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Hurricane Claudette is no longer a sleeping giant...
Strong winds and gushing rain have sent residents and visitors alike scrambling.
A live report, is coming up.
And crews in our area are still searching for a man who may have drowned in the Maury River while fishing.
A cloudy start is now giving way to a partly sunny afternoon. We still have a chance for an isolated storm. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Residents have been preparing for the worse, and it may be coming.
Hurricane Claudette is pounding her way onto the shores of Texas.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Lone Star State is getting some unwelcomed company from Hurricane Claudette, which is making landfall this afternoon.
Claudette punished the Texas coastline already this morning, as winds reached up to 75 miles per hour.
Forecasters warn even though Claudette is NOT a major hurricane, she's still bringing a combination of threats, including winds, rainfall, storm-surge and tornadoes.
Manuel Gallegus is in Port O'Connor, Texas, where the hurricane was just passing over a short time ago.
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THE FRINGES OF HURRICANE CLAUDETTE ARE ALREADY MAKING LIFE MISERABLE FOR
PEOPLE ALONG THE TEXAS COASTLINE.
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SO FAR, THE MOST SEVERE WEATHER IS IN THE GALVESTON AREA...WHERE WIND
GUSTS ARE TOPPING 50 MILES PER HOUR. HEAVY RAINS AND STORM SURGES ARE
FLOODING SOME STREETS...AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
SOT: MAX MAYFIELD/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
"WE OFTEN HAVE SOME LOSS OF LIFE EVEN FROM CATEGORY ONE HURRICANES,
OFTEN FROM SURFERS FOR EXAMPLE. WE NEED TO EXERCISE SOME REAL CAUTION
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THE CENTER OF THIS STORM IS FORCAST TO MAKE LANDFALL NEAR HERE IN PORT
O'CONNOR.....IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TEXAS COAST....THIS AFTERNOON.
PEOPLE IN HAVE BEEN HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR DAYS.
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SOME WAITED UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE...TO GET THEIR BOATS OUT OF HARMS WAY.
WHILE THIS STORE OWNER IS HOPING TO RIDE OUT THE STORM.
SOT: STORE OWNER
"I'LL STAY OPEN AS LONG AS POSSIBLE...., PEOPLE NEED MY SUPPLIES."
WITH CLAUDETTE BEARING DOWN...THE ENTIRE TEXAS COASTLINE IS UNDER SOME
TYPE OF ADVISORY. 5 TO 8 INCHES OF RAIN ARE POSSIBLE...ALONG WITH WINDS
OVER 75 MILES PER HOUR. AND EVEN THOUGH CLAUDETTE IS NOT CLASSIFIED AS
A MAJOR HURRICANE...OFFICIALS ARE WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO TAKE THIS STORM
Flooding has led thousands of soldiers to be deployed across China.
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So far this year, seasonal flooding has killed more than 560 people and forced the evacuations of two- point- three MILLION others.
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Meanwhile, 12 people have died and a dozen are still missing after flash floods caused a landslide near a village.
12- hundred residents have been evacuated.
Rescuers are still searching for survivors.
Crews are still searching for a possible drowning victim at the Maury River.
Officials searched yesterday, but did not find the missing fisherman.
Rockbridge County Sheriff's officials say two brothers were standing in the water fishing when the water rose.
One fisherman looked back and saw the other was gone.
The brothers are in their seventies and are from Buena Vista.
Residents in Botetourt County overwhelmingly say life there is good.
That's the finding of a telephone survey of 500 county residents, picked at random.
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The board of supervisors commissioned the survey six months ago.
91 percent of residents polled rated quality of life as good or excellent.
Nearly one-third of residents said the county has gotten better.
But 54 percent said it's growing too fast.
Residents also said there's room for improvement in attracting jobs, improving schools and controlling population growth.
Botetourt County has a new supervisor.
John Griffin began his work representing the Fincastle district this morning.
He was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Bonnie Mayo.
Griffin is retired from UPS and now runs his own housing construction and development business.
He'll fill the seat until the end of the year.
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Coming up next on the newscast, local health officials report another bird is found with the West Nile Virus.
Also in Medical News, we will look at a less painful method of dealing with enlarged prostates.
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The summer wildfire season is proving to be too hot for residents out west--
Firefighters in Oregon are facing unpredictable winds as they try to contain a 750-acre fire.
Meanwhile, as many as five thousand people have been evacuated from their homes in eastern Arizona.
The blaze near the Fort Apache Indian Reservation has charred nearly six thousand acres.
Several hundred homes are threatened.
In Nevada, a brush fire has consumed nearly two- thousand acres.
But authorities say the winds are beginning to diminish, easing the threat to nearby homes.
