[Winter-WX]

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Significant snow in many areas and patches of ice everywhere else could complicate the morning commute.
There are no reports of serious accidents this morning, but V-DOT reports a mixed bag on area roads.
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Joe Dashiell is in Roanoke this morning, with a look at the current conditions. Joe, what can folks expect as they head into work this morning.
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Good Morning Kim... a lot depends on where you are this morning... Some parts of the coverage area saw several inches overnight, others just a couple.
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State and local crews have had several hours since the storm passed through the area, so most of the main roads are clear.
81, 581, 220 into Franklin County all in good shape this morning.
Get off the main drag, and you'll likely to find more significant problems. The temperature remains below freezing this morning... so the ice isn't going anywhere for a while.
Checking in with the state police... there are no reports of serious accidents in the region.
And the Roanoke Regional Airport remains open... a check of the flight schedule shows no cancellations of delays yet...
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So Kimberly, conditions are not as bad as we have seen in some of the earlier storms...
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But folks who are out travelling on this President's Day, may still find themselves slipping on the ice... so caution is in order.

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To check on road conditions in your area...

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[TAKE VDOT FS] you can call V-Dot's highway helpline at 1-800-367-ROAD. [TAKE WEB FS] And for a complete list of weather related closings and delays, go anytime to our homepage at WDBJ7.com.

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Several accidents were reported last night as a result of the winter weather.
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In Franklin County, traffic south and nouthbound was blocked between Rocky Mount and Boone's Mill yesterday evening.
State Police say two tractor trailers collided on slick roads, and it took hours to clean up the mess.
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Other drivers also had trouble, with multiple fender-benders being reported and some cars sliding off roads. Police say they saw a large number of accidents, but few injuries were reported in Franklin and Henry Counties.
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[WI-Primary]


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Democratic frontrunner John Kerry continues to take aim at President Bush, while his two closest contender keep fighting for votes.
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During a debate ahead of tomorrow's Wisconsin primary, Kerry repeatedly said that Bush rushed to war in Iraq.
John Edwards and Howard Dean, who are both facing pressure to concede the race to Kerry, said they intend to win the nomination.
Dean aides are urging him to bow out if he loses tomorrow's primary.
While Edwards has vowed to stay in, dwindling money may force him out, as well.
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[FL-Bush]


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Today President Bush will court voters in Tampa, Florida, where he'll visit small businesses and tout his economic plans.
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Yesterday, Bush revved up his re- election bid by opening the Daytona 500.
Mingling in the pit and staying to watch the race, President Bush worked to win over Nascar's tens of millions of fans.
Analysts say the group tends to like Bush, but could be persuaded to vote for a Democrat.
This is Bush's 19th trip to Florida, the state that decided the last Presidential election after a drawn-out legal battle.
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[11GCS]


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In business news, Pulaski's newest employer is open for business.
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65 workers officially started this week at Global Contact Services.
The telemarketing firm is based out of the old A-E-P building downtown.
Company officials say they plan to hire even more people for a possible second shift.
For more information, contact the Virginia Employment Commission.
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[Marketwatch]


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In other business news, Stocks lost ground before the long holiday weekend.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((> TRADERS HAVE THE DAY OFF FOR THE PRESIDENT'S DAY HOLIDAY.. > > ON FRIDAY, STOCKS TOOK A TUMBLE ON NEWS THAT THE TRADE DEFICIT WIDENED AND > THAT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DIPPED THIS MONTH. > > INVESTORS MAY HAVE ALSO BEEN CASHING IN PROFITS AHEAD OF THREE DAY > WEEKEND. > > THE DOW FELL BACK 66 POINTS > WHILE THE NASDAQ SANK 20 > > EARNINGS REPORTS ARE STILL TRICKLING INTO THE MARKET.. AMONG THE NOTABLES > THIS WEEK... TARGET, WALMLART, NORDSTROM AND HEWLETT PACKARD. > > ON THE ECONOMIC CALENDAR LOOK FOR JANUARY HOUSING STARTS AND REPORTS ON > INFLATION AT THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL LEVELS. > > > Settlement talks between New York Stock Exchange specialists and the > Securities and Exchange Commission are racing toward a Tuesday deadline. > But there are reports that floor specialists for Bear Stearns and > FleetBoston Financial are haggling with the SEC over the amount they will > pay to settle charges of improper trading. > > AND U.S. home prices posted a 6.6 percent gain on average in the fourth > quarter. That is well off the third-quarter rate of 10 percent but still > well above the inflation rate of about 2 percent. According to the > National Association of Realtors the median home price nationally reached > $171,600 in the fourth quarter. The median is a typical market price where > half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less. )) >



