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Today on News 7, rescue workers search for victims in Nigeria after 200 people are killed following an explosion
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and a local senator says the state needs to raise the car tax.
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You warm weather fans certainly are getting your way for now. The forecast pushes close to 70 again tomorrow.

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Also today we will see a new device that can edit the profanity out of the movies you watch at home,
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and we will tell you what one local group is doing to help elevate the art of bluegrass music.
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Could state lawmakers be headed for another stalemate?
The car tax issue threatens to raise its ugly head again in Richmond..
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One local senator says it's time for the state to rollback the car tax.
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Montgomery County's Madison Marye is sponsoring legislation that would return the car tax to 55 percent this year.
It's the same issue that led to last year's budget standoff between the Senate and House of Delegates.
Marye says the state can't afford to keep the cut at 70 percent.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D- MONTGOMERY CO.: WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HOUSE IS GOING TO DO, WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER THE HOUSE IS GOING TO LIKE IT OR NOT, IT'S A DIFFERENT YEAR, AND A DIFFERENT TIME. I'M TOLD BY THE PEOPLE.. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS.. BUT I'M TOLD BY THE PEOPLE THAT DRAFTED THE BILL FOR ME THAT IT WOULD PRODUCE 180 MILLION DOLLARS WHICH WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS TEACHER SALARIES AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES SALARIES.))
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Governor Mark Warner has already proposed freezing the car tax at 70 percent this year.. a spokesman says Marye's bill quote "doesn't have a lot of momentum" in the governor's office.
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Tuition increases may be in the future at Virginia's colleges and universities. Governor Mark Warner is proposing to lift the state tuition freeze to help meet budget reductions.
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At Virginia Tech, the school is being asked to cut about 31-million dollars for the upcoming fiscal year. Tech Spokesman Larry Hincker says the proposed 5-percent tuition hike for students would only produce about 6-million dollars.
He also says a change in tuition may have other effects.
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A 5-percent increase for in state students would amount to about 140-dollars while out of state students would pay more than 5-hundred dollars more. Tech's Board of Visitors is expected to make a decision on the issue this Spring.
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A series of explosions rocks Nigeria's largest city- killing several people.
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The panic that ensued afterward killed hundreds more.
It started with a fire in an armory that set off several huge explosions- Ten people are dead, many more are missing, many of them children.
More than 500 additional people are dead. Their bodies were found in two canals nearby. The people apparently drowned after panic hit.
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U-S troops won't be part of a multi-national peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.
But President Bush is offering other assistance, after a meeting today with the interim leader of Afghanistan. He announced a 50 million dollars in U-S aid to help rebuild the country.
Jim Acosta has more from the White House.
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((It was a moment of national pride as Afghanistan's interim prime minister watched the black, red, and green return to his country's embassy. The flag -- hand-sewn by two Afghan women in the U.S. -- is the same banner Afghanistan flew before the Taliban and before Osama bin Laden.
Hamid Karzai, Afghan Interim Prime Minister "Let's hope that this flag will be there forever... " Hamid Karzai's gracious words come with a plea -- for U.S. troops to stay in his country as peace keepers. President Bush is against that idea -- saying American soldiers should fight wars -- not police the world. But as Karzai became the first Afghan leader to visit the White House in almost 40 years -- the President vowed the U.S. will not turn its back on Afghanistan.
Bush: The Pentagon is walking its own diplomatic tightrope over the issue of war detainees in Cuba. After touring Camp X-Ray -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld insisted the captives will remain classified as "unlawful combatants" -- leaving them open for interrogations. Yielding to European pressure -- some at the State Department believe the caged fighters deserve more rights under the Geneva Convention. A Pentagon spokeswoman responded to the mounting concerns.
Victoria Clarke, Pentagon spokeswoman: The American people and the people around the world will see we're 'a', treating these people very humanely., and 'b' upholding the principles we care very deeply about."
Tomorrow Hamid Karzai will be the guest of honor at President Bush's State of the Union speech. Then he'll travel to New York -- with that flag in hand to pay his respects at ground zero. Jim Acosta CBS News The White House.))

