All work and no play--
Well, maybe a little play.
A TOY giant is coming to Pittsylvania county, bringing about 150 new permanent jobs.
And President Bush ends months of speculation-
Tonight, he announces whether he'll support federal funding of stem cell research.
The heatwave continues but changes are on the way...I'll have your forecast....
All that and more coming up on News 7 at noon.
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It's more than fun and games for residents of Pittsylvania County...
A different toy company's setting up shop in the building another one left behind.
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K-B toys announced today it will take over the former e-Toys building.
That means 150 new jobs to help bolster Southside's struggling economy.
The news came down late this morning - Jennifer Miele is on the phone with the latest.
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Kim, the state of Virginia considers this to be such a big announcement that Governor Gilmore himself came all the way out here for it.
As you said, 150 new full-time jobs .. and almost a thousand seasonal jobs around Christmastime.
K-B Toys already has more than a thousand stores across the country. Since the demise of e-Toys-dot-com, K-B's on-line business is getting bigger.
In fact, even when you type in e-Toys-dot com on your computer, K-B Kids-dot-com pops up, so they've go all the bases covered, to make sure K-B is the dominant on-line toy store.
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The facility in Pittsylvania County is already equipped with automated shipping equipment. The former workers there are already trained, and K-B says it's buying in to a great deal.
What makes this deal even better .. remember when Governor Gilmore promised to use part of the tobacco settlement for economic development?
Well, he made good on that today. K-B toys got a 250-thousand dollar check from that settlement - to help upgrade the facility.
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Toys are coming to Tanglewood - on a massive scale.
F-A-O Schwarz is planning to temporarily set up shop in 50 -THOUSAND - SQUARE - FEET of Roanoke County's Tanglewood Mall
The company's taking over the old Brendle's building during September and October.
The Schwarz company already has a distribution facility in Roanoke, so apparently it has decided to use some of the merchandise stored there to test the market.
There IS a possibility the store may stay longer at Tanglewood, but that will depend on sales and a number of other factors.
President Bush reveals his decision on federal funding for stem cell research tonight, before a prime- time television audience.
Bush will speak from his ranch in Texas.
Teri Okita has more.
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TRACK: IN MAKING HIS ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT, PRESIDENT BUSH WILL LIKELY
UPSET ONE SIDE OF THIS CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE.
ULTRA-CONSERVATIVES CONTEND THE PRESIDENT PROMISED IN HIS CAMPAIGN AND
AS RECENTLY AS THREE MONTHS AGO, TO OPPOSE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR STEM-CELL
RESEARCH THAT INVOLVES DESTROYING HUMAN EMBRYOS.
AIDES SAY MISTER BUSH HAS BEEN CONSIDERING THE ETHICAL DEBATE FOR MONTHS.
(Super: Scott McClellan /White House Spokesman)
SOT: This is a serious deliberations in a thoughtful manner
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TRACK: THE PRESIDENT RECEIVED A STRONG REMINDER RECENTLY THAT THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH OPPOSES THIS RESEARCH, BUT THERE ARE HEAVY-HITTERS ON
THE OTHER SIDE, AS WELL. THEY INCLUDE FELLOW REPUBLICAN ORRIN HATCH AND
ACTOR CHRISTOPHER REEVE WHO SAYS THIS RESEARCH HAS TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL.
(Super: Christopher Reeve/Paralyzed Actor)
SOT: It really holds the key to curing diseases that we've always
TRACK: IT ALL BEGINS WITH A HUMAN EMBRYO. AFTER FIVE TO SEVEN DAYS, STEM
CELLS FORM INSIDE. THEY ARE REMOVED FOR RESEARCH, AND THE EMBRYO IS
DESTROYED. THESE STEM CELLS ARE ESSENTIALLY BLANK CELLS . Doctors
believe they have the potential to develop into any of the body's
organs. And therefor provide treatment for a whole range of problems.
From Parkinson's and Alzheimer's even spinal cord injuries.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: PRESIDENT BUSH MADE HIS FINAL DECISION ON THIS ISSUE JUST
YESTERDAY, AND HIS ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL HAVE FAR-REACHING
IMPLICATIONS FOR DECADES TO COME. HELL ADDRESS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AT
NINE O'CLOCK, EASTERN TIME. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Governor Jim Gilmore wants to know whether a Virginia research facility is attempting to clone humans...
The Governor's cabinet secretary is expected to deliver a report about the Jones Institute in Norfolk ... and whether it's violating the new state ban on human cloning.
The Jones Institute was responsible for the nation's first test tube baby in 1981 -- and made national headlines last month with its stem cell research.
