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A broken water main disrupts classes on the Virginia Tech campus.

We'll have a live update from Blacksburg, coming up.
And, the latest kidnapping victim in Iraq is a leader in humanitarian efforts there.
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The clouds and scattered showers will linger into the afternoon with a slight chance for a passing thunderstorm. I'll have the details..
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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A power outage early this morning on the campus of Virginia Tech has left 19 buildings in the dark and canceled classes for thousands of students. Crews have been working since early this morning to restore the electricity.
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Joe Dashiell is in Blacksburg this afternoon with an update on their progress.
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Terrorism hit hard on many fronts today in Iraq, including the kidnapping of an aid worker who's been a familiar face in Baghdad for years.
She was abducted on her way to work.
Don Kirk has the latest.
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(( Track: This British Iraqi woman had worked in Baghdad for a generation..giving out aid as director of Care Operations. Margaret Hossan held a British passport but dedicated herself to helping others in Iraq.
Now she's another face on Arab TV. screens ...here seen as broadcast by Al Azeri - that's the station to which Iraq's most feared terrorist have sent video images of other hostages.
Sot: Jack Straw/British Foreign Secretary. Our embassy in Baghdad...is in close contact....
Bridge: The plight of Margaret Hassan adds a personal drama to a war of many tragedies on many fronts. insurgents poured mortar rounds into an Iraqi army post and the U.S. again attacked rebels in Fallujah.
Iraqi insurgents often fire rockets aimlessly - but six rounds landed right on their target.
A local post of the Iraqi National guard twenty five miles North of Baghdad ... It was the latest assault on Iraqi security forces killing and wounding civilians.
And Far to the north...insurgents attacked another familiar target an oil pipe line exporting crude the life blood of the Iraqi economy
The U.S. command blames much of the mayhem on the terrorism of Abu Musab Al zarquai
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And for ninety minutes U.S. war planes and artillery pounded his rebel stronghold of fallujah...another front in the war of individual and national tragedy. Don Kirk, Cbs News, Baghdad. ))

