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Today on News7, we'll see what severe winter weather is doing to some parts of the country and we'll tell you how we're preparing here at home.
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Also Washington and Lee tries to keep alive its streak of predicting the Presidential nominees. [Weather-Head]
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Your travel plans should take into account snow Saturday evening and a mix of snow and sleet for Sunday. A winter storm watch is in effect for Saturday.

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On Health Check, we'll the latest on the situation at Lewis Gale Clinic,
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and we'll see what can be done to keep Alzheimer's patients from wandering away from home.
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The threat of severe Winter Weather is hanging over the News 7 viewing area again this weekend. Forecasters think heavy snow and ice will arrive Saturday night.
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Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.. that's what road crews across Virginia are doing today as the state braces for another expected winter storm.
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V-DOT and local crews have been busy today getting equipment ready and loaded for whatever kind of precipitation might arrive this weekend.
Officials say part of the problem is not knowing exactly what to expect.
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((TIM WILES/VDOT MAINTENANCE ENGINEER: SNOW WE CAN DO A LOT WITH, WE CAN PUT ABRASIVES DOWN, WE CAN PUT SALT DOWN AND IT MELTS IT AWAY,BUT IF THE ICES COMES ALL WE CAN DO IS PUT SOMETHING OUT THERE TO PROVIDE TRACTION AND HOPE THAT TEMPERATURES GET UP SO IT GOES AWAY.))
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Crews are still recovering from some long hours earlier this week- so V-Dot is trying to make sure those folks get some rest before Sunday.

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V-DOT says it's ready for its second major winter storm this week.
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The road hotline center will be up to full staff again this weekend -- as V-DOT shuffles its salt, sand, and equipment back to the west.
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((ANDY FARMER/VDOT SPOKESMAN: WE MOVED ABOUT 150 VDOT PERSONNEL AND ABOUT 75 PIECES OF EQUIPMENT FROM WESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN REGIONS OF THE STATE OVER TO THE SOUTHEAST TO HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL. THEY STARTED PULLING OUT ON TUESDAY TO GO DOWN TO THOSE AREAS. THEY'RE RETURNING TO THEIR HOME BASES TODAY.))
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V-DOT says it has private contractors who are obligated to keep the sand and salt in stock -- NO matter which other states need it.
Some of that salt is shipped from as far away as the Caribbean to ports in Baltimore and Chesapeake.

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When you think of the South you usually don't think of snow- But that's what people in Tennessee and even Mississippi are dealing with today-
And in Atlanta- how is the winter weather affecting superbowl Travel?
Drew Levinson checks it out.
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((((KATE!!! IT'S US AGAINST THEM." THERE'S PLENTY OF TIME FOR SNOWBALL FIGHTS TODAY IN MEMPHIS. SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED AND SO ARE MANY BUSINESSES... THANKS TO A POWERFUL WINTER SNOW STORM THAT IS BLANKETING THE SOUTH.


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MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA WERE HIT ESPECIALLY HARD... WITH UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN SOME AREAS.
IN ARKANSAS OVERNIGHT, MANY MOTORISTS...NOT ACCUSTOMED TO THIS MUCH SNOW... WERE STRANDED ON HIGHWAYS. AND DOZENS OF AIR TRAVELLERS DIDN'T GO ANYWHERE EITHER... FORCED TO SLEEP IN THE AIRPORT WHILE CREWS FOUGHT A LOSING BATTLE TO CLEAR THE RUNWAYS. IN ATLANTA WHERE IT IS SUPER BOWL WEEKEND, THE MONITORS AT HARTSFIELD AIRPORT WERE LIT UP IN RED WITH DOZENS OF CANCELLED FLIGHTS.. AND THAT LEFT PASSENGERS SEEING RED.
"I'M STUCK IN ATLANTA" BRAD PATEL/AIR TRAVELLER "WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE ON A 7 O'CLOCK, BUT IT'S CANCELLED. WE'RE TRYING TO GET IN ANY FLIGHT WE CAN." DAVID SPAHN HAD HIS FIRST TWO FLIGHTS TO PITTSBURGH CANCELLED, HE'S HOPING NUMBER THREE IS THE CHARM. DAVID SPAHN/AIR TRAVELLER "DO YOU THINK I'LL MAKE IT?" "DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE IT." LEVINSON STANDUP BRIDGE: BUT NOT ALL OF THE FLIGHTS WERE CANCELLED. THESE FOLKS BEHIND ME WERE THE LUCKY ONES, THEY GOT HERE BEFORE THE STORM HIT.
AND THAT MEANS THOSE WITH TICKETS WILL MAKE IT TO THE SUPER BOWL, INCLUDING ANGELO SMITH, WHO CAME IN FROM CHICAGO. ANGELO SMITH/AIR TRAVELLER "ALMOST EVERYFLIGHT AFTER THIS MORNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO I GUESS THE POSSIBLE WEATHER CONDITIONS. THEN YOU FEEL LUCKY TO BE HERE, EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY. ATLANTA HAD BEEN BRACING FOR THER SUPER BOWL, NOW IT'S DEALING WITH THE GAME AND MOTHER NATURE. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS ATLANTA))))

