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Celanese workers will know within several hours whether they have a new contract.
Voting wraps up today...
And a officials confirm it was a James River High School student who died in a car accident yesterday.
You'll want to stay tuned for News 7 at noon.
Two strikes-- but Celco isn't out yet.
Union workers are voting on a THIRD contract proposal.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Celanese workers will know today whether or not they have a new contract.
Voting on the latest contract proposal wraps up this afternoon.
THIS offer from the Giles County acetate plant won union leaders' full approval.
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 tonight on News 7.
A single car accident in Botetourt County has claimed the life of a James River High School student. Stephanie Woodson was a junior.
The single car accident happened yesterday afternoon on route 43 not far from the school. State Police say the driver veered off the road, overcorrected, veered off the same side again and hit some trees.
This morning, officials at James River High School called a student assembly, and they've brought in counselors fo
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One person was taken to the hospital following a two car accident in Montgomery County.
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.
Torrential rains are flooding India with death and destruction--
Officials say 125 people are dead, 25 are missing, and another 100- thousand are homeless.
Monsoonal rains and flash floods knocked down utility poles, damaged roads, and polluted the drinking water.
Air Force helicopters and army battalions led the rescue of marooned people.
Hundreds were stranded on rooftops.
More than 90 neighborhoods in the hardest hit city were submerged under 5 to 15- feet of water.
More Firestone tires might have to come off the road...
Federal regulators are looking to see if there are WIDESPREAD defects requiring the recall of additional tires.
Six and a-half- million tires have already been recalled.
Federal staffers are meeting with Ford Motor Company officials today to go over documents concerning the recall.
Congressional hearings on the issue are expected next month.
Ford, meanwhile, says a broader recall will NOT be necessary.
Students head back to school in Halifax County on Monday.
But it might not be the first day for some students with learning disabilities.
Surae Chinn explains why.
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Daniel Scearce has autism and has problems with change. When his routine abruptly changes he spirals into temper tantrums. That's what his family is afraid of.
((ANGELIA SCEARCE/DANIEL'S MOTHER: WHEN MONDAY ROLLS AROUND HE'S GOING TO BE UP AND READY TO GO WHEN HE SEES HIS BROTHER GET ON THAT SCHOOL BUS HE'S GOING TO WONDER WHY HE'S NOT GOING.))
The reason is --his special education mobile unit classroom at Cluster Springs elementary school is behind schedule.
((BECAUSE HE'S SPECIAL ED THIS IS OK WELL IT'S NOT OK.))
((BEVERLY CROWDER/SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: THE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT AND I WERE HOPING AGAINST HOPE EVERYTHING WOULD WORK OUT.))
The school says the manufacturer caused the delay. The mobile unit arrived just last week.
((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: THE MAINTENANCE CREW IS WORKING OVERTIME TO GET THE MOBILE UNIT READY. BUT THAT'S NOT HAPPENING AND SO THE SCHOOL ARRANGED ANOTHER CLASSROOM FOR DANIEL. BUT HIS FAMILY SAYS IF DANIEL'S CLASSROOM ISN'T READY HE'S NOT GOING TO SCHOOL.))
((ANGELA SCEARCE/DANIEL'S MOTHER: EVERYTHING NEEDS TO STAY THE SAME. IF HE HAS TO GO TO ANOTHER CLASSROOM FOR TWO TO THREE DAYS AND CHANGE BACK IT'S GOING TO UPSET HIM.))
Daniel's mother says his child is being treated differently and she should have known about the delay weeks ago.
((BEVERLY CROWDER/SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I WANT ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE PROPER PLACE AT THE PROPER TIME.))
The school superintendent says he regrets the seven special ed students will not be in their proper setting. But he couldn't control the changes. The Scearce family realize that, but they fear that Daniel might not be able to handle it. Surae Chinn, News7, Halifax County.))
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says he may sue an animal rights group over a billboard campaign that criticizes the dairy industry.
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The group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, has billboards showing Giuliani wearing a milk mustache and asking: ``Got prostate cancer?''
The group defends the ads, saying milk has a connection to the disease.
