U-P-S says it'll have to fire people as a result of the strike.
Local UPS employees say "we knew that."
And we'll take the rough road to Warm Springs where they're arguing about
the Smart Road in court.
In sports, a local Virginia Tech freshman football recruit is injured, we
will check in on the Scott Robertson,
and the Express has reportedly signed a former star to add some offensive
punch this upcoming season.
Scattered showers this evening, more tomorrow. Stay tuned for your complete
News 7 Weather Center forecast.
United Parcel Service says it will eliminate 15 thousand jobs nationwide due
to the on-going union strike.
Management says the loss of business is forcing the nation's largest ground
delivery company to downsize.
U-P-S officials say they're not threatening Teamsters, it's just business.
Local union workers say with customers turning to other carriers, they
expected job cuts soon or later.
IN Q=Everybody here
((DAVID ASSAID/FULL-TIME DRIVER:EVERYBODY HERE, WHOSE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME
REALIZED THAT, THAT THE VOLUME BEING DOWN, THERE WOULDN'T BE A NEED FOR THESE
PART-TIME WORKERS AND THAT'S WHO'LL BE HURT IT'LL BE PART TIMERS
WARREN KING:WE'VE TALKED TO MANY OF OUR CUSTOMERS IN THIS AREA AND MANY OF OUR
LARGE MAIL ORDERS ESPECIALLY HAVE TOLD US THAT MOST OF THE VOLUME WILL NOT COME
SUPER=01-David Assaid/Full-Time Driver;
SUPER=01-Warren King/UPS Southwest Operations Mgr.; :09
OUT Q=come back
Full time employees acknowledge after the strike, until business returns to
U-P-S, they may have to move down and work two part-time jobs.
Opponents of the "Smart Road" hit some rough pavement before a three-judge
panel of a Federal Appeals Court today.
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
Eric Earnhart was in Warm Springs for the hearing this morning, Eric what
was the reaction of the judges?
Keith one judge seemed to scold environmentalists for suing the State
Department of Transportation, saying "If people are upset with the agency, they
should go to the agency, not bring it up in a lawsuit."
IN Q=When federal officials
SUPER=03-Warm Springs; :15
SUPER=01-Matthew Pethybridge/Plaintiff's Attorney; :35
SUPER=01-Harvard Ayers/Sierra Club; :55
SUPER=01-Shireen Parsons/Sierra Club; 1:08
OUT Q=agency doesn't see
(( When federal officials found an endangered flower along the Smart Road
route, the DOT moved the route 750 feet to one side.
Environmentalists say they should have prepared an updated environmental
impact statement, complete with public comment.
But when attorney Matthew Pethybrige made that case to the panel, one
judge's reaction was, "There ought to be an end someplace."
Pethybridge responded, "The end comes when you stop making significant
The judge replied "no, when you quit making significant objections by
finding something new, like an earthworm you didn't know about."
IN Q=you have to remember
((MATTHEW PETHYBRIDGE/PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY; YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THESE
JUDGES HAVE ALREADY STUDIED THE RECORD, THEY'VE ALREADY READ OUR BRIEFS,
THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE AN OPINION FORMED AT ORAL ARGUMENT AND IT'S YOUR JOB
TO CHANG THEIR MIND.))
SUPER=01-Matthew Pethybridge/Plaintiff's Attorney;
OUT Q=change their mind
But the judge's comments upset environmentalists who say they seemed to be
reacting to the environmental movement in general, and not the facts of this
IN Q=I think they had
((HARVARD AYERS/SERRIA CLUB; I HATE TO PRESUME WHAT DECISION THEY'RE GOING TO
MAKE BUT IT SEEMED OBVIOUS FROM THE ANTOGONISTIC QUESTIONS THAT THERE WAS NO
CONCERN FOR THE MAJOR POINT OF THE PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY WHICH WAS THAT THE PUBLIC
HAS BEEN CUT OUT OF THIS PROCESS. ))
OUT Q=of this process
IN Q=the value
((SHIREEN PARSONS/SIERRA CLUB; THE VALUE OF PUBLIC COMMENT IS THAT VERY OFTEN
THE PUBLIC KNOWS SOMETHING THAT THE AGENCY DOESN'T KNOW. OR SEES SOMETHING THAT
THE AGENCY DOESN'T SEE. ))
OUT Q=agency doesn't see))
The attorney representing the Department of Transportation told the Court
quote "this isn't the moon, we know pretty much what's up there".
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
He was NOT grilled by the panel, as his opponent was, but he didn't want to
speculate on how the court might rule, Keith.
