The Teamsters call it a scare
U-P-S officials announced today that is plans to eliminate 15-thousand
Teamsters jobs because of lost revenue.
The company estimates it's lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the nine
day old strike.
Liz Mullen has a strike update.
SUPER=01-Ron Carey/Teamsters President; :07
SUPER=01-Gina Ellrich/UPS Spokeswoman; :32
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; 1:24
OUT Q=CBS News, New York.
As the U-P-S workers walk the picket line, mail carriers for the post office
are running to keep up with their new work load.
Express mail is up 70 percent, priority mail is up 50 percent.
Workers are putting in overtime, and the Postmaster says he's bringing in
IN Q=we're trying to staff
((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER; WE'RE TRYING TO STAFF UP, WE'RE TRYING TO
HIRE CASUAL HELP, OF COURSE THE PLANT HERE IN ROANOKE, THE PROCESSING
DISTRIBUTION CENTER HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN GETTING ALL OF THIS DONE,
WE'RE CLEAN AS WE SPEAK, WE'RE CURRENT AS WE SPEAK. ))
SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster;
OUT Q=current as we speak
Employees say they want to recapture business the Postal Service lost to UPS
IN Q=that's what we're
((KEITH LYNN/POSTAL WORKER; THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HOPING, SO WE CAN CONTINUE, I
THINK WE'RE HANDLING IT SO FAR PRETTY GOOD. KEEPING UP WITH THE PACE. ))
SUPER=01-Keith Lynn/Postal Worker;
OUT Q=up with the pace
The Postmaster says one major mail order company from this area- a former
UPS customer- has signed a one year agreement to stick with the Postal Service
after the strike.
President Clinton, who so far has refused to intervene in the strike, will
be briefed today on the status of the strike.
He left for St. Louis this morning to promote his his welfare- to- work
Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman is traveling with the President so she
could update him on her discussions yesterday with U-P-S officials and the
She met with both sides separately, urging them to return to the bargaining
First Union may be set to merge with Signet, but that isn't stopping the
Charlotte based bank from bringing dozens of new jobs to the Roanoke Valley.
Len Besthoff has more.
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SUPER=@Len1; :43 Screen Right
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( First Union will beef up its customer service staff at its operations center
in Roanoke County.
The bank plans to hire 70 new, full- time people, making anywhere from the
teens to the low- 20's.
50 of the positions will handle inbound calls.
The other 20 will conduct direct sales...calling potential customers about
First Union products.
The Charlotte based bank expects to hire these people within the next six
First Union adds that the 70 figure could go higher if it continues to grow,
and it finds an abundant pool of applicants at a job fair it's holding this
The Job Fair will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at the bank's operations
center on Plantation Road between four-and-seven-p-m.
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IN Q=Keep in mind
((Keep in mind, there still could be a negative shakeout, jobs-wise, from First
Union's pending merger with Signet. The two banks can't say anything right
now, they're in a federally mandated "quiet period" that follows a deal of this
magnitude. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News-7.))
First Union isn't the only local company with good news..
A Henry County company is expanding.
Amfibe announced this morning that it will put a brand new building in an
industrial park near the Martinsville Speedway.
8/27/96, Dupont, 96-59
The project will enable Amfibe to increase its employment to 250 people
within two years, a net gain of 60 jobs.
Amfibe is a privately owned offshoot of the DuPont company.
It makes nylon fiber used in hosiery and intimate apparel.
The company was formed three years ago when two Henry County business men
bought this portion of the nylon business from DuPont.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Lawyers fought the latest tobacco battle in Bath County.
Appellate court justices heard arguments in the case of the tobacco industry
versus the United States Food and Drug Administration.
It was first come, first serve for reporters, so one media organization paid
locals to camp out on the steps of the small courthouse and reserve a place in
the line for courtroom passes.
100 parking spaces were allotted for the media, but the frenzy was more
controlled than expected.
IN Q=We thought
((SHERIFF TOMMY BLACK/BATH CO.:WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT HAVE A HUNDRED OR MORE BUT I
DON'T THINK THAT MANY SHOWED UP SO IT WENT REAL GOOD. I THINK IT PROMOTED THE
COUNTY ALSO AND WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL. IT WENT REAL WELL))
SUPER=01-Tommy Black/Bath Co. Sheriff; RUNS=:08
OUT Q=real well.
The hot weather is also a problem for the case, because the courthouse has no
central air conditioning.
In order to beat the heat, lawyers started filing in at 7:45 yesterday
morning for the 9:30 start.
More and more young women are being
victimized after men slip them so-called date rape drugs.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is lending support to a program that will
crack down on these drugs.
She helped launch the program last night in Southern California.
