[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]
The troubles roll on for Bridgestone- Firestone officials---


Executives will face questions from Congress today about the massive tire recall.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Rubatex is accusing its production workers' union of unfair labor practices.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your day with us-- News 7 Mornin is coming up.

[Firestone]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Firestone Recall]


Bridgestone- Firestone dodged a bullet by averting a workers' strike.
Now executives are focused on today's testimony on Capitol Hill.
Congress will question them about the company's massive tire recall.
Drew Levinson has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bakersfield, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Guadelupe Avila/Driver; :13]
[SUPER=03-Venezuela; :38]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; ;53]
[SUPER=01-David Cole/Automobile Analyst; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Detroit.]

(( It happened again over the weekend in California. The family riding in this Ford Explorer received minor injuries after Firestone tires shredded and the SUV rolled over.

(SOT GUADELUPE AVILA/DRIVER)

WE HEARD THIS POP IN THE BACK. AND BEFORE WE KNEW IT WE JUST SWERVED WERE SWERVING. AND YOU FLIPPED? WE LOST CONTROL AND THE CAR JUST FLIPPED.
Police wont say if the tires were to blame for the crash-but the rear tires did separate.
Bridgestone/Firestone has recalled six and a half million tires for possible defects. Several models have blown apart and have been allegedly linked to 88 U.S. Traffic deaths.
Many of the tires are on Ford Explorers.
The problem has gone beyond U-S borders.

(LOCATOR: VENEZUELA)

In Venezuela Bridgestone/Firestone is now formally recalling the 62-thousand tires Ford has been replacing there since May.
Venezuelan officials want to hold the two companies criminally responsible for 46 fatal accidents there.

(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS)


BEGINNING WEDNESDAY TOP EXECUTIVES FROM BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE AND FORD WILL TESTIFY AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS IN WASHINGTON.
THE NATIONS LAWMAKERS WANT TO KNOW-WHO KNEW WHAT AND WHEN. AND WHY WERENT THE TIRES RECALLED EARLIER.
Automobile expert David Cole says for Bridgestone/ Firestone, the credibility and future of the company are at stake.

(DAVID COLE/AUTOMOBILE ANALYST)


ITS A CHANCE I THINK THEY CAN REALLY STATE THEIR CASE AND SITUATION AND ITS IMPORTANT THAT THEY DO A GREAT JOB OF THIS OR THEY REALLY PUT THEIR BRAND AT RISK.
The executives will go before committees from both the house and the senate.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Detroit. ))

[Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=rubatex]


Rubatex Corporation in Bedford has accused its production workers' union of unfair labor practices. The complaint was filed yesterday with the National Labor Relations Board. It contends that negotiators for United Steelworkers Local 240 lied to union members about the company's position, harassed replacement workers, falsely disparaged Rubatex products and delayed bargaining sessions. The union voted to end its nine-month strike without an agreement in June. The dispute centers on payments for retiree health care benefits.

[Vinton-Chief]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Vinton PD New Chief]


Vinton's new police chief is now on duty.
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[VO-NAT@00-34;TC 07:16]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/Last Month]

Former Pulaski chief of police, Herbert Cooley, was hired by city council last month. He started work yesterday. Cooley has 34 -years of law enforcement experience. He says as the head of Vinton's 18-person police department, he plans to focus on community policing, in an effort to improve the department's tarnished image.
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[Foutz]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC1:21:03]
[GRAPHIC=Ricky Foutz]

Cooley replaces Rick Foutz, who resigned last year amid a state police investigation into missing guns and drugs from the department's evidence room. NO indictments were ever handed up. Now Vinton town officials are trying to quash a 10-million dollar lawsuit filed by Foutz.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton;]

He says the town attorney and the town manager forced him to retire -- slandered him in town council meetings -- and conspired to ruin his reputation. Town officials deny all of those allegations, and say comments in council meetings are privileged anyway. A judge says he'll rule on the case in a week.
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[11Harrison-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC1:25:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Supporters of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture have asked Roanoke City Council to reconsider their request for funding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Since the museum opened its doors in October 1985, staff members and volunteers have worked to preserve and document the Roanoke Valley's African American History.
But in the last two years, city funding has fallen from about 80- thousand dollars annually, to less than 20- thousand. And supporters say the cut has strained the museum's finances.
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[SOT 08:24:08]
[IN Q=We haven't given up]

