Think you can't stand any more moisture?
Neither can the ground.
The latest on the weather and potential flooding.
And we'll go inside an animal hospital in Franklin County the Veterinary Board says must be filthy... and let you see for yourself.
The Express loses one its goalies.
The latest edition of the ACC Connection is set for tonight.
Plus, the President has Joe Gibbs on his mind -
and the drivers are in the garage - tomorrow practice for the Bud Shootout opens at Daytona.
We go from winter weather worries to periods of heavy rain and warmer temperatures over the next 24 hours.
News 7 is next.
Sleet and freezing rain make for a slippery ride home across much of Southwest Virginia.
And if that's not bad enough, the next concern is flooding.
Good evening, I'm .
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Roads are already icing up in portions of our viewing area and the slick conditions have caused several accidents.
We'll talk to meteorologist Robin Reed in just a moment,
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but first let's head to the New River Valley where Rachel DePompa joins us with a look at conditions during this evening commute. Rachel?
Keith and Shannon (ad-lib)
((ROLLCUE:...the roadways are definitely very slick right now.))
Sleet started coming down around 3:00 in the Blacksburg area, but quickly turned over to a mixture of rain and freezing rain.
Roads began icing up almost immediately, causing accidents like this one on route 460 in Giles County.
This van hit a patch of ice and slide off the road, into the median... it hit a guardrail and flipped over.
V-DOT officials tell me this freezing rain is a worst case scenario. There isn't much they can do to treat.. they really just need it to warm up some.
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Officials tell me they are just trying to get people home safely tonight. They say if it does warm up over night... even just a little bit, the morning commute won't be as bad.
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With more on conditions now and what to expect later we head over to Robin Reed in the weather center. Hi Robin....
At one time Dr. Richard Flint was the only veterinarian in Franklin County, a highly regarded professional.
Many clients stand by him, and yet he's in deep trouble with the state Board of Veterinary Medicine.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Flint/Noah's Ark Animal Complex; :10]
[SUPER=01-Dr. George Siemering/Board of Veterinary Medicine; :32]
[OUT Q=anything to hide.]
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He has tried to retire.
But even at the age of 63, Dr. Flint's love of animals keeps bringing him back to Veterinary Medicine.
He's been cited among many things for letting animals roam the clinic.
There's "Blue Eyes," the dog with a broken back.
((THE OWNERS APPARENTLY GAVE UP ON THE DOG TOO QUICKLY.))
She spent six weeks in a body cast, then months in a sort of wheelchair.
((AS FAR AS WE'RE CONCERNED, SHE'S PART OF THE COMPLEX.))
Dr. Flint was called before a Committee of the state Veterinary Board.
This is not the first time Dr. Flint's been brought up on charges. He's been reprimanded three times since 1990.
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((I'VE NEVER SEEN A PERSON HAVE THIS MANY VIOLATIONS SINCE I'VE BEEN ON THE BOARD.))
[OUT Q=been on the board.]
The latest complaint against Flint was prompted by Gracie. The Terrier mix breed had been struck by a car and was taken to Dr. Flint.
(( Dr. Flint had just built a new hospital and was working with a photographer that morning, getting ready to enter his new clinic in the Veterinary Economics Hospital- of- the- year contest.
Just how long Dr. Flint continued working on the photo shoot after Gracie arrived is in dispute.))
Flint began his examination with X-rays.
By the time he got out of the dark room, the dog had quit breathing.
((I RUSHED HER AND HOOKED HER UP TO OXYGEN AND STARTED TO GIVE HER DRUGS TO MAKE HER BREATHE, AND SHE WOULDN'T COME BACK. SHE JUST WOULDN'T COME BACK.))
The dog's death prompted an investigation that uncovered six or eight more violations.
((YOU MUST HAVE A FILTHY HOSPITAL, AND YOU MUST NOT FOLLOW THE REGULATIONS AT ALL.))
Dr. Flint calls that a rush to judgment.
His wife took us through the entire complex unannounced.
((WE JUST FEEL WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE.))
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Dr. Flint has two choices: pay a $10,000 fine and accept voluntary suspension of his license for four months. Or he can demand a formal hearing before the full seven-member Veterinary Board.
He has two weeks to decide.
Adelphia Cable in Lynchburg was evacuated for more than an hour this afternoon after a white substance was found on the sidewalk and around the bill- drop.
