Next on News 7 at 11...
Workers at the Kroger Warehouse reject the new owner's contract offer.
Fire burns several acres in Montgomery County.
And Republican prosecutors finish their opening remarks in the trial of the president.
Plus there's a lunchmeat recall you need to know about. News 7 is next.
Calling Bill Clinton a "Presidential Perjurer" Republicans wrapped up their opening statements before the Senate today.
Jonathan Freed has details.
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It was the third and final day for the House prosecutors to present the
core of their case against the President.
SOT (REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM/R-SC.): CLEANSE THIS OFFICE.
The Senators sat in silence, as the Republican team stressed the
importance of the rule of law.
The chief prosecutor insisted that if Mr. Clinton's actions go
unpunished, then the presidency may be deeply and permanently damaged.
SOT (REP. HENRY HYDE/CHIEF HOUSE MANAGER-PROSECUTOR/R-IL.): THIS IS NOT
A QUESTION OF WHO WE HATE, THIS IS A QUESTION OF WHAT WE LOVE...AND
AMONG THE THINGS WE LOVE ARE THE RULE OF LAW, EQUAL JUSTICE BEFORE THE
LAW, AND HONOR IN PUBLIC LIFE.
The Republicans have been arguing that calling witnesses is the only way
to clear up what they say are contradictions between the President's
story and testimony from other central figures in the case.
The idea seems to be taking hold...even among some Democrats.
SOT (SEN. MAX BAUCUS/D-MT.): I THINK THAT'S AN UPHILL CLIMB STILL...BUT
I THINK THEY PUSHED SOME OF THE SENATE OR SOME OF THE COUNTRY A LITTLE
FURTHER UP THAT HILL THAN WAS THE CASE YESTERDAY.
But the President's attorney was downplaying it all.
SOT (GREG CRAIG/WHITE HOUSE SPECIAL COUNSEL): THE HOUSE CASE ENDS AS IT
BEGAN...AN UNSUBSTANTIATED AND CIRCUMSTANTIAL...
Despite some senior Senators urging the President to testify, Mr.
Clinton again stayed away from the trial. The White House released a
photo of the President rehearsing the State of the Union Address.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED): WHICH BRINGS US TO NEXT TUESDAY...THE DAY OF
THE STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH. THE SAME DAY THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS
BEGIN THEIR DEFENSE. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
Some Kroger workers are heading back to the bargaining table.
This after they overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract earlier today.
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David Johnson has been following this story and is in our newsroom with more.
[Live= David Full/Microwave]
Eric, the Kroger truck drivers and distribution center workers were once all under the same umbrella.
A company called RUAN now manages the trucking division which has accepted their contract.
But distribution plant workers weren't as satisfied with the deal offered by their new owners, CSI retail services.
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345 Kroger truck drivers arrived ready to see and hear what RUAN, the company's new owners, were offering on a seven year deal.
In the end it was split almost evenly down the middle, 174 for--171 against.
For most it was all about the money, with incentives like a two dollar-five cent increase over the next seven years.
Some went for it, some didn't.
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((MELVIN BLANKENSHIP/CONTRACT PROPONENT; THE MOST POSITIVE THING ABOUT THE CONTRACT WAS THE MONEY. IT'S THE MOST MONEY WE'VE EVER GOT OUT OF A CONTRACT.))
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((JULIAN HAMPTON/CONTRACT OPPONENT; I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO DO THE SAME WORK AS THE OTHER DRIVERS. I GET 90-PERCENT AND THEN HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR AND A HALF TO GO TO THE TOP OF THE PAY SCALE. WE HAVE NO COST OF LIVING RAISE OVER THE SEVEN YEARS. SOME OF THE PENSION WAS CUT. I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS FAIR FOR THE NEWER DRIVERS.))
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Warehouse workers, on the other hand, rejected the offer by CSI by a three to one margin.
There were several reasons why, most notably health care for retirees.
