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Today on News 7 at 5, the federal government says there is a high risk of a terrorist attack in the U-S. We'll have a live report.
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Also a Halifax County man could face the death penalty after he pleads guilty to killing three people.
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Some decent melting today of the latest snow storm. How about some sunshine to start off the weekend. Details ahead.

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Also NASA hopes to learn more now that one of the space shuttle's wings has been found.
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On health check, we'll see why doctors are reconsidering the way they treat scoliosis.
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Plus we'll preview a sweet treat.
News 7 at 5 is next.

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((JOHN ASHCROFT/U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: RECENT REPORTING INDICATES AN INCREASED LIKELIHOOD THAT AL QAEDA MAY ATTACK AMERICANS IN THE US AND ABROAD.)) [BUTT TO 1:03] ((MUELLER/FBI: WE BELIEVE THAT AN ALERT PUBLIC IS OUR STRONGEST ASSET. IF YOU OBSERVE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FBI OFFICE OUR YOUR LOCAL POLICE.))
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Good Evening.
U-S officials have boosted the terrorist threat alert to the second highest level- code Orange.
Officials say so called soft targets- such as apartment buildings and hotels may be likely targets.
Teri Okita joins us live with more on the information that Al Qaeda may be plotting another attack.
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(( CITING AN INCREASED LIKELIHOOD THAT TERRORISTS COULD STRIKE AMERICANS AT HOME OR ABROAD, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION PUT (graphic) THE U-S ON HEIGHTENED ALERT FROM ELEVATED TO HIGH FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME SINCE THE 9-11 ATTACKS. John Ashcroft/Attorney General: Recent intelligence reports suggest that Al Qaeda leaders have emphasized planning for attacks on apartment buildings, hotel, and other soft or lightly-secured targets in the United States. ALSO TARGETED: AMERICAN SYMBOLS OF POWER AND ECONOMICS. U-S OFFICIALS SAY INCREASED CHATTER BY SUSPECTED AL QAEDA MEMBERS THREATENS AN ATTACK AT THE FINISH OF THE MUSLIM HOLY PERIOD, HAJJ WHICH ENDS MID-FEBRUARY. THE U-S SAYS THE AL QAEDA COULD BE AIMING FOR MASS CASUALTIES. Ashcroft: Al Qaeda continues to demonstrate a very serious interest in chemical, biological, as well as radiological devices the impacts of which would, obviously, be adverse. AMERICANS SHOULD EXPECT TIGHTER SECURITY AND POSSIBLE DELAYS AT SOME PUBLIC FACILITIES, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AND AT THE BORDERS. Tom Ridge/Homeland Security Secretary: We ask you to remain aware and remain alert. We are not recommending that events be cancelled or travel or other plans be changed. SOURCES BELIEVE AN ATTACK WOULD BE INTENDED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE U-S ATTENTION ON IRAQ AND GROWING ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT AROUND THE WORLD. Teri Okita/Reporting))

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Locally, law enforcement personnel say the terror alert will not change their day to day operations much.
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Roanoke police officers have engaged in six multi-jurisdictional homeland defense classes since September eleventh, 2001. But they say, unless a specific target is mentioned in Roanoke or the surrounding areas, their job is pretty much the same as always.
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Officer Bolling DOES say police will be more likely to stop and question people hanging out around government buildings or acting suspiciously.

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President Bush may be getting a little impatient with the United Nations Security Council when it comes to Iraq.
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He's urging the U-N to make up its mind soon about confronting Saddam Hussein. Bush saying the showdown with Saddam is the council's defining moment.
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President Bush says Saddam has treated U-N Resolutions as a joke- Bush says he hopes the U-N will draw up a new resolution approving force against Iraq, but he says he doesn't need a new vote before going to war.

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We do have a few school announcements for tonight and tomorrow.
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[Take Schooltouch Full] Central Virginia Community College has cancelled night classes, but the National College of Business and Technology, which earlier announced it would close for the entire day, has now decided to hold night classes. Patrick Henry Community College has cancelled night classes. And tomorrow, the W-V P-E-C "Career Switcher" classes are cancelled.
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While students spent the day out of class today, officials in Roanoke City Schools were busy at work considering a change in how after school activities are handled on snow days. News 7's Rachel Cannon spoke with school officials today and joins us with more, Rachel?
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Jean, We're at William Fleming High School where classes were canceled today because of the weather.
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In addition to no school, their boy's basketball game was also postponed and rescheduled.
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The city schools have a blanket cancellation policy. It means if there are no classes, all after-school activities are canceled as well. That includes athletics, things like drama performances, meetings, and informational hearings. But City Schools Superintendent Dr. Wayne Harris says he thinks it's time they school board re-evaluate the policy. If changed it would mean things would not automatically be canceled and instead be decided on a case by cases basis.
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Jean, the matter goes before the school board at their meeting next Tuesday. They could pass it and it could go into affect immediately.
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Coming up at six we talk to a local principal who has been dealing with a lot of the re-scheduling because of all the snow days. We'll hear what she has to say about changing the blanket policy.

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A Halifax County man faces the death penalty after he admits killing three people over a property dispute. We'll have the details after the break
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Plus NASA officials make an important discovery in the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia.
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Officials with NASA say they now have a key piece of evidence in the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia.
Searchers in Texas found a piece of one of the shuttles wings.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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((NASA CONFIRMS THAT OVERNIGHT A SUBSTANTIAL PIECE OF THE SHUTTLE WING WAS FOUND IN EAST TEXAS. IT DOES HAVE HEAT SHIELD TILES ATTACHEDBUT AT THIS POINT ITS UNCLEAR WHETHER IT IS THE RIGHT OR LEFT WING.

