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New Virginia Tech cadets are put through the paces as they prepare for the school year.
We'll show you a day in the life of one freshman.
And Giles County's largest employer could be on the verge of a strike, following yesterday's contract vote.
We'll have the very latest on Celanese.
The Winston Cup cars get all wet for the second straight day.
The UVa football team takes a defensive posture tonight.
And Scott Wise plays like a pro to win the 2000 Valley Amateur at Ole Monterey.
A few showers are nearby and more will likely slide through on Sunday. Forecast details are coming up.
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The future hangs in the balance for workers at Giles County's largest employer.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[Celanese]
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The uncertainty involves Celanese and it's unionized workers.
This week-- the workers voted down the company's latest contract offer.
The results were revealed last night.
The vote could send the union and company negotiators back to the bargaining table.
But if it doesn't, union leaders say a strike will be authorized.
Roger Sarver says he's ready.
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The local union president says so far today he hasn't heard from the company or the international union representing the workers.
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Talks are continuing between Verizon Communications and striking telephone workers.
But little progress is being reported.
Union members walked off the job last Sunday, after their contract expired.
The strike involves employees in Virginia and eleven other states.
Verizon officials say they have a good offer on the table.
But the larger of the two unions, representing the workers, says the two sides are far apart on one key issue.
The unions fear that Verizon will distribute work to areas where labor is cheaper.
A Virginia Beach man was killed in an overnight accident in Danville.
Police say Michael Terry Stowe was driving his Ford Pinto Eastbound on West Main Street - ONTO Memorial Drive - when he ran off the road and struck a pole.
Stowe died at the scene.
A passenger - Gerold Blake Tickle - of Danville - was taken to the hospital.
His condition is unknown.
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Classes don't begin for two weeks, but the freshman class of Virginia Tech Cadets arrived early this morning to get settled in.
Kate Weidaw followed one of the new cadets through his day to see what the experience is all about.
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((As 250 new cadets made their way into their dorms Kevin Horrigan marched down to the barber shop with other fellow cadets for the routine shaving.
((KEVIN HORRIGAN: IT'S NEVER BEEN THIS LONG I FIGURED I'D GROW IT OUT UNTIL I GET HERE.))
And without hesitation Kevin sat down in the chair -- he had a hard time watching his curly locks fall to the ground.
((KEVIN HORRIGAN: IT FEELS SO WEIRD I HAVEN'T DONE THIS SINCE I WAS FIVE.))
With his new and official looking hair style it was time to get fitted for his uniform.
From the hats to the fatigues and dress blues the load was anything but light for the walk back to the dorm to show his parents his new look.
And while dorm life for a cadet is different from the other students -- like a daily room check and no partying for anyone underage, it's something Kevin is looking forward to.
((KEVIN HORRIGAN: I'VE TALKED TO A LOT OF MY FRIENDS WHO GO HERE A CIVILIAN STUDENTS AND THEY LOOK UP TO IT.))
Peter Norsky was in Kevin's place three years ago and says the whole experience of New Cadet Week can be a little scary.
((PETER NORSKY: SOME ARE VERY SURE THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO OTHERS WANT TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK ON THE FIRST DAY, BUT THEY KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND ARE JUST A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT.))
((KATE WEIDAW: BUT THE REAL WORK BEGINS ONCE THE CADETS GET SETTLED THEY'LL BE SPENDING 15 HOURS A DAY ON THIS DRILL FIELD TRAINING BEFORE THE UPPER CLASSMEN COME BACK NEXT WEEK. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 BLACKSBURG.))
Your beach plans could be spoiled by Hurricane Alberto - even though the storm is far from land.
The National Weather Service says offshore swells from Alberto can produce rip currents along beaches from Ocean City, Maryland to North Carolina's Outer Banks this weekend.
Alberto has produced three-foot to five-foot swells, breaking down sand bars and creating rip currents and undertows.
Still ahead on News 7 .. We'll tell you how you can attend a Ball benefiting Southwest Virginia's children...
