[Intermet]

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New River Castings WILL be rebuilt.
That's the word this morning from Intermet -- the company that owns the plant.
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Marya Jones was at the announcement this morning and joins us with more on the decision.
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Melanie, Intermet says it will work quickly to rebuild the plant ... hopefully starting up full operations once again in November of this year.
Intermet officials made the announcement with little fanfare this morning, saying they felt they owed the plant to the community.
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[SUPER=01-John Doddridge/Intermet CEO; :00]
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((JOHN DODDRIDGE/INTERMET CEO: WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE A CAPABLE AND TRAINED WORKFORCE... MORAL OBLIGATION TO THE CITIZENS OF THE RADFORD COMMUNITY TO GIVE THE COMMUNITY FIRST PRIORITY IN REBUILDING.))
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Officials say 60-percent of the plant's business has moved to competitors ... 40 percent to other Intermet foundries.
The company hopes to rebuild the plant quickly to get back that business.
The announcement comes nearly two months after the gas explosion that killed three workers and seriously injured two more.
The explosion left 500 people without jobs.
About 80 are returning to work at the plant next week when the finishing section is reopened.
Intermet hopes to have a new plant in place by August.
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As part of today's announcement, Intermet promised tighter standards for air pollution from the plant and a safe work environment.
An investigation into any criminal responsibility for the explosion is still moving ahead, according to Radford investigators.
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Melanie?[Nicely]


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The Vinton candidate who went to court to make sure he could vote today had a little more trouble.
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Andy Nicely went to his precinct this morning to write-in his name for mayor...a day after a Roanoke County judge ordered the registrar to put his name back on the rolls.
Another voter challenged Nicely's right to cast a ballot in Vinton.
But he went ahead and did it.
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((ANDY NICELY/WRITE-IN CANDIDATE: I FELT A LITTLE TAKEN ABACK BY IT, BUT THAT'S THEIR OPTION. I'M A RESIDENT OF VINTON. I PLAN TO STAY A RESIDENT OF VINTON AND GO FROM THERE.))
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Don Davis, the councilman whose name is the only one on the ballot for mayor, was working the same precinct this morning.
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((DON DAVIS/CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR: WE WENT DOOR TO DOOR, CANVASSED THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE REGISTERED VOTERS. WE GOT MESSED UP A BIT BY THE RAIN, WE HAD RAIN ON SOME OF THE WEEKENDS AND NIGHTS WHEN WE COULDN'T GET OUT.))
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Davis did add that Nicely's boundary dispute overshadowed some of the other issues he wanted to discuss in the campaign.
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[AM-Turnout]


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The polls opened at six this morning.
17 cities and 27 towns in the viewing area are electing mayors and council members.
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Kimberly McBroom joins us now from the Wasena Precinct at Ghent (gent) Grace Bretheren Church.
Kim, how busy have the voting precincts been so far?
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[take fs board]
Registrar numbers with boards...

(rollcue...coming out to the polls. )
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[SUPER=701-Mary Lee Wilson/Voter; :12]
[SUPER=701-Linda Coulter/Voter; :35 ]
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(( The New Covenant Presbyterian Church has been nearly as busy on this Tuesday as it is for Sunday services....
But it's city leadership that's on the minds of THIS congregation....
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[SOT 15:11:39]

((MARY LEE WILSON/VOTER: WELL, I LIKE TO EXPRESS MY OPINION AND TO HAVE SOME INPUT ON DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE FOR THE CITY.))
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Like Wilson, many residents coming out to this-- traditionally one of the busiest precincts in Roanoke-- say they feel municipal elections are just as important as general elections.
While Roanoke has made it through controversial issues like the water shortage...concerns about education and the local economy are prevalent among today's voters.
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[SOT 15:18:47]

