Coming up on News 7 at 5, some analysts fear good economic numbers for December could take a turn for the worse in Jan
and the unusual warm spell means more savings for people who heat their homes with oil.
More temperature records fell today. We'll show you where and the weekend forecast also features unusually mild conditions.
Doctors are warning asthma patients about possible dangerous side effects of a common medication.
And a young boy is recovering from an innovative throat surgery that gave him back his speech and taste.
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Wall Street had a shaky week- until today.
but despite that the job market looks good.
The latest employment numbers were released today.
They look strong- at least on the surface.
Emily Church explains why those numbers could change.
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((WALL STREET HAS BEEN ROCKED THIS WEEK BY A SERIES OF LAYOFF
ANNOUNCEMENTS, BUT THE SURPRISING NEWS FROM WASHINGTON IS THAT THE JOB
MARKET REMAINS STRONG.
OVER TWO HUNDRED-60 THOUSAND JOBS WERE ADDED TO THE WORKFORCE IN
NOVEMBER, AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DIPPED TO FOUR-POINT-FOUR
PERCENT, THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE MAY.
WARM WEATHER AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON CONTRIBUTED THE MOST NEW JOBS. THE
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS BEEN BOOMING AND DEPARTMENT STORES ARE HIRING.
THE STOCK MARKET RALLIED SHARPLY ON THE REPORT.
Byron Wien, chief investment strategist, Morgan Stanley
The economy is still growing. There are a lot of people who focus on all the layoffs that are going on in the United States and there are a lot of them. But, all of those people seem to be finding jobs because
the unemployment rate hasn't really gone up."
Emily Church, CBS MarketWatch:
DESPITE THE STRENGTH IN THE NOVEMBER JOBS REPORT, SOME ECONOMISTS ARE
CAUTIONING THAT THE JOB MARKET MIGHT NOT LOOK SO ROSY NEXT YEAR.
Robert Brusca/ chief economist, Nikko Securities:
The decline we saw in this report is not reality, it's a fluke and it's sort of leading you in the wrong direction. It's not a good time to be optimistic about the job market. Job growth is slowing down.
THERE WAS ONE PIECE OF TROUBLING NEWS. HIGHER PAYING FACTORY JOBS ARE ON
THE DECLINE, A RESULT OF THE ASIAN ECONOMIC CRISIS.
This is not a time for self-congratulation or a time to rest. We have
more to do here at home and more to do to stabilize the global economy
if we expect economic growth to continue.
SOME ECONOMISTS ARE LOOKING AT SLOWER ECONOMIC GROWTH NEXT YEAR AND
EXPECT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TO EDGE HIGHER. BUT, WITH STRENGTH IN
CONSUMER SPENDING AND THE JOB MARKET, SO FAR, FEW ARE PREDICTING A
EMILY CHURCH, CBS MARKETWATCH, NEW YORK))
A gallon of gas costs less than a bottle of water.
And now heating oil prices are following gas prices south.
It's more fallout from the global economic crisis.
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And as Scott Goldberg tells us, it's another good deal for consumers.
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Jean, A gallon of heating oil costs about 80-cents, that's 15-cents cheaper than last year.
The problem is, consumers aren't exactly racing to take advantage of the low prices.
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(([shot of sun over house]
In these dog days of December,
[thermometer]the unseasonable temperatures don't have too many people thinking about heating their homes.
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((TIDROW: MY GIRLFRIEND JUST ASKED ME IF IT'S GOING TO SNOW IN THE SUMMER SINCE IT'S BEING SO HOT NOW, MAYBE IN THE SUMMER IT'LL SNOW.))
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It's good for homeowners like Dwayne Tidrow.
They're not using air conditioning OR heat.
That keeps their energy bills low.
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But it's not-so-great-news for the heating industry -- especially for the heating OIL industry.
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((RON LUNDY: YOUR DELIVERIES IN DECEMBER ARE PRETTY MUCH PREDICATED ON WEATHER IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER. AND AS MILD AS IT'S BEEN, THE DELIVERIES ARE GOING TO BE MUCH LESS THAN WHAT WE'D NORMALLY BE DOING.))
