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Today on News 7 at 5, we'll see what the political fallout will be now that control of the U-S Senate has changed hands for the first time without an election.
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and actor Robert Downey Junior makes yet another appearance in court. [Weather-Head]
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Also today, Mike Stevens will have a live report from NASCAR qualifying in Charlotte,
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and we'll celebrate the birthday of one of rock music's most influential performers.
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He is a senator from a small state.. but his decision today has very BIG implications- that could affect you.

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The U-S Senate is about to feel a shift in power that could change everything for President George Bush.
It is the defection of a senator from Vermont- Teri Okita has more on how it will change the balance of power.
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(( IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN SUPPORTERS, SENATOR JIM JEFFORDS DID AS MANY EXPECTED AND LEFT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT. Sen. Jim Jeffords/I-Vermont: increasingly, I find myself in disagreement with my party. Given the changing nature of the national party, it has become a struggle for our leaders to deal with me and for me to deal with them. HIS DEFECTION IN THE EVENLY-DIVIDED SENATE WILL LEAD TO A SEISMIC SHIFT IN POWER. NOW, DEMOCRATS WILL RUN THE FLOOR AGENDA AND CHAIR COMMITTEES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX-YEARS.
Sen. Charles Schumer/D-New York To say were excited is an understatement. WHILE DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE, PRESIDENT BUSH AT ODDS WITH JEFFORDS OVER EDUCATION AND TAX CUTS TRIED TO SAVE FACE FOR THE REPUBLICANS. BUSH, I respect Senator Jeffords, but, respectfully, I couldn't disagree more. LEADING DEMOCRATS SAY ITS TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT A LEGISLATIVE AGENDA, BUT THEYRE HINTING EDUCATION, PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS, AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WILL TOP THE LIST AND, THEY'RE CALLING FOR TRI-PARTISAN COOPERATION. Sen. Tom Daschle/D-Minority Leader:
SOT: This is still one of the most closely divided Senates in history. We still face the same challenges.

JEFFORDS SWITCH NOT ONLY COST REPUBLICANS FRAGILE CONTROL IN THE SENATE, BUT ALSO THE ABILITY TO MOVE THE PRESIDENTS AGENDA THROUGH CONGRESS. Sen. Trent Lott/R-Majority Leader: It will make it more challenging, more difficult to pass the Presidents genda, but we will work very hard to make sure that does happen. Teri Okita/Reporting: One thing that has passed is the Presidents tax cut bill. Jeffords promised that he wouldnt officially switch parties until both the House and Senate clean up language on the bill and send it to the President. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))

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Senator John McCain denounced his party's leaders today, saying the Republican party needs to "grow up" and stop punishing those who don't agree with them.
But Governor Jim Gilmore's NOT sounding any conciliatory notes.
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Gilmore's other full time job is chairman of the Republican National Committee.
He told reporters in Richmond today he has NOT spoken with Jeffords.
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Gilmore says Jeffords aligned with Democrats because he guesses they offered the Senator a committee chairmanship to side with them.

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A Campbell County woman is dead after a two- car accident in Lynchburg this afternoon.
Police say 58-year old Martha Pollard was headed south on Campbell Avenue when she crossed the center line and struck another car head- on.
Pollard was pronounced dead at Lynchburg General Hospital.
The other driver.. Albert Johnson of Lynchburg.. is in stable condition.

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A Radford Foundry employee says workers have been told one-hundred jobs are being cut at the facility.
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A second shift employee at the Intermet company for little over a year, Jay Quesenberry says the cuts are based on seniority and will go into effect next Friday.
An Intermet spokesman announced yesterday there would be layoffs, citing a slowing auto industry, but would not offer details.
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Local businesses are also reacting to the layoff announcement, we will have more on that part of the story on News 7 at 6.
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Coming up next on the newscast, local cultural agencies try to plan for the uncertain future,
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[VO] and we'll see if a California judge feels actor Robert Downey deserves another break.
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Cultural organizations in the Roanoke Valley are coming together as they plan for the future, and pursue the funding that will help them survive, and thrive.
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Today, representatives of more than two dozen organizations gathered outside the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
They were announcing the development of a master plan, that will help the organizations set goals, and ultimately find the funding to achieve them.
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((WAYNE STRICKLAND/REGIONAL PLANNING ALLIANCE: THE CULTURAL AGENCIES REPRESENTED HERE SERVE A QUARTER OF A MILLION STUDENTS IN THIS GREATER REGION. THEY GENERATE OVER 25-MILLION DOLLARS. THEY EMPLOY OVER 500 PEOPLE. IT TRULY IS AN INDUSTRY. AND IN AN INDUSTRY YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE. YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE SOME INVESTMENT IN IT.))
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The groups are inviting the public to take part in the process. A series of workshops will begin in mid-July... and the organizations hope to complete the master plan before the end of the summer.
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Robert Downey Junior was back in court today- and today he came out ahead.
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Prosecutors reduced one of the drug charges against the actor-after Downey's attorneys argued he should be charged with a misdemanor for allegedly possessing (VAL-ium) valium.
But downey still faces two other charges- one a felony count of possessing cocaine.
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Police arrested Downey last November at a resort in Palm Springs- after an anonymous caller tipped them off- Investigators say they found cocaine and (VAL-ium) in the actors room.
Downey was forced off the show Alley McBeal last month when he was arrested again- this time in Culver City California- tests showed he had traces of cocaine in his system.
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If the customer is always right, what happens when a customer asks a store to correct what it did WRONG?
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We sent News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele to find out, Jen.
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Jean, stores like Home Depot and Lowes brag about their customer service reputations.
And so far, they've been able to hammer their competition.
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(( Terri and Dennis Brammer are hoping Home Depot will get their order right sooner or later -- they ordered a garage door almost a month ago, and twice Home Depot delivered the wrong one.
Home Depot says the right garage door is on it's way, because they ARE committed to good customer service.
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Even Lowes admits that when you serve 5 million customers a week nationwide, mistakes are going to happen.
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Both Home Depot and Lowes leave it up to store managers to make refund decisions -- but Terri Brammer says it's not about the money.
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Customer service at Both Home Depot and Lowes must be pretty good, because both chains are in the midst of billion dollar expansions.
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Jean, we'll let you know if any are headed to Southwest Virginia.

