Next on News 7-
Tultex takes drastic steps to stay alive-
The company is closing plants and laying off workers-
and no signal yet from NASA's Mars polar lander- two hours after it was supposed to touch down on Mars.
A warm weekend forecast but a chance for rain late Sunday. Details ahead.
In medical news, a national store recalls its brand of childrens pajamas after they fail flammability tests,
and human testing begins for a vaccine that could someday wipe out prostate cancer.
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The numbers are finally coming in and they add up to a new low for Tultex. The apparel company filed for bankruptcy today and in the process is laying off 11 hundred workers in Martinsville.
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Scott Goldberg is outside company headquarters tonight with more on where Tultex may go from here.
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A collision between a car and a tractor-trailer is blocking traffic on Interstate 81.
State police say the accident happened at about 4:30, near the Dixie Caverns exit.
A car has overturned and landed in the median. No word on how many people have been hurt.
The wreckage is mainly in the media, but traffic is blocked in both southbound lanes.
A court hearing today in Roanoke provided a few more details about the shooting near Valley View Mall in October.
Deanna Beverly was in General District Court for her preliminary hearing on a charge of malicious wounding.
She has admitted shooting William (STALE-ee) Staley in the mall parking lot, but today her attorney said Beverly was defending her husband who was being beaten by Staley.
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((DAVID LAWRENCE/DEANNA BEVERLY'S ATTORNEY: AND THE WIFE JUST WENT OUT THERE, BEGGED THE MAN TO STOP, TOLD HIM HE HAD A GUN, AND HE WOULDN'T QUIT BEATING HIM, SO SHE SHOT HIM IN SELF DEFENSE OF HER HUSBAND.))
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What lead to the confrontation remains unclear. David Lawrence says the Beverlys did not know Staley.
Prosecutors have withdrawn the malicious wounding charge filed against Cass Beverly, but he may face other charges later.
The judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to send Deanna Beverly's charge to the next grand jury.
NASA officials are hoping the Mars Polar Lander is sitting at the planet's south pole. But they're not sure since a confirmation message is already over an hour past due.
Manuel Gallegus has more from the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena.
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((AFTER ITS 470 MILLION MILE JOURNEY, THE MARS POLAR LANDER MAY NOW BE
SAFELY ON THE SURFACE OF THE RED PLANET BUT SO FAR SCIENTISTS DONT
THE SPACECRAFT WAS SUPPOSED TO LAND JUST AFTER NOON PACIFIC TIME AND
THEN COMMUNICATE WITH EARTH
BUT EVENTHOUGH IT HASNT YET MADE CONTACT, IT DOESNT MEAN IT DIDNT
NASA IS RETURNING TO MARS TO SEARCH FOR WATER AND ALSO FOR ANY CLUES
ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF POSSIBLE LIFE ON THE PLANET.
THEY BELIEVE WATER ONCE EXISTED THERE, BUT WHERE DID IT GO?
AS FOR LIFE SIGNS, THEY DONT EXPECT TO FIND FOSSILS, BUT PERHAPS CLUES
IN THE LAYERS IF DUST AND ICE.
BEFORE LANDING, THE CRAFT WAS SUPPOSED TO JETTISON TWO PROBES, WHICH
WERE TO SMASH INTO THE MARTIAN SURFACE IT WILL BE HOURS OR DAYS BEFORE
SCIENTISTS KNOW IF THE PROBES SURVIVEDANDBEFORE THEY CAN SEND
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOIL CONTENT
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Still to come on the newscast, things slowly begin to calm down in Seattle,
and an American becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a rowboat.
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Authorities in Florida now say 4 people were killed in a mid-air collision-
The mid-air crash happened over the (dih-LAND) DeLand Municipal Airport, but investigators say neither plane was taking off.
A man who works at the airport says he heard the crash and looked up to see pieces of the plane falling from the sky.
The planes were from two different flying schools.
Two people were on board each plane.
A final day of W-T-O meetings in Seattle- and a final day of protests.
Lisa Hughes has the latest.
