Here are the headlines for NEWS 7 at SIX:
U-P-S squares off against the Teamsters in Court.
A Tech frat house fire declared arson.
And the Army issued 14,000 of them to D-Day assault troops.
We'll see one of the few remaining vests donated today to the National
Memorial in Bedford.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Mets and Cubs swap six players this afternoon
including Brian McRae.
Steve Mason checks in from the Panthers camp with former Craig County
quarterback Chad Johnston.
And Todd Bodine carries on the Family Tradition as he wins the pole at
Watkins Glen today for Sunday's Winston Cup road race.
Clouds will slip in for the weekend and there will be showers on tap by
The UPS Strike in this area has NOT become confrontational like it has in
other parts of the country... but the two sides were in a Roanoke courtroom
U-P-S asked Judge Richard Pattisall to limit the number of picketers in
front of its property to four.
The shipper claims union members were slowing down vehicles at its gates,
and making racial slurs and threats to drivers.
The judge refused to limit the number of picketers, but he did order the
Teamsters to stop interfering with U-P-S people who are still working.
IN Q=I think
((JIM GUYNN, JR./TEAMSTERS LOCAL 171 ATTY.: I THINK IT WAS A FAIR RULING THAT
THE COURT MADE. AND I THINK THAT WE WILL ABIDE OBVIOUSLY BY THE COURT'S
RULING, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES I THINK HE HAS TREATED BOTH PARTIES FAIRLY.))
SUPER=01-Jim Guynn, Jr./Teamsters Local 171 Atty.;
OUT Q=parties fairly.
The union disputes the U-P-S claims regarding the harassment of its drivers.
In court the company exhibited videotape and sworn statements to back up its
The attorney for U-P-S would not comment after the judge made his decision.
A full hearing on the matter may still be held.
The strike is now in its fifth day.
Police say a fire at a Virginia Tech fraternity house was arson.
Blacksburg firefighters found the Kappa Sigma house on Main Street in flames
early Tuesday morning.
The fire did about 100-thousand dollars damage; no one was hurt.
Police said today that the fire was deliberately set, and may be connected
to two other fires earlier in the week.
Early Saturday morning, an unoccupied vehicle was found burning on Penn
Street. A few minutes later, a large chair was reported on fire in the basement
of an apartment house.
A new credit card scam has hit several people who work downtown Roanoke.
Police are warning others in the area to beware.
Five incidents were reported to police from downtown offices.
Someone steals credit cards and then tricks cardholders into giving out their
personal identification numbers.
IN Q=They will call and
((MATTHEW KENNEL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC. : THEY WILL CALL AND IDENTIFY
THEMSELVES FROM A BANK AND WILL ASK FOR THEIR PIN NUMBER TO IDENTIFY THE
PROBLEM AND OF COURSE WHAT THEY DO IS USE THAT PIN NUMBER TO ORDER GOODS OR
SUPER=01-Matthew Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.
OUT Q=goods or take cash.
The con artists identify themselves as Paul Dearing, Paul Durning or Donna
Franks, when calling card holders.
Official have some common sense advice..
IN Q=Just watch don't
((MATTHEW KENNEL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: JUST WATCH DON'T LEAVE YOUR WALLETS OR
YOUR PURSES LAYING AROUND WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR OFFICE AND DON'T GIVE OUT YOUR
PIN NUMBERS TO ANYBODY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ))
OUT Q=under any circumstances
Police do not have any suspects so far.
An incident this morning at Hollins College sent one man to the hospital,
but the episode was not as serious as officials first feared.
Fire and emergency medical crews responded to the school shortly after 11
A- M. The first calls warned of a possible building collapse.
Instead, they found two workers who had overheated and were
IN Q=They were working
((MIKE LEWIS/ROANOKE CO. BATTALION CHIEF: THEY WERE WORKING IN A CRAWL SPACE, A
PRETTY LARGE CRAWL SPACE ABOUT FIVE FEET ACTUALLY. AND OF COURSE, WORKING,
THERE WAS NOT A LOT OF VENTILATION. IT GOT HOT AND STUFFY. OF COURSE WHEN YOU
HYPER VENTILATE YOUSHUT YOUR OXYGEN OFF AND HE FAINTED. AND JUST SCRATCHES ON
HIS FACE AND CHEST AND STUFF. APPEARS BOTH OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE OKAY.))
SUPER=01-Mike Lewis/Roanoke Co. Battalion Chief;
OUT Q=going to be okay.
The two men are employees of a contractor installing cable for a computer
One was taken to the hospital.
The second was treated at the scene, but neither was seriously injured.
