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The Verizon strike is still going on...and it looks like the rank and file are in it for the long haul.
Union officials say negotiations are actually WIDENING the gap between the two sides.
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And the chairman of the Rocky Mount Planning Commission is charged with molesting a nine- year- old girl.
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Sunny skies today and just a bit of a break from this week's heat and humidity. You'll like today's temperatures better. More in the forecast... coming up.
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News 7 at noon, after this break.

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At today's opening of the Reform Party Convention in California, they're slugging it out over WHO'S in control.

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[Verizon]


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Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom. We'll have more on that story in just a few minutes.
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But first, lines are still busy at Verizon picket sites across the country.
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The Union's local vice-president says negotiations between the Communications Workers of America and the company are pushing the two sides further apart.
The bargaining committees haven't met formally in two days.
Mandatory overtime and job security are the issues in dispute.
Picketers say they are further angered by Verizon's announcement that they would contract out DSL, or Digital Subscriber Line work.
That leaves union members ineligible to move into DSL positions at the company.
The Union says they don't see the strike coming to an end anytime soon.
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[Carter]


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The chairman of the Rocky Mount Planning Commission is charged with molesting a young girl. 66-year old Cecil Carter was arrested yesterday after being indicted by a grand jury earlier this week. Authorities say the nine year old victim was penetrated by an animate object. Authorities say Carter and the girl knew each other but are not related. Carter declined to comment on the charge.

[Reform-Party]


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There's already some controversy surrounding today's opening of the Reform Party convention in California.
Pat Buchanan expects to get the party's Presidential nomination.
But some say Buchanan isn't playing fair-- alleging that he stuffed the ballot boxes.
Jerry Bowen reports.
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NAT SOT: (GUYS BURST THROUGH DOORS)


NARR: ITS WRESTLE-MANIA IN THE POLITICAL ARENA:

NAT SOT: (MORE SHOUTING)


NARR: THE STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL OF THE REFORM PARTY.

NAT SOT: "LISTEN I AM SO SICK OF THESE THREATS. NO. I'M SICK OF THESE

THREATS."
NARR: BUT THERE'S NO SCRIPT...ONLY CHAOS... AS BACKERS OF PAT BUCHANAN:

NAT SOT: "WE'RE GONNA PRACTICE DEMOCRACY."


NARR: BATTLE SUPPORTERS OF PARTY FOUNDER ROSS PEROT.

NAT SOT: (LADY) "THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH. THE DON'T CARE ABOUT

PEOPLE!
NARR: AT ISSUE, WHO WILL SELECT THE PARTY'S PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. 40 STATES HAVE COME WITH COMPETING DELEGATIONS:

SOT: "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN..."


NARR: THERE'VE BEEN DUELING NEWS CONFERENCES:

SOT: (SCREAMING AND YELLING)


NARR: THE OLD PEROT FORCES HAVE ISSUED THEIR OWN CREDENTIALS...SO THERE'S THE REAL POSSIBILITY OF DUELING CONVENTIONS:

SOT: "WE ARE READY TO HEAR THE CHALLENGE FROM NEW YORK!"


NARR: BUCHANAN ARRIVED IN LONG BEACH WEDNESDAY...SELF PROCLAIMED SAVIOR OF THE PARTY WITH JUST A 1 PERCENT STANDING IN THE POLLS. HIS ONLY CHALLENGER IS JOHN HAGELIN, A PROFESSOR AT IOWA'S MAHARISHI UNIVERSITY. PARTY FOUNDER PEROT IS NOT EXPECTED. AT STAKE: 12-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS:

SOT: (BAY BUCHANAN, BUCHANAN CAMPAIGN MANAGER) "I WOULD HAVE HOPED

THAT THESE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE HEART THE FAT LADY SINGING 30 DAYS AGO." :04
NARR: PEROT LOYALISTS SAY THEIR FAT LADY IS JUST WARMING UP.

