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On News 7 at 5, fire burns through two blocks of Downtown Richmond. We'll have the latest.
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Also a Pittsylvania County man drowns in the James River.
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A weekend forecast that shows some light rain showers on the way and cooler temperatures for Sunday. More details coming up.

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Also today, a nationally known animal expert visits the Valley.
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A race horse tries to make a fast getaway on the highway.
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Plus what is the best way to eat your vegetables? The answer ay surprise you. News 7 at 5 is next.

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Fire in downtown Richmond- Several buildings and homes are on fire over several blocks. Tonight firefighters are working to keep the fire from spreading even more.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The four alarm blaze started just after noon in an apartment building under construction at Virginia Commonwealth University,
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but strong winds blew burning debris to at least six other buildings and homes over several blocks.
These are some still photographs taken when the fire first broke out-
The four story student apartment building was ruined in the initial blaze.
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News 7's Meghan Muldoon is in Richmond and joins us on the phone. [MEGHAN Phoner GRAPHIC Full]
Meghan- We know that several empty buildings caught fire as well as several homes. Meghan where are you and what is the situation there now? [meghan ad lib]

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The initial building that caught fire is near a university parking garage and bookstore and the Seigel Center, VCU's main sports arena.
Police going door to door in the area asking people to leave their homes.
Dominion Power has shut off power to buildings in the area for safety reasons.
Traffic is at a standstill in the area including on I-95.

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A day of fishing ends in tragedy on the James River this morning as a Pittsylvania County man is unable to save his friend from drowning.
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Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.. Steve, what happened?
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Jean, authorities say two men were out on the James River near Big Island when their boat capsized, throwing them both into the water.

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William Lindsey was treated and released for problems related to exposure from being in the cold water.
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Farmer's death has been ruled accidental. Jean?

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A student was removed from Giles County High School this week after allegedly threatening several classmates.

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The male student is now being investigated by the Giles County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say the threats involved bodily harm and they say, despite rumors, there is NOT a hit list targeting students.
School officials say this is an isolated incident but they take all threats seriously.
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No arrests have been made and no decision has been made as to whether the student can return to school.
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If you have any information or concerns about this case, call the Giles County Sheriff's office at 540-921-0035


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Coming up next on the newscast, a Salem minister is sentenced for attacking her lover's husband.
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Plus a F-18 military jet crashes at the Raleigh-Durham airport.
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A pilot of a Navy F-18 jet ejected moments after takeoff this afternoon at the Raleigh Durham airport.
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An eyewitness says the jet appeared to lose power soon after taking off. It crashed and burned on the runway.
An airport spokeswoman says the pilot's condition isn't known, but he was seen walking around the wreckage before an ambulance took him away.
The pilot was the only one on the plane, and no one on the ground was injured.
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A female pastor who attacked her lover's husband has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
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Judy Brown was convicted of attacking fellow pastor Ted Smart with a crowbar last August.
Judge James Swanson said Brown had led an exemplary life, but committed an egregious act on a man who's only fault was that he was married to the woman she loved.
After her jail time, Brown will serve eight years on probation and may not have any contact with any member of the Smart family.
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In health check tonight,
When you're shopping for vegetables, which have the most nutrients- fresh, frozen or canned?
And what's the best way to cook them to keep all the vitamins and minerals.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has the answers.
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Jean, Of course --if you can pick a vegetable fresh from the field and eat it right away -- that's the best.
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But that's not what you get when go the grocery. It can take days before produce makes from the field to the shelf.


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If you like your vegetables well cooked --southern style --don't worry you are still getting some nutritional value.

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Coming up next on the newscast,
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[VO] Animal expert Jim Fowler brings some friends to a local school.
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Students at some local elementary schools got the chance to meet a famous wildlife expert today.
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Jim Fowler, the host of 'Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom' in the 1960's and 70's, visited Bonsack Elementary this afternoon.
And thanks to Mill Mountain Zoo, he brought along some of his friends, too.
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And a reaction, it was. Everyone wanted to volunteer to hold the Burmese python.
Fowlerhas over 35 years of experience with animals.
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And speaking of animals, how about horses gone wild.
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Actually, it was just one horse, but the story, and the pictures are wild indeed. The horse, named "Deja Vu", threw its rider during a morning workout yesterday at a California racetrack. Then it escaped, leading security personnel on a wild chase down a nearby highway. Deja Vu was eventually subdued and and should be able to race again by May. You could say he is once again in "stable" condition.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll have the qualifying results from Bristol.
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Then a little later, one of Hollywood's most prominent couples decides to cruise in different directions.
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Good afternoon everybody! The Bristol Motor Speedway begins its 44th year of NASCAR racing with the Food City 500 weekend. One of those hoping to handle the concrete bowl before the sun sets on Sunday - is Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Travis Wells talked with Jr. this afternoon.

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The road to the final four continues tonight with another batch of regional semi-finals here on WDBJ-7.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 1010] The opening game tonight pits Alabama-Birmingham against Kansas shortly after 7, and then Duke battles Illinois tonight at 9:57 in the Blue Devils seventh straight sweet 16 appearance.
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Duke's J.J. Redick has recently pulled out of a shooting slump. He and teammate Daniel Ewing spoke about what senior point guard Chris Duhon has meant to the Blue Devils.
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Coming up at the top of the hour - the Express talks about tonight's showdown with Florida at 7:30 at the Roundhouse.

Jean will be back in just a moment! [GO TO BREAK]


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On Wall Street today, stock pricess finished the day lower, but managed to stay in positive territory for the week.
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One of Hollywood's most prominent couples is no more.
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Tom Cruise and longtime girlfriend Penelope Cruz are cruising their separate ways.
Both of their publicists tell People magazine they split up in January but they are still friends.
Penelope Cruz's spokesman says religion was not involved in the break-up.
And he says she had not become a Scientologist. But he says she has taken Scientology courses. Tom Cruise is a Scientologist.
The magazine points out that Cruise and Cruz were often apart filming movies during the three years they were dating.
They met while filming ``Vanilla Sky.''
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