Tonight on News 7-
The area's biggest employer moves hundreds of employees into downtown Roanoke.
The tobacco market takes an unusual day off.
Plus it's "in your face action" for V-M-I's second class of co-ed rats.
Wow....what a cool weather break. Show you the details in a moment.
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The city says this is the biggest economic news to hit downtown Roanoke in more than a decade.
Carilion Health Sytems is transferring 440 jobs from south Roanoke to the First Union Building in the heart of the city.
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Scott Goldberg is in downtown Roanoke tonight, right outside Carilion's new offices.
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If this deal works the way it's supposed to ... business should get pretty sweet inside the B-In-Touch convenience store.
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((MELISSA DAVIS/STORE MANAGER: WE DO A GOOD BUSINESS NOW...BUT IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO HAVE NEW CUSTOMERS.))
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Melissa Davis is getting 440 new neighbors who work for Carilion Health System.
They're moving into new offices next door.
And the city expects them to bring their wallets along.
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((MATT KENNEL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE, INC.: IT MEANS TREMENDOUS THINGS FOR DOWNTOWN ROANOKE TO OUR MERCHANTS AND RESTAURANTS DOWNTOWN, IT MEANS MORE PEOPLE STOPPING IN, EATING LUNCH, SHOPPING.))
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((MAYOR DAVID BOWERS: THESE JOBS REPRESENT THE LARGEST INFLUX OF JOBS INTO THE DOWNTOWN AREA IN MORE THAN A DECADE.))
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As an incentive, the city is paying Carilion half a million dollars to make the move out of South Roanoke.
And Carilion is paying the city back by leasing parking spaces...
and promising to stay downtown for at least five years.
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((TOM ROBERTSON/CARILION PRESIDENT: I THINK IT ALSO MAKES A CONTRIBUTION TO THE DOWNTOWN VITALITY AND WE'RE VERY INTERESTED IN SEEING THE CITY AND ITS DOWNTOWN AREA THRIVE.))
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For the second year Virginia Military Institute has incorporated women in its new ranks and today all of them-- men and women-- got a taste of what they're in for over the next 6 to 8 months.
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Keith Humphry is on post... Keith.
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The lawyer for one of the Buena Vista families involved in the baby-switching case says recent media appearances by Paula Johnson will help his case if the situation ever turns into a custody battle.
W-T Robey, who represents the maternal grandparents of Rebecca Chittum, told News 7 he has two jobs, keeping Rebecca in Buena Vista, and getting a settlement from the U-V-A Medical Center.
Robey says Johnson's appearances on 20-20 and the Today Show will work in his favor in a custody case.
So far, all parties involved have released statements saying they plan to work together to determine what's best for the children.
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A sour note for the local tobacco market..
We'll have the latest from Danville.
they're clearing as much of the flood plain in Glasgow as they can... houses and all.
Those stories when the news continues, but first let's check in with Robin.
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Two men who held up a Campbell County convenience store will spend most of their adult lives in prison for the crime.
19-year old Derek DeWayne Smith was the triggerman in the attempted robbery at Foster Fuels last August.
Smith shot store clerk Matthew Longerbeam in the head at close range.. doctors say it's a miracle Longerbeam is alive today.
A bullet fragment is still lodged near his spine.
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((NEIL VENER/PROSECUTOR: AND THEN THEY JUST LEFT HIM FOR DEAD. IT'S TRULY A COLD- BLOODED ACT, THEY'RE DANGEROUS, EVIL PEOPLE AND I'M GLAD THE JUDGE HAS GIVEN HIM A SENTENCE THAT WILL KEEP HIM BEHIND BARS UNTIL HOPEFULLY HE'S NO LONGER A DANGER TO SOCIETY.))
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Smith plans to appeal his 70-year prison sentence.
His accomplice, Rodney Keith Holland, was given a 49-year term.
A Pittsylvania County jailer has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a female inmate.
25-year old Andre Lamont Barksdale of Chatham is charged with one count of carnal knowledge and two counts of sexual intercourse.
The sheriff's office says the alleged victim is a minor over the age of 15.
She was an inmate under Barksdale's supervison at the time the alleged sexual acts occurred.
Barksdale no longer works for the sheriff's office.
Many of their homes were heavily damaged in the flood of 1995.
