Coming up next on news 7 at 5, 200 people in Hillsville are losing their jobs.
Bassett-Walker is shutting its doors.
and a former Lexington rescue squad worker is convicted of sexually assaulting two accident victims.[Wx-Heads]
For the fourth straight day, severe thunderstorms move through the region. We will pick them out for you in a momen
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Tonight on health check --the unsung heros of the medical profession are in huge demand.
and doctors are cautiously optimistic that a cure for cancer could be closer than ever.
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((THAT'S WHAT HURTS, NOT THE JOB, BUT THE PEOPLE, GOOD PEOPLE. ))
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Bassett Walker knitwear in Carroll County joins the growing list of textile plants closing for good.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Hillsville plant will officially close in late July.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with the latest.
Jean, rumors have been circulating around the Hillsville plant for months...
Still-- it's going to be a difficult road ahead for the 203 employees affected by the news.
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[SUPER=01-Monique Surratt/Employee; :19]
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((SHIRLEY SUMNER/EMPLOYEE: SOME WAS VERY SAD, THEN SOME, YOU KNOW, LIKE ME, KIND OF HAPPY, AND, WE HAD ALL BEEN EXPECTING IT, FOR SO LONG, IT WAS A RELIEF.))
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Shirley Sumner's situation is somewhat different than that of her co-workers.
After 18- years, she's decided to retire-- while many of her friends will be starting over.
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((MONIQUE SURRATT/EMPLOYEE:I REALLY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF CHOICE EXCEPT FOR TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THIS IS MY CHANCE TO GET OUT OF A FACTOR, CAUSE, I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK INTO A SEWING FACTOR AGAIN. ))
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Bassett Walker officials say the company chose to close the Hillsville plant to remain competitive.
They say-- much of their competition relies on overseas labor-- which is cheaper.
So the company decided to increase its presence in Mexico.
Many we spoke with-- blame the President.
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((MONIQUE SURRATT/EMPLOYEE:HE'S TAKEN EVERYTHING, IT'S LIKE, HOW ARE WE GOING TO SUPPORT OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES. ))
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Bassett Walker is also closing its plant in Bakersville, North Carolina-- which brings the number of closings to five for Bassett Walker knitwear since the beginning of the year.
A Rockbridge County grand jury indicted three VMI cadets on hazing charges this afternoon.
The indictments came after testimony from former cadet George Wade Junior, who says he was hit with a belt and a coat hanger.
Wade left the school after the incident, but says he felt it was important to pursue criminal charges.
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((GEORGE WADE JR./FORMER CADET; I FEEL I'M DOING THE RIGHT THING AND I WANTED TO CARRY IT AS FAR AS I FELT IT NEEDS TO GO TO MAKE SURE JUSTICE IS DONE AND TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANY OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO GO TO VMI NEXT YEAR.))
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The three cadets named in the indictment are Jonathan Eugene Gonzales, Thomas Michael Upshaw and Charles Travers Clemons.
VMI suspended them for a semester after the alleged incident occurred, but school officials ruled it was NOT a case of hazing.
Special prosecutor Michael Irvine says that question should be resolved by the court, so all sides can be heard.
The six V-M-I cadets "drummed out" over the weekend WILL get to take their exams- -and complete their course work... while the lawyers appeal the dismissals to FEDERAL court.
The Honor Court convicted three seniors and three freshmen cadets Friday night. The six were removed from barracks immediately after they were found guilty by the honor court of LYING about the beatings.
Their lawyers asked a federal judge to re-instate the cadets, but the lawyers spent most of the day negotiating an agreement without the judge's help.
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((AN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO TAKE THEIR COURSES SO THEY'RE NOT HAMPERED BY THE WHATEVER LEGAL PROCESS OCCURS IN THE INTERIM.))
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So the judge never got to the point of issuing an injunction against V-M-I.
He has said he finds serious Constitutional issues in the way the investigation was handled comparing it today to "
A suspended Lexington rescue squad member was found guilty of sexually assaulting two teenage girls this morning.
The girls ages 16 and 17, accused Donald Paxton Grant of fondling them when he treated them at an accident scene in February.
Grant says he did not do anything wrong and has appealed the conviction.
Grant was suspended from the rescue squad after the charges were filed.
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Still to come on news 7 at 5, Roanoke's school superintendent addresses parents' safety concerns.
and the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski says he was misunderstood as a federal judge sentences him to life in prison.
On Health Check, doctors have hope that new breakthrough in cancer research could lead to a cure.
and Patrick Evans will have some advice on what to do with those old obsolete trash cans.
Four life terms for convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski- for a series of deadly bombings.
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((THEODORE KACZYNSKI WILL SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE BEHIND BARS. JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVIED AND THE CASE IS FINALLY CONCLUDED.))
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Today's sentencing hearing began with Kaczynski saying he had been wrongly portrayed by the government...
