Next on news 7 at 5, a small plane crashes in the area. We'll have the details,
and several students at a Roanoke elementary school are sent to the hospital after they are exposed to a toxic substance.
This weekend will be warmer than usual, however there is a slight chance of showers. Details coming up.
In medical news, researchers may be close to solving the problems of chronic pain,
and we'll tell why one consumer group says that baby powder could be harmful to your children's health.
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The logs have all been moved- the Victims accounted for at Texas A and M University-
Now the grieving process begins-
11 Students died when the Bonfire tower collapsed yesterday.
Today the community is asking why?
Investigators are analzying soil and looking at anything that may give them clues-
Teresa Estacio is in College Station with more.
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[SUPER=01-Rusty Thompson/Bonfire Advisor;]
[SUPER=01-Ray Bowen/University President;]
[OUT Q=now back to you.]
((GRIEVING MEMBERS OF THIS CLOSE KNIT COLLEGE COMMUNITY ARE BEING DRAWN TO THE SITE...TO LEAVE FLOWERS, TO CONSOLE EACH OTHER OR TO SIMPLY REFLECT.
INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO HERE... ANALYZING THE SOIL...LOOKING FOR
CLUES...ANYTHING THAT MIGHT TELL THEM WHAT CAUSED THE MASSIVE PILE OF
LOGS TO COLLAPSE. THEY ARE ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN THE 100-FOOT CENTER
POLE...WHICH ACTUALLY WAS TWO POLES CONNECTED BY WIRE.
RUSTY THOMPSON/BONFIRE ADVISOR
"I WOULD THINK THE SPLICE WOULD BE A FOCUS OF THE INVESTIGATION, AS IS
THE ENTIRE POLE."
UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE SETTING UP A SPECIAL TASK FORCE...USING
CAMPUS EXPERTS AND CALLING UPON OUTSIDE EXPERTS THAT MIGHT OFFER FRESH INSIGHT.
DR. RAY BOWEN/UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
WE'LL TRY TO APPROACH IT IN A THOUGHTFUL, CAREFUL WAY, SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO ANALYZE ALL THE FACTS AND MAKE DECISIONS TO SEE THAT THIS HORROR NEVER VISITS OUR CAMPUS AGAIN.
WHILE MANY IN THIS COMMUNITY ARE ALREADY CAMPAIGNING TO BRING THE
BONFIRE BACK NEXT YEAR, DOCTOR BOWEN IS NOT READY TO RULE OUT THE
POSSIBILITY OF PERMANENTLY CANCELLING THE 90 YEAR TRADITION.))
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A small plane went down in a field near Fincastle this afternoon.
State police say no one was hurt.
The crash happened at about three this afternoon- off Poor Farm road, northeast of the town.
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Joy Sutton is at the scene of the crash and she joins us now by telephone
Joy, what can you tell us.
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The fire's gone ... but there's still plenty of heat on Fort Lewis Mountain.
And the mop-up crews are back on the job.
They're working to snuff every ember within one hundred feet of the fire line.
The forest fire that started Monday night is now completely contained and under control ... within a one-thousand acre area.
Cleanup teams brought in from New Mexico will work through the weekend.
They're concerned about wind in the forecast.
If the embers aren't cooled, there's a chance strong winds could blow a spark across the fire line and start another blaze.
It started out as a typical day at school and ended with a trip to the hospital for seven Roanoke Elementary students and one adult- after they were exposed to a toxic substance.
A small vile of mercury spilled in a fifth grade classroom at Fallon Park Elementary School.
Firefighters and E-M-S assessed the situation and found NO danger.
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[IN Q=As a precautionary]
((LISSY RUNYON/PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER: AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE THEY TOOK EIGHT OF THE STUDENTS TO ROANOKE MEMORIAL TO DECONTAMINATE THEM WHICH MEANS GIVE THEM A SHOWER, BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN EXPOSED TO THE MERCURY.))
[SUPER=01-Lissy Runyon/Public Information Officer; ]
[OUT Q=to the mercury.]
Runyon says there should not be medical problems.
Roanoke City Health Department officials say if mercury is ingested, it can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea.
Inhaling mercury fumes can cause almost immediate coughing, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Another bundle of sewing jobs is going south.
Tultex announced today it's closing its Roanoke sewing facility.
145 people will be out of work in mid-December.
The company is sending most of those jobs to Mexico -- where Tultex is now sewing nearly 95-percent of its clothes.
