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After a not-so-welcome visit from Hurricane Isabel, Virginia is rolling out the welcome mat for President Bush today.
He'll survey the damage, and get a briefing on recovery efforts.
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And, a suicide bombing near U-N headquarter in Iraq leaves two people dead and more than a dozen injured.

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Rain is pushing into the area and it could fall heavily at times with an isolated thunderstorm mixed in. I'll have your first day of Fall forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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No power, no gas, and for some, still no water. Now the President is about to head to Virginia to look at Isabel's damage, and the government's response.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The president is scheduled to leave the White House shortly to check out the damage and recovery efforts.
It comes as 700-thousand homes and businesses in eastern and central Virginia remain without power.
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The number has actually risen a little today, despite power crews' non-stop efforts to restore service. Utility officials say that can happen at times when trying to bring back power to so many customers. As for water, Governor Warner says about 10 thousand Virginians still need assistance.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER-OBVIOUSLY THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL ON WELLS LIKE THE FOLKS UP IN ROCKBRIDGE STILL HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR WATER BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE OIL AND GASOLINE LEAKAGE AND THAT'S WHY WE'VE GOT THE HAZ MAT TEAM AND THE BOTTLES AND CASES OF WATER BROUGHT TO THAT COMMUNITY.))
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Tens of thousands of customers in Central Virginia, and fifteen thousand customers in Southside are still without power. Dominion Power hopes to have three quarters of its customers in Virginia back online by Thursday.
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But even when all the power is back, the cleanup will take a long time, especially in the Tideater region.
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Isabel knocked down trees and power lines throughout the city of Norfolk.
Many homes have been damaged by the storm, and many neighborhood streets remain blocked by debris.
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((MOST OF THE TREES THAT FELL, OR A LOT OF THEM, ARE A HUNDRED YEARS OR MORE IN AGE. AND SOME OF THEM FELL ON CARS, HOUSES. IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE, TAKING SIDEWALKS WITH THEM.))
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City employees, utility workers and private crews were out in force this weekend, but residents expecting a quick recovery may be disappointed.
It will take weeks, perhaps much longer, to make repairs and clear all of the debris from city streets.
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Army National Guard soldiers from Roanoke are at work today helping some of those citizens recover. As Jennifer Wishon reports, they headed out to hurricane country on short notice.
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72 hours after Isabel blew through Virginia, soldiers in the 1st Battalion 116th Infantry received a mission.
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((TODD MCCLAIN: ABOUT 100 OF US ARE ABOUT TO HEAD OUT TO THE TIDEWATER AREA NEAR RICHMOND AND WE'RE GOING TO BE PASSING OUT BOTTLED WATER TO PEOPLE WHO SUFFERED FROM THE HURRICANE.))
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Specifically people in New Kent County and Sandston where power outages continue to plague the area.
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((FRED DOYLE: IN TIMES OF NATURAL DISASTERS OR CIVIL UNREST WE'RE ALSO ORDERED BY THE GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA TO ASSIST THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
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Soldiers of the 116th have been standing by since Thursday in case citizens of the Roanoke Valley needed help after the storm.
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((TODD MCCLAIN: A LOT OF US WERE ITCHING TO DO THIS WHEN IT FIRST CAME THROUGH. THE WORD CAME OUT PRIOR TO THE HURRICANE THAT THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY OF A MISSION COMING THROUGH AND A LOT OF US WERE READY TO DO IT THEN.))
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((OKAY GUYS, GETTING READY TO GO, DOES EVERYBODY HAVE AN ASSISTANT DRIVER.))
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Soldiers only had about 24 hours to prepare for deployment. Todd McClain called his employer at 10:30 Saturday night and left a message saying he wouldn't be in on Monday, but his family understands.
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((TODD MCCLAIN: THEY'RE VERY SUPPORTIVE ABOUT IT, THEY KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING I ENJOY DOING, I'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR 11 YEARS PERSONALLY, AND THEY'RE STANDING BEHIND ME.))
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Seasoned soldiers like McClain know what to expect from the mission, but rookies like Rickie Tawney can't wait to gain some experience.
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((RICKIE TAWNEY: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS, VERY THRILLED ABOUT THIS, READY TO GO SOMEWHERE.))
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Colonel Doyle says his men could be in the Tidewater region for three days, but soldiers are prepared to be gone for two weeks. However, they're not too worried about the duration, soldiers say they're ready to fulfill one of their mottos: Virginians helping Virginians. JW, News 7, Roanoke.))