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Coming up next, Jacey Birch will join us with this week's Growin It. Today she tells us how to protect our trees from pests.
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Hemlock tree owners beware! There is a pest problem running rampant throughout the region killing hemlock trees.

Jacey Birch talked to the experts at the Wilderness Conservancy at Mountain Lake, to find out how to combat the problem... in this week's Growin' It.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Mike Stevens will join us live with Nascar qualifying from Charlotte,
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[vo-nat] And we'll take a look back as Bob Dylan celebrates his 60th Birthday.
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Stock managed to close modestly higher after a session that saw the major market averages fluctuate between positive and negative territory.
With more on that, here's Alexis Christoforous and today's Marketwatch.
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The Winston cup Stars are in Charlotte tonight qualifying for Sunday's Coca Cola 600.
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That's also were we find Mike Stevens with the Two Minute Ticker.
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((ROLLCUE:...no matter what happens later tonight Kenny Wallace is today's biggest winner.))
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Music Great Bob Dylan turns 60 years old today. During his many years of music making, he has provided us with some of histories most influential songs. Rebecca Rankin has more.
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((TODAY BOB DYLAN CELEBRATES HIS 60TH BIRTHDAY....HE RELEASED HIS FIRST ALBUM IN 1962 AND HAS SPENT THE PAST 5 DECADES MAKING LEGENDARY...AND HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT MUSIC.
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BORN ROBERT ZIMMERMAN IN DULUTH, MINNESOTA- BOB DYLAN IS ONE OF THE MOST

INFLUENTIAL FIGURES IN MUSIC HISTORY. IN HIS EARLY CAREER, DYLAN WAS A PREMIERE FOLK SINGER AND POET. SINGING ABOUT WAR AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WITH SONGS LIKE 'BLOWIN IN THE WIND' AND 'THE TIMES-THEY ARE A CHANGIN'. THOSE SONGS MADE HIM A LEGEND IN THE BEAT WORLD OF NEW YORK'S GREENWICH VILLAGE.
BY '64, DYLAN WENT ELECTRIC, MUCH TO THE HOSTILITY OF HIS DIE HARD FANS. BUT THIS ERA BROUGHT ABOUT SOME OF HIS CLASSIC SONGS, 'LIKE A ROLLING STONE', 'MAGGIE'S FARM', AND 'SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES.'
THE 70'S WERE FILLED WITH UPS AND DOWNS....AFTER A FEW POORLY RECEIVED ALBUMS, DYLAN PRODUCED THREE NUMBER ONE ALBUMS AND HE CONTINUED HIS CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM WITH THE SONG, "HURRICANE," DEDICATED TO RUBIN "HURRICANE" CARTER, WRONGLY IMPRISONED FOR MURDER. BY THE END OF THE DECADE, HIS DIVORCE FROM WIFE SARA SPURNED SOME OF THE MOST PROFOUND LOVE SONGS WRITTEN.

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IN THE 80'S, DYLAN HAD FUN WITH OFFBEAT SUPERGROUP, THE TRAVELING WILBURYS- MADE UP OF BOB, TOM PETTY, GEORGE HARRISON, JEFF LYNNE, AND ROY ORBISON.
Roy Orbison Bob Dylan is one of a kind and uh, no one else quite like him.
DYLAN'S WON SEVEN GRAMMYS IN HIS CAREER AND THIS YEAR HE'S ADDED AN OSCAR. HIS SONG 'THINGS HAVE CHANGED 'FROM THE WONDER BOYS SOUNDTRACK WON THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE .
TO THIS DAY, DYLAN STILL INSPIRES MANY OF ROCK'S BEST....
Michael Stipe/ REM There's a really short list of people who have had really long careers and have maintained uh a sense of dignity and an uncompromising approach to their work.
REBCECCA TAG NEWSPATH:
A BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY. IT FEATURED DISCUSSIONS AND PERFORMANCES WITH TRACY CHAPMAN, T BONE BURNETT, PATTI SMITH, AND GRAHAM PARKER. AS FOR DYLAN, 60 IS NOT SLOWING HIM DOWN.....HE WILL BE TOURING ACROSS EUROPE THROUGH THE SUMMER. IN NEW YORK, I'M VH1'S REBECCA RANKIN.))
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