On NEWS 7 at SIX 350 people will be thrown out of work by a southside plant closing.
A federal judge blocks an abortion ban from taking effect.
And the Power Company's trying to beat the heat, too... asking you to use less electricity.
In sports, Steve Mason was in Greensboro today with Michael Jordan Lindros stays in Philadelphia.
And Highlights and scores from this afternoon's World Cup Soccer action.
Heat, heat and more heat. That's seems to be the top weather story. Isolated thunderstorms and tropical action as well. More weather, just ahead.
350-people in Danville will lose their jobs when a textile plant closes later this summer.
Durham 2000 announced today it will close because of falling profits.
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Christy Hubley is live in our Danville newsroom with the details.
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Employees at Durham 2000 received letters today at work telling them about the closing.
In fact, people who work third shift might not know they'll soon be out of a job.
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[SUPER=01-Carl Dixon/Durham 2000 Employee; :14]
[SUPER=01-Mongillo Hairston/Durham 2000 Employee; :45]
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((BETTY BRANDON/DURHAM 2000 EMPLOYEE: I WANT THE COMPANY TO STAY OPEN. I GOT FIVE KIDS TO TAKE CARE OF.))
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Durham 2000 employees are wondering how they'll make ends meet when they lose their jobs.
Some aren't sure they'll find work as good as they had it here.
((CARL DIXON/DURHAM 2000 EMPLOYEE: IT'S JUST LIKE A HOME WHEN I LEAVE HOME. I LOOK FORWARD TO GOING TO WORK. I ENJOY IT... THE PEOPLE AND THE SUPERVISORS AND EVERYTHING... THEY'VE BEEN GOOD AND I'M GOING TO MISS IT. I'M WISH SOME WAY IT WOULDN'T CLOSE.))
[OUT Q=it wouldn't close.]
The Lynn Street plant-- which produces socks-- has been in Danville for more than 100-years.
In January, it was bought by a Kentucky businessman who says sales are down 30-to-50-percent.
And with no hope of turning a profit, he says the plant must close.
Workers say they wish it wouldn't come to that.
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((MONGILLO HAIRSTON/DURHAM 2000 EMPLOYEE: WHEN YOU GOT KIDS, YOU GOT BILLS, YOU GOT A HOME, CAR, LIGHT BILL. EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PAID. AND WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE NOTHING. NO JOB-- YOU DON'T HAVE NOTHING TO SUPPORT YOU.))
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Durham 2000 will close in 60-days.
I spoke to the company president in Kentucky by telephone today.
He says he's lost more than a million dollars since he bought the plant.
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Keith, he says he'll do everything he can to help employees find new jobs.
(QUESTION: Were the workers you spoke with surprised by the announcement?)
Yes, Keith. They knew sales were down, but they didn't think the company was in such dire straights. When the new owner came in in January, he gave everyone raises, an extra holiday, and dental benefits. Some thought the letter they received today might be vacation pay. It wasn't.
Virginia's newest abortion law is on hold -- for now.
Federal Judge Robert Payne in Richmond issued an injunction today that would keep the ban on so-called "partial birth" abortions from becoming law July first.
In a 97 page opinion, Judge Payne writes:
"The term 'partial birth abortion' is a term coined by legislators, anti-abortion activists, and the media. It has no accepted medical meaning."
Judge Payne seems to accept the abortion doctors' argument that the law is worded too vaguely, and could apply criminal sanctions to other routine abortion procedures.
"...the Act's 'chill' on the physicians' ability to perform the medically appropriate method of abortion in this manner would result in a less safe performance of an abortion for the patient."
Attorney General Mark Earley issued only a brief statement, promising an immediate appeal.
Earley says he'll continue to "stand with the people of Virginia" who he says favor the law.
Judge Payne also set an accelerated trial date of August 18th to consider the actual Constitutionality of the law.
Abortion rights advocates are praising the injunction.[Reyes]
A federal judge is allowing a Liberty University student to sue the city of Lynchburg over his arrest during an anti- abortion protest last year.
