Coming up on News 7--
A Southside company files for bankruptcy protection, while hundreds of new jobs are headed to Central Virginia.
And, the lights were out for hundreds of Roanoke A-E-P customers early this morning after a power pole split.
Occasional showers will conitnue for the next couple of days and even a few snow showers in the higher elevations. I'll have all the details in your forecast.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
The largest employer in Danville asks the courts for bankruptcy protection.
Dan River, Incorporated announced today it is re- organizing to re- structure the company's debt.
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In a letter to employees posted on the company's web site, the chairman Joseph Lanier, Junior tells workers the company is NOT going out of business and the filing will have little, if any effect on employees.
The Chairman also says all paychecks will be paid, and the benefits program will continue.
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He assures employees the filing means reorganization, not liquidation.
Lanier expects the company to emerge stronger and more profitable from this move.
We'll have more on this story, and hear from a company spokesperson tonight on News 7 at five and six.
The news is much better in Lynchburg today with the announcement that more than 540 jobs are heading to the Hill City within the next year.
Denver-based StarTek is locating its newest customer service center in the old Heilig-Meyers furniture store in the Plaza Shopping Center.
StarTek says it chose Lynchburg over more than 20 other cities around the U-S... partly because of the welcome it got from the city and the state.
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StarTek provides customer call center services for various companies around the country.
It figures to be up and running my late summer.
More violence in Iraq today as five U-S soldiers were killed in a bomb blast near Fallujah.
In another attack, four foreigners -- including at least one
American -- were beaten, burned, and dismembered in a city that's still largely loyal to Saddam Hussein.
Kelly Cobiella reports.
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The burned bodies of four foreign contractors were dragged through the
streets, while crowds chanted "fallujah is the graveyard of Americans."
One american was in the group. Rebels ambushed their SUV's in gunfire
and rocket-propelled grenades.
(SOT, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, U.S. Army)
"We have seen over the past few months that they are starting to go
after softer targets. That is a concern of ours. But it ought to
demonstrate the desperation of these people."
Rebels also hit the military. Not far from Fallujah, five u-s army
soldiers died when their military vehicle ran over a bomb. Both attacks
happened in an area known as a hotbed for saddam loyalists and anti-us
insurgents. Still, the military says Marines will restore security to
that area, and progress is being made in other parts of the country.
(SOT, Kimmitt again)
While this one incident was happening in Fallujah, throughout the rest
of the country we were opening schools, we were opening health clinics"
The white house calls the attacks "horrific" but says they will not
stop Iraq from moving closer to democracy. Kelly Cobiella, CBS NEws.
Carilion hopes to soon launch a new air transportation service for patients.
Carilion and C-A Air Ambulance are working together to provide jet service to patients who need to travel long distances, including those who were admitted to the hospital while visiting the area, and need to return home.
Unlike Lifeguard 10, this service can travel outside the area.
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((CURRENTLY WHEN WE GET A REQUEST, WHICH WE GET ABOUT FIVE TO TEN A MONTH NOW, FROM PEOPLE WHO THINK WE HAVE A PLANE ALREADY, WE HAD TO TURN THOSE OVER TO OUT OF STATE BUSINESSES THAT DO AIR AMBULANCE WITH FIXED WING AIRCRAFT 04))
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Officials say most insurance companies will cover the service.
It's expected to begin later this summer.
Power has bee restored to the hundreds of A-E-P customers who lost it overnight in the Peters Creek Road area of Roanoke.
A power pole that broke at Tennessee Avenue has been repaired. The outage closed down Peters Creek Road from Hershberger road to Melrose Avenue, but it has since reopened.
Sixteen hundred customers lost power around 4:15 this morning.
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Two boats were damaged after fire broke out at the Water Wheel Marina at Smith Mountain Lake.
It happened last night. Crews worked quickly with the owners and moved the boats to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby building.
No one was injured.
The cause is under investigation.
If you think gasoline prices are already too high, you may not like what's on the horizon.
Members of the OPEC oil cartel have agreed to go ahead with plans to cut their production target by four percent starting in April.
Lower production is expected to boost prices even higher.
Word of the decision comes from several oil ministers meeting in Vienna.
Meanwhile, the White House says President Bush is ``concerned'' about sky- high gas prices but so far is keeping mum about
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Coming up next on the newscast, education takes centerstage in Roanoke's Mayor's Race.
