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Today on news 7 at 5, the federal government warns about stiff penalties for anyone pulling an anthrax hoax.
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Also hazardous materials crews in our region stay busy investigating people's suspicions. [Weather-Head]
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The effects from the cold front will die down later tonight leaving very clear and chilly air. Forecast details next.

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In Sports, the Express hits the road, while the Washington Redskins just hit bottom.
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Also we will show you what some people consider the Perfect Cat.
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((JOHN ASHCROFT/US ATTORNEY GENERAL: TERRORISM HOAXES ARE NOT VICTIMLESS CRIMES, BUT ARE THE DESTRUCTIVE ACTS OF COWARDS. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILl PROSECUTE AND PUNISH WITH THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW THOSE WHO ISSUE FALSE ANTHRAX THERATS OR ANY OTHER FORM OF TERRORIST THREAT.))
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While the Attorney General issues that warning- federal officials are investigating several real anthrax cases.
Today there is word that there is a connection between some of the Anthrax letters- sent to New York and Washington.
Aleen Sirgany joins us live with the latest on the Anthrax scares and what's going on Afghanistan.
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(( THE FBI HAS RELEASED THE PICTURES OF THESE ENVELOPES.. THAT CONTAINED THE ANTHRAX THAT WAS SENT TO TOM BROKAW AND SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TOM DASCHLE. OFFICIALS SAY THE ENVELOPES ARE LINKED. BOTH ARE POST MARKED TRENTON NEW JERSEY AND HAVE THE SAME HANDWRITING. ON CAPITOL HILL HUNDREDS OF STAFFERS ARE NOW BEING SCREENED AND TREATED. Sen. Daschle: Clearly these are precautions that are required, and are widely supported. EVEN AS LEGITIMATE ANTHRAX SCARES ARE INVESTIGATED, AUTHORITIES HAVE ARRESTED SEVERAL PEOPLE FOR ANTHRAX HOAXES. ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT SAYS THE HOAXES ARE FEDERAL CRIMES...THAT WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE MAX. John Ashcroft/Attorney General: It should be painfully obvious to every American today that the threat of bioterrorism is no joking matter IN AFGHANISTAN, U-S WARPLANES DROPPED MORE BOMBS ON KABUL TODAY, HITTING TERRORIST TARGETS AND TROOPS. AN INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS BUILDING WAS ALSO HIT, BUT THE PENTAGON WON'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT. MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT BUSH ANNOUNCED 90-THOUSAND ENVELOPES HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO SUPPORT AFGHAN CHILDREN NOW FACING STARVATION. BUSH: In just a few short days, children have responded with remarkable generosity and compassion.))

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In Florida- A 73 year old worker originally thought to have been exposed to Anthrax... now appears to have symptoms of the disease.
Gretchen Carlson brings us up to date on the cases in New York and Florida.
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((The American Media Building in Florida was the first target of bio-terrorism against the media. Earlier this month, an employee here died of inhaled anthrax. And now Ernesto Blanco a 73-year-old mailroom worker originally thought to have been only exposed to the bacteria now appears to have symptoms of the disease..even though tests have not confirmed it. John Agwunobi/Secretary of the Florida Department of Health what we haven't found in Mr. Blanco is the anthrax germ itself. Meantime in New York, a 7-month-old baby of an ABC producer has been diagnosed with the skin form of anthrax. And 4 employees at the New York Post have also been tested for the disease but so far, those tests have come back negative. Gretchen Carlson Reporting: As a precaution, Hazmat teams have also been dispatched to other television networks here in New York City including CBS to search for any signs of anthrax in the mailrooms. So far the tests have shown no anthrax spores.
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Another anthrax scare had a Lynchburg neighborhood on edge this afternoon.
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Emergency crews were called to this home on Sandusky Drive around 1 after a woman opened a letter and a white powder fell out.
The woman immediately washed her hands and called 9-1-1.
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Authorities aren't sure when test results will be available.
Lynchburg police are also investigating.
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Appomattox County authorities also report an anthrax scare there on Sunday.
A woman called them after a white substance fell out of the newspaper she was reading.
Tests later proved it was "not" anthrax.

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Pulaski County officials are waiting for test results on a powder discovered yesterday in a newspaper on Main Street near the courthouse. The white-gray powder was sent to the New River Health District for analysis. Doctors there say it will be another 24-hours for lab results.



