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have a terrific tuesday.disappointing and it's upsetting." a former bedford police officer facing child porn charges. what the current police chief says about the case. # plus virginia tech sees a record number of applications for its new freshman class. the department with the most numbers and what school leaders are saying is the reason behind it.### good morning and thanks for joining us on virginia today here on w-s-l-s 10. i'm jenna zibton. and i'm patrick mckee. we're following school closings and delays as winter weather moves in for some. this is video from yesterday as snow moved across southwest virginia. storm team ten meteorologist kristina montuori joins us now..
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tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers
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highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s time now for your timesaver traffic report. we're continuing to follow the trial of ashley white.. the mother of a five year old who went missing nearly a year ago. after an extensive five day search in pulaski county, the boy-- noah thomas, was found in a septic tank on his family's property. investigators say he drowned.. with hypothermia contributing to his death. the trial against his mother started yesterday.. and is expected to last all week.. w-s-l-s 10's erin brookshier has more on what we can expect today in court. # this morning a jury is expected
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and neglect case against ashley white. she faces three charges in connection to the death of her son, noah thomas. today-- seven more jurors must be selected for the trial to begin. this comes after jury selection started yesterday morning in the pulaski courtroom. lawyers worked throughout the day... and ended up with fifteen potential jurors. about half of the people what were called in for jury duty were sent home. many stated they had already made up their minds.. and believed white was guilty. others say white must prove to them she's innocent, rather than the prosecution proving she is guilty-- as the law states must happen. after jury selection finishes today.. there will be 22-total jurors. then both the defense and prosecution will get four strikes each.. bringing the jury down to twelve members and two alternates. the remainder of the jury selection process will start at morning. the commonwealth's witnesses have been told to report to the courthouse by two o-clock this afternoon. i'm erin brookshier, wsls 10. a former bedford police officer
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today... after being indicted on six felonies for possession of child pornography. a bedford grand jury indicted mcalexander. he was arrested in henry county... and is being held without bond. police chief todd foreman says it's disappointing... and upsetting. the southern virginia crimes against children task force investigated this case... and says mcalexander was the target of an investigation centered around file sharing programs. lt. mike harmony/southe rn virginia icac - "it's sad i can tell you that much. anytime that someone who is in the eye of the public and has the faith of the public betrays that it's sad." mcalexander served in the bedford police department for more than 25 years. # cases like the one against mcalexander aren't uncommon. southern virginia i-cac says it investigates cases involving people of all backgrounds. the agency was one of the original task forces in 1998 and today is one of 61 throughout
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hundreds of local... county and state agencies. an investigator tells us he's seen child pornography cases involving teachers and clergy. he says some of the trends he's seeing now include self- victimization ... children taking inappropriate pictures of themselves and incest. sgt. chris edmondson/sou thern virginia icac: "i've been a police officer for over 40 years and still what i've seen in the last here amazes me. i thought in my length i've seen it all. not even close." in addition to conducting investigations, southern virginia i-cac also trains people on internet safety. ### new this morning.. a record number of people applied of 2020. applicants is a 12 percent increase over last year. every college saw an increase. the most significant being a 25 percent increase in the human sciences... college of natural resources and environment. the
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record-breaking increase to the academics and sense of community at virginia tech... and believes students value the personalized admissions process. # in what's news today... the salem school board will recognize one of its teachers after she was named virginia's teacher of the year. natalie difusco-funk teaches 5th grade at west salem elementary school. she started her career in massachusetts where she taught for seven year. she then moved to virginia, teaching in botetourt county before moving to salem. montgomery county schools holds a public meeting to talk about building projects. the school system will talk about the next steps in planning for capital improvements. school leaders will present the district's capital improvements program and talk about possible solutions for elementary schools in christiansburg. middle and high school teachers will participate in a professional enrichment session at the jefferson college of health sciences. speakers will talk about their work and give teachers ideas of how to talk to their students about real-world
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central virginia community college holds an early college open house tonight at 6. students and parents in lynchburg city schools will learn about dual enrollment seniors. students can earn credit toward their high school diplomas... and receive their associate of arts and sciences degree in general studies. # martinsville city council discusses how to pay for its sewer interceptor project. the city is exploring 10 million dollars in bonds to pay for construction. if council approves the measure tonight... there will be another vote at the next meeting in two weeks.# lynchburg city council is expected to finalize the new city manager recruitment profile. it describes what council is looking for--- including experience... leadership style... and challenges the manager will face. current city manager--- kimball payne--- announced last year that he would retire on june 30th. # a new study finds four in ten americans in their prime child- rearing years don't own a home. according to a report released by bankrate dot com, of the 40
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not owning a home, 31 percent cite not being able to main reason. 20 percent claim bad credit is preventing them from getting a mortgage. many non- homeowners are unaware that there are programs available.### more and more americans are giving-up their u.s. passports. a c-n-n money analysis of the latest government data shows more than 20-percent--- or more than 42- hundred people --- turned-in their passports last year. the trend is increasing with americans living overseas... amid complicated paperwork and new tax regulations. those new rules are meant to fight tax evasion. no matter where they live... u.s. citizens are taxed on all income...
