Next on News 7-
Celebrations on the picket line- after an agreement between UPS and the
Teamsters. We'll have details and local reaction.
Plus the training's begun for the new cadets at VMI.
Keeping an eye on a weather system that should bring much needed rain to the
region. That story straight ahead.
The latest on the class action lawsuit involving 18 hundred women, and Dow
Plus, a breakthrough for paralysis.
A surgical implant that could mean more independence.
((THEY HAVE REACHED A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT.. CHEERS. ))
OUT Q=agreement. cheers.
Word spread across picket lines. It looks like the UPS strike is ending.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Teamsters and United Parcel Service reached a tentative agreement-
It means U-P-S could be up and running at full speed as early as tomorrow.
Dave Fehling is covering the latest developments and joins us now from
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SUPER=01-Ron Carey/Teamsters President;
SUPER=01-James Kelly/UPS Chief Executive;
OUT Q=MIGHT BE LOST.
((From Texas before sun-up...
To U-P-S facilities across the country...
HOPEFULLY WE CAN BET BACK TO WORK AND GET AMERICA MOVING AGAIN.
Striking teamsters said the two week walkout got them what they
THAT THE UNIONS ARE NO LONGER TAKING BACK SEATS TO THE COMPANIES.
WAS IT WORTH IT? YES SIR, IT WAS WORTH IT.
It was worth more money...over the five years of the new contract, full time
workers get a three dollar raise to 23 dollars an hour...and the
company pledged to move 10-thousand part-time workers to full time.
Whatsmore, the union kept control of the pension plan.
The president who'd kept white house pressure on both sides to end the strike
said it looked a win-win situation.
THEY RESOLVED THEIR DIFFERENCES IN A WAY THAT I THINK WILL BE GOOD FOR THE
COMPANY AND GOOD FOR THE EMPLOYEES.
The teamsters president saw it as a clear union victory.
RON CAREY/ TEAMSTERS PRESIDENT: WORKING AMERICANS ARE NO LONGER GOING TO TAKE
IT ON THE CHIN...
But U-P-S' chief executive said both sides compromised, and he
bad-mouthed the union for ever staging the strike to begin with.
JAMES KELLY/UPS CHIEF EXEC.: ITS HURT US, ITS HURT OUR EMPLOYEES, AND ITS HURT
OUR CUSTOMERS. WE HAVE LOST
BUSINESSES, WE HAVE HAD CUSTOMERS WHO SAID THEY WILL NOT BE BACK.
And U-P-S says that could mean fewer jobs...as many as 15-thousand might be
In just a few hours- UPS workers in our region could be back on the job.
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Eric Earnhart joins us from the Roanoke hub with reaction from local
Eric are they still manning the picket lines?
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SUPER=01-Ben Vlug/Polytex Computer;
SUPER=01-Roosevelt Via/Local Secretary-Treasurer;
OUT Q=any work.
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(questions: if layoffs come, who will be hit first?)
Virginia Military Institute's first female cadets got their first taste of
physical training this morning.
The women kept pace with men- for the most part, as upperclassmen ran them
through the usual drill.
IN Q=We're just
((BROOK BARBOUR/F TROOP EXEC. OFFICER: WE'RE JUST TRYING TO EASE THEM INTO THE
PROCESS. TOMORROW WILL BE A VERY ABRUPT INITIATION. TODAY IS ESSENTIALLY A
MOTIVATION BUILDER. NOT TRYING TO SCARE THEM IN ANY WAY. IT'S JUST TRYING TO
BRING THEM TOGETHER AND MAKING THEM WORK AS A TEAM.))
SUPER=01-Brook Barbour/F Troop Exec. Officer
OUT Q=as a team.
One cadet dropped back and had to sit out for a few minutes.
He eventually joined his company running three-by-three in "doubletime" and
counting in cadence.
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Making deadbeat parents pay-up could become another function of the IRS....
That story straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
But first-- the final report is in on the fatal crash of Valujet Flight 592
in the Florida Everglades.
Plus on Health Check-- good reviews for a simpler new test that helps
predict a woman's chances of developing osteoporosis.
Patrick Evans is checking out unique jewelry at Towers Mall...
His live report, still to come on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
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Last year's ValuJet disaster could have been prevented.
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That's according to a fire expert for the National Transportation Safety
At a hearing today, he said a fire detection and suppression system could
have saved the 110 people who died.
((DR. MERRIT BIRKEY/NTSB FIRE EXPERT: 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 COMPROMISED.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Merrit Birkey/NTSB Fire Expert;
OUT Q=were compromised."
Oxygen generators in the plane's cargo hold caught fire- before the jet
slammed into the Florida Everglades.
The Governor and the General Assembly may have tackled the issue three
years ago, but Jim Gilmore says the abolition of parole is an issue in this
year's statewide races.
