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Today on News 7 at 5, a mother and her lover are officially charged with murdering her three children.
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Also Explosions are heard near a compound housing American soldiers in Iraq.

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Also the federal government snatches up the remaining doses of the flu vaccine as the epidemic hits all 50 states.


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A Hollins University student earns a prestigious slot at a international film festival.
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Plus Jerry Falwell tries to win the support of Lynchburg City Council.


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The federal government buys the last of the flu vaccine reserves- as it tries to stem the flu epidemic which has hit all 50 states.
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The Centers for Disease Control says the flu is hitting 24 states hard and has been found in all fifty.
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Some experts predict this year's death toll easily could surpass the annual average of 36-thousand.
The government purchased the last 250 thousand doses of vaccine one manufacturer had.
It plans to distribute the short supply this month to fight the fast-spreading outbreak that has left some areas without vaccine.
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At least 11 children have died in the outbreak. The government is looking into buying doses from another company. That vaccine is approved in Britain but not in the United States.

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With a limited supply of the flu shot left, many people will have to rely on other ways to avoid getting the flu.
One of the best prevention methods is hand washing.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details.
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Jean, The problem is many people either don't wash their hands enough or don't do it properly.
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The CDC estimates that one out three people don't wash their hands after using the rest room. So you can imagine how many don't after coughing or sneezing.
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((THE NUMBER ONE REASON ANY DISEASE WHETHER IT'S VIRAL OR BACTERIAL IS SPREAD ON HANDS. HANDS OF PEOPLE, HANDS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS, PARTICULARLY HANDS OF CHILDREN))
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Once a person has the flu they remain contagious for five to seven days. And someone else can catch it by either coming in contact with that person or something they touch.
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That's why hand washing is so important.
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If you know you've been exposed to the virus -- Wilson says contact your primary care physician about taking an anti-viral medication. It may not be able to prevent your from getting the flu --but it may lessen the severity. But the anti-virals do have to be taken within 24 to 48 hours of exposure. [Take Pinnacle FULL ]
If you still want to get the flu shot, Montgomery Regional Hospital is holding a clinic tomorrow starting at 9am until 3:30 pm or while the supply last. You have to be at least 18 years of age. The cost is 15 dollars -- they are not accepting insurance.
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Jean,
The hospital has about 400 or so doses available.

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The Illinois mother and her boyfriend accused of deliberately drowning her three children were officially charged with the crime today.
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Amanda Hamm and Maurcie Legron both face first degree murder charges in the deaths of her three small children.
Police say Hamm and Legron were once lovers. Now they are accused child killers.
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Police say the car was either driven or rolled down a boat launch into a lake last September.
The children ages, six, three and 23 months were in the back seat.
If convicted the suspects could face the death penalty.
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Loud explosions have been reported in Central Baghdad just a few moments ago and smoke is rising from the area housing headquarters of the U-S led coalition.
A coalition spokesman though tonight says officials don't know exactly where the blasts took place.
Meanwhile earlier, another suicide bombing. One U-S soldier has been killed and 14 others are hurt.
The U-S Military says the bomb went off outside the headquarters of the 82nd airborne division west of Baghdad.

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Still to come on the newscast, two men are the first charged under a new law that makes sending junk emails a felony.
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Plus the Reverend Jerry Falwell gives Lynchburg city council members a tour today as he tries to get their help with a taxing problem.
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He's convinced the Lynchburg planning commission it's a good idea.. now the Reverend Jerry Falwell has turned his attention to city council.
Falwell wants to expand his school and church onto a large vacant industrial site.. and he gave council members a tour of the site today.
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Steve Smallshaw was on that tour this morning.. Steve how did council members react to the plans?
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Jean, they were impressed by both the site and the plans Falwell has for it, but questions remain whether the city can afford to take its largest vacant industrial property off the tax rolls.

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As we mentioned, the planning commission has okayed rezoning the property to a B-1 classification..
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Falwell will actually be seeking a less restrictive B-5 when he goes before city council next week. Jean?

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Two North Carolina men are the first people charged under Virginia's anti-spam law.
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Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore announced the indictments this afternoon at America Online headquarters in northern Virginia.
Kilgore said the two men sent hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mails promoting investment schemes, computer software and other products.
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One of the men is under arrest. The other is expected to surrender soon.
The two are expected to face charges in Loudon County because many of the e-mail servers that handled the spam messages are located there.

