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A Pittsylvania County company that's not even a year old plans to expand its workforce by thousands.
A traffic accident in Danville leaves seven people injured.
Virginia Tech prepares for another school year.
And, a Hollywood legends passes away.
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Thousands of jobs are on the way to Southside, just in time for the holidays.
Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[e-Toys]
The eToys distribution plant in Pittsylvania County says it'll hire two-thousand more seasonal employees.
The online retailer opened its distribution center outside Danville earlier this year, providing jobs for a large number of displaced textile workers.
Now company officials say they'll hire two-thousand more employees to handle demand during the holiday season.
The new jobs will pay between seven-twenty-five and nine dollars an hour - and will run from October through December.
E-Toys posted 151-million dollars in revenue last year.
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Celanese and its union workers are on shaky ground once again.
This week-- the Giles County workers voted down the company's latest contract offer.
The results were revealed last night.
The vote could send the union and company negotiators back to the bargaining table.
But if it doesn't, union leaders say a strike will be authorized.
Roger Sarver says he's ready.
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The local union president says he hasn't heard from the company or the international union representing the workers.
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Talks between Verizon Communications and striking telephone workers are continuing but there's reportedly been little progress.
Union members walked off the job Sunday, after their contract expired.
The strike involves employees in Virginia and eleven other states.
Verizon officials say they have a good offer on the table.
But the larger of the two unions, representing the workers, says the two sides are far apart on one key issue.
The unions fear Verizon will distribute work to areas where labor is cheaper.
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The Firestone recall has phones ringing "off the hook" at Ford Motor Company.
The company has set up additional hotline centers in Canada and Colorado to handle the increase.
340- people are manning the hotline center in Denver.
The phone- lines at Ford's tire hotline center have been overloaded with anywhere from 15 to 20- thousand calls a day.
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Ford Motor Company has told almost three-thousand dealers not to wait for Bridgestone/Firestone's rolling recall of six and a-half million tires, which the tire maker is stretching out over one year.
Ford has authorized dealers to replace tires immediately with models from Firestone competitors, including Goodyear.
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Politics, we know, make strange bedfellows.
But have you given thought to the music used by candidates at their conventions and on the campaign trail?
Teri Okita finds out how the right kind of music can send a certain kind of message.
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Standup: With just days left until the Democratic Convention, organizers
are firming up their list of performers here at the Staples Center ...
hoping the music will MOVE voters and boost the Gore-Lieberman ticket.
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Traditionally Democrats are hipperthey may not be cutting edge but at
least they gave us Fleetwood Mac
But back to George Washington, the founding father of campaign music.
What was it that caught the voters ear.
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Teri Okita, CBS News, Los Angeles.
In other political news tonight.
Pat Buchanan claimed the Reform Party's presidential nomination.
In his acceptance speech, Buchanan called upon what he called ``homeless conservatives'' to
join the Reform Party.
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The Fraternal Order of Police has chosen to back Republican Senate candidate George Allen over Senator Chuck Robb.
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An arrest has been made in the armed robbery of Montanos Restaurant in Roanoke.
An employee of the restaurant was held up at gunpoint last Saturday.
24-year-old Alan Lamont Williams of Northwest Roanoke was arrested by North Carolina police this week on drug-related charges and for driving with a suspended license.
That's when Greensboro police realized Williams was wanted in connection with the Montanos robbery.
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It was the cats meow at the Read Mountain Animal hospital.
Today... feline friends had a chance to find a new home.
It was all part of a monthly adoption program at the Botetourt County hospital, that offers adult cats that are spaded and neutered, as well as plenty of kittens.
Organizers say their program is unique because the cats are not in a shelter.
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If you'd like more information about the adoption program, contact the Read Mountain Animal Hospital.
Up next on News 7 .. Danville police look for the man accused of gunning down a store clerk this evening.
And a Hollywood legend is being remembered tonight.
We'll be right back.
A Danville store clerk was shot tonight while attempting to stop a man he thought was shoplifting.
38-year-old William Edward Cassell (Cazzell), an assistant manager at the Quick Check Mart on Worsham Street was shot in the back while questioning the man.
The shooter is described as a young black male, 5 foot 3, 135 pounds wearing baggy jeans, a black baseball hat and a bandana.
Cassell underwent surgery at the Danville Regional Medical center.
His condition has not been released.
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A two car accident in Danville tonight sends several people to the hospital.
