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Up next on News 7--

The indecision is over.
Henry County school board members take a vote on consolidation.
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And, Roanoke police look at "inconsistent statements" by a murder victim's son.
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Snow showers continue to dwindle in the mountains and the gusty wind will slowly follow. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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Henry County's school board has done another about face. It decides to move ahead with closing five schools.
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Just a week after members decided to delay the action, the Henry County School Board announced last night it would close the schools and reconfigure two others. Justin McLeod has more.
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((((NAT SOUND OF VOTE AND REACTION))
This was the reaction after the school board voted to continue with the current consolidation plan.
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((ASHLEY TILLEY/FC STUDENT: VERY SURPRISED BUT I'M GLAD THEY DID IT.))
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Long before the vote, the public got once last chance to make its case.
The majority who spoke in favor the two high school plan.
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((DARRYL HOLLAND/LAUREL PARK TEACHER: TO COMBINE THE BEST.....BE A PART OF.))
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But there were plenty who spoke just as passionately against the current plan.
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((KAREN KNAPP/OPPOSES CONSOLIDATION: I DO NOT, NEVER HAVE...THE CURRENT PLAN.))
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That plan will send Laurel Park students to Magna Vista High next year.
Fieldale Collinsville students will attend Bassett.
Supporters say that will allow students to have more opportunities.
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((COURTNEY NEWMAN/BASSETT HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR: YES WE WILL BE FORCED, STRONG CURRICULUM.))
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But opponents say bigger isn't always better.
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((SANDY EVANS/PARENT: I THINK IF YOU, TO BE IGNORED.))
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After more than fifty speakers and 90 minutes of later it was time to vote.
Newly elected board member Terri Flanagan who last week voted to delay consolidation changed her mind.
The voted ended up being four to three.
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((LINDA MARTIN/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THE VOTED WAS TURNED, BITTERNESS ABOUT ANYTHING.))
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((JUSTIN MCLEOD/REPORTING: SO CONSOLIDATION WILL MOVE FORWARD AND IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE AFFECT IN THE NEXT. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS ALREADY SPENT NEARLY TWO MILLION DOLLARS RENOVATING THE SCHOOLS AND IS EXPECTED TO SPEND ANOTHER MILLION BEFORE IT IS ALL SAID AND DONE. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))

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Roanoke police are focusing their attention on Christopher Rogers in the death of his mother.
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While he has NOT been charged in the case, a search warrant affidavit filed this morning, says the 56-year-old part-time school teacher has given police what they consider "inconsistent statements." He told them he did not have a key to his mother's home, though others say he does. Police found no signs of forced entry. Seventy-seven year old Teresa Rogers was found in the room where food for the dogs and horses was kept. Christopher told police he found her lying face down Monday, but an autopsy indicated she could NOT have been in that position.
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He said he hadn't seen her since January 3rd.
Family members told police Christopher Rogers was reluctant to check on her.
They lived in separate homes on the same property. Police have searched them both.

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A three-judge panel in Bedford has unanimously overturnrd the results of last year's elections for one county supervisor seat and one seat on the school board.
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A registrar's mistake led 56 people on Clays Crossing Road to vote in the wrong district November 4th.
Supervisor Tony Ware and school board candidate Carolyn Dixon narrowly lost their races and challenged the results.
Yesterday, attorneys for the winners.. Steve Arrington and Betty Earle.. argued the mistake should not invalidate the election.
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((DICK CRANWELL/DEFENDANTS' ATTORNEY: THE CASE LAW IS VERY CLEAR THAT MISTAKES BY ELECTION OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT NEGATE A FULL, FAIR AND FREE ELECTION.)) ((JOHNNY OVERSTREET/PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY: IF YOU REMOVE THESE VOTES AND THESE VOTERS, THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION, SUCH A CLOSE ELECTION IS QUESTIONABLE AND IN DOUBT.))
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A new election will be held for the two seats this November.
Each board has 45 days to appoint a temporary replacement to serve until then.
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The state A-C-L-U is continuing the fight against school prayer at the Virginia Military Institute.
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Today, the A-C-L-U announced it believes there is no need for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. Official school prayer at dinner is still banned at VMI while the case awaits review from the Supreme Court.
But it may never get that far. The District court judge in Lynchburg, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond have already ruled in favor of two cadets who argued that school- orchestrated mealtime prayers at the college violate separation of church and state.
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The U.S. Supreme court can reject the request for a review; or it can agree to hear the case, and possibly allow school prayer at VMI once again.

