Today on News 7 at 5, we'll hear about the latest report on violence in Roanoke schools.
Plus the cleanup continues on area roadways, but the cold temperatures are not making it easy.
Messy winter precipitation has not quite left the region yet. Tomorrow we could see freezing drizzle, some snow showers and then a cold wind. Details ahead.
Also today, a toddler is found lying in the snow with a knife in her back.
A teenager is allowed to return home three years after he was sent to prison for killing a playmate,
And in Sports, another former Redskin is returning to the head coaching ranks.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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((AS COLD AS THE TEMPERATURES IS, THE SALT IT'S TAKING IT AWHILE TO WORK. 04))
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Cold temperatures get in the way for V-Dot, as crews try to clean up the mess left from this weekend's winter storm.
The storm left as many as seven inches of snow in some parts of our area.
V-Dot crews have been out and about trying to clear away as much of the snow and ice as they could.
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but as Myranda Stephens tells us, the job is more difficult in some places.
That's right Jean, we spent the day in Franklin County,
where a lot of the major roads like 220 were still in severe condition.
But, it's not because V-Dot crews weren't doing their jobs, it's just too cold.
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((JIMMY HOLLEY/FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: IT'S KIND OF HARD TO MOVE THAT'S ONE THING, IT'S SO COLD ON THE BOTTOM IT'S HARD TO CLEAR IT))
Too cold even for Jimmy Holley, who was just trying to plow his driveway.
Lucky for him, he had no intentions of going out.
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But, for folks who DID need to go somewhere, getting around was tough. On the side streets and along the major roads as well.
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V-Dot says plowing and laying down salt is about all they can do.
With temperatures so cold, they say it may take awhile for the chemicals used to melt the snow can really do their job.
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The situation in Franklin County was not that all that different from a lot of places in our area.
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But, V-Dot just sent out an update on the roads, and it appears most of the major ones are clear, but still wet.
Jean, as always they warn it may be some time before they can get to the secondary roads, and with the possibility of more freezing rain tomorrow, it just may be even longer.
They're keeping a close eye on the sky in Southside which is expecting to see the brunt of tonight's freezing rain.
The break in the weather today allowed Danville public works crews to keep the main roads fairly clear of snow and slush.
Sides streets were a different matter... most of them were well-packed with snow and crews worked to drop a layer of sand on them this afternoon.
Public works officials say it's already been a long couple of days taking on Mother Nature.
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((RICHARD DRAZENOVICH/DANVILLE PUBLIC WORKS: TONIGHT THEY'RE CALLING FOR SOME FREEZING RAIN, SO OUR CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR THE LAST 24 HOURS PUTTING DOWN BRINE AND PLOWING UP THE SNOW AND WE'LL JUST BE ON STANDBY FOR WHATEVER COMES. THE TEMPERATURE'S 21 NOW AND IT'S SCHEDULED TO GO DOWN TO 16, 18 DEGREES, SO A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH OF RAIN IS GOING TO FREEZE RIGHT AWAY.))
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Drazenovich (drah-ZEN-oh-vitch) says the city's G-P-S tracking system helps him keep track of his snowplow crews while they're on the road.
It also helps him plan his attack to make sure Danville's primary roads are taken care of first during a storm.
The Roanoke City Schools have released new figures on school discipline, crime and violence.
Between the end of October, and the middle of January school officials say there were more than 900 disciplinary incidents, a figure that's consistent with the first nine- week report.
School Superintendent Wayne Harris says the vast majority did not involve any physical contact, and he says the numbers support his contention that Roanoke schools remain safe.
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((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT 80- PLUS STUDENTS WHO HAVE GOTTEN INTO SOME KIND OF PHYSICAL CONTACT THAT VIOLATES THE STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS IT'S TOO MANY, BUT OUR PRINICIPALS AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE WORKING WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS AND OUR TEACHERS.))
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The latest report is bringing new questions from critics of the school administration, who question whether some incidents were classified properly.
We'll have more on that tonight on News 7 at Six.
A teenager sentenced to life behind bars without parole.. is free tonight.
Lionel Tate was convicted of killing a playmate in Florida.
But, an appeals court struck down his conviction and later this week, Tate is expected to agree to a plea deal of "time served."
Sharyn Alfonsi has details.
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((He is hardly recognizable. The little boy who made legal history, now nearly a man.
Lionel Tate back in court today, smiling. A judge giving him the
"go-ahead" to go home Monday afternoon.
Judge nats: As far as I'm concerned the paperwork is done
It comes just three years after a nation watched as Tate became the youngest defendant in the country to be locked away... for life.
The Florida boy was just 12 years old when he killed his 6 year old
playmate, Tiffany Eunick. At his trial, he re-enacted the wrestling
moves, that he says accidentally left the little girl lifeless.
His mother refusing to allow her son to accept any responsibility for the death or the plea deal that would have guaranteed Tate only spend three years behind bars. Kathleen Grossett/ Lionel Tate's Mother (Dec, 2003)
"How do you send your child to prison when you know all they were doing is playing?"
