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Today on News 7 at 5, authorities say the winter weather may be responsible for the death of a woman in Salem.
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Also we will have an update on road conditions as the Valley tries to dig out from the snow and ice.
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No big warm up in the short term forecast. Sunshine returns but readings are only in the mid 30s.

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Also today the American Red Cross makes an emergency appeal for blood.
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Plus, it was tears that were falling today in Norfolk, as military families said their goodbyes.
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Also the weather forces the rescheduling of two Christmas parades. News 7 at 5 is next.

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Residents of the Roanoke Valley are making progress as they dig out from the snow and ice, but tonight's cold temperatures could cause more problems.
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With many schools and businesses closed today, most people in our area spent the day at home. It's probably the best idea given the nasty road conditions from all the snow and sleet.
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News 7's Rachel Cannon is off of Interstate 5-81 with an update... Rachel? Jean, As each hour passes, the road conditions are improving.
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V-DOT employees are still working 12-hour shifts to make the roads safe for travel. Officials say complicating the process are cold temperatures.
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(( NATS "V-DOT truck" Once the trucks get on the road, their first priority are Intestates and primary roads. At this hour, V-DOT says they're making progress but they also still advise only driving if you have to.
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((JASON BOND/V-DOT SPOKESMAN; THIS IS A MAJOR STORM THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF ICE AND SNOW ACCUMULATION SO IT'S GOING TO TAKE US A WHILE TO GET TO ESPECIALLY THOSE NEIGHBORHOOD AND SECONDARY STREETS. ))
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NATS 16:20:30 "shoveling" Like V-DOT, Botetourt County resident Angela Wilburn is digging out of the storm. She's still thinking about the hours she spent in traffic yesterday. She says this winter wonderland is no fun.
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((ANGELA WILBURN/RESIDENT; NOT ANYMORE NOT ANYMORE IT'S TOO MUCH WORK.))
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At Roanoke Regional Airport, Wanda Tompkins waited for hours to catch a flight to Detroit. She can't understand why many planes are grounded.
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((WANDA TOMPKINS/AIR TRAVELER; IT'S PRETTY OUT THERE SHOULD BE COOL MELTING THAT ICE IT'S WATERY SOME LET US GO.))
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Officials say where the planes are going is the problem. The winter storm may have left Roanoke, but it's still out there,
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((JACKIE SHUCK/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT; NOW WE'RE STARTING TO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE STORM MOVING TO THE NORTH WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE DIFFICULTY WITH FLIGHTS GOING TO THE NORTH COMING FROM THE NORTH.))
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So it's going to take a while for the airport to get back to normal and the same goes for your neighborhoods roads. Jean,
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V-DOT says it could be late into today or even tomorrow before you see a plow near you.

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A Floyd County woman died from exposure after a minor traffic accident last night.
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Salem Police say Carol Yvonne Dickerson of Bent Mountain got her car stuck on a curb on (Kay-gee) Keagy Road during the storm. She then got out of her car, and curled up in front of the empty building which is still under construction. A hotel was the same distance away.
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((LT. R.E. GRAY/SALEM CITY POLICE; IT WOULD APPEAR AT THIS TIME THAT SHE DIED AS A RESULT OF THE EXPOSURE TO THE WEATHER LAST NIGHT, BUT THERE WILL BE AN AUTOPSY PERFORMED TOMORROW.)) ((PERRY HYPES/CONSTRUCTION WORKER; SHE RUN OVER THE CURB UP THERE AND MAY HAVE GOTTEN A BANG ON THE HEAD OR SOMETHING. SHE COULD BE GROGGY, COME DOWN HERE AND THOUGHT THIS WAS THE MOTEL.))
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Police say there is no evidence of foul play, and they hope the autopsy will show why Dickerson went to the empty building instead of the motel.
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The frigid temperatures and lingering snow and ice pose serious, even life-threatening health problems.
In the last 24 hours, many hospitals in our area have seen their share of broken bones and other injuries related to the winter weather.
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Tonight Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton will tell you what your family should know to avoid a trip to the emergency room.
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Jean, Car accidents aren't the only major cause of injuries in this type of weather.
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Over exerting yourself, staying outside too long, and not falling properly can also put your health at risk.
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The aftermath of the winter storm has many people either shoveling the snow or turning it into a winter playland.

