Approximately 200- workers at a Roanoke call center will soon be out of a job.
The jobs are being phased out at Ovations Pharmacy Solutions on Thirlane Road.
Many of the affected employees answer questions and take orders over the phone for people who order their prescription medications through A-A-R-P Pharmacy services.
Yesterday, those workers were notified that their jobs are being transferred to the company's other call centers in Pe
nnsylvania and Minnesota.
Ovation's parent company, UnitedHealth Group, says it will continue to maintain a presence in the Roanoke area.
The company says about 200 employees will remain on board for other jobs.
As far as a reason for the layoffs, the chief operating officer of the Roanoke office says the changes are part of an ongoing strategy to ensure quality service as well as to improve efficiency and significant savings to AARP Pharmacy Services customers.
Company officials say the movement of jobs will begin immediately, but the transition won't be completed until September.
Two other companies have announced job cuts.
Atlantic Mutual says it will cut 65 jobs at its Roanoke County processing center effective August first.
The insurance company says it's a result of new technology and more streamlined processing.
Similar layoffs there last summer resulted in 25 job cuts.
Workers will receive severance packages and job placement assistance.
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And in Martinsville, Hooker Furniture is cutting dozens of jobs at its plywood plant.
The company says 35 people are being laid off, because of declining demand.
Since closing a Hooker plant in North Carolina, officials say the demand for plywood is down.
The company does not anticipate more layoffs.
Today Congress will release its findings on 9-11, and whether the terrorist attacks could have been prevented.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/September 11, 2001;]
While the nearly 900- page report doesn't find any specific blame, it is highly critical of the nation's intelligence agencies.
One case cited in the report involves the attack on the Pentagon.
In early 1999, the government had information indicating two would- be hijackers were connected to al-Qaida.
But their names weren't put on a watch list until they'd already entered the U-S.
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[IN Q=If the FBI]
((ELEANOR HILL/JOINT INTELLIGENCE INQUIRY STAFF DIRECTOR: IF THE FBI HAD HAD THOSE NAMES AND IF THEY HAD ACTED ON THEM THEY MIGHT
HAVE HAD A BREAK AND THEN MIGHT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. ))
[SUPER=01-Eleanor Hill/Joint Intelligence Inquiry Staff Director;]
[OUT Q=what was going on.]
The report also finds repeated information, dating back to 19-94, that Osama bin Laden wanted to use aircraft as weapons for the attacks.
Again, Americans are waking up to the news that more U-S soldiers have been killed in Iraq.
[SUPER=03-Near Baghdad, Iraq;]
Three members of the 101st Airborne were killed this morning in a rifle and grenade attack in northern Iraq.
It's the same part of the country where Saddam Hussein's sons were killed on Tuesday.
The Bush administration says it'll soon release photos to prove Uday and Qusay are dead.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he wants to prove to Iraqi skeptics that the two were killed in the shootout with American forces.
American Electric Power is holding an open house today on its shoreline management plan.
So far, the plan is getting a thumbs-up from a group that represents Smith Mountain lake residents.
The Smith Mountain Lake Association says the proposal has the approval of a majority of its 13-hundred members.
The plan will govern how the lake is developed.
The Lake Association says it strikes a fair balance between preserving the shoreline and allowing future growth.
Many developers contend it threatens the lake's economic future.
[TAKE BOARD FS #1001]
A-E-P is taking public comments on the plan until August 15th.
It's holding an open house today at Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta from noon to 8.
Henry County has made a decision concerning the future of its schools.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; QUICK!]
Yesterday, the school board voted six to one to close and consolidate several schools.
Beginning in the 2004-2005 school year, the school system will close four elementary schools and one middle school.
It will also reduce the number of high schools from four to two with Fieldale Collinsville and Laurel Park becoming middle schools.
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[SOT 30:20; TAPE 2; 13:41 TAPE 1]
[IN Q=I'm glad the schools]
((BRITNIE GREEN/BASSETT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: I'M GLAD THE SCHOOLS ARE CONSOLIDATING CAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS AT FC THAT I WOULD LIKE OVER HERE WITH ME.))
((ROCKY WALL/PARENT: THE COMMUNITY IS PRETTY MUCH AGAINST THIS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO, A LAWSUIT OR WHAT WILL HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Britnie Green/Bassett High School Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rocky Wall/Parent; :06]
[OUT Q=what will happen]
Declining enrollment, aging buildings, and a loss of million of dollars in local aid are all reasons behind the decision.
Administrators do expect layoffs but they don't believe any teachers will lose their jobs.
The superintendent says most of the reductions in staff will come at the administrative level.
A bluegrass band with ties to Patrick County FOUND itself in Roanoke last night.
[in q=nat sound]
((nat sound of music.))
[out q=nat sound]
[VO-NAT "Johnson's Grocery Store"]
The group "Lost and Found" performed last night at Elmwood park in downtown Roanoke.
The performance was part of this week's Fiddlefest.
Despite overcast skies, folks set up chairs on the lawn to take in the sounds which included the Patrick County group as well as other performers.
