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The fate of a pending contract between Celco employees and company officials should be clear soon.
A thousand workers are voting on the deal today.
Celanese union members overwhelmingly rejected the company's last offer in June.
But last month, union and company negotiators reached a tentative 3-year agreement.
The unionized workers began voting on the new contract yesterday.
Officials expect the vote will be tallied by late tonight.
We will have live updates on News 7 at 5 and 6.
Danville authorities say a woman was gang raped by four men around 4-thirty this morning.
She had apparently opened her door - believing her husband was outside.
Authorities say the men had pulled a gun on her husband - they apparently dragged him into the house, tied him up... then raped her.
An investigation is continuing.
Danville authorities are also investigating the stabbing of a woman -
Beverly Jefferies is in stable but serious condition after police say her boyfriend stabbed her in the head, back, and both arms last night.
37 year old Jeffery Davis of Danville is charged with aggravated malicious wounding in connection with the attack.
State police have released a composite sketch of a man whose alleged aggressive driving may have led to a deadly crash on Interstate 81.
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Witnesses got a look at the driver after 19-year-old Amy Whisler was killed because he got out of his car - saw the damage - then left.
Police believe he was tailgating her and caused her to change lanes, clip a tractor trailer, and flip the car into the median, landing in north bound traffic.
Whisler's family members are asking for help finding the motorist.
They say even though a few witnesses have come forward - they believe someone knows more.
((DON WHISLER/VICTIM'S FATHER: THAT DAY ON THE 21ST THERE WERE MORE CARS OUT ON THAT INTERSTATE THEN 2 OR 3 WITNESSES AND THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE OUT THERE AND THEY NEED TO COME FORWARD AND TELL TROOPER RASNICK.))
((TERESA WHISLER/VICTIM'S STEPMOTHER: WE HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR ACTIONS DOESN'T HE ISN'T THAT FAIR.))
[SUPER=01-Don Whisler/Victim's Father]
[SUPER=01-Teresa Whisler/Victim's Stepmother;Quick!]
[OUTQ=isn't that fair]
The Whislers say they don't intend to press any charges if the man responsible does come forward, they just want an apology.
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A 25-year-old woman lied to a jury to protect her father from the federal moonshining crackdown, Operation Lightning Strike.
Jennifer Hale told a grand jury she bought a new 31-thousand-dollar truck three years ago, putting down nine-thousand-dollars of her own money.
Federal prosecutors proved Hale could never afford the truck or the three-thousand-dollars in money orders she later took out.
They say Hale's father Willie laundered moonshine profits to buy the vehicle.
Jennifer Hale pleaded guilty to perjury today and could face up to five years in prison and a 250-thousand-dollar fine.
Air France Concorde flights are still grounded.
This after investigators consider another possible cause of last month's fatal crash.
Richard Roth reports.
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[SUPER=03-Paris, France/July 25, 2000; :00]
[SUPER=01-Richard Roth/Reporting; :32]
[OUT Q=Richard Roth, CBS News, London.]
(jet in flames - amateur video)
FRENCH ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT LED TO
THE FIERY CRASH BEGAN WITH A SIXTEEN-INCH METAL PLATE THAT WAS LYING ON
THE RUNWAY AS THE JET TOOK OFF. (AMATEUR VIDEO)
THEY SAY IT'S "PROBABLE" THE PIECE OF METAL, FOUND ON THE EDGE OF THE
RUNWAY, BLEW OUT A TIRE ON THE CONCORDE'S LEFT SIDE, HURLING DEBRIS AT
HIGH SPEED INTO THE JET'S FUEL TANKS...LEADING TO THE DEADLY FIRE.
(EBU) A KEY ISSUE NOW IS DETERMINING THE SOURCE OF THE METAL PLATE. WAS
IT A CONCORDE PART THAT FELL OFF - AND DO OTHER PLANES NOW NEED REPAIR?
(BBC) OR WAS THE METAL PIECE JUST LITTER ON THE RUNWAY, WITH A TRAGIC
RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON.))
