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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom -Scattered showers and storms are expected in the area with highs in the 70's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast coming up in just a couple of minutes.



[7-11I-73]


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The decision has been made - Interstate 73 will travel EAST of Martinsville.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board passed the newly revised plan yesterday.
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Most board members agree that a new Interstate would make for safer travel between Roanoke and the North Carolina border.
However economic development was also an important factor in their decision.
That's why a route that runs between Martinsville and Danville was approved yesterday. Board members say it's promising for both of the cities.
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((HOBIE MITCHELL/AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER; I SAW IT AS A KEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR BOTH CITIES FOR BOTH DANVILLE AND MARTINSVILLE AND UTILIZING AN EXISTING ROAD.))
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The new route will connect with routes 57 and 58, and comes close to the southern tip of Martinsville to join route 220 South.
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Because of funding and federal approval, construction will not begin any sooner than eight years from now. The interstate will displace 506-homes and 42-businesses.


[7-11Pulaski-Body]


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Pulaski police are still looking for the family of a man found dead last month.
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50-year-old William Lee Hurley was found in a coal yard at the end of First Street.
Although he apparently lived in Pulaski, officers haven't been able to find any relatives.
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It's believed Hurley was originally from Fayette County West Virginia.
If you have any information, you're asked to call the Pulaski police department.

[7-11Firearms]


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A new firing range gives Roanoke city and county police a place to train that they say will help them target crime.
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The Roanoke Regional Firearms Training Center allows officers to hone their skills on moving targets.
The center also boasts a range tower and two classrooms.
Roanoke city and county officials cut the ribbon on it yesterday.
They paid about 250-thousand dollars for the project.
Officers from both jurisdictions spent the last year building it.
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((SGT. JERRY CUSTER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: WE WORKED OUR REGULAR SHIFT UP HERE IS WHAT WE DID. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT KEPT UP OUR SALARY. INSTEAD OF WORKING THE ROAD, WE WORKED UP HERE.))
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((RAY LAVINDER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE CHIEF: IT MEANS WE CAN GIVE BETTER TRAINING TO OUR PEOPLE AND THEY CAN PARTICIPATE IN SOME TACTICAL EXERCISES THAN THEY HADN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO BEFORE.))
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Officers demonstrated the range's capabilities and gave the public a shot at it, too.
Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith even tried his hand at sharpshooting.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Your umbrellas aren't getting an early start to the weekend - more scattered showers and storms are in store for today. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete weekend weather details in just a couple of minutes.



[45-11LPD-Awards]


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A Lynchburg police officer who was seriously injured in a K-9 attack in February has been honored with the department's highest award for bravery.
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Sergeant Rick Ruggieri (roo-JER-ee) suffered bites to his hands, arms and head that required more than a hundred stitches when a police dog he was handling suddenly turned on him.
Despite his injuries, Ruggieri was able to keep the dog from attacking other officers.
He was presented with the Medal of Honor yesterday during ceremonies at the Lynchburg police department.
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[45-11Fulcher]


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An inmate caught dealing drugs behind bars should get a new trial - according to a federal appeals court.
Michael Fulcher claims his work was part of a federal undercover investigation.
More than a year ago, a federal judge in Roanoke granted a new trial to Fulcher, his wife and his mother, but the government appealed.

[45-11Bike-Lawsuit]


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The town of Blacksburg is being sued over a fatal accident during a bike race.
Sharon Knight is also suing the director of the Greater Blacksburg Triathlon.
Cyclist Gary Wayne Taylor of Lynchburg died after colliding with her car last June.
Knight's lawsuit says the director and the town failed to provide adequate warnings to motorists about the race.
She's asking for 750-thousand dollars in damages.

[45-11Shaftman-Hall]


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The Shaftman Performance Hall inside the Jefferson Center is hosting a week of special performances.
The Roanoke Symphony kicked it off last night.
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The one-thousand seat Shaftman Hall boasts state- of- the- art sound systems and glamorous surroundings.
The last time the Jefferson Center hosted such events, it was a quarter century ago, and was known as Jefferson High School.
Performance by Opera Roanoke, the Roanoke Ballet Theatre, the Inflatable Theater Company and the Dukes of Dixieland continue through next Thursday.
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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Gather all your rain gear for one more day... showers remain in the forecast. Meteorologist Leo Hirsburnner has details, coming up.





[8-11Warner-Education]


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Democratic Candidate for Governor Mark Warner says he's been doing his homework when it comes to finding a way to improve higher education.
Warner has outlined a four- point plan.
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Warner says he would create a Commonwealth Scholars Program that would offer tuition grants to students who earn a B average, and place in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class.
He would dedicate 250- million dollars a year to fund capital improvements.
Warner is proposing a commission that would "de-politicize" appointments to boards of visitors.
And he promises to convene a summit of education and business leaders to reduce bureaucracy and encourage innovation on college campuses.
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[8-11Earley-Drugs]


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Meanwhile, a REPUBLICAN candidate for Governor is on a mission to prevent prescription drug abuse.
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Mark Earley met with doctors, sheriffs and drug company officials to talk about abuse of oxycontin.
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((MARK EARLEY/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: MY GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS KIND OF PAIN MEDICATION IS AVAILABLE TO THE PATIENTS WHO NEED IT AND DOES NOT LEAK OUT TO BE ABUSED AND RESULT IN DEATHS AND ADDICTION IN OUR POPULATION.))
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It's the first meeting for the oxycontin task force. The group held a public hearing last night.
The manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, has come up with a ten-point plan to address the problem.
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[8-11Snow-Leopards]


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We have another snow leopard cub update from Mill Mountain Zoo --
The trio is in good health and gaining weight..
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The two females and one male snow leopard cubs were weighed yesterday morning for the second time since they were born two weeks ago. They've gained almost half a pound a piece to weigh in between 1-point-3 and 1-point-8 pounds. Zoo workers say their mom, Tasha, has been nursing consistently, but is also learning to take care of her own needs.
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((DAVE WOOD/CURATOR: SHE SPENDS ENOUGH TIME IN THERE TO NURSE BUT SHE NEEDS HER LITTLE TIME AWAY, SHE NEEDS HER LITTLE MOM TIME TO HERSELF.))
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The cubs have also opened their eyes. The zoo says the blue color will turn brownigh-gold as the cubs age. (------------)