Next on news 7, state cameras catch a New York garbage truck dumping medical waste in Virginia.
And another textile plant is shutting down ... it's tough news for a local town.
Had enough of this warm stuff? Big temperature changes ahead.
On health check --
Allergies to food as well as other substances are on the rise, but new practices could reverse that trend.
Plus, the odds are getting better for a Martinsville girl looking for a perfect match.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THESE ARE SYRINGES THAT HAVE BEEN FOUND.))
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A nasty surprise pours out of a New York trash truck-- and sends the Governor to war with a Texas trash giant.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon...
Governor Jim Gilmore's made national headlines fighting New York and out-of-state trash haulers for weeks.
Yesterday, more ammo in Gilmore's war flowed into a central Virginia landfill.
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol with more.
Jean, Houston-based Waste Management Incorporated has three previous serious waste hauling violations in Virginia, and was already under a "consent decree" with the state.
So when a ton or two of medical waste poured off a truck in Charles City County yesterday, Virginia officials were NOT happy.
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[SUPER=01-Dennis Treacy/Virginia DEQ Director; :35]
[OUT Q=this incident.]
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((IT'S GOT THE NEEDLE ON IT IF YOU GET CLOSE UP. THE SYRINGE IS STILL ON IT.))
D-E-Q inspectors on a special three day enforcement effort made this tape as they discovered the medical waste.
The truck came from a Brooklyn transfer station, carrying New York trash.
The Governor donned rubber gloves to lead reporters through a series of blood-stained and biohazardous materials that have NO place in a Virginia landfill.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: AS GOVERNOR, I'M JUST NOT GONNA TOLERATE WASTE MANAGEMENT'S CALLOUS BEHAVIOR.))
So how widespread is the problem?
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((DENNIS TREACY/DEQ DIRECTOR: THE ONLY OBSERVATION I WOULD MAKE IS THAT THIS CAME ON DAY THREE OF WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A WIDELY PUBLICIZED OPERATION TO INSPECT TRUCKS.))
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE MAXIMUM FINE IS 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS PER DAY, PER VIOLATION. AND WE BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE AT LEAST 20 VIOLATIONS IN THIS INCIDENT.))
Attorney General Mark Earley is pursuing a court order banning any more medical waste.
D-E-Q is pursuing fines.
And the D-M-V is looking into whether Waste Management's trucks' permits can be revoked in Virginia.
So the Governor's making this issue a large scale offensive, with a very high profile.
Q&A JEAN: And the Governor has legislation pending on out-of-state trash?[5-JPS-Converter]
Another textiles plant is closing in Franklin County -- taking 180 more jobs from our area.
The J-P-S Converter and Industrial Corporation will close by June.
Employees at this plant made the linings for women's jackets.
But officials say plants in the Far East can make the material at a lower cost.
So to save money, they're shutting down this plant and focusing on the more modern, better equipped branch in South Boston.
Tonight on News-7 at Six, hear how Rocky Mount is veering away from textiles now -- and what the South Boston plant will do to stay open.
The Governor has directed State Police to re-assign 50 additional troopers to beef up patrols on Interstate-81.
Troopers on the ground will be aided by state police aircraft based in Abingdon and Manassas.
The superintendent of State Police says the 50 additional troopers will come from those normally assigned to NORTHERN Virginia.
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((BUT IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE- -IN A MATTER OF DAYS- -WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN STATE-LINE TO STATE-LINE INITIATIVE WITH MASSIVE NUMBERS OF TROOPERS.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/State Police Superintendent]
[OUT Q=numbers of troopers.]
The Superintendent says temporarily re-assigning troopers to certain areas of the state will work... just like the assignment of troopers to the coalfields during the miners' strike in 1989.
Tonight on News 7 at 6, in-depth coverage of the stepped-up enforcement along I-81.
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How bad is the speeding? We'll follow a veteran trooper checking speeds on the interstate today.
Who knows the highway better than truckers? We'll hear if they think more enforcement will be helpful.
And we'll tell you where to expect the biggest increase in patrols. That's all coming at six.
Shelor will proceed with its million dollar lawsuit against Montgomery County.
The car dealer is suing over the "merchant's capital tax".
Today the county's attorney argued to have the case dismissed but a circuit judge ruled in Shelor's favor.
The merchants tax is a yearly tax companies pay on unsold inventory.
Shelor wants it abolished or some type of tax relief saying the amount it pays is far above what other businesses pay because Shelor is a high volume business.
On Tuesday-- Shelor rejected a request to drop the lawsuit.
If Shelor would agree, the county said it would overlook what it says are newly discovered unpaid taxes.[(toss to R)]
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High-tech toys are getting better ... and cheaper! That story is still ahead.
