Coming up on News 7 at 5, Rowe Furniture is moving 500 jobs out of its Salem factory.
And in Jasper, Texas, a jury decides if John King is guilty in the racially motivated death of a black man.
Light snow prompts winter weather advisories. Snow totals will stay on the light side. Details ahead.
In health news, the proposed Vistar eye surgery center is killed in the General Assembly,
and doctors may have a new tool to fight the problems of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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Snow and freezing temperatures make driving treacherous in Southwest Virginia.
The snow began coming down, this morning.
Roads were especially treacherous in Floyd County.
Schools closed EARLY there as well as in Carroll, Patrick and Grayson counties.
Schools in Martinsville also closed early.
But in Montgomery County schools stayed on schedule.
Oakie Altizer's been driving a bus for nearly 20-years.
He says chains make all the difference.
[IN Q=Basically (13:41:53)]
((OAKIE ALTIZER/BUS DRIVER: BASICALLY ANYTIME IT'S GETTING SLICK I JUST GO AHEAD AND PUT THE CHAINS ON, IT'S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.))
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[OUT Q=than sorry.]
V-DOT crews have been spreading salt and stone to area roads throughout the day.
The freezing temperatues made bridges and underpasses, especially slick.
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How much snow will we get- Let's talk to Meteorologist Robin Reed.
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Some community colleges in the area have cancelled NIGHT classes because of the weather.
New River Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, and Wytheville Community College have all cancelled their evening classes tonight.
Slick roads apparenty contributed to a fatal accident in Floyd County.
A passenger in the car, 90-year Ora Lee Phillips died when the car crashed around eleven thirty this morning.
State police say Phillips' daughter, Eunice Perdue, was behind the wheel.
She reportedly told police she lost control on the slick roads and crossed into the path of a van.
The accident happened on Route 221, just outside the town of Floyd.
No one else was seriously injured.
Seven people are dead and rescue workers in Austria are searching for as many as 35 more
who may be buried after an avalanche hit a small town in the Alps.
Four homes were demolished as the heavy snow poured through the valley.
The snowfall is hampering rescue efforts. Helicopters are unable to fly in reinforcements.
A guilty verdict for one of three men accused of dragging a black man to death.
Now a jury must decide if John William King will get the death penalty.
Andrew Colton has more.
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[OUT Q=Jasper, Texas.]
(( IT TOOK THE JASPER JURY JUST UNDER TWO HOURS TO DECIDE THAT JOHN
WILLIAM KING DID MURDER JAMES BYRD.
IN FIVE DAYS OF TESTIMONY, PROSECUTORS TOLD JURORS THAT KING AND TWO CO-DEFENDANTS CHAINED BYRD TO THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK, THEN
DRAGGED HIM MORE THAN THREE MILES ON A BACK COUNTRY ROAD . . .
UNTIL HIS LIMBS WERE SEVERED FROM HIS TORSO, AND HIS HEAD WAS DECAPITATED.
IN COURT, PROSECUTORS SAID THAT KING DID THIS TO GAIN ATTENTION
AMONG WHITE SUPREMACISTS. THEY SHOWED HIS RACIST TATTOOS, AND REVEALED HIS PLAN TO START A WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP.
GUY JAMES GRAY/PROSECUTOR:
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE VERDICT, POLICE TOOK TO THE STREETS TO KEEP PEACE. TOWN LEADERS FEARED REPEAT DEMONSTRATIONS FROM THE KU KLUX
KLAN OR BLACK PANTHERS.
BYRD'S SON SAID THE DECISION WAS JUST.
ROSS BYRD/BYRD'S SON))[tease#1]
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The deadline has passed for a Kosovo peace agreement. We'll see if any progress has been made next.
And then a little later in the newscast, we'll see how a pest control company is using a low tech approach to sniff out termites.
The peace talks on Kosovo are over- with no signed deal.
But it also appears there won't be any NATO air strikes at least for the time being.
Ethnic Albanians have agreed to an agreement in principle- but the Serbs are still resisting-
The plan now is to give both sides some time in hopes they'll sign.
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((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE: WE BELIEVE THE BEST WAY FORWARD IS TO ALLOW THE PARTIES TO REFLECT ON THE CHOICES BEFORE THEM.))
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The deal would allow Kosovo to have it's own constitution and government- Serbian police units would withdraw from the region.
A new round of talks is set for mid March.
