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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
Traffic is flowing freely on Interstate on 64 - after a 40-car pile-up yesterday injured 20 people...
and State Police need help finding the person who struck and killed a man on Interstate 81...
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 are re-open this morning after a 40-car pileup on Afton Mountain yesterday.
It took State Troopers nearly five hours to clear a series of multiple car accidents between Charlottesville and Staunton.
20 people were injured.
None of the injuries is thought to be life-threatening.
Authorities are now trying to figure out what caused the accident.
Preliminary results show fog as well as speed played a role.
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((IST SGT. JOE RADER/STATE POLICE: IT WAS VERY LIMITED VISIBILITY ON THE MOUNTAIN AND YOU HAVE TO ADJUST YOUR SPEEDS ACCORDINGLY TO THAT VISIBILITY. WE WON'T KNOW FOR SURE BUT CERTAINLY THAT WILL BE SOME FACTOR AT SOME POINT IN THE INVESTIGATION.))
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The investigation will take several days and could eventually lead to charges.
State Troopers are searching for a driver who killed a man on Interstate 81.
Officials say 68 year old Thomas Earl Thomas wandered away from a nursing home near Chilhowie.
Around 8:15 last night, state police got reports that he was walking in the interstate in Smyth County.
By the time troopers got there Thomas had been struck and killed... the vehicle that hit him kept going.
Officers are looking for a large possibly blue Ford pickup or SUV with a missing passenger side mirror or damage to the front passenger side.
It was last seen Northbound on I-81.
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If you have any information, you are asked to call the State Police at 1-800-542-8716.
The N-A-A-C-P is calling for Senator Trent Lott to step down as the Senate majority leader.
This after his comments last week that the U-S would've been better off if it had elected segregationist Strom Thurmond in the presidential election of 1948.
Lott says he has no plans to resign his leadership position.
He says he was speaking off the cuff when he made those comments and was not in any way endorsing policies of 54 years ago.
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((MY CHOICE OF WORDS WERE TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND INSENSITIVE AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT))
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But the President of the N-A-A-C-P says because this is not the first time Lott has made a comment like this, his remarks can not be taken lightly.
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((WE DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE NATION, OR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR THAT MATTER, OR AMERICANS IN GENERAL, ARE SERVED BY HIS LEADERSHIP FROM THIS POINT FORWARD. WE APPRECIATE HIS APOLOGY, BUT IT HAS COME 22 YEARS TOO LATE. . ))
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The N-A-A-C-P says he made the same comments in 1980.
Lott continues to say he is sorry for his remarks. He plans to appear next week on Black Entertainment Television.
After months of intense pressure Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston has resigned.
He's accused by dozens of victims of doing nothing to stop sexually abusive priests.
More than 4-hundred alleged victims from Boston are suing the archdiocese.
Law says he hopes his decision will bring healing and reconciliation.
He is the highest ranking church leader to his lose his job as a result of the sex abuse crisis. Law could also face criminal charges in a possible cover-up by church officials.
The federal fraud case against former D-Day president Richard Burrow will go to a jury sometime Monday.
Burrow's accused of de-frauding the state and two banks of millions that he used to help build the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
Prosecutors say Burrow misrepresented the foundation's financial health when he applied for the loans.
Yesterday, Burrow testified that he fully expected donors to make good on millions in outstanding pledges.
Both sides rested their case late yesterday afternoon.
Closing arguments are set for Monday morning.
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Researchers in Boston are making a potentially huge breakthrough in the battle against cancer.
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As Doctor Mallika Marshall tells us in this week's Focus on Health, the findings could determine the way cancer patients are treated in the future.
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((SCIENTISTS AT DANA FARBER AND M-I-T REPORT THEY'VE IDENTIFIED CERTAIN
GENETIC PATTERNS WHICH CAN TELL WHETHER A CANCEROUS TUMOR IS LIKELY TO
SPREAD OR METASTASIZE TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY.
