Today on News 7 at 5, this morning's winter weather leaves some Roanoke parents steamed at the city school system.
And even though the snow is gone for many parts of the viewing area, the power outages remain.
Those big time snows in the mountains will start to melt off tomorrow, as we begin a warmup that will last straight through the weekend.
Details coming up.
Doctors are studying a new treatment that could delay the onset of full blown Alzheimer's by several years.
And research points to pregnant women's habits leading to criminal behavior in their unborn child.
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Mother Nature's latest snowstorm packs quite a punch.
But it doesn't look like the affects will linger too long.
The storm dropped anywhere from two to fifteen inches of snow across the viewing area.
The biggest problem at least in Bath County and the New River Valley, appears to be power outages.
This morning, close to 23-hundred customers were without electricity in Carroll, Wythe, Bland, Floyd and Montgomery Counties.
Power company officials say they hope to have service restored to the majority of customers by tonight.
In the meantime, folks continue to shovel out, although the sun went a long way today toward melting the snow.
Some folks were prepared for this latest blast of winter weather.
But others were a bit surprised the area received as much snow as it did.
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((BRUCE CALDWELL/BLACKSBURG TOWN EMPLOYEE:WE WENT IN YESTERDAY AND WORKED ABOUT TWO HOURS AND IT STARTED RAINING, THEN THEY SAID IT WAS OVER WITH SO WE WENT HOME AND THEN WE CAME BACK AND ALL THIS SNOW WAS HERE, SO IT WAS A SURPRISE TO ALL OF US.))
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The majority of students in the New River Valley got to spend the day at home....
This group in Radford, spent it the old fashioned way, outdoors, building a huge snowman- seven feet tall.
Some school systems are changing their schedules for tonight and tomorrow.
There are no adult evening classes tonight at the Jackson River Technical Center.
Schools in Bland County, Craig County, and Giles County are all opening TWO HOURS LATE.
Schools in Monroe County, West Virginia are CLOSED TUESDAY.
Rockbridge County Schools are opening TWO HOURS LATE.
Smyth County Schools are opening ONE HOUR LATE.
Schools in Tazewell County and Wythe County will open TWO HOURS LATE.
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While most school systems were closing or delaying classes today, Roanoke City remained open and on schedule.
That decision angered many parents.
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Joe Dashiell is at the school system's transportation center this afternoon with more on the complaints.
Jean, you wouldn't know it now. Rising temperatures have erased most evidence...
But this morning, the snow was falling... and many parents were second- guessing school administrators.
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((If Roanoke city students were hoping for a holiday, they were disappointed on this day. School Buses rolled through the morning storm... and schools opened on time.
The decision to hold classes left many parents scratching their heads.
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((SUSAN BRADBURY/PARENT: I WAS WATCHING THE TELEVISION UP UNTIL 8:30, THINKING THAT THEY WOULD GO AHEAD AND CANCEL, BECAUSE THEY'VE DONE IT BEFORE. DIDN'T HAPPEN. NO IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.))
((CINDY GANLEY/PARENT: THEY CAN'T ALWAYS PREDICT IT. UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT IT'S INCONVENIENT NONETHELESS.))
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School officials say they made the decision after consulting with forecasters and transportation employees, confident they could pick up students and return them safely in the afternoon.
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((MARY HACKLEY/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: IT WAS IN THE INTEREST OF THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN AND HAVING OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL. IF IT WAS SAFE TO GET THEM THERE. AND AS WE'RE LOOKING OUT HERE NOW, WE PROBABLY MADE THE RIGHT DECISION.))
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Of course, parents were most concerned with the conditions this morning, when the students were heading to school, Jean
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there was no difficulty heading home this afternoon... Most roads in the Roanoke Valley are clear.[5-NE-Snow]
It was not just this region under a blanket of snow.
The late winter storm left the Northeast digging out- as Bobbi Harley reports.
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((THE CALENDAR SAYS SPRING IS APPROACHING, BUT MOTHER NATURE HAS OTHER IDEAS.
A LATE WINTER STORM THAT WALLOPED THE MIDWEST OVER THE WEEKEND... TOOK AIM AT THE EASTERN SEABOARD TODAY.
FROM MAINE TO MARYLAND... PEOPLE WOKE-UP THIS MORNING TO SNOW-COVERED CARS AND SLIPPERY COMMUTES.
