[7-11Schools-Heat]

[ANCHOR=KMC]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=School Info]


Another day of hot temperatures means some schools will shut down early today.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARDS]
Bedford City and County schools will close two hours early for the rest of the week.
In Lynchburg, Sheffield and Dearington elementaries will shut down at 1 P-M today and tomorrow.
And all Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1:00 today and tomorrow.
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[7-Tree-Damage]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=cut-ins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=weather damage]


A storm left its mark on parts of Smith Mountain Lake yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


Witnesses say the storm lasted less than 15 minutes -- but the winds were strong enough to do damage to the Lakewood Forest Neighborhood.
One homeowner had a tree crash through his sunroom.
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[SOT25:15]
[IN Q=It's still]

((WAYNE BAILEY:IT'S STILL MATERIAL THINGS. AND NO ONE WAS HURT AND THAT ALL I CAN KEEP SAYING IS NO ONE WAS HURT))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Bailey/Homeowner]
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[OUT Q=was hurt]
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[VO-NAT]


Now the clean-up is underway - to remove all the debris and the toppled trees.
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[7-11County-Supers]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cut ins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC1:55:43]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]


A third redistricting plan is before Roanoke County School Board members.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The school board is now deciding how to re-draw attendance zones to accommodate the new south county high school.
Two previous plans have generated controversy, and now a third is making the rounds before a public hearing June 20th.
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[SOT 01:31:15]
[IN Q=We have been listening]

((JERRY CANADA/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE HAVE BEEN LISTENING. WE HAVE CONCERNS NOW FROM TWO PLANS WE PUT OUT THERE. AND WE'VE TRIED TO PUT TOGETHER SOMETHING, KNOWING THAT WE CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE, BUT SOMETHING THAT ADDRESSES MOST OF THE CONCERNS OF BOTH THE CITIZENS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/School Board Chairman;]
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[OUT Q=and the school board.]
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[VO-NAT]


The three major redistricting proposals are outlined on the county schools' website.
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[TAKE WEBWATCH FULL SCREEN]
You can find a link on our webpage at wdbj7- dot- com. Just click on the Webwatch icon.
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[7-11L'burg-SOL]


[ANCHOR=KMC]
[NEWSCAST=cut ins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-14 TC1:08:30]
[GRAPHIC=SOL's]


Lynchburg city schools are getting a passing grade with the state on the new Standards of Learning tests.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The unofficial results of this year's testing show ten of the city's seventeen schools meet the state standards.


The rest are provisionally accredited but show areas that need improvement.
Superintendent Jim McCormick says the scores are encouraging, especially at the elementary level.
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[SOT 17:07:01]
[IN Q=We're extremely]

((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE EXTREMELY EXCITED THAT SIX OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND MEET STATE STANDARDS, AGAIN I'M ENCOURAGED THAT FIVE MORE ARE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND NEED SOME IMPROVEMENT. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE 12TH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUT AGAIN, WE WILL MAKE PROGRESS.))
[SUPER=01-James McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent]
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[OUT Q=will make progress.]
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[VO-NAT]


The final test scores won't be available until August.
All state schools must meet the standards for accreditation by the year 2004.
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[7-11Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am cut ins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-13 TC1:07:30]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex Chapter 11]


Thousands of pieces of Tultex equipment are up for bid.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


Knitting, dyeing, sewing and finishing equipment have gone on the auction block in Martinsville.
The three day bankruptcy auction started yesterday morning. You have one more day in Martinsville to check out the items. Then your last chance to bid is Wednesday in South Boston.
There is also a web site you can bid directly on line or just view the more than two thousand items for sale.
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[TAKE WEB WATCH ADDRESS FULL]
You can hook on to that site through the webwatch section of our homepage at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
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[45-11Fulcher]


[ANCHOR=KMC]
[NEWSCAST=cut-ins]
[WRITER=jmc/sbu]
[TAPE#=00-10 TC1:55:20]
[GRAPHIC=Mike Fulcher]


A former federal informant is now fighting an eight-year-old conviction for theft.
A petition filed in Roanoke's federal court says Michael Fulcher was illegally prosecuted for stealing a couple of riding lawn mowers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./April 1999;]


Fulcher's attorney says the only witness against him in Bedford County circuit court later recanted her testimony.

Another witness, after the trial, said an investigator offered her money for her testimony.
Fulcher wants a federal judge to set aside his conviction and sentence.
He's currently in a state prison in Buckingham County.
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[45-11Lane-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=cut ins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC2:01:15]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]

Lane Furniture company will cut a third of its workforce by the end of June.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Altavista]


The process of cutting 310 jobs started this week.
But the president of the company, Jerry Ruff says many have found jobs elsewhere and so they left early to start their new jobs.
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[SOT 50:45]
[IN Q=Fortunately, this is a good]

((JERRY RUFF/LANE CO. PRESIDENT: FORTUNATELY, THIS IS A GOOD ENVIRONMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT. IN FACT 150 HAVE LEFT BECAUSE OF OTHER JOBS.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Ruff/Lane Furniture President;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=other jobs.]
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[VO-NAT]


At the completion of the job cuts, the furniture company will have 600 employees at the Altavista plant.


The company president says he does not plan to announce any more layoffs.
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[45-11Shell-Building]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cut-ins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC2:00:11]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


One New River Valley business is expanding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


A-C-T MicroDevices is consolidating its operations in the New River Valley and moving into the Blacksburg Industrial Park, this fall.
Company officials were considering moving to Pennsylvania but say Blacksburg had more offer.
The company was started by four Virginia Tech graduates-- who were also impressed with local and state incentives.
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[SOT 01:03:16]
[IN Q=The Governor]

((THE GOVERNOR AUTHORIZED 500- THOUSAND DOLLARS WHICH WILL MATCH FUNDS FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO HELP WITH SITE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE COMPANY.))
[SUPER=01-John Sternlicht/Va. Community Relations Director;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=for the company.]
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[VO-NAT]


A-C-T MicroDevices makes components for the photonics and fiber optics industry.
Right now the company employs 70-people but expects to employ as many as 300 in the next three years.
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[45-11Hale-NAACP]


[ANCHOR=KIM]
[NEWSCAST=cut ins]
[WRITER=jda/sbu]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC1:13:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Later this year, the Roanoke branch of the N- Double- A- C- P will choose new officers.
Yesterday, the first candidates stepped forward.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A group calling itself, The Election Committee for New Leadership, announced a full slate at a news conference.


Brenda Hale is running for President.
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[SOT 59:39]
[IN Q=Today as we stand up]

((BRENDA HALE/CANDIDATE FOR NAACP PRES.: TODAY AS WE STAND UP, OUR REPUTATIONS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. AND THE THINGS AND THE WORKS THAT WE WILL DO WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE CREDIBILITY BEHIND THEM. WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR ACTIONS OF ALWAYS TRYING TO DO THE BEST FOR THE CHAPTER, AND FOR THE MEMBERS AND WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Brenda Hale/NAACP Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=good for the community.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Hale ran for Chapter President in 1998, and narrowly won the first election. But the vote was contested, and Martin Jeffrey prevailed when a second election was held a few months later.
Jeffrey recently resigned his post. The Reverend Carl Tinsley is currently serving as acting president, but says he will not run for the office in November.