A late weekend visit from Old Man Winter leaves a fresh blanket of snow and some slippery roads.
Joe Dashiell checks in live with a travel update.
And an explosion at a school in Baghdad kills one child and injures another.
Sunshine returns this Monday with cold temperatures and tomorrow, well will have another system that will bring some snow to our area. I'll have the details.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
Western Virginia endures another blast of winter weather...
But a bright sun brings a speedy recovery in some areas.
The storm dumped several inches of snow in some areas, closed schools and complicated the morning commute.
But in the Roanoke Valley, at least, major roads are now clear...
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Joe Dashiell is on Hershberger Road in Roanoke this afternoon... with more on the situation.
Joe, is everything back to normal?
Kimberly, there is still a lot of ice on the pavement ... so i can't say we're back to normal, but the primary roads are clear...
A lot of neighborhood streets are still covered with a light layer of snow and ice... but conditions are quickly improving.
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((Johntay Smith is out of the classroom today, but still on the job in Roanoke.
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((JOHNTAY SMITH: JUST WALKING AROUND, HELPING THE NEIGHBORHOOD, MAKING SOME MONEY.))
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If Johntay is enjoying the weather, others have had enough...
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((DAVID GIBBONS: RIGHT NOW IT'S KIND OF ANNOYING. I'VE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE IT BACK AND FORTH, AND THE WEATHER MAKES IT HARD.))
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The storm that brought heavy snow to other parts of southwest and southside Virginia... caused numerous accidents last night and snarled traffic in some areas.
But by midnight the worst had passed... and by mid morning... major highways in the area were clear of most snow and ice.))
The temperature remains below freezing, but we have a bright sun today... which is warming up the pavement...
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So Kimberly, it was a significant storm, but it doesn't appear that the effects will linger, at least here in the Roanoke Valley.
The weather forced some area colleges to cancel classes today, and a few have already thrown in the towel for tonight.
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There are no day OR night classes at Averett University, Barpalma Beauty School or Central Virginia Community College.
There are no day classes at Danville Community College, the National College of Business and Technology in Danville, or Patrick Henry Community College.
And no day classes at Virginia Western or Wytheville Community Colleges.
When Roanoke Schools closed this morning, organizers of a scheduled event scrambled to change the location.
The Tuskegee Airmen program that was scheduled at William Fleming High School has been moved to Hotel Roanoke.
It will still begin at its scheduled time of one p.m.
One child is dead, another is wounded after an explosion at an elementary school in Baghdad.
Officials say a grenade in a trash bin exploded today as children were playing near the school in northwestern Baghdad.
The grenade had apparently been dumped in the bin and was detonated by the children.
An Iraqi police spokesman said that the reason for the blast is still unknown.
Meanwhile, the American death toll climbs again in Iraq.
But it was also a deadly weekend for IRAQI authorities.
Elizabeth Palmer has the latest.
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ANOTHER US SOLDIER WAS KILLED THIS MORNING WHEN A BOMB EXPLODED NEXT
TO A MILITARY PATROL.
OVER THE WEEKEND - GUNMEN ATTACKED TWO MORE US CONVOYS...AND IN THE
SHOOTOUT THAT FOLLOWED...ONE IRAQI CIVILIAN WAS KILLED.
BUT MORE AND MORE.... THE FOCUS OF ATTACKS IS SHIFTING AWAY FROM THE
AMERICAN MILITARY...TO IRAQI SECURITY FORCES.
ON SATURDAY, A BOLD ASSAULT BY MASKED MEN ON THE FALLUJAH POLICE STATION
KILLED 25 POLICEMEN - AND WOUNDED 30 MORE.
THE ATTACKERS ARE BELIEVED TO BE NOTHING TO DO WITH AL QAEDA - BUT WERE
LOCAL IRAQIS WHO STAGED THE RAID TO FREE PRISONERS FROM THE JAIL.
THE OFFICERS WHO SURVIVED SAY THEY WERE OUTMANOUVERED AND OUTGUNNED....
(SUPER: PAUL BREMER, US ENVOY TO IRAQ, CNN LATE EDITION)
BREMER: I think it's quite clear the Iraqi security forces - brave as
they are - and beaten and attacked as they are - are not going to be
ready by July 1 so there will have to be an international presence here.