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((SHERWOOD; PEOPLE CHERISH THAT. WE'VE HAD IT AND A LOT OF THESE GUYS ARE CLOSE TO RETIRING. BUT THE COMPANY SAYS IT'S SOMETHING THEY DON'T HAVE IN THEIR PLANS.))
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And, apparently not something RUAN has in its plans.
That has left some of the veteran drivers with broken promises.
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((STEVE FISHER/CONTRACT OPPONENT; I CAME DOWN FROM CHARLESTON TWO YEARS AGO THINKING I'D GET MY INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT. WE WERE MISLED. NOW I'M LACKING 19 DAYS GETTING MY RETIREMENT. I BEEN HERE 28-YEARS AND NOW I HAVE NOTHING.))
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Fisher says according to the new contract approved tonight, he now has to work an additional five years to get those same benefits.
Sherwood says he knows nothing about that.
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But Eric, what he does know is that CSI has agreed to come back to the bargaining table to try and work out a deal for warehouse workers.
Those talks are set to begin at the first of the week.
A brush fire burned out of control for several hours this afternoon before firefighters were able to put it out.
The fire started around one at the base of Paris Mountain and spread uphill.
Firefighters from at least four localities responded to the scene.
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((WARREN WALKER/ELLISTON FIRE DEPT.; VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE OF THE STEEPNESS OF THE RIDGE. WE CUT A PARTIAL LINE....AS CREWS WERE AVAILABLE.))
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There were no injuries reported, but it took firefighters three hours to contain the blaze.
Officials are still trying to find out what caused that fire.
Still ahead..Oscar Meyer puts out a recall.
We'll tell you what products are affected.
And, officials at an area resort realize skiing isn't for everyone.
So, they've found new ways to help people enjoy the slopes.
More when we return.
When Standards of Learning test results were released earlier this month, we learned some startling statistics.
Only 39 of Virginia's 18-hundred schools met the 70-percent passing requirement.
One of the schools that "made the grade" was Druid Hills Elementary in Martinsville.
The school's higher socio-economic status may be partially credited for the above-average test scores.
But Martinsville's superintendent is also giving supportive parents a pat on the back.
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((IRA TROLLINGER: OUR PARENTS ALSO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR TEACHERS IN MAKING SURE THAT HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS ARE DONE AND THAT SPECIAL ACTIVITIES ARE DONE AT THE SCHOOL THAT WOULD MAKE THE SCHOOL A FUN PLACE TO BE AND NOT JUST A LABORIOUS PLACE TO BE.))
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Third graders at Druid Hills passed all four core subjects with a 72-percent mark or better.
Some Oscar Meyer Deli Meat is being recalled nationwide after someone in Missouri got sick after eating it.
Officials say the meat may be contaminated with listeria, which can cause high fever, nausea and other problems.
The recall includes...
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the ten ounce ``Oscar Meyer All-
American Variety Pack'' and the nine ounce ``Oscar Meyer Club
Sandwich Variety Pack.'' Both are
dated January 12th.
An influx of jobs SOUNDS like great economic news for Pulaski County.
And a car dealer gives in to the government, but won't go away without a fight.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((This week on the Review:
The announcement that 13-hundred new jobs are coming to Puaski County's Volvo Truck plant could mean more money for the local economy, more work for Volvo and more business for companies that do business with Volvo.
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((TOM WORRELL: IF THEY INCREASE PRODUCTION HERE, ITS' GOING TO INCREASE PRODUCTION AND EMPLOYMENT OVER WHERE WE WORK.))
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The expansion could start next month IF the General Assembly approves funding.
The Shelor Automotive Group is paying Montgomery County nearly 300-thousand dollars in back taxes...after the county placed liens on Shelor's bank accounts.
The car dealer had refused to pay the money and is suing the county, claiming a tax on retail inventory is not fair.
The push to open an independent eye surgery center in Roanoke could get some help from Richmond.
State Senator John Edwards is considering writing a bill.
It would bypass a bureaucratic process and give Vistar eye doctors permission to open the center, which they say could save patients thousands of dollars.
