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Up next on News-7, the region's first winter storm isn't all fun and games.
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It's affecting everything from air travel to road travel.
We'll have a live report.

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[ANCHOR=Leo]
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Winter Storm Warnings continue with the snow now changing to sleet and freezing rain in many locations. I'll have your messy forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Winter weather makes its first major visit of the season. It's affecting the roadways, airports, and more. And we're expecting things to get icier this afternoon.
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[ANCHOR=Marya]
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The snow first started falling around 4 this morning. Some of the heaviest snowfall is being reported in the New River Valley.
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Bureau chief Rachel DePompa joins from Blacksburg. Rachel, how are road conditions there?
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Marya, Roads are very slick. The snow is still falling here and it's a very wet snow which isn't good news for motorists. It's creating some slick and slushy spots on roadways... sort of like this. It's not too hard to see why cars are sliding off the road.

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Take a look at this video of Interstate 81. We've seen quite a few cars on the side of the road even facing the wrong way. Police say they are dealing with a lot of minor accidents and stranded motorists. It's mainly motorists loosing control of their cars and ending up on the shoulder. I-81 itself is pretty clear, and manageable in Montogomery and Pulaski counties. But if you have to travel on it, slow down. We clocked most cars going at around 50 miles an hour.
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We do have some trouble spots to tell you about. Accumulations are much higher to the south. V-DOT says there are still snow covered sections of Interstates 81 and 77 in Wythe and Carroll Counties. Most of the roads in Grayson and Bland Counties are also still snow covered. And V-DOT officials say route 58 in Grayson is very hazardous right now. In the Konnarock region 4 to 5 inches have been reported.
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Basically Marya, everyone has the same advise today, stay off the roads if you can, but if you have to travel, drive well below the speed limit, the roads may look clear, but its pretty slick out there.

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[ANCHOR=Marya]
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In the Roanoke area, traffic is moving slowly but smoothly with some slick spots on the roadways.

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Richard Lesko joins us with more.
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((Richard ad libs)) ((ROLLCUE:...along the 581-220 corridor))

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[ANCHOR=Marya]
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The winter storm is also affecting air travel to the region.
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At Roanoke Regional Airport, for instance, some scheduled flights in and out were either cancelled or delayed this morning.
If you have air travel plans today, airport officials urge you to check with your airline before heading out.
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[Pulaski-Parade]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
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Today's storm has led the Pulaski County Jaycees to postpone their Christmas Parade. It was set for tonight, but the Pulaski Christmas parade is rescheduled for 7:00 pm on the 11th.
That's one week from tonight.




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[ANCHOR=Marya]
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When school announcements start coming in for tonight and tomorrow, we'll show them in later newscasts and from time to time throughout the evening.
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[TAKE FS WEB ADDRESS 4473 essc] You can also find a continuously-updated list of all weather-related closings and delays any time on our home page at wdbj7-dot-com.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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As the search goes on, the suspect will appear in court. Still ahead, the latest on Dru Sjodin's disappearance.
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And students wonder who harmed their pet project, a pig named Phil -- and why.
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Frustration continues to mount in the case of a missing North Dakota college student.
A sex offender faces a bond hearing today for her kidnapping ... but still there is no indication of whether she's still alive.
Jennifer Donelan has the latest.
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((KIDNAPPING SUSPECT, ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ, HEADS TO A NORTH DAKOTA COURTROOM TODAY FOR A BOND HEARING ....ON KIDNAPPING CHARGES. THE WHEREABOUTS OF DRU SJODIN...HIS ALLEGED VICTIM.. REMAIN A MYSTERY. RODRIGUEZ HAS BEEN IN POLICE CUSTODY FOR MORE THAN 48 HOURS AND A DESPERATE FAMILY IS STILL WAITING.
Sven Sjodin/Missing Student's brother. we are still resolute in the fact that we will find dru - that is our mission.
THAT MISSION INVOLVES AN INTENSE SEARCH OPERATION.
WEDNESDAY, MORE THAN 1700 VOLUNTEERS HAVE BRAVED THE COLD TEMPERATURES AND WINDS. SUN UP TO SUN DOWNTHEY COMBED THROUGH DITCHES and FIELDSAND, AGAIN, CAME UP EMPTY.
AUTHORITIES ARE TIGHT LIPPED....NOT SAYING IF INTERVIEWS WITH RODRIGUEZ, A CONVICTED VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR ARE YIELDING ANY RESULTS.
HE WAS ARRESTED IN MINNESOTA MONDAY AND DURING AN EXTRADITION HEARING A

WOMAN YELLED FOR YOUR MOTHER-S SAKE, TELL THEM WHAT YOU DID WITH DRU.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DRU STARTED HERE IN THIS GRAND FORKS MALL PARKING LOT NOVEMBER 22ND. SHE CALLED HER BOYFRIENDWAS HEARD SAYING OH MY GOD NOAND THEN NOTHING. POLICE SAY RODRIGUEZ, DRIVING IN THIS 2002 MERCURY SABLE, WAS THERE.
Sgt.Michael Hedlund /Grand Forks Police we do believe that he is the person that was the abuctor in the incident with Dru Sjodin and we believe that that vehicle was involved with that abduction.
RODRIGUEZ WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON IN MAY, AFTER SERVING A 23 YEAR SENTENCE FOR ATTMEPTING KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT. AT THE BOND HEARING... A JUDGE WILL DECIDE IF HE WALKS OR STAYS BEHIND BARS.
STANDUP CLOSE to come.))


