Folks in Arkansas and Tennessee are trying to recover after another round of killer tornados.
And good economic news for a county hit hard by plant closings.
News 7 at noon is next.
Good economic news today for an area that's suffered hundreds of job losses in the local textile industry.
Stanley Furniture, headquartered in Henry County, announced a ten-million dollar expansion plan this morning.
The company will increase production at its Stanleytown plant AND at its manufacturing facility in Lexington, North Carolina.
All total, Stanley Furniture plans to hire more than 200 over the next two years to fill a variety of positions.
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((THEY WOULD RUN THE GAMUT FROM ENTRY LEVEL JOBS UP TO THE HIGHLY SKILLED JOBS. PAY RANGES WOULD BE FROM AN ENTRY LEVEL OF SEVEN AND A QUARTER AND WOULD RANGE UP TO AS HIGH AS 13. THERE'S A LIMITED NUMBER IN THAT HIGHLY SKILLED AREA BUT THEY WOULD GO THAT HIGH.))
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This, of course, comes as good news for Henry County, in the wake of recent plant closings and layoffs at several textile companies.
Stanley Furniture says it will provide training to any worker who wants to make the transition into the furniture business.
A new home and a more regional focus for the Blue Ridge Housing Development Corporation...
In the spirit of regional cooperation, Roanoke city and county officials cut the ribbon at the corporation's new offices on 11th Street.
Its newest goal is to provide affordable housing in Roanoke county, with the creation of the county's new Home Ownership Equity Program.
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((ALVIN NASH/BLUE RIDGE HOUSING DEV. CORP.: IT SORT OF SERVES AS A BRIDGE OR GAP FINANCING. SO, THAT THOSE WHO QUALIFY IN ONE WAY, OR DON'T QUALIFY IN ONE WAY-- THEY MAY NEED WATER SERVICE CONNECTION. THEY MAY NEED DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE. THEY MAY NEED TO JUST SIMPLY BUY DOWN THE COST OF THE HOME. THIS EQUITY PROGRAM ALLOWS THAT TO HAPPEN.))
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Nash estimates between 35 and 40 families will be able to buy homes in Roanoke County, as a result of the new program.
The Equity fund was established from Total Action Against Poverty's sale of the Pinkard Court Elementary School for the new Lowe's development in the county.
The man believed to be behind the unusually potent strain of heroin that turned up in Roanoke last Fall was arrested last night.
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Authorities suspect Paul Anthony Harris had been selling heroin in Roanoke for the past YEAR.
They say he sold the stuff that resulted in two people overdosing on heroin last October.
One of them DIED.
Tornadoes have struck the South for the second time this week-- leaving eight people dead.
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Here you see a huge funnel cloud captured on a home video camera in Arkansas.
A series of Twisters ripped through the state killing six, including a baby.
Dozens more were injured.
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In Little Rock, emergency crews rescued one man who was injured when a twister picked up his truck and tossed it like a toy, while he was traveling on an interstate.
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The storms destroyed homes and businesses and has cut power to about 70-thousand people in the state.
Twisters also struck near Clarksville, Tennessee, killing two people there.[CLINTON-TRIAL]
Presenters from both sides in President Clinton's impeachment trial face questioning today in the Senate.
But crucial decisions coming next week will decide how the trial proceeds.
The Senate is expected to vote Monday on dismissing the case and calling witnesses.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Capitol Hill.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Tom Harkin/(D) Iowa;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/Judiciary Committee Chairman;]
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(( AS THE PRESIDENT CONTINUED HIS WEEKLONG EFFORT TO FLESH OUT
THE DETAILS OF HIS STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE - THIS MORNING FOCUSING
ON BIOLOGICAL TERRORISM-- HIS TRIAL IN THE SENATE TAKES A NEW, AND
NIETHER THE COUNSEL FOR THE PRESIDENT - OR THE TEAM OF
HOUSE MANAGERS WILL SPEAK UNTIL THEY'RE SPOKEN TO: NOW AWAITING AN
EXPECTED FLOOD OF QUESTIONS FROM THE 100 SENATORS WHO HAVE BEEN SITTING
QUIETLY AND ATTENTIVELLY FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS.
SUPER: SEN. DALE BUMPERS//FORMER SENATOR "The people have a right and they are calling on you to rise above politics, rise above partisanship. They're calling on you to do your solemn duty, and I pray you will."
THE FIRST PHASE OF THIS HISTORIC TRIAL ENDED ON A PASSIONATE
NOTE YESTERDAY, AS FORMER ARKANSAS SENATOR DALE BUMPERS CAME TO THE
BUT AS HE WALKED AWAY FROM THE PODIUM THE SENATE BECAME KEENLY
AWARE THE ROAD IT HAD BEEN TRAVELLING WAS ABOUT TO FORK.
