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Flooding rains from what's left of Hurricane Frances have closed roads and schools today.
We'll show you live conditions from around the viewing area, coming up.
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And, Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick is set to enter a plea next week on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Heavy rain continues to fly as the remnants of Frances slowly pulls trough the region. I'll have the latest on our flood watches and warnings coming up in your forecast.

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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Frances finally arrives in the News 7 viewing area, bringing heavy rain and flooding with her.
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Let's head over to meteorologist Leo Hirshbrunner in the Weather Center to find out just what we should expect.

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Frances' heavy rain is causing problems for many people in the Roanoke Valley. High waters have forced some people to evacuate from their homes and places of business and with the rain continuing things are only expected to get worse.
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Susan Bahorich is standing by the Roanoke River at Wasena Drive. Susan, how are things there.
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Parts of the New River Valley has seen some of the worst flooding.
Heavy rains have led to some evacuations.
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Rachel Depompa has been traveling thorughout the area.
She joins us live from Giles County. Rachel what is the situation like there?
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For the third time in as many weeks, President Bush is making a trip to Florida today.
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This time, he's heading down there to view the damage left from Hurricane Frances.
Bush will tell residents to expect BILLIONS of dollars in federal aid to help them clean up and re-build.
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The rain is extending along the east coast--
North Carolinians are seeing their share of flash flooding.
In the mountains, some streams and creeks are spilling over their banks.
Residents and business owners are watching in fear.
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More than 90 primary and secondary roads are closed in North Carolina, as a result of heavy rains.
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Suspended Virginia Tech Quarterback Marcus Vick is set to enter a plea in Circuit Court Monday, rather than pursue an appeal of a lower court conviction.
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The judge ordered him to serve 30 days in jail and pay a fine, but Vick appealed the sentence. He could have simply dropped the appeal, paid the fine and done his time. He is likely to follow the terms of a plea agreement where all of the jail term is suspended along with all-but 100-dollars of the fine. Vick and two teammates had been convicted of contributing to the delinquency of minors. The charges resulted from a party at Vick's apartment in January involving 14 and 15-year old girls.
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Tech Receiver Brenden Hill pled "no contest" to a single count of "contributing" this morning. Tailback Mike Imoh's case is still set for trial a week from tomorrow.[Tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
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The Earth puts on a sublime show for Italians.
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The last time proved deadly. We'll find out shortly if experts think Mount Etna poses the same risk this time around.

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The war in Iraq is shaping up to be the main issue in this year's presidential campaign.
Today, Democrat John Kerry is coming down hard on President Bush's post- war planning.
Meanwhile, the President focused on intelligence reform.
All this against a backdrop of an increasing insurgency in Iraq.
Stacy Case has more.
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Grief is turning into anger, as Russian residents demand an explanation for last week's deadly siege of a school.
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Meanwhile, the president of the region where more than 320 people were killed says the regional government there will step down.
Some new video just released shows what it was like inside the school, when a Chechen rebel group took over last week.
The three day siege ended with at least 326 hostages dead-- more than half of them children.
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Abortion rights supporters are now three- for-three, in their court challenges to a ban on a controversial abortion procedure.
A judge in Nebraska today declared the Partial- Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, because it doesn't include exceptions to protect a woman's health.
President Bush signed the ban last year.
All three rulings are expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

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Europe's largest volcano is again blowing its top--
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A 500- foot stream of lava is oozing from the southeastern side of Italy's Mount Etna volcano.
It's a fairly safe spectacle--
Italian officials say right now, there's no danger and no risk of explosion.
The well-known volcano has been mostly inactive since a 2002 explosion injured 32 people at a tourist complex.
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NASA has failed in a a delicate -- and expensive.
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It's Genesis project has ended with a crash in the desert.
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NASA has failed at what it called a delicate game of catch. The three- year Genesis mission wrapped up today,
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with a helicopter attempting to literally catch a returning satellite as it falls to Earth over the state of Utah.
Unfortunately it failed.
The space capsule crashed just moments ago in the Utah desert.
The mission was launched in August, 2001, with the aim of collecting solar particles.
Scientists hope the crash did not damage its fragile cargo-- which is equivalent to a few grains of salt.
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Coming up after the break, for the first time in years, the Williams Sisters will not take part in the U-S Open finals. Stay with us. [MUSIC UP FULL]
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UVa's Terry Holland has a new job a month after resigning his post as special advisor to UVa's president.
Today, Holland will be introduced as the new athletic director at East Carolina University.
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Holland was Virginia's men's basketball coach from 1974 to 1990, and was 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 and two final fours.
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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Jennifer Capriati may have moved into the semifinals of the U-S Open...
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but Serena Williams was robbed of a point by an umpire's mistake in the third set. It happened in the opening game of the third set as Capriati went on to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
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