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Today on News 7 at 5, police in the New River Valley make the year's first methamphetamine busts.
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Also it may be warm here, but much of the country is getting hit with severe winter weather.
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Clouds but lots of warm air again today. Some cooler readings expected soon but it won't last long. Details ahead.

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President Bush says he wants to do something about medical malpractice suits that are driving up healthcare costs.
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The challenges continue to grow for relief workers trying to get aid to tsunami victims.
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Plus many Virginians are passing up millions of dollars in federal tax credits. News 7 at 5 is next.

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Virginian's growing Methaphetamine problem hits Christiansburg. Drug Agents raid a home where they believe the highly addictive drug was being made.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Shannon Young.

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Police are calling it the first methamphetamine lab bust in the entire state this year. Police raided a trailer in Christiansburg early this morning.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa is following the story. And has the details. Rachel?
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Shannon, Montgomery County only had two Meth Lab busts all of last year. Now they have the first one of the Commonwealth this year.
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The New River Regional Drug Task Force and Christiansburg Police raided this trailer on Starlight Drive around 7:30 this morning. The agents say they took equipment used to make meth. They made the bust after a six month investigation. Now, three people were arrested, 28 year old April Dowdy , 37 year old Elizabeth Schlang and her husband 42 year old Frederick Schlang. All three are charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth.
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According to the Search Warrant an informant tipped police off . But the biggest help came from Southern States in Christiansburg. The manager and several employees of the farm supply store helped police identified the Schlangs as the couple who bought several large containers of Iodine.
It's one of the ingredients used to make meth.
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Shannon, all three are being held at the Montgomery County jail.
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Rachel, I know there were record number of meth busts last year in Virginia. Are officials expecting more the same this year? [Rachel] Yes Shannon, in 2004 there were 80 labs taken down in the state.. that's triple the number found in 2003. Drug Agents don't expect the work load to slow down, they say, Meth is becoming the biggest drug problem in the state, particularly here in the New River Valley and Far Southwest Virignia.

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The number of Americans killed in the south Asia tsunami is growing. Meantime, the battle to help survivors continues to be an enormous challenge. Charlie D'Agata has more from Thailand.
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(((LOCATOR: CALANG, INDONESIA)
IT'S A SCENE OF DESPERATION... AND DESPAIR...ON SUMATRA'S WESTERN COAST AS HELP FINALLY ARRIVES. THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES BEGGING FOR FOOD AFTER MANY SPENT THE LAST WEEK FIGHTING EACH OTHER FOR WILD BANANAS AND OTHER FRUIT.

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EARLIER, SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL VIEWED THE SUMATRA DESTRUCTION FROM THE AIR.
POWELL'S A WAR VETERAN ....BUT SAYS HE'S NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS...SUMATRA ISLAND... WHERE ALMOST 100 THOUSAND PEOPLE DIED.

SOT: COLIN POWELL/U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE

"I CANNOT BEGIN TO IMAGINE THE HORROR THAT WENT THROUGH THE FAMILIES AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HEARD THIS NOISE COMING AND HAD THEIR LIVES SNUFFED OUT."
ON THURSDAY, POWELL MEETS WITH OTHER WORLD LEADERS. THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE.. IS HOW TO COORDINATE AND DISTRIBUTE THE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF SUPPLIES ARRIVING EACH DAY.
AND WHILE RELIEF EFFORTS PUSH FORWARD...THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR HUNDREDS OF MISSING CHILDREN. THERE ARE FEARS THAT SOME MAY HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED... TO BE OFFERED UP FOR ADOPTION - OR EVEN SOLD INTO CHILD SLAVERY.
A 12 YEAR OLD SWEDISH BOY IS ONE OF THE MISSING AND HIS AMERICAN GRANDFATHER IS AMONG THOSE LOOKING FOR HIM.

SOT: DAN WALKER/KRISTIAN'S GRANDFATHER

"WE DON'T KNOW THAT MY GRANDSON KRISTIAN HAS IN FACT BEEN KIDNAPPED. WE JUST KNOW THAT HE'S MISSING."

(NATZ DOLPHIN CAPTURE : location: Khao Lak, Thailand)


AND IN A REGION WHERE THERE'S BEEN LITTLE TO APPLAUD LATELY...A RESCUE TEAM DID JUST THAT...WHEN THEY RELOCATED A MISPLACED DOLPHIN....
...IN SRI LANKA...FISHING BOATS RETURNED WITH THEIR FIRST CATCH IN DAYS....
AND ON SUMATRA ISLAND...GROUND WAS BROKEN FOR REFUGEE CAMPS THAT WILL HOUSE UP TO A HALF MILLION PEOPLE.. JUST A FEW SMALL STEPS IN A LONG JOURNEY FACING THE PEOPLE HERE.
CHARLIE D'AGATA, CBS NEWS))