THESE NEW FINDINGS COULD EVENTUALLY LEAD TO D-N-A TESTS WHICH COULD HELP
DOCTORS DETERMINE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT A PATIENT'S CANCER WILL RETURN.
DR. SRIDHAR RAMASWAMY/ DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE
we think this if the first step in developing a methodoloy which will
tell us whether a tumor will be associated with distant disease or not
RIGHT NOW DOCTORS HAVE NO CERTAIN WAY OF TELLING WHETHER A TUMOR WILL
SPREAD OR RETURN AGAIN THE FUTURE. THEREFORE THEY HAVE TO APPROACH
VIRTUALLY --ALL-- CANCERS AS IF THEY HAVE THAT POTENTIAL, EVEN THOUGH
ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PATIENTS MAY ACTUALLY NEED SUCH AGGRESSIVE
Dr. Ramaswamy/CANCER RESEARCH SPECIALIST:
if this were to turn into a diagnostic test, we would have the ability
to tell which patients will have the less aggressive form of cancer and
would not have to undergo a lot of the toxicity associated with cancer
BUT THESE NEW FINDINGS AREN'T LIKELY TO PROVIDE MUCH INFORMATION FOR
PATIENTS WITH CANCER RIGHT NOW.
RESEARCHERS WILL FIRST HAVE TO CONDUCT LARGE SCALE TESTS ON THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE, TO SEE IF THE STUDIES SUPPORT THEIR FINDINGS. ONLY THEN CAN
DOCTORS CONSIDER APPLYING THE INFORMATION TO INDIVIDUAL PATIENTS.
DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL CBS NEWS.))
Stay with us. News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
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A Pulaski teenager is dead following a single car accident.
State Police say Michael Allen Casseri ran off the road and struck a tree.
It happened just before midnight on Route 11.
Governor Mark Warner is coming up with some changes to prepare for future droughts.
Warner wants the Department of Environmental Quality to work with local governments to implement long-range water supply planning.
The governor says the state and some localities are not doing enough to ensure that all areas have adequate water supplies.
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Warner has also asked the state drought coordinator to develop a long-term drought management plan.
The governor says despite adequate rainfall in the last few months, the state could still face drought conditions next summer.
During this season of giving, don't forget to give yourself a chance to relax.
Sometimes all you need to recharge your batteries is a weekend away.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young travels to Christiansburg to find peace, quiet and Victorian romance at the Oaks Victorian Inn.
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[IN Q=Nestled in a blanket of snow, the Oaks Victorian Inn looks like a postcard.]
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((Nestled in a blanket of snow, the Oaks Victorian Inn looks like a postcard.
In fact, it could be.
Since Margaret and Tom Ray opened the bed and breakfast in 1989, the Queen Anne Victorian's graced the cover of three books and the pages of dozens of magazines.
Just as romantic as it's appearance is the house's history which began in 1889 with Major William Luther Pierce, a one-time commandant of the Corp of Cadets at Virginia Tech.
[IN Q=He built the house for Julia Baird...]
((MARGARET RAY/OAKS VICTORIAN INN: HE BUILT THE HOUSE FOR JULIA BAIRD, HIS BRIDE WHO CAME TO LIVE AT THE HOUSE. THEY HAD SEVEN BABIES HERE AT THE OAKS AND THE ROOM WHERE SHE HAD ALL THE BABIES, OF COURSE, IS NAMED AFTER JULIA PIERCE.))
[OUT Q=of course, is named after Julia Pierce.]
And is secretly called "the Risk Room" by the Rays.
There are seven guest rooms on three floors.
Decor varies from masculine to frilly but all feature quality artwork, the best linens and private baths.
Some come complete with jacuzzi tub and fireplace.
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((I BRING ONE OF MY BOOKS UP HERE, TURN ON THE FIREPLACE AND JUST SORT OF HAVE A LITTLE GETAWAY MYSELF. REPORTER: IT'S COZY. MARGARET: VERY COZY, YEAH IT IS.))
[OUT Q=very cozy, yeah, it is.]
The Oaks takes on a festive air during the holidays.
The Ray's credit travelers with helping lavishly decorate.
