Norfolk Southern employees are bracing for more layoffs --
The latest round of furloughs will take place at Roanoke's East End shops.
Details, coming up in a live report.
And Governor Gilmore announces millions of dollars in funding for a Richmond museum... but what about Roanoke's museums?
A hazy start to the afternoon will once again lead to a few scattered showers and thunderstorms ...I'll have your forecast
News 7 at noon, right after the break.
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More troubles for Norfolk Southern workers - 162 in Roanoke will lose their jobs for three weeks.
More layoffs are in store for Roanoke Norfolk Southern employees.
It's all part of a temporary cost- cutting effort that will take effect in two weeks.
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News 7's business reporter Jennifer Miele is across from the East End shops now - where the latest round of furloughs will occur.
Jen, at least these are TEMPORARY furloughs...
Kim, this car shop along with Norfolk Southern's only other car shop in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania are taking the brunt of the LATEST cost cutting efforts.
Altogether about one thousand employees will be furloughed for three weeks.
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162 Roanoke Car shop employees were notified yesterday of a three week furlough.
Layoffs at the East End Shops will begin June 24th and end July 14th.
842 Car shop employees in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania got word yesterday as well.
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The 162 Roanoke employees are the better part of all that is left of the East End Shops.
About 228 employees were let go last May.
The East End Shops have been building and rebuilding rail cars for years, but a decline in coal exports has slowed down that work considerably.
Meanwhile in Hollidaysburg, the only other NS car repair shop is slated to close on October 1st.
That facility was supposed to close on September 1st, but the closing date has been pushed back.))
The Surface Transportation Board has asked Norfolk Southern for "good reasons" why they are closing the shops in Hollidaysburg.
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We expect to hear those reasons within the next two weeks. Kim?
A new bite-size snack is expected to mean dozens of new jobs at Frito Lay's Lynchburg plant.
At this hour, Frito Lay's expected to announce a 15 million dollar expansion project that will add about 50 jobs.
According to a company news release, the expansion will support the production of a new snack that will be introduced at the end of the year.
Frito-Lay currently produces its Wow! brand chips in Lynchburg.
Governor Jim Gilmore says he was "horrified" when people going to Richmond's Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Faberge - Egg exhibit had to shuttle bus from the baseball stadium.
So today, Gilmore announced he'd freed up four million dollars to help the art museum build a new parking deck.
Reporters asked what that meant for other museums around the state which were laying off workers and cutting hours because they got NO state money this year.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'RE SETTING THE PRIORITY PRIMARILY BASED ON THE AGE OF MANY OF THE REQUESTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE HAVE BEEN MAJOR INVESTMENTS MADE IN ROANOKE, FOR EXAMPLE, A PLACE WHERE I HAVE A DEEP COMMITMENT, AND I THINK THEY'RE DOING A TERRIFIC JOB IN THEIR DOWNTOWN. BUT THIS PARKING ISSUE HAS PRECEDED THAT.))
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After the announcement, while the Governor viewed the collection, his finance secretary clarified his answer.
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((JOHN FORBES/STATE FINANCE SECRETARY: CLEARLY THE GOVERNOR HAS A VERY STRONG DESIRE TO HELP ROANOKE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS. THE PROBLEM EXISTS HOWEVER IN THE FACT THAT IF IT'S A NON-STATE AGENCY AND WE DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY UNLESS IT WAS IN A PREVIOUS APPROPRIATION. ))
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The Governor added that he feels the budget impasse that now ties his hands is the fault of the state Senate.
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In national news--
President Bush continues drawing crowds of protesters--
He's in Sweden today for a European union meeting.
But demonstrators are making it clear to Bush that they're upset over his rejection of a global warming treaty.
Kimberly Dozier reports.
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((: President George Bush flew in to Sweden to meet for his first
meeting with the leaders of the European Union.
It's the diplomatic equivalent...of walking in to the lion's den.
Protesters are out in force in Sweden's second city of Goteborg,
opposing all that they believe George W Bush stands for....capital
punishment...abortion limits...missile defense... and most of all, his
rejection of the global climate change treaty.
Europe's heads of state may not be shouting...but their sentiments
toward the American president are much the same.
'The former US government was behind that....Why not stick to that?'
Sounding somewhat chastened, President Bush says his recent energy plan
proves he's serious about the environment.
'Our nation is making progress, there's more to do, and we can work more
with Europe, so there's an area right there that some would have said we
wouldn't have anything to talk about, and we have a lot to talk about.'
He's also got to sell them on his untried and untested son-of-star wars
missile program. It means modifying or abandoning the old missile
treaty, which many here believe has kept them safe from nuclear bombs.
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'We'll see if he cannot only, sort of convince the Europeans of the
benefits of missile defense but if he's also prepared to listen to the
European concerns on, on global warming, and if he's prepared to amend
his policies accordingly.'
There's was one sign the message is getting through, that Europe won't
'There's other people up here too.'
