Next on News 7- a suspected terrorist arrested at a U-S border appears in court.
And a local Union rallies the troops in time for the holidays.
We'll have the latest on striking Rubatex workers.
Welcome to winter, our first night after the Solstice will be quite cold, with lows falling into the twenties and teens around the region. That, and a BIG full moon to talk about.
Coming up in Health Check - what will many Southside residents do - now that a major hospital and several medical providers have dropped their insurance carrier?
And an alternative surgery for people who suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
We'll tell you about it.
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The President says extra steps are being taken against terrorism - and asks Americans to be on alert.
If you're traveling this holiday season- expect to stricter security checks- and parking rules.
It's an effort to ward off any possible terrorist threats.
Lisa Hughes has more.
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[IN Q=The FAA]
[SUPER=01-Ron Wilson/San Francisco Airport Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Eric Holder/Dep. Attorney General;]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/CBS News; ]
(( The FAA is tightening security at all U-S airports in response to
the potential threat of terrorism. Strict curbside parking rules. More
thorough luggage checks.
In what's already a busy time, travelers should expect more delays.
RON WILSON/SFO AIRPORT SPOKESMAN
SOT: THEY MAY SEE ADDITIONAL POLICE PRESENCE. UNIFORMED PRESENCE. THEY
MAY SEE ADDITIONAL DOGS ROAMING THE TERMINALS. BOMB DOGS.
And more frequent scanning by machines that can pick up even smallest trace of explosives.
The new security measures went into effect as the State Department extended a worldwide caution to American travelers through mid-January.
During his visit to a Washington, DC soup kitchen, President Clinton
tried to ease fears.
I DON'T THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD STOP THEIR HOLIDAY
ACTIVITIES. THEY SHOULD ENJOY THE SEASON. BUT BECAUSE WE, IN THE
GOVERNMENT, ARE TAKING EXTRA STEPS THINK ITS GOOD FOR THEM AND GOOD
FOR US TO BE CAREFUL.
Police are now searching for as many as three accomplices who may have
been working with an Algerian man, Ahmed Ressam. Ressam was arrested
trying to enter the U-S from Canada. Police say he was carrying materials to make a bomb.
Another Algerian and a Canadian woman are in custody in Vermont. Police
say they were also trying to use phony papers to enter the country and
traces of explosives were found in their car.
Officials don't blame Americans for being jumpy. But they say extra
security should provide peace of mind.
ERIC HOLDER/DEP. ATTY. GENERAL
WERE DOING EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PREVENT ANY ATTACKS FROM
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At the Roanoke airport, security guards say very little has changed.
They ticket and tow cars parked alongside the airport more than five minutes- just in case they carry a bomb.
The guard supervisor is in uniform and on patrol.
And people at the entrance to the gates say they're watching carry-on luggage closely.
Guards say so far, there have been no dangerous incidents at the Roanoke Airport.
They moved their pickets from Bedford to Roanoke today. Members of the striking union of Rubatex went to the company's headquarters. It was to date the biggest demonstration in this one hundred day old strike.
Scott Goldberg is outside Rubatex's corporate offices in Roanoke with more on today's rally.
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A textile company is doing something unusual these days.
It's HIRING people, not laying them off.
A northern Virginia outfit called Legacy is going to lease a shell building built by Floyd County.
Officials say Legacy hopes to employ a lot of people who used to work for Cross Creek Apparel.
And they say these jobs won't be heading to Mexico.
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((GEORGE NESTER/FLOYD COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THEY'RE REALLY AN UPSCALE PRODUCER OF BED LINENS THAT CAN'T COST-EFFECTIVELY BE MOVED OVERSEAS.))
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Legacy will hire about 45 workers to start with, and hopes to expand.
A scene all too familiar in California -
Wildfires have ravaged nearly 25-hundred acres of land in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, just north of downtown Los Angeles.
The blaze has crossed two major highways, destroyed two homes, and forced the evacuation of a small number of homes.
Firefighters have been working around the clock since ten o'clock last night.
They think one of the fires is now under control.
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America Online ventures into new territory.
We'll tell you about the latest million-dollar deal.
And... mission accomplished - almost.
A spacewalk today begins the Hubble telescope's road to recovery.
A repair mission is underway high above the earth- 400 miles straight up to be exact.
The Discovery Crew is working on the Hubble Space Telescope.
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The spacewalk will allow astronauts to replace six gyroscopes.
A broken radio transmitter, an outmoded computer and data recorder will all go-
An overnight auto accident killed a man in Henry County.
State Police say Mark Edward Thompson drove his pickup off the right shoulder of Route 7-61, hit an embankment twice, and flipped the truck several times.
Thompson died at the scene.
A passenger, Kenneth R. Boyce, was thrown from the truck and taken to a North Carolina hospital with serious injuries.
Authorities say speed, alcohol, and wet pavement all contributed to the crash.
America Online has a new conquest.
The Virginia-based Internet giant announced today it's buying "MapQuest-dot com" the leading provider of maps on the net.
The site provides customized maps for users.
