The latest on negotiations with Carilion and various health insurance carriers.
The health system says this is about saving money.
And a mysterious flu-like illness hits the women at Randolph Macon.
Tonight on News 7 sports, a look at the running back situation at UVa spring football.
JJ shakes hands Michael Jordan before tonight's Capital Classic.
And Tigers is prowling at the Masters after shooting an opening round of 70 at Augusta.
Heading for an extended cloudy forecast with some drizzle and we have a Weatherschool quiz tossed in as well.
News 7 at Six is next.
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The region's largest health care provider and largest health care insurer .. in a potential showdown.
The result could determine which patients pays lower rates for Carilion hospital services.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
The decision was supposed to be made April 1st.
So far, Carilion hasn't offered a partnership to any insurance company.
The idea is to trim down Carilion's administrative costs, and in return, these partners would get bigger discounts on insurance rates.
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Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is here to tell us about the negotiations.... Jen, what's the holdup?
Keith, Shannon, Carilion has certain criteria these companies have to meet.
They have to be willing to exchange patient information AND pay a fair price for Carilion's services.
But what exactly that fair price is, may be stalling negotiations.
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(( That's according to Burman Clark, who sells quite a bit of Trigon Insurance.
He says Trigon can't come to terms with Carilion over prices...
Right now, Trigon IS a preferred partner. Clark says that may not last.
((BURMAN CLARK: IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WHO IS GOING TO PAY WHOM. IT'S ALL ABOUT REIMBURSEMENTS. TRIGON HAS DRAWN A LINE IN THE SAND SAYING THEY ARE NOT GOING TO PAY CARILION WHAT CARILION IS ANTICIPATING BEING PAID.))
Carilion says it wants to partner with Trigon and that negotiations are ongoing.
The health system says this isn't a money-making opportunity at all, but is instead, a chance to save money.
((ERIC EARNHART: WE JUST RECENTLY CONSOLIDATED ALL OF OUR HOSPITAL KITCHENS INTO ONE CENTRAL KITCHEN. THAT SAVES MONEY, PROVIDES EFFICIENCY AND BETTER SERVICE. SO WE'RE LOOKING TO DO SOME WORK IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY TOO.))
Even if Trigon doesn't remain a preferred partner, Carilion says Trigon rates will likely remain the same.
And Trigon's 160 thousand area customers will still be in network at Carilion.))
We know that Trigon DID receive a draft letter of intent this week from Carilion in the hopes of stimulating negotiations.
We should know who the partners are within the next month.
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Health officials in Lynchburg are trying to find the source of an illness that has struck dozens of college students.
The breakout is contained within the Randolph-Macon Woman's College campus, and officials there say the sickness is slowing down.
Richard Lesko has more.
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(( Since Sunday, nearly 80 Randolph-Macon Woman's College students and faculty members have come down with varying degrees of the flu-like illness.
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((MICHAEL KISER/RMWC DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS; WE KNOW THAT QUITE A FEW STUDENTS SHOWED SYMPTOMS, BUT THAT RANGED FROM STUDENTS WHO HAD A MILD UPSET STOMACH, SLEPT IT OFF AND WENT TO CLASS THE NEXT MORNING, TO STUDENTS WHO TRULY WERE PRETTY ILL.))
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Randolph-Macon says no additional cases have been reported to them since Wednesday, and they hope the illness has run its course.
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((MICHAEL KISER/RMWC DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS; WE'RE GRATEFUL TO SEE THE NUMBERS ARE DRAMATICALLY DROPPING OFF, AND NONE LAST NIGHT, NOW THE QUESTION REMAINS HOW DO WE SOLVE THIS MYSTERY...))
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So far, no source of the illness has been found, but health officials say it is probably a virus.
They are looking at the cafeteria as one of several possible sources, but say there is no evidence to pinpoint the origin.
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((JOANNA HARRIS/LYNCHBURG HEALTH DEPARTMENT; WE REALLY DIDN'T SEE ANY PROBLEMS AT RANDOLPH-MACON, EVERYTHING LOOKED FINE, WE DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING OUT OF ORDER AT ALL. I THINK THEY ARE TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MANY PEOPLE IN THAT CLOSE QUARTERS, IT'S VERY EASY TO TRANSMIT THINGS.))
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Lab results are expected back as early as Friday, and until a source is found, experts say simple hand washing could be the best line of defense against catching the bug.
Richard Lesko, News 7, Lynchburg.))
After months of debate and controversy, the Henry County school board today adopted a budget for next year.
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The school system had to make several cuts to deal with more than a million dollar budget shortfall for next year.
