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It lasted less than a minute, but it was enough to shake up a lot of people.
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The National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado confirms an earthquake of a magnitude of four-point-five hit Virginia shortly before four o'clock yesterday.
It was centered about 30 miles west of Richmond in Columbia.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kitura Conner/Roanoke Co. Resident; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Joe Hodge/Roanoke Co. Resident; :28]
[SUPER=01-Martin Chapman/Virginia Tech Dept. of Geological Sciences; 1:11]
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((((KITURA CONNER/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: WOW, ALL OF SUDDEN MY CHAIR STARTED SHAKING AND THE HOUSE SHOOK REAL BAD AND IT WAS LIKE IF IT WAS ON STILTS I FEEL LIKE THE HOUSE IS GOING TO FALL OVER.))
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The house is still standing but her next door neighbor did receive some damage.
Here at the Hodge home in the Hollins area, there are cracks in the inside and outside walls.
A grandmother clock stopped, some ornaments were shaken off the Christmas tree, and a few items like this coke can flew off the shelves.
[IN Q=Everything just shook]
((JOE HODGE/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: EVERYTHING JUST SHOOK. I WASN'T SURE IF I HAD PROBLEMS WITH MY GAS FURNACE WHATEVER, WASN'T SURE BUT IT DID ALARM ME I WOULDN'T SAY SCARRED ME BUT I WOULD SAY IT ALARMED ME.))
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It also alarmed many folks in the Richmond area.
((NAT SOUND OF ALARM GOING OFF ON RICHMOND TAPE AT 1:45))
Alarms sounded in some state office buildings prompting Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and his staff to evacuate.
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((RICHMOND RESIDENT: WE HAD TO WAIT FOR THE COMMOTION TO STOP AND WE WERE THINKING OH WAS THAT AN EARTHQUAKE, WHAT WAS THAT?))
[OUT Q=what was that]
It was a earthquake that was centered about 30 miles west of Richmond and measured 4 point 5 on the Richter scale.
Virginia Tech geological professor Martin Chapman says it was not a strong earthquake by national standards, but unusually strong for Virginia.
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((MARTIN CHAPMAN/VIRGINIA TECH DEPT. OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES: IT'S A MODERATE EARTHQUAKE IT'S RIGHT AT THE BORDER LINE WHERE YOU BEGIN TO SEE DAMAGE. AN EARTHQUAKE THIS SIZE YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT TO SEE ANY SERIOUS DAMAGE.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THAT APPEARS TO BE TRUE SO FAR. THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF ANY SERIOUS DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE STATE. ALTHOUGH THIS WAS A MODERATE EARTHQUAKE IT IS NOT THE LARGEST, THAT CAME IN 1897 WHEN A 5.8 MAGNITUDE QUA
KE CENTERED IN GILES COUNTY ROLLED THROUGH VIRGINIA. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))[11Fishburn-Park]
As we mentioned earlier, A waterline broke at a Roanoke elementary school, but it's not clear if the damage was caused by the quake.
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Classes are canceled today at Fishburn Park Elementary School.
Crews have been working to fix the problem.
School officials say a water line leading to the school ruptured.
They're not yet sure what caused the problem, but they are considering the possibility it was caused by the tremors.
Federal money is now available for people in this region hit by flooding a few weeks ago.
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Yesterday, President Bush declared five counties and one city in Southwestern Virginia eligible for federal disaster relief.
The counties include Bland, Buchanan, Giles, Smyth, Tazewell and the city of Galax.
That emergency declaration means people can pick up the phone and register with FEMA for federal and state disaster money.
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The number to call is 1-800 621-FEMA.
The phones are open seven days a week between 8 a-m and 6 p-m.
In Afghanistan, six more children have been killed in a U-S military assault.
Officials say the children's bodies were found last Saturday in a compound that had come under attack the day before.
A spokesman says the military thought the compound was being used by a rebel commander to stock weapons.
The incident comes after nine other children were found dead in a field in Afghanistan last weekend after a U-S airstrike that targeted a fugitive Taliban militant.
There's yet another development in the Michael Jackson case.
A confidential memo says child welfare investigators found no basis for allegations that Jackson abused the boy who's now accusing him of molestation.
Sources say a two- week investigation began after an L-A school official expressed concerns after seeing the boy and Jackson holding hands in a T-V documentary.
The investigation reportedly cleared the singer back in February.
However, the L-A district attorney says that investigation won't be a factor in Jackson's prosecution.
Meanwhile, singer Whitney Houston is getting attention from police for a different reason.
The Grammy winner called 9-1-1 Sunday night, saying that her husband Bobby Brown was physically assaulting her.
Police say Houston told them the alleged attack happened after she walked into the couple's suburban Atlanta home.
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((TERRY MULKEY/FULTON CO., GA DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE IF THERE WERE VISIBLE SIGNS OF INJURY AND SHE WANTED TO PURSUE THIS CASE ALONG WITH A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BATTERY CASE, THAT WOULD BE UP TO HER. ))
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According to police documents there was a one-inch mark on Houston's left cheek and her upper lip was cut.
