The word-wide economic crisis comes home to Botetourt County.
On News 7 at SIX tonight:
We'll check in and see what's in the pipeline for Connex in Troutville.
And we check the thermometer at local schools and on the ride home- -even when it's earlier than usual.
Tonight in sports, we'll check in the Hokies who are ready to enter the eye what promises to be a hostile Hurricane.
The Redskins talk about last night debacle.
We'll have some Express news.
Plus, UNC freshman Ronald Curry is ready to make his first start this weekend for the Heels.
Tomorrow will be hot but records are not likely. A gradual cool down in the weekend forecast.
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A local company is closing.
And it's pinning the blame on a problem that started on the other side of the world.
Connex Pipe Systems is a casualty of the global econmic crisis that started in Asia.
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Scott Goldberg is in Troutville tonight, where 133-people just learned they are losing their jobs.
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Keith, this is really the first time we've seen how the economic crisis in Asia can have a direct impact on jobs in Southwest Virginia.
About 80 percent of the heavy-duty pipe they make here at Connex pipe systems is sold overseas.
And with those Asian economies in turmoil, Asian companies simply can't afford to keep buying pipe that's made in America.
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Robert McDaniel had layoffs were coming.
He's watched the workload get lighter, as the Asian crisis took its toll.
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It wasn't even a year ago that a group of Chinese engineers bought three million dollars worth of Connex pipe to build a power plant overseas.
Now, Asian companies can't afford to be such big spenders.
((BETH DOUGHTY/RKE. VALLEY EC. DEV. PARTNERSHIP: UNFORTUNATLEY THAT'S A GRAPHIC EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS IS A GLOBAL ECONOMY NOW AND WHAT HPAPENS IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD AFFECTS US HERE.))
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But on the bright side, Beth Doughty says, laid-off Connex workers are highly-skilled people who should not have a tough time finding new jobs.
In fact a Botetourt County administrator says it will be only a month before a new business moves in and, possibly, re-hires some of the laid-off workers.
Despite this plant closing -- Botetourt County officials say they're having trouble handling the county's growth.
So today they made it harder to build apartments.
This classroom, packed with almost thirty children, is a snapshot of county growth.
Schools are bursting at the seams.
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Another elementary school is being built in the Greenfield Industrial Park.
But that park is also for new businesses and thousands of future employees.
To save Botetourt's rural hills, county supervisors today cut the number of apartments allowed per acre in half, from twelve to six.
Only a few apartments exist in Botetourt County now.
So where will all the newcomers live?
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((A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY ...PEOPLE COMING INTO OUR COUNTY?))
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The county administrator says big companies don't ask about housing.
But developers say there are no homes for young, elderly, low or middle income people in Botetourt County.
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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.
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.
This means another round of studies, at an estimated cost to A-E-P of about 700-thousand dollars.
The hot, stagnant weather is still creating uncomfortable conditions in the region.
You could see a heavy blanket of smog hanging over the valley this morning. Yesterday the pollution index hit 113, the second highest in the state. Anything over 99 is dangerous for people with breathing problems.
This afternoon's index was 80, which is considered moderately unhealthy.
And while the air was wasn't so good outside, it wasn't much better inside many schools. The late-summer heat wave is forcing many schools to close early day after day.
One of them is in Shawville, where Eric Earnhart has the "hot" scoop.
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Makala Whitten's english class is the hottest spot in school.
Yesterday it hit 97, she says it's been as high as 102.
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((MAKALA WHITTEN/TEACHER; YESTERDAY IT WAS HOT, WE DID A QUICK FIVE MINUTE GRAMMAR EXERCISE, WE WENT OVER AND OVER AND OVER IT, AND TODAY WE WENT BACK TO THE SAME THING AND THEY WERE DISTRACTED BY THE HEAT, THEY WEREN'T CONCENTRATING))
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You don't need a thermometer to tell you there's a problem... just look at the student's eyes, as they try to stay focused.
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((ANDEE SEARS/JUNIOR; IT'S PRETTY SWEATY IN THERE, IT'S A LOT HARDER TO CONCENTRATE WITH THE HEAT.))
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((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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So at noon it was time to go home...
Parent Donna Dillon doesn't mind the inconvenience.
