a black man in Grayson County.
Police charged 42- year- old Louis Ceparano and 37- year- old Emmitt
Cressell Junior with first-degree murder.
Both men are white.
They are being held without bond.
Ceparano and Cressell are accused of killing 40- year- old Garnett Johnson
at Ceparano's home in Elk Creek last Friday.
There may be a connection between the double suicide bombing in
Jerusalem last week and yesterday's discovery of explosive devices in New York.
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Palestinian sources say the three men arrested were members of the Islamic
radical group Hamas based in
Hamas claims responsibility for the Israel attack.
The seizure of the bombs may have come just in the nick of time.
An F-B-I official says he believes the suspects were less than a day away
from launching an attack on the New York subway system.
President Clinton today commented on the arrests, but would confirm the
((I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT NOT TO REACH CONCLUSIONS BEFORE WE HAVE IRON CLAD
EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEM, THE THIN WE NEED TO DO IS THANK THE LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICIALS FOR WHAT THEY DID TO CONTINUE TO HEIGHTEN OUR VIGILANCE AND OUR
CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH SUCH MATTERS. ))
OUT Q=DEAL WITH SUCH MATTERS.
Meantime, the Israeli army today arrested 51 Palestinians on the West Bank
in connection with the Jerusalem bombing.
An army spokesman says most of them are members of HAMAS.
But Israeli officials remain uncertain about the identities of the two
Fifteen people died in the blast and 150 were injured.
Two Elliston residents are hospitalized in stable condition this afternoon
following a hit and run accident.
State police say Anthony Zook's car apparently crossed the center line on
North-fork Road striking a motorcycle.
Kenneth and Ann Price of Elliston are listed in stable condition.
Police say Zook fled the scene. They arrested him later and charged him
with hit and run and reckless driving.
Virginia bank customers may be the ones paying for the the big bank mergers.
That's the message from the U-S Public Interest Research Group and the
Virginia Citizens Consumer Council.
A new report shows bank profits are way up... but so are fees.
And while Virginia bank fees are "in the middle of the road" nationally,
consumer advocates say the recent bank acquisitions may change that.
IN Q=The logical
((THE LOGICAL RESULT OF HAVING THESE MERGERS IS THAT BRANCHES WILL BE CLOSED,
FEES WILL BE RAISED, AND THAT THERE WILL BE FEWER CHOICES FOR CONSUMERS. AND
AS THE RESULT OF THE REPORT SHOWS, THE BIGGER THE BANK THE HIGHER THE FEES.))
SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Virginia Consumer Advocate;
OUT Q=the higher the fees.
The consumer advocates say shop around for cheaper accounts, which you're
most likely to find at smaller community banks and credit unions.
And, they say, lobby your lammakers about A-T-M fees.
Congress began its summer recess today after balancing the budget and giving
millions of Americans the deepest tax cuts in 16 years.
The Senate yesterday approved a pair of bills that will balance the budget
by the year 2002, and cut taxes.
The bills now go to President Clinton, who's expected to sign both next
Another woman is filing a complaint against the Army's top enlisted man.
Five other women already have accused him of sexual misconduct.
The Army says the latest to come forward, alleging assault, is a female
sergeant first class.
A hearing is under way to determine if Gene McKinney will be court
The search for a motive continues
in the Andrew Cunanan investigation.
Today's "Miami Herald'' reports
that an autopsy shows Cunanan did not have the AIDS virus.
There had been speculation
that Cunanan's alleged killing spree began after he learned he had contracted
Cunanan killed himself more than a week ago.
Police believe he killed five men, including fashion designer Gianni
Staying on the run from police may not be too easy for one suspected drug
dealer and convicted felon.
Thirty-one- year- old Kenny Gray weighs 700 pounds and lives in a double
wide mobile home in Bassett.
He was scheduled to face cocaine and gun charges in Roanoke federal court on
Wednesday, but never showed up.
Henry County Sheriff Frank Cassell says Gray drives a Ford Bronco custom
made with a small steering wheel to fit him.
The sheriff says Gray may head to New York, but thinks he's probably holed
up in Henry County.
A temporary contract is now in place for bus drivers at Roanoke Valley's
public transportation agency. (----------------)
Valley Metro General Manager Kathy Weikel says both management and the union
have agreed to extend the terms of the old contract while they continue talks
to iron-out a new one.
The most recent contract expired at least three weeks ago.
A joint statement about the status of the talks is expected next week.
Passing a farm from one generation to another is now easier, thanks to the
new balanced budget.
The measure changes the law for inheritance taxes-- money paid to the
federal government once a farm is handed-down from one generation to the next.
The old law set exemptions for the tax at 600 thousand dollars.
But, some farmers claimed that figure was too high and made it difficult to
avoid selling-off farm land to pay the tax.
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((LINDA BOITNOTT/DAIRY FARMER: FARMERS ARE HAVING TO SPEND A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT
OF MONEY TO TRY TO DO AS MUCH ESTATE PLANNING AS THEY CAN AND CAN'T AFFORD--SO
THEY CAN AT LEAST THINK THAT THE FARM WILL BE ABLE TO STAY IN FAMILY HANDS.))
SUPER=01-Linda Boitnott/Dairy Farmer;
OUT Q=in family hands
Farmers in the region waged a letter-writing campaign about a month ago to
pressure Congress to increase exemptions.
The goal was to raise exemptions to two million dollars, but the new budget
will eventually allow only one point three million dollars.
The revised exemptions will not go into effect until 19-98 and they'll be
phased in over ten years.