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turning back to the forecast... storm team ten meteorologist kristina montuori has more -- kristina?? tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our
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ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s . tuesday: scattered light snow
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wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with
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this morning we're featuring virginia valentines... dean we're featuring virginia valentines... dean and melissa mcdaniel. they met each other at work and have been together for 18 years --- married for 13. # for the rest of this week... wsls 10 will highlight couples in southwest virginia. send in a photo of you and your sweetheart..with your name and your story.. to news at wsls dot com or post it online. we may feature it right here on virginia today.### nicholas sparks is known for his love stories... and one of his most
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why he says it took him almost ten years to bring the story to life on the big screen. # plus one alabama couple had a pretty good excuse for getting out of a speeding ticket. their incredible story when we
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now to what's trending now... a look at the biggest social networking, online and technology talkers. the author of the notebook has admitted that nobody wanted to play one of the main characters in the film. in an interview with i-m-d-b nicholas sparks explained that many people thought the character arc of "noah" was boring. he says ryan gosling got the role because he had no competition. the 2004 tear- jerker tells the story of a young couple who fall in love during the 1940's. the romantic novel would have
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if you hear the term extrovert or introvert, and think that's nothing like me then you may be what psychologists describe as an 'ambivert'. most ambiverts are labelled
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a combination of both personalities. according to the university of maryland ambiverts make up 68 percent of the population experts say they slide up and down personality spectrum depending on the situation, an alabama couple is getting national attention for the perfectly reasonable excuse they had for getting out of a speeding ticket. they were speeding to the hospital to have a baby. the soon-to-be mother was close to delivery when they were pulled over by a state trooper. but instead of a ticket, the trooper jumped into action and helped deliver their healthy baby boy on the side of the
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the mardi gras season is coming to an end as today is fat tuesday. it is a day when people eat all they want as the following day is ash wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for christians. it's also pazcki's day. the paczki is a traditional polish pastry, deep fried and filled with some sort of sweet filling. today bakeries will sell thousands of the treats.
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our forecast. tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s
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for faith christian school.. and an honor for a u-v-a student. # plus.. one georgia family's story on the importance of learning how to use a defibrilator. and how it saved their daughter's
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my computer's dying again. you'll need to email us so we can issue you a ticket. but you're right here. it's protocol. or, you can try staples tech services next day guarantee. it's fast and done right. i'll do that instead. that's not protocol marsha. in by noon, out by 5 the next day. staples. make more happen. welcome back to virginia today here on w-s-l-s 10....it's i'm jenna zibton. and i'm patrick mckee. a special honor for a u-v-a senior athlete. wsls 10's john appicello
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good morning everybody.. college hoops to kick things off.. --and uva's 5th year guard malcolm brogdon is your acc player of the week.. brogdon scored 27 against bc..and 21 on the road at pitt in two uva wins... he averaged 24 points 4 rebounds 2 and a ahalf assists and steal a game.. he shot 68 percent from the field... the cavs have won 6 straight heading into tonights rematch with the hokies. here's your top ten..nova...into the top spot.. uva up to 7 now... and ncarolina and west virginia..round out the top ten. last night..duke got back on the taking out #13 louisville tonight...alyssa rae will be reporting from charlottesville ...on the hokies trip to john paul jones arena... and their battle..with the 7th ranked cavs.. faith christian hosting roanoke valley christian last night. it's rvc's dylan honaker dialing
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but faith christian responds...watc h the feed inside to 7-2 brendan newton for the throwdown...,.. and later''it's andy waldo with the the wheel and deal for 2.. the vaca state runnerup warriors --roll tonight...77-34 the final. that's all of it. ja wsls 10 sports. an animal abuse investigation in danville. the reward being offered. plus... panicked passengers on a cruise ship... stuck in a storm. where its headed now... and why the captain turned the ship around. # "we all have a right to rely upon our government to make us safe." a flint, michigan father files a federal lawsuit on behalf of his daughter. why he claims she got lead
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" nicole i love you to death and i hope you are save up there, dozens come together... to remember the life of nicole lovell. how theyre honoring the 13- year-old. # plus the trial for the mother of 5-year-old noah thomas continues today in pulaski county. what's expected in court as jury selection continues.### good morning and thanks for joining us on virginia today here on wsls 10. i'm jenna zibton. and i'm patrick mckee. we're following school closings and delays as winter weather moves in for some. this is video from blacksburg last night as snow moved across southwest virginia. some areas just saw flurries while others had a dusting.
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for more on the forecast storm team ten meteorologist kristina montuori joins us now.. kristina? tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with
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time now for your timesaver traffic report. people from blacksburg and virginia tech gathered at a candlelight vigil to remember the life of nicole lovell. the 13-year-old went missing late last month. a few days later .. her body was found in north carolina. two virginia tech students remain in jail in connection to her death. wsls 10's brie jackson has more.### brie organizers say they wanted tonight's vigil to bring people together as one. they hope to have nicole's memory associated with building a greater sense of community.
