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Coming up on News 7-
What's that big white ring around the moon? Robin Reed will explain coming up.
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Plus where's the rain when we need it? Some folks are now digging for more water.
Others hope for a different solution.
And a former NBA Star free on bond tonight.
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News 7 is next.

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It's a growing problem... homeowners all across Southwest Virginia keep drilling and coming up dry.
Tonight one community takes action.
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[Bedford-Supervisors]


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Tonight Bedford County's Board of Supervisors pledged its support for families without water.
Some homeowners' wells have been dry for several months, but now there's new hope.
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Teresa Hamilton in in Bedford tonight.
What does Bedford County plan to do about the problem.
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[Dry-Wells]


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Bedford County residents are not the only ones with water problems.
Wells are drying up every day all over Southwest Virginia.
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John Walke is digging his SIXTH well... drilling down one-thousand feet in the effort to find water.
In the meantime, he's been hauling water from a neighbor's house.
Well drilling companies are working overtime to meet the needs of residents with dry or low-flowing wells.
"Richard Simmons Drilling" has seen its business triple during the drought.
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((STEPHEN BROOKS/RICHARD SIMMONS DRILLING: BUSINESS IS GOOD, YES, BUT WHEN PEOPLE ARE OUT OF WATER, THEY HAVE THE PROBLEM AND WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO KEEP UP WITH THEIR NEEDS. ))
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Two back to back droughts have placed the area's rainfall at about two feet below normal.
Well drilling companies say they have to dig much deeper to find water.
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[L'burg-Council]


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The state's budget crisis and the national recession have taken their toll, but overall Lynchburg is holding its own and is even making some progress.
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That's the word from mayor Carl Hutcherson who delivered the State of the City address before a packed house in city council chambers tonight.
Hutcherson says cuts in state funding will lead to tough budget decisions this spring.. but taxes will not go up.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE SIGNIFICANT QUESTIONS FACING COUNCIL DURING ITS UPCOMING BUDGET DELIBERATION WILL BE WHETHER OR NOT TO TRY TO OFFSET ANY REDUCTION IN STATE FUNDING WITH LOCAL FUNDS. BECAUSE OF COUNCIL'S COMMITMENT NOT TO RAISE TAXES, TO DO SO WOULD REQUIRE SPENDING REDUCTIONS IN OTHER AREAS WHERE LOCAL REVENUES FUND CITY SERVICES.))
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Hutcherson says millions of investment dollars are starting to pour into downtown and the city is keeping its financial commitments to renovate the schools and overhaul Lynchburg's sewer system.
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[Henry-Supervisors]


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A setback for the controversial plan to consolidate several Henry County Schools.
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The school board asked the board of supervisors for a roughly 700- thousand dollar advance to get started on the project. The school board is planning to consolidate four high schools into two. Today the supervisors, in an unanimous vote, said NO to the school board's request. A spokeswoman for the school system says the school board is still planning to move forward with the re-configuration ...and that the advance in funds would have allowed work to be done before students return to school in the fall.
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[Missing-Girl]


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Weeks after her disappearance... the San Diego County D-A says they've concluded that Danielle Van Dam is dead.


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((PAUL PFINGST/SAN DIEGO CO. DISTRICT ATTORNEY I MUST CONCLUDE THAT DANIELLE VAN DAM IS NO LONGER LIVING AND WAS KILLED BY HER ABDUCTOR.))
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And today prosecutors say they'll file murder charges against the Van Dam's neighbor ..50- year old David Westerfield.
Authorities say they found traces of Danielle's blood in Westerfield's motor home and on an article of his clothing.

The D-A also says he will file special circumstance to the charge.
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((PAUL PFINGST/SAN DIEGO CO. DA: THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE FILED AGAINST DANIEL WESTERFIELD IS MURDER DURING A KIDNAPPING. THIS CHARGE CARRIES WITH IT A POTENTIAL DEATH PENALTY SENTENCE OR A SENTENCE OF LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.))
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Meanwhile crews are still searching for the body of Danielle- The little girl hasn't been seen since February 1st.


