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Coming up on News 7,
A little boy is dead following an apartment fire in Roanoke.
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And a not-so-new way to ring in the New Year could make a comeback in the Roanoke Valley.
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Tonight in sports, the Franklin County wrestling team is in the spotlight, the Patriots punch their ticket to the Super Bowl, and
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Virginia is no longer the only ACC team without a win in league play.
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As our rainmaker moves out, the cold air moves in. Air temperatures in the teens and 20's tonight, wind chills in the single digits. The complete details on your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as well as the rest of the workweek coming up. [Video-Open]
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An apartment fire in Roanoke proves deadly, after efforts fail to save a child left inside.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.


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A three-year-old boy is dead after a fire this morning in Roanoke.
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It happened just before eleven in the Tinker Creek Apartments on Tinker Drive. Crews arrived on the scene to find smoke and flames pouring out of the front of the apartment. Chief Bobbie Slayton says a woman and her three children were in the building when it caught fire.
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((CHIEF BOBBIE SLAYTON; WE HAD A REPORT THAT THERE WAS A CHILD STILL IN THE APARTMENT. THEY BEAT THE STAIRWELL DOWN SO THEY COULD GET TO THE STAIRS, THE INITIAL SEARCH NOTHING WAS FOUND. SECOND SEARCH THEY DID FIND THE TODDLER IN THE APARTMENT.))
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Another person was injured after jumping from a window while trying to save the child. The toddler's mother, Kiana (key-anna) Poindexter and neighbors in the Tinker Creek community say broken windows and faulty smoke detectors contributed to the child's death.
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The Red Cross is lending a helping hand. The organization is providing food and clothing for the family, and will have a counselor available for young children who escaped the fire unharmed.


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Amherst County authorities are investigating a fatal shooting this weekend. Sheriff's deputies say the body of a 23 year old New York man was found yesterday. He had been shot several times in the torso. The man's name has not been released. Residents told authorities they heard something that sounded like gunshots in the area on Friday night. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Amherst County Sheriff's Office.


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Former First Night goers in Roanoke have had to make alternative plans since the event was canceled two years ago. But as Jennifer Wishon reports, the event is on the verge of making a comeback in Roanoke County.
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First Night in Roanoke is where thousands of Southwest Virginians used to ring in the New Year, but Festival in the Park hasn't scheduled the event for the past two years. Now former Festival director Wendi Schultz is hoping to revive First Night and transfer it to Roanoke County.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ: IT IS THE SINGLE BEST THING THAT I'VE EVER DONE FROM AN EVENT STANDPOINT. THERE'S NOTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT IT, IT IS THE PERFECT WAY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN THE COMPANY OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN A NON- ALCOHOLIC COMMUNITY TYPE CELEBRATION.))
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First night is traditionally held in a downtown atmosphere and for Schultz, the Town of Vinton is the perfect venue.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ: THEY HAVE WONDERFUL CHURCHES, THEY HAVE WONDERFUL PUBLIC SPACE, IT'S A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY, THE BUSINESSES IN THE AREA ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THINGS THAT GO ON IN VINTON, THE TOWN OF VINTON, THE PEOPLE OF VINTON. I JUST THINK IT'S AN IDEAL LOCATION FOR THE KIND OF SETTING YOU NEED FOR A FIRST NIGHT.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: TOWN COUNCIL HAS OPENLY DISCUSSED THE IDEA OF HOLDING A FIRST NIGHT IN VINTON SEVERAL TIMES. AT LEAST ONE COUNCILMAN THINKS IT'S AN EXCELLENT IDEA AS LONG AS THE TOWN AND COUNTY CAN WORK OUT THE LOGISTICS.))
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Schultz hopes to take some of the traditional elements of a first night and add on. One of her ideas is an adult New Year's Ball - one she'd like to hold at the Vinton War Memorial. She says the county is behind the idea 100 percent and Tuesday she'll find out if Vinton is on the same page. That's when council will vote to offer or not offer the town as a venue. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Roanoke County.))

