[11Tultex]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-43 1:19:24]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex Bargaining]


Tultex apparel company laid off at least 9-hundred hourly employees yesterday, that's according to published reports.
The company is expected to make a major announcement today
Sources close to Tultex say the company may file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
As Joy Sutton reports many employees are on pins and needles waiting to hear what the company has to say.
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[IN Q=Mary Minter]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;00]
[SUPER=01-Mary Minter/Tultex Employee; :14]
[SUPER=01-Billy Rose/Tultex Employee; 1:02]
[SUPER=@Joy2; ]
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(( Mary Minter says it was just one week ago that she received this letter informing her she would be laid off until some time in early January.
But now Minter doesn't know if she'll have a job to go back to
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[SOT 1:15:26]
[IN Q=What I understand ]

((WHAT I UNDERSTAND FROM THE UNION ... WE'VE LOST EVERYTHING))
[OUT Q=we've lost everything]


Minter says she's already heard of other employees who have been let go.
She says her main concern is losing her health insurance -- insurance she says her husband desperately needs.
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[SOT 1:17:25]
[IN Q=He has to]

((HE HAS TO TAKE MEDICINE... BECAUSE OF HIS HEART CONDITION))
[OUT Q=his heart condition]


Minter says the company has left the employees out in the dark - no one really knows what the company is planning to do.
Billy rose agrees and say this has many employees upset.
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[SOT 1:09:41]
[IN Q=Everybody's mad]

((EVERYBODY'S MAD.. THEY GOING TO DO))
[OUT Q=going to do]

Tultex is the 2nd biggest employer in the area. And that has many employees wondering where they will go for work -- if Tultex leaves. Joy Sutton, News 7, Martinsville.))

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[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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A three story apartment building has exploded in Austria killing one and trapping several others.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wilhelmsburg, Austria;]

[3:20:55]
Police say the building contained 12 apartments.
Rescuers fear 10 to 15 people are buried in the rubble.
Some fear the number could be higher.
Authorities believe the blast was caused by natural gas.
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[11Henry-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-38 1:35:06]
[GRAPHIC=Henry Co. Fatal Fire]


Henry County investigators are still trying to determine the source of a deadly house fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]


41-year-old Joann Alice Craig and 31-year-old Jeffrey Curtis Clark were asleep in a front bedroom when the fire broke out late Wednesday night.
Neighbors heard them inside and tried to pull them out ... but both died of smoke inhalation.
Another man who lived there escaped by jumping out a second-floor bedroom window.
The Fire Marshall says the blaze started in a den at the back of the house.
Although a wood stove was being used for heat, investigators say it probably did NOT cause the fire.
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[11Missing-Student]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#599-12 1:54:39]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Virginia Tech student who had been missing for more than week has been located.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


20 year old Rebecca Myers vanished from a family cruise on Thanksgiving Day.
Her parents found her yesterday at a gathering of the Rainbow People, a group of modern-day hippies she had shown some interest in.
Police say Myers is fine, and she's apologized to her family and friends for failing to keep in touch.
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[11Barnabei]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-44 1:09:35]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Death Penalty]


Italian citizens are getting involved again with a situation involving Virginia's death penalty.
This time by giving financial help to the convicted killer of a Lynchburg woman.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk/1993]


The inmate is Derrick Barnabei, sentenced to die in 1993 for the rape, strangling, and beating murder of the 17 year old he was dating.
Sarah Wisnosky was from Lynchburg, and a student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


It's just the latest Virginia death row case to draw intense interest in Italy -- including, in one case, a plea for clemency from the Pope.
The region of Tuscany gave Barnabie more than five-thousand dollars to pay for D-N-A tests this week.



[11Rite-Aid]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-41 1:13:59]
[GRAPHIC=Rite Aid-Expiration Dates]


Rite Aid Drug stores in Virginia have been selling date-stamped products well past their expiration dates.
Keith Humphry went shopping to see how many products at Rite Aid are past their prime.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Brinkley/Pediatric Dietitian; :21]
[SUPER=@keith1; :31]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; 1:02 ]
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[OUT Q=KH N7.]

((
We came away from the Cave Spring Corner store with Glucose meter strips that had just expired... female condoms that expired in JULY... and Similac baby formula that should have been used by the 1st of October.
Pediatric Dietitian Sandy Brinkley says outdated formula could make for a malnourished sick child.
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[SOT 01:17:09]
[IN Q=And it's always]

((AND IT IS ALWAYS BEST FOR THE PARENTS TO BE SURE AND CHECK THOSE DATES.))
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[OUT Q=those dates (hold that smile!)]


