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People come out tonight to support Vinton's former police chief. We'll tell you what they want done.
Firefighters battle a house fire in Roanoke County into the night.
Democrats chose candidates for Roanoke City Council.
Plus a crash on I-81. We'll have details.
News 7 is next.
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((THEY'VE BEEN EXONERATED THAT'S WHAT THEY HAVE TOLD US THROUGHOUT IF THEY WERE EXONERATED THEY WOULD BE GIVEN FULL RESTITUTION AND ONCE AGAIN THEY'VE HIDDEN BEHIND THE REPORT.))
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The special grand jury investigation into Vinton's police department is finished.
So why are many residents more frustrated than ever?
The months of battle between the town of Vinton and supporters of former Police Chief Ricky Foutz are not over yet.
Yesterday the special prosecutor said he would not file charges against Foutz -- and tonight residents came out to see if town council would give him full restitution.
Kate Weidaw attended tonight's council meeting and joins us from the newsroom.
Tonight tempers flared once again... Residents reminded council that said if Foutz was not going to be charged he should be given full restitution -- council said tonight let's wait until the judge determines if the report is going to be made public.
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((YOU SAID IF HE DIDN'T FIND RICKY GUILTY YOU SAID YOU WOULD GET HIS PAY BACK.))
It was an emotional evening as residents lashed out against town council.
This all came after the grand jury completed its investigation into irregularities in the handling of public funds as well as allegations about drugs and gun evidence in the Police Department. Special Prosecutor Neil Vener said there wasn't enough evidence to charge anybody with a crime.
This was news residents had been waiting for -- so Foutz could receive restitution.
But council said it needs to wait for the judge to decide if the report is going to be made pubic before making a decision.
((BUCK HEARTWELL/TOWN ATTORNEY: THE SPECIAL GRAND JURY REPORT WILL DETERMINE NOT IF CRIMES WERE COMMITTED BUT HAS THE PUBLIC TRUST BEEN BETRAYED.))
((TERRY OBENCHAIN: WE ARE TIRED OF BEING TREATED LIKE THIS YOU HIDE BEHIND THESE REPORTS. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THESE REPORTS THAT'S UP TO JUDGE STRIKCLAND.))
((WILLIAM OBENCHAIN/COUNCILMAN: I WILL PROVIDE FULL RESTITUTION IF WE FIND OUT IF WE WERE WRONG.))
That is what William Obenchain has said from the beginning and residents say they're going to make him stick to his promise.
Judge Strickland will be taking public comment on Thursday at 4pm before she makes her decision whether to make the report public.
A Virginia Tech exchange student is charged with raping a woman he met in an Internet chat room.
Blacksburg Police arrested the Turkish student, 28-year old (Sell-on) Celal Olgun, Saturday on charges of raping and sodomizing the 20-year old Blacksburg woman.
Police say the woman invited him to meet at her apartment Friday after several online chats.
After he arrived, they say, he raped her multiple times.
Olgun is being held without bond.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
Our weather was rather quiet today, but tt will take weeks, perhaps longer- for cleanup in Camilla, Georgia to be completed..
Today people looked through what's left to find whatever they could- a photograph or a memento.
Most of the people killed were found in this trailer park- where volunteers have been working round the clock to help those left without-
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((PEOPLE AROUND HERE ARE RESILIENT THEY HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT, FAMILY FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, EVERYTHING.))
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At least 22 people died in the twisters. Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency in several counties.
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Roanoke Democrats have chosen their candidates for the City Council elections in May...
Tonight's mass meeting saw two challengers prevail over Council incumbents.
Joe Dashiell is just back from William Fleming High School where the meeting wrapped up within the hour.
Jean, Mayor Bowers didn't have any Democratic opposition, but there were six council candidates vying for three nominations... and tonight the winners were Norman, Wyatt and Bestpitch.
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Of course, tonight's results mean that two incumbents Carroll Swain and Jim Trout will not have the party's nomination.
Despite that, Democratic officials believe they will have a unified party, Jean
And they believe this six way contest has helped to mobilize voters for the May elections.
The Northbound lanes on Interstate 81 near Dixie Caverns were closed down for a short time late this afternoon.
An S-U-V traveling Northbound lost control, went into the median, and flipped over several times.
The driver, 39-year old Gregory Williams of Florida was flown to R-M-H by Lifeguard 10.
No word yet on his condition.
State police say charges are pending.
A 19-year old Roanoke County man is dead after a fatal car accident this morning.
Police say Anthony Brent Robertson was speeding northbound on Lochaven Drive... when he ran off the right side of the road, hit the guard rail, went on to hit several trees, and flipped several times.
Robertson died at the scene.
Passenger 19-year old Duane Wise was treated and released from the hospital.
