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Martha Stewart teams up with Dan River to produce an exclusive product line for K-Mart.
We've got the story on NEWS at SIX.
And the bear stuck in a trap for two weeks undergoes surgery- -her prognosis is good.
In sports, Our high school football pre season travels take us to Glenvar high school today, the Bob McClelland Classic began today, a chat with Frank Anzalone and
Mike Stevens checks in on the Virginia tech defense that is replacing a bunch of starters.
Isolated thunder otherwise it's just another warm and humid evening. That story and the latest on hurricane Alberto, just ahead.
Martha Stewart and Dan River Mills join forces to bring new products bound for K-Mart.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Dan River Mills has formed a partnership with the famous home- fashion specialist.
The company will now make exclusive bedding products with the Martha Stewart brand name for K-Mart Stores.
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Surae Chinn is in our Danville Newsroom with the exclusive product line and story.
Keith, Dan River Mills officials are excited about this new team effort and say it shows the strength of the company.
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((((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: MARTHA STEWART ENTERPRISE IS HUGE.))
And Dan River Mills is now an intergral part of that enterprise. The project is housed in a 300 thousand square foot warehouse in Danville filled with the latest Martha Stewart bedding products.
((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER MILLS: THIS IS THE MARTHA STEWART BEDING LINE SO OUR PRODUCTS ARE SHEETS, PILLOWCASES, COMFORTERS AND BEDSHAMS.))
Six different brand new designs have been developed. Dan River Mills employees have been working on them at various locations including Danville. The thousands of boxes and products of the Martha Stewart line end up in this Danville warehouse. In a matter of weeks they will all be shipped to every Kmart in the country.
((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: WHEN YOU HEAR TEXTILES YOU HEAR A LOT OF NEGATIVES. WE ARE NAILING DOWN LARGE ORDERS AND SHIPPING NEW PRODUCTS.))
The new products created 25 full time jobs and 80 temporary positions.
((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: IT'S NEAT IT'S EXCITING NEW IDEA. NOT ONLY THING WE ARE WORKING ON BUT THIS IS A HOME RUN. YOU GET YOUR SINGLES AND DOUBLES THIS IS A HOMERUN.))
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A homerun they hope will secure a strong future for the company.
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(QUESTION: Surae, how soon can we expect to see these latest products in your local Kmart stores?)
You should see these products by the middle of next month.
An international company has chosen the Star City as the headquarters for its new North American division.
Precision Technology USA will occupy the former Tultex building.
It's expected to provide more than 100 new jobs, mostly engineers.
The company manufactures mechanical equipment - and has divisions in Germany and Scotland.
P-T's C-E-O says Roanoke was chosen, because of the city's availability of labor and its location.
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((DR. GERD ICKS/CEO: WE'RE THE SAME DISTANCE TO THE THREE BIG INDUSTRIAL AREAS OF THE U-S...IF YOU LOOK ON ONE END CHICAGO, ON ONE END BOSTON AND ON ONE DALLAS - SO HERE WE HAVE THE SAME DISTANCE TO ALL THREE OF THEM WHICH HELPS US BE AS CLOSE TO THE CUSTOMERS AS POSSIBLE.))
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City Manager Darlene Burcham says she's pleased Roanoke is moving into the international front.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: THIS ON THE HEELS OF OUR ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE...I THINK SAYS TO THE COMMUNITY, THE VALLEY AND TO THE COUNTRY THAT ROANOKE IS A GOOD PLACE TO DO BUSINESS.))
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Precision Technology Group says it plans to invest more than 2-million dollars in Roanoke over the next six years.
Now the phone company strike:
25 million customers from Maine to Virginia could be affected by an overload in Verizon customer service calls.
As contract negotiations continue, the company is trying to ease customer woes by giving them strike survival tips.
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Jennifer Miele is in the Newsroom with a deeper look at Verizon's troubled start.
Keith Verizon Communications was created two years ago when Bell Atlantic and GTE merged.
The new company has expanded its communications capabilities, but their customers are suffering because of the strike.
