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Two local house fires have drastically different results. As one family celebrates survival another grieves for three children.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And a doctor jailed for over-prescribing drugs speaks out about the charges.

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In sports, Winston Cup drivers prepare for the Rock, we will hear from Kevin Harvick and Jeff Green, The Wahoos talk about tonight's game against Florida State,
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and Cave Spring star receiver Michael Brammar signs on to ultimately defend the United States.
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A perfectly good rain system, shot to pieces. The radar pictures tell the story in a few minutes.
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[ANCHOR=KEith 2-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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Three young girls are dead after a fire in Halifax County.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Now authorities are treating the case as a homicide.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.[Halifax-Fire]
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Three people got out safely but three girls died inside.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[TAKE MAP FULL]
The fire broke out overnight in an old farmhouse near Nathalie.
Now local and state authorities are calling the blaze suspicious and have launched arson and homicide investigations.
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We begin tonight with Marya Jones who's outside the courthouse in Halifax tonight.
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Earlier today, a Moneta family escaped a house fire, thanks to a smoke detector.
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At least a half-dozen fire companies responded to the blaze on Harvey's Creek Road around 4-30 a-m.
The fire is believed to have started in the basement.
The homeowner, Barrett Johnson, thinks an electrical problem may have ignited it, but fire officials are not yet naming the cause.
Two pets--a dog and a snake--died in the fire.
Officials say the house is a total loss.
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A federal grand jury has indicted five Steelworkers union officials at the Intermet New River Foundry for allegedly misusing more than 20-thousand dollars in union funds .. and trying to cover it up.
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Prosecutors say the alleged misuse includes more than 11 thousand dollars of a relief fund .. set up after the March two-thousand explosion that killed three workers and closed the plant down for months.
The indictment says Edward Alexander Ramsey, Rhonda Lorraine Creed, Joseph William Burress, William Edward Fricker, and Elizabeth Jane George made undeserved fund payments to themselves, even as other workers were not made aware of the fund's existence .. and others in greater need were denied fund benefits.
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Prosecutors allege all except George also misused union funds for personal benefit over several years, going back to 19-96.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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A South Boston man has been charged with attempted murder for hire. A federal indictment says 60-year-old Leo Hinson tried to hire an acquaintance to kill Eric Brown and his wife. Brown was scheduled to testify against an associate of Hinson in a North Carolina court. Authorities allege Hinson was willing to pay 50-thousand dollars to carry out the killing, and discussed another possible murder. Hinson was arrested earlier this month and is being held without bond.

[Warner-Referendum]


[ANCHOR=SHannon]
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Governor Warner says he is throwing his full support behind plans for a statewide sales tax referendum, but House Speaker Vance Wilkins says not so fast.
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Warner has been criticized for not doing more to support the referendum. Today he endorsed legislation introduced by Manassas Senator Chuck Colgan.
The measure provides for a statewide sales tax referendum for schools, and regional votes in northern Virginia and tidewater for road construction.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: TODAY I AM ANNOUNCING MY FULL SUPPORT FOR SENATOR COLGAN'S BILL. I'M CALLING ON THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES TO GET THE BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE AND ONTO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. WE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF GIVING THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA A CHANCE TO BE HEARD.)) ((DEL. VANCE WILKINS: A SALES TAX STATEWIDE IN A PERIOD OF RECESSION IN SOME PLACES WHERE YOU HAVE 15 PERCENT UNEMPLOYMENT, A MOST REGRESSIVE TAX IS PROBABLY NOT A GOOD THING TO DO.))
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Colgan's bill passed the State Senate by a wide margin, but its prospects are less certain in the House of Delegates where Speaker Vance Wilkins remains firmly opposed to the idea.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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Roanoke's airport goes international.
We'll explain how when News 7 returns.
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And indicted doctor Cecil Knox gets an extension... as he tries to close his practice and help patients find new doctors.
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[Knox]
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Doctor Cecil Knox has been given two more weeks to close out his practice.
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The 52-year old pain specialist was released from jail two weeks ago on the condition he refer his entire patient case- load to other physicians. He's accused of prescribing OxyContin without a valid medical reason. He tells the court he hasn't even completed the "arduous" process of copying patient files. 258 patients have requested their records, Knox says.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Doctor Knox tried but couldn't find a physician who would assume his practice. Seven doctors have agreed to take on only a very few patients.

