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The sky finally opens up-- but is it too little too late?
Two American soldiers are killed today in the war on terrorism..
The founder of Habitat for Humanity makes a stop in Roanoke.
And, it's a battle of the minds for some local high school students.
News 7 is next.
Much needed rain comes into the area, but is it enough?
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Officials say today's rain is not enough to make a difference.
This is especially true in Roanoke where the water level at Carvin's Cove continues to drop.
As Justin McLeod tells us partial water restrictions that are in place now could become mandatory in a matter of weeks.
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[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Director of Utilities; :35 (QUICK)]
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((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY IN RAIN))
For many of us, it was a sight to see.
For the first time in months, a steady rain fell throughout our region.
And probably no one is happier to see the rain than Roanoke city's Director of Utilities.
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((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: THIS IS THE BEST CHANCE WE'VE SEEN FOR RAIN IN SEVERAL MONTHS.))
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But the best chance may not be enough.
The water level here at Carvins Cove is dropping about a tenth of a foot a day and is currently more than 23 feet below the spillway.
The rain this weekend helps but it may do very little to replenish the city's water supply.
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((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: THE GROUND HAS BEEN SO DRY THAT WE'RE REALLY GOING TO LOSE A LOT OF THIS MOISTURE UP JUST GETTING THE GROUND SATURATED TO THE POINT TO GET THE RUNOFF.))
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And the point where mandatory water restrictions kick in is getting closer.
The city will enact those restrictions once the cove reaches 26 feet below the spillway.
At the rate we're going, that level could be reached by the end of the month.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: MANY HAVE WONDERED JUST EXACTLY HOW MUCH WILL THE CRYSTAL SPRING TREATMENT ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM AND EXACTLY WHEN IT WILL BE FINISHED. CONSTRUCTION BEGAN HERE IN NOVEMBER AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR. ONCE FULLY OPERATIONAL, THE PLANT WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN 4 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER EACH DAY.))
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Some have also criticized the city for not issuing mandatory water restrictions right now.
City leaders say the reason is simple, it's not necessary.
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((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT EVEN AT 26 FEET BELOW THE SPILLWAY WE'RE STILL IN THE 42, 43, 44 PERCENT OF CAPACITY AT THE RESERVIOR SO WE STILL HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF WATER IN THE RESERVIOR EVEN AT THAT STAGE WE GO TO MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS.))
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No one wants to see mandatory restrictions.
But unless we see more rainy days like this one, we could feel the ripple effect for months to come. (SHOT OF WAVES)
Justin McLeod, News 7.))
Many residents in Bedford County are feeling the effects of the drought on a personal level.
This week-- the Public Service Authority was given the green light to apply for funds to bring public water to people whose wells are dry or are going dry.
P-S-A Administrator Willie Jones says unless something changes... it's only a matter of time before the problem in New London and Smith Mountain Lake will be felt in other communities.
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((YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE PROBLEMS LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW, WE HEAR, NOT EVERYONE IS AS VOCAL ABOUT THE ISSUES BUT THERE ARE PROBLEMS IN BOONSBORO.))
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The hope is that county water will be pumped to those homes in need by Christmas.
Virginia's unemployment rate jumped 3 point 7 percent between this December and last.
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It's now holding steady at three point six percent.
That's still significantly lower than the national average of five point four percent.
Roanoke's is lower than both, coming in at two point nine.
Danville's has jumped six percent in the last year.
The Virginia Employment Commission blames major blows to manufacturing and trade in the region.
There's been another American casualty related to the campaign in Afghanistan.
The Navy says an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet crashed today during a training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.
The pilot, Lieutenant Commander Christopher M- Blaschum of Virginia Beach, was killed.
The F-14 had just launched from the U-S-S "John F. Kennedy'' aircraft carrier -- which is on its way to deployment in the war in Afghanistan.
No word on what caused the fighter jet to go down.
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Another U-S soldier also lost his life today.
The attack happened while American and Afghan troops were attacking Taliban and al-Qaida forces.
Teri Okita has more.
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[SUPER=01-Maj. A.C. Roper/US Military Spokesman; :]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News; ]
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((The largest U-S led ground operation this year started late
Friday night in Gardez ... in eastern Afghanistan.
