Today on News 7 at five, layoffs are coming Norfolk Southern's East End Shops. We'll have the details.
and an Atlanta judge makes an important decision on Elian Gonzalez' future.
Heading for a heat wave....well for a day or two. The humid story coming up.
On Health check, children in a couple of our hometowns have problems with a contagious illness.
and just how much fat is in fast food. We'll tell you where you can look if you really want to know.
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((I STILL STAND HERE WITH FAITH- FAITH IN MY ATTORNEYS AND ABOVE ALL FAITH IN THE MAN THAT GOT ELIAN HERE SAFELY- WHICH IS GOD.))
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Elian's Miami relatives react to today's ruling- vowing to fight to keep Elian in the United States.
A federal appeals court today ruled Elian Gonzalez should be allowed to go home with his father- The court denied the Miami relatives request to allow Elian to apply for political asylum.
Teresa Estacio is following the case and joins us from Miami with more.
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[super=01-Marisleysis Gonzalez/Elian's Cousin;]
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News traveled quickly. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the
lower court's decision. Simply put, they denied a poliltical asylum
hearing requested for Elian Gonazalez by his Miami relatives. The ruling
removes a major obstacle keeping the boy from returning to Cuba with his
Juan Miguel Gonzalez was very pleased by the latest ruling.
Juan Gonzalez, thank you to american people
Greg Craig, Juan Miguel Gonzalez' attorney, time to end, let him
go in peace.
Attorney general Janet Reno also praised the court's ruling.
Janet Reno, Attorney General, based on all the circumstances,
justice has been done.
But the ruling is not stopping Elian's Miami relatives. They pledged to
continue to fight to keep the boy in America.
Marisleysis Gonzalez, Cousin, "I stand still here with faith in my
attorneys and most of all faith in the man who got Elian to this country
safe, which is God.
In Little Havana, which the 6-year old called home for five months,
Cuban-Americans still believe he belongs here.
Estacio close, "But once again the saga is far from being over. The court's decision allows the Miami relatives to appeal once again,
keeping Elian in the United States for at least several more weeks.))
228 Norfolk Southern employees will lose their jobs in August.
The company blames the decline of coal exports- Workers will be laid off in Roanoke's east end shops.
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Jennifer Miele is in the news room with reaction.
Jean the mood here is just terrible. Workers are upset, worried, anxious about finding more work, despite the decent job market in Roanoke.
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[SUPER=01-Roberta Codwell/NS Employee;23]
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[OUT Q=take those jobs.]
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After years of building and rebuilding rail cars, employees at Norfolk Southern Car Shop have finished the job.... and they say they aren't being rewarded for it.
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((I JUST BECAME A FULL TIME CRANE OPERATOR AS OF TODAY, ANYWAY THEY NOTIFIED US THIS MORNING THAT FUNDS ARE DOWN AND THEY'D HAVE TO LAY SOME PEOPLE OFF.))
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((WE'RE REALLY SHOCKED, WE KIND OF EXPECTED SOMETHING WAS HAPPENING BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW FOR SURE.))
[SUPER=01-Roberta Codwell/NS Employee]
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The Virginia Employment Commission says the job market in Roanoke should be able to compensate for the jobs lost.
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((WHEN YOU HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES AT 1.6% AND EMPLOYERS ARE JUST CRYING FOR WORKERS, YOU'LL SEE MORE WORKERS FINDING A JOB IN A RECESSIONARY PERIOD. IF THOSE WORKERS ARE WILLING TO TAKE THOSE JOBS.))
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[OUT Q=those workers are willing to take those jobs.]))
although everyone has a negative tone right now, Jean
NS has told employees they will be offering other jobs to the workers in other areas of the company.
I-T-T will also begin laying off this summer.
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The Night Vision Division will reduce its workforce by about 15-percent by early next year.
Some salaried employees have been given an option of taking what the company calls "enhanced severance."
Depending on how many take advantage of that, about 70 hourly AND salaried workers will get layoff notices by the end of next month.
Fifty more people will be laid off in early January, bringing the company almost back to pre-1997 employment levels.
A hostage situation in Luxembourg is over-
All 25 children and three teachers made it out of the daycare center safely.
Police stormed the building today putting an end to the 30-hour standoff- Agents brought out children- visibly shaken but unhurt.
The man who held the group was reportedly shot.- He is in critical condition.
A Floyd County judge did something he says he normally would NOT.
He let a man who tried to kill his family go free.
Philip Casteel says he's mending his marriage .. after he cut the brake cables on his wife's car and let her drive off with the three children inside.
No one was hurt.
Casteel pled guilty to reduced charges today, and his wife told the judge to let him stay out of jail.
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Casteel resigned as a Roanoke County firefighter and is now doing landscape work. He could still get 15 years in prison.
