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Today on News 7 at 5, a local mother and daughter are killed after a train hits their minivan.
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Also flight data recorders reveal a possible cause of yesterday's plane crash in Charlotte.
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The forecast features a sharp chill down in the very near future. Details ahead.

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Roanoke authorites say a murder last night was NOT a random act of violence.
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We'll go on a Star Search of our own as we get an update on a former show winner from Roanoke.
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Plus in Sports, one of the region's best basketball players leaves college. News 7 at Five is next.

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Some possible clues to the cause of yesterday's U-S airways crash in Charlotte.
The plane was apparently climbing at too steep of an angle.
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((SEVEN DEGREES IS THE NORMAL TAKEOFF PITCH ANGLE. SOMETHING OCCURED TO DRIVE THAT PITCH ANGLE TO 52 DEGRESS THAT IS ABNORMAL.))
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Investigators looking for the cause of the crash appear to be gathering crucial information that could help figure out why the plane went down.
21 people died in that crash yesterday.
One Roanoke Valley native saw the crash as he waited for a flight to Michigan.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Benjamin Toby (Wit-kedge) and the latest on the plane crash investigation.
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THESE TWO BLACK BOXES COULD UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE CRASH OF U-S AIRWAYS FLIGHT 5481. INVESTIGATORS SAY 34 MINUTES OF TAPE FROM THE COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER MAY REVEAL HOW THE COMMUTER PLANE FELL OUT OF THE SKY IN A DEADLY, TWISTED DIVE. JOHN GOGLIA/NTSB Preliminary data indicates that the flight duration was 37 seconds...from take off to impact. THE BEECH 1900 TURBO-PROP UNDERWENT ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON MONDAY....OFFICIALS BELIEVE A FAULTY ELEVATOR TAB MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE CRASH. THE ELEVATOR HELPS CONTROL THE PITCH OF THE PLANE'S NOSE...DETERMINING WHETHER IT GOES UP OR DOWN. GOGLIA: Seven degrees is the normal take-off pitch angle...something occured to drive that pitch angle to 52 degrees, that is abnormal. THE SMOKE HAS SETTLED AT THE AIRFIELD IN CHARLOTTE -- WHERE A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS STILL SEARCHING FOR CLUES....AND INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOW RECOVERED ALL OF THE VICTIMS. A DAY AFTER THE CRASH....FLIGHTS ARE RUNNING.... BENJAMIN WITKEGE
(WIT-kigg) FLEW FROM THE SAME RUNWAY YESTERDAY.... JUST HOURS AFTER

FLIGHT 5481 WENT DOWN. BENJAMIN WITKEGE/U-S AIRWAYS PASSENGER I almost tried to rent a car to drive instead, but that wasn't working out, so I flew, and was nervous the whole flight...I'm here though.. 21 OTHERS WEREN'T SO LUCKY.... PILOT KATIE LESLIE'S DISTRESS CALL CAME TOO LATE... ENGINE FAILURE, JAMMED CONTROLS...TURBULENCE...THEY ARE ALL POSSIBILITIES...BUT IT COULD TAKE INVESTIGATORS MONTHS TO FIND THE ANSWERS. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, CHARLOTTE.))

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Two Roanoke women died when a train struck their car in a crossing this morning.
Police say 61-year-old (Po-COM Com Thep-Sumong) Thokam Kham Thepsimoung and her 29-year-old daughter (Vat-SAHN-uh Tor Thep-Sumong) Vatsana Tor Thepsimoung died instantly.
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It happened in Salem near the Union Street crossing... about 7 A-M.
Witnesses said the minivan appeared to be trying to beat the train... and that the crossing gates were down.
The engineer hit the brakes ... but it took about half a mile to stop.
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((MELINDA PAYNE: THE ENGINEER APPARENTLY SOUNDED HIS HORN FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD AND DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO STOP THE TRAIN, BUT WITH THE NUMBER OF CARS ON THE TRAIN, IT'S NOT EASY TO STOP A TRAIN ON A DIME. ))
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One of the victims was just yards away from work when she died.
We'll have more on that on News-7 at 6.
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A passenger in a vehicle riding along Orange Avenue last night was fatally injured by gunfire.
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Three men were in the Jeep Grand Cherokee headed west, when SOMEWHERE near Plantation Road shots were fired at the Jeep from another vehicle. The driver, Anthony Lydell Matthews, pulled into a gas station at Williamson Road and Orange Avenue to get help. Antwone Lamont Preston was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.
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The other two men in the car were not injured. City Police do NOT believe this was a random act of violence.

