Coming up next on News 7 at Six... Union workers at Yokohama Tire vote on a
And UPS workers set another strike deadline.
In sports, The Winston Cup Drivers were at Indy this afternoon highlights
from Major League Baseball.
And the Roanoke Rush opens its 1997 minor league football season tonight at
Sunshine and Low Humidity dominate the weekend weather scene.
The chance of rain returns as you return to the work week.
Details straight ahead.
Yokohama workers are still casting their votes at this hour concerning the
latest contract proposal from the company.
Denise Allen is standing by now with an update.
Denise how's the vote coming?
Eric, Union officials have spent the last twelve hours manning the voting
The last worker voted just minutes ago.
But as the old adage goes...you can't please everyone.
((Rollcue:can't please everyone))
IN Q=union workers
SUPER=01-James Sakiey/Union Member; :13
SUPER=01-Ed Thompson/Union Member; :41
OUT Q=shift they want
((Union workers have been casting their votes all day.
The rank and file is deciding whether or not to accept a six year contract
which includes cost of living raises and a provision to increase worker
IN Q=I'M GOING TO
((JAMES SAKIEY/UNION MEMBER: I'M GOING TO HAVE TO WORK A LITTLE BIT HARDER. I
THINK THE TIRE ROOM IS GOING TO PAY FOR THE CONTRACT. I HOPE TO RETIRE IN FIVE
YEARS, SO THE SIX YEAR CONTRACT IS GOING TO BENEFIT ME CAUSE THE RETIREMENT AND
PENSION PLAN WENT UP.))
OUT Q= PLAN WENT UP
But some workers, who would not go on camera, are not satisfied with the
increased work load in the tire room.
Also weekend workers wanted a provision which would put workers on a
rotating shift so they would not have to work every weekend.
IN Q=when you first
((ED THOMPSON/UNION MEMBER: WHEN YOU FIRST START SOME PLACE YOU'VE GOT TO WORK
YOUR WAY UP THE LADDER A LITTLE BIT AND COMING IN TRYING TO GET EVERYTHING ALL
AT ONCE IS HARD TO DO AND THEY DON'T REALIZE A THIRD OR TWO-THIRDS OF THE PLANT
IS RETIRING IN THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR YEARS. THAT WILL BE THE SHIFT THEY
OUT Q=SHIFT THEY WANT
Denise ad libs
((question: Denise is there any indication on which way the vote will go?))
The Teamsters are heading for a Sunday showdown with U-P-S.
use footage of strike posters from hold tape UPS-1
They have set a new strike deadline for midnight tomorrow.
Little progress is being reported after fifteen hours of intensive
talks under the guidance of a federal mediator.
The union agreed to work past the midnight deadline Thursday as
long as progress continued.
Union President Ron Carey discussed the lack of progress with his bargaining
committee until midnight last night.
Today, the union plans to offer a revised set of demands through the
Carey says the sticking points are the company's refusal to yield on
subcontracting or create more full-time jobs.
Meanwhile, the fallout from the lack of an agreement continues to be felt in
parts of the Commonwealth.
In Roanoke at least one U-P-S worker claims his hours were cut back due to
Roosevelt Via (V-EYE), of Local Union 171 said the cutback was likely due to
the drop in business that's happened since Friday.
Reports of more layoffs and reduced hours are also coming from UPS plants in
Meanwhile, the shipping company won't comment on the number of layoffs, but
acknowledges volume is down sharply.
A new greenway is uniting neighborhoods and providing safe recreation.
The Roanoke County Parks and Recreation Department unveiled improvements to
Garst Mill Park this morning.
The celebration included a community parade.
Police officers led the way as area team mascots and four-legged family
friends brought up the rear.
IN Q=THIS GREENWAY IN GARST
((PETE HAISLIP/ROANOKE CO. PARKS AND RECREATION: THIS GREENWAY IN GARST MILL
PARK HAS OPENED UP FOOT TRAFFIC TO ABOUT 500 HOUSEHOLDS SO THEY NO LONGER HAVE
TO DRIVE. THEY CAN WALK AND WALK SAFELY.))
