High winds leave thousands of residents in the dark last night, and A-E-P crews still have plenty of work to do.
And, an update from Roanoke police in the case of a 16- year- old girl who was missing for over a week last month.
The high wind warning has expired as the winds will slowly diminish as we head toward tonight. I'll have your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Some residents in the Valley are cleaning up, others are in the dark after an ill wind blew through the region.
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Crews are chipping away at the aftermath of last night's heavy winds.
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In Roanoke, high winds around eight o'clock brought down a number of large trees and limbs.
Residents there say they are fortunate there's more cleanup to be done than repairs.
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((RICHARD STOVER; LUCKILY THERE WASN'T MUCH DAMAGE. SEVERAL CARS HAD CARS ON THEM. DIDN'T BOTHER IT A BIT.))
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American Electric Power is still reporting scattered outages. About 3-thousand customers are still without power in Virginia, with the Mason's Cove area accounting for about half of that.
After the worst part of the storm, more than 8-thousand homes were without power last night.
Winds knocked out power for thousands in our region, but they proved even more destructive farther to our north--
Just outside Pittsburgh, winds reached as high as 70- miles- per- hour last night, ripping the roofs off several homes and businesses.
Widespread damage prompted officials to declare a state of emergency.
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((MARK MCNALLY/HOMEOWNER: LOOKED OUT MY FRONT WINDOW REAL QUICK AND THERE WERE SHINGLES COMING OFF MY ROOF. I MEAN THE TREE WENT FROM, I HAVE A BIG TREE IN MY FRONT YARD, WHEN IT CROSSED THE STREET ON MY SIDEWALK.))
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Utility lines were also knocked down, which left about 13- thousand residents in the dark.
Authorities are also reporting a few minor injuries.
Two people died in traffic accidents yesterday in western Virginia.
In Floyd County, a 19-year-old man lost control of his car on Route 221, ran up a road bank and overturned.
Kevin Douglas Conner died at the scene.
State police say Conner crossed the double yellow lines to pass a truck, and swerved to avoid a car coming his way.
The other fatality was in Franklin County.
State police say a speeding car on Route 220 ran into the median, crossed the northbound lanes and hit a tree.
The driver, a Hispanic man in his twenties, was killed.
Police say he did not have any identification, and they have not been able to find the owner of the car.
The case of the disappearance of a teenage girl in Roanoke last month is closed.
Roanoke police say Jenni Northrup and her mother have decided that continuing with the investigation into Jenni's alleged abduction would be too emotionally draining.
They asked that the case not be pursued.
Jenni disappeared from the Williamson Road area in late September.
The 16-year old turned up in Central Virginia a week later claiming to have been kidnapped by two men.
No arrests have been made.
Police say, unless they hear from anyone with information to support the kidnapping claim, the case is closed.
The F-B-I is heading to the Middle East--
This time, agents hope to find the killers of three members of an American diplomatic convoy that were ambushed today in Gaza.
Meanwhile, the U-S Embassy is advising Americans to leave the Gaza Strip.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=01-Ahmed Qurie/Palestinian Prime Minister;]
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TRACK: A HUGE EXPLOSION TORE A U-S DIPLOMATIC VEHICLE IN-HALF KILLING
THE THREE AMERICAN SECURITY GUARDS INSIDE. IT HAPPENED AS THEIR
THREE-CAR CONVOY CARRYING U-S PEACEKEEPING MONITORS TRAVELED THROUGH
A PALESTINIAN TOWN IN THE NORTHERN GAZA STRIP. WITNESSES SAY THE CAR
TRIPPED A REMOTE-CONTROLLED ROADSIDE BOMB THE BLAST SO MASSIVE, IT
LEFT A HUGE CRATER IN ITS WAKE. THE U-S EMBASSY IS NOW WARNING ALL
AMERICANS TO LEAVE GAZA IMMEDIATELY.
TRACK: THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY REQUESTED U-S MONITORS COME TO THE
REGION TO SUPERVISE EFFORTS FOR THE U-S-BACKED PEACE PLAN. TODAY, ITS
LEADERS ARE DENOUNCING THE VIOLENCE.
(Super: Ahmed Qurie/Palestinian Prime Minister)
SOT: We condemn it strongly. We send our condolences to the families of
TRACK: SHORTLY AFTER THE ATTACK, ISRAELI TANKS MOVED IN TO THE AREA
OPENING FIRE WITH MACHINE GUNS. WITNESSES SAY THE SHOOTING STARTED
AFTER ONE OF THE TANKS HIT A LANDMINE INJURING THREE ISRAELI SOLDIERS.
U-S OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING THE BOMBING LEFT THE SCENE AFTER
PALESTINIAN YOUTHS THREW ROCKS AND STONES AT THEM. SO FAR, NO GROUP HAS
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: This could deal another major blow to the already vulnerable
U-S-backed roadmap for peace. Its the first time Americans have been
targeted in this three-year conflict. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
Iraqis wanting to escape the old Saddam regime are putting their MONEY where the mouth is--
Beginning today, banknotes no longer bear the image of Saddam Hussein.
