Today on news 7 at five, new jobs are coming to Southside.
and at least eight people in the South are dead following tornados last night.
The rain is still on the way, but the heaviest will not arrive until Saturday night. Details ahead.
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More than 150-new jobs are coming to Henry County, thanks to the expansion plans of a local furniture company.
Stanley Furniture announced today it will invest ten-million dollars at its manufacturing plants in Stanleytown and Lexington, North Carolina.
More than 50-jobs will be added in North Carolina, bringing the total company growth to over 200.
This is good news to an area that has been hard hit by hundreds of job losses in the textile industry.
Stanley Furniture says one of the reasons it's able to expand is because of the available workforce.
[IN Q=The talent of the workforce]
((ALBERT PRILLAMAN/PRESIDENT AND CEO: THE TALENT OF THE WORKFORCE REALLY MAKES THIS, REALLY PROVIDES US THIS OPPORTUNITY. IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THE WORKFORCE THAT PRODUCES A PRODUCT AT THE QUALITY LEVEL AND EFFICIENCY LEVEL THAT WE'RE ACHIEVING, THERE'S NO WAY WE COULD CONTINUE TO EXPAND IN THE AREAS THAT WE HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Albert Prillaman/President and CEO;]
[OUT Q=that we have.]
The expansions will allow the company to increase production of its youth bedroom and home office furniture lines.
Stanley Furniture expects to be fully staffed by mid-2000.
Tornados swept through four states- twisting peoples homes and lives- overnight.
Eight people in all are dead- six in Arkansas and two in Tennessee.
An aerial view of Clarksville Tennessee shows just how powerful the twisters were.
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President Clinton will fly to Arkansas this weekend to view the damage first hand.
One of the tornadoes swept through a historic district of Little Rock-
It knocked down trees at the Governor's mansion- one that still held a tree house built for Chelsea Clinton.
((THIS WAS A TREE HOUSE. THIS WAS A BEAUTIFUL TREE.))
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((THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNORS MANSION WHERE HILLARY AND I ACTUALLY RAISED CHELSEA FOR TWELVE YEARS WAS ACTUALLY IN THE PATH OF THE STORM MADE
IT ALL THE MORE REAL TO ME.))
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The President says he's committed to helping victims of the storm rebuild.
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(toss to Robin)
One of the victims of Wednesday night's shooting in Danville has died.
21-year old Cory Kinta Preston died this morning at Duke University Medical Center.
The other victim, 34-year old Matthew Lynn Alverson, is in stable condition at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Police have NOT made any arrests.
The double shooting happened Wednesday night outside the Piedmont Mini Market on Mount Cross Road.
Police say the gunfire erupted during a dispute between a group of whites and a group of blacks.
Police won't say what the two groups were fighting about.
A powerful explosion rocked an Alabama community earlier today-
killing three people and injuring eight others critically.
Another person is still missing.
It happened in Bridgeport Alabama leveling two buildings and damaging three others.
The blast was so powerful the sound could be heard for miles.
Authorities say the blast happened in an old building that was under renovation.
Residents in the area have been advised to keep their doors and windows shut since there was a possible gas leak after the explosion.
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Up next on the newscast, one of Salem's largest employers announces changes,
And at least one prominent Democrat wants to have the charges against the President dropped in the Senate.
On Health Check, we'll see a new technique that is helping back surgery patients recover faster.
and we will speak with Gallagher Two. He has a hammer and he knows how to use it.
A powerful Democratic Senator and sometime critic of the President is now calling for an end to the President's impeachment trial.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Washington.
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(( ON A DAY WHEN THE NEXT STEP IN THIS TRIAL IS AS CLOSE AS IT IS MURKY, WORD CAME FROM ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL DEMOCRATIC
SENATORS THAT HE WANTS THE TRIAL TO END.
JAN. 20TH (WED)
SENATOR ROBERT BYRD, WHO IN THE PAST HAS HARSHLY CRITICIZED THE PRESIDENT, NOW PLANS TO OFFER A MOTION ON MONDAY TO DISMISS THE
CASE ALL TOGETHER - SAYING
"I see a motion to dismiss as the best way to promptly end this sad and sorry time for our country. It is necessary that we begin now the
process of healing.
HIS ANNOUNCEMENT CARRIES A GREAT DEAL OF WEIGHT AS THE SENATORS
IN THIS TRIAL BEGIN QUESTIONING BOTH SIDES OF THE CASE.
IN A SEE - SAW EXCHANGE THE 100 SILENT JURORS FINALLY DID MORE THAN SIMPLY LISTEN - THEY PARTICIPATED.
QUICK REHNQUIST: THIS QUESTION FROM SENATOR. BLAH BLAH BLAH,
CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM RENHQUIST DID MORE TALKING TODAY THAT HE'S
DONE OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS COMBINED -- HOPING AGAINST HOPE ANY
RESPONSES WOULD BE KEPT TO UNDER 5 MINUTES. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
THE QUESTIONS WERE CONSISTENT - AND SOON A PATTERN DEVELOPED.