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On the eve of the big meeting in Lynchburg, some ministers say they disagree with the Promisekeepers view of women,
plus computer trouble is causing problems for customers of a new bank in the Valley.
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More information on the crash of TWA flight 800.
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Government investigators recently fired Stinger missiles in Florida- to settle questions about
the crash of T-W-A Flight 800 four years ago.
The plane went down off Long Island, New York, killing all 230 people aboard. Witnesses reported seeing streaks of light that
night, sparking theories a missile was to blame.
Investigators blamed the crash on the explosion of the jet's center fuel tank.
But still, they decided to do missile tests in April to compare them to what witnesses saw that night.
No results will be released until August.
Suntrust Bank's takeover of Crestar Bank has caused some problems for customers.
A bank spokesperson says deposits and other transactions are posting slower than normal affecting the availability of funds.
That means some customers haven't been able to get all their money.
But bank officials say they are in the process of working on the problem and hope to have the system fixed as soon as possible.
SunTrust has more than 350 branches in Virginia, DC and Maryland.
A new partnership is helping low income people in Danville become homeowners.
The city, its Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and Telamon Corporation announced they are building three homes for people in the Liberty View community. This is an effort to revitalize the city's largest low income housing development. Alfreda (AL-free-da) Stamps will likely become the latest homeowner.
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((ALFREDA STAMPS/ON LOW INCOME: NO I'VE NEVER OWNED A HOME. IT'S SOMETHING I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO. BEGINNING TO LOOK BLEAK BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH SO MUCH. IT'S WONDERFUL.))
((DARYL DALTON/DANVILLE REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING: MS. STAMPS IS ACTUALLY IN THE TOP 15 WE HAVE A LITTLE OVER 200 ON WAITING LIST. SHE WILL BE GIVEN A VOUCHER AND A CHARGE SO SHE CAN FIND A HOME SHE WANTS TO BUY. BUT WE MADE THE DEAL SO ATTRACTIVE WE ARE CONFIDENT SHE'S GOING TO MOVE IN TO THESE HOMES HERE.))
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[SUPER=01-Daryl Dalton/Redevelopment and Housing; :12]
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The project is also getting support from federal grant money.
Construction of a new biomedical park in Roanoke holds the promise of new industry and new jobs.
But the plan will also mean big changes for the existing businesses that now stand in the way.
Approximately thirty businesses are located on the parcel the city wants for the 175- million dollar development.
Surfaces Incorporated is a wall and floor covering contractor that moved into the old Southern States building less than a year ago.
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((BRAD ALLEN: THERE'S NOT A GRUDGE. THERE'S NOT A BOXING BATTLE HERE. THERE'S JUST THE REALITY IF OKAY THIS IS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THERE IS FAIR AND JUST COMPENSATION.))
[SUPER=01-Brad Allen/Surfaces Inc.]
[OUT Q=fair and just compensation.]
Brad Allen and representatives of other businesses hope to get some answers when they meet with city officials tonight at the municipal building.
The arrival of thousands of Christian men in Lynchburg this weekend for a Promisekeepers rally
has raised some questions among the local clergy.
Reverend Frank Dunn says several pastors and citizens are concerned with the message Promisekeepers sends to women.
Dunn says the movement focuses too much on establishing men as the leaders of their families.
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((REV. FRANK DUNN/EQUAL PARTNERS IN FAITH: WE'RE TALKING ESSENTIALLY ABOUT POWER ISSUES AND WHEN ONE GROUP, MEN IN THIS CASE, ASSERT THEMSELVES AS THE SOURCE OF POWER AND THE RIGHTFUL PLACE WHERE POWER RESIDES, SOME OF US QUESTION THE WISDOM OF THAT.))
((GEORGE CAYLOR/PROMISEKEEPERS ORGANIZER: IT'S TO ESTABLISH THE MALE AS THE SERVANT LEADER IN HIS FAMILY. NO ONE'S WORTH BEING A LEADER UNLESS HE'S WORTH BEING A SERVANT. HE HAS TO LEARN THAT SERVANTHOOD FIRST, AND HERE IS WHERE HE LEARNS THAT SERVANTHOOD.))
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[SUPER=01-George Caylor/Promisekeepers Organizer; :18]
[OUT Q=learns that servanthood.]
Critics also say Promisekeepers has become too politicized and aligns itself too much with the religious right.
Organizers say persons of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to attend.
It's Thursday and on News 7 at 5 that means it's time for growing it. Up next Patrick Evans tells us about a little something he heard through the grapevine.
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Valhalla Vineyards in Roanoke County has quietly been producing some great wines the last couple of years, and now the mountaintop vineyard is garnering some impressive awards.
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Patrick Evans joins us from Valhalla, with the story of growing grapes and a growing industry.
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Coming up today in Sports, Mike Stevens will have a big upset in the world of tennis,
and then on Health Check, we'll tell you where you can find out just how much fat is in fast food.
