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Protesting the World Trade Organization reaps tear gas and rubber bullets in Seattle.
A less dramatic result closer to home, but labor concerns here, too.
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We'll start with that on NEWS 7 and check out new school boundary lines in Botetourt.

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Tonight on News 7 sports, Bobby Bowden talks about the challenge of stopping Michael Vick. The new Arena Two football team in town has a head coach.
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And the first of many honors begin to roll in for Frank Beamer as he wins a regional coach of the year honor.
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December will arrive in a cold way tonight-- But if you can hold on for one more day, the weather will warm up a bit. Details coming up. [open]
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Protests in Southside Virginia- -and in Seattle, all over the World Trade Organization.
Textile workers say: if China gets in, their jobs are gone.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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The World Trade Organization is meeting in Seattle, and today's local protest coincides with a much larger one there.
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Thousands in Seattle disrupted the start of today's opening session. Police used an armored vehicle, tear gas, mace, and rubber bullets in efforts to clear downtown streets.
There are several reasons behind these protests, but they include calls for workers' rights in the United States and new labor standards overseas.
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[Trade-Protest]


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The reason they took to the streets in Martinsville is: China.
U-S officials say letting China join the World Trade Organization would create a larger market for American exports.


But local textile workers say the BIGGEST export would be American jobs.
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Scott Goldberg is in Roanoke tonight with more on today's protests.
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Keith ... it was just two weeks ago that workers at this Tultex sewing plant found out THEIR jobs would join the thousands that have left Virginia for Mexico.
They blame free-trade agreements that make it easier for American companies to send jobs where the labor's cheaper.
Their union said today that bringing China into the World Trade Organization ... breaking down more trade barriers ... would mean more jobs will leave this country.
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((NATSOUND: MIGHTY MIGHTY UNION! MIGHTY MIGHTY UNION!))
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They were sending a message to Seattle ... from the headquarters of Tultex ... the apparel company that's sent 95-percent of its sewing jobs out of the U-S.
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((NATS: YOU CAN SEE THE PARKING LOT DOWN HERE -- IT'S JUST TOTALLY EMPTY.))
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They said breaking down trade barriers with China would strike another blow against their company and against Martinsville's battered economy.
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((NATSOUND: THEY'RE BRINGING CHINA IN, TRYING TO TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICAN WORKERS. CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN. TELL HIM TO PUT A STOP TO IT, OK?))
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((CAROL SHEERER/UNITE UNION: CHINA .... THEY DON'T RESPECT PEOPLE'S RIGHTS. THEY DON'T RESPECT ORGANIZED UNIONS.))
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: IT'S NOT JUST CHINA THEY'RE PROTESTING. IT'S FREE TRADE IN GENERAL. AND AGREEMENTS LIKE NAFTA, WHICH THE UNION BLAMES FOR SENDING THOUSANDS OF JOBS OUT OF THE COUNTRY.))
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And they say one more free-trade deal would pull the rug out from under workers ... who are watching their livelihoods unravel.
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((LUCY HAIRSTON/TULTEX WORKER: I'VE GOT 22 YEARS INVESTED. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WITH 40-50 YEARS INVESTED IN THIS COMPANY. WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD FOR -- NOTHING IS GOING TO GET BETTER BECAUSE CHINA WORKS FOR LESS.))
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Next year about 300 Botetourt County children will go to new schools.
Tonight school board members will unveil proposed new school zones that they believe will ease crowding.
But plenty of parents are begging them not to go through with it.
Tina Tenret shows us just how much these growing pains can hurt.
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Six year old Jordan Eades lives only a mile from her school. But next year she might be bussed six miles OUT of her way -- to the new Greenfield Elementary School.
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((ELIZABETH ROWE/MOTHER: I'M TOTALLY AGAINST IT. I'LL STAY HOME AND HOME SCHOOL HER FIRST BEFORE SHE GOES TO GREENFIELD.))
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Jordan's mom worries the road to Greenfield is dangerous -- while little Jordan's scared she'll lose all her friends.
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((JORDAN EADES/STUDENT: THEY'RE THE SAME ONES ... TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL THAN ME.))
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Neither one cares that Jordan's school -- Cloverdale Elementary -- is so jam packed, kids learn in trailers.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: YOU CAN SEE THE PROBLEM THE SCHOOL BOARD'S DEALING WITH IF YOU LOOK AT THIS MAP. THIS ENTIRE REGION IS BOTETOURT COUNTY BUT TWO THIRDS OF THE POPULATION IS CRAMMED INTO THE SOUTHERN TIP. THIS BIG SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS 100 KIDS, THIS TINY PURPLE SLIVER HAS FIVE TIMES THAT MANY.))
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But shuffling everyone around will pull almost 100 kids out of Breckenridge Elementary School -- which already has empty classrooms.
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P-T-A member Cathy Benson says that will cut the school's teachers, volunteers and money.
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((I JUST WANT TO MAKE ... RURAL AREAS.))
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The school board says new boundaries will not affect teacher student ratios or student programs -- they plan to approve new lines later this month. Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County














