A controversial telemarketing firm- -with a "fulfillment center" in Salem- -calls it quits, putting a bunch of peo
ple out of work.
We'll have a LIVE report for you in just a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And have you encountered roadblocks on the Blue Ridge Parkway... and wondered why?
[storm damage] We'll show you what kind of shape the Parkway is in
[chain saws?] and what they're doing about it.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from the ACC tournament in Greensboro. He'll talk with combatants from both Duke and UVa, plus we'll hear from Steve Robinson of Florida State.
And the madness continued in the Big East conference this afternoon as Rutgers won at the buzzer to advance to the semi-finals.
Clouds and cool weather on the increase. By Saturday, more rain on the way.[Telebrands]
The sell more than 60-thousand mail order items each week. They do seven million dollars worth of wholesale business every month.
Still it's not good enough for the people who run Telebrands.
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Scott Goldberg is in Salem tonight where the company has announced it is closing its shipping center.
(Scott ad lib)
(Rollcue: employees got the word this morning.)
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[SUPER=01-A.J. Khubani/Telebrands C.E.O.;:23]
[OUT Q=easy as possible for them.]
(Scott ad libs)
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave]
A scary moment in the air this afternoon for Lynchburg city council candidate Stewart Hobbs.
Hobbs and two passengers had just taken off from the Lynchburg airport around 3:30 when a connecting rod failed in the engine of their A- 36 Bonanza Beechcraft.
Hobbs was forced to land the plane in the nearest field, about three miles south of the airport in Campbell County.
The plane suffered damage to its propeller, wings and landing gear.
Hobbs had a small cut over his left eye, but his two passengers were uninjured.
The three were on their way to Winston- Salem, North Carolina when the accident occurred.
State police are investigating.
Lawyers for the Reverend Flip Benham say authorities are trying to "break the spirit" of the jailed Operation Rescue director by transferring him out of Lynchburg.
Benham is serving a six- month sentence for trespassing and was one of several non- violent offenders transferred to the Moneta jail last night.
Sheriff Lawrence Simpson says the move was simply designed to relieve jail overcrowding.
[IN Q=It's routine]
((LAWRENCE SIMPSON/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF: IT'S ROUTINE AND HIS LAWYERS CAN SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT TO, I JUST HOPE THEY TELL THE TRUTH WHEN THEY MAKE THE ACCUSATIONS. WE DON'T HAVE ANY NEED TO SEND HIM SOMEWHERE ELSE OTHER THAN FOR SPACE. HE HAS NOT BEEN A PROBLEM FOR US.))
[SUPER=01-Lawrence Simpson/Lynchburg Sheriff; :00]
[OUT Q=problem for us.]
Benham was returned to Lynchburg today after Bedford County authorities decided they did not have the personnel to handle the media interest in his case.
For two decades, Virginia had done nothing to limit abortion rights guaranteed under Roe versus Wade.
Until last year.
Parental notification for teenage abortions passed then.
A ban on so-called partial birth abortions is expected to pass into law this year.
But today, a Senate committee put a stop to the trend.
It killed a bill that would have required adult women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion-- so they could consider information from the health department.
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[IN Q=Don't you]
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: DON'T YOU THINK THAT MOST OF THE WOMEN WHO GO IN, A VERY HIGH PERCENTAGE, TO GET ABORTIONS HAVE THOUGHT IT OVER?))
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((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: THE TYPE OF INFORMATION IS CLINICAL INFORMATION-- NOT THE TYPE OF INFORMATION THAT ONE CANNOT SIT DOWN I THINK AND INTUITIVELY ARRIVE AT.))
[SOT TAPE TWO 02:02:48]
((NICOLE ANDERSON/ABORTION PATIENT: NO ONE TOLD ME THAT IN ONE MONTH, I WOULD FIND MYSELF HEMORRAGHING ON MY BATHROOM FLOOR BECAUSE PART OF MY BABY HAD BEEN LEFT IN MY UTERUS.))
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((JUDY CASTLEMAN/NAT. ABORTION RIGHTS LEAGUE: THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF VIRGINIA ARE NOT THE APPROPRIATE BODY TO DECIDE WHAT SPECIFICALLY A SPECIFIC PHYSICIAN TELLS A SPECIFIC PATIENT.))
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The bill died on a 9-to-6 vote.
Opponents said women who live a great distance from an abortion clinic would be greatly inconvenienced by the waiting period in the bill.
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A traffic accident in Richmond could be ammunition for a proposal to restrict teen drivers. We'll explain the connection, coming up on News 7 at Six.
and the effects of last month's ice storms are still being felt in some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We'll check on the cleanup efforts and find out how long it will be before those parts of the Parkway are re-opened.
