UP next on News 7--
Vitramon in Roanoke announces cutbacks--
A live report ahead.
And, a murder suspect from Roanoke is caught in Georgia.
Plus, Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith proves he's not talking trash, he's taking it out.
The city's top official takes a break from the boardroom to take a ride on a garbage truck.
Mostly cloudy and muggy today...but things will change as we head towards the weekend....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at noon is coming up.
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Cutbacks ARE in store as a shaky earnings report looms over a local company.
Good afternoon. I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Vitramon of Roanoke, owned by Vishay Inter- technology Incorporated, is an international manufacturer and supplier of electronic components.
The company confirmed today there WILL be cutbacks announced in August.
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News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is at Vitramon in Roanoke now. Jen, any word yet on how many people will be let go?
Not yet Kim.
We know there are about 200 people working at this facility.
The company has confirmed this facility will NOT close, but there will be cutbacks.
A Vishay spokesperson said today the company has been struggling with the downturn in the economy.
Vishay cut about five percent of its workforce across the board in the first quarter of 2001. There were more cuts in the second quarter.
When third-quarter earning reports are released on August 1st -- the company says it WILL announce who will go, and who will stay.
Components manufactured by the Company are used in virtually all types of electronic products, including those in the computer, telecommunications, automotive, medical and consumer electronics industries.
We have talked to one employee who says she's already received notice in the mail concerning her unemployment benefits.
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Kim, we hope to learn more as the day continues.
While cutbacks are hurting communities throughout Southwest and Southside Virginia - some much-needed GOOD news was announced in Blairs yesterday.
K-B Toys isn't playing around with the deal made with e-toys. The toy giant plans to open a distribution center in a shell building that housed e-toys before the takeover.
Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod says that could mean hundreds of jobs for the area.
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E-toys may be gone but not forgotten.
County officials confirm K-B toys wants to pick up where e-toys left off.
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More than six hundred jobs in the last several months.
But K-B toys could help turn the economy around.
The toy retailer plans to hire 300 full-time workers and as many as 600 part time workers.
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And E-toys will actually play part.
K-B toys already owns the e-toys website and all its assets including inventory.
The earliest K-B toys could be up and running is sometime in September.
But first the county and K-B must come to an agreement.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE COUNTY HOPES TO FINALIZE THE DEAL AND MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT SOMETIME NEXT WEEK. IN THE MEANTIME, K-B TOYS IS ALREADY IN TOWN INTERVIEWING FORMER EMPLOYEES OF E-TOYS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7, DANVILLE))
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A murder suspect from Roanoke who's been the subject of a nationwide manhunt has been caught.
Police say Bernard Walker has been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia on a stolen car charge.
Walker is a suspect in the Christmas Eve shooting of Reaco Hylton.
Hylton was shot and killed outside a convenience store on Melrose Avenue.
Walker had just been added to the "most wanted" list of 15 fugitives by the U.S. Marshal's service.
Former Virginia Tech punter Jimmy Kibble has gone from the Superdome to the slammer.
Kibble was sentenced this morning to six months in jail, for having consensual sexual contact with two 16 year old high school students. The two attend Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, where he was an assistant coach.
Kibble pleaded guilty last month to four counts of contributing to the deliquency of a minor. He apologized for his actions prior to today's sentencing.
Kibble was a three-time All-Big East kicker and punter.
He played in the two-thousand national championship game against Florida State.
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Three-generations of a family died yesterday in a fiery crash on Interstate-77.
State Police say the victims have been identified as 45-year-old Donna Delaine Williams, her son 25-year-old Charles Roland Williams Junior and his two children - Melissa Jewels Williams, age 5, and Charles John Williams, who was 3 years old.
Authorities say the car they were riding in was traveling South on the highway in Bland County when it veered left, crossed the median and hit a Northbound car.
The vehicle burst into flames on impact, burning the family beyond recognition.
The driver they hit, 60-year-old Ohio resident Renata Richter, was med-flighted to a Roanoke Hospital but died on the way.
A tractor trailer was also involved, but that driver from Mississippi was treated and released.
More recalls could be on the way for Bridgestone- Firestone.
Federal safety officials are reportedly pushing the company to recall several million MORE tires.
And they've given the company until tomorrow to respond.
Last summer, Firestone recalled more than 14- million tires used on Ford Explorers.
The automaker has started replacing 13- million more tires on its own.
