UPS and union workers are negotiating right down to the wire tonight.
And Valley Metro bus drivers are looking over their latest contract offer.
In sports, Highlights from Major League Baseball the United States dominates
the 100 Meter dashes at the World Championships.
And Ricky Rudd gives a lesson on fuel mileage in winning yesterday's
Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.
The return of the clouds comes late tonight.
And we may actually see some rain Tomorrow and Tuesday.
The complete forecast is ahead.
Valley Metro bus drivers met today to discuss a new contract.
Denise Allen is standing by with more information?
Denise what's the situation?
((Rollcue:progress of the talks ))
Union members voted on a contract today. Both sides have agreed not to
discuss the terms of the contract and a joint statement will be made sometime
in the next few days.
One driver told News 7 earlier that management was trying to cut costs
because they're losing federal subsidies.
Company officials say that's forcing them to focus on other ways of
Denise ad libs
Yokohama Tire union workers vote overwhelmingly in favor of a new contract.
Members cast their votes at union headquarters yesterday.
The six year contract includes cost of living raises and increases in the
retirement and pension plan.
The company also put in a provision to increase worker productivity.
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT
((ED THOMPSON/UNION MEMBER: THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE ON WEEKEND HERE WHO ARE
NOT TOO HAPPY, BUT TIRE BUILDERS FEEL THE SAME. BUT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO
WORK WITH IT AND GIVE A LITTLE BIT UP LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE HAS HAD TO DO IN THE
YEARS AND GO WITH IT. SIX YEARS IT'S THE BEST WE EVER HAD.))
SUPER=01-Ed Thompson/Union Member;
OUT Q=WE EVER HAD
Three years ago union and plant officials could not come to terms and
workers went on an 11 week strike.
Union officials say they're relieved the negotiation process is finished at
least until the end of this six year contract.
The Yokohama Tire plant is one of the largest employers in the valley with
about 900 workers.
Talks apparently began just a few minutes ago between union leaders and
Union members are now less than six hours away from a midnight strike
John Calhoun Wells, the mediator guiding the talks, says Teamsters President
Ron Carey has made it clear he won't extend tonight's deadline.
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IN Q=We're motivated very
((JOHN CALHOUN WELLS/MEDIATOR: WE'RE MOTIVATED VERY STRONGLY TO TRY TO REACH A
SETTLEMENT AND TO TRY TO PREVENT A STRIKE BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WILL BE DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY THIS STRIKE. SO
THE HUMAN AND ECONOMIC COST TO THE EMPLOYEES, TO THE CORPORATION, TO THE
TEAMSTERS AND AMERICAN CONSUMERS IS CONSIDERABLE.))
SUPER=01-John Calhoun Wells/Mediator;
OUT Q=is considerable
At Wells' request, Carey granted a previous deadline extension.
Earlier, the union gave the company a revised set of demands.
Wells declined to comment on the company's response, only saying
they did agree to meet again.
Rescue workers had to use the jaws of life to try and save at least two
people caught in a fiery wreck along route 151 in Nelson County.
But, it was too late.
Flames engulfed the car burning at least two passengers caught in the
vehicle beyond recognition.
The accident happened at 11:15 this morning when the car veered off the road
near the Amherst/Nelson County line.
No word yet on the cause.
A 700 pound fugitive is no longer at large.
Police apprehended 31-year-old Kenny Ray Gray yesterday afternoon.
video on 97-49
Gray was scheduled to face cocaine and gun charges in Roanoke federal court
on Wednesday, but never showed up.
Police issued a warrant for his arrest and the search ended Saturday
afternoon when Gray contacted the U.S. Marshall's office.
Officers arrested Gray at his double wide mobile home in Bassett.
He was then transported to the Roanoke City Jail.
Fire officials in western Iowa are trying to figure out why two houses blew
up Friday and Saturday.
The explosions happened separately, about 100 miles apart.
The latest blast hit in the town of Crescent, north of Omaha, killing an 89
year old woman.
Neighbors say the force of the explosion sent the roof flying 50 feet in the
Investigators think propane gas was building up in the house.
IN Q=The lady that
((TOM TYSON/CRESCENT FIRE CHIEF; THE LADY THAT LIVED HERE, FOUND HER STILL
LYING IN BED SLEEPING, JUST THE WAY SHE WAS SLEEPING IS THE WAY WE FOUND HER. I
DON'T THINK SHE REALLY KNEW WHAT HAPPENED. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Tyson/Crescent Fire Chief;
OUT Q=what happened
Eight hours earlier, it happened in the town of Nemaha. A single story
house blew up in a fireball.
Two children died, rescuers managed to get three others out alive.
