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Nothing's been ruled out as a possible cause of Saturday's explosion of Space Shuttle Columbia.
A live update on the investigation, straight ahead.
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And, jury selection has begun in the trial of a man charged wtih killing a Pittsylvania County deputy.
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A Spring like day across the area but don't get used to it because winter weather will return. I'll tell you when in your hometown forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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Families of Columbia's fallen crew members say they want space exploration to continue.
That, as hundreds of investigators gather in Texas and Louisiana, in search of answers.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
NASA's top administrator is briefing President Bush on the Shuttle Columbia investigation so far, as the focus remains on the shuttle's left wing.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Columbia's thermal tiles were damaged during the launch, and whether that led to Saturday's explosion.
But officials emphasize that other theories haven't been ruled out.
Searchers are focusing their efforts today in the wooded areas of East Texas, as they continue looking for more debris.
Jennifer Miller joins us now with the latest from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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(( JUST A FEW DAYS INTO THE COLUMBIA INVESTIGATION...THE SEARCH FOR A CAUSE IS CLEARLY FOCUSED ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SHUTTLE...AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT CRITICAL HEAT SHIELDS WERE DAMAGED BY A STRAY PIECE OF FOAM INSULATION DURING THE LAUNCH.
BUT NASA'S TOP ADMINISTRATOR CAUTIONS THE FOAM THEORY IS JUST "ONE" OF MANY PIECES OF EVIDENCE.

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"WE ARE NOT RULING ANYTHING OUT. THAT IS NOT A FAVORITE THEORY AT THIS POINT. IT CERTAINLY IS ONE WE WERE AWARE OF AT LAUNCH."
AND WHILE COLUMBIA WAS IN FLIGHT... NASA ENGINEERS AGGRESSIVELY STUDIED ANY POTENTIAL PROBLEMS AND CONCLUDED IT DID NOT PRESENT A SAFETY CONCERN.

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"NOTHING SHOWED UP OF EVIDENCE OF ABNORMALITY UNTIL SLIGHTLY BEFORE 9 AM EASTERN TIME ON SATURDAY MORNING."
THAT'S WHEN THE TEMPERATURE ON COLUMBIA'S LEFT SIDE ROSE 60 DEGREES OVER FIVE MINUTES...AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE SHUTTLE BROKE APART.

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IN EAST TEXAS AND LOUISIANA...THE SEARCH FOR MORE EVIDENCE AND CREW REMAINS PUSHES FORWARD. FORENSIC EXPERTS ARE HOPING TO FIND REMAINS FROM ALL SEVEN ASTRONAUTS, WHILE INVESTIGATORS ARE CATALOGING ALL DEBRIS AND TAKING IT TO AN AIR FORCE BASE FOR FURTHER STUDY. ))

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Governor Mark Warner says his heart goes out to all of the families of the astronauts who lost their lives in the Columbia tragedy.
Warner says he is particularly saddened by the loss of Captain David Brown who had deep roots in Virginia.
Brown was a 1978 graduate of the College of William and Mary and recently returned to Williamsburg to talk about his upcoming launch.
The Governor says the tragedy is especially difficult coming after the events of September 11th and the recent sniper shootings.
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If you would like to share a thought about the loss of the space shuttle Columbia, someone has set up a website for you.
It is sponsored by Congressman Virgil Goode, who is on the NASA subcommittee.
You can find the online memorial through a link to our site at WDBJ7-dot-com.

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Jury selection started today in the trial of a man accused of killing a Pittsylvania County deputy.
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Roy Inge is charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of officer Frankie Betterton last spring.
Attorneys are questioning prospective jurors about their attitudes toward the death penalty and their knowledge of the case from media accounts.
Defense lawyers filed a motion to move Inge's trial to a different court because of publicity surrounding the murder.
The trial is set to last all week.
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A bomb, apparently hidden in a motorcycle, has killed one person and injured several others in Pakistan, near the home of the head of anti- terrorism police in Karachi.
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A surveillance camera caught the man who parked the motorcycle, just moments before it blew up.
The explosion happened in the parking lot of an oil company, killing a parking attendant.
Another attendant told police the man on film had been coming to the parking lot for the past three days, but never paid for parking.
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Flames ripped through a hotel in China, just as people were celebrating the Chinese New Year.
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At least 33 people were killed in the blaze, about 800 miles northeast of Beijing.
Witnesses say it was chaos when the fire broke out, as people ran toward the smoke in search of an exit.
Many broke windows and kicked through security bars to escape.
Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the fire.
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The earth was really moving in the Hollywood Hills early this morning--
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Officials believe a broken water pipe led to a partial landslide.
Water flowing downhill led to the landslide, forcing the evacuation of several homes.
It affected an area a few blocks away from a popular tourist attraction, the Hollywood Bowl.
So far, authorities are reporting no injuries.
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President Bush sends Congress a new budget with a record shattering deficit. We'll have that after the break.
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and after that, we will show you someone who uses red ink in a different way.
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President Bush has sent lawmakers a new two-point-two- TRILLION-dollar budget that includes a big tax cut designed to help the weak economy.
It also calls for billions more dollars to be spent on defense and homeland security.
At the same time, the budget trims hundreds of other programs. It projects a record-shattering deficit of 307- billion dollars.
The President blames the deficits on quote ``a recession and a war we did not choose''.
But he says ``spending discipline'' will bring government finances back into balance.