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Once again, the United Nations compound in Iraq was a target for violence.
And again, President Bush is preparing to ask the U-N for help.
Drew Levinson reports from New York.
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(( As the U-N looks toward expanding its role in Iraq....the attacks on U-N targets there are not over.
The suicide bomber body wrapped himself in explosives and filled his car with dynamite...then blew himself up a police checkpoint. just outside the U.N. compound. An Iraqi policeman was killed and about 20 others were injured, including this police officer.

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He says I heard a huge noise. The next thing I was thrown forward two or three meters and saw my leg and my back were covered with blood."
It was the tightened security after last month's deadly car bomb attackat the United Nations facility there that's being credited for preventing this from being a greater tragedy.

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"EVERYBODY IS SHOCKED THAT THERE HAS BEEN ANOTHER BOMBING INCIDENT NEAR THE CANAL COMPOUND."

(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON REPORTING)

"THIS SECOND BOMBING COMES AS THE UNITED NATIONS DEBATES AN EXPANDED ROLE IN IRAQ. PRESIDENT BUSH WILL BE HERE TOMORROW TO ADDRESS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HE'S EXPECTED TO DEFEND THE WAR AND REPEAT HIS CALL FOR THE MEMBER NATIONS TO DO MORE TO HELP REBUILD IRAQ.
The President has said he's not sure the United States will have to give the United Nations a larger role in order to get a new resolution on Iraq. And despite France and Germany's call for a quicker turnover of power to the Iraqis themselves--President Bush said last week that can't be rushed.

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"THE CONSTITUTION MUST BE WRITTEN AND THERE'LL BE FREE ELECTIONS. AND THEN SOVEREIGNTY WILL OCCUR ONCE THE IRAQI PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINIONS."
Unfortunately right now......too many Iraqi opinions are expressed by violence. Drew Levinson, CBS News, The United Nations. ))

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The war in Iraq is a "misadventure" .
That's according to the newest Democrat to announce a run for the White House.
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Former Illinois Senator Carol Mosely Braun says the U-S should move away from what she calls the Bush administration's "bluster and bravado" and ask for more international help in Iraq.
Braun formally announced her bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination this morning in Washington.
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Braun is the eleventh Democrat to enter the race.
She's also the only black woman to ever win a seat in the Senate.

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New information on a probe into a local police department. The details are just ahead.
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And information of all kinds is literally in the air around Roanoke, as Wi-Fi goes downtown.
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The incoming Palestinian prime minister says he'll try to put an end to illegal weapons in the Palestinian areas.

But he stopped short of saying that he'll disarm militant groups.
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In new violence today, Israeli forces killed a suspected Hamas fugitive after demolishing a house where he'd taken shelter in the West Bank.
Israel has rejected calls by the Palestinian Authority for a ceasefire to replace a unilateral truce that was later cancelled by militant groups.
Israel, instead has vowed to pursue members of Hamas, responsible for many suicide bombings over the last several years.
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There is some new information about an investigation into the Radford Police Department.
Radford resident John Byers is accusing the the city's police chief of taking a military- style knife from his home, when officers came to check on a noise complaint.
The alleged incident has prompted an investigation by a special prosecutor and the state police.
Police Chief Wes Terry isn't commenting on the accusation, saying city policy forbids him from discussing personnel matters.




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Roanoke has earned a reputation for being high-tech friendly, and last night, it became one of the first in the Commonwealth to offer wireless broadband internet.
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The service -- known as Wi Fi -- is centered around the Market Square with coverage available in a two block area in all directions.
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((WIFI WILL ALLOW PEOPLE HERE IN DOWNTOWN ROANOKE, PARTICULARLY IN THE MARKET AREA TO BE ABLE TO BRING THEIR LAPTOP AND OTHER WIRELESS DEVICES HAVE A LITTLE CARD THEY STICK IN THEIR LAPTOP AND BE ON THE INTERNET WHERE EVER THEY MIGHT BE.))
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Leaders from 30 states and 20 countries were on hand to get an idea of how this wireless technology might be adapted to other communities. Governor Mark Warner says wireless internet will help bring businesses into downtown Roanoke. The Roanoke Higher Education Center built the network and Cisco Systems helped provide resources. The Wi Fi service is free of charge.
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A soccer mom in a romance novel? We'll talk with the author, who grew up in Lewisburg West Virginia.
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And we'll look at the Emmy winners. Some are used to holding the trophies, but others are first-timers.
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[Herkness]


