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Next on News 7 at 5, another bank in Roanoke is held up. It is the second such robbery this week.
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Plus a judge throws out the convictions of three officers accused of police brutality.
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After a vary cold start today, temperatures are moderating and that trend will continue tomorrow. The full weekend weather story and ski report just ahead.

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Also today, some people say local treasurer is not earning her money. We'll tell you why.
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and we will see what a local hospital is doing to make an trip to the emergency room a little less stressful.
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For the second time in a week a bank in the Roanoke Valley has been robbed.
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Today the Oak Grove Branch of Salem Bank and Trust was held up.
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It happened not long after the bank opened this morning. A police dog tracked the suspect to an empty parking space hidden from the bank by another building. Bank officials would not provide details on the hold- up. County police referred questions to the F-B-I. The Special Agent handling the case has not returned our calls.
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The First Virginia Bank on Colonial Avenue was robbed on Monday. It is not known if the cases are related.

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An 82-year-old man charged with the shooting death of a teenage girl had previously been convicted of murder.
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15-year-old Charlotte Brown was shot and killed Tuesday night on the front porch of a neighbor's house.
82-year-old Hallis Jamison is charged with malicious wounding ... and prosecutors say they'll seek a murder indictment.
Back in 19-52, Jamison pleaded GUILTY to second degree murder.
Charlotte Brown's friends and family say they believe he shot her by accident.
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Brown was a ninth grader at William Fleming and a Special Olympics athlete.
Her sister and aunt say Jamison was always a nice, quiet neighbor.
Family members say Brown was knocking on his door to return his car keys to him, after her cousins stole them.
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Russell Yates did not think his wife was dangerous- that's what he told the jury as he testified for a second day at the murder trial of his wife Andrea.
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Prosecutors cross-examined Andrea's husband on the couple's values and his role in the household.
Rusty said his family lived by quote- biblical principles that thought it was best for Andrea to be home with the children-
When asked about psychiatric treatment- Rusty answered " I don't think she wanted treatment- She fought us."
Andrea Yates is charged with drowning her five children- She's pleading innocent by reason of insanity.
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Danielle Van Dam's parents are waiting for word- as investigators try to confirm that the body found last night- is the body of their seven year old daughter.
As Chris Lawrence reports- a positive identification could come later today.
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((Danielle's parents are waiting on forensic experts who are examining the body to identify her. This morning the van Dam family left the house together for the first time since that body was recovered. They didn't say anything but understandably they are not doing well. l. About 20 miles away, police dogs are now searching the area where volunteers discovered the body on Wednesday. It had been decomposing for some time. But detectives found a plastic necklace and an earring...both similar to the one Danielle was wearing. Now they are looking for more evidence. JIM DUNCAN/SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT. Its only been two days since prosecutors charged the Van Dam's neighbor with kidnapping and killing Danielle. David Westerfield was at the same bar as Brenda Van Dam on the night her daughter disappeared. The next day, WESTERFIELD drove his motor home to the dessert and police later found traces of Danielle's blood in the vehicle and on a piece of his clothing.))

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The City of Galax is taking official steps to abolish its Treasurer's office.
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Some say Treasurer Margaret Hensley takes in a 40-thousand dollar state-paid salary but does not do anything. City Councilman Odell Hamden says she has no state or city tasks. Today, 450-signatures are being certified to send to the General Assembly. Richmond can order a referendum to let Galax voters decide if the office should stay or go.
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Officials say the Treasurer's workload has declined and gone to other offices like finance and revenue over the years.

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Margaret Hensley declined an interview but she told a Richmond newspaper she stays busy and helps people with taxes. She has been Treasurer for 33-years... having been re-elected to the post for nine straight terms.

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President Bush says he wants to protect the Social Security system. We'll tell you what he wants to do after this break,
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[VO] and a judge throws out the convictions against three police officers accused of brutally attacking a New York man.
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A federal appeals court has thrown out the convictions of three New York Police Officers.
The case was one of the most notorious "police abuse" cases in the City's history. Gretchen Carlson reports.
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((It's a case that rocked the New York City Police Department - and now -- yet another twist in the brutal assault of Abner Louima.
Citing insufficient evidence, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the convictions of 3 police officers accused of taking part in the attack; Charles Schwarz, Thomas Wiese, (WEESE) and Thomas Bruder.


