First Union is making some major changes. It includes possible layoffs in Western Virginia.
The company is unloading 80 to 90 branches across the eastern United States in hopes of boosting profits.
The bank is also ending home- equity lending through the Money Store, headquarted in Charlotte, North Carolina.
First Union's changes could mean layoffs here in Roanoke. No word yet on the credit card department's status, but branches will close in Wytheville, Pearisburg and Staunton.
Bell Atlantic workers are walking the picket lines today.
They're calling it an informational picket to let the company know they are serious about a new contract.
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Jennifer Miele is at Bell Atlantic in Roanoke this afternoon.
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[SUPER=01-Dave Layman/President Local 2204; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Mulvey/President Local 2106; :32]
[SUPER=07-Chuck Fouts; :42]
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[Double Boxes=Denise ANCHOR/ JennMicrowave]
Scientists have deciphered the so-called "Book of Life" and they've done it years ahead of schedule.
Jacqueline Adams has more on the discovery which researchers say is as significant as the first moon landing.
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[SUPER=01-James Watson/Cold Spring Harbor Lab; :19]
[SUPER=01-Jaqueline Adams/Reporting; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Craig Venter/Celera; 1:41]
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((v/o: (historical pix dissolve to helix) In 1963, James Watson won the
Nobel Prize for his discovery of the double helix, the structure of DNA.
He was skeptical 15 years ago, when he helped launch the human genome
--sot James Watson, Ph.D/Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory The human genome
are genetic instructions and it's as if we have a series of books that
provide instructions for human life.
v/o: The books, he says, can pave the way to cures for countless
--sot Watson Some of our genes are not optimal and some are just
downright lousy. Often you get what's called genetic disease. So if you
want to understand genetic disease, what you do is to compare the book
of someone who's sick and someone who's healthy and see where the
ON Cam/Jacqueline Adams: The book will have page after page of
sequences of the letters A, C, G and T....some 3 billion letters
representing the proteins in a human being's DNA.
v/o: Scientists think that 99.9 per cent of our genes match...but for a
company like Celera, which has been racing with the government to finish
the human genome, the book could reveal new techniques in preventing and
--sot Craig Venter/ Celera: The spelling changes in the colon cancer
genes predict pretty accurately what degree of risk somebody has in
their life for developing colon cancer. That's very empowering
information because colon cancer, if it's caught early is very
v/o: Despite their excitement, scientists warn those cures and those
profits could be at least 10 years away.
Police still have to tell criminal suspects that they have a ''right to remain silent.''
The Supreme Court has reinforced the landmark Miranda decision it made 34 years ago.
The court says those warnings are still required -- or else, a suspect's confession could be tossed out of court.
In the decision, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote the Miranda case set a "constitutional rule" that Congress can't reverse.
The high court's vote was seven to two.
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Roanoke County is preparing to build one school and renovate another.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held to mark the start of renovations to Glenvar Middle School and construction on the new South County High School.
Local dignitaries and residents were among those who came out.
And while most are happy with the new schools... some who live near the new high school say they are upset that trees blocking the view of the high school have been cut down.
And now they say there is no buffer for the sound -- and wildlife is coming into their yards.
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[IN Q=I feel mislead]
((SANDY REYNOLDS:HOMEOWNER: I FEEL MISLED CAUSE THEY TOLD US WE WOULD HAVE A BUFFER TO PROTECT OUR PROPERTY AND THIS IS THE BUFFER A DEAD TREE. I FEEL IT'S TRAVESITY TO NATURE))
[OUT Q=to nature]
But the board of supervisors' chairman says they will be replaced.
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[IN Q=When you're moving]
[SUPER=01-Joe McNamara/Roanoke Co. Board of Supervisors]
((JOE MCNAMARA/ROANOKE CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:WHEN YOU'RE MOVING DEVELOPMENT THERE IS A LOT OF EARTH WORK. THERE IS GOING TO THE REMOVAL OF A LOT OF STRUCTURES BUT WE THAT IS GOING TO BE REMOVED. BUT WE'LL PUT STRUCTURES BACK AND WE'LL CREATE THE BUFFER ZONES TO MAKE IT A WORTHWHILE EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYBODY))
[OUT Q=for everybody]
The new South County High school is expected to open in 2002.
A Foundation working to help find missing children may soon be making an impact in Virginia.
