Four teenage counselors accused of arranged fights between campers at a 4- H camp near Smith Mountain Lake are heading back to court today.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./July 7;]
They're also accused of charging admission to the fights and taking bets.
There's a chance the case, which has drawn national attention, will be resolved with plea agreements.
Meanwhile, Franklin County's top prosecutor has told the parents of children who'd been called to testify that they do NOT need to come to court today.
A judge acquitted one of Dr. Cecil Knox's co-defendants.
All the charges against Katy O'Gee (KAY-tee OH-gee) were dropped last night.
The government rested its case yesterday morning, and the lawyers spent the rest of the day arguing motions to strike the evidence.
Judge Sam Wilson dismissed all 15 counts against O'Gee on a judgment of acquittal in her case.
He also dismissed three of the fraud counts against Doctor Knox and his office manager.
Judge Wilson reserved the option to make additional rulings in the case today ...before the defense begins putting on evidence.
Knox still faces 83 criminal counts growing out of what the government claims is the distribution of OxyContin without a legitimate medical purpose.
N-B-A star Kobe Bryant is scheduled to be in a Colorado courtroom today.
During the proceeding, there could be a preliminary hearing where the L-A Laker would enter a plea to the charge he sexually assaulted a 19- year- old hotel worker.
However, legal analysts believe his defense team will waive the hearing at the last minute, because they have no chance of winning it.
A Martinsville company is holding a job fair today.
New Roads, which has a distribution and call center in Martinsville, is trying to fill 400 part-time and full-time
The hirings will make New Roads the largest employer in Martinsville, with more than 16-hundred employees.
The job fair will be held today at the old Tultex plant.
Also, applications will be accepted at the Danville office of the Virginia Employment Commission starting next week.[1
Carilion is kicking off one of the Roanoke Valley's biggest construction projects ever.
Major work is in store for Roanoke Memorial to put all in-patient services under one roof.
And when it's all done Community Hospital will no longer be a hospital although it will remain part of Carilion Health System.
But as Keith Humphry tells us, it will take on an entirely different role.
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[SUPER=01-Tonya Robertson/Community Hospital Nurse; :22]
[SUPER=01-Sonya Stokes/Nursing Student; :33]
[SUPER=01-Daphne Huffman/Community Hospital Nurse; :45]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Edward Murphy/Carilion President; 1:30]
[OUT Q=Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.]
(( Carilion acquired Community 13 years ago in a merger at first hotly- contested by the Justice Department.
For the past 11 years, Community has been primarily devoted to women and children, with the practice of obstetrics and pediatrics.
All that will be consolidated at Roanoke MEMORIAL.
((EVERYTHING'S BIGGER AND BETTER... LABOR ROOM'S ARE BIGGER NOW. AMENITIES WHICH IS REALLY NICE.))
[15:37:15: Sonya Stokes]
((I SOMETIMES WONDER IF BIG IS BETTER.
BIG IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. HA HA, LOT OF CONFUSION.))
Sonya Stokes is not a Carilion staffer, but a student from Virginia Western.
[15:40:35 Daphne Huffman]
((I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF ADVANTAGES...BETTER FOR PATIENT CARE TO BE UNDER ONE ROOF.))
As the new home of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the 36-year old Community hospital will be converted to classrooms, dormitory and office space.
Community planners promised there would always be a hospital in the downtown area, a COMMUNITY hospital where no one would be turned away.
((What I'm wondering now, is this abrogating that covenant with the community by taking it away?))
((I THINK NOT.
ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT THE HEALTH-CARE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE NOT STATIC AND DON'T STAND STILL.))
Dr. Murphy says health care facilities must grow to meet the modern needs of patients.
He points out that the Emergency Room at Community will remain open, though it is what's now called an "urgent care" center. The TRAUMA Center is at Memorial.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
Carilion officials say operating two hospitals a mile apart is costly and inefficient.
By consolidating services they hope to save more than four and a half million dollars a year and improve patient care.
The plan will require major construction at Roanoke Memorial... adding five floors to the the top of the south pavilion.. and additional space at the base of the building.
The plan includes a new traffic pattern and new entrances to allow better access around the complex.
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[IN Q=It's an exciting time]
((DR. ROBERT KEELEY: IT'S AN EXCITING TIME. IT CAN'T HAPPEN SOON ENOUGH FROM MY POINT OF VIEW.))
((NANCY AGEE/CARILION CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: WE'RE REALLY DEVELOPING SOMETHING HERE THAT'S REALLY ON PAR WITH ANYTHING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE'RE PUTTING ALL OUR SERVICES TOGETHER IN A VERY HIGH TECH NEW BUILDING, BUT A BUILDING THAT PAYS ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS OF THE PATIENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Keeley/Carilion Vice-Chief of Medical Staff; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Agee/Carilion Chief Operating Officer; :07]
[OUT Q=pays attention to the needs of the patients.]
