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7Tultex

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By the end of the month, Southside's Tultex will cut up to 140 jobs.
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The company public relations officer says the cuts have already begun.
Kathy Rogers says reason is automation.
She says cuts are necessary to keep the company competitive in a slow retail climate.
Rogers says these layoffs affect workers in the cutting and manufacturing departments.
The company hopes it will be able to place at least 20 employees in open positions at the plant.
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Tuesday, Sara Lee Knit Products announced it is closing its Martinsville facility -- that plant employs 420 workers.

7Overnite


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Layoffs are also in the works for a Virginia-based company.
Beginning Monday, Overnite Transportation Company will layoff eleven-hundred workers nationwide.
Company officials say its because of declining traffic and low freight rates.
The Richmond based company has 14-thousand employees at more than 170 terminals throughout the country.
An Overnite spokesman says the layoffs are being spread among the ranks, and will include positions from high-level managers to office workers and drivers.


7Carroll-Administrator


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A possible state police investigation for missing Carroll County funds.
Meantime, the county's administrator Billy Mitchell, has been suspended with pay.
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The board of supervisors suspended Mitchell Saturday after an auditor's report turned up some discrepancies.
SUPER=03-Hillsville;


Since then, county attorney Phillip Jones says the auditors have raised more concerns.
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((PHILLIP JONES/CARROLL CO. ATTORNEY: THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN GATHERED THOUGH HAS CREATED A SITUATION WHERE PROCEDURALLY IT WOULD BE PROPER TO BRING THE STATE POLICE IN TO INVESTIGATE IT FURTHER. ))
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Mitchell was treasurer of the Industrial Development Authority and the Public Service Authority, which NEWS-7 has learned may be focal points of the investigation.
County supervisor Emmett Jones says the board will no longer allow the county administrator--no matter who it is-- to serve in that capacity.
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((EMMETT JONES/CARROLL CO. SUPERVISOR: AT LEAST, I THINK THREE OF THE AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED TO APPOINT TEMPORARILY A NEW SECRETARY/TREASURER. ))
SUPER=01-Emmett Jones/Carroll Co. Supervisor;
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The board appointed Jimmy Alderman of Carroll County's computer operations as acting county administrator.

7Church-Theft


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It should be the safest place on earth, but some Roanoke church members are finding that even church is not free of crime.
Authorities say choir members of three United Methodist churches have been robbed in the last three weeks, apparently by the same person.
More than a half-dozen choir members at Bonsack United Methodist Church were victimized Sunday.
As choir members sang during the morning service, someone entered the choir room, rifled through purses and took a wallet from a man's jacket.
Two church members reported seeing a man leaving the building and getting into a small white car.
The description matched that of a man seen at two other churches.


7Housing-Preview


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Roanoke landlords and tenants and will meet tonight with city officials to discuss the city's new rental inspection program.
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Roanoke was developing the program before January's fatal fire on Stewart Avenue, but that tragedy has put the project on a FAST track.
The proposal would target older neighborhoods, requiring city inspections of rental property before a new tenant is allowed to move in.
Tonight at 7:00, the city is holding a Community Workshop at the Roanoke Civic Center Exhibition Hall.
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The city plans to hold at least one more workshop before the rental inspection program is finalized.

7Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
Today is going to be cold and rainy, with temperatures in the upper 30s.
The rain will continue tonight with lows of 20 to 25 degrees.

55Chase


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A man from Prince George County is being held in a Roanoke jail without bond following his high speed chase through Bedford and Roanoke Counties.
Kimberly McBroom has more on Shawn Love's first court appearance.
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(( On the morning after his epic car chase, 22- year- old Shawn Michael Love attended his arraignment in a wheelchair.
Love also had visible scars on his face--
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(( ))
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all signs of the injuries he received in this dramatic car crash.
Police officers and state troopers quickly swarmed around Love and the jurvenile girl riding along with him.
Love's alleged crime spree began with an attempted murder charge in Prince George County.
From there, Love headed west.
Authorities believe he robbed three motels in Lynchburg and Amherst county.
But it was a twist of fate that resulted in Love's eventual arrest.
Moments after an A-P-B was issued, a Bedford County deputy who'd stopped to eat at McDonalds saw Love's vehicle pull into the same restaurant.
And it was there where the pursuit began. Standup Tag
In Roanoke, Love is charged with a felony for attempted malicious wounding.
He's also charged with two misdemeanors, including reckless driving and failing to stop for a police car.
His next court appearance will be May 13th.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))

55Brzonkala


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More revelations in the Christy Brzonkala case.
In court yesterday Brzonkala's attorney says the 19-year old decided not to return to Tech last Fall- -only after she learned one of her alleged attackers would also be back on campus.
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Attorneys for the University went to court yesterday to ask a federal judge to dismiss brzonkala's claims.
She insists she had no choice but to leave- -fearing for her safety, after she was raped.
She felt she could not go back to Tech as long as Tony Morrison and James Crawford were still there.
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((LARRY HINKER/TECH SPOKESMAN: AND WE THINK THAT THAT'S UNFOUNDED SINCE SHE LIVED IN THE SAME DORMITORY WITH BOTH OF THOSE GENTLEMEN FOR SEVEN MONTHS BEFORE BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION.))
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Even at a school with 24-thousand students, Brzonkala's lawyer says the Fairfax woman was intimidated.
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((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S ATTORNEY: DURING THE YEAR SHE AVOIDED CONTACT WHEREVER POSSIBLE. SHE STAYED IN HER ROOM, SHE CHANGED HER APPEARANCE. SHE AVOIDED CONTACT WITH MOST OF THE STUDENTS IN HER DORMITORY.))
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A decision from Judge Jackson Kiser is probably at least a month away- -on whether this case will even be heard in federal court.

