It's a life- saving medical device that can save a person in cardiac arrest.
Ahead on NEWS 7 at six... a look at how these devices work and efforts to get more of them into public buildings and places.
And, the story of a Danville professor just back from an overseas campaign.
In sports, Maryland knocks off Duke the Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech get a win over Seton Hall at the Cassell.
And after several late crashes South Boston's Ward Burton takes the checkered flag winning the 2002 Daytona 500.
Blustery conditions today along with cooler temperatures throughout southwest Virginia... but the effects of our cold front may be waning... details in a few minutes.
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((ELIZABETH VAIL/AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: WE'RE HOPING TO HAVE MORE AND MORE OF AN EMPHASIS, AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE USING THEM.))
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It could easily save your life, so why then are they not readily available?
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Every day, more than a thousand people will suffer and mostly likely die from sudden caradic arrest.
A simple device called a (duh-fib-rah-later) defibrillator can change those odds.
And as Justin McLeod discovered, there's now a major push to save more lives with this life saving device.
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This is a defibrillator.
It's a device that shocks a person's heart back into a regular heartbeat.
And in many cases, what it does could mean the difference between life and death.
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That's imporant because death usually follows unless the heart rhythm is restored within five to seven minutes.
What makes defibrillators unique is that it's practically fool-proof and anyone can use it.
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Simple to use but not always simple to find.
Defibrillators are now in place in government buildings in Roanoke County but not Roanoke City.
Valley View Mall recently installed three.
And although you won't find any at the Tanglewood Mall or the Roanoke Civic Center, that is scheduled to change in the near future.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CURRENTLY, THERE ARE NO DEFIBRILLATORS HERE AT THE ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT. AIRPORT OFFICIALS DO WANT WANT TO BUY THEM BUT DUE TO BUDGET CUTS THOSE PLANS ARE NOW ON HOLD.))
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The American Heart Association has its own plans.
They're leading a push to have defibrillators placed in as many public places as possible, including businesses.
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((ELIZABETH VAIL/AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: IN AMERICA, A THOUSAND PEOPLE EVERYDAY SUFFER FROM CARADIC ARREST AND NINETY FIVE PERCENT OF THOSE FOLKS DIE AND MANY OF THEM BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO GET TO A DEFIBRILLATOR IN TIME.))
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So in time, defibrillators will become more common in public places.
And for many, it's comforting to know a life saving device is just a heartbeat away.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Clifton Forge authorities are investigating a stabbing that's left one woman dead.
Police say 51 year old Brenda Arnold was stabbed following an altercation at a rooming house on West Ridgeway Street shortly before noon on Saturday.
31 year old Tanya Williams of Clifton Forge has been charged with first degree murder.
Police say the altercation started as a verbal argument and then escalated into the stabbing.
Williams is being held at the Alleghany Regional Jail without bond.
Danville Police are investigating their second murder of the weekend.
It happened shortly after 2 this morning.
Police answered a call on the 800 block of Clay Street and found a man lying face down.
He had a gunshot wound to the face.
Police say he still has not been identified.
If you have any information, you're asked to call Danville police.
Virginia Tech's president says substantial budget cuts are inevitable.
Governor Mark Warner wants Tech to cut 31-million dollars for the new fiscal year.
The governor also wants to lift the tutition freeze at state colleges and universities.
As a result, students at Virginia Tech could see a tuition increase of five percent.
Tech's president realizes that could produce a financial hardship for some students.
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((CHARLES STEGER/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE CRITICALLY DEPENDENT ON FINANCIAL AID TO MAKE IT AS IT IS NOW, AS THE TUITION GOES UP WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT WE CAN INCREASE THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT WE PROVIDE TO THOSE STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING ONE OR TWO JOBS TO STAY IN SCHOOL AND WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MINIMIZE OR HAVE NO IMPACT ON THEM AS WE GO FORWARD.))
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Tech is also looking into cutting several positions.
President Steger believes many of those cuts can come through retirement and attrition.
The State Senate has approved legislation that could weaken the State Corporation Commission and its oversight of proposed power plants.
So say critics of Senate Bill 554, and last week they urged the House of Delegates to reject it.
The measure would limit the SCC's ability to rule on power plant proposals if other government agencies grant the necessary permits.
Opponents said the legislation would limit citizen involvement and have a negative impact on air quality in Virginia.
