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Today on News 7 at 5, a Norfolk Southern train derails near Blacksburg. 32 cars jump the track.
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Plus multiple accidents on Interstate 81 slow traffic down again.
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It looks like a cloudy weekend but no huge downpours. And a chance to test your memory about the winter in Roanoke so far.

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Also today, NASA releases tape shot inside the space shuttle Columbia moments before it broke up.
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The federal government wants to see warning labels on a popular dietary supplement.
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Plus police in Lynchburg say the city is not doing enough to encourage officers to stay on the force.
News 7 at 5 is next.

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For the second time in as many weeks, a Norfolk Southern train has jumped the tracks in the New River Valley.
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Norfolk Southern investigators are looking into the cause of the latest derailment this morning.
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It happened just before ten in the Ellet Valley. Officials say the train was headed to Norfolk, when 32-cars loaded with coal fell off the track. No was hurt, but police have blocked off Route-603 for cleanup. They hope to have 603 re-opened around midnight. This is the second train derailment in the past two weeks. The other happened in Pulaski County, near the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. The cause of that is still under investigation.
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People traveling on Interstate 81 may have been slowed down for many reasons today.
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A tractor trailer and a car collided in the northbound lane near the Dixie Caverns exit. Two miles north another accident was reported due to traffic. No one was injured in either accident but cars were backed up a couple of miles.
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In Rockbridge County a tour bus holding only one passenger slid into the median. One right lane is closed but was expected to be reopen any time now. V-Dot is working on patching potholes near milemarker 137.

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Five months ago, an internal survey showed salaries were the biggest concern of Lynchburg's police officers.
Today, cops say the city is still dragging its feet on the problem.
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95 percent of the officers surveyed last year cited their pay and benefits as a major concern.
In the past year, more than a half dozen of them have left the department for higher-paying jobs in the private sector.
While rookies have taken their place, some officers say the city is losing valuable experience.
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((OFFICER DOUG CHILDRESS/LYNCHBRG POLICE: THE CITIZENS AND THE SCHOOLS AND EVERYBODY ELSE ARE SUFFERING, ARE GOING TO SUFFER BECAUSE OF THIS BECAUSE WE'RE LOSING EXPERIENCED PEOPLE. BECAUSE YOU CAN WALK RIGHT OUT THIS DOOR AND GO TO WORK AT B&W AND START OUT MAKING MORE THAN YOU'D BE MAKING HERE AFTER 12-15 YEARS OF SERVICE.))
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Childress and others hope public awareness put pressure on city leaders to do something about the pay issue.
In the current budget situation, city manager Kimball Payne has told them it will be at least 20-05 before anything can be done.
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Governor Mark Warner is asking President Bush to help Virginia with its storm-related disaster costs.
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[VO] In a letter, the Governor today asked the President to issue a disaster declaration and provide federal assistance to the Roanoke Valley, Southwest and Northern Virginia. Warner says the state spent 37-million dollars on snow-removal alone. Other damage estimates are still being tallied.
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Coming up later in the newscast- Joy Sutton will have an update on what the Red Cross is doing to help flood victims.

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The Food and Drug administration wants to put warning labels on a popular dietary supplement.
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The F-D-A proposed the warning labels while saying a ban on at least some products containing ephedra remains under discussion.
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The action comes less than two weeks after a medical examiner announced the heatstroke death of a Baltimore Orioles pitcher was probably linked to his use of ephedra.
The powerful dietary supplement industry has blocked the idea of warning labels for ephedra for years.
Because it is considered a natural herb, ephedra is not regulated as closely as prescription drugs.

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Coming up next on the newscast, the White House says it is unlikely Iraq will destroy all the missles the U-N wants it to.
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Also we will see the last recorded images from inside the space shuttle Columbia.
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NASA's released video of the Shuttle Columbia cockpit as the craft re-enters the atmosphere. It is video taken moments before the Shuttle broke up.
Elizabeth Sanchez has more.
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(( Oh shoot Taken from the flight deck of the shuttle Columbia, the videotape shows the crew as they re-enter the atmosphere. In the last recorded minutes of the crews lives, routine conversations can be heard and happy faces can be seen. The tape begins with the shuttle passing over the south central Pacific Ocean 5-hundred thousand feet above the earth.
William "Willie" McCool /Pilot This is amazing. Its getting really bright out there.. laughter. As the crew absorbs the view, theres no indication that anything is wrong. The hot gasses they see outside the shuttle are considered a normal part of re-entry. But investigators are looking at a suspected breach in the left wing that may have allowed those superheated gases into the wheel well leading to the shuttles fiery end. Nasa released this picture of left wing debris and the tiles from the area in question appear almost melted. And the videotape may not shed light on how it happend. Bill Harwood - CBS News Space Consultant I think there's no question that the crew is filming on thru the descent but the problem is the tape they recovered in Texas is severly heat damaged and the outer portion of pool is ot there anymore. so in that sense it sheds no light on what might have gone wrong with the orbiter." NASA's top administrator has rejected assertions by shuttle engineers that nothing could have been done for the crew. Sean O'Keefe told reporters off camera that if they knew there was a problem, there would have been no end to efforts to save them. Elizabeth Sanchez, CBS News.))

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Saddam Hussein says his nation will begin destroying its Al Samoud Two missiles tomorrow-
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But White House officials are not impressed... today calling it nothing more than part of their games of deception.


