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Today on News 7 at 5, at least four people are dead after a powerful tornado hits Illinois.
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Plus the General Assembly rejects the Governor's amendment on same sex marriages.
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After a super foggy start, the day ended warm and bright. Weather details in just a few minutes.

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The F-B-I is reportedly investigating a local police force accused of using excessive force.
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A New River Valley business sends some good will to Iraq.
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Plus we'll tell you why some people are worried about the changes coming to Medicare. News 7 at 5 is next.

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It's Governor Warner versus the entire General Assembly in an annual legislative showdown.
The General Assembly was back at work today but not on the budget
Legislators instead were focused on Governor Warner and the changes he made to THEIR bills.

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Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon joins us from the State Capitol with more.
Jean, the governor has not fared very well in this veto session.
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It is not his vetos but his amendments that have been controversial
So far, legislators have rejected the bulk of them.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Cuchinelli/(R) Fairfax; :]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Roanoke; :]
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(( The bill is dubbed "Connor's Law", named after the murdered son of Lacy and Scott Peterson.
As passed by the General Assembly, the legislation makes the unlawful killing of a fetus a felony.
Governor Warner amended the bill to clarify that its intent is not to curtail a woman's right to have an abortion.


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((SENATOR KEN CUCHINELLI/R-FAIRFAX: IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL STICK IN THE EYE AND WHILE IT EXTRAORDINARILY INAPPROPRIATE IN MY VIEW. AND I HOPE THE MEMBERS WILL RJECT THE AMENDMENT.))
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And both houses did.
They also rejected changes that Warner made to a bill that prohibits same-sex civil unions from being recognized in Virginia.
Opponents of the bill argued it is unconstitutional.
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((SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE:IT NOT ONLY WOULD PROHIBIT CIVIL UNIONS BUT ALSO BROADER LANGUAGE PURPORTING WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT'S THE PROBLEM. :47))
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But lawmakers were not convinced and majority voted to overturn the Governor's changes.
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((DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL/R-MANASSAS: the fact is civil union is a proxy for marriage domestic partnership is a proxy for civil unions we don't want any of these things being decided outside of Virginia we're going to decide our own policy on this question. :23 this is a victory for marriage period. :29))
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Also rejected his changes to a bill that eliminates the state's 21 day rule
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An accident last night in Floyd County has claimed the life of a Roanoke woman. It happened around 6:30 o Route 610 in Check. State police say 22-year-old Cristin Leigh Collins of Roanoke was driving eastbound when she ran a stop sign and hit another car. She died at the scene. The people inside the other car were treated at the hospital, but their injuries are NOT considered life threatening.


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Cranes have now been brought in to help rescue crews search for missing people in Utica, Illionis. Those missing may still be trapped under tubble.
Jennifer Donelan is in Illionis with more as the region tries to pick up after taking a big hit.
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(( OUT IN THE FIELDS OF NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...A SERIES OF SPRING TORNADOS LEFT SPIRALING FOOTPRINTS...BUT WHEN THE SAME POWERFUL TWISTERS HIT POPULATED AREAS...THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. IN A MATTER OF MINUTES...AS MANY AS 25 TORNADOS FLATTENED HOMES AND SENT PEOPLE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.
"I WAS STANDING HERE AND I GOT BLOWN FROM HERE INTO THE GARAGE."
JENNIFER DONELAN/CBS NEWS: UTICA WAS HIT THE HARDEST...YOU CAN SEE THE DEVASTATION...CAR WRECKED...ROOF IN BACK YARD.
IT APPEARS ALL OF THE FATALITIES TOOK PLACE AT A CENTURY-OLD TAVERN IN DOWNTOWN UTICA. THE SAND-STONE BUILDING COLLAPSED INWARD...TRAPPING PATRONS UNDER TONS OF RUBBLE.
TOM TEMPLETON, UTICA SHERIFF: There could be more underneath there and we are still hoping to find some survivors.
FOR MANY OTHERS ...ITS BEEN A DAY OF RECOVERY.

