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Here are the headlines for NEWS 7 at SIX:

Lay-offs in tobacco processing.
A plan to bring high-tech jobs here from NORTHERN Virginia.
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And we'll get an inside angle on the new Regional Jail due to open next month in Dublin... even before the inmates see it.
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In sports, JMU names a new head football coach, Tech's Bonnie Henrickson draws some rave reviews from Tennessee's Pat Summitt,
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and Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Bobby Hussey is dismissed from his post, Mike Stevens will have the latest.


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((TODD HAYMORE/DIMON SPOKESMAN: SO THIS IS A REFLECTION OF REALLY WHAT'S GOING ON AS A WHOLE IN THE U.S. TOBACCO INDUSTRY.))
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One of Southside's biggest tobacco processors is eliminating one fourth of its workforce.. no Danville jobs will be lost, but it's still bad news for the local tobacco industry.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.[Dimon]


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The national tobacco settlement.. the Asian financial crisis.. these and many other factors are forcing American tobacco companies to cut back and consolidate.
The latest is Danville- based Dimon Incorporated, which announced today it will close one North Carolina processing plant and reduce staffing in another.
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Steve Smallshaw is in Danville tonight.. Steve, what does this announcement mean for Southside?
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It's kind of a good news- bad news situation for Danville.. no LOCAL jobs at Dimon will be affected, but for anyone whose livelihood is tied to tobacco.. the golden leaf has definitely been tarnished.
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(( Faced with a reduced demand for tobacco overseas and continued political pressure here in the U.S., Dimon Incorporated says it's been forcded to reduce its workforce by 25 percent.. and consolidate some of its processing operations to its Danville headquarters.
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((TODD HAYMORE/DIMON SPOKESMAN: BECAUSE WE WILL BE OPTIMIZING THE PROCESSING FACILITY HERE IN DANVILLE, THERE IS A LIKELIHOOD THAT SOME JOBS WILL BE ADDED AT THE DIMON PROCESSING FACILITY, SO FOR DANVILLE AND SOUTHSIDE THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT BAD NEWS.))
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But it's definitely BAD news for tobacco overall.. local growers are producing less, processors are buying less.. and the industry as a whole is holding its breath to see what happens next.
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((HAYMORE: WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL SEE THE BOTTOM VERY SOON. WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT THIS WHOLE UNCERTAINTY WILL SETTLE OUT, BUT UNTIL THAT TIME WE'RE GOING TO BE FACED WITH MORE UNCERTAINTY AND MORE CHALLENGES.))
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And so will local tobacco growers and warehouses.. some growers already have decided NOT to farm tobacco this year..
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..and the trickle down effect from that will eventually hurt everyone. Keith?

[Boucher]


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One industry that's not having any trouble adding jobs is the high tech industry.
But in some parts of the state, companies are having trouble finding PEOPLE to hire.
Today, Congressman Rick Boucher told business leaders the time is right for Southwest Virginia to go after those high-tech jobs.
Scott Goldberg has more.
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Northern Virginia has a problem.
The home of America Online, a place that's created thousands of high-tech jobs, wants to hire about 20-thousand MORE high-tech workers.
But in Northern Virginia, just about everyone who wants a high-tech job already has one.
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((RICK BOUCHER: THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY THERE HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL AND IT HAS COMPLETELY OUTSTRIPPED THE ABILITY OF THE EXISTING WORKFORCE TO MEET THAT GROWING NEED.))
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Boucher told New River Valley Business leaders they now have an opportunity to convince Northern Virginia companies to hire more workers in THIS part of the state.
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((BOUCHER: SOUTHWEST VIRGINIANS CAN CONTINUE TO LIVE HERE AND WORK IN REMOTE WORKPORT SITES OR SATELLITE LOCATIONS AND PERFORM THOSE JOBS JUST AS EFFECTIVELY AS IF THEY WERE LOCATED IN THE MAIN OFFICE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. ))
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: POLITICIANS AND BIZ LEADERS DUBBED THIS PART OF THE STATE VA'S TECH CORRIDOR, HOPING TO LURE HIGH TECH JOBS HERE. IF BOUCHER'S INITIATIVE WORKS, IT COULD DO A LOT TO HELP THIS AREA FINALLY LIVE UP TO ITS NAME. ))
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Convincing college graduates to STAY in this area has been tough. [walking two shot]
And at least one business leader said it will always be tough because outside of a job, Southwest Virginia doesn't have much to offer young workers.
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((KAMI RAZVAN: THIS AREA, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, IS A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (laughs).))
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But it's a community Congressman Boucher said has a ready and willing workforce.
The trick is creating the jobs that will persuade that workforce there really is no place like home.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.
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A stubborn ammonia leak continues to cause problems for a Bedford business, but environmental experts say it doesn't pose a threat to the community.
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The leak was discovered Friday morning at Professional Food Systems in Bedford.
The company was unable to shut down the system, and engineers are still working to stop the leak.
But a spokesman with the Environmental Protection Agency says no hazardous materials have been released from the plant.
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((DAVID POLISH/ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: THE SITUATION IS WELL UNDER CONTROL. THERE'S NO PROBLEM FOR THE COMMUNITY IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE FACILITY HERE. THERE'S NOTHING LEAKING FROM THE FACILITY THAT WOULD CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS FOR ANYBODY.))
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A combination of local, state and federal authorities have been monitoring the situation.
And Polish (POE-lish) says engineers are now working to determine the best way to shut down the leak.

