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Coming up on News 7 at Five -
A Florida teacher admits to a hit and run that killed two and injured two others.
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Cold weather for early April as temperatures will slide into the lower 20s. The chilly details coming up.

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In medical news - many women suffer from a highly treatable condition simply because they hold back on talking to their doctors
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and two area men are wrestling for a chance to compete for Olympic Gold
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Plus an area rescue squad is hoping to be rescued from its current housing.
News 7 at Five Starts now.
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U-S officials say a warrant is out for one of the most powerful shite cleric in Iraq-
Muqtada al-Sadr (mook-TAH'-duh ehl SAH'-dur) is wanted for murder- U-S officials call him an outlaw.

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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
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The radical cleric is behind weekend uprisings that left eight American soldiers dead-
Meanwhile today more violence in Iraq. Teri Okita has more-
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((ANOTHER DEADLY DAY OF CLASHES BETWEEN AMERICAN TROOPS AND SHIITE MILITIA WHO VOW REVENGE ON THEIR AMERICAN OCCUPIERS. OVERHEAD, APACHE HELICOPTERS FIRED ON TARGET AREAS IN ONE OF BAGHDADS WORST NEIGHBORHOODS AND TANKS SURROUND THE AREA. U-S AND IRAQI OFFICIALS BLAME 30-YEAR-OLD CLERIC, MUQTADA AL-SADR FOR INCITING THE RECENT VIOLENCE. AND NOW, THE U-S HAS ANNOUNCED SADR IS A WANTED MAN. Dan Senor/Coalition Spokesman: An Iraqi judge has issued an arrest warrant for Muqtada Al-Sadr, and that is based on evidence that connects Muqtada al-Sadr to the brutal murder of Mr. Al Khoei. AL KHOEI WAS A RIVAL SHIITE CLERIC. THE WARRANT WAS ISSUED MONTHS AGO BUT AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT SAY WHY SADR HASNT BEEN ARRESTED YET. IN FALLUJAH, ANOTHER MARINE WAS KILLED AS THEY LAUNCH OPERATION VIGILANT RESOLVE. 13-HUNDRED MARINES AND IRAQI SECURITY FORCES HAVE SEALED OFF THE RESTIVE TOWN ... HUNTING FOR INSURGENTS WHO KILLED AND MUTILATED FOUR AMERICAN CIVILIANS LAST WEEK. Gen. Mark Kimmitt/Coalition Joint Task Force: those same soldiers and those same Marines are capable of putting down their paint brushes and picking up their weapons to defend the people of Iraq DESPITE THE VIOLENCE, PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS THE JUNE 30TH DATE FOR THE TRANSFER OF POWER BACK TO IRAQ REMAINS FIRM. Bush: My judgment is, is that the closer we come to the deadline, the more likely it is people will challenge our will. In other words, it provides a convenient excuse to attack. Teri Okita/Reporting: Even if they stay on course, officials are quick to say that American troops will remain in Iraq long after the deadline has passed. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))

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A Florida elementary school teacher is admitting she's the driver who was involved in a deadly hit and run accident.
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The crash killed two brothers and injured two other children in the same family.
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((BARRY COHEN/ATTORNEY: SHE WANTED TO COME FORWARD TO DO THE RIGHT THING.)) [BUTT TO 1:37] ((JENNIFER PORTER/SUSPECT: I WANTED TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO LISA WILKINS, HER FAMILY FRIENDS AND THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. I AM SORRY. I'M SO SORRY.))
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Porter says she wishes she could do something to bring the two children back.
She says she's continuing to pray for the recovery of the other two children.
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Rescue crews are still searching for 60 people missing after a flash flood swept through Mexico,
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Authorities say at least 25 people died in the flooding overnight.
At least three hundred homes have been destroyed by the rushing water.
More rain is expected through tomorrow.
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It looks like Lynchburg air travelers will be part of the "jet set" for some time to come.. as a local airline commits to continue providing jet service.
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Delta began regional jet service from Lynchburg to Atlanta a year ago.. a move that was partly subsidized by a half million dollar federal grant.
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But with the grant money about to run out, Delta says ridership has increased to the point where they plan to keep the service running.
Officials say making airfares more competitive within the region was a big factor.
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((MARK COURTNEY/LYNCHBURG AIRPORT MANAGER: EVEN BETTER, ALTHOUGH THE NEW LOWER FARES RESULTED IN AN AVERAGE REVENUE PER PASSENGER DECLINE OF ABOUT 10 PERCENT, BY OCTOBER THE STIMULATION IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC HAD RESULTED IN A 34 PERCENT INCREASE IN MONTHLY REVENUE.)) ((GREG EDDY/DELTA AIRLINES: WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. LIKE I MENTIONED, WE BROUGHT IN THE BEST EQUIPMENT WE POSSIBLY COULD, WE BROUGHT THE PRICING INTO CONTENTION WITH THE NEARBY AIRPORTS, BUT WE JUST WANTED TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED.))
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Officials say keeping the jet service is critical to the city's economic development efforts.
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Anyone planning to fly the friendly skies can now breathe a little easier.
The annual report on airline quality shows things are looking up for air travelers.
Julie Vallese has more.
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((GIVING AIR TRAVELERS WHAT THEY WANT: LOW FARES WITHOUT SKIMPING ON QUALITY. IN RANKING THE TOP 14 AIRLINES IN THE UNITED STATES, CUT-RATE SOMETIMES MEANS TOP-NOTCH. "We can at this point know the low-fare phenomenon as it is, is working. " IN ITS DEBUT, JET BLUE WAS RATED NUMBER ONE. FULL SERVICE ALASKA AIR WAS SECOND, SOUTHWEST, AMERICA WEST AND US AIRWAYS ROUND OUT THE TOP FIVE. "The lowfare carriers have forced all the other airlines to play their game -- so to speak -- both in price and style and delivery." AND BY RAISING THE BAR FOR EVERYONE ELSE, TRAVELERS MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO HEAR PERFORMANCE OVERALL IN AIR TRAVEL FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR HAS IMPROVED -- SLIGHTLY. JOINT PROJECT BY UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA AND WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY RANKED AIR CARRIERS ACCORDING TO BAGGAGE HANDLING, DENIED BOARDINGS, ON-TIME ARRIVALS AND CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS. "And that, the report says, is the biggest reason for the higher ratings. for the second year in a row, customer complaints to the department of transportation were down by almost half." ON TIME ARRIVALS WERE UP, BUT SO WAS PASSENGER BUMPING. AND MORE LUGGAGE FOUND ITS WAY TO THE LOST AND FOUND RATHER THAN TO ITS FINAL DESTINATION. AMERICANS ARE RETURNING TO THE SKIES, AND CARRIERS -- THE STUDY SUGGESTS -- ARE MAKING THE POINT OF WELCOMING THEM BACK WITH IMPROVED CUSTOMER SERVICE. AT WASHINGTON'S REAGAN NATIONAL I'M JULIE VALLESE. ))