SUPER: SEN. TOM HARKIN//D-IA "People on both sides are seeking some rapid solution.
BUT SOME REPUBLICANS INSIST DESPITE THE TEDIUM, NOW IS NOT THE
TIME TO GIVE UP - RESIST THE URGE THEY CHARGE TO STOP HALF WAY DOWN
THIS ROAD, WITHOUT CHECKING TO SEE EXACTELY WHERE IT LEADS.
REP. HENRY HYDE//JUDICIARY CHAIR "I think of lot of people wish we would just go away, but the law won't let us and our sense of duty won't let us."
"The rules call for 16 hours to be set aside to ask questions -
once they're wrapped up, the Senate will reach a crucial point in the
process. As early as Monday, Democrats could offer their motion to
dismiss the case all together. As the Senate Majority leader put it
late last night, after the question period, anything's possible,
Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."))
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Iraqi troops are headed south-- into the No-Fly Zone and possibly into harm's way.
That's up next when News-7 at Noon returns.
And on the anniversary of the Roe versus Wade decision, Abortion protestors gather in Lynchburg under the leadership of Reverend Jerry Falwell.
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Despite air strikes and sanctions, the Iraqi army is on the move in southern Iraq near the Kuwaiti border.
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More tanks, troops and anti-aircraft missiles installed in the southern no-fly zone could threaten allied aircraft.
Iraqi armour and troops are constantly moving south to the no fly zone and the border with Kuwait.
One Iraqi military leader says he's reinforcing his defenses with orders to shoot down all enemy planes.
A satellite-TV company's signal is getting stronger.
The owner of DirecTV is buying the assets and subscriber base of rival Primestar.
The deal is worth one-point-eight billion dollars.
This means DirecTV will have more than 370 channels and seven million subscribers.
The 26th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision making abortion legal prompted a protest in Lynchburg.
A group of about 50 abortion opponents joined the Reverend Jerry Falwell at the event.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/ABORTION OPPONENT: THE NEW MILLENIUM FOR US IS MORE THAN DIFFERENT NUMBERS ON THE CALENDAR. IT IS A CHALLENGE TO PRESS THE BATTLE UNTIL ONE DAY ABORTION IS ILLEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY.))
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Falwell said it would take just two more votes in the Senate, to assure passage over the president's veto of a bill outlawing partial-birth abortions.
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Two more top Roanoke officials are stepping down.
Building commissioner Ron Miller plans to retire in May, after 15 years with the city. Before that, he was the Vinton town manager.
Miller's office was in charge of the rental housing inspection program, among other initiatives.
Public works director Bill Clark is ALSO leaving, in July. He's been in that job for 15 years, but has been with the city for 23 years.
These announcements came two days after city manager Bob Herbert said he planned to retire this year.
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The Pope is on his way to North America.
That story is up next on News-7 at Noon.
And if the S-P-C-A wont' take in these strays and unwanted pets, who will?
It's a question officials are trying to figure out right now.
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The Pope arrives in Mexico City today with a message of hope.
Pope John Paul the Second left Rome this morning.
He'll be in Mexico for five days, and then heads to the United States.
The Pope will visit St. Louis and meet with President Clinton on Tuesday.
They will likely talk about the world economy, abortion and immigration.
In Mexico, the pope's message is expected to focus on economic injustice and the burden of foreign debt on poorer countries.
Area officials are meeting to find a way to deal with the thousands of animals that end up in area pounds every year--now that a local agency is getting out of the business.
For years the SPCA has been caring for about eight thousand unwanted animals a year at five area pounds.
But, as Stacey Martin reports, now they say the day-to-day operations are getting to be too much and getting them away from their main mission-- education.
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((Don Thorne has been on the job for only 15 months--but already the SPCA's Executive Director is grappling with new solutions to an old problem--pet overpopulation.
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((DON THORNE/SPCA EXEC.DIR.: BASICALLY WE'RE SEEING THAT THE PROBLEM IS NOT BEING SOLVED AS IT IS NOW, WE'RE JUST BASICALLY CARE-TAKING DOGS, CATS, AND OTHER ANIMALS ON A DAILY BASIS AND DOING THE SAME THING DAY IN AND DAY OUT.))
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For years the organization has managed five area pounds--tending to the thousands of unwanted pets.
But, that's posed a constant strain, and pulled the group away from efforts to attack the real source of the problem--the lack of education.
