[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

The House shoots down Roanoke's Charter change. A LIVE report from Richmond on that.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And we'll get some advice on how to handle being laid off- -from those who've been there and bounced back.
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Tonight on the Big 7, George Lynch offers up some thoughts on his alma mater as Carolina gets ready for Duke tonight. High school football recruits continue committing.
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[VO-NAT]

And surprising! As Justin London literally shows his true colors picking UCLA over Tech.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Warm weather brings smiles to some but frowns to ski resorts. They get their revenge this weekend. Details and our Thursday WeatherSchool coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-SHot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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((I THOUGHT THOSE KIND OF SNEAK ATTACKS WENT OUT WITH PEARL HARBOR, BUT APPARENTLY NOT.))
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[OUT Q=but apparently not.]
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[VO-NAT]
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Disagreements on Roanoke City Council surface in Richmond.
[ANCHOR=SHannon 2-Shot]


As city-sponsored legislation is voted down in the House of Delegates.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[City-Charter]
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The bill was considered routine... technical changes to the city's charter...
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The vote was anything but, as the full House of Delegates took up the measure this afternoon.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & JoeD /State Microwave;]


Joe Dashiell is at the capitol tonight, with more on the disagreement among city council members and the repercussions in Richmond.
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[SUPER=@Joe1;]
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Keith and Shannon, the strained relationship between Mayor Ralph Smith and other members of city council is no secret.
But the mayor's dissatisfaction with the city's legislative agenda apparently lead him to complain to Republican leaders in Richmond.
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((SHALL THE BILL PASS. CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. AYES 47, NOS 51. AYES 47, NOS 51. THE BILL FAILS.))
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Without debate or explanation, a bill that made it out of committee with unanimous approval went down in defeat on the floor of the House.
That left the bill's patron, Delegate Chip Woodrum and members of Roanoke City Council angry with Mayor Ralph Smith.
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((SO IT'S NOT A BILL OF FAR-REACHING IMPORT, AND I'M SEARCHING MY MIND TO FIND OUT WHAT ON EARTH WOULD THE MAYOR BE HAVING SUCH A PROBLEM WITH IT. ))
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But Salem Delegate and House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith defended the vote.
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((YOU KNOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO FIND THE DEAD RAT IN THE WALL TO KNOW YOU GOT ONE, AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT IS, BUT UNTIL WE CAN SIT DOWN AND WE'RE GOING TO MEET TOGETHER TONIGHT AND UNTIL WE CAN SIT DOWN AND FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING ON, WHAT DOES THIS BILL REALLY MEAN, I'M UNCOMFORTABLE WITH IT. ))
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It is possible for the charter bill to be revived... and council members who are in town for a Virginia Municipal League conference will discuss the issue with Griffith and other legislators tonight.
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But Keith and Shannon, one member of council I spoke with this afternoon, says this will only make a bad relationship worse.

[Antiques-Bust]


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You can add: "dealing in stolen property" to the accusations against drug suspect and antique dealer George Spence.
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The D-E-A's justification for searching George's' Place cites an informant who says "Spence uses his business to deal in stolen property and ...firearms." The search warrant affidavit filed last night alleges Spence took some of the stolen merchandise home with him. The search warrant itself indicates agents did NOT find any stolen property at his home on Kimball Avenue in Salem... or at least they didn't seize any. Spence remains in the city jail, having waived his right to a hearing challenging pre-trial detention. His attorney, Greg Phillips, says Spence is "emotionally unstable," and may be better off where he is right now.
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A Bedford woman will remain free on bond until her March trial on federal bomb threat charges.
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42- year- old Roslyn Boston-Khaliq (kah-LEEK) was arrested October 12th after she allegedly threatened to blow up the Wal-Mart store where she worked.
Police say Boston-Khaliq was scheduled to work that day, but they have "not" determined a motive for the call.
Her case has since been moved to federal court.. the prosecutor there says he wants to send a message about the seriousness of the crimes in the wake of the September 11th attacks.
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[Terrorism-Warner]


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Governor Warner says Virginia is a "target- rich state." Today in Richmond, he laid out plans to beef up precautions against terrorism.
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[VO-NAT]
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Warner stood with state and local law enforcement officials, and with other first responders from around the state.
He signed an executive order establishing the "Secure Virginia Panel," a 20- member board that will be led by former Lieutenant Governor John Hager.
And he said he's confident the state's budget problems will not hinder efforts to improve emergency preparedness.