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13 year old's life and wanted showed support to her family during this extremely difficult time. take vo on this cold and snowy night. hundreds gathered in downtown blackburg for a candlight vigil to honor nicole lovell. friends say they miss the warm- hearted girl who brightened their day. the 13 year old's friends, family...along with virginia tech students and others in the community lit candles...sang a song and shared encouraging words. members of help save the next girl - a non- profit group that helps raise awarness about safety - made this tribute to nicole. it has the color blue....a panda and music....some of her favorite things. tech students signed the custom-made painting to show their support for colie. at the bottom lyrics to a song dedicated to their little mountain angel...and her family through these signs of love and support...this sea of broken hearts hopes to come together as one to heal. take sots erica grant / hstng 9:23:02 i cant imagine the pain her family and friends are going through right now. its important to showhrginia tech students carene community res claire kelling 9:25:30 to see so many people here for nicole's family and to say we are here for you. that was amazing brie people i spoke with say they
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honor nicole's life. in the studio, brie jackson, wsls 10. we're continuing to follow the trial of ashley white.. the mother of a five year old who went missing nearly a year ago. after an extensive five day search in pulaski county... 5-year old noah thomas was found in a septic tank on his family's property. investigators say he drowned.. with hypothermia contributing to his death. the trial against his mother started yesterday.. and is expected to last all week.. w-s-l-s 10's erin brookshier has more on what we can expect today in court. today the final jurors are expected to be seated in the case. after jury selection ran all day yesterday.. the court still needs seven more jurors before the trial for ashley white can officially begin. jury selection in the case began early yesterday morning.. and by the end of the day, fifteen jurors had been selected. many of the people that were called in for jury duty were sent home.. after some said they had already made up their minds-- and
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say she must prove to them that she is innocent, rather than the prosecution proving she is guilty-- as the law states must happen. white faces three child abuse and neglect charges in connection to the death of her son, noah thomas. each charge is punishable by at least one year.. but up to five years in prison. once jury selection finishes today.. there will be 22-total jurors. then both the defense and prosecution will get four strikes each.. bringing the jury down to twelve members and two alternates. the remainder of the jury selection process will start at nine o- clock this morning. the commonwealth's witnesses have been told to report to the courthouse by two o-clock this afternoon. i'm erin brookshier, wsls 10. happening today - a pittsylvania woman appears in court in danville on first degree murder and arson charges. christy michelle beskin is charged in connection to a deadly house fire that happened last march which killed donna hiatt-lanier. according to search warrants,
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she hurt the victim and set her home on fire. the fire marshall says that a sword and baseball bat were found in the rubble and there was a strong smell of kerosene. search warrants also show beskin's d-n-a inside the home.### new this morning... a dog is alive and recovering... after being stabbed in danville. the danville area humane society is offering a reward up to one thousand dollars for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. police officers found the female pitbull on the street over the weekend... and took it to the vet. cruelty to animals is punishable by a fine... or up to a year in jail. no word on if the dog has an owner. she will be up for adoption friday. # the man wanted at the center of an amber alert over the weekend turns himself in to police. the fluvanna county sheriff's office says 25- year-old james moses took his three-year-old daughter haven moses from a caretakers home friday night. police located haven sunday night. investigators say moses has a history of child abuse. in 2013
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raping and sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.### new this morning.. a michigan family filed a lawsuit over the toxic levels of lead in the drinking water in flint. sophia waid's parents say the two-year-old has high levels of lead in her bloodstream. lead that flowed through the faucets in her home. the tap water was contaminated... after the source switched from detroit to the flint river in 2014. the cost-cutting move was made while the city was under state financial management. the family's lawyers are now suing the city and state... in the first individual lawsuit stemming from the contamination. luke waid, sophia's father "it's just it's ah it's really putting parents in between a rock and hard spot here. :12 you know, we have children that, that we really care about and we want the best for and it seems like our city officials do not care. currently sophia is on a strict vegatarian diet... she eats only organic and non- g-m-o foods. # in 10 cares heart health .. the
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talking about the importance of learning how to use defibrillators... after the device saved their daughter's life. the teen was playing in a volleyball game when she had a heart attack.### nats of the game as soon as 17 year old claire crawford falls back, staff and coaches rush to her side. nats "call 911. call 911 now. get an aed get an aed." you can see the academic dean at loganville christian academy sprint to the defibrillator. julie sirmans/loganvi lle christian academy's academic dean "took the aed back quickly opened it up got the pads on her." then you can see claire's body jolt. claire crawford/had heart attack during game "i woke she was in my face everybody was yelling felt like they were yelling but apparently they weren't." crawford had a heart attack and she and her parents have no idea why... eric crawford/dad "i have no medical history. my wife doesn't have medical history in families that would cause this. you just don't know." claire crawford/had heart attack during game "burning down my arm, down my left arm and my chest. like my heart felt like it was really working hard which it was."
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multiple doctors prior to this game. she even had shoulder surgery at one point a 's still unclear as why she wtto cardiac arrest lisaawformher "they were going to put an implantable cardio defibrillator in they weren't sure what caused go into cardiac arrest." what's clear now is the importance of this aed and children's healthcare of atlanta is promoting project s.a.v.e. drill trying to prepare everyone should a student or teacher go into sudden cardiac arrest. claire crawford/had heart attack during game "it's great all trained and i'm glad if it happened to somebody else they would be trained as well." doctors found several unexplained blockages during an examination of claire... and she underwent triple bypass surgery. a royal caribbean cruise ship is now safe and in calmer water... after it was battered by high waves and winds. after a rough night... passengers onboard royal caribbean's 'anthem of the seas' are heading back to their home port. the ship sailed right into a powerful storm with hurricane force winds and 30-foot waves slamming into the sides.
