The ballots are being counted in the Volvo contract.
That's our lead story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And Virginia police officers could get the right to stop you- -solely because you're not wearing a seat belt.
In sports, Randall Cunningham gets another individual honor Jeff Agnew has scheduled three races in the area.
And Kobe Bryant gets a new contract with the Los Angeles Lakers keeping him in L-A for for several more years.
No records today but a lovely weather presentation none the less. Clouds and showers cover us for the next five days.
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They're counting the votes as Volvo workers weigh-in on a new contract. Hundreds of jobs are at stake as well as the New River Valley economy.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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The contract voted on today will determine whether Volvo officials will proceed with a plan that could bring 13-hundred new jobs to the local truck plant.
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Teresa Hamilton is outside the Volvo plant in Dublin with reaction from employees.
Keith, voting wrapped up here about a half hour ago so we should know within the hour if the contract has been given the green light.
As you might imagine-- with this much at stake the deal on the table has left employees sharply divided.
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((ROXANNE WHITE/VOLVO EMPLOYEE:I WILL STICK BY MY STANDARDS, I FEEL THAT, WITH ALL MY HEART, THIS IS WRONG, I WOULD SAY IT ONCE, TWICE OR AS MANY TIMES AS I WOULD SAY IT. ))
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Roxanne White strongly believes the latest contract short changes new hires in terms of health care coverage.
It was that very argument, along with low wages, that led hourly workers to reject the company's previous contract offer roughly two weeks ago.
However, many workers have reconsidered their position.
The new contract apparently includes some revisions in terms of health care for new employees.
Workers are also well aware that their vote could make or break a deal Volvo is working on with the state to bring 13-hundred new jobs to the truck plant.
When the previous contract was rejected, Volvo officials threatened to pull out of the deal unless workers had a change of heart.
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((TERRY GUYNN/VOLVO EMPLOYEE: WE LIVE OVER IN NARROWS AND THERE'S PEOPLE OUT OF WORK OVER THERE AND ARSENAL PEOPLE, A LOT OF THEM STILL HAVEN'T FOUND JOBS, SO IT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY, THE WHOLE AREA. ))
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Even if workers vote in favor of the contract-- the General assembly must still approve funding for the project before Volvo can proceed with the proposed 148-million dollar expansion.
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The outlook for more jobs at a textile factory in Halifax County is good, despite the company's plan to cut close to three-thousand jobs at its other facilities.
Burlington Industries is closing seven plants and moving some weaving work to its facility in Halifax County.
That will allow the Halifax plant to start up all of its equipment by the end of March.
The plant manager says a few dozen new people will be needed to operate at full capacity.
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((LOTT ROGERS, JR./PLANT MANAGER: THERE IS A LITLE ROOM FOR NEW HIRES RIGHT NOW BUT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE SURE WE GIVE ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES THAT WERE AFFECTED BY OPERATIONS BEING SHUT OFF OPPORTUNITIES TO COME TO HALIFAX.))
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The Burlington Industries plant in the Town of Hurt is also acquiring more work in the company's reorganization.
Plant officials there say a handful of new jobs will be created.
NOT wearing a seat belt is illegal in Virginia.
But for now, you can't be stopped for that alone.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol where police enforcement on the issue could be changed.
Keith, there's a bill that would change seat belt wearing from a so-called secondary offense-- you can be ticketed if stopped for something else-- to a primary offense.
It was roundly supported today in a public hearing.
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930 people died on Virginia roads last year.
But NOT Diana Jones Hall.
She flipped her car five times on Interstate 81 between Roanoke and Christiansburg.
She and her daughter lived.
((DIANA JONES HALL/CHRISTIANSBURG CRASH SURVIVOR: I HAD ALWAYS BELIEVED IN SEAT BELTS. I USED TO BE A 911 DISPATCHER.))
After a head-on accident in 1996, Virginia Tech student Kathleen Carlisle has always been pro-seat belt.
The driver who hit her was NOT.
((KATHLEEN CARLISLE/BLACKSBURG CRASH SURVIVOR: I SUFFERED ONLY NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES, WHILE THE OTHER DRIVER DIED AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.))
NO one disputes the wisdom of a seat belt law in Virginia.
But some question stepping up enforcement.
((DEL. JACK REID/R-HENRICO CO.: IF I'M RIDING DOWN THE ROAD AND I HAVE A TAILLIGHT OUT, I HAVE TAILLIGHT OUT. IF I RUN A RED LIGHT, I RAN RED LIGHT. BUT TO STOP SOMEONE RIDING DOWN THE ROAD JUST BECAUSE A POLICE OFFICER CAN'T VIEW WHETHER OR NOT THEIR SEATBELT IS BUCKLED IS IN MY VIEW AN INFRINGEMENT ON INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.))