Bobby Brown hasn't yet been arrested or charged, but police say the investigation isn't over.
A local community college is paying closer attention to the New River Valley's jobless.
New River Community College invited more than 11-hundred unemployed workers from the region to a free workshop in Pulaski yesterday. Officials are trying to help people find new careers or change directions completely. They had local companies and unemployment officials on hand, plus information on going back to school.
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((JACK LEWIS: I KNOW THAT THIS WILL OPEN DOORS FOR MANY WHO ACTUALLY THOUGHT ABOUT COMING TO COLLEGE ALL OF THERE LIVES AND THIS JUST MAY BE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO COME DO IT.))
[OUT Q=come do it.]
The region's unemployment rate rose 3.4 percent last month. It's expected to rise again in January when the Renfro Plant in Pulaski closes.
In business news, The Dow made it above the 10-thousand mark, but didn't stay there for long.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=in New York.]
((THE DOW MAY MAKE ANOTHER RUN FOR 10-THOUSAND TODAY AFTER BRIEFLY TOUCHING
> THE MILESTONE YESTERDAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 18 MONTHS..
> THE MARKET WAS UNFAZED BY THE FED'S DECISION TO LEAVE SHORT INTEREST RATES
> AT A A 45 YEAR LOW OF 1 PERCENT.
> THE FED DID ACKNOWLEDGE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE ECONOMY INCLUDING THE JOB
> MARKET AND SUGGESTED THE RISKS OF INFLATION AND DEFLATION ARE ABOUT EQUAL.
> THE Biotech firm Chiron SAYS IT HAS SOLD ALL 38 MILLION DOSES OF ITS FLU
> VACCINE AMID UNUSUALLY HIGH DEMAND. Aventis - the largest manufacturer of
> flu vaccine SAID LAST WEEK THAT IT TOO had shipped all of its supply.
> Chiron said it's working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control "to
> assess the possibility of using extra production material" to supply an
> additional 400,000 vaccine doses. The vaccine has been in demand because
> of concerns about a severe flu outbreak in the U-S.
> ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST:
> Verizon Communications SAYS IT it will incur up to $3.7 billion in onetime
> expenses after 10 percent of its work force agreed to accept voluntary
> JUST YESTERDAY, SBC Communications on SAID IT PLANS to eliminate 3,000 to
> 4,000 jobs as part of its continued effort to cut costs and streamline its
> AND Gap founder - 75 year old Donald Fisher SAYS he will give up his post
> as chairman of the board in May.
> AOL PLANS TO CUT 450 JOBS OR 2 PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORC
> FOR MORE HEAD TO CBS.MW.COM.))>
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The investigation into the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents have taken Virginia investigators back to Canada.
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They're looking for a woman in British Columbia... believing she may have had contact with a person of interest in the case last year.
Raffelina Sirianni of C-F-J-C television talked to investigators.
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That was Raffelina Sirianni of C-F-J-C television reporting.
Gary Bowman is so far the only named "person of interest in the case.
He was deported from Canada last year on an immigration violation and questioned by Henry County investigators. But he has never been charged.
The three men charged in February's fire in a Rhode Island nightclub during a rock concert are denying any wrongdoing.
The two club owners and Great White's tour manager were charged yesterday with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The band's pyrotechnics started the fire, which killed 100 people.
If convicted, the men charged in the blaze could get 30 years in prison on each count.
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Dozens of people were arrested in Pulaski County on drug charges.
Pulaski town police, sheriff's officials and state police spent yesterday surprising homeowners with warrants for 95-different indictments.
Investigators say as many as 50 drug dealers and makers could be taken off the streets in the next few days.
The arrests wrap up a 14-month investigation. The charges range from manufacturing to distributing drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, meth, and oxycontin.
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In business news, Kroger reports a drop in earnings.
And J-C Penney is closing some stores.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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((THE MAJOR AVEREGES CLOSED IN THE RED TUESDAY.
THE DOW LOST 41-POINTS...
THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 40.
ANOTHER HINT THAT THE ECONOMY MIGHT BE HEATING UP:
THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS WHOLESALE INVENTORIES INCREASED BY HALF-A-PERCENT IN OCTOBER .
BUT SALES OF WHOLESALE GOODS SOARED TWO PERCENT, THE LARGEST RISE SINCE MAY, 1999.
AND THE MEASURE OF THE TIME IT WOULD TAKE TO DEPLETE INVENTORIES AT THE CURRENT SALES PACE, FELL TO ONE-POINT-ONE-EIGHT MONTHS, THE SHRTEST TIME ON RECORD.
THE NATION'S LARGEST GROCERY STORE CHAIN REPORTED A DROP IN THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS.
KROGER POSTED EARNINGS OF 15-CENTS A SHARE... DOWN FROM 33-CENTS A SHARE A YEAR AGO.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE ON-GOING LABOR STRIKE IN CALIFORNIA CONTRIBUTED TO THE DROP IN QUARTERLY NUMBERS.