SUPER=01-Pete Haislip/Roanoke Co. Parks & Rec. Dir.;
OUT Q=AND WALK SAFELY
The park improvements are happening in three phases.
First the park received a new children's playground and arched bridge over
The recreation department worked on decreasing stream-bank erosion by
planting wild flowers and using rocks on the banks.
Haislip (HAY-Slip) says the third phase which includes new benches, bird
houses and more landscaping should be completed by next May.
Officials at Virginia Tech are hoping incoming students will keep up their
So far, officials say the entering freshmen are some of the smartest on
record at the institution.
IN Q=The grade
((KAREN TORGERSEN/UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS DIR.: THE GRADE POINT AVERAGE FOR
THIS YEAR'S ENTERING FRESHMEN CLASS IS A 3-POINT-4-9, ALMOST A 3-POINT-5, AND
THAT IS THE HIGHEST G-P-A OF ANY ENTERING FRESHMEN CLASS AND SINCE ACADEMICS IS
WHAT WE REALLY FOCUS ON IN THE ADMISSION PROCESS WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Karen Torgersen/Undergraduate Admissions Dir.;
OUT Q=proud of that
The students also boast S-A-T scores that average more than 15 points higher
than last year's freshmen.
Entering this class became more competitive than ever with over 17 thousand
students applying for only 4,350 openings.
SUPER=82-0.00''/minus 0.14''/19.88''/minus 3.73'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.97 foot/Down 0.43 foot;Lake levels
Virginia teachers will be the first to admit it.
Some of their students know more about computers than they do.
But, a quarter million dollar grant from Bell Atlantic to Virginia Tech will
help change that.
IN Q=And the concern
((HUGH STALLARD/BELL ATLANTIC: AND THE CONCERN THAT I HAVE HAD ...IS HOW DO WE
ENSURE.. KEEP UP WITH CHANGING TECHNOLOGY?))
SUPER=01-Hugh Stallard/Bell Atlantic;
OUT Q=changing technology?
The money will be used by Tech's Institute for Connecting Science to the
Classroom to teach Kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers how to use the
IN Q=What an
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WHAT AN EXCITING TIME TO BE
A TEACHER... RIGHT INTO THE CLASSROOM.))
SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. School Superintendent;
OUT Q=the classroom.
School systems around the state are currently purchasing and installing 100-
million dollars worth of new computers and wiring.
Compuserve is moving to keep kids out of adult-oriented areas on its on-line
And a site about the history of top-40 radio is a big hit on the web...
More in this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=Beginning August fifth
((Beginning August fifth, Compuserve will to limit access to "adult" areas
on its service.
Adult-oriented forums, files and games will require a password, and proof
that you are at least 18 years of age.
This applies to areas within Compuserve ONLY, it will NOT limit access to
adult areas of the World Wide Web.
If you grew up listening to top-40 radio and the D-J's that made it great...
Tune in Uncle Ricky's Reel Top 40 Radio Repository.
You'll need to install RealAudio first, then click and listen to Wolfman Jack
in the 70's, and dozens of other airchecks that make up the history of top-40
Here's a site to share with your kids... Tetra, the fish food company, helps
you build a virtual aquarium on-line.
You pick out an aquarium and select the fish, all the while, learning about
building a real aquarium setup.
Once you're done, enjoy your creation... You can even watch them swim around
if you have a java-enabled browser.
To begin your underwater adventure, paddle over to the WebWatch page on the
WDBJ Website, at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-Com.))
Health investigators believe they've found the source of the statewide
use file tape from 597-30, P-E-Coli
Laboratory tests confirm that contaminated alfa sprouts are
responsible for the food poisoning problem.
A state official says it's unlikely the contaminated lots of the popular
garnish are still on the market.
But, its suggested alfalfa fans wait a little while longer before eating
The E-Coli outbreak have sent 17 people to the hospital since June.
Roanokers will have more than the statewide political races to consider
The plan for a modified ward system is now headed for a November
The proposal would change the way Roanokers elect members of city council,
and as Joe Dashiell reports the debate is already beginning to heat up.
