How many convicted sex offenders live in YOUR neighboorhood? State police now have a list that you can check on your home computer. We'll show you how.
Also on News 7 at 5, lean why a lot of tanks are heading for Virginia's southside.
A dramatic change in temperatures by tomorrow, then some sun followed by a messy weekend. Details just ahead.
Today on health check --
A new study finds a link between smoking and divorce.
The Meals on Wheels program in Radford turns 25.
Plus a new treatment for a sleeping disorder gets the governments safety OK.
News 7 at 5 is just ahead.
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((GARY ARONHOLT/VIRGINIA SEC'Y OF PUBLIC SAFETY: SO THAT THEY MAY BE ARMED. THEY MAY BE EQUIPPED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS.))
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Virginia's violent sex offenders are now "on line."
You can see who's on the list from your own neighborhood.
Good afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry. Jean has the day off.
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More than 46- hundred violent sex offenders are now available for your perusal on the Internet.
It's Virginia's latest effort to comply with the federal Megan's Law.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Tell us what we'll find on this web site.
Keith, it is NOT complete.
It is NOT guaranteed to be accurate.
But it is the first list of violent sex offenders ever made available to the general public... many with recent pictures... and in a searchable form so that you can find out if your acquaintances and neighbors are violent sexual predators.
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(( The faces range from good likenesses to eery masks.
There are even women.
They all list the violent sex crime that earned a place in this database.
And they're searchable by zip code, county, city, or name.
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((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-WARM SPRINGS: SOME WOULD HAVE US PAMPHLETEER IN COMMUNITIES OR POST NOTICE ON TREES...IN DEVELOPING THIS WEB PAGE, I THINK WE'VE STRUCK THE RIGHT BALANCE. WE REQUIRE PEOPLE WHO WANT THE INFORMATION TO GO GET IT.))
The General Assembly mandated the Virginia State Police put this site together.
Now what do we do with it?
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: I WOULD DO NOTHING DIFFERENTLY THAN I'M ALREADY DOING AS A PARENT. I THINK ALL OF US WHO ARE PARENTS ARE AWARE OF THE DAY AND TIME THAT WE LIVE IN, AND ARE MORE THAN AWARE THAT PEOPLE ARE IN AND AMONGST US, AND ARE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN HUMANLY CAN DO AS MOTHERS AND FATHERS TO ALREADY PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.))
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It may be comforting to know that despite whatever recent address these offenders have given, the majority are currently incarcerated in state jails or prisons.
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KEITH: What about NON-violent sex criminals?
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As computers enter yet another part of our lives... what happens if they fail?
A town in Texas did exactly that recently, simulating the effects of a complete Year 2000 shutdown.
Norfolk Southern is also hard at work trying to fix the Y2K problem.
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But can Norfolk Southern and others fix EVERYTHING in time?
The answer is not what you want to hear.
Learn more as our series "Battling The Bug" continues tonight on News 7 at 6.
The latest word from Yemen is that four Westerners who were held hostage by militant Islamic tribesmen died today, when Yemen security forces stormed the kidnappers' hideout.
Britain's foreign secretary says the victims include three British
hostages and an Australian.
Iraq is sounding more warnings against the United States, but Washington says it will not back down.
This time, it's over Iraq's ability to fly over its own air space.
Jonathan Freed has the latest.
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The Pentagon released its latest victory video...this one of Monday's
explosive confrontation in northern Iraq. It shows U-S warplanes
returning Iraqi fire...destroying an anti-aircraft site.
NATSOT: BOMBING VIDEO.
On Tuesday, more rhetoric was coming out of Baghdad...bravado declaring
again that Iraq does not recognize the no-fly zones in the northern and
southern part of the country.
SOT (NIZAR HAMDOON/IRAQI AMBASSADOR TO THE U-N): IT'S A SOVEREIGN
NATION. IT'S A COUNTRY THAT'S BEEN SEVERELY DAMAGED BY THE AIR STRIKES
LAST MONTH AND WE'VE SAID MANY TIMES, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, THAT THESE NO
FLY ZONES ARE ILLEGAL.
Iraq repeated its vow to take action against anyone violating its
The White House responded that Iraq's threats are not militarily
significant...and that the no-fly zones will continue to be
enforced...with help from Britain.
The zones were established after the Gulf War...to protect Kurds in the
north and Shi'ite muslims in the south.
NATSOT: BAGHDAD DEMONSTRATION.
In the Iraqi capital, hundreds of people demonstrated...burning American
and Israeli flags...protesting the recent air strikes led by the U-S.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): AS TO WHAT TYPE OF ACTION THE U-S
WILL TAKE TO ENFORCE THE ZONES...THE WHITE HOUSE IS INSISTING THAT
AMERICAN PILOTS WILL DO WHATEVER IS APPROPRIATE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.
