Up next on News 7 at 11...
150 workers in Fairlawn prepare to go on strike at midnight...
Rescue workers search for an elderly Martinsville man, missing for 2 days now.
And the President is just hours away from his history-making testimony before a grand jury.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Long Airdocks workers and management have less than an hour to work-out a new contract.
Otherwise, employees say they'll go on strike.
David Johnson has the story.
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((Ricky Flinchum is one of nearly 150 Air-Docks employees who's a member of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union.
The union--that for the past two and a half weeks has been trying to reach a settlement with management on a new contract.
[IN Q=SOME THINGS ARE]
((RICK FLINCHUM/UNION STEWARD; SOME THINGS ARE GOOD SUCH AS MORE CALLBACK TIME ON YOUR SENIORITY. MORE MONEY ON YOUR BENEFITS FOR BEING OFF UNDER SICKNESS AND ACCIDENTS. BUT THAT'S JUST A COUPLE OF GOOD THINGS.))
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Those good things amount to a couple of paragraphs on a 12 page contract.
But workers say they want to eliminate terms allowing the company to use outside contractors to make the intermediate frames Air-Docks manufactures.
And workers say they want more money.
[IN Q=WITH THE PAY]
((DEWAYNE BLANKENSHIP/UNION MEMBER; WITH THE PAY INCREASE, WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO IS GIVE US A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF WHAT WE MAKE. THAT COMES DOWN TO SOME INDIVIDUALS CAN ONLY GET 30 TO 36 CENT AN HOUR AND SOME PEOPLE CAN GET UP TO 52 CENT AN HOUR INSTEAD OF ONE ACROSS THE BOARD INCREASE FOR EVERYONE.))
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Negotiations have gone on for almost three weeks.
And, union members say they haven't had this much trouble with talks since 1978, the last time their was a strike.
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE CONTRACT RUNS OUT AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. UNION MEMBERS ARE SEEKING A TEN DAY EXTENSION ON THAT CONTRACT WHILE THEY TRY TO HAMMER OUT A NEW DEAL WITH MANAGEMENT. IF THEY FAIL IN THEIR BID TO NEGOTIATE, THEY SAY A LOCKOUT WILL BE INEVIDIBLE. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, FAIRLAWN.))
Company management could not be reached for comment.
Dozens of volunteers combed the Martinsville area-- searching for a man who's been missing since Saturday.
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74-year old Howard Woolwine disappeared from Hairston's Home for Adults early Saturday morning.
100 volunteers searched the area on foot.
Emergency officials at the National Guard Armory in Martinsville are organizing the search.
Officials said Woolwine is in need of medical attention.
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[IN Q=From indications that we have]
((BOB PHILLIPS/MARTINVILLE EMERGENCY SERVICES COORDINATOR:FROM INDICATIONS THAT WE HAVE HE'S BEEN COMPLAINING AND HE DIDN'T REALLY LIKE OR KEPT REPEATING THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE THERE. AND IT'S NOT AN INCARCERATION TYPE THING AT ALL. IT'S A SITUATION WHERE HE'S FREE TO LEAVE. HE COULD SIGN HIMSELF OUT AT ANY TIME. HOWEVER, HE DIDN'T SIGN HIMSELF OUT. HE LEFT.))
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Woolwine may be trying to reach relatives who live in the area.
Authorities are blaming today's heavy rain for a series of traffic accidents along I-81 earlier this afternoon.
As many as five people were injured near the 132 mile marker in at least two accidents that happened there around four o'clock.
Police say traffic began to slow down, when one car rear-ended another, starting a chain reaction.
The accident victims were taken to Roanoke Memorial, Community, and Lewis-Gale Hospital.
Meanwhile, traffic was backed up about eight miles along both southbound lanes.
Officials say a total of eight minor accidents happened in that area today.
A Staunton man was arrested after fleeing the scene of a boat accident along Smith Mountain Lake yesterday.
Police say 59-year old Raymond Eavers' (Eee-vers) boat slammed into another one around 8-30, injuring three people.
Kathy Rule, Jenni Kuykendall (KUH-Ken-DALE), and Candra Sheffer were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital and treated and released for their injuries.
Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.
President Clinton will make history tomorrow as the first President to face a criminal grand jury.
And speculation continues that he will change his story about Monica Lewinsky.
Jonathan Freed has the latest.
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((CLINTON AT CHURCH.
It looked like a typical Washington Sunday...with the President and
First Lady attending church. But on Monday, the setting will be far
Monday, the legal and political forces of the Monica Lewinsky
investigation will confront Mr. Clinton head on...when he testifies to
Kenneth Starr's grand jury.
And as the man who's been making headlines reached for his Sunday
BITE (KENNETH STARR/INDEPENDENT COUNSEL): CAN'T COMMENT.
