Layoffs are announced at Federal-Mogul in Blacksburg.
Company officials say the cutbacks are needed to stay competitive.
And, a teenager is convicted in an accident last summer in Pittsylvania county involving an A-T-V.
Snow showers continue to plague the mountains as another round of cold weather's about to move in. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
A Blacksburg business is being hit with layoffs, but company officials say it's too early to know exactly how many people will be let go.
Officials with Federal-Mogul in Blackburg started telling workers today that layoffs will begin at the end of the quarter in March.
The company is still trying to determine how many workers will be let go as part of a corporate realignment designed to keep the business competative.
The layoffs will affect all plants that manufacture engine bearings. Officials blame economic pressures from national and worldwide competition.
Federal-Mogul has more than 430 workers in Blacksburg.
A teenager stands convicted of two felonies and a misdemeanor for hitting a game warden with an ATV.
The incident happened at a Leesville Lake marina in Pittsylvannia County last June.
Authorities say Lieutenant Ron Henry tried to stop 15-year old Jakob Mattox and was struck.
Henry suffered a broken leg and a concussion.
Mattox drove off but was apprehended a short time later.
A jury this week convicted Mattox of malicious wounding, leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, and wreckless driving.
He'll be sentenced in March.
Virginia Tech quaterback Marcus Vick is being investigated by the Blacksburg Police.
He has not been charged with any crime, but police searched the apartment of the 19 year old football player yesterday.
According to a search warrant the investigation has to do with allegations Vick contributed to the delinquency of a minor.
Also according to the warrant, 3-underage girls told police they were in Vick's apartment drinking.
Two of the girls told police a 15 year had sexual intercourse with Vick.
Police searched his Blacksburg apartment early yesterday morning looking for a Bicardi rum bottle, a digital camera, condoms, and sheets and bed clothes.
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[IN Q=This is an ]
((SHOWALTER:THIS IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION AND OUT OF RESPECT TO THE ALLEGED COMPLAINANTS AND THE ALLEGED SUSPECT THIS OFFICE NOT GOING TO MAKE A COMMENT, NO FORMAL CHARGES FILED AND AGAIN THIS IS A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION.))
[SUPER=01-Joey Showalter/Montgomery Co. Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=preliminary investigation.]
[TAKE VO OF MARCUS VICK :]
Vick played in 11 games this past season.
We attempted to reach Marcus Vick yesterday afternoon but were not successful.
In a statement, Virginia Tech says "this is a matter for the police and the courts.
The university defers to the Blacksburg Police Department to state the facts of the case."
It goes on to say no immediate action is planned, but the university could enact athletic or student sanctions depending on the results of the police investigation.
A 12 inch water main break has rerouted some traffic between Westside Boulevard and Red Fox Drive.
The break left some residents along the Salem Turnpike without water.
Utility Line Services expected to have it repaired around 12:30.
Westbound traffic is being detoured to Red Fox Drive.
Once service is restored, some residents may see murky water.
But officials say the discoloration does not affect the safety of drinking water.
A new poll says Democratic Presidential front-runner John Kerry has taken a commanding lead in two key states-- Missouri and Arizona-- just before a seven- state showdown next Tuesday.
But as Jennifer Miller reports, today the candidates are looking for some "Southern Comfort" in South Carolina.
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[SUPER=01-Howard Dean/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Miller, CBS News, Washington.]
WITH ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT BEFORE THEIR NEXT BIG DAY... DEMOCRATICS
RUNNING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ARE RACING AGAINST TIME..
TUESDAY, SEVEN STATES -- INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA -- WILL HOLD CONTESTS
... AFTER WHICH THE CROWDED CAMPAIGN FIELD...COULD THIN ITSELF OUT.
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AT THURSDAY'S DEBATE, THE SEVEN CANDIDATES PASSED UP PLENTY OF CHANCES
TO CHALLENGE ONE ANOTHER. BUT LOW-KEY SENATOR JOHN KERRY DELIVERED A
STINGING LINE IN AN EXCHANGE WITH HOWARD DEAN.
