More textile workers are losing their jobs in Southside.
V-F Playwear is announcing layoffs.
Details, straight ahead.
And the body of an Alzheimer's patient who was reported missing in Pittsylvania county is found near her home.
Sunshine to our east snow showers to our west...what will the weekend bring...I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The 72 year old woman authorities were searching for overnight has been found dead.
The body of Lavona Elizabeth Simpson was found in a pond- -not far from her home- -early this morning.
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Simpson had been reported missing last night. They'd been out looking for her after they discovered her car was gone, too.
The Pittsylvania Sheriff's Department says her body was located in a farm pond off route 40 west of Gretna around 6:30. Her family told authorities she suffered from Alzheimer's.
What's left of Southside Virginia's textile industry is taking another hit.
231 workers at VF Playwear in Danville will lose their jobs.
The company says continuing cost pressures .. and weaker consumer demand .. are responsible.
The plant makes children's clothing under the Health tex label.
The VF Playwear layoffs will be completed by February.
The company says about 210 jobs will remain at the Danville plant.
But another area textile company may soon have a "Help Wanted" sign out.
Sara Lee Intimate Apparel is expanding its Woolwine plant in Patrick County.
The nearly 13-thousand square foot addition houses a new dye system for wide-elastic fabrics and lace.
Officials say 15 jobs were created and that 30-more are expected when they reach full capacity levels.
About 3-hundred employees work at the facility.
President Bush is in Russia today...and that nation says it stands
behind the U-S in its campaign against Saddam Hussein.
But it also has some stern words for the U-S when it comes to waging war.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest.
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RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IS GIVING ASSURANCE HE'S COMMITED TO
RIDDING IRAQ OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. BUT HE WARNED PRESIDENT
BUSH, IN RUSSIA TODAY, THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOT WAGE WAR AGAINST
SADDAM ON ITS OWN.
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"We do believe that we have to stay within the framework of the work
being carried out within the United Nation."
AT A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT BUSH, THE RUSSIAN LEADER
POINTED OUT MORE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM BEFORE
DEALING ON MILITARY TERMS WITH IRAQ.
CALLING PRESIDENT PUTIN A FRIEND, PRESIDENT BUSH ACKNOWLEDGES THEY HAVE
We don't agree 100 percent of the time but we agree to discuss things in
a frank way.
bush now going to Lithuania ))
Meanwhile, U-N officials expect to have 100 weapons inspectors arriving in Iraq by the end of the year.
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The first group arrives on Monday.
The inspectors are coming from more than 40 different countries.
This will be their first mission to Iraq in four years.
U-N officials say that previously- monitored sites might be re- visited.
While in Iraq, inspectors will take soil, water and air samples and
test them for possible nuclear elements.
A source in Kuwait says Saudi Arabia has arrested the suspect in a shooting attack that injured two U-S army soldiers yesterday.
The source says the suspect -- a Kuwaiti police officer -- was arrested this morning.
He's accused of shooting and seriously injuring the two soldiers on a highway outside Kuwait City.
The suspect had fled to Saudi Arabia after the attack, and is expected to be sent back to Kuwait today.
The Pentagon says one of the Americans was shot in the face, and the other in the shoulder.
Both are expected to survive.
A new upscale shopping center has been given the green light from Roanoke's planning commission.
At a hearing, members approved re-zoning for land on the corner of Franklin and Wonju.
Painter Properties wants to build a center called Ivy Market.
Wild Oats, a natural food store chain, is a prospective tenant.
Before approval, compromises were made on square footage, parking and building deadlines.
At the hearing, local residents pushed for the project.
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Many residents support the project because of Wild Oats - saying we need this type of store in the Valley.
The store is not a guaranteed tenant, but if the deal works, they want to start construction early next year.
City Council must now approve the rezoning. They meet on December 16th.
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Coming up next, some local students learn to share somethng precious to them.