Also a Texas boy is back home for the first time in eight months after his father is arrested for kidnapping.
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The state crime lab has processed evidence in the Short family murder case, but the Henry County sheriff has not revealed any major clues.
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The case began in August 2002 when Michael and Mary Short were found shot to death in their Henry County home.
Their daughter Jennifer was nowhere to be found and a nationwide amber alert turned up nothing.
Her remains were discovered more than a month later in Rockingham County North Carolina.
To this day, investigators remain focused on Gary Bowman, a North Carolina carpenter who was implicated by his former landlord.
Sheriff Frank Cassell says he remains a person of interest and they're keeping eye on him at his current residence in North Carolina.
As for the evidence at the state crime lab, Henry County deputies have picked up most of the evidence and Sheriff Cassell says despite no major find, it has provided some clues.
A young Texas boy who police say was kidnapped by his father eight months ago is back home, thanks to a Minnesot
a woman's motherly instincts.
Cynthia Bowers explains.
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The tropical paradise of Belize is considered by many to be the perfect
get-away...and that's how David Clenney allegedly used it. -- until an
intuitive tourist arrived from Minnesota.
(0235) - WHEN YOU SEE A WHITE MAN AND A FOUR YEAR OLD LITTLE WHITE BOY,
THEY JUST STUCK OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB
And Barb Quinlan's radar went up.
(0309) - AS THE DAYS WENT ON I JUST GOT MORE AND MORE SUSPICIOUS BECAUSE
THERE WAS NEVER A MOM AROUND.
That's the way Clenney wanted it. The FBI says the Texas man didn't like
his custody arrangement and ran off with his son. Using forged documents
he took the 3 year old from San Angelo thru Cancun Mexico then to
Belize....where they lived quietly until last month. (GRAPHIC OUT)
(sot/Barb Quinlan) I KNEW IF I WAS GONNA TELL THIS STORY I WOULD NEED
EVIDENCE. I WOULD NEED PROOF.
So she set out to get it...with the help of her skeptical fiance Murray
(Sot/Murray Kadel ) SHE SWITCHED PLACES WITH ME SO SHE WAS NEXT TO
DAVID AND TOLD ME TO TAKE HER PICTURE, BUT TO FOCUS ON HIM INSTEAD.
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When Quinlan got back to Minnesota she printed the photos but wasn't
sure what to do next. Then amazingly she got a mailer about missing
kids, logged onto the website and discovered the boy had been kidnapped.
(Ernie Allen Nat'l Ctr. for Missing and Exploited Children 2.23) I THINK
IT REALLY DEMONSTRATES THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY, THE POWER OF THE WEB AND
MOST IMPORTANTLY THE POWER OF INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
In a difference in the life of a child, like Jake.
cynthia bowers cbs news chicago.
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A polite campaign produced a few pointed comments last night, as the candidates for Mayor of Roanoke sparred over schools.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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(( In the wake of school safety concerns she helped uncover, Republican Alice Hincker says the central campaign issue is a question of leadership in city government and the school system.
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((ALICE HINCKER: THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHOOLS BEGINS WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE LOOK AT FORMALIZED SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING WHO THE BEST CANDIDATES ARE TO APPOINT TO THOSE POSITIONS.))
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But as members of the Central Council PTA gathered at Noel C. Taylor Academy, Democrat Nelson Harris said it's time to reject the politics of confrontation.
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((REV. NELSON HARRIS: I WANT TO TO BE THE KIND OF MAYOR THAT WHEN WE HAVE AN ISSUE COMES UP RELATIVE TO ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS, I'M NOT AS A FIRST PRIORITY TRYING TO GET A HEADLINE. LET'S TRY AND GET RESULTS AND RESOLUTION.))
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But Independent Mac McCadden said the damage is done, and added members of council including Harris must share the blame.
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((MAC MCCADDEN: THEY NEED TO LET THE SCHOOL BOARD DO THEIR WORK, AND UNTIL THAT HAPPENS THERE'S GOING TO BE FRICTION THERE'S GOING TO BE CONFRONTATION. AND YOU WERE A PART OF THAT FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS BEING ON COUNCIL.))
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Independent George Sgouros did not attend the forum, but with the May fourth election still over a month away, there are more joint appearances to come.
