On NEWS-7 at Six tonight:
- -those who say two schools are better than one.
- -an e-coli scare at a day-care center.
- -and an end to the strike at the phone company.
Tonight in sports, we'll hear from Mark martin's sister plus, Steve Mason takes us inside the gallery ropes for the Scott Robertson Memorial tournament's opening round.
Our Friday Football Extra previews continue,
and Steve Isaacs, one of Friday Football Extra most successful coaches during the 90's at Bath County is stepping down as head coach.
A easy going forecast with normal temperatures and a touch of fog overnight.
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The struggle to build a concensus on school construction continues tonight in Roanoke County.
Today a new citizens' group joined the debate in defense of the plan for two South county high schools.
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Joe Dashiell has more on the latest turn on this long running debate.
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The New River Valley Health Director says he expects the results of E-coli testing from a local day-care center by Friday.
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The Department is investigating reported cases of e-coli at the Copper Hill Pre-School in Floyd County.
Thirty-three children attend the daycare during the summer.
Six children and two adults have been sick.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR: THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CERTAINLY INSPECTS DAY CARE CENTER MUCH LIKE WE DO RESTAURANTS ANNUALLY AND YESTERDAY WE IN FACT DID INSPECT THE DAY CARE CENTER. WE ALSO TOOK A WATER SAMPLE AND A COUPLE FOOD SAMPLE AND ARE ALSO TESTING THAT FOR E-COLI 0157.))
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E-coli infection can be prevented.
The Health Department recommends cooking beef to 160 degrees, not leaving meat at room temperature, always washing hands, washing raw fruit and vegetables, not drinking unpasteurized milk or cider... and those infected should avoid swimming pools.
It took only two days at the bargaining table.
Bell Atlantic and its striking union reached a tentative agreement this morning.
All members of the Communicatiotns Workers of America will be back at work tomorrow.
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Scott Goldberg is in our newsroom tonight.
Scott, they didn't spend much time on the picket lines.
No, Keith, and that's just what Bell Atlantic wanted.
Now that regional monopolies no longer rule the phone lines in a given area, a prolonged strike could have have opened the door for a competitor to come in and steal some of Bell Atlantic's business.
So what happened today is good for the company.
And it's good for the union, which spent less than three days on the picket lines.
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((WE HAVE A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT, SO ... (thumbs up).))
When they heard they could go back to work, striking union members in Roanoke weren't quite sure how to react.
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((NANCY YOUNG REID: I CAME BY TO VISIT THE STRIKE LINE TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANYTHING THAT ANYONE NEEDED, AND NO ONE WAS HERE. I THOUGHT THAT MUST MEAN GOOD NEWS.))
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The 2-year contract IS good news for the union.
Its members, some of who earn 18-dollars an hour at Bell Atlantic, will get
even higher wages -- almost an eight percent hike over the next year.
They'll also get more job security and vacation time.
The company said it will not outsource as many jobs to non-union members.
And it won't force employees to work as much overtime.
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((DAVID LAYMAN/PRESIDENT, CWA LOCAL 2204: WE DID WHAT WE HAD TO DO.))
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David Layman is the local president of the Communications Workers of America.
He said this strike never was about money.
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((DAVID LAYMAN:IT'S ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE. AND IT'S ABOUT RESPECT IN THE WORKPLACE. AND IT'S ABOUT DIGNITY IN THE WORKPLACE.))
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((PAUL MILLER/BELL ATLANTIC: WE ADDRESSED ALL OF THE CONCERNS OF THE UNION. WE FEEL LIKE IT IS A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYBODY.))
Bell Atlantic said if this strike had not been resolved right away, customers would have waited longer for repairs.
And it would have become harder to reach an operator.
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((PAUL MILLER: WE HAVE A SERICE TO PROVIDE AND WE DON'T WANT THE SERVICE TO SUFFER. SO WE WERE VERY CONCERNED THAT WE REACH AN AGREEMENT AND THAT OUR CUSTOMERS WOULDN'T BE INCONVENIENCED.))
