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Today on News 7 at 5, V-DOT prepares for the first taste of Winter Weather.
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Plus a member of the Roanoke Express shares his concern about his friend- the student who is missing from North Dakota.
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Get ready for a wintry mix starting late tonight and early Thursday morning. You name it, snow, sleet and freezing rain. It's all in there. We'll have the details in just a bit.

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Also today, a former Roanoke Mayor says he wants to fire the City's manager.
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In Sports, Kevin Jones announces his future plans.
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Plus a real life Grinch almost spoils Christmas for some school children. News 7 at 5 is next.

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The region is bracing itself for the first real taste of winter weather. It will start out as snow before changing to sleet and freezing rain.
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The Virginia Department of Transportation says it is ready for the season's first winter storm, with thousands of tons of road salt, and 750 employees standing by.
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V-DOT crews at the Hanging Rock Area Headquarters and other locations in western Virginia spent the day preparing their plows and chemical spreaders.
But officials aren't thrilled with the prospect of significant ice in the forecast,
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VA. DEPT. OF SPOKESMAN: INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH FOR THE FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON WE'RE TALKING ABOUT POSSIBLY ICE INSTEAD OF SNOW. THAT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT FOR US. WE'D RATHER SEE SOME SNOW, GET A LITTLE PRACTICE PUSHING SOME SNOW. THERE ISN'T VERY MUCH WE CAN DO WITH ICE IF THAT HAPPENS.))
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Officials say that more than 600 pieces of snow removal equipment will be pre-positioned throughout the region. V-DOT has stockpiled more than 31-thousand tons of salt, and 66-hundred tons of chemically treated abrasives. In addition, V-DOT is planning to increase the use of liquid chemicals to jump-start the melting process.
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Two schools have already changed their schedules for tomorrow.
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Schools in Henry and Tazewell Counties will both open two hours late tomorrow.
If the forecast holds true, the list could grow.
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You can get the most up to date information throughout the night on our website at WDBJ7-dot-com.

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Former Roanoke mayor David Bowers says he wants to reclaim the city, and he'll start by firing one of its leaders.
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Bowers announced his plans today to run again for mayor, after losing to Ralph Smith three years ago. He says he's disgusted by the things going on in city hall, and if elected, the first thing he'll do is make some changes in adminstration, including firing city manager Darlene Burcham.
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((DAVID BOWERS/(D) CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE MAYOR: YOU TOLD ME THREE YEARS AGO WHEN I WALKED OUT OF CITY HALL HOW MANY CHANGES THERE WOULD BE, AND NOT FOR THE BETTER, I WOULD NOT HAVE BELIEVED IT.))
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Darlene Burcham's office said she had no comment to Bowers' statement. Bowers says some of his other priorities includes saving Victory Stadium and building peace between the school board and city council.
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The man accused of kidnapping a North Dakota college woman was mostly quiet during an extradition hearing in Minn
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Alfonso Rodriguez will be returned to North Dakota fo face charges- Meanwhile the search for Dru Sjodin (Sha-DEEN) goes on- Jennifer Donelan brings us up to date.
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((Head covered and bowed...Convicted sex offender - Alfonso Rodriguez
appeared in a Minnisota court today. He's waived extradition. Next

stop...North Dakota to face charges of kidnapping 22 year old Dru Sjodin.
As he faced the judge...Rodriguez said he understood what was happening.. but showed no emotion.
At the end of the brief proceeding a woman speaking in Spanish rushed to the front of the courtroom and begged Rodriguez to tell authorities what he had done with Dru.
Jennifer Donelan reports. But as Rodriguez starts his journey through the legal system...authorites won't say if he's cooperating....and the search for Dru goes on. Sven Sjodin / Brother of missing woman: I don't care what they do to the bad guy. I just want my sister back Volunteers and investigators continue to scour the region where the
college student disappeared and near Rodriguez's home in Crookston, Minnesota.

John Packett / Grand Forks Police Chief we are very confident as move forward today with the arraignment and eventually a trial that we will be supported with substantail evidence. Sjoden has been missing since November 22nd. She was last heard from talking to her boyfriend as she walked to her car in a Grand Forks' mall parking lot. Dru's car, with newly bought packages inside, was found in the lot. Police have released pictures of Rodriguez's 2002 Mercury Sable, hoping to solicit new leads on the case.
Linda Walker / Missing Girl's Mom we are still hopeful that dru will be in our arms soon - but it's not soon enough Authorities say the earliest we can expect Rodriguez in a Gran Forks' courtroom is Thursday morning. Jennifer Donelan....CBS News North Dakota.))

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Dru Sjodin's (Sho-Deen's) disappearance hit close to home for a member of the Roanoke Express who once worked with her.
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Richard Lesko joins us now with more on the story.
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Jean, we spoke with Roanoke Express Defenseman Tim O'Connell after practice today. He is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota, and has known (shoh-DEEN) Sjodin for about two years.
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He says she was always smiling, and was the first person you noticed when you walked into a room. He was originally introduced to her by a mutual friend, and worked with her for a summer at a restaurant in North Dakota.
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O'Connell says it's been difficult following the case from Roanoke since he first heard about the disappearance.
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((TIM O'CONNELL/ROANOKE EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN; THAT DAY I HAD A CALL, WE WERE ACTUALLY ON A BUS, AND WERE COMING BACK. AND I GOT THE CALL ON THE BUS. TOOK ME BY SURPRISE, A PRETTY SAD PHONE CALL, BUT YOU GET THROUGH IT AND JUST HOPE EVERY DAY THAT SHE COMES BACK.))
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O'Connell is holding out hope that Dru Sjodin will be found alive, even though she disappeared eleven days ago.
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And Jean, he's even asking residents of Southwest Virginia to watch out for her, just in case.

