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[V/O-NAT] A former Republican Party leader is indicted in last year's eavesdropping scandal, while another has already admitted her guilt.
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And have you noticed it's more than a little cold out, or are you one of those who has to work outside?

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In sports, UVa talks about snapping a three game skid toniht against 17th ranked Wake forest, the latest on J.J. Redick's injury, Michale Vick will miss the pro bowlm
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but nothing could stop the nascar media tour, not ebven bad weather. A chat with the Pettys tonight.
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Prepare for high winds and dangerously low wind chills tonight as air temperatures dip down in to the single digits. The frigid details coming up.
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News 7 is next.
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Authorities announce an indictment and a guilty plea in the Republican eavesdropping controversy.
But is there more to come?
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Good evening, I'm Humphry.
Shannon is off tonight.

[Matricardi]


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Ed Matricardi, the former head of Virginia's Republican Party, was indicted today on five counts of illegal wiretapping.
Claudia Tucker, a former aide to ex-Speaker Vance Wilkins, admits wrongdoing in the controversy.
She's been sentenced to one year of probation and a one-thousand dollar fine.
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Meghan Muldoon has been following the developments.
She joins us now from the State Capitol.
Keith, This controversy began last March when Matricardi
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was accused of listening in on a conference call of Democratic leaders.
After an eight month investigation, authorities announced their first indictment, but some here in Richmond don't think it will be the last.
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(( After months of uncertainty, Ed Matricardi now faces a maximum of twenty-five years in prison and over a million dollars in fine.
Claudia Tucker, once Wilkins' chief-of-staff, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdeameanor and admitted to secretly listening in on one of the calls.
Matricardi's attorney contends his client is innocent of the charges.
And he questioned the timing of the indictment.
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Reaction among Republican lawmakers was one of surprise and cautious relief.
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Still, Democrats claim it isn't over and won't be until all of those involved are brought to justice.
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And in fact, the indictment includes references to an unnamed Republican legislator who many believe to be former Speaker Vance Wilkins.
And in her plea agreement, Tucker mentions a third unknown Republican staffer who also listened to one of the calls.

Even McNulty couldn't say that the controversy is over.
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Officials say a summons has been issued for Matricardi, he will be arraigned sometime in the next two weeks.
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Since resigning his job last year, Matricardi held a similar position in South Carolina.
Today, he resigned from that job also.

[Cold]


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This morning, western Virginia dealt with icy roads, blowing snow and treacherous travel.
Tonight, the latest wave of winter weather brings a dangerous wind chill.
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Joe Dashiell has a look at conditions throughout the region. Joe, how bad is it this evening?
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Keith, the weather will be a challenge for anyone who has to be outside tonight.
A biting wind is blowing here on Hershberger Road... and the situation will be worse in many other parts of western Virginia.
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((THE ROADS WEREN'T IN TOO GOOD A SHAPE, BUT I'VE GOT A NEW FOUR WHEEL DRIVE SO THAT SEEMED TO HELP A LOT. ON THE WAY DOWN. VDOT SEEMS TO BE OUT DOING PRETTY GOOD JOB THOUGH.))
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Lora Freeman made it to work at the Wonder Mart on Bent Mountain... but it wasn't a walk in the park. Even after the storm had passed through the area, snow swirled across route 221... and a bone-chilling wind whipped through the area. [NAT SOUND OF A PLOW]
Longtime residents are familiar with the harsh conditions... and so is Joe Chandler, a driver for Valley Rich Dairy who says he's never missed a delivery because of winter weather.
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((JOE CHANDLER/VALLEY RICH DAIRY: IT'S NOT THAT CHALLENGING AS FAR AS MAKING IT BACK AND FORTH IN THE TRUCK, IT'S JUST CHALLENGING KEEPING THE PEOPLE FILLED UP WITH MILK. THAT'S THE BIG PROBLEM.))
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Taking a look at road conditions, the Virginia Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 81 and 581 in the Roanoke Valley are clear of snow. But in the New River Valley, the interstate still has some patches of snow.
While many primary roads are in good shape, most secondary roads in western Virginia are still covered with snow.
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falling temperatures will create more icy conditions tonight, Brent, and as we saw up on Bent Mountain today, blowing snow will still be a problem in many areas.

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Pulaski police tonight say a man died from a combination of exposure and natural causes.
They identify him as William Cecil Rigney.
And they say an autopsy shows no evidence of foul play.
The police department release gave no other details.


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These are especially dangerous times to be homeless and exposed to the elements with nowhere to go.
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Police in Lynchburg are redoubling their efforts to make sure everyone has shelter over the next few nights.
Authorities say sometimes mental illness or substance abuse might cause someone to refuse help.. but officers have the right to get them off the streets.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: WE'VE EVEN FACED SITUATIONS WHERE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT AND SAID 'WELL I'M NOT GOING TO THE HOSPITAL' AND WE'VE SAID 'YEAH, YOU ARE'. AND WE'VE GOT THE LEGISLATION AND THE LAWS EXIST THAT IF SOMEBODY IS CLEARLY MAKING A DECISION THAT COULD ENDANGER THEIR LIVES THEN WE HAVE AN ABILITY TO ASSIST THEM AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT IT IS, TO ASSIST THEM TO ENSURE THAT THEY DON'T MAKE A DECISION THAT ENDS UP CAUSING THEM TO BE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR KILLED.))
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Bennett says his officers are also on the lookout for residents who may have somewhere to stay but not enough heat for extremely cold weather like this.
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They may not have to sleep outside, but many people have to work there.
We'll see how they're dealing with the cold and snow when News 7 returns.
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And a prominent Roanoke church building comes crashing down.
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[Outdoors-Cold]


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While many of us spend our eight-hour work days inside a warm, cozy office...many others spend theirs out in the cold.

