[7-E-Tultex]

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Apparel-maker Tultex has decided to sell its assets, and go out of business.
The announcement was made yesterday following a bankruptcy court hearing in Danville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape]


A federal judge approved a severance package for C-E-O Randy Rollins.
He'll agree to resign and get 50-thousand dollars.
That's only one third of what company lawyers first requested.
But every dollar is controversial, because laid-off rank-and-file workers did not get severance deals.
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[SOT 1:07:01]
[IN Q=it's ridiculous]

((CAROL SHEERER/UNITE! UNION: IT'S RIDICULOUS THAT A CEO OR ANY OF THESE FOLKS CAN GET A SEVERANCE PACKAGE OR RETENTION BONUS AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY PUTTING OUT THE WORK EVERY DAY UNTIL THAT THING SHUTS DOWN ARE NOT GETTING ANYTHING.))
[SUPER=01-Carol Sheerer/UNITE! Union]
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[OUT Q=GETTING ANYTHING]
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[VO-NAT]


The 245-workers left at Tultex will get bonuses paid between now and March.
Company lawyers said those jobs are now focusing on selling off the company's assets ... meaning Tultex has virtually no chance of pulling itself out of bankruptcy.
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[7-E-Textile-Relief]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Some laid off Tultex workers returned to Richmond yesterday-- only to see a bill that would give them emergency help get trapped in a committee.
Some Republicans who'd promised aid switched their allegiance after Governor Jim Gilmore took a stand against the bill.
The bill's sponsor addressed the Republicans directly.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We all know]
[sot TAPE TWO 11:47:51]

((ARMSTRONG: WE ALL KNOW WHERE THIS THING IS NOW. IT'S US VERSUS THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE.05 ... AND THE REASON YOU DID THAT IS BECAUSE YOU HAD A LOT OF HEART.))
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[OUT Q=of heart.]
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The Governor says he's philosophically opposed to helping the textile workers, when there's NOT enough money in the Unemployment Trust Fund to help laid off workers statewide.

[7-E-Seat-Belts]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=99-52 1:14:34]
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Drivers who are not wearing a seat belt can not be pulled over by police.
Virginia lawmakers defeated the bill yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Opponents killed it with a 50-50 tie -- arguing it's against the spirit of the founding fathers.
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[SOT 03:54:54:59]
[IN Q=If we pass]

((DEL. JACK REID/R-HENRICO CO.: IF WE PASS THIS BILL TODAY, YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE GONNA BE LESS FREE TODAY THAN THEY WERE WHEN THEY WOKE UP THIS MORNING.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Jack Reid/(R) Henrico Co.;]
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[OUT Q=this morning.]
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[VO-NAT]


But supporters say police should simply be allowed to enforce existing laws.
They calculate the law could save 82 more lives a year in Virginia.
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[SOT 03:57:20]
[IN Q=I think]

((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: I THINK IT IS PERTINENT TO SAY THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WOULD HAVE BEEN CONCERNED HAD THEY LIVED IN AN AGE WHEN YOU'VE GOT TRUCKS THAT ARE THE SIZE OF SMALL TRAINS, WHEN YOU'VE GOT CARS THAT CAN GO A HUNDRED, HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILES AN HOUR.))
[SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg;]
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[OUT Q=an hour.]
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A Senate bill will be back before the House in a few weeks-- so heavy lobbying could change the outcome.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Thursday forecast.
Mostly sunny today and warm.
Highs reach the low to mid 60s.
Tonight, cloudy and windy with lows in the mid 40s.
The extended forecast...

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[45-E-Job-Fair]


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[TAPE#=00-02 35:06]
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The turn out at yesterday's job fair was better than expected and Montgomery County officials hope it will mean hundreds of new jobs for the region.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Yesterday's job fair attracted two-thousand job seekers.
They hope that turnout persuades a telecommunications company to pick Christiansburg over another area competing for the jobs.
Sources confirm the company is EchoStar Communications, a leading broadcast satellite company that wants to open a new customer service center.
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[SOT 49:16 - :26]
[IN Q=Technical jobs ]

((MELISSA LUCAS/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: TECHNICAL JOBS ARE REALLY IN DEMAND AND A COMPANY LIKE THAT MOVING HERE COULD GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD AND KEEP UP WITH THAT TECHNOLOGICAL AGE.))
[SUPER=01-Melissa Lucas/Christiansburg Resident; ]
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[OUT Q=that technological age.]
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The company says it will announce its new location in the next few weeks.
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[45-E-Council-Demos]


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The stage has been set for next week's Democratic mass meeting in Roanoke.
Seven Democratic candidates will be seeking the party's nomination for City Council.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, Democratic officials drew names from a hat to determine the order in which the candidates will appear on the ballot.
They're expecting a large crowd next Tuesday night at William Fleming high School.
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[SOT 04:26]
[IN Q=If you look at the list of candidates]

((VERN DANIELSEN/ROANOKE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE: IF YOU LOOK AT THE LIST OF CANDIDATES YOU SEE THAT'S A GOOD CROSS SECTION OF THE CITY. IT'S A GOOD CROSS SECTION OF BOTH INCUMBENTS AND CHALLENGES. AND WE EXPECT TO HAVE A SPIRITED MEETING.))

