Coming up on News7-
Cross Creek crosses its Floyd Plant off its books- Just how many will lose their jobs?
The state executes a man who killed when he was just 17- it's a first in decades.
People at Virginia Tech came out tonight with candles and prayers- We'll tell you why.
and Barbie meets basketball-
News 7 is next.
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Despite outcry from Amnesty International, the A-C-L-U, and several churches, a killer is put to death for his crimes as a teenager.
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With the execution of Dwayne Allen Wright, Virginia sets a modern record for most executions in one year.
His death also marks the first execution of a juvenile offender in the state in six decades.
Wright was put to death tonight for a murder and attempted rape he committed in Fairfax when he was just 17.
He also committed two other murders just days before, for which he did not receive the death sentence.
But death penalty opponents at a State Capitol rally today blasted the state for failing a brain damaged man, who as a teen was turned loose from a mental hospital because of mismanagement.
Governor Jim Gilmore declined to intervene, saying Wright was NOT a child, nor was he a model prisoner.
In prison, he was found with a homemade knife in his cell and had assaulted other prisoners.
In 1989, Wright chased down and shot his final victim, an Ethiopian woman named Saba Tekle.
Wright died by lethal injection at 9-15 P-M.
About 160-employees at a sewing plant in Floyd will be out of work come this winter as company officials announce they're shutting it down.
David Johnson has the story.
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(( Any production worker at Cross Creek Apparel will tell you quickly that this sign is definitely misleading.
Employees have just found out they have about two months before they're laid off from work.
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((CARY QUESENBERRY/PRODUCTION EMPLOYEE; IT WAS DEVASTATING TO ALL OF US.))
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Floyd's operation of the North Carolina-based company is closing in mid-December.
According to a statement from the owner, the company is downsizing its domestic sewing capacity to create a manufacturing structure to compete in the global economy.
Melissa Mengelt says the owner is not making a good name for himself in Floyd.
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; ALTHOUGH EMPLOYEES ARE BEING LAID OFF JUST TWO WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, IT WOULD APPEAR THE COMPANY IS NOT LEAVING THEM COMPLETELY IN THE COLD.))
Floyd employees will be considered for jobs at other Cross Creek operations.
Those unable to transfer will be offered severance packages.
With a limited number of places in Floyd to employ that many people for the amount of pay they make, workers hope management makes good on its word.
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((MENGELT; I MIGHT GO BACK TO SCHOOL. THEY SAID THEY WOULD HELP, THAT THEY WOULD HELP US FIND A NEW JOB. SO MAYBE THAT WILL HELP US.))
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With the holidays and winter just around the corner from when they are laid off, employees hope that assistance comes quickly.
David Johnson, News7, Floyd.))
Virginia Tech students lit candles and lifted voices in memory of an openly-gay Wyoming student who was pistol whipped and tied to a fence post last week.
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Members of the school's homosexual alliance and others paid homage to Matthew Shepard through song, poetry and testimonials.
Tonight's vigil comes 2 days after Shepard's death.
The candlelighting was followed by a silent prayer to protest hate crimes everywhere.
No charges will be filed against the mother of an infant who died after being locked in a car for hours.
A grand jury in Danville today decided Pamela Walton should not be held criminally accountable for the death of her son Zakary.
The eight-month old was left in his mother's car in July while she was at work.
She apparently forgot to drop the boy off at daycare that morning.
An autopsy showed Zakary died of hyperthermia.
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It will be sometime next week before there's any definitive word about when the first two floors of Roanoke Community Hospital will reopen.
Those two floors, including the emergency room, have been closed since last Monday's electrical fire.
Tomorrow, electricians will start testing each of the six-thousand burned out electrical circuits.
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Pregnant women can still get treatment at Community Hospital.
All other emergencies are being sent to Roanoke Memorial.
Carilion is repeating its pledge that no one who needs medical attention will be denied proper care.
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Budget bargainers in Washington say a budget deal is almost done.
Negotiators say they've all but completed work on 500-billion dollar spending bill.
A final vote on a plan could come as early as tomorrow.
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Attorney General Janet Reno says federal agents won't rest until they bring Eric Rudolph to justice.
Reno announced today that Rudolph's been charged in the 1996 bombing at the Olympics and two other Atlanta Attacks.
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Rudolph is already charged in the bombing of an Atlanta Abortion clinic.
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The man who admitted molesting and killing a seven year old in a Nevada casino bathroom- was sentenced.
20-year old Jeremy Strohmeyer will serve life without parole.
Today in court the victim's mother spoke-
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Strohmeyer is a former honors student-
He has said he is sorry- but criticized his friend.
Strohmeyer says David Cash- who was also caught on surveillance- saw what was happening and did not stop him.
