They're betting on still more rain in Las Vegas, where in just a few hours yesterday they had nearly as much as they get all year.
And the Sierra club demonstrates against the proposed A-E-P high voltage power line.
News 7 at noon is next.
Las Vegas residents are mopping up from the worst flooding they've seen in 15 years -- and more rain is on the way.
Manuel Gallegus has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Marguerite Moram/Flood Victim;]
[SUPER=01- Richard Brune/Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Alan Long/Bar Owner;]
((LOCATOR: LAS VEGAS
A THUNDER LIKE THIS WON'T SOON BE FORGOTTEN...
A MOBILE HOME COLLAPSING INTO THE WATER... A TOTAL LOSS FOR ONE FAMILY.
MARGUERITE MORAM COULDN'T EVEN LOOK AT HER HOME-- WHICH WAS DESTROYED IN
A MATTER OF SECONDS.
SOT: MARGUERITE MORAM/FLOOD VICTIM
I CANCELLED MY INSURANCE BECAUSE I HAVE TO TAKE A LOT OF MEDICATIONS AND I COULDN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR BOTH.
SHE ISN'T ALONE. SEVERAL HOMES WERE DESTROYED WHEN A POWERFUL STORM HIT
THE LAS VEGAS AREA YESTERDAY-- DUMPING THREE INCHES OF RAIN-- ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE AREA GETS IN AN ENTIRE YEAR.
SOT: RICHARD BRUNE/RESIDENT
I'VE NEVER SEEN IT THIS BAD. I NEVER THOUGHT IT COULD GET THIS BAD.
ROADS IMMEDIATELY FLOODED... IN ONE CASE, A SECURITY GUARD WADED OUT INTO QUICKLY MOVING WATER TO RESCUE A WOMAN AND HER BABY -- STRANDED IN THEIR CAR.
((NAT:03:39:13 "OKAY-- THIS IS MY APARTMENT--(WATER RUSHES IN) ))
HOMES AND BUSINESS FLOODED TOO...OWNERS NOW ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO CALCULATE THE DAMAGE A FEW FEET OF WATER CAN DO.
SOT: Alan Long/Bar Owner
IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT TO CLEAN UP THIS PLACE.
(THE STRIP AND THE FORECAST)))
The Sierra Club has joined the list of those speaking against A-E-P's proposed power line.
About a dozen opponents gathered in downtown Roanoke this morning, across the street from A-E-P's offices.
They're asking Governor Gilmore to step in and stop the 765-thousand- volt power line from coming to southwest Virginia.
The director of Virginia's Sierra Club chapter says the region doesn't NEED the transmission line-- that it would only allow A-E-P to sell power to northern Virginia.
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[IN Q=But to get ]
((GLEN BESA/SIERRA CLUB: BUT TO GET THAT POWER UP NORTH, THEY NEED NEW TRANSMISSION LINES. THE END RESULT-- SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA GETS BOTH THE UGLY TRANSMISSION LINES AND MORE AIR POLLUTION. A.E.P. SHAREHOLDERS GET RICH, WHILE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIANS GET SICK.))
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The proposed line would carry power from Wyoming West Virginia to either Cloverdale or AEP's Jacksons Ferry Station.
A-E-P maintains it needs the new line to meet the region's future power needs.
The rape case against Jim Druckenmiller takes center stage in a Montgomery County courtroom today.
Prosecutors plan to argue that the trial should be moved out of Montgomery County.
They say selecting a neutral jury there would be impossible because so many residents are affiliated with Virginia Tech and its athletic programs.
Druckenmiller was a star quarterback for Tech before he was drafted by San Francisco.
The case against him is based on an alleged March fourth incident at a Blacksburg house.
A recent Virginia Tech graduate says Druckenmiller raped her after a night of partying.
The Boston police department is reopening the Boston Strangler case.
It hopes to use D-N-A evidence to prove once and for all whether Albert DeSalvo was responsible for kiling more than a dozen women in the early 19-60s.
DeSalvo confessed to the crimes but police never gathered enough evidence to charge him with murder.
He was jailed for life in 19-67 on sex offenses, assaults and armed robberies -- and then stabbed to death in his cell in 19-73.
One of America's space pioneers is dead.
Astronaut Pete Conrad crashed his motorcyle yesterday in Southern California.
He died during surgery, some five hours later.
In 19-69 Conrad became the 3rd man to walk on the moon as commander of the Apollo 12 mission.
Conrad was also the pilot of Gemini Five, the 19-65 mission that set an endurance record.
In his final ride into space in 19-73, Conrad was a member of the first skylab crew.
Pete Conrad was 69.
State police are fairly sure they know who died in last week's plane crash in Augusta County.
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The tentative conclusion of the medical examiner is that the man who was killed was the owner, Doctor Brian Hawley of Forest City, Arkansas.
