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Another textile plant gets ready to shut down- -Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX: we'll tell you what makes this on
e unique.
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And we'll find out what the Park Service has against lettting Sandra Bullock make a movie at the Peaks of Otter.

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Radford chases a school recod ninth straight win tonight, UVa faces Duke, highlights from the Hokies game last night
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and Mike Stevens will have a report from Daytona on Dale earnhardt's twin killings.
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Enough of this Daytona weather for us. Tomorrow afternoon nature throws everything at us, including the kitchen sink.
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((THIS IS MORE OF AN INDUSTRY PROBLEM THAN IT HAS TO DO WITH ROCKY MOUNT.))
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The last textile plant in Rocky Mount is closing.
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180 people will lose their jobs when J-P-S Converter and Industrial Corporation closes.
The company wants to cut costs -- and focus on keeping its South Boston plant open.
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Tina Tenret tells us more.
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Keith, officials at the J-P-S textiles plant say the Far East factories can make clothes cheaper, in places like Hong Kong, China and India.
So they'll shut down their Rocky Mount plant by June.
(Rollcue: by June)
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[SUPER=01-Keith Holland/Town Manager; :28]
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((This plant made the linings in ladies' jackets.
Some of the employees will be offered jobs in South Boston -- but it's still unsure how many jobs are available, and South Boston would be a 70-mile one-way commute.
Rocky Mount's town manager says he's not surprised the plant's closing.
After all, it's the third to make such an announcement in the past year -- it was the last one left.
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((SO FAR WE HAVEN'T SEEN A GREAT IMPACT AND THE ECONOMY IS STILL DOING VERY WELL IN TOWN AND THE AREA. IT'S OPENED OUR EYES THAT WE PROBABLY NEED TO DIVERSIFY HERE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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The town manager says it's time to recruit computer software and communications companies.
The town is also trying to start a job training program together with local colleges.
(KEITH QUESTION: Tina, you mentioned the company is focusing on the South Boston plant now -- what makes it think it ca

n keep that plant open?)
Well Keith they say that plant is more modern with better equipment.
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But they also say even if overseas competitors can make clothes cheaper -- plants around here can make more sophi
sticated patterns like checks and plaids better --- and with a quicker turnaround than sending the work out of the coun

try.

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Layoffs in the clothing industry have left more than three thousand Virginians out of work -- and that's just in the last year.
So what's happening to their jobs?
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We sent Scott Goldberg to Mexico to find out.
He visited a factory where American companies hire Mexican workers.
Later this month, we'll have a series of reports looking at the apparel industry and why so many jobs are leaving this country.
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A judge today gave Shelor Automotive the green light to proceed with its lawsuit against Montgomery County.
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Shelor is suing over the "merchant's capital tax", which is a yearly tax businesses pay on their unsold inventory.


The car dealership wants the tax abolished or some sort of tax relief saying the amount it pays is too high, because Shelor is a high volume company.
On Tuesday, the county approached Shelor about dropping the lawsuit.
If Shelor would agree, county officials said they would overlook what they say are newly discovered unpaid taxes.
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[LARRY SHELOR/SHELOR AUTOMOTIVE PRESIDENT:WE WERE DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY CONSIDERED IT AN OFFER, WE FELT THEY WERE BASICALLY TRYING TO INTIMIDATE US.]
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Shelor today filed a petition for writ of mandamus claiming the county commissioner is NOT doing her job in ensuring that all businesses are paying the tax.
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With as many as fifty more state troopers patrolling Interstate- 81 in coming weeks, you may find they're not going to cut you much slack on the highway anymore.
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(( It seems most motorists think they can get away with traveling 10-to-15 miles an hour OVER the limit.
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((I WIPPED PAST A COUPLE OF TROOPERS AT 78- -SLOWED TO 75. THEY DIDN'T EVEN RADAR ME.))
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That may change very soon.
The Governor has ordered state police to re-assign troopers to saturate certain areas of I-81- -concentrating on Roanoke, for say: 12 hours, before moving on the Wytheville- -focusing on areas where the Interstates intersect in Staunton and Lexington, for example.
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The Governor's directive is about more than SPEED.
Troopers will be watching for tailgaters and those who weave in and out of traffic- -abruptly changing from one lane to another.
Truckers will tell you that kind of recklessness is a bigger problem for them.
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((WHEN WE'RE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD WE HAVE A DISTANCE IN FRONT OF MY TRUCK AND THE BACK OF THE NEXT ONE. THAT'S OUR SAFETY ZONE. A FOUR-WHEELER WILL CUT IN THERE AND WE'LL LOSE OUR SAFETY ZONE.))
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That may be where aerial surveillance comes in. By law, state police cannot run radar from the air. If they spot erratic driving from the air, they can contact a trooper on the ground.))