An elderly Lynchburg man still recovering from a brutal attack last weekend
has given police a partial description of his assailant.
75- year- old James R. Jones was severely beaten during an apparent robbery
in his Sussex Street home Sunday night.
He remains in fair condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police say Jones doesn't remember much about the attack, but a passerby saw
the possible suspect at the victim's front door.
He's described as a black male with a dark complexion, about 5-8 to six feet
tall.. between 35 and 40 years old.
The suspect also had short hair and was neatly dressed.
Police ask anyone with information to call 847- 1380.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A neighborhood store went up in flames this week, and 75 years of memories
went with it. We'll have that story here on News 7 at Six.
and it just might be a parent's answer to the age-old complaint "There's
nothing to do"--a new gamehouse coming to one community.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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A Republican lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to address ethics violations
in the Virginia General Assembly.
Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith cites House Majority leader Richard Cranwell's
legal work for Trigon as a prime example of the problem.
Griffith says there's a conflict because Cranwell carried some of the
legislation when Trigon became a for-profit company.
IN Q=Certainly at 560
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM:CERTAINLY AT 560-THOUSAND DOLLARS IT CREATES A
REAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST. ONE THAT HE DIDN'T INITIALLY RECOGNIZE. FURTHERMORE,
AS HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER, HE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THINGS GOING ON BEHIND THE
SCENES. AND I THINK THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW THIS.))
OUT Q=to know this.
Griffith wants to pass a bill in the upcoming session of the legislature to
put a stop to such practices.
Cranwell says it's not a matter of ethics, it's politics.
The Democrat says if Griffith thought he did something wrong, he should have
filed a grievance with the House Ethics Committee.
We have some updates on simmering disputes in the Governor's race.
IN Q=How much
((SUE WRENN: HOW MUCH WILL HE BE PAID FOR HIS SERVICES WHILE HE SPENDS MOST OF
HIS TIME RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR?))
SUPER=10-Sue Wrenn/Va. Democratic Party Chairwoman/May 1;
OUT Q=for governor?
In May, Democrats questioned Jim Gilmore when he joined the Richmond law
firm of LeClair Ryan.
IN Q=Well I'm working
((WELL I'M WORKING AT LECLAIR RYAN. THE FIRM HAS ME THERE. THEY UNDERSTOOD
PERFECTLY WELL WHEN I CAME THERE THAT I WOULD BE SPENDING MOST OF MY TIME
RUNNING FOR OFFICE. MOST ALL MY TIME RUNNING FOR OFFICE.))
((NO IT WAS NEVER ANTICIPATED THAT I WOULD WORK ON ANY SPECIFIC CASE. BUT I
WOULD BE THERE TO WORK AS NECESSARY AND CONTINUE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FIRM.))
OUT Q=of the firm.
Sue Wrenn says "nobody disputes his right to earn a living."
But if he's NOT really doing much there and getting paid -- what are the
"implied promises" to the law firm if Gilmore makes it to the Governor's
On the issue of Don Beyer's personal income taxes, Republicans say it's "93
days and counting" since Gilmore released his.
The Beyer campaign says his accountant is working on separating Beyer's
earnings from the family car dealerships from his father's and brother's... and
his earnings will eventually be released to the public.
A spokesman for Gilmore reminds voters Beyer's still running around the
state collecting his lieutenant governor's paycheck while NOT reporting his
Danville city council plans to spend more than six million dollars to
improve the jail and courthouse.
But teenagers say that money could buy things for them to do, to keep them
off the streets.
Tina Tenret reports.
IN Q=You have a lot
SUPER=07-Stacy Burchett; :00
SUPER=07-Rashad Waller; :14
SUPER=01-Hunter Byrnes/UPlay Vice President; 1:46
OUT Q=News 7, Danville
IN Q= You have a lot
((STACY BURCHETT: YOU HAVE A LOT OF SPARE TIME ON FRIDAY NIGHTS AND SATURDAY
NIGHTS. WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT I DO IN DANVILLE THERE'S NOTHING I CAN SAY
EXCEPT WORK AT KMART))
OUT Q= work at Kmart
It's the age-old expression of I'm bored, there's nothing to do.
But in Danville, kids say it's causing problems.
IN Q=You need
((RASHAD WALLER: YOU NEED TO FIND SOMETHING WHERE THE KIDS CAN GO AND YOU HAVE
SOME POSITIVE ROLE MODELS. YOU NEED SOMETHING WHERE THEY CAN GO SHOOT POOL OR
A REC CENTER WHERE THE KIDS CAN GO AND HAVE SOMEONE TO TALK TO. ))
OUT Q=someone to talk to
Danville offers more than 400 programs for teenagers, from canoeing to
baseball to drama.
