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NASA engineers enter their second day of piecing together what will no doubt be a grim jigsaw puzzle. A live report from Houston is just ahead on NEWS 7 at six.
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Plus, it looks state workers may get a pay raise after all.

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Tonight in sports, we'll hit the ice with the NHL's All-Star Game, ACC hoops highlights from Raleigh,
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[VO-NAT]


and two local ladies are hoping to cap off their Radford hoop careers in style.
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More warm temperatures on the way for the first part of the work week. I'll have the complete forecast coming up.

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((MUST HAVE JUST FLOATED DOWN IT DIDN'T TEAR UP THE GROUND OR NOTHING THERE, SO THERE WASN'T NO FORCE TO IT, WHEN IT DID HIT. ))
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[out q= when it did hit. ]
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Officials across two states are flooded with thousands of calls as residents continue to find what appears to be debris from space shuttle, Columbia.
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[anchor=Teresa]
[ss=News 7 at 6]

Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Shuttle]


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In east Texas, the search for shuttle wreckage is taking place on foot, by air, and soon, underwater. In the meantime, a shrine to the seven astronauts killed is growing at the entrance to the Johnson Space Center. All this-- as NASA continues to move forward with its investigation into what caused yesterday's tragedy. Elizabeth Sanchez has been following the story and joins us now from Houston.
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[SUPER=01-Sean O'Keefe/NASA Administrator; ]
[SUPER=01-Ron Dittemore/Space Shuttle Program Manager; ]
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((WHAT TOOK SECONDS TO DESTROY...COULD TAKE MONTHS TO PIECE BACK TOGETHER. WITH REMNANTS OF SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA SCATTERED ACROSS A 5-HUNDRED MILE STRETCH OF EAST TEXAS -- INVESTIGATORS ARE FACED WITH A PAINSTAKING MISSION...OF DETERMINING JUST WHAT WENT WRONG. SEAN O'KEEFE/NASA ADMINISTRATOR (FACE THE NATION) - 10:32:03 "We owe it the families of the crew - to determine exactly what happened, to tell them exactly what occured, to tell the american people what occured."
(nats...liftoff)

WHILE NASA'S IMMEDIATE PROBE FOCUSED ON POSSIBLE DAMAGE TO THE LEFT WING DURING LIFTOFF -- OFFICIALS STRESS....NO THEORY IS BEING RULED OUT.
SOT - RON DITTEMORE/SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM MANAGER 17:19:24 "We had an increase drag on the left side....does this mean

something? it could be indicative of tiles missing...we're not sure."
(nats...searching) LOCATOR: SABINE COUNTY, TX


DESPITE SEARCHES FROM THE AIR, ON HORSEBACK....AND ON FOOT -- A SHERIFF IN EAST TEXAS SAYS HE'S NOT SURE AUTHORITIES WILL EVER RECOVER ALL OF COLUMBIA'S PIECES.... MORE THAN A THOUSAND DEBRIS SITES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN ONE COUNTY ALONE....... THIS RESIDENT MADE ONE OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING DISCOVERIES.
SOT - TOMMY NEAL/TEXAS RESIDENT 14:24:13 "I didn't come up that close...only about 50 feet away...and I could see...the

upper torso."
(nats...debris field, hearse)

AS INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO FIND OTHER HUMAN REMAINS......MAKESHIFT MEMORIALS CIRCLE THE FIELDS OF WRECKAGE.....
(nats...church service)

AND A DAY AFTER THE EXPLOSION, THE TEARS COME EASY -- BUT ANSWERS STILL SEEM DISTANT.
(STANDUP)

EVIDENCE IS BEING TRUCKED UNDER TIGHT SECURITY TO A LOUSIANA AIR FORCE BASE FOR ANALYSIS. AT LEAST THREE SEPARATE PRO
BES ARE PLANNED --- INCLUDING AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION, LED BY A RETIRED NAVY ADMIRAL. ELIZABETH SANCHEZ, CBS NEWS

, HOUSTON.))

