COming up on News 7, we'll have the latest on the wildfires burning in Central Florida.
and it's a contrasting picture in local business today. One company in Buena Vista is expanding while a lack of work is leading some Salem workers to take an unpaid vacation.
They are a bit isolated today but thunderstorms are rumbling again. The latest pictures just ahead.
Continuing our report on regulating tanning beds, we'll find out what consumers can do to ensure the facility is safe.
And it was a beautiful day for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
But Richfield Retirement community says every day will be a beautiful one in their new Alzheimer's center.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon. Tinder dry conditions are keeping the fires burning north of Orlando. That's where Lee Cowan is with more on the situation.
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((KEEPING TRACK OF THE FIRES IN FLORIDA IS LIKE COUNTING A BOX OF MATCHES.
AFTER A WHILE, THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME. AND, YOU SOON LOSE TRACK OF HOW
MANY YOU'VE PUT BACK IN THE BOX.
WITH EACH PASSING HOUR, A NEW FIRE BREAKS OUT. SOMETIMES TWO, MAYBE
MORE.. AS MANY AS 90 A DAY. FIREFIGHTERS ARE CONCENTRATING THEIR
EFFORTS ON STARTING NEW FIRES INSTEAD OF PUTTING THE OLD ONES OUT..
ROBBING THE FIRESTORM OF FOOD IN HOPES OF STARVING IT TO DEATH. IT HAS
BEEN A GRUELING FOUR WEEK MARATHON NO ATHELETE WOULD WANT TO ENDURE..
AND A FEW OTHERS CAN EVEN BARE.
FLORIDA HAS BECOME THE NATION'S TOP PRIORITY FOR FIREFIGHTING RESOURCES.
MORE THAN A THOUSAND REINFORCEMENTS ARE BEING DISPATCHED FROM AS FAR
AWAY AS ALASKA. AND MUCH NEEDED EQUIPMENT IS ON ITS WAY AS WELL. UNTIL
IT ALL GETS HERE, RESIDENTS ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO HELP ONE ANOTHER,
WHETHER THEY'RE FORCED TO EVACUATE OR NOT.
FLORIDA HAS SEEN ONLY 3 INCHES OF RAIN INT HE LAST TWO MONTHS. NORMALLY,
IT WOULD HAVE SEEN OVER A FOOT. THE DROUGHT ISNT' ONLY FEEDING THE
FIRES, IT'S STARVING CATTLE AND FRUIT CROPS AS WELL. ON MONDAY THE
DAMAGE TO FARMERS WAS ESTIMATED AT 100-MIOLLION DOLLARS. FORTY EIGHT
HOURS LATER, THE DAMAGE HAS SHOT UPANOTHER 68-MILLION AND STILL COUNTING.))
President Clinton is on his way to China-
He spoke to Radio Free Asia before leaving.
It was a consolation prize of sorts for the three journalists who had their visas yanked by China- They are not allowed to travel with the President.
((I HOPE THIS TRIP WILL NOT ONLY ALLOW ME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHINA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHINA, BUT HELP ME TO EXPLAIN AMERICA AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IN AND WHY.))
[OUT Q=BELIEVE IN AND WHY.]
Clinton says he hopes the visa issue will not overshadow talks on other issues.
The President hopes both nations will agree to stop targetting each other with nuclear missiles.
But many are calling on Clinton to pressure China on human rights.
A joint venture between a Rockbridge County company and one from Japan means more jobs for the region.
Modine (MO-DEEN) Manufacturing Company is teaming up with Daikin (DYE-KEEN).
Modine manufactures heating units, while Daikin specializes in air conditioners.
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((CHUCK CARR/MODINE PLANT MANAGER: DAIKIN IS A VERY FINANCIALLY SOUND COMPANY. THEY HAVE A PRESENCE IN A LOT OF MARKETS. THE AIR CONDITIONING MARKET HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THE LARGEST.))
[SUPER=01-Chuck Carr/Modine Plant Mgr.]
[OUT Q=of the largest.]
The newly formed Modine-Daikin company will produce a combined heating and air conditioning unit.
