The Florida keys are taking a beating.
Hurricane Georges has arrived.
Streets are under water and trees are snapping like twigs under the
force of 100 mile an hour winds.
There are already reports of scattered power outages.
The number of dead from Georges in the Caribbean is now more than 300 and could climb much higher.
Maureen Maher has the latest from Miami Beach.
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SOUTH FLORIDA IS FEELING THE WORST OF HURRICANE GEORGES.. AS THE
POWERFUL HIT THE FLORIDA KEYS.
PACKED WITH STRONG WINDS AND TORRENTIAL RAINS, GEORGES SENT WAVES
CRASHING ONTO STREETS, TOPPLING TREES AND KNOCKING OUT POWER. THERE ARE
ALSO REPORTS THAT PARTS OF THE ROAD LINKING THE KEYS ARE ALREADY UNDER
JAMES LEE WITT/DIRECTOR, FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
AGENCY "we can help rebuild, but just remember we can't replace that
life. So, please heed those warnings."
BUT MANY PEOPLE.. LIKE ORIN OPPERMAN AND HIS DAUGHTER.. ARE RIDING OUT
THE STORM IN KEY WEST.
SOT/09:45:23 "we live one key up in a mobile home. it's rated to 120,
but the eye is supposed to pass south of key west. and the mobile home
probably won't stand up for several hours at 100."
PRESIDENT CLINTON TODAY SAID HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY
WITH FLORIDA TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE.
SOT/09:06:30 "we are ready as we can be and we pray that the human and
material costs will be limited."))
Let's check in with Patrick Evans for the latest forecast for Georges.
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Fire alarms went off for real at Cave Spring High School this morning.
The building was evacuated after smoke filled a classroom.
Officials say the smoke came from a burned out fluorescent light.
Firefighters from several different parts of the county responded.
But students were soon back in class.
Police have released the name of a boy killed by a train last night.
Detectives say 17-year-old Jeffrey Williams of Shawsville was alone when the train hit him, near the Roanoke County-Montgomery County line.
Police say the death was an accident.
They say the train operator saw the boy and tried to stop but did not have enough time.
Norfolk Southern officials say the train was traveling about 35-miles an hour.
A man who ran a stop sign while drunk and hit another car, killing the driver, will spend the next 8 years in prison.
The same jury already convicted Wayne Lamar Moyer of involuntary manslaughter.
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The February 20-th crash killed Elwood Lewis Preston.
Authorities said Moyer's blood alcohol level was point-one-seven-- twice the legal limit.
President Clinton promised federal assistance for Florida hurricane victims in a speech today at the White House.
He also used the opportunity to challenge Congress to put aside politics and pass government spending measures.
This after he signed a stopgap spending plan to keep the
government from shutting down next week.
((BY FAILING TO MEET IT'S MOST BASIC GOVERNING RESPONSIBILITES... PARTISAN OVER POLITICS, POLITICS OVER PEOPLE. ))
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The House Judiciary Committee meets behind closed doors at this hour.
Members are trying to reach an agreement on making public some 60-thousand pages still remaining from Kenneth Starr's investigation.
Included are the transcripts of audio tapes Linda Tripp made of her chats with Monica Lewinsky.
Some southside Virginians are turning to a high power for guidance to handle the details of the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal.
Members of the Watson Memorial United Methodist Church in Chatham are tying hundreds of white ribbons.
They hope people will wear them next week as a symbol of peace and healing for the nation.
The church believes God may help people find a positive light somewhere in the White House scandal.
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((REV. CHARLES WICKHAM/WATSON MEMORIAL U.M.C.: WE'VE GOT TO HAVE SOMETHING TO ALL THE PEOPLE TO GOD BECAUSE IN MY VIEW HE IS THE ONLY ONLY SOURCE OF RECONCILIATION OF BRINGING ABOUT SOME SENSE OF ALL THIS MESS THAT'S GOING ON.))
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Church members are making 500-white ribbons-- to hand out at this Sunday's service.
If the pen is mightier than the sword, it is the sword that author
Salman Rushdie feared for more than a decade.
His novel "Satanic Verses" had so angered the Islamic regime of the Ayatola Khomeini, who considered it blasphemous, that a death sentence was passed on him.
Now, as Iran seeks greater ties with the west, the death threat has been, if not rescinded, at least shelved.
(( SALAM RUSHDIE:BEHIND THE ISSUES OF TERRORISM AND SECURITY AND SPECIAL BRANCH PROTECTION AND HOW MUCH IT COSTS AND ALL THAT, THERE IS THIS FUNDAMENTAL THING THAT WE HAVE TRIED TO DEFEND AND I FEEL THAT IT HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE TO DEFEND IT. ))
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There are still some hard line groups who may see Rushdie as a
The recent run on Colonial Downs stock is being attributed to the company's chief executive.
Officials also said yesterday that the volume turned out to be less than first thought.
As a result the state racing commission and the attorney general's office have dropped their investigations into the trading.
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The stock activity rasied concerns that an outsider was buying up shares of the company.
Approval by the racing commission is required to obtain more than five percent of Colonial Downs's stock.
Lynchburg's Delta Star Incorporated is rejecting a takeover attempt by a Minneapolis- based company.
Sigma-7 Products announced yesterday its intention to aquire Delta Star, a deal worth an estimated 15- million dollars.