But first a the man convicted of killing a young California girl could learn today if he will die for his crime.
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David Westerfield, the man convicted last summer of kidnapping and killing a seven- year- old San Diego girl may learn today if he'll be put to death for the crime, as a jury suggested.
But under California law, the judge can change that sentence to life in prison.
Hattie Kauffman reports.
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WESTERFIELD WAS CONVICTED OF KIDNAPPING DANIELLE VAN DAM FROM
HER BEDROOM IN SUBURBAN SAN DIEGO. HER NUDE BODY WAS FOUND A MONTH
LATER IN A NEARBY DESERT. WESTERFIELD HAD TAKEN A TRIP TO THE DESERT IN
HIS R.V. HER FINGERPIRNTS WERE FOUND INSIDE, AND HER BLOOD WAS ON HIS
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(TRACK) WESTERFIELD'S DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ARE TRYING TO DELAY TODAY'S
SENTENCING BY OFFERING A "NEW THEORY" THAT DANIELLE WAS KILLED IN HER
BEDROOM, RATHER THAN KIDNAPPED AND KILLED LATER. BUT ANALYSTS SUGGEST A
DELAY IS UNLIKELY.
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(TRACK) DANIELLE'S PARENTS, DAMON AND BRENDA VAN DAM ARE EXPECTED TO
RETURN TO THE WITNESS STAND TODAY TO TELL THE JUDGE WHAT THEY THINK
SHOULD HAPPEN TO WESTERFIELD.
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(TRACK) DANIELLE'S DISAPEARANCE LAST FEBRUARY STARTED WHAT SEEMED TO BE
A YEAR OF HIGH PROFILE KIDNAPPINGS. WITH SENTENCING, THIS CASE MAY BE
CONCLUDED BEFORE THE YEAR IS OUT. HATTIE KAUFFMAN CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.))
Some local third graders are sharing what they've learned about caring for the community.
A group of about 20 Oak Grove Elementary School kids today presented the Roanoke Rescue Mission with 2-thousand-2 chocolate chip cookies.
The goodies were donated by the Hotel Roanoke, one of the Double Tree chain of hotels that participates in the "Teaching Kids to Care" program.
The kids chose The Rescue Mission over a number of other local non-profit organizations.
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3-thousand students across the country today joined with Double Tree hotels to give away more than 2-hundred-thousand cookies.
The Marriot hotel chain is back in Roanoke.
A Courtyard Marriot is now open on Ordway Drive.
The hotel took about a year to build.
50-employees were hired to start up operations and 15-more may be hired.
The manager says the hotel's design targets the business traveler.
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((DUANE GUATHIER/HOTEL GENERAL MANAGER; IT FITS ALL THEIR TRAVEL NEEDS WITH THE BUSINESS LIBRARY A 24-HOUR GRAB AND GO MARKET A LARGE WORKROOMS WITH DESKS TWO PHONE LINES DATA POTS, SO ITS VERY CONVENIENT FOR THE BUSINESS TRAVELER.))
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Officials say Marriot wanted to come back to the Roanoke market since selling the property next door to them.
It is now a Wyndam hotel.
Roanoke's Mayor will attend an official ribbon cutting at Courtyard this evening.
Some decaying structures in the state are getting some help.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has found 203-million dollars in FEDERAL funds available for the repair of bridges.
State transportation officials say localities had been misinformed about the permissible uses for the federal bridge money.
Governor Mark Warner says it is another example that VDOT is "back on the right track."
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Local governments will soon be notified that they can shift their highway planning to take into account the bridge funds.
V-DOT says more than 11-hundred of Virginia's bridges are in need of repair and would qualify for the money.
A legend in the world of bluegrass music stopped in Roanoke last night.
Ralph Stanley performed for a sold-out crowd at the Jefferson Center. It was his first performance here since he filmed a video at the Roanoke Civic Center last summer.
