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Today on News 7 at 5, Attorney General Jerry Kilgore resigns his job.
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Plus in Washington, Secretary of State nominee Condileeza Rice faces some heated comments in her confirmation hearings.
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As high pressure pushed on the region, temperatures went into the single digits this morning. The story of tonight's lows coming up.

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Also today, members of Roanoke City Council promise to keep a close eye on the city's new methadone clinic.
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Some local Iraqi immigrants say they are excited to take part in their country's election.
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Plus some of the nation's tomato farmers could be caught red handed.
News 7 at 5 is next.

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With a controversial methadone clinic preparing to open, Roanoke officials say they will keep a close eye on its operation.
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Today, Council Member Sherman Lea asked officials if the city could regulate the clinic's hours, and prohibit the distribution of drugs that would be taken off the premises. City Manager Darlene Burcham said officials are reviewing a number of issues including traffic and security.
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((WE HAVE GIVEN ASSURANCES TO THE PUBLIC THAT WE WILL MONITOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FACILITY IF AND WHEN IT OPENS AND WILL MAKE SURE THAT IT COMPLIES WITH EVERY LAW AND REGULATION THAT WE HAVE WITHIN THE CITY.))
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The clinic was required to obtain a business license, a zoning certificate, and a certificate of occupancy, but City attorney Bill Hackworth said Roanoke would require approval from the General Assembly to regulate the methadone clinic any further.
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Two men were hurt during an apparent industrial accident in Appomattox this afternoon.
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Rescue crews were called to the Thomasville Furniture plant around two.
Two employees who had been working in a concrete pit near the plant's boiler room were reportedly hit by a falling piece of metal.
One man was taken by ambulance to Lynchburg General Hospital ... the other was flown by Lifeguard helicopter.
Their conditions are not known.
No other details have been released.
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Secretary of State nominee, Condoleezza Rice, says it's hard to know exactly when U-S troops might start coming home from Iraq. That's just one of the issues she faced during the first day of her confirmation hearings. Aleen Sirgany has more.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Barbara Boxer/(D) California;:13]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Massachusetts;:33]
[SUPER=01-Condoleezza Rice/Secretary of State Nominee;:55]
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((CONDOLEEZZA RICE IS EXPECTED TO EASILY BE CONFIRMED AS SECRETARY OF STATE, BUT AT HER CONFIRMATION HEARING ON CAPITOL HILL, SHE FACED SOME TOUGH MOMENTS.

(SOT)SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-CAL)/RICE

If you can't admit to this mistake...RICE: SENATOR, WE CAN HAVE THIS DISCUSSION ANY WAY YOU'D LIKE BUT I HOPE YOU'LL REFRAIN FROM IMPUGNING MY INTEGRITY. I'm not, I'm just repeating what you said.
HOPING TO BECOME THE NATION'S TOP DIPLOMAT, THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER FOUND HERSELF TRYING TO MEND RELATIONS RIGHT HERE AT HOME OVER THE WAR IN IRAQ.

(SOT) SEN. JOHN KERRY/(D) MASSACHUSETTS

I think you'll hear it from generals and others, the current policy is growing the insurgency, not diminishing it.
RICE COULDN'T SAY WHEN U.S TROOPS MIGHT COME HOME BUT SAID THE DIFFICULT SACRIFICES HAVE BEEN NECESSARY AND RIGHT. IT'S A HARD PITCH NOT ONLY TO CRITICS ON CAPITOL HILL BUT AROUND THE WORLD. IF CONFIRMED RICE SAYS ONE OF HER FIRST PRIORITIES WILL BE TO FIX THE INTERNATIONAL FALLOUT.

(sot) CONDOLEEZZA RICE/SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEE "We must use American diplomacy to help create a balance of power in

the world that favors freedom. And the time for diplomacy is now.

SOT: Sen. Richard Lugar/(R) Indiana Our relationships with our allies will be grateful affected

by the secretary of state's actions and the effectiveness of the State Department in the coming years. Dr. Rice is highly qualified to meet those challenges.
STANDUP: RICE IS ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S CLOSEST ADVISORS. IF CONFIRMED, AS EXPECTED, THE DAUGHTER OF A PREACHER FROM BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA WILL BECOME THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO BE SECRETARY OF STATE.))

