Some city workers think they need organized labor to get their point across.
A LIVE interview with the local chapter president on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Virginia's latest scratch and win lottery game has a new purpose for the proceeds... one you would'n't know just to look at the tickets.
Tonight in sports, NBA draft remarks from Curtis Staples, a former Friday Football Extra star picks Ferrum, Roy Stanley tells us about a new skatebaord park in the valley.
And the Jets sign veteran Vinny Testaverde and at the same time cut Neil O'Donnell.
The weather pattern is for isolated thunderstorms and they have indeed fired up. We will track them on radar in just a few minutes.
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Since early this year, a handful of Roanoke city workers have been looking into forming a union.
Those employees complain they are discriminated against and mistreated on the job.
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David Johnson is at Elmwood Park, where union supporters are staging a rally they say is all about their right to organize.
Keith, this local group has become part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
About 100 of the city's 22-hundred employees have joined the union, saying they've had it with an administration that has continually ignored policies and procedures.
Angela Norman has joined us--the president of the local chapter.
[SUPER=01-Angela Norman/Local AFSCME President;]
--Why specifically is there a need for this union?
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[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke Council Member;]
--City council members have basically backed the idea of city workers having a union. Its newest elected member, former sheriff Alvin Hudson says he doesn't have a problem with it as long as the employees remember that it's just an organization. What do you make of that kind of endorsement and do you anticipate any problems with negotiations with the city's administration?
--At one of your earlier meetings, some employees stated that despite promised protection by the union, workers were resistant to join out of fear of retaliation. How will the union handle this?
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As many as 200 jobs will be coming to Rockbridge County later this year.
Modine (MO-DEEN) Manufacturing Company is launching a joint venture with Daikin (DYE-KEEN) Industries of Japan.
The companies have teamed-up to make a combination heating and air conditioning unit in Rockbridge County.
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[IN Q=Certainly the workforce]
((CHUCK CARR/MODINE PLANT MANAGER: CERTAINLY THE WORKFORCE IN THIS AREA'S THE TYPE OF WORKFORCE THAT BOTH COMPANIES LIKE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF--VERY HARD WORKING PEOPLE--GOOD WORK ETHICS. SO, WE'RE REAL HAPPY TO HAVE THEM HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Chuck Carr/Modine Plant Manager]
[OUT Q=have them here.]
Daikin (DYE-KEEN) is the largest manufacturer of air conditioners in Japan.
Modine (MO-DEEN) specializes in heating units.
Negotiations for the joint venture began about a year ago.
Hiring for the new positions will take place late this year.
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Meanwhile, the area's largest manufacturer is asking its employees to take voluntary vacations.
150 people have accepted General Electric's offer.
G-E says production typically slows during the summer -- it's the cyclical nature of the business.
The workers on leave won't get paid -- but this IS NOT a layoff.
It's just G-E's latest cost-cutting action.
In January, the company laid off 245-employees.
Most of those workers have not been rehired.
A fall course at Buena Vista's Parry McCluer High School might prompt discussion in the classroom--but it is already generating plenty of debate outside it.
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The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for the "Western Religions" course to be "substantially" redesigned or withdrawn.
The group contends the class is unconstitutional.
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[IN Q=The situation is]
((KENT WILLIS/ACLU: THE SITUATION IS SIMPLY TOO DANGEROUS AND TOO VOLATILE AND WE BELIEVE ON ITS FACE VIOLATES THE PRINCIPLE OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.))
[OUT Q=church and state]
The ACLU says it is concerned school officials would use local ministers instead of certified instructors to teach the course.
School staff say the ACLU is misinformed.
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[IN Q=I think they]
((JAMES BRADFORD/SUPT. BUENA VISTA SCHOOLS: I THINK THEY NEED TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE IN MAKING SURE THEY HAVE THEIR FACTS FROM THSIR SOURCES CORRECT. THEY HAVE BEEN QUOTING CERTAIN ARTICLES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TOTALLY CORRECT.))
[SUPER=01-James Bradford/Buena Vista School Sup't.;]
[OUTQ=been totally correct.]
Bradford says a certified instructor will be teaching the course and ministers would come in occasionally as guest speakers.
Right now, only two students have elected to take the class in the fall.
Four more must sign up before August or the class will not be offered.
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There's a different kind of summer camp in Franklin County--we'll show you how some of the area's top students are spending their vacation, coming up on News 7 at Six.
And when you buy a chance on some scratch off lottery games--did you know you might be chipping in for a new baseball stadium for northern Virginia? We'll have that story.
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Did you know that baseball legend Yogi Berra was from Norfolk? ...Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey was from Danville?
Those facts are on a new Virginia Lottery scratch ticket.
What's NOT is that the price of that ticket might help build a major league baseball stadium in northern Virginia.
Ellen Qualls says that's about to change.
