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Light may be at the end of the tunnel for Verizon and its striking workers.
Clean- up continues at a Roanoke county business damaged by fire.
And, a North Carolina shopping mall is evacuated after a gas pipeline explodes at a nearby construction site.
News 7 is next.
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A tentative agreement is reached between Verizon and union leaders representing SOME striking workers.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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The agreement was struck with two of three bargaining units representing workers in New York and New England.
But negotiations with the Communication Workers of America - which represent workers in Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states - have not resulted in a deal although both sides are optimistic.
In the meantime-- local Verizon managers are stepping in for workers who are still walking the picket lines.
Kate Weidaw reports.
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It's a job Mike Rieley hasn't done in 30 years.
((MIKE RIELEY/VERIZON MANAGER: I'VE HAD SOME DAYS WHERE I'VE HAD TO CLIMB 5 OR 6 POLLS AND I SAID THEY'RE A LOT TALLER THEN THEY USED TO BE AND I'M A LOT OLDER AND FATTER THEN I USED TO BE AND I'VE GOTTEN HOME AND COLLAPSED.))
Rieley began his career with Bell Atlantic as a repairman and worked his way up to management.
Now he's one of 60 area managers filling in for the 500 striking workers.
((MIKE RIELEY: WE'VE MOBILIZED ENGINEERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE TYPES WHO ARE OUT DOING THIS WORK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES.))
And with the growing list of repairs workers are in demand, which means Rieley and other managers are working a minimum of 12 hours a day 7 days a week.
((MIKE RIELEY: WE'RE VERY HOPEFUL THAT REAL SOON WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A CONTRACT THAT MAKES EVERYBODY HAPPY.))
The Union is hopeful as well. While talks are continuing between the company and the union the latest reports say progress is being made. Meanwhile the local union president says the support they're receiving from customers is overwhelming.
((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL 2204 PRESIDENT: I'VE NEVER SEEN IN MY 33 YEARS IN THE UNION SO MANY PEOPLE BLOW HORNS, WAVE, THUMBS UP.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: EVEN THOUGH MANY OF THESE STRIKERS SAY THEY NEVER EXPECTED TO BE GOING INTO THEIR THIRD WEEK ON THE PICKET LINE THE MORALE IS STILL HIGH. BOTH THE MANAGERS AND STRIKERS ARE EAGER TO GET BACK TO WORK BUT THESE STRIKERS SAY THEY'LL BE OUT HERE UNTIL THEY GET WHAT THEY WANT. KATE WEIDAW NEWS7 ROANOKE.))
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Hancock Steel in Roanoke County will remain closed tomorrow.
This morning, a Fire Marshal inspected the plant which caught fire yesterday afternoon.
Officials say the fire occurred in an area where roofing joints are manufactured.
At the time the fire broke out-- workers were performing maintenance in the area.
Assistant Fire Marshal Rodney Ferguson believes paint played a role in the fire.
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((RODNEY FERGUSON: THESE TANKS ARE ACTUALLY PAINT THEY'RE CALLED DIP TANKS IN WHICH THE JOINTS ARE LIFTED DOWN IN THERE AND LIFTED OUT AND ALLOWED TO DRY.))
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So far, no official cause of the fire has been established but Ferguson believes paint may have ignited the blaze.
Six people were transported to the hospital yesterday but have since been released.
The plant plans to reopen in phases beginning Tuesday.
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Norwegian divers struggled today to open the escape hatch on a sunken Russian nuclear submarine.
It's been submerged in 350 feet of water now for nine days.
Drew Levinson reports.
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(natsound pounding on the sub)
In frigid waters and 350 feet below the surface, Norwegian
deep-sea divers hammered on the hull of the Russian Submarine Kursk.
As part of the rescue team monitored the effort from the
command ship---divers down below moved slowly.
They pounded the sides of the submarine-- looking for air pockets that
could possibly sustain survivors.
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This Russian admiral says were now seeing the escape hatch
and we can see a serious crack.
The Norwegians disagree with the Russians claim that the
subs hatch is so badly mangled it must be torn off.
Instead theyre using a crane set up on board the rescue ship to remove
The british mini-submarine LR-5 is also set to go down to the stricken
The Kursk with its 118 crewmen sunk nine days ago after an explosion.
Russias navy has virtually ruled out hope that anyone on board is still
But in Murmansk, the small city where the Kursk is based the
rescue team offers one last chance that maybe someone, somehow survived.
