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Coming up on News 7,
It's business and pleasure for hundreds of Virginia Democrats -- as they gather in the New River Valley.
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And the lights are out for millions of people in the sunshine state -- thanks to Hurricane Frances.
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In sports, we'll serve up some cold cuts from the NFL, and
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Jeff Gordon goes for a California three-peat in tonight's Pop Secret 500.
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Now a Tropical Storm, the main concern from Frances is the heavy rain. The latest track, live conditions from Florida, and her impact on Southwest Virginia coming up. [Video-Open]
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Frances continues to crawl across Florida, dropping almost a foot of rain in some places.
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[ANCHOR=Myranda]
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

[Frances]


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Frances has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but forecasters warn the storm could strenghten to a hurricane as it passes over the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, the winds are still whipping, and the massive destruction is just coming to light. Aleen Sirgany has more.
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[SUPER=01-Laticia Forbes/Palm Beach Resident; :57]
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((ARMED WITH UNLIMITED DETERMINATION, HURRICANE FRANCES CRAWLED ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDAS EASTERN COAST LINE WITH A PLAN OF ATTACKAND THIS IS WHAT SHE LEFT BEHINDA TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION FROM CITY TO CITY MAKING LIFE MISERABLE FOR MILLIONS OF FLORIDIANS:
SOT: Mateo Hernandez

kind of devastatedwill come together. BUT THAT COULD TAKE DAYS IF NOT WEEKS.MILLIONS ARE WITHOUT POWER AND WATER. CREWS ARE ALREADY SCRAMBLING TO FIX THE MESS - BUT THERE WILL BE NO QUICK FIX. Super: Richard Reinhard/Seacoast Utilitities Sot: be patient, were working..
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HURRICANE FRANCES MANAGED TO REARRANGE NEIGHBORHOODS ALL OVER FLORIDAKNOCKING DOWN TREES ALL OVER THE PLACE FRUSTRATIONS ARE ALREADY GROWING FOR PEOPLE WHO CANT SEEM TO FIND RELIEF. SUPER; Laticia Forbes Sot: Our house is flooded and they won't open the store. I thought the community was supposed to pull together in a situation like this. PATIENCE IS RUNNING OUT.FOR THOSE TRYING TO GET BACK TO THEIR HOMESONLY TO BE TURNED AROUND. ROBERT DREW/RESIDENT
SOT:: they told us for our own safety were not even allowed on the island - even to check my own house

GOV. JEB BUSH
sot: This is going to be a quick response with millions of people.
THE INCONVENIENCE, SOME SAY, IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY, CONSIDERING WHAT HURRICANE FRANCES COULD HAVE DONE. SOT: CHRIS

CANTWELL were pretty happy HAPPY TO BE ALIVE FOLLOWING A MONSTROUS STORM THAT SEEMED TO HAVE AT LEAST SOME MERCY. Aleen Sirgany, CBS News, Palm Beach County))

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As Frances slowly makes her way across the state of Florida members of the Salvation Army in Roanoke are heading out to offer relief.
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Three members left today in the church's canteen -- which is packed full of water and enough food to feed more than 13- hundred people. They're headed today to a staging area in South Carolina for a briefing. *Frances' slow move* towards land allowed officials more time to organize relief efforts.
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((ERIK NICKELL: WE'VE GOT MOBILE UNITS IN TEXAS COMING IN, ATLANTA THEY'RE STAGED AND SOUTH CAROLINA SO IT'LL BE A CONVERGENCE ON FLORIDA AND I THINK GOVERNOR BUSH JUST REALLY GOT EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THIS ONE.))
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Volunteers will wait until it's safe and then spread out across the state. Those from Roanoke say providing relief is a rewarding experience.
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((ERIK NICKELL: USUALLY THE VOLUNTEERS THAT WE BRING AND THE VOLUNTEERS THAT SHOW UP THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE STORM ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT TIME AND JUST FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE AND JUST SERVING THEM.))
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Providing relief is nothing new for the Roanoke Salvation Army. In 2001, Captain Nickell and other members responded to the Pentagon after 9-11 -- and last year to victims of Hurricane Isabel.

