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ANCHOR=Keith

Coming up in just a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX:
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What's life going to be like without Thomasville Furniture in Brookneal?
We'll hear from the plant manager and assess the impact of unemployment for 320 workers.
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ANCHOR=Keith


And the not-so-secret negotiations with tobacco companies for a multi-Billion dollar fund for smoker care. Sports-head
ANCHOR=Mike


Tonight in sports, some possible off the court trouble for the Knicks' Patrick Ewing, the Cubs losing streak reaches 12, Roy Stanley visits with the Ferrum baseball team,
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and Kenny Lofton tags his first homerun as a Brave as Atlanta wins its 5th straight.
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A cold front moves through tonight with passing showers and colder temperatures. The full weather story is coming up.

Thomasville


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-8
GRAPHIC=Business Closing


For twenty years it's been a fixture in Brookneal and a staple of the local economy.
By late June, the Thomasville Furniture factory will be closed, leaving hundreds of employees and residents wondering about their future.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( For plant manager Tim Ramsdell, it was the hardest thing he's had to do in 13 years on the job in Brookneal.
Late Tuesday, Ramsdell told 320 of his co- workers at the Thomasville Furniture plant they would be out of a job within two months.
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((TIM RAMSDELL/PLANT MANAGER: WE WERE SHUTTING IT DOWN NOT BECAUSE IT WAS ANY FAULT OF THEIRS, WE WERE DOING A FINE EFFORT, IT WAS JUST A MARKET- DRIVEN DECISION BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE COMPANY JUST HAD MORE CAPACITY THAN THEY COULD SUPPORT WITH SALES.))
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Displaced employees will keep their medical benefits for 18 months after leaving.. and the company will try to help them find jobs elsewhere.
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((OF COURSE THE EFFECT OF A PLANT CLOSING LIKE THIS GOES WELL BEYOND THE 320 EMPLOYEES AT THE FACTORY, ALL OF WHOM HAVE BOUGHT GAS, FOOD AND SERVICES IN THE TOWN OF BROOKNEAL AT SOME POINT. LOSING THAT MANY CUSTOMERS IS BOUND TO HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE AREA'S ECONOMY.))
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((MIKE DAVIDSON/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: THE IMPACT CONTINUES TO RIPPLE AS YOU REALLY STOP AND THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THEY'VE MEANT TO THE COMMUNITY.))
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Thomasville has meant a steady job for Debra McClintock who handles the lunch and dinner rushes at the Amoco deli just down the road from the plant.
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((DEBRA MCCLINTOCK/DELI WORKER: WE'RE GOING TO MISS THEM, BUT I HOPE THAT IT WON'T PUT ME OUT OF A JOB AS WELL, BECAUSE AS I SAID THEY ARE OUR BIGGEST CLIENTELE WITH OUR DELI.))
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Campbell County officials say they'll try to find another company to move in once Thomasville leaves town.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Brookneal.))

Tobacco-Settlement


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-9
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire


Secret talks between tobacco companies and six states that are suing them aren't much of a secret anymore.
Several states have confirmed the talks...
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom


Eric Earnhart is in our newsroom with details... Eric, what's on the table?
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A lot of money to start... The Wall Street Journal says 300 billion dollars.
The money would repay states for what it cost them to care for residents who got sick because they smoked.
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Attorneys General from the six states with lawsuits pending met in Washington today with representatives from Phillip Morris and RJR-Nabisco.
They're also talking about limiting advertising, especially ads that could attract children... they may ban outdoor billboards for example.
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Meanwhile at the annual RJR-Nabisco stockholders meeting in Winston-Salem, there was little talk about the negotiations.
Company officials say that's not the purpose of their meeting, but some shareholders don't like it.
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BRENDA COFFEE/SHAREHOLDERS REPRESENTATIVE; I THINK THAT FOR THESE PEOPLE, FOR THIS MEETING, PROFIT WAS THE BOTTOM LINE. I THINK ANYTHING ELSE ISN'T RELEVANT, I THINK THE VERY FACT THAT THEY ARE TARGETING YOUTH, THEY ARE TARGETING AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHER MINORITIES AND I THINK THAT IS OF NO CONCERN.
CHARLES BLIXT/RJR SENIOR VP; OUR OBJECTIVE IN AN ANNUAL MEETING IS TO PRESENT THE RESULTS FOR 1996, TALK ABOUT THE BUSINESS OR WHERE WE'RE GOING IN THE BUSINESS, WE'RE NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT ALL THESE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES TODAY.))
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Live=Eric Full/Newsroom


Another group watching these developments closely...NASCAR.
There's a long-standing concern about the impact a cigarette advertising ban
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom

would have on Winston Cup racing... Keith?

