[7-E-Rubatex]

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It's been more than one hundred days for the workers striking at Bedford's largest employer.
Yesterday, the striking Rubatex workers brought their picket lines to Roanoke.
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((NATS OF CHANTING: WHAT DO WE WANT? CONTRACT! NO JUSTICE! NO PEACE!))
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They rallied outside the Rubatex company headquarters.
Striking Steelworkers were joined by members of five other local unions.
They called it a show of solidarity -- trying to force the company back into negotiations.
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[IN Q=we will be stepping /////// we are the union]

((RICHARD WALKER/USWA LOCAL 240 PRESIDENT: WE WILL BE STEPPING IT UP GRADUALLY ... WHATEVER IT TAKES .... WE'RE GOING TO DO IT. ///////////////KENNETH STANLEY/STRIKING RUBATEX WORKER: WE ARE THE UNION AND WE ARE THE PEOPLE ... THE GOTTA GET OFF THEIR BUTTS ... BETTER DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Walker/USWA Local 240 President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Stanley/Striking Rubatex Worker; :08]
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[VO-NAT]


During the rally ... Rubatex workers walked inside company headquarters ... demanding copies of their pension plans ... that's part of the contract that's in dispute.
For its part, Rubatex would not comment on yesterday's rally.
The strike is 103-days old.
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[7-E-Legacy]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.]


Meanwhile in Floyd County, a textile company will soon be bringing jobs into this building.
The company is called Legacy and is based in northern Virginia.
It will lease the shell building, built by Floyd County.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Legacy will hire about 45 workers to start with, and hopes to expand. Company officials say these jobs won't be heading to Mexico.

[7-S-Henry-Loans]


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[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-50 52:36]
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For those Henry County residents who did lose their jobs to Mexico, help is on the way.
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The no-interest loans will help Henry County residents let go since September at Tultex, Pluma, Ashmore Sportswear, or Visy Protective Products.
They'll also help residents dismissed from vendors or suppliers as a result of closings and layoffs.
Information sessions are scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday at the county administration building.
More information is available through Henry County or Patrick Henry National Bank.
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[7-S-Tobacco-Money]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=99-51 18:0799-51 18:07]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Settlement]


Money is on the way to almost 90 per cent of Virginia's tobacco growers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.]


The 40 thousand checks are part of the so-called "Side Agreement" of the national settlement, with the money dedicated just to tobacco growers.
Virginia's share of the Side Agreement" for this year is 24-million dollars.
So the average check would be about five hundred and 40 dollars.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Thursday forecast.
Expect a partly sunny day with winds out of the west.
Highs in the low to mid 40s.
Tonight partly cloudy and cold with temperatures in the low to mid 20s.
For your holiday weekend expect...(ad lib if necessary)
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[45-E-Carnegie-Hero]


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[TAPE#=99-39 1:44:26]
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A National honor for a Campbell County hero.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/September 1998]


Victor Shelton was among the first on the scene of this accident on Route 460 near Lynchburg in September, 1998.


A pickup truck had flipped over and caught fire.. Shelton pulled its unconscious driver to safety just seconds before the vehicle exploded.
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((VICTOR SHELTON/CARNEGIE HERO AWARD WINNER: A PERSON JUST REACTS.. AT LEAST FOR ME I KNOW SOMETHING WAS WRONG AND I WANTED TO FIX IT. I THINK THAT'S A MALE THING, YOU KNOW, WE JUST TRY TO FIX THINGS.. WE HATE FOR THINGS TO GO WRONG AND WE JUST WANT TO MAKE IT RIGHT. THAT'S ALL I TRIED TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Victor Shelton/Carnegie Hero Award Winner]
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[VO-NAT]


This week, Shelton was one of 20 Americans to receive the Carnegie Hero Award.
Winners get a bronze medal and 35- hundred dollars.
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[45-E-MAMSI]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=99-43 1:48:01]
[GRAPHIC=Health Insurance]


An insurance plan that covers 300 city and school employees in Martinsville will no longer be accepted by Memorial Hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; ]


The Hospital is dropping MAMSI, Mid Atlantic Medical Services Incorporated in less than two weeks.
Physicians say the insurance company had many problems processing claims.
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[IN Q=MAMSI always]

((DR. ELIZABETH VAUGHAN/VAUGHAN MEDICAL CENTER: MAMSI ALWAYS LOST THE SECOND PAGE, THEY COULD NEVER FIND AND PROCESS THE SECOND PAGE.))
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The Medical Society of Virginia identified MAMSI as the insurance carrier with the most physician complaints in the state.
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[45-S-Henry-Loans]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-50 52:36]
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They lost their jobs to workers in Mexico, but now help is on the way.
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[VO-NAT]


