150 new textile jobs are on the way to Martinsville.
Governor Mark Warner is expected to announce the expansion of an existing textile plant today.
He'll also announce 350 new jobs for Mecklenberg County.
[SS=Life After Layoffs]
Several former Tultex workers say they are proof that Martinsville can work.
These six people were laid off in 1999. Each has made a new start at CP Films.
CP makes a mylar film that prevents windows from shattering.
Employees say the Martinsville workforce is ready and able for high-tech industry.
They credit new companies like CP for taking advantage of skills Southside workers have.
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[IN Q=Is it a different]
((JENNIFER MIELE: IS IT A DIFFERENT ATMOSPHERE FROM TULTEX? TIMOTHY PATTERSON/FORMER TULTEX EMPLOYEE; TOTALLY DIFFERENT: THE MINUTE I WALKED IN THE DOOR, I GIVE THEM A LOT OF PROPS, BECAUSE THEY TREATED ME AS THOUGH I WAS ONE OF THEIR BROTHERS.))
[SUPER=01-Timothy Patterson/Former Tultex Employee;]
[OUT Q=of their brothers.]
When these folks were laid off in 1999, the Virginia Employment Commission had 400 jobs available for them in Martinsville.
Today, there are 80.
They recommend anyone who is unemployed to try worker retraining programs offered by the city and state.
The Mirant (Mirr-ent) Corporation has announced it is canceling plans to build a 400-millon dollar natural gas plant in Danville.
The plant would have gone up just east of the airport in the Airside Industrial Park.
A spokesman for the company says the global recession, fallen energy prices, and the Enron collapse are the reasons behind the decision.
However, it's possible the plant could still be built.
Mirant says it will continue with the permit process and look for another buyer for the project.
City officials believe the plant will create jobs and generate several million dollars in tax revenue each year.
Hard economic times are forcing cutbacks at Elizabeth Arden.
Yesterday, the company announced plans reduce its work force by ten percent and close one of its three distribution centers.
The company partly blames weak Christmas sales.
Elizabeth Arden is a manufacturer and marketer of beauty products.
No word yet on what the announcement means for the distribution center in Roanoke.
The Halifax County Sheriff's Department has made more arrests in a Thanksgiving day murder.
Yesterday, Police arrested 25-year old William Wells and 19-year old Earl Clark Junior.
They're both charged with first degree murder in connection with a shooting that killed Thomas Jackson at the American Legion Post 99 last November.
Four other people have already been arrested.
At least 10 people are dead in the Afghan town of Gardez after U-S warplanes either struck a munitions dump, or it exploded accidentally.
Officials still aren't sure how it happened--
Two trucks were blown apart, and a two- story house was reduced to a pile of rubble.
10 people from the same family were killed.
For the past few days, the area has been the scene of fighting between rival factions.
A government delegation from Kabul will try to negotiate a solution to the dispute.
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]
The government is alerting the nation to possible terrorist attacks-- perhaps even more deadly than September 11th.
The words of warning come as authorities learn more about what else the al-Qaida had in mind for America.
Chris Lawrence reports.
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[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/U. S. Secretary of Defense; :19]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/Reporting; 1:15]
[OUT Q=Lawrence, CBS News, Washington.]
SEPTEMBER 11TH MAY HAVE BEEN THE OPENING ACT OF A HORRIFIC SHOW OF
TERROR BY OSAMA BIN LADEN'S AL-QAEDA NETWORK.
NEW DOCUMENTS EXPOSE MORE TARGETS IN THE U-S...INCLUDING MAJOR AIRPORTS,
WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES AND NUCLEAR PLANTS.
(SOT - DONALD RUMSFELD/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE "We're spending a lot of
money and we're spending a lot of time, trying to make sure that we take
reasonable steps to protect our nuclear power plants.")
A NEW SOURCE SPEAKS OF 'AN ATTACK ON A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT'..BY 'A
HIJACKED COMMERICAL PLANE'...'PLANNED BY THREE TERRORISTS ALREADY ON THE
ALTHOUGH U-S OFFICIALS SEEM SKEPTICAL, THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TREAT
THE THREAT AS REAL.
(SOT - RUMSFELD "Our job is to close off as many of those avenues of
potential attack as is possible.")
OVERSEAS -- KIDNAPPERS RENEWED DEATH THREATS AGAINST AN AMERICAN
A GROUP HOLDING WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTER DANIEL PEARL EXTENDED THE
DEADLINE FOR KILLING HIM. BUT SAY THEY'LL EXECUTE HIM SOMETIME TODAY --
IF AMERICA DOESN'T LISTEN.
