How deep a discount does Trigon get for Carilion patients? An update on the negotiations tops NEWS 7 tonight.
And the official phrase is a "false alert" at Hidden Valley Junior High. It LOOKED like a grenade.
Tonight on News 7 Sports - Joe Nemechek is back, Tony Pena gets a big league job, and the division two softball players arrive.
Plus, the Scott Robertson Memorial welcomes folks from all over the country today to battle in an intense qualifying tournament.
If you like your days a bit warmer, this forecast is looking good. Until we hit the weekend, when it all changes again.
News 7 is next.
[IN Q=Esentially, at this]
((ESSENTIALLY, AT THIS POINT, WE ARE NO NEGOTIATING.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
((I THINK WE'VE ACTIVELY NEGOTIATED.... ACTIVE NEGOTIATIONS.))
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A face- off between Trigon and Carilion over the price of health care.
The question is, who will blink?
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
Carilion and Trigon can't seem to agree on a price for health care services.
Trigon wants a 27 percent discount.... Carilion is only willing to give 20 percent.
The battle is over according to Trigon -- its done negotiating.
But Carilion says it still wants talk.
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Jennifer /Pulpit;]
Jennifer Miele has the details on this face off.
Keith, Shannon, this affects 120 thousand Trigon customers in Southwest Virginia.
[LIVE= Jennifer /FULL Pulpit]
If they can't agree on a price, Trigon customers will end up paying more for any services rendered by a Carilion facility.
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[IN Q=Four insurance companies]
[SUPER=01-Brooke Taylor/Trigon VP of Corporate Communications;:13]
[SUPER=01-Don Lorton/Carilion CFO;:33]
[OUT Q=Trigon Customers.]
(( Four insurance companies have already agreed on a 20 percent discount for health care services from Carilion-- and Trigon isn't one of them.
Trigon wants 27 percent or no deal.
Carilion's not budging on the discount percentage, but is willing to make other consessions.
That is until today... when TRIGON said 27 percent was the final offer... and that Trigon is done negotiating.
((DON LORTON/CARILION CFO: WHAT WE HAVE OFFERED.... QUITE ACCEPTABLE))
The current contract between Trigon and Carilion expires in December. After that, Carilion coud become out of network for Trigon customers.))
[LIVE= Jennifer /FULL Pulpit]
Trigon says every other hospital in Virginia is in-network, and that 98 percent of its customers will be within 30 minutes of an in-network hospital.
Meanwhile, Carilion says this is not a money-making scheme, but simply a way to even the playing field for other insurance companies and their customers.
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Students at a Roanoke County school were evacuated for nearly an hour this afternoon, after one student told a friend he had an explosive device in his backpack.
One-thousand students at Hidden Valley Junior High went outside at about two o'clock while state police searched the building.
Roanoke County investigators say the device APPEARED to be a fake grenade.
But state police are X-raying the item to determine whether it's real.
The school says it will take disciplinary action against the student.
Roanoke County police say he'll probably face criminal charges as well.
The school sent a note home with children describing the incident as a "false alert."
Principal B-J Brewer commended students and staff for their quick response to the situation.
A Montgomery County school bus collided with a car in Christiansburg today.
No children were aboard at the time. Both drivers had non life-threatening injuries.
Police say the bus was making a turn onto North Franklin Street when a car hit it.
The driver of the car is being charged with reckless driving and disregarding a red light.
Police say additional charges may be pending.
Finally some good news for residents in storm-ravaged central Virginia..
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More than two weeks after a tornado cut a swath of destruction in Bedford and Campbell counties, those localities have been added to FEMA's disaster list.
The declaration will help provide businesses with low-interest loans to rebuild and residents can qualify for federal grants to make up for losses that were NOT covered by insurance.
Authorities say it's important that affected residents call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA to pre-register for assistance.
The owner of George's Place on Williamson Road in Roanoke has admitted he's a crack dealer. He has also agreed to hand over everything in the shop to the government.
54-year old George Spence was busted in January, the day the D-E-A raided the place.
