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Assessing the damage from all this rain. Excessive rainfall is good and bad, depending on what business you're in.
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Also coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: Lotto ticket sales are down 60-percent, but the Lottery's got a plan to attract more players.

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Tonight on News 7 Sports - the area Skins game tees off despite the weather. The Friday Football Extra preseason previews continue with Northside in the spotlight.
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Plus, the Tech freshmen check in with Frank Beamer for their first workouts in the Maroon and White.
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More unwelcome rain for the region. Flood Watches are in effect but so far damage has been light. Details ahead.

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((THE WORST STORM I EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE.))
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Resident take stock of storm damage. V-DOT sets about making repairs. And we could get more rain tonight.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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One road was washed out by the sudden downpour in Roanoke County late yesterday.
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At least half a dozen back roads in the southern end of the county were affected by the storm.
Back CREEK Road was the most severely damaged.
V-DOT set about clearing debris from the creek bed.
Despite more rain today, the scene was nothing like it was yesterday.
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((LIKE A NIGHTMARE. WE HAD, WAS SURROUNDED BY WATER. WATER WAS COMING OUT THE ROADS ALL BACK HERE AND ALL DOWN THROUGH THERE.))
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The water came to within inches of flooding Allen's home, filling the space beneath the house before it subsided.

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((THE WATER WAS ALL THE WAY UP ON THAT TREE RIGHT THERE. THAT'S HOW HIGH IT WAS.))
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More rain is possible this evening. So it could be another night of anxiety for folks who live between Clearbrook and Boones Mill, though Robin Reed says they're unlikely to see a repeat of what happened here last night.
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A collision between a tractor trailer and a pickup truck is tying up traffic in the same are where flooding slowed it down yesterday.
The accident blocked one of the southbound lanes on Route 220 in Franklin County for about two hours.
Both lanes, just north of Boones Mill, are now open.
There's no word yet on what caused the wreck, or if anyone's been hurt.

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Heavy rain may have played a role in an accident on Interstate 81 that sent a wrecker careening off the highway.

The roll- back was carrying a Dodge Intrepid north on I-81. Police say the driver swerved into the left lane, bounced off a tractor trailer and crashed through the guardrail, landing on the 137 exit ramp. The driver, David Burton of Northern Virginia was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. He could face charges.
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A lot of businesses have a love-hate relationship with the rain.
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Jennifer Miele is at Carvin's Cove to tell us how the weather is affecting the local market.
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Keith we're here at Carvin's Cove were the water level is quite different from last year.
That's consistent with the comments from two business owners we spoke to today.
One has been in sales for 50 years and says the rain is great, the other is entering his fourth fiscal year and says sales are drowning.
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(( It's not often that you'll find steamrollers, backhoes and bulldozers sitting idly on the side the street. It's the rain that washing away paving business.
Tony Ekinci says he's facing away some serious rain delays.
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[TC: 09:43:51] ((TONY EKINCI/SALEM PAVING CO.: WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN IT RAINS REAL HEAVY ONE DAY LIKE THIS, ACTUALLY WE'RE NOT JUST SHUT DOWN THAT DAY, WE'RE SHUT DOWN THE NEXT DAY ALSO, BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO DIG IT OUT WITH A BOBCAT.)) [RUNS13]
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Meanwhile, Salem Paving's customers are stuck in the mud.
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[TC: 09:46:27] ((TONY EKINCI/SALEM PAVING CO.: IT'S LIKE A LAKE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT RIGHT NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS YARD, WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?)) [RUNS13]
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The sun is coming out for some businesses. Evelyn Obenchain says her greenhouse is thriving, a complete turnaround after last year's drought and water restrictions.
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[TC:15:00:37] ((EVELYN OBENCHAIN/EVELYN'S GREENHOUSE: SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CREPE MYRTLE, THIS YEAR THEY SOLD LIKE HOT CAKES, LAST YEAR YOU COULDN'T GIVE THEM AWAY BECAUSE PEOPLE COULDN'T WATER THEM.)) [RUNS18] BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT [TC: 14:59:58] ((I CLOSED MY PLACE HERE BECAUSE I WASN'T RESTRICTED BUT MY CUSTOMERS WERE, IT WAS LIKE KILLING MY CHILDREN.))
Greenhouse sales are up, but Salem Pavement profits have declined 14 percent this year. The water damage is becoming unbearable.
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((TONY EKINCI/SALEM PAVING CO.: THE LOAN PAYMENT DOESN'T WAIT, THE INSURANCE PAYMENT DOESN'T WAIT, IT HAS PUT US PRETTY MUCH BACK.)) [RUNS07]
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Firefighters say boxes left on a stovetop appear to have sparked a fire at a Montgomery County apartment complex.