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State Attorney General Kilgore resigned his office today effective February first.
He says he's stapping down at the beginning of the General Assembly session so the Republican controlled legislature and NOT Democrat Governor Mark Warner can pick his replacement.
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Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine- the likely Democratic nominee for governor- says he thinks Kilgore's resignation shows he's more concerned about raising money than fulfilling his promise to the people of Virginia who put him in office.
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Kilgore is recommending Judy Jagdmann take his place.

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One school in our area has decided to close early tomorrow.
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[TAKE SCHOOL TOUCH FULL]
Mount Rogers Elementary School in Grayson County is closing at one tomorrow.
All other schools in Grayson County will remain on their normal schedules.
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[SS=NONE]ROBIN IN WX-CENTER


[WXPRO/FULL] WEATHER TODAY

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Iraq will close its borders and tighten security in response to two assasinations.
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Another candidate in the country's January 30th election was killed today, the second such political assassination in as many days. Iraqi officials say they'll close their borders, extend a nighttime curfew and ban most traffic for three days around election day. For many, the threat of violence only underscores the need for new leadership.
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((DR MAHDI AL-BASSAM/IRAQI NATIONAL CONGRESS: I'VE HAD PEOPLE CALL ME FROM BAGHDAD TO TELL ME THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO DIE IN THE PROCESS OF VOTING BECAUSE, TO THEM, IT IS WORTH DYING FOR.))
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It has been nearly 50 years since Iraqis decided a parliament in a free election.

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Some native Iraqis living in our area also hope to take part in the upcoming election.
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Hussain Alsaady (Al-SAH-dee) came to the U-S in 1994, with hopes of providing a better life for himself and his family. Now that he's able to take part in the upcoming election in Iraq, Alsaady says he hopes the people he left behind can have the same thing.
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((HUSSAIN ALSAADY/IRAQI EXPATRIATE: I'M HOPING FOR THE BABIES IN IRAQ TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE 21 WE DIDN'T HAVE A GOOD LIFE.))
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Alsaady says he doesn't mind having to make two trips to Maryland, first to register and then to vote. He says as a native, he feels it's his duty to do whatever it takes to help his country develop a democracy. Coming up on News 7 at Six, we'll talk to another Iraqi man who says the process isn't as easy for him.
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Still to come on the newscast, local health officials say it is still not too late to get a flu shot.
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Also we'll tell you why researchers say a common test for cancer is worthless.
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Flu activity in our region is sporadic at this point -- but that could change in the coming weeks.
That's because flu season could last until March.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details.
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Shannon, The question many people may be wondering is it to late to get a flu shot --and the answer is no.
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The Centers for Disease Control has actually lowered the age requirement for getting the shot from 65 to over 50.
The problem is where to find the vaccine --local physician offices may still be your best bet or check with your local health department.
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((
Lewis-Gale Medical Center is updating its staff on a weekly basis about the flu status and what symptoms to look for in patients. So far --the hospital has only had one confirmed case. But that could change particularly with the cold weather.
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((WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT INFLUENZA IS THAT THE VIRUS CAN BE SPREAD WHEN COUGH OR SNEEZE AND IT GOES ABOUT 3 TO 5 FEET. SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT DISTANCE AND CERTAINLY THINK WHEN YOU'RE IN ENCLOSED AREAS WITH COLD WEATHER YOU MAY HAVE MORE SPREAD OF INFLUENZA)) [RUNS14]
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That's why health officials encourage everyone to practice good hygiene.
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((THE PROBLEM WITH THE FLU YOU CAN SPREAD IT USUALLY 24 HOURS BEFORE YOU KNOW YOU'RE ILL. SO JUST BEING AWARE OF HYGIENE ALL THE TIME IS REALLY A GOOD IMPORTANT STEP)) [RUNS09]
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If you're in a high risk group you may still want to consider the flu shot.
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((IT TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO GET THAT IMMUNITY ONCE YOU'VE HAD THE VACCINE BUT IT CAN STILL BE PROTECTIVE IF WE'RE SEEING A LATER FLU SEASON IN FEB, AND MARCH)) [RUNS10]
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If you'd like to track flu activity in the state you can find a link to the CDC's web site on our web page. Updates are given weekly.
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Shannon,

