Water, in DIFFERENT capacities, is making headlines today.
Flooded roads and mudslides cause problems in parts of the New River Valley, but the worst may be over.
Meanwhile, concerns about not having ENOUGH water prompts a meeting among Roanoke city and county officials.
Flood watches and warnings continue as does a tornado watch but the heavy rains and storms will slowly diminish. I'll have your forecast.
Heavy rains are causing problems for much of the News 7 viewing area. One to four inches of rain have already fallen in some regions. Flash flooding is causing problems in Giles County.
VDOT crews are working to clear several mudslides and sheriff's deputies are keeping a close eye on flooded roads.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Depompa joins us from Pembroke.
Rachel, what are conditions like now.
((ROLLCUE:..more settled that it was an hour ago.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Davis/Giles Co. Fire & Rescue]
[OUT Q= slide both ways.]
[OUT Q:surveying the damage.]
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In Carroll County, rising water trapped a woman in her house this morning.
Rescue crews brought in a boat to get her out, and officials say she's fine.
A tractor-trailer accident is also blocking one lane of Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
Authorities say the wreck at mile marker 12 will take at least three hours to clean up.
Meanwhile schools in Pendleton County, WEST Virginia will close at 12:30.
The board of Western Virginia Water Authority is almost complete.
Officials with Roanoke and Roanoke County today named five of the seven people to be designated to the panel.
They include Fuzzy Minnix, Elmer Hodge and Mike Altizer from the County and Darlene Burcham and Rupert Cutler from the city.
Roanoke must name one more person before the board picks its seventh and final member.
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[IN Q=There's equal representation...]
[SUPER=01-Elmer Hodge/Roanoke Co. Administrator;]
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THERE'S EQUAL REPRESENTATION FROM THE CITY AND THE COUNTY WHICH IS WHAT WE WANTED. BUT HOW DO WE HANDLE A TIE IF THERE EVER IS ONE? THAT'S WHY WE CHOSE TO GO WITH A SEVEN MEMBER BOARD.))
[OUT Q=with a seven member board.]
The water authority was approved earlier this year and is expected to be functional by July first.
The group still has to set water and sewer rates, come up with a budget and have its application to the State Corporation Commission approved.
Allegations are again swarming Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
Now that authorities have raided the home, a Jackson family attorney say he believes an arrest could be in the pop star's future.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Oxman/Jackson Family Attorney;]
[SUPER=07-Michael Jackson; hot change to]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, Santa Barbara, CA.]
A DAY AFTER INVESTIGATORS SWARMED MICHAEL JACKSON'S NEVERLAND RANCH,
THERE ARE REPORTS POLICE ARE ZEROING IN ON THE KING OF POP HIMSELF. A
JACKSON FAMILY ATTORNEY BELIEVES POLICE MAY BE READY TO TAKE JACKSON IN.
SOT - BRIAN OXMAN/JACKSON FAMILY ATTORNEY
"It has been reported that there is an arrest warrant which has been
issued. We've done our best to confirm that information and that
appears to be accurate."
WHILE AUTHORITES HAVE SAID VIRTUALLY NOTHING ABOUT THEIR CRIMINAL
PROBE.... BRIAN OXMAN, WHO'S REPRESENTED THE JACKSON FAMILY FOR 14 YEARS
-- 'IS' TALKING.
HE SAYS A 12-YEAR OLD BOY LEVELED A SEXUAL MOLESTATION CLAIM AGAINST
THE POP STAR...CLAIMING JACKSON ABUSED HIM AT NEVERLAND RANCH...A
PRIVATE RESORT VISITED BY THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN EACH YEAR.
SOT - OXMAN "We don't know the circumstances of this, we don't know the
validity of this, but we are very suspicious of it."
OXMAN ISN'T REPRESENTING JACKSON , BUT SAYS HE HAS SPOKEN TO FAMILY
MEMBERS WHO BELIEVE THE LATEST ALLEGATIONS ARE AN UNFAIR REPLAY OF THE
PAST. JACKSON AGREES.
HE ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING: (GRAPHIC) These characters always seem to
surface with a dreadful allegation just as another project, an album, a
video is being released.
YESTERDAY'S RAID CAME ON THE SAME DAY THAT JACKSON'S GREATEST HIT
COLLECTION WAS RELEASED -- AND NEARLY TEN YEARS AFTER ANOTHER BOY
ACCUSED JACKSON OF MOLESTING HIM.
(SOT MICHAEL JACKSON- FILE
NOT ONLY AM I PRESUMED TO BE INNOCENT, I AM INNOCENT." )
JACKSON WAS NEVER CHARGED, AFTER REPORTEDLY REACHING A MULTI-MILLION
DOLLAR SETTLEMENT WITH THE BOY'S FAMILY.
For the first time since the Vietnam War, a U-S Navy warship has sailed into dock in what is now Ho Chi Minh City.
