Next on News 7-
A stormy night in Texas- Tornados hit that area.
While in Georgia people are asking why- after a train, bus accident.
Cuts in Medicaid money could affect some senior citizens in this region. We'll tell you how.
And Nine OPEC nations reach an agreement-
Plus wintry weather around here- News 7 is next.
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((OF COURSE A CUT IN MEDICAID MEANS OUR FACILITY IS GOING TO LACK PART OF THE INCOME WE'RE USED TO HAVING.))
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Reimbursement cuts for assisted living facilities mean cuts in other areas.
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Medicaid has withdrawn funding from a state program that allows some elderly and mentally disabled people to be placed in adult homes.
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What will that mean for people in this region?
Kate Weidaw is in the newsroom tonight with more.
It appears what is going to be affected by the cut backs are programs at assisted living facilities -- NOT the amount of care given.
However residents will see changes taking place with the lack of funds.
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[OUT Q=their own pockets.]
(([nat sound of robin helping elderly]
Robin Tate is concerned about programs being cut at Shenandoah Homes in Roanoke County. As the Director of Assisted Living she sees how the dollars from Medicaid reimbursement are used. Two particular groups will be affected by the cut-backs.
((ROBIN TATE: FOR REGULAR AND INTENSIVE ASSISTED LIVING THEY GIVE US REIMBURSEMENT FOR REGULAR IT'S 3 DOLLARS A DAY AND FOR INTENSIVE IT'S 6 DOLLARS A DAY REIMBURSEMENT FOR PATIENTS.))
That adds up to 180 dollars a month per patient -- and with 2 thirds of the residents bringing in reimbursements -- the loss of funds means cuts in the facility are inevitable.
((ROBIN TATE: IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO CUT MONEY FOR ACTIVITIES MONEY FOR GROUPS TO COME IN, RENOVATIONS TO APARTMENTS, AND THE FACILITY AS A WHOLE.))
Tate says this won't keep folks from applying to live in assisted living -- the reason they have no choice because they need the care.
And as of now residents will not be paying more out of their own pockets.))
Assisted Living facilities like Shenandoah Homes will receive Medicaid reimbursements from current patients through November.
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A Pittsylvania County man will spend 20 years in prison for murder.
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In just a matter of minutes this evening, the jury found 37-year-old Troy Anthony Potter guilty of second degree murder and recommended a prison sentence.
Potter said he stabbed his friend Kelvin Blake Keen in self-defense back in August.
Severe weather has rumbled through one of America's largest cities. Let's check in with Andrew in the Weather center.
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[VO-NAT] TWISTER VIDEO
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WAKE UP FORECAST
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Relief from high gas prices may be on the way.
Nine of eleven OPEC members agreed to raise oil production at total of nearly one and half million barrels a day.
While it may not be enough to bring prices down at the pump in the U-S, the Clinton Administration says it will be good for the economy.
A freight train engineer tried to stop when he saw a school bus on the tracks- but it was too late.
The train slammed into the bus in Georgia- nearly cutting the bus in half-
Two children are dead, and at least five others are injured- many seriously.
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((HE SAYS HE APPROACHED THE AREA AND BLEW HIS WHISTLE. HE SAW THE BUS.
HE CONTINUED TO BLOW THE WHISTLE. HE HIT THE EMERGENCY BREAK, BUT HE
COULDN'T STOP IN TIME TO AVOID HITTING THE BUS.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper Ken Uselton/Highway Patrol;]
[OUT Q=hitting the bus.]
The bus driver is in stable condition- Police will interview her tomorrow.
Only she can explain why a school bus with seven children was on the tracks with a train coming.
One of the children on the bus was her five year old daughter.
Widening Interstate 81 may be the ultimate answer to the rising number of accidents and injuries.
But a new report says better enforcement, education and engineering could also make a difference.
The plan to widen the interstate will require more than three billion dollars and 20 years to accomplish.
So, the Task Force created by Congressmen Frank Wolf, Bob Goodlatte, and Rick Boucher, laid out some near- term alternatives.
Among the ideas, more highly visible police patrols, education programs to help motorists and truck drivers share the road, and the use of technology to encourage safe practices and warn drivers of potential dangers.
The task force says there is an opportunity to use state and federal funds to develop what the report refers to as "a model safety corridor."
The effort won't come cheap, but the task force says the alternative carries a higher pricetag in injuries, property damage, congestion and delay.
Police in central Virginia are urging motorists to be cautious but not to panic about the possibility an impostor cop may be patrolling area highways.