IT'S GREAT FOR THE KIDS, NOT TOO GREAT FOR WORK.
DOZENS OF FLIGHTS WERE CANCELLED AT BOSTON'S LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH SNOW AT TIMES FALLING AT MORE THAN AN INCH AN HOUR.
IN NEW JERSEY... WET, HEAVY SNOW BROUGHT DOWN POWER LINES.. FORCING
POLICE TO CLOSE SOME ROADS.
IT WAS MORE OF THE SAME IN CONNECTICUT OVERNIGHT... POWER OUTAGES.. AT ONE POINT.. HAD OVER 50 THOUSAND RESIDENTS WERE IN THE DARK.
AFTER SOME FIERCE WEATHER OVER THE WEEKEND...PEOPLE IN THE MIDWEST WILL
GET A BREAK TODAY.
WARMER THAN NORMAL. BOBBI HARLEY CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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A local group of parents says authorities are overreacting over a thrown snowball. We will have that story next.
And then a little later in the newscast, we'll tell you why a music company is trying to determine what kind of music cats like.
On Health Check, researchers hope a new study will reveal some answers about Alzheimers disease
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and Patrick Evans will speak to actor John Maxwell on his new one man show.
A man who shot and killed another man last night says it was an accident, but at least for now, sheriff's deputies are still investigating.
64-year-old Carl Hixson died from a bullet wound to the head.
Investigators found Hixson yesterday afternoon at 10-13 Friendship Road in Shawsville.
He died at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Another man told police he fired his revolver at Hixson by mistake but police have NOT ruled the shooting an accident.
Two young boys may face felony charges for a snowball fight they had near a busy highway last week.
The two boys.. one 11 years old, the other 13.. were reportedly throwing snowballs at each other near Route 221 last Wednesday afternoon.
One snowball narrowly missed a passing car, whose driver reported the incident to the state police.
Authorities say the boys can be charged with a Class 6 felony, but many feel police are over- reacting.
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((LEIGH DREWRY/BOYS' ATTORNEY: I THINK THE TROOPER FAILED TO EXERCISE ALL OF HIS TRAINING AND COMMON SENSE THAT HE HAS AVAILABLE TO HIM, AND I WISH HE HAD APPROACHED IT IN THE WAY THAT MORE SEASONED POLICE OFFICERS HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, WHICH IS SCARE THE BEJESUS OUT OF THE BOYS AND SEND THEM ON THEIR WAY.))
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Drewry says he doesn't expect charges to be filed in the next day or two.
Authorities are not ruling out a connection between Saturday's bombing of an abortion clinic and bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph.
But they say at this time there is no evidence that Rudolph is responsible.
A bomb went off at the Femcare clinic in Asheville, North Carolina-
It only caused minor damage and no one was hurt.
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((RICHARD FOX/ATF AGENT: WE FEEL THIS BOMB WAS DEFINITELY INTENDED TO GO OFF AND DAMAGE PROPERTY AND OR KILL, MAME OR HURT PEOPLE.))
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The clinic has been the site of several protests in the past-
According ot the FBI the clinic received a package last month said to contain anthrax.
It later turned out to be a hoax.
Virginia abolished parole in 1995.
But for inmates whose crimes pre-date that, the rate at which eligible parolees are getting paroled is now down in the single digits.
In 1993, inmates who came up for parole were getting it 40-percent of the time.
Under Governor George Allen, who abolished parole, the rate was in the teens and twenties.
In the past year, it has been in the single digits.
Parole officials say they're simply down to the worst case inmates left in the parole-eligible system.
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((RICK ALDERMAN/VIRGINIA PAROLE BOARD CHAIRMAN: WHEN I SIT DOWN WITH...RARELY GET ANY BODY THAT DISAGREES WITH ME.))
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A Virginia inmate advocacy group is concerned about the trend.
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((REV. DOW CHAMBERLAIN/VIRGINIA CURE: VIRGINIA HAS A CRIME RATE OF ABOUT 37TH. WHICH PUTS US ON A PAR WITH MINNESOTA,
WHICH HAS AN INCARCERATION RATE OF ABOUT 25-PERCENT...SPENDING FAR LESS THAN WE DO.))
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Both parole board members and inmate advocates say Virginia needs to spend more on halfway houses to help ex-convicts return to society.
One is a lonely number...unless you're actor John Maxwell. He's getting ready to open his one man play at Roanoke College. Patrick Evans is standing by with more.
