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It's a bad day for investors as both the DOW and the NASDAQ indicators suffer record drops. We'll have a live report.
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Also better news for the local economy as two companies announce they are bringing jobs to the area. [Weather-Head]
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Looking for a wet weekend but temperatures will eventually warm up a bit. Details just ahead.

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In sports news, a prominent local coach says he is leaving his high school. Mike Stevens will have more.
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and we'll have the latest on the Elian Gonzalez custody fight.
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The Dow is down... recording it's largest ever point drop ever. The worst point drop for Nasdaq too- As Wall Street hits a wall.

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A record breaking day on Wall Street, but these are records most investors could do without.
Chock up the huge drop to a new inflation report- showing a sharp rise in consumer prices-
That triggered furious selling that snowballed.
The Dow plunged 616 points- at one point it was off 722 points.
Alexis Christoforous is in New York to help us make sense of it all.
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On the local economic front- good news today for laid-off textile workers in Henry County and Martinsville.
More jobs are on the way.
Two manufacturing companies announced today they'll invest in the area.
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Joy Sutton is in Henry County with more tonight.
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Elian Gonzalez's father today reacts to home video taken of his son-
While oustide the boys' Miami home prayers and rosary's took the place of shouting today.
For the latest on the case- we hear from Jennifer Jones in Miami.
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(( MORE PRAYERS FOR ELIAN OUTSIDE THE GONZALEZ FAMILY HOME. FOR MANY.. THEIR PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED YESTERDAY WHEN A FEDERAL APPELLATE COURT BARRED ANYONE FROM TAKING ELIAN OUT OF THE COUNTRY UNTIL THEY SORT OUT THE MATTER.
TODAY IN ATLANTA... THE GOVERNMENT ANSWERED BACK... CLAIMING ELIAN'S UNCLE LAZARO IS IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW. THEY ASKED THE COURT TO ORDER LAZARO TO TURN OVER THE BOY... MAINTAINING HIS FATHER AND ELIAN WOULD STAY IN THE U-S DURING THE APPEAL PROCESS. WASHINGTON, DC: WITH LITTLE TO DO WHILE THE LAWYERS PRESENT THIER CASES, JUAN MIGUEL GONZALEZ TOURED THE NATIONAL CATHERAL. THROUGH A SPOKESPERSON... GONZALEZ SAID HE WAS VERY DISTURBED BY THE HOME VIDEO DISTRIBUTED BY THE MIAMI RELATIVES IN WHICH ELIAN ASKS TO STAY IN THE U.S. REV. JOAN BROWN CAMPBELL/JUAN MIGUEL GONZALEZ SPOKESPERSON "HE FELT IT WAS VERY MANIPUATIVE AND HE SAID THAT IS NOT MY SON. HE LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE IS COACHING HIM." NASTY WEATHER KEPT ELIAN INDOORS MOST OF THE DAY... BUT HIS SUPPORTERS KEPT UP THIER VIGIL, MORE CERTAIN THAN EVER THAT ELIAN CANNOT LEAVE. JOANNA MARQUEZ/ELIAN SUPPORTER "IF HE IS RETURNED, THERE'S NO DOUBT HIS FATHER WILL NOT HAVE CUSTUDY, IT WILL BE THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT, CASTRO THAT WILL HAVE CUSTODY.))

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Authorities in Henry County say they've found the thieves who stole some tractor-trailers full of merchandise.
Three men were arrested a couple of days ago in High Point, North Carolina, after they were spotted selling furniture from the back of a stolen truck.
Officials recovered five trailers and their contents, worth about 113-thousand dollars.
All the vehicles had been taken from businesses in and around Henry County.

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Coming up next on the newscast, a state democrat says he hopes Congressman Virgil Goode is haunted by his conscience. We'll tell you why after this break,
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and the F-B-I arrests some Federal Express employees for allegedly delivering more than packages.
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Fed Ex boasts delivery service when it absolutely positively has to get there on time-
The ads probably did not mean illegal drugs though.
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Surveillance Video apparently shows that's what was being shipped by Federal Express- Marjuana smugglers allegedly used Fed-Ex to ship and receive tons of marijuana.
Customs officials say a Jamaican gang used Fed-Ex trucks to move the marijuana to company aircraft which flew it to airports on the East Coast.
Once the drugs reached a FED-EX warehouse in New York or New Jersey it would be loaded on a Fed-Ex truck.
Drug Enforcement agents arrested 45 people including 22 Fed Ex employees.
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A lawsuit filed this week in Bedford County claims county officials have financially supported organizations that discriminate against minorities.
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The suit was filed by Jack Mills, the president of the Bedford chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
It claims Bedford County spent 35- thousand dollars to help fix up several ballfields at the Moose Lodge for county residents to use.
The S-C-L-C claims the Lodge has routinely barred blacks from its membership for years.
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The lawsuit seeks the return of the orginal 35- thousand dollars, plus another ten thousand in damages.
County officials could not be reached for comment.
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Fifth District Democrats say they hope Virgil Goode's defection is eating away at his conscience.
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Goode switched to Independent status in the winter, and announced that he'd caucus with Capitol Hill Republicans.
Since then, local Democratic chairman Carl Eggleston has asked Goode to give back money Democrats contributed to his campaigns over the years.
Goode says the Fifth District Committee actually owes HIM.
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Eggleston calls Goode's response a "cop-out."
He says he hopes Goode's guilt over the money will "haunt him."
Since Goode's congressional career began in 1997, Democratic party PACs have given him only about 29-thousand dollars.
But Eggleston estimates contributions from individual Democrats and the party total up to 300-thousand dollars since Goode first ran for the state senate in 1973.

