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Today on News 7 at 5, fire destroys a home in Franklin County
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Iraqi leaders sign an interim Constitution today, but some members already want to change it.
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Cloudy and cold eather continues tomorrow with a chance for snow. Details ahead.

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A former Bedford County Supervisor pleads guilty on three felonies.
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Former Henry County administrator Sid Clower could be heading back to prison.
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Plus a key member of the New York Yankees goes down to injury. News 7 at 5 is next.

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((JOHN BROWNLEE, U.S. ATTORNEY: WHAT WE'VE DONE HERE TODAY IS HOLD MR. CLOWER IN ACCOUNT FOR HIS FEDERAL CRIMES... ))
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He was a trusted county leader, now a former Henry County administrator has his day in Federal Court...
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He served more than a year in prison, and now it seems former Henry County administrator Sid Clower may be returning to a cell. Clower was in a courtroom this morning to answer federal charges.
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Susan Bahorich was there. Susan, did Clower make a deal with the government?
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Jean, Sidney Allen Clower plead guilty to six-counts including mail fraud and filing false federal income tax returns for the years 1997 to 2001. By accepting responsibility for the crimes, he may get a break at sentencing.

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((There were no surprises as 52-year-old Sid Clower came into the Poff Federal Building. He was there to plead guilty to six charges, and that's what he did.

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((JOHN BROWNLEE, U.S. ATTORNEY: TODAY'S CASE IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT SENDS A MESSAGE THIS TYPE OF WHITE COLLAR CRIME, THIS TYPE OF PUBLIC CORRUPTION WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.))
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According to Prosecutor Pat Hogeboom (hoog-e-boom) the former Henry County Administrator and Director of the Public Service Authority created MB Investiments and bilked the county out of more than 800-thousand dollars. On top of taking the money from the county, the government says Clower owes it money from back taxes.

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((JOHN BROWNLEE, U.S. ATTORNEY: EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE TAX CHARGES HERE, THE FIRST COMMUNITY IN LINE TO GET RESTITUTION IS HENRY COUNTY AND IT WILL REMAIN THAT WAY.))
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While Clower has yet to apologize to the citizen of Henry County, his defense attorney says he's taken a step in the right direction by admitting his guilt.

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((DAVID DAMICO, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: OUR GOAL AT THIS POINT IS TO HAVE HIM START MAKING RESTITUTION IN WHATEVER AMOUNT HE CAN AND BE IN A POSITION BY THE TIME WE GO TO THE SENTENCING BEFORE JUDGE KISER, THAT THE JUDGE WILL BE CONVINCED HE'S TRYING TO MAKE IT RIGHT TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY...))
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Clower's sentencing is in six to eight weeks. According to court documents he could face a maximum of 20-years in prison and one-point-five million dollar fine.

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Jean, According to Clower's attorney, the former county administrator is out on bond and currently employed - the attorney won't say where...

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A former Bedford County supervisor is facing up to thirty years in prison after pleading guilty today to helping forge public documents.
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62-year-old Kirby Richardson had been indicted on 82 counts last year, but a plea agreement reduced that to just three felony charges.
Prosecutors say Richardson ordered his secretary Angela Hampton to forge 39 public comment sheets in favor of a V-DOT road project in his district.
But Richardson's attorney says it was all Hampton's idea.
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((CARTER GARRETT/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: MR. RICHARDSON WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE PROJECT, HE MADE THAT CLEAR TO EVERYBODY HE TALKED TO, INCLUDING THOSE HE WORKED WITH, AND SHE THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS HELPING HER BOSS OUT BY DOING THESE THINGS.))


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Special prosecutor Joel Branscom says Hampton was simply a pawn in Richardson's scheme.
He's still not sure what the motive was.
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((JOEL BRANSCOM/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: I'VE COME FULL CIRCLE TO BELIEVE THIS WAS ARROGANCE MORE THAN FINANCIAL, BUT THAT'S ALL I CAN PROVE AT THIS POINT.))
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Richardson will be sentenced in May.
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Fire has destroyed a home in Franklin County.
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The log structure was located on Timber Ridge Road in Glade Hill. It caught fire around two o'clock this afternoon.
Members of the Frye family were not at home, and no one was injured fighting the blaze, but the house burned to the ground.
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((BENNIE RUSSELL/FIRE MARSHAL: A LITTLE EXTENSION INTO THE WOODS FROM A POWER LINE BUT THAT DIDN'T AMOUNT TO TOO MUCH. THE HOUSE WAS ADDED ON TO SEVERAL TIMES AND IT WAS KIND OF HARD TO EXTINGUISH AND THEY'RE STILL WORKING ON PARTS OF IT.))
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Volunteer firefighters from Glade Hill, Scruggs and Rocky Mount responded to the blaze.
There's no word yet on the cause.
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After two false starts, Iraq's interim constitution has been signed.
But there are already calls for change. Charlie D'Agata has more from Baghdad.
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((An historic day in Iraq as the Governing Council signs the most sweeping democratic document in the Arab world -- less than a year after coalition forces invaded the country.
Despite deep divisions in the council that delayed the signing twice, it was an exercise in compromise.
The interim constitution includes a Bill of Rights, ensuring freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and a guarantee that the rights of all Iraqis will be respected.
But even before the ink was dry, Chief Shia cleric Ayatollah Ali al Sistani criticized the constitution, calling it an obstacle toward Iraqi independence....and Shias on the council downplayed its importance.
SOUNDBITE (English) CHALABI, SAYING: "This is not a constitution, this is a temporary law, for the administration of the state. The constitution will be done by an elected body.
ON CAMERA: THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ VIEW THE SIGNING WITH A SENSE OF GUARDED OPTIMISM ... BY AND LARGE THEY'RE HOPEFUL THAT THE CONSTITUTION MARKS A STEP TOWARD SELF-GOVERNANCE -- AND DEMOCRACY, BUT THERE ARE REAL FEARS IT COULD IGNITE MORE VIOLENCE.