The expiration dates on infant formula are regulated by law.
Rite Aid knows all this from experience. The attorney general of West Virginia found the company was selling outdated infant formula and other items. That was after district attorneys in California got a restraining order against Rite Aid to stop the store from selling expired products including baby formula and condoms.
In both states, the company promised to redouble its efforts to ensure proper inventory procedures and get out-date products off the shelves.
After our visit, Roanoke-area Rite Aid employees scrambled to get rid of out-dated merchandise.
In Lynchburg, however, there are still some grossly out-dated things: store-brand Cold Formula with a date stamp almost a year old- -another one almost TWO years old.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))








[PCB-Contaimination]


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State officials have extended a health warning about eating P-C-B contaminated fish caught in the Staunton River. They've also identified an Altavista company as a likely source of some contamination.
Property around B-G-F Industries' riverfront plant contains significant amounts of the cancer-causing chemical. As a result, the fish advisory was expanded to a 79-mile stretch of the river.
Company officials say P-C-Bs haven't been used at the plant since the early 19-70s, when the facility was under diffe

rent ownership. [Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, a new study sheds some light on living near power lines.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((Information: ON CAM Good news for people who live near power lines, a new study in the medical journal The Lancet concludes there is no higher risk of leukemia or other cancers from living near the lines.
The fear has been for years that electro-magnetic fields could increase the risk of cancer, especially in children. Well this study of more than 4 thousand children finds no association. And not just from power lines but from common electrical lines in a household.

VT=VO

Well if you are taking a cholesterol lowering drug, odds are you're getting a benefit that you don't even know about, stronger bones. A study in the journal Science finds a class of drugs called statins which are the most commonly prescribed, increase the thickness of bone, meaning they may be useful in restoring bone in people with osteo-porosis.

VT=VO

Well there is a shift in the way babies are being born. More midwives, more ultrasounds and more c-sections. The report comes from the center of health statistics and find the number of people using midwives over the past decade has more than doubled to one in fifteen. There are fewer c-sections but that drop was a small one. 23% to 21%. About two thirds of all women get ultrasounds during pregnancy. That's a figure experts say is too high and more and more labors are being induced for the convenience of the doctor and the patient. And finally the report says the month with the highest birth rates July and August.
ON CAM That's a look at the day's top health stories. I'm Dr. Dave Hnida for CBS News.))

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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Sources say Tultex in Martinsville will file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy today.
That's means layoffs are expected.
And according to published reports they've already begun.
Some 900 workers reportedly were laid off yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]


With the protests apparently easing up in Seattle, delegates to the World Trade Organization are nearing the end of their four day-meeting. But an agenda for future trade talks remains elusive. One sticking point -- a U-S demand that labor rights be included.
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[VO-NAT]


And later today, Nasa will once again attempt to set its lunar lander on Mars.
The craft has been hurtling through deep space for 11 months.
Officials at the space agency have their fingers crossed.
The last two missions to the red planet ended in sudden failure.
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And that's what's making news on this Friday December 3rd .
[ANCHOR=STEVE] News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[211Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-43 1:19:24]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex Bargaining]


Tultex apparel company is expected to make a major announcement today.
Sources close to the company say it MAY file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Published reports say the company laid off at least 900 hourly employees yesterday. That's half of the Henry County workforce.
As Joy Sutton reports, many employees are waiting to hear what the company has to say.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Mary Minter]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;00]
[SUPER=01-Mary Minter/Tultex Employee;:14]
[SUPER=01-Billy Rose/Tultex Employee;1:02]
[SUPER=@Joy2]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=n7 Martinsville]


(( Mary Minter says it was just one week ago that she received this letter informing her she would be laid off until some time in early January.
But now Minter doesn't know if she'll have a job to go back to
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[SOT 1:15:26]
[IN Q=What I understand ]

((WHAT I UNDERSTAND FROM THE UNION ... WE'VE LOST EVERYTHING))
[OUT Q=we've lost everything]


Minter says she's already heard of other employees who have been let go.
She says her main concern is losing her health insurance -- insurance she says her husband desperately needs.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:17:25]
[IN Q=He has to]

((HE HAS TO TAKE MEDICINE... BECAUSE OF HIS HEART CONDITION))
[OUT Q=his heart condition]

Mary Minter says the company has left the employees out in the dark - no one really knows what the company is planning to do.
Billy rose agrees and say this has many employees upset.
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[SOT 1:09:41]
[IN Q=Everybody's mad]

((EVERYBODY'S MAD.. THEY GOING TO DO))
[OUT Q=going to do]

Tultex is the 2nd biggest employer in the area. And that has many employees wondering where they will go for work -- if Tultex leaves. Joy Sutton, News 7, Martinsville.))

