[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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Tornados and severe thunderstorms hit Alabama.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And friends and family remember Tara Munsey.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Scattered showers are making their way into the region, along with warmer temperatures and later on gusty winds.


A wind advisory goes into effect this afternoon and tonight.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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As many as eleven people may be dead in Georgia after tornados touched down overnight.
Severe weather also hit Alabama.
High winds and hale caused scattered damage in the northern and central portions of the state.
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[3;02]
Thousands were left without power.
In Huntsville a strip mall and a restaurant were damaged along with several homes.
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And a twister touched down in Montgomery, damaging mobile homes and downing power lines and trees.
No one was injured but many roads were closed while firemen cleared debris.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=00-01 31:54]
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It's been four days since Tara Rose Munsey was found shot to death in Pulaski County.
Yesterday-- hundreds attended a memorial service at Radford High school where the 17- year old was a sophomore.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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[E-Court-Bills]


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[NEWSCAST=Morn]
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In Richmond this weekend Virginia lawmakers were busy pushing their way through bills.
They have a Tuesday midnight deadline for each chamber to act on its own bills... at the halfway point of this year's General Assembly session.
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Yesterday afternoon, the House Courts of Justice Committee approved a handful of interesting bills.
One would lessen the penalty for oral or certain other sex acts between consenting adults from a felony to a misdemeanor.
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((DEL. KAREN DARNER/D-ARLINGTON: WHAT WE'VE LOOKED FOR IN THE PAST HAS BEEN JUST DECRIMINALIZING IT AND SAYING THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY PENALTY FOR THIS CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN THE COMMONWEALTH. BUT, AND MOST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT IT'S AGAINST THE LAW. BUT I WORKED WITH SOME FOLKS LAST YEAR AT THE END OF THE SESSION, AND WE WENT TO THE IDEA OF LOOKING FOR IT TO BE A MISDEMEANOR, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE OF THE PENALTIES ATTACHED TO FELONIES.))
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The committee also said yes to a bill that would let felons petition a circuit court to restore their voting rights after they've served their prison time.
Current Virginia law leaves that decision up to the Governor.
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Authorities say a Botetourt County man set fire to his family's home Saturday morning.
46 year old Charles Douglas Russell later turned himself over to sheriff's authorities and was charged with arson.


Russell's wife recently sought a protective order against her husband.
She and her two children were staying with relatives at the time of the fire.


[1-Sports]


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In sports, the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame inducts the class of 2000.
Roy Stanley has more.
Good Morning Roy.
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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: money))

[SCHULZ-MEMORIAL]


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[WRITER=mel]
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Fans of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the ``Peanuts'' gang will have a chance to say goodbye to the man who created them.
Charles Schulz's family says a public memorial service will be held for the cartoonist on February 21st in California.
Schulz died Saturday night, on the eve of the last original Sunday ``Peanuts'' strip.
Lee Cowan reports.
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(( AS READERS GRABBED THEIR MORNING PAPER TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE PEANUTS GANG ... THEY NEVER EXPECTED THEY'D ALSO BE SAYING GOODBYE TO THE COMIC'S CREATOR -- CHARLES SHULZ.
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JUST AS HIS FINAL STRIP WAS ROLLING OFF THE PRESSES, SCHULZ'S LIFE CAME TO AN END. THE 77-YEAR OLD CARTOONIST DIED IN HIS SLEEP ... AT HIS HOME IN SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA. HE HAD BEEN BATTLING COLON CANCER, AND ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT AFTER UNDERGOING SURGERY LAST NOVEMBER.
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FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS, SCHULZ DELIGHTED FANS YOUNG AND OLD ... WITH THE MISFORTUNES OF A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN ... THE "KNOW-IT-ALL" RAMBLINGS OF HIS PAL, LUCY ... AND CRAZY ANTICS OF HIS UNCONTROLLABLE DOG, SNOOPY. THE RELATIVELY PRIVATE SCHULZ SAID PEANUTS REFLECTED HIS INNER-MOST THOUGHTS.
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"If you were to read the script just for a few months, you would know me because everything I am goes into the script. All of my fears, my anxieties, my joys.
PEANUTS DEBUTED IN 1950, AND WENT ON TO REACH AN ESTIMATED 355 MILLION READERS DAILY IN 75 COUNTRIES. ((NAT))
THE STRIP ALSO SPAWNED TELEVISION SPECIALS, MERCHANDISING -- EVEN A BROADWAY SHOW.
AT AN ICE RINK SCHULZ OFTEN VISITED, PEOPLE EXPRESSED SHOCK AND SADNESS.
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SCHULZ LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND FAMILY, AND A CAST OF CHARACTERS INKED IN OUR MINDS FOREVER. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON))

