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Coming up on News 7--

One of the major charges against Martha Stewart is thrown out of court.
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And, residents are digging out from under a heavy winter blanket that extends from Southside into much of North Carolina..
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Another snow storm dumps a lot of snow in some locations and absolutely nothing in others what will the weekend bring. I'll let you know in your hometown forecast.

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Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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Danville is digging out, after another winter storm delivers impressive snowfall in southside.
But other parts of western Virginia cannot find a flake.
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There was a fine line this morning between dry pavement and snow-covered streets.
The latest winter storm brought little precipitation to the Roanoke Valley, but it dumped on Danville.
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Up to a foot of snow fell in southside overnight.
That left plenty of work for the state and local snow plows that spent the night clearing major highways.
By daybreak, residents of Danville were also making progress on the sidewalks and private parking lots.
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The slush and slippery conditions may linger on many secondary roads.
But with bright sunshine and rising temperatures, the snow is melting quickly on most paved surfaces.
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Before dumping heavy snow in Southern Virginia, the winter storm first took aim at North Carolina,
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bringing record snowfall to the Tar Heel State.
Up to 18 inches fell around Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
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Meanwhile, the city of Charlotte expected to welcome President Bush for two events on Thursday.
But by mid- afternoon, his visit was called off.
While the late season storm may have been a surprise to many, it actually follows a trend.
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((ERIC THOMAS/METEOROLOGIST: A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE THINKING IT'S KIND OF LATE IN THE SEASON FOR A BIG SNOWSTORM ISN'T IT? AS IT TURNS OUT, OUR THREE BIGGEST SNOWS EVER ALL OCCURRED AFTER VALENTINE'S DAY. ))
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Hundreds of travelers have been stranded on roads and at airports across the Southeast because of the storm.
In South Carolina, police estimate there have been more than 600 accidents since yesterday.
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The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is trying to figure out the cause of a fire that killed two people early yesterday morning. The bodies have not yet been identified, but officials say 82- year- old Ruby Eller and her son, 55- year- old Jackie Eller lived at the residence. Their home on Clark Ferry Road is a total loss. Police say they DO NOT suspect arson.

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A former law student in Grundy pleaded guilty to capital murder charges today.
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After failing out of Appalachian School of Law, Peter Odighizuwa went on a shooting spree killing three people in January of 2002. Today, he admitted his crime as part of an agreement that would save him from a death sentence. Judge Michael Moore sentenced Odighizuwa to six consecutive life prison terms plus 28 years.
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Even before closing arguments in her insider trading trial in New York, the federal judge in the case today gave a major boost to Martha Stewart.
Sharyn Alfonsi has the latest.
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(( Good news for the queen of "good living". The judge overseeing her criminal trial has thrown out the most serious charge against her...Securities Fraud.
The dismissal is a knock out blow to prosecutors who argued that when Stewart publicly declared her innocence she was actually defrauding investors.
Prosecutors say Stewart knew her words could buoy the stock of her own company Martha Stewart Living. Through out the trial, the judge called the application of the fraud charge "novel" and "problematic." Her decision today isn't surprising to those who have been following the trial.
The favorable ruling may have been one Stewarts defense team was counting on. After the government put on three weeks of prosecution experts, Stewart's team called just one defense witness...for less than an hour.
Stewart's attorneys will begin their closing arguments on the remaining four charges Monday.
standup close: Arguments that are expected to last for most of the day. .The jury could be deciding the fate of America's Most Famous Homemaker as early as Wednesday. In New York, Sharyn Alfonsi for CBS News.))

