An old Boteoturt County sewing plant may get some new residents.
and another earthquake rocks Turkey.
News 7 at noon is next.
Valley Metro workers were on the job this afternoon, but there's still no word on the results of yesterday's contract vote.
Union members cast their ballots at the Union hall yesterday afternoon
But when the votes were counted, union officials did NOT immediately reveal the results.
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((PERRY GROGAN/UNION OFFICIAL; RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO NOTIFY THE INTERNATIONAL, AND LET THEM KNOW SO THAY CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY.
IS THERE A CHANCE THERE COULD BE A STRIKE GOING ON?
I DOUBT IT VERY SERIOUSLY, I DOUBT IT.))
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Valley Metro officials are in the dark as well, they still haven't heard anything from the union on the contract vote.
A high-tech engineering firm is trying to grab an old sewing plant in Botetourt County.
Systems Technology of Virginia makes automated machines to speed up factory work.
Their customers include Mitsubishi, Norfolk Southern, and Yankee Candle.
The Roanoke County plant employs 11 people.
Now the company wants to expand into the old Glitter sewing factory in Botetourt.
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((IN THE LAST TWO YEARS WE'VE SEEN APPROXIMATELY ABOUT A 25 PERCENT GROWTH PER YEAR. IT SEEMS IT'S ACCELERATED IN THE LAST YEAR. WE'VE PRETTY MUCH DOUBLED IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.))
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There's one catch.
For the deal to go through -- the Botetourt County planning commission must rezone the Glitter property from light to medium industrial.
They vote on that tonight.
Bedford County authorities say an elderly woman apparently drowned while swimming alone in Smith Mountain Lake yesterday.
The body of 79- year- old Karin A. Dotsenko of Huddleston was found around 7 yesterday evening.
Neighbors say Dotsenko often went swimming in the afternoon by herself.
An autopsy has been scheduled, but foul play is "not" suspected.
Bedford County deputies will brief Congress on its effort to protect children from pornography and child abuse.
They'll tell the Congressional Internet Caucus later this month about "Operation Blue Ridge Thunder.''
That's a program that includes educating children about safe Internet use, investigating child pornography cases and lobbying for stiffer
Representative Bob Goodlatte is one of the Internet Caucus chairmen.
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Two death row inmates are appealing their sentences to the State supreme court this week.
Steve Edward Roach and Douglas Christopher Thomas were juveniles when they were convicted and were scheduled for execution this summer.
But in June, the State Supreme Court upheld a ruling in another case that overturned a juvenile conviction because the youth's father wasn't notified of a key hearing.
The justices suggested that any conviction resulting from proceedings in which both parents weren't notified would have to be set aside.
Roach was 17 when he robbed and killed a woman in 19-93.
Thomas was also 17 when he killed his girlfriend's parents in 19-90.
He still claims that his 14 year old girlfriend killed her own mother.
But he admitted to shooting his girlfriend's father.
Court hearings are set for Wednesday.
Opening statements are underway in the second murder trial stemming from the 19-98 dragging death of a black man in Texas.
Terisa Estacio has an update from Bryant, Texas.
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(((LOCATOR: BRYANT, TX)
THE PROSECUTION SAY'S IT IS READY TO CONVICT LAWERENCE RUSSELL BREWER JUNIOR IN THE GRISLY MURDER OF JAMES BYRD.
(CG: GUY JAMES GRAY/JASPER CO. D.A. ) (INCUE; TODAY IS A DAY TO DISCUSS MOTIVE ) (OUTCUE: END OF THE DAY )
BUT THE DEFENSE IS EQUALLY READY TO PROVE BREWER'S INNOCENCE SHOWING UP ON THIS FIRST DAY OF THE TRIAL WITH A MOUNTAIN O F EVIDENCE.
BRYD DIED AFTER BEING DRAGGED TO HIS DEATH WHILE CHAINED TO THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK ON JUNE 12, 1998.
IT WAS A KILLING THAT SHOCKED THE NATION.