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If Governor Warner gets his way, local D-M-V offices closed for budget reasons will be re-opened. But at what level of service?
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That was one of the questions posed to the Governor as he made his way across the state today giving brief versions of last night's State of the Commonwealth speech. During a stop at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, the governor admitted under his proposal Bedford and Rocky Mount would see some level of restored D-M-V service but that it wouldn't necessarily be as complete as it used to be.
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((WE THINK, FOR EXAMPLE, I KNOW IN BEDFORD THEY'VE ALREADY MOVED FORWARD ON LICENSED AGENTS AND LET'S SEE HOW THAT OPERATES WITHIN THE OFFICE AND THEN WE CAN DETERMINE HOW MUCH MORE WE CAN BEEF THAT UP.))
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The Governor wants legislators to allow him to use about 6-million dollars of a national settlement with Wall Street Banks to fund the re-openings. He says the money would pay for restored D-M-V operations until June 20-04.
Tonight on News 7 at 6, we will hear from some of the people who would be most affected by the Governor's proposal.

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Still to come on the newscast, authorities make an arrest in the apparent starvation death of a young boy.
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Plus U-N weapon inspectors say they have not found any evidence that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction.
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United Nations Weapons inspectors say there is no smoking gun in their search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Despite that, the U-S says it has evidence.
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Even though Iraq's arms declaration is incomplete and fails to answer many quesitons- The Chief U-N Weapons inspector says there is no real proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
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((HANS BLIX/U.N. CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR: The INSPECTORS ARE COVERING EVER WIDER AREA AND IN THE COURSE OF THESE INSPECTIONS WE HAVE FOUND NO SMOKING GUN.))
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But the U-S says it has evidence.
In fact, Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Washington Post the U-S has started giving U-N inspectors some intelligence information on alleged sites and weapons storage information.
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Police today caught up with the New Jersey woman accused of child abuse-
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Go go dancer Sherry Murphy was found at about two this morning after police got a tip from a cab driver.
It was inside this Newark home that three young brothers, supposedly under Murphy's care, were discovered.
Seven year old Faheem Willisams was dead; his mummified remains hidden in a plastic bin.
A 7-year old twin brother and another brother, just 4 years old, were found the day before in the basement, starved and cowering under a bed.
Murphy had been caring for the boys since March when the boy's mother was jailed on assault charges.
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In health check tonight,
Every year more than two million Americans sustain eye injuries and and some end up legally blind.
But researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping to help companies design products that would reduce the number of injuries.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us to explain
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Jean,
Researchers have developed a model that can predict eye injuries.
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They hope it will be used by the military, sports equipment manufactures, and car companies to create safer products.


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Car companies eventually will not need to use crash test dummies to predict eye injuries caused by wrecks or airbags.

Computer models may soon be used instead.
In fact, a Virginia Tech graduate student has developed a computer model designed to do that and more.
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((VIRTUALLY ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF, A FACE MASK A GOLLIE WOULD WEAR IN HOCKEY, A HOCKEY PUCK, ANY OF THESE THINGS COULD BE MADE TO INTERACT WITH THIS EYE MODEL)) [RUNS11]
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The program can recreate almost any scenario from getting hit in the eye with a baseball at 70 miles per hour to an airbag knocking a pair of night vision goggles into someone's face.
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((THEY START WITH THE GEOMETRY OF A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT AND THEN THE PROPERTY THAT DEFINES IT. HOW IT WOULD RESPONDS, IS IT MORE LIKE A STEEL TYPE OF THING AND OR RUBBER AND THEY PUT THIS INTO THE MODEL AND THEY CAN MAKE IT INTERACT WITH THE EYE AND SEE WHAT TYPE OF DAMAGE WOULD ENSURE)) [RUNS11]
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And the model can predict the extent of eye injury with 90 to 95 percent accuracy.
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((SO OUR HOPE IS THAT THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY AND THE MILITARY WILL USE THIS TO DESIGN TO PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. BETTER GOGGLES OR TO DEVELOP RESTRAINS SYSTEMS IN TERMS OF AIR BAGS AND AIR BAG COVERS THAT WILL BE LESS LIKELY TO INDUCE INJURIES )) [RUNS12]
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The military and some automotive manufactures have already shown interest in the eye injury prediction model.
Tech is now working to get the model patented.
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Jean,