Two incidents have been reported in the last week on Route 29.. motorists say a man driving a white, police- like vehicle pulled them over and asked for their license and registration.
The REAL police say it's unlikely a plain clothes officer in an unmarked car would make a traffic stop.
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((CAPT. MIKE HARRIS/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: GENERALLY WE DON'T ENCOURAGE TRAFFIC STOPS BY PLAIN CLOTHES OFFICERS. IT'S NOT TO SAY IT WON'T HAPPEN, IT'S NOT A COMMON THING FOR OUR DEPARTMENT. AND AS WE SAID EARLIER, TO ASK FOR I-D IS PROPER AT THAT TIME.))
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Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call their local police.
One of the few Republican candidates for Roanoke City Council is dropping out of the race.
Find out why when News 7 at Eleven returns.
And next, the trial of the suspected railroad killer gets underway, but not without some surprises.
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((THIS IS DENISE ALLEN IN THE NEWS 7 SPORTS DEPARTMENT: TONIGHT DENNIS MIMS IS REINSTATED TO THE HOKIES' BASKETBALL TEAM, THE NIT FINAL FOUR TAKES CENTER STAGE AT THE GARDEN. JUNIOR TEST THE WATERS IN MARTINSVILLE AND THE VIRGINIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME IS LOOKING FOR HELP FROM SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. THOSE STORIES AND MORE LATER IN SPORTS.))
The suspected railroad killer wants to withdraw his insanity plea.
Angel (Ma-tyou-reno) Maturino Resendiz is accused of killing five people in Texas...two in Illinois...and one in Kentucky as he traveled from state to state on rail cars.
As Jury selection got underway today Resendiz requested the judge not be present and for the first twelve jurors to be accepted.
The judge refused.
Resendiz refused to speak with a psychologist as ordered.
Elian Gonzalez relatives want the chance to appeal the boys case in court- but the six year old could be sent back before that happens.
Lee Cowan has more as time runs out toward Thursday's deadline.
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[SUPER=01-Karen Kraushaar/INS Spokesman; 16 quick!]
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((Justice department officials told the family Elian's temporary permission to stay in the U.S. would end at 9 a.m. Thursday, despite a pending appeal. It is not the way the Justice Department wanted this to end, but the family, officials say, gave them no other choice.
In a letter delivered Friday, Attorney General Janet Reno agreed to allow the family to appeal the decision to send Elian back home, but only if they also agreed to turn the boy over to the INS if they lost that appeal.
NAT SOT PROTESTORS
Elian's attorneys, backed by anti-Castro demonstrators, say that's unreasonable. Not only, they charge, does it write the government a blank check, it also denies the family their constitutional right to push the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
JORGE MAS SANTOS/CUBAN NATIONAL FOUNDATION: "At most run it's course."
"The Justice Department would like another meeting with Elian's great-uncle tomorrow to discuss Elian's transfer into government hands. A delicate maneuver both sides agree will not be easy on anyone, least
of all a 6-year-old boy. Lee Cowan, CBSN, Washington."))
A Grayson County motel faces claims of racial discrimination and housing violations.
The Virginia Justice Center filed suit today against the Osborne Motel in Independence.
The suit alleges motel owners Hoyt and Glenna Osborne provided "some of the worst housing conditions ... in Virginia" to migrant workers who were staying at the hotel while harvesting Christmas trees last fall.
And it alleges the Osbornes charged the Mexican workers a much higher rate than other customers.
The Osbornes tell News 7 they haven't seen the lawsuit and therefore have NO comment.
The Southside Virginia textile industry may be unravelling, but the furniture industry seems to be getting stronger.
Stanley Furniture Company announced today it's adding a new line of office products and hiring more workers to get the plant running at full strength.
Surae Chinn has more.
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[SUPER=01-Sid Clower/Henry Co. Administrator; :00 Quick]
[SUPER=01-Albert Prillaman/Stanley Furniture CEO; :15]
[SUPER=01-Robert Shumaker/Machine Operator; :31]
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((SID CLOWER/HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE THINK THIS IS GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THE ENTIRE FURNITURE INDUSTRY))
Although the Stanley Furniture Company has just announced a new manufacturing plant, the facility that makes the latest line of office furniture has been up and running for a couple of months.
((ALBERT PRILLAMAN/COMPANY CEO AND PRESIDENT: WE'RE JUST MONTH SHIPPING OUR FIRST PRODUCT WE'RE ONLY OPERATING 25 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. WE'LL BE IN FULL PRODUCTION VERY SOON.))
