[7-2Celanese]

[ANCHOR=Joe]

[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Celanese]


As far as a strike goes at Celanese, the verdict is still not in.... The current contract that expired at midnight
is being extended.
After negotiations deadlocked on Monday, the company and its union workers called for outside help to resolve the current contract dispute ..
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[VO-NAT From 00-16 TC1:07:46]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


Union negotiators heading in to the latest talks hoping for a new agreement, but both sides walked out several hours later without one.
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.; ]


More than a thousand union workers are employed at the Celanese plant in Narrows. It is Giles County's largest employer.
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[7-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-14 TC1:21:09]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Back to Work]


Today will mark the 2nd day that former Rubatex strikers are back on the job......now they're wondering when they will get a new contract..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The nine month walkout officially ended yesterday, when union members reported for the 7 AM shift.
In the days ahead, they'll try to win a new contract while working side by side with the same people that replaced them.
The company says it's still unclear whether there's room for strikers AND the replacement workers.
Both sets of employees will stay on the job while negotiations continue.
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[7-E-Volvo]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC29:30]
[GRAPHIC=Volvo Layoffs]


Volvo says its latest job cutbacks in the New River Valley are "very regrettable", but necessary.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/January;]


The company says about 30 salaried workers were let go yesterday.
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.
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[7-2Radford-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


The hunt is on in Radford for the killer of a 23 year old woman found dead inside her apartment.
Lori Pleasants was discovered Thursday night and police are calling her death a homicide.
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[VO-NAT]

Friends of 23 year old Lori Pleasants called Radford police around 11-30 Thursday night saying they found Lori
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

in her apartment on Clement Street without a pulse. Jeff Gillespie who lives downstairs saw her friends outside trying to figure out what to do.
(///////SOT///////)
[SOT FULL]
[INQ=There were two]
[RUNS=23]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gillespie/Neighbor;]
[OQ=didn't have a pulse.]

((JEFF GILLESPIE/NEIGHBOR: THERE WERE TWO FEMALES AND MALES CRYING SAYING THEY COULDN'T GET THEIR GIRLFRIENDS PULSE AND THERE A GENTLEMEN WHO LIVES BEHIND THE BUILDING AND HE CAME UP AND SAID SHE DIDN'T HAVE A PULSE.))
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[VO-NAT]


The medical examiner found Pleasants was strangled, so far there's no word on exactly when she died.
Police say they're in the process of interviewing friends.
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[7Weather]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=don]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Now, Let's take a break from the news to check the forecast.... Your morning will be foggy with drizzle..then it will burn off and become partly sunny.. Highs will be in the upper 70's to mid 80's.. Tonight will become partly cloudy again with late showers possible Lows will be in the upper 60's



[SUPER=X5000; SET DISSOLVE]
[SUPER=314-Fog and Drizzle/Turning Partly Sunny/78-84/Turning Cloudy/Showers Possible Late/63-67;]
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[45-2Radford-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Murder investigation]


A 23 year old woman was found dead in her Radford apartment on Thursday...and now a homicide investigation is underway and the police are on the hunt for her killer...
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[VO-NAT]

Friends of 23 year old Lori Pleasants called Radford police around 11-30 Thursday night saying they found Lori
[SUPER=03-Radford;]

in her apartment on Clement Street without a pulse. Jeff Gillespie who lives downstairs saw her friends outside trying to figure out what to do.
(///////SOT///////)
[SOT FULL]
[INQ=There were two]
[RUNS=23]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gillespie/Neighbor;]
[OQ=didn't have a pulse.]

((JEFF GILLESPIE/NEIGHBOR: THERE WERE TWO FEMALES AND MALES CRYING SAYING THEY COULDN'T GET THEIR GIRLFRIENDS PULSE AND THERE A GENTLEMEN WHO LIVES BEHIND THE BUILDING AND HE CAME UP AND SAID SHE DIDN'T HAVE A PULSE.))
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[VO-NAT]


The medical examiner found Pleasants was strangled, so far there's no word on exactly when she died.
Police say they're in the process of interviewing friends.
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[45-WV-Arson]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Arson Arrest]


An attorney's office is destroyed in Lewisburg and a Pocahontas County, West Virginia doctor is accused of setting the fire. Barry Bruce is the attorney who was apparently representing the physician's ex-wife in child custody procedings.
51-year old Henry Walkup of Marlinton was arrested yesterday and charged with second degree arson.

