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Today on News 7 at 5, an accident in Halifax County claims the life of a North Carolina man.
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Plus Ukraine's top judges declare a disputed presidential election invalid.
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Just ahead your weekend forecast details which look pretty typical for this time of year.

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On Healthcheck, officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot.
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Police in California conduct another raid on Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch.
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Plus we'll tell you why dieters may have a little harder time staying sweet. News 7 at 5 is next.

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A North Carolina man was killed when his car was hit by a tractor trailer in Halifax County this morning.
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Around 10:30, state police say 70-year-old David Stover of Charlotte was turning onto Route-501 from Route-40 -- when he pulled into the path of a log truck.
The truck broadsided Stover's car, killing him instantly.
Stover's wife ... Margaret ... was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where she's in stable condition.
No charges are pending.
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Just days before his second murder trial, Bud Pritchett has fired his attorneys.
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Pritchett says he wants attorneys who trust him and believe him.
The 40 year old man was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder in the shooting death of *Estel Singleton Senior* at an Ironto rest stop. He rejected a plea agreement that would have given him 40 years in prison. He says the fact his lawyers insisted he plea bargain proves they don't think he is innocent. The *mildly retarded* Pritchett confessed to police. The Virginia Supreme Court granted him a new trial that was meant to start on Wednesday because experts on mental retardation weren't allowed to testify the first time.
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Tomorrow is a big day for fans of Virginia Tech football -- as the Hokies take on the Miami Hurricanes for sole ownership of the A-C-C title.
If Tech wins -- it wins the conference outright-- in just its first year as a member.
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Mike Stevens is live in Miami where he joins us from outside the Orange Bowl. Mike, what's the atmosphere like there?
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Authorities in California were back out at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch today to conduct a search -- but they are NOT revealing any information as to why. Jackson is expected to go on trial in January for allegedly molesting a teenaged boy and conspiring to cover it up. Elizabeth Sanchez has more.
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Ukraine's top judges have declared the state's recent presidential election invalid -- and are calling for a new one.
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The court delivered the ruling after five days of deliberations, saying a "repeat vote" was required, and that it should take place within a month. The decision is a legal victory to opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko (yoo-SHEN'-koh) and tens of thousands of protesters who said the election results were rigged in favor of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich). Yushchenko is now demanding a quick reshuffling of the nation's election commission.
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Events in Ukraine have been making headlines around the world.
They're also making waves in western Virginia.
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Irina Royter (ear-REE-nuh ROY-tur) is a junior at Ferrum College.
She grew up in western Ukraine, and has been watching developments there with great interest.
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Meanwhile, a professional exchange between WDBJ-7 and a television station in western Ukraine has been put on hold.
Three WDBJ employees were scheduled to arrive in the capital city today, but will now have to wait until the political situation is more settled.
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Still to come on the newscast, President Bush nominates someone to fill a cabinet post as yet another position opens up.
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Plus on healthcheck, we'll tell you why officials say high risk patients need to hang tough to get a flu shot.
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Two brothers facing charges for their suspected involvement in the vandalism of two Bedford County churches will be arraigned next Tuesday.
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15 year old Christopher Little and 16 year old Joshua Little will be tried as adults for the vandalism of two churches last August. The boys are charged with multiple counts of racially motivated property damage, malicious damage to church property, statutory burglary, and one count each of grand larceny and arson.
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President Bush has selected a former New York City policeman to become the country' new secretary of Homeland Security.
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During a White House ceremony today, the president nominated former New York City police commissioner *Bernard Kerik* to succeed Tom Ridge. Bush called Kerik one of the most accomplished and effective leaders of law enforcement in America.
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Kerik may be best known for his highly visible role after Nine-Eleven, when he directed the police department's response to the deadly attacks. Kerik says his experience on that day helped prepare him for his new post. His nomination must still be confirmed, though, by the U-S Senate.
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Meanwhile there is another vacancy in the President's cabinet.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services says he is stepping down.
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Tommy Thompson has served in the post since since 2001.
The former Republican governor of Wisconsin becomes the eighth member of the 15-member cabinet to depart. After about 40 years in public service, Thompson says he's looking forward to opportunities in the private sector.
He will stay on until February fourth, unless a successor is confirmed before that.
Thompson most recently helped coordinate the nation's response to the flu vaccine shortage.
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In health check tonight,
The flu season is here. And if you haven't received the flu shot -- and you are in a high risk group -- keep trying until you can get it.
That's the advice from health officials, who say it's not too late to get vaccinated..
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details
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Myranda -- Flu activity in the state is sporadic at this point --but it typically peaks sometime in January or February.
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And in the Roanoke Valley health officials say flu activity is very low compared to this same time last year.
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But health officials say these shots do have saving power.
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It's more than just seniors, health officials are concerned about. They say some people don't even realize they're at high risk and need to get the shot, such as children 6 to 23 months of age, pregnant women, parents with children under six months old, and health care workers who provide direct patient care.
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The Virginia Department of Health has request more than 95-thousand more doses of the flu vaccine. Local health officials say they plan to distribute that to health providers.
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Myranda, They says that's why it's best to keeping checking with your doctor -- if you're still looking to get a flu shot.

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Some bad news for people on sugar-free and low-carb diets.
The makers of *sucralose* -- the key ingredient behind the no-calorie sweetener Splenda, are having trouble keeping up with the growing demand.
The world's only manufacturer of sucralose says the company won't take on new U-S customers for at least another year -- or until it can double production at its Alabama plant. The company has plans to open a second plant in Singapore. The product now dominates the 337 million-dollar U-S retail market for sugar substitutes.

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Up next on the newscast, Robin will join us with a detailed look at the weekend forecast.
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[VO] Then a little bit later, Lexington braces itself for an attack of extras trying out for the *War of the Worlds.*
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Coming up after the break, we'll have more from Mike Stevens in Miami.
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Then in our Marketwatch report, we'll see if the stock markets can finish the week in positive territory.
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It is now time for our Fridaty sports ticker and that means we take you once again to sunny Miami and the Orange Bowl, the site of tomorrow's showdown between Tech and Miami.
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Lets join Mike Stevens again for more on this match up between the ACC's two top teams.
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On Wall Street today, investors welcomed a fourth straight decline in oil prices, but buying was restrained after a dissappointing employment report. Marcella Palmer has more.
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Hundreds from around the state are coming to Lexington tomorrow for a chance to be on the big screen.
500 extras are needed for the upcoming Tom Cruise, Steven Speilberg movie- the War of the Worlds.
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The casting call begins tomorrow morning at eight at the Rockbridge County High School- where folks are expected to come from all over the state.
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The Casting Call is from 8-a-m until 4-p-m Saturday at Rockbridge county High School.
250 extras will play national guardsmen fighting the martians. Another 250 will play random people who survive and flee a martian attack.
The Casting director says bring a photo and your clothing measurements.
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Filming takes place the week after next.
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