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We're not alone in the cold weather.
It's another freezing day for the entire northern half of the country.
Wind chills are making it feel below zero in many places.
Philadelphia hasn't seen temperatures this low in 20 years.
Down south, it's not expected to get above 30 degrees from Oklahoma to the Carolinas.
In other news this morning, the Roanoke Valley's largest employer is laying off workers.
Carilion Health System is laying off 51- workers, primarily at its facilities in Roanoke.
The jobs will be phased out over the next few weeks in the areas of upper management, marketing and other support staff.
A company official says the cuts should save approximately six million dollars... money the health care system says it plans to invest in state- of- the- art equipment, as well as hiring and retaining nurses.
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[IN Q=We're still trying to ]
((WE'RE STILL TRYING TO HIRE NURSES IN ORDER TO DO THAT THE MONEY HAS TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE, REIMBURSEMENTS AREN'T GOING UP, WE HAVE TO FIND OTHER WAYS TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND TO CHANNEL THAT MONEY INTO THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS. AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. ))
[SUPER=01-Eric Earnhart/Carilion Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=TRYING TO DO.]
Company officials say the layoffs are the result of rising health care costs and the possibility of cuts in Medicaid.
The company says no additional layoffs are planned, but that other positions could be eliminated through attrition or retirement.
A Salem company is packing up and moving to Montgomery County.
Yesterday, Pro-Chem, Incorporated announced it will combine its two Salem facilities and relocate to Elliston Industrial Park later this Fall.
Officials say the one-point-six-million dollar investment will eventually attract even more businesses to the county.
[IN Q=WE PROVIDE A SERVICE]
((BRIAN KIDD/PROCHEM, INC. VICE-PRESIDENT: WE PROVIDE A SERVICE TO INDUSTRY SO IT KIND OF PROVIDES MONTGOMERY COUNTY WITH A TOOL TO BRING HEAVY INDUSTRY IN OR INDUSTRY THAT NEEDS WATER PURIFICATION OR WATER TREATMENT. WE OFFER THAT SERVICE LOCALLY SO I THINK THAT'S A KEY ADVANTAGE FOR THEM AS WELL 9:50))
((BOBBY PARKER/MONTGOMERY CO. SPOKESMAN: OUR ECONOMIC STRATEGY HAS PAID OFF IN THIS CASE AND WE'RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT 13:43))
[SUPER=01-Brian Kidd/ProChem, Inc. Vice-President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Parker/Montgomery Co. Spokesman; :15 QUICK!!!]
[OUT Q=HAPPY ABOUT THAT.]
Pro-Chem is a water-treatment and analysis company that has performed tests for the E-P-A.
It currently employs about 40-people, but, officials say they hope to hire at least 15- more in the next couple of years.
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Officials from the state's urban areas will converge on Richmond today to lobby lawmakers, and to fight what they describe as a crisis in state funding.
Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham and Council member Bill Carder met with reporters before leaving for the Capitol.
They say the state continues to shift responsibilities onto local governments without providing adequate funding.
And without more revenue or fewer mandates, they say critical services will suffer.
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[IN Q=A message that we want to get across]
((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: A MESSAGE THAT WE WANT TO GET ACROSS IS THAT LOCALITIES, PARTICULARLY CITIES, CANNOT PAY THE STATE'S BILLS ANY MORE.))
[OUT Q=pay the state's bills any more.]
Burcham says officials are not expecting much help this year as lawmakers strain to balance the budget, but they do hope the General Assembly will begin to develop a plan to help urban areas.
NATO has postponed its plans for a possible war in Iraq.
Diplomats say the 19 allies are committed to providing support if a war breaks out.
But under pressure from Germany and France, they say the timing isn't right to begin planning for an all-out attack.
The U-S had requested help from the alliance mainly to protect Turkey, the only NATO member that borders Iraq.
A suspect is in custody for the shooting of two Americans in Kuwait.
[SUPER=03-Near Camp Doha, Kuwait;]
A Saudi official says border guards arrested the man trying to sneak into Saudi Arabia.
On Tuesday, a gunman opened fire on the Americans' car, killing Michael Pouliot (POO-lee-aht) and critically wounding David Caraway.
Both men were civilian contractors for the U-S military.
In business news, Wall Street has given up the bulk of its New Year's rally, falling for a fifth straight session.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch, NY]
((GOOD MORNING..AS THAT NOTED MARKET WATCHER YOGI BERRA MIGHT HAVE PUT
IT---IT'S DEJAVU ALL OVER AGAIN....
THE DOW LOST 124 POINTS WEDNESDAY, AND IN THE PAST FIVE SESSIONS HAS GIVEN
BACK THE 500 GAINS ACCUMULATED EARLIER THIS MONTH..THE DOW IS NOW BELOW IT'S
CLOSING LEVEL OF LAST YEAR.....
THE NASDAQ STAYED IN THE GREEN UNTIL THE LAST HALF HOUR OF TRADING BEFORE
LOSING ALMOST 5 POINTS.
