The Governor turns up in Henry County with a six- figure check to help make dining room tables.
That's the top story on NEWS-7 at SIX.
And we'll take a peak at V-M-I's latest claim to national fame- -duking it out in the Ranger pit for a Norelco commercial. It's going to be a funny spot.
In sports, rain cools Indy and winston cup drivers, the Express comes to terms with one of it's top wingers, the Skins Norv Turner is pumped for the season,
and Charlotte Hornet guard Dell Curry visits page Moir's basketball camp at Roanoke College, his insight in sports.
Some much needed rain for some but the radar shows a pattern of only spotty showers. Details just ahead.
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Good economic news for southside Virginia.
A prominent manufacturer in Henry County says it will expand, adding 100 jobs.
Bassett Furniture Industries announced today it will build a 10-million dollar dining- room- table plant.
The facility will be located on 43 acres of the Patriot Center Industrial Park.
Henry County contributed the land. Governor Gilmore personally- delivered a check for 200-thousand dollars for the project.
[IN Q= This expansion in Henry County]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THIS EXPANSION IN HENRY COUNTY CONFIRMS THAT VIRGINIA IS A PRO-BUSINESS STATE. WE HAVE STRONG RIGHT-TOP-WORK LAWS AND LOW CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATES AND LOW UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE RATES AND A QUALITY WORKFORCE.))
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Bassett Furniture currently employs more than five-thousand people in 12-states.
The new plant in Henry County is set to open in mid-1999.
A Danville man's life was spared today, but he will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he admitted to killing and robbing a North Carolina woman.
Joe Adrian Leftwich learned his fate in Danville Circuit court today.
He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for capital murder and robbery plus three years for a firearms charge.
Leftwich admitted to shooting Teresa Anderson Hayes in the head in December of 1997.
Fire broke out at Salem's Willow River Apartment complex today for the second time in three days.
The fire started in a second floor unit at the Lancing Drive complex this morning.
The tenants were NOT home at the time.
But the assistant fire chief was already
across the parking lot, investigating an apartment fire that happened TUESDAY.
[IN Q=Apparently, one of]
((CAPT. RAY BRISTOW/SALEM FIRE DEPT.: APPARENTLY, ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS CAME OVER AND SAID THERE WAS SOME SMOKE IN AN APARTMENT ACROSS THE STREET AND WHEN CHIEF KOUNTZ CAME OUT, HE COULD ACTUALLY SEE THE FLAMES COMING OUT OF THE SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM WINDOW.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Ray Bristow/Salem Fire Dept.;]
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Today's fire was contained to the bedroom.
At this point, fire officials do NOT believe there's a connection between the two fires.
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((DEBRA MILLS/APARTMENT MANAGER: WE'RE UNDER THE RENTAL INSPECTION AND THAT KIND OF THING, WHERE THEY COME OUT HERE AND INSPECT, SO WE GO BY WHAT THEY TELL US AND ALL. SO, I REALLY DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE A PROBLEM.))
[SUPER=01-Debra Mills/Apartment Manager;]
[OUT Q=going to be a problem]
Still no word on the origin of EITHER fire.
Could the same man be responsible for three recent bank robberies?
Authorities are now saying that's not likely.
Yesterday, a robber hit the Valley Bank on Starkey Road.
The suspect, a clean-shaven white man, handed a teller a note and then took off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Roanoke County police thought the same man might have robbed a Dublin bank on Tuesday and a Galax bank last week.
But now investigators say witnesses at each bank gave different descriptions of the robber and the way in which the banks were robbed.
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New numbers released today by the State Compensation Board show cities and counties estimate their costs of making "no car tax" reality at more than 5-point-8 million dollars.
The state has set aside only five million dollars to pay for administrative costs.
The huge localities of Fairfax and Arlington are NOT even included in the estimate yet.
The news of the shortfall comes on the heels of localities learning earlier this week they are only entitled to one-third to one-half cost reimbursements anyway -- based on existing state law.
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Still to come,
A local river attracts national attention.
They may not be V-M-I cadets, but they play them on t-v.
We'll tell you how the Lexington school is going commercial when the news continues.
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The New River now has special environmental status thanks to President Clinton.
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On a section of the river in North Carolina, the president put in a pitch for his clean water initiative.
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((PRESIDENT CLINTON; TODAY, 40-PERCENT OF OUR WATERS ARE STILL TOO POLLUTED FOR SWIMMING AND FISHING. THAT'S WHY I LAUNCHED THE CLEAN WATER ACTION PLAN TO HELP COMMUNITIES FINISH THE JOB THAT THE VICE PRESIDENT MENTIONED. SO FAR CONGRESS HAS REFUSED TO FULLY FUND THIS INITIATIVE. I ASKED THEM TO RECONSIDER. I THINK EVERY CHILD IN AMERICA OUGHT TO HAVE EVERY CHANCE YOUR CHILDREN DO. TO FISH OR SWIM OR FLOAT IN A RIVER THAT'S CLEAN AND PURE.))
