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Today on News 7 at 5, a powerful earthquake shakes the Pacific Northwest late this afternoon. We'll have the latest,
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and from Pulaski, witnesses say accused murderer Jeffery Thomas smoked marijuana with Tara Munsey on the day she was killed. [Weather-Head]
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In other news, a NASCAR owner is caught up in the controversy surrounding the presidential pardons,
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and we'll see what happened on both sides of the country as Mardi Gras partiers take things too far.
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((AW.. MAN IT WAS REAL. IT WAS TERRIBLE.. IT WAS SHAKING AND EVERYTHING.))
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One person's reaction as an earthquake hits Seattle. These are pictures coming in so far--- showing widespread dam

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And then as the mayor tries to hold a press conference---- an aftershock.
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Good Evening.
The quake was centered 35 miles Southwest of Seattle- and measured Six point eight on the Richter Scale.
The quake caused major damage- but so far the escat number of injuries is unclear.
We do know that 16 people are being treated- four are seriously hurt.
Manuel Gallegus is following the story and joins us with more.
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((
It was just shaking. Ive never been in an earthquake before Experts called it the strongest earthquake to hit the Pacific Northwest in years. The quake registered at least seven on the Richter scale, and struck shortly before 11 oclock Pacific Time. It lasted only about 20 seconds. But the damage was real. Broken glass everywhere. Fallen bricks lying in the streets. And office workers scurrying for cover. We were under our desk for a while, and we decided to come out The whole building was rocking, the floors were shaking, the stairwell was coming apart. Screams erupted at one Seattle hotel, where Microsoft founder Bill Gates was addressing an education and technology conference. He was whisked away as the audience bolted for the exits. TV cameras waiting for Seattles Mayor to speak caught the earthquake in action. Reporters and camera crews were caught off guard. Seismologists said the quake was centered about 35 miles southwest of Seattle near Olympia Washington. It was so strong it was felt hundred of miles away in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. Hospitals reported several injuries, people were trapped in the famed Space Needle and the FAA ordered the Seattle Airport closed as crews checked the runways for damage. Manuel Gallegus..CBS News.))



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Seattle had a different problem last night.
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Mardi Gras partying got out of hand in the city's historic Pioneer Sqaure.
Two people are said to be fighting for life after suffering head injuries.
One of the men fell 30 feet from an overpass. The other was injured in an assault.
40 others were hurt as revelers tipped over two cars and smashed storefronts.
Police say 4-thousand people jammed the streets- They arrested more than 20.
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Riots also broke out during celebrations in downtown Philadelphia last night.
People threw objects through store windows- others broke into a local boutique and took a mannequin.
A window was also broken in a Tower Records store.
People threw bottles at police- the mayhem forced bars to closer early- on a traditionally busy night.
Officers arrested 100 people, mostly for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
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Testimony in the captial murder trial of Jeffrey Thomas continued today as prosecutors called more witnesses.
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Marya Jones was in the courtroom. Marya, what new information came out today?
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A NASCAR team owner's name comes up as investigators continue to look into Bill Clinton's Presidential Pardons. We'll have that story next,
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[VO] also some local expectant mothers are concerned after their hospital closes its obstetrics department.
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Bill Clinton's last minute pardons are being called "an accident waiting to happen."
That's the testimony from the Justice Department's former pardon attorney-
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Margaret Love says from the start of his presidency, Clinton moved to take away the Justice department's traditional role of being the first to review clemency requests.
Love says she believes it partly because of the Justice Department's reluctance to recommend cases favorablly for clemency.
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((MARGARET LOVE/FORMER PARDON ATTORNEY: ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS PRESIDENT CLINTON PUBLICALLY VOICED HIS DISSATISFACTION WITH THE GENERAL APPROACH TO CLEMENCY CASES BEING TAKEN BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND IN THE END HE SIMPLLY DECIDED TO WORK AROUND IT.))
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Meanwhile Nascar team owner Rick Hendrick is denying a connection between a pardon he received from President Clinton and a donation to the Clinton Presidential library.
Hendrick's lawyer says all federal procedures were followed-
Hendrick pleaded guilty in a bribery scheme in 1997- He was pardoned last December less than month after the Bank of America announced a half million dollar pledge to the Clinton library.
Hendrick served on the bank's board for nearly a decade as is close friends with its C-E-O.
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For President Bush, it is time to roll up his sleeves and take on the task of convincing the American Public that his budget is a Winner. Stephen Clark reports from Washington.
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THE PRESIDENT'S NEATLY BOUND BUDGET, WAS OFFICIALLY DELIVERED TO CONGRESS WEDNESDAY MORNING. EDUCATION IS THE BIG WINNER, GETTING 11-PERCENT MORE MONEY. DEFENSE WINS BIG, TOO. BUT 10 DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING AGRICULTURE AND TRANSPORTATION LOSE MONEY. PLUS IT GIVES BACK 1.6 TRILLION DOLLARS IN TAXES OVER TEN YEARS...ALL PAID FOR BY A PREDICTED MASSIVE BUDGET SURPLUS.