A Human Rights Watch official is challenging the Iraqi governing council's plans to try former members of Saddam Hussein's regime.
The official says that would put former victims of Saddam and his regime in the position of judging their tormentors, and might NOT result in justice.
Meanwhile, U-S soldiers and Iraqi police have set up checkpoints in and around Baghdad, to continue searching for illegal weapons.
It's the fourth operation to crack down on armed resistance to the U-S occupation of Iraq.
Henry County's school board is still receiving plenty of advice on what to do about consolodating its schools.
The school board held a forum yesterday afternoon at Fieldale Collinsville High School.
It was a chance for the public to give input on a plan to close and consolidate several schools.
Under the current proposal, the school system would close four elementary schools and one middle school.
It would also reduce the number of high schools from four to two with Fieldale Collinsville and Laurel Park slated to become middle schools.
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((DONNA AKERS/PARENT: IF THEY CLOSE LAUREL PARK THEY WILL BE BUSING HIM TO MAGNA VISTA WHICH WOULD TAKE AN HOUR AND HALF.))
((DAN PACE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: EVERYBODY REALIZES WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING AND EVERYBODY REALIZES WE'VE GOT TO CLOSE SOME SCHOOLS BUT THEY'RE IDEA IS JUST DON'T CLOSE MINE.))
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At the forum, the public had the chance to speak to the board directly or put their thoughts on paper.
The school board will now review those comments and then it's scheduled to vote on the current proposal at its next meeting a week from Wednesday.
Henry County also has to deal with the West Nile Virus.
Health officials say a dead crow found east of Bassett tested positive for the disease.
It's the first case of the mosquito-borne illness in the West Piedmont Health District this year.
Experts fear an increase in West Nile cases this year because of the wet weather.
They suggest eliminating mosquito breeding areas around your home and protecting yourself from mosquito bites.
Prostate problems are fairly common for men as they age, but that does not mean it's easy for them to deal with it.
As Dr. Sean Kenniff tells us, a new surgery is helping ease the pain of non-cancerous enlarged prostates.
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AS A COMPANY PRESIDENT TRISTAM POUGH (PO) HAS LITTLE TIME TO SPARE AND
YET WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING THE BEGAN TO REORGANIZE HIS DAYS - WHEN THE
SYMPTOMS OF HIS ENLARGED PROSTATE BECAME SERIOUS.
SOT: TRISTAM POUGH
JUST AS A SMOKER LOOKS AROUND A ROOM FOR AN ASHTRAY-A PERSON WITH THIS
DISORDER LOOKS AROUND THE ROOM FOR A BATHROOM ALL THE TIME.
STANDUP: TRISTAM WASN'T ALONE. MORE THAN 50-MILLION MEN IN THE U-S
SUFFER FROM THE CONDITION-WHICH IS TRADITIONALLY TREATED WITH DRUGS-OR
THE REMOVAL OF THE PROSTATE ALTOGETHER.
(NAT: YOU CAN SEE THAT IT REMOVES TISSUE RIGHT AWAY...)
TRISTAM INSTEAD CHOSE A NEW PHOTOSELECTIVE LASER SURGERY TO REMOVE ONLY
PART OF HIS PROSTATE.
ITS ALMOST LIKE I POINT THAT LASER AND THE TISSUE EITHER BOILS AWAY-OR
UNLIKE OTHER LASERS IN THE PAST-THIS LASER IS DESIGNED TO HONE IN ON
BLOOD-RICH TISSUE - LIKE THE PROSTATES AND ONLY GO THAT FAR SO THERES
LITTLE DAMAGE ELSEWHEREAND ALMOST NO BLOOD LOSS DURING THE SURGERY .
YOU CAN SEE HOW ITS OPENING UP A NICE CANAL-REMOVING THOSE SIDE PARTS
OF THE PROSTATE THAT WERE BLOCKING THE FLOW OF URINE.
THE EFFECTS ARE ALMOST IMMEDIATE DR. ALEXIS TE JUST FINISHED STUDYING
THE LASER - AND FOUND A MORE THAN 90% IMPROVEMENT IN THOSE PAINFUL AND
SOT: DR. ALEXIS TE/NY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS PROCEDURE IS VERY COMPARABLE IN TERMS
OF ITS RESULTS-TO THE GOLD STANDARD OF SURGERY.
AND THAT MORE INVASIVE SURGERY CARRIES WITH IT-THE POSSIBILITY OF
INCONTINENCE AND IMPOTENCE. FOR TRISTAMTHE DECISION TO GO WITH THE
LASER --WAS EASY ES NOW BIKING AND SAILING AGAIN AND NO LONGER
SCOUTING OUT BATHROOMS THRU EVERY STEP OF HIS DAY. DR. SEAN KENNIFF,
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Coming up next, the English say the Italians are trying to steal the credit for one of their most famous recipes.
