The Texas mother accused of drowning her five children appears in court--
Prosecutors are considering whether to seek the death penalty.
We've have details.
And more than 300 employees at a South Boston apparel plant are losing their jobs.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely this afternoon....some of these storms could be on the strong side....I'll have your forecast...
Stick around-- News 7 at noon is next.
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A day in court-- but no decision yet on whether the Texas woman who confessed to killing her children will face the death penalty.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Andrea Yates was arraigned this morning.
The prosecutor call her capital murder case the "most horrendous" one he's ever seen.
That after reports that Yates CHASED her oldest son through the house when he tried to escape from her.
Terisa Estacio reports.
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(nats/judge/Ms. Yates, do you have funds for an attorney? )
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WEARING A JAIL ISSUED UNIFORM, ANDREA YATES, THE MOTHER WHO POLICE SAY
HAS ADMITTED TO KILLING HER 5 CHILDREN APPEARED IN A HOUSTON COURT.
THE 36 YEAR OLD MOM ANSWERED QUESTIONS IN A LOW VOICE. SHE WAS THEN
APPOINTED AN ATTORNEY.
PROSECUTORS SAY YATES CURRENTLY FACES ONE COUNT OF CAPITAL MURDER BUT
THAT COULD CHANGE .
SOT. JOE OWMBY /HARRIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR
WELL BE REVIEWING POLICE FILES, MEETING WITH INVESTIGATORS, AND MAKING
DECISIONS ON WHAT EXACTLY TO CHARGE. WELL BE PREPARING, AS ALWAYS FOR
AN EVENTUAL TRIAL, WHERE THERE IS ONE OR NOT.)
A DECISION ON WHETHER THEY WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY HAS NOT BEEN MADE.
POLICE RESPONDED TO THE YATES HOME WEDNESDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A 911
CALL FROM THE STAY AT HOME MOM. ON ARRIVAL YATES TOLD THEM SHE HAD
KILLED HER CHILDREN.
PRELIMINARY AUTOPSY REPORTS REVEAL HER YOUNG FAMILY RANGING IN AGE FROM
6 MONTHS TO 7 YEARS HAD ALL BEEN DROWNED.
RUSSELL YATES REMAINS STEADFAST IN SUPPORT OF HIS WIFE OF EIGHTS YEARS-
SAYING SHE HAS SUFFERED FROM POST PARTUM DEPRESSION FOR THE PAST SEVERAL
(fast ..she wasn't herself)
(TERISA ESTACIO: next hearing.....RUSSELL PLANNING FUNERAL FOR KIDS)
A furniture factory employee makes a suspicious discovery this morning.
Authorities responded to the Ethan Allen Furniture Dublin Plant at 7:30 a-m when a worker noticed a gas canister on a conveyor belt.
On that belt in the Rough Mill Section of the building, wood is ground into sawdust.
A State Police spokesman says the area was cleared for safety because there was a concern the device could explode set sawdust on fire.
Authorities say they successfully removed the cartridge from the canister and it was taken safely to the Pulaski landfill.
346 employees of a South Boston apparel plant will soon be out of work.
JPS Apparel Fabrics Corporation said Thursday it will close its Virginia facility a by August 20th.
President Reid McCarter says the company is extremely saddened that it must close the facility, but he said consolidation is necessary to stay competitive.
In addition to South Boston, JPS Apparel has plants in Greenville and Laurens South Carolina.[Danville-Fire]
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It's cleanup time at a Danville restaurant, damaged by fire overnight.
Firefighters were called to the Fresh Market and Buffet around 2:45 this morning.
Smoke was already coming out of the building, and before long, flames shot out of the roof.
Officials say the fire was mostly in the ceiling over the dining area.
Firefighters needed about 30 minutes to put out the flames.
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In Botetourt County, a fire that broke out at almost the same time destroyed a home.
Firefighters responded to the 2500 block of Webster Road near Blue Ridge around 3 o' clock.
Officials say the home is a total loss.
The resident made it out safely, but must now find a new place to live.
The Roanoke College Children's Choir is preparing for a trip to Canada.
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The group will be leaving Tuesday to perform in Ottawa, Canada for Canada Day.
The Roanoke Children's choir was the ONLY choir selected from the U-S to sing for the occasion.
The kids have been fundraising for months to raise money for the trip.
Before arriving in Canada they will also be stopping in New York for 2 days.
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((ADAM COOK/CHOIR STUDENT: I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MUSIC MAN, GOING AROUND SEEING THE CITY AGAIN. I'VE NEVER BEEN TO CANADA, SO THAT WILL BE NEAT. I HEARD IT'S BEAUTIFUL UP THERE.))
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The choir has been practicing hard for several months to learn 10 new songs for their program.
The performance will feature songs written by Canadian Composers.
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A day-long standoff atop a construction crane is over. Still ahead, details on how it ended.
And could it be a trend? New York will become the first state to ban cell phones while driving. But first, let's motor over to the weather center and Leo Hirsbrunner.
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A standoff in Atlanta that lasted nearly 24- hours has ended in a public suicide.
Police say 23- year- old Michael Kelly climbed a 200- foot- tall construction crane yesterday morning.
Police and psychologists tried for hours to negotiate with Kelly.
