Roanoke's City Manager is leaving.
After 14-years on the job Bob Herbert leaves the city for a job at Virginia Tech. We've got a LIVE report at the top of NEWS 7.
As the Impeachment Trial shifts to the President's defense, Ellen Qualls finds VIRGINIA written all over the Capitol. A LIVE report from her in Washington.
Tonight in sports, the Hornets' Glen Rice may be on the shelve for over month, Martinsville's spring race get s new name
and we will check out testing from today down at Daytona for the General Motors cars.
What a delightful day for mid-Janaury. Clouds are rolling in now but they won't stick around long. Details ahead.
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Roanoke's long-time City Manager is leaving ... for a job at Virginia Tech.
Bob Herbert told City Council late this afternoon he will leave April 9th.
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Eric Earnhart is downtown with the latest on this story.
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Counsel for the defense ridiclued the Articles of Impeachment as "empty vessels to be filled with some witches brew of charges."
White House attorneys took the first of their three days to defend the president.
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The president has 24 hours to present his opening arguments, the same amount of time given to House managers who urged his removal from office.
Today's events in Washington have a number of reverberations for Virginians.
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Ellen Qualls is there with our local perspective on the happenings.
Keith, a clear statement today from Southwest Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher-- he's done all he can do for this Democratic President, and he will NOT assist in his defense in the U-S Senate.
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Declining interviews, Boucher says in a written statement:
So the Clinton defense had to proceed with out Boucher.
But with this man: Charles Ruff.
He was Chuck Robb's attorney in 1992, when Robb successfully fought indictment by a federal grand jury in connection with an illegally taped cell phone conversation.
Can Robb be impartial?
We asked a Virginian waiting in line to get in.
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((LAWRENCE SINGLETON: IT SEEMS TO ME THAT EVERY PERSON KIND OF BRINGS THEIR OWN SORT OF HISTORICAL BAGGAGE TO IT. AND I WOULD KIND OF EXPECT HIM TO VOTE WITH HIS PARTY MORE. I'M QUITE FRANKLY NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE RUFF STORY THAT YOU MENTIONED-- THE RELATIONSHIP WITH ROBB.))
((CHARLES RUFF/WHITE HOUSE ATTORNEY: ARE WE AT THAT HORRIFIC MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY WHEN OUR UNION CAN BE PRESERVED ONLY BY TAKING THE STEP THAT THE FRAMERS SAW AS A LAST RESORT?))
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((SEN. JOHN KERREY/ : HIS APPEAL AT THE END TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE WAS VERY POWERFUL, AND THERE ARE TOO MANY WISE SOULS ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO WILL LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY TO THAT. I THINK OF A GUY LIKE JOHN WARNER.))
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So far there's no date set for a revote on the Volvo truck contract.
That's the disputed labor agreement that -- if passed -- will pave the way for 13-hundred new jobs in Pulaski County.
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Scott Goldberg reports tonight there's some hope for a new deal, but little new progress.
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Keith, neither Volvo nor the United Auto Workers would get into specifics today.
Volvo said only that it's talking to the union.
The union said so far it hasn't heard anything new from the company.
One county supervisor said he just hopes the deal to bring new jobs to the local truck plant doesn't stay stalled for long.
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Joe Sheffey is one of the few people willing to talk on camera about Volvo.
The chairman of Pulaski County's board of supervisors helped convince the truck maker to expand its local plant.
It was an expansion he didn't expect to hit a major roadblock.
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Yesterday Volvo said the deal to bring 13-hundred new jobs to Pulaski County is dead.
Unless union workers approve a new contract this month.
The president of the local United Auto Workers wouldn't go on camera today ... but released a statement saying
We fully understand the company's position ... and every attempt will be made to resolve outstanding issues regarding a new labor agreement.
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The conflict is over wages for new employees and health care.
Volvo has said very clearly that if the union and the company can't come to terms, there will be no new jobs.
The company will not say if now new contract puts the jobs of 24-hundred people who already work there in jeopardy.
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There's no uncertainty for company that acquired Carolina Steel in Cloverdale last year. It's wasting no time in making its business grow.
O'Neal Steel announced plans today for a five million dollar expansion.
Growth plans for the heavy plate fabricator will include a 50-thousand square foot building, additional equipment and about 25- skilled labor jobs for fitters, welders and machinists.
O'Neal has not broken ground yet, but officials say the expansion construction should be complete by May.
Authorities in Pulaski County have sealed off a fast food parking lot, and they're preparing to disarm what appears to be a pipe bomb.
The device is inside a pick-up truck parked outside of a McDonalds Restaurant on Route 100 in Dublin.
Authorities noticed the object sitting in the seat when they arrested a man there this afternoon.
The state police have removed the object from the truck. Authorities plan to take it to a nearby landfill where they will detonate it.
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She stabbed her baby to death on Mother's Day. Today, Sharon Alley learns how much time she'll serve. That story is next.
And do you remember when heavy rains led to a deadly dam collapse? Now a family is hoping a court will provide justice.
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The woman who killed her own baby on Mother's Day will spend the next 36 years in prison.
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The judge sentenced Sharon Denise Alley to 34 years for the second degree murder of her infant daughter Brook.
She also received two years for an earlier assault on the child.
Alley showed no reaction as the sentence was delivered.
Both the prosecution and defense declined comment.
Earlier in the day, Alley's nine-year-old son Eric told the judge he was afraid his mom might hurt someone else if she was ever released from prison.
Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that killed a Campbell County man early this morning.
This home near Evington was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 12:30.
Authorities say 53- year- old Kallie Lee Overstreet helped his wife and son escape the burning home, then went back inside to see if anyone had been left behind.
That's when he became trapped by the smoke and flames.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.
