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Search and rescue teams are combing the Jefferson National Forest for a hiker who's been missing since Saturday.


We'll have a live report.
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And a four- wheeler accident claims the life of a 15- year- old boy in Franklin County.
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You'll want to stay tuned-- News 7 Mornin is next.


[Missing-Hiker]


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Search efforts continued through the night in Montgomery County for a hiker missing since Saturday. 23 year old Micheal Shavro of Blacksburg was dropped off near Bob Cat lane Saturday morning for an overnight hike. He hasn't been heard from since. [TAKE FS MAP] Now search and rescue teams from several areas are combing the Jerfferson national forest hoping to find clues.

[Double Boxes=Kim ANCHOR/Meredyth Microwave]


Meredyth Censullo has been in Montgomery County overnight. Meredyth, have there been an developments?
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QUESTION---Meredyth, what are the plans for today?[11Franklin-Fatal]



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A fifteen year old Callaway boy died in a four wheeler accident in Franklin County.
State police say Clinton Wayne Young was on an a-t-v near his home late yesterday afternoon when the accident happened.
Troopers say the teenager pulled onto route 640 in front of a pick up truck and was knocked into the path of another vehicle.
Young was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say Young was not wearing a helmet.

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Hundreds of workers are losing their jobs temporarily at Ford factories, following the massive tire recall.
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The layoffs are happening at least four factories that make parts or assemble Ford Explorers.
The workers will be back on the job once there are enough replacement tires to fill the need.
Because of the need to make replacement tires, Bridgestone- Firestone is boosting production in Japan.
Officials from Ford and Bridgestone- Firestone are also preparing for next week's Congressional hearing.
The committee's chairman says he wasn't happy with the way the recall was handled.
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((BILLY TAUZIN/R- LOUISIANA: IT'S BEEN A TERRIBLE MESS AND FRANKLY, WE'VE GOT TO FIND OUT WHY AND WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.))
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Executives from Ford and Bridgestone-Firestone are expected to testify at the hearing.
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A local business announces a major expansion.
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R and B communications of Daleville will create 100 new jobs when it launches a high-speed Internet connection service geared toward residential customers.
The expansion made it necessary for the company to build a new headquarters.
It will now be part of a new office park in Botetourt Co.
R&B Communications of Daleville merged with C-F-W Communications in May.
The company has a customer base of more than three-and-a-half million people in Virginia and West Virginia.
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Tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6, we'll take a look at the new office park and building site.

[Ramsey]


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A two- day session of police questioning ended a two- YEAR silence of John and Patsy Ramsey.
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Boulder, Colorado's police chief and a team of investigators questioned the couple about their daughter JonBenet's murder.
But they focused most of their time on PATSY Ramsey.
Both Ramseys spoke freely to reporters after their interviews.
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((PATSY RAMSEY: WELL, I JUST HOPE CHIEF BECKNER, WHATEVER OBSTACLES IN YOUR WAY THAT MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT I KILLED MY CHILD, I WANT TO HELP YOU GET OVER THAT.))
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((JOHN RAMSEY: I TOLD POLICE, THANKS, THE LAST THINK WE WANT IS FOR THIS TO END UP IN SOME FILE DRAWER SOMEWHERE.))
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Meanwhile, Boulder authorities would NOT make any comments.
The Ramseys' attorney says now that the couple has cooperated with police, they should shift their focus elsewhere.
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[11Wiley-Drive]


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A popular route along the Roanoke River will hopefully re-open to the public within the next few months.
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The stretch of Wiley Drive through Smith Park has been closed for over a year while crews worked on the sewer interceptor project.
That work is complete, but the city has held off on re-opening the road until speed humps and other traffic control measures can been installed.
City officials say they're now working on a construction plan to finish those improvements, which they hope will be completed by the end of the year.
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[11Electa]


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Columbia Healthcare of Southwest Virginia is changing its name.
The hospital network will now be called "Electa Healthcare -- Your Hospitals of Choice."
Hospital officials say while this is just a name change, it signifies their goal to be the health-care provider of choice for people who live in Southwest Virginia.

[Health-Check]


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In medical news, a new study says people who take less expensive blood pressure medication had fewer heart attacks.


Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((Information: ON CAM A HIGHER PRICE DOESNT GUARANTEE GOOD RESULTS WHEN IT COMES TO BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION.

VT=VO

DOCTORS AT WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY STUDIED MORE THAN 27 THOUSAND PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND FOUND THOSE WHO TOOK SIMPLER LESS EXPENSIVE DRUGS HAD FEWER HEART ATTACKS THAN PEOPLE WHO TOOK NEWER MORE EXPENSIVE DRUGS- CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS. THE LESS EXPENSIVE - AND MORE HEART PROTECTIVE MEDICATION WAS THE GROUP KNOWN AS DIURETICS- WHICH HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES,, AND COST PENNIES A DAY.