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A circuit judge says prosecutors can proceed with their case against an imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, accused of burning a cross in Carroll County.
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Barry Black was arrested last summer for burning a 30- foot cross at the conclusion of a local klan rally.
Black's attorneys had argued that the case should be dismissed saying the law violated their client's first amendment rights.
But Judge Duane Mink ruled in favor of the prosecution, so the case will go to trial.
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April will set a modern one month record for executions in Virginia.
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Today, religious leaders from Virginia's Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Jewish communities called for an end to state-sanctioned killing.
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((BISHOP WALTER SULLIVAN/CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RICHMOND: THESE ARE SACRED DAYS FOR ALL OF OUR RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES...BASICALLY SAYING KILLING IS OKAY.))
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A group calling itself "Virginia People of Faith" has formed to ask Governor Jim Gilmore to halt the executions.
A spokesman for the Governor says he respectfully disagrees.
He says the death penalty has been chosen by Virginians through their elected representatives.
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Virginia's first family is about to move into new quarters. Find out why, just ahead on News 7.
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And speaking of new quarters, this 25 million dollar jail is about to open. We'll show you what all the tax dollars are buying.
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Inmates in eight southwest Virginia jurisdictions will soon be packing their bags.
In mid- April, they'll be moving to the New River Valley Regional jail in Dublin.
Teresa Hamilton takes us on a tour of the new facility.
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(( Ralph Dobbins is superintendent of the new 25- million dollar facility he calls state of the art.
The jail is actually divided up-- so that inmates, both male and female, will be separated according to whether they require minimum, medium or maximum security.
There are also separate areas for inmates that come in drunk or on drugs. [NAT SOUND]
To aid in security, inmates won't be wearing your standard orange.
For instance, maximum security inmates will wear black and white.
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Dobbins says this should help them adjust to watching over as many as 371- inmates.
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((RALPH DOBBINS/REGIONAL JAIL SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S GOING TO BE A CHANGE FOR OUR PEOPLE, THEY DON'T KNOW ALL THE INMATES THAT'S WHY WE WENT WITH COLOR CODED UNIFORMS SO IT WOULD HELP US.))
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Security is also state of the art in technical terms.
Most doors open and close electronically and security cameras are a common site.
The jail also offers conveniences for inmates-- such as a recreation areas as well as on site medical care and counseling.
Although it may sound expensive, Dobbins says in the long run it will be cheaper.
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((WE WERE ABLE TO SHOW A SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS WHERE ALL THE EIGHT DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS TOGETHER, THEIR COMBINED FOOD BUDGET, WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FEED 371 INMATES CHEAPER THAN FEEDING 250 AND THAT'S NO REFLECTION ON ANY OF THE SHERIFF'S IT'S JUST THAT BY HAVING MORE INMATES YOU CAN FEED THEM FOR LESS.))
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If you'd like to take a look at the technical aspects of the new jail in person, an open house is scheduled for Saturday, April 10th. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Dublin.