[45-2Celanese]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Celanese]


Celanese workers still haven't decided if they will strike....negotiations continue and the current contract that expired at midnight is being extended.
After negotiations deadlocked on Monday, the company and its union workers called for outside help to resolve the current contract dispute ..
(------------)
[VO-NAT From 00-16 TC1:07:46]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


Union negotiators heading in to the latest talks hoping for a new agreement, but both sides walked out several hours later without one.
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.; ]


More than a thousand union workers are employed at the Celanese plant in Narrows. It is Giles County's largest employer.
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[45-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-14 TC1:21:09]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Back to Work]


As Rubatex workers begin the second day back on the job, they're wondering what a new contract means for their future...
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The nine month walkout officially ended yesterday, when union members reported for the 7 AM shift.
In the days ahead, they'll try to win a new contract while working side by side with the same people that replaced them.
The company says it's still unclear whether there's room for strikers AND the replacement workers.
Both sets of employees will stay on the job while negotiations continue.
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[45Weather]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=don]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Now, taking another another look at the weather... The fog and drizzle will clear and the day will become partly sunny.. Highs will reach the upper 70's to mid 80's.. Tonight we'll see partly cloudy skies again with late showers possible Lows will be in the upper 60's
[SUPER=X5000; SET DISSOLVE]
[SUPER=314-Fog and Drizzle/Turning Partly Sunny/78-84/Turning Cloudy/Showers Possible Late/63-67;]
[SUPER=#555;RESET]


And in the five day forecast, more rain on wednesday and thursday... but clearing as we head toward the weekend...
I'll be back with another update in 30 minutes...

[8-City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC1:17:46]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Trout]


On Monday, the City of Roanoke honored the late Jim Trout.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


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.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Jim loved]

((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.))
[SUPER=07-Betsy Trout]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=fulfilled his dream.]
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[VO-NAT]


The city also put together a video, featuring interviews with the councilman's friends and colleagues.
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[8-S-Hannibal]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC27:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It has been estimated that 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.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


NO interviews were allowed and NO access is granted to the set of "Hannibal," the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs."
But NEWS 7 caught a glimpse of star Julianne Moore taking a break from the set.
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 yesterday as a mock F-B-I office.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 13:34:16]
[IN Q=I'm part ]

((MARYAM NADJAFARID: I'M PART OF A PROGRAM CALLED THE VIRGINIA CITIZENS...PICTURE OF HIS BACKSIDE, BUT-- gasp!))
[SUPER=07-Maryam Nadjafarid;]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=backside, but-- gasp!]
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[VO-NAT]


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.
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[8-E-Volvo]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC29:30]
[GRAPHIC=Volvo Layoffs]


Slow business is forcing Volvo to slash jobs in the New River Valley.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/January;]


The company says about 30 salaried workers were let go yesterday.
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.
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[8-WV-Arson]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Arson Arrest]


An attorney's office is burned down...and a Pocahontas County, West Virginia doctor is accused of setting the fire. Barry Bruce is the Lewisburg, West Virginia attorney who was representing the doctor's ex-wife in child custody procedings.
51-year old Dr. Henry Walkup of Marlinton was arrested yesterday and charged with second degree arson.



[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Joe]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=don]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Let's take a final look at the forecast this morning... The fog and drizzle will clear and the day will become partly sunny.. Highs will reach the upper 70's to mid 80's.. Tonight we'll see partly cloudy skies again with late showers possible Lows will be in the upper 60's
[SUPER=X5000; SET DISSOLVE]
[SUPER=314-Fog and Drizzle/Turning Partly Sunny/78-84/Turning Cloudy/Showers Possible Late/63-67;]
[SUPER=#555;RESET]


And in the five day forecast, more rain on wednesday and thursday... but clearing as we head toward the weekend... Tune in to News 7 at noon and have a good day...