Today on News 7, management says the plan to bring 13-hundred jobs to the Volvo plant in Pulaski could disappear.
and families in Jackson, Tennessee, begin to comb through the wreckage after a killer tornado strikes overnight.
Blustery winds signal the passage of a cold front. Looks sunny with seasonable temperatures this week.
In medical news --
Doctors are using a breakthrough treatment for lung cancer.
And the Virginia Association of Health Plans is calling a new Democratic health care proposal a prescription for financial disaster.
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Management at the Volvo plant in Pulaski County says a multimillion dollar expansion could be in jeopardy if workers don't agree to a new contract.
Volvo is threatening to cancel its plan to bring 13-hundred new jobs to Pulaski County.
This, after union workers rejected a new contract this weekend.
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Scott Goldberg is in the newsroom with details.
[Live= Scott Full/Newsroom]
Jean, we have a copy of a memo that went out to Volvo employees today.
It criticizes hourly workers for rejecting the company's proposal...
and it says Volvo will not add the 13-hundred jobs it promised to add at the Pulaski COunty truck plant ....
If the union does not ratify this new contract by the end of January.
The memo says -- quote -- the plant expansion will not proceed, nor will the funds provided by the commonwealth of virginia be accepted, if approved.
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Volvo says it will consider other options, including opening a new plant in Mexico instead of expanding the plant in Pulaski County.
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Last week local leaders hailed Volvo's plan to add the jobs... saying it would be a huge boost for the local economy.
The expansion is contigent, though, on the General Assembly approving money and the local chapter of the United Auto Workers Union ratifying a new contract.
The U-A-W voted down this recent proposal, which would reduce wages earned by new plant employees.
[Live= Scott Full/Newsroom]
Volvo said tonight it is still talking to the union...
and there's a chance this can all be worked out.
Tornados ripped through Western Tennessee overnight killing eight people and causing millions in damages.
Jackson, Tennessee is among the hardest hit.
That's where we find Drew Levinson who has the latest.
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((The day after the deadly tornados ripped through Tennessee, destroying homes, overturning trucks and cars, uprooting trees and snapping power lines, dazed residents tried to describe what happened.
WE HEARD SOMETHING LIKE A TRAIN COMING THRU.
WE WAS ON THE FLOOR LAYING DOWN
IT LASTED MAYBE 60 SECONDS, IT WAS OVER IN A FLASH.
A flash that took lives and left widespread pockets of destruction.
I'VE SEEN TORNADOES QUITE OFTEN, I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE THIS WIDE.
IT'S MY FAMILY BUSINESS.
Mitzi Day's auto business was among the hardest hit.
IT'S JUST DEVASTATING, THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY. WE WERE JUST GETTING BACK ON OUR FEET AFTER THE FLOODING HERE TWO YEARS AGO. IT'S HARD, REALLY HARD.
In the same strip mall, a finance company's roof was blown off, the walls ripped away.
I'm glad nobody was here. This is just a building. there were lives taken in this mess. It can rebuilt.
While thankful they'd escaped with their lives, people were forced to face the physical damage. Winds blew through the sanctuary of a Methodist church, homes were flattened. Vice President Gore tried to
reassure the tornado victims in his home state.
GORE: This administration will do everything possible to help these people recover.))
Three freight trains collided today- in Bryan Ohio-
killing two crew members and derailing 16 cars over a quarter mile.
Both of the victims were thrown from the engine-
It's not clear whether fog contributed to the accident but officials say snow held up rescue crews.
((THERE WERE SOME EFFORTS HAMPERED INITIALLY BECAUSE OF HEAVY SNOW WE'VE HAD THAT RANGES ANYWHERE FROM SIX INCHES TO WAIST DEEP. WE HAD SOME PLOWS TO GET BACK TO THE ACCIDENT SCENE WHICH WAS A QUARTER MILE OFF THE ROAD RIGHT NOW.))