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A manhunt is on in Pennsylvania for a suspect in the murders of a couple and their 19- month- old daughter.
Their infant son was found un- harmed inside his crib.
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A coroner says the two adults had been shot in the head, chest and back.
The baby had been stabbed.
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the woman's ex- boyfriend, identified as 31- year- old Donald Robinson Barnhart.
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((SCOTT ANDREASSI/DISTRICT ATTORNEY: HE IS CONSIDERED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS AND I CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH. THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS BEEN IN THE STATE PRISON SYSTEM AND SOMEONE WE BELIEVE HAS COMMITTED THE CRIME OBVIOUSLY A VERY VIOLENT CRIME. ))
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Police say Barnhart could be driving the slain family's car, a maroon Pontiac coupe.
They've issued a nationwide alert for Barnhart and the vehicle.
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Police are calling the death of a high school cheerleader a "miscellaneous accident".
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18- year- old Lauren Crossan fell from a ninth floor hotel balcony in Hawaii.
Crossan was captain of a New Jersey high school cheerleading squad, who was picked to perform at the annual Hula Bowl college all- star game.
Her nude body was found outside the hotel on Monday.
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((IT'S REALLY SCARY JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE ON VACATION HERE AND LIKE HERE TO HAVE FUN AND THEN TO WALK BY, ONE OF THE GUESTS FOUND HER, AND JUST TO WALK BY AND SEE HER LAYING THERE, NOT ALIVE, IT'S JUST REALLY SAD.))
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A preliminary autopsy shows that Crossan had alcohol in her system, but no drugs and no evidence of foul play.
The hotel room from which she fell was registered to two men who were arrested on suspicion of murder, but were later released.
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Still to come on the newscast, the Governor announces 700 new jobs are coming to the Southside.
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Also a company that employs hundreds in the region asks the courts for protection from its creditors.
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Governor Mark Warner used his State of the Commonwealth address last night to make his case for his tax reform plan. While he drew applause several times for his speech, not everyone was won over. As Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon reports, most Republicans say they are still not sold on his plan.
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The Governor delivered a major job announcement to Southside in his address, and he'll personally bring the news to Henry County later today. Joe Dashiell has that part of the story.
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We have learned a little more about the company today. MasterBrand Cabinets employs 12-thousand people at its 17 manufacturing facilities and 12 distribution centers in North America. The company says it is the second largest maker of kitchen cabinets in the U-S. Its brand names include Aristokraft, Decora, Diamond, Kemper and Schrock.

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A national toy company that employs hundreds of people in our area is filing for bankruptcy protection.
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K-B Toys operates an internet fulfillment center out of Blairs, near Danville. The facility hires over 15-hundred seasonal employees each year. The toy company says it hopes to emerge from chapter 11 protection before the next holiday shopping season. But it does plan to close four to five hundred stores. There is no word yet on what this announcement might mean to the Blairs employees.
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The only woman in the Presidential race has decided to throw in the towel.
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Carol Moseley Braun has decided to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination.
Her campaign had been bogged down by financial setbacks. and never really took off.
Braun becomes the second presidential hopeful to withdraw from the race.
Meanwhile, she'll throw her support behind former rival and Democratic front runner Howard Dean.
She's expected to join Dean at a campaign event today, where she'll officially offer him her endorsement.
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Still to come on the newscast,
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bone chilling weather hits the Northeast. We'll see how residents there are faring and Leo will have our detailed forecast up next.
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Dangerous travel conditions and a wind chill cold enough to cause frost bite.
But we're not talking about the North Pole, or Alaska.
It's New York City that's getting in on the big chill.
Drew Levinson is there.
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(( This latest blast of winter has the big apple frozen to the core today With temperatures in single digits and wind chills well below zero frostbite can set in within 30 minutes. New Yorkers are doing what they can to keep warm..

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"I GOT ABOUT THREE COATS ON, THREE PAIRS OF SOCKS AND TWO PAIRS OF PANTS."