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anger on social media.. diane hochman, passenger:"they are angry because they feel someone should have known. they are angry because they have lost their special vacation" the cruise was scheduled to dock in florida before continuing to the bahamas. officials with royal caribbean say guests will get a full refund and half off a future cruise. # snow, wind and floods hit the coast of new england. take a look at some of the flooding caused on nantucket island. forecasters warn more flooding could hit eastern massachusetts. up to 18 inches of snow fell on parts of cape cod.### a chance for snow here in our
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for more on the forecast lets check in with kristina. tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early
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possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s . tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day &
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ahead of tonight's first in the nation primary. a live report on the latest developments from new hampshire. plus... a significant election coming up in roanoke. what voters need to know.. and why this weekend's firehouse primary could have big implications on the race for mayor. listen up! i'm here to get the lady of the house back on her feet. and give her the strength and energy to stay healthy. who's with me?! yay!
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this morning we're just a few hours away from learning who can claim victory in the nation's first presidential primary contest. all day new hampshire voters will head to the polls to help choose the democratic and republican nominees.
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mark meredith is live in nashua new hampshrie this morning with a behind the scenes look at what we can expect today.### good morning - we're setup in a diner here in nashua - it's scenes like these all across the grainte state where politics has been debated by thousands of voters. but it's today - primary day - when that vote will really begin to make the difference. we hit the stump monday to see how the remaining republican and presidential candidates spent their day. amazingly despite the weather - they just didn't stop. governor john kasich was met with standing room only crowds - a sign of his rising popularity. some overnight polls suggest he could be in second place now. donald trump is expected to win after coming in second in iowa last week. hillary clinton and bernie sanders held events late into
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clinton has narrowed the gap between her and sanders - sanders the frontrunne rhere. and while voting is about to begin / already underway - the candidates are still out campaigning today - the amazing thing also the t-v ads - if your'e in swing state you'll see them soon enough. and even after tonight is over - we'll be seeing another mad dash to south carolina and nevada - the next two states to vote. mark - while trump and sanders are expected to win - is there anyone who is endanger of really being forced out of the race after tonight? mark - while the majority of
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won't be cast until later - one new hampshrie town has already decided who they think should
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this weekend.. roanoke will decide which democratic candidate will run for mayor. with no republican stepping forward... the result is even more important. for candidate sherman lea... it's all or nothing. he'll be running for mayor instead of a seat on city council. to get involved in what the party calls its firehouse primary... voters have to cast their ballots in-person at the berglund center saturday. even though this primary is different from a general election... several rules still apply. andrew cochran, roanoke general registrar - "they will be following some of the laws that govern regular elections. they have decided that you must be a registered voter and you must have the regular id that would be required for a regular election." voters will also need to sign a pledge of allegiance to the democratic party in order to cast a ballot. # tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s
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the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s
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sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with the day comes from email us the pictures you've taken around the area. send them to news-at- wsls.com. remember to include your name and a short description to go along with the photo. we'll pick our favorite every morning... to show on-air and
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here's a look at "five things you need to know" before you head out the door this morning. the blacksburg community came together last night to remember 13- year-old nicole lovell. she was killed late last month in what police say was a planned kidnapping and murder. two virginia tech students have
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those who knew her spoke about her positive attitude. they also remember her as a survivor - having fought cancer and a liver transplant. a jury is expected to be seated in the trial against ashley white this morning. on monday half of the potential jurors were sent home. many stated they already thought she was guilty. white is charged child abuse and neglect in connection to the death of her son noah thomas. the five-year- old's body was found in a septic tank in march. republicans and democrats looking to sure up their party's nomination for president will be eagerly awaiting the results in tonights new hampshire primary. new hampshire is the first primary state which makes a win there an important victory for the preferred candidate come the november 8th election. tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s
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reason behind it.### good morning and thanks for joining us on virginia today here on w-s-l-s 10. i'm jenna zibton. and i'm patrick mckee. we're following school closings and delays as winter weather moves in for some. some areas are seeing snow this morning... this is blacksburg last night... as snow moved across southwest virginia. some areas just saw flurries while others had a dusting. storm team ten meteorologist kristina montuori joins us now.. kristina? tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the
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snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s time now for your timesaver traffic report. we're following breaking news
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at least eight people are dead and 50 seriously injured following a train crash. police say the head-on collision happened in bavaria around 7 a-m local time. helicopters were used to transport rescue workers to the crash scene... which happened in a remote region. investigators say altogether, between 100-150 people got hurt. no word on what caused the crash. we're continuing to follow the trial of ashley white.. the mother of a five year old who went missing nearly a year ago. after an extensive five day search in pulaski county, the boy-- noah thomas, was found in a septic tank on his family's property. investigators say he drowned.. with hypothermia contributing to his death. the trial against his mother started yesterday.. and is expected to last all week.. w-s-l-s 10's erin brookshier has more on what we can expect today in court. # this morning a jury is expected to be seated in the child abuse and neglect case against ashley white. she faces three charges in connection to the death of her son, noah thomas. today-- seven more jurors must
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begin. this comes after jury selection started yesterday morning in the pulaski courtroom. lawyers worked throughout the day... and ended up with fifteen potential jurors. about half of the people what were called in for jury duty were sent home. many stated they had already made up their minds.. and believed white was guilty. others say white must prove to them she's innocent, rather than the prosecution proving she is guilty-- as the law states must happen. after jury selection finishes today.. there will be 22-total jurors. then both the defense and prosecution will get four strikes each.. bringing the jury down to twelve members and two alternates. the remainder of the jury selection process will start at nine o- clock this morning. the commonwealth's witnesses have been told to report to the courthouse by two o-clock this afternoon. i'm erin brookshier, wsls 10. a former bedford police officer is expected in court today... after being indicted on six felonies for possession of child pornography. a bedford grand jury indicted 54- year-old brian mcalexander.