Carilion says it will apply for a certificate of public need by January.
Construction could begin next summer.
Your money is getting a makeover.
Today the government will begin circulating new 20- dollar bills.
It's an effort to try to prevent counterfeiting.
The Secret Service says last year, 40- percent of the fake money found in America was made on store- bought printers and P-Cs.
The new 20 is harder to reproduce and will soon start popping out of A-T-M's everywhere.
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[IN Q=A lot]
((CHARLENE WILLIAMS/TEXAS CURRENCY PLANT: LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THEIR CURRENCY, WE WANT THEM TO START LOOKING, TO NOTICE FEATURES THAT ARE THERE SO THEY CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST COUNTERFEITING. ))
[SUPER=01-Charlene Williams/Texas Currency Plant;]
[OUT Q=against counterfeiting.]
Money makers have added a subtle peach background, a light blue eagle, and on the back, tiny 20's in yellow.
Meanwhile the 20 isn't the only bill that'll have a new look.
During the next two years, the 50 and 100- dollar bills will also be replaced.
In business news, Yahoo reports a boost in profits.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
> GOOD MORNING..
> SHOW ME THE PROFITS.. THAT'S WHAT INVESTORS ARE SAYING AS THIRD QUARTER
> PROFIT REPORTS ROLL IN.
> AFTER THE CLOSING BELL YAHOO STEPPED UP THE PLATE.. THE INTERNET PORTAL
> POSTED PROFIT OF 10 CENTS A SHARE.. THAT'S A PENNY BETTER THAN EXPECTED..
> IN A POSITIVE SIGN FOR THE INTERNET SECTORY YAHOO SAID IT'S SEEING A
> TURNAROUND IN THE ONLINE ADVERTISING BUSINESS.
> YAHOO'S STOCK HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED THIS YEAR.
> ALSO AFTER THE CLOSING BELL.. CATERPILLAR WILL BOOST ITS QUARTERLY
> DIVIDEND 2 CENTS TO 37 CENTS A SHARE...
> AND THE DEPARTMENT STORE CHAIN SEARS HAS APPROVED A 3 BLN DOLLAR DOLLAR
> STOCK BUYBACK.
> ON WALL STREET.. THE OCTOBER RALLY HIT A BRICK WALL AS STOCKS FELL BACK
> AFTER FIVE DAYS OF GAINS.
> THE DOW SLIPPED 23 POINTS
> THE NASDAQ FELL 14
> TELEPHONE COMPANIES INCLUDING BELLSOUTH, VERIZON AND SBC RANG UP
> LOSES...ON NOVEMBER 24TH MOBILE PHONE CUSTOMERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO KEEP
> THEIR PHONE NUMBERS WHEN THEY CHANGE WIRELESS COMPANIES. THE EXPECTED
> CUSTOMER TURNOVER IS EXPECTED TO LEAD TO PRICE CUTS .. GOOD NEWS FOR
> CONSUMERS.. BAD NEWS FOR THE PHONE COMPANIES.
> U.S. REGULATORS WANT TO GIVE MORE POWER TO INVESTORS IN THE BOARDROOM. THE
> SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION GAVE INITIAL APPROVAL TO A PLAN THAT
> WOULD LET SHAREHOLDERS NOMINATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS USING OFFICIAL COMPANY
> BALLOTS. THE PROPOSAL DREW PRAISE FROM INVESTOR ACTIVISTS WHO WANT TO WREST
> CONTROL FROM CEOs OF WEAK BOARDS LIKE THOSE THAT SLEPT THROUGH THE
> SCANDALS AT ENRON AND WORLDCOM.
> TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A suicide car bombing hit a police station in Baghdad this morning, killing at least nine people including the bomber.
Police and the U-S military say three police officers were among the casualties.
The attack happened just as policement were lining up in the station's courtyard for the morning roll call.
Authorities say the driver drove through the police compound gate,
was fired at by officers, and then detonated the bomb.
In another development, the Spanish Foreign Ministry says an attache to their embassy was killed today outside his Baghdad home.
The legendary Las Vegas show "Siegfriend and Roy" has ended for good.
Siegfried Fishbacker made that decision after his longtime partner, Roy Horn, suffered critical injuries when a tiger attacked him on stage last Friday.
Horn remains in critical condition, but is showing signs of improvement.
Siegfried and Roy have given more than 55- hundred performances at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas since 19-90.