Rowe Furniture has grown outside of its Salem city limits.
The furniture manufacturer announced plans to construct a 15-million dollar facility in a Montgomery ounty industrial park.
Two of the company's three operations will be moved to the new plant along with a large number of its more than five-hundred employees.
Officials say they plan to help with the worker's commute.
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((STEVE SHELOR/ROWE SPOKESMAN; WE'RE BUYING A BUS TO SHUTTLE OUT EMPLOYEES....WE WON'T PUT THEM OUT AT ALL.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Shelor/Rowe Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=THEM OUT AT ALL.]
Not only will all of Rowe Furniture's current employees keep their jobs, but the expansion will add another 170-production jobs.
Construction for the new plant begins in April and is expected to be ready for production by the new millenium.
After months of debate the Roanoke County Supervisors may be moving closer to a decision on where to build a new high school.
Members of the County school board support the Woods End site and they have requested a special use permit to construct the new school there.
Today the supervisors sent the project to the planning commission for a hearing next month.
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[OUT Q=but we're making progress.]
Apparently there is no consenus among the supervisors on the location of the new school, but the issue will be back
on their agenda for another vote before the end of March.[5-Mexico-H]
Would you believe that a company sending work to Mexico is actually saving jobs in the United States?
That's what apparel companies say they're doing.
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Scott Goldberg is in our newsroom with that side of the layoff story.
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Jean they say in many cases it's a choice between going to Mexico and going bankrupt.
And because Mexican factories are sewing clothes made from American raw materials...
Companies say that sending work south is the one thing that keeps people employed north of the border.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Martin/Amer. Apparel Mfrs. Assoc.;32]
[OUT Q=to do that]
[sewing inside Mexico plant -- Novalink 2?]
When they're finished putting the pieces of fabric together, they'll put in labels that say "Made in Mexico."
But Mexican workers wouldn't be working at all, say the apparel companies, if it weren't for the Americans who are making that fabric.
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((KIM ADKINS: WE DO EVERYTHING BUT PICK THE COTTON. WE ACTUALLY MAKE THE YARN, THE YARN INTO THE FABRIC, THEY DO EVERYTHING RIGHT HERE.))
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The companies also will tell you they'd rather have everything made in the USA.
But that would be too expensive.
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((LARRY MARTIN: THE PREFERENCE BY EVERYBODY WOULD BE TO MANUFACTURE IN ROANOKE OR CHARLOTTE OR DALLAS OR LOS ANGELES. BUT IT'S BECOME VERY DIFFICULT TO DO THAT.))
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Tonight, as we look at the apparel industry that's Going South, we'll hear what the companies say is forcing them to send work to Mexico.
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The story behind all those layoffs... coming up tonight at six.
If you're looking for a place to exercise without overworking your wallet, then Patrick Evans has the place for you.
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Working-out is great exercise, good for both losing weight AND staying healthy, but when do you find the time? And gym memberships can be expensive.
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Patrick Evans has a solution, the new fitness center at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, where just fifteen dollars a month gets Roanoke City residents all the benefits of a regular work-out.
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Coming up in Sports, the weather is causing some changes in the Regional Basketball picture.
On Health Check, a proposed eye surgery center is killed in the General Assembly,
and a new study may give doctors their first real hope for treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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[IN Q=I'd be up]
((I'D BE UP FOR 2-TO-3 HOURS, FELT WONDERFUL, LOTS OF ENERGY. THEN ALL THE SUDDEN THE CURTAIN WOULD COME DOWN. O COULDN'T THINK CLEARLY. I WAS FEELING VERY FOGGY. ))
[OUT Q=feeling very foggy.]
Was it good medicine or a group of doctors subverting the system?
The legislative fight by Salem's Vistar eye doctors to open their own surgery center is over.
That's even after busloads of Roanoke Valley citizens spoke out for Vistar last week... and against Carilion.
The bill died on the Senate floor today.
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((SEN. RUSS POTTS/(R) WINCHESTER: THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE ARE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. NOW I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM MY HOSPITAL IN WINCHESTER LIKE A LOT OF YOU GUYS DID. BUT I CAN TELL YOU WHAT I TOLD THEM. THIS IS NOT RIGHT.))
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO BRING THOSE 200 AND SOME ODD INDIVIDUALS FROM THE ROANOKE VALLEY BACK INTO A COMMITTEE THAT DOESN'T MEET?))
