Lewis Gale Clinic quietly comes up with a strategy to keep the clinic operating and keep any more doctors from le
And state lawmakers hear from a Henry County delegation on textile industry layoffs.
In sports, Some moving and shaking in the N-F-L a big game in Radford tonight.
And Andre Agassi advances to the finals of the Australian Open.
A weekend winter storm is taking shape over Texas and Louisiana. More on that just ahead.
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Lewis-Gale wants to stop the stream of doctors departing from the clinic before it becomes a flood.
That's why, News-7 has learned, the clinic's management will begin a new round of high-level talks this weekend ... aimed at keeping the clinic running -- and keeping doctors from running away.
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Scott Goldberg has details on the clinic's new direction tonight from our newsroom.
Keith ... the clinic is trying now to act fast and keep its own wounds from becoming life-threatening.
That means this weekend the clinic will enter serious talks with its parent company PhyCor ... looking for a way to keep the clinic open ... and keep additional doctors from leaving.
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This comes after yesterday's announcement that all 10 doctors in the anesthesiology department are quitting ...
Following 18 doctors resigning earlier this month.
All accuse Nashville-based PhyCor of mismanaging their practices.
Tonight the clinic will hold a special meeting with its board of directors.
Then ... Saturday ... News-7 has learned a top-level PhyCor executive will come to Salem.
He's coming to town for what's being called "serious and critical" negotiations.
In those talks ... the clinic will consider "all options" for the clinic's future.
That includes a possible change in ownership ... and one option is cutting the clinic's ties to PhyCor.
The hope at Lewis-Gale is: these talks with PhyCor will stabilize the clinic so it can keep serving its patients.
Meantime ... negotiations continue with the doctors who quit earlier this month.
They're looking for a way to get out of PhyCor contracts that forbid them from opening private practices in this area.
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A Christiansburg police officer has been charged with the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl in December.
A Montgomery County grand jury indicted 29-year-old Terry Calvin Buchanan on the charge of aggravated sexual battery.
Buchanan left the police last month after an internal investigation.
Aggravated sexual battery is a felony that can carry up to 20 years in prison.
Buchanan could not be reached for comment.
Pulaski County authorities are calling the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl there "suspicious."
Tara Rose Munsey, a Radford High School junior, has been missing for two days.
She was last seen leaving work at the Fairlawn Taco Bell around seven Tuesday night.
Her car was found abandoned in the parking lot with her dinner still sitting in the driver's seat.
Authorities say there were no signs of a struggle.
Today, state police searched by helicopter for signs of Munsey, but found no leads in aerial searches or in interviews with family and friends.
A tough day for the Griffin Pipe factory in downtown Lynchburg.
Early this morning an accident between a forklift and a tanker truck led to 750 gallons of diesel fuel being spilled into the James River.
An environmental contractor was called in to contain the spill.. cleanup was expected to take at least a day.
And late this afternoon, officials announced that 85 employees of Griffin Pipe would be out of a job by the end of March.
The company is moving its pipe fittings operation to a plant in Mexico.
The plant will still employ 200 people.
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Laid off textile workers in Southside fought their latest battle for help from Richmond today.
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol. What were they talking about today?
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How would you do if you took the Standards of Learning tests?
Some think Virginia's Board of Education members should have to answer that question.
And... he used to be a Democrat.
Now Virgil Goode's an Independent.
So why is he surrounded by Republicans?
The story, ahead.
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Although he's running for re- election as an INDEPENDENT, Congressman Virgil Goode sounded a bit like a Republican today.
Flanked by Republicans, Goode announced this morning that he's joining the House G-O-P Caucus.
He also took the opportunity to make public his choice for Speaker in the 107th Congress.
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((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/I- Fifth District: I BELIEVE THAT CURRENT SPEAKER HASTERT AND A MAJORITY OF HIS CAUCUS WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO RESTRAIN FEDERAL SPENDING. RESTRAINT IN FEDERAL SPENDING IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT FOR THE ECONOMY OF OUR COUNTRY AND A KEY INGREDIENT IN PRESERVING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR THE FUTURE. ))
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By joining the Republican caucus, that means Goode will take part in its policy sessions.
