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[TALENT=Keith]

Hundreds of workers laid off... by a plant closing in Martinsville... and N-S car shops closing shop.
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Also on NEWS 7 at SIX: the last of the missing show dogs turns up alive and well in a Salem cemetery.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on the Big 7 - everything from the Franklin County Eagles football, to Metro Golf, to Andre Kendrick's summer school adventure.
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And I'll tell you why Michael Vick has been jumping up and down on a mini-trampoline.
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A few thunderstorms roll through West Virginia and Virginia I'll show you where there going.....

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Almost three-hundred people are told they'll lose their jobs .. as a Martinsville furniture plant shuts down.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Pulaski-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[GRAPHIC=Pulaski Plant Closing]


Pulaski Furniture says it will transfer 80 people to other facilities in Henry County by the time the plant closes in October.
But that still leaves 200 people out of work.
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Tina Tenret has the latest on how this affects an area that already has the highest unemployment rate in the state.
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[NS-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Norfolk Southern furloughed more than 200 of its carshop workers today.
The layoff means the end of decades of repair work at the East End Shops.
[Double Boxes=Jennifer and Keith/Microwave]


Jennifer Miele is at the carshops where workers got their last paychecks today.
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Keith, the workers we've talked with today are devastated by the furlough.
Some have been working here all their lives, and no one is quite sure what the future will hold.
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[SUPER=01-Fred Smith/Union President;]
[SUPER=01-David Boyd/Furloughed Employee]
[SUPER=01-Mike Rhodes/Furloughed Employee]
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(( The President of the Union that represents the furloughed car shop workers says it wasn't easy for him to tell union members the bad news.
He also says there have been some major changes since Norfolk Southern bought Conrail, and the coal exporting business is in decline.
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((FRED SMITH/NS CARSHOPS: THEY SPENT A LOT OF MONEY UP NORTH FOR THE CONRAIL ACQUISITION, AND THAT'S FOR SURE.))
BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT
((IT PROBABLY PLAYED A PART IN IT, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT WAS ALL THAT WAS AT PLAY HERE.)) [RUNS09]
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But some of Smith's coworkers say the layoffs are a direct result of the Conrail merger-- announced a little over a year ago.
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((DAVID BOYD/NS CARSHOPS: IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT CORPORATE GREED, THE CONRAIL THING IS WHAT IT IS. ALL THE WORK IS GOING THERE AND WE ARE OUT OF BUSINESS.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=out of business.]


The company maintains that the layoffs are a result of the decrease in coal transportation, but some analysts say the events are all part of a changing railroad.
While the railroad continues to grow and change, these workers say they've been left behind.
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((FOR THE LAST TEN TO TWELVE YEARS, IT'S BEEN REAL GOOD BUT SINCE THE CONRAIL ACQUISITIONS, IT KIND OF GONE DOWN HILL. THEY HAVE A BIG SHOP UP IN P.A., THEY ARE STILL WORKING BUT WE'RE BEING SHUT DOWN.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=being shut down.]))
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The amount of transported coal has been rising over the last quarter, that could be why the layoffs were postponed from last Friday until today.
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Keith, only a skeleton crew will be left in the shops, including maintenance and management.