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Flying the flag of its former enemy alongside the American flag, the U-S-S "Vandergrift" made its way into Saigon Port today.
The ship's visit comes as the U-S and Vietnam begin fostering diplomatic and economic ties.
It also marks a new attempt at establishing military cooperation.
The American ship is making a four-day port call.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Jerry Falwell enters the national debate over gay marriage.
Plus President Bush arrives in London, but not everyone is glad to see him.
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President Bush is in London coming face to face with Brits who n't happy with their country's involvement in the war with Iraq.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Buckingham Palace.
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[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, London.]
IT'S BEEN A DAY OF PAGEANTRY (NATZ) AND PROTEST (NATZ) IN LONDON WITH
PRESIDENT BUSH HERE TO THANK BRITAIN FOR ITS HELP IN IRAQ.
"AMERICA HONORS THE IDEALISM AND THE BRAVERY OF THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS
PRESIDENT BUSH ALSO TOOK TIME TO DEFEND HIS DECISION TO TOPPLE SADDAM
"IN SOME CASES, THE MEASURED USE OF FORCE IS ALL THAT PROTECTS US FROM A
CHAOTIC WORLD RULED BY FORCE."
WHILE THE PRESIDENT SPENDS THE NEXT FEW DAYS MEETING AND GREETING
BRITISH ROYALTY...ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS WILL BE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO LET
MISTER BUSH KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY THINK OF HIM.
"PLEASE APPROACH THE PRESIDENT ONLY IF YOU WISH TO SHOOT HIM."
THAT PROTESTER WAS CLEARLY JOKING ....BUT BRITISH SECURITY OFFICIALS
WERE NOT SMILING FOLLOWING A MAJOR SECURITY LAPSE.
A TABLOID REPORTER WORKING UNDERCOVER SAYS HE INFILTRATED BUCKINGHAM
PALACE. HE WAS HIRED AS FOOTMAN AND WAS DUE TO SERVE BREAKFAST TO
MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S STAFF.
ON THE STREETS OF LONDON THE BRITS HAVE SET UP THE MOST EXTENSIVE
SECURITY OPERATION EVER FOR A VISITING HEAD OF STATE.
MUCH LARGER PROTESTS ARE EXPECTED TOMORROW WHEN AS MANY AS 100,000
DEMONSTRATORS MARCH THROUGH LONDON. FOR HIS PART, THE PRESIDENT
ACKNOWLEDGED THE PROTESTERS DURING HIS SPEECH.. NOTING HOW FREE SPEECH
IS ALIVE AND WELL IN BRITAIN AND ALSO.....HE BELIEVES.... IN BAGHDAD.
FOLLOWING THE EMBARRASSING SECURITY LAPSE THAT'S SPLASHED ALL OVER THE
PAPERS...THE WHITE HOUSE VOICED CONFIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT BUSH WILL BE
SAFE STAYING AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE.
A.S., CBS NEWS, LONDON
The governor of Massachusetts has vowed to push for a constitutional amendment that'll block gay couples from getting married in his state.
That's in response to the ruling by Massachusetts' highest court that could otherwise allow gay couples to marry.
The court has ordered lawmakers to find a solution.
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, who himself is gay, says same- sex marriage poses no threat to society.
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[IN Q=Who does it hurt?]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Barney Frank/(D) Massachusetts;]
[OUT Q=for each other.]
An amendment could go before Massachusetts voters as early as 2006, if it gets approval from lawmakers.
But the Reverend Jerry Falwell says he doesn't believe voters would pass it.
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[IN Q=The people of Massachusetts]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University;]
[OUT Q=no to it.]
Meanwhile, both President Bush and the Catholic Church have also denounced yesterday's ruling.
Two weeks after their re-elections, some local sheriffs have demoted their political opponents.
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Tommy Guill, a 30-year veteran who opposed Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle, was demoted from lieutenant to deputy and put back on shift work in the jail.
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In Henry County, Sheriff Frank Cassell has demoted his opponent's son.
Shane McPeek, son of Michael McPeek, was taken off patrol and moved to the jail.
The demoted deputies have no legal recourse.
According to policy, they serve "at the sheriff's pleasure."
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A second task force is taking up the issue of violence in Roanoke City Schools.
As Justin McLeod tells us it beleives two minds are better than one.
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[SUPER=01-Butch Lewis/RSVP Coalition; :23]
[SUPER=01-David Trinkle/School Board Member; :39]
[SUPER=01-Steve Guardipee/Roanoke Resident; :57]
[SUPER=01-Paula Wilder/Task Force Facilitator; 1:35]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF ALICE SPEAKING SAYING "WE FELT THIS WAS A GROUP ALONG THAT COULD WORK ALONG THE TASK FORCE" AT 15:54:52))
They call themselves the Roanoke School Violence Protection Coalition.
