Next on News 7, the search continues for an eight year old girl missing in Nelson County. We'll have a live report.
and Governor Gilmore reveals his plan to help laid off textile workers in Henry County.[Weather-Head]
Warming up even more tomorrow then we get wet after that. Forecast details coming up.
On Health Check, the President unveils a plan that he hopes will cut major medical mistakes by 50 percent,
and the Food and Drug Administration gives approval for supermarkets to sell meat exposed to radiation.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I WANT TO RESTORE IN THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FAITH THAT TOMORROW IS GONNA BRING THE DAWN OF A BETTER DAY.))
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A new employer and a relief plan for laid off textile workers -- and still, some criticism for the governor.
Governor Jim Gilmore has come through with a comprehensive administration response to the loss of textile jobs in Southside.
375 new jobs at a distribution center for Nautica brand jeans -- and finally, the Governor's own relief bill.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol with details and reaction.
Jean, make NO mistake.
Henry County is happy to see Nautica.
And they're happy to hear the Governor's ideas on how to help unemployed workers across the state.
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But the details of the Governor's plan-- increased jobless benefits, eliminating the waiting week to get those benefits, and the ability to collect benefits while taking classes were all elements of bills the Governor had opposed before.
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One laid off Tultex worker actually attended the news conference.
She asks where's the health insurance relief?
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((ROBIN HAIRSTON/LAID OFF WORKER: I'M DISAPPOINTED IN THE PACKAGE THAT HE HAS TO OFFER. BECAUSE I WAS SITTING HERE FIGURING IT UP IN MY HEAD AND THAT'S ONLY 36 DOLLARS A WEEK EXTRA.))
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They're still searching this afternoon in Nelson County, looking for an eight year old girl who has been missing since Sunday.
Jackie Holden and her four dogs disappeared in the woods near her home in Shipman.
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That's where Scott Goldberg is this afternoon with the latest.
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A holdup turned deadly for a Roanoke man this morning.
48-year-old Joseph Nemo lived at 420 Rutherford Avenue in Northwest Roanoke.
Police say Nemo was walking down the street when two men demaned his money.
When Nemo said he didn't have any, police say the men pulled out a handgun and shot Nemo in the shoulder.
He died in surgery hours later.
Police have not arrested any suspects.
A floating dock flipped over in Seattle today- sending two men into the water.
Rescuers combed Elliot Bay for about 40 minutes before pulling one man from the water- He was taken to the hospital.
A second man was found shortly after and also taken to the hospital.
Witnesses say the floating dock was used to load and unload rail cars from barges.
No word yet on what why the dock flipped.
Still to come on the newscast, a church group in Danville heads to Georgia to help tornado victims,
and truckers from across the country are also on the road. They're taking their protest against high fuel prices to Washington.
Danville's Police Chief has requested the Virginia State Police to help out in the investigation of an alleged pyramid scheme.
This, after people have complained the department itself is participating in this gifting program.
Chief Neal Morris has requested the State Police investigate complaints of anyone close to him including police officers or family members.
The winning team program has captivated much of Danville and Pittsylvania County for weeks.
Authorities say the program is illegal because participants are asked to give two-thousand dollars and expect 16-thousand dollars in return.
A volunteer organization based out of southside is heading to Camilla, Georgia, to help tornado victims.
The Danville group known as "God's Pit Crew," is collecting disaster relief supplies. So far it has collected more than one-hundred cases of bottled water and other basic necessities. But workers say they still need more.
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((RANDY JOHNSON/VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION PRES.: WE STILL HAVE A 50 FOOT TRAILER EMPTY WE NEED EVERYTHING WE CAN GET.
15:21:46 JAY WENTZ/VOLUNTEER: WE'RE GOING TO GO DOWN THERE CLEAN UP. THERE ARE DAMAGED HOMES AND CHURCHES JUST HELP TO REPAIR.))
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The group plans to head down to Georgia with the supplies this Friday.
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If you would like to donate please call 804-822-0053 or stop by the Riveroak Church of God in Danville located on West Main Street.
A man in Northern Virginia says he bought scenic land in Botetourt County just to give people a place to camp --
but now the county planner says people cannot spend the night next to Craig Creek unless the owner gets a special use permit.
That's because neighbors had complained to the sheriff.
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((JUST A LOT OF NOISE, DISRUPTION, A LOT OF UNDESIRABLE THINGS TO HAVE AROUND YOUR HOME.))