Meanwhile, the show tiger remains quarantined at the casino.
The battle over a Lynchburg bridge continued yesterday before the city's planning commission.
Some local residents want the city to speed up renovations to the Rivermont bridge, including the installation of a higher railing to prevent suicide attempts.
The bridge is scheduled for work starting in 2006, but some feel that's too long to wait.
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[IN Q=It is horrifying]
((DON WILKERSON/SUICIDE VICTIM'S FATHER: IT IS HORRIFYING AND VERY PAINFUL, VERY PAINFUL TO THINK ABOUT HOW ONE BRIDGE COULD CHANGE THE LIVES OF SO MANY FAMILIES AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHER PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. IT IS VERY SHOCKING TO SAY THE LEAST.))
[SUPER=01-Don Wilkerson/Suicide Victim's Father]
[OUT Q=to say the least.]
The planning commission also heard from Liberty University officials seeking to rezone the old Ericsson factory to expand the school's campus and relocate Thomas Road Baptist Church.
A traffic study has yet to be completed.
The commission likely won't vote until mid-November.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In business news, Yahoo reported its third quarter earnings after the closing bell yesterday.
The internet media company posted a profit of 10 cents per share...that's up from a nicke a share last year.
Stan Case has the rest of the day's news in the business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((THE MAJOR INDICES ENDED THEIR FIVE-SESSION WINNING STREAK ON WEDNESDAY.
THE DOW WAS DOWN 23 POINTS AND...
...THE NASDAQ LOST 14.
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION REPORTED FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS OF 51-CENTS PER SHARE...THATS DOWN A PENNY FROM A YEAR EARLIER.
BUT COSTCO BEAT ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY FOUR-CENTS.
THE COMPANY SAYS ITS REVENUE ROSE BY ELEVEN PERCENT FOR THE PERIOD COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO.
COSTCO IS THE NATION'S LARGEST WHOLESALE CLUB OPERATOR, WHICH ANALYSTS SAY IS IN A PRICE WAR WITH SAM'S CLUB, OWNED BY WAL-MART.
MCDONALD'S SHARES LOST MORE THAN TWO-PERCENT ON THE DAY FOLLOWING ITS REPORT OF SEPTEMBER SALES NUMBERS.
THE HAMBURGER GIANT SAYS ITS SAME STORE SALES WORLDWIDE INCREASED BY THREE-POINT-SEVEN PERCENT FOR THE MONTH COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.
STORES IN THE U-S REPORTED A 10-PERCENT INCREASE.
IT'S THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF GROWTH FOR THE FAST FOOD CHAIN.
THE COMPANY SAYS NEW MENU ITEMS AND EXTENDED HOURS CONTRIBUTED TO THE NUMBERS.
ITS OFFICAL...VIVENDI UNIVERSAL HAS SIGNED THE FINAL DEAL WITH GENERAL ELECTRIC.
THE AGREEMENT BRINGS UNIVERSAL STUDIOS AND VIVENDI'S CABLE CHANNELS UNDER THE N-B-C UMBRELLA.
THE DEAL HAS CREATES N-B-C-UNIVERSAL, A 43-BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
A folk music legend wowed a sold-out audience in Roanoke last night.
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[IN Q=nat sound]
[OUT Q=rain got wet.]
Singer/songwriter Joan Baez played to a full house at the Jefferson Center.
Her current tour is promoting her new album, her first studio recording in six years.
The night also featured a homecoming.
The group east-mountain-south is finishing up a five city tour opening for Baez. Vocalist Kat Maslich (MAZ-litch) is a Roanoke native, and a former Cave Spring student.
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[SOT - 16:20:05]
[IN Q=We're just so happy...]
((KAT MASLICH/EASTMOUNTAINSOUTH; WE'RE JUST SO HAPPY AND BLESSED TO BE DOING THIS, THIS HAS BEEN MY DREAM TO GO OUT AND PLAY FOR PEOPLE. I DON'T THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE IN ROANOKE KNEW THAT I WAS A SINGER. I WAS IN THE HARD-CORE SCENE SORTA. I WOULD LOCK MYSELF IN MY ROOM AND WRITE. I TOLD MYSELF THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO BE DOING.))
[OUT Q=what I need to be doing.]
East-mountain-south recently toured with Tracy Chapman, and is scheduled to go on tour with Lucinda Williams next month.
(Kim tosses to bump)
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Blacksburg police say a woman posing as a patient has been taking credit cards from medical offices.
So far, police say she's racked up about 2-thousand dollars in charges on the cards.
Police are hoping someone will recognize the suspect from this surveillance tape.
They say she's used the cards at stores in Roanoke and the New River Valley.