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Some small -- but significant steps -- in the Rubatex strike.

A LIVE report on that tops NEWS 7 tonight.
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And the battle over whether the F-D-A can regulate tobacco finally gets to the U-S Supreme Court.
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Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll have highlights from last night's Express win, plus the Hokies pull off the impossible - as they sweep every single postseason honor
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in the Big East. Surprise - Michael Vick makes some history in the process by winning two honors.
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Another cold one tonight. May even set some records. Chilly details ahead. [open]
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After a long stalemate in Bedford, they've gone to Lynchburg. Rubatex and its striking union finally talk face to face.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Rubatex]


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[WRITER=ejo]
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Negotiators for Bedford's biggest employer and the Steelworkers Union hadn't spoken to each other since September.
Today they sat down in the same room, but had different ideas about where the meeting might lead.
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Scott Goldberg is at the Lynchburg Hilton tonight, where the two sides are still talking.
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Detectives in Key West say they still don't know what happened to a Virginia Tech student who disappeared on a Thanksgiving Day cruise with her family. Rebecca Myers never got back on the boat after a day on Key West. Tina Tenret visits Rebecca's dorm room, friends and teachers to find out more about her.
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20-year-old Rebecca Myers has been missing for almost a week now. The Virginia Tech sophomore liked to row crew, her friends say, and play guitar under her loft.
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((KIRA PEDERSEN/ROOMMATE: SHE'S A VERY NICE PERSON. SHE'S KIND OF LIKE A HIPPIE KIND. SHE LIKES DOING HER OWN THING. SHE SEEMS TO ME LIKE SHE LIKES LIVING ON THE EDGE.))
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Police say Rebecca may have left Key West with members of the Rainbow Family -- a hippie-like national group that promotes peace and love. On her shelf is a book that discusses the group.
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((PEDERSEN: SHE DOESN'T SEEM LIKE SHE WOULD JUST GET UP AND LEAVE EVERYBODY AND NOT TELL ANYBODY WHERE SHE IS BUT IT SEEMS LIKE HER TYPE OF PEOPLE. SHE LIKES HANGING OUT WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE.))
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Rebecca had just transferred to Tech this fall after taking classes at Appalachian State, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. She had marked her calendar with a return date of last Friday. Her friends say she'll be back.

Tina Tenret News7 Blacksburg[Radford-Cop]


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A grand jury today indicted a Radford police officer for allegedly taking advantage of a female coworker.
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(Gay-thur) Gaither Blackburn was charged with one felony count relating to an incident at a party in Floyd County.


State police began their investigation after a female patrol officer at the Radford P-D came forward-- alleging that Blackburn took advantage of her in a sexual manner.
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A magistrate today released Blackburn on a five thousand dollar unsecured bond.


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Lynchburg apparently has not seen the last of two high- profile anti- abortion activists.
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John Reyes (RAY-iss) walked out of the city jail this morning, after serving three months for trespassing during an anti-abortion protest at E.C. Glass High School in 1997.
Operation Rescue director Flip Benham also served jail time for his role in that rally.
Benham put school superintendent Jim McCormick on notice today that he plans on coming back.
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((REV. FLIP BENHAM/OPERATION RESCUE DIRECTOR: WE'LL BE BACK AT E.C. GLASS HIGH SCHOOL, THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. MR. MCCORMICK HAS DECIDED TO PICK THIS FIGHT, LYNCHBURG I GUESS IS THE CITY AND THE VENUE FOR THE BATTLE. AND IT WILL BE FOUGHT HERE, BUT WE CONTINUE IN SCHOOLS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.))
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Benham and Reyes say their arrests and incarceration represent a "blatant attack on Christianity".
Reyes claims to have brought twelve fellow inmates to Christ while in jail.
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The Virginia mother charged with killing her baby in a microwave oven .. waived her right to a preliminary hearing today.
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It means charges against Elizabeth Otte (OAT-ee) move on to a grand jury next month.
Otte allegedly placed her one month old baby in the microwave in September.
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They all admit nicotine is an addictive drug.
But should the Food and Drug Administration regulate the tobacco products through which its addicts get their fix?
That's up to the U-S Supreme Court now.
And that's where Ellen Qualls was today.
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(( Every adult smokers' future access to tobacco could be at stake.
But as that hung in the balance, the three year old FDA regulations case drew only one diehard.
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((DAVID KESSLER/FORMER FDA COMMISSIONER: OPEN ANY MEDICAL TEXTBOOK. LOOK UP THE WORD NICOTINE...WHY ISN'T IT REGULATED IN CIGARETTES?))
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Remember David Kessler?
The tobacco companies do.
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((CHUCK BLIXT/RJR ATTORNEY: IF YOU OPEN UP ANY MEDICAL TEXTBOOK IT WILL TELL YOU FOR INSTANCE THAT CAFFEINE IS A DRUG...NO DOZ... AS A DRUG.))
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((THERE IS BIZARRE IRONY IN THIS CASE. THE TOBACCO COMPANIES ARE SAYING THAT THEIR PRODUCTS ARE SO DANGEROUS THAT THE FDA WOULD HAVE TO BAN THEM COMPLETELY, WHICH THEY SAY IS AGAINST CONGRESS'S INTENT. AND THEY SAY THE FDA DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REGULATE THEM UNLESS THEY PROVE THEY HAVE HEALTH BENEFITS, WHICH THE COMPANIES SAY THEY DON'T.))
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The tobacco companies say they've already made advertising concessions to fight youth smoking.
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Even the justices seem to agree.
Justice Stephen Breyer actually said "as every smoker no longer able to kid themselves knows, cigarettes provide tranquility and satisfy a craving."
The court rules by the end of June.
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Tobacco remains one of the country's main health issues .... AIDS is another.
In the Roanoke Valley alone, at least 900 people are living with HIV and AIDS.
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Donna Firebaugh (FIRE-baw) is one of them. Today she met with friends and supporters at the American Red Cross to commemorate World AIDS day. She says new medication is providing her with new hope for the future.
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((DONNA FIREBAUGH/HIV POSITIVE: THE NEW MEDICATION THAT I'M TAKING RIGHT NOW SHOT THE T-CELLS RIGHT UP AND I'M JUST ALMOST LIKE A NORMAL PERSON...I HAVE TWO CHILDREN, AND TO HAVE A MOTHER THAT COULD SOME DAY NOT BE THERE FOR THEM. THAT'S A THREAT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
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Firebaugh says her children are healthy and new treatments to lower the chance of pregnant women passing the virus to their children are available.
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The activities are just starting -- tonight at 7:30 the AIDS Council of Western Virginia is holding a candlelight vigil at the Red Cross downtown.