He accused prosecutors of discrediting him and his political ideas-
But victims' family members told the court they wanted Kaczynski off the street.
One woman was too upset to speak- but an FBI chaplain relayed her feelings.
((I DID NOT HAVE THE EMOTIONAL ENERGY TO SPEAK TO MR. KACZYNSKI'S DEAF EARS. HE HAS NO CONCEPT OR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT HE HAS DONE. ))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Mark O'Sullivan/FBI Chaplain;]
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The 55-year old mathematician entered a plea agreement acknowledging responsibility for all 16 unabomber attacks between 1978 and 1995.
The former treasurer of a Smith Mountain Lake association admits she stole thousands of dollars from homeowners.
61-year-old Mary Lou Fisher pled guilty to charges of embezzlement.
She wrote fake checks for five years, stealing between 30 and 60 thousand dollars in dues from residents at the Lynville on the Lake subdivision.
The money was meant to take care of the roads and common areas.
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((LORRAINE CLEMMONS/HOMEOWNER: I TRUSTED HER. I THOUGHT SHE WAS TAKING CARE OF THOSE THINGS. BUT WHEN I MOVED IN THERE I WENT INTO THE MEETINGS AND ASKED TO LOOK AT THE BOOKS -- SHE DIDN'T WANT US TO LOOK AT THE BOOKS.))
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When a check for road paving bounced, the association president started investigating.
Fisher resigned as treasurer last June.
Residents say no one told them why -- until someone sent them court records anonymously a few weeks ago.
Fisher will be sentenced on June 26th.
A Roanoke man has been arrested in connection with a fire set two months ago.
18-year old David Lamont Banks was arrested in his Clifton Street home over the weekend and charged with arson.
Banks allegedly set fire to a house at 622 Rutherford Avenue on March 30th.
The teenager was also charged with burglary and grand larceny in connection with the incident.
Detectives continue investigating the matter. Additional charges are pending.
Police say more people may have been involved.
Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris says he believes there is strong support for new efforts to keep drugs and weapons off campus.
Harris addressed city council this afternoon on the issue of student safety.
He said that he believes most parents, teachers and students support random searches for illegal drugs and weapons.
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((WE DID HAVE ONE OR TWO PARENTS OR CITIZENS WHO CAME BEFORE THE BOARD AND EXPRESSED SOME CONCERN, BUT I'M PLEASED TO SAY THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF OUR PARENTS IN THIS CITY HAVE SAID BRAVO, CONTINUE.))
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So far, the school system has used dogs only once, to search an area outside of Patrick Henry High School. That
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We're also focusing on the issues of safety in area schools tonight on News 7 at 6.
Back when many of us were in middle and high school, it was fashionable to carry a pocket knife or maybe a switchblade.
But in recent years, a national trend of fatal school violence has made administrators take a tougher stance regarding weapons and safety.
For many students, the problem seems fairly distant.
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((ADRIENNE HOLLAND/WILLIAM FLEMING SENIOR: IT COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE. I'M CONCERNED, BUT I'M NOT SCARED. ))
((WHITNEY HEPTINSTALL/NORTHSIDE SENIOR: I DON'T REALLY THINK IT COULD HAPPEN HERE, BUT I GUESS IT COULD. BUT IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE ANYTHING THAT WOULD HAPPEN HERE.))
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We'll take a closer look at the policies regarding weapons and violence at local schools, and hear from students and administrators on how effective those regulations are.
Our series, "Safe at School?" begins tonight, in about 45 minutes.
Patrick Evans is standing by to talk recycling. This time he's recycling trash cans.
The city's been handing out new trash containers, making your old cans obsolete, but before you trash your old trash-cans, Patrick Evans has a suggestion.
Today Patrick joins us from the composting site at Fishburn Elementary, where a you can learn to turn old garbage cans in to a brand-new composter.
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In Sports, the N-C-Double is on the wrong side of some large fines.
In today's Health Check report, it's being called a major breakthrough in cancer research.
Researchers are able to kill tumors 98 percent of the time in mice.
and local health providers say there could be a critical shortage of nurses in just a few years.
They say nursing needs to be a more attractive career for both sexes.
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((JANET BOETTCHER/SCHOOL OF NURSING:TWENTY YEARS AGO A BRIGHT WOMEN WOULD THINK ABOUT TEACHING OR NURSING AND DECIDE BETWEEN THE TWO, NOW BRIGHT WOMEN DECIDE BETWEEN THE WHOLE GAMMET.))
Scientists are cautiously optimistic about a breakthrough in cancer research.
Doctors say testing in mice shows a combination of two new drugs either reduced tumors or completely wiped them out 98 percent of the time.
While conventional cancer treatments attack the tumors themselves,
Angio-Statin and Endo-Statin work by blocking the blood supply that feeds cancer cells.