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county... and is being held without bond. police chief todd foreman says it's disappointing... and upsetting. the southern virginia crimes against children task force investigated this case... and says mcalexander was the target of an investigation centered around file sharing programs. lt. mike harmony/southe rn virginia icac - "it's sad i can tell you that much. anytime that someone who is in the eye of the public and has the faith of the public betrays that it's sad." mcalexander served in the bedford police department for more than 25 years. # cases like the one against mcalexander aren't uncommon. southern virginia i-cac says it investigates cases involving people of all backgrounds. the agency was one of the original task forces in 1998 and today is one of 61 throughout the country that works with hundreds of local... county and state agencies. an investigator tells us he's seen child pornography
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he says some of the trends he's seeing now include self- victimization ... children taking inappropriate pictures of themselves and incest. ### new this morning.. a record number of people applied to virginia tech as part of the class of 2020. the more than 25-thousand applicants is a 12 percent increase over last year. every college saw an increase. the most significant being a 25 percent increase in the college of liberal arts and human sciences... and a 24 percent increase in the college of natural resources and environment. the school attributes the record-breaking increase to the academics and sense of community at virginia tech... and believes students value the personalized admissions process. # in what's news today... the salem school board will recognize one of its teachers after she was named virginia's teacher of the year. natalie difusco-funk teaches 5th grade at west salem elementary school. she started her career in massachusetts where she taught for seven year. she then moved to virginia,
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county before moving to salem. montgomery county schools holds a public meeting to talk about building projects. the school system will talk about the next steps in planning for capital improvements. school leaders will present the district's capital improvements program and talk about possible solutions for elementary schools in christiansburg. middle and high school teachers will participate in a professional enrichment session at the jefferson college of health sciences. speakers will talk about their work and give teachers ideas of how to talk to their students about real-world applications of science lessons. ### central virginia community college holds an early college open house tonight at 6. students and parents in lynchburg city schools will learn about dual enrollment programs for juniors and seniors. students can earn credit toward their high school diplomas... and receive their associate of arts and sciences degree in general studies. # martinsville city council discusses how to pay for its sewer interceptor project. the city is exploring 10 million dollars in bonds to pay for
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if council approves the measure tonight... there will be another vote at the next meeting in two weeks.# lynchburg city council is expected to finalize the new city manager recruitment profile. it describes what council is looking for--- including experience... leadership style... and challenges the manager will face. current city manager--- kimball payne--- announced last year that he would retire on june 30th. # chipotle mexican grill is blaming sick employees for the two norovirus outbreaks that the restaurant chain experienced last year. the chain hosted a company-wide meeting about food safety on monday, shutting its doors during lunchtime for training. chipotle is now offering employees paid sick leave so they home when they're ill. the likely causes of the salmanella outbreak, which is why they no restaurant.### starbucks is going to make chocolate lovers happy this
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the coffee chain will begin making three new chocolate insipred drinks. they are the molten chocolate latte... the molten chocolate frappuccino... and the molten hot chocolate the chocolate special runs now through valentine's day.. starbucks is also offering heart shaped cookies... themed coffee mugs... a special snapchat filter... and a valentines day playlist on spotify. # turning back to the forecast... storm team ten meteorologist kristina montuori has more --
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tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper
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overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s . tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the we're featuring virginia
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mcdaniel. they met each other at work and have been together for 18 years --- married for 13. # for the rest of this week... wsls 10 will highlight couples in southwest virginia. send in a photo of you and your sweetheart..with your name and your story.. to news at wsls dot com or post it online. we may feature it right here on virginia today.### nicholas sparks is known for his love stories... and one of his most popular films is "the notebook." why he says it took him almost ten years to bring the story to life on the big screen... when we
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now to what's trending now... a look at the biggest social networking, online and technology talkers. the author of the notebook has admitted that nobody wanted to play one of the main characters in the film. in an interview with i-m-d-b nicholas sparks explained that many people thought the character arc of "noah" was boring. he says ryan gosling got the role because he had no competition. the 2004 tear- jerker tells the story of a young couple who fall in love during the 1940's. the romantic novel would have become a film in 1996 if they had found an actor.
