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A tornado struck a Pittsylvania County home last night, ripping the roof off, but injuring no one.
And a mudslide blocked one lane of U-S 29 on White Oak Mountain.
A second tornado touched down just south of Danville- in Caswell County, North Carolina.
Christy Hubley reports on last night's storms.
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(( Storm clouds loomed over Southside Virginia most of the night.
Ominous lightning lit up the sky.
A tornado is believed to have hit this house off of Route 41 in Mount Hermon.
The roof is missing.. the contents of the top floor are strewn all over the yard.
Luckily, the people who live here are reported to be okay.
Other homes on this street sustained moderate damage.
Emergency crews stationed themselves throughout the southern end of Pittsylvania County.
Many of them warning motorists of flooded roads.
Earlier in the evening, a tornado touchdown was reported in Caswell County, North Carolina-- about 15 miles south of Danville.
This mobile home was completely blown over.
The people inside walked away with relatively minor injuries.
Ray Coleman says the tornado came without a warning.
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He and his baby are okay.
His barn is not.
This nursing home had to be evacuated because power was knocked out.))

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More severe weather caused extensive damage in Lee County.
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Reports of a lightning striking a water tower in the Cumberland Gap.
The explosion sent 400-thousand gallons of water crashing through a home...even collapsing a brick wall.
Other homes in the neighborhood had to deal with flooding, but no one was hurt.
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After serving nearly three months of a six month sentence jail term, the head of Operation Rescue is now a free man.
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The Reverend Flip Benham was locked up for trespassing during an abortion protest on the grounds of E.C. Glass High School last fall.
He says 80 days in the Lynchburg jail gave him a new venue for his ministry, and a host of new friends.
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(( REV. FLIP BENHAM/OPERATION RESCUE DIRECTOR: AND I REALLY LOVE THOSE GUYS, I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I MISS THEM. WE HAD A GREAT PRAYER TIME JUST BEFORE I LEFT AND I JUST BEG YOU TO PUT THIS ON.. I LOVE YOU GUYS, GOD BLESS YOU, STAY STRONG. ))
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Benham was released early becaue of good behavior.
His release is timely though, Benham's two sons graduate from Liberty University Saturday.
Benham says his anti-abortion crusade will continue even if it means more jail time.
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A former teacher is facing several charges of having sex with one of his students in Smyth County.
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A court date was set today for 34-year old Michael Dwayne Blevins.
He's charged with 30-counts of consensual oral sodomy and 15-counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Prosecutors say the teenage girl was a former student of Blevins when he taught in Rural Retreat although the alleged crimes happened in Smyth County.
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Blevins is also charged with having sex with three students while working as a teacher in Montgomery County.

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Turning now to your Friday forecast...
Periods of rain and thunderstorms will continue throughout the day. Look for highs in the low- to mid-70's.
Tonight, skies will remain cloudy, and there's still a chance for showers. Lows will be in the mid to upper-50's.
Taking a look at the extended forecast...

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Another chain reaction wreck on Interstate 64 over Afton Mountain.
Three tractor-trailers and 18 cars were involved in yesterday's pileup.
The road was blocked for about 90 minutes.
No serious injuries were reported.
Fog is partly to blame for the wreck.
But State police said the highway's fog lights were on at the time and visibility was about 100 feet -- but police said a tractor-trailer was driving too fast and clipped several vehicles.

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A robbery suspect picked the wrong getaway car.
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He tried to steal a car beloning to Roanoke police Detective Ron Jones.
Police say 20-year old Antuan Taylor first stole a money bag from a depositor at First Virginia Bank on Orange Avenue.
When Taylor's stolen getaway car wouldn't start, he ran to the bank across the street.
Jones was there in his unmarked car, getting ready to cash a check.
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((DET. RON JONES/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT: AND I NOTICED A SUBJECT RAN UP TO THE SIDE OF THE CAR WITH A PLASTIC BAG AND JERKED MY DOOR OPEN AND SAID "GET OUT, I NEED YOUR CAR, GET OUT." AND I JUST PUSHED THE DOOR AND THE SUBJECT TURNED AND STARTED RUNNING.))
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Jones chased Taylor for about ONE hundred yards, tackled him and recovered the loot.
Taylor faces robbery and other charges.
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The executive director or the Roanoke Boxing Association speaks out about the criminal charges against him.
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Rick Hawkins would NOT discuss specifics at Victory Stadium yesterday, but he says he's prepared to fight.
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((RICK HAWKINS/ROANOKE BOXING ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR: I'M READY TO GO THE FULL 15 ROUNDS IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO PUT THIS PROGRAM BACK TOGETHER. I GUARANTEE YOU I'M GOING TO BE STANDING WHEN IT'S OVER WITH. ))
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One of the Boxing Association's board members made it clear he's still in Hawkins' corner, despite Monday's indictment.
Coach George Miller did say some of the grant money may have been used to buy food for boxers and to house them during tournaments.
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((GEORGE MILLER/ROANOKE BOXING ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER: I'LL EMPHASIZE THE FACT THAT THE MONIES HAVE BEEN USED IN OTHER DIRECTIONS OTHER THAN WHAT THEY WERE APPROPRIATED FOR.))
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Hawkins says whoever's responsible for bringing down the boxing program for inner-city kids "should be ashamed of themselves."

