Just ahead on News 7 at 5, two men are charged with killing a teenager outside a Martinsville school.
And tax deadline number two. You have about seven hours left to get your state returns on their way.
Spotty showers will taper off this evening followed by some brisk overnight lows. The western mountains may see scattered frost.
We'll tell you why tomorrow's Blacksburg election winners may not be known until Wednesday.
On Healthcheck, help for some Carpal Tunnel patients, without injections or pills.
And sign-ups begin for Medicare drug discount cards. News 7 at 5 is next.
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Election day is tomorrow, but the winners in Blacksburg may not be announced until Wednesday.
Good evening I'm Jean Jadhon.
Montgomery County election officials are expecting high voter turnout in Blacksburg tomorrow...
And with two high profile write-in candidates, election officials say they may have a lot of work to do before they can name the offical winners.
Those write-in votes have to be certified by the electoral board, which won't meet until Wednesday afternoon.
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[SUPER=01-Randall Wertz/Montgomery County Registrar;]
((RANDALL WERTZ: AT THAT TIMES THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GO OVER ALL THE WRITE IN VOTES AND DETERMINE WHICH CANDIDATE THAT WRITE IN WAS FOR.))
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There are six people running for 3 open council seats.
If the total number of write-in votes exceeds the totals for any of the four candidates listed on the ballot, then Blacksburg won't be able to announce the winners until Wednesday evening.
Coming up tonight at 6:00 we'll tell you about the process to write-in a candidate on the county's voting machines.
News 7 will bring you the latest election news and returns from key races throughout the region tomorrow evening.
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And we'll have continuously-updated results from all contested races on our web page at wdbj7-dot-com.
Martinsville police have charged two men with murder in the shooting death of a teenager five years ago.
The suspects are both in prison.
The victim, 19-year-old Dion Hairston, was shot and killed outside a Martinsville elementary school in August of 1999.
The two men indicted in his death today are Steven Turner and Marquise Grant, both of Martinsville.
Police are holding a news conference on the case at the moment; we'll have more details on News-7 at 6.
Police in Salem are searching for a suspect in a bank robbery earlier today.
It happened shortly after one at the Lakeside Branch of B-B-and-T Bank.
Investigators say a man told one of the tellers he had a gun and demanded money.
The suspect is described as a five foot nine, heavy set white man in his mid to late 40s.
Police say he was wearing a black suit with a cream-colored fedora style hat.
He was last seen on foot headed toward East Main street and Electric Road.
Anyone with information is asked to call Salem Police.
Time is ticking for Virginia residents.
They have until midnight tonight to file their state tax returns.
Returns must be postmarked by May 3rd to avoid a penalty for late filing.
The usual deadline is May 1st, but it was pushed back until today because the First fell on a Saturday.
In places like Roanoke County, people continued to trickle into the local tax offices to take care of last-minute business.
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((DORIS SALYER/ROANOKE CO. STATE INCOME TAX COORDINATOR: TODAY IS THE DEADLINE, MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. IF YOU HAVE A REFUND REALLY NO REPURCUSIONS, NO PENALTIES, NO INTEREST OR ANYTHING STARTED. IF YOU HAVE A BALANCE DUE, YOU REALLY NEED TO GET IT POSTMARKED BY TONIGHT BECAUSE YOU'LL HAVE A SIX-PERCENT FILING PENALTY.))
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Taxpayers who cannot complete their state form must file an extension and pay the tax by midnight.
The Department of Taxation suggests filing electronically, but you can also drop off returns or extensions in the mail or at boxes set up outside some local tax offices.
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American Thomas Hamill .. who escaped his captors in Iraq- is tonight in Germany getting medical attention for a gunshot wound to his arm.
While today more details emerge about his daring escape.
Elizabeth Sanchez has more from Hamill's hometown in Mississippi.
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[IN Q=For three weeks,]
[SUPER=03-Macon, MS; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kelli Hamill/Thomas Hamill's Wife; :32 (2nd time she is seend)]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Joe Merrill/U.S. Army; :41]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News; :45]
[Super=01-Jason Higginbotham/Hamill's Cousin; 1:11]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Mississippi.]
FOR THREE WEEKS, KELLIE HAMILL'S WORLD STOOD STILL....BUT TODAY SHE'S
HEADING TO GERMANY. HER LIFE GOT A JUMP START, WHEN HER HUSBAND,
FORMER HOSTAGE TOMMY HAMILL, STUNNED HER WITH A PHONE CALL.
KELLIE HAMILL/Thomas Hamill's wife
He sounded wonderful, really good, really strong.
