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Teenagers talk on their cell phones and drive all the time. Why that could soon change.
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And is it just Halloween Fun or something more serious? VMI cadets dressed like Nazi's; others in Drag. The story from Lexington coming up.
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Tonight in sports - Hendrick Motorsports is the stop on the NASCAR Media Tour.
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And the Big Orange wrestling tourney is underway at Byrd - although the threat of weather is causing some changes.
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Winter Storm Watches for tomorrow will likely be upgraded to Warnings as the new snow forecast looks deeper. Details ahead. [Open]
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Here we go again. Another weekend, another hit of weekend weather.
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A winter storm watch is already in effect; warnings are likely to follow.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
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And I'm Keith Humprhy. [First-Wx]
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The latest blast of winter weather is headed our way.
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This time we are talking about snow and potentially the first big accumulations of the season.
Let's head right over to meteorologist Robin Reed in our Skytracker seven forecast center with more.
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Many parents buy their teenagers cell phones to make it easier to keep up with them.
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But a bill is moving through the General Assembly that would prohibit teens from talking while driving.
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Jennifer Wishon is in our Richmond Newsroom with more in this General Assembly report.
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The bill passed through the Senate today with a 32 to seven vote. Lawmakers say the graduated license system passed four years ago has helped save lives and call this the next step to cutting down on teen fatalities.
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It's commonplace these days. Drivers of all ages talking on cell phones. But some lawmakers say it's a practice that puts teenagers at risk.
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If passed in the House, the bill would make it illegal for teenagers, under the age of 18, to talk on a cell phone with or without a hands- free device. Lawmakers say that's because teens learning to drive need to keep their hands on the wheel and concentrate on what they're doing. But where enforcement is concerned, Senator Charles Hawkins says it's often hard for police officers to determine a drivers age.
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Patrons say police officers would have to make a judgment call - stopping someone only if they have reasonable suspicion that person is breaking the law. Senator Marty Williams wonders why the ban wasn't considered sooner.
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Teens would be allowed to use their phone in the case of an emergency. If passed Virginia would become the first state to ban cell phone use among teenagers.
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In other news today, the 13th time was unlucky for patrons of a bill allowing Virginia governors to succeed themselves. The bill was voted down in a House committee.

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Four Lynchburg-based Marines who were killed in Iraq Wednesday were remembered today during a rally in downtown Lynchburg.
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The names of the four were read at noon, followed by a moment of silence to honor their sacrifice.
A group of local residents has been holding rallies in support of America's troops every week since shortly after 9-11.
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Those killed included Liberty University graduate Jesse Strong, Martinsville police officer Jonathan Bowling and Virginia Tech graduate Christopher Weaver.
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Three V-M-I cadets posed for pictures at a Halloween party last Fall dressed like Nazi's. Two men dressed in drag. Two others appear to be mocking homosexuals.
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(( It was a corps-wide party, in barracks, approved by the Institute, policed by cadet leaders. The photos have been out there on the Internet a while, supposedly password protected. One cadet posed as Hitler and his Nazi henchmen. Two men wore make-up, tiaras and tank tops that read: "I heart a man in uniform." [14:53] ((Does any of this offend you personally? UH UH. NO NOT AT ALL. :04 Do you think something needs to be done about it? I DON'T THINK SO, NO.))
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A group called the Officer of the Guard Association WILL investigate, though, and report to a committee of cadets. Ultimately it's up to the Superintendent to decide whether any of those involved will be disciplined. [14:47:50] ((I'M MORE, SIR, SORT OF EMBARRASSED FOR OUR SCHOOL BECAUSE I THINK IT WAS SOMETHING THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED.))
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The remaining pictures purport to depict a starving African- -a white cadet whose body is painted black... and a pair of male cadets dressed as gay sailors. [14:34:26] ((THEY JUST SHOW A LACK OF CIVILITY. AND TO OPERATE IN TODAY'S SOCIETY, YOU HAVE TO GET ALONG WITH PEOPLE.))
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Aaron Gleaton, a Senior from Charlotte attended the party on Halloween. Despite his African heritage, he says he's not offended. [14:44] ((IT'S THE NATURE OF HALLOWEEN. YOU DRESS UP IN DIFFERENT COSTUMES.))
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[14:54:25] ((IT'S REALLY A CONTEST TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL LAUGH OR REMEMBER YOUR COSTUME. UNFORTUNATELY SOME PEOPLE ARE REMEMBERING FOR THE WRONG REASONS RIGHT NOW.))
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The firewalls still need work. Still ahead, why Roanoke's newest school still can't open.
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And like the tsunami itself, this parade on campus hit home for some students at Tech.
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[MINI-OPEN] Virginia Tech showed its colors today, as hundreds of students walked the campus in a silent parade of Flags.
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It was designed to raise awareness for the December Tsunami victims and the continuing relief efforts.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel was at the march and has the details. Rachel?
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Keith and Jean, A flag from all 120 countries represented at the University was marched through campus today. And several students who were directly affected by the tradegy told their stories of heart break and recovery for the first time.
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This is still a very emotional time for both students. They are thankful to all the Americans who have donated money. They say, they don't want people to forget... help is going to be needed for quite some time.
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By the way, Keith and Jean this effort today kicked off a campaign. The University is challenging itself to raise 100-thousand dollars for the relief effort.