Some people in Salem are so mad about losing their oasis of serenity, they're suing!
Four residents filed a lawsuit to stop city council from rezoning the spacious Elizabeth Campus to let light industries to move in.
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On Wall Street, a Friday rally could not recover all of what was lost to early-week fears of a Brazilian economic crisis.
The Dow dropped 303-points.
The Nasdaq lost four.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
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Andrew Freiden will be here in a few minutes with your extended weekend weather forecast.
And, Mike Stevens will have highlights from the NASCAR Media Tour in sports when the news continues.
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People at Massanutten Resort don't want skiers to be the only ones hitting the slopes when it snows.
So, they've added a new sport to help others get in on the fun.
Kimberly McBroom has more.
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((With bright sunshine and a chilly breeze, it's just the kind of day skiers welcome on the slopes.
At Massanutten Resort, 13 of the 14 trails are now open.
But it's not only the traditional winter sport that attracts vacationers here..
Nearly a third of its business comes from snowboarders.
And since only an estimated FIVE percent of Virginians ski, the resort has made STRIDES to become more appealing and accessible to all types of people.
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((JUNE BRINKMAN/MASSANUTTEN MARKETING DIR.: PROBABLY, THE BEST THING THAT MOST PEOPLE ENJOY ABOUT STAYING HERE FOR A WEEKEND OR A COUPLE OF DAYS OF ENJOYING THE SNOW IS THAT WE ALSO HAVE TWO INDOOR RECREATION CENTERS. SO, WE HAVE INDOOR SWIMMING AND BASKETBALL AND JACUZZIS AND SAUNAS AND WEIGHT ROOMS AND ALL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE HERE. WE' HAVE RESTAURANTS AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED RIGHT HERE.))
But there IS one new activity that has just about everybody trying their luck on the slopes.
Massanutten's snow tube park just opened last season.
No lessons required...if you can climb into a tube and slide down a hill, you've mastered it.
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((CECIL STOKES/SNOW TUBER: WE'RE TRYING TO BREAK A RECORD. WE'VE ALREADY HAD NINE PEOPLE COMING DOWN THERE. WE'RE TRYING TO GET A LITTLE BUILD-UP. BUT IT'S THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER BEEN ON VACATION HERE. IT'S BEAUTIFUL, NICE WEATHER AND EVERYTHING. I REALLY ENJOYED IT.))
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((Kimberly McBroom/News 7: Now, you find skiing kind of scary, but snow tubing didn't scare you too much? AMY LAYNE/SNOW TUBER: YEAH, I'VE HEARD HORROR STORIES ABOUT THE SKIING, BUT THE SNOW TUBING-- YOU CAN JUST SIT DOWN AND IT'S NOT TOO SCARY. ))
For those who DO want to learn how to ski, Massanutten has a fully certified school for ages four and up.
((JUNE BRINKMAN/MASSANUTTEN MARKETING DIR.: IT'S A REALLY SUCCESSFUL WAY TO GET A CHILD INTERESTED IN AN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY THAT'S GOOD FOR THEIR HEALTH THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. THAT'S KIND OF THE ATTITUDE THAT WE TAKE ABOUT IT. THIS IS A LIFETIME WELLNESS SPORT THAT YOU CAN DO AND YOU SEE ALL AGES OUT HERE ENJOYING IT.))
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: WHILE DECEMBER WAS UNUSUALLY WARM, JANUARY HAS BEEN KINDER TO THE SKI RESORTS. MASSANUTTEN GOT SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW LAST WEEK-- AND NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES HAVE STAYED COOL ENOUGH FOR MANUFACTURING THE WHITE STUFF.))
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((JUNE BRINKMAN/MASSANUTTEN MARKETING DIR.: I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN THE WEATHER PEOPLE SAY, "IT'S BITTER COLD, STAY INSIDE." THAT'S USUALLY THE BEST SKIING, WHEN IT'S LIKE THAT. JUST WEAR ENOUGH CLOTHES, YOU'LL BE FINE. ))
And be sure to bring along your sense of adventure, too.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Rockingham County.))