((LINDA COULTER/VOTER: I HAVE CHILDREN THAT HAVE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND HAD TO LEAVE THE AREA TO FIND JOBS AND I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM STAY IN ROANOKE.))
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Coulter says she feels it's her "civic duty" to come out to the polls... Only time will tell how many other citizens feel the same. ))
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So, Melanie.... polls close tonight at 7:00.
[Double Boxes=Melanie ANCHOR/Kimberly Microwave]


[LOCKERBIE-TRIAL]


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Relatives of those who died in the Lockerbie bombing are arriving in the Netherlands ahead of the trial of two Libyan accused in the attack.
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[10:06:08]
They flew into Amsterdam before making the 40 mile drive to the former U-S Air Force base where the trial begins tomorrow.
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It's been more than 11 years since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 1-0-3.
The blast killed all 259 on board and 11 on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland.
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(( to
be able to be in the same courtroom as these two individuals are
coming in. There'll be a great deal of satisfaction for me because
my whole role has been the last four years to get a trial and get
the evidence and the venue that's being used is what I've espoused
for over three years so there's a good feeling of satisfaction but a
lot of emotion."))

[SUPER=01-Bert Ammerman/Brother of Bombing Victim;]
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Some family members say they doubt the trial will produce any convictions, in part because of reports of prosecution witnesses changing their testimony and evidence that other terrorist groups could have been responsible.
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[Amherst-Murders]


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Two people were killed when an argument over a cell phone turned violent.
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Police were called to the corner of Wright Shop Road and Penn Lane shortly after three yesterday.
17-year old Bryan Thomas and his 21-year old sister Stephanie had been shot to death on the front lawn of their home.
Witnesses immediately identified 26-year old Carlos Tabb as the gunman.
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((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: THEY GOT IN HERE AND OF COURSE THE SUSPECT WAS GONE BUT THE WITNESSES ON THE SCENE GAVE THE INFORMATION AS TO WHAT TYPE VEHICLE HE WAS IN AND IDENTIFIED HIM. AND THEY IMMEDIATELY GAVE THAT OUT TO THE OTHER UNITS RESPONDING THIS WAY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL.))
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Tabb was arrested a short while later on Route 460 in Campbell County.
Murder charges against him are pending.
Police say it's possible one or both of the victims was armed with a weapon as well.
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[Henry-Murder]


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Authorities are still investigating why a North Carolina woman allegedly killed her step father.
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44 year old Vicki Emter Gammon is charged with the murder of 72 year old Aaron Quinn.
Authorities questioned Gammon Sunday night after she allegedly hit about six cars and a pedestrian.
They were then led to Ferndale Court in Henry County to find the suspect's step-father on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds.
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((CAPT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT. ; THE FAMILY IS RATHER DISTRAUGHT AND THE COMMUNITY OVER WHAT HAPPENED THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE WERE ON THE PUBLIC ROADWAYS IN HENRY COUNTY --MARTINSVILLE. SO THE COMMUNITY IS SOMEWHAT OF A SHOCK THAT THIS EPISODE OCCURRED YESTERDAY.))
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Authorities are checking into Gammon's mental condition.
It's been reported she has a history of mental illness.
Meanwhile, injuries in the ACCIDENTS were non-life threatening.
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[Vinton-Fire]


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Fire broke out at Vinton Saw and Mower on Washington Road last night.
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When fire fighters arrived heavy flames were coming from the maintenance portion of the building which is located in the middle.
Gas and oil containers posed a threat but firefighters were able to contain the fire in about 20 minutes.
The Fire Marshall was called to the scene and will determine the cause.
No one was injured.
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[Bonfire-collapse]


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A report is due out today on last year's deadly bonfire collapse at Texas A and M University.
The report is expected to specify what caused the collapse but is NOT expected to make a recommendation on whether the annual school tradition should continue.
Maureen Maher reports.
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[10:02:45]
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((

