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Hundreds of local workers got the boot. Now they're filing a lawsuit against the company that laid them off.
A school bus crashes with a tractor trailer in Texas.
Plus who needs the mall when you've got the net?
And we hear from Tech's Heisman hopeful.
News 7 is next.
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From toys -- to books -- to clothes -- it's all at your finger tips. And this holiday season shoppers are taking advantage of it in record numbers.
Thousands of Americans browse the Internet everyday.
And they don't stop at browsing- many are now buying.
Joy Sutton joins us with more with on this growing trend.
Jean, it's called on on-line shopping
With a click of the mouse you can access stores all across the world.
And experts say 3 million new shoppers will make their first on-line purchases this holiday season.
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(( The mall is not the only place customers are shopping this holiday season.
Many people are choosing to shop from the convenience of home.
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((CINDY SABEAN/INTERNET SHOPPER: I COULD SHOP AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND COMPARE EASIER THAN WALKING FROM PLACE TO PLACE SO I DID))
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((KATHY MARENCIK/INTERNET SHOPPER: WE HAVE WILD HOURS AND NEVER SEEM TO GET TO THE MALL, SO IT'S JUST EASIER TO DO IT OVER THE INTERNET))
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Experts predict consumers will have spent 6 billion dollars on line between November and the end of this year. That's almost twice the amount consumers spent this time last year..
And experts say on-line shopping is the wave of the future.
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((ANANDA YOUNG/ADVERTISING CONSULTANT: IF THEY DON'T GET ON LINE, IT COULD REALLY AFFECT THEIR BUSINESS BECAUSE PEOPLE REALLY EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT ACCESSIBILITY TO THE INTERNET AND TO GET PRODUCTS QUICKLY AND RIGHT OFF THE WEB))
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Plenty of businesses in our area are offering on-line shopping to customers.
Noteworthy Music in Roanoke is one such business. The owner says there's been a huge increase in sales since the store made its Internet debut.
This holiday season, the store is shipping around 100 items a day, all across the country and the world.
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((ROBERT CHERNAULT/OWNER: WE'VE CERTAINLY NOTICED IT WITHIN THE LAST WEEK. WE WORK ABOUT 18 HOURS, 19 HOURS A DAY JUST TO GET THE ORDERS PACKED UP AND GET THEM OUT THE DOOR.))
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Internet retailers are hoping to win over more customers this holiday season, with discounts and free shipping... They hope there are many more shoppers out there who want to give their feet a rest -
and let their fingers do the walking.
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Textile workers who lost their jobs when Tultex filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week say they got a raw deal.
And now they're taking Tultex to court.
The textile workers' union UNITE says it's filing a lawsuit against Tultex for breaking contracts with its workers.
The union says Tultex failed to give workers the required 60 days notice on the layoffs.
UNITE is also filing grievances on behalf of 17-hundred former employees who lost their insurance, benefits and Christmas bonuses without warning.
With all the textile losses, Martinsville is trying to bounce back and attact new industry to the region.
Officials broke ground on an industrial shell building today- in hopes of digging out of hard economic times.
The 50-thousand square foot plant is meant to attract a manufacturing company.
Officials say building plants is the key to attracting employers to the area.
The building will be completed and ready for use in June of next year.
Meanwhile a sewing factory in Rockbridge County is doing something unheard of lately:
The old Fairfield Apparel factory will reopen on Monday.
It's hiring 30 people next week.
And the plans call for hiring another 20 people almost every week until the factory is full.
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((BEA MAURER: I SEE A WONDERFUL FACTORY SITTING AND WAITING FOR US. WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT COMING IN.))
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Bea Maurer is moving her business into the factory.
The company makes canvas bags, carrying cases and tents.
And she says because her company doesn't make clothes ... it's not competing with cheap foreign labor ... and there's no danger the new jobs will be sent out of the country.
She expects to hire 150 people in the next year.
The jobs start at seven dollars 50 cents an hour.
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The FBI has arrested a scientist accusing him of security violations at the Los Alamos weapons lab - Wen Ho Lee worked as a top secret scientist at the lab for 20 years.
