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Coming up on News 7--

A Supreme Court decision on a lethal injection case in Alabama COULD have an impact on a case in Virginia.
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And, a U-N resolution is called a "new start for Iraq." That, as an OLD scene replays in Baghdad-- two people were killed today in a car bombing.
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Hazy, hot, and humid weather continues with a chance for a late day thunderstorm. Will this hot weather continue. I'll let you know in your forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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A car explosion in Baghdad kills two British civilians, as President Bush prepares for a prime time address on the future of Iraq.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Lawmakers in Washington are calling for a specific plan on the political handover in Iraq, and tonight, President Bush will hit the airwaves in a major speech.
It comes as continued violence and a prison scandal still loom.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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A proposed quarry in Botetourt County could be a thing of past, even before it gets up and running...
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Timber Ridge Properties has made a request to withdraw its application for a stone quarry and processing plant. Timber Ridge wanted more than 300-acres rezoned to support the project. The quarry would have been adjacent to the Santana Farm Quarry, on the other side of Catawba Creek. It's now up to the board of supervisors to accept the withdrawal request *OR* go ahead and decide on the proposal. The board will meet tomorrow at 2:30 to make its final decision.
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A death row inmate who says lethal injection would be cruel and unusual punishment will get his case heard by the U-S Supreme Court.
David Nelson says his veins are so badly damaged because of his intravenous drug use, it would be impossible to give him an injection without cutting deep into his flesh and muscle.
In a unanimous ruling, the U-S Supreme Court says he should be allowed to make his case.
Nelson was convicted of murder in Alabama.
He was less than three hours away from being executed last fall, when the high court granted him a temporary reprieve.
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But the high court's decision could affect the local murder case of James Edward Reid.
Reid was scheduled to die by lethal injection last December for killing an 87-year old Christiansburg woman in 19-97. But a federal appeals court stayed the execution. Reid's attorney says it appears his client's veins would also need to be cut to allow for the lethal injection.
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This weekend brought dozens of tornadoes and dangerous flooding across several states in the midwest, and the region isn't out of the woods yet.
More severe weather is expected today.
Kelly Cobiella reports.
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(( Storm chasers became the chased in Nebraska. More than a dozen tornadoes swept across the state over the weekend... The tiny town of Hallam was hardest hit: officials say 8 out of every 10 structures in the downtown area were damaged. At least one person is dead. (nats clean up Iowa) People in Iowa cleaned up from the damage left by at least seventeen
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ALO, IOWA RESIDENT) "YOUR HEART BREAKS WHEN YOU LOSE ALL YOUR STUFF, BUT THEN YOUR HEART GETS SO BIG WHEN EVERYONE WANTS TO LEAN OVER AND DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN FOR YOU." Heavy rains pounded the midwest, trapping cars in rivers of mud. A driver in Nebraska was stranded for three hours Sunday, before rescuers could reach him. In Ohio, floodwaters swamped hundreds of homes near Cleveland, and on the Rocky River, a floating marina was washed away sending dozens of boats downstream. (nats sand bags) The worst of the flooding may still be ahead for towns lining the Des Plaines River in Illinois. (Tom Hopper/Des Plaines, IL resident) "If it happens the way they say it'll happen, if it crests. You seem so calm. Well, what are you gonna do?" Severe spring storms are not uncommon for the midwest... but this system has been different. ON CAM TAG This area is expected to get a break from the severe weather today, but the Des Plaines River is still rising. Its expected to crest on Wednesday and when it does, ic ould be at its highest levels in nearly 20 years. Kelly Cobiella, CBS News, Gurnee, Illinois. ))
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Still to come on the newscast, a controversial business tax may not make it on the books for one local county.
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But first, 60 people are dead and a hundred are missing after a ferry boat overturns in Bangladesh.
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Rescuers say 60 people are now confirmed dead after a ferry boat capsized during a tropical storm this weekend in Bangladesh.
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Anxious relatives came to the riverbank yesterday, looking for loved ones after the double- deck ferry capsized with about 250 people aboard.
More than 100 people are still missing.
Meanwhile, a second ferry sank on the same river just about a half mile away.
The Shipping Ministry has ordered an investigation.
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A truck loaded with ammonia has exploded in Romania-- authorities believe as many as 15 people were killed.
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Several rescue workers and journalists were among the victims, when an overturned truck carrying ammonia went up in flames.
Firefighters were trying to put out the flames when the blast occurred. Authorities would NOT say why the TV reporters were allowed to approach the burning truck.
The explosion damaged several nearby homes and disrupted traffic.
Authorities say they plan to investigate whether the truck was transporting the ammonia legally.
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A night of gambling turns deadly--
A tour bus leaving a Louisiana casino slammed into a tractor- trailer this morning-- killing at least one person.

