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Today on News 7, a group associated with Al Qaida claims responsibility for killing 190 on trains in Madrid.
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Also a worker is injured after fallin down an elevator shaft at Virginia Tech.
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The wind picks up after a front passes this evening with a quick shower. That story and the Thursday ski report just ahead.

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A nursing assisant at a Bedford retirement home is accused of striking a 91 year old woman with a cane.
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State authorities are afraid a heavy rain can cause a Pulaski dam to collapse.
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Plus the Hokies are elinimated from the Big east tournament. News 7 at 5 is next.

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A claim of responsibility for today's deadly train bombings in Madrid. According to an Arablic newspaper, the group is linked to Al Qaeda.
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Good Evening.
The Arabic newspaper tonight says it received a five page email at its London office-
In it a group says it is claiming responsibility in the name of Al Qaida.
Ten bombs tore thorugh trains and stations in Madrid killing more than 190 people- and injuring 12-hundred others.


Scott Rapoport has the latest.
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((IN MADRID HUNDREDS GATHERED TO MOURN THE VICTIMS AND PROTEST TERRORISM. THE WORST TERRORIST ATTACK IN SPANISH HISTORY WAS CAREFULLY TIMED, COORDINATED AND NO ADVANCE WARNING WAS GIVEN. A TOTAL OF TEN BOMBS TARGETTED THREE PASSENGER TRAINS DURING THE MORNING RUSH HOUR IN MADRID. MANY PASSENGERS WERE KILLED INSTANTLY... OTHERS DIED TRAPPED UNDER THE WRECKAGE.
"THIS IS MASS MURDER" SAYS THE SPANISH PRIME MINISTER WHO'S GOVERNMENT FIRST BLAMED THE BASQUE SEPERATIST GROUP ETA.
MANDATORY COURTESY: "ATLAS/TELECINO BUT THAT WAS BEFORE POLICE FOUND A VAN CONTAINING DETONATORS AND AN ARABIC LANGUAGE TAPE OF VERSES FROM THE KORAN.
AND THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY AN ARABIC NEWSPAPER...SAYING IT'S RECEIVED A CLAIM OF RESPONSIBILITY ISSUED BY A BRIGADE LINKED TO - AL-QUIDA. AND SPANISH OFFICIALS SAY THAT'S OPENING A WHOLE NEW INVESTIGATION.
BUT THE BASQUE GROUP IS STILL THEIR MAIN SUSPECT. ETA SAYS IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ATTACKS....SAYING THEY BELIEVE IT'S THE WORK OF ARAB RESISTANCE.
BUT BORDERS BETWEEN FRANCE AND SPAIN ARE NOW BEING TIGHTENED.....AND EVEN PRESIDENT BUSH MENTIONED THE BASQUE GROUP BY NAME AS HE SENT CONDOLENCES TO SPAIN President Bush: "I appreciate so very much the Spanish government's fight against terror. Their resolute stand against organizations like the ETA."
NO MATTER WHO IS BEHIND THE ATTACKS SPAIN'S PRIME MINISTER INSISTS THERE WILL BE NO NEGOTIATION. HE VOWS TO HUNT DOWN THE ATTACKERS AND BRING THEM TO JUSTICE. SCOTT RAPOPORT, CBS NEWS.))


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A construction worker is in critical condition tonight after falling down an elevator shaft at Virginia Tech.
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It happened around noon at the new career services building on the Tech campus. Officials say the man was working to install the building's elevator when he fell about 15 or 20 feet. His name has not been released, but he is an employee of Thyssen-Krupp Elevator Company. Officials say he was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital and later transported to R- M- H where he remains in critical condition.
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Authorities have charged a nursing assistant at Bedford's Carriage Hill Retirement Center with assaulting a 91-year-old resident.
31-year-old Cristy L. Wood was charged for allegedly hitting the woman with a cane. The woman suffered a back injury.
Wood is currently being held at the Bedford Adult Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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State budget conferees are continuing to meet but both sides admit little progress has been made.
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The House and Senate remain at an impasse over the need for an increase in the state income and sales taxes.
The Senate is pressing for a multi-billion dollar tax hike to pay for education, transportation and public safety.
House conferees say they will not sign off on any general tax increases.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THE FOLKS IN THE SENATE FEEL VERY STRONGLY HOUSE FEELS STRONGLY BUT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE SOME MOVEMENT.))
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Both sides concede there is little hope that a budget agreement can be reached by Saturday.
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((DELEGATE KIRK COX/R-HOUSE BUDGET CONFEREE: IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT IF THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO AT LEAST PUT A PROPOSAL I CONTEND THEY HAVE PUT OUT ALMOST NOTHING ON THE TABLE. SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER/R-SENATE BUDGET CONFEREE: WE'RE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT THEIR BUDGET ANY MORE THAN THEY ARE GOING TO ACCEPT OURS. ))
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If conferees fail to meet the deadline, legislators have the option of extending the current session or adjourning and returning for a special session.
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A Pulaski County dam is on a state watch list for possible problems.
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Hogan dam is one of 30 the state is keeping a close eye on.
The nearly 90 year old dam is about 60 feet high and made of concrete.
Officials say there is no immediate threat, but computer models show that 30 inches of rain in less than 24-hours could force the dam to break.
The state is now asking Pulaski to began looking for money to fix the spillway.
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The town is asking Senator George Allen and Congressman Rick Boucher to apply for federal funding.
Fixing the spillway is estimated to cost 500-thousand dollars.
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Presidential Candidate John Kerry refuses to apologize for calling Republicans crooked. We'll have that story next.

