Not PLAY money, but millions of dollars are coming to E- Toys in Pittsylvania county.
And a new business is on its way to Greenfield Business Park in Botetourt County.
Today's forecast is much like yesterday's... clouds start the day but we may be in store for some afternoon sun. Your weather details are coming up.
News 7 at noon is next.
A southside toy company is getting bigger.
Etoys has more room to play around with these days.
Governor Jim Gilmore visited the Pittsylvania County distribution center to announce a multi million dollar expansion for the dot com company.
The governor and other political figures were on hand for a groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony.
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[IN Q=Its says optimism]
((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: IT MEANS OPTIMISM AND SOUTHSIDE IS PICKING ITSELF UP AND WE ARE GOING TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF TOBACCO STILL BUT WE HAVE NEW OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL.))
[OUT Q=as well.]
The governor recently approved a 200 thousand dollar grant to assist with the project.
A new Botetourt company will invest 12 and a half million dollars and hire 150 people in the next three years.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./March 1998]
Altec Industries will make cherry pickers for AEP trucks and other companies when it builds a new plant in the Greenfield Industrial park.
Botetourt County gave the company 36 acres and the state added 700-thousand dollars in grants. Altec is the fifth transportation related manufacturer to move to Botetourt in the last 5 years.
[GRAPHIC=Jon Benet Ramsey]
More questions today for John and Patsy Ramsey.
Yesterday's session with Patsy Ramsey was reportedly tense.
It's the first time in two years the couple has cooperated with police in the investigation of their daughter's murder.
Jennifer Jones has the latest from Atlanta.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Kane/Special Prosecutor;]
[SUPER=01-Lin Wood/Ramseys' Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Mark Beckner/Boulder Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=Jones, CBS News, Atlanta.]
BEFORE SECOND DAY OF QUESTIONS BEGAN WITH THE RAMSEYS... ONE
MEMBER OF THE POLICE TEAM WAS ALREADY DOWNPLAYING HOW MUCH PROGRESS
COULD WITH MADE. THE TWO SIDES ARE AT ODDS OVER THE LINE OF QUESTIONS.
LIN WOOD... THE RAMSEY ATTORNEY HAS OBJECTED TO SEVERAL OF THE TOPICS
INVESTIGATORS WANT TO EXPLORE .
SOT: MICHAEL KANE/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR
"THERE ARE SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS...... THAT NEED TO BE ASKED ...LIN WOOD
WANTS TO PICK AND CHOOSE AND I'M NOT GOING TO BE A PART OF THAT."
NARR; PATSY RAMSEY WAS INTERVIEWED FOR HOURS ON MONDAY ONLY TO HAVE LIN
WOOD CHARACTERIZE THE QUESTIONS AS A DAY WASTED... WHILE STRONGLY
CRITICIZING SPECIAL PROSECUTOR MICHAEL KANE.
SOT: LIN WOOD/RAMSEY'S ATTORNEY
"i THINK MICHAEL KANE IS OVER ZEALOUS.... DEFIES JUSTICE."
SOT: MARK BECKNER/BOULDER POLICE CHIEF
"OBVIOUSLY WE DON'T AGREE... HE'S PART OF OUR TEAM."
(STANDUP TO COME))
Nearly 140 schoolchildren were evacuated when a volcano erupted again on a Japanese island, just south of Tokyo.
The Mount Oyama volcano erupted earlier today.
A column of smoke shot up thousands of feet into the air.
Officials say there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
But they say driving is hazardous because of falling ash and reduced visibility.
Sulfur dioxide from recent eruptions have created environmental worries around the city of Tokyo.
More trouble continues to spark in wildfire- ravaged Montana.
[SUPER=03-Red Lodge, MT;]
Today a small fire quickly grew to 35- hundred acres in the resort town of Red Lodge.
150 people were evacuated from their homes, including some nursing home and hospital patients.
But evacuees seem to understand the inconvenience is necessary in order to save lives.
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[IN Q=Well, we're worried]
((MITZI VORACHEK/EVACUATED RESIDENT: WELL, WE'RE WORRIED, OF COURSE, WORRIED THAT THE FIRE WOULD COME FROM BEHIND THE RIDGE AND COME DOWN ON THE WEST SIDE NEAR OUR HOMES. PEOPLE ARE FEARFUL, BUT CAUTIOUSLY SO.))
[sot 10:15:24 ]
((DAN BIERSDORF/EVACUATED RESIDENT: THERE IS A LOT OF FIRE OUT THERE, THEY NEED TO PUT THE FIRE OUT AND MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE SAFE.))
[SUPER=01-Mitzi Vorachek/Evacuated Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Dan Biersdorf/Evacuated Resident; :11 QUICK!!]
[OUT Q=people are safe.]
Local firefighters are using bulldozers and gouging lines to protect homes, until they get more help tomorrow.
Help HAS arrived from our region.
Army troops from North Carolina's Fort Bragg are in Montana to help out with the firefighting efforts.
Construction is underway on a 55 mile Virginia Gas pipeline from Radford to Clearbrook in Roanoke County.