BUSINESS OWNERS SALVAGING WHAT'S LEFT....HOMEOWNERS ASSESSING DAMAGE AND IN MANY CASES GIVING THANKS THAT MORE LIVES WEREN'T LOST. JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, UTICA, ILLINOIS.))

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An Iraqi governor is blaming al Qaida for a deadly car bombing today.
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The simultaneous car bombings killed 68 people during rush hour in the Iraqi city of Basra. The attack is the deadliest in Basra since the war began.
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And in Saudi Arabia, a suicide car bomb ripped through National police headquarters today just as the country's weekend was getting underway.
Nine people are dead there and 125 wounded.
A U-S embassy spokesman says no Americans were hurt in that attack.
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There's nothing fishy about what went on at a Blacksburg business this week. Tetra Incorporated, a fish food maker, rounded up hundreds of dollars in supplies for some local soldiers in Iraq. New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa has the story.
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((NATS- PUTTING TROLLEY IN CART.. 6:32:05:00 CUT TO HIM PUMPING IT... 6:32:10:00
Those aren't boxes of fish food coming out of Tetra Incorporated. It's hundreds of dollars in supplies for 9 local soldiers in Iraq.

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((BARBARA MORENO: I'VE ALWAYS HAD A WONDERFUL FEELING FOR ALL THE TROOPS OVER SEAS. AND I'VE JUST FEEL THAT IF I CAN MAKE A COMMITMENT TO THEM SOMEHOW. THIS IS MY WAY FOR CONTRIBUTING FOR THEM. :51)) [RUNS:14]
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The supplies are going to one woman and 8 men from Salem's 7th Brigade. NAT-BOX HITTING GROUND 6:35:02:00
Dozens of Tetra employees spent the last week collecting money and things like visine, snack foods, lotion, razors, and shaving cream. The most popular item... paper towels.

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((MASTER SGT ADRIAN LEWIS: I'VE HAD EMAILS FROM SOLDIERS SAYING THEY HAVEN'T' SEEN PAPER TOWELS, THEY'VE SEEN WATER. AND JUST LITTLE NAPS AND LITTLE THINGS. MANY OF OUR SOLDIERS ARE JUST DRIVING IN THE CONVOY AND WE'VE GOT LITTLE SNACKS AND THINGS THEY CAN EAT DURING THEIR BREAK TIME.)) [RUNS:14]
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((RACHEL DEPOMPA: TETRA HELPED THE 7TH BRIGADE GET ENOUGH STUFF SO THEY CAN SEND CARE PACKAGES MONTHLY TO THE 9 SOLDIERS. ITEMS SO THEY CAN SEND MONTHLY CARE PACKAGES TO THE SOLDIERS.)) [RUNS:06]
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((PAULETTE TERRY: THEY'RE OVER THERE TO PROTECT US AND WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO HELP THEM. :10)) [RUNS:05]
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NAT-GOOD HAND OFF... BAG TO SOLDIER 6:35:53:00 TO CAR... I LOVE IT I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT...
They're also giving those local soldiers a few comforts from home. Rachel DePompa, News 7, Blacksburg.))

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Coming up next, members of Lynchburgs police force are accused of using excessive force.
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Plus researchers look at an alternative therapy that could prevent heart attacks.
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The Lynchburg Police Department and Commonwealth's Attorney have asked the F-B-I to investigate allegations of police brutality.
In November 2003, Efrain Anderson was arrested for assault of a police officer and eluding police.
During the arrest, Anderson sustained a head wound.
The department has been investigating the claim since the incident.
Police Chief Charles Bennett says the investigation was turned over to the F-B-I to ensure that it is "thorough and impartial."

