Patience, along with salt and chemicals, is key for residents trying to thaw out from the region's first major winter storm of the year.
And, the first ballot was dropped at midnight-- now the rest of the country awaits the results of the New Hampshire primary.
Light Freezing rain and drizzle continue with a chance for a few snow showers later today. I'll have your windy forecast.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Most primary roads in the region are doing well. Now V-Dot tries to tackle some of the secondary routes.
What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday the Valley was digging out from snow, now folks are dealing with ice.
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News 7's Susan Bahorich has been checking on area travel conditions.
Susan, how are things out there this afternoon?
Major roadways like 581 and 81 are clear.
But, it's the secondary roads that have motorist and V-DOT crews concerned.
Yesterday crews focused their efforts on main arteries, now the second phase of V-DOT's clean-up is beginning.
Up until now, secondary and residential roadways have taken a "backseat" in the clean-up effort.
Snow and ice covered roads like this one in Botetourt County are the norm.
Slowly, but surely crews are working to get residents like Edgar Hodges on the road again.
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((EDGAR HODGES, BOTETOURT RESIDENT: SIDEWALKS IN TOWN GET CLEAN, BUT NOT OUT HERE. WE'RE USUALLY THE LAST ONES OUT IN THE COUNTRY LIKE THIS. REPORTER: TRADE OFF I GUESS? HODGES: YEAH, WE'D LIKE TO HAVE IT FIRST, BUT CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING.))
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Things were so bad on the side roads today, Hodges' workplace: Virginia Truck Center sent people home.
Jason Bond of V-DOT tells News 7 - it's slow going on the side roads.
He says temperature is key - with it being so cold there are still patches of snow and ice on roadways which won't be plowed up.
V-DOT is also monitoring a drizzle in the area.
Bond says this drizzle is also slowing crews up in their efforts to get to some secondary roadways.
At least three U-S soldiers are dead and another is wounded after a roadside bombing today in Iraq.
Hospital workers say two Iraqi civilians were also killed when the bombs went off in a town about 50 miles west of Baghdad.
The area is a hotspot of guerrilla activity where several attacks have taken place against coalition forces.
Witnesses say the first bomb exploded next to a passing U-S military convoy, followed by a second blast when reinforcements arrived.
In Cairo, Egypt, rescue teams have pulled 14 bodies from the rubble of a collapsed high- rise building.
The 11- story structure fell yesterday after catching fire.
Most of the victims were soldiers and rescue workers who had been trying to evacuate the building.
Workers are using bulldozers and cranes to search for more survivors, but admit there's little hope of finding anyone else alive.
Police say the owner of the building illegally added four more floors, then ignored an order from the city to tear them down.
It looks like it could be a heavy turnout for the New Hampshire primary.
Although John Kerry is ahead in most polls, it could be the undecided voter that creates an upset.
Jennifer Donelan has our campaign update.
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BEHIND CURTAINS ALL OVER NEW HAMPSHIRE...CAMPAIGN 2004 BECOMES
COMMITMENT 2004 AS VOTERS MAKE THEIR FINAL DECISIONS IN THE NATION'S
Sot - Dewitt Mercer/Voter
"It was a very tough decision. I was going back and forth until the last
AT THE LAST MINUTE HE VOTED FOR HOWARD DEAN AND DEAN - NOW POLLING IN
SECOND PLACE - NEEDS MORE LIKE HIM. EVERY POLL HAS SENATOR JOHN KERRY
CROSSING THE FINISH LINE IN FIRST PLACE.
Sot - Lisa Natale/Voter
"Reporter: Can I ask who you voted for? Lisa: John Kerry. Reporter:
Why? Lisa: Well, um. I am from Massachusetts and I have known him a
long, long time."
KERRY - TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED - ISN'T WASTING ANY TIME TODAY.
"Reporter: How are you feeling today? Kerry: I feel great, we've got a
great organization here, people have really worked hard to get where we
are today and we're going to keep fighting for every vote."
SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS - IN A BATTLE FOR THIRD - IS HOPING FOR A LAST
MINUTE SURGE FROM WHAT COULD BE RECORD VOTER TURNOUT.
Sot - Sen. John Edwards/(D) Candidate
I am feeling great right now.
Standup - Jennifer Donelan/Manchester, New Hampshire
The candiates are out working the polls...showing their faces...shaking
hands. Their volunteers are here too, braving the cold temperatures.
It is all part of the last ditch effort to sway the voters.
Sot - Aziza Cherry/Clark Volunteer
"It's freezing but that's OK because this is for Clark"
ALSO STRUGGLING FOR THIRD PLACE FORMER GENERAL WESLEY CLARK WHO WON THE
STATE'S FIRST VOTES IN THE VERY SMALL TOWN OF DIXVILLE NOTCH.
