The New River Valley is losing a cutting edge company to South Carolina.
And, potential buyers will offer up a different kind of green fee when a local golf course goes up for auction.
Tonight on News 7 Sports - Billy Packer drops in at VMI today to talk a little hoops.
Matt Kenseth wins the pole at Dover.
and Rick Mast talks for the first time about his recent illness that is keeping out of Winston Cup racing.
A full blown summer weekend to start off the month of June. The humid details just ahead.
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((IT DOES RESULT IN THE LOSS OF SEVERAL DOZEN JOBS AND THE DEPARTURE OF A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND POTENTIALLY EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL COMPANY.))
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Reaction to news that CropTech, a cutting edge biotechnology company, is leaving Virginia.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young, Keith Humphry has the evening off.
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Strictly a business decision.
That's what CropTech officials say is making them move their bio technology company from Blacksburg to Charleston, South Carolina.
The decision to leave the office in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center this year was announced yesterday.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon spoke with various people connected with the story today and joins us with more...Rachel?
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Shannon, CropTech is recognized nationally for its work with tobacco.
The company genetically alters the plants and uses proteins to develop vaccines that fight cancer and other diseases.
Their work involves major breakthroughs of future alternative uses for tobacco.
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((BOBBY PARKER/MONTGOMERY CO. SPOKESMAN; YOU KNOW IT'S A COMPANY THAT'S RATHER SMALL AT THIS POINT BUT A COMPANY WITH A TREMENDOUS FUTURE AND ALTHOUGH THE IMMEDIATE IMPACT IS NOT TERRIBLY SIGNIFICANT PERHAPS THE POTENTIAL LOST OPPORTUNITY IS EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT AND THAT'S UNFORTUNATE FOR THE COUNTY.))
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J.D. Brooks, Vice President of Corporate Development for CropTech....he says "We are happy in Virginia, this is strictly a business decision, we are commercializing the technology and need a plant to produce the proteins, we made everyone aware of this and solicited packages from several states and South Carolina fits our needs best."
Now the details of what incentives South Carolina and other states offered the company are confidential.
We do know that CropTech's new 40-million 1-hundred and 15-thousand square foot facility will be started in June. Brooks says it will be completed in phases.
CropTech currently employs about 30-people - but their workforce is expected to grow to 40 during the first year of operations in South Carolina and expand to at least 110 by 2004.
Shannon, CropTech's announcement is certainly not good news for economic development officials in the New River Valley.
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I called several of them numerous times today, no one was available for an interview.
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Jeffrey Allen Thomas will stand trial for a second time at the end of July in Winchester.
The 32-year-old was granted a new trial by the Virginia Supreme Court.
Earlier this year, the court unanimously overturned his capital murder conviction and death sentence.
Thomas was convicted in a Pulaski Circuit Court last March of killing 16-year-old Tara Munsey.
But the state court said a change of venue should have been granted because of excessive publicity.
Thomas will remain jailed at the Sussex Correctional Center in Waverly until his second trial.
The Danville Police Department is investigating the fourth murder in the city this year.
Officers responded to a call around 1 o clock this morning on Monument Street.
They found Marco Duwan Banks lying in the street with apparent stab wounds.
Banks was pronounced dead at the scene.
No one has been arrested, and the investigation is continuing.
Whoever planted a fake pipe bomb outside a Lynchburg man's home yesterday will face felony charges.. if police determine who did it.
State and local authorities were called to the 1300 block of Radcliff Avenue around three after a man noticed the device sitting on his front porch.
A bomb squad was called in and officers determined it to be fake.. the device was a solid metal rod with batteries and a wire taped to one end.
Investigators hope lab tests will provide them with some clues as to who built the device.
They say the phony bomb was *not* placed at the residence randomly.
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Golfers have been hitting Hollyfield's since 1987, but tomorrow the nine hole golf course goes on the auction block.
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Joe Dashiell visited Bent Mountain today, has more on the future of the popular course.
Shannon, it's no surprize that this scenic piece of property
would be attractive to developers.
