Next on News 7, today's winter weather makes traveling difficult for commuters,
and a truck driver involved in last week's fatal accident in Franklin County now faces two charges of manslaughter
Welcome to February where the groundhog is unlikely to see his shadow tomorrow, but I wouldn't bet on that forecast.
On Health Check --
An Alabama researchers has discovered the origin of AIDS.
And fitness experts are celebrating this month by focusing on the body's most important muscle.
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The worst of it may be behind us, but western Virginia's latest winter storm left plenty of problems in its wake.
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Joe Dashiell is in Roanoke this afternoon with the latest. Joe, are conditions improving?
Keith, we've had periods of sleet and freezing rain this afternoon... and there's still a light coating of ice in many locations, but it does appear that road conditions have improved in the last few hours.
Early this morning, the ice wasn't hard to find.
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Troy Albert says he doesn't mind clearing the sidewalk...
But as he scraped away in Christiansburg, he was also thinking about the recent heat wave.
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The winter storm left western Virginia with a layer of ice.... and,though they weren't always obvious, dangerous conditions on the road.
A tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 81, after it collided with a pick-up on an icy overpass.
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And there are still some areas that require caution...
But Keith, conditions are improving... and hopefully that trend will continue as we look forward to much warmer temperatures tomorrow.[(toss to R)]
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The Winter Weather has caused some school systems to alter their schedules for tonight and tomorrow.
There's no night classes tonight at ECPI of Roanoke or Jackson River Technical Center.
The National Business College in Salem, the Sylvan Learning Center and irginia Western Community College have all cancelled classes for tonight.
Only one school system has made a decision about tomorrow. Patrick Co. -is DELAYED - Two Hours
A truck driver has been charged with two counts of manslaughter in last week's fatal accident in Franklin County.
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The grand jury returned the indictments today against Michael Lee Gray of Salem.
He was driving the rollback truck that collided with a car at a school bus stop on Route 220.
The car ran into the back end of a bus carrying students from Henry Elementary school.
The car's driver, Geraldine Gillispie of Bassett, was killed. Her eight-year-old grand-daughter, Emily Sturgil, died a few hours later at a Roanoke hospital.
Monica Lewinsky has completed her deposition for the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton.
Lawyers did not use the entire eight hours that was allotted for questioning.
Lee Cowan has more.
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A man from Roanoke is sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend. We'll have that next.
and one person is dead and many others are injury as a power plant explodes at a Michigan factory.
On Health Check, we'll see how a Martinsville program is using friendship to keep teens away from premarital sex, drugs and alcohol.
and Patrick Evans does informal is the way to go when he talks about an upcoming production of "Don't Dress for Dinner."
A Roanoke man who murdered his girlfriend last spring has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
38-year-old David Lee Mason killed Michelle Saunders because he found a letter she had written to a man in jail.
The couple's two young daughters were right behind their mother.
Today the jail chaplain read a letter from Mason.
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((I AM SO DEEPLY SORRY ... AND THE LAW OF MAN.))
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Several of Mason's friends and co-workers described him as a kind and loving man who had a religious conversion in jail.
But Michelle Saunder's family still had questions.
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((I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND .... I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT.))
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Mason had previously killed another person and had five assault and battery convictions.
One worker is dead and 16 others injured...
after an explosion and fire at the Ford Motor Company plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
A Ford spokeswoman says two other workers are unaccounted for.
Some of the injuries are described as serious.
The explosion took place early this afternoon at a facility that
provides power to the Ford complex in Dearborn where eight-thousand people are employed.
A North Roanoke County community wants its water lines upgraded and the county to pay for it.
But officials say that's not how it works.
Most residents in the Kingstown neighborhood on Thirlane Road rely on wells for water, but fear that won't be enough in an emergency.
A homeowner lost his home there in a fire yesterday.
Neighbors say having public water could have made a difference.
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((ERIC LEWIS/CONCERNED HOMEOWNER; THEY RAN WATER DOWN CONNIE DRIVE JUST TO BENEFIT VALLEY POINTE. BUT THE COMMUNITY COMES SECOND TO THE COUNTY. IF YOU'RE GOING TO RUN WATER TO VALLEY POINTE, WHY NOT GIVE THE RESIDENTS WATER ALSO.))
((GARY ROBERTSON/UTILITY DIRECTOR; THAT WAS A PROJECT THAT THE DEVELOPER PAID A GOOD PORTION OF THAT. THEN THERE WAS ALSO COUNTY PARTICIPATION IN THAT AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.))
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Robertson says several communities throughout the county are in the same situation.
He says those residents can go through the "Petition for Public Works" process.
If approved, the community would be designated a "special service area.
The county would add a nominal fee to the utility bill of each household.
A new sound hit Roanoke radio for the first time today --
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Z-one-oh-one-point-five is the new alternative rock station.
Bob Travis bought the old country station for one-point-three million dollars.
He's hired 14 people including his wife, son and sister-in-law.
He says this mom-and-pop shop is ready to make waves.