THREE PEOPLE INCLUDING BREWER, SHAWN ALLEN BERRY AND JOHN WILLIAM KING
KING WAS FOUND GUILTY AND GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY. PROSECUTORS SAY KING MET BREWER IN PRISON.
BOTH WERE PART OF A RACIST INMATE GANG AND ALLEGEDLY PLANNED TO KILL A
BLACK MAN TO GAIN NATIONAL PUBLICITY FOR THEIR GROUP.
BRYD'S SISTER AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS ATTENDED THE FIRST TRIAL.. AND THEY ARE HERE AGAIN.
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(INCUE: IT IS NOT EASY TO HEAR THE INFORMATION AGAIN, BUT AT LEAST WE KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT THIS TIME )
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It's the second apartment building explosion to rock Moscow in the last four days.
Just before dawn an eight story complex was reduced to rubble in an apparent terrorist attack.
At least 43 are dead but many more are missing.
David Hawkins has the story.
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((IT'S THE SECOND EXPLOSION IN A MOSCOW APARTMENT BUILDING IN FIVE DAYS-- AND RUSSIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE SURE IT WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK.
Sixty-four apartments- home to more than 150 people- are now just a smoking, tangled pile of concrete and brick. Rescue workers removed a few survivors shortly after the blast, but they don't expect to find any
Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with top government officials and ordered extra security measures across the country. "I ask you to do everything to avoid panic," Yeltsin said. "We must calm people and
ensure their personal safety."
The bomb blast occurred on an official day of mourning for the victims of last week's explosion - and those who died in a car bomb attack a few days earlier in the southern Russian region of Dagestan.
Government officials have suggested that the attacks are the work of Islamic militants- who have mounted a rebellion in Dagestan. But the rebels have denied that they have anything to do with the bombings.
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WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE - THE APARTMENT BOMBINGS HAVE TERRIFIED THE CITY-- CREATING A SENSE THAT NO PLACE IN MOSCOW IS SAFE: NOT EVEN YOUR OWN BED.))
Another strong earthquake has rocked Turkey in the same area that was hit August 17th.
That quake killed more than 15-thousand.
Today's 5 point 8 quake reportedly killed six and injured more than 200.
Florida residents are bracing themselves for a storm that measures as long as the entire state.
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Hurricane Floyd is a category four storm with winds of 155 miles per hour and it's 600 miles wide.
The storm is several hundred miles from the U-S coast, but residents who remember 19-92's Hurricane Andrew are already preparing.
Some hardware stores are having to ring up sales out in store parking lots.
Forecasters say it could graze Florida's east coast by Wednesday.
For more on Hurricane Floyd and newly formed Hurricane Gert, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
[PATRICK in Chroma Key]
(toss back to Melanie)
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U-S Peacekeepers are headed to troubled East-Timor.
But now, the President of Indonesia says they may not be welcome.
We'll have the latest on the violent situation When News-7 at noon returns.
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Indonesia President B. J. Habibie (hah-BEE'-bee) has agreed to allow peacekeepers into East Timor, but apparently, there's a string attached.
The chairman of Indonesia's ruling party wants to block Australia, the United States and three other non-Asian countries from joining the international force.
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This comes even after President Clinton stressed the U-S troops would serve in SUPPORTING roles.
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Pro Indonesian military troops have been on a killing rampage, ever since a recent vote in favor of East Timor becoming independent from Indonesia.
In East Timor's capital, homes have been looted and burned to the ground... and hundreds--if not thousands--of people have been killed.
Al Bedrosian's aquittal of assault charges-- and health care debate, filled our viewer mailbag this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with news-7's feedback.
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((A woman from Roanoke [Cheryl Clifton] wrote to defend Al Bedrosian and to criticize the mother of the child he swatted.
(She) stated that her child was playing with his cousin, not misbehaving. As numerous witnesses testified her child was very disruptive and certainly not in control. As a parent of three children, I cared enough about them and people they came in contact with to make them behave in public. Some people are concerned that this case was racially motivated, which is ridiculous. Maybe these people should be more concerned about a mother who has a problem with parenting skills...An episode like this would never have taken place if a parent cared enough about her child and others to correct him in the proper way.
