Coming up next, prosecutors continue to make their case against one of the men accused of dragging a black man to death in Jasper, Texas.
And he's here. News 7 cameras catch Elton John as he steps off the plane into the Roanoke Valley for tonight's performance.
It's not much of a winter storm. In fact, only an advisory is in effect. Most areas will not see accumulating snow tonight.
Pregnant teenagers in Roanoke are getting a jump start on how to restrain their babies.
And where you take a child's temperature could make a big difference.
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After days of anticipation, the latest batch of winter weather makes it appearance in Southwest Virginia.
The mixture began falling across parts of Southwest Virginia this morning.
But it doesn't look like the storm is going to pack much of a punch...at least for now.
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Let's check in now with Teresa Hamilton-- who joins us live from outside our Blacksburg newsroom.
What's it doing down there right now?
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Jean, the precipitation began falling here in the Blacksburg area around one PM-- and while the snow and rain mixture is sticking to the trees- it's not sticking to the roads which is good news for just about everyone.
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((ROBERT CRANWELL:WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY BAD STORMS IN A COUPLE OF YEARS I DON'T THINK WE'LL HAVE ONE TODAY))
It turns out Robert Cranwell may be right.
For now, it doesn't appear the mixture of snow and rain that's been falling in the New River Valley for several hours is going to accumulate.
One reason is that the temperature is still above freezing and has been that way for several days-- which means the ground and pavement are relatively warm.
But if the temperature does dip and the snow begins to come down more fierce-- VDOT officials in the New River Valley say they're prepared with plenty of salt and stone-- as well as manpower
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More evidence today linking John William King to the murder of James Byrd last summer.
Andrew Colton has more from Jasper, Texas.
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((JOHN WILLIAM KING ENTERED COURT ON THE FOURTH DAY OF HIS MURDER TRIAL SMILING...AFTER A VERY SOMBER WEEK.
THURSDAY, PROSECUTORS SHOWED JURORS THE CHAIN THEY SAY KING, AND TWO FRIENDS -- USED TO TIE JAMES BYRD TO THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK, THEN
DRAG HIM TO HIS DEATH. BYRD'S HEAD WAS FOUND MILES FROM THE HIS TORSO
AND SHREDDED BODY PARTS ON A BACK COUNTRY ROAD. THE MOTIVE FOR MURDER, PROSECUTORS TOLD JURORS, JOHN KING IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST WHO WANTED TO KILL A BLACK MAN FOR ATTENTION.
BEFORE THE WEEKEND BREAK, A D-N-A EXPERT TESTIFIED THAT CIGARETTE BUTTS AND A BEER BOTTLE FOUND AT THE SCENE PROVE THAT JOHN KING WAS THERE...
...THAT BYRD'S BLOODY CLOTHING WAS FOUND IN KING'S APARTMENT... ...AND
THAT BLOOD STAINS ON THE TIRES OF THE PICKUP TRUCK MATCH BYRD'S D-N-A.
THEY ALSO SHOWED THE CIGARETTE LIGHTER WITH THE KU KLUX KLAN SYMBOL THAT
JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF BILLY ROWLES FOUND AT THE MURDER SCENE. ROWLES
SAID HE KNEW THIS WAS A HATE CRIME WHEN HE FOUND THE LIGHTER. IT WAS
LATER LINKED TO KING.
IT WAS A DIFFICULT WEEK FOR BYRD'S DAUGHTER.
You're never too young to lose a parent, especially the way he was died
I felt robbed because he was taken so traigically, it shouldn't happen to an animal, and no one should be judged by the color of his
PROSECUTORS REMAIN CONFIDENT WITH THEIR CASE.
GUY JAMES GRAY, PROSECUTOR)
I think we had a pretty good week. I don't think we took any serious
Diplomats are packing up and heading out
from Embassies in Belgrade-
Western diplomats and their famlies are travelling to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
Meanwhile peace talks between Serbs and Ethnic Albanians go on as the Satruday deadline nears-
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Serbs have been warned to reach a deal by tomorrow at noon or face airstrikes.
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Police make an arrest in a case of animal abuse. We'll have that story next.
And the state police prepare to hit Interstate 81 in greater numbers this weekend in an effort to get motorists to pay more attention to their driving.
On Health Check, a new study questions the accuracy of those easy to use thermometers.
And Patrick Evans prepares us for the biggest concert Roanoke has seen in a long time.
A man who tried to abduct a woman at knifepoint outside Lynchburg General Hospital last spring was given a three- year prison term today.
57-year old John Major Haygood had pleaded guilty to malicious wounding and abduction for the incident on April 29th.
His victim, Melanie Curnutte (ker-NOOT), says she's satisfied with the sentence.
