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Today on News 7 at 5, Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris is stepping down.
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Also a police dog stops an alleged robber after two people are held up outside Valley View Mall.
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Spring takes a back seat to a colder blast from the north. Record lows may be the story tomorrow morning.

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A standing room only crowd in Roanoke urges the Governor and lawmakers to solve the budget stalemate.
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We'll tell you why the F-D-A wants a warning label put on 10 of the most popular anti-depression drugs.
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Plus Valley residents who suffer from chronic heartburn have a new place to turn for help. News 7 at 5 is next.

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A Roanoke police dog takes down an armed robbery suspect outside one area mall.
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It happened just before Noon in the parking lot of Valley View mall. Police say a man with a gun approached several cars demanding money, and would have gotten away with at least one robbery, if it wasn't for quick action by witnesses and police.
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Myranda Stephens joins us now with the details. Jean, police say the suspect robbed one couple just as they were getting out of their
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car to go inside the mall. But, the man didn't get far.

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Apparently just moments before the robbery, the suspect tried to rob several other people, and one of them called police. Within minutes, officers were at the mall and had the man surrounded.
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((J.D. DICKINSON/ROANOKE POLICE:WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED WE SURROUNDED HIM, OFFICER BUCHE' AND HIS DOG FARGO ON ONE SIDE AND MYSELF AND OFFICER HERNON ON THE OTHER CAUGHT THE SUSPECT IN THE MIDDLE 5106))
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[VO] The suspect, 24-year-old Anthony Wilder, Jr. of Roanoke was taken to the hospital after being bitten in the thigh. He's charged with robbery and use with a firearm in commission of felony.
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Mall officials say it's been years since anything like this has happened. They say they will continue to take preventative measures to protect shoppers, but advise people to always be aware of their surroundings.
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Jean, coming up on News 7 at Six we'll hear from the actual victims of today's robbery.

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State police say an accident involving five vehicles is blocking I-81 in Montgomery County.
The wreck is in the northbound lane, just past mile-marker 124 in the Ironto area.
Officials say three tractor-trailers and two other vehicles crashed about an hour ago.
Some people have been taken to the hospital, but authorities believe their injuries are NOT critical.
Police hope to have one lane open in about an hour.

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After eleven years at the helm of Roanoke City Schools, Superintendent Wayne Harris says he is stepping down.
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Harris and school board members made the announcement this morning, saying it was a mutual decision.
Harris says he wasn't forced to retire, and wasn't reacting to controversy, but decided in December it was time to make a change.
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((CLEARLY THE BOARD COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT HAVE REVISED MY CONTRACT UNLESS I WANTED THEM TO. AND I'VE NEVER SHIED AWAY FROM A GOOD TUSSLE BEFORE. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING A DECISION THAT'S IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF ME AND MY FAMILY AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.))
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Harris said he is proud of accomplishments that include rising test scores and student achievement, a 50 percent reduction in the dropout rate, and significant improvement in teacher salaries and benefits.
Harris will step down at the end of June, but he will remain on paid leave through the end of the calendar year.
School board members plan to appoint an interim superintendent, while they search for a permanent replacement.
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"Compromise," is the word from Governor Mark Warner after a morning stop in downtown Roanoke. The Governor addressed local legislators, sheriffs and citizens concerning the General Assembly's current budget impasse. Susan Bahorich has more.
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((All eyes were on Warner as he held court for about 60 people at Mill Mountain, but "coffee talk" wasn't the focus of conversation... the General Assembly not making the grade- was.

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((PAULA BURDETTE, HENRY CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THEY HAVE FAILED THEIR SOL'S, STANDARDS OF LEGISLATING- BY HISTORICAL PROPORTIONS.))
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((SHERIFF HAROLD PLASTER, PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: I'M GOING TO LOSE 50 TO 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE NEXT TWO-YEARS, SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE GET THIS MONEY AND THIS BUDGET PASSED.))
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Administrators and Sheriffs from around the area are not happy about the state of the current budget- or lack there of.
The Senate has proposed raising the budget nearly two-point-four million dollars. The House opposes any tax increase and has proposed a referendum which would allow voters to decide if any hike should be made.

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((PAULA BURDETTE/HENRY CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND CITIZENS IN THIS PREDICTAMENTS.))
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But House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith say the House stands by its budget

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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: WE'RE NOT THE ONES JAMMING IT UP- THE SENATE COULD VOTE FOR OUR BUDGET TOMORROW AND EVERY LOCALITY IN THE STATE WOULD RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MONEY.))
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After 68-days in Richmond, the General Assembly has recessed until Wednesday- with the hopes cooler heads will prevail and be able to reach some sort of decision.

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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I STARTED THIS PROCESS WITH THREE GOALS: TO MAKE THE TAX SYSTEM FAIRER, PAY OUR BILLS AND KEEP OUR TRIPLE-A BOND RATING, WHICH SAYS VA IS WELL-MANAGED. THOSE ARE STILL MY GOALS, BEYOND THAT I'M WILLING TO COMPROMISE.))
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In Roanoke, SB, News 7.))

