Between 150 and 175 workers will be laid off at Danville's Goodyear plant because of a slowdown in truck tire production.
Demand for truck tires has shrunk in the last several months.
The company has notified employees that layoffs are coming but has not specifically told individual workers who will go.
A company spokesperson does say Goodyear hopes the lay offs are only temporary.
Goodyear also announced yesterday the elimination of 72-hundred jobs globally.
Danville plant officials say that move should not affect operations there.
[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern Layoffs]
Major changes are in for Norfolk Southern, including one-to-two thousand job cuts.
In a web cast yesterday morning N-S Chief Financial Officer....
[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Henry Wolf said a new team called NS-21 will consider consolidation, partnerships with other businesses, and the sale or closure of at least 10 Norfolk Southern facilities.
Norfolk Southern's dividend has already been reduced to cut costs.
After the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors criticized the study, a local engineering firm defends its report on co- locating two gas pipelines in Virginia.
The county asked Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern to find out how much it would cost to build a new Virginia Gas Pipeline next to an existing one owned by East Tennessee Natural Gas.
When the report came back, there was no cost estimate in it.
The company told News 7 "We stand behind the study. It was performed in a short time period -- a one week overview of the proposed pipeline. It would not have been prudent to speculate on a cost after one week's worth of analysis."
The engineering firm says it believes co-locating the pipelines is NOT an option because of major issues of safety.
Minorities make up one-third of the ranks of Virginia's National Guard, but minorities hold only ten percent of the officer positions...
Yesterday, one of only two minority colonels out of 33 was elevated to the rank of brigadier general.
That means that General Bert Holmes, Junior is now second in command... and the highest ranking African-American ever in the state guard.
[IN Q=When one is trying to]
((GEN. BERT HOLMES, JR./VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD; WHEN ONE IS TRYING TO PROGRESS AND ACHIEVE, WE OFTEN FEEL VERY LONELY. HOWEVER, THIS ROAD TO SUCCESS IS NEVER TRAVELED ALONE. FOR EVERYONE WHO IS SUCCESSFUL, THEY ARE SUPPORTED AND HAVE RECEIVED HELP ALL ALONG THE WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Bert Holmes, Jr./Virginia National Guard;]
[OUT Q=help all along the way.]
In his civilian life, General Holmes is a surgeon in Norfolk.
A missing college student's body has been found by Bristol Police...
18-year-old Yasmeen Qutub (YAHS'-meen ka-TUB') went for a walk last week after an argument with a friend at Virginia Intermont College and never returned.
Her body was discovered yesterday morning in some woods.
(ka-TUB) Qutub roomed with her twin sister.
She was from the Chicago area.
The prescription pain killer OxyContin is finding its way to the streets.
Abuse of the drug can lead to addiction.
Healthcheck Reporter Joy Sutton has the story of one man's battle to fight addiction and the program helping him recover.
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[IN Q=I would say within 30 days]
[don't super the first bite]
[SUPER=01-"Richard"/Former OxyContin Addict; :27]
[SUPER=01-Emily Jennings/Life Center of Galax; :45]
[OUT Q=joy sutton, news 7, galax]
(((///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=I would say within 30]
((RICHARD: I WOULD SAY WITHIN 30 DAYS I WAS ADDICTED BEYOND CONTROL))
[OUT Q=beyond control]
This man who we'll call Richard --says he started taking OxyContin for pain after an injury --but soon became addicted.
So addicted --that when the doctor started reducing his medication --he found other ways to get it.
OxyContin became a 4-thousand dollar a month habit.
And when tried to stop, the pain become too intense to bear.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=It's like an internal ache]
((RICHARD: IT'S LIKE AN INTERNAL ACHE. EVERY BONE IN YOUR BODY, EVERY MUSCLE, YOU GO FROM FREEZING TO SWEATING, IT'S LIKE AN EXTREME FORM OF THE FLU))
[OUT Q=of the flu]
Richard says he turned to the Life Center of Galax for help.
