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Today on News 7 at 5, two people are dead after a shoplifting suspect attacks a Christiansburg police officer.
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Also as many as 129 people could be dead after a plane loses its door while in flight.
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Severe weather is a threat through the early evening hours. A tornado watch remains in effect.

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Also today, we'll tell you what a study says most Moms really want for Mother's day.
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A new procedure is putting a new spin on having children, but can it help you select the sex of your child.
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Plus another local basketball standout has decided where he will go to college. News 7 at 5 is next.
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An encounter with a shoplifting suspected ended badly today. Both a Christiansburg police officer and the suspect are dead.
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Christiansburg police officer Scott Allen Hylton was shot and killed today in the line of duty. It happened this morning at the Shell gas station off Interstate-81, near the Christiansburg exit.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now with the details. Jean, authorities say it all began around 5:30 this morning, when Officer Hylton spotted a shoplifting suspect at the gas station. That's when witnesses say things got ugly.
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((MIKE AKERS/WITNESS: HE WAS BEATENING HIM BRUTALLY 3021 REPORTER: HE DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE? NO HE DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE 2024)) Mike Aikers was getting his usual morning coffee, when he saw the suspect, 21-year-old Christopher Holmes of Christiansburg, attack Shelton and grab his gun. He says he tried to go over and help, when Holmes turned the gun on him.
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((OH YEAH I FEEL LUCKY IT WAS ANGELS WITH ME SOMEWHERE IF HE COULD HAVE GOTTEN OFF THE SAFETY I WOULDN'T BEEN HERE TODAY 2955)) Aikers says he ducked behind a car and watched Holmes shoot at other officers on the scene, before fatally shooting Hylton. Officers say they then chased Holmes into the McDonald's parking lot next door and opened fire. Holmes was later pronounced dead at the Montgomery Regional Hospital.
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Jean, the Virginia State police is now investigating the shooting. Now, there was a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy who was also shot, Eric Sutphin, who was treated and released , and we're told is doing okay tonight.
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But, Jean we will have more on officer Scott Hylton's life and what he brought to the force tonight at six.

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People in Oklahoma are fighting to recover after last nights huge tornado there.
Firefighters are going through neighborhoods, making sure no one is still trapped.
Jennifer Millers reports from one of the hardest hit spots, Moore, Oklahoma.
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(( FROM THE AIR THERE SEEMS TO BE LITTLE WORTH CLEBRATING IN MOORE, OKLAHOMA.BUT ON THE GROUND.PEOPLE ARE COUNTING THEIR BLESSINGS. DESPITE WIDESPREAD PROPERTY DAMAGE, NO ONE WAS KILLED WHEN A TWISTER ROLLED TRHOUGH HERE THURSDAY DURING AFTERNOON RUSH HOUR. GOV. BRAD HENRT/OKLAHOMA WHNE YOU SEE IT UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, IT IS REALLY HORRIFIC. AFTER LOSING 44 LIVES IN 19-99 WHEN A TORNADO HIT, THE RESIDENTS OF MOORE WERE BETTER PREPARED THIS TIME. MANY PEOPLE NOW HAVE STORM SHELTERS AND TORNADO DRILLS HAVE BECOME A WAY OF LIFEA HABIT THAT PROBABLY SAVED LIVES AND CUT DOWN ON INJURIES.
Resident: NOBODY GOT HURT, THOSE THINGS CAN BE FIXED.
AND WHILE EVERYONE IS ALIVE, MORE THAN 300 FAMILIES ARE WITHOUT HOMES IN MOORE ALONE. THE TORNADO CUT A PATH A QUARTER MILE WIDE AND 3 AND A HALF MILES LONG. BUSINESSES AND HOMES WERE ALSO DAMAGED IN IN OKLAHOMA CITY, MIDWEST CITY AND CHOCTAW. MOORE MAYOR WELL HAVE IT CLEANUP IN A COUPLE OF WEEKSAND THEN WELL BUILD IT BACK AND WHEN WE BUILD IT BACK, IT WILL BE TWICE AS GOOD.))

