Next on News 7, residents of Martinsvilles are struggling with the flu and other ailments. We will have an update.
and the Federal Reserve chairman has good news for the new president.
After A cold and windy day the winds will diminish allowing the temperatures to drop...details ahead...
Also today, local workers for a national department store can breathe a little easier tonight,
and singer Celine Dion has a new addition to her family. We'll have the details.
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It's usually the weather that closes schools this time of the year, but now it's the flu.
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A Martinsville school is forced to cancel classes because many students and teachers are ill.
Carlisle School was closed today and will be closed again tomorrow.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has more on what's causing so many people there to get sick.
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School official say there are several different viruses going around -- so they're not sure if any of the students actually have the flu.
But health officials report influenza is wide spread in the region.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Elizabeth Roycroft/West Piedmont Health District; :57]
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Empty classrooms and barren hallways replace what would normally be a busy school day at the Carlisle School.
But with 30 percent of the students and 20 percent of the faculty out sick -- school officials felt it was best to cancel class until Monday.
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((COLIN FERGUSON/HEADMASTER: WHETHER IT'S THE FLU WE REALLY DON'T KNOW. BUT IT'S SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO GIVE OUR STUDENTS A CHANCE TO RECOVER AND TO PREVENT MORE SPREADING MORE OF THIS AMONG OUR STUDENTS))
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Memorial Hospital in Martinsville reports that many children have visited the emergency room over the last few days.
The compaints vary from respiratory problem, to pneumonia and flu like symptoms.
And health officials say while the flu is wide spread, other virus are also very common this time of year and it's important to know the difference.
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((DR. ROYCROFT: ONE OF THE DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THIS FROM THAT OF AN UPPER RESPIRATORY OR COLD IS MUSCLE ACHES AND MORE FATIGUE THAN JUST A FEW DAYS))
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Health officials say the best advice for parents it to get their child vaccinated.
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((THE PREVENTION THAT WE RECOMMEND IS THE VACCINE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IT WILL ONLY TAKE TWO WEEKS TO WORK AND WE HAVE THE SEASON LASTING PROBABLY THROUGH MARCH))
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Carlisle School has also taken steps to disinfect the building -- and hopes that the worst is over.
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Taxes are the talk in Washington today- and a plan that could lower your tax bill.
Today Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan gave support to the idea of cutting taxes- but he did not wholeheartedly endorse the President's Tax cut plan.
What does it all mean- Drew Levinson explains.
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((Federal Reserve head Alan Greenspan told Congress the economy is moving
at a snails pace.
ALAN GREENSPAN/FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN:
INDEED WE ARE PROBABLY VERY CLOSE TO ZERO AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT.
The standstill comes after nearly 10 years of expansion.
To jumpstart the economy the fed may cut interest rates next week by up
to a half percent.
Though Greenspan refused to endorse President Bushs proposed one-point
six trillion dollar tax cut-he did say expected budget surpluses would
make room for a some sort of reduction.
Thats good news for the White House.
ARI FLEISHER/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN:
WE ARE VERY HEARTENED TO SEE THAT CHAIRMAN GREENSPAN HAS WEIGHED IN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CUTTING TAXES.
But Greenspans proclamation of a budget surplus, brought the ire of
some democratic committee members.
ERNEST HOLLING/D- SOUTH CAROLINA"
YOU ARE GOING TO START A STAMPEDE, WHERE DO YOU FIND A SURPLUS, I FIND
Still many analysts say Greenspans views on tax cuts and lower interest rates bodes well for the future of the ecoomy.
ART HOGAN/FINANCIAL ANALYST
ITS GOING TO BE A FRIENDLIER ECONOMIC ENVIORNMENT FOR CORPORATE
AMERICA TO MAKE MONEY. THAT TRANSLATES INTO A BETTER INVESTMENT CLIMATE
FOR INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS.))
Some are calling Governor Gilmore - Governor Gone More.
Virginia Democrats held a mock memorial service today at the foot of a statue of Senator Harry Byrd-- bemoaning what they say is the death of fiscal responsibity in Virginia.
The culprit, they say, is Governor Jim Gilmore.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL I'M GOVERNOR 24 HOURS A DAY, NO MATTER WHERE I AM, WHETHER I'M ON A TRADE MISSION, WHETHER I'M HERE IN THE CAPITOL, WHETHER I'M IN THE OFFICE, OR WHETHER I'M HOME IN BED AT NIGHT ASLEEP. SO THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES TO THE GOVERNORSHIP CONTINUE ON. FORTUNATELY, WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT CABINET, EXCELLENT PEOPLE HERE.))14
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It's NOT just Democrats criticizing Gilmore's budget.
