Rescue teams in Rockbridge County are still searching for at least five people missing in South River this morning.
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Officials there say several families were trapped in their homes when they did not leave during mandatory evacuations last night.
Others tried to drive across flooded roadways and were swept away.
Eleven people were rescued overnight, some of whom are being taken to area hospitals for treatment.
The Salem SWIFT Water Rescue team and the Westvaco rescue team are assisting with the search.
Virginia and North Carolina are saying goodbye and good riddance to Isabel.
At least nine deaths are blamed on the hurricane-- seven of them occurred in Virginia.
That, as crews struggle to get the power turned back on for millions of customers.
Isabel has been downgraded to a tropical storm, and is barrelling her way north.
Pittsburgh, western Pennsylvania, and parts of Ohio are being hit hard by wind and rain.
Overnight, the storm ripped through the nation's capitol, knocking down trees and knocking out electricity.
Government offices are shutdown again today, along with Washington- area buses and subways.
Virginia Beach residents who whethered the hurricane will have to wait until 7AM to walk the streets.
The city issued a mandatory curfew last night.
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Meghan Muldoon is in Virginia Beach with more on what exactly those people will be waking up to when they do make it outside.
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Isabel is affecting air travel out of Roanoke and Lynchburg.
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Steve Pardon is at the Roanoke Regional Airport where numerous flights have been canceled this morning.
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In other news, two people are dead after a tractor trailer and a minivan collided in Henry County.
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In happened on Route 58 in front of the Horsepature rescue squad.
State police say the minivan pulled out from a stop sign into the path of a tractor trailer.
The driver of the van, Keenan David Spencer of Martinsville and his passenger Eric Lamont Trent of Ridgeway were both killed.
There's no word on the condition of the tractor trailer driver.
Three U-S troops in Iraq are dead, and two others are wounded after being ambushed just outside Tikrit.
The patrol came under small arms fire near Saddam Hussein's hometown.
The soldiers were investigating a suspected site used to launch grenades in recent attacks on U-S convoys.
In other developments, a Kurdish mediator says Iraq's former defense minister has surrendered to American officials.
Officials say General Sultan Hashim Ahmad surrendered
to the American general in charge of northern Iraq after weeks of
In business news, Stocks surged higher yesterday.
Jean Lee has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=in New York.]
((Stocks zoomed higher, with the Dow rallying to a 15-month high, as
> positive reports on the economy, helped to offset concern over the impact
> of Hurricane Isabel, and the resignation of NY Stock Exchange Chairman
> Dick Grasso.
> The Dow is rocketed 113 points
> While the nasdaq climbed 26.
> The latest developments from the NYSE-H. Carl McCall has stepped in as
> Lead Director of the NY Stock Exchange, after Dick Grasso stepped resigned
> as Chairman late yesterday, amid controversy over his 140 million dollar
> pay package.
> McCall is a former comptroller for New York State and is currently head of
> the NYSE's compensation committee. He has made it clear that he will ONLY
> be leading the Board on an interim basis, and will NOT be taking over as
> In a press conference Thursday afternoon, McCall said the Exchange will
> operate differently from now on. One of those changes: Salaries of board
> member and top staff will be published in an annual report.
> Stocks to watch on Friday include shares of FORD. The automaker has
> announced it will OFFER SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO ON SELECT MODELS.
> Shoe company Nike announced after the closer, that it swung to a
> first-quarter PROFIT, thanks worldwide sales, and a favorable currency
> Palm Pilot maker Palm Inc. announced earnings that BEAT analyst
> expectations, though its revenue number came in shy of targets.
> And a hi-tech chip company will start trading over the Nasdaq Friday.
> Sigma Tel is set for its initial public offering. The company makes chips
> that are used in MP3 players.
> Track all your stocks at our website, cbs.mw.com
> I'm jl cbs mw in ny.))
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As Isabel takes her destructive show on the road and heads northward, residents in Virginia and North Carolina are waking up to the mess she left behind.
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That includes toppled homes, fallen trees, and flooded streets across the Outer Banks.
Buildings both large and small were no match for Isabel's 100- mile- per- hour winds.
Those residents who decided to ride out the hurricane did so in the dark, as Isabel left hundreds of thousands in the state without electricity.
Emergency officials in Lynchburg are keeping a close eye on small streams and rivers.
Authorities say flooding will be the biggest problem the area will face over the next couple of days.
Isabel delivered periods of high winds and heavy rain last night.
But overall, the storm packed less of a punch then most people had expected.
((ROBERT LIPSCOMB/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: HAS BEEN RATHER QUIET AND WE'RE GLAD THAT IT HAS BEEN. WE DO HAVE QUITE A BIT OF RSOURCES AVAILABLE IN THE EVENT THAT IT DOES GET WORSE, BUT FROM THIS POINT ON, BUT RIGHT NOW WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN OVERWHELMED AND HOPE THAT IT STAYS THIS WAY AND THAT WE GET THROUGH THIS THING WITHOUT HAVING TO STRETCH OUR RESOURCES ANY FURTHER THAN WE HAVE ALREADY.))