IN WASHINGTON, SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL SAID THE U-S IS DOING ALL
IT CAN TO WIN PEARL'S RELEASE. BUT AMERICA CANNOT COMPLY WITH DEMANDS TO
RELEASE PAKISTANI PRISONERS, CAPTURED IN THE AFGHAN WAR.
AS FOR THE RENEWED SECURITY WARNINGS -- U-S OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO
DOWNPLAY THE DANGER.
BUT WITH THE SUPERBOWL, THE OLYMPICS - AND OTHER TARGETS TEMPTING TO
TERRORISTS, AUTHORITIES WILL HOPE FOR THE BEST ..BUT PLAN FOR THE WORST.
CHRIS LAWRENCE, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]
In the wake of the Enron scandal, President Bush today will propose barring executives from selling stock during "blackout periods."
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX/File Tape;]
Such as, the one that kept Enron employees from bailing out, when the company's shares took a plunge.
Officials say Bush will announce that he's accepted a task
One of those recommendations is giving workers the right to sell company stock after three years' involvement in their 401- K plan.
In business news this morning, It was a record breaking year for bankruptcy filings in Western Virginia.
Filings in Roanoke were up 30 percent, Lynchburg up 25 percent and Harrisonburg up nearly 15 percent.
Chapter 7 filings showed the biggest increase, growing 85 percent since 2000.
The Walt Disney Company reported a net profit in the fiscal first quarter, but the company also said that revenue fell five percent.
Meanwhile, Starbucks reported a boost in sales.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((WALT DISNEY IS ON INVESTORS RADAR SCREENS THIS MORNING..
THE ENTERTAINMENT GIANT SAID FIRST QTR PROFIT BEAT THE STREET BY A
SHARE.. BUT DISNEY'S INCOME AND REVENUE WERE DOWN FOR THE QTR IN THE
A DISMAL ADVERTISING ENVIRONMENT.
ALSO KEEP YOUR EYE ON STARBUCKS THE COFFEE RETAILER SAID SALES AT STORES
OPEN AT LEAST A YEAR JUMPED 7 PERCENT IN JANUARY.
STOCKS RALLIED ON THE FINAL TRADING DAY OF THE MONTH, BUT IT WASN'T
TO MAKE FOR AN UP JANUARY.
THE DOW SHOT UP 157 POINTS LED BY PROCTER AND GAMBLE... BUT FOR THE
IT WAS DOWN 1.2 PERCENT.
NASDAQ CLIMBED 20 POINTS THANKS TO AN UPGRADE FOR INTEL, BUT IT LOST 1
PERCENT FOR THE MONTH.
INVESTORS WILL TRY TO EXTEND THE POST FED RALLY TO A THIRD DAY TODAY..
THE HEWLETT PACKARD, COMPAQ MERGER GOT THE GREEN LIGHT FROM THE EUROPEAN
COMMISSION. SHAREHOLDERS STILL NEED TO SIGN OFF ON THE 24 BLN DOLLAR
AND THE HEWLETT PACKARD HAS OPENLY OPPOSED IT. SHAREHOLDERS VOTE ON THE
MERGER PROPOSAL IN MARCH.
KMART SAYS IT PLANS TO EMERGE FROM CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION IN
OF NEXT YEAR ...AND WILL ANNOUNCE IN MARCH HOW MANY OF ITS 21-HUNDRED
IT WILL HAVE TO CLOSE.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ...
AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Giles County is kicking off a new distance learning program.
Equipment fromy Verizon allows students in this Giles High classroom to take a college level course.
A psychology class from New River Valley Community College is the program's first.
Students can see, hear and talk to the professor on the Dublin campus.
Officials say rural areas use the technology to provide options.
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((SONNI SPARKS/DISTANCE LEARNING STUDENT; INSTEAD OF HAVING TO DRIVE ALL THE WAY OVER THERE AND PAY ALL THE MONEY FOR THE COURSE THEN I CAN JUST COME UP HERE AND TAKE IT AND THEN JUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND FINISH THE DAY. ))
[SUPER=01-Sonni Sparks/Distance Learning Student;]
[OUT Q=finish the day.]
Students also receive a laptop computer they can use during the course.
All the equipment cost just over 100-thousand dollars.
Giles County officials say they will also hold distance learning courses with Radford University.
What Roanoke officials considered a routine proposal was voted down in the General Assembly.
The charter bill was a victim of in-fighting on Roanoke City Council... and though it may return, the debate continued last night.
Joe Dashiell has more from Richmond.