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ALSO - C SECTION RATES- THEYVE BEEN DROPPING FOR YEARS- BUT NOW ARE ON THE RISE AGAIN. AND YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING A C-SECTION CAN BE INFLUENCED BY WHERE YOU LIVE- WOMEN IN THE SOUTH ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE ONE THAN WOMEN OUT WEST. REASONS FOR THE RISE IN C SECTIONS: INCLUDE A PREVIOUS C SECTION- MORE EPIDURALS- AND BEING IMPATIENT WITH LABOR.
ON CAM FINALLY TODAY- IM SURE YOU'VE HEARD THAT A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR HELPS THE MEDICINE GO DOWN- BUT YOU MAY NOT WANT TO USE THAT SAME SPOON TO MEASURE OUT THE MEDICINE. THE REASON- NOT ALL TEASPOONS WILL HOLD A
TEASPOON'S WORTH OF MEDICINE. A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

SHOWS COMMON HOUSEHOLD TEASPOONS CAN HOLD ANYWHERE FROM LESS THAN HALF- TO MORE THAN DOUBLE THE AMOUNT IN A TRUE MEDICAL TEASPOON. BOTTOM LINE- FOR SAFETY'S SAKE- DONT USE HOUSEHOLD TEASPOONS- INSTEAD- MEDICINE CUPS, MEDICINE SYRINGES, OR MEDICINE SPOONS TO GET THAT ACCURATE DOSE. THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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An all-night search continues in Montgomery county for a hiker who's been missing since Saturday.
Search and rescue teams are combing the Jefferson National Forest for the Blacksburg man.
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Hundreds of workers at Ford factories are being laid off, in the wake of the massive Bridgestone- Firestone tire recall.
Now the pressure is on to make replacement tires, especially overseas.
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And if you're in the market to buy a new home, you can check out prospective properties WITHOUT leaving the comforts of your current home.
Local realtors are putting homes for sale on-line.
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And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, August 30th.
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News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

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Search and rescue teams from several areas are combing the Jefferson national forest looking for a missing hiker.
23 year old Micheal Shavro of Blacksburg was dropped off near Bob Cat lane Saturday morning for an overnight hike. He hasn't been heard from since. [TAKE FS MAP] Search efforts continued through the night in Montgomery County.

[Double Boxes=Kim ANCHOR/Meredyth Microwave]


That's where we find Meredyth Censullo this morning. Meredyth, have there been an developments?

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QUESTION---Meredyth, what are the plans for today?[2-Ford-Layoffs]



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With the massive recall of Bridgestone-Firestone tires, the pressure is on to make more tires and replace the defective ones faster.
As Drew Levinson reports, the recall is now making an impact on automotive workers at Ford plants AND their suppliers.
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(( At at least four factories where they either make parts or assemble Ford Explorers hundreds of workers are being laid off indefinitely. This comes in the wake of Bridgestones recall of six and a half million tires. The tires earmarked for those vehicles will now serve as replacements.

(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS)


AND BECAUSE OF THE URGENT NEED FOR MORE TIRES, BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE IS SPEEDING UP THE PROCESS. ITS BOOSTING PRODUCTION IN JAPAN BY 650-THOUSAND TIRES. THE COMPANY IS CHARTERING A JUMBO JET TO BRING THOSE TIRES TO THE UNITED STATES BEGINNING MONDAY.

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Thats in addition to the two-thousand Japanese made tires Bridgestone has sent to the United States on scheduled flights.

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And Monday night Fords CEO Jack Nasser went on national television to announce three other tire companies are increasing their output.

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..TO DOUBLE THEIR CAPACITY AND HELP MAKE REPLACEMENT TIRES AVAILABLE SOONER.
To prepare for next weeks hearing Congressional investigators met with executives from Ford and Bridgestone-Firestone. On the Early Show the committees chairman was not pleased with the way the recall was handled.

(SOT REP. BILLY TAUZIN/ ( R ) LOUISIANA)


ITS BEEN A TERRIBLE MESS AND FRANKLY WEVE GOT TO FIND OUT WHY AND WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.
Executives from the auto maker and the tire manufacturer are expected to testify at that hearing.As for the autoworkers; theyll be back at their jobs once there are enough replacements to fill the need.Drew Levinson, CBS News, Detroit.
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[11Etoys]


