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A demonstration in Roanoke today... as Virginia inches closer to requiring a 24 hour wait for abortion.
And, the search is over for "Captain" the Kangaroo.
In sports, Virginia was on the Road at Florida State today. The Hokies of Virginia Tech come up short at the Cassell.
And the Roanoke College Maroons open the ODAC tournament with a win.
The winds will diminish overnight and that will allow temperatures to drop well below normal...I'll have your hometown forecast coming up.....
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Pro choice activists call a 24 hour waiting period before an abortion an insult to women.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Virginia is closer than ever to putting such a waiting period into law.
All that's left is the governor's signature.
As Kate Weidaw reports, abortion rights activists who gathered in Roanoke today are upset the proposal has already gone this far.
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Pro choice activists call it the "Dumb Women Bill". A bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion is one step away from becoming law.
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((WE NEED TO GO FORTH AND CALL GOVERNOR GILMORE'S OFFICE. YOU NEED TO CALL LEGISLATURES AND SAY I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS.))
On Friday the Senate passed the bill which would require doctors to give women seeking an abortion pamphlets and information 24 hours before performing the procedure.
((DAVID FERGUSON: I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY SHOULD THINK ABOUT OR FEEL ABOUT I THINK WOMEN GO THROUGH THEIR OWN PERSONAL PROCESS.))
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These activists say it's the government's way of controlling what women can do with their bodies.
((LORETTA ULLRICH: IT'S LIKE THEY ARE SAYING IN THE BACKGROUND IT'S A DUMB WOMEN BILL. THE LEGISLATURE HAS DECIDED WOMEN DON'T THINK ABOUT WHAT AN ABORTION ENTAILS AND HAVE NOT THOUGHT ABOUT IT HEAVILY AND DEEPLY BEFORE THEY GO INTO HAVE THEIR SERVICES PROVIDED.))
For the last 22 years the bill has failed, but now it's in the hands of Governor Gilmore, who is expected to sign it sometime next month. And if that happens, these Pro choice activists say they'll remember that come November. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
Pro Life Activists are calling the bill a victory for women and praise Governor Gilmore for supporting its principles.
A Roanoke City garbage truck driver died this morning ... five days after he was injured on the job.
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61 year old Reed Preston Cotton was pinned between his garbage truck and a telephone pole .. while he was picking up trash at a home on Cedarhurst Avenue.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He had been in critical condition until he died this morning.
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She didn't have much of a chance.
A 34 year old woman was killed on route 220 last night, when her car veered into the opposite lanes ... and slammed into an oncoming truck.
It happened in Henry County ... and took the life of Pamela Ann Harrison of Ridgeway.
Harrison was pronounced dead at Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
The contents of the infamous "Dora" estate near Smith Mountain Lake went on the auction block today.
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The U.S. Marshal auctioned off more than five- hundred items in the home.
Everything from the desks and couches to the chandeliers and the grand four post bed in the master bedroom.
The "Dora" estate is well known locally because two women purchased it through social security money they defrauded from two elderly sisters.
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((RON DONELSON/DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL: THE PERSONAL PROPERTY HERE THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING RESTITUTION ON THE AMOUNT OF 307-THOUSAND DOLLARS WHICH IS WHAT THE LADIES CHEATED THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TWO LADIES OUT OF.))
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The two women who built the one- point-two million dollar mansion are now sitting in federal prison.
Auctioneers said they expected everything inside the home to be sold.
Henry County investigators are looking for four men held up a convenience store ... and five customers inside it.
The four walked into (lah hal-PEE-tah) La Jalpita yesterday. It's a hispanic convenience store in Bassett.
Investigators tell us the men took money and jewelry from the owner and customers.
Officials have found the getaway car,
but they're asking anyone with information to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 540-638-8751.
There go the cheap movies. Just ahead, a theater popular for low prices dims the lights.
And dim the lights for "Captain". The search for this missing kangaroo is now over.
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A sad ending this week for Captain the kangaroo.
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Captain disappeared late last month when he bounded out the front door of Buddy Staples' home in Floyd County.
