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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Expect rain early today with highs in the upper 70's. Steve Pardon has details coming up.





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If the Wachovia - First Union merger goes through - Wachovia announced it will sell 30 of its branches. NINE of those are in our area.
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The branches include those at Towers Mall, Franklin Plaza, Crossroads Mall, Cave Spring, 460 East and West Salem.
Other area branches slated for sale include Bedford, Hardy and Chilhowie.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


No buyers have been identified yet, but the company says it's likely that even though ALL of the banks will change hands they will remain open.
Wachovia says once buyers are identified, customers will begin to receive information about the process... but do NOT need to do anything at this time.
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Just one week after is said it was staying in business - a local company says it's closing.
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Vishay Vitramon announced yesterday it will close by the end of March.
Employees say 71 of the plant's 300 workers were laid off yesterday.... more cuts are expected in September and February.
Vishay Vitramon is a multi-billion dollar electronic parts manufacturer.
The company blames the cutbacks on the slow economy.
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The struggling economy is also effecting the television business.
WDBJ-7 announced a workforce reduction yesterday, including layoffs and early retirement buyouts.
The exact number of employees affected will depend on the number of people accepting early retirement.
General Manager Bob Lee blames the cutbacks on declining national advertising revenue.

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A local wood products company isn't letting slowing furniture sales keep it from getting down to business.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


Cooper Wood Products in Franklin County supplies wood products to furniture companies like Lane, Stanley, and Bassett.
When things slow down for those companies, things slow down for Cooper. That's why Cooper is taking matters into their own hands.
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[08:0022] ((THEN WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME OTHER ITEMS THAT WOULD INCLUDE SOME PARTS OF THE STAIR PART INDUSTRY AS WELL AS SOME OTHER THINGS LIKE CABINET COMPONENTS.))
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We'll tell you what else Cooper Wood is doing to stay ahead of the game...
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When Jennifer Miele presents part five of her series "Turning the Tables," tonight on News 7 at 6.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - It's going to be a mostly cloudy day with rain early. Steve Pardon has your full forecast coming up after the news.




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Another teenager has been arrested for an armed robbery and related murder in Roanoke about three weeks ago.

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 10]

Ryan Fischer was killed and Ben Chastang's car and jewelry were stolen July 10th, though the vehicle was later recovered in Ohio. A 19- year old suspect was charged in Akron last week.
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Wednesday night Roanoke police charged a 17-year old from Northwest Roanoke with robbery. So far, NO murder charges have been filed in the case.

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A Richmond judge must decide whether Governor Jim Gilmore broke the law with his 'no car tax' plan.
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But the state argued on the Governor's behalf yesterday that the "car tax cut lawsuit" should be thrown out.
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((BILL HURD/VIRGINIA SOLICITOR GENERAL: THEY DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNOR FOUND A WAY TO HAVE ENOUGH REVENUE TO MEET THE CAR TAX CUT AND DO EVERYTHING ELSE VIRGINIA NEEDED TO.))
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[OUT Q=everything else Virginia needed to.]
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


While local Republicans protested outside, lawyers for two state senators and a panel of northern Virginia businessmen made their case against the Gilmore administration.
They say the Governor used "phony numbers" last December, to keep the "car tax cut law trigger" from freezing the tax phase-out.
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((GRAYSON HANES/ATTORNEY: I THINK THAT HE ABUSED HIS DISCRETION AT LEAST. You actually said he used phony numbers. HE DID. HE HAD OTHER NUMBERS WE WILL PROVE THAT HE DID NOT PRESENT TO EITHER THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OR TO THE ADVISORY COUNCIL. Were they inaccurate or simply outdated? OUTDATED AND THEREFORE THEY WERE INACCURATE.))
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[OUT Q=and therefore they were inaccurate.]
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Richmond Circuit Court Judge Theodore Markow asked at one point if the Governor could use a "panel of Ouija board advisors" or use "numbers he pulled out of the sky."
He's expected to rule in a matter of days.
If he allows it to go to trial, that trial would be in October.

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The car tax is already getting high-level political attention in the race for governor.
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[SUPER=403-Washington, DC;]


President Bush invited Republican candidate Mark Earley to the White House yesterday, where the president praised Earley for supporting a complete car tax phase-out next year.
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[IN Q=So it was]

((MARK EARLEY/REP. CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR; SO IT WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT, WE APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT. AS WELL AS THAT OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT WHO WAS THERE AND IT WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY AND WE APPRECIATE HIS COMMITMENT TO VIRGINIA.))
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Democrats see the meeting differently.
The party's state chairman says the White House visit may have made for a great photo-op, but disguises what he calls Earley's contradictory positions on cutting the car tax since it was first proposed.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Rain early today and cloudy this afternoon with highs in the upper 70's. Steve Pardon has more on your forecast coming up.




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Conflicts over Virginia's new legislative districts are quieting down - but Candidates wanting to fill the seats are revving up.
Last night, Republicans picked their man to fight for the Seventh district House of Delegates seat. Richard Lesko has more.
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A local wood products company is getting down to business despite slowing furniture sales.
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Cooper Wood Products in Franklin County supplies wood products to furniture companies like Lane, Stanley, and Bassett.
When things slow down for those companies, things slow down for Cooper. That's why Cooper is taking matters into their own hands.
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[08:0022] ((THEN WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME OTHER ITEMS THAT WOULD INCLUDE SOME PARTS OF THE STAIR PART INDUSTRY AS WELL AS SOME OTHER THINGS LIKE CABINET COMPONENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Harman/Cooper Wood Products]
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[OUT Q=cabinet components.]
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We'll tell you what else Cooper Wood is doing to stay ahead of the game...
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[TAKE FS BOARD 4606 ESSC]
When Jennifer Miele presents part five of her series "Turning the Tables," tonight on News 7 at 6.
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