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John Reyes (RAY-iss) was one of three people charged after they organized a rally on the grounds of E.C. Glass High School.
Reyes was cited for violating Lynchburg's parade permit ordinance, but that law was repealed in March, a few days AFTER Reyes sued the city.
Judge Norman Moon ruled yesterday that Reyes can still seek damages and attorney fees from the city.
The case is scheduled for trial in October.
The warm weather is causing problems for the power company. American Electric Power is asking customers to cut back on their use of electricity.
As temperatures have climbed above 90 degrees, the demand for electricity has soared.
And with an unusual number of generating units out of service, an A- E- P spokesman says the utility is turning to its customers for help.
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((TOM AYRES/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH BOTH THE GENERATION AVAILABILITY AND CAPACITY. AND THAT OBVIOUSLY WITH HOT WEATHER IS CAUSING SOME REAL PROBLEMS FOR US. SO WE CONTACTED OUR INDUSTRIAL AND LARGER COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS AND ASKED THEM TO CONSERVE OR CURTAIL. AND WE'RE ASKING FOR VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION FROM OUR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS.))
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The utility's hydroelectric projects will also be operating at full capacity, so A- E- P is warning fishermen and canoeists that water levels may be higher than normal below the Leesville and Claytor Lake Dams.
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You may be singing a new state song sooner than you think.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Six.
And, would you pay 200-thousand dollars for a grafitti-covered building with no kitchen?
Historians hope someone will, and in the process rescue what may be Roanoke's oldest house.
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The owner of a historic log cabin has named his price.
It would take about 200-thousand-dollars to buy this 19th century cabin, said to be the oldest house in Roanoke.
The city has condemned it for safety reasons and ordered it to be torn down.
But contractors and historians are rushing to find a buyer -- they have ideas to save it.
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((ANN STUART BECKETT/HISTORIAN: THE HOUSE WOULD BE PRESERVED ON-SITE AS A PUB.... RAISE A TOAST.))
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Historians marvel at the unique dovetail notching, long beams, and original graffiti.
Chunks of the cabin have already been torn off by demolition crews.
The rest of the logs are scheduled to come down by July second, but the landowner plans to ask for an extension until she can find a buyer.
She's offering to sell the surrounding nine acres for an extra 200-thousand-dollars.
There weren't any rock concerts this time around.
Microsoft's newest software package made a quiet appearance in stores today.
As Scott Goldberg reports, if Windows 95 was an overhaul, Windows 98 is more like a tuneup.
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[SUPER=01-Laurie Davis/Windows User; :10 --quick!!]
[SUPER=01-Derek Plyler/Windows User; :22]
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(( Around the country, computer geeks lined up at midnight.
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And in Roanoke, Staples opened early...
Ready for the rush of PC users who hope Windows 98 will
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((LAURIE DAVIS/WINDOWS USER: TAKE CARE OF ALL THE BUGS AND GLITCHES THAT WINDOWS 95 HAS.))
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Microsoft's new operating system looks a lot like Windows 95...
Which left some wondering if the new software package is worth buying right away.
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((DEREK PLYLER: I DON'T THINK SO. I THINK WINDOWS 95 IS PRETTY GOOD BUT THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT.))
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((music from Windows 98 video))
The new system is supposed to run a lot smoother:
Squashing the bugs that pestered Windows 95 ...
And making it easier to surf the web.
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((DAVE DUNHAM/STAPLES: IT'LL BE A LITTLE BIT FASTER AND EASIER TO NAVIGATE ON THE NET AND IT WILL MAKE YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM RUN FASTER AS WELL, SO THERE'S A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE RIGHT THERE.))
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: SO WHO REALLY NEEDS WINDOWS 98? WELL, PROBABLY NOT PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST GOTTEN USE TO USING WINDOWS 95. BUT INTERNET AND GAME JUNKIES WHO THINK THEIR DESKTOPS COULD USE A LITTLE TUNE-UP MIGHT THINK IT'S WORTH PAYING 90-DOLLARS FOR THE UPGRADE.))
