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Today on News 7 at Five, five people are injured in an early morning fire in Roanoke. We'll have the details.
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and the fate of the man accused of killing seven year old Danielle Van Dam could soon be in the hands of a jury.
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Going from near record highs to near record lows within one week. More on the changing weather story in just a moment.

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We will have an update on the twins separated yesterday in California.
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A public safety group is calling on a leading automobile maker to recall its cars.
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plus we'll speak to Lynchburg native Phil Vassar about the release of his new album.
News 7 at 5 is next.

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Did David Westerfield kidnap and kill little Danielle Van Dam?
It's now up to a jury to decide.
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Prosecutors say the DNA evidence is there- the girl's fingerprints on the defendant's bed post- her hair in his bed sheets.. a drop of her blood found on his clothing.
But in closing arguments, the defense says Westerfield is a "father of two" would never commit such a crime.
Chris Lawrence now with more from court.
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((The man accused of killing Danielle van Damme listened silently, as his attorney made the closing argument, and asked jurors to consider one question: STEVEN FELDMAN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Who is David Westerfield? The attorney says hes a man who had never been in the van dammes home. Steven Feldman argued that whomever kidnapped Danielle got into the garage, went up the stairs and made his way to her bedroom, and took her out, all in the dark. FELDMAN: Someone who she hardly knew, family down the hall, theyre not gonna scream: Mommy, daddy help me! Danielles father put her to bed February 1st, and never saw her again. But there is no physical evidence that links Westerfield to the home. Prosecutors argued that other DNA evidence puts the two together. Detectives found Danielles hair in between Westerfields bedsheets. They found a drop of her blood on his clothing. And found her fingerprints on his bedpost. Both sides have argued whether Westerfield is the kind of person who could commit this kind of crime. FELDMAN: Hes the father of two college-age children, hes got mortgage payments. ASST. DA. JEFF DUSEK/PROSECUTOR: We dont want to hear that a 50-year old man two doors down killed that 7-year old child. But he did. CHRIS LAWRENCE/CBS NEWS: To prove the opposite, the defense has been drawing attention to one fingerprint in particular. Detectives discovered it on the van dammes banister, and it doesnt match Westerfield or anyone in the family. Chris Lawrence CBS News San Diego.))

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Roanoke fire invesitagators are looking for what caused a house fire that injured five people, one seriously.
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The fire at 13-30 Thomason Road Southeast broke out around 4:40 this morning. Fire crews quickly brought the flames under control. A neighbor says Jim and Marion Reynolds lived in the house with their 36-year old son, Greg, who is being treated at the UVA Burn Center for extensive burns. The Reynolds and two children were also treated for a variety of injuries including first and second degree burns and smoke inhalation. The fire was contained to an upstairs bedroom. Damage is estimated at 30-thousand dollars.
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**Another fire, earlier this morning, displaced a married couple and killed several of their pets. Investigators say the blaze at John and Judy Chambers' house at 1812 10-th Street Northwest was accidental, caused by an electrical malfunction. A relative says fire crews were able to save a couple dogs but that a handful of other animals could not be rescued.


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Gunfire at a Los-Angeles post office today-
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Police say it started as an argument between two people-
A postal worker says the victim and the alleged shooter walked into the lobby arguing- and it only got worse.
Authorities say one person pulled a gun and shot the other- and then took off.
The victim is undergoing surgery.
The suspect fled.. police believe into a nearby residential complex-
Police say neither person works at the post office.
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A woman and man who suffered vision loss- blame airbags for their injuries.
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The two are urging Nissan Altima and the government to recall the faulty devices- Both suffered varying degrees of vision loss in two separate car accidents.
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They joined the Public Citizen president to urge the government to take the airbags out of the public domain.
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The Public Citizen president says the passsenger side airbags in the 1994 and 1995 Nissan Altimas have caused at least 30 eye injuries- some serious enough to result in complete vision loss.

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Struggling schools and their partners are meeting in Richmond as part of Governor Mark Warner's new education initiative.
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Warner's Partnership to Achieve Successful Schools, or PASS, pairs teams of teachers and administrators from accredited schools with those schools who need to raise their Standards Of Learning scores.
Three hundred educators from across the state are learning ways to help make the relationships successful.
The governor says one of the challenges is to be sensitive to the feelings of struggling schools who are opening their doors to outside help.
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34 schools in the state have been slated for assistance, including nine in our region.
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Doctors say they are cautiously optimistic two formerly conjoined twins will make a full recovery. WE'll have an update next.
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Also singer Phil Vassar will tell us about the benefits of growing up an American child in Lynchburg.
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So far.. so good say the doctors who separated the twin girls who were born joined at the head. Manuel Gallegus reports.
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((FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF THEIR LIVES -THE WERE JOINED AT THE HEAD UNABLE TO SEE EACH OTHER
NOW TWINS MARIA DE JESUS AND MARIA TERESA ARE RECOVERING FROM THEIR 22 HOUR SEPARATION SURGERY IN CRITICAL BUT STABLE CONDITION.