Later, Tate's mother admitted she made a mistake and should have urged her son to take the plea deal. Last month, a federal appeals court ordered a re-trial. The panel ruled Tate's mental competency should have been evaluated to make sure he understood what was at stake at his trial.
Now, no doubt, he does. Thursday, Tate will plead guilty to a lesser
second degree murder charge, receive credit for three year served, and then, go home...for good. He'll be on probation for ten years. His victims mom is happy for him, but a bit hestiant.
Deweese Eunick-Paul/ Victim's mother:
They are still in dream land calling it an accident.
For her there will be no second chance, no homecoming. Just
hope...she says...that the little boy who killed her daughter is now man enough to admit it was not an accident. In New York, Sharyn Alfonsi, CBS NEWS. ))
There's more News 7 to come. After this break, the Secretary of State says America was not the only country to believe Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Plus the hours are winding down as democratics try to win over the voters in New Hampshire.
A toddler is found with a knife in her back.. left lying in the snow in Philadelphia.
A man who was dropping his own child off at daycare found the child and called police.
The girl was alive and medics rushed her to a local hospital where she is in critical conditon.
Police say a steak knife was lodged in the back of the 18 month old girl and she was wearing only a diaper.
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Tonight police have taken the girls mother into custody for questioning.
It is not just the Bush administration that believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
According to the Secretary of State, the previous administration as well as a number of intelligence agencies throughout the world made that assessment.
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((COLIN POWELL/U. S. SECRETARY OF STATE: SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD THE INTENTION OF HAVING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROGRAMS, HAD WEAPONS WHICH HE HAD USED IN THE PAST AND WE BELIEVED HE HAD EVERY POSSIBLITY OF HAVING SUCH WEAPONS IN THE PRESENT AND IT WAS A DANGER THAT THE WORLD SHOULD NOT BE FACING 12 YEARS AFTER THE U.N. RESOLUTIONS TELLING HIM TO GET RID OF SUCH WEAPONS.))
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Powell made the comments during a trip to Russia- where he's reassuring Russia that the U-S has no plans to place bases in Georgia.
Powell also says he's worried about Russia's democracy and concerned the Kremlim is turning increasily autocratic.
With just a day to go before New Hampshire residents head to the polls, John Kerry has a big lead in the Democratic primary.
But after Iowa, no candidate is taking anything for granted.
Jennifer Donelan has more.
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((IN THE LAST LEG OF THE RACE FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATOR JOHN KERRY TOOK TO
THE AIR HOPING TO LAND THE UNDECIDED VOTE.
IF THERE IS AN UNDECIDED VOTER IN THIS CROWD, SENATOR JOHN KERRY WANTS
Sot: Senator John Kerry/(D) Candidate (05)
Tomorrow you just dont choose a president; you choose the leader of the
HIS NUMBERS ARE UP, BUT HE WONT REST.
am here to persuade anyone who is undecided and answer any questions.
EVERY POLL HAS KERRY CROSSING THE FINISH LINE WELL AHEAD OF THE
RESTEXCEPT FOR ONE, WHICH SHOWS KERRY IN A STATISCAL DEAD HEAT WITH
HOWARD DEAN. THE ONCE STRUGGLING CANDIDATE IS ON THE ATTACK.
Sot: Howard Dean/(D) Candidate (05)
Foreign policy expertise depends on patience and judgment. I question
Sen. Kerry-s judgment.
DEAN IS ALSO ACCUSING HIS RIVALS OF DIRTY POLITICS INCLUDING PHONE
CALLS, EMAILS, AND FAXES DISTORTING HIS VIEWSBUT DEANS CAMP WONT SAY
WHO THEY THINK IS RESPONSIBLE.
Standup: Jennifer Donelan/Manchester, New Hampshire
There is another battle brewing and it is for third place. Former
General Wesley Clark is one of three candidates in a tie. His numbers
have slippedit is going to be a fight.
Nat Sot: Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark/(D) Candidate (02)
Were going to change this country.
SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN NEEDS TO CHANGE HIS NUMBERS IN THE POLLS TO PLACE
THIRD AND THEN THERES SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS
Sot: Senator John Edwards/(D) Candidate (04)
You give a me a shot at George W. Bush and I will give you the White
HIS RISE IN THE POLLS COULD MAKE HIM A VIABLE THREAT, BUT THAT WILL BE
UP TO THE VOTERS. THE VOTING BOOTHS OPEN IN JUST HOURS. JENNIFER
DONELAN, CBS NEWS, MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE))
A jury of eight women and four men was seated today in the trial of Martha Stewart.
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It took four days of questioning last week to narrow down the jury for this morning's final round.
People who identified themselves as fans of the domestic entrepreneur and some who saw her television interviews were allowed to remain if they assured the judge they could be fair.
Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow.
Stewart is accused of lying to investigators about why she sold ImClone Systems stock just before its price took a nose dive. The government says she was tipped off. But Stewart claims the sale was
part of a pre-exiting arrangement.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin will let us know if the weather will get worse before it gets better.
