A flash fire in Henry County proves deadly, even as investigators try to figure out what caused the accident.
Plus, a local car dealer wins a big decision in the state Supreme Court.
Temperatures are increasing, to the warm level, just in time for the weekend... and it looks like the sunshine may stick around as well... stay here for the details.
News 7 at noon is next.
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One of the area's largest car dealers is celebrating a victory in Virginia's Supreme Court.
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Shelor Automotive had appealed a circuit court ruling ordering the company to pay Montgomery County's merchant's capital tax.
The tax is assessed on a business's unsold inventory as of January first.
To avoid the charge, Shelor moved its inventory to Pulaski and Salem before that date.
Montgomery County said the dealer was still responsible for the taxes.
Today the State Supreme Court sided with Shelor, saying in order for the county to collect the taxes, the cars must be physically located on the property January First.
A Martinsville man severely burned in a flash fire has died.
45-year-old Johnny Ray Yellock died this morning at the Wake Forest University Hospital.
Yellock and another man were burned Tuesday while operating machinery at C-P Films.
Yellock received burns to more than 80-percent of his body.
The other worker, Gary Lee Clark, was treated and released the next day.
Officials still aren't sure what caused the blast.
The case is under investigation by the Henry County Sheriff's department and public safety department.
A teenager was killed last night in an accident on Hawkins Mill Road in Forest.
State Police say they don't know why, but it appears around eight last night, the driver locked up his brakes going down a hill.
His vehicle hit a wooden bridge railing, went off the road and landed upside down in a creek.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities have not released his name.
Some Danville residents feel like thy're caught up in a power struggle.
Last night they got their first look at plans for a new natural gas plant the Mirant corportion wants to build just east of the Danville airport.
As Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod found out some believe the project will work, others say some things still need to be worked out.
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It would generate 2 million dollars in tax revenue a year, create jobs, and help attract industry to Danville.
Selling the benefits to city officials was easy.
Now comes the hard part, convincing area residents.
[IN Q=I'm trying to stay open-minded]
((PEGGY GIBSON/RESIDENT: I'M TRYING TO STAY OPEN-MINDED BUT AS OF RIGHT NOW, NO I DON'T WANT IT.))
[OUT Q=don't want it]
Here's what she doesn't want, a natural gas fueled power plant.
Mirant wants to build the plant in the Airside Industrial Park on Highway 58.
But before the city and state can give the project the green light, the company must get public input.
[IN Q=Mainly citizens as myself]
((JOSEPH SPENCE/RESIDENT: MAINLY CITIZENS AS MYSELF AS WELL, ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL.))
[OUT Q=about the enviromental]
Company officials argue the plant is environmentaly safe and believe most residents won't even realize it's there.
[IN Q=There will be no visible]
((GIL WALDMAN/PROJECT MANAGER: THERE WILL BE NO VISIBLE PLUM FROM THE STACK. THEY WILL SEE SOME WATER VAPOR EVAPORATING FROM THE TOWERS BUT THAT IS COMPLETELY HARMLESS.))
[OUT Q=completely harmless]
Then there's the issue of safety.
The company will have to build a 14 mile natural gas pipeline leading to the plant.
[IN Q=I'm not convinced]
((JEFF GEISEL/RESIDENT: I'M NOT CONVINCED THAT IS THE BEST LOCATION RIGHT NOW BECAUSE EVERYTHING THEY NEED IS GOING TO BE PIPED IN.))
[OUT Q=to be piped in]
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Company officials say safety is their number one concern but realize they have a long way to go before residents give the project the thumbs up.
[IN Q=Mirant hopes to get approval]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: MIRANT HOPES TO GET APPROVAL WITHIN A YEAR AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL. THEY HOPE TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION HERE AT THE AIR INDUSTRIAL PARK BY EARLY NEXT YEAR AND HAVE THE PLANT OPERATIONAL BY 2003. JUSTIN MCLEOD, NEWS 7, DANVILLE.))
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The World's largest mobile phone systems maker is sending a clear signal... layoffs are ahead.
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Ericsson says sales are DOWN five percent.
In an effort save money, the company will cut twelve thousand jobs.
Consultants will also be slashed... at least seven thousand of them will go.
Ericsson blames the cuts on a slowing economy and a reduced demand for cell phones.
No word yet on the status of Ericsson employees in Lynchburg.
Today is the last day of work for over 50-employees at Radford's New River Foundry.
The company announced yesterday that 50-hourly and 15-salaried workers will be let go at the end of their shifts today.
The production cuts are being determined by seniority.
A spokesman blames the economic slowdown and a reduction in orders.
The iron castings plant normally operates on a three shift schedule, three days a week, it will now run with two-shifts, four-days a week.
