Next on News 7 at Six....
all kinds of severe weather watches and warnings around the viewing area today... we'll have the latest.
Plus they lined up at the Roanoke Civic Center again today... we'll tell you which big star the fans are infatuated with THIS time.
In sports, A big time high school wrestling tournament at Brookville high school today the Chicago Bears are still looking for a new head coach.
And the Roanoke Express returns to the Roundhouse tonight for a game against Wheeling.
A very active afternoon-- but no reports of tornado touchdowns or major flooding.
A wrap up is coming up.
Heavy rain and thunder storms hit many parts of our viewing area today.
Andrew Freiden is here with the latest.
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If you think he's sexy or you have an infatuation with Rod Stewart's music, you're not alone.
Hundreds of people were in line at the Roanoke Civic Center today to get tickets to his concert.
David Johnson has more.
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((I TOLD MY DAUGHTER I'D PAY 200-DOLLARS JUST TO SEE HIM.))
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Gloria Smith proclaims herself to be Rod Stewart's number one fan.
The 61-year old widow has never been to a concert--any concert.
But she says she's not about to miss out on this one.
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((GLORIA SMITH/ROD STEWART FAN; BECAUSE I LIKE HIM AND I THINK HE CAN SING AND HE'S NICE LOOKING.))
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Smith seemed to be the essence of Stewart's song "Forever Young"--excited to be among the "Young Turks" waiting to get tickets.
Civic Center management held another lottery drawing to determine who would buy tickets first.
((THE FINAL THREE DIGITS ARE THREE-TWO-OH. Applause))
One of today's ticket winners had to take the "Downtown Train" to get seats to the Elton John concert.
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((VAN FLOWERS/ROD STEWART FAN; WE LOST THE LOTTERY BUT MY DAUGHTER WAS ON THE INTERNET AT HOME. SO SHE WAS SUCCESSFUL.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BUT SOME PEOPLE WERE NOT AS FORTUNATE. TICKETS TO THE ELTON JOHN CONCERT SOLD OUT BEFORE MARK KINSER COULD GET SOME. HE'S HOPING THAT'S NOT THE CASE WITH THE ROD STEWART SHOW.))
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((MARK KINSER/ROD STEWART FAN; I WAS HOPING TO GET SOME ELTON JOHN TICKETS, BUT ROD STEWART'S A BIG STAR TOO AND I'D REALLY ENJOY SEEING HIM.))
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((JIM EVANS/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER; WE THINK WE CAN MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY TODAY. NOBODY'S GOING TO BE TURNED AWAY TODAY.))
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The Roanoke Civic Center has plans for four major concerts and several other each year.
Something that has peaked the interest of concert-goers.
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((FLOWERS; WE'RE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO'S NEXT. WE'VE GOT FEBRARY AND MARCH TAKEN CARE OF. WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT APRIL.))
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Roanoke Civic Center officials say its unknown when the next concert is or who the act will be.
The night of the Rod Stewart concert is March 10.
David Johnson, News 7, Roanoke.))
Up next-- several students at one school miss out on exams due to the flu and workers at a Roanoke company vote to join a union.
That's coming up when the news continues.
Testing took place earlier this week for many high school students in Campbell County.
But, more than a third of them were absent due to the flu.
Brookville High School officials say more than 250-students were out most of the week with the flu.
There are only 875 students in the entire school.
The principal says he's never seen it this bad.
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((JIM WHORLEY/PRINCIPAL; NATURALLY IN A SCHOOL, YOU SEE A BUG COME THROUGH THAT HITS A LOT OF STUDENTS. BUT THIS IS MORE THAN I'VE SEEN. SEEMS LIKE A REAL ROUGH TYPE OF FLU BUT IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE COMING BACK FROM IT.))
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Whorley says two assistant principals and at least one other adminstrator have also got the bug.
He expects things to return to normal soon.
Workers at Virginia Transformer in Roanoke have voted in favor of joining a union.
The company's employees will now be represented by the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture workers.
This was the third attempt at unionizing.
The company said it will keep its principal goal of "producing the best power transformers in the industry."
The Virginia Mens's basketball team lost to Georgia Tech for the fourth straight time today, falling 77-65 at University Hall. Steve Mason has more from Charlottesville.
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((Just 48 hours removed from a tough loss to UNC, the Cavaliers could have used a Jeanie's three wishes against Georgia tech. The first would have been fresh legs as the Rambling Wreck wore down UVa and went on to steal the wahoo hearts and a second ACC win.
The words of encouragement were little consolation for Pete Gillen who, for the first time all season, questioned wheter or not some of his Cavaliers played with the sense of desperation the undersized Wahoos need in order to win.
UVa's Willie Dersh registered team high 18 points. The 6'5" forward found himself matched up with the Jackets 7 foot Alvin Jones, who gave new meaning to the phrase rambling Wreck.
The Yelow Jackets had trouble sowing up the win. Freshman Adam Hall's steal and dunk cut Georgia tech's lead to 6 59-54 with six minutes to play. Fellow freshman Chris Williams added 16, but the jackets bigger guns took over for the 12 point win.))
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