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Today on News 7 at 5, authorities in Amherst County find a body submerged under the water.
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Also the fate of a former minister accused of molesting children is now in the hands of a Giles County jury.
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A developing storm to the south will mix with cold air tomorrow night which forces up a winter storm watch for southern Virginia. Details ahead.

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The head of the federal reserves calls for cuts in Social Security benefits.
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The national zoo gets a failing grade as investigators are concerned over a rash of animal deaths.
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Plus Steve Mason will have this week's edition of Hometown Hoops weekly. News 7 at 5 is next.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Don't put your winter boots away yet. The next winter storm will brush the southern portion of the state with snow tomorrow night.
Winter Storm watches will be in effect from the New River south to Danville- Let's head right over to Robin Reed in the weather center for more.
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A jury is deciding if a former Giles County minister is guilty of molesting several children. 53 year old Roger Holcomb faces four counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
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Rachel DePompa has been following the case. She joins us from outside the Giles County Courthouse in Pearisburg.
Rachel, how long has the jury been out.
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A body of an Amherst County woman has been found inside a car submerged in an Amherst County lake.
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The car was spotted in Otter Creek Lake near the Blue Ridge Parkway around 10:30.
It took authorities more than four hours to secure the vehicle and pull it from the lake.
The red Dodge Dakota belonged to 47-year-old Caroline Farmer of Madison Heights.
Her husband had reported her missing around 11 last night and spotted her car this morning.
Authorities say there's no apparent sign of foul play.
Her body will be taken to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for autopsy.
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Once Baby boomers hit retirement and begin applying for social security and medicare... the nation's deficit will balloon.
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That according to the Federal Reserve chairman who suggested raising the age for social security and cutting the benefits-
But Greenspan told a house budget committee raising taxes is not the solution- it'll only hurt the economy.
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((THIS DRAMATIC DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE IS CERTAIN TO PLACE ENORMOUS DEMANDS ON OUR NATION'S RESROUCES DEMANDS WE ALMOST SURELY WILL BE UNABLE TO MEET UNLESS ACTION IS TAKEN.))
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Later in the day President Bush weighed in saying his position on social security has not changed.
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((MY POSITION ON SOCIAL SECURITY IS THAT THOSE BENEIFTS SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED FOR PEOPLE AT OR NEAR RETIREMENT.))
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The Federal Reserve Chairman made the comments about social security as a way to deal with the 500 billion dollar deficit-

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Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" opens today- and it's stirring up passions both in favor of the movie and against.
Drew Levinson has reaction from those who've seen the movie.
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((ON WHAT MAY WELL BE THE DAY OF RECKONING FOR MOVIE-MAKER MEL GIBSON --
(movie-goers crying) PASSIONS ARE STIRRING ACROSS THE NATION.

RABBI SHMUEL HERZFELD: "Mel Gibson, you are an antisemite!."

AFTER WATCHING THE DEBUT OF 'PASSION OF THE CHRIST' --- TWO NEW YORK

RABBI'S WERE FURIOUS -- SAYING THE FILM IS CERTAIN TO FUEL HATRED FOR JEWS.
RABBI AVI WEISS - "It's this lie, the lie that Jews murdered Jesus that resulted and inspired the murder of millions of my people throughout the middle ages and beyond." DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS: BUT WHILE THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST IS IGNITING PASSIONS OF ANGER AMONG MANY JEWS IN THIS COUNTRY -- THERE ARE OTHERS WHO VIEW IT DIFFERENTLY. JULIE RIVERA/NEW YORKER: I'm Jewish and I was a little concerned about the antisemitism - and I didn't feel it.
MEL GIBSON'S CONTROVERSIAL PORTRAYAL OF THE FINAL 12 HOURS OF JESUS, DEPICTS THE BRUTAL TORTURE AND CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST. ..... A GRAPHIC STORY HAILED AS GOSPEL BY BELIEVERS.. "Our Lord died in that way for our sins." MAIA MORGENSTERN - PLAYS THE VIRGIN MARY. MAIA MORGENSTERN/ACTRESS It is about motherhood and being a mother, loving children, watching your child dying... A JEW HERSELF -- MORGENSTERN SAYS THE TALK OF ANTI-SEMITISM IS NONSENSE. MAIA - "The film speaks of tolerance, of love, of forgiveness." GIBSON, A TRADITIONALIST CATHOLIC, SAID ALL ALONG, HE INTENDED TO STIR VIEWER'S EMOTIONS. MOVIEGOER: It made me search my soul for what life means to me and what I can mean to others. BUT HE'S ALSO SET OFF FLAMES OF PASSION -- THAT COULD EITHER ATTRACT MORE VIEWERS - OR TURN THEM AWAY. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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Coming up next on the newscast, a New River Valley bank is robbed. Also we'll see why changes are coming to the national zoo.
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A robber struck a bank in Radford this morning.
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Around 9:20 this morning, police say a white male entered the Wachovia bank and handed the teller a note demanding money and saying that he had a gun.
Police say the male is about five-foot six-inches, wearing a dark sweatsuit, sunglasses, and a hat, along with a band-aid on his nose. No information on his vehicle is known.
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The suspect got away with an unknown amount of cash.

