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A truck accident closes route 501 in Bedford County.
We'll have the latest.
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And the man charged with killing seven people in a Massachusetts office-building says he didn't do it.
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Keeping the clouds nearby and temperatures remain below normal. Forecast details ahead.

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On health check-- if you have trouble sleeping-- a new study offers some easy help.
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And find out how local hospitals are working to keep your medical records away from prying eyes.
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Plus developments in the search for a new football coach at U-V-A.
News 7 at Five is next.

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A loner. A man with distinct personality quirks. That's how people described the man accused of killing seven of his co-workers outside Boston.
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Good Afternoon. I'm Keith Humphry. Jean's off today.[5-Office-Shooting]


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The suspect was arraigned in a Massachusetts courtroom today.
Michael McDermott pled "NOT Guilty."
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Gretchen Carlson is in Wakefield, Mass with some insight into what may have led up to McDermott's murderous rampage yesterday. They say he stashed ammunition and a semi-automatic rifle with a sniper scope in his office, and bomb-making material in his home.
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((42 year old Michael McDermott showed no emotion standing before a judge Wednesday morning even as prosecutors re-created the grizzly scene of the shooting massacre at Edgewater Technology.
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McDermott is accused of gunning down seven of his co-workers Tuesday. He was a software tester at the Internet consulting firm and apparently arrived at work after Christmas in good spirits, talking to other workers. But a few hours later McDermott allegedly started the shooting spree...specifically targeting employees in the accounting and human resources departments.
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Police say McDermott may have been upset after the IRS asked Edgewater Technology to start garnishing his wages to pay back taxes. He was apprehended in the lobby heavily armed with an ak-47 rifle, a shotgun and a semi-automatic pistol
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After searching McDermott's home, police say they found more evidence linking him to the crime. They say they found bomb making magazines and boxes full of chemicals labeled dangerous.
SOT: Martha Coakley/Middlesex County District Attorney: "It is always a wakeup call when this happens and for people

to say that it cannot happen, obviously it disproved unfortunately yesterday. "))
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Traffic on Highway 501 north of Boonsboro is being rerouted because of an overturned tractor trailer.
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The chip truck took a downhill curve around 12:30 this afternoon when it tipped over into the oncoming lane of traffic. No one was injured. Police say the truck was travelling below the speed limit but was still going too fast for a vehicle of its size. The driver has been cited. The road was closed while crews worked to right the rig.
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An early morning accident in Pittsylvania County took the life of a 21-year old Rustburg man.
State Police say Nathan Asher Neel was heading south on Route 29 when he hit the median just before six this morning.
Neel was ejected from the vehicle.
The Ford explorer then ended up in the northbound side of the highway and caught fire.
Neel was pronounced dead at Lynchburg General a short time later.
Officers say he was not wearing his seat belt.

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A 17 year old girl charged with murder will automatically be tried as an adult.
Nastassia Nakita Brown appeared in juvenile court for the first time this morning.
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Prosecutors charge Brown stabbed and killed 22-year old Monique Swain early yesterday morning in Roanoke.
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Family members say Swain died while shielding her younger sister during a dispute over Brown's ex-boyfriend.
The judge appointed a public defender in Brown's case and scheduled a hearing for January 9th.
She will be held without bail.
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Actor Robert Downey, Junior, was in court today.
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He pled "NOT Guilty" to possession of cocaine and possession of a tranquilizer and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
The drug charges stem from his Thanksgiving weekend arrest in Palm Springs.
The 35-year old actor was busted at the Merv Griffin Resort just four months after his release from state prison on an earlier drug conviction.
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((MR. DOWNEY REMAINS UPBEAT. HE'S EXTREMELY OPTIMISTIC AND HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO MOVING ON WITH HIS LIFE. ))
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He could get three years in prison on each of the three new charges.
Just last week Downey was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his recurring role on the Fox television series ''Ally McBeal.''
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Beating the Holiday Bill Hangover.
Still ahead on News 7, some tips on dealing with holiday debt.
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And folks in Buena Vista are losing their heads-- their presidential heads that is.
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Buena Vista will lose three of its most prominent residents early next year.
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Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor arrived in September. The giant busts were loaned to the city by the developer of a presidential theme park which will open next year. Last week, the director of Buena Vista's parks and recreation department wrote to Everette Newman hoping to make the busts a permanent part of Glen Maury Park. Newman says the busts canNOT stay, that they will be moved to his theme park in York County in the spring.
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But Newman says he is interested in meeting with city leaders about developing a theme park of famous Virginians.