Firefighters in Baltimore are still trying to make headway after a fiery train derailment.
The blaze in a railroad tunnel beneath the downtown area has already postponed this afternoon's Orioles game.
It's the aftermath of yesterday's derailment of a C-S-X freight train that was carrying hazardous materials.
The train caught fire after it went off the tracks
Authorities have removed five cars of the 60- car train.
One of the cars is leaking hydrochloric acid, but a C-S-X spokesman says it's NOT a health concern.
There are reports that a car bomb has exploded in the Israeli coastal city of (neh-TAHN-yah) Netanya, which is a frequent target of Palestinians.
Ambulances and police are racing to the scene... where at least a couple of injuries are being reported at this time.
President Bush is in England, stopping for lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
He's heading to Italy, where top world leaders will gather for the G-Eight Summit.
Kimberly Dozier has more from London.
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((The British weather said it all, as the American president braced for
another lukewarm reception in Europe, from those furious over his
policies on the environment and ballistic missile defense.
The president and wife Laura did get the royal treatment at Buckingham
Palace, and lunch with the Queen.
They also toured a much drier British Museum - but Mr Bush found himself
fending off a downpour of criticism from Senate Democrat leader Tom
Daschle, back home - he told a US newspaper Bush's policies are
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Mr Bush can expect little better when he gets to Genoa, Italy, for the
G-8 summit where the protesters are already out in force, and the
grumblings from Europe's leaders are only slighly more cordial.
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'They don't like what they're seeing...(etc.) don't like the message
Bush is bringing.'
Mr Bush can expect a dressing down inside the conference halls, over
Washington's successful test of its fledgling missile defense system
last weekend - seen as another move to strong-arm a reluctant Europe.
Ironically, the main objector, Russian president Vladimir Putin, has now
indicated some willingness to make changes in ballistic missile defense
-- a welcome bit of news.
Cautious optimism from an American leader who is learning his foreign
counterparts can be as hard to win over as congress back home.
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Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith is spending his birthday on the back of a city garbage truck.
This morning, Smith teamed up with veteran employees Barry Price and Angie Simmons to pick up trash in the Old Southwest neighborhood.
Smith says he planned to ride with city crews before recent changes in the trash collection program, but says he's learning a lot about the challenges city workers are facing.
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((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: IT JUST GIVES YOU A LITTLE MORE INSIGHT. MAYBE IT'S NEW ON A TRASH TRUCK, BUT THIS IS THE TYPE OF THING I DID IN MY BUSINESS ALL OF THOSE YEARS. YOU WENT DOWN AND OPERATED A MACHINE. YOU CAN'T KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEMS ARE UNTIL YOU GET FIRST HAND. ))
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Smith will spend a full day with solid waste employees. This afternoon, he plans to ride with a crew picking up bulk items.
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The prosecution is making its case today in Rocky Mount... against a 15-YEAR-OLD charged with CAPITAL murder.
The latest just ahead.
And Japanese citizens continue to voice anger - as a U-S Air Force sergeant is indicted today in the alleged rape of an Okinawan woman...
An update - when we return.
But first - Leo tells us whether the gloomy gray weather stick around today.
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Testimony is underway at this hour in the capital murder trial of a 15-year-old.
The defendant's cousin - who admitted to taking part in the murder - is among those testifying FOR the prosecution today.
Alexander Hudson was 14 when he and two friends were charged with robbing a Rocky Mount man and strangling him in his bed.
His attorneys tried to get the case dismissed, saying he was held in jail 8 hours too long to get a speedy trial.
Judge William Alexander ruled the trial will go on ... because defense attorneys agreed to the trial date.
Hudson's attorneys say THAT'll be the basis for their appeal.
Divers returned to Philpott Lake today to continue searching for the body of a missing man.
Henry County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a Nelson County man believed to be at the bottom of the lake.
Divers continue to concentrate their efforts near Union Bridge.
That's where they located the body of a missing Martinsville woman four weeks ago.
Investigators still have no suspects in THAT case, but have questioned a known acquaintance of Ether Adean Smith.
The European court decides today whether to delay the extradition of murder suspect Ira Einhorn.
For more than two decades, Einhorn has been living as an American fugitive, in a quiet French village.
But the 61- year- old could soon find himself back in the U-S to face murder charges in the 19-77 death of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux.