[Political-Rally]


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With elections less than two months away Virginia candidates in both parties are kicking their campaigns into high gear. Jennifer Wishon spent time today with *Ninth District Democrats* -- who are taking an "old fashioned" approach to the political season.
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[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./April 19; :54 QUICK!!!!!!!]
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((((NAT SOUND OF MUSIC))
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The Ninth District's Democratic kick off to the upcoming campaign season felt more like a family reunion.
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((THANK YOU VERY MUCH))
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The Acres of Democrats Rally is a tradition more than 20- years old that comes complete with home- cooked food and hometown music.
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((RICK BOUCHER: HERE IN THE MOUNTAINS WE HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF FUN WHEN WE'RE CAMPAIGNING.))
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The rally's name came about in 1960 when President Harry Truman took a train ride through the Ninth District.
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((GARY HANCOCK: AND HE STOPPED IN ABINGDON.... ACRES AND ACRES OF DEMOCRATS HERE.))
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Sunday hundreds of Democrats filled Edwards Hall at New River Community College to kick off Congressman Rick Boucher's campaign for a 12th term in the United States House of Representatives against former NASCAR executive and Republican Kevin Triplett. Boucher says he's excited about the economic success that's already been established in the district.
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((RICK BOUCHER: WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ECONOMIC TRANSITION THAT RESULTS IN SOME TRADITIONAL EMPLOYMENT LEAVING. WE'RE BRINGING NEW JOBS THAT TYPICALLY PAY MORE THAN THE JOBS THAT ARE LEAVING IN ORDER TO REPLACE THEM.))
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Although the spotlight was on Boucher - Democratic state office hopefuls took the opportunity to meet and greet in preparation for next year's elections.
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((HI, I'M CHAP PETERSON.))
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[IN Q=Now that the Commonwealth]

((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: NOW THAT THE COMMONWEALTH HAS BEEN DECLARED A BATTLEGROUND STATE FOR THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, NINTH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS SAY THEY'RE EXPERIENCING AN ENTHUSIASM ON THE STATE LEVEL THAT USUALLY ONLY COMES ABOUT WITH GUBERNATORIAL RACES.))
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[IN Q=We're seeing now in this]

((TIM KAINE: WE'RE SEEING NOW IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL CYCLE JUST A TREMENDOUS OUTFLOW OF ENERGY, YOUNG VOTERS, PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN TO MEETINGS... GREAT TIME TO KEEP REBUILDING THE PARTY.))
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And while Republicans say, in the long run, Democrats are just spinning their wheels in Virginia. Democrats say they're ready to drive their message across the Commonwealth. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Pulaski County.))

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Still ahead on News 7 at 6, over the holiday, traffic is expected to be extremely heavy on Virginia's roads,
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and State Police want drivers to know THEY'LL be on the roads too.
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Roanoke City Police are looking for a woman missing since yesterday morning.
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[TAKE APRISA FS] *Dot Doris Triplett* was last seen driving on Maiden Lane around 8-thirty yesterday morning. She was driving towards Tower's Mall, but never returned.
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Triplett was driving a 1982 blue-gray Dodge Omni that has a dent on the driver's side. Family members say she may have Alzheimer's symptoms or may seem *disoriented.* Anyone who sees Triplett is asked to call the Roanoke City Police Department.

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The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are reportedly the deadliest on the road.
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Heavy traffic is expected on Virginia highways today and tomorrow. Virginia State Police will have 75- percent of its force -- patrolling through Monday night. Last year, troopers issued more than 13-thousand tickets over the holiday weekend. Officials say they'll be on the lookout for all violations -- including aggressive and drunken driving.
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Still to come on the newscast, now Tropical Storm Frances continues her slow journey through Florida before turning north... We'll have the latest forecast.
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and next week the pros take over the field, but on this Sunday college football takes center stage. We'll have the highlights in sports.
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[Health-Review]


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Clinical trials are underway at a Roanoke practice to test out a new screening device for breast cancer.
Cataracts are just a matter of time, and some forms of leg pain could be a condition requiring medical treatment.
Joy Sutton has more in today's health review.
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For years Sally James lived with leg pain not realizing she was suffering from peripheral vascular disease.
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((IT WAS SHARP PAIN ALL THE TIME. I HAD POOR CIRCULATION. MY HANDS AND FEET STAY COLD ALL THE TIME AND MY LEGS WERE COLD AT NIGHT))
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Peripheral vascular disease is a hardening of the arteries that can lead to blockages cutting off or limiting blood supply to the legs.
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[IN Q=The main risk factors are]

((THE MAIN RISK FACTORS ARE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, SMOKING, AND DIABETES. AND THE OTHER PROBLEMS OF HIGH CHOLESTEROL WILL BE AN ISSUE. THOSE PROBLEMS ALL ADDED TOGETHER IN A PATIENTS BODY OVER TIME WILL CREATE PLAQUES OR NARROW THICKENING OF THE INNER LINING OF THE ARTERIES))
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Some of the symptoms of the disease include leg pain,cold feet or legs, numbness and tingling in the legs and feet, and non-healing sores.
Those who have the disease are at increased risk for having heart disease down the line. That's why Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital is offering free screenings next Saturday.
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In other news, if you live long enough chances are you will develop cataracts. They occur when the lens becomes cloudy from the build-up of shedded cells that deposit over time on the lens.
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[IN Q=As you know with your skin, new skin]

