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Whether you consider it a Winter Wonderland-- or a just nuisance-- snow makes another appearance in the region.
We'll have the latest on travel conditions.
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And, the nation's terror alert status will drop from orange to yellow.
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A few lingering snow showers out there, but the bulk of the moisture has exited the region. We're left with extremely cold temperatures that will linger into the weekend. You full forecast is coming up.
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Join us for News 7 at noon, straight ahead.

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Another blast of winter weather covers the roads, causing travel headaches around the region.
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We start in the Roanoke Valley, where crews have been out trying to clear roads since the first flakes fell.
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Richard Lesko joins us outside. Richard, what are the conditions like now? Kim, the snow amounts are not all that impressive right now, and so far it seems many roads are holding out.
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Most the attention so far has been focused on the major roads, so VDOT says be careful if you're trying to get the them.
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((JASON BOND/VDOT; THIS IS A TEMPERATURE SNOW, THE TEMPERATURES ARE LOW AND WE'RE NOT EXPECTING THEM TO RAISE FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO, SO THAT IS DEFINITELY GOING TO COMPLICATE SNOW REMOVAL EFFORTS.))
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A few inches here and there hasn't stopped traffic on Interstate 81 or other well traveled roads, but it's a different story on many side streets. Some folks are doing what they can to keep their areas clean, but on the whole, it could take some time before the countless residential roads see any sign of plow or salt.
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((JASON BOND/VDOT; WITH THE TEMPERATURES REMAINING SO LOW THERE ARE GOING TO BE SLICK SPOTS REMAINING ON THE ROADS, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE GET TO THOSE NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS AND SECONDARY ROADS))
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For the latest on the road conditions you can get the information direct from VDOT. The number you can call is 1-800-367-ROAD.
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And for other travelers, at the airport, some cancellations and delays are being reported, but many flights are getting in and out.
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Snow has been falling sporadically throughout the region. So, Brent is there more on the way or is the storm dying down?

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In central Virginia, road conditions are improving but there are still some slick spots motorists should watch out for.
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About two to three inches of snow fell overnight and this morning, leaving many of the streets in downtown Lynchburg slushy and slick.
Police say they've handled numerous wrecks over the last twelve hours, but none of them involved serious injuries.

It's slower going in the counties, where some secondary roads are still covered.
State police also have been busy with dozens of accidents this morning.
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Some places in the New River Valley got as much as 6 inches of snow last night.
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Several people were out this morning enjoying the scenic view.
Snow is still falling across most of the region right now.
V-DOT says road conditions are slowly improving.
Crews are still trying to clear the major roads.
Officials say side streets are still snow covered, and they urge motorist to use caution.
There were a few fender benders this morning around the New River Valley, but police are reporting no major accidents blocking the roadways.
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At least for the moment, America can breathe a collective sigh of relief as officials lower the terror alert level.
It's being downgraded from "high" to "elevated."
However, Teri Okita says the change doesn't include the airlines.
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(( TRACK: FOR THREE LONG WEEKS, AMERICANS HAVE EXPERIENCED TIGHTENED HOLIDAY SECURITY, FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS, AND A BIGGER POLICE PRESENCE. SOME OF THAT SHOULD EASE UP NOW.
TRACK: (graphic) A DROP IN THE NATIONS TERROR ALERT FROM ORANGE OR HIGH RISK TO YELLOW OR ELEVATED SUGGESTS A DECREASE IN THREATS PICKED UP BY INTELLIGENCE SOURCES.

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TRACK: DURING THE ORANGE ALERT, U-S OFFICIALS FOCUSED ON A POSSIBLE ATTACK USING COMMERCIAL AIRLINERS. 16-INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS INVOLVING U-S ROUTES WERE CANCELED. IN-BOUND FLIGHTS WERE DELAYED, PASSENGERS RE-SCREENED, AND MILITARY F-16S SHADOWED SEVERAL OF THEM. UNLIKE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, BECAUSE OF THE VULNERABILITY, THE AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS WILL REMAIN ON HIGH ALERT.
TRACK: OVER THE HOLIDAYS, AUTHORITIES WORRIED OF AN ATTACK POSSIBLY DIRTY BOMB EXPLOSIONS" AT LARGE GATHERINGS AND CELEBRATIONS IN TIMES SQUARE, ALONG THE LAS VEGAS STRIP, AND AT HOLIDAY PARADES. BECAUSE OF THAT, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY MAY ALSO INSTRUCT SPECIFIC CITIES, LIKE WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK, TO STAY ON HEIGHTENED ALERT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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STANDUP: The terror warning has jumped to orange several times since the system was instituted two years ago. There are estimates it costs one-BILLION dollars a week to raise the alert. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington. ))

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Just moments after Friday prayers ended, a deadly explosion in Iraq killed at least five people and left dozens injured.
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Iraqi officials say it was apparently a car bomb that went off today near a Shiite mosque.
A large number of people were praying outside the mosque when the bomb went off.
The area, just 40 miles north of Baghdad, has been a hotbed of resistance to the U-S led occupation of Iraq.
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Officials in Georgia are crediting a national Amber alert with the rescue of three children from an accused murderer.
We'll have that story after the break.
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Also one person is serious injured after a mountain attacks her in a public park.
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In California, a massive mountain lion went on the attack at a park-- killing one man and seriously injuring a woman as she was riding her bike.
Authorities eventually shot and killed the animal.
Joel Connable has the story.
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Three children are united with their family after being kidnapped.
Officials say a jealous ex- husband killed three of his former in-laws and strangled his own infant daughter, before disappearing with his other children.
Elizabeth Sanchez has the story.
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(( IN THE END...GEORGIA POLICE GOT EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED... THE CAPTURE OF MURDER SUSPECT..JERRY WILLIAM JONES AND THE SAFE RETURN OF THE THREE YOUNG GIRLS HE ABDUCTED.