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State workers in Virginia are getting a raise.
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The House and Senate money committees released drafts of their budget plans today.
Both would boost the paychecks of state employees by at least two percent.
Virginia's schoolteachers would also get a raise under the Senate's version.
The pay raise will not take effect until the end of this year.
Legislators have also found money to reopen all twelve of the D-M-V offices the governor closed last fall.
The House and Senate will vote on their budget plans this week.
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The future of Virginia Tech's Corps of Cadets was decided today in Richmond.
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Governor Warner had proposed cutting state funding for the military program by more than 500-thousand dollars for the next fiscal year.
If approved-- the Corps would have then lost all state support the following year.
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((MAJOR GREGORY GRUBBS/VA TECH CORPS OF CADETS: I THINK IT IS A TRAGEDY, I THINK TAKING MONEY FROM THE CORPS OF CADETS IS AN AWFUL THING, WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IS THAT VIRGINIA TECH CORPS OF CADETS COMMISSIONS 80-PERCENT OF OUR GRADUATES WHICH IS MORE THAN TWICE AS MUCH AS OTHER INSTITUTIONS LIKE VMI AND THE CITADEL. OTHER SENIOR MILITARY ACADEMY'S DON'T COMMISSIONED AS MANY LEADERS AS WE DO.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gregory Grubbs/VA Tech Corps of Cadets]
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Several lawmakers including Senator John Edwards of Roanoke had introduced budget amendments that would restore next year's funding.
Today, both the House and Senate voted to restore the money.
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Lawmakers also agreed to continue to fund a female cadet corps at Mary Baldwin College that was also slated to lose state funding.

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Rangers on the Blue Ridge Parkway are investigating an accident involving a motorcycle and a pedestrian.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


It happened around 3:30 this afternoon, two miles past the Mill Mountain Star.
Rangers say a woman was driving over a bridge and into a curve when she struck a woman and her dog.
The driver and the pedestrian were both taken to the hospital with what it is described as non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is continuing, no word on whether charges will be filed.
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Jury selection is expected to begin tomorrow for the man accused of murdering a Pittsylvania County sheriff's deputy.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./July]


Roy Inge Junior is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Deputy Frankie Betterton.
He was shot May 17th during a routine traffic stop on Route 58 just outside of Danville.
The judge in the case has denied a defense motion to move the trial out of Pittsylvania County.
The trial is expected to last most of the week.
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The investigation into a shooting incident involving two Danville Police officers is coming to an end.
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An off duty officer shot 25 year old Charles Lynch back in October at the intersection of Piedmont Drive and Mount Cross Road.
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The officer alleges Lynch attempted to run him over and that's when shots were fired.
Franklin County's Commonwealth Attorney was assigned to oversee the State Police investigation into the incident.
Cliff Hapgood says interviews are complete and he will release his findings on February 24th.
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It will be up to Hapgood to decide whether to charge Lynch or the police officers.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]

Still ahead on the newscast, viewers speak out about school closings, college basketball, and the State of the Union.


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[VO-NAT]

and after two years at the Mill Mountain Zoo, these cats are about to hit the road. We'll tell you where they are traveling in just a bit.
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[Feedback]


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Several issues came up in last week's viewer mail.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News-7's Feedback.
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((Following his State of the Union address, President Bush got high marks from several viewers in western Virginia, including one from Huddleston (Frances Woodford):
"People have forgotten the economy was headed for the situation it is in before Bush became president. We have sent all of our jobs out...The 9/11 tower crash left many out of work and the airlines cut jobs. Do they think Bush did that? Some forget Bush kept his head and kept this country together at a critical time...My confidence is still with Bush."

As snow fell and schools closed, a viewer from Christiansburg (Sandi Beckstoffer) gave our Internet home page a flurry of praise:
"I just wanted compliment you on your web site posting of school closings. I have you on my favorites list and check it every morning that there may be a question. I was just looking over the other local news web sites for my son's school closing (just to see if the other stations kept updated as well as you) and no one but you has it right! We Moms really rely on this info to keep us from standing outside waiting on a bus that is NOT coming! You do a fantastic job!"
But a viewer from Blue Ridge (G.R. Radcliff) was less complimentary about what he considers a lack of airtime for UVa games.
"When is the last time you broadcast a Virginia college game, football or basketball, which wasn't playing a team from North Carolina?...Let's say in the last 2-3 years I believe you still have the Bill Brill complex. Now you know why we lose players like Redick We know he will get more of your time than all of the players from Tech and Virginia."
Keep those comments coming, by mail...fax...or email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))