Last night, Montgomery County supervisors passed a resolution asking the company to build the pipeline along an EXISTING pipeline.
Roanoke County supervisors passed a similar resolution last month.
Marya Jones reports.
[IN Q=Mike Richardson]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Trish Richardson/Pipeline Property Owner; :11]
[SUPER=01-Mike Edwards/Virginia Gas President; :34]
[SUPER=01-Karen Day/Pipeline Property Owner; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Mike Richardson/Pipeline Property Owner; 1:14]
(( Mike Richardson and his wife, Trish, had just bought 4 acres joining their farm when they got the news:
Virginia Gas had permission to cut a 50-foot treeless swath through their new property.
[SOT 19:13 - :22]
((TRISH RICHARDSON: THEY DON'T CONSIDER WHAT IT DOES TO THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY. IT LIMITS WHAT YOU CAN DO. SO, IT'S NOT JUST THE PROPERTY THAT THEY'RE USING, IT'S THE PROPERTY THAT'S LEFT THAT'S DECREASED IN VALUE.))
The Richardsons are one of 165 families in Montgomery County and 215 in Roanoke County that may see their landscape changing in the next year.
Virginia Gas officials say increased demand in the area made the 55-mile pipeline necessary.
[SOT 27:55 - 28:03]
((MIKE EDWARDS: ADDITIONAL PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE IS NEEDED TO SUPPLY THOSE INCREASING CUSTOMER NEEDS.))
Like Roanoke County's, Montgomery County Supervisors' resolution urges Virginia Gas to build its pipeline close to an existing one from East Tennessee Natural Gas Company.
That's in the hopes that it will reduce harm to landowners and scenic landscapes.
[SOT 8:48 - :51]
((KAREN DAY: ONE'S BAD ENOUGH. I WOULDN'T WANT TWO IN MY FRONT YARD.))
Karen Day's subdivision was built on and around the existing pipeline.
[SOT 8:07 - :17]
((KAREN DAY: THIS IS JUST A LINE TO GET IT FROM POINT A TO POINT B. WE COULDN'T USE THE GAS. THIS IS JUST A LINE TO GET IT SOMEPLACE ELSE.))
[SOT 17:30 - :40]
((MIKE RICHARDSON: WE'VE SPOKEN TO OUR LAWYER AND THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT WE CAN DO. :33 WE HAVEN'T SIGNED OFF ON ANY SURVEYS. I GUESS THEY'LL DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, THOUGH. ))
((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: THE COUNTY'S RESOLUTION HAS NO LEGAL TEETH. STILL, VIRGINIA GAS SAYS IT'S LISTENING. IT PROMISES TO GIVE LANDOWNERS SOME SAY IN THE PROCESS AND TO WORK TO PAIR THE NEW PIPELINE WITH THE EXISTING ONE. MARYA JONES, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG.))
President Clinton will be back in Washington this afternoon after another meeting promoting peace in the Middle East.
Mark Knoller has details.
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[SUPER=03-Cairo, Egypt; :00]
[SUPER=01-Hosni Mubarak/Egyptian President; :40]
[SUPER=01-Mark Knoller/Reporting; :49]
[OUT Q=Mark Knoller, CBS news, Cairo]
(Super: Cairo, Egypt)
(Clinton off AF-1 and greeted by Mubarak)
V/O: on the final stop of his four day trek through Africa, the
president switched gears - stopping in Cairo for a quick meeting with
Egypt's president Mubarak - to discuss the stalled peace talks between
Israel and the Palestinians.
Mr. Clinton is trying to break the stalemate in the peace process -
before the Sept. 13th deadline - by which Yasser Arafat has said he will
unilaterally declare the existence of a Palestinian state.
SOT CLINTON: I think the time is short for resolving this
Its the presidents hope that Mubarak can use his influence with Arafat
and others in the Arab world to back the proposed deal that was last on
the table just before the collapse of the Camp David Summit last month.
SOT MUBARAK: Q. Are you hopeful, sir? A. Im always hopeful.
In fact Mubarak said he thinks that with the support of the US, an
agreement can be reached.
After boarding Air Force One for the flight back to Washington, the
president had to delay his departure for about ten minutes - waiting for
daughter Chelsea to get back to the plane. It was clear she knew she was
keeping her dad waiting.
Mk, cbsn, Cairo.
Senator Chuck Robb has the support of The Virginia Education Association.
George Allen's campaign dismissed the endorsement as the work of a Democratic "front group."
In Roanoke yesterday afternoon, VEA members from around the region gave Robb high marks for his efforts to improve student achievement, teacher salaries, and educational funding.
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[IN Q=Chuck Robb has honestly put]
((CHUCK ROBB HAS HONESTLY PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH WAS WHEN HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. GEORGE ALLEN TALKS A GOOD GAME WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT EDUCATION, BUT HE DOESN'T BACK IT UP WITH ANY REAL SUBSTANTIVE ACTION.))
[SUPER=201-Kitty Boitnott/Education Association]
[OUT Q=substantive action.]
Allen Supporter and Former State Senator Brandon Bell says the VEA endorsement is no big surprise when many of the group's members have long been active in Democratic campaigns.
