Coming up on News 7, the polls will close soon as workers at the Volvo plant in Pulaski County vote on a new contrac
and Roanoke residents are back in their homes after a chemical spill forced them to evacuate last night.
Increasing clouds and a few showers tonight and tomorrow. More on the forecast just ahead.
On health check --
Enforcing the seat belt law in Virginia could be easier for police.
And doctors say expect flu season to get worse before it gets better.
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Hourly workers at Volvo vote on the company's latest contract offer.
It's a vote that could make or break a possible expansion at the Pulaski County site.
Workers began voting at the United Auto Workers union early this morning. The process will continue until 5-thirty in Pulaski County.
That's where we find Teresa Hamilton who joins us live with the latest.
Jean, there's a lot riding on today's vote.
Volvo officials have said if workers don't approve the contract they'll pull the plug on a deal that could bring 13- hundred new jobs to the Pulaski County truck plant.
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((RHETTA WICKLINE/VOLVO WORKER:I THINK OVERALL IT WAS FAIR, I'M PRETTY NEW HERE, SO, OLDER PEOPLE MOST OF THEM LOOK AT IT DIFFERENT. ))
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We won't know for at least another hour how many other hourly employees also voted in favor of the latest contract on the table.
It was about two weeks ago-- unionized workers rejected the company's previous offer...
Citing low wages and health care benefits for new hires as two reasons for voting NO.
This latest offer is similar to the previous proposal-- but apparently includes some health care revisions for new employees.
But some hourly workers say the changes still aren't enough.
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((WANDA ANDERSON/VOLVO EMPLOYEE:I FEEL LIKE IT WAS WRONG TO THE EMPLOYEES, THE NEW EMPLOYEES COMING IN, BECAUSE 70-PERCENT OF THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN DON'T HAVE INSURANCE AND IF THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE COMING IN WITHOUT INSURANCE FOR A GOOD LITTLE WHILE, AND I FIGURED THE UAW WE WOULD STICK TOGETHER, IF WE HAVE INSURANCE, THEY NEEDED TO HAVE SOME KIND OF INSURANCE WITHIN 90- DAYS. ))
If the contract is approved-- and the General Assembly approves funding the project, Volvo says it will move forward with plans that would create 13-hundred news jobs.
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Meanwhile Volvo has announced it's getting out of the car business.
The company announced this morning it's selling its passenger car division to the Ford Motor Company for 6 and half BILLION dollars.
Volvo says the sell will allow it to concentrate its efforts on trucks, buses and construction equipment.
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Yesterday we told you Burlington Industries is closing its plant in Hillsville as part of a company-wide reorganization.
But not all of the apparel maker's facilities are losing out.
The Burlington plant in Halifax will actually gain some work.
The company is closing its weave room in Raeford (RAY-FORD), North Carolina, and that work will be transferred to Virginia.
The plant manager say the extra work means the Halifax facility can operate at full capacity.
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((IT'S BEEN A YEAR OR BETTER THAT OUR OPERATION HAS HAD SHORT WEEKS, EXTENDED VACATION TIME, LOOMS CURTAILED, AND WE'VE JUST NOT BEEN ABLE TO RUN AT FULL SCHEDULE BECAUSE OF THIS ASIAN INFLUX OF APPAREL COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES.))
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Burlington's reorganization will create a few dozen new jobs at the Halifax plant.
The plant manager says those jobs will likely be filled by Burlington employees who've been laid off at other facilities.
It smelled bad, gave everybody a big scare. Authorities evacuated 75 people.
In the end, though, it was just an open drum of chemical used in the printing process that emptied Hannah Circle Trailer Park.
One of two barrels of sodium hyrdo- sulfite was apparently opened by construction workers yesterday. LEFT open, it produced some noxious fumes.
Some people were reluctant to leave last night... many were still trying to figure out why they had to.
((CLINTON BROWN/HANNAH CIRCLE RESIDENT: I DIDN'T WANT TO MISS WORK. I HAD TO SPEND THE NIGHT AT MY MOM'S HOUSE LAST NIGHT, AND THAT MESSED UP EVERYTHING. I HAD TO COME BACK A WHILE AGO- -MAKE SURE EVERYTHING WAS ALL RIGHT IN THE TRAILER.))
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Everything WAS all right within a matter of hours. Residents were back in their homes long before daybreak.
The city says only: the cause of the spill hasn't been determined, but it's under investigation.
The search continues for more victims in Colombia-
while the hope of finding anyone alive diminishes.
It's been several days since Monday's earthquake destroyed neighborhoods and villages in Western Colombia-
Now the rush to get Aid to Colombia is on- With more than 180 thousand homeless, the main concerns are food and shelter.
