After a long night of river rescues, the floodwaters are starting to recede in Giles County.
We'll have a live update coming up.
And police in California are still waiting for an appearance by singer Michael Jackson.
The flooding rains have left the area and we welcome the sunshine back into our hometowns, will it continue. I'll let you know in your forecast.
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Michael Jackson will surrender to authorities when he's ready.
That's the message from the Jackson camp, one day after an arrest warrant was issued charging the singer with child molestation.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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THE KING OF POP SAYS HE WON'T TURN HIMSELF OVER TO CALIFORNIA
AUTHORITIES UNTIL HE'S READY.
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"Michael, I am certain does not want to make a spectacle of this and it
will be done in his own manner."
(WILD: THE KING OF POP HAS NOW SURRENDERED TO CALIFORNIA AUTHORITIES.)
THE ARREST WARRANT FOR MICHAEL JACKSON CAME A DAY AFTER TEAMS OF
INVESTIGATORS SCOURED HIS NEVERLAND RANCH FOR MORE THAN 14 HOURS. IT'S
HERE - THAT JACKSON IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING A 12-YEAR OLD BOY.
PAT LALAMA/CELEBRITY JUSTICE "This young boy told authorities that
Michael Jackson used wine, he used wine to make the boy more
relaxed...to make him feel comfortable in his surroundings in order to
allegedly perform some sort of wrong activity."
JACKSON HAS HIRED CELEBRITY LAWYER MARK GERAGOS TO DEFEND HIM, AGAINST
CHARGES THE DEFENSE CALLS 'OUTRAGEOUS' AND TOTALLY UNFOUNDED.
PROSECUTORS ARE PROMISING, THE ACCUSATIONS WILL STICK IN COURT.
SOT - TOM SNEDDON/SANTA BARBARA D-A
"Jackson himself I believe has said that this was all done to try to
ruin his new cd that was coming out or whatever it is he's doing...like
the Sheriff and I are into that kind of music."
THE MOLESTATION CHARGES MIRROR A CLAIM MADE TEN YEARS AGO BY 'ANOTHER'
BOY...A CLAIM JACKSON DENIED.NO CHARGES WERE FILED. JACKSON REPORTEDLY
PAID THE BOY'S FAMILY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, ...THE CHILD REFUSED TO
THE ENTERTAINER MAY FACE A TOUGHER FIGHT THIS TIME - BECAUSE LAWS HAVE
CHANGED...AND ALLEGED VICTIMS CAN NOW BE 'FORCED' TO TESTIFY.
The New River started receeding this morning, but it was not soon enough for many people in Giles County.
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Jennifer Wishon joins us from the Wolf Creek area, which was hardest hit.
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A student parking lot at Radford University flooded overnight nearly washing away several vehicles.
The New River spilled over its banks into the Deadman Center lower parking lot, damaging nearly 50 cars.
Dozens of students were shocked to find their cars nearly floating.
The university says it sent an e-mail at 5 o-clock telling students to move the vehicles.
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City officials worked last night trying to remove damaged cars and save as many as they could.
Rivers across West Virginia are flooding today, one day after heavy rains were blamed for the death of at least one person.
The storm closed schools in at least 10 counties across the state.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross has opened nearly 40 shelters after several inches of rain fell in just 24 hours.
The Kanawha River in Charleston crested at its flood stage of 30 feet at about 1 a-m today.
The National Weather Service says the river hasn't been that high since 19-55, when it reached nearly 32 feet.
The storm system also left thousands of people without power.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company says it's cutting another 12-hundred jobs worldwide.
The Ohio-based Goodyear slashed 26-hundred jobs earlier this year and previously announced plans to cut 11-hundred positions when it closes a tire plant in Alabama next month.
Goodyear has about 16-thousand workers at 14 plants in eleven states, including a factory in Danville.
The company announced the cuts yesterday after reporting a third-quarter loss of 106 (m) million dollars.
It is not known how the cuts will affect the Danville plant.
A young woman from Vinton died in a single-vehicle accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway overnight.
Twenty-two year old Erica Thomas ran off the road near milepost 115- -between the Roanoke River and Route 24.
