On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight...
The earth moved in the Alleghany Highlands- -to make way for a New England company promising high-paying manufacturing jobs.
And we'll hear from two Miss Virginias- -as the mantle is passed from the one who became Miss America to the first runner up in the state pageant.
Tonight in sports, the Express is all set to open up a new season. Steve Mason will join us from the Roundhouse for LIVE pregame report with head coach Scott Gordon.
And finally, NASCAR goes under the lights at Daytona with qualifying on tap for tonight.
The Growing Season in the Greenbrier Valley is about to end overnight, as frost AND freeze warnings are posted. Chilly conditions will be the norm tomorrow morning all across the viewing area--I'll have all the weather details.
We have two different kinds job news for the region tonight. While one company is bringing in more than a hundred new jobs, another is cutting back.
We'll start with a company that's moving into the Alleghany Highlands, creating jobs for 125-people.
Scott Goldberg is in the newsroom tonight.
Scott, Scott what does this mean for the Highlands' economy?
This certainly is good news, Keith.
Unemployment rates in the Highlands have been above the state average.
And just within the last month, companies have laid off close to 300-people there.
So the opportunity to announce new jobs are coming to town is an opportunity economic developers took full advantage of.
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The room filled with applause this morning, when the politicians, business leaders and developers announced their big deal.
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((GLENN LOOPE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: I'M ON CLOUD NINE. IT'S A GOOD DAY FOR THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS.))
Their combined lobbying efforts, and a two-million dollar incentive package, convinced Massachusetts-based L-K-M Industries to build a new factory in Alleghany County.
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((DONALD PITMAN/LKM PRESIDENT: WE LOOKED AT OVER 30 COMUNITIES. AND THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS, THE DEDICATION OF THE PEOPLE, THE SINCERITY OF THE GROUPS AND THE OVER ALL HARDWORKING PEOPLE IN THIS AREA REALLY MADE THE SELECTION PROCESS EASY AT THE END.))
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L-K-M has already started building the 70-thousand square foot complex, where workers will make parts for air conditioners.
Jobs there will pay as much as 14-dollars an hour.
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((STATE SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: WE'VE BEEN HIT RECENTLY WITH SOME LAYOFFS SHUTDOWNS AND SO FORTH. AND WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THIS, GOOD JOBS, HIGH PAYING JOBS AND INVESTMENT IN THE AREA, IT'S ONCE AGAIN GOOD NEWS FOR THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS.))
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That factory will be part of the Alleghany Regional Commerce Center.
It's scheduled to open next spring.
There may be job growth in the Alleghany Highlands-- but in Southside Virginia, the news is job cuts.
Pluma has announced it's eliminating 90-jobs company wide, mostly clerical workers and managers.
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The North Carolina- based athletic wear manufacturer has several sewing facilities in Virginia-- including Martinsville, Chatham, and Rocky Mount.
The layoffs are part of the company's effort to save more than 2-million dollars a year because of recent losses.
A Liberty University student convicted of trespassing says he's become a prisoner of the state of Virginia.
John Reyes (RAY-iss) was found guilty for his role in an anti- abortion protest at E.C. Glass High School last fall.
Reyes is appealing that conviction, but says conditions of his bond require he ask permission to leave the state.. and a recent request to go home for Thanksgiving and Christmas was turned down.
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((JOHN REYES/ABORTION PROTESTOR: RIGHT NOW I CONSIDER MYSELF A PRISONER OF THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. I CANNOT LEAVE VIRGINIA, THE BORDERS OF VIRGINIA HAVE BECOME MY BARS, AND BASICALLY I AM STUCK HERE.))
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But prosecutor Bill Petty says when Reyes decided to appeal, the case moved out of HIS jurisdiction.
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((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG PROSECUTOR: THE CASE IS NOW WITH THE COURT OF APPEALS IN RICHMOND AND ONCE THEY ACCEPTED THE CASE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE IS THE AGENCY THAT'S REPRESENTING THE COMMONWEALTH, SO I COULDN'T HAVE ENTERED THE ORDER EVEN IF IT DIDN'T ALREADY EXIST.))
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Petty says Reyes' attorney should have sent any bond requests to the attorney general's office.. not his.
Defense attorneys don't want jurors to hear evidence that might paint Emmett Cressell, Junior as a racist.
Cressell's attorneys plan to file a brief Monday asking the judge to prohibit prosecutors from bringing up Cressell's criminal background among other things.