The clinic produced stem cells from six day old balls of embryonic cells, which doctors allege cannot become a complete individual if kept alive after the research.
On Tuesday, the Governor sent Health and Human Resources Secretary Lou Rossiter in to investigate.
[IN Q=The artificial creation of people]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE ARTIFICIAL CREATION OF PEOPLE IS A MONUMENTAL DEVELOPMENT IN SCIENCE. AND WE MUST BEGIN TO CONSIDER THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THOSE KINDS OF MATTERS.))
((WHETHER OR NOT THE JONES INSTITUTE IS CONDUCTING ITSELF IN VIOLATION OF THE STATUTE IS A MATTER THAT SECRETARY ROSSITER IS GOING TO EXAMINE. BUT HE'LL ALSO GO BEYOND THAT ISSUE. HE'S REALLY ... DETERMINE EXACTLY THE TYPE OF SCIENCE THAT IS GOING ON THERE.))
[OUT Q=type of science that is going on there.]
On Tuesday, Jones Institute officials told reporters they are NOT cloning humans... and they answered Secretary Rossiter's questions in full.
His report is due to the Governor in a few weeks.
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While the issue of HUMAN cloning is dominating the headlines this week--
A cloned GOAT is in the spotlight in China.
Yangyang, the world's second cloned goat has given birth to two kids.
The twin kids, a male and female are both healthy.
Meanwhile, their father was the strongest of five goats cloned in 1995.
Scientists are also working on cloning pandas as a way to preserve their numbers.
Some environmentalists have suggested that cloning animals may be a way to replenish endangered wildlife.
Can a pill destroy its own addictive and dangerous ingredients if it's about to be misused?
The makers of OxyContin hope so.
Yesterday the makers of the powerful narcotic said they have plans for a ''smart pill'' version.
The new pill would be designed to destroy its own narcotic ingredients if it's crushed into a powder and snorted or injected.
The OxyContin "smart pill" wouldn't be available for at least three years.
One of the victims in last month's robbery and murder in Northwest Roanoke was in court himself this morning.
Ben Chastang pled guilty to a second offense of marijuana possession- -without actually admitting to a crime.
The 19-year old Salem man had signed for a pound of pot mailed to his address last year.
Chastang still insists what happened July 10th in Roanoke was NOT related to drugs, despite what the city prosecutor claims.
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((I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE... WHY THEY WANT TO NAIL IT ON SOMETHING TO DO WITH SOME TYPE OF DRUGS. THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT SOMEONE GOT KILLED, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON WHY SOMEONE WAS DOWN THERE, THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT SOMEONE GOT KILLED.))
[OUT Q=someone got killed (DOUBLE OUT!)]
Under a plea agreement, Chastang was fined 25-hundred dollars and will have to serve the next five weekends in jail.
He says he's looking forward to testifying against those who beat him up, took his car and killed his friend, Ryan Fischer.
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More than a dozen lives are claimed in the latest attack in the Middle East.
The latest is just ahead.
in Chicago - a pedestrian SURVIVES a run-in with a commuter train.
Details on this morning's rescue are still to come.
But first - Leo's looking at our forecast - is there an end in sight to the stifling heat?
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A pizza parlor in Jerusalem is the site of a deadly attack by an apparent suicide bomber.
Israeli officials are confirming at least 13 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded when the bomb went off at lunchtime.
As Kimberly Dozier reports, the death toll could rise even higher.
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(( Narr:It was the massive blast Israel feared - in the heart of Jerusalem.
Scores are dead and wounded.
The suicide bomber walked into this downtown pizza shop at lunch time,
and blew himself up, taking men, women and children...with him.
Militant group Islamic Jihad says one of it's followers carried out the
Another militant group Hamas warned...it wouldn't be the last.
(SOT) Abdul Aziz Rantisi/Hamas spokesperson
'They should understand that their safety is not in Palestine.'
The Israeli government called it a grave disaster...and blamed the
(SOT Gideon Meir/Government advisor)
'I am very sorry that the Palestinian leadership again chose the way of
Officials said, Israel will retaliate.
Palestinian officials say though the attack was regrettable, Israel had
asked for it, by carrying out almost daily air strikes in Gaza and the
West Bank against those it holds responsible. The Palestinians call it
assassination; Israel calls it targeted killing...and the only way to
head off more...of this.
KD, CBS News, London))
A commuter train strikes a pedestrian this morning just outside Chicago-- trapping the woman beneath it.
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It took rescue crews about 30- minutes to free the woman.
Passengers were removed from the train while the rescue effort was underway.
The accident shut down one of the main commuter rail lines to Chicago and delayed thousands of people.