The budget calls for a reduction in staff by more than three percent.
Teachers will get a nearly three percent raise next year but they will also have to pay more in health insurance.
The cuts come less than a month after the school board voted to scrap a plan that would have consolidated and closed several schools to make up for the budget shortfall.
The city of Danville is looking for a new school superintendent.
Andy Overstreet announced today he is stepping down as superintendent effective June 30th.
He plans to take a position at North Carolina State University in Raleigh where he'll help establish the new Center For Educational Innovation.
Overstreet has been with the Danville school system for eight years.
The school board will begin the process immediately of hiring a new superintendent.
The director of Lynchburg's Academy of Music Theatre is stepping down.
Arnold Breman has served as the executive and artistic director for the Academy of Music for the past year and a half.
The President of the Board of Trustees of the Academy credits Breman's expertise, leadership, and experience for making the Academy's grand preview season a success, and doing in 18 months what the board of directors had hoped to get done in 5 years..
The is no word on what prompted the change.
It was once a city landfill... now it's a city park.
But some say Washington Park needs more work.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
Plus the Central Virginia Governor's School sheds a little light on solar transportation.
Friends of Washington Park have been working to bring improvements to the green space that once served as a Roanoke city landfill.
Some changes have been made...
but members of a Roanoke committee say much more is required.
And Joe Dashiell reports they're taking their concerns to city council.
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((The last few years have brought improvements to Washington Park.... New playground equipment, and resurfaced courts, for example. Members of the Booker T. Washington Park Improvement and Monument Committee say they welcome those changes, but believe more work is badly needed.
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((FREDDIE MONK: WE WERE PROMISED THAT THE SHELTER DOWN HERE ON THE LOWER LEVEL WOULD BE BUILT LAST YEAR, AND THEY SAID IT WOULD BE THIS YEAR. HERE IT IS SPRINGTIME, SUMMER TIME IS COMING, STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN IT. SO THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF PROMISES.))
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The committee was created at the city manager's request and after more than a year of study, members presented their recommendations in January.
Now they're looking for a firm commitment from the city.
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((EVELYN BETHEL: WE THINK THE CITY IS MOVING TOO SLOWLY IN THIS RESPECT. AND WHEN YOU CONSIDER ALL OF THE PLANS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSIDERED FOR THE CITY AND HOW RAPIDLY THEY'RE MOVING FORWARD, WE BELIEVE THE CITY IS NEGLECTING THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE.))
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City Manager Darlene Burcham was out of the area and unavailable for comment.
But members of the committee will take their plans to city council next week....They're hoping that others who share their concern for Washington Park will join them at the meeting Monday night.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
A bill signed by Virginia's Governor today may mean the release of some of the Commonwealth's mentally ill.
The law puts a one year cap on the time people found not guilty of misdemeanors by reason of insanity can spend in a mental hospital.
There are 38 such patients locked up in the Virginia mental health system.
This summer, the state mental health department will evaluate those people and determine how many can be freed.
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((VAL MARSH/NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL: THE LEGISLATION ENCOMPASSED WITHIN THESE BILLS WILL HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE COPING WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND WILL HELP VIRGINIA MOVE CLOSER TO A MORE HUMANE, MODERN AND EFFECTIVE SYSTEM OF CARE.))
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Another bill would remove the Department for Rights of Virginians with Disabilities from the executive branch and make it an independent agency, to insulate it from political influence.
It will also be renamed the Office for Protection and Advocacy.
Some foods now on the market have been made with genetically engineered crops.
For farmers it means they have to use fewer insecticides and pesticides.
But some people fear the consequences.
That was the topic today at a conference at Virginia Tech.
Harvey Glick works for a company that makes genetically engineered crops.
He says they're are just as safe as those grown naturally, but that they offer many benefits for farmers and consumers.
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((HARVEY GLICK/MONSANTO; THE CURRENT VARIETIES THAT ARE OUT THERE HAVE NATURAL PROTECTION AGAINST INSECTS AND HELP FARMERS CONTROL WEEDS 52 THERE ALSO A NUMBER OF CROPS BEING DEVELOPED THAT HAVE IMPROVED OILS, IMPROVED PROTEINS AND VITAMIN LEVELS SO THAT'S THERE A NUTRITIONAL TYPE OF FOOD COMPARED TO WHAT'S GROWN TODAY ))
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Steve Yearley, a Sociology Professor at York University in England, says many Europeans are skeptical and don't want genetically modified foods on the market.