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On top of that, heating oil prices have dropped 16 percent since last year.
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((LUNDY: OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SEEING A BENEFIT IN REDUCED PRICE OF OIL, JUST LIKE THEY ARE GAS AT THE PUMP.))
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Heating oil companies may not lose money this season.
But they definitely won't be as profitable as they've been in the past.
Plus, the heating season lasts through February.
And there's always the chance we could see some winter weather between now and then.
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A Pittsylvania County man will spend 38-years in prison for killing his wife.
Mark Dana Turner was sentenced today for shooting Kimberly Turner in the head in October 1997.
He was found guilty last April of second degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of murder.
The jury believed the prosecution's evidence that Turner was mad at his wife because he thought she was having an affair.
Turner claimed all along that the shooting was an accident.
Last summer a Bland County company had to throw away more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of vaccines when a refrigerator shut down in the middle of the night.
One of the refrigeration units at General Injectibles and Vaccines went from minus 18-degrees to about 50.
The F-D-A would not let the company ship the melted vaccines.
The whole thing is now the subject of a lawsuit filed this week in U-S District Court.[(toss to R)]
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Coming up on News 7, Smith Mountain Lake is on the decline. We'll have details next.
And a company that makes toy chests wants to get one of its products off the market.
On Health Check, doctors preform a revolutionary surgery to give a young boy his voice back.
and Patrick Evans could be coming soon to a home near you as he prepares for the Salem Homes Tour.
A glimpse into the history of Lynchburg doesn't necessarily require a trip to the city's museum.. you can also just hop in your car and drive.
A recent survey shows there are sixteen historic outdoor sculptures scattered around the Hill City.
But time and the elements have taken their toll.. so an effort to restore the statues is underway.
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((TOM LEDFORD/LYNCHBURG MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK TO OUR FUTURE IN ATTRACTING PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES TO LYNCHBURG. EVERYBODY HERE, I THINK, WANTS LYNCHBURG TO LOOK AS GOOD AS IT CAN, WELL- MAINTAINED, AND SOME OF THESE SCULPTURES WHICH ARE NOW IN VERY DETERIORATED CONDITION AREN'T EXACTLY HELPING US DO THAT.))
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Ledford estimates it will take 130-thousand dollars to restore the statues, and another hundred thousand for future maintenance.
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Smith Mountain Lake officials say if lake levels keep dropping, the trees underwater will poke through.
So they've come up with a plan.
The recent drought has dropped lake levels almost six feet.
The lake also provides water to generate power.
But now American Electric Power, which runs the dam, is asking the state to release LESS water from the lake.
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A-E-P also needs to keep enough water in the lake to fuel January and February heat demands.
The lake level drops nearly three and a half inches a week these days.
If the state approves the new plan, the lake would lose less than an inch per week.
But it will continue to drop until it rains.
If you're a fan of the rich local history of the Valley, you'll want to take part in Salem's Historic Home Tour this weekend. Patrick Evans joins us for a preview.
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Salem's Homes tour comes up this Sunday, when you will have a chance to see some of the Valley's most historic homes.
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Patrick Evans joins us from one of the homes along the tour, which runs through the old "East Hill" neighborhood.
Patrick, what's special about this year's tour?
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It's a big Sports weekend for local teams. Today in Sports, Steve Mason will check in with teams trying to play their way to the championship.
Tonight on health check --
A warning about an asthma drug that's being blamed for causing a rare condition.
And researchers are discovering what makes the AIDS virus attack some people faster.
In health check today we're talking about correcting damaged throats.
Doctors can usually restore either natural speech or swallowing ability, but not both.
After six years of silence-- a group of surgeons have been able to give both back to a 12-year-old boy.
Jennifer McLogan has more.
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(( Nyron Morales says his prayers have been answered. He says doctors
here gave him a miracle Christmas gift.
I didn't want to drink it.. she hold me and pushed it down my throat.. I was spitting up blood.