Either way if you're not careful -- you could put your health at risk.
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((FROST BITE OUTSIDE IS NOW UNDER 31 DEGREES. IT CAN HAPPEN WITHIN THE HOUR. HYPOTHERMIA, ANYTHING BELOW YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE CAN GET YOU HYPOTHERMIC. SO WITH THE TEMPERATURE AS IT IS TODAY YOU ARE AT RISK FOR HYPOTHERMIA)) [RUNS16]
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And if that isn't enough --Roanoke Memorial has seen its share of broken bones in the past 24 hours, particularly broken wrists and sprained ankles.
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In winter weather you should also be careful not to over exert yourself.
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((PEOPLE GO AND OVER EXERT AND IF THEY HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART DISEASE, OR OTHER PROBLEMS THEY CAN ACTUALLY GET THEMSELVES INTO TROUBLE BECAUSE THE DEMANDS ON THEIR HEART THEY CAN'T KEEP UP WITH AND THEY CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE A HEART ATTACK)) [RUNS11]
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One last safety tip. If your vehicle gets stranded in this cold weather, stay in the car. Do not search for assistance unless help is visible within a 100 yards. Wrap your entire body including your head with extra clothing and blanket. And do minor exercises like clapping your hands to improve circulation and stay warmer.
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Jean,

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It was slow and slippery most of the day in central Virginia, but authorities say many people stayed off the road helping keep things fairly quiet.
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Lynchburg and the surrounding counties picked up about four inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Road crews spent the day trying to stay ahead of the ice, but nowhere was the job more difficult than at the Lynchburg airport.
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((MARK COURTNEY/LYNCHBURG AIRPORT MANAGER: THIS IS AN ART AS MUCH AS IT IS A SCIENCE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO RUNWAYS AND SO WE HAVE DIFFERENT TYPES OF EQUIPMENT, WE HAVE BROOMS, BLADES, SNOWBLOWERS AND ALL THESE COMBINATIONS WE NEED TO TRY EVERYTHING DEPENDING ON THE CONDITIONS AND SOMETIMES NOTHING REALLY WORKS THAT WELL.))
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The Lynchburg airport was able to re-open early this afternoon, but slowdowns at other regional airports restricted some air travel.
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The weather has also caused the postponement of two Christmas parades.
Buena Vista is moving its parade to next Thursday at seven. Vinton's is now set for Saturday at Noon.

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Coming up next on the newscast, we are not the only people struggling with the weather. After the break we will see how others are dealing with it.
Also Brent Watts will show us a way to bag a bear, of which even an animal lover would approve.
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The big winter storm is blamed for several deaths along the East Coast-
Power is also out for many. Tonight more than a million people are still without electricity.
Scott Rapoport is in New York with more.
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(( All of the shoveling and all of the plowing didn't stop the snow from blanketing the Northeast. In New York, the snow started when the sun came up and mucked up the early morning commute. This 9-car pile-up was one of many accidents. "Don't go out today, stay home." "This poor woman flipped over 3 times. "I just went right down the hill, my car flipped over, thank god I'm okay, I was wearing my seat belt." So far the storm is blamed for over a dozen traffic deaths.
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"No School! No School!" Schools closed in Washington, D-C, but the government stayed open. By the end of the day, the area's expected to see over 8 inches of snow. In the Carolinas, the freezing rain and ice was too much for many trees. Limbs snapped off right and left, bringing with them power lines and ultimately, power outages. More than one-a half million people are still without electricity. And the problems on the ground, led to problems in the air. Flights were cancelled and delayed...leaving over 3-thousand weary...waiting travelers out in the cold. "I didn't think it was so bad when I left the house, probably wouldn't have a problem, obviously I was wrong. Of course, one persons misery is another persons majesty...

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Leave to the children to solve the transportation crunch. Little sleighers and sledders reporting no major delays on the hills and slopes. Here in New York City we're expecting (latest) inches of snow before it's all over. The storm's next stop...the Boston area. They're expected to see up to (latest) inches. SR, CBS News, New York.))

