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Today on News 7 at 5, we will see if reduced speeds on Interstate 81 have slowed anyone down.
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Also we'll tell you why U-N weapon inspectors in Iraq are saying so far, so good.
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Your holiday forecast looks rather cold and dry for the moment. Perhaps some moisture by Saturday. Details coming up.

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On Health Check, one of the most prescribed medications will soon be available over the counter.
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A local fire marshal looks at ways to make sure your Christmas tree is safe.
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Plus we'll see how some Roanoke students are putting together a sweetheart of a house.
News 7 at Five is next.

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U-N Weapons inspectors head off to work today- it is the first day of inspections. They say so far, so good.
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United Nations arms inspectors have completed their first field mission in Iraq in four years-
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They are hunting for any weapons of mass destruction.
One group of inspectors spent about three hours at a large military compound east of Baghdad.
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((EVERYBODY FEELS ANXIOUS TO GET GOING AND VERY DETERMINED TO START THIS SYSTEMATIC INSPECTION. EFFORT.))
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The second groups went to a factory- 90 miles outside of Baghdad- where Iraqis say they produce motors.
The factory director was eager to tell his side of the story.
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((HAITHAM MAHMOUD/FACTORY DIRECTOR: THERE WERE NOT ANY PROBLESM. I JUST WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM THAT THIS COMPANY HAS NEVERWORKED IN SOMETHING THAT IS NOT PERMITTED.))
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Dozens of International Journalists followed the convoys, but media are banned from accompanying inspectors into the sites.
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As the international communtiy tries to avoid war- Iraqi Americans are preparing for the worst.
Hate crimes against Muslims are up-
Jennifer Miller has more.
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((AS MANY LOOK FORWARD TO THE THANKSGIVING FEAST, MUSLIMS LOOK TOWARD MECCA ... AND MARK THE MONTH OF RAMADAN WITH AN DAILY FAST.
IBRAHIM KAZEROONI/MUSLIM IMAM "Reflect on a daily basis of what we've done." THEY ALSO PRAY FOR PEACE. SINCE THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS, HATE CRIMES AGAINST MUSLIM AMERICANS SKYROCKETED. SOME, AT THIS DENVER ISLAMIC CENTER, HAVE ESCAPED THE BACKLASH ... BUT FEAR THEIR LUCK COULD RUN OUT IF THE U-S GOES TO WAR. Saadi A. AL-Khafaji/Iraqi American "It's tough it really is tough. Especially if you are an Iraqi it's scary." MANY IRAQIS BELIEVE THE U-S GOVERNMENT IS WATCHING THEM ... AND FEAR THE RETURN OF WORLD WAR TWO INTERNMENT CAMPS. BUT THEY SIDE WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ON SADDAM HUSSEIN. Saadi A. AL-Khafaji/Iraqi American " no question about it. Saddam is bad." IBRAHIM KAZEROONI KNOWS HOW BAD. HE FEARED FOR HIS LIFE AND RECALLS BEING CHAINED IN AN IRAQI PRISON WHEN ANOTHER PERSON WAS BROUGHT INTO HIS CELL. IBRAHIM KAZEROONI/IMAM "They shot that person dead, and then they released me and they opened the chain, they gave me a few towels and then they said, 'Wipe the blood, you are next.'" THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTUE STILL HAUNTS HIM. SO DOES THE DEVASTATION OF THE GULF WAR ... (NATS OF GULF WAR) MUSLIMS FEAR AN AMERICAN LED ATTACK AGAINST IRAQ IS INEVITABLE AND THAT IRAN WILL BE NEXT. Negin Sobhani/Iranian American "I don't want to be a tax paying citizen as long as America will be fighting my fellow countrymen."
IF THERE IS A WAR, NEGIN SOBHANI WILL LEAVE THE U-S FOR IRAN ...LIKE MANY MUSLIMS BOWING TO ONE GOD, DIVIDED BY TWO COUNTRIES. JENNIFER MILLER CBS NEWS, DENVER.))

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As holiday travellers hit the road, many will be rushing through the Roanoke Valley.
Though the speed limit on the interstate was lowered two years ago, there is evidence that many motorists simply aren't slowing down.
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Joe Dashiell is in Roanoke County tonight with more on the problem, and state police efforts to enforce the law. Joe, how's traffic at this hour.
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Jean, the highway is crowded tonight as you'd expect... and it promises to be very busy on Saturday and Sunday as well...
And you can bet many of those motorists will be speeding down interstate 81.
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((Set the cruise control at 60, and watch the cars race by...
Though the Virginia Department of Transportation lowered the speed limit on a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 81 almost two years ago... traffic still speeds through the valley.
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((SGT. FRANK PARRIES/VA STATE POLICE: AS YOU KNOW INTERSTATE 81 IS HEAVILY TRAVELED AND IT'S ONLY TWO LANES. BUT JUST DURING THE PAST YEAR TROOPERS IN ROANOKE COUNTY ALONE , WE'VE ISSUED OVER 32- HUNDRED SPEEDING VIOLATIONS, SO THAT'S A TRUE TESTAMENT THAT AGAIN WE ARE THERE.))
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The Virginia State Police are there... with marked and unmarked cars, and periodically with aerial enforcement.


Though VDOT reports that speeds have crept up since the limit was lowered... State Police say they're convinced the change has made a difference.))

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VDOT tells us the number of accidents has actually increased on this stretch of interstate since the speed limit was lowered, but the severity has decreased...
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Jean. more on that tonight on News 7 at Six Joe, are there any problems out there tonight?