The company has helped lessen the impact of the fall of the textile industry.
It's making workers like Robert Shumaker very happy.
((ROBERT SHUMAKER/MACHINE OPERATOR: I LOVE IT. I COME FROM TULTEX MAKING SWEATS. THIS IS DIFFERENT AND I REALLY ENJOY IT.))
The company plans to have a staff of 350 making world class home office furnishings with high tech equipment and skilled people.
Development officials say they're the building blocks for a stable company. A place, Shumaker might want to stay for awhile.
((ROBERT SHUMAKER/MACHINE OPERATOR: THEY HAVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS, YOU MOVE UP STEPS. IT'S VERY SURPRISING IT'S A NEW EXPERIENCE.))
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From furniture to textiles- Dan River Incorporated in Danville has asked the union to start contract negotiations early.
The request comes two years before the current contract expires.
It's also after the company announced one of their operations will be moving to Mexico.
The United Food and Commercial Workers union has not yet decided if it will bargain with the company.
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((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: FOR US IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMAIN PROFITABLE, TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE. IT'S HARDER TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE TO STAY COMPETITIVE. WE HOPE THESE TALKS WILL KEEP US IN A POSITION TO BE COMPETITIVE))
[SUPER=01-Joe Bouknight/Dan River Inc.;]
[OUT Q=to be competitive.]
The company has not said what the key negotiation issues are.
One of the few Republicans running for Roanoke City Council is out of the running.
Don Hogan said today that he's pulling out of the race, because it was taking too much time from his business and family.
He also said it cost too much-
His campaign lasted about a month.
Still ahead on the newscast-- Success By Six.
Find out what it means and how it could affect children here when we come back.
And retirement center and medical facilities could be coming to Smith Mountain Lake.
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Research has started for a retirement home or 24-hour medical center at Smith Mountain Lake.
Now that the lake's Family Development Foundation has 80-thousand dollars in grant money -- it can begin planning a retirement home or medical center.
Retirees make up most of the lake's population.
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((SOMEDAY IT MAY NOT BE SAFE FOR US TO BE ON THE ROAD. THESE TYPES OF FACILITIES NEED TO BE WHEREVER WE ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill LaRue/Lake Resident; :03]
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Residents must now leave the lake for retirement homes.
Realtors say that hurts the economy.
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((REALTORS AND DEVELOPERS TELL US PEOPLE ARE NOT COMING TO THE LAKE BECAUSE THERE IS NO RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Walter Lenahan/Project President;]
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Even if studies support a retirement home or medical center, researchers say it would take about four years to build them.
Roanoke Valley children are being taught how to succeed before they're even six years old.
Success by 6 is a program to prepare children for school.
The initiative just got a 100-thousand dollar boost from the Bank of America.
The grant was given to the United Way of Roanoke valley for the 188 child care centers in Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig counties and the cities of Roanoke and Salem.
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((MAT DESPARD/UNITED WAY OF ROANOKE VALLEY: ROANOKE VALLEY HAS BEEN SELECTED AS ONE OF TWO PILOT SITES IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA FOR THE TEACH PROGRAM, WHICH STANDS FOR TEACHER AND EDUCATION AND COMPENSATION HELPS.))
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[OUT Q=compensation helps.]
TEACH will allow child care providers to get scholarships for college education.
The funding will also provide resources for parents and help to accredit at least 25 of the child care centers in the Valley.
Just two months ago, Danville residents were digging out from several inches snow and ice.
Now some of the city's clean-up costs may be paid by the federal government.
Back in January, two winter storms dumped several inches of snow and ice on Southside and Central Virginia.
109 cities and counties are now eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Local governments can be reimbursed for emergency work performed during the storm.
Coming up, Dennis Mims is staying at Tech, final four action in the NIT and we catch up with little Earnhardt at the Martinsville Speedway.
Now our extra point.
The Roanoke Steam makes its first appearance on the Civic Center field this Saturday.
The preseason game will be against the Greensboro Prowlers. The format for the game will similar to that of NFL preseason scrimmages.
The Steam and Prowlers will face each other in one on one drills that include blocking on the line of scrimmage and receivers playing against defensive backs in passing drills.
The game is closed to the general public.
The Steam opens its regular home season at the Roanoke Civic Center on May sixth against Tulsa.
Now here are the boards.
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Super sophomore Dennis Mims has been reinstate to the Virginia Tech Basketball team.
Mims was suspended indefinitely earlier this month for violating undisclosed team rules.