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((MELANIE CURNUTTE/ATTACK VICTIM: I'M VERY, VERY HAPPY. I FEEL SAFE AND I CAN NOW GET ON WITH MY LIFE AND RECOVER. CLOSURE IS HERE. Reporter: This does provide a sense of closure for you? CURNUTTE: A VERY REAL SENSE OF CLOSURE THAT I'M HAPPY TO MOVE FORWARD ON. I CAN'T WAIT TO GET ON WITH THE REST OF MY LIFE NOW.))
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Curnutte says she continues to suffer physical and mental problems as a result of what happened.
She is also considering a lawsuit against the hospital for not preventing the attack.
Roanoke police have made an arrest in an animal abuse case...
Last week, Teresa Harmon reported that someone had beaten and duct- taped the mouth of her Rottweiler puppy.
Now authorities have charged 19- year- old James Anthony Via with animal cruelty, in connection with the incident.
He's being held in the Roanoke city jail, WITHOUT bond.
Meanwhile, Sheeba is almost back to her old self again after receiving treatment.
And her owner now has a new policy for allowing her dogs to play in the yard.
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((TERESA HARMON/DOG OWNER: I STAY RIGHT WITH THEM. THEY DON'T COME OUTSIDE UNLESS I'M OUT HERE, OR THE KIDS ARE OUT HERE WITH THEM. THEY WON'T COME BACK OUT HERE WITHOUT US ANYWEHRE. I CAN'T TRUST TO LET THEM GO ANYMORE, NO MORE.))
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Harmon says she's thankful police kept investigating until they found the person who hurt her puppy.
State police plan to saturate Interstate-81 with troopers this weekend.
Additional officers will be shipped in from Northern Virginia to beef up patrols in WESTERN Virginia.
The Governor hopes courts will agree to amend their traffic dockets to get troopers in and out of court faster... freeing them up to patrol the highway.
Some troopers will tell you: the more troopers there are on the interstate, the more tickets they write, and the more time they'll have to spend in court.
But Trooper Gary Chaffin believes that by saturating the interstate with patrol cars, motorists will actually slow down.
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((IT'S A BIG JOB, BUT OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO STOP ALL THIS WIDE-OPEN, AGGRESSIVE DRIVING, SPEEDING, AND MOST OF ALL THE FATAL ACCIDENTS WERE HAVING HERE.))
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Judge George Harris says he's been talking with State Police Supervisors about staggering traffic cases, but he says even if they started doing it immediately, the impact wouldn't be felt until May or June.
Yesterday at this time, Patrick Evans told us about a great production of the Wiz this weekend. Now today he's saying "Good bye Yellow Brick Road" and preparing for the appearance of the original Pinball Wizard.
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After weeks of anticipation, Elton John has finally arrived in the Star City
for tonight's sold- out concert at the Roanoke Civic Center.
His jet touched down at Roanoke Regional Airport shortly after four o'clock this afternoon.
Elton made a quick exit from the airplane, and stepped into a waiting limousine for a short drive to the civic center.
One local radio station is throwing a big party this evening in honor of John's performance later tonight.
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Never one to miss a party, Patrick Evans joins us from the Hotel Roanoke, where Q99's party is just getting under way.
Patrick, is there any hope Elton will show up at the party?
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Coming up in Sports, we'll see if Mother Nature is cooperating with qualifying at the Rock.
Coming up next on health check --
Pregnant teens are getting a lesson in child safety seats today in Roanoke.
And experts say more parents are using the seats, just not correctly.
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((ELLEN DAVIS/ :BUT THEY'RE MISUSING THEM, THEY'RE NOT INSTALLING THEM TIGHT ENOUGH , THE HARNESS STRAPS ON THE CHILDREN AREN'T SNUG ENOUGH.))
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The new breed of thermometers that measure the temperature in the ear is very popular with parents. There quick and easy to use, but are they accurate?
A new study suggests there not. Doctor Dave Hnida has more.
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((EAR THERMOMETERS ARE THE LATEST AND MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO
CHECK FOR A FEVER- ITS MEASURES THE TEMPERATURE OF THE TYMPANIC
MEMBRANE- OR EARDRUM. THESE MEASUREMENTS ARE PAINLESS AND TAKES ONLY A
SECOND OR TWO. BUT HOW ACCURATE ARE THESE EARDRUM TEMPS?
A RECENT STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM FOUND THIS TYPE
OF THERMOMETER MISSED A FEVER ONE THIRD OF THE TIME.
WITH SO MANY PARENTS USING EAR THERMOMETERS WE DECIDED TO CONDUCT OUR
OWN MINI STUDY- USING AN OLD FASHIONED ORAL THERMOMETER AND COMPARING IT
TO EAR DRUM READINGS. ALL IN HEALTHY ADULTS.THE RESULTS WERE - WELL-
OUT OF FIVE PEOPLE- ONLY ONE HADMEASUREMENTS THAT WERE CLOSE... AN ORAL
TEMPERATURE OF 97.4 AND AN EAR DRUM TEMP OF 97.5 BUT THAT WAS THE
THERMOMETERS BEST PERFORMANCE.