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If you thought cars were the big issue for state lawmakers this year, think again.
The big fight was over a train.
Ellen Qualls reports on the happy end to the Great Train Caper of '98.
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[SUPER=01-Del. Harvey Morgan/(R) Gloucester; :51]
[SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hall/(D) Richmond; 1:07]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
The great train is Car O-N-E... of the old Richmond, Fredericksburg & Petersburg line... now owned by the Virginia Retirement System, and stored in of all places Florida.
A perfect addition to Roanoke's Transportation Museum-- or so Roanoke Valley lawmakers thought when they heard that their Richmond colleagues were sending it to the Science Musuem in the capital city.
But today, diplomacy reigned.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: SCIENCE MUSEUM... TWO WEEKS IN THE SUMMER.))
But then, a new challenger for the car emerged.
((TOM MOSS: GENTLEMAN FROM GLOUCESTER... DEL. HARVEY MORGAN/ : MR. SPEAKER, IN ALL OF THE MIDDLE PENINSULA, THERE'S NOT A SINGLE TRAIN. WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A TRAIN TRACK.))
But the 60 day visit to Roanoke -- and home in Richmond won the day.
((DEL. FRANK HALL: FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM GLOUCESTER WE HAVE A CONSOLATION PRIZE.))
((I WOULD SAY TO THOSE OF YOU IN THE GALLERY, THIS IS YOUR LEGISLATURE IN ACTION.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
The debate over whether elderly and disabled patients can be cared for in a private home has reached the General Assembly.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, the outcome will have a great impact on two elderly Lynchburg women.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :31]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :43]
[SUPER=01-Dora Cunningham/Caregiver; 1:18]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Dora Cunningham makes a living caring for two elderly women in her home on Edley Street in Lynchburg.
But when a neighbor complained Cunningham was running a nursing home in a residential neighborhood, a judge ordered the former nurse to find new homes for her patients.
Now she's fighting back.. at the request of city councilman Robert Garber, state senator Steve Newman has amended a bill in the General Assembly that would allow homes to take in up to four elderly or disabled patients and still be treated the same as a single- family residence.
[IN Q=I think we've]
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK WE'VE LOOKED AT ALL THE DIFFERENT AREAS THAT NEED TO BE LOOKED AT AND I THINK THIS BILL BASICALLY SOLVED ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT ARISE FROM THE CONCERNS THAT CAME FORWARD TO BEGIN WITH.))
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[IN Q=Well the situation]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: WELL, THE SITUATION IN LYNCHBURG IS UNFORTUNATE. NO ONE WANTS TO KICK THESE ELDERLY LADIES OUT OF THEIR HOUSE. AND HOPEFULLY WITH THE AMENDMENT THAT WE HAVE FOUND TO GO ON THE BILL THAT'S CURRENTLY IN THE HOUSE, WE WILL SOLVE THAT PROBLEM AND LET THOSE LADIES CONTINUE TO STAY WHERE THEY ARE.))
[OUT Q=where they are.]
[IN Q=While she's]
((While she's encouraged by the recent developments, Dora Cunningham says she's still under a court order to have her two patients out by April 1st, and she won't relax until THAT has been rescinded. If the bill does pass the General Assembly, lawmakers have asked that it take effect immediately.))
[OUT Q=effect immediately.]
Cunningham says she's fighting this battle not just for herself, but for elderly residents everywhere.
[IN Q=And I'm sure]
((DORA CUNNINGHAM/ELDERLY CAREGIVER: AND I'M SURE THAT IT'S A RELIEF FOR A LOT OF THE ELDERLY COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT AT ONE POINT, THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE AS TO WHERE THEY WANT TO SPEND THEIR LAST YEARS.))
[OUT Q=their last years.]
And for Cunningham's patients, there's no place like home.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Stocks]
There was something of a selloff on the stock market today, following Intel's announcement that it expects disappointing earnings.
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The Dow lost 94 points to close at 84 hundred 45.
NASDAQ dropped 48 points.
75 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway remain closed, as crews clean up the damage from last month's ice storms.
Rangers have shut the gates from Waynesboro to Buena Vista, north of Peaks of Otter -- also from Roanoke south to 221.
They say the parkway will probably be closed for another two weeks -- Tina Tenret shows us why.
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((nat sound chain saws))
Carving up fallen trees can be a tall order -- with ten feet of lumber blocking the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Backhoes bite down on branches left by this winter's storm.
Crews carry smaller debris off the road and climb up steep embankments to drag down fallen trees.
