Ground breaking for Virginia's newest medical school.
Ahead on NEWS 7 at six.
What the school will mean for Virginia Tech and health care in southwest Virginia.
And, details on a state-wide burning ban that's now in effect.
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((BILL ANDERSON: WHAT THIS SCHOOL REPORTS TO DO IS TO PROVIDE PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS THAT ARE IN THE GREATEST NEED IN THE AREAS OF GREATEST NEED.))
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A new medical school could give our area a much needed shot in the arm.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Virginia's newest medical school will soon be up and running in Blacksburg.
Today, officials with (Vy-uh) Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine broke ground on a site at the Virginia Tech Campus.
Justin McLeod tells us how the project may serve a critical need in our area.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Steger/Virginia Tech President; :31 (QUICK)]
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[SUPER=01-Bill Anderson/Board Member; 1:18]
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Construction on the new school of Osteopathic Medicine is officially underway.
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((DIXIE TOOKE-RAWLINS/V.P. AND DEAN OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: BECAUSE WE ARE NEW WE REALLY HAVE WHAT WE CALL MEDICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.))
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That education will be taught at the new Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The 20 million dollar facility will be located in Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center.
And although the school will be separate from Tech, the university will still play a big role.
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((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SCHOOL THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE FUNDING AND IN EXCHANGE SOME OF OUR FACULTY WILL TEACH A SERIES OF THE INTRODUCTORY COURSES.))
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There are only 19 osteopathic colleges in the country.
A similar school is located in the Greenbrier Valley.
Students who graduate practice internal medicine just like medical doctors.
But they can also perform spinal manipulations like chiropractors.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE SCHOOL WILL HELP TRAIN DOCTORS FOR UNDERSERVED RURAL AREAS. HERE IN SOUTWEST VIRGINIA, IT IS ESTIMATED THE NUMBER OF DOCTORS RETIRING WILL REACH NEARLY THIRTY PERCENT IN THE NEXT DECADE. THAT IS PRETTY HIGH WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE NATIONAL LEVEL IS JUST THIRTEEN PERCENT.))
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Administrators believe this medical college will meet a critical need for generations.
After all, the students themselves will most likely come from those rural areas.
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((BILL ANDERSON/BOARD MEMBER: I DON'T THINK ANYONE WOULD ARGUE WITH THE FACT A PERSON MOST LIKELY IS TO PRACTICE IN THE AREA WHERE THEY HAVE FAMILY, WHERE THEY HAVE FRIENDS, WHERE THEY HAVE RELATIVES, WHERE THEY HAVE GROWN UP. THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO GO BACK AND PRACTICE THERE THEN SOME REMOTE AREA.))
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The school plans to open in August of 2003 with a class of 150 students.
The school will start taking applications this July.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Blacksburg.))
Officials at MeadWestvaco say there should NOT be any more layoffs at the company's Covington mill following last week's merger.
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53 jobs at the Covington research center are being cut as a part of the re-organization.
The mill's research center is being closed, while facilities in Ohio and Maryland are being expanded.
Officials say the laid off workers could find jobs at those centers, and stay within the company.
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((TOM JEWELL/MEADWESTVACO SPOKESMAN; THE ORGANIZATION IS STILL BEING FLESHED OUT. WHAT WE EXPECT FOR THE EMPLOYEES THAT ARE HERE WITH RESEARCH IS THAT BY THE END OF MARCH THEY WILL KNOW WHAT THEIR JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE OR HOW LONG THEIR JOBS WILL LAST. THE PLAN RIGHT NOW IS THAT THE FACILITY WOULD BE SHUT DOWN COMPLETELY BY JULY.))
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MeadWestvaco's Covington mill also announced last week it was cutting 100 jobs there through retirement and a hiring freeze.
A statewide burning ban goes into effect this weekend.
You can no longer burn before 4 P.M. within 300 feet of a woodland, brushland, or fields containing dry grass.
