Another Southside company closes up shop.
And Lynchburg gains occupation - by the military.
We'll show why these troops were patrolling the waterfront.
Day one of the Spring Jubilee in Radford - as tennis champs are crowned in the Double A and Single A ranks,
and Bernie Williams hits a career milestone this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Flooding problems from scattered thunderstorms today and there is a good chance we will see more tomorrow. Also ahead, WeatherSchool and the beach forecast. Don't go anywhere.
News 7 is next.
A world-wide company based in Danville will shut down production in its home town.
Dimon blames changing economic conditions in the tobacco industry.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
Dimon is a long-time major employer in Danville.
And it remains one of the world's largest dealers of leaf tobacco.
But the company says it expects to end production at its Danville facility next March.
Dimon does not indicate how many workers will lose their jobs as a result.
The move is part of a larger corporate restructuring plan in response to changing economic conditions on the five continents in which Dimon does business.
The production shutdown does not affect the company's administrative operations in Danville.
Police are on the lookout for a man and woman from Lynchburg, and another man from Rustburg, who may have information on the beating death of a man yesterday morning.
Police say they believe these three people were at the home when the murder took place.
They are looking for 23 year old Mario Antwane Scott, 22 year old Carlton Hunter, and 22 year old Talea DeShae Anderson.
Police say they were attending a party at the home on Pierce Street where 39 year old Daniel Keith Jackson was found with injuries to his head and upper body. He later died at Lynchburg General.
Anyone with information about the crime should call Lynchburg Police.
An adult accomplice has been arrested in the murder of a Wythe County woman.
42 year old Vaughne Thomas was stabbed to death in her Max Meadows home.
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Thomas was found nearly two weeks ago, buried in her backyard.
Her 14 year old daughter Nakisha Waddell and friend, 15 year old Anastasia Belcher are charged in the murder.
Now police have charged 21 year old Andrew Long of Wythe County
Investigators do NOT believe Long took part in the actual murder.
He's charged as an accessory after the fact, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
After two years of study, researchers say Henry County and Martinsville school districts should merge.
The group, comprised of school board members and superintendents from both systems, today presented its recommendation to city council and the county board of supervisors.
Members based their findings on a plan that would close three schools and eliminate seven administrative positions.
But they are quick to point out the model is theoretical.
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((BARRY GREENE/COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: WE FEEL LIKE THERE PROBABLY WILL BE SOME ADDITIONAL SCHOOLS TO CLOSE BUT THAT WOULD BE THE CASE BUT THAT WOULD BE THE CASE EVEN IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THIS COMMITTEE.))
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[OUT Q=we didn't have this committee.]
In January, Henry County decided to close five schools and consolidate several others.
The committee says joining forces could save the localities millions of dollars a year.
The school boards have until August to vote to agree *in principle* to a merger.
They'll then have another four years to work out the details and make the transition.
The threat of rain has led one high school to change its graduation plans for tomorrow.
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Glenvar High School is moving its graduation ceremony to the Salem Civic Center.
It is scheduled to begin at five p-m.
For a few hours today, downtown Lynchburg seemed more like Baghdad, as heavily-armed Marines patrolled the city streets.
In a few months they'll be putting that experience to the test in Iraq.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Lance Cpl. Mark Miller/Marine Reservist; :58]
[SUPER=01-Lance Cpl. Jack Crandall/Marine Reservist; 1:09]
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Two weeks ago, the call came that Charlie Company had been waiting for for months.
Starting in July, this group of Marine Reservists will begin a tour of duty that will include at least six months in the Iraqi war zone.
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They've been training for the possibility for months, but for many, this was their first exposure in an urban setting, as they slowly and quietly patrolled the streets of downtown Lynchburg.
((MAJOR ED STRAUB/'C' COMPANY COMMANDER: NUMBER ONE LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT. REPORT THEIR POSITION BACK TO HEADQUARTERS SO IF THEY NEED SUPPORT WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET IT TO THEM FAST AND ADDITIONALLY THEY'RE GOING TO START TO TRAIN THEIR EYES FOR DIFFERENT DANGER AREAS.))
