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A labor dispute over a spike in health-care costs.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Workers blame the company; the company blames the union.
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[Sports-Head]


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Tonight in sports, news concerning Tech quarterback Bryan Randall, the bowl season rolls on, and
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the Dazzle gets a helping hand in the absence of Mikki Moore.
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[WX-Head]
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Unusually warm weather for the weekend with a few showers tossed in as well. Full forecast details just ahead.
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News 7 is next.
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((EDDIE DALTON: IT'S HARD FOR ALL OF US. IT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO DEAL WITH, WORK THROUGH AND ROLL OUR SLEEVES UP AND GET THE JOB DONE FOR EVERYBODY.))
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[OUT Q=done for everybody]
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About 70 DanChem employees continue to walk the picket lines.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Meanwhile salaried employees are working to keep the company from falling behind.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[DanChem]
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The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 elected to strike new year's eve when contract negotiations broke down.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

[***DANCHEM IN MONITOR***]
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Jennifer/BAM;]

Jennifer Wishon met with union leaders today and has more. Keith and Shannon, employees say they'd rather be working,
[LIVE=Jennifer/FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1;]

but refuse to accept the terms DanChem has proposed. Negotiations are now non- existent and neither side shows any sign of giving in.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Eddie Dalton/Union Negotiator; :08 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Michael Fallen/Union Negotiator; :26 ]
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((NATS OF TALKING.)) [RUNS03]
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DanChem workers were in good spirits Friday despite an uncertain future in 2004.
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[SOT 9:03:44]
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((EDDIE DALTON: WE CREATE A LOT OF MONEY FOR THEM AND WE'RE JUST ASKING FOR SOME OF IT BACK.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=some of it back]

Dalton says the company has proposed freezing hourly wages for the next three years, creating 12 hour shifts and increasing healthcare premiums from $41.00 per week to $138.00.
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[SOT 9:07:04]
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((MICHAEL FALLEN: WE WORK IN A CHEMICAL INDUSTRY AND WE FEEL THAT AS CHEMICAL WORKERS WE SHOULD HAVE ONE OF THE BEST HEALTH CARE PACKAGES AVAILABLE.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=care packages available]

[insert pre pro] DanChem released a statement that says: "Workers are covered by a Union-sponsored medical plan which has increased costs to employees and the Company by 20% per year for the last three years.... We see no movement on the Union's part to control these costs. We believe this is an unfair burden to put on the Company and the hardworking people in our plant." [vo-nat] Employees are hopeful negotiations with the company will resume, but in an economically depressed region, they know their jobs are attractive.
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[SOT 9:04:05]
[IN Q=I'd have to be out]

((EDDIE DALTON: I'D HAVE TO BE OUT IN LEFT FIELD TO THINK THAT IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN. I KNOW IT COULD HAPPEN, BUT IT WOULDN'T BE A SMART MOVE ON THE PART OF THE COMPANY BECAUSE WE HAVE THESE PEOPLE THAT IF THEY WALKED IN THE DOOR TOMORROW WE COULD HAVE PRODUCTION UP TOMORROW.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=production up tomorrow]

[insert pre pro] The company says: DanChem has continued its operations without any interruption.... The company is operating the plant with its salaried workforce, employees who have exercised their legal right to continue working, and replacement workers." That's why union employees say they're keeping their picket line several hundred feet from the plant.
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[SOT 9:02:25]
[IN Q=We have all the key]

((EDDIE DALTON: WE HAVE ALL THE KEY PEOPLE, THEY'RE VERY EXPERIENCED AT WHAT THEY DO. WE'RE USED TO HANDLING THESE CHEMICALS AND THE MIXTURE OF THE CHEMICALS IS WHERE THE DANGER COMES IN.)) [RUNS07]
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Officials say DanChem employees have been unionized for about two decades.
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Keith and Shannon, this is the first time they've ever gone on strike.

[Missing-Boy]


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The family of DeAndre Barksdale has decided to set up a trust fund in his memory.
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The five- year- old boy wandered away from his grandparent's Halifax County home Tuesday night.
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.;]

His body was discovered yesterday afternoon about a mile and a half away. His family is now in the process of making funeral arrangements and have decided to set up a trust fund in DeAndre's name.
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[TAKE PINNACLE 1000 FS] Donations can be made at any local Bank of America branch. Donators should ask for the DeAndre Barksdale Memorial Fund.
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Family members say they've not yet decided how the money will be used.