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((DR. KEVIN COOPER: WELL, I THINK THE STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION HAS TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO HEAR ALL OF THE PUBLIC INPUT AND OPINION BEFORE THEY MAKE UP THEIR MIND WHETHER A PARTICULAR PLANT SHOULD GO AHEAD. AND I THINK IF THEY ARE ONLY LIMITED IN BEING ABLE TO CONSIDER ONLY CERTAIN TYPES OF INFORMATION, THEY WON'T GET THE FUILL STORY AND THEY MAY MAKE SOME MISTAKES.))
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The bill cleared the Senate on a vote of 29 to 10. It's now headed to a House of Delegates committee.
For some it's a wonder drug but for others this potent pain killer is the devil's drug.
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This week NEWS 7 takes an in-depth look at why OxyContin has such a grip on southwest Virginia.
We'll hear from people who say the drug has restored their life.
But there's also another side to OxyContin.
We'll hear from people who abuse the drug-- and have paid a price.
We'll also have the story of a southwest Virginia doctor who was just recently sentenced to prison for writing illegal prescriptions for narcotics, including OxyContin.
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You can catch a "A Dose of Trouble"-- a special series beginning tomorrow night on NEWS 7 at six.
Still ahead on News 7 at 6, a local university professor is getting an education in foreign politics...
and also, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra didn't give chocolate, but music for a late Valentines Day present. We'll have that coming up, but first, a let's get a look at the forecast. Here's Jacey in the WeatherCenter.
A local college professor is just back from France after helping with the re-election campaign of French President Jacques Chirac.
Octavius Pinkard teaches political science at Averett University in Danville and has studied French politics most of his professional life.
Chirac's advisers asked Pinkard to come to France and help them develop strategies for attracting the youth vote in the coming campaign.
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Pinkard expects this year's election to be very close and that every vote will count.
He'll return to France in April for the first round of balloting.
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A shooting victim's background, and nude glamour photos, were the topics in our viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with Feedback.
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((As part of our coverage on the shooting that led to the arrest of a federal drug agent on murder charges, we talked to relatives of the victim, and delved into his past.
A few viewers, including one from Roanoke (Kelly Laine) thought Keith Bailey's criminal record was irrelevant, and unnecessary to understanding what happened.
"This man was shot, unable to equally defend himself by a man that enforces the very laws that he knew he was breaking when he shot an unarmed man...It's almost like you have taken the cop's side on this matter, and felt it best to sway viewers by making them think that this man was a former lawbreaker, and that was reason enough for his death."
A piece that aired on Valentine's Day, describing a business that offered to take tasteful and artistic photographs of people in the buff went too far for many of our viewers.
(Lisa Vilagi/Salem) "The photos didn't show enough to be called pornography, but too much to be called appropriate viewing during family time viewing. Please consider all of your viewers when you plan the timing of your articles."
(David Bonham/Salem) "They were all in my mind X-rated, but what got me the most was you showed a picture of a family, father, mother, son and daughter in the nude. That was child pornography in my mind."
Any comments you'd like to make about our news judgment, or lack of it, send them along by US mail, fax, or email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Music lovers got a last minute Valentine's Day gift today.
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The Roanoke Symphony held its annual Vienna Valentines Concert at the Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Center.
The program featured selections from Beethoven, Johan Strauss, and even Mozart.
This afternoon's concert was completely sold out.
Still ahead on News 7 at 6, a wild end to the Daytona 5-hundred, but Ward Burton holds on for the win. Roy Stanley will have highlights and more...
but before that, some local firefighters took to the hardwood to show off some moves. We'll have that and more coming up. Stay with us...
Some college bowlers tried to strike it rich this weekend.
More than a hundred and fifty players competed in the A-C-U Region 5 Recreation bowling tournament.
College teams from Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia all took part in the annual event.
Virginia Tech represented Southwest Virginia.
The top bowlers won a free trip and other cash prizes.
Lee High Lanes in Salem hosted this year's tournament.
Some area firefighters today traded their boots for a pair sneakers.
It was all part of the Roanoke Dazzle's Firefighter Appreciation Day at the Civic Center.
Before the game, Roanoke City and Roanoke County squared off on the basketball court.
The players and their families then stuck around to watch the Dazzle play.
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((DONNA DANIELS/DAZZLE PRESIDENT: IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY. IT IS ALSO A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO TALK TO OUR FANS ABOUT FIRE SAFETY. WE DO REALLY TRULY THINK THIS A WIN WIN FOR BOTH OF US.))
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The firefighters passed out to the fans pamphlets and other materials on fire safety.
Fire trucks were also on hand for tours.
And in case you were wondering, the Roanoke City Fire Department beat the county firefighters 22 to 8.
