[7E-Pluma]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

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[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-41 9:12]
[GRAPHIC=Pluma Closing]


Unfortunate ... but not unbearable.
That's the reaction in Martinsville to a major employer's demise.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]


Pluma confirmed yesterday it's going out of business and closing all of its apparel factories.
Company-wide, 950 people will get laid off.
That includes 375 in Martinsville ... where workers and officials said prospects look good for finding new jobs.
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[SOT tape 1 at 21:38:13]
[IN Q=the fortunate thing]

((SHERRY RAMSEY: THE FORTUNATE NEWS IS WE'VE GOT SO MANY OTHER COMPANIES GROWING, THESE 375 PEOPLE CAN FIND A JOB. THEY'RE OUT THERE. IN THE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Sherry Ramsey/Patrick Henry Dev. Council]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=THE COMMUNITY]
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[VO-NAT]


Pluma officials blame the shutdown on a huge debt the company can't recover.
Pluma expects to close for good by December.
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[7E-Hay]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-27]
[GRAPHIC=Dought of 99]


It's not in their oath to serve and protect, but Virginia's National Guard soldiers were in Bedford County yesterday to help feed cows.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co;]


They trucked in about 25-hundred dollars worth of hay for farmers who had called a drought emergency hotline.
Each farmer got about four days' worth for free.
The hay comes from hog farms in Eastern Virginia.
Carlton (Skin-ELL) Skinnell is optimistic.
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[SOT 12:43:48]
[IN Q=How much did]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: HOW MUCH DID THAT RAIN HELP THIS PAST WEEKEND? CARLTON SKINNELL/BEDFORD CO. FARMER: OH, A LOT. IT REALLY CHANGED THE FIELD'S GREEN AND IT HAS HELPED TREMENDOUSLY.))
[SUPER=01-Carlton Skinnell/Farmer;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=tremendously]
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[VO-NAT]


The Farm Bureau says many farmers will run out of hay around Christmastime, in the dead of winter.
Officials say they could BUY hay from neighboring states but cannot afford to deliver it.
And the governor only pays to transport donated hay.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN]
Farmers who need hay or water can call this drought hotline -- 888-824-2457.
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[7E-McDonalds]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-34 37:49]
[GRAPHIC=McDonald's Suit]


It didn't cover up the entire problem, but a Montgomery County woman who sued a local fast food restaurant over a Band-Aid got a partial victory.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


The Band-Aid was in an order of biscuits and gravy Christy Krafft says she bought at McDonald's on North Franklin Street in Christiansburg.
Krafft says she noticed her son gagging so she told him to spit his food out.
She says that's when she realized he'd been chewing on a Band-Aid that appeared have blood on it.
Krafft was also eating sausage gravy that day-- two years ago.
Since then she and her son have both tested negatively for H-I-V.
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[SOT 2:20:37/2:19:00]
[IN Q=It's been]

((DUTTON OLINGER/FAMILY'S ATTORNEY: IT'S BEEN A REAL TRAUMA TO HER, SHE'S SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION BECAUSE OF IT, VOMITING. CHRISTY KRAFFT/CHILD'S MOTHER: I TRIED TO GET THEM TO GET THEIR EMPLOYEES TESTED, I TRIED TO GET THEM TO SEND THE Band-Aid OFF FOR ANALYSIS, BASICALLY THEY WOULDN'T HELP ME DO ANYTHING, NEVER APOLOGIZED.))
[SUPER=01-Dutton Olinger/Krafft's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Christy Krafft/Child's Mother; ]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=never apologized.]
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[VO-NAT]


An attorney for McDonald's says the restaurant isn't responsible.
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[sot 2:22:36]
[in q=McDonald's]

((MARY BETH NASH/MCDONALD'S ATTORNEY: MCDONALD'S CONDUCTED ITS OWN INVESTIGATION RIGHT AFTER MS. KRAFFT CALLED AND THEY INSPECTED THEIR EMPLOYEES HANDS AND DIDN'T FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF BAND-AIDS OR CUTS OF ANY TYPE.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Beth Nash/McDonald's Attorney; ]
[RUNS=09]
[out q= any type.]
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[VO-NAT]


Krafft sued McDonald's on behalf of herself and her son.
Yesterday a judge ordered the restaurant to pay the little boy 25-hundred dollars in damages.
But did NOT award Krafft damages because she did NOT actually bite into the Band-Aid.
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[7S-Dead-Cats]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=99-29 56:51]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Salem home that became notorious six weeks ago for having dozens of cats removed by authorities was finally torn down.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Back in July, Animal control officers discovered more than fifty live cats, and twenty- five dead ones.
The house located on Apperson Drive was declared unhabitable and demolished yesterday.
The former residents still face misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.
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[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
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Taking at look at your thursday forecast...it'll be partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 80's. Tonight there is a 40%chance of showers or thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 60's. The extended outlook calls for....