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E-Toys is expanding to gear up for the holiday season.
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The company's toying with the idea of creating more space for all the products.
Yesterday, the online company announced a multimillion dollar expansion plan.
The Governor and other state officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Company officials say this will allow faster service for their customers.
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((TOBY LENK/ETOYS CEO; HERE IN BLAIRS WE NOW HAVE A PRESENCE IN THE EAST COAST FOR THE FIRST TIME. 70 PERCENT OF OUR CUSTOMERS ARE ON THE EAST COAST.))
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((DEREK LINDER/ETOYS EMPLOYEE: IT IS TOUGH AROUND HERE WITH THE TEXTILE AND TOBACCO THIS IS SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT. IT'S A START OF SOMETHING NEW IN THE DANVILLE AREA.))
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Etoys will hire about 15-hundred temporary employees for the holiday season.
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[11Altec]


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From toys to trucks -- a new company in Botetourt County makes cherry-pickers for companies like A-E-P and plans to hire 150 people over the next three years
Altec pay about 12-dollars an hour.
It hopes to open a plant in the Greenfield Industrial Park next year -- and by 2003, invest almost 13 million dollars in Botetourt County.
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[11Virtual-Tour]


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If you're thinking about moving, you can preview your future home without ever stepping inside.
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Local Realtors are putting homes for sale on-line.
Customers are able to get an e-view of a house to decide if they want a personal tour.
Amy Hudson attributes her recent success to virtual tours on her web site.
She says her business is growing.
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[TC 04:06:07] ((AMY HUDSON/OWENS & COMPANY: INTERNET USERS WANT A FAST RESPONSE AND THAT'S WHY WE'VE TAKEN TWO PEOPLE IN LAST YEAR TO GIVE BUYERS THAT RESPONSE TO GIVE THAT GOOD SERVICE.))
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Customers can also take a look at school districts, sports teams and churches in the area.
That information makes it possible for customers around the world to learn about the Roanoke Valley.
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After two days of police questioning, John and Patsy Ramsey say they offered answers AND some leads to help find their daughter's killer.
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The Ramseys spoke freely to reporters, while Boulder, Colorado authorities left the two- day session making no comment.
The couple has remained under a cloud of suspicion since their daughter, JonBenet was found murdered in 19-96.
While police questioned both, they spent more time drilling Patsy Ramsey.
Their attorney says it's time now for police to shift their focus away from the Ramseys, and move forward with the case.
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Another blow to the Los Angeles Police Department--
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A federal judge says people who claim rampart officers violated their civil rights can sue the L-A-P-D.
The ruling says the department could face trial under a federal racketeering law.
The judge also rejected the city's attempt to throw out an injunction that would forbid officers from engaging in evidence planting and perjury.
The L-A police chief says while the ruling might imply it, the department is NOT a criminal enterprise.
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[11VDOT-Towers]


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A dispute between V-DOT and Montgomery County may land both parties in court.
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The Department of Transportation wants to build a telecommunications tower near Exit 109 of Interstate 81.
It plans to lease space on the tower to telecommunications companies.
And it says it doesn't need the county's approval to do it.
But Montgomery County's Board of Supervisors is threatening legal action.
Supervisors say V-DOT should be subject to the same procedures as anyone who puts up a cell-phone tower.
That includes public hearings before the planning commission and supervisors.
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((MARTY MCMAHON/COUNTY ATTORNEY: THE ISSUE, WE THINK, IS THAT THEY'VE JUST CUT A DEAL WITH THE TELECOMMUNICATION INDUSTRY TO LET THESE TOWERS ON THEIR RIGHTS OF WAY SAYING THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO GET OUR LOCAL APPROVAL.))
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VDOT says it needs the tower for its "Intelligent Transportation System" on the interstate.
It also has plans for cell towers in Augusta, Botetourt and Pulaski Counties.
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Montgomery County contends that a state Supreme Court decision prevents V-DOT from circumventing county land-use procedures.
Fairfax County took VDOT to court and won in an earlier dispute.

[11Tech-Grant]


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A group of students and faculty at Virginia Tech have a new task in front of them--- making the internet accessible

to people everywhere.
Tech is one of 19 universities selected to receive a multi-million dollar grant for a program meant to break down Internet barriers.
The National Science Foundation awarded Tech more than 2-and half million for the computer networking research program.
Their research will be used by private companies and the government. [Local-Recap]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Search efforts will continue in Montgomery County today for a hiker missing since Saturday. 23 year old Micheal Shavro of Blacksburg was dropped off near Bob Cat lane Saturday morning for an overnight hike. He hasn't been heard from since. Now search and rescue teams from several areas are combing the Jefferson national forest hoping to find clues.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]


R and B communications of Daleville will create 100 new jobs when it launches a high-speed Internet connection service geared toward residential customers.
The expansion made it necessary for the company to build a new headquarters.
It will now be part of a new office park in Botetourt Co.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


E-Toys is expanding to gear up for the holiday season.
Yesterday, the online company announced a multimillion dollar expansion plan.
Company officials say this will allow faster service for their customers.
Etoys will hire about 15-hundred temporary employees for the holiday season.


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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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