Around four o'clock, a county police officer happened upon the wreck and discovered the recent U-Va graduate was already dead.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Erica Thomas was the grand-daughter of Delegate Vic Thomas.
A 15-year-old North Carolina boy admitted in court yesterday that he fired the bullet that hit a five-year-old Bedford County girl in the head in February.
Six-year-old Rachel Sanchez is blind and struggles with speech and learning problems at her home in Forest.
She was struck while riding in the back of her grandfather's sport utility vehicle on Interstate 40.
After making the admission, the teen said he was ``very sorry.''
The boy must complete a wilderness boot camp program and serve 12 months probation.
Rachel's grandfather, Steve Lackey, said in a statement that no punishment could ``make absolution'' for the crime.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a series of explosion have killed 25 people in Turkey.
Also there were some tense moments today after reports the White House was evacuated. We'll tell you why after the break.
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Despite added security, a bomb hidden in a pick- up truck exploded at the offices of a Kurdish political party in northern Iraq today.
Five people were killed and 40 others were injured, including children.
And just west of Baghdad, a suicide car bombing struck the offices of the U-S appointed city council in Ramadi.
Local officials say two people were killed in the attack.
The U-S military confirmed that there was a bombing, but offered no other details.
While President Bush was away in London, there was some confusion at the White House.
Earlier today, there were reports that the White House was evacuated, but federal authorities now say it was all a mistake.
They say a false radar reading mistakenly indicated that a plane had flown near restricted airspace this morning
around the White House.
While some staffers left the mansion this morning, the Secret Service says there was NO official evacuation.
Most people re-entered the building after about 15 minutes.
President Bush and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair are condemning today's deadly bombings against British targets in Turkey.
The latest reports say at least 26 people have died, including the British consul- general..
Aleen Sirgany is at Buckingham Palace with more on this, as well as the latest on events in London.
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STANDING SIDE-BY-SIDE IN THEIR ON-GOING FIGHT AGAINST
TERRORISM....PRESIDENT BUSH AND
PRIME MINSTER TONY BLAIR WASTED NO TIME CONDEMNING TODAY'S ATTACK ON
THE BRITISH CONSULATE AND A BRITISH BANK IN TURKEY. MORE THAN 400 WERE
WOUNDED. THE U.K.S TOP DIPLOMAT THERE, WAS KILLED.
"NO ACTS OF THUGS OR KILLERS WILL CHANGE OUR RESOLVE OR ALTER THEIR
SOT: TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER (07:34:52)
"OUR RESPONSE IS NOT TO FLINCH OR GIVE WAY OR CONCEDE ONE INCH."
AL-QAIDA AND A LOCAL TURKISH MILITANT GROUP HAVE REPORTEDLY CLAIMED
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ON THE STREETS OF LONDON.. WITH AN ARMY POLICE KEEPING ORDER...ANOTHER
ROUND OF ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATIONS. THOUSANDS ARE MARCHING IN PROTEST OF
U-S AND BRITISH POLICIES IN IRAQ.
MOS SOT or more nat
INSIDE 10 DOWNING STREET... ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR BLAIR AND PRESIDENT
BUSH TO DEFEND THEMSELVES.
"I FULLY UNDERSTAND PEOPLE DON'T AGREE WITH WAR, BUT I HOPE THEY AGREE
WITH FREEDOM AND PEACE AND LIBERTY."
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Virginia has the nation's most restrictive limit on the introduction of new evidence following a conviction, but that could change.
The State Crime Commission voted unanimously yesterday to abolish the 21-day-rule.
In its place, the Commission is recommending NO time limit, at all.
The proposal still has to pass both houses of the General Assembly where it is expected to meet some opposition.
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Virginia's 21-day-rule has been the law for 27 years.
One of the people in charge of dealing with thinning out the deer population in Roanoke say the process is misunderstood.
Sharp shooters are taking aim at the animals within city limits, but some people feel the process is dangerous.
But one member of the deer task force tells News 7 Justin McLeod, those fears are unfounded.
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If you want to know how successful a deer management program can be, just look at the city of Lynchburg.
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((MAJOR JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPT.: WE'RE PROBABLY THE FIRST PLACE IN THE STATE THAT ENTERED INTO THIS KIND OF VENTURE.))
