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Layoffs hit Bedford as Rubatex lets a majority of its workers go.
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Plus, plans to open a museum in honor of train photographer O. Winston Link are chugging right along.
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Tonight on News 7 Sports - the Roanoke Dazzle releases its schedule of games for its first season at the Roanoke Civic Center. Tech's Dave Kadela visits with Steve Mason at Falcons' camp.
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And the Fleming Colonels are in the Friday Football Extra spotlight tonight.
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Our next threat of showers is Friday. It's pretty quiet until then, so we head to the tropics for an update tonight in weather.
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News 7 at Six is next.
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Rubatex lays off more than half its workforce in Bedford.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


That has people wondering how the company's future will affect the city.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Rubatex]
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It was once Bedford biggest employer, but today, Rubatex announced plans to cut its work force by 56-percent.
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This after the company emerged from bankruptcy protection last month.
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Marya Jones is in downtown Bedford tonight.
Marya how's the news being received there.
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More bad news for Bedford County today.. officials with Metals USA confirm the company is closing its Forest Manufacturing plant within the next two months.
The move would affect an estimated thirty employees.
The plant is being consolidated with a facility in North Carolina.
Metals USA employs 47- hundred people nationwide.
Its stock recently hit a 52- week low of a dollar-fifty per share.

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Plans for a new museum dedicated to the work of photographer O. Winston Link are coming together.
The groups involved have scheduled a news conference later this week, and it appears likely they will announce an agreement to make the project happen here in Roanoke. [***News 7 at 6 MB Graphic***]
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Joe Dashiell has more tonight on the developing plans.
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Shannon, we won't know the specifics until Friday. That's when the news conference is scheduled... But it now appears that supporters of project have cleared the most difficult hurdles.
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((Supporters of the project were negotiating with Winston Link before his death in January, and the talks have continued with representatives of his estate in the months since.
Link's railroad photographs are considered among the finest black and white images of the 20th century. The tribute to his work would share a renovated Norfolk and Western passenger station with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Link wanted the steam locomotive 1218 for the museum, and questions about the future of the vintage engine complicated the discussions at times, but it now appears the pieces are falling into place.
Back in June, when Norfolk Southern offered the 1218 to the city for display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the railroad said the donation wouldn't take effect until organizers of the Link museum reached agreement with the late photographer's estate.))
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A number of organizations have been involved in these discussions... including the Link Estate, Center in the Square, Norfolk Southern, the city of Roanoke, and the transportation museum, so it remains to be seen exactly how all of this will work.
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Shannon, that should become clear on Friday.

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A Democratic fixture in Southside steps down.
After 14-years in office Danville Delegate Whitt Clement says he will NOT run for re-election.
As Jennifer Miele reports, Clement's focus turns now from all of the children in Virginia, to the three he has at home.
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From education to economic development, Whitt Clement often fought for a piece of the budget pie in Richmond.
But after 14 years in the House of Delegates, Clement has decided instead to spend his winters in Danville.
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Two months ago, a disappointed Clement failed to win a bid for attorney general.
His mood today... relief that comes with telling a secret.
Just last month he said he'd seek the seat again.
But he knew his heart wasn't in it.
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His opponent would have been Danville City Councilman Danny Marshall.
Clement explained he would have waited even longer to make a decision.
But the deadline for candidates to file for the November election quickly approached.
He acknowledges this IS a blow to Southside's veteran strong arm in Richmond.
He's confident, though, a new and capable democratic candidate will emerge victorious.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Danville.))

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Salem's Fire Chief is retiring. Danny Hall today announced he'll leave the city's fire department at the end of this year. The 61-year old has fought blazes for Salem since 1971and was promoted to Chief in 1990. Salem's city manager credits Hall with building the deparment's reputation as one of the "most progressive, state- of- the- art facilities in Virginia." Once retired, Hall says he's looking forward to taking a trip "somewhere exotic" with his wife, spending time with his family and learning to play a musical instrument.

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Students are about to return to Lynchburg College, but some Hill City residents aren't looking forward to it.
We'll explain why next on News 7.
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And later, find out how renovations to an old theater could bring new life to Pulaski's downtown.
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The problem of friction between college students and "townies" is not a new one.
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Nor is it unique to Lynchburg.
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But some Hill City residents say they're tired of living in the middle of Lynchburg College's party scene.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( Today, it's a quiet, well- maintained neighborhood.
But the year- round residents here are afraid that, within a few weeks, all this could change, as college students come back to school, bringing with them the potential for trash, public drinking and loud music.
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The problem has persisted for years.
As it struggles to find housing for all its students, Lynchburg College has been buying up private homes in the neighborhood surrounding its campus.
The resulting mix of part- time students and full-time residents has created problems and city council says it's time to find a solution.
Zero tolerance on the part of the police may be the answer.
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((JOE SEIFFERT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THEY SEE ANYTHING THAT'S DISORDERLY TO MAKE THE ARREST INSTEAD OF GIVING A BREAK OR WHATEVER, BECAUSE SOMETHING'S GOT TO BE DONE WITH THAT BEHAVIOR.. GIVE THOSE FOLKS OUT THERE SOME RESPITE FROM THIS.))
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City leaders say it's now time for the school and its neighbors to sit down together and find some common ground.

