Today on News 7 at 5, two hundred people in our region are laid off. We will have the details.
Plus authorities in Pittsylvania County find the body of a missing Alzheimer's patient.
The latest blast of cold air features very strong winds and snow showers. The rest of your weekend forecast coming up.
On Health check find out about a new skin cream that can reportedly repair the damage of years in the sun.
We will see how one police force is following the lead of NASCAR.
And a local high school gives its road warriors an enthusiastic sendoff.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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A Pittsylvania County woman missing since last night- has been found dead.
Authorities searched all night for the 72 year old Alzheimer's patient-
Today they found the body of Lavona Elizabeth Simpson in a pond near Gretna.
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Simpson had been reported missing around eight. Her car was gone, too.
Her body was found around 6:30 this morning in a farm pond "off route 40"... west of Gretna,
Pittsylvania County authorities say her car was parked nearby.
Her body was sent to Roanoke for an autopsy, but foul play is NOT suspected.
The struggling Southside economy takes another hit in the textile industry- this time just before the holdiays.
V-F Playwear in Danville is laying off 231-workers in its sewing division.
The company says it made the decision because of continuing "cost pressures and weaker consumer demand."
The plant makes children's clothing under the Health tex label.
Officials say the market for children's wear has been soft for more than a year and there was nothing else they could do.
The layoffs should be completed by February. Two hundred 10 people are left at the facility.
Gusty winds and light snow have V-DOT officials in the New River Valley on guard.
A wind advisory is in effect through the night, with wind gusts that could reach up to 50-miles-per-hour.
V-DOT has also "put out an alert:" There are some isolated slick spots along Interstate-77, north of Wytheville... but, so far no accidents have been reported.
Still, police warn drivers to be cautious on the roads, particularly when crossing bridges and overpasses.
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((AS WEATHER TURNS WORSE...BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES))
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Temperatures around the New River Valley are expected to drop to the mid-20s tonight... and folks can continue to see stray snow showers.
V-Dot says it will be closely monitoring bridges and overpasses... and has already loaded some of its salt trucks in case they are needed.
Russia says it stands behind the U-S in its campaign against Saddam Hussein- but it also had some stern words for the U-S.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned President Bush the U-S should not wage war against Saddam Hussein on its own.
The Russian leader says more work needs to be done in the war on terrorism before dealing on military terms with Iraq.
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((BUSH: WE DON'T AGREE 100 PERCENT OF THE TIME BUT WE AGREE TO DISCUSS THINGS IN A FRANK WAY...IN A FRANK WAY.))
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After today's visit to Russia, President Bush is on his way to Lithuania.
It is the 39th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's Death- and still there are many unanswered questions.
Today, on this anniversary- there is new audio tape and film surrounding that day.
Elizabeth Sanchez reports from the stie of the assasination in Dallas Texas.
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((Newly discovered voices tell an old..and dramatic story of the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
On the 39th anniversary of his death, the public can now hear a
chilling radio transmission.
As the events unfolded on television, the Presidents closests advisors
were flying 4,000 miles over the pacific receiving little information.
Radio transmissions picked up their historic conversations. .
AUDIO/GRAPHIC: (radio operator) "I read uh, from the AP bulletin, uh,
Kennedy apparently shot in head, he fell face down in back seat of his car, blood was on his head. Mrs. Kennedy cried, oh no, and tried to hold up his head."
Relying on Press reports, they learn the events that transpired.
Theyre voices remain calm, unemotional.
AUDIO/GRAPHIC (Salinger) The president is dead..is that correct? (radio operator) That is correct
There are also photographs and film not previously viewed by the public.
Theyre on display here at the former Texas School book depository and they show movement from the 6th floor window.
The film doesn't capture the actual shooting, but does show the window just seconds before shots were fired.. an area that still attracts the
curious and those who want to remember.
Gary Mack : Museum Curator (8 sec)
The Kennedy assisasination is very long, very confusing and all we can do is list the facts and explain the history.,
The history is what draws many to see the artifacts and documents on
display. And to Dealey Plaza where the tragedy unfolded. Many
photographers still make their way here ....just as they did on that day 39 years ago.
Elizabeth Sanchez, CBS News, Dallas..))
A religious leader in New Jersey has learned if he will be executed for the murder of his wife. We'll have that story after the break.
Also a judge delays sentencing of the man convicted of killing a young girl in California.
A rabbi convicted of hiring hitmen to kill his wife has been spared the death penalty.
A jury instead decied on life in prison for Rabbi Fred Neulander-
Earlier today he pleaded with the jury to spare his life.
Neulanders' wife was found dead in the family home in 1994.
Prosecutors said he had her killed so he could continue an extramarital affair with a Philadelphia radio host.