BUT WITH MOST OTHER COUNTRIES STILL RELUCTANT TO COMMIT SOLDIERS TO
PEACEMAKING IN IRAQ...AMERICAN FORCES WILL CONTINUE TO BE ON THE FRONT
(SUPER: LT. COL MARK KIMMIT)
KIMMIT: the coalition ins't leaving on the 1st of July..we will stay
with this country for a period of time..working alogside them...."
ON CAM CLOSE:
ALTHOUGH THE ORIGINAL DATE OF THE TRANSFER OF POWER -THE FIRST OF JULY
- HOLDS FAR FIRM... IT'S LOOKING LESS AND LESS LIKELY THE AMERICAN
AUTHORITIES ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HANDOFF AS MUCH POWER AND
RESPONSIBILITY AS THEY WOULD LIKE.
ELIZABETH PALMER, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD.
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Another presidential campaign could be over by tomorrow. We'll tell you which Democrat could be about to call it quits after the break.
Plus a sniper strikes again in Ohio, but investigators may have gotten the break they needed.
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The highway sniper has struck again in Ohio.
But this time, he didn't get away un-noticed.
At least four witnesses say they saw the latest shooting, and got a good luck at the man who pulled the trigger.
Carolina Lyders (LIE- ders) reports.
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[SUPER=01-Adelle Tinon/Area Resident; 1:29]
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SCRIPT It was the 24th in a series of shootings that have Central Ohio's drivers on edge. This time, witnesses both saw and heard it. NAME: Joe Joan, Witness "I heard a shot, I looked in the rear view mirror, seen that guy up on the bridge. I said, 'Vicky, that's that sniper.'" One bullet, fired from the top of an overpass, lodged in the battery of this Chevy Suburban. Ballistics tests confirmed that the bullet matched eight others recovered during the investigation, including the one that killed a woman in November. STANDUP Lyders "SEVERAL WITNESSES TOLD INVESTIGATORS THEY SAW THE SHOOTER STANDING ON THE OVERPASS. AND EVEN AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED, SAID THEY GOT A PRETTY GOOD LOOK AT THE DRIVER."
TAKE SOT NAME: Vicky Joan, Witness "Looked liked he was in his 30s, driving a late 80s, early 90s little 4-door. It lo
oked like." TAKE SOT NAME: Joe Joan, Witness not a care in the world." NAME: Kristan Hoover, Witness "I don't know.
It's scary. It really is, and he was driving southbound, off overpass and he was going very very slow. It wasn't like he was taking off." Investigators say the shooter has become much more aggressive, more bold -- showing his face, appearing in broad daylight, targeting different areas. For that, their investigation has intensified. NAME: Sonoco "Actually, you can see a car pulling in there off the road." They're examining surveillance video from service stations near the Tollgate Road overpass. NAME: Justin Gang, Manager, Sonoco on 301 "Who's to say he hasn't been out here before? I mean, if he was out here, obviously probably he'd been out here looking for a little while." task force talking to nearby resident They're questioning neighbors just off the overpass. NAME: Adelle Tinon, Lives Near Overpass "They just wanted to know if I'd heard anything or seen any suspicious people hanging around and I really hadn't." And they're asking drivers to continue to be as vigilant as ever. Caroline Lyders, for CBS News, Columbus, Ohio))
It could be make or break time for the five Democratic candidates still in the running for President.
As Teri Okita reports, the 72- delegates up for grabs in tomorrow's Wisconsin primary are key to some of the candidates' survival.
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(LOCATOR: Milwaukee, WI)
TRACK: HE MAY BE THE DEMOCRATIC FRONT-RUNNER, BUT SENATOR JOHN KERRY IS
TAKING NO CHANCES PRESSING FLESH AND SIGNING EVERYTHING FROM POSTERS
TO PICTURES TO HOCKEY PUCKS. HE TOLD VOTERS PRESIDENT BUSH HAS FAILED
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
(Super: Sen. John Kerry/Democratic Presidential Candidate)
SOT: Were gonna have a great debate in this country over the next
months about how our nation can do better, and I believe that I can lead
it to do better. I believe I can beat George Bush.
TRACK: NOT SO FAST, SAYS DEMOCRATIC RIVAL, SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS. EVEN IF
EDWARDS DOESNT TAKE WISCONSIN, HE PLANS TO PUSH ON TO MARCH 2ND AND ITS
10 CONTESTS. BY THEN, HE HOPES IT WILL BE A ONE-ON-ONE CHALLENGE WITH
(Super: Sen. John Edwards/Demcratic Presidential Candidate)
SOT: there are differences between us, and those are choices wisc voters
TRACK: IF HOWARD DEAN LOSES, HE SAYS HE'LL HEAD HOME TO VERMONT TO
RE-EVALUATE. AND THERE ARE REPORTS HIS CAMPAIGN CHAIR WILL QUIT AND
JOIN THE KERRY TEAM IF THAT HAPPENS. BUT DEAN STILL FEELS THE TIDE
COULD TURN IN HIS FAVOR.
