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Extreme Wet Weather tops the news tonight
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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

What you can expect out of the sky and what you may need to do to prepare.
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[Sports-head]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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[ENG#=2]


In sports, Va. Tech continues building the football team and Lane stadium, a look at UVa's unnoticed receiving unit
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[VO-NAT]


and Terry Holland has jumped Virginia's ship to become a Pirate at East Carolina.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


With flood watches already up, folks should prepare this evening for flooding problems. Wednesday will bring periods of heavy rain with winds topping 30mph in higher elevations.
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News 7 is next.
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[ENG#=3]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Frances continues its slow slide northward.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Emergency crews, utilities and relief organizations are all preparing for potential flooding here in Southwest and Central Virginia.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[First-Wx]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


This former hurricane has already dumped more than nine inches of rain in parts of Florida... and the storm still has plenty left.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


With predictions of 3 to 6 inches of rain across Southwest and Central Virginia, officials say the time to prepare is now.
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Robin/WXCENTER]


We'll start our coverage with meteorologist Robin Reed.
Robin does the slow speed of this system mean more rain for us?
[ANCHOR=Robin]



[SS=NONE]WEATHER CENTER Position #1


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[SKYTRACKER/FULL]RADAR ANALYSIS

[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Robin/WXCENTER]
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[Flood-Preps]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=04-30 TC38:54]
[GRAPHIC=Frances]

The threat of flooding in our area has local emergency response agencies on alert.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda/Shannon/Microwave;]

Myranda Stephens has more on what they're doing to get ready. Shannon, we know what the remnants of a tropical system can do to a community,
[LIVE=Myranda/FULL]
[SUPER=@Myranda1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]

just by looking at Gaston and what it did in Richmond. Knowing that, local emergency agencies aren't taking any chances.
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[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/AEP;:17]
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[SUPER=01-Pat Counts/Salem Fire and Rescue Chief;:40]
[SUPER=01-Amy Whittaker/Red Cross Roanoke Valley Chapter;1:02]
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[OUT Q=DEPLOY THEM TO OTHER AREAS]

(([NATS OF TYPING @ 20:21 UP FULL] [RUNS02] Inside its control center in Roanoke, A-E-P operators try to gain some control over Frances, by lowering the water levels of two of its most prominent lakes.
[SOT 23:11]

[RUNS15] ((TODD BURNS/AEP: WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO LOWER CLAYTOR BY ABOUT FOUR FEET AND LOWER SML BY A HALF A FOOT. NEITHER ONE OF THESE FACILITIES ARE MEANT AS FLOOD CONTROL, BUT WE ANTICIPATE HEAVY RAINS COMING INTO THE AREA AND IT COULD SLOW DOWN THINGS JUST A BIT.)) [NATS OF RIVER @ 25:08] [RUNS03] And while man can control man-made lakes, he can't control nature. Especially creeks and streams like the Roanoke River, which is prone to flooding.
[SOT 1849]

[RUNS15] ((PAT COUNTS/SALEM FIRE AND RESCUE CHIEF: IN THE EVENT THAT WE DO HAVE TO MAKE ANY RESCUES OUR SWIFT WATER TEAM IS ON STAND BY, THEY TRAIN ON A REGULAR BASIS AND THEY CHECK THEIR EQUIPMENT ON A DAILY BASIS SO WE'RE READY FOR ANY PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE IN THE LOCAL AREA.)) And while they may not save lives, the Red Cross says it's ready as well, even though many of its volunteers are needed in Florida.
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[RUNS11] ((OUR COMMUNITY COMES FIRST WITH OUR VOLUNTEERS, SO IF THERE'S AN IMPACT HERE, THEY WOULD RESPOND HERE FIRST. IF THERE'S NO LONGER A NEED HERE, THEN WE WILL DEPLOY THEM TO OTHER AREAS.))))
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[Wiley]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=04-27 TC1:29:41]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]
[ENG#=1]

The father of an accidental shooting victim got out of jail on bond this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Isaiah Wiley's family went to court, wearing T-shirts that bear the likeness of four-year old Asadi Wiley. The child apparently found a gun in his father's car Friday evening, picked it up and pulled the trigger.
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((CHRIS KOWALCZUK/ISAIAH WILEY'S ATTORNEY: I HAVE SPOKEN TO HIM A COUPLE OF TIMES OVER THE WEEKEND, AND HE IS DEVASTATED BY THIS TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE. THIS IS HIS ONLY SON, FOUR YEARS OLD. OBVIOUSLY, ANY FATHER WOULD BE DEVASTATED, AND HE IS ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED BY THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Kowalczuk/Isaiah Wiley's Attorney]
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[OUT Q=devastated by this.]
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[VO-NAT]

A woman who identified herself as Asadi's mother told us she was there to support Isaiah, that she understands her son's death was an accident.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

So far, Isaiah Wiley is charged only with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Court records indicate his earlier felony conviction was also gun-related.

