[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


The company that was once Bedford's largest employer announces it's laying off more than HALF of it workforce.
This fall, Rubatex will cut back from 272 employees to 120.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a stay of execution for the Texas man, convicting of killing the father of a Northern Virginia judge.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Time to wake up-- News 7 Mornin is straight ahead.

[AM-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-36 TC 53:53]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Layoffs]


Bad economic news for the city of Bedford... Rubatex says it plans to lay off more than half its workforce.
It's a devastating blow for the company that was once Bedford's largest employer.
Marya Jones reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=In October, Rubatex]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Craig Meadows/Bedford City Manager; :19]
[SUPER=@Marya2; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Bedford.]

(( In October, Rubatex will cut back its Bedford workforce from 272 to 120 workers ... eliminating its extrusion and laminate operations.
Losing the jobs means losing a major source of revenue for the city.
But City Manager Craig Meadows says Bedford planned for it.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:09:28 - :42]

((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 OTHER REVENUES, AS FAR AS UTILITIES, WE HAD ALREADY ANTICIPATED THE POTENTIAL OF THIS HAPPENING.)) [RUNS:14]
Rubatex says the layoffs are a step toward bouncing back from bankruptcy, which the company blames in part on a nine-month strike by employees.
A spokesman for Rubatex's parent company says: "The company is committed to Bedford, and we continue to invest in our slab sheet and mixing operations there."
But city officials are less certain of the company's future.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:13:19 - :39]

((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER: I AM CONCERNED THAT GOING DOWN TO THAT SMALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WITH ALL THE FACILITIES THEY HAVE HERE. MY STRONG SUSPICION IS THAT THEY'LL PROBABLY HAVE A LOT OF THOSE FACILITIES ON THE MARKET. BUT BEYOND THAT, WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING FROM RUBATEX OFFICIALS AS TO WHAT THE FUTURE WOULD BE HERE.)) [RUNS:20]
Rubatex still owes the city 170-thousand dollars in utility bills that it will probably never get. But it does expect to collect 270-thousand dollars in back taxes.
City leaders say OTHER industries here are thriving ... and they hope displaced workers can find new jobs quickly.
mj, news-7, Bedford.))



[11Blevins]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC01:58]
[GRAPHIC=LEgal Scales]


The man who sexually assaulted a woman in a Roanoke parking garage last January will spend the rest of his life in prison.
(------------)
[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.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


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.

[Beazley-Execution]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Meanwhile, a convicted killer in Texas gets a reprieve--
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Huntsville, TX;]


A Texas appeals court has stayed the execution of Napoleon Beazley indefinitely.
Yesterday's decision came down just hours before Beazley was scheduled to die.
The case has drawn international attention because Beazley was only 17 when he killed 63- year- old John Luttig during a 1994 carjacking.
The murder victim was the father of prominent Northern Virginia Judge Michael Luttig.
(------------)


[2-Diluted-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A Missouri pharmacist is being held without bond on charges he dispensed diluted cancer drugs in order to make more profits.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO;]


Robert Courtney is charged with one count of misbranding and adulteration of a drug.
Court documents show Courtney has been dispensing the watered- down drugs for at least three months.
Authorities say some intravenous drug bags mixed at the pharmacy contained as little as one percent of the drugs ordered.
Meanwhile, an F-B-I hotline has been set up and has already received numerous calls from concerned cancer patients and their families.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:26:10]
[IN Q=I can't ]
[SUPER=01-Martha Granstrom/Drug Customer;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=that I buy]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Courtney's attorney says he expects the pharmacist to plead innocent to the charges.
If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison without parole.
(------------)



[Wildfires]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Wildfire]


A state of emergency is declared in four counties of Washington State because of wildfires
It's one of 10 Western states dealing with the blazes, which have gotten worse because of hot temperatures and dry weather.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Ashland, OR;]


In southern Oregon, 57- hundred acres are blackened from a wildfire burning near the California border.
The blaze continues to burn out of control, but fire officials say they are making some progress.
More than 12- hundred firefighters are on duty, with the support of several water- dropping helicopters.
(------------)


[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]



In business news, US Airways unveils a plan to cut costs. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]

((ON THE ECONOMIC CALENDAR, REPORTS ON INFLATION AT THE CONSUMER LEVEL AND HOME CONSTRUCTION FOR JULY.
BUT THESE REPORTS MAY HAVE LITTLE EFFECT ON TRADING, SINCE MOST INVESTORS APPEAR TO BE SITTING ON THE SIDELINES, WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE FED DOES WITH INTEREST RATES AT NEXT WEEK'S MEETING.
ON WALL STREET...

(graphic)

THE DOW SANK 66 POINTS

(graphic)

WHILE THE NASDAQ TUMBLED MORE THAN 2 PERCENT OR ABOUT 45 POINTS.

(video - us air)

US AIRWAYS LOST GROUND AFTER THE STRUGGLING CARRIER UNVEILED A SURVIVAL PLAN AFTER THE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY NIXED ITS DEAL TO MERGE WITH UNITED AIRLINES. THE PLAN INCLUDES USING NEW SMALLER REGIONAL JETS TO CUT COST

(on cam)

THE MARKET DOWNTURN IS HAVING A PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT ON THE INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR.