[11Elder-Abuse]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-46 30:09]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An elderly Martinsville woman who was found in her home covered in bedsores, urine and vomit has died.
Now, Martinsville police say they're investigating the death of 75-year-old Elizabeth Stolbun for neglect.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


She was found bedridden inside her house last week after officials and health workers got a warrant to enter the home.
She later died in surgery.
A search warrant filed with the Martinsville clerk's office says her husband turned people away several times when they came to check on her.
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[wto]


[ANCHOR=melanie ]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Today marks the last day of the world trade organization talks and Seattle residents hope they end without the violence that's scarred the city.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA;]

[4:37:13]
Last night hundreds of anti-free traders gathered outside the King County Jail demanding the release of fellow demonstrators locked inside.
Other demonstrators took their message to the streets.
Protesters claim the police overstepped their authority with the use of tear gas.
Some residents agree.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( ."I don't want to see any more kids shot or kicked in the groin or gassed. I've had enough of it. If they want to gas our kids, let them gas all the grandma's because we are all here. So are the babies gas the babies."))
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[OUT Q=ARE THE BABIES, GAS THE BABIES.]
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[VO-NAT]


There have been nearly six hundred arrests since the talks began.
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[gop-debate]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


A political first in New Hampshire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Manchester, NH;]

[3:01:58]
Last night Texas governor George W. Bush finally squared off against his five fellow Republican presidential candidates in a debate.
They took no time to blast him on the issues.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( STEVE FORBES, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE That s why I m disappointed George Bush hasn t come out where he stands on new taxes on the internet))
[SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/R-Presidential Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=NEW TAXES ON THE INTERNET.]
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[VO-NAT]

Bush stressed his record as Texas governor saying he knows how to lead.
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[11SI-Sales]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-47 21:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Virginia Tech football team is enjoying the national spotlight.
But Tech fans may have some trouble finding the latest look at the Hokies' success. The December edition of Sports Illustrated is disappearing quickly from local newsstands.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


At Volume Two Bookstore in Blacksburg, an initial shipment of 400 magazines was spoken for in about 30 minutes.

Additional magazines sold out quickly.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Obviously on football days]

((PAUL CLARK/VOLUME TWO BOOKSTORE: OBVIOUSLY ON FOOTBALL DAYS WE HAVE A LOT OF EXCITEMENT, BUT NOT AS FAR AS ONE PRODUCT. WE'VE NEVER HAD ONE PRODUCT MOVE THIS FAST THAT I'M AWARE OF.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Clark/Volume Two Bookstore]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=that I'm aware of.]
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[VO-NAT]


The magazine features a photo of wide receiver Andre Davis on the cover, and a lengthy article on Tech's rise to national prominence.
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[11-581-Rocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-40 1:53:15]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

Four young men face felony charges for throwing rocks at cars on Route 581.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Oct. 25;]

17 vehicles were damaged. 21-year-old Irvin Divers and 20-year-old Travis Scott admit they threw rocks but say that 15-year-old Dion Saunders threw them first. They testified against Saunders in a preliminary hearing as part of a plea agreement. The three men and 19-year-old James Smith each face seven felony charges.
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[11Democrats]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=599-15 1:04:34]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Democrats - Tough Times]


The last four years of elections in Virginia have been a complete shutout for Virginia Democrats in terms of statewide power.
So what direction should the party take?
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The last Democrat to win the governorship thinks the party is in "the land of opportunity."
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[SOT 14:52:50]
[IN Q=I expect ]

((DOUG WILDER/D-FORMER GOVERNOR: I EXPECT THAT THERE ARE SOME PERSONS WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN LEADERS BEFORE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, BUT WHO CAN REACH OVER ACROSS THE AISLE AND BECOME PLAYERS.. AND THE IMPORTANT THING IS WHAT'S BEST FOR THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
[sot13:48:08 ]

((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-WARM SPRINGS: WE AREN'T, I DON'T THINK, BY BEING IN THE MINORITY STATUS WE ARE NO LONGER INVESTED IN THE STATUS QUO. I THINK THAT ARE FREE NOW TO RE-EVALUATE THOSE INSTITUTIONS AND THOSE IDEAS THAT ARE PART OF OUR PAST.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/(D) Former Governor; :00 ]
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[OUT Q=our past.]
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[VO-NAT]