55Citizens-Police Academy


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For the first time, teens in Martinsville are enrolled in the citizen's police academy.
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The students are learning what it's like to be on the right side of the law.
Last night's lesson- learning to pay attention to details at a crime scene.
High- school students go through an eight week mini-version of basic training.
Besides showing them the ropes-- the department hopes to build better rapport with teens.
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((DAVID EDWARDS/MARTINSVILLE POLICE CHIEF: YOUNG ADULTS THAT WE'RE GETTING IN THESE CLASSES PROBABLY AREN'T THE KIND THAT'S GOING TO GIVE US A PROBLEM ANYWAY-- I DON'T KNOW. I HOPE WE'VE GOT SOME BORDERLINE PEOPLE IN HERE WHO MAY BE LEARNING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. BUT WHEN THEY COME IN AND SIT THROUGH THIS ACADEMY, THEY'LL MAYBE HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART AND SWING OVER.))
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The program is also stirring interest among aspiring police officers.
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((JIM LOWELL/MARTINSVILLE HIGH SENIOR: I JUST WANT TO GET AN EDGE ON THE POLICE ACADEMY AND EVERYTHING ELSE-- NOT MUCH OF AN EDGE, OF COURSE-- BUT LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN I WOULD NOMRALLY GOING INTO IT. ))
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Students learn patrol and arrest procedures, as well as investigation techniques.

55Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
The morning will be warm, but the temperature is going to drop into the 30s by this afternoon.
The rain will stick around and continue through tonight.
Temperatures will be in the low 20s.

8Layoffs


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For the second time this week, the textile industry in Southside announces layoffs.
Tultex says it will eliminate up to 140 jobs by the end of the month.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Martinsville/File Tape;


The company public relations officer says the cuts have already begun.
Kathy Rogers says reason is automation.
She says cuts are necessary to keep the company competitive in a slow retail climate.
Rogers says these layoffs affect workers in the cutting and manufacturing departments.
The company hopes it will be able to place at least 20 employees in open positions at the plant.
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SS=Layoffs


Tuesday, Sara Lee Knit Products announced it is closing its Martinsville facility.
That plant employs 420 workers.

8American-Martinsville


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Economic news from the southside is not all bad.
American of Martinsville says its business is booming.
The Martinsville furniture company is taking over a plant in Chilhowie
(chill-HOW-ee) to keep up with orders.


For the past few years the plant has been operated by Lea (LEE) Industries.
American primarily makes furniture for hotels and motels.
There's no word yet if this will mean an increase or decrease in jobs at the Chilhowie plant.

8Carroll-Administrator


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TAPE#96-9
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Carroll County administrator Billy Mitchell has been suspended with pay, amid a state police probe of possible missing county funds.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The board of supervisors suspended Billy Mitchell Saturday after an auditor's report turned up some discrepancies.
SUPER=03-Hillsville;


Since then, county attorney Phillip Jones says the auditors have raised more concerns.
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((PHILLIP JONES/CARROLL CO. ATTORNEY: THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN GATHERED THOUGH HAS CREATED A SITUATION WHERE PROCEDURALLY IT WOULD BE PROPER TO BRING THE STATE POLICE IN TO INVESTIGATE IT FURTHER. ))
SUPER=01-Phillip Jones/Carroll Co. Attorney;
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OUT Q=investigate it further.
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VO-NAT


Mitchell was treasurer of the Industrial Development Authority and the Public Service Authority, which NEWS-7 has learned may be focal points of the investigation.
County supervisor Emmett Jones says the board will no longer allow the county administrator--no matter who it is-- to serve in that capacity.
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SOT 12:44:46

((EMMETT JONES/CARROLL CO. SUPERVISOR: AT LEAST, I THINK THREE OF THE AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED TO APPOINT TEMPORARILY A NEW SECRETARY/TREASURER. ))
SUPER=01-Emmett Jones/Carroll Co. Supervisor;
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The board appointed Jimmy Alderman of Carroll County's computer operations as acting county administrator.

8B'burg-Shooting


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TAPE#96-18
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Blacksburg police believe a man was so distraught over his broken marriage that he killed his wife and her friend, and then took his own life.
Police say they've pieced together the fatal events of February 23rd and have wrapped up their investigation.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/February 23;


It appears Donald Anderson arrived at Susan Asbury's Fairfax Pointe apartment and encountered her estranged husband.
Robert Asbury then shot Anderson four times.
Police say he hid Anderson's body in the garage, and then waited for his wife to get home.
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((LT. B.E. BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE: SHE WAS MET IN THE KITCHEN BY ROBERT ASBURY, ASSAULTED, TAKEN TO THE THIRD FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM AND SHOT FOUR TIMES. AND THEN ROBERT ASBURY SAT DOWN BESIDE SUSAN'S BODY AND COMMITTED SUICIDE WITH THE SAME GUN. ))
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Bradbery says Asbury left a note behind, apologizing to family members.
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8Escape


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Two 17-year-old boys who escaped from the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center in Powhatan are back in custody. The two escaped near a guard shack early today on the Powhatan County prison grounds.
State police say the boys were captured at about one a-m.
The Department of Youth and Family Services, which runs the prison, says the boys climbed a fence to escape early last night.
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This escape comes about two weeks after a convicted murderer and rapist climbed out a kitchen vent and scaled five fences to escape the Powhatan Correctional Center.
He was captured just over a day after his escape.
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8Weather


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Turning now to the forecast - The rain will continue tonight with lows of 20 to 25 degrees. Today is going to be cold and rainy, with temperatures in the upper 30s.