Good morning, I'm Marya Jones - Keep that umbrella handy - more rain is on the way today. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast in just a couple of minutes.
Virginia's influence on defense issues in Washington got another blow with Senator Jeffords' rebuke of the Republican leadership.
After only two years at the helm, John Warner's about to lose the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
But Warner says he'll be back.
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((SEN. JOHN WARNER/(R) VIRGNIA; I WOULD SEEK A FIFTH TERM IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, IN FACT, I THINK MY COLLEAGUE HAS ALSO INDICATED HE'D SEEK A FIFTH TERM SO CHANCES ARE WE'LL BE PARTNERS AS THE CHAIR SHIFTS BACK AND FORTH OVER THE NEXT SIX OR SEVEN YEARS PERHAPS.))
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A national Republican leader himself, Governor Jim Gilmore's putting the most positive spin on it.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: AGAIN IT'S NOT HELPFUL BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD. SENATOR WARNER IS SO STEEPED IN EXPERIENCE AND HIS KNOWLEDGE AND HAS BEEN SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE CHAIRMAN THAT I BELIEVE THAT DEMOCRATS WILL STILL HAVE TO TURN TO HIM FOR EXPERTISE. SO I BELIEVE THAT VIRGINIA WILL BE FINE. WE STILL HAVE TWO MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE.))
[OUT Q=on the Armed Services Committee;]
Those two members are freshmen Ed Schrock and Jo Ann Davis from the tidewater area.
In less than two weeks - the D-Day Memorial in Bedford will be dedicated.
Crews hoisted into place the latest two sculptures by artist Jim Brothers.. including a 19- foot high work showing soldiers scaling the cliffs at Normandy.
Another depicts a soldier struggling through the surf towards shore.
The pieces brought back memories for one person who was there.
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((ROY STEVENS/D-DAY VETERAN: THESE SCULPTURES MAKE A GREAT PICTURE HERE TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING AND IT ALMOST BRINGS IT BACK TO THE REAL THING. AND I WOULD THINK THE KIDS COULD GET MORE FROM THIS THAN THEY WOULD A BOOK, BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Roy Stevens/D-Day Veteran]
[OUT Q=can see this.]
A group of Staunton River Middle School students got a sneak preview yesterday after they helped raise 620 dollars for the memorial in just four days.
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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones - More rain is in store for today - with highs in the upper 60's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete weekend forecast in just a few minutes.
The suspect in Tuesday night's fatal shooting is in custody.
Roanoke police say he turned himself in.
Eighteen- year old Jonathan Martin Smith is charged in the death of Rashard "Ray-Ray" Bannister.
The two men had gotten into a confrontation on Melrose Avenue near Forest Park School. Bannister was shot once in the chest.
Smith is being held without bond.
Downtown restoration in Danville is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The city was designated a Virginia Main Street Community last summer.
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((IT IS A GREAT COMMUNITY WITH A GREAT DOWNTOWN THAT HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL. THAT POTENTIAL HASN'T BEEN USED TO ITS FULLEST OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, BUT THAT'S NOT UNUSUAL.))
[SUPER=01-Louellen Brungard/VA Main Street Program Director;]
[OUT Q=that's not unusual]
Last night a Virginia Main Street Resource Team presented it's recommendations.
Among them: make small visible changes like fixing facades... promoting existing downtown businesses... and finding new business anchors to fill old buildings.
Now it's up to the Downtown Danville Association to start turning the recommendations into reality.
Cultural organizations in western Virginia are joining hands with local governments, economic development agencies and other community leaders to plan for the future.
That prospect brought an unusual gathering to the plaza outside the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
Representatives of more than two dozen organizations are joining forces to develop a master plan.
They hope the effort will help them set goals, and ultimately find the funding to make them happen.
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((JUDY LARSON/ART MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: I THINK WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH, PARTNERSHIPS MAKE ABSOLUTE GOOD SENSE FOR FINANCIAL REASONS, FOR PROGRAMMING. ANY TIME YOU CAN PARTNER WITH SOMEBODY ELSE, YOU CAN STRETCH YOUR RESOURCES AND THAT'S WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Judy Larson/Art Museum of Western Virginia]
[OUT Q=that's what I'm excited about.]
The master plan was in the works before the state budget crisis, but the groups say the recent problems highlight the importance of their planning.
Good morning, I'm Marya Jones - It's going to be a soggy start to your holiday weekend - Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have a look at your weekend weather in a couple of minutes.
A teen from Rocky Mount who was missing for nearly a montb is alive and well.
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Franklin County investigators say 15-year-old Steven Dillon had been staying in Rocky Mount all along.
The 15-year-old Benjamin Franklin Middle School student disappeared after a dance on April 27th and his family had NOT heard from him.
Authorities and volunteers spent several days searching the Pigg River for Dillon after some of his personal belongings were discovered there.
Ericsson is cutting costs - which includes layoffs at its Lynchburg facility.
There's no word yet on how many jobs will be cut.
The company says it's lost nearly 500 million dollars this quarter as other cell phone makers move ahead in sales.
The company announced in April it would cut 12 thousand jobs worldwide and remove seven thousand consultants from the payroll.
Layoffs are pending at Radford Foundry.
While Intermet has not released the details of the layoffs, a soon to be former employee is.
The company announced the cuts on Wednesday.. but wouldn't say how many of the 450-employees will be let go.
Jay Quesenberry says he is among one-hundred workers told by the Foundry manager he will be out of work next Friday.
Area businesses are reacting to the cuts and say plant traffic directly affects their customer base.
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((JENNIFER NESTER/WILCO ASST. MANAGER; A LOT OF PEOPLE COME BACK AND FORTH HOME TO WORK AND STOP HERE TO GET GAS SNACKS DRINKS, WHAT DO THEY SAY LIKE A 100 JOBS ARE BEING CUT THAT WILL AFFECT OUR BUSINESS A LOT.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Nester/Wilco Asst. Manager;]
[OUT Q=AFFECT OUR BUSINESS A LOT.]
Intermet says an announcement will be made next week following an internal evaluation.
Some expansion news for the Alleghany Highlands will be released today...
Several area economic development coalitions will make an announcement that they say will help local businesses compete better on the global stage.
It may result in some international flair at Roanoke Regional airport, too.
We'll have that story on News 7 at noon.