(graphic)

THE DISCOUNT BROKER CHARLES SCHWAB SAYS COMMISSION TRADING IN JULY FELL 10 PERCENT... THAT'S EXPECTED TO PUT THE SQUEEZE ON SCHWAB'S EARNINGS AND MAY LEAD TO MORE JOB CUTS AT THE BROKERAGE FIRM.

(graphic)

TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM -

(on cam)

AT THE NASDAQ,

(on cam)

I'M AC IN NEW YORK. ))

(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[Presley]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It was 24 years ago today that the world lost the King of Rock and Roll.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Memphis, TN;]


A candlelight vigil is held this week each year, marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
Thousands of fans from around the country take part--
A torch is brought forth from the eternal flame at the gravesite to the fans waiting at the gates of Graceland.
The flame is then passed from candle to candle throughout the crowd.
Mourners walk through the gates and up to Meditation Gardens to visit the graves of Elvis and his family members.
(------------)


[11Link-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-26 TC1:22:28]
[GRAPHIC=Winston Link]


New information about plans for a museum dedicated to the work of photographer O. Winston Link should be released tomorrow.
The groups involved have scheduled a news conference, and it appears likely they will announce an agreement to make it happen here in Roanoke.
(------------------)
[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.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


More details are expected tomorrow.

[11Blues-Marker]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-31 TC52:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A former Lynchburg musician is getting some recognition in his hometown.
(------------)
[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.
(///// SOT /////)
[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]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=for loose change.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The James River Blues Society raised 12- hundred dollars to erect the marker.
(------------)



[5-Health-Fair]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-01 47:49]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]

In this morning's Health Check, They're in the business of building healthy minds -- but yesterday some local teachers got an education of their own. --on the A-B-C's of good health.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has the story.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Hundreds of roanoke city educators]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=01-Scott Crawford/Roanoke City Teacher;18]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Smith/Roanoke City Teacher;37]
[SUPER=01-Lissy Merenda/Roanoke City Schools;54]
[SUPER=@Joy2;]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=for News 7 Mornin'.]

(( Hundreds of Roanoke City Educators filled the halls of the Roanoke Civic Center --ready to learn the lesson plan for building a healthier future.
For History teacher --Scott Crawford his main concern was getting a good score on his blood pressure screening.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT14:40:01]
[IN Q=We all need to be aware of]

((SCOTT CRAWFORD/HISTORY TEACHER:WE ALL NEED TO BE AWARE OF HEALTH ESPECIALLY IN HIGH STRESS JOB SUCH AS TEACHING --IT'S GOOD TO BE AWARE OF YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE YOU'RE BODY FAT AND ALL OF THAT MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE HAVING A HEALTHY LIFE BECAUSE PHYSICAL STRESS AND PHYSICAL AILMENTS CAN IMPACT THE CLASSROOM OF COURSE)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=the classroom of course]

While some educators choose to hit the books --other spent their time getting a massage.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT14:43:38]
[IN Q=This is very nice I could]

((ELIZABETH SMITH/KINDERGARTEN TEACHER: THIS IS VERY NICE I COULD SIT HERE FOR HOURS --AS LONG AS SHE KEEPS GOING)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=as long as she keep going]


This is the first time Roanoke City Public School has held a Wellness Fair for its employees.
But it's a healthy trend --school officials would like to continue.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT14:50:53]
[IN Q=As a group we're getting older]

((LISSY MERENDA/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS:AS A GROUP WE'RE GETTING OLDER OUR EMPLOYEE STAFF --OUR PREMIUMS ARE BASED ON OUR GROUP PROFILE. SO ALL THAT WE CAN DO TO KEEP OUR EMPLOYEES HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND WISE--SO TO SPEAK --THOSE EARLY INTERVENTION HELPS US OVERALL AS OVERALL FOR OUR HEALTH PREMIUMS)) [RUNS25]
[OUT Q=health premium]


And keeping these educators healthy also means --they'll spend more time in the classroom -- making sure the students get the building blocks for a promising future.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))

(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron] [Streaming-Video]
[comm #3]


[2-HEADLINES] [Kim at Desk]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A major economic blow to Bedford--
Rubatex announces it'll lay off more than half of its workforce in October.
Officials say the job cuts are an attempt to recover from bankruptcy.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A pharmacist in Missouri is accused of dispensing watered- down drugs to cancer patients, in order to boost his profits.
The F-B-I has set up a hotline for concerned patients to call.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


and a life sentence is handed down to a man for abducting and sexually assaulting a woman in a Roanoke parking garage.
Lawrence Blevins abducted and beat the victim almost unconscious last January.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, August 16th .
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[VOB-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-36]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex]


Bad news for Bedford: Rubatex is laying off more than half of its workforce in October.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/File Tape;]


The company announced it would lay off 152 of its 272 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.
(///// SOT /////)
[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.]
(------------)
[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.
(------------)


[11Forest-Plant]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Plant Closing]


Officials with Metals USA confirm the company is closing its Forest Manufacturing plant 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 share.