The G-O-P also awarded the Fifth District Congressman a seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
Democratic leaders were quick to say good riddance today.
Virginia's Democratic Party Chairman Ken Plum said Goode has turned his back on loyal Democrats who have supported him for 28 years.
House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt criticized Goode for "aligning himself with three political parties in less than a week."
Public school teachers across Virginia could be telling children to take a minute for "meditation, prayer, or reflection."
That's if a bill that passed a state Senate committee this morning becomes law.
A moment of silence -- with NO teacher talking about prayer -- is already allowed.
They're doing it in Chesterfield County.
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One parent says she likes the moment of silence, but would object to a suggestion of prayer in school.
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((MELISSA HOLLY/CHESTERFIELD CO. PARENT: YES I WOULD. I THINK THAT DOES CROSS OVER THE BARRIER WHERE NOT ALL RELIGIONS PRAY. SO I THINK IT'S MAKING IT MORE OF A CHRISTIAN SITUATION.))
((JESSIE PERRY/CHESTERFIELD STUDENT: I THINK IT'S A GOOD WAY FOR KIDS TO GET TOGETHER FOR SCHOOL. BECAUSE YESTERDAY WE HAD A BUNCH OF TESTS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO PRAY ABOUT THAT SO I COULD GET AN A MAYBE.))
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The A-C-L-U says the bill may be UNconstitutional.
It heads next to the full Senate.
What if the people who made Virginia's school children take the S-O-L tests had to take them themselves?
And, what if their test scores were made public, for all to see?
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((DEL. BARNIE DAY/D-PATRICK CO.: I THINK IT WOULD ADD SOME REAL CREDIBILITY AND COMFORT LEVEL TO THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE HAVING TO TAKE IT TO KNOW THAT WHAT'S GOOD FOR ME IS GOOD FOR YOU.))
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Patrick County Delegate Barnie Day admits his bill is a longshot.
It would force new members of the state Board of Education to take the S-O-L tests.
The board's president volunteered to take them last year.
He never made his scores public.
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((KIRK SCHRODER/VIRGINIA BD. OF EDUCATION: I PASSED, UM, I PASSED ALL THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE. AND THEN, IN HIGH SCHOOL, I'M NOT AN ALGEBRA TWO PERSON. SO I BARELY GOT ALONG WITH THAT.))
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Schroder calls Day's bill "a publicity stunt."
He says he wants to keep improving the S-O-Ls and tests, but needs serious suggestions only.
A volatile session on Wall Street today ended with stocks mostly lower.
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The Dow lost 5 points.
Nasdaq took a 30-point dive.
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The Prices Fork community in Montgomery County will NOT be a town any time soon.
That's because a three-judge panel appointed by the Supreme Court dismissed a petition to become the town of Prices Fork this afternoon.
The community has about two-thousand residents.
Some wanted to make Prices Fork a town to preserve its individuality and keep it from being annexed by Blacksburg.
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((JIM NOONKESTER/COMMITTEE FOR THE INCORPORATION OF PRICES FORK: WE WANT TO PRESERVE OUR COMMUNITY AS IT IS, AS PRICES FORK. AS WE KNOW IT, AND AS WE LOVE IT, AND AS WE WANT TO KEEP IT.))
[OUT Q=to keep it.]
The State Commission on Local Government said last month that it would be a bad idea for Prices Fork to become a town.
Montgomery County argued that the community would not be able to provide basic services like water and garbage removal.
The judicial panel agreed.
Prices Fork residents can still appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
A Lynchburg man who's teaching inner city children the fine art of dancing has big plans for turning a vacant downtown building into a dance studio.
The problem is, he doesn't own the property yet.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( It's been vacant for twenty years, but this century- old building in downtown Lynchburg still echoes with the footsteps of young dancers.. boys and girls who spent hours here learning things like the waltz and ballet..
It is a warehouse of memories for former students like Cornelia Vranian.
((THE BOYS SAT OVER THERE AND THE GIRLS SAT THERE AND SHE'D SAY `OKAY, THE CHA- CHA'...))
Now Vranian is the director of the Lynchburg Historical Foundation, which would love to see someone bring this old building back to life.
