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Just ahead on News 7 at 5, a mother and her boyfriend are charged with drowning her three children in a car.
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A Roanoke teen enters a plea, for her role in a hotel guest's abduction and frightening three-hour ride.
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A moderate and cold rain today will be replaced by gusty winds tomorrow. Next storm system is due in over the weekend. Details ahead.

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In Healthcheck, plans for a new dental school -- in Blacksburg.
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A holiday tradition returns, offering Christmas joy to families in need.
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And why one country won't let you fly with a fruitcake. News 7 at 5 is next. [Open]
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It seems the unthinkable.. a mother drowning her own children in a lake, but authorities have now charged a woman and her boyfriend will the murders of her three children.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The drownings happened three months ago, but it wasn't until now that sheriff's deputies arrested the woman and her boyfriend.
The children, ages six, three and two drowned when the car they were in slid off a boat ramp and sank into an Illinois lake.
Drew Levinson has more.
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((The three-month mystery surrounding the drowning of three small children in this lake in Central Illinois may have been solved--authorities say their mother and her boyfriend killed them. SHERIFF ROGER MASSEY/DEWITT COUNTY, IL: WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH A SITUATION OF WHO DONE IT. But rather, the question is why did they allegedly do it? 27-year old Amanda Hamm and 28-year old Maurice Lagrone Junior are charged with the murders of six-year-old Christopher, three-year-old Austin and 23-month-old Kyleigh.
MASSEY: "WE DO HAVE A MOTIVE" However authorities won't say what that motive is. The children died after the car they were either slid or driven off a boat ramp and ended up in four and half feet of water....with the couple standing nearby.
MASSEY: BOTH WERE PRESENT AT THE SCENE, BOTH WENT TOGETHER, BUT THAT IS AS FAR AS WE WILL GO ON HOW THEY CONSPIRED. Since the drownings first came to light--many have wondered could this be another Susan Smith Case. Union, SC 1994 The South Carolina woman was convicted of murdering her two small children in 1994. She drowned them in a car- strapped to their seats. With the murder charges against the Illinois couple it seems authorties believe that comparison is justified. Drew Levinson, CBS News.))

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Here in Virginia, a pregnant 16 year old pleaded "no contest" this morning to helping abduct a woman from a Roanoke hotel parking lot last June.
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Monique Simmons could get two life sentences, but it's likely she'll get a lot less when she is sentenced in March.
Simmons admitted her role in the abduction of 22-year old Tiffany Young as Young was about to check in at the Wyndham Hotel. Three juveniles grabbed her, threw her in the trunk of her car, and drove around for three hours. The victim managed to escape when the group stopped at a convenience store in Campbell County.
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Governor Mark Warner is defending his plan to overhaul the state's tax code, and if you don't like it, he's challenging you to come up with a better proposal.
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Warner met with business leaders in Lynchburg today to explain how his tax reforms will impact the average citizen.
Some analysts dispute the governor's claim that two-thirds of Virginians will end up paying less in taxes over the next six years.. but Warner says that's still a conservative estimate.
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Warner says Virginia must overhaul its tax code in order to maintain the state's Triple-A bond rating.
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There's praise from the White House for a Supreme Court ruling today that will ban ``soft money'' from political campaigns. A divided court upheld the recently-passed law that bans unlimited donations from corporations and unions to political parties. The majority justices concede the law won't stop the flow of big campaign cash. The majority opinion says ``money, like water, will always find an outlet.''



