Coming up on News 7-
The picket signs are coming down at UPS.
This is the reaction tonight- We'll have a live report with details.
A shooting rampage leaves four dead in New Hampshire-
Plus one local post office is closing- That has some folks in town angry.
News 7 is next.
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Picket Signs at UPS are coming down tonight.
200 officials from various Teamsters local approved a new contract with
United Parcel Service.
As Nick Young reports the contract now goes to workers for a vote-
SUPER=01-Ron Carey/Teamsters' President;
SUPER=01-James Kelly/U.P.S. Chairman;
OUT Q=CBS News, New York.
((THOSE FLEETS OF BIG BROWN TRUCKS COULD BE CHUGGING AS EARLY AS WEDNESDAY
THAT'S BECAUSE A GROUP OF TEAMSTERS LEADERS HAS RECOMMENDED RATIFICATION OF A
NEW CONTRACT TO END THE U-P-S STRIKE.
Ron Carey, Teamsters President:
Tonight our negotiating team unanimously approved a new contract.
THE NEXT STEP IS A VOTE BY THOUSANDS OF U-P-S WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
THEY'LL BE VOTING ON A FIVE YEAR DEAL THAT CREATES 10 THOUSAND NEW FULL TIME
JOBS, A PAY INCREASE AND AN AGREEMENT TO KEEP A MULTI-EMPLOYER PENSION PLAN.
James Kelly, Chairman/CEO UPS:
The bottom line is we have a contract that is good for our people, gets us
back in business and keeps us competitive.
BUT WHILE THE TEAMSTERS ARE CLAIMING VICTORY, THE STRIKE HAS SEVERELY WOUNDED
THE WORLD'S LARGEST SHIPPING COMPANY.
U-P-S SAYS IT LOST MORE THAN 600 MILLION DOLLARS...AND SO MUCH BUSINESS,
15-THOUSAND LAYOFFS MIGHT BE POSSIBLE.
DESPITE THE GRIM NEWS, U-P-S WORKERS SAY THEY'RE GLAD TO BE GETTING BACK TO
The process may take a couple of days, but we hope to get back sooner.
BOTH SIDES NOW SAY THEY'RE MAIN CONCERN IS GETTING CUSTOMERS BACK.
BUT AFTER A TWO WEEK STRIKE THAT LEFT MANY PEOPLE OUT IN THE COLD, THAT COULD
BE THE TOUGHEST JOB YET.
NICK YOUNG CBS NEWS NEW YORK))
Last night they were cautiously optimistic, tonight the members of Teamsters
Local 171 say they are very happy.
Double Boxes=Jean/Andrew Microwave
Andrew Freiden is in front of the U-P-S hub in Roanoke where the picket lines
have just come down.
((Rollcue: replacement workers))
SUPER=01-David Walker/UPS Worker;
SUPER=01-Paul Johnson/UPS Worker
OUT Q=as quick as possible
Andrew, do the workers think UPS will be able to win back the customers it
Downtown Christiansburg is losing its Historic Post office-- but residents
aren't letting it go without a fight.
The downtown post office is slated to be closed in September. When that
happens, people will have to go to a new, larger post office near the New River
But some residents say that's unacceptable.
IN Q=RATHER THAN
((JON HALBERSTADT/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: RATHER THAN PEOPLE DRIVING 3 OR 4
MILES OUT TO THE SHOPPING AREA-- WHICH IS NOT THE CENTER OF THE POPULATION
BASE-- PEOPLE LIVE AROUND HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Jon Halberstadt/Christiansburg Resident;
OUT Q=AROUND HERE.
Town Council members say they want to preserve the the historic post office
building-- But their bid to buy the property was rejected by the United States
Jon Halberstadt (HAL-BER-STAT) says the Postal service is violating federal
law by closing a downtown office, without first studying its impact on the
IN Q=POTENTIALLY GETTING
((Jon Halberstadt/Christiansburg Resident: POTENTIALLY GETTING INVOLVED WITH
NATIONAL HISTORIC GROUPS, AND IF THERE IS A WAY OF GOING FORWARD WITH
WASHINGTON, IT MAY BE A LAWSUIT. THE PROCESS HAS BEEN FLAWED))
SUPER=01-Jon Halberstadt/Christiansburg Resident;
OUT Q=BEEN FLAWED.
Tonight, town council passed a resolution asking the Town Manager to try
additional steps to keep the post office open.
A fatal traffic accident could send a Floyd County man to prison for the
A judge found Timothy Scott Chaffin guilty of aggravated involuntary
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./January 24;
The charge stems from a traffic accident on Peppers Ferry Road that took the
life of Steven Burton.
Authorities say Chaffin had a blood alcohol content more than twice the
legal limit when he crashed "head-on" into Burton.
Chaffin will have to spend at least one year in prison-- but could be
sentenced to a maximum of 20.