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((BOB TRAVIS/STATION OWNER: WE THINK WE CAN... TOP STATIONS IN THE MARKET. butt butt butt
TORI MAZUR/DISC JOCKEY: OTHER STATIONS ... THAT THEY NEED.))
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The station's owner says he's already receiving calls from grateful listeners.
If you're looking for an alternative to the typical dinner and a movie for Valentines Day,
stay with us. Coming up a little later Patrick Evans will take a look at the production, "Don't Dress for Dinner."
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Coming up in Sports, Steve Mason will have the highlights from last night's Super Bowl.
Next on health check --
A program designed to help prevent teen pregnancy is getting some attention in Martinsville.
And an American researcher says she can now trace the origin of the AIDS virus.
Chimps are us. Here's Tonya Flory.
A researcher at the University of Alabama says she has discovered the origins of the AIDS virus.
Ever since the virus was discovered in 1984, scientists have believed it came from monkeys.
Now Beatrice Hahn says she has found the first proof.
She discovered a strain of a simian Immuno-Virus that is close enough to the human virus to make a direct connection.
Hahn says the virus most likely jumped to humans from chimps that were slaughtered for meat.
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Researchers believe the chimps have carried the virus for a hundred thousand years.
Because chimps get infected without getting sick, the discovery could open new doors to developing AIDS treatments.
A program for young girls that teaches self-respect may help curb teen pregnancies and prevent drug and alcohol use.
It's called "Best Friends," and it's aimed at middle school students.
Christy Hubley shows us how the program is working in Martinsville.
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These sixth graders at Martinsville Middle School are learning what it means to be best friends... to each other and to themselves.
These girls participate in a special program that will teach them how to make the right choices in life.
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((BEST FRIENDS IS A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION. IT'S A DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS AND IT GIVES SUPPORT IN THEIR PROMISE TO POSTPONE SEX AND REJECT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.))
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((WE GO ON FIELD TRIPS AND WE TALK ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND WHAT TO DO IN TROUBLESOME SITUATIONS.))
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The girls also learn about the consequences they'll face if they make the wrong choices to those troublesome situations.
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((IF YOU DECIDE TO DO DRUGS THEN YOU'LL HAVE TO TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF TRYING TO GET BETTER AND THE PUNISHMENT YOU'LL HAVE FROM DOING THEM.))
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The girls participate in fitness and nutrition classes, learn about love and dating, and write in their journals.
They say the best part of best friends is sharing with other girls.
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((I THINK THAT IT'S EASIER FOR US TO TALK TO OTHER GIRLS ABOUT IT RATHER THAN TO TALK ABOUT IT IN CLASS AROUND OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE WE'RE ALL THE SAME GENDER AND WE CAN COMMUNICATE BETTER.))
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Best Friends is betting that a little girl power will go a long way.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Martinsville.))
February is American Heart Month, but before you jump on the treadmill for a hearty workout, cardiologists say you should know when to get off.
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Cardiovascular exercise has positive benefits for the heart muscle.
But exercising too hard risks injury and exhaustion and too lightly will not give results.
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((GREG BAHNFLETH/FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: SO IF YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE THE TIME TO DO IT, DO IT RIGHT. GET IN THE ZONE AND STAY THERE FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES AND YOU RECEIVE MAXIMUM BENEFITS.))
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[OUT Q=maximum benefits.]
The American College of Sports medicine has a formula to figure maximum heart rate.
Start by subtracting your age from 220.
Then multiply that number by point six AND point nine to get the range of the heart rate training zone.
For example, a 35 year old has a maximum heart rate of 185 beats per minute.
That person can have an effective cardiovascular workout in the upper limit of the zone at 167 beats per minute and can workout for longer periods of time to burn more fat at the lower limit of 111 beats per minute.
Was last night's Super Bowl John Elway's last game?
Here with the latest is STEVE MASON.[S5-Super]
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Good afternoon and welcome to your Monday Two Minute Sport ticker.
The Denver Broncos made history last night when they became the first AFC team in nearly 20 years to win back to back Super Bowls.
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The Broncos did it with plays like this bomb from John Elway to Rod Smith.
The 80 yard pass play was just one of Denver's scores in its 34-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
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Now the question is will Bronco Quarterback John Elway return for his 17th season.
This Morning for his MVP perch Elway and Coach Mike Shanahan taked about it.
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While the Buffalo Bills were knocked out of the playoffs by the Dolphins in a wild card game, they are still making news here in Roanoke.
Roanoke resident Joe Furry watched Miami beat Buffalo from his home and was appalled when he read in USA Today that after the game, Dolphin coach Jimmy Johnson and some players stomped on the Flutie Flakes. Furry is sending a case of the Flakes to Johnson. Proceeds from Flutie Flakes go to the Doug Flutie Foundation which helps autistic children. The QB has an autistic child.
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more on Flutie Flakes and post super bowl highlights at 6, see ya then everybody.
Looking for a good Valentine's Day present, but don't know what to get your beloved?
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How about a gourmet dinner, AND a fun filled evening at the theater, all in one place.
Patrick Evans tells us more about Dinner Theater's return to Roanoke.
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