Train-Fatal


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-25
GRAPHIC=Train Accident


Altavista authorities say two teenagers killed by a train last night may have been dodging ANOTHER train when they were hit.
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The accident happened just before six o'clock about a half mile from downtown Altavista.
17- year- old Richard Lancaster of Campbell County and 18- year- old Kevin Childress of Pittsylvania County died instantly after when they were struck by a south-bound Norfolk- Southern train.
Police say the teens had just crossed the tracks in front of a NORTHbound train and may not have heard the other train coming.
A lot of people use the tracks as a shortcut downtown.
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Cunningham


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-11
GRAPHIC=Rhonda Cunningham


The case of a fatal domestic squabble in Roanoke last Fall was settled in court this morning with a guilty plea.
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Rhonda Banks Cunningham shot her husband in the head around five o'clock in the morning.
She told police the .38 revolver went off in the midst of a struggle.
A witness heard her yelling at Garrett Cunningham because he'd been out "screwing around all night."
Neighbors said she THREATENED to kill her husband, just before they heard shots fired.
The 37-year old defendant maintains her innocence but pled guilty to SECOND- degree murder, rather than take a chance with a jury.
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((RHONDA BANKS CUNNINGHAM: I DON'T WANT TO TAKE THE RISK OF A TRIAL WITH THE EVIDENCE, THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.))
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**Keith ON ENG**
She faces a maximum of 43 years in prison, but the prosecutor has agreed to ask for less than that.
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((JUDGE CLIFFORD WECKSTEIN/ROANOKE CIRCUIT COURT: THE FIGURE THAT THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY HAS COMPUTED THAT'S IN YOUR PLEA AGREEMENT IS 11 YEARS AND FIVE MONTHS.))
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Legal Scales


That's the mid-point of the sentencing guidelines for second- degree murder.

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ANCHOR=Keith
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Still to come on News 7 at Six-- serving up some gambling controversy along with the shad and beer in Wakefield today. Ellen Qualls will join us with a live report.
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and to help get the word out about a dangerous product, a Vinton family shares its own painful experience.
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Shad-Planking


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
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It's fun in the forests of Wakefield, Virginia today. All ten of Virginia's statewide candidates are rubbing elbows at the premier event in Old Dominion politics.
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Ellen Qualls is at the annual Shad Planking with highlights.
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Harkins


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Campaign 97


Political stumping wasn't confined to Wakefield.
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Closer to home, Mary Harkins accepted the Democratic nomination for the 9th District seat in the House of Delegates.
She'll go up against Republican incumbent Allen Dudley.
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((MARY HARKINS/D- NINTH DISTRICT LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE: I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR THIS NOMINATION. WITH YOUR HELP AND YOUR SUPPORT, TOGETHER WE WILL WIN THE NINTH DISTRICT SEAT ON NOVEMBER FOURTH. ))
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Harkins is a Rocky Mount attorney... and she's chairwoman of the Franklin County Democratic Party.
If elected, she promises to donate her state salary to programs that promote volunteerism and education.
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Cohen


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-13
GRAPHIC=VMI


Several of the nation's top military leaders are visiting Lexington this week.
SS=William Cohen


Today, Secretary of Defense William Cohen touched down on the VMI parade ground.
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Cohen says Americans must make some difficult decisions as Congress rethinks the role of the nation's military.
If cuts in military spending are to continue, he says the country must be willing to accept more risk.
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((WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: EVERY TIME YOU TALK ABOUT CUTTING BACK OR DOWNSIZING OR RESTRUCTURING IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE CERTAIN GOALS, IT MEANS YOU MUST GIVE SOMETHING UP AND WHEN YOU GIVE SOMETHING UP IT MEANS YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT HIGHER RISK.))
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;
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Cohen visited the V- M- I campus to speak to the top R-O-T-C cadets from across the country.
They'll hear from the Army Chief of Staff tonight, and the Secretary of the Army tomorrow.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sly
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The blue chip issues surged on the stock market again today. The Dow gained 93 points. NASDAQ fell two and a half points.
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Product-Recall


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=Product Recall


A Vinton couple is helping the Consumer Product Safety Commission get the word out about dangerous products-- which are recalled, but REMAIN in consumers' homes.
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Betty and Tom Jarvis lost their nine-year-old son Tim, when he was strangled by a mini-hammock.
Eleven other children have died this way, as the mini-hammock-- without a spreader bar-- wraps around a youngster's neck.
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((TOM JARVIS/VICTIM'S FATHER: WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT THAT ANYBODY WHO HAS THESE SHOULD DESTROY THEM, THEY'RE KILLERS OF CHILDREN, THEY'RE NOT SAFE.))
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Government inspectors have launched a recall round-up.
They'll be canvassing states, also looking for dangerous bean-bag chairs, as well as outdated bunk beds and cribs with siderails that are too wide.
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Airport-Commission