Carr said the deal has been in the works for about a year.
The units will be produced at the Modine warehouse once it undergoes renovations.
Modine-Daikin will hire up to 200 workers later this year.
Business is not as good at General Electric.
The G-E plant in Salem is asking workers to take some voluntary time off because there's not enough work to keep everyone busy.
About 150-workers accepted the company's offer and are now on an unpaid vacation.
G-E's production levels typically drop off in the summertime.
In Salem, though, production has been low all year.
In January, the plant laid off 245 people because there was a low demand for the high-tech drive systems made there.
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THe American Civil Liberties Union says a class propsed in Buena Vista is unconstitutional. We'll explain in a moment.
and the Virginia Lottery wants to make sure everyone knows where the money is going in one of its latest scratch games.
In Health Check, we'll visit a new facility in Salem that is designed to reduce the anxiety experienced by Alzheimer's patients.
We'll have that and more. Stay with us.
More criticism today of a religious course being offered at a Buena Vista high school in the fall.
Parry McCluer High School wnats to offer a western religions class to students as an elective.
However, the American Civil Liberties Union is concerned that the course may violate the principle of separation of church and state.
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((KENT WILLIS/ACLU: WE HAVE INDICATED TO THE SUPERINTENDENT THAT WE HAVE ASKED THE STATE TO LOOK INTO THE MATTER AND WE'RE ALSO PREPARED IF WE CAN FIND PLAINTIFFS, TO LITIGATE IF NECESSARY.))
[OUT Q=litigate, if necessary.]
In a letter, the ACLU expressed concern that school officials would allow local ministers to teach the course.
However, Buena Vista's Superintendent says that's not so.
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[IN Q=The minister's roll]
((JAMES BRADFORD/SUPT. BUENA VISTA SCHOOLS: THE MINISTER'S ROLL WILL BE THAT OF A VISITING PROFESSOR OR VISITING TEACHER. IT WILL BE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED AND CERTIFIED TEACHER.))
[SUPER=01-James Bradford/Supt. Buena Vista Schools;]
[OUT Q=and certified teacher.]
So far only two students have signed up for the course.
School officials say a total of six are needed by August to actually hold the class.
A block of historic Lynchburg buildings is still being readied for the wrecking ball, after a meeting today failed to produce a compromise on the situation.
Preservationists were hoping to convince the First Colony Life Insurance company to spare the buildings on Commerce Street.
But the company says it needs more room for employee parking, and the buildings are in the way.
First Colony and its parent company, G-E Capital, agreed to re-evaluate the issue, but downtown advocates are still discouraged.
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((HAL DEVENING/HISTORICAL FOUNDATION ATTORNEY: THEY RECOGNIZE THE NECESSITY AND IMPORTANCE OF FIRST COLONY TO OUR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, BUT BASICALLY THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN THERE'S BEEN NO INDICATION THAT FIRST COLONY AND G-E CAPITAL WILL COMPROMISE IN ANY WAY.))
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[OUT Q=in any way.]
Devening and his group lost a court battle last week to block the demolition, but they're considering appealing that to the state Supreme Court.
No date for the demolition has been set.
Where do Virginia Lottery profits go?
It's been a hotly debated political question since the lottery's inception ten years ago.
Today, the Lottery Board voted to clear up one question.
Four new sports-themed scratch games are a pilot project to raise money for a baseball stadium.
In a matter of days, the new tickets will say that.
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((PAUL GOLDMAN: THE POLITICIANS AND NOT THE LOTTERY BOARD CREATED THE MESS THAT I SEE TODAY. BECAUSE THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT THEIR MONEY GOING FOR A BASEBALL STADIUM. PUT IT ON THE BALLOT IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME. THEY ALL KNOW THAT. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT. DOESN'T TAKE A GENIUS TO FIGURE THAT OUT.))
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[OUT Q=that out.]
Board Chairman Stuart Siegel says the board had concerns about how much the public knew about the sports games before Paul Goldman began his criticisms.
