Today on News 7 at 5, a proposed high voltage power could be setback at least a year.
And over a 130 people will lose their jobs as Botetourt County's largest employer announces it's closing.
Records tumble for the fourth straight day but the end is in sight for this heat wave. The cooler numbers just ahead.
In medical news --
Is a pill we take regularly for headaches protecting us against a common cancer?
And school cafertia food is becoming more appealing.
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The Asian economic crisis claims a victim in Southwest Virginia.
Connex Pipe Systems is closing, leaving 133-people out of work.
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Scott Goldberg is in Troutville this afternoon.
Scott, this is really the first time we've seen a local company take a big hit because of what's going on overseas.
There are a few local companies that sell products in Asia.
But probably none to the extent that Connex Pipe Systems sold its heavy duty pipe to Asian countries.
Every since those economies started faltering, people here watched their workload start shrinking.
And many had a feeling their jobs were on the line.
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People like Robert McDaniel should not have a tough time finding work.
There's a demand in the Roanoke Valley for welders with skills like his.
But they will probably have to get jobs with companies that sell products domestically.
Asian companies, like the ones that have signed big deals to buy Connex pipe, are now having a hard time affording products made in America.
((BETH DOUGHTY/ROANOKE VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S A GRAPHIC EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS IS A GLOBAL ECONOMY AND WHAT HAPPENS IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD AFFECT US HERE.))
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Connex and its parent company said only that there wasn't enough work coming into the plant to keep it open.
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The plant will close November 12.
(JEAN QUESTION: How hard will it be to attract another company to Botetourt COunty?) [5-Power-Line]
American Electric Power's plans for a high-voltage power line in southwest Virginia have been set back at least another year.
That's the result of the latest action by the State Corporation Commission.
The S-C-C staff wants a complete study of an alternative route for the 765-thousand volt transmission line.
That route would not end in Cloverdale, but at the Jackson Ferry substation in Pulaski County.
The staff report says this route would let A-E-P meet its projected power needs, and cause less environmental damage.
This means another round of studies, at an estimated cost to A-E-P of about 700-thousand dollars.
Spokesman Todd Burns says the utility is confident that new studies will show A-E-P's preferred route is still go
ing to turn out to be the best one.[5-Carroll]
A former Radford school teacher accused of engaging in a long term sexual relationship with one of her students will go on trial in early November.
A grand jury last week indicted Cynthia Carroll for allegedly having sex with a former male student numerous times, between December of 1991 and September of '92.
The young man told police he was 14 at the time and that the relationship lasted over a five year period.
Carroll was a principal and teacher at the Three Angels Christian school.
She is currently free on a 15-thousand dollar property bond.
Several school systems will be closing early again tomorrow to beat the heat.
All schools in the city of Danville on Wednesday will be operating on a half-day schedule.
In Henry County, the elementary schools will shut down at noon; the middle schools at 12:45pm and the high schools at 1pm.
Next door in Martinsville, Patrick Henry Elementary school will close at 12:30pm, and Albert Harris Elementary at 1pm.
Pittsylvania County schools will be closing at 1pm tomorrow.
Patrick County will also close it schools at 1pm on Wednesday.
In Lynchburg, the high schools will be dismissed at noon, the middle schools at 12:30pm, and the elementary schools at 1pm.
It doesn't feel much like September outside, and the continued heat and dry weather are causing problems.
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Eric Earnhart joins us with details.
Jean if you work on the farm, or go to a school without air conditioning... you're ready for relief.
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(( Evidence of the unseasonable weather is everywhere... even in the stagnant air blanketing the Roanoke Valley this morning...
Yesterday, high ozone levels pushed the pollution index to an unhealthy 113, well over the safe ceiling of 99.
At the farmers market, you could see it in some of the vegetables.
