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A Florida jury hits the tobacco industry with more than a 140 BILLION dollars in damages. We'll have a live report
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also a Danville man barricades himself in a home after he allegedly shoots a newspaper carrier.
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Temperatures warmed up quite nicely today. Look out for some overnight thunderstorms.

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Coming up today in medical news,
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we'll see how a recently approved drug is showing tremendous promise in treating the sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.

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((WHAT IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PUNITIVE DAMAGES IF ANY YOU HAVE ASSESSED AGAINST THE DEFENDANT PHILIP MORRIS INCORPORATED? 73-BILLION, 960-MILLION DOLLARS.))
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And that's just for one company- When all was said and done- the damages against big tobacco totaled more than 145- billion dollars.
The verdict took just five hours to reach- It is a record amount awarded to sick Florida smokers.
Lee Cowan is in Miami with more on the verdict and reaction.
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It seems safe enough- a man delivering the morning paper in Danville- but this morning the man was the victim of gunfire.
30 year old Jeffrey Womack was shot twice while helping to deliver papers on Arnett Boulevard.
Authorities say 33 year old Melvin Adkins used a high powered rifle to shot him- and then barracaded himself in the home.
Surae Chinn is in Danville Newsroom- Surae what are police saying?
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Jean, authorities say the paper carrier just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Family members say Melvin Adkins is mentally ill and didn't realize he had hurt anyone.
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Authorities say it started around 4:30 this morning when 30 year old Jeffrey Womack was helping to deliver newspapers on Arnett Boulevard. Melvin Adkins allegedly used a high powered rifle and started shooting. Womack was struck twice. Family members say Adkins didn't mean to hurt anyone.
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Melvin Adkins is now in custody he will be charged with malicious wounding. He will be taken to the central state hospital tonight in Petersburg Virginia.
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Also authorities say the victim Jeffrey Womack is in the recovery room in stable condition.

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A jury in Waco Texas has come back with a verdict- It says the government bears no responsibility for the deaths of the Branch Davidains during a 1993 seige.
The decision came less than an hour ago- Terisa Estacio has details.
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(( Not guilty on all counts that was the partial verdict by an 5 member advisory jury in the multimillion dollar lawsuit against the federal government. Sect members and relatives of those who died filed a 675 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the government accusing federal agents of contributing to the death of nearly 80 Davidians including more than a dozen young children. During the trial, Plaintiff s attorneys presented evidence claiming agents at the scene instigated the fiery inferno by ramming the building with tanks. Also, they say, agents withheld firefighting equipment to extinguish the flames. Michael Caddell/Plaintiff s Atty;
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A man found guilty of first degree murder earlier this week has apparently committed suicide. Lynchburg police say 23-year-old Norman Douglas White was discovered dead in his cell at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail yesterday evening. White had apparently hanged himself.
White was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed this morning. The results haven't been released.
Wednesday, White was convicted of shooting Morris Anthony last July in a drug- related murder.

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U-S Senators eliminate the inheritance tax. Coming up after this break, we'll tell you if the President says he will sign it,
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Also women wanting refunds from a closed gym could be out of luck if it doesn't reopen.
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The state Consumer Protection Division says members of Cory Everson's Health Club can NOT get their money back if the gym shuts down.
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The doors have been locked at Cory Everson's for almost two weeks now. State investigators say chief financial officer William Bailey has NOT paid the required 50-thousand-dollar bond on his memberships, so the state cannot pay members back if the gym closes. Gym managers have been selling memberships illegally for two and a half years, according to the assistant commonwealth's attorney, and racked up almost five thousand dollars in fines. But Bailey says his accountant posted a bond with the state a few weeks ago. He says he's waiting for an out-of-state contractor to install two new air conditioning units, and once that happens, he says he will re-open Cory Everson's.
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Senators today voted to get rid of the Inheritance tax-
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Republicans charged the tax punishes success- and often makes it impossible for small business owners and farmers to pass their operations on to their famlies because they can't afford the taxes.
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Democrats claim the measure merely benefits the rich. The President has promised to veto it.
The Senate is now working on eliminating the so called marriage penalty- the tax that forces more than 20 million married couples to pay more tax than they would if they were single.
The President says he'll veto that bill as well.

