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Washington Police say the shooting in Virginia yesterday is "consistent" to the area's recent sniper shootings... We'll have a live report coming up
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And officials in our area are also on the lookout for the gunman ...
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Locked in with some cool, rainy weather. A look at the radar pictures in a moment.

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In Health Check - Flu season is fast approaching... and we'll talk with a health expert about who needs to get a shot in light of last year's vaccine shortages
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And a construction accident caused quite a scare for two workers in Peterstown West Virginia earlier today..
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PLUS- Brent Watts talks with country music sensation Kathy Mattea... Stay with us - News 7 at Five starts now....

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Authorities now say a fatal shooting last night in Manassas appears consistent with the other sniper slayings.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon
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The latest victim is a 53 year old man- who was pumping gas when he was gunned dwon.
Seven people in all have been killed in just over one week- police say the shootings all appear related to the sniper.
The hunt is now on for a vehicle that may have been seen leaving the gas station last night-
In the D-C area people there are more fearful than ever.
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Aleen Sirgany has been on this case since Day one- she joins us live with the latest from Rockville, Maryland.
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(( THE LATEST DEADLY SHOOTING SEEMS TO HAVE THE MARKINGS OF THE SERIAL SNIPER. .. A PERSON KILLED WITH ONE SHOT - THE THIRD VICTIM GUNNED DOWN AT A GAS STATION. CHIEF CHARLIE DEANE/PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY P-D "The overall circumstances are consistent with the other shootings in the region." WHILE THE CHIEF STOPPED SHORT OF OFFICIALLY LINKING THE SHOOTING TO THE SNIPER.. AUTHORITIES ARE WORKING ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT THIS IS THE WORK OF THE SAME KILLER. THE DEADLY SHOT WAS FIRED LAST NIGHT, AT THIS SUNOCO STATION IN MANASSAS, VIRGINIA. THE VICTIM, SHOT JUST MOMENTS BEFORE FILLING UP HIS TANK. OFFICERS CORDONED OFF A WIDE AREA..LOOKING FOR SHELL CASINGS THAT COULD REVEAL WHERE THE KILLER FIRED FROM.
CHIEF DEANE - "We are still looking for a white panel minivan, like a dodge caravan."
THAT'S SIMILAR TO A VEHICLE DESCRIPTION GIVEN AT ANOTHER SHOOTING SCENE. WITH THE SNIPER DEATH TOLL NOW POTENTIALLY AT SEVEN -- FEAR AND ANXIETY HAVE A FIRM GRIP ON SUBURBAN WASHINGTON. NEIGHBORS OF THE LATEST VICTIM SAY THEY'RE SHOCKED AT THE KILLER'S COLDHEARTEDNESS. CAROL IVERSON/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR "These things are tragic, until they come this close to home, and then it's entirely different, because Dean was one fine gentleman." THOUSANDS OF LEADS HAVE BEEN PHONED...ON A CASE THAT HAS SPREAD ACROSS SEVERAL JURISDICTIONS.
POLICE SAY WITNESSES TO THE LATEST SHOOTING HAVE SOME VALUABLE INFORMATION. THEY CONTINUE TO PROMISE ANONYMITY TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT YET COME FORWARD. ..ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, ROCKVILLE, MD. BACK TO YOU.))