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Wall Street headed higher today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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Issues of race were on the table today, as Roanoke Valley residents, and community leaders came together.
Organizers of "One Roanoke Valley," hope the effort will produce more than a spirited debate.
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140 people took part in the local arm of a national program focusing more attention on issues of racial and ethnic diversity.
As they gathered in small groups to discuss diversity in the community, the classroom, and the workplace... leaders were looking for dialogue that would lead to action.
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((THE GROUP THAT WE HAVE TOGETHER TODAY ARE READY AND WILLING TO ACCEPT AND GET OUT THERE AND DO WHAT WE CAN TO FACE THE CHALLENGES AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ISSUES.))
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Organizers will measure their progress when the group comes together again in May.
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They survived Thanksgiving, but some traveling turkeys did NOT survive a wreck this morning on Interstate 81.
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A tractor-trailer carrying 11-hundred live turkeys overturned near Buchanan shortly before six- A-M ...a wreck that blocked northbound traffic.
The driver is listed in critical condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
When a wrecker righted the rig, a lot of the birds fell off the truck onto the highway and into a creek bed below.

Some of the turkeys were killed. The survivors were transferred to another truck.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the Hokies sweep the Big east honorsfrom top to bottom. Corey Moore gets even more recognition.
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And we'll take a look back at last night's road win by the Roanoke Express in Charlotte.
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The Virginia Tech football team celebrated its arrival on the cover of Sports Illustrated with an unprecedented sweep of the Big East conference's football awards. The Hokies won all five honors.
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The ringleader is none other than freshman quarterback Michael Vick, who is now the first person in NCAA history to win both rookie of the year and player of the year in his conference in the same season. Vick set an NCAA record for a freshman for passing efficiency and he had only five interceptions all season long. He also averaged 242 yards of offense a game. Not surprisingly, Frank Beamer was named the Big East coach of the year for the third time in his career. Former Friday Football Extra star Shayne Graham was voted the Big East special teams player of the year. He holds seven different Big East career records including most points. And Corey Moore was an easy choice for Big East defensive player of the year. He also won the honor last year. This season Moore had a league record 17 quarterback sacks.
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The Hokies hardware haul did not stop with the Big East honors today. Later this afternoon, defensive end Corey Moore was named college football's defensive player of the year by the Football News. The concensus all-american is appreciative of all the honors, but prefer to share it with his teammates.
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The others to which Moore is referring are the defensive mates who also eanred all-Big East Honors today. John Engelberger and defensive back Anthony Midget were both first team selctions, while headhunter Jamel Smith was someone placed on the second team along with Michael Hawkes and cornerback Ike Charleton.
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Moore could win another big honor tonight. He is in Richmond for the Dudley Award ceremonies at the Downtown Club. He is one of three finalists for the award that is given annually to the best player in the state.
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But the competition is stiff to say the least. The other finalists are UVa all-american running back Thomas Jones.
[SUPER=03-Harrisonburg; ]

And James Madison's Curtis Keaton - the Atlantic 10 player of the year who had nearly 17 hundred yards rushing and scored 19 TDs in the regular season for the Dukes.
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We'll have the winner for you tonight on News 7 at 11.

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Chicago Bear quarterback Jim Miller will miss the teams final four games for violating the league's drug policy.
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At a news conference today, Miller admitted taking the over the counter nutritional supplement that he did not realize contained an anabolic steriod. He took the drug for four days.
Miller becomes a free agent at the end of the season and the Bears say he's still in their plans for next season.


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The Roanoke Express opened the first of a three game road trip last night with a win in the Queen City.
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The Express would knock heads with the Charlotte Checkers.
Rookie Joe Murphy scored the game's only goal sweeping in a rebound off the Dion Del Monte miss early in the first

[SUPER=38-Roanoke/1/Charlotte/0/;]


Roanoke goalie Daniel Bertheiaume turned away 36 shots as the Express shutout the Checkers 1 to nothing. There next home game in Sunday at 4.
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[TALENT=Mike]
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We told you yesterday that Pete Shaw would be the coach of the new arena Football two team in Roanoke.
Tomorrow the team will announce the name of the team.
The five finalists are the Roanoke Locomotives, Roanoke Steam, Roanoke Mill Mountaineers, Roanoke Boxcars and the Star City Shine.

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Dale Jarrett, the Winston Cup points champion, received another honor today.
Jarrett was named Driver of The Year receving 12 of 15 first place votes.
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The month of November goes out on a cold, dry note. We may start out this month with record lows. Here's Patrick Evans with the normals and folklore of December.
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