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[V/O-NAT] An overnight fire claims the lives of a man and his two young children in Botetourt County.
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And enough land to build a new Interstate. The future of I-73 depends on the very debate being held in Richmond today.

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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the Lions fire their coach, the Dazzle is home this evening - another edition of Roundhouse Wrapup is on the way.
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And Ronde Barber talks about Brad Johnson and John Gruden - the Super additions that made the difference for the Bucs.

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The last night of super chill as moderating air is just around the corner. But there is a price to pay as the weather pattern remains unsettled. We'll explain in a few moments.
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News 7 at Six is next.
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((SUCH A NICE FAMILY A NICE CHRISTIAN FAMILY SUCH A TRAGEDY, SUCH A TRAGEDY.))
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Three lives are lost in a fire. With a cause still unknown, neighbors remember the victims.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humprhy. Shannon is off tonight.

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The fire ripped through a Botetourt County home early this morning, killing one man and his two young children.
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Rachel Cannon spent most of the day at the scene. She here in the NEWS 7 Newsroom with more on the story, Rachel? Keith, until a report from the medical examiner's office, officials are not releasing the names of the victims. But from neighbors on Catawba Road we do know that
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the man and his two children were new to the area having just moved from Texas about a month ago. The wife and mother of the victims was in Texas when the deadly fire hit, but since being told about the news, is on her way to Virginia.
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(( Annette Sumpter only knew her new neighbors for about a month, but they became fast friends. Their log house is right across the street from her Botetourt County home.
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((ANNETTE SUMPTER/NEIGHBOR; A LITTLE GIRL JUST FOUR, A LITTLE BOY JUST FIVE AND THEY HAD BEEN OVER HERE PLAYING THE OTHER DAY AND I HAD PLANNED TO HAVE THEM OVER TODAY BUT THEY WON'T MAKE IT.))
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The two children and their father wouldn't make it out of this blaze alive. Fire officials say it began around two a-m. Cold air and wind making it difficult to fight. While neighbors reacted to the sounds and sights of the flames, calling 9-1-1, some even attempting a rescue, it was too late.
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((BOB FALLS/NEIGHBOR; I JUST SEEN THE GLOW IN THE AIR THE GLOW IN THE SKY I KNOW THE SUN WASN'T UP BUT WHEN I SAT UP IN BED YOU COULD SEE THE GLOW I SAID MY GOODNESS THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE.))
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((IT WAS YELLOW AND ORANGE SO I CALLED 9-1-1 AND I WOKE MY HUSBAND UP AND I RAN IN THE YARD BUT IT WAS TOO LATE, TOO MUCH SMOKE TOO MUCH FIRE TOO MANY FLAMES.))
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Morning light and cooled down hot spots finally allowed firefighters to recover the three bodies, some seven-hours after the blaze began. Now they're concentrating on the cause.
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((RONALD SPRINKLE/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF; WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THIS AND COOL THE SCENE DOWN AND GET SOME PEOPLE INSIDE AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT WE CAN FIND OUT. ))
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((SUCH A NICE FAMILY A NICE CHRISTIAN FAMILY SUCH A TRAGEDY, SUCH A TRAGEDY. ))
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The woman from this family was planning on wrapping things up at her job in Texas and then joining her family here in Virginia.
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Keith, as far as a cause of the blaze and the identity of the victims, officials say at this point they just don't know when they will be releasing either one.

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Thanh Quang Ha (TAHN QWAHNG HA) left Vietnam with his wife and son five years ago.
Sunday night, he was stabbed to death outside a Roanoke nail salon.
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The 40- year- old Salem resident was wounded during an altercation at American Nails on Williamson Road. He was taken to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
Today, friends of the victim said he was a respected member of the local Vietnamese community.
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((DANNY ZONGKER/THANH QUANG HA'S FRIEND: GOOD FATHER WITH HIS WIFE AND WITH HIS KID. I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T BELIEVE HE GONE LIKE THIS. I DON'T BELIEVE IT.))
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Police have charged 32- year- old Den Hoang Pham (DUHN HWANG FAHM) with murder. He was arraigned this morning, and is being held without bond in the Roanoke City Jail.
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[Yopp]


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A Franklin County woman who kept her daughter in a cage will serve NO prison time.
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Rosa Yopp was convicted of felony child neglect last month.
Her husband is already serving a year in prison.
In May, investigators found the Yopp's three-year-old daughter caged in the bottom of a bunk bed.
The girl and her sister are now in foster care.
The judge ordered Yopp to have NO contact with them, except under supervision.
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An accident at the Roanoke Cement plant injured four workers yesterday afternoon .
A spokesman for the company that owns the Botetourt County plant says all four suffered burns.
One had burns severe enough to require treatment at the University of Virginia hospital.
The incident has not affected plant operations; it's shut down for an annual overhaul.