[SUPER=01-Vern Danielsen/Roanoke Democratic Committee]
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[OUT Q=have a spirited meeting.]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke Mayor David Bowers does not have Democratic opposition.
The council candidates, in the order they'll appear on the mass meeting ballot, are Angela Norman, Jim Trout, Carroll Swain, Bill Bestpitch, Alvin Nash and Linda Wyatt.
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[45-E-Barbara-Bush]


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As the date nears for the commonwealth's Republican primary, George W. Bush and John McCain are spending more time and money in Virginia.
McCain's first TV spots will be on the air later this week.
And Bush is running a new series of ads, attacking McCain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tysons Corner]


Bush also had his mother campaigning in Charlottesville, Richmond and northern Virginia yesterday.
At one appearance, she boasted about his record on education as governor of Texas.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=He raised teacher]

((BARBARA BUSH/FORMER FIRST LADY: HE RAISED TEACHER SALARIES MORE THAN 8 THOUSAND DOLLARS. HE GAVE MORE CONTROL BACK TO THE LOCAL DISTRICTS AND ENDED SOCIAL PROMOTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Barbara Bush/Former First Lady;]
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[OUT Q=social promotions.]
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She also expects her son and John McCain to work well together, once the campaign is over... just as her husband and Bob Dole did after their fight for the GOP nomination.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a look now at your forecast for today...
Mostly sunny and warmer, with highs in the low to mid 60s.
Turning mostly cloudy tonight with lows near 45.
The five day forecast turns wet for the next couple of days...then cooler by next week.
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[8-Endeavor-House]


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Vinton residents are not happy about a proposed mental health group home opening on Cedar Avenue.
Now, they are trying to do something about it.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[IN Q=Myra Williamson]
[SUPER=03-Vinton; :00]
[SUPER=01-Myra Williamson/Concerned Resident; :16 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Don Davis/Vinton Town Council; 1:06]
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[OUT Q=KW, News 7.]

((Myra Williamson has lived on Cedar Avenue since she was born. When she went to buy a home of her own she bought a house around the corner on 5th. But the thought of a group home being established on her street makes Williamson concerned.

[SOT 4:35:9]
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((MYRA WILLIAMSON/CONCERNED RESIDENT: IF THIS HOUSE COMES IN OUR PROPERTY VALUES COULD BE REDUCED DRAMATICALLY.))
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[take pre-pro] First Home Care out of Norfolk is setting up the group home that will house 8 boys between the ages of 12 and 15 with mental health conditions like aggressive behavior, school and family issues, as well as prior substance abuse. According to the company - it has an outstanding record with therapeutic group homes and own and operate 11 across the country.

Neighbors are also concerned because the front yard is too small to play in - you can see there is little space between the homes, the back yard has been paved over, and residents are worried about the behavior that could take place inside the group home.
Vinton is trying to get legislation passed in Richmond that would allow the town to have a say in where group homes are placed.

[SOT 3:59:32]
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((DON DAVIS/VINTON TOWN COUNCIL: WE ARE NOT OPPOSED TO GROUP HOMES IN THE TOWN OF VINTON. IT'S JUST THIS PARTICULAR HOME AND THE SPACE THEY HAVE TO UTILIZE IS NOT SUFFICIENT.))
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING; CURRENTLY FIRST HOME CARE IS IN THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING A LICENSE TO RUN THE HOME. RESIDENTS SAY UNTIL THE GROUP HOME MOVES IN THEY WILL DO ALL THEY CAN TO KEEP IT OUT OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. KATE WEIDAW NEWS7.))

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[8-E-Life-Game]


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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-51 48:24]
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A group of eighth graders got a chance to be a grown up yesterday.
Ferrum College students decided to give the students a taste of the real world, by giving them a career and a salary.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Trevor McCrea is playing the game called the Reality Store.
He's married with three kids.
He spends his salary on a truck, a boat, a live-in nanny, plus a hot tub and a Mercedes for his wife.
He has 12-thousand-dollars leftover.
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[SOT 14:40:39]
[IN Q=The secret is]

((THE SECRET IS WE PICKED HIGH PAYING JOBS. I WAS PARTNER IN A LAW FIRM. MY WIFE WAS A NEUROLOGIST.))
[SUPER=01-Trevor McCrea/Student;]
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[OUT Q=neurologist]
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[VO-NAT]


The kids also had to pay for things like taxes and insurance.
Then they added their own category for cell phones.
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[8Weather]


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Time again to look at today's forecast...
Mostly sunny and warmer today with highs nearing 65.
Turning mostly cloudy tonight, with rain developing from west to east.
Lows falling into the 40s.
The five day forecast turns wet for the next couple of days...then cooler by next week.
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