!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/loose.dtd"> WDBJ 7 morning news AM cutins for 08/09/00
 


[7-11NS-Layoffs]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
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[GRAPHIC=NS Layoffs]

Yesterday's layoffs at Norfolk Southern mean that more than 200 carshop workers will not return to the East End Shops today.
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[VO-NAT]


While the company cites a decrease in coal exports as the reason for the furloughs, many of the furloughed employees blame the Conrail Merger.
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[TC: 00:28:19]
[IN Q=When it was]

((WHEN IT WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED, THEY SAID IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ROANOKE. ONE YEAR TO THE DAY, THE ANNIVERSARY, THEY TOLD US WE WERE BEING SHUT DOWN.))
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The Union President says he hoped his coworkers could have found work at Norfolk Southern.
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[IN Q=They told us]

((FRED SMITH/UNION PRESIDENT: THEY TOLD US WHEN THE ACQUISITION CAME ABOUT THAT THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF JOBS HERE IN ROANOKE, BUT THERE'S NO JOBS AT NORFOLK SOUTHERN. MAYBE SOME IN NEW JERSEY, AND THERE WERE SOME IN HARRISBURG THIS MORNING, BUT THEY ARE FILLED ALREADY.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Smith/Union President]
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[OUT Q=are filled already.]
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[vo-nat]
A skeleton crew of 16 will be left at the carshops.
Maintenance and managers will be the only one's left out of the 238 that once made up the workforce there.
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[7-11Verizon-update]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC01:04]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]

Verizon workers will stay on the picket lines for a while longer.
They say no progress has been made in contract negotiations.
In fact, they say the two sides are further apart than when they started.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
[TAPE#=00-19 TC1:36:31]


A Union Vice President says the company has made a second contract proposal.
He says the proposal takes away language on vacations that the Union had just won through arbitration in June.
The Communications Workers of America say their picket lines are holding strong from Maine to Virginia, and no contract agreement is expected to be reached anytime soon.
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[7-11L'burg-Director]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-20 TC1:54:23]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal]

A major change is coming to the biggest division of Lynchburg city government.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


City leaders announced yesterday 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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[IN Q=We think that]

((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.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager;]
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[OUT Q=CSO program.]
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[VO-NAT]


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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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Turning to the forecast now.... the heat and humidity continue today.
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[45-11Syphilis]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM cutins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-]
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Health officials say Syphilis is a serious disease with a simple cure.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


But that message hasn't seemed to reach Danville.
Last year the city reported 99 cases of the sexually transmitted disease--more than any other city in the state.

So far this year Danville has reported 52 cases.
Health officials are no longer standing on the sidelines for those numbers to climb.
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[IN Q=There is a ]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Geoffrey Smith/Danville Health Department]

((DR. GEOFFREY SMITH/DANVILLE HEALTH DEPT. : THERE IS A COUPON SYSTEM IF THAT PERSON IS JUDGED IN NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION AS BEING A PATIENT WITH SYPHILIS THEN THAT PERSON IS GIVEN A COUPON AND TAKEN TO ONE OF TWO MEDICAL CENTERS.))
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[OUT Q=two medical centers.]
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[PRE-PRO ON TAPE]
Those two medical centers are Southside Family Medical Center. It's open Monday through Fridays 8-5 and Tuesdays and Thursdays open until 8 in the evening. Saturday hours are also available.
The second facility is in Axton at the Sandy River Medical Center open Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30.
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[45-11Yokohama]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=500-01 TC1:18:25]
[GRAPHIC=Yokohama]


Salem's Yokohama tire plant is giving its workers some unwanted time off.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]
[TAPE#=500-13 02:17]


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 one thousand people.
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[45-11BWX-Union]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC1:06:17]
[GRAPHIC=BWX Technologies]

An effort by retirees to unionize hundreds of workers at BWX Technologies in Campbell County has gotten under way.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


BWX retirees were on hand for shift change yesterday afternoon, passing out union brochures for the United Electrical Workers.
The retirees have been battling BWX for months over skyrocketing health insurance costs.
They believe 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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[45-11Jones-Lt-Gov]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC38:22]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]



Norfolk Delegate Jerrauld (JEHR-ald) Jones says he is throwing in his hat for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/January 1999;]


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 yesterday, 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=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Taking a break from the news to check weather.. partly sunny and humid with temperatures climbing into the 90s...

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[8-11Pulaski-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#00-28 TC39:14]
[GRAPHIC=Pulaski Plant Closing]


Nearly 300 people will lose their jobs this fall when Pulaski Furniture closes its plant in Martinsville.

This comes to the city with the highest unemployment rate in the state.
Last year, the textile industry took at hit.
Now, Tina Tenret tells us the furniture business is also going south.
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[SUPER=01-Julie Thomas/Pulaski Furniture Employee; :14]
[SUPER=01-Earl Reynolds/ Martinsville City Manager; :43]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Martinsville]



[8-Roanoke-Steel]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Electric Steel]

An official for a local business will pay fines for releasing privileged information.
A Roanoke Electric Steel Corporation official and two of his golfing buddies have agreed to pay penalties in a federal insider trading case.
The plea agreement was disclosed in documents filed this week in Roanoke federal court.
Roanoke Electric Steel vice president Watson King agreed to pay almost 109-thousand dollars.
That amount is equal to the total his friends made from privileged information two years ago, about the company's plan to purchase Steel of West Virginia.
King's friends, Sterling Minter of Salem and Edmund Byrd of Roanoke, bought almost 40-thousand shares of Steel of West Virginia stock before the deal became public.
Minter and Byrd will also pay penalties and return their profits in the Securities and Exchange Commission case.



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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#none]
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Let's take a moment to look at the mid- week forecast again....
Partly sunny, hot, and humid....

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