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Today on News 7 at 5, the F-B-I launches a criminal investigation after vials of the bubonic plague turn up missing for a while in Texas.
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Also, a local nursing home reaches a settlement over the accidental death of a resident.
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It looks like we will have some snow to shovel by Friday morning. And it stays really cold as well. The story of a Winter Storm Watch coming up.

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Also today, a man allegedly sets fire to a high rise apartment building before jumping out a window.
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A mother and grandmother are accused of telling a little girl she was dying of leukemia so they could prey on the sympathies of the public.
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And his team made the playoffs, but it wasn't enough to save a N-F-L coach's job.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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A bio terror scare is over- Vials of a bacteria that can cause bubonic plague were missing from Texas Tech University... but tonight they've turned up.
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In the days since 9-11 - a report of missing vials from a lab- can cause alarm.
Today University officials said the vials were missing- not necessearily stolen and tonight relief now that those vials have reappeared.
Drew Levinson has more from Lubbuck, Texas.
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(( THE ONLY THING AUTHORITIES IN TEXAS WILL SAY ABOUT THE VIALS OF BUBONIC PLAGUE REPORTEDLY MISSING FOR DAYS FROM THE TEXAS TECH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IS THAT THEY'RE NOT MISSING ANYMORE.
GUADALUPE GONZALEZ/FBI: ``We have accounted for all of those missing vials and determined that there is no danger to public safety whatsoever,'' RIGHT NOW A SCHOOL SPOKESMAN SAYS HE'S NOT EVEN SURE IF THE 35 VIALS WERE MISPLACED OR STOLEN, BUT THE FBI AND POLICE ARE CONDUCTING A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION IS ALSO LOOKING INTO IT AND THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN BRIEFED.
TEXAS TECH USES SAMPLES OF THE PLAGUE TO DEVELOP NEW METHODS FOR TREATING PLAGUE VICTIMS.
BUT DOCTORS ADMIT--LIKE ANTHRAX AND SMALLPOX IT TOO COULD HAVE MORE SINISTER USE.
DR. RICHARD HOLMAN/TEXAS TECH, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE "There are reports apparently that other countries may have weaponized forms of this, this was not weaponized in any way."
BUBONIC PLAGUE IS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OF ANIMALS AND HUMANS. PEOPLE USUALLY GET IT FROM BEING BITTEN BY A RODENT FLEA CARRYING THE PLAGUE BACTERIUM OR BY HANDLING AN INFECTED ANIMAL. FEWER THAN 20 PEOPLE A YEAR IN THE UNITED STATE CONTRACT IT AND ABOUT ONE IN SEVEN CASES IS FATAL. IT CAN BE TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS.))

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An out- of- court settlement was reached this morning in the case of a nursing home resident who died after she was given the wrong medication at a local nursing home.
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82-year old Marie Ayers had some medication of her own, but a temporary nurse switched hers with those intended for her roommate.
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Brandon Oaks admits a mistake was made. Without an autopsy, though, the nursing home insists there's no way of knowing whether the mix-up killed Mrs. Ayers.
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((IF THERE WAS GOING TO BE A REACTION, PARTICULARLY IN A COMPROMISED PATIENT, THAT WAS GOING TO TAKE PLACE EARLY ON, WITHIN TWO TO FOUR HOURS, SIX HOURS MAXIMUM. (:08) WHICH MEANT IF MS AYERS WAS GOING TO HAVE AN EVENT, SHE WAS GOING TO GET SICK QUICKLY AND ANY EVENT WOULD HAVE OCCURRED BY ONE OR TWO O'CLOCK IN THE AFTERNOON.))
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Ayers died 16 hours after she was given the wrong drugs. The terms of today's settlement were not disclosed.

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We've all seen fundraisers where families raise money for sick loved ones. But one family in Ohio is in trouble with the law for an apparent fund raising hoax.
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Police say the Milbrandts prenteded their seven year old daughter Hannah, had leukemia so they could raise money.
And raise money they did- the parents and grandparents of the child netted about 10 grand by convincing people Hannah had cancer.
According to police Teresa Milbrant shaved her daughter's hair, gave her sleeping pills so she would look tired, and had her wear a mask over her face- all so donors would believe the hoax.
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((KEVIN TALEBI/TERESA MILBRANDT'S ATTORNEY: SHE'S VERY CONCERNED ABOUT HANNAH. SHE UNDERSTANDS THE CONCERNS THAT CHILDREN'S SERVICES HAS, SHE'S COOPERATING WITH CHILDREN'S SERVICES SHE'S DOING ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING THAT HER FAMILY, HER ATTORNEY, AND HER HUSBAND AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES ASKED HER TO DO.))
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The girl's father Robert Milbrandt claims he's innocent.
His attorney says he had no reason to be suspicous when his wife informed him their daughter had leukemia.
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A man plunged more than 20 floors to his death this morning- from a burning apartment building in Philadelphia.
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Police say the man is the one who set the fire- after an argument with his girlfriend.
Witnesses say the man began throwing furniture from his apartment window and them began climbing from balcony to balcony.
A police SWAT team member attempted to grab the man but it was too late.
Smoke poured from two balconies at Hopkinson House in the Washington Square neighborhood. No one was else was hurt.
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President Bush is calling an affirmative action program at the University of Michigan "unconstitutional."
Bush says it amounts to an illegal quota system.
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Bush says his administration will file a brief with the Supreme Court tomorrow challenging the school's admissions system.
The case is one of the most closely-watched to come before the Supreme Court this year. It could result in the court's most important statement in a quarter-century on the use of racial preferences.