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[IN Q=Gradually what we're doing is replacing oxycontin]
((EMILY JENNINGS/LIFE CENTER OF GALAX: GRADUALLY WHAT WE'RE DOING IS REPLACING OXYCONTIN WITH METHADONE. MOST PEOPLE COMPLETELY DETOXIFY AFTER TWO TO THREE YEARS))
[OUT Q=to three years]
The treatment includes getting a daily dose of methadone --which is an opiate like oxycontin --but doesn't produce a high.
Jennings says while methadone can also be addictive --it's the best thing available now to treat oxyContin addiction.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Anyone can stop]
((ANYONE CAN STOP NO MATTER AT WHAT POINT THEY'VE COME.. THIS PROGRAM WILL WORK FOR ANYONE))
[OUT Q=for anyone]
Richard says he's looking forward to the day when doesn't need ANY drug to function daily.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Galax.))
The Life Center tells us its program costs 110 dollars to enter, and treatments cost 10 dollars a day.
The company that makes OxyContin says abuse of the drug is harming patients who rely on it to manage their pain .. and it is supporting education and prevention efforts.
[GRAPHIC=VA State Capitol]
The General Assembly has approved a bill expressing regret for Virginia's practice of eugenics.
More than 74-hundred people were forced to be sterilized because of so- called undesirable traits.
On a voice vote yesterday, the Senate passed a resolution condemning eugenics.
The House of Delegates had already passed the resolution.
Meanwhile, the students won't be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance- that bill died in Richmond for now.
Despite a mostly favorable reception in the House Education Committee, the Senator who's carrying the bill accused its members of trying to "muck it up."
Fairfax Republican Warren Barry actually stormed out of the committee before a vote was taken.
[sot TAPE TWO 10:08:38]
((BARRY: WELL, WE GOT A BUNCH OF PINKOS ON THAT COMMITTEE THAT HAVE NIBBLED AWAY ON THE BILL TO THE POINT WHERE IT DOESN'T HAVE ANY MEANING. AND WHY PUT SOMETHING THROUGH THAT DOESN'T HAVE ANY MEANING?))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; ]
[OUT Q=doesn't have any meaning? DOUBLE OUT]
The committee had voted to allow local school boards to decide if a student who refused to say the pledge should be expelled.
Senator Barry says any student who defies the mandate without written permission should be kicked out of school.
Currently, only gun and drug offenses cause mandatory expulsions in Virginia schools.
The Education Committee will give Senator Barry another chance at the bill tomorrow, if he wants it.
Taking time off from his job as Radford prosecutor, Randal Duncan is helping a leukemia patient.
Duncan was tested to donate bone marrow in hopes of helping his colleague's son.
Duncan was NOT a match for little Henry Moore.
But Duncan recently found he IS a match for a 48- year old woman with leukemia.
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[IN Q=I think people]
((RANDAL DUNCAN/DONOR: I THINK PEOPLE ARE MORE INCLINED TO PARTICIPATE WHEN IT HITS CLOSE TO HOME WHICH IS HOW I WAS EDUCATED; HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR HENRY'S SITUATION I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN EDUCATED AND AGAIN I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN IN THE BANK.))
[SUPER=01-Randal Duncan/Donor; ]
[OUT Q=in the bank.]
Approximately two- thousand people have been tested in hopes of helping baby Henry.
The American Red Cross says of that number 13 people have turned out to be possible matches for others in need.
Meanwhile-- Henry's parents continue to pray for a match for their son who was born without an immune system.
[in q= This time]
((PATRICK MOORE/HENRY'S FATHER: THIS TIME LAST YEAR WE DIDN'T KNOW IF HE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY AND NOT ONLY IS HE ALIVE BUT HE'S DOING WELL AND YOU KNOW HE'S REALLY HELPED SAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE. WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Patrick Moore/Henry's Father; ]
[OUT Q= proud of him.]
Henry will die without a bone marrow transplant.
His parents hope to organize another marrow drive this April.