The National Weather Service has confirmed that it was a tornado that touched down in Roanoke County.
The agency says the twister dipped into the Hollins area of the county around one o-clock yesterday morning.
It created a path of damage about a half mile long and 15 to 35 yards wide.
Calvin Duncan, owner of Sunnyvale Garage and Lawn Mower, believes the storm caused about 20-thousand dollars worth of damage to his business.
The storm also damaged the administrative building at ITT, pushed over a fence, and damaged one employee's car.
Despite the damage, most businesses in the area remained open yesterday.
Today N-B-A star Kobe Bryant goes from the hard court to the courtroom.
In just hours, the 24- year- old will be formally charged with felony sexual assault, and a conviction could mean jail time and the end of his career.
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[IN Q=It's not just about]
((KAREN STEINHAUSER/FORMER CHIEF DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY:ITS NOT JUST ABOUT WHETHER HE'S FOUND GUILTY OR NOT, ITS ABOUT HOW
HES PERCEIVED IN THE COMMUNITY AND WHETHER HE LOSES CONTRACTS. ))
[SUPER=01-Karen Steinhauser/Former Chief Deputy District Attorney;]
[OUT Q=he loses contracts.]
The L-A Laker has already lost one endorsement since the night of June 30th, when a 19- year- old woman says Bryant sexually assaulted her.
But Bryant maintains it was consensual.
The judge in the case has denied the defense's request to keep the many cameras here out of the courtroom, but only a limited number of reporters will be allowed inside during the proceedings.
The Episcopal Church has voted in its first openly gay bishop.
Church leaders meeting in Minneapolis voted 62 to 45 to confirm the Reverend Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire.
However, Robinson's election has sharply divided the church.
Many conservatives and bishops overseas expressed anger at the decision, and said they might be forced to consider breaking away.
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury says it's too soon to know exactly what impact the vote will have on the church.
Critics of Roanoke City Council say they will continue to press their case in court, and in the council elections next Spring.
The group that opposes construction of a new stadium and amphitheater suffered a defeat this week when city council narrowly refused to stop the project.
But leaders of Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision say they aren't giving up.
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[IN Q=We were collecting]
((BRIAN WISHNEFF: WE WERE COLLECTING PETITIONS, PEOPLE WERE RUNNING UP TO SIGN THEM. AND THERE'S A LOT MORE DISAPPOINTMENT OUT THERE THAT GOES WAY BEYOND VICTORY STADIUM.))
((BILL BESTPITCH: I'VE GOT TO VOTE THE WAY I THINK IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE LONGTERM FUTURE FOR THE CITY OF ROANOKE AND THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO.))
[OUT Q=that's what I'm going to continue to do.]
Brian Wishneff says he believes there are grounds for a court challenge to the stadium project. And he says the citizens group will be active in the city council elections next Spring.
Bill Bestpitch says he believes council acted properly, and that he's prepared to defend his decision in the May election.
Thousands of people took part in this year's National Night Out celebration in Henry County.
Each August, the sheriff's office hosts a picnic for police and the community to get to know each other.
As Teresa Hamilton reports, this year took on special significance after the murder of a local child.
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[IN Q=The line began ]
[SUPER=01-Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Department; :14]
[SUPER=01-Lashawn Turner/Mother; :29]
[SUPER=01-R. D. Minter/Henry Co. Sheriff's Department; :51]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS7, Henry Co.]
(( The line began forming early to take part in this year's National Night out celebration in Henry County.
This is the fourth year for the event-- which draws thousands every year.
[in q=We try to ]
(( KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: WE TRY TO CENTER IT AROUND A LOT OF FAMILY ACTIVITY, EVERYTHING IS FREE, ONLY WORRY WE HAVE, CONCERN IS THE WEATHER. ))
[out q= is the weather. ]
Besides free food, rides and games, this year's celebration also included fingerprinting of children.