They're concerned the information will portray their client as a racist.
Cressell is accused of burning and beheading a black man in Elk Creek last year.
In court today- -another issue was resolved.
Judge Colin Campbell says if he's NOT able to seat a jury in two weeks, he'll consider a defense request to have Cressell tried outside Grayson County.
A crime spree in Roanoke last night put two 15-year-olds behind bars.
Police say in less than three hours, the teenagers tried to rob four people on the street at gunpoint.
They also broke into another woman's home and stole some jewelry.
Based on victims' descriptions, police arrested the two boys at a home on 8th street southeast, and confiscated a .22-caliber handgun.
No one was hurt.
Eleven days after fire cut the power to much of Community Hospital, the recovery continues.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell checks the pulse of Roanoke Memorial... where a combined staff is working hard to fill the gap.
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Barbara Bates spent the afternoon in the emergency room of Roanoke Memorial... Normally busy, this area is now bustling with the staff and patients of two hospitals.
Outside, parking is at a premium... officer guy gibson has a book of warnings for the windshield.
A dozen floors above, food service workers have pitched in to prepare meals for both hospitals...
It's anything but business as usual for the hospital and its staff.... but patients such as Tyler Lumsden are receiving the care they require.
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Two years after the big flood, some local residents are about to get long-awaited relief. That story is still ahead.
And as the new Miss Virginia is crowned, she promises to bring music to some very young ears.
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It's not enough to have poise, beauty and brains- -and to look great in a bathing suit. Successful pageant contestants these days have to champion a cause.
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((SO MANY PEOPLE STILL THINK THIS IS A BEAUTY PAGEANT. AND THAT'S NOT THE CASE.))
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Nicole Johnson returned to Roanoke today- -where she was crowned Miss Virginia in June.
She's diabetic. She has adopted diabetes as her public awareness "platform."
The 5-foot-9 beauty represented Lynchburg in the state pageant.
((WE'RE CONTINUOUSLY TRYING TO COMBAT THAT STEREOTYPE- -THAT THIS IS JUST A GIRL WHO WALKS ACROSS THE STAGE AND WINS A CROWN.))
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The coronation of her successor was not as dramatic as the Saturday night ceremony at the Roanoke Civic Center.
But it was nonetheless worth the trip from Chesapeake for 19-year old Nita Booth.
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((IT IS CERTAINLY AN HONOR TO BE HERE TODAY- -TO FINALLY GET THIS CROWN ON MY HEAD.))
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In an interview later in the day- -she said she doesn't expect to wear the crown very often... "parades mainly," she says, like the one in downtown Roanoke tomorrow afternoon.
The new Miss Virginia found a supporter in the audience for HER "platform."
Roanoke Symphony Music Director David Wiley publicly endorsed Booth's "Music for Babies" program.
((SHE'S AWARE OF THE STUDIES ABOUT THE "MOZART EFFECT." WHEN KIDS ARE EXPOSED TO CLASSICAL MUSIC AT A VERY EARLY AGE, HOW MUCH IT INCREASES THEIR COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND THEIR LEARNING IN ALL AREAS.))
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The symphony director hopes he and Booth can perform together to get the point across to school children.
State Police credit the use of cellular phones for a quick response to an accident that tied up Interstate 81 today.
Some people were stuck for hours as traffic backed up almost four miles near the Roanoke-Botetourt County line.
Police say a southbound driver lost control of her vehicle, which rolled down the banked median, ending up in the North bound lane.
Investigators say the increasing number of "cell-phones" is helping them hear about accidents sooner. And that's what happened today.
The first phase of the "Smart Highway" won't be up and running next month, after all.
Project supporters had hoped to have the initial one- point seven mile test bed complete in November.
But officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation say the project has been pushed back a year because of potential rock slides.
V-DOT says a cut through mountainous terrain southeast of Blacksburg has left unstable rock on both sides of the road.
What a day on Wall Street!
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The Dow surged more than 3-30 points, closing just under 83-hundred. NASDAQ stocks jumped 70.
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Republican Joe Barta picked up an endorsement from a conservative anti-abortion group today.
The Virginia Society for Human Life announced it supports the man who's trying to unseat Congressman Rick Boucher.
As Barta campaigned today with Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley ... and said if elected, he would vote to ban late-term abortions ... even if the mother's health was at risk.
