[7Pluma]

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12-Hundred U-S workers will be out of a job when textile manufacturer Pluma shuts down.
Workers at the Martinsville plant say company executives visited yesterday, warning them the company is shutting down here and overseas.
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Pluma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy several months ago.
Up until yesterday, the company had been seeking financial backers.... looking for 60-million dollars in financing to bail the company out of bankruptcy.
But, employees say Pluma told them those investors didn't latch on.
There are three more plants that will close in the area: the Martinsville plant, one in Vesta, and another in Eden, North Carolina.
Plants in Chatham and Alta Vista shut down earlier this summer.
Workers say the company also announced that it will shut down its sewing plants in Mexico and Honduras.
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[7E-Tultex]


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Meanwhile, another struggling textile giant confronted concerns about IT'S future last night.
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Tultex held a pep rally for employees to boost morale and reassure them that the company is moving forward.
Tultex had multi-million dollar losses in the last two years.
But it's new C-E-O told workers that he intends to make a turnaround by getting rid of old inventory and making a higher-end product.
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[IN Q=If we do these things]

((IF WE DO THESE THINGS, WE WILL MAKE 1999 A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION YEAR. THE BANKS WILL BE HAPPY....A PROFITABLE CORPORATION IN THE YEAR 2000.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Rollins/Tultex CEO;]
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[OUT Q=IN THE YEAR 2000.]
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But Tultex employees were concerned that after Pluma closes, they might be the next to go.
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[SOT 1:15:20 - :27]
[IN Q=I hope that we'll still have ]

((MERLENE GRAVELY/TULTEX EMPLOYEE: I HOPE THAT WE'LL STILL HAVE A JOB. THAT'S THE MAIN THING EVERYBODY'S HERE FOR. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WILL STILL HAVE A JOB HERE IN MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY. ))
[SUPER=01-Merlene Gravely/Tultex Employee;]
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Tultex is Martinsville's second-largest employer.

[7E-Chip-Mills]


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Dickenson County residents know that Pittston Coal owns logging rights to about 70- percent of their county.
But they're NOT alone in closely watching a two-year state study of chip mills -- headed up by a Patrick County lawmaker.
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[IN Q=I'm still]

((I'M STILL HARD-HEADED ENOUGH TO BELIEVE... AFTER THE SAME THING.))
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[OUT Q=the same thing.]
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In the second meeting of the study committee yesterday, the statistics seemed to favor the logging industry.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It shows]

((PAUL HOWE/VIRGINIA FORESTRY INDUSTRY: IT SHOWS THAT WE'RE GROWING MORE TREES THAN WE'RE HARVESTING.... HARDWOODS...WILDLIFE VALUE AND OTHER USES.)) ((JASON HALBERT/HEARTWOOD: WHEN THE INDUSTRY SAYS...THAT'S NOT A FOREST...IN OTHER AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Howe/Virginia Forestry Industry; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jason Halbert/Environmental Activist; :14 ]
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[OUT Q=other areas.]
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[SUPER=03-Washington Co./File Tape;]


The logging industry is second only to the poultry industry in the money it generates in Virginia.
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[7E-City-Manager]


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Roanoke City Council is moving closer to naming a new city manager.
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Council members are preparing to narrow the field of applicants to a small group of finalists.
Members have already conducted some interviews, and they have scheduled more meetings with candidates.
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[IN Q=We have to take time]

((WE HAVE TO TAKE TIME. WE HAVE TO CONSIDER ALL THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS, THE DIFFERENT CANDIDATES, THE DIFFERENT INFORMATION. AND THEN THROUGH THAT PROCESS JUST NOT MAKE A SNAP JUDGMENT. BUT MAKE A DELIBERATIVE DECISION. AND I FEEL LIKE WE'RE GOING TO MAKE A VERY POSITIVE JUDGMENT FOR OUR CITIZENS.))
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[OUT Q=for our citizens.]
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Bowers says council could name the new city manager within the next few weeks.