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((DAN THORNE/SPCA EXEC. DIR.: WE WANT TO KIND OF SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OUT THERE THROUGH EDUCATION--NOT ONLY PET EDUCATION BUT ALSO PET EDUCATION FOR OWNERS AND TRAINING OF ANIMALS A LITTLE BIT SO THAT THEY'RE SOCIALIZED AND ALSO WORKING ON SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAMS.))
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The SPCA hopes to be out of the pound business in a few years--so local officials are meeting now to find a way to deal with the thousands of strays and former pets that end up at area pounds.
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((JOHN CHAMBLISS/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR:IF WE HAD TO BEGIN HOUSING THE ANIMALS OURSELVES WE NEED TO FIND PLACES TO CONSTRUCT SUCH A FACILITY--TO LOOK AT THINGS SUCH AS COULD THIS BE PUT TOGETHER AS A REGIONAL TYPE PROGRAM.))
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 93 points.
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Still ahead in sports, we'll check in with the Express as the team heads into a weekend homestand.
Plus, we'll see where some local basketball talent is headed now that the N-B-A strike is officially over.
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The Express will be back on the ice tonight, skating against the Peoria Rivermen.
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Steve Mason has this week's edition of Round House Wrap up.
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[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :21]
[SUPER=01-Jason Dailey/Express Defenseman; :37]
[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Will Miss This Weekend's Games; :56]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/ECHL #2 in Goals Against Avg.; 1:22]
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((The remaining five Express defenders have made the most of the extra ice time.
Jeremy Schaeffer re-aggravated his January 10th head injury against Peoria and is doubtful for Friday. Mike Peron's sprained right knee is more serious.
Recent European acquisition Dan O'Connell has two goals in three games. Daniel Berthiaume and Dave Gagnon are allowing 2.66 goals a game, best in the ECHL. The Bandit, who missed last year's playoffs against Hampton, is 4 and OH against the Admirals this season.
One final note, sources also say, former Express Coach Frank Anzalone will also be inducted into the Roanoke Hockey Hall of fame. Steve Mason, Roundhouse Wrap Up.))
On to the hardwood, where the Cavs endured another long ride home from Carolina.
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The Tarheels inside game was too big-- Carolina out-rebounded the Cavs 61-to-32.
Brian Bersticker was a surprising star for the Heels, who were playing without former Tidewater star Jason Capel.
But here's a familiar face-- Ronald Curry. The freshman came off the bench and scored this three pointer in the second half.
UVa did its best to keep it respectable. But the
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Heels cruise to the 71-to-47 win. UVa hosts Georgia Tech at University Hall on Saturday.
Former UVa star Curtis Staples has signed the first contract of his N-B-A career.
Staples is now officially a member of the Chicago Bulls.
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But he didn't get a chance to work out with the team yesterday.
The Bulls had to cancel practice because the team didn't have enough players under contract.
And with Jordan, Pippen and Kerr all leaving the team, Staples should have a fair shot at making the team.
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It's on to Philly for George Lynch.
The man who helped Patrick Henry win a state title and North Carolina win a national title has signed a one- year contract with the 76ers.
Lynch will be coached by fellow U-N-C grad Larry Brown.
He is expected to play small forward and-- depending on other signings-- he could end up as a starter.
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Dell Curry is leaving Charlotte.
He's rejected the Hornets final offer of one million dollars.
The veteran guard, who was the only original Hornet still left on the team, will likely end up in either Portland, Milkwaukee or Chicago.
The Hornets responded by signing free agent guard Eldridge Recasner.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will battle the Cavs next Wednesday night at the Richmond Coliseum, but last night the Hokies were in Dayton, Ohio.
Tech lit up the board in the first half. Eddie Lucas led the Hokies to a 12- point lead.
But Dayton's Tony Stanley got his shooting form back. The Flyers had the Tech lead down to 5 at the half, 34- 29.
Dayton would go up by seven in the second half, before Rolan Roberts makes a statement down low to put Tech back in front.
Roberts would lead the Hokies with 23 points-- ten more than his season average.
The game went to overtime tied at 61, and the Hokies
took over in the extra period-- outscoring the Flyers 12-
to-3. Tech breaks a five game losing streak with the 73-to-64 win.
They are the lone undefeated team left in women's division one basketball.
But the lady Hokies are facing a challenge tonight at the Cassell.
Tech is on top of the Atlantic 10's western division.
And tonight they'll face the top team in the eastern division-- St. Joseph's. Both are undefeated in conference play.
Does that mean extra pressure for the Hokies?
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[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :03]
[SUPER=01-Amy Wetzel/Virginia Tech Guard; :18]
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The Lady Hokies and the lady Hawks tip- off at 7 o'clock at the Cassell.