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Less then three days after they hit the picket lines, members of a Bell Atlantic union say they have reached a tentative agreement with the phone company.
If the Communications Workers of America approve the deal, it will end a strike that threatened to delay some phone services.
Scott Goldberg is at the picket line on Airport Road in Roanoke.
Scott, it looks like neither side wasted much time at the bargaining table.
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(Rollcue: relieved it's over.)
[SUPER=07-Jimmy Barlow; :16]
[OUT Q=these new conditions.]
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It's proving to be another wild day on Wall Street.
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Less than an hour into trading the Dow tumbled more than 200 points.
Concerns centering on the Asian economic crisis have prompted
selling around the globe.
The dollar soared to an eight-year-high against the Japanese yen in Asia, and stock prices tumbled across the region.
Hong Kong plunged to a five year low.
The University of Virginia Medical Center is backing away from its original claim that a newborn mix-up 3 years ago could NOT have been accidental.
I-D bracelets on the ankle and wrist of one of the babies WERE loose enough to slip off WITHOUT being cut.
That is a violation of hospital policy.
Meantime the families of Rebecca Chittum and Callie Johnson will have to wait another week for DNA testing to confirm whether they are the two children who were switched.
Yesterday, members of the Chittum family spoke publicly about their meeting with Callie's mother, Paula Johnson.
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[IN Q=there's been ]
((MARK CHITTUM; THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF LOSS WITH ALL THE FAMILIES INCLUDING PAULA JOHNSON'S FAMILY, AND I THINK WHAT'S HAPPENED IS THE LOVE FROM THEM AND FROM US HAS BEEN GREAT AND IT'S HELPED US..))
[OUT Q=helped us]
The Chittum's lawyers say until the results of the DNA tests are revealed, there's not much more the families can do.
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[IN Q= I think we]
((MICHAEL IRVINE/CHITTUM ATTORNEY; I THINK WE DO NEED TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT THOSE RESULTS ARE, TO CONFIRM WHAT THE SUSPICION IS, BUT AT THIS POINT AS FAR AS INTRODUCING THE CHILDREN INTO THE SITUATION OR PLANNING OTHER MEETINGS AMONG THE LAWYERS AND THE FAMILIES WOULD PROBABLY BE PREMATURE..))
[super=01-Michael Irvine/Chittum Attorney]
[OUT Q=be premature]
Irvine says the Commonwealth's Attorney's office in Charlottesville told him DNA test results won't be ready until next week.
Salem police join forces with State police today to get to the bottom of a string of fires that have terrorized residents of Willow River apartments.
In the last two weeks seven fires broke out at the complex, six of them suspicious.
The most destructive occurred Sunday.
Salem police realize they gave residents a false sense of security after arresting a 10-year old boy on Friday in connection with at least one of the blazes.
The ten year old charged is charged with arson was denied bond in court yesterday.
E-Coli is behind a diarrhea outbreak in a Floyd County day care center.
New River Health District officials have not identified the day care center, but they say they ARE evaluating all children and staff members.
This strain of E-Coli causes diarrhea with stomach cramps.
Symptoms usually appear two to four days after being exposed to the bacteria.
E-Coli can occasionally be found in some raw foods.
The bacteria can be transmitted from person to person within families or child care centers.
Rescuers say chances are slim they'll find more survivors of the bombing at the U-S embassy in Kenya.
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In Nairobi, more bodies were recovered today raising the death toll in both bombings to 217.
The search continues for a woman named Rose.
Rescuers sank a microphone into the debris last night to see if Rose was breathing, but they couldn't tell for sure.
[IN Q=What are]
REPORTER: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF GETTING THIS WOMAN OUT ALIVE DO YOU
YAACOV KATZ, ISRAELI SOLDIER
"WE TRY TO DO IT, NOW WE GET NOT ANY SIGN BUT MAYBE SHE IS TIRED, SHE IS
IN SHOCK, SHE IS STILL ALIVE."
[SUPER=01-Yaacov Katz/Israeli Soldier;]
[OUT Q=she is still alive.]
The United States is offering two million dollars for information that will lead to the arrest of those responsible for the bomb explosions in Kenya and Tanzania.
Hollywood is getting involved in the Monica Lewinsky probe.
Special prosecutor Ken Starr had no comment this morning on reports that President Clinton's friend, T-V director Harry Thomason, is expected to testify before the grand jury today.
A source says prosecutors want to know whether Thompson knows if President Clinton told him anything about his relationship with Lewinsky.
President Clinton's lawyers, meanwhile, continue preparing for his
testimony next Monday.
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Another group is weighing in on the Roanoke COunty school construction controversy.
Joe Dashiell reports on the latest volley in the fight over a new high school in South county.
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(Rollcue: two schools as the blue-ribbon committee recommended.)