This announcement comes less than a month after Tultex said it would cut 800 jobs in a big move to save money.
The struggling company has been losing millions.
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Coming up on the newscast, we'll try to figure out just why people from around the world are calling an empty phone booth in the middle of the Mohave Desert,
and we'll tell you why some government officials think one store's catalog is too hot for young people.
Ferrum College wants to build shops, a golf course, subdivision, retirement home and medical facility on campus.
Trustees say they will sell or lease 340 acres -- half the grounds -- to a developer who wants to build up the community.
Officials hope to boost student enrollment and the sagging local economy.
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[IN Q=The golf course]
((THE GOLF COURSE WOULD BE GREAT BECAUSE WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO HERE READY AND IT WOULD BE SOMETHING TO GO DO IF YOU GET OUT OF CLASS EARLY INSTEAD OF HANGING OUT IN OUR ROOMS LIKE EVERYBODY HAS TO. THAT'S WHY THERE'S SO MUCH DRINKING HERE.))
[OUT Q=drinking here]
The public could have no control over these changes since Ferrum has no zoning laws.
A preliminary sketch shows a grocery store, for example, replacing historic barns.
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[IN Q=you start building]
((YOU START BUILDING, SOONER OR LATER IT'S NOT GOING TO BE THE LITTLE COUNTRY SCHOOL WE GOT HERE. IS THAT A BAD THING?
I THINK SO, I LIKE IT OUT HERE.))
[OUT Q=it out here]
Ferrum College trustees say they will not spend the college's money to build.
And whether this becomes a reality depends on finding interested developers.
A Danville woman has been convicted of prostituting her 12-year-old cousin.
Marie Elizabeth Craft told investigators that she took 25-dollars from three teenage boys in exchange for sex with the girl.
The girl was living with Craft and her husband at the time.
Craft's husband told attorneys the girl was willing to have sex with the boys and that he might as well make some money off of it.
Craft will be sentenced in January.
It's called the Naughty or Nice Christmas Catalog- but some say Ambercrombie and Fitch's new catalog is too naughty for children.
Michigan's Attorney General says the catalog is too sexually explicit to distribute to minors.
The company has ten days to answer the complaint- or the Attorney General will seek a court order to keep the catalog away from minors.
The front cover shows a man with his jeans unbuttoned- Inside- suggestive pictures of men and women together- along with descriptions of sex.
There's even an interview with a porn star.
Abercrombie and Fitch put a warning label on the cover saying it's not intended for anyone under age 18.
If you love Bluegrass Music, you'll want to be at the Hotel Roanoke this weekend. But if you can't, Patrick Evans says you still have a chance to get in on the action.
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Old Time Music and New Century technology meet tonight at the Hotel Roanoke, and globally on the World Wide Web.
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Patrick Evans has the story of a Bluegrass Festival that invites the world to watch, or if you prefer, you can attend in person.
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In Sports, Mike Stevens will have the qualifying results from Atlanta.
Then in medical news, we'll tell you why some people say baby powder could be harmful to your health.
and researchers make a discovery that could someday help people who suffer from chronic pain.
[IN Q=And it was pain]
((AND IT WAS PAINT THAT WAS CONTINUAL. IT JUST NEVER SEEMED TO STOP. ))
[OUT Q=seemed to stop.]
An environmental group in California wants warning labels put on medicated baby powder and it has filed suit to get them.
The Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, California, says the active ingredient in many medicated powders -- zinc oxide -- contains lead.
They say lead exposure can cause cancer, reproductive problems and other illnesses.
Lynchburg pediatrician Doctor Edward Hancock says parents need to read the labels.
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[IN Q=If somebody]
((DR. EDWARD HANCOCK/LYNCHBURG HEALTH DEPARTMENT: IF SOMEBODY SAID SHOULD I PURCHASE I WOULD SAY, BE SURE IF YOU CAN NOT TO GET IT WITH THE LEAD IN IT, I CAN'T TELL YOU ABOUT ALL OF THEM, BUT I DO KNOW THAT YOU SHOULD NOT BUY SOME THAT SAY MEDICATED.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Edward Hancock/Lynchburg Health Department; ]
[OUT Q=say medicated]
Here is a list of baby powders that contain lead as identified by the Center for Environmental Health:
(Am-ins) Ammens Powder, Caldesene Protecting Powder, Desitin Corn Starch Baby Powder, Medicated Powders by Dr. Scholl'
s, Gold Bond, Johnson's, Longs, Mexsana and Walgreens.