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or introvert, and think that's nothing like me then you may be what psychologists describe as an 'ambivert'. most ambiverts are labelled incorrectly... thats because it's a combination of both personalities. according to the university of maryland ambiverts make up 68 percent of the population experts say they slide up and down personality spectrum depending
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the mardi gras season is coming to an end as today is fat tuesday. it is a day when people eat all they want as the following day is ash wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for christians. it's also pazcki's day. the paczki is a traditional polish pastry, deep fried and filled with some sort of sweet filling. most bakeries will only stack their shelves with pazcki's two weeks before lent each year. now to kristina, with for a look at now to kristina, with for a look at
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tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s for faith christian school.. and an a u-v-a student is recognized. # plus.. a life saving device. one georgia family's story on the importance of learning how to use a defibrilator.
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welcome back to virginia today here on w-s-l-s 10....it's i'm jenna zibton. and i'm patrick mckee. a special athlete. wsls 10's john appicello explains.# vobrogdon vo in monitor good morning everybody.. college hoops to kick things off..
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malcolm brogdon is your acc player of the week.. brogdon scored 27 against bc..and 21 on the road at pitt in two uva wins... he averaged 24 points 4 rebounds 2 and a ahalf assists and steal a game.. he shot 68 percent from the field... the cavs have won 6 straight heading into tonights rematch with the hokies. full screen here's your top ten..nova...into the top spot.. uva up to 7 now... and ncarolina and west virginia..round out the top ten. last night..duke got back on the winning track taking out #13 louisville tonight...alyssa rae will be reporting from charlotteslle...on the hokies trip to john paul jones arena... and their battle..with the 7th ranked cavs.. faith christian hosting roanoke valley christian last night. it's rvc's dylan honaker dialing up the 3 ball .... but faith christian responds...watc h the feed inside to 7-2 brendan newton for the throwdown...,.. and later''it's andy waldo with
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the vaca state runnerup warriors --roll tonight...77-34 the final. that's all of it. ja wsls 10 sports. winter weather moves across the east coast. a look at the forecast in our area and the damage in the northeast. plus... panicked passengers on a cruise ship... stuck in a storm. where its headed now... and why the captain turned the ship around. # "we all have a right to rely upon our government to make us safe." a flint, michigan father files a federal lawsuit on behalf of his daughter. what he wants to happen and why he claims she got lead poisoning
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" nicole i love you to death and i hope you are save up there, dozens come together... to remember the life of nicole lovell. how theyre honoring the 13- year-old. # plus the trial for the mother of 5-year-old noah thomas continues today in pulaski county. what's expected in court as jury selection continues.### good morning and thanks for joining us on virginia today here on wsls 10. i'm jenna zibton. and i'm patrick mckee. we're following school closings and delays as winter weather moves in for some. this is blacksburg last night... as snow moved across southwest virginia. some areas received flurries while others had a dusting. this is a live look at the can you snow still covering the parking lot. but most of yesterdays snow fell in the new river valley.
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team ten meteorologist kristina montuori joins us now.. kristina? tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s
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traffic report. people from blacksburg and virginia tech gathered at a candlelight vigil to remember the life of nicole lovell. the 13-year-old went missing late last month. a few days later .. her body was found in north carolina. two virginia tech students remain in jail in connection to her death. wsls 10's brie jackson has more.### brie organizers say they wanted tonight's vigil to bring people together as one. they hope to have nicole's memory associated with building a greater sense of community. tonight they celebrated the 13 year old's life and wanted showed support to her family during this extremely difficult time. take vo on this cold and snowy night. hundreds gathered in downtown blackburg for a candlight vigil to honor nicole lovell.
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hearted girl who brightened their day. the 13 year old's friends, family...along with virginia tech students and others in the community lit candles...sang a song and shared encouraging words. members of help save the next girl - a non- profit group that helps raise awarness about safety - made this tribute to nicole. it has the color blue....a panda and music....some of her favorite things. tech students signed the custom-made painting to show their support for colie. at the bottom lyrics to a song dedicated to their little mountain angel...and her family through these signs of love and support...this sea of broken hearts hopes to come together as one to heal. take sots erica grant / hstng 9:23:02 i cant imagine the pain her family and friends are going through right now. its important to show that virginia tech students carend the community res aire lling 9:25:30 see so many peoehere for nicole's family and to say we are here for you. that was amazing brie people i spoke with say they hope to see an annual event to honor nicole's life. in the
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we're continuing to follow the trial of ashley white.. the mother of a five year old who went missing nearly a year ago. after an extensive five day search in pulaski county... 5-year old noah thomas was found in a septic tank on his family's property. investigators say he drowned.. with hypothermia contributing to his death. the trial against his mother started yesterday.. and is expected to last all week.. w-s-l-s 10's erin brookshier has more on what we can expect today in court. today the final jurors are expected to be seated in the case. after jury selection ran all day yesterday.. the court still needs seven more jurors before the trial for ashley white can officially begin. jury selection in the case began early yesterday morning.. and by the end of the day, fifteen jurors had been selected. many of the people that were called in for jury duty were sent home.. after some said they had already made up their minds-- and believed white was guilty. other say she must prove to them that she is innocent, rather
