Today on News 7 at 5, far Southwest Virginia deals with floodwaters from last night's storm.
Plus the state prepares for what it believes will be a bad hurricane season.
Severe storms rolling out of West Virginia threaten the region this evening. We will track them for you next.
Violence continues to break out in Iraq.
Local military recruiters say despite the war, business is good.
Plus on Healthcheck, we'll look at some new research that suggests aspirin can help prevent breast cancer.
News 7 at 5 is next.
Heavy rain last night created flooding in far Southwest Virginia and Robin Reed says residents there are not out of the woods yet.
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An active weather system could mean more trouble for people already flooded. Let's go to Robin Reed in the Weather Center for the latest.
Several roads are still closed in Tazewell County because of this morning's flash flooding.
Up to six inches of rain fell in some areas causing rivers overflow.
Richlands, Cedar Bluff, Raven and Middle Creek areas were hit the hardest.
Dozens of people had to be evacuated, although no major injuries have been reported.
Flood water ripped homs off their foundations and overturned cars.
V-DOT crews are working to clean up mudslides and debris from several secondary roads.
Officials say it could take several days to see the full extent of the damage.
Forecasters say 2004 is going to be an ACTIVE year for hurricanes.
State officials say that means Southwest Virginia needs to prepare for more flooding.
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Last year Hurricane Isabel caused 36 deaths and nearly two billion dollars in damages in the state.
Inland residents were affected by the storm as much as those living on the coast because of flooding.
In fact, state officials say some areas around Roanoke received twenty inches of rain from Isabel. (/////SOT/////)
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((JANET CLEMENTS/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: WHEN YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE WORST FLOODING VIRGINIA HAS HAD MUCH OF THAT IN THE MOUNTAINOUS AREAS, IT HAS COME FROM HURRICANES. WHETHER GULF COAST STORMS THAT COME UP THROUGH THE APPALACHIAN CHAIN AND BRING HEAVY RAINFALL OR EVEN ATLANTIC STORMS THAT TURN A TRACK AND BRING RAINFALL IN TO THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
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Officials say floods cause more damage and loss of life than any other natural disaster.
Even though Isabel caused extensive damage, she is not the most severe storm that could hit the state.
Experts warn that this year the storms could be much worse.
One day after outlining his plan to handover power in Iraq- President Bush is trying to rally support for more international aid to Iraq.
The coalition may need help as continued violence breaks out across the country- Teri Okita has more.
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[SUPER=01-Ali Allawi/Iraqi Defense Minister;]
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THE U-S MILITARY IS DENYING REPORTS IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH
DAMAGE CAUSED TO THE IMAM ALI SHRINE IN NAJAF THE HOLIEST SHIITE SITE
IN ALL OF IRAQ. U-S TROOPS HAVE BEEN BATTLING MILITIAMEN LOYAL TO
FIREBRAND CLERIC, MUQTADA AL-SADR, NEAR THE SHRINE FOR WEEKS.
Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt/Coalition Joint Task Force:
The coalition forces showed great respect for the holy shrines
where Muqtadas militia did not.
TO HELP STOP THE VIOLENCE, THE U-S AND BRITAIN HAVE PROPOSED A
DRAFT RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A MULTI-NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE IN IRAQ.
TROOPS WOULD HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO USE ALL NECESSARY MEASURES TO
MAINTAIN SECURITY. THE RESOLUTION IS CIRCULATING AROUND THE UNITED
NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL ... WITH MIXED REVIEWS.
Colin Powell/Secretary of State: People have wanted us to get more international support, international backing for it. Thats why we went with the U.N. resolution.
IRAQS GOVERNING COUNCIL WANTS MORE SAY OVER THE INTERNATIONAL
FORCE AND THE RIGHT TO ASK FOREIGN TROOPS TO LEAVE AT ANY TIME. AND SOME
IRAQI OFFICIALS SAY THEIR OWN FORCES WILL BE READY TO TAKE OVER IN MONTHS, NOT YEARS.
Ali Allawi/Iraqi Defense Minister:
Certainly, before the elections that will lead to a new
constitution assembly, we should have Iraqi security forces, by and
large, in the position to assume greater responsibility.
