Today on News 7 at 5, one of the region's largest employers is laying off 200 workers.
Plus Pentagon officials confirm an Air Force Major from South Boston was killed in Iraq.
Young vegetation will need some help from you tonight as temperaures tumble into the 30's. Freeze warnings are in effect for areas where the growing season has already begun.
Also NASA officials believe they know what caused the Space Shuttle Coulmbia to explode.
On Health Check, we will see how some new medicines are showing promise in the treatment of an irritating skin condition.
Plus a lawmaker asks colleges to quit dispensing the morning after pill.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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Danville's largest employer is laying off workers.
Dan River Incorporated says it will cut 2-hundred full-time employees.
The textile company has a workforce of 38-hundred.
Dan River facilities is eliminating four shifts at an accessory plant, sewing plant and two warehouses.
Officials say the move is NOT because of a loss of orders or a slow economy but, rather, a shifting of manufacturing within the company to maintain efficiency.
Dan River operates in five southern states with Danville as its headquarters.
The two-hundred layoffs will be effective Friday.
Roanoke Police are hoping the public can help them find out what led to a Montgomery County man's death.
51-year-old Richard Anthony Palmer of Riner was found shot to death in his pickup truck yesterday at Norfolk Avenue and 12th Street Southwest.
His dog was also killed.
Palmer was a school bus driver in Montgomery County.
He had also worked as a sports photographer at the Montgomery County News-Messenger and at the Southwest Times in Radford.
An Air Force major from South Boston is the sixth Virginian killed in the war in Iraq.
The Pentagon today identified the remains of 37-year-old Major William R. Watkins the Third.
Watkins was the weapons system officer on a fighter jet that went down during a combat mission two weeks ago.
He was assigned to the Fourth Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
Watkins and his wife had an 11-month-old son. They were expecting another child in August.
Arrangements are being made for a memorial service in North Carolina and a burial in South Boston.
Thousands of Muslims in Iraq are using a religious pilgrimage to stage an anti-American protest.
Carrying signs that say "No to America, no to Israel, yes to Islam," Shiite Muslims marched to beating drums.
Some whipped their backs and cut their heads while they walked.
Millions are making the pilgrimage for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Saddam Hussein had banned the practice.
Britain's defense secretary suspects Hussein is still in Iraq.
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Geoff Hoon today toured the key southern port city of Umm Qasr (oom-KAHSR'), shaking hands with port workers.
He is the first senior coalition politician to visit Iraq since th start of the war.
Hoon says he doesn't know where Saddam Hussein is but that coalition forces haven't given up looking.
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((GEOFF HOON/BRITISH DEFENSE SECRETARY: THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF STORIES COMING IN NOW AS TO WHERE HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN BUT OBVIOUSLY THE EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE ACROSS THE BOARD TO ARREST THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE APPALLING REGIME HERE.))
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Hoon also says he's not disappointed by the failure to locate weapons of mass destruction.
He says Iraq is a big place and the old regime was using the entire country as a hiding place.
NASA hopes to launch another space shuttle before the end of the year.
The announcement comes as the agency zeroes in on the cause of the disintragation of the Shuttle Columbia in February.
Elizabeth Sanchez reports.
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((It looks like it was the foam after all. After Nearly three months of
sifting through debris and analyzing data the Independent board of
investigators have mounting evidence that a chunk of hard insulating
foam hit Columbia during lift off.
SOT: BILL HARWOOD/CBS CONSULTANT.
It seems that NASA may now agree....and that's a turn-around. In the
days immediately following the tragedy, the agency's top officials
downplayed.... the importance of the dislocated foam. NASA was relying
on an engineering study conducted while Columbia was still in orbit.that
said the foam striking the wing did not pose a significant danger.
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A two pound chunk of insulating foam ripped away from Columbia's
external fuel tank as the shuttle roared off the launch pad last
Sot: Milton A Silveira/NASA Technical Advisor.
THE EXERIOR OF THAT VEHICLE IS GLASS AND YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO HIT A
GLASS PLANE WITH ANYTHING.
The debris hit a seal on the left wing and may have sliced open the
fragile heat shield, allowing super-heated gases to penetrate the craft
as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere.
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And clusters of debris found in Texas after the accident suggest pieces
of that left wing were the first to break off. A sensor in the wing
also recorded an unusual temperature increase during re-entry.
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Columbia's seven astronauts died when the shuttle disintegrated over
Texas while heading for a landing in Florida. So far more than 70,000
items from the craft have been recovered. Elizabeth Sanchez, CBS News.))
A Republican lawmaker is asking state-supported universities to stop dispensing the so-called "morning-after" pill.
Delegate Bob Marshall says the drug, offered as either Plan B or Preven, facilitates abortion.
He says giving the drug to students violates the state's informed consent law.
But many health care workers say the product, which must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, is simply a form of birth control.
