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Comair planes are staying on the ground today after thousands of pilots go on strike.
Find out how the strike is affecting local passengers, coming up.
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And a Chicago father faces charges for leaving his kids home alone.
All five children were victims of a fatal fire that broke out inside their apartment.
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We start off this week with beautiful sunny skies, combined with quite cold temperatures. We'll find out why, coming up.
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Join us for News 7 at noon, next.



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More than 800 Comair flights have been canceled today. The cancellations will continue until the airline reaches an agreement with its pilot's union. More than 13-hundred Comair pilots went on strike at 12:01 this morning after contract negotiations broke down in Washington.

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News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Jen, what does this mean for the Roanoke Valley???
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((ROLLCUE:...300 passengers will have to be re-routed.))
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A Chicago man is charged with endangering his children after all five of them die in an apartment fire.
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The children ranged from one to five years old.
Police say 28- year- old Antoine Lee apparently left the kids alone in the apartment went he went out to buy cigarettes.
Their mother was at work at the time.
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of last night's blaze.
They believe it began in the apartment where the children were found.
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(( THE FIRE MUST HAVE STARTED IN THE DINING ROOM AREA. SO YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE DOORWAY, THROUGH THE LIVING ROOM TO GET TO THE BEDROOM. THEY WERE PROBABLY TRAPPED. ))
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Authorities say there were no working smoke detectors in the second- floor residence.
The children were the only reported fatalities.
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Fire also killed some children in Kenya--
A fatal fire at a boarding school MAY be the work of an arsonist.
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The blaze killed 58 boys and injured more than 20 other people.
The fire broke out in the main dormitory of a secondary school, just outside of Nairobi.
Police say school officials say they smelled gasoline in the building yesterday, but found nothing when they checked it out.
Officials and students say a pad-locked door and iron bars on the windows prevented many students from escaping the blaze.
Authorities are still investigating.
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A Utah man will probably wait a long time before he rides another snowmobile--
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38- year- old Jeff Braitewaite was on a snowmobile when an avalanche buried him under five FEET of snow.
The vehicle was on top of him.
Braitewaite was buried in the snow for nearly an hour before his son and some other riders came to his rescue.
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((JEFF BRAITEWAITE/AVALANCHE SURVIVOR: THAT'S WHEN IT HIT ME IN THE BACK. ANOTHER WAVE HIT, THEN ANOTHER ONE HIT AND I MADE THE MISTAKE OF TAKING A DEEP BREATH. THEN ANOTHER ONE HIT AND IT WAS THAT MUCH TIGHTER. ))
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The accident happened about 150 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Amazingly, Braitewaite suffered only minor injuries.
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Danville no longer has the highest rate of syphilis in the state. The numbers of residents suffering from the S-T-D dropped nearly 20 percent last year. The news comes a couple of years after Virginia's Health Department made Danville the first city to receive money from a Centers for Disease Control grant.
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Ever since, the city's health department and two medical facilities expanded free services for patients suffering from syphilis. Now Norfolk now has the highest rate of syphilis in the state.
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As Wall Street attempts to recover from its recent slide, the ranks of the unemployed continue to grow.
That's largely due to the decline of "Dot Com" companies.
John Blackstone explains.
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(( Not long ago these dot com workers were in the vanguard of the new economynow they're in an old economy predicament they're out of work.
SUPER: DAVID BASSIN,- Job Seeker "IT'S BEEN DIFFICULT. YEAH I MEAN A LOT OF JOBS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN."
In San Francisco "pink slip parties" have replaced the lavish gatherings that used to celebrate a dot com company's stock market debut.
SUPER: PATTY BERON, SF GIRL.COM "THE CONCEPT IS TO BRING TOGETHER PEOPLE WHO ARE HIRING AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN RECENTLY LAID OFF IN A KIND OF A FUN ATMOSPHERE TO NETWORK AND MAKE CONNECTIONS."
For many the stock market sell off has destroyed dreams of early wealth but the pink slip parties can still incite some irrational exuberance.
SUPER: Zainab Groessner- Recruiter "ITS ON THE PULSE. ITS HAPPENING AND IT'S A GREAT WAY TO FIND PEOPLE WHO'VE JUST RECENTLY BEEN LAID OFF."
In San Francisco's Silicon Gulch, "For Rent" is the sign of the times. Empty offices reveal the wreckage of companies that disappeared before they managed to change the world.
SUPER: DEREK BROWN, DOT COM ANALYST "THERE WERE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS PLACED ON A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMPANIES IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS."
Talk about expectations. In luxury car showrooms in Silicon Valley salesmen came to expect people paying cash for cars carrying hundred thousand dollar price tags. Suddenly there is no longer a waiting list for automobiles that cost as much as houses.
SUPER: James Butler Car Salesman "COME IN SEE A CAR YOU WANT YOU CAN TAKE DELIVERY RIGHT NOW. QUES: "AND LAST YEAR YOU HAD TO WAIT." SALESMAN: "THAT'S CORRECT."
STANDUP Now a lot of dot com veterans have to wait for something elsethat early retirement that so many of them dreamed of. JB CBS NEWS SF