A man wanted on malicious wounding and robbery charges took the advice of
police and his friends and turned himself in early this morning.
Lynchburg police got a tip that 20- year- old Rodney Keith Holland was
staying at the Quail Ridge apartment complex.
Friends convinced Holland to surrender without incident when officers
Campbell County authorities say Holland and 19- year- old Derek DeWayne
Smith tried to hold up the Foster Fuels store on Route 29 over the weekend.
One store clerk was shot in the head, another assaulted during the incident.
The clerk who was shot.. 28- year- old Matthew Longerbeam.. is expected to
Danville police still don't know who shot Mary Elizabeth Martin and her son,
Daniel, outside their home Sunday night.
Daniel has been treated and released, but his mother remains in critical
condition at the Danville hospital.
Tina Tenret tells us how neighbors are working together to do all they can
to stay safe.
IN Q=At the gateway
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :07
SUPER=01-Nettie Edwards/Camp Grove N'Hood Watch; :14
SUPER=01-Shirley K. Coles/Westmoreland N'Hood Watch; :42
OUT Q=News7, Danville
(( At the gateway to Campbell Street stands a neighborhood watch sign...
a warning that families are standing guard.
But on the night of the shooting, neighbors say it was too dark to see
Watch members in other areas say fear sometimes plays a part.
IN Q=We're all human
((NANNIE EDWARDS/CAMP GROVE NEIGHBORHOOD: WE'RE ALL HUMAN AND NO ONE WANTS TO
BE BEAT UP OR SHOT UP OR KILLED BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THEY'VE REPORTED.
OUT Q= they've reported
TINA TENRET/NEWS7: SOME CRIMES FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS. BUT SUCCESSFUL GROUPS
SAY THEY WELCOME AND GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER, PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE
Shirley K. Coles says her neighborhood watch system turned one boy's life
IN Q=He talked
((SHIRLEY K. COLES/WESTMORELAND NEIGHBORHOOD: HE TALKED ABOUT HOW HE WASN'T
RAISED THAT WAY AND HE JUST GOT IN WITH THE WRONG CROWD. AND HE SAID I FELT
LIKE I COULD MAKE A FAST BUCK, BUT HE SAYS I GOT TIRED OF LOOKING OVER MY
SHOULDER AND AFTER I SAW YOU ALL TRYING TO ORGANIZE AND CLEAN UP OUR
NEIGHBOHOOD, HE SAID I WANTED TO JUST GET OUT OF IT.))
OUT Q=get out of it
Posting signs, some say, is not enough.
Instead, it's neighbors watching out for each other that might keep the
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Will a new date and a new location mean big things for Lynchburg's Italian
Festival? That story is still to come on News 7 at Six.
and it's never just another day at the White House for former W-D-B-J
reporter Ann Compton--even after 23 years on the beat. We'll spend a day with
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She's covered five presidents and reported world affairs from one of the
best seats in the house.
And Ann Compton tells us yes: they watch the movie "Air Force One" on Air
But they preferred last year's Oscar winner "Fargo."
Ellen Qualls caught up with the former NEWS 7 reporter at the White House
for a look back.
IN Q=White House, Ann Compton.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
SUPER=01-Ann Compton/ABC White House Correspondent; :15
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Washington.
((SOT TAPE ONE 12:01:28 answering phone
((WHITE HOUSE, ANN COMPTON.))
We wanted to show you a typical day at the White House, with ABC News
reporter Ann Compton.
Because 24 years ago, she was one of us.
But as Compton tells it, there IS no "typical day" at the White House.
SOT TAPE 12:45:21
((COVERING THE PRESIDENT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT LITTLE THING WILL COME ALONG, OR
BIG THING...SOME BUILDING DOWN IN OKLAHOMA CITY THAT HAD BLOWN UP.))
In fact, Compton's office is really the world.
SOT ABC TAPE 04:09
((PRESIDENT CLINTON IS BRINGING TO CONGRESS NEARLY A DOZEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
TO OBSERVE THE NATO PROCESS FIRSTHAND.))
SOT TAPE ONE 12:45:48
((WHEN I WAS BRAND NEW HERE, THE LAST AMERICANS PULLED OUT OF VIETNAM. I MEAN
I GOT HERE JUST IN TIME TO SEE THE LAST AMERICANS EXIT. OR TO STAND HERE ON A
COLD CHRISTMAS WHEN THE HAMMER AND SICKLE WAS LOWERED OVER THE KREMLIN. AND
THE SOVIET UNION WENT OUT OF BUSINESS ON CHRISTMAS DAY. TO STAND HERE OR SEE
YASSAR ARAFAT AND THE ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER SHAKE HANDS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
HISTORY.24LITTLE MOMENTS LIKE THAT ARE WHAT SUSTAIN YOU YEAR TO YEAR.))
