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Today on News 7 at Five, two people are arrested near Richmond. Now authorities must find out if they're conneted to the recent sniper attacks,
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Plus Meghan Muldoon will join us with a condition update on this weekend's sniper victim.

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The evening is setting up to be raw with drizzle and chilly temperatures on tap. Details ahead.

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In other news, a local man is murdered in Amherst County.
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On Health Check, we will see why some people want to change the way stroke patients are treated.
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Plus we'll hear from the U-V-A Cavaliers as they try to keep their momentum alive.
News 7 at Five is next.

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Once again police have a cryptic message for someone- in the sniper case - Police Chief Charles Moose saying this just a few moments ago.
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That message came within the past hour-
Meanwhile police surround a Virginia Gas station today and take two people into custody for questioning.
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Good Evening.
Also today- confirmation that Saturday's shooting in Ashland Virginia- IS conistent with the other sniper attacks.
We have two reports tonight- In a moment we will go live to News 7's Meghan Muldoon in Richmond.... with more on the condition of the victim there.
But first the latest on the chase for the sniper from Aleen Srigany standing by in Rockville Maryland.
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((IT SEEMED LIKE IT MIGHT BE JUST THE BREAK POLICE WERE LOOKING FOR. EARLY THIS MORNING, THEY TOOK TWO MEN INTO CUSTODY NEAR A RICHMOND VIRGINIA PAY PHONE, AND CONFISCATED THIS WHITE MINIVAN DESCRIBED BY WITNESSES AS A PLYMOUTH VOYAGER WITH TEMPORARY VIRGINIA TAGS.
BUT SOURCES TELL CBS NEWS AUTHORITIES DO NOT BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE SNIPER IN CUSTODY. THE TWO MEN ARE DESCRIBED AS MEXICAN AND GUATEMALAN, BOTH UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS. AND SOURCES SAY THE SEARCH FOR THE SNIPER CONTINUES.
AND FROM THE NERVE CENTER OF THE SNIPER INVESTIGATION, MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE CHIEF CHARLES MOOSE APPARENTLY TRIED TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE SNIPER FOR THE SECOND TIME. CHIEF CHARLES MOOSE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE: The message that needs to be delivered is that we are going to respond to a message that we have received. We'll respond later. ``we are preparing our response at this time." THE CHIEF WOULD NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS MESSAGE. BUT POLICE DID ANNOUNCE ONE DETAIL ABOUT SATURDAY'S SHOOTING...SOMETHING PEOPLE HAD SUSPECTED ALL ALONG. Sheriff Stuart Cook of Hanover County, Virginia We can and do confirm that ballistics evidence in our investigation has been matched in other shooting cases.))
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The condition of the serial sniper's twelfth victim is improving after two surgeries.
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Meghan Muldoon talked to his doctors today. She joins us with the latest.
What's the prognosis?
Jean, it's encouraging. the patient was upgraded today from critical and guarded to critical and stable.
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Still, his doctors are saying he's lucky to be alive.
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Doctors at Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond say the prognosis is encouraging for the 37-year-old man shot by the serial sniper Saturday night.

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Doctors removed the patient's spleen, half of his pancreas, and two-thirds of his stomach.
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Doctors also recovered the bullet fragment that links him to the sniper who has already killed nine people.
They say the next couple of weeks are critical.
And that the patient will probably need at least three to four additional surgeries.
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The patient is currently unable to talk due to a breathing tube in his throat, but doctors say he is responding to his wife. who they say rarely leaves his side.

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Doctors says he's lost a lot of blood, there's been a lot of swelling.
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But that his youth and size, described as 200 pounds and 6 feet tall, are a big factor in his recovery.

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A bus explosion in Israel today- leaves at least eight people dead- and more than 40 wounded.
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The militant Palesitnian islamic group- Islamic Jihad is claiming responsbility.
Security sources say the explosion occured on a bus travelling in Northern Israel.
Palestiian suicide bombers blew up a car packed with explosives next to a bus- the flames were so hot the bus was reduced to a blackened skeleton.
A few passengesr managed to escape- some of them by crawling from windows- but others were trapped inside and burned to death.
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Amherst County authorities are still looking for suspects in the murder of a Lynchburg man early this morning.
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Police were called to Smitty's Restaurant on Route 60 East at around two.
That's where they found 26-year-old Eugene Payton Davis in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to his chest.
Davis later died at Lynchburg General Hospital.
A vehicle police believe was involved in the shooting was later stopped in Nelson County with seven people inside.