The next great hope: telecommunications tycoon Mark Warner already has an unannounced campaign for governor up and running for 2001.
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[Mars-Polar-Lander]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Once again, an American space probe is hours from landing on Mars. The Mars Polar Lander will send back new pictures to eager scientists on earth.
Manuel Gallegus has more on today's events.
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[SOT 3:09:00 NA]
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[SUPER=04-Nasa Animation]
[SUPER=01-Dr. David Paige/Mars Polar Lander Team;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Zurek/Mars Polar Lander Scientist;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=CBS News Los Angeles]

(( IN A REMARKABLE MISSION, NASA IS ABOUT TO RETURN TO THE SURFACE OF MARS, THIS TIME WITH NEW OBJECTIVES FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM.

(SUPER: NASA ANIMATION)


THE MARS POLAR LANDER IS SET TO TOUCHDOWN ON THE RED PLANET FRIDAY AT NOON. THE LANDING SITE IS FIVE HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SOUTHERN POLAR CAP, IN A FRIGID, WINDSWEPT AREA.
BEFORE IT LANDS, THE CRAFT WILL EJECT TWO BASKETBALL SIZED PROBES, THAT WILL SMASH INTO THE MARTIAN SURFACE
THE PROBES WILL BURROW IN THREE FEET, WHERE THEY WILL SEARCH FOR TRACES OF WATER AND ICE.
SCIENTISTS BELIEVE WATER ONCE FLOWED ON MARS. THE MYSTERY IS WHERE DID IT GO?

-SOT-DR DAVID PAIGE, MARS POLAR LANDER TEAM

water, of course, as I was describing in my earlier talk, you know, is important for the whole planets evolution and its history. And it also has a potential impact on how me night explore mars in the future because water is a very important resource for humans.
TO HELP SCIENTISTS BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MARTIAN CLIMATE, A ROBOT ARM WILL DIG BELOW THE SURFACE A CAMERA ATTACHED TO THE ARM PROVIDES A DIRECT VIEW

-SOT- DR RICHARD ZUREK, MARS POLAR LANDER PROJECT SCIENTIST

this is not the kind of place where you go to look for life. This is where you go to look for climate control of the planet. And that has something to say about the kind of conditions under which life did or didnt develop. 11;05;30
IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO WHEN THE PATHFINDER BROUGHT SCIENTISTS AND THE WORLD SPECTACULAR IMAGES FROM THE MARTIAN SURFACE. IF ALL GOES WELL, THE POLAR LANDER WILL ALSO CAPTURE MANY NEW IMAGES, AND POSSIBLY SOME WIND SOUND.AND GIVE SCIENTISTS A COMPLETELY NEW PERSPECTIVE OF MARS. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Tultex apparel company has reportedly laid off at least 900 hourly employees, that's according to published reports.

The company is expected to make a major announcement today.
Sources close to Tultex say the company may file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Martinsville police say they're investigating the death of 75-year-old Elizabeth Stolbun for neglect.
The elderly woman was found bedridden inside her home covered in bedsores, urine and vomit last week after officials and health workers got a warrant to enter the home. She later died in surgery.
A search warrant filed with the Martinsville clerk's office says her husband turned people away several times when they came to check on her.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Virginia Tech student who was missing has been found .
20 year old Rebecca Myers vanished from a family cruise on Thanksgiving Day. Her parents found her yesterday at a gathering of the Rainbow People, a group of modern-day hippies she had shown some interest in.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[Anchor=Melanie]
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It's sits on national forest property, but also serves as a private bed and breakfast establishment....
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bath Co.;]


Warwickton Plantation was built in 18-51.
Over the years it fell on hard times, until a couple looking to re- locate
rehabilitated the house in the early 19-90s.
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[SOT 12:07:05]
[IN Q=We are the first]

((PAM STIDHAM/INNKEEPER: WE ARE THE FIRST AND ONLY COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY TO VENTURE A PROJECT LIKE THIS WITH THE FOREST SERVICE AND THAT TOOK SIX YEARS OF PAPER WORK TO DEVELOP. ))
[SUPER=01-Pam Stidham/Innkeeper;]
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[OUT Q=work to develop]
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[VO-NAT]


Now the property is a popular vacation retreat for fly- fisherman, hikers, and history buffs.
Stidham encourages not only bed and breakfast guests, but the general public to come visit and learn more about Warwickton's heritage.
Kimberly McBroom has that in
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[ANCHOR=MELANIE]

This week's "Time Off" segment tomorrow on News 7 Saturday Morning. [GRAPHIC=TIME OFF]