[7-E-Rubatex]

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The Rubatex Corporation no longer faces charges that it bargained unfairly with striking workers.
Federal labor officials dismissed the charges, but the company still must explain the reasoning behind the surveillance cameras near the picket lines.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=The surveillance]
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[SUPER=01-Jim Laurin/Rubatex Chief Negotiator; :14]
[SUPER=01-Richard Walker/Union President; :33]
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[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]

(( The surveillance cameras... eight of them mounted to utility poles around the company's property.. had actually been in the planning for more than five years.
Company officials say they were installed to monitor traffic coming in and out of the property.
[SOT Jim Laurin]


But the union says the cameras are being used to spy on striking workers walking the picket lines.
[SOT Richard Walker]

[Standup] (( The union also plans to appeal a ruling by the labor board on another charge.. that Rubatex unfairly withheld information they needed for fair bargaining. The strike is about five months old now, and neither side sees an end in sight. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.)) ))

[7-E-Trash-Ruling]


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A Virginia trash law is now in the garbage.
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[SUPER=04-Dept. of Environmental Quality]


Judge James Spencer says the state's ban on out of state trash is an UNconstitutional "knee-jerk" response.
So he struck it down, saying it violated the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution.
The new laws would have capped landfill growth, banned garbage barges, and more tightly regulated trash trucks.
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The Governor has asked Attorney General Mark Earley to appeal.

[7-E-County-Schools]


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It's back to work for the architects designing the new South County High School in Roanoke County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The School Board put the project on hold for nine days, while another firm reviewed the plan for possible savings.
Last night, the Board approved changes that could save up to 500- thousand dollars... though the architects believe the figure will be much lower.
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The school is scheduled to open in 2002, and site excavation could begin sometime this summer.

[7-E-Financial-Aid]


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Scam artists are preying on high school students, by promising ways to pay for college.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Better Business Bureau says companies are sending out mailers that offer to get financial aid for high school seniors -- for a price.
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[SOT 15:49:00]
[IN Q=Whatever they promise]

((WHATEVER THEY PROMISE THEY'RE NOT FOLLOWING THROUGH ON IT... THAT THEY'RE PAYING.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Wheeler/Better Business Bureau;]
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[OUT Q=that they're paying.]
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[VO-NAT]


School guidance counselors and libraries carry brochures on scholarships and financial aid packages.
The information is free.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Friday forecast.
Mostly cloudy today with some light snow showers.
Highs in to upper 30s to low 40s.
Tonight, the clouds linger with winds.
Lows in the low to mid 20s.
The weekend forecast...
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[45-Waters-Tech]


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As part of Black History month, a U-S Congresswoman traveled to Blacksburg to speak to Virginia Tech students..
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters spoke to hundreds of students of last night.
Her message -- stand-up against injustice.
[SOT 3:39:28]
[IN Q=No we have not]

((MAXINE WATERS: NO WE HAVE NOT REACHED A POINT IN TIME IN OUR HISTORY WHEN WE CAN REST. YES A LOT OF PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE BUT THERE IS STILL INEQUALITY))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Maxine Waters/(D) California]
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[OUT Q=still inequality]
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[VO-NAT]


Some students say Waters' message was empowering.
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[SOT3:56:51]
[IN Q=We always feel]

((WE ALWAYS FEEL THAT THERE IS MORE THAT WE CAN DO. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER SPARK BEHIND US))
[SUPER=01-Janelle Harden/Tech Student]
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[OUT Q=behind us]
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[VO-NAT]


Waters told the students they should never underestimate the power they have to make a difference.
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[45-E-Bunting]


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V-M-I is experiencing some growing pains.
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[SUPER=03-Lexington/1997]


The level of applicants and enrollment has reached its highest level since 1986.
There's not enough room in Barracks.
So the Superintendent is proposing that Virginia Military Institute reduce the incoming class to 400- -down from 440.
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[SOT 14:50:15]
[IN Q=What we're trying]

((WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO BY LIMITING THE CLASS TO 400 IS BE CONFIDENT THAT BY THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER WE'LL HAVE ABOUT 375 RATS WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF SPACES ON THE FOURTH STOOP.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent]
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[OUT Q=the fourth stoop.]
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[VO-NAT]


Fourth-year cadets, freshmen or rats are housed on the fourth floor in barracks.
Bunting jokingly says the Barracks should have been built as an inverted pyramid- -with the fourth floor the largest- -descending in size to the ground floor.
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[45-E-Telemarketers]