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"This could mean that they have let these people walk in one of the ugliest most pathetic and certainly sick crimes that we've seen in the history of this city."

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The ruling does not change the conviction of police officer Justin Volpe -- the chief attacker in the case. But it once again raises questions about who was really involved in the torture of the Haitian immigrant.
Prosecutors contended it was Schwarz who pinned down Louima in a police station bathroom in 1997, while Volpe sodomized him with a broken broomstick. But after Volpe pled guilty to the crime and was sentenced to 30 years, he told prosecutors Schwarz was never in the bathroom with him.

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At the very least, Schwarz will now get a new trial -- with the appeals court saying he was denied effective counsel and the jury was improperly exposed to prejudicial information during deliberations.

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"I'm ecstatic ... this is what we've been fighting for 2 and a half years ... Chuck was never in that bathroom ...An innocent man is now going to get bail and come home."

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Its not yet clear whether the Justice Department will retry any of the 3 men or if they will be set free. But there's no doubt how seriously injured Louima was as a result of the attack. After settling a lawsuit with the city and the police union, Louima received almost 9 million dollars and now lives in Florida. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.))

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Should you be able to have control over some of your paycheck that goes into social security? President Bush thinks you should.
Today the President renewed his call to overhaul the system.
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He wants to let workers invest their social security taxes into personal retirement accounts, stocks, or bonds.
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((AMERICANS CAN HELP SECURE THEIR OWN FUTURE BY SAVING. GOVERNMENT MUST SUPPORT POLICIES THAT PROMOTE AND PROTECT SAVING. AND SAVING IS THE PATH TO INDEPENDENCE FOR AMERICANS IN ALL PHASES OF LIFE AND WE MUST ENCOURAGE MORE AMERICANS TO TAKE THAT PATH.))
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Bush says steps must be taken to build faith in America's pension system.
Among his proposals- requiring employers to provide updates on worker's retirement account values every three months.

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A legal victory for the maker of the prescription pain killer OxyContin.
A Federal judge in Kentucky has denied a motion for a class action suit against Purdue Pharma.
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The Plaintiffs in the suit had claimed to represent people allegedly addicted to OxyContin after it was prescribed to them. But the judge said the plaintiffs failed to satisfy the legal prerequisite for certifying a class action suit.
Purdue says this will be an important precedent for other judges reviewing similar class action allegations in the future.
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Making a trip to the emergency room is rarely a pleasant experience, but Lynchburg General Hospital is doing what it can to make the visit as stress free as possible.
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On March 13th, the hospital's new emergency department will open for patients.
It's 58- hundred square feet of soft lighting, pastel colors and new equipment is geared toward treating patients quickly and comfortably.
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((DR. WALTER BEVERLY/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: A LARGE PORTION OF THE ADMISSIONS BOTH TO VIRGINIA BAPTIST HOSPITAL AND LYNCHBURG GENERAL COME THROUGH THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. ONE OF THE EXCITING THINGS I THINK ALSO ABOUT THE NEW LOBBY AND THE NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS THAT IT WILL INCORPORATE A NEW WAY OF HELPING PEOPLE WITH THEIR HEALTH PROBLEMS. OUR GOAL IS TO GET PEOPLE AS RAPIDLY AS WE CAN INTO A TREATMENT TYPE OF SITUATION.))
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The new E-R will have X-Ray and C-T scan capabilities making diagnoses quicker.
There's also a gift shop and espresso bar for families to visit while they're waiting.
It's all part of a three-phase four million dollar overhaul at the hospital.
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If you are a college basketball fan, you will want to head over to the Roanoke Civic Center. That's where the Big South tournament is going on.
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With some of the best basketball teams in the South competing,... the hard wood is heating up at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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That's where we find Jacey Birch... as the Big South Basketball Championship is in full swing. Now Jacey a game is coming up in less than an hour right?
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Still to come on the newscast, there has been a big shakeup in the Monday Night Football booth. Mike Stevens will have the details.
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But first we will tell you why Tonya Harding, Greg Brady, Danny Partridge and Amy Fisher are getting into the squared circle.
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On Wall Street today, the stock markets started out strong, but a sell off of tech stocks killed their momentum
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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It's being billed as the battle of the bad girls. Former figure skater Tonya Harding will box former convict Amy Fisher- in a televised match.
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Fox television says the fights will be for real and will feature three rounds.
Harding gained notoriety when she was linked to a bungled plot to disable her Olympics figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.
She was in the news recently after she was evicted from her apartment after she failed to pay the rent.
Fisher was known as ``the Long Island Lolita'' when she shot and wounded the wife of her older lover, Joey Buttafuoco in 1992.
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Also on the special...Brady Bunch star Barry Williams will box Danny Bonaduce who played Danny Partridge on the Partridge Family.

