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Today on News 7 at 5, Hurricane Charlie reaches the Florida coast. It's packing 145 mile per hour winds and could produce a wall of water 10 feet high.
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Also the cleanup continues from last night's storm in Danville.
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And while Category 4 hurricane Charley is battering Florida now, the latest forecast track may be good news for Virginia on Saturday.

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An accident in Roanoke claims the life of one man.
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Television's French Chef has passed away at the age of 91.
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Plus we'll see how some health insurance companies are dealing with a huge increase in the number of weight loss operations. News 7 at 5 is next.
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Hurricane Charley is slamming into the Florida coast.
Charley is now very strong- a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mile an hour winds.
Forecasters fear storm surges of up to 20 feet.
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The hurricane is making landfall about 20 miles north of Fort Myers.. in the Port Charlotte area- That's about 160 miles south of Tampa Bay-

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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Hurricane Charley is slamming the gulf Coast of Florida... and it has hit the mainland near Charlotte Harbor.
This could be worse than anticipated- Florida's Goveror says damage could exceed 15 billion dollars.
Jennifer Donelan is live in Clearwater FLorida with the latest.
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In Danville last night a violent wind ripped through parts of the city toppling large trees leaving some buildings in rubble.
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Richard Lesko joins us from the Riverside Shopping Center with more.
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Talk is of a truce in Najaf to end the intense fighting there.
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As ambulances ferry out the wounded, Iraqi officials and aides to Shite Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr are trying to hammer out a deal.
The Shite uprising led by Al Sadr has raged on for nine days in the holy city of Najaf- and other Shite strongholds.
A Senior U-S official confirms al Sadr was wounded by shrapnel in an earlier attack, but the Iraqi government disputes that.
Meanwhile U-S military officials say they've repositioned troops around the city.
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Still to come on the newscast, more Virginians are getting the message to buckle up.
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Also we'll tell you why some insurance companies say money could be lean for a popular weight loss surgery.
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A Roanoke County man is dead after wrecking his vehicle on Route 220.
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Roanoke Police say the man in his 60's was travelling *NORTH* on 220 at about a quarter after eleven this morning. Shortly after passing the Wonju exit he crossed *over* the median. The vehicle then crossed both lanes of southbound traffic and ended up in a ditch. The man was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later. His identity is being withheld pending notification of relatives. No one else was injured.
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In just two years, half of a million more Virginians have decided to wear their seatbelts.
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Almost 80 percent of Virginia drivers are buckling up.
That's a new record for the state.
Last year only 74 percent of vehicle occupants used their safety belt.
D-M-V officials say the rise in seatbelt usage has helped lower the number of traffic-related deaths.
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((VINCENT BURGESS/DMV ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER: THIS YEAR ALONE WE'RE TRACKING ABOUT A FIVE PERCENT REDUCTION IN FATALS TODAY VERSUS A YEAR AGO THIS SAME TIME. NOW, IS IT SEATBELTS? THAT'S PART OF IT. OBVIOUSLY THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT PLAY INTO IT. WE KNOW THAT SEATBELTS HAVE AT LEAST HELPED MOVE THOSE NUMBERS DOWN.))
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D-M-V officials credit the national education and enforcement campaign, Click It or Ticket, with prompting more Virginians to buckle up.
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Already this year more than 140-thousand Americans have gotten gastric bypass surgery or similar surgery to lose weight.
That is a dramatic increase over the past several years, which has many insurance companies re-evaluating their policies.
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Joy Sutton takes a look at the issue in part three of our series.
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Jean,
Many Virginia's will find that their insurance company has recently changed it's policies on covering gastric bypass surgery.
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I spoke with two of the largest carriers in Virginia who say they are no longer offering coverage as a standard benefit.
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Gastric bypass surgery can cost 20-thousand dollars or more -- but some insurance companies say the cost isn't what's leading them to change their coverage.
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As of last month, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, no longer offers the surgery as a standard benefit, but employers can add it on if they choose.
United Health Care recently changed its policy as well.
But there's also another concern among some insurance companies.
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Some insurance companies, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, have decided not to cover the gastric surgery at all. In a statement, its vice president said, "We are concerned at the growing numbers of these procedures while significant questions remain regarding quality of care safety, efficacy, and long term consequences."
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Carilion physician Ross Davies says in a well designed program -the surgery can be life changing.
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The procedure has changed April Harteis' life, but she's fighting another battle with her insurance company. The insurer is refusing to pay for her to get extra skin removed -- saying it's not medically necessary.
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But soon the surgery itself -- could be a cost, that many American will have to pay on their own. ))


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Jean, Anthem is working with employer groups to develop programs to address the obesity issue.

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Coming up after the break, Robin will let us know what we can expect for our weekend weather.
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Plus television has lost one of its pioneers as the French Chef dies at the age of 91.
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Legendary chef Julia Child has died just two days shy of her 92 birthday.
As Scott Rapoport tells us she was known for taking the mystery out of french cuisine.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see if one of the Valley's best golfers made the cut for the P-G-A championship.
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Then a little later, we'll tell you why one man is glad he's on a roll.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Friday ticker. We begin at the 86th PGA Championship at the Whistling Straits course in Kohler, Wisconsin where Chip Sullivan has put the Roanoke Valley on the map through the weekend. During today's second round - Chip shot a one under ar 71 that included four birdies and three bogeys. The key hole was the par five 16th. Yesterday Chip bogeyed it - today he birdied it. He will safely make the cut with his two day total of one under par 142. Briny Baird has the clubhouse lead right now at 8 under. Your Hometown Station has the final two rounds of the Championship this weekend. Join us tomorrow and Sunday - five hours each day from 2pm to 7pm.

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The Friday Football Extra bus stops in Gretna tonight. The Hawks were the only team in the area to capture a state title last season.
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Head Coach Robert Senseney enters his 3rd season as the head Hawk, with 14 returning starters, including quarterback Vic Hall, who passed for over 4 thousand yards a year ago.
There is still plenty of hunger left in Gretna. Senseney and former Coach Robert Prunty succeeded in changing the culture to a winning one after the school lost 44 straight games in the mid-90's.
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Coming up tonight at six, we'll look at the Hawks new 6 thousand square foot fieldhouse.
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The rain stopped in Watkins Glen, New York this afternoon, but officials still had to call off qualifying because they couldn't keep water from seeping onto the track.
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Take a look at this place this morning around 10am. The skies would clear as the affternoon arrived, but again the rain was too much. As a result they will have to start Sunday Sirius at the Glen Nextel Cup race based on owner's points.
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On Wall Street today, the stock markets managed to overcome higher oil prices to finish higher for the day.
Alexis Christoforous has the details.
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Here is a strange one, but it's for the record books.
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A man yesterday broke the Guiness record for rolling an orange for one mile with his nose. The orange is actually green... not ripe yet makes it roll faster and straighter.
The feat takes more than a nose- it takes skill and according to Ashrita Furman, a lot of practice.
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((ASHRITA FURMAN/GUINESS RECORD HOLDER; PEOPLE THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY AT THE TRACK PRACTICING MY TECHNIQUE WITH AN ORANGE. IT'S A SILLY THING BUT THERE'S A LOT THAT GOES INTO IT.))
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The previous record was 29 minutes. Ashrita Furman made it in just over 24 minutes- He did it at terminal four at JFK airport.
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