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A new study says the Roanoke Regional Airport fares well compared to similar sized ones, but you may be paying a little more for your tickets. Meredyth Censullo reports.
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(( Passenger traffic in and out of Roanoke has grown consistently for the past 38 months. But even more folks might pack their bags, if fares were lower. Researchers say some frequent flyers choose to drive to other airports to catch a cheaper flight.
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((MICHAEL BOYD/THE BOYD GROUP: IN TERMS OF ACCESS, IT'S VERY GOOD. IN TERMS OF FARES, ITS NOT AS LOW FARE AS SOME FARES FROM GREENSBORO...BUT OVERALL, WHEN YOU LOOK AT OTHER COMMUNITIES OF THIS SIZE, IF YOU WANNA LIVE IN COMMUNITIES OF THIS SIZE AND GET THE BENEFITS OF THAT, THERE'S CERTAIN TRADEOFFS - THAT'S ONE OF THEM.)) [RUNS16]
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The study says local economic development could entice airlines to increase flights in and out of the airport. The more competition, the lower the airfare - which in turn can strengthen the local economy.

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((JAY TURNER/AIRPORT COMMISSION: THE MORE OPPORTUNITIES AND THE MORE COMPETITIVE THE AIRFARES ARE, THE EASIER IT IS FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PEOPLE TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS INTO ROANOKE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN GET IN AND OUT EASILY AND ALSO ENJOY THE QUALITY OF LIFE WE HAVE HERE.)) [RUNS14]
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A strength of the airport is it's direct access to major hubs - such as Washington D.C., Pittsburgh and Atlanta. [map goes here] And the number of direct flights could be increasing within three to five years, with the possible addition of flights to Memphis, St. Louis, Raleigh and Cleveland. Along with an increase in departures, the study predicts more small jets might begin touching down in Roanoke in the future - which could help lessen the impact of the proposed merger between USAirways and United. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))

[7-11Motel-Robberies]


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Authorities have made an arrest of a man wanted in connection with the robbery of a Roanoke motel.
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Roanoke police issued a warrant for the arrest of 44-year-old Ronnie Lee Cooper after he was identified on this security videotape- allegedly robbing an Extended Stay America. Police think Cooper fled Virginia after information about the warrants was released.
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Cooper was arrested Sunday in Atlantic County, New Jersey. He's charged there with being a fugitive from justice. Extradition procedures are under way.

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Let's turn our attention now to weather..
After morning rain, skies will become partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s..

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[45-11Biomed-center]


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Yesterday was the first time Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal was inspected for contamination and the Department of Environmental Quality found no violations, despite the City of Roanoke's claim that the area WAS contaminated..
Jennifer Miele has more.

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(( Standing in the midst of plans for the region's first biomedical research center is Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal. Last week this site could have been considered a deal breaker.
City Manager Darlene Burcham called it "highly contaminated," and estimated clean-up costs to reach 30 million dollars.
Carilion wouldn't purchase the land, V-DOT wouldn't build on it, and the city said it would cost too much to clean up.
Then News 7 learned that the 30 million dollar estimate didn't come from a city study, or a state study, but was instead, a guess.
D-E-Q analyzed the site and found NO violations of solid waste regulations.
The scrap yard's owner would not talk on camera, but he did say he was upset by Darlene Burcham's comments. He says no one has ever set foot on his property to investigate it, and the allegations of contamination were completely unwarranted.
Burcham says she's pleased that the site is not contaminated, but also says there will be more studies before construction begins. [00:38:36]
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I KNOW THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS HAVE BEEN HIRED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HAVE ALREADY BEGUN THAT PROCESS, SO CLEARLY THEY WILL BE LOOKING AT EACH AND EVERY SITE IN THAT PROPOSED 70 PLUS ACRE AREA BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE CALENDAR YEAR.))
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[JEN'S STANDUP tc: 00:02:58] ((JENNIFER MIELE: 30 MILLION DOLLARS TO CLEAN-UP THIS SITE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FEASIBLE FOR THE CITY OR CARILION. BUT AS IT STANDS, THIS PROPERTY LOOKS TO BE FREE OF CONTAMINATION.
THAT MEANS THE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER DEAL IS STILL ON, FOR NOW.
JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.)) [RUNS14]
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Myrtle Beach police have arrested three people in connection with the murder of a Roanoke man.
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A housekeeper found the body of 50-year old John Milton Bird inside his Myrtle Beach hotel room last Tuesday.
He had been stabbed to death.
Authorities have charged Amanda Rankin, Jeremy Chad Shaw and Douglas Hooper with murder.
All three are from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Investigators say the three were in Bird's hotel room late Monday night.
Police say after the three left... they went back to their own motel, grabbed their belongings and left before signing out.
They three were arrested in Charlotte.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
The rain will taper off by this afternoon, when we'll see partly sunny skies and highs nearing 80.

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[8-11Textile-Tour]


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The Southside tour is over for some state lawmakers, who arrived there over the weekend.
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The House Appropriations Committee began a tour of the Martinsville area Sunday.
Yesterday, lawmakers visited several businesses in the Danville area.
Each year, the House Appropriations Committee tours a different region to see how the state can help improve the area.
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(( WHITT CLEMENT: I HOPE THESE LEGISLATORS WHO ARE NOT FROM AROUND HERE WILL TAKE BACK A BETTER APPRECIATION OF THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE JOB SKILLS, THE JOB MARKET, THE KIND OF TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE HERE..AS OPPOSED TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF JOBS AS OPPOSED TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA.))
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The committee decided to tour Southside because its been hard hit by textile layoffs and cuts in the tobacco quota.


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[8-11L'Burg-Housing]


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Several low- income families will have a new place to call home, thanks to a partnership between a private developer and federal housing authorities.
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Officials helped kick off the construction of the Vistas at Dreaming Creek apartment community in Lynchburg yesterday.
The 20- million- dollar project is partly funded by tax- exempt bonds through the Fannie Mae Foundation.
The developer will be required to make 40 percent of the apartments available to families in lower income brackets.
Construction should be completed by January.
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[8-11Fitzpatrick]


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Former Roanoke judge Beverly Fitzpatrick Senior never truly retired...
At his funeral yesterday, Fitzpatrick was honored for his continued service to the community.
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Mourners filled the sanctuary, chapel and fellowship hall of Second Presbyterian Church... where they honored his service to the court and the community.
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Twenty years after Fitzpatrick's retirement from the bench, colleagues say his presence is still felt in the Roanoke City Courthouse.
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((WHAT DID HE DO AS A JUDGE? IT IS PRETTY SIMPLE. HE LISTENED PATIENTLY AND DECIDED WISELY. HE APPLIED HUMOR AND COMMON SENSE. THE WORD SOLOMONIC IS PROBABLY OVERUSED. HE WAS AS MUCH OF A SOLOMON AS A JUDGE AS ANY OF US WILL EVER KNOW.))


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Fitzpatrick's public life and professional accomplishments are well-known... chief judge of the General District Court, and a leader of the effort to renovate Jefferson High School.
He was also remembered as a man of strong faith, integrity, and compassion.
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Once more-- here's a look at your Tuesday forecast.
After some morning rain, skies will turn partly sunny.
Expect daytime highs in the upper 70s.
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