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Snow is falling across the region, and some schools are closing early.

We'll have the latest information, coming up.
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And, the United Way in Central Virginia needs a helping hand itself, after falling HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars below its goal.
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Scattered snow showers will continue in some locations but will diminish as we head through the afternoon. I'll have your forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Just a week after setting record highs, we're seeing some of our first winter precipitation of the year.
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The winter weather is leading several schools in our region to close early.
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Bath County Schools are closing at 1:30.
The Fuqua School in Farmville is closing at 1:00.
Mount Rogers Elementary in Grayson County is closing at one. All other Grayson County schools are on their regular schedule.
Halifax Christian School closed at 11:30 this morning.
The Head Start in Max Meadows is closed.
And schools in Nelson County closed this morning at 11:30.
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You can get all the up to date school and church information on our website at WDBJ7-dot-com.

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Roanoke County Police had to contend with the snow this morning, as they worked to clear an early morning accident on Bent Mountain.
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They closed two lanes of Bent Mountain road around 10 o'clock, so a wrecker could retrieve a car from the steep hillside. The car was involved in an accident around 1:30 this morning. There's no word on whether anyone was injured in that accident.
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[United-Way]


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They had hoped to raise almost three and a half million dollars for various agencies and programs in Central Virginia ... but the United Way there says it is far short of that goal.
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United Way leaders today asked local businesses and the public to help them make up a 438-thousand dollar shortfall from their 2004 campaign.
They say the money shortage could have a detrimental effect on thousands of people.
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((GREG GRAHAM/UNITED WAY BOARD CHAIRMAN: YOU CANNOT FIND A MORE EFFECTIVE AND MORE EFFICIENT WAY TO CHANNEL YOUR CHARITABLE DOLLARS INTO THIS COMMUNITY AND MAKE AS GREAT AN IMPACT AND AFFECT AS MANY PEOPLE AS THROUGH THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE CHANGED THROUGH THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE AGENCIES OF UNITED WAY.))
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The agency is encouraging more businesses to run a United Way campaign.
They hope to raise the needed money by the end of February.
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Although she admitted to some "bad decisions" when it comes to Iraq, Condoleezza Rice has won partial approval to be the next Secretary of State.
By a vote of 16-to-two, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination.
The nomination now goes to the full Senate, where confirmation seems certain.
Jennifer Miller has the latest.
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CONDOLEEZA RICE IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING THE NEXT SECRETARY OF STATE ... AND FOURTH IN LINE TO THE PRESIDENCY.
AFTER TWO DAYS OF HEATED HEARINGS THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE VOTED TO SEND HER NOMINATION TO THE FULL SENATE FOR CONFIRMATION.
THE VOTE MAY HAVE BEEN A FOREGONE CONCLUSION....IT DIDN'T COME EASY.
SEN. JOSEPH BIDEN (D-DELAWARE) Let's make it clear, I'm going to vote for you, but I must tell you it's a vote out of frustration and some reservation."
AND SENATOR BARBARA BOXER ... WHO GRILLED RICE ON TUESDAY ... CONTINUED HER ATTACK WEDNESDAY... SAYING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S ZEAL TO GO TO WAR WITH IRAQ WAS SO STRONG THEY MANIPULATED THE FACTS ...
SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-CALIFORNIA) "To me, it's like telling a half truth the American people ... it's gaming the American people."
RICE, WHO HAS SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, ALSO CAME UNDER FIRE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION'S HANDLING OF THE POST- WAR INSURGENCY AND ITS RELUCTANCE TO ADMIT ANY WRONGDOING.
BIDEN ... Instead of seizing the opportunity, Dr. Rice you danced around it, party line .,.. never made any mistakes, never wrong."
CONDOLEEZZA RICE, SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEE. "I know enough about history to stand back and judge decisions not at the moment, but afterward ..."
STANDUP CLOSE: (To come
( TWO VOTES AGAINST HER....SEN.BARBARA BOXER AND SEN.JOHN KERRY

JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEW YORK)
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California has carried out its first execution in three years.
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61- year- old Donald Beardslee was given a lethal injection one minute after midnight today at San Quentin.
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Beardslee was convicted in the 19-81 murders of two women over a drug deal gone bad.
Witnesses say Beardslee was calm during his final minutes.
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Yesterday, the U-S Supreme court rejected his final appeal.
Before that, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down his request for clemency.
Beardslee is the 11th person put to death since California reinstated the death penalty in 19- 78.
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At least 12 people are dead after a series of car bombings in Baghdad.
Abu Musab al- Zarqawi's militant group has claimed responsibility for one of the bombings.
But there were even more attacks today beyond the capital city.
U-S military officials now put the death toll at 26.
David Hawkins has the latest.
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(PKG) (OPEN) SO FAR TODAY THERE'VE BEEN SIX LOUD EXPLOSIONS HERE IN BAGHDAD... AT LEAST FOUR OF THEM WE KNOW ARE THE R

ESULT OF SUICIDE CAR BOMB ATTACKS. (tape - australian embassy aftermath) THE FIRST BLAST OCCURED OUTSIDE THE AUSTRALI
AN EMBASSY... (SOT COL. MIKE MURRAY, 1ST CAVALRY) IT DROVE IN NEXT TO THE BUILDING BEHIND ME AND EXPLODED. A LARGE AM

OUNT OF EXPLOSIVES. TWO IRAQIS WERE KILLED AND TWO AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS WERE INJURED. (GRAPHIC) -- 30 MINUTES LATER ANOTHER CAR BOMB BLEW UP NEAR A HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD. -- THE THIRD ATTACK HAPPENED NEAR BAGHDAD'S AIRPORT. -- THE FOURTH TOOK PLACE AT A CHECKPOINT NEAR A POLICE RECRUITING CENTER. -- AND THEN ANOTHER ONE AT A BANK (baghdad car bombs) U.S. OFFICIALS SAY ALL THE CAR BOMBS WERE STOPPED BY SECURITY FORCES AND MISSED THEIR INTENDED TARGETS. STILL... MO
RE THAN TWO DOZEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND ABOUT AS MANY WERE WOUNDED. (tape, natsot gun battle in mosul) THROUGHOUT THE

COUNTRY... U.S. AND OTHER MULTINATIONAL FORCES ARE BATTLING WITH INSURGENTS WHO ARE INTENT ON DISRUPTING IRAQ'S FIRST FREE ELECTIONS... NOW LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY. (CLOSE) (to come) ... DH - CBS NEWS - BAGHDAD .))
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Coming up next on the newscast, V-M-I's Corp of Cadets prepares to march in the inauguration.
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That as security becomes tighter than ever as the Nation's Capitol prepares for the President's big day.
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The celebrations are well underway as the countdown to tomorrow's Presidential inauguration continues.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington D-C.
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(( PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE FIRST LADY BEGAN THIS INAUGURATION EVE WITH A TOUR OF HISTORY AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, GLANCING THROUGH THE BLUEPRINTS OF THE NATION, INCLUDING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, THE CONSTITUTION AND THE INAUGURAL SPEECH GIVEN BY GEORGE WASHINGTON.

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THE PRESIDENT IS NOW ON THE 16TH DRAFT OF HIS "OWN" INAUGURAL ADDRESS, WHICH THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS HE'LL REHEARSE AGAIN TODAY. AS HE'S SWORN IN FOR HIS SECOND TERM, HE'LL HAVE PROTECTION LIKE NO PRESIDENT BEFORE HIM.

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SECURITY HAS BEEN DOING PRACTICE DRILLS ALL WEEK. FROM THE AIR WHERE FIGHTER JETS WILL PATROL THE SKIES ......................TO THE GROUND WHERE THOUSANDS OF ARMED SECURITY WILL PATROL THE STREETS ...............TO THE WATER....WHERE COAST GUARD CUTTERS EQUIPPED WITH MACHINE GUNS WILL PATROL THE POTOMAC....SECURITY IS EVERYWHERE.