((MELODY STOVALL/MUSEUM BOARD PRES.: WE HAVEN'T GIVEN UP. I KNOW WHAT WAS SAID TODAY SHOULD HAVE AN IMPACT. WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH THE CITY MANAGER AND SEE IF SHE CAN'T MAKE A RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR. SO WE'RE NOT GIVING UP.))
[SUPER=01-Melody Stovall/Museum Board President]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=we're not giving up.]
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[VO-NAT]


Council members have asked City Manager Darlene Burcham to prepare a report on the situation, but they made no commitment to restore the museum's funding.
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[11Corporal-Punishment]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-18 41:18]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In June, Virginia's Social Services Board voted to allow foster parents to physically discipline children in their care.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]

But yesterday, only one of every ten speakers supported the proposed policy on corporal punishment.
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[SOT tape two 14:21:08]
[IN Q=I'm convinced]

((JIM FIORELLI/GOVERNOR'S BOARD ON ABUSE AND NEGLECT: I'M CONVINCED THAT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN LOVING PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE, YES, EVEN SPANKING, IS APPROPRIATE. SUCH DISCIPLINE PROVIDES THE CHILD WITH A CLEAR KNOWLEDGE OF APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF SECURITY AND LOVE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Fiorelli/Gov. Board on Abuse and Neglect;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=security and love.]
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[VO-NAT]


But the vast majority of those who spoke say -- whether you believe in spanking or shaking children or NOT -- it should never happen to foster children, most of whom are already abuse victims.
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[SOT TAPE ON 10:57:54]
[IN Q=If you can]

((BEVERLY LYLES/PEDIATRIC NURSE: IF YOU TELL CARETAKERS YOU CAN SHAKE THIS CRYING BABY, AS LONG AS IT IS NOT HARSH OR ABUSIVE, WILL ANY OF THEM HAVE THE SAME DEFINITION OF HARSH AND ABUSIVE? WILL ANY OF THEM KNOW JUST HOW MUCH SHAKING IT TAKES TO MAKE THAT BABY'S BRAIN BLEED AND SWELL, TO MAKE HIS EYES HEMORRHAGE, TO MAKE HIM STOP BREATHING, TO MAKE HIM DIE?))
[SUPER=01-Beverly Lyles/Pediatric Nurse;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=him die?]
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[VO-NAT]


The Social Services Board will receive written public comment for two more weeks.
It will probably vote again on its policy in October.
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[Obese-Child]


[ANCHOR=KIM]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


A judge says no more media coverage of a custody case in New Mexico involving an obese three- year- old girl.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Albuquerque, NM;]


The judge issued a gag order yesterday, saying he'd lost control of the case involving Anamarie Martinez- Regino.


Anamarie's parents went to court, hoping to regain custody of the girl.
The state took Anamarie away from her parents nearly two weeks ago.
When she was taken, the girl weighed 120 pounds and stood three-and-a-half-feet tall.
Court documents don't reveal the cause of her weight gain and rapid growth.
Officials say the hearing will continue tomorrow morning.
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[11Waterworks]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC1:15:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]

State officials found out why the owner of Waterworks at Smith Mountain Lake charged a customer one thousand dollars for water.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./April;]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC38:58]

Robert Winney has been punished by the State Corporation Commission before for overcharging customers and threatening to cut off their service. Yesterday, Winney said he billed a customer one thousand dollars for water service because the resident is not in his company territory. The customer DOES live in one of the three subdivisions served by Waterworks. The State Corporation Commission will rule on this case next week.
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[11Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


A former Virginia Tech student charged, then later cleared, of abducting an exotic dancer two years ago ... has filed a "four and-a-half" million dollar lawsuit. The defendants include employees of a Roanoke escort service, three television stations, and several news employees of those stations.
Ryan Worch alleges the escort service employees caused "severe emotional distress" by lying to police. And he accuses WDBJ, WSET and WSLS-TV of libel by reporting on the criminal charges as they did.
WDBJ News Director Jim Kent said yesterday: "We reported on the filing of criminal charges all the way through to their outcome."
The charges were dropped several months later.

[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, teenage female athletes need to pay attention to their bones.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM
POOR EATING HABITS, TOO MUCH TRAINING AND WEIGHT LOSS CAN ALL BE SIGNS OF PROBLEMS AHEAD FOR TEENAGE FEMALE ATHLETES.

