Next on News 7 at Six... workers at the Kroger Warehouse in Glenvar overwhelmingly REJECT a contract with the new owners.
And a brush fire scorches a steep mountainside in Montgomery County.
In sports, Duke beats Florida State in the A-C-C Virginia Tech loses in the Atlantic 10.
And we'll hear from Mike Tyson who returns to the ring 19 months after biting Evander Hollyfield ears.
Way above normal temperatures continue tomorrow-- then some rain tomorrow night.
Details coming up.
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Workers at Kroger have overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract.
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David Johnson is standing by with more.
Eric, it wasn't long ago that CSI retail services purchased the warehouse.
Now it is in the midst of negotiating a new contract with its workers.
So far, it would appear this relationship is off to a rocky start.
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Warehouse workers arrived this afternoon to listen to what their new bosses were offering.
The numbers indicate a vast majority of the union members didn't like what they heard.
114 voted to turn it down, only 39 wanted to approve it.
Details about why workers didn't like the deal are sketchy at this point, but sources say the two main problem areas appeared to be no retirement insurance and no standards of what production expectations will be.
(Now I'm told by the union president that )
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It took firefighters several hours to put out a brush fire this afternoon that was burning out of control.
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/ELLISON 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.
They remain on the scene at this hour investigating the cause of the fire.
A Roanoke retailer is closing its doors for good.
Montgomery Ward has been one of the major stores at Valley View Mall since 1990.
Now, it's one of 39 stores across the country the company is closing by May of this year.
The closings are part of the company's efforts to boost profits.
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Still to come--a popular children's TV series won't be appearing on stage in Roanoke after all..
And, we'll talk to a local musician who has a lot to say about I-81 and has put his thoughts to music.
We'll hear from Bill Hudson when the news continues.
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Company officials have decided to cancel a stage performance of the "Rugrats."
The live production of the cable TV kids show was supposed to be at the Roanoke Civic Center next month.
The company cancelled performances so that they won't cut into sales of the popular movie.
If you bought tickets, contact the civic center for a refund.
It's common to find skiers taking to the slopes the moment wintry weather arrives.
But, Massanutten resort is offering visitors new ways of having fun in the snow.
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.))
Songwriters can often find the inspiration for a song in just about anything--even a highway.
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Local singer Bill Hudson features "The 81 Song" on his latest C-D, "Liberty Street."
He said the idea came to him while traveling down Interstate 81 a few months ago.
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((BILL HUDSON/SINGER: AS WE ALL KNOW, 81 IS GETTING A LITTLE CRAZY AND THAT'S EXACTLY HOW I STARTED WRITING THAT SONG. I WAS DRIVING DOWN 81 AND IT WAS GETTING REALLY CROWDED AND THAT'S WHAT THE SONG HAS TO DEAL WITH.))
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The song also talks about road rage, and truckers along the highway who need to put on the brakes more often.
Other songs on the C-D include Faded Tail-lights and Circle of Fire.
Virginia Tech blew a 5 point halftime lead and the Hokies lost to St. Bonaventure this afternoon 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.
Center Elton Brand carried the Blue Devils on his shoulders this afternoon as second ranked Duke routed Florida State 98 to 73.
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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.
Radford was at home this afternoon taking on Charleston Southern and the Highlanders win the game 92 to 75.
Meantime, In Lexington the Keydets returned to the hardwood for a ggame against Georgia Southern and VMI wins the game 65 to 59.
Matt Matheny and Jason Bell scored 17 each for the Keydets.
We'll have all the scores and highlights tonight at 11.
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Our reports from the NASCAR media tour continue tonight as Mike Stevens tells us about Joe Gibbs' new racing mecca, and Rick Hendricks' new lease on life.
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For viewers joining us late..once again..Kroger workers have overwhelmingly rejected the company's proposed contract.
We have a reporter live on the scene and will have more updates for you coming up tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
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Also, you can get the earliest updates on this story, plus other news, weather and sports, tomorrow morning on News 7 Sunday Morning beginning at 8.
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