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((BRUCE FRIEDRICH/P.E.T.A.: WE CHOSE THE MAYOR, BECAUSE HE'S A NATIONALLY KNOWN PUBLIC FIGURE WHO HAS PROSTATE CANCER AND CERTAINLY, WE DO EXPECT THAT HIS PEOPLE ARE DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY. IF THEY SEE SOME ANONYMOUS FIGURE ON A BILLBOARD, THEY MIGHT JUST PASS IT BY. IF THEY SEE MAYOR GUIIANI, THEY MIGHT DO A DOUBLE TAKE.))
((RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NEW YORK MAYOR: I'M CONSIDERING SUING THEM BECAUSE I THINK WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS OUTRAGEOUS-- TRYING TO EXPLOIT MY ILLNESS. I THINK IT WOULD BE OUTRAGEOUS IF THEY TRIED TO EXPLOIT ANYONE ELSE'S.))
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A dairy industry spokeswoman says the
PETA ad misleads the public.
Meanwhile, a Harvard study IMPLIES heavy amounts of dairy products might increase the risk of prostate cancer, but more research is needed.
Bahrain is a nation in mourning after Wednesday's fatal Gulf Air crash.
The prime minister gathered with thousands of other Muslims today at the Grand Mosque to say funeral prayers.
143 people died, including 36 children when the plane crashed in the shallow waters off Bahrain.
Meanwhile, salvage attempts continue at the crash site.
Both of the plane's "black boxes" will be shipped abroad for data recovery.
U-S divers are searching, in particular, for materials carried by an American diplomatic courier.
Officials say he had pouches of classified information when he died in the crash.
A rough landing, but no injuries aboard a Continental Airlines jet arriving a Newark International Airport.
Four tires blew out on the plane last night after its brakes locked upon landing.
That caused the plane to spin.
It finally came to a stop four- thousand feet from where it touched down.
None of the 24 passengers and three crew members on board the Continental Express was hurt.
The F-A-A is investigating.
Congressional candidate John Boyd is stepping down as head of the National Black Farmers Association.
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.
A grand jury will decide in October whether to indict an Amherst County man for a double murder last spring.
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.
A familiar store on Route 220 has closed.
The Mountain View 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.
The State Fair of Virginia has long celebrated the "fruits of the labor" of Virginia's farming community.
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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((BRIAN HESSEY/STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA: IT CERTAINLY WASN'T OUR INTENT TO OFFEND ANYBODY.))
((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.))
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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.
Inmates at a Botetourt County prison are benefiting from a drug treatment program.
Camp 25 is a minimum security prison using therapeutic communities to crack drug habits.
Inmates form families, make their own rules, and confront fellow inmates who break them.
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((CHRIS CUMMINGS/INMATE: I CAME IN HERE THINKING I WAS PERFECT. I CAME IN HERE THINKING THIS WILL BE A BREEZE UNTIL I WAS SLAPPED IN THE FACE WITH MYSELF AND THE IGNORANCE I WAS ACTING ON.))
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Camp 25 actually cut its population by 60 inmates to make more space for the drug treatment.
Garren Gatling, who's been in prison ten years, says this program's different.
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((GARREN GATLING/INMATE: IT MAY SOUND STRANGE IN A PRISON ENVIRONMENT BUT LOVE. I'VE SEEN COMPASSION IN THE EYES OF EVEN SOME OF THE OFFICERS AND SOME OF THE STAFF HERE. THEY GIVE YOU MORE INPUT. SOME EVEN SEEM REAL LIKE THEY REALLY WANT TO HELP YOU.))
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Counselors say the program is too new to measure its success.
It costs almost two thousand dollars per inmate every year.
If you're a Virginia Tech fan planning on tailgating before the big game Sunday, there's at least one change you should note.
Kate Weidaw has more on the Hokie Igloo.
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The Hokie Igloo has arrived.
((LARRY BECHTEL/RECYCLING COORDINATOR: WE'RE GOING TO PUT THEM AROUND THE PARKING LOT AND ENTRANCES TO THE STADIUM.))
Empty beer cans left by tailgaters at Virginia Tech now have a place to go instead of being pitched in the trash can.
((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.))
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?
((LARRY BECHTEL: I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE IT WILL WORK BUT WE'LL HAVE OUR PROBLEMS.))
The recycling crew has more than just beer cans to worry about. The vendors at the stadium already have boxes of food pilling up.
((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.))
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 New
s 7 Blacksburg.))