[7-Schoolwatch]

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Due to the heat expected this afternoon, We have a couple of school announcements to report this morning
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Henry County Schools will operate on a staggered schedule. Elementary schools will close at 12:30, Middle School at 1:15 and High Schools will close at 1:30.
and all Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1:30 this afternoon.

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[7-Business-Owners]


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Owners of about 30 Roanoke businesses are in limbo over what will become of their companies if the plan for a new biomedical park goes forward.
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Dozens of merchants met with city officials last night to discuss their future.
The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority told the merchants it will conduct an 8 month study on re-development plan which will determine how the business will be affected.
But some merchants are concerned about being fairly compensated if they have to sell.
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[SOT 2:39:30]
[IN Q=If the Housing and ]

((BRAD ALLEN/BUSINESS OWNER: IF THE HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AND THE CITY ARE GOING TO STEP IN BETWEEN US AND BROKER THIS DEAL IT BETTER BE A JUST ONE. IT HAS TO BE JUST AND I THINK TI'S SOMETHING THAT'S DEPENDABLE TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS))
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If the redevelopment plan is approved by city council -- the first phase of acquisitions will happen within the first 36 months.
Sources say though it could be 15 years before the final phases of redevelopment are seen.
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[7-11NS-Layoffs]


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228 Norfolk-Southern East end shop workers will lose their jobs by August. The decision comes after months of declining coal exports.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Only 66 workers will be left to repair rail cars... But the laid off workers may be called back if the demand for coal increases.
The Employment Commission says the Roanoke economy should be able to bounce back quickly.
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[IN Q=When you have]

((MARJORIE SKIDMORE: WHEN YOU HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES AT 1.6% AND EMPLOYERS ARE JUST CRYING FOR WORKERS, I THINK YOU'LL SEE MORE OF THOSE WORKERS FINDING A JOB THAN IN A RECESSIONARY PERIOD. IF THOSE WORKERS ARE WILLING TO TAKE THOSE JOBS.))
[SUPER=01-Marjorie Skidmore/Va. Employment Commission]
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[OUT Q= take those jobs.]
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The announcement comes exactly one year after Norfolk Southern merged with Conrail, but the company says the layoffs have nothing to do with the merger.
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[7-2-11ITT]


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Another business is making cuts...I-T-T will lay off 120 people by early next year.
Yesterday about 30 employees at I-T-T were invited to quit. They're being offered "enhanced severance" options... the first step toward layoffs in the Night Vision Division.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June, 1999]


The folks who make night vision goggles and binoculars had been fulfilling a huge demand from overseas.
But two large international contracts will come to an end this year.
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[7-11Suntrust]


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[WRITER=jsu]
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In other business news this morning. The transition from Crestar bank to the company that took it over, Suntrust, has been difficult especially for its customers.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Bank officials say the conversion of customer accounts has been a bit slow - causing delays with the posting of deposits and other transactions.
This has caused problems with getting up to date account information -- leaving customers without access to all of their funds.
The bank is working on the problem and hopes to have the system up to par as soon as possible.
Suntrust has branches in Virginia, DC and Maryland.
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[7Weather]


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Taking a break form the news to check the forecast...... Crank those air conditioners today....temperatures will soar to near record highs in the low 90's... Tonight will be partly cloudy with some storms possible. Temperatures will cool off into the upper 50's and low 60's....


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[45-Schoolwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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It's going to be un-usually hot today...as a result, there are a few early school closings to tell you about.
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[Take FS board]
Henry County Schools will operate on a staggered schedule. Elementary schools will close at 12:30, Middle School at 1:15 and High Schools will close at 1:30.
and all Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1:30 this afternoon.