But for the last few days, trial balloons have been rising from the
White House...suggesting that the President could be ready to admit to
having had some kind of relationship with the former
intern...effectively reversing his categorical denial.
BITE 4438 (CLINTON): I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN,
And hanging like political ballast on those trial balloons is the
suggestion that the President would also deny lying under oath in the
Paula Jones lawsuit...citing the way "sexual relations" was defined in
that case as his way out.
On the Sunday morning talk show circuit, one Republican member of the
House Judiciary Committee took a hard line.
BITE 3430 (REP. BILL McCOLLUM/R-FL.): IF AT THE END OF THE DAY I
CONCLUDED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES LIED UNDER OATH IN A
JUDICIAL COURT PROCEEDING I WOULD HAVE A VERY HARD TIME NOT VOTING TO
RECOMMEND IMPEACHMENT TO THE HOUSE.
But other Republicans and Democrats have said that lying to protect
one's family, for example, could be forgiven.
BITE (REP. BARNEY FRANK/D-MA.): I THINK THAT WOULD BE REGRETTABLE BUT
HARDLY AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.
As some of the President's key legal advisers shuttled in and out of the
White House Sunday...Mr. Clinton's private lawyer, David Kendall called
the speculation, quote, "groundless" and insisted that the President
will testify truthfully.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): THE GRAND JURY WILL SEE AND HEAR THE
PRESIDENT'S TESTIMONY BY CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION...FROM THE MAP ROOM
OF THE WHITE HOUSE. MR. CLINTON'S LAWYERS...AS WELL AS KENNETH STARR
AND HIS LEGAL TEAM WILL BE THERE. J-F...WASHINGTON.
Meanwhile, two Roanoke lawmakers were split along party lines concerning opinions about Starr's investigation and Clinton's testimony.
State Senator John Edwards questioned Kenneth Starr's motives in handling the matter.
He says it's time for the country to move ahead.
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(((D)JOHN EDWARDS/STATE SENATOR; AS A FORMER PROSECUTOR MYSELF, I THINK HE'S BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY ZEALOUS IN THE WAY HE HAS HANDLED THIS MATTER. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE QUESTION THE MANNER IN WHICH HE IS INVESTIGATING THIS MATTER AND WHETHER OR NOT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING IT TO BEGIN WITH. IT CERTAINLY HAS BEEN EMBARRASING TO THE PRESIDENT, TO THE PRESIDENCY AND TO THE COUNTRY. LET'S HOPE THAT WE CAN GET PAST THIS.))
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Roanoke congressman Bob Goodlatte is a bit closer to the issue because he is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
He says Clinton should just tell the truth.
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(((R) BOB GOODLATTE/SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN; I THINK IT'S GOOD THAT THE PRESIDENT IS TESTIFYING BEFORE THE GRAND JURY BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE MATTER, TO THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. THAT WILL ENABLE THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS AND SEND ITS REPORT TO CONGRESS WHERE I EXPECT THE MATTER TO BE GIVEN A FULL, FAIR AND IMPARTIAL HEARING.))
Goodlatte says until the report on the matter is in, he won't speculate on what direction Congress will take.
Balloonist Steve Fossett is alive and waiting to be rescued in the South Pacific.
Fossett made it safely across Australia on his round-the-world attempt, but apparently ran into storms and had to ditch his balloon in shark infested waters.
His gondola sank, but a french patrol plane dropped a raft and emergency supplies.
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((JOHN RITCHIE/RESCUE COORDINATOR; THERE ARE BOATS ON THE WAY, ONE IS A CATCH CALLED THE ATLANTA, WHICH SHOULD BE THERE IN ABOUT 10 HOURS, THERE'S ALSO A NEW ZEALAND MILITARY SHIP ON THE WAY AND A MERCHANT SHIP SO EVERBODY'S TRYING TO GET THERE.))
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It was his fourth effort, Fossett made it 2/3rds of the way around the world.
Still ahead--more reaction from the decision to build two schools in south Roanoke County.
And, we'll head over to a local store where the V-A was recruiting veterans for its healthcare program.
That's coming up when the news continues.
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An emotional debate produced a controversial decision.
But, Roanoke County residents are hopeful the recent dispute over school construction will not leave lasting divisions in the community.
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((BARBARA BUSHNELL/SUPPORTER OF TWO SCHOOLS: AND I JUST HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T GET THE ONE SCHOOL AREN'T TOO UPSET, BECAUSE I KNOW IT MEANT A LOT TO THEM TOO.))
[SUPER=01-Barbara Bushnell/Supporter of Two Schools;]
[OUT Q=a lot to them too.]
On Thursday night, the Roanoke County School Board affirmed its support for two south county high schools. Members said they intend to build a new school on the Woods End property to supplement Cave Spring High School, rather than replace it.
