Celanese engaged in 11th Hour negotiations with the union, hoping to avoid a strike.
We'll have a live report from the bargaining site.
And the first day BACK to work after a bitter nine-month strike at Rubatex.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Vick hype on the football field is has already begun.
We'll head out to the horse show, and we'll pump iron with the Avalanche.
Plus, Jeremy Mayfield makes room for the win by pushing Dale Earnhardt out of the way in Pocono.
If you like your climate hot and rainy, stay where you are. The forecast features more of the same.
Celanese and its workers deadlock again at the negotiating table, but avoid a strike, for now.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
THe threat of a strike does NOT loom over Celanese tonight.
The Giles County plant and its worker's union settled that at the negotiating table today.
But that's about all they settled.
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Marya Jones is outside the Blacksburg Hotel where both sides met for most of the day.
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Volvo Trucks says business is slowing down.
And that means layoffs at the main plant in the New River Valley.
The company says about 30 salaried workers were let go today.
Another 70 jobs were cut at Volvo headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.
A spokesman says new truck orders are down, and cancellation orders are up.
So, some employees have to go.
Volvo says the cuts are "very regrettable."
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After nine months on strike, union workers are back on the job at Rubatex.
While they pledge to continue the fight at the negotiating table, it's unclear whether there's room for all those who've been on strike AND those who replaced them.
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Jennifer Miele was at the Bedford factory today.... was it business as usual out there, Jen?
Keith no one really knows what is USUAL for Rubatex. Strikers walked out nine months ago, so the company brought replacement workers in. Now that the strikers are coming back, the two groups will have to work side by side for the time being.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Holmes/Union Employee; :47]
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((At 6 this morning, union employees headed back to work under the assumption that all replacement workers would be let go, but 70 remain. For now, union and replacement employees will have to put differences aside, and work toward a common goal.
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((I DON'T DOUBT THAT THERE ISN'T GOING TO BE ANY BAD FEELINGS STILL THERE, BUT WE'VE GOT TO PUT IT BEHIND US. IT'S BEHIND US NOW, WE'VE GOT TO MOVE FORWARD. WE'VE GOT TO DO THE BEST WE CAN.))
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This morning's return marked the end of the longest strike in Rubatex history, and one of the most bitter. The company was charged with unfair labor practices, and strikers were charged with harassment of replacement workers who crossed the picket lines.
While the strike wore on for 281 days, the union sought to free retirees from rising insurance premiums and end mandatory overtime in certain divisions.
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((I WOULD LIKE FOR EVERYBODY IN MANAGEMENT, MEN AND WOMEN, TO HAVE TO COME IN AND WORK 16 HOUR SHIFTS AND SEE WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT. I THINK THEY WOULD CHANGE THEIR MIND ABOUT THAT.))
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The future of many employees is still hazy.
Rubatex officials would not comment on who will be staying and who will be going, but did say that things were going smoothly.))
Union employees say they will remain at work while negotiations continue. Some replacement workers will also stay on the job until Rubatex officials find out how many union members came back.
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Keith, the Union and the company are scheduled to meet during the first week of July.
Radford police are investigating the murder of a woman found dead in her apartment last week.
Friends discovered the body of 23-year-old Lori Pleasants last Thursday night, at her home in the 500 block of Clement Street.
The medical examiner in Roanoke said today that she was strangled.
Blacksburg authorities are continuing to look into the events surrounding a fatal accident yesterday near the Virginia Tech Coliseum.
30- year old Gary Wayne Taylor died after his bicycle collided with a car.
Charges will NOT be filed against the motorist.
Taylor was competing in a triathlon sponsored by the town of Blacksburg.
Police were apparently not monitoring the intersection at the time of the accident.
A spokesperson for the town says officials are looking into whether changes need to be made to the triathlon program.
A three-car accident in Christiansburg this afternoon sent four people, including a Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy, to the hospital.
It happened shortly after noon on Route 460.
East-bound traffic came to a standstill for about half an hour.
State police say Montgomery County deputy Jon Eaton had his lights and siren on as he crossed the intersection on to Merrimac Road.