[IN Q=This is the teddy-bear tree...]
((MARGARET RAY: THIS IS THE TEDDY-BEAR TREE. MOST OF THESE TEDDY-BEARS ARE GIFTS FROM GUESTS.))
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Downstairs, in the parlor, unwind by the formal tree.
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((MARGARET RAY: IT HAS ONE THOUSAND ORNAMENTS, THREE HUNDRED YARDS OF TULLE, AND TWELVE STRINGS OF LIGHTS.))
[OUT Q=and twelve strings of lights.]
Or lounge in the library.
And after a good night's sleep, be treated to a three course gourmet breakfast by candlelight...
Whether you stay for one day or many, the Oaks Victorian Inn promises an experience worth writing home about.
Shannon Young, News 7, Christiansburg.))
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If you you would like more information or directions to the Oaks Victorian Inn in Christiansburg, Visit the Time Off section of our web site at W-D-B-J 7 dot com.
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In the news this morning, President Bush is ordering military personnel serving in high risk areas to get the smallpox vaccine.
He is also encouraging emergency workers get the shot as well.
But he is not recommending it for the general public at this time because he says there is no imminent threat of a biological attack.
And the vaccine can have serious even life-threatening side effects.
Bush does plan to get the vaccine himself, but his family will not be getting it.
The last known case of smallpox was in 1977.
Clean-up will begin today on an anthrax contaminated mail facility.
The Brentwood post office in Washington, DC has been closed since October of last year when two anthrax letters were processed there.
Two postal workers got sick and died as result.
Postal officials hope to have the building reopened by late April.
A Pulaski company that arranges transportation for Medicaid patients may soon be hitting the brakes.
DynTek, formerly DynCorp, arranges non-emergency transportation for Medicaid recipients who need to get to the doctor or pick up a prescription.
But, the state is not renewing its contract, which ends this Sunday.
Company officials say they have NOT made any decisions to close the office, but, if they can't find an alternative solution in 60-days, they may have to.
DynTek arranges transportation to 80-percent of the state's eligible Medicaid recipients.
The Pulaski facility has been in operation for about 18-months.
Mini Racers race out of stores, homeland security helps Martinsville gain new jobs and local Christmas tree farmers encourage people to "deck the halls."
News 7's Rachel Cannon has those stories and more in this week's Business Review.
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(( This week in Review...
We recently told you about Zip Zaps ... the hot toy this holiday that has Radio Shack struggling to meet demand.
Two entrepreneurs may have the answer to the short supply. They set up kiosk in the New River Valley Mall with similar small remote control cars and say business is booming.
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Axiom Technologies is making a new home in Martinsville.
The company is looking for 250-new employees.
They will set up their headquarters in the former Coca-Cola bottling plant. Average employee pay will be 14-dollars an hour.
Axiom makes ceramic and electronic products for defense and homeland security.
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((GENE TEAGUE/MARTINSVILLE MAYOR; THIS IS ENTIRELY NEW TYPE OF BUSINESS FOR THIS AREA THAT PROVIDES DIVERSIFICATION FROM OUR TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES AND PRODUCTS WE ARE CONVINCED OTHER COMPANIES THAT NEED QUALITY EMPLOYEES LOW COST OF LIVING AND A GREAT QUALITY OF LIFE WILL FOLLOW.))
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The weather has made for prickly season for our area's Christmas tree farmers.
Billy Cornette and his wife Betty operate this tree stand at Brookside Shopping center in Roanoke.
They also open their Carroll County farm to those who want to cut their own trees.
They say this year, business is slow.
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((BETTY CORNETTE/CHRISTMAS TREE GROWER; YOU KNOW WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE NOT TO SHY AWAY FROM IT, WE HAVE TREES THAT AREN'T GOING TO DROP THEIR NEEDLES AND THEY'LL HOLD UP JUST FINE THROUGH CHRISTMAS AND THEY WERE GROWN BY LOCAL PEOPLE. ))
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For News 7, I'm Rachel Cannon and that's this week's Business Review.
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