Sot - Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark/(D) Candidate
"I'm very happy for the support here, I'm very grateful to the people of
A TINY VICTORY IN A BIG CAMPAIGN...THE BATTLE FOR VOTES CONTINUES.
JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, MANCHESTER, NH
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Now that a jury has been seated, the trial for domestic guru Martha Stewart begins in earnest. We'll have the details after a short break.
Plus a female prison guard being held hostage sends out a message after nine days of captivity.
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A hostage situation is still going on at a prison in Arizona-- nine days after it began.
Prison officials say a female guard, being held by two inmates, has sent a message that she's all right.
Two guards were taken hostage at the prison facility west of Phoenix on January 18th.
A male guard was released Saturday, but remains hospitalized.
Corrections workers across Arizona have begun wearing yellow ribbons to show their support for the remaining hostage.
Meanwhile, domestic diva Martha Stewart is hoping to stay OUT of prison.
Opening statements are under way in her trial.
Sharon Alfonsi has more from the Manhattan courthouse.
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From the frying pan...and into the fire.
Martha Stewart made her way into a lower Manhattan court Tuesday morning
to hear the opening statements in her criminal trial. The eight women
and four men who will decide her fate now listening as the case against
America's most famous homemaker is laid out in front of them.
Prosecutors painting the gracious-living guru as a greedy buisnesswoman
who lied about her sale of nearly 4-thousand share of ImClone Stock.
They say Stewart then deceived shareholders of her company by publicly
SOT: (from Early Show: "I am confident....all this silliness")
Stewarts attorneys say that argument doesn't cut it. Why would Martha,
a former stockbroker, risk her billion dollar empire for a 50-thousand
dollar stock trade? She wouldn't, they say. They argue Stewart is being
targeted because because she is a successful, sometimes polarizing,
It took four days of closed door, one-by one questioning to select
jurors to hear the case.
During questioning most of the potential 165 jurors admitted they
knew of Stewart. Some had seen her show, others have slept in her
But few were familiar with the details of the case against her.
Among the jurors select a pharmacist who says she a fan of Stewart, a
translator and a reverend. They'll ultimately decided whether the
Prosecutors in this case, have a prayer.
ON CAM TAG: to come
(Poss:Legal experts say that at first glance, it would seem the
jury...made up predominately of working women would feel sympathetic for
Hollins University wants to see its students come together in the wake of
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the death of the school's president.
Nora Kizer Bell fought a rare form of bone cancer for years but couldn't compete with the complications of bacterial pnuemonia.
After her death on Saturday, student today took up crayons to tell Bell's family how much color she'd brought into their lives.
They also took a couple hours for quiet time during which they had access to counselors.
Student body president Beth Burgin (BURR-gin) says Bell radiated passion.
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The 62-year old was the tenth president at Hollins University and the first to die in office.
The Bell family is planning a funeral service to be held later this week, most likely in South Carolina.
Hollins will hold its own memorial on Founder's Day, February 19th.
Roanoke City School superintendent Wayne Harris says a new discipline report reinforces his belief that children are safe in city schools.
But a critic of the administration is questioning the accuracy of the new numbers.
During a nine- week period that ended in mid-January, the school system recorded more than 900 disciplinary incidents. Harris says less than ten percent involved any physical contact between students.
But school safety coalition leader Alice Hincker questions whether all of the incidents were classified properly.
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((ALICE HINCKER/RSVP COALITION: WHEN THE POLICE INVESTIGATE AND SOMEONE IS CHARGED, I DON'T SEE HOW THE PRINCIPAL CAN COME TO A DETERMINATION THAT THAT SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENED, SOMETHING LESS SERIOUS.))
((WAYNE HARRIS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE WOULD BE LESS THAN SMART IF IN THIS ENVIRONMENT WE WERE TO DO ANYTHING BUT THE RIGHT THING, AND I CONTEND WE HAVE CONTINUED TO DO THE RIGHT THING.))
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Harris says additional security measures and intervention programs are moving forward, but he says officials HAVE identified a problem with recent school safety audits.
Though all city schools conducted the audits and developed crisis plans, some did not follow all of the state guidelines. Harris says the school system has taken steps to insure full compliance in the future.
The owner will drain an Augusta County pond that state officials fear will give way.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation ordered the pond behind this dam near Steeles Tavern be drained immediately.
The 50-year old dam is eroded at the embankment and if it fails, it could flood several homes down below.
Late yesterday, the owner said he plans to take a side out of the dam and let the water run out.
He says he doesn't know how much the operation will cost.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
the Oscar nominations are out and some big names are bound to be a little disappointed.