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((ARI FLEISCHER/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: TOTAL DISARMAMENT IS TOTAL DISARMAMENT IS TOTAL DISARMAMENT. IT'S NOT A PIECE OF DISARMAMENT. AS I SAID THE OTHER DAY IF SOMEBODY TAKES ONE BULLET OUT OF THE CHAMBER OF A GUN WHILE THEY HAVE SIX OTHER BULLETS IN THE GUN, THEY HAVEN'T DISARMED. THEY'VE MERELY PUT ONE BULLET ASIDE WHERE THEY STILL HAVE FIVE THAT CAN KILL YOU.))
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White House officials say Iraq will likely only destroy some of the missiles banned by the U-N.
The U-N's top arms inspector says if Iraq dumps the missiles it will be a significnat move toward disarming.
Ari Fleischer called the move a deception wrapped in a lie.
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Is saying the Pledge of Allegience in public schools unconstitutional?
Today a Federal Appeals court upheld its ruling saying it is.
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As a result the case may now go the U-S Supreme Court.
In its ruling today, the court rejected the Bush Administration's request to reconsider its decision.
It was Last June that a three judge panel ruled using the phrase "under God" in public schools was an endorsement of religion barred by the constitution.
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A Sacramento Atheist brought the lawsuit claiming his daughter should not be subjected to the words "under God" at school.

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Coming up next on the newscast, Brent Watts is getting to experience African culture, without leaving Roanoke.
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A celebration of diversity is the best way to describe tonight's Second Annual Kimoyo (Kee-Moh-Yo) celebration at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Brent Watts has more on the evening of African music and dance.
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Coming up today in Sports, we'll see the lastest postponements due to the weather,
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Then a little later, things are beginning to return to normal at Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo.
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After a choppy effort, Wall Street managed to end the month on a high note.
Stocks tried to rally on word that the economy grew at a stronger-than-expected pace in the fourth quarter as measured by gross domestic product.
But as Alexis Christoforous tells us the market squandered much of the gains amid continued war worries.
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Things are slowly getting back to normal on the high school front - but there are still a number of postponements to talk about tonight. For starters two of tonight's Region 3 quarterfinal basketball games have been postponed for the fourth straight night. The Prince Edward at Blacksburg and Amherst at Alleghany games have been moved to tomorrow night. As a result - the semi-finals and finals have now been moved to next Monday and Tuesday at the Salem Civic Center. Cave Spring at Heritage is still on tonight in Lynchburg. Also, Region 3 Wrestling is now a one day event at Heritage starting at 9:30 tomorrow morning. Region 3 cheerleading at Amherst has been moved from tomorrow to next Friday.

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The state volleyball quarterfinal between Martinsville and Cave Spring finally got underway this afternoon at the Knights gym. The winner would have to hit the road right after the match to play in the semis at Broadway.
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The Knights made short work of the Bulldogs in game one.
Check out Melissa Barry sky for the kill. Cave Spring led 3 to 1 and cruised to the 15 to 1 victory to open the match.
In game two, Sara Lyon gets another point for Tamlyn Tanis and company.
Later, Lyon and Courtney Fitzpatrick team up for yet another block. Cave Spring won the second game 15-6, sweeping the match 2 games to none. Next up, an 8 o'clock date with William Byrd at Broadway.
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Roanoke College came from behind last night to advance to today's semifinals of the ODAC Women's Tournament, but would have to go at it without conference player of the year Katrina Williams who pulled a hamstring last night.
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Bridgewater upset the 2nd seed, Emory & Henry to earn its shot at the Noke.
The Eagles scored the game's first five points. Megan Forster from Shawsville spots up and buries the three ball from the wing to get Bridgewater started.
But Roanoke responded with an 11-oh run of its own. Veronica Kelly plays some 'd', comes up with the steal and goes coast to coast for the lay-in and the foul.
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The Maroons then got this triple from Sarah Grimes. They led it 32-25 at the half and went on to win 70 to 55. Roanoke advances to the title game tomorrow at 2.
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In the opener, top seeded Guilford was bitten by the upset bug against Randolph-Macon.
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The Quakers threatened to blow this one wide open in the first half and cruise into the title game.
Nicole McCrory hits Jennifer King for the easy bucket down low. King tallied 17 points for Guilford.
But Megan Silva scored 20 for the Yellow Jackets including these two on the floater. Macon erases a ten
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point halftime deficit to win it 84 to 73.
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The college hoop action on Your Hometown Station is plentiful this weekend.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 12998] Tomorrow afternoon at four - Clemson takes on the number one team in the ACC - Wake Forest in a four o'clock tip-off.


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[GO TO PINNACLE 12999] Then an ACC, Big 10, SEC triple header is on the way Sunday. JJ Redick and Duke gets things underway at Noon.
Then at two it's Wisconsin and Minnesota, followed by Kentucky and Georgia.

March Madness is officially underway tomorrow right here on Your Hometown Station.
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Coming up at the top of the hour - Travis Wells will join us with this week's edition of the Atlantic Coast Connection. Have a great weekend everybody. Jean will be back in a moment. [GO TO BREAK]


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The Red Cross says it will continue to offer assistance to victims of the flood, as long as there is a need.
A temporary service center has been set-up at Ridgewood Baptist Church in Roanoke.
Joy Sutton has more on what services the Red Cross provides and how you can help.
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Mill Mountain Zoo is thawing out from the latest storm.
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The zoo re-opened at noon today after closing Wednesday in advance of the ice and snow. Zoo director, Beth Poff, says the park set a record this year, closing 10-days because of winter weather. The previous record of nine days was set in 1996 when a massive snowstorm paralyzed the zoo for 5-days in a row.
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