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A psychiatrist for the defense admits Lee Malvo's anti-social behavior started years before he met convicted sniper John Muhammed.
Malvo's lawyers claim he's innocent by reason of insanity.
Stacy Case is at the Chesapeake courthosue with more.
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TRYING TO CONVINCE A JURY OF THAT. TWO PSYCHIATRISTS FOR THE DEFENSE TESTIFIED THE 18 YEAR OLD SUFFERS FROM DISSOCIATIVE DISORDER. ACCORDING TO DEFENSE DOCTORS, CONVICTED SNIPER JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD PROGRAMMED MALVO.
THE TEEN, THEY SAY, BLOCKED OUT HIS EMOTIONS IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT MUHAMMAD'S KILLING ORDERS. GRAPHIC DR NEIL BLUMBERG TESTIFIED, MALVO "WAS UNABLE TO RESIST THE IMPULSE."
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DOCTORS SAY MALVO TOLD THEM HE DID NOT WANT TO SHOOT IRAN BROWN AS THE CHILD WALKED INTO SCHOOL. THEY TESTIFIED SHOOTING.... CHILDREN WAS NOT PART OF MUHAMMAD'S ORIGINAL CONDITIONING OF MALVO.
IN A STRANGE DEVELOPMENT, ONE JUROR WAS REMOVED THURSDAY. OFFICIALS SAY THE JUROR WAS NOT A RESIDENT. COURT IS IN RECESS UNTIL MONDAY WHEN THE PROSECUTION WILL CALL ITS OWN PSYCHIATRISTS. IN THE FINAL DAYS, PROSECUTORS WILL TRY TO PROVE MALVO WAS A WILLNG PART OF A KILLING MACHINE. STACY CASE CBS NEWS CHESAPEAKE, VA))

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Coming up next on the newscast, Brent Watts will tell us how to keep your holidays bright with Poinsettias.
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When you think of poinsettias, most people think, red. But, there are nearly 100 different varieties available. Today Brent Watts has a few of the variations, and how to keep them looking good long after the holidays.
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Coming up today in our Marketwatch report, the DOW breaks the ten thousand mark, but did it stay there?
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Plus in Sports, Steve Mason will tell us about a big dollar defector from the New York Yankees.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday ticker. The Hokies held their bowl media day this afternoon to talk about their December 26th date with Cal in the Insight Bowl. The players are finishing up exams this week, and on Sunday they will return to practice.
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According to Continental Tire Bowl officials, UVa has already purchased 20 thousand tickets for the Cavaliers December 27th date with Pittsburgh.
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The Wahoos traveled extremely well to Charlotte last year to watch the Cavs beat West Virginia in the first annual Tire Bowl. Groh has watched fan support in Charlottesville well..grow.
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Kevin Jones is in Orlando for tonight's college football awards show. He won't be in New York this weekend for the Heisman presentation.
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Today the four finalists for the prestigious trophy were announced. A-P Player of the Year Jason White of Oklahoma threw 40 touchdown passes this season in leading the Sooners to the Sugar Bowl.
Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald will try to become the first sophomore to win college football's biggest individual prize.
While Eli Manning, the Ole Miss quarterback hopes to grab the award that his brother Peyton failed to get at Tennessee.
Chris Perry of Michigan is the fourth finalist. He scored 19 touchdowns this season for the Wolverines.
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Andy Pettitte has rejected an offer from the Yankees, instead opting to play for the Houston Astros.
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Pettitte accepted a three year, 31 million dollar deal from the Stros today. The 31 year old had 149 wins and 78 losses with the Yankees who signed him in 1991. He won four World Series rings with the Yanks and now heads to Houston, a team trying to rebuild while winning at the same time.
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Tonight at six, a look back at the last time Roanoke City played for a state football title.

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On Wall Street today, stocks closed sharply higher, with the Dow Industrials finishing above the ten-thousand mark for the first time since May of last year. Alexis Christoforous has more.
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A Hollins University movie-maker needs help taking his latest creation to the Sundance Film Festival.
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Jake Mahaffy (mu-HAFF-ee) is an assistant professor in the school's film and theatre department. He's trying to raise 30-thousand dollars to make a finished print of a movie that took him four years to complete. "WAR" is an 84-minute long, black and white film about the disappearance of America's small farms. Mahaffey not only wrote the movie but shot it with what he calls a "cheap" camera. It took him four years.
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The Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals have invited Mahaffy to show his movie but he says he'll only be able to do so if he can pay the finishing costs. He's already raised half the necessary 60-thousand dollars.
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