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((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: THE FACT THAT 200 PEOPLE OR 300 PEOPLE OR WHATEVER WERE THERE THE DAY THAT WE PASSED THE BILL IS NOT REASON ENOUGH TO PASS THE BILL.))
((THE BEST THING TO DO WITH IT WOULD BE TO HAVE IT RIGHT IN THE SIGHTS OF YOUR SHOTGUN AND LET IT FLY.))
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield; :20]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :34]
[OUT Q=let it fly.]
The Vistar bill was re-referred to the committee that will NOT meet again on a 24 to 15 vote-- effectively killing it.
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The eye doctors could still get their permit through the state's regular process.
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There could be hope for people who suffer with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Doctors know very little about the condition.
But now a study at Georgetown University shows an over the counter dietary supplement may help.
Kendra Farn has more.
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[SUPER=01-Robin McCumbee/CFS Study Participant; 1:23]
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The snow is raining on the parade of the regional tournament. Here's Mike Stevens to sort it all out.[S5-Tourney]
The two minute sports ticker begins with a little weather related news conerning tonight's Regional basketball tournament action.
One of tonight's two Region Three games set for the Salem Civic Center has been postponed until tomorrow.
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Heritage and Byrd are still playing tonight at 6pm, but the nightcap between Tunstall and Salem originally set for 7:30 this evening has been postponed until tomorrow night at 7:30.
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Two more games have been affected by the snow. The region IV quarterfinal game between Magna Vista and Carroll County in Hillsville also has been moved to tomorrow night.
And the Region C game pitting Galax at Auburn also has been moved to tomorrow night.
Also keep in mind, the Group Two-A state volleyball quarterfinal matchup between Byrd and Bassett in Vinton has been postponed until tomorrow night.
The Roanoke Express' date with the Johnstown Chiefs at the Roanoke Civic Center is still on for tonight.
The game faces off this evening at seven. The Express comes in tied for first in the Northeast division.
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If you can't make it out, or just plain do not want to head out tonight, get warm and warm up to some ACC hoops here on Your Hometown Station.
Wake Forest takes on North Carolina in a special seven o'clock TV tip-off tonight right here on WDBJ-7.
The women's ODAC tournament tips off this Thursday at the Salem Civic Center. The ladies tournament banquet is tomorrow night and Virginia Tech women's head coach Bonnie Henrickson will be the guest speaker.
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Last night at the Salem Civic Center, Hampden-Sydney captured the men's ODAC tournament title, beating a talented Randolph-Macon squad 73-61. T.J. Grimes lead all scorers with 21 points and earned the most valuable player award as the Tigers record their third straight tournament title.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/ODAC Coach of the Year; :00]
((TONY SHAVER/ODAC COACH OF THE YEAR:BEATING A TEAM AS GOOD AS RANDOLPH-MACON, AS CLASSY AS RANDOLPH-MACON, AS WELL COACHED AS THEY ARE, IT IS SPECIAL. I FEEL BAD FOR THEIR SENIOR CLASS AS GOOD AS THEY'VE BEEN NOT TO HAVE WON A TITLE, BUT ON THE OTHER END I CERTAINLY REJOICE FOR DAVID HOBBS, KEVIN GARST, ANDY HABENICHT AND ALEX ROBBINS FOR BEING ABLE TO GO OUT ON TOP. ))
[OUT Q=...go out on top"]
That's it for five sports, but don't go away, Jean will be back with more news 7 at five in a moment, have a great day.
New technology and better pesticides have change the business of pest control.
But at least one Texas company has found a decidedly low tech approach to finding termites.
Russ Rhea (RAY) has the story of a bug sniffing dog.
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[SUPER=02-Mark Langford/Dog Handler; :20]
[OUT Q=Russ Rhea reporting]
(( There are all sorts of new and more effective ways to control
termites. Like drilling holes for underground traps.
ASAP Pest Control has another termite fighting tool that is not nearly
as high tech. A one year old Beagle, appropriatly names "Woody".
He is fun to watch. While Woody waints outside, Mark Langford hides these little targes with live termites inside.
Now, Woody come back into find them.
Woody can do the same thing with Carpenter Ants, and all
He cost close to ten thousand dollars to train at a termite
academy in Maryland.
Woody has a special talent no other dog around here has. He's
like all dogs in one way, he'll be fighting off fleas ths summer.))