A new factory coming to Alleghany County will bring back some of the nearly 300 jobs the county has lost in the last month.
Boston based L-K-M Industries announced this morning it's building a seven million dollar manufacturing plant in Clifton Forge.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Starlink]
That's where Scott Goldberg is this afternoon.
Scott-- sounds like good news for Highland's economy.
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Floyd County will lose 160-jobs in December.
Floyd's "Cross Creek Apparel" facility is shutting down after six years of business.
In a statement, officials say employees will be offered jobs at other Cross Creek Apparel facilities as the work becomes available.
Those not able to transfer will receive severance packages.
Workers hope that will be enough to pay the bills and buy Christmas presents.
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[IN Q=WE GET A SEVERANCE]
((CARY QUESENBERRY/PRODUCTION WORKER; WE GET A SEVERANCE PACKAGE AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL FIND SOMETHING SOON AFTERWARDS.))
((Do you think the severance packages will help you get through until you do get another job? MELISSA MENGELT/PRODUCTION WORKER; YEAH, I HOPE SO.))
[SUPER=01-Cary Quesenberry/Production Worker; :00]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Mengelt/Production Worker; :09]
[OUT Q=I HOPE SO.]
Cross Creek also plans to provide a job replacement program with funding for relocation and retraining.
The company is also seeking a replacement employer for the Floyd facility.
The North Carolina-based company manufactures apparel for department and specialty stores.
Police are not sure if a tractor trailer driver is to blame for an accident that backed up traffic on Interstate 81 for miles this morning.
A woman was traveling South bound near the Roanoke-Botetourt County line after seven when she thought a truck was moving into her lane.
She lost control of her Ford Explorer and the vehicle rolled down the banked median, ending up in the North bound lane.
Rescue crews were on the scene in minutes, thanks to passersby.
[IN Q=As more and more]
((Sgt. Tom Foster/VA State Police-AS MORE AND MORE CELL PHONES COME INTO SERVICE OUR RESPONSE TIMES HAVE BEEN CUT DRAMATICALLY BECAUSE THE PUBLIC HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB OF NOTIFYING US OF THINGS LIKE THIS))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/VA State Police]
[OUT Q=of things like this]
Traffic was backed up for about 4 miles as the injured driver was removed from the vehicle and air lifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she is listed in stable condition.
This could turn out to be a critical day for the Middle East Peace Process. (----------------)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are at the White House this afternoon to discuss further Israeli troop withdrawals from the West
This would only come about if Arafat signs a document outlining specific steps to counter terrorism.
((ALBRIGHT:HE CAN MAKE A 100% EFFORT AND HE CAN DEVELOP A PLAN FOR
TRYING TO GET TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND HE HAS
BEEN WORKING ON IT..." ))
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;]
[OUT Q=working on it.]
Following their meeting in the Oval Office Arafat and Netanyahu will continue their talks at a secluded conference center on Maryland's Eastern shore.
The deadline for the peace accord is May 19-99.
They still have some work to do today, but White House and Congressional negotiators say they've agreed on a new federal budget with a 500 million dollar price tag.
Speaker Newt Gingrich says that the budget will include the first peace time increase in defense spending since 1985.
It will also include more money to fight the war on drugs.
((IT WILL INCLUDE SUBSTANTIAL...NEW AUTHORITY AND NEW POWER. ))
[SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/(R) Speaker of the House;]
[OUT Q=NEW AUTHORITY AND NEW POWER. ]
G-O-P Leaders agreed to give President Clinton the billion dollars he wanted to hire more teachers..but rejected his demand for money to build
A preliminary hearing for murder supect Emmit Cressell is expected to get underway shortly.
His attornies are expected to argue that he cannot get a fair trial in Grayson County.
Jury selection is set to begin in two weeks for the capital murder suspect.
Cressell's attorneys are asking for a change of venue because of intense media publicity surrounding their client's case, as well as that of co-defendant Louis Ceparano.
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With the execution of Dwayne Allen Wright, Virginia has set a modern record for most executions in one year.
His death also marks the first execution of a juvenile offender in the state in six decades.
Wright was put to death last night for a murder and attempted rape he committed in Fairfax when he was just 17.
He also committed two other murders just days earlier.
Death penalty opponents at a State Capitol rally yesterday blasted the state for failing a brain damaged man, who as a teen was turned loose from a mental hospital because of mismanagement.
Governor Jim Gilmore declined to intervene, saying Wright was NOT a child, nor was he a model prisoner.
In prison, he was found with a homemade knife in his cell and had assaulted other prisoners.
In 1989, Wright chased down and shot his final victim, an Ethiopian woman.
Wright died by lethal injection at 9-15 P-M.
At least 15 deer have turned up dead in the Fort Chiswell area of Wythe County.
The deer were hemorrhaging in their lungs and heart muscles and some in their throats.
Officials with the Department of Game and Inland fisheries believe a virus is to blame...
But they're running tests to determine the exact cause.
They say the deer do NOT pose a threat to humans or livestock.
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Home Depot representatives say it may be weeks before they make a final decision on the potential store at the corner of Brambleton Avenue and Route 4-19.
A study of traffic near the Home Depot site should be completed soon, and submitted to the Virginia Department of Transportation for its review.