Next stop, Poland for a summit with the Russian leader, ending Mr Bush's
baptism by fire and foreign policy.
Kimberly Dozier CBS News, London))
Meanwhile, President Bush is getting praise for his decision to end Navy bombing exercises on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island.
The White House is confirming the President will end the exercises as early as 2003.
Pentagon officials will make the announcement today.
They're also expected to announce that it's forming a panel to look for an alternative training site.
But Vieques residents who want an IMMEDIATE end to the bombings plan to continue protesting.
However, they say the protests will be peaceful.
A six-point-two magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan, injuring at least four people.
The epi- center of the quake was located under the seabed.
It rattled the capital city of Taipei for about 20 seconds, damaging buildings and cutting electricity.
12-thousand homes in central Taipei lost power for about two minutes.
Today's quake follows yesterday's six-point-THREE magnitude tremor.
Authorities say there could be more aftershocks over the next few days.
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Meanwhile, severe weather is striking the upper midwest--
A tornado touched down in southeastern Nebraska yesterday, sending at least one person to the hospital with injuries.
The high winds damaged three buildings, two of them homes.
Several power lines also fell in the area.
Clean-up efforts are continuing.
It's not quite stealing candy from a child... but it's close.
A thief has made off with a central part of summer camp for area children.
Someone stole six canoes stored underneath Victory Stadium in Roanoke.
Police have found two of them-- but the remaining four are still missing.
The canoes belong to the city's Parks and Recreation department and are used on weekend trips and during summer camp which is slated to begin later this month.
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((ERIC LAPRAD/OUTDOOR COORDINATOR: WE HAVE TO HAVE ENOUGH CANOES FOR THE PARTICIPANTS AND THE STAFF SO RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO DO OUR NORMAL PROGRAMS. SO I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE IF THAT MEANS WE'LL HAVE TO CANCEL THE TRIPS OR TRY TO DIVIDE THE PARTICIPANTS AND DO SEPARATE TRIPS.))
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Anyone with information on the four stolen canoes is asked to contact the Roanoke City police department.
Each is valued at around 800- dollars.
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Why aren't certain parts of Virginia represented on this year's Democratic ticket?
Ellen Qualls takes a look, just ahead.
And... a cable car full of people gets stuck in the Swiss Alps.
We'll show you the rescue, still ahead.
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Rite Aid is closing shop in Roanoke.
The drug store chain is in the process of selling its prescriptions from its Roanoke area drug stores.
Rite-Aid is not releasing the name of the buyer at this time but says it's close to reaching an agreement.
Once an agreement has been signed, the company will close its Roanoke area pharmacies by the end of July and then begin liquidating the rest of its stock.
The company has seven stores in the Roanoke Valley.
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A tractor- trailer rear-ended a school bus full of children on their way back from Disneyland.
At least 15 people were injured, some of them seriously.
But authorities say NONE of the injuries appears life- threatening.
The bus was carrying about 45 people, including adult chaperones and children ranging in age from seven to 15.
The crash occurred about 70- miles east of Los Angeles, as the group was returning home to Mexico.
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((BERTHA GONZALEZ: "ALL THE KIDS WERE YELLING AND SCREAMING AND I
CALLED 911 I WAS ASLEEP SO I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT FREEWAY WE WERE ON,
SO I GAVE THE PHONE TO SOMEONE ELSE.))
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Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.
It was a close call for seven people who had to be
picked up from a stranded cable car in the Swiss Alps last night.
It was a delicate rescue operation.
The medical helicopter was able to pick up the passengers, who were literally hanging on for their lives.
And they were relieved when the helicopter finally landed safely on the ground.
Tuesday's Democratic primary ended with NO representatives from Western Virginia or the Tidewater area on the party's ticket.
And while it's not exactly a dream lineup, according to political experts... Democrats are making the most of it.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( That left Richmond mayor Tim Kaine with the winning hand for the second spot on the ticket.
Kaine and new running mate Donald McEachin launched their statewide campaigns from a Richmond senior center.
Both men are a little farther left on the political spectrum than their candidate for governor Mark Warner.
Both are for a moratorium on the death penalty.
Both are for what they call sensible gun control.
McEachin won with the smallest percentage of the vote in statewide primary history.
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((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: THAT IS A VERY THIN BASE, EVEN WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO RUN A GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN ON. IF THERE'S ONE CANDIDATE WHO'S IN TROUBLE, IT'S DON MCEACHIN, AND HE'S GONNA DEPEND HEAVILY ON MARK WARNER, HIS MONEY, AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO PULL HIM OVER THE FINISH LINE.))
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Republican opponent Jerry Kilgore appeared with some sheriffs to drive the point home: McEachin's a trial lawyer, NOT a prosecutor.
((JERRY KILGORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: MCEACHIN'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AREA CERTAINLY DRAWS THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN OUR TWO CAMPAIGNS. I'M THE CRIME FIGHTER. HE HAS BEEN THE CRIMINAL APOLOGIST THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER.))
