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Today on News 7, the Governor declares parts of Virginia a disaster area after heavy snowfall blankets Central and Eastern Virginia.
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We'll have a local and national roundup of the weather including tomorrow's school closings. [Weather-Head]
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Snow showers stay in the forecast. This time from the west. The cold details coming up.

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In medical news, the government says a heart burn medication can cause some serious health problems.
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And from the sports world, N-F-L star Derrick Thomas undergoes nearly five hours of surgery to repair his broken back.


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Twelve to 18 inches of snow surprised central and eastern Virginia today.
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At 1:45 p-m, Governor Jim Gilmore declared a state of emergency.
That means about 450 members of the National Guard are helping to provide emergency transportation tonight.
State Police report a number of traffic mishaps -- mostly on the Interstates -- but NO major injuries yet.
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Much of the area east of the Blue Ridge has been impacted by this storm, and that includes Lynchburg and its surrounding counties.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us from Lynchburg tonight.. Steve how are things there at this hour?
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A lot better than they were this morning.. the snow tapered off here around 9 a-m, and road crews have been trying to play catch up most of the day.
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This one wasn't supposed to have happened.. at least not here.
But Mother Nature paid an unexpected visit to central Virginia early this morning, dumping more than ten inches of snow and catching everyone off guard.
Lynchburg had snow crews on standby, but only enough to handle what they thought was going to be a dusting of snow.
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((RAY BOOTH/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS: SINCE WE WEREN'T EXPECTING IT, WAKING PEOPLE UP, IT TOOK A LITTLE LONGER TO GET PEOPLE HERE THAN NORMALLY WHEN THEY'RE STANDING BY AND LOOKING FOR IT.))
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Residents also were surprised to wake up and find their cars covered in almost a foot of snow..
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((I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS SUPPOSED TO SNOW..))
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Many spent hours scraping and shoveling their way out.. only to find it slow going on area roads.
Area police handled a number of minor accidents.. but no serious injuries have been reported.
At the airport, passengers were stranded until mid- afternoon when crews got the runways cleared for takeoff.
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((MARK COURTNEY/LYNCHBURG AIRPORT MANAGER: WE HAVE A VERY DETAILED AND WELL- REHEARSED SNOWPLAN AND IT'S JUST A MATTER OF GETTING THE EQUIPMENT AND CREWS OUT ON THE RUNWAY AND TAXIWAYS AND RAMPS AND PUSHING THE SNOW.))
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Danville police are looking for an elderly man reported missing this morning.
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Search teams are trying to find 86-year-old Elbert Tapley of Piney Forest Road.
Tapley's son went to check on the man this morning, and found he was gone.
It appears he left before the snow started.
Tapley has Alzheimer's and can become confused if he misses his medication.
Close to a foot of snow fell this morning in Southside Virginia.
Crews are making progress clearing primary highways. But many secondary roads are still covered with snow.
Volunteers using four-wheel drive vehicles had to help get hospital staff members to work this morning.
Forecasters had been calling for one to three inches of snow in the region.
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This winter storm is socking much of the East Coast- from the beaches of South Carolina to the Northeast.
Up to 14 inches of snow fell in Washington and Philadelphia- and it's not over yet.
Cindy Pena has the story.
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((THE SNOWPLOW DRIVERS ARE WORKING OVERTIME CLEARING THE ROADS FROM THE FAST FALLING SNOW. THE MASSIVE STORM DUMPED 14 INCHES ON WASHINGTON, SHUTTING DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE CAPITOL. THE STORM TOOK NEARLY EVERYONE BY SURPRISE, INCLUDING MANY FORECASTERS WHO DIDNT PREDICT THE HEAVY SNOWFALL UNTIL MONDAY NIGHT. MOTHER NATURE FOOLED EVEN THE MOST UP TO DATE WEATHER COMUPTERS... Topper shutt/meterologist we did not anticipate a storm of this magnitude, we knew of a severe storm that was going to develop off the coast, but all indications were it was going to just kind of stay far enough out to sea to brush us or leave us alone. INSTEAD THE STORM BLANKETED THE EAST COAST AS FAR SOUTH AS THE BEACHES OF SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE SAND, NOT SNOW, IS THE NORM. IN THE CAROLINAS ALMOST 240 THOUSAND RESIDENTS LOST POWER, DUE TO BROKEN TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES. IN NEW YORK, WHERE SOME AREAS SAW AS MUCH AS A FOOT OF ACCUMULATION, COMMUTERS OPTED FOR THE TRAINS AND SUBWAYS INSTEAD OF TAKING TO THE HIGHWAYS. BUT FOR SOME DRIVERS JUST GETTING ON THE ROAD WAS A CHALLENGE... It took me about 1/2 an hour to get out of my garage this morning. Diane Martin, Going to Work Oh, it's terrible! But what can we do about it? You know, that's part of winter. AIRPORTS ALL ALONG THE EAST COAST WERE EITHER CLOSED OR PARTIALLY OPEN, FORCING HUNDREDS OF DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS.
AIRPORT OFFICIALS SAID DELAYS IN SOME AIRPORTS COULD LAST A FEW DAYS.))

