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Coming up on News 7,
The president of a local university has died.
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And the region's first winter storm of 2004 comes in full force. We'll have a live report.
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Tonight in sports, we'll check in with 3 time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, Florida State pulls off its second straight ACC upset, and
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Roanoke College gets back in the ODAC win column against Virginia Wesleyan.
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The bulk of the snow has fallen but lingering icy rain will keep a winter storm warning in effect into Monday. [Open]
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((KATIE WOODWARD: I DEFINITELY DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BE LIKE THIS WHEN I WALKED OUT HERE.))
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Virginians regain their barings after the latest winter storm unleashes a mean punch across most of the Commonwealth.

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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

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The latest winter storm has dumped inches of snow across the viewing area. The New River Valley was hit this morning around 7:30 as the storm pushed its way across the state.
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Jennifer Wishon has been out in the storm all day and joins us with the latest. Jenn- what is it like out there? Myranda, the snow continues to fall and it's just plain cold.
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That's making it hard for V-Dot to keep roads clear. Right now they're trying to keep up with accumulation on the roads, but they don't plan to put any chemicals on the roads until the temperatures rise.
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((((5:44:35 - train shot)) By mid- morning snow in the New River Valley stretched for miles. In Blacksburg sidewalks were sparse and those who did venture out [15:47:09 sidewalk shot] avoided the sideways snow and darted into the few stores that were open. ((15:51:30 - Nat of students yelling))
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Virginia Tech students took time off from studying with hopes that Monday classes would be canceled. ((QUICK!!! Nats of BT)) But the Blacksburg Transit was still running by late afternoon forcing students to share their snow- day strategies.
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((KATIE WOODWARD: YOU HAVE TO GET UP, BUNDLE UP AND THEN AS SOON AS YOU GET TO CLASS YOU HAVE TO STRIP BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS TOO HOT IN ALL THE CLASSES.))
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Meanwhile, the snow means big businesses for local ski resorts and winter athletes say bring it on.
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((KATIE HERRON: WE'RE CLOSE TO THE MOUNTAINS AND I'M GOING SNOW BOARDING ON TUESDAY THIS IS GREAT FOR IT SO I'M KIND OF EXCITED ABOUT THAT.))
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Scenes like this were common along local highways and side streets. State Police have worked dozens of accidents -- although no serious injuries have been reported. [15:43:02 - nats of plow]
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V-Dot is asking motorists to stay at home.
Officials say tires pack down the snow - making clean up more difficult. But many people did venture out. In Roanoke, the Valley View Grande was a popular spot.
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((JUSTIN HODGSON: I JUST GOT OFF WORK AND DECIDED TO SEE A MOVIE.))
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((SHAWN MCFARLAND: WE'RE HERE TO SEE TORQUE.))
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For a West Coast couple who transferred to Franklin County the storm has been culture shock.
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((KEVIN SHELTON: WE HAVE A FARM OUT IN ROCKY MOUNT BUT WE REALLY NEVER EXPECTED WEATHER LIKE THIS... TERRIBLE.))
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Robin when can we expect the snow to taper off?


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The first flakes began drifting into central Virginia around 11:30 and it wasn't long before there was a couple of inches of snow on the ground.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, it's already been a busy day for local emergency personnel.. and it figures to be a long night as well.
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The Lynchburg area's first major snow storm of 2004 arrived just before noon.. and quickly made its presence known on the area roadways.
By mid-afternoon, more than two inches of snow was on the ground, serving as a white wake-up call for local road crews.
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From the highways... to the runways, crews are prepared for a busy evening.
In Lynchburg, the work actually began Friday when the plows and spreaders were prepped for the coming storm.
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((DENNIS REYNOLDS/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS: AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW.. UNTIL THE STORM'S OVER WITH.))
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Reynolds says the low temperatures make salting the roadways less effective..
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((REYNOLDS: SALT WORKS GOOD DOWN TO 25 DEGREES.. ..KIND OF HARD ON US.))
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(( IT'S A POWDERY TYPE SNOW, AND IT'S A SLICK SNOW BELIEVE IT OR NOT AND IT'S GOING TO BE HARD TO DEAL WITH.))
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Motorists found it difficult as well.
All across central Virginia, police responded to dozens of minor accidents.. as cars slipped and slid into ditches, telephone poles and in one case.. a snow plow.
Even having four-wheel drive was no guarantee you could navigate the roads without a problem. [Standup ] ((The real test for both motorists and road crews will come later tonight and tomorrow. That's when a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to fall.. making treating it a lot tougher and driving in it even more difficult.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Still to come on the newscast, we'll have some tax tips that will help you get your refund earlier...
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and also, Hollins University's president dies following a short illness.
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Hollins University is mourning the loss of its president.
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Nora Kizer Bell died yesterday of complications from pneumonia. She served about a year and a half as president. Provost Wayne Markert will act as president for the remainder of the year. Markert says Bell not only put the women's institution on the right financial track, but also renewed excitement about Hollins while preserving school traditions.
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((WAYNE MARKERT/ACTING PRESIDENT; I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO IS FOLLOW THAT VISION THAT SHE SET FOR HOLLINS. IT'S CLEAR THAT THE TRUSTEES WANT THAT TO HAPPEN, SO I THINK WE WILL CONTINUE ALONG THOSE LINES. THAT WOULD BE THE GREATEST LEGACY THAT SHE COULD PROVIDE.))
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Funeral arrangements and memorial services at the school have not been finalized. The location and times of those services are expected to be released tomorrow.
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The popularity of the Atkins diet means a local bread company has to come up with a new mix, and a Lynchburg business is letting of some of its workers go. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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Local bakeries want a slice of the low-carb market. Heartland Bread Company in Roanoke started offering a low-carbohydrate version of its 7-grain bread. Owner Tom Mason says it took him and his baker about a month and a half to research the low-carb phenomenon and come up with a recipe.
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((TOM MASON/HEARTLAND BREAD COMPANY: AND SO HE THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND I THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND HE SAID I THINK IF WE TAKE THE HONEY OUT OF THE 7-GRAIN WE'VE ACTUALLY GOT A BETTER, TRUE LOW-CARB PRODUCT.))
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At least three other local bakeries, including Maple Leaf, are, or will soon be, offering an Atkins-friendly product.