Reform Party Presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan plans to announce his running mate today.
This after he CLAIMS to have already won the party's nomination.
But Buchanan's rivals say not so fast--
Jerry Bowen reports.
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[SUPER=203-Long Beach, CA; :00]
[SUPER=201-John Hagelin/Reform Party Candidate; :20]
[SUPER=201-Pat Buchanan/Reform Party Candidate; :29]
[SUPER=201-Gerald Moan/Reform Party Acting Chairman; :58]
[SUPER=201-Jerry Bowen/Reporting; 1:06]
[OUT Q=Jerry Bowen, CBS News, Long Beach.]
((NAT SOT: (TRUMPET SOUNDS)
NARR: THE TRUMPET CALLED THE REFORM PARTY TO ORDER LAST
NIGHT....BUT ITS A PARTY DIVIDED THATS GATHERED IN LONG BEACH...WITH
DUELING CONVENTIONS AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES:
NAT SOT: (HAGELIN CONVENTION)
NARR: THERE'S THE REFORM PARTY OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN
HAGELIN...A PHYSICIST WHO TEACHES AT IOWA'S MAHARASHI UNIVERSITY WHO
RALLIED HIS FOLLOWERS LAST NIGHT:
SOT: (JOHN HAGELIN, REFORM PARTY CANDIDATE) THE REPORTS OF THE DEMISE
OF THE REFORM PARTY ARE EXAGGERATED.
NARR: AND THE OTHER, LARGER REFORM CONVENTION THAT WILL NOMINATE
FORMER REPUBLICAN PAT BUCHANAN THIS WEEKEND:
SOT: (PAT BUCHANAN, REFORM PARTY CANDIDATE) I AM COMMITTED TO THIS
PARTY AND WERE NOT GOING BACK WHERE WE CAME FROM.
NARR: THE SPLIT BECAME OFFICIAL YESTERDAY AFTER HAGELIN LED HIS
SUPPORTERS ON THE MAIN CONVENTION HALL...KNOWING THEY HAD ALREADY LOST
THE BATTLE OVER WHOSE DELEGATES WOULD BE SEATED.
SOT: (MALE DELEGATE)
FIGHT TO SAVE THE REFORM PARTY!
NARR: NOW THE ISSUE IS WHICH REFORM CANDIDATE WILL GET THE MORE THAN
12 MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS....AN D WHETHER THE OLD
PARTY OF ROSS PEROT CAN SURVIVE ITS LONG BEACH BLOOD BATH:
SOT: (GERRY MOAN, ACTING CHAIRMAN, REFORM PARTY)
WE WANT THE PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT WERE ABOUT. WE MAY LOOK LIKE A BUNCH
OF RABBLE, BUT GUESS WHAT, WERE THEIR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBORS.
NARR: WELL, THE NEIGHBORS ARE FIGHTING AMONG THEMSELVES AND THE
FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION WILL BE ASKED TO DECIDE THE BURNING
QUESTION....WHO GETS THE MONEY. JERRY BOWEN CBS NEWS LONG BEACH.))
The Danville Police Department is being accused of making arrests based on race.
At a news conference yesterday the Southern Christian Leadership Conference accused the department of racial profiling.
As an example, the agency told the story of Sandra McCain.
The black woman owns a daycare.
She says a parent attacked her
But when she called 911 police arrested her instead of the parent, who is white.
[IN Q=It's degrading]
((SANDRA MCCAIN: IT'S DEGRADING. I CALLED FOR HELP AND I WAS ATTACKED. IT HURTS A LOT.))
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: MRS. MCCAIN AND HER DAUGHTER BEHAVING TOWARD THE POLICE OFFICER RESULTED IN THE ARREST. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MS. DIX AND MS. MCCAIN HOWEVER.))
[SUPER=07-Sandra McCain; :00]
[SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :09]
[OUT Q=Ms. McCain however.]
Police Chief Neal Morris says McCain assaulted and swore at an officer. He also says there is absolutely no racial profiling practiced within his department.
The S-C-L-C says it will continue to gather complaints.
