Officials will consider the future of Renfro employees later today.
That after news that 315 people will lose their jobs when the company closes its Pulaski plant next year.
The company notified employees yesterday it will be shutting down its facility on Jefferson Avenue January 10-th.
Renfro makes socks, including the Fruit of the Loom brand.
Employees say plant officials blame the closing on the economy and foreign competition.
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[SOT 7:36:03; 7:37:50]
[IN Q=If you can get a sock]
((CLESTA RIDDLE/RENFRO EMPLOYEE: IF YOU CAN GET A SOCK FOR TEN CENTS AND WE HAVE TO MAKE IT FOR FIFTY CENTS WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO BUY YOUR SOCK FROM?))
((EMMA FULLER/RENFRO EMPLOYEE: WASN'T NO SURPRISE TO ME. I AM ALREADY PREPARED. I HAVE MADE PLANS TO GO TO SCHOOL AND I AM READY SO NO IT WASN'T NO SURPRISE.))
[SUPER=01-Clesta Riddle/Renfro Employee; :00]
[SUPER=01-Emma Fuller/Renfro Employee; :07]
[OUT Q=wasn't no surprise]
Employees say it was no surprise because the company laid off 166 workers in August.
Town and county officials will meet later today with the Virginia Employment Commission and representatives from Senator Allen and Congressman Boucher's offices.
They'll discuss ways to assist Renfro employees.
Roanoke's School Safety Task Force got to work last night.
More than 30 members of the group sat down with facilitator Paula Wilder at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.
The task force includes parents, teachers, administrators, police officers and others with ties to the school community.
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[IN Q=I hope that everyone will have]
((FATEN TANEEB/COMMITTEE MEMBER: I HOPE THAT EVERYONE WILL HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE AS TO THE SITUATION IN THE SCHOOLS AND THAT EVERYONE WILL FEEL SAFE FROM STUDENTS ON UP TO THE TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS.))
((PAULA WILDER/TASK FORCE FACILITATOR: IF PEOPLE CAN LOOK TO THE FUTURE, WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE IT BETTER RATHER THAN LIVING IN THE PAST, WE'LL BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH SOME GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Faten Taneeb/Task Force Member; :02]
[SUPER=01-Paula Wilder/Task Force Facilitator; :08]
[OUT Q=come up with some good recommendations.]
A tentative schedule calls for a report next Spring.
Organizers say their first public forum could be scheduled in December.
The plan for another methadone clinic in the Roanoke Valley is drawing more fire.
Yesterday, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference promised peaceful protest and civil disobedience if the facility opens on Hershberger Road.
Members of the SCLC and residents of the area gathered outside the clinic building yesterday afternoon.
They say the facility would be located within three miles of eight schools, too close to churches and residential neighborhoods.
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[IN Q=The goal is to send a clear message]
((THE GOAL IS TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE CLINIC THAT THEY ARE NOT WELCOME HERE. IF THEY DON'T ACCEPT THAT MESSAGE AND TRY TO OPEN UP, THEN IT IS OUR GOAL TO SHUT THE CLINIC DOWN AND FORCE IT TO RELOCATE SOME PLACE ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/Roanoke SCLC Chairman;]
[OUT Q=to relocate some place else.]
Opponents plan to circulate more petitions, picket the property, and photograph the clinic's clients.
They say they're prepared to go to jail if necessary.
Our efforts to contact representatives of National Specialty Clinics were unsuccessful yesterday afternoon.
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Those who enjoy the New River want to know, what's the hold up?
We're talking about a security plan proposed more than a year ago that would restrict access near the Radford Arsenal.
As Justin McLeod discovered the plan is barely staying afloat.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tim McCoy/Pulaski Resident; :10 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Jack Sumner/Dublin Resident; :32]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF BOATING))
No matter what time of day or the temperature outside you'll often see fisherman on the New River.
[IN Q=I am going to retire]
((TIM McCOY/PULASKI RESIDENT: I AM GOING TO RETIRE FEBRUARY 27TH AND I PLAN ON BEING HERE ABOUT EVERYDAY.))
[OUT Q=here about everyday]
That seemed unthinkable more than a year ago.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Radford Army Ammunition Plant wanted to shut down four and a half miles of the New River for security reasons.
