The rain finally arrived, but it was too much in a short period of time for some areas.
The rising waters knocked out many water and sewage treatment plants.
The town of Wytheville is asking residents and businesses to conserve because its water treatment plant was flooded.
Right now, the town's relying on a 3-million gallon storage tank, so there's no danger of contamination.
But that's only about a days supply and until the treatment plant comes back on line, the town can not pump any clean water into the system.
The mayor hopes the problem will be repaired sometime today.
Meanwhile, Governor Warner has called out the National Guard in Far Southwest Virginia.
Seven counties are under a state of emergency.
In Pennington Gap, a six foot high wall of water washed through this grocery store.
It's now closed indefinitely.
In Gate City, the floodwaters hit businesses downtown.
Now they're cleaning up.
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[IN Q=We're trying to ]
((SCOTT MORGAN; WE'RE TRYING TO PUMP THE WATER. ALL OUR COMPUTERS ARE USELESS AT THIS POINT. MY FILES ARE ALL USELESS. THEY'RE TRYING TO SALVAGE THE INSURANCE FILES AND DO THE BEST THEY CAN.))
[OUT Q=best they can]
Hundreds all across the area were flooded out... many more were flooded in.
The Clinch River rose 20 feet Sunday night and early yesterday morning.
The north fork of the Holston River jumped to record levels in Saltville before cresting late yesterday morning.
Meanwhile, Roanoke's main water supply got quite a lift from the wet weather.
The weekend rain raised the level in Carvins Cove by almost half a foot.
It's at 24-point-3 feet below the spillway right now.
On Saturday, it was at 24-point-7.
Steady rain filled up the creeks that feed the reservoir so the water level should continue to go up over the next day or two.
[GRAPHIC=Martin Luther King]
Efforts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King in the city of Roanoke have been mired in controversy.
The latest proposal was defeated yesterday by a divided city council.
Members were considering whether to re-name the portion of Elmwood Park between Bullitt Avenue and Franklin Road in memory of the civil rights leader.
The proposal had the support of a broad-based committee, but also opposition from Roanokers who believe the city should do more to recognize King's contributions.
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[IN Q=And until we are ]
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: AND UNTIL WE ARE READY TO HONOR DR. KING IN THE WAY WHICH HE NEEDS TO BE HONORED, THEN I THINK IT IS LESS THAN HONORABLE TO DO ANYTHING.))
((REV. E.M. MITCHELL/COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR: IT WAS NOT A COMPROMISE. I THINK LINDA WYATT COPPED OUT TODAY. HER STATEMENTS WERE WRONG. THIS COMMITTEE WAS SCARED OF NOBODY. THIS COMMITTEE STUCK TO ITS GUNS AND I THINK SHE OWES THE COMMITTEE AN APOLOGY.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. E. M. Mitchell/Committee Co-Chair; :16]
[OUT Q=the committee an apology.]
City Council defeated the Elmwood Park proposal on a vote of four to three.
The decision angered supporters of the plan, who say they now fear that any effort to honor King with a Roanoke memorial is doomed.
Governor Warner plans to appeal a judge's decision to throw out the state's new re-districting plan.
But he plans to do it without the Attorney General's help.
Warner said yesterday he intends to hire his own lawyer to appeal Salem Judge Richard Pattisall's ruling that said the redistricting plan was unconstitutional because the new district lines were drawn according to race.
The governor says he'll appeal, because, in his words, a decision this significant should not be left to a single judge.
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[IN Q=Protection of the fair]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: PROTECTION OF THE FAIR VOTING RIGHTS OF ALL VIRGINIANS IS FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR DEMOCRACY. WHILE REDISTRICTING IS NATURALLY A PARTISAN PROCESS, WE MUST NOT FORGET THE PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING THAT EVERY CITIZEN HAS AN EQUAL VOICE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.))
[OUT Q=democratic process]
Warner decided not to join forces with Republican Attorney General Jerry Kilgore who last week refused to meet with the governor to talk about the issue.
The Attorney General released a statement yesterday afternoon saying he supports the governor's decision and that discussing the case with Warner would have created a conflict of interest.
Making international news this morning--
Vice President Dick Cheney will make a final push for peace in the Mideast today.
Cheney is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
The second round of talks is aimed at brokering a ceasefire deal, but the chances are looking slim.
Israeli troops began pulling out of the Bethlehem area earlier today, indicating some progress.