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[Anthrax]


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There's still not a prime suspect in the anthrax investigation--
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That's the message from the F-B-I today. The F-B-I and the White House are trying to clear up today's report by the Washington Times. The article cited an unnamed source saying that there was a chief suspect in the case.
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((ARI FLEISCHER/ WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: THAT STORY WAS A LITTLE OVER-REACHING IN SAYING THERE IS JUST ONE, THE FBI HAS NOT NARROWED IT DOWN TO JUST ONE. THEY ARE CONTINUING THEIR INVESTIGATION.))
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The F-B-I does acknowledge that the person responsible for the anthrax mailings could be someone known to others in the scientific community. Last year's anthrax attack killed five people and made more than a dozen people sick.
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[Emergency-Response]


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Attorney General John Ashcroft says America's number one priority is to prevent terrorism... but he says it's the local medical responders, firefighters and police who will keep America safe in case of another attack.
Ashcroft addressed a conference of emergency responders today.
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((JOHN ASHCROFT/U. S. ATTORNEY GENERAL; IF WE ARE TO PREVENT FURTHER ATTACKS OR RESPOND EFFECTIVELY IN THE UNFORTUNATE EVENT ATTACKS OCCUR IN THE FUTURE, TOGETHERNESS MUST BE THE HALLMARK OF OUR ACTIVITY.))
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[Amateur-Radio]


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Some local amateur radio operators say they'll be a vital communication link if a disaster hits our area.
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Giles County is one part of our region supporting an emergency radio service group called (Ray-cees) RACES. The national volunteer organization has 12-members in the county and is guided by federal agencies such as the F-C-C and FEMA. Their communications center holds equipment designed to run during emergencies.
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((BRIAN SQUIBB/RACES RADIO OFFICER; A THREAT OF SOMEONE DAMAGING CLAYTOR LAKE DAM FOR INSTANCE AND THAT WOULD CAUSE MAJOR FLOODING ALONG THE NEW RIVER AND THE TOWNS OF PEMBROKE RICH CREEK GLEN LYN AND VARIOUS PLACES ALONG THE NEW RIVER SO WE FIND THAT IN THOSE KIND OF INSTANCES AND TERRORISM WE COULD BECOME A VALUABLE SERVICE.))
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Squibb says in addition to radio communication, they can use morse code and digital text messaging. He says there are about 1-hundred (Ray-cees) members in our region and about 7-hundred across the state.
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Area police and F-B-I agents search for a bank robber.
We'll have the latest when News 7 returns.
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Plus a former N-B-A star is in trouble with the law... as he turns himself in to face a manslaughter charge.
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[Sports-Preview]


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(( Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as Cavs find out tonight they'll open the 25th ACC tournament this week against Ga. Tech. The Cave Spring boys are firing on all cylinders for the first time this year as they get ready to open regional play.
Vick gets a promotion as he benefits from a cold cut. And North Carolina is in last place in the ACC in hoops, and today the football team lost its quarterback. Tonight on

the Big 7.))[Diluted-Drugs]


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It seems the unthinkable.. watering down cancer drugs to make more money- Today the pharmacist accused of doing just that- makes a plea.
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Kansas City pharmacist Robert Courtney has agreed to a plea- but his attorneys won't discuss the details.
Courtney turned himself in last August and investigators seized boxes of evidence from his pharmacy.
Courtney's charged with 20 counts and faces a sentence of up to 196 years in prison.
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[Jayson-Williams]