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((DONNA DILLON/PARENT; NOT REALLY, NOT FOR ME, I DON'T MIND I'M HERE FOR YOU KIDS.
YOU THINK IT'S A GOOD DECISION?
But when the final bell rang, the ordeal wasn't over for many students, who walked from their overheated classrooms, and boarded buses sweltering in the sun.
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((BUS DRIVER; THIS HAS BEEN SITTING IN THE SUN FOR A WHILE BUT IT'S PRETTY HOT ON HERE.))
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((BUS DRIVER/ EVEN WITH ALL THE WINDOWS DOWN IT'S UNBEARABLE, WE'RE IN AN OVEN.))
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And since the old Shawsville buildings hold the heat in overnight, the steamy, stuffy conditions will be there waiting for them when they come back in the morning.
In Shawsville, Eric Earnhart, News 7.[School-Closings]
The heat wave means another quick turnaround for bus drivers and students in several school systems tomorrow.
Danville schools will be running on a half-day schedule on Wednesday.
Henry County will close the elementary schools at noon; middle schools at 12:45pm and high schools at 1pm.
The schedule in Lynchburg: high schools close at noon, middle schools at 12:30pm and elementary schools at 1pm.
In Martinsville, Patrick Henry Elementary school will close at 12:30pm, and Albert Harris Elementary at 1pm.
Pittsylvania County schools will be closing at 1pm tomorrow.
And Patrick County schools will also close at 1pm.
Are we near the end of the heat and air quality concerns? Meteorologist Robin Reed is here with some anwers.
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Still ahead, a former principal appears in court. She's charged with a long-term sexual relationship with a student.
And next, meet people who say a local agency is short-changing them on government-funded home repairs.
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Is Pittsylvania County Community Action following through on its obligations to help low-income families with home repairs?
Some of its clients say no.
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Christy Hubley joins us live from our Danville newsroom with the complaints and the reaction.
We are aware of at least a dozen clients of Pittsylvania County Community Action who aren't satisfied with their home repairs.
They say plumbing jobs have not been completed, broken doors are still broken, and roof repairs are leaking.
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(( Carlene Hunt was born and raised in this house on Climax Road in Chatham.
She applied for assistance from Pittsylvania County Community Action in 1996.
She says the agency promised to replace her roof.
What she got was half a roof.
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((CARLENE HUNT/PCCA CLIENT: THEY DID PUT GUTTERS UP. THEY ARE NOT PUT UP RIGHT. ONE OF THEM'S ABOUT A FOOT TOO SHORT ON THE END. ALL THE WATER SHOOTS OFF INTO THE HOUSE.))
((THE WATER RUNS BEHIND THEM INSTEAD OF IN THEM WHICH IS MORE HARM BEING DONE THERE WITH THE NEW GUTTERS UP THERE THAN IT WAS WITH THE OLD RAGGED ONES.))
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Carlene Hunt isn't the only one complaining about P-C-C-A.
Winifred Carter wants to move back into her house on Hickory Road.
She says she can't live there because of the unfinished repair work P-C-C-A started in 1996.
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((WINIFRED CARTER/PCCA CLIENT: THEY COME IN, SAY THEY WAS GOING TO DO IT, ANDTHEN THEY DID SO MUCH. YOU SEE WHAT THEY DID UP THERE, AND THEN THEY SAID WELLTHEY COULDN'T DO ANYMORE BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY MORE MONEY. THEY RAN OUTOF MONEY.))
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What does P-C-C-A have to say about these complaints?
The agency's executive director says they are unfounded.
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((SHERMAN SAUNDERS/PCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION HAS FULFILLED ALL OF ITS CONTRACT AGREEMENTS AND OBLIGATIONS AND WE STAND ON THE FACT THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE DONE IS CORRECT.))
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Saunders says the home repair application spells out a 50-50 agreement between the client and the agency.
He says the clients know their responsibilities up front.
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((SHERMAN SAUNDERS/PCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: AN EXAMPLE OF THAT COULD BE WE PROVIDE THE MATERIAL IF THE CLIENT FURNISHED THE LABOR TO INSTALL THAT MATERIAL.))
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The clients we spoke to say they were never told about a 50-50 agreement.
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And Keith, we could not find a phrase on the application suggesting a 50-50 agreement.