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Stay with us, there's more news 7 to come. Up next a local man says Louisiana authorities are keeping him from his children, despite the fact he has legal custody.
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and the federal government steps in so the grandmothers who came all the way from Cuba can see Elian Gonzalez.
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It looks like Elian Gonzalez' grandmothers will get to see their grandson afterall.
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U-S Immigration officials have ordered the boys Miami relatives to make him available tomorrow to meet the grandmothers at a neutral site.
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Elian's grandmothers have been meeting with supporters in Congress today. They're calling on lawmakers to reject an effort to give Elian U-S citizenship-
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The Grandmothers say this is a family issue and not a Fidel Castro versus the United States issue.
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A Roanoke man is waiting anxiously for his ex-girlfriend to come back -- with their children. She ran off with the little boy and girl to Louisiana, and despite two Virginia warrants for her arrest -- the sheriff there refused to put her behind bars.
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Tina Tenret has the latest from the Roanoke city courthouse.
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Jean, just because a parent gets custody in a Roanoke courthouse does not automatically give him custody in another state. Tim Davis is finding that out. His ex-girlfriend kept their kids illegally in Louisiana, but the sheriff there would not arrest her or return the children.
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Tim Davis is fighting for 6-year-old Carrie and 7-year-old Connor. His ex-girlfriend Vivian McMahon had custody when she took the kids to Louisiana. But then she missed a custody hearing, so a Roanoke judge sent out a warrant for her arrest and gave Davis full custody. Even after Prosecutors upped the charges to felony child abduction --a Louisiana sheriff still refused to take her into custody. He said he didn't have enough room in his jail.
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((BETTY JO ANTHONY/ASS'T PROSECUTOR: HE GAVE ME TO BELIEVE THAT HE DIDN'T THINK THE STATE SHOULD BE MESSING IN AFFAIRS OF PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS AND COMING BETWEEN A MOTHER AND HER CHILDREN. butt butt butt TIM DAVIS/FATHER: IF THIS WAS A MOTHER AND THE FATHER HAD TAKEN THE CHILDREN, THAT FATHER WOULD BE IN JAIL RIGHT NOW.))

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The FBI has arrested Vivian McMahon -- Roanoke deputies plan to pick her up this week -- but Davis still cannot get his children.
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Find out why as our story continues tonight on News7 at Six. [5-Bowers]


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Roanoke Mayor David Bowers announced his bid for re- election today, promising a new agenda and a new attitude in city hall.
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Bowers was surrounded by family members, local Democratic officials and three of his colleagues on city council.