((THEY NEED HELP, FOOD YOU KNOW. CLOTHES, EVERYTHING YOU KNOW.))
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Donations of food and medical supplies are arriving- even caskets to bury the more than 800 dead.
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Differing opinions slow down the impeachment trial. We'll have that story after the break/
and he was a major celebrity of the 1970's now daredevil Evel Knivel takes on the latest of his life challenges.
On Health Check, officials want to give the police more power to enforce the seat belt law.
and Patrick Evans speaks with a real renaissance man-football player turned musician Mike Reid.
Disagreements are delaying the Senate impeachment trial-
It seems Democrats and Republicans can't agree on how to question witnesses.
Lee Cowan reports from Washington.
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((In an odd twist of scheduling - the president found himself on his way to Capitol Hill - to mourn the loss of former senator and Florida Governor Lawton Chiles.
After standing side by side with the very people deciding his
fate, the president seemed almost relieved - for a moment, someone else was the focus of senator's attention.
CLINTON: NOT A LOT OF POLITICAL COMMENT THERE.
The somber and brief ceremony may have been a welcome break for his jurors as well.
Both republicans and democrats had been caucusing for hours behind closed doors desperately trying to find a graceful exit out of the impeachment dilemma.
But the political dance was a clumsy performance at best - fits and starts produced more toe-stomping than at almost any point in this process.
As the senate convened- a request came for more time.
SEN. TRENT LOTT/R- MAJORITY LEADER: : WE'RE STILL ATTEMPTING TO REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH RESPECT TO THE REMAINING PROCEDURES.
And hour later, another plea.
LOTT: IT DOES TAKE TIME.
At issue remains just how to question the three key witnesses: Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan, and white house aid Sydney Blumenthal.
As with so many things in this trial - the tug of war is being played out in the shadow of a grinding tedium.
This time, the wrangling over something as seemingly innocuous as whether the deposition of those witnesses should be videotaped or not.
SEN. TRENT LOTT/R-MAJORITY LEADER:
I DON'T UNDERSTAND THEIR ALARM ABOUT THAT.
In fact, republicans don't understand the worry about witnesses period.
SEN. ORIN HATCH/R-UT: WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO HIDE --- ABOUT WITNESSES.
At the white house, came a resignation that it was at the mercy of partisan politics. Fair or unfair, it argued, the president's hands are tied.
JOE LOCKHART//WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN:
We also understand the arithmetic of the Senate, which is there's 55 Republicans and 45 Democrats, so ultimately the Republicans can do what they feel is best, even if it's not something that's fair to the President.
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Evel Knievel has taken on his latest challenge.
The 60-year- old former daredevil received a liver transplant yesterday.
According to a hospital spokesperson, Knievel is in stable condition at Tampa General Hospital.
Evel says he needed the transplant after he developed Hepatitis C.
He blamed a blood transfusion he received after one of his many motorcycle crashes during the 1960's and '70.
During his career he broke more than 35 bones and underwent 14 surgeries.
A Roanoke man who quit his job as an accountant to become a Catholic priest says his life has never been richer.
Father Tom Mattingly is pastor of St. Gerard's Catholic Church.
He says for a long time he didn't want to be a priest.
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((TOM MATTINGLY/ROANOKE PRIEST: I THOUGHT ABOU IT AND LOOKED AT THE LIFE OF A PRIEST AND DECIDED I WANTED A FAMILY. I WENT THROUGH WITH THAT ASSUMPTION. I WENT INTO BUSINESS. I WAS AN ACCOUNTANT. IT WAS REALLY WHEN I TURNED 30 THAT I HAD THIS CRISIS.))
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More priests today are waiting until they're older to commit.
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((JIM CURRAN/SEMINARIAN: IT DOESN'T LEAVE. THE THOUGHT, THE IDEA OF PRIESTHOOD DOESN'T GO AWAY. UNTIL YOU REALLY LOOK AT IT AND TRY IT. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WAY OF LIFE.))
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Tonight on News 7 at 11, Tina Tenret wraps up our series God's Calling with a look at who's going into the priesthood -- and who's still forbidden to join the ranks.
Mike Reid has led an interesting life. After leaving the N-F-L at the top of his game, he hit the top of the charts as a country singer.
Now Patrick Evans tells us he's taking his music in another direction as a composer.
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Mike Reid, a talented song-writer and composer, is once again working with a local chamber-music sensation, and everyone is happy about it.
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The Kandinsky Trio will perform Reid's music this weekend, and Patrick Evans joins us from Roanoke College to tell us more.
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Coming up in Sports, Mike Stevens will explain how the Super Bowl quarterbacks are trying to milk the game for all its worth.