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I HOPE IT WILL CHANGE MY LIFE, TO THE BETTER, OF COURSE AND NOT MY LIFE, BUT THE LIFE OF ALL IRAQI PEOPLE.
WORLD5-MAR08-IRAQ-(R)EXPLOSIONS:
But just minutes before the signing took place, two explosions rattled Baghdad -- apparently mortar attacks -- though nobody was reported injured.
The constitution may serve to protect the rights of Iraqis, but protecting the Iraqis themselves is another story. Charlie D'Agata, cbs news baghdad.))

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Coming up next, President Bush and John Kerry exchange charges on national security and healthcare.
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and Martha Stewart meets with a probation officer as executives with her company decide what to do without her.
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Danville police are investigating a fatal automobile accident today. It happened just before one on West Main Street in front of River Oak Church. Officers say a 72-year-old man was trying to slow down for a disabled car, when an S-U-V hit him from behind. The man was taken to Danville Regional Medical center, where he later died. Police are not releasing his name at this time.

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The board of directors at Martha Stewart's company is meeting this afternoon to talk about her future.
Stewart herself met with a probation officer today and thanked supporters as she left court.
Drew Levinson reports this all comes as major networks begin pulling Stewart's show off the air.
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(( THANKING HER FANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT...MARTHA STEWART FINALLY SPOKE OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS MORNING SINCE BEING CONVICTED OF LYING ABOUT A STOCK SALE. STEWART WAS BACK IN NEW YORK'S LOWER MANHATTAN FOR A PROBATION hearing . It was .NOT FAR FROM THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE WHERE A JURY ON FRIDAY TURNED THE DOMESTIC DIVA INTO CONVICTED FELON. DREW LEVINSON: And as a convicted felon....Stewart must now go through the same process as everyone else. That means answering a lot of questions about herself .
AND INVESTORS IN HER BILLION DOLLAR EMPIRE ARE ALSO ASKING QUESTIONS. SHARES OF MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNI MEDIA ARE DOWN AGAIN today FOLLOWING A 23 PERCENT DROP ON FRIDAY. IN ADDITION, STEWART'S SYNDICATED TV SHOW...MARTHA STEWART LIVING..WAS TAKEN OFF THE AIR ON VIACOM OWNED CBS AND UPN STATIONS. STEWART STEPPED DOWN AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD IN JUNE, BUT SHE'S STILL CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER AND A MEMBER OF THE BOARD....AT LEAST FOR NOW. BOARD MEMBERS WERE SAID TO BE DISCUSSING HER FATE THIS AFTERNOON. AS FOR HER OTHER FATE...WHETHER SHE'LL GO TO JAIL AND FOR HOW LONG? THAT WILL BE DETERMINED WHEN CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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Senator John Kerry is on the campaign trail bringing his message to Florida.
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He told supporters that President Bush broke his promises to senior citizens- saying 325 thousand pay more than they should for prescription drugs.
Kerry also slammed the President's economic policies.
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((SEN. JOHN KERRY/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I REMEMBER WHEN SPRING BREAK WAS A TIME WHEN YOU WOULD COME DOWN AND RELAX AND DO NOTHING ONLY PLACE YOU CAN DO THAT NOW IS ON THE BUSH ECONOMIC TEAM.))
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Senator Kerry says the only American that deserves to be laid off is President Bush.
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President Bush is accusing Kerry of trying to gut U-S intelligence. He pointed out a bill that Kerry introduced in 1995-
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two years after a terrorist bombing at the World Trade Center- that would've cut U-S intelligence.
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((TWO YEARS AFTER THE ATTACK ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MY OPPOINENT INTRODUCED A BILL TO CUT INTELLIGENCE BY ONE AND HALF BILLION DOLLARS. HIS BILL WAS SO DEEPLY IRRESPONSIBLE THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE A SINGLE CO-SPONSOR IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE.))
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President Bush called the attempt no way to operate in a time of war.
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Coming up next in our healthcheck report,
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we will see a new approach to corrective eye surgery.
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Correcting poor vision doesn't just mean glasses, contact lenses and laser surgery.
Now there is a new procedure that actually replaces part of the eye.
We warn you that there is some medically graphic video in this piece.
Dr. Sean Kenniff has more.
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((FOR OVER 40 YEARS MANNY SUAREZ' EYESIGHT SERVED HIM WELL. BUT IN RECENT YEARS IT STARTED TO DETERIORATE.