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A venture that has been going strong now for more than a decade.
Since 1992, sharpshooters hired by the city have killed several thousand deer without incident.
The police department says there's a reason why.
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Other communities in our region have had similar success with sharpshooters.
The town of Blacksburg sends out police officers several times a year and kills on average 280 deer a year.
The city of Bedford also uses police officers and in two years has killed more than a 150 deer.
The city of Martinsville goes a step further and allows citizen's to shoot deer with a bow and arrow within city limits after obtaining a special permit.
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No matter what method is used, they all have something in common, there have been no incidents or problems.
A member of the Roanoke deer task force says that proves sharpshooting works.
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((JOE SCHUPP/ROANOKE DEER TASK FORCE: THEY'VE LOOKED INTO THIS AND IT'S SAFE OPPORTUNITY AND IT IS AN EFFECTIVE TOOL TO TAKE CARE OF THE DEER HERDS THAT ARE CONSTANTLY GROWING IN THE CITIES AND THE WHOLE STATE.))
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JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ALL THE LOCALITIES WE TALKED TO THAT HAVE DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS SAY SAFETY IS THEIR TOP PRIORITY. THEY POINT OUT SHOOTERS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED AND WILL NOT FIRE IN AREAS THAT ARE CONSIDERED UNSAFE LIKE DOWNTOWN OR ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, production problems hit the Roanoke newspaper.
Also wine lovers across the world are celebrating today as the new vintage comes in.
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It could be three o'clock before you receive your Roanoke Times.
The newspaper says problems with its printing press will make today's delivery "significantly late".
The Times has had difficutly getting the paper out on time since installing the new equipment.
Representatives from the press's manufacturer are on site to assist with the problem.
The paper says today's edition will be delivered late to newsstands and customers' homes with some routes in south Roanoke County receiving papers in mid-afternoon.
Wine connoisseurs all over the world are raising their glasses to a time- honored tradition.
At the stroke of midnight in France, the corks were popped on what some say may be the best Beaujolais Nouveau ever.
The celebration of the fresh, fruity wine, takes place at
exactly the same time on the third Thursday of each November.
It's the first wine of the season, bottled only seven weeks after the grapes are picked.
It's considered to be the celebratory wine of the harvest, not to be aged, but to be consumed right away.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 11. The NASDAQ was UP nine.
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Up next in sports, Liberty University hopes a new logo will give a winning, new look to their athletes.
And Virginia Tech's top running- back is in the running for a national award.
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The Hokies' Kevin Jones will have to decide whether or not he wants to come back for his senior season, and OBLITERATE the Tech record book.
Last week, he topped the 3000- yard mark for his career,
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And last night, he was named one of 8 semi- finalists for the Doak Walker Award.
The award is given to the best running- back in college football.
He has 12 hundred- 54 yards and 15 T-Ds so far this season.
He is just 150 yards away from the all-time single- season rushing record of 1403 yards set in 1981 by Cyrus Lawrence.
All season long Jones has let his play on the field do the talking.
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Jones is one of three Juniors in the final 8, but his biggest competition may come from senior Quincy Wilson of West Virginia.
UVa and Georgia Tech meet this Saturday in a game Virginia must win to keep from having a losing conference record.
The yellow Jackets enter the game at 6 and 4 overall, and 4 and 3 in the ACC.
The Rambling Wreck is ranked 23rd in the nation in scoring and rush defense, but has given up an average of 31 points in its last two games.
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The Cavs are seven point favorites for the Noon game that you can watch right here on WDBJ-7 Saturday.
Right after that one, we'll have LSU and Ole Miss for the SEC West title.
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Sunday's NFL action includes the Falcons and Titans.
Michael Vick is expected to play some, even though he slightly turned his ankle in a morning walk through.
Liberty University is changing that L-U logo that's been the school's brand since achieving University status in 19-85.
Yesterday, the Flames unveiled a new uptown design that the school hopes will give athletics a new identity.
The logo was designed by Lynchburg's Prototype Advertising.
The new logo will be used on all athletic uniforms, publications, merchandise and marketing.
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