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Coming up on News 7-
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The economic crisis in Asia hits home- one company is closing shop.
The hot dry weather continues- and that could make forest fires more likely-
Plus grand jurors begin hearing details in the Jon Bonet Ramsey murder-
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Plus school information for tomorrow. News 7 is next.
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A poor international market means 133 Botetourt County workers will lose their jobs.
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[Connex]


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The economic crisis that's spread across the globe hit Southwest Virginia in a big way.
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Connex Pipe Systems announced it's closing in two months, laying off 133-workers.
Connex sells almost 80-percent of its heavy-duty pipes to Asia, the place that's been hit hardest by the global economic problems we've heard so much about.
The result is: Companies like Connex can't afford to stay in business ... because their customers can't afford to buy American pipe.
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((BETH DOUGHTY/RKE VALLEY EC. DEV. PARTNERSHIP: I DON'T THINK THAT I'VE SEEN ANYTHING AS TANGIBLE AS THAT, THAT YOU CAN REALLY SAY: HERE'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN WARNING YOU ABOUT FOR ALL THESE MONTHS, THAT THE U-S AND THE ROANOKE VALLEY ARE GOING TO SEE THE RAMIFICATIONS OF WHAT'S HAPPENED IN ASIA.))
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One bright spot is the people who worked at Connex are highly skilled.
And there's a big demand in the job market for people with their experience.
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((TIM WOOD/LAID-OFF WELDER: SOMEBODY THAT'S SKILLED IN THIS TYPE OF WELDING IS IN DEMAND. IT'S FEW AND FAR BETWEEN THAT YOU FIND A GOOD PIPE WELDER.))
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Connex will shut its doors for good on November 12th.
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Even with the closing of the Connex plant, Botetourt County officials expect their area to continue its accelerated growth.
They believe businesses will soon flock to the area, but will their employees be able to live there?
Botetourt County supervisors today cut the number of apartments allowed per acre.
Tina Tenret has more.
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(( Greenfield Industrial Park is still in its infancy, but it will soon be milked as a cash cow.
Greenfield is designed to pull in thousands of new jobs, with a high-tech training center and recreational complex.
A new elementary school will also be built at Greenfield to catch the overflow from jam-packed classrooms.
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But county officials refuse to let growth crowd their rural hills.
They say developers can now build only six apartment or condo units per acre, not twelve.
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Very few apartments exist in Botetourt now.
The county administrator says big companies do not ask about housing.
But builders ask -- if newcomers buy elsewhere, what will happen to Botetourt's other cashpot -- property taxes?

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Pittsylvania County Community Action is under fire-- accused of not meeting the needs of some of its low-income clients.
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News 7 has learned more than a dozen P-C-C-A clients have issued complaints about unfinished and faulty repairs to their homes.
These clients say they believed the work was supposed to be completed by the agency.
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Tonight, a spokesperson for some of the clients attempted to address the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.
Vivian Anderson is a former P-C-C-A volunteer who says she doesn't understand why low-income families aren't getting the help they need.
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The Board of Supervisors told Anderson she needs to air her grievences with the Community Action Board of Directors.

The executive director of P-C-C-A says the agency has met all of its obligations with its clients.
The complaints are now being investigated by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development which provides funding to the agency.
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American Electric Power's plans for a high-voltage power line in southwest Virginia have been set back at least another year.
That's the result of the latest action by the State Corporation Commission.
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The S-C-C staff wants a complete study of an alternative route for the 765-thousand volt transmission line.
That route would not end in Cloverdale, but at the Jackson Ferry substation in Pulaski County.
The staff report says this route would let A-E-P meet its projected power needs, and cause less environmental damage.
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Another round of studies will cost A-E-P an estimated 700-thousand dollars.
Spokesman Todd Burns says the utility is confident that new studies will show A-E-P's preferred route is still go

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F-B-I agents have arrested a Blacksburg man for allegedly robbing a Dublin bank, back in August.
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18-year old Christian David (Ka-hars) Cahours was arrested yesterday in Lynchburg.
He's accused of robbing the First American Bank in Dublin, August 18th.
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At the time, authorities said it appeared the suspect in that robbery was the same man who robbed the bank two weeks earlier.
Today-- they would only say- that investigation is continuing.
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This summer's stretch of hot dry weather is making for some potentially hazardous conditions in the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest.
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Forest officials say the dry, wilting leaves along the Appalachain Trail are an indication of how dry it is. The dry season usually doesn't arrive until fall. And officials say the current drought is twice as bad as usual. Forest service spokesman Dave Olson says such a dry index creates big problems when a fire breaks out in the forest.
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Olson says hikers can help reduce the risk of forest fires by building campfires in established sites only. He says smokers should make sure their cigarettes are thouroughly extinguished and says it would probably be best to smoke in a vehicle rather than on a trail.
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey