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Actor John Maxwell will be working with the drama department at Roanoke College this week, much to their benefit.
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And much to YOUR benefit, Maxwell will be performing free of charge tomorrow night.
Patrick Evans has more on the upcoming performance.
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Today in Sports, the Virginia Tech women prepare for their big game tonight against Auburn. We'll have a live report from the Cassell.
On Health Check, A new treatment is ready for market for the more than three million Americans who suffer from scalp psoriasis.
and researchers hope a new national study of Alzheimer's will bring answers to help slow down the deadly disease.
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The federal government is launching a major study of Alzheimers and a drug cocktail with the potential of slowing the onset of the disease for several years.
Lee Cowan has the details.
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"Is your memory loss normal, or is it something more serious.?" (05)
IT'S A QUESTION THIS AD CAMPAIGN MAY BE ABLE TO ANSWER. (04)
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'This clearly represents our largest effort." (04)
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING IS USING THE AD IN HOPES OF
RECRUITING MORE THAN 700 VOLUNTEERS TO PARTICIPATE IN A MEMORY LOSS
STUDY - A THREE YEAR EXPERIMENT TO SEE IF TWO SEPARATE DRUGS CAN KEEP
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AT BAY. (12)
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"If we can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease we can prevent roughly
50% of the cases." (06)
THE DRUGS ARE VITAMIN E AND DONEPEZIL - BOTH ALREADY SHOWN TO
SLOW DOWN MEMORY LOSS IN PEOPLE THAT SUFFER WHAT RESEARCHERS CALL 'MILD
COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT -- AN EARLY STAGE OF FORGETFULNESS THEY THINK IS
PROBABLY ALZHEIMER'S CALLING CARD. (14)
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"The risk of getting Alzheimer's Disease - general aging population."
AND AS BABY BOOMERS GET OLDER AND OLDER IT'S A CONDITION LIKELY TO
BECOME MORE PREVALENT.
ALREADY SOME 4 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM ALZHEIMER'S AT A COST
OF MORE THAN 100-(B)ILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
IF UNCHECKED, SCIENTISTS WARN ALZHEIMER'S COULD BECOME THE CASH
DRAIN OF THE NEXT MILLENNIUM. (15)
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"It is clear that if ways are not found to prevent the onset of
Alzheimer's disease, then we will be facing a possible public health
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"Researchers predict that being able to delay Alzheimer's for even 5
years could save as much as 50 billion dollars a year in treatment
costs. An ounce of prevention for a disease some claim could be the
worse epidemic of the 21st century. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."
Mothers who smoke while they are pregnant could be creating future criminals.
Combined research from several Universities found male children whose mother's smoked while they were in the womb, grew up to be violent criminals.
The study suggests smoking may cause lasting damage to a fetus's central nervous system-- resulting in life-long behavioral problems.
But doctors say genetics could also be a factor.
The findings are in this month's Archives of General Psychiatry.
A new treatment for scalp psoriasis claims to be head and shoulders above the rest.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Luxiq (LUX-EEK) to treat the condition that causes redness, scaling and severe itching.
The new lotion is unlike traditional messy formulas that leave hair greasy.
Luxiq comes in a new foam treatment.
Welcome folks to the Monday ticker that gets rolling up in Blacksburg.
The Virginia Tech women's basketball team is still a few hours away from tonight's nine o'clock tipoff with Auburn.
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But Denise Allen is all set at Cassell Coliseum where the anticipation for tonight's game is already building.
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JMU football has lost its head coach to the NFL.
For the past week reported have been flying out of Green Bay that Alex Wood would actually take over as
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the Packers quarterback coach.
Today he officially accepted the job with the Packers.
Wood coaches the Dukes of JMU for the past four seasons.
He leaves Harrisonburg with a 23-and-22 record althought last season the Dukes were just 3-and-8.
Much more coming up at six inclusing a look at the Junior Express hockey team that is preparing for a trip to Florida.
Have a nice Monday night everybody.
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A researcher in Japan is trying to find out what type of music cats like.
He hooked cats to a machine that measured heartbeat and then played a variety of music for them.
He says he can determine what kind of music the cats like by their physical reactions.
Rock music seemed to irritate the felines.
Classical, new age and elevator music seemed most appealing to the kitty music critics.
The research was conducted for a company marketing music by cable. They are looking for the best music to put on their pet channel, which is programmed for cats and dogs.