[Hamlar]


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Respected businessman and longtime civic leader Lawrence Hamlar helped bring an end to segregation in the city of Roanoke.
Hamlar died Wednesday at the age of 82.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 2000]


Hamlar was the president and co-owner of the Hamlar and Curtis Funeral Home. A former school board member, he served on the boards of many local businesses and community groups.
He was also a member of the bi-racial committee that worked behind the scenes in the 1960s to integrate Roanoke without violence.
Three years ago, he told News 7's Joy Sutton, he never considered himself a hero, but a man fighting for something he believed in.
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[IN Q=That was my mission]

((LAWRENCE HAMLAR//FEBRUARY 2000; THAT WAS MY MISSION IN LIFE TO TRY TO TRY AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT MAKING THINGS BETTER))
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[OUT Q=something about making things better.]
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Funeral services for Lawrence Hamlar are scheduled to begin at noon on Wednesday January 7th at First Baptist Church.

[Housing-Protest]


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A Lynchburg man forced from his house by city inspectors Christmas Eve is back home again, without his roommates.

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Housing and fire authorities had given David Johnston a long list of repairs that had to be made to his Park Avenue home before anyone could live there.
Johnston says he's working on the house as quickly as time and money allow. He and his three roommates had stayed inside for a month after the city condemned it.
When inspectors learned about that, they ordered everyone out last week.. leaving them to sleep in a tent on the front lawn.
Johnston hopes his little protest sent a message.
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[SOT 14:21:36]
[IN Q=There's certainly exposure]

((DAVID JOHNSTON/HOMEOWNER: THERE'S CERTAINLY EXPOSURE. I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT PERCEPTION ACTUALLY WAS BUT HOPEFULLY AT LEAST PEOPLE ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO HOW THE CITY OPERATES NOW, OR CAN OPERATE.))
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[OUT Q=or can operate.]
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The city says Johnston's renters may not move back in until all the repairs are made.
Johnston is researching the city code and the zoning to see what his options are.
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[Tease#1]
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If you can't afford your own lawyer... a new study says you could be in big trouble in Virginia.
That's still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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Plus why a Virginia Tech professor says your chance of getting mad cow disease is zero.
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[Mad-Cow]
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State agriculture officials are calling the threat of mad cow disease in the United States overblown.
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In fact, a Virginia Tech professors say no one is at risk to exposure of the disease.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa joins us live from Blacksburg with more on this. Rachel?
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Keith and Shannon experts say its unlikely the infection from the slaughtered dairy cow in Washington State entered the food supply. And, right now there's a zero-percent chance a human could be exposed to it in this country.
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[OUT Q=a very random incident.]

((Local experts say you shouldn't have any beef with our cattle. We aren't getting any food from the supply out west where an infected cow came from. And even if we were... Virginia Tech professor Kevin Pelzer says we shouldn't be worried.

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((KEVIN PELZER: THERE'S A LOT OF DISEASES THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT YOU CERTAINLY HAVE A HIGHER RISK OR PREVALENCE OF CONTACTING. THEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS )) [RUNS:10]
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((RACHEL DEPOMPA: EXPERTS SAY YOU REALLY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING THE LOTTERY OR GETTING IN A CAR ACCIDENT THAN YOU DO OF BEING EXPOSED TO MAD COW DISEASE. )) [RUNS:07]
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The disease attacks a cow's brain, spinal cord and heavy nerves and takes nearly 7-years to develop. Most beef cows in the U-S never make it that long.

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[IN Q=We're eating mostly]

((KEVIN PELZER:WE'RE EATING MOSTLY YOUNG CATTLE THAT WILL NOT HAVE HAD TIME TO DEVELOP THE DISEASE SO THEN DON'T PREVENT AN INFECTIOUS MATERIAL FOR CONSUMPTION. )) [RUNS:14]
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Pelzer says you shouldn't change your eating habits or stay away from beef.

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((KEVIN PELZER:ONE COW IN THE THOUSANDS OF COWS THAT ARE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IS A VERY RANDOM INCIDENT.)) [RUNS:07]
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To put this in perspective for you, during the outbreak in the 1980's in England, more than 200-thousand cattle were infected and 143-people were exposed and developed a disease from it.
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Keith and Shannon the U-S has found one cow. And the U-S department of Agriculture has been working for nearly a decade to protect the food supply from this disease.

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A New Year's Eve party turned violent in Radford.
Police say a man was stabbed two times early yesterday morning during a fight at a home on Downey Street.
A 31-year old Roanoke man was treated for a collapsed lung and punctured colon, but is expected to make a full recovery.
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[TAKE PINNACLE 1000]
Police arrested 21-year old Niam Ibn Salaam (Ni-am E-bin Sa-lum) and charged him with aggravated malicious wounding.
The Pulaski native is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.
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Roanoke based Advance Auto is recalling a brand of motor oil made for it.
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[Take Pinnacle Page 1001 Full]
In a release today, Advance said it issued the company wide recall of its private label 5-"W"-30 motor oil made for it by Coastal Unilube of Memphis, Tennessee.
The recalled oil has a batch code where the last six digits are 329500 or lower.
Tests showed the lubricant did not meet performance standards for cold weather.
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Coastal Unilube told Advance it is unlikely the oil would cause any engine damage. Still any customer who bought the oil can take it back to the store for a refund or exchange.