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School administrators in Rockbridge County are dealing with a dire budget situation, and now they will be getting some input from the community.
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[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./File Tape;]

Talk of closing Effinger and Mountain View elementary schools has brought out strong concern from parents and community leaders. Some county officials say the small schools are the cornerstones of the communities.
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((ROY FAUBER/ROCKBRIDGE CO. SUPERVISOR; EFFINGER IS OUR ONLY FULLY ACCREDITED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NOW, IT HAPPENS TO BE THE SMALLEST. MOUNTAIN VIEW HAD THE HIGHEST 3RD GRADE SOL'S LAST YEAR, AND IT'S THE SECOND SMALLEST SCHOOL SO WE'RE WONDERING IF THERE ISN'T A CORRELATION BETWEEN HAVING SMALL COMMUNITY BASED SCHOOLS AND HAVING BETTER PERFORMANCE, AND THAT NEEDS TO CONSIDERED ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Roy Fauber/Rockbridge Co. Supervisor; :05]
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[OUT Q=considered along with everything else.]
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[VO-NAT]

The school board is forming a 24 person panel to look at solutions to the district's budget issues.
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Up ahead on the newscast, a plan to open an auto-racing museum in Southern Virginia goes off track.
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plus, it started as some friends sharing their love of the theater, now they have finally found a place to call home.


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Racing fans will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the official state museum celebrating motorsports history.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Stuart]


The new Virginia Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame in Stuart was supposed to be up and running by now.
The building that will house the museum has been built just above DeHart Park next to the Patrick Campus of Patrick Henry Community College.
But major disagreements between the museum's board have delayed the opening for months.
The board's president, Warren Williams, did not return our phone calls seeking comment on the delays.
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Time is running out to catch the Roanoke Valley's most famous felines.
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The snow leopard cubs at the Mill Mountain Zoo will celebrate their second birthday in May.
Shortly after that, the two CUBS are slated to leave Roanoke for other zoos as part a breeding program for endangered species.
But Zoo officials say don't worry, mom and dad are sticking around and new babies should soon be on their way.
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[SOT 15:33:08]
[IN Q=Because our pair]

((DAVID WOOD/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: BECAUSE OUR PAIR IS VALUABLE AS FAR AS GENETIC MATERIAL THEY ACTUALLY WANTED US TO BREED THEM THIS YEAR BUT WE TOLD THEM WE COULDN'T BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE THE SPACE WITH THE TWO REMAINING CUBS SO I THINK THAT HELPED THE CUBS TO MOVE A BIT QUICKER THAN THEY MIGHT HAVE OTHERWISE SO WE'LL PROBABLY STILL BE OK TO BREED THE ADULTS NEXT YEAR.))
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[VO-NAT]


This past week the zoo learned the male cub will be going to a Toledo Zoo.
The female cub is slated to head to a zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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[VA-Profile]


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About a quarter of a century ago, a group of people in Christiansburg got together to share their love of reading plays.
Eventually, they began performing them--to become what's now known as Playmakers and Company.
In this week's Virginia Profile, New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens introduces us to the group once known as the "theatre without walls."
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[SUPER=01-Michael & Babs Ogliaruso/Playmakers & Co.; :55]
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((Some might call it a homeless theater.
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[RUNS 04] ((I LIKE IT BETTER SAYING WE'RE A THEATRE WITHOUT WALLS (LAUGHS) 13:39)) That's because over the last 12-years, the members of the theatre group, Playmakers and Company have bounced from place to place, struggling to perform four plays a year.
[SOT 18:04]

[RUNS :02] ((WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE SOMEBODY WHO WANTS US 18:06)) But, all of that changed this year, when the folks at the Montgomery County Christmas Store stepped up.
[SOT 13:16]

[RUNS :09] ((THE CHRISTMAS STORE, WHICH UP UNTIL LAST YEAR COULD BE CALLED THE CHARITY WITHOUT WALLS MADE IT AVAILABLE TO THE THEATRE WITHOUT WALLS 13:25)) Which means gone are the days of rotating dress rehearsal at each other's homes. Although, it appears they really didn't seem to mind.
[SOT 21:03]