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According to new research... a common test to detect colon cancer is wrong more often than not.
...so much so that researchers call the test quote "pretty worthless." Doctor Sean Kenniff has more.
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((TESTING A STOOL FOR HIDDEN BLOOD, KNOW AS THE FECAL OCCULT TEST IS A COMMON PROCEDURE....USUALLY DONE AS PART OF A YEARLY EXAM. IF RESULTS REVEAL AN IRREGULARITY PHYSICIANS HAVE PATIENTS GET A COLONOSCOPY TO SEE IF THERE ARE ACTUALLY ANY CANCEROUS GROWTHS IN THE COLON. IF THE TEST DOESN'T FIND ANYTHING, THEN A PHYSICIAN MIGHT NOT SUGGEST A COLONOSCOPY. BUT ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY THE TEST IS - WRONG - MUCH MORE - THAN IT'S RIGHT.

03:46(SOT-Dr. Blair Lewis/Mt.Sinai School of Medicine)

95 percent of the time fecal occult blood testing failed to identify to identify people who had polyps and precancerous lesions in their colon. :08
NOT ONLY DID THE FECAL TEST MISS POTENTIAL CANCER 95 PERCENT OF THE TIME.... BUT A MORE EXTENSIVE VERSION OF THE TEST WAS ALSO WRONG AT LEAST 76 PERCENT OF THE TIME.
WITH SUCH A HIGH RATE OF INACCURACY MOUNT SINAI'S DOCTOR BLAIR LEWIS SAYS THE TEST IS NEARLY USELESS AS A SCREENING TOOL.

02:17(SOT-Dr.Blair Lewis/Mt.Sinai School of Medicine)

if you get a negative test that doesn't protect you, that doesn't give you any sense of reassurance that you don't have colon cancer or you don't have a colon polyp. :08

(STANDUP: Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS NEWS/Miami,FL)

EXPERTS HAVE KNOWN ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH THE FECAL TEST OR A WHILE... BUT IT'S STILL GIVEN TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS. WHY?. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EITHER CAN'T AFFORD, OR JUST WON'T GET A COLONOSCOPY.

04:56(SOT- Dr. James Church/Cleveland Clinic)

"In practical terms while everyone should have a colonoscopy it's just not going to happen." :04
THE CLEVELAND CLINIC'S DOCTOR JAMES CHURCH SAYS IF USED PROPERLY THE FECAL TEST CAN BE A HELPFUL TOOL BUT IN THE END EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 50 SHOULD BE GETTING A COLONOSCOPY.

07:00(SOT- Dr. James Church/Cleveland Clinic)

"colorectal cancer is a very common disease, it's preventable, it's curable if caught early." :06
AND FOR CATCHING COLON CANCER EARLY, THE COLONOSCOPY IS THE BEST TOOL WE HAVE. DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))

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The first woman ever to head the board of Supervisors in Craig County is poised to take her seat tonight.
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While women have been on the board, no woman has been chairperson until tonight when Lisa Campbell will take the head seat. Craig County was established in 1852 and has gone through multiple forms of government. County Administrator Larry Moore says the appointment shows how the county is moving forward. This is Campbell's second year on the board.
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Coming up next, after months of shortage, farmers are stuck with a glut of tomatoes.
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[VO] Then a little bit later, we'll tell you why America's loss is Russia's gain when it comes to professional ice hockey.


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A fall tomato shortage has turned into a glut. And Florida growers say it's forced them to abandon 60 MILLION pounds of tomatoes on the vine in the last two weeks.
But Florida's agriculture commissioner has announced a national marketing campaign intended to jump start demand for tomatoes, which have been priced as high as four dollars a pound since early November.

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Coming up next in Sports, Mike Stevens will have the latest NASCAR news from Daytona.
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Plus we'll hear what the coach of the Atlanta Falcons has to say about this weekend's playoff game.
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Good evening everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker here on Your Hometown Station. It's week two of preseason testing at Daytona, and this morning it was even chilly on the beach.
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When the track opened at nine, temperatures were still in the 40s at Daytona. But while the air temp was cool, driver Scott Riggs was redhot. He posted the fastest time of the day at 185 point 109 miles an hour. Jimmie Johnson, was around the top five most of the day.
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Some folks are going in different directions. Robby Gordon - is now a part time Busch Series and Nextel Cup competitor with his own team driving with sponsorship from Fruit of the Loom. It's his second attempt as a car owner after leaving Richard Childress Racing.
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In one note from the beach, the Abingdon-based Morgan McClure race team announced today that it has secured sposnsorhip for the season with Lucas Oils. The team hopes to also lock down Mike Wallace to drive by the end of this week.