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A new program hopes to get residents in Southside on the fast track to a better life.
Organizers for the "Race to G-E-D" program kicked off the event yesterday morning at the Martinsville Speedway.
Nearly 40-percent of Southside residents do NOT have a high school diploma or a G-E-D.
By reducing those numbers, organizers say everyone benefits.
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((ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES IS THAT WE KNOW THAT IF PEOPLE GAIN A HIGH SCHOOL CREDENTIAL THAT THEIR EARNING POWER INCREASES ABOUT 7-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR, SO WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF OUR LIFE, AS WELL AS BUILD A WORKFORCE TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES TO OUR AREA 17))
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Sign up for "Race to G-E-D" will be held this Saturday at these four locations.
Those who sign up will also get a chance to win tickets to the Speedway.
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Coming up next, so called liberal radio prepares to go on the air.
But first, Democratic candidate John Kerry has to take time off the campaign for some medical attention.
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John Kerry won't be pulling any political punches today--
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The Democratic Presidential candidate is having surgery to repair a minor shoulder injury.
Kerry tore part of his right rotator cuff in January, after
bracing himself on his campaign bus when it came to a sudden stop in
The operation will take place at Massachusetts General Hospital
Kerry is expected to be off the campaign trail for the rest of the week while he recovers.
It's the left wing's answer to Rush Limbaugh--
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Air America is hitting the radio airwaves today with a talk show hosted by liberal comedian and author Al Franken.
Franken makes no bones about his main target -- he'll be going after President Bush-- who Franken says, is ``taking the country in the wrong direction.''
The show will be broadcast in only four cities-- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.
In addition to those cities, Air America will also be heard on X- M satellite radio.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 30 points. The NASDAQ has lost seven.
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Up next in sports,
the Dazzle slips again in the ranks, as the team battled on the court against Asheville last night
And a hometown hero makes the difference today for the New York Yankees..
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Former Japanese star Hideki Matsui enjoyed his homecoming this morning as the New York Yankees pounded the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
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Matsui thrilled the Tokyo Dome crowd when he drove in the Yankees' first run in the third.
It got even better in the fifth, when he hit a two- run homer.
Jorge (Hor- hay) Posada did not want to be left out of the hit parade.
He had two home runs and six runs batted in, as the Yankees dismantled Tampa Bay's pitching.
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Kevin Brown allowed the Devil Rays one run as New York wins 12-to-1.
A couple of weeks ago the Roanoke Dazzle was battling for first place in the NBDL, now the team is just trying to hang on to the final playoff spot.
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The Asheville Altitude was in town last night, but it was the Dazzle that losing ground.
George Williams played a solid game for Roanoke, scoring 13 points for the night.
Lavarr Postell, the ex-New York Knick, would score 13 points as well for Asheville.
Marquee Perry did his best to keep it close, but Asheville wins it 99-to-88, and wastes a 20 point night from Curtis Staples.
The Dazzle loses for the sixth straight game. The team lost ground in the standings, as Fayetteville beat Huntsville, 112 to 109.
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The Duke women were hoping to join the Duke men in the final four and also play U-Conn in the national semi-finals.
Instead, they'll have to be spectators.
The top- seeded Blue Devils were knocked off last night by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 82-to-75 in the Mideast regio
The 7th seeded Gophers are now the worst seeded team to make the final four in the last six years.
Minnesota will next play U-Conn in the national semi-finals on Sunday in New Orleans.
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Va. Tech's Bryant Matthews will be on hand for the Final Four this weekend in San Antonio.
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Matthews has been invited to participate in the Slam Dunk and three point challenge that will take place tomorrow.
Matthews is one of just 8 players asked to participate in the dunk competition.
This season he led the Hokies, and was 11th in the nation in scoring with 22 points a game.
Hampden-Sydney got Salem Spartan guard A- J Dowell to sign on the dotted line.
Dowell led Salem to the River Ridge and Region Three titles this season, and a spot in the state semifinals.
The regional player of the year scored nearly 12 hundred points in his career.
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Dowell chose the Tigers over Roanoke, VMI, Macon, and Emory & Henry.
UVA lost some good players off of last year's Tire Bowl title team, but Steve Mason says the Cavaliers have an "old one" ready to roll.
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