The Republican candidate for Governor held a news conference this morning
at the Roanoke County courthouse.
He charged that Democrat Don Beyer favors parole for non-violent
offenders, and will revisit parole reform if he's elected.
IN Q=Now Don Beyer
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: NOW DON BEYER WILL TAKE US BACK TO THE
LIBERAL LENIENT PAROLE POLICY OF HIS FIRST TERM IN PUBLIC OFFICE AND WILL
RETURN US TO REVOLVING DOOR JUSTICE.))
OUT Q=revolving door justice.
A spokesman for Don Beyer says Gilmore is wrong. In a statement to
reporters, Page Boinest (boy-NEST) said that Beyer supports the abolition of
parole as it stands today.
Parents who do not pay child support could feel the pinch from the I-R-S--
if a new bill passes Congress.
JoAnn Cales says she and her two girls left an alleged alcoholic and abusive
She says the family struggles financially when the child support check
IN Q=It's just the disappointment
((JOANN CALES/PARENT: IT'S JUST THE DISAPPOINTMENT ON THEIR FACES WHEN WE LOOK
IN THE MAILBOX AND THE CHECK HASN'T COME.))
OUT Q=hasn't come
A proposed bill would put the I-R-S in charge--
That means taking the money directly from the offender's paycheck and
slapping deadbeat parents with felony charges.
IN Q=Crossing state lines
((JEFF CUMBO/CHILD SUPPORT ADVOCATE: CROSSING STATE LINES WILL DO THIS PERSON
NO GOOD. NOW IF HE WANTS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, WE'RE WORKING ON THAT TOO.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Cumbo/Child Support Advocate;
OUT Q=that too
State employees admit its tough to track deadbeat parents who leave
But they are pleased with their work...
IN Q=We've collected
((LISHA WHITLOCK/DEPT. OF CHILD SUPPORT ENHANCEMENT: WE'VE COLLECTED OVER
NINETEEN MILLION DOLLARS AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN BE PROUD OF. AND
WE ARE PROUD OF IT.))
SUPER=01-Lisha Whitlock/Dept. of Child Support Enforcement;
OUT Q=proud of it
Virginia Social Services says every month, more than 400-thousand children
wait for a check that never comes.
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What would you expect someone with a degree in electrical engineering to do
for a living? How about create unique jewelry.
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Different jewelry styles appeal to different folks, but one Roanoke store
is trying to satisfy everyone's individual taste.
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Patrick Evans reports on a Virginia Tech graduate who creates custom
jewelry one design at a time.
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- The Franklin County Eagles are in the
Here's to your health-- but you may want to wait before you raise a glass.
A new study says the medical benefits of red wine have been exaggerated.
A New Orleans jury will reconvene September 29th -- for the next phase in
the lawsuit against a maker of silicone breast implants.
Jurors yesterday decided that Dow Chemical hid information from women about
the potential health dangers from the implants.
IN Q=These people
((KAREN LAWRENCE/PLAINTIFF:THESE PEOPLE ARE GUILTY AND THEY CAN'T QUIT HIDING
BEHIND THEIR MONEY. ))
SUPER=01-Karen Lawrence/Plaintiff; :
OUT Q=their money.
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This is not the first time that a jury has found in favor of a woman
claiming breast implants are dangerous.
But it is the first class action victory.
And that means Dow Chemical could be liable to not just one woman-- but to
the 18-hundred women who filed this suit.
IN Q=It proves out
((WENDELL GAUTHIER/PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY: IT PROVES OUT WHAT WE'VE ALWAYS
ALLEGED, THE FACT IS THAT IT'S A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT. ))
((LORNA PROPES/DOW ATTORNEY: I'M DISAPPOINTED. THERE'S NO QUESTION WE'RE ALL
DISAPPOINTED. WE FEEL THAT WE PRESENTED TO THE JURY THE VERY BEST CASE WE COULD
ON THE SCIENCE AND THE LAW AND THE FACTS OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. AND
UNFORTUNATELY THEY RULED AGAINST US. ))
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SUPER=01-Lorna Propes/Dow Attorney; :06
OUT Q=against us.
But this is just the first phase of the litigation.
This jury has not determined whether the silicone is the cause of the
medical problems these women claim to suffer from-- most of which are related
to the immune system.
This same jury tackles that question next.
So far, there is no medical link between breast implants and these
The world's first surgical implant to restore movement in a paralyzed limb
has been granted approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
The device... known as "Freehand"--
will help quadriplegics to feed themselves, pour coffee and even write.
Implanted electrodes send electronic impulses to muscles that force a
paralyzed hand to move on command.
Only quadriplegics who can move their shoulders will benefit from the 50
thousand dollar device, which is already being shipped to hospitals.
