Twisters touch down in the Carolinas and Virginia, damaging homes and businesses.
And Henry County officials take charge of a controversial sewage plant.
News 7 at noon is next.
For years, some Henry County residents have complained of seeing raw sewage in their yards and streets and foul odors in their homes.
Today, those residents are seeing some action on their complaints ... the result of an emergency declaration taken by Henry County.
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Marya Jones is in our Danville newsroom with more.
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(Rollcue: 200 residents who are customers of the Fairway Acres Sewage plant.)
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[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Information Officer;]
[SUPER=01-Pam Rhodes/Blackberry Creek Area Resident;]
[OUT Q=what the Sanville Utilities were doing.]
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((TIM HALL/HENRY COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER: THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE. AND THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL BE RADICALLY CHANGED TOMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY. IT'S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE TO GET THIS FIXED.))
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((PAM RHODES/BLACKBERRY CREEK AREA RESIDENT: I'M PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT PSA TAKES IT OVER, IT'LL BE DONE RIGHT.. IT'LL BE A LOT BETTER THAN WHAT THE SANVILLE UTILITIES WERE DOING.))
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The Department of Environmental Quality and Henry County have been moving toward taking over the plants ever since officials found fecal coliform bacteria in Blackberry Creek at 160 times the legal limit earlier this month.
Today, Henry County's Public Service authority will begin EXTENSIVE cleanup at the Fairway Acres plant, which they say will take one to two months and about seven-thousand dollars in state money to do.
[Live=Marya Full/Danville Bureau]
Henry County is in meetings right now with state agencies to determine if the county will take over LONG-TERM management of the sewage facilities.
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In the meantime, they say the owners from Sanville Utilities may be facing criminal charges for health and environmental violations.
It was a stormy night in Virginia and the Carolinas.
A line of thunderstorms passed through Central and southwest Virginia, spawning a possible twister in Patrick County.
It was reported in the Kippler Valley area between Ararat and Stuart and destroyed one mobile home and damaged several barns.
Tornados also touched down in central North Carolina, destroying homes, uprooting trees, and tossing cars off the road.
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This latest round of storms brought more water to areas of the state already flooded by Hurricane Floyd.
Up to eight inches fell over two days, and some areas got close to another inch yesterday.
(( "WELL, IT'S RATHER HARD TO THINK THAT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE IS, YOU KNOW, DAMAGED. MAYBE EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT."))
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But today flood-stricken residents will get a reprieve from the rain.
Forecasters are promising three days of dry weather.
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Let's talk to Patrick Evans to get the latest on the windy forecast.
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[Patrick in WxCenter]
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Yesterday's storms are still causing problems in parts of the viewing area.
9-1-1 service has been disrupted in Amherst County.
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If you do have an emergency, you can call the Emergency Services communication center at 946-5517.
Last night, in Campbell County, Troublesome Creek was living up to its name.. emergency officials say it took just a few minutes for the creek to overflow and cover a nearby field and bridge.
Several other spots along Lawyers Road and Waterlick Road also had problems with high water.
Amherst County officials say more than a dozen roads were closed because of high water.
Residents in the Tanglewood Mobile Home Park in Madison Heights were temporarily isolated by floodwaters.
Bedford County deputies are in Washington D.C. today, giving members of Congress a first-hand look at the dangers of child pornography on the Internet.
The "Blue Ridge Thunder" task force will brief a congressional caucus on its use of the Internet to identify and arrest would-be pedophiles.
Sheriff Mike Brown has taken heat from critics who say his department shouldn't be luring criminals into Bedford County.
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[IN Q=They don't realize]
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: THEY DON'T REALIZE THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE ALREADY HERE. WHAT WE'RE DOING IS THAT WHEN THEY COME INTO BEDFORD COUNTY, WE'RE GOING TO ARREST THEM, WE'RE GOING TO GET THEM OFF THE STREET AND HOPEFULLY THAT'S GOING TO BE A DETERRENT TO OTHER PEDOPHILES WHO WOULD POSSIBLY TARGET BEDFORD COUNTY AND THE YOUTH IN BEDFORD COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff]
[OUT Q=youth in Bedford County.]
Brown says their efforts have been successful.. word has spread among child pornographers on the Internet to avoid the central Virginia area.
We'll have more on the today's presentation on News-7 at Five at Six.
Gunter Grass (GRAHS) is the best known German writer of his time.
And he's also this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.
Today, while making the announcement, the Swedish Academy predicted Grass's first novel, "The Tin Drum" will become one of the "most enduring works of the 20th Century."
