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An accident on Interstate 81 is blocking traffic for some drivers this morning.
State Police dispatchers say an overturned tractor trailer at exit 153 in Botetourt County is blocking the left side of the southbound lane of I-81.
No word on injuries or what caused the accident.
Warmer temperatures today should help with some of the melting on secondary roads, but that's not helping the situation this morning.
Dispatchers in Franklin County are reporting that Adney's Gap Road is in bad shape.
Also, Crowell's Gap Road will remain shut down until later today.
You'll want to watch out for icy spots as you head out today.
VDOT's website is still reporting minor conditions on some primary roads.
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For more information on conditions in your area, call V-DOT at 1-800-367-ROAD.
It's going to be a rough morning commute in most of the Northeast today, as residents dig out from under the winter storm.
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New York City crews worked around the clock to clear more than a foot of snow before today's morning rush.
In Massachusetts, schools are closed after Mother Nature dumped up to 38 inches of snow.
Now that the snow is over, the deep freeze is settling in.
For those who live there, it's nothing unusual for this time of year.
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((WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO BESIDES MOVE? WE LIVE HERE FOR A LITTLE VARIETY. IT MAKES YOU ENJOY THE SUMMER A LITTLE BIT MORE.))
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Thousands of air travelers stranded by the blizzard are hoping to get
off the ground today.
For three decades, he was king of late night television.
Yesterday morning, comedian Johnny Carson died from complications of emphysema at the age of 79.
Jennifer Donelan takes the look back at the career of a legend.
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[SUPER=01-Ray Romano/"Everybody Loves Raymond"; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Don Rickles/Comedian; 1:21]
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WHEN JOHNNY CARSON WALKED ONTO THE SET...HE WALKED INTO MILLIONS OF
LIVING ROOMS...AND SENT VIEWERS TO BED IN STITCHES. IN LIFE AND NOW IN
DEATH...HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR THE LAUGHS.
"My leaving doesn't mean we're not going to see other again."
SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY, CARSON DIED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING OF EMPHYSEMA
AT HIS HOME IN MALIBU.
Standup - Jennifer Donelan
"Carson's star of on walk on the fame...(more to come) he was the king
of late night TV"
FOR MORE THAN 3 DECADES, SOME 24 THOUSAND GUESTS SAT DOWN BESIDE
HIM...THE FAMOUS... THE YOUNG...AND THE FOUR LEGGED KIND.
HE SANG WITH MUSICAL GREATS...WAS NEVER AFRAID TO GET INTO
CHARACTER...AND NEVER AFRAID TO LAUGH AT HIMSELF.
THE WORLD OF STAND UP WILL FOREVER OWE CARSON. FOR MANY THE SHOW WAS A
CAREER LAUNCHING PAD....TO OTHERS HE WAS AN INSPIRATION.
Sot Ray Romano
"If I had to pick an inspiration it would be him."
WHEN CARSON RETIRED FROM TELEVISION IN 1992...HE TURNED THE SPOTLIGHT
AWAY AND SOUGHT A PRIVATE LIFE.
Sot - Don Rickles
"I am sure he can hear me hopefully. We all miss you and you made your
mark on this world...god rest his soul."
CARSON WAS 79 YEARS OLD. JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, HOLLYWOOD
U- S and Iraqi troops have sealed off the area around the prime minister's party headquarters after the latest suicide bombing.
At least 10 Iraqis were injured, most of them police officers.
The same office was targeted by attackers earlier this month.
With less than a week to go before elections, the most wanted man in Iraq is trying to keep voters away from the polls.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi delivered a new audio message declaring war on quote "the evil principle of democracy and those who follow it."
Authorities are investigating a weekend shooting in Roanoke.
Officers responded to a home in the 700-block of Murray Avenue Saturday just after eight p-m.
They found a man in his 20's shot twice in the abdomen.
The victim was conscious when he was being transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police are not releasing his name or condition.