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Former NBA star Jayson Williams is charged with manslaughter and tonight is free on bond.
The 34 year old turned himself in today in connection with the shooting death of a limo driver-
Gretchen Carlson has details.
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((A silent Jayson Williams turned himself into police this morning now charged with reckless manslaughter in the death of 55-year-old Costas Christofi. Joe Hayden - Williams Attorney The death of Christofi was a tragic accident but it was an accident. Steven Lember - Hunterdon County Prosecutor When you say tragic accident that means something unavoidable something you can't do anything about from the facts I dont hold that interpretation. The limousine driver was shot to death at Williams New Jersey estate on February 14th. While the death was first ruled a suicide, authorities now say Williams shot Christofi. Theyre also investigating whether the former NBA player was intoxicated at the time of the shooting. The autopsy of Christofi says the 55-year-old bled to death - and that appears to be the central part of the case. If Williams allowed that to happen -- before calling authorities - the charges could become more serious. Steven Lember - Hunterdon County Prosecutor As far as when he died the medical examiner is going to have to answer that. The former New Jersey Nets player has had his share of run-ins with the law. Gretchen Carlson Reporting In his own autobiography Williams admits to almost shooting a friend while firing a shotgun on his skeet shooting range several years ago. And later on this week, he faces a hearing on a charge he pushed a police officer in a New Jersey bar last November. In this latest case, Williams attorney claims his client is innocent of any criminal act. But if convicted, Williams could face 5 to 10 years in jail moving from a palatial estate to a prison cell. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.))

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The Georgia Parole Board commuted the death sentence of a mentally ill death row inmate tonight.
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Alexander Williams was 17 in 1986 when he raped and murdered a 16-year old girl.
Williams has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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His attorneys say his condition is so severe that he believes actress Sigourney Weaver is God and speaks to him.
Williams will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.

[Vinton-Fatal]


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Virginia State Police hope to wrap up their investigation soon into a fatal accident involving a Vinton police officer.
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72-year old Audrey Bryant St. Clair and 67-year old Onita (ah-NEE-ta) Bryant were returning to their Vinton home late Saturday night when their car was struck by a Vinton police cruiser. The two later died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
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((REV. RAY ALLEN/VINTON BAPTIST CHURCH: FAMILY'S DOING WELL. THEY'RE A FAMILY OF DEEP FAITH AND THEY'RE ADJUSTING REAL WELL TO IT.))
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[VO NAT :25] Officer John Munsey, who said he'd been following a speeder at the time of the accident, suffered minor injuries. A U-S Marshall riding with Officer Munsey suffered a broken leg. State Police hope to have their investigation into the accident completed in a couple of days and will turn their report over to the Roanoke County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Vinton Police are also conducting their own investigation.
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[Bank-Robbery]


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The search is on for a man who robbed First Virginia Bank on Colonial Avenue this morning.
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Roanoke Police say the man entered the bank armed with a silver handgun and demanded money.
He fled the scene on foot.
No word yet on how much he got away with.
Police describe the suspect as a White Male, 5-8 to 5-9 weighing approximately 200 pounds. Witnesses say the man looked to be between the ages of 25 and 35. He was wearing a green army jacket, a black ski mask, and older tennis shoes.
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Governor Warner wants it... many say it's needed for transportation and education funding... but it may not make it past the General Assembly.
Still ahead... the latest on a sales tax referendum.
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And she captured America's heart... now her gold medal moment is captured on a Wheaties box.
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[WEB-ADDRESS]
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]

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A statewide sales tax referendum was a longshot to begin with.
Tonight, following two votes in the General Assembly, the proposal is barely breathing.
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It was the bill that Governor Warner had thrown his support behind. And it was the best hope for a statewide sales tax referendum that would raise more than 300- million dollars a year for school construction across Virginia.
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But today one General Assembly committee stripped away the statewide referendum, and then a second committee killed the bill entirely.
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((DEL. JACKIE STUMP: I HOPE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AND THINK STATEWIDE, BECAUSE LIKE I SAY I GOT KIDS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THAT HAVE NEEDS. I GOT ROADS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THAT HAVE NEEDS. AND BELIEVE ME I'VE BEEN TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND YOU'VE DEFINITELY GOT NEEDS.))
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House Speaker Vance Wilkins is reportedly working behind the scenes to revive regional referendums that could raise money for roads and schools in northern Virginia.
Supporters of the statewide education referendum haven't given up either, but their prospects remain slim at best.