But Palestinians are demanding that Israel pull out of ALL Palestinian- controlled territory in the West Bank.
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]
President Bush says there is a lot more fighting to do in Afghanistan- but he says Operation Anaconda has come to an end.
With the mission accomplished, coalition troops came down from their mountain perches- U-S commanders call the operation a success.
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((GEN. TOMMY FRANKS/U. S. CENTRAL COMMAND: YOU DID IT. YOU DID IT ON TIME. YOU DID IT WITH A GOOD PLAN. YOU DID IT WITH VIOLENT EXECUTION.))
[SUPER=01-Gen. Tommy Franks/U. S. Central Command;]
[OUT Q=with violent execution.]
But some senior Afghan leaders say too many al Qaeda have escaped during the two week operation.
The Pentagon disagrees- but military officials say Anaconda was just the beginning.
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[IN Q=I don't think]
((VICTORIA CLARKE/PENTAGON SPOKESWOMAN: I DON'T THINK ITS BEYOND BELIEF TO SAY THAT SOMEWHERE IN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF WHAT WE'VE COME TO KNOW AS OPERATION ANACONDA, SOMETHING MIGHT POP UP AGAIN. IM NOT SAYING ITS A CERTAINTY. I'M NOT SAYING I HAVE KNOWLEDGE THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. I JUST THINK ITS LIKELY.))
[SUPER=01-Victoria Clarke/Pentagon Spokeswoman; ]
[OUT Q=I JUST THINK IT'S LIKELY.]
[vo-nat :09 plus pad]
While the fighting in the mission may be over, hundreds of coalition troops are still searching caves for clues that may help in the ongoing war.
In business news, The Federal Reserve meets today to discuss the direction of interest rates.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((AFTER 11 INTEREST RATE CUTS LAST YEAR, IS THE FED READY TO START
FED CHIEF ALAN GREENSPAN SITS DOWN WITH POLICY MAKERS TODAY IN WASHINGTON
DECIDE THE FATE OF INTEREST RATES.
WHILE NO ONE EXPECTS A MOVE TODAY, WITH THE ECONOMY ON THE MEND, THE FED
COULD SET THE STAGE TO START RAISING RATES LATER THIS YEAR.
IT'S ALSO A BIG DAY FOR THE PROPOSED HEWLETT PACKARD, COMPAQ COMPUTER
MERGER. SHAREHOLDERS VOTE TODAY AND TOMORROW ON THE 21 BLN DOLLAR DEAL.
WOULD BE THE BIGGEST TECH MERGER IN HISTORY.. BUT ANALYSTS SAY THE VOTE
STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL.
ON WALL STREET..MOST INVESTORS LEFT THEIR MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS AS THEY
WAIT FOR SOME DIRECTION ON INTEREST RATES FROM THE FED
THE DOW GAVE UP 29 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ SQUEEZED OUT A GAIN OF 8 POINTS.
INTEREST RATE SENSITIVE FINANCIAL AND HOME BUILDING STOCKS LED THE
THEY'RE BETTING THAT HIGHER INTEREST RATES ARE
ON THE WAY THIS YEAR..
AND ONE WEEK AFTER DELTA AIRLINES DID IT, AMERICAN'S PARENT COMPANY AMR
NO LONGER PAY BASE COMMISSIONS TO TRAVEL AGENTS.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ...
AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A Los Angeles jury should get the case today in the dog mauling trial.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]
Marjorie Knoller and her husband Robert Noel are on trial for the death of their neighbor, Diane Whipple, who was mauled to death by the couple's two large dogs.
Knoller and Noel are both charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Knoller also is charged with second-degree murder.
Prosecutors say the owners ignored signs, saying the animals were "time bombs."
Meanwhile, defense attorneys say Whipple's death was an unforeseen accident.
Some last- minute negotiations could help Appomattox County and the state avoid going to trial over what to do with the county's aging courthouse.
But at least one supervisor says the county has wasted too much money on litigation already.. and the taxpayers are footing the bill.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=About 36 hours]
[SUPER=01-Frank Carwile/Appomattox Co. Supervisor; :37]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Kendrick/Appomattox Co. Supervisor; 1:18]
[OUT Q=News7, Appomattox.]
(( About 36 hours before they're scheduled to face off in court, Appomattox County and the circuit court judges are trying to reach a compromise on what to do with an aging, out-of-date courthouse.
The two sides are about two million dollars apart in their respective renovation plans, but now the state says it's willing to bend.
