Coming up on NEWS 7:
The governor decides whether motor vehicle inspection fees go up, whether to buy more cameras to catch people running red lights- -and whether to keep kids from riding in the bed of your pickup.
Also tonight: a pair of fugitives is arraigned for the interstate hostage drama that ended Thursday in Wythe County.
In sports, we will preview the Salem Avalanche home opener against the Hillcats, the latest on a Tech football player injured over the weekend,
and Mike Stevens spent his weekend and then today at Martinsville with truck champion Bobby Hamilton.
The week is shaping up to be fairly cloudy with a threat for showers each day. We will explain in just a few minutes.
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Company officials at Dan River Mills say it didn't turn out the way they wanted.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Last night, the union voted against the textile company's proposal to amend the current contract.
Today the textile company responded.
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Surae Chinn is in our Danville bureau to tell us what that means for employees and the company.
Keith, company officials say the vote last night was crucial for the future growth of Dan River Mills, employees and the city of Danville.
It means expansion plans are on hold and could possibly move outside of Danville.
In any event, it was a disappointing outcome for the company.
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[SUPER=01-Christopher VanNorden/Union Worker; :24]
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((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC. SPOKESPERSON: DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE THE UNION COMMITTEE AND THE COMPANY WORKED HARD ON THIS AGREEMENT AND I THINK THE AGREEMENT WE PROPOSED WAS A FAIR AGREEMENT.))
But that is not what the majority who voted last night believed. The company's proposal included the option of extending 8 hour shifts to 12 and cutting down on overtime pay.
((CHRISTOPHER VANNORDEN/UNION EMPLOYEE: THEY WANTED THE UNION TO PUT THEIR LOGO ON IT AND LET THE DAN RIVER MILLS DO WHAT THEY WANTED.))
Company officials wanted to expand the home fashions plant in Danville to absorb the nearly 500 jobs that will be lost from a division moving to Mexico. The proposal, included a three percent raise every 14 months and an increase in pension benefits. Since the union employees rejected the offer..plans to expand here have come to a standstill.
((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC. SPOKESPERSON: THE INABILITY TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES WILL HAVE IMPACT IN DANVILLE BUT WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT FOLDING UP OUR TENT AND HEADING OUT OF TOWN.))
Dan River has five additional plants in the southeast that do not have shift restrictions. It is considering those options. ))
One concern the company has is that there was a low turnout only 300 people voted. That's only about 15 percent of the company's union workforce.
If there is a strong indication the vote would change the company will consider renegotiating again.
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One-thousand-and-89 bills later, Governor Jim Gilmore just made last night's midnight deadline to act on the work of the 2000 General Assembly.
Ellen Qualls has details.
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(( It was a long weekend in the office for the Governor-- who says the system's so badly in need of reform, his bill deadline is almost physically impossible to meet.
He started Monday at 2 p-m.
Among his vetoes: increased motor vehicle inspection fees-- aimed at better compensating auto mechanics.
The Governor saw it as a 30-million dollar bill for motorists statewide.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS CLIP IT OFF, A DOLLAR AT A TIME, TEN DOLLARS AT A TIME, IN ORDER TO TRY TO CONTINUE TO REACH INTO THE POCKETS OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. IN THIS INSTANCE I DIDN'T THINK I SAW ANY BUSINESS NECESSITY IN THIS. INSPECTION PEOPLE MAKE THEIR MONEY ON REPAIRS.))
He also vetoed a bill that would expand a pilot program of cameras on top of traffic signals-- to catch us running red lights.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT GOES TO THE QUESTION OF ACTUALLY BEGINNING TO WATCH PEOPLE BY PHOTO-ELECTRIC MEANS. AND EVEN MORE INSIDIOUS, IT BEGINS TO GET PEOPLE ACCUSTOMED TO BEING WATCHED BY ELECTRONIC MEANS BY THE STATE. AND NOT JUST IN SECURITY AREAS, BUT IN THE OPEN STREETS. AND I JUST THINK THAT'S REPELLENT.))
Another sketchy area of personal freedoms got by Gilmore.
A bill banning kids 16 and under in the beds of pickup trucks.
George Allen vetoed it twice.
Gilmore somewhat reluctantly signed it into law.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT'S NOT SOMETHING I WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR AS A LEGISLATOR. BUT THEY HAVE REPEATEDLY OVER AND OVER AGAIN.))
He spread a little thinner the seven million dollars lawmakers had set aside for textile workers' emergency health insurance.
He pumped up the amount of money tobacco farmers can exclude from the taxable incomes.
In all, there were 16 vetoes and 63 amendments.
The administration says that's the lowest percentage of bills amended by any governor since Virginia's modern Constitutional process began in 1981.
A sign, they say, of a Republican legislature and a Republican governor largely working together.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Wilbert Wesly Lewis is behind bars tonight for failing to stop for a Roanoke City police officer on December 31-st of last year.
Officer W.G. Boucher attempted to pull Lewis over for driving without his headlights on.
That lead to a chase and a confrontation in which Boucher shot Lewis.
Lewis's injuries kept him from being arrested earlier.
Lewis is being held at the Roanoke City Jail on 5-thousand dollars bond.
Two fugitives captured at the end of a standoff in Wythe County last week were in court this morning to face a slew of charges.
20-year-old Angel Tanner is accused of 13 felonies ... including abduction, assault and kidnapping.
She's being held without bail.
Her boyfriend, 37-year-old Dennis Lewis, was arraigned on the same charges. He's also being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail.
The couple surrendered at the home of their hostages Thursday night ... ending a two day crime spree that began in Tennessee.
Both suspects also face criminal charges from the federal government and the state of Tennessee.