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[IN Q=Officials from five ]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/(R) Roanoke Mayor; :22]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/(D) Roanoke City Council; :48]
[SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/(D) Roanoke City Council; 1:02]
[OUT Q=Jd News 7 Richmond]
((Officials from five Roanoke Valley Governments came together in Richmond to lobby lawmakers, but it was a division on Roanoke city council that surfaced in the House of Delegates.
[NAT SOUND OF VOTE]
The city's charter bill, approved with unanimous support in committee, failed on the floor... after Mayor Ralph Smith raised concerns with House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith.
[IN Q=I was elected]
((MAYOR RALPH SMITH: I WAS ELECTED TO SPEAK FOR THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE, MY SPEECH WAS CUT OFF BY COUNCIL THAT DAY AND I AM GOING TO SCRUTINIZE EVERYTHING THAT'S DOWN HERE.))
[OUT Q=that's down here.]
Council member Alvin Hudson says he shares many of the mayor's concerns about the charter bill, but as valley leaders gathered with lawmakers at the Commonwealth Club here, other members of council expressed their dismay.
[IN Q=I guess I'm very diappointed]
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I GUESS I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED IN OUR MAYOR'S BEHAVIOR, BECAUSE I SAT THROUGH AT LEAST SIX MEETINGS WITH HIM WHEN HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE HIS CONCERN ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND HE FAILED TO DO THAT. ))
((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK HE'S DONE CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF COUNCIL AND I HOPE THAT THERE HAS NOT BEEN DAMAGE DONE TO OUR EFFORTS AT REGIONAL COOPERATION BUT I'M AFRAID THAT COULD RESULT AS WELL.))
[OUT Q=could result as well.]
As the dinner ended, council member Linda Wyatt referred to incident, and, in her words, "the disrespect that was shown the rest of council."
Mayor Smith admitted that politics can be messy, but concluded the dinner, saying "thank god for the two party system."
Joe Dashiell News 7 Richmond))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A Franklin County man faces up to 55 years in prison for his role in an accident last July.
Yesterday, Matthew Alan Miller pleaded guilty to five charges stemming from an incident
where he repeatedly rammed a Chevy Suburban into a deputy's cruiser, prompting the officer to shoot and injure the man's teen-age passenger.
The Suburban was one of three vehicles stolen earlier that night from Boones Mill Auto Service.
The 22-year old said he consumed large amounts of alcohol, marijuana and cocaine before the incident.
Miller has been acquitted of attempted capital murder.
A 17-year old passenger, Antwoine Gorrell, was hit in the back of the neck when another deputy fired at them.
Gorrell and another passenger - Hildreth McGhee will be sentenced today for their role in the car theft and chase.
Carilion wants to build two new outpatient medical facilities in the Roanoke Valley.
The health care organization wants to build a heart catheterization lab on the Carilion Campus in Roanoke as well as a surgery center for orthopedics and ear, nose and throat procedures near Tanglewood Mall.
Carilion says the facilities will accomodate increased patient need and open up hospital space.
The state must first approve the projects.
In business news this morning,
Enron is taking center stage again.. and Disney is taking steps to keep its squeaky clean image polished.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS FRIDAY THE 1ST OF FEBRUARY.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
FALLOUT FROM ENRON.. ON THE FRONT BURNER AGAIN THIS MORNING.. AND
THIS MAY BE POSITIVE!
IT IS RETIREMENT REFORM .
PRESIDENT BUSH IS READY TO PROPOSE BARRING EXECUTIVES FROM SELLING
STOCK DURING "BLACKOUT" PERIODS LIKE THE ONE THAT KEPT ENRON WORKERS
FROM BAILING OUT WHILE THE COMPANY'S SHARES PLUNGED LAST YEAR .
NEW REACTION TO THE WAVE OF ACCOUNTING CONFLICTS.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS DISNEY WILL MAKE CHANGES AND WON'T
HIRE ONE ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR BOTH ITS AUDITING AND CONSULTING WORK
.. ALL IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE THEIR REPORTS SQUEAKY CLEAN.
A CALIFORNIA JURY HAS RULED THAT FORD 'S EXPLORER IS "DEFECTIVE
BY DESIGN" IT'S ON BEHALF A COUPLE WHO'S '94 EXPLORER ROLLED OVER.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY A JURY FOUND THAT THE S-U-V
DESIGN IS ROLLOVER PRONE.. --------------------------
WATCHING WALL STREET TODAY WE GET REACTION TO JANUARY'S
UNEMPLOYMENT DATA AND THE U OF MICHIGAN CONSUMER SENTIMENT REPORT.