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Federal Judge James Turk says he may intervene in Virginia Military Institute's student-run honor system.
In an era where a V-M-I degree can cost more than 68-thousand dollars, is expulsion for lying, cheating, or stealing still fair?
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((JOANNE CIULLA/UNIV. RICHMOND ETHICS PROF.: PART OF THE PROBLEM TODAY IS THAT THEY'RE VIEWED MORE LIKE LEGAL SYSTEMS.
AND THEY'RE NOT LEGAL SYSTEMS. THEY'RE WAYS OF CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT OF ETHICAL NORMS FOR AN ORGANIZATION.))
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Critics say they don't provide the same due process rights our legal systems have: NO lawyers, and less ability to present evidence.
The University of Richmond has a range of sanctions, unlike V-M-I's expulsion-only policy.
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((NANCIE LOCHARD/UNIV. OF RICHMOND HONOR CHAIR: I WOULD FEEL VERY UNCOMFORTABLE HAVING JUST AN EXPULSION SYSTEM. JUST BECAUSE I THINK THERE ARE VARIOUS DEGREES, VARIOUS MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN A PROFESSOR AND A STUDENT. AND I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A SYSTEM THE GIVES YOU VARIOUS DEGREES OF PUNISHMENT.))
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V-M-I Spokesman Mike Strickler defends the single sanction system, saying there simply aren't degrees of lying, cheating, or stealing.
U-V-A and Washington & Lee have the same system.

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Taking a break from today's news to check the forecast--
Periods of rain and thunderstorms will likely continue, with highs in the lower 70s.
Clouds will linger tonight, with a chance of more showers.
Lows in the upper 50s.
The four day forecast calls for more bumpy weather...but temperatures will stay mild.
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A tornado touched down in a rural Pittsylvania County community last night.
But no serious injuries were reported in the string of storms that battered the Danville area.
Christy Hubley reports.
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(( Storm clouds loomed over Southside Virginia most of the night.
Ominous lightning lit up the sky.
A tornado is believed to have hit this house off of Route 41 in Mount Hermon.
The roof is missing.. the contents of the top floor are strewn all over the yard.
Luckily, the people who live here are reported to be okay.
Other homes on this street sustained moderate damage.
Emergency crews stationed themselves throughout the southern end of Pittsylvania County.
Many of them warning motorists of flooded roads.
Earlier in the evening, a tornado touchdown was reported in Caswell County, North Carolina-- about 15 miles south of Danville.
This mobile home was completely blown over.
The people inside walked away with relatively minor injuries.
Ray Coleman says the tornado came without a warning.
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He and his baby are okay.
His barn is not.
This nursing home had to be evacuated because power was knocked out. CH News 7.))

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More damage from severe weather in LEE County.
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Lightning reportedly struck a water tower in Cumberland Gap.
The explosion sent 400-thousand gallons of water crashing through a home...even collapsing a brick wall.
Other homes in the neighborhood had to deal with flooding, but no one was hurt.
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After almost three months in prison, the head of Operation Rescue was released from the Lynchburg jail last night.

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The Reverend Flip Benham was locked up for trespassing during an abortion protest on the grounds of E.C. Glass High School last fall.
He says 80 days behind bars gave him a new venue for his ministry, and a host of new friends.
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(( REV. FLIP BENHAM/OPERATION RESCUE DIRECTOR: AND I REALLY LOVE THOSE GUYS, I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I MISS THEM. WE HAD A GREAT PRAYER TIME JUST BEFORE I LEFT AND I JUST BEG YOU TO PUT THIS ON.. I LOVE YOU GUYS, GOD BLESS YOU, STAY STRONG. ))
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Benham was released early becaue of good behavior.
His release is timely though, Benham's two sons graduate from Liberty University Saturday.
Benham says his anti-abortion crusade will continue even if it means more jail time.
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Some Cave Spring High School students were caught in a surprise inspection yesterday.
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Roanoke County police officers made a surprise visual sweep of cars in the Cave Spring parking lot yesterday morning.
A county lieutenant says officers found marijuana in three vehicles.
They also found what may be a crack pipe, and several cars which contained tobacco products, which are also prohibited on school grounds.
Several students may be charged later as a result of yesterday's search.
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Roanokers woke up to a city a'bloom this morning.
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Crews hung out late last night to add a floral touch around downtown.
A total of 331 baskets of flowers were hung on lamposts all over downtown.
They cost about 10,000 dollars and were donated by Valley Beautiful.
Flower baskets filled with lilies, geraniums and petunias, among other plants line six areas in downtown Roanoke including Church Avenue and Market Square.
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Turning now to the Friday forecast--
Be careful driving, as periods of rain and thunderstorms continue.
Highs in the lower 70s.
Cloudy overnight, with a lingering chance of showers.
Lows in the upper 50s.
The extended forecast calls for more of the same kind of weather...
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