If your early morning commute takes you down Interstate 81 in Wythe County, you may want to find an alternate route.
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Officials say tractor trailor accident has closed all but one southbound lane of the interstate near mile marker 61.
Officials say the trucks cargo has to be off-loaded before the lanes will re-open and that could take several hours.
A mother and daughter from Montgomery County were laid to rest yesterday.
Funeral services for 44- year- old Joyce Sirry and her six- year- old daughter Betty were held at Seneca Baptist Church.
The mother and daughter died Saturday after being hit by a car as they walked down Route 460.
Church members raised 17- hundred dollars to help the family cover funeral costs.
Long time residents say they've never seen such an outpouring of community support.
21 year old Christopher Hight faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence of drugs in connection with the accident.
An argument between father and son apparently led to a shooting last night in Carroll County.
Sheriff's officials say they found 40- year- old Michael Shane Davis lying in a yard on Sheeptown Road with gunshot wounds to both legs.
Davis told deputies that his father 70- year- old Howard Donald Davis had shot him after an argument.
Authorities arrested the elder Davis, and charged him with malicious wounding.
He's being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.
The victim, Michael Davis, is listed in stable condition.[6C'burg-Shooting]
A Christiansburg teenager once accused of killing her classmate no longer faces criminal charges.
Prosecutors dropped the voluntary manslaughter charge against 14 year old Mandi Carlson yesterday.
15 year old Edward Bertrand was shot and killed last month in the garage of Carlson's Christiansburg home.
An assistant Commonwealth's Attorney says Carlson could be charged again.
17 year old Zachary Linkous is still charged with voluntary manslaughter and malicious wounding.
A Lynchburg company is stepping out of the hill city and making tracks to Amherst County.
County officials say Old Dominion Footwear plans to consolidate its corporate headquarters and distribution operations in the Amelon Square Industrial Park.
The county says Old Dominion's outgrown its facilities in the Hill City and will relocate to Amherst County by next May.
In business news,
Investors are worried about the potential for a disappointing jobs report after data yesterday showed the number of Americans applying for first time unemployment benefits last week unexpectedly jumped.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((INVESTORS ARE BRACING FOR THE JUNE JOBS REPORT.. DUE OUT BEFORE THE OPENING BELL ON WALL STREET...THE FORECAST IS FOR 244-THOUSAND JOBS TO HAVE BEEN ADDED IN JUNE AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TO HAVE DIPPED A TENTH OF A PERCENT TO 5.5 PERCENT.
INVESTORS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR A DISAPPOINTING JOBS REPORT AFTER DATA YESTERDAY SHOWED THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS APPLYING FOR FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK UNEXPECTEDLY JUMPED.
IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FED'S RATE HIKE, INVESTORS GAVE REIN TO A NEW SET OF WORRIES... A STRING OF PROFIT WARNINGS IN THE TECH SECTOR .. A JUMP IN OIL PRICES AHEAD OF THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND A 15 PERCENT DROP IN MONTHLY SALES AT GENERAL MOTORS.
THE DOW TUMBLED 101POINTS
THE NASDAQ SKIDDED 32...
TRADING VOLUME IS EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT TODAY AHEAD OF THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
VERIZON IS IN THE NEWS: THE TELEPHONE GIANT WILL BUY THE ASSETS OF QWEST WIRELESS FOR 418 MILLION DOLLARS. THE BUYOUT WILL HELP VERIZON BOOST ITS CAPACITY AND EXPAND ITS EXISTING MARKETS.
He's made the leap from real estate tycoon to television star, and now Donald Trump has his sights set on a new conquest - his own national magazine.The Donald plans to launch his glossy, upscale title, Trump World, in September with an initial printing of 200 000 copies
stay on top of your stocks and all the biz news at cbs.mw.com in ny I'm Alexis Christoforous))
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A Danville woman is suing a local used car dealer.
When Kim Adkins bought her Hyundai Tiburon (Tib-er-on) a year ago, she says the salesman at Auto Villa told her there'd been some "cosmetic damage" to the rear end.
When her husband took it to Crane Tire to check out the steering, they began to learn the full extent of it.
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[IN Q=Crane said it]
((KIM ADKINS/AUTO VILLA CUSTOMER: CRANE SAID IT HAD BEEN CUT. NEWS 7 Reporter: Meaning? KIM ADKINS/AUTO VILLA CUSTOMER: CUT IN HALF, WELDED BACK TOGETHER WITH PART OF ANOTHER CAR.))
[SUPER=01-Kim Adkins/Auto Villa Customer]
[OUT Q=of another car.]
According to the lawsuit filed last month in federal court, the front half had been wrecked in Maryland.
The back half has twice as many miles on it, came from Texas, and is a 2000 model, a year older than the front.
Just a matter of months before Adkins bought her Hyundai, Rob and Katrice Stewart won a six-figure jury award against Auto Villa.
They bought a Honda Civic without knowing the odometer had been rolled back 40-thousand miles, that it had been wrecked three times, and salvaged the third time.