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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 9/10/99
Friday:

[SUPER=130-13/Vannah Childers/New Castle]



[SUPER=130-10/Jessie Shepard/Salem]



[SUPER=130-7/Dalton Martin/Lexington]



[SUPER=130-9/Braeden Morrison/Woolwine]



[SUPER=130-10/Courtney Ferguson/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-/Dick Stiller/Roanoke] (Courtney's grandfather)



[SUPER=130-78/Irene Barr/Hillsville]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-63/Claude McDaniel/Altavista]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-6th/Mark & Michelle Riley/Brownsburg]


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[45Buford]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-37]
[GRAPHIC=Buford]


He's charged with murder in Roanoke, but was found in Raleigh, North Carolina...
In a courtroom yesterday, Timothy Buford said he'll fight extradition to Virginia.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :04]
[SUPER=01-Lt. G. S. Britt/Raleigh Police Officer; :20]
[SUPER=01-Pam Jordan/Prentice Jordan's Mother; :37]
[SUPER=01-Tasha Jordan/Prentice Jordan's Sister; :57]
[SUPER=01-Petey Jordan/Prentice Jordan's Cousin; 1:17]
[SUPER=@Kate1; 1:32]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=kate weidaw news 7]

((The two week search for 23 year old Timothy Buford ended in this motel in Raleigh, North Carolina Tuesday afternoon.
He was registered to the room under someone else's name but thanks to a tip, police were able to find him. According to authorities it didn't take long for Buford to surrender.
[SOT]
[INQ=]

((LT. G.S. BRITT/RALEIGH POLICE OFFICER: OUR HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR PERSON TALKED TO HIM FOR 20 MINUTES AND HE FINALLY CAME OUT WITHOUT INCIDENT.))
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[RUNS=]

Buford is charged with killing 19 year old Prentice Jordan at Easleys night club last month. The arrest has brought some closure for the Jordan family.
[SOT 2:06:45]
[INQ=]

((PAM JORDAN/PRENTICE JORDAN'S MOTHER: I'M VERY MUCH RELIEVED BUT I'M STILL HURTING LIKE I SAID NOTHING CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF MY SON BEING HERE.))
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[RUNS :10]
The family's not surprised that Buford is the suspect.
[SOT 2:07:29]
[INQ=]

((PAM JORDAN/PRENTICE JORDANS MOTHER: FOR THE PAST YEAR OR SO HE WAS OUT TO GET PRENTICE HE HAD SHOT AT HIM SEVERAL TIMES SHOT AT MY HOUSE ALSO.))
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[SOT 2:12:21]
[INQ=]

((TASHA JORDAN/PRENTICE JORDAN'S SISTER: HE ALWAYS PICK ON MY BROTHER AND THROW UP THE SYMBOL LTP BABY JUST DOING HIS HAND LIKE THAT LETTING US KNOW WHO HE WAS.))
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[RUNS :14]
Jordan's cousin says he's upset police didn't find Buford before he got to Raleigh.
[SOT 2:10:18]
[INQ=]

((PETEY JORDAN/PRENTICE JORDAN'S COUSIN: IT TOOK RALEIGH DURHAM TO GET THIS MAN ALL THE WAY INTO ANOTHER STATE. THAT IS SAD.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS :5] Despite his disappointment with authorities - he, like everyone else in the neighborhood - is relieved Buford is finally in custody.
[SOT]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: DURING BEFORDS COURTROOM HEARING HE REFUSED TO BE EXTRADITED BACK TO VIRGINIA, HE WILL HAVE ANOTHER HEARING IN NORTH CAROLINA WITHIN THE NEXT 30 DAYS. THE JORDAN FAMILY SAYS WHEN HE DOES RETURN TO VIRGINIA THEY WILL BE IN THE COURTROOM. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
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[45spotsylvannia]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


It's an anniversary that people in Spotsylvania County do not want to remember.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


Three years ago to the day marks the disappearance of 16-year-old Sofia Silva.
She was the first victim in a rash of unsolved murders.
Two sister's were also abducted less than a year later and found dead.
A former F-B-I behavioral specialist believes the serial killer is either dead or in jail for other crimes.

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[45shockwave]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=King's Dominion]


In fear for his safety, a 13-year old boy jumped from King's Dominion Shockwave roller coaster.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Doswell/file tape]


The incident last week came a month after a New York City man died on the same roller coaster.
The boy, Eamon McIntrye said he was worried for his safety because his restraints were too loose.
McIntrye said he and others tried to get the operator's attention before the ride began and he slipped out of the shoulder harness.
Park officials have reopened the ride after inspecting it and finding nothing wrong.

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[45pink-Hair]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Early]


Attorney General Mark Earley blasted the A-C-L-U yesterday for its defense of a girl with pink hair...
The Richmond middle-school student who was sent home because of her hair was allowed back to class yesterday.
Earley called the ACLU's attempt to protect the speech rights of students "a misguided attempt to micro-manage our schools... and to intimidate schoolteachers and administrators."

[45WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast...
Partly cloudy today, with a possibility of scattered thunderstorms by this afternoon and lasting into this evening.
Highs in the low to mid 80s...lows in the lower 60s.
The outlook for the next five days cools off sharply...with highs plunging into the 70s.