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(( Sunday morning marked the beginning of Verizon's longest strike.... it's lasted two days.
While the length of the strike may seem insignificant, the strike's impact has trickled down to thousands of Verizon customers.
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The company told News 7 that managers have been trained to step into those customer service positions while they are vacant.
But operating with less than one fifth of its normal staff has forced Verizon to provide customers with tips to survive the dispute.
They recommend that customers use a phone book or the Internet to find a telephone number and offer www.bigyellow.com as a start.
Verizon is asking its customers to have patience if they have a problem, and check household wiring before calling customer support.
If you're thinking of ordering a new line, hold off. If you need a new line, be prepared to wait longer than usual.
And get in line for billing questions. Call the business office on your phone bill, not 411.
[Back to strike footage]
While Baby Bell's cousin is having some growing pains, Verizon stock has traded steadily today and is up almost a point...
Some good news in a long day of negotiations-- the Union says the lines of corporate communication are opening.
((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL 2404 PRESIDENT: HOPEFULLY TO BREAK THE LOG JAM, TO MOVE THINGS FORWARD AND WE'RE IN HOPES THAT THAT WILL TAPE PLACE, THOSE TALKS AT THE LEVEL WILL CREATE THAT MOVEMENT.))
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More than 100 union employees in Roanoke along with 85 out in Pulaski hit the picket lines today.
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Keith we'll take a look at those picket lines tonight on News 7 at 11.
Project Lifesaver has protected one life and could save more.
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45 year old David Fitzgerald of Pittsylvania County suffers from dementia. He took a walk last night and ended up missing for about five hours.
Once authorities got word of his disappearance, it took them only half an hour to locate Fitzgerald-- thanks to the device he wears on his wrist called Project Lifesaver.
We interviewed Fitzgerald last month when he first got the device.
He has massive brain injuries from a collision with a car while riding his bike 14 years ago.
Roanoke City Council okays the sale of a controversial piece of land in the Westview Terrace neighborhood.
Details on that are still ahead on News 7.
And, she has some rehab ahead, but the bear caught in a Virgnia Tech trap is on the road to recovery.
A bear that walked around with its paw snared in a Virginia Tech trap for more than two weeks is on the mend.
The female black bear was wheeled out of Tech's vet school after a short surgery this afternoon.
Veterinarians amputated one of her front paws.
It was caught in a trap in Botetourt County used by Tech researchers and the state game department to monitor bears in the area.
Researchers expect the bear to be back on her feet in several days.
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((MIKE VAUGHAN/TECH BEAR RESEARCHER: I KNOW OF OTHER INSTANCES WHERE BEARS HAVE LOST A FOOT.... AND THEY TEND TO DO FINE, HEAL FINE. THIS BEAR WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP IT'S BALANCE AND IT'LL DO FINE.))
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Researchers say that in seven years of the study, they've trapped 12-hundred bears. Only three have been injured.
They'll be looking into other ways to snare them in the future.
Veterinarians say they'll release this bear back into the wild as soon as she's ready.
The driver of a motorcycle whose passenger died in an accident last month has been charged with driving under the influence.
William David Damewood was indicted today on a charge of aggravated manslaughter.
The 44-year old Roanoke man was headed east on Shenandoah Avenue when he swerved to avoid a car and hit a utility pole.
Twenty- eight year old Christy Mae Blankenship, a passenger on the bike, was killed.
A grand jury will decide what happens next to a former janitor accused of sexually assaulting women at an adult home in Botetourt county.
An attempted rape charge involving one of the females was dismissed against 49- year old Jerry (PIN-yun) Pinion.
Charges involving the other two women were forwarded to a grand jury after Pinion waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Pinion is accused of rape and sexual assault.
He did plead guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse but immediately appealed the charges.
The incidents allegedly took place at Mountain View Two.
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Trial got underway today for a Bedford County man accused of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service.
Jeffrey Randall Breeden is named in a 42- count federal indictment charging him with failure to file a tax return, bank fraud and obstruction.
