A search is on tonight for two missing hikers-
And a second night of another search for a missing 8-year old.
We'll hear from the sister of the man charged with Tara Munsey's murder.
Fire at one apartment building.
And Roanoke College pulls off an ODAC championship.
News 7 is next.
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The search for a missing Nelson County girl goes into its second night.
There's still no sign of 8-year-old Jackie Holden, who wandered away from her home yesterday morning.
Kate Weidaw is live at the search command center with the latest.
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Another search is underway tonight - this one in Carroll County.
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Authorities say three men went on a hike today near Sugar Loaf Lookout off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Fancy Gap.
Only one of the men returned after the all-day outing. He says his friends never made it back - and he doesn't know where they are.
A search and rescue team is combing the area.
In New Hampshire, it was a case of a missing boy- but this search had a happy ending.
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Rescuers found the ten year old boy-alive after he spent the night on a ski slope.
Ryan Lanagan disappeared late last night after skiing off a trail and ending up in deep snow.
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((RYAN LANAGAN/RESCUED BOY: I JUST LAID DOWN IN THE SNOW AND SLEPT. REPORTER: WERE YOU SCARED? BOY: NOT THAT SCARED I KNEW THE BEARS WERE HIBERNATING.))
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((TODD BERGOTIS/RESCUE WORKER: IT WAS SPRUCE FOREST SO THE WIND MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS BAD FOR HIM. THERE WAS A GOOD WIND BREAKER. HE JUST STAYED PUT. HE WALKED AROUND TO KEEP WARM THE BET HE COULD. HE DID HAVE A GOOD NIGHT HE DID SLEEP A LITTLE.))
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Lanagan also kept warm by burying himself in the snow - a tactic he apparently learned from his older brother.
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Six people are dead after avalanches swept the Alps-
In Switzerland, police say a German man and his son skied into an area of deep snow despite Avalanche warnings-
The two set off a snowslide that covered the father and two Swiss men skiing farther down the mountain on a prepared course- Only the son survived.
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In Italy, searchers recovered the bodies of two women and a man- after an avalanche there.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
Stormy weather is soaking the usually parched city of Las Vegas.
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Heavy rain and wind are part of a cold front coming down out of the Gulf
of Alaska. The storm caused lots of problems in the region...but in Las Vegas area
minor street flooding was the worst of it.
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[Toss back to anchor][Thomas]
The murder of Tara Rose Munsey has left a community stunned and two families devastated.
Marya Jones spoke with family members of the SUSPECT- Jeffrey Thomas -- and has their reaction to his arrest.
[IN Q=Lisa Davis]
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[SUPER=01-Lisa Davis/Thomas' Sister;]
[SUPER=01-Gary Davis/Thomas' Brother-In-Law;]
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(( Lisa Davis was heartbroken when she heard that Tara Munsey -- a friend of the family -- was missing.
And she was crushed, weeks later, when her brother Jeff Thomas, was arrested in the murder.
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((LISA DAVIS: MY HEART BREAKS FOR THE MUNSEY FAMILY AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT THEY MAY FEEL, BUT I DO LOVE MY BROTHER AND IN THE END I PRAY THAT THIS IS NOT THE TRUTH.))
Davis and her husband, Gary, acknowledge Thomas' past brushes with the law... including a 1993 conviction for beating a man with a baseball bat.
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((A LOT OF IT WAS HE DRANK AND WHEN HE DRANK, IT SEEMED TO... THAT'S WHEN HE GOT IN TROUBLE. ))
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((GARY DAVIS: I TRIED HELPING HIM. BUT HE WAS DOING GOOD, JEFF WAS DOING GOOD.))
They describe the man in the mugshot as an adopted foster child... a brother who talked to them on the phone every day... and the doting dad of a 5-year-old girl.
And that's what makes the crime he's charged with so hard to understand. Thomas was arrested last Thursday for the capital murder of Tara Munsey, whose body was found shot in a ditch. Authorities charge that the killing happened during an attempted sexual assault.