Kids say these programs miss the mark.
IN Q=A group of teens
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: A GROUP OF TEENS WALKED INTO THE PARKS AND REC DEPARTMENT
RECENTLY WITH A PROPOSAL. THEY WANTED A SKATE PARK, AND THEY HAD DONE THEIR
HOMEWORK ON PRICES. BUT DANVILLE JUST COULDN'T COME UP WITH THE CASH.))
A skate park would cost about 60 thousand dollars according to Director John
Meanwhile, the city will spend 100 times that amount on the jail and
But there is some good news--a sprawling gamehouse called UPlay... opens
later this month... offering lazer tag, bumper cars, mini golf, and video
IN Q=Danville's been aching
((HUNTER BYRNES/UPLAY VICE PRESIDENT: DANVILLE'S BEEN ACHING FOR THIS FOR YEARS
AND YEARS. FIRST THING I HEARD WHEN I CAME TO DANVILLE WAS THAT THERE REALLY
WASN'T ANYTHING FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES TO DO.))
OUT Q=families to do
As for the teens' pet project the skate park--it seems likely the future of
that idea will remain up in the air for now.
Tina Tenret, News 7, Danville.))
The stock market was spooked by fears the Federal Reserve may
still take action about the economy's mostly positive performance.
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The Dow plummeted 157 points to close out the week at eight thousand 31.
NASDAQ was also down significantly with a 26 point loss.
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GRAPHIC=D Day Memorial
The National D-Day Memorial got one of its first genuine articles today.
It's one of the assault jackets- -the kind of vest some of the soliders
wore in the Normandy invasion.
Army veteran G-V Piercy found it about three months after the liberation of
SUPER=03-Normandy, France/June 1944
France in 1944- -stashed beneath a hedgerow away from the beach.
He's had it for 40 years- -lent it to the Smithsonian for a time- -but has
now donated it to the D-DAY Memorial.
It's one of just five known to still exist.
((LT. COL. G.V. PIERCY/RETIRED ARMY MUNITIONS EXPERT: THE THING WAS
UNCOMFORTABLE AND WHEN THEIR REGULAR FIELD EQUIPMENT CAUGHT UP WITH THEM, THEY
PREFERRED TO GO BACK TO THAT. AND THE COMMANDERS PREFERRED THEY GO BACK TO
THAT, BECAUSE THEY HAD A TENDANCY TO OVERLOAD THESE POCKETS AND JUST CARRY TOO
MUCH JUNK WITH THEM INSTEAD OF WHAT THEY NEEDED.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. G.V. Piercy/Retired Army Munitions Expert
OUT Q=what they needed.
Roanoke D-Day vet Bob Slaughter kept his raincoat and some rations in the
IN Q=and I lost
((AND I LOST LOST THIS PART. A GERMAN MACHINE GUN OPENED UP AND SHOT THAT OFF
OF ME. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Slaughter/D-Day Veteran
OUT Q=that off of me.
Sergeant Slaughter is chairman of the D-Day Foundation that is building the
memorial in Bedford.
Buena Vista residents are mourning the loss of a favorite gathering spot,
destroyed by fire this week.
Most people knew the establishment at Ninth and Magnolia as Campbell's
Recently the 75-year old business had been renamed "The Store."
It was a popular spot- -especially during hunting season when sportsmen
would come by to check-in their kill.
But for many it was just convenient.
IN Q=I JUST LIVE
((SHIRLEY SMITH: I JUST LIVE RIGHT DOWN THE STREET AND I DON'T HAVE A CAR AND
I WAS ALWAYS RUNNING UP TO THE STORE AND OF COURSE MY GRAND-KIDS ALWAYS LIKE TO
GO UP THERE AND PLAY THE VIDEO GAMES.))
OUT Q=VIDEO GAMES
Tex Campbell owned and ran the store for 20 years.
He's not sure if he will be able to rebuild.
IN Q=A VERY SICK
((TEX CAMPBELL/BUILDING OWNER: A VERY SICK FEELING, VERY SICK AND MY WIFE SHE
WAS SO UPSET SHE COULDN'T GO TO WORK THE NEXT DAY. YOU JUST STAND THERE AND
WATCH IT BURN, GO UP IN SMOKE.))
SUPER=01-Tex Campbell/Building Owner;
OUT Q=UP IN SMOKE
Campbell says everything in the store and the apartment on the top floor is
a total loss.