Republican Crime Commission chairman Ken Stolle (STAH-lee) told Senators today the Governor's budget jeopardizes public safety.
J-C Penney Stores in Roanoke and surrounding areas will stay open for now.
That's not the case for other Penny's stores around the nation.
44 under-performing stores and five thousand employees will be cut as part of the company's latest 6-month restructuring plan --but no Virginia stores are closing.
The company will close an additional seven J-C Penney department stores and one outlet store later in the year.
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Still ahead on the newscast, a local petting zoo wants people to be on the watch out for a missing kangaroo,
But first in Florida, a jury must decide what to do with a teenager who says television wrestling led him to kill a child.
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A guilty verdict in a murder trial in Florida- only in this case the defendant is a 13 year old boy.
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((WE THE JURY FIND THE DEFENDEANT IS GUILTY AS CHARGED IN THE INDICTMENT.))
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A jury convicts Lionel Tate of killing a six year old family friend-
He claimed he accidentally killed her while imitating pro-wrestlers.
But prosecutors say the 170-pound boy intentionally stomped, punched and kicked the girl.
Tate now faces life in prison.
Almost two and a half years have passed since the murder of Roanoker Jimmie Lee Penn.
His killer has never been found, but family members are hoping a new, anonymous and independent hot line will help solve the crime.
Penn was shot and killed in October, 1998 outside of rental property he owned on Patterson Avenue.
Despite the offer of a reward, the investigation has not lead to an arrest.
Relatives believe there are individuals in the community who can lead police to the killer, and they're hoping the new, anonymous hot line will bring out more information.
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((RENEA TAYLOR: SOMEBODY KILLED MY DAD. AND I KNOW THAT SOMEBODY OUT THERE KNOWS. AND I'VE DISCUSSED IT AT LENGTH WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE LITTLE BITS AND PIECES OF INFORMATION, BUT JUST NOT THAT ONE MISSING LINK THAT WE NEED TO PULL IT ALL TOGETHER, SO IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING.))
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The family is offering a ten- thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. The new hot line is 540- 265- 8300. The toll free number is 888- 265- 8300. Callers do not have to identify themselves.
Bedford County officials say the people have spoken and their voices have been heard.. and a controversial industrial park for Montvale has been taken OFF the drawing board.
More than a hundred residents packed the supervisors meeting Monday night to speak out against the proposal.
Yesterday, the county's Industrial Development Authority voted to withdraw those plans and not seek the re-zoning of the property.
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((SUE GILBERT/BEDFORD CO. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: AS I SAID, EVERY EFFORT WAS MADE TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY AND I THINK WE HAD DONE A GOOD JOB OF THAT. BUT PEOPLE SIMPLY DID NOT WANT A BUSINESS AND COMMERCE PARK IN THEIR AREA, AND I'M NOT SURE THAT IT WOULD HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE WHAT WE WOULD HAVE DONE, THEY STILL DID NOT WANT THAT.))
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Gilbert says the county is now concentrating on another regional industrial park just outside the Bedford city limits.
A kangaroo is on the loose in Floyd County.
Captain, a four-month-old kangaroo, slipped out the door of a house near Check Friday night.
His owner, Buddy Staples, runs a year-round petting farm that features exotic and domestic animals... but he kept Captain as a family pet.
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((BUDDY STAPLES: THAT MORNING WE WERE LETTING THE DOG OUT AND HE SLIPPED PAST US. HE RAN DOWN THE DRIVEWAY. HE WENT DOWN THE DRIVEWAY AND HE TURNED. THAT'S THE LAST WE SAW OF HIM.))
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Staples hopes Captain found sanctuary in a nearby barn.
He's worried because kangaroos can't survive cold temperatures.
If you spot the kangaroo, call the Staples Farm or the Floyd County Sheriff's Department.
A Roanoke night club will be using some heavy juice tonight, but it doesn't have anything to do with its power bill.
Jacey Birch is standing by to explain.
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He mixes blues with jazz and a hint of reggae to play good music that moves your soul... in his own words.
He's Greg Piccolo and he is known for his saxophone playing.
Piccolo and his band... Heavy Juice... are in town to put on a show.
Jacey Birch is at The Club in Roanoke where the musicians are preparing for tonight's performance.
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Today in Sports, Mike Stevens has big news from the N-F-L,
and on Health Check, we will see how technology is helping a local teenager hear for the first time.