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Terry Nichols is already serving a federal life sentence for the Oklahoma City bombing. Now it's the state's turn and many victims' families are looking for a death penalty this time.
Jennifer Miller has more from Oklahoma.
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((((WITH TERRY NICHOLS BACK IN COURT FACING STATE MURDER CHARGES FOR HIS ROLE IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING...PROSECUTORS WASTED NO TIME BUILDING THEIR CASE.
CALLING NICHOLS A PARTNER IN TERRORISM WITH TIMOTHY MCVEIGH...THEY ACCUSED HIM OF HAVING MORE TO DO WITH GATHERING THE COMPONENTS OF THE BOMB THAN MCVEIGH.
BEFORE THE TRIAL EVEN STARTED...THREE JURORS WERE DISMISSED WHEN THE JUDGE FOUND OUT THEY WERE RELATED TO A LAWYER IN THE PROSECUTORS OFFICE. THE LAWYER IS NOT ON THE PROSECUTION TEAM, BUT THAT DIDN'T MATTER TO THE JUDGE...WHO SAID HE'LL DISMISS THE CASE IF THE COURT RUNS OUT OF JURORS.

sot: JANNIE COVERDALE/VICTIM'S FAMILY MEMBER

"I REALLY DO HOPE THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN, SOMEBODY HAS TO BE TRIED FOR KILLING MY GRANDCHILDREN."
NICHOLS IS ALREADY SERVING LIFE IN A FEDERAL PRISON..BUT MANY FEEL HE DESERVES THE DEATH PENALTY...AND JURORS IN THIS TRIAL WILL HAVE THAT OPTION IF HE'S FOUND GUILTY.

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"IF TERRY NICHOLS DOESN'T GET THE DEATH PENALTY, THEN WE HAVE TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY COMPLETELY AND TAKE EVERYONE OFF DEATH ROW AND PUT THEM IN A CELL."
DEFENSE ATTORNEYS CLAIM NICHOLS WAS SET UP BY UNKNOWN CONSPIRATORS. THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL IN MOVING THE TRIAL AWAY FROM OKLAHOMA CITY...BUT IN DOING SO MOVED NICHOLS CLOSER TO STATE PENITENTIARY AND THE STATE'S EXECUTION CHAMBER. JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, MCALESTER, OKLAHOMA.))
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Up next on the newscast, the F-D-A wants to warn people who take depression medications about a possible increased risk of suicide.
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Plus tensions are high in the Middle East after Israeli forces kill a high ranking Palestinian leader.
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The founder of the militant group Hamas has been killed by Israeli forces.
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Now outraged Palesinians are taking to the streets of Gaza grieving for the Hamas Founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin- and protesting Israel and the United States.
Yassin and seven others were killed when Israeli gunships fired missiles as they left a mosque at dawn.
Yassin is the most prominent Palstinian targeted by Israel since the fighting began three and half years ago.
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((SILVAN SHALOM/ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER: SHEIK YASSIN IS THE GODFATHER OF THE SUICIDE BOMBERS.))
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Now militants are vowing retaliation including veiled threats against the U-S.
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((HANAN ASHRAWI/PALSTINIAN SPOKESPERSON: THIS IS THE EPITOME OF ISRAELI LAWLESSNESS OF ISRAELI MURDEROUS ACTIVITIES.))


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Retaliations have already begun. The Lebanese guerilla group Hizbollah has fired at Israeli army positions on the Lebanon border.
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Anti-depressants are meant to stop depression... But now there are fears the drugs meant to help depression could actually make it worse.
A link has yet to be shown.. but until studies can be complete, the government wants a warning to go out to patients .. some anti depressants could cause more severe depression and suicide.
Dr. Mallika Marshall has more.
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(((( THEY ARE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR ANTI-DEPRESSANTS ON THE MARKET: PROZAC, PAXIL, ZOLOFT, LEXAPRO AND WELLBUTRIN. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS USE THEM BUT NOW THE GOVERNMENT SAYS ANYONE TAKING THE DRUGS SHOULD BE CLOSELY OBSERVED FOR WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE. Harold Koplewicz/NYU Child Study Center: Anybody taking an antidepressant should be monitored and that is particularly important when they start the medicine. IN ALL TEN BRANDS, CONSIDERED NEWER GENERATION ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, ARE PART OF THE THE PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY. AND THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE THE PILLS ARE BEING TOLD: ADD WARNINGS TO THE LABELS.
Mallika Marshall/CBS NEWS: THE F-D-A STRESSES THAT THERE IS NO CLEAR EVIDENCE ANTI-DEPRESSANTS LEAD TO SUICIDE. INVESTIGATIONS ARE UNDERWAY TO FIND OUT... INVESTIGATIONS THAT WERE ORGINALLY LAUNCHED TO SEE IF THE DRUGS WERE CAUSING KIDS TO TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES.
IN FEBRUARY DOZENS OF PARENTS TOLD AN F-D-A PANEL THEIR CHILDREN COMMITTED SUICIDE AFTER TAKING ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND LAST YEAR BRITISH HEALTH OFFICIALS SAID RESEARCH SUGGESTED A CONNECTION. Anytime you have a medicine that has potency that has power to actually treat something effectively it also has potential side effects. LAST YEAR IN THIS COUNTRY SOME 11 MILLION PRESCIPTIONS WERE GIVEN TO PATIENTS UNDER 18... EVEN THOUGH ONLY ONE, PROZAC, IS APPROVED FOR CHILDREN. CHILD EXPERTS SAY PART OF THE PROBLEM ISN'T THE ANTI-DEPRESSANTS BUT DOCTORS WHO HAVEN'T BEEN PROPERLY TRAINED. Doctor again: We have to re-educate and retrain these specialists so they can properly evaluate, diagnose, treat and monitor anti-depressant use. LAST YEAR THE GOVERNMENT DID OFFER A CAUTION TO DOCTORS PRESCRIBING ANTI-DEPRESSANTS TO KIDS. NOW IT IS A FULL WARNING AND WILL SOON BE MARKED ON LABELS FOR ALL TO SEE. DOCTOR MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS.)) ))