He's waiting until insurance adjusters assess the damage before deciding his
Coming your way tonight in sports, qualifying from Watkins Glen as another
Bodine wins the pole, the Mets and Cubs play the trading game today.
And we'll check in with the Carolina Panthers tonight and see what's up with
former Craig County quarterback Chad Johnston, who is trying to make it in the
The Winston Cup warriors are on the road course at Watkins Glen this weekend,
and today time trials produced not only the 14th different pole winner of the
year, but another first time top qualifier.
SUPER=03-Watkins Glen, NY/espn2; :00
Jeff Gordon, the Winston Cup points leaders went out early and turned in a
decent time, but nothing close to the pole.
Another Geoff, defending race champ Geoff Bodine went out late in time
trials. And while he too was quick, he was no match for one of his younger
Todd Bodine went out in the middle portion of qualifying and took the pole
with a circuit at 120 points 505 miles an hour.
((TODD BODINE/BUD AT THE GLEN POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Todd Bodine/Bud At The Glen Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...I CAN'T BELIEVE IT."
Dale Jarrett qualified on the outside pole, while last year's pole winner
Dale Earnhardt had another strong run qualifying the Goodwrench Chevy third.
However, last week's Brickyard 400 winner Ricky Rudd lost his brakes in
practice and destroyed his road racing Ford. He had to go to a backup car and
ended up 28th quickest.
((RICKY RUDD/QUALIFIED 28TH:))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Qualified 28th; :00
Now let's check out the entire top 25 qualifiers.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Todd Bodine/120.505/2. Dale Jarrett//3. Dale Earnhardt//4. Bill
Elliott//5. Wally Dallenbach//;
SUPER=0107-6. Sterling Marlin//7. Geoff Bodine//8. Joe Nemechek//9. Mark
Martin//10. Robby Gordon//;
SUPER=0107-11. Jeff Gordon//12. Steve Park//13. Rusty Wallace//14. Bobby
Labonte//15. Ken Schrader//;
SUPER=0107-16. Terry Labonte//17. Michael Waltrip//18. Ward Burton//19. Dorsey
Schroeder//20. Brett Bodine//;
SUPER=0107-21. Jimmy Spencer//22. Ernie Irvan//23. Kenny Wallace//24. Bobby
Hamilton//25. Johnny Benson//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
The Carolina Panthers are just over three weeks away from their season
opener August 31st against Washington.
One cat who has yet to use up his nine lives is former West Virginia
quarterback Chad Johnston. Steve Mason caught up with him at Camp.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC/Panther Training Camp; :00
SUPER=01-Chad Johnston/Panthers 4th String Quarterback; :11
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/November 23, 1996; :42
OUT Q=news 7 sports"
((Chad Johnston has come down from the mountains of West Virginia University
into the panthers den. But his stay at the NFC West power's training camp
hasn't been that cozy.
Johnston became The Mountaineers all time leading passer with nearly 4
thousand yards in his career; But, from the more complex play to the increased
pressure; Chad has found that the pro game is much different from college
While competing with pro bowler Collins, one time Dallas Cowboy starter in
Berluein, and former Alabama standout Barker; Chad takes comfort in his family
and his solid football roots; which, for two years were planted at Craig County
as a Rocket.
Johnston finds out if makes the first cuts August 19th. Steve Mason, News 7
Next week the Panthers will resume workouts but back in Charlotte at Ericsson
The team hosts Denver this Saturday night at eight as the preseason
There was some moving and shaking in the major leagues this afternoon as the
Mets, Cubs and Giants made some moves to hopefully improve their rosters.
The Cubs get rid of outfielder Brian McRae and two relief pitchers in Turk
Wendell and Mel Rojas.
In exchange the Cubs pick up Mets centerfielder Lance Johnson and two players
to be named later.
Also, the Giants picked up pitcher Terry Mulholland off waivers today from
Mulholland returns to the bay area where he pitched well in the late 80's.
It doesn't look like Chip Sullivan will make the cut at the BUick Open.
Chip shot his second straight round of two over 74 today.
He's a four over par after 36 holes.
The projected cut is at even par.
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(toss to Jean)
Ever wonder what teachers do with their summers? A dozen or so from our
region are scratching around in the dirt.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Here's Jean Jadhon to tell us why.
Keith, the teachers are working at Thomas Jefferson's summer retreat in
They are digging up artifacts from an 18th century slave quarters at Poplar
It's hard tedious work, but they say it will be worth it if they can make
history come to life for their students.
We'll hear what they have to say AND we'll see how they've learned to piece
together a historic puzzle tonight at 11.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
So stay tuned for that, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports
tonight on News 7--Keith?
(Keith ad lib byes)