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AND THERE IS ANOTHER POSSIBLE NEW CLUE A RESPECTED AEROSPACE PUBLICATION SAYS AIR FORCE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN OF THE SHUTTLE ONE MINUTE BEFORE IT TORE APART. THOSE PHOTOS, CAPTURED WITH A TELESCOPE, APPARENTLY SHOW SERIOUS STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE LEFT WING OF COLUMBIANASA SAYS A LOT OF PHOTOS ARE COMING IN...AND ITS TOO SOON TO KNOW WHAT THEY MAY MEAN.

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STAND-UP- AFTER SOME INCIDENTS OF LOOTING OF SHUTTLE PIECES FEDERAL OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED AN AMNESTY PERIOD. TURN THE SHUTTLE PARTS IN AND YOU WONT FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS HOUSTON.))

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A Halifax County man today pled guilty to killing three of his neighbors.
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James Bryant Hudson was charged with killing Walter Stanley Cole, his brother Thomas Cole and Patsy Cole.
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Authorities say the murders stemmed from years of disputes over a private access road.
Today, Hudson pled guilty to two counts of capital murder and one count of first degree murder.
Prosecutor John Greenback plans to ask for the death penalty.
A judge will sentence Hudson March 14th.
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In health check tonight,
A new study could change the way doctors treat a curvature of the spine also known as scoliosis.
The study suggest that young people with the condition can avoid treatment.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details
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Jean, Scoliosis affects children, mainly girls.
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It's caused by an abnormality in the growth plates of the spine, that's why it stops once a child stops growing.
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(( Doctor Greg Riebel says for years doctors have believed that without treatment scoliosis could lead to severe health problems.
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((THE QUESTION IS LONG TERM IF SOMEONE'S SPINE IS CROOKED LIKE THAT IS IT GOING TO PUSH ON THE LUNGS IS IT GOING TO PUSH ON THE HEART WILL IT DIMINISH THEIR ABILITY TO BREATH AND GET OXYGEN. WILL IT DIMINISH THE ABILITY FOR THE HEART TO BE MAYBE CAUSING SOME PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD)) [RUNS13]
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To avoid that risk, children with the condition often wear braces for a year or more --but a new study shows that may not be necessary for most cases.
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But Riebel says parents should still get their children checked regularly for scoliosis because in some cases the condition can get worse with time.
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((I THINK IT WOULD BE VALUABLE WHEN THEY HAVE AN ANNUAL PHYSICAL TO BE SCREENED FOR IT. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE PROCEDURE. THE PATIENT JUST HAS TO BEND DOWN AND YOU CAN LOOK AT THE SHOULDER TO SEE IF IF ONE SIDE IS SIGNIFICANTLY ELEVATED)) [RUNS09]
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Riebel says children should get screened starting in the first grade up until their sophomore or junior year in high school.
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Jean,

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Coming up, Mike Stevens will let us know if the government's terror alert will have an impact on this weekend's big sporting events.
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Plus we will have some highlights and reaction to U-V-A's big upset win last night.
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With Valentine's Day just a week away, many people's thoughts are turning to love...and chocolate. Coming up a little later, Brent Watts will take us to a place for a sweet treat.
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Wall Street extended its slide today. All the major market averages fell for the fourth straight week.
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Good evening everybody. With the nation now on the second-highest level of alert for terrorism this weekend many folks have been wondering how this might affect sporting events. At this time, both the NASCAR folks at Daytona and the powers that be at the NBA all-star game in Atlanta says everything is still on as planned and that no changes to the schedule are in the works for either event.
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19 cars are practiced this afternoon for the Bud Shootout that goes off in primetime tomorrow night. The important practice for the drivers will take place tonight at the track at 6:45 when the weather will be closer to race time conditions.
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Bud Shootout practice, ARCA and Goody's Dash series circuits were all part of today's activities at Daytona, but apparently that wasn't enough to keep folks hopping.
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Off the track - Jimmy Spencer has filed a breach of contract suit against his former car owner Chip Ganassi Spencer is hot about being fired and the suit addresses that plus accuses Ganassi of interfering with his career. Spencer is seeking 600-thousand dollars for the difference between the salary he was to be paid this year by Ganassi and what he's set to make this year with Ultra Motorsports.
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The Virginia Cavaliers march into this Sunday's four o'clock match up with North Carolina State riding momentum form beating eighth ranked Maryland 86-78 last night at the Comecast Center.
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The Wahoos entered the game with a 1 and 6 record on opposing teams floors. The Cavaliers erased a 12 point deficit in the second half with a 16-OH run and ended the Terps 14 game home ACC winning streak. UVa got a game high 17 points from reserve Devin Smith.
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Maryland is now tied with Wake Forest for the ACC lead. Both teams are 6 and 2 in conference play. The Terps suffer their fifth loss of the season against a hungry bunch of Wahoos.
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[go to pinnacle 12998] The ACC action continues here on Your Hometown Station tomorrow as North Carolina takes on Florida State at one.
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[go to pinnacle 12999] Then Sunday at one o'clock, the Terrapins will try and rebound against Georgia Tech in Atlanta, again, both game right here on WDBJ-7. [wipe to full screen atlantic coast connection]
Coming up at six tonight, tune in for another installment of your WDBJ-7 Atlantic Coast Connection.
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Downtown Lexington will be a chocolate lovers paradise next weekend as the city hosts its second annual Chocolate Lover's Weekend. As Brent Watts tells us the event was sparked by a local business that's won national attention for its confectionery creations.
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