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A show of unity among union workers at I-T-T Nightvision in Roanoke.
Contract negotiations are now back on.
Rachel Cannon will join us with a live update.
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And Katherine Hepburn is being remembered as a great actress AND a great neighbor.
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A chance for thunderstorms today and the potential for Tropical moisture from Tropical storm Bill over the next few days. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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((THIS COMPANY IS MAKING A FORTUNE AND THEY'RE MAKING A FORTUNE ON THE BACKS OF OUR MEMBERSHIP ))
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Local union workers rally their membership for an edge in contract negotiations. Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
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I-T-T Industries Night Vision and the International Union of Electronic-Communications workers are back at the bargaining table today.
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Since a contract couldn't be reached just over a week ago ... 6-hundred employees have been on strike.
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Business Reporter Rachel Cannon spent all morning at the site and joins us with more, Rachel? Kim, The striking workers decided to kick off today's negotiations with the force of numbers. The union organized an early morning rally outside the plant on Plantation Road.
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Over three-hundred members walked the picket line ... in what union officials say is serious commitment to a better future.
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(( NATS 20:25:45 "THAT'S RIGHT, THAT'S RIGHT, WOOOO." Morale is strong among members of the Local 162. Just over a week into a strike, they're standing firm on the issues they say are holding up a new contract.
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((JEFF MORAN/UNION EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER; WE'RE REAL SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING OUR PENSION STRAIGHTENED OUT LOOKING TO GET CAPS ON OUR INSURANCE AND WE'RE ALSO LOOKING MAINLY TO GET SOME TIME WITH OUR FAMILIES.))
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Jeff Moran is a chief steward for the union and a Night Vision employee for 28-years. He says Monday's strong showing is proof the membership is united.
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((WE'RE HERE TO GET A CONTRACT OK WE'RE HERE TO GET AN AGREEMENT WELL STAY AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO GET THAT. AS LONG AS THE COMPANY IS WILLING TO TALK WE'LL BE WILLING TO TALK.))
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ITT officials and the union are talking today. Behind closed doors they will negotiate the ins and outs of a new labor contract.
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((LEE DILLON/UNION PRESIDENT; IT COULD END TODAY YOU KNOW AND WE COULD BEGIN TO PUT OUR PEOPLE TO WORK WHICH IS WHERE WE WANT TO BE BUT IT MAY TAKE A WEEK IT MAY TAKE SIX MONTHS.))
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NATS 16:58:36 "HORNS AND PEOPLE WAVING." Meanwhile, ITT says the strike will not affect its customers. "We continue to use available personnel to work in manufacturing, ensuring that equipment is produced and delivered in a timely manner to those who depend on us. As labor negotiations continue, ITT has no plans to publicly discuss details of the contract issues."
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((HOPEFULLY WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO TRY AND RESOLVE THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE OUT THERE.))
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The main issues again .. health care costs, pension rates and the elimination of mandatory overtime.
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Kim, Neither side seems to be budging on what they want, at this point, what happens next is anyone's guess.

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A teen aged driver who killed his own girlfriend in a wreck on Catawba Mountain will not have to spend any more time in jail.
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Jonathan Paul Collins pled guilty this morning to involuntary manslaughter. He was one month shy of his 18th birthday last Fall, when he spun out of control and flipped the car over on route 311. Megan Jennings was ejected from the Chevy Camaro. It was her car he was driving, though he first told authorities that SHE'd been driving. Collins will lose his license for one year and remain on active probation for three years. He gets credit for the time he's served since the accident October 20th. The remainder of a five-year prison term was suspended, as part of a plea agreement.
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Family and friends are remembering the victims of a deadly porch collapse in Chicago as young people, who had promising lives ahead of them.
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Yesterday's collapse during a party at an apartment building killed 12 people, and injured nearly 60 others.
Most of them were in their 20s.
The father of one of the victims recalls how he first heard the news.
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An engineer's preliminary examination shows that the third floor porch WAS structurally sound.
But authorities say as many as 50 people may have been crowded onto the porch, and there may have been dancing and beer kegs on it, as well.
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Algerian radio reports at least eight people are dead after a military plane crashed in a neighborhood west of the capital city, Algiers.
The report says the transport plane crashed near a military airport.
Sources say four crew members were among the victims.
Authorities aren't sure what caused the crash.

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The lights on Broadway will go dark tomorrow evening, in honor of the late Katherine Hepburn.
The legendary star of such classic films as "The Philadelphia Story" and "The African Queen" died yesterday at her Connecticut home at age 96.
Those who got to know the very private actress will miss her for more than the great body of work she leaves behind.
As Len Besthoff tells us, the four- time Oscar winner is also being remembered as a great neighbor.
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At her request, there will be no memorial service for Katherine Hepburn.
Her burial will be private.
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There may be a little hope for peace in the Middle East. We'll have the latest after a break.
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Plus more Americans are hurt by Iraqis using rocket propelled grenades.
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The latest attack on Americans in Iraq has injured an N-B-C News sound man.
He was hurt when a rocket- propelled grenade was fired at a military vehicle.
Meanwhile, three Iraqis were killed in a shoot-out last night in the town of Fallujah, just outside Baghdad.
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Residents say U-S troops opened fire on the vehicle, which was breaking curfew as it transferred an injured person to a hospital.
The incidents occurred as U- S forces continue raiding towns in Iraq, in hopes of capturing Saddam Hussein loyalists.
At least 22 Americans have been killed by hostile fire since President Bush declared major combat in the war was over.
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In the Middle East, meanwhile, there is a glimmer of hope for the road map to peace.
Today both Israel and Palestinian militant groups took a step in the right direction.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington.
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IT IS A PALESTINIANS DREAM.

