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West Louisville tobacco company shutting down

From the summer Olympics to Wall Street -- U.S. track and field medal winners from Beijing rang the opening bell.  But a weaker than expected unemployment report didn't win gold with investors.

The Dow was up 32.73 points to close at 11,220 on Friday.

The Nasdaq closed down 3.16 points at 2,255.

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A tobacco company that's been in west Louisville since the early 1900's is shutting down.  National Tobacco says it will end production by the end of 2009.  It's been in Louisville for 108 years.

National Tobacco will gradually phase out about 100 production jobs, but it will keep its administrative offices in Louisville.

The west Louisville plant primarily produces loose leaf chewing tobacco for brands that include Beech Nut.

That work will now move to a facility in Owensboro.

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Louisville residents can protect themselves from one of the fastest-growing crimes in the country -- identity theft.

A two-day free shredding event allows you to shred up to four large boxes or 100 pounds of documents for free at this site at the U of L Shelby Campus.

Kentucky's Attorney General teamed up with the Better Business Bureau and Iron Mountain Shredding Company for the event.

The free shredding lasts until 6:30 Friday night and runs Saturday from 6:00 am until noon.  Just go to the U of L Shelby Campus on Shebyville Road.

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The nation's unemployment rate has hit a five-year high.  Employers cut 84,000 jobs last month.

It's dramatic proof of the damage a deeply-troubled economy is inflicting on workers and businesses.

Revised figures for June and July also show job losses turned out to be deeper than previously reported in those months.

The figures are worse than economists were expecting.

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Imagine if you opened your cell phone bill and you owned nearly $20,000.  That's what happened to an Oregon family.

Dave Terry's son was traveling for work in Canada in July when he used a laptop with an air card to send pictures and emails.

The bill shows that he used it about 20 times -- but because he was out of the country, the bill added up to $19,370.

The family says they talked to an AT&T employee before their son left, and the worker said nothing about international fees.  Dave Terry says, "When you have a bill that runs normally $250 to $300 for our cell phones, when AT&T saw the numbers getting over $1000, I would think it's their responsibility to inform us that something was amiss because that card could have been stolen."

AT&T officials say they're looking into the matter.

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