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Each year state police handle several fatalities on the roadways due to speeding--so this new initiative is welcome relief for many officers..
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Stacey Martin caught up with one trooper and joins us now with more.
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Keith, the plan is still new to a lot of troopers and many feel it's generally a good idea--especially along a roadway that's recently been the site of several major accidents.
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((Trooper J.B. Barlow is more than familiar with the problems along the Interstate.
In five years of working roadside he's handled several accidents where speed was a factor.
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((TROOPER J.B. BARLOW/STATE POLICE: How big a problem has speeding been? WELL IT IS -- CAN BE A PROBLEM ESEPCIALLY DURING THE RUSH HOUR PERIOD WITH THE INCREASED FLOW OF TRAFFIC.))
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He's one of several troopers soon to be part of Governor Gilmore's initiative to target speeders along Virginia's longest interstat--particularly in three regions, including Roanoke.
Last year, interstate accidents in Roanoke County, Montgomery, Botetourt, and Rockbridge County led to 16 deaths.
And, although overall state police statistics show the majority of fatal accident happen on smaller state roads--recent fatal accidents have focused more attention on the problems along the interstate.
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((SGT. FRANK DUFFY/STATE POLICE: WE HAVE HAD THREE MAJOR CRASHES HERE ON THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM. ON INTERSTATE 81 -- THAT INVOLVED A LARGE NUMBER OF VEHICLES, TRUCKS AND CARS THEY HAVE GOT NATIONAL ATTENTION. ))
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Sargeant Duffy said officers hope to make it clear that this initiative means they will have a zero tolerance for speeders.
He wouldn't say if troopers would overlook drivers who go five or 10 miles per hour over the speed limit--
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but he said posted speed limits would be strictly enforced.
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When News-7 returns, a trash sting -
State authorities bust a truckload of illegal New York garbage coming into the Commonwealth.
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And will filmmakers be allowed to set up shop at the Peaks of Otter?
Blue Ridge Parkway officials are saying no, for now.
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Governor Jim Gilmore's fight against out-of-state trash haulers escalated to war today.
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A few tons of medical waste from New York turned up yesterday in a Charles City County landfill.
It just so happened Virginia Department of Environmental Quality inspectors were there to videotape it.
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And today, Governor Gilmore showed off the illegal haul.
He announced efforts to fine Texas-based Waste Management Incorporated, get a court order to stop more medical waste hauls, and try to pull the permits from the trucks making illegal hauls.
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[Covington-Bomber]


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A judge in Greenbrier County has ruled the case against four people accused in a car bomb conspiracy can go to trial.
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Attorneys for Carroll Eugene Humphries of Covington argued that too much time had passed to give him and his three co-defendants a fair trial.
But after a two-day hearing, the judge denied a motion to dismiss the case and is letting it proceed.
There will be another motions hearing in about two weeks.
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Saving his job could cost Stewart Hobbs his seat on Lynchburg city council.
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Hobbs' company.. Virginia Aviation.. was renewed this week as the fixed base operator at the Lynchburg Regional Airport.
But conflict of interest laws prevent public officials from contracting with the governments they serve.
It will all come down to whether Hobbs is required to sign either a contract or a lease with the city.
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((STEWART HOBBS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IT WOULD HOPEFULLY BE WORDED AS A LEASE OF THE FACILITIES AND NOT A SERVICE CONTRACT TO THE CITY. UNDER THE LEASE, I'M OKAY, UNDER A SERVICE CONTRACT, I'M NOT.))
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Hobbs' firm has been Lynchburg's F-B-O for 13 years, the last five on a month-to-month lease.
He ran for council last year on the understanding that the lease would NOT be a conflict of interest if he was elected.
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No mixed messages on Wall Street today, as all major averages rocketed upward. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow rose 186 points, to 93-63. And a huge day for NASDAQ, up 96.
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Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Virgil Goode hope to clear the way for filming at the Peaks of Otter.
They're meeting tomorrow with officials of the National Park Service who have yet to give their approval.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports on a project that could bring major stars and millions of dollars to the area... and the objections that could send the cameras to another state.
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((With the hope that Hollywood will set up shop beneath the Peaks of Otter, Bedford County is abuzz.
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At the Snack Shop, lunchgoers were looking forward to "28 days," a romantic comedy that will feature Sandra Bullock and Garth Brooks.
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But the National Park Service must give its approval before the cameras roll, and so far officials aren't budging.
Parkway officials say they're concerned about construction of a facade and other improvements the filmmakers are planning, as well as the impact on parkway visitors during the filming.
Superintendent Gary Everhardt says officials have an obligation to protect the scenic beauty and values of the parkway, and offer those experiences to visitors. [STAND-UP CLOSE]
Everhardt says it's still possible the filmmakers will offer more information and address his concerns, but a looming deadline leaves little time to resolve their differences.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Bedford County))


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Virginia's Pete Gillen talks about playing number one Duke and we will have highlights from Tech's setback against Rhode Island last night,
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and Mike Stevens will join us from Daytona with a report on Dale earnhardt's and Bobby Labontte's twin killings.
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Dael Earnhardt and Bobby Labonte were responsible for twin killings today at Daytona.
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Mike Stevens is at the track with a full report on today's Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying races. Mike.
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[S-UVA]


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Virginia will try and rebound from a tough loss to Maryland against even a tougher ACC foe in 23 and 1 and number one ranked Duke
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at U-Hall tonight at 8. The Cavs have 8 conference losses but have already won three.
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