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Today on News 7 at 5, Secretary of State Colin Powell tries to convince the U-N that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
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Plus the man accused of killing a Pittsylvania County deputy takes the stand in his own defense.
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Winter precipitation returns to the region for it's usual Thursday evening visit. Snow will be on the ground as we wake up on Friday. More just ahead.

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The father of one of the Shuttle astronauts says his son knew the shuttle was in trouble. We'll have the latest.
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Plus the nation's Veterans Hospitals will soon begin restricting access to medical care.
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And in Sports, it's national signing day for college recruits.
News 7 at 5 is next.

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((COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE. THE NEXUS OF POISONS AND TERROR IS IS NEW. THE NEXUS OF IRAQ AND TERROR IS OLD. THE COMBINATION IS LETHAL. WITH THIS TRACK RECORD IRAQI DENIALS OF SUPPORTING TERRORISM TAKE THEIR PLACE ALONG THE OTHER IRAQI DENIALS OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. IT IS ALL A WEB OF LIES.))
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Secretary of State Colin Powell makes his case before the United Nations- He says leaving weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein's hands is NOT an option.
Powell backed up his claims with photos and phone conversations.
Stacy Case is in New York with the latest.
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(( AFTER MONTHS OF ACCUSATIONS...THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION FINALLY LAID ITS IRAQI CARDS ON THE TABLE.
COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE "EVERY STATEMENT I MAKE HERE TODAY IS BACKED BY SOURCES, SOLID SOURCES." SPEAKING BEFORE THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL...SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL USED PREVIOUSLY CLASSIFIED SATELLITE PHOTOS AND RECORDED PHONE CONVERSATIONS.. HE SAYS WERE INTERCEPTED BY U-S INTELLIGENCE. IN ONE CALL, IRAQI OFFICIALS ARE HEARD TALKING ABOUT HIDING A PROHIBITED VEHICLE FROM WEAPONS INSPECTORS. POWELL "WHAT IS THEIR CONCERN? THEIR CONCERN IS THAT IT IS SOMETHING THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE." Powell showed photos and diagrams of mobile biological weapons labs and satellite photos he says are munitions bunkers. POWELL "THE FOUR THAT ARE IN RED SQUARES REPRESENT ACTIVE CHEMICAL WEAPONS BUNKERS." There was more. Using Iraqi defectors as his source...he accused Baghdad of harboring terrorists....and associating with Osama bin Ladens' al Queada. To no one's surprise, Iraq's UN Ambassador dismissed Powell's claims as unrelated to the truth. But more importantly, several key security council members, including France, were unmoved. FRENCH AMBASSADOR STACY CASE/REPORTING: CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR HANS BLIX WAS HERE FOR POWELL'S SPEECH. BLIX HEADS BACK TO IRAQ THIS WEEKEND. HE'LL REPORT TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL
AGAIN ON VALENTINES DAY--- FOR WHAT SOME SAY COULD BE IRAQ'S FINAL

DEADLINE. SC, CBS NEWS, AT THE U-N IN NEW YORK now back to you.))

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Accused killer Roy Inge Junior says he's innocent and doesn't know why all the evidence seemingly points to him as the person who killed deputy Frankie Betterton last May.
Inge's capital murder trial in Pittsylvania County Circuit court took an interesting turn today when Inge testified in his own defense.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us from outside the courthouse in Chatham. Steve, what did Roy Inge have to say?
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The latest on that missing boy in Grayson county. Authorities there say the chances of finding him alive are becoming slimmer every day.
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Logan Nathanial Bowman has been missing since January 8th. Authorities say they conducted an all out search for the five- year- old Monday, but did not find anything. Logan's mother, Cynthia Davis is being held in the New River Valley jail on charges on child endangerment.
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Police arrested her after finding out the boy had suffered water burns and was not taken to the doctor.