This mother whose son is on board says I pin all of my hope
on the British and Norwegians.
This family of a missing crewmember watches the news on
televisonhoping to learn about the fate of their loved one.
She says I dont know anything anymore. Every hour Im
watching the transmission on television. I feel for the mothers who are
waiting for news of their own.
The rescue effort has captured both the worlds
attention and furor. Manyespecially the families of those on board
wonder why it took so long for the Russian government seek foreign
helpthe answer so far is not clear.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York
A Roanoke woman was killed when she apparently pulled into the path of a mini-van last night.
Authorities say 53-year-old Linda Cox's vehicle was struck at the intersection of Route 11 and the entrance to the New River Valley Speedway in Pulaski County.
The accident occurred shortly after 10 pm.
Cox was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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A Danville teen remains hospitalized following a traffic accident last night that injured several others.
Danville police say 16 year old Ranaldo Tyrone Harden was apparently driving at a high rate of speed when he crested a hill on Henry Street and flipped his vehicle.
Authorities say Harden and all 4 teenage passengers were injured.
Danville Regional Medical Center says only one was admitted to the hospital - Keshawn (kuh-SHAWN) Payne is in good condition.
A cellular phone helped Roanoke County rescue workers find two lost hikers.
Officials say a 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl called for help yesterday evening and reported they were lost in the Catawba Valley.
They were hiking near Dragon's Tooth.
Several units and Lifeguard Ten were dispatched - and four hours later the teens were located.
Both are reported to be fine.
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Virginia Tech students will officially begin the new school year in a matter of hours.
87-hundred Hokies checked into the dorms over the weekend.
Many students unloaded their cars yesterday and got settled in.
Today parents said good bye and headed back home.
John (Air-un-tate) Arrontate decided to move his belongings into the dorm by himself, now he thinks he brought too much stuff.
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((JOHN ARRONTATE/FRESHMAN: WHEN I PUT IT ALL IN MY ROOM AND LOOKED AT IT, IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT DEFINITELY A LOT.))
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There's a small overcrowding problem in the Tech dorms.
50 students will be rooming with their residential advisors.
Next on News 7 - we'll have the latest on the natural gas explosion in New Mexico that killed 10 people.
And shoppers at a North Carolina mall are all accounted for - after a natural gas explosion rocks the area.
We'll be right back.
Officials say it will take months to figure out what caused a natural gas pipeline to explode in New Mexico killing ten people.
Investigators say the fireball generated heat so intense that sand melted into glass... and concrete turned to powder.
Jacqueline Adams has more.
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v/o: All that remains are three charred vehicles...where members of 3
generations of a Carlsbad, New Mexico family lost their lives. A
fireball shot flames through the families' campsite...after a natural
gas pipeline exploded...5 to 6 feet undergound. The result: a 20 foot
deep crater..almost the size of a football field. 10 people, including 5
children were killed and 2 remain in critical condition.
(---sot Bill Wise, chairman El Paso Energy 120808) We don't know what
the cause of the accident was, but I can tell you that line was
inspected as recently as earlier this month. It had a full corrosion
inspection this year. (11)
(---sot John Somerhalder/ President Pipeline Co: 155137) We saw no
indication that it was 3rd party damage or foul play.
ON CAM: National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on the
scene. But they, like a growing a chorus of critics, worry that the
federal Office of Pipeline Safety isn't doing enough to prevent
accidents along this nation's 2.2 million miles of aging pipeline.
(graphic) Last month, a General Accounting Office report accused the
OPS of not enforcing 22 of 49 pipeline safety regulations passed by
Congress since 1988. And the report found that on average, 22 people
died every year, from 1988 to 1998..in pipeline explosions, similar to
the one in Bellingham, Washington, last July, that killed 2 teenagers.
The Office of Pipeline Safety defends its record.
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v/o: In New Mexico, there are only questions.
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v/o: At the church where the Heady children worshipped, no government
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A natural gas explosion at a construction site in Concord, North Carolina prompted officials to evacuate a nearby mall.
Officials said flames and debris shot 100- feet or about ten stories into the air.
Hundreds of shoppers inside the mall felt the explosion.
The construction site is several hundred yards away.
Officials believe a bulldozer ruptured the gas light and started the blaze.