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Seniors may soon be able to save between 10 and 25 percent on their medications with Medicare's new drug discount card program.
While this will provide some temporary relief, the LOA, Area Agency on Aging has some concerns.
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Joy Sutton joins us to explain,
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Jean, The LOA is concerned that it may be too complicated for some seniors.
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That's because they will have about 20 cards to choose from, but can only pick one.
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Shannon Abed with the LOA, Area Agency on Aging, says the best way to pick a card is by weighing the options on Medicare's website -- but he's concerned that not all seniors will be able to do that.
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((I THINK IT MAY HELP SOME PEOPLE BUT I THINK IT MAY DIFFICULT FOR SENIORS WHO ARE NOT COMPUTER LITERATE TO BE ABLE TO DO THEIR RESEARCH ))
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And once you pick a card you're stuck with it -- you can only change cards next year.
That's why some pharmacist like Tim Lucas are trying to make the process easier.
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(( I KNOW A LOT OF THE PHARMACIES AROUND WILL PICK A COUPLE OF THE CARDS THAT REALLY SUIT THEIR CUSTOMERS NEEDS THE BEST WE WILL ALSO DO THAT HERE))
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Seniors should save between 10 and 25 percent on their medications. Those with low income could get an additional annual credit of 6-hundred dollars.
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(( I THINK FOR THE LOWER INCOME SENIORS I THINK THERE WILL BE A SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS I THINK FOR MAJORITY OF SENIORS IT'S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO REALLY DEEP DISCOUNT PRICES THAT THEY'RE ALREADY PAYING))
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But one thing Lucas and Abell are both concerned about scam artists or fraudulent cards.
Keep in mind, the enrollment fee for the Medicare endorsed cards is no more than 30 dollars. Medicare will NOT call your home or show up at your door. And you can only pay for the cards by check, no credit cards.
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((MEDICARE HAS ALREADY BEEN INFORMED ABOUT SENIORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE HAD THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS CLEANED OUT BY IDENTITY THIEVES THAT ARE REPRESENTING MEDICARE ))
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The LOA will give a drug card seminar at Thrasher Memorial Methodist Church May 6th, with sessions at one and seven.
For more information or to schedule your own call 540-345-0451.
For general information about the drug card call 1-800-Medicare.. You can begin signing up for the cards May 3rd and they take affect June 1st.
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Jean,

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Some doctors are looking at a way to stop the nation's leading killer.
They believe that a therapy used to remove certain minerals and calcium from the body can help prevent heart attacks.
The problem is no one knows why or even IF it really works.
Dr. Mallika Marshall has more.
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(( LAST SUMMER RICHARD CHARTOFF WAS GOING THROUGH A TOUGH RECOVERY AFTER A HEART ATTACK AND DOUBLE BYPASS SURGERY. IT TOOK THREE MONTHS OF REHABILITATION BEFORE HE COULD RETURN TO HIS EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES.

(SOT-Richard Chartoff/Heart Patient)

It was like getting hit with a train.(vo) it was an experience I wouldn't recommend to anyone." :05
NOT WANTING TO GO THROUGH ANOTHER BY-PASS RICHARD AGREED TO PARTICIPATE IN A NEW NATIONAL STUDY.
DOCTORS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT IF AN "ALTERNATIVE" TREATMENT CAN HELP STOP BLOCKAGES IN HEART PATIENTS.
IT'S CALLED CHELATION (key-lay-shun)AND IS ALREADY BEING USED BY THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS... EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT GOVERNMENT APPROVED AND MOST INSURERS DON'T COVER IT.

(SOT-Dr. Harmony Reynolds/Cardiologist, NYU Medical Center)

"chelation therapy is being used by 60,000 patients a year at a cost of tens of millions of dollars per year, just for the treatment of heart disease. And we're not sure that it works." :09

(STANDUP: Dr. Mallika Marshall/CBS News/Boston, MA)

CHELATION (key-lay-shun)THERAPY IS A SYNTHETIC AMINO ACID THAT ACTS LIKE A SPONGE, REMOVING CERTAIN METALS, MINERALS AND CALCIUM FROM THE BLOOD. ONE OF SEVERAL THEORIES IS REMOVING THESE ITEMS KEEPS THEM FROM BUILDING UP AS PLAQUE IN THE HEART. BUT BEFORE RESEARCHERS CAN ADDRESS WHY CHELATION WORKS THIS STUDY WILL FIND OUT IF IT ACTUALLY WORKS AT ALL.