The F-D-A cautioned it's still unknown how long "freehand" will work before
the implanted electrodes and wires deteriorate or snap.
Proponents say this is just the beginning, much more sophisticated devices
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Scientific advisors unanimously recommended that the F-D-A approve a
new type of bone-density test.
The test attempts to predict whether women are at risk of developing
osteoporosis-- dangerously thinning bone.
If approved the Sahara Bone Sonometer will be the first test that uses
ultrasound to measure bone density.
About 28 million Americans, mostly women, have osteoporosis.
Kids who play sports, especially running and jumping sports are at risk for
a common but often under-diagnosed problem of painful heals.
It's called Sever's Disease.
It occurs where the Achilles tendon meets the heal bone--
Usually it strikes just as kids hit a growth spurt right with the onset of
IN Q=I was playing
((MEGHAN GATTO/SEVER'S DISEASE PATIENT: I WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL FOR THE
TOWNSHIP AND I STARTED TO EXPERIENCE A LOT OF PAIN IN MY HEAL. ))
OUT Q=in my heal.
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Pain severe enough to keep Meghan Gatto out of the game.
IN Q=The first thing
((DR. DAVID HORN/ST. CHRISTOPHER'S HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN: THE FIRST THING WITH
MEGAN IS WE HAD TO RESTRICT HER ACTIVITIES TO A POINT WHERE SHE WAS NO LONGER
HAVING PAIN AND DISCOMFORT. I ALSO GAVE HER A HEAL CUP TO PROVIDE A LITTLE
PRESSURE RELIEF AND TO PROVIDE A LITTLE EXTRA CUSHIONING ON HER HEAL. AND THEN
ONCE HER PAIN WAS BETTER WE STARTED HER ON A REHABILITATION PROGRAM ))
OUT Q=rehabilitation program.
Rehabilitation includes stretching and strengthening exercises that focus
on the calf muscle and the shin.
Most kids will improve just by restricting activity.
Occasionally, casting of the leg is done to immobilize the leg to give it a
But the problem almost always resolves by the age of 15.
California researchers say when it comes to fighting heart disease-- the
medical benefits of red wine have been exaggerated.
At the Kaiser Premanente Medical Center in Oakland, researchers say red
wine is no better than WHITE wine, liquor, or beer.
Studying 129-thousand patients, they concluded that the decreased risk of
heart disease from moderate drinking does NOT justify the net effects of heavy
They think red wine only SEEMS to be a healthier choice-- because of
several factors-- including possibly, that red wine drinkers have more money--
and see their doctors more often.
Time now for the Two Minute SPorts Ticker--
Mike Stevens has some football news from the highschool level and the pros.
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Football from the NFL up top in tonight's ticker
as today was cutdown day in the NFL as each team had to get down to the 60
player limit by four o'clock.
The Redskins and Panthers have yet to release their complete lists,
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but former Ferrum star Jim Kitts, a converted linebacker who was trying to
make the team as a fullback this summer has been cut, along with former Boston
College quarterback Mark Hartsell.
Tonight we continue our preseason Friday Football Extra team previews with a
look at the Franklin County Eagles.
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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.
As Little said, the program's overall numbers are excellent, but he must
develop some quality backups to compete for the RVD title this year.
IN Q="I think...
OUT Q=...IN THE RUNNING."
The Eagles open their season next Friday night at Laurel park.
In one other high school note, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a
class-action lawsuit against the Virginia High School League on behalf of 10
female athletes in the Tidewater area.
It centers on the VHSL's method of scheduling girl's basketball and
volleyball seasons with Group A and Group Two-A playing in the Fall and Group
Three-A in the winter.
The suit contends all three girl's groups should play at the same time of the
year like the boy's do.
The VHSL's executive director Ken Tilley told me this afternoon the league
does not discriminate based on sex, and that the schools, not the league's
officers decide when to play their seasons.
27 people make up the executive committee, most are principals, athletic
directors, superintendents and at large citizens.
I'll have more on this tonight at six. Have a good night everybody.
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It's "off" with the old and "ON" with the new.
The steeple of a century old church in Callaway was replaced today as the
For four years Highland United Methodist Church has been looking into
replacing the weathered steeple.
Mary Sledd says she's been going to the church for 63 years, and sits in the
same pew every Sunday.
She says the transfiguration is good, as long as the past is not forgotten.
IN Q=Things change
((MARY WEBB-SLEDD/CHURCH MEMBER:THINGS CHANGE WE ACCEPT IT, BUT WE HAVE TO
REMEMBER WHY IT'S HERE OUR GRANDPARENTS AND PARENTS MADE IT POSSIBLE))
SUPER=01-Mary Webb-Sledd/Church Member;
OUT Q=it possible.
The steeple is the first of three building additions over the next couple of