The Transportation Committee's own chairman worries about its effect on the sometimes phenomenon of D-W-B, or "driving while black."
((DEL. BILLY ROBINSON/D-NORFOLK: THERE IS A WIDESPREAD PROBLEM AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR POLICE, IN SOME AREAS, NOT A MAJORITY OF THE POLICE, TO STOP VEHICLES BECAUSE THE DRIVERS ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN.))
This seat belt bill would only apply to front seat passengers.
Children-- remember are already a primary enformcement target.
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It goes to a vote in the House Transportation Committee Tuesday morning.[Food-Tax]
With both Democrats and Republicans behind it, a cut in the sales tax on groceries is almost a political certainty in Richmond this year.
But today, Democrats issued a challenge to the Governor to enact the cut immediately.
[IN Q=Let's report]
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: LET'S REPORT OUT, WITH AN EMERGENCY CLAUSE ON IT, A FOOD TAX RELIEF BILL THAT TAKES EFFECT RIGHT NOW. THAT BEGINS TO PEEL OFF THE FOOD TAX. LET'S SEND IT OVER TO THE SENATE AND GET THEM TO DO THE SAME THING. AND THE GOVERNOR CAN SIGN IT WHILE WE'RE STILL IN SESSION THIS YEAR AND BRING RELIEF TO PEOPLE BEFORE WE EVER ADJOURN.))
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((DEL. PAUL HARRIS/R-CHARLOTTESVILLE: IT'S ONLY NOW THAT THEY STAND AT THE VERGE OF LOSING THE MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE THAT THEY COME FORWARD TO CUT TAXES. IT'S A DEATHBED CONFESSION. IT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF HUGH HEFNER COMING OUT AGAINST SKINNY DIPPING. NO ONE TAKES IT SERIOUSLY.))
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Republicans say a slower phase-out of the food tax would be more responsible.
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Drug dogs sniff around Roanoke schools today. Still ahead on News 7, we'll tell you what they found.
And speaking of canines, coyotes are raising howls at the capitol, and local lawmakers are in the middle.
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It's always open season on coyotes in Virginia.
But the hunt could escalate, if Montgomery County Senator Madison Marye gets a law passed to allow local bounties on coyote heads.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: WE ARE LOSING MANY, MANY FARMERS WHO USED TO RAISE SHEEP. SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO BECAUSE OF THE COYOTE PROBLEM.))
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: COYOTES ARE ALREADY OPEN SEASON 12 MONTHS A YEAR. A BOUNTY WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PUT OUT SNARES AND DO THINGS FOR OTHER GAME ANIMALS THAT CANNOT DISTINGUISH WHETHER THEY'RE A COYOTE OR NOT.))
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Despite Senator Hawkins' plea, the bill trotted out the Senate and on to a House committee today.
The drug dogs were back in Roanoke schools today.
And they found evidence of drugs at a city high school.
The school system has been using dogs for random searches of middle and high schools.
The visits to Breckinridge Middle School and the Noel C. Taylor Academy turned up nothing.
But two cars in the parking lot at William Fleming High School showed signs of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
School officials say the students involved will be disciplined.
The city has done five school searches to this point. The dogs also got a whiff of drugs in a couple of cars at Patrick Henry High School a few weeks ago.
They didn't find anything at James Madison middle school.[Chemical-spill]
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It was a major inconvenience for those who live in a Trailer Park beneath Memorial Bridge....
otherwise city officials are downplaying the chemical spill that prompted them to evacuate Hannah Circle Mobile Home Park last night.
Construction workers opened a 55-gallon drum containing sodium hyrdo- sulfite- -as they prepared to tear down a vacant warehouse near the Roanoke River.
The noxious fumes were annoying, but did not cause any injuries.
Seventy-five people were evacuated as a precaution.
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((IF THERE WAS BARRELS IN THERE AND THEY DID HAVE CHEMICALS IN THEM, WBY WASN'T HAZ-MAT CALLED IN BEFORE THEY STARTED WORKING AND HAD THEM TOOK OUT.))
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A haz-mat crew DID contain the chemical and cleaned up the area- -AFTER the fact.
The city says inspectors checked out the area before buying the old warehouse. It's unclear whether they missed the barrels- -or whether the chemical drums could have been dumped there since.
High-tech stocks led the way on Wall Street.
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The Dow rose 81 points to 92-81. NASDAQ climbed 70 points to a record high.
Don't go rushing down to the federal building tomorrow hoping to rumage through Keith Neely's F-B-I case file.
Judge Jackson Kiser planned to turn over the file- -unsealed and un-redacted- -for public review tomorrow.
The F-B-I filed an emergency appeal, and tonight the Court of Appeals filed an order staying Judge Kiser's order i
n the case of the former Christiansburg attorney.[Corporate-Etiquette]
It turns out your mother was right.. good manners ARE important, especially when it comes to finding that first job out of school.