The new Speaker of the House says he may need some bunny slippers to ease his ankle pain, after a marathon lawmaking session.
But they've made it to halftime at Virginia's General Assembly.
Ellen Qualls has highlights.
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It was almost the last House bill the House had to act on that stumped the new Speaker from Amherst.
But otherwise, Crossover Day was fast-paced and productive.
A bill aimed at laid off textile workers, but with wording to increase unemployment benefits in 30 localities across the state won surprise passage in the House
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A bill died that would have lifted the 18 year old state regulation process over where hospitals and clinics can open in Virginia --despite a good fight:
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((DEL. JACK RUST/R-FAIRFAX: WE THOUGHT WE COULD CONTROL MEDICAL COSTS, WHILE ASSURING QUALITY OF CARE AND ACCESS BY IMPOSING THE CERTIFICATE OF NEED PROCESS ON HEALTH CARE. WE ALSO THOUGHT THAT BELL BOTTOMS WERE COOL AND DISCO WAS THE BEST MUSIC THAT EXISTED.))
Death row inmates would get more than just Virginia's tightest in the nation 21 day rule to have new evidence heard in their cases under a bill the House passed.
Felons would have an easier time getting their voting rights restored-- also under a bill the House passed.
And Virginia's antiquated sodomy law would be eased-- making oral or anal sex between consenting adults only a misdemeanor instead of a felony.
A 50 to 49 vote passed the hot button bill after some pointed out prostitution is only a misdemeanor.
In the Senate, two bills passed to close a recent federal court case loophole that's allowed wetlands to be filled IN.
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They start all over again with the other chamber's bills now.
The session runs until March 11th.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Virginia Employment Commission representatives from across the state are trying to help former Tultex workers get back on their feet.
Dozens filed claims for Trade or NAFTA benefits in South Boston today.
With the help of these benefits, many will head back to school to learn different skills.
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The V-E-C will hold another session tomorrow at the National Guard Armory in South Boston.
The Tultex plant in South Boston closed its doors in December.
The doctor exodus continues from Lewis Gale.
We'll have the latest.
And... the feds have possible names in their search for suspects after hackers brought big trouble to some popular web sites last week.
Details coming up.
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The Lewis-Gale Clinic says its patients are happy. But many of the apparently doctors aren't... Another one quit today.
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Cardiologist William Rutherford Junior turned in his resignation.
He is the 31st doctor to quit this year, in a dispute with the clinic's parent company.
Firefighters are still working on a house fire that started earlier this afternoon in Roanoke County.
And officials say it isn't the first time the owner had a house go up in flames.
Three companies fought the blaze on Catawba Creek Road, near the Botetourt County line.
Authorities say no one was at home when the fire broke out just after 4:30.
The owner had left to pick up his wife at work.
Authorities have begun tracking down suspects in last weeks cyber attacks- that shut down several big web sites.
Sandra Hughes has the latest-
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ITS TAKEN ONLY A WEEK FOR NAMES TO SURFACE IN THE NATIONAL MANHUNT FOR
THE CYBER CRIMINALS WHO BROUGHT DOWN SOME OF THE INTERNET'S MOST POPULAR
STANFORD UNIVERSITY COMPUTERS WERE HIJACKED AS PART OF LAST WEEKS
ATTACKS, COMPUTER EXPERTS THERE CLAIMED IN PUBLISHED REPORTS TO HAVE TRACED THE ATTACK BACK TO A HACKER CODE-NAMED COOLIO.-A HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUT WHO HAS LAUNCHED OTHER ATTACKS..
THOUGH LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES WONT CHARACTERIZE ANYONE AS A
SUSPECT..THEY TELL CBS NEWS THEY ARE TALKING TO HACKERS WHO'VE WRITTEN
OPENLY ABOUT THE ATTACKS ON INTERNET CHAT ROOMS.
A GERMAN HACKER NAMED MIXTER WROTE THE PROGRAMS USED TO ATTACK THE WEB
SITES..WE TRIED TO REACH HIM BY PHONE..HIS MOTHER SAID HE IS COOPERATING
WITH AMERICAN AUTHORITIES:
IT APPEARS WARNING SIGNS WERE EVERYWHERE THAT THE HACKERS WERE GEARING
UP FOR LAST WEEKS ATTACKS ON YAHOO, EBAY, ETRADE AND OTHERS. THE FBI
WARNED ABOUT IT LAST YEAR
THE NATIONS LARGEST BANKS AND BROKERAGE FIRMS MONITORING INTERNET
ACTIVITY DETECTED TROUBLE, TOO.