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"The Tin Drum" depicts a young boy in Nazi Germany who expresses his anger at what he sees by banging on a drum and screaming.
Will he or won't he run for the Nation's highest office?
The anwer is, we still don't know.
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At an awards ceremony in Beverly Hills last night, actor Warren Beatty did not announce his candidacy for President as some predicted.
But he did have some advice for other would-be candidates.
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[IN Q=There's no harm in thinking about this....]
[OUT Q=and who knows what else.]
He also had a lot to say on the issues of the day.
While he praised Democratic frontrunners Al Gore and Bill Bradley for their honesty, he labeled them centrists saying they are ignoring important issues like Health care and campaign finance reform.
Meanwhile, Bradley appears to be raising more campaign funds than Gore.
Officials with the Bradley campaign report that they've raised 6-point-7 Million dollars in the last three months.
The Gore campaign raised 6-point-5 million
In other news from Hollywood, Actor Dudley Moore is reportedly being treated for an incurable brain disorder.
Moore is receiving outpatient therapy once a week at a hospital in New Jersey.
Doctors say the disease is related to Parkinson's Disease.
Moore, who is 64, is in the very early stages of the disorder, but his doctor says he already has had some vision problems.
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Could the West Nile Virus spread along the east coast?
A lot of people are wondering and we'll have the detail when News-7 at Noon returns.
And we'll get a glimpse of the future, thanks to the first ever Virginia Information Technology Symposium.
Stay with us.
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Imagine getting your driver's license, or paying your taxes without leaving home- You may be able to do just that in the future.
The Commonwealth's first Information Technology Symposium is underway at VMI this week.
Local and state agency leaders are trying to work together as they put information on the web.
The goal is a new state web site each citizen can customize to meet his or her specific needs.
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[IN Q=If you're]
((DONALD UPSON/SECRETARY OF TECHNOLOGY; IF YOU'RE A LAWYER, YOU MIGHT WANT TO SET UP LEGAL INFORMATION, IF YOU'RE A STUDENT YOU MIGHT WANT INFORMATION ABOUT ANY HOST OF THINGS INSIDE VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT ACROSS THE BOARD. IT SHOULD BE INTERACTIVE AND EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL.))
[SUPER=01-Donald Upson/Virginia Secretary of Technology]
[OUT Q=empower the individual]
The two-day symposium will allow the various state agencies to coordinate their efforts on the web.
Virgnia Democrats got a fundraising boost from former Texas Governor Ann Richards last night.
More than 200 people paid 50 dollars each to hear her speak in Roanoke.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[OUT Q=Weidaw, News-7]
(([Nat Sound Ann Richards at the podium]
Ann Richards got Democratic supporters revved up about donating money to the campaign. This year 100 seats in the house and all senate seats are up, and Richards is determined to get them filled with democrats.
((ANN RICHARDS: VIRGINIA IS VERY CLOSE TO HAVING BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND IF I CAN HELP RAISE A LITTLE MONEY TO RAISE IN THE ELECTIONS THEN THAT IS EXACTLY WHERE I'LL BE.))
The former Texas Governor was the key note speaker at the fundraiser and says a democrat is needed to do something about Virginia's highway problems.
((ANN RICHARDS: IT'S IMPORTANT IF YOU CARE ABOUT DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS YOU HAVE ON THE FREEWAYS IN VIRGINIA WHAT'S HIS NAME GOVERNOR GRIDLOCK TO SOLVE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A DEMOCRAT ELECTED TO OFFICE.))
Money raised will help Democrats like Senator John Edward's who's running for re-election this year.
((SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS: IT'S GOING TO HELP THE PARTY AS A WHOLE. NOT JUST MY CAMPAIGN BUT CANDIDATES THROUGH OUT THE WESTERN PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
And with Republicans generally raising more money then Democrats, fundraisers like these are always welcome.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: RICHARDS SAYS SHE IS NOT PLANNING ON DOING A NATION WIDE CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BUT JUST GOING WHERE FUNDS ARE NEEDED. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
Health officials in New York are on high alert today.... fearing the deadly West Nile Fever could extend beyond their border up and down the eastern seaboard.
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One way the disease spreads is through migratory birds.
Thousands of them are already dead and littering the landscape.
They are being collected and tested.
The fear now is that birds like sparrows and starlings will carry the virus south as they head there for the winter.
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((JONATHAN DAY...UNIV. OF FLORIDA, ENTOMOLOGIST I THINK THAT DEFINITELY IN THE NEAR FUTURE WE COULD SEE WEST NILE VIRUS HERE IN FLORIDA. ))
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Day/University of Florida;]
[OUT Q=virus here in Florida.]
