Today on News 7 at 5, a vote was expected this morning to break the state's budget impasse- it has yet to happen. We will have the latest live from Richmond.
Also hundreds of new jobs are coming to Southside. We will have the details.
A few breaks in the clouds this afternoon helped spark some thunderstorms this evening. A look at Skytracker 7 radar and a drier 7-day outlook is coming up.
The U-S Attorney General says America had been blind to terrorist enemies.
An encounter at a fast food restaurant costs a Virginia Tech football player his spot on the team.
Plus parents will want to have a pencil ready. A popular toy is being recalled.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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((IT IS ALWAYS GRATIFYING TO BRING GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS TO SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA.))
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Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Danville, the best news the city's had in decades.
Not since Goodyear came to town in the 1960's has the city of Danville seen this kind economic development.
600 full and part-time jobs will be created as Texas-based Telvista builds its newest customer service call center.
Steve Smallshaw was at this morning's announcement.. Steve how exactly was Danville chosen?
Jean, if there's any benefit to having a high unemployment rate, it's that you have a sizeable workforce available for any prospective employer.
That's just one reason Telvista is coming to Southside.
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[SUPER=01-David Allen/Telvista CFO; :22]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Gwaltney/Danville City Manager; :43]
[SUPER=01-John Hamlin/Danville Mayor; :56]
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(( On an otherwise dreary, wet day, Telvista's announcement was like a ray of sunshine for Danville.
After 18 months of negotiations, the company agreed to spend two and a half million dollars on a new call center in the city's Airside Industrial Park.
Telvista provides technical support, sales and customer service for a variety of companies around the world.
((DAVID ALLEN/TELVISTA C.F.O.: MANY OF OUR CLIENTS CONTINUE TO WANT, GOOD, LOW-COST, HIGH QUALITY SERVICES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT'S WHAT DRIVING OUR COMPLETION OF THIS FACILITY HERE IN DANVILLE.))
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For a city hit hard by layoffs in the textile industry, the announcement couldn't have come at a better time.
City leaders say they're trying to make the transition to a new service-based economy.
((JERRY GWALTNEY/DANVILLE CITY MANAGER: THE COMPETITION IS VERY FIERCE IN THIS DAY AND TIME BUT IT'S TRYING TO DIVERSIFY AND THE TARGETS OF DIFFERENT THINGS, YOU HAVE TO WORK REALLY HARD IN DOING THAT.))
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((JOHN HAMLIN/DANVILLE MAYOR: SO IN THIS DAY AND TIME YOU HAVE TO RETHINK YOUR ECONOMIC DIRECTION AND HOW YOU CAN GO ABOUT IT. FOR US IT'S BEEN TOUGH, BUT I THINK TODAY IS A GREAT WAY OF SAYING WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE.))
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Construction on the call center should start right away..
It should be open for business sometime this fall. Jean?
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Virginians are still waiting for a House vote on a proposed revenue plan that could un-jam the budget gridlock.
The 972-million dollar measure would boost the state sales tax and cigarette tax while lowering the tax on food.
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Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has been following the bill's progress.
She joins us from the State Capitol.
Meghan, why the delay?
Jean, the House was expected to vote on the bill this morning
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but the process got bogged down when House Republicans tried to get the Senate to go along with the compromise measure
And the Senate wouldn't give them what they wanted to hear.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Fredericksburg; :59]
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((DELEGATE VINCE CALLAHAN/R-MCLEAN: THE HANGUP IS THEY WANT TO SPEND MORE MONEY THAN WE DO.))
The group of 17 breakaway House Republicans say they are ready to support nearly one billion dollars in tax increases in order to prevent a government shutdown.
But this morning's vote was delayed and passage of the bill threatened when word came that 972 million dollars in additional revenue is not going to be enough for the Senate.
According to sources involved in the budget talks, the Senate wants to raise taxes by at least 800 million dollars more.
((DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: THE SENATE FINANCE CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE HAS INDICATED THAT THIS COMPROMISE PROPOSAL THAT A NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS STUCK THEIR NECK OUT FOR ITS JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH AND WE'RE NO CLOSER TO AN COMPROMISE THAN BEFORE THIS WAS ON THE TABLE. IT'S REALLY DISHEARTENING.))