But many outdoorsmen opposed the plan and turned up in large numbers at public hearings.
[IN Q=Nobody liked it]
((JACK SUMNER/DUBLIN RESIDENT: NOBODY LIKED IT. IT WAS FIRST MEETING THEY HAD, THEY THOUGHT THEY JUST GOING TO HAVE 1/2 DOZEN PEOPLE SHOWED UP. AND I THINK ABOUT 300 PEOPLE SHOWED UP.))
[OUT Q=300 peopled showed up]
Eventually, the Radford Arsenal compromised.
The Army recommended three levels of access based on conditions of military security.
The first and most lax level would allow unrestricted access.
The second would allow access to the river once a security checkpoint had been cleared.
The third and final level would close the river.
[IN Q=Build a dock out there]
((TIM McCOY/PULASKI RESIDENT: BUILD A DOCK OUT THERE, AND PUT A CHECKPOINT IN. CHECK EVERYTHING IF YOU WANT TO. AIN'T NO BIG DEAL TO US GUYS, ALL WE WANT TO DO IS FISH.))
[OUT Q=to do is fish]
It was then up to the Army Corps of Engineers to approve the plan.
But more than a year after it was proposed, the permit is still under consideration in Washington D.C.
[IN Q=We hadn't heard]
((JACK SUMNER/DUBLIN RESIDENT: WE HADN'T HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT IT FOR MORE THAN A YEAR I GUESS. WHAT DID YOU JUST ASSUME? I JUST ASSUMED THEY SETTLED IT, THAT IT WAS FINE.))
[OUT Q=it was fine]
[IN Q= ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAY IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR THE PERMIT PROCESS TO TAKE MORE THAN A YEAR AND IT COULD BE ANOTHER SIX MONTHS OR LONGER BEFORE IT'S APPROVED. IN THE MEANTIME, THE RADFORD ARSENAL DOES HAVE A TEMPORARY PERMIT WHICH ALLOWS IT TO SHUT DOWN THE RIVER IF THERE IS ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
There's word that six people have been killed in an explosion that hit Italy's police headquarters in Southern Iraq.
Authorities say more victims may be trapped in the debris.
Italy has about 25-hundred soldiers in Iraq working on
Meanwhile, the White House is is now trying to speed up the political future of the war- torn country.
The top American in Iraq, Paul Bremer, has been called back to Washington for urgent meetings.
U-S officials are worried the Iraqi Governing Council won't make the December 15th deadline to lay out a timetable for writing a constitution.
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[IN Q=The governing council]
((KEN KATZMAN/CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE:THE GOVERNING COUNCIL IS SEEING THAT THERE IS INDECISIVENESS IN THE IRAQI POPULATION.. THEY SEE THAT THE OCCUPATION IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY UNPOPULAR. ))
[SUPER=01-Ken Katzman/Congressional Research Service;]
[OUT Q=increasing unpopular]
In Baghdad last night, American troops searched the area outside the U-S headquarters after missiles were once again fired into the compound.
The insurgents got away, but this time, no one was injured in the attack.
In interviews and a new book, former P-O-W Jessica Lynch is telling her side of the story about her ordeal in Iraq.
The Army Private says during the March 23rd ambush, her gun jammed, and U-S military reports that she "went down shooting" were wrong.
Lynch also says she doesn't understand why soldiers videotaped her rescue from an Iraqi hospital, but that she still considers the troops who saved her "heros."
Meanwhile, "Hustler Magazine" publisher Larry Flynt says he purchased nude photos of Lynch taken before she was deployed to Iraq.
He says he intended to publish the photos, but has changed his mind.
One of television's most loveable sidekicks has died.
Art Carney passed away in Connecticut on Sunday after battling a long illness.
Carney won three Emmys for his role as Ed Norton on 1950s classic show "The Honeymooners."
He also picked up a Best Actor Oscar for the 19-74 film, "Harry and Tonto."
Art Carney was 85.
Homeland Security is looking at ways to protect commercial airliners.
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.]
((The Bush administration is reviewing proposals to defend commercial
airliners against attacks from shoulder-held missiles.. AND THAT COULD
MEAN BIG OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOME MAJOR DEFENSE COMPANIES.