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Vick gets an unusual vote of confidence. The regional hoop tournaments open tomorrow night. The Tarheels can't a win in hoops, and today they also lose their talented quarterback. We'll hear from Darian Durant. And spring training is rolling with its first full week in Florida and Arizona.
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Sammy Sosa arrived at the Cubs camp this morning and immediately went out in batting practice taking his first cuts of the season. All he did was hit 11 balls out of the park. Sosa and the Cubs, as always this time of year have high hopes for the season.
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[S-Dazzle]


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Game three of the Roanoke Dazzle's five game road trip last night, and again Roanoke comes up short. The Huntsville Flight beat the Dazzle 82-to-74. Derrick Hines played 19 minutes tonight for Roanoke and had 8 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. The Dazzle's big problem last night was at the foul line where the team hit just 13 of 25 attempts. Roanoke is at Mobile on Thursday. The team's next home game is Monday March 4th.

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The high school basketball regional tournaments open tomorrow night at host schools throughout the area. Schools that have run the table and dominated all season long like Radford and George Wythe will be in action along with a Cave Spring team that is certainly peaking at the right time.
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Steve Mason tells us how a rigorous early season schedule and a healthy J.J. Redick have the Knights primed for their Northwest Regional opener against Brooke Point tomorrow night.
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((Rarely will you hear a high school coach say that he is more confident going into the regionals with a 12 and 10 team than a 19 and 2 squad. But that is exactly how Billy Hicks feels about this team compared to last seasons squad. ((:))
Critics said the Knights season was over when All-American J.J. Redick suffered a foot injury in late January. Cave Spring lost four in a row and then won two without their star. When he returned the Knights had new balance with four players scoring in double figures in three of the last four games. ((:)) ((:))
Duke Coach Mike Kryzewski's visit and aggressive, attacking therapy on his foot has Redick averaging nearly 28 points a game since his return.)) ((:)) ((:))

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The UVa women found out last night they will enter the ACC tournament later this week as the number four seed. The Cavs finished in a tie with Clemson for third, but the Tigers will get the three seed.
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That means the youthful Cavs, who are 16-and-11 and 9-and-7 in ACC play will play Ga. Tech on Saturday at two pm. If the Cavs can win that one they likely will meet regular season champ Duke in the semi-finals. The Cavs are trying to keep extend Debbie Ryan's streak of 18 straight NCAA tournament appearances and need a win or two to do it. Back on February 12th the Cavs beat the Jackets 85-to-79.
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[S-Tech]


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The Virginia Tech women's team closes out the regular season tonight at home against Rutgers. The women have been struggling of late and desperately need a win for a little momentum heading into the Big East tournament this weekend. Game time tonight is 7. It is the final home game for four Tech seniors including Sarah Hicks.

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Michael Vick will get his wish next year in Atlanta - a chance to lead the Falcons as a full-time starter. That's because -
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yesterday afternoon the Falcons cut veteran quarterback Chris Chandler, the man who led them to the Super Bowl in 1999.
The 14 year veteran has been plagued by injuries, but the big reason he's begin let go it that the Falcons need to rid themselves of some high priced veterans. This means Vick will be the starter when the Falcons report to mini-camp late in upcoming spring.
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University of North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant announced yesterday afternoon that he is leaving the Tarheels program at the end of this semester. Durant split time with Ronald Curry last season and set single-season freshman records for touchdowns, completions, yards and total offense. He says he doesn't know at this where he will transfer to next season.
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[S-Orioles]


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The Baltimore Orioles are going through their first full week of spring training workouts in Tampa. Yesterday the coaching staff got some help as former Orioles' pitcher Scott McGregor dropped by the request of Mike Hargrove to help mold the O's young pitching staff.
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[Hughes-Wheaties]


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It's the breakfast of champions...
Wheaties.. of course.
So it's only fitting that the World's newest champion graces the packages.
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((THREE TWO ONE.. WHOOH!!))
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[VO-NAT]


General Mills unveiled its special edition package today that pays tribute to the Sarah Hughes-
Hughes skated into the hearts of Americans Thursday night with her gold medal performance in Salt Lake City- (------------)