Strohmeyer says he was a drunken drugged out mess- not a pedofile or predator.
Cash has NOT been charged.
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Bluefield, West Virginia police today released the findings of an internal investigation into whether excessive force caused a local man's paralysis.
20-year old Robbie Ellison was injured last month during an altercation with officers.
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Ellison told family members police slammed his head on the trunk of a car and knocked him to the ground.
But the police investigation maintains one of the officers fell on top of Ellison while trying to bring him under control, and that's what caused the injuries.
The F-B-I is conducting its own investigation.
Emmit Cressell, Junior's attorneys say their client -- accused of killing a former black marine -- can't get a fair trial in Grayson County.
Jury selection is set to begin in two weeks for the capital murder suspect.
Tomorrow the issue of moving the trial should be taken up in court.
Cressell's attorneys are asking for a change of venue because of intense media publicity surrounding their client's case, as well as that of co-defendant Louis Ceparano.
A bomb-scare in a Roanoke parking lot stirred some commotion this evening...
but fortunately it amounted to nothing.
A suitcase was abandoned between parked cars at the Wal-Mart store on Route 220.
Police and fire personnel were called onto the scene around 6 p-m.
When police opened the suitcase from a remote position, they found it was empty.
The owner has NOT been located.
Still to come--the mysterious deaths of 15 deer have local officials searching for answers.
Plus, food stamps are landing Virginia's fugitive felons behind bars.
Stick around for details.
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((Hey Jean, Mike Stevens back in the sports office - getting ready for the world series now that the Pacres have eliminated the Braves.
Mike Ditka of all people picks up Kerry Collins.
Ward Burton gets a new sponsor for 99, the Express get a new goalie for opening night, and Hometoen Hoops weekly takes us to New Castle tonight on the Big 7.))
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Home Depot now has the rezoning for a new store in Roanoke County, but company officials say a final decision on the project may still be several weeks away.
A study of traffic near the Home Depot site should be completed soon, and submitted to the Virginia Department of Transportation for its review.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VA. DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION: WHAT TAKES PLACE ON THE PROPERTY IS NOT VDOT'S PURVIEW, BUT THE EFFECT ON THE ROAD SYSTEM CERTAINLY IS OF INTEREST TO US. WE WANT TO INSURE THAT OUR HIGHWAYS ARE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO USE THEM.))
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Opponents of the project have filed a lawsuit against the Roanoke County Supervisors.
The county's response is due by early November.
At least 15 deer have turned up dead in the Fort Chiswell area of Wythe County.
The deer had hemorrhaging in their lungs and heart muscles and some in their trachea.
Officials with the Department of Game and Inland fisheries believe a virus is to blame...
But they're running tests to determine the exact cause.
They say the deer do NOT pose a threat to humans or livestock.
It's like when the police gave away Redskins tickets to wanted fugitives, and they actually showed up for "the game" only to be arrested.
That's what Virginia State Police are saying about the 141 fugitive felons in Virginia who let the state know where they were by applying for food stamps.
It's part of "Operation Talon," a joint state and local effort with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VA. STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: I SUPPOSE IT'S SOMEWHAT AMUSING. NO IT'S NOT EVEN AMUSING. IT'S SAD.))
((ROGER VIADERO/USDA INSPECTOR GENERAL: WE'VE GOTTEN SOME PEOPLE OFF THE STREET FOR YOU. AND WE'VE SAVED A LOT OF TAX DOLLARS FOR YOU.))
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Virginia still ranks among the highest in the nation in food stamp fraud overall.
New state enforcement offices are expected to open early next year to try to turn that around.
Attorney general Mark Earley is calling on the state's school superintendents to make their schools a safe place to learn.
Earley was in Lynchburg today to address the annual convention of Virginia's school superintendents.
He says educators need to be more pro- active to prevent violence in the classroom.
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((MARK EARLEY/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL: KIDS ARE AT RISK REALLY TODAY IN ANY PLACE IN SOCIETY, DEPENDING ON THE KIND OF NURTURING AND GUIDANCE AND ENVIRONMENT THEY'RE IN. SCHOOLS ARE NO DIFFERENT SO I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT NOT JUST FOR THE SAKE OF THE STUDENTS BUT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE SAKE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION TO MAKE SURE THERE'S A CONFIDENCE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE AS SAFE AS THEY CAN BE.))
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Earley suggests educators establish strong discipline guidelines, employ school resource officers and get parents involved in the education process.
Straight ahead-- a new 9-1-1 dispatch center is expected to save three localities thousands of dollars.
And, we'll introduce you to the Southwest Virginia native who now heads up the state's Army and Air National Guard. Stay with us.