One person was treated for first-degree burns, but didn't have to be hospitalized.
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The director of a state agency under investigation by state police has reportedly resigned.
Linda Byrd-Harden was hired a year ago by Governor Gilmore to head up the state Department of Minority Business Enterprise.
The deputy secretary of commerce and trade says the agency is under investigation by police and the target of critical audit reports.
But Joshua Lief declined to give a specific reason for Byrd-Harden's departure.
Byrd-Harden is a former director of the Virginia N-Double-A-C-P.
Still to come on News 7 - President Clinton gets a birthday surprise he wasn't bargaining for.
And George Washington is cleaning up his act.
We'll tell you why the 200-year-old man in marble is getting squeaky clean for the new millenium.
President Clinton got quite a birthday surprise last night.
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As fans were wishing him a happy 54th, one young woman asked the president to sign her T-Shirt.
Mr. Clinton complied.
But as he began to walk away, the young woman raised her shirt and exposed her bra.
Secret Service men quickly wisked the girl aside to "protect" the President.
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A proposed theme park featuring huge busts of American Presidents isn't expected to lure visitors from Colonial Williamsburg and other nearby attractions.
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That's according to some tourism experts who say, the more attractions the better.
Presidents Park would feature busts of all U-S presidents on eleven acres in York County.
Colonial Williamsburg officials are afraid the park will siphon visitors from established attractions.
Buena Vista, however, is still very much interested in the project.
In fact, city leaders hope to sign a contract with the park's owner to bring FOUR of the giant busts to Buena Vista by Labor Day.
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Virginia's governors and presidents have come and gone - but one leader is still standing tall at the State Capitol - more than 200 years later.
George Washington is this week's Virginia Profile.
Ellen Qualls reports on the man in marble, and the attention being lavished on him this summer.
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((WELL THE LAST TIME IT WAS CLEANED WAS BACK IN THE MID-80S))
The George Washington of myth was squeaky clean.
The 1788 statue by Jean-Antoine Houdon is a dirty old man.
But a ten week cleaning project is underway, on Washington and the busts of Virginia presidents and LaFayette.
((TRACY KAMERER/STATE ART CURATOR: GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BEEN IN THE ROTUNDA FOR 200 YEARS. AND EVEN THOUGH HE HAS BEEN IN THE SAME PLACE FOR THAT LONG, WHICH IS LUCKY FOR US, HE SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGES HERE AND THERE FROM THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE BUILDING. THOSE THINGS NEED TO BE PROTECTED SO THAT THEY DON'T FALL OFF.))
The Italian carrera marble should be transformed by the cleaning, to a brilliant whiteness.
The conservator himself has already been transformed.
((SCOTT NOLLEY/COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG CONSERVATOR:
TO BE UP ON THE PLATFORM IS TO SEE THE SCULPTURE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE AS IT WAS INTENDED. HOUDON INTENDED IT TO BE SEEN SORT OF AT AN EYE LEVEL PERSPECTIVE. AND IT IS MONUMENTAL SEEN FROM THE FLOOR, BUT YOU GET A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON IT, SEEING HIM EYE TO EYE, AT SIX FOOT TWO AS IF YOU WERE SPEAKING TO HIM.))
((TRACY KAMERER/STATE ART CURATOR: MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE, PERHAPS, THE WASHINGTON IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF SCULPTURE MADE IN THE 18TH CENTURY. AND ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF AMERICAN PORTRAITURE EVER. IT'S THE ONLY PIECE OF SCULPTURE THAT WASHINGTON POSED FOR FROM LIFE.))
So smoke, dust, and even a spider will be sucked, dusted, and cleansed from the marble.
But then the scaffolding will be taken away.
And Washington will return to his place in American history, high on a pedestal.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Tiger Woods is the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three Majors in one year.
But it wasn't easy to add to his wins at the British and U-S Opens it took a three hole playoff with little known Bob May for Tiger to defend his P-G-A championship.
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Woods and May would go to 18 tied for the lead at 17 under par. May would make this birdie putt at 18 putting the pressure on Woods.
But Tiger answered rolling in a 10 footer for birdie and forcing the playoff. The two finished regulation at 270 18 under par the lowest score in P-G-A history.
The three hole playoff started at 16 where woods birdied to take the lead. He would win two of the three holes and the P-G-A championship.