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The man convicted of kidnapping and killing Danielle Van Dam- won't find out his sentence for awhile.
A judge today postponed sentencing for David Westerfield until January... The defense says it needs more time to file an appeal.
The victims family said it is disappointed and hoped for some closure before the holidays.
Doctors could soon have a remedy for sun damaged skin.
They are testing a cream that seems to reduce the effects of years of abuse.
Dr. Mallika Marshall has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kathy Cleary/Skin Cream User;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Tania Philips/Boston U. School of Medicine;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Mallika Marshall/CBS News;]
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((KATHY CLEARY KNEW HER SKIN WAS DAMAGED FROM SPENDING YEARS IN THE SUN,
THAT'S WHY SHE DECIDED TO TAKE PART IN A CLINICAL TRIAL TO TEST A NEW
SOT: KATHY CLEARY/TESTED SKIN CREAM
THE ELASTICITY IS NOT THERE, YOU KNOW, AFTER YOU ABUSE YOURSELF A WHILE
AND GET OLDER, THEN YOU SEE IT ALL STARTING TO HAPPEN
RESEARCHERS FROM BOSTON UNIVERSITY TESTED THE CREAM WHICH CONTAINS A
RETINOID CALLED TAZAROTENE.. ON MORE THAN 500 PATIENTS LIKE KATHY.
TAZAROTENE IS CURRENTLY USED TO TREAT ACNE AND PSORIASIS.. BUT EXPERTS
FOUND THAT THE CREAM ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED THE SIGNS OF SUN DAMAGE.
SOT: DR. TANIA PHILIPS /B.U. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
WHAT WE FOUND IN THIS STUDY WAS THAT THE FINE WRINLKING AND THE MOTTLED
PIGMENTATION IN THE SKIN IMPROVED SIGNIFICANTLY IN PATIENTS WHO WERE
USING THIS CREAM ON A DAILY BASIS
KATHY SAYS HER SKIN LOOKS AND FEELS MUCH BETTER SINCE SHE STARTED USING
THE CREAM AND SHE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET.
WE ALL WANT TO LOOK GORGEOUS AND BEAUTIFUL, BUT IF WE CAN USE SOME CREAM
TO TAKE AWAY SOME OF THESE LINES AND MARKS, WE'LL BE A LOT BETTER OFF
AND FEEL BETTER ABOUT OURSELVES
EXPERTS SAY THE CREAM IS ALSO LESS EXPENSIVE AND SAFER THAN OTHER SKIN
SOT: DR. PHILIPS
I THINK IT'S EXCITING BECAUSE A LOT OF THE TREATMENTS THAT IMPROVE THE
APPEARANCE OF THE SKIN ACTUALLY CAN BE QUITE INVASIVE SUCH AS PLASTIC
SURGERY, LASER TREATMENTS, DERMABRASIONS AND ECHMICALS PEELS.
THE TAZARATONE CREAM HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY THE F-D-A AND SHOULD
BE AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS BY PRESCRIPTION EARLY NEXT YEAR.. BUT MOST
INSURANCE COMPANIES MAY NOT COVER THE COST SINCE IT IS MAINLY USED FOR
DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS))
It's a big night for Franklin County high school.
Tonight it's making its first ever appearance in the V-H-S-L football playoffs.
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Franklin County students and faculty got together to wish the team well in tonight's contest against Osbourn Park in Manassas.
The school let out two hours early today so students who are travelling to Northern Virginia can avoid heavy interstate traffic.
Students say the season and the playoff game have unified everyone on campus.
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((SHAUN FRALIN/FRANKIN CO. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT; THE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN VERY HELPFUL, THE BAND, CHEERLEADERS, THE WHOLE STUDENT BODY, THE TEACHERS, FACULTY. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE'VE EVER DONE THIS, SO IT'S KINDA GREAT!))
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The Eagles qualified for the playoffs with a 9-and-1 record, and will kick off their playoff hopes tonight at 7:30.
Coming up next on the newscast, Brent Watts puts the pedal to the metal as he gets down and dirty at the Salem Civic Center.
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Hot rods and motorcycles from around the region will compete in the mud this weekend.
Brent Watts stopped by the Salem Civic Center this afternoon- He is back
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with more on the "Hot Rod Mud Bog and Arena cross Nationals."
Brent ..you got a sneak peek this afternoon-
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Jean, more than 200 truckloads of dirt, hundreds of gallons of water, and one really big front-end loader went in to creating the track for this weekend's competition.
I talked with event director Wayne Corprew about what many consider one of the "dirtiest" shows of the year.
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Coming up next,
in Sports, Mike Stevens will tell us about an honor going out to a local boy who made it big in the major leagues.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Friday Night ticker.