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Five doctors in southwest Virginia have already been convicted for over-prescribing narcotics .. charges similar to those facing Doctor Knox. Tonight we hear from one of those convicted doctors .. who gets very little sympathy from prosecutors. Teresa Hamilton has part three of "A Dose of Trouble".
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((DR. FREEMAN CLARK/CONVICTED DOCTOR: I HAVE A LOT OF THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS AND THERE'S ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY.))
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Dr. Freeman Clark is serving a nearly six year sentence for supplying narcotics, including OxyContin to his patients.
Prosecutors say there was NO legitimate reason for the prescriptions-- but the former Bland County family physician says he's a scapegoat for a government eager to pin OxyContin abuse on doctors.
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((FREEMAN CLARK: I SPENT SO LONG WITH MY PATIENTS, THEY WERE SOMETIMES PEOPLE WOULD WAIT 10 HOURS TO SEE ME AND SOMETIMES I WOULD BE AT MY OFFICE UNTIL THE LATEST 3 THIRTY IN THE MORNING.))
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Clark, who's currently housed at the New River Regional Jail, says he worked the extra hours to help the poor and those in chronic pain. But federal prosecutors say Clark was a drug dealer-- supplying his patients with narcotics while pocketing money for the doctor's visit.
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(( FREEMAN CLARK: NO, I DO NOT TO THIS DAY THINK I DID ANYTHING WRONG EXCEPT FOR I MIGHT HAVE OVER TRUSTED PATIENTS IF YOU CALL THAT SOMETHING WRONG I DID IT. ))
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[take stand up] The prosecutor who handled Clark's case says 99 percent of doctors prescribe narcotics to people who legitimately need them... and hopes the medical profession doesn't become reluctant to prescribe the medication. [end su] But OxyContin abuse is having an impact on doctors. Ken Walker is a physician in Pearisburg and member of the Attorney General's Task Force studying OxyContin abuse.
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((DR. KEN WALKER/ PEARISBURG PHYSICIAN: I THINK THAT'S CAUSING A LOT OF TROUBLE FOR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS LIKE MYSELF THAT THEY'RE SCARED TO GIVE IT TO SOMEONE WHO'S JUST COMING IN OFF THE STREETS WHO THEY DON'T KNOW VERY WELL, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SURE IF IT'S GOING TO BE DIVERTED OR ABUSED.))
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Prosecutors say Dr. Clark was NOT as careful. They say nearly all of Clark's one- thousand patients received some kind of narcotic. Clark says it was up to them to use the pills wisely.
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((FREEMAN CLARK: IT COMES DOWN TO PEOPLE AREN'T TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, PATIENTS, YOU KNOW, IF THEY GET A MEDICATION, ARE SUPPOSED TO TAKE IT AS PRESCRIBED.))
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But a jury found Clark should also be held responsible-- making him the fifth and latest southwest Virginia doctor convicted of illegally writing prescriptions. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7. ))
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Tomorrow, some suggestions that could keep a closer eye on OxyContin abuse .. but it could cost taxpayers to make it work.

[Stocks]


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Blue chip took off late in the trading day. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 196 points.
NASDAQ gained 25.
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[John-Warner]


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Longtime Virginia Senator John Warner is back on the campaign trail.
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The Republican stopped in Roanoke this morning as part of a 5-day, 17-city tour of the Commonwealth. Warner, who turned 75 years old Monday, hopes Virginia voters will relect him to the Senate for his fifth 6-year term.
He says his priorities include education, transportation and strengthening the state's economy, as well as garnering assistance for communities hard hit by layoffs.
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[IN Q= The House of Representatives, with Congressman goodlatte...]

((SENATOR JOHN WARNER (R): THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WITH CONGRESSMAN GOODLATTE AND OTHERS, PASSED JUST BEFORE THEY WENT INTO RECESS FO THIS HOME VISIT PERIOD, A NEW STIMULUS PACKAGE, AND THAT'LL BE COMING TO THE SENATE. THAT'LL HAVE MY SUPPORT BECAUSE OUR PRESIDENT HAS ASKED FOR THAT.))
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Tomorrow, Senator Warner will swing through Martinsville and Danville before heading to Richmond.
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The first airline to offer non-stop passenger service from Roanoke to an international destination is taking off.


Laker Airways says all three weekend charter trips it planned to Freeport, Bahamas are sold-out, the second of which leaves this Friday.
Royal Oasis Golf Club and Resort owns and operate the airline.
It offers similar deals in more than 30 other cities in the Eastern United States.
The resort says the success of the three Roanoke charters will likely lead to regularly scheduled flights.


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J.J. Redick talks about his miraculous recovery, John Gruden officially takes post in Tampa
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and Virginia lets off a little steam before tonight's game against Florida State after losing 5 of it's last seven.
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The 24th ranked Virginia Tech Lady Hokies are on the road tonight against Miami. Tech is 2 and 5 in it's last seven. The Canes are looking for revenge after falling to Tech earlier this month.
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15th ranked Virginia battles Florida State tonight at Seven in Tallahassee. UVa will try and snap a three game road conference losing streak.
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The Wahoos are now 16 and 7 and 6 and 6 in ACC play. UVa is 2 and 5 over it's last seven games, making tonight huge.
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Senior guard Adam Hall has played just five minutes since suffering a Plantar Facia injury January 12th against UNC and could be out for the season.
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Cave Spring's J.J. Redick has come back from HIS Plantar Facia injury.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]

He leads Cave against Halifax tonight in the Western Valley District tournament first round tonight. J.J got a boost from Coach K at his last game, but J.J. says a higher power got him back on the court.
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Today, Cave Spring standout football player Michael Brammar
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signed on the dotted line, thus accepting an appointment to the Naval Academy where he will play receiver. He caught 7 TD passes this past season, but defense of his nation is his ultimate goal.
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The Tampa Bay Bucaneers got their man in former Oakland Raider head coach Jon Gruden.
Gruden signed a 5 year 17 point 5 million dollar deal with the Bucs yesterday. He met the media today.
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The Winston Cup stars roll into the North Carolina Speedway Friday. "The Rock" will welcome Daytona 500 champ Ward Burton and defending Subway 400 champ - Kevin Harvick - who won at Rockingham last February after replacing the late Dale Earnhardt.
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Harvick also won the Busch Grand National championship last year along with Winston Cup rookie of the year honors. He has also managed to irritate a tremendous number of drivers in a very short period of time. Including his current teammate Jeff Green - who had more than his share of clashes with Harvick during their days on the Busch Circuit.
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