The week-long event wraps up Saturday at Victory Stadium with performances from various artists beginning at eleven A-M and continuing through eleven that night.
In business news, Stocks closed higher for the second straight day.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((> EARNINGS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE THE MAIN FOCUS ON WALL STREET.. THIS WEEK OVER
> 1200 COMPANIES ARE MARCHING IN THE EARNINGS PARADE ..
> AMONG THEM.. ANHEUSER BUSCH...
> Strong domestic beer sales kept Anheuser-Busch chugging along in the
> second quarter as the brewer reported a nearly 8 percent rise in net
> income. Anheuser Bush also hiked its quarterly dividend 13 percent to 22
> Software company Computer Associates posted a fiscal first-quarter net
> profit and raised its full-year profit outlook.
> STOCKS REVERSED AN EARLY LOSS AND CLOSED MODESTLY HIGHER AS THE EARNINGS
> PARADE CONTINUED...
> THE DOW ROSE 35 POINTS
> THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 13.
> SAM WAKSAL IS NO LONGER A FREE MAN. THE FOUNDER OF IMCLONE SYSTEMS BEGAN
> HIS SEVEN YEAR PRISON TERM TODAY FOR INSIDER TRADING. THE 55 YR OLD WAKSAL
> WILL SERVE HIS TIME AT A MINIMUM SECURITY PRISON NEAR PHILADELPHIA. He is
> the first chief
> executive to do time in the recent wave of corporate scandals. WAKSAL'S
> FRIEND, MARTHA STEWART WAS INDICTED LAST MONTH IN THE SAME INSIDER TRADING
> SCANDAL. SHE'S PLEADED INNOCENT TO ALL CHARGES.
> THINGS ARE NOT PICTURE PERFECT AT EASTMAN KODAK.. THE PHOTOGRAPHY GIANT IS
> CUTTING 9 PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE OR 6 THOUSAND JOBS AS PROFIT TUMBLED 60
> INTERNET STOCKS WERE BIG WINNERS AFTER
> AMAZON.COM - THE INTERNET'S LARGEST RETAILER - REPORTED STRONG PROFITS AND
> BOOSTED ITS OUTLOOK.
> AND AOL TIME WARNER SAYS HIT MOVIES LIKE THE MATRIX RELOADED HELPED SECOND
> QUARTER PROFIT MORE THAN DOUBLE. AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S AOL DIVISION LOST
> OVER 800 THOUSAND INTERNETCUSTOMERS IN THE QUARTER .
> track all the premarket action at cbs.mw.com.. in new york i'm ac))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Three teenagers and one adult will face charges stemming from fights at a 4-H camp.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./July 7;]
Franklin County Sheriff Quint Overton says two 15-year-olds from Bedford County and a 16-year-old from Ringgold will be served with juvenile petitions.
All three were volunteer teen leaders.
A 19-year-old chaperone from Bedford County who was supposed to supervise the younger teens is also expected to face charges.
The fights happened at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center between June 30th and July 4th.
Overton says other kids backed up 10-year-old D-J Rawls' story.
Rawls says teen counselors arranged fights between the youngsters, bet on them and charged others to watch.
The sheriff's department interviewed more than 40 kids before coming up with the charges.
Henry County authorities are investigating a murder in Bassett that involves drugs and duct tape.
[VO-NAT - :21+]
Deputies say 19 year old Nicholas Ryan Marshall was shot once in the head at his apartment on Melrose Drive shortly after midnight Wednesday.
Another man who was in the apartment, Drewery Via, told authorities that two men entered the residence, demanded money and drugs, and fired a shot as they were leaving, killing Marshall.
Via was not hurt in the incident, but was bound with duct tape.
[Take Henry County Sheriff FS]
Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office.
Security will be tighter today near New York's City Hall.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is ordering metal-detector checks for everyone entering the building, including elected officials.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday;]
That comes one day after a gunman killed 41- year- old City Councilman James Davis inside council chambers.
Police say the killer got past security because he knew Davis, and walked inside with him.
The gunman was killed by a security guard inside the chamber.
Officials say he was planning to oppose Davis in the New
York Democratic primary this fall.
It's the first attempt to recall a governor in 82 years.
State officials in California say Democratic Governor Gray Davis will face a recall election, which could be held as early as September 23rd.
Davis's popularity has plunged in recent months over California's
budget deficit, energy crisis and slumping economy.
A Republican- led campaign gathered enough petition signatures for the recall action.
One possible contender in the election-- film star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is said to be close to a decision about running.
The state will spend less money on supplies like post-it notes and light bulbs.
Governor Mark Warner says buying these and other products in bulk can save over 25 million a year.
It's all part of the state's new spend management program.
The idea is to get the best deal on goods by consolidating contracts and limiting the number of vendors.
[IN Q=THREE HUNDRED DIFFERENT]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THREE HUNDRED DIFFERENT CONTRACTS ON BUYING UNIFORMS IS NOT THE WAY A FORTUNE 500 BUSINESS OUGHT TO OPERATE AND THAT REALLY IS WHAT THE STATE OF VIRGINIA IS. IN TERMS OF SIZE IT'S A FORTUNE 500 ENTERPRISE. THIS IS COMMON SENSE BUSINESS APPROACH.))