Investigators don't know why the woman was on the tracks.
Meanwhile a hospital official says the woman is now conscious and talking to doctors.
A Southwest Virginia college campus is shutting down tomorrow - because of construction work.
The construction means shutting down power at the UVA College at Wise, so the school will be closed Friday.
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Still ahead on News 7 at Noon... a local veteran remembers an anniversary...
being marked by thousands in Japan today.
It's been 56 years since the second nuclear bomb was dropped.
More, after this.
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A moment of silence today in Japan--
More than four thousand residents paused to remember the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki 56 years ago.
The so- called "Fat Man" bomb killed as many as 70- thousand people in the world's second nuclear attack.
People began coming to Nagasaki's Peace Park from the early hours of the morning to say prayers for the dead.
Most of them attended a memorial service in the park, near the site where the bomb exploded.
Meanwhile, the city's mayor used the occasion to call for an end to nuclear weapons.
A Roanoke County man was aboard the first ship to visit Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was dropped there.
Bob Sams was a gunner on the USS Cambria (CAME-bree-uh), a Navy ship that was manned by a Coast Guard crew.
At first there was little visible damage as the ship steamed toward Nagasaki, but soon the extent of the devastation became clear.
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By the time he reached Nagasaki, Sams had participated in seven invasions. He's convinced that President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bombs saved his life and the lives of thousands of other allied troops.
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On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was DOWN 69 points .. Nasdaq DOWN 16 points.
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Still to come on News 7 -
Fingers are flying on fiddles . . .
And music is filling the air . . . we'll have highlights from the Fiddlers Convention in Galax coming up.
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News 7 sports learned last night that Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins have raised their offer to former Cave Spring standout pitcher Tyler Lumsden to 420 thousand dollars.
The new package, which was presented to Tyler over the weekend, budgets 120 thousand of the 420 grand as payment for college.
The deal also includes perks like free trips for Tyler's mom to go see him play.
Lumsden told the Marlins Saturday that he WAS going to Clemson. The Marlins responded to that with the new offer Sunday.
Tyler is supposed to report to Clemson by August 17th, classes begin August 21st.
Lumsden has NOT made a decision yet.
Things are shaping up for Virginia football.
A week into practice and the team feels it's progressing just fine.
Steve Mason was in Charlottesville and brings us up to speed on the Cavaliers.
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Virginia Tech has a little luck on its side -
In addition to talented players, an experienced staff and plenty of hard work - Lady Luck will also be with the Hokies in the upcoming football season.
Beamer took a break from two-a-days to address sales reps from the Virginia Lottery, who were meeting at the Hotel Roanoke.
"Lady Luck" was also in attendance and she offered to follow Michael Vick at quarterback.
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[IN Q=The lottery does so many good things]
((THE LOTTERY DOES SO MANY GOOD THINGS WITH THE MONEY THEY GIVE BACK FOR EDUCATION. IT'S JUST A WORTHWHILE CAUSE. AND I TOOK SOME TIME OUT TO BE HERE.... LAUGHTER... I LIKE THIS GIRL. I LIKE THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE.))
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[OUT Q=I like this girl. I like this girl right here. ]
Beamer isn't leaving it all to luck, though. He told the lottery employees, "if you want big things, take care of the little things first."
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The annual Fiddler's Convention is once again filling the air with the sounds of music... provided by the THOUSANDS of artists who have converged on Galax.
Teresa Hamilton brings us some of the sights and sounds.
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[SUPER=01-Lane Robertson/Musician; :45 quick]
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(( This year's convention is no different from years past.
Here you'll find people off all ages and from all parts of the world... all with a passion for music.
((FRANK TOLBERT/MUSICIAN: I'VE BEEN COMING HERE FOR 35 YEARS NOW.... ON STAGE ANYWHERE.))
[OUT Q= ON STAGE ANYWHERE.]
Some who make the trek to Galax come to compete-- but most who make the trip come to reminisce and meet other musicians.
((LANE ROBERTSON/MUSICIAN: YOU SEE A LOT OF FRIENDS AND PICKERS... IT'S SOMETHING ENJOYABLE TO COME TO.))
For most of the younger musicians-- it doesn't get any better.
((ABE THESE PEOPLE I'M PLAYING WITH ARE JUST AN INSPIRATION.))
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(( I'M GOING TO ETSU TO STUDY BLUEGRASS I WANT TO PLAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.))
((I LOVE TO SEE THEM PLAY... THAT'S GOOD.))
But you don't have to pick an instrument to feel at home--
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This is the 66th year for the Old Time Fiddler's Convention... which wraps up Saturday night.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Galax.))
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