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The Coach USA bus was en route to Houston from Lake Charles, Louisiana when it crashed around 6 A-M on a Texas interstate.
A Houston radio station reports four people were airlifted to a local hospital.
The station said another hospital was told to be ready for as many as 25 patients.
There's no word on how many people were aboard the bus.
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It seems one locality may not been cashing in on a way to generate new venue.
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Last week, Craig County supervisors had a chance to vote on a Business Professional Operating License or "B-POL" (b-pole) tax which would levy a fee against businesses in the area. Business owners came out last week to protest the action. Craig County adminstrator Larry Moore says no action was taken, but it's still possible the group could come back and make a decision at a later date. Supervisors said they wanted to take a closer look at the proposal and do more studies on it.
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Galax's Old Fiddlers Convention is just one event that has been bringing music lovers to Southwest Virginia for years, but now a new tourism effort is expected to have fans flocking there year round.
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Last week, Governor Warner signed legislation creating Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.
Dubbed "The Crooked Road," the trail will links bluegrass and country music venues in southwest Virginia.
And representatives of the Blue Ridge Institute were recently honored at the White House for their role in developing another heritage tourism project, the Blue Ridge Music Trail.
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The Blue Ridge Music trail includes 200 sites where visitors can hear authentic music from the region.
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Up next on the newscast, we'll hear about a new program that wants to make sure experienced drivers are safe on the Commonwealth's highways.
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Then a little bit later, we'll tell you why the rest of the movies at the box office are green with envy today.
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As we get older, our vision, hearing, and reflexes aren't quite what they used to be.
And at some point, those changes will affect our ability to drive a vehicle.
But the "Grand Driver" program is working to make those "experienced" drivers safer when they're behind the wheel.
Susan Williams from the L-O-A Area Agency on Aging is here to talk about Grand Driver.
Good afternoon, Susan.

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e-- How does Grand Driver make these motorists safer? )

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Thanks for coming in today, Susan.
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If you'd like more information about the Grand Driver program, you can find a link to their web site by logging on to our web site, W-D-B-J-7-DOT-COM.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 20. The NASDAQ has gained six points.

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Up next in sports, the Timberwolves even up the score in the Western Conference finals.
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And a native Virginian scores a popular win in the New River Valley.
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There was a big surprise in the French Open today. Andre Agassi has been beaten on the first day of play. The sixth-seed was ousted by French qualifier Jerome Haehnel (eh-NEHL') 6-4, 7-6, 6-3. The upset is already being called one of the biggest ever in Grand Slam history. Agassi looked lethargic in the match and struggled with his service return.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have evened up the Western Conference Finals with the Lakers at a game apiece after tro

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Wally Szcerbiak (Zer-bee-ak) did his part , knocking in a three pointer early in the first half for Minnesota.


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The Wolves led by 14 at the break, and never looked back winning it, 89 to 71.
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Jon Wood won the 25- lap Star Country Race of Champions at the Motor Mile Speedway over three Nextel Cuppers. Mike Stevens has more from Pulaski.
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"Shrek 2" is the number one movie at the box office.
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The computer-animated feature pulled in more than 104 million dollars this weekend. That places it second to only ``Spider-Man'' from 2002 in the ranking for biggest three-day tally in movie history.
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