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Iraqis all over the world are casting their ballots today for the nation's first independent election in DECADES.
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But that only seems to be triggering more attacks in Iraq.
The military says two more American soldiers were killed today.
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Dry weather will continue this afternoon but then some changes head in for the weekend. Will we see any snow. I'll have your forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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For the second weekend in a row, Mother Nature is threatening us. Let's go to meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner in the Weather Center.
Leo, what should we expect tomorrow?

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Insurgents are keeping up the pressure as Iraq prepares to head to the polls on Sunday.
The U-S military says two American soldiers have been killed in separate incidents today in Baghdad.
Officials say one was killed and three were wounded in a roadside bomb attack.
Charlie D'Agata has the latest.
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(( LOCATOR: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
Driven to destroy any chance of democracy in the new Iraq, suicide car bombers struck again this morning in Baghdad.
Iraqi police opened fire as a vehicle raced toward a police station... it blew up, killing four Iraqi officers.
In a second attack nearby, insurgents disguised a car bomb as a police car - it hit a concrete barrier, killing no one but the bomber himself.

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In anticipation of escalating violence, the majority of American troops have been deployed from their bases in Baghdad to areas around the capital -- in the hours ahead, the city will be in lock-down.

SOT - MAJOR WILLIAM EDWARDS/US ARMY

"I'M CONFIDENT THAT WITH THE HELP OF THE IRAQI SECURITY FORCES THAT ARE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE BAGHDAD AREA THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN A SECURE ENVIRONMENT.

(STANDUP BRIDGE) CHARLIE D'AGATA/BAGHDAD

Not just forces on the ground, but in the air.. helicopters have been buzzing over Baghdad all day - even F-15 fighter jets are roaring overhead. It's tense, as we head toward an historic, but potentially very dangerous weekend.

(newser on arrests)

Claiming a pre-election victory, authorities in Iraq announced the arrest of two close associates of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, including the chief of the terror mastermind's Baghdad operation.

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To foil insurgents bent on wrecking Sunday's election, police have banned travel between provinces.and by tomorrow night ALL civilian traffic must be off the road.
Strict measures Iraqi officials hope will pave the way for voters to go safely to the polls.
Charlie D'Agata, CBS News, Baghdad.

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Meanwhile, Iraqis living in other countries are hailing today as a major victory for democracy as they vote in Iraq's national election.
And the U-S is no exception, with voting locations in several parts of the country.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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(NATZ VOTING, APPLAUSE)


IRAQIS IN AMERICA HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME FOR THIS DAY.

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MORE THAN 25 THOUSAND IRAQI EXPATRIATES ARE EXPECTED AT VOTING PLACES ACROSS AMERICA...TO BEGIN CHOOSING IRAQ'S 275 MEMBER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.
IN SOUTHGATE MICHIGAN ....VOTERS WERE CELEBRATING.

SOT: MOS/VOTER, (NO NAME AVAILABLE)

"ITS THE GREATEST FEELING IN MY LIFE."

SOT: HALA ALIAS/VOTER

"ITS THAT FEELING OF FREEDOM THAT I'VE NEVER HAD BEFORE."
BUT AT THIS MARYLAND VOTING SPOT...THE MOOD IS DIFFERENT....MORE SUBDUED.

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With workers sitting around waiting for voters, the turnout so far is disappointing.

sot: JEREMY COPELAND/VOTER

"fear is a factor, not for us, but for our families back home."

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SINCE SO MANY IRAQIS FLED SADDAM HUSSEIN'S TYRANNY OVER THE YEARS...THAT NATION'S VOTING POPULATION IS SPREAD ALL OVER THE GLOBE.
THIS MORNING...VOTERS CAST BALLOTS IN FRANCE.....IN GERMANY.....AND IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.