He will be sentenced in October.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
A final report on last years' Valujet crash in the Florida Everglades.
The National Transportation Safety Board points out serious shortcomings in
private contractor- Sabretech.
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL/May 1996;
It was revealed that Sabretech deliberately mislabeled the oxygen canisters-
that exploded in the cargo hold causing the plane to go down.
Meanwhile a fire expert says if the plane was equipped with smoke detection
equipment the crash could have been prevented.
((EARLY DETECTION OF THE FIRE WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE FLIGHT CREW SUFFICIENT TIME
TO GET THE AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND BEFORE THE FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS WERE
SUPER=01-Dr. Merrit Birky/NTSB Fire Expert;
OUT Q=WERE COMPROMISED."
110 people died in the Valujet Crash. Since then, the F-A-A has issued a
nationwide mandate to airlines that cargo holds be equipped with smoke
detectors and fire extinguishers- but airlines have until the year 2001 to
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Deadbeat parents could have the I-R-S collecting child support. We have that
in just a moment,
but first, a four hour shooting rampage leaves a judge and two state troopers
dead in New Hampshire.
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A man labeled a "time bomb" is suspected of killing four people in New
Police say 67 year old Carl Drega shot and killed two state troopers after
an argument at a grocery store.
Authorities say he then stole a trooper's car and went to a judge's office
fatally shooting her-
A man who tried to wrestle him to the ground was also killed.
Drega reportedly held a grudge against the judge.
The rampage ended in a shootout in the woods- where Drega was killed.
No word on whether he was killed by police gunfire or shot himself.
Boys and girls with deadbeat parents might find a friend in the tax man.
As Tina Tenret reports, a proposed bill in Congress could have the I-R-S
punish parents who don't pay child support.
IN Q=On her seventh birthday
SUPER=01-JoAnn Cales/Stacey's mother; :10
SUPER=01-Jeff Cumbo/Child Support Advocate; :47
SUPER=01-Lisha Whitlock/Dep't of Child Support Enforcement; 1:17
OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Danville
On her seventh birthday, Stacey Cales looked in the mailbox and waited for a
When no word came from her father, Stacey called a child support hotline.
IN Q=She had said
((JOANN CALES/STACEY'S MOTHER: SHE HAD SAID MY NAME IS STACY, AND I'M LOOKING
AT THIS YELLOW PIECE OF PAPER THAT SAYS IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE COLLECTING
CHILD SUPPORT TO CALL THE NUMBER. SO I'M CALLING BECAUSE MY DADDY DIDN'T GIVE
ME MY BIRTHDAY PRESENT.))
OUT Q=my birthday present
JoAnn Cales says ever since she left her violent and alcoholic husband, she
and the two girls have been living on welfare and child support checks.
If those checks don't come, Jackie and Stacy don't get school clothes.
IN Q=So how do you feel
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: SO HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN IT DOESN'T COME? JACKIE CALES:
A new bill in Congress would make the IRS -- NOT states -- responsible for
collecting child support.
Deadbeat parents would face felony charges.
IN Q=Anybody who thinks
((JEFF CUMBO/CHILD SUPPORT ADVOCATE: ANYBODY WHO THINKS THE I-R-S CAN'T COLLECT
MONEY, ALL I GOTTA SAY NEVER OWED 'EM ANY. IF THEY SEND ME A BILL, I'LL SEND
THEM A CHECK.))
OUT Q=send them a check
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: MANY STATES HAVE DIFFERENT COMPUTER SYSTEMS, AND THAT CAN
MAKE IT TOUGH TO FIND PARENTS WHO SKIP STATE LINES. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW THE
FEDS TO TAKE CHILD SUPPORT DIRECTLY FROM PAYCHECKS, ANYWHERE IN THE U-S.))
OUT Q=for work
But state employees say they're doing just fine.
They already intercept tax refunds and cancel driver's licenses when parents
IN Q=We collect a lot
((LISHA WHITLOCK/DEP'T OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT: WE COLLECT A LOT OF MONEY.
I THINK WE PROVIDE A VERY GOOD SERVICE AND I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY OTHER GROUP
HERE THAT HAS COLLECTED ANYTHING FOR ANY OF THE CUSTODIAL PARENTS. THIS
AGENCY, THIS OFFICE HERE DOES THE COLLECTIONS.))
OUT Q=does the collections
Virginia Social Services says every month more than 400-thousand Virginia
children wait for a check that never comes.
Stacey and Jackie Cales know what that feels like.
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
Andrew Young is the former Mayor of Atlanta and ambassador to the United
He's travelled the world. Today his travels brought him to Lynchburg.
Young was presented with a framed copy of the painting "Lord, Plant My Feet
On Higher Ground" honoring civil rights leaders in Lynchburg's history.
