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Coming up next.

Details on a murder/suicide in Carroll County.
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A former doctor from Lewis Gale Clinic becomes the first to open a private practice.
And-- a party in Halfax County ends in tragedy.
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In sports, North Carolina gets a win in the A-C-C this afternoon We'll go over to Ferrum and check on a lady who's setting all kinds of records.
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And the Roanoke Steam, Roanoke's arena football team held its first tryout today in the Valley.
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A warm day tomorrow will be a welcome change-- but the warm weather won't stick around for long. Tuesday it'll feel like winter again. Details coming up. [open]
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((I WAS DETERMINED THAT I WANTED TO STAY IN THE AREA AND TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS))
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After resigning from Lewis Gale Clinic -- this doctor has found a way to CONTINUE practicing in the area.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.



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Doctor Rodney Poffenberger went into private practice two days ago-- although he actually resigned from Lewis Gale clinic in November.
Poffenberger had to wait because was required to give 90- days notice before leaving.
As Joy Sutton reports-- Poffenberger is now the first, of the departing doctors, to venture into private practice.


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(( After resigning as a urologist with Lewis Gale Clinic --Doctor Rodney Poffenberger - says he was determined to stay in area -- even though his contract with Phycor -- the management firm that has been running the clinic -- stipulated that he could not practice in the surrounding area for 18 months.
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((THROUGH SOME NEGOTIATIONS WITH LEWIS GALE CLINIC AND PHYCOR AND WITH THE HELP OF MY ATTORNEY. WE'VE DETERMINED I WAS ABLE SET UP PRACTICE HERE IN THE ROANOKE AREA))
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Poffenberger says he had to pay an undisclosed amount of money to be able to do that.
But he says it was well worth it to give his patients the option to continue with his care -- and now he can offer better service.
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But Poffenberger says he has been prohibited from contacting any of his Lewis Gale clinic patients, that's why he placed an ad in the paper to let them know he is now in private practice at Jefferson Surgical Clinic.
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((I KNOW THE SAME THING IS HAPPENING TO OTHER DOCTORS WHO HAVE RESIGNED. I KNOW IT'S LIKE TEARING THEIR HEART APART THAT THEY CAN'T LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM BECAUSE OF SOME CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION))
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And Poffenberger says for the sake of the Roanoke Valley -- every thing possible needs to be done to keep the doctors in the area.
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Joy Sutton, News 7, Salem.))







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A party in Halifax County turned deadly early this morning.
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When Sheriff's deputies arrived at this house on Chapel Trail around three this morning they found a 20 year old man dead from a gunshot wound.
Authorities later arrested 29 year old Joseph Eric Leonard of Wilmington, North Carolina for allegedly driving under the influence.
Investigators believe Leonard is also responsible for this morning's murder and plan to charge him later today.
At this point, officials say it appears an argument lead to the shooting.
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The man living in the home, 27 year old Corey Gunliskson, has been charged with malicous wounding.
The victim's name has NOT been released.
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Two people are dead following an apparent murder/suicide in Carroll County involving a husband and wife.
It happened around noon in the Laurel Fork area of the county.
Sheriff Warren Manning says it appears David Wayne Sams broke into his wife's van while she was in church with their two children.
According to investigators, Sams later shot his wife, Rebecca, as she was trying to exit the vehicle and then turned the gun on himself.

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An emergency call to state police early this morning resulted in a four hour search for a helicopter.
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State Police say the caller stated that a helicopter had gone down in some trees on the north side of Interstate 81, near the Ironto exit.
But an aerial search by Life Guard 10 and a ground search turned up no evidence of a crash.
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An 18 year old was shot and wounded last night outside a fast food restaurant in Danville.
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Winzell Lamont Shelton was shot in the stomach but is expected to make a full recovery.
Authorities are investigating, but so far, have NOT made an arrest.
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Congressman Rick Boucher says burley tobacco farmers and quota holders in southwest Virginia hit hard by last week's quota reduction will receive federal aid.
Boucher says growers will be getting money in about six weeks that will be equal to 1-dollar for each pound the farmer's quota was reduced this year.
The money will be coming from legislation approved in Congress last year.



