Bond is set for the city patrolman charged with drug dealing and racketeering. We'll have the latest on Officer P
And we'll check in with six-month old Henry Moore, the Radford baby who needs a bone- marrow transplant.
In sports, the ladies hit the links in the Roanoke Valley Women's Golf Association Tournament, Derek Smith is back from an injury and trying to make his mark at Redskins training camp.
And Rolan Roberts is NOT coming back to Tech. The Hokies star forward's suspension appeal was denied now he's hit the road.
Clouds for tonight with some isolated pop up showers. Tomorrow more breaks in the clouds and a warmer day as well.
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More than a month after the old contract expired, Celanese officials say they may have reached a new deal today with union members.
This "tentative, three-year" contract follows two intensive days of mediated negotiations between union and Celanese bargaining teams.
Celanese, which makes acetate used in cigarette filters and clothing, is the New River Valley's eighth largest employer, with more than 12-hundred workers.
Workers rejected the last contract offered by the company last month.
The tentative contract will go before union members for a vote sometime in the near future. Both sides are still working out dates.
Henry County, hit hard by plant layoffs and high unemployment in the past few years, got some high voltage relief today.
A power plant corporation has set its sights on the County
Supervisors today approved a development agreement that would help get the proposed plant one step closer to Southside.
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Surae Chinn was at this morning announcement and she joins us in the Danville Newsroom.
Keith, this is far from a done deal... but having the board approve a development agreement is a major step in paving the way for this company--that would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue.
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It's near this Axton substation where Cogentrix, an electric power plant developer and operator has proposed construction of a new natural gas electric generating plant.
The corporation basically manufactures electricity.
((CHIP OLSEN/CONGENTRIX: WE DEVELOP, OWN, OPERATE COST EFFECTIVE POWER PLANTS.))
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With a unanimous vote the Henry County board of supervisors makes the proposal official.
((MIKE SEIDLE/HENRY CO. CHAIRMAN: THAT WOULD NET US ABOUT 2.4 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN TAX REVENUE A YEAR WHICH WE COULD USE.))
Jobs will also be created-- nearly 40 employees with a yearly salary of 50 thousand dollars.
In addition, 500 temporary jobs would be needed to construct the plant.
There's another added benefit County officials say--the possibility of more reliable electricity.
((MIKE SEIDLE/COUNTY SUPERVISOR CHAIRMAN: SOMETIMES WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE STABILITY OF ELECTRICITY.))
The environment is another issue Cogentrix says is no problem at all. The company says it is environmentally safe. Roger Winn who has a farm next to the proposed power plant site likes the idea it would produce natural gas.
((ROGER WINN/RESIDENT: IT'S A CLEAN, NOISE FREE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND OPERATION THERE WILL BE NO POLLUTION OF ANY KIND.))
This project still needs to meet state and federal regulations.
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Q & A
Keith: Is there a time frame for the corporation once it gets approval?
Surae: The corporation hopes to start construction by the end of next year. And Henry County officials say the sooner the better.
Norfolk Southern has layoffs scheduled for next Friday, but the company's earnings report shows its overall financial status is on the upswing.
Second quarter earnings rose 10 cents a share.
The company has had its share of financial trouble following the merger with Conrail in 1997.
Officials announced the closing of its Roanoke car shop in May, hoping to cut some operating expenses.
Norfolk Southern operates rail lines in 22 states.
Dan River's second- quarter earnings statement fell slightly below the company's expectations.
The company attributes a slow-down in retail apparel fabrics and in re-orders of what the company calls: home fashions; such things as sheets, pillow cases, comforters and draperies.
Home fashion sales were up 2-point-2 percent for the second quarter- -off-set by a 2-point-9 percent drop in apparel fabrics.
Dan River's reported second- quarter sales of 157-point- 2 million dollars.
A judge set bond today for Roanoke Patrolman Frederick Pledge.
He hasn't managed to post the 100-thousand dollar property bond yet, so Pledge remains in the New River Regional Jail tonight.
The 29-year old police officer's attorney submitted 38 statements from family, friends and co-workers in support of his release.
Once he gets out, he'll be subject to a 10:30 curfew, in addition to the usual conditions of remaining free of drugs and firearms.
Officer Pledge is charged with racketeering and drug trafficking. Attorney Ricky Young says Pledge has been co-operating with federal investigators since June 9th when he was first told of the pending case against him. The government expects to present a superseding indictment next month. That may name additional suspects and criminal counts.
Prosecutors say a Botetourt County man who killed his brother -- then stumped a jury -- may plead guilty after all.
Roger Broughman is expected to take the rap for voluntary manslaughter on August 10 rather than face a second trial.