The government alleges Breeden made a living promoting a scheme to report zero income and avoid paying federal income taxes.
Several of Breeden's clients were subsequently fined by the I-R-S and had liens placed on their property.
The trial is expected to last at least a week.
Hopes for interest rate stability led to a good day on Wall Street.
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The DOW climbed 99-points, NASDAQ jumped 76.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained more than a point.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans are finding strength in the Supreme Court's ruling that allows the Boy Scouts to reject gay scout leaders.
The veteran descendants cite the Chief Justice's opinion in their new motion urging a federal district judge to compel the state to issue them special license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag.
The General Assembly authorized a special plate for Sons of Confederate Veterans, but said the tag should not include the battle flag.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans say the legislature gave in to political pressures from a minority group that demands "political correctness."
Citing Chief Justice William Rhenquist, the Sons say: "The First Amendment protects expression, be it of the popular variety or not."
Roanoke City Council has approved the sale of property in Westview Terrace.... land the city bought to defuse a controversy a year and a half ago.
Residents of the neighborhood objected in late 1998, when habitat for humanity prepared to build more than thirty homes there... and the city ultimately purchased the land.
Today, city council agreed to sell the property to a developer who plans to build homes in keeping with the neighborhood... The selling price was 125- thousand dollars, much less than the city paid in 1998.
The Bob McClelland Classic broke out the clubs today, we will take a closer look at the Virginia Tech defense today,
and we will talk with Steve Magenbauer, the new Glenvar football coach.
The Virginia Tech football team practiced twice today, the morning session was inside at Rector Field house and half of the afternoon practice was outside before showers forced the Hokies back inside. Tech is ranked 11th in the preseason, and while some think they should be even higher - Mike Stevens says considering the hits they took at graduation, the Hokies' level of respect is actually pretty good.
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The Glenvar Highlanders will open the 2000 football season with a new head coach who certainly isn't new to the area.
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Steven Magenbauer, the former star quarterback at Salem high school in the early 90's, takes over for the retiring Brian Hooker.
Magenbauer, who is just 26 years old, spent the past four years as an assistant in Highlander Heaven.
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50 players are working out this preseason - practicing and easing his transition into the head coaching position - something he never imagined he would be doing at this age.
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The 24th annual Bob McLelland Classic teed off today at Hidden Valley in Salem today.
The two-day tournament uses a stroke-play format, and features a younger field than usual, having graduated last year's top players.
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At the end of the first day, Cave Spring's Jason Owenby shot a one-over-par 72 and leads Neal Hunt of Franklin County by two. Franklin County is the team leader, Cave Spring in second.
The Express opens the season October 13th against Ricgmond and the next night former Express coach Frank Anzalone returns to the round house.
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as coach of the Pee Dee Pride. Anzalone was in town recently. His son attended Tim Christians hockey school. He spoke about his return.
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One major league baseball game this afternoon, Yankees once again playing host to Seattle.
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David Justice clocks one of his two homers on the day in the bottom of the second to make it 1-nothing New York.
Tied two all, Seattle's Alex Rodriquez says whaaazzzz uuuuupppp to this pitch, he [SUPER=35-Seattle/8/New York/5;]
jacks it to left for his 28th homer on the season.
In the sixth, Carlos Gillen does a little base cleaning with a grand slam and Seattle beats New York at home 8-5.
Other telecommunications firms are pouncing on the crippled company Verizon -- flexing their muscles over the fallen enemy.
This could have mixed results for your phone service --
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Jean Jadhon's in our newsroom with a sneak peak of what's coming up on News7 at 11.
Keith when darkness falls tonight, you'll see Adelphia Business Solutions building their new weapon--
a network of high speed fiberoptic lines for Southwestern Virginia businesses.
Adelphia also hopes to jump on new service calls while Verizon's out of the picture -- and boasts about its LOCAL customer service with human voices -- not Verizon's automated recordings.
But -- Adelphia does NOT plan to hire any more technicians to handle the extra load --
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Tina Tenret will show how this could affect your service, tonight on News7 at 11.