[Monty-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-26 TC1:49:04]
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Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate the shooting death of a two year old in Montgomery County. Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call last night that one child had shot another in the Alleghany section of the county. The Sheriff's office has not confirmed it, but the victim is believed to be two-year-old Zeth Pickering. The alleged shooter is his nine-year-old brother. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Susan Newsroom;]

Susan Bahorich has been looking into the case. Susan, how did the nine-year-old come to have a weapon?
[LIVE= Susan /FULL Newsroom]
[SUPER=@SUSAN1]

Keith That's what authorities are trying to figure out. What they *DO* know is the nine-year-old found the gun, it went off and shot the two-year-old in the back.
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((
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[INQ=It's very difficult...]

((LT. NORMAN CROY, MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: IT'S VERY DIFFICULT, NOT ONLY FOR THE FAMILY, BUT THE DEPUTIES AND INVESTIGATORS TO DEAL WITH THESE THINGS...)) [RUNS:08]
[OUTQ=... with these things.]


Every year authorities deal with cases just like this accidental shooting of a two-year-old--cases the experts say can be avoided.
[NATS@11:41:52.25] ((GUN SHOT BLAST)) [RUNS:03]
Lee Walker is training director at PSS Range and Training Incorporated. Walker has owned guns for the last 50-years and trained people on the proper way to use them for more than half that time.

[SOT@11:11:49.09]
[INQ=Gun safety is an...]

((LEE WALKER, PSS RANGE AND TRAINING, INC: GUN SAFETY IS AN ATTITUDE FIRST OF ALL, LIKE DRIVING A VEHICLE. YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE VEHICLE, LEARN MECHANICS OF THE VEHICLE AND CONTINUOUSLY DRIVE SAFE - IT'S NO DIFFERENT WITH A FIREARM ...))

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[OUTQ=... with a firearm.]


In addition to knowing the "ins and outs" of your weapon - Walker says never store your gun and ammunition in the same place -always keep each under lock and key - and a gun lock is ALWAYS a good idea. Walker says you can't count on the gun's own "safety."

[SOT@11:20:54.05]
[INQ=Any safety's mechanical...]

((WALKER: ANY SAFETY'S MECHANICAL, IT'S NOT FOOLPROOF, ANYTHING MANMADE CAN MALFUNCTION AT ANY GIVEN TIME.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUTQ=... at any given time.]))
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[LIVE= Susan /FULL Newsroom]

Walker says it's never too early to teach your kids about gun safety... He says sit down with your children- tell them the positives and negatives of the weapon in an age-appropriate way, and if they ever see or find a weapon they should get an adult immediately.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Susan /Newsroom;]

Keith/ Walker says this way it de-mystifies the weapon - but you still need to keep it locked. You can get these locks at just about any store- and even at many local police and sheriff's offices.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[WRITER=dse]
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[ENG#=APRISA]


Another blow to Ralph Nader. Still ahead on News 7, why the state has again ruled he should not be on Virginia's ballot.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus questions about the competency of a Wythe County family accused in a fatal neglect case.
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[COMMERCIAL]
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A Covington school is trying to replace two teachers fired for showing students "inappropriate" video.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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Jackson River Technical Center terminated the employment of welding instructor Larry Baxter and health occupations instructor Linda Thomas earlier this month. The school was concerned that the teachers had let students watch video of American hostage Nicolas Berg being beheaded by terrorists.
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((BOB GRIMESEY/JRTC ADMINISTRATOR: IT WAS THE OPINION OF THE MAJORITY OF THE BOARD THAT IT'S NEVER APPROPRIATE TO SHOW THAT VIDEO IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT AT ANY TIME UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.))
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JRTC Administrator Bob Grimesey (GRIMM-ih-see) says Baxter showed the clip during a current events portion of his welding class and that Thomas allowed some of her students to sit in on the viewing. More than 40 students are said to have participated. Grimesey says many expressed amazement that they were allowed to watch it. Two separate panels investigated the case. Both recommended the teachers be dismissed.


