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Yes, folks, it's Winter.
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It could have been worse, though most schools were closed. On NEWS 7, we've got a LIVE update on current conditions and the latest forecast up top.
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And a report about racism in Lynchburg schools says the city could be doing a better job communicating with parents.

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In sports, we willtell you why a Roanoke resident is sending Miami Dolphin head coach Jimmy Johnson Flutie Flakes, day afterthoughts from the Falcons
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and the Broncos John Elway, who tries to answer questions about his future.
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Our two day bout of cold rain moves away tomorrow. And local schools may have closed today but WeatherSchool rolls on. [open]
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[Winter-Wx]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#98-79 1:04:29]
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Western Virginia's latest winter storm delivered an icy mix overnight and continued to make driving difficult during the day.
The outlook is improving tonight.
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Joe Dashiell is in Roanoke with an update.
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The inclement weather has caused some schedule changes for area schools.
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[Michael-Gray]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#=98-78 53:36]
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The driver of a wrecker that slammed into a car at a Franklin County bus stop last week is facing manslaughter charges.
The county grand jury indicted Michael Lee Gray of Salem on two counts today.
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Gray was at the wheel of a rollback wrecker that plowed into a car on Route 220 last Monday.
The car hit the rear end of a school bus carrying children from Henry Elementary school.
The woman driving the car, Geraldine Gillispie of Bassett, died in the collision.
Her eight-year-old granddaughter, Emily Sturgil, suffered critical injuries and died later at the hospital.
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[L'burg-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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State educators say they found "no" evidence of racism in the Lynchburg school system, but they feel the city could be doing a better job communicating with parents.
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A Department of Education review team visited Lynchburg in December after a citizens committee complained too many black students were being suspended, and too few black teachers were being hired.
The review team says there's nothing to support claims of racial bias.
They DO suggest a task force be formed to study equity issues in the school division.
School officials won't comment on the report until tomorrow night's school board meeting.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Still ahead, the exodus from Roanoke City's government continues.
We'll tell you about the latest official to leave.
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Plus - a local community says public water could have saved a home destroyed by fire over the weekend.
The city says pay up, if you want to put an end to well water.
The story when we return.
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Residents of a North Roanoke County community want their water system upgraded after one of their neighbors lost his home in a fire. The residents depend on wells instead of public water, something the community feels could have made a difference in saving the house. The system can be improved, but as David Johnson reports, officials say it's going to cost them.
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(( Fred Murphy lost his home of 28-years to an accidental fire. His neighbor Ernie White noted the distance fire hoses were run before firefighters could attack it. White says closer fire hydrants could have made a difference.
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White says along Thirlane Road in the Kingstown community, there's no public water and few fire hydrants. The utility department says it's common throughout the county.
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((GARY ROBERTSON/UTILITY DIRECTOR; IF YOU LOOK AT THE AREAS OF CATAWBA AND BENT MOUNTAIN, MANY OF THOSE AREAS DO NOT HAVE THAT SERVICE.)) [RUNS07]
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Robertson says one possible solution is a "Petition for Public Works" process. Residents apply to have their community designated as a "Special Service Area". If approved, the costs averages about 45-hundred dollars per household. But participants can receive some incentives to make the program more attractive.
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((GARY ROBERTSON/UTILITIY DIRECTOR; GENERALLY ON THOSE PROJECTS, THE BOARD WILL WAIVE 50-PERCENT OF THE OFF-SITE FEE FOR INITIAL PARTICIPANTS. WE ALSO OFFER THEM FINANCING.)) [RUNS13]
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[STAND-UP/] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THAT FINANCING USUALLY RUNS FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS. IN THE PAST THE INTEREST RATE HAS BEEN EIGHT PERCENT. THE FEE IS ADDED TO THE WATER BILL. THE PROGRAM WAS CREATED WAS TO ALLOW THE COUNTY TO SLOWLY EXPAND ITS PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM WITHOUT RELYING ON DEVELOPERS TO DO SO. DAVID JOHNSON NEWS 7.)) [RUNS12]))

[Mason]


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A Roanoke man today got 40 years in prison for murdering his girlfriend in front of the couple's young daughters.


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38-year-old David Lee Mason killed Michelle Saunders last April after finding a letter she'd written to a man in jail.
Mason's friends and co-workers described him as a kind family man.
The jail chaplain read a letter Mason wrote.
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((GOD KNOWS I'VE BEEN ASKING ... CAN FORGIVE ME.))
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A psychologist says Mason is slightly mentally retarded.
But some members of the victim's family still say he got off too easy.
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((PLEA BARGAIN YOUR HONOR DON'T SEEM FAIR ... HE WAITED ON HER.))
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Mason had previously killed a person and hit a police officer.
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[Dibling]


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The list of top Roanoke officials leaving city government is getting longer.
City attorney Wil Dibling says HE's quitting, to go into private practice.
Dibling will leave April 1st, and go to work for Gentry, Locke, Rakes and Moore here in Roanoke.
Dibling's been with the city for 22 years.