She says "little moments," but she must not remember what she covered for
sot old highlights tape 07:42
((THIS IS ANN COMPTON AT --AT HOLLINS COLLEGE.))
But she's still human...
sot ABC TAPE 02:29
((WELL NOT AT THE MOMENT. THE REQUISITE WORD HERE IS CRISIS, AND SO FAR THE
UPI-- UPS-- STRIKE-- STRIKE DOES NOT APPLY.))
And competition from CNN to the internet means she and her network
counterparts have to share space and time.
SOT ABC TAPE :31
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: YES ANN. laughter.))
SOT TAPE ONE 12:47:23
((YOU DO FEEL THAT YOU DON'T HAVE QUITE SUCH EXCLUSIVE HOLD OF A BEAT BACK WHEN
THERE WERE BASICALLY THREE NETWORKS.))
But she gets her fair share of history and make NO mistake, it's still a
thrill for her.
SOT TAPE ONE 12:50:48
((SO ANY PRESIDENT OR CONGRESS THAT'S GOING TO COME IN AND REALLY MAKE
FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN THE WAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LIVE, THAT'S GOTTA BE A
SOT TAPE TWO STANDUP 15:57:32
((SO AFTER 23 YEARS ON ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREMIER BEATS, ANN COMPTON'S PLAN IS
TO KEEP DOIN' WHAT SHE'S DOIN'.))
ABC has just renewed her contract into the new millenium. Ellen Qualls,
News 7, Washington.))
A locally owned company, Amfibe, has some big plans brewing in Henry County.
The privately owned offshoot of the Martinsville Dupont plant expects to
create 60 new jobs in the next few years, after it moves into a new building
near the Martinsville Speedway.
Amfibe makes nylon which is used in hosiery.
IN Q=It's a unique process
((LARRY MCDORMAN/AMFIBE PRESIDENT: IT'S A UNIQUE PROCESS, IT'S A VERY SLOW
PROCESS AND IT'S ONE THAT'S MADE ON OLD EQUIPMENT BUT YET IT'S A PRODUCT THAT'S
STILL BEING USED AND IN SOME MARKETS EVEN GROWING TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Larry McDorman/Amfibe President;
OUT Q=growing today.
Amfibe began operating three years ago in part of the Dupont plant, with 98
It now has 190.
Amfibe has to move because Dupont will close next year.
The company expects to have its new building completed next spring, with
full production beginning about six months later.
Stocks dropped sharply today--investors are bracing for tomorrow's retail
sales report for July.
Traders want to look for signs of inflation in consumer spending.
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The Italian Festival of the Seven Hills is returning to central Virginia for
a second year.. this time, organizers say they can do without the high winds
and torrential rains.
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
Festival- goers slopped through muddy fields after Hurricane Fran cut short
last year's event in Forest.
Organizers hope to move the festival to Lynchburg's riverfront this year,
the same place where the Fair By The James had a successful four- day run in
For extra luck, it's been scheduled for Columbus Day weekend.. a holiday
honoring the great Italian explorer.
IN Q=Last year was
((MIKE BUSCEMI/ITALIAN FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: LAST YEAR WAS A COMPLETE FREAK.
THERE HASN'T BEEN A HURRICANE THROUGH THIS AREA IN 25 YEARS AND PEOPLE
UNDERSTOOD THAT'S WHAT HURT US. WE LOST ALMOST THREE FULL DAYS BECAUSE OF THAT
HURRICANE. AN EVENT OF THIS MAGNITUDE, YOU HAVE TO BE UP AND RUNNING AT LEAST
THREE FULL DAYS TO GO INTO THE PROFIT CATEGORY.))
SUPER=01-Mike Buscemi/Italian Festival Organizer; :00
OUT Q=the profit category.
The festival needs to do better than break even this year.
Sons of Italy still owes LAST year's vendors more than 170- thousand
The group has until mid- October to pay that money back.
City council will vote tonight whether to allow the festival to take place
along the riverfront.
Nine years after Virginia said "yes" to parimutuel horse racing, we're only
three weeks from the thundering sound of hooves on the track.