Bell Atlantic said CUSTOMERS will not have to pay for the new union contract in the form of higher phone bills.
Monthly rates in Virginia are frozen so the company can promise those rates will not be going anywhere.
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Still to come,
Virginia's attorney general is fighting a federal law, saying it should NOT apply in the Commonwealth.
A new booth is overcoming a handicap in the voting system.
When the news returns we'll tell you how a high tech booth is helping keep votes private.
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley says the federal civil rights law that guarantees women equal access on college campuses should NOT apply to Virginia.
Earley is arguing in a sexual harassment lawsuit against George Mason University that Virginia should be immune from "Title Nine."
Several public interest groups have filed a "friend of the court" brief against Earley.
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((KENT WILLIS/VIRGINIA ACLU: IT'S THE LAW THAT GOT VMI TO CHANGE ITS COURSE. IT'S THE LAW THAT REQUIRED UNIVERSITIES TO OPEN TEACHING POSITIONS, AND ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS TO WOMEN, AND TO CHANGE THE WAY SPORTS ARE DONE AT UNIVERSITIES. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS THAT WE HAVE, AND MARK EARLEY IS ATTACKING IT.))
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A spokesman for Earley says he's NOT attacking the merits of Title Nine.
He's simply arguing that Virginia can NOT be sued under it in federal court.
State police and Salem police spent another day on patrol at the Willow River apartments.
They are interviewing and re-interviewing witnesses -- still trying to find out what has caused a string of suspicious fires at the complex.
Sunday's fire was the worst of seven that have started in the last two weeks.
Police still have not determined if THAT blaze was intentionally set.
A ten- year- old has been charged with arson in connection with an earlier fire.
He was denied bond yesterday.
Police are asking for help from anyone who might have any information about the fires.
Two people from our area were killed in unrelated highway accidents this morning...
65- year- old Jerry Mayberry of Covington was killed on a Pennsylvania interstate.
Police say he was hit by a tractor trailer as he got out of his car on Interstate 78.
A Ridgeway man was killed on Route 2-20 in Henry County.
State police say 45- year- old Ray Anthony Kellam was on-foot when he was hit by a car.
The driver of the car left the scene. Investigators found silver paint chips that could be from the vehicle involved.
The stock market was falling across- the- board today.
The Dow closed down 112 points at 84-hundred-63.
NASDAQ lost 46 and a half points.
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Technology is making voting easier for physically disabled people.
A new voting booth allows the disabled to vote in complete confidentiality without assistance.
The booth works like a computer-- it's equipped with a keyboard, speakers and a phone.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager unveiled the unit at the Hotel Roanoke.
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((JOHN HAGER/VIRGINIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR USED TO BE AN ELECTORAL BOARD CHAIRMAN AND I USED TO BE FRUSTRATED BY THE LACK OF USEABLE EQUIPMENT ON THE MARKET AND THIS IS APPLYING TECHNOLOGY TO THE GREAT AMERICAN PROCESS OF ACCESSIBILITY TO VOTING))
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Quad Media developed the interactive unit.
The portable device can be set up in five minutes with no tools.
The campaign train rolled through Salem today.
Republican congressional candidate Joe Barta met with supporters.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager is campaigning for Barta.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte and retired Congressman Caldwell Butler were also on hand.
Barta spoke about getting back to Republican values.
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((JOE BARTA/9TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE:I AM SEEKING THIS ELECTION AGAINST AN EIGHT TERM INCUMBENT AND THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AS WELL AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS BEEN DOWN, THE GOVERNOR IS COMING DOWN NEXT WEEK AND WE'RE GOING TOGETHER TO TRY TO WIN THIS ELECTION SO WE CAN RETURN OUR TRADITIONAL CONSERVATIVE VALUES TO THE NINTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA))
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Barta is challenging democratic incumbent Rick Boucher who has served eight consecutive terms of office.
A valuable resource for businesses in the 9th district just got its own boost.