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[45-11Liberty-View]


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Low income residents in Danville have chance to become home owners, thanks to a new project.
Surae Chinn tells us how it works.
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[SUPER=01-Alfreda Stamps/On Low Income; :16]
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[SUPER=01-Daryl Dalton/Housing Authority; 1:11]
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((ALFREDA STAMPS/ON LOW INCOME:IT'S JUST SMALL...BEDROOMS ARE SMALL))
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Stamps has been living at Danville's largest low income housing community for three years. She says she needs more room in her Liberty View apartment.
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((ALFREDA STAMPS/ON LOW INCOME: IT'S CRAMPED. I'VE GOT THREE BEDROOMS BUT WITH WOMEN YOU ALWAYS NEED MORE SPACE. IT WILL BE WONDERFUL LIVING IN A HOUSE.))
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That dream will come true in a matter of weeks. A project is underway to revitalize this community and put some people into single family homes.
The city, its redevelopment and housing authority and Telemon Corporation are building and financing three homes. One that Stamps hopes will belong to her.
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((ALFREDA STAMPS/ON LOW INCOME: AN APARTMENT IS ONE THING BUT HAVING A HOUSE YOU CAN ALWAYS GO HOME NO MATTER WHAT GOES WRONG OUT ON THE STREET THAT 'S YOURS NO ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU.))
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((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: WITH THIS NEW PARTNERSHIP, DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS NOT ONLY WILL HELP ALFREDA AND A FEW OTHERS BUT THIS ENTIRE AREA.))
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The city is in the process of applying for grant money to build more homes.
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((DARYL DALTON/REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY: IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL IN RECEIVING THAT GRANT THAN WE WILL DEMOLISH THAT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND WE WILL BUILD THIS WHOLE AREA BACK WITH A 160 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.))
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It's just a clearing of dirt right now but for Stamps its a symbols of stability and some much needed space. Surae Chinn News7, Danville.))


[45-11ITT]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-07 56:20]
[GRAPHIC=ITT Layoffs]


A major announcment from I-T-T...
The company will lay off 120 people by early next year.
Yesterday, about 30 employees at I-T-T were offered "enhanced severance" options... the first step toward layoffs in the Night Vision Division.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June, 1999]


The folks who make night vision goggles and binoculars had been fulfilling a huge demand from overseas.
But two large international contracts will come to an end this year.
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[45Weather]


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Checking the Friday weather outlook---


You'll want to find air conditoning and drink lots of water....mostly sunny skies with near record highs in the 90s.
Partly cloudy tonght, with some storms possible and lows around 60.
Looking ahead to the weekend and beyond....

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[8-Schoolwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=School watch]


Due to the heat expected this afternoon, We have a couple of school announcements to report this morning
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[Take FS board]
Henry County Schools will operate on a staggered schedule. Elementary schools will close at 12:30, Middle School at 1:15 and High Schools will close at 1:30.
and all Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1:30 this afternoon.

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[8-11Lowes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mst]
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[GRAPHIC=LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY]


It's been nearly two weeks since a pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Lowe's Motor Speedway over 100 people.
So far, seven of the pedestrians have filed lawsuits against the track and the construction company that made the walkway.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

Local attorney Chris Kite is not representing any of the injured at this time, but he certainly has a unique perspective on the accident.
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/May 20th;]

Kite and his family were leaving the track, and just about to cross the bridge when it collapsed on May 20th. 107 people were injured that night, and Kite believes there could be that many lawsuits filed before everything is settled.
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[8-11County-Redistricting]


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A member of the Roanoke County school board is offering a new redistricting plan.
Construction of the south county high school has led to controversy over attendance zones, and last night Bill Irvin released a proposal he hopes will win school board approval.
His plan would send students from Hidden Valley Junior High to the existing high school, and students at Cave Spring Junior to the NEW high school. The plan would not affect the elementary feeder schools, with the exception of Cave Spring Elementary. Students who live near the new high school would have the option of attending Cave Spring Middle.

The plan will be distributed to parents, and a public hearing is scheduled June 20th.

[8Weather]


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Let's take one last look at the forecast this morning....
We'll be flirting with record heat as temperatures reach the low to mid 90s this afternoon with mostly sunny skies.

Turning partly cloudy tonight, with some thunderstorms possible and lows around 60.
Looking ahead to the weekend and beyond....

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