The new bills are now in circulation in Iraq.
They feature historical themes, similar to what was used on Iraqi currency two decades ago, and they should also help eliminate a severe counterfeiting problem.
Iraqis have three months from today to exchange their old bills at 250 bank branches across the country.
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We've heard a lot lately about Americans buying cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. Up next, we'll tell you why some people say that's a bad idea.
Plus Kobe Bryant is court again today as a judge decides if he should stand trial on sexual assault charges.
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L-A Lakers star Kobe Bryant has arrived at a Colorado court, as a judge tries to determine if there's enough evidence to hold him for trial on charges of sexually assaulting a 19- year- old woman.
Elizabeth Sanchez is there with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Andrew Cohen/CBS News Legal Analyst;]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News;]
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IF TODAY'S SESSION IS ANYTHING LIKE LAST WEEK'S...BOTH SIDES AT KOBE
BRYANT'S PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL BE PLAYING HARDBALL IN THE COURTROOM.
IT BEGAN LAST THURSDAY WHEN THE DETECTIVE WHO INTERVIEWED BRYANT'S
ACCUSER DESCRIBED THE ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT IN GRAPHIC DETAIL. BUT IT
REALLY GOT HEATED... WHEN DEFENSE ATTORNEY PAMELA MACKEY SUGGESTED THE
INJURIES SUSTAINED BY KOBE'S ACCUSER WERE CONSISTENT WITH A PERSON WHO
HAD SEX WITH THREE DIFFERENT MEN IN THREE DAYS.
SOT: DAVID LUGERT/FORMER EAGLE COUNTY PROSECUTOR
"VIRTUALLY NO ONE REMEMBERS THE FACTS OF WHAT HAPPENED, VIRTUALLY
EVERYONE NOW IS TALKING SOLELY NOW ABOUT ANTICS AND COMMENTARY OF THE
IN A BRIEF FILED YESTERDAY, PROSECUTORS ACCUSED MACKEY OF DELIBERATELY
SMEARING THE REPUTATION OF KOBE'S 19-YEAR-OLD ACCUSER.
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"NOW PROSECUTORS ARE GETTING WHAT THEY WERE GIVING, WHICH IS BAD
PUBLICITY ABOUT THEIR SIDE OF THE CASE."
AND THERE'S AN IRONIC TWIST IN THE BATTLE OVER THE ACCUSER'S MEDICAL
RECORDS. AFTER FIGHTING FOR WEEKS TO KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THE
DEFENSE...THE PROSECUTION ACTUALLY HANDED SOME OF THEM OVER TO KOBE'S
TEAM YESTERDAY. PROSECUTORS BLAME A LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR THE MIX-UP.
The federal government is looking for a remedy to fight counterfeit prescription drugs.
Officials with the Food and Drug Administration and other organizations are meeting today to discuss the issue.
Many medications can be bought cheaper in other countries, through the mail, or over the Internet.
But the F-D-A says it can't guarantee the safety of imported products.
Critics, meanwhile, say the agency is trying to undermine congressional efforts to let Americans import less costly drugs.
Roanoke's U-S Attorney is concerned about a methadone clinic proposed for Roanoke County.
Yesterday John Brownlee told County supervisors their concerns are "appropriate and well- founded," and he offered to assist efforts to find a different location.
Brownlee said addicts need the help that drug treatment programs provide. But he told the board that location is an important consideration, because clinics can attract criminal activity.
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((JOHN BROWNLEE: THERE MAY VERY WELL BE AN INCREASE IN CRIME. THERE MAY VERY WELL BE AN INCREASE IN DRUG TRAFFICKING. AND THAT'S WHY I BELIEVE YOUR CONCERNS ARE WELL-FOUNDED, BECAUSE YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY, TO THE CITIZENS.))
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[OUT Q=to the community, to the citizens.]
Brownlee said a drug task force will keep a close eye on the methadone clinic, wherever it ends up. And he encouraged the county to consider prosecuting drug dealers in federal court.
Liberty University has cleared one hurdle in a controversial effort to rezone one of Lynchburg's biggest industrial properties.
Liberty has taken over the former Ericsson building on Mountain View Road in hopes of moving Thomas Road Baptist Church there and converting the rest of the property for school use.
Last night, attorneys for the school were asking for a conditional use permit to allow Liberty to use part of the building for a recreational facility, something that IS allowed in an industrially-zoned area.
Council voted 6-to-nothing in favor of the project.. and school officials hope that's a good sign.
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((JERRY FALWELL, JR./LIBERTY U. ATTORNEY; WE THINK IT'S A POSITIVE INDICATION OF WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS AS FAR AS FUTURE APPROVALS, AT LEAST WE'RE OPTIMISTIC THAT IT IS, SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT.))
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Liberty faces bigger opposition in rezoning the rest of the property.
Many city leaders have expressed doubts about taking a large industrial site off the tax rolls.
That request is expected to go before council next month.
Bedford County supervisors plan to fill an empty seat by the middle of next month.
It's the seat that was held by Kirby Richardson, until his recent resignation.