Staples says a neighbor discovered the missing kangaroo earlier this week.
He says it appeared to have died from exposure.
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Staples runs a year- round petting farm that features exotic and domestic animals.
Blacksburg is losing its last commercial theater .. and the days of cheap movies may be over there as well.
The Capri Twin Theater's phone recording says the theater plans to close down at the close of business tomorrow.
The Capril has long been a Virginia Tech and Blacksburg favorite for showing movies that have been out for a while ... at discount prices.
Car seats save lives .. but not if they're installed wrong. Next on News 7, police help parents get it right.
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Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death for children under the age of one.
That's why Roanoke City police officers were helping parents ensure that their car seats were installed properly.
Officers say many times parents don't take the time to read the directions before installing their safety seat... so many seats are not secure.
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((SGT. RANDY SCOTT: REALISTICALLY 95% OF ALL CAR SEATS ARE INSTALLED IMPROPERLY AND MOST FOLKS DON'T REALIZE THAT AND WE'RE JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN RIGHT BECAUSE THIS IS ONE PRODUCT THAT WHEN IT IS USED PROPERLY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE SAFETY OF A CHILD.))
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The department held the free check as part of Child Passenger Safety Week.
And coming up in sports, The Hokies lose a Big East game this afternoon at the Cassell Roanoke College advances in the ODAC tournament.
And Stacy Compton will be up front when the Green Flag drops for the Daytona 500 tomorrow afternoon.
The Virginia Cavaliers were on the road for a game against Steve Robinson and his Florida State Seminoles.
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Travis Watson injured his knee early in the game but he returned.
The Seminoles work the inside as Nigel Dixon lays it in for a two point lead.
Virginia Rallied getting it to Roger Mason he knocks down the three pointer and the Seminole lead was six.
But Watson returned to the game and he gets this tap in giving the Cavaliers a one point lead in the first half.
Florida State answered when Delvon Arrington keeps it outside for the easy jumper.
The Cavaliers trailed at the half but would take the lead early in the second half and Roger Mason's three pointer with 1 second left gives the Cavaliers the 69 to 66 win.
Another Big East set back for the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Connecticuit beats the Hokies 61 to 46 at the Cassell.
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The Hokies opened the game with a 5 point lead.
But U-Conn's Albert Mouring pulls up and hits this three pointer and the Huskies led 25 to 11.
The Hokies tired to keep it close. Brian Chase with the fall away jumper from the baseline and Tech trailed 36 to 22 at the half.
Tech made a run to open the second half Bryant Matthews hits this jumper cutting the lead to 8 with 16 minutes left in the half.
But the Huskies come right back with the answer Mouring on the run hits the three pointer and U-Conn beats Virginia Tech 61 to 46.
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No it's not March, but it's tournament time in Salem as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference celebrates its 25th year.
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The first match up of the day pitted the Maroons against the Hornets.
Roanoke College goes on the break Jaimar Mansel to Robby Pridgen. Jason Gaffon fills the middle and finishes with the layin.
Lynchburg College counters that with some outside shooting. Mike Main is all net for three points.
The Maroons continue to hammer the Hornets inside as Jason Strickland finds Alex Phillips underneath for the bucket.
The Hornets move the ball around the parameter. Jake Hull dishes to Danny Swank in the corner. Swank sinks the difficult baseline jumper.
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Strickland led the Maroons with 23 points and Roanoke College moves on with the 87-58 win.
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When the green flag drops for tomorrow's Daytona 500, "homeboy" Stacy Compton from Grit, Virginia will have a bird's eye view of the track as he starts at the front of the 43 car field on the outside pole.
Tonight, Mike Stevens checks Compton's pulse on the eve of the biggest race of his life.
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Randy Lajoie wins the NAPA 300 Busch race at Daytona today.
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The race was delayed for over an hour and a half by rain then with 2 laps to go Joe Nemecheck gets hit in the rear bringing out the caution.
That opened the door for Lajoe who takes the checkered flag under caution winning the first Busch race for Nemecheck the car owner.
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Kevin Harvick was second, Matt Kenseth third and Jeff Green fourth.
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