IN Q=If the current system
SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Ward System Advocate; :00
SUPER=01-Estelle H. McCadden/Ward System Opponent; :15
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :34
SUPER=01-Mike Urbanski/Task Force Chairman; :55
OUT Q=JD News 7
IN Q=If the current system
((BILL BESTPITCH/TASK FORCE MEMBER: IF THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS WORKING SO WELL,
WHY ARE WE HEARING FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS AND SO MANY DIFFERENT
PARTS OF THE CITY WHO REALLY FEEL THEY ARE NOT BEING HEARD THEY ARE NOT GETTING
CITY SERVICES. THEIR CONCERNS ARE NOT BEING ADDRESSED.))
((ESTELLE H. MCCADDEN/WARD SYSTEM OPPONENT: WE NEED IN THIS CITY TO UNIFY ALL
NEIGHBORHOODS. WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND GET THINGS DONE.))
OUT Q=get things done.
The modified ward system may sound like a boring subject, but the prospect
of a November vote is stirring some spirited debate.
Supporters say electing council members from individual districts will make
them more accountable to their constituents.
IN Q=And it happens
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: AND IT HAPPENS IN THE GENERAL
ASSEMBLY. IT HAPPENS IN THE CONGRESS. IT HAPPENS IN MOST CITIES ACROSS THE
COUNTRY, EXCEPT OURS. WHERE PEOPLE TAKE THE ISSUES OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND
THEY PUT THEM ON THE TABLE WITH THE ISSUES OF OTHER PEOPLE AND THEIR
CONSTITUENTS AND THEY COMPROMISE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE CITY.))
((MIKE URBANSKI/TASK FORCE CHAIRMAN: YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT COMPROMISE
MARTIN, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT BACK ROOM, BEHIND THE DOOR DEAL CUTTING, AND HORSE
TRADING THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :
SUPER=01-Mike Urbanski/Task Force Chairman; :
OUT Q=that's what you're talking about.
To hear more of this discussion on the modified ward system. Watch the
public affairs program On Record. Sunday morning at Eleven.
Joe Dashiell News 7.))
They're the people you hope NOT to meet up with unless your life depends on
They're flight nurses.
Stacey Martin has more. (/////SOT/////)
SUPER=04-Courtesy of Roanoke Carilion; :09
SUPER=01-Dennis Cotellese/Clinical Team Leader; :19
SUPER=01-Rick McCraw/Carilion Patient Transportation; :59
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.
((This is an unusual sight for the crew of Lifeguard-10, grounded--back on
earth for a 15-minute break.
The day has been a typically fast-paced one for the flight nurses aboard
this chopper--working thousands of feet in the air--making fast work of saving
SOT 17.00.10 - 17.00.26
IN Q=We do what
((DENNIS COTELLESE/CLINICAL TEAM LEADER: WE DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO. OBVIOUSLY
IT IS FUN BUT ON THE SERIOUS SIDE WHEN A PATIENT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO A MAJOR
HOSPITAL OR TRAUMA CENTER QUICKLY AND WHAT WE DO IS WE ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN.))
OUT Q=that to happen
Their aim is to make it through the "Golden Hour"--the first 60 minutes
after a serious accident when critical care is vital to a victim's survival.
They rely on advanced life support measures--such as pacemakers and suction
equipment to help patients pull through.
They also depend on their quick response and advanced skills--skills honed
by extensive training in preparing for the team.
SOT 16.42.56 - 16.43.09
IN Q=The nursing staff
((RICK MCCRAW/CARILION PATIENT TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR: THE NURSING STAFF
UNDERGO AN EXTENSIVE ORIENTATION ONCE THEY'RE CHOSEN TO BE FLIGHT NURSES THAT
LAST SIX WEEKS AND IT'S LITERALLY ONE-ON-ONE, EIGHT HOURS A DAY EVERYDAY FOR
OUT Q=for six weeks
Lifeguard 10 covers a 60-mile radius around the Roanoke region.
The flight nurses fly between 450 to 520 emergency missions a year serving a
total of 1.4 million people in eleven counties.
Forty to 50 percent of their missions are in response to automobile
But they also run transports for cardiac patients and babies needing
emergency neonatal care.
