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Today on News 7, President Bush signs a bill that will change the way Medicare works, but not everyone is happy.
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Plus at least one person is dead and another is missing after an old theater collapses.
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It's not snow this time around but a big rain on the way as the year continues on a very wet pace. Details coming up.

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After a couple delays William Fleming and Magna Vista prepare to face off at Victory Stadium. We will have a live report.
Also would you deliberately send someone an ugly Christmas card/ We'll meet a man who has done it for the last 50 years. News 7 at 5 is next.
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President Bush today signs an historical 400 billion dollar Medicare bill- meant to help millions of seniors.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
It is the most sweeping change to Medicare since the program began some 40 years ago.
Supporters are hailing it as a huge victory for the President, while oppenents say it sets up medicare for long term problems.
Teri Okita has more on what it means for seniors.
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A theater was supposed to be coming down- but the demolition did not go as planned.
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The result was deadly.
During demolition the theater collapsed onto adjacent buildings including a school next door. The Yorkville English Academy teaches English as a second language to young adults.
Toronto police say one person died and several people have been taken to the hospital.
Rescuers are looking for one person they believe is trapped.
Right now the structure is too unstable to use heavy equipment .. searchers are removing debris by hand.
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It's finally time to play ball.
In just over a hour, the William Fleming- Magna Vista "state semi-final game" will take place. It was postponed last week because of snow.
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So what did it take to get Victory Stadium ready. Justin McLeod is here now with an answer. Justin?
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Most Virginians think Governor Mark Warner is doing a good job.... that's according to a new Mason Dixon poll that came out today.
The poll also shows a majority of voters supports his tax reform package.
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57 percent of the voters polled rate Warner's performance as "excellent" or "good."
That's an increase of three percent over last year.
Also, 56 percent say they support his new tax reform plan.
When asked about the individual components, 83 percent say they favor cutting the sales tax on groceries.
There is considerable less support for creating a new top state income tax rate of "six- and a quarter" percent.
Only 38 percent favor that.
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A spokesperson for the Republican Party of Virginia says the poll is good for Republicans.
He says the items with the most support, like eliminating the car tax and estate tax, are actually GOP initiatives.


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Coming up next on the newscast, a jury is deciding if a U-S Congressman is guilty of manslaugther.
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Also we'll see how a young girl from Rocky Mount is doing after a float in a Christmas parade ran over her this weekend.
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The fate of South Dakota Congressman Bill Janklow is now up to jurors.
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They must decide if Janklow is guilty of manslaughter in the car accident that killed a motorcyclist.
In closing arguments, prosecutors described Janklow's driving as a deadly game of Russian Roulette. They say Janklow made a conscious decision to run a stop sign.
Janklow's attorneys argued their client was having a diabetic reaction- because he had nothing to eat for 18 hours before the collision and they say heart medication masked the symptoms.
If found guilty, Janklow could go to jail.
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It's a tough flu season and with a big rush on folks wanting to get vaccinated, some areas are running out of supplies.
A federal health official says the epidemic could get worse before it gets better.
Doctor Julie Gerberding (GUR'-bur-ding) says those most at risk need to be persistent about getting vaccinated.
Dr. Sean Kennif tells who that applies to.
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((Homecoming for a soldier serving his country- instead of tears of joy - this hug is in mourning for his 14-month old son - Jeremy Beaumont. One of the latest victims of this years deadly flu season...six of them children.
With this news and predictions of the worst flu season in decades....demand for the vaccine has led to shortages in some areas. Manufacturers of the traditional flu shot say they have shipped 83 million doses...and have no stock left. It will take 4 months to producer more....so doctors are aiming the shots at those who need it most.

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those people over 65 or for those with a chronic medical condition or for children between the ages of 6 months and 23 months.
And for those NOT in the high risk categories... healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49 - one option is FluMist a nasal spray vaccine.

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Dr. Julie Gerberding / Centers for Disease Control so far everything that we know about the flu mist indicates that it is just as effective as the flu vaccine - FOR people who are healthy
STAND-UP Although the CDC reports that this year's vaccine is not a perfect match for the specific strain of flu that's out there right now - you'll still get you some good basic protection. And as far as supply problems go... the CDC says it's moving vaccine from locations where there's surplus...to locations with a shortage.
The key is to be persistant, especially if you are in the high risk category. If your closest hospital or clinic is out of vaccine ...try your regular doctor. Many physicians still have their own stock...or can direct you to somewhere that has supplies. Dr. Sean Kenniff, CBS News, Miami.))