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It's a group which usually helps others, but now a local rescue squad needs some help of its own.
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The Vinton First Aid Crew has been responding to the people of Vinton and Roanoke County for the last 65-years. During that time the crew has worked out of the old police station on Jackson Avenue- which has been modified over the years. Now space is at a premium and the rescue chief says they need a new facility.
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((DOUG ADAMS, VINTON FIRST AID CREW: WE NEED A BETTER TRAINING AREA TO DO TRAINING WITH NUMBER OF CLASSES WE HAVE TO DO AND HAVE TO TEACH. WE NEED STORAGE- WE HAVE DELICATE MATERIALS AND WE NEED A PLACE TO KEEP THEM.))
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Adams says the crew responded to more than two-thousand calls last year and covered more than 33-thousand miles. Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, we'll tell you how the town of Vinton is working with the squad, but there could be some obstacles to getting a new building.
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Some major changes will soon be coming to Ferrum College.
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Officials announced today plans to build a new residence hall as part of a series of campus improvements. The new building will accomodate 120-beds and feature apartment-style living spaces and community areas.
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((AND THEN WE HAVE THREE OTHER RESIDENCE HALLS THAT WILL BE MAKING SOME AESTHETIC IMPROVEMENTS TO INCLUDE SOME LOUNGE SPACE AND INTERNAL SPACE THAT WILL RECEIVE OTHER AGAIN TECHNOLOGY IMPROVMENTS FOR THOSE SPACES 30))
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Other projects include expanding the student center to add a new alumni conference center and Internet cafe', as well as renovating two halls to create more classroom and office space. Officials say construction is slated to begin this Fall and should be completed by 2006.
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Coming up - A new treatment may help women who suffer from incontinence from having to hold in their embarrassment.
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And in Health Check, two area wrestlers are holding on to hopes they have what it takes to make it to the Olympic trials.
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Bladder control problems can be embarrassing to talk about. But because many women stay silent, they are left to suffer with a condition that's easily treatable.
Doctor Mallika Marshall has more.
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((FOR CLAUDETTE SINGER EVERYDAY TASKS HAD BECOME A CHALLENGE. JUST WALKING THE DOG OR GOING TO BUY GROCERIES TOOK SERIOUS PLANNING.

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"walking to the supermarket, walking around the block, always needing to know where the bathroom was, having to go to the bathroom." :08
AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO HER FOURTH CHILD, THE SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT HELD CLAUDETTE'S BLADDER IN PLACE WAS DAMAGED.... CAUSING A CONDITION CALLED INCONTINENCE. FOR YEARS FINDING A BATHROOM WAS A MAJOR PRIORITY.

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"more than the kids, more than worrying about where your kids are, where's the bathroom (laughs)." :06

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CLAUDETTE'S CONDITION IS NOT RARE.... IN FACT, MILLIONS OF WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY SUFFER FROM INCONTINENCE. BUT THE PROBLEM OFTEN GOES UNTREATED.

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"the effects of childbirth on the female body and bladder and bowel control afterwards have been stigmatized. They have been considered to be taboo." :09
DOCTOR ROGER GOLDERG BELIEVES IT SHOULDN'T BE THAT WAY AND SAYS THERE ARE MULTIPLE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE.