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((DR. JAMES PLUDA: IT'S LIKE THE ROOTS OF A PLANT.IF A PLANT CAN'T MAKE NEW ROOTS IT CAN'T GROW. BLOOD VESSELS INTO A TUMOR ARE LIKE THE NEW ROOTS OF PLANT OR WEED.))
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Tumors make those "roots" by signaling new blood vessels to grow. That creates an abundant supply of nutrients and allows the tumors to grow rapidly.
Angio-Statin and Endo-Statin block those signals causing the vessels and the cancer to die.
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((DR. RICHARD KLAUSNER/NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE; IT WORKS IN A WIDE VARIETY OF TUMORS. IT WORKS IN DIFFERENT TUMORS IN MICE AND IT'S VERY POEWRFUL WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS. THEY KEY FINDING IS WITHOUT DRUG RESISTANCE. YOU CAN KEEP GIVING THEM OR STOP AND START.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Klausner/National Cancer Institute]
[OUT Q=stop and start.]
The National Cancer Institute has made testing the drugs it's top priority.
It hopes for similar results when testing begins on people by the end of the year.
Researchers remain cautious though since drugs don't always work the same way on mice as they do on humans.
Florence Nightengales are in high demand, but shorter supply these days.
Medical professionals say rural clinics find it very dificult to attract nurses.
Southwest Virginia has the least available health care of any region in the state.
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((JANET BOETTCHER/SCHOOL OF NURSING:SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IS A BEAUTFUL PLACE AND THE SKY IS BLUE AND THE GRASS IS GREEN, BUT WE DON'T LIKE TO THINK HOW MUCH OF A HEALTH CARE SHORTAGE THERE IS, BUT IT IS.))
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Radford University is trying to give the potential crisis a shot in the arm.
Radford has the only University level nursing program in the area.
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((JANET BOETTCHER/SCHOOL OF NURSING:WE WOULD DO BETTER TO KEEP A NURSE PRACTITIONER A NURSE IN ROANOKE TO HAVE HER GET EDUCATION WITH US AND NOT RELOCATE TO RICHMOND, IF SHE GOES TO RICHMOND, SHE MAY NOT COME BACK.))
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Radford's first class of nurse practitioners is graduating this year.
Students from communities like Rural Retreat, Tazewell County and Bluefield, West Virginia, say they plan to go back and practice in their hometowns.
In Sports, the N-C-A-A receives a multi million dollar fine.
Here's Mike Stevens with the high dollar details.[S5-NCAA]
Welcome everybody to the Monday afternoon ticker that begins with a bomb for the NCAA.
The governing body that oversees college athletics is usually the one handing out punishment but today it got to see what it feels like to be on the receiving end.
A federal jury today ordered the NCAA to pay more than $22 million in damages for limiting the earnings of some assistant, the so-called restricted earnings guys.
The NCAA says it will likely appeal the ruling and the fine which will be tripled to $66 million because this is an anti-trust case.
In one college basketball note tonight, the national champs from the University of Kentucky are apparently losing Nazr Mohammed to the NBA.
The six-ten 240 pound rising underclassmen declared his desire to enter the NBA draft this afternoon.
He is the 18th player to do so this spring.
NBA director of scouting Marty Blake advised Mohammed to stay in school, and he met yet do just that.
He has yet to hire an agent so, he can change his mind and return to Kentucky by withdrawing his name from the draft list.
The NBA playoffs continue tonight as the West gets little bit wilder with the Sonics and Lakers opening up their best of seven conference semi-final.
The Sonics won three of the four regular season matchups between the two teams.
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And from the links take a look at this shot by Hale Irwin yesterday at the Bruno's Classic Senior event in Birmingham.
Is there any question after watching that piece of work why this man has won two of the least three events, finished second yesterday and leads the tour in money winnings?
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The Roanoke All-Star football clinic kicks off June 29th at Rivers Edge Sports Complex. The three day camp will feature NFL rising stars Ronde and Tiki Barber.
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The former Cave Spring standouts were in town Friday at Westside elementary school promoting the clinic.
The Inner City Athletic Association feels the camp fills a void left by the Gary Clark sat no to drugs camp.
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More on the camp at 6; have a great day.[5-Parkway]
There's a new stretch of road between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Virginia's Explore Park -- and it's expected to be a tourist attraction in its own right.
The Roanoke River Parkway opened today.
It took more than 10 years and 15-million dollars in government grants to build the scenic road.
Lots of dignitaries were on hand for today's ceremonies.
They said the new parkway should drive money into the local economy.
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((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE: NOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A CRITICAL MASSING OF DIFFERENT ATTRACTIONS FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO HERE ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY THAT, I THINK, IS GOING TO PROMOTE TOURISM IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND BRING A LOT OF JOBS HERE.))
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The National Park Service said this project proves you can create a public park without hurting the natural landscape.