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((GOV. MARK WARNER: I AM VERY HOPEFUL THAT LEGISLATORS WILL SEE THAT THE ADDITIONAL FUNDS WE HAVE REQUESTED EVEN IN THESE CHALLENGING BUDGET TIMES ARE CRITICALLY, CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET OF MY STATEMENT TODAY, INSURING THE SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS IS GOVERNMENT'S NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY.))
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Warner wants to double the funding for emergency preparedness that was included in Governor Gilmore's final budget.
He's calling for 75 additional state troopers, 25 additional health department investigators, and more training and equipment for first responders around Virginia.
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[Roanoke-Ax]


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A Roanoke man died in a car accident shortly before 11 o'clock this morning.
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The man driving the Chrysler, 56 year old Donald Lee Duckworth, was killed when his car went out of control in a collision on Orange Avenue. Duckworth's car careened through Washington Park and finally stopped in a small creek. The driver of another car that flipped over the curb was treated for minor injuries at Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Police say they're still trying to figure out what caused the accident.
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[Tease#1]
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It was a record-breaking year for Western Virginia... but that's not necessarily a good thing.
We'll explain, when News 7 returns.
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And we'll talk to one of the rising stars of bluegrass... playing tonight in Roanoke.
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Governor Warner travels to Martinsville tomorrow, and a source tells us he'll announce 150 new jobs are on the way.
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That would be welcome news to a region in which have lost their jobs in recent years.
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And thousands more, now working at VF Imagewear, will be out of work this coming July. The outlook may seem grim at first, [***NEWS 7 @ 6 MB GRAPHIC***]
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but Business Reporter Jennifer Miele found some former Tultex workers who say it doesn't have to stay that way.
Shannon, Tultex folded more than two years ago, primarily under pressure from foreign competition.
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But many employees, suddenly on their own, did not fold .. and found new life after layoffs.
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[SUPER=01-Dorothy Wyatt/Former Tultex Employee; :32]
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(([TC:21:42:28] ((TIMOTHY PATTERSON:YOU COULD TELL WE WERE LOSING MONEY.)) [RUNS02]
[TC:21:47:59] ((BRENDA MATHERLY: I WORKED IN ACCOUNTING, I COULD GRADUALLY SEE MORE AND MORE WORK BEING SHIPPED OFF SHORE.)) [RUNS04]
[TC:21:44:17] ((MARGIE ALLEN: THEY JUST TOLD US IT WAS RUMORS THAT WE WERE HEARING AND NOT TO BELIEVE WHAT WE WERE HEARING.)) [RUNS04]
[TC:21:43:00] ((TIMOTHY PATTERSON:WE WERE ALL CALLED IN A MEETING AND TOLD IT WAS A JOB WELL DONE BUT AS OF THIS MOMENT YOU NO LONGER HAVE A JOB AT TUTLEX.)) [RUNS07]

Dorothy, Brenda, Art, Tim, Margie and Portia had an average of 20 years of service between them at Tultex.
Dorothy started there right out of high school, and worked her way up to management.
[tc:21:47:05] ((DOROTHY WYATT: HARDEST THING WAS LETTING MY PEOPLE GO. TELLING THE PEOPLE ON THE FLOOR THAT THEY DON'T HAVE JOBS.)) [RUNS06]

Half the money given to them in unemployment benefits had to be used to pay interim insurance premiums.
That's why each had to find another job -- fast.
[tc:21:53:33] ((ART PORTER: I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT MY AGE THOUGH, I'M 51 YEARS OLD, I WAS 50 WHEN I STARTED HERE. AND THAT'S NOT OLD, BUT IT'S OLDER TO START OVER.)) [RUNS12]

[USE SHOT OF DAUHTER'S PICTURE AT DESK!!!] [tc:21:27:14] ((BRENDA MATHERLY: I DIDN'T KNOW AT THE TIME BUT SHE WOULD ACTUALLY CRY AT NIGH BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T WANT ME TO LOSE MY JOB. SHE'S A VERY SENSITIVE CHILD AND VERY AWARE OF EVERYTHING AROUND HER.)) [RUNS08]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[TC:21:49:14] ((BRENDA MATHERLY: I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE FOUND A JOB AT CP FILMS.)) [RUNS03]