It will drop the lawsuit if the county puts the issue to a referendum and lets voters decide whether to renovate according to the judges' wishes or build a new courthouse altogether.
The board discussed the offer in closed session but took no action.. much to the disgust of at least one member.
((FRANK CARWILE/APPOMATTOX CO. SUPERVISOR: YOU CAN VOTE IT DOWN, YOU CAN VOTE TO RENOVATE, IT'S THAT OPEN.. IT'S THAT FLEXIBLE AND THE ONLY THING I'M GOING TO SAY TO YOU MY FELLOW SUPERVISORS IS SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU.. IT'S THE WAY I FEEL.))
[OUT Q=the way I feel.]
Carwile says the county can't afford to keep litigating a case that, if it loses, it likely would have to pay the state's court costs as well.
((CARWILE: AND YOU THE TAXPAYERS ARE GOING TO PAY IT. IT IS A CRYING SHAME THAT YOU CAN'T CLOSE THE WINDOW WHEN YOU'VE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY.))
[OUT Q=got the opportunity.]
But a majority of the board felt it was better to let the lawyers continue to talk.. and that a public meeting was not the place to discuss it.
((JERRY KENDRICK/APPOMATTOX CO. SUPERVISOR: I THINK HE DISRESPECTED THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS AND HE HAS DISRESPECTED OUR POSITION ON THIS, AND I REALLY WISHED HE HADN'T BUT HE FELT VERY STRONGLY THAT HE DID AND SO WE ALLOWED HIM TO AIR HIS OPINION.))
[OUT Q=air his opinion.]
((The county has made a counter- offer to the state and lawyers for both sides are expected to keep hashing out the details, hoping to reach some sort of compromise before Wednesday morning, when the case goes to court. Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
[OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.] ))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A program that some say saves lives is now fighting for its survival.
No state funding could totally wipe out the drug court program for next year.
As Justin McLeod tells us area supporters are now taking their fight all the way to Richmond.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of crowd]
[SUPER=01-Penny Houston/Former Drug Addict; :09 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Ben Eubank/Former Drug Addict; :14 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=03-Salem/September 2000; :20]
[SUPER=01-Diane Strickland/Circuit Judge; :51]
[SUPER=01-Johanna Jones/Substance Abuse Counselor; 1:15 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF CROWS))
The people you see here at success stories.
They have turned their lives around, thanks to the drug court program.
[SOT 16:40; 14:33]
[IN Q=It's given me my]
((PENNY HOUSTON/FORMER DRUG ADDICT: IT'S GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK, I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO SAY IT.))
((BEN EUBANK/FORMER DRUG ADDICT: I'M A DIFFERENT PERSON TODAY AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF DRUG COURT.))
[OUT Q=of drug court]
Drug court is for non-violent drug offenders.
Instead of prison, they agree to participate in addiction treatment and other programs like community service.
There are currently 13 drug courts here in Virginia.
[IN Q=The Roanoke Valley]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE ROANOKE VALLEY ESTABLISHED ITS DRUG COURT SEVEN YEARS AGO. IN THAT TIME, 257 PEOPLE HAVE GRADUATED FROM THE PROGRAM, ONLY SEVEN PERCENT OF WHICH ENDED UP BACK IN COURT WITH NEW CONVICTIONS.))
[OUT Q=with new convictions]
But now drug court is fighting for its survival.
The General Assembly has failed to provide any money for the program next year.
[IN Q=There's a distinct possibility]
((DIANE STRICKLAND/CIRCUIT JUDGE: THERE'S A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY THAT THEY WILL RELAPSE AND POSSIBILITY RE-OFFEND IF THEY DON'T HAVE THOSE SERVICES AVAILABLE.))
[OUT Q=services available]
So now supporters are lobbying Governor Warner to fund the 2.4 million dollars needed for the program.
They argue the program ends up saving the state money.
After all, drug court costs more than four thousand dollars per person while confinement costs more than 22-thousand per prisoner every year.
[IN Q=I think its incredible]
((JOHANNA JONES/SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR: I THINK ITS AN INCREDIBLE PROGRAM AND THE THOUGHT THEY WOULD TAKE AWAY JUST BLOWS MY MIND.))
[OUT Q=blow my mind]
It's a reality that could come as early as June if the governor fails to fund the program.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
If drug court shuts down, the people currently enrolled in the program would either be put on probation or thrown into jail.
In business news this morning, Competitors are matching Delta Air Lines'
decision to stop paying most commissions to travel agents.