HAMILL WAS KIDNAPPED DURING AN ATTACK ON HIS CONVOY LAST MONTH. HE WAS
HELD HOSTAGE AND VIDEOTAPED BY HIS CAPTORS. IT WAS THE LAST TIME HIS
FAMILY HEARD FROM HIM, UNTIL HIS ESCAPE ON SUNDAY.
KELLIE HAMILL: He just told me that he heard a convoy come by,
that he pried a door open and ran half a mile down the road to catch a
SOME OF THE SOLDIERS HE MET ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT IT.
LT. JOE MERRILL/US ARMY: He was yelling, I'm an American, I'm an American, I'm an American POW.
FOR WEEKS, HAMILL'S HOMETOWN OF MACON HAS BEEN PRAYING FOR HIS SAFE
RETURN. NOW THEY'RE PLANNING A BIG CELEBRATION WHEN HE AND WIFE GET
BACK FROM A MILITARY BASE IN GERMANY.
ALL OVER TOWN, RIBBONS AND PHOTOS REMIND RESIDENTS OF THEIR WEEKS OF
FAMILY AND FRIENDS AREN'T SURE IF HE WILL HEAD BACK TO IRAQ FOR WORK.
HE TOOK THE JOB FOR A SIX-FIGURE SALARY TO PAY OFF DEBT.
Jason Higginbotham/Cousin of Hamill
If he's just dead set to go back, she would support him, we would too.
NOW HAMILL WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE RISK OF WORK IN IRAQ..... AND
A SMALL MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY THAT WAITED SO LONG TO WELCOME HIM HOME.
ELIZABETH SANCHEZ, CBS NEWS, MISSISSIPPI.))
A public memorial service begins within the hour in San Jose, California, for another American, ONE who did not make it out.
Pat Tillman is the former Arizona Cardinals player who gave up his pro career to join the Army Rangers in 2002 -- he was killed in combat April 22nd in Afghanistan.
Tillman is from San Jose. He was 27 years old.
American soldiers in Iraq faced a series of blasts in Central Baghdad today- as troops battled insurgents there.
Meanwhile, the U-S commander who oversaw a prison where inmates were allegedly abused- says she had no control over the interrogation wing.
Jennifer Miller has more as pressure increases over the treatment of some Iraqi inmates.
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[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=07-Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski; :37]
[SUPER=03-Najaf, Iraq; 1:06]
[Super=03-Fallujah, Iraq; 1:20]
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AS FRIENDS AND FAMILIES GATHERED OUTSIDE BAGHDAD'S ABU GHRAIB PRISON AND
AWAITED WORD FROM LOVED ONES INSIDE ... ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE BY THE
IRAQI'S AMERICAN CAPTORS CONTINUED TO MOUNT.
THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL SAYS THE ALLEGED ABUSE VIOLATES
INTERNATIONAL LAW AND IS DEMANDING IRAQI JUDGES GET ACCESS TO PRISONERS
AND DETENTION CENTERS.
SEVEN SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN REPRIMANDED AFTER PICTURES SHOWED INMATES BEING
HUMILIATED BY AMERICAN CAPTORS. BUT THE U-S COMMANDER WHO OVERSAW THE
PRISON SAYS SHE HAD NO CONTROL OVER THE INTERROGATION WING WHERE THE
ABUSES TOOK PLACE.
Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski
THEIR ACTIVITIES WERE DIRECTED AND ENCOURAGED OR DESIGNED BY THE
MILITARY INTELLIGENCE COMMAND WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THAT PARTICULAR CELL
THE EMBARASSING PHOTOS ARE ALREADY HAVING A NEGATIVE EFFECTIVE ON THE
MUSLIM WORLD'S IMAGE OF AMERICANS. ONE THAT IS ALREADY TARNISHED.
COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE
It doesn't reflect on all of our troops. Most of our troops are doing
a great job upholding the highest standards of the service and doing
everything they can to help the Iraqi people.
NATS OF NAJAF, U.S. HELICOPTERS FLYING OVERHEAD:
IN THE HOLY CITY OF NAJAF WEEKS OF FIGHTING GREW INTENSE AS INSURGENTS
POUNDED A MILITARY BASE. U-S TROOPS FIRED BACK ... KILLING AT LEAST TWO
IRAQIS BUT WITHHOLDING THEIR HEAVIEST ARTILLERY ... TO AVOID INCITING
THE COUNTRY'S SHIITE MAJORITY.
