Today on news 7, tobacco farmers could see relief in the form of a five BILLION dollar deal with tobacco companies.
and the President's defense team begins wrapping up their arguments before the U-S Senate.
The latest forecast trend is for rather heavy rain this weekend. Details ahead.
New recommendations are being released to keep heart patients healthier.
And doctors say before you burnout on your workout, slow down and you'll see better results.
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Money is on the way to help the farmers who rely on tobacco as a cash crop.
Big tobacco has agreed to pay billions to help tobacco farmers.
The deal would total five point one billion dollars.
That's welcome news to farmers who claim the big tobacco settlements have cost them business- and jeopardized their livelihood.
The deal came after meetings in Durham North Carolina- between company officials and representatives from eleven tobacco states.
Four big tobacco companies agreed to pay the cash.
((LAMAR DELOACH/TOBACCO FARMER: WELL I JUST THINK YOU KNOW THE TOBACCO FAMILY AS WE CALL OURSELVES, YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE STRONG SPOKES IN THE WELL AND I THINK R.J. REYNOLDS REALIZES THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Lamar Deloach/Tobacco Farmer;]
[OUT Q=realizes this.]
The tobacco companies will spread the payments over the next twelve years.
Governor Jim Gilmore and Attorney General Mark Earley returned from two days of negotiations in Durham to announce the six state, 5-point-1 Billion dollar fund for the farmers.
[IN Q=But Virginia]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: BUT VIRGINIA AND THE OTHER TOBACCO STATES HAVE A PROBLEM THAT THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY DON'T HAVE. AND THAT'S THAT WE HAVE THE FARMERS!...ADDITIONAL AGREEMENT TO PROTECT THEM.))
[OUT Q=protect them.]
Meanwhile, southside lawmakers are fighting to get 60-percent of Virginia's share of the November national settlement.
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[IN Q=I can ]
((DEL. TED BENNETT/D-HALIFAX: I CAN ASSURE YOU LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING TO HELP MAKE THIS LANDING SOFT, THEN FOR SOME OF THOSE INDIVIDUAL FARMERS AND FARM FAMILIES, THE CRASH LANDING THAT THEY WILL SUFFER WILL BE AS SERIOUS TO THEM AS THE 1929 MARKET CRASH.))
[OUT Q=market crash.]
Danville Delegate Whitt Clement's bill would set up a fund to help tobacco-dependent communities.... and would create a 21 member Tobacco (IN-demni-FICATION) Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission to oversee how that fund is spent.
President Clinton's defense team is now wrapping up its case before the senate with a heavy hitter-- retired Senator and longtime clinton
family friend, Dale Bumpers.
Lee Cowan reports from Washington.
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[Super=01-Dale Bumpers/Former Senator;]
[Super=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News;]
(( EVEN AS THE PRESIDENT TRIED HIS BEST TO FOCUS IN ON HIS EDUCATION
AGENDA, THE FIRST LADY WAS REMINDED THAT HER HUSBAND'S IMPEACHMENT
TRIAL INTRUDES ON EVERYTHING - INCLUDING THE GUEST LIST.
OUR SENATORS, SENATOR KENNEDY AND SENATOR INOUYE WILL HAVE TO EXCUSE THEMSELVES SHORTLY.
Indeed they did - ducking out to return to their jobs as triers of fact, hearing the last day of the president's defense in a trialthat is quickly nearing a flashpoint.
DAVID KENDALL//CLINTON'S PRIVATE ATTORNEY:
The best David Kendall could say of the prosecution's case was that it was confused and ambigious -- filled with circumstantial evidence and rhetoric.
one example - did the president obstruct justice by offering a job in exchange for monica lewinsky's silence?
Kendall echoed one phrase over and over again.
SOME REPUBLICANS, SENSING THE TIDE BEGINNING TO TURN IN FAVOR OF THE PRESIDENT, SEEMED MORE ANXIOUS THAN EVER TO GET A WORD IN EDGEWISE.
SEN BILL MCCOLLUM//R-FL
REP. HENRY HYDE/JUDICIARY CHAIR:
WELL THEY HAVE TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING, THEY HAVE TO MAKE A CASE OUT
OF VERY LITTLE AND THEY ARE DOING THE BEST THAT THEY CAN.
BUT THE WHITE HOUSE HAD HOPED IT HAD SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST - BRINGING ONE OF THE SENATE'S OWN BACK INTO THIS CHAMBER TO SUM UP THE DEFENSE - A MAN RESPECTED FOR HIS ORATORY - AND KNOWN FOR HIS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESIDENT.
DALE BUMPERS//FORMER SENATOR
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
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A Pulaski County woman accused to trying to hire a hitman has had other encounters with the law. We'll have that next,
And business leaders in the New River Valley encourage Volvo and its workers to find common ground.
On Health Check, doctors are encouraged to aggressively treat heart disease.
We'll have that and more stay with us.
A Dublin woman accused of trying to hire an undercover police officer to kill someone has made a bomb threat in the past.
39-year old Peggy Jo Sullivan was granted a court appointed attorneY.