Now, Glasgow officials say it's time to move dozens of families to safer ground.
House movers are in town this week-- moving homes from the flood-prone southeast section of Glasgow to the northwest part of town.
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((BILL KNICK/GLASGOW TOWN MGR.: WE'VE HAD ABOUT FIVE SIGNIFICANT FLOODS IN GLASGOW SINCE ABOUT 1950. AND, THE 1995 FLOOD I GUESS WAS THE CULMINATION THAT KIND OF PUSHED US TOWARDS THIS RELOCATION PROJECT.))
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The town and state donated more than 100 thousand dollars toward the more than two million dollar project.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency donated the rest.
Movers will be working in the area for at least a month, relocating about 30 homes.
Danville's six tobacco warehouses will be closed tomorrow because of a leaf shortage.
While this is unusual, it won't have a negative economic effect on the tobacco market.
Christy Hubley tells us why the weather is to blame.
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There's not much tobacco in Danville's six warehouses.
What's here has already been sold to processing plants.
Warehouse owners have agreed to close Thursday while they wait for more tobacco.
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((JIM EGGLESTON/BRIGHT LEAF WAREHOUSE: THE FARMERS WILL BRING THE TOBACCO THEY'LL HAVE IT READY NEXT WEEK OR THE WEEK AFTER.))
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A hot, dry July stunted tobacco growth.
Plants are growing again thanks to a wet August.
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((HARRY LEA/PIEDMONT BIG SALE WAREHOUSE: WE'VE HAD A FAIRLY GENEROUS RAINFALL THROUGHOUT THE AREA AND NOW THE FERTILIZER ON THE TOBACCO HAS STARTED IT TO GROW TURN GREEN AGAIN AND IT'S NOT READY TO HARVEST SO WE'RE TAKING A DAY OFF.))
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Warehouses often skip a day of sales at the end of a tobacco season, when the leaf supply dwindles.
But it's rare for a day off this early.
Owners say this won't hurt them.
They'll make the sales up when the crop is plentiful.
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((JIM EGGLESTON/BRIGHT LEAF WAREHOUSE: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD CROP BUT IT'S JUST GOING TO BE LATE.))
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Danville's tobacco market will be back in business Monday.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
The stock market finished lower today.
The Dow closed down 21 points at 86-hundred-93.
Nasdaq lost 12 points.
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The 105th Grand Communication of Black Masons is convening in Lynchburg this week..
Steve Smallshaw shows us more about the inner workings of this "centuries-old" organization.
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They carry lofty titles like Grand Master and Eminent Commander.. but their work is much more down to earth.
The black Masons will tell you there's really "no" difference between their group and lodges with mostly white memberships.
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((LEWIS BUCKNER/PAST GRAND SECRETARY: A MASON IS A CHRISTIAN.. CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND OUR CHRISTIAN IDEAS.. THAT'S IT.))
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Those Christian beliefs form the foundation of the Masons' work.
Like most fraternal organizations, their main activity is raising money for various local and national charities.
Many of their efforts are geared toward the young people in their respective communities.
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((WILLIAM CROMARTIE/PAST GRAND MASTER: WE LIVE IN A TIME WHERE THERE'S SO MUCH OUT ON THE STREETS THAT CHILDREN CAN GET INTO AND WE TRY TO TEACH THEM WHO COME INTO THIS ORGANIZATION THAT FIRST AND MOST OF ALL BELIEVE IN GOD.))
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Reaching out to young people has another purpose for the Masons..
Their order has existed for centuries, but if it's to survive, they need to recruit new, younger members.
That can be difficult.
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((BOB ANTHONY/GRAND SECRETARY: WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS DAY AND AGE, SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH A GROUP IF IT'S NOT RAP OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE. THEY REALLY DON'T WANT TO BE INVOLVED, SO IT TAKES A LOT TO HAVE PEOPLE GET INTERESTED THAT WANT TO COME IN.))
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Once you are in, Anthony says, the rewards last a lifetime.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Teenagers and senior citizens don't typically hang out together, but some Roanoke teens and nursing home patients were doing just that today.
The students from the Teen Outreach Program or TOP told life stories of their older friends.
Other TOP activities include communication skills classes and exercises to boost their self-esteem.
The Nationally recognized Teen Outreach Program is funded through public and private grants and The Virginia Health Department.
