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On News 7 at 5, murder charges against a Radford man are dropped. We'll tell you why.
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Plus rescue crews hold out hope that people trapped in the rubble of a California mud slide could still be alive.
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The stage is almost set for record highs to fall tomorrow. That's the highlight of the forecast coming up.

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Also today, President Bush nominates a new Secretary of Homeland Security.
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On Healthcheck, we'll look at the link between red meat and the leading type of cancer.
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Plus two tiger cubs are found alongside a busy road. News 7 at 5 is next.

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The first suspect in a Radford robbery turned deadly pleads guilty. The Commonwealth trades a murder charge for robbery convictions and a promise to testify against the alleged trigger man.
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The accomplice in the deadly robbery will spend the next seven years behind bars.
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21 year old Roy Omar Hodge entered a plea agreement with the Commonwealth that spared him a first degree murder charge. Instead he pled guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. 25 year old Brian Keith Gray was shot to death in his Radford apartment last May, in what police call a home invasion drug robbery.
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((RICHIE DAVIS:ROY HODGE DIDN'T GO UP THERE TO HURT OR KILL ANYBODY. THIS WAS ALL ABOUT AN UNFORTUNATE DECISION TO COMMIT ROBBERY. AND AAMIR BROWN IS THE ONE THAT'S GOING TO HAVE ANSWER TO THOSE QUESTIONS. :58 ))
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A judge agreed to the deal, sentencing Hodge to seven and a half years in jail. He cited Hodge's cooperation with police as a reason for the lighter than normal sentence. Coming up at 6:00, we'll tell you how Hodge helped authorities.
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Rescue crews in La Conchita, California, are racing against time looking for survivors who may be buried in the mud that engulfed much of the tiny coastal town yesterday. At least three people have died in the landslide. Many more are unaccounted for. Manuel Gallegus reports.
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((RESCUE TEAMS GO STEP BY STEP OVER THE HUGE MOUND OF MUD AND DEBRIS
NAT- DROPPING CAMERAS AND MICROPHONES RIGHT INTO IT. LOOKING AND LISTENING FOR ANY SIGNS FROM THE ADULTS AND CHILDREN WHO WERE BURIED WHEN THE HILLSIDE ABOVE GAVE WAY.
RESCUERS ESTIMATE THERE MAY BE AT LEAST THIRTY FEET OF MUD BETWEEN THE SURFACE AND THE CRUSHED HOMES BELOW.

-SOT-JOE LUNA, VENTURA COUNTY FIRE DEPT.

13:32:20 "There's vehicles pinned underneath a lot of the debris so we're hopeful to lift that debris, remove the vehicles and look at those pockets where perhaps people could have been trapped." - 9 sec.
NAT-SLIDE IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE AND TERRIFYING SIGHT MONDAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS SMALL COASTAL COMMUNITY JUST SOUTH OF SANTA BARBARA.
PANICKED RESIDENTS SCRAMBLED FOR COVER OVER A DOZEN OTHERS WHO WERE BURIED SURVIVEDITS STILL UNCLEAR WHO MAY HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND.

-SOT-MOS RESIDENT

13:02:25 "My neighbors, they're in their 80's, I don't even know if they left their home last night and they're right against the hill."
-STAND-UP-MANUEL GALLEGUS, LA CONCHITA ALL ALONG THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTLINE YOU CAN SEE AREAS WHERE THE HILLSIDES HAVE GIVEN WAY. MOST OF THE LANDSAPE ALONG THIS STRETCH OF HIGHWAY IS UNDEVELOPEDWITH NO HOMES BELOW.
THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN TEN YEARS THAT THIS HILLSIDE OVER LA CONCHITA HAS COLLAPSED. AND FIVE SOLID DAYS OF RAIN WAS JUST TOO MUCH FOR IT THIS TIME.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAS RECORD RAINFALL IS OVER FOR NOW ITS EXPECTED BE SUNNY FOR DAYS A BREAK FOR RESCUERSBUT ONLY SLIGHT RELIEF FOR THIS DEVESATED COMMUNITY. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, LA CONCHITA.))