OVERNIGHT .. STOCKS WERE "HAMMERED" IN TOKYO ON BLEAK EARNINGS
AND INTERNAL POLITICAL PROBLEMS.
K MART IS SAID TO BE CLOSE TO CLOSING 300 STORES ... ALTHOUGH
THE BANKRUPT COMPANY SAYS CLOSURES ARE BEING CONSIDERED,
7-11 PLANS 120 STORE CLOSINGS TO BOOST PROFITS. THIS AS THEY
REPORT FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS UP 20 PERCENT...
AND KOHL'S IS ON A MINI HIRING BINGE.... ADDING AS MANY AS 2,000
EMPLOYEES FOR NEW STORES IN VERMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND TENNESSEE.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Legislation that would permit "morning after" pills in Virginia has cleared its first step.
Yesterday, a Senate committee approved a bill allowing doctors and pharmacists to dispense the birth-control drug.
It can be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news,
There's another advantage to getting a flu shot and a breakthrough in migrain research may lead to better treatments for sufferers.
Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((ANOTHER REASON TO GET THOSE FLU SHOTS.
A NEW STUDY SAYS THEY SEEM TO PROTECT PATIENTS AGAINST STROKE-- AS WELL
FRENCH RESEARCHERS CLAIM PATIENTS WHO HAD A FLU SHOT REDUCED THEIR RISK
OF STROKE BY 40-PERCENT.
HOWEVER-- THEY AREN'T SURE WHETHER THE ADVANTAGE COMES FROM A LINK
BETWEEN INFECTION AND STROKE, OR BECAUSE PATIENTS WHO GET FLU SHOTS
GENERALLY TAKE BETTER CARE OF THEMSELVES.
RESEARCHERS HERE IN THE U-S-- MAY BE A STEP CLOSER TO UNDERSTANDING
FOR THE FIRST TIME, THEY SAY BRAIN ACTIVITY MAY BE BEHIND THE
HARVARD SCIENTISTS STUDIED SUFFERERS WHO EXPERIENCE AN "AURA"-- OR
EXTREME SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT AND SOUND--BEFORE THE MIGRAINE STARTED.
AND THEY FOUND A LINK TO DEPRESSED BRAIN CELL ACTIVITY.
RESEARCHERS HOPE THE FINDINGS WILL HELP LEAD TO NEW AND BETTER
TREATMENTS IN THE FUTURE.
SPORTY CHILDREN ARE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP ASTHMA.
THOSE FINDINGS FROM RESEARCHERS ARE THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN
SCIENTISTS SAY CHILDREN WHO PLAY SPORTS IN AREAS WITH HIGH LEVELS OF AIR
POLLUTION ARE THREE TO FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP ASTHMA, THAN
DOCTORS SUGGEST KEEPING KIDS INSIDE WHEN AIR POLLUTION LEVELS ARE HIGH.
THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
[Kim tosses to Steve]
One man was killed following an accident on Orange Avenue.
[VO-NAT - :16]
The driver of a Chrysler, 56 year old Donald Lee Duckworth was killed yesterday morning when his car went out of control following a colission on Orange Avenue.
Duckworth's car careened through Washington Park and finally stopped in a small creek, while the other car flipped over the curb.
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[IN Q=Heard a smash...]
((JOYCE JAMES/CRASH WITNESS; HEARD A SMASH, CAME OUTSIDE, OR TURNED AROUND AND THAT P-T CRUISER IT WAS FLIPPING. THE GREEN CAR WAS GOING THROUGH THE GRASS LIKE HE WAS TRYING TO STOP, AND YOU COULD SEE DEBRIS COMING FROM UNDER THE TRUCK, OR THE CAR RATHER, AND THE CAR FLIPPED AND WENT INTO THE WATER.))
[SUPER=01-Joyce James/Crash Witness]
[OUT Q=flipped and went into the water.]
[VO-NAT - :10+]
The driver of the P-T Cruiser was treated for minor injuries at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police say they're still trying to figure out what caused the accident.
A Bedford woman will remain free on bond until her March trial on federal bomb threat charges.
42- year- old Roslyn Boston-Khaliq (kah-LEEK) was arrested October 12th after she allegedly threatened to blow up the Wal-Mart store where she worked.
Police say Boston-Khaliq was scheduled to work that day, but they have "not" determined a motive for the call.
Her case has since been moved to federal court.. the prosecutor there says he wants to send a message about the seriousness of the crimes in the wake of the September 11th attacks.