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Meanwhile, authorities in our area are keeping a close watch on major highways for any suspicious activity related to the shootings.
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State Police say authorities around Washington D-C are keeping them informed about any suspicious vehicles to watch out for.
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Authorities say there is NO evidence that the shooter or shooters might be headed this way, but they are being cautious just in case. Sergeant (VEEL) Viohl says a tip from the public about the shootings would probably provide the best information police need to solve the case.
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A happy ending to a situation this morning in Monroe County, West Virginia... where two sewer workers were trapped inside a hole.
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It happened around ten on Route-219--about a mile and a half outside of Peterstown.
The two men were laying down a sewer line at a construction site there, when the dirt collapsed...t rapping them about five feet underneath the ground.
Rescue workers were able to save the first man, Will Thomas, around 12-30--and the second man, Leroy Ballard, about an hour later.
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About 50-people took part in the rescue.
Both men were taken to a hospital in Bluefield and then airlifted to Roanoke.
No word yet on the condition of the men, but, officials say it looks as if they will be okay.
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A bridge collapsed near Utica, New York today - killing a construction worker and injuring nine more.
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Officials say the workers were hurt when a pedestrian bridge that was under construction fell on them. The workers had been pouring concrete when the 150-foot long bridge collapsed. One of the injured underwent surgery while the others are being treated for broken bones, cuts and scrapes.
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Investigators headed to Canada this morning to interview a North Carolina man described as a possible witness in the slayings of Jennifer Short and her parents.
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Two investigators from Henry County and two from Rockingham County, North Carolina made the 16-hour trip from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Yellowknife, Canada.
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They'll interview Garrison Bowman, who's being held there on an immigration violation.
Bowman's landlord told investigators he threatened to kill a Virginia mobile home mover after a bad business deal.
But none of the Shorts' records reflect ANY business transactions with Bowman.
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The House today approves a resolution authorizing President Bush to wage war against Iraq.
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The President says today's vote sends a clear message to Iraq.
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All three of our local Congressman voted for the resolution- including Republicans Virgil Goode and Bob Goodlatte as well as Democrat Rick Boucher.
On the other side of the Capitol- the senate is moving toward a vote to approve the resolution.

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House Republicans had some strong words today for Governor Mark Warner and his handling of the state's budget crisis.
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Republicans accused Warner of moving too slowly in announcing cuts to state agencies.
Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith says Warner's lack of leadership on the budget is making the situation worse.
Griffith challenged the governor to come forward with a comprehensive plan to cover the state's two billion dollar shortfall.
We will have more on this and the response from the Governor's office tonight on News 7 at Six.

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Coming up on today's health check - It's almost that time of year again... flu season... and Joy Sutton will be speaking with an expert about who needs to get in line for a flu shot...
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[VO] And a little later - one high school is choosing a different course to keep its students on track in the classroom...


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And a familiar face in country music is performing in Martinsville tonight.
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Still to come on News 7 at 5... find out what reading, writing and racing have in common... [Comm 3]

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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Thursday ticker. Kickoff for tonight's Big East conference opener for the Hokies is just over two hours away. The Hokies had a week off to get ready for Boston College, but there's no question that their focus sharpened drastically after seeing some of the eye popping results from other conferences - especially the SEC where Ole Miss upset Florida and Arkansas took Tennessee, and Shawn Witten's brother Jason to 6 overtimes.
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Tech has beaten BC six straight times. Last year, the Hokies limited the Eagles to just 58 yards rushing.

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Game Two of the NLCS is set for tonight in Saint Louis. Last night, the Giants beat the Cards 9 to 6 in a game that included plenty of offense and a few fireworks.
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Kenny Lofton homered in the early innings, but when he came up again in the 5th, Cardinals reliever Mike Crudale greeted Lofton with the chin music and Lofton didn't care much for it. Both benches cleared but no punches were thrown.
Tony LaRussa thinks Lofton over reacted.
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We finish up with a little hoops where Division One schools will start practice this weekend.
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In Lexington, Bart Bellairs and the VMI Keydets will tip off with Midnight Madness on Friday at Cameron Hall. Last season's Southern Conference Player of the Year Jason Conley was voted the Preseason Player of the year by the league's coaches this past Monday.
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The Keydets nonconference schedule includes dates at Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Georgetown.
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Some Blountville, Tennessee high school students are on the fast track for learning...
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The best seats in the house at Bristol Motor speedway will be turned into classrooms for students from Sullivan East High next week... The school is using the speedway's luxury skyboxes as learning centers because balck mold in the school's air ducts closed the school earlier this week. The school superintendent says the track is the school system's only option.. and it's a good one.
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What do you get when you cross a pumpkin with zucchini? It may sound like the beginning of a riddle - but it's real life for one little farmer...
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Seven-year-old James Earl is growing Zumpkins.... The mini-gardener says he likes to grow something new every year... and this year he had the idea to cross-pollinate pumpkins with zucchini. His success with the Zumpkins has inspired him to try another fruity project... growing watermelons in a box. (------------)