[in q=Very protective ]
((LASHAWN TURNER/MOTHER: VERY PROTECTIVE, CAREFUL WHERE SHE GOES, I TOLD HER DON'T LET GO OF ANYBODY'S HAND. YOU DON'T KNOW WHO COULD TAKE HER JUST ANYBODY COULD TAKE HERE. ))
[out q= could take her. ]
Sheriff's deputies say requests for fingerprinting have gone up significantly since Michael and Mary Short were murdered and their daughter Jennifer was abducted from the family home.
[in q= The request ]
(( R. D. MINTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: THE REQUEST FOR FINGER PRINTING CHILDREN HAS PROBABLY TRIPLED IN HENRY COUNTY, WE'VE GONE TO SCHOOLS, BOY SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUTS, FUN DAYS, WE'VE DONE A LOT OF FINGER PRINTING IN THE LAST YEAR.))
[out q= in the last year.]
A year that's left many in the community on edge, but at least here parents could relax. At this event, there was no shortage of food, fun or law enforcement.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7, Henry County.))
The walk of fame is taking shape at the Grandin Theater.
The area outside the threatre became a construction zone this week, as crews began work on the new sidewalk design.
Each star carries the name of a contributor and represents a one thousand dollar contribution toward the renovation of the Roanoke landmark.
The Grandin Theatre Foundation has sold more than 600, but has enough space for additional donors.
The theatre will unveil the first batch of sidewalk stars at a news conference next week.
In business news, the fear of rising interest rates sent stocks lower yesterday.
And Krispy Kreme has its sights set on Europe.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC]
((IT COULD BE ANOTHER TOUGH DAY FOR TECH STOCKS.. COURTESY OF CISCO SYSTEMS.
> AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, THE NETWORKING GIANT POSTED A 27 PERCENT RISE IN
> PROFITS THANKS TO COST CUTTING.. BUT SALES WERE DISAPPOINTING. CISCO IS
> BATTLING THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE QUARTERLY DECLINE IN DEMAND FROM CORPORATE
> CUSTOMERS FOR ROUTERS AND SWITCHES.
> ON WALL STREET.. THE FEAR OF RISING INTEREST RATES PUT INVESTORS IN A
> SELLING MOOD.
> THE DOW TUMBLED 149 POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ SANK MORE THAN 40.
> CORPORATE AMERICA STEPPED UP THE PACE OF LAYOFFS LAST MONTH,ACCORDING TO
> AN EMPLOYMENT FIRM JOB CUT ANNOUNCEMENTS JUMPED 43 PERCENT LAST MONTH TO
> MORE THAN 85 THOUSAND. Still SO FAR THIS YEAR, more than 715-thousand job
> cuts announced, twelve percent below year-ago levels.
> IT IS TAKING AN AVERAGE OF 20 MONTHS FOR PEOPLE TO FIND WORK AND MANYOF
> THOSE PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO MATCH THEIR PREVIOUS SALARY.
> AMONG THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS IN THE LAST SESSION.. COSTCO GOT CLOBBERED
> AFTER THE WHOLESALE RETAILER LOWERED ITS PROFIT OUTLOOKK FOR THE YEAR AND
> GILETTE'S PROFITS MATCHED ESTIMATES, BUT THE SHAVING GIANT SAID IT'S
> FACING FIERCE COMPETITION FROM THE NEW SCHICK FOUR BLADE RAZOR.
> krispy kreme doughnuts is saying Cheerio to London!! The doughnut chain
> will open its first store in Europe in October. It will be located inside
> the famous Harrods Dept store. it will be the first of 25 stores that
> Krispy Kreme plans to open over the next five years in the U.K. and
> TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC))
(tape tosses to stocks)
U-S troops waiting on warships just off the shore of Liberia may enter the country today.
President Bush has given the go- ahead from his ranch in Texas.
Bush authorized a small group of six to 10 soldiers to go into the war- torn nation to help provide support for a West African peacekeeping force.
Liberia has been under siege by rebel forces, who have killed more than a thousand civilians.
They want President Charles Taylor to leave Liberia.
Taylor's promised to do so by next Monday.
A group connected to al-Qaida is reportedly claiming responsibility for yesterday's car bombing in Indonesia that killed as many as 15 people.
Authorities say nearly 150 others were injured-- including two Americans-- when a bomb went off outside a Marriott hotel in Jakarta.