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Coming up next on the newscast, the nation's Veteran's Hospitals may restrict care to its patients. We'll tell you why.
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And as the remains of the space shuttle astronauts' arrive at Dover Air Force Base, one family member reveals a chilling detail.
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The remains of Space Shuttle Columbia crew arrived at Dover Air Force Base today.
That as investigators continued to examine the wreckage searching for a cause to Saturday's disaster.
Jennifer Miller has more.
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Col. Scott E. Westoff, Dover Airforce Base. We are basically a stop on the way home to the families of these national heros who perished.
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VO: BUT COLUMBIA'S PROBLEMS MAY ACTUALLY HAVE BEGUN ON LIFT OFF WHEN A LARGE PIECE OF DEBRIS HIT THE LEFT WING...CAUSING TILE DAMAGE.
THAT TILE DAMAGE COULD HAVE WEAKENED THE SHUTTLE'S PROTECTIVE LAYER ON RE-ENTRY.
AND THIS POSSIBLE SCENARIO HAS NASA ON THE DEFENSIVE. A TECHNICAL REPORT AT LEAST NINE YEARS OLD WARNED THAT THIS TYPE OF DAMAGE TO COULD LEAD TO A POINT WHERE THE SPACECRAFT MIGHT BE DESTROYED. A NASA OFFICIAL SAID TODAY THE TILE SYSTEM HAD WORKED WELL FOR MANY FLIGHTS.
WHILE ENGINEERS EXAMINE SHUTTLE DEBRIS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY....THE FATHER OF ISRAELI ASTRONAUT ILAN RAMON SAID NASA TOLD HIM THERE WERE 60-90 SECONDS OF TROUBLE BEFORE THE SHIP DISINTEGRATED... HE SAID WHEN ONE SECOND COULD SEEM LIKE TWENTY YEARS.
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The Texas dentist accused of running over her husband with her car took the stand in her own defense today.
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Clara Harris testified that the two were very much in love.
She says she and her husband were best friends.
She went on to say they were mature people who had both been through divorces.
Yesterday the other woman- Gail Bridges took the stand saying she thought Clara knew about the affair because David Harris told her the marriage was open.
Her friends are standing by her.
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Bridges was a receptionist at David Harris' orthodontia practice.
Harris is accused of repeatedly running over her husband outside a hotel after finding him there with Bridges.
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In health check tonight,
The Veterans Affairs Health Care System is facing a 2-billion dollar budget shortfall.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton spoke with the director of the Salem V-A to find out how veterans in our area have been impacted.
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Jean,
Last year veterans saw a change in their co-payments for various services.
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And in January, the V-A changed its open door policy for veterans.
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The Salem V-A has more than 16-hundred people on the waiting list for services.
And nationally the patient count has more than doubled in seven years forcing the agency to now limit who is eligible for care.
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Veterans with non-service related ailments are currently paying higher co-payments for care. For example, the co-pay for a 30 day supply of a medication has gone up from 3 dollars to 7 dollars.
The director of the Salem V-A says more changes could be on the way because of the increasing demand.
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Dr. Lemons says the good news the President is requesting more funding for the V-A in the 2004 budget.
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Coming up next, Robin will let us know if we can expect some Thursday snow this week.
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[VO] Then in Sports, it's national signing day for college athletes. Mike Stevens will tell us who is going where.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, Brent Watts will tell us how local fans can see a BIG star of the N-B-A.


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This is the day that college coaches, fans and high school seniors relish - the national signing day for football players. The Hokies and Cavaliers both had banner days, but Tech did something unique by signing three young men who are the sons of former NFL players. Brett Warren is the son for former Redskin Don Warren. Joe Razzano's dad Rick played at Tech and for the Bengals. And Kenny Lewis's dad played for the Hokies and Jets.
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More on national signing day at the top of the hour including a trip to Hargrave Military where 47 players signed scholarship papers today.
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In this weeks edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly, Steve Mason introduces us to Hurt Virginia's Faith Christian Academy, a small private school that has gone public with its wealth of talent.
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((STEVE MASON:THERE ARE JUST OVER 100 STUDENTS IN THE ENTIRE SCHOOL, THIS IS THE FIRST FULL YEAR OF VARSITY COMPETITION AND THE FIRST YEAR WITH SENIORS. SO WHEN FAITH CHRISTIAN PLAYS OTHER BASKETBALL POWERS LIKE PATRICK HENRY AND RADFORD, THE DAVID AND GOLIATH STORYLINE DOES INDEED APPLY.))
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Faith Christian outgunned Radford at Roanoke Catholic. The Lions also travel to Maryland and West Virginia to find opponents and so far are 17 and 2. ((:)) ((:))
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[GO TO PINNACLE 12999] And don't forget tonight at 9 - the Duke Blue Devils play here on Your Hometown Station as they take on North Carolina. Hope you can join us for the game later tonight. Jean will be right back to wrap up News 7 at Five in just a second.
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A new megadome movie at the Science Museum of Western Virginia is taking viewers courtside as they take a look at the Life of sports legend Michael Jordan. Brent Watts got a sneak peak and is back with details.
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