Sharyl Attkisson has more.
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Lee was arrested today at his New Mexico home and arraigned in Albuquerque. A
short time ago, US Attorney John Kelly spoke to reporters about the case.
Lee was fired from his top secret job last March and named the prime suspect by
the government in the theft of design plans for the W-88, America's most
sophisticated nuclear warhead...plans that allegedly ended up in China.
BILL RICHARDSON, ENERGY SECRETARY, Aug. 2:
I PERSONALLY ORDERED HIS FIRING WHEN I FOUND OUT WHAT HE HAD DONE, HIS VIOLATIONS WERE VERY SERIOUS SECURITY BREACHES.
But some involved in the investigation have claimed Lee is simply a scapegoat
for the labs' security problems...and was targeted because he's Asian-American.
Lee admitted to Sixty Minutes' Mike Wallace that he moved classified material
to an unclassified computer for convenience, but insisted he is no spy.
WEN HO LEE/JULY from Sixty Minutes:
THE TRUTH IS I'M INNOCENT. I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING WRONG WITH WHAT THEY TRY TO
Prosecutors insist Lee downloaded stunning amounts of sensitive information, tra
sferred it to computer tapes, and walked out of the lab with it. The
indictment falls short of espionage because ..sources say officials don't have
the computer tapes and can't prove Lee gave them to China or anybody else.
The Lee camp has been keeping a very low profile. Look for a huge change in
strategy: his lawyers plan to come out swinging and say Lee will enter "not
guilty" pleas on ))
The Government has asked that Lee be held without bail. That triggers a hearing on the issue in the coming days.
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A school bus carrying special needs students-
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crashed with an eighteen wheeler this afternoon in Texas.
Tonight the trucks driver is behind bars.
Both vehicles overturned on I-35.
13 students on the bus were hurt along with the female driver.
The Sheriff's Department says that before the crash it had reports that a truck was being operated recklessly and officers were trying to locate the rig.
Officers were closing in on the truck when the crash happened- one officer witnessed the accident.
The 34-year old trucker has been taken to jail.
A San Diego newspaper says the Marine chopper crash yesterday may be due to a dangling rope
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hanging from the chopper that snagged on part of a nearby ship-
A Marine Spokesman did not comment but did say there is no reason to think mechanical failure caused a helicopter crash in the Pacific yeterday.
Meanwhile the search goes on for seven missing Marines.
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Rescuers were able to pull 11 marines from the water- but seven others are missing.
Bill Bradley is cutting his campaign trip to California short- after finding out he has an irregular heartbeat.
Bradley was scheduled to receive outpatient treatment tonight at an undisclosed hospital.
A Bradley aide says the condition is known as a trial fibrillation- and some 2-million Americans have it.
Bradley had a physical exam just one week ago and had perfect blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
According to one of Bradley's campaign advisers, the condition is more of an inconvenience than a problem.
A Virginia university is the recipient of a record-breaking donation.
Details coming up.
Plus, did a local school system go too far when it expelled a 6-year-old?
The story, ahead.
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((Hey everybody, Steve Mason with you on this Friday night. Coming up later in sports, the Cavaliers crush Hampton, and in High school action the Knights would dominate the Terriers and the Highlanders fall to the cavaliers. A great Dayne was sighted in the Big Apple tonight, and we will hear from Michael Vick before he departed for New York. All of this in sports.))
A Campbell County couple is ready to go to court to get their son re-instated to the first grade.
Six-year-old Aaron Steele was expelled this week from Leesville Road Elementary School.
Teachers told Aaron's parents he has been a disciplinary problem for months and suggested he take medication for attention deficit disorder.
But the Burleys and their lawyer say educators have gone too far.
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((EVANS THOMAS/BURLEYS' ATTORNEY: I HAVE NO DOUBT THIS IS AN OVER-REACTION ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOL. TO TAKE DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS AND AT THIS POINT PUNISHING A 6-AND-A-HALF YEAR OLD LIKE YOU'D PUNISH A GUN-TOTER TO SCHOOL DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE AND IT'S CLEARLY AN OVER-REACTION BY THE SCHOOL BOARD.))