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((STUART SIEGEL/LOTTERY BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE WERE MANDATED BY STATE LAW TO CARRY ON PILOT PROJECT. THAT'S OUR MISSION AND WE'RE DOING JUST THAT. IT'S REALLY NOT UP TO US TO MAKE A DETERMINATION AS TO WHETHER IT'S A GOOD OR A BAD PROJECT.
WHETHER IT HAS MERIT OR WHETHER IT DOESN'T.))
[SUPER=01-Stuart Siegel/Lottery Board Chairman;]
[OUT Q=it doesn't.]
The General Assembly mandated the sports games this year.
Their profits will only go toward a stadium if total lottery proceeds for the year are up.[tease#2]
Czar Nicholas of Russia is in the news again, decades after his death.
And Patrick Evans is with someone today with a unique connection to the last Czar.
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The remains of Russia's last Czar, Nicholas the Second, were discovered in 1991, and next month they will finally be laid to rest in the Romanov family crypt in St. Petersburg.
Patrick Evans discovered an interesting local tie-in to the coming events in Russia.
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Former Baltimore Quarterback Vinny Testaverde has a new team. Mike will tell us where he's heading coming up in sports.
On health check we continue our report on tanning beds,
health officials say the trade and commerce aspect of the industry is regulated, but you're on your own as far as health and safety.
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[IN Q=There are no]
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR:THERE ARE NO STATE AGENCIES REGULATING CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE IN TANNING BEDS AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO IT CERTAINLY YOU WOULD PICK AN UPSCALE TANNING SALON THAT APPEARS CLEAN TO YOU.))
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The business side of tanning salons are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration which looks at the use of tanning equipment and by the Federal Trade Commission which deals with truth in advertising and commerce.
But who makes sure employees are cleaning the beds and following sanitary practices?
Health officials say it's up to the customer to check out the salon before they use it.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Gary Gross/Dermatologist; :26]
[OUT Q=very clean]
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[IN Q=Do these individuals]
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR:DO THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE EQUIPMENT? DO THEY CLEAN AFTER EACH CUSTOMER USES THE TANNING BED? WHAT DO THEY CLEAN WITH? I THINK IT'S PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE FOR A CUSTOMER TO ASK THOSE QUESTIONS.))
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[IN Q=We clean]
((RHONDA CHEATWOOD/EUROTAN:WE CLEAN THE BEDS OURSELVES SO YOU DON'T TAKE THE CHANCE OF A CUSTOMER DOING THAT AND THAT'S PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE SOMEONE THERE TO HELP YOU.))
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[IN Q=The tanning beds don't have]
((DR. GARY GROSS/DERMATOLOGIST:THE TANNING BEDS DON'T HAVE TO CARRY A WARNING THAT IT MIGHT CAUSE SKIN CANCER OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, THERE'S PLENTY OF INFORMATION OUT THERE, BUT I GUESS PEOPLE HAVE THE DESIRE TO TAN, LIKE MAYBE THEY HAVE THE DESIRE TO SMOKE DESPITE ALL THE HEALTH WARNING THERE.))
[OUT Q=warnings there.]
Some tanning salon managers agree that there needs to be regulations for health and safety practices.
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[IN Q=It's all hygiene]
((RHONDA CHEATWOOD/EUROTAN:IT'S ALL HYGIENE JUST LIKE THE FOOD YOU EAT, YOUR GOING INTO SOMETHING'S THAT VERY PERSONAL, YOUR UNDRESSING AND CHANGING AND USES PRODUCTS AND TOWELS FROM A PLACE AND YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT THOSE ARE CLEAN AND SANITARY.))
[OUT Q=and sanitary]
and doctors say the solution used to clean the beds need to be strong enough to kill bacteria.
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[IN Q=We do have]
((RHONDA CHEATWOOD/EUROTAN:WE DO HAVE PRODUCTS THAT WE USE THAT THE HOSPITALS USE AS WELL, IT'S VERY SANITARY. THERE'S NO ALLERGIC REACTION, NO SMELLS. IF YOU COME IN FROM WORK AND YOU WANT TO USE THE SALON AND GO BACK TO WORK, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE DIRTY, IT'S VERY SANITARY, VERY CLEAN.))