TRACK: AND IT APPEARS PRESIDENT BUSH IS GETTING HIS CAMPAIGN MACHINE IN
MOTION DOWN IN FLORIDA.
SOT: Bush: Inflation low, jobs are up things are looking better for
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STAND-UP: (not verbatim) A NEW CBS POLL SHOWS THE PRESIDENT LOSING TO AN
UNNAMED DEMOCRAT BY FIVE POINTS. IN A DECEMBER POLL, BUSH WOULD HAVE
PREVAILED BY NINE. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.))
The race down the aisle continues for gay couples in San Francisco.
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Before sunrise this morning, there was a long line outside City Hall to get marriage licenses.
So many same-sex couples showed up for licenses over the weekend, that many were turned away due to lack of time or resources.
The city's mayor says he was disturbed by President Bush's call for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
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But not everyone agrees-- a major legal challenge to gay marriages will be heard in court tomorrow.
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Even if the court stops the weddings tomorrow, by tonight more than two thousand couples could have marriage licenses they expect to be honored.
Each year, hundreds of homeless men and women in the Roanoke Valley seek shelter and warm meals at the Rescue Mission.
It takes many people up front and behind the scenes to keep the Mission on its feet.
As Jennifer Wishon tells us, the mission took take yesterday to recognize the efforts of those who have kept the faith and run the good race.
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Coming up after the break, Leo will let us know if we are done with the snow for the week.
Also it will be up to Guiness to decide if a group of actors are to be or not to be in the record books.
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To sleep, or not to sleep?
For students at Wellesley College, it's an easy question.
Members of the Shakespeare Society are doing without their Z's, in hopes of making it into the Guiness Book of World Records.
They're in the midst of a round-the-clock reading of all of the
That's 39 plays, along with five poems and 154 sonnets.
The 24- hour Shakespearean read- a- thon began at sunset last night, and will finish at sunset this evening with a reading of "Hamlet."
The group has estimated it'll have to read aloud simultaneously and continuously to reach the goal.
A California girl has re-located to the Far East--
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A four- year- old giant panda that was born and raised at the San Diego Zoo has arrived at her new home in China.
Hua Mei (Hwah May), which means "China America" is the first of the rare Chinese pandas born overseas to return to her ancestral homeland.
After a month in quarantine, she'll join the general population of 50 pandas at the Giant Panda Protection Research Center in southwestern China.
Her trip was delayed for a year because of several complications-- most notably, the SARS outbreak.
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Coming up in sports, the next generation of NASCAR starts with a win from the second generation of Earnhardts.
Plus North Carolina State takes the time Sunday to dump Duke.
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Following his first win at the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got a phone call from President Bush congratulating him on his victory.
It was a fitting end to a day that began nearly four hours earlier with the President at the World Center of Racing.
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Bush became the third sitting chief executive to attend a race at Daytona, giving the drivers the command to start their engines.
So much for the engine alliance between Roush and Yates, as first Mark Martin and then Jeff Burton blew up in the early laps.
A little later, Rusty Wallace gets pinched by Jamie McMurray.
Rusty had nowhere to go, taking out Jeff Green and Ken Schrader, as well.
But that was hardly the end of things.
Just 29 laps from the halfway point, the big wreck occurred, as Michael Waltrip gets sandwiched between rookies Johnny Sauter and Brian Vickers.
Waltrip got the worst of things, rolling several times and ending up on his roof.
It took crews several minutes to free him from the car, but he was o-k.
Dale, Jr. shot past Tony Stewart in the closing laps and held on for the checkers, six years to the day that his late father won his only Daytona 500.
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Turning to college basketball, the ACC race isn't over just yet.
North Carolina State saw to that, by stopping Duke's 18 game winning streak and drawing within a game of the top-ranked Blue Devils.
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J-J Redick did his part for Duke by scoring 28 points, including 4 triples, but the Devils trailed 36-26 at halftime.
In the second half, Julius Hodge went to work for the Wolfpack had 18, along with Marcus Melvin.
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Ilian Evtimov scored 15, and State pulled the upset 78-74.
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