VT=VO

RESEARCHERS IN THE JOURNAL PEDIATRICS SAY UP TO 66%- THATS TWO OUT OF EVERY THREE GIRLS ARE WORKING OUT SO HARD- AND EATING SO POORLY- THEY RE AT HIGH RISK FOR THIN BONES DURING THEIR TEENAGE YEARS.- THAT CAN MEAN STRESS FRACTURES- AND BIG FRACTURES,
GRFX WARNING SIGNS MISSED MENSTRUAL PERIODS MISSED MEALS OVER TRAINING OBSESSION WITH WEIGHT
ON CAM AT MOST RISK, RUNNERS, GYMNASTS, FIGURE SKATERS, AND DIVERS. RESEARCHERS SAY SOME OF THESE GIRLS MAY NEED ESTROGEN THERAPY- JUST LIKE FOR WOMEN AFTER MENOPAUSE- TO KEEP THEIR BONES STRONG
ON CAM YOU SEE FOOTBALL PLAYERS WEAR THEM ALL THE TIME- STRIPS ACROSS THEIR NOSES. BUT DO THEY ACTUALLY HELP AN ATHLETE BREATH EASIER- AND PERFORM BETTER- OR ARE THEY JUST A FASHION STATEMENT? THE ANSWER FASHION STATEMENT RESEARCHERS IN THE JOURNAL MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORT AND EXERCISE HOOKED A BUNCH OF ATHLETES UP TO COMPUTERIZED TREADMILLS - WITH AND WITHOUT NASAL STRIPS.- THEY FOUND- NO DIFFERENCE IN PERFORMANCE OR AIR IN THE LUNGS.

VT=VO

FINALLY TODAY- PACIFIERS AND EAR INFECTIONS- THERE IS A CONNECTION. THE JOURNAL PEDIATRICS REPORTS IN CHILDREN AGE 18 MONTHS OR YOUNGER- USING A PACIFIER INCREASES THAT YOUNGSTERS RISK OF AN EAR INFECTION BY MORE THAN A THIRD. RESEARCHERS SAY ITS OK FOR KIDS TO CHILD FALL ASLEEP WITH A PACIFIER- IF NECESSARY- AND BUT THEN GETTING RID OF IT.
ON CAM THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Workers are back at New River Castings -- now known as New River Foundry.
But the company faces a variety of safety violations, six months after a deadly explosion killed three employees.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Eight- thousand New York city police officers are on alert for today's opening of the United Nations' Millennium Summit.
President Clinton will be one of the speakers for the largest gathering of world leaders in history.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the Labor Day weekend DIDN'T bring an end to the miserable summer in Texas.
Residents in the Lone Star State are battling intense heat, drought, and wildfires.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, Septbmer 6th .
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[11New-River]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-26 TC1:27:49]
[GRAPHIC=New River Castings]


New River Castings -- now New River Foundry -- has been charged with a host of safety violations.
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry slapped Intermet with 801-thousand dollars in fines in a report released yesterday. This comes exactly six months after the explosion that killed three people.
Marya Jones tell us why attorneys for the victims and their families are saying that could be just the beginning.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=The 28-page report]
[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]
[SUPER=01-Edward Anderson/Karen Hamilton's Father; :19]
[SUPER=04-March; :27]
[SUPER=01-Doug Howell/Plant HR Manager; :58 ]
[SUPER=@Marya1; 1:06]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Blacksburg.]

(( The 28-page report depicts a plant that failed to train and protect its workers from the dangers within. [***cover with pre-pro'd board***]
It charges the company with 21 willful violations and 20 labeled "serious."
Together, they carry 801-thousand dollars in penalties. [BACK TO VIDEO]
Family members of Karen Hamilton, who died in the blast, say it's too little too late.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 15:49:43 - :57]

((EDWARD ANDERSON: IT'S A JOKE. BECAUSE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THERE AND DONE THEIR JOB BEFORE THIS HAPPENED. NOT WAIT TILL AN ACCIDENT LIKE THIS HAPPENS.)) [RUNS:07]
Investigators found that a chemical used to help make auto parts leaked into the plant's basement for two days before the explosion.
The report indicates that it could have been ignited by workers welding or smoking in the area. [***cover with pre-pro'd quote from Intermet spokesman Mike Kelly***]
An Intermet spokesman says: "We are reviewing these citations, as well as the results of our own investigation. To the extent we have not already done so, we will incorporate any findings into our own ongoing safety initiatives."
(/////SOT/////)