Money from Virginia's tobacco settlement will go toward making the crop beneficial to your health.
A company called Tobio (ta-BYE-oh) took out a two million dollar loan yesterday.
The company will shred tobacco leaves and process the sap to make life-saving drugs as part of a partnership with a company started by scientists as Virginia Tech.
((DEL. TED BENNETT/D-HALIFAX: THEORETICALLY AND PRACTICALLY...COMMITTED TO SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT PIECE.))
((DAN ANDERSON/HALIFAX CO. FARMER: THE TOBACCO GROWING REGIONS HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED...STAY IN RURAL AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Anderson/Halifax Co. Farmer; :19]
[OUT Q=rural areas.]
By the year 20-15, (Ta-by-oh) Tobio says Virginia farmers may NOT be able to grow enough of the golden leaf to meet their needs.
Tobio had been seeking eight million dollars.
The two million dollar loan will keep the company afloat for now.
It's business as usual for Carmike Cinemas despite the company's declaration of bankruptcy.
Carmike has 85 screens in Virginia and seven theaters in Central and Southwest Virginia.
No word yet on the future for those theaters.
Managers say the company IS going through some major reorganization.
Analysts blame the bankruptcy on construction of too many giant theaters, and the company's failure to close older, less profitable ones.
Firefighters from across the globe are packing up to help battle the devastating wildfires out West.
80 Australian and New Zealand firefighters are heading to Idaho and Montana, where hot, dry conditions are making this the worst fire season in nearly 50 years.
They'll work together with special firefighting crews from California and National Guard troops.
Nearly a thousand people in Montana have evacuated their homes as the flames continue gaining ground.
Authorities say more than 50 homes have been destroyed across the state.
This month's mixture of heavy rain and sun hasn't stunted the growth of farmer's crops... in fact - it's helped.
Local Virginia produce markets are still full of fresh veggies.
Some of the most popular purchases are tomatoes... corn and squash.
And even though the weather hasn't been typical... one farmer says the conditions have been great for growing
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[IN Q=They've been pretty good...]
[SUPER=01-Sheldon Jamison/Jamison's Orchard]
[OUT Q=...fresh every morning]
If you're wanting to plant some of your own vegetables... there's not much time left before the first frost hits... but most produce markets should have fresh vegetables in stock until early October.
The Cave Spring Knights get under the Friday Football Extra spotlight this afternoon.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
Head coach Ben Foutz returns 11 starters off last year's 6 and 5 team, four on offense and 7 on defense.
But the big question is, how will the Knights perform without Michael Hamlar, the running back who accounted for over 16 hundred yards and 23 touchdowns.
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[SUPER=01-Ben Foutz/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00]
((BEN FOUTZ/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH:))
[OUT Q=....replace the offensive front"]
Cave Spring has changed offenses this year in an effort to maximize the teams strengths; speed and quickness.
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[IN Q="Last year....]
((JACOB LEWIS/CAVE SPRING QUARTERBACK:))
[SUPER=01-Jacob Lewis/Cave Spring Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=stuff like that"]
The Knights defense should be the strongest point of the team this season. Cave is replacing just four starters.
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[IN Q="it really]
((CHRIS GOULD/CAVE SPRING LINEBACKER:))
[SUPER=01-Chris Gould/Cave Spring Linebacker; :00]
[OUT Q=....learned before"]
Before we wrap up this afternoon---
You're probably heard many people whistle, or TRY to whistle the tune from "The Andy Griffith Show".
But it's rare to hear the familiar song from a BIRD....
Rascal, the cockatiel does just that.
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[IN Q=singing andy theme]
((LARRY TROTTER/RASCAL'S OWNER: I JUST SIT HERE IN FRONT OF THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW EVERY AFTERNOON AT FIVE AND HE PICKED IT UP AND STARTED SINGING IT ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE END.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Trotter/Rascal's Owner; :07]
[OUT Q=until the end.]
The bird sort of resembles Otis, being kept behind bars.
But he rules the roost when it comes time to watch his favorite show.