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Taking a quick look at your mid-week forecast...it'll be mostly sunny and hot with temperatures up into the mid 90's. Tonight will be mostly clear with light winds, temperatures in the low-to-mid 60's.


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[45Pluma]


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Some workers in Martinsville will be looking for new jobs after Pluma announces its shutting down.
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Pluma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy several months ago.
Up until yesterday, the company had been seeking financial backers.... looking for 60-million dollars in financing to bail the company out of bankruptcy.
But, employees say Pluma told them yesterday those investors didn't latch on.
There are three more plants that will close in the area: the Martinsville plant, one in Vesta, and another in Eden, North Carolina.
Plants in Chatham and Alta Vista shut down earlier this summer.
Workers say the company also announced that it will shut down its sewing plants in Mexico and Honduras.
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Some 12-hundred U-S employees will be out of a job.[45E-City-Manager]


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The search is narrowing for a new Roanoke City manager..
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City Council members are preparing to narrow the field of applicants to a small group of finalists.
Members have already conducted some interviews, and they have scheduled more meetings with candidates.
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[IN Q=We have to take time]

((WE HAVE TO TAKE TIME. WE HAVE TO CONSIDER ALL THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS, THE DIFFERENT CANDIDATES, THE DIFFERENT INFORMATION. AND THEN THROUGH THAT PROCESS JUST NOT MAKE A SNAP JUDGMENT. BUT MAKE A DELIBERATIVE DECISION. AND I FEEL LIKE WE'RE GOING TO MAKE A VERY POSITIVE JUDGMENT FOR OUR CITIZENS.))
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[OUT Q=for our citizens.]
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Bowers says council could name the new city manager within the next few weeks.

[45E-Roanoke-Council]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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City council has also been busy restructuring its water conservation plan.
Although the water emergency isn't over, yesterday council members moved to ease one part of their water conservation plan.
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[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove]


The changes were in the works before weekend rain added three feet to Carvins Cove.
Today, council said it will NOT implement higher water rates when the level falls to 30 feet below the spillway.
At the same time, Acting City Manager Jim Ritchie said he hopes residents and businesses will continue their efforts to save water.
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[SOT 08:11]
[IN Q=we still have a water supply emergency]

((JIM RITCHIE/ACTING CITY MANAGER: WE STILL HAVE A WATER SUPPLY EMERGENCY. EVEN AFTER THE RAINS LAST WEEKEND. THOSE WERE GOOD AND WE HOPE WE HAVE MORE RAIN, BUT WE CAN'T COUNT ON IT, SO THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO SAVE AND MAKE THE COVE LAST AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.))
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[OUT Q=as long as possible.]
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[VO-NAT]


Despite the vote, higher water rates are on the way.
Council is expected to approve higher rates early next year, to pay for the new water sharing agreement with Roanoke County.
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[45E-Spring-Hollow]


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Roanoke County's water supply also got a boost from the weekend rain.
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The pumps that pull water from the Roanoke River and fill the Spring Hollow Reservoir are in operation again.
Officials say the river should be high enough to allow pumping through the end of the week. That won't fill the reservoir to capacity, but it will add a significant amount of water to the county's supply.
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[45E-Henry-Water]


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The water shortage scare appears to be over in Henry County.
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Yesterday the county lifted mantory water restrictions for customers of the Marrowbone Water Plant.
Four inches of rain fell on Marrowbone Creek over the weekend ... putting the plant back above normal levels.
Since water rationing began last month, officials say residents cut their water use by as much as 25 percent.
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Let's take another look at your mid- week forecast.
Mostly sunny and hot today, with afternoon highs in the low to mid 90s.
Staying mostly clear tonight, with lows of 60 to 65.
The extended outlook includes more clouds for tomorrow...with a slight chance of showers tomorrow night.
Otherwise, sunny and much cooler by the weekend.
Highs in the 70s and 80s...lows in the 50s and 60s.


