The Volvo truck plant in Pulaski County is adding new jobs and investing 148 million dollars in the facility.
Governor Jim Gilmore made the announcement last night in the State of the Commonwealth address.
The Governor announced he is proposing the creation of the Virginia Investment Partnership which he says will assist state manufacturers in creating more jobs.
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The announcement is welcome news in the New River Valley. Scott Golberg is at the Volvo plant in Pulaski County with details of the Governor's announcement.
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A Martinsville Middle School student has been suspended for bringing a handgun to school.
The 45-caliber weapon and ammunition were discovered at an after-school wrestling practice at the high school.
The boy's coach notified the middle school principal who then contacted the police.
The 13-year old said the gun belonged to his mother.
The school board could decide today if the student can remain in school.
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The boy also faces criminal charges for bringing the gun onto school property.
Those charges will be handled in the juvenile court system.
Rescue workers have recovered two of the four bodies in a U-S military plane crash.
The refueling plan went down last night in Germany, as it tried to land.
The crew was in Germany to support refueling missions of NATO reconnaissance planes.
The men were all due to return home to Washington state tomorrow.
U-S military investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.
A Blacksburg judge convicted a former Virginia Tech football star of driving under the influence of alcohol, last fall.
23- year old Cornell Brown will lose his license for a year, although he can attempt to get a restricted license.
In court yesterday, a Blacksburg police officer testified Brown appeared drunk the morning he was pulled over for speeding.
His blood alcohol content later registered point- one -oh.
But Brown's attorney says his client, who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens, was NOT legally drunk that night, that years of playing football contributed to his appearing unsteady on his feet during a field sobriety test.
The judge apparently didn't agree but did indicate he plans to dismiss a second charge of driving on a suspended license.
Brown says he hasn't had a drink since the incident and that he's currently enrolled in a N-F-L counseling program.[
Roanoke's Commonwealth's attorney says he needs to hear more before makes a decision on charging a hockey coach for shoving several people during Sunday's Game with the Express. Hampton Roads Coach John
Brophy was leaving the ice when he was videotaped shoving civic center event staff and a police officer.. but there is no audio on the tape the Express gave to police.
Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell saw the tape for the first time tonight, and says, without sound, it only tells part of the story.
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Caldwell commended the officers involved, saying they handled the situation in a very professional manner.
He doesn't expect to make a decision on the matter before Friday.
Doctors now have conclusive evidence that the radical procedure of
surgically removing both breasts... drastically reduces the risk of
breast cancer for high risk patients.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic were the first to systematically study
the benefits of the procedure known as prophylactic mastectomy.
The results show the breast cancer death rate cut by up to 90 percent
in women known to be at high risk for breast cancer.
Doctors studying colon cancer now reccomend calcium supplements to
prevent that deadly disease.
A four year study found that 12 hundred milligrams a day of calcium
was effective in preventing polyps from returning.
Polyps often develop into colon cancer.
VICKY JONES, M.D./UCSD CANCER CENTER
CALCUIM'S EASY TO TAKE AND IF IT CAUSES FEW SIDE EFFECTS AND IF IT WILL HEP EVEN A LITTLE BIT, THEN GREAT. ))
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Researchers caution women with a history of kidney stones to avoid
Jimmy Johnson has changed his mind. He will stay on as coach of the Miami Dolphins.
The team will hold a news conference in just a few minutes, and Johnson is expected to make it official at that time.
As recently as last night, Johnson was expected to resign.
He is also expected to name former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt as his assistant head coach.
Johnson has won Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and a collegiate championship at the University of Miami.
Virginia Tech football fans are breathing sighs of relief.
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster is staying in Blacksburg.
Yesterday, Foster said he was flattered by the interest shown by the Florida Gators, but that he is extremely excited about returning for his 13-th season with the Hokies.
This season Tech's defense ranked among the top 11 teams nationally in six defensive categories.