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Investigators say a Roanoke man may have put a pipe bomb under his own truck. We'll have that story next,
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and the developers who want to bring a Home Depot store to Roanoke say the Valley needs to see the good behind the project.
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Federal agents suspect a South Roanoke man of planting a pipe bomb beneath his vehicle.
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The blast dazed Norvell West, the Third, and did some damage to his father's truck.
It was the fifth such incident he's reported to police in a month.
Now A-T-F agents have seized items from West that could have been used to make a bomb.... materials anyone might have in their garage: wire, nails, drill bits, caulking.
West's lawyer dismisses the idea that West set the bomb himself, calling it "ludicrous."
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The developers who hope to bring Home Depot to a site near Cave Spring Corner say the benefits of the project have been lost in the controversy.
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Doug and Bob Freeman own the Springwood Office Park, and they're purchasing additional property that Home Depot will need to build the new store.
Though residents and business people have been airing their complaints about the proposal, the Freemans say they believe more people support the project.
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Meanwhile, Home Depot says it will conduct a traffic study before deciding whether to build at the Cave Spring site. A spokesman says that could take two months.

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After years of playing on overcrowded and poorly maintained fields, young soccer players in Lynchburg are starting to see some improvements.
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City council learned today that most of the recreational enhancements are on schedule.. and Lynchburg should have eight new soccer fields ready by next spring.
But a local group says that's not enough.
Lynchburg United Soccer wants to raise two million dollars to build a ten- field soccer complex just outside the city limits.
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((DAVID BICE/LYNCHBURG UNITED SOCCER: THE CITY IS LANDLOCKED, THE TOPOGRAPHY OF THE LAND IS SO HILLY WITHIN THE CITY, THE EXPENSE IS SO GREAT AND WE'VE JUST TAKEN IT UPON OURSELVES TO GO AHEAD AND LEAD THE EFFORT.))
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The soccer group wants the city to kick in 500-thousand dollars to get the project started.
The rest will come from private donations.
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Coming a little later, shoppers finally have a new way to get into Valley View Mall,
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and we'll see how students and teachers are dealing with the heat in some of the area's un-air conditioned schools.
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High temperatures drove students out of the classroom again today.
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Shawsville high and middle schools were among the first to close, sending students home at noon.
In some classrooms, temperatures reach the mid to upper 90's by early afternoon.
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((MAKALA WHITTEN/TEACHER; ITS HARD TO KEEP ENERGY UP, IT'S DIFFICULT FOR THE KIDS, THEY GET TIRED. THEY DON'T WANT TO WORK, THEY JUST WANT TO PUT THEIR HEADS DOWN AND STAY COOL, AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT. LANDON SMITH/JUNIOR; THE TEACHER WILL TEACH YOU SOMETHING BUT IT DOESN'T REALLY CLICK, YOU DON'T REALLY LEARN IT BECAUSE IT'S TOO HOT TO LEARN. ))
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High temperatures today will cause problems tomorrow.
The Shawsville buildings hold the heat in through the night, so it will be hot and stuffy when students return in the morning.
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The unseasonable heat wave means many school systems will be letting out early tomorrow.
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Danville schools will run on a half-day schedule on Wednesday.
Henry County will close elementary schools at noon; middle schools at 12:45pm and high schools at 1pm.
In Martinsville, Patrick Henry Elementary school will close at 12:30pm, and Albert Harris Elementary at 1pm.
Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1pm tomorrow.
And Patrick County schools will also close at 1pm.
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The schedule in Lynchburg: high schools close at noon, middle schools at 12:30pm and elementary schools at 1pm.
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The Martinsville speedway will be back in business this weekend with the running of the Taco Bell 300 on Sunday.

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This Thursday from nine to 4:30 the track will be open for Late Model Stock car practice.
So far 106 drivers are entered in the event.
The action begins Sunday at 12:30.
Also, Thursday's practice is open to the public free of charge.