A Wytheville man's murder trial has been called off.
The jury trial of 23-year-old Jason Wolfe has been canceled in anticipation of a guilty plea tomorrow.
Police arrested Wolfe last summer.
They say he beat 24-year-old Michael Wayne Alderman to death after finding him in bed with his wife.
Martinsville authorities are investigating a weekend murder.
Saturday morning, officers responded to the Rivermont Apartments and found 29-year-old Patrick Allen White on the ground with gunshot wounds.
He later died at Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
Authorities have not said if they have any suspects.
Still ahead-- Roanoke's Baskin-Robbins store is cut off by the company. We've got the scoop for you.
And only one in a million get it-- find out how you could help one little Radford boy with Costmann's Syndrome.
Three months ago-- they were celebrating the birth of their first child.
Today-- that same Radford couple is turning to the community to save his life.
As Teresa Hamilton reports... without a bone marrow transplant their son could die before his first birthday.
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((DEVELOPMENTALLY, HE'S NOT DIFFERENT AT ALL, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IN HIM IS HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM.))
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To look at little Henry Moore...you'd never guess he's fighting a disease that could easily take his life.
Just four weeks ago-- Patrick and Angela found out their son was born with Costmann's syndrome.
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((DR. JAMES WESTON/OBGYN: HENRY'S PROGNOSIS IS VERY GRIM UNLESS HE'S ABLE TO RECEIVE A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT.))
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Henry was born without the white blood cells needed to fight bacteria.
It's an extremely rare disease... only one in a million people are born with it.
Patrick and Angela have both been tested as potential bone marrow donors... but don't yet know if they're a match.
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((PATRICK MOORE/FATHER: HE DOESN'T KNOW HE'S SICK SO THAT'S ANOTHER MIRACLE, THAT HE CAN BE AS HAPPY, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE CONCERNED HE DOESN'T KNOW THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG. SO HE'S HAVING A GREAT TIME.))
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In the meantime-- the Moores and the community are organizing a bone marrow drive for next week.
It's 85- dollars to donate... but the Moores have been collecting donations for those who want to help but can't afford to.
In their eyes... a small price to pay for the "gift of life".
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Radford.))
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The bone marrow drive will be held next Tuesday, April 18th, at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in the Fireside Conference Room..
Wythe County will bury its longest-serving sheriff tomorrow.
Buford Eugene Shockley died Friday at Wythe County Community Hospital.
He was 83.
Shockley spent 24 years as sheriff, retiring in 1979.
He was a World War Two veteran who spent his entire career in law enforcement with the county.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at the Grubb Funeral Home chapel.
Worries about first-quarter earnings led to a slide in technology stocks.
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The DOW gained 75 points while NASDAQ plunged 258, its second-worst one-day point drop ever.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained a fraction of a point.
If you've got to have a double dip of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, you'd better get down to Towers Mall in a hurry.
The company has pulled the plug on Paul Meeker's franchise agreement.
He admits he's behind in his royalty payments. "It happens every Winter," Meeker says.
In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, the company says Meeker owes Baskin Robbins more than 50-thousand dollars.
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He has to pay cash up front for product shipments, but the store appears to be well stocked.
Meanwhile the company says Meeker is using the Baskin Robbins name without permission. Meeker's franchise agreement was terminated two weeks ago.
Meeker fully expects Baskin Robbins to sell it to someone else.
Paula Johnson is looking for a new home.
The woman involved in the UVA switched babies case is living temporarily with her mother in Stafford County.
Johnson moved out of her apartment after a dispute with her landlord.
Her lawyer says she stopped paying rent because of problems that hadn't been fixed.
But a judge ruled that Johnson had to pay the back rent...about 35-hundred dollars.
The Craftsman Truck Series Napa 250 finally ran at Martinsville today, the Avalanche and the Hillcats suit up for a a cross town battle, we will have a preview,
and the latest on a Virginia Tech football player who was injured Saturday at practice.
The NASCAR truck series race was washed out this past Saturday, but Mike Stevens says the delay didn't keep the drivers or the fans from sliding back into the track for today's make-up.
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Mark Martin - truly turned the track into "Martin's-ville" yesterday.
He used track position and some spring and shock set-up advice from his teammate Jeff Burton to win the Goody's Body Pain 500.
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The Avalanche's home opener is tonight against Lynchburg after a four game road trip. Denise Allen is at Salem Memorial Stadium.
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Colorado leads Cincinnati 7-2 in the ninth. In the top of the fourth, Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 400th career homerun. At age 30, 141 days, he is the youngest major leaguer to reach 400.
In Chicago, the Atlanta Braves blew a 3-nothing lead in the bottom of the ninth to loose to the Cubs. Shane Andrews
tied it up with a blast off Kerry Lightenberg. [SUPER=35-Chicago/4/Atlanta/3;]Then Jeff Reed singled in Damon Bufford t
o secure the 4-3 win on a snow day at Wrigley.
Virginia Tech spring football rolls on down in Blacksburg. A physical game does mean injury sometimes.
News 7 sports has learned that red shirt freshman Jake Grove suffered a leg injury Saturday at practice. He underwent x-rays today to check for a broken bone. Grove attended Jefferson Forest high school and is a projected starter at center for the Hokies
A lot of parents have questions about the Standards of Learning-- A town meeting in Franklin County tonight could answer some of them.
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom tonight to tell us about it.
The purpose of tonight's meeting is to allow parents, students, educators, and others to learn more about the SOL's.
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Rocky Mount Delegate Allen Dudley and State Board of Education President Kirk Schroder will host the town meeting.
Tonight on News 7 at 11 find out what concerns and questions are voiced
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as well as Dudley and Schroder's perspective on the SOL's.