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Deaf people no longer have to live in silence.
Thanks to advances in technology, some hearing impaired people can hear sounds and even voices.
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To tell us how the device works Justin McLeod join us now from our Danville newsroom. Justin?
Jean, they're called cochlear implants.
They've been around for several years but only recently have gained popularity.
Its important to stress cochlear implants won't cure deafness but they can change someone's life for the better.
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((NAT SOUND OF TABITHA HEARING BEEP))
14 year old Tabitha Martin of South Boston is profoundly deaf.
About a month ago, she underwent sugery to get cochlear implants.
Doctors placed the device inside her ear and then wired it to her cochlear.
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((LINDA MARTIN/TABITHA'S MOTHER: SHE'S COUNTED EVERY DAY NOW ON THE CALENDAR EVER SINCE WE HAD THE SURGERY.))
Way before the surgery, doctors performed several tests on Tabitha to see if she's a good candidate for cochlear implants.
After all, this device doesn't work for everyone.
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((DR. BRIAN McKINNON/UVA AUDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF COURSE IS THEY HAVE TO BE PROFONDLY DEAF. INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM A HEARING AID WE GENERALLY CONTINUE THEM WITH A HEARING AID.))
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Doctors believed Tabitha would benefit from cochlear implants.
But, she had to wait a month after the surgery so she could heal.
This week, doctors tested the implants to see how she would react to the sounds of beeps.
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((TABITHA MARTIN/SOUTH BOSTON TEEN: "YEAH." DOCTOR: YEAH, YOU HEAR BEEPING. IS THAT LOUD?))
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Tabitha can turned down the volume if the sounds are too loud.
After more than a hour of testing, doctors are ready to flip the switch that will allow Tabitha to hear voices for the first time.
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((DR. BRIAN McKINNON/UVA AUDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT: SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WHICH WAS IMPOSSIBLE BEFORE THEY CAN NOW HOLD A SIMPLE CONVERSTATION.))
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Its something Tabitha Martin has been looking forward to for a long time.
Tonight at six, we are there as she hears another person's voice for the first time.
As you might imagine Jean, its pretty emotional.
We're sure you know the Super Bowl is this weekend, but at least one group in Virginia is more interested in what's in your snack BOWL during the big game.
The Alexandria based Snack Food Association says Ravens fan are more likely to dig into bags of potato chips.
It's the favorite snack of the Mid-Atlantic region...especially those flavored with Old Bay.
For the Giants fans, the choice is not so clear cut.
New Jersey is between Pennsylvania, where the Pretzel rules as the king of snacks, and New England where people go nuts for nuts.
Welcome folks to the Thursday night two minute sports ticker.
We begin tonight with news from the NFL - involving two teams that are not in the Super Bowl.
For starters, the Vikings' Cris Carter said that he will come back and play one maybe two more years before retiring.
Carter is 35 years old.
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In other NFC Central news, the Lions officially introduce their new head coach today.
Marty Mornhinweg takes over for Gary Moeller who replaced Bobby Ross.
He has no head coaching experience, but ran the 49ers offense the past 4 years.
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And in case you are making your viewing plans for Super Sunday - here is the schedule.
At Noon CBS Sports at MTV tag team you with a special total request live.
That's followed by two hours of Super Bowl specials before the official pregame show gets underway at three.
And then Super Bowl 35 kicks off on Your Hometown Station at 6pm.
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Super Bowl 35 could mean big money for Ravens linebacker Jamie Sharper. Steve Mason has more on this former UVa star's big season.
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((Three former Cavaliers will play in this Sunday's Super Bowl, the most ever, but Jamie Sharper isn't to surprised, considering two of his former Virginia teammates started a trend last year.
Sharper left UVa as the schools all time leading tackler with 435 from 1993 through 1996. He was a second round pick in 1997.
Sharper is the Ravens third leading tackler with 102. He has 15 tackles and two sacks in the playoffs. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
Coming up at six, VMI's Eric Mann has been double trouble for the opponent. See ya then folks.
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Singer Celine Dion has given birth to a son.
Her spokeswoman says Dion gave birth to a son today in Florida. He was three weeks early, but weigh ssix pounds eight ounces.
She says the singer and baby Rene Charles (SHARL) are doing marvelously.
The doctor who delivered the child says he is perfect and looks like both parents.
Dion conceived the baby through in-vitro fertilization with her husband.
She says she's stored a second fertilized egg at a fertility clinic and hopes to have a sibling for her son.
The baby was named after his father Rene Angelil (an-jih-LEEL').