Rubatex Union workers could soon be under a contract for the first time since last year.
But the parent company's in bankruptcy court today.
And a Mason Dixon poll tells what Virginians are saying about the car tax cut - and should there be a compromise?
Looks like we are heading into a wetter period as rain showers are in the forecast. More on that in a few moments.
Making the case for medical marijuana.
The U-S Supreme Court hears arguments today.
And hundreds of Roanoke Valley residents aren't just learning the importance of cholesterol testing... they're getting it free.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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Rubatex and its Union finally reach a contract agreement. But troubles for the Bedford plant are far from over.
Union workers at Bedford's largest employer had been working without a contract since last spring.
But last night they gave thumbs up to a new deal.
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The results of the contract vote came out in bankruptcy court in Roanoke this morning.
Jennifer Miele has been sitting in on that creditors meeting.
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More labor news- The New River Valley's second-largest employer is cutting back.
Volvo trucks said today it will cut 300-jobs at its Dublin plant effective April 30-th.
Of that number, 285 are hourly, 15 are salaried.
The company blames a slowed trucking industry.
It was just a month ago that Volvo laid off nearly 400 employees.
One Union leader says more tough times may be ahead.
We'll hear from him in a live report on News 7 at 6.
A small group of Republicans the House of Delegates is now saying it's time for the Governor to compromise.
Newport News Delegate Phil Hamilton and a handful of colleagues unveiled a "70 percent this year, 70 percent next year" "car tax phase-out" compromise today.
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Their proposal gets a little traction from our latest NEWS 7/Mason-Dixon poll out tonight.
Our pollsters asked: should there be a compromise on the speed of the "No Car Tax"?
53 percent of Virginians say YES.
42 percent say NO.
For all the "no car tax" numbers, and Jim Gilmore's job rating, tune in to NEWS 7 at SIX.
A 300 dollar tax rebate for all Americans this year- That's what Senate Democrats are proposing- coupled with a cut in the lowest tax rate to ten percent.
But President Bush is making it clear he won't accept the plan- saying reducing just one rate is not enough.
During a meeting with GOP leaders, Bush says he agrees with the need for quick cuts to spur the economy.
But he says to spur small business growth, all rates must go down.
"A frustrating day."
That's how educators, parents and police describe the situation in Amherst County, where a bomb threat disrupted classes today.
Lynchburg bureau chief Steve Smallshaw joins us.. Steve how seriously did school officials take this threat?
They take every threat seriously, Jean.. the note said a bomb would go off at 11:07 today.. none did and no explosives were found.
But educators and parents were taking no chances.
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(( 11:07 came and went quietly at Amherst County High School... albeit with students standing around outside and not in the classroom.
It was not a normal school day.. police blocked the entrances most of the morning, and worried parents were directed to a nearby shopping center where they could pick up their children.
Some had just learned of the bomb threat this morning.
((DEBBIE RUCKER/PARENT: SHE'S MY ONLY CHILD AND I'M NOT TAKING CHANCES..))
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((DIANE TOMLIN/PARENT: I THINK THIS IS VERY SAD THAT YOUNG CHILDREN CAN'T GO TO SCHOOL AND LEARN AND THAT YOUR CHILD HAS TO BE THREATENED AND STUFF LIKE THIS.. IT'S SAD.))
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Administrators were frustrated as well.
They credit police with helping maintain order and the students and staff for not panicking.
((JOHN DANIEL/AMHERST CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: BUT THIS IS A LOST DAY FOR MOST OF THE STUDENTS, EVEN THE ONES WHO WERE IN ATTENDANCE, BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT THEY'RE THINKING 'WELL, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?'))
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Dr. Daniel says police are pursuing several leads as they try to determine who wrote the note.
Anyone caught making a bomb threat faces possible expulsion as well as criminal charges. Jean?
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Charges are upgraded against a janitor who reportedly attacked a Virginia Tech student.
The story straight ahead.
And - the owners of a dog who killed a woman are arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.