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IT'S BEEN FIVE MONTHS SINCE ONE OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S LONGEST STANDING TRADITIONS CAME TUMBLING DOWN. TWELVE PEOPLE DIED AND MORE THAN TWO DOZEN WERE INJURED IN THE TEXAS A&M BONFIRE TRAGEDY.
A REPORT BY A UNIVERSITY APPOINTED COMMISSION IS DUE OUT TODAY. WITHOUT ASSESSING BLAME, IT APPARENTLY FOCUSES ON WHAT TECHNICAL MISTAKES MIGHT HAVE CAUSED THE 59 FOOT HIGH, 5 THOUSAND LOG STRUCTURE TO COLLAPSE. LIKE WHETHER OR NOT A CRANE HIT THE CENTER POLE A DAY BEFORE IT FELL.
NINETEEN YEAR OLD JOHN COMSTOCK LOST HIS LEG IN THE ACCIDENT AND REMAINS PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN.

SOT/John Comstock/Accident Victim: could be one of the reasons that the

center pole was weakened or whatever. I don't think it was one thing that caused the collapse, it was a number of things.
THE BONFIRE IS BUILT FOR A PEP RALLY BEFORE THE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY WEEKEND GAME AGAINST UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. IT IS ASSEMBLED SOLELY BY THE STUDENTS WITH LIMITED ADULT SUPERVISION. AND MANY OF THEM, EVEN THOSE INJURED AND FAMILY OF THOSE WHO DIED, HAVE LOBBIED TO KEEP THE 90 YEAR OLD TRADITION ALIVE.

SOT (very quick/no ID) to me it's something I love and it's just a big

tragedy.

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[Vieques]


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The United States navy this afternoon looms on the horizon off the coast of (vee-AY'-kes) Vieques Island, east of Puerto Rico.
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[10:08:00]
Helicopters hover overhead and protesters are bracing themselves for the arrival of federal agents to evict them from a contested U.S. Navy bombing range.
U-S warships with more than a-thousand marines on board are now offshore.
There are around 50 protesters manning several camps inside the range.
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[clinton-teens]


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If you're sometimes not quite sure how to raise your teen-ager, you're not alone.
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It's the subject of a White House conference that's under way -- featuring parents, teens, youth workers and others.

The host -- Hillary Rodham Clinton -- says the goal is finding ways to raise resourceful and responsible young people.
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The session is part of the continuing administration response to the Columbine High School shootings a year ago.


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[Arcadia-Leadership]


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A Botetourt County school is closing down because state inspectors say it is unsafe.
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The Department of Social Services refused to renew the Arcadia Leadership Academy's license yesterday.
A four month investigation into the place revealed a staff member hit a student -- he was later fired.
Inspectors say the school is unsafe and unsupervised.
Sheriff's deputies recently charged a student with making and planting bomblike devices.
State inspectors could find no record that kids received their medicine.
School leaders say they are fixing problems and will appeal to get their license.
They say all 15 kids will be picked up this week.
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[Meningitis]


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The New River Health district has confirmed a fourth case of meningitis. A 20-year old Virginia Tech student got sick April 22nd and was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital. He was later transferred to the University of Virginia Medical Center where he was released Sunday. Three Radford University students contracted meningitis last month. The New River Health District Director says four cases this time of year is NOT unusual.

[violin-auction]


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The New York music scene is gearing up for the sale of a violin expected to fetch over one million dollars..
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It's a 300 year old Stradivarius.
It's going on the auction block Friday at Christie's.
Experts call the violins condition extraordinary and say Antonio Stradivarius crafted during his golden period.
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[kittens-nest]


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Six newborn kittens have quite a view...of course, that is, if their eyes were open.
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[SUPER=03-Logan, UT;]

[3:36:49]
Those aren't birds in that nest...it's a litter of six kittens deposited by momma cat in an abandoned magpie nest...about 15 feet above the ground in a tree in Logan, Utah.
The owners said they searched high and low when their pregnant cat went into seclusion...they just didn't realize how high that was.
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((
JThe trick will be keeping the grandkids out of the tree to sneak a peak...))
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Believe it or not the mother cat's name is "Birdie. (------------)