Einhorn fled the U-S before his case went to trial.
France just recently agreed to turn him over to American authorities.
No trial date yet for the U-S Air Force sergeant indicted today on rape charges in Japan.
Staff Sergeant Timothy Woodland denies raping a woman in the parking lot of a nightclub in Okinawa last month.
Barry Petersen has the latest.
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Still to come on News 7 -
A disaster recovery center opens for flood victims in Southwest Virginia.
And the doors are open and registers are ringing throughout a local store again . . . after a fire this week. Details after the break.
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T-J Maxx is open for business again on BOTH floors... after fire broke out there Tuesday.
Customers were allowed to shop the ground level of the store yesterday... Today the top level is open again.
The second floor is where a fire was sparked in a stock room Tuesday night.
Officials say damage was minimal but that some losses are being blamed on smoke and water.
Investigators say the flames were ignited accidentally by a small hand-held heating device used to seal plastic wrap.
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The owner of a Lynchburg daycare center says it will be at least three months before the center can be renovated following a fire early Tuesday.
But the Kare Around the Klock Center hopes to re-open in temporary quarters... by week's end.
Kare Around the Clock recently became the city's first 24- hour daycare center.
Tazewell County is getting some much needed help after recent flooding.
Federal and state officials will open a Disaster Recovery Center today.
Specialists will have information for people who's homes and businesses were damaged by flash flooding.
Eight inches of rain fell in four hours across parts of the county on July eighth-- triggering flooding that damaged 700 homes and 50 businesses.
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On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was UP 38 points. Nasdaq also climbed... 46 points.
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Coming up on News 7 at Noon -
Salem comes out swinging after taking a day off.
And Michael Vick is looking picture-perfect as he heads to camp. Details ahead...
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Salem came out strong after having a day off to host Myrtle Beach last night.
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A stiff breeze was blowing out to left field last night at Salem Memorial.
The visitors would score first on a little hospitality, as the Salem battery bobbles the pitch.
It goes to the fence, and Kurt Fiore scores from third.
It's 1-to-nothing on the gift.
The Avs would get it together in the bottom of the first as Garrett Atkins hit a drive to left-center.
He will drive in Javier Colina from second and things are now tied at 1-all.
Later in the 5th, Dan Phillips will chop one in between second and short.
Choo Freeman motors home on the play.
The Avalanche beats Myrtle Beach 4-to-3 in game one of their three game set.
Even an ailing lineup can't hold down the Yankees.
With their bull pen depleted and their scheduled starter ailing,
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Roger Clemens pitched just well enough to win his 13th game of the season .
He gave up five runs and allowed nine hits.
Not bad, considering he pitched on 3 days rest for the first time since 1993.
Alphonso Soriano saved Clemens and the Yankees with this homer.
New York beat Detroit for just the 5th time in their last 16 meetings. The final is 8-to-5.
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San Diego Charger linebacker Shannon Taylor was back in the star city yesterday.
Shannon began his career on the rec fields of Roanoke.
And later this month, this is where many young athletes in the area will learn the basics of football at a camp Taylor is helping develop.
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From the rec leagues, Shannon went on to star at Patrick Henry and UVA.
But was his days in the Inner City Athletic Association program that got him where he is today.
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The Inner-City Athletic Association and All Star Clinics along with area businesses are helping put on the football camp July 27 and 28th.
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Shannon will be in training camp this year, but the date will be changed next year so he can coach at the camp.
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Tuition is 10 dollars. It's at the Lincoln Terrace Field.
Michael Vick is getting his first workout with the veterans today, as the Falcons begin their 2001 training camp in Greenville, South Carolina - and News 7 Sports will be there.
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But before he arrived in Greenville, Vick was busy in Orlando putting on a show for the Upper deck trading card company.
But he looked more like a gymnast than a football player.
The Upper deck photographers had Michael flopping all over a stack of mats as they attempted to get the perfect pose for this particular rookie card.
The finished product depicts Vick making an off-balance throw.
Things are looking up for the Express's head coach -
Perry Florio got a three year contract extension and a general manager's title Tuesday.
Yesterday, he got the assistant coach he wanted.
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Mark Bernard, who played goalie last season for the Toledo Storm, was hired yesterday.
Bernard is 32 and a native of Hamilton, Ontario.
Ironically, he was the man who helped shut down the Express and end Roanoke's playoff run last season.
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