Flood victims in Wisconsin are waiting for the Mississippi River to crest today.
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The National Guard is helping residents fill sandbags to keep the water from spreading.
But there's no way of knowing how high the water will rise.
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[IN Q=We knew it was gonna come...]
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((CARLA HARRIS/FLOOD VICTIM: WE KNEW IT WAS GONNA COME BUT YOU CAN ONLY PREPARE SO MUCH. YOU
DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH YOU'RE ACTUALLY GONNA GET.))
(( KARLA TROESTER/FLOOD VICTIM:
..LIVED HERE 36 YEARS. WE'VE NEVER HAD WATER IN THE HOUSE BUT TODAY
I THINK WE MIGHT GET IT..ITS GETTING MIGHTY CLOSE...))
[OUT Q=getting mighty close.]
Elsewhere in the midwest, the forecast continues to be a wet one.
Up to four inches of rain could fall near the North Dakota - Minnesota border through Tuesday.
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One of the mothers of the babies switched at the University of Virginia has settled her lawsuit with the state,
also we'll meet the latest animal to make his home at Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo.
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Day by day our temperatures keep heating up just a few degrees at a time. Today we're working our way into the lower seventies as an exiting high pressure system is leaving behind lots of warm dry air. Our temperature map shows us...
BUT... Some of our northern areas may see a chance for rain showers later this afternoon... we'll talk about that and t
he warm weekend forecast in a few minutes.[Columbine]
The mother of a Columbine high school shooting victim says it's hard to believe two years have passed since she lost her daughter.
Relatives and friends of the victims are recognizing the second anniversary of the attack with a memorial service near the Littleton, Colorado school today.
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Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stormed Columbine on April 20th, 1999, scattering gunfire and setting off pipe bombs.
15-people, including the gunmen, died.
The anniversary comes one day after nearly three dozen families of Columbine victims agreed to a two and a half (m) million dollar settlement of their lawsuits against the gunmen's parents and the
providers of a gun used in the massacre.
President Bush is preparing for a controversial trade summit in Canada.
But while the event marks his summit stage debut, the event is expected to be overshadowed by protestors.
Jon Roberts reports.
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((Bush here today.6000 delegates from 34 countriestalk about free trade area of the Americashere to greet them will be
protestors who promise to number more than 10 thousand..plan big
On the eve of the summit, members of the Anti-Capitalist convergence stage a warm-up march... The alliance is made up of
students, activists and anarchists - united in their opposition to a hemispheric free trade agreement.
When they descend on the city today, police will be ready. The Summit site is cordoned off by 2 = miles of steel and
residents and those with accreditation will be allowed in. Six thousand
riot police stand ready to respond.
Pierre Gulip/Quebec Police
JR: are you expecting trouble? We are expecting trouble..but I'll
tell you one thing our officers..our crowd control people will not be
visible if there is no trouble..
If there is trouble - it will be here - outside the security zone - in the streets of historic old Quebec. Shopowners have boarded up
their stores (Nats-Seattle) They saw the pictures from Seattle 18
months ago - and fear it could happen again.
Mayor Jean-Paul Allier/Quebec City
I was anxious and still am because I don't know the result the final
resultbut at the same time, I'm not scared - I believe we've done our
Protestors complain that police have been waging a campaign of intimidation against them - stopping people at the border - keeping them
away from the summit. Police say - while they welcome peaceful protest,
they learned the lessons of Seattle and vow - it will not happen here.
John Roberts, CBS News, Quebec City.))
One of the mother in the switched babies case has settled her lawsuit with the state.
The Attorney General's office says Paula Johnson will receive two-point-three million dollars.
The settlement comes one day before the state Supreme Court was scheduled to rule on whether to revive Johnson's 31 million dollar lawsuit against the state-run University of Virginia Medical Center where the babies were accidently switched shortly after birth..
Under the settlement, Johnson will receive a 475-thousand dollar cash settlement.
200-thousand dollars will be placed in a trust fund for the child she is raising, Callie Conley.
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Stay with us, Jacey Birch will join us with a detailed look at our weekend forecast,
and she's talking flowers in this week's edition of Growin It.
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Mill Mountain Zoo showed off its new attraction today.
It's called a takin, (TALK-in) a relative of oxen and mountain goats.
Takins live in the Himalayas and western China.
The one that's now living on Mill Mountain is a year old and weighs about 500 pounds.
The Chinese government considers the takin a national treasure, like pandas or golden monkeys.
It looks like this weekend would be a great time to go see the takin. Jacey will be right back with the forecast.
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With temperatures warming up this weekend... you may want to spruce up your home with some indoor plants.
Orchids are one of the most popular choices this season so I spent some time at Townside Gardens yesterday finding out how to keep the beautiful flower blooming well past summer.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW is down 150 points, NASDAQ has dropped 39.