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News 7 sports has learned that another shake up involving the Dogwood and Peidmont districts is about to happen.
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Next week, the executive committee and the Virginia High School League will meet to decide to move Tunstall, Dan River and Chatham high schools from the Dogwood BACK inot the Piedmont distrcit after a three year hiatus.
Next year, the Dogwood is expanding and adding teams that would cause these three schools travel distances to increase. Athletic directors and coaches around the Piedmont are have a positve outlook on the moves because it will help them schedule more games.
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Speaking of the Peidmont district, one of it's own, Patrick County traveled to Radford to face the lady bobcats in a girls basketball match up.
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In the first half, patrick County caps off a 9-nothing run when Brittany Pruitt dishes into Emily Good for the lay up, giving the lady Cougars the 20-12 lead.
Then, Pruitt goes solo, going up strong for the [SUPER=34-Patrick Co./65/Radford/53;]lap up and the Lady Cougars w

ere charging, extending their advantage to 10 points.
Radford gets things going. With five ticks left in the half, Ryan Fowler gets the rock into Philly Carter for the bucket, but Patrick County wins it 65-53.
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College soccer also invaded Radford last night as the Highlanders welcomed the demon Deacons of wake Forest to town.

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Some celebrities on hand for this clash of titans. That's RU P.A announcer Neil Leahy and professional wrestler, Bad Boy Buck.
In the first half, Wake draws first blood. Greg Krouse finds the back of the net at the 17:55 mark of the period and the demon deacons went up 1-nothing.
[SUPER=34-Wake Forest/3/Radford/1;]Radford answered nine minutes later. Scott Hance takes the pass from Troy washin

gton and buries it to tie the game at 1 all, but wake scored 2 in the second half to win 3-1. RU is now 3-2 and 1 on the season.
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Mark McGwire is major league baseball's single season homerun leader again!
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Tonight, in his first at bat, the St. Louis Cardinal slammed number 63 over the left field fence in the ninth inning against Pittsburggh. Big Mac, back spasms and all was pinch hitting.
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Ken Griffey Junior hit his 52nd homer on the season as the mariners beat the Twins 12-7. He also drove in five runs and became the fourth youngest player ever to log 1 thousand RBI's.
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The Redskins made a move today after last night's loss to the 49ers.
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Today, washington cut place kicker Scott Blanton. Last night he missed two field goals in the second quarter as the Skins suffered their worst home loss in 50 years.
David Akers will take his place.
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The Roanoke Express added two more players yesterday, bringing the grand total to 12. Winger JC Ruid has signed. He registered 12 points in 24 games last season.
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Defenseman Duane Harmer will act as a player assistant coach for the Express this season. Last year, Harmer ammassed 50 points for Roanoke, which was 10th best in the ECHL. he also served as captain. Harmer will try out with the Lockmonsters and former Express coach Frank Anzalone in Lowell later this month.
Also, Chris Lipsett, who is still the property of the Express, has been released from the NHL San Jose Sharks rookie camp.
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Still ot come in sports, the Virginia tech Hokies talk about theri next opponent,
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Big east rival Miami and the Hurricanes seem fired up in what will be Tech's conference opener.
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Instead of trying to catch a Tiger, Virginia Tech will be attempting to avoid a hurricane this weekend. Denise Allen takes us into the eye of the storm as the Hokies prepare for Miami.
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(( The 37-nothing road victory over Clemson is a nice notch on the Hokies belt, but Coach Frank Beamer says it marks the end of the exhibition season.
Now Virginia Tech is playing conference games and Beamer says this Miami team has an offense with no weaknesses.
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DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: MIAMI HAS CIRCLED TECH ON THEIR SCHEDULE. THAT'S BECAUSE THE HOKIES HAVE BEATEN THE HURRICANES THREE YEARS IN A ROW.
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So Beamer says Tech needs to keep possession of the ball and stop the Hurricane offense from making the big plays.


Ike Charlton says it's his mission to stop the long gainer. The Orlando, Florida, native says he has something to prove.
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This big game is televised and the Hokies say it another chance to prove they're back at full strength.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.
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Finally, be sure to check out the college schedule Saturday on Your Hometown Station. It's Penn State and Pitt at 3:30 followed at eight by Florida and Tennessee.
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And on NFL Sunday, it's the Steelers and Dolphins at one, followed by the Broncos and Raiders at four.

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Roanoke city and state transportation officials were well ahead of schedule today when they opened the new offramp of the I-581 interchange.
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The ramp gives motorists a back door entrancne to Valley View Mall and other commercial businesses in that area. Contractors say the remaining part of the project has been delayed. They say the entire project will probably not be finished before next spring.
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A group of Florida firefighters went one step further than climbing a tree on a animal rescue call....they had to go up a chimney.
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They added this unusual rescue to to a long list.
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((RETREIVING CATS FROM THE ATTICS, DOGS RUNNING AROUND WITH LIGHTPOLES ON THEIR HEAD AND TODAY WE GET DISPATCED TO A DUCK STUCK IN A CHIMNEY.))
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The owner of the house heard something in the chimney and thought it was a mouse until the duck began quacking fiercly.
Once the duck could spread its wings, it was returned unharmed to a local pond.
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