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Today on News 7 at 5, a woman says accused murderer Jeffery Thomas confessed to killing a Radford teenager. We'll have the latest.
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And from Richmond, lawmakers and the makers of the drug Oxycontin reach an agreement they hope will help stop the abuse of the drug. [Weather-Head]
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In medical news, we'll look at the connection between breast feeding and osteoporosis,
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and we'll see how residents in Washington state are dealing with yesterday's powerful earthquake.
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Oxycontin is a powerful pain killer. But Abusing it has killed 28 people in Southwest Virginia in the past two year's.
Today the makers of Oxycontin reached a seven part agreement with Virginia's Attorney General to deal with the crisis.
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Ellen Qualls is in Richmond. Ellen, what came out of today's meeting.
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One of Jeffrey Thomas' friends says Thomas admitted to her that he killed Tara Munsey .. an admission she says came the morning after Munsey disappeared.
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Barbara Helton testified today that Thomas told her he didn't mean to do it.
Helton told jurors in Thomas' murder trial that she let Thomas stay at her house for several nights over a two-week period .. before she turned him in.
In cross-examination, Defense Attorney Brian Scheid focused on differences between Helton's accounts on the stand .. and what she told investigators last year.
Tonight on News 7 at 6, Barbara Helton's account of Tara Munsey's last moments.
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State Police investigators are looking into allegations against the Danville Sheriff's Department.
Authorities are remaining tight lipped and won't say what the focus of that investigation is.
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But State Police Special Agent Jim Ruland did tell us they are investigating improper actions of several Danville Sheriff employees.
Danville's Police Chief says allegations came to light on February 14th.
Shortly after that, the decision was made to call in the State Police to investigate.
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((CHIEF NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE DEPT.: SHERIFF DOOLEY, THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY BILL FULLER AND I MET ON THESE ALLEGATIONS. AND WE FELT THAT IT WOULD BE BEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE TO CONDUCT THE INVESTIGATION INTO THIS MATTER. AND THEY WERE CALLED AND THEY ARE THIS TIME CONDUCTING THIS INVESTIGATION.))
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The State Police won't say how long the investigation will take.
Once completed, the state police will issue a report to the Commonwealth attorney's office.
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Once again the actions of former President Bill Clinton are center stage on Capitol Hill.
Members of Congress say they want to find out- once and for all- the truth about the President's last minute pardons. Teri Okita reports from Washington.
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((TRACK: THE CONGRESSIONAL PANEL WENT ON AN EXCAVATION MISSION TRYING TO DIG UP DIRT ON BILL CLINTONS CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS AND IF THOSE PARDONS CAME IN EXCHANGE FOR POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS.

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We've all heard that breastfeeding is best for the baby, but can it help mothers fight Osteoporosis? After this break, we'll hear about some research going on at Virginia Tech,
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[VO] and then from New York, entertainer Sean "Puffy" Combs takes the stand to defend himself against weapons charges.
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A few minor aftershocks in the Pacific Northwest- but for the most part the shaking is over- and the recovery begins.
Chris Lawrence is in Seattle to find out how the city and region are coping.
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(( ABOUT TEN THOUSAND STATE WORKERS ARE GETTING THE DAY OFF. YESTERDAY'S POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE LEFT AT A MAJOR CRACK IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING. INSIDE...EXTENSIVE DAMAGE CAN BE SEEN THROUGHOUT THE CAPITOL AND THE NUMEROUS ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS IN THE AREA. VICKI CAHILL/STATE CAPITOL CARETAKER "WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING THROUGH THE BUILDINGS AND DOING A SWEPT, UNPLUGGING COMPUTERS, ALL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, CHECKING FOR DAMAGING, LIGHT FIXTURES." IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE, OFFICES AND BUSINESSES THAT ESCAPED MAJOR DAMAGE WERE OPEN AGAIN. Yesterday was yesterday - today is a new day. BUT THE SEA-TAC AIRPORT ISN'T FULLY OPEN...AND ROADS HAVE BEEN BACKED UP FOR MILES. Whatever your normal drive - add two hours.
THE EPICENTER OF THE QUAKE WAS 33 MILES BELOW THE SURFACE AND EXPERTS SAY THE EARTH'S CRUST ABSORBED MUCH OF THE SHOCK. WHILE DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS ARE STILL UNDERWAY... OFFICIALS ARE RELIEVED THAT MANY STRUCTURES BUILT TO WITHSTAND EARTHQUAKES... HELD THEIR OWN. MAYOR PAUL SCHELL The damage that we have suffered is nothing close to what it could have been with an earthquake of this magnitude. And that is thanks to the fact that we've been a pretty well-prepared city." ))