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Southest Virginia lawmakers are in disagreement over a bill to buy land along the proposed route for Interstate 73.

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Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has been following that story.
She joins us now from the State Capitol. Meghan?
The House moved forward today with a proposal to help landowners
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unload their property along the proposed I-73 route in the event of hardship
but not without a fight.
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(( Interstate 73 is projected to run from Detroit to Myrtle Beach, cutting through Roanoke, Franklin and Henry County and Martinsville along the way.
With construction still years away, Rocky Mount Republican Allen Dudley say property owners along the proposed route may have problems selling their land before a final plan for I-73 is in place.
So he has a plan to use federal funds to begin acquiring right-of-ways along the corridor.
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But Roanoke lawmakers say it will leave some homeowners out in the cold.
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And there is still a question whether there will even be any federal funds.
Still the debate may actually have less to do with funding issues and more to do with geographical differences over the economic benefits of the road.
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Also, in the General Assembly today, a House Committee approved a bill banning partial-birth abortions.
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It is expected to pass both Houses which may set us a possiblenow moves to the House floor and although it is expected to pass and meet a governor's veto.

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U-N weapons inspectors have spoken. So what happens now in the Showdown with Iraq?
We'll talk to an expert on the military and the Middle East next on News 7.
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Plus, see how research at Virginia Tech could soon take the drive out of driver's tests.
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U-N Weapons Inspectors delivered their reports on Iraq today.
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After nearly two months of searching, inspectors found no smoking gun, but plenty to trigger concern... such as: two dozen chemical weapons warheads and strong indications that Iraq has more Anthrax than it declared.
Security Council members China, Russia and France all say the U-N inspectors need more time to do their job, but Secretary of State Colin Powell says time is running out.
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((COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE; THE ISSUE IS NOT HOW MUCH MORE TIME INSPECTORS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO SEARCH IN THE DARK, IT IS HOW MUCH MORE TIME IRAQ SHOULD BE GIVEN TO TURN ON THE LIGHTS AND TO COME CLEAN. THE ANSWER IS NOT MUCH MORE TIME.))
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A senior official says Powell will reveal fresh evidence to support U-S allegations of Saddam's defiance and his ties to al-Qaida sometime after Friday.
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Lieutenant Colonel Dale Davis, a retired Marine Corps officer, now Director of International Programs at Virginia Military Institute.
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Worries over Iraq translated into a Wall Street sell-off. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 141 points, closing below the eight-thousand mark for the first time since October.
NASDAQ fell 17.
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Engineers at Virginia Tech have designed a machine that could one day make learning how to drive both easier and safer.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens explains.
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((Imagine taking a road test to get your driver's license, without actually having to test the road.
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[RUNS:02] In real life, doing THAT would have given you an automatic "F." But, in virtual reality, at least you avoid putting yourself or anyone else in danger.
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[RUNS:09] ((YOU CAN CREATE SOME EMERGENCY SITUATIONS TO THEM THAT YOU CANNONT DO ON THE ROAD BECAUSE OF SAFETY ISSUES 58:51)) Virginia Tech engineers designed this driving simulator, which they hope will one day be used in D-M-V offices across the country.
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[RUNS:18] ((JOHN CASALI/VT INDUSTRIAL & SYSTEMS ENGINEERING: THE SIMULATOR ALLOWS YOU TO PRESENT THAT DRIVING SCENARIO TO A PERSON BEING TESTED AND ACTUALLY MEASURE THEIR PERFORMANCE TO SEE HOW WELL THEY'VE DONE. AND THEN YOU CAN DEVELOP A PASS, FAIL CRITERIA THAT WOULD DETERMINE IF THEY SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO FORWARD WITH THEIR LICENSE 57:25)) Although replacing the human driving instructor with a machine may be a ways away, Casali says for now, the simulator will be used for research at the University of Virginia. There, researchers will test driver reaction in dangerous situations...from driving under the influence of drugs to talking on a cell phone.
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[RUNS:16] ((IT WILL BRING THE UNIVERSITIES CLOSER TOGETHER AND THAT WE'LL HAVE A TEST BED TYPE DEVICE FROM WHICH WE CAN WRITE RESEARCH PROPOSALS TO, FOR INSTANCE, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO DO RESEARCH ON VARIOUS ISSUES OF DRIVING 1:10))