And a balloon ride turns dangerous, when strong winds force a rough landing.
On Health Check, a community comes to the aid of a girl in need of life-saving surgery.
We'll have that and more. Stay with us.
It now appears the articles of impeachment will go up for a vote as early as tomorrow at noon.
At least one moderate Republican today said he'll vote to convict President Clinton on both impeachment charges.
((SEN .GORDON SMITH/R-OREGON: THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON'S CONDUCT HAS MADE A MOCKERY OF MOST OF HIS WORDS.))
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[OUT Q=of his words.]
Republican Senator Wayne Allard also announced today he will vote for impeachment-
Meanwhile secret deliberations on the impeachment articles go on behind closed doors in Washington.
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A federal judge may have ordered American Airlines pilots back to the cockpit- but many flights are still being cancelled.
Passengers are waiting and vacations still delayed-
Close to eleven hundred flights have been cancelled today due to a continuing pilot sickout.
Pilots are barred by federal law from striking.
Instead some 24 hundred of the Airlines 94 hudnred pilots have been calling in sick.
Pilots want American to bring pilots of the newly acquired Reno Air up to American's pay scale.
A hot air balloon crashed in Arizona after it got caught in strong winds.
Five of the six people aboard the balloon were injured.
Fire officials say the balloon struck the roofs of three homes, causing minor damage, before making a hard fall in a field. No one on the ground was hurt.
It's belived a commercial sightseeing company was operating the balloon.
A second balloon in the area was brought down safely as a precaution amid the gusty winds.
Women in Italy's parliament wore jeans to work today, to protest a court ruling on rape.
An Italian appeals court overturned a rape conviction, because the woman was wearing blue jeans.
The court ruled it's impossible to remove someone's jeans unless that person helps, so the sex had to be consensual.
Female lawmakers say the decision is degrading, and will make rape victims less likely to report attacks.
Having four other guys sing to your girlfriend may not sound romantic, but Patrick Evans assures us it is...
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Here's a unique idea for Valentine's Day: Serenade your significant-other.
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So when Patrick Evans says, "Let me Call You Sweet Heart", he does so in four-part harmony.
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There's real action on the track today at Daytona. Mike Stevens joins us live in just a few minutes.
Today on health check --
A new way to take Viagra in a sweeter package.
And the next time you see your allergist, you may be treated a little differently.
[IN Q=Millions of Americans]
((DR. GARY RACHELEFSKY/ALLERGY SPECIALIST : MILLIONS OF AMERICANS
WILL FEEL BETTER, THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE WILL IMPROVE. ))
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In Martinsville today, several hundred people volunteered to become bone marrow donors.
It was their way to show support for a little girl who's battling leukemia-- and possibly find her a bone marrow match.
Christy Hubley has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Teresa Cahill/Drive Organizer; :32]
[SUPER=01-Donna Dove/Collinsville Resident; :58]
[SUPER=01-Andy Petty/Martinsville Police Officer; 1:10]
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A rubber strip around the arm--
A quick prick of the needle--
And in matter of minutes, these people became a step closer to being bone marrow donors.
And maybe, just maybe, one of them will be a match for Kandis Joyce.
She's the nine-year old girl who inspired this bone marrow typing drive.
Diagnosed with leukemia in December 1997, Kandis' best hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant.
At first, the family friend who organized the drive just wanted to become a donor herself.
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((TERESA CAHILL/DRIVE ORGANIZER: AND THEN THE MORE I LEARNED ABOUT IT I KNEW THAT I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH OF A CHANCE MATCHING ANYBODY BECAUSE YOU'RE ODDS ARE SO GREAT OF ACTUALLY MATCHING SOMEONE. SO I DECIDED THAT I NEEDED TO TYPE AS MANY PEOPLE AS I POSSIBLY COULD TO HOPEFULLY MATCH KANDIS.))
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It didn't take long for the word to spread.
Businesses and churches offered to pay some of the blood testing costs.
And people, hundreds of them, volunteered to be tested.
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((DONNA DOVE/COLLINSVILLE RESIDENT: I JUST DECIDED TO DO THIS BECAUSE OF HER BEING A CHILD AND JUST TRY TO PUT MYSELF IN HER PLACE OR WHO'S TAKING CARE OF HER AS A PARENT AND I WOULD BE HAPPY IF SOMEONE DID THAT FOR MY CHILD.))
[OUT Q=for my child.]
[IN Q=I may help Kandis]
((ANDY PETTY/MARTINSVILLE POLICE OFFICER: I MAY HELP KANDIS, I MAY HELP SOMEBODY TOMORROW, MAYBE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW DOWN THE ROAD ON THE REGISTRY MY NAME WILL COME UP.))
[OUT Q=will come up.]
