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Today on News 7 at 5, Tropical Storm Gaston (gass-TAHN) causes million of dollars in damage and leaves five people dead in Virginia.
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Also a suicide bombing leaves ten people dead in Russia.
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Meanwhile, Hurricane Frances continues it's steady track toward the southeast coast with Labor Day disruptions likely for many.

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Some Craig County residents want an audit of the school system's finances.
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Meanwhile the state S-A-T numbers show mixed results.
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Plus the Republicans prepare for an appearance from Arnold Schwarzenegger and the First Lady. News 7 at 5 is next.
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Tropical Storm Gaston (gass-TAHN) wallops the Richmond area.
This is what it looked like there last night... cars swept away and water rushing past apartment buildings.
Tonight this is what it looks there... a muddy mess- at least 20 city blocks have been condemned.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon. At least five are dead from the Tropical Storm in Virginia-
As for the extent of damage. ..officials
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say it's just too soon for an official estimate.
The nearly foot of rain yesterday turned streets into rivers taking cars with it.
Tonight, a 20-block section of downtown Richmond is condemned because of damage. Governor Warner recalled recently meeting the new owners of one of the areas restaruants.
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Nearly 66-thousand customers are without electricity and many roads are still closed.
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The enitre Richmond area saw hearvy rainfall and three of the five people killed were from surrounding counties, but the heaviest damage was in the Shockoe Bottom section of Downtown Richmond.
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That is where Joe Dashiell is surveying the damage.
Joe want is the situation like there now?
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Another act of terrorism in Russia.. this time an explosion outside a busy Moscow subway Station.
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At least ten people are dead and at least 20 more are hurt.
The blast happened near a department store where many were shopping for the first day of school tomorrow.
Officials suspect it was a suicide bombing- possibly from Chechnya.
Police say the bomber may have wanted to get on the subway but turned away when she saw policemen checking bags.
The blast comes exactly one week after two Russian jets were brought down by explosions-
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The women in George Bush's life take center stage tonight-
First lady Laura Bush and their twin daughters will appear at the GOP National Convention.
Meanwhile as Drew Levinson reports, the President is on the campaign trail in Tennessee.
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Coming up next on the newscast, some Craig County parents want to know what they school system did with its money.
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And on Healthcheck, local researchers want some help testing an alternative to mammography.
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Suicide bombers struck in Southern Israel tonight.
Hamas has claimed responsibility-
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The two simultaneous blasts killed at least 16 passengers.... on two commuter buses.
The palestinian militant group Hamas calls it revenge for the assasination of their top two leaders.
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Palestinians say unless Israel stops its occupation, the violence is likely to escalate.
The blasts come just hours after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his most detailed timetable yet for Israels withdrawal from the Gaza strip-
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Some Craig County residents are demanding answers.
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More than 125-residents submitted a petition to Craig County Circuit Court to audit the school system from the '95 - '96 school year to the present. In court documents the group stated it wanted the audit to determine whether there had been any inappropriate spending or any wrong doing. The group also wants any recommendations for improving accounting practices. One local resident and business owner says the board should gladly open its books.
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((FRANK DOMANSKI/CRAIG CO. RESIDENT: IF THEY HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE, IT'S A WONDERFUL THING. WE WELCOME AN AUDIT HERE, WE HAVE ALL OUR TAX RECEIPTS, REGISTER RECEIPTS- IF THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS ALL THEIR RECEIPTS THEY SHOULD BE VERY WELL HAPPY TO DO IT.))
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, we'll tell you what one board member says of the audit request.
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Virginia's high school students improved their performance on the verbal SAT in 2004, but performance on the math section slipped.
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[Take SAT FS] The College Board reports the average Virginia score was a combined 1024, just under the national average of 1026. [Take next board] The average verbal score in Virginia was 515, above the national norm, but the 509 average math score is below the national average.
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On the national front, test takers also saw some gains and losses.
Stacy Case has more.
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((TRACK: S-A-T TEST TAKERS NATIONWIDE BROKE EVEN THIS TIME AROUND. A ONE POINT ACROSS THE BOARD GAIN IN VERBAL SCORES WAS COUNTERED BY A ONE POINT DROP IN MATH. HISPANIC STUDENTS SAW PROMISING GAINS AS THE FASTEST GROWING GROUP OF TEST TAKERS.
STAND UP BRIDGE: STACY CASE/REPORTING BUT THIS YEAR'S GAINS ARE OVERSHADOWED BY A NAGGING TREND. THE GAP BETWEEN SCORES OF MINORITY STUDENTS AND THOSE OF WHITES IS STILL A PROBLEM.
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TAKERS WILL TOO, STACY CASE CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))

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A Roanoke practice has been chosen as one out of 20 locations in North America and Europe to test out a new screening device for breast cancer.
Breast Care Specialists of the Blue Ridge will begin clinical trials this week using the Z-Tech breast scan.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details.
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Jean,
They're looking for woman in our area to participate in the study.
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So far, the technology has been proven effective in detecting cancer in animal studies. This story contains medical video that some people may find objectionable.
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For more information you can call 540-344-1444. Your participation only requires a one time visit.
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Jean, They are hoping to get 10-thousand women to participate.

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Coming up a little later,
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Coming up today in Sports, a local man prepares to play in the U-S Open Tennis tournament.
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Plus we'll get a look at U-V-A's new basketball home.
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Good afternoon everybody, welcome to your Tuesday ticker. Roanoke native K.J. Hippnesteel will begin play in the U.S. Open tennis tournament most likely within the hour. Hippensteal ranked 205th in the world, received a wild card draw and plays Italy's Fillipo Volandri in round one. He is ranked 60th in the world.
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In action earlier today, 2000 U.S. Open men's champ Marat Safin was upset by unseeded Thomas Enqvist in four sets, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3.
Fifth seeded Tim Henman survived a five set, 3 hour and 37 minute marathon to advance to the second round also.
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16th ranked UVa has never played Temple, but has seen the Owls 4-2-5 defense Before.
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The Cavs have watched Wake Forest and South Carolina use this defense in places, along with another in state rival.


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VMI wrapped up preseason camp with a Saturday scrimmage in Lexington. The Keydets open the regular season Saturday at Ohio University of the MAC. Coach Cal McCombs has been pleased with his team's effort during the preseason.
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One basketball note. The construction of Virginia's new 129 million dollar John Paul Jones Arena is right on schedule.
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Construction crews have benefited from good weather as they continue working on the 129 million dollar complex which will be completed by the spring of 2006.
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That's all for the ticker, we'll see you at six.

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A 22 year old escape artist hopes his latest stunt will cement his reputation.
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David Merlini began his bravest stunt yet.
He had himself lowered into a steel reinforced glass aquarium which was then filled to his neck with four metric tons of cement.
The Hungarian escape artist says the concrete is making it difficult to breathe.
Later, Merlini will be lifted by a crane and lowered into the Danube River where he will attempt to make his escape.
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