Some cracked at the roots -- but rangers put them to good use.
[IN Q=When trees fall in the forest]
((WHEN TREES FALL IN THE FOREST ... FOR THE FOREST.))
[OUT Q=FOR THE FOREST]
Commuters who usually take the parkway to Roanoke will have to find another way -- the park ranger says veering around downed trees is unsafe.
The road should be open by tourist season but the only view now is a forest of snapped treetops.
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((IT'S AN AMAZING THING TO WATCH ... HARD TO BELIEVE RIGHT NOW.))
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For people who see great firewood in this mess -- think again.
Rangers say it's dangerous to have cleanup crews AND people with their personal chainsaws on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Tina Tenret, News7.[Sports Tease]
Coming up tonight in sports, the ACC men's basketball tournament is set to tip-off this evening at seven.
We'll check in with Steve Robinson, who's Seminoles play the opening game against N.C. State.
Plus, Steve Mason has a preview of tonight's
Virginia-Duke battle as Curtis Staples prepares for what might be his final college game for the Cavaliers.
The 45th ACC mens basketball tournament tips off tonight with a double header. Florida State and N.C. State get things started at 7. Then UVa plays Duke in a David and Goliath matchup.
Steve Mason says the games are just two of many topics smoking on Tobacco Road this week.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/146-103 Overall at UVa; :24]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/1,746 Points at UVa; :51]
[SUPER=01-Mike Krzyzewski/Duke Head Coach; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Steve Robinson/17-12 at FSU This Season; 1:33]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
((Some are calling for his head; Jeff Jones just might hit Tobacco road on his own accord. Western Kentucky; located in his home state; has contacted him about it's coaching vacancy after UVa gave the school permission to do so.
Despite all the controversy surrounding his worst of eight seasons; JOnes remains positive as his team prepares to meet Duke.
Tonight marks the fifth time Virginia has had to play the nations number one ranked team; an NCAA record. But a new ACC post season format has turned the 11 and 18-9th seeded cavaliers, into opportunists.
7th seeded Florida is better than 8th seeded N.C. State; if one looks at the Seminoles season sweep of the Wolfpack. But State went all the way to the title game from that 8 spot last year; Seminole Coach and former Fleming standout Steve Robinson could turn to one of his former fleming coaches for help; Martinsville head coach Troy Wells.))
Every year the ACC tournament is the hottest ticket in town throughout the Carolinas and Virginia.
[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00]
But if you are lucky enough to have tickets to this week's tournament make sure you use them and don't try to sell them.
Greensboro police say they will be out in force looking for scalpers starting tonight.
Last year ten officers went undercover and arrested 50 people trying to get rich off their tickets.
People caught selling or BUYING tickets for more than three dollars above face value face a $500 fine and possible jail time.
If you are looking ahead to Friday's action here on WDBJ here's the afternoon schedule. At Noon Maryland takes on Ga. Tech and then right after that around two, the North Carolina Tarheels play the winner of tonight's Florida State-NC State game.
And you'll have time to order pizza and then get back in front of the TV for the night game at seven between Clemson and Wake Forest.
The Atlantic 10 tournament moved to the quarterfinal round today and the team that beat Tech yesterday was beaten itself today.
U-Mass lost to George Washington 88-to-83 as Shawnta Rogers scored a game high 28 points.
But the thriller of the day was in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden, where Rutgers continued its Cinderella run.
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Rutgers trailed Georgetown 60-to-59 with time running out when Jeff Billit calmly drove around the Hoya defense and hit this running one hander as time expired to give Rutgers a 61-to-60 win.
The Scarlet Knights will now play [SUPER=33-Rutgers/61/Georgetown/60;]
U-Conn in the semi-finals tomorrow night at seven.
And finally someone other than Tiger Woods is creating a media blitz in the professional golfing ranks this week.
[SUPER=03-Auston, TX/Golf Channel; :00 ]
Casey Martin, the Nike Tour player who won his battle to ride in cart during tournaments, shot a very respectable three under par round of 69 during the first round of the Austin Open.
He started the day with a 31 on the front side, but shot 38 on the back nine to finish three shots out of the lead.
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A hospital in Lexington is undergoing many changes both inside and out--
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]
Jean Jadhon is here with a preview of the story.
Keith, Stonewall Jackson Hospital has dropped its affiliation
with Carilion and has made extensive plans to renovate the building, improve outpatient care and add new services.
Hospital administrators say it's part of their plan to give Lexington residents more options in health care and stay competitive with hospitals in the area.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]
We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 , after the Duke-Virginia game. Keith?
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