He was indicted for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. His case WAS set for trial tomorrow. Rather than face a jury on ten counts of distribution, Spence pled guilty this afternoon to the conspiracy and possession of a firearm.
The government estimates Spence was responsible for selling between 50 and 150 grams of crack.
"I know I'm guilty," Spence told the judge. "I've got to face it."
His attorney asked Judge Sam Wilson to leave Spence out on bond, until he's sentenced July 31st, citing health problems. The Marshal Service says it can handle his medical condition ...from the city jail.
Spence faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison.
Are minorities and the disabled being discriminated against when it comes to housing in the Roanoke Valley?
One recent survey says yes... We'll explain when News 7 at Six returns.
((JOE DASHIELL/REPORTING; TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS REVEAL WHICH ROAD PROJECTS HAVE GOT TO GO AS THEY TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF THEIR SIX YEAR PLAN. I'M JOE DASHIELL AND I'LL HAVE THAT STORY COMING UP IN JUST A MOMENT.))
The decision to scale back Virginia's road building plan will cut construction by 30 percent, and remove dozens of projects in central and western Virginia from the state's six year plan.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-SHannon & JoeD /Microwave;]
Today V-DOT officials briefed lawmakers and local officials, and tonight Joe Dashiell has more on the local impact.
Keith and Shannon, they knew it was coming.
Governor Warner promised to make the six year plan more than just a wish list.
But there is disappointment tonight that many important projects will be delayed.
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[IN Q=It's a good policy]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :14]
[SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT District Manager; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; :46]
[OUT Q=the population in that area.]
[IN Q=It's a good policy to inform everyone]
((BENNY KEISTER: IT'S A GOOD POLICY TO INFORM EVERYONE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE KNEW THERE WAS GOING TO BE A LOT OF PAIN AND IT'S THERE. NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT A LOT OF PROJECTS WE REALLY NEED ARE BEING LEFT OUT.))
[OUT Q=being left out.]
The list is significant... 20 projects in the Salem District alone... including the Interstate 81 widening and interchange improvements between Salem and I-581.
Other projects removed from the Six Year plan include work on Route 221 in Bedford County, Route 220 North of Eagle Rock, Route 100 in Giles County, and Route 114 near the Radford Arsenal.
[IN Q=We had to]
((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT DISTRICT MANAGER: WE HAD TO REALLY PRIORITIZE AND LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES WE HAD AVAILABLE AND SOME PROJECTS JUST HAD TO BE DROPPED.))
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: I HATE TO SAY IT. WE MAY HAVE TO REVERT TO THE SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE GREASE, AND IF IT TAKES US BRINGING OUT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, THEN I THINK WE WILL TRY TO BRING OUT A LARGE SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION IN THAT AREA.))
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[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Microwave]
And there are other projects in the Bristol, Lynchburg, and Staunton Districts that have also been removed from the six year plan.
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The department of transportation has posted a complete list on its website. You can find a link to that information by visiting our home page at WDBJ7.com.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & JoeD /Microwave;]
Keith and Shannon, the Commonwealth Transportation Board is expected to adopt this tentative six year plan tomorrow... but officials will hold public hearings next month before finalizing the cuts.
Governor Warner was in our area today, and defended the transportation decisions...
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He said the transportation cutbacks are needed so V-Dot can actually complete the proposed construction projects at a reasonable cost..
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[IN Q=What we wanted to do...]
((GOV. MARK WARNER; WHAT WE WANTED TO DO WITH THE 6 YEAR TRANSPORTATION PLAN IS HAVE A PLAN IN WHICH THE PUBLIC WOULD HAVE CONFIDENCE COULD ACTUALLY BE BUILT. WE'VE SEEN A DECLINE IN REVENUES FROM THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS. WE THOUGHT IT WAS TERRIBLY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE OUR COST ESTIMATES WERE MORE IN LINE WITH REALITY. NO MORE PUTTING OUT A PROJECT, PUTTING IT ON THE 6 YEAR PLAN AND HAVING THE COST DOUBLE.))