And it was the cats' meow at a local veterinary hospital today...
Some of these feline friends have new owners tonight -
Details, when News 7 continues.
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A suspect has been nabbed in the armed robbery of a Roanoke restaurant.
A female employee of Montanos on Franklin Road told police a man robbed her at gunpoint shortly after she entered the restaurant last week.
Roanoke police say 24-year-old Alan Lamont Williams of Northwest Roanoke was arrested after he was pulled over by police in North Carolina this week.
Greensboro police realized Williams was wanted in connection with the robbery after they arrested him on drug-related charges, and for driving with a suspended license.
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Area prosecutors and Prevent Child Abuse-the Roanoke Valley are hoping you will cut-a-rug to help Southwest Virginia children.
The first Prosecutor's Ball is next Saturday.
The money raised will help Prevent Child Abuse--The Roanoke Valley provide programs such as its parenting classes.
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The Ball is August 19th at the Salem Civic Center from 8pm until one.
It's open to everyone ... the cost is 25-dollars a person.
For more information you can call 540-344-3579
It was the Purr-fect chance to find a feline friend.
The Read Mountain Animal Hospital was crawling with cats looking for a good home today.
It was all part of an monthly adoption program at the Botetourt County hospital, that offers adult cats that are spaded and neutered, as well as plenty of kittens.
Organizers say their program is unique because the cats are not in a shelter.
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The adoption program wrapped up at one this afternoon.
But if you're interested in adopting a cat you can call the Read Mountain Animal Hospital for more information.
Next on News 7...
A West Virginia group says when it comes to one casino, all bets are off.
And Senate Candidate George Allen gains support from the boys in blue.
Find out why they say he's the man for the job, when we return.
Republican Senate candidate George Allen is now being backed by the Fraternal Order of Police.
The 86-hundred member group interviewed both Allen and his Democratic challenger, Senator Chuck Robb.
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The F-O-P President says Allen consulted with the organization when drafting initiatives on parole abolition, sentencing reform and other criminal justice issues while he was governor.
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A proposed casino at the Greenbrier Resort is facing opposition from a number of groups.
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The resort hopes to open a Monte Carlo style casino in the space that served as a cold war bunker for members of congress.
Greenbrier County residents will vote on the proposal this fall.
A coalition of groups is trying to defeat the measure.
The anti-gambling campaign will include flyers, advertising in local media and door-to-door visits.
A legal assault against the referendum is also planned.
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It's "get to know your neighborhood business" day in Northwest Roanoke.
60 businesses and 21 non profit organizations set up booths in the Clements Auto Parts Parking Lot on Melrose Avenue.
Organizers say it's important for residents to shop in their neighborhood instead of going across town.
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Besides the booths - there's plenty of food and games.
You can check out the festivities through 8 o'clock tonight.
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Millions of Firestone Tires are being recalled - but it could be months before Virginia motorists get replacements.
And an unhappy ending for the big screen.
Jennifer Miele has details on those stories and more in this week's business review.
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(( Striking Union members at Verizon say the company has changed from family-oriented Ma Bell, to money-oriented Pa Sell.
The picket lines are changing, too. Children and retirees came out to show their support at rallies across the country this week.
Picketers say the negotiations are moving slowly but steadily.
Firestone is recalling six million tires, but it will be a while before Virginia customers get the replacement tires.
The company has identified a defect in the tires that is triggered by heat.
Until tires can be replaced, Firestone recommends that drivers keep their tires at 30 P-S-I.
Carmike Cinemas filed bankruptcy on Wednesday. The company says they've been "over screening" the U-S by building
too many new giant mega-plexes while failing to close enough older, underperforming screens.
Carmike has 85 screens in Virginia and three theaters in the Roanoke Valley.
Managers at those theaters say it's business as usual, for now.
Finally, the Dow finished up 119 points to eleven-thousand-27. The NASDAQ composite gained 29 and a-half.
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele, and that's this week's business review.))