The state of Virginia is interested in the Child alert Foundation.
The lead singer to the music group "The Little River Band," Wayne Nelson is spear heading the effort to make this a nationwide program.
Nelson first spoke to News 7 about the program last May.
It's a computer system which links law enforcement agencies and the media together. It would allow the public and police to be notified within a minute of a child's disappearance which helps authorities find the missing or abducted child.
The program is now running in five states and pending in nine others.
Bruce Allen's July Fourth Celebration in Lexington benefits Child Alert and several other charities.
It's at the Wal Mart Super Center in Lexington on the fourth and it's free. [Chicago-Shooting]
Chicago Police now have three people under arrest in connection with a weekend shooting that injured eight people.
One person is in critical condition, another is in serious condition.
Also shot was a pregnant woman. She's in the hospital in fair condition. Doctors say her baby is fine.
It happened near a basketball court in the city's South Side.
Witnesses say two men started fighting, took out their guns and started shooting.
A Roanoke home was shot at early yesterday morning and neighborhood residents say they believe a gang is responsible.
No one was injured in the shooting.
Joy Sutton has details.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/Homeowner;:39 ]
[OUT Q=n7 Roanoke]
Puerto Rican protesters plan to continue to demonstrate against the U.S. Navy's bombing of Vieques Island.
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Officials say the exercises are scheduled to continue through to
July 2, if necessary.
Islanders have promised to continue their protests, saying that six
decades of live bombing has caused one death, environmental damage,
stunted tourism, destroyed fishing grounds and a high cancer rate.
Some protesters invaded the range on Saturday night after three Navy
ships appeared on the horizon, apparently to take part in the exercises.
The Navy says 37 people were detained by dawn on Sunday.
Philip Morris is gobbling up Nabisco.
The two made a deal this weekend.
The giant tobacco and food products company has agreed to buy the nation's
number-one cookie and cracker maker for 55-dollars a share in cash, or about 15 billion dollars.
Philip Morris will also assume four billion in debt.
The world's largest tobacco company is already heavily into food with its Kraft Foods subsidiary.
The Roanoke economy is growing faster than the national average, but some local businesses are still struggling.
Construction is among the leaders of rapidly growing businesses. David Radford and Company has houses sold before they are even built.
But the company's deadlines are not being met because they can't find the help they need.
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[IN Q=The labor market]
((THE LABOR MARKET HAS BEEN SO TIGHT. WE'VE BEEN CREATING JOBS IN THE SERVICE SECTOR, AND ITS TAKING AWAY FROM THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. OUR JOBS ARE TOUGH, BUT WE'RE BECOMING VERY COMPETITIVE IN OUR WAGES.))
[SUPER=01-David Radford/Radford Contractors]
[OUT Q=in our wages.]
Radford says interest rate hikes have not slowed business.
His employees are working round the clock to meet client demands.
The work of a North Carolina artist is now on display in Danville.
Mel Steele is showing 25 pieces of his work at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.
The exhibit opened yesterday.
Steele says many of his paintings are of Danville people and that he painted most of them in the last six weeks.
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[IN Q=The title is]
((MEL STEELE/ARTIST: THE TITLE IS DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF LIKE THE OLD NURSERY RYME. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE SELF PORTRAIT THAT'S THE LARGEST.))
[OUT Q=is the largest.]
The exhibit will be in Danville through August 20th. Each work costs an average of 25 thousand dollars.
West Virginia's governor toured a West Virginia town while he was in Blacksburg.
Governor Cecil Underwood took a VIRTUAL tour of Princeton, West Virginia, at the CAVE in Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center.
The CAVE is a 3-D, virtual reality tool.
A Blacksburg virtual imaging company used it to show the governor what Princeton will look like after planned renovations to its downtown are completed.
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[SOT 2:44 - :51]
[IN Q=Think of the time]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Cecil Underwood/West Virginia]
((CECIL UNDERWOOD/WEST VIRGINIA GOVERNOR: THINK OF THE TIME IT SAVES DEVELOPING THESE PLANS. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT HOURS... WE'RE TALKING ABOUT YEARS OF TIME-SAVING.))
[OUT Q=about years of time-saving.]
The CAVE also was used to create a virtual design for the Smithsonian's new Native American museum in Washington, D.C.
Developers of the CAVE say the virtual models are a cost-effective way to glimpse a finished project well before its even started.