He says America's problems today are not so much about race as they are
IN Q=The people that
((ANDREW YOUNG/FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR: THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HAVING THE
DIFFICULTIES, WHETHER THEY BE IN CRIME OR BURNING CHURCHES AS PART OF HATE
GROUPS BLACK OR WHITE, ARE BY AND LARGE REACTING TO THE FACT THAT THEY FEEL
LEFT OUT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.))
SUPER=01-Andrew Young/Former U.N. Ambassador; :00
OUT Q=the American dream.
Young will discuss "Diversity in the Workplace" during a speech at Lynchburg
College tomorrow morning.
Now that V-M-I has female rats, one former graduate wants to start his own
all male military school. We'll hear from him next,
and a little later, we'll see how one church is raising the roof to meet its
A nervous night at V-M-I for the 460 new cadets- their SECOND night in the
This morning the cadets got a taste of what they're in for tomorrow- with a
bit of organized exercise... called "P-T" for physical training.
The upperclassmen in charge of this exercise say they're breaking in the
freshmen rats easily... a preview of tomorrow when the rats meet the cadre.
((BROOK BARBOUR/F TROOP EXEC. OFFICER: TOMORROW WILL NOT BE ANY TOUGHER,
PHYSICAL-TRAINING WISE. THE WHOLE DAY, AS LONG AND DRAINING AS IT IS, THEY'LL
BE RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS A LOT. THE WHOLE DAY IS SO DRAINING
PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY THAT IT'S MORE TOUGHER THAN THE P-T, ESSENTIALLY.))
SUPER=01-Brook Barbour/F Troop Exec. Officer
The class of freshmen rats now stands at 460 cadets... one young man has
quit, so far.
He'd been re-admitted after dropping out last year, but quit again only
about an hour after he signed in yesterday.
V-M-I reports all thirty women who signed in yesterday remain enrolled.
On the night before the first V-M-I rat parade including women, the drum is
beating a little louder to turn back the clock.
Ellen Qualls has the latest on a proposed new all-male bastion-- something
organizers are calling "Southern Military Institute."
IN Q=This is the picture
SUPER=03-Lexington/August 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Thomas Moncure, Jr./Former VMI Board Member; :43
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( This is the picture that Alabama physicist and VMI alum Mike Guthrie has in
But instead of Virginia Military Institute in 1996, it's Southern Military
Institute in the year 2000 or beyond.
And Guthrie says since news leaked out over the weekend of his plans... a
flood of offers of support, including a fully built facility in Texas, make the
dream of a privately- funded "SMI" "very achievable."
Tom Moncure sat on VMI's governing board two decades after he says VMI made
him a man.
And he was the one who quit when it voted 9 to 8 last fall to admit women.
But he has a hard time explaining what's missing.
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((THOMAS MONCURE, JR./FORMER VMI BOARD MEMBER: THE DIFFICULTY IN TRYING TO
EXPLAIN IT THOUGH IS THAT IT IS REPLETE WITH SUBTLETIES AND SUCH MINIMALIST
DISTINCTIONS THAT TO AN OUTSIDER THEY ALMOST APPEAR TO HAVE NO MERIT
sot 12:00:06 TAPE ONE
((THOMAS MONCURE, JR./FORMER VMI BOARD MEMBER: BUT THE IDEA IS THAT YOU CANNOT
PROVIDE THIS RELATIVELY GUT-WRENCHING, CERTAINLY EMOTIONALLY CHALLENGING,
ADVERSITIVE SYSTEM IN THE PRESENCE OF WOMEN. BECAUSE YOU LOSE THE ABSOLUTELY
EGALITARIAN NATURE UPON WHICH IT RESTS.))
So Moncure and Guthrie, and other VMI and Citadel and West Point alumni want
to go back... to something they call a Confederate, Christian, military
institute for men.
And as they say, they've "got all the targets" in that label.
sot TAPE ONE 11:57:02
((I TEND TO USE SOUTHERN AND CONFEDERATE INTERCHANGEABLY. AND I ACTUALLY
PREFER SOUTHERN. AND I THINK SOUTHERN IS MORE APPROPRIATE.))
For those that want it back, offers made in the last three days could lower
the price tag from 100- million to around 30- million dollars.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.
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Avalanche-Hillcats highlights, football stuff from the high school, college
and pro ranks, including a nasty fight today at Redskins Park.
But first, to the hoop we go as the Hornets continue to beef up their
backcourt by signing of guard Bobby Phills.
The six year NBA veteran leave Cleveland to sign a 7 year contract worth $33
To make room for Phills the Hornets released Rickey Pierce and Malik Rose.
WIPE TO SCORES
OUT Q=....last score."
take a break
The Hillcats and Avalanche opened up a four game home and home series last
night at Salem Memorial.
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Muggsy the mascot was doing a little high stepping with the Diamond girls
before the game.