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((BERNIE CALDWELL/SUMDAT FARM MARKET; THE TOMATOES HAVE BEEN FINE, THE CUCUMBERS AREN'T THE BEST IN THE WORLD, AND THE GREEN BEANS, SOME OF THEM COME IN REAL NICE AND SOME OF THEM LOOK LIKE THEY HAVEN'T GROWN... MATURED ENOUGH, AND THE CORN'S BEEN KIND OF ON AND OFF.))
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Caldwell and others say they've been irrigating crops for weeks.
At Shawsville middle and high school, the busses were rolling at noon, as some indoor temperatures in some classrooms climbed into the upper 90's.
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((PHILIP CHANDLER/JUNIOR; IT'S JUST SO HOT AND THE FANS JUST SEEM TO BE BLOWING THE HOT AIR ON YOU, I DON'T KNOW WHY WE COME IN THE FIRST PLACE, IT'S REALLY HOT IN THE MORNINGS ANYWAY.))
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That's because those old buildings hold the heat in overnight.
What's it like to try and learn in an environment like that?
We'll find out tonight on News 7 at Six... Jean?
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Still to come on News 7 at 5-- A community action group in our area is coming under fire. Some of its clients say its only doing its job half way,
And at least one Senator says President Clinton owes the country more than an apology. He wants the President to pay for delaying the Starr investigation.
And in Health Check, new research says there may be another reason aspirin is considered a miracle drug.
We'll have that and more. Stay with us.
Pittsylvania County Community Action is under fire-- for allegedly failing to serve its home repair clients.
Carlene Hunt is one example.
She says the social service agency promised to put a new roof on her house two years ago.
She says she only got half a roof and faulty gutters.
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((CARLENE HUNT/PCCA CLIENT: IT'S VERY VERY-- I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU-- IT'S VERY DEPRESSING BECAUSE I LOOK AROUND AND EVERYTHING IS ALL TO PIECES. I'M NOT USED TO IT.))
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The P-C-C-A's executive director says its clients are responsible for half of their home repair job-- while the agency takes care of the other half.
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((SHERMAN SAUNDERS/PCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION HAS FULFILLED ALL OF ITS CONTRACT AGREEMENTS AND OBLIGATIONS AND WE STAND ON THE FACT THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE DONE IS CORRECT.))
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The clients News 7 spoke with say they were never told about the 50-50 arrangement.
There are at least a dozen people like Carlene Hunt who believe they've been short changed by P-C-C-A.
The state department of housing and community development is looking into the complaints.
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One year and one and a half million dollars later, Lynchburg residents are seeing some improvements to the city's recreational facilities.
But some residents say it's still not enough.. Steve Smallshaw joins us with their story.
Jean, by its own admission, Lynchburg is several years behind on building new sports fields.. especially for soccer.
Now a local citizens group is ready to help out.
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By next spring, Lynchburg will have nearly doubled its number of soccer fields.. but with a thousand area children playing the world's most popular sport.. it's still not enough.
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So Lynchburg United Soccer wants to raise 2 million dollars to build a ten- field soccer complex just outside the city limits.
Not only will it give their own kids a place to play.. it could help attract big- money tournaments to the area.
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((DAVID BICE/LYNCHBURG UNITED SOCCER: AN INVESTMENT OF 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS, TO BRING IN TWO TO THREE MILLION EVERY OTHER YEAR, OR EVERY YEAR, MAYBE SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR, IS CERTAINLY A GOOD INVESTMENT WE THINK.))
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Lynchburg United Soccer will kick off its fundraising campaign next week.. it would like to be able to tell would- be donors that the city is behind this project as well. Jean?
(Jean question: how likely is that?)
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Some House republicans want the videotape of President Clinton's grand jury testimony about Monica Lewinsky.
A House republican says the Judiciary committee could meet in executive session as early as tomorrow to authorize its release.
Meanwhile one republican wants the President to reimburse the American taxpayers more than four million dollars.
((SEN. FRANK MURKOWSKI/(R) ALASKA: I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ME IN THE RESOLUTION THAT I HAVE INTRODUCED WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO REIMBURSE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER FOR THE EXPENSES RESULTED IN THE DELAY OF THE INVESTIGATION.))
