Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - the three h's will dominate once again. Expect hazy, hot and humid conditions through the afternoon. News 7 Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will tell us all about it in just a couple of minutes.
Sixty employees are being laid off at a Salem manufacturing facility.
Acterna said yesterday earnings were lower than expected, so consolidation of some of its facilities was necessary.
The Salem facility makes software and hardware for communications testing equipment.
Products there will be moved to another Acterna facility, but engineering and marketing will remain.
Much of that production will be out-sourced to Keltech, another local manufacturer.
Some of the furloughed employees may have an opportunity to transfer there.
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Today's the day it should be come official that K- B toys will move into the former e-toys distribution center near Danville.
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That is likely to mean hundreds of full-time jobs, and many more part-time positions returning to the building, left empty when e-toys went out of business earlier this year.
Governor Gilmore and K-B officials are scheduled to be in Blairs today .. for what the governor's staff calls an "Economic Development Announcement".
K-B took over the e-Toys website, and is the nation's largest combined retail and on-line toy dealer.
Tanglewood Mall should be a little more playful in coming months - It's getting a 50-thousand square foot toy store.
F-A-O Schwarz will temporarily take over the old Brendle's building during September and October.
The Schwarz company already has a distribution facility in Roanoke, so apparently it has decided to use some of the merchandise stored there to test the market.
There IS a possibility the store may stay longer at Tanglewood, but that will depend on sales and a number of other factors.
It's the best tool on the market to detect cancer and other diseases.
And now it's available in Southwest, Virginia.
It's called the Positron Emission Tomography scanner, or PET Scan for short.
Yesterday, Lewis-Gale Medical Center tried it out for the first time.
The PET scan is able to detect up to 90 percent of most types of cancer.
The test is a precautionary measure for Harper Wagner. He was recently diagnosed with a tumor.
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Lewis-Gale is one of five Electa Healthcare Hospitals in Southwest Virginia sharing the mobile PET scanner.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Get out the ice cream and get into the air condition - It's going to be another HOT one with highs in the 90's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your full forecast coming up after the news.
Is the Jones Institute in Norfolk violating a new state ban on human cloning - or skirting ethical boundaries that make Governor Gilmore uncomfortable?
That is what the Governor's cabinet secretary is looking into.
The Jones Institute was responsible for the nation's first test tube baby in 1981 -- and made national headlines last month with its stem cell research.
The clinic produced stem cells from six day old balls of embryonic cells, which doctors allege cannot become a complete individual if kept alive after the research.
Yesterday, the Governor sent Health and Human Resources Secretary Lou Rossiter in to investigate.
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((WHETHER OR NOT THE JONES INSTITUTE IS CONDUCTING ITSELF IN VIOLATION OF THE STATUTE IS A MATTER THAT SECRETARY ROSSITER IS GOING TO EXAMINE. BUT HE'LL ALSO GO BEYOND THAT ISSUE. HE'S REALLY ... DETERMINE EXACTLY THE TYPE OF SCIENCE THAT IS GOING ON THERE.))
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Jones Institute officials told reporters Tuesday they are NOT cloning humans... and they answered Secretary Rossiter's questions in full.
His report is due to the Governor in a few weeks.
Republican Mark Early believes the key to helping Southwest Virginia prosper may be Biotechnology.
In a campaign stop at a Kiwanis-Rotary Club luncheon, he told the crowd that Roanoke is poised to become a biotech "heavyweight."
The Carilion Biotechnology Institute will be the state's third biotech park.
Earley says he'll support Virginia's growth in that arena with tax credits.
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Earley's says he'd help workers laid off from manufacturing jobs by appointing a "Workforce Czar" and pushing for a workforce training program.
High tech information was key to Senator George Allen's visit to Salem's General Electric plant.
As part of his Recreational vehicle tour designed to "bring his office to the people," Allen focused on technology during his visit to G-E.
Officials there told Allen they've invested 10 million dollars in the facility over the past few years.
And the investment paid off... G-E's turbines, manufactured in Salem, can be found in power plants across the country.
Allen also opened his Senate Regional District Office in Roanoke yesterday afternoon.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - You'll want to find a way to keep cool today. High's are once again expected to reach the mid 90's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up.
The cleanup at Jefferson Forest High School is right on track.
The project should be completed on time and within budget.
Crews have spent the past two and a half months ridding the school of the stachybotrys (statch-ih-BAH-tris) bacteria that was linked to dozens of health complaints among faculty and students.
The school has been scrubbed clean and everything will have a fresh coat of paint when students return.
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Crews expect to finish their work by next Friday.
Classes begin September 4th.
Campbell County is also ridding one of its schools of stachybotrys.
Superintendent George Nolley (NAHL-ee) says the stachybotrys (statch-ih-BAH-tris) bacteria was discovered at Yellow Branch Elementary shortly after classes ended in June.
That's the same fungus that was found at Jefferson Forest.
The county has spent 80- thousand dollars cleaning the school's ventilation system and affected areas.
Nolley says he's not aware of any health complaints associated with the mold.
Construction work is forcing a college campus to close down tomorrow.
The construction means shutting down power at the UVA College at Wise, so the school will be closed Friday.
A national tour of futuristic tractor trailers paid a visit to Volvo's New River Valley plant.
The 30-day tour is being run by Overdrive magazine, a trucking industry publication celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The magazine displays the evolution of trucking inside the trailer.
Inside the cab are safety technologies such as night vision, computers and lane changing alerts.
Truckers can even have a kitchen sink.
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Volvo says many of the high tech gadgets are already produced at their facility.
The rig will travel 4-thousand miles and end up in Dallas at a truck show.