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Virginia's Republican candidate for Attorney General has the support of Former Presidential Candidate Bob Dole.
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Dole stopped in Roanoke yesterday afternoon to endorse Jerry Kilgore. Kilgore is unopposed for the Republican nomination for Attorney General. Dole told the crowd Kilgore is just what Virginia is looking for.
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((BOB DOLE: WE HAVE A GREAT CANDIDATE IN JERRY KILGORE I HEARD ABOUT HIM, READ ABOUT HIM, HEARD PEOPLE TALK ABOUT HIM HE'S ALREADY BEEN AROUND THE TRACK ONCE HE'S READY FOR THIS JOB.))
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((JERRY KILGORE: HE'S ONE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S ICONS IS BOB DOLE AND I'VE LOOKED UP TO HIM GROWING UP.)) [BUTT, BUTT, BUTT]
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((I'M JUST HONORED THAT HE WOULD STOP ON HIS JOURNEY THROUGH ROANOKE TO DO A SMALL RALLY WITH ME.))
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Dole also took some time yesterday to speak to an audience at Roanoke College. He spoke about the need to remember the courage of World War Two veterans, personal responsibility, and the state of American politics.
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Two people were taken to the hospital following a head on collision in Roanoke County.
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Authorities say an eighteen year old was driving down Randall Drive yesterday when he swerved into the other lane causing the collision near Pitzer Road. The other driver was an elderly man who was taking his dog for a ride. Authorities say the man's brown and white terrier, Snuggles is now missing. Both drivers were taken to Roanoke Memorial with minor injuries.
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[Feedback, March 25]


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One viewer voices his opinion on the state budget battle.
Here's Assignment editor Joe McKean with this week's News 7 Feedback.
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((Governor Gilmore is insisting that any new state budget for the next fiscal year include a 70 percent cut in the car tax, as he promised.
The Senate wouldn't go along with that. So, the spending plan approved last year remains in place. And that has less money than many groups say they need.
A viewer from Christiansburg (William Hunter) commented: "Governor 'no car tax' is not only trying to break the state's economy but also tear the state's government apart...I do not like any tax but they do pay for roads, schools, police, fire, rescue and museums to name a few things. If the governor wants to create a third world country then he needs to find another place to destroy...I do thank the news crew at this fine station for bringing us all the coverage of this and many other events."
The address for News-7 is PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number: 343-7269.
To send us an e-mail, it's news@wdbj7.com.
And our website has an on-line forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

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Much of Hollywood is probably STILL in bed--
Last night's Academy Awards brought a few surprises-- and an unforgettable night of glitz and glamour.
Teri Okita reports on what the stars won AND what they wore.
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((Narr: (Hollywood,CA) The celebration lasted all night long in Hollywood - with A-list stars making the rounds from party to party...tinsel town usually rolls up early - but certainly not on Oscar night.
Nat Sot: from parties.
Nat/ Sot full ( Michael Douglas) "The Award goes to Gladiator."
Narr;Gladiator slayed the rest of the competition to win best picture . It won five Oscars in all - Traffic and Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon each won four. But the night really belonged to Julia Roberts - who nabbed the Best Actress Award for Erin Brochovich..
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Narr: Gladiator Russell Crowe seemed stunned to win his Best Actor statue -
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Narr: The dress code at this years Oscars went from dare to be different
(Ashley Judd) ) to dare to bare - (Lopez) - some dressed to impress
(Kate Hudson) - others dressed to kill ... and still others should

have checked before getting dressed (Bjork)
Standup: The Academy Awards show wrapped up for one last time at the Shrine Auditorium - next year it will move to a theater ..still under construction here in the heart of Hollywood. Teri Okita..CBS News Hollywood.

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Hollywood was the center of attention last night, but two new romantic comedies managed to catch the eyes of movie goers this weekend. ``Heartbreakers'' topped the box office with 12-point-three million dollars in earnings. ``The Brothers'' followed with ten-point-seven million dollars. An industry expert says the movies could trace their success to audiences always loving ``a good date film.''


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on wraps up this weeks list. Exit Wounds slipped to number three.. Enemy at the Gates is number four and Oscar winner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Drag