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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


It's looking like a rough road ahead for Firestone--
Its parent company is expected to recall nearly 20- million tires.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And plans for a new Virginia Gas line through Roanoke County isn't sitting well with the Board of Supervisors or some residents.
We'll have details.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your day with us-- News 7 Mornin is straight ahead.

[Firestone]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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[GRAPHIC=Product Recall]


If you own a Ford Explorer with Firestone tires, you might receive a recall notice soon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Bridgestone, the parent of Firestone, is expected to announce the recall of nearly 20- million tires.
A-T-X, A-T-X Two, and Wilderness tires may be deadly on the road.
Most of them are on Ford Explorers.
Consumer safety officials say there's also a trend in WHERE the tire- related accidents occur.
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[SOT 3:02:23 ]
[IN Q=The largest]

((SEAN KANE/STRATEGIC SAFETY: THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION APPEARS TO BE IN THE SOUTHERN STATES AND IN THE SOUTHWEST-- FLORIDA, TEXAS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, ANY OF THE WARMER CLIMATES.))
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[OUT Q=warmer climates.]
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There are numerous complaints that the tires peel off their casings, sometimes while vehicles are in motion.
The tires are implicated in more than 40 deaths.
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[Pipeline]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
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Virginia Gas plans to build a new gas line through Roanoke county - a move that has the Board of Supervisors and some county residents up in arms.
Laying a new line means creating a 50-foot wide, 40 mile long swath of treeless land near neighborhoods and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The proposed line parallels an existing line extending from Radford to Clearbrook in Roanoke County. Meredyth Censullo reports.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07]
[SUPER=07-Danielle Hoffman; :20]
[SUPER=01-"Fuzzy" Minnix/ Cave Spring Supervisor; :55]
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((IF THEY TAKE MORE TREES DOWN, IT'S JUST GOING TO BE UGLY.))[RUNS:03]
Danielle Hoffman knows what it's like to have a gas line running through her back yard. This 50-foot wide stretch of land is owned by Duke Power. If a new easement is built, her view of the forest, could be replaced a scene of scrub.

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((THEY COULD LEAVE ME A BUFFER OF TREES, BUT EVEN IF THEY LEAVE ME A BUFFER OF TREES ITS GONNA LOOK LIKE CLEAR CUTTING
THROUGH MY YARD.))[RUNS=:08]



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((IF THEY TAKE 50 FEET ON THIS SIDE OF THE EASEMENT THATS BACK THERE, IT'S GONNA COME UP INSIDE MY FENCE.....))[RUNS:05]
It would butt up to Susan Corrigan's house too. These women wonder why the company doesn't use the path that's already here...

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((I REALLY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE FACT THAT TWO COMPANIES CAN'T SHARE THIS SAME EXISTING GAS EASEMENT LINE FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYBODY.))[RUNS:09]
The Board of supervisors rejected Virginia Gas' proposal to create the easement two years ago - but the company got the go ahead from the State Corporation Commission anyway.

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((ODELL "FUZZY" MINNIX/SUPERVISOR: I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU THAT ITS CHEAPER TO RAPE YOUR LAND THAN TO PAY SOMEBODY ELSE TO COEXIST WITH THEM.))[RUNS:08]
The Supervisors say greed is the driving force behind Virginia Gas' plans.. These residents agree..

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((THIS IS US RIGHT HERE...))[RUNS:02]
The pipelines - and battle lines - are drawn. And these neighbors say everyone in the county should be en guard - because even if the line doesn't ease it's way into your backyard - they say - it could destroy your view. ))
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[Take Full Screen Board] That was Meredyth Censullo reporting. To find out where the proposed line will go, log on to w-w-w-dot-geocities-dot com backslash-s-m-p-a-c-v-i-e-w.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The Board of Supervisors has submitted a resolution asking Virginia Gas to consider sharing the easement with Duke Power. Virginia Gas refuses to comment until they see the resolution.

