Next on news 7, a brush fire is threatening homes in Bedford County.
And the search goes on for seven missing skiiers after avalanches barrel down on ski resorts in the French Alps.
One more warm day then the bottom falls out of the temperature department. Details ahead.
Today on health check --
A three decade old rumor about the National Kidney Foundation is cleared.
And new weight loss rules are getting support from Jenny and Fergie.
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A brush fire in Bedford County is threatening two homes. Smoke from the fire on Porter's Mountain can be seen from miles away.
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Eric Earnhart is at the scene and joins us now.
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Police in Pulaski aren't the only ones trying to figure out who's placing partial hypodermic needles in public places
Yesterday, two people were injured by needles left inside the coin slot of a pay phone.
The latest needles were discovered in Wythe County, this morning.
Sheriff Kermit Osborne says two were dropped inside a mail slot at the post office in Speedwell.
A third needle was discovered inside a night deposit box at First Virginia Bank, also in Speedwell.
Officials there say they don't believe anyone was actually stuck but are having the objects sent to a lab for analysis.
That wasn't the case in Pulaski where police are still trying to figure out who placed a needle inside the coin slot of a pay phone at the local Walmart.
Police say they've confirmed a woman was punctured by the needle yesterday afternoon and later treated at a local hospital.
A man was also stuck by a needle that was left inside a coin slot in a phone at the Pulaski County courthouse.
He was also treated at Pulaski Community hospital yesterday.
So far, police don't have any leads on supsects.
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((HERB COOLEY/PULASKI POLICE CHIEF:RIGHT NOW THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS TRYING TO COLLECT WITNESSES WHO MAY HAVE SEEN SOMETHING IN THE AREA, TALKING TO ANYBODY WHO WAS AROUND, BASICALLY DOINGF THE GROUND WORK RIGHT NOW AND TO MAKE SENSE OF ALL THIS.))
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Tonight at six-- we'll have more on the story including what kind of charges those who are responsible may face.
Some Senators are telling the American people how they'll vote on charges against the President.
As Lee Cowan reports, some republicans say they WON'T vote to convict.
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"I'm making my statement in public, before I make in private behind
those closed doors_"
WITH THE PUBLIC LOCKED OUT OF THE SECOND DAY OF DELIBERATIONS,
SOME SENATORS USED THE PRESS GALLERY TO BRING THE DELIBERATIONS TO THE
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"The president has brought dishonor to himself, brought tremendous pain
and embarrassment to his family, his friends and his colleagues, and I
consider myself one of those.
BUT TOM HARKIN OF IOWA EXPRESSED THE DILEMMA OF MOST DEMOCRATS.
CRITICISM YES. BUT IN THE END:
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"I will vote not guilty on both charges."
AND SOME REPUBLICANS HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED THEY WILL DO THE
SAME. THE HOUSE MANAGER'S CASE WAS BEGINNING TO CRUMBLE.
IN A TELLING STATEMENT, ONE REPUBLICAN SAID HE COULDN'T EVEN
DECIDE GUILTY OR NOT - INSTEAD -- WISHING HE COULD SPLIT IT DOWN THE
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"_I intend to vote not proved -
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" anxious to get debate started_"
AS DEBATE GOT UNDERWAY, SENATORS MADE IT CLEAR THEY STILL HAD A
LOT TO SAY - MOST USING THEIR FULL 15 MINUTES, WHICH COULD PUSH DEBATE
WELL INTO FRIDAY.
BUT THE MAJORITY LEADER WAS STILL OPTIMISTIC FOR A QUICKER
THAN EXPECTED END WITH A VOTE AS EARLY AS TOMORROW AFTERNOON.
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"If we still have speeches and we can't do it then, we will certainly go
over to Friday, but I think we need to begin to talk about that goal."
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WHENEVER THE VOTE COMES, THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT WILL BE READY -
THE PRESIDENT STILL IN THE PROCESS OF MULLING OVER HOW TO REACT -
SOMETHING THAT COULD COME IN THE FORM OF AN ADDRESS TO THE NATION, OR
SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A WRITTEN RELEASE.
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"The President - doing the job he's been doing."
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A Federal judge orders American Airline pilots to end their sickout. We'll have that next .
and a medical examiner decides if the body of singer Tammy Wynette will be exhumed for an autopsy.
On Health Check, the surviving mother in the case of the babies switched at the U-V-A medical center says she's not willing to settle for what the hospital is offering.
We'll have that and more. Stay with us.
A Federal judge is ordering American airlines pilots to stop their sick out- and go back to work.
That'll be good news for passengers- Some 200 thousand travellers have been delayed because of cancelled flights.
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The courts apparently saw the big picture ordering the pilots back to work.
The sickout is over a dispute involving the company's purchase of the smaller airline Reno Air.