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Coming up next on the newscast, Brent Watts will tell us about a new place for artists to show off their work.
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Area artists have a new location to display their works.
The Market Gallery and Studios in Downtown Roanoke has been open a little over a month but is already painting a pretty picture among local art enthusiasts.
Brent Watts stopped by the new gallery and has more.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we will have an update on former Star Search Winner and Roanoke native Durrell Coleman.
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But first in Sports, V-M-I's basketball program suffers a blow as one of nation's leading scorers leaves school.
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On Wall Street today, stocks soared after a drop in weekly jobless claims raised hopes that the economy is indeed recovering.
Ed Crane has more.
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Good evening folks - the Thursday ticker begins on a downer for VMI basketball fans. Jason Conley the leading scorer in the nation last year has left the team and dropped out of school.
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Conley asked for his release from the Institute and he was given permission to transfer to another school. The six foot five inch guard from Maryland cited personal reasons for his departure. Sources have told News 7 Sports that he transferring to Missouri to play for Quin Snyder. Despite the loss of an extremely talented player - his departure after weeks of speculation is being viewed as a relief for the remaining players.
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The first three day testing session of the preseason for NASCAR's Winston Cup cars wrapped up today at Daytona. Mike Wallace topped 184 miles an hour yesterday and no one was able to top that circuit today.
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Tony Stewart turned in some of the most consistent laps of the week in his brand new Chevrolet. The defending Winston Cup champ knows he has no way to go but up after finishing dead last in last year's Daytona 500.

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This afternoon they got in some drafting practice and we'll check on that at the top of the hour.

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The National Football League's big final four weekend in each conference is fast approaching, and today the league handed out another postseason honor.
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Priest Holmes, the Kansas City Chiefs do-everything player edged the Colts Marvin Harrison for the honor. Holmes missed the final two games of the season, but he accounted for two thousand 287 yards in 14 games. He also scored 24 touchdowns - 21 of those rushing the ball. Rich Gannon was third in the voting with Ricky Williams fourth and Steve McNair fifth.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 12997] You can watch McNair in action on Saturday right here on WDBJ-7 as the Titans host the Steelers. The kickoff is set for just after 4:30 in Nashville.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 12998] Sunday's AFC encounter has Raiders trying to control the surging Jets. That one gets underway at 4:30, as well.
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Coming up at the top of the hour - Frank Beamer has done a lot of things during his 16 year coaching stint at Tech - and now a restaurant bearing his name is set to open this weekend. Travis Wells will have that story on News 7 at Six. Take care folks and have a safe night. [go to break]

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A popular talent show is back on prime time. Star Search is responsible for launching many peoples' careers, including a Roanoke native.
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Virginia Coleman's son Durrell won male vocalist of the year in 19-85.
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He cut a record in the 80's and over the years has made a living in the music industry by touring and playing in bands while living in Los Angeles. Virginia says people in our region still ask about Durrell and his career.
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((VIRGINIA COLEMAN/MOTHER; HE DOES A LOT OF CORPORATE PARTIES A LOT WEDDINGS RECEPTIONS HE HAS JUST RECENTLY DONE A WEDDING RECEPTION FOR SHAQUILLE O'NEIL HE'S ONE THE ENTERTAINERS THERE.))
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In a phone interview, Durrell says Star Search changed his life. He went from a nurse's aide to a full-time singer overnight. Neither Virginia nor Durrell watched the show when it premiered last night but both say its a great opportunity for aspiring performers.
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