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A lot of folks from Blacksburg will ring in the new year in Florida.
But for those who won't be there, Blacksburg will have its own celebration.
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This is the first year the town will have a First Night event for New Years.
Town officials agree that the crowd size may be smaller than they hoped, since so many fans are heading to the Gator Bowl, but say the celebration will still be a blast.
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((HEATHER BROWNING/BLACKSBURGSPOKESPERSON; WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AND I THINK THEY CAN EXPECT A LOT OF EXCITEMENT A LOT OF LIVE MUSIC AND JUST SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT FOR THE TOWN OF BLACKSBURG ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.))
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You'll need a button to get into the event. They can be purchased at the Blacksburg Post Office. The celebration starts at seven and will last til midnight, ending with fireworks.
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The average American family spent more than a thousand dollars on Christmas gifts this year...
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and it may take some of them more than 20 years to pay it off.
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((MOST OF MY PAY CHECK GOES TO MY CREDIT CARD, I'M PRETTY BAD ABOUT THAT.))
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The headache of confronting holiday shopping bills can be helped.
The consumer credit counseling service offers these tips for holiday debt hangover cures:
Stop charging until all of your balances are paid.
Total up holiday charges to get a clear picture of holiday debt.
Develop a repayment plan, consider a part-time job.
Always pay off cards with highest interest first.
And finally, budget for next year.
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((STEVE PUBLICOVER/CCCS: WHAT WE CAN DO IS HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OUT OF YOUR BUDGET, OUT OF YOUR LIVING EXPENSES. WE CAN CONTACT THE CREDITORS AND NEGOTIATE FOR LOWER PAYMENTS. THE PAYMENTS ARE MADE THROUGH US.))
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The C-C-C-S says watch out for those after holiday sales.
When you buy a sale item, you are still spending.
The C-C-C-S offers free debt counseling.
You can call the service at 366-2227.
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Now that Christmas is over, a lot of folks are heading back to the stores to make returns and exchanges... but there are some things you need to know before you leave.
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Returning Christmas gifts you don't want or the ones that don't fit can be a real hassle, if you don't know the store policy.
We can't help you with the long lines or the out of stock items...
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but Jacey Birch is at Circuit City in Roanoke to give us some helpful hints on returning gifts the right way.
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A Virginia Tech assistant is out of the running for head coach at U-V-A.
Denise Allen has more the in the two minute-ticker.
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And on health check-- new federal mandates are making medical records more private.
Find out how local hospitals are already changing their systems.
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President Clinton says there is nothing more private than your medical or psychiatric records.
And that's why he's approved the first ever federal regulations protecting them.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton is here to tell us what the new law will mean and how local hospitals are already dealing with it.
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Keith,
The new law includes a set of rules that will sharply limit what doctors, hospitals and insurance companies can share about a patient.
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The rules will apply to electronic and paper records, as well as oral communications.
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Beth Cole is the Director of Information Systems at Lewis Gale Medical Center. She says keeping confidential information from getting into the wrong hands has always been a concern.
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Cole says the new rules will ensure that each hospital has safeguards in place monitor how medical information is used and how it's transmitted to outside vendors.
Lewis Gale already implemented some new policies in anticipation of the new law.
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Only authorized personnel have access to paper records -- and even then the hospital has specific guidelines about what an employee can access.
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The new rules will require physicians and hospitals to get written permission before routine billing and treatment information, can be shared with others.
And health care providers and insurers will have to tell patients how their information is being used and who it's being given to.
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Keith, the new rules take effect in two years.


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If you have problems getting a good night's sleep, this next story is for you.
Psychologist Steve Brody has some tips.
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((Ah, that morning cup of coffee. For many of us, its a necessity. One of every ten Americans has difficulty getting to or staying asleep. Kelly Kuhlman is one of them. SUPER: KELLY KULMAN
SOT: I'll stay up for two hours before I even start to sleep. And he's out like a light.