The cars collided at the intersection of Kentuck and Halifax road around 8 p-m.
A total of seven passengers were transported to Danville Regional Medical Center .. The extent of their injuries is not known.
The cause of the accident has not been released.
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A man was killed in another accident in Danville overnight.
Police say Michael Terry Stowe of Virginia Beach was driving east on West Main Street - ONTO Memorial Drive - when he ran off the road and struck a pole.
Stowe died at the scene.
A passenger - Gerold Blake Tickle - of Danville - was taken to the hospital.
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Virginia Tech's new class of cadets began training today - although school doesn't start for another two weeks.
Kate Weidaw followed the path of one new cadet to see what the first day is all about.
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((As 250 new cadets made their way into their dorms Kevin Horrigan marched down to the barber shop with other fellow cadets for the routine shaving.
((KEVIN HORRIGAN: IT'S NEVER BEEN THIS LONG I FIGURED I'D GROW IT OUT UNTIL I GET HERE.))
And without hesitation Kevin sat down in the chair -- he had a hard time watching his curly locks fall to the ground.
((KEVIN HORRIGAN: IT FEELS SO WEIRD I HAVEN'T DONE THIS SINCE I WAS FIVE.))
With his new and official looking hair style it was time to get fitted for his uniform.
From the hats to the fatigues and dress blues the load was anything but light for the walk back to the dorm to show his parents his new look.
And while dorm life for a cadet is different from the other students -- like a daily room check and no partying for anyone underage, it's something Kevin is looking forward to.
((KEVIN HORRIGAN: I'VE TALKED TO A LOT OF MY FRIENDS WHO GO HERE A CIVILIAN STUDENTS AND THEY LOOK UP TO IT.))
Peter Norsky was in Kevin's place three years ago and says the whole experience of New Cadet Week can be a little scary.
((PETER NORSKY: SOME ARE VERY SURE THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO OTHERS WANT TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK ON THE FIRST DAY, BUT THEY KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND ARE JUST A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT.))
((KATE WEIDAW: BUT THE REAL WORK BEGINS ONCE THE CADETS GET SETTLED THEY'LL BE SPENDING 15 HOURS A DAY ON THIS DRILL FIELD TRAINING BEFORE THE UPPER CLASSMEN COME BACK NEXT WEEK. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 BLACKSBURG.))
Hollywood is mourning one of its own tonight.
Loretta Young reportedly died this morning of ovarian cancer.
Her career spanned from silent movies to television and included an Academy Award for best actress in "The Farmer's Daughter" and three best-actress Emmy awards.
She also appeared on television in more than 300 episodes of "The Loretta Young Show.''
Young was 87.
Still ahead on News 7
And the cost of fighting those wildfires out west has risen to 62-Million dollars.
But some monetary relief is in sight.
That- when we return.
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Several theatres in the Roanoke Valley could be closing their doors.
That's just one of the stories Jennifer Miele has in this week's "Business Review."
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(( Striking Union members at Verizon say the company has changed from family-oriented Ma Bell, to money-oriented Pa Sell.
The picket lines are changing, too. Children and retirees came out to show their support at rallies across the country this week.
Picketers say the negotiations are moving slowly but steadily.
Firestone is recalling six million tires, but it will be a while before Virginia customers get the replacement tires.
The company has identified a defect in the tires that is triggered by heat.
Until tires can be replaced, Firestone recommends that drivers keep their tires at 30 P-S-I.
Carmike Cinemas filed bankruptcy on Wednesday. The company says they've been "over screening" the U-S by building
too many new giant mega-plexes while failing to close enough older, underperforming screens.
Carmike has 85 screens in Virginia and three theaters in the Roanoke Valley.
Managers at those theaters say it's business as usual, for now.
Finally, the Dow finished up 119 points to eleven-thousand-27. The NASDAQ composite gained 29 and a-half.
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele, and that's this week's business review.))
The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency spent the day touring the scorched landscape in Montana.
James Lee Witt says that Montana's fires are so bad the federal government will pay one- hundred percent of eligible state and local firefighting costs.
So far, the cost has reached 62- million dollars.
Firefighters are battling 19 major fires across the state.
In all more than 900-thousand acres are burning throughout the
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Much is in store for you tonight including Avalanche highlights, the NFL, UVa preseason practice, the Valley amateur and Bimbo Coles getting traded.
But first a peek and many of tonight's scores.