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((NANCY HARRIS/WOMEN'S HEALTH COORDINATOR, VCU: IT'S NOT AN ABORTION PILL. IT DELAYS OVULATION. THAT'S THE WAY IT WORKS. JUST LIKE BREAST-FEEDING DELAYS OVULATION. A WOMAN THAT HAS A BABY AND CHOOSES NOT TO BREAST-FEED, SHE WON'T START OVULATING AS SOON AS SOMEONE WHO CHOOSES NOT TO BREAST-FEED. SO ARE YOU SAYING THAT BREAST-FEEDING IS CAUSING ABORTION?))
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AFter hearing Marshall's concerns the Board of Visitors at James Madison University recently voted to stop dispensing the pill. Marshall says he is also sending letters to Virginia Tech, Radford University and Longwood University asking them to change their policies.
Coming up next on the newscast, a Presidential candidate says he has a plan to provide health insurance for all Americans,
Plus we'll tell you why a local group says taking the bus is good for your health.
Schools in a Beijing district will be closed for two weeks as officials try to prevent the spread of the deadly SARS virus.
More than one million students will be forced to stay at home.
SARS has killed 28 people and infected 588 more in Beijing.
Close to 670-more cases are suspected.
Business has been brisk at outdoor medicine shops selling herbs that claim to prevent the virus.
Meantime, studies by Hong Kong researchers show the SARS virus can survive for at least 24 hours on a surface coughed on or touched by a victim -- longer than previously thought.
Presidential candidate Dick Gephardt wants to give all Americans access to health care.
In a speech in New York today, the democratic congressman called health care the ``moral issue of our time,'' and said he plans to make it the centerpiece of his campaign.
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Gephardt says if he wins the top job, he would send a bill to Congress requiring every company to provide health insurance to workers, with 60 percent of the cost paid by a refundable tax credit.
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((DICK GEPHARDT/D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: FOR TOO LONG AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO MAKE A FALSE CHOICE - BETWEEN SIDING WITH WORKERS OR SIDING WITH BUSINESS. MY HEALTHCARE PLAN BENEFITS BOTH. BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, WITHOUT BUSINESS YOU
HAVE NO JOBS, AND WITHOUT YOU ON THE JOB THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS.))
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Currently, employers are offered tax breaks that cover about 30 percent of their health care costs.
Gephardt says he would repeal President Bush's tax cuts to help the government make up the lost tax revenue.
In Health Check today, good news for the millions of people who suffer from the irritating skin problem known as eczema.
Dr. Sean Kenniff has more.
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((FOR THE FUCCI FAMILY, ECZEMA IS JUST A PART OF DAILY LIFE.
(NAT: HOW ARE YOU DOING? A LITTLE BIT BETTER)
TRACK: DORIS HAS HAD THE ITCHY, BUMPY, ROUGH PATCHES ON HER SKIN SINCE
AS FAR BACK AS SHE CAN REMEMBER
SOT: (B-ROLLED) MY HANDS ARE THE WORST
TRACK: AND SHES TREATED IT LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH
CORTICOSTERIODS AND MOISTURIZERS-AFTER AN OUTBREAK WAS VISIBLE. BUT NOW
A GROWING BODY OF RESEARCH IS POINTING TOWARD THE USE OF A NEWER LINE OF
DRUGS-TO TRY AND PREVENT THOSE FLARE-UPS.
SOT: DR. TED DALY/NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CTR., GARDEN CITY
THEY ARE VERY EFFECTIVE AND HELP TO REDUCE THE INCIDENTS OF FLARES-WHEN
YOU ALL OF A SUDDEN GET WORSE WITH THIS AND YOU ARE ITCHY AND YOURE
BAD-ABOUT 50% . SO THIS IS SIGNIFICANT.
STANDUP: CALLED TOPICAL IMMUNO-MODULATORS PROTOPIC AND ELIDEL ARE CREAMS
--APPLIED TWICE A DAY. THEY WORK BY TURNING OFF THE TRIGGERS FOR
INFLAMMATION AND IRRITATION OF THE SKIN.
SOT: DR. DALY
I THINK ITS A REAL PLUS-PARTICULARLY BECAUSE IT HAS MINIMAL SIDE
EFFECTS COMPARED TO USING TOPICAL CORTICOSTERIODS ALL THE TIME --THAT
CAN THIN THE SKIN AND MAKE BLOOD VESSELS COME OUT-AND STRETCH MARKS AND
MAKE IT LIGHTER IN COLOR.
TRACK: JUST ONE OF THE REASONS DR. DALY HAS JOINED A CHORUS OF PEERS
CALLING FOR A NEW STANDARD OF PRACTICE-EMPHASIZING PREVENTION.
AFTER ALL 10-15% OF THE POPULATION SUFFERS FROM THE CONDITION WHICH
USUALLY STARTS IN CHILDHOOD. DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
For the past two years the Roanoke Valley has failed to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality standards.