The latest coming up.
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The suspect in an attack on a Virginia Tech student is now facing attempted murder charges...
20-year-old James Lee Harris is being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail for allegedly attacking a 19-year old female student.
The Pembroke man was originally charged with malicious wounding on Monday, after police say he severely beat the freshman in the basement of Henderson Hall
The victim was found in a bathroom near a computer lab where she was working.
Harris was acting as a janitor- contracted by Tech from an outside staffing company.
The woman's condition is not being released.
The courts are coming down on a couple whose dog mauled and killed their neighbor in January.
Marjorie Knoller's charged with Second degree murder - her husband, Robert Noel faces manslaughter charges.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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((ITS AN UNUSUAL MURDER CASE... IN JANUARY, 33 YEAR OLD DIANE
WHIPPLE WAS MAULED BY TWO LARGE MASTIFF DOGS IN THE HALLWAY OUTSIDE HER
THE DOGS WERE BEING CARED FOR BY MARJORIE KNOLLER AND HER HUSBAND ROBERT
NOEL, TWO SAN FRANCISCO LAWYERS.
THE COUPLE BLAMED THE VICTIM, CLAIMING SHE UPSET THE DOGS AND SHOULD
HAVE PROTECTED HERSELF. And in a strange twist it was revealed the dogs
were part of a dog fighting ring...run by prison inmates who knew the
ON TUESDAY A GRAND JURY INDICTED KNOLLER FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDERAND
NOEL FOR INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER..
SAN FRANCISCOS DISTRICT ATTORNEY SEEMED RELIEVED.
-TERRANCE HALLINAN, SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTY.
They had the opportunity to listen to 39 witnesses as well as noel and
knoller and after hearing all the testimony they made the decision this
was an appropriate charge, and they knew what they were doing.
DURING THE GRAND JURY HEARING, PARAMEDICS WERE CALLED IN TO TREAT
KNOLLER FOR AN ANXIETY ATTACK.
AND THEN, JUST BEFORE THEY WERE INDICTED, THE COUPLE FLED
BUT POLICE FOLLOWED THEM THEY WERE ARRESTED AND NOW FACE THE CHARGES
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IN THE MEANTIME FRIENDS OF THE VICTIM, INCLUDING HER PARTNER OF SEVEN
YEARS CELEBRATED THE INDICTMENTS
Sharon smith/Victim's partner:
It's almost nine weeks and I still wake up in the morning , and think,
she's not there.
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Israeli officials warned they were "running out of patience" with terrorist attacks.
Today - they are shelling Palestinian targets in Gaza City and Ramallah (ra-MAHL'-ah), on the West Bank.
The attack follows yesterday's suicide bombing that killed two Israeli teens waiting for their school bus.
Four others were injured.
The Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the blast and promised more were coming.
Palestinian officials say the Israeli military warned them of today's retaliatory attack.
Rescue crews have now located both of the missing U-S Air Force planes that went down in Scotland.
But one of the F-15 pilots is still missing.
American and British military personnel have been scouring the Scottish Highlands since the planes went down Monday.
Searchers found one pilot's body and a crash site yesterday. Today - the other missing F-15 was located nearby.
A snowstorm has forced rescue crews to halt the search for the remaining missing pilot until tomorrow.
After some gains earlier in the week - the Dow and Nasdaq were again on the decline.
Here's Alexis Christoforous with today's Marketwatch.
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Folk rock sounds are in the News 7 studio today.
Jacey Birch is joined by musician Phil Norman...
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The rainy forecast may not make you think of baseball - but the diamond's on the mind of the Salem Avalanche.
The season opener's up in just a few weeks.
Mike Stevens will have details.
And... cholesterol counts... more than many people realize.
Still ahead in Health Check - how some people - who may not have been tested- are now finding out if their cholesterol level is ok.
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In Health Check Tonight,
Getting your cholesterol level checked is just as important --if not more -- than monitoring your blood pressure... That's because high cholesterol can lead to a stroke or heart attack.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has more.