Pentagon officials say U-S warplanes and helicopters opened the attack
.... pounding suspected Al-Qaeda and Taliban hide-outs. Hundreds of
Afghan fighters, along with dozens of U-S special forces troops and
members of the Army's 101st Airbourne assault division followed on the
But they came across heavy machine gun fire from the enemy.
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"INITIAL REPORTS ARE THAT ONE U-S FORCES MEMBER AND TWO AFGHAN FORCES
MEMBER HAVE BEEN KILLED. AN UNSPECIFIED NUMBER OF US AND AFGHAN FORCES
HAVE BEEN INJURED." :14
TRACK: The mission was to go after Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces hiding in
U-S aircraft dropped thermo-beric bombs... weapons specifically designed
to penetrate caves and kill those inside.
In what's being described as an 'unsucessful' attack, U-S and Afghan
forces retreated Saturday afternoon.
However, Pentagon officials say the battle will continue for a number of
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"Our goal since the beginning of 'Operation Freedom' has been to
eliminate al-Qaeda and Taliban elements from the country so they cannot
reconstitute and become a threat to the lawful government of Afghanistan
or to the world. We are moving methodically to identify those elements
so we can achieve that goal." :22
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: IT IS BELIEVED THOUSANDS OF AL-QAIDA AND TALIBAN FORCES COULD
BE HOLED UP IN THE RUGGED MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN AFGHANISTAN. TO KEEP THEM
FROM ESCAPING, THE U-S SENT IN THOSE GROUND TROOPS AND PAKISTAN SEALED
ITS BORDER. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, a charity which has ties to the area is building on the sucess of a new store...
and some local high school students were tapping into their brains today in the name of science. We'll have that and more coming up.
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A charity that constructs homes for low income families has its future plans set in stone.
Today, the founder of Habitat for Humanity visited the Roanoke Valley.
He was here to help dedicate the new Habitat clearance store on Patterson Avenue in Roanoke.
Since its inception twenty five years ago, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 100-thousand homes across the country and throughout the world.
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((MILLARD FULLER/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FOUNDER: WE NOW HAVE A CAMPAIGN CALLED OUR MORE THAN HOUSES CAMPAIGN IN WHICH WE PLAN TO BUILD THE NEXT 100-THOUSAND IN FIVE YEARS SO BY THE END OF 2005 WE EXPECT TO COMPLETE OUR 200-THOUSANDTH HOUSE WHICH MEANS AT THAT POINT WE WILL HAVE HOUSED A MILLION PEOPLE.))
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The new store is open Tuesday through Saturday from eight to five.
Since opening in January, the store has generated more than fifty thousand dollars.
That money will be used to build more than 12 homes in the Roanoke Valley this year.
Some area students showed off their knowledge of science today.
It was all part of Roanoke County's annual high school science fair which took place this place this year at William Bryd Middle School.
Students were judged on their creativity, scientific method, and how well they explained their project.
The first place winner took home a one hundred dollar savings bond.
The top thirty winners will now go on to compete in the Western Virginia Regional Science Fair which will be held later this month at Hollins University.
Some area kids also spent their Saturday learning a life saving lesson.
They took part in C-P-R training day held at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke.
Once a year, the Red Cross conducts the training at a special reduced rate as part of American Red Cross month.
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((AMY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS SPOKESPERSON: THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILLS YOU COULD KNOW BECAUSE IT COULD MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH SO THE RED CROSS, OUR GOAL I GUESS YOU COULD SAY IF WE COULD HAVE ONE PERSON IN EVERY HOUSEHOLD ACROSS AMERICA KNOW THIS IT CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, IT CAN SAVE LIVES.))
[SUPER=01-Amy Whittaker/American Red Cross Spokesperson]
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Nearly a hundred people received C-P-R certification from this one class.
Altogether, the Red Cross certified more than 17-thousand people last year from our region alone.
Still to come, the Lady Flames of Liberty take home another Big South tournament title...
Roy Stanley will have more coming up in sports.
but first, a new exhibit is showcasing some of the best snapshots in Virginia. We'll tell you more coming up. Stay with us.