IN FALLUJAH FIRING GUNS GAVE WAY TO DIGGING GRAVES ... RESIDENTS
RETURNED TO THEIR BATTLE-TORN HOMES TO BURY THEIR DEAD. BODIES THAT HAD
BEEN HIDDEN IN HOUSES AND BACKYARDS WERE BURRIED ... SOMETIMES TWO TO
THREE TO A GRAVESITE ... AT THE CITY'S NEWEST CEMETERY, A FORMER SOCCER
A NEW IRAQI BRIGADE FORMED A RING AROUND THE SOUTHERN HALF OF FALLJAH
AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE OVER SOON. IT WILL LIKELY FALL UNDER THE
COMMAND OF ONE OF SADDAM'S FORMER MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))
The Cracker Barrel restaurant chain cracks a deal with the government- to settle a discrimination suit.
The Justice Department investigation found Cracker Barrel employees discriminated against African Americans in at least 35 Southeastern restaurants.
That after customers sued saying they were given poor service, segregated from other customers and forced to wait a long time for tables.
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((TO DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE IN THE PROVISION OF FOOD AND SERVICES TRAMPLES NOT ONLY OUR NATIONS CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS BUT ALSO OUR NATIONS PROMISE OF EQUALITY. ))
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In the settlement, Cracker Barrel does not admit wrongdoing and will pay no fines.
Cracker Barrel will provide sensitivity training for its workers and improve investigations of customer complaints.
The chain will also hire an outside firm to send undercover customers into restaurants to check on service.
Still ahead on Healthcheck, signing up for those new Medicare drug discount cards.
And no pills, no shots .. but relief for carpal tunnel syndrome.
It's not a quick fix, but it IS helping many patients.
Today on Healthcheck, this is the first day seniors can sign up for drug discount cards under Medicare.
The Bush administration says the cards will save seniors an average of 17 percent for name brand drugs and up to 30 percent for generics.
Medicare began posting drug prices on its Web site last week, allowing people to compare the cards and decide which offered the best price on the drugs they use.
It's a new way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome -- with no pills and no shots.
A laser treatment is not only keeping some patients pain-free, but is also keeping them out of the operating room.
Dr. Sean Kenniff has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Manny Sanchez/Carpal Tunnel Patient; :06]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS News; :27]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Reginald Bottari/Chiropractor; :44]
[OUT Q=Dr. Sean Kenniff, CBS News.]
((LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, MANNY SANCHEZ IS SUFFERING WITH CARPAL
(SOT-Manuel Sanchez/Carpal Tunnel Sufferer)
"I was having pain at nights when I was sleeping. I started losing
strength in my hand when I was picking up stuff."
A NERVE--CALLED THE MEDIAN NERVE WAS INFLAMED AND COMPRESSED IN HIS
WRIST-- AND THE PAIN WAS GETTING WORSE.
MANNY USED SPLINTS, POPPED PILLS, HAD CORTISONE SHOTS, AND ALTHOUGH A
SURGERY COULD HELP, MANNY WAS A BIT RELUCTANT.
"Two things, fear of needles and fear of surgery."
(STANDUP: Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS NEWS/Miami, FL)
"That's when Manny heard about this new device. It's a cool laser that
can treat carpal tunnel syndrmoe that can hopefully keep him out of the
OR and keep him out of pain at the same time."
DOCTOR REGINALD BOTTARI IS A CHIRPORACTOR WHO USES THE NEW LASER ON HIS
CARPAL TUNNEL PATIENTS.
(SOT- Dr. Reginald Bottari/Chiropractor)
"The frequency of the beam enhances healing. Healing time by 50 or 60%
of the time. And it reduces inflammation."
THE DEVICE IS FDA APPROVED TO TREAT CARPAL TUNNEL AND WHILE SOME OF THE
MEDICAL DATA IS CONFLICTING, STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THE LASER INCREASES
BLOOD FLOW, REDUCES INFLAMMATION, AND REDUCES SYMPTOMS.
ONE STUDY CONDUCTED FOR GENERAL MOTORS HAD VERY PROMISING RESULTS.
(SOT- Bottari again)
"Along with therapy and laser treatment over 'X' amount of time. They
found that 75% of the job force of these people were able to get back on
THE LASER HAS NO KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS AND IS USUALLY NOT COVERED BY
MANNY SAYS IT'S WORTH IT -- AN OUT OF POCKET EXPENSE, THAT KEEPS HIM OUT
DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS. ))
We should note the laser is not a quick fix, and in published studies it often takes at least 10 treatments to get a response. Even some successful cases require maintenance procedures.
Get ready for a cold May night. Robin has the frosty details next.
And "Mean Girls" rule the roost, at least for a week. We'll take a look at this weekend's big box-office winners.