((CORNELIA VRANIAN/L'BURG HISTORICAL FOUNDATION: ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, YEAH, BUT ALSO TO JUST LOOK AT THE ARCHITECTURE IN HERE AND ALL THE DETAIL ON THE CEILINGS AND THE LIGHTS, AND IT'S EXCITING TO BE BACK INSIDE A BUILDING LIKE THIS.))
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No one is more excited than Keith Lee, a former Broadway performer who has spent the past year in the basement of a local YMCA, teaching inner city children the joys of dance and theater.
The program keeps getting bigger, and they need room to expand.
((WE WOULD WANT THOSE MIRRORS RIGHT BACK UP..))
Lee hopes to raise 100- thousand dollars to buy the Ward building and turn these dusty ballrooms into dance floors once again.
((KEITH LEE/DANCE THEATER: THE SPACE, THE FLOOR AND THE OPENNESS, THERE ARE NO POLES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOMS AND SO THIS IS WHAT THIS BUILDING WAS USED FOR BEFORE AND SO THAT'S WHAT IT SHOULD BE USED FOR AGAIN.))
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A fundraiser will be held this March.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
And coming up in sports, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras put on a show at the Australian open.
And Bill Belichick has found a new home in New England.
The Roanoke Express has a huge weekend on tap for Star City fans. Steve Mason gives us a preview
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((In his last 10 games, Peron has nine goals and three assists and he leads the team in penalty minutes with 99.
Saturday night is John Brophy's last regular season stop in Roanoke for John Brophy. Hampton Roads moves to the AHL next season. Ron Walker and David Conner are Brophy impersonators who like to put on the Brophy face and wig out at Express/Admirals games at the Round House.
The pair hasn't punched the fiery silver haired coach's buttons this season. The Express players like the old Brophy.
((DAVE GAGNON/12-5-1 THIS SEASON:))
Daniel Berthiaume turned 34 Wednesday and he received a cupcake with candles after practice. Bert is number two in the ECHL in goals against average and is tied for the league lead in save percentage.
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/2.13 GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE:))
Scott Gordon has Calvin Elfring back and feels Todd Campeau and John Poapst are in prime position to prove their metal.
Duane Harmer leads the Express in points a game with about 1.1 per contest. Steve Mason Round House Wrap up.))
Andre Agassi has moved into the finals of the Australian Open.
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Agassi and Pete Sampras put on a thrilling display of tennis in the semi finals.
In the end Agassi would score a five set win over his friend to move into his fourth straight grand slam finals despite being bombarded by 37 Sampras aces.
Top Seed Martina Hingis will face Lindsay Davenport in the Women's final.
Hingis beat Conchita Martinez in straight sets while Davenport knocked off Jennifer Capriati.
Bill Belichick has found a home in New England.
Belichick is the nead head coach of the N-F-L's New England Patriots.
Three weeks ago Belichick was appointed head coach of the New York Jets. However, he resigned a day later in an effort to pursue the New England Job.
The Patriots and Jets reportedly worked out a deal for Belichick involving draft picks, which includes New England's numer one pick this year.
Carolina Panther linebacker Kevin Greene is hanging up his cleats.
This afternoon in Atlanta Green announced his retirement from football.
Green Ranks third in N-F-L history with 160 sacks. He could have become an unrestricted free agent next month.
Green trails Reggie White and Buffalo end Bruce Smith in sacks. He's also third in fumble recoveries with 26.
The Radford Highlanders return home to the Dedmon center tonight for a Big South battle with High Point.
The Highlanders are still unbeaten in the conference.
We will have highlights of this game tonight on News 7 at 11.
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And don't forget Saturday at Noon, News 7 sports will present one of the states most heated rivalries LIVE for you as we present the Liberty Flames-RU game right here on Your Hometown Station this Saturday afternoon.
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There's a program in Roanoke that's helping many single moms work and go to school - instead of relying on welfare.
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Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with details.
It's called TAP "Early" Head Start.
This extension of the Head Start program
not only offers free child care for infants and toddlers -- but also prenatal care for expecting mothers.
Tonight on News 7 at 11 we'll tell you more about the program
-- and the impact it is having on families in our area.
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