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((DAVE DUNHAM: I THINK MICROSOFT HAS REALLY DONE THEIR HOMEWORK THIS TIME AROUND.))
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Compared to the hoopla surrounding Windows 95, Windows 98 made its way into stores quietly.
It's the subject of a high-profile federal lawsuit.
So even if you don't buy it, chances are you'll be getting much more familiar with Microsoft's newest product.
Scott Goldberg, News-7. ))
With computers becoming a bigger part of our everyday lives, students are now required to be more computer literate before they can graduate.
But who's keeping the teachers ahead of the technological curve?
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Nancy Phillips/Instructor; :26]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Burnett/Kindergarten Teacher; :47]
[SUPER=01-Kelly Jennings/Elementary School Teacher; :53]
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(( It's probably the one class where some students know more about the subject than their teacher does.
In a high- tech world, keeping up with computers is difficult but necessary.
((ALL RIGHT, NOW HOW DO YOU USE A DATABASE?))
All of the teachers in this summer class attended Lynchburg College, but graduated BEFORE computer training became the norm.
Now they're back, hoping to acquire enough skills to meet Virginia's new Standards of Learning.
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((NANCY PHILLIPS/INSTRUCTOR: WE HAVE STANDARDS OF LEARNING THAT BY FIFTH GRADE, THEY HAVE CERTAIN SKILLS THEY HAVE TO DO AND BY EIGHTH GRADE, FOR INSTANCE, THE CHILDREN ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW HOW TO WRITE WEB PAGES. WELL, HOW MANY ADULTS KNOW TO WRITE WEB PAGES? AND SO THESE TEACHERS HAVE GOT TO LEARN HOW PREPARE THEIR STUDENTS.))
[OUT Q=prepare their students.]
Some of them had never turned on a computer before this week.. now with just a few days of training under their belts, they're pointing and clicking with the best of them.
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((MICHELLE BURNETT/KINDERGARTEN TEACHER: WE HAVE A COMPUTER LAB AT SCHOOL, SO HOPEFULLY I'LL FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE LAB WHEN I WORK WITH THE KIDS.))
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((KELLY JENNINGS/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER: IT'S NICE TO SEE THE NEW THINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE, TO BE ABLE TO BRING IT INTO THE CLASSROOM, LOOKING INTO THE WEB AND ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS WE CAN DO TO USE IT IN EDUCATION HAS BEEN VERY EXCITING AND NEAT.))
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[IN Q=School teachers]
((School teachers must be recertified every five years, and starting in 1999, a certain level of computer literacy will be required for certification. Lynchburg College says these free courses offer a certain measure of job security for its graduates. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Another mixed bag on Wall Street. The Dow
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gained nearly 12 points, closing 89-hundred- 35.
NASDAQ lost 14-and- a-half points.
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In the past, children with feeding problems had to travel to Charlottesville or farther for treatment.
Tonya Flory reports there's a new doctor in town who is saving them the trip and possibly their lives.
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[SUPER=01-Barbara Patterson/Patient's Mother; :50]
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((BARBARA PATTERSON/PATIENT'S MOTHER:HE'D SPIT UP EVERY TIME YOU'D PICK HIM UP HE'D SPIT UP.))
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5-month old Cory Patterson has a feeding problem, he couldn't keep down his formula.
Doctor Michael Hart specializes in patients like Cory, and he's the first pediatric gastroenterologist in Southwest Virginia to do so.
He says Cory's condition is a common problem and if not treated it could be fatal.
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((DR. MICHAEL HART/PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGIST:IF YOU FEEL AS A PARENT THAT YOUR CHILD SEEMS TO BE IN ANY PAIN, SEEMS TO HAVE DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, SEEMS TO HAVE AN UNDULY AMOUNT OF CHOKING OR COUGHING EITHER DURING THE MEALS OF AFTER THE MEALS OR VOMITING AFTER MEALS THEN THAT SHOULD RAISE A RED FLAG.))