The pharmaceutical companies say their products are not harmful.
Johnson and Johnson's says the Food and Drug Administration has concluded that zinc oxide is safe for use on babies with diaper rash.
Forty million Americans suffer constant intense pain with little relief.
That could someday change. Researchers believe they have made a major breakthrough.
They have identified the nerve cells that cause the pain and have found a drug that stops it permanently.
Sandra Maas reports.
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[OUT Q=Sandra Maas for CBS News; TIGHT OUT]
It's time now for Sports. Here's Mike Stevens with the qualifying results from Atlanta.[S5-Qualify]
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Friday Ticker and the final Friday afternoon of qualifying of the year.
49 drivers attempted to lock down one of the 25 spots available today during first round time trials.
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Unfortunately, the local folks had a rough day at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stacy Compton, driving the Cartoon Network Ford, was way off the pace turning in the 45th fastest time.
And Rick Mast had an even worst time. He blew an engine in practice and another one during his qualifying lap. He'll have to try again tomorrow.
Here's a look at the surprising Top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Kevin Lepage/193.731/2. Steve Park//3. Mark Martin//4. Geoffrey Bodine//5. Todd Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Ward Burton//7. Dave Blaney//8. Michael Waltrip//9. Gary Bradberry//10. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Buckshot Jones //12. Chad Little//13. Dale Earnhardt Jr.//14. Jeff Burton //15. Ricky Rudd //;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Jeff Gordon //17. Johnny Benson //18. Sterling Marlin//19. Rusty Wallace//20. Ken Schrader//;]
[super=0107-21. Jerry Nadeau//22. Ed Berrier //23. Jeremy Mayfield //24. Jimmy Spencer//25. Kenny Irwin//;]
Earnhardt was 35th and Tony Stewart was just 29th
Friday Football Extra is all set for tonight's regional championship games. Here's the rundown for this evening's title tilts.
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And there is plenty of football excitement throughout the weekend on WDBJ-7.
Tomorrow the game we have been talking about all week long comes your way at three as the Florida Gators host the Florida State Seminoles in Gainesville.
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Then Sunday at one, the Steelers look to get their act together as they take on the Tennessee Titans. The NFL Today, as always, gets things started at Noon.
Roy Stanley will be here at six with your game day previews for Tech and UVa. Take care everybody.
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No one is quite sure why, but people from all over the world are calling a phone booth in the middle of no where.
It's in the Mohave Desert, but thanks to the internet, it has become an oasis for people with nothing better to do.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS]
((ABOUT AN HOUR OFF THE NEAREST PAVED ROAD, MILES FROM CIVILIZATION, IT
SITS A LONE PAYPHONE.
AMAZINGLY, CALLS COME IN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD; FROM THE CURIOUS, THE
DRUNK, THE LONELY
-SOT- Mojave phone booth, Charlie speakin
CHARLIE WILCOX IS THE ONLY RESIDENT in these parts.
-SOT-youre calling from Germany? Where you callin from ,
ONCE IN A WHILE, IF HES AROUND, HELL ANSWER.
-SOT- Charlie theres nothin but a telephone and a cattle guard out
FAMOUS ENOUGH, THAT SOME DRIVE ALL THE WAY OUT HERE TO SEE IT FOR
THEMSELVES. THESE GUYS ANSWERED THE PHONR FOR HOURS.
-sot- ERIK SIEBEN, PHONE VISITOR
this is something else, I dont know who you are but its sure is nice
talking to ya..
AND IT HELPED THAT ONE OF THEM SPOKE GERMAN.
-SOT-NORBERT WEHRLE, PHONE VISITOR
THE PHONE WAS PUT HERE IN 1948 AS A LIFELINE FOR RANCHERS, AND FOR THE
MINERS AT A LOCAL QUARRY.
A PERSISTENT CALLER PUT THE NUMBER ON THE INTERNET, NEWSPAPERS AROUND
THE WORLD PICKED IT UP, and NOW THIS
SOT-CHARLIE cmon phone, ring hahaha
NONE OF THE CALLERS COULD REALLY EXPLAIN WHY THEY WERE CALLING. BUT,
CHARLIE PUTS THEIR NAME IN A LITTLE BOOK.
ITS AN ODD MIX OF CHARACTERS COMING TOGETHER, AT THIS DUSTY LITTLE SPOT
ON THE GLOBE.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, IN THE MOJAVE DESERT.))