SUPER: DR. STEVE BRODY/PSYCHOLOGIST STAND-UP: Well, relief is at hand, according to this recent study in a journal of the American Psychological Association. Researchers trained folks in simple techniques to help them get a good nights sleep. The results were encouraging. Sleep not only improved substantially, but it stayed that way for at least 3 months. TRACK 2 OVER GRAPHIC: Here are the sleep tips used in the study. Avoid caffeine after noon, and don't use nicotine, alcohol, or even exercise within 2 hours of bedtime. Go to bed only when you're sleepy, and don't use your bed for anything other than sleeping or sex. For instance, don't watch TV, eat, or worry in bed. And what do experts advise if you still have trouble sleeping? SUPER: CATHERINE HAMBLEY, PH.D./PSYCHOLOGIST
SOT: If after 15, 20 minutes, you're still awake, we don't want you watching the clock, but about 15/20 minutes, get ou

t of bed, do a quiet activity, nothing that makes you too alert or awake, and only go back to the bed when you're feeling sleepy. TRACK 3: Too active at night. That's Kelly's other problem.
SOT: Yea, I can definitely say I have problems sleeping at night, because Steven wakes me up. /Which is often./ We wont

comment anymore about that. TRACK 4: Which goes to show that not all sleep problems are, well, problems. Dr. Steve Brody for CBS News. ))

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Good afternoon. Our Wednesday ticker takes us down to the sunny skies of Florida.
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The Hokies practiced for the first time in Jacksonville today.
Coach Beamer says they are preparing for Monday's game in the usual way.
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The players didn't travel to Jacksonville as a team. Beamer gave them the option to make their own way to the Gator Bowl.
So far everything is moving like clockwork.
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As December draws to a close, the field narrows for the UVA Head Coaching job.
It appears former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has become the front runner for the position.
Sandusky retired, last year, after 32 seasons as an assistant under Joe Paterno.
The 56 year old has not commented on the report.
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Earlier today, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster formally withdrew his name from consideration for the UVa job.
Foster was interviewed by UVa athletic director Terry Holland in Roanoke on December 14th, but he says the timing of the UVa opening just isn't right.
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Eight sports might be on the chopping block at James Madison University.
A sports committee has recommended the cut because of fiscal and Title Nine considerations.
The group suggests cutting wrestling, men's swimming, men's and women's gymnastics, men's tennis, women's fencing and men's and women's archery.
The school's board of visitors will vote on it in March.
JMU sponsors 27 sports, the most among colleges in Virginia, and softball will be added next year.
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Coming up tonight as six, Mike Stevens says Tech getting snubbed by the BCS could be bad news for Clemson.
Keith will be back to wrap up News 7 at Five after this.


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Just a few more days til the Hokies take on Clemson in this year's Gator Bowl in Jacksonville Florida.
Lots of bets have probably already been placed.
Now, even the mayor of Blacksburg is taking a gamble.
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Mayor Roger Hedgepeth made a friendly call this morning to Clemson's mayor, making sure the bet between the two was still on.
If the Hokies win, government officials in Clemson have to wear Tech jerseys to their public meetings. The same is true for Blacksburg if Clemson wins.
This is the second year Mayor Hedgpeth has made the bet.
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((ROGER HEDGEPETH/MAYOR OF BLACKSBURG; OUR MANAGER AND THE STAFF, THEY THINK OF A LOT OF FUN THINGS TO MAKE LOCAL GOVERNMENT INTERESTING AND SO IT GERMINATED SOMEWHERE HERE IN THE TOWN HALL THROUGH THE STAFF.))
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Last year, Blacksburg town council members had to wear Florida state jerseys after Tech's loss in the Sugar Bowl.
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Whether youre' going to the Gator Bowl or watching from home, you may want to check out its official website.
The site has individual and team stats from past Gator Bowls as well as info on this year's competitors.
If you're going to Jacksonville, there's a schedule of pre-game activities...
as well as information on parking, directions to the stadium and accommodations.
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