Witnesses say a Blacksburg woman in a blue Pontiac Grand Am plowed into his patrol car, knocking it into another car.
The driver of the Grand Am was charged with failing to yield.
An environmental group says a plan to keep roads out of National Forests is bully, but more could be done.
That's still ahead on News 7 at Six.
And we'll step onto the set of Hannibal-- as the controversial film begins shooting in Richmond.
A local environmental group is hoping a voice from the past will encourage residents to stand up for the nation's forests.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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[SUPER=01-David Muhly/Sierra Club Organizer; :54]
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((THE WATER THAT FLOWS IN UNROADED FORESTED AREAS SUCH AS WILSON MOUNTAIN AND THE DISMAL CREEK WATERSHED IS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY AND IT MUST BE PRESERVED.))
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Dean Whitworth is a regional actor... who today took on the role of Theodore Roosevelt at a press conference in Roanoke.
Whitworth portrayed the well known conservationist and President on behalf of the Sierra Club-- to draw attention to a proposal by the federal government.
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((IF WE WANT TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY STRONG AND VITAL WE NEED TO ENSURE WE HAVE FRESH WATER AND THAT WE MAINTAIN OUR RESOURCES.))
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The National Forest Service wants to ban new road construction in public forests, around the country, that have not been damaged by logging on other activities.
But the Sierra Club says the government needs to do much more to protect the nation's 60- million acres of untouched forest.
((UNFORTUNATELY, IT DOES NOT PROHIBIT LOGGING, MINING, OFF ROAD VEHICLES USE, DRILLING FOR OIL OR THOSE EXPERIMENTS IN ANY OF THESE AREAS.))
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The National Forest Service will hold a public hearing tomorrow night at the Holiday-Inn Airport for residents to voice their opinions on the government proposal.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
In the wake of the discovery of missing nuclear secrets on computer hard drives at Los Alamos, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson is a man of few words.
Richardson was in Richmond today for an energy conference, and refused to speak with reporters at all.
But the Richmond Republican who heads up the House Commerce Committee in Washington says he sees NO need for Richardson to resign over the issue.
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((REP. TOM BLILEY/R-7TH DISTRICT: WITH THE-- ROUGHLY SIX MONTHS LEFT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, I DON'T THINK THAT CALLING FOR THE RESIGNATION... JANUARY 20TH WILL BE ON TOP OF US.))
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Richardson said last week he's awaiting results of an F-B-I investigation into the missing hard drives.
Wall Street recovered some of Friday's losses.
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The DOW gained 109 points, NASDAQ climbed 129.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained nearly a point and a half.
Roanoke paid tribute to the late Jim Trout today.
Council presented his family with a city flag, and a key to the city, in honor of the long-serving councilman who died this spring.
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((BETSY TROUT: JIM LOVED THE CITY OF ROANOKE. HE WAS THE BEST COUNCILMAN THAT HE COULD BE. HIS DREAM WAS TO LEAVE ROANOKE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER. I AM SURE HE FULFILLED HIS DREAM.))
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The city also put together a video, featuring interviews with the councilman's friends and colleagues.
Let the voters decide whether carpetbagging is an issue.
That's what Republican Delegate Frank Ruff of Mecklenburg County is saying as he kicks off a race for the state Senate seat formerly held by the late Richard Holland.
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((DEL. FRANK RUFF/R-MECKLENBURG CO.: THE HOUSE THAT MY FAMILY LIVES IN IS IN THE 18TH DISTRICT. I HAVE RENTED AN APARTMENT IN THE 15TH DISTRICT. AS EFFECT OF MAY FIRST.))
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Ruff says Southside residents did NOT draw the district lines, or Mecklenburg would already be part of the senate district by virtue of common interest.
Three Democrats have already announced bids for the seat.
Governor Jim Gilmore has put off calling a special election for several weeks.
Political analysts believe that's to give any G-O-P candidates a strategic advantage.
Richmond bean counters estimate Hollywood spent about 76 million dollars making movies in Virginia last year.
So it's NO surprise that the stars and film crews have the state eating out of their hands.
NO interviews allowed and NO access to the set of "Hannibal," the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs."