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Crews in Maryland began the tedious work of pulling up a sunken tugboat today.
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The boat sank earlier this week in the Elk River after colliding with a barge.
Several members of the ship's crew managed to escape, but four men went down with the ship and are presumed dead.
Relatives of the missing crew members gathered on a nearby dock this afternoon to watch as the boat was slowly dragged to the surface.
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Some local firefighters are hoping to spark your interest in a new exhibit...
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The Covington Fire Department is celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary this weekend.
On display is a 1927 fire engine, and an original hand-drawn-hose-reel, dating back a hundred years.
The department has been researching for the event about a year now, and found out a little more than they had bargained for.
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((JERRY BURKS/2ND ASST. FIRE CHIEF; WE UNCOVERED A LOT OF SUPRISES ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT, SOME OF IT WE SUPRESSED JUST A LITTLE BIT, BUT ALL IN ALL WE FOUND A VERY INTERESTING HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT THAT GOES BACK TO 1902, SO WE'VE KINDA PUT IT ALL TOGETHER IN DISPLAYS AND PICTURES.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Burks/2nd Asst. Fire Chief;]
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The Covington Fire Department is hosting a dedication of its new parking bays, followed by an open house tomorrow beginning at 2-o'clock.
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But if you can't make it to the Highlands, you can catch more in our Virginia Profile tomorrow on News 7 Sunday Morning.
The Old Dominion is home to many well- and not-so-well known photographers.
Dozens of those artists are showing their work in a new exhibit at the Art Museum.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young gives us a snapshot of "Contemporary Photography in Virginia".
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[SUPER=01-Susannah Koerber/Curator, Art Museum; :34]
[SUPER=01-James Knipe/Photographer; 1:00]
[IN Q=I THINK ALOT OF TIMES WE TEND TO...]
((JAMES KNIPE/PHOTOGRAPHER: I THINK ALOT OF TIMES WE TEND TO OVERLOOK WHAT'S READILY APPARENT. WE DRIVE BY THINGS SO FREQUENTLY THAT WE DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT WE SEE.))
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If the purpose of photography is to give us a fresh perspective on the world around us, then dozens of view points are represented in this exhibit.
Contemporary Photography in Virginia features 36-artists from around the Commonwealth.
Some, like Sally Mann, have a following.
Others are not so much in the public eye.
But all frame the world in their own unique way.
[IN Q=WE'VE GOT SOME PEOPLE FOR EXAMPLE...]
((SUSANNAH KOERBER/CURATOR, ART MUSEUM: WE'VE GOT SOME PEOPLE, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT WILL DIGITALLY ALTER THE IMAGE, ADD A BIT OF MOVEMENT TO GIVE YOU A FEEL OF BEING IMMERSED IN THE SCENE, OR A FEELING OF PASSING TIME. THERE ARE ARTISTS WHO USE ANTIQUE LENSES THAT HAVE PITTS AND SCRATCHES AND THINGS THAT ACTUALLY BECOME PART OF THE PHOTOGRAPH.))
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James Knipe snapped three of the photos in the exhibit.
All were taken locally and all feature water.
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((JAMES SNIPE/PHOTOGRAPHER: THE RIVER, I THINK, HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SYMBOL FOR TRANQUILITY AND PEACE AS A METAPHOR IN ART.))
[OUT Q=AS A METAPHOR IN ART.]
But, whether the pieces zero in on nature or the human experience all challenge the viewer to see life through a different lense.
[IN Q=FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD AVEDON...]
((JAMES SNIPE/PHOTOGRAPHER: FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD AVEDON, FOR INSTANCE, MENTIONS THAT IF HIS WORK DOESN'T OFFEND SOME TIMES THEN IT ISN'T REALLY SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE, HE FEELS IT'S THE ROLE OF AN ARTIST AT TIMES TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO AND TO MAKE US SEE THINGS THAT PERHAPS WE MAY NOT HAVE PAID ATTENTION TO IN THE PAST.))
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Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
The exhibit runs through June 16th.
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For more information log onto our website at wdbj7 dot com and click on the Time Off suitcase.
Cave Spring won their first ever Northwest Region championship last night with a win over Potomac 76 to 51.
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The Knights warming up before the start of the second half.