But Delta Star officials call the offer "unnacceptable", adding that Sigma- 7's finances are inadequate.
Sigma- 7 also failed to provide the standard 100- thousand dollar fee during a previous buyout attempt.
Delta Star employs about 250 people in its Lynchburg facility.. they make electrical transformers for power companies.
It's taken some big hits over the last year or so, but business is booming at Towers Shopping Center.
That's according to the man who owns it.
Even though there's empty space where a movie theater just closed ...
And a big hole where Woolworth's used to be...
Gary Rappaport said Towers is turning a profit.
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((GARY RAPPAPORT: WE FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE REINVESTING THE DOLLARS BACK INTO THE PROPERTY AND BACK INTO ROANOKE AND WE'RE A FIRM BELIEVER THAT WILL CONTINUE. WE'VE OWNED IT FOR NOW TWELVE YEARS WE EXPECT TO OWN IT FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.))
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A new deli-style store, called "Heavenly Ham" is opening today.
Rappaport said he's also recruiting stores to move into the old movie theater and an old gas station on the property.
As flu season rolls upon us, no one's looking forward to the aches
and pains that are caused by the virus.
But flu sufferers don't despair-- because you may soon be able to
seek faster relief in a pill.
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Unlike over- the- counter medications, scientists say an experimental pill called G-S-4-1-0-4 actually attacks the influenza virus.
Tests show its gets flu sufferers back on their feet much more quickly.
Those tTest results will be outlined today in San Diego.
Flawless skin is just a micro-thin layer away.
Developed in California, micropeels are now being done here in Roanoke.
In an doctor's office, skin care technicians cleanse and exfoliate the skin with medical grade conditioners and acids, peeling away the top, pore-clogged surface cells.
Patients say the result is smoother, healthier looking skin.
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((KATHY CASTLE/MEDICAL SKINCARE TECH: IT CAN BE FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION, IT CAN BE FOR VERY SENSITIVE PEOPLE, FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACNE PRONE SKIN, WE HAVE AN ACID PEEL FOR ALL SKIN TYPES.))
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The BioMedic Micropeels costs about 55 dollars a treatment, about the same as a spa facial.
Dermatologists say the peels do improve the condition of the skin, but the results are temporary.
Who served as a Virginia delegate, a U-S congressman, Secretary of State and then spent 34 years as the Chief Justice of the United States?
The answer is John Marshall.
Yesterday, on the 243rd anniversary of his birth, Marshall's dimly remembered legacy got new attention.
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((HARRY CARRICO/CHIEF JUSTICE OF VIRGINIA: WHILE JAMES MADISON, WITH HIS AUTHORSHIP, MAY HAVE GIVEN THE CONSTITUTION A BODY, AND GEORGE MASON AND PATRICK HENRY, WITH THEIR INSISTENCE ON A BILL OF RIGHTS, MAY HAVE GIVEN IT A HEART, JOHN MARSHALL, WITH THE USE OF HIS BRILLIANT AND ANALYTICAL MIND, GAVE IT A SOUL.))
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The man Virginia's Chief Justice says has NOT been "properly remembered" had his grave restored and rededicated.
His portrait will hang in Governor Jim Gilmore's office until the end of Gilmore's term.
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa still share the major league homerun lead with 65, heading into the final weekend of the season.
Sosa's Cubs will battle with the New York Mets for the National League wild card spot.
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While in Boston, the Red Sox eliminated the rest of the American League contenders- clinching the wildcard berth with a 9 to 6 victory over the Orioles.
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In New York, the Yankees took their spot in the record books.
With their one hundred-eleventh win of the season, the Yanks tied the American League record for wins in a season. They did it with a 5-to-2 victory over Tampa Bay.
Shane Spencer turned around a 2-to-1 defecit with this 6th inning grand slam.
Earlier this week, the Virginia High School League's executive committee made it's final decisions on next year's redistricting and reclassifications.
And not surprisingly, some schools got just what they wanted, while others did not.
Mike Stevens has more.
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((A number of familiar faces from the area made the trek to Charlottesville on Wednesday. All were heard but not everyone was pleased after the votes were tallied.
For starters, the Northwest region's attempt to keep Amherst County from dropping back to Group Two-A failed. The Lancers will return to the Seminole next season.
That leaves the western district with just four teams. The Committee refused to combine the Western and Roanoke Valley.
Dan River and Tunstall asked for and received permission to return to the Piedmont.
Their spots in the Dogwood district will be taken by Appomattox and Nelson County.
But not everyone left Charlottesville a happy camper.
Rustburg's request to join the Dogwood was denied. The Red Devils stay in the Seminole.
Rockbridge County was thought to be on its way to the Valley district where Lexington used to compete on a regular basis.
But the the Cats request was soundly defeated. Rockbridge will stay in the Blue Ridge.))
In two other moves, Carroll County will remain in the Southwest, and Lebanon will stay in the Black Diamond. [Nascar]
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You can also tune into WDBJ tomorrow night for an hour long racing special.
You'll get to take a shop tour with Ricky Rudd, relive some of NASCAR's greatest rivalries, meet up with Martinsville dominator Bobby Hamilton, and see a local man who recorded a song about the Martinsville Speedway.
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(-------------) That's all in the works for tomorrow night from 7 to 8 as we present more Thunder in the Foothills.