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A door on a plane burst open in flight sucking passengers out of the plane- although there are conflicting reports on how may people may have been killed.
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The Russian made plane like this was 33 thousand feet in the air over the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The aircraft's cargo door burst open- and passengers were sucked out.
A Congo government official confirms seven people died, but others say the number of dead is much higher- as many as 129 people may have been killed.
The plane was privately chartered carrying 200 police officers and their families.
Nine survivors are being treated for trauma and minor injuires.
One doctor says survivors told him they were hanging on desperately to the inside of the plane as luggage swirled about and battered them.
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Another Black Hawk helicopter has gone down in Iraq, and Pentagon officials say three U-S soldiers were killed.
Officials are calling this a crash since they believe it was an accident and not the result of hostile fire.
The helicopter is said to have gone into the Tigris River in northern Iraq.
The Black Hawk normally carries a crew of four. Officials say the fourth soldier on the helicopter was injured.

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Coming up next on the newscast, local republicans prepare for tomorrow's important primary vote.
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Plus we'll tell you why President Bush is accusing Senate democrats of neglecting their constitutional duties.
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Area Republicans are getting set to nominate a candidate for the 22nd State Senate District.
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Party officials say tomorrow's primary process will be simple, but voter fraud will not be an issue.
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((TOM LEGGETTE/GOP DISTRICT CHAIRMAN: YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE QUITE THE FORMALITY THAT YOU DO IN A REGULAR PRIMARY, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE VOTING MACHINES, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE PAPER BALLOTS AND OUR SOURCE OF INSURING THAT EVERYTHING IS FAIR TO FOCUS ON THE BALLOT BOX, WHICH EVERYONE WILL GET TO INSPECT BEFORE WE START IT WILL THEN BE LOCKED, YOU'LL GET TO WATCH EVERYONE PUT IN A BALLOT AND WHEN WE'RE DONE YOU GET TO STAY AND WATCH THEM ALL COUNTED.))
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The six candidates include Brandon Bell, Butch Church, Brenda Johnson, Jim Jones, Joe Obenshain and Dale Wilkinson.
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Leggette increased the number of volunteers at each precinct today in expectation of high voter turnout.

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President Bush says the judicial process is broken and it must be fixed.
He says Democratic senators are sidestepping their constitutional duty by conducting a filibuster to prevent a vote on some nominees.
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The President says it is causing vacancies on the bench and overcrowded court dockets which hurts citizens.
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((THIS IS NOT JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL. THIS IS AN ABDICATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND IT IS HURTING OUR COUNTRY.))
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President Bush said it is an unprecedented tactic that he says is wrong.

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Today on Healthcheck, if you had the chance to pick the sex of your child, would you? Clinical trials are underway to see if a procedure increases a couple's odds of having a boy or girl.
Dr. Mallika Marshall shows us how it works.
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((DEBORAH AND MARCEL ARE THE PARENTS OF HEALTHY AND HAPPY 2-YEAR OLD TWINS. FOR THIS COUPLE..THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT ALL THEIR CHILDREN ARE GIRLS.

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DEBORAH'S BROTHER DIED OF MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY...AND DEBORAH IS A CARRIER OF THE GENDER-LINKED DISEASE. THAT MEANS SHE COULD PASS IT ON TO A SON...BUT NOT TO A DAUGHTER.

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"There is no cure.// "you don't want to have a child with the intention of preparing them to die"
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"The X-chromsome is slightly larger from the y and the machine we have..a flow cytometer..allows us to separate them based on this biological difference.
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STANDUP: IN FACT 85 PERCENT OF MICROSORT'S CLIENTS USE THE SERVICE FOR NON-MEDICAL REASONS...THEY SIMPLY WANT TO SELECT THE SEX OF THEIR NEXT CHILD.
MEDICAL ETHTICIST GEORGE ANNAS SAYS SEX SELECTION FOR FAMILY BALANCING IS THE TIP OF A DANGEROUS ICEBERG.

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'If you can pick your child's gender, what's wrong with adding an extra few IQ points, extra inches in height, have a lighter child..whatver you think is quote "a better child"

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THE METHOD HAS PRODUCED MORE THAN 300 CHILDREN SO FAR AND MICROSORT NEEDS 750 BEFORE IT CAN SEEK FDA APPROVAL. DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS.))