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Michael Vick and his Atlanta Falcons play the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday in Philly in the NFC championship game.
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Many say this Falcons team is nothing like the one that went to the super bowl in the late 90's, in fact only two players remain from that squad. Atlanta also is aware of the fact that it is playing a team that has found a home in the conference title game in recent years.
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Meanwhile, the AFC title game is right here on Your Hometown Station this Sunday at 6:30 as the Steelers play host to the Patriots.
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[GO TO APRISA] The pregame coverage begins at six with the NFL Today here on WDBJ-7. Pittsburgh beat New England in the regular season, but the Patriots are favored by three points in the early line from Las Vegas.
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Coming up at the top of the hour, tomorrow night is big night for ACC hoops for the Hokies and Hoos. Shannon will be back in a moment. Take care.

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Positive earnings news from financial companies helped bring buyers back to Wall Street.
Alexis Christoforous has the details in today's Marketwatch.
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The lockout of National Hockey League players has entered its 125th day. So far a total of 656 games have been canceled.
While American and Canadian fans are missing their favorite N-H-L stars, fans in Europe and Russia are reaping the benefits.
Beth Knobel has more.
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((PLAYERS MAY BE FROZEN OUT OF THE NHL--BUT IN RUSSIA, THE HOCKEY'S NEVER BEEN HOTTER. OF NEARLY 300 NHL STARS PLAYING IN EUROPE DURING THE LOCKOUT, OVER 60 ARE SKATING ON RUSSIAN ICE.
OF COURSE, IT'S MOSTLY RUSSIANS WHO'VE RETURNED, BUT THERE ARE OTHERS INCLUDING CANADIANS, FINNS AND CZECHS.
SUPER: OLEG SAPRYKIN, CSKA HOCKEY TEAM I think its just great for the fans for everyone, for the clubs too.
AFTER LOSING THEIR BEST STARS TO THE NHL FOR THE PAST DECADE, RUSSIAN FANS ARE DELIGHTED TO SEE THEIR FAVORITES BACK ON HOME ICE.
ALEXANDER FROLOV SHOULD BE PLAYING WITH THE LOS ANGELES KINGS THIS SEASON--BUT INSTEAD HE'S IN MOSCOW. HE SAYS THE NHL LOCKOUT MAKES THE RUSSIAN LEAGUE THE BEST IN THE WORLD.
SUPER: ALEXANDER FROLOV, CSKA MOSCOW HOCKEY TEAM "A lot of good players--really good players--came to the russian league from NHL so hockey became more interesting, more faster."
BETH KNOBEL ON CAM, MOSCOW. MOST OF THESE NHL STARS HAVE HAD TO TAKE A PRETTY BIG PAY CUT TO PLAY IN RUSSIA. BUT MOST OF THEM SAY ITS WORTH IT, BECAUSE WHAT THEY WANT MORE THAN MONEY IS JUST TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO PLAY.
BUT A FEW TEAMS HAVE BEEN SPENDING LIKE MAD TO BUILD THE TEAMS OF THEIR DREAMS--INCLUDING ONE THAT'S HIRED THIRTEEN NHL STARS.
ILYA KOVALCHUK, STAR WINGER FOR THE ATLANTA THRASHERS, IS ONE OF THOSE SKATING FOR THE CLUB THEY'VE DUBBED "THE NHL EAST."
SUPER: ILYA KOVLACHUK, AK BARS KAZAN HOCKEY TEAM "I'm just 21 years old--I want to keep playing, and keep doing my job."
AND IT MAY BE A LONG STAY. WITH THE HOCKEY TALKS DEADLOCKED AND THE NHL SEASON ON THE VERGE OF TOTAL CANCELLATION, RUSSIA MAY BE THE ONLY PLACE TO SEE AMERICAN HOCKEY FOR QUITE SOME TIME TO COME. BK, CBS NEWS, MOSCOW.))
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