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The fire broke out this morning in a second-floor kitchen at the Ridgeview Apartments.
Flames and heavy smoke spread quickly to surrounding units.
No one was hurt.
Several bystanders and a sheriff's deputy knocked on doors and windows and rescued two people before firefighters arrived.
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((INDY SIMPSON/WITNESS: THERE WAS A CRANE ON THE SIDE SO MY DAD WENT AND GOT THE CRANE. WE WENT UP TO THE TOP WINDOWS TO SEE IF PEOPLE WERE THERE, BUT BY THE TIME WE GOT THE CRANE GOING, THE FIREFIGHTERS WERE HERE.))
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Firefighters saved several pets from the burning building.
The blaze destroyed six apartments and caused an estimated 50-thousand dollars in damage.
15 people were displaced -- most of them Virginia Tech students.
The University says its helping them find new housing.
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A blaze at a strip mall in Campbell County this morning kept four fire departments busy for several hours.
Authorities believe the fire started in a mattress store in the shopping center on Ward's Road.
But they haven't determined the cause.
That store was a total loss. Other shops suffered smoke and water damage.
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Still ahead on News 7-- a shakeup in Roanoke city's schools amid good news about S-O-L scores.
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And find out why changes in state lottery games aren't sitting well with gambling opponents.
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One only costs a dollar.
But if you buy five, they'll give you one free-- and it could be your ticket to millions.
The seductive pitch comes from the state of Virginia, inviting you to gamble more.
The new Lotto game has supporters and critics.
Ellen Qualls talked to both.
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(( A million dollars just isn't what it used to be.
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So veteran Lottery players are losing interest in the ten year old Lotto game.
It's seen a 60-percent decline.
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((BONNIE CHAPMAN/LOTTERY RETAILER: A LOT OF TIMES IF IT'S JUST A MILLION THEY WON'T PLAY AT ALL. BECAUSE THEY SAY WELL IT'S JUST A MILLION BECAUSE THEY'RE SO USED TO THE BIG GAME.)) [runs:08]

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((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: NOW YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF IS IT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOTTERY, WHICH IS TASKED WITH MAKING MONEY FOR EDUCATION, IS IT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE TO ALLOW THAT GAME TO JUST STAY OUT THERE AND UNDERPERFORM.)) [runs:13]
Starting September 20th, Lotto will have longer odds.
But the prizes will be bigger, the retailers will make an extra nickel per ticket, and get this: a free ticket if you buy five.
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((DENNIS ROBERTS/LOTTO PLAYER: THE SIXTH TICKET FREE'S GOOD. THAT MIGHT BE THE WINNING TICKET.)) [runs:03]
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((HARRY WHITE/LOTTO PLAYER: IF THE LOTTERY'S GIVING UP SOMETHING EXTRA, I'LL TAKE IT.)) [runs03]
Is the state now actively promoting gambling... instead of just offering it?
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((SEN. PHILLIP PUCKETT/D-RUSSELL CO.: I THINK THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION WAS PRETTY CLEAR ABOUT THAT. AND ANY EFFORT TO KIND OF CROSS THAT LINE I THINK WOULD TAKE A HARD LOOK MAYBE FROM THE LEGISLATURE.)) [runs:08 ]

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((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: WE CHECKED THE STATUTE ABOUT THAT. AND REALLY THE INTENT IS, IT'S TALKING ABOUT ADVERTISING AND INFORMATION. )) [runs:07]

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((REV. JACK KNAPP/VA. INDEPENDENT BAPTISTS: WELL THIS IS ADVERTISING. ADVERTISING DOESN'T JUST MEAN SOMETHING YOU PUT ON TELEVISION, OR PUT ON A BILLBOARD, OR PUT IN THE NEWSPAPER. ADVERTISING IS INDUCEMENT TO GET PEOPLE TO BUY YOUR PRODUCT.))
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((AND SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER INDUCEMENT. AND I BELIEVE IT'S OUTSIDE THE SPIRIT OF THE LOTTERY BILL THAT WAS PASSED, AND I'M VERY OPPOSED TO IT.)) [runs:18]
The lottery reminds you that every dollar you spend goes to public education.
Opponents remind you it's less than one percent of that part of the budget.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond. ))

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Charges have been dropped in the case of a 91-year old man accused of fondling women at a Salem nursing home.
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Buck Mitchell was arrested in May, charged with sexual battery.
The judge immediately ordered a psychiatric exam to determine whether Mitchell would be competent to stand trial.


