Coming up on News 7 at Five -
A grand jury hands down more charges against a man accused of attacking a woman in Blacksburg.
and school accreditation standards are about to change. See how schools will have to make the grade.
The gloomy weather pattern continues at least for another 36 hours, with clouds, fog and drizzle. Expect some sunshine to return this weekend.
The latest coming up in the 7-Day Planner.
In Health Check - Prescription drug help is on it's way to Virginians.
and having twins, triplets or even more multiples can be a strain on your time and energy - but sometimes the biggest hit is on your wallet.
Plus a look at the celebrations in Boston.
Stay with us. News 7 at Five is next.
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More charges are bign pressed against a man accused in a brutal attack in downtown Blacksburg.
This week a Montgomery County Grand Jury brought three more charges against 26 year old Holland Blaine Davy.
He was already being held on felony charges in connection with the attack on a waitress in June.
Police say the woman was walking home from work when she was grabbed and attacked in a stairwell.
Prosecutors are expected to drop the original charges in favor of aggravated malicious wounding, abduction and attempted rape.
84- percent of Virginia schools are now completely accredited.
That from the Department of Education today, which released the Commonwealth's latest testing scores.
That's a six- percent increase over last year's numbers but, still, hundreds of Virginia schools are NOT fully accredited.
Education officials say they'll use the data to determine how to help those schools still struggling.
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DeMary says she's pleased with the numbers considering standards for elementary schools rose this year.
Governor Mark Warner says the numbers are a testament of the hard work put in by Virginia teachers, students and parents.
Coming up on News 7 at Six we'll show you which school districts in the News 7 viewing area made the grade.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has a low platelet count.
Arafat is to be flown to Paris for more testing and treatment.
The news that the Palestinian leader has a shortage of platelets, which aid in blood clotting is the first official statement on Arafat's health since he was reported sick yesterday.
Arafat's personal physician says there's no immediate threat to Arafat's life and that the leader's ''spirits are high.''
There are a variety of factors that could account for the condition.
Among the possible causes are bleeding ulcers, colitis and blood cancers such as leukemia.
Another U-S soldier has been killed in Iraq.
The U-S military says the soldier, whose name has yet to be released, was attacked by rebels while on patrol 40-miles north of Baghdad.
Meantime, a Polish woman is being held hostage by kidnappers in Iraq.
The militants say the unidentified woman works with U-S troops.
They also demand the release of all Iraqi female prisoners.
An Iraqi Interior Ministry official says she's a longtime Iraq resident with Iraqi citizenship.
Also, the U-N nuclear agency is commenting on missing explosives that have become an issue in the presidential campaign.
A spokeswoman says the agency warned the U-S that the nearly 380-tons of material at an Iraqi weapons site were vulnerable after looters hit another facility in April 2003.
She did not identified which U-S officials were warned.
John Kerry says President Bush needs to take responsibility for those missing explosives.
The democrat campaigned in Wisconsin today with help from all-American rocker, Bruce Springsteen.
He opened his day in front of a raucous crowd in Ohio, telling noisy supporters he hoped President Bush could hear them because they're ``the rumble of change.''
Meantime, in Ohio, Mr. Bush said John Kerry is unable to take a position and stick to it and that that disqualifies him from being president
The presidents says his foe has run a ``campaign of contradictions'' -- repeatedly flip-flipping on the issues and trading ``principle for political convenience.''
In other political news - officials say the F-B-I is investigating whether the Bush administration improperly awarded contracts to Halliburton.
The Associated Press is reporting that agents are hoping to interview a top Army contracting officer.
They are also collecting documents from several government offices.
John Kerry may not be expected to win Virginia next week, but it won't be because Dr. Ralph Stanley wasn't trying hard enough.
The bluegrass legend and Virginia native paid a visit to central and southwest Virginia today, hoping to generate some support for the Kerry-Edwards ticket.
Stanley hopes his international reputation will help persuade some undecided voters to pull the Democratic lever next Tuesday.
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Stanley appeared with state Democratic chairman Larry Framme (FRAH-mee) who says he expects Kerry to pull a surprise and win Virginia next week, despite recent polls that show President Bush with a safe lead.
The curse of the Bambino is broken.
Boston fans are still celebrating the World Champion Red Sox win as the team returns home to Fenway Park.
Jennifer Miller has more.
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((MAGIC A MIRACLE .THE REVERSE OF THE CURSE CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE, BUT
RED SOX FANS CALL THE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP LONG OVERDUE.
THE ONCE ETERNAL UNDERDOG IS NOW KING OF AMERICAS PAST TIME.
OUTSIDE FENWAY PARK, FANS WAITED HOURS TO WELCOME HOME THE TEAM AND BUY
ITS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP SOUVENIRS IN NEARLY A CENTURY.
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WEDNESDAY THE SOX BROKE THEIR 86-YEAR WORLD SERIES DROUGHT.