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The Rockbridge region's new 911 dispatch center got up and running today.
The Rockbridge Central Dispatch serves Rockbridge County, Buena Vista, and Lexington.
All three localities helped cover the costs--which came to just over half a million dollars.
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((TOM SNEAD/CENTRAL DISPATCH DIRECTOR:I SEE THIS AS A GREAT STEP FORWARD FOR THE COUNTY AND BOTH CITIES--LEXINGTON AND BUENA VISTA IN THAT WE'VE COOPERATED. THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR, BOTH CITY MANAGERS, BOTH POLICE CHIEFS-- FIRE AND RESCUE HAVE ALL WORKED TOGETHER HAND IN HAND TO BRING THIS OFF.))
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Construction began last December and finished up in mid-July.
The consolidated effort is expected to save area localities thousands of dollars.
The 92- hundred Virginians who serve in the Army and Air National Guards have a new commander-- and he's from Gate City in far southwest Virginia.
Major General Claude Williams got a new star and a new post today at a Richmond ceremony.
Outgoing General Carroll Thackston warned his successor of the tough political times.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: BUT TODAY WE LIVE IN A TIME OF MAXIMUM DANGER..VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD.))
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Williams says the new command is the highlight of his career.
He's a businessman and farmer in civilian life.
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Ferrum College sophomore quarterback Brandon Rimes is the offensive player of the week in the Atlantic Central conference.
The sophomore from Florida threw for 66 yards and ran for 100 more as Ferrum improved to 5-and-0 for the first time since 1991 by beating Guilford last Saturday.
The Panthers are at home this Saturday against Chowan.
The Padres and not the Braves are on their way to the world series.
Last night San Diego ended Atlanta's season with a 5-to-nothing win in game six.
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The Padres got all five of their runs in the sixth inning.
But even more disturbing is how the Braves could lose three games on their home turf and falter in front of the home fans for the second straight year.
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Game one of the world series is now scheduled for Saturday night.
Just 24 hours after being cut by the Carolina Panthers, Kerry Collins was claimed off waivers by of all people, Mike Ditka and the New Orleans Saints.
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Collins says he's excited about the chance to play for Ditka, and Ditka told reporters yesterday that he is willing to wipe the slate clean and give Collins a chance to prove he can still perform.
The Saints will pay the remainder of his $1 point 1 million dollar contract - about $746 thousand bucks.
Ironcially, the Saints visit Carolina on November 1st.
Also, yesterday Ditka benched starter Danny Wuerffel and promoted Billy Joe Tolliver to the starter's role.
As NASCAR's 50th anniversary season continues to wind down, more driver, sponsor and team changes are taking place.
Two such announcements made yesterday impact two local guys.
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South Boston's Ward Burton will stay with Bill Davis racing next season, but now their sponsor will be Caterpillar.
The heavy machinery manufacturer has been in NASCAR as a sponsor for five years.
Also, Skip Eyler, who began this year working as the crew chief for the John Deere Ford, was released yesterday as crew chief for Cale Yarborough's Winston cup team.
Many area racing fans know Eyler from his days on the local late model circuit working with Tink Reedy.
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The Roanoke Express welcomes Hampton Roads to the Roundhouse tomorrow night to open the 1998-99 season.
Right now it looks like Roanoke will use goalie Chris Bernard in the opener.
Last season at this time, he was in college and earlier this preseason he was cut by Columbus of the Central Hockey League.
Today, goalie Dave Gagnon's broken right index finger was wrapped in a protective splint. There is still a chance he will be available.
Daniel Berthiaume will sit out the opener, completing his ECHL suspension from last year's playoffs.
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Cave Spring and Patrick Henry dominated today's Northwest regional golf tournament at the Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket.
The Knights won the regional title while the Patriots finished second. Both teams advance to next week's state tournament in Chesapeake.
And more high school information is coming up after a short break.
Steve Mason will join us with this week's edition of Homwtown Hoops Weekly that originates tonight from New Castle.
If any team in the area has done a complete about face this season, it's the Craig County girl's basketball squad.
Steve Mason has their story in this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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And at Tech this Friday night the Hokies plan to retire the number 44 jersey number of former great Allan Bristow.
The former Charlotte Hornets coach helped lead Tech to the 1973 NIT championship over Notre Dame.
This weekend Tech also is celebrating the 25th anniversary of that '73 squad.
Barbie is heading to the hardwoods.
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- the WNBA- to be specific.
Check out the WNBA Barbie-
She wears a red and white uniform and can actually shoot her ball into a basket when you push a knob on her back.
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US Gold Medal Skater Tara Lipinski and Lobo helped Mattel introduce the new doll.
The dolls are already available in local stores.
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