Not only are residents along the East Coast battening down the hatches, the Navy is moving dozens of ships and submarines out of Norfolk to dodge the hurricane.
[SUPER=03-Kill Devil Hills, NC;]
Even with the major wrath of Hurricane Isabel still a couple of days away, nerves are churning up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
Isabel has lost some steam, but few are underestimating her potential.
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[IN Q=I kind of tell]
((RON MCMANUS/BOAT OWNER: I KINDA TELL MY BOAT GOODBYE CUZ I REALLY LOVE HER - I JUST SAY, HANG IN THERE, IT'S GONNA BE ROUGH. ))
[SUPER=01-Ron McManus/Boat Owner;]
[RUNS=:07] (estimated runs time for bite)
[OUT Q=it's gonna be rough.]
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Coastal residents are racing to be ready for Isabel's arrival-- boarding up windows and checking on their generators.
Others are even trying to REASON with the hurricane, simply asking it to stay away.
But for now, diehard surfers are hanging ten, riding Isabel's strong waves.
Virginia officials are trying to stay ahead of Hurricane Isabel.
The National Guard, Virginia State Police and the Department of Transportation are all on alert for what Governor Mark Warner says could be significant damage.
[VO-NAT :08 From CNN 11]
As the Atlantic Coast got ready, Warner yesterday declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth, anticipating both wind damage and flooding.
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[IN Q=This state of emergency...]
[OUT Q=should the storm hit the Commonwealth.]
It is expected to come ashore later this week. [11Storm-preps]
Many Eastern Virginia residents are heeding the warnings.
They have recent memories to remind them why they're getting ready for the storm now.
Just go back four years to September of 1999, when Hurricane Floyd caused widespread flooding in communities like Franklin.
This time, emergency officials are preparing for winds that could be much stronger.
[IN Q=THE NEXT 24 TO 36]
((MIKE WADE/VA BEACH HEAD OF EMERGENCY PLANNING: THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS IS GOING TO BE CRUCIAL AS TO WHAT COURSE OF ACTION OR DIRECTION THE CITY TAKES AT THIS POINT WE'RE JUST RECOMMENDING THAT PEOPLE TAKE THE STORM SERIOUSLY.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Wade/Virginia Beach Emergency Management]
[OUT Q=WHAT ACTION THEY NEED TO TAKE.]
The last time Virginia Beach suffered a hurricane's direct hit was 70 years ago, in 1933.
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Bedford County supervisor Kirby Richardson is free on bond.
He was released from jail yesterday after his arrest Friday following a special grand jury indictment.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Last Month;]
Richardson is facing 82 felonies related to forgery of public documents and records.
The case involves his alleged role in winning approval for a road project near Smith Mountain Lake.
Bedford county's administrator attended a scheduled meeting last night with V-DOT and supervisors, but Richardson did not show up.
Bill Rolfe says he met with department heads on Friday after learning of the indictments.
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[IN Q=I just wanted to ]
[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator;]
((FROM THE BOARD'S PERSPECTIVE AND MY PERSPECTIVE THEY ARE GOOD EMPLOYEES AND TO HOLD THEIR HEADS HIGH AND CONTINUE TO DO A GOOD JOB BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE BE A LITTLE SUSPECT OF BEDFORD COUNTY AND THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO A GOOD JOB AND ARE TRYING TO DO A GOOD JOB FOR ALL OF BEDFORD COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=all of bedford county.]
Richardson was released from jail after posting a 10- thousand dollar secured bond.
In court yesterday, he was asked about any previous criminal convictions.
Richardson admitted to a Class-one misdemeanor, but the judge did not require Richardson or his attorney to elaborate in court.
A check of court documents shows Richardson was found guilty on a charge of prostitution in Roanoke in 1993.
Authorities say a Giles County minister accused of molesting children had access both in the church and in the classroom.
Roger Holcomb of the Pembroke Church of God is in jail on 13-child molestation charges.
Authorities say Holcomb abused five children who attended his church, and in some cases, the schools where he was a substitute teacher.
Holcomb filled-in teaching at Narrows High School and Eastern Elementary for 16-days over the past school year.
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[IN Q=in this case]
((BOB MCCRACKEN/GILES CO. SUPERINTENDENT: IN THIS CASE I DON'T THINK EVEN IF WE RAISE THE LEVEL, THAT YOU MUST HAVE A DEGREE OR YOU MUST BE A CERTIFIED TEACHER, THAT THESE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENTS IN SOCIETY ARE NOT LIMITING THEMSELVES TO WHAT WE TYPICALLY SEE AS A CRIMINAL.))