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((JOE BARTA/REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: HEALTH IS A DIFFERENT MATTER BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO REALIZE -- WHO DETERMINES THE HEALTH OF THE MOTHER? IT IS THE PERSON DOING THE ABORTION. I DO NOT AGREE OF THE HEALTH OF THE MOTHER BECAUSE THAT IS A LOOPHOLE THROUGH WHICH ANYONE COULD HAVE AN ABORTION ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE.))
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Barta said a late-term abortion would be acceptable only if it would save the mother's life.
Flood relief money is on the way to residents of a Danville neighborhood whose homes were damaged and destroyed by Hurricane Fran.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a 700-thousand dollar grant to help property owners on Water Street.
The Mount Carmel Baptist Church and about 25-homes sustained a big hit when Fran blew through in 1996.
The federal aid will be used to buyout or relocate homes in this area.
The Department of Commerce also approved a grant that will allow for the replacement of damaged water lines and the building of a retaining wall.
A new shelter for abused women and children is open in Franklin County.
It has plenty of room for new residents.
Even space for social workers -- who help with everything from court services to counseling to financial planning.
Women who recovered in the first Franklin County shelter -- now volunteer in this one.
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((ANGIE SYKES/FORMER SHELTER RESIDENT: THEY'VE HELPED YOU SO YOU WANT TO RETURN THE FAVOR AND HELP THEM.))
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Since this shelter can house 24 women and children, the first one will now be reserved for full families, including men.
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((CYNTHIA TREADWAY/SHELTER DIRECTOR: WE'RE GOING TO DO SOME RENOVATING ON THE OLD ONE AND MAKE IT SO WE CAN HOUSE WHOLE FAMILIES THAT ARE HOMELESS SO WE CAN HOUSE A WHOLE FAMILY UPSTAIRS AND A WHOLE FAMILY DOWNSTAIRS TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THE MOM ADN FATHER AND SISTER AND BROTHERS TOGETHER.))
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Treadway says the new shelter should handle the area's needs for the next twenty years.
Tonight in sports, they are finally ready to race at Daytona under the lights.
I'll tell about a huge honor for Wendell Scott.
And Steve Mason is inside the Roundhouse getting set for a little hockey tonight.
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The Roanoke Express opens the franchise's 6th season tonight against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a season ago, arch rival Hampton Roads.
Steve Mason joins us from the Round House for a pregame report. Steve
Mike, there is a electricty buzzing around the Roanoke Civic Center as the Express gets ready to battle the Admirals in the season opener. In about twenty minutes, fans will watch the Express drop the 1997 Northeast division championship banner from the Round House rafters.
There is also a hint of revenge in the air, atleast from the fans. Last season, the Express had a lead in their playoff series with hampton, but some post game head butting and shouting from Admirals coach John Brophy resulted in a momentum shift that, some say, cost the Express a Kelly Cup. The Admirals went on to with the ECHL championship. About an hour ago, we asked John Brophy and Express defenseman Duiane Harmer about that contriversy.
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((AFTER FINISHING UP COACH INTERVIEW, STEVE THEN AD LIBS INTO :12 VO OF EXPRESS VIDEO FROM 1993))
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The first Express player has made it to the NHL. back in October of 1993, Dave Moose Morissette scored the franchise's first goal in a 5-4 win over South Carolina in the Express's first ever game. Moose has made the roster for the NHL Montreal Canadiens.
Face off tonight is at 7pm. We will have the complete highlights tonight at 11, Mike,[S-Daytona]
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Besides keeping a close eye on the hockey game tonight, we'll also be checking out Wiunston Cu qualifying from Daytona for Saturday night's Pepsi 400.
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This event was originally set for July 4th weekend, but the wildfires in Florida literally smoked the race out and forced it's postponement to October.
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The man with the most laps at night on the track is still Dale Earnhardt.
Back in February he put on an night time exhibition.
I'll have the top 25 tonight at 11.
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The city of High Point, North Carolina is doubling in population for the next few days, and we're right in the middle of it.
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Tonya Flory joins us with details.
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Keith, some 70-thousand makers and retailers of furniture...
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are converging on High Point today for the International Home Furnishings Market.
The twice-yearly event sets the stage for the industry for the year.
Jean Jadhon is checking out the market as the economy booms and the holiday shopping season nears.
You can catch the story tonight on News 7 at 11.
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