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((MCEACHIN: I VOTED FOR THE HUNTING AND FISHING...PREACHING GUN SAFETY.))
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A local cemetery could breathe new life into one local city's black history.
And... from backyards to rooftops - a couple of PEACOCKS on the lam make the most of their freedom.
The story a little later.
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Lynchburg's Rivermont Avenue could be on its way to becoming the Hill City's SIXTH historic district.
Yesterday, the planning commission unanimously approved an ordinance that would protect properties along the three-mile stretch of road.
Supporters say the designation is necessary to prevent the neighborhood from decaying.
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((STEVEN DEMPSEY/SUPPORTS HISTORIC DESIGNATION: AS CITIZENS, WE'RE WILLING TO GIVE UP JUST A SMALL PIECE OF OUR PERSONAL CHOICE, OUR PERSONAL FREEDOM, BY HAVING A HISTORIC DISTRICT, BUT I THINK THE RESULTS ARE WORTH IT.))
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Opponents say the historic district designation infringes on personal property rights because it requires all renovations to be pre-approved by a review board.
The plan goes before city council next month.
A cemetery that tells a large part of Radford's black history is coming back to life.
Over the years, the Mountain View Cemetery has been overgrown with trees and brush.
Now a committee of five-area churches is restoring the five-and a half acre lot.
Organizers say it's an important piece of the city's black history .. It's the resting place for many as far back as the 1800's.
Already, many overgrown trees have been removed.
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A fund has been setup for the remaining three-thousand dollars needed to pay for the initial cleanup.
Organizers also plan to collect donations to keep the grounds in shape.
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On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was DOWN 136 points. Nasdaq was DOWN 44 points.
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Still to come on News 7 -
A judge sides with the Earnhardt family - saying autopsy photos will not be released.
The Lakers school the 76ers in Philly last night. We'll have details after the break.
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The "REAL" Lakers - the team that stormed its way through the playoffs without a single loss -
strutted their stuff in game four last night against Philadelphia -
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It was all Lakers all the time - and for most of the second half they had a double digit lead.
Speaking of doubles - Kobe Bryant was one away from a triple-double.
Shaq had 34 points.
Allen Iverson had 35 - but the Sixers missed eleven free throws.
The Lakers won game 4--100 to 86.
If they win Friday night, they'll wrap up the championship with the best post-season run in N-B-A history, 15-and-one.
Almost four months after her husband's death - Teresa Earnhardt is still fighting to keep autopsy photos of her late husband sealed.
And yesterday a judge agreed.
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Attorneys for a college newspaper had argued the photos would help show whether police and the medical examiner did their jobs correctly, and whether injuries like Earnhardt's are preventable.
But yesterday, Judge Joseph Wills ruled that releasing the photos would be a serious invasion of privacy.
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Salem first baseman Garrett Atkins helped the Avs to their best offensive outing of the season - going five for five last night.
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Salem would find the bats in the second inning and shell Potomac from that point on...
Justin Lincoln's bunt gets things started, the bad throw to third allows Atkins to score. One-nothing Salem. Lincoln is safe at first.
Still in the second, Tino Sanchez knocks a bouncer into right field.
Greg (CAT-uh-luh-NOT-ee) Catalanotte touches the plate and the Avalanche is on its way.
Salem scored six runs in the second.
Choo Freeman gets a look into left field and picks up two RBI's as Lincoln and Sanchez come home.
The Avalanche with a season high 20 hits, picks up the 12-to-three win.
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It's official - former Northside and Radford University standout Kelly Dampeer will coach the Maroons' new varsity baseball team.
Back in March News 7 Sports told you Roanoke College was starting a team and it was likely Dampeer would be the skipper.
Yesterday Athletic Director Scott Allison said Dampeer's knowledge of local talent and organizational skills make him a natural choice for the job.
Dampeer played three years in the minors.
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In the majors, the Braves could have set a team record of 10 wins on a road trip last night, but the Blue Jays got in the way.
Toronto picks up four runs in both the second and seventh
innings. Alex Gonzalez homers to right and accounts for three runs in the second. The Jays beat the Braves 12-to-5.
Tiger Woods tees off today in what could be another mark in his streak of titles that began at last year's U-S Open. Woods tries to become the first player ever to win five consecutive major titles when he tees off today at the U-S Open at Southern Hills in Tulsa.
And finally this afternoon--
Two peacocks were more than PROUD....they ran "afoul" in a Massachusetts community.
There's no denying their beauty--
But when peacocks are on the loose, it can be a major headache.
For the last two days, residents of Natick have seen the wayward birds running through their backyards and onto rooftops.
They led members of the Animal Rescue League on a big chase through the woods.
Eventually, both peacocks were captured and brought back to their owner-- who has three dozen of the beautiful birds at his home...
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