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When a state University sets out to erect great new buildings out of glass and metal, the contractor solicits bids for materials.
That ensures taxpayers get the best price through the competitive bidding process.
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In the case of Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center- -the half-million dollar price tag on plate glass windows was determined by the bidders in collusion with one another.
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((BY SHARING NUMBERS AND RIGGING THE BIDS, IN ESSENCE, THEY ARE DESTROYING THE COMPETITIVE PROCESS.))
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A former Jefco employee had gone to the F-B-I with the story- -nearly three years ago. Jefco paid a fine of 125-thousand dollars today. It has closed its Roanoke office and is no longer doing business here.
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Three individual businessmen pled guilty to felony charges in federal court. They'll be sentenced later.

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Lynchburg police have come up with what they hope will be the aspirin for the city's scooter headache.
Starting next year, the motorized vehicles will be more closely regulated, in hopes of cutting down on accidents and complaints.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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For years now, scooter owners in Lynchburg have been enjoying a free ride.. no registration, no insurance, and for some.. no regard for the law.
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((LT. TOM LAWTON/LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPT.: THEY WERE BASICALLY JUST UNREGULATED AND WE FELT THERE WAS A NEED TO CHANGE THAT. WE HAVE HAD A FEW ACCIDENTS IN THE CITY, WE'VE HAD SEVERAL COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE MOPEDS AND THE WAY THEY WERE RIDING AROUND, AND PEOPLE JUST WONDERING HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH THIS AND NOTHING BE DONE ABOUT IT?))
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Now something is being done.
After months of research, Lynchburg police have crafted a new law aimed at putting the brakes on outlaw scooters.


The ordinance takes effect January 1st, and requires all moped owners to register their vehicle with the police and get a license plate.. to obey the same traffic laws that bicycle riders have to obey.. to wear a helmet and face shield or goggles.. and not to carry passengers on a one- person moped.
Lynchburg's Honda dealership sold 125 of the vehicles last year.. they'd like to see the regulations be adopted statewide.
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((RONNIE WARYAS/HONDA DEALER: IT PROBABLY WON'T AFFECT 99 PERCENT OF MY CUSTOMERS, BUT YOU KNOW, FOR THAT ONE PERCENT THEY MIGHT NEED A REMINDER. AND IF THIS MAKES OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT'S JOB EASIER, WELL THEN IT'S WELL WORTH OUR EFFORT.))
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[Standup ] ((For the next two months, the police department's job will be to educate scooter owners about the new regulations. Officers will be stopping violators and giving them these pamphlets.. starting February 1st however, they'll be handing out tickets. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Frank Beamer's home town remembers the coach BEFORE he was coach. That story is still ahead.
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And Governor Gilmore signals a new direction for Mental Health hospitals across Virginia.
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"We stand at a crossroads. The time for meaningful reform is now."
With those words, the Governor's point man on mental health reform set a course for the Commonwealth that could close down antiquated mental hospitals across the state.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( He says mental health workers in Virginia's nine state hospitals must feel like the mythological Sisyphus-- condemned for eternity to roll a boulder up a hill.
Governor Jim Gilmore's former top policy advisor, and new mental health guru David Anderson is mincing NO words.
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((DAVID ANDERSON/GOVERNOR'S MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION: RIGHT NOW IN THE SYSTEM TODAY, THERE'S OVER THREE THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND AND ALMOST 300 BUILDINGS UNUSED. AT EASTERN STATE, IT SITS ON A 550 ACRE PLOT. MOST OF THIS LAND IS VACANT LAND.))
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So recommendation number one: sell off North America's oldest mental health hospital... Eastern State in Williamsburg.
That could be used as a model for at least four of the other eight hospitals.
Henry Altice is Gilmore's appointee from Roanoke.
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((HENRY ALTICE/GOVERNOR'S MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION: I KNOW FOR CATAWBA HOSPITAL IN PARTICULAR, THERE'S A LOT OF PROPERTY THERE THAT COULD BE USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND THERE'S A LOT OF BUILDINGS STANDING THAT ARE NOT BEING USED FOR PATIENTS AND HAVEN'T BEEN FOR YEARS.))
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The profits of a surplus sell-off would create a mental health trust fund to provide for community-based care.
Advocates for the mentally ill love the direction-- but want more details.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