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((TIGER WOODS/PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER: EVEN THOUGH I WAS 2 OVER THROUGH 6 IF I COULD SOMEHOW GET TO EVEN PAR FOR THE DAY AFTER 9 HOLES I WOULD BE IN GREAT SHAPE AND I BIRDIED 7 AND 8 THERE I WAS BACK IN THE BALL GAME AND THE FIREWORKS STARTED ON THE BACK 9 FOR BOTH OF US.))
((BOB MAY/FINISHED SECOND:WE CAN'T SAY HE'S THE BEST GOLFER EVER TO PLAY WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO A LOT OF OTHER PLAYERS WHO'VE PLAYED BEFORE HIM. BUT HE MAY BE WHEN HE'S DONE THE BEST PLAYER. I WENT HEAD TO HEAD WITH HIM AND LOST OUT IN A PLAYOFF.))
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Woods has won four of the last five Grand Slam tournaments.
Rusty Wallace made a move with 16 laps to go and he holds on to win the Pepsi 500 at Michigan.
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Dale Earnhardt Junior, who started on the pole, battles with Bobby Labonte for the second spot on lap 35 Rusty Wallace was the leader at the time.
Then three laps later Tony Stewart and Little E touch sending Stewart into a spin and his car gets hit by Jeff Gordon bringing out the third caution of the day.
Labonte would come back and make a run at Rusty. They would run side by side before Wallace pulled away protecting his lead.
But Wallace would give up that lead at the halfway mark when Ricky Rudd goes by him on the low side to take the lead on lap 101.
Then on lap 179 Robby Gordon gets loose and crashes straight into the wall Little E had to go to the grass to avoid the crash.
But on the re-start Wallace passed Ricky Rudd with 16 to go he pulled away crossing the finish line for the win, his third trip to Victory Lane this season.
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Rudd was second, Labonte third, Dale Jarrett fourth and Johnny Benson fifth.
Ward Burton finished 9-th and his brother Jeff 10-th.
Chipper JOnes went 4 for 4 with 2 homers to lead Atlanta over San Francisco 8 to 5.
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Lets go straight to the action. Ellis Burks hits this three run homer over the right field wall and the Giants took a 4 to 3 lead on the Braves in the bottom of the fourth.
But Atlanta rallied Jones connects for this solo homer to left field his second of the game and the score was tied at 4 to 4.
Still in the fifth, Brian Jordon hits a double to gap in left centerfield scoring Andres Galarraga its 5 to 4 and the Braves win it 8 to 5.
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The Orioles hosted the Royals at Camden Yard this afternoon.
Kansas City took the lead in the fourth. Jermaine Dye takes this Sidney Ponson pitch and sends it over the left field wall for a solo homer and a 1 to nothing Royal lead.
Then with the score tied at 1 to 1 Jeff Conine doubles to centerfield scoring Melvin Mora in the 8-th and the O's hold on to win the game 2 to 1.
Pittsburgh's Brian Giles Drove in four runs with 2 doubles and a homer as the Pirates beat Cincinnati 7 to 3.
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Pirate manager Gene Lamont kicking back in the dugout.
Pittsburgh fell behind in the first. Dmitri Young sends this grounder into left field scoring Dante Bichette and Sean Casey and the Reds took the 3 to 1 lead.
But the Pirates rallied in the fifth. Brian Giles hits a double to the wall in left field scoring Emil Brown and Jason Kendall to make it 4 to 3 and Pittsburgh goes on to win it 7 to 3.
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In Phoenix, Sammy Sosa hits this shot over the left field wall for his major league leading 42-nd home run but the Diamondbacks edge the Cubs by a score of 5 to 4.
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While in Toronto, David Wells struck out seven to become the first 18 game winner in the majors as Toronto beat Mi
nnesota 6 to 3.
And here are tonights scores.
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What a difference a few days can make when it comes to construction at Tech.
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Back on August 5th when the Hokies held their annual preseason media day, the north end zone bleachers were almost complete, but the new scoreboard and jumbotron were no where in sight.
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But five days later on August 10th, the massive poles that hold the structure were in place and the top fittings on which the jumbotron is placed were about ready for the big screen to arrive.
Now, the massive structure in in place, and it will be ready to roll next Sunday night when the Ga. Tech Yellow Jackets come to town for the BCA classic.
The jumbotron is located behind the new north end zone seating and will be clearly visible from all points inside Lane Stadium.
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