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, we'll check out the winners from today finals at the Valley Amateur golf championships.
Qualifying gets washed out again Watkins Glen.
And we'll examine the Virginia Cavaliers defensive unit for the upcoming season, and see how former Salem star Dennis Haley might figure into the picture as a freshman.
The 2000 Valley Amateur champions were crowned today out at Ole Monterey.
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The first championship up for grabs this morning was the seniors title. It was again match play as the challenger Chips Wooddy squared off against the tournament's defending champ Jack Tuttle in the 18 hole final.
Both men play out of the Roanoke Country Club, but Wooddy would only need 16 holes to take care of business as he beats Tuttle four up with two holes to play to claim the 2000 senior amateur title.
In the Open Division - Brandon LaCroix and Ryan Crush were both eliminated in the semi-finals.
And 1994 champ Rodney Naff met a similar fate in the championship as Virginia Tech-bound Scott Wise shot the lights out.
The former Byrd star shot a 4 under 32 on the front side and won the match play event 3 and 1 over Naff.
It's the latest in a year's worth of amazing accomplishments that Wise won't soon forget.
For the second straight day rain washed out qualifying at Watkins Glen for tomorrow's Winston Cup race - "The Global Crossing at the Glen."
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All the cars were able to get on the track this morning for some practice, including defending champ Jeff Gordon - who hasn't lost a road race since 1997 - winning six in a row.
But by the time qualifying rolled around at ten, the clouds started to roll in to the track.
Only 11 cars made it on the surface before the rain returned and forced the cancellation of qualifying.
As a result, the first 35 cars in the field will line up based on owner's points - meaning Bobby Labonte will be on the pole.
Darrell Waltrip gets in on the champion's provisional, while positions 37 - 43 were simply determined based on the luck of the qualifying draw. Those who had the early numbers got in the race. They include Rick Mast, Stacy Compton and Kyle Petty.
The Virginia football team began two a day practices this morning.
The UVa coaching staff will be looking to replace 6 starters on defense and while that number seems high, Steve Mason says looks can be deceiving.
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(( What catches your attention about this years Virginia defense is the linebackers. 1999 starters Byron Thweatt and Yubrenal Isabelle are back. After a year off, one time starter Donnie Green has returned. And the hard hitting Angelo Crowell, who had a fantastic spring, will be battling those guys for playing time, giving UVa the most experience at the position since the days of farrior and Sharper.
UVa freshman linebacker and former Salem standout Dennis Haley will be learning from the all. He's already up to 230 pounds. He's also made gains in his maturity after having to fight for his admittance into UVa.
Unlike last season, three of the Cavaliers first four game will be played in the recently upgraded Scott Stadium. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The Roanoke Wrath needed a win and some help last night in their push to make the D-3 playoffs in this the final weekend of the regular season.
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A decent crowd turned out for the final home game of the season against Charlotte.
Those fans would see a defensive duel until late when Patrick McSorley got this, the only goal of the game, in the 82nd minute of action.
The Wrath beats Charlotte 1-to-0 - But Carolina needed to lose, as well. The Dynamo instead won big against Northern Virginia to end the Wrath's postseason hopes.
The Wrath closes out the season on the road against the Wilmington Hammerheads tonight.
The Salem Avalanche is home tonight looking for yet another win over Winston-Salem.
The Avs come into tonight four game behind Myrtle Beach in the southern division.
The hot team right now is Lynchburg.
The Hillcats are in first place in the North by a full game over Wilmington.
Lynchburg, which visits Kinston tonight, has won five in a row and eight of its last 10 games.
Three games are finals in the majors.
The Reds beat the Cubs 3-to-nothing,
the Cards beat the Brewers, and
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the Atlanta Braves dogged the Dodgers 4-to-1.
Chipper Jones hit his 25th homer of the season to help Greg Maddux ge this 13th victory of the year.
Ironically, this is the first time Chipper has honered and Maddux has won since both did so on July 18th.
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