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Today on news 7 at 5, at least 5 people are dead and several others injured after an American war plane accidentially drops a bomb on Kuwait.
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and nine families are displaced following a fire at a Roanoke apartment this afternoon.
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A nice round of showers for a change in this forecast. Temperatures will also be fairly mild. Details ahead.

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In business news, Wall Street suffers one of its worst days in history. We'll have the details.
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Also on Health Check, we'll meet a local man who can thank a cornea donor for his ability to see for the first time in more than 50 years.
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Teri Okita has more on this breaking story- She joins us live from Washington.
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((THE F-18 FLEW FROM THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER, U-S-S HARRY TRUMAN LOCATED IN THE PERSIAN GULF. THE PENTAGON SAYS THIS WAS A JOINT U-S-KUWAITI TRAINING EXERCISE. FROM INITIAL REPORTS, THE BOMB HIT SOME PARKED VEHICLES THAT WERE BEING USED AS MARKERS OR GUIDES ON THE GROUND DURING THE EXERCISE TRACK: THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED IN THE NORTHWEST, DESERT REGION OF KUWAIT ABOUT 30-MILES SOUTH OF THE BORDER FROM IRAQ. IT HAPPENED AROUND 7:30 AT NIGHT, KUWAITI TIME. OF THOSE KILLED, MOST, IF NOT ALL, WERE WATCHING THIS TRAINING EXERCISE FROM THE GROUND. AT A STOP IN FLORIDA, PRESIDENT BUSH COMMENTED ON THE ACCIDENT. THE U-S MILITARY HAS POSITIONED ITSELF IN KUWAIT WITH AIRFIELDS AND AN ARMY BASE SINCE IT KICKED OUT THE IRAQI ARMY DURING THE GULF WAR IN 1991. THE PENTAGON SAYS FOUR OF THE DEAD WERE U-S MILITARY PERSONNEL ONE OTHER, WAS FROM NEW ZEALAND. SEVERAL OF THE INJURED WERE TAKEN TO A KUWAITI MILITARY HOSPITAL. OTHERS WENT TO A MEDICAL FACILITY OUTSIDE OF KUWAIT CITY. ))




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Fire today at a Roanoke Apartment complex.
Tonight investigators are trying to determine what caused it.
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Flames broke out at one building at the Summit apartments off 220- shortly after noon. Sharon Ball was on her lunch break when she discovered the fire.
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Ball says by the time fire crews arrived the entire side of the building was in flames. Fire fighters evacuated three apartments. No one was hurt- all the pets got out too. It took fire crews about 30-minutes to knock down the flames. The Fire Chief says five apartments were destroyed and that the other five in the building most likely have smoke and water damage.
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The Red Cross is providing the displaced families with temporary food and clothing.

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Charges are pending against a suspected drunk driver shot by a state trooper in Amherst County last night.
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Authorities were trying to pull over 24-year old Edgar Jermaine Harvey in Madison Heights when he led them on a short but high-speed chase.
Harvey ditched his car near Seminole Drive and took off on foot, with two troopers in pursuit.
Trooper James Scott shot Harvey after Harvey allegedly made a threatening gesture towards the officer.
Scott has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.
Harvey is in stable condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
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Governor Jim Gilmore says the state budget crisis is over.
But the controversy surrounding the car tax and his standoff with the State Senate is not.
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Gilmore made a fly around tour of the state today, meeting with reporters in Roanoke, Richmond, Arlington and Norfolk.
Gilmore said he has identified more than 500-million dollars in savings to cover the budget shortfall.
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Gilmore's plan will freeze capital construction and reduce state agency spending. There is still no provision for raises and no money for local cultural agencies that depend on state funding.
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Meanwhile, Virginia Democrats are calling for a special session to resolve the budget impasse, but at this point it doesn't appear likely.
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Toys from a popular restaurant's kid's meals are being pulled from the market. We will have information on what parents should do after this break.
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[VO] And more stores are leaving Valley View Mall. Coming up next Jennifer Miele will join us to tell us why this could be part of a national trend.
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Sean Puffy Combs denies he had a gun the night of a shooting- but today a suprise in court-
A lawyer admits that one of Combs co-defendants not only had a gun, but fired a shot.
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The lawyer says Jamal Shyne Barrow shot at the ceiling and that the three people hit by gunfire were hit by bullets from someone else.
Barrow is charged with attempted murder- and assault.
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That admission could bode well for Combs- since at least one witness accused the rapper of having a gun in the night club.
Combs is charged with gun possession and bribery.
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A big toy recall for Burger King-
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The fast food chain is recalling 400-thousand "Rattling Paddling Riverboat" toys-
Apparently they can cause a choking hazard for small children.
The toys were distributed in January and February.
Burger King says the pin holding the boat's paddlewheel can come loose and is small enough to be inhaled.
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No one's been injured. Parents can call though to get a replacement toy. Here is the number 1-800- 661-9173.