Police and firefighters aren't sure what the substance is, but have neutralized it.
Officials say no one was hurt and are calling the incident a hoax.
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A Woodrow Wilson Middle School Student is in custody tonight after bringing a hand- gun to school.
The gun was found unloaded in the 14- year- old's locker, but officials say the student was carrying bullets.
A letter has been sent home to parents explaining the incident.
The suspect is being held at the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center.
A third suspect is being sought in connection with the murder of a New York City man in Amherst County last month.
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The body of Phillip James was found January 16th along River Road in Madison Heights.
He'd been shot several times and dumped over the embankment.
26-year-old Jermel Storey and 21-year-old Michael Brian Jenkins have been arrested and charged with the murder.
Warrants were issued today for 24-year-old Alex Raymond Valerio of New York City.
Anyone with information about Valerio's whereabouts should call the Amherst County sheriff's office.
It looks like bad weather won't stop one Presidential campaign.
More on tonight's rally in Roanoke when News 7 returns.
And three months after he was shot in the head, a man and his family are heading home to Taiwan, thanks to help from around the country.
The road to the White House makes a stop in Roanoke tonight.
But Senator John Edwards may find it covered with sleet and ice.
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Justin McLeod is at Patrick Henry High School. So Justin is the Senator still coming?
Keith and Shannon, despite the weather his staff says the show must go on.
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He is scheduled to be here at Patrick Henry School in a little over a hour for a campaign rally.
In fact we understand Senator Edwards is on his way from Nashville Tennesse as we speak.
Fresh from his win Tuesday in the South Carolina primary, Edwards is hoping his southern roots will help him in Virginia and Tennesse.
The Democratic primary in both states is Tuesday and Edwards will make several appearances as part of his Strengthening American Jobs Tour.
During campaign appearances today in Tennesse, the Senator from North Carolina talked about jobs and how to protect them, mainly trade policies he says are unfair.
He's expected to give a similar speech here in Roanoke.
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Tonight's rally begins at 7 o'clock here in the cafeteria at Patrick Henry High School and is expected to last a little over a hour.
Edwards will also have events at Virginia Tech tomorrow morning and then George Wythe High school in Wytheville.
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Keith and Shannon, we should mention Wesley Clark has several appearances scheduled in our area for Saturday and of course we'll have a wrap up of Edward's visit to Roanoke tonight at 11.
Governor Warner says his tax plan may have lost the first battle, but it won't lose the war.
Warner's wide-ranging tax reform plan was killed in the House Finance Committee mainly along party lines.
The governor is seeking to raise one billion dollars through a combination of tax hikes and tax cuts.
He says the additional revenue is needed to keep the state afloat.
Yesterday's vote sets up a likely showdown between House Republicans and the Senate, which is expected to endorse major tax increases.
Warner says he remains confident that "something will get done."
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS IS JUST THE FIRST ROUND SO THERE WILL BE A TIME WHEN PEOPLE HAVE TO STEP UP BUT THAT'S GOING TO BE MUCH LATER IN THE PROCESS. THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF A NEGOTIATING POSTURE FOR THE HOUSE.))
[OUT Q=BEGINNING OF A NEGOTIATING POSTURE FOR THE HOUSE.]
House Republicans also shot down more than 30 other measures that would increase the state's sales, gasoline and cigarette taxes.
The Director of the Roanoke Public Libary is leaving his post.
The city confirms that Wlodek Zaryczny (VLAH-deck za-RICH-nee) has resigned effective March 5th.
Zaryczny came to Roanoke from the Warren, Michigan Public Library System in September 2001.
A city spokesman says Demetria Tucker has been named Acting Director of Libraries.
The stock market shook off some early jitters and moved higher today.
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The DOW rose 25 points.
NASDAQ gained five.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women.
But still many women don't realize they are at risk.
It's a perception CBS Correspondent Dr. Emily Senay is hoping to change. That's why she was in Roanoke today speaking at Carilion's new education forum called Women's Health University.
Senay says new guidelines released yesterday by the American Heart Association should be a wake up call to women.