REPUBLICANS PHRASED THEIR QUESTIONS IN SUCH A WAY AS TO GIVE
HOUSE MANAGERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER THEIR CASE.
THEN DEMOCRATS IN TURN AFFORDED THE WHITE HOUSE THE SAME.
Q AND A EXCHANGE : CHARLES RUFF/WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST
THERE WERE TIMES WHEN THE NOVELTY OF THE PROCEEDINGS WAS GLARILY
OBVIOUS - EXACTLY HOW TO PROCEED A LITTLE DUSTY AFTER HAVING NOT
BEEN USED FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS.
REHNQUIST : CAN THE MANAGERS OBJECT TO A QUESTION? laughter .
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
It's not as bad as it's been in the past.
But General Electric is going through its annual production slowdown.
That means not as much work is coming through the Salem factory.
So G-E is asking its hourly workers to take a few extra days off.
Starting next month, they'll begin working four days a week.
That should last through February.
G-E said demand for its high-tech drive systems always drops at the start of the year.
But this year, the company is not forcing its workers to take a two-week unpaid vacation, like it's done in the past.
Governor Gilmore says Virginia's preparations for the Year 2000 are now on track. And if local governments take the milennium bug seriously, Gilmore says the state can avoid any serious problems.
Today, a statewide teleconference beamed the Governor's comments to local officials at Virginia Western Community College and a dozen other sites.
Gilmore says all state agencies should complete their preparations by the end of the year.
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((NOW MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THE TASK IS A DAUNTING ONE, BUT IT'S DOABLE. AND I AM PREPARED TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO GET THIS JOB DONE WORKING TOGETHER WITH YOU.))
[OUT Q=working together with you.]
Roanoke city has been working on the Y-2-K problem since 1995. With the replacement of some equipment, and a thorough review of software, officials believe their computer systems will be prepared for the new century.
Virginia Catholics and Jews blasted it as divisive.
But the Governor's staying out of it.
Lynchburg's Reverend Jerry Falwell made headlines this week by asserting the Anti-christ must be Jewish -- and may be alive on Earth now.
[IN Q=Therefore he must]
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: THEREFORE HE MUST BE A YOUNG ADULT, HE MUST BE MALE, HE MUST BE JEWISH.))
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[OUT Q=be Jewish.]
So we asked the Governor if he thought Falwell's statements would divide Virginians of different faiths.
[IN Q=All I know]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ALL I KNOW ABOUT THAT IS WHAT I'VE READ IN THE NEWSPAPERS AND HEARD IN THE MEDIA, SO MY ONLY THOUGHT IS THAT HE'S SPEAKING IN THE THEOLOGICAL WAY. HE'S A MINISTER. AND I GUESS HE'S ENTITLED TO PREACH AS A MINISTER.))
[OUT Q=as a minister.]
Falwell has been an honored guest of the Governor's at functions at the Capitol.
If you're a fan of the comedian Gallagher, you'll want to stay tuned. A little later, we'll meet his brother. He hopes his tribute will be a hit in its own right.
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In Sports, the Roanoke Express prepares for a big home game.
On Health Check, could your morning coffee prove medicinal? That's what one university wants to find out.
and a new form of inhaled insulin under testing could save diabetics a shot in the arm.
[IN Q=that's why I]
((THAT'S WHY I WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE INHALED INSULIN
STUDY. WAS SO THAT I DIDN'T HAVE TO TAKE THE SHOT.))
[OUT Q=take the shot]
A new system for taking insulin could save diabetics a little pain.
A new form of inhaled insulin could revolutionize the way diabetics control their blood sugar.
The aerosol dispenser allows patients to breath microdroplets of insulin directly into the lungs where it is absorbed into the bloodstream.
[IN Q=It's unbelievably]
((Dr MARK KIPNES/ENDOCRINOLOGIST: IT'S BEEN UNBELIEVABLY DIFFICULT AND IT'S VERY SOPHISTICATED HOW
THEY'VE DEVELOPED THIS TECHNIQUE SO THAT THE PARTICLES ARE JUST THE
RIGHT SIZE AND WEIGHT TO GO TO THE RIGHT PART OF THE LUNG TO GET
[SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Kipnes/Endocrinologist;]
[OUT Q=to get absorbed]
The medication is a short acting insulin which is taken before each meal.
Test subjects say it is simple to use.
[IN Q=it's real]
((it's real easy. really easy. and feeling? no feel to it.
just simply breathing in.))
[SUPER=02-Dewayne Willoughby/Test Subject;]
[OUT Q=simply breathing in.]
The product is not on the market yet, but it should be available to the public in the next two to three years.
A bill to prevent health insurers from discriminating against the menatlly ill won easy approval in the state Senate last year.