[NATSOUND] ((QUICK NATS: WORK AT PLANT TODAY)) [RUNS:02]
Meanwhile, Intermet tried to get business booming again as 52 more workers joined about 150 already there.
The company promises a cleaner, safer, "model" plant.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 15:47:48 - :53]

((DOUG HOWELL/PLANT HR MANAGER: IT'S GOING TO BE A SHOWPLACE FROM BOTH A PRODUCTION STANDPOINT AND A SAFETY STANDPOINT WITHIN THE CORPORATION.)) [RUNS:05] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: NOW, ATTORNEYS ARE LINING UP TO FILE SUIT, THOUGH THEY HAVEN'T DONE SO YET. AND THE COMPANY'S TROUBLES MAY NOT END THERE. THE CITY OF RADFORD STILL HASN'T PUT OUT ITS REPORT ON THE EXPLOSION. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY RANDALL DUNCAN SAYS THERE'S A POSSIBILITY OF CRIMINAL CHARGES AHEAD. MARYA JONES, NEWS-7, BLACKSBURG.))
[RUNS= :14]))



[2-Firestone]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Firestone Recall]


It's Congress's turn to ask questions about the Firestone tire recall.
Executives from Bridgestone- Firestone will testify before committees from both the House and the Senate today.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bakersfield, CA;]


The companies have recalled six- and- a- half million tires, but there was another accident involving Firestone tires over the weekend in California.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:11:54]
[IN Q=We heard]

((GUADELUPE AVILA/DRIVER: WE HEARD THIS POP IN THE BACK. AND BEFORE WE KNEW IT, WE JUST SWERVED, WERE SWERVING. And you flipped? WE LOST CONTROL AND THE CAR JUST FLIPPED.))
[SUPER=01-Guadelupe Avila/Driver;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=car just flipped.]
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[VO-NAT]


Only minor injuries in THAT accident.
But Bridgestone- Firestone tires are allegedly linked 88 traffic deaths in the U-S.
In Venezuela, the tires are blamed in 46 fatal accidents there.
Meanwhile, legislators are expected to ask Bridgestone-Firestone officials why the tires weren't recalled earlier.

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[Millenium-Summit]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Today's opening of the United Nations' Millennium Summit marks the largest gathering of world leaders in history.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD;]


President Clinton left for New York City last night.
He'll be one of the opening speakers for the three- day summit involving 150 heads of state.
Advisers say the theme of Clinton's address will be how world governments can solve common problems.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Meanwhile, security is tight around the U-N headquarters.
Nearly 100 demonstrations are planned, and the N-Y-P-D has eight-thousand officers on alert.
Traffic jams are already causing major headaches for New York drivers.
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[2-Vinton-Chief]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Vinton PD New Chief]


The town of Vinton has a new police chief.
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[VO-NAT@00-34;TC 07:16]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/Last Month]

Former Pulaski chief of police, Herbert Cooley, was hired by city council last month. He started work yesterday. Cooley has 34 -years of law enforcement experience. He says as the head of Vinton's 18-person police department, he plans to focus on community policing, in an effort to improve the department's tarnished image.
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[11L'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-25 TC1:24:57]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal]


Plans to renovate Lynchburg's baseball stadium are on hold for now.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


In a unanimous vote yesterday, city council opted to postpone renovations until more money can be raised.
The lowest bid by a contractor exceeded the budget by one point seven million dollars.
The stadium design team will continue to raise money until next season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Whatever they]

((RAY BOOTH/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: WHATEVER THEY GET, WE'LL DESIGN IT TO FIT THE BUDGET. HOPEFULLY WITH ALLOWING MORE TIME, TWO SEASONS, CONTRACTORS WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE MORE COMPETITIVE BIDS.))
[SUPER=01-Ray Booth/Public Works Director]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=competative bids.]
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[VO-NAT]


Stadium renovations were discussed when the Hillcats renewed their affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Officials say postponing the renovations will have no effect on the affiliation.
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[11Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-35 TC22:54]
[GRAPHIC=Dan River]


Dan River Mills is under deadline.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Hundreds of thousands of boxes of the company's exclusive Martha Stewart bedding line have been sent out.
But there are 200 thousand boxes left to go to K-Mart distribution centers across the country.
Workers have until the end of the week. They even worked through the Labor Day weekend.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 9:52:38]
[IN Q=We were busy]