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A HUGE PART OF DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON IS CLOSED...MORE THAN 100 SQUARE BLOCKS. IN ADDITION TO THE UNPRECEDENTED SECURITY, THIS INAUGURATION HAS AN UNPRECEDENTED COST... A PRICE TAG OF AROUND 40 MILLION DOLLARS.

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TONIGHT, PRESIDENT BUSH ATTENDS THREE CANDLELIGHTS DINNERS WITH THE PARTY'S HIGHEST DONORS. AFTERWARD HE'LL HIT THE FIRST OF THE INAUGURAL BALLS...THE BLACK TIE AND BOOTS BALL...WITH HIS FELLOW TEXANS. AS, CBS NEWS, WASH.))




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News 7's Richmond Bureau Chief Jennifer Wishon will be attending the inauguration. She will have live reports begin

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The Corps of Cadets at V-M-I will take part tomorrow in President Bush's inauguration.
Justin McLeod has more.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll let you know if anyone won last night's 130 MILLION dollar lottery jackpot.
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Also we'll tell you why a million dollar prize has gotten a Survivor winner in trouble with the law.
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A single player has won the grand prize from the latest Mega Millions lotto drawing.
Lottery officials said the winning ticket from Tuesday night's drawing _ worth $130 million _ was sold in Washington, Ga.
In addition to the grand prize winner, 23 players matched all five numbers but not the Mega Ball number. They will receive second prizes of $175,000 each.

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He may have outwitted his fellow castaways on "Survivor," but Richard Hatch is finding the I-R-S a much tougher competitor.
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The first winner of the reality T-V show has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion.
Prosecutors say the 43- year- old Hatch didn't tell the I-R-S about the million dollars he won-- very publicly-- on "Survivor" back in 2000.
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Hatch faces up to 10 years in jail and a half- million dollar fine.
He's scheduled to be arraigned in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday.
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The world's largest iceberg is apparently on a collision course with a glacier in Antarctica.
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Here are some of the first pictures available of the phenomenon.
Officials say the 100- mile- long iceberg has been heading toward the glacier at the speed of just over a mile a day.
The glacier is about half the size of the iceberg.
U-S researchers have estimated that iceberg contains enough water to supply Egypt's Nile River complex for 80 years.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 44 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 18.

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We'll find out what N-F-L and A-C-C action you can find here on Your Hometown Station, coming up in Sports.
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Plus, record- breaking pitcher Roger Clemens is hoping to become the highest paid thrower in the history of major league baseball.
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A-C-C action heats up for the Commonwealth tonight. Tech hosts N-C State, while U-V-A plays at Maryland.
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UVa is in desperate need of an ACC win. A loss at Maryland means an OH and 5 start to the conference season. Although the Wahoos lost at Duke Sunday, the seniors feel there were positives to build on.
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UVa's best player Sunday was freshman Sean Singletary. The point guard scored a team high 21 points, and the fact that his shoulder injury is healing has a lot to do with his improved play.
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[WIPE TO APRISA ACC BOARD 12001] And the only place to catch the Cavaliers in action tonight is right here on WDBJ-7.
The Cavs and Terps tip things off in College Park at nine.
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[wipe to apirsa ACC BOARD 12002] Also, bonus coverage from your home for the ACC for those of you who are able to get our 7-too signal. Tonight 7-too will have the Carolina at Clemson game at 9.
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[go to aprisa on nfl on wdbj] And the AFC Championship game is this Sunday right here on WDBJ-7. The game kicks-off shortly after 6:30 Sunday night.
Pre-game coverage from CBS with the NFL today gets underway at six - only on Your Hometown Station.
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Seven time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens is pitching to become the highest paid hurler in Major League Baseball.

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He's asking for a record 22 million dollars in salary arbitration. Houston is only offering 13 and a half million dollars. The difference alone is much more than most players get paid -- and it's more than he earned this year. Clemens took a deep pay cut to play for his hometown team.
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The midpoint of the abritration figure is 17 and three quarter million dollars -- a million more than the top pitching salary Randy Johnson is getting from his new team. The highest ever paid to a pitcher in a single season was the 17 and a half million earned last year by Boston's Pedro Martinez.

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