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((I KNOW THAT IF HE'S THE PERSON, THEN JUSTICE WILL HAVE TO BE SERVED, BUT HE'S NOT A HORRIBLE PERSON. ))
((MARYA JONES/NEWS 7: THOMAS' FAMILY MEMBERS HAVEN'T SEEN HIM SINCE HIS ARREST LAST WEEK. BUT THEY SAY THEY HOPE TO GET THAT CHANCE AT HIS ARRAIGNMENT. MJN7.))
An announcement in Henry County tomorrow -- is expected to bring news of 400 new jobs.
Government sources says a major clothing manufacturer will open a distribution center in the county with the highest unemployment rate in Virginia.
The plans call for about a 40 million dollar investment and eventually construction of a new state of the art facility.
The announcement comes after more than 35-hundred textile jobs have been lost in the Henry County area.
The pastor and founder of a Franklin County church died suddenly last night.
Elsie Witcher, known as Bishop, founded the New Design Holiness Church in Sontag.
She crashed her car last night and went to a neighbor's house to call police.
The sheriff said Witcher then fell on the floor and died of a heart attack.
She was 76 years old.
Democrats Bill Bradley and Al Gore debate tonight at the Apollo Theater in Harlem- while Republican candidates gear up for tomorrow's primary in the Motor city.
Drew Levinson has more.
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((HITTING THE ROAD BEFORE DAWN, GEORGE W. BUSH IS TRYING TO SQUEEZE IN AS MUCH CAMPAIGNING AS POSSIBLE IN THIS KEY INDUSTRIAL STATE.
IN DETROIT THE FORMER PART OWNER OF THE TEXAS RANGERS BASEBALL TEAM
GOT A WARM WELCOME FROM AN AUTO PARTS WORKER WEARING A RANGERS TEAM CAP.
I knew he'd like this hat.Yeh, absolutely, thank you.
THE MAN ALSO MADE A REQUEST OF THE TEXAS GOVERNOR.
"I hope you pick up some of the issues Alan Keyes is talking about.
He's a strong man isn't he? Yeh."
BUT THIRD RUNNING ALAN KEYS IS NOT BUSH'S BIGGEST CONCERN, JOHN MCCAIN
IS. THE ARIZONA SENATOR AND BUSH ARE RUNNING NECK AND NECK IN MICHIGAN.
MCCAIN REPEATED HIS CALL FOR AN OVERHAUL OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM AND AN END TO THE CORRUPTION HE SAYS HAS AFFECTED BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.
JOHN MCCAIN/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Take the government out of the hands of special interest and give it
back to you. The big money people are ruling Washington, my friends and that's what's wrong today.
BUSH CONTINUES TO TOUT CAMPAIGN REFORM. IN THEIR WHIRLWIND TOUR OF
MICHIGAN BOTH MEN ARE PREDICTING VICTORY HERE.
GEORGE W. BUSH/PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I've been traveling all across this state, let me tell you what my senses are, I feel victory here in Michigan, I want to thank you all for coming!
DREW LEVINSON: Though both men are focused on the Michigan Primary they haven't
forgotten its just one of two tomorrow. McCain feels confident he'll win in his home state of Arizona, but the Bush folks feel they have a real
chance of winning there too. Drew Levinson, CBS News, Detroit.))
The Virginia Primaries are only eight days away. And U-S Congressman Virgil Goode is not wasting anytime letting people know who he's supporting.
This afternoon in front of tobacco industry workers, the Independent announced his support for Republican candidate George W- Bush.
The people who attended the press conference say that Bush is the only one who will listen to their concerns on tobacco.
[IN Q=Of the four]
((C.D. BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO: OF THE FOUR CANDIDATES BUSH IS THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL GIVE US A FAIR SHAKE.
VIRGIL GOODE/(I) 5TH DISTRICT: HE OFFERS THE BEST IN UNITY WE WANT OUR CONCERNS TO BE HEARD.))
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Congressman Goode adds that his own campaign for re-election is going well.
Onto politics in Roanoke - Ralph Smith says the Star City can benefit from his experience as a successful businessman.
Today, he formally entered the race for Mayor.
Smith kicked off his campaign at the Northeast Roanoke home where he lived as a child.
Though he faces an incumbent and a former council member in the "three-way" race, Smith says he's confident about his prospects.