They say they have seen a slight change in consumer demand because of the low-carb craze. But they add that bread is a staple that will weather the diet trend. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
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J-Crew is letting go of some workers in Lynchburg. It blames corporate restructuring and a slowdown in catalog sales for the layoffs. The affected workers arrived at the customer relations and distribution center in Lynchburg.. only to find they are out of a job. A company spokesman would not specify how many people are being let go.. the facility normally employs about one thousand people year-round. The spokesman says J. Crew's mail order business has gone down in recent years, leaving the Lynchburg center overstaffed. Those being laid off are being offered severance packages.
For News 7, I'm Donald Graham and that's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS] ))
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Still to come on the newscast, Robin will be back with an in depth look at the forecast,
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and also, one group goes with the flow, trying to keep rivers in the Roanoke valley clean. We'll have more on that coming up next.
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Roanoke Valley localities are working to carry out a federally mandated program in hopes of cleaning up area waterways.
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The "Regional Stormwater Program" is being used to teach residents about harmful substances used everyday.
Program Director Lane Guilliams says residents should be extra cautious when changing their oil, fertilizing their lawn and walking their pets.
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((LANE GUILLIAMS: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO PICK UP AND PROPERLY DISPOSE OF YOUR PET WASTE SO THAT THAT ISN'T SOMETHING THAT GETS INTO THE STORM DRAIN AND GOES DIRECTLY TO THE RIVER. ONCE IT REACHES THE RIVER IT CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR AQUATIC PLANTS OR FISH SPECIES AND OTHER ANIMALS THAT DRINK OUT OF THE WATER OR PEOPLE BECAUSE WE HAVE RECREATION IN THE RIVER AS WELL.))
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Guilliams is currently looking for volunteers for the "storm drain stenciling project" which reminds people not to pollute, as well as volunteers for the "stream monitoring program." Anyone interested can learn more at Explore Park- dot- org.
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Tax time is on its way - and if you're like millions of Americans, you put them away until April.
But experts say there are advantages to filing early.
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[take IRS BOARD 8700essFS]
First, the earlier you file, the sooner you get your money back. [wipe to IRS BOARD 8701ess FS] But, before filing, experts say make sure you have all of your information together - including W-2's, wage and earnings statements, and interest statements as well as deduction documents. Take your time so you don't rush and leave off numbers or make mathematical mistakes. [wipe to IRS BOARD 8702ess FS]
Once you have all that in place, experts say the fastest way to file and get a return, is electronically.
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((YOU CAN FILE ELECTRONICALLY. IT'S THE FASTEST, EASIEST WAY FOR TAXPAYERS TO FILE... AND IF THEY SELECT DIRECT DEPOSIT, THEY WILL HAVE THIER MONEY BACK IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, GENERALLY))
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[TAKE IRS BAORD 9301ess FS] If you have any questions on filing your taxes, you can call the I-R-S at 1-800-829-1040 or find a link to their website by going to our homepage at wdbj7.com... click on News 7 Saturday and Sunday Morning.
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Coming up, the Express skates with Reading, Roanoke College ends a five game skid, and
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Dale Jarrett tries to forget a miserable 2003 for the 88 team.
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The Roanoke Express Hall of Fame Day festivities were postponed today until a later date because of the inclement weather, but the game with Reading went on as scheduled at the Roundhouse. Things usually get pretty heated between the two former division rivals and today was no exception.
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Goaltender David Belitski was looking for his 12th win of the season.
The Express took a 2-1 lead late in the first period with two quick goals, including this wrap around tally off the stick of Andrew McPherson.
Just a few minutes later, Tim O'Connell mixes it up with a couple of Royals. O'Connell got the best of the action, but did some time in the penalty box for his transgressions.
Belitski is having another solid outing between the pipes for Roanoke giving up his body for the save. At last check the Express leads Reading 3 to 2 in the third period.
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Roanoke College avoided a 6 game losing streak today by beating Virginia Wesleyan at the Bast Center.
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Page Moir's club played with a sense of urgency today in a game that it had to have.
Jared Butler scored 13 points for the Noke. The Maroons led by as many as 13 in the first half.
Wesleyan rallied behind 19 points from David Doino including the hoop and the harm right there.
Kevin Hunter tallied 20 points for Roanoke including two big free throws that iced it.
Wesleyan had a chance to tie at the horn, but the three was off the mark.
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Hunter corraled the rebound and Roanoke won it over the 24th ranked Marlins 61 to 58.
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In the ACC, just three days after knocking off number 7 North Carolina, Florida State took care of 10th ranked Wake Forest.
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Tim Pickett scored all 18 of his points in the second half for the Seminoles who won it 75-70 over the Deacs. Wake has now lost four straight games for the first time since 1999.
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Tonight's report from the NASCAR Media Tour centers around former Winston Cup champ Dale Jarrett. Mike Stevens tells us how the driver of the UPS Ford failed to deliver in 2003.
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Fourth seeded Andre Agassi is safely thru to the quarterfinals at the Aussie Open and on a collision course to meet up with Andy Roddick.
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Agassi won in straight sets today over Paradorn Srichaphan 7-6, 6-3, and 6-4. He is on a 25 match winning streak(------------) down under and has won the event four times including last season.