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Virginia Tech running back Kevin Jones announced at a one o'clock news conference today, that he will forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. Steve Mason has our first report on why the announcement came today from Blacksburg.
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Next on News 7 at 5, Joy Sutton will tell us why toys are more than just children's playthings.
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Plus a coroner has ruled the death of the Cincinnati man a homicide, but he says the police who beat him did not do anything wrong..
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Cincinnati police tonight will host a community meeting where they will screen the entire video of their confrontation with a violent man Sunday.
The episode ended with his death and today, the coroner called the death a homicide.
Stacy Case reports.
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((When Nathaniel Jones went to a White Castle restaurant Saturday night, employees called police because they thought he was acting strangely.
It's now know that - at that time , Jones had ingested dangerous amounts of cocaine, PCP and embalming fluid. And says the Hamiliton County Coroner...at 350 pounds with an enlarged heart, he was a walking timebomb. So when Jones and the Cincinnati police came to blows, all these factors came into play.

(sot, Carl Parrott, Hamilton County Coroner, "Absent the struggle,

however, Mr. Jones would hot have died. So the struggle is the primary cause of death")
But the coroner was clear....because Jones was killed primarily by the struggle, he has ruled the death a homicide.

(sot, Parrott, "This word should not be interpreted as implying

inappropriate behavior or the use of excessive force by police. Whether or not that occurred is not with the scope of my training ans experience.")
The Jones' family wants an independent investigation saying the coroner has mishandled past cases and that Jones, known to his family as Skip, was gentle and non-violent.

(sot, Diane Payton, Jones' Aunt, "He was a big guy. I'm gonna miss those

juicy hugs and that fat fuzzy face. He was the sweetest man you've ever seen.")
But the police feel so strongly that their own video will exonerate their officers, they will play the entire tape tonight at a town meeting. Stacy Case, CBS News..))

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If you're shopping for kids this holiday season -- chances are you'll be buying toys.
But you don't want to just pick just any thing because toys play a major role in a child's development
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has some advice tonight,
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Jean,
Of course you should always follow the age guidelines on the toy.
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And the pediatrician I spoke with says sometimes the most simple toys are the best.
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For children toys are all fun and games -- but they actually serve a larger purpose. They can have an impact on brain development.
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((PARTICULARLY UNDER TWO AND CHILD'S BRAIN IS STILL GROWING AND DEVELOPING AND IF THERE IS NOT STIMULATION THERE TO BRAIN CELLS DON'T MAKE ALL THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS AND DON'T GROW PROPERLY SO TOYS ARE THE TOOLS )) [RUNS14]
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Children up to six months need toys that have contrasting colors or that play music. The best items for babies six to 12 months are objects they can hold and manipulate such as blocks. For children 12 to 18 months --toys that can help with walking are ideal. And for those 18 to 24 month, parents should pick toys that imitate real life -- like pretend tools, kitchen items or dolls.
But pediatrician Russell Delaney says one thing to stay away from are walkers.
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At any age, toys also help with motors skills and social skills. Dr. Delaney says his best advice pick toys that cause the child to use your their imagination or encourage play time with others.
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But if you still can't find the right toy -- Dr. Delany says books are a great gift for any age. He says you should read to your child or have them read at least 20 minutes a day.
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It's beginning to FEEL a lot like Christmas, and Brent says it'll be looking that way as early as tomorrow. He'll have the forecast next.

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Virginia Tech's women are putting their new ranking on the line tonight. Travis Wells has that story coming up in sports.
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and Santa visits one school after a teacher takes away some Christmas cheer.
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Good afternoon everybody, welcome to your midweek ticker. Kevin Jones announcement today that he is leaving Tech for the NFL comes as no surprise to the Hokies. Steve Mason says the single game and season leading rusher in school history says its time to move on.
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The Tech women's hoop team is ranked in both of the top 25 polls this week. The team is 23rd in the Associated Press rankings and 19th in the new coaches' poll. Tonight they put their ranking on the line against Old Dominion.
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Tonight is also Montgomery County Christmas Store night. Fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to help children who are less fortunate.
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Tonight's game tips-off at 7pm. That's it for the ticker. Coming up tonight at six, more on Kevin Jones and Nascar news concerning Bill Elliott. We'll see you then everybody.

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On Wall Street today, the Nasdaq index briefly crossed two-thousand for the first time in nearly two years.
But as Alexis Christoforous tells us, it didn't stay there long.
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A first grade teacher is called a grinch... after telling her class there is no Santa.
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School officials quickly summoned Jolly ole Saint Nick from the North Pole to come visit the children- after parents complained.
Santa brought many ho ho hos'. He also sang songs with the students and listened to their Christmas wishes.
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((SANTA: SOMETIMES WE DON'T LET CHILDREN STAY CHILDREN. I THINK IT'S BEAUTIFUL AND I JUST LOVE COMING TO DO THINGS LIKE THIS.))
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Now the school district hopes the student's confidence is restored. When looking at the children's faces you can tell it is.
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