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Public Health Districts in Roanoke and Bedford are investigating an outbreak of Shigellosis.
Roanoke Alleghany Health District Director Molly O'Dell says the total in Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem is up to 33 today.
Bedford and Bedford County report 15 confirmed cases.
The bacterial infection is fairly common in the summer and early fall.
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People with shigellosis may experience mild to severe diarrhea, a fever and traces of blood or mucus in the stool, headaches and abdominal cramping, although some infected people do not show any symptoms.
The disease is contagious for one to two weeks.
Your health is the topic of our website of the day. It's all about fast food and the battle of the bulge. Tonya Flory explains.
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(( The federal government came out with new dietary guidelines this week in an effort to curb a growing trend in America.
Each year more and more Americans are joining the ranks of the obese and one of the leading factors is our obsession with fast food.
Those quick and easy meals may taste good, but they aren't necessarily good for you.
But sometimes it's hard to tell, a seemingly innocent meal can be filled with hidden fat and calories.
But today's website of the day can help.
It is a guide to the fat and calorie content of all the popular fast foods.
You can check out your favorite restaurant's menu or do a side by side comparison to decide where to eat.
So take the mystery out of your quick lunch by checking out our website of the day. You can find it thru a link to our website at WDBJ7-dot-com. I'm Tonya Flory.))
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Thursday ticker.
The upsets continue at the French Open as top seeded Andre Agassi goes down.
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Agassi falls to Karol Kucera in four sets 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, and 6-OH. Agassi controlled the match for the first set and a half but two blisters on the big toe of his right foot began bothering him.
On the women's side, 14th seeded Anna Kournikova lost to Sylvia Plischke in three sets.
The Roanoke College softball team that took fans on aride all the way to the national championship tournament dominate the state's all-state softball team.
Senior third baseman Kari Whitney, who hit a league best 508 this year in the regular season was named the state's player of the year. Whitney had 64 rbis and an impressive 812 slugging percentage.
Her coach Alan Bayse is coach of the year in the state. His team finished the season with a gaudy 43-and-5 record., the ODAC title and the Atlantic regional title.
Amy Layman and Holly Morris join Whitney on the first team all-state squad.
Ferrum's Lindsey Moore and Angela Stover also earned first team honors along with Averett's Crystal Boyd and Lynchburg College'sTrena Liggon.
The Winston Cup cricuit returns to Dover Downs this weekend for a Bsch Grand National and Winston Cup doubleheader.
This week also marks the return of Kyle Petty. KP hasn't raced since his oldest son Adam was killed on May 12th.
Kyle plans to drive his son's car on Saturday in the MBNA Platinum 200 and then return to the seat of the Hot Wheels Pontiac on Sunday.
Kyle's dad, Richard thinks his son will be on a mission when he returns.
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And you knew it was coming, but just not so soon.
10 days after the now infamous pedestrian walkway collapse at the Lowe's Motor Speedway - 7 people have filed lawsuits against the track and bridge construction company claiming negligence.
More on this story from a local lawyer who witnessed the collapse tonight on News 7 at six.
We'll also have some highlights from the region C softball semi-finals.
Take care folks, I'll see you at the top of the hour.
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The 73rd National Spelling Bee is over and for one contestant from Missouri the best word of all is "WINNER." Drew Levinson reports from Washington.
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((Narr: The joy of getting it right .....
(nat up 13:49:19 girl who got word right, jumping up and down or boy
Narr;the agony of getting it wrong....
nat up girl who gets it wrong 13:26:42 or boy at 13:40:59 or girl at
Narr: The final round of the 73 rd National Spelling Bee provided all
the tension of the most competive sporting event as the remaining 40
children, fifth to eighth graders, grappled with the words designed to
sot: Sean Conley
Luftmensch, luftmensch, luftmensch? 13:30:03 ish
sot Carolina Hayman
May I have the language or origin again?
Originally slavic and then it moved into Yiddish. 13:18:28l
sot Michael Hartwell
It's a noun? everyone smiles 14:38:37
sot Jeff Walden
Cataphract? What's it mean? 14:42:49
sot Jacob Norton
Echt? EEEEcht? Could you please use echt in a sentence? 14:44:20
Narr:Even the official pronouncer had to pay attention.
sot Dr. Alex J. Cameron
bedezen, bedizem bedeezen, bedizen 13:04:55 ish
Narr: Each speller had a unique way of concentrating. some crouched...
others kicked and wrote with imaginary ink.
But one by one they were eliminated. (nat pop of bell) They tried hard
to be good sports as they headed for the comfort room offstage.
And then there were was one.
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Narr:Twelve year old George Thampy from Missouri won the 10,000 dollar
prize. Last week he placed second in the national Georgraphy Bee. Tops
in spelling and number two in geography..no doubt this kid will be able
to spell out every place he wants to go. Drew Levinson, (sig off)))