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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens spoke with some people who make a living outdoors, to find out how the frigid temperatures can affect they're work.
Keith, you have to admit, a lot of us take our indoor jobs for granted.
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In the summer, the air conditioner isn't high enough.
In the winter, the heat's too low.
But, when you're working outdoors, the only person controlling the thermostat is Mother Nature.
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((NATS OF TOW TRUCK)) For many folks, a day at the office doesn't always mean working indoors.
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[RUNS :07] ((REPORTER: DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU JUST DON'T WANT TO GO OUT AT TIMES? MARSHALL: A LOT OF THE TIMES. A LOT OF THE TIMES. 27:46)) Tow truck drivers like Robert Marshall say frigid temperatures can be good and bad for business. Good, obviously, because they get more calls. But, not so good when they're the ones who need a lift.
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[RUNS :09] ((OUR VEHICLES ARE JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE'S. THEY DO BREAK. WE HAVE EQUIPMENT FAILURES IN THIS TYPE OF WEATHER TOO 24:50)) But, like any other profession, Marshall knows dependability is a job requirement--so no matter how cold it is, he can't afford to play hookie.
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((NATS CLOSING BOX/DRIVING OFF)) The same goes for David Hubbard, who says the key to NOT allowing the cold affect his work, is dressing for it.
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[RUNS :10] ((REPORTER: CAN YOU JUST TELL ME WHAT KIND OF GEAR YOU HAVE ON? I KNOW YOU HAVE A FACE MASK. DAVID: FACE MASK AND GLOVES OF COURSE. AND I HAVE LONG JOHNS ON AND I HAVE AN INSULATED COAT SO IT'S REALLY NOT THAT BAD ACTUALLY 33:51))
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[RUNS :06] ((REPORTER: SO TEMPS LIKE THIS DON'T SEEM TO BOTHER YOU THEN? DAVID: WELL, IF I COME BACK TO THE JEEP KIND OF FAST IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME (LAUGHS). 33:37)))))
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Many folks will tell you dressing in layers is the best way to stay warm, at work or play...
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That's something a lot of people will want to do over these next couple of days...Keith.

[Jail-food]


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A landmark ruling today on the issue of special treatment for prison inmates on religious grounds. Roanoke's Senior U-S District Judge overturned a federal law that requires prison officials to provide Kosher meals, for example. It's the case of Ira Madison, an inmate at Bland. In a 28-page opinion, Judge James Turk says the law is UN-Constitutional because it fosters religion. He says it places religious inmates in a position of privilege over non-believers in prison, creating what the judge concluded amounts to "two tiers of inmates." His ruling is subject to appeal.

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Advance Auto is reporting solid fourth quarter results despite less than anticipated sales. Officials say the company produced strong operating income by generating robust gross margins and leveraging expenses.
Earnings per diluted share are expected at the top end of a guidance range of 38 to 42 cents compared to 16-cents last year. Advance is still aiming its 2003 fiscal year guidance for a 25-percent increase in earnings per diluted share.

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Bargain Hunters ended a five-session sell-off today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 51 points.
NASDAQ rose 29.
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[House-Fire]


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A faulty extension cord is being blamed for a fire that damaged a Lynchburg home this afternoon.
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Firefighters were called to 710 Madison Street a little after 12 for a blaze in an upstairs bedroom.
It took crews just a few minutes to knock the fire down, and contain the fire damage to that one room.
The rest of the house suffered major smoke and water damage.
Four people were at home when the fire broke out, but they all got out uninjured.
Authorities say the house is not safe for them to return.
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[Church-Demolition]


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Demolition workers set to taking down an aging church this morning to make way for medical progress.
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Workers started demolishing the Family Worship Center building on the corner of Jefferson Street and Albemarle Avenue.
The church is being demolished to make way for an orthopedic and ear nose and throat outpatient surgery clinic run by Carilion . Site preparation work on the new building is already under construction and it should be open later this year.
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The NASCAR media tour turns its focus to the Pettys, the latest on J.J. Redick's injury and
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and the NFL pro bowl will be without Michael Vick, we will tell you why in a few.
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Ten of NASCAR's Winston Cup championship trophies have the Petty name engraved on them. But it has been 23 years since the team has tasted that kind of success. Mike Stevens has more from the Petty complex in Level Cross, North Carolina.
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Jeff Gordon's divorce to Brooke is getting ugly. She is going to her husband's racing rivals to help her divorce case.
It appears she is trying to find out how much money some of the top drivers contracts are worth. Roush Racing plans to file an order to block her request tomorrow in a Michigan Circuit Court, where the company is headquartered. Roush fields cars for Winston Cup drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle.
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UVa hopes to end a three game skid tonight at U Hall against Wake Forest and consistency is the key.
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Duke freshman guard J.J. Redick slightly injured his right foot last night against N.C. State.
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Duke University sports information said today that he has a strained foot. X-rays today were negative and J.J. is listed as day to day. He did not practice today.
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Former Northside star football player and now UCLA second year linebacker Justin London had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder last Friday to remove scar tissue from a shoulder injury suffered against Oregon this past season. He will be 100 percent by spring football which begins in early April.

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Fans hoping to catch one more glimpse of Michael Vick in the pro bowl will have to wait another year.
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The Atlanta Falcons quarterback will NOT play in the pro bowl February second in Hawaii because he needs to have a bunion removed from his foot. Vick is one of only five quarterbacks to make the pro bowl in their first full season as a starter.
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[S-Ronde]


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Giants running back Tiki Barber, who did not make the initial NFC team, was invited to the pro bowl when Green Bay's Ahman Green backed out, but Tiki declined.
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Tiki WILL will be in San Diego to watch Ronde in the Super Bowl.
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