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Fire heavily damaged a home in Lynchburg this afternoon.
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Neighbors spotted smoke coming from this home on Stoneridge Drive just before two.
Crews say the blaze apparently started in the basement of the single-story home and quickly spread upstairs.
It took them about twenty minutes to bring it under control.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
The cause is under investigation.
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There are no serious injuries after a school bus and car collided in Roanoke County.
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The accident happened around noon on Buck Mountain Road. The bus was not carrying any students, and neither driver was seriously injured in the accident. The collision sent the car into a culvert, and closed the road in both directions.
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Coming up next on the newscast, one lawmaker wants to see landowners get more help when they take the state to court.
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Plus on Healthcheck, we'll look at the medical properties of methadone as a controversial Roanoke clinic prepares to open.
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President Bush is trying again to appoint a secretary of homeland security.
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The President today named appeals court Judge Michael Chertoff to succeed Secretary Tom Ridge. The former top prosecutor was head of the Justice Department's criminal division on Nine-Eleven -- and led the government's legal response. Chertoff says if confirmed by the Senate, he'd proudly ``stand again'' with those on the ``front line against terror.''
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((MICHAEL CHERTOFF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY NOMINEE: I PLEDGE TO DEVOTE ALL MY ENERGY TO PROMOTING OUR HOMELAND SECURITY AND, AS IMPORTANT, TO PRESERVING OUR FUNDAMENTAL LIBERTIES.))
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Bush's first choice, ex-New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, withdrew his name after it became apparent that he'd employed a nanny who may have been an illegal immigrant.

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State lawmakers are making their way to Richmond for the 2005 General Assembly.
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Floor sessions in both chambers start tomorrow at noon. Governor Mark Warner says he's looking forward to a productive session.
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((MARK WARNER: I THINK YOU'RE LOOKING AT TRANSPORTATION BEING ADDRESSED, I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, I THINK THE CHARTER UNIVERSITY PROPOSAL, THE ASSISTED LIVING ISSUES ARE GOING TO BE COMING TO THE FOREFRONT.))
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A number of Republican lawmakers today announced legislation they'll sponsor. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter will push a bill that would require the governor to conduct an independent audit of the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, Delegate Terrie Suit will introduce a "landowners bill of rights" when it comes to the power of eminent domain. She'd like to see landowners compensated when they try to get more money for their property.
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((DEL. TERRIE SUIT: THEY WANT TO FIGHT IT, THEY'RE HIRING EXPERTS, THEY'RE GETTING APPRAISALS DONE AND IF INDEED THEY ARE ABLE TO GET A HIGHER PRICE AWARDED BY THE COURT- 15 PERCENT OR MORE- WE FEEL THAT THEY SHOULD BE COMPENSATED FOR THE EXPENSES THEY'VE HAD TO GO THROUGH TO GET THE FAIR PRICE FOR THEIR PROPERTY.))
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Thousands of other bills have been pre- filed for consideration during the 45 day session.
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Governor Warner will address the General Assembly tomorrow night.
WDBJ-7 will carry Warner's State of the Commonwealth address live beginning at Seven o-clock.