NAT SOT: "YOU WON NOTHING! NOTHING HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED. YOU WON

NOTHING!"
NARR: THE REFORM PARTY LOVE-IN OFFICIALLY STARTS THIS MORNING. JERRY BOWEN CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES. ))

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Meanwhile, next week's Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles is causing some concern...days before it gets under way.
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Preparations have started for next week's convention.
The convention will bring in 20- thousand delegates and visitors, and nearly as many journalists and protesters to the downtown area.
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But all the hoopla is concerning business owners, who remember the destruction after the L-A Lakers' playoff win earlier this summer..
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((RITS WALTERS/L.A. CITY COUNCIL: THERE WAS PROBABLY A STRONG INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AFTER THE LAKERS' EVENT. I DON'T ANTICIPATE THAT ANY OF THE PROTESTERS OR ANY OF THE DELEGATES WILL BE UNDER THOSE INFLUENCES.))
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The Democratic convention begins Monday.
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[Home-Invasion]


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Residents of old Southwest Roanoke are being warned to lock their doors after an attack on an elderly woman.
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Cora Hodges has stitches in her head and a cast on her arm after a stranger walked through her open door Tuesday night.
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((I STOOD UP AND SAID WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? GET OUT OF HERE! HE SAID GIVE ME YOUR MONEY OR I'LL KILL YOU. I SAID I DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY. HE SAID WELL YOU BETTER GET SOME MONEY OR I'M GOING TO KILL YOU. AND I MEAN I'M GOING TO KILL YOU.))
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Hodges says the man hit her repeatedly with a brick, then stole her pocketbook with five dollars. Her son is offering a thousand dollar reward for information about the attacker -- described as a black man, five feet eight inches tall, in his late 20's or thirties, wearing a white T-shirt or tank top with long kinky hair and a bandanna. Police warn residents to lock their doors and use a screen door to allow them to hear someone who tries to enter.
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[Meszaros]


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Virginia Tech will soon begin the search for a new provost. Peggy Meszaros, the school 's first female provost is stepping down.
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Meszaros is returning to Tech's faculty... as an endowed professor in the College of Human Resources and Education.
Meszaros spent five years as provost. She was responsible for developing the university's academic agenda.
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During that time, Tech rose back into the ranks of the nation's Top 50 research universities.
Now, Tech will have to appoint an acting provost as it conducts a search for a new one.

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Heavy rains are adding insult to injury in northeastern India--
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All the wet weather is hampering relief efforts.
The monsoonal flooding has left millions of residents homeless.
The rushing waters have carried away river banks, roads, and bridges.
Many residents need food and medical attention.
The death toll has climbed to 300.
But as the region braces itself for more flooding rains, officials fear that number will rise.
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The long and complicated Middle East peace process is providing some benefits, especially to the people of northern Israel.
They're finally enjoying much quieter lives.
Tom Fenton explains.
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For decades, Israeli border settlements were the targets of rocket attacks from inside Lebanon. And even when the Israeli army occupied southern Lebanon, the attacks continued, this one as recent as April

(Super: Tom Fenton, CBS News)
(OC) WHEN THE ISRAELI ARMY PULLED OUT OF SOUTHERN LEBANON IN MID-MAY,

THERE WERE ALL SORTS OF DIRE PREDICTIONS -- THAT THERE WOULD BE A HUGE INCREASE IN ATTACKS ON ISRAELI BORDER SETTLEMENTS, OR THAT THIS BORDER ITSELF WOULD BECOME A FLASH POINT. BUT A STRANGE THING HAPPENED.
Life changed overnight for Israelis along the border.

(SOT LIMOR DUADEE, KIBBUTZ MEMBER)

NOW IT'S QUIET, NO BOMBS. IT'S VERY NICE TO HEAR THE BIRDS.
And it's nice to no longer spend days and nights in the bomb shelter.

SOT

WE STUDY IN THE SHELTERS, WE EAT, SLEEP, EVERYTHING IN THE SHELTERS. TOM: AND NOW? NOW, IT'S O.K. (SMILES)
Now under the supervision of the UN, the Israelis are making final adjustments to what they hope will be a permanent and peaceful border.
Neither UN peacekeepers on the Lebanese side, nor the Israeli soldiers, have much to do.

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TOM: SO WHAT DO YOU DO? UN SOLDIER: JUST PATROL THE VERIFICATION LINE.
ISRAELI SOLDIER: FOR NOW, IT'S QUIET.
In fact, this border point at Menara has become a tourist attraction for Israelis.

(TOM OFF CAMERA) WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS?

