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Just ahead on News-7 at six:

A major development at the Lewis-Gale Clinic.
News-7 has new information you'll want to know if you have a doctor there.
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Also ... a fire in Roanoke destroys one home and badly damages the house next door.
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In sports, A big weekend of basketball action for several of the state colleges.
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And Jacksonville advances to the A-F-C championship game by routing the Miami Dolphins.
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Good evening, I'm Scott Goldberg. Teresa is off tonight.
We begin tonight with a major development concerning doctors departing the Lewis-Gale Clinic.
News-7 has learned that at least 14 of the 18 doctors who resigned this month -- all family-practice physicians -- plan to stay in the area.
They are now working on a deal that would let them continue seeing their regular patients without any interruptions.


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Here's the deal as explained to News-7 by a source very close to the negotiations.
Each of the 14 will seek to open his or her own, independent clinic outside of the Lewis-Gale network.
This would insure patients can continue to see their current doctors.
Negotiations are now focused on getting the doctors out of their non-compete clauses that would stop the doctors from practicing medicine in Southwest Virginia.
We're told Columbia H-C-A ... which owns Lewis-Gale Medical Center ... will help buy out the doctors' contracts.
It's in Columbia's interest to keep the clinic's doctors in town, because they regularly refer business to specialists at the Medical Center.))
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This is not a done deal.
But it is now the focus of negotiations in Nashville.
And we're told the doctors are confident they will not be leaving this area.
ALSO tonight, News-7 has learned the names of four more doctors who resigned from the Lewis-Gale Clinic and will leave next month:
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They are:
Rodney Poffenberger, a urologist who's also a vice president at the Clinic.
Darrell Powledge, in occupational medicine.
Rana Goodrich, a family practicioner.
Marie Malinchak (muh-REE MAL-in-check), also in family practice.
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This brings the total number of doctors who have resigned from the Lewis-Gale Clinic since December to 22.[Roanoke-F


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One house is destroyed ... the one next door damaged .. the result of a destructive afternoon fire.
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Roanoke firefighters were called out to 15th and Center streets shortly after 3 PM. That's about a block north of Shenandoah.
Both buildings were two-story homes.
Firefighters were able to control the flames within an hour. No word yet on the cause.
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Six fire departments and more than 50 fire fighters were battling flames this morning in Bedford County.
As Joy Sutton reports, this was a PLANNED event that let firefighters use some of the latest life-saving technology.
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These fire fighters are battling a house fire.
A fire that was deliberately set -- all for the purpose of hands-on training.
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And inside the house the fire fighters are getting some help from the latest technology --- a thermal imaging camera

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The camera can also be used on the exterior of the house to show hot spots -- to give the fire fighters an idea of where to start to attack the fire.
The camera costs around 15-thousand. None the fire departments participating in this training exercise have this technology bet. But the firefighters say all this training is invaluable.
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Joy Sutton, News 7, Bedford County.



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A 19-year-old man is in critical condition after a shooting last night in Lynchburg.
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Joseph Jefferson, Junior was shot around 7:30 last night at the intersection of Wise and 9th streets.
He apparently was shot once in the chest while standing in the street
He is currently in critical but stable condition at the UVA Medical Center.
Neighbors tell police they heard several shots fired in rapid succession, but Jefferson says that he does not know who shot him.
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[Take FS] Crime Stoppers is paying up to one-thousand dollars for information that leads to the arrest of the gunman. If you have any information, call 1-888-798-5900.
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Helping children and their parents grow together. Still ahead, a new kind of business sets up shop in the Valley.

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And when Britney Spears tickets go on sale this morning .. they don't last very long. You had to be fast ... and fortunate.
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It only took 43 minutes for the Britney Spears Concert to sell out this morning.
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Hundreds of people tried their luck at the Roanoke Civic Center -- where a lottery system determined who would be the first in line to buy.
Jim Moore of Roanoke won the lottery -- and wasted no time getting to the ATM so he could by tickets for himself and his friends.
He says everyone is into Britney Spears.
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There were 85-hundred tickets available -- but only about a thousand of those were sold at the box office.
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57-percent of the tickets were bought on-line. Britney's concert is April 7th. LFO and Bosson also will perform.