The price tag is about 1-point one-billion dollars in stock.
The big New Year's celebration is closing in.
Andrew Freiden is standing by at one of your year 2000 party options.
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Nobody knows exactly what will happen when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve.
Andrew Freiden tells us you can be sure of ringing in the New Year in style if you're willing to spend some money.
Andrew will call for Graphic
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Coming up, a local hero returns home after earning national recognition.
And in Health Check - a tiny video camera is one key ingredient of a new cure for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
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[IN Q=The patients]
((JOE ROACH/CEO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: THE PATIENTS SHOULDN'T BE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE BETWEEN AN INSURANCE COMPANY THAT WON'T PERFORM AND PROVIDERS, THE HOSPITALS AND THE DOCTORS.))
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs most often in women 30 to 60 years old.
Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County is dropping a major health plan as of January 1st.
The hospital will no longer participate with Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Incorporated, an insurance company that covers 300 employees in Martinsville city and the school system.
Tonya Flory is in Martinsville at the hospital with the details.
Tonya, what is this going to mean for all the policy holders?
Hospital will still accept patients covered by MAMSI, the hospital bill may just end up coming entirely out of the patient's pocket.
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[SUPER=01-Joe Roach/CEO Memorial Hospital; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan/Vaughan Medical Center; :30]
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[IN Q=We're going]
((JOE ROACH/CEO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BILL MAMSI FOR THE PATIENT AND IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY PAYING US, IT WILL BE THE PATIENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO GET IT FIXED.))
[OUT Q=to get it fixed.]
many local physicians and policy holders say the problem is MAMSI is notoriously late, so it's a pretty good chance the patients will bear the burden of the costs.
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A new procedure is helping people who suffer a common problem.
Carpal tunnel syndrome shows up in people who use their hands and wrists a lot - particularly with a computer mouse.
Now an alternative surgery is helping patients find quick and easy relief.
Bob Hoffman reports.
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A pilot program to get cell phone users quick help in an emergency has been successfully installed in Charlottesville.
The system identifies the name and approximate location of any cell phone user calling 9-1-1.
Officials say all areas should have the new identification system soon.
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Good afternoon and welcome to your midweek two minute ticker. We start off on the ice. On January 16th a lot of old men will donn their hockey uniforms in the
spirit of charity. It's the annual Old Timers Game at the Roanoke Civic Center.
18 former members of the Roanoke Rebels will take to the ice for a one game series with the Greensboro Generals.
Dave "the hammer" Schultz is one of those players making an appearance.
The game will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Roanoke's Southern League Championship.
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[SUPER=01-Henry Brabham/Former Lancers Owner;]
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The game is part of the Hall of Fame weekend. On Saturday January 15th a new class of inductees will go in the Roanoke Hockey Hall of Fame during the Express-Richmond Renegades game.
Some of the proceeds of the weekend will go to the Children's Cancer Center at Carilion Community Hospital.
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The Franklin County Eagles are going south for the holidays. The boys basketball team is headed to Naples, Florida, to participate in a 16 team holiday tournament.
The high school's sports boosters helped raise money and funds generated from the sales of programs will pay each players' airfare and hotel accommodations.
For many of these boys not only is it their first trip to Florida, but their first time on a plane.
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[SUPER=01-Julius James/Franklin Co. Senior; :06]
[SUPER=01-Doug Conklin/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :11]
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Coach Conklin is taking four sets of parents to help chaperon the team. The plans include deep sea fishing or visiting a theme park while in Florida.
The tournament is December 28th through the 31st. The team will be there for about a week.
Coming up tonight at six, the story of a courageous man who's gone from starring on the gridiron to top of the waiting list for a heart transplant. Steve Mason tells us how Mark Lindsay continues to inspire everyone he meets.
That's at six, News 7 at Five will be back after this.[5-Carnegie-Hero]
A Rustburg man who's one of 20 Americans being hailed as heroes this week says what he did was really no big deal.
Victor Shelton was the first on the scene of this accident in Lynchburg in September of 1998.
Shelton pulled the driver out of his burning truck seconds before it exploded.
On Monday, Shelton's act of bravery was recognized by the Carnegie Hero Foundation.
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((VICTOR SHELTON/CARNEGIE HERO WINNER: I THINK IT'S EVERYONE'S MORAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY TO STOP AND SEE IF THEY CAN LEND ASSISTANCE. THIS IS NO WAY TO PERISH FROM THIS EARTH THROUGH BURNING UP, TO ME THAT'S THE MOST HORRIFIC DEATH THAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY EVER HAVE. I WOULD HOPE THAT SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO DO THIS FOR ME.))
[SUPER=01-Victor Shelton/Carnegie Hero Winner]
[OUT Q=do this for me.]
Each Carnegie hero receives a medal and 35- hundred dollars.
A winter wonderland surrounds Santa
while he's preparing for the big day that's just around the corner.
Check out Saint Nick's Greenland home.
It's an igloo nestled among the frozen peaks of the Arctic Circle.
The days are short - but when the sun IS shining, it illuminates storybook beauty.