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"Puffy" Combs takes the witness stand in his own defense.
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The rap star described the night shots rang out at a Times Square night club in 1999.
He says it happened shortly after he and Jennifer Lopez had arrived.
Combs says he thought he was the target of the gunfire.
He says his hands went up -- and he started to go down.
He told the court, ``Everybody started falling all over each other.''
Prosecutors say Combs was carrying a gun illegally that night- He's also charged with trying to bribe his chauffeur into passing a weapon off as his own.
Combs denies that charge as well.
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When a woman breast feed's her baby she loses bone density.
While it is recovered later, a new study at Virginia Tech wants to help them gain even more bone mass than they had before.
As Healthcheck reporter Joy Sutton explains --this could help in the fight against osteoporosis.
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((Julie Cook will soon have her first child. She's seven months pregnant. And she is planning to breast feed.
And she says because of a family history of osteoporosis she wanted to participate in the study.
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((JULIE COOK: THE STUDY HELPS ME NOT TO BE AS CONCERNED ABOUT THAT OR AT LEAST FEEL LIKE I'M DOING EVERYTHING I CAN BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT BREAST FEEDING FOR THE BABY)) [RUNS11]
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Breast feeding or the lactation period is similar to post menopause --because a woman's period stops and estrogen levels drop.
Jeannemarie Beiseigel (Bee-sa-gul) a graduate student in Human Nutrition is conducting the study.
She says although the women do gain back their bone density during the weaning period, she wants to know if there is a way to prevent that loss, potentially giving women a higher bone density then they had before breastfeeding.
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((ANIMAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT SOY ISOFLAVENS MIMIC ESTROGEN AND THEREFORE PREVENT BONE LOSS IN WOMEN WHO ARE AT LOW ESTROGEN STATUS, SUCH AS WOMEN WHO WOULD BE BREAST FEEDING )) [RUNS12]
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To put their hypothesis to the test --there will be two groups --women who will be given pills that only contain calcium and vitamin D --the other group will be given pills that also contain the soy isoflavens.
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING: ONE OF THE WAYS RESEARCHERS WILL DETERMINE CHANGES IN BONE DENSITY IS BY USING THIS DEXA MACHINE WHICH MEASURE BONE DENSITY AND BODY COMPOSITION)) [RUNS07]
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And for Cook who saw her grandmother suffer in pain with osteoporosis --she says anything she can do to make a difference is worth it.
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((JULIE COOK: I DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH THE PAIN AND I DON'T WANT MY CHILD OT HAVE TO WATCH ME GO THROUGH THAT PAIN))

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And Cook hopes the new addition to the family --will see her healthy for years to come.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Blacksburg.))
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The Men's Big South Tournament is getting set to begin tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center. Jacey Birch is standing by with a preview.
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Coming up today in Sports, Mike Stevens will look at the Cavaliers big win over Clemson,
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[VO] and we'll see how investors are reacting to more bad news on Wall Street.
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After what was shaping up to be another day of sharp losses, stocks enjoyed a dramatic turnaround late in the session.
Alexis Christoforous has the details in today's Marketwatch.
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Seventh ranked Virginia beat Clemson last night. The win gives the Cavaliers their first 20 win season since 1995. Steve Mason has more.
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((Donald Hand was one of five UVa seniors to be honored before tip off. The ceremony brought tears to a few UVa players eyes, but some refused to get caught up in the moment. ((:)) Hand and fellow classmate Stephane Dondon would further ignite the crowd of 7,867 with 11 points each in the first half. The wahoos also forced 17 Clemson turnovers before intermission. ((:))
Chris Willliams scored 14 of his 17 in the second half, where the Wahoos shot 50 percent from three point land and outscored the Tigers 42-32. UVa improves to 9 and 6 in the ACC with the 84-65 win.))
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The UVa/Maryland game is part of a triple header Saturday right here on WDBJ. See ya at six.[S5-Tourney]


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Regional semi-finals on the high school hardwood tonight will decide which teams are headed to the state tournament. We'll have the highlights of 6 games tonight for you from Region C, Region 3 and the Northwest region's boys and girls contests on News 7 at 11. Plus, we'll check in with the Liberty men and their Big South opener at the Roanoke Civic Center. And Roanoke College opens play in the NCAA division three tournament tonight with a 7 o'clock tip-off at the Bast Center.

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Salem high school's athletic programs have achieved many first over the years and today the Spartans added another one to the list as Elizabeth Kier became the first Salem girls' soccer layer to sign a division one scholarship.
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Kier shown here with the nice pass in last year's state quarterfinal win over Virginia High, has 23 assists and 20 goals in three years on varsity. She'll get her kicks in college at Gardiner Webb. She also is a standout for the Roanoke Stars.
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Coming up on News 7 at Six, more hoopla from around the area, including a preview of Roanoke College's NCAA tournament opener this evening against the Savannah College of Art and Design. Have a great night everybody.

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Players from eight different colleges are dribbling... passing... shooting and scoring... all in hopes of playing in the N-C-Double-A Division One Championships.
The Big South Basketball Championship is in town this weekend
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and Jacey Birch is at the Roanoke Civic Center where the men are warming up for the first round games.
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When Bob Crowder began bragging about his gardening, some people may have thought he was out of his gourd.
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But then he proved it would be a long time before he was out of gourd. He has raised what is believed to be the world's largest long handled dipper gourd.
At 89 inches, his prize produce is more than seven foot tall
Crowder says it grew about six to eight inches a day.
He says he is proud of the fact that no chemicals were used to enhance its growth.
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If you would like to try your hand...or at least your green thumb at growing some champion plants, you'll want to see our website of the day.
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The folks at gardening-dot-com have put together an excellent page offering a wealth of advice for the home gardener.
One feature uses your zip code to help you pick out the best plants for your region.
You can also create a virtual garden to see how your plant choices will fit in your overall landscape plan.
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