HOWARD DEAN/CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT (Thursday/last night)
"In 19 years in the senate, Senator Kerry sponsored 9 bill (corrects
himself) 11 bills that had anything do with healthcare not one of them
JOHN KERRY/CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT (Thursday/last night)
`One of the things you need to know as a president is how things work in
Congress, if you want to get things done.''
FOR THE MOST PART, THE CANDIDATES FOCUSED ON PRESIDENT BUSH.
JOHN EDWARDS/CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT (Thursday/lasts night)
"There's a lot the president's not doing about jobs lost, has to be able
to walk and chew gum at same time."
SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS AND WESLEY CLARK HOPE THEIR SOUTHERN ROOTS WILL
REACH DEEP. EDWARDS ARGUES HE CAN BEAT BUSH BELOW THE MASON DIXON, BUT
HE EVEN ADMITS.... HIS CREDIBILITY IS ON THE LINE IF HE DOESN'T BEAT HIS
FELLOW DEMOCRATS HERE TUESDAY.
AND IN A CAMPAIGN TRAIL TWIST, MISSOURI COULD BE MORE INFLUENTIAL THAN
FIRST THOUGHT. THE MIDWEST STATE IS HOME TO FORMER CANDIDATE,
CONGRESSMAN RICHARD GEPHARDT. HE'S NOT THROWING HIS SUPPORT BEHIND ANY
OF THEM.... LEAVING THE STATE WITH THE MOST DELEGATES...UP FOR GRABS.
ALTHOUGH ONE NEW POLL SHOW SENATOR KERRY WITH A STRONG LEAD THERE.
STANDUP CLOSE:(not verbatim)
BUT THIS MORNING, MOST OF CANDIDATES ARE IN SOUTH CAROLINA...NOT ONLY
LOOKING FOR SUPPORT...BUT FOR MONEY. ESPECIALLY DEAN. THE FIRST TO
RAISE 40-MILLION DOLLARS ... HE NOW ONLY HAS ABOUT FIVE-MILLION LEFT.
This Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Seven astronauts died when the shuttle broke apart as it re- entered the earth's atmosphere.
The close- knit NASA community, as well as relatives of the crew members are still coping with the loss.
Evelyn Husband, who was the wife of one of the Columbia astronauts, remembers feeling a sense of dread just before the explosion happened.
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[IN Q=It was about a minute before the shuttle was]
[SUPER=01-Evelyn Husband/Wife of Columbia Astronaut;]
[OUT Q=going well.]
Since the manned space program began, 23 astronauts have lost their lives.
A tribute to the seven Columbia astronauts will take place Sunday in Houston during pre-game ceremonies at the Super Bowl.
It'll be the THIRD Super Bowl since the
9-11 attacks, and authorities in Houston promise it will be as secure as the previous two.
Lee Cowan has more on what's being done to keep the city and its many visitors safe this weekend.
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[SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Storemski/Houston, TX Police Department; :55]
[SUPER=01-Brian Jenkins/Rand Corporation Security Expert; 1:16]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News; 1:28]
[OUT Q=Cowan, CBS news, Houston.]
If there was any hint on how much this city is on edge -- take the
recent shooting of a security guard outside a Texas chemical plant.
A person of middle eastern descent -- was supposedly taking pictures
of the plant -- when he fired at the man guarding the entrance.
At least that's how the story went -- the FBI now doubts it ever
But it was the kind of story that this Super Bowl city was hoping to
At a cost of well over a million dollars -- the city is under the
watchful eye of more than 25 different agencies -- this weekend -- both
federal and local.
There's a no fly zone over the stadium on Sunday....
There's a new security fence around Reliant Stadium -- metal
detectors -- and of course concrete barricades.
But Houston officials still want visitors to feel welcome....so as
much as possible -- the increased security may not be noticeable.
(SOT/DENNIS STOREMSKI, HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT)
"...we are ready for this....trained for this...in some ways this is nor
different than a regular day at the stadium ..same number of fans, etc."