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38 people were evacuated from several homes in Northwestern Ohio- as one engine burned for hours.
The wreckage also blocked a main railroad route to Chicago.
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The abortion debate takes center stage today at the General Assembly. We'll have that story next.
And we'll see how local leaders are remembering Martin Luther King Junior.
On Health Check, a new test under development could spot ovarian cancer years earlier.
Stay with us. There's More News 7 after this break.
A restriction on abortion rights is most likely to become law this year in Virginia.
People who oppose abortion rights rallied today for a 24-hour waiting period.
We were asked NOT to identify a woman who wished she'd been forced to wait before her abortion.
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[IN Q=I wanted to leave]
((I WANTED TO LEAVE. BUT AS I LOOKED FOR SOMEONE TO ASK FOR MY BELONGINGS...tears... MY NAME WAS CALLED. I FELT THAT I HAD CROSSED THE POINT OF NO RETURN.))
[OUT Q=no return.]
Planned Parenthood points out Virginia law already requires informed consent.
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[IN Q=And we also ]
((BEN GREENBERG/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VIRGINIA: AND WE ALSO FEEL THAT THE BILL IS A SLAP IN THE FACE OF ALL WOMEN. TO SUGGEST THAT A WOMAN DOESN'T THINK THROUGH THIS VERY DIFFICULT DECISION, GIVE IT ALL THE CONSIDERATION IT NEEDS BEFORE MAKING THAT DECISION IS REALLY EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING, AND PUTS WOMEN IN A VERY BAD LIGHT.))
[SOT presser 09:51:46]
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/(R) VIRGINIA BEACH: BUT I SAY THAT THIS BILL REALLY HONORS AND PROTECTS A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO KNOW. TO KNOW FULLY ALL OF THE BENEFITS, THE RISKS, THE ALTERNATIVES.))
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[SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :19]
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The waiting period is expected to pass the House.
It's challenge will be a Senate committee.
As President Clinton puts the finishing touches on his State of the Union Speech, his attorneys are preparing their opening arguments for tomorrow's Senate Impeachment trial.
Lee Cowan reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Orrin Hatch/(R) Utah;]
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((ON THE EVE OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF HIS PRESIDENCY,
MR. CLINTON TOOK TIME OUT TO VOLUNTEER HIS SERVICES AS PART MARTIN
LUTHER KING DAY OBSERVANCES.
(( CLINTON SOT))
IT MAY HAVE BEEN A WELCOME DISTRACTION FROM WHAT AIDS DESCRIBE AS
HIS PASSION OF LATE: AGONIZING OVER WHAT IS TURNING OUT TO BE A VERY
LENGTHY STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH.
(( NAT LAST YEAR ))
MUCH LIKE LAST YEAR'S MESSAGE, IT IS EXPECTED TO OUTLINE AN
AGGRESSIVE POLICY AGENDA BUILT AROUND THE PILLARS OF EDUCATION AND
THE FINAL TOUCHES STILL BE PAINTED ONTO EVERY PAGE - EVERY NUANCE
PRATICED A THOUSAND TIMES.
DESPITE FEARS HIS MESSAGE MAY BE DEVOURED BY THE AKWWARD
ATMOSPHERE -THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT'S ALL IN CHARACTER.
(( SUPER: JOE LOCKHART//WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN )) (( SOT AT 13:11:56 ))
"This President wants to make sure that on the last day of his last term
that he's in office, that he's still pushing forward and pushing out
HIS LEGAL TEAM, MEANWHILE, IS CONSUMED WITH ANOTHER MATTER_.
(( HYDE SOT ?? ))
_DISMANTLING WHAT SOME SENATORS DESCRIBE AS A VERY EFFECTIVE
REPUBLICAN ARGUMENT THAT MAY HAVE EVEN CHANGED SOME MINDS ABOUT REMOVING
THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE.
