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Today on News 7 at 5, the state budget deficit is getting even worse.
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and President Bush has some harsh words for Iraq after the country declares it is free of weapons of mass destruction.
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Also pet owners are reminded to vaccinate their animals after a recent case of rabies in the region.
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A Consumer's Group says a popular novelty light sold across the country could be dangerous.
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plus some local musicians get a little recognition.
News 7 at Five is next.

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((IF THE U.N SECURITY COUNCIL WONT' DEAL WITH IRAQ THE U.S. AND SOME OF OUR FRIENDS WILL.))
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
More tough words from the President concerning Iraq-
This on a day when Iraq has declared itself free of all weapons of mass destruction including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
But it appears the White House officials don't buy it.
Teri Okita now with the latest from Washington.
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(( NO ONE IS LOBBYING CONGRESS HARDER THESE DAYS THAN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. BOTH SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL AND DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD GAVE A LITANY OF REASONS WHY CONGRESS SHOULD GIVE THE PRESIDENT AUTHORIZATION TO USE ALL MEANS APPROPRIATE, INCLUDING FORCE, TO DEAL WITH IRAQ.
Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary: THE PRESIDENT ASKED CONGRESS TO GIVE HIM MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY ON THE MATTER, BUT HE MAY NOT GET THE SAME FROM WORLD LEADERS. TO THE PRESIDENTS DISMAY, SEVERAL U-N SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS BELIEVE WEAPONS INSPECTIONS WILL DO, FOR NOW. Bush: It is very important that the members understand that the credibility of the United Nations is at stake; that the security council must be firm in its resolve. AT THE U-N, IT WAS BAGHDADS TURN TO SPEAK ON THE WORLD STAGE . IT SAYS THE U-S IS TRYING TO DESTROY IRAQ TO CONTROL THE WORLDS OIL AND ACCUSES PRESIDENT BUSH OF SPREADING LIES TO INCITE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AGAINST IRAQ. Naji Sabri/Iraqi Foreign Minister He presented the utmost distortion on the so-called bio-nuclear threats to make Americans believe Iraq was linked to September 11th. ON CAPITOL HILL, ITS LIKELY THE PRESIDENT WILL WIN SUPPORT, FROM BOTH PARTIES, ON AN IRAQI RESOLUTION, BUT A FEW DISSENTERS WANT TO GIVE U-N INSPECTORS A CHANCE FIRST.
Barbara Lee/D-California: We need to act, but we do not need to rush to war.))

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Israeli troops have reportedly surrounded Yasser Arafats compound in the West Bank.
Israeli T-V reports the forces are not trying to capture Arafat or expel him- Instead they're hoping to isolate him.

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The move comes after yet another suicide bomber rocked Israel-
The bomb went off in a busy shopping district- a suicide bomber set off a bomb in front of a bus- killing five people and wounding 40 more.
This was the scene earlier today-
It is the second attack in just a few days-
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A Rocky Mount woman was killed in an automobile accident.
26-year old Shannon Lee Parks ran off the left side of Route 220 North in Franklin County Wednesday. She then overcorrected to the right and ran off the other side of the road, striking a tree.
Parks was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she later died.

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The state's budget deficit just keeps on growing. Secretary of Finance John
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Bennett told members of the Senate Finance Committee the state's budget problems are actually worse than the "one- and half five billion" dollar shortfall.
That's because costs for Medicaid, foster care and the car tax rebate are currently running overbudget.
Tomorrow is the deadline for state agencies to submit plans to cut their budgets by as much as 15 percent.
Bennett says the cuts asked for by Governor Mark Warner, still won't cover the shortfall.
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Bennett told state senators that the budget deficit is closer to two billion dollars.
He says finding additional savings to balance the budget will take time.
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After 30 years in the Roanoke Valley, Harry Nickens says it will be tough to leave, but the Vinton Supervisor says a position in Kentucky offers a new challenge and good fit for his years of experience.
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Joe Dashiell spoke with Nickens this afternoon.
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Jean, Harry Nickens will become the chief fundraiser for the Ephraim McDowell Health system in Danville Kentucky... and a vice president in charge of marketing, community relations and governmental affairs.
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It's a position that was tailor made for the county supervisor and former college of health sciences presidnet.


Though he leaves with mixed emotions, Nickens says he is proud of his public record in the Roanoke Valley.
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He will assume his new duties, Jean no later than November first.

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How will his seat on the board of supervisors be filled?

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The remaining supervisors will have 30 days to choose a replacement, and that person will serve until a special election in November of 2003.
The supervisors are now soliciting applications Jean.
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and we'll hear more on that from Chairman Butch Church tonight on News 7 at Six.


