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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... There's a chance of scattered showers today with springlike temperatures. Mereorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast in just a few minutes.





[7-Tax-Refund]


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Thousands of Virginia taxpayers may have gotten a double dose of refunds -

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Last week, the department of treasury accidentally sent out duplicate tax refund checks to 14- thousand families in Virginia.
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Sherry Quinley of Botetourt County got a refund check on Saturday. When she checked the mail yesterday-- she found another check for the same amount.
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[SOT 00:09:37 TAPE LABELLED TAX....00:13:43 TAPE LABELLED MORRIS....]
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((SHERRY QUINLEY/TAXPAYER: WHEN I GOT MY SECOND ONE IT PUT ME IN A DILEMMA I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH EITHER ONE OF THEM. MARY MORRIS/STATE TREASURER: I THINK MOST OF THEM UNFORTUNATELY WERE CONFUSED AND WE DO REGRET THAT. WE'RE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE TO CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH ABOUT THAT AND AGAIN WE'RE DOING ANYTHING WE CAN TO MINIMIZE THAT.))


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[SUPER=01-Mary Morris/State Treasurer; :07]
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State officials say the problem was caused by a combination of human and computer error. They say families should tear up one of the checks, because only one will eventually be honored by the state's bank.


[7-6-Franklin-Search]


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The search continues for a missing teenage boy from Rocky Mount -
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[photo of Dillon]
15-year-old Steven Dillon is a 7th grader at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
He allegedly ran away after a dance on April 27th.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Sunday;]


Over the weekend, deputies searched the Pigg River for Dillon after they found personal items indicating he'd been there.
Yesterday, several classmates reported they saw him at an apartment complex near the river Saturday night.
Investigators say they've been unable to confirm the sightings so far.
They plan to search the river with an infrared camera today.
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[7-11City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Roanoke has a shot at having its own basketball team.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 1997]


It's not the N-B-A, even though there have been quite a few exhibition games at the Civic Center.
But it is the National Basketball Development League.
The League approached the city about a franchise.
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Yesterday city council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would get things started.
Three million dollars would have to be put into the Civic Center to bring a team to Roanoke.
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((BILL WHITE: THIS AGREEMENT HAS THE POTENTIAL ALONG WITH SOME OTHER THINGS WE'RE GOING, TO REALLY ENHANCE THE FINANCIAL PICTURE OF THE CITY OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.))
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Council also voted to raise the city's tax on cigarettes and hotel room rentals.
Members also re-appointed two school board members, Melinda Payne and Ruth Wilson.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... It's a bit brisk out this morning - but things should warm up nicely into the low 70's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has a look at your forecast coming up.




[45-11Waccamaw]


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One of Crossroads Mall's most popular anchor stores will soon be closing its doors. The parent company for Waccamaw's Home Place filed for bankruptcy.
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The store will close in eight to ten weeks.
The company plans to close dozens of stores.
Waccamaw has been in business in Roanoke for almost 12 years.
It's 33 employees were notified about the bankruptcy filing Friday.
The store's manager says he's confident they'll find other work soon.
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[45-11Explore-Center]


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The Blue Ridge Parkway now has a new visitors center - thanks to a unique partnership.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The visitor's center is a joint venture of the National Park Service, Roanoke County, and Virginia's Explore Park.

Local, state and federal officials dedicated the building yesterday afternoon.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton said the cooperation that made this project possible is a model for others.
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((I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR ALL AGENCIES, INCLUDING THE FEDERAL AGENCIES, TO BE OPEN TO CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE APPROACHES, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE TODAY.))
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[OUT Q=and that's what we're seeing here today.]
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Permanent exhibits haven't arrived yet, but the center has two galleries that will feature exhibits on the history of the parkway, and the heritage of the Blue Ridge region.
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[45-11Snow-Leopard]


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Mill Mountain Zoo is celebrating a triple birthday.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Infrared Video;]

Three snow leopard cubs were born last Friday. They're being watched 24-hours a day through infra- red surveillance equipment provided by WDBJ 7. The cubs' parents, Boris, seen here, and Tasha, are breeders for the snow leopard Species Survival Program. The recent litter is the duo's second. Two cubs born last June did not survive. If all goes as planned, these three cubs may go on to help repopulate their species.
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[IN Q=These cubs by the SSP...]

((DAVE WOOD/CURATOR: THESE CUBS BY THE SSP... WE'LL HAVE OTHER ZOOS THAT THESE THREE CUBS WILL GO TO OTHER ZOOS TO BE PAIRED UP WITH OTHER ANIMALS THAT ARE GENETICALLY DESIRABLE FOR THEM TO BREED WITH.))
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It's estimated there are about 8-hundred snow leopards in the world, both in captivity and in the wild. Wood says it could be one and a half to 5 years before the cubs leave Mill Mountain Zoo. It'll be about six weeks before they're are available for viewing by the public.
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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. A cool start to the work day..with highs eventually climbing to near 70 this afternoon. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details in the forecast, coming up.





[8-11Byler]


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A state Board of Education member was killed over the weekend in a sailing accident in the Chesapeake Bay.
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Authorities believe 42 year old Jennifer Byler and her nine year old daughter died of hypothermia.
Byler has been on the state board for three and a half years, and is one of Virginia Republicans' two national committee people.
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Byler and her daughter, brother, and sister-in-law floated on a capsized sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay overnight Saturday.
Her body and the body of her daughter uwere discovered by another boater Sunday morning.

[8-11Ramsey]


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The Development Council Director for Martinsville and Henry County is leaving for another job.
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[SUPER=03-Martinsville/1998]


Sherry Ramsey has accepted an Executive Director Position with Brunswick County's Development Authority.
Ramsey is leaving after six years on the job.
She'll begin work in Brunswick County on June first.
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[8-11Waccamaw]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Shoppers looking for appliances and home decor will soon have one fewer store to store to choose from--
Waccamaw's Home Place at Crossroads Mall is closing.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The store will close in eight to ten weeks.
The company plans to close dozens of stores.
Waccamaw has been in business in Roanoke for almost 12 years.
It's 33 employees were notified about the bankruptcy filing of the parent company on Friday.
The store's manager says he's confident they'll find other work soon.
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[8-Domain-Biomed]


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Plans for a new research and technology center in Roanoke is leaving a bad taste for the manager of a flour mill that sits in its path.
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Roanoke City Mills produces 500- thousand pounds of flour every day... flour that goes into Little Debbie Snack Cakes, Krispee Kreme Donuts and other well-known products.
The plant is located on land that's slated to become the Riverside Centre for Research and Technology, but General Manager John Gibson doesn't want to move.
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((JOHN GIBSON/MENNEL MILLING CO.: I THINK THAT WE COULD BE A COMPATIBLE NEIGHBOR TO THE BIOTECH WITHOUT MOVING. AND AGAIN I NEED TO STRESS THE FACT THAT WE DO NOT WANT TO MOVE.))
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[OUT Q=we do not want to move.]
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More than 30 businesses could be forced to re-locate to make way for the biomedical center and research park, but not all are fighting. Surfaces, Incorporated has reached agreement to develop its own property on Reserve Avenue.
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We'll check in with those businesses tonight on News 7 at Six, as we continue our series on Eminent Domain.[GRAPHIC=HOLD]