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Even if they don't catch the Pelicans and win the 2nd half pennant, which the Avalanche players certainly have a chance to do - you have to admit that this year's team has been one entertaining bunch to watch.
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Tonight at Salem Memorial, Mugsy went on the roof to throw his t-shirts and to get a bird's eye view of the Avalanche bombs.
After falling behind 2-to-nothing in the top of the first, the Avs answered in their half of the frame with Jose Uribe smacking a two run homer to left field. Chone Figgins scores on the blast and we're tied at two.
But not for long - Long John Lindsey ends the first inning with a massive three run homer to center
field. It would turn into the eventual game winning blast as the Avs take a 5-to-2 lead and hang on to win it 7-to-4.
In the Northern division - first place Lynchburg beat Kinston 7-to-1.
More NFL preseason action was is on tap across the league tonight with a couple of game just getting started on the west coast.
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One game that is in the books involved the Colts and New Orleans and new Saints' quarterback Jeff Blake.
The former East Carolina pirate would play smart and the ball in the hands of former Heisman triphy winner Ricky Williams.
But Edgerrin James again won the battle of dreadlocks as he waltzes in as the Colts win 17-to-0.
Chris Perry leads the Buick Open after three rounds of play, but make no mistake about it - Tiger Woods is still in the hunt even though he had another up and down day.
Tiger shot a five under round that could have been 10 under
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on the par 72 course in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Take a look at this shot. Tiger on the par four 335 yard 12th hole completely drives the green and much more.
It was not that unusual for him today as he had three shots at making eagle.
Amazingly - after that big tee shot he only made par on the 12th.
Catch the final round here on WDBJ-7 tomorrow afternoon starting at 3.
Lorie Cane and Annika Sorenstam share the lead at this week's LPGA tour event the du Maurier classic.
And in Winnipeg, Bruce Fleisher and Tom Jenkins share the lead at the AT&T Canada Seniors Open heading into tomorrow.
Closer to home, the Valley Amateur golf championships were decided today over at Ole Monterey.
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The first championship up for grabs this morning was the seniors title. It was again match play as the challenger Chips Wooddy squared off against the tournament's defending champ Jack Tuttle in the 18 hole final.
Both men play out of the Roanoke Country Club, but Wooddy would only need 16 holes to take care of business as he beats Tuttle four up with two holes to play to claim the 2000 senior amateur title.
In the Open Division - Brandon LaCroix and Ryan Crush were both eliminated in the semi-finals.
And 1994 champ Rodney Naff met a similar fate in the championship as lefty Scott Wise shot the lights out.
The former Byrd star shot a 4 under 32 on the front side and won the match play event 3 and 1 over Naff.
Wise will take his talents to Virginia Tech next year.
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The NBA is normally quiet on the weekend at this time of the year, but earlier today the Cleveland Cavaliers
signed former Va. Tech star Bimbo Coles to a contract.
The 10 year veteran guard, from Lewisburg, West Virginia, played for the Hawks last season and started 54 games. Before that he was with Golden State for 3 plus seasons.
He was the Heat's second round pick in 1990.
UVa began two a day workouts this morning.
Steve Mason says the team is taking a defensive posture during the early portion of preseason practice.
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(( What catches your attention about this years Virginia defense is the linebackers. 1999 starters Byron Thweatt and Yubrenal Isabelle are back. After a year off, one time starter Donnie Green has returned. And the hard hitting Angelo Crowell, who had a fantastic spring, will be battling those guys for playing time, giving UVa the most experience at the position since the days of farrior and Sharper.
UVa freshman linebacker and former Salem standout Dennis Haley will be learning from the all. He's already up to 230 pounds. He's also made gains in his maturity after having to fight for his admittance into UVa.
Unlike last season, three of the Cavaliers first four game will be played in the recently upgraded Scott Stadium. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The Braves are starting to feel some real heat from the Mets, and as result two of their all-stars got in gear today as
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the Atlanta dogged the Dodgers 4-to-1.
Chipper Jones hit his 25th homer of the season to help Greg Maddux get this 13th victory of the year.
Ironically, this is the first time Chipper has homered and Maddux has won since both did so on July 18th.
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In Chicago this afternoon, the Reds continued to show signs that they would like to join the Braves in the postseason dance.
Jason LaRue, of all people, powered the Big Red Machine today by hitting his first homers of the season - two solo shots in the second and ninth innings.
The Reds win it 3-to-nothing.
Griffey also reached the 100 RBI mark.
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