The Department of Homeland Security plans to award preliminary contracts
to one or more companies NEXT MONTH for a six-month program to adapt
existing anti-missile military technologies for use on commercial
Among the companies vying for these contracts are Northrop Grumman (NOC)
Raytheon (RTN) AND alliant techsystems.(ATK)
on wall street... the stock market will attempt to snap a three day
yesterday investors took more money off the table in light trading..
the dow lost 18 points
the nasdaq gave up 10
The New York State Attorney General's office is considering filing
criminal charges against Strong Capital Management founder and chairman
Richard Strong. Strong could face a criminal complaint for allegedly
profiting personally from improper trading in Strong mutual funds.
Consumers who are looking for a restaurant
chain catering to low-carb diets have some new menu options. The
Ruby Tuesday chain is unveiled a new menu - about a-quarter of which
is aimed at dieters. That
includes those looking to avoid carbohydrates.
one out of seven adults is now on a low-carb diet. a company
spokesman says nearly half of the meals currently eaten at Ruby Tuesday
involve a trip to the salad bar.
TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Henry County investigators are still have not found a man's killer, but they have found the S-U-V the victim was driving.
Deputies say 28-year old Fredriquez (Fred-reek-ezz) Monzale Finney was found lying in a parking lot off V-C Drive Monday afternoon.
He died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Officers later found the Ford Expedition he'd been driving off the Owens Street Extension in Henry County.
[Take Henry Co. Phone Number FS]
Anyone who has information is encouraged to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at (276) 638-8751.
A man on trial for capital murder in Franklin County has been set free, for now.
23-year-old Christopher Picard reunited with his family after 13 months in jail.
His trial WAS supposed to start yesterday on charges that he murdered Lori Boyd, a teacher's aide and mother of four.
But prosecutors dropped the charges so they could investigate some new information that emerged Monday.
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[IN Q=It feels good]
((CHRISTOPHER PICARD; IT FEELS GOOD AND I'D LIKE TO TELL EVERYBODY I DID NOT DO THIS AND I FEEL SYMPATHY FOR THE CHILDREN AND THE FAMILY OF LORI METTS.))
[SUPER=07-Christopher Picard; QUICK!]
[OUT Q=and the family of Lori Metts.]
Prosecutors say his footprint and fingerprint tie him to the murder scene, but Picard and his attorneys say he just stumbled across some items and touched them.
Lori Boyd's family was disappointed, but holds out hope he'll be charged again.
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[IN Q=I hope he don't]
((STEVE METTS/VICTIM'S BROTHER; I HOPE HE DON'T RUN. THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT BOTHERS ME IS HE'S OUT FREE AND HE'S GOT A CHANCE TO GO NOW. ))
[SUPER=01-Steve Metts/Victim's Brother; QUICK]
[OUT Q=a chance to go now.]
Prosecutors say the investigation is continuing and there's a chance that Picard could be re-indicted.
Immediately after he was released, he was arrested again on a 1999 break-in charge in Henry County.
The magistrate released him on bond.
Radford University faculty members are a step closer to bigger paychecks.
At yesterday's board of visitors meeting, the university approved a study of increased faculty salaries.
The university's Academic Affairs department will report its recommendation at the February board of visitors meeting.
Reports show R-U faculty teach the most credit hours of all state colleges and universities, even though they are among the lowest paid.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
[GRAPHIC=US Airways New Service]
In business news, if your destination is New York, you now have more flight options out of Roanoke.
The airport says US Airways Express is now providing TWO non-stop flights a day to La Guardia.
Since June, the airline had been providing just one flight a day, down from three daily flights this time last year.
The additional flight leaves in the morning.
Both are operated by US Airways Express affiliate Allegheny Airlines.
Now here's a look at your local stocks.
What started out as a speeding ticket turned into a police chase in Halifax County yesterday morning.. and the discovery of a large quantity of cocaine.
State police say Trooper Travis Comer (COE-mur) tried to stop a car that was speeding on Route 58 near Turbeville.
The vehicle wrecked near the intersection with Route 836 and the driver ran.
A search of the car turned up close to two pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated 22-thousand dollars.
A suspect is now being questioned.