Coach Ricky Stokes announced yesterday evening that the 6-9 center will join the team for spring drills on April 10th.
Mims says he's ready to put this all behind him and get back on the court
He averaged 14 points a game and was named to the Atlantic 10 third team.
Tech was 16-15 this past seasons.
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The NIT's version of the final four took the court last night.
A battle between two ACC teams started the night off. Wake Forest won out in overtime to win a trip to Thursday's final.
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But North Carolina State took the lead early in the extra period. Anthony Grundy goes the length of the court, makes a little fake and gives the Pack the 56-54 lead.
The Demon Deacons found the open man, Darius Songaila gets the points Wake wins 62-59.
In the night cap Notre Dame beat Penn State 73-to-52.
The New York Rangers have fired their general manger and coach, giving a former Virginia Lancers coach an opportunity to lead the team.
Rangers Assistant John Tortorella will coach the team through the final four games. The new GM will hired the next coach.
You may remember Tortorella coached the Lancers to a championship in 1986, his first season as the coach.
The Northern Conference was on the line when the Roanoke Express traveled to Peoria.
The Express won three to two. Dave Gagnon made 40 saves. Roanoke can clinch the Northern Conference and the Nort
heast division with a win over Toledo tonight.[S-Baseball]
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The Spartans won the battle with Glenvar yesterday afternoon at Salem Memorial Stadium.
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Fans sported blankets and parkas to beat the cold tempratures and swirling winds.
Salem carried a 1 to nothing lead into the fourth inning when Jonathan Shelor steps up to the plate with a runner on first. Shelor singles to right the Glenvar defense steps up to the challenge throwing Justin Bowles out at third.
Still in the fourth, Salem on the offensive with the bases loaded. The basehit brings home Eric Secrist and Shelor. The Spartans win it 5 to two.
Winston Cup drivers traveled to the Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Directv 500.
Rick Mast is recovering from two broken ribs and a bruised spleen suffered at Bristol, but he will race this weekend.
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Sources say Mast is switching race teams, going from the Larry Hedrick number 41 Big Daddy Chevrolet to the A.J. Foyt number 14 Conseco Pontiac for the remainder of this season. Mast will be the third different driver in the Conseco Pontiac in seven races. Mast is 37th in Winston Cup points.
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CBS begins coverage of the The DirectTV.com 500 at 1:30, you can catch the race right here on WDBJ.
After Sunday's race, drivers head back to Martinsville for the Goody's Body Pain 500 April ninth.
Dale Earnhardt Junior joined three other Winston Cup rookies at the half mile track for testing yesterday. Junior is currently 23rd in points put has struggled in the last three races with finishes of 38th, 40th and 29th.
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[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt Junior/Driver of Budweiser Chevy; :00]
[OUT Q=getting us through"]
Matt Kenseth leads the rookie points and is 18th in the cup standings with to top five finishes.
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[SUPER=01-Matt Kenseth/18th in Cup Points; :00]
[OUT Q=...satisfied with it"]
It's down on paper now The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is trying to make a new 35-thousand square foot facility in Portsmouth a reality.
Officials are in the planning stages of a capital campaign to build and the facility just two blocks from its current site in downtown Portsmouth.
operate a 35-thousand square foot
Today members of the executive committee were in Salem and reported that over 2-million dollars has been raised by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Former Roanoke College and Virginia Tech Coach Charlie Moir is one of the class of 2-thousand inductees.
And Moir is leading a local group that plans to raise a million dollars so a satellite museum can be placed in Southwest Virginia.
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[SUPER=01-Eddie Webb/Executive Committee; :15]
((CHARLIE MOIR/HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: LOT OF THE PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA SEEM SO FAR AWAY THEY DON'T REALIZE THAT THERE IS A VIRGINIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND WE FEEL LIKE IF WE CAN HAVE A SATELLITE DIVISION HERE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY OR IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IT WILL BRING MORE RECOGNITION TO THE BUILDING IN PORTSMOUTH.))
((EDDIE WEBB/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: BY ESTABLISHING THESE REGIONALIZED CHAPTERS THAT WILL ALLOW US TO HIGHLIGHT THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OUR INDUCTEES IN A REGIONAL MANNER.))
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Former Winston Cup Driver Wendall Scott, two former pro football stars Steve Delong and Larry Brooks, Ray Bussard, a record setting swimmer from Hot Springs and Lee Morrison a coach and administrator in women's college athletics are al
so in the Class of 2000.