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The Burleys have 30 days to file a complaint and try to get a judge to re-instate Aaron.
School officials had no comment.
Lawyers for a Cuban boy are filing to gain him political asylum in the United States.
Five lawyers in all are working to keep six year old (L-ian) Elian Gonzalez in the U--S.
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((SPENCER EIG/ATTORNEY FOR MIAMI FAMILY: TO PROTECT POOR ELIAN GONZALEZ FROM BEING FORCED TO RETURN TO CUBA AGAINST HIS WILL AND TO PREVENT HIM FROM FACING FUTURE PERSECUTION.))
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Elian (L-E-in) was found off Florida's coast Thanksgiving Day. His mother died on the escape. Since then he has been living with relatives who want him to stay in Miami. His father and the Cuban government are demanding his return.
The asylum process usually takes 60 days.
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All but a few of the 18 men arrested last Fall for soliciting undercover police officers quietly pled guilty- -rather than publicly defend the charge.
Victor Varin is determined to have his day in court and isn't worried about news accounts of his case.
The 54-year old gay man wants the jury to know he led the vice squad officer 300 yards down the railroad tracks to a secluded spot, far from public view.
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((I DON'T LIKE TO SEE OTHER PEOPLE DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AND I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T WANT SOMEBODY SEE ME DOING IT. THAT WAS NOT MY INTENT OR ANYTHING THAT I'VE EVER DONE.))
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Varin's case is set for trial on the 20th.
It's a holiday gift the University of Virginia won't forget: 60-million dollars.
Frank Batten, Senior - the former head of Landmark Communications - is giving the money to the Darden School of Business Administration.
It's the largest donation any business school in the world has ever received.
Batten's gift to his alma mater also brought UVA's latest fundraising campaign to more than a BILLION dollars.
Hokie- town is preparing for a pep rally.
Details to come.
And a lion cub is found wandering in the woods of Michigan.
Her story, still ahead.
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Will Democrat Virgil Goode become REPUBLICAN Virgil Goode, to run for the House in 2000?
He's still mum today - but he promises an answer is just around the corner.
Cornered in Martinsville today, Goode again refused to say whether he'll stick with the Democrats.
But he did promise to put an end to everyone's guessing next month, when he announces his candidacy.
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((REP. VIRGIL GOODE: MY COMMENT IS THE SAME AS IT WAS WHEN YOU ASKED THAT QUESTION IN JULY. I'LL SAY SOMETHING AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.))
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Up until recently, Goode has insisted that he's a bona fide Democrat and will stick with the party of his father and grandfather.
But even before Republicans took control of both state houses last month, he became decidedly vague.
She's just a little over two months old -
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but she was left to fend for herself in the woods in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Fortunately someone discovered this lion cub. She's being treated for malnourishment and exposure... nothing that experts say a warm bed and some food won't take care of.
But now the search is on for the person who abandoned her.
It's illegal in Michigan to have a lion as a pet, without a permit.
Stay with us - Steve Mason's just ahead with local hoops highlights.
The Virginia Men's basketball team thought it would have Ronald Curry when the Cavaliers signed on to play Hampton University, but he went to North Carolina. Last night the Wahoos hardly minded playing the Pirates.
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The game tipped off and UVa quickly established dominance, scoring the games first 20 points. Adam Hall hurt the Pirates from the inside and outside.
[SUPER=34-Virginia/102/Hampton/56;]Here he takes the pass from a driving Willy Dersh and nails the three pointer. He
had 15, as did UVa point guard Donald Hand who had a big night. He steps up and snaps the nylon with a trey of his own as the Cavaliers win big 102-56.
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In high school hoops, over in Daleville, Glenvar, The defending Group A champion, would go out of district for a game against Lord Botetourt.
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The Highlanders huddle around their new head coach Rick Crotts.
Botetourt's Austin Brousman gets it inside and scores with the left hand for the three point play. He tallied 11.
But the Highlanders answer at the other end of the floor as Jeremy Cromer takes it inside for the easy layup.
