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Today on News 7 at 5, there are more details on yesterday's recovery of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart.
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Plus hundreds of students protest Virginia Tech's new policy on Affirmative Action.
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Showers, even a few thunderstorms are moving into southwest Virginia. We'll check out where they're headed and take a sneak peak at your weekend forecast coming up.

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Also today, actor Christopher Reeve benefits from a rare surgical procedure.
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It's getting to be allergy season. Joy Sutton will tell us why that's nothing to sneeze at.
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Plus Robert Blake will soon be set free from jail. We'll tell you why. News 7 at 5 is next.

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The first pictures come out of Elizabeth Smart since she's been back with her family.
And tonight more details about where she's been.
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Elizabeth Smart's father says the family is learning more about Elizabeth's nine months away- Ed Smart says at one point her captors took her to San Diego.
But there are still many questions about just where Elizabeth was and what happened while she was gone.
Meanwhile Elizabeth begins a new life back at home with her family. She spent last night playing the harp and watching her favorite video.
Elizabeth Sanchez is following this story. She joins us live from Salt Lake City with the latest.
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UTAH TEEN ELIZABETH IS HOME AND WELL..AND HER FAMILY IS GIVING HER TIME TO ENJOY LIFE. ED SMART/ELIZABETH'S FATHER: I don't know what her mind set is...she must have gone through hell. POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TWO DRIFTERS...BRIAN MITCHELL AND HIS WIFE WANDA BARZEE. WHO WERE WITH ELIZABETH WHEN POLICE STOPPED THEM. THE TEENAGER DENIED SEVERAL TIMES THAT SHE WAS ELIZABETH SMART. Police officer: She said I'm Augestine...I said your not...i think you are Elizabeth...then she cried. THE SUSPECTS AND ELIZABETH WERE FOUND WEARING VEILS LIKE THESE. IRONICALLY THESE PHOTOS. THAT ARE BELIEVED TO INCLUDE ELIZABETH... WERE TAKEN AT A PARTY LAST SEPTEMBER, NOT FAR FROM THE SMART'S HOME. ED SMART AGAIN She spent months up here in the mountains...through August. FOR NOW...THE SMART FAMILY IS REJOICING.....BUT ALSO FENDING OFF QUESTION AS TO WHY ELIZABETH APPARENTLY DIDN'T TRY TO LEAVE HER CAPTORS. DOROTHA SMART/ELIZABETH'S GRANDMOTHER "WHATEVER CONTROL THIS MAN HAD ON HER WE DO NOT KNOW."
LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE NIGHT ELIZABETH WAS TAKEN...KNIFEPOINT NOT GUNPOINT AND THE SUSPECT HAD BEEN WATCHING HER FOR SOME TIME... CBS NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY. now back to you.))

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More than 300-Virginia Tech students and faculty rallied in protest today over the school's decision to cut affirmative action.
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During a closed meeting Monday, Tech's board of visitors voted to change its discrimination policy, so that the school would no longer consider race and gender as a factor in admissions, hiring or financial aid. The board also removed sexual orientation from the policy, because it is NOT protected under law. Many protesters say not only are they upset over the decision, but also by the way it was made.
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The university says it had to change its discrimination policy to comply with state and federal laws. However, officials say they will continue to work feverishly on the issue.
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Attorney General Jerry Kilgore said today that he is surprised by the reaction from Virginia Tech students and faculty over the school's new admission policy.
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Kilgore's office issued the legal opinion that led to the change in Tech's affirmative action policy.
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The state's lead attorney says federal and state law are clear about the prohibition against considering race and gender in admissions and hiring decisions.
He says it is a matter of fairness.
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Kilgore says using race and gender based prefences is not the only way to achieve a diverse student body.
He also points out that other schools in the state, like George Mason University and Christopher Newport College, already have similar policies in place.

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President Bush may not demand a United Nations vote on Iraq after all.
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Secretary of State Colin Powell today said the President is ready to show flexibilty at the request of U-S allies.
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Powell said the administration is working to come up with a solution that's agreeable to all.
Bush is still working to gain backing for a resolution authorizing force and France is still threatening a veto.

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After three days of emotionally charged debate, the U-S Senate today voted to ban the controversial procedure known as partial birth abortion.
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The bill prohibits doctors from committing an overt act designed to kill a partially delivered fetus.
The 65-to-32 vote was a victory for Republicans and abortion rights opponents.
The legislation is now headed for the Republican controlled House where it is expected to pass sometime this spring.