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Coming up a little bit later, we'll have some Mother's Day advice,
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Forget breakfast in bed - just leave her there. We'll tell you what the gift topping most moms wish lists is.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see if the stock markets were able to close the week on the rise.
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Then in Sports, we'll hear from the latest person to take the Crimson Tide's top football post.
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On Wall Street today, stocks closed the day higher as buyers reemerged after two straight days of declines. Alexis Christoforous has more in today's Marketwatch report.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the end of the week ticker. We start with some golf news. The 20th annual Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament doesn't get underway until next week at the Roanoke Country Club. But today tourney officials honored this year's scholarship winners.
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Patrick Henry's Barry Wirt, Junior takes home the 8 thousand dollar Scott Robertson Scholarship, which he will use to continue his education at UVA.
Lord Botetourt's Carrie Stump was the winner of the 2 thousand dollar Gene Hawthorne Grant. Stump will head to James Madison University in the fall.
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Yet another local high school basketball standout has committed to play college ball.
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Patrick Henry senior Brian Epperly signed his letter of intent to play at Presbyterian College today. The 6 foot 6 center has a 3.6 grade point average and 1270 SAT's. He averaged 10 points and five rebounds a game this past season. Presbyterian plays in the Division II South Atlantic Conference.
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The troubled waters at Alabama have calmed for the moment, as the school's football program has settled on one of its own - Mike Shula.
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The former Bama quarterback stepped under center today to take over a program that is in need of serious stability. He says he and his wife Sherry would not have left the Miami Dolphins for any opportunity, but this one.
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At 37 - Shula will be the youngest coach in the SEC. He gets a six-year deal worth $900 thousand bucks. Jean will be back to wrap up News 7 at Five in just a moment. Take care everybody and have a safe Mother's Day weekend. [GO TO BREAK]

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Finally today, if you are still looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, a scientific survey suggests sleep might be just the thing.
Jennifer Miller has more.
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(("Yes, I'm here." (CHRISTINE WALKING OVER TO COACH)
CHRISTINE CIRKER IS BUSY ....
"Oh, do I have any more of those?" (MOM) "Yeah." (COACH) "I had one." (MOM) "Mom, did you bring my gatorade." (KID)
SHE IS MOM TO 10-YEAR-OLD MARLON AND SIX YEAR OLD MIA.
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... WHILE PARENTING FULL-TIME... SHE VOLUNTEERS AND WORKS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN PARTTIME.
"If I have work to do for myself I do that after nine o'clock at night."
MARLON "She has a lot to be tired about."
MICHAEL "That's why they invented mothers day."
THIS MOTHER'S DAY .... SHE WANTS WHAT MOMS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY CRAVE.
MICHAEL "She would like to get sleep, but a lot of the times that isn't what she gets."
NOT EVEN CLOSE.
MARLON "In my class we're making these beanie babies."
JOHNNY "I could get her a headband."
MICHAEL "We've made like these beaded necklaces."
MICHAEL'S MOM MELISSA "An ideal gift would be to sleep in, truly."
AND ONE DAY ISN'T ENOUGH. SOME WANT A MOTHER'S MONTH.
MELISSA "Yes, exactly, do you have one? (LAUGHING)."
STANDUP: IN FACT, STUDIES SHOW THE AVERAGE WOMAN ONLY GETS ABOUT SIX AND A HALF HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT. BUT IT DOESN'T TAKE AN EXPERT TO TELL MOM, SHE NEEDS MORE.
SYLVIA GRANT/MOM "a nice long sleep in the morning, that would be a great thing, I would love that."
SO WOULD CHRISTINE. A MOTHER OF TWO SHE ALSO VOLUNTEERS FOR HER SON'S LITTLE LEAGUE ... AS THE TEAM MOM.

PLAYERS COMING OFF FIELD, TOWARD CHRISTINE (BACKTIME B-ROLL FOR SOT)

"Nice job, really nice job guys."
EXPERT ALSO SAY A LACK OF SLEEP CONTRIBUTES TO FRUSTRATION AND ANGER AND STRESS. SO ALTHOUGH MOM LIKES JEWELRY, CARDS AND FLOWERS. THIS MOTHERS DAY ... YOU MIGHT WANT TO LEAVE THEM AT THE STORE ... AND LEAVE MOM ALONE ... TO SLEEP.
"Oh, nice, run, run, run Yes. Way to go!"
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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