No word yet on any arrests.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will see why some people say more specialized treatment is needed for stroke victims,
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Also we will meet a man who can make a big impression with his little works of art.
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Today on Health Check, a newly released report could change the way doctors treat stroke patients.
As Dr. Sean Keniff tells us, it encourages the building of stroke centers across the country.
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This is national School Bus Safety Week- What's being done in Roanoke to make sure students are safe? Jennifer Wishon spoke with officials to find out.
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About 13- thousand students ride more than a hundred school buses each day in Roanoke City. Safety Coordinator John Anderson is hoping this week of awareness will remind motorists to drive carefully.
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And it's that precious cargo school buses are designed to protect... They're able to withstand heavy impact and keep students safe without the use of seat belts.
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To ensure those statistics don't change Marjorie Crawley has been working with city bus drivers for the past 30 years.

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Virginia state law requires about 30 hours of classroom and on the road training for bus drivers.. But Crawley says Roanoke drivers typically undergo 60 hours of training before driving unassisted. And to keep students up to speed with drivers... the city teaches pre-school through third grade students about bus safety each year. Jennifer Wishon, News 7 Roanoke.

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On Saturday, regional traditions will be in the spotlight again, as thousands of people head to Ferrum College for the 29th Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.
This week, we plan to preview the event with profiles of three local craftsmen.
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And this afternoon, Joe Dashiell is here with the first.
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Jean, many of the people who are featured at Ferrum learned folkways from their parents, and have practiced those traditions their entire lives.
But this weekend, Harry Arrington will be displaying a talent he found in retirement.
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Harry Arrington raises the door to a shed, and reveals his latest work to visitors.
The room is packed with wooden miniatures, including a replica of the Hofauger House at Virginia's Explore Park.


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Arrington knows old houses. As a young man he helped his father build and repair log structures.
And he knows wood... As a 17- year- old, he went to work in a furniture factory.
But it wasn't until his retirement from General Electric that he decided to try his hand at homebuilding on a smaller scale.
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He's learned through trial and error... learned it takes plenty of patience, placing each individual shingle by hand. But Arrington says he enjoys the work, and a finished product that takes him back to his roots.
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That could be said about many of the traditions showcased each year at Ferrum...
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Tomorrow, Jean, we will feature another familiar presence at the folklife festival, Emory Robinson, and his thigmotropic walking sticks.


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Coming up next on News 7 at 5, we will see what Robin has in our forecast.
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But if today's gray skies have you down, we'll show you a place that is doing even worse.
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It may be fall, but it sure looks like winter in some parts of the nation.
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Check out what folks are dealing with in Minnestoa today-
As much as six inches of snow fell in some parts of the state covering trees- and cars-
People had the brushes out this morning to clear off their cars.
It was a paradise for kids-
some made snowmen...
others tried their hand at snow angels.
You'd heard of frost on the pumpkin---- in this case it was snow on the Halloween decorations.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the bulls run on Wall Street,
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and then a little later, we'll see if the Ring can run circles around the rest of the weekend box office competitors.


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On Wall Street today, an upbeat earnings season and upward momentum gave investors a reason to stick with the market.

Ed Crane has more.
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A very pleasant Monday afternoon to you folks.
UVa's second half heroics continued this past Saturday as the Cavs scored 37 points after intermission to beat UNC 37-to-27. Steve Mason has our Monday Cavalier report.
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The rain held off and drivers were able to grip the new grooves at the Martinsville speedway in a successful racing day at the half mile track. But no one celebrated more than Kurt Busch who won the Old Dominion 500.
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Busch notches his second short track win of the season after taking the checkered flag at Bristol earlier this year. He also gets another win for Roush racing, edging Johnny Benson for the victory.
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Winston cup drives next head to Atlanta for the NAPA 500.
Take care folks and a have a great night. [GO TO BREAK]

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Just in time for Halloween, a new horror movie was able to scare up some big bucks at the box office this weekend.

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With 15 MILLION dollars in receipts, "The Ring" debuted at number one pushing last week's box office leader down to third place.
The film stars Naomi Watts as a reporter investigating a video whose viewers die horribly a week later.
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"Sweet Home Alabama," came in second.
"Red Dragon" dropped to the third spot.
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Brown Sugar" round out the top five.
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