Founders Alice Hincker and Butch Lewis concede RSVP was formed in part because they were excluded from the city's task force.
But they say the group is about more than just sour grapes.
[IN Q=We're going to roll]
((BUTCH LEWIS/RSVP COALITION CO-FOUNDER: WE'RE GOING TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES, GET TO WORK AND BRING ABOUT SOME REAL CHANGE AND THIS CHANGE IS GOING TO POSITIVE FOR THE COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=for the community]
One person who had his doubts is current school board member David Trinkle but he showed up anyway to see what the group is all about.
[IN Q=The more I thought]
((DAVID TRINKLE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT, THE MORE I SAW FROM THIS GROUP, THIS IS A HIGH ENERGY GROUP, A LOT OF WORK AND ENTHUSIASM INVOLVED IN THIS GROUP))
[OUT Q=in this group]
It is a group that anyone can join.
The first meeting attracted about 25 people and includes educators, former administrators, and parents who are fed up with the school system.
[IN Q=Certainly I felt it]
((STEVE GUARDIPEE/ROANOKE RESIDENT: CERTAINLY I FELT IT WAS AN EDUCATIONAL ISSUE WITH MY SON. WE DECIDED TO PULL OUR SON OUT OF WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HAVE HIM HOME SCHOOLED THIS YEAR.))
[OUT Q=schooled this year]
((NAT SOUND OF COALITION MEETING))
The coalition has hired a facilitator and hopes to eventually bring to Roanoke several well known school safety experts.
The group plans to focus on several issues including the role of a school resource officer, violence prevention, and crisis preparedness.
These issues will most likely be discussed by members of Roanoke's school safety task force.
It held its second meeting Tuesday night and some members welcome another group.
[IN Q=Our work here]
((PAULA WILDER/TASK FORCE FACILITATOR: OUR WORK HERE IS NOT TO JUST SHARE OUR OWN OPINIONS ABOUT THIS BUT TO GET ORGANIZED SO WE CAN GO OUT IN THE COMMUNITY TO COLLECT EVERYBODY ELSE'S OPINIONS ABOUT THIS.))
[IN Q=The task force]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE TASK FORCE PLANS TO DO THAT BY HOLDING SEVERAL PUBLIC FORUMS. ORGANIZERS HOPE TO SCHEDULE ONE FOR DECEMBER AND ANOTHER IN JANUARY BEFORE ISSUING A REPORT NEXT SPRING. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Up next, Leo will have the latest on the threatening weather.
also, we'll see a fish that is old enough to qualify for Social Security.
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They say fish and visitors begin to smell after three days....
But what about a fish that's been around for 65 years?
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San Francisco's Steinhart Aquarium is celebrating the 65th birthday of what is perhaps the nation's oldest fish, appropriately named Methuselah.
But officials say they're not sure that the fish isn't even a bit OLDER than that.
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[IN Q=This fish is ]
((JOHN MCCOSKER/SENIOR STEINHART SCIENTIST:THIS FISH IS JUST GETTING STARTED. IT'S BEEN HERE 65 YEARS .WE DON'T KNOW HOW OLD HE WAS WHEN HE ARRIVED. EVERYDAY IS A NEW RECORD FOR THIS FISH IN CAPTIVITY. ))
[SUPER=01-John McCosker/Senior Steinhart Scientist;]
[OUT Q=fish in captivity.]
Methusaleh arrived in San Francisco as a gift from a Sydney, Australia aquarium back in 19-38.
To celebrate the occasion, the aquarium served fishcakes at the birthday party.
Before we go to weather, another school has decided to close early today.
Augusta County Schools close today at two.
And as we told you earlier, schools in Pendleton County, WEST Virginia will close at 12:30.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW has gained 41 points. The NASDAQ is up nine.
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Up next in sports,
he's not injured, but the defending Super Bowl champs tell a star player to stay home.
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The Roanoke Dazzle traveled to College Park last night to battle 25th ranked Maryland.
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Dazzle coach Kent Davison looked worried early on, and he had reason to be.
He watched his team commit 17 first- half turnovers and shoot 3 of 18 early.
Maryland converted many of those turnovers into points.
The UVa connection provided some scoring punch.
Curtis Staples hit two three- pointers for the Dazzle--
This one [SUPER=34-Roanoke/81/Maryland/72;]brought Roanoke to within 12.
Staples would remain hot throughout the game.
He was 6 of 11 from three point line and finished with 20 points and leads the Dazzle to a 81-72 win.
Receiver Keyshawn Johnson has left the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He was de-activated Monday by Tampa Bay and will NOT play with the team the rest of the season.
Johnson WANTS to leave the team at season's end, and the Bucs are tired of hearing him complain.
They say he has become a cancer and a distraction to the team.
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[SUPER=01-John Gruden/Tampa Bay Head Coach;]
[OUT Q=.....of football sometimes"]
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