It was scoreless until the third, when Salem's Ben Petrick tries to gun down
the runner at first. Instead the ball bounces into centerfield and Luis
Fugueroa scores from second. It's 1-to-nothing Cats.
Later in the third, Aramis Ramirez hits this sacrifice fly to right field.
Alex Hernandez tags and scores the eventual game winner as
Lynchburg takes game one 2 to 1.
The Cats magic number to clinch the Northern Pennant is now five.
It's nothing unusual for two teammates to get into a scuffle during practice,
but nearly always those altercations take place on the field. Not so yesterday
at Redskins' Park.
While assistant coach Terry Robiskie was talking to Brian Mitchell and Terry
Fellow running back Stephen Davis was getting attacked and pummelled by
teammate Michael Westbrook, in a most bizarre incident.
((NORV TURNER/REDSKINS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...BE HANDLED."
The Skins close out the preseason this Thursday night in Miami, likely
Several NFL teams had to make some painful decisions yesterday as they had
to get down to the 60 player limit.
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Former Hokie, Waverly Jackson, a free agent tackle DID NOT get cut.
In fact, he is thriving with the Panthers. Dom Capers says he is so impressed
with Jackson he cut veteran Ray Agnew yesterday.
Capers also says he plans to give rookie Chad Johnston a chance to earn the
number two quarterback spot ahead of Jay Barker. Look for Johnston to get
plenty of work Friday night against the Steelers.
On the Redskins front, it was a rough day for locals as former Ferrum star
Jim Kitts was cut along with former UVa and Laurel Park standout Don Reynolds.
Tonight we continue our preseason Friday Football Extra team previews with a
look at the Franklin County Eagles.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
Last year the Eagles went through a number of ups and downs including the
changing of head coaches in mid-season as Jerry Little replaced Horace Green.
This year, Little is back, and so a re a number of returning players.
IN Q="Right now...
((JERRY LITTLE/FRANKLIN CO. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Little/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...RIGHT NOW.
Little says one thing the Eagles cannot afford is a rash of injuries.
Franklin County opens the season next Friday night at Laurel Park against the
Still to come on this Tuesday night, Steve Mason checks in from
with the Cavaliers' hit man, Anthony Poindexter.
Galax's Tom McKnight has advanced to the match play rounds at the United
State Amateur that is taking place this week in Le Mont, Illinois.
McKnight shot a 70-75 total of one over par during his two rounds of
Match play begins later today.
And at the McLelland Metro classic, Patrick Henry's Lee Taylor has the lead
after yesterday's first round at Water's Edge.
North Cross leads the team competition. The tournament winds up later today
at Ole Monterey.
Al Clark threw two TD passes and passed for 260 yards in the Hokies second
controlled scrimmage of the preseason last night.
Receiver Angelo Harrison caught six of those passes for 227 yards.
Freshman Jarrett Ferguson also turned some heads with 44 yards on just 3
Like the Hokies, the Cavaliers are doing some rebuilding this summer.
Especially on defense where Steve Mason says Anthony Poindexter will have
to lead the way.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Rick Lantz/UVa Defensive Coordinator; :30
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Defensive Back; :48(QUICK)
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((He led ACC defensive backs in tackles last year with 98, he tied UVa's
school record for interceptions in a game with three in the first half against
NC State in 1996. He became the first Cavalier to return a fumble for a
touchdown since 1980 against Duke last season. He has received the Gretchen
Savin MacIIwaine football scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.
Attributes that put Anthony Poindexter in select company.
Poindexter has not let the comparisons derail his focus and a basic blue collar
work ethic that has fueled his success.
Poindexter makes sure the hype doesn't go to his head and he realizes this is
a different defense than the 1996 unit that produced 5 NFL draft picks.
Poindexter joins Doug Karczewski as a Virginia co captain for this season.
Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
From Chestnut Wood to Fiberglass, a Franklin County church is ringing with
excitement over it's new bell tower.
The Highland United Methodist belfry requires no maintenance and can
withstand winds up to 100 miles per hour.
To accommodate the growing congregation, a 50 space parking lot will be
added, and the Sanctuary, Sunday School and social hall will be expanded.
IN Q=We've had twenty
((GARY MILSTEAD:WE'VE HAD TWENTY BABIES BORN IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. WE'VE GOT
TO FIND A PLACE TO PUT THEM.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Gary Milstead/Highland United Methodist Church;
OUT Q=to put them
Congregation members snapped pictures to remember the place of worship that's
been in some families for more than one generation.
IN Q=All my ancestors
((MARY SLEDD/CHURCH MEMBER:ALL MY ANCESTORS ARE HERE. MY ANCESTORS AND MY, MY
ROOTS ARE HERE))
SUPER=01-Mary Sledd/Church Member;
OUT Q=are here
The church is considering using the steeple as a wedding gazebo.