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[8E-Amherst-Drowning]


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A 19-year-old Liberty University student drowned yesterday evening in Scott's Mill Dam in Amherst County.
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[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


Officials say Taryn Marie Kelly of Washington State jumped into the water with some friends shortly after 5.
Apparently she was sucked under by the dam's current.
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[IN Q=She went off]

((SHERIFF L.J. AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: SHE WENT OFF GOT HUNG IN THE HYDRAULICS AND WAS UNABLE TO OVERCOME THEM.))
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Sheriff Ayers says several friends jumped in to try and save her but were unable to.
Rescue crews searched for an hour before finding her body.
High water from what was Tropical Storm Dennis was one cause of the dangerous current.
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[85-Buford-Arrest]


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The man wanted for killing a teenager in a Roanoke restaurant last month was indicted yesterday.
And is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN]
Timothy Lee Buford was arrested at a motel yesterday afternoon by Raleigh police, acting on a tip from investigators in Roanoke.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 22]


Timothy Buford is the main suspect in the fatal shooting of 19-year old Prentice Jordan at Easley's Restaurant on Shenandoah Avenue.
Buford is facing murder and firearms charges.
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He's being held without bond and is scheduled to be in court today.
Roanoke authorities are planning to have him brought back to Virginia as soon as possible.

[8E-Anders]


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The man charged with soliciting sex in Wasena park was found NOT guilty for the second time.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


An undercover officer tape-recorded Jeffrey Anders saying he'd like to have oral sex with him.
But Ander's lawyer argued it was the OFFICER who kept steering the conversation to sexual matters, and Anders was never aggressive.
He condemned prosecutors for targeting gay men with the state's anti-sodomy statute.
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[IN Q=it's a little frightening]

((GARY LUMSDEN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; IT'S A LITTLE FRIGHTENING THAT YOU CAN TAKE A LAW LIKE THIS THAT IS PROBABLY APPLICABLE, UNFORTUNATELY, TO A LARGE PORTION OF OUR POPULATION, AND JUST DECIDE WHO YOU'RE GOING TO PROSECUTE .))
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Both acquittals came in cases where the defendants only TALKED about sex, but the prosecutor doesn't see a pattern forming.
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[IN Q=I think that we have]

((ALICE EKIRCH/PROSECUTOR; I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE TWO CASES INDIVIDUALLY, THE STATUE DOESN'T REQUIRE ANY TOUCHING, AND I THINK TO SAY THAT THIS IS AN INDICATION OF THINGS TO COME, OR AN INDICATION CONSISTENT WITH THE LAST CASE, I JUST CAN'T MAKE THAT STATEMENT.))
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18 men were charged with soliciting oral sex in the Park last year, 12 pled guilty, but retained the right to appeal.

[8E-Pink-Hair]


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When Midlothian middle-schooler Jade Bunk showed up to school with pink hair, school officials sent her home.
The 12-year old Richmond child was suspended for her hair color.
In response, The American Civil Liberties Union immediately wrote a letter to the school.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/June 3]


The A-C-L-U wants principals to remember that a federal judge ruled this summer that Surry High School student Kent McNew could color his hair blue.
The school system had to pay McNew's legal fees -- and was reprimanded for trying to deal with school safety concerns by dictating hair color.
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The girl with the pink hair will meet with school officials later this morning.

[82-Pluma]


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Company executives from Pluma textiles brought news to workers of their Martinsville plant that the company was shutting down here and overseas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


Pluma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy several months ago.
Up until yesterday, the company had been seeking financial backers for 60-million dollars to bail the company out of bankruptcy.
But, employees say Pluma could not obtain those investors.
There are three more plants that will close in the area: the Martinsville plant, one in Vesta, and another in Eden, North Carolina.
Plants in Chatham and Alta Vista shut down earlier this summer.

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Taking one more look at today's forecast before we wrap up this morning....
Mostly sunny and hot with highs in the low to mid 90s.
Mostly clear skies tonight, with light winds and lows in the low to mid 60s.
The five day forecast includes more clouds tomorrow with a chance of showers tomrrow night...otherwise dry as we head into the weekend and cooler.
Highs in the 70s and 80s..lows in the 50s and 60s.


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