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-14
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport


One of the Roanoke Valley's best examples of regional cooperation turned 10 today.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission formed in 1987, and it has arrived at a number of solutions for the area's air- travel needs.
Since it was founded the commission has overseen the completion of a new passenger terminal and the current construction of a 10- million- dollar cargo ramp.
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((BOB JOHNSON/AIRPORT COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: THIS IS STILL THE NUMBER ONE IN MY OPINION, SHINING STAR, IN THE CONSTELLATION OF ACTIVITIES THAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY GOING. THE LANDFILL, THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Airport Commission Chairman;
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During its 10 years of existence the commission has tried to be a model of effective and efficient regional management.
It operates at no cost to taxpayers, and employs 43 full- time workers.
When including all tenants and related businesses, over 600 people with a combined payroll of 20- million- dollars work at the airport.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
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GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, afternoon highlights from the big leagues, some possible trouble for Patrick Ewing, a good deed of golf was done today at Countryside,
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And Roy Stanley checks in with a doggone good baseball team in Ferrum, right after this break.
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S-Braves


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-2
GRAPHIC=BRAVES/REDS


The Atlanta Braves continued their red hot play this afternoon by beating the Reds 7-to-1 at Turner Stadium.
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Reds skipper Ray Knight was checking things out early in the fifth, and he didn't like what he saw.
In the bottom of the inning Jeff Blauser, who has been on fire this season lifts a solo homer to left field to give Atlanta 3-to-1 lead.
Still in the 5th, Kenny Lofton then comes up on the other side of the plate
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and hits his first homer as a Brave to make it 4-to-1.
The Braves go on to win it 7-to-1.
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ANCHOR=Mike
SS=hold matchup


After their 0-and-2 start, the Braves have now won five in a row and 11 of their last 12 games.

S-Cubs


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-1
GRAPHIC=CUBS/ROCKIES


The Chicago Cubs lost their 12th straight game as they continue the worst start ever for a National League team.
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SUPER=03-Chicago/Rockies vs. Cubs;


If the losing doesn't stop soon heads will be rolling in the windy City.
Today it was just the Rockies rolling to a 4-to-nothing win.
So far this year, the Cubs have 12 losses and 21 errors.
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In New York the Dodgers beat the Mets 5-to-2 thanks to pitching, defense and some solid hitting.
Wilton Guerrero and Eric Karros each belted homers and Brett BUtler had five hits.
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S-Ferrum


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-3
GRAPHIC=Ferrum Logo


In just over a week, The Ferrum College Panthers begin play in the Dixie Conference baseball tournament.
The Panthers have turned what was supposed to be a rebuilding year into another winning season.
Roy Stanley has the details.
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((When Abe Naff and his Panthers started the season many questions needed to be answered.
The major question was pitching. Naff's staff was very inexperienced with 3 sophomores and a group of Freshman.
But as the Panthers prepare for the Dixie Conference tournament their already closing in on a 30 win season.)) ((ABE NAFF/FERRUM HEAD COACH: )) ((Ferrum has relied on itt offense for most of the season. The Panthers are averaging 10 runs a game and they're batting 370.
The big stick in the lineup is Franklin County native Riley Hodges the son of former major leaguer Ron Hodges.
Riley is batting 481 and he's hit 13 homers this season. And his work behind the plate has help mature a young pitching staff.)) ((RILEY HODGES/FERRUM CATCHER: )) ((ROY STANDUP: )) ((NAFF: )) ((At Ferrum College Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
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S-Ewing


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-26
GRAPHIC=NBA


The NBA is heading into its final few days of play before the start of the postseason, and the Knicks are battling for position in the East.
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Tonight the Knicks' star center Patrick Ewing is fighting for his reputation.
Today's New York Post says two flight attendants on the Knicks' private jet have quit because they were sexually harassed by Ewing and other Knick player.s
Ewing is denying the allegations. The Knicks say they are investigating the matter.
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S-Golf


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-4
GRAPHIC=GOLF


Nearly 200 golfers took some swings in the name of charity today at the Countryside golf course.
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The Cave Spring Corners Kroger grocery store held its sixth annual golf tournament for the March of Dimes today.
The one day event raised $12 thousand dollars for the charity through entry fees and a raffle.
And there's always plenty of good food for the participants.
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Promo


ANCHOR=Keith
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It only takes ten minutes-- and it could save a life.
Becoming a registered Bone Marrow donor is as easy as donating blood, but it usually costs around 40 dollars.
Today in Martinsville, folks can register for free-
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A Marrow typing drive is being held at the Speedway.
It's in honor of NASCAR owner Rick Hendricks, who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.
Tonight, we'll learn about the process of becoming a potential marrow donor, and how Hendricks' diagnosis is bringing added publicity to marrow donation.
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