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When "Ragtime" opens later today at the Roanoke Civic Center, some local talent will be on the stage.
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Yesterday afternoon, auditions were held to select two African American boys, between the ages of four and six, to play "Little Coalhouse."
Colin Johnson and Demitri Chambers were picked and will take part in the Broadway musical which runs today through Wednesday.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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In medical news, Doctor Dave Hnida has some tips to remember before going under the knife.
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((EVERY DAY THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS UNDERGO SURGERY- MOST GO HOME THE SAME DAY. THATS UNLIKE YEARS PAST- WHEN YOU HAD 2 OR 3 DAYS TO FEEL BETTER- NOW IT'S - DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YOUR WHEELCHAIR ON THE WAY OUT. THIS IS SOMETHING I JUST HAD TO DEAL WITH- WITH MY 16 YEAR OLD SON JOE- WHO HAD MAJOR SHOULDER SURGERY.. AND WAS SENT HOME LESS THAN 3 HOURS AFTER THE PROCEDURE WAS DONE. IT CAN BE AS TERRIFYING THING TO DEAL WITH - EVEN FOR ME- A DOCTOR. SO HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO ASK BEFORE ANY OUTPATIENT SURGERY IS DONE.
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FIRST- YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE ITS BEING DONE- THAT MEANS HOSPITAL- SURGICENTER- OR DOCTORS OFFICE- THAT LAST ONE MAKES ME NERVOUS- BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BE SURE THAT OPERATING FACILITY IN AN OFFICE OR CLINIC IS EQUIPPED TO HANDLE ANY EMERGENCY.
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NEXT- BE SURE YOUR DOCTOR KNOWS EVERY MEDICINE YOU'RE TAKING- EVEN VITAMINS AND HERBS- SINCE SOME CAN INTERFERE WITH ANESTHESIA.
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YOU ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET IN SHAPE FOR YOUR SURGERY- FOR EXAMPLE- THERAPY TO MAKE A KNEE STRONGER- WALKING TO MAKE YOUR LUNGS STRONGER- SO YOU'LL RECOVER FROM SURGERY FASTER.
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AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST- YOU SHOULD BE GIVEN A PAPER THAT LISTS WHO TO CALL- WHEN TO CALL- AND WHY TO CALL- IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE THE AT-HOME MEDICAL EXPERT FOR A FEW DAYS. ON CAM YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO GET A SECOND OPINION. I'M DR, DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

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[On Record]
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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Friends and family say goodbye to Tara Munsey.
The Radford Teenager was remembered yesterday at a memorial service.
She was found shot to death on Thursday, more than two weeks after she disappeared from the Taco Bell restaurant where she worked.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Thunderstorms and tornados ripped through portions of the southern U-S yesterday, killing up to eleven people in Georgia.
In Alabama trees and power lines were downed and homes and businesses damaged.
Thousands were left without power.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A private funeral is scheduled this week for a man who created some of the most beloved cartoon characters in the world.
Fans of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy are mourning the death of Charles Schulz.
He died Saturday night at age 77, on the eve of ``Peanuts''' final appearance.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Monday February 14.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-TORNADOS]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Mitchell County, Georgia is reeling this morning after tornados touched down and killed as many as eleven people.
Meantime at least one tornado touched down in Alabama.
In Montgomery, a T-V news crew captured a twister on tape.
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The tornado damaged mobile homes and brought down trees and power lines.
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[3:02:]
In Huntsville, High winds from thunderstorms damaged a strip mall and homes and businesses.
No injured have been reported.
But thousands in the northern and central portions of the state were left without power.
And many roads were closed so firefighters could remove debris.
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[WRITER=mel]
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The most scientific mapping of the planet may end sooner than planned.
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NASA is trying to figure out what's caused a thruster problem aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, that could cut short the mapping mission.
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Meantime, a robot spacecraft is poised to become the first craft ever to orbit an asteroid.
Mission officials say the NEAR Spacecraft is scheduled to fire its thrusters this morning, then settle into orbit around the asteroid called Eros, named for the Greek God of love.
It will orbit the asteroid for a year.
Scientists say the research could help defend us from so-called ``killer'' asteroids on a collision course with Earth.