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(( Another big protest on the final day of the World Trade
conference. This one.peaceful. Demonstrators call it a victory
Many believe that although some earlier protests got out of
hand.environmental and labor concerns could not be ignored.
the press room at the WTO meeting.these protesters were willing to
arrested decrying what they call corporate greed at the expense of
Last night, hundreds of protesters surrounded the King County Jail for
five and a half hours. They finally dispersed when police agreed a team of attorneys could enter the building to counsel more than 500
This woman, calling herself Jane WTO says she's out of jail because
officials can't keep track of all the paperwork.
"Jane WTO" I WAS RELEASED BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE
GIVING THE NAME JOHN OR JANE WTO.
There is an uneasy peace in Seattle now after protests turned
Tuesday and Wednesday. Property damage is now estimated at
million dollars. City officials are still dodging criticism police
overstepped their bounds and abused some protesters. But
the police chief nor mayor had any apologies.
Paul Schell, Seattle Mayor))
An American has become the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Tori Murden completed her 3-thousand mile journey today.
Murden rowed into a French Carribean island to complete the trip which began in the Canary Islands in September.
The 36 year old Kentucky lawyer unsuccessfully tried last year, but Hurricane Danielle capsized her 15 times.
But she made it this time.
When she came ashore for the first time in nearly 12 weeks, Murden said, "This land does wobble and my legs are tanned."
Coming up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans shows us where to get Christmas presents that have a global perspective.
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It's rare when a gift can do so much for so many people, but Patrick Evans has found an International Festival that returns ninety-percent of the profits to developing countries around the globe.
Here's the story from Virginia Tech.
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Today in Sports, Mike Stevens will let us know who is the A-C-C's player of the year.
But first in Health Check, a brand of children's pajamas is recalled,
and we'll tell you why doctors are optimistic now that they have started human testing of a prostate cancer vaccine.
Childrens' pajamas made under the GAPkids label are being recalled.
Approximately 55-hundred pairs of the pajamas failed to meet federal flammability standards. The standards require the sleepware be flame resistant.
The recalled p-j's are 100 percent woven polyester and are long sleeved two piece sets in yellow with a penguin print. A navy blue version with a bear print is also being recalled.
There are no reports of any injuries.
Parents should return the pajamas to the Gapkids store for an immediate refund.
The state health department has expanded its warning to people who eat fish taken from the Staunton River in central Virginia.
Officials say certain species of fish along an 80- mile stretch of river between Altavista and Clover have a high concentration of P-C-B's in them.
The man- made chemicals are known to cause cancer.
Recent tests show at least one source of the P-C-B's is B-G-F Industries in Altavista.
The property used to be owned by Burlington Industries which used P-C-B's up until the early 1970's.
Prostate cancer kills a man every eight minutes, but doctors in New Jersey believe that have made a very promising step in fighting the disease.
For the first time ever, a vaccine that could beat the disease is being tested on men.
Lisa Cooley has more.
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IF all goes well with this preliminary trial, then a larger sampling of men will be tested. An actual prostate cancer vaccine, however, is still several years away.
Welcome folks to the end of the work week two minute sports ticker.
The post season awards are being handed out left and right these days.
The ACC named its football player of the year today, and again UVa's Thomas Jones got the short end of the stick.
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Jones finished a distant second in the ballotting with just 19 vote out of a possible 69.
The winner in a runaway is Ga. Tech's Joe Hamilton.
The five ten, 189 pound senior finished his career as the ACC's all-time leader in TD passes with 65.
Peter Warrick was 3rd in the voting and Lamont Jordan 4th.
The high school football state game around the state are all set for tomorrow with the exception of one battle that's taking place this evening.
Here's the list of games with sites and kickoff times.
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Winston Cup champ Dale Jarrett will be "the man" tonight as he picks up his two million dollar check at NASCAR's annual awards' banquet in New York.
But last night he was on the Late Show with David Letterman rattling off the top 10 list. The topic was the biggest pet peeves of NASCAR drivers.
Here are some of the best reponses.
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It's time for someone to write a big check to Sotheby's auction house.
But at least they know what time it is. An anonymous bidder spent 11 million dollars last night to buy a pocket watch.
The watch is known as the Henry Graves Supercomplication by Patek Phillippe. It was made for a prominent New York banker in 1925.
It is the result of three years of study in astronomy, mathematics, and precision mechanics.
It has 900 individual parts including 430 screws, 110 wheels, 120 various movable parts and 70 jewels.
The 19-ounce watch is a little smaller than the palm of a hand.