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But families who have used the creek for years say they need a clean safe place like this.
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The landowner, Bill Bayne, lives in Alexandria but says he will appeal the planners' ruling in circuit court.
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If you're tired of high heating oil and gasoline prices- imagine how truckers feel.
Freight haulers say they can't afford the increases-
So truckers, fueled by frustration- took their message to Washington- Lisa Hughes has more.
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They roared into Washington with a message and a plea.
Roughly 200 truckers joined a mobile protest against rising fuel prices
up more than 60-percent since last year30-percent in the past month.
LES NIRDLINGER, TRUCKER, WE HAVENT MADE A PROFIT IN PROBABLY THREE
AND A HALFFOUR WEEKS
Like Les Nirdlingermost truckers work for themselves or for small
companies. They get paid by the trip-no matter what the cost of fuel. And they know prices go up in the winter as supply shrinks. But this
year, prices have skyrocketed. And many truckers say they face a tough decision.
SELL THE TRUCK OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS TOTALLY.
Lisa Hughes/Washington, DC
AND TRUCKERS SAY WE MAY ALL FEEL THE PINCH. WHEN FUEL PRICES GO UP,
SHIPPING PRICES GO UP AND, EVENTUALLY, SO THE PRICES OF JUST ABOUT
EVERYTHING WE BUY IN THE STORE
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell/R-CO
I DONT CARE IF ITS THE FURNITURE IN YOUR HOUSE, THE FOOD ON YOUR TABLE
OR THE CLOTHES YOU WEAR. THEY ALL COME BY TRUCK AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER.
Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell used to drive a truck. He says the government could avoid a crisis by freeing up oil reserves and
reducing Americas dependence on foreign fuel. Truckers also complain about the 24-cent a gallon excise they are forced to pay. Without some
help, Louis Ellis says he cant afford to drive his truck much longer.
Louis Ellis/Baltimore Trucker
IF SOMETHING DONT CHANGE WITHIN THREE WEEKS, IT WILL BE PARKED
BECAUSE I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT INSURANCE ON IT
The trip to Washington wasnt free. Truckers lost a day of work and potential income.
If Congress can provide relief, they insist the sacrifice will be worth
it. Lisa Hughes, CBS News, Washington.))
The history of the American railroad is tied closely to African American heritage. Now the local transportation museum is recognizing the contribution.
The History of the Railroad is intricately tied to African American heritage of the region, and this weekend you'll have a chance to help celebrate that heritage.
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We find Patrick Evans at the Transportation Museum tonight to tell us about a special event Saturday that celebrates the African American experience on the rails.
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Coming up today in Sports, we'll have an update on Winston Cup driver Geoff Bodine's condition following last Friday wreck,
and on health check, the government says meat can get a dose of radiation before it hits supermarket shelves.
and President Clinton says it wouldn't take much to prevent some serious medical mistakes.
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Medical mistakes that cost people their lives got some high level attention today from the President of the United States and Congress. Lee Cowan reports from Washington.
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(( What should have been a routine operation at Martin Memorial
Medical center in Stuart Florida, instead, ended in tragedy.
SOT/DR. GEORGE MCCLAIN, ANESTHESIOLOGIST 14:59:22
He was a beautiful little boy that shouldnt have died.
Seven-year-old Ben Kolb had been injected with the wrong medicine a
mistake the Hospital quickly admitted.
But it is just one example of errors that are made at countless
hospitals all around the country costing as many as 100-thousand lives
a year some 300 a day.
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Im not here to find fault, Im here to find answers.
At the White House the President unveiled a plan he hopes will cut
the number of errors in half over the next five years.
His plan demands that hospitals make public how often deadly mistakes
It asks Congress for $20 million dollars to create a center for
And for new rules to make drug packages easier to read to prevent
We just want to make sure people can read their prescriptions. Two out
of every three of these errors can be eliminated.
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But while doctors agree mistakes are a deadly problem, they dont
agree reporting them will necessarily make hospitals safer.
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In fact, some told Congress today it could make a bad situation even
worse by driving errors underground in an effort to avoid lawsuits.
SOT/STEVEN UDVARHELYI, INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS 11:29:17
When a mistake occurs we are all eager to point the finger, and our
current liability system promotes this culture of blame.