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The F-D-A does have some non-technical guidelines which include the use of protective goggles, posted warnings signs detailing the hazards of artificial tanning, instructions on how to use the bed, and a salon attendant near the booth, but the government says these rules are often overlooked.
The Joseph C-Thomas Alzheimer's Center is open at Richfield Retirement Community in Salem.
The new facility not only offers specialty care for individuals with early and middle stage memory impairments, but also a little dignity.
Every detail including the decor is designed to reduce the patient's anxiety.
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[IN Q=Some of the ][cover bite from just like...]
((SOME OF THE COLOR SCHEMES WILL HELP KEEP FROM AGITATION OR A THREAT TO THE PATIENTS, JUST LIKE THE LOUVRES YOU SEE ON THE LIGHTS IT DISPENSES THE GLARE. SOMETIMES A LIGHT WILL CAST A SHADOW ON THE FLOOR IT LOOKS LIKE A HOLE AND THEY WON'T STEP IN IT OR GO AROUND IT.))
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The center is decorated like a neighborhood equipped with streets like Ivy Glen and outdoor simulation of the sky going from night, to early morning, to full daylight with chirping birds
[IN Q=Birds chirping]
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Doctor Donald Shmechel says new research at Duke University is finding genes that could help develop new treatment for alzheimer's patients.
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((DR. DONALD SCHMECHEL/DUKE UNIV. ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCHER:THERE HAS JUST RECENTLY BEEN A GENE DISCOVERED ON CHROMOSOME 17 ON FRONTAL LOBE DEMENTIA AND A WHOLE FAMILY OF ILLNESSES NEXT DOOR TO ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.))
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[OUT Q=alzheimer's disease.]
The 84-bed, six point five million dollar building already has 20 residents.
In Sports, a man shot down by the Ravens is now soaring with the Jets.
Here's Mike with that and a preview of the N-B-A Draft.
Welcome folks to the midweek ticker as college hoops stars from around the country and a few high school kids get ready to become instant millionaires.
The two round 1998 NBA draft is scheduled for later tonight in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Former UVa mates Curtis Staples and Norman Nolan have a shot at being selected in the second round.
Both have gotten positive feedback from several teams, but they really aren't sure where they will end up.
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The ACC has averaged 4 first round picks a year throughout the 90's but that streak is in jeopardy this evening.
Only Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter are guaranteed first round selections from the conference.[S5-NFL]
On the NFL front, the New York Jets played their version of the quarterback shuffle today as they cut veteran Neil O'Donnell and signed
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fellow veteran Vinny Testaverde, who himself was released earlier this month by the Ravens.
Vinny will have a chance to battle Glenn Foley for the number spot in the training camp.
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[OUT Q=...BY FAR."]
At Wimbledon earlier today, second seeded Marcelo Rios and 8th seeded Cedric Pioline were knocked out of the tournament.
And coming up at six, everything from a Friday Football Extra star picking his college to a little skateboarding.
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A hi-tech summer camp is drawing children from miles around, to play with toys they can't find in school.
130 students from Henry County, Patrick County and Martinsville will spend a week at the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration.
There, they use computers to tackle real-life challenges -- such as designing a log cabin.
[IN Q=You had]
((NICKIE THOMPSON/STUDENT: YOU HAD TO GET DOORWAYS AND EVERYTHING PUT IN EXACTLY RIGHT AND YOU HAD TO PICK OUT THE RIGHT COLOR AND SOMETIMES IT DIDN'T GO RIGHT OR YOU PUT THE WINDOW ON WRONG AND YOU HAD TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, START OVER.
BOB HUMPKEY/DIRECTOR: IT'S UNBELIEVABLE TO SEE THEIR EYES IN THESE MODULES BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST SOAKING THINGS UP LIKE A SPONGE. THEY'RE LEARNING AT AN INCREDIBLE RATE.))
[SUPER=02-Bob Humpkey/Program Director; :14]
[OUT Q=start over]
Teachers from surrounding localities are equally spellbound.
They say they do not have such advanced technology in their schools, but they hope to bring some ideas back with them.