AFTER HIS SPEECH TO AMERICANS, PRESIDENT BUSH TOOK HIS PLAN TO IRAQIS. HE INVITED A GROUP OF MEN WHO WERE TORTURED AND MAIMED BY
SADDAM HUSSEINS REGIME TO THE WHITE HOUSE
Bush: They want to make sure the transfer of sovereignty is a real transfer.
Teri Okita/Reporting: Mr. Bush also spent part of the day trying to sell his plan to skeptical allies, like France. After several phone calls, the President said the countries all want the same thing: to make sure the transfer of power is genuine. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
With the constant reports of violence in Iraq, many may wonder whether it's had an effect on military recruitment.
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Myranda Stephens talked to some local recruiting officers to find out.
Jean, from what we learned, it doesn't seem to be making a difference at all.
In fact, in some cases, the numbers have actually gone up.
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[SUPER=01-Allyssha Stockton/Navy Recruit; :18]
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((SGT. ROBERT RUE/ARMY RECRUITER: THERE ARE STILL VERY VALID REASONS WHY PEOPLE ARE JOINING. PEOPLE STILL NEED TO EAT, PEOPLE STILL NEED TO MAKE MONEY, PEOPLE STILL WANT GOOD CAREERS107))
People like Allyssha Stockton, a graduating senior at William Fleming High school, who will officially join the United States military tomorrow.
((JUST THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THINGS, TRAVEL... TO MAKE MONEY.. TO BE WHATEVER I WANTED TO BE 22))
Stockton says she made up her mind two years ago that she was going to join the Navy, and watching images of the violence in Iraq hasn't worried her one bit.
In fact, she she says that just makes it more fascinating.
((WHAT MAKES IT MORE FASCINATING? 755 JUST ALL THE ACTION THAT'S GOING ON, IT'S MORE LIKE A MOVIE 58))
It's attitudes like that, recruiters say, makes their jobs much easier.
((I TELL A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT I ENLIST THAT PEOPLE ARE DYING EVERYDAY THAT YOU'RE JUST AS LIKELY TO GET INTO THE CAR WITH A DRIVER OUT ON I-81 AS YOU ARE GOING TO IRAQ 418))))
Seargent Rue says this time last year, his office had 49-total enlistments, but this year, they have had 51.
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And he says a lot of that is attributed to higher patriotism -- people who just want to serve their country.
California's Supreme Court hears arguments on both sides of the same sex marriage issue.
And we'll tell you why a new study says aspirin may be a good tool in the fight against breast cancer.
Pulaski County is losing another business.
Auto Track Transport is ending its Dublin operation.
The company has announced plans to lay off as many as 100 workers by the end of the summer.
The layoffs are expected to happen between July and August.
The company blames the plant closing on losing it's contract with Volvo Logistics to deliver trucks.
Another 70 workers will be offered transfers to other Auto Truck locations around the country.
Thousands of same sex marriages took place in San Francisco since Valentine's Day. But depending on what happens in court there today, those unions could be declared illegal.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[SUPER=01-Justice Marvin Baxter/CA Supreme Court; :31]
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((CALIFORNIAS SUPREME COURT JUSTICES ARE HEARING ORAL ARGUMENTS FOR THE
FIRST TIME ON SAME SEX MARRIAGES
-NAT SOT- MARRIAGE CEREMONY
THE ISSUE IS WHETHER MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM DEFIED STATE LAW AND ABUSED HIS
POWER WHEN HE OPENED CITY HALL TO MARRIAGES FOR SAME SEX COUPLES LAST
IN COURT AN ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY DEFENDED the mayors actions.
-SOT- THERESE STEWART, SAN FRANCISCO CITY ATTORNEY
THE JUSTICES PRESSED THE CITY ATTORNEY OVER AND OVER AGAINTHEY NEVER
SEEMED SATISFIED WITH HER LEGAL ARGUMENTS.