[IN Q=They call themselves]
[SUPER=01-King Harvey/Blue Ribbon Committee Member; :10]
[SUPER=01-Michele Morgan/Blue Ribbon Backers; :30]
[OUT Q=I don't think so.]
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State Police in Martinville are trying to find the driver of a car that struck and killed a Ridgeway man early this morning.
Police say 45-year-old Ray Anthony Kellam was hit while walking on Business Route 220 around one o'clock this morning.
Kellam died at the scene.
Police say they found silver paint chips at the scene that may belong to the car that struck Kellam.
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2 years behind bars for Christopher Lee Fisher.
That's the sentence after Fisher told a judge he's been clean and sober since a 7-year-old Montgomery County girl was killed in a car wreck last year.
His claim is the main reason a judge sentenced him to a little more than TWO years in prison for involuntary manslaughter, D-U-I and possession of marijuana.
The 27-year old had been facing TEN years behind bars.
Samantha Rentch was killed last May when Fisher's truck collided with a car in Shawsville.
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The seven-year old was riding in the bed of the truck and was thrown onto the road.
Is the price tag too high for Buena Vista homes?
Some residents say real estate re-assessments are making it too pricey to live there.
Less than two weeks ago, a four year reassessment of the area was completed.
The average assessment jumped up nearly 31 percent.
"Citizens for Affordable Government" met last night in protest.
The group wants an appraisal that would give citizens fair market value on there homes for at least the next six months.
It was suggested that Buena Vista's government would have to turn back the clock to 1976 for that to happen.
[IN Q=THEY SAID THAT]
((RALPH HAMILTON/CITIZENS FOR AFFORDABLE GOVERNMENT; THEY SAID THAT WAS A VALUE THAT WE COULD LIVE WITH IF WE HAVE IT AT 72 CENTS ON THE HUNDRED APPRAISED. THAT SHOULD GIVE THE CITY APPROXIMATELY 330-THOUSAND DOLLARS LESS INCOME THAN WHAT THEY HAD. BUT THEY HAD A SURPLUS THIS YEAR. AND WE'RE ASKING THAT THE SURPLUS GO BACK TO THE CITIZENS OF BUENA VISTA.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Hamilton/Citizens for Affordable Govt.;]
[OUT Q=BUENA VISTA.]
About 50 people signed a petition requesting lower taxes.
Hamilton plans to meet with the Buena Vista City Manager today about taxes.
He says he will attempt to present the petition at Thursday's city council meeting.
It's a packed courtroom today for the trial of two Arkansas boys.
14 year old Mitchell Johnson and 12 year old Andrew Golden are accused of killing four classmates and a teacher during a shooting rampage at their school in March.
If convicted, the state could only hold them in a juvenile facility
until they turn 21.
Some of the victim's family members have a message for Congress.
[IN Q=hurry up and get our]
[SUPER=01-Mitch Wright/Victim's Husband]
[OUT Q= changed through this.]
Juvenile hearings are normally closed to the public, but the
judge is opening this one because of the intense interest.
Over 100 victims' relatives and school staffers have reserved spots to watch.
The high school student who tackled the gunman during the Oregon school shooting last May was honored last night.
Jake Ryker was awarded the Medal of Honor with Crossed Palms, the Boy Scout's highest honor for heroism.
Four others, including Ryker's young brother, received the Scouts'
second-highest award, the Honor Medal.
The department of environmental quality is investigating a mysterious black liquid that was spotted in a stream off of Peter's Creek.
HAZ-MAT spent the day trying to contain the spill.
Officials says they believe it's a chemical that cuts down the amount of oxygen in the water.
This means the liquid is deadly to the creek's fish, but does NOT pose a threat to humans.
Crews still don't know where the liquid came from.
A fishing expedition turned into a treasure hunt for one Rockbridge County teenager when he found a sword in the Maury River.
13-year old Christian Bell found this authentic Civil War-era sword while fishing on Sunday.
Virginia Military Institute officials verified that the sword was made around 18-10 and that it was Light Artillery Saber used by lieutenants in the early 18-60's.
[IN Q=I'M HOLDING A SWORD]
((CHRISTIAN BELL; I'M HOLDING A SWORD, A LIEUTENANT SWORD, THAT A LIEUTENANT WOULD HOLD. THAT'S WHAT MR. GIBSON SAID. SO I CAN GO AROUND LOOKING AT PEOPLE. IT'S PRETTY COOL THOUGH. YEAH, I THINK IT'S REAL COOL.))
[OUT Q=REAL COOL.]
Bell says it's not the first Civil War item he has found in the river.
He says not long ago he found a musket ball.
[IN Q=BUT THEN]
((BUT THEN I HAD A HOLE IN MY PANTS WHEN I WAS GOING HOME AND I LOST IT I GUESS. NOW I CAN'T FIND IT.))
[OUT Q=CAN'T FIND IT.]
Bell says he will be a little more careful with this catch. He plans to mount the sword on a plaque in his house.