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Also today Democrats called on Congress to censure the President as an alterative to impeachment, but House Republicans aren't going for that.
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Up next-we're keeping Patrick Evans on his toes. He's standing by with a unique ballet production.
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A unique Ballet production is in town tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center, which is where we find Patrick Evans.
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Patrick, this ballet is on tour for a special reason, tell us more about their visit to the Star City.
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Coming up in sports, Virginia Tech fondly remembers its Death Valley Days.
Today on health check --
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but free breakfasts are helping some children become better students.
Plus -- parents may have an easier time at the doctor's office with some new techniques for helping children emotionally and physically through the pain of shots.
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Medical researchers have found another reason to keep aspirin in the medicine cabinet.
A team of U-S and German scientists says aspirin can reduce the risk of developing an inherited type of colon cancer.
Lynch's syndrome effects about 10-percent of the world's population.
The study shows aspirin suppresses the genetic mutations that cause some tumors.
The findings indicate the aspirin caused the cells to destroy themselves, rather than reproduce.
The new research is reported in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Science.
Clinical trials are set to begin on hundreds of people at risk.
A popular prostate cancer treatment proved beneficial for low-risk patients, may not be the best method for a high-risk patient.
Researchers compared several cancer therapies to see what works best depending on the type of cancer found.
Radioactive seeds implanted directly into the prostate help decrease reoccurrence of the cancer in men who are at low risk.
Doctors found that this treatment did not work as effectively for intermediate, or high-risk patients.
Two hundred thousand American men have been diagnosed with prostate
cancer this year.
The study is in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association [5-Vaccine]
Besides holding their hand, parents are helpless to take the pain away when it comes their children getting a shot.
A new approach to pediatric pain relief is helping parents comfort children at the doctor's office.
The average child has already had 20 injections by the time they reach their teens.
A new anesthetic disc called EMLA can be applied to the child's skin to numb the area fully before a shot.
((DR. JOHNYE BALLENGER/HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL: APPLYING IT 60 TO 90 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE INJECTIONS HELPS DECREASE THE PAIN.))
((GABRIELLA CORREIA/PARENT: AS A MOM IT'S GREAT TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO FEEL ANY PAIN FROM THE SHOTS.))
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The disc is avaiable by prescription.
Side effects include blanching or redness and swelling of the skin that disappear after a few hours.
The effect of EMLA on injections of live vaccines has not been determined.
In Sports, a Hokie is still getting a kick out of this past weekend's game.
With that, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Tech]
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Good afternoon. It's time for our two minute drill.
And today we're talking Tech.
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Virginia Tech is coming off an amazing road win in Death Valley, now the Hokies have to travel to the Orange Bowl for their first conference contest.
This is the toughest test yet and it could come down to a kick.
Denise Allen has more on Tech place kicker Shayne Graham.
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((The Hokies shutdown the Clemson Tigers 37-to-nothing last Saturday.
13 of those points came off the foot of junior place kicker Shayne Graham--including a 53 yarder.
Graham was name Big East Special Teams player of the week and that 53 yard field goal is the longest ever for Tech in a road game.
He's booted 21 points this season and has moved into four place in career scoring at Tech.
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: SHAYNE GRAHAM GOES INTO EVERY CONTEST PREPARED TO KICK THE GAME WINNING FIELD GOAL AND THIS WEEK IN MIAMI HE COULD HAVE THAT CHANCE.
COACH BEAMER SAYS THIS IS TECH'S TOUGH CHALLENGE YET AND HE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT MATCH UP TONIGH AT SIX.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7 SPORTS.
As if last night's 45-to-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers wasn't enough of a shakeup for the players on the team, today the Skins
cut place kicker Scott Blanton. Last night he missed two field goals in the second quarter as the Skins suffered their worst home loss in 50 years.
David Akers will take his place.
Coming up at six we will talk with Norv Turner and Leslie Sheppard plus, have some news from the Roanoke Express offices as the roster continues to take shape.
Have a good night everybody.
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