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Coming up on News 7,
Investigators are looking into the cause of an apartment fire early this morning in Lynchburg.
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And the latest on the search for survivors of a tanker explosion off the Eastern Shore.
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Tonight in sports, ice highlights from the Roundhouse, Hampden-Sydney readies for its 8th straight NCAA tournament appearance, and
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the Uva women close out the regular season at North Carolina.
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Biking, hiking, whatever the liking...today was the perfect day to do it outside. The best weather is behind us, but the workweek still doesn't look all that bad. Details coming up in the 7-Day planner. [Video-Open]
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The search continues for survivors of a tanker explosion off the Virginia coast, as investigators still try to figure out what happened.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

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Three crew members rescued from a sinking tanker are in good condition and three others have been released from a Norfolk hospital. The six were pulled from a life raft within three hours of last night's explosion near the Eastern Shore, about 50 miles from Chincoteague. Fuel from the ship's storage tanks has formed a nine-square-mile oil slick in the Atlantic. But, government scientists predict the spill will wash out to sea and not head toward the shore. Sharyn Alfonsi has more.
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(((Coast Guard Video) COAST GUARD CAMERAS CAUGHT ON TAPE.. THE ATLANTIC OCEAN SWALLOWING A TANKER CARRYING 3.5 MILLION GALLONS OF ETHANOL. RESCUERS CONTINUE TO SEARCH THE FRIGID WATERS OFF THE VIRGINIA COAST FOR SURVIVORS. AN EXPLOSION ROCKED THE TANKER SATURDAY EVENING.. AS IT TRAVELED FROM NEW YORK TO HOUSTON. THE COAST GUARD SENT HELICOPTERS, A PLANE AND THREE BOATS TO THE SCENE TO LOOK FOR THE SHIP'S 27 CREWMEMBERS. RESCUERS FOUND A HANDFUL OF SURVIVORS ON A LIFE RAFT A FEW HOURS AFTER THE ACCIDENT... THEY WERE FLOWN TO THE HOSPITAL.

(Vicky Gray, Sentaria General Hospital Spokesperson)
SOT GRAY: they were wet and cold and coated in oil and they had to go through decontamination.

THE SHIP IS A CHEMICAL TANKER OPERATED BY A COMPANY IN GREECE. THE COMPANY SPOKESMAN SAID THEY DID NOT KNOW THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT OR HOW MUCH ETHANOL WAS RELEASED INTO THE WATER. SHARYN ALFONSI, CBS NEWS.))
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The Coast Guard says it will likely suspend the search for survivors tomorrow.



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A fire early this morning scorched an apartment building in Lynchburg.
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Crews were called to the building on Church Street at around midnight. When firefighters arrived they found one apartment on fire and smoke on the 4th and 5th floors.
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((CHIEF ANTHONY SMITH, LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT: WE HAD FIRE IN ONE APARTMENT ON THE 4TH FLOOR. THE FIRST CREW GOT IN THERE AND TRIED TO MAKE A QUICK KNOCK DOWN ON IT AND THE OTHER CREWS, AS THEY GOT IN, STARTED TO MAKE AN EVACUATION THERE. IT TOOK AWHILE BECAUSE WE HAD TO GET THE EQUIPMENT AND PEOPLE DOWN HERE. AN OPERATION LIKE THIS REQUIRES A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
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Smith says a number of residents were treated for minor smoke inhalation and some firefighters were treated for exhaustion. No word on what caused the blaze.
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A Shawsville man was killed last night when his Jeep Wrangler flipped over. Police say Michael Wayne Stump was traveling on Route 641 in Montgomery County when his Jeep ran off the right side of the road. Police say the man then over corrected and ran off the left side of the road where his Jeep overturned. Stump died at the scene.


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Police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store yesterday in Roanoke, and is suspected of robbing a gas station in Vinton. Roanoke officials say the man robbed the "Stop In" on Plantation Road last night before midnight. No one was hurt in the robbery.
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Officials also believe the same man robbed the "Stop-In" in Vinton early this morning.
Police describe him as a white man, approximately 6 feet tall, about 185 pounds with curly blonde hair. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and glasses at the time of the incident.
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Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the Roanoke City Police Department.



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Still NO movement between DanChem and striking union workers.
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About 70 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have been on strike for nearly two months now. Union leaders say morale remains strong despite the standstill in talks. Employees say they're concerned about a proposed increase in health- care premiums that would more than double the amount under their old contract. A three- year freeze of hourly wages is also a concern. Leaders say they ARE willing to negotiate with the company, but will stay on the picket line as long as it takes.
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Still ahead on the newscast, A young boy gets a very loud welcome home from the hospital...
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and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries doesn't want you to be the turkey during the upcoming spring gobbler season.
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[Homecoming]


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For a Rockbridge County man the past six months have felt like a roller coaster ride. He's been forced to stand by and watch his son's health deteriorate, but today things started to look up. Jennifer Wishon has the story of a little boy from Texas who's stealing the hearts of Virginians.
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Spring is right around the corner and for hunters that means gobbler season is approaching.
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The Virginia Hunter's Education course will be held next weekend at the Bedford Moose Lodge. Virginia made the education course mandatory for all first time hunters in 1988. The ten-hour-program is held over two days and covers every aspect of hunting.
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A class is also taught on ethics. Kennedy says many states require the course, so anyone booking an out-of-state hunt should check into the regulations.