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[Gay-Marriage]


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In San Francisco today, dozens of gay couples will line up to try to get a marriage license in case they can't get one tomorrow.
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On Tuesday, the court will hear a challenge to the same- sex marriages that began on Thursday.
This weekend, officials said they turned away hundreds of people who wanted a license because they didn't have the resources to process all of the requests.
On Saturday alone, the city issued 600 marriage licenses.
Some couples have vowed to camp out in line for as long as it takes to get married.
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[11Gillette]


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The race for Lynchburg's Ward One city council seat is about to turn into a three-person contest.
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Incumbent Julian Adams announced last month he would seek re-election this spring.
Last week, Marie Martin.. the wife of local car dealer Jim Martin.. confirmed to News 7 she will also be running for the post.
Now local BIOETHICIST Michael Gillette confirms he'll announce his candidacy this week.
All four Ward seats are up for election in May.
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[11Rocky-Mount]


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Life at home may soon be "a more pleasant experience" for some Rocky Mount residents.
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About 35-homes in the Needmore neighborhood will get some retouching, as part of an improvement project for low-income housing. Officials say most of the houses in the area were built in the early 1900s, and are in need of improvements.
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((LARA BURLESON/ASST. TOWN MANAGER: WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE THE MAJOR SYSTEM OF THE HOUSE. THE FOUNDATION, THE WALLS, THE ROOFS, THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, THE HEATING SYSTEM, AND MAKE CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE SOUND THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS PROJECT IS TO CREAT SAFE, SOUND AND ENERGY EFFICIENT TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN, HOUSING FOR THESE FOLKS.))
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In addtion to the improvements, the town also hope to provide residents with better fire protection, by widening Goodview Avenue and adding another fire hydrant. Officials say funding for the project is through a one million dollar federal grant. Work is scheduled to begin next month.
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[11Rescue-Mission]


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Each year, hundreds of homeless men and women in the Roanoke Valley seek shelter and warm meals at the Rescue Mission. Yesterday, the people who run the facility gathered in the winner's circle. Jennifer Wishon explains.
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((Hundreds gathered to celebrate a year long race in Roanoke. 3600 volunteers qualified with more than 34,000 hours of service. It was an event to honor hard work in a place with a kitchen that sometimes feels more like the Martinsville speedway.

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((IT'S A HECTIC, AROMATIC, FAST PACED AND SOMETIMES CRAZY PLACE.))
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Staff at the Rescue Mission held a service Sunday
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((MUSIC: TO RUN THE GOOD RACE FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, KEEP THE FAITH.))
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to honor the thousands of volunteers who've Run the Good Race and made a difference in the lives of men and women with nowhere to turn.
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((LEE CLARK: WHEN YOU CONSIDER ALL THE HEALTH CARE THAT'S PROVIDED AND MANY OF THE RESOURCES THAT ARE PROVIDED HERE BY VOLUNTEERS IT'S PROBABLY UPWARDS OF A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE OF VALUE THAT'S PROVIDED BY OUR VOLUNTEERS EACH AND EVERY YEAR.))
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Volunteers like Stuart Bain who first took the mission on as a client, but soon became a volunteer and stopped sending a bill. Now he spends many late nights tinkering with the computer system - for fun.
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((STUART BAIN/VOLUNTEER: IT'S A LOT OF FUN, IN SOME WAYS ALMOST CONSIDER THIS OUR LITTLE LAB BECAUSE WE GET TO TRY STUFF HERE THAT WE COULDN'T DO IN A NORMAL BUSINESS.))
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A business that has come a long way during its 50 years of operation and has no plans of slowing down.
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((HARRY DAVIS: WE'VE BROKEN GROUND ON THE NEW WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S SHELTER AND THAT'S AN EXCITING NEW PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE. WE'RE HOPING WE CAN GET IT UP JUST AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THERE'S SUCH A NEED HERE IN THE VALLEY THERE'S NOT A PROGRAM LIKE IT ANYWHERE.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: THE MISSION HAS HAD PLENTY TO CELEBRATE OVER THE PAST YEAR, BUT MANY CHALLENGES STILL LIE AHEAD. STAFF SAY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING TO THE MISSION CONTINUES TO RISE INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF VETERANS - ESPECIALLY MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN THE GULF WAR, BUT NO MATTER WHAT STAFF SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE TO RUN THE GOOD RACE, FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND KEEP THE FAITH. JENNIFER WISHON, NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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In other business news, U-S markets are closed today for President's Day.
Meanwhile, stocks lost ground before the holiday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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((STOCKS CLOSED LOWER FRIDAY--AND MIXED FOR THE WEEK--AS INVESTORS SOLD INTO THE THREE-DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND.