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Without regular screenings there is no way to determine if you have high cholesterol -- because there are no symptoms.
That's why the American Red Cross and Trigon are teaming-up to offer free screenings to people in the Roanoke Valley.
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Edna Campbell says while she does get her cholesterol checked regularly --she knows people who don't because they can't afford the doctor bill.
That's why she thinks it's important that the Red Cross chose Edinburg Square -- a retirement community - as one of the locations to offer free screenings.
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((EDNA CAMPBELL:IT'S GOING TO HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE. I THINK THERE OUT TO BE MORE THINGS LIKE THAT BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE NEVER KNOW THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THEM ))
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((CAROL /AMERICAN RED CROSS:TRIGON HAS OFFERED US A GRANT TO GO INTO THE VALLEY TO DO 300 SCREENINGS ON CHOLESTEROL FOR PEOPLE THAT WOULD NOT ORDINARILY HAVE A CHANCE TO GET THEIR CHOLESTEROL CHECKED))
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The Red Cross hopes by checking cholesterol levels for people -- they can determine whether they need to reduce their risk factors...
Because a high cholesterol level --can cause a build-up of plaque on the arteries --and eventually cause blockages.
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((LISA /CARILION NURSE: HEART ARTERIES CAN CAUSE A HEART ATTACK, ARTERIES THAT LEAD TO YOUR BRAIN MIGHT CAUSE A STROKE AND CERTAINLY CAN GET BLOCKAGES IT THE ARTERIES IN YOUR LEGS OR LIMBS THAT COULD CAUSE VASCULAR DISEASE, THAT CAN CAUSE LOST PAIN WITH WALKING AND THOSE KINDS OF PROBLEM))
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You can reduce your cholesterol level by reducing saturated fats in your diet and eating more fiber.
So far, the American Red Cross has done about 60 screenings. But it plans to continue targeting various communities until it reaches 300 screenings.
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Should marijuana be used in medicine?
The Supreme Court heard arguments today-
Several justices seemed skeptical about legalizing marijuana as medicine.
They also seemed doubtful about allowing judges or juries to agree that someone's medical need for the drug overrides the law-
Proponents argue the drug helps seriously ill patients-
A decision is expected by summer.
Good afternoon folks, the two minute ticker begins with a little program reminder.
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The NCAA division one men's national semi-finals will rule the airwaves here on Your Hometown Station this Saturday night as the Final Four coverage begins at 5:30.
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The opening game between Arizona and Michigan State will tip-off at 5:42pm.
The all-ACC semi-final between Duke and Maryland will begin 35 minutes after the conclusion of game one. That should be right around 8:17. Of course the only place to see it is right here on WDBJ-7.
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Duke alum, Tommy Amaker is the new head basketball coach at Michigan.
He leaves Seton hall after four successful seasons.
Amaker, who is now 36 years old, replaces Brian Ellerbe - a former assistant at UVa under Jeff Jones.
As soon as the March Madness dies down, the Salem Avalanche will do doubt grab a good share of the sporting spotlight here in the valley.
The grounds crew already has the Salem Memorial stadium playing surface in excellent shape.
The Avalanche players will arrive in town next week, and the team's home opener is set for Tuesday night April 11th.
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The Avalanche also is a little uncertain how new start times will affect attendance this year.
The team is playing a number of afternoon games not only on weekends, but also during the work week during the months of April and May.
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Again, the team's home opener is Tuesday night , April 10th.
Coming up on News 7 at six, highlights from the Roanoke - W&L lacrosse showdown and Al Groh gets ready for his first spring practice at UVa.
Take care everyone.
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A mix of rock... folk and lyrics from the heart makes musician, Phil Norman, stand out from the rest.
For the last two years he's been traveling to perform solo or with the band, Cory Brammer and Thirty-Two Leaves.
Today he is with Jacey Birch to tell us about his latest CD release.
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