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The jury at the Martha Stewart trial has been sent home for the week.
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Closing arguments are now scheduled for Monday and Tuesday- deliberations are set for next Wednesday.
Lawyers for Stewart rested their case this morning-
The judge still has not ruled on motions from the defendant asking for a dismissal of charges, but she has indicated it's not likely she'll throw out all of the charges.
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The director of one of the nation's premier zoos is stepping down after an investigation showed poor animal care and management.
As Teri Okita tells us, the failing report card comes after a string of mysterious deaths at the national zoo in Washington.
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((GIANT PANDAS, MEI XIANG AND TIEN TIEN, ARE THE BIGGEST DRAW HERE AT THE NATIONAL ZOO, BUT LATELY, WHATS BEEN GOING ON BEHIND-THE-SCENES HAS MADE THE MOST HEADLINES.
(Super: R. Michael Roberts/Panel Chairman)
SOT: As far as we can see, there are problems at all levels of the zoo.


TRACK: TWO-DOZEN ANIMAL DEATHS SOME DUE TO NEGLECT, MISDIAGNOSIS, AND ACCIDENTAL POISONINGS SPARKED AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION THAT FOUND MISMANAGEMENT IN ANIMAL CARE, RECORD-KEEPING, PEST CONTROL, AND PLANNING.

SOT: Roberts: Since 1998, the vet staff have not been following their

own guidelines in terms of providing annual exams, vaccinations, and infectious disease testing.

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STANDUP BRIDGE: The zoo director has said she welcomes the independent review and attributes many of the problems to staff shortages. Zoo officials say changes are being made. (:09)
TRACK: STARTING WITH THE SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF THE ZOO DIRECTOR HERSELF.

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SOT: lightening rod for attention ...


TRACK: WITH THREE-MILLION VISITORS ANNUALLY, ITS ONE OF THE CITYS MOST POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND REACTION RANGES FROM CONCERN TO COMPASSION.

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MOS: Those accidents with the animals being poisoned sounded really careless to me. (:05)

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MOS: I guess the vilification of the zoo, I think is a little harsh. Theyve undertaken a great endeavor here. (:08)
TRACK: THE REPORT CONFIRMS IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE BUT MUCH MORE WORK LAYS AHEAD IF THINGS ARE EVER TO RETURN TO NORMAL WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

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The battle lines continue to be drawn over gay marriage.
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President Bush is calling for a constitutional amendment to ban the same sex unions.
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Across the Roanoke Valley there's mixed emotions from church leaders. Some say it's a form of discrimination, while other feel it's necessary to protect the American way of life.
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((REV. CATHERINE HOUCHINS, METROPOLITIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH: SAYING IT'S BASED ON RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES BLURS THE LINES OF CHURCH AND STATE - WHICH BIBLE, WHOSE BIBLE, WHOSE SCRIPTURE?)) ((REV. JOHNNY STONE, HILL STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: I FEEL THE GAY COMMUNITY IS ACTUALLY TRYING TO PUT THEIR BELIEFS OFF ON THE CHURCH. TO GO TO THE STATE, TO NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND SAY 'MAKE THESE LAWS,' IT FORCES US TO ACCEPT SOMETHING WE DON'T BELIEVE IN. THAT'S WRONG.))
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, we'll take a closer look at the issue and hear from both sides of the fight.
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Coming up next on the Newscast, Robin will have our detailed forecast, and Brent Watts will tell us about what's new coming to our weather department.
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Chances are, over the past few months you've heard about News-7's Hometown WeatherNet. You may have even accessed the live data using the WeatherBug. But what makes it so unique? Brent Watts takes a look.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll look at this year's best actress nominees,
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and in sports, Steve Mason speaks with members of the Heritage High School basketball team as they prepare for the final four.
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Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your mid week ticker. In this edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly Steve Mason takes us to Lynchburg where the Heritage boys basketball team is 22 and 3 and making a solid playoff run.
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((8 of the Pioneers 15 names on the Heritage roster play football. Donnie Foster is one of those 8. He was a back up to Wayne Ford and wasn't supposed to play at all. But an injury to Ford forced him into the spotlight. He finds himself again in a back up roll as the Pioneers sixth man. ((:))
Its attidutes like Fosters that help make this team two time seminole District champs. It's also a big plus that Ford, reciever and point guard Peirre Penn wide out Donny Alexander are as good at basketball as they are at football. Penn has won a gridiron state title, but a hoops crown has alluded him. ((:)) Last year, Cave Spring knocked the Pionees out of the Regionals, aset back that has only made this team hungrier.)) ((:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:HERITAGE HAS NEVER WON A BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE FARTHEST THE PIONEERS HAVE GONE IS THE STATE SEMIFINALS BACK IN 2001. HERITAGE'S NEXT STEP IS THE REGION THREE FINAL FOUR AGAINST A TOUGH MARK HANKS PULASKI TEAM THURSDAY NIGHT . ))