The burning law is enforced every year from now until the end of April.
Virginia's Department of Forestry says the law works because the leading cause of fires continues to be debris burning.
Right now, the ground is so dry, it would take more than four inches of rain just to saturate the top soil.
There's a debate heating up on college campuses across the country.
It centers around parental notification.
Colleges nationwide are having to balance a student's privacy rights against parents desire to know if their child is in trouble.
The policy at Virginia Tech is to notify parents only if their child is in emnient danger or has several drug or alcohol infractions.
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((KELLY HANNA/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: I THINK IT'S A FINE IDEA BECAUSE I THINK THAT EVERYONE NEEDS A LITTLE HELP SOMETIMES AND IF I WAS HAVING PROBLEMS IN MY LIFE I THINK I WOULD WANT MY PARENTS TO BE INVOLVED.))
((TYLER HENNESSEY/VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT: I'M AN ADULT BASICALLY. I'M 18. I AM MAKING MY OWN DECISIONS. I'M AWAY FROM HOME SO I THINK ITS MY CONCERNS, NOT MY PARENTS.))
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A Virginia Tech Spokesperson says the university uses its policy several times a week to notify parents, mainly for drug and alcohol violations.
M.I.T is currently being sued by parents who say they should have been warned of their daughter's worsening mental health before she committed suicide in 2000.
The D-Day Memorial Foundation in Bedford has a new board.
After revealing it was millions in debt, the foundation said it would look for new board members with strong financial background.
But the new board, announced yesterday, looks much like the old board.
Most are military veterans living less than 50- miles from the memorial.
One exception is Charles Pryor Junior.
Pryor spent most of his career with B-and-W Nuclear Technologies
in Lynchburg, but he has worked to develop business relationships
between the United States and France.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament opened at the Civic Center this afternoon.
After losing twice to the Eagles in the regular season Roanoke beats the Eagles 67 to 60.
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The Maroons warming up on the floor of the Salem Civic Center.
Roanoke's Jason Graffam throws down the three pointer and the Maroons took a 2 point lead.
Bridgewater's C. W. Durrette hits the jump shot but the Maroons upped that lead to 16 to 9.
Mikal Townsend passes the ball to Josh Foster who take is inside and scores off the glass for the Maroons.
The Eagles answer David Downs hits Brett Childers who hits the layup and Roanoke goes on to win it 67 to 60.
Randolph Macon opened the tournament with a 69 to 37 win over Washington and Lee.
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Yellow Jacket head coach Mike Rhoades talking to his team during a time out.
Macon's Justin Moyer passes to Kurt Bergman who hits the layup the Jackets led 48 to 31.
The Generals answered Scott Hetterman hits Michael Stuart who hits the three pointer cutting the lead to 54 to 36 Macon.
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Macon's Justin Moyer then hits the three pointer from the corner and the Yellow Jackers win it 69 to 37.
The Virginia Tech Hokies were on the road this afternoon for a game against the Red Storm of St. John's
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The team gathers around head coach Ricky Stokes during a break.
St. John's gets it to Donald Emanuel he hits the three for a 7 point Red Storm lead.
Tech's Terry Taylor pulls down this offensive rebound and puts it back in as the Hokies cut it to 5.
But Marcus Hatten found the range from three point land and the Red Storm up the lead to 8.
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The Hokies trailed at the half Carlos Dixon knocking down the three but St. John's goes on to win it 73 to 63.
The Busch Cars took center stage at Daytona today and Dale Earnhardt, Junior driving a car with the munber 3 of his dad on board takes the checkered flag winning the GNC Live Well 300.
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A crash near the end of the race set up an exciting finish. On the re-start with 14 laps to go Junior put the pedal to the medal holding off his Winston Cup Temmate Michael Waltrip.
It's Little E's first win at Daytona in a busch race.
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Michael Waltrip was second, Matt Kenseth third and Jason Keller finished fourth.