He was charged with murder -- but last month a jury could not agree whether he was guilty.
Broughman claims he killed his brother because Rocky was reaching for his gun.
He could spend up to 10 years in prison and pay up to 25-hundred-dollars in fines.
Only two cities in Virginia received HUD grants this year. Danville was one of them.
Local government and housing authority officials listened in on a phone conference today while the Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary made his announcement.
Danville will receive a 20 million dollar grant to replace Liberty View, the largest low income housing community in the city.
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160 homes will replace the 232 apartments at Liberty View.
Norfolk was the other city to receive a HUD Grant.
Foster parents in Virginia may NOT be legally allowed to use corporal punishment after all.
We'll have the latest on the controversial regulation, coming up on News 7 at 6.
And nearly 2-thousand people responded when they learned Baby Henry needed a bone marrow transplant.
Still to come - we'll tell you why things are looking up for this Radford infant.
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State officials appear to be backing away from a controversial regulation that would have allowed foster parents to use corporal punishment.
The Department of Social Services now says it will hold a public hearing in Richmond in early September before implementing the foster care regulations.
The new guidelines would allow foster parents to hit, shake or pinch children as long as the action is not "abusive." Many child advocacy groups oppose the regulations, which were scheduled to take effect in November.
It's a fine line between retail and e-tail for one local shopping center.
Towers Mall owner Garry Rappaport says he's doing everything he can to keep from being shutout by on-line retailers.
Rappaport says he's trying to draw MEN to Towers by putting in stores like Footlocker and Hollywood Video.
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Rappaport says less than one percent of retail is done on-line, but that number is expected to jump to 5 percent within the next three years.
Towers Mall has signed a 15-year deal with Kroger, a contract that Rappaport says is a sign of "regular" retail stability.
After 30 years of looking, a private financial firm has decided to settle in the Roanoke Valley.
Legg Mason opened an office at First and Church, downtown. The company hopes to capitalize on the city's growth potential.
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((BRIAN GOTTSTEIN/LEGG MASON ROANOKE: ONE OF THE REASONS WE MOVED HERE WAS BECAUSE WE SAW INCREASING PROSPERITY IN THE VALLEY WITH THE NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES, BRINGING BUSINESSES, HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THE VALLEY.))
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Mayor Ralph Smith came out to welcome the firm's employees to the Valley. He even opened his own account there.
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((MAYOR RALPH SMITH: JUST LIKE THE CORNER GROCERY STORE, WHEN YOU HAVE GOOD PRICES, YOU HAVE A CLEAN STORE, AND A FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT, AND A RELATIVE EFFICIENT OPERATION, THEN THEY WILL COME. .))
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The company wants to service home- buyers, investors and corporations who are ready to expand in the Roanoke Valley.
Earnings reports led investors to fear shrinking profits in the future - and it showed on Wall Street today.
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The Dow was down 183 points.
Nasdaq took a 42-point tumble.
And despite a strong showing by Norfolk Southern, the Bloomberg-News 7 Index fell two-tenths of a point.
An assistant professor at Virginia Tech is leading the way in osteoporosis prevention for young women.
Shelly Nickols-Richardson hopes her research will one day help young women increase their bone mineral density, so they can avoid hip fractures and other bone injuries.
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((SHELLY NICKOLS-RICHARDSON/VIRGINI TECH ASST. PROFESSOR: IT COSTS OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ABOUT 15 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO TREAT OSTEOPOROSIS AND THE FRACTURES THAT OCCUR WITH OSTEOPOROSIS. SO IF WE CAN GET WOMEN TO THE POINT WHERE THEY CAN PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS AT AN OLDER AGE THEN IT WILL SAVE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND LET WOMEN HAVE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIE AS THEY GO THROUGH THE AGING PROCESS))
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Nickols-Richardson is assisting with a military research project... to study ways to prevent stress fractures in women undergoing military training.
A Radford family still hasn't found a perfect bone marrow match for their infant son.
But the Moores are coping better than you might think.
Teresa Hamilton has an update.
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Patrick and Angela Moore expect as their son ages people will always remember him as baby Henry.
These days... talking about the future is something they're more comfortable with now that Henry's responding to his medication.
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((PATRICK MOORE/FATHER: I BELIEVE AND I THINK OUR DOCTORS AT DUKE BELIEVE THAT THESE PRAYERS REALLY HELPED TURN THIS AROUND.))
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Henry was born without the white blood cells to fight infection and needs a bone marrow transplant.
And while some potential donors have been located... none are a perfect match.
But as long as Henry remains healthy... doctors want to delay the procedure until age three in hopes he'll be even stronger and an even better match can be located.