[OUT Q=COMMON SENSE BUSINESS APPROACH.]
Under the new program, the state will see a 72 percent reduction in the price of batteries and pay two dollars and 38 cents less for a roll of masking tape.
Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith took on some hot topics in his State of the City address.
Smith told members of the regional Chamber of Commerce the city has made progress on many fronts this year.
But on some issues including Victory Stadium, recent school controversies and civic center improvements, he said the city's priorities have gotten out of line.
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[IN Q=You've reported them daily]
((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: YOU'VE REPORTED THEM DAILY, THE ISSUES OF THE SCHOOLS. THEY ARE MULTIPLE AND THEY CONTINUE TO COME. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THAT HEAD ON.))
[OUT Q=head on.]
The speech brought mixed reaction from other members of City Council, who defended their stewardship of taxpayers' dollars, and questioned the tone of the mayor's remarks.
Sean Puffy Combs is looking to buy the New York Knicks.
Meanwhile, James Brown and his wife are seperating.
Brooke Anderson has more in today's Hollywood Minute.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY/May 27; :29]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/March 23; :49]
[OUT Q=I'm Brooke Anderson.]
((WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M BROOKE ANDERSON.
HIP HOP MUSIC MOGUL SEAN PUFFY COMBS--A-K-A P-DIDDY OR PUFFY --COULD SOON ADD N-B-A OWNER TO HIS NAME.
IT SEEMS COMBS-- A HUGE NEW YORK KNICKS FAN-WANTS TO BUY THE TEAM.
ON THE "HOWARD STERN SHOW" TUESDAY: P-DIDDY SAID THE KNICKS NEED SOME NEW BLOOD TO LIFT THEM FROM THEIR LOSING WAYS.. BUT ADDS, SO FAR, HIS PHONE CALLS TO THE FRONT OFFICES HAVEN'T BEEN RETURNED.
MEANWHILE- IT SEEMS THE GODFATHER OF SOUL -- JAMES BROWN-- HAS BARED HIS, IN SEVERAL TRADE PAPERS, WITH A FULL PAGE AD ANNOUNCING THAT HE AND HIS WIFE ARE SEPERATING.
HE INCLUDES A PHOTO OF THE COUPLE WITH THEIR SON AT DISNEYLAND...SAYING HE WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE THEIR HAPPIER TIMES...
AND ADDS, IT IS AN AMICABLE SPLIT. ------------------------------------------------
WELL, SALMA HAYEK AND ED NORTON MIGHT WANT TO REMIND ACTOR DARYL SABARA...THAT KIDS SHOULD BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD.
IT SEEMS 11 YEAR OLD SABARA-- WHO CO-STARS WITH HAYEK IN "SPY KIDS THREE" -- CONFIRMED WIDE SPREAD RUMORS ON "THE TODAY SHOW" THAT THE COUPLE IS KAPUT.
WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M BROOKE ANDERSON.))
[TAPE TOSSES TO BUMP]
In business news, Boeing released its profit report.
And, Eastman Kodak announced its cutting thousands of jobs.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((AFTER SPENDING MUCH OF THE DAY ON THE DOWNSIDE, STOCKS MANAGED SMALL GAINS WEDNESDAY IN A RELATIVELY QUIET SESSION.
THE DOW ENDED THE DAY UP 35 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ GAINED 13.
BOEING REPORTED A NET LOSS OF 24-CENTS PER SHARE IN ITS SECOND QUARTER.
ANALYSTS HAD EXPECTED THE LOSS TO BE AS HIGH AS 43-CENTS, BUT BOEING AVOIDED MUCH OF THAT BY TAKING A LITTLE MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS IN CHARGES DURING THE QUARTER.
THE AIRCRAFT BUILDER REPORTED SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS OF 96-CENTS A SHARE IN THE YEAR-AGO QUARTER.
THEY SAY A DROP IN JETLINER SALES CONTRIBUTED TO THE 192-MILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT.
BLOCKBUSTER POSTED A 47-PERCENT JUMP IN SECOND QUARTER PROFITS.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST MOVIE RENTAL CHAIN REPORTED EARNINGS OF 34-CENTS PER SHARE--UP FROM 23-CENTS PER SHARE A YEAR EARLIER.
BLOCKBUSTER SAYS D-V-D SALES HELPED BOOST REVENUES FOR THE QUARTER.
BLOCKBUSTER EXPECTS EARNINGS FOR THE YEAR TO BE UP BY "AT LEAST 35 PERCENT" OVER LAST YEAR..
EASTMAN KODAK REPORTED EARNING 39-CENTS PER SHARE FOR THE SECOND QUARTER--THATS DOWN FROM 97-CENTS A YEAR AGO.
THE COMPANY ALSO SAYS IT WILL CUT ITS WORKFORCE BY 6-THOUSAND EMPLOYEES.
THE MOVE WILL DECREASE COSTS IN ITS PHOTO FILM DIVISION.
THE POPULARITY OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS CUTTING INTO KODAK'S REVENUE.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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