Another former Redskins coach has another top job in the N-F-L. Mike Stevens will tell us where it is coming up in Sports.
Coming up today following Sports,
NASA scientists say the latest discovery on Mars is like finding the Holy Grail. We'll see what was discovered a little bit later.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday ticker that is full of NFL news and not all of its is Super Bowl related.
Leave is to Raiders' boss Al Davis to steal a little Super Bowl limelight today.
The Raiders named former Redskins' coach Norv Turner the 14th head coach in team history today.
Turner had spent the past two season as the offensive coordinator of the Dolphins in Miami.
Most remember him as the Redskins head coach from
1994 and 2000.
During that time his teams won 49 games and lost 59 and made the playoffs just once.
Most of his career he has been labeled as one of those guys who is a great assistant, but not a great head coach.
He'll get a chance to prove the critics wrong in Oakland.
The Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots touched down in Houston yesterday, and began will be no doubt be a week's worth of hype leading up to Sunday's game.
On a national scope - the Panthers are basically a no-name team without any big stars.
For that reason Carolina possesses a unique togetherness and a little chip on its shoulder.
Tight end Jermaine Wiggins, a former Patriots, understands it perfectly.
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Of course the only place to catch Super Bowl 38 locally is right here on Your Hometown Station WDBJ-7.
Kick-off is set for just after 6pm - this coming Sunday night.
The pregame fun from Houston begins at 2pm.
Last week the New Jersey Nets found out that they had a new owner and would be getting a new home in Brooklyn.
This afternoon the team got a new coach.
Byron Scott, who took the team to the NBA finals each of the last two seasons, was fired today.
Assistant Lawrence Frank takes over the team on an interim basis.
The Nets' team president says Scott's message no longer was getting through to the players.
The Nets were just 22 and 20 this season, but Scott leaves as the winningest coach in team history.
The AP men top 25 college basketball poll is out tonight.
Duke is again number one with Carolina 12th, Georgia Tech 14th and Wake Forest 19th.
Connecticut, which plays the Tech men on Wednesday night is 6th this week.
Jean will be back in just a moment. Take care everybody.
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On Wall Street today, stocks have closed solidly higher. As Alexis Christoforous tells us, the Dow Jones industrial average finished at its highest level since June 2001.
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Two cameras on opposite ends of the planet are revealing the secrets of Mars.
The unmanned probes are teaching scientists more about the geography of the red planet.
Manuel Gallegus has the latest.
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((IT'S A BIZARRE, DARK LANDSCAPE THAT SCIENTISTS DIDNT EXPECTTHEYRE THE
LATEST IMAGES FROM OPPORTUNITY THE SECOND NASA SPACECRAFT TO
SUCCESSFULLY LAND ON MARS IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS.
OFF IN THE DISTANCE.THE LANDSCAPE they call Meridiani ....IS A
SLAB-LIKE ROCK FORMATION THE FIRST BEDROCK EVER SEEN ON THE RED PLANET.
-SOT-DR. JIM BELL, SCIENTIST, JET PROPULSION LAB 10;07;05
This is like the holy grail for a geologist to be able to see these
incredible rocks that are in their native habitiat.
THE IMAGES ALSO SHOW THE SMOOTHEST FINE GRAIN SOIL EVER SEEN ON THE
PLANET LIKE TALCUM POWDER.
IT WILL LIKELY BE TWO WEEKS BEFORE SCIENTISTS CAN ROLL OPPORTUNITY OFF
ITS PLATFORM TO EXAMINE THE ROCKS.
THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE ALL SYSTEMS ARE GOAND THAT A COMPUTER FAILURE
THAT CRIPPLED THE SPIRIT ROVER DOESNT HAPPEN AGAIN.
SPIRIT IS ON ITS WAY BACK TO NORMAL HEALTH SAY SCIENTISTS. THEY BELIEVE
THEY HAVE A SOFTWARE PROBLEM IN THEIR MEMORY FILES THAT CAN BE FIXED.
-SOT-JENNIFER TROSPER, SPIRIT MISSION SCIENTIST 10;11;13
spirit is slowly getting better -its like we have a patient in rehab
here and were nursing her back to health.
THE TEAM COULDNT BE HAPPIER. THEY NOW HAVE 18 WORKING CAMERAS ON THE
SURFACE OF MARS SPIRIT HAS ALREADY SENT BACK STUNNINGLY CLEAR IMAGES
FROM 300-MILLION MILES AWAY AND OPPORTUNITY HAS LANDED IN A CRATER
WHICH IS LIKE A HOLE IN ONE FOR SCIENTISTSSINCE THE SOIL IN EFFECT IS
ALREADY DUG FOR THEM.
THE MAIN TASK FOR BOTH ROVERS IS TO EXPLORE THE PLANET FOR MONTHS
LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF WATER AND POSSIBLE CLUES ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF
LIFE SO FAR FROM EARTH.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))