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"Treatments can involve simple exercises, medications, office based therapy and new minimally invasive procedures." :06
AFTER SUFFERING FOR TEN YEARS CLAUDETTE FINALLY LEARNED ABOUT AND HAD SURGERY. DURING THE 45 MINUTE PROCEDURE A MESH TAPE WAS IMPLANTED TO SUPPORT HER BLADDER AND STOP THE PROBLEM.

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"just the idea that I can go to the bathroom before I leave the house like everybody does, go do whatever errands I have and be able to hold myself until I get home ." :08
CLAUDETTE RETURNED HOME THE SAME DAY OF HER SURGERY AND RESUMED MANY OF HER NORMAL ACTIVITIES IN JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS. NOW SHE'S SHARING HER EXPERIENCE HOPING IT WILL CONVINCE OTHER WOMEN TO SEEK HELP FOR THIS COMMON CONDITION. DOCTOR MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS.))




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Two area wrestlers are hoping to put Southwest, Virginia on the Olympic map.
The competition heats up this week in Las Vegas at the U-S Nationals. If Keno Shepherd and Isreal Gilbert place in the top eight, they'll qualify for the Olympic trials.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton caught up with the two men today.
Joy what do they think about their chances?
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Jean, They both say the have an excellent shot because they've come close to making it to the Olympic trials before.
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But they say this time is different, they're better prepared, have trained extremely hard, and want to win more than ever.

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They've been friends since high school, both former wrestling champions, each unwilling to let his Olympic dream fade --even at the age of 30.
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((THERE ARE TIMES YOU WANT TO CRY. TIMES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP. BUT WRESTLING BUILDS CHARACTER. SO YOU PUT IT BEHIND YOU. YOU SAY I HAVE A GOAL TO DO I GOT TO CONQUER THIS, AND I'M GOING TO DO IT)) [RUNS12]
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And the training is anything but easy -- hours a day in the gym.
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And as if the workout isn't enough --there's the diet. Shepherd is down to 5-percent body fat.
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((YOU'RE JUST SO DRAINED IT'S HARD. IN WRESTLING WE HAVE TRAINED OURSELVES TO LOSE WEIGH VERY FAST 3 TO 4 POUNDS WITHIN 30 MINUTES)) [RUNS10]
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While the two won't compete against each other because they're in different weight classes -- they will be there to spar each other on.
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((WE HAVE MORE DESIRE TO WIN IT THIS TIME SO WE I FEEL WE'RE GOING TO DO PRETTY GOOD OUT THERE)) [RUNS10]
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Not making it to the Olympic trails isn't any even option, this time.
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((I DID EVERY GOAL I SAID I WANTED TO DO IN WRESTLING AND THE OLYMPIC IS THE ONLY THING THAT I HAVE NOT CONQUERED. AND I JUST KNOW DEEP DOWN IN MY HEART THAT I WAS BLESSED WITH TALENT AND I KNOW THAT I CAN DO IT )) [RUNS09]
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This will be Shepherd's 3rd attempt at the Olympic trials and Gilbert's 2nd.
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Jean, if they make it will definitely let you know.

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Coming up - We'll see if a warm-up is on the way as Robin gives us a peek at your work week forecast after the break
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and the Yellow Jackets and Huskies prepare to be crowned king in tonight's championship. We'll hear from them in sports.
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Coming up - stocks moved higher for the third straight day -
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and The heat is on for the Express as they prepare for the playoffs and decide whether the Roundhouse is in their future.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Monday ticker! The kings of college basketball will be crowned tonight as as the Ga. Tech Yellow Jackets take on the Connecticut Huskies. U-Conn is a five and a half point favorite.
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[go to pinnacle final game] And you catch the national title game tonight here on WDBJ-7. Coverage begins at 9, the tip-off is set for 9:21pm - only on Your Hometown Station.
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The Express hosts Florida in the ECHL playoff opener tomorrow. Today marked the deadline the Express had to inform the league on next season's plans. Steve Mason has more.
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((The Roanoke front office told the ECHL board of governors there plan was for the Express to play in the Star City next season and work out a lease with the Roanoke Civic Center while seeking new ownership according to general maanger Chris Pollock. Pollock said he had not heard back from civic center director Mina Boyd on the lease, after calling her Monday. The decision on the lease is in the hands of Boyd and the city. The Express is focussed on the Everblades. Balancing momentum from an incredible run to reach the playoffs for an 11th straight season and realizing that that measn nothing now is developing in the locker room.)) ((:)) ((:))
The Express is 25-8 and 3 there, the most home wins of anyone in the Southern Division. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:))


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It's the full day of opening day action in the major leagues. And the start of a new season means hope springs eternal.
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Proof of that is apparent in the first final game of the day. The Detroit Tigers the worst team in the big leagues last season, and one of the worst teams ever opened the season with 7-and-0 win over the Blue Jays. The newest Tiger Ivan Rodriguez hit a homer in his Tigers' debut.
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Much for sports for you at the top of the hour. [GO TO BREAK] Take care everybody.