[Criggers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#04-23 TC1:46:14]
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[ENG#=3]

Three Wythe County men accused in the death of their wife and mother may NOT be competent to stand trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;]

A judge order a competency evaluation today for 79-year-old Elmer Crigger and his two sons, Daniel and Donald. The three are charged with abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult, 65-year-old Esther Crigger. When authorities found her, they say her respirator was unplugged, her diaper was unchanged and family dogs had eaten part of her left arm down to the bone.
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[IN Q=The prelim]

((DAVID SALIBA/ELMER CRIGGER'S ATTORNEY: THE PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS IS THAT SHE DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES. OUR POSITION IS THAT NOTHING WE DID, THAT ANY OF THE DEFENDANTS DID HAD ANY BEARING ON WHETHER OR NOT SHE WOULD HAVE SURVIVED.))
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[OUT Q=have survived.]
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[VO-NAT]

Attorneys for the three men say their client's I-Q's are all in the low to non-functioning range. Results of the competency evaluations are expected in December.
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[Stocks]


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Stocks soared after a sharp drop in oil prices and bullish economic news overseas. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose 81 points today.
The NASDAQ gained 14.
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
[COMMERCIAL]

[Nader]


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[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
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Ralph Nader's Presidential campaign gets another blow in Virginia.
Today the State Board of Elections denied the independent candidate a spot on Virginia's ballot.
The board says Nader's campaign fell short of the required ten-thousand signatures on his qualifying petitions.


The secretary of the elections board says it could verify just over 73-hundred signatures of the nearly 13-thousand submitted by Nader.
A Nader spokesman says his group will examine the results and see if the signatures were properly excluded.
[SS=Campaign 2004]


The candidates for the Libertarian and Constitution parties did qualify and will share the ballot with George W. Bush and John Kerry.


[Billings]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-25 TC1:48:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]

The reward for information on a murdered Grayson County teenager is getting bigger.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co.;]

The family of Brandon Billings is holding a memorial poker run to raise more money for the already 13-thousand dollar reward. Billings was found shot to death in his pick up truck nearly two years ago in October.
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[SOT:8:01:22:00 ]
[IN Q=We feel like]

((PATRICIA HUDSON: WE FEEL LIKE THE HIGHER IT IS.. THE MORE SOMEBODY'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHO KILLED HIM. MY FAMILY NEEDS PEACE. MY SISTER NEEDS PEACE. MY BROTHER IN LAW, MY NIECE. WE ALL NEED PEACE IN THIS. ))
[SUPER=01-Patricia Hudson/Brandon's Aunt;]
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[OUT Q=need peace in this.]
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[VO-NAT]

The Memorial Poker Run is on October 2nd. Registration begins at 11:00 am and the ride starts at 1:00 at the Exxon and Dairy Queen at exit 14 on I-77.
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[Sports Tease]


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[ENG#=APRISA]


East Carolina has pirated Terry Holland for the University of Virginia, Avalanche Manager Russ Nixon sees plusses to a losing season
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[VO-NAT]

and more than Lane Stadium is under construction in Blacksburg as the Hokies prepare for their home opener.
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[S-Terry]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6m]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-179 47:04]
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[ENG#=1]


Last Month, UVa's Terry Holland resigned his post at Virginia as special assistant to the president. Tomorrow, he will be introduced as the new athletic director at East Carolina University.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


Holland was Virginia's men's basketball coach from 1974 to 1990 and then athletic director from 1995 until 2001.
Holland is the most successful coach in UVa basketball history, leading the Cavs to 13 post season appearances.
He assisted in both the 86 million dollar Scott Stadium expansion and the 130 million dollar John Paul Jones Arena. Holland has agreed to a five year contract with East Carolina and starts there October first.
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[S-Hokies]


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Virginia Tech plays its home opener on Saturday against Western Michigan, and Mike Stevens says fans may want to bring their hard hats.
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[SUPER=01-Eddie Royal/Makes First Career Start on Saturday; :35]
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[SUPER=01-Tom Gabbard/VT Associate Athletic Director; 1:02]
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[WRITER=sma]
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15th ranked Virginia is preparing for its first ACC test this Saturday in Charlottesville against North Carolina.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/2003 Season; :00]


Heath Miller, the top returning receiver, says he has confidence in a UVa receiving corps that some doubt.
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[SUPER=01-Heath Miller/16 Career Touchdowns Catches; :03]
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Veteran Mike McGrew, back after missing last season with broken leg, gives needed experience to a young group.
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[OUT Q=....as they were"]
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[S-AVS]


[ANCHOR=steve]
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[WRITER=sma]
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The Avalanche shattered its 2001 single season attendance record this season but ended up in last place in the Southern Division.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


However manager Russ Nixon is hardly disappointed in his teams effort.
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[OUT Q=....improving ourselves"]
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