((JANET RENO/US ATTORNEY GENERAL:WHEN A RAPIST USES THESE DRUGS TO INCAPACITATE
HIS VICTIM THE VICTIM IS ROBBED BOTH OF ABILITY TO DEFEND HERSELF AND TO
REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MIXED WITH ALCOHOL THESE DRUGS CAN BE AS LETHAL AS
A GUN OR KNIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/U.S. Attorney General;
OUT Q=A GUN OR KNIFE.
The campaign will include, posters, bookmarkers and public service
announcements aimed at college students.
A cigarette is being blamed for sparking an overnight fire that forced
hundreds onto the streets of San Francisco.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;
The fire started in an armchair in a five-story residential hotel and
quickly spread throughout the building.
More than 300 had to be evacuated.
The blaze also spread to a neighboring hotel.
Only minor injuries were reported.
It's not a jailbreak, but a massive
evacuation from three Texas prisons near Houston.
Nearly four-thousand inmates have been moved to safety after a gasoline
pipeline ruptured, sending a cloud of flammable gas drifting their way.
At least seven people were taken to the hospital and 26 pregnant inmates
were taken to a medical facility.
An un-successful Virginia attorney general candidate, who is representing
Paula Jones in her suit against President Clinton, is facing new allegations.
Pittsylvania resident Ramona Hines already made public tapes of Gil Davis
drinking and talking about Hines posing for Playboy.
Now, Hines says she has ANOTHER videotape that she says will ruin her former
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Now, Davis
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :18
SUPER=07-Ramona Hines; :26
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke
(( Now, Davis has responded to her complaint, alleging among other things,
that he NEVER met with Mrs. Hines alone.
Hines' estranged husband was present on the last videotape we saw... and a
fellow attorney was with them at what he alleges was a business meeting on
another tape she's publicly aired.
But Hines is alleging there was another night in 1994, another taping--
She alleges that she is alone with him and both are intoxicated.
sot tape ONE 01:49:12
((I DON'T KNOW THAT--MAYBE HE HAS FORGOTTEN IT. MAYBE HE HAD A BLACKOUT AND
FORGOT THAT IT WAS EVER MADE. OR I DON'T KNOW IF MAYBE BECAUSE IT'S SO VULGAR
THAT I WOULD EVEN RELEASE IT.))
And Hines does NOT deny part of her motive.
sot tape TWO 01:55:02
((WE COULD NOT RULE OUT ANY MONETARY GAIN THAT WE MIGHT GET FOR THIS.))
Gil Davis declined to return our calls.
But an attorney in his firm, Bill Stanley, says he can't vouch for what
Hines may or may NOT have on a videotape, but that her allegations seem
"absolutely ridiculous" and that she's playing the "same opportunistic angle"
she did before.
Hines says she didn't come forward with the alleged new tape because she
wanted to hear his responses before revealing her alleged proof.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Roanoke.))
The second man wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting at a
Campbell County convenience store has turned himself in to police.
Twenty- year- old Rodney Keith Holland was arrested early this morning at
the Quail Ridge apartment complex in Lynchburg.
Authorities say Holland's friends tipped them off.. he surrendered
peacefully when officers arrived.
He and 19- year- old Derek DeWayne Smith have been charged with shooting one
store clerk and assaulting another during an attempted robbery at Foster Fuels
over the weekend.
Both remain in jail after making their initial court appearance this
Virginia N-double-A-C-P leaders are trying to get more information about the
brutal death of an African American man in Grayson County.
They came to county yesterday to speak with those closest to the case--
including the suspects.
Last month, 40- year- old Garnett "G-P" Johnson was doused with gasoline,
burned and later decapitated.
SUPER=03-Grayson Co./August 1;
Two white men are charged with murder.
Yesterday afternoon, State N-double-A-C-P leaders tried to speak with the
suspects, but at least one of them said no.
The civil rights leaders did spend time with the victim's father.
((GARNETT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S FATHER:THEY WANTED TO FIND OUT HOW IT HAPPENED AND
EVERYTHING, THEY ASKED ME, I TOLD THEM I DON'T KNOW, THEM, I DON'T KNOW, I
SUPER=01-Garnett Johnson/Victim's Father; :00
OUT Q=I guess.
N-double-A-C-P leaders also spoke with Grayson County's prosecutor and
A former Vinton police officer who was fired this summer filed a complaint
with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
He says town officials discriminated against him because he is black.
The June 12th dismissal of Christopher Divers left the 17-person Vinton
police force with one black officer.
Police Chief Rick Foutz declined to discuss the firing but said a
citizen filed a complaint against Divers.
Virginia beef producers will no longer face restrictions when putting their
cattle up for sale.
The reason: Virginia beef is once again "Tuberculosis Free."