CP Films manufactures a mylar film that prevents windows from shattering.
The company employs 500 people in Martinsville -- including all six of these former Tutltex workers.
And ask them how they feel now.
[TC:22:01:03] ((ART PORTER: UPPER MANAGEMENT, THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE ASSIGNED PARKING SPOTS, IF YOU GET HERE BEFORE THEY DO, YOU GET THE BEST SPACE AVAILABLE. )) [runs06]
[tc:22:03:03] ((DOROTHY: IT IS A DIFFERENT MANAGEMENT STYLE AND MAYBE THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES TO BE IN BUSINESS TODAY.)) [RUNS03]

Oddly enough they feel fortunate to have been let go when they were...
At the time, 400 jobs were available in Martinsville through the Virginia Employment Commission.
Today, that number is down to 80.
These survivors have some advice for those now struggling with life after layoffs.
[TC:21:58:06] ((PORTIA WITCHER: GO BACK TO SCHOOL, GET YOUR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS. FOR THOSE OF THEM THAT DO, HANG IN THERE, CAUSE THERE ARE JOBS HERE IN MARTINSVILLE.)) [RUNS07]
[TC:21:55:32] ((DOROTHY WYATT: GET OUT AND FIND THE JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE AND GO FORWARD.)) [RUNS04]))
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A few of the people we interviewed told us they're angered by recent reports that Martinsville's workforce is under-qualified for high-tech jobs.
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They say, they are proof that Southside can work.

[Bankruptcy]


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It was a record breaking year for bankruptcy filings in Western Virginia.
Filings in Roanoke were up 30 percent, Lynchburg up 25 percent and Harrisonburg up nearly 15 percent.
Chapter 7 filings showed the biggest increase, growing 85 percent since 2000.

[Stocks]


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A late-session burst of buying sent stocks higher. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 157 points.
NASDAQ gained 21.
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[Distance-Learning]
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High school students in Giles County are getting a taste of college life.
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A new program is providing them a psychology course ...some distance from New River Community College. Equipment provided by Verizon, enables students to see, hear and talk to the professor on the Dublin campus. This is the first class of its kind in Giles County, but officials say they're already planning more for the Fall.
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((SONNI SPARKS/DISTANCE LEARNING STUDENT; THE FIRST COUPLE OF TIMES YOU HAVE TO GET USED TO IT BUT IT'S NOT REALLY THAT DIFFERENT BECAUSE YOU CAN TALK TO THE PROFESSOR YOU JUST USE THE LITTLE BUTTON, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE CALL IN, AND YOU CAN TALK TO THE STUDENTS OF YOU NEED TO.))
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[VO-NAT]

Giles is also working with Radford University. Officials plan to focus on Radford's education program, hoping to inspire sudents to become teachers and reduce the shortage in our area.
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, it's a huge day for college football commitments on both coasts. Justin London's calling leads the way.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, 1993 Carolina grad George Lynch weighs in on the Tarheels woes.
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Former Friday Football Extra player of the week Justin London out of Northside held court today at lunchtime and gave football fans plenty to chew on as he announced his college choice for next season.
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Justin will be 3000 miles from home, but he does have an uncle in San Diego.

[S-Tech]


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The Hokies lost London, but they did pick up a verbal commitment from a talented player today as Robinson high school's Mike Imoh (EE-MO) picked the Hokies over Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Ga. Tech and Tennessee.

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VMI got a verbal commitment today from one of Friday Football Extra's top performers.
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Rockbridge County quarterback Jonathan Wilson, the player of the year in the valley district last season, will play at VMI next year. Wilson broke or set 19 school records as he threw for over 5000 yards in his career. He accounted for 23 TDs this past season. Both hits mom and dad work at VMI.
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[talent=mike]
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On the ECHL ice, the Express traded defenseman Steve Sabo to Toledo in exchange for left winger Tim Verbeek. He is the younger brother of NHL veteran Pat Verbeek.

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It's big night in Chapel Hill, as well tonight. The Tarheels host number one ranked Duke, their close neighbors from just 15 miles down route 501. Usually, this is the most hyped game of the year, but with Carolina 5 games under 500 most Tarheel fans are more concerned about just making it respectable. We recently talked to Carolina alum George Lynch about what it's been like to watch the program hit bottom.
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[wipe to pinnacle page 6999] Will that winning start tonight? Join Your Hometown Station at nine this evening as we bring you the 210th meeting between Duke and North Carolina right here on WDBJ-7.
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[BLUE-GRASS]
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The Roanoke Valley is no stranger to good blue grass music, and some visiting talent is providing just that this evening at one local night spot.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-SHot]


Patrick Evans caught up with the Mark Newton Band, a rising star in the world of Blue Grass music.
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