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There's a change in the front office of the Salem Avalanche. We'll have the details in Sports,
also we'll see why a member of last year's Survivor crew says this season's contestants are sissies.
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The general manager of the Salem Avalanche is trading the diamond for the hardwood.
After twenty years in baseball, Joe Preseren is going to work for the National Basketball Development League.
Assistant general manager Stan Macko will be the interim G-M for the Roanoke Valley's Carolina League franchise.
There's changes in the front office for one major league club. Los Angeles Dodger general manager Kevin Malone has resigned - five days after challenging a fan to a fight in San Diego.
Malone has failed to achieve a winning season despite huge salaries in the two and a half years with the ball club.
Dodgers chairman Bob Daly says Malone had become a distraction to the team.
Dave Wallace will assume Malone's duties until a replacement is found.
Michael Vick has made his mark here in Southwest Virginia helping the Hokies earn two 11-0 seasons.
Now - he is in position to make his mark on the N-F-L.
If all goes as analysts predict, Vick will be the first african-american quarterback EVER to be chosen first in the N-F-L draft.
Vick appeared on the Early Show on C-B-S this morning and spoke with Bryant Gumble about his feelings towards going pro.
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((BRYANT GUMBLE: 20 YEARS OLD AND YOU ARE ABOUT TO TAKE ON THE WORLD.
VICK: IT'S EXCITING...SEE WHAT'S GONNNA HAPPEN.))
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Vick has only played 21 games of college ball - and that may play a factor in how much field time he gets in the pros.
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((BRYANT GUMBLE: ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE MUSCLE YOU MAY BE WORKING THE MOST IS YOUR GLUDIUS MAXIMUS. THAT YOU MAY BE GETTING SOME PINE TIME.
VICK: YEAH, YEAH - I'M DEFINATELY PREPARED FOR THAT, YOU KNOW, BUT IF THAT'S WHT IT TAKES FOR ME TO BECOME THE BEST... THEN I AM WILLING TO DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=To do that]
But what he might not be willing to do is compromise what he is asking for in a contract with the San Diego Chargers.
Chargers president Dean Spanos promises if they've not signed Vick to a contract before Saturday's draft, they won't choose him.
The conflict is over the signing bonus -
Vick wants a signing bonus of 12 million plus.
The Chargers want a smaller one.
San Diego has told Vick's agents his contract would be in the neighborhood of a number one pick but with more safeguards in case he doesn't develop into a starter.
The two sides continued contract talks yesterday, but Spanos says the Chargers are no closer to completing a deal.
Meanwhile, the team says the Atlanta Falcons have contacted the Chargers about a possible deal for the top pick.
Spanos says the Chargers will choose another player or trade the pick if things don't work out with the former Virginia Tech star.
If you are a fan of television's Survivor program, you know one of this season's most popular players was voted off last night.
Kentucky Joe was so popular, even one of the toughest of last year's show was sorry to see him go.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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((A LOT OF TEARS WERE SHED ON THIS SURVIVOR EPISODEAS THE PLAYERS GOT TO
EMAIL THEIR LOVED ONES.
FORMER SURVIVOR SUSAN HAWK SAYS this far into the game, THE EMOTION IS
-SOT-20;29 At that point in the game youre really missing your
family//edit�really it looks like theyre getting a long but these
people arent your friendsthese arent your family
BUT SUSAN WAS ANNOYED ABOUT THE CAFI TREATS
-SOT-Oh they get a Danish, thats so unfairus, they would have said,
Oh, you each get a bite of a Danish.
AND SUSAN SAID KEITH TOOK A BIG RISK ASKING HIS GIRLFRIEND TO MARRY HIM
OVER THE INTERNET.
It would have been way better TV if she said no, //edit�� well honey
lets talk about it more when you come home cause Ive been having a
good time while youre gone..
BUT AS FAR AS PLAYING THE GAME, SUSAN SAYS YOU CANT REALLY BELIEVE ANY
Everybody is trying to be so politically correct and nice and friendly
and TV land happy theyre all a bunch of phonies!
-NAT SOT-PLAYING FRISBEE
AND THEY HAVE WAY TOO MUCH ENERGY.
go lookin for some figs or something if you got that much energy to
play Frisbee. -SOT-33;51 there was no way we were playin Frisbee,
we were so hungry.//edit��
-NAT SOT- RODGER GETTING VOTED OFF
AS FOR RODGER GETTING VOTED OFFGOOD STRATEGYBUT DISAPPOINTING.
GOOD FOR COLBYBECAUSE IF HE MAKES IT ALL THE WAYHED RATHER GO UP
AGAINST KEITH, THAN LIKEABLE ROGER.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, HOLLYWOOD.))
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