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In health check tonight --
You've probably heard a lot about the fight over a methadone clinic coming to Roanoke.
But what you may not know is exactly what methadone is --and what type of addictions it's used to treat.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us tonight with some answers
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Shannon, For years methadone has been used to treat heroin addicts --that's what we often here about.
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But it's also a treatment of choice for those who abuse prescription pain killers. And in Southwest Virginia this appears to be the bigger problem.
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((FOR A LOT OF THE ADDICTS I'VE TALKED WITH IN MY CLINICAL PRACTICE THEY'RE NOT HAPPY WITH THEIR LIFESTYLE THEY DON'T WANT TO BE CRIMINALS THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF LIFE FOR THEMSELVES))
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According to Addictionologist Conrad Daum, that's what methadone offers. It's administed in a safe environment and it's carefully monitored. For many patients, treatment includes coming in daily to get their dose of methadone.
Dr. Daum says it's hard for many people to beat the addiction without replacement therapy.
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((THE ADDICTION IS SO POWERFUL AND THE CRAVING IS SO POWERFUL THAT THEY CAN'T STOP FROM SEEKING THE DRUG TO CONTROL THEIR CRAVINGS))
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Doctor Daum says in theory some people can stay on methadone maintence for life --and many people have to --but he says it's better than the alternative --although it's not 100-percent effective.
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((METHADONE IS VERY HELPFUL IN SAVING LIVES, NARCOTIC ADDITION IS A HIGHLY FATAL ILLNESS))
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One study tracked heroin users for 30 years --about 50 percent of them were dead, 25 percent were still using, and about 25 percent were in recovery.
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Shannon,

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Americans eat more red meat than almost anyone in the world. Experts have known doing so may increase the risk of heart disease. But a new study finds another possible health risk -- colon cancer.
Dr. David Marks has more.
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((WHETHER ITS A BURGER FOR LUNCH OR A STEAK FOR DINNER RED MEAT CONTINUES TO BE AN AMERICAN STAPLE. THIS DESPITE THE FACT THAT EATING TOO MUCH CAN LEAD TO HEART DISEASE. NOW A NEW STUDY HAS RE-ENFORCED THE FACT THAT RED MEAT CAN ALSO INCREASE THE RISK OF ANOTHER DEADLY DISEASE.

(SOT-Dr. Blair Lewis/Mt. Sinai Medical Center)

this latest, latest paper is probably the best piece of evidence that we have that proves that fatty foods or red meat increases your risk of colon cancer. :07

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THE SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHO ATE RED AND PROCESSED MEAT ABOUT NINE TIMES A WEEK HAD A 50 PERCENT HIGHER RISK OF COLON CANCER. MOUNT SINAIS DOCTOR BLAIR LEWIS SAYS THAT'S HIGHER THAN HAVING IT RUN IN THE FAMILY.

SOT-Dr. Blair Lewis/Mt. Sinai Medical Center

I think, you know, that's the take home message is that, is that diet carries even more risk than family history. :06

(STANDUP: Dr. David Marks/CBS NEWS/New York, NY)

AND WERE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT HAMBURGERS AND STEAKS. RESEARCHERS FOUND THE SAME TO BE TRUE FOR PORK, LAMB, COLD CUTS AND BACON. HOWEVER, THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS.

(nats-sizzle)

DOCTORS SAY EATING CHICKEN AND FISH CAN ACTUALLY DECREASE THE RISK OF COLON CANCER.

(SOT-Dr. Blair Lewis/Mt. Sinai Medical Center)

generally a healthy diet that's low in fat and high in fiber is a healthy diet not only just for your colon but healthy for you overall for heart disease and stroke and all the other major illnesses." :10
SO YOU DONT HAVE TO GIVE UP RED MEAT COMPLETELY. BUT IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY EAT A LOT, EXPERTS SAY YOU SHOULD SCALE BACK AND REPLACE IT WITH HEALTHIER CHOICES. DOCTOR DAVID MARKS, CBS NEWS.))


