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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Flooding from persistent heavy rain and downed trees have blocked roads and closed schools in western Virginia. Authorities reported secondary roads closed in the Roanoke and New River valleys, in the Lynchburg area and in Rockbridge County.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The state will be watching retailers for the next month to make sure they are not charging too much for goods and services in the wake of the severe weather. Virginia's anti-price gouging statute went into effect when Gov. Kaine declared a state of emergency yesterday.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Amtrak has suspended service between Richmond and Newport News because of a freight train derailment. Amtrak says tracks are blocked, and service is not expected to resume today. Service between Richmond and Washington, D.C., and points north was not affected.

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