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Still to come on the newscast, a local bank is robbed,
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And through the magic of computers, Christopher Reeve can be seen walking again this weekend.
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A downtown Danville bank was robbed this morning.
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Police say a man jumped over the counter at the Peoples Bank on Market Street, took some money from a teller's drawer, leaped back over the counter and ran away.
He didn't have a weapon; no one was hurt.
Police say the suspect is about five feet, ten inches tall, with a stocky build.
He was wearing a green stocking cap, and a plaid or dark overcoat.
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They've missed the mark only once in the last 50 years, and this weekend students at Washington and Lee University will attempt to extend an impressive streak.
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Since 1908, Students at Washington and Lee have attempted to predict the presidential nominee for the political party out of power.
With more than 1600 delegates this year, organizers say the convention is evidence that young people ARE interested in the political process.
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What began this morning with a parade through downtown Lexington, concludes tomorrow with a speech by the 1996 nominee Bob Dole, and the students' prediction of the Republican presidential and vice-presidential nominees.
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A scary landing for passengers on board a Continental jet heading into New Jersey.
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The jet skidded off the runway at Newark International Airport- and ended up stuck in a snowbank.
The Flight was coming in from Charlotte, North Carolina.
None of the 32 people aboard Flight 17-91 was injured.
According to the Port authority the cause of the accident remains unclear at this time.
The incident closed the airport for about 20 minutes this morning-
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New York City is training welfare recipients to become telephone psychics.
The New York Times says the city is offering the job training to get people off welfare and into jobs with the Psychic Network.
Since April, 15 people have been hired as telephone clairvoyants at about 10 dollars an hour plus bonuses and that has some self described psychics upset.
One said that the city has no business training people who aren't really psychic to work the phones.
She said some of the people calling the 900 numbers have problems that not even a soap opera can list and they shouldn't be asking someone who is only interested in money for advice.

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Normally at this time we hear what Patrick Evans is contributing to the newscast, but today he was so busy playing around, we had to find a substitute.
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Chamber Music is never the "same old thing" when played by the Kandinsky Trio.
The group is at it again tonight in an evening concert at Roanoke College.
Patrick Evans has the inside story, including information on a newly commissioned work that will premier tonight.


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Today in Sports, Roy Stanley will have a preview of tomorrow's big telecast of the Liberty-Radford basketball game.

But first on Health Check,
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we'll have some practical advice for the caregivers of Alzheimer patients. It could keep their loved ones from wandering off from their homes.
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Lewis-Gale Clinic is hoping upcoming talks scheduled for this weekend with PhyCor will help resolve their dispute.

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[Pre-Pro] In a written statement to News 7, Board President Doctor Larry Patton said "It is our goal to stabilize the Clinic for our patients and employees. The Clinic has served the community's medical needs for over 90 years, and we still have a strong core who is committed to preserving Lewis-Gale Clinic as a group."
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The negotiations have been on-going since 18 doctors resigned from the Clinic earlier this month and 10 more joined them Wednesday.

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The Alzheimer's Association is offering some help for family members of dementia patients. Seventy-percent of people with Alzheimer's wander away from familiar surroundings.
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But there are ways to deter them from leaving. Uneven levels of lighting and color variation can help.
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Alterra assisted living is filled with examples of things people can copy at home. Like putting locks up high, out of reach, and out of direct line of vision and using creative visual ways to keep loved ones inside and safe.
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[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE] The Alzheimer's Association has a program that's 99-percent effective in finding relatives who may disappear. To sign up for Safe Return call 1-877-345-7500.
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Burger King plans to run a national ad campaign to get the word out about the recall of its Pokemon toys.
This after a four month old boy in Indianapolis suffocated in his crib when half of the hollow ball covered his mouth and nose.
There was a similar death of an infant in California last month.
The toys were already recalled once, but the government felt another recall was in order following the latest death.

More than 25 million toys were handed out with Burger King children's meals last year.

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Thanks Jean and now lets check out the Friday 2 Minute ticker.
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News 7 Sports will be in the Dedmon Center tomorrow bringing you LIVE coverage of te Liberty-Radford Big South battle. Mike Stevens has more on the contest.
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Wrestle mania has hit Vinton. No it's not the WWF, but the 24th annual Big Orange Wrestling Tournament.
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The William Byrd gym is busting at the seams with wrestlers.
16 teams with 14 members each are vying for the championship.
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Jane Layman estimates the championship matches will start around 4:30 tomorrow afternoon.
Tonight at six a look at the two front runners to win the whole tournament.

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Actress Catherine Zeta Jones is reportedly pregnant.
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A London newspaper says Zeta Jones is three months pregnant with fiance Michael Douglas' baby.
According to the Sun, Jones was forced to withdraw as a presenter at the Golden Globes due to morning sickness.
Jones is 30 years old while Douglas is 55.
They recently announced their engagement on his Internet site.
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The Super Bowl is this Sunday and even if the game is not any good, the commercials are usually entertaining. But this year one gives us a vision of the future that many people with spinal cord injuries would love to see.
In it actor Christopher Reeve is able to walk again.
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The spot is for an investment company and is made possible through computer imaging.
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Reeve was paralyzed after he was thrown from a horse in Culpeper in 1995. He has been a tireless worker raising money for spinal cord research ever since. [Close-ID] [5pm] SUPER=x4035; fax/copyright [SUPER=x4034;email/copyright]