There's controversy over when the Reno air pilots would be upgraded to the pay received by American pilots.
A Nashville medical examiner says Tammy Wynette's body should NOT be exhumed for an autopsy.
Three of the singer's daughters wanted the autopsy to make sure it was blood clots to the lungs that killed Wynette last April.
But Bruce Levy says after speaking with her doctors he believes the original conclusion was correct.
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The daughters say they will keep pushing for the autopsy.
Meanwhile the widow of singer Conway Twitty says Wynette was concerned there would be a family feud after her passing.
Dee Jenkins says Wynette confided in her that she wanted to make sure her husband and manger George Richey had nearly total control over her estate.
Starting Monday, workers at General Electric in Salem will go back to a five-day work week.
Hourly employees were scheduled to work only four days a week for the enitre month of February.
But G-E said normally slow first-quarter sales have picked up.
One hot seller is a new high-tech drive system.
It was designed by engineers in Salem, who won a company award for their team effort.
G-E said its goal is to stabilize the factory's workload, so there's enough work to keep everyone busy at all times of the year.
If you want to get all decked out for Valentine's Day, Patrick Evans has a suggestion for you.
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If you are still looking for some fun on Valentines, here's an idea.
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"Black Tie for Tails" comes up on Sunday at Saltori's in downtown Roanoke, and as Patrick Evans tells us, it will raise money for Mill Mountain Zoo.
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In Sports, Mike Stevens will joins us live from Speedweeks in Daytona
On health check --
The government is recommending weight loss centers clearly define their policies for new members.
One Roanoke program agrees with the voluntary guidelines.
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((CARLYN EBERT/WEIGHT WATCHERS LEADER: WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THESE NEW GUIDELINES BECAUSE WEIGHT WATCHERS HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXTREMELY CONSUMER ORIENTED.))
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The family of one of the little girls switched at birth at the U-V-A Hospital has rejected a two million dollar out of court settlement from the state.
The attorney for Paula Johnson won't put a specific dollar amount on how much she thinks the girls deserve.
But CYNTHIA Johnson says if and when her lawsuit does go to court, it will be breaking new legal ground.
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: YOU TELL ME, ASK YOUR VIEWERS, WHAT ARE THREE YEARS OF YOUR CHILD'S LIFE WORTH? YOU TELL ME, I DON'T KNOW. THIS CASE HAS NEVER BEEN TRIED BEFORE IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT WILL BE ULTIMATELY THE JOB OF A JURY, AND I DON'T ENVY THEM THAT JOB BECAUSE IT WILL NOT BE EASY.))
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State health officials, meanwhile, say "significant" deficiencies in operating procedures at U-V-A allowed the baby switch to take place.
The hospital's Medicare status has been temporarily revoked while it works to correct the problems.
We'll have reaction to that from U-V-A's chief of staff on News7 at Six.
The National Kidney Foundation is trying to put a long time urban legend to rest.
For the past 30 years, it has been rumored that kidney patients can exchange alumminum pull tabs from soft drinks for dialysis treatment.
The Foundation says that is not true and never has been.
A spokeswoman for the group says they frequently get calls from people asking them where to take the tabs.
While it's grateful people want to help, the Foundation says the tabs are worthless.
Still the group says dialysis is available to everyone who needs it, regardless of income.
New voluntary guidelines are educating the dieting public on how to lose way in a healthy manner.
The two biggest names in the business -- Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, agreed today to new industry guidelines to give customers information up-front, in writing, so they can comparison shop.
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((NOW YOU CAN INCLUDE ANY FOOD YOU CRAVE))
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Weight watchers reprentatives in Roanoke say the Partnership for Healthy Weight Management's recommendations are important for safe dieting.
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The partnership is headed by the Federal Trade Commission.
F-T-C members say choosing a diet program isn't easy.
It can be confusing -- even dangerous.
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((JODIE BERNSTEIN/FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: THEY HAVE BEEN ENTERING INTO PROGRAMS, BUYING PRODUCTS WITHOUT REALLY HAVING A CLEAR CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE RISKS MAY BE ))
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The guidelines encourage the disclosure of basic information on costs, health complications, staff qualifications, and the difficulty of maintaining weight loss and the programs success rate.
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For more information about the new guidelines on the Internet go to wdbj7-dot-com and click on the CBS Eye.
After three full days of practice Winston Cup Cars are all set to put on a big show tomorrow.
Mike Stevens joins us now from Florida with a preview.
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He may only weigh six pounds, but Kirby is the BIG DOG this year.
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Kirby the (Pappi-yoh) papillon won the best in show award last night at the 123rd Westminster Kennel Club Show.
The little dog is eight years old and he's won 31 best in show awards across the world.
A Westminster judge says Kirby stood out despite being small enough to fit inside the trophy.
25-hundred dogs in all competed for the title.