We begin tonight with new from the Salem -Roanoke Baseball hall of fame.
This year's class of inductees was announced this afternoon -
and it is headlined Tannersville native Billy Wagner.
The Houston Astros' closer, who played collegiately for Abe Naff at Ferrum will be inducted in February.
He will joined by former Hokie Leo Burke, former Salem GM Morris Cregger and former Salem Pirate Doug Nelson.
Also, entering the hall of fame in February - is former Glenvar baseball coach Larry Wood.
As expected - Tech's loss to West Virginia on Wednesday night knocked the Hokies and Hoos off of ABC.
This afternoon, both the Big East and ACC offices announced that the Tech-UVa game on Saturday, November 20th will kickoff at 3:30 on ESPN.
ABC had strongly considered carrying the game at one o'clock, but has instead opted for the West Virginia - Pittsburgh game.
The temperatures are down, but the stakes are up tonight as the high school football playoffs get ready to crown regional champions.
Here's what's hot on Friday Football Extra tonight at 11:35.
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We will have the highlights of 8 games tonight from Manassas, to Ft. Defiance to Naruna and Hot Springs.
And the football this weekend here on WDBJ-7 again comes from the ACC and the SEC.
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North Carolina takes on the Duke Blue Devils at Noon.
Carolina has beaten Duke 12 straight times.
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The battle for bragging rights in the state of Alabama takes place at 3:30 as Auburn battles the Crimson Tide.
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And Sunday - the NFL game features two of the top dogs in the AFC as Chargers travels to Miami to meet the Dolphins at one.
This also is the first full weekend for college basketball in the area.
Travis Wells will get us where the area's hoopsters are shooting at the top of the hour.
Take care folks. Jean will be right back.
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A police car with a NASCAR flair could be coming to a town near you.
Stacy Case tells us why one North Carolina police force is following the lead of its racing neighbors.
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[SUPER=01-Chief Perry Webster/Madison, NC Police Department;]
[SUPER=01-Ken Allison/Government Acquisitions;]
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((NAT-SOT RACE/FONT:(COURTESY: NASCAR/TNT)
TRACK: (LOCATOR, MADISON, NC) WHAT COULD JEFF GORDON.
NAT-(police radio in car)
TRACK: AND PERRY WEBSTER HAVE IN COMMON? NO HE'S NOT AN UP AND COMING
RACE CAR DRIVER - HE'S A POLICE CHIEF.
SOT: CHIEF PERRY WEBSTER/ MADISON, NORTH CAROLINA POLICE DEPARTMENT
$25 thousand dollars for a car, if you're willing to give me that, I'm
willing to run your advertisement.
TRACK: FROM CHEERIOS, TO M&M'S TO CIRCUIT CITY. NASCAR FIGURED IT OUT
LONG AGO--- A CAR IS A MOVING BILLBOARD. FOR DEPARTMENTS LIKE
WEBSTER'S-- THE CONCEPT IS PART MARKETING. PART BUDGETING.
SOT: CHIEF AGAIN
basically all these cars have in excess of 100 K miles on them.
TRACK: HIS FORCE IS CASH-STRAPPED.
ALL HIS CRUISERS WERE BOUGHT USED.
SOT: CHIEF AGAIN.
we have had to replace a rear end and transmission problems with this
TRACK: THAT'S WHY THIS CHIEF AND HUNDREDS OF OTHERS ACROSS AMERICA ARE
FONT: COURTESY: NASCAR/TNT
RACING TO SIGN UP WITH A CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA COMPANY. GOVERNMENT
ACQUISITIONS IS RIGHT IN THE HEART OF RACIN' COUNTRY. IF THE CONCEPT
WORKS HERE (show race car) -- WHY NOT HERE? (show police car graphic)
SUPER: KEN ALLISON/ GOVERNMENT ACQUISITIONS, LLC
SOT:The sponsors, the government agency everybody signs off on it before
we ever purchase and deliver the vehicle.
STAND UP (STACY CASE/REPORTING) and it's not just police cars
the concept can work on ambulances and fire trucks too
TRACK: CRITICS SAY IT'S A CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
let's say you have a Frito Lay ad on your car and you end up pulling
over a Frito Lay truck for speeding. Are you going to have a problem
giving that person a ticket or how would that work?
ANS.CHIEF: no, we are paid by taxpayers, (edit) we don't have a problem
giving taxpayers a ticket we wouldn't have a problem giving the frito
lay driver a ticket.
TRACK: IT'S A SOLUTION FOR A LOT OF STATES AND CITIES THAT FELT THEY'D
HIT A WALL. THE FIRST CAR ROLLS OUT IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. STACY
CASE, CBS NEWS, CHARLOTTE.))