SOT- JUSTICE MARVIN BAXTER, CA SUPREME COURT
BEFORE THEY ENDED IN MARCH MORE THAN 4-THOUSAND SAME SEX MARRIAGES WERE
CELEBRATED AT CITY HALL INCLUDING A HIGH-PROFILE NUPTIAL BETWEEN ROSIE
ODONNELL AND HER PARTNER.
-STAND-UP-MANUEL GALLEGUS, SAN FRANCISCO
CALIFORNIA LAW CLEARLY DEFINES MARRIAGE AS A UNION BETWEEN A MAN AND A
WOMAN, A CONCEPT AFFIRMED BY THE VOTERS IN in 2000.
IN COURT THE STATE DEFENDED THOSE LAWS AND ARGUED SAN FRANCISCO'S SAME
SEX MARRIAGES WERE A NOVELTY THAT NO ONE REALLY EXPECTED TO HOLD UP.
-SOT- TIMOTHY MUSCAT, ATTORNEY, STATE OF CALIFORNIA.
THE JUSTICES WANTED CLARIFICATION ON WHETHER THE MARRIAGES SHOULD BE
CONSIDERED VALID IN THE LONG RUN. IN THE MEAN TIME THEY MAY DECIDE THAT
THE MAYOR WAS WRONG....MAKING THE MARRIAGES SYMBOLIC BUT NOT LEGAL .
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS , SF..))
9-1-1 dispatchers in Lynchburg are finally getting the significant pay raise they've been asking for for months.
At a work session this afternoon, city council voted to spend 100-thousand dollars to bring the dispatchers' pay levels up to the market minimums.
For some of them, that will mean a ten to thirteen percent pay hike.
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((BARRY MARTIN/LYNCOM ADMINISTRATOR: THE CRUX OF THIS IS THE RECRUITMENT PROBLEM WE HAVE IN COMPETING WITH THE OTHER PSAP'S AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO GET GOOD PEOPLE AND TO RETAIN GOOD PEOPLE ON STAFF. THIS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED, IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.))
((PAM WATSON/911 DISPATCHER: I COULD PROBABLY GET A SECRETARY JOB MAKING THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY, WORKING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, NINE TO FIVE, NO WEEKENDS, NO HOLIDAYS. BUT IT'S SUCH A GOOD FEELING, WE SUCCEED EVERY NIGHT WHEN WE LEAVE, WE FEEL GOO WHAT WE DID FOR THE CITY.))
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Money for the raises comes from extra state appropriations the city didn't anticipate.
Another 136-thousand dollars will be applied to pay raises for the Lynchburg fire department.
For decades it's been called the wonder drug.
Already taken for everything from headaches to "heart health," aspirin may
soon be able to make another claim: the prevention of breast cancer.
Doctor Mallika Marshall reports.
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[SUPER=01-Paulette Liebowitz/Breast Cancer Survivor; :00]
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((THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT A WALK IN THE PARK FOR
PAULETTE LIEBOWITZ AND HER FAMILY.
(SOT-Paulette Liebowitz/Breast Cancer Survivor)
"one masectomy on my right side, I had reconstructive surgery, I had
chemotherapy, I had radiation."
FOR THE PAST 18 MONTHS PAULETTE HAS BEEN FIGHTING AND WINNING HER BATTLE
AGAINST BREAST CANCER.
BUT HER DIAGNOSIS CAME AS A SURPRISE.... BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T SMOKE, LED A
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND GOT A MAMMOGRAM EVERY YEAR.
"I did what I was supposed to do I thought.... and it happened."
(STANDUP: Dr. Mallika Marshall/CBS NEWS/Boston, MA)
BUT IF NEW RESEARCH HOLDS TRUE IT'S POSSIBLE THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE
PAULETTE COULD HAVE DONE TO PREVENT BREAST CANCER.
IF SHE HAD TAKEN THIS PILL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.
NO IT'S NOT SOME NEW MIRACLE DRUG.... IT'S THE ORIGINAL WONDER DRUG:
(SOT-Dr. Alfred Neugut/NY Presbyterian-Columbia)
"we found that women who used, had uh, regularly had about a 25 percent
lower risk of developing breast cancer."