From Vinton [Nancy E. McGuire] came a complaint about the business of healthcare.
"You see our pharmacies closing because we the people of the United States have to send our medicine off to be filled at a mail order company, and pray they send us back the correct medicine. Politicians, where are you standing when the Land of the Free needs you to stand up for us? We cannot go to the hospital of our choice anymore, or pick the doctors we need, want, trust, put our faith in, to help us get well...It does not matter what color we are, or if we are male or female. We all still have hearts, and we need the proper care from people whose hands have been tied, because of this political world."
Letters should be sent to News-7 at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 343-7269.
Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And a moderated forum is on our website, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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It was a big night for T-V show creator David E-Kelley.
Next on News-7 at Noon, find out who else came up big in the 51-st annual Emmy Awards.
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Scouting reports for college football have become easier with cyber-spying
And you won't have to stand in line for tickets to this huge online concert.
Eric Earnhart has details in WebWatch.
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It was quite a week for E-bay censors... the site shut down three auctions supposedly selling babies... bidding hit more than a hundred thousand dollars on one. Ebay says all were hoaxes... they're not sure about the Kidney Guy. A man offering a kidney for sale generated a six million dollar bid before ebay shut it down. Now they up to their elbows in kidneys... mostly prank auctions.
Some college football coaches are closing practices because of the internet. Cyber-spying was a hot topic at the last American Football Coaches Association meeting.
Texas Tech closed it's practices recently because details were being posted online.
C-Span is the latest victim of a hacker attack. Last week someone replaced the network's main page with bogus transcripts. The same hacker group claims it hit the ABC news website a few weeks ago.
An interesting note about Hackers... usually by the time YOU find out about a hit... the page has been repaired... but hackers apparently like to keep a record of their work... Attrition-dot-org contains links to several archive sites where infamous hacks like the recent attacks on Senate and Military websites are preserved for posterity.
We've had live-aid, Farm-Aid... now here comes Net-Aid... A month from now, three concerts will be simultaneously webcast from New York, London, and Geneva, as they raise money to fight hunger and help various other causes.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ Website, at WDBJ 7.com.))
There were some firsts-- but few surprises at the last Emmy awards ceremony of the century.
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For the first time in Emmy history, a Cable T-V show received more nominations than any network show.
The H-B-O Drama the Sopranos was up for 16 emmys but in the end only won two, Best Drama Writing and Best Actress in a Drama.
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N-Y-P-D star Dennis Franz won best ACTOR in a Drama.
But the Practice won best T-V Drama for the second year in a row.
It was good night for practice creator David Kelley, who also won for his comedy creation, "Ally McBeal."
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Helen Hunt won her fourth straight emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy.
And John Lithgow won Best ACTOR in a Comedy.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 15 points.
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Still ahead in sports, the Cleveland Browns make an embarrasing return to the N-F-L.
And Andre Agassi is back on top of the tennis world after winning the U-S Open.
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Cleveland returned to the N-F-L, but the
Browns' offense stayed home.
Pittsburgh shut out the expansion Browns 43-to-0 in the first N-F-L regular-season game in Cleveland in three seasons.
It's the worst loss for an N-F-L expansion team in its first start in the modern era.
It's also the worst shutout loss in Cleveland history.
The Steelers outgained the Browns 460-to-40 in total yards.
The Browns managed just two first downs.
Andre Agassi is the number one tennis player in the world this afternoon after rallying to beat Todd Martin in the U.S. Open Final yesterday.
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It was the first all american final at the open in years.
And after getting blown away in the first set Martin rose to the occasion and he would take Agassi down to the wire.
But Agassi showed no effects of the five set match, never lost his serve, and he held on to win his second U.S. Open title.
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Serena Williams now has two U-S Open titles on her resume.
One day after she won the women's singles, she teamed up with her sister Venus to win the women's doubles.