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Today on News 7 at 5, the death toll is up to 95 in a nightclub fire in Rhode Island.
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Plus a worker at an Elliston business is killed in an industrial accident.
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Rain and plenty of it rolling out of the Gulf Coast. What that means to your weekend forecast coming up.

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The teenager who underwent a second transplant operation after the first was botched has suffered another setback.
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State health officials try to determine what illness has killed five children since Saturday.
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Plus General Assembly negotiators reach an agreement on raises for state employees.
News 7 at 5 is next.

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One Survivor talks about the horror inside a Rhode Island Nightclub- Fire kills 95 people- many more are missing.
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Good Evening.
While families wait, firefighters search.
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So far they've found the bodies of 95 people- and they've also been spots in the rubble where they believe more bodies will be found.
Rhode Island's governor says it's not clear how much higher the death toll will go.
He says no one had a chance because the ``building went up fast.''
Jennifer Miller is at the scene where a press briefing is about to get undweary. She has the latest.
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((In a flash the damage was done...flames engulfed this small R.I nightclub, turning a rock concert into a firery death trap. It started, witnesses say, when an pyrotechnics display...without a permit ... went horribly wrong. Nicole Conant/Survivor/Eye Witness "The pyrotechnics went off...if caught fire on the egg-crate backing on the wall. It was a very quick, fast spreading fire." At first concert goers...here to see the 80's rock band "Great White" thought the fire was all part of the act, but as flames licked across the ceiling, a wave of panic swept through the room. Joe Barber/Survivor/Eye Witness People were getting dragged through broken glass on the way out, it was very ugly." By mid day, scores of people were confirmed dead. More than 160 injured....are in area hospitals suffering from severe burns and smoke inhalation. West Warwick Town Manager Wolfgang Bauer "You know the numbers are just staggering and the impact is going to be just staggering." As fire crews piece through he rubble, investigators are focusing on the pyrotechnics that sparked the blaze. The state Fire Marshall is required to license fireworks displays....but he didn't. Club officals say the band didn't have permission to use them. The lead singer disagrees. Jack Russell/Lead Singer "GREAT WHITE" We do it when we're allowed to. We always get permission from the club owner before we do that, it's not something we sneak in there and do." Warwick Police Chief Peter Brusso "The case is that if there is no licensing for the pyrotechnics show, that would be a violation of the law." JMiller Close: TO COME: Stone Poney..N.J. Owner says the group played there and didn't ask permission to use fireworks))

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An employee at an Elliston factory was killed today while on the job.
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It happened around 10-45 this morning at the Big Spring Mill plant. Officials say Roy Manning of Salem was cleaning near one of the plant's flour machines, when he became entangled in a piece of moving equipment.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Big Spring Mill has been in business since the 19-30s and employs about 25-people. Officials say Manning had been working there for about three years.
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State health officials are trying to ease parent's concerns after five children have died unexpectedly in the past week. All of the children were less than eight years old and died after experiencing flu-like symptoms.
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Officials say there is NO evidence of bioterrorism, and nothing to suggest that the deaths are anything more than a coincidence.
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Meanwhile, physicians are looking for anything suspicious in our area.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT; IT'S IMPACTING ALL OF US BECAUSE WE HAVE INCREASE THE SURVEILLANCE LOOKING FOR UNUSUAL OCCURRENCES OF CHILDREN ACROSS THE STATE 13 LETTERS HAVE GONE OUT TO PHYSICIANS WARNING THEM TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ANY UNUSUAL OCCURRENCES PARTICULARLY IN CHILDREN.))
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Four of the children were from the Tidewater region, and one lived in Richmond. State health officials say it could take several days to determine what caused the deaths.