SOT: YOUKHANA KHAMIS/VOTER

"WE'RE PROUD TO BE FOR IRAQI FREEDOM AND FOR THE WHOLE NATIONALITY IN IRAQ."
THESE VOTERS ......HAVE THE ENTIRE WEEKEND TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY VOTED....THE EXPERIENCE IS BEING DESCRIBED.. LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE...AND ONE THEY HOPE WILL HAVE A PEACEFUL ENDING. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, CARROLLTON, MARYLAND.
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A Roanoke doctor now in Sri Lanka compares the devastation from December's tsunami to a nuclear blast. While the destruction is overwhelming, Dr. Sam Samarasinghe says the generosity of Roanokers has been put to good use.
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In photos emailed from Sri Lanka, Samarasinghe describes widespread damage and tremendous loss of life.
He says residents of the coastal regions are receiving basic food and medical care in overcrowded shelters.
Medical supplies collected in Roanoke were delivered to a camp caring for hundreds of people.
We'll hear from Samarasinghe tonight on News 7 at 5 and Six.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see a new medical technique that can stop life threatening blood clots.
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Also a state Senator has a warning for parents to consider as they look for child care.
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Does your child's day care facility have liability insurance?
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It's not required in Virginia. That's why Senator John Edwards is pushing a bill requiring those without to post it on a sign, and get written acknowledgment from parents. He says liability insurance is something many parents don't think about until it's too late.
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The bill was inspired by Georgia resident Jacqueline Boatwright. Her son, Juan, fell head first into a bucket of mop- water containing bleach at his day care. He's now on life support. Boatwright says she's now left with medical bills totaling three million dollars.
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The man accused of causing a deadly train derailment in California is expected to be arraigned on murder charges today.
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25- year- old Juan Manuel Alvarez faces eleven murder charges that carry the death penalty.
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The suicidal man abandoned his S-U-V on the railroad tracks-- setting of a deadly chain of events.
Alvarez is heading to court, just as officials release 9- 1- 1 tapes of calls from witnesses.
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The mangled train cars are to be carried off the tracks today, and officials say the tracks should re- open on Monday.
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When blood clots form in the legs, they can travel to the lungs, and that can be fatal.
Now a new technique can clear the clots before they can kill.
Doctor Sean Kenniff explains.
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Bedford County is one step closer to replacing Jefferson Forest High School.
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Last night, the school board voted to negotiate with a Lynchburg based company called First Choice to build a new J-F and then a combination middle and high school in New London.
The company realizes it's taking a big risk since the Board of Supervisors may reject the proposal.
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Some Supervisors have said they want the current JF renovated.
It is unclear when Supervisors may take up this issue.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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[TAKE BOOK APRISA FULL ] we'll speak to a best selling writer from our region on her new NASCAR themed novel.
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She's considered the voice of the South, with her bestselling novels that are set against the backdrop of Appalachia. [TAKE BOOK FULL]
Sharyn McCrumb is keeping with her southern roots by weaving a tale about stock car racing in her latest book, "St. Dale."
She joins us now to tell us more about it.
Good Afternoon, Sharyn.

(St. Dale, of course, refers to the late NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt. I have to ask, are you a big NASCAR fan?)




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(How do you think this novel compares to your other works?)



(And people around here will get a chance to meet you next week-- You're doing a book signing in Roanoke on Monday with

NASCAR driver Ward Burton at Cantos Books)

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Thanks for joining us today, Sharyn. It's a pleasure to talk with you.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 57 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 15.
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Tech and U-V-A go head to head on the hardwood.
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Coming up in Sports, Tech squeaks by with a win in their first matchup as A-C-C rivals.
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In state bragging rights were on the line last night at the Cassell -- with U-V-A and Tech meeting on the hardwood.
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The first meeting of the two in-state rivals as members of the ACC would feature a super performance by sophomore Coleman Collins. The Stone Mountain, Georgia native scored 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. The Cavaliers trailed by three at the half despite some solid play from their top player - Devin Smith, who scored a game high 24 points. Roanoke's J.R. Reynolds was held scoreless in the first half, but he helped UVa cut into a 16 point Tech lead. Carlos Dixon -- the Hokies' lone senior -- would again rise to the occasion. He scored 16 and Tech held off a late UVa rally to post the 79 to 73 win.
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The Hokies are now 11-and-6 overall and 4-and-2 in the ACC, while UVa falls to 10-and-7 overall and just 1-and-6 in the conference.
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A British explorer has done the impossible-- or at least what was ONCE believed to impossible.
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Steve Brooks has become the first person to fly a helicopter from the North Pole to the South Pole.
Aviation experts had long said the voyage couldn't be done.
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((STEVE BROOKS/ADVENTURER:SO HERE WE ARE, TWO YEARS, TWO HELICOPTERS, TWENTY THOUSAND MILES, TWENTY COUNTRIES, TWO POLES AND WE'VE ARRIVED. ))
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Along with his co-pilot, Brooks went from the North Pole to Alaska, and along the West Coast and on through Central and South America.
The most dangerous part of the trip-- crossing the Drake Passage to the northern tip of Antarctica and on to the South Pole.
Brooks says the feat wasn't easy-- he just stayed motivated and kept going.
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