Stanley has recorded almost two hundred albums during a career that has spanned more than fifty years, but the song, "Girl from the Greenbriar Shore" provided the soundtrack for his very FIRST music video.
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((I LEFT MY MOTHER AND MY HOME SO DEAR TO GO WITH THE GIRL FROM THE GREENBRIAR SHORE.))
((WELL I DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER I'D EVER DO ONE LIKE THAT OR NOT. ALWAYS WANTED TO, BUT I GUESS I NEVER DID HAVE ONE TO BE WORTHY OF IT, I GUESS, OR SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT FINALLY YOU KNOW I GOT ONE.))
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A native of southwest Virginia, Stanley is known as one of the busiest musicians in bluegrass, but he has plans to slow down.
He says he will play between 70 and 80 shows next year.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will see how one zoo is celebrating a BIG birthday.
Plus we will tell you if Michael Jackson will face charges for dangling is baby out a hotel window.
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He's been named "Pop Artist of the Millennium," even if he isn't in the running for "Father of the Year."
Singer Michael Jackson was honored last night at the annual "Bambi" award ceremony in Germany-- which is that country's answer to the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys.
Meanwhile, German prosecutors say Jackson did NOT commit a crime by dangling his infant son from a fourth- story hotel window earlier this week.
Police say there's no evidence of any laws being broken, and add that it's unlikely the matter will be investigated any further.
There's no way you could FORGET this baby's birthday--
Kandula, the elephant, is turning a year old on Monday with his National Zoo family in Washington.
But his mother, 26- year- old (SHAHN-tee) Shanthi had some help--
She was artificially inseminated. His father, Chanda, lives in Germany.
The birthday boy, weighing in at 980 pounds-- is one of just five other elephants who were also conceived through artificial insemination.
By the time he reaches 20, Kandula could weigh 13-thousand pounds.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 30 points. The NASDAQ has dropped nine.
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Coming up after the break, we'll preview tonight's games for Friday Football Extra,
Plus, we'll have the highlights as Miami takes on Pittsburgh for the lead in the Big East.
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The Bridgewater College football team finished the regular season ranked second in the nation.
The Eagles also got a first round bye in the NCAA division Three playoffs that open this weekend.
Wednesday, the Eagles also cleaned up in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's post season awards.
Mike Clark, was selected by his coaching peers in the ODAC as the conference's coach of the year.
Clark proved that he could reload this season, taking the leftovers from last year's Stagg Bowl runner-up team, and going 10-and-0.
One of the big reasons for the success was the play of linebacker Jermaine Taylor, number 99, who is the ODAC player of the year.
And one other note - senior safety Brad McCrady out of Northside, has been named to the Verizon all-academic college division team. McCrady is a biology major.
The Miami Hurricanes had won 31 straight games entering last night's contest with Pittsburgh.
The Panthers came in having won 14 of their past 16 games, including nine straight in the Big East.
The winner would have the inside track to the conference title.
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The Panthers held their own and were tied at 14 at halftime.
But Miami's Ken Dorsey got hot in the second half.
This 30 yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson put the Canes up 21-14.
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Willis McGahee then found the endzone with the dive early in the fourth quarter, and Miami has to hang on to win it 28 to 21.
UVa's season opening basketball game against Long Island at University Hall tonight is sold out.
Just like last year - the team and fans alike are anticipating plenty this season.
But Steve Mason tells us the goal this year is to avoid another late season collapse.
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((Pete Gillen wasn't the only one with his elbows up in the preseason. And no one is safe in practice from physical play. Just ask senior captain Jason Rogers who took one on the chin from transfer center Nick Vander Laan. It seems all wahoos are talking a tougher game.
The Cavaliers have played tough defense in preseason exhibition action. Opponents have averaged 58 points in two games. The regular season tips off tomorrow night against Long Island. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
The high school playoffs roll on tonight for several Friday Football Extra teams.
Here's the regional rundown for the second week of the post season.
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