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[GRAPHICNone] The Roanoke Regional Airport is hoping a new service will fill your holiday with good cheer.
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Parking spots at the airport are usually difficult to find over holidays. But now travelers can park across the road and catch a ride to the terminal when the existing long-term parking lot gets crowded.
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((AMANDA DEHAVEN/AIRPORT SPOKESPERSON; AS THAT FILLS UP, WE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE TO THE OVERFLOW LOT, WHICH WAS RECENTLY COMPLETED FOR OUR PASSENGERS. AND IN ORDER TO USE THAT LOT, THEY NEED TO GO THROUGH THE LONG-TERM GATES, MAKE SURE THERE'S NO PARKING AVAILABLE THERE FIRST, AND PRE-PAY AS THEY GO OVER TO THE LONG TERM LOT.))
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Today air travel was light in our region and passengers did NOT have to contend with long lines, but airport officials say Sunday is traditionally the busiest travel day of the holiday.
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Still to come on the newscast, we will look at some things you will want to consider as you decorate for the holidays.
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[VO] Also allergy sufferers will soon be able to purchase the most popular medication without having to see a doctor.
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It'll be easier for allergy sufferers to get Claritin- but the cost may no longer be covered by insurance.
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The popular drug is taking a leap... over the counter.
The government's approved over-the counter sales the after a big insurance company petitioned the Food and Drug Administration for the change.
Most insurance companies don't pay for over the counter drugs.
Claritin's maker, Schering Plough, at first fought the switch- then changed its mind because its patent is up next month - and generic versions could be made.
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Claritin costs about 60 dollars a month-
In Canada, where it has been over the counter - a month supply is about 17 dollars.

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After tomorrow, many people will shift their attention to Christmas. Every year Americans spend millions of dollars on trees and decorations. But they need to consider more than just how it will all look.
Tonight, Joy Sutton has some advice on how to keep your tree from going haywire.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Brent Watts looks at some young people who are making a little bread as they build a house.
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Thanksgiving might be tomorrow, but some Salem children are already thinking about Christmas. They have created a giant gingerbread house to enter in the 1st Annual Gingerbread House Competition put on by the Salem-Roanoke Chamber of Commerce.
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Our Brent Watts stopped by to see just how unique the house is.
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Jean, it took the kids about 8 hours to complete, and just with the candy alone, the house is worth more than 150 dollars.
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I talked with Debbie Kavitz, from the Salem-Roanoke Chamber of Commerce about why they decided to hold this year's competition.
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If you still need a turkey, you can find a pretty big one on the ski slopes in West Virginia.
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The ski trails at the Snowshoe resort opened today and someone's Thanksgiving turkey was on the lam.
The winter season is looking up for resorts across the region. Early cold temperatures have given them good opportunites to make snow.
That has allowed the resorts to build deep snow bases.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will see if investors on Wall Street have a lot to be thankful for today.
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Then a little later, we'll be there as the city marks a special day for the Mill Mountain star.
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On Wall Street today, investors decided to celebrate Thanksgiving a day early as the bulls went on a shopping spree.


Stocks soared as a round of positive economic data spurred confidence that the economy may truly be turning around.


Ed Crane has more.
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Welcome everybody to the Wednesday night ticker. The bowl situation concerning UVa will not get any clearer until after this Saturday's game. The Cavs could end up in the Peach or the Tangerine bowl, or they could fall as far as the Continental Tire or Seattle Bowls. And there is no guarantee that a win over the Hokies will lock up anything. Because is Maryland wins, as well, this Saturday - the Terps will have 10 wins on the year. As for Tech most reports have linked the Hokies to Tire bowl in Charlotte, but many would rather see Tech in the Insight Bowl in Phoenix. The outcome of the Pitt-West Virginia game Saturday will have something to say about that.
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Speaking of needing to say something. Where has the Tech defense gone in recent weeks. It appears that the Hokies' have lost a bit of their swagger on the defensive side of the ball.
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Tech remains a 7 point favorite for the 3:30 kickoff.

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If you're looking for some sports to compliment your Turkey tomorrow, Your Hometown Station has the perfect dessert for you.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 12994] The NFL plays right here on Thanksgiving as the defending Super Bowl Champion Patriots take on the Detroit Lions in the Silverdome. The action begins at 12:30.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 12995] And on Friday Afternoon - College Football comes your way as the LSU and Arkansas hook up in the SEC. That one gets underway at 2:30 - right here on WDBJ-7.
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The Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team plays for the EA Sports Maui Invitational title tonight. The Cavs take on Indiana at nine. Last night the Cavs improved to 3-and-0 by whipping Kentucky.
The Duke Blue Devils are ranked sixth in the country and one reason for Coach K's 3 and OH start is J.J. Redick. Steve Mason clues us in on what's coming up tonight.
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Also coming up at the top of the hour, the guest speaker has been announced for the Salem/Roanoke baseball hall of fame banquet. And of course - more verbage leading up the the 84th meeting between Tech and UVa. Take care folks have a great Thanksgiving.

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Roanoke's Mill Mountain star is celebrating a birthday and getting a historic present.
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Today Mayor Ralph Smith helped unveil a new Historic Landmark Plaque at the site. The stone honors the star's place on the national register of historic places. Mayor Smith recalled the story of the 90-foot landmark. He says on this day 53-years ago the Downtown Roanoke Merchants Association put the star up as a huge Christmas ornament. But people loved it so much they didn't want to take it down. He says the star forever changed Roanoke.
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