The twin-engine plane went down on a mountain near the community of Deerfield.
Only one person was on board.
The cause of the crash hasn't been determined.
Teachers are in demand and some educators say Virginia needs to do more to get quality instructors.
Several Virginia schools need more teachers especially in the areas of math, science, and special education.
Dr. Robert Small, Junior-- the dean of Education at Radford University-- says instead of the state increasing teacher salaries to get more people, it's lowered its standards by allowing unlicensed teachers to train on the job.
He says that's a bad idea.
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[IN Q=You wouldn't]
((ROBERT SMALL, JR.:YOU WOULDN'T WANT A DOCTOR OPERATING ON YOU WHO HADN'T STUDIED SURGERY AND DONE AN INTERNSHIP IN A HOSPITAL AND THE REST OF THAT. BUT YOU JUST PICK-UP SOMEBODY AND PUT THEM IN A CLASSROOM AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO WORK. IT DOESN'T WORK))
[SUPER=01-Robert Small, Jr./Radford University]
[OUT Q=doen't work]
Small says that the state must increase school funding because with the growing number of students, soon there will not only be a teacher shortage, but a school shortage as well.
Paula Johnson, the only living mother of the U-V-A babies switched at birth is now hoping to settle her custody case OUT of court.
This comes one day after she screamed at members of the families raising her biological daughter after a judge transferred her case to courts in Buena Vista.
Paula Johnson said she was upset after Wednesday's court hearing but she knows fighting isn't in the best interests of the two girls.
They babies were switched four years ago.
Johnson's lawyer says he's contacted the other families' attorneys to discuss a truce.
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An air force plane is on a dangerous mission of mercy to the South Pole.
That story is next story on News-7 at Noon.
And this is one fight the bull won.
First let's talk to Patrick.
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An Air Force Cargo jet is on a dangerous mission to save a life, in the South Pole.
The crew from an air base in Washington is carrying medical supplies to an American researcher who may have breast cancer.
But because it's winter at the pole, it's impossible to get in or out so the packages will have to be airdropped from10-thousand feet.
The South Pole staff has a window of opportunity of only 5 minutes to pick up the supplies and head inside.
The National Zoo in Washington D-C has asked China to lend them two panda bears.
The Zoo's only remaining panda, Hsing-Hsing, is aging and ill.
He and Ling Ling were given the U-S as diplomatic gifts by China in 19-72.
Only about a thousand pandas live in the wild in China and 100 in the country's zoos.
National Zoo officials hope to pay 2 and a half million dollars over ten years to lease the bears.
Five people have been gored during today's third running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
But none was seriously injured.
But a matador wasn't so lucky when he was gored yesterday during a bullfight.
He was gored in the groin just as he was plunging his sword into the bull.
The bull then hoisted the matador into the air.
A doctor says the matador suffered no internal injuries, despite a ten-inch wound.
Authorities are looking for an elderly Elliston man who's been missing over two weeks.
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78-year-old Samuel Mallory was last seen driving a gold-brown Mazda pickup truck.
Authorities say Mallory suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
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He is five-foot-seven and weighs about 170 pounds. He has balding hair, wears glasses, and has hearing aids in both ears.
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If you have any information regarding Mallory's whereabouts, you can call the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 382-2951.
Norvell West the Third won't go to trial for setting off a pipe bomb at his own home last year.
That's because he's set to enter a guilty plea Tuesday.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/September 4, 1998]
A bomb went off beneath West's truck behind his home in South Roanoke in September.
When A-T-F agents questioned West, they determined it was the latest in a number of incidents staged to look like violent attacks against him. HE blamed a former lover.
West was indicted on four counts- -including: possession of a pipe bomb and making false statements to investigators.
He'll most likely admit to just one felony.
[GRAPHIC=Va. Death Penalty]
Virginians can already save a life by donating organs.
Now there's a new card to carry in your wallet-- which could save the life of your KILLER.
Death penalty opponents are handing them out.
[IN Q=It's not a]
((KATHLEEN KENNEY/CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RICHMOND: IT'S NOT A FAITH STATEMENT PER SE. IT'S MORE OF A BELIEF THAT WE DON'T BELIEVE THAT ANYONE SHOULD BE KILLED IN OUR NAME.))
[SUPER=01-Kathleen Kenney/Catholic Diocese of Richmond;]
[OUT Q=our name.]
The Declaration of Life Card declares that the card-carrier's killer should NOT be executed for the crime, "not matter how heinous" it was.
There is NO state law binding prosecutors, judges, or juries on the matter.
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Roanoke isn't the only community with water woes this summer.
More on restrictions in Clifton Forge when News-7 at Noon returns.
But some farmers in Carroll County are dealing with too much water.