[OUT Q=different danger areas.]
((What they're doing here is the same thing they'll be doing in cities and towns across Iraq...checking every doorway, peeking around corners and scanning the rooftops.. honing their ability to spot potential dangers. It could mean the difference between life and death.))
[OUT Q=life and death.]
((LCPL MARK MILLER/MARINE RESERVIST: THIS IS KIND OF THE STUFF THAT HAPPENS OVER IN IRAQ, SO I WANT TO GET EXPOSED TO IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO WE HAVE A HEADS-UP OF WHAT'S GOING ON.))
[OUT Q=what's going on.]
((LCPL JACK CRANDALL/MARINE RESERVIST: I'M READY TO GO. ALL THIS TRAINING AND ANTICIPATION, EVERYTHING WE'VE BEEN WORKING TO UP TO THIS MOMENT IS JUST... LET'S JUST GET IT DONE AND COME BACK HOME SAFE.))
[OUT Q=back home safe.]
The Marines say they've been following events in Iraq and know exactly what they're getting into.
And they say despite the danger and the distance, morale has never been higher.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
Millions of Americans go without health insurance.
Still ahead on News 7, how the lack of coverage landed one local restaurant owner under a mountain of debt... and how he's digging out.
And VDOT wants drivers to know exactly where they are on Virginia's interstates.
See how it will happen next.
V-Dot is making its mark on interstate 81.
It is a move that could make it easier to find you if you're in trouble.
Beginning this month, crews will begin installing tenth-mile markers along the full length of Interstate 81 in Virginia.
V-Dot says the signs will improve safety for stranded motorists and first responders.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION: THE SIGNS WILL BE EVERY TENTH OF A MILE SO EITHER YOU HAVE JUST PASSED ONE OR SEE ONE IN FRONT OF YOU AND IF YOU NEED TO CALL SOMEONE FOR ASSISTANCE YOU CAN NOT WHERE YOU ARE ON THE INTERSTATE MUCH MORE PRECISELY.))
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The new signs will cost just over 200-thousand dollars.
Workers will begin installing them at the Tennesse border and then work their way up north county by county.
The work should be completed by September.
Route 220 has a new traffic light in the Clearbrook area today... thanks, in part, to a fifth grader.
Roanoke County officials have been talking about putting up a traffic light at the Indian Grave Road intersection for years.
Developer Mike Wray championed the project, and it got an added nudge when Clearbrook Elementary student Annabelle Layman spoke to county supervisors, urging them to put the plan in gear.
The light was activated today- -the last day of school at Clearbrook. Layman and Wray were among the guests of honor.
The project cost 1- point- seven million dollars and was paid for by the county, V-Dot and private donations.
The stock markets ended a shortened week with a win.
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The DOW rose 42 points.
NASDAQ gained nine.
The markets will be closed tomorrow in observance of President Reagan's funeral.
An estimated 44-million Americans are without health insurance - that's according to Census Bureau information from 2002.
For one uninsured local business owner - it's a mistake that may cost him his house and his business.
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Susan Bahorich sat down with him.
Susan, how much does he owe and how does he plan on paying for it?
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I'm holding just some of Tom Knapczyk's (Ca-nop-check's) hospital bills which total about 130-thousand dollars.
Since Chef Tom is without health insurance, he's stuck between a rock and a hard place.
.. but he seems to be getting by with a little help from his friends.
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And the bills keep piling up. In all- a recent hospital stay cost Tom Knapczyk (Ca-nop-check) nearly 130-thousand dollars.
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((TOM KNAPCZYK, EDEN'S WAY VEGETARIAN CAFE: THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY I MIGHT DIE..))
[OUTQ=.. might die.]
Knapczyk (Ca-nop-check) is the owner and chef of Eden's Way Vegetarian Cafe in downtown Roanoke. He's still recovering from his near-death experience, but it's now his finanical situation which needs resuscitation. While he's used to preparing food, he wasn't prepared for this health scare. Tom doesn't have health insurance.
[INQ=Not a lot of...]