The legislation passed 38-to nothing yesterday.
Opponents of the bill have said it would prove too costly for insurance companies.
Seventeen other states have passed laws forbidding health care discrimination for the mentally ill.
A new surgical procedure for the back may be just what the doctor
Back pain is the second most common reason people see their
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The new procedure is called arthrosopic micro-discectomy.
The surgery provides relief for patients suffering from herniated discs.
A common injury following car accidents.
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[IN Q=I couldn't just]
((JEFF MINKIN/BACKPAIN PATIENT: I COULDN'T JUST GET OUT OF A CHAIR, I HAD TO KIND OF KNOW THAT I WAS GOING TO HAVE PAIN, AND THEN GRIT YOUR TEETH AND HOLD ONTO A WALL OR SOMETHING.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Minkin/Backpain patient; ]
[OUT Q=or something]
The most common cause of backpain is a herniated disc.
Problems occur when the disc bulges, out putting pressure on
The new procedure is an out-patient surgery for disc repair.
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[IN Q=And that's the]
((DR. TOM HARRIS/SAN DIEGO SPINE: AND THAT'S THE DIRECTION MOST THINGS ARE GOING TO TRY TO GET PATIENTS HOME EARLIER, LESS INVASIVE, LESS TRAUMA TO THE PATIENT, LESS RISK.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Tom Harris/San Diego Spine; ]
[OUT Q=less risk]
Rather than cutting the back open and disturbing muscle, ligiments
and bone...as in traditional back surgery...a scope about the width
of a pencil is used to enter the herniated disc -- and fragmented
tissue is removed.
Only a local anesthesia is needed.
Most patients are back to work within six weeks.
Researchers are hoping to reveal some exciting statistics about the effects of coffee.
Vanderbilt University is starting an Institute for Coffee Studies.
The school received six million dollars in funding to look into the benefits of coffee.
Some scientists believe a cup of java has medicinal effects that can help people suffering from depression and alcoholism and prevent colorectal cancer.
The head of the institute says he wants to figure out what's in
coffee that causes those effects.
The Vanderbilt center is set to open within the next six months.
Trade groups in leading coffee-producing nations in Latin America
are financing it.
Today in Sports, Roanoke returns to the roundhouse.
Mike Stevens has more on in today's Two Minute ticker.[S5-Express]
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Friday ticker.
The Roanoke Express will try and improve on it's 2 and 1 record aginst the Peoria Riverman tonight at the Round House.
The Roanoke Civic Center was a welcome site for the players this week, considering 9 of Roanoke's last 13 games were played on the road. This is the Express's third straight game against Peoria, however Roanoke has had all week to get it's legs back.
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[OUT Q=...stick to the system"]
The NBA moving and shaking is continuing as teams continue to swap players left and right.
Former Hokie Dell Curry
has landed on his feet in Milwaukee after signing a two year deal with the Bucks.
Curry says playing for first year Milwaukee coach George Karl is a perfect fit for his game. The Bucks need a backup for Ray Allen, they need instant offense and at 34 Curry can still fill both needs.
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A big Atlantic 10 showdown is set for tonight at the Cassell as the undefeated Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech take on undefeated St. Joseph's of Pennsylvania.
Both teams are at the top of their divisional standings with perfect 6 and 0 records.
But as far as tonight's game, the Lady Hokies say the pressure is on the Lady Hawks who have to come to the Cassell.
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[OUT Q=....every night."]
Tip off tonight is 7 oclock and we'll have highlights on News 7 at 11.
Coming up at six tonight we'll have a preview of tomorrow's big Crestar Roundball Classic high school hoop event at the Salem Civic Center.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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Dozens of low-income families will get to make their homes in Roanoke county, thanks to a new home ownership equity program.
It's a partnership effort among the Blue Ridge Housing Development Corporation, Total Action Against Poverty, and Roanoke county.
The announcement was made at this morning's ribbon cutting for the corporation's new home... the rehabilitated Garland's Drug Store.
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[IN Q=We made a ]
((ALVIN NASH/BLUE RIDGE HOUSING DEV. CORP.: WE MADE A BIG COMMITMENT. IT WAS A LITTLE SCARY, BUT WE DECIDED THAT WE NEEDED TO MOVE IN THE COMMUNITY. WE NEEDED TO BE WHERE THE ACTION IS. WE NEEDED TO BE WHERE THESE PROGRAMS ARE NEEDED. ))
[SUPER=01-Alvin Nash/Blue Ridge Housing Dev. Corp.;]
[OUT Q=programs are needed]
The Blue Ridge Housing Development Corporation wants to see more old structures renovated.
In the meantime, it'll administer the county's new equity fund to help families build a new home or buy an existing one.
Ron Gallagher wants to follow in his brothers footsteps. But when your brother is a famous comedian and the creator of the Sledge-O-Matic, what do you have to do to become a smash success? Patrick Evans has the answer.
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