Stay with us.
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Clifton Forge residents are now facing mandatory water restrictions.
The city has restricted outdoor water usage to the hours of 7 and 9 in the evening.
And this includes watering grass,washing cars and filling pools.
Dick Magnifico says the city had noticed an increase in water use among its residents and wanted to be proactive before there was a problem.
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[IN Q=We looked at]
((DICK MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MGR.: WE LOOKED AT THE WATER CONSUMPTION IN JUNE WHICH WAS UP A 150 THOUSAND GALLONS PER DAY AND THEN WHEN WE GOT INTO JULY THAT USAGE WENT UP TO 25O THOUSNAD GALLONS PER DAY. WE FELT IT WAS PRIMARILY THE RESULT OF HIGH TEMPERATURE, HIGH HUMIDITY AND PROBABLY A LOT OF OUTDOOR WATERING))
[SUPER=01-Dick Magnifico/Clifton Forge City Mgr.]
[OUT Q=outdoor watering]
Magnifico says the water needs to be conserved in case of a fire emergency to provide water and water pressure for fire hydrants.
The city also provides water to Alleghany County, but Magnifico says the county will not face water restrictions at this point.
While folks in Clifton Forge and Roanoke could use more water, Cabbage growers in parts of Carroll and Patrick counties are actually dealing with the effects of too much rain.
For most of the growing season farmers have been battling the heat and a lack of rain.
But over the past two weeks the area along the crest of the Blue Ridge has received five to seven inches of rain.
This has caused problems for commercial farmers, like James Light, who has 45- acres of cabbage.
[IN Q=The plants ]
((JAMES LIGHT/CARROLL CO. FARMER: THE PLANTS ADAPT THEMSELVES TO MORE FEEDER ROOTS AND CABBAGE WILL KEEP GROWING TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT SO THEY ALREADY HAD ROOTS THAT WAS HELPING THEM GROW IN DRY WEATHER AND THEN WHEN IT SET IN AND RAINED, THEY WAS ABLE TO SOAK IN MORE WATER AND THEY TAKE IT ALL UP AND GET BIG, THEY GET TOO BIG.))
[SUPER=01-James Light/Carroll Co. Farmer; :00]
[OUT Q=get too big.]
The larger cabbage is almost impossible to sell to the major supermarket chains.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 12 points.
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Still ahead in Sports, we'll find out about a local softball pitcher who's going national.
And Winston Cup driver Jeff Burton is returning to the track he loves.
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It was a cross town rivalry last night for two Appalachian League teams.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/Braves vs. Astros; :00]
In Martinsville, the hometown Phillies took on the Danville Braves.
In the top of the third, Danville's Nickolas Crocker hits a sacrifice fly to right field and Damien Jones is gonna come on down, 1-nothing Braves.
On to the bottom of the fourth. The Stros Brian Scmidt smacks a double down the right field line.
Then Aristides Lopez plates Schmidt on a one bagger but Danville goes on to win 3-2.
You may have seen one local softball pitcher here on News 7, but now you'll be able to see her nationally.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./1999 Season; :00]
Northside's Brandy Bailey, who pitched nine no-hitters as a sophomore last season will be in Sports Illustrated. The rising junior will be featured in Faces in the crowd section for her achievements.
In addition to News 7 Sports feature, she has appeared in the Roanoke Times ,as well as graced the cover of the Roanoke Valley Sports Journal.
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[SUPER=01-Brandy Bailey/Nine No-Hitters in 1999; :00]
[OUT Q=...COOL THOUGH."]
Radford sports fan "Big" Al Hall is responsible for submitting Brandy's stats to Sports Illustrated.
This summer she's playing on a traveling all-star team from the valley.
Loudon New Hamshire will be the host this weekend for the Jiffy Lube 300.
[SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/Last Year; :00]
Winston Cup driver Jeff Burton is the two time defending race champion. Burton's current in 4th place with points and he hopes to repeat his champ title.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Driver of #99 Exide Ford; :00]
[OUT Q=....on that day"]
Former PGA touring pro Chip Sullivan has a new vision in life and it's not because of his new position at the Ashley Plantation course. Mike Stevens explains.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/Ashley Plantation Pro; :18]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
((Last week Chip, a life long wearer of eyeglasses, ventured to Northern Virginia and became the latest athlete to have lasik surgery. Lasers reshaped his cornea and corrected his vision problems in a ten minute procedure.
((CHIP SULLIVAN/ASHLEY PLANTATION PRO:))
These are the first golf balls Chip has hit since having the surgery. He's pleased with the results and hopes life without glasses will eventually pay big dividends on the putting green.
Look for that opening to take place near the start of Fall. The club house is nearing completion and the seed is taking nicely on the back nine.
In Botetourt County Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))