[SUPER=01-Bob McCracken/Giles Co. School Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=as a criminal]
McCracken says Holcomb has now been banned from all school property.
Holcomb was arraigned Friday, but was denied bond.
After almost daily attacks on American troops in Iraq, there's word the U-S will begin circulating a revised resolution at the United Nations by the end of the week.
Diplomats say it'll seek more peacekeeping forces and financial help in Iraq.
But the U-S still disagrees with countries like France, Russia, and China regarding a timetable for transferring power to the Iraqis.
Those nations are calling for a speedy transition to Iraqi rule.
In business news, The Federal Reserve will discuss interest rates today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in N.Y., I'm AC.]
((> Good Morning...
> It's Fed Day on Wall Street. Federal Reserve Policy makers meet today in
> Washington to talk interest..
> Though no one expects any change in rates, Wall Street will closely watch
> the Fed's view of the recent burst of economic growth, which some believe
> may not last into next year.
> Ahead of the Fed meeting, stocks didn't stray far from the break even
> The dow lost 22 points
> While the Nasdaq sank 9.
> Insurance companies including Allstate and AIG were among the biggest
> losers as investors brace for the biggest storm to hit the East Coast in
> years. Analsyts say Isabel could cost insurance companies billions of
> dollars in damage.
> On the flipside, retailers including Home Depot were higher as people
> stock up on supplies including plywood and generators to prepare for the
> Good news if you own shares of AT&T .. Ma Bell is raising its quarterly
> dividend by 5 cents a share to just under 23.75 cents a share. AT&T has
> now paid a dividend to its shareholders for more than 105 years.
> Microsoft is planning a special holiday offer for its Xbox video game
> system. The company plans to package the Xbox console with a two-month
> trial subscription to the Xbox Live online service, and the games "Star
> Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Tetris Worlds Live" for about a hundred and
> eighty dollars. Microsoft said the offer will available packaged in one
> box starting Oct. 15.
> TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
The fight over California's gubernatorial recall election is headed to a new arena-- the U-S Supreme Court.
Groups who want the recall say they'll appeal the federal court ruling that postpones the election scheduled for October seventh.
The lower court ruled the election was unacceptable because several counties were going to use outdated punch- card ballots.
Meanwhile today, California's secretary of state is
expected to announce whether the state will appeal.
The first defendant got the death sentence.
Now the second man charged in a Lynchburg double murder last year is on trial.
23-year-old Kevin Eugene Brown is accused of helping to gun down Anthony and Ronda Robinson in their Sussex Street home in April of 2002.
Brown's attorneys have argued their client fired just one shot that hit Anthony Robinson and that the wound was not fatal.
Brown's co-defendant Leon Jermain Winston has already been convicted and sentenced to death.
Jury selection for Brown's case got underway yesterday morning.
The trial is expected to last all week.
Investigators believe an electrical problem caused a fatal fire in Henry County.
The blaze broke out just before 11 o'clock Sunday night at the Caregivers Assisted Living Facility on Greensboro Road near the Martinsville Speedway.
Investigators determined yesterday afternoon the fire started in the laundry room behind a dryer.
Seven residents made it out safely, one did not.
79 year old Connie Sink was found dead in a doorway in back of the facility.
Roanoke is moving forward with plans to reduce the growing number of deer in the city.
Yesterday, council approved a change in the city code that will allow retired police officers to use firearms within city limits to cut the deer population.
The proposal remains controversial, but city officials say the number of citizen complaints and traffic accidents involving deer indicate a problem.
They say safety will be their number one concern.
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[IN Q=We did our homework]
((STEVE LUGAR: WE DID OUR HOMEWWORK. WE CONTACTED OTHER CITIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. WE REVIEWED THEIR PROGRAMS, TAKING SOME OF THE GOOD AND BAD OUT OF EACH ONE OF THEM. TRYING TO LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Lugar/Roanoke City Police Department]
[OUT Q=learn from their mistakes.]
The city is still working out the details of the deer management program and still needs federal approval to use a sound-suppressed rifle.
But the two-man teams could begin their work next month.
City officials stress that the retired officers will not hunt on private property without the consent of landowners.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
The trial of Doctor Cecil Knox continues in Roanoke.
A former patient of Knox's testified yesterday that the doctor kept her on heavy doses of various narcotics.
Amy Leonard went into withdrawal when federal agents raided the doctor's office last year.
She turned to street drugs, like crack cocaine, to feed her addiction.
On one occasion- -while she was still seeing Dr. Knox- -she was so heavily sedated she was taken to her car in a wheel chair. Leonard's son said she could barely walk, but he told the court yesterday that office personnel put Leonard in the driver's seat of her car and let her drive home.