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Aid is now reaching survivors of the tsunami, but conditions remain so bad in many areas, it's hard to know where to begin. That's the observation of a Roanoke doctor who is now helping with relief efforts in Sri Lanka.
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[NO SUPER] Two weeks into their trip, Sam and Kathy Samarasinghe (SAM-uh-ruh-SING-eh) have travelled to the coastal regions where the doctor grew up... where the tsunami caused widespread damage and tremendous loss of life. Relief has been arriving slowly.
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The Samarasinghes (SAM-uh-ruh-SING-ehz) have delivered medical supplies to a camp caring for hundreds, and purchased equipment to help feed tsunami survivors. They will return home in early February.
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Students at a Henry County school dug into their piggy banks to help tsunami victims.
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For months, the 405 students at the Carlisle School traded their change for a paper chain link. Almost 15-thousand links were collected and today, the students presented a check for more than 35-hundred dollars to an international relief fund.
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((SIMON OWEN-WILLIAMS:WE'VE HAD SOME SIXTEEN THOUSAND CONTRIBUTIONS. THE CHAIN ITSELF HAS GROWN SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY EXTEND IT FROM ONE SIDE OF THE CAMPUS TO THE OTHER. SO IT HAS REALLY BECOME A SYMBOL OF UNITY FOR US.))
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The money is being used to rebuild schools, resupply damaged schools, and assist displaced children.
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Stocks closed lower but posted their first weekly gain of the year. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The Dow fell forty points. Nasdaq dropped 11.
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Fire walls are not high enough in Roanoke's newest elementary School-
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That means another delay for the move into the new Roanoke Academy of Math and Science.
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Building inspectors say fire walls at the new RAMSare not high enough.
The fire walls went to the ceiling but should extend through to the roof. That work is now being done.
The move was supposed to take place over Christmas Break- it was then pushed back to this week- A new move in date has not been scheduled.
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Coming up in sports - the Big Orange Wrestling tournament is underway and in overdrive. It's Tech and UVa again tonight.
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Plus, tonight's report from the NASCAR Media Tour in the Carolinas takes us to Hendrick Motorsports in Concord.
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The biggest wrestling event in the area the 29th annual Big Orange wrestling tournament at William Byrd opened this afternoon, and the matches are more non-stop than ever.
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The tournament usually runs through Saturday night. But officials have now bumped the semi-finals up to begin tomorrow morning at 9, and that means the championship round will get started at 1pm tomorrow instead of six. The hope is that this will allow the tourney to wrapup by 3, and get all of the wrestlers and fans home before the precipitation starts. One of the top teams never even made it.
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The folks in Salem also are trying to beat the weather. Their varsity boys' basketball game with Blacksburg set for tomorrow night will now be played at one tomorrow at Salem high.

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Rick Hendrick and his organization are back at work just over three months after a plane crash took several members of their racing family. Travis Wells says that while the hurt hasn't gone away, the team is more focused than ever.
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The Tech-UVa rivalry rolls on tonight - this time in Charlottesville as the Virginia Tech women take on the UVa women in a seven o'clock tip-off. UVa is 3-and-2 in the ACC, while the Hokies are 2-and-3. [TOSS] The Hokies also got another big commitment today in football as Greg Boone a six-four 240 pound quarteback from Oscar Smith high school in Cheasapeake picked the Hokies. He's considered a Daunte Culpper type quarterback.

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