IN Q=and they were
((ANITA HAMM/NEIGHBOR; AND THEY WERE DOWN IN THE BASEMENT AND HE PULLED THE
FIRST CHILD UP THROUGH THIS HOLE, AND AS HE TURNED AROUND, ANOTHER FELLOW CAME
IN AND HE HANDED THE GIRL TO HIM AND THEN HE PULLED THE SECOND GIRL OUT AND BY
THAT TIME THE FLAMES HAD STARTED. ))
OUT Q=flames had started
Firefighters suspect leaking propane was also the cause of the second blast.
The crew of the troubled Russian space station Mir is about to get some
Workers spent the day preparing a Soyuz space capsule and booster rocket
that will blast off Tuesday, taking a replacement crew for the space station.
The new crew is prepared to take over the repair mission on Mir and fix the
damage caused by a collision with a cargo ship in June.
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The body of a white male was recovered from the New River near Ivanhoe late
Wythe County authorities don't know the man's identity.
They say his death appears accidental.
We'll have more on the story tonight at Eleven.
Two major labor disputes grabbed headlines this week and there are some new
buildings sprouting up in area business parks.
Andrew Freiden has more in the News 7 Business Review.
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OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((Union workers at the Yokohama Tire Plant in Salem overwhelmingly approved a
contract offer from Management yesterday.
The vote ends weeks of speculation as to a possible strike at one of the
Roanoke Valley's largest employers.
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Disagreement continues between the teamsters union leaders and UPS. At
issue, pension benefits and the number of full time job opportunities.
The nation's largest shipper employs around 600 people in Southwest
A mining equipment manufacturer has moved into Virginia Tech's Corporate
The good news for Tech is bad news for Smythe and Tazewell Counties-- the
company is closing its plants there.
Nearly 250- people were employed at Long Airdox's Richlands plant-- which
was the largest single, private, employer in Tazewell county.
A new manufacturing facility is going up in Forest.
Barr Laboratories is building there-- the company plans to begin making
generic drugs in Forest this fall.
And there may be some hope for former Holdren's customers.
A state agency says Holdren's customers who bought a Mitsubishi product with
an extended-service contract may get a refund.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 80 points, while the Nasdaq Composite were up a fraction.
Andrew Freiden, with the News 7 Business Review.))
America's newest commercial airline has a southwest Virginia connection.
Nearly a hundred of the company's employees work in Grundy.
Tressa Bush tells us what they did and what the new jobs mean to the region.
IN Q=The company is
SUPER=01-Aleisha Stiltner/Pro Air Employee; :32
SUPER=01-Jim Shore/Pro Air VP Reservations; :55
SUPER=01-Tressa Bush/Reporting; 1:22
OUT Q=are welcomed and needed
((The company is PRO-AIR it's based in Detroit, Michigan. Their brand new
planes fly to six midwest and northeast cities.
((BALTIMORE, WASHINGTON, UH, HUH, FROM INDIANAPOLIS, IT'S 39, NO 79 DOLLARS...
But, the reservations are taken hundreds of miles away in Grundy, Virginia.
Many workers had no reservation about joining Pro Air.
IN Q=Oh, I thought
((ELISHA STILTNER: OH, I THOUGHT IT SOUNDED REALLY GOOD, ESPECIALLY WHEN I
HEARD ABOUT THE INSURANCE, WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS IT COMES IN HANDY, UH, THE
BENEFITS SOUNDED REALLY GOOD."))
SUPER=01-Elisha Stiltner/Pro Air Employee;
OUT Q=sounded really good.
Grundy nearly lost out on getting the reservations center.
The company had already began working out a deal to buy a building in
That's when Jim shore stepped in and spoke up.
IN Q=As I researched
((JIM SHORE/PRO AIR VICE PRESIDENT RESERVATIONS: AS I RESEARCHED MORE ON GRUNDY
AND THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA OPPORTUNITIES I FELT IT WAS WORTH IT TO THROW IT ALL
OUT AND START ALL OVER AGAIN WITH GRUNDY.))
SUPER=01-Jim Shore/Vice Pres. Reservations;
OUT Q=again with Grundy.
Shore says the reason is simple the quality of the workforce.
IN Q=The work ethics
((JIM SHORE/PRO AIR VICE PRESIDENT RESERVATIONS: THE WORK ETHICS, THE
ENTHUSIASM THE WILLINGNESS TO LEARN, TO TAKE ON RESPONSIBILITY, DEFINITELY THE
OUT Q=definitely the people.
Pro Air plans to expand its Grundy operations to more than 400 workers in
And, to an area that's been dealt a blow by the declining coal industry the
jobs are welcomed and needed.))
There was a whole lot of primping and pampering going on at the Salem Civic
The New River Valley Kennel Club hosted an all-breed dog show and obedience
This was not the time for a bad hair day, because once your in the show ring
the judge takes everything into consideration.
So these prime examples of man's best friends are washed, blow-dried,
clipped and snipped before facing the judge.
Beauty is not a factor during the obedience trials.
