[7-Road-Conditions]

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Another round of winter weather has hit the area...and that makes for a dangerous morning commute.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave]


Steve Pardon has been checking on Road Conditions and has an update.
[Live=Steve Full/Microwave]
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[SUPER=05-Salem;]
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[IN Q=winds are]
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[OUT Q=where they're going]
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[Live=Steve Full/Microwave]
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[VALLEY METRO FULL SCREEN]

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[7-Dog-Bite]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
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A Roanoke police officer was attacked by a pit bull last night.
The officer was responding to a call of two stray pit bulls - one vicious.
She caught up with the dogs in the 18-hundred block of Eastern Avenue.
While she was loading one into her vehicle - the other bit her several times.
She shot at the dog and wounded it, but both animals ran off.
The officer was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

[7-Pitts-Administrator]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
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An old face is returning to Pittsylvania County to take over the county administrator job.
Dan Sleeper is moving back into the job he held just a few years ago.
Sleeper replaces Richard Huff, who moved back into HIS old job in Franklin County.
Sleeper's salary in Pittsylvania will be 80-thousand dollars a year.
That's about 15-thousand dollars more than he's now making as the Halifax County administrator.

[7Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Here's a look at your Thursday forecast. The snow tapers off with heavy winds out of the northwest. Highs in the mid 30s. Tonight, the winds become dangerous with chills late in the evening. Lows in the low to mid teens. The extended forecast...

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[45-Road-Conditions]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#99-]
[GRAPHIC=Road Conditions]


Another round of winter weather has hit the area...and that makes for a dangerous morning commute.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave]


Steve Pardon has been checking on Road Conditions and has an update.
[Live=Steve Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=19-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=05-Salem;]
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[SUPER=01-David Nichols/Nichols Lawn Care;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=Times involved]
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[Live=Steve Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Salem;]
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(Steve will call for Boards)
[VDOT PHONE # FULL SCREEN]

[VALLEY METRO FULL SCREEN]

[Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave]



[45-Pitts-Administrator]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A familiar face is taking over as the new county administrator in Pittsylvania County.
Dan Sleeper is moving back into the job he held a few years ago.
Sleeper replaces Richard Huff, who moved back into HIS old job in Franklin County.
Sleeper's salary in Pittsylvania will be 80-thousand dollars a year.
That's about 15-thousand dollars more than he's now making as the Halifax County administrator.

[45-E-Griffin]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-48]
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Testimony resumes today in a Roanoke arson-murder trial.
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Yesterday at the trial of David Griffin, the medical examiner said the victim, Griffin's roomate James Cline, may have taken a breath or two after the fire started, but neck and chest injuries were what killed him.
[SUPER=04-October 17, 1997]


The day of the fire on 13th Street Northeast, paramedics noticed blood on Griffin's clothes.
Blood on one shoe and a pant leg led police to charge Griffin with murder and arson.
But the case was never officially ruled homicide. Griffin's attorney calls it the "no murder murder."
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The case ended in mistrial last September after the medical examiner testified it was a homicide... though he'd told the public defender he couldn't determine the manner of death.

[45Weather]


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Taking a moment now to look at today's forecast...
Snow showers will taper off to flurries, but the winds will gear up later today.
High temperatures in the mid 30s.
Cold and windy overnight, with dangerous wind chills.
Lows in the mid teens.
The extended outlook is mostly sunny for the next couple of days...with another snow storm likely on Sunday.

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[8-Road-Conditions]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#99-]
[GRAPHIC=Road Conditions]


It's the second snow-storm to hit our area this week...and drivers are again making the treacherous commute to work.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave]


Steve Pardon is in Salem with the latest travel information.
[Live=Steve Full/Microwave]
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[SUPER=05-Salem;]
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[Live=Steve Full/Microwave]
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(Steve will call for Boards)
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[VALLEY METRO FULL SCREEN]

[Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave]



[8-Dog-Bite]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=none]
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A pit bull attacked a Roanoke police officer last night.
The officer was responding to a call of two stray pit bulls - one vicious.
She caught up with the dogs in the 18-hundred block of Eastern Avenue.
While she was loading one into her vehicle - the other bit her several times.
She shot at the dog and wounded it, but both animals ran off.
The officer was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

[8-E-Blood-Supply]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-47 1:22:49]
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Bad weather and a hard hitting flu season has left Southwest Virginia under a serious blood shortage.
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[VO-NAT]
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The American Red Cross says 50-percent of regular donors are sick and can't give blood.
So they're appealing to first time donors to volunteer.
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((DEANA SHOEMAKER/BLOOD DONOR: I'M A NURSE AT ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND I KNOW THIS IS A BAD TIME, HOLIDAYS AND THE FLU SO I FIGURED IT WAS PROBABLY A GOOD TIME TO COME DOWN AND GIVE BLOOD.))
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[OUT Q=give blood.]
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[TAKE PRE-PRO FULL]
To find out where you can donate blood call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
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Let's take a moment now to check the Thursday forecast...
Snow showers are tapering off, but expect gusty winds later today to cause drifting snow.
Highs this afternoon near 35.
Cold tonight, with dangerous wind chills late.
Overnight temperatures near 15.
The extended outlook is mostly sunny for the next couple of days...with another snow storm likely on Sunday.
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