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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Another chance of scattered showers across the area today. Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will be along soon with details in the forecast.





[7-11Lane-Furniture]


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Lane Furniture is planning to close its plants in AltaVista and Rocky Mount, citing cheaper labor costs in other countries.
More than a thousand employees will be out of a job by the end of the summer. News 7's Justin McLeod has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound of ball game]
[SUPER=03-Altavista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Betty Finch/Resident; :12]
[SUPER=01-Jamie Hodges/Lane Employee; :29]
[SUPER=01-James Hodges/Retired Lane Employee; :47]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Foster/Town Manager; 1:13]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=News 7, Altavista]

(( ((NAT SOUND OF THE BASEBALL GAME))
The news dominated the talk at the baseball diamond.
For many, its hard to believe the game is over for Lane Furniture in AltaVista.
[SOT 42:42]
[IN Q=I think it will be substantial loss]

((BETTY FINCH/ALTA VISTA RESIDENT: I THINK IT WILL BE SUBSTANTIAL LOSS BECAUSE FROM WHAT I CAN UNDERSTAND THERE'S ABOUT 500-EMPLOYEES DOWN THERE AND MOST OF THOSE EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN DOWN THERE FOR YEARS.))
[Runs= 09]
[OUT Q=down there for years]

((NAT SOUND OF JAMIES SAYING BASE HIT NOW; :45:18))
Jamie Hodges is one of those employees.
He'll be out of a job by August fourth.
[SOT :45:52]
[IN Q=It was a real bad mood]

((JAMIE HODGES/LANE EMPLOYEE: IT WAS A REAL BAD MOOD. EVERYBODY WAS KINDA DOWN. I DON'T THINK ITS SET IN YET.))
[Runs= 05]
[OUT Q=its set in yet]


After all, Lane Furniture has been here for more than ninety years and was the town's second largest employer.
And Even though the company laid off more than a third of its workforce last year, many felt this day would never come.
[SOT :41:48]
[IN Q=I never felt like it would come to this]

((JAMES HODGES/RETIRED LANE EMPLOYEE: I NEVER THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD COME TO THIS. I WORKED FOR LANE COMPANY FOR 47 YEARS. AND ITS JUST A BIG BLOW TO ME ALTHOUGH I AM RETIRED IT STILL BOTHERS ME A LOT.))
[Runs= 12]
[OUT Q=bothers me a lot]


It also bothers town leaders.
The lay-offs are just another blow to an economy that's already seeing hard times.
The A-O Smith plant is closing this month.
And the town itself had to lay-off 25 percent of its workforce in March.
[SOT :40:23]
[IN Q=We are working to attract]

((BRYAN FOSTER/TOWN MANAGER: WE ARE WORKING TO ATTRACT MORE JOBS AND INDUSTRY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE OVERALL ECONOMY IS NOT THAT GREAT. WE ARE NOT IN A VERY GOOD MARKET FOR THAT IT SEEMS AT THE MOMENT BUT WE'RE STILL WORKING AT IT.))
[Runs= 13]
[OUT Q=working at it]


Town residents belive that optimism will work, that altavista will bounce back and remain in the game.

Justin McLeod, News 7, AltaVista.))[7-11Bedford-tourism]


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Bedford is hoping the D-Day dedication will be a good opportunity to show what its city has to offer tourists.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Nanci Drake started yesterday as the area's first tourism director.
She came to Bedford from Franklin City as a seasoned public administrator.
Drake hopes to use the D-Day memorial to help attract tourists to Bedford.
She says Bedford's hometown flavor will keep them coming back.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Be prepared for more scattered showers today, and for the next couple of days. Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete forecast, coming up.





[45-11City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=01-17 47:31]
[GRAPHIC=N&W 1218]

A vintage steam locomotive will soon be in the hands of the City of Roanoke.
And soon, it appears the 12-18 will be taking up residence near the 6-11 at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

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[VO-NAT :28]


The "Class A Number 1218" was built in the Roanoke shops in 1943. Assigned to Portsmouth, Ohio it operated 90- thousand miles each year.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 2, 2000;]


In storage since 1994, the locomotive was last in public last August when photographer O. Winston Link posed with the engine for a feature in Vanity Fair Magazine.
Organizers of a Link museum must still reach agreement with the late photographer's estate before the 12-18 will be donated, but officials are optimistic that will happen.
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[SOT 20:56]
[IN Q=Actually the 1218]

((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: ACTUALLY, THE 1218 IS PROBABLY PRICELESS. I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU CAN PUT A DOLLAR FIGURE ON IT, BUT WE'RE VERY PLEASED TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS THAT WILL MAKE ALL OF THIS COME TOGETHER FOR THE CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=come together for the city.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Council]


In other action yesterday, City Council approved a three- million dollar bond issue that will pay for improvements to the Roanoke Civic Center.