And the Federal Reserve will meet later today.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS TUESDAY THE 19TH OF MARCH.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
SOMETIMES THE BIGGEST FLOOD STARTS WITH THE SMALLEST DROP...
FIRST IT WAS DELTA... NOW CONTINENTAL AND AMERICAN BOTH ARE
CUTTING TRAVEL AGENTS OUT OF COMMISSIONS.
BOTH AIRLINE'S NEW POLICY IS IMMEDIATE, AND APPLIES TO ALL
TICKETS PURCHASED IN THE U-S, "FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC"..
FOR THE AIRLINES, IT MEANS CUTTING COSTS,
BUT FOR THE AGENT.. THEY COULD RAISE FEES BUT LOSE BUSINESS.
WHEN COMMISSIONS WERE CUT DOWN TO 20 PERCENT A WHILE BACK, MANY
AGENTS STAGED IN A DAY OF PROTEST-- NO SUCH ACTION ON THE LATEST CUTS
CAUTION HAS BEEN THIS WEEK'S WATCHWORD ON WALL STREET AHEAD OF
THE FED'S MEETING ON INTEREST RATES
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. IN TOKYO ..MITSUBISHI AND HITACHI
HAVE ANNOUNCED PLANS TO MERGE THEIR CHIP BUSINESSES...
TODAY'S A DAY WHEN HEWLETT PACKARD'S MERGER PLAN WITH COMPAQ
COULD LIVE OR DIE.... H-P SHAREHOLDERS VOTE TODAY.. COMPAQ TOMORROW..
IT'S BECOME QUITE A BATTLE FOR THE COMPANY'S FUTURE.
BANKRUPT POLAROID HAS REVISED ITS $4 1-2 MILLION BONUS PLAN TO
RETAIN WORKERS AFTER 15 PERCENT OF ITS U.S. WORK FORCE QUIT SINCE
THE NEW PLAN REMOVES SPECIAL INCENTIVES FOR SENIOR EXECUTIVES.
THOSE INCENTIVES-- INCLUDING GIVING EXECS A PERCENTAGE OF ASSET
SALES--ANGERED RETIREES WHOSE HEALTH INSURANCE WAS ELIMINATED JUST
DAYS BEFORE THE COMPANY FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
[GRAPHIC=US Supreme Court]
It could affect everyone from cheerleaders to chess team members--
The U-S Supreme court is hearing a case today over whether school districts can require drug tests for students involved in after- school activities.
The A-C-L-U says making drug testing mandatory could lead to the
government demanding medical records and other personal data.
But supporters of the drug testing policy say it is designed to
prevent students from using drugs.
Students at Virginia Tech have learned how much more tuition they'll be paying this Fall...
Yesterday, the school's Board of Visitors approved a 9-percent hike.
The number translates into about 250-dollars more in tuition for Virginia residents and 1-thousand dollars more for non-residents.
Officials say additional financial aid is being made available.
The hike is helping Tech meet the state's budget cuts.
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[IN Q=were losing]
((LARRY HINCKER/TECH SPOKESMAN; WERE LOSING 13-PERCENT OF OUR STATE APPROPRIATIONS WERE RAISING TUITION BY 9-PERCENT THAT WILL RAISE ABOUT 11-MILLION DOLLARS SO WE'LL STILL BE IN THE HOLE ABOUT 13-MILLION DOLLARS.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Tech Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=ABOUT 13-MILLION DOLLARS.]
Hincker says to meet that number - cuts in personnel, programs and budgets are necessary.
Details on the departments and how many people will be affected are expected in May.
[GRAPHIC=Rockbridge New Jobs]
In business news, Rockbridge County beat out two sites in West Virginia and Tennessee for a new manufacturing facility.
A company called Power Systems International has decided to locate its facility in the Natural Bridge Industrial Park, and begin operations in April.
The company makes mobile power generating systems for military use.
The two point five million dollar investment will create 64 new jobs.
It wasn't snow covering a mile and a half of Route 58 in Halifax County yesterday evening... it was cocaine.
Deputies say when they tried to stop a suspected stolen vehicle near the industrial park, the driver started throwing bags of cocaine and meth-amphetamine out the window.
By the time they stopped him a mile and a half later, their patrol cars were covered in coke.
The driver, Timothy Allen Slate of Claudeville is being held without bond in the Halifax Adult Detention Center.
Authorities did not say what he's been charged with.