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Dozens of stores are popping up around Valley View Mall.... but several stores once located IN the mall are packing their bags.
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Those changes have prompted News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele to explore this local trend.
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Jean, we thought maybe this "about face" from Malls toward shopping centers was a local phenomenon.
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But as it turns out, this trend is sweeping the nation.
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(( Take a stroll through Valley View Mall, and you'll catch more than one going out of business sale.
Take a stroll outside the Mall, and you'll probably understand why.
One stop-shopping at Wal Mart, Best Buy, or Target may alleviate the need to enter the Mall at all.
At least one retail analyst says the switch from mall to plaza is happening around the country.
Ken Gassmen says there's a glut of retail space available.
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Bostonian Shoe Store is uprooting from Valley View Mall.
Paul Harris is exiting as well.
And World of Science is bidding shoppers fairwell.
But Belk is working to break down the barriers between shopper and mall.
An expansion and remodeling project is currently underway.
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To be fair, Valley View Mall says there are several deals on the table right now.
We'll see if Valley View can escape the trend.

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On Health Check tonight, imagine losing your vision --then having it restored years later. That's what happened to one local man who is now seeing out of his left eye for the first time in 57 years.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has the story of a man and how a corneal transplant changed his life.
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But one month ago he had a corneal transplant. The cornea, or the transparent front part of his eye was replaced with a cornea from a donor.
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And ever since surgery his vision has gotten better and better.
Dr. Tedd Pucket say some patients end up with 20-20 vision.
And he says many different conditions can be improved with the transplant.
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Old Dominion Eye Bank says there is always a need for donors.
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Gillispie found out his donor was a 50 year old man.
He says he is forever grateful.
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Gillispie says even if his vision doesn't get any better he's just happy --that after 57 years --he can see the world through both eyes.
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If you are in the mood for a little light hearted hoops action tonight, you'll want to head to the Salem Civic Center tonight. The clown princes of basketball are there tonight. So is our Jacey Birch.

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They break all the rules in the game of basketball... yet they are still the most fun team to hit the hardwood...


Who else could we be talking about except the Harlem Globetrotters. They are in Salem ready to play ball tonight.
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Jacey Birch is at the Salem Civic Center now where the men are getting ready for their stunt-filled performance.
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Coming up in Sports, Mike Stevens will have the television lineup for this week's N-C-Double-A tournament.
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[VO] And we will have the details on today's big losses on Wall Street.
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The Dow Jones industrial average has closed down more than 400 points. It's the fifth worst point drop in one day- in the history of the stock market.
Alexis Christoforous has a look at what happened in today's Marketwatch report.
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Welcome everybody to the Monday ticker.
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Both the UVa men's and women's team are busy preparing for their NCAA openers later this week. The men hook up with dangerous Gonzaga Friday during your lunch hour in Memphis. Steve Mason has some postseason morsels for us from Charlottesville.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE FRIDAY NIGHT] As Steve sais the UVa-Gonzaga game tips off right here on WDBJ-7 this shortly after high noon. Also, Friday afternoon the Tennessee Vols battle UNC Charlotte after the UVa contest.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON] The March Madness really begins Thursday afternoon at 12:10 with the streaking Kentucky Wildcats taking on Holy Cross.
Maryland and George Mason will follow at three here on Your Hometown Station.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE THURSDAY NIGHT] Then Thursday night Duke takes on Monmouth at 7:30 followed by the Iowa State - Hampton game. Of course you also will get bonus look-in coverage of other games each day.
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The Mir space station has become clearly visible over Japan as it orbits closer to earth.
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The 15-year-old space station is to be brought down from orbit on March 20th. Now a observatory in Northern Japan says it spotted the space station and tracked its course for seven minutes today.
Experts at the observatory dismissed speculation that the station might fall out of orbit and hit Japan. Mir is supposed to make a controlled plunge into the Pacific between Australia and Chile.
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Singers Amy Grant and Vince Gill are new parents today.
Grant gave birth to a baby girl this morning in Nashville.
This is her fourth child and her first with husband Vince Gill.
A spokeswoman says the baby weighs seven pounds nine ounces and is 19 and a half inches long. Her name has not been released.
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