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On News 7 at 5, dozens are people are arrested for protesting the decision to send a little boy back to Cuba.
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and Virginia Tech says it wants back the part of its football history that some overeager fans scored during a celebration.
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The flu is hitting parts of the country hard.
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Today on health check, we'll see how were doing against the bug locally.
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Hundreds of Cuban Americans take to the streets of Miami- They're protesting the U-S Government's decision to return 6-year Elian Gonzalez to Cuba.
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The boys relatives in Miami say they'll fight to the end to keep (El-ee-on) Elian in the United States-
And it appears many agree with them.
Jennifer Jones reports on the show of support in Miami's streets.
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(( With police in riot gear standing by, Cuban exiles took tot the streets in downtown Miami, protesting the decision of the INS to return 6 year old Elian Gonzalez to Cuba.
Spencer Eig, Family Attorney But INS officials insist Elian should go back to Cuba with his father who's been fighting for his sons return. The young boy way pulled form the Florida straits thanksgiving day after fleeing Cuba with his mother who drowned with ten others. Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General I see no reason to reverse the ruling And this is what that decision led to protests by Cuban-Americans and their supporters who stopped traffic in downtown Miami, protests that led to arrests by the busload. Marileysis Gonzalez/Elian's Cousin We're Keeping Him Jones: Elian's relatives here are demanding just one day in court. Convinced they can win the young boy's freedom in the US. Otherwise they say, South Florida should prepare for some intense protest in the days ahead. JJ, CBS News, Miami.))

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The Patrick County hospital facing financial reorganization has laid off 20 percent of its staff.
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Patrick Community Hospital has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and today's move is part of the effort to reduce expenses.
The hospital is eliminating 40 positions, but the acting administrator says the facility still has adequate staff to meet the needs of its patients.
The reduction will save the hospital about 700- thousand dollars a year.
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A threatening letter sent to the Planned Parenthood office in Roanoke shows no trace of anthrax.
The F-B-I told the agency this afternoon that the brown powder in the envelope did not contain any disease spores.

Planned Parenthood and 17 other clinics across the country got one of the letters earlier this week.
The staff member who opened it is getting medical treatment as a precaution.

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A local shopping mall has been put on the auctioning block.
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Tanglewood Mall is up for sale.
The 54-acre property includes the mall, Barnes and Noble, Kroger, a restaurant and movie theater.
The property was foreclosed because its current owner - in Raleigh, North Carolina - didn't have enough money to keep paying the loan.
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((LYNDA MCNUTT/MALL MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE: THE PRESENT OWNERS, KANE REALTY, WERE UNDERCAPITALIZED. AND NOW HERITAGE REALTY HAS MUCH MORE CAPITAL AND WILL TAKE OVER, WE EXPECT.))
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The mall's marketing director says it's likely a Boston company that represents the mall's lender will seize the property.
She also said despite the mall's empty stores and troubled financial history it will stay open.
Merchants are hopeful a new owner will pump more money into the mall.
According to Roanoke County records the property is worth more than 40-MILLION dollars.
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Coming up in a moment, Patrick Evans will take us on a tour of the Aquarium of the Americas,
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but first we'll see why a Blacksburg restaurant isn't scoring any points with Virginia Tech. The University says it's goal is to get back some of its property.
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People flying up and down the East Coast today ran into delays for several hours-
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The reason: a glitch in F-A-A computers.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the problem was not Y-2-K related-
For awhile all three Washington area airports had to stop all departures and delay some arrivals as well.
The glitch also affected flights from Boston to North Carolina.
The problem was cleared up by mid morning and flights should be back on schedule.
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A piece of Virginia Tech football history is in a Blacksburg bar...
And some Tech officials are calling a personal foul.
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Excited fans tore down the goal posts after Virginia Tech beat Boston College for its first 11- and- O season ever.
Now, a 30-foot section of a goal post is on display in Big Al's Bar in downtown Blacksburg, where fans left it.
The bar has fended off more than one attempt by Tech's athletic director to reclaim the post.
Another Blacksburg bar owner says she would handle it differently.
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((LINDA KECIORIUS/PK'S OWNER: I THINK THE MAIN THING IS IT WOULDN'T BELONG TO US. IT BELONGS TO THE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD HAVE IT BACK IF THEY WANT IT BACK. IT'S BASICALLY STOLEN PROPERTY. ))
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On News 7 at 6, we'll tell you why fans say the goal post should be left where it is.