TOURIST: IT'S BEAUTIFUL. WE JUST CAME.
And the only thing the UN troops are shooting is souvenir snapshots. Tom Fenton, CBS News, on the Israeli-Lebanese Border

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Construction at Franklin County High School will not delay the start of the school year.
The principal says classes will start on time.
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Kids will study in rooms with no floor or ceiling tiles for a while -- then move to 14 new classrooms for a month while the old ones are being remodeled. The seven and a half million dollar project includes air conditioning, which will not be installed for one more year.
The old Virginia Apparel plant will house the adult education and trade classes, and all school offices will move into one building.
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((BENNY GIBSON/PRINCIPAL: ALL PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO REPORT TO THAT ... SAFER.))
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What all this construction will not fix, the principal says, is the severe parking shortage at Franklin County High School. The school is landlocked so it cannot expand the lots.
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Dental care is now easier to come by for some residents in long term care facilities.
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Richfield Nursing Center is just one the facilities Doctor Charles Conklin visits on a weekly basis.
Carilion is helping the facility to meet federal regulations that require nursing facilities to provide dental care for its residents.
And the center says having an on-site dental office has made a big difference, because transporting residents is very expensive.
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((TOMMIE EAST/RICHFIELD NURSING CENTER: WE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE THEM OUT TO THE DENTAL SETTING AND TO THEIR OFFICES, IN ORDER TO PERFORM EXTENSIVE SERVICES, AND THIS HAS BEEN THE ADVANTAGE AS WELL, HAVING AN ON-SITE X-RAY, AND TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE SERVICES AND DENTAL SERVICES ON SITE))
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Carilion Dental Care comes out twice a week and provides a full range of services tailored to each patient.
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((DR. CHARLES CONKLIN/CARILION DENTAL CARE: MOST FOLKS NEED ANNUAL DENTAL EXAMINATIONS, CLEANINGS, TREATMENT OF EMERGENT PROBLEMS, FABRICATION OF DENTURES TO IMPROVE THEIR CHEWING ABILITY))
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Conklin says oral health is important for the elderly population because dental infections can have a direct impact on the total health of the body.
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[Fiddlers]


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People of all ages have gathered in Galax to hear the sounds of bluegrass and Old Time music.
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((NATSOUND:MUSIC))
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The 65th Annual Old Fiddlers Convention kicked off Monday in Felts Park.
This year, the competition lured about 3-thousand musicians.
It's not just for the OLD fiddlers anymore...
Kids have been wowing the old pros in the Youth Competition.
But the awe is mutual.
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((TOMMY MALBOEUF/VETERAN FIDDLER: THEY REALLY AMAZE ME. THEY LEARN SO QUICK AND THEY DO EVERYTHING JUST RIGHT ON THE MONEY.))
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((MONROE LOWE/YOUNG FIDDLER: IT'S REAL FUN BECAUSE THEY CAN TEACH ME NEW STUFF BECAUSE EVERY TIME I PLAY WITH THEM I LEARN AT LEAST ONE NEW SONG. ))
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The Old Fiddlers Convention runs through Saturday, ending with bluegrass and Old Time band competitions.
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[Concert]


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The Salem Civic Center was rocking last night.
The groups Nine-Days and Vertical Horizon started things off.
Then the main attraction, San Francisco Rockers, Third Eye Blind.
Jean Jadhon had the chance to talk with 3-E-B about their latest music.
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((It's not really talked about.... this song is what goes on in a guys mind when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. While the songs sometimes talk about the unexpected in life, there is no sup rise in this group's success. With album sales topping five million- fans can clearly SEE something special in Third Eye BLIND. This song is called anything and some fans would do anything to get as close to the band as they could- fans span in age from 14 to 40- STEPHAN JENKINS/THIRD EYE BLIND: THIRD EYE BLIND FANS ARE INCREDIBLE... THAT WE DO. Stephan Jenkins- talks non chalantely about the groups success.. calls the tour fun.. like summer camp- and joked when asked about a recent spread in a women's magazine... that features him as a sex symbol. Jean: What do you think.... yea I feel like a sex symbol... across the floor. THAT'S HOW I FEEL ABOUT BEING A SEX SYMBOL... TURN MYSELF ON.
Then in true individual style- he dared us- JENKINS: YOU COULD USE IT AND IF YOU WOULD... YOUR RATING WOULD GO UP.. JUST DO IT. at sound music.)) So we did-.. But in the future, we'll stick to the reporting and let Jenkins and Third Eye Blind stick to the music. n