Mitchell's daughter-in-law said today that the psychiatrist concluded the 91-year old nursing home patient didn't even know what year it is.
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The case was dismissed July 7th. Mitchell's wife, Mary, died a week later.


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Another mixed day on Wall Street, with Blue-Chips coming out on top. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW gained 81 points but NASDAQ dropped 27.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index rose more than three-quarters of a point.
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Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris is reorganizing his staff, and today he encouraged his administrators to embrace constructive change.
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Meeting with school principals and other administrators today, Harris outlined a reorganization that was made possible by recent retirements.
The plan will reduce the number of top administrators by two, and save the city schools 120- thousand dollars a year.
Harris says the school system can't afford to sit still, even when test scores and other indicators are showing substantial improvement.
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((I THINK WE COULD FIND OURSELVES BECOMING STAGNANT IF WE RELY ON THE FACT THAT WE'RE DOING PRETTY GOOD. I THINK THAT'S THE TIME WE NEED TO SAY, "ARE THERE OTHER THINGS WE NEED TO DO, TO DO BETTER AS OPPOSED TO FEELING GOOD ABOUT WHERE WE ARE.))
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Harris says he is pleased with Roanoke's improving performance on the Standards of Learning tests.
Two schools now meet the state's accreditation standards, and students throughout the system have shown substantial improvement on the SOLs.

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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, four of the area's top golfers are swinging in the rain for charity in the Skins' game. We'll check in on the Tech freshman and Northside football.
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Plus, former Hokie Ken Oxendine looks to cement a spot on the Falcons' roster.
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The Virginia Tech freshmen football players have arrived on campus for three days of academic and athletic orientatin before they are joined by the upperclassmen.
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The inclimate weather forced today's workouts to be moved inside Rector Field house. This year's group of first year players, that includes former Friday Football Extra player of the week Josh Spence from Floyd County, is considered one of Beamer's top recruiting classes. And he admits that a few guys may play as true freshmen.
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Beamer says he needs depth at defensive line, wide receiver and defensive back
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Atlanta and Dallas battle in Japan this coming Sunday. One player hoping to make a big splash both home and abroad this year is former Virginia Tech star Ken Oxendine. Steve Mason has his story from Falcons' camp.
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((Ken Oxendine never misses a chance to extend a hearty welcome to his friends in Virginia. ((:))
His trade mark smile got even bigger when the Falcons drafted Virginia Tech defensive back Anthony Midget. Ox has made an immediate positive impact on Midget's life. ((:))
Midgets's big brother grew up quite a bit last season. 1998 NFL second leading rusher Jamal Anderson was out for most of the season with a knee injury. Ox lead the Falcons rushing attack with 452 yards. ((DAN REEVES:)) ((:)) This year, Jamal is back and there are eight other running backs in camp including Oxendine, making his job a lot tougher. ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:))
The Falcons open the season September third against San Francisco at the George Dome. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))


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Coach Jim Hickam is nearing the end of his third decade at Northside High School in Roanoke County with a lot of experience returning for the 2000 season.
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On offense, 4 year starter Tommy Morgan returns at quarterback. He's joined by an experienced line, backs and receivers.
Defensively, the Vikings will make a few changes. Northside has been playing three down linemen for most of the 1990's. This season the Vikings don't have the personnel to do that.
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The weather has pushed the Vikings inside for afternoon practices, making Hickam and his staff change their practice agendas.
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All coaching staffs in the area are in the same boat - so to speak.
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((BOB GRAY:))
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We'll hear more from Bob Gray and the Staunton River Golden Eagles later in the week.[S-Skins]


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Rain was also a factor as Roanoke's version of the Skins Game teed off at Hunting Hills today with the winnings going to the Southwest Virginia Kidney Foundation.
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Blue Hills Pro Billy King and Chip Sullivan the head pro at Ashley Plantation were two members of the foursome playing for charity in the one day event.
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Mark Fry, the director of golf at the Homestead and Hidden Valley Pro Tommy Joyce completed the foursome.
But the old man in the group Billy King skinned them all winning $4500 dollars.
60 percent goes to to the Kidney Foundation of Southwest Virginia.
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[Almanac]


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Coming off a weird month like July, folks want to know if the cool, wet weather will persist. Jacey Birch shows us the climate normals in our August Alamanc.
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