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Today on News 7, Hallis Jamison is released from jail after charges are dropped against the 82 year old man accused of killing a teenager.
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Also three people are shot and killed outside a courthouse.
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We are starting the climb away from today's cold start. Temperatures for the rest of the week will be very mild. Details ahead.

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Also today a local college basketball coach loses his job,
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and on Health Check, can eating raspberries help you burn fat?
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((THE BATTLE IS VERY INTENSE VERY HEAVY MORTAR FIRE, MACHINE GUN FIRE. THE ENEMY HAS HEAVY WEAPONRY.))
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The fighting remains intense in Afghanistan- as the bodies of seven American servicemen begin the journey home.
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U-S soldiers say the loss of life has only strengthened their resolve to complete this mission-
Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
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The remaining charges against Hollis (JAY-mi-son) Jamison have been dropped.
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And the 82-year old shooting suspect was released from jail today. After the Grand Jury refused to indict him for murder in the shooting death of a 15-year old neighbor, the Commonwealth's Attorney decided to dismiss malicious wounding and firearms charges. They had been the basis for Jamison's arrest a week ago tonight, after he allegedly fired a hunting rifle through his front door, fatally injuring 15-year old Charlotte Brown.
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Caldwell is still reviewing the case and hasn't decided whether to present the case to another Grand Jury in April. Meanwhile funeral services were held for Charlotte Brown today at Pilgrim Baptist Church, just a few blocks from Jamison's home.
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A shooting at a courthouse in Michigan this morning-
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Three people were shot and killed- at the Isabella County Courthouse- two women and one man are dead-
Police say they were on their way to court walking through a paring lot- when the shooting happened.
Police say the gunman is the ex-husband of one of the victims. Police have reportedly surrounded the suspect's home where he is holed up inside.
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Today's the day Roanoke voters pick the top three Democratic candidates to run in the May City Council election.
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Voting precincts have reported low turnout all day.
As of three this afternoon, nearly FOUR percent of city voters had cast their ballots.
Five new candidates and incumbent Nelson Harris are vying for three vacant spots on Council.
Of the newcomers, four are African-American.
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((PAULINE RAMSEY/VOTER: WE HAVE A LOT OF YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE IN ROANOKE THAT HAVE NEEDS THAT ARE NOT BEING MET. AND I'M HOPING THAT WITH THE CHANGES ON CITY COUNCIL THAT SOME OF THEM WILL BE MET. ))
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The last Democratic Primary for a Council election was held in 19-94. It had a 10 percent turnout.
Stay with us for News-7 at 6 for the latest numbers from the polls ... and watch News 7 at 11 for the results.
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It is not just Roanokers going to the polls- it is primary day in California too.
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For Congressman Gary Condit.. it's the fight of his life.
He's hoping voters give him one more chance as he tries to win the primary.
Condit voted early this morning- in a district once known as Condit country.
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Condit talked last night about the topic that still hounds him- the disappearance of Intern Chandra Levy.
Condit's main rival in the election is Dennis Cardoza- a man who used to work for Condit.
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Health experts say they have found a way to detect heart disease earlier in women. We'll tell you what it is after this break,
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[VO] and a local college professor believes there is a racial bias in the way health care is administered in America.
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After more than a year and a half, a once prominent part of the Lexington skyline has been restored. A steeple delivered yesterday was put into place.
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Richard Lesko has been in Lexington today.
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In health check tonight, do racial disparities in health care exist? It's an issue one local law school is examining.
Joy Sutton has more.
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(( Washington and Lee law professor Timothy Jost says racial disparities in health care don't receive much attention --but they are ultimately widening the health gap between whites and minorities.
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Jost says African American have higher death and infant mortality rates.
He says while a lack of insurance and environmental factors are reasons --there is sometimes a difference in the treatment minorities receive.
That's what a study by the Health Care Financing Administration found when looking at the treatment for heart disease patients. Whites were 22 percent more likely to be hospitalized for heart disease and 57 percent more likely to undergo coronary bypass surgery.
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But Jost says racial discrimination is hard to prove -and that's why the Office of Civil Right is trying to take a different approach with its "cultural competency initiative.
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Jost hopes this will encourage health providers to be more sensitive to racial issues.
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A narrowing of tiny blood vessels in the eye may be a warning sign of heart disease in women.
Some experts say the preliminary findings may one day help doctors better diagnose heart trouble in women.
The finding came in a study of about 95-hundred men and women who had three eye exams over six years.
Women with the narrowest vessels in the eye's retina faced nearly double the risk of developing serious heart problems. But a researcher says it's too early to use this as a diagnostic tool.
The connection was not found in men.

