[7-Floyd]

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The new week begins with a number of major Virginia highways still closed by flooding from Hurricane Floyd.
State police said Interstate 95 south of Petersburg will remain blocked through at least noon today because of flooding across the state line in North Carolina.
And parts of U-S 460 east of Petersburg toward Norfolk remain blocked by high water.


[7E-Drought-Prayer]


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Some folks in the Roanoke Valley are taking their water concerns to a higher power...
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Lee Plaza in downtown Roanoke was filled with the sounds of prayer Sunday as several people, including officials and community leaders, attended a service in hopes of turning the ongoing water shortage around.
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((RUSS ALDEN/ORGANIZER: THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN JUST RAIN. THERE NEEDS TO BE A COOPERATIVE EFFORT... TAKING CARE OF THE WATER RESOURCE.))
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Roanoke city, Roanoke County, Salem, and Vinton were represented at the prayer service.
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[7S-Pride-Park]


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It's once a year event --- when the gay community comes together to celebrate being gay.
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It's called Pride in the Park.
And this year marked the 10th annual festival.
It's also a time to deal with issues affecting the gay community.
Some say they still face discrimination, and the recent Wasena Park sting-- when several gay men were arrested for allegedly asking for oral sex-- made matters worse.
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((DAVID PERRY/VIRGINIAS FOR JUSTICE LOBBYIST:BASICALLY THE VIRGINIA STATE SODOMY LAW WE FEEL IS THE ROOT OF MOST DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIANS AND GAYS IN THIS STATE))
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The Virginias for Justice are now asking for the law to be applied equally to gays and heterosexuals.
And they say the Pride in the Park event is an opportunity to show solidarity on the issue.
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[7Vistar]


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Vistar Eye Center is taking another shot at building an outpatient surgery center.
The group of Roanoke Valley opthamologists says it will file a notice of appeal this week with the state health commissioner.
Last year, the state Health Department denied a certificate of public need for the outpatient center.


[7E-Burlington-Elementary]


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Thousands of students have attended Burlington Elementary over the years...
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And Sunday, some former students as well as current students came out to celebrate the school's 60th anniversary and building dedication.
Three generations of the Huffman family have attended Burlington -- and Raymon Huffman was one of the first students go to the school in 1939.
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((RAYMON HUFFMAN/FORMER BURLINGTON ELEMENTARY STUDENT: IT MEANS A WHOLE LOT THAT THE SCHOOL IS STILL HERE, STILL GOES BY THE NAME OF BURLINGTON. WE'RE JUST REALLY PROUD OF THE SCHOOL. IT'S JUST PART OF OUR FAMILY REALLY))
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The building has grown over the years with the most recent additions of a new gym, library, and six new classrooms.


The school houses kindergarten through the fifth grades.
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[7Rockbridge-Fatal]


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A Lexington man is dead after a Sunday car accident.
State police say 49-year-old Larry Wayne Gordon was traveling Northbound on Route 11 in Rockbridge County when his car veered off the side of the road and struck several trees.
Gordon died about an hour and a half after the 8 AM accident.




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Time to take a break from the news to check the Monday forecast... expect increasing clouds today with scattered showers likely by afternoon.
Highs in the mid 70s.
Showers continuing tonight, with lows near 60.
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[45E-Pride-Park]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Gays and Lesbians gathered in Roanoke for the 10th annual Pride in the Park.
Joy Sutton reports.
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[SUPER=07-Rev. Catherine Houchins; 28]
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(( Pride in the Park is a once a year event -- when members of the gay community can get together and be free and open about who they are.
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((ROBERT MORROW/PRIDE IN THE PARK COORDINATOR: A LOT OF FOLKS MAY NOT REALIZE THAT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO DO THINGS LIKE HOLD YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER'S HAND AS YOU'RE WALKING DOWN THE STREET. WHICH IN COMMON SOCIETY WE OFTEN TIMES ARE FEARFUL OF WHAT THE RESULTS MIGHT BE))
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Although some say hate crimes are not common - they definitely happen.
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((REV. CATHERINE HOUCHINS/METROPOLITIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH: THERE ARE HATE CRIMES IN VIRGINIA AND THERE HAVE BEEN THREATS. ONE OF THE MEN IN MY CHURCH GOT A HATE E-MAIL THIS MORNING))
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David Perry with Virginians for Justices says incidents such as the arrests of gay men in Wasena Park -- for allegedly asking for oral sex -- have only made matters worse for homosexuals.
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((DAVID PERRY/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: BASICALLY THE VIRGINIA STATE SODOMY LAW WE FEEL IS THE ROOT OF MOST DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIANS AND GAYS IN THIS STATE))
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Perry says the gay community is being targeted, and he hopes that Virginians for Justice can get more laws protecting the rights of gays.
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((DAVID PERRY: CERTAINLY PROTECTION FROM JOB DISCRIMINATION IS A BIG ISSUE. HATE CRIMES PROTECTION IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE))
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Through events like Pride in the Park - the gay community hopes that one day the rest of the world will see them like they see each other --as equals.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke. ))

[45FLOYD]


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Five days after Hurricane Floyd hit eastern Virginia a number of major highways remain closed.
State police said Interstate 95 south of Petersburg will remain blocked through at least noon today because of flooding across the state line in North Carolina
And parts of U-S 460 from just east of Petersburg also remain blocked by high water.
Nearly 30-thousand people are will without power.
Meantime, some federal help is on the way for hurricane victims.
Housing grants and low-interest loans are now available after President Clinton issued a disaster declaration over the weekend.

