Coming up on News 7, G-E in Salem lays off one hundred more workers,
and Tropical Storm Georges continues to pound the Florida panhandle. We'll have an update.
The heatwave comes to an end with the passing of a cold front. Details just ahead.
Today on health check --
A former Roanoke Plastic Surgeon is commuting from Florida to do what he calls the best part of his job.
And a new study shows a drink a day decreases the chance of a woman becoming pregnant.
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Some employees are worried about the future as one of Salem's largest businesses lays off more workers.
Another round of layoffs in Salem.
General Electric confirmed a rumor today that had been floating around for months.
Approximately 100 people are losing their jobs.
It is the company's latest attempt to make its Salem plant more efficient.
Scott Goldberg is the newsroom tonight.
Scott, the news is never easy to hear, but G-E workers knew this was coming.
Back in July, General Electric combined two divisions within the company.
Some jobs overlapped.
G-E said it would have to eliminate those duplicate positions.
Today, a hundred people found out it's their jobs that were eliminated -- they're paying the price in the company's drive to cut costs.
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(( After a morning meeting with supervisors, most of General Electric's one-thousand salaried workers left for lunch.
Some, like Marsha Robinson, left for good.
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Robinson is one of the hundred administrative workers...what G-E calls "support" workers...who were let go.
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This round of layoffs brings the year's total to 345 people -- roughly 20 percent of the Salem workforce.
Privately, many employees wonder how long the plant will stay in business if it has to keep cutting jobs.
Publicly, the laid-off workers are upset they've been forced to leave someplace they considered a good place to work.))
It used to be that G-E went in cycles of laying people off and then recalling many workers.
This year it's been nothing but layoffs.
G-E did not say when or if it plans to re-hire any workers.
The company did say it has no plans to close the plant altogether.
A Covington man wanted on murder charges in West Virginia is still fighting extradition.
Carroll Eugene Humphries is accused of hiring two men to kill a romantic rival more than 20 years ago.
At a hearing today, Humpries challenged the West Virginia extradition warrant, and asked the judge to release him.
His lawyer says Humphries is innocent, and the warrant is not valid, because it incorrectly calls Humphries a fugitive.
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((BILL PARKS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; MR. HUMPHRIES HAS FULLY COOPERATED WITH EVERY INVESTIGATIVE AGENCY, THE ATF, THE FBI, THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE, THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE, AND WE BELIEVE NOW THAT SOMEBODY OUT THERE'S MAKING A DEAL, AND HE IS BEING VICTIMIZED AGAIN, AND WE WANT TO KEEP HIM IN HIS HOME STATE AS LONG AS WE CAN.))
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The judge ruled the warrant IS valid, but Humphries appealed, so his extradition will be delayed for another 30 days.
It's no longer a hurricane, but Tropical Storm Georges is pounding the Gulf Coast- with over 100 mile an hour winds and heavy rain.
So far two people have died from the storm in Louisiana.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Biloxi Mississippi.
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(( Georges huffed and puffed and that was bad enough..but its worst weapon
was the rain. drowning the Gulf Coast from Florida to Louisiana..with upwards of 20 inches in less than 24 hours.
As the storm moved on shore..Georges stretched his arms to the East and pounded the coastline with 100 mph winds for hours and hours . This man came to check on his church to see if his prayers had outmuscled the
THAT'S BEEN MY PRAYER FOR THE ENTIRE
COMMUNITY...SO FAR HE HAS---REPEAT
In Alabama , the storm surge took over downtown mobile..the waters of
the bay shoved up and over its banks,,fed by wind and 30 foot waves.
In shelters all along the gulf coast residents hunkered down for a long stay..riding out the storm...thousands without any power. For those who
chose not to evacuate the storm proved a challenge.. its stayiung power underestimated even by hurricane veterans..
WESLEY BOUSSARD/ BILOXI RESIDENT: WE'RE ALIVE AND THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING....WITH GODS HELP WE GOT THROUGH IT
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS: OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS THE WINDS WILL DIE DOWN, THE STORM SURGE WILL
BEGIN TO RECEDE BUT THE RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO FALL. AFTER MORE THAN A WEEK AND A HALF AND A THOUSAND MILE PATH OF DESTRUCTION, HURRICANE
GEORGES IS FINALLY DYING A SLOW DEATH. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS BILOXI. ))
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Up next on News 7 at 5, the search continues for a Virginia Tech student missing for over a week.
And we'll see how an unusal team is working together to save a piece of Roanoke's history.
On Health Check, a new study says women who want to have a baby should skip drinking alcohol.
And Patrick Evans will show us the work of a different kind of artist. He uses his camera to paint watercolors.
A Lynchburg man was sentenced to two life terms plus 35 years for his role in a murder in Appomattox County last year.
20-year old Trevor Jones did NOT fire the shot that killed Lisa Yvonne Crider.
But Jones helped Brandon Wayne Hedrick kidnap, rob and sodomize Crider in May of 1997.
Crider's body was found dumped in the James River.. she'd been killed by a shotgun blast to the head.
Jones testified against Hedrick last May.. Hedrick was given the death penalty.
Prosecutor Tommy Lawson called Jones' sentence "proper".
Local businesses, residents and city officials are rushing to reverse a demolition order on a rare log cabin.
They think if they clean up the historic (HOW-bert) Howbert House, a judge may allow the cabin to stand.
It's been condemned for safety reasons.
Amos Construction donated thousands of dollars worth of machines and labor.
Contractors pried up the porch -- they'd heard rumors of a slate floor underneath.