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When her infant son started losing weight rapidly, Barbara Patterson brought Cory in for tests.
Now he's on a feeding tube which drips formula slowly into his system.
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((BARBARA PATTERSON/PATIENT'S MOTHER:I'M ABLE TO PLAY WITH HIM MORE AND ABLE TO DO MORE WITH HIM NOW THAN WHAT WE WERE ABLE BEFORE.))
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((DR. MICHAEL HART/PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGIST:CORY WILL HAVE A BETTER IMMUNE SYSTEM, BE ABLE TO FIGHT OFF INFECTIONS BETTER AS HE GETS OLDER, AND THE EFFECT THAT GOOD NUTRITION HAS ON ALL OUR LIVES CAN'T BE OVERSTATED.))
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Doctor Hart says Cory will be going home from the hospital within a few days and will be off the feeding tube.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check. ))[State-Song]
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The search for a new state song is on.
A legislative and citizen subcommittee got down to work today in Richmond to replace "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia."
The subcommittee put the song search on the fast track-- and some aspiring songwriters are already out in front.
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((I'VE GOT 45 DIFFERENT VERSIONS. I DON'T ALL OF THEM ON TAPE OR CASSETTE OR ANYTHING, BUT MOST OF THEM I DO. AND SOME OF THEM ARE VERY GOOD.))
((SEN. STEVE MARTIN/(R) CHESTERFIELD CO.: WHILE WE DO WANT TO BRING IN AS MANY ARTISTS WHO CARE TO PARTICIPATE, THE FACT IS THE LONGER YOU DRAG IT OUT, THE MORE OPPORTUNITY THERE IS FOR DISAPPOINTMENT, FOR FRUSTRATION, FOR RESOURCES SPENT, AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER ONE WOULD CONSIDER THEM TO BE WASTED RESOURCES OR NOT. BUT WE SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH PEOPLE LIKE THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Martin/(R) Chesterfield Co.; :10]
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If you have a song in your heart, or an opinion-- pay attention to the media.
Specifics for the song search are on the way.[Sports Tease]
And coming up, A couple of ties in World cup soccer action today a big trade in the N-B-A.
And Martina Hingis leads the top seeds to the third round at Wimbledon today.
Michael Jordan and a dozen other N-B-A stars put on a show for some campers at UNC Greensboro today. Steve Mason and Photographer Greg Moore have all the highlights.
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Two days after the N-B-A draft the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks make a big trade swapping youth for experience.
The Raptors traded Marcus Camby for Charles Oakley. For 10 years Oakley has symbolized the physical style of the New York Knicks. The 34 year old Oakley is a 13 year veteran of the N-B-A.
Camby has been troubled by injuries in his two years with the Raptors and never has lived up to expectations. Toronto selected the U-Mass star with the Number one pick in the 1996 draft. He averaged 12 points and seven rebounds and a league leading 4 blocks per game last season. But he only played in 63 games.
The Raptors also acquired center Sean Marks, selected out of California in the second round last night plus an undisclosed amount of cash.
Top seeded Martina Hingis advances to the third round at Wimbledon but Andre Agassi, the men's 13-th seed is knocked out of the tournament.
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Hingis moves a step closer to her second straight title at Wimbledon today. Hingis struggled in the first set but held on to beat Elena Makarova in straight sets 7-6, 6-4 in today's second round action.
On the men's side, 1994 champion Andre Agassi was knocked out of the tournament. Germany's Tommy Haas beat Agassi, the 13-th seed, in a four set match 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 in a match that was carried over from last night.
A couple of tight matches in this afternoon's World cup Soccer action.
Holland and New Mexico hooked up in one of the Matches. Holland's Ronald De Boer takes this pass and beats three people to score giving Holland the early lead.
then in the second half, Mexico came back Luis
Hernandez gets in front of the net and boots the shot past the Holland goalie and the match finished in a 2 to 2 tie.
In other action this afternoon Belgium and South Korea tied at 1 to 1.
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