[45E-Drought-Prayer]


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While two much rain has fallen in eastern Virginia, southwest Virginia is still facing a drought.
And some folks are hoping a little prayer will help.
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Lee Plaza in downtown Roanoke was filled with the sounds of prayer yesterday as several people, including officials and community leaders, attended a service in hopes of turning the ongoing water shortage around.
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((RUSS ALDEN/ORGANIZER: THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN JUST RAIN. THERE NEEDS TO BE A COOPERATIVE EFFORT... TAKING CARE OF THE WATER RESOURCE.))
[SUPER=01-Russ Alden/Organizer]
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Roanoke city, Roanoke County, Salem, and Vinton were represented at the prayer service.
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[45Vistar]


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The state Health Department has already turned it down, but the creators of the Vistar Eye Center will try again for an outpatient surgery center.
The group of Roanoke Valley opthamologists said it will file a notice of appeal this week with the state health commissioner.
Last year, the state officials denied a certificate of public need.

[45WEATHER]


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Rain is a good possibility later today ... and then again tonight.
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Here's your forecast. Increasing cloudiness today, with afternoon showers, highs in the low to mid 70's.
Rain is likely tonight, with lows within a few degrees of 60.
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[8FLOYD]


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President Clinton today will get a first-hand look at damage in waterlogged North Carolina from Hurricane Floyd.
Meantime, Mr. Clinton is bringing some federal help to hurricane victims in Virginia.
Housing grants and low-interest loans are now available after President Clinton issued a disaster declaration over the weekend.
Meantime, a number of major highways remain closed in the commonwealth because of flooding.
State police said Interstate 95 south of Petersburg will remain blocked through at least noon.
And parts of U-S 460 from just east of Petersburg also remain blocked by high water.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Even with rain in the forecast, some Roanoke Valley residents are asking for more help from above...
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Lee Plaza in downtown Roanoke was filled with the sounds of prayer yesterday as many people, including officials and community leaders, attended a service in hopes of turning the ongoing water shortage around.
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[10:16:30-10:16:42]
[IN Q=There's more]

((RUSS ALDEN/ORGANIZER: THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN JUST RAIN. THERE NEEDS TO BE A COOPERATIVE EFFORT... TAKING CARE OF THE WATER RESOURCE.))
[SUPER=01-Russ Alden/Organizer]
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[OUT Q=of the water resource.]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke city, Roanoke County, Salem, and Vinton were represented at the prayer service.
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[8S-Pride-Park]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
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Members of Roanoke's gay community celebrated their unity yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The event's called Pride in the Park.
And this year marks the 10th annual festival.
It's also a time to deal with issues affecting the gay community.
Some say they still face discrimination, and the recent Wasena Park sting-- when several gay men were arrested for allegedly asking for oral sex-- made matters worse.
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[SOT 00:20:15]
[IN Q=Basically we feel]

((DAVID PERRY/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE LOBBYIST:BASICALLY THE VIRGINIA STATE SODOMY LAW WE FEEL IS THE ROOT OF MOST DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIANS AND GAYS IN THIS STATE))
[SUPER=01-David Perry/Virginians for Justice Lobbyist]
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The Virginians for Justice are now asking for the law to be applied equally to gays and heterosexuals.
And they say the Pride in the Park rally is an opportunity to show solidarity on the issue.
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[8Vistar]


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A group of local opthamologists will file an appeal this week with the state health commissioner.
It's part of an effort to gain approval for an outpatient surgery center at the Vistar Eye Center.
Last year, the state Health Department denied a certificate of public need for the outpatient center.
The doctors say the proposed center would be more convenient and less expensive for elderly patients than hospital treatments.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News-7 at Five.

[8E-Burlington-Elementary]


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For six decades, many school children in Roanoke County have learned to read and write at Burlington Elementary.

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Yesterday some former students as well as current students came out to celebrate the school's anniversary and building dedication.
Three generations of the Huffman family have attended Burlington -- and Raymon Huffman was one of the first students go to the school in 1939.
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((RAYMON HUFFMAN/FORMER BURLINGTON ELEMENTARY STUDENT: IT MEANS A WHOLE LOT THAT THE SCHOOL IS STILL HERE, STILL GOES BY THE NAME OF BURLINGTON. WE'RE JUST REALLY PROUD OF THE SCHOOL. IT'S JUST PART OF OUR FAMILY REALLY))
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The building has grown over the years with the most recent additions of a new gym, library, and six new classrooms.


The school houses kindergarten through the fifth grades.
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[8WEATHER]


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Let's take one more look at the Monday forecast..
Clouds building throughout the day, with showers likely by afternoon.
Highs near 75...lows around 60 with more showers through tonight.
The extended forecast includes rain tomorrow...and cooler temperatures in the 60s for much of the week.

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