The county's biggest employer says it'll shut down operations in New Castle.
Our live report from Craig County samples workers opinions at Halmode Apparel.
And residents are split on a proposal to let Rocky Mount annex a Franklin County neighborhood.
IN sports, reaction from the Express players and head coach on advancing in the playoffs, Tiger talks about defending his masters title,
and Mike Stevens says the Martinsville Speedway was busy today as 7 Winston Cup teams turned the half mile track.
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It is a major setback for an area that has been trying hard to build its economy.
Craig County's biggest employer is leaving, taking with it 117 jobs.
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Scott Goldberg is in New Castle tonight, where the question on everybody's mind is--what do we do now?
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Health insurance for 84- thousand children in Virginia hangs in the balance.
But today, Governor Jim Gilmore stood up to bi-partisan pressure from the General Assembly to expand Medicare.
[IN Q=This legislation]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THIS LEGISLATION AFFRONTS MY PHILOSOPHY ON LIMITED GOVERNMENT AND THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT OF ALL VIRGINIANS. IT WOULD CREATE THE LARGEST EXPANSION OF WELFARE BENEFITS IN VIRGINIA'S HISTORY. IT THRUSTS WELFARE BENEFITS AND GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCY INTO MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES. IT SIGNALS THE DEFEAT FOR THE CAUSE OF AFFORDING STATES MORE FLEXIBILITY IN IMPLEMENTING FEDERAL MANDATES.))
[OUT Q=federal mandates.]
Gilmore announced he'll veto the Assembly's version and substitute his own.
Eighty-eight children's health groups in Virginia say the Gilmore plan would need a lot of work to be as good as Medicare.
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((LINDA NABLO/VA. COALITION FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH: MEDICAID PROVIDES FULL VISION BENEFITS, SO IT PROVIDES EYEGLASSES IF THEY'RE MEDICALLY NECESSARY, HEARING SCREENING AND ANY ASSISTIVE DEVICES THAT THEY MIGHT NEED, THEY PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS.))
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State lawmakers return to Richmond April 22nd to take up the Governor's vetoes.[Shopping-Center]
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Residents have put the brakes on a Danville developer's plan to build a shopping center in Pulaski.
The Daniel group hoped to build on a 35- acre lot on Memorial Drive across from Walmart.
The planning commission recently rejected the project which left it in the hands of town council.
Less than an hour ago-- council members also voted against the project by rejecting the developers attempt to have the area rezoned.
The decision was made after opponents presented a petition with more than a thousand signatures to council members.
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Franklin County is offering up a residential neighborhood with about 100 homes -- saying if the town of Rocky Mount will build sewer lines there, it can also annex the land.
But residents say no one bothered to ask their opinion.
Tina Tenret did.
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[SUPER=01-Frances Parker/Resident; :46]
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((Franklin Heights is right off Route 220.
In this quiet community, retirees carefully groom their lawns, plant tulips and talk about their grandchildren.
Every two months, they pay the man around the corner for water and sewer service -- and hope the septic systems in the backyard don't give out.
Most have lived this way for decades.
But Franklin County supervisors have a better idea -- ask the town of Rocky Mount to build sewer lines through here -- then let the town take the neighborhood.
Residents will tell you what they think of that.
[IN Q=We have good water]
((MILES HOLLAND/FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISOR: I DON'T WANT ANY PART OF THAT CRAZY BUNCH UP THERE. PUT THAT ON TELEVISION, THAT BUNCH UP THERE IN TOWN IS CRAZY.
ANNIE KIRK/RESIDENT: WE HAVE GOOD WATER HERE. MIGHTY GOOD WATER AND SOME OF THEM SAY THE CITY WATER IS NOT SO GOOD.))
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Others welcome the town's help.
[IN Q=If they came in]
((FRANCES PARKER/RESIDENT: IF THEY CAME IN AND PUT THE WATER AND SEWER IN I KNOW THE TAXES WOULD GO UP BUT MY HUSBAND AND I ARE WILLING TO PAY THE LITTLE EXTRA BECAUSE WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A WHOLE BACKYARD WHERE WE COULD BUILD A GARAGE, MAYBE PUT A POOL IN. BUT WITH THE SEPTIC SYSTEM WE HAVE NOW YOU CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T BUILD OVER TOP OF IT.))
[OUT Q=over top of it]
Opinions are split -- seems everyone here has another point to raise.