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With one chair noticeably empty, the Board of Supervisors decided last night to appoint a replacement to serve for one year, and then hold a special election for the remaining year of Richardson's term.
Richardson resigned in October third after he was indicted for allegedly forging VDOT public comment sheets.
County leaders say it's important to put the matter quickly behind them and get down to the business at hand.
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((BILL ROLFE/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: ANYTIME THAT YOU LOSE A BOARD MEMBER UNDER THE CONDITIONS THAT WE HAVE LOST A BOARD MEMBER IT'S FAIRLY TRAUMATIC SITUATION. I THINK IT HAS AFFECTED THE OPERATIONS SOME BECAUSE MR. RICHARDSON SERVED ONE SOME VERY KEY COMMITTEES AND WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO HOLD A COMMITTEE MEETING SO THINGS LIKE THAT BUT WE'VE MOVED ON WE'RE MOVING FORWARD.))
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The Board of Supervisors has agreed to advertise the position in local newspapers and has set an October 31st deadline for accepting applications.
To qualify, a person has to be a registered voter of Bedford County and live in district two which is pretty much the Smith Mountain Lake area.
The Board plans to interview candidates November 5th and then make a decision at its November 13th meeting.
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Coming up next, Mill Mountain Zoo gets a charge out of a large donation. We'll explain after the break.
Also an auction house tries to cash in on a historic piece of jewelry.
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Four decades after their American and Russian counterparts put a human in space-- China is following suit.
This morning, China launched its first astronaut into space at a reported cost of nearly two billion dollars.
Lieutenant Colonel Yang (yahng) Liwei (Lee- way) is scheduled to orbit the earth 14 times during his mission.
Officials say he has quite an assortment of Chinese takeout for the trip-- his choice of some 20 dishes, including spicy pork and fried rice.
It's a far cry from the days when astronauts had liquid meals or food that came out of tubes.
A ruby and diamond necklace that once adorned the neck of Eva Peron is among the items up for bid at Christie's Auction House.
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Argentina's former First Lady wore the necklace to official functions, in several portraits, and even on the Argentinean postage stamp.
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((SIMON TEAKLE/CHRISTIE'S JEWELRY DEPARTMENT HEAD:WHEN YOU ADD THE HISTORY OF SOMEONE LIKE EVA PERON IT DOES MAKE IT MORE ENTICING AND MORE INTERESTING BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF ROMANCE AND ILLUSION IN OUR BUSINESS AND IT JUST MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT SPECIAL. ))
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[OUT Q=a bit special.]
Also on the block at today's Fall jewelry sale-- a giant 27 carat diamond pendant necklace that's expected to bring in half- a million dollars.
More than 400 items are for sale.
AEP is interested in the conservation of more than energy.
The company's donated 10-thousand dollars to Mill Mountain Zoo.
The zoo will put the money towards it's conservation programs, which will include a composting site and a variety of gardens.
The funds will also complete construction on a new log- cabin office building.
An AEP spokesman says protecting the environment is just as important as providing reliable power because "energy and environment are inextricably linked."
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP one point. The NASDAQ has gained five.
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Coming up next, the Yankees turn to a pitcher they almost cut to keep their post season hopes alive,
And Chicago fans must feel cursed this morning, as one of their own fans comes between the Cubs and their first World Series in 58 years.
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The Chicago Cubs were five outs away from their first World Series berth in 58 years, when a souvenir- seeking fan got in the way.
Florida trailed 3 to 0 with one out in the top of the eighth, when a fan down the left field line tried to catch a Marlin pop fly.
It's a ball that might have been caught for the second out.
Instead, it opened the door for the Marlins, who scored eight runs to tie the series at three games each.
The fan was booed and had beer thrown in his direction.
Security had to escort him out with a jacket over his head.
Now it's down to a seventh and final game tonight at Wrigley.
The New York Yankees doubled up the Red Sox's 4-to-2 to win game five, and takes a three games to two lead in the American League Championship Series.
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David Wells, who looked like he ought to be tossing back cold ones instead of tossing fastballs, combined with Mariano Rivera to toss a six- hitter.
Karim Garcia - the one who was thrown at by Pedro Martinez on Saturday-- came through with the two R-B-I single in the second.
The Yanks' defense then stood tall in the late inning, as Derek Jeter did his thing at short.
Now New York needs to win just one
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of the next two games in Yankee Stadium to move on to the World Series.
The Roanoke Express begins the "Marathon to March" known as the ECHL regular season this Friday night at 7:30 at the Round House.
The Express faces one of the reasons that ECHL no longer stands for East Coast - the Long Beach Ice Dogs out of California. Steve Mason has an update on team's makeup three days before the puck drops.
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[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Head Coach; :09]
[SUPER=01-Duncan Dalmao/Express Defenseman; :31]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; :55]
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((Despite the strike, Tony MacAulay feels he has put together a talented team that will play with the high energy and emotion he wants.
((TONY MACAULAY/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
The Express defense will be a question mark early this season. Duncan Dalmao, Tim OConnell and Josh Barker are the only proven Express defenders on the roster.
The Express will play the Ice Dogs Friday, one of the eight new teams in the ECHL this season. In Roanoke Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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