On Health check, there could be changes in Virginia's seat belt law,
and brace yourself, the Centers for Disease Control says the flu season is only going to get worse.
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Nine hundred-and-30 people died on Virginia roads last year in car accidents.
About half were NOT wearing seat belts.
That's illegal in Virginia.
But police are NOT allowed to pull you for just that offense.
That will change if a "primary offense" seat belt bill passes in this year's General Assembly.
Christiansburg's Diana Jones Hall credits a seat belt with saving her and her daughter's lives last fall, when their car flipped five times on Interstate 81.
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((DIANA JONES HALL/CHRISTIANSBURG CRASH SURVIVOR: I WAS BUCKLED IN. I HAD SOME MAJOR LACERATIONS DOWN TO THE SKULL...SCRATCH ON HER HAND.))
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Despite the obvious safety advantage of a seat belt, NOT everyone's in favor of this kind of enforcement.
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((DEL. JACK REID/R-HENRICO CO.: TRYING TO GUESS WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE IT LEAVES IT UP TO THE POLICE OFFICER JUST TO STOP ANYBODY THEY WANT. I'M JUST NOT IN FAVOR OF THAT.))
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The bill comes to a vote Tuesday morning in the House Transportation Committee.
If you've had the flu this season, you may find it hard to believe that the Centers for Disease Control says it's been a mild year so far.
As of last week, 34 states including Virginia reported mild flu activity.
Eleven more called it moderate and three said the flu was widespread.
While that may be good news for most of us, the C-D-C says it is only going to get worse.
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( Dr. Keiji Fukuda/CDC
we've seen activity start to pick up over the last few weeks...and I
expect that activity will probably continue to pick up for at least the
next couple of weeks.)
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Doctors say the current flu shot should cover most of the known strains out there and it's still not too late to get one.
Fifty organizations will share in the profits of Carilion Health System this year.
At a celebration today at the Hotel Roanoke, Carilion C-E-O Tom Robertson announced the 1998 award recipients of the community health fund.
Three million dollars of the non-profit hospital's earnings will be filtered back into projects that help improve the health of Southwest Virginia.
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((ELIZABETH ADERHOLDT/PRIMARY CARE SERVICES: WE'RE INTERESTED IN PREVENTATIVE TYPES OF PROGRAMS THAT TARGET HIGH RISK GROUPS LIKE CHILDREN, UNINSURED CHILDREN, FOLKS THAT HAVE TROUBLE WITH TRANSPORTATION ISSUES OR OBTAINING MEDICATIONS.))
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A couple of the programs include the expansion of sex education through Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge to reduce health risks
and the establishment of a music therapy program for patient's with Alzheimer's at the Richfield Retirement community.
It's time now for Sports
With the latest on the Super Bowl, here's Mike Stevens.
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Thursday ticker.
Please be seated. In just a moment I will be serving some milk.
But first, a coaching note involing football at East Carolina.
The Pirates have a large alumni base in the area
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And most should be glad to hear that head football coach Steve Logan has been given a one year contract extension and a raise.
His revised deal now runs through the year 2003 and he will make 140 thousand a season.
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The Carolina Panthers filled out their coaching staff today as head coach George Seifert decided to keep linebacker coach Sam Mills in the fold.
Mills is the Panthers all-time leading tackler and a hall of famer.
The Broncos are still favored by 7 points to beat the Falcons in Sunday's Super Bowl.
Tomorrow the two quarterbacks in the big game will splash across the pages of USA Today in a full page "Got Milk?" ad.
The popular campaign began in 1993, and this year John Elway and Chris Chandler were only too happy to take part with Super Bowl milk moustaches. The ad was shot last week.
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Look for the ads throughout the weekend and make up your own mind.
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If you're looking for some high school basketball tonight, Fleming and Patrick Henry renew their Star City rivalry this evening in where else, but Salem.
The boy's teams meet at the Salem Civic Center at 7:30 while the girls' game tips-off at 6.
We'll have highlights tonight at 11.
Also, coming up six, Steve Mason has a recap of last night's Tech-UVa game and a little insight into where these two teams are headed the rest of the season.
Take Care evetybody. Jean will be back right after this quick break.
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A Harvard trained psychologist is helping people deal with the ups, downs, and sharp turns of life.
But it's probably not what you think. He's leading a two day program to help people overcome their fear of roller coasters.
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The idea is to have the so-called coaster phobics sit in a calming zone just before taking the big ride.
There they learn about coaster safety.
Most of the people in the session have never ridden before, but afterwards, they seem like old pros.
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[OUT Q=ride once again. (TRIPLE OUT)]
The sessions are held at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.