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[7-11Celanese]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[WRITER=mjo]
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[GRAPHIC=Celanese Contract Vote]

Workers continue to vote today on the latest Celanese contract proposal, and the company and union officials hope the third time's the charm.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]


THIS offer from the Giles County acetate plant won union leaders' full approval.
[SUPER=03-Narrows/August 11;]


Workers rejected Celco's second proposal by a two-to-one margin less than two weeks ago.
The latest deal still does NOT cut back on mandatory overtime... but workers say it DOES raise wages, pensions and offer a large signing bonus.
We'll have the results of the vote at Giles County's largest employer for you tonight on News 7.
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[7-11Verizon]


[ANCHOR=Kimblery]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC1:54:22]
[GRAPHIC=Strike Ends]


More Verizon employees will be back on the job today. About 100 workers in Virginia went back to work yesterday after the 18-day strike.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Customers have been put on hold while management has been left to fill the void of more than 80 thousand striking workers.
College students are among those who have been hardest hit by the strike.
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[IN Q=The backlog for]
[00:33:32 tape= today's Verizon]

((THE BACKLOG FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE COME BACK IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS AS BUILT UP. WE'LL BE ABLE TO INSTALL THOSE LINES, A MAJORITY OF THEM IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO. A NUMBER OF THOSE CAN BE DONE IN THE OFFICE.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Rieley/Verizon Virginia]
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[OUT Q=in the office.]
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[VO-NAT]


Most of the striking workers are expected to return today.
They must return by tomorrow evening.
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[7-11Boyd]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=John Boyd]

The National Black Farmers Association president is stepping down.
John Boyd says he wants to devote all of his time to his campaign for the fifth district congressional seat.
The tobacco farmer from Mecklenburg County founded the N-B-F-A in 1995.
Boyd's campaign has been struggling financially.
As of June 30, Boyd reported only 12-hundred dollars in the bank, compared to Goode's 478-thousand.

[7-11Emu]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC1:05:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Two Montgomery County families have found a rare friend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


This emu (EEM-Yoo) has moved in to Jamie Hegarty's back yard.
The 5-foot, flightless Australian bird showed up there Saturday morning and has won its hosts' hearts.
They call her "Ethel."
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[IN Q=The animal]

((BONNIE WOOLWINE/EMU SITTER: THE ANIMAL WAS STANDING IN MY FRONT YARD ALMOST AT THE PICTURE WINDOW JUST LOOKING IN THE WINDOW ... A PEEPING EMU.))
[SOT 22:01 - :10]

((CHARLIE LYNCH/EMU SITTER: OH ETHEL. I LIKE ETHEL. SHE DON'T SAY MUCH, SHE'S NOT LIKE TYPICAL WOMEN. SHE'S PRETTY QUIET AND SHE'LL EAT OUT OF YOUR HAND.))
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Woolwine/Emu Sitter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Lynch/Emu Sitter; :10]
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[OUT Q=out of your hand.]
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[VO-NAT]


Ethel traveled several miles to reach the families' backyards in Pilot.
The bird's REAL owners now say they can't keep her.
A Montgomery County animal warden says that several people who keep emus have offered to adopt her.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Taking a break from the news now to check weather--
Morning clouds will give way to partly sunny skies and highs near 82....
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[45-11Celanese]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC55:50]
[GRAPHIC=Celanese Contract Vote]


Celanese workers will continue to vote on the latest contract proposal today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]


THIS offer from the Giles County acetate plant won union leaders' full approval.
[SUPER=03-Narrows/August 11;]


Workers rejected Celco's second proposal by a two-to-one margin less than two weeks ago.
The latest deal still does NOT cut back on mandatory overtime... but workers say it DOES raise wages, pensions and offer a large signing bonus.
We'll have the results of the vote at Giles County's largest employer for you tonight on News 7.
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[45-11Monty-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC18:29]
[GRAPHIC=ACCIDENT]

One person was sent to the hospital after a two car accident in Montgomery County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


It happened on Pilot Road just before 10 o'clock last night.
State Police say a car t-boned another car causing it to slide into a nearby creek bed.
One man was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Lifeguard 10, another man suffered only minor injuries.
State Police are reconstructing the accident to figure out what happened.
So far no names are being released.
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[45-11Bot-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=acr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

A single car accident on Route 43 in Botetourt County killed one woman.
Authorities say it happened after three yesterday afternoon.
The driver veered off the road, overcorrected, veered off the same side again and hit a couple of trees.
She was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she later died.
Police say they don't believe the woman was wearing a seat belt and have not released her identity.