[RUNS :07] ((REPORTER: BECAUSE YOU GUYS ARE KIND OF LIKE A FAMILY? GRIBBEN :INDEED. VERY MUCH LIKE A FAMILY 21:10)) Literally family for actors Mike and Babs Ogliaruso.
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[RUNS 05] ((SOME PEOPLE SAY I'M NOT EVEN ACTING WHEN I'M YELLING AT SO I DON'T KNOW (LAUGHS) 26:24)) They're just one of the three couples in the group, who are married both on and off-stage. Mike and Babs say that's one of the reasons why they enjoy being a part of Playmakers group so much.
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[RUNS :13] ((IT COMES OVER THAT FEELING COMES THROUGH TO THE AUDIENCE IT BECOMES A REAL FAMILY. ONE OF THE BEST LINES IN THE PLAY
(SPANISH TRANSLATION) "WE ARE FAMILY." AND THAT'S WHAT IT IS...COMMUNITY THEATRE IS...FAMILY 29:00))

And now after forming a marriage with the Christmas Store, this struggling family has finally found a place to call home. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Christiansburg.))



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Coming up, a check on the Rolex 24 from Daytona, the Wolfpack tames the Tigers in Raleigh, and
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the NHL's best go at it in the league's annual All Star game.
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We start on the ACC hardwood, where the NC State Wolfpack bounced back from a loss to Maryland earlier this week, to hand Clemson its 4th straight loss.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/Raycom-JP; :00]


The Pack caught fire from the beginning and was never really threatened by the Tigers.
Early on, Scooter Sherrill got free with the shot fake and buried one of 14 three pointers for State on the afternoon. The Wolfpack led it 32-24 at halftime.
In the second half, Julius Hodge warmed things up. Hodge scored 18 of his 20 points over the final 20
[SUPER=33-Clemson/56/N.C. State/78/;]

minutes. NC State shot 57 percent for the game, winning it 78 to 56, beating Clemson for the fourth straight time.
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[anchor=travis]
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Elsewhere, Maryland stepped out of conference play just long enough to beat Loyola 85 to 58. North Carolina and Wake Forest are underway in Chapel Hill, and later tonight, JJ Redick and Duke visit Florida State.

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The Radford University Lady Highlanders lost a heartbreaker to Coastal Carolina last night on the road, 96 to 94 in triple overtime. Two local products have found success for the Lady Higlanders in an otherwise trying year. Both are seeing their college careers come to an end with just seven regular season games remaining.
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Cave Spring grad Sherri Rickman and former William Byrd standout Brandy Allen are two of five seniors on Jeri Porter's squad. Rickman has averaged 8 points per game while Allen has scored just over 6 per contest. But the Lady Highlanders have experienced some growing pains in Porter's first season, struggling to a 7 and 13 record.
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The ladies will wrap up the beach swing tomorrow night at Charleston Southern.

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The NFL's version of the All Star game, the Pro Bowl is in progress out in Hawaii. This afternoon, the best hockey players in the world slugged it out in the NHL All Star game from Sunrise, Florida.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sunrise, FL/ABC Sports; :00]


This year it was back to the traditional East versus West format and not the U-S against the World.
The Thrashers Danny Heatley had a huge day for the East, scoring a record 5 goals and assisting on another. Heatley was named the game's MVP.
This one was tied at 5 after regulation and a five minute sudden death overtime.
So we head to a shootout.
The Mighty Ducks Paul Kariya scored the eventual game winner for the West by beating Ottowa's Patrick Lalime for the goal.
Olli Jokinen then clangs his shot off the pipe and the West outshoots the East 3 to 1 in the first ever NHL All Star game shootout.
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The Nascar Winston Cup cars will invade Daytona later this week, but for the past two days, the Rolex 24 Hour Race has been the main attraction.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daytona, FL; :00]
The #66 Porsche won the road race event today. The team consisted of Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard

, and Jorg Bergmeister.
Two Virginia drivers competed in the event. Shawn Bayliff of Alton and Steve Marshall of Christiansburg completed 121 of the 695 laps in their BMW, finishing in 37th place.
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We finish up on the links where the final round of the Bob Hope Classic went right down to the wire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-La Quinta, CA/Bob Hope Classic; :00]


49 year old Jay Haas was bidding to become the 6th oldest player to win on Tour.
Haas held the lead most of the day until 18.
That's when he left his approach short at the final hole. It found the drink and opened the door for Mike Weir. (------------) The Canadian ran home the birdie effort to win his 4th PGA event thanks to a final round 67.