Steve Smallshaw shows us how some local college seniors are polishing up their etiquette skills.
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(( For 21 years, they've eaten off tray tables at home or in the informal atmosphere of a college dining hall.
Now, just months before embarking on their first big job interview, these Sweet Briar College seniors are getting a crash course in good manners.
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((JOANNE MAHANES/CAREER SERVICES DIRECTOR: THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF CORPORATE ETIQUETTE TRAINING IS THAT I WANT OUR WOMEN TO HAVE A CORPORATE EDGE IN THE INTERVIEW PROCESS. STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE NERVOUS WHEN THEY'RE BEING INTERVIEWED. I DON'T WANT A TABLE SETTING TO THROW THEM OFF.))
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Joanne Mahanes is Sweet Briar's director of career services.
Her job is no longer just critiquing resume's.. corporations now use the interview lunch or dinner to see how job applicants act in social situations.. so Mahanes teaches her students the finer points of corporate etiquette.
This recent training session for 60 seniors started with a reception, then moved into the dining room for a formal dinner.
(( belling ringing "GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY, THANKS FOR COMING AND DINNER IS SERVED, JUST COME THIS WAY.))
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Mahanes used the four- course meal to drop in etiquette tips and horror stories from her own interview experiences.
Students learned where their napkin goes, which bread plate to use and even.. how to eat an artichoke.
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((MAHANES: SO MANY PARENTS HAVE CALLED ME SAYING `I LOVE THE FACT THAT MY SON OR DAUGHTER IS SPECIFICALLY BEING TRAINED, BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE THE BEST WE CAN AND WE KNOW THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT.))
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((Apparently, so do top executives. Mahanes says statistics show that 88 percent of senior level managers have impeccable manners, compared to just 40 percent of mid-level executives. There's a direct correlation between knowing which fork to use and rising to the top of your profession. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))
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And coming up, The latest on the Ferrum College women's basketball situation a big upset at the Australian open.
And Steve Mason has a report on what's ahead for the Virginia and Virginia Tech men's basketball teams after last nights game in Richmond.
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With a combined 17 conference games looming on the horizon, Virginia Tech and Virginia will have to quickly put last night's 64-55 UVa win at the Richmond Coliseum behind them. Steve Mason takes a closer look at their respective futures.
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It looks like Kobe Bryant will remain a Laker for several more years.
Bryant has signed a six year contract extension worth about 70 million Dollars.
The 20 year old Bryant will earn 1 point 3 million this season. The new deal, which will start with the 1999-2000 season is believed to be worth the maximum Bryant can earn under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Bryant's contract would top 14 point 6 million in 2004 and 2005.
A depleted Ferrum Squad is taking the court at Shenandoah.
Nine members of the Women's basktball team quit over a dispute with the coach.
Coach Donna Doonan has left for the season, as well.
She's taking a leave of absence for medical reasons.
That leaves Ferrum with just five active players, and one who's injured.
Ferrum's athletic director will take over as coach.
The team is 3 and 12 so far this season.
A big upset today at the Australian open.
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Lindsay Davenport, the world's number one player and the top seed lost in her match today.
Amelie Mauresmo lost the first set but she rallied to win the next two, 7-5, 7-5 to get the win.
Amelie won the Wimbledon and French Junior titles in 1996. She will face Martina Hingis in the final.
Jeff Agnew, the defending series champ in the Hooters Pro Cup racing division will give area race fans three chances to catch his act this coming season.
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The Hooters Cup will race a 20 event calendar with stops at the New River Valley Speedway in July, South Boston in August and Lonesome Pine down in Coeburn in June.
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Despite a shortage of Catholic priests, the church still refuses to admit married men or women.
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Tonight on News7 at 11 -- Tina Tenret brings us our final segment of "God's Calling."
She's inside St. Andrew's Church now with a preview.
Keith, tonight we meet the type of man the Catholic church IS attracting.
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They're older now, in their 40's by the time they become priests.
Some say they're wiser -- after all, many have already had a career and life experiences.
Jim Curran is studying to be a priest -- and knows someone who turned the calling down.
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((HE BECAME VERY MOVED AND BEGAN TO CRY BECAUSE HE KNEW HE'D MISSED HIS VOCATION AND HE KNEW IT. HE LOVED HIS WIFE AND HE LOVED HIS KIDS MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE BUT HE KNEW IN THE DEPTHS OF HIS HEART THAT HE'D MISSED HIS VOCATION. AND THAT HAUNTED HIM STILL TO THIS DAY.))
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Tonight, meet a Roanoke man who quit his job as an accountant to become a priest --
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and hear the latest on whether married men and women have a chance of being included.
Don't miss the last part of our series "God's Calling"
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