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A vast majority of anthrax scares have proved to be either harmless or hoaxes. Two Planned Parenthood clinics in Charlottesville received letters that contained a white powder, and a note that said the envelopes carried anthrax. Planned Parenthood says the scares are nothing but hoaxes.
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Law enforcement officials say penalties for hoaxes and scares vary, but they will prosecute anyone who makes an intentional anthrax scare.
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Meanwhile, the Medical Society of Virginia and the state Health Department say there's no reason to panic about anthrax. Even if you ARE exposed to anthrax spores, the risk of infection is extremely low.
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A local woman accused of two murders says she wants separate trials. We'll have the details after the break,
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An Independence woman charged with two murders wants the cases tried separately.
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Betty Jean Angeline is facing first degree and capital murder charges for the shooting deaths of Linda McKinght and Glenda Jenkins. A trial for the two slayings is scheduled for January 14th. Defense attorneys say there's a lack of evidence linking the two cases as part of the same plot or action. They will argue to separate the cases in Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday.
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Fire on a windy day is tough enough to handle.. but
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when fire breaks out at an oil storage building- it's even harder for firefighters.
The fire in Wrens, Georgia kept firefighters busy for hours today- Five fire companies in all worked to bring the blaze under control.
Workers at the M-B Jones Oil comapny did not have to leave their posts... The smoke was not considered toxic.
Part of a nearby highway was closed because of smoke until the fire was out.
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In Health Check tonight,
Virginia Tech says it is taking two major steps to becoming one of the top research institutes in the country.
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As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells one initiative includes a partnership with another university.
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That's right Jean,
Virginia Tech hopes to join forces with Wake Forest University.
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The two colleges plan to form a joint school of biomedical engineering and science. The school will operate on both campus which will give students access to research and instructional opportunities at both schools.
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For years research at Virginia Tech has focused on improvements in human health from genetically engineered pigs -created to produce a protein to help hemophiliacs' blood clot to a special mobility cart designed for a women born without arms and legs.
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It's a mission the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors takes seriously. And the reason why it also unanimously supported a collaborative agreement with the proposed Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The private medical college will be housed inside the Tech Corporate research Center. The two schools will share some faculty.
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And in the long run Virginia Tech thinks its two ventures will ultimately impact the job growth for Virginia. Giving it a cutting edge --when it comes to research and medicine.
Tonight on News 7 at six -- we'll have more details about Tech's two major announcements on how they will impact students.
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Coming up next, Brent Watts will tell us why some old fashioned cooking at the Explore Park this weekend will help feed the homeless in the future.
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The fall harvest is well underway. An event this Saturday at Roanoke's Explore Park is taking advantage of that.


It's using fall foods to take visitors back in time by tempting their taste buds. Our Weekend Diner reporter Brent Watts has a preview.
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Coming up today following Sports, we'll tell you why the federal government is looking to a former Doobie Brother for a little advice.
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Here is something for cat lovers who don't have time for the real thing-
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It's a robot cat... named Ne-Co-Ro.
NeCo is Japanese for Cat. Ro stands for Robot.
Neco-Ro is covered wtih synthetic fur and offers a paw or a meow when stroked.
Using state of the art technology the robot responds to sound and touch with emotional expressions, but no scratches.
The robot can even learn to recognize the voice of it's owner.
Ne-ro is not cheap thought-
It costs 15-hundred U-S dollars.
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Welcome folks to the Tuesday ticker. We begin by shoveling another shovel full of dirt onto the Redskins.
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Last night they hit a new low for the season by snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The Cowboys beat them 9-to-7. There are no highlights for either team only a telling comment from Dallas coach Dave Campo.
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The Express is 2 and OH heading into a four game stretch that begins to tomorrow night. Steve Mason caught up with Perry Florio before he and the team hit the road.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at Six, this is a big week for Salem coaching icon Willis White - and not because his team is playing Alleghany. His story, plus more from the Express front at the top of the hour. See you then everybody. [GO TO BREAK]

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When you think of national Security, you probably associate names like Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfield, but as Rebecca Rankin tells us, you may want to consider "SKUNK."
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(( HE'S WAS A GUITAR PLAYER IN STEELY DAN AND THE DOOBIE BROTHERS. HE'S PLAYED WITH THE LIKES OF LINDA RONDSTAT AND ELTON JOHN. HIS NICKNAME IS SKUNK. HE IS ALSO A KEY PLAYER IN THE DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY.
PACKAGE: I'm an advisor to the Balistic Missile Defense Organization which is part of the Department of Defense. Um, I also work as what they call a trusted advisor for a number of members of Congress.
JEFF'S LOVE OF MUSIC TECHNOLOGY GOT HIM INTERESTED IN THE TECHNOLOGY OF WAR AND READING DEFENSE MAGAZINES.
I was still in Doobie Brothers and people would peer over my shoulder and wonder what I was doing.
JEFF WROTE A PAPER ON MISSILE DEFENSE IN THE EARLY 90'S AND GAVE IT TO A CONGRESSIONAL FRIEND. IT MADE THE ROUNDS, AND AFTER A COUPLE YEARS, HE WAS QUOTE..."UP TO HIS TEETH IN NATIONAL SECURITY." BUT SOME OF THE POLITICIANS WERE SKEPTICAL OF A ROCK STAR'S KNOWLEDGE OF THE GENRE.
you've gotta walk the walk if you talk the talk and as I got more involved into it, they began to realize that I had done my homework//And, it was surprising the amount of acceptance.
WHILE JEFF'S STILL A BIG GUITARIST IN THE INDUSTRY, HE'S BEEN PUT ON TACTICAL ALERT FOR THE GOVERNMENT SINCE THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
I am blessed and honored to work on both sides of the fence.
REBECCA ON CAMERA TAG: JEFF WORKS FOR THE GOVERNMENT FOR FREE...BUT OFTEN GETS PAID AS A CONSULTANT FOR POLITICAL THINK TANKS AND DEFENSE CONTRACTORS. JEFF SAYS THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH TERRORISM IS TO, OVER TIME, USE OUR CULTURE TO CHANGE FOREIGN PERCEPTIONS OF THE US. IN NEW YORK, I'M REBECCA RANKIN.))
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