Meanwhile, an elderly woman in the New York is the 5th victim to die from the virus.
Dozens more are known to be infected.
Today health officials will be going door in Queens, taking blood samples from about 300 households.
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Next on News-7 at Noon, we'll have highlights of the big Lynyrd Skynyrd- Z-Z Top concert.
And get a sneak peek at the hottest toys for Christmas 1999.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top rocked the Roanoke Civic Center last night.
ZZ Top opened its show with "Under Pressure."
The Texas trio is touring to promote its new album "Triple X" which stands for the 30 years the group has been performing.
Southern rock favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd performed songs like That Smell - and the ever-popular hits, Sweet Home Alabama, and Free Bird.
The votes were cast and they've been counted.
Family Fun magazine has released its list of the top toys for the holidays.
Kendra Farn has what every parent wants...or doesn't want to know.
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[SUPER=01-Kendra Farn/Reporting; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Bob Domine/Family Fun's Toy Editor; 1:23]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 51 points.
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Still to come in sports, the University of Colorado's football squad is getting a little girl power.
and Big Mac strikes again and takes the lead in this year's homerun race.
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The Boston Red Sox clinched the American League wildcard spot last night by beating the White Sox 6-to-2 in game one of their double header.
The win means Boston is headed to back to back playoff berths for the first time since 1915 and 16.
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And not surprisingly, the team can thank shortstop Nomar Garciaparra for the victory.
The American League's top hitter got the eventual game winning hit with this two run homer to left that snapped a 2-all tie in the 5th.
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Pedro Martinez led the Bosox celebration with a pretty good cartwheel in the infield.
Mark McGwire refuses to give in to Sammy Sosa's big bat as the season draws to a close.
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Last night, the Mac Daddy hit his 62nd homerun of the season.
He passed Roger Maris for the second straight year.
The Cardinals won game one 4-to-3 over the Padres.
Then in the second game of the twin bill, he hit his 63rd of the year a three run shot to center field.
He now has 520 homers for his career.
College football is no longer just for the boys.
A woman is suiting up for the University of Colorado, the first in division one football history.
Julie Chen has the story.
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[IN Q=Freshman Katie]
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[SUPER=01-Katie Hnida/Univ. of Colorado Freshman; :17]
[SUPER=01-Julie Chen/Reporting; :58]
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((TRACK ONE: FRESHMAN KATIE HNIDA(Nye-duh) IS MAKING FOOTBALL A CO-ED SPORT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO. SHE IS THE FIRST WOMAN EVER TO ASUIT UP FOR A DIVISION ONE COLLEGE GAME. ALTHOUGH SHE HAS YET TO PLAY, LET ALONE SCORE, IF AND WHEN SHE DOES, SHELL BE MAKING HISTORY.
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Sept. 29, Boulder, Col
Katie Hnida, U. Colorado Freshman: I'd like to be the first woman to kick, to score points in a division one football game
Oct. 9, 1998, Littleton, Col.
TRACK TWO: HNIDA WAS NOT INVITED TO PLAY FOR THE BUFFALOES AS A PUBLICITY STUNT BUT BECAUSE SHE CAN KICK. (Track: 5 sec.) (Nat?) FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS SHE HAS BEEN THE FIRST STRING VARSITY KICKER FOR CHATFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, SCORING 27 O
UT OF 28 EXTRA POINT ATTEMPTS HER SENIOR YEAR.(track 9= sec.) SHE ALSO GOT THE SEAL OF APPROVAL FROM DENVER BRONCOS S
TAR KICKER JASON ELAM (track: 5 sec.)
bite from Elam Athis girl can kick/ I wouldn't change a thing
Oct. 9, 1998, Littleton, Col
TRACK THREE: KICKING WASN'T HNIDA'S ONLY CLAIM TO FAME IN HIGH SCHOOL, LAST FALL IN THE TRADITIONAL HALF TIME CEREMONY,
SHE WAS THE FIRST FOOTBALL PLAYER TO BE CROWNED HOMECOMING QUEEN. (Track: 10=)
TRACK FOUR: BUT HNIDA WOULD RATHER BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GUYS. AT FIVE FOOT NINE AND 130 POUNDS, SHE IS PROBABLY THE SMALLEST PLAYER ON THE TEAM BUT THE SIZE OF HER TALENT IS STILL WAITING TO BE MEASURED.
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Katie: I'm hoping with in the next few weeks Ill be able to prove I really belong here