[IN Q=What takes place]
((LAURA BULLOCK/VA. DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION: WHAT TAKES PLACE ON THE PROPERTY IS NOT VDOT'S PURVIEW, BUT THE EFFECT ON THE ROAD SYSTEM CERTAINLY IS OF INTEREST TO US. WE WANT TO INSURE THAT OUR HIGHWAYS ARE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO USE THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Va. Dept. of Transportation]
[OUT Q=all of the people who use them.]
Opponents of the project have filed a lawsuit against the Roanoke County Supervisors.
The county's response is due by early November.
Relationships between the U-S and Japan have been further strained after yet another alledged incident involving a U-S Marine.
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These protestors are chanting "Americans leave," outside a U-S military base in Okinawa.
Overnight an 18 year old Japanese girl died following a hit and run accident that may have involved a Marine.
Twenty-three year old Marine Randall Eskridge has been charged with drunken driving.
Tensions have been high in Okinawa since three U-S Servicemen were convicted of raping a school girl.
NATO'S Secretary General is headed to Belgrade today to finalize the Kosovo Peace agreement.
Javier Solana (HAH'-vee-yay soh-LAHN'-ah) plans to again warn President Slobodan Milosevic about the threat of Airstrikes if he fails to comply with international demands.
[SUPER=03-Kisna Rika, Kosovo;]
About halfway through the four day grace peroid Yugoslav forces still have not pulled out of Kosovo so that refugees can feel safe enough to return to their villages.
((JAVIER SOLANA, NATO SECRETARY GENERAL
THE INFORMATION WE HAVE AT THIS VERY MOMENT, THIS MORNING, IS STILL
COMPLIANCE IS NOT A REALITY. SOME EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE, STILL
COMPLIANCE IS NOT A REALITY. ))
[SUPER=01-Javier Solana/NATO Secretary General;]
[OUT Q=is not a reality. (DOUBLE OUT)]
Milosevic has until 1 A-M Saturday to comply with U-N Demands.
The U-S teen pregnancy rate has hit a record low.
A new study shows the teen pregnancy rate for 19-95 was the lowest it has been in 20 years.
The study also says the abortion rate was down sharply.
The study credits the pregnancy drop to birth control and fewer teens having sex.
But the U-S still has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates of all industrialized countries.
The Atlanta Braves are packing up their bags and heading home.
Last night San Diego ended Atlanta's season with a 5-to-nothing win in game six of the N-L-C-S.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Fox; :00]
The Padres got all five of their runs in the sixth inning.
The Braves won two games on the road, but lost all three games in front of the home fans for the second straight year.
[IN Q="No place...]
[SUPER=01-John Smoltz/Braves Pitcher; :00]
[OUT Q=...than we did."]
Game one of the world series is now scheduled for Saturday night.
It's opening night for the Roanoke Express, and the team is preparing to welcome Hampton Roads to the Roundhouse.
With both of Roanoke's dominating goalies on the bench, the Express will likely use Chris Bernard in the net.
Last season at this time, he was in college, and earlier this preseason, he was cut by Columbus of the Central Hockey League.
Yesterday, Gagnon's broken right index finger was wrapped in a protective splint. There is a slight chance he will be available.
Daniel Berthiaume will sit out the opener, completing his ECHL suspension from last year's playoffs.
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...go from there]
Game time is 7 o'clock at the Roundhouse.
N-B-A star Shaquille O'Neal is accused of assaulting a Walt Disney World employee.
Kim Grant says Shaq grabbed her by the arm and neck outside a Disney nightclub after she allegedly rebuffed his pick-up lines.
The twenty-three year old woman says Shaq wouldn't let go until she threatened to file charges.
He left Carolina on Tuesday, and yesterday, quarterback Kerry Collins was picked up off waivers by the New Orleans Saints.
Collins says he's excited about the chance to play for coach Mike Ditka, and Ditka told reporters yesterday that he is willing to give Collins a chance to start over and prove he can still perform.
The Saints will pay the remainder of his $1 point 1 million dollar contract - about $746 thousand bucks.
Ironically, the Saints visit Carolina on November 1st.
That wasn't the Saints only quarterback shuffle yesterday. Ditka benched starter Danny Wuerffel and promised Billy Joe Tolliver the start.
Two local guys are being affected by NASCAR's latest team changes.
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South Boston's Ward Burton will stay with Bill Davis racing next season, but now their sponsor will be Caterpillar.
The machinery manufacturer has been a NASCAR sponsor for five years.
And Skip Eyler, who began this year working as the crew chief for the John Deere Ford, was released yesterday as crew chief for Cale Yarborough's team.
Many area racing fans know Eyler from the time he spent working with Tink Reedy on the local late model circuit.
Basketball is back at U-V-A.
The men's and women's teams were introduced yesterday in Charlotteville.
Steve Mason reports.
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[SUPER=04-1997-98 Season; :09]
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Men's Head Coach; :15]
[SUPER=01-Colin Ducharme/One of Three Returning Juniors; :38]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Ryan/UVa Women's Head Coach; 1:00]
[OUT Q=..News 7 sports"]
((Pete Gillen's theme, remain positive despite having only five scholarship players back. The graduation of Curtis Staples and Norman Nolan meant their 40 of Virginia's 65 point per contest last season are gone.
The freshman will be depended upon not only for quality minutes, but to handle the emmence pressure that comes with playing in the ACC on aseniorless team
Debbie Ryan needs only 19 victories to reach the 500 career win mark, attainable considering she averages 23 wins a s
eason and puts perhaps one of her deepest teams on the floor this season.))