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is guilty-- as the law states must happen. white faces three child abuse and neglect charges in connection to the death of her son, noah thomas. each charge is punishable by at least one year.. but up to five years in prison. once jury selection finishes today.. there will be 22-total jurors. then both the defense and prosecution will get four strikes each.. bringing the jury down to twelve members and two alternates. the remainder of the jury selection process will start at nine o- clock this morning. the commonwealth's witnesses have been told to report to the courthouse by two o-clock this afternoon. i'm erin brookshier, wsls 10. happening today - a pittsylvania woman appears in court in danville on first degree murder and arson charges. christy michelle beskin is charged in connection to a deadly house fire that happened last march which killed donna hiatt-lanier. according to search warrants, beskin admitted to police that she hurt the victim and set her home on fire. the fire marshall says that a sword
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rubble and there was a strong smell of kerosene. search warrants also show beskin's d-n-a inside the home.### new this morning... a dog is alive and recovering... after being stabbed in danville. the danville area humane society is offering a reward up to one thousand dollars for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. police officers found the female pitbull on the street over the weekend... and took it to the vet. cruelty to animals is punishable by a fine... or up to a year in jail. no word on if the dog has an owner. she will be up for adoption friday. # the man wanted at the center of an amber alert over the weekend turns himself in to police. the fluvanna county sheriff's office says 25- year-old james moses took his three-year-old daughter haven moses from a caretakers home friday night. police located haven sunday night. investigators say moses has a history of child abuse. in 2013 he was accused of raping and sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.### new this morning.. a michigan
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over the toxic levels of lead in the drinking water in flint. sophia waid's parents say the two-year-old has high levels of lead in her bloodstream. lead that flowed through the faucets in her home. the tap water was contaminated... after the source switched from detroit to the flint river in 2014. the cost-cutting move was made while the city was under state financial management. the family's lawyers are now suing the city and state... in the first individual lawsuit stemming from the contamination. luke waid, sophia's father "it's just it's ah it's really putting parents in between a rock and hard spot here. :12 you know, we have children that, that we really care about and we want the best for and it seems like our city officials do not care. currently sophia is on a strict vegatarian diet... she eats only organic and non- g-m-o foods. # in 10 cares heart health .. the parents of a georgia teen are talking about the importance of learning how to use defibrillators... after the device saved their daughter's life. the teen was playing in a
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heart attack.### nats of the game as soon as 17 year old claire crawford falls back, staff and coaches rush to her side. nats "call 911. call 911 now. get an aed get an aed." you can see the academic dean at loganville christian academy sprint to the defibrillator. julie sirmans/loganvi lle christian academy's academic dean "took the aed back quickly opened it up got the pads on her." then you can see claire's body jolt. claire crawford/had heart attack during game "i woke she was in my face everybody was yelling felt like they were yelling but apparently they weren't." crawford had a heart attack and she and her parents have no idea why... eric crawford/dad "i have no medical history. my wife doesn't have medical history in families that would cause this. you just don't know." claire crawford/had heart attack during game "burning down my arm, down my left arm and my chest. like my heart felt like it was really working hard which it was." claire crawford had gone to multiple doctors prior to this game. she even had shoulder surgery at one point and it's still unclear as to why she went into cardiac arrest lisa crawford/moth er "they were going to put an implantable cardio defibrillator in they weren't sure what caused go into
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what's clear now is the importance of this aed and children's healthcare of atlanta is promoting project s.a.v.e. drill trying to prepare everyone should a student or teacher go into sudden cardiac arrest. claire crawford/had heart attack during game "it's great all trained and i'm glad if it happened to somebody else they would be trained as well." doctors found several unexplained blockages during an examination of claire... and she underwent triple bypass surgery. a royal caribbean cruise ship is now safe and in calmer water... after it was battered by high waves and winds. after a rough night... passengers onboard royal caribbean's 'anthem of the seas' are heading back to their home port. the ship sailed right into a powerful storm with hurricane force winds and 30-foot waves
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significant damage as some 6-thousand passengers and crew were ordered to take cover. passengers expressed their anger on social media.. diane hochman, passenger:"they are angry because they feel someone should have known. they are angry because they have lost their special vacation" the cruise was scheduled to dock in florida before continuing to the bahamas. officials with royal caribbean say guests will get a full refund and half off a future cruise. the company says there were no serious injuries # snow, wind and floods hit the coast of new england. take a look at some of the flooding caused on nantucket island. forecasters warn more flooding could hit eastern massachusetts. up to 18 inches of snow fell on parts of cape cod. some schools and businesses closed, and massachusetts governor charlie baker said that everyone would be better off staying off the roads.### a chance for snow here in our area as well...