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The Senate and House money committees presented their own budget plans yesterday.
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The Senate's budget gives all state employees, AND teachers, a two percent raise.
The House plan boosts the paychecks of state workers by two-point-five percent, but is conditional AND doesn't apply to teachers.
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Both plans would reopen the closed D-M-V offices, but only the House gives money to restore service on Wednesdays.

Both houses left intact the cuts to state police imposed by Governor Warner.
Lawmakers also cut the staff budget of Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine.
The two sides will spend the next few weeks ironing out the differences in their plans.
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A Los Angles artist is making a name for himself, but it is not with paint and brush.
Mister Cartoon as he calls himself, works with skin and ink.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will speak to the author of Romantic Virginia as she shares some thoughts about places you might want to consider for Valentine's Day.
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Plus Mill Mountain Zoo's most famous inhabitants will have a new home soon. We'll tell you where they are going.
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Roanoke Valley's most famous felines will soon be hitting the road.
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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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((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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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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You've heard the slogan, "Virginia is for Lovers."
With that in mind, author Andrea Sutcliffe has written a new travel guide titled "Romantic Virginia."
And she joins us in the studio this afternoon to talk more about her book.
Good Afternoon, Andrea.
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(This book says it has more than 300 romantic destinations-- How many of these have you been to yourself?)

(You've taken a different approach with this book than a lot of travel guides in that it's organized by activities and interests, instead of by geography. Why did you write it that way?)

(And you've got a good variety of places in here-- not just beds and breakfasts-- but activites like dolphin watching and ghost tours...)

(The book emphasizes that these are ideas for every age and budget...)

(Do you think people who are from Virginia-- or who have lived here for a long time-- tend to forget some of the great destinations that are fairly close by?)

(Do you have a favorite spot that's highlighted in this book?)

(This book would make a nice Valentine's Day gift)



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coming up... In the PGA--Mike Weir wins the Bob Hope Classic...
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and we will have highlights from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
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Federal investigators have finished looking into the finances of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Roanoke.
And U.S. Attorney John Brownlee says his office has "declined prosecution."
The announcement came in a two-sentence release Brownlee's office posted on its web site.
The F-B-I inquiry began about a year ago.

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The N-F-L season officially ended yesterday with the Pro Bowl.
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It was an easy day for the A-F-C as Ricky Williams earned M-V-P honors.
Williams carried for 56 yards, scored two touchdowns, and forced a fumble on special teams.
A-F-C quarterbacks Rich Gannon and Peyton Manning were productive.
Gannon completed 12 of his 18 passes for 102 yards and two scores.
Manning added a fourth-quarter T-D pass to Hines Ward.
Manning made his biggest statement while on the sidelines, where he ripped Indianapolis teammate and kicker Mike Vanderjagt (VAN'-dur-jat).
Last week Vanderjagt said Manning was too laid back, and claimed Colts coach Tony Dungy couldn't motivate the team.

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Manning went on to question if Vanderjagt would have a future with the Colts.
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The Roanoke Dazzle lost 85 to 73 last night in Columbus. Cory Alexander led four Dazzle players in double figures, scoring 27 points. Roanoke trailed by 12 at the half and never recovered. Next up for the Dazzle is a Wednesday date with Fayetteville.

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On the links yesterday, Canadian Mike Weir won the fourth PGA event of his career taking advantage of a slip by Jay Haas on the final hole to claim the Bob Hope Classic.
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The 49 year old Jay Haas was bidding to become the 6th oldest player to win on Tour.
He held the lead most of the day until number 18.
That's when he left his approach short, and it found the water.
That opened the door for Weir.
The lefty ran home the birdie effort to finish at 30 under par after a final round 67.
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Fans of auto racing will have to wait a little longer to see a museum dedicated to motorsports.
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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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