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"THE THERMAL UNDERWEAR, THE THREE LAYERS, THE FLEECE, THE SWEATPANTS, THE WATER PROOF PANTS, THE HIKING SHOES."
This newspaper vender is having a tough time staying warm.

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"I HAVE A SMALL HEATER, BUT IT DOESN'T HELP BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS OPEN."
The snow--that ended this morning left up to a half foot on the ground. It also foced commuters to slip and slide their way through the city streets.

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"IT'S ROUGH, BUT MOST OF THE TIME IF YOU LISTEN TO THE NEWS OR LISTEN TO THE RADIO, NO ONE IS GOING OUT."
Actually a lot of people must go out and trying to navigate this mess is not easy...fortunately a good Samaritan came to this woman's aid.

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'"NOW THAT THE SNOW HAS STOPPED THE TEMPERATURES ARE DIPPING EVEN LOWER--THE NEW WINDCHILL TONIGHT IS EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO."

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"I DON'T FEEL LIKE I LIVE IN NEW YORK, I FEEL LIKE I LIVE IN THE NORTH POLE."
The frigid temperatures are expected to last through tomorrow, it will warm into the 30s over the weekend. Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York." ))

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has dropped eight points. The NASDAQ has lost four.
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Coming up, Virginia Tech scores a huge recruiting haul for next year's football team.
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And it's another success for NASA as the MARS Rover begins its trip across the surface of the Red Planet.
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For the Virginia Tech Women, who were coming off two straight road losses, there was no place like home last night.
The Hokies shot 51 percent in the friendly confines of the Cassell to knock off Villanova.
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Bonnie Henrickson's club jumped on the Wildcats from the start and led by 14 at halftime.
In the second half, Kerri Gardin knocks down the elbow jumper.
She was one of four Hokies in double figures with 14 points.
Ieva Kublina finished the night with 11.
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Dawn Chriss then gets in close for 2 points.
The Ladies get back on track with the 63 to 50 win.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies are about ready to bust loose on what could be a huge recruiting haul, and yesterday they got one of the players they've coveted.
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Hermitage high school linebacker Andrew Bowman verbally committed to Tech yesterday, picking the Hokies over UVa and Tennessee. At six-one and 220 pounds, he'll likely play outside for Tech.
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And finally today--
It's another giant leap for mankind.
The "Spirit" rover has stepped onto Martian soil, 12 days after it arrived on the Red Planet.
Teri Okita has the pictures.
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TRACK: THE CHAMPAGNE FLOWED AND CHEERS ERUPTED AS THE SPIRIT ROVER SUCCESSFULLY ROLLED ONTO THE SURFACE OF MARS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

(Super: Peter Theisinger/Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager)
SOT: Now weve got six wheels in the dirt. It really doesnt get any

better than this, but it will.
TRACK: LIKE A PROSPECTOR DIGGING FOR GOLD, CONTROLLERS WILL USE SPIRITS ROBOTIC ARM TO SEARCH THE SOIL FOR GEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE THAT LIFE ONCE EXISTED ON THE RED PLANET. SPIRIT WILL TAKE MICROSCOPIC PICTURES IN UNPRECEDENTED DETAIL.

(Super: Charles Elachi/Jet Propulsion Lab Director)
SOT: Just think of the endless possibilities that this team and this

generation is going to leave as a legacy for generations of the future.
TRACK: ENGINEERS SAID THIS ROLL-OUT WOULD BE SPIRITS RISKIEST MOVE DURING THE ENTIRE THREE-MONTH MISSION, AND ITS SUCCESS GOT A BIG THUMBS UP FROM TEAM MEMBERS BACK ON EARTH. THEY'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE PROJECT FOR ALMOST FOUR YEARS.

(Super: Chris Lewicki/Flight Director)
SOT: Its been really stressful, frightening at times, very exciting at

others and completely boring at others, if you can imagine that.
TRACK: TEAM MEMBERS JOKED THAT THEY MOVE FAST THE SPIRITS ROLL-OUT CAME JUST ONE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT BUSH UNVEILED HIS PLANS FOR A MANNED MISSION TO MARS. BUT DONT CALL ON ASTRONAUTS JUST YET. SPIRIT NEEDS TIME TO EXPLORE ONLY MOVING ABOUT TWO INCHES PER SECOND. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS. ))
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