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((KEITH WRIGHT/LYNCHBURG NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT: IT'S DEFINITELY GOING TO TAKE A COORDINATED EFFORT WITH ALL INTERESTED GROUPS AND THE RESIDENTS I FEEL ARE GOING TO BE THAT IMPORTANT LINK TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMS. THEY LIVE THERE, THEY WORK THERE AND IT'S THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.))
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Residents will get a chance to speak out at a neighborhood meeting tonight.
The first students return to campus next week.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

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Their students won't be returning for another week, but teachers in the city of Roanoke are heading back to class.
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The new school year opened this morning with a convocation at the Roanoke Civic Center auditorium.
Officials recognized the six city schools that have won full state accreditation.
And employees heard from Brett Leake, a nationally known comedian and motivational speaker.
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((BRETT LEAKE/COMEDIAN; I LOVE IT, BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT. I REALLY BELIEVE WHAT I TOLD THE TEACHERS TODAY. THEY'VE MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR ME.))
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More than one thousand teachers, and more than 13- thousand students will be on hand when classes resume in the city, August 22nd.
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[Stocks]


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Dissappointing earnings in the high tech sector sent Wall Street lower. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 66 points.
NASDAQ fell 46.
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If a local group has its way a portion of downtown Pulaski will be sporting a new look.
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The group, "Friends of the Pulaski Theatre Civic Centre", is planning to transform this area into a theater and civic center. So far-- members have raised a little more than a half million dollars which has allowed them to buy and lease several buildings. And, they're making other progress. Their first production is tentatively scheduled for November.
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((RANDY ELEY/FRIENDS OF PULASKI THEATRE CIVIC CENTRE PRES.; IT'S EXCITING BUT ALSO MAKES ME A LITTLE NERVOUS. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.))
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The group will kick off a large scale fundraiser September sixth-- with a reception at New River Community College. Members still need to raise an additional one million dollars.
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Alright Hokie fans - Virginia Tech says its time to think big when it comes to supporting the team.
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The University announced a "crazy for the hokies" logo contest today. Officials want any person or group to reproduce one of Tech's four logos in the most outlandish, creative, biggest manner possible. Logos include the shield, word Hokie, VT, or the Hokie bird. The entry deadline is November First.
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(( LOCKE WHITE/TECH LICENSING DEPT.; WERE HOPING THAT SOMEBODY WILL TAKE THAT MILL MOUNTAIN STAR AND CHANGE IT INTO A VT, BUT OF COURSE GET PERMISSION BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING.))
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Anything may be possible since entries are to be submitted by photograph. The top three winners will be revealed on the Jumbotron during half time at the Tech vs Miami game in December.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports the Dazzle tickets could be the perfect stocking stuffer this year. Williams Fleming is in the Friday Football Extra spotlight tonight.
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And Steve Mason gets us up to date from Falcons' camp with former Virginia Tech lineman Dave Kadela.
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The Roanoke Dazzle announced its schedule for the team's first season inside the Roanoke Civic Center today.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 4714] The Dazzle will play 26 homes with the season opener set for Sunday night November 18th. There also will be plenty of Holiday Hoops with games scheduled for the afternoon of Christmas Day and Valentine's Day night. By the way, the Christmas game will be the Dazzle's first on TV on espn2.
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That night the team will play the Greenville Groove, which earlier today signed one of first women to ever coach in men's professional sports. Stephanie Ready (RED-EEE) will be an assistant coach under Marvin Barnes.

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You may have noticed the Dazzle doesn't play on Thanksgiving, that's because the Express does. Today Roanoke signed junior hockey scoring machine Bret DeCecco (DE-CHECK-OH) In his four seasons in the Canadian Junior Leagues, DeCecco averaged nearly 40 goals a year.

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Atlanta and the Redskins play Friday in a preseason match up. Former Virginia Tech lineman Dave Kadela was an all Big East selection, now he's starting over as an NFL free agent rookie. Steve Mason has more.
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((The Falcons offense was rated 15th in the NFC, last in the division a season ago and Chris Candler was sacked 40 times. Stats that open the door for players like Dave Kadela. ((DAN REEVES/FALCONS HEAD COACH:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:)) While Buffy, who was one of the Big East Conference's and Tech's top swimmers, could not attend Falcons training camp, her father and mother live a half hour from Furman University in Spartanburg, South Carolina and were there. Buffy was on the phone with mom a good bit getting updates on husband to be. ((:))
The Falcons discovered Kadela after watching hours of tape of his quarterback at Tech. ((MICHAEL VICK:)) ((:))
The Falcons make first cuts August 28th. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

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The Redskins will be a little thin at quarterback this Friday against Atlanta. Although they will likely sign recently cut Cowboys Tony Banks,
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The starter for Friday night's preseason home opener at Fed Ex field will be rookie Sage Rosenfels, who was pretty bad against the Chiefs.
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[S-Fleming]


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William Fleming will open the season competing in a new district and with somewhat of a new look on offense.
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The Colonels are excited about competing in the Blue Ridge District this season. But the move means a little more work for Fleming head coach Keith Smith and his staff.
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The Colonels were busy this summer as more than 50 kids took part in the weight room program.
65 players are out for the season and the Colonels have size and quickness at the skilled positions.
Former Colonel coach John McGregor is back helping the offense so look for the Colonels to lineup in a few new sets.
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