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The founder of a Japanese doomsday cult is sentenced to death.
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Shoko Asahara was the mastermind behind the deadly 19-95 nerve gas attack on a Tokyo subway that killed 12 people and sickened more than five thousand others.
He was also convicted in a string of other crimes that killed 15 people.
Japanese prosecutors say the cult leader ordered his followers to produce and stockpile an arsenal of weapons.
Asahara's trial last for nearly eight years.
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A rebel leader in Haiti says his fighters are closing in on the capital city, Port-au-Prince.
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Meanwhile, supporters of embattled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide have set up flaming barricades to slow down the progress of the rebels.
Their leader says his fighters are ready to attack if Aristide doesn't step down.
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((COLIN POWELL/U. S. SECRETARY OF STATE: I HOPE MR ARISTEDE WILL EXAMINE HIS POSITION CAREFULLY AND THAT JUDGMENTS WILL BE MADE AS TO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAITI AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME.))
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In Paris, France's foreign minister has told government representatives from Haiti that a political solution is ``urgently'' needed to end the three-week rebellion.
A spokesman for the foreign ministry says they talked about proposals for an interim government and an international force to restore order.
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The Roanoke Civic Center will have to shed some new light on its alcohol policy. We'll tell you why after the break.

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Also another mayor gets in the middle of the same sex marriage controversy.
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Gay weddings are taking place from one coast to another--
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The mayor of a small New York village says he plans to perform about a dozen same-sex weddings this afternoon, despite warnings from state officials that he's breaking the law.
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Following yesterday's high-profile nuptials between former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell and her girlfriend, California's state supreme court is also in the spotlight on the gay marriage issue.
The state's attorney general is expected to seek a ruling on the legality of same-sex weddings.
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U-S bishops are coming under fire for failing to stop sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy over the last half-century.
Two studies that explore the problem were released today.
Drew Levinson tells us what they found.
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CALLING IT "THE SMOKE OF SATAN"...A NEWLY RELEASED STUDY BLAMES CATHOLIC BISHOPS FOR FAILING TO STOP ABUSIVE PRIESTS FROM MOLESTING THOUSANDS OF MINORS OVER 5 DECADES.

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"MANY BISHOPS, CERTAINLY NOT ALL, BREACHED THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AS PASTORS, BREACHED THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AS SHEPARD'S OF THE FLOCK AND PUT THEIR HEAD IN THE SAND."
TWO STUDIES WERE ACTUALLY RELEASED, BOTH COMMISSIONED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH...ONE MEASURED THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM, THE OTHER FOCUSED ON THE CAUSES AND CONTEXT OF THE ABUSE.

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"WHAT WE HAVE SAID AND DONE IS WHAT WE BELIEVE WILL BE GOOD FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH."