In fact -- most security experts are predicting that driving to the
stadium may be the riskiest part of the day -- especially given
Houston's recent run of accidents between the city's brand new commuter
trains -- and cars.
(SOT/BRIAN JENKINS, SECURITY EXPERT, RAND CORPORATION )
"The risk of being a victim in a terrorist attack are infinitesimal
compared to the risk that we face everyday in our ordinary lives."
"In short-- what you would expect in terms of security is here -- and a
little more. But for fans -- it's out of sight out of mind. At the Super
Bowl, Lee Cowan, CBS News Houston."
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Still to come on the newscast, a German man who killed and ate his victim is sentenced to EIGHT years in prison.
Also a published report claims singer Michael Jackson gave his teenage accuser wine.
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It's retaliation-- but not the same kind of large scale response that Israel typically makes after a suicide bomb attack.
[SUPER=03-Bethlehem, West Bank;]
Today Israeli forces raided the West Bank town of Bethlehem, and blew up the home of the Palestinian who was responsible for yesterday's suicide bombing on a bus in Jerusalem.
The attack left 10 Israelis dead.
And in the Gaza Strip today, an Israeli tank crew shot and killed two Palestinians who were allegedly seen carrying explosive devices.
Prosecutors in a cannibalism trial in Germany are planning to appeal.
They had sought a life sentence for 42-year-old Armin Meiwes
(MY'-vays), but instead, a court today gave him eight and a-half years in prison.
A judge says Meiwes' (MY- vays') intention was
not evil but ``the fulfillment of his fantasy'' to make "another man part of himself."
Meiwes (MY- vays) confessed to killing, dismembering and eating parts of a man he met through an ad on the Internet.
His defense argued that the victim had volunteered to be killed.
An article coming out in next month's "Vanity Fair" Magazine reveals new details about Michael Jackson's latest teenage accuser and their relationship.
Correspondent Maureen Orth has been reporting on Jackson
since sexual abuse charges first surfaced against him in 19-93.
She says there are several similarities between the two cases.
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[IN Q=It's striking how the pattern emerges.]
[SUPER=01-Maureen Orth/Vanity Fair Special Correspondent;]
[OUT Q=with Michael.]
Jackson has pleaded innocent to the child molestation charges and remains free on bond.
Children may have to put on their bathing suits at Virginia's only nudist youth camp.
Yesterday, a House subcommittee approved a bill to require that any child attending the camp be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
[SUPER=03-Southampton Co./File Tape;]
Advocates of nude recreation say the bill is unnecessary.
They says nudists have been running summer youth camps for years without a single incident of illegal or improper behavior.
They also say the legislation places a difficult burden on families who enjoy nude recreation.
[IN Q=THEY DON'T REQUIRE THAT OF ANY]
((BOB ROCHE/MANAGER OF NUDIST CAMPGROUND: THEY DON'T REQUIRE THAT OF ANY CHURCH GROUP WHEN THEY HAVE A SEMINAR. WHY SHOULD THEY REQUIRE IT OF OUR PARENTS AND PUT AN UNDUE HARDSHIP ON OUR PARENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Roche/Nudist Campground Manager]
[OUT Q=put an undue hardship on our parents.]
The manager of the Virginia campground that sponsored the event last year says the nudist youth camp will probably shut down if the bill becomes law.
A circuit court judge upheld the sentence of a Lynchburg man accused of double murders.
This is the first death penalty sentence in forty years for the city.
A jury convicted 23-year-old Leon Jermain Winston of the double murder of
Anthony and Rhonda Robinson and said he should die for his crimes.
Friends and family of the Robinsons are grateful that sentence will stand, and they're not worried about the appeals process.