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President Bush he's dropping tariffs on steel to show the world that the U-S will trade in a FAIR way.
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He spoke to steel workers yesterday, but made no mention of his plan.
He imposed the tariffs nearly two years ago to protect the U-S steel industry from foreign competition.
BUT keeping them in place could lead to a trade war with foreign allies, who threatened to impose tariffs of their own on all kinds of American products.
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Residents in one Florida community are rallying around a pig that was savagely beaten.
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Phil the pig is still at the vet, recovering from cuts, bruises and black eyes.
He's 14-year-old Kelly (LEZ-ko) Mleczko's pet ... and part of her school's farm-science project.
She found him bloody and beaten when she went to feed him one morning.
No one knows for sure who attacked him or why.
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Veterinarians say it's amazing Phil didn't have any broken bones.
He's expected to make a full recovery, though they're not sure about one of his eyes.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Still ahead, displaced Roanoke County residents receive an apology, and some answers.
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And ... it's OK to bring in the blue spruce after all, IF you live in an apartment.
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Fresh-cut Christmas trees are O-K after all if you live in an apartment or condo.
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Virginia's Fire Marshal said yesterday that the state was lifting its ban on the trees for apartment-dwellers.
It's following the lead of the International Fire Code.
The I-F-C was amended yesterday to permit fresh-cut evergreens in apartment and condominium units that do not have sprinklers.
But trees are still prohibited in places like churches, hospitals and dormitories without sprinkler systems.
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Residents of two Botetourt County neighborhoods received an apology last night.
These are the families who had always thought they lived in Roanoke County.
Officials from both counties also provided answers to some of the residents' questions.
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Residents of Hill Drive near Bonsack and the Hollins neighborhood near Carvins Cove turned out for a meeting at the Blue Ridge Library.
Both groups thought they were Roanoke County residents, but recently learned their homes are actually located in Botetourt County.
Officials have been working on a solution that will allow children to remain in Roanoke County schools, but residents say they still have more questions than answers.
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((GLORIA LEWIS: THEY WANT TO DO FURTHER MEETINGS WITH US. WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE AND GO FROM THERE.)) ((ROGER AUSTIN: WE'RE STILL NOT HAPPY. WE'RE NOT HAPPY THE WAY IT WAS DONE. BUT I KNOW BOTH COUNTIES ARE PUTTING IN A LOT OF HARD WORK. AND I JUST HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT, ESPECIALLY FOR THE NEIGHBORS THAT HAVE CHILDREN.))
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Botetourt and Roanoke County officials say they hope their solution for Hill Drive residents will serve as a model for the Hollins neighborhood, and for other residents who may find themselves in the same position.
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In business news, Dan River's recent financial problems now threaten its continued listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Dan River stock has fallen below one dollar per share on a 30-day average. As a result, the Stock Exchange will now consider whether the Danville-based company stock will remain listed.

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Work is now underway for a new slavery museum in Virginia.
A ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday kicked it off.
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The National Slavery Museum will go up in Fredericksburg.
Its architect calls the project an uplifting tribute to the millions whose dignity was stripped away.
Former governor Doug Wilder, himself the grandson of slaves, is leading the project.
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The museum had already started collecting artifacts and exhibits.
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On Wall Street at Noon,
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the Dow was UP 49 points. Nasdaq UP 5 points.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Coming up after the break, the Tech women's basketball team starts Christmas early for needy children.
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And they're studs with staying power. Meet the assisted living residents on this 2004 calendar.
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As Kevin Jones plots his future in the NFL, the Virginia Tech Hokies now must get ready for a future without him.

Steve Mason has more on the official announcement that K-J is headed for the pros.
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Bonnie Henrickson's Tech women improved to 5 and oh, beating in-state rival Old Dominion for the fourth time in the last five meetings between the two schools.
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It was Christmas store night at the Cassell last night, benefiting needy children in the area.
The Hokies' Erin Gibson went to work quickly.
The former Carroll County standout puts in a layup for 2 of her 20 points of the night.
Dawn Chriss scored 21 for Tech.
Carrie Mason then finished things off, crossing over and burying a 2 pointer. Virginia Tech
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overcame a one point halftime deficit to lead by 14 in the second half, before winning the game 79-72.
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Who says seniors citizens can't be centerfolds?
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Certainly not the residents of this Colorado assisted living home.
Its bachelor residents are in a new calendar that's being sold to raise money for the nursing home.
The men were coaxed in front of the camera by the home's administrator.
Once she assured them there would be no "beefcake" poses, eight of them volunteered for the job.
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