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Coming up next on the newscast,
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[VO] some North Carolina residents believe they have found someone's pets on the side of the road. But these aren't your typical kitty cats.
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If you're missing a couple tiger cubs, North Carolina might have 'em.
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Residents of Cleveland and Gaston Counties spotted the two female Bengal tigers along a highway Saturday night. Sandy and Jim Campion heard about the cats from a neighbor.
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Animal Control officers say the cubs were no trouble at all and have obviously been well taken care of. But they'd still like the owner to come forward.
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It's illegal to own tigers without a permit. Cleveland County says it has no such permits on record.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll see how some new cars are electrifying the Detroit car show.
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But first in Sports, drivers try to fire up Daytona as practice begins for the upcoming NASCAR season.
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Good evening everybody and welcome to your Tuesday ticker that begins on the race track. Hard to believe, but the NASCAR preseason testing schedule fired up today in Daytona.
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Fog and a damp race track delayed things a little but this morning, but the by the time they got rolling it was the same old thing, with two-time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon posting the fastest times.
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Coming up on News 7 at Six, we'll see what the drivers have to say about the new Dodge as the Charger makes it debut in 2005.
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The Radford men's basketball team is now 7 and 9 on the season heading into this weekend's Big South tilt at Winthrop.
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The Highlanders lost to Charleston Southern last night at the Dedmon Center to fall to 1 and 2 in the conference. Radford is beginning the meat of its Big South schedule with 13 straight conference games heading into the March first tournament.
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[GO TO APRISA BOARD] And the ACC plays on Your Hometown Station tonight as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons try to protect their home turf against the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps come into the game with a 9-and-3 mark, while Wake is 13-and-1. Join us tonight at 9 right here on Your Hometown Station.
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And finally tonight, ACC players have a knack for playing above the rim, but nothing could match the high flying antics on display at VMI last night.
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The Extreme Team was in action at halftime of tonight's VMI-Coastal Carolina game. The world renowned slam dunk acrobats used their mini-trampolines to reach new heights inside Cameron Hall. The group was formed in 1999 and now performs for every NBA team and over 100 colleges throughout the country. Don't try this at home. Shannon will be right back in a moment.
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On Wall Street today, some bad earnings reports had investors retreating from the stock markets.
Trish Regan has that and more in today's Marketwatch report.
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Auto makers are showing off their new ideas at the North American auto show....and playing a huge role is the the environmentally friendly hybrid car. Jennifer Donelan reports.
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((CENTERSTAGE AT THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW...A GLITZY PREVIEW OF CARS AND TRUCKS COMING TO A SHOWROOM NEAR YOU...SOME SOONER RATHER THAN THAN LATER...AND OTHERS - YEARS AWAY (show the sequel.).
Sot - Ed LaRocque "We've been pleasantly surprised with the popularity of the Prius."
TOYOTA'S PRIUS...THE FIRST COMMERCIALLY MASS PRODUCED HYBRID CAR IS "SOLD OUT." THERE IS A 3 - 6 MONTH WAIT IN MOST MARKETS. IT RUNS ON BOTH A GAS ENGINE AND ELECTRIC BATTERY. OTHER CAR MANUCFACTUERS ARE PLAYING CATCH UP...FAST.
Sot - Bryan Olson "This is 330 volt battery. It's powerful enough to power the car by itself for up to 25 - 35 miles per hour."
FORD IS OUT WITH A HYBRID ESCAPE SUV... IT WON THIS YEAR'S NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR.
LOOKING FOR LUXURY??? YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT . THE MERCEDES HYBRID "S" CLASS...IS STILL JUST A PROTOTYPE.
Standup - Jennifer Donelan "If you want to take a sneak peak at the future...take a look under this hood...notice there's no engine."
ON GM'S NEW EXPERITMENTAL CAR "SEQUEL" ....THE POWER COMES FROM HERE...IT'S CALLED A SKATEBOARD. HYDROGEN TANKS POWER A FUEL CELL WHICH RUNS SMALL MOTORS IN THE TIRES. BRAKES ARE CONTROLLED BY A COMPUTER. IT'S A HEAVY UNDERTAKING....BUT ALREADY HAS SOME HEAVY WEIGHT SUPPORT.
Nats _ Arnold Schwarznegger "I signed an executive order to build a hydrogen highway with hundreds of hydrogen filling stations."
BUT HYDROGEN CARS ARE STILL 10 - 15 YEARS AWAY. AND NOT EVERY STATE MAY BE WILLING TO BUILD THOSE FILLING STATIONS . BUT GM SAYS "SEQUEL WILL BE READY FOR THE WORLD WHEN THE WORLD'S READY FOR IT. JDO CBS NEWS DETROIT))
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