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[IN Q=Although it may]
((ALTHOUGH IT MAY NOT HAVE MEANT MUCH TO AUTO VILLA; WE WERE JUST ANOTHER CUSTOMER THAT HAD GONE BY THE WAYSIDE, OR WHATEVER. BUT AT LEAST I FELT LIKE IT WAS A BIG WIN FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-Katrice Stewart/Auto Villa Customer]
[OUT Q=the little people.]
In the end the judge reduced the damage award to 34-thousand dollars in the Stewart case, but they still consider it a victory.
Officials say many problems and complaints against car dealers could be avoided if they would read the paperwork before signing off.
Virginia's Motor Vehicle Dealer Board hears from about 400 consumers a month.
Officials say most of their problems lie in not knowing what they signed.
[IN Q=OFTENTIMES CONSUMERS DON'T READ]
((BRUCE GOULD/MOTOR VEHICLE DEALER BOARD: OFTENTIMES CONSUMERS DON'T READ ALL THE PAPERWORK THAT THEY SIGN AND THAT'S USUSALLY WHAT GETS THEM INTO TROUBLE SO TO SPEAK. WHEN THEY CALL HERE WE ASK THEM TO FAX TO US OR SEND TO US ALL THE PAPERWORK THAT'S USUALLY SOMEWHERE IN THE PAPERWORK THEY'VE AGREED TO SOMETHING MAYBE THEY WEREN'T QUITE AWARE OF.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Gould/Motor Vehicle Dealer Board]
[OUT Q=MAYBE THEY WEREN'T QUITE AWARE OF.]
The board does not have the authority to get a consumer's money back.
But if fraud is committed, it can fine the dealer and revoke their license.
The future of Victory Stadium has been on hold for months now.
But the city of Roanoke says it could only wait so long and something needed to be done.
Justin McLeod has the details.
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[SUPER=01-Robyn Schon/Roanoke Civic Center Spokesperson; :25]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF OPENING BATHROOM DOOR))
When people enter the bathrooms here at Victory Stadium they usually leave angry.
[IN Q=Bathrooms are probably]
((ROBYN SCHON/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: BATHROOMS ARE PROBABLY THE LARGEST COMPLAINT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO OUTDATED.))
[OUT Q=are so outdated]
Outdated because they are more than forty years old.
Soap and paper towel dispensers usually don't work and guys have always had to use a trough like urinal.
Many have wondered why the city has done so little for so long.
[IN Q=More than anything]
((ROBYN SCHON/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: MORE THAN ANYTHING IT IS THE BUDGET. WE DON'T HAVE A HUGE BUDGET TO WORK WITH VICTORY STADIUM BECAUSE THAT WE HAVE ARE NOT HUGE MONEY MAKERS.))
[OUT Q=HUGE MONEY MAKERS]
But the Civic Center which runs operations at Victory Stadium realized improvements needed to be made.
((NAT SOUND OF URINAL FLUSHING))
Workers recently installed urinals in the men's room on the west side.
They are also new dispensers and toliet seats in most of the bathrooms.
Crews also painted all the outside walls and concession stands.
The city concedes this is only a band aid and agrees the stadium needs major renovations.
[IN Q=We've got crumbling]
((ROBYN SCHON: WE'VE GOT CRUMBLING CONCRETE AND I MEAN THERE'S A LAUNDRY LIST A HALF MILE LONG THAT NEED TO BE DONE TO IT. RIGHT NOW, THAT WILL JUST HAVE TO BE DETERMINED AS MOVE FORWARD WITH THE NEW STADIUM AMPHITHEATER PROJECT AS TO HOW MUCH TIME AND ENERGY WE CAN PUT INTO VICTORY STADIUM.))
[OUT Q=PUT INTO VICTORY STADIUM]
[IN Q=The future]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE FUTURE OF VICTORY STADIUM WILL BE UP TO CITY COUNCIL. BRIAN WISHNEFF WHO LED THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE STADIUM AND WAS RECENTLY ELECTED TO COUNCIL SAYS HE PLANS TO BRING THE ISSUE UP POSSIBLY AT TUESDAY'S MEETING. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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A Rustburg man faces several felony charges after an armed standoff with police.
Authorities say 50-year-old Eugene Trail walked into Farm Service Company Incorporated on Route 29 yesterday and fired several shots before ordering employees out.
Trail's wife works at the business... the couple apparently had been having domestic problems.
Police finally were able to talk him into surrendering.
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[IN Q=Obviously he needed]
((TERRY GADDY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: OBVIOUSLY HE NEEDED PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP AND THAT 'S WHAT I TOLD HIM, IF HE WOULD PUT THE GUN DOWN AND COME OUT, OBVIOUSLY WE WEREN'T OUT HERE TO HURT HIM, WE WERE OUT HERE TO MAKE SURE HE WAS OKAY SO WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE HIM UNLOAD THE GUN THEN COME OUT AND WE MET HIM HALFWAY AND PLACED HIM UNDER ARREST.))
[SUPER=01-Terry Gaddy/Campbell Co. Sheriff]
[OUT Q=placed him under arrest.]
Trail is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation before any charges are filed.
Four people - including the former chair of the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors - are expected to enter guilty pleas today to racketeering and money laundering as part of an investigation into illegal use of disaster relief funds.