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After a five-day stalemate, House and Senate budget negotiators agreed to a compromise budget today.
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Lawmakers from both chambers give House Speaker William Howell credit for helping to broker an agreement.
The budget includes a 2-point-25-percent pay raise for public school teachers and state employees.
But the salary increase is conditioned on the state's economic performance. That has some Democrats concerned.
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The conferees compromised on funding for the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.
The facility will get 800-thousand dollars next year and lesser amounts in future years.
But the budget does NOT include money for Roanoke's Center in the Square, the Virginia Transportation Museum or the Mill Mountain Theatre.
The budget agreement means the General Assembly is expected to adjourn tomorrow, on schedule.
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Doctors says the girl who received the wrong organs during transplant surgery has suffered brain damage. We'll have more on that after the break.
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Plus we will see how health officials are training nurses and other workers to prepare for biological attacks.
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The teenager who yesterday received a second heart and lung transplant has taken a turn for the worse.
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Doctors at Duke University Hospital say it appears Jessica (Sahn-tee-on) Santillan has severe and irreversible brain damage.
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Doctors are planning more tests today to confirm that diagnosis.
The 17 year old was near death after undergoing her first transplant almost two weeks ago.
She was mistakenly given organs which did not match her blood type.
Doctors say it appears the brain damage could have been caused by the amount of time Jessica was connected to life support as she waited for the second transplant.
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Local health officials and area hospitals are preparing for a biological attack.
While the focus right now is on smallpox, officials believe it will set the framework for handling any type of terrorist attack.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details.
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Jean, The focus is on getting health care workers prepared and trained.
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Today public health nurses got a lesson in adminstering the smallpox vaccine.
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She says when she gave the vaccine 30 years ago, there was no major concern about serious complications.
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But now health care workers will have to be extremely cautious not only in screening who can get the vaccine but also in adminstering it safely.
Health officials say that's why it is not currently available to general public.
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And to prepare for the possibility of such an attack a joint task force has been formed.
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And officials say having these nurses trained on adminstering the vaccine to as many as 50 people an hour is a step in the right direction.
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((MANY OF THE THINGS WE'RE USING TO PLAN FOR SMALLPOX.. MANY OF THOSE ISSUES AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE APLY TO TORNADOES OR FLOODS OR ANY OTHER BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL OR RADIOLOGICAL AGENTS)) [RUNS14]
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Health officials say they could vaccinate the entire region in 10 days.
As far as when health care workers in our area will begin receiving the vaccine, health officials say they have not determined a date yet.
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Jean,

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No sign of terrorism in connection with an explosion and fire in Staten Island, New York.
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But at first that's what some people thought when they heard the blast.
The explosion shook an oil storage facility and left at least one worker dead. Another is unaccounted for.
A barge exploded while 100 thousand barrels of gasolien were being unloaded at an Exxon-Mobile Site.
The Mayor of New York says the dead and missing workers were on the barge.
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Baseball and softball seasons are swiftly approaching. But if the weather is driving you batty, Brent Watts has just the place for your spring training.
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Baseball season is just a few months away, and there's a new place in Roanoke where you can brush up on your swing, without having to brave the elements. Brent Watts has more from The Hitting Zone.
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Coming up today in Sports, Mike Stevens looks at the action from two different kinds of tracks.
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Then a little bit later, a local landmark could soon perk up Downtown Roanoke again.
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Wall Street posted its second consecutive winning week after the markets surged around a modest inflation report.
Alexis Christoforous has more in our Marketwatch report.
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The Group Two-A State Indoor Track Meet took center stage today in Blacksburg. Travis Wells has more on the fast times from Virginia Tech's Rector Field House.
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The Winston Cup and Busch Gran National drivers are in Rockingham, North Carolina playing a gameof chicken with Mother Nature and so far the cars are winning.
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Despite showers earlier - the Winston Cup cars are qualifying at this hour with about half the field still to go out on the track. Ricky Rudd was the 17th driver to circle the Rock - he was 12th fastest after his circuit. We'll have an update on the qualifying tonight on News 7 at 6.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 12998] And Your Hometown Station has plenty of hoops for you this weekend. North Carolina and Maryland battle tomrorow at two, and then at four Duke hosts NC State. Another great ACC doubleheader.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 12999] Sunday we'll step on the SEC hardwood as Kentucky tangles with Mississippi State. And right after that the game of the year in Big 12 - Kansas and Oklahoma right here on WDBJ-7.
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The latest edition is coming up tonight on News 7 at Six. Jean will be right back to wrap up News 7 at Five in a moment. [GO TO BREAK]

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A Roanoke landmark may once again light up the night sky this spring.
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The H & C Coffee Sign was last renovated in December 1991 to the tune of 28-thousand dollars. But owner, John Williams, says it wasn't six weeks before the sign needed to be repaired again. Now, the sign's been dark for years. That's why the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is teaming up with other organizations to get the neon flowing again.
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((KENT CHRISMAN/ROANOKE VALLEY PRESERVATION FOUNDATION: THE PRESERVATION FOUNDATION NEEDS TO COLLECT SOME FUNDS, IS INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING A LOCAL FUND TO USE TO GET SOME GRANTS AND GO ABOUT PUTTING IT IN WORKING ORDER RIGHT NOW SO THE PUBLIC CAN SEE IT.))
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Chrisman hopes to be able to flip the sign back on by Preservation Week in May.
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