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Today on News 7 at 5, weather officials say a killer tornado that hit Maryland measured at the top of the scale. We'll have the details.
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And locally people fared better as no lives were lost, but plenty of property was damaged.
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Sunday's severe weather outbreak was followed up by a cool, breezy day. Details of the forecast coming up.

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The National Weather Storm confirms a tornado did touch yesterday in Bedford and the surrounding area. The survey team for the weather service says it found evidence that a tornado tounched down in the city of Bedford, and Bedford and Campbell Counties.
The storm registered as high as an F-2 on the Fujita Tornado Scale.
Luckily no was was seriously injured and now residents are cleaning up after yesterday's devastating storm.
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Meghan Muldoon is in Bedford with the latest.
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The tornado cut a path of destruction through areas of Bedford County ... and residents there wasted no time in picking up the pieces.
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Five houses were condemned, after 150 to 200 mile-an-hour winds and fallen trees knocked them off their foundations.
The county estimates that 53 other structures, many of them businesses, were also damaged.
Construction crews were already at work repairing Glen Hilbish's 25-year-old home.
He and his family crouched under the kitchen table yesterday, as the tornado tore the roof off his home.
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((GLEN HILBISH: BIG CRASH... YOU COULD SEE THE WIND SUCKING UP THE STAIRS. AFTER EVERYTHING WAS OVER, WE RAN, LOOKED UP THE STAIRS ... YOU COULD SEE BLUE SKY. EVERYTHING IS GONE UP THERE.))
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Only one minor injury due to the storm was reported in Bedford County.
County officials estimate damages may be in the millions.
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The Bedford County Red Cross is ready to provide whatever assistance it can to victims of yesterday's storms.
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Anyone who needs help recovering can call the Bedford County Chapter at 540-586-7792.
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In Campbell County, it was a day to tally up losses... and to count blessings.
Some homeowners lost everything, while their neighbors were barely touched.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( By daylight things didn't look much better.
More than twelve hours after the storm ripped through Campbell County, turning homes and lives upside down, residents still seemed dazed by what had happened.
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((LET'S GET THIS RIGHT FIRST AND THEN LET'S SEE HOW THE COUNTY WANTS TO HANDLE THIS KIND OF THING.))
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County building inspectors had their hands full, checking homes and deciding which were still habitable.
Jennifer and Johnny Simonton's trailer didn't make that list, but their church responded quickly.
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((REV. TIM EARNHARDT/FAIRVIEW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: WE HAD MET AT 8:30 AT THE CHURCH WITH ABOUT FIVE TRUCKS, GOT DOWN HERE AND WE'VE BEEN UNLOADING THEIR FURNITURE AND ARE GOING TO TAKE IT TO THE CHURCH, STORE IT FOR THEM UNTIL WE CAN GET THEM A PLACE TO STAY.))
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Down the road, it's an entire church that needs a new place to stay.
For Lawyers Missionary Baptist, the end came at exactly 4:54 p-m.. when the roof blew off and the walls collapsed.

Reverend Carlton Johnston says God had shown him visions of the church being destroyed.. they were realized yesterday.
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((REV. CARLTON JOHNSON/LAWYERS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: I SAW IT TWICE, SO WHEN IT HAPPENED IT DIDN'T SURPRISE ME.))


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((JOHNSON: I AM A MAN OF FAITH AND GOD HAS SHOWED ME OUR NEW CHURCH SO I KNOW IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.))
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It's another vision Reverend Johnson hopes to see come true.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))


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The same system that tore through this region.. made its way through Maryland- the governor there has declared a disaster in two counties- south of the nation's capital.
And the national guard is on its way to help.
Three people died in Marland and threeothers died in storms in other parts of the country.
Aleen Sirgany has more.
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(( Cities from Missouri to Maryland are picking up the pieces today after tornados and thunderstorms wrecked havoc. La Plata in Maryland was especially hard hit... correspondent Aleen Sirgany is there. Narr: Mother nature spared no..mercy on this small southern Maryland town. With little warning this twister targeted just about everything in it's path. Sot: Resident/Witnesss Narr; At least 3 people lost their lives and nearly a hundred were injured. A ten mile stretch of
La Plata Maryland is now covered in rubble...businesses and homes are flattened for as far as the eye can see. sot: Res

ident/Witness BRIDGE: Aleen Sirgany; (Amid destruction...amazing stories of survival...some simply cannot be explained.
People were actually inside this Kentucky Fried chicken when it came down - and no-one was hurt) (nat sot or fast sot

) Track; Mbaye Cisse was the manager on site here when the tornado hit...he said as the sounds of the twister grew louder..he grabbed his employees and raced to the back of the restaurant. for what he feared would be the last moments of h
is life. sot: Mbaye Cissee, Store Manager. (Kentucky Fried Chicken) Narr: from Missouri to Maryland 6 people were kille

d in storms and looking at the destruction some wonder how anyone survived.))

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Coming up next on the newscast, there could be some big changes at one of the Valley's largest employers. Also we will see a new use for an old tool in the battle against Alzheimers.
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One of the Valley's biggest employers is merging with another company.
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Trigon Healthcare is merging with Anthem.
Anthem is based in Indianapolis, and company officials say that they plan to acquire the Virginia-based Trigon for about four BILLION dollars.
Under the agreement, Trigon's shareholders will receive 30 dollars in cash and just over one share of Anthem common stock per Trigon share.
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Officials with both companies say they hope to close the deal in three to six months.
It must be approved by state and federal regulators, and by shareholders.
Trigon -- formerly Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, turned for-profit in 1997.
It's the largest managed health care company in Virginia with about two MILLION members.