And we'll find out tomorrow if western Virginia's golfers have played their final rounds there.
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[SUPER=01-Mavin Harris/Real Estate Broker; :09]
[SUPER=01-Sally Hollyfield/Course Owner; :27]
[SUPER=01-Jim Woltz/Broker and Auctioneer; :57]
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Jerry Collins hadn't heard about the auction when he rolled in for a round of golf.
But Mavin Harris had.
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Since the course opened in '87... the rolling landscape and beautiful scenery have become a popular escape for a loyal group of golfers.
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Now the pro-shop, nine hole golf course and undeveloped acreage nearby are up for auction...
The property has been divided into 20 tracts, but potential buyers will have the opportunity to bid on the entire 185 acres. And that may well determine whether Hollyfields survives as a golf course.
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And woltz says many who won't be bidding, but will be waiting for the final score.))
Tomorrow will tell the story Shannon,
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the auction begins at 10 am at Hollyfields Golf Course just off route 221 on Bent Mountain.
Still to come on News 7 at 6, Lynchburg officials are calling for fair play after fights in the city's parks...
and students at a local elementary school took learning out of the classroom, and into what looked like an exotic island. We'll explain coming up, but first let's check in with Robin in the WeatherCenter.
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Roanoke Congressman Bob Goodlattte is warning Americans not to be complacent about terrorism.
Goodlatte says terrorism is an ongoing threat.
He says that just because there hasn't been a major attack since September 11th doesn't mean it won't happen again.
The lawmaker reassured that Congress is doing everything it can to fight terrorism.
Goodlatte also said he supports recent efforts to broaden the domestic spying powers of the F-B-I.
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Yesterday the F-B-I was freed to monitor Internet sites, libraries and churches for terrorism prevention.
The New York Stock Exchange is prepared in case of another emergency like September eleventh.
The former CEO and current senior advisor of the NYSE today spoke at a luncheon at Hollins University about the effects of the attack on Wall Street.
Although the Exchange wasn't damaged, Bill Johnston says the institution's ready in case something disasterous happens again.
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((BILL JOHNSTON/SENIOR ADVISOR, NYSE: WE HAVE A FACILITY THAT'S IN ONE OF THE FIVE BURROUGHS OF NEW YORK THAT'S RUNNING AT LUKEWARM, THAT IS IT'S NOT HOT MEANING YOU CAN'T BE RUNNING IN 20-MINUTES BUT YOU CAN BE UP AND TRADING IN 24-HOURS.))
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Johnston says the current state of financial markets can't be fully blamed on the terrorist attacks.
He says the market was already heading south before September eleventh and that the Enron scandal helped it along.
Meanwhile, on Wall Street today, good economic news had stocks in rally mode
early, but international worries sent the major market averages to a mixed close.
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The Dow climbed 14 points, the Nasdaq fell 16.
Lynchburg residents should feel perfectly safe hanging out in their city parks this summer..
That's the word from city leaders after several teenagers were detained Monday after fights broke out in Miller Park.
Officials say news reports of the incident have blown it out of proportion and have made residents unnecessarily worried.
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((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: MEMORIAL DAY IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST DAYS IN ANY PARK IN THE COUNTRY, IT WAS A GORGEOUS DAY. WE HAD HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS, MAYBE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT HERE AND SOME OF THEM DIDN'T BEHAVE THEMSELVES. AND I THINK THE FACT THAT NOBODY WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND THAT WE'RE STILL GOING TO OPEN UP THIS WEEKEND AND THAT WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND AND EVERYBODY ENJOYING THE PARK I THINK IS RELEVANT.))
((CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: SO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO ATTEMPT TO DO IS TO ENSURE THAT LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS CAN ENJOY THE PARK AND THE REASON THAT THE PARK EXISTS AND ALSO ENSURE THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO MISBEHAVE WILL NOT BE HERE TO CAUSE PROBLEMS.))
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[SUPER=01-Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :22]
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Chief Bennett says his department will step up patrols in Miller Park now that the summer recreation season is nearly underway.
