[7-11Roanoke-Mayor]

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A big upset in Roanoke's mayoral election.
Republican Ralph Smith is the new mayor. (XXXXXXXX) [TAKE LEADER 250]
Smith took 36 percent of the vote.
Independent Mac Macadden came in second with 32 percent- and the suprise of the night-
Incumbent Democrat David Bowers pulled in 30 percent- not enough to pull of a third term as Mayor-
Independent Duane Howard squeaked in 2 percent of the vote.


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Mayor elect Republican Ralph Smith says he's ready to open to open the door to new ideas in Roanoke.
Tonya Flory has more.
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Mac McCadden finished a close second and he says he still believes he's the best candidate.
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For now, the Independent, who says he's extremely critical and hard on himself, says he's not interested in mounting another campaign.
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((MAC MCCADDEN: WILL I EVER HAVE THOUGHTS OF COMING BACK? I DON'T KNOW, I CAN TELL YOU TODAY THAT I'M PUTTING MY MIND TO REST, MY IDEAS TO REST, MY DREAMS TO REST, I'M JUST GOING TO GO OUT AND LIVE A LIFE, THAT'S HOW I FEEL.))
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McCadden says he believes Smith got the edge on him by entering the race early.. giving Smith the lead on name recognition.
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[7-11Rke-Council]


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Roanoke City Council has new members.
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[Take Results Page Race 240]
Bill Carder had the most votes- 22 percent- making him the next vice mayor of Roanoke.
Democratic Incumbent Linda Wyatt was re-elected. Bill Bestpitch also a Democrat wins a seat - bumping incumbent Carroll Swain.
Longtime councilman Jim Trout, who died last week- still got nearly one thousand votes.
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Here's a look at your mid week forecast...
Mostly sunny today with some winds.
Highs in the low to mid 70s.
Tonight, partly cloudy with lows in the low to mid 50s.
The extended forecast...

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Councilman Don Davis has been elected mayor of Vinton.
He won yesterday's election with only a 6-percent margin.
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Davis say it's time to focus on healing the town of Vinton and searching for a new police chief.
He says the controversy surrounding write-in candidate Andy Nicely's residency -- overshadowed many of the important issues in this election -- but did make an impact at the polls.
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((I THINK IT PROBABLY BROUGHT A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THAT WOULD NOT HAVE A COME OUT AND VOTED. I THINK THE POLICE ISSUE WAS ANOTHER ISSUE THAT WAS BROUGHT OUT THAT MAYBE BROUGHT OTHER VOTERS OUT))
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Write-In Candidate Andy Nicely did get to cast his ballot in this election -- despite the dispute over his right to vote in Vinton -- because his home is located in Roanoke City.
Nicely says the controversy took toll on his campaign.
He also believes his status as a write-in candidate affected the outcome in the election.
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((TO GET VOTERS EDUCATED ON HOW THE DO THE WRITE-IN PROCESS WAS A CHALLENGE FOR ME AND MY SUPPORTER, BUT I FEEL REAL GOOD. I FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT TI))
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Nicely says he plans to run for town council in 2 years -- and try again in four years for mayor.
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[45-Salem-Council]


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In Salem, two incumbents and one newcomer win spots on city Council.
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Alex Brown and Howard Packett were both reelected -- but the big winner was first time candidate Gerald Pace who won over 3-thousand votes.
All three winners agree it was a tough race down to the end.
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((HOWARD PACKETT: IT WAS A GOOD RACE A LOT OF CANDIDATES AND A GOOD CLEAN RACE.))

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((ALEX BROWN: SALEM IS A WELL RUN CITY IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE GREAT PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY AND I THINK IT WILL REMAIN THAT WAY.))

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((GERALD PACE: I TRIED TO RUN A CLEAN AND POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AS I COULD AND THE CITIZENS RESPONDED TO THAT.))))

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The only woman on the ballot, Stella Reinhard, came in a close fourth. Reinhard said she'll try again in two years.
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[45-11Bedford-Council]


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Bedford voters re-elected two incumbents, but another came in last.
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[Take Results Page Race 100]
Mike Shelton and Bob (WAN-dry) Wandrei were elected to new terms. Skip Tharp and Tom Padgett also won election. [Next Page]
But incumbent Dave Ballard failed in his attempt for another term in Bedford.
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[45-11Radford-Council]


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In Radford, there were three candidates- vying two open city council seats.
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[Take Results Race 220]
Virginia Collins led the way, and incumbent David Worrell captured the other seat.
But fellow council member (A-neice LEE-vee)Annyce Levy lost her bid for another term.
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Let's take another look at your mid- week forecast...
Mostly sunny with easterly winds today and highs near 75.
Turning partly cloudy tonight with lows near 55.
The extended outlook is cloudy tomorrow with a possibility of showers...otherwise partly sunny and very warm as we head toward the weekend.


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[8-11Intermet]


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Radford's New River Castings plant will be up and running again by the end of the year.
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Word came from the plant's parent company, Intermet.
Officials say they decided to rebuild out of a sense of duty to the community.
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((JOHN DODDRIDGE/INTERMET CEO: WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE A CAPABLE AND TRAINED WORKFORCE RIGHT HERE IN RADFORD AND OVERALL, THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT HAS BEEN EXCELLENT.))
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Intermet promises a safer, cleaner plant.
Family members of Karen Hamilton, one of three workers killed in the explosion, say if that's true, they welcome it back.
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((JERICIA TIBBS/VICTIM'S SISTER: I THINK AS A COMMUNITY AND AS A FAMILY OF INTERMET WE NEED TO NEVER, NEVER FORGET ABOUT THE THREE PEOPLE THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES DOWN THERE.))
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One section of the plant re-opens next week.
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Four more Winn Dixie stores in the area are closing this summer.
Store officials confirmed that the chain will shut down three stores in Lynchburg and one in South Boston.
Last week, the company confirmed the store on Plantation Road in Roanoke will close on June Fifth.

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A Pittsylvania County hunter, convicted of killing a man and a dog when he thought he was shooting a turkey, will serve time in prison.
A judge sentenced 36 year old Keith Dean Lawson to seven years for involuntary manslaughter and an additional year for reckless handling of a firearm.
The judge held Lawson responsible for the November death of 28 year old Kevin Scott Dalton and his dog.

[8-11SML-Water]


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New news about the quality of Smith Mountain Lake's water.
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Ferrum College just wrapped up its annual water quality monitoring program. The water quality decreased slightly and the number of nutrients went up but the report states this is normal for aging lakes. Experts say this year's fecal coliform counts were among the lowest so far. Last summer's drought may have helped reduce bacteria. The Lake Association, game wardens and marinas have also been monitoring boaters to make sure they don't pump sewage into the lake. The reports says the water quality is best at the dam and goes down farther from the dam.
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[8-Arcadia-Student]


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A 15-year-old Arcadia Leadership Academy student has pleaded guilty to manufacturing explosives. Yesterday's plea was part of an agreement that combines two felony charges into one and dismisses a misdemeanor possessing illegal fireworks charge. The student will be sentenced June 13th.

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Time again to check the forecast...
Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s.
Turning partly cloudy tonight with lows in the mid 50s.
The extended outlook is cloudy tomorrow with a possibility of showers...otherwise partly sunny and very warm as we head toward the weekend.
Highs in the 80s...lows in the upper 50s.

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