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The bill is aimed at stopping voter fraud-- after hundreds of felons and dead people showed up on Virginia voter rolls last year.
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But requiring IDs to vote reminds some of Jim Crow- era laws aimed at keeping black Virginians from voting.
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((SEN. YVONNE MILLER/D-NORFOLK: I AM DEEPLY HURT AND CRUSHED AS A SENATOR BECAUSE THIS BILL BRINGS BACK SUCH NEGATIVE MEMORIES. THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE VOTES TO PASS THIS BILL HAVE BEEN PRIVILEGED ALL OF THEIR LIVES. SOME OF US ARE STILL TRYING TO GAIN PRIVILEGE.))
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((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-WILLIAMSBURG: I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT THESE GENERIC TERMS OF THOSE PEOPLE, THEM, THOSE WITH THE VOTES MEAN. WHEN I HEAR SUCH WORDS OR INNUENDO.))
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The bill won final passage in the Senate today on a 21-19 party line vote.
Republicans say it won't intimidate black voters, because those who don't have an I-D can simply sign a statement that they're NOT commiting fraud, and still vote that day.

[Stocks]


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Mixed results from Wall Street to begin the week. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow lost 13 points to finish up at 93-46.
And Nasdaq made a small gain of just over 4 points.
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[Best-Friends]


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It was designed to teach young girls how to say "NO" to sex, drugs, and alcohol-- and it's working in Martinsville.


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The program is called "Best Friends."
It helps middle school-aged girls make good choices when faced with difficult problems.
Adult mentors assist the girls in gaining self-respect so they can achieve their goals.
These girls learn how to be a best friend to each other... and themselves.
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((OLIVIA KARAVATAKIS/SIXTH GRADER: WELL A GOOD FRIENDS THEY'LL TRUST YOU AND BE WITH YOU AND WON'T LET YOU DOWN. AND A BAD FRIEND THEY'LL FORCE YOU TO DO THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO DO.))
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Best Friends is a national organization with programs in 23-cities.
There are close to 60-girls who participate in the Best Friends program in Martinsville.
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John Elway is singing the song, should I stay or should I go now, a recap of the superbowl 33 for you
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and an angry Roanoke resident is sending some Flutie Flakes to the Miami Dolphins, his story in sports.
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Denver Bronco quarterback John Elway says now is the time to sit back and just enjoy the sweet taste of victory.
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Today Denver welcomed back Elway and the rest of the Broncos.
But it could be the cheers before the tears as everyone is waiting to hear if the Super Bowl's 38 year old MVP will be back for his 17th season.
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The story was a little differant as the defeated Atlanta Falcoms returned home.
Some true fans came out to the airport to welcome back their fallen heroes from last night's 34-19 loss.
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[S-Flakes]


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The Buffalo Bills are a distant memory ON the field, but not off it for Roanoke resident Joe Furry.
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The 42 year old football fan watched the Bills fall to the Miami Dolphins in a wild card game. He later read a USA Today article reporting that Jimmy Johnson and
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tic child and the cereal makes donations to the Flutie Foundation, which helps autistic children.
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Furry has since had a a case of Flutie Flakes delivered to Roanoke and will send them to the Miami Head coach.
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[S-Darrell]


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The Winston Cup stars will be rolling back into Daytona later this week for Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's Bud Shootout.
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One of the guys to keep an eye on as the new season begins is veteran Darrell Waltrip.
After an horrendous 1998 season, DW is back with sponsorship from K-Mart and a new teammate in Jimmy Spencer.
At age 52, Old DW isn't even thinking about retirement.
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News 7 Sports will present a half hour NASCAR season preview this Saturday at Noon right before we bring you LIVE qualifying for the Daytona 500.
Be sure to join us for "Back to the Beach" - the first of five racing special coming your way this season from News 7 Sports.
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[S-Express]


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Over the next two weeks the Express plays 7 games while Hampton Roads has only 4 contests, which will allow Roanoke to get back three games in hand.
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Also, Nick Windsor returned to the Express today. The defenseman played eight games with Lowell and had 1 assist.
Mike Peron and Jeremy Schaeffer came off the I.R. today. Peron skated on his sprained right knee last week and will hopefully practice this week. Schaeffer should also practice.
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[Almanac]


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It's been a warm winter so far but every now and then, we get this icy reminder from mother nature. Patrick Evans has the February numbers in our almanac.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at 11... meet the woman behind the movie "Dead Man Walking".
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Sister Helen Prejean (pray-JHAN) wrote the book the movie was based on.
She is portrayed in the film by actress Susan Sarandon.
Today she brought her fight against the death penalty to Roanoke College.
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((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; WHAT MAKES THEM CHANGE AND OPEN UP TO REMORSE AND FORGIVENESS AND THE WHOLE THING IS LOVE... NOT TORTURE... NOT DEATH))
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Prejean is speaking at 7:30 tonight at the Bast Center, the speech is open to the public.
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We'll hear more from her, and find out what students think of her message tonight on News 7 at 11.

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