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April 30th is the target moving date for Virginia's First Family.
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The state has signed a contract with Richmond beer distributor Larry Brown to rent his 10- thousand square foot mansion.
The West Cary Street Road residence will serve as a temporary home to Governor Jim Gilmore and his family until the end of October.
That's to allow renovation to the 185- year old Virginia Executive Mansion.
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Forget 10-thousand for now. The Dow is now below 99-hundred. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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Shots were fired on Kessler Mill Road in Salem just before two o'clock this morning.
City Police found two young men with gunshot wounds and almost immediately apprehended a Roanoke man not far from the house where the victims were.
Twenty-two year old Anthony B. Walker and 19-year old Gregory Hankins were admitted to R-M-H.
Twenty-two year old Maurice A. Garrison is charged with malicious wounding in what Police are calling a "domestic- related" incident.

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The latest candidate for Botetourt county sheriff honed his law enforcement skills in ROANOKE.
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Ron (cass-ELLE) Cassell has served as a Roanoke city police officer for 22 years.
Today, the Botetourt county native announced his bid for Sheriff.
Cassell says by running as an INDEPENDENT, his first loyalty will be to the citizens.
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((RON CASSELL/I- BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF'S CAND.: THE CITIZENS DESERVE TO BE TAKEN CARE OF, TO BE PROTECTED TO SEE AN OFFICER RIDE BY. THEY PAY THE SAME TAX AS ANYBODY ELSE, WHETHER THEY'RE IN ONE END OF THE COUNTY OR THE OTHER.))
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Cassell says this is his first time in the political arena.
He says his "street experience" sets him apart from the other two candidates-- Salem officer Ronnie Sprinkle and Botetourt's chief deputy Ken Smith.
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James Madison introduces its new head football coach .. and Tech's Bonnie Henrickson recieves some high praise from Tennessee's Pat Summit.
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In his two years as Virginia Tech's Men's Basketball Coach Bobby Hussey won just 23 games and lost 32.
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Mike Stevens now joins us from Blacksburg to tell us that the decision to let Hussey go goes beyond victories and defeats.
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The Women's final four will be decided tonight.
Virginia Tech is out, but its appearance in the Sweet 16 is getting Coach Bonnie Henrickson some looks from schools across the nation.
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Tennessee beat Tech Saturday and is looking for its 12th trip to the final four.
Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt says she's been getting a lot of calls about her friend Bonnie Henrickson.
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James Madison introduced Mickey Mathews as the University's new head football coach today. He was Baylor's defensive coordinator.
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Mathews succeeds Alex Wood, who posted a 23 and 22 record over the last four seasons. James Madison was 3 and 8 this past season. Mathews inherits a football team that has 17 starters coming back, 8 on defense, 9 on offense.
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Mathews was at Georgia before Baylor where he worked with Champ Bailey, the nations top defensive player this past season.
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Winston Cup legend Bobby Allison is coming to the Franklin County Speedway on April 17th.
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The 1983 Cup champion will kick off the the track's 30th anniversary that will include a Late Model Stock car race with a record purse of three thousand bucks for the first race of the season.
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More changes are ahead for the track formerly known as the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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The track now called the Lowe's Motor Speedway is going to add 98-thousand seats.
The facility is the nation's second largest track behind the Indy 500 track.
The expansion should be completed by 2007.
The seating will extend completely around the track.
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A new housing development will bear the name of the woman who spent nearly 20 years fighting to improve northwest Roanoke.
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Florine Thornhill founded the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization.
Today city officials broke ground on what will be Thornhill Place, a 20-unit apartment complex.
The organization was able to win low income tax credits for the project, the first group in Roanoke to do so.
It is currently wrapping up a neighborhood needs assessment.
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When you're fighting the heat of a spring forest fire, nothing is more welcome than a shower from above. That's exactly what Roanoke County firefighters are getting tonight.
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with a preview. [take Jean full]
Keith, tonight county firefighters are learning how to work with aerial water drops.
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As we saw just last week, it's an important way to fight brush fires. But it's a lot more than just dumping a bucket of water on the flames.
Tonight on News 7 at 11... we'll show you how it works, and how it can keep a minor fire from becoming a major problem.
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And we'll see if our photographer can avoid being doused along with the flames... Keith

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