[IN Q=I think]
[SUPER=01-Paul Goldman/Lottery Critic; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alex McMurtrie/Lottery Critic; :34]
[SUPER=01-Steve Fogleman/Lottery Board Vice-Chairman; :46]
[SUPER=01-Stuart Siegel/Lottery Board Chairman; :58]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.]
(( [SOT TAPE ONE 23:12:05 ]
((PAUL GOLDMAN/LOTTERY CRITIC: I THINK THIS LOTTERY STADIUM THING WILL ONLY HURT THIS LOTTERY, HURT PUBLIC CONFIDENCE, HURT IT'S IMAGE.))
It is the General Assembly that's forcing the lottery to offer four new sports-themed scratch tickets.
But it's the appointed Lottery Board that got blasted.
IF the games create profits above and beyond what's already going into the budget -- that money could go to help build a major league baseball stadium, probably in northern Virginia.
((PAUL GOLDMAN/LOTTERY CRITIC: THEY'RE CREATING THIS ILLUSION SO THEY CAN SAY I KNOW WE PROMISED TO PUT THE MONEY TO EDUCATION. AND WE'RE NOT TOUCHING THAT MONEY. WE'RE JUST TAKING NEW MONEY.))
[SOT tape one]
((ALEX MCMURTRIE: BUYING A TICKET MAY BE INTERPRETED AS SUPPORT FOR A LOTTERY-BASED OR LOTTERY-BACKED NORTHERN VIRGINIA STADIUM.))
So the Lottery Board has finally voted for more disclosure.
[SOT tape one 01:21:48]
((STEVE FOGLEMAN/LOTTERY BOARD VICE-CHAIRMAN: THE LOTTERY IS DIRECTED TO DISTRIBUTE TO ALL RETAILERS A NOTICE TO BE POSTED ADVISING THAT THE SALE OF THE FOUR SPORTS-THEMED GAMES WILL BE TRACKED FOR THE BASEBALL STADIUM PILOT PROJECT.))
[SOT tape two 01:28:51]
((STUART SIEGEL/LOTTERY BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK THAT'S CERTAINLY OUR BELIEF THAT OUR PLAYERS NEED TO BE NOTIFIED AS BEST WE CAN OF EVERYTHING WE THINK IS SALIENT TO THEIR PLAY, AND THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE LOTTERY.))
The baseball plan is actually a long shot.
This is the first year in the Lottery's history that revenues have declined.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Henry Lee Lucas, the convicted serial killer who used to live in Blacksburg, is scheduled to die in Texas at the end of the month.
But Lucas, who has confessed to three thousand murders, says those confessions were lies, including the one that put him on death row.
On tonight's broadcast of the CBS program "Public Eye", Lucas says he was just using police investigators to get what he wanted, and make them look foolish.
[IN Q=I started confessing]
((HENRY LEE LUCAS/CONVICTED SERIAL KILLER;.; I started confessing to everything in the world. If they
brought a murder case to me, I took it.
RS Question: You confessed to it?
SOT LUCAS: I confessed to it...I accepted murder cased for money, I
accepted murder cases for hamburgers, I accepted murder cases for
[SUPER=01-Henry Lee Lucas/Convicted Serial Killer;]
Public Eye airs tonight at 9:00 here on W-D-B-J.
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A meeting today between concerned citizens and one of Lynchburg's largest employers did nothing to save a group of historic buildings from the wrecking ball.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
[IN Q=The meeting]
[SUPER=01-Hal Devening/Historical Foundation Attorney; :15 (quick!)]
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :58]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( The meeting produced "no" new compromise.
First Colony and its parent company, G-E Capital, still want to demolish these turn- of- the century buildings to create more employee parking.. preservationists still want to save them.
Neither side is willing to budge.
[IN Q=Nothing we heard]
((HAL DEVENING/HISTORICAL FOUNDATION ATTORNEY: NOTHING WE HEARD TODAY INDICATED ANY CHANGE IN THEIR POSITION.))
[OUT Q=in their position.]
[IN Q=But in a]
((Preservationists call the parking issue a smoke screen, and that what First Colony REALLY wants is an unobstructed view of its building from the highway. They also feel the company is blackmailing Lynchburg, threatening to move its headquarters and all 12- hundred employees OUT of downtown if anyone tries to block the demolition.))
[OUT Q=block the demolition.]
That possibility has the city understandably on edge.. in a letter last month, city manager Charles Church apologized for comments his staff made about wanting to save the buildings.. and he renewed the city's offer of financial help to renovate another piece of G-E property.
Mayor Jim Whitaker denies the city's being pressured, but that G-E has the full support of city council.
[IN Q=We understand]
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE UNDERSTAND THE HISTORIC SOCIETY AND THE OTHER FOLK, AND I HAVE THE SAME CONCERNS ABOUT THE BUILDINGS. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO GROWING A LOCAL BUSINESS AND PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLES OF LOCAL PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THAT BUSINESS, THEN THAT'S GOT TO BE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.))
[OUT Q=number one priority.]