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Members of Saddam Hussein's regime will face prosecution in Iraq- not at the United Nations War crimes tribunal.
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The head of Iraq's governing council announced the establishment of a special tribunal.
It'll try crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed since 1968 until this past May.
The tribunal will be made up of five judges who will be appointed in a month.
But, some fear courts established in Iraq under U-S occupation risk being seen as forums for politically motivated revenge.
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Also today U-S forces have set up checkpoints on the main road to Fallujah searching for explosives used by guerilla fighters.
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Still ahead, a holiday tradition helps put presents under the tree. We'll take you to the Christmas Store.
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And here's the drill on dentists .. health experts say the region will need more .. which is why a new dental school is in the works.
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In health check tonight,
A dental school is coming to Blacksburg. And students from Southwest Virginia will have an advantage when it comes to getting in.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details.
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Jean,
The public will also benefit from the dental school.
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As the students are trained, the school will offer dental care to under-served and Medicaid patients on a sliding scale fee.
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(( The dental college will actually be a sister school to the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic medicine that opened this year in Blacksburg.
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And the concern is that many people in southwest Virginia are going without dental care.
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And just like the medical college -- the dental school will recruit students from the region and give them admission preference.
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The dental school will be located next to the medical college. It's expected to open in either 2006 or 2007. The college will accept about 50 to 60 students per class.
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Hundreds of low income families in Montgomery County will have some extra special gifts under the Christmas tree this year.
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The county's Christmas Store opened its doors for the 22nd straight year. It's expected the store will help more than 11 hundred people have Christmas presents. It's a record year for shoppers and volunteers. More than one thousand people are donating their time to help families pick out new toys, clothes and household gifts.
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((PATSY DILLON-LONG: WHEN WE GET INTO THIS STORE WE ARE JUST THE COMMUNITY. THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE WHETHER YOUR A VOLUNTEER OR SHOPPER. WE'RE JUST ONE BIG FAMILY TRYING TO MAKE CHRISTMAS HAPPEN FOR EVERYBODY. ))
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Tonight at 6:00, we'll introduce you to some of this year's shoppers and volunteers. The store is open for three more days and volunteers say they still need donations.
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If you like houses made of gingerbread, you can truly call this home sweet home. Brent Watts is in Salem with some winning creations.
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The houses have been built, and today the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition.
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Michael Vick's coach walks the plank. Travis Wells has the story in our two minute ticker.
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Then hold the jokes, please, we'll take you where fruitcakes are forbidden, as a security risk.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the midweek ticker, which starts on a sour note for Atlanta Falcons fans. This afternoon, the team's owner Arthur Blank fired Head Coach Dan Reeves.
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Reeves, the 6th winningest coach in NFL history, was told that he would be replaced at the end of the season, and opted to step down now. The 59 year old is in his 23rd straight season of coaching in the NFL, by far the longest tenured coach in the league. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will coach the Falcons in the final three games of the season. The Falcons have struggled to a record of 3 and 10 following the injury to Michael Vick.
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The 14th annual Dudley award was handed out last night in Richmond at the Downtown Club.
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Kevin Jones won the honor that is reserved for the best college football player in the state. Virginia's Matt Schaub finished second in the voting for the second straight season. But Schaub says he has no regrets about his senior year.
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The Virginia Tech men's team plays host to VMI tonight in a seven o'clock tip-off at Cassell Coliseum. VMI has stumbled out the blocks starting the year at 1-and-4 while the Tech men have lost two of their last three games. The Tech women are the exact opposite right now.
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Bonnie Henrickson's team is experiencing some upward mobility in the national polls. After starting the year unranked - the women are now 20th in the AP poll, and 18th in this week's coaches' top 25.
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Stocks turned lower this afternoon, but a late rally recovered most of the loss. Alexis Christoforous has today's Marketwatch report.
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Freddie Mac has agreed to pay the government 125 million dollars in damages to settle charges that the mortgage giant massaged it's numbers to please wall street analysts....FREDDIE MAC DID NOT ADMIT ANY WRONGDOING...
tobacco stocks had a good day after a florida jury rejected claims from a man named Emmett Hall that the tobacco companies were to blame for his lung cancer and emphysyma....analysts say the tide seems to be turning in such cases, with jurors refusing to award money to smokers who knew the dangers of their actions up front. THE HOTTEST STOCK ON THE DOW COCA COLA...WHICH HAS NOW HIT A 52 WEEK HIGH
UNITED AIRLINES PARENT ual WITH SOME 2 BILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERALLY BACKED FINANCING IS PREPARING TO FLY OUT OF BANKRUPTCY EARLY NEXT YEAR..THE GOVERNMENT MUST STILL RULE ON THE AIRLINES REQUEST TO STRETCH OUT PENSION PAYMENTS OVER SEVERAL YEARS.
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A former Texas beauty queen, who campaigned on a platform against underage drinking, is accused of public intoxication.
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Three police officers claim they say saw 18 year old Julie Anderson stumbling outside a Texas apartment building. The charge forced her to give up her crown. It is a misdemeanor charge, which could result in a fine.
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Christmas is just about two weeks away, so it's time to get out the fruitcake jokes again. But Canadian airline security officials say there's nothing to laugh about, if you try to bring a fruitcake on board.

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(( (("We don't take any chances.")) WHILE THE SIGNS HAVEN'T BEEN UPDATED.. A NEW ITEM HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE BANNED LIST. (("Strange.")) THIS TIME OF YEAR YOU CAN'T ESCAPE.. THE FRUITCAKE. (("Christmas cake.")) WHATEVER YOU CALL IT.. IT TROUBLES THE COUNTRY'S AIRPORT SECURITY AGENCY. (("This, when its seen through our machine might represent something we might want to check.")) TURNS OUT THE CENTURIES OLD DESSERT FOILS MODERN X-RAY MACHINES. IT CAN'T SEE THROUGH THE CAKE. AND WHO KNOWS WHAT COULD BE HIDDEN INSIDE. WELL.. SANDY STEVENS FOR ONE. (("Butter, lots of brandy, different dried fruit.")) A FRUITCAKE FAN.. SHE'S BAKED DOZENS AND DOESN'T SEE THE THREAT. (("I can't see that you could hit somebody with it, ha-ha, it's a fruit cake, it's what little grandmas make.")) PERHAPS.. BUT IF SHE'S FLYING TO SEE THE GRANDKIDS.. THE CAKE HAS TOSTAY BEHIND OR GET PACKED AWAY. (("I'm sad to see it's happening." )) ANOTHER SLIGHT FOR THE HOLIDAY CONFECTION. ONCE HELD UP AS VITAL CHRISTMAS FARE.. THE TRADITIONAL DENSE CAKE HAS BEEN THE TARGET OF RIDICULE. WHILE IT CAN NO LONGER WANDER THROUGH AIRPORTS.. ((Jingle Bells)) IT'S NOT KNOWN WHETHER IT WILL BE BANNED FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT CHRISTMAS FLIGHT OF ALL.))
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That was Todd Battis reporting from Montreal. By the way, we wondered whether a similar situation exists at U-S airports. We checked this afternoon with the Transportation Security Adeministration, and a spokeswoman told us within the last hours that it's OK to fly with fruitcakes in the U-S.



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After weeks of criticism,
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Abercrombie and Fitch pulls the plug on its racy catalog,
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