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The spotlight in high school basketball was at Northside as the Vikings hosted the Terriers of William Byrd.
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Coach Billy Pope talking to his troops in the Huddle.
Northside's Nathan Marshall drives into the lane and kicks it to John Michael Deeds for the easy layup in the second quarter.
But Byrd comes back Josh Wheeler passes to Curt Hetherington who hits the easy basket drawing the foul.
The Vikings would answer Nat Franklin does the cross
over dribble and hits the jumper Northside wins the game 71 to 60.
Virginia Tech lost its fifth game in a row yesterday St. Bonaventure beating the Hokies at the Cassell 54 to 50.
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The Lady Hokies were in the house watching the game.
The Bonnies J.R. Bremer passes to Caswell Cyrus who jams the ball home and the Bonies held on to their lead.
Then Tech's Andre Ray works the ball into Russ Wheeler who kisses it in off the glass for the score cutting into the Bonnies lead.
Then the Hokies go to Eddie Lucas for three of his 20 points tieing the game at 50 in the second half.
But the Bonnies Peter Von Paaser hits two free
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throws to ice the game St. Bonaventure beating Tech 54 to 50.
It was business as usual at Cameron Indoor Stadium this afternoon Center Elton Brand scored 27 as second ranked Duke remained undefeated in the A-C-C with a 98 to 73 win over Florida State.
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Steve Robinson looking concerned in the second half.
The Blue Devils go to William Avery for the jumper Duke led by 15 points at the half.
The Seminoles had to go inside to score Damous Anderson on the alley oop and foul but the Noles trailed 70 to 51.
Brand would control the boards at the other end of
floor he takes the pass from Trajan Langdon to score two of his game high 27 and Duke wins it 98 to 73.
Cincinnati rallied at the end of the second half and held on to beat Oklahoma 72 to 59.
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Bearcat's coach Bob Huggins try to get a referee's attention.
The Bearcats went to the high flying game as Melvin Levett, the Helicopter, gets the jam to tie the score at 11.
Moments later its up in the air again. This time
Kenyon Martin throws down the alley oop jam and the Bearcats led by three.
Oklahoma's Tim Heskett tried to get Oklahoma back
with the three he three in a row but Cincinnati gets the win 72 to 59.
Top ranked Connecticut hosted Pittsburgh today in Hartford.
Watch as Jake Voskuhl goes behind the back to Ricky Moore for the score and U-Conn wins it 81 to 58.
And here's the rest of the scores.
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And coming up, Mike Stevens checks in with another report from the NASCAR Media tour.
And Aaron Brooks helps the east beat the west in the Shrine bowl game for college seniors.
U-V-A quarterback Aaron Brooks threw a touchdown to lead the East over the West in the annual Shrine game in California.
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The East head coaches calling in a play.
Trailing 3 to nothing the East gets on the board Brooks fires the bullet over the middle to North Carolina receiver L.C. Stevens for thee 23 yard touchdown to make it 7 to 3 East.
The game was tied at 10 to 10 in the second quarter when Ohio State's Joe Montgomery takes the handoff
and drags several plays into the end zone on the 8 yard run the East wins it 20 to 10.
Mike Stevens checks in with another report from the NASCAR Media Tour. More later when we return.
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Joe Gibbs' new racing mecca and Rick Hendrick's new lease on life are the topics as Mike Stevens continues his reports from the NASCAR Media tour.
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That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
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Company loyalty and job security
seem to be outdated terms in today's business world..
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except at a company called Direct Worktops.
George Reynolds, who heads the company, recently gave several loyal workers 430-thousand dollars to pay off their mortgages.
The extra money was primarily a way of saying "thank you."
Many of the workers helped save the company after a devastating fire by working 20 hour days and even working during holidays.
But, don't worry the boss made out well too..
He recently sold part of the business for 60 million dollars.
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And, that's going to do it for News 7 at 11.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning..
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