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Still to come on the newscast,
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we will tell you how a family from our area is learning about the importance of organ donation.
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A program in southwest Virginia is bringing hope and well- being to hundreds of low- income residents.
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The parish nurse program is providing an invaluable service for those in need. The program helps low-income residents in the Wytheville area fill out the necessary paperwork to get their medications "free of charge" through pharmaceutical companies. Before Barbara (Kin-sur) Kincer read about the program, she would often chose between paying her bills and buying her life-saving heart medications.
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((BARBARA KINCER/WYTHEVILLE RESIDENT: LOTS OF TIMES I'D HAVE TO USE A CREDIT CARD, AND GET THEM AND I REALLY DIDN'T NEED TO BE DOING THAT BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH INCOME YOU GOT TO MAKE PAYMENTS ON THAT PLUS INTEREST TOO. )) ((JERRY HORN/WYTHE CO. COMMUNITY HOSPITAL CEO: THE PARISH NURSE PROGRAM IN THIS COMMUNITY IS A GODSEND, TO THE COMMUNITY AND IT'S A REAL BENEFIT TO THE HOSPITAL.))
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Jerry Horn is C-E-O of Wythe County Community hospital which helps oversee the parish nurse program along with St. Paul United Methodist Church in Wytheville.
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In health check tonight,
An extremely rare condition leaves a Roanoke County baby in desperate need of a bowel transplant.
Without that transplant one year old Makenzie Blackburn will die.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details.
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Jean, Makenzie's mother continues to hold out hope for an organ donor.
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They are already nearly 2-hundred people on the waiting lift for a bowel transplant.
And Makenzie will need a donor who is about her same size and blood type.
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But Makenzie suffers from a rare condition that has left her bowel useless.
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So in order to get the nutrients she needs Makenzie has to be hooked up to several I-V's and a feeding tube sixteen hours a day.
The only problem, the medicine she takes is damaging her liver. If she doesn't get a bowel transplant in time she will need a liver transplant as well.
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Makenzie's mother hopes more parents realize the importance of organ donation. How their child could give the gift of life to another child.
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If you'd like to follow Makenzie's progress or want to contact her family you can find a link to her web page on web site at wdbj7.com. [FS]
There is also a trust fund set up in Mackenzie name for medical expenses. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1436, Bluefield, WV 24701.
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One school in Clifton Forge is hoping a specialized education can help autistic children get a head start in life.
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The Shenandoah Autism Center is a non-profit private school with nine students. Each student has their own instructor, and a student's progress is watched carefully.
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The center directors hope to expand their program to around 16 children within the next few years. Nationally, autism is growing at a rate of 10-to-17 percent each year.
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Coming up next on the newscast, is the thermostat on your office wall a placebo?
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A lot of people could lose their cool if they find out the thermostats on their office walls are fake.
The Wall Street Journal is quoting air condition experts who say a lot of the office thermostats are not connected to anything.
One specialist estimates that 90 percent of office thermostats are dummies -- although others say it's less than two percent.
He says sooner or later, you just get tired of the complaints, and you just attach a phony thermostat -- and that stops customer complaints.
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Still to come on the newscast, there is good news for Harry Potter fans.
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Plus we'll see what is bringing a Chinese celebrity to America.
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On Wall Street today, investors appeared worried as new information showed the economy is still sluggish.
Ed Crane explains.
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Welcome folks to a midweek ticker that gets started on a strange note. Despite being a big time winner and taking his team to the playofs four of his six years - the Forty Niners got rid of head coach Steve Mariucci this afternoon.
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This is a huge night for college hoops in the area. The Roanoke men are in the Bast Center tonight for a conference game with Guilford. That one tips off at seven, as does the Tech women's game tonight at the Cassell. The Hokies take on Pittsburgh. Also, UVa is in Durham tonight trying to handle top ranked Duke and deal JJ Redick and company their first setback.
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[PINNACLE 12999] And if you're too cold to venture out just stay at home and keep it right here on WDBJ-7. We will have highlights of all of those game for you on News 7 at 11, plus at nine tonight you can catch Maryland and Wake Forest from the ACC right here on Your Hometown Station.
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The Roanoke Dazzle is suddenly the NBDL's hottest team having won four straight contests. Tonight, the Dazzle returns to the Civic Center where it hopes to continue the streak against Asheville.
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Roanoke is climbing the standings and sits just 2 and a half games behind first place Fayetteville. This will be the 5th meeting between the Dazzle and the Altitude this season.
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It is WDBJ-7 night at the Civic Center and our own Brent Watts will be roaming the sidelines as honorary coach.

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Testing continued today at Daytona with day number two of the scheduled three day session for these 26 drivers.
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Sterling Marlin is certainly showing no ill effects from the neck injury that sidelined him for the end of last season - he was the fastest driver today with a lap at 182 point 697 miles an hour. Both Marlin and Dale Jarrett are multiple Daytona 500 winners and they know how this one race can make or break not only a season but a career.
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More news from Daytona at the top of the hour as we check in with Jeff Gordon. Take care everybody and have safe night. Jean will be right back in just a moment. [GO TO BREAK]

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The next Harry Potter book will be out in just a few months.
After months of anticipation, author J-K Rowling has completed the fifth book about the young wizard.
``Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' will hit bookstores on June 21st.
The book is 768 pages or about one-third longer than the last book.

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Finally today a Chinese celebrity is coming to America in search of love.
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11 year old male panda Gaogao (GAO GAO) is a television star in China.
He left that country yesterday and is travelling in style with several trunk loads of food including lots of its favourite fresh bamboo.
He is expected to meet his new mate Baiyun (BYE YUN) at the San Diego zoo in March. The couple is expected to live together for about six years.
The endangered black-and-white bear is a worldwide symbol of conservation. Only about 1,000 of the animals survive in the wild, mostly in western China.
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