[Yokohama]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Employees at Salem's sprawling tire plant are getting an unwanted summer vacation.
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Yokohama will suspend manufacturing from August 20th until September 1st in an attempt to reduce inventory.
Company officials told News 7 that they are working with the Virginia Employment Commission to make sure employees are eligible for un-employment benefits during the shutdown.
Company officials say they don't anticipate similar action again.
Yokohama employs more than a thousand people.
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[BWX-Union]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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An effort to unionize hundreds of workers at BWX Technologies in Campbell County is under way.
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BWX retirees were on hand for shift change this afternoon, passing out union brochures for the United Electrical Workers.
The retirees have been battling BWX for months over skyrocketing health insurance costs.
They feel current employees should unionize to protect themselves from a similar situation.
Previous efforts to organize unions at BWX over the years have failed.
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[Jones-Lt-Gov]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
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Norfolk Delegate Jerrauld (JEHR-ald) Jones says he will seek the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
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Jones has represented Norfolk and Chesapeake in the General Assembly since 1988. He is currently the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus.
In a statement today, Jones said he understands "what the people of Virginia want and need, regardless of race, party, gender, religion or regional differences."
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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State Senator Emily Couric was considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but she recently withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A shake-up in Lynchburg's Public Works Department.
Details on that are still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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((COME ON BUDDY, LET'S GO HOME.))
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And an emotional reunion as the last of the missing show dogs in Salem is reunited with his owner.
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[Dog-found]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The search is over in Salem.
After five days, Rocky the missing Mastiff just showed up on his own this morning.
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[SUPER=01-Leo Walker/Dog Finder]
[SUPER=01-Kim Siebert/Dog Owner]
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(( A strange sound awoke Leo Walker around seven o'clock.
Any sound is strange where he lives- -in an apartment deep within Sherwood Burial Park.
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((I WAS LYING IN BED. I HEARD BEER BOTTLES FALL ON THE FRONT PORCH. I WALKED OUTSIDE AND SAW THIS BIG ENGLISH MASTIFF WALKING AWAY.)) [RUNS11]
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It turned out to be the same English Mastiff the entire Roanoke Valley had been looking for since Thursday.
Rocky was one of about 50 show dogs that escaped from travel pens, spooked by fireworks at the Civic Center.
Eleven -month old Rocky had been the lone hold out. Once in custody, the prized show dog had to cool his heels at the pound until his owner could get here from Wilmington, North Carolina, to claim him. The Animal Control Officer was afraid Rocky might bolt again.
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((DON'T LET HIM GO. I'M GOT GOING TO LET HIM GO.))
With lots of praise for Salem police, Roanoke Kennel Club members and all the people who helped hunt for the dog, Kim Siebert set out to find the man who'd found the pooch on his porch.
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((THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME. YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND RIGHT NOW.)) [RUNS03]
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She pronounced Rocky none the worse for wear, said he didn't appear to have lost any of his 170 pounds.
Leo Walker accepted her 1-thousand dollar reward for Rocky's return.
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((WHICH I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO, OF COURSE. I ALMOST FEEL GUILTY, BECAUSE THE DOG FOUND ME. I DIDN'T FIND IT.)) [RUNS05]
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Either way. It's a story with a happy ending.
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((ARE YOU READY TO GO?))
Kim Siebert says she hopes to return to Salem... where people not only love their animals, they love anybody's animals.))

[Syphilis]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Danville is not sitting still when it comes to curbing the outbreak of Syphilis.
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Since the Danville Health Department teamed up with two other medical centers to provide more care the response has been good.
The Southside Family Medical Center has seen an average of four patients a week.
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((JOAN LANIER/FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER: THE NEED IS GREAT AND SYPHILIS IS JUST ONE OF THE STD'S AND FREQUENTLY THEY'LL HAVE MORE THAN ONE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES.))
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((DR. GEOFFREY SMITH/DANVILLE HEALTH DEPT.: THAT PERSON IS GIVEN A COUPON AND TAKES TO ONE OF THESE TWO MEDICAL CENTERS WITH THE APPROPRIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION AND THERAPY.))
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[PRE-PRO]
The two facilities that are now open to syphilis patients are the Southside Family Medical Center open Monday through Friday 8-5 and Tuesday and Thursdays open until 8pm. And Saturday 8:30-4:30.
Axton's Sandy River Medical Center is open 8:30 until 5.
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[Patrick-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A woman from Patrick County was killed this morning in a single car accident.
State police say Denise Turner Moore of Critz (CRY-tz) was driving on route 697, about a mile and a half north of route 58.
Her car ran off the road, hit a stump and overturned. Moore died at the scene. No one else was injured.

[Stocks]