Sixteen Buchanan County officials and businessmen were indicted last month in an alleged corruption scandal, in which county leaders are accused of taking bribes.
Local contractors apparently used cash, cars, guns and even coon hunting trips to win government contracts.
Officials have been investigating the possible corruption for more than a year.
Several new faces are now in Lynchburg City Hall.
Ceasor Johnson, Michael Gillette and Jeff Helgeson (HEL-guh-son) were sworn in as the three newest members of city council.
They replace Ed Barksdale, Julian Adams and Robert Garber in their respective Ward seats.
Council also chose Carl Hutcherson to serve another two-year term as mayor.
Joan Foster will replace Bert Dodson as vice-mayor.
A Turkish Embassy official says Iraqi militants have released two Turkish hostages.
They were freed days after their employer agred to stop doing business with the U-S military.
Earlier this morning, an insurgent attack in Baghdad apparently backfired before it could cause much damage.
No one was reported injured.
A U-S soldier says rockets were fired from a homemade launcher in the back of a van, but some of them misfired, blowing up the van.
One rocket hit the Sheraton Hotel, causing minor damage.
Another went off near a hotel used by Western security contractors.
And, in other developments, four soldiers from Fort Carson,
Colorado, have reportedly been charged in the death of an Iraqi man.
Media reports say the soldiers were part of a patrol that detained two men and forced them to jump off a bridge north of
Carilion Health System will provide interim management at Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
The hospital's CEO Gary Swink stepped down yesterday.
Carilion has appointed Chad Boore as the interim administrator.
He is the Vice President and Hospital Administrator of Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital.
Boore will now split his time between the two facilities.
A Carilion spokesman says there have been talks about Stonewall Jackson becoming part of the Carilion Health System.
But he says no decision has been made at this time.
In business news,
After the close of trading Thursday, online DVD rental service NetFlix reported it has two - point - one million subscribers as of the end of the second quarter.
That's up 82 percent fromt he same time a year ago.
The higher number of subscribers and an increase in its household penetration level came despite a 10 percent hike in prices during the quarter.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS ENDED BROADLY AND SHARPLY LOWER, HURT BY SURGING OIL PRICES, WEAK AUTO SALES AND DISAPPOINTING ECONOMIC NUMBERS.
THE DOW INDUSTRIALS LOST 101-POINTS...
WHILE THE NASDAQ DROPPED 32.
THE PRICE OF OIL LEPT A-DOLLAR-69, TO NEARLY 39 DOLLARS A BARREL.
THAT'S AS FUNDS BOUGHT UP HEATING FUEL AHEAD OF WINTER, AND AMID NEW WORRIES ABOUT SUPPLY SHORTAGES.
TIME WARNER IS IN PRELIMINARY TALKS TO BUY M-G-M, ACCORDING TO A PERSON FAMILIAR WITH THE MATTER.
IT'S A MOVE THAT COULD SPARK A BIDDING WAR WITH SONY.
SOME NEWS REPORTS SAY THE OFFERS FOR M-G-M COULD TOP FIVE BILLION DOLLARS, ALTHOUGH THE SOURCE SAID THAT VALUE SEEMS TOO HIGH FOR TIME WARNER.
TIME WARNER IS THE PARENT COMPANY OF CNN, WHICH PREPARED THIS REPORT.
AND G-M AND FORD POSTED SHARP DROPS IN U-S SALES IN JUNE, WHILE DAIMLERCHRYSLER POSTED AN INCREASE.
G-M SALES SLUMPED 15-AND-A-HALF PERCENT, AND FORD POSTED AN EIGHT-PERCENT DROP.
MEANWHILE, CHRYSLER'S SALES ROSE FIVE PERCENT LAST MONTH.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))
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A new law requires employers to give weekend workers either Saturday or Sunday off, or pay workers triple time.
But it may not be around for long. State lawmakers may head back to Richmond to get rid of it.
The General Assembly passed a bill that inadvertently requires employers to give weekend workers a day of rest.
The new law went into effect yesterday.
The Attorney General says the only way to fix the law is to call legislators into special session.
Business leaders say there is no way of knowing how many employees will take advantage of the mistake, but that it's not worth finding out.
[IN Q=WE SEE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR MISCHIEF]
((HUGH KEOGH/VIRGINIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE SEE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR MISCHIEF LACKING A SPECIAL SESSION. IT MAY NOT OCCUR BUT THERE'S A REAL RISK AND WE CAN'T REALLY LET THAT HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Hugh Keogh/Virginia Chamber of Commerce]
[OUT Q=AND WE CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN.]
A special session would cost taxpayers over 26-thousand dollars.
But some say the disruption to businesses in the state could quickly amount to millions.
The attorney general's office says several businesses plan to file suit today seeking an injunction to stop the enforcement of the law.
A piece of the old Norfolk and Western Railway came home yesterday.
One of the six-by-six foot N-and-W signs now hangs outside the O. Winston Link Museum.
The other is displayed IN-side.
When the building served as the N-and-W passenger station, both signs hung along the railway concourse.
The concourse was demolished in 1991, and the signs have been in storage at the Transportation Museum since.
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