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Today on News 7 at 5, ten people are killed in a nursing home fire that another resident may have set.
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Plus traffic is blocked on part of Interstate 81. State police officials say roads and bridges are beginning to get slick.
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This winter storm is likely to cause problems through tomorrow as the moisture comes down in the form of snow and freezing rain. Details next.

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The Supreme Court issues a ruling supporting abortion protesters.
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On Health Check, we will see what a group in Virginia wants to do to fight obesity in children.
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Plus the weather is once again upsetting the local sports schedule.
News 7 at 5 is next.

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Rush hour may be difficult today. Heavy snow and sleet are falling from Galax to Rocky Mount.
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It's not just rush hour- this could be a long lasting storm going well into tomorrow bringing sleet and snow.
Robin Reed is in the weather center with more.

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State Police say two minor accidents on Interestate 81 are proof drivers need to slow down in this weather.
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[VO] In the first, a tractor-trailer drove onto the median and got stuck there at milepost 137. No one was injured. In the northbound lanes of the same area, a car hit the guardrail.
Traffic has backed up in both directions. Police also warn that bridges are slick.
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The word "snowstorm" has been a part of our vocabulary a lot this winter. And while it may go hand-in-hand with phrases like school delays and icy roads, it has brought some good to the region.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now to explain. Jean, it really depends on who you talk to but, which would you rather hear... snow or drought.
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It was only a few months ago when we were begging for any form of moisture, to end a five-year drought. But, according to the people who know, we have. ((ROLLCUE:...))
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[RUNS 13] ((MIKE GILLEN/NWS: OVERALL FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES THE DROUGHT, AND THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED, THAT EVERYBODY THINKS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A DROUGHT, ARE OVER WITH. 11:00 SOIL MOISTURE IN THE UPPER LEVELS HAS BEEN BROUGHT BACK TO NORMAL AND ABOVE NORMAL 11:05)) The National Weather Service says a snowstorm has swept through our region every four to seven days, since the beginning of January. That, coupled with heavy rains has now put the precipitation level slightly above normal. But, considering how it was BELOW normal for so long, forecasters say that's a lot better than it sounds.
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[RUNS 13] WE'RE STILL NOT OUT OF THE WOODS THOUGH IN THAT IF WE GET BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THE LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER IT WOULDN'T TAKE VERY LONG A MATTER OF MAYBE TWO TO THREE MONTHS BEFORE WE START FEELING THE IMPACTS AGAIN OF THE DROUGHT 12:05)))
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Gillen says the chances of that happening, though, is not likely.
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He says the outlook right now is that we WILL have above normal precipitation through the next 30 to 60-days.

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All residents of a Connecticut nursing home are now accounted for- after a deadly overnight fire.
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But the blaze that killed ten residents and injured 23 others is considered suspicous.
Investigators are trying to figure out how the fire started. One nursing home resident is in custody being questioned.
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((I'M NOT AT LIBERTY TO DISCUSS THE CAUSE AND ORIGIN WE DO HAVE SEVERAL LEADS IN REGARD TO THAT MATTER.))
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((CHRISTOPHER MORANO/STATE ATTORNEY: IT IS BEING TREATED AS A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SO THAT ALL EVIDENCE IS PRESERVED SHOULD IT ARISE TO THAT LEVEL.))
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The blaze started early this morning forcing residents out of their beds.
Some were confined to wheelchairs, others were blind or mentally challenged.
Authorities say the building did not have a sprinkler system, but it had met fire codes.
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Some protection for abortion protestors today from the United States Supreme Court.
The court says abortion protestors can not be prosecuted under federal racketeering and extortion laws because they don't actually obtain property.
Those against abortion say today's ruling will likely draw more supporters to his cause.
But the President of the National Organization for Women says she fears the decision could lead to renewed violence at abortion clinics.