The family of a woman killed in the Timber Lake dam collapse has settled its two million dollar lawsuit against the owners of the dam.
Torrential rains the night of June 22, 1995 forced the dam to fail, draining the lake and sending millions of gallons of water downstream.
59- year- old Doris Stanley died when that water washed her car off a bridge on Route 460.
The suit claimed the Timberlake Homeowners Association was negligent in its upkeep of the dam.
Terms of the settlement are confidential.
The construction worker who fell forty five feet while working on the "Smart Road" died this afternoon.
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Thirty- seven year old Wesley Burford was working inside a concrete support column when he slipped and fell December 28th.
Burford broke both his legs and pelvis in the fall, and underwent several operations while hospitalized.
State safety officials are still looking into what caused the accident.
Most stocks were up today ... and some were up a lot. The Dow rose 15 points to 93-55. NASDAQ did much better, up 60.
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While American Electric Power continues to study routes to build a high voltage line through Southwest Virginia -- the most comprehensive and expensive federal study on electromagnetic fields reveals the possibility they pose a health risk.
The results of the study are still being kept confidential.
But today, one of the nation's leading experts on the possible effects of E-M-F on human health presented some of the latest evidence at Virginia Tech.
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((DR. CHRISTOPHER PORTIER/NIEHS: THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT BE DONE ABOUT EXPOSURE TO THEM IN THE U-S POPULATION. THERE IS REASON FOR SOME FURTHER RESEARCH, BUT NOT NEARLY AS MUCH RESEARCH AS WAS DONE TO DEVELOP THIS FINAL REPORT.))
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The National Institutes of health recommendations will go to Congress next month.
As Norfolk Southern chugs toward March, it's working on a deal that would speed up freight shipments along the East Coast.
March is when N-S takes over 58-percent of Conrail's old routes.
When that happens, N-S wants access to some of Amtrak's routes near New York.
Moving freight along Amtrak's high-speed passenger tracks would make N-S even more competitive in the shipping industry.
If Amtrak agrees to the deal, N-S would be able to cut an estimated six-hours off the time it takes to ship freight from Atlanta to New York.
A Circuit Judge from the Roanoke Valley has been recommended to fill a vacancy on the state Court of Appeals.
Roy Willett is one of FOUR Circuit Judges recommended by the Virginia Bar ASSOCIATION.
He may have an up-hill fight for the nomination, as the other three candidates recommended to the legislature are from Tidewater. The man they'd replace is from the Tidewater Pennisula.
Coming up tonight in sports, racing news from Daytona to Maritnsville to the Home Deopt mailbag.
Plus, the Hornets need some Rice
and Radford University is on a mini-hot streak these days. More on the high flying Highlanders right after this break.
Two full days of testing for the General Motors' teams on the Winston Cup circuit began today at Daytona.
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25 teams, most with multiple cars, took part in the test session.
So far the best time of the Winter is owned by Rusty Wallace in a Ford.
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The GM testing continues tomorrow.
Qualifying for the front row takes place on Saturday February 6th.
The Martinsville Speedway's spring race is getting a name change.
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What used to be the Goody's 500 was changed to the Goody's Headache Powder 500 a few years back, but today officials renamed the April 18th race the Goody's Body Pain 500.
The name change has a little bit to do with the sheet metal bending that takes place at Martinsville, but more to do with the release of Goody's new Body Pain formula.
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Home Depot couldn't find itself a retail home on route 419 in Roanoke Co., but the home improvement superstore will be making its way into your mailbox in the coming days.
Home Depot is mailing out 80 million advertising inserts this month to promote its new venture in Winston Cup racing.
Home Depot sponsors the Joe Gibbs' owned Pontiac that will be driven by rookie Tony Stewart.
The Radford men's basketball team continues to climb the Big South ladder.
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The Highlanders downed Coastal Carolina 104-75 last night at the Dedmon center for their second straight conference win. In their first two Big South losses of the season, the Highlanders shot 30 percent from the field, unlike the nearly 60 percent they have shot in their last two conference victories. Ryan Charles's healthy return is one of the many reasons for the turn around.
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Once the NBA training camps open on Thursday on this week, the Hornets may find themselves without Curry, Divac and Geiger.
They are all free agents.
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Glen Rice is under contract, but he too may be missing in action.
Rice has to have a bone chip removed from his right elbow, and doctors say the recovery time is 3 to 6 weeks.
That he means he will miss 20 games in the 50 game shortened season.
Minnesota's NFL record setting offense is losing it's leader to the Baltimore Ravens.
Vikings Offensive Coordinator Brian Billick has been named Baltimore's new head coach.
Under Billick the Vikings racked up 556 points this season.
He succeeds Ted Marchiroda who was fired last month.
A decision has not been made at this time on whether or not Slam Duncan will return to his Express Public address position.
Duncan said today that he has not heard from the East Coast Hockey League. The PA announcer spent part of yesterday afternoon in a conference call with league director of hockey operations Andy Van Hellamond and Express GM Tony Mancuso. After the conversation, Duncan felt he would be reinstated. He was dismissed do to comments he made after a recent Express/Hampton Roads game.
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Is downdown Roanoke headed in the right direction?
Council members are pondering that question tonight.
Eric Earnhart is downtown with a preview.
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Keith anyone who is the least bit unfamiliar with downtown has been through this... you try to get from point "A" to point "B"... and end up circling around a series of one-way streets.
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The city is considering changing this traffic pattern, where Salem and Campbell Avenue are "one way" in different directions...
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To THIS pattern, with two way traffic on both streets.
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Will it make things better or worse?
Tonight at 11, we'll tell you which side of this issue most people are driving on, Keith? [Double box=Keith & Eric/Microwave]