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((AS A NEIGHBORHOOD, WE FEEL THE BEST USE FOR THE PROPERTY IS A COMMUNITY CENTER, A HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT TO BRING OUT THE HISTORIC ASPECTS OF OUR WHOLE COMMUNITY AND TO USE THE BIGGEST PART OF THE LAND AS A PARK.))
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The cabin plus nine acres is for sale for a quarter million dollars.
A judge decides Thursday whether the cabin must be destroyed.
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We'll have a look at a different kind of artist up next on news 7. Patrick Evans is standing by with a photographer who specializes in watercolors.
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Local photographer Bruce Muncy does something very interesting: He paints watercolors with his camera.
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How does he do it? Patrick Evans knows the answer, and joins us from Bruce's new exhibit at the Wildflour Restaurant in Old Southwest.
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The search resumed this morning for a missing Virginia tech student.
24 year old Robert Kovack hasn't been seen for over a week now.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us now from Fayette County, West Virgnia where state police and volunteers have been searching for most of the day.
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A major league ball club doesn't waste time in firing its manager. Mike Stevens will have the details in the two minute sportsticker.
Coming up next on Health Check --
A well known Roanoke plastic surgeon is now operating in two states.
Doctor Enrique Silberblatt has a new practice in Tampa, Florida, but he hasn't forgotten his patients in Southwest Virginia.
He's flies into town once a month for the Children's Specialty Clinic and even has some patients following him to Florida.
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A new study has found alcohol consumption can have dramatic effects on a woman's ability to become pregnant.
The study found that even a few drinks per week could cause problems for a woman wanting to conceive.
And the more a woman drinks, the higher the risk of infertility.
The research followed more than 400 women who were trying to become pregnant.
Compared to women who didn't drink at all, those who had just one to five drinks per week were 40 percent less fertile.
Those subjects who averaged about a drink a day, the rate climbed to 50 percent.
11-15 drinks a week, the infertility rate rose to 65 percent.
For a woman who had two or more drinks per day, infertility was 75 percent.
It didn't matter what type of alcohol the women drank, all types interfered with conception.
Researchers aren't sure how, but they believe alcohol must interfere with a woman's hormones.
Patients of Roanoke Plastic Surgeon Enrique Silberblatt are sad to see him go, but he's not gone for good.
His committment to a specialty clinic that serves children with cleft lips and palates has him dividing his career between an aesetic surgery center in Tampa Bay and volunteering his time to children's services in Roanoke.
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((ENRIQUE SILBERBLATT/PLASTIC SURGEON: I DON'T WANT THE CLINIC TO JUST BE GOING ON IT'S OWN DIRECTION JUST LEAVING THE PATIENTS WITHOUT THE FOLLOW UPS SO AS LONG AS I CAN AND AS LONG AS IS NECESSARY I WILL CONTINUE TO COME BACK ONCE A MONTH.))
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patients like seven month old Meaghan Perkins and her family are grateful for that.
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[video of baby before the surgery, pre-pro] In July Doctor Silberblatt operated on Meaghan, repairing her cleft lip. The results a few months later show no sign of the deformity.
The Virginia Department of Health program and volunteer physicians work with 170 patients from birth to 21.
So some of them have seen Doctor Silberblatt most of their lives.
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((ENRIQUE SILBERBLATT/PLASTIC SURGEON: I'VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE 1989, SO I HAVE MANY PATIENTS WHO WERE BORN WITH CLEFT LIPS AND PALATES AND YOU FORM A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FAMILIES AND IT'S VERY HARD IF YOU'RE GOING TO MOVE AWAY TO JUST DROP EVERYTHING AND IT'S BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF MY PRACTICE.))
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Specialtist also include dentists, ear nose throat doctors and speech therapist.
Doctor Michner is a plastic surgeon in Roanoke who will also be seeing patients at the clinic.
In sports, today saw the first firing of the major league's post season.
here with that is Mike Stevens[S5-MLB]
The first ticker of the work week begins with some baseball news.
Major league baseball's regular season comes to a close tonight as the Cubs host the Giants in a special playoff game to determine the wildcard team.
The winner of the game moves on to meet the Braves.
The Rockies forced this playoff by beating the Giants yesterday.
But this afternoon Colorado fired manager Don Baylor.
He's the only skipper in the Rockies' sixc year history.
The Rockies were 8 games under 500 this year.
He's been offered a job in the front office.
And here's a shock. Mark McGwire has been named this week's player of the week in the big leagues.
He hit his 69th & 70th homers yesterday plus, led the league in walks, slugging percentage and extra base hits.[S5-UV
The Virginia Cavaliers' history with Duke dates back to 1890. Saturday, UVa begins a new rivalry with San Jose State.
Steve Mason takes a look into the past and the future with today's U-V-A media notes.
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That's it for the ticker, coming up at 6, a look back at a scorcher at Martinsville. see ya then.
Franklin County is tripling the space of its shelter for homeless and abused women.
23 women and children should be able to move into the new shelter within a month.
It's right next door to the old shelter.
Director Cynthia Treadway says there's a desperate need for the new rooms.
She turns away about 80 women and 100 children a year for lack of space.
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((CYNTHIA TREADWAY/SHELTER DIRECTOR: I DON'T THINK THERE ARE MORE AND MORE VICTIMS. I THINK THERE IS MORE AND MORE AWARENESS OF WHAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS IN A RELATIONSHIP. AND MORE PEOPLE WILLING TO COME FORWARD WITH IT. THEY FOUND OUT THERE IS SOMEBODY OUT THERE WHO REALLY CARES AND WILL HELP THEM ALL THE WAY THROUGH IT AND EVEN AFTERWARDS.))
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The shelter cost more than 500-thousand dollars, mostly grant money.
Local businesses donated some of the furniture and appliances.