[Stocks]


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Investors took some profits on this first trading day of 2004. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 44 points.
NASDAQ gained three.
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People in Virignia who can't afford lawyers in criminal cases are not getting a fair shake.
That is according to the Virginia Indigent Defense Coalition.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The group says Virginia's criminal justice system is one-sided.
And that court-appointed attorneys and public defenders lack the necessary resources to adequately represent their clients.
V-I-D-C points out that Virginia has the nation's lowest reimbursement rate for court-appointed lawyers.
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((SENATOR HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: IF OUR SYSTEM IS GOING TO WORK IT HAS TO WORK FOR EVERYONE NOT JUST THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MONEY. DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: IT'S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO RAISE THE REIMBURSEMENT WHEN WE HAVE NEEDS IN EDUCATION MEDICAID AND NUMEROUS OTHER AREAS BUT CERTAINLY IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD STRIVE FOR AND SHOULD BE A GOAL OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT WE INCREASE THOSE FEES.))
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The Virginia Indigent Defense Coalition also wants lighter caseloads for public defenders.
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[Ware-Bills]


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Onzlee Ware says he's proud to be a Democrat.
But when the freshman delegate heads to Richmond later this month, he says he plans to work closely with colleagues on both sides of the aisle for the benefit of the Roanoke Valley.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;]


Ware will introduce legislation requiring the state to notify local officials when a methadone clinic plans to locate in their community.
Ware says he looks forward to working with Republican colleagues on that and other issues.
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[IN Q=I think it's important]

(( I THINK IT'S MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO LOOK BEYOND POLITICS AND LOOK AT OUR REGION. I THINK WE HAVE A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY HERE WITH MORGAN BEING THE MAJORITY LEADER TO MAKE THIS A VERY VERY STRONG CONTINGENCY IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))


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Ware also plans to introduce a study of local referendums, a bill allowing Nascar license plates, and a resolution commending Delegate Chip Woodrum, the lawmaker Ware is replacing.


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Coming up, Bryan Randall is coming to a basketball arena near you, the Roanoke Civic Center is a busy place today with a hoops triple header, and
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the Express is set for a tough three day stretch.
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Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall has joined the Hokies hoop team as of yesterday. Randall is working out with Seth Greenberg's club and is expected to suit up for Tech's Big East opener on Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season; :00]


Randall started all thirteen games on the gridiron this season and threw for 15 TD's. The 6 foot, 220 pounder was the VHSL double A player of the year in basketball during his junior season at Bruton High School leading his team to a state title.
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[S-Football]


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Arkansas Head Football Coach Houston Nutt has been offered the job at Nebraska, and the Razorbacks are awaiting his decision. The Razorbacks beat Missouri 27-14 in the Independence Bowl.
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[SUPER=04-NCAA; :00]


In other college football news, Miami tight end Kellen Winslow will forgo his senior season in favor of the NFL. Winslow caught 60 passes for 605 yards and a touchdown this season for the Canes. He joins teammates defensive back Sean Taylor, and tackle Vince Wilfork in declaring for the draft.
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Eli Manning closed out his collegiate career in style this afternoon. Manning threw for 222 yards and 2 TD's, leading Ole Miss to a 31 to 28 win over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.
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Clemson leads Tennessee in the Peach Bowl 17 to 14 in the second quarter. Tonight Ohio State and Kansas State meet in the Fiesta.

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To the court where Lord Botetourt and Glenvar set the table for the Dazzle's game with Fayetteville later tonight with an afternoon matinee at the Civic Center.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Cavaliers vs. Highlanders; :00]


Matt Sheffer got the Cavaliers on the board early with this tough finish from in close for the deuce.
Jake Giardina answered for the hustlin Highlanders scoring along the baseline for Rick Crotts and company.
But Sheffer comes right back with a board and another bucket. At last check, Lord Botetourt led by 3 in the second quarter. We'll have a final for you tonight at 11.
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Glenvar and Botetourt fans can now watch the NBDL Roanoke/Fayettville game. Steve Mason has some Dazzling pre game notes.
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The Express begins a stretch of three games in three nights this evening on the road against Augusta. The Lynx is just 12 and 14 on the season.
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[SUPER=01-Duncan Dalmao/Express Defensman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Dusbabek/Express Center; :20]
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[OUT Q=......in for a tough game"]

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