There is a space for "Special Arrangements"-- but it is blank on the application, and it would have to filled in for each individual client.
So what's next?
A former P-C-C-A volunteer plans to bring these complaints to the attention of the Pittsylvania County Supervisors at tonight's board meeting.
And the state department of housing and community development is aware of the alleged problems and is investigating.
A former Radford school teacher who allegedly had sex with one of her male students made her first court appearance, this morning.
A jury will hear the case against Cynthia Carroll in early November.
She's accused of having sex with a former male student-- while working at the Three Angels Christian School.
The young man told police the two began having sex when he was 14- years old and that the relationship lasted over five years.
Carroll is currently free after posting bond.
Antique-dealer Clyde Bryant was in court much of the day trying to convince a federal judge to let him out on bond.
The man reputed to be a master con artist- -now charged with money laundering, wire and mail fraud- -says he has about three thousand dollars to his name.
He's lost his home and three businesses, a horse farm, the lake house with 100-acres waterfront property, boats, cars and antiques.
By his own estimate he'd lost a million dollars gambling in Atlantic City... another 3-quarters of a million dollars at Caesar's Palace.
No bond was set.
Stocks rose again on Wall Street.
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The Dow climbed almost 80 points to close near 80-24. NASDAQ stocks rose more than 12 points, finishing at 16-78.
Home Depot says it will conduct a traffic study before deciding whether to build near Cave Spring Corner. That review could take two months.
Meanwhile, supporters of the development said the public debate has ignored the benefits. Joe Dashiell has more on that.
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((The Home Depot at Cave Spring Corner would employ about 140 people and officials estimate its tax impact in the neighborhood of 500- thousand dollars a year.
That would go a long way, the Freemans say, toward construction of a new south county high school.
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((DOUG FREEMAN: IT SEEMS TO ME THAT WHEN WE HAVE RETAIL AREA HERE IN SOUTHWEST COUNTY, AND RETAIL PROPERTY THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THIS TYPE OF STORE THAT WILL BRING IN FIVE OR SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR IN TAXES TO THE COUNTY THIS IS THE PLACE TO PUT IT.))
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Doug and Bob Freeman are angered by the opposition they say has been orchestrated by the owner of Brambleton Hardware... Across the county, they believe the project has more supporters than opponents.
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((BOB FREEMAN: AS YOU WELL KNOW, YOU ALWAYS HEAR THE NEGATIVES ABOUT SOMETHING AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN FAVOR OR POSITIVE ON AN ISSUE RARELY COME OUT AND SPEAK.))
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And when the issue comes up again next week, The Freemans hope the supervisors who voted for the rezoning won't be swayed by what the developers believe to be a vocal minority.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County)) [Sports Tease]
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Redskins reflect on last night's drubbing by the 49ers.
The Express continues fine tuning its roster.
The Heels add a dash of Curry to their battle beat the Cardinal.
And we'll head up to Blacksburg abnd check in with the Hokies as they try to forget about Clemson and prepare for what promises to be an angry Miami team.
So far the Redskins big defesnvie tackles are worth a little more than $1 million a point.
Dana Stubblefield and Dan Wilkinson signed in the offseason for $57 Million. In two games the Skisn have give up 76 points.
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In last night's 45-to-10 loss to the Niners they also stopped themselves with turnovers and unfortunate plays like Michael Westbrook's facemask that cost them a TD.
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The fallout from last night's debacle in DC continued today as the Skins
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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Virginia Tech is on the road again this weekend and the Hokies are hoping this trip down south is as inviting as Death Valley was last week.
But as Denise Allen reports the Big East match up with Miami promises to be a war.
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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.
BUT COACH BEAMER SAYS THIS MIAMI TEAM IS BETTER.
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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.
Former Virginia high school king Ronald Curry will get his first collegiate start this coming Saturday when the Heels travel to Stanford.
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Two weeks ago in the Heels' opening loss he was forced into action when Oscar Davenport was injured.
He responded by completing 11 of 22 passes for 115 yards and a TD.
The Heels lost to Miami of Ohio, but for the most part Curry survived his baptism under fire.
The Roanoke Express roster jumped to 12 players today as the franchise inked two more. Winger JC Ruid has signed on for another season. He came to the Express late last season and finished with 12 points in 24 games.
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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.
One other note, 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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