After dismissing over a dozen hostile amendments to strip the bill of tax increases, the House agreed to move forward with a vote
but Senate leaders remain evasive about what they think of the compromise measure.
((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER/R-FREDERICKSBURG: IT RAISES SOME REVENUE AND THAT'S A GOOD THING AS TO WHAT THE COMMITTEE WILL DO WITH IT TOMORROW REMAINS TO BE SEEN. ))
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The House is back in session now and planning to vote on the compromise within the hour.
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Most House members are expecting the bill to pass but it is going to be close.
A cease fire is supposedly in place in Fallujah- though you'd never know it.
A firefight between U-S Marines and Iraqi insurgents erupted last night after insurgents attacked and killed one Marine and injured at least six more.
Today, new clashes jeopardize an already shaky truce-
Al Jazeera television showed footage of U.S. Marines shooting to and from a local mosque.
An official at Fallujah's main hospital, said 20 people have died in the past three days in sporadic gunfire.
The Marines attacked rebels last week in response to the murder and mutilation of four U-S civilians.
Attorney General John Ashcroft says the U-S Government did not know the 9-11 attacks were coming, because as he puts it- for nearly a decade our government had blinded itself to our enemies.
Ashcroft also says legal red tape complicated matters.
Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
[SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Former Attorney General;]
[SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/Former FBI Director;]
[Super=01-Richard Ben Veniste/911 Commissioner;]
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((ITS SUPPOSED TO BE THE COUNTRYS LEAD AGENCY IN
COUNTER-TERRORISM, BUT THE 9-11 COMMISSION SAYS THE FBI WAS REMISS IN
COLLECTING, ANALYZING, AND SHARING TERRORIST INFORMATION WITHIN THE
BUREAU AND WITH OTHER AGENCIES. IT FOUND A LONG-STANDING PROBLEM OF
AGENTS NOT UNDERSTANDING OR REACTING TO TERRORIST THREATS. FORMER
ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO TESTIFIED: THAT WAS A HUGE CHALLENGE.
(Super: Janet Reno/Former Attorney General)
SOT: I learned that the FBI didnt know what it had. We
found stuff in files here that the right hand didnt know what the left
hand was doing.
FORMER FBI DIRECTOR, LOUIS FREEH, TOOK ISSUE WITH THE FINDINGS
SAYING BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS OFTEN MADE IT DIFFICULT TO HIRE
QUALIFIED PEOPLE OR GET THE SUFFICIENT RESOURCES NEEDED. HE NOTED THAT
THE REPORT FOUND THE BUREAU WAS BURDENED WITH INADEQUATE RESOURCES AND
MANY LEGAL RESTRICTIONS.
Louis Freeh/Former FBI Director:
We had a very effective program, with respect to
counter-terrorism prior to September 11th given the resources that we had.
ONE DAY BEFORE THE ATTACKS, THE REPORT SAYS ATTORNEY GENERAL
JOHN ASHCROFT REJECTED AN FBI REQUEST FOR MORE COUNTER-TERRORISM
MONEY. THE FORMER ACTING FBI DIRECTOR TOLD THE COMMISSION HE BRIEFED
ASHCROFT TWICE ABOUT POSSIBLE ATTACKS:
Richard Ben-Veniste/9-11 Commissioner
ou said mr. ashcroft did not want to hear this anymore. is that
correct? (Pickard) that's correct.
Attorney General John Ashcroft
(Not verbatim) I did never speak to him saying didn't want to hear about
terrorism..I care a great deal about american people
Teri Okita/Reporting: As commissioners get to the bottom of who knew what when,
CBS News has learned that theyve interviewed the CIA analyst who wrote
that controversial August 6th, 2001 Presidential briefing on Osama Bin
Laden. That may help figure out how much the White House knew prior to
9-11. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
A Virginia Tech football player is dismissed from the team following his arrest. We'll have that story after the break.
Plus a popular line of toy trucks is being recalled. We'll tell you why.
A Virginia Tech football player lost his place on the team over a PLACE in line at McDonalds.
Tech dismissed Michael Hinton from the team this afternoon over what its calling disciplinary reasons.
The redshirt freshman safety was arrested on Monday and charged with assault and battery, malicious wounding and property destruction after a fight at the Blacksburg McDonald's.