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The mother of the Rocky Mount girl who was runover in a parade says she's just glad the accident wasn't worse.
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Six-year-old Makayla Coles was riding on a float yesterday in the Retail Merchants Christmas parade, when one of the wheels pulled her to the ground and ran over her legs. She was taken to Roanoke Community hospital where she is now recovering from muscle damage to her leg.
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Makayla's father, who works for the fire department, was actually traveling in a float behind her when the accident happened. Makayla's mom says in spite of everything, her daughter has not let the ordeal ruin her hopes of taling part in future parades.
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Nursing home beds may soon be outfitted with more than sheets and pillows.
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The Biomedical Institute and Virginia Tech today unveiled the "Integrated Smart Bed." Fiber optic technology placed in between the mattress and box spring senses movement and wirelessly transmits data.
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The ability to moniter patients' behavior is expected to help prevent falls and bedsores. CBI and Tech are working with local companies to develop a prototype for nursing homes. The Smart Bed is now being tested at the Carilion Sleep Center.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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[VO ] we'll tell you why this one time Scrooge has sent out the same ugly Christmas card for the last 50 years.
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Not that he is cheap, but a Seattle Washington man has sent out the same Christmas card every other year for the last half century.
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Joe Staab (Stahb) admits that 50 years ago, he was quite the Scrooge. He didn't want to have anything to do with Christmas.
But his co-worker, Geraldine, convinced him it just wasn't right.
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So to get even, Staab picked out the ugliest card he could find and mailed it to his friend.
But she got the last laugh when she sent it right back the next year.
That started a yearly tradition that is still going on today.
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Every time they pass it, they add a little note. So many years have gone by, they now have to write on the inside folds of the card.
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Still to come the newscast, a trip to the attic has earned someone more than a million dollars.
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But that's small change compared to the weekend box office. After Sports, we'll see if Tom Cruise was a cut above the competition.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to Monday ticker here on Your Hometown Station. We begin with some hometown holliday spirit from the fruit cake folks.
The Roanoke Civitan Club handed out its annual sportsmanship award for high school football today at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
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The 53rd annual award which is voted on by the Western Virginia Football Officials Association was given to the Glenvar high school.
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Also this afternoon at the Salem Civic Center - details of this year's Holiday Hoopla high school basketball tournament were announced.
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Member One federal credit union is the title sponsor for the three day event that will again take place at the Salem Civic Center on the 26th, 27th and 29th of December. The same eight teams from last season are back, but the format is a little different.
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Cave Spring, Hidden Valley, Patrick Henry, Roanoke Catholic, Salem and Fleming will be joined by northern Virginia's Gar-Field and Osbourn high schools. Fleming and Catholic open the tournament the day after Christmas at 3pm.
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In a couple of football notes from the NFL and college fronts.
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If you went to bed early last night you missed Michael Vick's return to the NFL as a starter. After missing the entire season with a broken leg, Vick returned to the lineup and rushed for 141 yards - the third highest total by a quarterback in NFL history. Vick's return also inspired the Falcons' normally sorry defense which won the game in overtime with this Kevin Mathis interception return for a TD. The final 20-to-14 Falcons.
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In Orlando this afternoon the University of Central Florida hired George O'Leary to be the school's next head football coach. After resigning in disgrace at Notre Dame because he
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Many also remember him as the head coach at Georgia Tech.
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Coming up at the top of the hour, more Hoopla from Salem, the latest on Redskin quarterback Patrick Ramsey and a salute to the parents and fans in Bath County. Have a safe evening everybody. [GO TO BREAK]

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Stocks finished the day higher, with the Dow Jones closing in on the ten-thousand mark. As Alexis Christoforous tells us that's a level not seen since May of last year.
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Here is a story that will make you want to clean out your attic.
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A painting found in a Masschusetts attic has sold for a little more than a MILLION dollars.
The landscape was done sometime before 1904 by Martin Johnson Heade.
It was discovered in the attic of a Boston area home during a taping of the PBS series Find!.
A New York City art dealer bought it on behalf of a private collector.
The artist was practically unknown in his day. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest American romantic painters, and is unique because he was equally able as a landscape painter and a master of the floral still life.
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Tom Cruise carved out the top spot a the weekend box office.
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The Japanese war epic claimed more than 24 MILLION dollars in ticket sales.
One industry expert says that's impressive considering the film is rated "R" and is nearly two and a half hours long.
Its length meant theaters could not hold as many showings per day and that cuts down on ticket sales.
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Jessica Alba's movie "Honey" opened in second place with 14 Million dollars.
The Haunted Mansion came in third, but it dropped more than 60 percent of its audience from the previous week.
"Elf" took the fourth spot and "The Cat in the Hat" fell all the way to fifth after two weeks at the top.
Analysts say the snow storms in the Northeast kept many people from the theaters.

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