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It's a new place in Roanoke -- where parents and their children can play and learn together.
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It's called Kids and Company -- and it's located inside Towers Shopping Mall. The child play facility held its grand opening today. Kids and parents had a chance to try out all the fun equipment and to learn more about the programs that will be offered.
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Shannon Sweeney says the facility is a first of its kind for the Roanoke Valley and offers 8-week classes where parents and children can interact.
The classes cost 80 dollars.
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Kids and Company also will teach techniques for massaging infants -- and pre and post-natal aerobics.

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And coming up, Virginia Tech hosted George Washington ad the Cassell Radford was at home at the Dedmon Center.
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And the Virginia Cavaliers hold on to beat Clemson on the road.
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The Virginia Cavaliers led by as many as 22 in the second half but had to hold on for 98 to 91 A-C-C win over Clemson.
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Pete Gillen and the Cavs looking for their first conference Road win.
It looked good after the first half as Stephane Dondon pulls up and hits the three to make it 50 to 32 at the half.

The Cavaliers opened the second half with Chris Williams hitting the three pointer to make it 55 to 35.
Virginia upped that lead ton 22 when Donald Hand passes inside to Travis Watson for the score.
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Clemson's Will Solomon had 8 three pointers and 43 points but Virginia wins it 98 to 91.
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Virginia Tech won consecutive games for the first time this season beating George Washington 82 to 72.
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The Hokie fans dancing in the stands.
In the second half, Dennis Mims goes in and hits the jumper for two of his game high 25 points and the Hokies had the lead.
The Colonials come right back Jason Smith gets the pass from Bernard Barrow and scores but the Hokies led 56 to 47.
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The Hokies ice the win when Brendan Dunlop passes to Rolan Roberts who goes in for the slam and the Hokies win it 82 to 72.
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And over in Radford, Jason Williams scored 26 points to lead the Highlanders to a 55 to 52 win over Winthrop.
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The Highlanders take the floor at the Dedmon Center.
In the first half Peanut Arrington gets the ball to Mike Hornbuckle and he scores the basket giving the Highlanders the early lead.
Winthrop would answer with a basket. Eric Fisher goes in and misses but Robbie Waltrip gets the rebound and scores the basket.
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The Highlanders answer as Corey Watkins scores the bucket and Radford holds on for the 55 to 52 win.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars made a statement today whipping the Miami Dolphins 62 to 7.
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This game was over after the first quarter.
Leading 10 to nothing, Jaguar running back Fred Taylor takes the handoff and he's off to the races 90 yards to the end zone and a 17 to nothing Jacksonville lead.
The Jaguar defense would add another score in the first Tony Brackens strips the ball from Dan Marino he recovers it and takes it 16 yards to the end zone to make it 24 to nothing Jags.
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Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell hits Taylor on this pass he dodges tackles and scores from 39 yards out the Jags win it 62 to 7.
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The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers hooked up in the N-F-C game.
And leads the game 13 to nothing in the third quarter.





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The NASCAR media tour always has its share of hype, but Mike Stevens says it also produced its share of news this week in the Carolinas.
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Long time area hockey fans will tell you the 1974 Roanoke Valley Rebels was one of the best teams to hit the ice in Southwest Virginia.
Well they're back and they'll be on the ice tomorrow afternoon.
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Like the rest of us they've aged.
But fond memories of Roanoke, the chance to skate with eachother again and the opportunity to raise money for the Community Hospital Children's Cancer Center has made playing in the Old Timers Game worthwhile.
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Doug Carpenter stayed in the game 33 years including six as an NHL coach.
He says while everyone may have lost a step or two on the ice, the game is sure to be entertaining.
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The puck drops tomorrow afternoon at three. [Wx-Tape]
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Today would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 71st birthday.
Even though King is gone ...
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Many say his legacy and dream still live on.
Those who marched with King during the civil right movement -- say they will never forget his commitment to equality.
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The S-C-L-C is holding a banquet tonight in memory of King and to commemorate his life and works.

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