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Still to come on the newscast, a local man serving in Iraq says despite the violence, there's plenty to be optimistic about in the war-torn country...
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and also, how does clipping coupons in Roanoke affect what's happening across the Pacific Ocean? We'll explain when we return.
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The mother of an Army Reservist is making friends with his Iraqi colleagues. Major Jack Nales (Nails) of North Carolina has been in Iraq for more than a year now.
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He's trained an Iraqi man named Adnan to take over the Civil Assistance Center in Baghdad. Meanwhile, Nales' mother, Marie, has also befriended Adnan.
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((MARIE NALES: I HAVE A NECKLACE HE SENT FROM BAGHDAD AND IT HAS A LITTLE ... AND IT SAYS, IN ARABIC, BAGHDAD LOVES MARIE.))
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The Southside native says her son is positive about the progress being made in Iraq.
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The Daughters of the American Revolution are revolutionizing the way the Japanese do business.
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The Dorthea Henry Chapter in Southside has been clipping manufacturers coupons for nearly two years now. The coupons are then sent to Sasebo (sas-ee-BOH) Naval Base in Japan to be used in the commissary.
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((AUDREY MOSS: IT FLOODED THE MARKETS SO MUCH THAT THE OUTSIDE JAPANESE GROCERS IN ORDER TO STAY COMPETITIVE HAD TO START RECEIVING THESE COUPONS TOO.))
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Coupons sent to military personnel stationed outside the U-S are good for an extra six months. The project has helped save service men and women thousands of dollars.
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((MARY LEIGH BOISSEAU: THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED US AND OUR MEMBERS HAVE CLIPPED OVER 180,000 COUPONS FOR A FACE VALUE OF OVER 150,000 AND IT REPRESENTS ABOUT 5300 HOURS, VOLUNTEER HOURS.))
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Churches and clubs like the Korean Happy Warriers also help out.
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Organizers hope to spread their campaign to other military bases in the future.

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Coming up, the Wahoos get off the schnide in ACC play, high school wrestling heats up, and
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half of the lineup for Super Bowl 38 is now set.
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The Virginia Cavaliers entered today's home contest with Florida State as the only ACC team without a win in league play. Pete Gillen shook up his lineup this afternoon opting to start Jason Clark and freshman Donte Minter in favor of Elton Brown and Devin Smith. JR Reynolds had 8 points for UVA.
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and Todd Billet had his A-game. Billet lit up the Noles for 26 points including 6 three's.
The Cavs trailed by 5 at halftime, giving up 22 offensive rebounds in the game, including that one that led to a bucket at the first half horn.
In the second half, Smith found his groove. He finished the day with 21 points, all after the intermission. His biggest contribution came when the game was tied at 65 and sent to overtime. The
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junior forward scored the first 5 points of the extra frame as Virginia won it over Florida State 76 to 67. Next up a visit from Clemson on Tuesday night.
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The New England Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl for the second time in three years after knocking off the Colts in Foxboro.
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The snow was falling steadily today at Gilette Stadium and so were the temperatures.
The Pats got on the board first when Tom Brady found David Givens on a 7 yard touchdown pass and it was 7-nothing New England.
The Colts then had trouble on special teams. The high snap gets over Hunter Smith's head and he boots it out of the endzone for the safety. The Patriots led 15-nothing at halftime.
The Colts made a game of it closing to within 21-14, but Manning was picked off
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four times and the Pats are headed to their third Super Bowl in the last ten years, winning 24 to 14.
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The Panthers and Eagles are underway in the NFC game. We'll have some highlights and postgame reaction at 11.[S-

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The high school wrestling season is in full swing around the area. In Rocky Mount, Coach Emanuel Brown has taken over the reins for longtime coach Kris Kahila, and the Eagles haven't missed a beat.
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The Eagles have gotten off to a fast start at 8 and 3, following yesterday's quad meet at Christiansburg. They've gotten it done with a nice blend of youth and veteran leadership.
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