[45-11Tabb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
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A grand jury will decide in October whether to indict an Amherst County man for a double murder last spring.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst]


26- year- old Carlos Tabb is accused of gunning down two people during an argument over a cellphone in Madison Heights on May 1st.
But witnesses say both 21- year- old Stephanie Thomas and her 17- year- old brother Brian were also carrying guns when they confronted Tabb over the missing phone.
Police say Tabb shot Thomas, then chased down her brother and shot him seven times.
Tabb's attorney says his client may argue he acted in self- defense.
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[45-11Mountain-View]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=acr]
[TAPE#=00-39 TC04:12]
[GRAPHIC=Business Closing]

Route 220's Mountain View Market has closed its doors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

The market has been around for decades and has passed through many hands. It hasn't always been a grocery store. It was once a beer joint. Customers who stopped in the Market last night say they remember coming here years ago. The Market was here even before big stores like Wal-Mart and Lowes moved in next door. An employee says the owner of the property has sold the land so the Mountain View Market can be torn down.. A Stop-In store will be built in its place.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Turning our attention now to weather...
Cloudy skies this morning...but some sunshine should come through by the afternoon.
Highs in the lower 80s.
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[8-11Recycling]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-31 TC27:43]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Football]

Sunday's matchup between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets will see something different OUTSIDE the stadium.
Kate Weidaw has more on the Hokie Igloo.
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[SUPER=04-1998;:10]
[SUPER=01-Larry Bechtel/Recycling Coordinator;:16 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Doug Dodson/Food Services Director;:54]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:10]
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[OUT Q=kw news 7 Blacksburg.]

(([NAT SOUND 8:29:32]
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The Hokie Igloo has arrived.

[SOT 8:46:35]
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((LARRY BECHTEL/RECYCLING COORDINATOR: WE'RE GOING TO PUT THEM AROUND THE PARKING LOT AND ENTRANCES TO THE STADIUM.))
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Empty beer cans left by tailgaters at Virginia Tech now have a place to go instead of being pitched in the trash can.

[SOT 8:46:06]
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((LARRY BECHTEL: WE'RE GOING TO BE CIRCULATING AROUND WITH THESE CLEAR BAGS IT'S THAT SIMPLE AND WE'RE GOING TO ASK PEOPLE TO PUT THEIR CANS AND BOTTLES LIKE THEIR HOKIE WATER BOTTLE IN THESE BAGS.))
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The idea of recycling at the game came from fans who got sick and tired of seeing recyclable items left in the dumpster. But will tailgaters actually pitch their cans in the igloo?

[SOT 8:45:51]
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((LARRY BECHTEL: I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE IT WILL WORK BUT WE'LL HAVE OUR PROBLEMS.))
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The recycling crew has more than just beer cans to worry about. The vendors at the stadium already have boxes of food pilling up.

[SOT 9:22:35]
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((DOUG DODSON/FOOD SERVICES DIRECTOR: I'LL BRING IN A COUPLE THOUSAND POUNDS OF HOT DOGS FOR THE GAME, 4 OR 5 THOUSAND PRETZELS MANY GALLONS OF SODA.))
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Dodson says there's no need to worry about their trash it's already part of the recycling plan.
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So as the Hokies embark on a new season of football, Tech hopes the Hokie Igloo will be a winning idea. Kate Weidaw News 7 Blacksburg.))

[8-11Carmen-Mooranda]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC1:05:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The State Fair of Virginia has long celebrated the "fruits of the labor" of Virginia's farming community.
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[VO-NAT]


But if the fruits worn on the head of 1940s and '50s' Brazilian music icon Carmen Miranda conjure up fiesta for some ...
... a cartoonish cow named "Carmen Mooranda" and her donkey sidekick are insulting to others.
Fair general manager Brian Hessey says the theme is meant to be about Virginia's cultural diversity.
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[SOT 12:43:21 ]
[IN Q=It certainly]

((BRIAN HESSEY/STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA: IT CERTAINLY WASN'T OUR INTENT TO OFFEND ANYBODY.))
[sot 11:22:00]

((FRANK RAMOS/DEPT. OF MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE: I THINK IF YOU USED A COMICAL METAPHOR LIKE THIS WITH OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS, THEY WOULD BE ASKING FOR THE RESIGNATION OF THE DIRECTOR OF THIS ORGANIZATION BECAUSE IT'S UNACCEPTABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Ramos/Dept. of Minority Bus. Enterprise; :04!!!]
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[OUT Q=it's unacceptable.]
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So far, the Fair has NOT been cowed by the controversy -- having already mailed out 600-thousand Carmen Mooranda brochures.
The Fair kicks off September 21st.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Before we wrap up this morning...
Morning clouds then partly sunny with highs in the low 80s...
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