And coming up in sports, The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech win at home today highlights from this afternoon's ODAC tournament action.
And Maryland knocks off top ranked Duke in a big A-C-C showdown.
South Boston's Ward Burton survived several crashes near the end of the race and he takes the checkered flag winning the Daytona 500.
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Michael Waltrip was the first car to make a move and he was the leader after 50 laps.
But his teammate Dale Earnhardt Junior had a stroke of bad luck early as he blew a tire and hit the wall bringing out the caution.
Ken Schrader was have a strong run and he was the leader after 61 laps of the race.
Then just past the halfway point Sterling Marlin was the leader with Ricky Rudd on his rear bumper.
But three fourths of the way through the race Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick get together the end result was a 17 car crash including many of the drivers running on the lead lap.
A crash on the restart and the race was red flagged and Sterling Marlin the leader was sent to the back for getting out of his car to repair a fender.
The race restarted with 3 to go and Burton pulled away taking the checkered flag for his first Daytona 500 win.
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Elliott Sadler finished second, Geoff Bodine third, Kurt Busch fouth and Michael Waltrip fifth.
The Maroons of Roanoke College were knocked out of the ODAC tournament by top seeded Randolph Macon.
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The two teams huddle around their coaches getting the final instructions before the opening tipoff.
Roanoke's Nathan Stewart hits the three pointer from the corner the Maroons led 10 to 5.
The Yellow Jackets tighten the lead when Kurt Bergmann takes it inside for the reverse layup to make it 10 to 7 Maroons.
Stewart passes to Josh Foster who nails the three pointer and the Maroons maintained a 1 point lead.
Macon takes the lead when Marshal Rumney passes to Tim Smith who hits the three and the Jackets win it 71 to 63.
Hampden-Sydney and Emory and Henry would square off in the other Semi final game at the Salem Civic Center.
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The Tigers being introduced to a huge crowd in Salem.
Emory and Henry's Paul Russo picks off the Tiger pass passes to Kenny Caver who hits the layup for two.
Sydney's Matt McKeag passes to Brandon Randall and he pulls up and hits the three pointer.
Emory's Justin Call misses the shot but Brandon Stanley is there for the rebound and put back the Wasps led by 1.
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The Tigers Marcus Gregory passes to Randall deep on the right wing and he hits the trey and Hampden Sydney goes on to win it 105 to 95.
The University of Maryland could be at the top of the polls this week. The Terps knocked of Duke 87 to 73.
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The Blue Devils were in trouble after the opening tipoff.
Chris Wilcox gets the steal and takes it in for the jam to make it 27 to 14 Terps in the first half.
Duke would work the outside Chris Duhon with the three pointer but the Blue Devils still trailed at the half.
Maryland would lead by 21 Jason Williams misses the jumper but Carlos Boozer is there to put it in and the lead was 11.
The Terps answer when Juan Dixon knocks down the jumper in the paint and Maryland wins it 87 to 73.
At the Cassell today, The Lady Hokies would hook up in a Big East match up with Seton Hall.
Bonnie Henrickson watches as the Hokies take the early lead.
Ieva Kublina would take control in the opening minutes she takes it inside for the basket to make it 2 to nothing.
The next trip down the floor Kublina gets it again this time she hits the jumper as the Hokies led by four.
Seton Hall was forced out side and this three pointer would cut the lead to one 3 minutes into the game.
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Tech works the inbounds play to Sarah Hicks she hits the jumper and Tech goes on to win it 74 to 52.
A special week in Charlottesville as Virginia honored women's head coach Debbie Ryan on her Silver Anniversary season.
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Ryan and the Cavaliers hit the floor against Maryland.
Telisha Quarles got the party started when she pulls up and hits the three Virginia led by 9.
The next time down the floor the Cavs get it inside going to Lynette O'Reggio who puts it in for 2.
The Lady Terps slowed the rally when Marsha Strickland nailed the three pointer cuting the lead to 9.
Virginia answered from the outside Anna Crosswhite with the three and Virginia goes on to win it 76 to 59.
The Roanoke Dazzle hosted the Greenville Groove this afternoon at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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Former U-V-A guard Donald Hand getting instructions from his head coach.
Hand passes to Eric Harris he steps just inside the three point line and hits the jumper.
The Dazzle comes back Marshall Phillips takes it down the lane with the finger roll for 2.
Then off the Roanoke miss Thomas Hamilton grabs the rebound and throws the pass down court to Ausu Sesay for the jam.
Marshal Phillips works down low but kicks it out to a wide open Artie Griffin who buries the three but Greenville wins it 86 to 73.