Early this morning, he hanged himself, plunging about 20 feet with a noose around his neck.
But authorities say Kelly apparently had "second thoughts" and was struggling to climb back up when he fell.
Crews have brought his body down from the crane.
The man best known as T-V's blue- collar bigot, Archie Bunker, has died.
Actor Carroll O'Connor died yesterday of a heart attack.
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O'Connor became famous for his role on the groundbreaking 70s sitcom, "All in the Family".
He raised America's social consciousness with his politically- incorrect, but humorous remarks.
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(( IN MY DAY NOBODY WENT AROUND CALLING THEMSELVES 'CHINCOS, MEXICAN AMERICANS, AFRO-AMERICANS. WE WAS ALL AMERICANS.
AFTER THAT IF A GUY WAS A JIG OR A SPIC IT WAS HIS OWN
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O'Connor also achieved success as a Southern police chief in the series,"In the Heat of the Night".
The show co- starred his son, Hugh, who died in 19-95 from a drug- related suicide.
Carroll O'Connor was 76.
New Yorkers who like to chat on the phone while they drive will have to break the habit.
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New York will become the first state to ban motorists from using hand-held cell phones while they're driving.
The ban cleared the state senate last night and final action in the New York Assembly is expected on Monday.
It takes effect November first.
There will be a 30- day grace period for folks to get used to the new rules.
After that, violators could be fined up to 100- dollars each time.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is saying environmental concerns weighed more heavily than political efforts in a change to the approved route of Interstate 73.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board adopted a new route yesterday, farther east of Martinsville- that doesn't take the path of the existing routes 58 and 220 south of the city.
V-Dot officials say the change will mean the road's final approval from federal authorities should come more smoothly.
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Bullock adds that it could be a year before any I-73 route could win federal approval.
At last check, Henry County authorities are still looking for a man they'd like to question .. regarding a woman's body found in a barrel.
He disappeared the day after the body was found .. in Philpott Lake.
They're looking for 39-year-old Timothy Wayne Willis of Hardy.
He was due back at the Franklin County jail from a work release job Tuesday, but never returned.
The Henry County Sheriff says Willis is NOT a suspect at this time in Smith's death.
He's described as a "known acquaintance" of the Martinsville woman.
Smith's body was found inside a sealed metal drum with two gun shot wounds to the head.
She vanished 12 years ago.
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Planting gardens where's there's no soil. Still ahead, "Growin' It" gets all wet.
And a little alligator was all wet, buyt hardly home, in the heart of New York City.
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You usually have your plants in a normal dirt garden...but today...I'll show you where else you can enjoy some plants and other garden items....
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[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was DOWN 103 points. Nasdaq DOWN 7 points.
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Still to come - what's an alligator doing in New York's Central Park?
And speaking of animals .. a little horseplay at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
News 7 at Noon will be right back
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The Hokies regular season action could soon include Louisiana State University.
That is, if a proposed home series gets worked out between the two schools.
News 7 Sports has learned that the games would take place in 2002 and 2004.
LSU is currently under contract to play BYU on those dates, but Brigham Young's new coach wants out of the games.
At this time nothing is final.
But if negotiations are completed, it will make the first time ever that Tech and LSU have played in football.
LSU head coach Nick Saban is a West Virginia native.
Former Friday Football Extra player of the week Tom Hagan has decided to go to the University of Virginia.
The Cave Spring rising senior has accepted a full scholarship to play football.
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Hagan will punt for the Cavaliers. He was All- state last season, averaging 43.5 yards a punt.
Hagan also kicks off and registered 24 touchbacks out of a possible 36 tries.
He also caught six touchdown passes as a receiver and made seven interceptions from his defensive back position.
Hagan made his official visit to UVa Wednesday and chose the Wahoos over Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Maryland.
Hagan, who is six foot two and 185 pounds, is also planning to play baseball at Virginia. He will officially sign with UVa in February on national signing day.
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show competition took a brief intermission yesterday evening to spotlight some very special riders.
The newly named "stick horse stampede" took center stage, or should we say center RING, at the Salem Civic Center for 15 minutes of fun.
Youngsters sported some very creative cowboy and cowgirl threads as they paraded around for fans. Everyone is a winner in this division.
Each rider receives a blue ribbon and a Roanoke Valley Horse Show poster in what has turned out to be the most popular class of the entire show.
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This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Roanoke Valley Horse show.
A lot has happened in those three decades - and yesterday Roy Stanley met a family that has been around for it all.
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[SUPER=01-Harrison Shiflet/Trainer; :42]
[SUPER=01-Matthew Shiflet/Trainer; :49]
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((While many stables were showing their horses in the arena, The Shiflet family of Asheboro, North Carolina was taking a break at their barn. The same corner barn they've occupied for 30 years at the Roanoke Valley Horse show.))
((Claude has passed the business down to his son Harrison, who in turn has guided his son Matthew into horses as well.
That gives the Shiflet's, who specialize in the American Saddle Breed, three generations of horse trainers.
And so far this week, the family has collected five blue ribbons.))
((Matthew is the rider in the family. But before its over it will be up to him to continue the family business.))
And finally today--
New York City is safe now--at least from alligators.
The reptile that had been lurking in a Central Park pond was finally caught yesterday.
Lou Young has more on the big capture in the Big Apple.
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