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THE GIRLS ARE MOVING WHICH DOCTORS SAY IS A GOOD SIGN. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHETHER THEY SUFFERED ANY BRAIN DAMAGE DURING THE SURGERY.

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THE TWINS WERE DELIVERED BY CAESAREAN SECTION IN GUATEMALA LAST JULY THEIR MOTHER WAS IN LABOR FOR EIGHT DAYS -BEFORE DELIVERING THE BABIES WHO SHARED BONE AND BLOOD VESSELS-BUT HAD DISTINCT BRAINS.

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NEEDLESS TO SAY THE PARENTS ARE GRATEFUL AND HAPPY. THEY SAY THE GIRLS WERE DIFFICULT TO CARE FOR AND NOW LOOK VERY DIFFERENT.
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THE GIRLS WILL NEED AT LEAST A COUPLE MORE SURGERIES TO REBUILD THEIR SKULL. AND THEIR FAMILY IN GUATEMALA IS ANXIOUS TO SEE THEM THEIR STORY IS BIG NEWS THERE.))

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A rising country music star from our area has a new album out.
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Lynchburg native Phil Vasar's "American Child" hit the stands just yesterday. The title single was released a few weeks ago and is already climbing the charts.
Joe Dashiell spoke with Vassar earlier today via satellite.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Robin will join us with our detailed forecast.
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Also do you know what the odds are you may be struck by lightning? What about four times? A little later we'll meet a man who found out the hard way.
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It was another volatile day on Wall Street today. After this break, we'll see how the major markets fared.
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Plus Travis Wells will show us how Barry Bonds is smashing his way to his six hundredth home run.
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On Wall Street today, it was another volatile effort as the major markets struggled for much of the session.
But as Ed Crane explains a late rally pushed stock prices higher.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the hump day ticker. We start with news from Redskins camp where first round draft pick Patrick Ramsey has finally signed a contract with the team. The former Tulane quarterback inked a five year deal worth 5.7 million dollars, which includes a signing bonus of 3.1 million. As late as Tuesday night, it appeared that Ramsey would be traded to the Bears. But the deal never materialized and now he's left to battle with Danny Wuerffel, Shane Matthews, and Sage Rosenfels. Ramsey isn't expected to play this weekend when the Skins take on Carolina in their second preseason game.

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The Skins former nemesis, Chan Gailey is prepping for his first season as the head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The former Cowboys boss is anxious to get started in Atlanta.
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Like Al Groh did last year at Virginia, Gailey is returning to the college game from the NFL. He spent 16 of the last 17 years in the pros. Gailey brings a laid back attitude to Tech and the players have been enthusiastic.
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We finish up on the diamond where last night in San Francisco, Barry Bonds cranked career homer number 599.
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The three run blast came in the third inning off the Cubs Steve Smyth who was making his major legue debut. The Giants won the game 11 to 10, and Bonds drove in four runs. With his next bomb, Barry would join Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays in the exclusive 600 homer club. He'll get his next chance tonight at Pac Bell Park against the Cubs again.
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That's it for the ticker. Coming up at six, we'll check in on the Glenvar Highlanders as they get set for the upcoming season, plus Billy McMullen hopes he doesn't have to carry the Virginia offense again this year. All that and more coming up later. Until then, have a great night everybody.

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There's about a one in six thousand chance you will get hit by lightning sometime in your life...but don't tell that to Mark Stinson.
The North Carolina man says he has been struck four times. Scott Mason has more.
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"I said well three's the charm ... I said there's no way I can be hit again. I was wrong ... ")
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"I was underneath it repairing an oil leak ... the lightning hit the truck and went through the truck and went through me ... it blew the soles off my shoes. It melted my watch, it knocked me out.")
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SEVEN YEARS LATER IT HAPPENED AGAIN ...

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"I came in here and I reached up to turn the breakers off when it hit.")

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"It knocked me about ten feet back from the box, it knocked me out ... it was a real hard hit.")

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"It was seven years to the day, from June the 3rd of 1993 to June the 3rd of 2000 ... between the second and third lightning strike that I got hit.")
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HOW 'BOUT THE ODDS OF BEING HIT AGAIN? IT HAPPENED FRIDAY NIGHT ...

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"I was sitting here at my desk ... ")

THE LIGHTNING TORE THROUGH THE PHONE LINE ...

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"It burned the hair off this arm and knocked me across the room ... I was fortunate this time that I just got my cage rattled real bad.")

HIS FAMILY'S RATTLED TOO ... ESPECIALLY WHEN HE'S AROUND AND A STORM'S A BREWIN' ...

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"My family just ... pfffff ... they're gone!")
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COULD IT HAPPEN YET AGAIN?

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"Anything's possible ... I either draw it or I have the worst luck anybody could possibly have. "))

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