Coming up tonight in sports, McGwire and Sosa slug it out in Chicago, we'll check out the McLelland invitatioonal golf event, Tech gets a new rasslin conferecne
And we'll see what's up with the Ravens' Cornell Brown as he prepares for his second season in the NFL.
Back in June the Virginia High School League's Redistricting and Reclassification committee proposed that Group Two-A schools expand from their current four region setup to a new 6 region grouping.
But today principals and athletics directors from around the state decided that alignment is not feasible at this time.
Those meeting today felt like the Redistricting members relied too much on geography and not enough on reality.
There was no discussion of the proposed triple-a situation that would merge the RVD and western today.
The big boys were at again today in the big leagues as the assault on Roger Maris' single season homerun record picked up a little steam in the Windy City as Sammy and Cubs hosted Big Mac and the Cardinals.
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Both Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire came into the game tied for the major league lead with 47 homers a piece.
Sosa would fire the first shot this afternoon in the bottom of the 5th inning as he jerked this two run hot to left and plated Mickey Morandini. The Cubs took a 6-to-2 lead on the Cardinals at that time appeared to be in good shape to blow the game wide open.
But in the 8th inning, McGwire finally got the pitch he was looking for and promptly yanked it to left field.
The solo homer tied the game at 6-all in the top of the 8th.
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Then in the 10th the Mac Daddy hit his 49th to center field.
Cards win 8-to-6.
Ken Griffey Junior who has some catching up to do plays at home tonight at 10:30 against the Blue Jays.
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And the Patriots have certainly played a big role in the history of Friday Football Extra over the years.
Join this Friday night as we take a look back at the past 14 seasons of fun with a special hour long primetime preseason special Friday night at nine.
Thomas Jones was the man during UVa's football scrimmage this afternoon.
The junior rushed for 4 touchdowns and 97 yards on just 12 carries.
Senior quarterback Aaron Brooks was also sharp completing 10 of 14 passes for 215 yards.
The Cavs open their season Thursday night September 3rd at Auburn.
The Baltimore Ravens are trying to regroup this year after only posting 6 wins last season.
Former Virginia Tech star Cornell Brown is beginning his sophomore year in the NFL.
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Brown was the Ravens 6th round draft pick in 97, 194th overall. He is part of a very young but hungry linebacking core that includes former Virginia standout jamie Sharper and Miami's Ray Lewis. Brown was a reserve last year and as a result values actual game time even more.
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Last season, Cornell had one interception and was in on a sack. He is aiming higher this season, but still sets simple goals for himself.
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Oakland raiders top draft pick Charles Woodson gave his team a huge scare yesterday.
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The Heisman trophy winner went down suddenly while backpedaling during a passing drill and injured his left knee. At first it was thought he had a hyper extended knee. But, after an MRI on the knee was negative, team physicians dubbed the injury as a bruised knee. Woodson, who should start for the raiders, was helped off the field and did not return to practice. Woodson is listed as day to day. He is expected to play against Tampa Bay next Monday.
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The Bob McClelland Metro Golf tournament wrapped up at Botetourt Country Club today.
Franklin County's Matt Chandler came in with a three stroke lead over William Byrd's Scott Wise. Chandler was even through six holes. But as the second round came to a close, he and Wise were tied at the 15th hole.
But Chandler was awesome as he birdied the final four holes to win the Bob McClelland Metro.
Wise finishes second with a 72 and a 145 total for two days.
In team competition, Cave Spring took top honor and Lord Botetourt came in second.
Chandler is the big story. He wins the big trophy this week after placing second in the Scott Robertson a weel ago.
Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver announced today that the Hokies' wrestling team is leaving the Colonial conference after seven year to join the Eastern wrestling league.
The Hokies will join the likes of West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Lock Haven, Cleveland State and Bloomsburg in their new league.
Last season only the Big 10 and the Pac 10 qualified more wrestlers for the NCAA championships.
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A local organization in Clifton Forge has found a way to save a building that's been in the city's downtown area since 1905.
Three and a half years ago the Alleghany Building was scheduled for demolition.
But, officials with the Alleghany Highlands Housing Alliance had an idea to revive the structure, and provide affordable housing.
We'll tell you what they're doing- plus all the latest news, weather and sports tonight on news 7 at 11.
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