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From Alabama to Florida, the race is on against Hurricane Ivan--
The deadly storm is expected to make landfall tomorrow.
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And, a trial likely for Radford's first Capital Murder case in more than a quarter century.


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A fairly quiet weather day through our region today but all of that will change as we head toward the weekend. I'll have the lastest on Ivan and Jeanne in your forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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After unleashing its wrath on the Caribbean, Hurricane Ivan now has its sights set on the U-S Gulf Coast.
Residents from Florida's panhandle to New Orleans, Louisiana are bracing for the worst-- which means boarding up and moving out.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Hurricane Ivan is about a day away from the Gulf coast, and some 2- million people are evacuating.
Emergency shelters, meanwhile, are being created to accommodate those who can't leave.
Forecasters say they don't know what will be worse-- the high winds, the rain, or the storm surges.
The Category Four storm could make landfall early tomorrow morning.
Jennifer Miller is in Mobile, Alabama this afternoon-- a city now seen as a bulls eye for the dangerous storm.
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Suspended Virginia Tech running back Mike Imoh is expected to plead no contest today to contributing to the delinquency of minor.
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Imoh will essentially be taking the same deal offered to his two teammates. He was scheduled to have a trial on Thursday but that has been cancelled. Imoh was going to appeal on charges he and quarterback Marcus Vick and wide reciever Brenden Hill allowed three teenage girls to drink liquor and encouraged them to strip at a party last winter. He's expected to sign a plea agreement at 1:00.
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Radford's first Capital Murder case in more than 25 years appears headed for trial.
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Yesterday, a grand jury indicted Aamir Darrin Lewis Brown on 15 charges, including capital murder.
Brown's accused of shooting two men, one of them fatally, during a drug robbery.
No trial date has been set.
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At least five people are dead in Iraq, including three men found beheaded near Baghdad.
Meantime, two other were killed and 10 injured in a car bombing that targeted a National Guard checkpoint.
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Meanwhile, hundreds of prisoners were released today from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and another facility in Basra.
Inmates are periodically freed from Abu Ghraib, which was at the center of the scandal over U-S abuse of Iraqi detainees.
The U.S. military say's it'lll hand over the facility to Iraqi officials in August.
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Classes resume at a grief stricken school where hundreds died earlier this month. The latest on that coming up.
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And Martha Stewart says it'll be easier on her and her company if she just goes to prison like she's been sentenced.

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OPEC is increasing production by a million barrels a day, beginning in November.
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Oil ministers say they're trying to combat prices that have risen sharply in the wake of the war in Iraq and from increasing demands by China and the U-S.
But the move is seen as having little short- term impact on gasoline prices.
U- S traders have recently been concerned about Hurricane Ivan.
There are a number of oil and natural gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, and operators have evacuated most of them, curbing production.
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Children are back in school in the Russian town of Beslan (Bez- LAHN) after a minute of silence.
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Two weeks ago armed militants seized more than 12- hundred hostages there.
More than 330 people were killed.
Authorities say all the hostage- takers were killed, except one suspected attacker who was detained.
Classes were postponed a day so that military and police could continue searching for weapons and explosives.
Authorities are taking extra security measures, including daily armed patrols of the schools.
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Domestic Diva Martha Stewart wants to go to prison as soon as possible.
She has sent a letter to the judge in her case saying she no longer wants to delay her sentence.
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[VO] Stewart was sentenced in July to five months in prison and five months of house arrest. She'd been convicted of lying about why she sold ImClone Systems stock.
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Stewart says she and her attorneys still ''firmly believe'' in the strength of her appeal -- but that the appeal apparently wouldn't be heard until sometime next year.

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A dance company for Lynchburg's inner city children will soon OWN the building it's called home for the last four years ... meanwhile, Walgreens is still hoping it can do business in the Hill City.
Steve Smallshaw has more from last night's city council meeting.
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(( Lynchburg first allowed the Dance Theatre to occupy this building on Commerce Street rent-free.
Four years and 250-thousand dollars worth of improvements later, the dance group is ready to buy it for 40-thousand dollars ... well below its current assessed value, and a year after its option to buy the property expired.
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But the rest of council felt the deal has been a worthwhile investment in both downtown and the lives of hundreds of children.
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Meanwhile, the debate continues over whether Walgreens can locate a store on this corner of Langhorne and Murrell Roads.
The city still has concerns over the site plan, but Walgreens' representative says every day of delay is costing them money ... and that time may be running out.
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Askew will meet with city planners next week ... council is expected to vote up or down on the project in October.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
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Still to come on the newscast,
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we'll tell you what brought a NASCAR driver, a baseball pitcher, and a goat farmer to Lynchburg last night.
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A benefit in Lynchburg attracted an eclectic group of celebrities last night. They included a Nascar driver, a former baseball player and a reality-tv star. Myranda Stephens tells us what brought them to the Hill City.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 68 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 19 points.

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Coming up after the break, the Hokies prepare to play in hurricane weather.
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And the Cleveland Browns coach says Lee Suggs does not have a debilitating spinal deformation.
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In sports, Hank Aaron has done it and so has Babe Ruth...
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But Barry Bonds will have to wait until tonight for another chance at joining them in the 700 homer-club. Last night, Bonds went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks as San Francisco rallied to win at Milwaukee 3-to-2.
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Virginia Tech's Brian Randall is fourth in total offense in the ACC.
Despite the threat of bad weather from hurricane Ivan, the quarterback should not have any problem maneuvering around Worsham Field-- thanks to a state of the art drainage system.
Mike Stevens explains.
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Cleveland Coach Butch Davis said team doctors have cleared former Virginia Tech standout Lee Suggs to resume workouts tomorrow, as the Browns get ready for Dallas.
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A neck injury prevented him from playing in the season opener against Baltimore. Davis challenged a recent E-S-P-N report that said the Browns are being extra cautious with Suggs, because he has stenosis -- a narrowing of the spine that causes pressure on the cord and nerves. Davis say Suggs recently visited a specialist in New York for a further diagnosis, and that he does NOT have stenosis.
Davis says Suggs has gotten back strength in his shoulder, but still needs to improve for doctors to declare him game ready.
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The Redskins meet the Giants this weekend after giving Joe Gibbs his first NFL win in over a decade, an accomplishment that prompted a humorous conversation with his wife Pat.
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The Skins limited the Bucs to 169 total yards on defense, while rushing the ball with solid blocking, and the attitude is different from last year already.
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