(SOT-Dr. Harmony Reynolds/Cardiologist, NYU Medical Center)

"this is unlike usual drug development where we find out why a drug may work and then we test it. Here, it's being used already. We need to prove it's effective and then figure out why it works.":10
THE STUDY WILL TAKE ABOUT FIVE YEARS TO COMPLETE AND WILL INVOLVE OVER 23-HUNDRED PATIENTS AROUND THE NATION. AS ONE OF THE STUDY PARTICIPANTS RICHARD DOESN'T KNOW IF HE'S ACTUALLY RECEIVING CHELATION (key-lay-shun)OR JUST A PLACEBO.

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All I can say is, Im glad to be alive and glad to be part of this study. 06
AND HE HOPES THAT EVEN IF THE THERAPY DOESN'T HELP HIM, IT MAY HELP SOMEONE ELSE, SOMEDAY. DOCTOR MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS.))

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Coming up today in Sports, a University in the region drops some athletic programs.
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[VO] Plus we'll hear from fromer U-V-A quarterback Matt Schaub as he prepares for the N-F-L draft.
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Coming up a little later,
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we'll see a bird who may get his feathers ruffled if you tell him he's a mutant.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the hump day ticker. The NFL draft is this Saturday and former Virginia star quarterback Matt Schaub hopes to have his number called on the first day.
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Schaub was in Charlottesville over the weekend attending the UVa spring football festival at Scott Stadium. He tossed the ball with fellow alum and New Orleans Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks. Schaub led the Cavaliers to a second straight Continental Tire Bowl title this past season but his life hardly slowed down as he prepared for the NFL draft.
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Schaub has no doubt prepared himself for the draft but some advice from an NFL veteran always helps.
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On the heels of the announcement that Derrick Byars was transferring, Pete Gillen's Wahoos were hit with the news that guard TJ Bannister was one of seven people arrested and charged with disorderly conduct early Sunday morning.
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Bannister who started 10 games this past season at point guard, was involved in fights that broke out after a large fraternity party had ended. It's not clear what disciplinary action the school will take against the freshman from Jacksonville.
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The NBA handed out its coach of the year award today, and Hubie Brown was rewarded for leading the Grizzlies to a record 50 wins and their first playoff berth.
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At the age of 70 Brown is the oldest coach in the league. He beat out Utah's Jerry Sloan for the award. The Grizzlies went 50 and 32 this season, by far the best in franchise history. They trail San Antonio Two games t none in the opening round of the playoffs.
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Hollins University announced today that it will restructure its athletic department by dropping three sports. Cross country, field hockey, and volleball will be phased out. The changes take effect in the fall of 2005. Associate dean of students and director of athletics Lynda Calkins said the move will "further the university's mission and enhance the quality of life on campus."
That's it for the ticker. Coming up at six, more on the NFL Draft and Nascar news concerning next year's schedule. We'll see you then everybody.

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On Wall Street today, the Dow bounced between positive and negative territory after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress an interest rate hike may be needed to head off inflation. Alexis Christoforous has more.
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You could say this is a bird of a different feather.
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He is Whipper the parakeet- but he doesn't look like your typical parakeet.
Whiper has extraordinary plumage, stunted wings and tries to whistle like a bird.
Whipper was actually delcared mutated by his vet and thrown out twice by his mother.
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((SHE THREW HIM OUT TWICE. THE SECOND TIME IT WAS JUST TOO RISKY TO LEAVE HIM IN.. BIRD CHIRPS BIRD CHIRPS.))
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though. His owner Julie Hayward says he's cute with his fluffy feathers.
Another woman says Whipper looks like he's had a perm.
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