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A deal could be in the works to end a month long standoff at a Church in Bethlehem.
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The news comes one day after Israel agreed to a U-S plan to end Israel's siege of Yasser Arafat's compound.
The State Department says details must be worked out to end the siege Ramallah.
U-S and British Personnel will reportedly oversee the confinement of Palestinians wanted by Israel-
Once the details are worked out, the deal calls for Israel to release Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from his month long confinement.
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Mental illness must be treated like any other illness- that's the message from President Bush.
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He's creating the Freedom Commission on Mental Health disorders- he wants the group to study the problems and gaps in the current system of treating mental illness.
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((REMARKABLE TREATMENTS EXIST AND THAT'S GOOD. YET MANY PEOPLE TOO MANY PEOPLE REMAIN UNTREATED.))
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President Bush spoke at the University of New Mexico- He told the group he wants Congress to pass legislation that would get rid of disparities in mental health insurance coverage.

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We all forget things from time to time like names, dates, or where we placed the car keys.
But when does memory lapse become a disease of memory loss like Alzheimers?
Doctors are using an old tool in a new way to tell the difference. Dr. Sean Kenniff reports.
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((ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE...A DEGENERATIVE BRAIN CONDITION THAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A 'DEATH BY A THOUSAND SUBTRACTIONS'.
..STEALING PRECIOUS MEMORIES...AND PRECIOUS LIFE. SOT: DR. JEFF STEINBERG/MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM "...Alzheimer's d

isease is a process in which people lose their memory more rapidly than someone would expect for their typical age." BUT MEMORY LOSS ISN'T THE ONLY FEATURE OF THE DISEASE...THERE'S OFTEN CONFUSION...DISORIENTATION AND SPEECH PROBLEMS...AND WITH NO DEFINITIVE TEST FOR THE DISEASE...DOCTORS OFTEN HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME MAKING THE DIAGNOSIS... STANDUP: DR. SEAN "...CAT scans and MRIs..like this one in my hand are great for looking at the anatomy of the brain...but they say very little about the function of the brain...that's where the PET scan comes in." THE TECHNOLOGY ISN'T NEW...IN FACT IT'S BEEN AROUND SINCE THE SEVENTIES...BUT DO TORS HAVE ONLY RECENTLY DISCOVERED...IT CAN DETECT ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE...95% OF THE TIME...SOMETIMES...EVEN BEFORE SERIOUS SYMPTOMS APPEAR. FIRST...A SUBSTANCE THAT LOOKS...AND ACTS LIKE SUGAR IN THE BRAIN...IS INJECTED INTO THE BLOODSTREAM...THEN THE SCANNER REVEALS HOW THE BRAIN PICKS THAT SUGAR UP...AND HOW WE
LL IT USES IT. SOT: (COVERED BY MRI IMAGE ON COMPUTER) "...these shades of bluer or violet indicate that there is less

activity in these portions of the brain...." BY LOOKING AT THE FUNCTION OF THE BRAIN DOCTORS CAN DETECT EVEN THE SLIGHTEST ABNORMALITY...PERHAPS FINDING ALZHEIMER'S BEFORE THE PATIENT OR FAMILY RECOGNIZEBNORMALITY...PERHAPS FINDING ALZHEIMER'S BEFORE THE PATIENT OR FAMILY RECOGNIZ�_�� SIGNIFICANTLY SLOW THE DISEASE. DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))

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Coming up a little later, Patrick Evans will be along to tell us about a new business at the mall that could perk up tired shoppers.

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Still to come on the newscast, we will see how investors did on Wall Street today,
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[VO] and Mike Stevens will join us to give us an update on Dale Earnhardt Junior following yesterday's crash at California.

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On Wall Street today, some early session bargain-hunting didn't last and stocks once again ended in the red.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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Welcome folks to the Monday ticker that begins with a little more of the weekend.
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The Salem Avalanche gave a number of folks reason to call in sick today as they hosted Kinston in a one o'clock game at Salem Memorial.
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Here's a look at what Leo Hirsbrunner called diminishing winds this afternoon in the Salem yard. Kinston went on top 4-to-nothing before the Avs scratched the board. Christian Berroa who was hitting 135, lines one last third in the bottom of the second to plate Brad Hawpe and it's 4-to-1. Then in the fifth the Avs got themselves in position to do something special. Jeff Winchester's blast to deep center goes to the base of the wall and he ends up with a standup double. Cory Sullivan would later lay down the nice bunt down third. He will be safe on the throwing error and Winchester will score to make it a 4-to-2 game. Justin Lincoln would make it 4-to-3, as he scores on Melvin Rosario's fielder's choice to the right hand side of the infield.
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Then Chris Moore's sacrifice will chase home Cory Sullivan as the Avs tie it in the fifth and win it with two in the ninth 6-to-5.
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He's want of those guys you want to shake the life out of one minute and hug back to reality the next. Unfortunately, he needs to more than a hug these days.
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Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to 18 months in prison today for violating his probation on a 1999 conviction on drug and solicitation of prostitution charges. The 40-year-old former major league slugger said his life is going in the right direction and that he is anxious to do his time and put his latest ordeal in the past. Retired Judge Ralph Steinberg told Strawberry that he hopes he can reform himself and one day return to baseball in some capacity.
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Dale Earnhardt, Junior is sore, but determined to race on. In fact, he not only will be at Richmond later this week, but he plans to test at Lakeland, Florida tomorrow.
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Dale Junior suffered a bruised right ankle during the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway yesterday. The impact sent Earnhardt Jr.'s car into the wall left-side first. The car slid to the infield grass area before medical personnel got to the car. He was taken to infield medical center and released on crutches.
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Coming up tonight at the top of the hour, a huge honor for by main man Roy Stanley back in hometown of Wytheville. Jean will be back for you in just a moment.

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