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check in with kristina. tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 300 sunday: mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s
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tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s sunday: mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s . the presidential candidates make their final appeal to voters tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the
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wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone their final appeal to voters ahead of tonight's first in the nation primary. this is a live look from the polls... the latest developments from new hampshire coming up. plus... a significant election coming up in roanoke. what voters need to know.. and why this weekend's firehouse primary could have big implications on the race for mayor. natalie good morning.. today on the daytime.. it's in the heart of downtown.. we'll take a look at dr. pepper park as we continue our series on, renovating roanoke... lindee plus.. it's fat tuesday.. our daily bread shows us how to celebrate .. and chef bobby shows us how to create a valentine dish your sweetheart will love.. be sure to make time for
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on wsls - 1good morning. thank you for joining us for virginia today on w-s-l-s. i'm...jenna zibton. and i'm...patrick mckee. all eyes are on new hampshire this morning as the nation's first presidential primary gets underway. all day voters will head to the polls to help choose the democratic and republican nominees. but some towns voted overnight... the nine voters in dixville notch chose john kasich and bernie sanders to move onto the general election. tracie potts has the latest from manchester. nats: america!
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kasich and sanders won tiny dixville notch. now the rest of new hampshire begins what election officials expect to be a record- breaking day: sot: sharyn kelley / ward 1 clerk:13 - :16 "out the door. lines out the door." candidates continue their final arguments today: sot: chris christie / r- presidential candidate:19 - :25 "it's christmas eve for politicians in new hampshire and you all get to play santa claus!" sot: donald trump / r- presidential candidate :26 - :29 "this is now crunch time." trump has a huge lead here but the number two spot seems up for grabs: polls show cruz, rubio, even kasich or bush have a shot at it. sot: john kasich / r-presidential candidate :40 - :43 "...are the ones that are going to make this happen!" sot: marco rubio / r- presidential candidate :44 - :47 "get up early tomorrow and get your friends and family to vote." nats sanders bernie sanders fired up supporters - he's way ahead of hillary clinton in the polls. sot: hillary clinton / d- presidential candidate :53 - 1:02 "i will ask you respectfully to please consider giving me the chance to do this job for you." today's the last day... and
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electorate is either undecided... sot: donald kennedy / undecided voter1:08 - 1:10 "i don't have a clue. i don't even know what party i'm voting for yet." vote at the last minute. tracie potts they're expecting a huge turnout here. the secretary of state predicts more than half a million people. that's two- thirds of new hampshire voters. i'm tracie potts in new hampshire, now back to you. this weekend.. roanoke will decide which democratic candidate will run for mayor. with no republican stepping forward... the result is even more important. for candidate nothing. he'll be running for mayor instead of a seat on city council. to get involved in what the party calls its firehouse primary... voters have to cast their ballots in-person at the berglund center saturday. even though this primary is different from a general election... several rules still apply. andrew cochran, roanoke general registrar - "they will be following some of the laws that govern regular elections. they have decided that you must be a registered voter and you must have the regular id that would be required for a regular election."
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pledge of allegiance to the democratic party in order to cast a ballot. # state leaders meet today to discuss the heroin and prescription drug epidemic in the commonwealth. attorney general mark herring and u.s. attorney for the eastern district of virginia dana boente will join law enforcement to discuss their latest efforts on fighting the problem. in the last year and a half, the team has prosecuted more than 28 cases against dealers and traffickers. the chief medical examiner says more than 7- hundred virginians died last year from drug overdoses.# lawmakers have been wrestling with what to do about a group of inmates who may have been unfairly punished because their juries weren't informed that virginia had abolished parole in 1995. a legislative panel endorsed a bill monday... that would allow some of those inmates to become eligible for parole. but advocates say the bill has been narrowed so much... that it will affect few people. the governor's administration introduced the original bill... and dismissed criticism... saying
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substantial impact.# tuesday: scattered light snow upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s friday: increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers possible.late- day clearing with highs in the lower 30s
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tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s thursday: increasing sunshine with highs in the upper 20s highs in the upper 30s.late-day & overnight snow showers possible saturday: morning & early afternoon snow showers the day comes from email us the pictures you've taken around the area. send them to news-at-
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area. send them to news-at- wsls.com. remember to include your name and a short description to go along with the photo. we'll pick our favorite every morning... to show on-air and post on our facebook page. five things you need to know are
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there are many sides to basketball star an fashion icon russell westbrook. and with coverage in the middle of anywhere from u.s. cellular, he can find some new ones. like, farmer. russell's brussels. russell speaking. paleontologist. hashtag t-rex.
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here's a look at "five things you need to know" before you head out the door this morning. the blacksburg community came together last night to remember 13- year-old nicole lovell. she was killed late last month in what police say was a planned kidnapping and murder. two virginia tech students have been charged. those who knew her spoke about her positive attitude. they also remember her as a survivor - having fought cancer and a liver transplant. a jury is expected to be seated in the trial against ashley white this morning. on monday half of the potential jurors were sent home. many stated they already thought she was guilty. white is charged child abuse and neglect in connection to the death of her son noah thomas. the five-year- old's body was found in a septic tank in march. republicans and democrats
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nomination for president will be eagerly awaiting the results in tonights new hampshire primary. new hampshire is the first primary state which makes a win there an important victory for the preferred candidate come the november 8th election. tuesday: scattered light snow showers with highs in the upper 30s wednesday: light snow for our western counties.flurr ies for everyone else.highs in the lower 30s our region as you head out the door this morning. coming up next on today - complete coverage of today's all- important primary in new hampshire. today is fat tuesday. we leave you with a live look from a polish bakery in wisconsin. it's a busy day for business as the bakery prepares to ships thousands of paczki pastries all over the country.
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