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Hundreds of people turned out for a memorial service for Tara Rose Munsey.
In a 45-minute service yesterday, the 17-year-old was remembered by two classmates and a teacher at Radford High School.
Joy Sutton was there.
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[Trump]


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Donald Trump has decided NOT to run for president.
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Sources say the real estate mogul will make an announcement later today.
He's reportedly said the Reform Party is too fractured to support a credible presidential candidate.
Trump's decision now leaves former Republican Pat Buchanan as the front running candidate for the Reform Party's nomination.
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[E-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=kwe]
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And while Trump is dropping out, George W- Bush and Al Gore are leading in Virginia polls.
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A Media General News Service poll shows Bush leading John McCain-- 39 percent to 25 percent.
Gore received the support of 40 percent of those polled while Bill Bradley had 29 percent support.
The news service interviewed 8-hundred adults in Virginia earlier this month.
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((Archive: money))

[Airline-Inspections]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
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Today's the deadline for airlines to inspect the tail sections of certain planes.
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The F-A-A ordered the inspections after last month's Alaska Airlines crash.
Investigators believe problems with the Jackscrew in the tail might have caused the crash.
At least 22 jackscrews have been sent to the National Transportation Safety Board for additional testing.
Those planes have been grounded.
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[Feedback]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
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Home healthcare, and the president's trip to the Homestead sparked response from viewers this week.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
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(( A profile of the home care services provided 6-year-old Anthony Lawson of Patrick County on News-7 at 5 brought praise from a viewer in West Virginia. [Tammy Hale]
It is a refreshing look at the everyday life of someone who requires specialized care and can still stay at home...There are people out there who look at a special needs child and think how can you work with them? If they just took the time to get to know the child they would learn a lot. I know I have...Keep up the good work and thanks for showing us something positive and refreshing for once.
The day President Clinton visited the Homestead for a private speech to congressional Democrats, we had some pictures in the middle of News-7 at 6. A Bath County viewer wanted more coverage, at the top of the newscast. [Bobby Spurgeon]
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I know that Bath County might not be the hot bed of news day in and day out, but you would think that when the most powerful man in the world today comes to visit you would do a better job at covering the event.
Here's how to drop us a line.
News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
The fax number to the newsroom is 343-7269.
Our e-mail address is news@wdbj7.com.
And on our website, wdbj7.com, you'll find a moderated on-line forum.
Joe McKean, News-7. [Animation Close]))

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What would a Valentine's celebration be without chocolate?
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Everything from chocolate covered strawberries to cakes and candies decorated the Roanoke Civic Center for the Chocolate Festival.
Chefs from across the area showed off their skills in a dessert contest.
And to make the tasting even more enjoyable, entertainment was provided along with children's activities and a chance to win something even sweeter... a diamond pendant from Ginger's Jewelers.
All proceeds from yesterday's event benefit the Center in the Square.
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In sports, Roy Stanley has a report from Daytona and highlights from Virginia Tech basketball.
Good Morning Roy.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[Local-Recap]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Hundred remembered Tara Rose Munsey at memorial service yesterday.
In a 45-minute service yesterday, the 17-year-old was memorialized by two classmates and a teacher at Radford High School.
Her body was found late last week in a remote wooded area of Pulaski County near the New River.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The house of Delegates and state senate are moving quickly to act on their own bills-- they must act by midnight tomorrow.
Among the bills under consideration-- one that would lessen the penalty for oral sex acts between consenting adults from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Also-- a bill that would let felons petition a circuit court to restore their voting rights.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


George W. Bush and Al Gore are leading as the commonwealth's Presidential Primary approaches.
A poll of 800 Virginia voters earlier this month shows Bush leading John McCain-- 39 percent to 25 percent.
Gore leads Bill Bradley 40 percent to 29 percent.
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