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((PATRICK MOORE/FATHER: THERE ARE DEFINITELY SOME DARKER DAYS, EVERYDAY'S NOT SUNSHINE, BUT, HE'S OUR SUNSHINE. ANGELA MOORE: WHEN YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING AND LOOK AT THAT FACE THAT GETS YOU THROUGH THE DAY.))
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The Moores outlook is looking brighter in another regard.
They recently found out Henry's disease is NOT genetic and are considering another child.
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Doctors say Henry's best chance at a survival would be to have a sibling who could serve as a donor.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Radford.))
Coming up in sports, forward Rolan Roberts won't be back with the Tech basketball team this season and
one of the oldest women's golf tournament has taken over the links in the Roanoke Valley. We'll have the latest after the break.
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The Hokies now only have three returning scholarship players from last year's 16 and 15 team.
Tech officials say forward Rolan Roberts is not enrolled in school.
His mother Bettie says they are working on finding him another place to play.
Roberts has decided not to return to Tech after the university declined to overturn his suspension.
A university judicial hearing that found him responsible for assault and sexual misconduct.
A female student says Roberts and teammate Dennis Mims raped her in Roberts' off-campus apartment in January.
Mims was found responsible for assault and was placed on deferred suspension.
The local police did not have enough evidence to charge either man
Dot Bolling is the leader after the first round of the Roanoke Valley Women's Golf Association tournament.
Bolling shot an opening round 72. Marilyn Bussey and Nancy Snodgrass are tied for second at 78.
This tournament is the oldest for women in the Roanoke Valley. The history goes back as far as the early seventies when a group known as the big four put lady's golf in the valley on the map.
The Association has raised over 8-thousand dollars for its scholarship fund and the group would like to see more ladies teeing it up at courses throughout the valley.
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((MARILYNBUSSEY/SHOT 78: WE WITHERED DOWN INTO THE 30'S AND WE REALLY WERE AFRAID THAT WE WERE HAVING INTEREST LOST BUT I JUST HOPE WE CAN FIND SOME JUNIOR GIRLS AND YOUNGER GIRLS TO GET INVOLVED AND PLAY. I'VE EVEN BOUGHT MY GREAT NIECE A 5 IRON AND GOT HER STARTED AT THE AGE OF 8 TRYING TO ENCOURAGE GIRLS IN THIS AREA TO PLAY AND I HOPE THERE WILL BE SOME.))
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David Wells struck out 11 and walked 1 as Toronto beat Cleveland 8 to 1 making Wells the first 16 game winner of the season.
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It was a record day for Cleveland's Bartolo Colon. He tied Bob Feller's 1938 Indian's team record by striking out the first six batters he faced.
Brad Fullmer would lead the Blue Jays at the plate. He sends this pitch over
the left field wall for a two run homer, the first of his two round trippers on the day and Toronto beats the Indians 8 to 1.
The Washington Redskins just wrapped up their second workout of the day in Ashburn as training camp 2000 rolls along.
Tonight Mike Stevens has the story of the latest Mr. Smith to go to Washington.
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((While former Hokie Bruce Smith has been grabbing most of the off-season headlines in DC - it's fellow former Hokie Derek Smith who hopes to make his own mark before the season is over.
Smith, was the Redskins fifth round draft pick a season ago - but the six foot six inch 309 pound lineman spent all of last year on the injured reserve list.
Derek blew tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in February of 1999, and he admits it's been tough getting back in the groove.
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Smith shined the non-starters scrimmage this past Sunday and he's getting a look on both the right and left side of the offensive line as a second string tackle.
Smith says his knee is stronger than it was before the injury - and he says like most of the young guys he was in awe during the off-season as owner Daniel Snyder kept acquiring one all-pro performer after another.))
A water main broke on Orange Avenue this afternoon.
It happened just after 12:30 in front of Lucy Addison Magnet School.
Service has been cut off between Fifth Street and Tenth Street.
One lane of Orange Avenue has been blocked off, so crews can work.
They hope to have the line fixed in about two hours.
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Residents of one Southwest Virginia county say they're looking into creating their own currency - to be used only in their county.
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more.
It's called "scrip" and it's been around for decades -
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localities issue their own money, in an effort to strengthen the local economy.
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Some residents want Floyd County to be the next locality with its own currency.
"Scrip" would be good only in participating businesses in the county.
A study group is getting together tonight to discuss the future of "Floydian" cash.
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We'll have the full story tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
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A-E-P is bringing wind power to Virginia.
The utility plans to put up a tower and windmill later today near Lynchburg.
It's hardly enough to replace a coal plant, but it IS an attempt to see how alternate energy sources might work out.
We'll "Power Up" on the story tonight on News 7 at 6.