ONE PERSON HAD AN ORAL TEMPERATURE OF 97... AND AN EAR TEMPERATURE OF
SHE FELT FINE.
IN ANOTHER PERSON 5 DIFFERENT MEASUREMENTS IN THE SAME EAR GAVE FIVE
DIFFERENT RESULTS... RANGING FROM 97 TO 98.5
AND WHEN WE CHECKED THE RIGHT EAR OF ONE PERSON... AND THEN THE LEFT--
THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE OF TWO DEGREES.
WHATS GOING ON? PROBLEMS ARE OFTEN BLAMED ON POOR TECHNIQUE.
" WELL IF YOU DO DECIDE TO USE ONE OF THESE THERMOMETERS ITS IMPORTANT
TO USE THE CORRECT TECHNIQUE. YOU NEED TO PULL BACK AND UP ON THE EAR
TO STRAIGHTEN OUT THE EAR CANAL AND THEN POINT THE THERMOMETER TOWARDS
THE OPPOSITE EYE."5/8H BUT EVEN WITH CORRECT TECHNIQUE WE GOT SOME
INCORRECT READINGS-- IN HEALTHY PEOPLE..
WHEN IT COMES TO ACCURACY THERE STILL MAY BE A PLACE FOR THE OLD
FASHIONED WAY OF MEASURING TEMPERATURE. I'M DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.
Pregnant and parenting adolescents in Roanoke are learning how to travel with their babies.
The Maternal and Infant Education center is a program funded by Roanoke City Schools that teaches them the ABC's of safety.
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((LISA JOHNSON/EXPECTING MOTHER: I LEARNED THAT THE LEADING CAUSE OF CHILD DEATHS IS FROM THE CAR SEAT ACCIDENTS, FROM PEOPLE NOT PUTTING THEM IN CORRECTLY.))
That shocking fact made an impression on 19-year old Lisa Johnson who is about to have her first baby.
She and everyone in the program takes a health class that teaches the do's and don't of child passenger safety.
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((LISA JOHNSON/EXPECTING MOTHER: YOU SHOULDN'T PUT A LOT OF CUSHION IN THE CARSEATS WITH YOUR CHILD AND YOU SHOULD KEEP ALL THE HARNESSES REAL TIGHT ON THEM.))
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Students in the program range from seventh grade through senior year of high school.
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((ELLEN DAVIS/SAFE KIDS COORDINATOR: AS FOR THE GIRLS TODAY, SOME OF THEM AREN'T EVEN DRIVING YET, SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FOCUS ON WHO IS GOING TO BE TRANSPORTING YOUR CHILD AND ARE THEY DEPENDABLE AND HOW TO WORK THAT SITUATION.))
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The focus of Child Passenger Safety Week is on the problem of car seat misuse.
In Virginia 91-percent of car seats were either NOT installed properly or parents were using recalled seats.
Today in Sports, they will have to try again tomorrow at Rockingham,
Here's Mike Stevens with that and the rest of Sports. [S5-Rock]
Welcome folks to a two minute ticker that is feeling the effects of the weather on the NASCAR circuit.
Time trials for both the BUsch Grand National and Winston Cup cars was on schedule for today at the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.
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But Goodyear didn't bring the all-season radials, so time trials were washed out this afternoon.
They hope to requalify everybody tomorrow, and track position will be critical.
13 drivers will have to pit on the back Sunday and the only driver to ever win at the Rock from the back pits was Neil Bonnett in 1988.
The drivers did get in two full hours of practice before the rains arrived at the Rock. Jeremy Mayfield was the quickest during that session.
The Radford Highlanders and the Liberty Flames renew their always heated rivalry tomorrow afternoon at the Dedmon Center in a 3:30 tipoff.
Earlier this season, RU slammed the Flames by 26 points in Lynchburg, and two Radford starters didn't even play in that contest.
On paper, it looks like a lopsided regular season finale, but the Highlanders know better.
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And you can stay at home tomorrow and watch this one as News & sports brings it to you LIVE at 3:30 right here on Your Homoetown Station.
Franklin County High School is hosting the Northwest Region Wrestling tournament this weekend in Rocky Mount.
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224 wrestlers in 14 different weight classes are competing for regional titles and a trip to the state wrestling championships.
The first and second round championships are being held tonight and those winners will advance to the championship finals tomorrow.
The tournament is on rain, snow or whatever the weather is tonight.
Roy Stanley will have more on the tournament for us tonight at six.
Also, coming up at six tonight former Panther Kerry Collins proves that you can be mediocre and still become a millionaire. Details of his latest contract and his new team coming up at six, as well.
Take care everybody and have a safe weekend.
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If you're in a hurry for ice and snow, you may want to head to Flint, Michigan this weekend.
Organizers of the Michigan Winterfest are trying to set a world record with a monster snow cone.
The snow cone tips the scales at over six thousand pounds.
It was only supposed to be four-thousand, but builders decided to go all out and really set a record.
They're keeping the flavor quiet until the Winterfest kicks off this weekend.