The no-interest loans will help Henry County residents let go since September at Tultex, Pluma, Ashmore Sportswear, or Visy Protective Products.
Information sessions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the county administration building.
More information is available through Henry County or Patrick Henry National Bank.
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[TAKE GFX PAGE]
And for complete information on the program go to our WDBJ7 home page and click "Webwatch."
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[45-S-Airport-Security]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-47 41:27]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


The F-B-I is warning Americans to watch out for parcels from Frankfurt, Germany, if the sender is someone they don't know.
The agency says it has unconfirmed reports that someone may be planning to send bombs through the mail.
The alert comes amid increased concern about terror attacks and increased airport security.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


So far there have been no major security changes at Roanoke Regional Airport.
But security guards say they're making their presence known.
Their boss is in uniform and on patrol -- they say normally he's not.
Guards are ticketing and towing cars parked alongside the airport more than five minutes.
And security officers say they're keeping a close eye on carry-on luggage.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a moment now to check the forecast...
Partly sunny and a little breezy today, with highs in the low to mid 40s.
Partly cloudy again tonight and cold with lows in the 20s.
The five day forecast is partly cloudy and chilly through Christmas.

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[8-E-Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-48 40:16]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Strike]


Striking Rubatex workers and allies from other local unions brought their message to Roanoke yesterday.
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((NATS OF CHANTING: WHAT DO WE WANT? CONTRACT! NO JUSTICE! NO PEACE!))
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[OUT Q=No Peace]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They rallied outside the Rubatex company headquarters.
Striking Steelworkers were joined by members of five other local unions.
They called it a show of solidarity -- trying to force the company back into negotiations.
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[SOT ub 15 43 29 /////// 15 13 05 ]
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[IN Q=we will be stepping /////// we are the union]

((RICHARD WALKER/USWA LOCAL 240 PRESIDENT: WE WILL BE STEPPING IT UP GRADUALLY ... WHATEVER IT TAKES .... WE'RE GOING TO DO IT. ///////////////KENNETH STANLEY/STRIKING RUBATEX WORKER: WE ARE THE UNION AND WE ARE THE PEOPLE ... THE GOTTA GET OFF THEIR BUTTS ... BETTER DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Walker/USWA Local 240 President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Stanley/Striking Rubatex Worker; :08]
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[OUT Q=BETTER DO IT]
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[VO-NAT]


During the rally ... Rubatex workers walked inside company headquarters ... demanding copies of their pension plans ... that's part of the contract that's in dispute.
For its part, Rubatex would not comment on yesterday's rally.
The strike is 103-days old.
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[8-E-Legacy]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-42 1:54:21]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.]


Meanwhile in Floyd County, a textile company will soon be bringing jobs into this building.
The company is called Legacy and it's based in northern Virginia.
It will lease the shell building, built by Floyd County.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Co. New Jobs]


Legacy will hire about 45 workers to start with, and hopes to expand. Company officials say these jobs won't be heading to Mexico.

[8-E-Speaker's-Staff]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-46 48:45]
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Virginia's Republican Part takes over the House of Delegates for the first time next month.
For years, the Party has stood for smaller government, but their first official acts have been to expand their personal staffs.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Amherst Delegate Vance Wilkins will have six people working for him as Speaker of the House.
Outgoing Speaker Tom Moss had four on his staff.
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((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: I MAY BE DOING A DIFFERENT JOB. IT'S NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME JOB IF YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT. You'll be doing more than the previous Speaker? WELL, I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HE'S BEEN DOING. AND I DON'T WANT TO BE CAUGHT SHORT MY FIRST YEAR IN HERE. WE MAY SEE THAT THIS IS TOO LITTLE. ))
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Wilkins gets the same dollar figure -- with this year's pay raise figured in -- to employ two more people.
So he may just be shrewder in the contract negotiating department.
Meanwhile, Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith says he's expanding the Majority Leader's staff by one.
He say he'll pay for the new position with political action committee funds.
Griffith replaces Vinton Democrat Dick Cranwell in that slot, now that Republicans have a clear majority.
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[8Weather]


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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Partly sunny today with highs in the low to mid 40s.
Tonight looks partly cloudy, with cold overnight lows in the 20s.
The outlook for the holiday weekend is partly cloudy and seasonable cool with highs averaging in the 40s.

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