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(toss to Robin)
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There's plenty of bad weather, and its effects, to go around. Still ahead on News 7, the power is still out for many Virginians.
And in Florida, a busy highway and thick fog make for a dangerous match .. and big-time backups.
And on Healthcheck ... do smoking and marriage make a good match? A new study suggests smokers don't always make the best mates.
That's all coming up when the news continues.
Six days after the worst ice storm to hit the state in five years, 46- thousand central and eastern Virginians are still without power.
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State officials are standing by their decision to NOT declare a state of emergency-- even with major roads sitll blocked by downed trees.
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((GARY ARONHOLT/VIRGINIA SEC'Y OF PUBLIC SAFETY: THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT THE POWER COMPANIES ARE THE EXPERTS. THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY OF THEM THAT ARE THERE. THEY'VE CALLED IN SO MANY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. ...THOUSAND SUBSTITUTES SITTING ON THE BENCHES.))
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Another ice storm may hit the state this weekend.
State emergency officials are just waiting to see how that storm shapes up.
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In south Florida, the problem is fog.
It was a MAJOR problem along Interstate 95, the major highway through Miami.
A tanker truck flipped while travelling through heavy fog, blocking the highway in both directions during the morning rush hour.
That made very slow going for thousands of Miami- area commuters.
A broken axle may be responsible for a deadly accident on Interstate-81 this afternoon.
Two women were in a pickup truck heading south, when the
rear axle apparently broke and a wheel fell off.
That sent the truck flipping onto the median near exit 1-41.
Both women were trapped inside for more than half an hour.
The driver was killed.
The other woman injured her arm and shoulder and may have suffered a concussion.
Their identities have not been released.
An Appomattox man suffered minor injuries when his truck crashed through a storefront this morning.
75- year- old Curtis Eagle told police the accelerator on his Ford pickup became jammed when he started it up.
The truck lurched out of its parking space, struck another car and a concrete pillar, then crashed through the front of the Dollar Duz It store.
No one in the store was injured.. Eagle suffered a minor cut to his hand.
Police say no charges will be filed.
Coming up next, you've already heard Robin say it ... some cold weather moves in tonight. The details are just ahead.
Later, wait till you hear what this toy dog says ... it's a lot more than "bow-wow".
North America's largest private collection of military tanks and armoured vehicles is moving to Southside Virginia.
The announcement was made today at the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The American Armoured Foundation Museum, currently located in New York, plans to move into the old Disston plant along Route-29 in Pittsylvania County.
That 300-thousand sqaure foot facility was donated to the museum by the Sandvik Corporation.
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((DAVID KALBACKER/MUSEUM'S BUSINESS CONSULTANT: FIRST OF ALL WE WERE VERY ATTRACTED TO THE FACT THAT WE HAD A MAJOR CORPORATION THAT WAS WILLING AND READY TO MAKE A GIFT OF AN ENTIRE FACILITY TO THE MUSEUM. SECONDLY WE WERE VERY MUCH ENCOURAGED BY THE TOURISM CORPORATION IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. THEY'RE AGGRESSIVE, THEY'RE GREAT MARKETING FOLKS AND FUN TO WORK WITH.))
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The toughest and most expensive part of the move will be transporting more the museum's 50-tanks and armoured vehicles to Virginia.
It will be at least a year before the whole collection will be ready for the public.
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The "Music City Bowl" is just underway. Still ahead, we'll tell you how the Hokies are doing so far.
On health check -- there could be new hope for people with narcopelsy.
And Meals on wheels is celebrating a quarter of a century of service to the community.
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((PHYLLIS KING/MEALS ON WHEELS: WE STARTED OUT WITH ONE OR TWO PEOPLE 25 YEARS AGO AND WE'RE NOW UP TO ABOUT 36.))
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This year marks the Silver Anniversary of a program that's been delivering hot meals and warm greetings to those in need.
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5 days a week, 365 days a year -- Meals on wheels has been providing nutritional foods to people who aren't able to get out.
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((PHYLLIS KING/MEALS ON WHEELS: MOST OF OUR PEOPLE ARE HOME BOUND AND WHEN OUR DRIVERS COME TO DELIVER, THAT PROBABLY THE ONLY PERSON THEY'VE SEEN ALL DAY, MAYBE FOR WEEKS, SO IT'S A SOCIAL THING AS WELL AS A NUTRITIONAL THING.))
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Three volunteers a day deliver within a 5 mile radius of Radford hospital.