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Some small businesses got a helping hand at the General Contractors Summit today;
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The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce gave small contractors an opportunity to network with larger contractors at Virginia Western Community College.
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With projects underway such as Lamp Works across from Tanglewood Mall, Avis construction values the opportunity to meet subcontractors.
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The Roanoke Chamer of Commerce has a webpage with more information on opportunites such as the General Contractor's summit. you'll find a link to their page at our site at WDBJ7-dot-Com.

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Coming up next, Robin Reed will let us know what we can expect from our weekend weather. Then following sports, we'll have a preview as the summer's most anticipated movie opens across the nation.
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Coming today in Sports, Mike Stevens prepares for the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games,
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and in medical news, we'll have what could be promising news for Arthritis patients.
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If you suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis you'll be interested to know about a recently approved drug- that could be a major breakthrough.

In fact, the makers of Remicade told the FDA this week the drug actually stops the progression of joint damage.
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Good afternoon everyone, welcome to the end of the work week two minute sports ticker.
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The Commonwealth Games began their big weekend of action all across the valley this morning.
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We start over in Roanoke County at Green Hill Park with archery. 34 competitors are vying for medals and the ages range from nine to 62 years old. Today marks the 900 round. The archery segment of the games is a three day affair.
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Rivers Edge Sports complex played host to the first day of the tennis portion of the Commonwealth Games. This is also a three day tournament. There are over 200 entries this year. Today's competition involved the junior players ages 12 to 18 boys and girls.
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The games continue through the weekend with the bulk of the action taking place tomrrow and Sunday. Also, the opening ceremonies for the games are scheduled for eight tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center.



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The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have a new head basketball coach, but he's not someone with ties to South Bend.

Despite cries from the likes of Digger Phelps to hire a Notre Dame alum, the Irish
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today selected Delaware assistant coach Mike Brey to take over the team. Brey has spent the past five seasons coaching the Blue Hens and, in fact, he just signed a new five year contract with Delaware. Notre Dame is giving him a seven year deal. If his name sounds familiar to you ACC fans, he used to be an assistant at Duke.
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[GO TO PINNACLE BOARD 1025] And with the Winston Cup stars taking this weekend off, we invite you to turn to Your Hometown Station for all of your racing fun.
Local Late Model Stock Car racing returns to WDBJ-7 with the Kroger-Pepsi 200 from the New River Valley Speedway Saturday night at 7.
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More on the race, the Commonwealth Games and a peek inside today's activities at the Jan Tana bodybuilding classic is coming up on News 7 at Six. Take care folks and have a safe weekend.

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Our website of the day is a warning from a U-S Senator.
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Senator Frank Kelly's "mutant watch" website says Americans should be concerned the country is being over run by genetically superior super powered mutants.
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On the site you can report people you suspect are mutants.
There's even a simple test to determine if you are one yourself.
Now if you haven't figured this out yet, the website is not for real. It's 20th Century Fox's unique way to hype the summer's most anticipated blockbuster.
Teri Okita tells us more about the X-Men movie.
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((It is a battle of epic proportions when the forces of good and evil face off in the XMEN.
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Magneto believes there is a war brewing between mutants and the rest of humanity. If no one is equipped to oppose him, humanity's days could be over.

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Patrick Stewart is Professor Charles Xavier "Professor X' the most powerful telepath on Earth and leader of the XMEN-RELUCTANT HEROES. Xavier believes that humans and mutants can peacefully co-exist.

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One of the most powerful and popular XMEN is Wolverine. Australian actor Hugh Jackman plays the man-beast with metal claws and no memory of how he got them or how long he has been searching for answers to his past.
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