SUPER=03-New Kent Co.;
But at this point, the race is just to finish a 58- million dollar race
track east of Richmond by the General Assembly-mandated startup date of
IN Q=There'll be
((JIM PETERSON/COLONIAL DOWNS: THERE'LL BE A FEW RAW EDGES. BUT WE'RE GONNA
BE READY. AND AS I SAID EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE HORSES ARE PROFESSIONALS,
THEY'VE BEEN RUNNING AT THIS A LONG TIME, AND IT WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL
SUPER=01-Jim Peterson/Colonial Downs;
OUT Q=beautiful spectacle.
Colonial Downs has just six weeks of live racing this fall, outside of its
growing off-track betting operations.
IN Q=It's okay to
((TIM CAPPS/MID-ATLANTIC THOROUGHBRED MAGAZINE: IT'S OKAY TO PICK A HORSE BY
COLOR OR BY NAME OR BY THE JOCKEY'S SILKS OR WHATEVER. PEOPLE DO IT ALL THE
TIME, AND I BELIEVE THEY WIN JUST AS MUCH THAT WAY AS THEY DO BY BEING MORE
SUPER=01-Tim Capps/Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Magazine;
OUT Q=more sophisticated.
Parimutuel betting means spectators bet against each other-- NOT the house,
like at a casino.
Beer can be sold during Pulaski Rangers baseball games.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, hearing the case on appeal,
ruled in favor of Pulaski Baseball Incorporated.
Opponents believe the sale of alcohol will lower property values around
Calfee Park and increase the number of traffic accidents.
Opponents can still appeal the ruling to Circuit Court.
The Express offense is about to get a huge boost for this season, Ricky
Bussell talks about Jim Druckenmiller's progress,
and we will check in on William Fleming to to how the Colonels are doing
Sources informed News 7 sports today that the Roanoke Express has signed
former star Pat Ferschwiler.
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
seasons. Again, Ferschwiler will return to Roanoke to play for the Express.
Our Friday Football Extra previews take us to William Fleming this afternoon.
The Colonels finished 5 and 5 last season and in second place in the
Roanoke Valley District. 13 starters return this season' and even more
important, fifteen seniors.
((GEORGE MILLER/FLEMING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George "Killer" Miller/William Fleming Coach; :00
OUT Q=...we have"
Fleming has it's entire starting backfield returning, including highly
touted Lee Suggs. On defense, six starters are back.
((KEITH SMITH/FLEMING DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR:))
SUPER=01-Keith Smith/Fleming defensive Coordinator; :00
OUT Q=...every position"
The San Francisco 49ers hope to give rookie quarterback
Jim Druckenmiller some more preseason work next Monday night when the Niners
take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/Last Saturday; :00
This past Saturday night, the former Hokies' star played well in his 49ers
debut completing 5 of 7 passes for 47 yards.
His former position coach at Tech, Ricky Bustle, says right now Jim's biggest
hurdle is mastering the 49ers complex playbook.
IN Q="You know...
((RICKEY BUSTLE/VA. TECH OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR:))
SUPER=01-Rickey Bustle/Va. Tech Offensive Coordinator; :05
OUT Q=...WHERE HE WAS."
The Virginia Tech football team has lost top recruit Cam Jackson until the
second semester of school.
Jackson injured his knee during freshman practice and sources say he has
already has gone home. He will most likely have surgery and then return with
complete eligibility in January. cam was playing at the safety position.
The 14th annual Scott Robertson Memorial Junior golf tournament began the
first of three days of play at the Roanoke Country Club this morning.
The tournament has grown beyond many folks belief since its inception, to
now be regarded as one of the top 25 junior events in the nation.
This year, the 54 hole tourney is attracting boys and girls from 33
different states and 6 foreign countries.
SOT NAT SOUND
OUT Q=...BARRETT WOOD.
The players not only come to Roanoke from more diverse backgrounds these
days, but they also come to town with better games.
Nearly 100 of the golfers playing this week have handicaps of 2 or less.
And no where are the growing numbers and quality of play more evident than in
the girl's division.
In the 80's, the event was lucky to attract ten female players. This year 30
of the girl's have a handicap of 5 or less.
After the first round of play there is a three way ttuie for first. defending
champion Cimmy Shayland is among the leaders with a 71 score.
The and the 15-18 year olds are still finishing up their rounds.
The tournament continues tomorrow and Thursday at the Roanoke Country Club.
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Virginia's biggest bank wants to add to its Roanoke Valley workforce.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon is here to tell us how many people First Union may be planning
Keith, we've heard that there are 70 openings in the Customer Service
But the company says if it gets a lot of qualified applicants at its job
fair today and tomorrow, it may hire more people.
We'll visit the job fair, and see how many people are applying for jobs.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
(Keith ad lib byes)