Next on News 7 at Five- we'll have two live reports as we track the progression of Hurricane Bonnie.
And authorities are looking for a hit and run driver that killed a 34 year old woman last night.
The rains from Bonnie stay well away as the heat continues in SW Virginia.
In medical news, researchers may have discovered a cheap and easy treatment for the symptoms of P-M-S.
and we'll see how some doctors are having success using a common depression drug to treat social phobias.
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Residents on the North Carolina Coast are bracing themselves for enormous flooding as hurricane Bonnie stalls just off shore.
The eye of Hurricane Bonnie is bearing down on North Carolina.
Power is out -- and the storm is only beginning to punish the eastern seaboard.
Winds have topped 70mph in Wilmington and tornadoes are possible all along the coast.
The storm has ripped part of the roof from a hospital near Cape Fear, and knocked out power to 100-thousand people.
Maureen Maher has the latest from the Outer Banks.
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We continue now with our coverage of Hurricane Bonnie. The Hurricane continues to pound the Carolina coastline at this hour.
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Ellen Qualls joins us now from Morehead City, North Carolina.
Ellen, how are things there now?
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State Police are investigating a deadly hit- and- run accident in Pittsylvania County.
34-year old Cynthia Faye White was found dead along State Route 360 around 9:30 this morning.
Traffic was limited to one lane while State Police searched the area for pieces of the vehicle involved.
Troopers say a witness heard the accident some time between 9 and 11 last night.
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((TRP. M.B. ELLIOTT/VA STATE POLICE: SHE WAS DISCOVERED THIS MORNING BY HER BOYFRIEND WHO WAS WALKING DOWN THE SHOULDER OF THE HIGHWAY AND HE FOUND HER LAYING IN THE DITCH. SHE WAS DECEASED AT THE TIME HE FOUND HER.))
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State Police are looking for a dark colored Ford pickup truck with front end damage.
Anyone with information about this fatal accident should contact the State Police in Salem.
A Henry County manufacturing plant is closing, but its 70-workers will retain their jobs with two parent companies.
Tri-Wood Incorporated is jointly owned by Bassett and Hooker furniture companies.
The plant has made particle board for furniture production since 1983.
Bassett and Hooker will move Tri-Wood operations to their facilities by early next year.
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Our coverage of Hurricane Bonnie will continue after this break. We'll hear from Ellen Qualls live from Moorehead City, North Carolina.
and we'll tell you why defense attorneys want to see hazing charges against three V-M-I cadets dropped.
A 21- year- old Franklin County man was convicted today of murdering his girlfriend.
Rodney Gill shot 19- year- old LaKisha Stockton last August as she lay in bed, trying to protect her face with her arm.
He then straddled her body and shot himself up through the chin, but the bullet did not kill him.
Gill's attorney said the shooting was an accident.
But this nine millimeter pistol had two working safety locks and required extra pressure to fire.
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((DAVID GIBBS/FORENSICS EXPERT: THERE'S A DEFECT ON THE MECHANISM OF THIS FIRE ON THE INSIDE AND IT WILL NOT FIRE IN THE DOUBLE ACTION MODE. SIMPLY, TO FIRE, IT HAS TO BE COCKED MANUALLY, LOADED MANUALLY.))
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Judge William Alexander says Gill obviously meant to kill her -- but convicted him only of second- degree murder because there was no proof Gill planned the murder in advance.
The girl's friends and co-workers testified Gill had abused her in the past, and she was about to move across the county when he killed her.
He will be sentenced in October.
Three VMI cadets charged with hazing for allegedly beating former cadet George Wade are asking a judge to throw out the charges.
Defense lawyer Thomas Spencer says the law is too vague because it doesn't clearly define hazing, or who can be charged with it.
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Wade's father agrees the hazing law needs to be improved.
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((GEORGE WADE, SR; IF THE LAW CAN BE CHANGED SO IT IS BETTER UNDERSTOOD, THEN HE'S ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED ONE OF HIS GOALS.))
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The judge did not rule on the motion today.
Michael Irvine, the special prosecutor in the case, has 30 days to prepare his response.
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A merchant in downtown Roanoke is hoping to reform HEMP's reputation.
Patrick Evans is standing by with what some are calling good material with a bad reputation.
Blue Ridge Hemp company bills itself as "eco-friendly", so we wanted to find out more.
Patrick Evans has ventured to Downtown Roanoke to find out more about this frequently maligned, multifaceted material.
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Coming up in Sports, Dale Earnhardt will head to Japan to take on his rising sun.
and on Health Check
we'll see how a depression drug is helping patients with an overwhelming fear of social interaction.
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Something as common as a calcium supplement could help millions of women who suffer the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
A new study says calcium can reduce the mood swings, bloating, food cravings and pain associated with P-M-S.
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The study showed overall symptoms were reduced by 48 percent.
Women can get the calcium they need from either supplements, four glasses of milk or three servings of yogurt a day.
Almost everyone has felt uneasy or shy in a social situation, but for people with severe social phobia, it can be so bad, they avoid human contact all together.
Now for the first time, a treatment is promising to help.
Sandra Maas reports.
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In Sports, Dale Earnhardt Junior is taking his pop to Japan. With that and more here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Earnhardt]
Thanks so much Tonya and welcome everybody to the midweek ticker.
NASCAR has come up with a number of great promotions and events during its 50th anniversary season, but today's announcement
in Atlanta just might be its best.
Coca Cola announced today that it is not only sponsoring the season ending exhibition race in Japan but it also is sponsoring Chevy's driven by both Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Dale Sr.
It will mark the first time that the father and son have raced against each other.
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This is the first time in 20 years that Coke has sponsored a car in NASCAR.
The Roger Maris chase is back in full swing this afternoon thanks to the efforts of Sammy Sosa.
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In the top of the third inning, Sosa ripped this solo shot out of Synergy Field as the Cubs beat the Reds 9-to-2. Sosa now has 52 homers and 130 rbis.
As for McGwire, he is still bothered that people across the country are criticizing him for using the diet supplement androstenedione (AN-DRO-STEN-DE-OWN).
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Donna Andrews will be the first female touring pro featured at the tee Off for Sight Golf Tournament.
Prevent Blindness Virginia and Hunting Hills announced Andrews upcoming visit this morning.
Andrews has six career LPGA victories.
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This year's Tee Off for Sight tourney hopes to raise 30 thousand dollars to prevent Blindess.
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That's it for sports, don't go away, more news 7 at 5 to come.
Halmode apparel has announced plans to disconintue its manufacturing operations in Roanoke.
The decision will affect about 180 of the company's 450 workers here. The plan takes effect in late October.
Halmode manufactures moderately priced dresses and sportswear. We'll have more on the announcement on News 7 at Six.