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"Right now I probably have about six pairs of glasses in my house. My biggest fear is to be in a situation where I need my sight, and I won't have my glasses."
MAKING MATTERS WORSE.... MANNY'S A DOCTOR--AND KEEN EYESIGHT IS SOMETHING NEITHER HE, NOR HIS PATIENTS CAN DO WITHOUT.

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"My charts got further away, my reading got further away, my arm wasn't long enough."
THAT'S WHEN HE HEARD ABOUT CRYSTALENS. A NEW LENS IMPLANT, THAT COULD HAVE HIM SEEING 20/20 IN JUST ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES.

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CRYSTALENS IS CONSIDERED A MAJOR ADVANCE IN EYE SURGERY BECAUSE IT WORKS LIKE YOUR NORMAL LENS, ALLOWING YOU TO SEE WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE WHEN YOU WANT TO SEE IT.

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"Crystalens is a wonderful new development. This is the first time we are able to produce near, far, and everything in between for the patient."
DURING THE PROCEDURE, THE EYE'S NATURAL LENS IS FIRST DISSOLVED. THE CRYSTALENS IMPLANT, IS THEN INSERTED, AND ANCHORED TO THE IMAGE FOCUSING MUSCLES OF THE EYE. WHEN THE MUSCLES CONTRACT, THE LENS CHANGES SHAPE, AND THE IMAGE BECOMES CLEAR. BUT THE BEST THING ABOUT CRYSTALENS? IT'S PERMANENT.

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"We expect that the crystalens will last for the person's lifetime. When I am asked this question I sort of humorously say 120 years."
LARRY KAPLAN UNDERWENT THE SAME PROCEDURE A FEW MONTHS AGO AND HE SAYS HIS EYES ARE AS GOOD AS NEW.

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"I drive at night, I drive during the day, and I haven't put on a pair of glasses."
DOCTOR SUAREZ HOPES BY HAVING HIS EYESIGHT IN FOCUS, HE'LL BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON HIS PATIENTS. DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.)

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Today in Sports, the Virginia Tech Hokies prepare for their first and last Big East tournament,
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and we'll tell you why some people are willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that this couple's marriage will last.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to your Monday night. March Madness reaches a boiling point for many this week as the Virginia High School League state tournament takes place in Richmond, the ACC tournament opens in Greensboro, and the Big East tournament opens play at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Hokies open the tournament on Wednesday at Noon against Rutgers. The combination of the Hokies and fast talking Seth Greenberg is an unlikely union that has turned out better than most expected.
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That old guy leader Calloway is referring to is NOT coach Greenberg, but rather the lone senior on the team - Bryant Matthews - who today became the first Hokie ever to earn first team all-Big East honors.
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[VO NAT CON'T] The Hokies flew out of Roanoke right after finishing up this workout. They'll practice in New York City tomorrow, and then attend the Big East postseason banquet tomorrow night.
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The Madness continues tonight for both the men and women. In Richmond VCU and Geroge Mason play for the Colonial title and an invite to the Big Dance.
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And for the third straight year Duke's Alana Beard and North Carolina are hooking up in the ACC championship game for the women. The title tilt takes place tonight at the Greensboro Coliseum . Duke is trying to become the first women's team in league history to win five straight ACC titles.
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And the Yankees will be without one of their new members, Gary Sheffield for a while. A bruised thumb is worse than originally thought, and Sheffield could miss two to three months.
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Jean is not on the injured reserve list. She's coming back to wrap up News 7 at Five in just a moment.

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On Wall Street today, a slide in tech stocks and lingering disappointment over jobs growth have pushed the stock markets lower.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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Finally today, a couple of newlyweds may change the meaning of holy matrimony.
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That's becaues Alberto Ortega and his wife were surrounded by doughnut holes as they exchanged vows this weekend.
Alberto Ortega works at the doughnut store in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and he thought it would a good place to get married.
At first his soon to be wife said "no," but she eventually gave in.
She probably realized they could save a lot of money on wedding cake.
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