IT STARTED WHEN BOSTON SOLD BABE RUTH TO THE NEW YORK YANKEES. THE
BAMBINO CURSE OUTLIVED GENERATIONS OF FANS
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THE FUN BEGAN WITH A LEGENDARY COMEBACK. DOWN BY THREE GAMES, THE RED
SOX DEFEATED THE HATED YANKEES IN GAME SEVEN OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. THEY WENT ON TO CRUSH THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS IN
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"WE KNOW WHAT WE JUST DID IS SOMETHING PEOPLE THOUGHT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN
BOSTON IS PLANNING A VICTORY CELEBRATION AND PARADE FOR THIS SATURDAY.
BUT THE TEAM PROBABLY WONT GET THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS UNTIL NEXT
YEARS HOME OPENER AGAINST WHO ELSE THE YANKEES.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, BOSTON.))
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Coming up in Health Check - financing families when you have multiples.
and prescription drug help is on the way to Virginia. See who qualifies after the break.
Help is on the way for low- income Virginians struggling to afford prescription drugs.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore today presented checks for more than 830- thousand- dollars.
The money is to be used to buy prescription drugs for low- income, elderly and disabled Virginians.
The funds are the result of a settlement with Medco Incorporated.
They were split between two organizations that manage dozens of free clinics in the Commonwealth.
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Both organizations have agreed to use the most cost- affective methods when buying prescriptions.
Aside from juggling babies, bottles and diaper changes, parents of multiples face the financial ralities of having more than one child at a time.
Doctor Sanjay Gupta looks at the money side of parenting multiples.
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((six weeks after having twins...soledad was back at the office...showing them off
nice natpop soledad with bill and jack showing off babies
with two older children at home she's had years to master the balance between kids *and* a career...but some multiple moms like 43-year-old marybeth arellano (prono: ah-ray-ah-no) find it difficult returning to the work world
i had mixed feelings. i did want to come back to work // but i wanted to be with my kids too
but it was no longer a choice just months after her triplets were born. marybeth and her husband got a divorce...medical issues prevent him from helping financially.
it's like a just a // nightmare...for a little while and then you just start making sense of it, and you start getting it together and then you start planning
she does all the planning and the raising on her own...the onus on her to transport feed and clothe not just the triplets, but their 5-year-old brother as well.
the cost of raising once child to the age of 18... about 200 thousand dollars... all four over 3/4 of a million dollars...
Arellano navigates the cost in part by using government programs...low-cost childcare.. and clubs for moms of multiples where they share things like hand-me-down clothes...and information
being able to network and get absolutely accurate information or information from people that have gone through similar experiences often can be lifesaving // someone who's been there and can say' honey you're gonna make it'.
Arellano knows she'll make it...at least financially...
what she and other mothers of multiples struggle with as the years go by...the emotional toll of caring for so many kids...
sometimes these moms have a real sense of isolation because what they're doing is so different than what most people do, and most people don't have triplets
that isolation obviously more pronounced for those going it alone--
i think the hardest part // is probably when they reach a milestone and you're so excited, but they're no one to share it with....you just turn around and say, 'oh my god look what he just did.' it's lonely in that way
lonely sometimes...but Arellano speaks for so many moms out there when she says...it's more than worth it...
dr. sanjay gupta, atlanta))
Usually hats are a no- no in class but not at one school today.
In fact, students at the Roanoke Academy of Math and Sciences were encouraged to don a cap as part of red ribbon week - a campaign against drugs.
Today's message is "let's put a cap on drug use."
Some wore hats sporting their favorite team-
Others wore flowered hats.
Tomorrow students will wear jerseys from their favorite team... all in an effort to team up against drugs.
After the break - will the gloomy, cool weather continue? Brent Watts takes a complete look at the forecast coming up
and - this costume ball was for the birds. Take a look as people and their pets strut their stuff a little later.
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Dreamworks moves from the big screen to wall street. See how it's doing - plus a look at all the days action in today's Marketwatch.
and we'll have a pre-game report as Atlanta prepares for the battle of the Techs.
Good Afternoon folks.
It's showtime for the Hokies tonight as they step back into the Thursday night spotlight in Hotlanta.
Travis Wells checks in from Bobby Dodd Stadium with a pregame report.
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Baseball is coming back to Martinsville next season in the form of a franchise in the Coastal Plain League.
The CPL is a summer college baseball league which began play in 1997 and for the most part offers college players a chance to stay active in the summer.
It is certified by the NCAA and Major League Baseball.
Most of the teams in this league are in North Carolina. InVirginia teams are currently in Petersburg and Hampton.
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In January of this year, the Houston Astros announced that they were moving their Appalachian League affiliate from Martinsville to Greeneville, Tennessee.
The Astros spent 5 years at Hooker Field and won the Appy League title there in 1999.
Shannon is coming back in just a moment to wrap up News 7 at Five.
Take care everybody.
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Stocks closed slightly higher today extending Wall Street's rally for a third day. Marcella Palmer has more in today's Marketwatch.
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And finally today - The pets on parade in this event were down right scary.
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The Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade and Parade brought costumed pets and owners out in Key West.
The event attracts thousands of spectators and this year 72 pets and people dressed up for the fun.
The FBI begins an investigation of government contracts awarded to Haliburton.
The story tonight on News Seven at Eleven.