The Cavaliers come up big on defense. Chad Hutchins intercepts the pass and gets it to Brandon Scharnus for the score and a 6 point lead and Botetourt wins it 67-51.
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In another out of district match up, Cave Spring headed out to Vinton to play William Byrd.
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The Knights were coming off a last second win over Roanoke Catholic and hoped last night would be less stressful.
But the Terriers came out fast. Watch Curtis Hetherinton steal the rock near half court and go the distance for the lay up. To open the game.
Then, Michael Kendrick makes yet another steal and Byrd converts on a second Cave Spring turnover.
But the Knights would settle into their offense. Super Soph J.J. Reddick drives [SUPER=33-Cave Spring/78/William Byr
d/54;]down into the lane and pulls up for the two point jumper, he rips rope for two of his game high 20 points.
Then The Knights force some turnovers. Another steal and Michael Hamler finishes as Cave Spring tops 1 and 1 Byrd 78-54.
Let's begin with the NBA - where 19 thousand, 763 anxious New York Knicks fans turned out at Madison Square Garden to see the reutn of center Patrick Ewing.
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Ewing returned from a longtime injury to face the Philadelphia 76ers. Ewing would finish the night with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks.
[SUPER=32-New York/85/Philadelphia/78;]Former Patrick Henry star George Lynch had a big night. George scored 10 and
pulled down 10 rebounds from the Sixers who would fall to New York 85-78.
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College football's most coveted award, the Heisman trophy will be given out tomorrow night. All of the votes are in and many say the NCAA career rushing leader is the favorite.
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That guy, Ron Dayne arrived in New York City tonight. The Wisconsin running back will join the other finalists at the New York Downtown Athletic Club for the presentation.
Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick will have a front row seat at the Heisman Trophy presentation right along side the great Dayne.
No Freshman has ever won the Heisman and after a successful season that will end in New Orleans in the Sugar Bowl against Florida State Vick says he'll wait his turn for another shot at the award.
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Vick has won several awards already this season including the Big East offensive player of the year.
So, what does Vick think of winning the Heisman as a red shirt Sophomore next season?
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[OUT Q=.....this year.]
Dayne, Joe Hamilton, Drew Brees and Chad Pennington of Marshall are the other four candidates for the Heisman.
Still to come in sports, a recap of the Express's win tonight, some changes in high school basketball scheduling because of the Sugar Bowl
and Virginia Tech's national news takes a break so the Hokies can recieve Big East props tomorrow
The Sugar Bowl has affected high school hoops. The Patrick Henry/William Fleming girls and boys games that were originally scheduled for January fourth have been changed to Monday, January third at the Salem Civic Center. The girls play at 6pm and the boys at 7:30.
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While Virginia Tech's part in the national championship has put the Hokies on the national map, the Big East is the focus for tech tomorrow.
The Tech athletic department will recognize the 1999 football team at halftime of tomorrow's men's basketball game against the Liberty Flames. Coach Frank Beamer and the entire team will be on hand as University president Dr. Paul Torgersen and athletic director Jim Weaver present the Hokies with the Big East Conference championship trophy.
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and you can catch college basketball tomorrow right here on your Hometown Station. Michigan State and Arizona tip off at 2pm and then at 4, Duke and Michigan square off.
Sunday, on WDBJ it's the NFL. The New England Patriots battle the Indianapolis Colts at one o'clock.
The Express improved to 14-6 and 4 on the season by whipping Huntington last night 7-4 on the road. Roanoke charged out to a 2-nothing lead and then the Blizzard tied it up, but Roanoke scored three goals in the first half of the third to put it away. Rob Schweyer had two goals and an assists while Dave Gagnon made 17 saves as the Express out shot Huntington 31-21. Roanoke was three for three on the power play.
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Blacksburg is preparing for a pep rally - with some help from the company sponsoring the Sugar Bowl.
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(No-kia) Nokia has brought its "fan van" to town, just in time for tomorrow's rally to celebrate the Hokies winning football season - and hopefully cheer the team on to a national title.
Nokia's showing off some of its products, and staging some games, such as a field goal contest.
The rally will take place at 5pm on College Avenue, right after the Tech men's basketball game.
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