The attack came two days ahead of a scheduled verdict in the trial of a Muslim militant in last year's bombings in Bali that left more than 200 people dead.
Things have gone from bad to worse for the Henry County school system.
The closing of the Pillowtex Plant in Fieldale means the school system will lose an additional 622-thousand dollars in local aid for the upcoming budget.
Administrators say since personnel makes up 80-percent of the budget, the cuts could mean the elimination of 14 positions including some teachers.
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[IN Q=It would be my hope]
((SHARON DODSON/HENRY CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT WOULD BE MY HOPE SINCE IT IS AUGUST YEAH SOME TEACHING POSITIONS MAY BE ELIMINATED, IT WOULD BE MY HOPE THAT WE COULD TRANSFER PEOPLE TO POSITIONS WHERE VACANCIES OCCUR. WE STILL HAVE A FEW, VERY FEW VACANCIES IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Henry Co. School Superintendent]
[OUT Q=the school system]
The school board will discuss the additional cuts at its meeting tomorrow morning.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In business news, stocks took a beating yesterday.
And, Krispy Kreme hopes to get sweet results from Europeon sales.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((A JOBS REPORT, RELEASED TUESDAY MORNING, HAUNTED STOCK TRADING FOR THE REST OF THE DAY.
IT COST THE DOW NEARLY 150 POINTS.
AND THE NASDAQ GAVE UP 40.
ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, U-S EMPLOYERS ANNOUNCED 85-THOUSAND JOB CUTS IN JULY, A 43 PERCENT JUMP FROM JUNE AND THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN THREE MONTHS.
ANALYSTS SAY THE LONGEST JOB-MARKET SLUMP SINCE WORLD WAR TWO IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE.
OUTPLACEMENT FIRM CHALLENGER, GRAY & CHRISTMAS, SAYS THE NUMBER OF PLANNED CUTBACKS RUNS COUNTER TO SEASONAL PATTERNS.
THE FAST-GROWING KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT CHAIN, ONE OF THE DARLING STOCKS OF LAST YEAR, IS EXPANDING TO EUROPE.
IN OCTOBER THE COMPANY WILL OPEN A DOUGHNUT "FACTORY" IN LONDON'S UPMARKET DEPARTMENT STORE, HARRODS.
KRISPY KREME MAKES SEVEN-MILLION DOUGHNUTS A DAY IN 300 RETAIL STORES IN NORTH AMERICA.
IT PLANS TO BUILD 25 STORES IN MAJOR CITIES OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.
THE DRUGMAKER, MERCK, HAS SET AUGUST 19TH AS THE DAY IT WILL SPIN OFF ITS MEDCO HEALTH SOLUTIONS UNIT.
MERCK SHAREHOLDERS WILL RECEIVE A BIT MORE THAN AN EIGHTH OF A SHARE SHARE OF MEDCO COMMON STOCK FOR EACH FULL SHARE OF MERCK HELD AS OF AUGUST 12TH.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
Students in the school of practical nursing are already learning to deal with the cuts.
The Henry County school system will eliminate the program at the end of the year to save more than fifty thousand dollars.
It's been around since the 1960's.
Currently 34 are enrolled in the program.
Just before the last year got underway, students found out tuition would increase by nearly a thousand dollars.
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[IN Q=I thought we had]
((TIFFANY GUYNN/NURSING STUDENT: I THOUGHT WE HAD IT COVERED, I THOUGHT WE HAD EVERYTHING COVERED. I APPLIED FOR ALL THE SCHOLARSHIPS I COULD, AND GOT EVERYTHING I COULD. I THOUGHT I HAD IT COVERED AND I WAS SHOCKED, AND I HAD TO FIGURE WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO BECAUSE WE CAN'T WORK VERY MUCH DURING THIS TO PAY FOR IT.))
[SUPER=01-Tiffany Guynn/Nursing Student;]
[OUT Q=to pay for it]
Students are allowed to take part in a monthly payment plan to help offset the tuition hike.
Patrick Henry Community College will offer a nursing program beginning next year but it will no longer be offered to high school seniors free of charge.