((KNAPCZYK : NOT A LOT OF MONEY IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS. A LOT OF THE MONEY IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS IS FROM THE SALE OF ALCOHOL BEVERAGES AND IN THE SALE OF HIGH PROFIT MEAT FOODS AND THE QUANITY OF PEOPLE YOU DO- WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
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Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhardt says every year the hospital eats about 70-million dollars in unpaid and uncollected bills. Carilion has absolved Chef Tom of most of his bills, but he still owes close to 15-thousand dollars in surgeon bills and back mortgage payments.
((.. SHORTENED VERSION OF READING THE BILLS: 150, 129.50, 37, 250-dollars..))
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Already friends and customers have lent a helping hand.
.. Women from his church helped out in the restaurant when he was bedridden, so Eden's Way could keep its doors open.
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Now, a group is working to organize a fundraiser which would help Chef Tom and his family.
That would be held downtown within the next month.
CBS News will broadcast President Reagan's funeral service tomorrow from 10 until 2.
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News 7 at Noon will air on our digital channel 7-two.
Cox digital cable customers can see it on channel 107.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - big league matinees and day one of the Spring Jubilee in Radford -
where Steve Mason will check in with a state champ from Radford high school - who is keeping it all in the family.
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The Virginia High School League's three-day spring jubilee opened today on the campus of Radford University with some tennis.
In the double A girls' singles - Cave Spring's Brittany Huddleston beat Jamestown's Kelly Collins in straight sets 6-1 and 6-2.
It's her first state title after losing in the final four each of the past two years.
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Hidden Valley's Luke Wray wasn't as lucky - losing to Yakov Diskin from Grafton in straight sets, as well. Wray lost 6-love and 6-2 in the boy's singles' title match.
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In the Group Two A boys' doubles semi-final - Wray and Scott Gunter would come back and whip Abingdon's Kelly McCall and Ben Blevins 6-love, 6-1 to advance to the title match.
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The girls single A doubles semi-finals today would see Ashton Downs team up with Britton Camphouse and advance to the state title match with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mathews high.
The girls single A individual state champ is Radford's Ashton Downs for a second straight year. Steve Mason says there are only "ups" to these "Downs" on the tennis court.
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[SUPER=01-Suzanne Graham/Radford High School Tennis Coach; 1:05]
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((Ashton Downs 7-6, 6-2 state title win over Gate City's Tara Sheets in the individual portion of the VHSL tournament put the finishing touches on a perfect 22 and OH season in which she did not lose a set all year.
Downs has a strong family force behind her, mom the fan, dad the hitting partner and sister Carolyn, a Radford University sophomore who with her younger sibling have combined for four straight singles titles for the Bobcats.
((SUZANNE GRAHAM/RADFORD HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS COACH:))
Downs ends her high school career 44 and OH and she lost only one set in two years. She now has two years to play with her older sister at Radford University where Ashton will walk on to the team next season. in Radford Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
It is Thursday and that means a number big league teams are playing early so they travel to their destinations.
Interleague play continued tonight as the Yankees hosted the Rockies.
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Bernie Williams had three hits in this offensive affair, including this single in the fourth inning - that also happens to be Bernie's 2000th career hit.
Two innings After his curtain call.
John Flaherty stepped up and hit a two out, oh-two pitch out of the yard for a grand slam to punctuate a five run 6th.
The Yankees beat the Rockies this afternoon 10-to-4 to stretch their interleague winning streak to 13 games.
And in Detroit - the Tigers didn't pick up a base hit until the 6th inning, but they were able to pick up a victory.
The Motor City hitmen take down the Braves this afternoon in Motown 7-to-4.
The one non-interleague game has the Cubs whipping the Cardinals 12 to 3.
A home in Christiansburg is getting an extreme makeover today.
More than 50 people are working to fix up this house on Harless Road for 60-year old Clara Hopkins.
She's a wheel chair bound woman who could never have afforded remodeling to this extent.
It's all part of National Neighbor Works week.
Members with the Community Housing Partnership Corporation are building a wheel chair ramp, sprucing up the home and redoing the kitchen and bathroom.
Work like this would normally cost around 20-thousand dollars.
These folks are donating their time and energy to finish the home in just one day.