These potential donors left with more than a Band-Aid.
A good feeling and a heart-shaped sticker that says it all.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Martinsville.
A new standard of care is coming to the doctor's office for allergy and asthma sufferers.
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The nation's top allergy specialists today recommended for the first time a specific set of guidelines for doctors treating allergies.
Until now, doctors had no plan, no guidelines about how to identify allergies.
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((DR. DANIEL ROTROSEN/NATL. INSTITUTE OF ALLERGIES AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES: IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE ONE COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENT THAT ENABLES
THESE PHYSICIANS TO LEARN ABOUT AND IMPLEMENT THE BEST CARE AND
[SUPER=01-Dr. Daniel Rotrosen/Allergy Expert; ]
[OUT Q=care practices.]
The allergy task force has put together three hundred pages called The Allergy Report.
It details what works and what doesn't.
[IN Q=There are ways]
((DR. IRA FINEGOLD/ALLERGIST: THERE ARE WAYS OF TREATING IT THAT HAVE BEEN PROVEN EFFECTIVE AND WE'RE TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT THAT ALLERGIES ARE A BIG PROBLEM.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ira Finegold/Allergist; ]
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The report also shows strong links between allergies and other diseases.
The new guidelines are expected to be implemented in June.
The anti-impotence drug Viagra now comes in a new form.
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Instead of a pill, Ohio pharmacist Ray Burns created candy viagra.
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[IN Q=That's done]
((RAY BURNS/COMPOUNDING PHARMACIST: THAT'S DONE BY A WRITTEN PRESCRIPTION BY A PHYSICIAN FOR SPECIFIC PATIENTS AND DELIVERED TO A PHARMACIST AND THE FDA APPROVES OF THAT USE.))
[SUPER=01-Ray Burns/Compounding Pharmacist; ]
[OUT Q=of that use.]
In this form Viagra only takes 15 minutes to work.
And it comes in a variety of flavors.[S5-Daytona]
More than a hundred thousand race fans basked in the sun today Daytona and witnessed another history-making performance by Dale Earnhardt.
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Mike Stevens was also on hand, and he's at the track tonight.
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Toys may be child's play, but nowadays they're high tech.
The newest electronic toys can walk, talk and even remember things.
Stacey Tisdale takes us to the Toy Show in New York.
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[SUPER=01-David Miller/Toy Manufacturers of America]
[SUPER=01-Stacey Tisdale/CBS News;]
[Super=01-Doug Glen/Mattel Inc.;]
[Super=01-Sean McGowan/Toy Analyst;]
[OUT Q=New York.]
(( THIS MICROSCOPE ALLOWS CHILDREN TO BLOW UP IMAGES OF BUGS LIKE THESE
AND PUT THEM ONTO THEIR COMPUTERS.
TOY ANALYSTS SAY KIDS LOVE THEM!
David Miller/President/Toy Manufacturers of America: Today's child is far more technologically oriented than any
INDUSTRY WATCHERS SAY THAT'S BECAUSE COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET ARE COMMONPLACE FOR TODAY'S CHILDREN.
MANY SAY ONE DAY, THERE WILL ONLY BE TOYS THAT WALK, TALK, OR
INTERACT WITH CHILDREN IN SOME WAY.
THE GOOD NEWS FOR PARENTS: PRICES OF HIGH TECH TOYS ARE COMING DOWN.
TAKE THIS ME-2 CAM BY MATTEL'S INTEL PLAY. THIS COSTS LESS THAN A
LAST YEAR IT WOULD'VE COST SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS, 5 YEARS AGO MORE
THAN A THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Doug Glen/chief strategy officer/Mattel Inc.: The powerful chips that were the heart of the personal
computer, 15 years ago, chips that cost a thousand or 2 thousand dollars
then, now cost very often less than a dollar,
so we can put tremendous amounts of computer power into relatively inexpensive toys.
SEAN MCGOWAN - TOY ANALYST AT GERARD KLAUR MATTISON SAYS IN ADDITION
TO CHEAPER TECHNOLOGY, COMPETITION IS DRIVING DOWN HIGH TECH TOY PRICES.
Sean McGowan/Toy Analyst/Gerard Klaur Mattison
At retail, the stores that are selling toys, more toys, are those that sell them at lower prices, and these are discounters,
Wal-Mart is gaining share, K-Mart, Target, these are discounters.
MCGOWAN AND OTHER ANALYSTS SAY TECHNOLOGY AND COMPETITION WILL
CONTINUE TO MAKE HIGH TECH TOYS AFFORDABLE TO A WIDER RANGE OF CONSUMERS
FOR YEARS TO COME.
STACEY TISDALE CBS MARKETWATCH, NEW YORK.))