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The American Red Cross for our region says the weather has caused a critical shortage of blood.
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As a result, it has scheduled emergency blood drives in Roanoke, Floyd, Galax, Lynchburg and Blacksburg.
For locations or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800 GIVE LIFE.
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The U-S-S Harry S. Truman and several other vessels pulled away from the Norfolk Naval Station today-
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headed to the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf.
The Truman battle group includes nine vessels that left Norfolk and a tenth that'll head out of New Jersey.
The 8-thousand sailors and Marines in the battle group say the events of 9-11 are giving this deployment a higher sense of alert than a similar assignment about two years ago.
Many aboard believe they may be involved in action with Iraq, although this is a regularly scheduled deployment.
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One local radio station is using the season of giving to help out local foster children.
Jammin' W-J-J-S and the Roanoke Jaycees are once again holding the Bags and Bears collection.
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Our Brent Watts stopped by Tanglewood Mall to find out more.
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Jean, last year alone there were hundreds of children in the foster care system in our region. Many of those kids travel from place to place with their belongings in garbage bags.
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But as you will see, many people are hoping a simple piece of lugguge or a LITTLE bear will make the kids' holiday a LOT brighter.
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If you'd like to donate a bag or a bear, David Lee and Melissa will be at Tanglewood Mall until Sunday, December 8th at 2pm.
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Coming up today following weather, we will see if the bears or the bulls ruled today on Wall Street.
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Then following Sports, First Lady Laura Bush show us how the White House is decorating for the holidays.
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Today in Sports, V-M-I prepares to take on the Hokies. Travis Wells will have more.
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and Congress helps Senator Strom Thurmond celebrate his 100th birthday.
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On Wall Street today, stocks retreated for a fifth straight day as investors appeared worried about disappointing retail sales and United Airlines' threat of bankruptcy.
Ed Crane has more.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Thursday ticker. We start on the hardwood where the Virginia Tech Hokies will try and rebound tonight from Monday's loss to Wofford. VMI will visit the Cassell tonight for a 7 pm tipoff and the Keydets haven't forgotten last season's meeting with the Hokies.
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Jason Conley has been up to his old tricks for VMI, averaging 25 points per game, but Bart Bellairs has gotten plenty of contributions from his young guys.
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One other college hoops note. Tonight's contest between Emory & Henry and Roanoke has been postponed. The game had already been pushed back from Wednesday. The two will try again on Friday at 5.

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Speaking of schedule changes, the slate for tomorrow's state girls basketball semfinals in Salem has been altered as well. The afternoon session will now get underway at 3 o'clock with Northside taking on Blacksburg. The other Group AA contest between Robert E. Lee and Park View Sterling will now tip at 5pm. That allows the folks from Park View a little extra travel time from Manassas due to the weather.
As far as the night session goes, that remains unchanged. James Monroe and Altavista will play in the opener at 7, followed by Glenvar and JJ Kelly in the nightcap.

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RC Slocum was the head football coach at Texas A&M for 14 years. It hasn't taken the school nearly that long to find his replacement. Word out of College Station is that A&M has reached a deal that would pave the way for Alabama skipper Dennis Franchione to join the Aggies. An official announcement is expected tomorrow afternoon. The Aggies were 29 and 20 the past four seasons including a 6 and 6 mark this year. That's it for the ticker. Coming up at 6, Kevin Jones gets ready for Miami, and Steve Mason checks in with Duke's leading scorer J-J Redick. Have a great night everybody.

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Not even a snowstorm could stop Senator Strom Thurmond from celebrating his 100th birthday.
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The retiring South Carolina Republican smiled as aides wheeled him into a Senate office building where fellow senators and hundreds of constituents gathered for a party.
Thurmond is not only the oldest and longest- serving Senator in the U-S, he also becomes the ONLY one to hit the century mark while still in office.
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The White House is all decked out for the Christmas Season-
Today Laura Bush took reporters on a tour.
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Check out the giant Gingerbread house. It's made of 80 pounds of gingerbread and 40 pounds of chocolate.
This year's holiday theme is all Creatures Great and Small which celebrates the history of the White House pets.
The theme honors animals that lived in the White House and it's also based on Mrs. Bush's love of bird-watching.


Papier Machi likenesses of presidential pets decorate the White House-
The Christmas tree is decorated with 400 birds from all fifty states.
There is even a giant chocolate Eagle.
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