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[IN Q=The most successful campaigns]
((RALPH SMITH/R- CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR: THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS ALWAYS COME WHEN YOU ASSUME YOU'RE ALWAYS FIVE POINTS BEHIND. AND THAT'S THE WAY I'LL START WORKING TODAY. AND I EXPECT TO PREVAIL.))
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[OUT Q=and I expect to prevail.]
Smith will face Democratic Incumbent David Bowers and Independent Mac McCadden in the May election.
Lewis Gale sent one departing doctor on his way a little early... So where's his replacement?
Coming up - the latest twist in the Lewis-Gale Departing Doctors saga.
And -- fire claims a dozen Blacksburg apartments today.
The story, ahead.
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[OUT Q=later in sports]
((HEY JEAN, THE LAST UNDEFEATED COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM IN THE NATION HAS FALLEN. ROANOKE COLLEGE UPSET HAMPDEN SYDNEY IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP. THE LATEST IN TRADING CARDS ISN'T A CARD AT ALL. PLUS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NBA AND NHL. THAT AND MORE LATER IN SPORTS.))
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She was hired to replace a departing doctor at Lewis-Gale Clinic.
Now Kaye Allen may need a replacement of her
She didn't show up for work today - and the clinic says it doesn't know if she's coming back.
Allen was hired...
to replace occupational medicine doctor Darrell Powledge.
He is one of nearly 40 doctors to resign from the clinic in recent months ... in a dispute with the parent company.
Lewis-Gale terminated Powledge BEFORE his 90-day notice was up, because Allen had been hired.
The clinic says Doctor Allen has not formally resigned ... but doesn't know if she'll return.
Lewis Gale says patient care has NOT been interrupted.
Blacksburg firefighters say an overloaded electrical outlet was to blame for a blaze that destroyed twelve apartments.
The fire erupted mid-morning in the 29-hundred building of Foxridge Apartments. It started in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment.
Firefighters say the woman who lived there had plugged too many appliances into one electrical outlet.
Firefighters worked on the blaze for one hour to bring the flames under control but not before it gutted all four apartments on the top floor.
Apartments on the two lower floors had water damage.
Total Damage is estimated at 300-thousand dollars.
Residents are being put up in a motel until they find other lodging.
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Child Safety Awareness Week was last week, but Danville police officers say people haven't been getting the message.
So this afternoon an officer handed out literature and informed parents about child seat belt safety. Authorities say they've seen too many children not buckled up properly.
[IN Q=I'm hoping]
((STEVE ANDERSON/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: I'M HOPING THE COVERAGE AND FOCUS ON CHILD SAFETY WILL HELP SAVE LIVES AND ...FAMILY ATTENTION TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.))
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[OUT Q=highway safety.]
Officers say most of the problems they're seeing are with child safety seats.
Still ahead on News 7 -
A big welcome-back for Dave Letterman.
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((HE'S THE BIG MAN. THE PLACE IS ALIVE AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=alive again.]
Some comic heavy-hitters join him on his first new show - in over a month.
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Some Roanoke County cable subscribers are getting two more channels. But is it worth more money?
Cox Communications says it's raising the standard-service rate by a dollar-59 if you live in the Roanoke Valley.
It means - starting next month - your bill for the popular basic-and-standard package goes up to 33-dollars a month.
Cox says the two new channels are the Discovery Health Network and the Cartoon Network.
Late night funny man David Letterman is back on T-V tonight... after having heart surgery.
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He's hosting the C-B-S Late Show tonight, Wednesday and Friday.
Robin Williams is one of tonight's guests- along with Jerry Seinfeld who was seen heading into the studio earlier. Regis Philbin will also appear.
The show was taped last week and at least one audience member couldn't have been happier.
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((IT WAS GREAT, THE PEOPLE WERE GREAT, THE AUDIENCE WAS GREAT, THE SHOW WAS AWESOME GUYS.))
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[OUT Q=was awesome guys]
Regis Philbin was Dave's last guest before the surgery and will be the first on tonight's show.
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Coming up, an ODAC Tournament champion is crowned, plus NBA and NHL highlights. But first our extra point.
Major League baseball training camps are starting to open up throughout Florida and Arizona this week.
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The Mets' camp is attracting a few more folks than usual because Garth Brooks is in uniform.