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A Japanese cosmetics firm claims that eating raspberries can help you burn fat.
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Kanebo has been experimenting with food trying to find an alternative to capsaicin (CAP-ZAY-SUN), a substance found in red pepper which dissolves fat.
They found raspberries are even more effective as fat burners than the pungent peppers.
The company has created diet pills and adhesive sheet-type plasters containing the "slimming raspberry substance" and plans to market them in May.
But if you don't want to try the new products and plan to eat your way thin, be warned -- the raspberries have to be consumed fresh.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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Patrick Evans will introduce us to a man some call the real life Indiana Jones.
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Some people collect stamps, or baseball cards, but Jack Wheeler collects experience and adventures, then shares those adventures with other.
That's exactly what he'll be doing tonight at Washington & Lee, but Patrick Evans caught up with this world traveler earlier this afternoon.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we will tell you how fans of Jimmy Buffett generated a little excitement in the General Assembly today.
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But first in Sports, a local college basketball coach has lost his job. Mike Stevens will tell us who it is after the break.
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The big gains on the New York Stock Exhange led to some profit taking today. That pushed stock prices lowered.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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Welcome folks to the Tuesday ticker.
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We begin tonight with a roundball casualty in the Big South as the Liberty University men's basketball program fired head coach Mel Hankinson today.
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Hankinson coached his final game for the Flames last Thursday in the opening round of the Big South tournament. The Flames were a dismal and disappointing 5 and 25 this season. The bigger problem is that the Flames have shown little improvement during his tenure. Since taking over in 1998 his record at Liberty is 36 wins and 77 losses.
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The search for his successor is underway.

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The Virginia High school League's two week long state tournament begins gets underway later this week.
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And George Wythe will have to travel to Castlewood to play Honaker Saturday night.
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The Dazzle is back in action tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center. Roanoke takes on North Charleston for the second day in a row.
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The Lowgators fought off a late Dazzle charge yesterday to beat Roanoke 83-77. Mathematically, the Dazzle still has a shot at the playoffs but at 18 and 28, it will be tough, however, continuing to improve is the goal.
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Much more is coming your way tonight on News 7 at six. I'll see you then everybody. Jean will be right back in just a moment. [go to break]

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State lawmakers are moving closer to a compromise on the state budget. Negotiators from the House and Senate are expected to reach agreement before their midnight deadline.
But this afternoon, it was the music of Jimmy Buffet that sparked debate in the House of Delegates.
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Lawmakers were considering special license plates for a number of groups, including The Parrotheads, a Jimmy Buffett fan club.
And that brought complaints from several members of the House.
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[01:51:12 :15] ((DEL. ALBERT POLLARD/D- WHITE STONE: DO WE AS A BODY WANT TO MAKE A POLICY ENDORSING A CLUB WHO LISTENS TO SONGS LIKE WASTED AWAY IN MARGARITAVILLE, WHY DON'T WE GET DRUNK AND... MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER.)) [01:49:37 :09] ((DEL. LEO WARDRUP/R- VIRGINIA BEACH: QUITE FRANKLY, SOME OF THE OTHER LICENSE PLATE BILLS WE'VE PASSED OUT OF HERE, THESE PEOPLE THESE FOLKS ARE A PARAGON OF VIRTUE. SO I HOPE YOU WILL REJECT THIS FLOOR AMMENDMENT.))
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The House did reject the floor ammendment. The Parrotheads are still in the bill, but the legislation must clear a conference committee before it goes to the Governor.
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