Three years ago, a cow on a Floyd County farm tested positive for T-B.
That forced the United States Department of Agriculture to de-certify
IN Q=THERE'S A TYPE
((TERRY SWECKER/VIRGINIA TECH VETERINARIAN: THERE'S A TYPE OF TB IN CATTLE
THAT CAN AFFECT HUMANS. SO IT'S A PROBLEM FOR THE CATTLE INDUSTRY BECAUSE THE
CATTLE CAN GET SICK AND DISEASED, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THE DISEASE CAN BE
TRANSFERRED TO HUMANS, THERE'S A CONCERN THAT WE WANT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC
HEALTH AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Terry Swecker/Virginia Tech Veterinarian;
OUT Q=HEALTH AS WELL
Virginia Tech's Veterinarians test their cattle every year--
It's part of a nationwide effort to eradicate T-B from the nation's cattle
in five to 10 years.
IN Q=THERE ARE
((Dr. Lynette Tobias/USDA Veterinary Medical Officer: THERE ARE OTHER STATES
THAT HAVE PROBLEMS, I KNOW HAWAII IS BEING INVESTIGATED, BUT AS FAR AS VIRGINIA
GOES, I DON'T SEE ANY RESIDUAL PROBLEMS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Lynette Tobias/USDA Veterinary Officer;
OUT Q=RESIDUAL PROBLEMS
The T-B free designation will make it easier and cheaper for cattle
producers to ship cattle across state lines.
roll cold out of spots
IN Q=It is known
SUPER=01-Dick DeBartolo/"Gizmo Wizard"; :21
OUT Q=weather wizard. (TIGHT)
(( It's known as the World's Fair of the Home Improvement Industry.
Some 250-thousand new products and services are on display this week at the
National Hardware Show in Chicago.
And joining us now with preview is Dick DeBartolo, otherwise known as the
(( Now as the Gizmo Wizard, does that mean that you have to test many of
Okay tell us about the hottest and most innovative home improvement
Some have also called you the brains behind MAD Magazine, tell us about
your work with the magazine.
The Hardward show runs through Wednesday, who is attending, the show?))
Thank you so much for chatting with us today.
Now lets check in with the News 7 weather wizard.))
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/& Mild/68-72/Humid, Chance/of Afternoon Storms/88-92;
SUPER=332-Showers Possible/Light Winds/62-66/Scattered Showers/& Storms/82-86;
SUPER=333-Variably Cloudy/Light Winds/65-69/Partly Sunny/Chance of
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Chance of Rain/58-62/Scattered Showers/& Storms/80-85;
The Roanoke Wrath closed out its season last night by beating the Wilmington
Hammerheads 1 to nothing -- keeping its perfect record.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Wilmington vs. Roanoke; :00
Bobby Warnick almost got an early goal with this nice shot off from the
The Wrath would break the ice as Lang Wedemeyer wheels around the freezes the
goalie with the bullet.
And the Wrath completes a perfect 13-and-0 season with the 1 to nothing win
An all-star showdown last night in Atlanta as the Marlins Kevin Brown faced
the Braves Greg Maddux.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Marlins vs. Braves; :00
Neither man would figure into the decision, although both pitched well in
this battle of N-L east front runners.
The Braves won it in the bottom of the ninth on Danny Bautista's sacrifice
fly and scores Ryan Klesko from third.
Atlanta wins 2-to-1 to stay 5 and a half games in front of Florida.
A U-V-A basketball player is in trouble with the law.
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
University of Virginia basketball player Courtney Alexander was supposed to
be in court yesterday, to answer a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.
But a judge postponed the case continuing it until August 25th.
Alexander, who is suspended from the U-V-a team indefinitely, is accused of
beating his girlfriend. She says he kicked her in the ribs and choked her.
N-F-L officials are looking into the vicious hit that broke the jaw of
Carolina Panthers' quarterback Kerry Collins Saturday night.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Saturday; :00
Denver linebacker Bill Romanowski blindsided Collins during their preseason
The league wants to see if the hit was legal. In other words did Romanowski
use his helmet as a weapon.
IN Q="I mean it...
((BILL ROMANOWSKI/DENVER LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Bill Romanowski/Denver Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...PHYSICAL GAME."
If the N-F-L rules the hit was uncalled for, he could be fined.
Collins is expected to be sidelined five to six weeks.
An unusual infestation is making it hard for one Alabama family to walk in
its front yard.
SUPER=03-Baldwin City, AL/WKRG;
Hundreds of thousands of tiny bullfrogs have taken over David Jones'
Even the family pets are unsettled by the situation.
It turns out conditions in a nearby pond were ideal during the bullfrog
mating season this year.
The result was a big jump in the frog population.