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Today on News 7 at Five, despite yesterday's celebrations, there is plenty of evidence that the fighting in Iraq is not over. We'll have the latest.
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Plus one locality takes steps to prevent future flooding.
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A dynamic storm is slowly moving through the area producing everything from damaging winds, to flooding, to hail, to snow. We will sort it out in a moment.

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Also today Roanoke's zoo is getting two new residents. We'll have the details.
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On Health Check, we'll explain how people who use weight loss programs can also shed part of their tax bill.
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And Brent Watts will join us with Growin' It. News 7 at 5 is next.
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((MAJ. GENERAL STAN MCCHRYSTAL/U.S. ARMY WE CONTINUE DISCOVER WEAPONS CACHES AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT HIDDEN AND ABANDONED. DEATH SQUADS STILL POSE A THREAT. AND THERE ARE STILL COALITION FORCES FIGHTING ORGANIZED RESISTANCE IN THE NORTH, NEAR TIKRIT AND MOSUL. ))
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
A warning from the Pentagon today- Despite recent triumphs, the war in Iraq is far from over.
Iraqi forces are still organized in the Northern Part of the country and suicide bombings are also a threat.
Today a suicide bomber seriously injured four U-S marines at a Marine checkpoint in Baghdad.
Elsewhere in the capital, U-S forces have been battling holdout fighters at a palace and a mosque. Chris Lawrence joins us live from Kuwait City with more on what's going on.
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((IRAQI TROOPS KILL A U-S MARINE IN A FIREFIGHT ...AND A SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKS A CHECKPOINT WOUNDING FOUR OTHERS. JUST A DAY AFTER SADDAMS STATUE CAME DOWN BAGHDAD REMAINS A DANGEROUS PLACE. Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, vice director for operations of the U.S. military's Joint Staff, "MAINTAINING PROTECTION OF YOUR FORCES IS INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT AS WE TRANSITION FROM HIGH INTENSITY COMBAT." LOOTING IS WIDESPREAD AND APPEARS TO BE GETTING WORSE. LOOTERS RANSACKED A PALACE ONCE USED BY DEPUTY PRIME MINSTER TARIQ AZIZ. HES LONG GONE...ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER TOP IRAQI LEADERS. BUT ITS NOT ALL BAD IN BAGHDAD. AT THIS CHECKPOINT EARLY THURSDAY THERE WERE HUGS AND HANDSHAKES FOR AMERICAN TROOPS. SOLDIER "THEY SEEM PRETTY HAPPY WE'RE HERE, WE'RE HAPPY WE'RE HERE." IN THE NORTH, KURDISH FIGHTERS AND U.S. SPECIAL FORCES HAVE OCCUPIED THE OIL-RICH CITY OF KIRKUK. IRAQI RESISTANCE SEEMS TO HAVE DISAPPEARED THERE BUT THATS NOT THE CASE IN SADDAM'S HOMETOWN OF TIKRIT. COMMANDERS CALL IT A STRONGHOLD OF THE REGIME AND ARE PREPARING FOR A BIG FIGHT." McCrystal again. "THEY ARE THE LAST SIGNIFICANT FORMATIONS ON THE BATTLEFIELD THAT WE ARE AWARE OF."))

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President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have a television message for the Iraqi people- assuring them of their future.
The two recorded the messages in Ireland this week.
Their statements are being broadcast in Iraq today.
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((BUSH: WE ARE TAKING UNPRECEDENTED MEASURES TO SPARE THE LIVES OF INNOCENT IRAQI CITIZENS, AND WE ARE BEGINNING TO DELIVER FOOD AD WATER AND MEDICINE TO THOSE IN NEED. OR ONLY ENEMY IS SADDAM AND HIS BRUTAL REGIME- AND THAT REGIME IS YOUR ENEMY AS WELL.))
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President Bush told Iraqi's they will soon be free to build a better life, free to travel, speak their minds and join in the political affairs of Iraq.

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He is an Air Force General responsible for 34 squadrons and hundreds of air force missions.
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Brigadier General Daniel Darnell is a Vinton Native who says despite the celebrations in Iraq, this war is far from over.
He spoke with News 7 on the phone from his base in Southwest Asia.
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((RIGHT NOW THE PACE HAS NOT SLOWED WE FEEL A LOT OF WORK WITH URBAN CLOSE AIR SUPPORT AND HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO IN THE NORTHERN PART OF IRAQ. WE'RE STILL FOCUSED.))
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General Darnell's wing includes more than 110 aircraft including B-1's B-52's, F-15's and F-16's, but he praised others working in this war.
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((I WILL TELL YOU THE REAL HEROS IN THIS CONFLICT ARE THOSE FIXED AIRCRAFT GENERAL SORTIES AND FLYING INTO HARM'S WAY. THEY'VE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB.))
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General Darnell was on duty when the shock and awe campaign began a few weeks ago- saying it was the most amazing thing he's ever seen.
He says despite the most powerful force being used, it is the also the most humane, saying great lengths have been taken to keep loss of life at a minimum and infrastructure intact.
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The city of Radford may soon put an end to its ongoing flooding problems.
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Residents in the Sunset Village and Forest Park areas have dealt with flooding in and around their homes for years now. But, city officials say they hope to fix the problem by building a new drainage system. Last night, the council approved a proposal to set aside two-million dollars next year for the project-- money they had planned to use to build a new road.
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Starnes says the council will vote on the proposal next Monday. If the money is approved, he says work on the new system could begin as early as July.
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Still to come on the newscast,
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a fire at a Russian school for the deaf claims 28 lives.
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Fires at two schools have killed 50 students in Russia this week.
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The latest was early this morning. 28- children died as a school for the deaf burned in southern Russia.
Rescue efforts were slowed because the children could not hear the alarms or understand the firefighters' instructions.
School workers had to shake each child awake.
A teacher at the school says rescuers saved many children by throwing them from second-story windows onto mattresses.