(( SUPER: SEN. ORIN HATCH//R-UT ))
(( SOT AT 10:01:45 ))
"At the beginning I don't think anybody doubted the statement that there
were not 67 votes, but I saw a lot of people squirming throughout the
House presentation which was a powerful presentation.
THE PRESIDENT'S JURORS ARE ANYTHING BUT SEQUESTERED - NEARLY
1/5TH OF THEM MADE THE ROUNDS ON THE TALK SHOWS THIS WEEKEND: THE HOT
TOPIC -- WHETHER TO CALL WITNESSES.
EVEN THE SENATE'S MINORITY LEADER NOW CONCEEDS THEY ARE, IN HIS
"WHO ARE WE," HE ARGUED "TO TELL THE HOUSE OR THE WHITE HOUSE HOW
TO PRESENT THEIR CASE."
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"To gauge which event the President seems more concerned about, the
White House says he spent a mere 30 minutes with his lawyers talking
about his defense strategy over the weekend. By contrast, he spent about
8 hours going over his State of the Union Speech. His assessment of the
case against him? The White House would only say he thinks its time for
his side of the story. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."))
On the day marked to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Roanoke chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held its annual march to pay tribute to the group's founder.
Several people of different races and ages braved the weather and marched with the organization while singing spiritual hymns.
Youngsters who took part have some idea of who King was and what he did for racial equality.
[IN Q=HE LET BLACK]
((FELICIA EMERALD FREEMAN/MARCHER; HE LET BLACK PEOPLE GO WITH WHITE PEOPLE.))
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[OUT Q=WHITE PEOPLE.]
The march ended at St. Paul's Church, where the SCLC took time out to remember King.
Church officials say the civil rights leader left behind a legacy, encouraging all people to be something, do something and to leave something.
[IN Q=TO LEAVE SOMETHING]
((REVEREND CHARLES ROBERTS/ST. PAUL'S METHODIST CHURCH; TO LEAVE SOMETHING MEANS YOU NEED LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND. DR. KING LEFT BEHIND HIS LEGACY OF SERMONS, SONGS, AND ABOVE ALL, HE LEFT THAT DREAM BEHIND.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Roberts/St. Paul's Methodist Church;]
[OUT Q=DREAM BEHIND.]
The SCLCs theme for its program was focusing on the youth today and tomorrow, teaching children what King lived and died for and to continue his dream.
Today is known as Lee Jackson King day in Virginia. In addition to honoring King, the day is also set aside to recognize Civil War Leaders Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
They're also commemorating the life of Doctor King at Hollins University. After this break, Patrick Evans will tell us what's going on there.
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is being observed and celebrated in many different ways throughout the day.
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This evening, people will gather at the Dupont Chapel on the Campus of Hollins University, and Patrick Evans has a preview of this event designed to celebrate King's life.
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A patients' bill of rights has become the battle cry for Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly.
And Roanoke Senator John Edwards is leading the way, with a bill to allow HMOs to be sued if their decisions hurt patients.
[SOT edwards 14:46:57]
[IN Q=We've heard]
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: WE'VE HEARD HORROR STORIES ABOUT AN HMO OR AN INSURANCE COMPANY SAYING YOU'RE ONLY ENTITLED TO FIVE DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL WHEN THE PHYSICIAN SAYS THEY OUGHT TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR TEN DAYS. WELL IF THEY DO THAT AND SOMETHING GOES WRONG, THEY OUGHT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.))
[SOT PRATT 13:57:10 ]
(( LAWSUITS ARE NOT GONNA -- THEY'RE GONNA HELP PEOPLE ON THE BACK END. THEY'RE NOT GONNA ADDRESS THE REAL FRONT END PROBLEM WHERE PEOPLE NEED TO GET COVERAGE FOR THE THINGS THAT AIL THEM. AND TORT LIABILITY, A LAWSUIT THREE YEARS AFTER THE FACT, IS NOT GONNA DO THAT FOR THEM. IN FACT, IT'S GONNA END MEANING SMALL BUSINESSES DECIDE TO DROP COVERAGE. IT'S GOING TO MEAN GREATER COST SHARING.))