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Lynchburg fire crews were kept busy most of the night responding to calls of power lines sparking and popping in the street.
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It takes more than a hurricane to keep Miss Virginia's hometown fans from following her to the Miss America pageant.
The Laurel Park High School marching band left for Atlantic City early to beat Hurricane Isabel.
All 55 members will play in a pre-pageant parade.
They'll also be in the audience to cheer Nancy Redd on as she competes for the crown.
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((JESSICA HAYNES/DRUM MAJOR: RIGHT NOW I'M NERVOUS ABOUT GETTING UP THERE, BUT I'LL BE NERVOUS FOR HER WHEN WE GET TO THE PAGEANT.))
((ARDYS WINSLOW/BOOSTER CLUB PRESIDENT: ONCE THEY SEE US WAVING BANNERS WITH STARS ON THEM, THEY'LL PROBABLY FOCUS IN ON US AND THEY'LL HEAR A BIG LOUD ROAR. THEY PROBABLY WON'T HEAR ANYTHING NANCY SAYS WHEN SHE INTRODUCES HERSELF FOR US ROARING. ))
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Redd's already winning recognition at the pageant.
Wednesday night, she won a preliminary swimsuit competition ... and a 2-thousand dollar scholarship.
She'll have more than 500 Henry County residents cheering her on in Atlantic City tomorrow night.
The Miss America pageant isn't the only thing happening tomorrow night.
Here's Steve Pardon with the Weekend Preview.
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Richmond has also been hit hard by Hurricane Isabel.
As we just mentioned, residents will have a chance to assess the damage now that the 6 a-m mandatory curfew has been lifted.
Justin McLeod has more how the storm affected that area.
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Nearly two-dozen Radford police officers are suing the department, alleging they have not been properly paid for working overtime.
The officers filed the lawsuit yesterday in federal court in Roanoke.
Their attorney says they've made several attempts over the past eight months to resolve the matter, but never got a response.
Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'.
In business news, Nike reported its first quarter earnings after the closing bell yesterday.
The world's largest maker of athletic shoes posted earnings of 98 cents per share.
The company beat analysts expectations by a dime for the period.
Meanwhile, stocks closed higher yesterday.
Rachel Lee has more in today's business brief.
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[OUT Q=I'm Rachel Lee.]
((THE MAJOR INDICES HIT NEW MULTI-MONTH HIGHS ON THURSDAY.
THE DOW WAS UP 113 POINTS ON THE DAY AND...
THE NASDAQ GAINED 26.
NEW JOBLESS CLAIMS FELL BELOW 400-THOUSAND FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 13-TH.
399-THOUSAND AMERICANS FILED FOR FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS...THATS DOWN FROM 428-THOUSAND A WEEK EARLIER.
ANY READING ABOVE 400-THOUSAND INDICATES WEAKNESS IN THE JOB MARKET.
CARNIVAL, THE WORLD'S LARGEST CRUISE GROUP, REPORTED EARNINGS OF 90-CENTS A SHARE FOR ITS THIRD QUARTER...THAT'S UP FIVE CENTS FROM A YEAR EARLIER.
ANALYSTS EXPECTED THE COMPANY TO POST EARNINGS OF 88-CENTS.
THE COMPANY SAYS AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE PASSENGER CABINS CONTRIBUTED TO EARNINGS FOR THE PERIOD.
THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS UNION AND GENERAL MOTORS HAVE A NEW LABOR CONTRACT.
G-M WAS THE LAST OF THE BIG THREE AUTO MAKERS TO REACH A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE U-A-W.
THE SPECIFICS OF THE DEAL HAVE YET TO BE RELEASED, HOWEVER IT DOES CALL FOR THOUSANDS OF JOB CUTS.
THE U-A-W ANNOUNCED TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH FORD AND DAIMLER-CHRYSLER EARLIER THIS WEEK.
G-M'S FORMER AUTO PARTS UNIT DELPHI CORPORATION ALSO REACHED A CONTRACT DEAL WITH THE UNION ON THURSDAY.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M RACHEL LEE.))
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Someone in the Lynchburg is now a millionaire.
The Kroger store on Boonesboro Road sold a Lotto South ticket Wednesday night that matched all six winning numbers.
So far, the winner has not come forward, but whoever holds that ticket is 18-million dollars richer.
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It poured in Blacksburg last night, but it didn't rain on the Hokies' victory parade as they whipped Texas A&M 35-to-19 in a battle of top 20 teams.
Mike Stevens has some reaction from the Tech players and coaches.
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[SUPER=01-Jake Grove/Virginia Tech Senior Captain; :38]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/One TD Pass & One Interception; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Jones/188 Yards Rushing and 3 Touchdowns; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Michael Crawford/14 Tackles vs. Texas A & M; 1:28]
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Week number four of Friday Football Extra it still set for tonight.
There is one cancellation.
The Isle of Wight at Roanoke Catholic game set for tonight is cancelled because the visitors can't get here from Tidewater.
Here's a look at the rest of the schedule.
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