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U-S led forces today ended a long siege at a Kandahar airport- killing six Al Qaeda fighters.
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The standoff at the hospital lasted through much of the day- Afghan and U-S troops tried to get the bin laden loyalists to give up-
But they would not, so the troops went in.
With the guidance of U-S special forces, Afghan troops launched the assault-
The six had been holed up for weeks- the Al Qaeda members would rather die than surrender.
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The F-D-A has approved a new drug to treat a painful skin condition. Joy Sutton will have the details in our Health Check report,
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[VO] and there is good news on the economic front as two companies say they are bringing 120 new jobs to the city of Roanoke.
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Two new companies are taking over the old Transkrit building and bringing 120 new jobs to the Valley.
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InfoSeal and Virginia Utility Protection Services are starting up in the Centre for Industry and Technology.
InfoSeal makes labels and is a spin off of Transkrit. So far it's hired 30 of its old employees.
David Yost is the company's general manager and a former Transkrit employee as well.
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VUPS says it searched for space for well over a year before finding the building and almost ended up in Franklin County.
Company officials credit the persistence of the Roanoke Valley Economic Development partnership for changing their minds.
The two companies will invest six million dollars in the building for renovations and continue to hire in the meantime.
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People who suffer with the skin disease eczema will soon have a new treatment option.
The F-D-A recently approved new drug called (Ella-del) Elidel to treat mild to moderate eczema. It's expected to hit the market by the end of February.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details.
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A group of local musicians wants to take bluegrass to a higher level. The Roanoke Fiddle and Banjo Club is teaming up with the Rotary Club of Roanoke and Hollins University to create the Roanoke Invitational Competition: Masters of Traditional String Music.
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Organizers say the competition will be by invitation only and will include winners of other local bluegrass festivals, like the Fiddler's Convention in Galax. One of their goals is to introduce bluegrass to those unfamiliar with its rural roots.
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The Roanoke Invitational Competition will be held Saturday, June 29th at Hollins University.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans has always thought of himself as a smooth operator, but up next he will introduce us to something that is smoother and more refreshing on a warm winter's day. [Live Microwave Full]
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On a day when temperatures may reach record highs, leave it to Patrick Evans to find the best way to cool off.
Today he has found a hot new business with a really cool product.
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Patrick, are you going to eat during every 5 o'clock broadcast?
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Still to come on the newscast, a Winston Cup Driver is coming to Roanoke to help a local charity raise a little fast cash,
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and we will meet a young artist who refuses to let his disability get in the way of his work.
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A young artist in Kenya says he is just trying to make the best of things.
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Seventeen year Solomon Kasule (Ka-soo-leh) was born without arms but with plenty of talent. Abandoned at birth, he lives at the Dagoretti Special School in Nairobi where he learned to paint using his feet.
In addition to his artwork, Kasule has also learned how to tackle household chores. He can do simple tasks like making his bed and folding the laundry without difficulty. Although sometimes he needs help, he can take care of himself and he hopes to be self reliant one day.
Teachers describe himself as a joyful young artist.
Kasule says he is able to look beyond his disability to a brighter future.
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Welcome everybody to the start if another week's worth of Two Minute sports ticker.
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We begin tonight with college basketball news as the Duke Blue Devils cemented their place on top of the men's top 25 poll last night with a win over Virginia.
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The Blue Devils picked up all 71 first place votes in the Associated Press Top 25 as the top six teams in the rankings remain the same from a week ago. Virginia's loss last night at Cameron Indoor Stadium did not hurt the Cavs that much. UVa only fell one spot dropping from 7th to 8th.
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And don't forget that this Thursday night at nine right here on WDBJ-7 the Blue Devils swing back into action against their good neighbors from Chapel Hill. Duke and Carolina this Thursday night at nine right here on Your Hometown Station.
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The Virginia Tech women who have lost two straight Big East games on the road fell from 16th all the way to 23rd in the new women's top 25. Tomorrow night the Tech women host number one ranked and unbeaten Connecticut at Cassell Coliseum in a seven o'clock tipoff.

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Winston Cup rising star Stacy Compton will join forces with Roanoke based furniture company Mostly Sofas this Friday night to help raise money for the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
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Mostly Sofas founder Jeff Rorer befriended Compton at a few golf outings and the two decided that it was time to help a local charitable organization.
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Compton will sign autographs at Mostly Sofas from five to seven PM Friday. The money donated to the Mostly Sofas raffle could win you a sofa, a recliner or two pit passes to the February Daytona 500. Compton will also bring along some of his racing toys.
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Proceeds go to the Roanoke Rescue Mission. More on Stacy Compton's visit to the Star City at six.

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A new online music service is now available from coast to coast, and what would you think about a D-V-D player that wipes out the bad language from your movies.
Jody Davis has those stories and more in this technotainment report.
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(( ONE TREND TAKING PLACE IN HOME ENTERTAINMENT IS GIVING PARENTS THE POWER TO EDIT WHAT THEY CONSIDER INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT. SANYO'S FISHER DIVISION IS INCORPORATING ITS "TV GUARDIAN FOUL LANGUAGE FILTER" INTO SEVERAL NEW PRODUCTS. THE TECHNOLOGY AUTOMATICALLY FILTERS OUT NAUGHTY WORDS IN VIDEOS VIEWED AT HOME. IT'S AVAILABLE ON TWO VCRs, A DVD PLAYER, AND A DVD-VCR COMBO UNIT. PRICES RANGE FROM ABOUT 70 DOLLARS TO 230 DOLLARS RETAIL.
THE NEW ONLINE MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE FROM SONY AND VIVENDI UNIVERSAL IS NOW NATIONWIDE. "PRESSPLAY" IS AVAILABLE ON SITES INCLUDING MP-3 DOT COM, THE MICROSOFT NETWORK, AND YAHOO MUSIC. SUBSCRIBERS PAY MONTHLY FEES RANGING FROM 9.95 TO 24.95 TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD, AND BURN SONGS.
PRESSPLAY IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE TO P-C USERS, BUT SAYS IT HOPES TO MAKE THE SERVICE AVAILABLE TO MAC USERS SOMETIME THIS YEAR.
WE RECENTLY FEATURED RCA'S NEW LYRA JUKEBOX... WHICH STORES 300 HOURS OF MUSIC. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE COOLER THAN THAT? HOW 'BOUT 400 HOURS? SONICBLUE IS EXPANDING ITS RIO MP-3 PLAYER LINE WITH THE RIO RIOT. ITS 20-GIGABYTE HARD DRIVE STORES 400 CD'S AT WHAT THE COMPANY CALLS NEAR-CD QUALITY. IT ALSO HAS AN FM TUNER. IT'LL BE AVAILABLE WITHIN DAYS, AT A RETAIL PRICE OF 399.95. AND THAT'S THE WEEK IN TT. JD ANC, RPTG.))
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