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Violent weather in Arkansas has left at least 11 people injured and thousands without power.
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Tornadoes tore through the central part of the state-- damaging dozens of homes.
Little remains of the three houses that used to stand in this neighborhood.
A twister literally picked them up and scattered them across the road.
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((KAYLIA RAGAN/TORNADO SURVIVOR: ALL I SEEN WAS PITCH BLACK AND I TIED TO RUN IN THE LIVING ROOM TO GET UNDERNEATH THE DESK AND BY THE TIME I WAS THERE THE TRAILER WAS FLIPPING OVER AND ONE OF THE DESKS HIT ME IN THE HEAD AND KNOCKED ME OUT AND WHEN I WOKE UP I WAS LAYING ACROSS THE ROAD IN THE DITCH. ))
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In Tennessee, strong thunderstorms injured a couple of people there overnight.
High winds peeled the roof of a plant and damaged a church steeple..
Widespread damage included downed trees and power lines.
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State health officials hope to know this week how much of the flu vaccine ordered by public and private agencies may actually get here.
They say once the state receives more vaccine, it will eventually go to local health departments for those at high risk.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is urging senior citizens to stop standing in long lines for the flu shot.
But many of them aren't listening.
Doctor Emily Senay reports.
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(( SCRIPT (John Gruen ) There was real anger and frustration which should not have happened at all. 77-YEAR-OLD JOHN GRUEN AND HIS WIFE, JANE WILSON, STOOD ON LINE FOR THREE AND A HALF HOURS AT A NEW YORK CITY FLU SHOT CLINIC -- BUT THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH SHOTS TO GO AROUND. (John Gruen ) We were right there finally, we were gonna be next./ and the door was slammed. AND THEY WEREN'T THE ONLY ONES OUT OF LUCK. ( nat cop) Folks, we have no more shots. ACROSS THE RIVER AT A KING'S SUPERMARKET IN NEW JERSEY, NEWS THAT THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH FLU SHOTS FOR EVERYONE MADE MORE TEMPERS FLARE. ( nat guy yelling) Blame the people who didn't get the information. They knew and they didn't tell anyone else. ( Doris Liguori gets shot) DORIS LIGUORI WAS FIRST IN LINE. AFTER WAITING SEVEN HOURS, SHE GOT HER SHOT. (Doris Liguori ) It was worth waiting for. BUT FOR THE HUNDREDS TURNED AWAY, THE SEARCH FOR THE VACCINE CONTINUES. (nats of people walking away) JUST A FEW MILES AWAY AT THE HYATT CLASSIC RESIDENCE RETIREMENT HOME, STAFF AND RESIDENTS ARE ANXIOUS. (Neal Clarke ) I have no idea how we're gonna deal with it. You're gonna walk around with your fingers crossed basically. THEY'RE WAITING FOR THEIR VACCINES TO ARRIVE, BUT THEY'RE ALREADY FACING A SHORTAGE. (Neal Clarke ) This year we had 172 sign up and we only have 160 vaccinations available to us. THAT MAKES 91-YEAR-OLD SYLVIA CIACCIO (SAH-chee-OH) A LITTLE UNEASY. (Sylvia Ciaccio ) I'm on the waiting list and I'm worried about whether they'll get to me or not. FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T GET VACCINATED AND DO GET THE FLU, THERE ARE WAYS TO DEAL. DR. PETER GROSS HAS BEEN RESEARCHING INFLUENZA FOR DECADES. (Dr. Peter Gross) There is an alternative and the alternative are anti-influenza drugs - and they actually work pretty well. THAT'S DRUGS LIKE TAMIFLU AND RELENZA -- WHICH MUST BE TAKEN WITHIN 48 HOURS OF GETTING SICK TO BE EFFECTIVE. THEY WORK, BUT HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE HOPING THEY DON'T HAVE TO PRESCRIBE THEM TOO OFTEN. (Dr. Peter Gross ) Those of us who work in influenza do not make predictions.// I would suspect it'll be a more mild year than last year. I hope I'm right. ))
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That was Doctor Emily Senay reporting.
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The Federal Government annouces how much of an increase Social Security recipients will see next year. We'll have that after a quick break.
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Also some accused shoplifters lead police in two counties on a high speed chase through the region.
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A small plane has crashed in downtown Atlanta.
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Authorities say the accident happened near the Martin Luther King, Junior National Historic Site-- but they add the site was NOT damaged.
An F-A-A spokesman says there were two people on board the twin-engine plane when it crashed just before 11 A-M. Authorities confirm at least one person was killed.
The flight was en route from Atlanta to Venice, Florida.
Witnesses said the plane spun out of control and struck an abandoned building.
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A high speed chase that crossed county lines at 110 miles an hour has landed four women in jail.
Christiansburg Police say it began after the suspects allegedly shoplifted merchandise from Sears at the New River Valley Mall.
Six officers from three different agencies pursued the women on Route 460, I-81 and 581.
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The chase ended around 7:40 last night on the exit ramp from 581 south to Peters Creek Road.
State Police deployed stop sticks, which flattened two of the car's tires.
A trooper then attempted to force the vehicle onto the exit ramp, but the driver sideswiped the cruiser.
The suspect's car then ran off the road, and all four women were taken into custody.
State Police point out it was Christiansburg's call, but say the chase was justified.
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The four women who are in their twenties face a number of charges.
The driver Shelia Williams is charged with felony attempt to elude, felony shoplifting, reckless driving and assault on a state police trooper.
Ruth Barrett, Shelitta Williams, and Shalinda Hairston are all face felony conspiracy to commit grand larceny.
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They're all from Roanoke and currently being held at the Roanoke County jail.
Police tell us the women allegedly stole two thousand dollars worth of merchandise.

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Social Security recipients are getting a pay raise next year, but the money won't go very far.
Benefits are rising two-point-seven percent, or about 25- dollars a month.
But, higher Medicare premiums are expected to eat up nearly HALF the increase.
The increase is the largest since benefits rose by three- and- a- half percent in 2001.