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Former Governor George Allen says if he's elected to Congress he'll cut taxes in five ways.
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In a speech to business leaders, Allen said he would wipe out inheritance taxes and penalties on married couples. He said he'd give parents a thousand dollar tax credit for school supplies -- and give tax deductions to people taking care of elderly relatives.
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Allen says people should be able to deduct their health insurance premiums too, like businesses do.
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A spokesperson for Allen's opponent, Senator Chuck Robb, says Robb's already voted to eliminate the marriage penalty and introduced a bill to deduct health care costs.
But Robb says the government should put money in Medicare and Social Security before cutting taxes.

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Once a year, Roanoke College has a big outdoor party to kick-off alumni weekend. This year the weather is not cooperating, but as Andrew Freiden tells us, they refuse to let this throw them.
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Roanoke College alumni and students are getting a chilly, damp start to their Alumni Weekend.
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Andrew Freiden says the college played it safe, and moved "Friday on the Quad" indoors.
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Today in Sports, rain causes problems for NASCAR qualifying in Talladega,
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And then a little later we'll see how the government is using the Internet to help people develop good eating habits.
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Virginia's tobacco crops may soon be used to help make people healthier.
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That's what members of the tobacco settlement commission learned today at biotechnology labs in Blacksburg.
They met with two companies that say tobacco has a bright future in pharmaceuticals.
Researchers from CropTech and ToBio (TOE-BIO) are turning the plant into life-saving vaccines and drugs by combining tobacco cells with human D-N-A.
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Researchers are already working on a vaccine against H-I-V that uses tobacco plants.
They say eventually the demand for tobacco in pharmaceuticals could exceed the amount grown in Virginia.
On News 7 at 6, find out how Virginia's tobacco settlement money may be used to help make that happen.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Friday two minute Ticker.
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Salem head basketball coach Charlie Morgan is leaving Salem for Tennessee.
Morgan is taking over the basketball program at Dobyns-Bennett the second winningest high school basketball program in the country.
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Morgan took over the Spartan program in 1992. Two years later the Spartans won the first of two state titles.
The second came in Norfolk in 1999 as the Spartans beat Gate City 54 to 51 in the championship game.
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Morgan's major competition in Tennessee will be Science Hill where he served as an assistant before coming to Salem.


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The rain is spread out all across the southeast, and yesterday and today it has caused all kinds of trouble at Talladega. The Busch Grand national qualifying scheduled for yesterday was postponed until today and then finally canceled this afternoon when more rain came into the area.
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As for the Winston Cup cars, they finally got in some practice later this afternoon after the two and half mile track finally dried. As a result, time trials have been delayed until six o'clock eastern time. When they finally roll out, Dave Blaney will be first and Jeff Burton last. In all, 48 cars are expected to qualify.


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The University of Virginia wraps up spring football practice tonight as the Cavs play their annual spring game at six o'clock. Steve Mason is in Charlottesville for the game, and we'll have the soggy highlights for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
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But I hope you can join us tonight on News 7 at six, we'll hear from Frank Beamer about the Hokies' closed spring scrimmage tomorrow. That story and an update on Talladega qualifying tonight at six. Take care everybody and have a safe weekend. [go to break]

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It's time for our website of the day and today we look at a site that is dedicated to helping you develop better eating habits. Tonya Flory has more.
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(( With obesity at almost epidemic proportions, the United States Department of Agriculture has developed a page that allows people to carefully determine if they have healthy eating habits.
Users of the site enter everything they've consumed in the past 24 hours. Then the computer takes that information and compares it to federal dietary guidelines.
The resulting score takes the guess work out of your diet.
The Healthy Eating Index also lets people know how much salt and fat they have consumed in the past 24 hours.
And since a one day picture is not the best way to gauge your overall eating habits, the Index also tracks your meals over several days. That gives you a better picture of how you're doing over the long haul.
So to help develop better nutritional routines, check out our website of the day. You can find it through a link to our page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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