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((BRUCE BRADBERY: SUNDAY MORNING ABOUT 2:15 THERE WAS A DISPUTE OVER A SPOT IN LINE OVER AT A LOCAL MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT AND MR HINTON ALLEGEDLY PUNCHED SOMEBODY IN THE HEAD AND KNOCKED THEM OUT AND WHILE THEY WERE UNCONSCIOUS ONE OF THE VICTIM'S FRIENDS GAVE CHASE. ))
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The fight also carried over to the Tech campus.
Hinton is facing charges with both Blacksburg and Virginia Tech Police.
An auto recall to tell you about, but this if for TOY trucks- the radio controlled kind.
The problem: overheating circuit boards that could cause a fire.
Nikko America is recalling several of its 18 inch toy trucks- that were sold between last July and this February for about 60 dollars.
The recall includes the Chevy Avalanche model, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (Roo-bi-kahn), the Hummer Wagon and the Ford F-150 model.
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Consumers are advised to stop using the toy trucks and contact the company. The number is 1-866-232-6013.
You can also check the Nikko webpage for more information by going to our website at WDBJ7.com and clicking on websites in the news.
Imagine taking a hobby and making it your life's work?
That's exactly what one Roanoke County couple's done- now people are gobbling up their goods.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Bream/Jerky Mikes' Owner; 08]
[SUPER=01-Carla Bream/Jerky Mikes' Owner; 15]
[SUPER=01-Travis Brammer/Jerky Mikes' Volunteer Worker; 35]
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((ABOUT THAT THIN
Mike Bream admits he's a picky eater.. that's why he came up with his own recipe for Beef Jerky-
MIKE BREAM: I JUST THREW A BUNCH OF STUFF TOGETHER I THOUGHT WOULD BE PRETTY GOOD TOOK IT TO WORK CARLA BREAM: AFTER IT WAS COOKED.EVERYONE SAID MAN THIS IS BETTER THAN THEY'VE HAD IN THE STORE.
Now Mike and Wife Carla are turning beef jerky into a cash cow.
What started out as a hobby is now a business called Jerky Mikes- turning 75 pounds of beef into jerky a week- with 20 commercial dehydrators- and buffalo and beef jerky-
TRAVIS BRAMMER/JERKY MIKES' VOLUNTEER WORKER: I'VE HAD HAMMERHEAD HOT TERRIYAKI BARBEQUE AND ALL THE OTHER HOT ONES.
Jerky Mikes uses top round- slices the beef when it's still almost frozen- and prepares each batch by hand, but Mike says the magic is in the marinade.
MIKE BREAM: MOLASSES AS A SWEETENER IS ONE OF MY SECRETS.
When the Breams dogs started begging for jerky- the couple decided to use the scraps to make dog jerky.
JEAN: SO WHAT STARTED AS A SIMPLE HOBBY OF BEEF JERKY AND DOG BISCUITS HAS GROWN INTO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. THEY ALSO SELL GOURMET COFFEE AND TEA PART OF THEIR GOURMET STORE WHICH ALSO CARRIES COOKIE MIXES FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH.
And you could say this is a sweet story of success...
Not only is fido barking for beef jerky
((NAT DOG BARKING))
But people are clicking on the web for a taste.
WE JUST HAD A GAL FROM SWEDEN ORDER TWO BAGS OF TERIYAKI AND A T-SHIRT.
Carla calls it the America dream- and the Breams are spreading the word of their dream one taste at a time.))
Coming up on News 7 at eleven, why the newest diet craze is helping Jerky Mikes business.[Tease2]
Brent Watts is up next with our detailed forecast.
Then in Sports, a local basketball player decides where she will play college ball.
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We have an update on one of our top stories. The House of Delegates has just passed a compromise tax bill by a vote of 52-46.
It would raise nearly a BILLION dollars in new taxes. We'll have the latest on News 7 at Six.
Coming up today in our marketwatch report, investors on Wall Street get some good economic news, but it is not what they wanted to hear.
And a new business is about to open at the site of a longtime Roanoke restaurant.
Good afternoon everybody, welcome to your Tuesday ticker which starts on the basketball court. Northside senior forward Corey Fertitta has decided to play college basketball at Radford University.