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A California judge has ordered actor Robert Blake to stand trial for his wife's murder.
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The judge says Blake had the time, the opportunity and the motive to commit the shooting.
Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to death in Blake's car outside a Los Angeles restaurant after they had dinner.
Blake has said she was shot while he was back in the restaurant getting a gun he'd left behind.
The judge set bail for the actor at one and half million dollars.
Todays ruling came after a lengthy preliminary hearing.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the state makes cutbacks in a program to assist stranded motorists. We'll have the details after the break.
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Plus doctors use a rare operation to help actor Christopher Reeve breathe a little easier.
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Three people were killed and ten more injured after a building collapsed in Japan.
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The people were crushed in their cars after a demolition job in the city of Fuji went wrong.
At least four cars had been waiting at a traffic light when part of the old building collapsed.
The demolition crews had intended for the wall to fall forward into the building, not out into the street.
Horrified witnesses said it looked like toy cars being crushed.
Heavy equipment was need to remove victims from the rubble.
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Safety Patrols on Interstate 81 are the latest casualty of state budget cuts.
Today, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced it will reduce funding for the program by half.
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The V-DOT patrols have been in place on Interstate 81 and 581 for three years, and they respond to 35- hundred calls each year.
Today, VDOT Commissioner Phil Shucet (shoo-KET) said the cutback was quote "not a first choice, but a last resort."
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In western Virginia, patrols are now working reduced hours, and covering fewer miles. On July first, service will be reduced from five days a week to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
No one will be laid off because of the cuts.
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In health check tonight,
We're heading into tree pollen season. And for some allergy suffers it's one of the worst times of the year.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has advice on some of the best treatments for allergy sufferers.
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Jean, Of course the first line of defense is to avoid the pollen by staying indoors and keeping the windows rolled up in the car.
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But with warm temperatures like today --that's hard to do. That's why there are medications and shots that can help.
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If you haven't' noticed the flowers and trees are starting to bloom. A sign that spring is in the air and that pollen is floating everywhere.
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And just because you didn't have a reaction last year --doesn't mean you can't develop allergies to pollen.
Some of the symptoms include a runny and stuffy nose, recurring sinus infections, fatigue, wheezing and bronchitis.


If limiting time outdoors isn't an option -- drugs like claritin, clarinex or allegra can help those who suffer with mild allergies.
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If you need something stronger nasal steroids can help --but Doctor Fame says allergy shots are the best. The shots teach the body not to fight the pollens.
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((WITH THE MEDICATIONS THEY TREAT THE SYMPTOMS WITH ALLERGY SHOTS THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS AND THEY CAN GO OUT AND PLAY AND BE AROUND THEIR CATS JUST HAVE SYMPTOMS MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT))
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Just a reminder that claritin is no available without a prescription. Doctor Fame says this will only alleviate the immediate symptoms.
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Actor Christopher Reeve is breathing easier following surgery that allows him to survive without a respirator for longer periods of time.
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Surgeons implanted electrodes in Reeve's diaphragm in hopes of enabling him to breathe on his own.
Before the surgery, Reeve could only go ten minutes without the respirator, but now he can go more than two hours.
It is hoped as his diaphragm strenghtens, he will not need the respirator at all.
He has been on the device since he broke his back in a horse riding accident eight years ago.
Reeve is just the third person to have the surgery.
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A medical examiner in Florida has ruled the diet supplement ephedra played a role in the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler (BEHK'-lur).
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Toxicology tests show significant amounts of ephedra were in Bechler's system when he collapsed and died of heatstroke at spring training February 17.
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The Broward County medical examiner says other factors also contributed to the death.
Bechler had taken three tablets of a weight loss supplement by the name of Zenadrine.

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Coming up next on the newscast, Brent Watts will let us know if the beautiful weather will stick around for the weekend.
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Then a little bit later, we'll hear about someone's 52 MILLION dollar mistake.
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Coming up today following Sports, we'll tell you why the winner of the Iditarod Race is getting more than mush for his victory,
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and in Sports, the best teams in the A-C-C prepare for this weekend's tournament in Greensboro.
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On Wall Street today, investors finally had something to cheer about. A huge rally gave the Dow Jones industrial average its biggest one-day point-gain so far this year.
Alexis Christoforous has the details.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to jam-packed ticker. The ACC teams got their first look at the Greensboro Coliseum this afternoon as each team went through an hour long shoot around prior to the start of this year's tournament. Travis Wells checks in from the Coliseum with a couple of old familiar faces.
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Virginia Tech held the first of its two N-F-L combines for seniors today at Rector Field House.
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Among the notables showing off their skills for the more than 25 scouts in attendance were offensive standouts Shawn Witten, Terrell Parham, and Lee Suggs.
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Former defensive captain Willie Pile and safety Billy Hardee also took part in the workouts, which included the shuttle run and 40-yard dash.
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Now coming up tonight at News Seven at Six, more from the combine as a former member of the Hokie backfield makes a surprise and impressive appearance.

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And the March Madness began today for the teams still alive and searching for a state high school championship. In the Group A semi-finals this afternoon Nandua beat Altavista at the buzzer in the opening game. Radford and Geroge Wythe are playing at this hour. We will have highlights of both games on News 7 at six.
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[go to pinnacle group aa] And tonight at the Vines Center it's the Group Two A semi-finals. The nightcap at 8:45 has Cave Spring playing Graham. Take care folks - have a safe night. [GO TO BREAK]

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Someone has just lost 52 MILLION dollars and he or she is apparently not even aware of it. A winning Powerball ticket sold September 14 at an Indianapolis
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convenience store expired at five today.
It is the first time a jackpot has gone unclaimed in Powerball history.
A second winning ticket that split the 103 million dollar jackpot was claimed in Pennsylvania soon after the drawing.
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A 43 year old firefighter from Norway has won this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
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Robert Sorlie is only the second non-Alaskan to win the race.
Sorlie is a three-time champion of Norway's premier sled dog race. Last year he finished ninth in the Iditarod to post a new rookie record and was named rookie of the year.
For his win, he received a check for more than 68 thousand dollars and a brand new truck.
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