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BULLDOZERS KNOCKED DOWN PALESTINIAN CHECKPOINTS ALONG GAZAS NORTH-SOUTH ARTERY. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS, THE AREA IS NOW OPEN TO PALESTINIANS AND......THE ISRAELIS HAVE HANDED OVER CONTROL

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I think that the time has come that while we are negotiating with the Palestinians directly.
THE MOVE IS ALL PART OF A TRUCE AND A PROMISE..ISRAEL BEGINS TO LEAVE THE AREAS PALESTINIANS CALL HOME.AND PALESTINIAN MILITANT GROUPS SUSPEND ATTACKS FOR AT LEAST THREE MONTHS. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CALLS IT A START, BUT WARNS A CEASE-FIRE ALONE ISN'T ENOUGH.

(SOT)COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE

It is at least a step in the right direction toward the elimination of that terrorist capability, and I think we should see it in that context

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THE SKEPTICISM COMES WITH GOOD REASON. Today......JUST 24 hours AFTER THE ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS REACHED THEIR DEAL, A MILITANT GROUP WITH TIES TO YASSER ARAFATS FATTAH MOVEMENT SHOT A FOREIGN WORKER TO DEATH IN THE WEST BANK.

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Bethlehem ) ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

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Several notable new laws take effect tomorrow in Virginia, and two of them in particular affect minors.
Parental consent will now be required for minors wanting an abortion. No consent, no abortion. And minors in possession of alcohol or have alcohol in their system will lose driving privileges for one week. Also, child pornography will be raised from a misdemeanor to a felony. Social Security numbers will be removed from I-D cards, public documents and parcels to prevent theft.

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University of Miami officials have called an afternoon news conference to reveal their decision on whether to switch leagues.
The Hurricanes and Virginia Tech have been invited to move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Tech has already said it would accept.
The Big East-A-C-C battle has led several viewers to register their opinions with us.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has more.
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((Virginia Tech officials and fans are cheering the university's decision to jilt the Big East in favor of a more attractive suitor.
But this June wedding has a few dissenters deciding to speak now and refusing to hold their peace.
A Tech graduate from Roanoke (Will Webber) wrote: "Virginia Tech continues to bias its academic mission by favoring sports over education. After all, the name of the school was changed from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to Virginia Tech just so that the jocks could pronounce the words. Tech's original stance in all of this was the correct and ethical one. Then: We're being left out and we're going to lose money and stature because we were not chosen. It's unfair to us and all the others left behind. Now: Yippee! They love us! They really, really love us! I hang my head in shame."
Our story on the commemoration of Danville's part in the civil rights struggle forty years ago pleased a viewer from Christiansburg (D. Reynolds Shomaker): "Nice job on the Danville/Civil Rights piece. I really appreciate WDBJ's commitment to important historical mile markers like that."
And our profile of an undefeated youth baseball team brought praise from a parent (Lynn Dozier): "A special thanks to Channel 7 for airing the story on our Little League team. On behalf of all the parents, coaches and children we want you to know how much we appreciate your station covering the story. Hats off to you!"
Send your comments on our news coverage and issues in the news to PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007, by fax at 343-7269, or by email to news@wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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Next on the newscast,
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we will tell you why a local man wants to make sure school children in the Valley learn about D-Day.
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The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is especially important to one local man.
Gerald Willis wants school children in the valley to learn about a day his father survived but many others did not.
As Jennifer Wishon tells us, Willis wants to make sure they are able to visit the monument.
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When Gerald Willis' father died last November, he had decided how to spend part of his inheritance before he got home from the funeral. ((NATS OF D-DAY DEDICATION)) Robert Willis was a D-Day Veteran. He and another soldier were the only survivors from his unit left alive on the beach in Normandy that day. Gerald says his father changed the day the D-Day Memorial was dedicated.
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Seven months ago, as Gerald returned from his father's funeral, a little girl looked at his D-Day hat and asked what it meant. At that moment he knew more young people needed to be educated about what U-S soldiers did during World War II.
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He hopes that will be enough to ensure all six and seventh graders across the Roanoke valley get to visit the Memorial that helped his father find peace.
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To commemorate the dedication of the memorial, Gerald filled a scrap book with pictures and newspaper articles. He hopes the scrap book made a difference during his father's last hours.
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So far Gerald has raised nearly two- thousand dollars. But he hopes more people will give in honor of those who died in the name of freedom. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Roanoke.))

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN four points. The NASDAQ has gained one.

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Still ahead, if you're going to lead just 23 laps, you might as well do it at the end.
NASCAR racing from Wisconsin after the break.
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and it's decision day for Miami. We'll tell you what Florida newspapers report is likely.
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There are reports that the University of Miami this morning accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Two Virginia newspapers -- the Virginian Pilot and the Daily Press, say sources told them that A-C-C commissioner John Swofford informed conference membership of Miami's decision via e-mail.
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University president Donna Shalala will announce the decision at a four o'clock news conference this afternoon.
Virginia Tech already accepted an invitation to the league.
A Big East source told the Daily Press it's unlikely the conference will make either school ineligible for conference championships during their lame-duck 2003-04 season.
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The Avs have a rare day game scheduled today.
It begins in less than an hour at Salem Memorial, and it's more than the normal businessman's special.
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Salem beat the Winston Salem Warthogs yesterday by a score of 4-to-3.

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Turning to the track, the Winston Cup stars had the weekend off, looking to the Fourth of July weekend in Daytona.
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That put the Busch Grand National series on racing yesterday in West Allis, Wisconsin - just outside Milwaukee. Brian Vickers dominated the event for most of the day, leading for 75 laps. But Vickers ended up second to Jason Keller in the number 57 machine.
He led the final 23 laps to win the GNC 250, his first win of the year. Stacy Compton finished 9th.
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