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Anti-abortion groups in Virginia say they are pleased with the court's decision.
They say it is another indication that "the pro-life movement is winning the debate."
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A spokeswoman for the Family Foundation of Virginia says today's decision bolsters their view that abortion rights supporters are too extreme and heading in the wrong direction.
She also says the high number of anti-abortion bills passed this year in the General Assembly shows that their viewpoint is gaining momentum.
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Abortion opponents say the majority of Virginians support common sense restrictions on abortion.
They say they hope Governor Mark Warner will sign the recent anti-abortion bills into law.
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Two days after firing a deputy for political reasons, a sheriff from our region decides not to run for re-election.

We'll have the details after the break.
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Also the U-S has more ammunition as it prepares for war. The U-N's chief weapon inspector says Iraq is NOT disarming.


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Weapons inspectors are still in Iraq but news tonight that the Chief Weapons inspector is NOT satisfied with the way things are going.
That could help push a new resolution through the United Nations Security Council.
Aleen Sirgany brings us up to date on the standoff with Saddam Hussein.
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((DAYS BEFORE HE PRESENTS HIS LATEST REPORT TO THE U-N, CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR HANS BLIX SAYS THE IRAQIS STILL ARE NOT COMPLETELY DISARMING. HANS BLIX/CHIEF U.N WEAPONS INSPECTOR Full co-operation or a breakthrough, no, I don't think we can say that. I think we have a very long list of disarmament issues and it will require a big effort in order to clarify all those. BLIX'S REPORT MAY BE CRUCIAL TO THE U-S AS IT TRIES TO WIN ENOUGH VOTES IN THE SECURITY COUNCIL TO PASS ITS FINAL RESOLUTION, THAT COULD LEAD QUICKLY TO WAR. IT APPEARS MEXICO, ONCE AN OUTSPOKEN SUPPORTER OF DIPLOMACY, HAS NOW SHIFTED TOWARD THE U.S POSITION. PRESIDENT BUSH IS ENCOURAGING OTHER SKEPTICAL NATIONS TO DO THE SAME.
BUSH :We will insist that the United Nations resolution 1441 be adhered to in its fullest. After all, we want the United Nations to be a legitimate, effective body. MOST AMERICANS THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY MADE UP HIS MIND ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH SADDAM. A NEW CBS NEWS POLL SHOWS 65 PERCENT THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY DECIDED TO TAKE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ. 31 PERCENT THINK THE PRESIDENT IS CONSIDERING OTHER OPTIONS. BUT BOTH THE U-S AND GERMANY HAVE ALREADY SHOT DOWN THE PLAN. AS THE CONFLICT IN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CONTINUES, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR WON BACKING FROM HIS PARLIAMENT, WHICH REJECTED A MOTION ARGUING WAR AGAINST IRAQ IS "UNPROVEN".. MAKING HIS CASE AGAINST SADDAM, IN A SPEECH TONIGHT, PRESIDENT BUSH WILL SAY CHANGE IN IRAQ WILL HAVE A RIPPLE EFFECT IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WILL IMPROVE CHANCES FOR PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBSNEWS, WASHINGTON.))'