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It won't be strawberry fields forever, at least not for the State Fair of Virginia.
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After 55 years at Strawberry Hill near Richmond, the fair is moving about ten miles away to a site in Henrico County.
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Organizers announced the change today.. they say the new property has a nine- acre lake and will offer a more park- like setting for the annual event.
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((CHUCK TAYLOR/V.P. ATLANTIC RURAL EXPOSITION: WE THINK ON A NEW PIECE OF PROPERTY WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THINGS THAT WE CAN'T DO ON THE PRESENT SITE, SUCH AS IN MENTIONED, THE NATURAL RESOURCE CENTER. WE'LL BE ABLE TO HAVE A MUCH MORE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ON THE NEW SITE THAN ON THE OLD SITE.))
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If the zoning is approved, Atlantic Rural Exposition hopes to break ground next March, and hold the 2001 State Fair at the new site.
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Another retreat on Wall street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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When Virginia Tech goes after the National Title, you can bet folks in Carroll County will be watching Frank Beamer's every move.
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The man who led the Hokies to a perfect season in football this year grew up in Fancy Gap.
As you might expect, he began playing football at an early age with childhood friends, like Larry Collins, who isn't a bit surprised by Beamer's success.
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((LARRY COLLINS/BEAMER CHILDHOOD FRIEND: BACK IN THE EARLY DAYS WE PROBABLY WORE OUT A LOT OF GRASS IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE PLAYING FOOTBALL AND IN THE BACK YARD, THINGS OF THAT NATURE, FRANK WAS PROBABLY MORE COMPETITIVE YOU COULD SEE IT WHEN HE WAS EIGHT, NINE, TEN YEARS OLD, THAT WAS A GOAL, HE WANTED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SPORTS AND PLAY AND HE WAS VERY COMPETITIVE.))
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Beamer was elected class president.
Teresa Hamilton spoke with others in Carroll County who remember Beamer in high school.
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You can see her "Virginia Profile" on Frank Beamer on News 7 Sunday Morning at 8:00 AM.
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Coming up tonight in sports, we'll tell you who Roanoke's new Arena Football League coach is going to be for the inaugural season. Plus, Tech is back in Sports Illustrated and
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FSU boss Bobby Bowden checks in from Tallahassee with among other things his thoughts on defending Michael Vick.
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The Virginia Tech - Florida State Sugar Bowl matchup may not be BCS computer approved just yet, but Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is already busy preparing for the Hokies and not the Huskers. This afternoon Bowden talked about the unlikely reality of facing the Hokies in the Sugar Bowl.
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The competition may be close these days, but Bowden says when it comes to freshman quarterbacks - no one comes close to the Hokies' Michael Vick. Here's what Bowden had to say when asked how you stop number 7.
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Speaking of Vick - despite leading the nation in passing efficiency he did not make the list of three finalists for the national Davey O'Brien award that is given to the top quarteback in the nation. Joe Hamilton, Drew Breas and Chad Pennington make upp that trio.


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Last night we showed you how the Hokies got slammed by Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly in last week's edition.
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Well, as you know things have a way of evening themselves out. News 7 Sports has learned that the Hokies will be featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated that hits area news stands tomorrow. The Anderson News Agency, which distributes the magazine, says it will place 15 thousand copies of the magazine in stores throughout the area. The normal distribution number is just 300 an issue.
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[S-Ball]


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The Virginia Tech football team's success on the field could translate into $30 thousand dollars for the Montgomery County Christmas Store. A company out of Missouri has come up with a 10 inch fully licensed commemorative football celebrating the Hokies 11-and-0 regular season.
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Only 5000 of the balls have been made and they come with their own acrylic display case. The ball sells for $59.95 - but the catch is that the Montgomery County Christmas store gets 10 percent of the sales.

The store has been making Christmas happen for needy families since 1982. You can get more information by calling the store in Montgomery County.
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The Roanoke Express is on the road tonight for a battle with the Charlotte Checkers.
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But Roanoke's Arena Football Two team is making news right here in the Star City. Steve Mason explains.
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((Pete Shaw is Roanoke's Arena Football Two team first head coach. He was in the Star city Tuesday afternoon but would not comment, deferring all questions to his official introduction. He has been a defensive coach with both the Arena football league's New Jersey Red Dogs and he served as defensive coordinator for the University of Tennessee at Martin last year. ((:)) In the last four games, Mike Peron is cutting through opposing defenses with the same precision he shaves his scalp. In that time he has seven assists, a run that coincides with his renewed barbershop dedication. ((MIKE PERON:))
New Express acquisition Rob Schwyer has two goals in four games and is making an impact with his size and servant like attitude. ((:)) 11-5 and 3 Roanoke is seventh in the ECHL against the power play with a 84 percent man down success rate. ((:))

The Express returns to the Round House Sunday against Johnstown, Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))[Va-Beach]


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