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A major furniture manufacturer has announced it is buying the Pulaski Furniture plant in Dublin.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Joe Dashiell.
Pulaski Furniture's Dublin plant is changing hands.
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It's being sold to Ethan Allen -- a major manufacturer of high-end furniture. Terms were NOT disclosed.
The Dublin plant employs 450 people.
Ethan Allen says it hopes to employ "MOST" of them.
Pulaski Furniture says it MAY have jobs in nearby plants for the rest.
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[SUPER=01-John Wampler/Pulaski Furniture President;]

((JOHN WAMPLER/PULASKI FURNITURE PRESIDENT: WE FEEL IT'S A POSITIVE DAY. WE'RE SOMEWHAT SAD TO HAVE SOME OF OUR EMPLOYEES LEAVE US AND GO WORK FOR ANOTHER COMPANY, BUT WE'RE UPBEAT AND POSITIVE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO STAY GAINFULLY EMPLOYED AS WOODWORKERS IN OUR INDUSTRY.))
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[OUT Q=in our industry.]
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After changing hands in September, the plant will continue to manufacture bedroom and dining room furniture.
Pulaski Furniture says the sale has no effect on its other 7 plants.
Executives confirm that they've also been trying to shop their Martinsville plant around.


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A fire that destroyed a historic church is now being called an accident.

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In the final report, State Police say the blaze was accidentally ignited by painters using a hot iron to scrape paint off wood.
The fire ravaged the historic church, toppling the steeple, collapsing the roof and filling the sanctuary with rubble. Damage is estimated at two and a half million dollars.
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A car bombing in Indonesia has killed two people and injured a Philippine diplomat.
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The blast ripped apart the limo carrying the Philippine ambassador as the car entered his official residence in Jakarta.
The ambassador was injured along with more than 20 others.
Indonesia's president is linking the bombing to Muslim militants in the southern Philippines, not the separatist and religious violence that has plagued his country.
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School board members hope Pulaski County High school will be able to start the school year on time despite damage caused by an explosion this weekend.
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The explosion occurred in the mechanical room behind the cafeteria. The area housed the school's electrical and gas services. Officials blame natural gas for the blast.
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[SUPER=01-David Cox/Pulaski Co. Superintendent;]

((DAVID COX/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S LIKELY THAT IT HAD TO DO WITH NATURAL GAS AND ELECTRICITY. WE KNOW THAT THE TRANSFORMER, OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, DID EXPLODE ITSELF. THE TOP AND SIDES OF THE UNIT WERE BLOWN OFF. ))
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School board members held an emergency meeting today to discuss the damages. They plan to ask for money to demolish and rebuild the affected area.
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[Campaign-2000]


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Retired General Colin Powell held the spotlight Monday night as Republicans gathered in Philadelphia.
Tonight, three more veterans will take the stage at the Republican National Convention. John McCain, Bob Dole and retired General Norman Schwarzkopf will offer testimonials for Texas Governor George W. Bush.
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On opening night, the GOP was showcasing a theme of diversity and inclusiveness.
Powell encouraged the party to reach out to minorities.
Tonight the focus shifts to the need for a strong military, with McCain delivering the final speech of tonight's session.
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[Clayson]


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Jane Clayson is the co-host of The Early Show on CBS.
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(KIM-Use Campaign 2000 double box -- ESS# 16040)


She is in Philadelphia this week covering the Republican National Convention. Jane thanks for sharing your afternoon with us.

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(1. Last night, the focus was on diversity and inclusiveness. It may be impossible for you to judge how it's playing o

utside of the convention hall, but from your perspective, did the GOP hit its mark on opening night?)
(2. Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore makes a prime time appearance tomorrow. He's one of very few governors to hold such a

visible role this week. What does that say about his influence with Bush... or his profile on the national scene?)
(3. We've been hearing about this carefully scripted convention. Tonight the theme shifts from diversity to importance

of military strength... What are you anticipating as we move toward Bush's arrival tomorrow?)
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Jane, thank you for you insight this afternoon... We'll be following your coverage from Philadelphia this week

on The Early Show. [CA-wildfires]


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A wildfire continues to burn in the Sequoia National Forest.
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So far, more than 60,000 acres have burned and eight homes have been destroyed.
The fire began on July 22nd. Since then more than 1,500 firefighters have battled the flames from the ground and air.
The fire was only 15 percent contained on Monday. Full containment is not expected until mid-August.
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The Vatican is making clear it would like to help the U-S in brokering a Middle East peace agreement
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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has stopped in Europe to meet with Italian officials and the Vatican's foreign minister.
Church officials suggest the Vatican could use its influence with the Palestinians to push them toward an accord with Israel, but the Vatican would also like to have a say on Jerusalem's final status. That was the issue that scuttled the Camp David talks.
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Pope John Paul has suggested international oversight of the city because of its distinct position among Christians, Jews and Muslims. But Albright told reporters today that internationalization ``was not the solution.''