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[8S-VMI-Audit]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-33]
[GRAPHIC=Bunting State Audit]


State Investigators are still looking into VMI Superintendent Josiah Bunting's use of a school discretionary fund.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/August 16]


Bunting reportedly used money to buy gifts and flowers, items that fall outside state spending guidelines.
The auditor who reviewed the account won't comment on his findings.
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[SOT 00:06:04]
[IN Q=That report has been]

((WALTER KUCHARSKI/STATE AUDITOR; THAT REPORT HAS BEEN REFERRED TO THE STATE POLICE, WHO HAVE GIVEN IT TO THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY. AT THIS POINT I HAVE NO COMMENT BECAUSE I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THEY STAND ON THAT REVIEW.))
[SUPER=01-Walter Kucharski/State Auditor;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=on that review]
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[ANCHOR=]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Rockbridge County Commonwealth's attorney Gordon Saunders says he's still researching the case, and won't make a decision for several more days.
VMI's Board of Visitors says they support Bunting's actions.

[8E-Edwards]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-28 TC1:14:32]
[GRAPHIC=john Edwards]


State Senator John Edwards has a new idea for state lottery revenues.
They should go toward school construction around the state.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Speaking to reporters outside Cave Spring High School, Edwards outlined a proposal that would devote all lottery profits to a state trust fund.
He says that would allow local governments to issue bonds for new construction, renovations, or the purchase of computer technology.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 02:19:28]
[IN Q=It would make it possible]

((IT WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE COUNTY TO HAVE THAT NEW HIGH SCHOOL THEY WANT TO BUILD. IT WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR ROANOKE CITY TO RENOVATE THE SCHOOLS THAT NEED TO BE RENOVATED. IT WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION NEEDS THAT THE COUNTY AND THE CITY TOGETHER AND THAT THE STATE NEEDS.))
[SUPER=@Edwards]
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[OUT Q=and that the state needs.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


Republican William Fralin is Edwards' opponent in the November election.
He says Edwards' plan would force local governments to construct new buildings, whether or not those structures are needed.

[8E-Gilmore-Vistors]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=99-45]
[GRAPHIC=Gilmore]


Governor Gilmore wants the cost of college to stop climbing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


And he expects colleges and universities' board of visitors to adhere to his wish.
Education Secretary Wilbert Bryant told board members at yesterday's meeting of the Governor's Comission on Higher Education that they have a duty to question and reject unnecessary hikes in student fees.
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[SOT 00:03:45]
[IN Q=we don't want]

((WILBERT BRYANT/EDUCATION SECRETARY; WE DON'T WANT TO DILUTE THE SAVINGS THAT WERE CREATED AS A RESULT OF THIS 20 PERCENT ROLL BACK, AND THAT'S WHY WE ASK THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO HOLD THE LINE ON FEE INCREASED IN THOSE NON E AND G MANDATORY FEES. ))
[SUPER=01-Wilbert Bryant/Secretary of Education]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=mandatory fees]
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[VO-NAT]


Most Virginia colleges and universities saw an increase in student rates this year.
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[8E-Juvenile-Justice]


[ANCHOR=kim]
[NEWSCAST=cutin]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-31 53:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's a controversial program that instructs officers how to use force, if necessary, to control juvenile inmates.

But it looks like "Handle with Care Plus" will stay intact for another month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./June 2;]


The Virginia Juvenile Justice Board still says it needs more info on how other states handle violent inmates.
"Handle With Care Plus" has drawn criticism since state Juvenile Justice director Gerald Glenn put it in place WITHOUT board approval earlier this year.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;]


The program's creators say Glenn is courageous to give his officers the tools they need.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It would]

[TAPE ONE 10;22:42] ((HILARY ADLER/HANDLE WITH CARE PLUS ATTORNEY: IT WOULD GO AGAINST ...BUT THEIR JOB.)) [TAPE ONE 10:59:19] ((BRUCE CHAPMAN/HANDLE WITH CARE PLUS CREATOR: WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS KEEP OFFICERS FROM GOING BACK TO THE "WHATEVER IT IS YOU HAVE TO DO" SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Hilary Adler/"Handle With Care Plus" Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Chapman/"Handle With Care Plus" Creator; :14]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=of management.]
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[VO-NAT]


But opponents say staffing should be increased before body blows are allowed.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT TAPE TWO 11:42:29]
[IN Q=This problem]

((DOW CHAMBERLAIN/VIRGINIA INMATE ADVOCATE: THIS PROBLEM HAS EMERGED BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT ISOLATED THE LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT OF THE YOUTH WHO HAVE SOME VERY SEVERE PROBLEMS FROM THE REST OF THE POPULATION.))
[SUPER=01-Dow Chamberlain/Virginia Inmate Advocate;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=the population.]
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[VO-NAT]


The board has tabled a decision on the program twice this summer.
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[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Let's take one more look at the forecast before we wrap up this morning.
Partly cloudy for at least the first half of your Thursday...with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible through tonight.
Highs of 80 to 85...overnight lows of 60 to 65.
The extended forecast includes much cooler temperatures.....


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