Statistically the gubernatorial race may be a dead heat,
But the numbers also show that when voters know more about campaign
promises... a significant number prefer Jim Gilmore to Don Beyer.
In our latest NEWS 7/Mason-Dixon poll, 45 percent of voters are unsure
which candidate's tax cut and spending plan they prefer.
32 percent say they like Gilmore's.
23 percent say they like Beyer's.
But when given more information, 55 percent say they like a plan like the
one Gilmore's proposing.
27 percent are still unsure.
And after hearing the details, only 18 percent would pick Beyer's tax cut
and spending priorities.
SS=News 7 Poll
Overall, Virginia voters we polled think the next governor should place a
higher priority on cutting taxes than spending more on education and police.
That's by a margin of almost two-to-one.
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Remember you can get the latest poll results on the W-D-B-J homepage.
The address is W-D-B-J 7 dot com.
Bidders paid a record 153- thousand- 800 dollars at the annual Chincoteague
wild pony auction this week.
One Franklin County family was among those placing bids last year.
Keith Humphry has the story.
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Erin Murphy; :14
SUPER=01-Lee Bogle-Murphy/Erin's Mother; :37
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( Dad had made it clear they weren't going to be bringing any animals back
from their visit to the pony penning at Chincoteague last year.
Erin Murphy and her Mom were there just to watch the annual auction.
Then they trotted out "Buddy," and Mom's hand shot up.
((IT WAS A VERY SPOOKY FEELING, BECAUSE I GO "OH OH, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO
WITH THIS THING?" AND SHE LOOKED AT ME, AND I GO, "MOM, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"
AND SHE'S LIKE: "YOU WANT THE HORSE DON'T YOU?" AND I GO, "YEAH." AND SHE GOES,
"WELL." AND SHE JUST RAISED HER HAND AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW WE HAD THE HORSE
AND WE WERE TRYING TO SIGN THE PAPERS FOR IT.))
((I THREW MY HAND UP AT THE TIME WHEN NOBODY ELSE DID. AND I GOT HIM. I KEPT
It took a couple of rounds for her to prevail. She didn't say what the
winning bid was, but the average foal goes for about 17-hundred dollars.
((THE AUCTION ITSELF WAS JUST REALLY A LOT OF FUN TO WATCH. AND I THINK YOU
JUST GET CAUGHT UP IN WATCHING IT AND WANTING TO DO. I JUST THOUGHT, WELL I'VE
ALWAYS WANTED TO. SO I WILL. AND I DID. ))
They're boarding space at a neighbor's farm for now. By the Murphy's hope
to have a proper pasture of their own for "Buddy" before long.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
Patrick has a special guest in the studio today.
It's the Good Life, and you can live it today at Towers Shopping Center.
From sidewalk sales, basement bargains to the bloodmobile, you can doa
little bit of everything.
With me is Linda McNutt, one of the event's organizers, to tell us more.
SUPER=01-Linda McNutt/"Good Life" Organizer;
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My thanks to Linda for coming in on a busy day to tell us all about the Good
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Good news for job seekers.
The nation's unemployment rate fell to four point eight percent in July
after dipping two- tenths of one percent.
That's the lowest it's been in nearly 24 years.
The Labor Department reports 316- thousand more jobs were added to business
payrolls, well above expectations.
The San Francisco 49ers' top draft pick got to practice early and stayed
Jim Druckenmiller signed a six year-- five and a half million dollar
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Druckenmiller receives a signing bonus of just over two million dollars.
The signal caller arrived in Rocklin yesterday morning and took part in 49er
training camp both in the AM and in the afternoon.
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/SIGNS WITH 49ERS:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Signs with 49ers; :00
OUT Q=...where I was staying"
Druckenmiller is about two weeks behind on the complex west coast offensive
playbook, which he studied while in LA.
IN Q="I was
OUT Q=..which really helped"
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In baseball news, It was an action packed night with many players and teams
made trading deals.
The Oakland A's have traded Mark McGuire, who had played his entire career in
Oakland, to St. Louis where he is reunited with manager Tony larussa. Oakland
gets three pitchers in the deal.
IN Q="I grew up
SUPER=01-Mark McGuire/Traded to Cardinals; :00
OUT Q=...that's why I okayed it"
Also, Texas Rangers' perennial all star catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez has
decided to stay with the Rangers.
He signs a new five year contract worth 42 million.
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Second round qualifying for Saturday's Brickyard 400 gets underway today at
At yesterday's Busch Pole Qualifying Ernie Irvan's speedometer produced the
most smoke as he captured the pole.
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Irvan got major competition from Dale Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip.
But with his mother in the hospital in critical condition; Irvan mustered the
strength to put the Havoline thunderbird on the pole with a speed of more than
175 miles per hour.
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((ERNIE IRVAN/BRICKYARD POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Brickyard Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...get the pole"
If you think mountain climbing is a difficult task, one man has found a way
to add a new challenge.
Sixty-two- year- old Jurgen Gessau (GHEH-sow) of South Africa has
successfully climbed Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.... backward.
It took five days to make the more than 19-thousand foot climb.
His son and a local guide accompanied him.
They were a bit more conventional and walked forward.
The Fifth Annual Mountain Peach Festival kicks off today at Crestar Plaza in
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The two day extravaganza celebrates locally grown Virginia sweet peaches.
Come out to sample the tantalizing desserts, peach cobblers, peach sundaes,
peach shortcakes and milkshakes.
And on Saturday enjoy live entertainment.
The festival runs through five today and from 10 to five tomorrow with
proceeds benefiting the child development center.
We leave you now with a live look at the festival.
Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.
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