COSTCO SAYS THE CALIFORNIA STRIKE HELPED *IT* TO BEAT ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY THREE-CENTS FOR ITS FISCAL FIRST QUARTER.
THE WAREHOUSE CLUB POSTED EARNINGS OF 34-CENTS A SHARE...UP FROM 31-CENTS.
THE COMPANY EXPECTS SECOND-QUARTER EARNINGS TO HIT 46-CENTS.
J-C PENNY WILL CLOSE A DOZEN OF ITS DEPARTMENT STORES BY THE END OF THE YEAR.
THE CLOSINGS WERE ANNOUNCED IN A FILING WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION .
PENNY SAY IT'S ALSO LOOKING FOR A BUYER FOR ITS ECKERD DRUGSTORE CHAIN, WHICH ACCOUNTS,
FOR ALMOST HALF OF PENNYS TOTAL ANNUAL SALES.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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Supplies of the flu shot are dwindling across the region.
In fact, health officials and some health providers in the Roanoke Valley say what they do have left is already spoken for at this point.
Health providers DO say they have plenty of the nasal version of the vaccine Flu Mist. But you have to be
between ages five and 49 and healthy to get it.
After taking it, you can't be around anyone whose immune system is compromised for at least 21 days.
Health officials say one reason for the shortage is that the flu season hit earlier than expected this year.
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((DR. MOLLY O'DELL/DISTRICT HEALTH DIRECTOR; WE ALREADY SEEING PEOPLE WITH INFLUENZA INCREASINGLY REPORTING TO DOCTORS OFFICES, ER AND HOSPITALIZATION RATES GOING UP AND THIS IS SIGNIFICANT SEASON ALREADY WITH INFLUENZA AND IT HAS PROBABLY HAS NOT PEAKED YET ))
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Health departments in Franklin and Patrick Counties are still taking new appointments for the flu shot.
Lewis-Gale Clinic also has 2-thousand doses left. But officials are somewhat limiting that supply to people at increased risk for the flu.
A student broke new ground in the field of Astronomy surpassing even seasoned professionals.
She devised a fast simple and accuarte method of measuring the earth's distance from asteroids.
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And as Peter Viles reports in today's Early Years segment, she did it all before finishing high school.
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[SUPER=01-Lisa Glukhovsky/High School Student; :26]
[SUPER=01-Monty Robson/Society for Amateur Scientists; 1:41]
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((ONE OF THE GREAT MYSTERIES OF SPACE... ASTEROIDS... MILLIONS OF MINI-PLANETS... BUT HOW MANY ARE CLOSE TO EARTH? AND JUST HOW CLOSE ARE THEY?
MEET THE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR..WHO'S FINDING OUT.
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LISA GLUKOVSKY... OF NEW MILFORD CONNECTICUT, DAUGHTER OF RUSSIAN IMMIGRANTS.. IS LUCKY: THERE'S AN OBSERVATORY JUST A FEW STEPS FROM HER PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL.
I find astronomy incredibly exciting, especially because there is still so much left to discover.
BUT SHE'S ALSO BRILLIANT, AND SHE DOESN'T GIVE UP. FOR A SCIENCE PROJECT, SHE SET OUT TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE TO NEAR-EARTH ASTEROIDS.... HER THEORY: IF SHE COULD VIEW THE SAME ASTEROID AT THE SAME INSTANT FROM TWO OBVSERVATORIES.. SHE COULD CREATE A GIANT TRIANGLE... THEN USING GEOMETRY, COULD CALCULATE THE DISTANCE TO THE ASTEROID.
SHE SPENT MONTHS WORKING OUT THE MATH... AND USED THE INTERNET TO LINK OBSERVATORIES IN DENMARK, THE NETHERLANDS AND CALIFORNIA.
BUT THEN IT TOOK MORE TIME -- 8 MONTHS IN ALL -- TO SEE IF HER SYSTEM REALLY WORKED.
There was an earthquake in California in the fall of the year that I started my project, there were also forest fires in California, and I think the worst problem was the bad weather that occured.
BUT THEN FINALLY THE WEATHER CLEARED, THE IMAGES CAME BY EMAIL... AND LO AND BEHOLD, THE SYSTEM WORKED.
I wasn't going to give up, but it takes a lot of patience and perseverance.
LISA'S MEASUREMENTS -- OF ASTEROIDS 11 MILLION KILOMETERS FROM EARTH -- PROVED TO BE REMARKABLY ACCURATE.
Right now it is an amazing feat that, as a high school student, she was able to do this, so I think it's just amazing that she had the fortitude to carry it through and to make it such an important, winning project.))
That was Peter Viles reporting.
All of Lisa's hard work paid off. She's won thousands of dollars in schlorships and hopes to attend college in New England.
News 7 Mornin' wil be right back.
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A man was shot early this morning in Roanoke.
Police say the man was visiting a friend's house on 13-th Street at about 2:45 when two other men arrived.
A struggle ensued between the men and the victim was shot in the leg.
The suspects then fled with the victim's wallet. Police are looking for them.
The victim is being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. There's no word on his condition.