[IN Q=We would have]
((HAL DEVENING: WE WOULD HAVE HOPED FOR A LITTLE STRONGER STAND FROM THE CITY TO STAND UP FOR WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING AND WHAT THE CITY'S BEEN TRYING TO DO NOW FOR QUITE SOME PERIOD OF TIME.))
[OUT Q=period of time.]
Time may be running out.
Hours after the meeting, crews cleared out thousands of old insurance files from the buildings.. bringing the properties one step closer to demolition.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
The stock market continued to climb today.
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The Dow gained 95 points to close at 89 hundred 24.
NASDAQ was UP 33 points.
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Summer camp is in session -- but in Franklin County, it's not your typical camp.
130 top students from Patrick County, Henry County, and Martinsville are spending a week at the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration.
It's a chance to use high-tech equipment they do not have in their own schools.
[IN Q=First off]
((BOB HUMPKEY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: FIRST OFF THEY COME IN AS INTERNS. THEY'RE NOT STUDENTS. THEY'RE BROUGHT IN AS THOUGH THIS WAS A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT TO START WITH.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Humpkey/Executive Director;]
[OUT Q=to start with]
A retired I-B-M engineer is teaching eighth-graders to design their own manufacturing line.
These students are designing a portfolio of their work -- on the computer.
And this young man changed his career goals after completing a computer survey.
[IN Q=I went in]
((TRAVIS FLANAGAN: I WENT IN AND PUT DOWN A KILLER WHALE TRAINER AND I LIKED IT BUT THEY ONLY MADE 18-THOUSAND-DOLLARS A YEAR.))
[OUT Q=a year]
The next session of Camp (CAT-see) CATCE , at the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration, starts July 13th.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, its draft night n the NBA, the Commonwelath Games are ready to kid a little preliminary dirt this weekend, the Jets get Vinny
and Roy Stanley takes us to Salem for a look at the brand new skateboard park near Moyer field that is preparing to open next week.
The two round 1998 NBA draft is scheduled for later tonight in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Former UVa soulmates Curtis Staples and Norman Nolan are hoping to hear their name called tonight in the second round, but they know nothing is guaranteed.
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[SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/Former UVa Guard; :00]
[OUT Q=...the situation."]
The ACC has averaged 4 first round picks a year throughout the 90's but, only Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter are gu
aranteed first round selections from the conference.[S-Ferrum]
The Ferrum football program will have one of the X-men in it's backfield this coming season. Northside fullback Xavier Cargile has decided to attend the school to receive and education and play football.
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the 5'10", 233 pound fullback was a first team all Blue Ridge district and a second team all region selection this past season for the Vikings. He rushed for one thousand, 40 yards on 211 carriers and scored ten touchdowns.
Ferrum's coaching staff has indicated to Xavier that he could start and get as many as 20 carries a game as a freshman in the Panthers wing T offense.
The New York Jets cut veteran quarterback Neil O'Donnell today and signed
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
fellow veteran Vinny Testaverde, who himself was released earlier this month by the Ravens.
Vinny will have a chance to battle Glenn Foley for the number spot in training camp.
[IN Q=The Most...]
[SUPER=01-Vinny Testaverde/New Jets Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=...best opportunity."]
With the Commonwealth Games fast approaching officials are gearing up for an intense week of competition next month.
Today at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood games' officials got together to update their progress on the opening ceremonies that will be held in 3-weeks.
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One big Preliminary event takes place this weekend, the equestrian competitoion at Roanoke County's Green Hill park.
[SUPER=01-Pete Lampman/Virginia Amateur Sports Pres.]
[OUT Q=...This year."]
The games will feature competition in over 111 sports and there is a need for basketball referees.
[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Development and Marketing Dir.; :]
[OUT Q=...to have em."]
Skate boarders and inline skaters will soon have a legal and safe place to hone their skills.
Roy Stanley has this report on the new skate board park in Salem
[SUPER=01-Mike Tyler/Asst. Dir. Street And Maintenance; :14]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Hammersley/Salem City Parks And Recreation; :52]
[SUPER=01-Ben Mullen/Rke. Valley Skateboard Assoc. ; 1:07]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]
((Skate boarding is becoming a very popular sport all across the country. But the 400 members of the valley's Skate board association had to travel as far away as Blacksburg to practice their sport.))
((MIKE TYLER/ASST. DIRECTOR OF STREET AND MAINTENANCE:))
((The facility is 18 to 20 thousand square feet featuring the usual jumps and half pipes.
The skate boarders have received a bad rap from businesses throughout the valley. This new facility will give the athletes a safe and legal place to practice their sport.))
((CHARLIE HAMMERSELY/SALEM CITY PARKS AND RECREATION:))
((BEN MULLEN/PRESIDENT ROANOKE VALLEY SKATEBOARD ASSOCIATION:))
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Coming up on News 7 at 11--how much do you know about rollerblade hockey? A Roanoke-based team is doing quite well in the sport; in fact they're headed to a national competition.
(Keith ad lib byes) Join Jean Jadhon for that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.