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Also there could be daycare help coming soon for parents with sick children.
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Getting rid of smut on TV- is getting a thumbs up on capitol hill.
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The House this afternoon approved a new bill that would substantially increase fines on broadcasters who air indecent material.
The vote was 391 to 22... showing lawmakers concerns over what children are exposed to on T-V and radio.
Neither satellite or cable programming would be affected by the measure because the federal government doesn't regulate them.
Networks and individual entertainers who break the law would be subject to fines up to 500 thousand dollars.
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The latest primary votes have been counted and Senator John Kerry has the numbers to officially claim the democratic nomination.
As election season heats up, the criticism is flying over how the senator and the president are running their campaigns.
Teri Okita reports.
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STANDUP BRIDGE: Republicans took aim at Kerry's character, saying his words were unbecoming of a candidate for the Presidency.

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TRACK: BUT PRESIDENT BUSH CREATED A STIR OF HIS OWN VISITING A NEW MEMORIAL FOR VICTIMS OF 9-11 ON LONG ISLAND.
TRACK: HIS CRITICS CHARGE THE PRESIDENT IS EXPLOITING THE TRAGEDY FOR POLITICAL GAIN. MR. BUSHS CAMP SAYS 9-11 AND THE PRESIDENTS HANDLING OF IT SHOW HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP AND WILL REMAIN A CENTERPIECE OF HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN. (end insert here) TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

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Employees of the Carilion Health System now have a new option for daycare when their child is sick.
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The HoneyTree Early Learning Center will open a new facility Monday in Riverwalk, near downtown Roanoke. It will include a section called the "Chicken Soup Coop," which will care for children ages six weeks to twelve years old, who are mildy ill.
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((NANCY AGEE/CARILION C.O.O.: REAL HELPFUL FOR PARENTS, THEY DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY TO HURRIDLY FIND GRANDPARENTS OR NEIGHBORS OR SOMEBODY TO TAKE CAFRE OF THEIR CHILD WHILE THEY ARE ILL.))
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[VO] The coop is intended for children who are unable to attend daycare or school because of illnesses such as a cold or mild fever. The room can accomodate up to eight children daily, and will be staffed with an licensed practical nurse.
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The center may open to the public in July, after its first evaluation.

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Coming up next we'll see how Jim Cosgrove is able to entertain children with music and Stinky Feet.
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Jim Cosgrove knows what kids like to laugh and sing about. This week the award winning children's performer is on tour in Southwest Virginia. Brent Watts caught up with him in Blacksburg and has more.
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Coming up next, Travis Wells and Steve Mason check in from the A-C-C tournament.
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Also Virginia Tech's first and last trip to the Big East tournament comes to an abrupt end.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday ticker that it bursting at the seams with hoops news. First, the number one team in the nation - unbeaten St. Joseph's was hammered today in A-10 tournament. St. Joes lost 87-to-67 in a game they trailed by as many as 35 points.
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The Hokies were hoping to pull off an upset of their own against Pittsburgh today in the Big East quarterfinals. Tech's defense is the key to its offense and while Bryant Matthews turned a couple of steals into big baskets - he was in foul trouble most of the game. Pitt had a double digit lead in the second half thanks in part to Jaron Brown - who led a balanced Pitt attack with 20 points. But with Matthews on the bench the young Hokie battled back and got within six points in the closing minutes.
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But Pitt pulls away to beat the Hokies 74-to-61 in the quarterfinals.
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Virginia and Clemson open the ACC Tournament tonight in Greensboro. Steve Mason and Travis Wells check in now with a preview.
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Four days of state tournament high school basketball action continued this afternoon at the VCU Seigel Center in Richmond.
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This afternoon - the Radford high school Bobcats took on James Monroe in the Group A semi-finals. And the Cats came to play today. Off the inbounds pass, Radford's Jill Weston will make the catch and knock down the three pointer from the left wing. Then watch the passing. Meg Khandan-Barani (CAN-DUH-BUH-RONNIE) makes James Monroe pay as she gets one of her record tying 10 assists with the pass to Alyssa Parris for the score.
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would blow it up. Whitney King hits this three and Radford advance to Saturday Morning's title game with the 66-to-49 win.
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The Glenvar girls meet Altavista tonight at 7, and the Radford boys play Altavista this evening at 8:45. Take car everybody - Jean will be back in a moment. [GO TO BREAK]

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On Wall Street today, investors were unnerved by a terrorist attack in Madrid that overshadowed mostly good economic news. Alexis Christoforous reports.
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Tonya Harding is getting back into competition, but this time it isn't on the ice.
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Instead she'll be boxing- Today she denied the rumors she'd be playing minor league ice hockey.
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The 33 year old became a household name after her ex husband hired a hit man to hurt skating rival Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 National Championships.
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