Then a little later, skater boarders in Lynchburg are closer to accomplishing a dream. We'll have the details.
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Less than sixty percent of Virginia households eligible for food stamps, even apply for them.
Now the state is teaming up with the federal government to change that.
Virginia has been awarded a federal grant to help increase participation in the food stamp program.
State officials say mis-information and the stigma attached to the program prevent more people from applying.
The state plans to use the 800-thousand-dollar-grant to advertise.
They also want to make it easier for eligible Virginians to apply for food stamps.
The state plans to set up a system for applying online.
And Virginians will soon be able to apply for the program at area food banks.
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((CHRIS MARTIN/U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: IN TERMS OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE, THIS PROGRAM IS CRUCIAL BECAUSE NOT ONLY DOES IT PROVIDE FOOD BUT IT IMPACTS THEIR HEALTH IF THEY HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT AND THEY'RE NOT HUNGRY THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE BETTER HEALTH THAT WILL RESULT IN LESS MEDICARE COSTS. IT ALSO HAS AN IMPACT ON THE ABILITY OF CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO LEARN.))
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Virginia's Department of Social Services won the grant in a national competition.
A food fight is heating up over lasagna.
British researchers say they've found a British recipe for the pasta-layered dish dating from the 14th century -- long before Italian chefs came up with it.
A recipe for the British dish called loseyns (la-san) has been found in a recipe book commissioned by King Richard, the second in 13-90.
The recipe includes making a paste from a type of flour, rolling it thin, and cooking it with grated cheese and sweet powder.
But Italians are having none of that.
The Daily Telegraph reports an Italian Embassy spokesman says whatever the old dish was called, it was NOT lasagna as Italians make it.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 31 points. The NASDAQ has gained three.
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Coming up... a power outage could cause problems for tonight's All Star game.
But there was anything BUT a power shortage last night for the Home Run Derby. We'll see who won after the break.
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They're hoping for fireworks tonight at the Major League All- Star Game in Chicago...since the winning league will get home-field advantage in the World Series.
But in the wee hours of the morning it was Mother Nature who said "Play Ball," and put on her own fireworks show.
A major storm hit the U-S Cellular Field around 4 A-M.
The storm dropped two- inch hail, along with gusty winds.
Nearly 52- thousand customers in the Windy City were without power as they woke up this morning.
The Homerun Derby took center stage in the major leagues last night.
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Last year's champ Jason Giambi was the man in the first round, as expected.
The Yankees' slugger hit a dozen out of US Cellular Field.
No one else in the first round hit more than seven, as the top four moved on.
In the semi-finals - Giambi hit 11 homers - normally enough to advance.
But his opponent in the final four - Albert Pujols did even better, tying the homerun derby single round record with 14 blasts.
Pujols advanced to the finals against Garret Anderson.
The Angels' star would outlast Pujols to win the 2003 title, 8 homers to 7 in the finals.
The dream of some Lynchburg skateboarders is another step closer to reality.
It could be just a few months until they have a park of their own.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( They're getting closer to building a skatepark for downtown Lynchburg, and this group of skating and biking enthusiasts couldn't be happier.
A little more than two months after the first meeting, organizers have on paper a concept of what the park will look like.. from the pipes to the ramps to the bowl.
((WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PRODUCT THAT WE ARE GOING TO PUT IN HERE IS GOING TO BE ONE THAT EVERYONE WILL ENJOY..))
The challenge now is to design a park that will accomodate everyone: young and old, expert and novice.
Everyone here had some advice, and under the guidance of the Amazement Square children's museum staff, the project is finally coming together.
For in-line skater Dustin Thompson, who's volunteered for the newly-formed skatepark committee, getting to this point is a childhood dream come true.
((DUSTIN THOMPSON/IN-LINE SKATER: WHEN I WAS ABOUT TWELVE OR THIRTEEN I REALLY WANTED A SKATEPARK, AND NOW I'M INVOLVED WITH HELPING CONSTRUCT IT, SO PERSONALLY IT'S A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT.))
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((MORT SAJADIAN/AMAZEMENT SQUARE DIRECTOR: THIS WAS A WAY, REALLY, TONIGHT TO ENCOURAGE THEM, TO GET THAT FEEDBACK SO I THINK THAT WORKED WELL. I THINK THE NEXT STEP IS TO TAKE THAT CONSENSUS OF THE THINGS EVERYONE LIKES AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO IN JUXTAPOSING IN THE SPACE WE HAVE.))
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The final hurdle is funding.. about 175-thousand dollars is the goal.
The city's kicked in 50-thousand and Sajadian says it's just a matter of time before they can unveil a major donor for the project.
They hope to start construction this September.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
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