But despite weeks of haggling between the town and the county, residents here say the county never asked before making them part of the deal.
Tina Tenret, News7, Franklin County.))
Of course the annexation is NOT final -- Rocky Mount must still agree to build sewer lines through the Franklin He
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A year after their service in Bosnia, some Danville national guard members aren't surprised the U-S has yet to pull out.
And it was fire on water last night near the Virginia/Tennessee border.
We'll have more on the blaze that consumed several luxury boats.
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Four luxury houseboats went down in flames overnight on South Holston Lake near the Virginia Tennessee border.
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Investigators are still searching for the cause, but they believe strong winds spread the flames from one of the boats to the others.
One person was hospitalized with minor injuries, and at least six boats were damaged or destroyed. The four houseboats were valued at more than 100- thousand dollars each.
The vote was close-- 212-to-208.
Congress narrowly passed a bill last month to provide money that keeps U-S troops in Bosnia.
National Guard members from Danville-- who served as peacekeepers in Bosnia-- say pulling military forces out now would lead to trouble.
Christy Hubley has more.
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(( They spent six months keeping the peace in Bosnia.
46-National Guard members from Danville
left their jobs and families...
...and travelled to the war-torn country to keep the Serbs, Muslims, and Croats from returning to war.
These soldiers say-- right from the beginning-- they could tell the U-S presence in Bosnia would not be too temporary.
[IN Q=From the time we got there]
((CHRIS WILES/NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: FROM THE TIME WE GOT THERE TO THE TIME WE LEFT THEY WERE CONSTANTLY MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE U-S FACILITIES THAT WERE THERE AND HARDENING THEM.. IMPROVEMENTS THAT YOU WOULDN'T THINK SOMEBODY WOULD MAKE IF THEY WERE GOING TO BE PULLING OUT IN SIX MONTHS.))
[OUT Q=pulling out in six months.]
One of the main jobs of military forces in Bosnia is to help the victims of the war return to their homes.
With buried hostilities and buried landmines, the job isn't easy.
Take away the peacekeeping troops, and the job might be impossible.
[IN Q=Well if we did they'd just]
((ROGER GILREATH/NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: WELL IF WE DID THEY'D JUST GO BACK TO FIGHTING BUT WE'RE NOT REALLY DOING ANYTHING JUST BEING THERE.))
[OUT Q=just being there.]
It's unlikely the National Guard unit from Danville will have to go back to Bosnia.
While Congress has decided NOT to pull U-S troops out now, the local guard members say we can't stay there forever.
And there's no telling what could happen when the U-S troops leave.
[IN Q=As long as we're there]
((JIMMY LUCIA/NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: AS LONG AS WE'RE THERE WE'RE KEEPING THEM FROM FIGHTING OR ANYTHING ELSE GOING ON. EVENTUALLY WHEN THE TIME DOES COME FOR US TO LEAVE I THINK THE POT'S GOING TO BOIL OVER.))
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Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
It was an off day for the stock market.
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The Dow was down 77 points, closing at 89-hundred-57.
NASDAQ lost 30 points.
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Victims of violent crime in Virginia just got a little more help from the state.
A new 24-hour hotline keeps them posted on the criminals who changed their lives.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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((THE INMATE IS LOCATED AT SOUTHAMTPON CORRECTIONAL CENTER.))
James Matthew Miller was just 18 when he shot his schoolmate to death in the woods near Richmond.
Scott Phillips had just graduated from high school when Miller turned an outing to Hardees into a murderous tragedy.
Scott's mother has followed her son's killer through the wheels of justice.
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((BYRL PHILLIPS-TAYLOR/MURDER VICTIM'S MOTHER: I NEED TO KNOW WHERE HE IS. NOT JUST THAT HE'S IN THERE, BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHERE. IN FACT, IN THE BEGINNING, I EVEN DID WHAT WE CALL MY "DRIVE BYS." I THINK MY HUSBAND WAS GOING TO HAVE ME COMMITTED. I HAD TO GO SEE ACTUALLY WHERE HE WAS AND JUST RIDE BY. SO I COULD SEE WHAT THE FACILITY LOOKED LIKE.))
So the new hotline is staffed by corrections workers by day, an automated system after hours.
For Scott's mother and some six thousand other Virginia crime victims, it's peace of mind at the touch of a button.
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((THE PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE IS APRIL FOURTH, 2003.))