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Three days earlier, 22 children died when their wooden schoolhouse in Siberia burned to the ground.
The Russian government has ordered an immediate fire safety survey at all its schools.

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Workers from the Red Cross and your hometown station sorted through items today that will be sent as care packages to those fighting in the mideast.
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The Packages from Home drive began last week and generated a tremendous response.
And according to one worker, southwest Virginians thought of just about everything to give the troops a little taste of home.
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80 U-Haul boxes, weighing 50 pounds each were all packed up for shipment today.
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In health check tonight,
If you were enrolled in a weight loss program last year -- you may be able to deduct the expense from your taxes.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us to explain.
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Jean,
The I-R-S added this new deduction last year under medical expenses.
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Under the law the cost of a weight loss program can be deducted if it was taken under a doctors instruction for a weight related condition including obestiy.
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In order to claim a deduction you must meet certain qualifications. You have to be itemizing your return and your total deduction for medical expenses must exceed 7-point-5-percent of your gross income. If your gross was 30-thousand dollars your medical expenses have to exceed 22-hundred and 50 dollars.
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((MIKE SPEARS/IRS REPRESENTATIVE: YOU CAN DEDUCT THE GENERAL COST OF THE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM. YOU CAN NOT DEDUCT THE COST OF SPECIAL FOODS, DIET FOOD. AND YOU CAN NOT DEDUCT COST OF A GYM FOR GENERAL HEALTH PURPOSES)) [RUNS12]
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And weight loss programs aren't the only weight related medical deductions.
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Weight Watchers hopes this will encourage more people to try the program.
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If you don't have time to claim the deduction this year -- you have up to three years to amend that tax return.
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It's hard to tell it by the recent weather, but the gardening season is upon us. Next on our newscast, Brent Watts branches out with the first Growin' It of the season.
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A few weeks ago a Spring snowstorm knocked down many blooming Bradford Pear trees, grounding many gardener's plans to plant them in the future. In this first installment of Growin' it, Brent Watts examines the pros and cons of this beautiful, yet brittle tree.


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Coming up today in Sports, Mother Nature is raining on Tiger Wood's parade.
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Then a little bit later, we'll tell you about two different kinds of Tigers coming to the Mill Mountain Zoo.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to a rainy Thursday ticker. We start on the links at Augusta National where Mother Nature reigned supreme today.
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Persistent rain has postponed round one of the Masters. The course was waterlogged by mid morning because the wet stuff has been around since late Sunday.
It's the first time since 1939 that the opening round of the season's first major has been postponed.
Officials now hope to get in 36 holes on Friday, but more rain is expected in the morning.
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This saturday at one o'clock, the Craftsman Truck Series invades Martinsville Speedway with the Advance Auto parts 250. This marks the fourth race of the truck season.
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Jon Wood is no stranger to the half mile track. Wood is sixth in the points race and, coming of a second place at Mesa Marin, he has momentum heading into the race. But qualifying at Martinsville helps keep his feet firmly planted on the ground.
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Don't forget you can meet Jon Wood and Ricky Rudd tonight at the Valey View Grand Piano Store starting at six o'clock.


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The Virginia football team is allowed to practice 20 hours a week and no more than four hours a day by the NCAA.

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No one on the UVa staff wants to win more than head coach Al Groh but, being UVa graduate, he knows how important academics are. So he has made some changes to his practice schedule to give players a better chance in the class room.

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Virginia punter Tom Hagan, whose shoulder injury forced him to forgo the remainder of the baseball season, will have shoulder surgery at the conclusion of spring football.
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And this afternoon UVa announced that it is opening up three practices this weekend to fans. The practice on Friday and Sunday begin at 2:30 and on Saturday it's at 10:45am. All fans are welcome - but no cameras are allowed. Much more for you at the top of the hour. Take care everybody. [GO TO BREAK]

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For the first time in more than a decade Mill Mountain Zoo is preparing to house a white tiger. The one year old female is scheduled to arrive with her sister from Atlanta this evening.
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It'll be the first time since brothers Kubla and Khan visited the zoo in 1990 that one of the rare animals has gone on display in Roanoke. Zoo keepers say Sareeka (shar-EE-kah) is a normally colored Bengal tiger while My-Lee (my-LEE) has unusual traits.
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The sisters will be on display in the area next to resident tiger Ruby through Labor Day. Poff says it will be the first time Ruby's ever seen another tiger.
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