THE WORST OFFENDER ON THE WAS THE BEST PERFORMING DOW STOCK LAST YEAR---
EASTMAN KODAK REPORTS IT'S FOURTH QUARTER NUMBERS FAILED TO MEET WALL
STREET'S EXPECTATIONS, AND IT'S SENDING WORD THAT THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS
YEAR WON'T BE MUCH BETTER. KODAK'S SLASHING 22 HUNDRED JOBS...
ALSO DRAGGING THE DOW LOWER, J-P MORGAN CHASE WHICH RECORDED A LOSS IN THE
4TH QUARTER DUE TO BAD LOANS MADE TO ENRON AND A LARGE CASH SETTLEMENT
RELATED TO THE OPERATION OF ANALYSTS AT THE J-P MORGAN UNIT.
DESPITE TOUGH TIMES ON WALL STREET, COST CUTTING PAYS OFF FOR MERRIL LYNCH.
THE WORLDS BIGGEST BROKERAGE HOUSE TURNING A PROFIT OF 63 CENTS, WITH 30
PERCENT FEWER EMPLOYEES THAN IT HAD IN 2000.
DEFENSE CONTRACTORS WERE HIT HARD AFTER GENERAL DYNAMICS REPORTED A LOSING
QUARTER. NORTHUP GRUMMAN AND LOCKHEED MARTIN ALSO FELL.
TECH STOCKS WERE LED BY LUCENT WHICH REPORTED A NARROWER THAN EXPECTED LOSS
AND ISSUED PREDICTIONS FOR IMPROVED SALES IN THE CURRENT QUARTER, AND
QUALCOM MOVING HIGHER AFTER A BETTER THAN EXPECTED QUARTER.
ANOTHER AIRLINE'S ISSUING A FINANCIAL MAYDAY.
AMR THE PARENT OF AMERICAN AIRLINES REPORTS A LOSS OF HALF A BILLION DOLLARS
IN THE 4TH QUARTER. IT'S PLANNING 4 BILLION DOLLARS IN COST CUTTING MEASURES
YOU CAN CHECK YOUR STOCKS ANYTIME, ROUND THE CLOCK AT CBS DOT
I'M EC NY))
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Many people are turning up the heat to combat the cold and they're paying for it.
Delma Law is one Roanoke Gas customer paying higher heating bills this year.
Law tries to cut costs for her fixed income by using a quilt and small heater during the day and turning the thermostat down at night.
The latest natural gas bill for her two-bedroom patio home was almost 90-dollars.
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((DELMA LAW/CUSTOMER; I GET ON THE TELEPHONE AND CALL ALL THE NEIGHBORS I SAYS YOUR BILL THAT HIGH, I SAYS MINE IS THEY SAY YEAH. ))
((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS; THEY'RE RUNNING ABOUT 40 TO 50 PERCENT LAST YEAR , 30 TO 50 PERCENT HIGHER DEPENDING ON THE USER SIMPLY ON THE BASIS OF WEATHER, PRICING IS THE SAME. ))
[SUPER=01-Delma Law/Customer; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas; :11]
[OUT Q=PRICING IS THE SAME.]
While natural gas rates are the same as last year, because it's so cold, usage is up and so are bills.
Williamson says there could be record natural gas use on Friday if forecasted single digit temperatures hit the region.
Two men admit their involvement in a shooting at Towers Mall.
The men who were looking to buy some cocaine, pulled up in front of Hollywood Video around dusk on a Friday night last April.
Instead of scoring some drugs, they shot the man they met, Ronald Steven Clark, as he sat in his car.
Both those involved in the shooting have admitted their involvement, though they each say the other one was the trigger man.
Today Kip Lamont Walker accepted a plea agreement, with a pledge from the prosecutor that she won't ask for more than 25 years in prison if Walker testifies against Christopher Riley.
Walker already faces 35 years in Rockbridge County for an unrelated conviction.
In Houston, opening statements begin today in the case of a woman accused of killing her husband with a Mercedes.
Prosecutors say after catching her husband with another woman, Clara Harris ran him down with the car.
They say she then circled around to hit him again.
If convicted of murder, Harris faces five years to life in prison.
R- and- B crooner R- Kelly is out of jail on bond, but he's facing more child pornography charges.
[SUPER=03-Miami-Dade Co., FL;]
The Grammy award winner was arrested in Florida yesterday.
Authorities say they found a dozen digital images in his camera, three of the images show the 36- year- old having sex with a minor.
Kelly's already awaiting trial in Illinois after being arrested last summer on 21 counts of child pornography, charges he denies.
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Two Virginia Military Institute cadets are behind bars - accused of robbing four Radford University students while showing a toy gun.
Police say Robert Michael Lewis Lyles and Marlon Alexander Powell face various charges, including armed robbery.
Powell is on the Keydet football team.
Officials say shortly after reports of armed robbery near the Radford campus earlier this week, officers stopped the car Powell and Lyles were driving and found the toy gun, a black ski mask and cash that was reported stolen.
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