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14:16:57 We will fight until the last vote to make the right decisions for our country. We will not be stampeded into an ill-advised tax cut.
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The Town of Pulaski says it should not be the target of the one-point seven million dollar lawsuit a couple has filed against it.
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William and Geneva Summers' home was mistakenly raided by Pulaski Police last May.
Authorities were looking for a drug operation after getting a tip from an infomant who was lying.
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Last week the couple and their attorney filed suit naming the Town of Pulaski, it's police force and seven individuals.
But the town's attorney says there is no evidence to support the claim the Summers were harmed.
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The town also defends the search warrant for the incident...saying it was properly obtained and executed.
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R-J Reynolds Patrick County Memorial Hospital is no longer hanging on life support.
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A federal judge in Danville today approved the hospital's re-organization plan.
95 percent of the hospitals debtors already gave the plan the green light.
Hospital administrators believe this is a major step towards getting the facility back on track.
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As part of the reorganization plan -- the hospital closed down it obstetrics unit --leaving some expecting mothers in search of new doctors.
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For the past six months of her pregnancy Sheila Diggs has been coming to Patrick County Family Practice and Obstetrics.
But since the R.J Reynolds hospital eliminated the OB-GYN department --her doctor no longer has a place to deliver her baby.
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Doctor Ralph Kramer says he hopes once the hospital gets back on its feet --the obstetrics unit will be re-opened.
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((DR. RALPH KRAMER/PATRICK CO. FAMILY PRACTICE AND OBSTETRICS: WE'RE QUITE CONCERNED THAT IT WILL BECOME MORE OF A GERIATRIC PRACTICE IF WE LOSE THE OBSTETRICS PERMANENTLY. AND OBVIOUSLY WE DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER AT THIS POINT))
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Doctor Kramer says for now he and other obstetricians are only seeing expecting women up to 36 weeks and then transferring them to other doctors at nearby hospitals.
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An old advertising campaign said you should say it with flowers. Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch shows us how you can REALLY make a statement.

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A beautifully arranged bouquet of flowers can often look like a piece of art.
But imitating that artform takes more than just an assortment of wildflowers.
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Jacey Birch is at George's... An Affair with Flowers, in Roanoke to help us celebrate Floral Design Day by finding out how florists create their magic.
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Coming up today in Sports, Mike Stevens will join us live from the Big South basketball tournament,
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[VO] and then a little later, we'll get our first glimpse at what is expected to be one of the summer's biggest movies.
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Stocks dropped sharply today as disappointed investors went into selling mode after the Federal Reserve suggested it would not cut interest rates anytime soon.
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Good evening folks the Roanoke Civic Center is again a Roundball Mecca this weekend as the Big South men and women will rule the roost here through Saturday afternoon.
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The four days of action actually began at high noon today.
The women's number one seed, Liberty University survived a sluggish second half to advance to the second round with a 57-to-49 win over UNC Asheville.
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Liberty, The regular season champion, was a heavy favorite in the opening game.
And true to form the Flames jumped out to a 32 to 11 lead at the end of the first half.
But UNC-Ashville answered the call late in the second half and slowly cut into the Flames lead.
With 3 minutes left in the game the Lady Bulldogs trimmed the Liberty lead to 2.
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But the Lady Flames put together an 8 to nothing run and Liberty advances with the 57 to 49 win. Michelle Fricke led the Flames with 13 points. But their head coach isn't exactly thrilled with the effort.
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The Roanoke Steam will be occupying this building on April 7th in its season opener. This afternoon the team's new general manager arrived in town from Nebraska.
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UVa is hoping for more success tonight as the Cavs take on Clemson at U-hall. Plus, Duke's Carlos Boozer will miss at least the entire ACC tournament after fracturing a bone in his right foot.
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More from the Big South tournament is on the way on New s7 at six. Take care folks and have a good night. [ GO TO BREAK]

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Hollywood is not monkeying around when it comes to hyping one of its summer movies.
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20th-Century Fox is using the internet to premiere the trailer of the new Planet of the Apes movie.
The director says this is NOT a remake of the 1968 Charlton Heston film.
Though there are some similarities in the story line, there are definite differences in its makeup and special effects.
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Planet of the Apes opens on July, 27th.
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Finally today, if you're a BIG fan of breakfast, you'll love this story.
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However, if you're watching your cholesterol count, you don't want to eat at Tony's Restaurant in Bridgeport Missouri.
It's known for its huge omelets made from seven to ten eggs.
If that isn't enough to clog your arteries, they also add plenty of ham and cheese.
It takes two spatulas just to turn this omlette.
The restaurant goes through 300 dozen eggs a week making the oversize omelets.
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