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((STEVEN YEARLEY/YORK UNIVERSITY SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR; IN EUROPE THERE'S A BIG PERCEPTION THAT EVEN IF THESE THINGS AREN'T EXACTLY PROVEN TO BE UNSAFE NO ONES REALLY PROVEN THEY'RE SAFE.AND THAT GOES ALONG WITH THE FEELING DO WE NEED THEM IN ANY CASE ))
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Many of the crops that are now genetically engineered are corn, soybeans, cotton and canola.
Wall Street's rally was short-lived as Blue chips led a downdraft today.
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The DOW dropped 206 points.
NASDAQ fell 42.
Virginia's largest teachers group is in Roanoke this week.
Thirteen hundred teachers from across the state are gathering for the Virginia Education Association's annual convention.
Lack of state funding for education remains their top concern.
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((JEAN BANKOS/VEA PRESIDENT: LOCALITIES ARE REALLY STRAPPED AND IT'S DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO FUND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IF THERE'S NO HELP FROM THE STATE. WE LOOK AT THE STATE AS BEING EQUAL PARTNERS AND SHARING IN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FUNDING AND THAT HASN'T HAPPENED.))
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The VEA says that while Virginia is the 14th wealthiest state, it ranks only 45th in state spending on public education.
Governor Warner will address the delegates on Friday.
Members are eager to hear what he has to say.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, JJ gets ready for the Jordan Classic tonight.
Andre gets drafted by the USBL.
The Masters opens in Augusta.
And Steve Mason checks in from UVa spring practice with running back Alvin Pearman.
JJ Redick's will close out his high school career tonight in Washington, DC at Capital Classic all-star game.
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This is the 29th year for the all-star game. The name has been changed to the Jordan Brand Classic for good reason.
JJ and the rest of the stars playing tonight got to meet his Airness.
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The race weekend festivities begin tomorrow at the Martinsville Speedway.
Practice and qualifying are on tap for both the Winston Cup and Craftsman Truck series drivers.
Tomorrow also marks the return to Darrell Waltrip to racing.
He will qualify in the truck series tomorrow afternoon.
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Don't forget folks that Jon Wood, cup driver Elliott Sadler and the rest of the Wood Brothers will be Grand Piano at Valley View mall tonight signing autographs UNTIL 8pm.
After relying on the likes of Tiki Barber, Thomas Jones and Antwoine Womack - the Cavaliers will look to a sophomore to carry the backfield load this coming fall.
Steve Mason has more on a little guy who is capable of filling those big shoes.
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((He's like the little engine that could. Alvin Pearman came out of no where to become UVa's primary running back after first team all ACC selection Antwoine Womack went down with injury in the opening game of the season. He ended the season with 371 yards rushing and became the first true freshman to lead the wahoos in rushing since 1986. But he took a beating along the way.
What a difference an off season makes. Pearman found the answers to his durability questions in the weight room.
While he is bigger, the most attractive thing about him is his versatility, something that will be utilized this season.
Pearman is quite aware that there was another UVa back in the mid 90's his exact size who is now one of the NFL's best backs. Tiki Barber isn't the only pro Pearman has been linked to.
Sophomore Marquis Weeks is the only other tailback on the roster who lettered last season. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The 66th Masters golf championship got off to a rousing start today.
Sam Snead took part in the ceremonial tee shot - as he always does.
Today the 89 year old hit his shot into the gallery and hit a spectator - breaking his glasses.
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Arnold Palmer, a four-time Masters champion didn't break any glasses, but he did break 90.
Palmer shot an 89 in today prompting the 72-year-old to announce that tomorrow will be his final round of golf at the Masters.
His Bay Hill Country Club buddy, Tiger Woods opened up the tournament in good shape. Tigers hot a 34-36 first round of 70.
We'll check the leader board tonight on News 7 at 11.
Ever since our friend Roy Stanley passed away early Tuesday morning, folks throughout southwest and central Virginia have been looking for ways to express themselves.
Now you can do just that on a memorial page located on our web site.
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Just head to WDBJ-7 dot com and in the top left hand corner of the screen you will see a remembering Roy Stanley icon.
You can share your thoughts and memories with others concerning the dean of sportscasters in the Commonwealth Roy Stanley.
Thanks to Middle School Day, students at Central Virginia's Governor's School have a better idea of what it's like being a teacher.
This morning, they worked with more than 1-hundred eighth graders from thirteen area middle schools.
The day's theme was "Living in the World of Technology".
Activities included an internet scavenger hunt, mapping with global positioning systems, robotics and crime scene investigation.
The University of Virginia's Solar Car Team even made a special appearance.
This is the thirteenth year the Governor's School has held the event.