He said he's prepared to accept the blame for recent controversies, and will work to bring more unity to the city's business.
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((IT'S TIME TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER. IT'S TIME FOR THIS COUNCIL TO WORK TOGETHER IN HARMONY AND IT'S TIME TO CHARGE AHEAD ONCE AGAIN, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE OF ROANOKE WANT.))
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At the moment, Bowers has no opposition for the Democratic nomination. Ralph Smith is expected to run as a Republican. Duane Howard has announced as an Independent. And others may enter the race before the filing deadline in March.

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The pack of Presidential Candidates heads to New Hampshire minus one-
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After finishing dead last in the Iowa Republican caucuses, Senator Orin Hatch is reportedly ready to call it quits.

An advisor to Hatch says the Utah Senator will announce his decision tomorrow.
Hatch received just one percent of the vote.
Meanwhile the front runners are already in New Hampshire fired up for round two.
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A new music program has the students of a local elementary school showing a lot of pluck. In fact the only fretting they're doing is on their guitars.
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Coming up today in sports, another member of the Express is called up,
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and doctors say it is too early to tell if former All-Pro linebacker Derrick Thomas will ever walk again.
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A warning tonight for patients using the popular heartburn drug (pro-pulse-id) Propulsid.
The drug can cause irregular heartbeats and even sudden death.
But officials with the Food and Drug Administration say those outcomes are rare and avoidable.
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They say most of the problems seem to occur when Propulsid is combined with medications used for heart and kidney disease.
Doctor John Morgan says patients with heartburn can probably find an alternative drug but is concerned about diabetic patients who rely on the medication to help empty their stomachs.
For that reason-- he says talk to your doctor.
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The warning comes in the wake of 70- deaths and 200- other reports of irregular heartbeat and other heart rhythm disturbances.

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Doctors say they will not know for a few days if Kansas City Chief linebacker Derrick Thomas will be permanently paralyzed below the chest.
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Thomas broke his neck and back Sunday when he rolled his S-U-V.
He was transferred to Jackson Memorial Medical Center where he had nearly five hours of neurosurgery late last night.
Thomas does have some felling in his feet, but he has some weakness in his hands.
His mother says the All-Pro player is feeling positive, but afraid.
Thomas has been honored with numerous humanitarian awards, most notably the NFL Man of the Year for 1993.

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Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your two minute ticker.
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The Roanoke Express roster keeps shrinking. Today, the team lost it's third player to call ups.
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Center Deion DelMonte has been called up by the AHL's Rochester Americans. He joins Roanoke's Joe Murphy. DelMonte is tied for the team lead in scoring with 34 points.
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The Express is now playing without four key players. DelMonte, Murphy, Calvin Elfring, who was called up recently, an

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The Hokies and Cavaliers put on a show last night at the Richmond Coliseum right before mother nature decided to dump on the city of monuments. UVa came in as a heavy favorite but needed an overtime period to beat a fired up Tech team.
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[wipe to pinnacle page] Virginia has now won 13 games and you can watch them go for number 14 tomorrow night here on Your Hometown Station at nine o'clock as Roanoke native Steve Robinson brings his Florida State Seminoles to U-Hall for an ACC battle. Catch it here on WDBJ-7 tomorrow night.

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The Americans are still making planty of noise down under at the Australian Open tennis tournament. Players from the US have eanred four of the 8 available semi-final berths. Agassi and Sampras won today along with Capriati and Davenport.
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Meanwhile, back in the states the Georgia Dome was a reporter's paradise today as the Titans and Rams faced double, triple and even quadruple coverage during the Super Bowl's annual media day. Since there is not an open week before the big game this year, the distractions are expected to outweigh the preparations.
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Coming up six, we'll see what the City of Brotherly love thinks about George Lynch, plus more comments from last night's Tech-UVa game are on the way. Have a safe night everybody.

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Effinger Elementary School in Rockbridge County is one of a select few schools from across the country participating in a brand new program to encourage learning, and we're not just talking about the students.
The entire faculty AND student body will learn to play guitar, and they're working on it together. Patrick Evans has the story.
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