In business news, The Federal Reserve will discuss interest rates at its meeting in Washington later today.
Private economists anticipate the central bank will see no reason to cut rates.
An announcement from the Fed is expected at about 2:15 this afternoon.
In other news, stocks fell yesterday.
Rachel Lee has more on that in the business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Rachel Lee/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Rachel Lee]
((THE MARKETS ENDED MONDAY ON A DOWN NOTE AS INVESTORS BAILED OUT OF SOME STOCKS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MOST RECENT RALLY.THE DOW WAS DOWN 22 POINTS ON THE DAY. THE NASDAQ LOST NINE.U-S INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INCREASED BY A TENTH-OF-A PERCENT IN AUGUST.ECONOMISTS HAD EXPECTED PRODUCTION FROM THE NATION'S FACTORIES, MINES, AND UTILITIES TO INCREASE TWO-TENTHS OF A PERCENT FOR THE MONTH. IT WAS UP SEVEN-TENTHS OF A PERCENT IN JULY. THE FEDERAL RESERVE REPORT SAYS U-S UTILITIES HAD THE LARGEST JUMP IN PRODUCTION. UTILITIES INCREASED THEIR OUTPUT BY ONE-POINT-NINE PERCENT FOR AUGUST.WAL-MART SAYS IT'S ON TARGET TO HIT ITS SEPTEMBER SALES FORECAST. THE WORLD'S LARGEST RETAILER EXPECTS SALES TO INCREASE UP TO FIVE-PERCENT FOR THE MONTH. THE COMPANY SAYS STRONG SALES IN GIRLS CLOTHING, TOYS, AND PHARMACY GOODS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE NUMBERS. WAL-MART POSTED A SIX-POINT-NINE PERCENT INCREASE IN SAME-STORE SALES FOR AUGUST. SEARS ROEBUCK HAS AGREED TO BUY THE "STRUCTURE" CLOTHING LINE FROM LIMITED BRANDS FOR AN UNDISCLOSED PRICE. STYLES FROM STRUCTURE CLOTHING ARE EXPECTED TO BE ON THE SHELVES OF SEARS STORES BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
Scientists studying the D-N-A of lizards have found that patterns in their family tree can apply to ALL animals, even humans.
[Take FS Paws Claws]
That's the topic in this week's "Paws and Claws" segment.
Ann Kellan reports.
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That was Ann Kellen reporting.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
(Kim tosses to break)
It's a short week for Tech fans as the Hokies play their third game of the season this Thursday night.
Here's Mike Stevens with this week's Tech 2003 Report.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[OUT Q=...a nice Tuesday."]
(( The Tech 2003 report tonight is trying to dodge a Hurricane and at the same time prepare for what could be a Texas Tornado.
Texas A & M is coming to town on Thursday The B2 Stealth is still scheduled to fly over the stadium in the pregame ceremonies, but that won't be the only big doings at Lane Stadium
Between the first and second quarters you'll want to keep your seat as the Hokies honor former great George Preas. The Roanoke native, who later went on to star for the Baltimore Colts is the first former Hokie to be honored as part of the school's new NFL Flashback. Preas still lives in Roanoke, but has been battling Parkinson's disease in recent years. His family will be on hand for the ceremony.
As for the game - Tech is a huge 15 point favorite to beat the 20th ranked Aggies in what is the first true test of the season.
The Tech fans will also need to step up their game on Thursday night.
Last year the Hokies got a win at Kyle Field, but also an education in big time college football fan behavior. The 80 thousand plus facility is known as the best football experience in college athletics.
The Aggies are in their first season under new head coach Dennis Franchione, but at least one member of his staff knows plenty about the Hokies.
Defensive coordinator Carl Torbush - was the head coach at North Carolina when the Heels crushed Tech 42-to-3 in the 1998 Gator Bowl.
And Tech released a statement saying right now the A&M game is on as scheduled and Isabel is not invited.))
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Rockbridge County High School students are mourning the loss of a classmate.
A car crash killed 16-year-old Heather Edgerton ("g" is hard) as she was on her way to cheerleading practice Saturday morning.
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Last Month;]
School officials say Heather was an exceptional student, a member of the band and the track team.
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[IN Q=We've talked to ]
[ANDY BRYAN/PRINCIPAL: WE'VE TALKED TO STUDENTS AND STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO STEP OUT OF CLASS AND SHARE THEIR MEMORIES ABOUT HEATHER.]
[OUT Q=memories about Heather.]
The school is planning to set up a scholarship fund in her name.
And it'll hold a ceremony in her honor before this Friday's football game against Harrisonburg.