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A number of futuristic homes are under construction at Smith Mountain Lake.
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They're made out of steel not wood. Steel houses are fire resistant and termite-proof. Construction workers say they can build larger rooms with steel, and the walls won't warp.
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((THE WEIGHT OF THE MATERIAL IS A LOT LESS SO IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR THE MEN TO DEAL WITH. SO WE CAN BE MORE EFFICIENT IN OUR LABOR TO PUT THIS HOUSE UP.))
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Steel costs more than wood, though. That's why Dave Cappellari doesn't think steel will crush his wood business.
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((THERE'S PEOPLE WITH BUDGETS WHO HAVE TO STAY INSIDE BUDGETS WHO WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO GO THAT ROUTE.))
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Cappellari also says it's a lot easier to tear down wood than steel if you want to make changes down the line.
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Now that the Sugar Bowl is nothing more than a memory, most of the fans and media have left New Orleans. That's not the case with Patrick Evans. We're having a hard time getting him home. It seems something fishy happened on the way to the airport. He found the Aquarium of the Americas.
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Coming up a little later on the newscast, love is apparently in the air as two well known stars announce they are getting married,
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and singer Celine Dion kicks off her time off by renewing her marriage vows in the style of "a thousand and one nights."
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Coming up today in Sports, the Roanoke Express are sitting atop their division. But first on Health Check, the flu is hitting parts of the country hard. We'll have that story and the latest on the flu's local impact. Also
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tests show a simple procedure is making a long term difference in giving allergy sufferers a breath of fresh air.
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The nation's top doctors confirm what many people have suspected. The flu has hit early and hard this year. Hospitals in some states are overloaded with patients. Drew Levinson has the story.
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(( HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE FILLED WALL TO WALL WITH MISERY.

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Right now we are truly packed to capacity.
HOSPITALS IN DETROIT, PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK SAY THEY ARE SEEING 100 MORE PATIENTS A DAY BECAUSE OF PEOPLE COMING DOWN WITH THE FLU.

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Every single hospital in the area is overwhelmed past capacity at this time because of this infection.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season started earlier than usual this year and has been spotted in all regions of the country.
Here in Michigan alone, doctors say in the past two weeks the number of flu-patients theyve seen has risen from three to 15 percent.
AT SOME HOSPITALS AMBULANCES ARE EITHER BACKED UP OR THEYRE BEING SENT TO OTHER FACILITIES.
30 PEOPLE HAD TO WAIT FOR BEDS AT ONE DETROIT AREA MEDICAL CENTER. AN ADMINISTRATOR SAID-QUOTE-WERE ON OVERLOAD.
MOST OF THE CASES ARE TYPE A-THE MOST COMMON STRAIN OF INFLUENZA.

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Most of the people are fairly sick, they are not just the typical flu symptoms, they havent eaten for days so they need to be re-hydrated with IVs.
DOCTORS AND PARAMEDICS SAY MOST OF THE FLU PATIENTS END UP OUT OF WORK SEVEN TO 10 DAYS.
THOUGH TWO NEW PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES ARE SELLING QUICKLY DOCTORS ARENT CONVINCED THE DRUGS WILL DRAMATICALLY SHORTEN THE SUFFERING.
LIKE ALWAYS THEY SAY THE BEST LINE OF DEFENSE IS THE FLU SHOT.
DREW LEVINSON CBS NEWS DETROIT. ))