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Still ahead, there's a new worm on the loose, and it's creating computer trouble around the world.
And in sports, the PGA tour takes it to Monday for the second week in a row.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday ticker.
The Salem Avalanche continues its seven game homestand tonight at Salem Memorial Stadium. The Avs welcome the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to town for the first of four straight games, with tonight's first pitch coming at 7:05.
Salem split a double header with Kinston Sunday. The Avalanche pitching staff gave up just two runs in two games and 22 games into the young season the Salem pitchers seem confident.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Rodaway/Avalanche Pitcher; :00]
[OUT Q=.....just like we have"]
The Pelicans have slipped past Salem for second place in the Carolina League's Southern Division for the time being but the Avalanche players give themselves a high grade on an early season progress report.
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For the second straight week the PGA Tour has had to finish up its tournament on a Monday instead of the normal Sunday afternoon.
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And for the second straight week it was Vijay Singh taking home the top prize.
Singh torched the back nine at the HP Classic in New Orleans by playing the final eight holes in 7 under par.
He shot a 29 on the back side and finished with a 63 and won it with this 25 foot birdie putt on the 18th holes.
But little-known Joe Ogilvie almost forced a playoff.
He needed to make this shot out of the bunker and he does everything, but knock it in the hole.
Ogilvie finished tied for second with Phil Mickelson, while Singh pocketed $918 thousand dollars today, and now has a tour best $4 point 25 million this season.
It what might be the worst kept secret in the history of the NBA - the league named Kevin Garnett its most valuable player today.
The Minnesota Timberwolves star won in a landslide receiving 120 of a possible 123 votes cast by the Pro Basketball Wr
Tim Duncan was a distant second.
Garnett averaged 24 points and a league best 14 rebounds a game this season.
To put it in perspective, he and Larry Bird are the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for five straight years.
Coming up tonight at the top of the hour - the Blacksburg high school soccer dynasty will get a real test tomorrow night when it faces Hidden Valley at Bill Brown stadium.
We'll have some thoughts on that and Jean will be back in just a moment to wrap up News 7 at Five.
Take care everybody.
Stocks started the new month heading upward.
Alexis Christoforous has today's Marketwatch report.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
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((ITS A NEW MONTH AND INVESTORS ARE HOPING FOR A NEW START FOR THE STOCK
MARKET. SO FAR, SO GOOD. ALL THREE MAJOR INDEXES FINISHED THE FIRST
TRADING DAY OF THE MONTH HIGHER.
THE DOW RALLIED 88 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 18
FEDERAL RESERVE WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE TOMORROW WHEN FED CHIEF ALAN
GREENSPAN MEETS WITH FELLOW POLICYMAKERS TO DISCUSS MONETARY POLICY.
MOST ECONOMISTS ARE BANKING ON AN INTEREST RATE HIKE THIS YEAR, THEY
EXPECT ANY ACTION TOMORROW. INSTEAD, THEY ARE BETTING ON A RATE HIKE AT
THE FED'S AUGUST MEETING.
Frank Quattrone, the once powerful Credit Suisse First Boston investment
banker, was convicted Monday of obstructing a federal probe into the
allocation of IPO shares at his former employer CS First Boston. The
was the second for Quattrone. Late last year, a jury failed to reach a
verdict and the judge in the case granted a mistrial.
THE FOUNDER OF SIEBEL SYSTEMS, TOM SIEBEL, HAS STEPPED DOWN AS CEO OF THE
SOFTWARE COMPANY. HE'LL BE REPLACED BY THE FORMER IBM EXECUTIVE J.
FIND OUT MORE OR TRACK YOUR STOCKS AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS
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An Internet worm is racing around the world today, snarling tens of thousands of computers and causing Web traffic to slow.
The so-called ``Sasser'' worm takes advantage of a known flaw in the Windows operating system. Microsoft had announced the flaw recently, but many computer owners haven't applied the fix that the company released.
Experts say the worm is spreading quickly, but it's still not as widespread as
last summer's ``Blaster'' outbreak.
Finally, lots of people want to see "Mean Girls", and the biggest number are teen girls.
The Lindsay Lohan comedy was number one at the box office this weekend.
It took in an estimated 25 million dollars.
Lohan plays a high school student who gets swept up in the backstabbing politics of fashion, love and popularity among school
Paramount says about 75 percent of the audience was female, and about half the audience was under 18.
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The Denzel Washington thriller ``Man on Fire'' fell to second place.
Jennifer Garner's ``13 Going on 30'' was third.
``Laws of Attraction'' was fourth and``Godsend'' was fifth.