In this ring dogs are judged on their willingness to serve their masters.
The animal and handler are judged on the skills exhibited during specific
exercises such as heeling, fetching and overcoming obstacles.
Dogs performing these exercises with great enthusiasm score highly.
More than 12-hundred dogs representing about 130 breeds participated in
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
In Lexington, the competition pitted horse and rider against each other.
Five thousands people from 29 different states descended upon the Virginia
Horse Center for The United States Pony Club Championships.
The Pony Club name refers to the age of the rider not the size of the
The organization encourages children to participate in mounted sports at a
very young age.
This weekend participants competed in show jumping, cross country riding and
The Pony Club has more than 11-thousand members nation-wide.
This weekend's national championship will be broadcasted on Home Team Sports
And coming up, The Panthers and Jaguars hooked up this afternoon in
Jacksonville Ricky Rudd gambles on fuel and wins the Brickyard 400.
And the Salem Avalanche won last night to remain in the Carolina League
The Salem Avalanche remained in the pennant chase last night beating
Winston-Salem 5 to 4.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Warthogs; :
It was a special night at Memorial Stadium as several players from the Negro
Leagues were honored before the Avalanche and Warthogs took the field in
replica throwback uniforms.
In the top of the first, Winston-Salem's Mitchell Kendrick hits a grounder
to the left side of the field a runner scores and the Warthogs lead 1 to
The Avalanche got on the board in the bottom of the second. Gilbert Vidal
hits a fly ball to centerfield its caught and the runner on third tags and
scores to tie it at 1 to 1.
Salem scored in the bottom of the SUPER=37-Salem/5/Winston-Salem/4/;
second Vicente Garcia hits a grounder to third base Salvador Duverge comes home
to score to make it 2 to 1 Salem and Salem wins it 5 to 4.
The Avalanche is 3 and a half games behind first place Kinston. Salem is
playing Winston-Salem again this evening.
The Kansas City Royals used the long ball this afternoon in a 5 to 2 win
over the Boston Red Sox.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/WABU; :
It was 103 degrees on the field in Kansas City today.
In the top of the second, Boston's Reggie Jefferson smokes this pitch
sending it into the fountain in centerfield for his first of two homers on the
day Boston led 1 to nothing.
Then in the third, K-C's Mike Macfarlane takes this Tim Wakefield pitch
deep over the centerfield wall and the score was tied at 1 to 1.
It was 2 to 2 in the fourth when SUPER=35-Kansas
City/5/Boston/2/;Macfarlane takes this pitch over the right centerfield wall
for his second homer on the day and the Royals beat the Red Sox 5 to 2.
The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars went head to head in a N-F-L
exhibition season game this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Jacksonville featured running back Natrone Means in the first quarter he
rushed for 22 yards here moving the ball to the Carolina one yard line.
One play later Means takes the handoff from Scott Brunell and dives over
the top for the score to make it 7 to nothing Jaguars.
The Jaguars added another running SUPER=30-Jacksonville/23/Carolina/9/;
touchdown in the first half James Stewart taking the handoff and diving over
from the three to make ut 14 to nothing and Jacksonville wins it 23 to 9.
GRAPHIC=Panthers Training camp
Panthers training camp rolls on in Spartanburg South Carolina. Carolina
returns after today's preseason scuffle with expansion rival Jacksonville.
One of the low profile Panthers making waves so far this season is safety
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
Cota was a seventh round draft pick in the 1995 draft and is projected as
the starter at strong safety.
Cota led the panthers in interceptions last year with 5 for 63 yards as a
At 6 feet, 1, and only a 195 pounds; the former Oregon standout packs a big
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...around the ball"
Cota's been on the ball in camp but his physical, overly aggressive style
of play does raise an important question.
OUT Q=...for 16 games"
SS=Hold Panthers camp
The Panthers open the regular season August 31st at Ericsson Stadium in
Charlotte against the Washington Redskins.
Ricky Rudd's victory in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis was a lesson in
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC SPORTS; :
Rudd of Chesapeake, Virginia used two caution flags over the final 17 laps
of the race to win for the second time this season.
Rudd was able to take what he called a fifth place car to the front and run
500 miles with only three pit stops instead of four or five.
IN Q="The fuel...
((RICKY RUDD/BRICKYARD 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Brickyard 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=....track, so."
Rudd's victory moved him to 8-th place in the points standings. Jeff
Gordon is first followed by Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte and South
Boston's Jeff Burton rounds out the top five.
GRAPHIC=Track and Field
The United States dominated the 100 meter dashes as the World Championships
this afternoon in Athens, Greece.
Maurice Greene of the U.S. beat defending champion Donovan Bailey with a
record time of nine-point-86 seconds.
And Former North Carolina basketball star Marion Jones won the Women's 100
meter dash with a time of ten-point-83 seconds.
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