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Police say a man accused in the shooting death of a Franklin County man had the means and opportunity to commit the crime. Tex Rogers and a teenaged girl are in custody for the murder yesterday of 41-year old Mike Campbell. Although Rogers admits to being armed and at the victim's house, he says he didn't pull the trigger. Teresa Hamilton reports.
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((KEN BARNETT/NEIGHBOR: HE WASN'T MOVING, HE WAS BLOODY FROM HEAD TO TOE.)) [RUNS05]
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Ken Barnett lives two doors down from the victim but says he didn't know how badly Mike Campbell was hurt until it was too late.
Barnett says Campbell came onto his porch around one AM shouting for him to call 9-1-1 but Barnett didn't open his door until deputies arrived.
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((KEN BARNETT/NEIGHBOR: HE JUST SAID CALL 9-1-1 TWICE AND I THOUGHT HE HAD LEFT CAUSE I NEVER HEARD ANYMORE OUT OF HIM.)) [runs06]
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Yesterday morning-- Barnett spent much of his time cleaning up the victim's blood.
Investigators say Campbell had been shot at least three times inside his mobile home in the Hardy section of Franklin county.
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((EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: IT DID APPEAR THAT HE'D BEEN SHOT IN THE BED OR BEDROOM BUT MOST LIKELY IN THE BED.)) [runs06]
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Investigators say witnesses and evidence point to 15- year old Sarah Edwards.... ((nat SOUND)) [runs03] and 26- year old Tex Rogers as suspects.
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((TEX ROGERS/MURDER SUSPECT: I GOT MY CLOTHES AND I LEFT, SHE LEFT WITH ME, NEXT THING I KNOW WE'RE WALKING OUT OF THE WOODS AND THE COPS SAYING YOU KILLED THIS MAN AND I DIDN'T KILL NOBODY. but you had a gun on you?)) ((YEAH, I DID, IF I WAS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, I'D HAVE A GUN ON ME.)) [RUNS19]
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The pair was arrested yesterday morning a short distance from the victim's residence.
Authorities had been watching a suspicious car parked nearby when the two came walking out of the woods. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

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The case of a Miss Virginia contestant charged with embezzlement will go before a grand jury.
23 year old Samantha L- Miller was disqualified from the pageant last month because of the pending charge.
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Yesterday, a Powhatan County judge said there is enough evidence of embezzlement for the felony charge against Miller to be heard by a grand jury.
The embezzlement allegation was made by a now- bankrupt construction firm that employed her as a secretary last year.
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((PAUL GREGORIO/MILLER'S ATTORNEY: MR. FORD HAD THIS INFORMATION, HE ALLEGED BACK IN MARCH OR APRIL OF 2000, AND FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, AND AGAIN, I WON'T SPECULATE ON HIS MOTIVES, HE WAITS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY A WEEK BEFORE THE PAGEANT AND THEN BRINGS THE CHARGES. SO IT JUST ALL SOUNDS SUSPICIOUS TO ME.))
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[OUT Q=suspicious to me.]
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Miller is Miss Hampton Holly Days Festival.
A grand jury will hear the Richmond woman's case in October.
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[Gun-Amnesty]


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Lynchburg is offering convicted felons who carry guns an opportunity to stay out of jail.
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As part of the Virginia Exile program, the city will sponsor a one- day gun amnesty program this Saturday. Felons will be allowed to hand over weapons to police with no questions asked.
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((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: BUT WE WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TURN THESE GUNS IN.. I MEAN, OUR GOAL IS NOT TO PROSECUTE ANYBODY, OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE PEOPLE GET RID OF THE WEAPONS AND THERE WON'T BE ANY CONSEQUENCES AND OUR WORK LOAD WILL GO DOWN.))
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It is illegal for convicted felons to own firearms. Doing so can result in a mandatory prison term of two to five years. Guns can be turned in Saturday from 10 to 2 at the Lynchburg Lifesaving Crew building.
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A multi-million dollar community revitalization project in Northwest Roanoke is complete - and now more plans are in the works for the Gilmer-Louden neighborhood...
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Thornhill Place is made up of 20 brand new apartments for low-income families .. It's the latest project in the "Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization's" 20 year history. The goal of the N-N-E-O is to re-vamp old homes and build new ones, in an effort to clean up their part of the city.


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((JAMES LESNIAK/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NNEO: THE INTENT IS TO DO PROJECTS THAT ARE LARGER IN SCALE - THAT CAN TAKE MORE AREA AND MAKE A MORE VISIBLE IMPACT.))
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[OUT Q=more visible impact.]
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More than 200 people applied to live at Thornhill place.
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The N-N-E-O has also announced plans to build a 68-room facility for low-income senior citizens. They plan to break ground on "McCray Court" in the near future.


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Photographer O. Winston Link will be featured in Vanity Fair magazine.
A crew from the magazine will be taking pictures of Link later this week and Norfolk Southern will be providing a key prop.
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Steam locomotive 12-18 has been in storage for years.
But last week, workers eased it out of the shops, and began sprucing it up.
Vanity Fair wants to use the locomotive as a background for the photos of Link.
The 12-18 was stored in the shops after Norfolk Southern stopped running steam excursions in 1994.
O. Winston Link is best known for the nighttime photographs he took of steam trains on the old Norfolk and Western Railway in the late 1950s.
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