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A victory for the state's telemarketers.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The General Assembly has killed a bill that would have allowed Virginians to put their names on a statewide "do not call" list.
Telemarketers would have had to buy that list every 90 days.
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[SOT 15:14:43]
[IN Q=We think]

((JEAN ANN FOX/VA. CITIZENS CONSUMER COUNCIL: WE THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT MORE TELEMARKETING, SELLING FINANCIAL SERVICES TO CONSUMERS, AND THAT FOLKS THAT PAY THE MONTHLY PHONE BILLS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SAY NO I DON'T WANT TO GET THOSE CALLS.))
[SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Va. Citizens Consumer Council; ]
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[OUT Q=those calls.]
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[VO-NAT]


But lawmakers worried about their authority in stopping out of state calls.
And, they thought about the thousands of jobs the telemarketing industry provides in Virginia.
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[SOT 13:31:02]
[IN Q=Most people]

((JAN SCHWEITZER/TELEMARKETER: MOST PEOPLE ARE VERY RECEPTIVE, AND...DIFFERENT PEOPLE, DIFFERENT ATTITUDES.))
[SUPER=01-Jan Schweitzer/Telemarketer; ]
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[OUT Q=different attitudes.]
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Federal law currently allows you to tell each individual telemarketing company to put you on their "do not call" list-- and requires THAT specific company NOT to call again.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a break from the news now to check the Friday forecast...
Mostly cloudy today with light snow showers.
Highs near 40, with temperatures cooling off during the day.
Lingering clouds tonight, with lows in the mid 20s.
The extended forecast includes partly cloudy skies through the weekend and highs in the 40s.



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[8-S-Council-Candidates]


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All four incumbents on Roanoke City Council have launched their re-election campaigns, now that Linda Wyatt has announced her re-election bid.
Joe Dashiell has more on the elections, and the expanding field.
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[IN Q=Linda Wyatt]
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[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :11]
[SUPER=04-Friday; :21]
[SUPER=01-Jim Trout/Roanoke City Council; :28]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]


((Linda Wyatt welcomed friends and supporters to the Breckenridge Middle School Fitness Center. The facility, she said, exemplifies her commitment to strong neighborhoods.
[SOT 02:58:35]
[IN Q=And that's what I'm talking about]

((AND THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, RECONNECTING WITH COMMUNITIES, USING OUR SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY CENTERS AND MAKING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE PLACES AND HAPPY PLACES.))
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[OUT Q=safe places and happy places.]


Last Friday, it was Jim Trout's turn, touting 20 years of experience on city council and promising fresh ideas.

[SOT 17:26]
[IN Q=During the upcoming campaign]

((DURING THE UPCOMING CAMPAIGN, I WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A NEW FRESH VISION TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF A VIBRANT CITY.))
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[OUT Q=of a vibrant city.]


With Mayor Bowers' announcement last Tuesday, and Carroll Swain's the week before that... all four incumbents whose terms are expiring, are now firing up their re-election campaigns.
Though Bowers doesn't have any announced opposition within the Democratic Party... Bill Bestpitch, Alvin Nash, and Angela Norman are seeking the party's nomination for council.
Republicans are promising a full slate... so far only Ralph Smith, and Don Hogan have publicly confirmed their plans to run. Bill Carder is expected to announce his interest in council next week.
Among the independents, Duane Howard and Mac McCadden are likely candidates for mayor... with Dan Wooldridge considering a bid for council.
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The field will be narrowed by the end of the month... Democrats will meet February 15th to choose their nominees, and the Republican mass meeting is scheduled for February 24th.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[8-E-County-Schools]


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After a brief delay, it's back to the drawing board for the architects designing the new South County High School in Roanoke County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The School Board put the project on hold for nine days, while another firm reviewed the plan for possible savings.
Last night, the Board approved changes that could save up to 500- thousand dollars... though the architects believe the figure will be much lower.
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[GRAPHIC=Hold]


The school is scheduled to open in 2002, and site excavation could begin sometime this summer.

[8-E-Trash-Ruling]


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A federal judge has trashed a Virginia garbage law.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Dept. of Environmental Quality]


Judge James Spencer says the state's ban on out of state trash is an UNconstitutional "knee-jerk" response.
So he struck it down, saying it violated the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution.
The new laws would have capped landfill growth, banned garbage barges, and more tightly regulated trash trucks.
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[anchor=Melanie]
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The Governor has asked Attorney General Mark Earley to appeal.

[8Weather]


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Let's look at the Friday forecast one more time this morning...
Mostly cloudy with light snow showers and highs around 40.
Lingering cloud cover tonight, with strong northwest winds and lows near 25.
The extended forecast includes partly cloudy skies through the weekend and highs in the 40s.



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