Parks officials say *no* parents have withdrawn their children from summer programs out of concern for their safety.
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First graders from a Bedford County Elementary School became castaways and part of a tribe at their field day.
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Goodview Elementary, or Goodview Island, was the set for a Survivor themed field day today...complete with a tiki hut, a live iguana and palm trees that sprayed water.
The creative mind behind Goodview's Survivor is the school's P-E teacher Marianne Masters.
She and her husband spent months thinking up and creating all nine of the Survivor Challenges...by hand.
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((MARIANNE MASTERS/PE TEACHER - I THOUGHT THIS MORNING WAS EXCELLENT. I WAS A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS ABOUT THE KINDERGARTNERS. I WAS WONDERING HOW THEY WOULD FIT INTO ALL THE CHALLENGES CAUSE I THOUGHT THEY MAY BE A LITTLE DIFFICULT, BUT WITH THE HELP OF THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS I THINK IT WAS GREAT.))
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The challenges ranged from a lizard puzzle to an obtsacle course.
The winners won hawaiian leis.
But in the end....nobody was voted off this island.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, qualifying results from Dover.
Rick Mast talks about his illness from his home in Rockbridge Baths.
And Billy Packer hooks up with the VMI family today in Lexington to present Jason Conley with some serious hardware today.
The Cup stars are in Dover this weekend getting their teeth rattled loose on the concrete surface.
Jack Roush also is back at the track today, and his top driver this season Matt Kenseth won his first ever Winston Cup pole today.
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However, not all was perfect for Roush Racing. Kurt Busch - Roush's hot young gun recorded a top five lap and then tried to bust a pole winner, but he put a little too much into it.
Busch lost control and hit the wall.
It looks like he'll be able to repair his car and avoid going to a backup.
Busch had some company in the wall - Ryan Newman also put his Ford in the spin cycle. His damage is such that he likely will have to go to a backup car.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Matt Kenseth/154.938/2. Bill Elliott//3. Jerry Nadeau//4. Michael Waltrip//5. Kurt Busch//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Ricky Craven//7. Ricky Rudd//8. Elliott Sadler//9. Jeff Gordon//10. Jimmie Johnson//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Kyle Petty//12. Robby Gordon//13. Mark Martin//14. Ward Burton//15. Ken Schrader//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Bobby Labonte//17. Tony Raines//18. Jimmy Spencer//19. Bobby Hamilton//20. Mike Skinner//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Rusty Wallace//22. Steve Park//23. Casey Atwood//24. Jeremy Mayfield//25. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Brett Bodine//27. Sterling Marlin//28. Joe Nemechek//29. Dick Trickle//30. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Dale Jarrett//32. Stacy Compton//33. Jeff Burton//34. Kevin Harvick//35. Jeff Green//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Chad Little//37. Terry Labonte/Prov/38. Ryan Newman/Prov/39. Dave Blaney/Prov/40. Hut Stricklin/Prov/;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Steve Grissom/Prov/42. John Andretti/Prov/43. Todd Bodine/Prov/;]
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Rick Mast was not in Dover today, and his car did not make the race with Hermie Sadler filling in as driver.
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Mast was back home in Rockbridge Baths this afternoon resting.
He has dropped 26 pounds since the start of the season.
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Mast says he's still experiencing a lot of fatigue and that he has seen specialists in Charlottsville, Roanoke and Charlotte. He says there is some talk he may go to theMayo Clinic is his condition and the lack of a diganosis continue.
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The Keydet athletic Club spent today at the Lexington Golf and Country Club. CBS basketball analyst Bill Packer joined them and helped recoginize Jason Conley. Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-Jason Conley/29.3 Pts a Game Avg. as a Freshman; :21]
[SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Men's Basketball Coach; :46]
[SUPER=01-Donny White/VMI Athletic Director; 1:21]
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As we reported yesterday, the Roanoke Express announced the signing of three key players this morning.
Mike Peron, Duncan Dalmao and Brad Essex agreed to terms with the team today for what will be the franchise's 10th anniversary season.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/16 Goals Last Season; :00]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :18]
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