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Golden Globe winners have barely had enough time to put their trophies on a shelf--
This morning, the Oscar nominations were announced in Hollywood.
And for "The Lord of the Rings," the THIRD time could be the charm.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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-NAT SOT- SIGOURNEY WEAVER ANNOUNCES LORD OF THE RINGS
LORD OF THE RINGS RETURN OF THE KING THE FINALE OF THE FANTASTIC FILM
TRILOGY DOMINATES THE ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS WITH 11 INCLUDING BEST
PICTURE AND BEST DIRECTORITS THE FIRST TIME A FILM HAS SO MANY
NOMINATIONS WITH NONE FOR ACTORS.
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OTHER SUPRISES FOR BEST ACTRESS, 13 YEAR OLD KEISHA CASTLE HUGHES IS
NOMINATED FOR WHALE RIDER - AN OBSCURE FILM FROM NEW ZEALAND. SHES UP
AGAINST DIANE KEATON, SAMANTHA MORTON, CHARLIZE THERON AND NAOMI WATTS
LEFT OUT, NICOLE KIDMAN.
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RUSSELL CROWE MAY BE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP BUT HE WASN'T NOMINATED EITHER
STILL MASTER AND COMMANDER HAS TEN NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE.
MYSTIC RIVER, SEABISCUIT AND LOST IN TRANSLATION ROUND OUT THE BEST
LOST IN TRANSLATION MAY BRING BILL MURRAY HIS FIRST OSCAR. HIS
COMPETITION FOR BEST ACTOR SEAN PENN, BEN KINGSLEY, JUDE LAW, AND JOHNNY
DEPP FOR PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN
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GRAPHIC BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
FOR SUPPORTING ACTRESS SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO, PATRICIA CLARKSON, MARCIA GAY
HARDEN, HOLLY HUNTER AND RENE ZELLWEGER GOT THE NOD
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.OF ALL THE ACTORS NOMINATED LAST YEAR, ZELLWEGER IS THE ONLY ONE TO
RETURN THIS TIME.
GRAPHIC BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR ALEC BALDWIN, BENICIO DEL TORO, DJIMON
HOUNSOU, TIM ROBBINS AND KEN WATANABE FOR THE LAST SAMURAI ANOTHER
SURPRISE, NO TOM CRUISE.
THIS YEARS HOST BILLY CRYSTAL. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS HOLLYWOOD.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 48 points. The NASDAQ has lost 27.
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Coming up next, JR Reynolds stands out at UVA as the Cavaliers take on the UNC Tarheels.
And no money was spared when it came to Joe Gibbs and his coaching staff for the Redskins.
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Roanoke's J.R. Reynolds is playing some of the best basketball of his freshman season at UVa for the Cavaliers
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since the start of the new year.
And people throughout the conference are taking notice.
Last night, the former Roanoke Catholic star was named the ACC freshman of the week.
In last week's games against Clemson and Carolina, JR scored 26 points and shot 64 percent from the field.
In the Cavaliers' loss to the Tarheels on Saturday, JR had a career high 15 points.
UVA returns to action this coming Saturday against Wake Forest in a 2:30 tip-off.
You can catch it right here on Your Hometown Station.
J.R. wasn't the only one representing for the Star City last night.
Fleming and Radford University graduate Charlene Curtis had her Wake Forest
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women's team in action against 10th ranked North Carolina.
Wake senior Tonia Brown, a former Colonel herself, and the Demon Deacon teammates hung with the Tarheels in the first half, and refused to fade after intermission.
Brown had 14 points.
Wake Forest was on top by four points with 21 second to go, but UNC's Leah Metcalf gets a three pointer as the Tarheels try to come back, but they couldn't.
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Wake Forest - the last place team in the ACC upsets 10th ranked North Carolina 69 to 67.
Former Washington Redskins head coach Norv Turner was named the latest head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
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Turner had spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Dolphins in Miami.
From 1994 to 2000, his Washington teams won 49 games, lost 59, and made the playoffs just once.
Joe Gibbs has finalized his coaching staff.
The 15 man group was completed with the hiring of LSU wide receivers' coach Stan Hixon.
Hixon was part of Nick Saban's original staff at LSU in 2000.
Before that, he coached receivers at Ga. Tech from 1995-99, and among his other stops was a short stint at Richmond in 1980.
This means that Gibbs will now have the highest paid staff in NFL history, with his assistants making a combined $4 million dollars.
His oldest son J.D. says his dad has surrounded himself with former colleagues and acquaintances for what he hopes will be a successful five year run.
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With his dad now back in football - J.D. will handle the day-to-day operations for the family's race teams in Huntersville, North Carolina.
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