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[OUT Q=cost sharing.]
Democrats are also pushing for an independent panel to review HMO decisions.
There are some discouraging statistics on ovarian cancer.
The new numbers show a woman is more likely to die of illness now than in 1979.
Early detection of ovarian cancer is very critical to survival rates.
When the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, women only have a 12 percent chance of surviving.
But if it is caught while it is still in the ovary, that number soars to 90 percent.
That is why doctors at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago are experimenting with a new test that could detect ovarian cancer much earlier.
Dr. David Fishman developed a very sophisticated needle to take samples of ovarian tissue without invasive surgery.
It would take just five minutes in a doctor's office. The specimen is then checked for signs of cancer.
Fishman compares it to a pap test for the ovaries.
In some cases, it could detect cancer years earlier.
The tests are still in the preliminary stages.
A new laser technology to treat patients with cancer of the esophagus is now being used to fight lung cancer as well.
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Photodynamic therapy or P-D-T shrinks tumors using a light reactive drug called photofrin.
Photofrin is injected into the patient and absorbed by the body's tissue.
The drug interacts with a laser and doctors are able to target and destroy cancer cells without damaging surrounding tissue.
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[IN Q=Early patients]
((VERY EARLY PATIENTS DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A LARGE SURGERY, VERY ADVANCED PATIENTS WHO COULDN'T TOLERATE A LARGE SURGERY AND THAT WE COULD NOT CURE, WE ARE TREATING WITH THE LASER.))
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[OUT Q=the laser.]
Using this technology surgeons can also spot precancerous tissue earlier than ever before in people with high risk for developing lung cancer.
Today in Sports, the Falcons soar, while the Vikings go home.
Mike Stevens has more on in today's Two Minute ticker.[S5-FOOTBALL]
Welcome folks to the Monday afternoon two minute sports ticker.
The football world is still buzzing today about the super bowl mathcup that will now pit the Broncos against the upstart Falcons.
Atlanta beat the favored Vikings in overtime yesterday
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and so earlier today the Vikings had the unenviable task of cleaning out their lockers for the season.
The Vikes still seemed stunned by the loss. Kicker Gary Anderson says he didn't sleep at all last night.
The Broncos will sleep better tonight now that their offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has turned down the opportunity to become the next head football coach at the University of Colorado.
Kubiak said he's flattered by the offers he is receiving, but plans to be back with the Broncos next year.
The Radford Highlanders are back in the Dedmon Dome tonight taking on Big South rival Coastal Carolina.
Tip off tonight in Radford is set for seven. The Highlanders come into the game with a 7-and-7 record.
VMI is also home tonight taking on Southern conference member Wofford.
VMI comes in three games under 500.
We'll have highlights of both contests tonight at 11.
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The Lady Hokies continue their ascent to the top of women's college basketball.
At 16 and oh Tech is leading the A-10 west division.
But despite running over the competition during three game road trip the Lady Hokies did not move up the A-P Poll.
Tech is maintaining at 13th, but it's not something that concerns the Lady Hokies.
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Tech plays A-10 East Division leader St Joseph's at home this Friday.
This afternoon the UVa women are playing North Carolina at U-Hall. Right now the Lady Cavs ___ this one ___ to ___.
Much more coming your way at six.
Take care everybody.
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It's not uncommon these days to hear about rambunctious rock stars landing in jail.
Now a five member rock band in the Philippines is getting things backwards.
Members of the band known as "No Bail" don't need a road crew and they don't go on tour.
They perform all their concerts in prison, because they're all inmates.
The band was formed in 1997 to fight boredom.
Now they find themselves singing more often because their performances are so popular.
The group has even signed a deal with a record company.
The band is not allowed out of the prison so recording equipment will have to be brought into the prison library.
The record company says the "No Bail" members have real talent that should be shared, no matter what their pasts.