[11Verizon-update]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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[GRAPHIC=Verizon Strike]


Striking Verizon workers will stay on the picket lines 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]
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[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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[11Yokohama]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
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Employees at Salem's Yokohama tire plant are getting some unwanted time off.
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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 one thousand people.
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[Lieberman]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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A day after Al Gore officially named Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman his running mate, the pair is hitting the campaign trail.
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[SUPER=203-Nashville, TN;]


The Democratic Presidential ticket spent yesterday in Gore's home state of Tennessee.
Lieberman is the first Jewish vice- presidential candidate on a major party ticket in American history.
He began his official campaign with a prayer.
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[SOT 3:05:10]
[IN Q=Dear Lord]

((JOSEPH LIEBERMAN/(D) VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: DEAR LORD, MAKER OF ALL MIRACLES, I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ME TO THIS EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT IN MY LIFE.))
[SUPER=201-Joseph Lieberman/(D) Vice Pres. Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=in my life.]
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But the gloves came off during his speech.
Lieberman criticized Republican suggestions that his positions on the issues are similar to those of George W- Bush.
Lieberman's considered a moderate-- supporting school vouchers and some privatization of social security.
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[11BWX-Union]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
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[GRAPHIC=BWX Technologies]


An effort to unionize hundreds of workers at BWX Technologies in Campbell County is under way.
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[VO-NAT]
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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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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, presidents tend to share some common personality traits and there's a new less painful way to diagnose cancer.

Doctor Dave Hnida has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((ON CAM DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PERSONALITY TO BE PRESIDENT? A SURVEY AT THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION LOOKED AT 41 PRESIDENTS AND FOUND MANY HAD A NUMBER OF PERSONALITY TRAITS IN COMMON. HERE ARE SOME OF THE TRAITS GREAT PRESIDENTS HAD IN COMMON: SEE WHERE YOU'D FIT.
GRFX GREAT PRESIDENTS TEND TO BE ASSERTIVE
GRFX SENSITIVE TO OTHERS
GRFX VERY SELF DISCIPLINED CONNIVING- IN OTHER WORDS DONT BELIEVE ITS WRONG TO BULLY OR TELL A LIE TO GET THINGS DONE.
GRFX NOW HERE'S WHAT TRAITS NOT SO GREAT PRESIDENTS HAVE IN COMMON: STRAIGHTFORWARD
GRFX MODEST
GRFX FLEXIBLE
GRFX NEAT- IN FACT THE PSYCHOLOGISTS SAID NEAT FREAKS AND NEUROTICS MAKE LOUSY PRESIDENTS.
ON CAM ALSO TODAY- A LESS COMPLICATED- AND LESS PAINFUL WAY TO DIAGNOSE CANCER- ITS BY ANALYZING TEARS. RESEARCHERS IN AUSTRALIA SAY THERE ARE SEVERAL PROTEINS IN TEARS ONLY PRESENT WHEN CANCER IS PRESENT. THE NEXT STEP: DEVELOPING TEAR TESTING FOR EVERYDAY SCREENING.

VT=VO

FINALLY- WHAT'S ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS YOU'D THINK ABOUT IF A WOMAN OVER THE AGE OF 50 BREAKS A BONE? THE ANSWER SHOULD BE OSTEOPOROSIS- THINNING OF BONES. BUT A NEW STUDY OF ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS- WHO TAKE CARE OF BROKEN BONES- FINDS THESE DOCTORS USUALLY DO NOT CHECK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS. ITS REALLY NOT THAT HARD TO DO- A SIMPLE BONE DENSITY SCAN CAN TELL YOU IF A WOMAN HAS THIN BONES- AND IS AT RISK FOR MORE FRACTURES. IN THIS STUDY OF ALMOST 12-THOUSAND WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 50 WITH FRACTURES-- ONLY 33 WOUND UP BEING SENT FOR A BONE DENSITY SCAN.
ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES.IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Yesterday was the last day of work for more than 200 Norfolk Southern East End Shops employees.
The company laid off the carshop workers.
While Norfolks Southern says a decrease in coal exports led to the furloughs, many laid- off employees blame the Conrail Merger.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Today the parent company of Firestone is expected to recall nearly 20- million tires after complaints that they peel off their casings.
The tires have been implicated in more than 40 deaths.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And it's as happy ending for the Mastiff who escaped from a dog show at the Salem Civic Center.
After being missing for five days, Rocky has reunited with his owner.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, August 9th.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-Firestone]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Product Recall]


A huge tire recall is expected today--
Bridgestone, the parent company of Firestone will recall nearly 20- million tires after complaints that they peel off their casings.
The tires have been implicated in more than 40 deaths.
Sharyl Attkisson has details.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Preston Rico/Customer; :33]
[SUPER=01-Sean Kane/Strategic Safety; 1:37]
[SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/Reporting; 1:58]
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[OUT Q=Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News, Washington.]