Supporters of the single- school concept were disappointed by the school board's decision, but say they are parents first, and will continue to support Roanoke County Schools.
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((TERRI LANGFORD/SUPPORTER OF ONE SCHOOLS: SO WE WILL BE BEHIND THEM. WE WILL SUPPORT THEM AND WE WILL HOPE THAT THE COMMUNITY DOESN'T SUFFER.))
[SUPER=01-Terri Langford/Supporter of One School;]
[OUT Q=doesn't suffer.]
Planning for the new high school is still in the preliminary stages, and the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors must release funding for the project before construction can begin.
Virginia's largest university has reason to celebrate.
Donors contributed nearly 50- million dollars to Virginia Tech over the past fiscal year.
Alumni and corporations donated about 67- percent of that amount.
University officials attribute much of their success to the school's comprehensive 250- million dollar fundraising campaign which ended in June.
Joseph Spence wants people to know how to spell his name.
The Pittsylvania County native and Army veteran is running as a write-in candidate for the 5th district congressional seat.
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((JOSEPH SPENCE/WRITE-IN CANDIDATE: I'M FOR A STRONG MILITARY. I'M FOR A STRONG DEFENSE AND A WELL-TRAINED MILITARY. AND I'M ALSO AGAINST NAFTA AND WOULD LIKE TO REPEAL NAFTA. I WOULD LIKE TO BRING JOBS INTO THE DISTRICT AND ENCOURAGE INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES TO OPERATE IN THE DISTRICT AND TO HAVE JOBS.))
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[OUT Q=and to have jobs.]
Spence considers himself a Republican, but chose to run as an independent write-in candidate to avoid the expense of getting his name on the ballot.
He faces incumbent Virgil Goode in the upcoming election.
Goode is seeking his second term.
A strike against Bell Atlantic did not disrupt phone service for very long.
And a local sewing company takes another hit.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((Striking Bell Atlantic workers did not have to hold their line for very long.
The Communications Workers of America packed it up after less than three days on strike...which was good news for both the union AND the phone company.
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((PAUL MILLER/BELL ATLANTIC: WE HAVE A SERVICE 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.))
Halmode Apparel took another hit.
Four months after closing its factory in New Castle, the company is laying off 75 percent of its Covington workforce.
The women's clothes manufacturer blamed the layoffs on what it called "bad business conditions."
Put THIS in your pipe and smoke it.
One day, tobacco might save your life.
Virginia Tech researchers are experimenting with the plants' genetic material, looking for ways to turn tobacco into drugs that fight cancer and genetic material.
Quad Media's latest creation makes it easier for everyone to exercise their rights.
The company's new voting booth caters to the physically disabled.
It lets anyone vote confidentially.
Mod-U-Kraft's latest pre-made home is the Wellington -- the luxury model.
It's a 280-thousand dollar, three-story house you can have delivered to the lot of your choice.
The company is trying to boost its image, hoping doctors and lawyers decide to call the Wellington home.
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On Wall Street, the bears continued their stampede.
Both the Dow and the Nasdaq posted losses.
That's this week's Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Coming up--Andrew Freiden will have the extended forecast for your work week.
And, Steve Mason will have highlights from the P-G-A Championships when News-7 continues.
Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs, say veterans have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by signing up for its "Healthcare Eligibility Enrollment Program".
Workers were out at the Valley View Walmart, trying to convince veterans to sign-up for the national healthcare benefits package.
Officials say the program presents a win-win situation for veterans and hospitals.
[IN Q=THE VETERAN]
((MICHAEL HEPTINSTALL/VA MEDICAL CENTER; THE VETERAN CAN BE ENROLLED IN THE VA SYSTEM. THEN HE CAN STOP BY AND HAVE A MEANS TEST AND WE'LL TELL HIM EXACTLY WHAT HE IS ENTITLED TO THROUGH OUR VA SYSTEM.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Heptinstall/VA Medical Center;]
[OUT Q=VA SYSTEM.]
The program begins in October.
Veterans can sign up at the Salem V-A or call there for more information about three other sign up locations scheduled this week.
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Jeff Gordon wins his fourth straight, Sammy hits another out and the Pack and the raiders have at it on the completely thawed tundra,
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but first our extra point. The Havoline 200, watch this crash. Bryan Herta has already spun out, then Alex Baron does the same...but doesn't watch his space! he ends up right on top of Herta, both drivers were okay.
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After his father's death just over a week ago, Mark Martin wanted nothing more than to win at Michigan yesterday. But Jeff Gordon would take the checkered flag in the Pepsi 400 for his 8th victory of the season and 37th of his career.
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Ernie Irvan started on the pole and would finish 6th.
There were only three cautions. Derrike Cope and Morgan Shepherd draw the second yellow on lap nine.
Martin took the lead on lap 165.