[Diluted-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Making national headlines--
A Missouri pharmacist is behind bars, held without bond.
Robert Courtney is accused of dispensing diluted cancer drugs in order to boost his profits.
Meanwhile, the F-B-I says it's flooded with calls from concerned cancer patients and their families.
Brian Webb has the story.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO;]
[SUPER=01-Chris Whitley/U. S. Attorney's Office;]
[SUPER=01-Martha Granstrom/Customer;]
[SUPER=01-Brian Webb/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=Webb, CBS News, Kansas city.]




[2-11Blevins]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC01:58]
[GRAPHIC=LEgal Scales]


A man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for abducting and sexually assaulting a woman in a Roanoke parking garage last January.
(------------)
[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.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


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.

[11L'burg-College]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-47 TC51:44]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Some neighbors of Lynchburg College aren't looking forward to the return of students this fall. But say they're willing to wait a little longer to see whether the school can bring some of its rowdier students under control.
(------------)
[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.
(///// SOT /////)
[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]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=support from us.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


City officials told the group they're cracking down on code violations in student rental housing.
They also urged residents to report any problems to the police.
(------------)



[6-Tech-Logo]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-32 TC58:48]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]

Virginia Tech fans are getting a chance to put their mark on the school's logo.
(------------)
[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.
(///// SOT /////)
[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;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

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 versus Miami game in December.
(------------)



[11City-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The summer may not be history just yet, but the new school year is starting.
(------------)
[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.
(///// SOT /////)
[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.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The school system has more than one thousand teachers and more than 13- thousand students. Classes resume on Wednesday, August 22nd.
(------------)



[11Pulaski-Theatre]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-30 TC1:15:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A group in Pulaski hopes a new theater and civic center will improve the quality of life and the economy of downtown.

They say the project will have something for everyone. Teresa Hamilton has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=These downtown ]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; :00]
[SUPER=01-Randy Eley/Pulaski Theatre Civic Centre President; :12]
[SUPER=01-Paul Blevins/Fundraising Coordinator; 1:06]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pulaski.]

(( These downtown buildings may be empty now, but the nonprofit group "Friends of Pulaski Theatre Civic Centre" is planning to breathe new life into this downtown area.
(///sot////)
[sot 06:22:00]
[IN Q= I THINK]

((RANDY ELEY/PULASKI THEATRE CIVIC CENTRE PRESIDENT: I THINK IT WILL MAKE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES IN TERMS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND REASONS TO COLLECT IN DOWNTOWN ON EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS.)) [RUNS10]
[OUTQ= AND WEEKENDS.]

Randy Eley is president of the group which plans to transform this corner of downtown Pulaski into a theater and civic centre-- a place for live stage productions, movies, speakers and music.
(///sot////)
[sot 06:22:10]
[IN Q=It will be ]

((RANDY ELEY: IT WILL BE A FUN PLACE-- EVERYTHING FROM BLUEGRASS AND BACH TO BEETHOVEN AND WE'LL HAVE PLAYS AND WE'LL BRING BACK THE MOVIE HOUSE PORTION AS WELL. IT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY IN THE CIVIC CENTRE.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= IN THE CIVIC CENTRE.]

So far, the group has raised about a half million dollars .. without a public campaign .. money that's allowed them to purchas some buildings and lease others. But there's still a ways to go.
(///sot////)
[sot 00:10:11]
[in q=WE HAVE ]

((PAUL BLEVINS/FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR: WE HAVE A GOAL OF A MILLION TO A MILLION FIVE AND AGAIN WE'RE WORKING ON THAT VOLUNTEER STRUCTURE AND WE HOPE TO HAVE THAT IN PLACE BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= END OF SEPTEMBER.]

The group is also planning for its first production-- a variety type show that's tentatively scheduled for November.

[take stand up] ((TERESA HAMILTON/REPORTING: THE GROUP WILL OFFICIALLY BEGIN FUNDRAISING SEPTEMBER SIXTH-- WITH A RECEPTION FOR THE PUBLIC AT NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE. TERESA HAMILTON, NEWS 7, PULASKI.)) [runs15]
[out q= Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pulaski.]))



[11Dixie-League]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC1:38:22]
[GRAPHIC=Baseball]


It's time to play ball in Bedford. That's where a World Series for young baseball players is underway this week.
(------------)
[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.
(///// SOT /////)
[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;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=baseball at its finest.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


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


[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
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Officials with Metals USA confirm the company is closing its Forest Manufacturing plant within the next two months.
The move would affect about 30-employees.
The plant is being consolidated with a facility in North Carolina.

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Rubatex is laying off more than half of its Bedford workforce in October.
The company announced it would lay off 152 of its 272 hourly and salaried workers.
Rubatex says the layoffs are an attempt to bounce back from bankruptcy, which it blames, in part, on a nine-month strike by employees.

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The late singer- guitarist Luke Jordan is being honored with a V-DOT historical marker along the Lynchburg riverfront.

Jordan, a Lynchburg native, 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".
The James River Blues Society raised 12- hundred dollars to erect the marker.
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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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