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[take 9700ess FS] For more information you can call 434- 525- 7522.
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Still to come, the warm temperatures continue, but rain threatens to spoil the party. Brent will be along with your full forecast in a few minutes.
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and also, a local hospital receives some national recognition for being one of the best places to go for some ailments.
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Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is one of the top places for common medical treatments in the southeast. That's according to a recent special healthcare issue of Money Magazine.
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The article listed R-M-H as one of the best places to go for partial hip replacements, back and neck surgery and surgery to re- open clogged arteries in the neck.
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Information for the survey was provided by health information company Health- Grades. R-M-H was compared to hospitals from Arkansas to the southern Atlantic Coast.

[Health-Review]


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In this week's health review, a nursing home offers short term care for people recovering from surgery. Research at Virginia Tech could help senior citizens drive more safely, and some kids get a lesson about antibiotics.
Joy Sutton has more in today's Health Review.
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Toyota has given Tech researchers a grant to look at improvements that can made to automobiles to make them more user-friendly for senior citizens.
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Those changes can make it harder to focus on closer objects or to deal with glare.
That's why these researchers are conducting different experiments to see what can help these drivers.
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The study will also look the changes in hearing that senior citizens experience as they age --and the best sounds that can be used to alert these drivers.
Researchers will present their findings to Toyota in late March.
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In other medical news,
Friendship Manor has a specialized orthopedic unit to help patients who don't have the resources to go home after knee or hip surgery.
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((IT OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL IS NOT READY FOR HOME PLACEMENT TO COME IN AND CONTINUE TO GET REHAB NEEDS HERE AND LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AGAIN 31 AND THEN GO HOME INDEPENDENTLY)) [RUNS17]
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While this unit is part of Friendship Manor -- it has separate entrance, it's own nursing staff, and patients only share rooms with other orthopedic patients. And it's open to patients of all ages.
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The Superbugs took over Burlington Elementary on Tuesday to show these students how germs are spread and why how the misuse of antibiotics can lead to superbugs like themselves.
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((SCHOOL NURSE: THERE ARE SOME MANY ANTIBIOTICS THAT WE'VE ALREADY BECOME RESISTANT TO THAT WE CAN USE ANYMORE BECAUSE OF OVER USE. THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY PRESCRIBED BECAUSE PARENTS BEG THEIR DOCTORS FOR CHILD TO HAVE ANTIBIOTIC WHEN THEY DON'T' REALLY NEED IT)) [RUNS15]
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One of the important lesson learned was never shared your medicine and...
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((WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO ABOUT YOUR MEDICATION. EAT IT ALL. LIKE WHEN I HAD MEDICINE I ATE IT ALL )) [RUNS08]
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Anthem and the Virginia Department of Health offer this program to any school in the state.
That's health review, I'm Joy Sutton.))


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Coming up, the Express tries to get back in the ECHL's playoff race, the Virginia ladies fall in Chapel Hill , and

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we'll check in with Nextel Cup rookie Kasey Kahne, on Nascar's first off weekend of the season.
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We start on the ice, where the Roanoke Express entered today's matinee with Dayton 5 points out of a playoff spot in the Southern Division with just 12 games to play in the regular season. The Express knocked off the Bombers 2-1 last night at the Roundhouse.
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This afternoon, Tony Macaulay's team playing with a sense of urgency.
Just under 8 minutes in, Carl Mallette gets this tally with assits from Duncan Dalmao and Bryan Perez as the Express took a 1-nothing lead.
It was 1-all before Mallette found Rick Kowalsky in front of the net. Kowalsky puts home his 25th goal of the season and it was 2-1 Roanoke.
David Belitski is between the pipes for the second straight day. At last check, the Express led it 4 to 2 in the third period.
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The Virginia Women closed out the regular season with a loss at North Carolina this afternoon. Debbie Ryan's Cavs are 13 and 15, 6 and 10 in the league entering next week's ACC Tournament.
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UVA led by as many as 9 in the opening half.
But Carolina went on a 9-oh run to open the final 20 minutes. Check out the sweet dish from Ivory Latta to Latangela Atkinson for the hoop and the hack.
LaTonya Blue scored 14 points for Virginia in this one. She gets out on the break and finishes with the hoop in transition.
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Brandi Teamer led the way for UVA with 17, but it wasn't enough as Carolina won it 70 to 64.
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Fresh off their ninth ODAC Tournament title, the Hampden-Sydney Tigers will make their 8th consecutive appearance in D3's Big Dance. Selection Sunday is here and in just a few hours, the Tigers will know their opponent and destination. This is a group that isn't short on tournament experience.
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The Division Three Final Four returns to Salem on March 19th and 20th.

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The Nascar Nextel Cup Series enjoyed a day off today, before heading to Vegas next weekend. For rookie Kasey Kahne, the time off provided him with a chance to reflect on his near win
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last Sunday at the Rock. Kahne finished second after a 21st place run at Daytona.
The 24 year old is off to a solid start as he tries to beat out five other drivers for Rookie of the Year honors.


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