Garth's spring training stint will last 34 days, and while he doesn't plan on making the big league roster, he does plan on raising a lot of money for his "Touch 'Em All" foundation that contributed nearly $2 million dollars to children's charities last year.
Now here are the scores.
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Roanoke shocked the nation's number one ranked division III men's basketball team last night, downing previously unbeaten Hampden-Sydney 69-63 in the ODAC tournament title game in front of more than three thousand fans.
Steve Mason has more.
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For Roanoke to play a cut above the nation's number one team, the Maroons had to play great defense. They did. Roanoke freshman guard Jamar Mansel was making acrobatic baskets. Page Moir would also watch senior pre med student Parris Butler dissect the Tigers D. Meanwhile Hampden-Sydney's Chris Fox and J.B. Grimes to 8 combined points, 20 below their average.
Roanoke's Brad Dunleavy led the Maroon charge with a game high 21 points and this steal that lead to this slam, one of 19 Tiger turnovers.
But recently recovered Jason Strickland, bum knee and all was the difference, collecting four steals while earning 15 solid points.
Trailing in double digits in the second, by as much as 15, The Tigers made a ruin behind Jack Jiraks 19 points.
But blame it on the Butler as Roanoke goes to Parris at the end. He seals the Maroons ODAC upset with a three. Roanoke hands the Tigers their first loss of the season 69-63.
The Mountain Empire district regular season ended in an unusual four way tie between Galax, Ft. Chiswell, Narrows and Grayson Co.
The two-night playoff for the four teams began last night in Wyhteville with Fort Chiswell and Galax getting wins. They will play tonight with a trip to regionals on the line.
In the Pioneer, Parry McCluer lost to Covington in their regular season playoff.
Covington now advances to the Region C tournament.
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Another upset in college basketball last night as St John's beats 22nd ranked Connecticut.
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St. John's makes the steal the lay up caps off a six to nothing run at the start of the game.
The Huskies battled back. Kevin Freeman drains the three to cut St John's lead to two.
The Red Storm rolled to its sixth straight win with beautiful plays like this one and St. John's beats UCONN 79-64.
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Reggie Miller hit two free throws in the final minutes to help Indiana beat Dallas and keep the Pacers franchise record, 20 game home win streak alive.
Dale Davis down low for Indiana gets two of his 16 right here.
Dallas hung tough as Michael Finley spins and hits the baseline jumper. Finley led the Mavericks with 22.
Jalen Rose hits three here. He had 28 on the night and Indiana pulls this one out in the final seconds beating Dallas 94-to-93.
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The injury riddled Carolina Hurricanes remained in the playoff picture by tying one of the hottest teams in hockey.
The Capitals traveled to North Carolina for a President's Day matinee.
Hurricane captain Ron Francis gives Carolina the one-nothing lead in the first.
Ken Klee deflected a shot past Arturs Irbe in the third to tie it at one for the Caps. And that's the way it ended after overtime.
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Elsewhere on the professional ice, Buffalo edged New Jersey.
Dixon Ward puts in the rebound to tied it up at one for the Sabres in the second period .
Then in the third, Geoff Sanderson gets the game winner on the power play with 3:59 remaining in the contest and Buffalo beats New Jersey three to two.
Upper Deck has unveiled the sports card for the 21st century.
This is the new digital "Power deck" card that is actually a CD.
The cards are no bigger than a credit card, but once you pop them into your CD rom drive they come alive with animated statistics, multiple photos of the featured driver, real race highlights and even driver interviews.
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[IN Q=I STARTED OUT..]
[OUT Q=...still the same."]
Earnhardt, his son, Dale Junior, Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart are the four drivers featured in the collectible Power Deck cards.
The odds of getting a "Power Deck CD", is one out of every 23 packs of Upper Deck Victory Circle 2000 cards.
An annual Lantern Festival is lighting up Taiwan.
The dragon lantern lighting is a symbol of warding off ghosts.
The rain didn't dampen the annual celebration that commemorated the last day of the Chinese New Year.
Torches were used years ago... to track down wandering spirits.
The festival came about when they started to use lanterns.
Firecrackers were also set off as a symbol of good luck.
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