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[IN Q=Right now I'm]
((ANN LEWIS/MURDER VICTIM'S SISTER: RIGHT NOW I'M REALLY NOT AS FOCUSED ON THAT BECAUSE I THINK I KNOW THAT IT'S DONE, BASICALLY, AND WITH HIM GOING INTO MAXIMUM SECURITY IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR US, IT MAKES IT EASIER AND IT'S VERY COMFORTING KNOWING THAT HE WON'T BE ABLE TO HURT ANYONE ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Ann Lewis/Murder Victim's Sister]
[OUT Q=hurt anyone else.]
Winston's accomplice, 24-year-old Kevin Eugene Brown, was convicted of second degree murder last fall.
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Coming up next,
will cameras at red lights stop lawbreakers or invade privacy? We'll tell you what residents of one community think.
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[TAPE#=04-05 TC 15:15]
The city of Roanoke wants to install cameras to catch motorists who run red lights.
Some say it could save lives, others say it could cost you your privacy.
But, the program is making a difference in one community.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Monica Hairston/Roanoke Resident; :27]
[SUPER=01-Dave Stuebner/Opposes Red Light Cameras; 1:14]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY))
If you drive around the city of Roanoke, you'll probably run into scenes like this, motorists running red lights.
Angelo Gonzalez sees it all the time.
[IN Q=It's getting ridiculous]
((ANGELO GONZALEZ: IT'S GETTING RIDICULOUS. THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=something about it]
He may soon get his wish.
The city of Roanoke has asked the General Assembly for permission to install photo red cameras at intersections.
They would be used to snap pictures of any vehicle that runs a red light.
[IN Q=I'm all for it]
((MONICA HAIRSTON/MOTORIST: I'M ALL FOR IT BECAUSE THERE, ME PERSONALLY THERE IS A LOT OF SERIOUS ACCIDENTS HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE PEOPLE OF RUN THE LIGHTS.))
[OUT Q=run the lights]
The cameras typically work like this.
It takes three pictures, one of the car's license plate, another of the car going through the intersection, and a third of the red light.
The car owner's then receives a ticket in the mail.
[IN Q=If you were to get]
((ERSKINE JONES/MOTORIST: IF YOU WERE TO GET ONE THESE MAIL, WOULD YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT RUNNING THAT RED LIGHT? OH DEFINETELY, NO DOUBT. I DEFINETELY WOULD.))
[OUT Q=I definetely would]
That is exactly what localities that use this technology want to hear.
Take Wilmington North Carolina.
Since the red light program began 4 years ago, the number of daily citations has dropped by nearly 50-percent.
The number of angle crashes at intersections is also down by 23-percent.
It is proof the cameras are effective but some wonder if this is an invasion of privacy.
[IN Q=I think it is too]
((DAVE STEUBNER/OPPOSES RED LIGHT CAMERAS: I THINK IT IS TOO MUCH LIKE BIG BROTHER. THE IDEA OF NOT HAVING A COP WRITE IT AND USE JUDGEMENT DOESNT SEEM RIGHT TO ME.))
[IN Q=Critics also point]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CRITICS ALSO POINT OUT THE CAMERAS ARE A MONEY MAKER. WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA FOR EXAMPLE MAKES MORE THAN 180-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR THROUGH RED LIGHT CITATIONS. BUT CITY LEADERS POINT OUT THAT MONEY IS THEN USED TO MAKE SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON THE ROADWAYS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
A bill that would allow cameras in Roanoke has passed in the state Senate. It now goes to the House and if passes would then go to Roanoke City council but not before a public hearing.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 56 points. The NASDAQ has lost three.
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Up next in sports,
Steve Mason checks in on some UVA freshmen as they prepare to take on Wake Forest Saturday.
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Virginia will get a shot at Wake Forest this Saturday on that same Lawrence Joel Coliseum hardwood.
Steve Mason checks in with the UVa freshmen in this edition of the ACC Connection.
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[SUPER=01-J. R. Reynolds/Averaging About 8 Points a Game; :34]
[SUPER=01-Donte Minter/UVa Freshman Forward; :59]
[SUPER=01-T. J. Bannister/UVa Freshman Point Guard; 1:23]
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