Today, the first stop on Merle's route is the home of Claude and Frances Vipperman.
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The Vippermans have been married for 38 years -- they've been part of meals on wheels for the last four when medical and physical conditions made it hard to get around.
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That is rheumatoid arthritis from which Mrs. Vipperman also suffers making it difficult for either to cook.
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((FRANCES VIPPERMAN: IT'S BEEN GREAT. IT'S JUST BEEN GREAT, BECAUSE I COULDN'T HAVE PREPARED THE MEALS.))
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The meals are selected by the families from a menu, so everyone gets their favorites, and nothing gets wasted.
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Program organizers say Radford Hospital is the only facility in the area, outside government agencies, that provides Meals on Wheels to the community.
Smoking could be burning a hole in your marriage.
A Minnesota study found that adults who smoked were 53-percent more likely to have been divorced than non-smokers.
Researchers say the habit itself is not causing the break-ups, but
other traits usual associated with smokers ..
Namely depression, anxiety, and addictive personalities.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medication for
People with this incurable sleep disorder can be awake one minute,
and napping the next.
Now the drug, Provigil, will be available for patients.
Researchers say it's less addictive and causes fewer side effects than standard treaments.
A new study finds that an enzyme -- considered to be a modern-day Fountain of Youth -- does not cause cancer.
Previous research has shown that a body substance called Telomerase encourages cells to keep dividing indefinitely--instead of dying with
Scientists say someday they may be able to use this enzyme to slow
the aging process.
But there are fears that cells would go haywire, and become cancerous.
However, researchers at the university of texas tested the enzyme ... and found no proof of it causing cancer on its own.
Critics say the experiments were too limited.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Tuesday Ticker.
Virginia Tech hopes to end its football season on a high note.
The Hokies are in Nashville for the Music City Bowl and the game just kicked off.
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A win over a seven and four Alabama team would be Tech's first post season win since 1995.
In addition to the win the Hokies are looking for a little respect.
Tech Coach Frank Beamer says a win over a program as prestigious as 'Bama's would mean two more steps up the success ladder of the college football world.
Steve Mason joins us from Nashville at six with more on the game.
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There are two more bowl games tonight.
In the Micron P-C Bowl in Miami, 24th ranked University of Miami is facing North Carolina State.
Miami bounced back from its first losing season in '79 to win eight games this year.
State had victories over second ranked Florida State and Big East Champion Syracuse.
The Bowl Championship series still has some kinks and that's evident as fourth ranked Kansas State is playing unranked Purdue in the Alamo Bowl
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Union negotiators have unanimously agreed not to put the NBA's latest contract offer to a vote.
NBA commissioner David Stern wanted players to vote on his final offer which was handed to union chief Billy Hunter on Sunday.
New York Knicks guard Allan Houston says the offer is like putting garbage in the oven and adding sugar to it.
Stern doesn't anticipate any further negotiations before the league's January seventh season ending deadline.
Hunter is still hopeful a deal is possible and called for a resumption of talks.
Meanwhile a couple of NBA players have decided to make money in Europe while the well is dry in the U-S.
Portland's free Agent center Arvdas (ahr-VEE-duhs) Sabonis (sah-BOH-nihs) and Charlotte's Vlade Divac (VLAH-day DEE-vahts) have signed short term contracts that allow them to return to the NBA should the season be salvaged. [S5-Athlet
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A Rookie Golfer is the Associated Press' Female Athlete of the year.
Se Ri Pak (suh-REE Pahk) received the honor today.
The 21-year-old L-P-G-A rookie for South Korea won four LPGA tournaments, including the LPGA Championships and the U-S Women's Open.
She also set LPGA scoring records for 18 and 72 holes and is credited with increasing the popularity of women's golf.
Chances are you have finished most of your holiday returns ... most of them for the usual reasons, like a bad fit or the wrong color.
But a woman in Ohio took her child's toy back because it was much too scary for her.
So what's so scary about a toy dog? Stu Nicholson takes a look.
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(( He's called BOOTS THE SETTER...and he comes with an array of
accessories.....all activating a noise.
Like when your child brushes it......
...or when you give it water or food...
But when Robin Verkast's daughter put the bone in Boot's mouth
NATSOT: "you're dead....you're dead."
What do YOU think it sounds like?
Robin and her family know what they heard from boots....and how they felt.
Boots is one of a series of plush noisemaiking animals called catz and
dogz...made by St. Ouis based Trendmasters....
They even have a website that not only advertises the line, but you
can buy one ver the internet.
But nowhere does Trendmasters indicate the catz and dogz make any
noises than what you'd expect a cat or dog tom make.
At least not Boots........
I'm Stu Nicholson Reporting.))