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Two days after he fired one of his top deputies who planned to run for sheriff, Campbell County sheriff Robert Maxey gave him his job back- and now Maxey will step down after 20 years on the job.
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Maxey fired Lieutenant Terry Gaddy Monday when Gaddy announced he would seek the Republican nomination for sheriff this spring.
Last night, the five-term sheriff reconsidered and decided he would "not" seek re-election.
Gaddy was reinstated today.
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Maxey says his heart was never in running for a sixth term.
Virginia sheriffs have the legal right to fire employees for political reasons.
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One out of every five children is overweight.
It's a statistic that has led health officials to create a team in every state to address the growing problem.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with more on what the Virginia Action for Healthy Kids plans to do.
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Jean, The team plans to target schools.
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Because it believes that's the best place to reach the most kids in a short amount of time.
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((ACCORDING TO THE NATL. INSTITUTES OF HEALTH 98-PERCENT OF CHILDREN FAIL TO EAT FROM THE REQUIREMENTS, SUGGESTIONS OF THE FOOD PYRAMID AND THAT'S GETTING IMPOUND MORE AND MORE. OBESITY HAS BECOME A MAJOR ISSUE FOR OUR CHILDREN)) [RUNS13]
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Virginia Action for Healthy Kids wants to see more schools focus more on nutrition and physical education.
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((OUR NUTRITION GOAL IS TO LOOK AT ENTIRE SCHOOL, THE VENDING MACHINES, THE SCHOOL STORE, THE CONCESSION STANDS, THE ALA CARTE LINES, AND IMPLEMENT HEALTH FOOD STANDARDS.)) [RUNS11]
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It wants to see school vending machines offer healthier options, like drinks that contain at least 25-percent juice and snack machines that offer more than just candy.
Suzanne Bryant with Roanoke City Schools is on the task force. She says while Roanoke has made several changes more can be done.
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((WE'RE OFFERING FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLE IN ADDITION TO THE REGULAR MENU. THAT'S ONE THING WE STARTED THIS YEAR. WE'RE ALSO USING HEALTHIER COOKING TECHNIQUES. WE'RE USING LESS BUTTER IN OUR RECIPES, WE'RE USING LIGHT MAYO AND LESS FRYING MORE BAKING)) [RUNS14]
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And the task force believes if kids have healthier options and are more educated on nutrition and physical education they will make wiser decisions.
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The task force plans to give its recommendations to schools this summer. For more information you can find a link to the Virginia Action for Healthy Kids web site on our web page.
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When Justin Porterfield was a high school basketball player, he was known for chatting up the referees.
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Coming up later in Sports, we'll tell you why he's joined the enemy.
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Coming up a little bit later, we will see the region through the eyes of some local photographers.
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Good afternoon folks. Once again the weather is disrupted the winter high school sports action across the region. All of tonight's regional and state action that was originally scheduled for tonight, or rescheduled to this evening - is now on hold again. The schools hope to make the games up tomorrow night, but if you were watching Robin - you know it's unlikely anyone will play tomorrow night.
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Those who played last night look like geniuses today. Among those playing and winning was the Auburn high school volleyball team. The Eagles beat Gate City in two straight games to advanced to the Group A state semi-finals. Auburn is now 21-and-0.
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When and if these regional basketball games resume - area fans can be certain of seeing a referee, who used to spend his time as a player jawing on the hardwood. Steve Mason gets us up to date with Justin Porterfield, a former Northside point guard who is now earning his stripes as an official.
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((STEVE MASON:JUSTIN PORTERFIELD LED NORTHSIDE TO MORE THAN THE VIKINGS SHARE OF STATE TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES. HIS HIGH SCHOOL TALENTS HONED BY VIKINGS COACH BILL POPE TOOK HIM TO THE NEXT LEVEL AT EMORY AND HENRY WHERE HE PLAYED THREE SEASONS. NOW ITS PAY BACK TIME FOR THE PLAYER MOST HIGH SCHOOL REFS REMEMBER FOR HIS GREAT MOVES AND AND AT TIMES ANNOYING MOUTH.))
((Porterfield is not only reffing high school games, but some college. He worked the Roanoke College JV game against Hargrave recently. And wearing the pin stripes has given Porterfield a chance to understand what refs felt when he played. ((JUSTIN PORTERFIELD/HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE REFEREE:))
While Porterfield always gave refs a hard time, he always admired the tough job they did and he has learned he always had it in him. ((:))
Porterfield, whether at Northside or at Emory & Henry, played with fire and was a leader on the floor. Reffing is just an extension of the game he once played. ((:))
Portefield is climbing the referee ranks quickly and will not stop until he reaches his goal.)) ((:)) ((WHILE PORTERFIELD HAS HIS EYE ON THE ACC, HE DOES HOPE TO ONE DAY CALL THE SALEM/NORTHSIDE GAME. STEVE MASON HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY:))

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Locally, Tech hosts Pittsburgh tonight, and UVa is on the road at Ohio U. Plus, the Express is home tonight at 7 against Trenton.
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And the Steelers officially released Kordell Stewart this afternoon. He is an unrestricted free agent and the word is that he may end up with the Cowboys. Much more at top of the hour. Stay safe everybody.
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The Harrison Museum of African American History is hosting an exhibit entitled Perspectives, which features works from local photographers. The exhibit is in remembrance of one man, who during segregation, used his camera to show the world was more than just black and white.
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