Last year the State of the Air Report gave the Valley a "D".
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But, as Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us, this year several organizations have joined forces to do something about it.
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They are trying to encourage people to participate in clean commute day.
In fact, they will be offering an incentive this year to anyone who pledges to participate in clean commute day on May 2nd.
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((The American Lung Association says many people don't realize just how much pollution cars and other vehicles emit.
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((UNFORTUNATELY CARS DO PLAY A BIG ROLE IN AIR POLLUTION EMISSION. ABOUT HALF OF ALL AIR POLLUTION IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY COME FROM MOBILE SOURCES, SUCH AS CARS, BUSES, TRUCKS, AND SO FORTH ))
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She says air pollution is a public health threat, especially for certain segments of the population.
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((THERE ARE TARGET PEOPLE WHO REALLY SUFFER SUCH AS CHILDREN WHO HAVE SMALL AIRWAYS, THE ELDERLY POPULATION, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO DO HAVE SOME SORT OF LUNG DISEASE))
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That's why the American Lung association has teamed up with other organizations to let people know they can make a difference by walking to work, taking the bus, or trying ride share.
The Association is also giving people an incentive to take part in clean commute day.
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((TO GIVE EVERYBODY WHO SIGNS A PLEDGE A FREE SALEM AVALANCHE TICKET TO THE MAY 2ND BASEBALL GAME SO EVERYBODY CAN CELEBRATE AT THE GAME THAT THEY TOOK PART IN BETTERING OUR AIR))
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Organizers will be taking pledges April 29 and 30th from 11 until 2pm at Valley View and Tanglewood Malls and at Valley Metro.
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Once again clean commute day will be held on May 2nd.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin Reed will have our detailed forecast.
Then on our Marketwatch report, we'll see what sparked a rally on Wall Street.
Today in Sports, Virginia Tech fans come to the aid of one of the school's athletes.
Then following that, we will see how a cat is going against her nature to nuture some unusual adopted babies.
Wall Street has extended its rally to a second straight day as better-than-expected earnings reports sparked some modest buying.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the midweek ticker.
Virginia and Virginia Tech were rained out in Charlottesville on Monday, but the two are still slated to meet in Salem tonight at 7 o'clock in what
The Hokies are fresh off a 5-1 win at Radford and bring in a record of 27 and 11. Virginia is 23 and 16, with a lineup that has been quite impressive to Tech Head Coach Chuck Hartman.
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Rayna DuBose, the Tech women's basketball player who lost parts of hands and feet after contracting a rare form of meningistis is well on her way to being able to cover her mounting medical expenses.
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Rayna's fund, which operates through the Tech Monogram Club has now topped the $200 hundred thousand dollar mark thanks to generosity of fans and donors from all over the country.
This past Saturday - proceeds from the spring game admission charges were earmarked for the fund.
Today officials said $62 thousand, five hundred and thirty five dollars were raised at the game. Only adults were charged a five dollar admission fee.
The NBA playoffs will be rolling on almost every night for until almost the end of June.
Today the league named Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year.
Wallace is the sixth player to win the award in consecutive
seasons. The panel of sports reporters voting for the award gave
him 100 out of a possible 117 first-place votes.
Ron Artest of Indiana, Kevin Garnett of Minnesota, Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Doug Christie of Sacramento round out
the top five in voting for the award.
The Virginia Union led the league in rebounding this year and was second in blocked shots.
In high school hoops news, Nandua High School's B-A Walker has signed to play for Coach Jeff Capel at Virginia Commonwealth next season.
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Walker led Nandua to back to back Group A state titles the past two seasons. He was also recruited by East Tennessee State, Old Dominion, Rutgers and Penn State. The 6-2 guard averaged 28 points per game last season.
Coming up at the top of the hour tonight - Steve Mason will check in from Charlottesville on the Heisman campaign for Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub. Last year at this time - UVa folks weren't sure he could be an effective starter - now he's being touted for the top award in all of college football.
That and more tonight at the top of the hour.
Have a safe night everybody.
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Mothers have been known to do some unusual things while caring for their babies.
But one cat is actually going against her nature to take care of some adopted squirrels.
When a squirrel mother disappeared from her nest, Cindy Anthony turned to her cat Gizmo to nurse the young.
She says Gizmo isn't always lovable, but does have love to spare.
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(("THESE ARE ANIMALS THE CATS CHASE. THESE ARE ANIMALS... THEY EAT
SQUIRRELS. THEY KILL SQUIRRELS. THIS IS NOT NORMAL. THIS IS WEIRD. THIS
IS TOO WEIRD FOR ME. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, I LOVE MY CAT AND I'M REALLY
REALLY REALLY SURPRISED AT WHAT SHE DID. BUT I'M GLAD SHE DID."))
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