Sullivan was arrested Tuesday after allegedly asking the undercover agent to kill her former boyfriend.
After Sullivan was taken into custody, sheriff's investigators found two pipebombs in her truck.
This isn't Sullivan's first brush with the law.
About 20-years ago, she was arrested for threatening to bomb Fort Chiswell high school.
The charge was eventually dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
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((JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF:YES, WE WERE FROM THE INITIAL STAGE OF THE INVESTIGATION, WE WERE AWARE OF HER PAST. ))
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[OUT Q=of her past.]
Sheriff's investigators searched Sullivan's house looking for evidence as to who built the bombs that were discovered Tuesday.
Tonight at six-- we'll tell you what they found.
A plea today from New River Valley leaders to Volvo and its union workers:
Let's make a deal as soon as we can.
They want Volvo and its employees to agree on a new contract, so the company can expand its Pulaski County truck plant.
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Scott Goldberg was in Pulaski County today and is in our newsroom tonight.
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Jean, they said they don't want to lose what they called "the most significant economic expansion in recent history."
So a group of mayors, county supervisors and business leaders is volunteering to do whatever it can to help the Volvo expansion move forward.
[SUPER=01-Bettye Steger/Pulaski Vice Mayor;]
[SUPER=01-Carole Pratt/New River Ec. Dev. Alliance;]
[OUT Q=plant is here.]
Volvo and the United Auto Workers union say they're still talking...
Trying to reach a labor agreement.
Volvo wants the deal ratified this month.
And if the two parties need any help meeting that deadline, there's a group willing to pitch in.
[IN Q=we want]
((BETTYE STEGER: WE WANT BOTH ENTITIES TO KNOW THAT WE'RE THERE, WE'LL REACH OUT TO HELP. BECAUSE THE FUTURE OF OUR PEOPLE IS SO IMPORTANT TO THIS ENTIRE AREA.))
[OUT Q=ENTIRE AREA]
The plant expansion would mean millions of dollars in new wages, and thousands of new tax dollars for the County.
Plus, officials say, it would add hundreds of spinoff jobs that would fuel an even bigger economic boom.
[IN Q=there are]
((CAROLE PRATT: THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF SPINOFF PROJECTS THAT SUPPORT VOLVO, THEY DO CONTRACTING WORK. AND IN THIS COMMUNITY ALREADY THERE ARE SEVERAL JOBS THAT EXIST SOLELY BECAUSE THE VOLVO PLANT IS HERE. ))
[OUT Q=plant is here]
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That group of leaders went to Richmond this afternoon, lobbying for money to help pay for the expansion.
It also drafted a resolution calling for Volvo and its employees to work together and sign a new contract.
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After the first round of testing on the Standards of Learning, Back Creek Elementary in Roanoke County was in a class by itself.
It was the only school in the Roanoke Valley to meet the state's new requirements for accreditation.
With 285 students in pre-school through fifth grade, Back Creek is a close- knit community.
Principal Ron Weaver says the school's formula for success includes hard- working students, a skilled staff, and parents who take an active role in their children's education.
[IN Q=I think there's probably close]
((RON WEAVER/BACK CREEK PRINCIPAL: I THINK THERE'S PROBABLY CLOSE TO 1800 OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE STATE DOING THE SAME THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING. IT'S JUST MAYBE OUR SUPPORT SYSTEM IS A LITTLE BIT BETTER.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Weaver/Back Creek Principal;]
[OUT Q=is a little bit better.]
Weaver admits that the school's performance in the first round of S-O-L tests will be a tough act to follow.
But he says parents, teachers and students are committed to keeping Back Creek Elementary out in front.
There's more News 7 to come. Up next Robin will have a look at the weekend weather. Stay with us.
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In today's Two Minute Sports Ticker, Roanoke native George Lynch has a new home in the N-B-A and it's closer to home.
On health check -- we'll have some advice to keep you from being an exercise droput.
and a new report finds evidence to help doctors better treat heart failure patients.
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((ANTHONY MARTONE/HEART FAILURE PATIENT: TO ME IT'S A DEFINITE BONUS THAT THE MEDICINES KEEP ME OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, I HATE TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL.))
[OUT Q=in the hospital]
A landmark consensus report is urging doctors to use more aggressive treatment for heart failure.
The number of Americans living with weakened hearts is more than five million.
The American Journal of cardiology report calls for physicians to aggresively use medications called beta blockers and ace inhibitors based on evidence that these drugs help patients live longer.
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[IN Q=If we can]
((DR. MILTON PACKER/COLMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER: IF WE CAN GET EVERY PATIENT WITH HEART FAILURE WHO SHOULD BE ON AN ACE INHIBITOR AND A BETA BLOCKER TO RECEIVING AN ACE INHIBITOR AND BETA BLOCKER, WE CAN SAVE TEN OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOSPITALIZATIONS.))
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[OUT Q=of hospitalizations]
Ace inhibitors are only used by about 40-percent of heart failure patients, and only five percent of patients are receiving beta-blockers.