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A mixed day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW climed 110-points, but NASDAQ lost 14.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained more than a point.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Some major changes are being made in the biggest division of Lynchburg city government.
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City leaders today announced they were splitting up the public works department and creating a separate department for utilities like water and sewer service.
Officials say handling the increase in federal regulations and control has become too much for one person.
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((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: WE THINK THAT DOING THIS WILL ALLOW US TO AND FOR THE CITY IN THE FUTURE TO FOCUS ON A VERY COMPLEX AREA OF UTILITIES. WE HAVE INCREASING REGULATIONS, THE COMPLEXITIES AND COSTS OF THE CSO PROGRAM.))
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Church also announced that retiring public works director Ray Booth will be replaced by Bruce McNabb, who holds a similar post in Decatur, Illinois.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Vick and Kendrick are making headlines for the Hokies. We'll check out day two of the Bob McLelland classic.
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And tunr our Friday Football Extra attention to the Franklin County Eagles and first year head coach Billy Miles.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Friday Football Extra nightly preseason spotlight shines on Rocky Mount tonight as we check in at the home of the Franklin County Eagles.
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First place finishes and Franklin County have not exactly been synonymous the past decade, but the Eagles' new head coach Billy Miles hopes to remedy all of that. Miles has 29 years of experience as an assistant coach, most recently with the state champs from Salem. Understandably, his arrival has created quite a bit of excitement.
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The Franklin County school system has given Miles the tools he needs to teach, in terms of his assistant coaches. One of the newcomers is John Cooke, who coached state championship teams at both Jonesville and Roanoke Catholic. After a year away from football, he has come back to help Miles.
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((JOHN COOKE:))
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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When the Virginia Tech Hokies put on the full pads this Thursday, no one will be more anxious to butt heads on the practice field than senior Andre Kendrick.
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The talented tailback from E.C. Glass in Lynchburg missed all of spring practice when he was deemed academically ineligible for the spring semester. Andre returned to school this summer and took two electives to regain his eligibility - one was "Consumer Health" and the other was "Creative Dance."
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Andre says he understands how folks might interpret the Dance class has being a piece of cake. But he insists it was tougher than dancing through the Florida State Seminoles in last year's Sugar Bowl.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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In one other Tech note tonight, the Michael Vick preseason hype takes another huge jump with the release of the college football preview edition of ESPN the magazine, which hits local newsstands tomorrow.
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The redshirt-sophomore quarterback graces the cover of the preseason pigskin issue. The cover shot is accompanied by the title "The Human Highlight." Vick had to go through some rather bizarre motions for the magazine's photo shoot - spending much of his time posing on a mini-trampoline. In the magazine's accompanying article on Vick, the author refers to the Tech quarterback as the best thing to come out of Virginia since baked ham and Sam Snead. The magazine also ranks the Hokies 10th in their preseason top 25.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=sma]
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Day two of the Bob McClelland Golf Classic invaded Countryside Country Club today. And while many eyes were on individual leader Jason Owenby of Cave Spring, Franklin County is drawing rave reviews as the TEAM to watch.
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The Eagles finished second in the triple A state golf tournament last year but graduated their top two players and six seniors in all, including state champion Matt Chandler. His younger brother leads a youth movement in Franklin County golf that should contend this year and it all starts with the Bob McClelland.
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((CHARLES JAMISON/FRANKLIN COUNTY GOLF COACH:))
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[anchor=mike]
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Franklin County leads the team competition while Owenby is four shots up on Mitch Chandler for the individual title with four holes to play.
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One other golf note. Chip Sullivan of Ashley Plantantion fired a five under 67 on the final round to finish at seven under par, good enough to win the 2000 Holden Cup at Belle Haven Country Club. The tourney is a Middle Atlantic PGA charity event.

[S-Chipper]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Reports out of Atlanta today indicate the Braves are ready to make third baseman Chipper Jones the team's highest paid player.
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[SUPER=04-MLB; :00]

The reigning National League most valuable player, who is elligible to become a free agent at the end of the season, will apparently stay with the Braves and sign a new 6 year contract worth $90 million. The deal would give Chipper $15 million a season, compared to Greg Maddux's $12 and half million a year. He's currently hitting 307.
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[Promo]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Roanoke County board of Supervisors are meeting this evening to discuss the future of a Virginia Gas pipeline.

[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]

Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more...
[Live= Jean Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Jean1;]

Keith, the proposed 45-mile line could mean hundreds of landowners will have a 50-foot easement cutting through their property...
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Several homeowners spoke out against the project at today's afternoon session.
They suggest Virginia Gas use an easment that already exists.
That easement - belonging to Duke Power - roughly parallels Virginia Gas' proposed route from Radford to Clearbrook in Roanoke County.
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[Live=Jean Full/Newsroom]

The Supervisors went into a work session to discuss a possible resolution asking Virginia Gas to co-exist with Duke Power.
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We'll hear from concerned residents and members of the Board of Supervisors tonight at 11.