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"WE HAVE FEARED FOR THESE CHILDREN'S LIVES AND I CANNOT EXPRESS TO YOU HOW MUCH OF A RELIEF IT IS TO SEE HOW THIS HAS TURNED OUT."
JONES IS IN THE HOSPITAL ...AFTER TRYING TO SHOOT HIMSELF IN THE FACE. HIS INJURIES ARE NOT LIFE THREATENING.
BURFORD BLAYLOCK, VICTIMS RELATIVE. I'm glad they got him. I don't care less what happens to him.
THE DRAMATIC MANHUNT BEGAN LATE WEDNESDAY IN RURAL GEORGIA WHEN JONES CALLED HIS EX-WIFE...TELLING HER HE KILLED FOUR RELATIVES AND KIDNAPPED 2 OF HIS DAUGHTERS AND A FORMER STEP DAUGHTER. ONE VICTIM WAS JONES' OWN 10 MONTH OLD BABY GIRL, FOUND STRANGLED TO DEATH.
AMBER ALERT MESSAGES WERE IMMEDIATELY POSTED...AND POLICE SAY THOSE MESSAGES WERE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RESCUE OF THE GIRLS. ACTING ON A TIP...POLICE FOUND JONES NEAR THE TENNESSEE/GEORGIA BORDER AND RAN HIS CAR OFF THE ROAD.

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"IT STRUCK A UTILITY POLE, THE 10 YEAR OLD CHILD JUMPED FROM THE VEHICLE AND RAN. THE OFFICERS IMMEDIATELY CLOSED IN TO RESCUE THE OTHER TWO CHILDREN. AT THAT POINT JONES SHOT HIMSELF."

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It's official. The nation's second largest radio company is coming to the New River Valley.
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Atlanta based Cumulus Media Incorporated is buying the seven New River Valley Partners stations.
The 7-million dollar deal includes popular stations like WFNR, "The Bear" and Bubba Classic Country.
Cumulus will take over operations next week, but company officials say they aren't planning any immediate changes to station formats or personnel.
Cumulus won't officially own the stations until after a 90 -day comment period held by the FCC.
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Roanoke's Vice- Mayor wants to run for a promotion.
Nelson Harris has confirmed that he will run for the Mayor's office.
Last night, he told members of the Roanoke Democratic Committee he will seek the party's nomination.
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Committee members have decided to hold a firehouse primary on February 7th at the Roanoke Civic center to nominate a slate of candidates for the May election.
Harris will face former Mayor David Bowers.
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((DAVID BOWERS: WELL I THINK WE'LL HAVE A SPIRITED CAMPAIGN, BUT I THINK THE ISSUE IS BEFORE THE PUBLIC NOW. IF YOU LIKE THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING DOWN AT CITY HALL THEN STAY THE COURSE. BUT IF YOU WANT A CHANGE I'M YOUR MAN.)) ((NELSON HARRIS: I THINK IT'S A CHOICE OF EITHER GOING BACK TO THE PAST, OR HAVING NEW LEADERSHIP FRESH LEADERSHIP AND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE.))
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Bev Fitzpatrick, who was appointed to city council earlier this year, says he will seek a new term.
Incumbent council members Bill Bestpitch, and Linda Wyatt also announced they plan to run for re-election.
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Coming up next, Brent will have a detailed look at the weather.
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Also we'll hear from skater Nancy Kerrigan, ten years after the attack that pushed her into the spotlight.
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Tonight, two- time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan will be inducted into the U-S Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
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The honor comes almost exactly 10 years after the infamous knee bashing attack.
Skating rival Tonya Harding, later admitted that she knew about the plan to injure Kerrigan during the '94 Olympics.

Kerrigan says she appreciates being back in the spotlight for something OTHER than the attack.
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During the '94 Olympics in Lillehammer, Oksana Baiul beat Kerrigan for the gold medal by the slimmest of margins.
Kerrigan won the silver--
Two years earlier, she won the bronze medal in Albertville.
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Some mixed news on the job market.
The Labor Department says the nation's unemployment rate last month dipped to its lowest level in 14 months, five- point- seven percent.
But the report also raises concerns about job creation.
In a separate survey, the government says payrolls grew by only a thousand jobs last month.
Analysts had been looking for about 150- thousand jobs.

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has lost 54 points. The NASDAQ has gained nine.
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Up next on the newscast, Joe Gibbs talks about his return to the Redskins,
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and, NASCAR's points may not be adding up to a winner. See what changes could be on the horizon.
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Joe Gibbs officially checked back into the Nation's Capital last night. The 3 Super Bowl trophies he won in his first stint with the team were on display - but Gibbs knows they mean very little right now.
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[VO NAT CON'T] And that in itself makes one wonder why a 63 year old walking success story would want such a challenge at this time in his life.
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His contract is a 5 year, $25 million dollar deal.

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Some still believe that Gibbs will have trouble relating to the modern day players. But current Grambling coach Doug Williams, who won a Super Bowl with Gibbs in 1987 - disagrees.
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Williams says for a 63 year old, Gibbs has the "Bling Bling" that all of today's players want - his three gold Super Bowl rings.
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Joe Gibbs isn't the only change on the NASCAR front this week. The points system is changing in an effort to keep fans and media members from growing disinterested at the end of the season. Starting this year, a 10 race playoff at the end of the season for the top 10 drivers will determine the champion.
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