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Winter is making its presence felt across the midwest.
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Snow, slush, ice and rain are all on the menu. Near Des Moines, more than a foot of snow fell before morning. Another foot is expected from Eastern Nebraska to Michigan.
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Chicago got the white stuff... while other parts of Illinois got flooding. The SAME storm has forecasters calling for rain and snow in New York City and other parts of the East Coast.
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Up next on the newscast, Virginians are overlooking millions of dollars in tax deductions.
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Also we'll tell you why so many people are turning their backs on their New Years resolutions.
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Tax season is just around the corner and thousands of Virginia families are missing out on millions of dollars in federal tax credits.
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Richmond Bureau Chief Jennifer Wishon is here now to explain. Jennifer why aren't people cashing in?? Shannon, officials say some of those families aren't filing their taxes
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while others simply don't know about the credit. Either way nearly 100- thousand families are missing out on millions of dollars.
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((KEN THORSON: THE AMOUNT THAT'S AT STAKE, WE THINK, IS ON THE ORDER OF 160- MILLION DOLLARS THAT COULD BE COMING TO VIRGINIA FAMILIES.))
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The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal program aimed at curbing poverty. [INSERT PRE- PRO HERE] To qualify, you must be a worker with one child and income less than $30, 338. A worker with more than one child and income less that $34,458. Or a worker between the ages of 25 and 64 with no children and income less than $11,490. [END PRE-PRO HERE] Credits can be as high as 43- hundred dollars and decrease with greater incomes.
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((KENNETH THORSON: THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS WOULD ALLOW THEM TO GO BACK FOR AS MANY AS THREE YEARS SO IF THEY'RE ELIGIBLE, THIS FIRST TIME OF FILING FOR THE CURRENT YEAR PLUS THREE YEARS BACK, IT COULD BE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT FOR A FAMILY.))
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And even if you don't HAVE to file taxes because of your income, officials say it's worth it because you could still be eligible for the credit.
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((MAURICE JONES: THIS REALLY IS SOMETHING THAT CAN INFUSE FAMILIES WITH ASSETS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO DO THINGS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO FULFILL THEIR DREAMS.))
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Commissioner Thorson admits applying for the credit is difficult but help is available. Officials suggest contacting your local IRS Service, Social Services or your local tax office.
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Shannon, I should mention that married folks must file as a couple to be eligible.

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President Bush is campaigning for limits on medical malpractice damage awards.
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The President made his case in Madison County, Illinois today saying doctors should be fighting illnesses, not lawsuits. Mr. Bush says ``frivolous'' lawsuits are driving up malpractice insurance premiums and that doctors are faced with passing the cost on to patients, moving, or shutting down their practices.
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Some three dozen states have passed limits on damages. But Bush's bid for national caps has stalled on Capitol Hill. He's hoping for better luck in the new, more Republican Congress. Critics argue Bush's proposals won't fix the problem.

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If you listen to the statistics most Americans have abandoned, or are close to giving up on their New Year's Resolution.
But what makes some people succeed and others fail?
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton spoke with a psychologist today and has some answers for us.
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Shannon, how long do you think the average person sticks with their New Year's Resolution?
-The psychologist says the average is 72 hours.
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That's 3 days --but it's not all about your lack of will power --but maybe more about your lack of planning.
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We've all been there and maybe this is your 3 or 4th attempt to exercise more, lose weight, or quit smoking in the New Year. And you're wondering what are doing wrong.
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((IF YOU DO IT IN A FRIVOLOUS MANNER IT'S NOT GOING TO SUCCEED. AND YOU HAVE TO REALIZE YOUR WILL POWER WILL START TO WAIN AFTER 72 HOURS. SO IT'S A WHOLE MINDSET OF KEEPING YOUR FOCUS AND KEEPING YOUR COMMITMENT)) [RUNS09]
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That's why psychologist Steve Strosnider says you have to really think your resolution through.
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((IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT, DIET IS ONE THING BUT LIFESTYLE IS ANOTHER. ALL OF THINGS NEED TO BE ADDRESSED IN TERMS OF HOW YOU EAT, WHEN YOU EAT, WHAT ARE THE TRIGGERS THAT CAUSE YOU EAT, AND MOST PEOPLE UNFORTUNATELY DON'T THINK THOSE THINGS THROUGH)) [RUNS17]
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Another problem is that people allow set backs to cause them to give up --instead of getting back on the bandwagon.
That's why Stronsnider says it may be important to have some type of accountability or support.
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((WHETHER THAT BE A FRIEND, OR A CONTEST ABOUT HOW MUCH WEIGHT WE'RE GOING TO LOSE OR I PROMISE MY SPOUSE I'M GOING TO DO WHATEVER. IT'S BEEN SHOWN ONCE YOU HAVE THAT EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABILITY YOUR MORE APT TO KEEP YOUR RESOLUTION)) [RUNS17]
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Shannon, people have asked how long does it take to create a habit, the psychologist says there hasn't seen any scientific research on this --but he has heard it takes about 13 weeks.
So that we have until at least the end of March.

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Stay with us, there's more News 7 at 5 to come.
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[VO] After the break Brent Watts will tell us why the next version of Survivor will only be seen on the big screen.
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The newest edition of Survivor will premiere tomorrow night. But not on CBS. Brent Watts has more on where to catch 16 local castaways hoping to outwit, outplay and outlast.
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When we return from break, Travis Wells will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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Then a little later, a piece of Lynchburg history is returned to its rightful resting place.
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Its now time for our ticker, here's travis Wells.
Good afternoon Shannon, today we begin our 10th season of Hometown Hoops Weekly. Here's Steve Mason with the first installment of 2005.
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That's it for the ticker. Coming up tonight at six, the Hokies finish up in a pretty good spot in the final rankings. Shannon will put the wraps on News 7 at Five right after this.

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A Federal Reserve suggestion that interest rates are still too low left many investors on Wall Street feeling uneasy today.
Alexis Christoforous explains what that meant to the stock markets in today's Marketwatch report.
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It took about three hours, but an important piece of Lynchburg history is back in place tonight.
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Crews hoisted a renovated and restored cupola back to the top of the city's Old Courthouse Museum.
Officials say the columned bell tower is a key piece of the building's Greek Temple design.
The 150-year-old courthouse is undergoing a 2-million dollar renovation after a ceiling collapse four years ago revealed extensive structural problems.
It should re-open this summer.
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