N-S Chairman David Goode on the hot-seat in Washington on the Conrail merger.
And you won't believe what they go through to make sure one ping pong ball is as good as another... for the State Lottery.
The story of Lottery Security coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Coming up in Sports, the wait is over for the Utah Jazz. Chicago is in town for the first game of the NBA Championship.
And the Roanoke Express named a new General Manager yesterday. Today a new president was added to the front office of the E-C-H-L team.
Funnel clouds and golf ball size hail. Another stormy day in the New River and SW Virginia. More on that in just a moment.
Tornado warnings, severe thunderstorms with large hail and heavy downpours. Another stormy afternoon, so Meterologist Robin Reed is right here with the latest information.
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The latest event in this fading El Nino spring storm season saw folks in Wythe County collecting hail in buckets the size of golf balls.
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Norfolk Southern and C-S-X were on the fast track to carve up Conrail, but today representatives from the Virginia railroads went to the nation's capital and they faced some tough questions from government regulators.
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Scott Goldberg is in Washington tonight.
Scott is the merger still on track?
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(Keith Q: What about unions? Could their protests slow the merger even more?)[Trans-States]
Non- stop jet service to Chicago is something local travellers have long coveted. Beginning next month, it will make its return to Roanoke Regional Airport.
Today, United Express carrier Trans States Airlines brought its new Embraer (EM-brehr) Regional Jet to town.
Beginning July 15th, the airline will offer three direct flights to Chicago daily.
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((BILL MISHK/UNITED EXPRESS: THE DEMAND FOR TRAVEL FROM ROANOKE IS QUITE FRANKLY ON THE RISE AS WELL AS MANY OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE AREA. WHAT I THINK IT SHOWS IS THAT UNITED AIRLINES AND UNITED EXPRESS ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND ACCESSING THESE 800 DAILY FLIGHT THAT EXIST OUT OF O'HARE.))
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United Express and other carriers are increasing their use of regional jets, and by the end of the summer almost half of the flights to and from the Roanoke Regional Airport will be using jets.
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Bedford County has the land.
The City of Bedford has the utilities.
Now they're pooling their resources to attract new economic development.
A three- judge panel today gave its approval to a revenue- sharing agreement between the two localities.
The county will provide land for four new industrial development zones while the city will hook up the water, sewer and electrical services.
Then the two will split the tax revenues from any new businesses that move in.
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((TONY WARE/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: BASICALLY THE COUNTY CAN'T GO OUT RIGHT NOW AND DO WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO, PROVIDE THE UTILITIES IN THESE AREAS. THIS WILL ALLOW IT GO FORWARD, ALLOW GROWTH THAT WILL BENEFIT THE COUNTY AND THE CITY.))
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: THIS PROVIDES FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN A CONTROLLED WAY AND IT RELIEVES BURDENS THAT ARE ON THE LYNCHBURG SIDE OF BEDFORD COUNTY AND ALSO ON THE ROANOKE SIDE, IN THAT IT BRINGS THE CONCENTRATION HERE.))
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The new industrial sites are located in and around the city of Bedford.
Bedford already is spending five million dollars to increase the capacity of its water treatment plant.
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Parents and therapists often have a hard time reaching autistic children--but you'll be amazed at the fast friendships formed with some animals. That story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
And with a 25 million dollar Lotto jackpot up for grabs, security is tight at the State Lottery.
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Salem attorneys Jeff Dorsey and Mark Claytor will continue to represent the second defendant charged with killing a former black marine.
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The pair are court-appointed lawyers for Emmett Cressell, Junior.
Cressell was originally charged with first degree murder in the death of Garnett "GP" Johnson and was free on bond.
But he was taken back into custody last week when the charge was elevated to capital murder, after co-defendant Louis Ceparano agreed to testify for the prosecution.
That guaranteed Ceparano life in prison over a possible death sentence.
Cressell will be tried in July for allegedly robbing Johnson.
His capital murder trial is scheduled for late August.[Lottery-Security]
The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 80 million.
The Big Game is 1 in 53 million.
By those standards, Virginians are keeping the cash registers busy in the quest for tonight's 25 million dollar Lotto jackpot.
After all, you've got a one in 7-point-1 million chance of winning.
And rigging this game would a tough trick.
Ellen Qualls has the story on the security behind the big money drawings.
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What lottery workers do to ensure a completely random drawing makes obsessive compulsives look relaxed.
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These aren't your average ping pong balls-- each one having never touching a human hand until it's been picked-- weighing within a 14 one hundreths of a gram of one another.
An outside auditor randomly picks the ball machines from a whole fleet.
She randomly picks the ball sets out of a safe.
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((ED SCARBOROUGH: THERE WAS ACTUALLY AN EMPLOYEE I BELIEVE THAT WAS ARRESTED THAT WAS SOMEBODY WHO WAS DOING VALIDATIONS FOR THE SCRATCH PRODUCT. AND THEY DECIDED THAT THEY WANTED TO SORT OF SLIDE ONE OF THOSE WINNING TICKETS UNDER A DESK BLOTTER. AND SORT OF TAKE THAT LATER ON AND MAYBE CASH IT. THAT PERSON WAS CAUGHT. PRETTY MUCH MOSTLY EVERYBODY GETS CAUGHT.))