Bell says Allen has a strong record on education, moving the state toward higher standards and accountability.[Wa
A Roanoke neighborhood group has spent time renovating Washington Park.
But the group is voicing its concerns about a proposed lease agreement between the city and the Catholic Diocese.
Group members fear if the park is leased, they will not be able to use the park as much as they'd like.
Meredyth Censullo has more.
[SUPER=01-Deborah Preston/YMCA Cheerleading Coach;:12]
[SUPER=01-Freddie Monk/I. C. S. D.;:33]
[OUT Q=News7, Roanoke.]
[NAT-SOT @ 1:31:24 - 1:31:29]
These pint-sized pom pon girls cheer for the YMCA.
Their practice sessions are held in Washington Park every week.
[SOT@1:36:37 - 1:36:44]
((DEBORAH PRESTON/YMCA CHEERLEADING COACH: THEY'RE ALWAYS USING IT - EVEN WHEN SPORTS SEASON IS NOT GOING ON - BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, IT'S ALWAYS IN USE.))
That makes Freddie Monk proud.
For three years, her group "Inner City Coalition for Selective Development", or ICSD, has been working with the city to upgrade and renovate the park.
[SOT @ 1:33:34 - 1:33:42]
((FREDDIE MONK/ICSD PRESIDENT: THE PARK WAS IN SUCH BAD CONDITION, WE HAD TO GO ACROSS TOWN TO ANOTHER PARK TO SATISFY OUR NEEDS - AND I GOT MAD.))
More renovations could be on the way.
The Catholic Diocese wants to contribute 300-thousand dollars to add to the park's athletic facilities.
[STAND-UP @ 1:47:21 - 1:47:37]
((MEREDYTH CENSULLO/NEWS7: BUT THE ICSD SAYS THAT CONTRIBUTION COULD COST THE KIDS THAT USE THIS PARK, BECAUSE ROANOKE CATHOLIC IS REQUESTING EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE PARK'S FACILITIES AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR.
THE ICSD SAYS THAT'S NOT FAIR.))
[SOT@1:34:13 - 1:34:28]
((FREDDIE MONK: BECAUSE WHAT WE SEE, THEY WOULD KNOCK OUT THE OTHER CHILDREN TO BE PRACTICING BECAUSE ITS PEAK SEASON RIGHT NOW FOR CHEERLEADING PRACTICE, FOR LITTLE LEAGUE WITH THE INNER CITY AND YMCA.))
The Catholic Diocese says the contributions would mean a "win win" situation for the school and nearby neighborhoods, by providing additional facilities for everyone to enjoy.
The ICSD says they welcome the money, and are willing to share ... but they don't think Roanoke Catholic, or anyone else, should have automatic rights to this park.
Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))
The City of Roanoke has not yet decided whether to lease the park to Roanoke Catholic, and guarantee certain practice hours for the school's football team.
Downtown Danville is getting a new look.
The city has entered the "Virginia Main Street Community" program.
Danville is the 19th city in the state to enter into the program.
Danville will use other successful cities to model after.
A team of experts will help decide which businesses should come to Main Street and how to attract them.
Also the look of the storefronts and sidewalks will change.
[IN Q=We have vacancies]
[SUPER=01-Scott Burton/Downtown Association Director;]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Coles/Danville Resident; :17]
((SCOTT BURTON/DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR: WE HAVE VACANCIES LITERALLY SOME BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN VACANT FOR 30,40, 50 YEARS. MANY HAVE WRITTEN IT OFF. BUT THROUGH THE PROGRAM I CAN GUARANTEE WE'LL FIND BUSINESSES.))
((BARBARA COLES/DANVILLE RESIDENT: I LIKE FOR IT TO BE WHAT IT USE TO BE. I WANT TO SEE A FIVE AND DIVE STORE, CLOTHING STORE, DRUG STORE THINGS THAT ARE CONVENIENT.))
[OUT Q=that are convenient.]
Danville has about 400 thousand dollars of private and city funds for the next five years to change Main Street.
Philadelphia looks like a good candidate for urban renewal--
23 decaying buildings have collapsed since last Thursday.
The most recent collapse happened early this morning.
The building WAS occupied, but authorities say no one was injured when it fell.
City officials estimate over three- THOUSAND other buildings are in immediate danger of collapsing.
Bedford County has a new weapon to fight crime...and it's nicknamed "The Beast".
The sheriff's department unveiled its new tactical armored vehicle yesterday.. four and a half tons of state- of- the- art ballistic material on four wheels.
The T-A-V will be used for hostage situations, barricaded criminals and high risk drug raids.
It comes at no local cost to Bedford taxpayers.. "The Beast" its armament and radios were all donated or covered by federal grants.
Wachovia Bank has announced an 18-hundred person layoff scheduled for next year.
16 local employees will be affected.
Wachovia has 20 branches and employs more than 400 people in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville, and Blacksburg.
The bank says the layoffs are a bid to cut costs and boost earnings.
The dually-based Atlanta and Winston-Salem bank told investors that rising interest rates put a huge damper on marginal profits.
The company says the layoffs will have an impact on all levels of its workforce.