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[WRITER=ejo]
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Thousands attended one of the areas largest Independance day celebrations last night at Victory Stadium in Roanoke.
As Joy Sutton reports at Music For Americans there was not only a variety of performers -- but an elaborate fireworks display.
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[7-Balloon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The skies have been colorful over Lexington this weekend ... not with fireworks, but hot air balloons.
They're taking part in the "One Valley Balloon Rally" .. at the VMI Parade Grounds.
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One pilot says the scenery is what compels folks to take a ride.
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((BILL KUMBERA: LOOK AROUND AND YOU SEE THE BEST THINGS ABSOLUTE GORGEOUS UNLESS I'M HITTING THE BURNERS YOU HAVE QUIET.))
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The festival wraps up tomorrow morning.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=khu]
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On the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's death, it's a Fourth of July tradition in Monticello.
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And Secretary of State Madeleine Albright took part in the annual naturalization ceremony there today.
Albright is a native of Czechoslovakia, who fled her homeland in 1948.
She related her own excitement as she sailed into New York harbor as a immigrant herself. Judges J- Harry Michael and Chief Judge Samuel Wilson swore in 69 new citizens at the home of Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote the declaration we celebrate today.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Turning to weather--
Mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers.
Highs of 80 to 85.
Clouds will linger tonight with more showers possible and lows in the upper 60s.
Looking ahead to the next five days....





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[45-11Danville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ejo]
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The victim of an apparent stabbing was discovered by police on the floor of a Danville apartment.
Police say 26 year old Early Wayne Watlington appeared to have stab wounds to the back, and a trauma wound to the head.
Officers were called to Watlington's apartment after relatives said they wanted to check on him.
Danville police are asking anyone with information on the case to give them a call.



[45-11Gilmore-Endorsement]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmc]
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A political expert agrees with Governor Gilmore's decision to keep mum about who he'd like to see next occupy the state's top job.
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The chief executive says either Lieutenant Governor John Hager or attorney general Mark Earley would be a strong candidate.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THE LT. GOVERNOR HAS SERVED COMMENDABLY IN THE STATE SENATE, HE HAS WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT AS HAS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS BEEN A GOOD PARTNER IN GOVERNMENT TO ME. I THINK THE REPUBLICANS WILL OFFER AN EXCELLENT CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR THAT THE PEOPLE WILL PUT THEIR FAITH IN.))
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Political analyst Larry Sabato says it's probably a good idea for Gilmore to hold off on an endorsement.
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((LARRY SABATO/POLITICAL ANALYST: HE CAN DO A LOT OF GOOD FOR A CANDIDATE BEHIND THE SCENES, GIVING HELP, SENDING POLITICAL CONSULTANTS THE CANDIDATE'S WAY, SENDING CONTRIBUTORS TO THE CANDIDATE. BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT AN ENDORSEMENT THAT TURNS VIRGINIANS OFF AND ALWAYS HAS.))
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Sabato says some Republicans have tried to talk either Hager or Earley into sitting out this election to avoid a fight for the nomination.
So far, neither man is ready to back off.

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
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Roanoke county fire officials are warning companies about two men posing as fire inspectors....
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The county's assistant Fire Marshal says both men have been identifying themselves with the fire department, and charging companies for inspecting fire extinguishers.
Rodney Ferguson says there are ways to protect your company.
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((RODNEY FERGUSON: CHECK WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU, CHECK WITH LOCAL FIRE MARSHALL'S OFFICE OR FIRE DEPARTMENT IF SOME ONE COMES IN REPRESENTING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THEY SHOULD HAVE IDENTIFICATION USUALLY A UNIFORM.))
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So far the two men have not been arrested and charged. Officials won't release the name of their company. They say it operated only in the Roanoke valley.

[45-11New-Citizens]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=July 4th]


After yesterday's ceremony at Monticello, there are nearly 70 new U-S citizens.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville]


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright took part in the annual naturalization ceremony there yesterday.
Albright is a native of Czechoslovakia, who fled her homeland in 1948.
She related her own excitement as she sailed into New York harbor as a immigrant herself. Judges J- Harry Michael and Chief Judge Samuel Wilson swore in 69 new citizens at the home of Thomas Jefferson.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Mostly cloudy today with scattered showers.
Highs around 80.
Staying cloudy and damp overnight with lows in the upper 60s.
The extended outlook is...







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[8-2-11Danville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Danville authorities are investigating a murder. Police entered an unlocked apartment yesterday and found a murder victim on the floor.
Police say 26 year old Early Wayne Watlington appeared to have stab wounds to the back and a trauma wound to the head.
Officers were called to Watlington's apartment after relatives said they wanted to check on him.
Danville police are asking anyone with information on the case to give them a call.



[8-6-Fire-Inspectors]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-24 15:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke County fire officials say a fire inspection company has allegedly been faking inspections for years.
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Roanoke County's assistant Fire Marshal says two men have been identifying themselves with the fire department and charging companies for inspecting fire extinguishers.
Rodney Ferguson says there are ways to protect your company.
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((RODNEY FERGUSON: CHECK WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU, CHECK WITH LOCAL FIRE MARSHALL'S OFFICE OR FIRE DEPARTMENT IF SOME ONE COMES IN REPRESENTING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THEY SHOULD HAVE IDENTIFICATION USUALLY A UNIFORM.))
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So far the two men have not been arrested and charged. Officials won't release the name of their company. They say it operated only in the Roanoke valley.

[8-11Gilmore-Endorsement]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-25 23:51]
[GRAPHIC=VA Republicans]


Governor Gilmore won't declare who he wants to succeed him .. and a leading political analyst says that's probably just as well.
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The chief executive says either Lieutenant Governor John Hager or attorney general Mark Earley would be a strong candidate.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THE LT. GOVERNOR HAS SERVED COMMENDABLY IN THE STATE SENATE, HE HAS WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT AS HAS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS BEEN A GOOD PARTNER IN GOVERNMENT TO ME. I THINK THE REPUBLICANS WILL OFFER AN EXCELLENT CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR THAT THE PEOPLE WILL PUT THEIR FAITH IN.))
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Political analyst Larry Sabato says it's probably a good idea for Gilmore to hold off on an endorsement.
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((LARRY SABATO/POLITICAL ANALYST: HE CAN DO A LOT OF GOOD FOR A CANDIDATE BEHIND THE SCENES, GIVING HELP, SENDING POLITICAL CONSULTANTS THE CANDIDATE'S WAY, SENDING CONTRIBUTORS TO THE CANDIDATE. BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT AN ENDORSEMENT THAT TURNS VIRGINIANS OFF AND ALWAYS HAS.))
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Sabato says some Republicans have tried to talk either Hager or Earley into sitting out this election to avoid a fight for the nomination.
So far, neither man is ready to back off.

[8-11New-Citizens]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=July 4th]


At Monticello close to 70 immigrants were sworn in as U-S citizens yesterday, making for a 4-th of July they will always remember.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville]


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright took part in the annual naturalization ceremony there yesterday.
Albright is a native of Czechoslovakia, who fled her homeland in 1948.
She related her own excitement as she sailed into New York harbor as a immigrant herself. Judges J- Harry Michael and Chief Judge Samuel Wilson swore in 69 new citizens at the home of Thomas Jefferson.
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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Time once more to look at your back- to- work forecast....
Mostly cloudy today with scattered showers.
Highs around 80.
Staying cloudy and damp overnight with lows in the upper 60s.
The extended outlook is...







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