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The New River was one of 14 rivers from Connecticut to Oregon to be designated as "Heritage Rivers."
That designation qualifies them for more than normal protection.
Do you spend more than ten dollars at a time buying lottery tickets?...daydream about winning?
Do you feel it's the only way to change your life?
If so, you may be suffering from Lottery Fantasy Syndrome.
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Tonya Flory in in the newsroom with more about the disease.
Keith -- compulsive gamblers see the excitement of betting as a way to solve life's problems.
If they lose, the problem escalates causing addicts to become stressed, which can lead to health problems like high blood pressure.
With the long lines and hundreds of people hoping to make their financial dreams come true, it's evident lottery fever is contagious.
Gambling is a socially accepted form of addiction.
Roanoke Psychologist Doctor Lou Perott says many do it secretly which makes the stress even worse.
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((DR. LOU PERROTT/CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR OR A PERSON WHO'S A COMPULSIVE GAMBLER IS ADDICTED TO THE ADRENALINE, THE RUSH THAT GOES WITH THAT ACTIVITY, PREPARING FOR IT WAITING FOR IT, HOPING FOR IT, DREAMING ABOUT IT, AND THAT ADRENALINE REALLY DRIVES THE BEHAVIOR.))
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Hotline numbers are even printed on the back of lotto tickets.
The Gambler's Helpline number is 1-800-742-0443.
Doctor Perrott says even winners can have mental health problems if they change their lifestyles drastically.
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Earlier this year, the Hotel Roanoke filed a lawsuit against a Roanoke contractor.
The scope of that suit changed quite a bit today.
The Hotel was seeking eight million dollars...blaming contractor J-M Turner for the conference center's buckling walls.
Today, the hotel added two more defendants to the suit:
Faison and Associates, which managed construction at the conference center...
And a Charlotte-based architect.
The hotel also said it is now seeking one-and-a-half million dollars in damages -- quite a bit less than the original suit.
A lawyer for J-M Turner said these developments are "puzzling."
The hotel's lawyer was unavailable for comment.
Deregulating the electricity industry in Virginia COULD mean lower rates and cleaner power.
Or as some watchdog groups are warning state lawmakers: it could be a disaster.
[IN Q=If legislators]
((JEAN ANN FOX/VIRGINIA CITIZENS CONSUMER COUNCIL: IF LEGISLATORS DON'T GET IT RIGHT, THE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY WILL GO UP, THE QUALITY OF SERVICE WILL DECLINE, SOME RURAL COMMUNITIES MAY BE LEFT IN THE DARK.))
((DAVID RUBINSTEIN/VIRGINIA POVERTY LAW CENTER: IT WAS IMPORTANT, GIVEN THE NUMBER OF LOBBYISTS REPRESENTING THE INDUSTRY, THAT PARTICIPATE IN THESE PROCEEDINGS, TO GET INFORMATION OUT TO CONSUMERS SO THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE AT LEAST IN SOME FASHION.))
((TRIP POLLARD/SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CTR.: THE STAKES ARE TREMENDOUS. ELECTRIC UTILITIES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF AIR POLLUTION IN THE COUNTRY.))
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[OUT Q=in the country.]
A coalition of public interest groups has set up a website, with an electric consumer bill of rights.
The idea is to put you in touch with state legislators to voice your concerns.
The web address is W-W-W-dot-V-a-Wired-dot-O-R-G.
The site can link you to more deregulation information from the General Assembly itself.
A strong turnaround for all the major indexes on Wall Street.
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The Dow gained 112 points today, to close at 9 thousand 27.
NASDAQ was up 38 points.
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A close shave for cadets at Virginia Military Institute will bring national exposure to the school this fall.
Joe Dashiell reports from Lexington, where the cameras are rolling on a commercial for Norelco razors.
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First the rehearsals.... and then take after take
As a handful of cadets, bring a mud hole known as the ranger pit to a national audience.
What brought a New York film crew to the Lexington school is the national ad campign for a new razor.
50 students tested the Norelco Advantage Cordless Rechargeable at the start of the summer session.
The three-day shoot will recreate their experience for a lighthearted commercial set to air in the first week of September.
Nineteen cadets are being paid for their part in the commercial. The school will receive a location fee.
But V-M-I officials believe the favorable publicity will be worth much more.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
NBA sixth man dell Curry tells campers at Roanoke College's basketball camp how to be number one off the floor, Brickyard 400 qualifying hit a wall..of rain,
and Redskins coach Norv Turner feels the pressure with off season acquasitions, butt feels this could be a break through year for Washington.
Qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this Weekend's Brickyard 400 has been delayed due to rain. At this time, rain has stopped and NASCAR is attempting to get qualifying in.
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Rain stopped around 4 but, according to track officials, it takes a few hours to dry the 2.5 mile track. Winston Cup cars remained out and covered for most of the day. A track spokesman said a few minutes ago that at 7 tonight, NASCAR will evaluate and try to begin qualifying at that time.
Now Jeff Gordon was quickest in practice with a lap at 178.681 miles per hour, the fastest lap ever at Indy in Cup.
Fan favorite darrell Waltrip, who is supposed to drive the number 35 Tabasco car this weekend, might not. Evidently, Tabasco is looking to end it's NASCAR sponsorship and the deal with Waltrip was put together without proper communication. DW remains up beat and thinks it will go through.
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A familiar face will be back on the ice with the Roanoke Express next season. Right winger Tim Christian has signed a one year contract with the team.
Christian is returning for his fourth season.
The 27 year old notched 42 points last year on 24 goals and 18 assists.
During his career he's scored 145 points in 199 games.
73 of those coming on goals and the other 72 on assists.
Christian was an E-C-H-L all-star in 1996 and he and his wife Lana are expecting their first baby.
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The drug scandal has claimed two more teams in the Tour de France.
Two Spanish teams quit the Tour bringing the number of teams that have left to five.
Tom Steels won today's 135 and a half mile stage.
After 18 stages Italy's Marco Pantani still wears the yellow jersey as the overall leader.
American Bobby Julich (JOO'-lihk) is second.
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Charlotte Hornets guard, Dell Curry, shot hoops with campers at Roanoke College's summer basketball camp.
But while jump shots and rebounds are key lessons learned, Curry spoke to the campers about life as well.
The former Hokie has spent 12 seasons in the NBA and says of all his accomplishments, earning his college degree was one of the most challenging and beneficial experiences.
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The Baltimore Orioles completed a three game sweep of the Detroit Tigers today with a 6-4 win, thanks to Eric Davis's two homers. The O's are 17 and 3 since the break.
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e have a problem...Cliff Floyd cranks a three run homer. His 15th dinger of the season [super=35-Florida/4/Houston/3;]g
ives Florida a 3-nothing lead.
On to the fifth, the Stros Carl Everett is gonna launch his 11tht of the season, 4-2 Marlins and theu hold off Houston for a 4-3 victory.
The NL east leading Atlanta Braves have completed a 7 and 2 road trip with a 13-3 pounding of the Reds.
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Recent Hall of fame inductee Don Sutton had the call and would,
watch Atlanta's Gerald Williams smack his fourth homerun of the season. Williams sends this shot over the left field fence with one runner on.
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son. reggie Sanders just watches it go, 11-2 braves at this point and Atlanta coast 13-3.
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Norv Turner begins his fifth year as the head coach of the Washington Redskins and, with the off season signings, thte pressure is on to reach the post season.
Turner appeared to be a little more intense as the Skins opened camp this past Sunday night at Frostburg Maryland.
The Redskins had the luxury of every players signature on a contract when camp opened and even Turner admitts that this team has the potential to be very good.
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The Redskins will break training camp on August 30-th.
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When Jerry Huff says he has several flower beds he means it -- literally.
Iron bed frames highlight his Botetourt County garden.
Huff says a picture in a magazine first piqued his interest in the beds.
Once he began his search the beds were easy to find.
[IN Q=I've got nearly]
((JERRY HUFF/GARDENER: I'VE GOT NEARLY ALL OF THEM WITHIN, I DON'T KNOW, 7 OR 8 MILES OF HERE I GUESS. JUST PEOPLE, ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, OR UP AGAINST A BARN. THEY'RE JUST STUCK SOMEWHERE AND I JUST THOUGHT IT WUOLD BE NEAT AND INTERESTING TO DO.))
[OUT Q=interesting to do.]
He says his garden attracts a lot of attention. Drivers passing by have been known to stop and take pictures.
The collection has grown to include such things as a herb bed, a tomato bed, and a hot pepper bed. He even has a bed of roses, but Jerry says he would still like a few more beds to add color to the garden.
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That's News7 at Six.
Tonight at 11, Blue Ridge Stone representatives get drilled on their plans for a new quarry.
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more.
Keith, the Blue Ridge Stone Corporation plans to build a Botetourt County quarry, where limestone will be mined, drilled, crushed and washed.
The material will then be used in roads, creek banks and buildings.
Tonight -- the company answers questions from Eagle Rock residents.
We'll bring you all the details tonight on News7 at 11.
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