When they do the drawings, they do at least three practices.
Then it's showtime.
And to make sure the real numbers are reported--
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((FOR PICK FOUR WE HAVE 2788. 2788. OKAY HERE'S THE AUDITOR. HELLO? HELLO. HI.))
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Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))[Job-Fair]
Some people in Danville got a jump on a new career today.
Danville Social Services sponsored a job fair this morning at the Community Market.
About 30-employers set up booths and worked to recruit people to fill their job openings.
Many took the opportunity to fill out job applications.
Unemployed workers weren't the only ones searching for a job.
Some people wanted a better job.
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This was the first year Danville Social Services has hosted a job fair.
Organizers were pleased the large turnout.
The stock market fell today.
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The Dow dropped 87 points to close at 88 hundred four.
NASDAQ lost 20 points.
Communicating with autistic children is a challenge.
But sometimes introducing the children to animals and pets can help.
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Special needs children from the Roanoke Valley are practicing to take part in a llama show.
Therapists say it helps the kids with their social skills.
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((MONA SAMS/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST:THERE'S ALL KINDS OF DIRECTIONALITY, FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS COMMUNICATING BACK WITH THE LLAMA TO PRAISE THE LLAMA BECAUSE THEY DID ANN OBSTACLE, GOOD MOTOR PLANNING BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE LLAMA THROUGH THE HOOLA HOOP.))
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Autistic children frequently do not speak, but speech experts say the therapy encourages them to be more vocal.
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((CHERYL BRENTON/SPEECH THERAPIST:THEY WILL JUST SPONTANEOUSLY SAY SOMETHING. I CAN SIT ACROSS FROM THIS CHILD AND SAY, SAY IT AFTER ME, SAY THIS IMPORTANT THING, WHERE THEY CAN JUST AUTOMATICALLY JUST TALK TO THAT ANIMAL BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THEY REALLY WANT TO DO.))
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[OUT Q=to do.]
Therapists say there's a certain empowerment children feel when they get to lead a 75 to 300 pound llama through the course.
Coming up in sports, more changes in the front office of the Roanoke Express.
And Steve Mason catches up with Stacy Compton who's also made some changes that's put the R-C Truck ahead of the pack.
Game one of the NBA finals between Chicago and Utah is tonight.
The series is a repeat of last year's final.
The Jazz haven't played since sweeping the Lakers 10 days ago.
Chicago finished up Sunday after a seven game series with the Pacers.
The Bulls are going for a three-peat and their sixth title in eight years.
The Jazz hope last years experience leads to a title this season.
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The day after introducing a new general manager, the Roanoke Express has appointed a new president.
Richard Yancey, one of the 8 Express owners, takes over immediately as chairman of the board and president of the Express. The Harrisonburg accountant becomes the fourth president in the franchise's history. He replaces Joe Steffen as the new Express board chief. Steffen remains the majority owner and a board member.
Yancey headed the selection committee's efforts in hiring new general manager Tony Mancuso.
RC Cola driver Stacy Compton races the Texas Motor Speedway Friday in the Craftsmen truck Series Pronto Autoparts 400.
Steve Mason brings us up to speed on some new developments for the Hurt native.
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((Stacy Compton has a great deal to smile about. he's fifth n the points with a win, 3 top 5 and 4 top 10 finishes. Credit Compton's success to veteran crew chief Kevin Cram, a new motor program in pro motors, RC Cola's financial commitment and the fact that Stacy has a year under his belt at the series tracks.
Compton's initial Winston Cup success in qualifying 9th at Martinsville for the Goody's 500 where he and the sponsorless 46 car competitively raced Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon earned him a respected name at short tracks. If and when his RC Cola Winston Cup debut takes place, expect it to be at Virginia's short tracks; possibly this year.
Compton Flew into Dallas, Texas this morning to make various appearances before the truck race Friday night. Practice and qualifying are tomorrow. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
Tuesday night at the ball park turned into a night at the fights.
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American League officials spent the day reviewing the two bouts during the Royals-Angels game.
The first fight broke out after Anaheim Catcher Phil Nevin was plunked in the back of the neck by K-C reliever Jim Pittsley.
Four batters were hit during this game.
Angles' lefty Mike Holtz got even by hitting Jose Offerman setting off the second scrum.
Seven players, both managers and three coaches were ejected.
Penalties aren't expected to be announced today.
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And ironically, the valley will be hosting its own battle royal tonight.
Pro wrestling returns to the area this evening for an 8 match card at Thunder Valley go carts in Salem.
The rasslin begins at 7:30. If you can't make it, Roy Stanley will highlights tonight at 11.
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What would you do with 25 million dollars? A lot of people are daydreaming today..
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about what they would do with the big Lotto jackpot. Jean Jadhon is here with more.
Keith the chances of winning are one in seven million.
But that hasn't stopped many people from taking a chance.
The lucky winner, by the way, would take home eight point five million dollars in cash or payments of 680 thousand dollars every year for 25 years.
Of course News 7 is the place to see those winning Lotto numbers--that's tonight during News 7 at 11--Keith?
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