But Ward Burton's MBNA Pontiac blew an engine with 23 laps to go, drawing a caution.
Brother Jeff was in contention, but ran over his tire hose on the pit stop and goes to the back of the 9 cars on the lead lap.
Gordon, who had not led a lap all day, passes Martin on lap 192, holds off a very strong Bobby Labonte, and wins for the first time at Michigan. Dale Jarrett was third, then Martin and Jeff Burton in fifth. Gordon, who has a 97 point lead over Martin, ties a modern day record with his fourth straight win. Going with two tires at the end was the key.
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[OUT Q=..instead of me"]
Dale Earnhardt finished 18th, Rick Mast 26th, Terry Labonte 36th, and Bill Elliott 40th.
The countless hours of practice finally paid off for perhaps the tour's hardest working golfer. Vijay Singh won the PGA Championship yesterday, his first victory ever in a major.
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Displaying nerves of steel down the stretch in a steady rain, the 35 year old, completed the tourney with a 2 under 68.
But not without a fight from Steve Stricker, also in search of his first major title. Singh would make birdie on 11 to go to nine under for the tourney.
Stricker answered with a birdie on the same hole and he was at 7 under.
The pair went shot for shot like it was match play. Both made excellent second shots on the back nine, especially after poor shots. But Stricker bogeyed 17 and that was a telling blow.
and Vijay pared 18 to win with a 9 under 271.
Mark Omear finished in 4th and Tiger Woods was 8 shots off the winning total at one under.
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Billy King finished with a one over par 217 total to end up in a tie for 12th in the Senior PGA Tour's First
America Classic. He shot a final round 72 today. King
pockets 8 thousand, 714 dollars for his efforts.
George Archer won the tourney. He fired a final round 8 under 64 and had a three day total of 17 under par, 199
After a first round 9 over 81, Sherri Steinhaurer rallied to win the Women's British Open. She closed with a 69.
The Race to break Roger Maris's homerun record continued yesterday. Let's start with big mac.
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St. Louis Cardinals against the Pirates and McGuire would NOT hit 48. He goes down trying though.
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Ken Griffey Junior also struggled yesterday against the White Sox. James Baldwin gets the K, no 43rd for Grif.
But Sammy did connect. Sosa cranks out number 47 in his Cubs game against the Houston Astros. The solo shot came in the fourth, half Chicago's out put as they win 2-1. He has 39 games left, McGuire 40 and Grif 41.
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Still to come in sports, the Oakland Raiders do something to the packers that no one has been able to do at Lambeau in three years,
and Denise Allen has the story of a sport that is becoming the bomb among kids, sports rolls on in a few
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Speed skating isn't just an ice sport anymore.
The popular in-line skates have brought the speed sport to roller rinks and road races.
Denise Allen has more.
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[SUPER=01-Jessica Walters/Skater; :17]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Robertson/Skater; :25]
[SUPER=01-Terry Jamison/Skater; :46]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Lloyd/Coach; 1:12]
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This isn't the type of roller skating you used to do as a child.
Gone are the skates, you remember, the ones with the two wheels in the front and two in the back.
In-line speed skating is a growing sport.
[IN Q=I LIKE]
((JESSICA WALTERS/SKATER: I LIKE THE COMPETITION, MEETING NEW PEOPLE, THE SPEED MEETS. THIS IS BETTER THAN JUST HANGING OUT.))
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[IN Q=my cousin]
((ANDREW ROBERTSON/SKATER: MY COUSIN WAS DOING IT AND I THOUGHT I'D START. I STARTED IN BEGINNERS AND STARTED LIKING IT.))
[OUT Q=LIKING IT]
Andrew and several of his fellow teammates just go back from nationals in California.
Terry Jamison competed in the junior men's division against 30 other participants.
[IN Q=the 10]
((TERRY JAMISON/SKATER: THE 10 AND 20 LAP RACES AREN'T MY BEST. I PLACED FIRST IN THE FIVE LAP RACE, THAT'S MY BEST RACE AND THAT GAVE ME ENOUGH POINTS TO PLACE THIRD OVERALL.))
To qualify for nationals, skaters have to win at regionals.
Each lap of a race is 100 meters and endurance work is a must at practice.
[IN Q=when they]
((JEFF LLOYD/COACH: WHEN THEY SKATE OUTDOORS IT'S JUST USUALLY REALLY LONG. YOU GOT TO WORK ON THE ENDURANCE, A FIVE LAP RACE MAY ONLY LAST 45 SECONDS BUT YOUR WIDE OPEN FOR THAT 45 SECONDS AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT ENDURANCE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO END UP AT THE TOP.))
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Lloyd says they have skaters ages five to 40 taking part in the speed skating.
Beginner classes start with the new school year. In those classes you'll learn proper form and the rules of the rink.
Denise ALlen News 7 Sports.))
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