Fertitta has verbally committed to the Highlanders and she accepts a full scholarship. Corey was a four year starter for the Vikings and led them to two state championship appearances and two final fours. Northside was 25 and 2 this season and made it to the state semis. Fertitta averaged 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds this season and scored 1340 career points.
She signs on the dotted line at Northside high school this Monday at 12:15.
The Salem Avalanche plays a double header at Frederick tonight beginning at 6:05 on the Keys diamond after yesterdays game was rained out.
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The Avs are 2 and 1 on the season and finished their opening season series against Potomac by scoring 7 runs. Despite inconsistent offense at the plate manager Russ Nixon is encouraged.
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[SUPER=01-Russ Nixon/Avalanche Manager; :00]
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The Avalanche next game at Salem memorial Stadium is set for Monday April 19th.
The Advance Autoparts 500 at the Martinsville Speedway gets underway at one o'clock Sunday and many eyes will be on Nextel Cup points leader Kurt Busch.
This season has not started as well for Dale Jarrett, who won the spring 2001 Martinsville race. The driver of the number 88 UPS Ford is 20th in Nextel Cup points.
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The Roanoke Express season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year last night but not without a valiant fight from the team.
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Down two games to none, the Express lost home ice but won game three and then took the Florida Everblades to two overtimes last night dead locked at 2 all.
The Express went with goalie Jason Wolfe for the second game in a row and he was solid, turning away 22 shots in the opening period and 55 for the game.
Once again different Express players stepped up. Kevin Bergin would score on this cannon shot to tie it at 1 in the first.
Bryan Perez scores here after Carl Mallette's shot misses, that tied it at 2 all in the second. At the 2:29 mark of the second OT, the Everblades score to win the series 3-1.
That's it for the ticker, we will see you at six everybody, but don't go away, Jean is coming back with more News 7 at five.
Booming retail sales and strong earnings from some blue chip stocks were not enought o push the stock markets higher.
As Alexis Christoforous tells us investors are worried that strong economic growth might
push up interest rates sooner than expected.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
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((DESPITE BETTER THAN EXPECTED EARNINGS FROM JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AND
LYNCH AND A SURPRISINGLY STRONG RETAIL SALES REPORT.. STOCKS ENDED LOWER
INVESTORS FEAR THE FED MAY RAISE INTEREST RATES SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
BECAUSE OF OF THE STRONGER THAN EXPECTED ECONOMIC REPORTS.
THE DOW SANK 134 POINTS
THE NASDAQ LOST 35
AMERICANS WENT ON A BUYING SPREE LAST MONTH... RETAIL SALES SOARED ONE
POINT EIGHT PERCENT IN MARCH... THAT'S THE BIGGEST INCREASE IN A YEAR AND
DOUBLE WHAT ANALYSTS WERE EXPECTING.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is REPORTEDLY preparing to accuse
Time Warner of improperly booking more than $400 million in advertising
The report says Time Warner and its troubled America Online unit misled
investors about the financial strength of AOL by inflating ad revenue and
by pumping up the number of AOL subscriber.
after the closing bell, intel released its profit report card. THE
BIGGEST COMPUTER CHIPMAKER SAID FIRST QUARTER NET INCOME ALMOST DOUBLED
1.7 BILLION DOLLARS AS INTEL BOOSTED SALES OF ITS PORCESSORS USED IN
INTEL WAS ALSO UPBEAT ABOUT FUTURE BUSINESS CONDITIONS
track all the market action at cbs.mw.com in NY I'm Alexis Christoforous
An old restaurant in Roanoke County is trading in its menus for wedding bells.
It's been about a year and a half since the Sunnybrook Inn closed its doors.
Now, the owner plans to lease the facility as a corporate and banquet hall.
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((WE THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS A REAL BIG NEED FOR THIS, EVEN WHEN I WORKED WITH THE BRIDES IT'S VERY HARD TO FIND A LOCATION FOR THEM TO HAVE WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS AND THIS IS SUCH A CENTRAL LOCATION AND SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HOME I CAN ENVISION IT AS A WEDDING RECEPTION SITE 47))
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[OUT Q=reception site]
The Constantia (Kuhn-stan-chuh) is set to open in July, although Allen says she's already made a few bookings, including her own daughter's wedding in August.