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Hospitals in the Roanoke Valley are not overwhelmed, but they have seen an increase in patients.
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However, the emergency rooms here may not be filled with the flu.
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((LUCAS SNIPES/CARILION HOSPITAL DIRECTOR: THE FLU LEVELS IN THIS PART OF VIRGINIA ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS THEY WERE A YEAR AGO, SO WE DON'T REALLY SEE A SURGE LIKE PERHAPS SOME NEIGHBORING STATES MAY BE SEEING AT THIS TIME.))
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[VO NAT] Snipes attributes some of the rise in patients to the holidays and other viruses. Peak time could also still be a few weeks away.
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Local health departments have confirmed the flu shot given this year is the vaccine for type A. That is the strain most people are getting, so if you got your shot, you are less likely to get sick this year.


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An estimated 50 million people are seriously bothered by a stuffy nose.
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But a ten minute procedure has some breathing easier.
Keri Weitzberg's allergies made her nose to stuff up and gave her constant headaches. It got so bad she couldn't sleep.
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(( IT HAPPENS MORE OFTEN IN THE WINTER. I'M SO STUFFED THAT I DO WAKE UP CONSTANTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.))
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That stuffiness is usually caused by structures known as the turbinates.
Under local anesthesia a needle is placed just under the surface. Then the turbinates are heated with radiowaves, which causes them to shrink.
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But the question has been, how long does the treatment last?
A new study has the answer. It has followed 10 patients who had the procedure. After a year all still had clear noses.
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(( DR. REGINA WALKER: THIS REALLY SHOWS FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT AT A YEAR THE RESULTS THAT YOU GET AT 2-T0-3 WEEKS ARE THE RESULTS YOU'D GET AT A YEAR.))
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Walker doubts the results are lifelong, but she suspects patients will only more treatments every three to four years.
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Thank you Jean and good afternoon everybody and welcome to the two minute ticker.
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U-Hall hosted an exciting A-C-C showdown last night as the Virginia Cavaliers opened conference play against number 7-th ranked Duke.
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UVA had lost 9 straight games to Duke before last night's game. The crowd goes nuts as the game goes to overtime.
But Shane Battier and his Teammates score almost every time they have the ball in OT. Here he takes it in for the dunk . Freshman point guard Jason Williams with the running layup to put the Blue Devils up 9 and to push Duke's point total over 100.
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Both teams ended up with at least 100 points but Duke's domination in overtime takes them to their 10th straight win over the cavaliers 109 to100.
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Tonight, The Virginia Tech Men's team returns to action. The Hokies are on the road at Xavier with an 8 oclock tip off.
We'll have highlights tonight.
Also the Lady Hokies are back in action tonight at the Cassell taking on Rhode Island. Tip off is 7 oclock.





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The Roanoke Express was back at practice this morning at Ice Station. Last night the team beat Huntington to move into first place in the northeast division. The team is currently riding a seven game winning streak.
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The team will have that luxury for a while. The Express has home games this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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That's it for the ticker, Jean will wrap up News 7 at five in just a moment. [go to break]

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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are getting married.
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A publicist for the 55 year old actor says Douglas proposed to the 30 year old Welsh actress on New Year's Eve.
A spokesman for Zeta Jones says no date is set for the wedding, but he did confirm the actress got a quote "big ol diamond ring," with a ten carat diamond surounded by 28 other gems.
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Her career is on a break, but Celine Dion proved her heart will go on and on as she renewed her wedding vows last night.
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It was five years to the day that she married Rene Angelil. 235 special guests, family, and friends gathered at Caesars Palace in las Vegas.
The chapel was redesigned to look more like a mosque and oriental garden to represent her husband's Syrian heritage.

Six tents complete with dancers, jugglers, and camels were set up to illustrate scenes from a Thousand and One Night.
Dion's dress was a golden gown designed by Givenchy.
This is the first break the singer has taken in 20 years. She says she wants to spend more time with her family, especially her husband who has reportedly been battling cancer.
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