SOT 17.05.19 - 17.05.34
IN Q=There off again
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: THEY'RE OFF AGAIN. THIS TIME TO TRY TO SAVE THE LIFE
OF A SIX MONTH OLD BABY. AND, COTELLESE SAYS THE GOAL OF THIS MISSION WILL BE
LIKE ANY OTHER ONE--TO MAKE SURE THE BABY'S SAFE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7,
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.
And coming up, The Rush opens its season tonight Ryne Sandberg is retiring.
And Chesapeake native Ricky Rudd wins the Brickyard 400.
Ricky Rudd survived two crashes late in the race and he crossed the finish
line winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC SPORTS; :
Ernie Irvan started on the pole and he would lead the race early in the
race with Joe Nemechek running second.
Then on lap 15 Derrike Cope spins out and hits the wall Michael Waltrip
comes up on the crash and hits Cope. Bill Elliott also suffered some damage in
Dale Earnhardt was making a strong run in second place but Kyle Petty blows
by him on lap 26 to take over the second spot.
Terry Labonte, second in Points, blew the engine in his car and had to
pull it to the garage area.
Jeff Burton made his move and he took over the lead on lap 68. He was in
the top 5 later in the race but was penalized for going to fast on pit Road.
Then with 45 laps to go Jeff Gordon would pass Mike Skinner to lead the
race his second lead of the day.
With 24 laps to go, Dale Jarret, who had a fast car all day, made a move on
Gordon to lead the race.
But Rich Bickle spins out and hits the wall bringing out the caution with
six laps to go.
Rudd stayed on the track and when the green flag dropped with six laps to
go he pulled away from Bobby Labonte taking the checkered flag in the Brickyard
IN Q="We knew
((RICKY RUDD/BRICKYARD 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Brickyard 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=....INTO OUR HAND."
Jarrett finished third Gordon fourth and Jeremy Mayfield fifth.
One of Major League Baseball's all time second baseman is leaving the game.
Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg announced his retirement today effective
at the end of the season.
Sandberg is in his 14-th season with the Cubs. He's hitting 247 with six
home runs and 40 R-B-I's.
Sandberg has 276 career homers, more than any other major league second
IN Q="My time has
((RYNE SANDBERG/RETIRING AT THE END OF SEASON: ))
SUPER=01-Ryne Sandberg/Retiring at The End of Season; :
OUT Q=.....REST OF OUR LIVES.
Kansas City hit five home runs this afternoon and beat the Boston Red Sox
10 to 3.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
Kansas City's Tony Muser watching the action this afternoon.
In the top of the first, Reggie Jefferson hits this line drive to left
field for a two run double and the Red sox took a 2 to nothing lead.
But the Royals rallied in the bottom of the second Chili Davis and Palmer
hit back to back homers Palmers a line drive shot over the left field wall and
the score was tied at 2.
Kansas City took the lead in the SUPER=35-Kansas
City/10/Boston/3/;bottom of the third Mike Macfarlane hitting this solo homer
over the left field fence to make it 3 to 2 and the Red Sox win it 10 to 3.
In other baseball action this afternoon, Cincinnati downed San Francisco 5
to 1, Houston beat the Mets 6 to nothing the Cardinals over the Phillies 2 to 1
and Pittsburgh topped Colorado 6 to 5.
The Roanoke Rush opens its 1997 home season tonight at Victory Stadium.
Roanoke will lineup against the Hampton Roads Sharks.
The two teams met last year in the exhibition season and the Rush won that
game 26 to 7.
But this is a different Sharks team especially on defense.
IN Q="They're a...
((DUKE STRAGER/ROANOKE RUSH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Roanoke Rush Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....biggest job."
Roanoke is 1 and 0 in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the International
Kickoff tonight at Victory Stadium is seven oclock.
Emory & Henry has been picked to finish first in the Old Dominion Athletic
Conference coaches poll.
The Wasps, won their third consecutive title a year ago and received a total
of five first place votes. Emory and Henry finished with an 8 and 2 record
last year and will return 47 letterman and 13 starters.
Bridgewater was second followed by guilford, Randolph-Macon, Washington and
Lee and Hampden-Sydney.
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SUPER=334-Drizzle Possible/After Midnight/55-60/Partly/Cloudy/80-84;