AFTER ANALYZING ALMOST 29-HUNDRED PATIENTS RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED THAT
WOMEN WHO TOOK ASPIRIN ONCE A WEEK HAD A 20 PERCENT LOWER RISK OF
AND THE RESULTS WERE EVEN BETTER FOR FREQUENT USERS.
THOSE WHO TOOK SEVEN OR MORE ASPIRIN A WEEK SAW A 28 PERCENT LOWER RISK.
BUT IT APPARENTLY DOESN'T WORK FOR EVERYONE.
RESEARCHERS ALSO DISCOVERED THAT ASPIRIN ONLY SEEMS TO HAVE AN EFFECT ON
WOMEN WITH HORMONE-RECEPTOR POSITIVE BREAST CANCER.
"hormone receptor positive breast cancer is the majority of breast
cancer, it constitutes about 70 to 75 percent of breast
DOCTORS ADMIT MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE TO DEFINATIVELY SAY ASPIRIN
CAN PREVENT BREAST CANCER.
AND ALL PEOPLE LIKE PAULETTE CAN DO IS WONDER IF SOMETHING IN MILLIONS
OF MEDICINE CABINETS COULD HAVE SAVED HER FROM THIS ORDEAL.
DOCTOR MALLIKA MARSHALL, CBS NEWS.))
Still to come on the newscast, a doughnut company goes in the hole. We'll have the details in our Marketwatch report.
And in Sports, a former Roanoke hockey coach hopes lightning strikes in the N-H-L playoffs.
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Mike Stevens will join us after the break with sports.
Then following that, we'll meet a man who would like a world record to go to his head.
The ACC baseball tournament begins tonight at Salem Memorial Stadium as eighth seeded Wake Forest battles ninth seeded Maryland at 7:30. Steve Mason caught up with a few of the top seeds that went through practice earlier this afternoon.
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[SUPER=01-Danny Hall/Georgia Tech Head Coach; :33]
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((Clemson has won a record eight ACC tournament championships but this season the Tigers are the event's fourth seed. Head Coach Jack Leggett was attending his daughters graduation and was not in Salem Tuesday. Pitching Coach Kevin O'Sullivan was in charge.
Georgia Tech is the hottest team in college baseball. The top seeded Yellow Jackets worked out knowing that winning 17 straight to earn the top seed does not mean their work is over.
Second Seeded Virginia worked out at three o'clock and opens with Duke Wednesday at five o'clock.))
The National Hockey League doesn't exactly get top billing in these parts this time of year - but when one of the coaches is the former boss of the last hockey team from the valley to win a title - that's reason to get excited.
Former Virginia Lancers' boss John Tortorella leads Tampa Bay against Calgary tonight in game of the Stanley Cup finals.
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Calgary is the first Canadian team in the Cup finals in 10 years. Plus, these two teams have two of the lowest payrolls in the entire league.
And keeping with the hockey theme - the ECHL released it schedule for next season this afternoon.
The Express will open on the road against Perry Florio and the Pee Dee Pride on October 22nd. The Regular season won't end until April 9th.
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The Express plays 19 different opponents, including two it has never faced before in Texas and Mississippi.
The new schedule includes 11 Friday night home games and 11 Saturday night home contests for the Express.
The first home game is Friday - October 29th.
Coming up at the top of the hour - more from the ACC tournament in Salem and troubles for a former Friday Football Extra star.
Have a safe night everybody.
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A rally on Wall Street sent stock prices higher today. But the news wasn't good for everyone. For the first time since it went public four years ago, doughnut maker Krispy Kreme has posted a quarterly loss.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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A Sikh holyman from India is trying to make the Guiness book of World recrods- for wearing what he claims is the largest turban in the world.
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Turbins have extreme religious significance for the Sikhs- who are characterized by long flowing beards and the turbans that cover the hair they never cut.
Using a single piece of cloth, Cleric Major Singh is making a huge tower shaped turban- with more than 13 hundred feet of cloth and 100 hairpins.
Singh attracts attention wherever he goes-
He says he simply wants to revive turbans among the young, most whom are either cutting their hair or going for cap styled headgear.