[11NS-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
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More than 200 Norfolk Southern East End Shops employees will not return to work today.
Yesterday, the company laid off the carshop workers.
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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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[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.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Rhodes/Furloughed Employee]
[OUT Q=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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((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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[11Pulaski-Furniture]


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


Pulaski Furniture is closing its Martinsville Plant in October. That means nearly 300 people will be out of a job. Martinsville already has the highest unemployment rate in the state. The city built its economy around textiles and furniture -- Textiles failed last year and now, Tina Tenret investigates what's happening to the furniture industry.
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[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :07]
[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]



[11Project-Life]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC23:18]
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Project Lifesaver is living up to its name.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


27 year old Charissa (KA-rissa) Keel has Down's Syndrome and walked away from her home Monday night.
It took Pittsylvania County authorities exactly eight minutes to find her.
She wears the Project Lifesaver transmitter that allows searchers to track her.
Authorities found Keel a quarter of a mile from her home.
Sunday night officers successfully located a man who also wears the device.
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[Wildfires]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Wildfires]


Firefighters are growing weary and hundreds of residents are evacuated as nearly 70 major wildfires continue burning out west.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Boise, ID;]


President Clinton toured the devastation in Idaho, and thanked firefighters for all their hard work.
The President promised 150- million dollars in emergency funds to continue efforts to battle the blaze.
That money is desperately needed, with resources quickly depleting.
Nearly a million acres are up in smoke across 11- states.
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[11Jones-Lt-Gov]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC38:22]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


Norfolk Delegate Jerrauld (JEHR-ald) Jones says he will seek 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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[11L'burg-Director]


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


The biggest division of Lynchburg city government is about to undergo a major change.
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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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[11Dog-found]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-18 TC2:06:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The missing Mastiff has been re-united with his owner.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Rocky had been missing for five days- -since his escape from a dog show at the Civic Center.
Though dozens of people had searched the area, Rocky just showed up on Leo Walker's door-step yesterday morning... rooting around in the beer bottles.
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[SOT 13:09:40]
[IN Q=You didn't know]

((KEITH HUMPHRY/NEWS 7: You didn't know Rocky was a beer drinker. NO, IF I'D KNOWN THAT, I'D A HAD BEER ALL OVER THIS TOWN. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDEA HE LIKED BEER. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING HE GETS AT OUR HOUSE.))
[SUPER=01-Kim Siebert/Dog Owner]
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[OUT Q=our house.]
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[VO-NAT]


Siebert wrote Walker a check for one thousand dollars, the reward she'd promised for Rocky's return.
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[IN Q=I almost feel]

((I ALMOST FEEL GUILTY MAKING THIS EASY MONEY. BUT I COULD USE IT RIGHT NOW, SO.....))
[SUPER=01-Leo Walker/Found Dog;]
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[OUT Q=right now, so.]
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[VO-NAT]


Siebert praised Walker, Salem residents and police along with members of the Roanoke Kennel Club who'd been so supportive and helpful in the search for Rocky.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors and some county residents are concerned about a proposed Virginia Gas pipeline. The proposed line parallels an existing Duke Power line extending from Radford to Clearbrook in Roanoke County.
The Board of Supervisors will submit a resolution today asking Virginia Gas to consider sharing the easement with Duke Power.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]



Pulaski Furniture is closing its Martinsville Plant in October. That means nearly 300 people will be out of a job. Martinsville already has the highest unemployment rate in the state.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

No contract agreement is expected to be reached anytime soon between striking Verizon workers and the company.
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.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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