[7Wx-Headline]

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Look for sunshine today with just a few clouds. Temperatures will be warm in the upper 80s. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast in just a few minutes


[7-11Blevins]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC01:58]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A man who abducted and sexually assaulted a woman in a Roanoke parking garage last January will spend his life behind bars.
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[VO-NAT]


Lawrence Blevins abducted and beat the victim almost unconscious.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 5]


If it had not been for Keith Weltens she probably would have died. He foiled the attack and was honored by City Council in March.
Weltens sensed something was wrong as he drove past the victim's car in the parking garage, got her away from Blevins and to the hospital in time to save her.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Blevins had been convicted of aggravated sexual battery of an 11 year old girl in 1983, served 17 years of a 20-year prison term. He got out less than a month before he abducted the 56-year old Roanoke County victim in this case.
Last night, the jury sentenced Blevins to life in prison for abduction, plus 40-years for malicious wounding and a sexual offense.

[7-VOB-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
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Rubatex is set to lay off more than half of its workforce in October.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/File Tape;]


The company announced it would lay off 152 of its 272 workers hourly and salaried workers.
The plant's extrusion and laminate operations will be moved out of state.
Rubatex says the layoffs are an attempt to bounce back from bankruptcy, which it blames, in part, on a nine-month strike by employees.
Losing the jobs means losing a major source of revenue for the city... but Bedford officials say they planned for it.
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[SOT 2:09:28 - :42]
[IN Q=You always hope]

((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER: YOU ALWAYS HOPE FOR THE BEST AND PLAN FOR THE WORST. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE AN OPERATION HERE IN BEDFORD BUT AS FAR AS REVENUES, AS FAR AS UTILITIES, WE HAD ANTICIPATED THE POTENTIAL OF THIS HAPPENING.))
[SUPER=01-Craig Meadows/Bedford City Manager;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=potential of this happening.]
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[VO-NAT]


Rubatex says it's committed to Bedford and that no further layoffs should be necessary.
City officials say the company has not shared any further plans about its future.
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[7-11Forest-Plant]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[GRAPHIC=Plant Closing]


A Forest manufacturing plant is closing.
Officials with Metals USA confirm the company will close within the next two months.
The move would affect about 30-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 1.50 a shaare.

[WXHeads]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... It's going ot be partly sunny and warm today with temperatures reaching the upper 80s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast after the news.

[45-11City-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
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It still may be summer for the students, but the new school year in Roanoke City has already started for teachers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Teachers in the city of Roanoke gathered yesterday morning at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
Officials recognized the six city schools that have won full accreditation from the state, and superintendent Wayne Harris challenged employees to build on their success.
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[SOT 01:32:42]
[IN Q=I know that they will take]

((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: I KNOW THAT THEY WILL TAKE ENERGY, MOTIVATION AND A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE TO DO THE BEST JOB POSSIBLE. THAT'S WHAT THEY'LL TAKE AWAY FROM CONVOCATION.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=take away from convocation.]
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[VO-NAT]


The school system has more than one thousand teachers and more than 13- thousand students. Classes resume on Wednesday, August 22nd.
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[45-11Link-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-26 TC1:22:28]
[GRAPHIC=O. Winston Link]

A museum dedicated to the work of photographer O. Winston Link could come to Roanoke. The groups involved in that decision have scheduled a news conference and will release new information concerning that museum tomorrow.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-August 3, 2000]


Supporters of the project were negotiating with Link before his death in January, and the talks have continued with representatives of his estate.
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.
Questions about the future of the vintage steam locomotive 12-18 complicated the talks at times, but it now appears the pieces are falling into place.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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More details are expected tomorrow.

[45-11Blues-Marker]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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Lynchburg is celebrating the work of one of its musicians.
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[VO-NAT]


Singer- guitarist Luke Jordan died in 1952.. he was one of just a few black Virginians who recorded music in the 1920's, including his best- known song "Pick Poor Robin Clean".
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Jordan's place in local music history is now being honored with a V-DOT historical marker along the Lynchburg riverfront.
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[SOT 3:05:07]
[IN Q=But back in]

((JAN RAMSEY/JAMES RIVER BLUES SOCIETY: BUT BACK IN THE '20'S WHEN HE PLAYED, THE STREET CORNER WAS A VERY POPULAR VENUE SO TO SPEAK.. WAREHOUSES WERE PROBABLY DOWN HERE IN THAT ERA AND THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE HE MADE MOST OF HIS MONEY, PLAYING FOR PEOPLE, PLAYING FOR A NICKEL A SONG OR PLAYING ON STREET CORNER FOR LOOSE CHANGE.))
[SUPER=01-Jan Ramsey/James River Blues Society]
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[OUT Q=for loose change.]
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[VO-NAT]


The James River Blues Society raised 12- hundred dollars to erect the marker.
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[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Look for sunshine and clouds today with the chance for an isolated shower.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast in just a few minutes






[8-11L'burg-College]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
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Some neighbors of Lynchburg College hope the school can bring some of its rowdier students under control.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The college has several hundred students living off campus.. neighbors have complained about students being loud, drinking and trash problems for years.
At a neighborhood meeting last night, residents said they're willing to give the school one year to bring the students in line.
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[SOT 13:55:38]
[IN Q=As soon as]

((BEVIN ALEXANDER/NEIGHBORHOOD SPOKESMAN: AS SOON AS I SEE THEM LOSE INTEREST, I WILL BE FOMENTING THE RIOT AS RAPID AS ANYBODY ELSE. BUT I THINK DURING THIS NEXT YEAR IT IS INCUMBENT ON US TO MAKE OUR POSITION CLEAR AND TO GIVE THE COLLEGE SUPPORT FROM US.))
[SUPER=01-Bevin Alexander/Neighborhood Spokesman]
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[OUT Q=support from us.]
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[VO-NAT]


City officials told the group they're cracking down on code violations in student rental housing.
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[8-6-Tech-Logo]


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[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]

Hokie fans are leaving their mark on the school.
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[VO-NAT :18]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The University has announced a "crazy for the hokies" logo contest. 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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[SOT 48:20:02]
[IN Q=WERE HOPING]

(( 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.))
[SUPER=01-Locke White/Virginia Tech Director of Licensing;]
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[OUT Q=BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING]
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[VO-NAT]

Entries are to be submitted by photograph. The top three winners will be shown on the Jumbotron during half time at December's Tech-Miami game.
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[8-11Dixie-League]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC1:38:22]
[GRAPHIC=Baseball]


The World Series for young baseball players is in Bedford this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford;]


Dixie Youth championship baseball teams from 11 states are vying for the championship title.
These young sluggers range in age from 9 to 12 and compete in two divisions.
Of 18 teams, four are from Virginia.
Bedford and Madison Heights are hosting the games... and Amherst and Appommatox are also playing.
They attract a huge following.
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[SOT 14:19 - :39]
[IN Q=With the teams, there's]

((MARTY FILOGAMO/DIXIE YOUTH DEPUTY COMMISSIONER: WITH THE TEAMS, THERE'S ALSO A FOLLOWING WHICH IS GRANDPARENTS, FRIENDS, AUNTS, UNCLES, LIKE THAT. YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW MANY GOOD BASEBALL FANS AROUND THE AREA LIKE TO COME TO A PLACE LIKE THIS BECAUSE THIS IS BASEBALL AT ITS FINEST.))
[SUPER=01-Marty Filogamo/Dixie Youth Deputy Commissioner;]
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[OUT Q=baseball at its finest.]
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[VO-NAT]


Championship titles will be awarded in the Triple-A and Double-A divisions on Friday or Saturday. (------------)