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If you suffer from recurrent heartburn, there's a new place to turn for help.
Carilion's New River Valley Medical Center has opened a heartburn center.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details.
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(( Burton Jackson's heartburn is more than a minor nuisance, it's a daily problem. He's hoping Carilion's heartburn center will help him find some relief.
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((THE PAIN I WAS HAVING, I HAD A HARD TIME DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN IT AND POSSIBLY A HEART ATTACK. THAT'S HOW BAD THE PAIN WOULD GET AT TIMES. IT JUST HURTS YOU COULDN'T STAND IT))
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Doctors want to see just how serious his problem is --so they're taking a look at his esophagus.
Inside they find a lot of inflammation that's caused by the digestive juices backing up into the esophagus. A problem that can occur with frequent heart burn.
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((INITIALLY IT'S JUST AN INFLAMMATION IN THE ESOPHAGUS GRADUALLY LEAD TO MORE SERIES PROBLEMS THERE IS SCAR TISSUE THE PERSON CAN HAVE TROUBLE SWALLOWING, SOMETIMES THAT CAN LEAD TO MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS SUCH AS CANCER ))
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Jackson is already on medication -- so more may need to done to help his condition.
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((FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHERE MEDICINES NOT WORKING WELL, THEN THERE IS SURGICAL OPTIONS AND SURGERY HAS COME A LONG WAY AND MOST PEOPLE DO WELL AFTER SURGERY))
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Whatever the next step, Jackson knows he cant' go on living like this.
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((TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME RELIEF FOR ONE AND HAVE A BETTER LIFE AND GET BETTER SLEEP. GET THIS TAKEN CARE OF BEFORE IT CAUSES OTHER PROBLEMS ))
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The heartburn center at the New River Valley Medical Center hopes to give more suffereres a place to turn, so they can live happier, healthier lives.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Radford. ))

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Coming up next on the newscast, we could be facing some record low temperatures tonight.
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[VO] Plus a Hall of Fame football coach is about to get another honor in Canton.
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Coming up following Sports, the stock markets suffer another setback.
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Then, we'll see a competition that is truly mind over muscle.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday ticker. We will get to the March Madness in a moment, but this afternoon the hall of fame weekend festivities for pro football were finalized and they are unique-

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This year's Hall of Fame preseason game in Canton, Ohio on August 9th will feature Joe Gibbs and the Redskins taking on the Denver Broncos. It will mark the first time in history that a hall of famer will coach in the hall of fame game. Gibbs was inducted into the hall in 1996.
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Cassell Coliseum was the site for the final news conferences in the NCAA women's sectional being played in Blacksburg.
Tomorrow night number one seed Penn State takes on the eighth seeded Tech women. Steve Mason talked with both sides this afternoon in Blacksburg.
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Thanks Steve - and if you' re looking ahead to the resumption of the men's madness on Thursday night -
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CBS Sports has assigned us the Vanderbilt - U-Conn game at 7:10 followed by St. Joe's and Wake Forest.
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On Friday it's Kentucky killer - UAB and Kansas - followed by Duke and Illinois. See you back here at the top of the hour. Have a safe night.
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Terrorism fears pushed the major stock markets sharply lower today.
As Alexis Christoforous tells us, the Dow Jones hit another new low for the year.
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Forget the upcoming games in Athens. The real competition is in San Francisco-
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where the robo-olympics are under way.
Check out this fighting- robot style.
Other events include soccer, sumo wrestling and running performed by .. you guessed it... robotic athletes, 400 in all.
Professional engineers from 11 countries brought their toughest competitors.
Most of the brains behind the metal brawn are hobbyists.
About 100 children also entered their robots in the competition.
The Robotic Society of America sponsors this competition.
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