Kawika Doguio/ security consultant Were seeing attacks like
these directed at us all the time and were prepared to deal with these
kinds of attacks and even more dangerous types of attacks
COMPUTER EXPERTS SAY CONSUMERS SHOULD BE RELIEVED AT THE SPEED OF THE INVESTIGATION:
Peter Coffee/pc week not only are they going to come after you but
unless you're a lot smarter than you think you are you are probably
going to leave some traces that allow you to be identified and very
likely be caught.
AT THIS POINT, INVESTIGATORS TELL CBS NEWS NO ARRESTS ARE IMMINENT
BUT SAY THEY ARE TRACKING LEADS NATIONWIDE AND HAVE LAUNCHED 17 ACTIVE
INVESTIGATIONS..AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER..INTO THE CYBER ASSAULT. SANRA HUGHES/CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.))
Still to come on News 7 -
Ed McMahon shocks a woman who checked out the Early Show on CBS today...
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A Roanoke doctor says healthier Americans may be making cancer the number one cause of death in the United States.
Specialists predict cancer will exceed heart disease as the leading killer within the next ten years.
One reason points to the fact that Americans are living longer -- and statistically cancer affects the older population.
Ed McMahon's known for going to people's homes to award them millions from American Family Publishers.
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But today he gave away the money on The Early Show on CBS.
McMahon surprised the winner who outside the CBS studios watching a taping today.
It's tonight's Video of the Day.
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((ED MCMAHON: AND LOOK AT THE NAME ON THE 10 MILLION DOLLAR CHECK. IT HAS YOU'RE NAME YOU'VE JUST WON TEN MILLINO AUDIENCE: APPLAUSE. MCMAHON: ARE YOU ALRIGHT? HOW DO YOU FEEL? FAYE PELOSA: FEEL LIKE I COULD FLY AWAY. MCMAHON. TAKE ME WITH YOU!))
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Pelosa says she plans to go shopping at Tiffany's.
McMahon also passed out 50 dollar bills to members of the audience.
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High school highlights, plus UVa rolls over Clemson and more from Daytona but first our extra point.
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Retired Lions RB Barry Sanders must pay back $1.83 million of his $11
million signing bonus. An arbitrator ruled Sanders has defaulted on only one year, making him liable for only one-sixth of the bonus. Now your numbers.
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We start on the ACC hard wood where Virginia improved to 7 and 5 in Conference and 17 and 8 overall by beating Clemson in Charlottesville.
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Up 38-21 at the half, the Cavs would watch four players score in double figures. Roger Mason throws down this break away early in the second half.
Donald Hand lead all scorers with 21, including this hoop to give the Wahoos a 20 point advantage.
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In high school hoops, a Blue Ridge District battle in Vinton.
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Paul Barnard's fighting words couldn't help the Terriers defend the doghouse.
Chad Myers keeps William Byrd in the game. Myers gets the off balanced shot to fall.
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Down in Shawsville, the Shawnees and Auburn met in a Three Rivers District match up.
Auburn off the inbounds gets it to Ashley Altizer, the drive and one handed "J" is good for two of his 17 on the night.
Shawsville battles on the boards for the points, David Showalter finally gets it to fall for the Shawness.
But Auburn makes the steal. Nick Stewart scored 11 and gets the layin here and the Eagles fly high with the 62-51 win.
Phil Jackson made his first return to Chicago last night as his Los Angeles Lakers beat the Bulls 88-76.
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In Philadelphia, the Sixers took on Charlotte. Watch big George Lynch grab the rebound and go up strong for the bucket, he had 13 points and 9 rebounds.
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The Daytona International Speedway was filled to the brim with Cup, Busch and Truck series cars. But Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller say three was hardly a crowd.
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Don't forget Mike's half hour special on your Hometown Station.
NASCAR 2000, the Daytona 500 hits the WDBJ air ways this Saturday night at six, be sure to check it out.
There IS no place like home for the Express. Tonight Roanoke returned home from a road skid to pound Charlotte 5-1 in front of three thousand 12 fans.
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One of those, was that guy, Express owner Dick Yancey who was in town to check out his team.
The Checkers Mark Tropper breaks loose with the puck and beat Daniel Berthiaume for the goal at the 7:35 mark of the second. 2-1 Express.
Roanoke goes up 3-1 on this tally. Ben Schust buries the [SUPER=34-Roanoke/5/Charlotte/1;]biscuit at the 13:25 mark.
Roanoke was 3 for 4 on the power play.
Rob Schweyer rips rope to begin the third and the Express jumps the Checkers 5-1.
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A Roanoke Valley soccer icon is headed to South Dakota State University.
Roanoke native Lang Wedemeyer will be the first women's soccer coach for the Jackrabbits.
Lang has played six years in the Eastern division D-3 Pro League of the USL.
And was the assistant executive director of the Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer Club.
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