THE DOW CLOSED DOWN 66 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ LOST 20.


THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S CLOSELY WATCHED CONSUMER SENTIMENT INDEX TUMBLED IN FEBRUARY TO 93-POINT-ONE.
THAT PRELIMINARY FIGURE IS MORE THAN TEN POINTS BELOW ANALYSTS' EXPECTATIONS *AND* THE REVISED JANUARY INDEX.
A SENIOR ECONOMIST AT THE CONFERENCE BOARD, A PRIVATE RESEARCH FIRM THAT PUBLISHES ITS OWN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SURVEY, ATTRIBUTES THE DECLINE TO A LACK OF GROWTH IN THE JOBS SECTOR.


ENRON'S FORMER C-E-O COULD BE THE TARGET OF A FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTMENT AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK, ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE.
THE PAPER SAYS THE CASE AGAINST JEFF SKILLING IS BEING FINALIZED BY PROSECUTORS FROM THE ENRON TASK FORCE.
SKILLING HAS CONSISTENTLY DENIED THAT HE DID ANYTHING WRONG IN THE ACCOUNTING SCANDAL THAT LED TO THE COLLAPSE OF ENRON.


DELL COMPUTER SHARES GOT A THREE PERCENT BOOST THE DAY AFTER THE PERSONAL COMPUTER MAKER POSTED A 24 PERCENT GAIN IN FOURTH-QUARTER PROFITS.
CITING INCREASED SALES OF SERVERS AND DATA STORAGE PRODUCTS, THE COMPANY REPORTED FOURTH-QUARTER NET INCOME OF 29 CENTS A SHARE, UP FROM 23 CENTS A YEAR AGO.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))





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[11Feedback]


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A state investigation of a Franklin County veterinarian was once again the main topic in our viewer mail.
Here's News-7's Feedback with assignment editor Joe McKean
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((Most of the folks who wrote to us say the board of veterinary medicine's allegations against Dr. Richard Flint are all bark and no bite.
One of his Roanoke clients (Linda Shelton) wrote: "Doctors do make mistakes, just like people. If my dog was not well in body and not getting any better after 6 months of treatment I would wonder and have to get a second opinion like people do and find another vet...People need to use common sense. Dr. Flint is not God. I have never found Noah's Ark to be unclean or "filthy" as they have put it. I don't understand that comment at all. I've been there since they opened at different times and different days; never have I seen filth."
"I have never had a situation to occur that I didn't think Dr. Flint didn't care for my animals in a correct and timely manner. My visits to his clinic have ranged from routine vaccinations to emergency surgery. He saved my dog's life. I'll never be able to repay him for that," noted a client from Ferrum (Kimberly Nichols).
And there was this comment (David and Lori Hurt) "Dr. Flint has been the veterinarian to our pets for the past 25 years. We can scarcely believe the allegations that are being presented against him While we feel sorry for the person who lost their dog to a car injury we realize that veterinary science and medical science as a whole are not perfect and negative outcomes are a fact of life."
A headline in our 6pm newscast referring to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry caught the ear of a viewer from Christiansburg (Darrell Shomaker): "I'm a loyal, lifelong fan of News 7 and your legendary anchor Keith Humphry, but I nearly threw my hat when Mr. Humphry recently remarked that Senator John Kerry would be "ratcheting up the rhetoric" during his February 9th visit to Roanoke...Now I don't believe for a minute that any member of News 7's team meant to insult Senator Kerry, but I do believe that over the past few years the term "rhetoric" has taken on a more derogatory meaning in American politics, so perhaps we all should exercise greater care when using the word."
If you have any rhetorical flourishes you'd like to share with other viewers, send them to us by mail...fax...or email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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