NARR/ The caustic liquid had totally destroyed his ability to speak,
swallow, he couldn't even eat. He was hooked to feeding tubes making
him the laughing stock of his school.
They made fun of me. They were calling me names.
NARR/ His father and aunt were very poor, but felt that somewhere
somehow outside of Trinidad they could find help.
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I started to cry.. I didn't know where to go. But, when I went to
Nyron's dad he gave me the courage that I needed. He said, don't worry. We will get the money.. and he really did get it. He walked from village to village asking for donations.
He walked from house to house asking for donations.
NARR/ After four long years they had enough for plane tickets. In
October they came here to Schneider Children's Hospital. (Long Island
Jewish Medical Center)
MCLOGAN STANDUP/ These doctors were the only ones who could help Nyron.
They pioneered a new surgery which-- after three operations-- in
stages-- have restored his voice and allowed him to taste food again.
SOT/DR. MARK SHIKOWITZ
..This is the type of surgery you do to give somebody back their life.
NARR/ There is hope now.. school back in Trinidad right after Christmas.
The hospital and doctors have donated their services and promised him a trip to : (NYRON SOT-- "McDonald's" ) He's mo
st eager to eat: (NYRSON SOT- "hamburgers")
Reporting from New Hyde Park, Jennifer McLogan, for CBS News))
Nyron will undergo intensive swallowing and speech therapy before heading back home to Trinidad, but he won't have to have any more operations.
A drug for asthma sufferers may have a serious side effect.
Singulair is a fairly new once-a-day drug for the treatment of chronic asthma in adults and children ages 6 and older.
Doctors are being warned to carefully watch patients for signs of
a rare, but serious condition known as churg-strauss syndrome.
The disorder affects body tissue, and eventually destroys organs.
Symptoms include rash, numbness, and severe sinusitis.
Singulair's manufacturer says it's received fewer than 20 reports of
patients developing churg-strauss.
And the company maintains there's no proof the drug actually causes
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Medical Researchers are finding evidence as to why some people develop AIDS faster than others.
A certain gene could speed up the progression of the disease in certain patients.
Doctors at the National Cancer Institute say a certain variation
of the gene, C-C-R-5, can cause H-I-V infection to develop into
full-blown AIDS two years earlier than normal.
Its estimated that up to 17-percent of patients who develop aids
quickly, have that gene type.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Friday one hundred and 20 seconds of sports.
Three of our Friday Football Extra teams competing for state championships tomorrow were the center of attention at each of their schools today.
Over in Salem, the Spartans held a pep rally for their team as they geared up for the Division IV state championship in the school's gymnasium.
The 13 and OH Spartans face Lafayette, another undefeated team.
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Amherst is also in the hunt for a group 3A division 5 state title. The Lancers are headed to Norfolk today for the long ride to Hampton to face the defending state champion Crabbers in their backyard.
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The Red Devils of Rustburg are vying for a group 2A Division III championship against Nottoway in Charlottesville.
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Here's a quick look at the VHSL football state championship line up for tomorrow.
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Speaking of playoffs, the girls hit the hard wood today.
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The salem Civic Center had a good size crowd on hand for the Girls state basketball semi-finals. At 2pm, Sussex Central battled J.J. Kelly in the first Group A final four.
The game was close until the final few minutes. J.J. Kelly pulled away for the 67-61 victory. The Lady Indians advance to the state championship tomorrow at 1pm. They will meet __________ for the title.
Coming up at six, We will hear from bassett and Byrd about their final four matchups, and Jeff Gordon speaks before the NASCAR awards banquet in New York. have a great weekend.
Yesterday, Snowshoe was the only winter resort south of Vermont still in operation, but today the warm weather finally caught up with the skiers and snowboarders there.
The Pocahontas County resort had managed to keep a couple of runs open even as temperatures soared.
But today, officials were forced to suspend winter activities.
This weekend the Hawthorne Valley Golf Course, and mountain bike trails will be open, but the ski lifts will not be operating.
Snowshoe officials say they only need two nights of snowmaking to re-open the slopes. They're hoping for colder weather next week.