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Coming up next on the newscast,
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[VO] a recent case as rabies is being used to remind pet owners to have their animals vaccinated.
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The town of Blacksburg is taking more steps to help control its deer population and possibly reduce the number of traffic accidents.
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The state's "early urban archery season" begins this Saturday and continues through October fourth.
But, this is the first time the town will take part.
Officials say the town already has a deer management program, but, they hope this early hunting season will help out even more.
For information on how to register, you can contact the Blacksburg Police Department.
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If you're a teenager you're probably familiar with rope lights- you may even have one in your room.
But they can cause fires.
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That's according to consumer investigators.
Kids love to drape the lights over windows and railings because they light up the room-
But the string of tiny lights filled surrounded by plastic- can overheat.
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Kerri Foust's five year old daughter fell asleep with the lights next to her-
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The also melted the girl's pajamas, and scorched every layer of bedding- amazingly the girl wasn't hurt.
In the past year, rope lights made by three different manufacturers have been recalled.
If you have a rope light, make sure it's not touching anything
If you hang one on a window or railing be careful not to puncture the plastic- because it can arc and start a fire.


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A recent rabid skunk found in a Roanoke County neighborhood has officials getting the word out about rabies.
An average of 500 cases of rabid animals are reported in the state every year
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As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tell us.. you can protect yourself and your pets.
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Jean, Rabies is a fatal disease.
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That's why it's important to avoid wild animals and make sure your pet is up to date on its shots.
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(( Smutty is getting a shot that could save his life. All dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated for rabies prior to four months of age and then get regular booster shots.
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In our region, skunks, raccoons and bats are the most common carriers of rabies.
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If you see an animal that staggers, appears restless and aggressive or if it drools and foams at the mouth, it could be infected.
If you see one call animal control.. they will respond if there has been an exposure.
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And humans should not take any chances if they've been exposed.
Some of the symptoms include pain or numbness at the site of the bite, fever, sore throat, nausea and abdominal pain.
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If you find a dead animal in your yard that you suspect has rabies and may have come in contact with your pet, you can call the health department to have the animal tested or if you don't believe there was an exposure, remove the animal with a glove or shovel and dispose of it.
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Some local students will be making an encore perfomance tonight. Brent Watts is standing by to tell us about the Encore Music Awards.
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Roanoke has it's own music awards show tonight. The Downtown Music Lab is hosting the 3rd Annual Encore Awards Show this evening. The event showcases young musicians throughout the Roanoke Valley.
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Brent Watts is standing by at the old Dumas Hotel with more.
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Coming up following our Market watch report,
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Travis Wells will tell us why the Washington Redskins want to say "Sayonara" to the 49'ers for the second time this year.
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On Wall Street today, stocks ended sharply lower as selling pressures accelerated throughout the day.
Trish Regan has more.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Thursday ticker. We start in Charlottesville where the Virginia Cavaliers face Akron for the first time ever this Saturday at Scott Stadium in a three PM kickoff.
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While the wahoos are coming off three tough games against ranked opponents, they are hardly taking the OH and 3 Zips lightly. One area the Cavaliers will pay special attention to is the Zips pass rush.
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The Washington Redskins are on the road this Sunday for a 4:15 kick off against San Francisco. The Skins beat the 49ers by over 30 points in Osaka, Japan but that was the pre season. Both teams come into the game with 1 and 1 records.
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In Washington's first two games the defense has allowed an average of 30 points and given up over 700 total yards. The highly touted linebacking crew knows that stopping opposing team's offenses starts with them.
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Former Roanoke Express goalie Daniel Berthiaume, who will play for Greensboro next season, is teaming up
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with Kayleigh Duffy, Roanoke's biggest hockey fan, in a blood drive. She has severe aplastic anemia. This Saturday from 8:30 AM until 12:30, at the downtown Red Cross, Kayleigh and former goalie Daniel Berthiaume and former defenseman Travis Smith, now the director of hockey at the Ice Station, will set up a booth. Berthiaume will autograph Los Angeles Kings pictures while Smith will give out Ice Station passes. Fans will have the opportunity to give blood.
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We finish up on the links where Tiger Woods fired a 65 in his first round using his new Nike irons.
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In the opening round of the American Express Championship in Ireland, Woods fired a new course record and is the leader at 7-under par. Woods twice made back to back birdies coming in and didn't have a bogey all day.
First prize for the tournament is a cool million dollars, a million reasons to focus on this week and not next week's Ryder Cup matches.
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That's it for the ticker. Coming up at six, an interesting look at the Hokies travel plans from Blacksburg to College Station, Texas. Plus Week Four of Friday Football Extra is here. We'll have the complete schedule in about an hour, but stay tuned Jean has more of News 7 at Five right after this.

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If you have ever wanted to talk to the contestants voted off of Survivor every week, now's your chance.
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E-Bay will be auctioning off a 15-minute phone conversation with the person voted off ``Survivor: Thailand'' each week the show's on the air.
Props from other ``Survivor'' shows will also be up for bid.
You can buy the voting urn with original votes from the first ``Survivor'' declaring Richard Hatch the winner- or castaway torches.
Even a ride on a plane piloted by Hunter from ``Survivor:Marquesas.''
All proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
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