Officials say he appears to be a Roanoke resident, but did not live at the home where he was shot.
In business news, stocks closed lower on Friday.
Stan Case explains in today's business brief.
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((STOCKS TUMBLED FRIDAY.
THE DOW INDUSTRIALS LOST 78-POINTS.
THE NASDAQ DROPPED 11.
THE MAJOR INDEXES HAVE NOW POSTED THREE STRAIGHT WEEKLY DECLINES TO BEGIN 2005.
GENERAL ELECTRIC, THE NATION'S LARGEST COMPANY BY MARKET VALUE, REPORTED A
FOURTH QUARTER PROFIT OF FIVE-POINT-THREE BILLION DOLLARS, UP 18-PERCENT FROM A
THE COMPANY ATTRIBUTED THE RESULTS, WHICH BEAT WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS, TO THE
IMPACT OF ACQUISITIONS, STRONG INDUSTRIAL SALES AND FAVORABLE GLOBAL ECONOMIC
G-E PREDICTS EARNINGS GROWTH OF 10 TO 15 PERCENT THIS YEAR.
THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ANNOUNCED ITS CHAIRMAN, MICHAEL POWELL,
SUBMITTED HIS RESIGNATION AND WILL LEAVE IN MARCH.
POWELL, WHO HAS HEADED THE AGENCY SINCE EARLY 2001, IS THE SON OF RETIRING
SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL.
AT THE F-C-C, THE YOUNGER POWELL HAD PUSHED FOR INCREASED FINES FOR OBSCENITY
AND INDECENT CONTENT BY THE NATION'S BROADCASTERS.
AND HE BACKED A CHANGE IN MEDIA OWNERSHIP RULES THAT ALLOWED FOR GREATER
CONSOLIDATION BY THE INDUSTRY'S LARGEST CONGLOMERATES.
RADIO PERSONALITY HOWARD STERN... A LONG-TIME CRITIC OF THE F-C-C, CALLED
POWELL'S RESIGNATION "A GREAT DAY IN BROADCASTING."
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))
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Some residents in Botetourt County are not ready to pull the plug on their community lake.
Members of Rainbow Forest Recreation Association have been ordered to drain their community lake because the dam holding the water isn't up to state code.
The group hired a private engineer to offer suggestions in the project's next step.
Four options have been suggested -- ranging in costs from about 178 to 41-thousand dollars.
Those options include adding culverts to the existing dam, creating a dam in front of the current structure or ceasing to have a lake and dam altogether.
The amount of community-donated money by the end of March will determine which option is selected.
Conservationists are pressing state lawmakers to dig deeper in their pockets.
Virginia ranks 50th in the nation in funding for natural resources.
Groups like the New River and Western Virginia Land Trusts went to Richmond this past week to press lawmakers.
Members say they are grateful the state allocated five-million dollars for the first time ever to land conservation in last year's budget -- but they say it's not enough.
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((ELIZABETH OBENSHAIN: THAT'S ONLY 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR THE ENTIRE STATE. YOU CAN'T EVEN BUY A FARM IN RINER A FARM IN RINER..IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOR THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY.))
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Members say the state needs to add a lot more money to the pot, if Virginia is to create more easements or buy more land to protect it from development.
Some felines were put to the test in an agility contest over the weekend.
Cat lovers were out in force to show off their furry friends, but not every pet was there to be judged.
The International Cat Agility Tournament was on hand to introduce the newest craze in the cat world.
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((CAROLYN SHELBURNE:THIS IS ACTUALLY ALMOST AS STRENUOUS SOMETIMES AS DOG AGILITY BECAUSE YOU ARE TRYING TO GET ON THE GROUND, MOVE AROUND, GET EXCITED WITH YOUR CAT. YOU ARE LIKE CHEER LEADING THIS CAT ON WHILE YOUR OUT THERE ON THE COURSE.))
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The i-CAT tournament organizers hope the event's popularity will pick up, and prove that a pet feline isn't just a good listener.
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