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Still to come-- a story we ran last week about churches losing donations because of snow, drew reaction from viewers. Hear what some had to say in this week's NEWS 7 feedback.
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And I'm Joy Sutton coming up we'll tell you about Chinese New Year Celebration in Roanoke.
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A story about how bad weather affected churches was the topic in our viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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(( Snowstorms two weekends in a row prompted hundreds of churches to cancel services. A story pointing out that they'd also missed two weeks of donations brought this from a viewer in the New River Valley [Angela Riner, Christiansburg]:
"I was very offended at the report you did on churches and their financial need. My father is the minister of a small church in Christiansburg. Now, granted we were not closed but our numbers were way down as was our offering. Big deal. No one is worried. It hasn't even been mentioned. Our congregation is very generous. They give from their hearts not from any sense of impending doom. I thought the comments of the minister interviewed were highly distressing. Does he not depend on God or his church members to fill the need?"
And a viewer from Martinsville [W. Randolph, Martinsville] wrote:
"Due to an Act of God, Snow, we have had an Act of Less, Money, which now requires an Act of Faith, Recovery...Don't discredit your members and guest by saying "we lost collections due to snow cancellations." We cannot lose something that we never had in our possession. Members know their financial responsibility to the church and to their God. If they do not, don't look to recovering lost revenue...look to uncovering lost faith."
Our address at News-7 is PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
The fax number is 343-7269.
Our e-mail is news@wdbj7.com.
And you'll find a moderated on-line forum on our web site, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))


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It's been a hometown favorite for 70- years...
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Coming up.... we'll take you to the Texas Tavern and show you what it takes to become a Roanoke favorite.
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The Roanoke Millionare's Club -- more commonly known as the Texas Tavern -- turns 70 this week.
Tina Tenret has more in this week's Virginia Profile.
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((ORDER PUT IN)) [RUNS:03] To be a Texas Tavern regular, you've got to learn the lingo. "A bowl with" means you want onions on your chili. A "cheesy western" gets you a burger topped with pickle and egg.
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butt butt butt EVERYTHING ON YOUR HAMBURGER, SIR? SURE I GOTCHA.)) [RUNS:07] Grilling up the grub is Dan Siler -- a 40-year-veteran of this 24-hour joint.
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((DAN SILER/COOK: I LIKE MEETING THE PUBLIC. TINA TENRET/NEWS7: SO THAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF IT? SILER: YEAH, I LIKE MEETING PEOPLE AND TALKING TO PEOPLE.)) [RUNS:03] Siler's watched kids grow up here, then served THEIR children.
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BUTT BUTT BUTT STEVE COCKERHAM/CUSTOMER: DAN IS ONE OF THE FINEST FELLOWS YOU'D EVER WANT TO MEET. HE'S ALWAYS GOT A SMILE, HE'S ALWAYS GOT A GOOD JOKE FOR YOU AND YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT TO LOOK AT HIM, BUT HE SINGS GOSPEL MUSIC. BUTT BUTT BUTT
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((Give me a bowl and two cheesies going please)) [RUNS:03] After all, people here speak his language. Tina Tenret News7))





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And coming up, The Roanoke Steam held tryouts today in the valley.
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And the Tar Heels of North Carolina go on the road and get a win in the A-C-C.
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Roanoke's arena football team started to build a head of steam today as more than 100 players tried out for the 13 remaining spots on the roster.
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Elton Tolliver is one of 13 players the Roanoke Steam has already signed. The former Lord Botetourt and UVA star has played in the semi-pro leagues as well as the arena football league.
But it's been six years since he's put on the pads and played in a game.
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The Steam will take 21 players on road trips. 18 of those will dress out.
Players are paid 200 dollars a game.
During today's tryouts coaches were, of course, looking for agility, speed, skill and talent.
But they were also searching for the intangibles as well.
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Coaches hope to have all the players signed and ready to play by the first of March.
Practice begins March 17th.




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North Carolina picked up an A-C-C win this afternoon beating Clemson 73 to 60.
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The Tar Heels controlled the game in the first half.
Brendan Haywood gets it inside for the dunk and Carolina led the game 26 to 17.
Clemson trailed at the half but watch this play Dustin Braddock tips it out then goes behind the back to Edward Scott for the score.
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The Tigers cut the lead to 4 in the second half but Carolina wins the game 73 to 60.
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The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech snapped a three game losing streak today beating Fordham 75 to 52.
Tech had 4 players in double figures led by Tere Williams who scored 18. Nicole Jones scored 14 and Sara Hicks 11.


Tech improves to 13 and 8 overall and 6 and 3 in the A-10.

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