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The Roanoke Dazzle sits just three games out of first place in the NBDL standings, with retro weekend on tap for Friday and Saturday against Huntsville. Mikki Moore is back in the fold after two ten day contracts with the Utah Jazz and Marque Perry continues to play well at the point.
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Perry is the only member of the Dazzle to start all thirty games this season. He is 4th in the D-League in assists, with 6 and a half dimes per game. Perry also holds down the four spot in steals.
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The Academy Awards are just four days away and movie fans are excited about who will walk away with this year's Oscar for Best Actress. Scott Rapoport looks at the nominees.
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NO SHE DOESN'T!
Sot: Charlize Theron - Monster "Yeah!" 3:42
NO! Swish pan sfx...
BUT GORGEOUS CHARLIZE THERON'S, 'MONSTER" TRANSFORMATION INTO THIS CIG SMOKIN, CHICK LOVIN...
Sot: Charlize Theron - Monster "Hey!"
MAN HATIN', SERIAL KILLER...

SOT: Sot: Charlize Theron - Monster - Shooting gun "Bang."


DID I FORGET SOMETHING?
Sot: Charlize Theron - Monster "I'm a hooker!"
MAKES HER A FAVORITE FOR OSCAR GOLD...
Sot: Charlize Theron "It would be great.(ha)..."

...SO SAYS LAST YEARS WINNER AND THIS YEARS SNUB VICTIM...(Scott and Nic)
Sot: Nicole Kidman - "Cold Mountain" "Uhhh!" slaps Rene Zellwegger on the arm.
...NICOLE KIDMAN.
Sot: Nicole Kidman "Charlize. I thought she was just magnificent.
BUT SHE WASN'T THE ONLY ONE.
Sot: Diane Keaton - "Something's Gotta Give" - Scene with Jack & Diane, naked scene, screams -- 5:22 "Ahhh. Arrrgh. Ahhh Oh my god."
DIANE KEATON'S SCARING UP OSCAR BUZZ.
Sot: Diane Keaton - "Something's Gotta Give" 30:58 "Me?"
...FOR HER "FABULOUS AT 57" PERFORMANCE WITH HOLLYWOODS SEXIEST 68 YEAR OLD...
Sot: Diane Keaton - "Something's Gotta Give" Jack and Diane (Jack) "Women your age love that about me. (Diane) Stops chewing food, look of depair, silence. music sting.
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Nat/Sot Nat/Sot and Graphic/sfx - movie titel - "Something's Gotta Give."
Sot: Naomi Watts - "21 grams" (Sob/sniffling)"
BUT SHED NO TEARS FOR NAOMI WATTS.
Sot: Naomi Watts - "21 grams" - "Absolutely."
THE SEXY, HOTTIE, BODY'S WEIGHTY PERFORMANCE IN "21 GRAMS"
Sot: Naomi Watts - "21 grams" "We have to kill him."
...COULD MAKE HER AN UPSET WINNER.
Sot: Diane Keaton - "Something's Gotta Give" "Uhh..."
Sot: Charlize Theron - Monster Clip "No!"
Sot: Naomi Watts - "21 grams" "I'm speechless."
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Stand-up bridge - Scott Rapoport "So what do you say, hollywood. Who's it gonna be."
Sot: William Macy "Hard to say man.
Sot: 53:52 Marge Hellgenberger - "Diane Keaton. I'm rooting for Diane Keaton."
Sot: Diane Keaton - Somethings Gotta Give - Clip "I love that about me."
Sot: Sophia Coppolla : "Naomi Watts.
Sot: Naomi Watts
Sot: Kevin Costner : "I think Charlize really stood out."
Sot: Charlize Theron - Monster Clip "That's it exactly."
Sot: Keisha Castle Hughes - "Whale Rider" "Ka ka kee ky fale."
ADD THIS HOOKED ON PHONICS PERFORMANCE BY 13 YEAR OLD "WHALE RIDER STAR KEISHA CASTLE HUGHES...
A PERSONAL FAVORITE OF MR. AND MRS. GORGEOUS.
Sot: Micheal Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones "We liked "Whale Rider." Whale Rider."
Sot: Samantha Morton - "In America" "Yes."
AND A STAR TURN FROM "IN AMERICA"S" SAMANTHA MORTON...
...AND IT'S AN OSCAR FIGHT...
Sot: Charlize Theron - Monster "Wanna bring it on."
Sot: Tim Robbins / Oscar luncheon "Now guys, don't fight."
TO DIE FOR...
Sot: Naomi Watts "It's midblowing."
SCOTT RAPOPORT...
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CBS NEWS...))
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