But NEWS 7 caught a glimpse of star Julianne Moore in the chow line.
Moore replaces Jodie Foster as Clarice (clare-EES) Starling.
She and "Goodfellas" co-star Ray Liotta (lee-OAT-uh) used the Virginia General Assembly building today as a mock F-B-I office.
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((MARYAM NADJAFARID: I'M PART OF A PROGRAM CALLED THE VIRGINIA CITIZENS...PICTURE OF HIS BACKSIDE, BUT-- gasp!))
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Governor Jim Gilmore and First Lady Roxane Gilmore dined Saturday with Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter himself-- played by Sir Anthony Hopkins.
"Hannibal" films in Richmond for another six weeks or so.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Roanoke Valley Horse show begins its week-long run in Salem.
Mayfield gives Earnhardt a taste of his own medicine.
And the Avalanche's first half success on the field can be traced to a number of sources - not the least of which is the team's strength and conditioning coach. More on that in just a moment.
We begin tonight in the Pocono Mountains where the Winston Cup stars got to spend an extra night in those round velvet beds thanks to yesterday's rainout.
It was the first postponement at Pocono in 21 years.
Today, they raced and put on quite a finish.
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With just 17 laps to go in the Pocono 500, Mike Bliss in the Viagra Pontiac brought out the final caution of the day.
The leaders all pitted, and Earnhardt's crew got the Intimidator out first and in the lead.
Earnhardt appeared headed for victory lane, but as he entered the tunnel turn for the final time, Jeremy Mayfield closed hard and gave Earnhardt a little nudge.
Dale went high and Jeremy went low to win with a pass on the final lap.
He led just 9 circuits all day.
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[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Finished 4th; :18 quick!]
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Jarrett, Rudd, Earnhardt and Martin made up the rest of the top five behind Mayfield.
Stewart, Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Mike Skinner and Rusty Wallace hold down positions six through 10. Rusty started on the pole and led the most laps 107.
Ward Burton was 27th, Rick Mast 35th and Stacy Compton 37th.
The Salem Avalanche wrapped up one of it's most successful first half seasons in recent memory. The ball club's strides can be linked, in some ways to An intense strength and conditioning program. Steve Mason takes a closer look.
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[SUPER=01-Marty Sommers/Avalanche Strength Coach; :16]
[SUPER=01-Justin Hemme/Avalanche Infielder; :39]
[SUPER=01-Scott Seal/Avalanche Outfielder; 1:00]
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(( Marty Somers might not bat, hit or catch, but he more than pulls his weight with the Avalanche. Assigned to Salem by the Colorado Rockies, Marty serves as the team's strength and conditioning coach, running a program in it's second season in Salem.
The emphasis is not on how much a player can heave but how long a player can stay healthy. Baseball players, for the most part have stayed out of the weight room, but that philosophy has changed and the pumping iron craze has trickled down from above.
Weightlifting can make a player tight and thus more susceptible to injury, that's where marty comes in, making the players lift, then getting them limber.
According to Marty, an Avalanche player burns as much as four to five thousand calories a day compared to 2500 hundre calories for a non athlete. The club house is well stocked with fruits and high carbohydrate foods.))
The Avalanche's parent club, the Colorado Rockies has been making more than its share of headlines since drafting Michael Vick to play baseball.
Vick is starting to make more conventional headlines as the fall draws closer.
If you browse your local newsstands you'll find Vick gracing the cover of Athlon's Eastern College football preseason magazine.
The publication names Vick a first team preseason all-american, but doesn't exactly flatter the Hokies picking them 16th.
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The 29th annual Roanoke Valley Horse Show is off to a full gallop.
The prestigious event started this morning.
One of the up and coming riders to watch is Annie Frazier out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Annie just finished her first year of high school, but being an elite equestrian doesn't give her much time for the usual teenage stuff.
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She does that well holding an 'A' average in school. Annie and her family travel up and down the east coast competing in the top shows.
They say Salem is one of their favorite stops.
And by the way, Annie's ride "Jeffrey" is probably just happy to be alive.
The former race horse was saved from the slaughter house.