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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Thursday two minute ticker.
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The Big South tournament opened yesterday with the women and today the men are ruling the Roanoke Civic center with four quarterfinal games.
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Liberty's Mel Hankinson was hoping his team could rely on its end of the season success to carry it against top seeded Winthrop in the first game of the day. But the Eagles would be the ones soaring early as Tyrone Walker gets loose on the fast break and flies in from the right side with the jam. Liberty's senior leader Chris Caldwell will back on the near end and answer that with sweet little jumper. He finished with a team high 17. The Flames again attack Winthrop. This time Vincent Okotie with the drive and the jump stop in the paint for the jumper.
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But Winthrop is just too talented. The Eagles beat Liberty 66-to-59 to advance to tomorrow night's semi-finals.
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Winthrop will play Charleston Southern - a 83-to-64 winner over Elon. Tonight two more game are on tap with UNC Asheville taking on High Point at six, and third seeded Radford takes on Coastal Carolina at 8.

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The VMI Keydets were kicked out of the Southern Conference tournament today losing the first round to the Citadel 80-to-70. Jason Conley led the Keydets with 29 points, but the man was Bulldogs guard Travis Cantrell. The former Floyd County star scored 17 points to lead the Citadel.

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The high school regional shift to the semi-final round tonight. The Region C action is at Marion, Region four is in Bristol, Region three is in Lynchburg and the Northwest region is at various home sites including Cave Spring. Scores and highlights for you tonight on News 7 at 11.

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And finally, they are once again shaking up Monday Night Football - only this time they are going with a real heavy hitter. John Madden is leaving Fox to join Al Michaels in the broadcast booth. Madden's new five year deal with ABC is worth $5 million a year.
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Tonight at the top of the hour - JJ talks his appointment to the McDonalds all-american team and tonight's opponent Woodbridge. Take care folks and have a safe evening. [GO TO BREAK]

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Mel Gibson's latest film, "We Were Soldiers" takes a look at one of the fiercest battles in U-S history.
As Teri Okita reports, "We Were Soldiers" could also be titled, "We Were Heroes".
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((It is a rare star or storyline... that catches the eye of the President...But that's what happened this week...when Actor Mel Gibson was invited to watch his new movie "We Were Soldiers"-- with the Commander-in-Chief at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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No reaction from the President..."We Were Soldiers" is graphic
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...and heart wrenching (nat-pop "tell my wife that I love her").
The movie --which is based on a true story-- recants the first major battle between North Vietnamese and American soldiers in November 1965. Through the fierce fighting-- it is clear this is a movie hailing the courageous and never-faultering leadership of Lt. Colonel Moore.....Gibson's character.

sot: Mel Gibson/Actor/All great warriors have a great sense of spirit,

and he is no exception.

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His mission was to lead 400-young men into what is now known as The Valley of Death...only to be surrounded and outnumbered by 2-thousand Viet Cong soldiers for 34-days.

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the truth. It's a crap-shoot whether or not you get hit.

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"We were soldiers" re-teams Gibson with "Braveheart" director Russell Wallace...

-sot Russell Wallace: As big and as physical as that movie is, in the

end, it's about love and sacrifice. And this movie is about love and sacrifice. And just like in Braveheart, the hero is historic. Teri Okita, CBS News.))
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