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((ANTHONY MARTONE/HEART FAILURE PATIENT: WITH ALL MY MEDICATION I DO EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO WITH SOME LIMITATIONS PHYSICALLY, BUT I CAN STILL DANCE WHICH I AM A BIG FAN OF, BALLROOM DANCING.))
[SUPER=01-Anthony Martone/Heart Failure Patient; ]
[OUT Q=that's ballroom dancing]
Heart failure contributes to a quarter million deaths every year and is the leading cause of hospitalization for people age 65 and older.
If you've managed to keep your New Year's resolution to work out more this year, you're in rare company. Many people find starting an exercise program can be a tough physical and psychological challenge.
Dr. Dave Hnida has some suggestions to make the effort easier.
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((ONLY ABOUT ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS WORK OUT ON A REGULAR BASIS.. THE
REASON FOR THE LOW NUMBERS: MORE THAN HALF THE PEOPLE WHO START AN
EXERCISE PROGRAM WILL QUIT WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF STARTING.
IF YOURE JUST STARTING OUT- HOW CAN YOU KEEP FROM BECOMING AN EXERCISE
NUMBER ONE- DONT EXERCISE EVERY DAY.
TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH TOO SOON NOT ONLY SETS YOU UP FOR INJURY- ITS ALSO
SETS YOU UP FOR BURNOUT. TAKE YOUR TIME WHEN STARTING
YOU MAY EVEN WANT TO SET A SCHEDULE- SAY WORKING OUT EVERY OTHER DAY.
THAT WAY YOU DONT FEEL GUILTY WHEN YOU TAKE A DAY OFF. YOU MAY EVEN
WANT TO WRITE DOWN YOUR SCHEDULE ON A CALENDER- AND WHILE YOURE AT IT-
KEEP A LOG OF WHAT YOUVE DONE. NEXT- MAKE EXERCISE FUN.
IF WORKING OUT IS LIKE A ROOT CANAL- YOULL NEVER STICK WITH IT. FIND
SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO DO- OR BETTER YET A VARIETY OF THINGS YOU LIKE TO
DO. ITS HARD TO KEEP ON DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN. 5/8H
AND FINALLY- KNOW YOUR COMFORT ZONE. A WORKOUT SHOULDNT BE PAINFUL OR
LEAVE YOU WIPED OUT. IF YOURE A BEGINNER- CHOOSE SOMETHING EASY- LIKE
AND BY ALL MEANS FORGET ABOUT TARGET HEART RATES AND OTHER FANCY
FORMULAS.. THE MAIN THING YOU NEED TO REMEMBER IS DOING SOMETHING IS
BETTER THAN DOING NOTHING. I'M DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS ENWS
The clock has finally stopped ticking on the NBA as the league's lockout is now officially over.
That means teams can now start signing free agents and completing many of the much rumored trades.
Let's begin with out local talent
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News 7 sports has learned that free agent forward George Lynch has come to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers on a one year contract.
Lynch played the past two season with the Vancouver Grizzlies and had also been pursued by the Bucks this week. He will play for fellow UNC grad Larry Brown in Philly.
Dell Curry has rejected the Charlotte Hornets final offer of one million dollars for the upcoming season.
Curry is a free agent with 10 years experience in the league and the Hornets offered Dell as little as they were allowed to. He may end up in Portland or Milwaukee.
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On the national front, Karl Malone has decided to stay in Utah after hinting during the lockout that he wanted a trade.
The Mailman is reportedly getting a new four year contract worth $16 and a half million dollars a season.
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Later tonight ACC basketball is back in the house here on Your Hometown Station. Join us tonight at eight as UVa tries to take out its second top 25 member in a week.
The Cavs play 8th ranked North Carolina in the Dean Dome right here on WDBJ-7.
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The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College are in the middle of a great season.
Roanoke is nine and oh in the ODAC and 11 and two overall.
And tonight the Roanoke women are visiting conference rival Emory and Henry.
Coach Susan Dunagan says experience is helping the Maroons improve on last season's 12 and eight conference record.
Roanoke has five seniors leading the way and Dunagan says her squad, to put it simply, is just playing well.
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Coming up at six we'll check in with the Virginia Tech women's team which by the way is the only remaining unbeaten division one squad in the nation.
All that plus this week's edition of Roundhouse wrapup on News 7 at six.
Have a good night evevybody.
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Latin music great Arturo Sandoval appears tonight at Radford University, where he will bring his unique blend of Jazz and Latino rhythms to Preston Auditorium.
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Let's samba on down to Radford, where we find Patrick Evans with an exclusive interview.
Big Apple Mayor Rudy Guiliani and the City of New York have come to the aid of a cab driver who lost his car.
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Sam Goldstein's cab was crushed last week when an underground garage collapsed.
That left the 75 year old cabbie without a car for the first time in his nearly five decades of driving.
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So Guiliani convinced a dealership to provide Goldstein with a brand new car.
Goldstein says this is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for him.
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[SUPER=01-Sam Goldstein/Cab Driver; :04]
[OUT Q=the best mayor.]
The 75 year old Polish immigrant came to this country after surviving the Auschwitz death camps.
He says this is further proof that New York City has a heart.