Tom Hagan takes the pass and hits the jumper from the right side as the Knights added to their lead.
Potomac's Eric Sidberry shots from the key misses Ian Summers gets the rebound for an easy lay in.
Then Hagan throws cross court to J.J. Reddick who drills the three he scored a game high 29.
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Cave's Andrew Davison hits the three pointer and the Knights cruise to the 76 to 51 win.
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The Martinsville Bulldogs won the Region four championship last night. Rache Waller scored 18 as the Bulldogs beat Laurel Park 60 to 49.
And Roanoke Catholic beat Notre Dame 67 to 52 in the V-I-S division two championship. J.R. Reynolds has 28.
Virginia Tech's season is done after a loss to the 22nd ranked Miami Hurricanes 83 to 77.
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The Canes looking for a bye in the conference tournament.
Marcus Barnes makes the steal and takes it to the hoop for the score and Miami led Tech 28 to 15.
The Hurricanes then go inside as James Jones pulls down the offensive rebound and puts it back in Miami led big at the half.
Tech made a run near the end of the second half Eric Branham with the steal and layup and the Hokies trailed by 9
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Brian Chase then pulls up and hits the three cutting the lead to six but the Hurricanes win it 83 to 77.
Winthrop won its 4th straight men's Big South tournament title beating High Point 70 to 48.
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The Winthrop fans all fired up for the title game.
Winthrops's Pierre Wooten gets out on the fast break passes to Greg Lewis who puts it in for two.
High Point gets the ball to Joe Knight who's behind the line and hits the three pointer.
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The Eagles then get it to Ivan Jenkins for 3 of his 16 points and Winthrop wins the championship 70 to 48.
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Kentucky took on 8-th ranked Florida in Lexington this afternoon.
Gerald Fitch hit a three pointer with 29 seconds left in the game and the Wildcats get the 70 to 67 win.
And here are the rest of the afternoon scores.
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The Lady Flames of Liberty beat Coastal Carolina 57 to 33 for their fifth straight Big South tournament title.
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Flames coach Carey Green drawing up a play during a break.
Then Katie Feenstra takes it to the hoop scoring the short one hand jumper for 2.
But Coastal comes right back Courtney Brown gets the pass outside and drains the three pointer to make it 26 to 23 Liberty.
Liberty Agne Jasinskatie goes to the board after the miss and puts it back in to make it 54 to 31 Flames.
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The Flames pull away when Laura Rollyson hits the jumper for two and Liberty claims another Big South tournament championship with the 57 to 33 win.
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[SUPER=01-Carey Green/Liberty Head Coach; :]
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A last second layup sent Virginia to the semi finals of the women's A-C-C tournament with a win over Georgia Tech 60 to 58.
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Debbie Ryan and her young team taking on Georgia Tech in Greensboro.
The Lady Yellow Jackets get it to Regina Tate for the jumper in th corner to tie the score at six.
Then Georgia Tech takes it inside as Sonjia Mallory muscles her way to the hoop for two and a three point lead.
And when the Yellow Jackets get out on the break and score the Cavaliers trailed by four.
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Virginia made a run just before the half and trailed by one and Virginia rallies in the second half to win it 60 to 58.
The Lady Hokies lose in the first round of the Big East Tournament.
Rutgers beats tech 44 to 43.
Ieva Kublina led Tech with 14 Crystal Stalling added 13.
Cave Spring wins the Northwest region title, more later on Sunday Morning.[S-Wrestling]
The Salem Civic Center played host to the Group A and double A state wrestling championships yesterday. Steve Mason takes a closer look at just how heated individual competition can get.
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Christiansburg is the Group Two A champion beating defending champion Grundy by 4 points Lord Botetourt was third.
And Brentsville wins the single A title Rural Retreat finished third.
Finally tonight, Shuttle "Columbia' has a green light to finish its Hubble Space Telescope repair mission... despite a cooling system problem.
NASA gave the go-ahead this afternoon.
Optimism had been growing throughout the day that the eleven-day
Hubble servicing mission would remain on track.
The final decision means the crew can press forward with tomorrow's rendezvous with Hubble and five days of space walk(------------)s to improve the telescope's electrical and scientific output.