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It's back.
Another winter storm is barring down on the region.
And as you can imagine a number of schools and businesses are closed today.
We will display the information across your screen throughout the morning.

7weather


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It's only been a few weeks since the last winter storm, but it seems mother nature is not finished with the white stuff.
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Beth, what can we expect for the rest of the day, and throughout the weekend?
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(beth toss to mel)


7Snow


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With snow on the ground and more headed our way, the roads of western Virginia will be paved with problems today.
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That's certainly the case in the New River Valley this morning, where several inches of snow have accumulated in some locations.
Overnight, state Police had their hands full with minor accidents, but there are no reports this morning of any serious injuries or major bottlenecks.
Meanwhile, the department of transportation and state police are urging everyone to stay off the road, but they're recommending snow tires or chains for those folks who have to hit the highway this morning.
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7Phil-Clayborne


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A Danville judge has convicted the first of two men charged with the strangling death of man last summer.
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Phil Dennis Clayborne was found guilty yesterday of robbing and killing 32 year old Angel Lewis Dejesus (De-Hey-Sues) of New Jersey.
The victim's body was found outside a home in Danville last July.
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Dejesus was in town visiting a family friend.
He was the father of five children.
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A second defendant in the case, Bryant Lymont Powell, will be tried for his alleged role in the crime later this month.

7McCoy


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And in Appomatax, a man could be locked up for killing a Lynchburg man last spring.
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A Lynchburg jury last night rejected Terry Hunter McCoy's claim of self- defense in the shooting death of Darryl Rosser in May.
Prosecutors had sought a second degree murder conviction, but were happy with the verdict- guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
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((MIKE DOUCETTE/PROSECUTOR: AND THE ONLY VIEWPOINT THAT WE HAD WAS THAT OF THE DEFENDANT. AND THAT MAKES SELF- DEFENSE CASES THE TOUGHEST HOMICIDE CASES TO TRY OF ALL. SO YEAH, WE'RE SHOOTING FOR FIRST DEGREE, BUT IN THIS SORT OF A CASE, THIS IS GRATIFYING.))
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If the judge upholds the jury's sentence, McCoy will have to serve the full ten year prison term.
That was some consolation to the victim's family.
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((EMMA ROSSER/VICTIM'S MOTHER: THAT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD, THAT HE HAS TO SERVE ALL OF IT. BUT HE STILL DESERVES MORE THAN WHAT HE GOT.))
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McCoy will be sentenced March 15th.
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55schoolWatch


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Good morning everyone, I'm Melanie Moon,
It is Friday February 2nd, Groundhog day.
In Pennsylvania this morning, the Ground hog HAS seen his shadow and it's easy to believe he's right-- predicting several more weeks of winter.
Overnight another winter storm hit the state dumping several inches of snow and in same places freezing rain, ice and sleet.
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A number of school's and businesses are closed this morning.
Stayed tuned to news 7, we will display them for you throughout the morning.

55STORM


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State police are reporting a number of accidents during the morning rush hour across the state.
Icy roads are causing many fender-benders along the interstates and many secondary roads.
Drivers are urged to stay at home if they can.
Here in western Virginia, some areas are already reporting several inches on the ground.
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Though it promises to be a difficult day of driving, Joe Dashiell reports the morning has not brought any major accidents or traffic tie-ups.
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That's right Melanie... slick roads have caused plenty of minor accidents and police have had their hands full overnight... but so far... we have only minor accidents to report.
And behind the wheel of area snowplows, crews are hoping their work overnight will pay off later today.
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In Roanoke the plows were out with the first flakes, and most roads were passable as the sun rose over rush hour this morning.
And in the New River Valley... several inches of snow made plenty of work for the plows there... but again no reports this morning of serious problems.
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Valley Metro and Danville Transit are running their snow routes this morning... and air travellers can expect flight cancellations and delays as the storm affects airports up and down the east coast.
Melanie, reports from American Electric Power this morning are good... with no widespread outtages overnight.
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Melanie... it appears that the New River Valley is among those areas receiving the heaviest snow...
Two hours ago, the weather service was already reporting 8 1/2 inches of snow on the ground in Dublin.

55weather


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The winter storm warning will remain in effect for the rest of today, through tomorrow.
Snow accumulations could reach a foot or more.
Highs today will be in the low 20s.
Tonight, the snow will continue, accumlations could total up to 16 inches.
Temperatures wil remain in the low 20s.
Looking ahead expect more snow over the weekend and cold temperatures.
Night time lows are expected to drop down to the low to mid teens.

55Phil-Clayborne


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A Danville judge has convicted the first of two men charged with the strangling death of man last summer.
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Phil Dennis Clayborne was found guilty yesterday of robbing and killing 32 year old Angel Lewis Dejesus (De-Hey-Sues) of New Jersey.
The victim's body was found outside a home in Danville last July.
SUPER=04-July 13;


Dejesus was in town visiting a family friend.
He was the father of five children.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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A second defendant in the case, Bryant Lymont Powell, will be tried for his alleged role in the crime later this month.

55Payne


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In other news from Southside --
Fifth District Congressman L-F Payne says his plans for the future will become clear Monday when he announces whether he will seek re-election.
The Democrat said yesterday he's taking time out to weigh family considerations before making up his mind.


8schoolWatch


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It's back.
Another winter storm is barring down on the region.
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And as you can imagine a number of schools and businesses are closed today.
We will display the information across your screen throughout the morning.

8Storm


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Winter's latest assault on western Virginia is bringing challenges for police and plows.
State police are reporting a number of accidents during morning rush hour across the state.
Snow and ice covered roads are causing many fender-benders along the interstates and many secondary roads.
Drivers are urged to stay at home if they can.
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Joe Dashiell reports that teacherous conditions have made driving difficult throughout our region.
Joe, how bad is it on area highways this morning?
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Melanie... the totals are mounting... for example more than eight and a half inches of snow on the ground in Dublin
Freezing rain to our east has kept police busy with accidents... but so far most are apparently minor.
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In Roanoke, more than five inches have fallen in some locations...
The snowplows were out overnight, making progress... most roads are passable and traffic is moving.
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The New River Valley has a heavier load to deal with, but again the area appears to faring well this morning under the circumstances, with no serious accidents or bottlenecks to report.
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Valley Metro and Danville Transit on their snowe routes this morning. Greater Lynchburg Transit is running its regular schedule as close to normal as possible.
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And air travellers can expect delays and cancellations, but Melanie this morning the Roanoke Airport is open.

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That's it for news and weather.
Stayed tuned to news 7, we'll have weather updates and school and business Have a great day. information for you throughout the morning.