And they hope by researching why incidents like this happen here,
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will better protect you out there. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Blacksburg.))


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the Lions fire their coach, the Dazzle is home this evening.
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And Steve Mason will have the latest edition of Roundhouse Wrapup as he checks in with power play kings and fills us in on the team's latest call-up.
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The 14 and 12 Roanoke Dazzle is now in third place in the NBDL standings. Tonight, Roanoke battles first place Fayetteville at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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The Dazzle is led by Gabe Muoneke whose 20.1 points a game is tops for Raonoke's roster and for the entire league.


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on their way home - preparing for a huge welcome tonight at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
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The Bucs dominated the game with good old fashioned defense and in the process brought the Super Bowl title to Tampa Bay. Roanoke's own Ronde Barber says the newscomers Brad Johnson and head coach Jon Gruden put the team over the top.
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[VO NAT CON'T] This afternoon - Dexter Jackson - who caught one more Raider pass than Tim Brown did with his two interceptions - picked up his MVP trophy and a brand new Cadillac. The marketing minds across the country also are cranking out the goods - the Bucs' boxes of Wheaties are already headed to store shelves as we speak.
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The Detroit Lions fired their head coach today - less than a month after telling him his job was safe.
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Marty Mornhinweg was released as coach of the Lions this afternoon after a 3-13 season, the second-worst record in the NFL. Mornhinweg won just 5 games and lost 27 in his two seasons at the helm of the Lions. No replacement has been named at this time.
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The Roanoke Express is in third place in the Northeast, the only division in the ECHL where every team is above 500.
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Here's Steve Mason with another installment of Round House Wrap up.
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((STEVE MASON:THE EXPRESS HAS EMBARKED ON THE LONGEST ROAD TRIP OF THE SEASON. ROANOKE PLAYS THE NEXT SEVEN AWAY FROM THE ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER AND THE NEXT HOME GAME IS FEBRUARY 21ST AGAINST GREENSBORO. THE EXPRESS HAS THE NEXT THREE DAYS OFF TO FINE TUNE THE DEFENSE. THE HARDEST PART OF PRACTICE MIGHT BE FINDING A WAY TO IMPROVE AN ALREADY LETHAL POWER PLAY.))
((The express is now up to third out of 27 ECHL teams on the power play. Roanoke is scoring on one out of every four extra man situations. ((DUNCAN DALMAO/9 GOALS, 18 ASSISTS:)) However, the Express is 23rd in the league in goals against, allowing 3.5 goals a game. In the last three games, the Express has scored 14 goals while giving up 14. Against Atlantic City and Richmond, Roanoke allowed 7 third period goals.
((RICK KOWALSKY/22 GOALS, 41 ASSISTS:))
Head coach Perry Florio notched his 100th career ECHL win Friday against Richmond. The start to his next 100 will be a bit more challenging. ECHL and Express leading scorer Jason Jaffray, a rookie forward, has been with the AHL Norfolk Admirals since last Wednesday and Florio will miss many aspects of his elusive game. ((PERRY FLORIO/100-73 AND 18 CAREER ECHL RECORD:)) Joe Dusbabek is three games into a 10 game league suspension for a violent cross check to the face against a Reading player. Perhaps no one will miss him more than Express center Dan Carrlson. The two played college hockey together at Notre Dame.)) ((:)) ((:)) ((THE EXPRESS RETURNS TO ACTION THIS THURSDAY ON THE ROAD AGAINST GREENSBORO. ROANOKE IS 2 AND 1 AGAINST THE GENERALS THIS SEASON. STEVE MASON ROUND HOUSE WRAP UP.))