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[IN Q=They're really calling on women to look]
((DR. EMILY SENAY/CBS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT; THEY'RE REALLY CALLING ON WOMEN TO LOOK AT AND TAKE PERSONAL ACTION AND LOOK AT THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL RISK FACTOR VERY SPECIFICALLY AND THEN CREATING A PLAN BASED ON WHERE THEY FALL IN THAT RISK CATEGORY))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/CBS Medical Correspondent]
[OUT Q=fall in that risk category]
Senay says women should also know the warning signs of a heart attack which may sometimes be different from those in men.
One out of every three women dies from heart disease.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - the track is about to come alive at Daytona.
The Express loses one of its goalies -
and a day after dominating football's national signing day - Hargrave Military is in the ACC Connection spotlight.
The Winston Cup drivers arrived at Daytona today to unload their haulers, grab their garage stalls and prepare their minds for 9 days of non-stop racing.
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The first order of business for 18 Nextel Cup teams will be practice tomorrow for Saturday night's Bud Shootout all-star race.
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[SUPER=01-Elliott Sadler/M&M's Ford Driver; :00]
[OUT Q=...try to win."]
The Bud Shootout is Saturday night, and Daytona 500 qualifying is on Sunday afternoon.
The Roanoke Express battles the South Carolina Stingrays tonight on the road in the Palmetto State. With Rick Kowalsky already on the injured list, today the team got more bad news with the call-up of goalie David Belitski.
Belitski becomes the 5th Express player to be called up this season. He's headed to the AHL's Toronto Roadrunners. The 26 year old Ontario native skated in 26 games with the Express this season compiling a record of 12, 9, and 4. He gave up just over 2.9 goals per game for Roanoke, and had a save percentage of nearly 92 percent.
Our ACC Connection visits the nation's top prep basketball team. Steve Mason has more on Hargraves' hoopsters.
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[SUPER=03-Winston Salem, NC/Last Thursday; :21]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Keatts/Hargrave Head Basketball Coach; :37]
[SUPER=01-Hassan Fofana/Maryland Freshman Center; :53]
[SUPER=01-Trent Strickland/Wake Forest Guard; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Josh Howard/Dallas Mavericks Rookie; 1:21]
[OUT Q=..atlantic coast conference connection"]
((HARGRAVE MILITARY ACCADEMY'S FOOTBALL PROGRAM HAS SET NATIONAL RECORDS FOR HAVING THE MOST ATHLETES SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT TO COMPETE AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL. THE HARGRAVE BASKETBALL PROGRAM IS ALSO MAKING NATIONWIDE HEADLINES. THE TIGERS ARE RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE COUNTRY WITH TWO OF ITS FORMER STARS CLIMBING THE RANKS AT ACC POWERS WAKE FOREST AND MARYLAND.))
((Trent Strickland is a sophomore guard for the Demon Deacons and Hassan Fofana is a freshman center for Maryland. Both are Hargrave products. One of the 14, 407 fans attending the Terps/ Deacs game one week ago was Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts.
Keatts had a chance to visit with his former pupils, who say Keatts and Hargrave catapulted their careers.
Hargrave has produced three NBA players including former Wake Forest star Josh Howard, now a rookie with the Dallas Mavericks.
Six of Hargrave's players are already signed with schools like Florida State, Louisville, Xavier, and Arkansas. The others should commit during the late signing period in April.))
Finally tonight - Joe Gibbs got a shout out from of all people the President this morning.
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The annual prayer breakfast brings together administration officials and lawmakers from both parties for a morning of reflection and worship.
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[OUT Q=...COACH JOE GIBBS."]
A family is heading home to Taiwan tonight after a very long and inspiring journey.
Yu Chuan Lu was shot in the head in a robbery in Danville in October.
Almost immediately, Carilion called Pearl Fu to help find aid for his wife and two young children while he was in the hospital.
From there, calls starting flooding in from across the country. People the family had never met bought nearly 20 seats on an international flight to send the stretcher-bound Lu and his family back to relatives in Taiwan.
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[IN Q=In this tragedy...]
((PEARL FU; IN THIS TRAGEDY YOU SAW THE LOVING OF AMERICAN, HOW TO REACH OUT WITH UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, THIS IS REALLY LOVE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES.))
[SUPER=01-Pearl Fu; ]
[OUT Q=love without boundaries.]
After a stopover in San Francisco, the couple and their children should arrive in Taiwan tomorrow after a 13 hour flight.