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((I JUST WISH I KNEW HE WOULD BE THERE FOREVER. NEVER COME OUT. I AM VERY FRIGHTENED OF HIM.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[Sports tease]
Mike Stevens talks with Dale Jarrett and a few other Winston Cup drivers who were at martinville ttoday, Can Tiger repeat at Augusta?
and can the Express recover from last night's series ending win over Huntington in time for Thusday's second round opener against hampton Roads? find out in sports?
In two weeks the Winston Cup warriors will be back racing at Martinsville.
Today, seven teams got in some testing at the track.
Although Mike Stevens tells us Texas was still on the driver's minds.
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The Express will meet Northeast division rival hampton Roads in the second round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. Game one is Thursday night at the Round House in a 7:05 face off.
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last night, the Express ended a five game series with Huntington with a 3-2 victory. Roanoke erased a 2-1 dfeicit heading into the third period to win the first round series.
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[OUT Q=...hampton roads"]
The Express was back at the Y today for a short team work out. Wrest will be key; considering The Admirals have had more of it after sweeping Peoria in the first round.
[SUPER=01-Chris Lipsett/Express Right Winger; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :20]
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To the links where rising anticipattion surrounds one famous golf course in Augusta Georgia. There are alos high expectations for Tiger Woods.
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Woods is the defending Masters champion and will try and repeat that feet in a few days when the tourney begins.
The course was full of champions past and presentt. Six time champ Jack Nicklaus is playing in his 40th masters. He's in good company with the Legendary Arnold Palmer.
Tiger was the center of attention and he should be; in route to winning last yearh he fired a record setting 18 under 270.
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Major League Baseball was in full swing this afternoon. Some scores. Baltimore beat Kansas City 11-7, Detroit over Tampa Bay 3-1. in the NL, Milwakee beats Montreal 6-4.
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On to the action. In Denver; the Rockies presentted Larry Walker with a motorcycle in recognitionof his MVP season.
lets check out Mark McGuire's mission...to break the homerun record. Not on this at bat; but Popeye ddoes bring in Rolls Royce Clayton on this RBI grounder. 1-nothing St. Louis.
Colorado answers. Dante Bichette scores Ellis Burkes with a shot that gets by Gary gaetti to ttie the game at 1 all. St. Louis leads 12-8 in the 7th.
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Police jump the curb without ever leaving their vehicle, speeding across the grass to run down a suspect... sound like excess.
Well we're talking about bike police.
Roanoke's Community Policing Unit just got an expensive thank you gift from American Electric Power.
It's the city's first electric powered bicycle.
[IN Q=the police]
((THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN THESE CITIES HAVE BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO US OVER THE YEARS, AS FAR AS WHEN WE NEED IT, LIKE IN TRAFFIC CONTROL IN SURFACE RESTORATION, WHEN CARS HIT POLES, AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.))
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[OUT Q=of that nature]
Roanoke's Bike Police Unit is expanding by 36 officers, thanks to a federal grant.
And the big question on the unit is-- who gets first crack at the new gadget?
[IN Q=for now]
((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: FOR NOW I'LL THINK WE'LL START OFF ROTATING IT, BUT I THINK THE SARGEANT SAID OF COURSE, IT'S HIS TO START WITH. ))
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((Absolutely , I don't see where anybody has a problem with that!))
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Pete Sullivan/Roanoke City Police Department;:07]
[OUT Q=with that]
Sergeant Sullivan heads up the Community Policing Unit-- and he says the extra electric boost will come in handy on long training rides.
The Russians are coming...Russian dancers that is.
Tonight Roanoke gets a cultural treat as the Bolshoi Ballet preforms at the Roanoke Civic Center,
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David Johnson is there with a preview.
That's right Keith.
There's not much activity now, but in the next hour this world reknown group will perform to a classical collection, including hit songs from popluar broadway shows.
Ticket sales started slowly, but have picked up throughout the day.
Right now the auditorium will be at least three-quarters full as patrons of the arts say this is one show they don't want to miss.
[IN Q=I do think]
((I DO THINK IT'S A VERY UNUSUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE IN RONOAKE AND I HOPE WE WILL SUPPORT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Belle Smith/Arts Patron;]
[OUT Q=support it]
[Double Boxes=Keith and David/Microwave]
Keith we'll have morenon the ballet on News 7 at 11.
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