The "Manufacturing Technology Center" at Wytheville Community College helps local workers learn to use the latest in state- of- the art equipment.
The center just received a 200- thousand dollar federal grant.
The Virginia Center for Innovative Technology also awarded the center a matching 100- thousand dollar grant.
Much of the money will be used to provide local managers with on site assistance and advice.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/NINTH DISTRICT:THE CENTER HERE IN WYTHEVILLE HAS VERY SUCCESSFULLY EXPANDED THE IDEA OF THE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE THAT AIDS FARMERS INTO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR SO THAT AT WYTHEVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE THERE IS A MANUFACTURING EXTENSION SERVICE WITH ENGINEERS WHO GO FROM THE CENTER HERE IN WYTHE COUNTY TO THE 700- MANUFACTURING FIRMS THAT POPULATE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. ))
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The center also received grants from the E-P-A and Virginia Small Business Development Center.[Sports Tease]
Coming up tonight in sports on News 7, Mark Martin sister talks about their Dad's plane crash.
Steve Mason takes us out to the opening round of the Scott Robertson Memorial.
A top nothc Friday Football Extra coach is stepping down.
And our preseason Friday Football Extra previews continue tonight with a look at the Staunton River Golden Eagles.
Services for Mark Martin's father, step mom and step sister, who were all killed over the weekend in a plane crash will be held tomorrow in Arkansas.
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Martin's dad was well known in the Searcy area and there has been an outpouring of support for the man who helped Mark get his start in racing.
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Glenda Martin says Mark will take part in all activities in Michaigna this weekend, and will leave right after the funeral.
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The 15th annual Scott Robertson Memorial is filled with local talent. But so far, the trophy has left the state every year. Steve Mason says a few hope to change that.
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((Roanoke's Lee Taylor joins a few select local golfers attempting to do what no one from the valley has ever done before, win the Scott Robertson 15 to 18 boys title.
((LEE TAYLOR/FIRST ROUND 70:))
Defending champion and Georgia Tech bound Adam Cranford duplicated his last two rounds on the par 71 course, firing a four under 67. Brandon LaCroix has at least four more years Cranford in acc competition, but the Duke Blue Devil, would like nothing more than a win this week.
((BRANDON LACROIX/1 OVER AFTER FIRST ROUND:))
65 young ladies are making a run at the tile, which has gone home with Pennsylvania's Cimmie Shahan the last two years. Cave Spring's Meg Davies is out of the championship hunt with a first round 92, but, when it comes to learning, this bright 15 year old isn't missing a thing.
The field is made up of 195 golfers from 36 states and four foreign countries.))
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High school football teams around the area have had a week to get used to their new players, and now one successful Friday Football Extra team will need to get used to a new head coach.
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New 7 sports has learned that Bath County's Steve Isaacs has resigned as the Chargers head coach after eight seasons in that job.
His teams won 3 district titles, two regional crowns and the 1995 division one state championship.
Isaacs is expected to stay in the area and continue in education in an administrative capacity.
No word on who the next coach at Bath will be. although longtime assistant Harvey Eye would appear to be the logical choice.
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The Staunton River Eagles are trying to recover from last season's 2 and 8 record and losing 22 players to graduation.
The Eagles only return one starter on offense and four on defense.
Coach Gray says while his numbers are down, he's encouraged by what he sees.
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The Eagles will try a new look on defense.
Something Coach Gray says was inspired by last season's LACK of success.
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A group of college students is cycling across the country for a good cause.
Tonight, they're in Danville-- as they near the end of their long trek to the nation's capital.
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Jean Jadhon is in the Newsroom with more.
Keith, they call it a Journey of Hope.
Members of the (Pie- kappa Fie) Pi Kappa Phi fraternity are cycling cross-country to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.
68-cyclists left San Francisco in mid-June and plan to reach Washington D-C this Friday.
They peddle about 70-miles each day.
By the end of their trip, they hope to have raised 300-thousand dollars for their cause.
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Hear more about this amazing ride coming up tonight on News 7 at 11.
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