[OUT Q=and having the cost double.]
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The Governor was in Lexington to attend the annual commemoration of the 1864 Battle of New Market at V-M-I this afternoon...
We'll have more on V-M-I's celebration tonight at 11.
A new study shows African Americans and the disabled are often discriminated against while looking for housing.
The non-profit fair housing agency Home Opportunities Made Equal, also known as HOME, today released the results of a study showing many local apartment complexes ignore fair housing laws.
The study was conducted by two testers, one white, one black, who called and visited a sampling of complexes inquiring about available units.
Results showed, on average, the white tester was given preferential treatment 44-percent of the time.
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[IN Q=Where you live determines...]
((SALIM KHALFANI/VIRGINIA NAACP: WHERE YOU LIVE DETERMINES SO MUCH ABOUT LIFE SO IT SHOULD BE EQUALLY ACCESSIBLE FOR THOSE DISABLED AND REGARDLESS OF RACE SO, WE'RE REALLY PERTURBED.))
[SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP;]
[OUT Q=we're really perturbed.]
Neither tester mentioned race during the initial conversation with apartment managers.
HOME refuses to specify which apartment complexes were tested.
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[IN Q=I guess it concerns me a little...]
((DAVE BALDWIN/ROANOKE REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY: I GUESS IT CONCERNS ME A LITTLE THAT WE CAN'T HAVE A PRIVATE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF INDIVIDUAL COMPLEXES. I'D BE INTERESTED TO KNOW HOW THE COMPLEXES THAT WE MANAGE PERFORMED IN THIS STUDY.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Baldwin/Roanoke Redevel. and Housing Authority;]
[OUT Q=performed in this study.]
The study also found the disabled often have a hard time finding adequate housing.
Of the multi-family apartments studied, 87-percent failed to comply with handicap accessibility guidelines.
The Town of Pulaski has a new leader.
John Hawley is replacing Gary Elander (EE-lan dur) as town manager.
Elander submitted his resignation to town council at a meeting last night.
It was accepted with a vote of four to three.
One council woman says Elander was forced to leave the post.
Gary Elander could not be reached for comment.
Hawley has been with the town since 1974 and is head of Pulaski's engineering department.
The bulls couldn't keep blue chips on the plus side as investors took profits after two days of gains.
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The DOW fell 54 and a half points.
NASDAQ gained six and a half.
Due to some computer problems, we are unable to present local stock figures today.
The Roanoke Police Department is trying to build a safer environment in city parks.
Trespassing past hours, littering and drinking are just a few concerns of the community.
Police hope better lighting, more trash receptacles and less brush will correct some of those problems.
More signs indicating park rules could also help to increase the public's safety.
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[IN Q=quality within the parks: 1:11]
((SGT. TODD CLINGENPEEL/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT - QUALITY WITHIN THE PARKS TO MAKE THEM SAFER....JUST A BETTER PLACE TO BE FOR PEOPLE TO GO AND ENJOY. CAUSE THAT'S THE IMPORTANT THING...THAT PARENTS WITH CHILDREN CAN TO GO AND PLAY AND THEY CAN ENJOY THE PARKS ALSO.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Todd Clingenpeel/Roanoke Police Department]
[OUT Q=enjoy the parks also.]
An increase in police presence is in effect.
Officers hope citizens will see an improvement in park safety just in time for summer.
If all goes as planned, the turret of the civil war ironclad Monitor will rise above the surface of the Atlantic this summer.
A recovery plan was announced today.
A special heavy-lift derrick will be used to raise the ship's 120-ton turret from the waters off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
That's where it sank 140 years ago.
After lengthy preservation work, the turret and guns will go on permanent display at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News..
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - a former Salem minor leaguer makes it big - the Scott Robertson holds it qualifier, while Joe Nemechek is back.
And it was more fun than games today in Salem for the teams that are now in town for the NCAA division two national championship.