[45-11D-Day]


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The city of Bedford is bracing for what will be the biggest party the city has ever seen.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Close to 20- thousand people are expected to attend tomorrow's dedication of the national D-Day Memorial.
If you're one of them, officials say you'd better show up early if you want to get in.
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[SOT 14:04:13]
[IN Q=The cutoff point]

((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY FOUNDATION DIRECTOR: THE CUT-OFF POINT IS.. ...20- THOUSAND PEOPLE ON THIS SITE.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/D-Day Foundation Director]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=on this site.]
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[VO-NAT]


Crews were still putting the finishing touches on the site yesterday.
Part of President Bush's advance team also was on site working out the logistics of his speech.
The ceremony gets underway at 11:30 tomorrow.
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We hope you will join us for our extended coverage of the National D-Day Memorial dedication.
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We'll begin with News 7 at 5 and 6, live from the Memorial today. [Nex FS 2503]
Then we invite you to join us at 11:00 tomorrow morning for "Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom" .. live coverage of the dedication ceremony. [Next FS 2506]
And we'll complete our special D-Day coverage tomorrow with a 90-minute edition of News 7 from 5 until 6-30.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Hit-or-Miss showers make up today's forecast, with highs climbing into the 80s. Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your forecast in just a couple of minutes.





[8-VOB-Rocky-Mount]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC-31:33]
[GRAPHIC=Lane Closing]


Lane Furniture is closing shop in Altavista AND Rocky Mount, leaving more than a thousand employees without jobs in the coming months.
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[VO-NAT 12.5]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Yesterday;]

About 500- employees at the Rocky Mount plant were given the news yesterday. For Franklin County-- it's another devastating blow. Over the past two years-- the area's lost 11- hundred jobs in the textile industry.
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[SOT 01:37:20]
[IN Q=This is ]
[SUPER=01-Richard Huff/Franklin Co. Administrator;]

((THIS IS DEVASTATION AT THE WORST LEVEL. THESE ARE OUR FRIENDS, IT'S JUST VERY VERY DIFFICULT TO THINK ABOUT THESE FOLKS BEING UNEMPLOYED. IT'S HARD FOR THE COMMUNITIE, IT'S HARD FOR US IN GOVERNMENT TRYING TO HELP THE COMMUNITY.))
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=to help the community.]
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[VO-NAT]

Huff says providing job training for the out of work employees will be key to getting the area back on its feet. He says the town and county have already started a training program.
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[8-11City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AMCutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-17 47:31]
[GRAPHIC=N&W 1218]


The city of Roanoke will soon own another piece of railroad history-- The 12-18 is expected to take up residence near the 6-11 at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
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[VO-NAT :28]


The "Class A Number 1218" was built in the Roanoke shops in 1943. Assigned to Portsmouth, Ohio it operated 90- thousand miles each year.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 2, 2000;]


In storage since 1994, the locomotive was last in public last August when photographer O. Winston Link posed with the engine for a feature in Vanity Fair Magazine.
Organizers of a Link museum must still reach agreement with the late photographer's estate before the 12-18 will be donated, but officials are optimistic that will happen.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20:56]
[IN Q=Actually the 1218]

((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: ACTUALLY, THE 1218 IS PROBABLY PRICELESS. I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU CAN PUT A DOLLAR FIGURE ON IT, BUT WE'RE VERY PLEASED TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS THAT WILL MAKE ALL OF THIS COME TOGETHER FOR THE CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=come together for the city.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In other action yesterday, City Council approved a three- million dollar bond issue that will pay for improvements to the Roanoke Civic Center.

[8-11Bedford-tourism]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kle]
[TAPE#=01-11 1:50:19]
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As city leaders prepare for tomorrow's D-Day Memorial dedication, they're also preparing for the future.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Nanci Drake started yesterday as the area's first tourism director.
She came to Bedford from Franklin City as a seasoned public administrator.
Drake hopes to use the D-Day memorial to help attract tourists to Bedford.
She says Bedford's hometown flavor will keep them coming back.
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