((JUDY MCCANN/DAN RIVER MILLS EMPLOYEE: WE WERE BUSY. WE ACCOMPLISHED A WHOLE LOT, LOADING TRUCKS, CHECKING LABELS.)) ((LEE FANT/PLANT MANAGER: HOPEFULLY ALL THE LADIES AND THE MEN BUY ALL THESE SHEETS AND WE WILL REPLENISH WHAT WE SELL.))
[SUPER=01-Judy McCann/Dan River Mills Employee; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lee Fant/Plant Manager; :06]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=what we sell.]
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[VO-NAT]


The exclusive Martha Stewart line includes sheets, comforters and pillowcases.
The company hired about 45 temporary employees to help out with the project.
The items should be in K-Mart stores in the next couple of weeks.
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[11Moment-Silence]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=eqi]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NOne]


Virginia public school students will continue to hold a moment of silence for now.
Federal appeals court judges in Richmond have let the policy stay in place, pending a federal hearing in Alexandria on Friday.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the new law blurs the line between church and state by actually suggesting children can pray, meditate, or reflect.
Virginia's school superintendent has suggested just announcing that children should observe one minute of silence.



[TX-Heat]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=heat wave]


It's been a cruel summer for Texas residents.
67- straight days without rain, a massive heat wave, and scattered wildfires have made the last couple of months nearly unbearable.
Terisa Estacio has a wrap- up.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :46]
[SUPER=01-Sonia Zoy/Parent; :56]
[SUPER=03-Galveston, TX; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1;11]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=Estacio, CBS News, Houston.]

((
(LOCATOR: DALLAS)


MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER FLOODED THE DROUGHT STRICKEN CITY OF DALLAS. THAT AFTER A CREW ATTEMPTING TO INSTALL A FIBER OPTIC LINE ACCIDENTLY SEVERED A 30-INCH WATER MAIN.

(take sot )
(cg: )
(incue: My car was submerged. )
(tc: )


IT IS TURNING OUT TO BE A VERY TOUGH SUMMER IN TEXAS. TEMPERATURES SHATTERED RECORDS OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

(take nats of children in hospital, coughing )


AT THIS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE TREATED A HIGH NUMBER OF YOUNG PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM ASTHMA MADE WORSE BY THE HEAT.

(TAKE SOT )
(CG: )
(INCA: )



(TAKE NATS OF FIRE )



(LOCATOR: HOUSTON)


AND THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY CHILDREN HAVING A ROUGH TIME. HOT DRY CONDITIONS FUELED SEVERAL FIRES NEAR HOUSTON FORCING SOME EVACUATIONS. ALTHOUGH RESIDENTS HAVE SINCE RETURNED SAFELY, MANY PARENTS REMAIN WORRIED KEEPING KIDS FROM ATTENDING THEIR FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL.

(TAKE SOT )
(CG: SONIA ZOY/PARENT )
(INCUE: I AM NOT SENDING MY CHILD TO SCHOOL. THE FIRES ARE JUST STILL

TO CLOSE BY )
(TC; )



(CONTINUE TRACK )
(CG: GALVESTON )


TYPICALLY LABOR DAY OFFERS THE LAST CHANCE TO ENJOY THE SUMMER.
HOWEVER, USUALLY PACKED BEACHES WERE PRACTICALLY EMPTY.

(TAKE SOT )
(CG: Terisa Estacio )
(INCUE: Forecasters warn temperatures will remain hot for most of

this week. But, offer some relief for the coming weekend. That news brings a smile to many here enduring this long summer in Texas. )
(OUTCUE: CBS NEWS, HOUSTON)


))[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/SPA]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Rubatex Corporation in Bedford has accused the United Steelworkers Local 240 of unfair labor practices.
The complaint contends that union negotiators lied to union members about the company's position, harassed replacement workers, falsely disparaged Rubatex products and delayed bargaining sessions. The union voted to end its nine-month strike without an agreement in June.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=KMC]


The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry fined the former New River Castings--now New River Foundry-- 801-thousand dollars in safety violations. The 28-page report released yesterday depicts a plant that failed to train and protect its workers from the dangers within. It was released exactly six months after the explosion that killed three people.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Vinton's new police chief, Herbert Cooley, is on the job.
He says as the head of Vinton's 18-person police department, he plans to focus on community policing, in an effort to improve the department's tarnished image.

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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(Steve mic hot)
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(Steve ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Jean Jadhon with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=One of the]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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