The Moyer Sports Complex in Salem is once again the center of Division Two Softball as eight teams are in town to compete in the N-C-Double-A Division Two Softball Tournament.
To get here, those eight had to survive regional tournaments and find a good travel agent.
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[SUPER=01-Teri Rupe/Chico State Head Coach; :55]
[SUPER=01-Darren Mueller/North Dakota State Head Coach; 1:21]
[SUPER=01-Jan Hutchinson/Bloomsburg Head Coach; 2:00]
[SUPER=01-Amy Biersch/Chico State First Baseman; :]
[OUT Q=...had to walk here."]
((Nat Sound -- 2:26:17))
((Out...Night & Day))
((The four-day party got underway with an afternoon barbeque hosted by the City of Salem. To get here the eight teams had to win four games in the regionals, but that was the easy part. Barry University traveled 906 miles to Salem from its home base in Miami Shores, Florida. Grand Valley State logged 716 miles from its home in Allendale, Michigan. But the Road Warrior award goes to Chico State, which needed 2,765 miles and a full day to make it from Northern California to Salem. The ladies from Chico, California took the practice field at Moyer this morning ready to go after spending Tuesday on planes and buses))
((Bite: Teri Rupe -- 1:59:42))
((In...We leave Chico...))
((Out...quite a trip."))
((North Dakota State needed 14-hundred-25 miles to travel from Fargo, North Dakota. The Lady Bison practiced this morning under bright sunshine and in shorts -- something they haven't been able to do in frigid Fargo))
((Bite -- Darren Mueller -- 2:24:08))
((In...Usually up in North Dakota...))
((Out...shorts all year))
((Saint Mary's College made the trip from San Antonio, Texas -- 13-hundred-and-73 miles from Salem. LeMoyne College calls Syracuse New York home -- 539 miles from Moyer. Kennesaw State was just one of two teams to bus to Salem -- a 438 mile trip from Northern Georgia. And Bloomsburg not only has the best record in the field, but home field advantage -- just 369 miles from Salem))
((Bite -- Jan Hutchinson -- 2:29:39))
((The eight teams in the field totaled 8,535 travel miles, which will all be worth it should they win a national title))
((Bite -- Amy Biersch -- 2:01:51))
((Nat Sound -- 2:25:10))
((In...Sound of cleats))
((Bite -- Rupe-- 2:00:00 --Lawrence hold the shot and put the last bite under it))
((In...It would have...))
((Out...had to walk here."))
The tournament opens tommorow morning at 11 a-m with games at 1-30, 4, and 6-30.
The 19th annual Scott Robertson Memorial golf tournament officially begins on Friday, but today there was a flurry of activity associated with the event at the Roanoke Country Club.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Scott Robertson Qualifier; :00]
28 junior golfers showed up at the Roanoke Country Club this afternoon to battle for the final 8 spots in the main draw.
21 boys and 7 girls swinging clubs with an inordinate amount of pressure on them.
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[IN Q=It is pressure...]
[SUPER=01-John Clarke/Scott Robertson Chairman; :00]
[OUT Q=...and they are good."]
If you're wondering why anyone would come halfway across the country knowing the odds of making the tournament were slim - you need only look in the gallery to get your answer.
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[OUT Q=...bunch of money."]
The Lowe's Motor Speedway is the place to be later this week as the for the Winston Cup stars return to Charlotte for the Winston All-Star race.
Joe Nemechek will be there racing and not spectating.
Today, front row Joe was hired by Hendrick Motorsports to drive the #25 Chevrolet the rest of the season.
He will compete in the Winston because he won a race last year.
If he performs well in the car, he likely will be back in it in full-time in 2003.
Tony Pena, the minor league manager of the year last season, is now the new skipper of the Kansas City Royals.
Pena was a five time all-star catcher in the big leagues - he also played locally for the Salem Pirates in 1977 - hitting 276 with 7 homers in 84 games.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Pena/New Kansas City Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=BELIEVE IN ME."]
Pena joins Art Howe and Terry Collins as former Salem players in the 70s - who have gone on to manage in the big leagu