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State educators say Virginia's high school seniors are making the grade on the Standards of Learning.
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Governor Warner announced yesterday that 94-percent of high school seniors in the class of 2004 graduated.
That was the first year students were required to pass the S-O-L tests to earn a diploma.
State officials are calling the passing rate a great achievement.
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The figures also show that more than twenty- six percent of students who were freshmen four years ago, dropped out, left the state, or failed to graduate with their class.
But the governor points out the number could have been larger if not for the state's Project Graduation program.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: PEOPLE ACROSS VIRGINIA AND STARTING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WE PUT TOGETHER THE KINDA OF ONLINE TUTORIALS, SUMMER ACADEMIES, THE EXTRA HELP SO THAT THE KIDS IN JEOPARDY OF FAILING GOT THE EXTRA HELP THEY NEEDED.))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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[APRISA PAGE FULL] the host of the 700 Club and former Presidential Candidate Pat Robertson will join us to talk about his new new book. He contends the Supreme Court is taking the power from Congress and the American public.
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Whomever becomes the next President will have a major influence on the country's future by appointing new Supreme Court Justices. [TAKE APRISA FULL]
In his new book, "Courting Disaster," Pat Robertson describes what he calls an unconstitutional take-over by the judicial system.
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He joins us now to talk more about the book, and some of his concerns.
Good Afternoon....

("Courting Disaster" is a really strong title-- Do you really think our judicial system is really heading in the wrong

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(Let's talk about the upcoming presidential election-- how important do you think the outcome is going to be in terms o

f the future of the judicial system?)

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(Do you see a particular agenda the court seems to be following? What are some examples of it?)
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Thanks for talking with us-- Good luck with the book.

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A reminder that WDBJ7 will present the only televised debate for the 9th Congressional District later this week, and you are invited to submit questions you'd like the candidates to answer.
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[Take DEBATE PROMO PAGE 1070 or E636] The one-hour debate begins this Friday at 7:00 p.m., and will include viewer questions that are submitted to us on-line. [Take Webaddress Full E522]
To enter your question, go to our home page at wdbj7-dot-com.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 15 points. The NASDAQ has gained five points.

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Coming up in sports, two dramatic finishes send both baseball playoffs to game six.
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And, it's seven-and-a-half seconds long, but hundreds of feet down.
A base jumper uses precision as he makes another daredevil leap.
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In sports, the Yankees and Red Sox have little time to rest.
They're back to game six tonight in New York after a second straight, lengthy extra- inning thriller. It took almost six hours for Boston to down the Yankees 5-to-4 in 14 innings.
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For the second straight night, it was David Ortiz coming through. His single to center in the bottom of the 14th chased home Johnny Damon with the winning run. The Sox win 5-to-4, and now trail in the best of seven game series 3 to 2, with game 6 tonight in New York.
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The Sox-Yankees series overshadowed a dramatic finish in yesterday's National League game. It leaves Houston just a win away from the World Series.
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The Astros won game five, 3-to-0 on Jeff Kent's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
Houston leads the Cardinals three games to two, and needs just one win to reach the World Series for the first time in its 43- year history.
Game six is tonight in St. Louis.
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Saint Louis sports fans needed two televisions last night .. one for the Cards and the other for the Rams, who hosted Tampa Bay for Monday Night Football.
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The Rams' Marc Bulger threw an early fourth-quarter, 36-yard touchdown pass to Tory Holt for their second scoring hookup of the game.
St. Louis wins 28 to 21, and gains sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
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In this extreme sport, nothing less than perfect timing is acceptable.
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An Austrian daredevil took his freefall adventures to new heights in Croatia, by successfully jumping into a 625- foot cave.
BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner's leap lasted only seven-and-a-half seconds.
It required impeccable timing to avoid hitting the rocky sides of the cave, while releasing the parachute before reaching the bottom.
BASE jumpers routinely throw themselves off buildings, bridges and cliffs-- and open their parachutes at the last second.
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