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Beautiful heroines and bare- chested Romeos often grace the covers of those paperback romance novels that you can find at most any bookstore.
But a former West Virginia resident and Princeton University graduate is attempting to shatter that stereotype with her debut romance novel, "A Bridge to Love."
Author Nancy Herkness joins us this afternoon to talk more about it.
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(We mentioned that you lived in West Virginia-- Where exactly was that and how long were you there?)



(Based on reviews, this isn't your typical Harlequin- type romance novel.... What made you go with this genre of writi

ng, which often receives so much literary criticism?)

(One thing that struck me about the protagonist is that she's an ordinary woman, a soccer mom is how you described her-

- without revealing too much of the plot--what happens to her?)

(It comes as a surprise that so many people read romance novels-- more than 51 million readers last year, up 10 million

from 1998. Why do even the least tasteful of these books have so much appeal?)

(This was your first book-- any plans for another one? And would that be another romance novel?)



(And you're having several book signings around the area-- tomorrow at Valley View Mall from noon until 2..)



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Thanks so much for coming in today, Nancy and good luck with your book. [Weather] [NOON WEATHER] [9/22/2003] [TWO SHOT]

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On Wall Street at Noon,
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the Dow was DOWN 103 points. Nasdaq DOWN 31 points.


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The Hokies move into the top 5. Still ahead, we'll tell you where Tech stands in the latest football rankings.
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And you've heard about high definition TV, but haven't had a good look yet, you'll have a big opportunity this week.
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The Washington Redskins fell victim to an early Giants' surge, and their own string of penalties, to post their first loss of the season.
The Skins were penalized 17 times for a franchise record 142 yards.
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The Giants threatened to blow the game wide- open early on.
Kerry Collins tossed three TD passes in the first half, as New York led 21 to 3.
But Washington rallied behind Patrick Ramsey, who found Darnerian McCants in the end zone for the touchdown late in the third quarter.
Ramsey then hooked up with Rod Gardner for another score with two minutes left in regulation.
The two- point conversion trimmed the deficit to 21-18.
John Hall then forced overtime with this 33 yard field goal that split the uprights.
But the Giants recovered in the extra frame.
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Matt Bryant's 29- yarder in OT was the difference, as the New York Giants handed the Redskins their first loss 24 to 21.
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Virginia Tech has moved up three spots in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week, the result of losses by Michigan, Kansas State, and Georgia. The Hokies check in at number 5 heading into this week's contest with Connecticut. Oklahoma and Miami are still the top two teams in the land.

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It was Hollywood's night to honor the best on the small screen.
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And there were a few RE- RUNS--
For the fourth year in a row, "The West Wing" captured Best Drama Series.
H-B-O's mob family "The Sopranos" again captured Best Acting Awards for stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco.
But there were a couple of first- time winners.
"Everybody Loves Raymond" won for Best Comedy Series, while Debra Messing won her first acting trophy for "Will and Grace".
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Last night also brought tributes to those the entertainment world lost this year, including John Ritter and Bob Hope.
Meanwhile, living legend Bill Cosby won a lifetime achievement award.
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WDBJ is rolling out the red carpet this week to give viewers a high-definition dose of television's future.
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Premiere Week takes place all week at Your Hometown Station, beginning tonight.
We've transformed our community room into a H-D-T-V theatre.
Each night, 80 people can watch the premieres of CBS fall shows like "Everybody Loves Raymond," "CSI," and "JAG" ... in high definition on a 16-foot screen.
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(( ))
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[OUT Q=see it on this big screen.]
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Premiere Week is free -- and runs Monday through Friday. Doors open at 7:30 each night.
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We'll also be showing the Redskins/Patriots game in HDTV Sunday, starting at 12:30.
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If you'd like more details, call 344-7000 or go to our website at w-d-b-j-7 dot com.
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