21 states already have laws that force hospitals to report their
mistakes but Doctors point out there is no evidence to suggest those
have fewer errors.
But in Ben Kolbs case the mistake that killed him, once
identified, was never committed again. Lee Cowan, CBS News, the White
Supermarkets will be allowed to sell ground beef that has been exposed to radiation in an effort to kill dangerous bacteria.
Starting today federal rules will allow the irradiation of raw beef, pork and lamb.
It is done by one of three ways, gamma rays, X-Rays or electron beams.
The treatment eliminates the potentially deadly E-Coli bacteria.
The process has long been allowed for poultry, fruits and vegetables.
The Food and Drug Administration says it does not cause radioactivity.
Good afternoon, our Tuesday ticker starts off with news from the track.
Geoffrey Bodine is making progress at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Today he was moved out of the intensive care unit into a private room and his condition has been upgraded to satisfactory.
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Bodine suffered multiple injuries in one of the worst wrecks in NASCAR history last Friday in the Craftsman Truck Series first ever race at Daytona.
The injury literally added insult to an already terrible week for Bodine, who failed to qualify for the Daytona 500.
Bodine's Winston Cup team owner Joe Bessey announced this afternoon that Bodine will be replaced in this coming Sunday's Cup event at Rockingham by veteran Ted Musgrave.
Bessey, who also is a Busch Series driver, admits he thought about filling the seat himself.
It's still way to early to talk about a timetable for Bodine's return to racing, although he did tell his crewman that he planned to be in Rockingham. Fortunately, he was only joking.
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And if you're staying home tonight don't forget we have ACC basketball coming your way at eight as Wake Forest takes on the Duke Blue Devils.
Two ODAC men's basketball teams should make the field of 48 this Sunday night during the NCAA Division III basketball selection show. Hampden Sydney and Roanoke.
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The Maroons earned a post season berth by beating the nations number one ranked Tigers 69-63 last night in the ODAC tournament championship at the Salem Civic Center.
Hampden-Sydney was undefeated coming into the game but still closes the this part of the season 26 and 1.
The Maroons are now 23 and 4 and headed to their first NCAA tournament since 1997. Four Maroons were freshmen then, but for the most part, this will be the Maroons first taste of the NCAA's.
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((JASON STRICKLAND/ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:I KNOW WHAT I HAVE SEEN OF MARCH MADNESS ON CBS OVER THE YEARS AND I KNOW WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM VARIOUS FRIENDS WHO PLAY DIVISION ONE BASKETBALL, VARIOUS DUKE PLAYERS, N.C. STATE PLAYERS AND NORTH CAROLINA PLAYERS WHO I HAVE MET AND SPENT TIME WITH OVER THE SUMMER, THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE MATTER. AND ONE THING THEY ALL AGREE ON IS THAT THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN EVERYTHING.))
((BRAD DUNLEAVY/ODAC TOURNAMENT MVP:JUST ANOTHER GAME. I REALLY WOULDN'T LIKE TO READ INTO IT TO MUCH. AND BUY INTO THE HYPE BECAUSE THAT MIGHT HURT US A LITTLE BIT.))
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Coming up at six, words from the Roanoke Express as the team prepares for a huge milestone tomorrow night against Toledo, see ya then everybody.
Kermit the Frog always said, "It's not easy being green," but when it's 680 MILLION dollars worth of green, things just might get easier.
That's how much money was spent yesterday to buy Kermit and his muppet friends.
Germany's E-M T-V bought the Jim Henson Company and the exclusive rights to all of the Muppet characters.
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The Henson company has won more than 40 Emmy Awards for outstanding work in television and as Patrick Evans reports, it's Website is pretty good too.
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((If the muppets are your thing, check out their official web page at henson-dot-com. Since February is the month of love, you'll be welcomed with a kiss from a pig.
Once inside you can learn anything you ever wanted to know about the company, characters, and their creator Jim Henson.
There's plenty of behind the scenes stuff from the creature and muppet shops.
And if you're looking for fun and games, this is your place.
Everything to dressing up Miss Piggy, to feeding Rizzo pizza, to a memory match game.
Surfers in a musical mood can play the muppa-phone or even try their hand at running a virtual muppet.
There's much more there at the site and best of all, it comes with no strings attached.
If you want to find the official muppets home page, just head to our page at WDBJ7-dot-com and click on the webwatch logo.
I'm Patrick Evans.))