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SOME OF THE NUMBERS RELEASED ARE SOBERING....IN THE PAST HALF CENTURY, NEARLY 11 THOUSAND MINORS CLAIM TO HAVE BEEN ABUSED. THOSE CHARGES WERE LEVELED AGAINST ALMOST 5 THOUSAND PRIESTS.
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"WE FOUND THAT MANY DYSFUNCTIONAL MEN AND PSYCHO SEXUALLY IMMATURE MEN WERE ADMITTED INTO SEMINARIES."
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The Alcohol Beverage Control board has an issue with the Roanoke Civic Center's alcohol policy.
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Recently, an ABC agent gave the Civic Center a written warning after attending an event where the lights went down.
He told city officials it is impossible to watch everyone when it is dark and that could create problems.
As a result, the Civic Center has set up a beer garden next door in the exhibit hall and plans to use it anytime there is a concert.
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((KARI HORSLEY/ROANOKE RESIDENT: YOU COME TO RELAX HAVE A NICE COLD BEER BUT YET YOU CAN'T BECAUSE YOU ARE THINKING I HAVE TO GO IN ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES BECAUSE I HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY BACK UPSTAIRS.)) ((BO LAND/ROANOKE RESIDENT: THE LIGHTS GO OUT. THERE'S KIDS UP THERE AND OF COURSE I WAS A KID ONCE AND I PARTOOK IN SOME ADULT BEVERAGES BEFORE I WAS 21))
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The same rules apply in the beer garden. You will have to show an id, get a bracelet, and be limited to three alcohol beverages.
You will only be able to consume beer and wine in the beer garden and not in the arena where the event is being held.
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Supporters of a primary seat belt law will have to wait til next year... at least.
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Action on a bill to toughen enforcement of the state seatbelt law was postponed until next year.
Senator Tommy Norment said he did not have enough votes to get the bill passed.
Norment says he will use the coming year to educate six new committee members about the benefits of his bill.
And he is confident it will eventually pass.
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Norment's bill would allow police to stop and ticket motorists for failing to buckle up.
Current law allows police to ticket seat belt violators only if they are pulled over for another offense.
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Also late yesterday, Manassas Delegate Bob Marshall suggested cutting funding to state colleges and universitites that have sexually suggestive programs.
Marshall singled out Virginia Tech for its student "Sex Talk Live Television" show and the current legal troubles of quarterback Marcus Vick.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we're going to hold Leo to his promise of a nice weekend forecast.
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Then later in Sports, some Chicago fans hope a little blast will lift the curse off the cubs.
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It was a BRAWL, not a boxing match that nearly put Mike Tyson back behind bars.
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The former heavyweight champion was involved in a fight with two autograph seekers last June outside a Brooklyn hotel.
Tyson avoided a jail sentence after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.
Instead, he'll have six months of psychological counseling and serve 100 hours of community service with children.
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A hotel security camera captured part of the action.
The D-A said it shows Tyson becoming the aggressor, chasing down the two men, assaulting them, and knocking one of them out. Tyson's attorney maintained it was self defense.
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This is the weekend Hollywood shines the spotlight on itself--
But all the stars may be upstaged by the WEATHER.
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Preparations are well under way for the 76th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.
The normally- sunny Los Angeles has been battered by heavy rain storms this week, and they're expected to linger through the weekend.
But the show must go on.
Workers have put up a clear plastic tent to protect the celebrity arrivals area.
Security is also a prime concern.
Streets around the Kodak Theatre have already been closed for days.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 14. The NASDAQ has lost six.

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Coming up, things heat up on the women's basketball court at the Salem Civic Center.
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And Travis Wells introduces us to a second generation athlete in this week's ACC Connection.
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The ODAC women's basketball tournament was in the house at the Salem Civic Center last night.
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Roanoke College was seeded 7th, and looked to upset second -seeded Bridgewater in the quarterfinals.
The Maroons' Kayce Smith collects the loose ball, weaves her way through traffic, and then hits 2.
The Eagles came back with Lindsay Andrews, who makes good on the lay- up.
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Then Jessica Young gets a three- pointer.
Roanoke's Emily Smith takes the inside pass from Cindy McGraw and scores.
But the Maroons never got closer than six.
Bridgewater gets the 58-50 win. Roanoke ends the year 10-and-15.
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In this week's edition of the ACC Connection - Travis Wells introduces us to a second generation athlete with a hosehold last name and pop who once swung for the fences with the Lynchburg Mets.
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((Darryl Strawberry has survived a drug addiction, prison time, and cancer. The eight time MLB All-Star now works for a Tampa church and in his free time, doesn't miss an opportunity to catch his son D-J in action for the 14 and 10 Maryland Terrapins. Despite his father's checkered past, the younger Strawberry has used his dad as a valuable resource, to help him along in the nation's top ranked hoops conference.
D.J.:
While his father, hit 335 career big leauge homers, D.J. chose to spurn the diamond for roundball. He is currently six in the ACC in steals with just under 2 a game.
D.J.: Gary: Travis: Chris:
The Deacs and Terps meet Saturday at 1 in College Park. Travis Wells with Your WDBJ ACC Connection.))

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One of the most infamous balls in the history of major league baseball is resting in pieces today.
The foul ball that some believed cursed the Chicago Cubs last season was destroyed last night.
Derrick Blakley has more.
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