((AS YOU KNOW WITH YOUR SKIN, NEW SKIN GROW AND OLD SKIN FALLS OFF. BUT THIS IS THE SAME THING EXCEPT THERE IS NOW WHERE FOR IT TO FALL OFF, SO IT JUST PACKS TIGHTER AND TIGHTER AND YOU NEED BIFOCALS CAUSE YOUR LENS CAN'T CHANGE SHAPE ANYMORE AND BECOMES CLOUDY))
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That's why you're more at risk for cataracts as you age. Other risk factors include family history, medical problems, such as diabetes, high salt intake, long term unprotected exposure to sunlight and previous eye injury.
If you develop cataracts surgery can restore vision -- by removing the old lenses--and replacing it with a new one.

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And finally in health news, could their be an improvement to the mammogram --that's what doctors are investigating with a new screening device call the Z-Tech breast scan.
[IN Q=We know mammography now misses one]

((WE KNOW MAMMOGRAPHY NOW MISSES ONE OUT SIX BREAST CANCERS. AND TO US THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE IN ADDITION MAMMOGRAPHY IS PAINFUL FOR SOME WOMEN AND IT'S INCONVENIENT FOR MOST WOMEN. SO OUR GOAL IS TO FIND OTHER WAYS TO IMPROVE THE DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE POSSIBILITIES))
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With this technology sensors are placed on the breast and an electrical current is sent through the breast tissue to detect any differences that may indicate cancer.
Breast Care Specialist of the Blue Ridge is one of 20 location in North America and Europe testing the device. The practice is looking for local women to participate in clinical trials.
That's health review. I'm Joy Sutton.))


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Coming up, we'll set the table for the first night race in the short history of the California Speedway, several local players feel the heat on cut down day in the NFL, and
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highlights from Day number 7 at the US Open.
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Jeff Gordon starts 8th in tonight's Pop Secret 500 in California. The race takes the green flag in just over an hour, as the Nextel Cup Points leader goes after his 3rd straight win in the state. In 20 combined starts at California Speedway and Infineon Raceway, he has seven wins, 13 top-fives and has led the most laps nine times.
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Tonight's race will be the first night race at Fontana--a new tradition for the sport after spending Labor Day weekend in Darlington for about a half century.
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The Virginia Cavaliers gained a spot in the new AP college football poll, checking in at number 15 this week.
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Three games were on tap today around the country including Louisville and Kentucky this afternoon and Tennessee/UNLV later tonight.
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Purdue made short work of Syracuse this afternoon in the opener for both teams.
Boilermaker quarterback Kyle Orton led the onslaught. Early on Orton went up top for Brian Hare on this 75 yard touchdown hookup. Orton threw for 287 yards and a career high four TD's.
[SUPER=36-Syracuse/0/Purdue/51/;]

Two went to Taylor Stubblefield as Purdue led 20 to nothing at the half and never looked back, posting the school's first shutout since 2000 by squeezing the Orange 51 to nothing.
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NFL teams had to get down to a 53 man roster before 4 o'clock this afternoon. Several players with local ties have gotten the axe in the last 24 hours. Former Jefferson Forest and UVA standout Jerton Evans was released by San Diego
, while former Hokies Ike Charlton and Billy Conaty were also cut---Charlton by the Raiders and Conaty by the Vikings.

Ronyell Whitaker was among the casualties in Tampa Bay, and the Dolphins parted ways with Antonio Freeman. Also, Garnell Wilds was let go by the Skins. New England and Indianapolis open the season on Thursday night.

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Defending champ Andy Roddick cruised into the round of 16 today at the US Open. Roddick's serve topped out at 142 miles per hour.
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On the women's side of the draw, Serena Williams tallied 12 aces and just one double fault in taking out Patty Schnyder 6-4 and 6-2. Williams, who missed the Open last year following knee surgery, served notice that the knee is fine, winning in just 58 minutes. Williams will get Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals.
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We finish up on the big league diamond where the Yankees got back on track today by beating Baltimore 4-3.
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As for the Red Sox who started the day 2 and a half games back of the Yanks, Curt Schilling gave up two homeruns to the Rangers Michael Young.
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But David Ortiz launched a bomb of his own--his 35th dinger of the season, as Boston won it 6-5, completing its current(------------) homestand with a 9 and 1 record.