Good morning, I'm Marya Jones - Good bye sunshine! More showers are on the way with temperatures in the 70's - Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will has details coming up.
Gas companies have scrapped the idea of a new gas pipeline through Southwest Virginia - saying it would cost too much.
The news leaves pipeline opponents like Brent Riley ecstatic.
For almost a year, he and others tried to convince Virginia Gas and its new owner, N-U-I, not to build the new line.
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((BRENT RILEY: OBVIOUSLY WE FEEL WONDERFUL. WE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE WITH A PERMANENT MARK THROUGH OUR AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Brent Riley/Pipeline Opponent]
[OUT Q=through our area.]
Roanoke Gas President John Williamson says his company was counting on a new pipeline to bring more natural gas to the area ...
Now Williamson says he'll have to look into other options.
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((JOHN WILLIAMSON: SO WHAT THEY TOLD US, THEIR NUMBERS WERE SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER THAN THE ESTIMATED COMPLETION FOR THE LINE INTO ROANOKE FROM THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas]
[OUT Q=orginial agreement.]
N-U-I still holds all of the deeds and permits it needs to build the line...
The company says it may re-examine construction in the future.
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Southside and Central Virginia residents who use the 8-0-4 area code can begin using the 4-3-4 area code tomorrow.
The new area code is being assigned because of the growing demand on available phone numbers.
Customers will have a seven month grace period where they can dial either 8-0-4 or 4-3-4.
The change will largely effect businesses because they will have to replace business cards and letterheads with the new area code.
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((FRANK MEADOR/DANVILLE PRINTING COMPANY: AFTER WE COME BACK FROM CHRISTMAS IS WHEN I EXPECT A WHOLE A LOT OF THEM TO BE CHANGING. THEY WON'T THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. THEY'LL WANT TO WAIT, GET CHRISTMAS BEHIND THEM AND THEN THEY'LL DEAL WITH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Meador/Danville Printing Company]
[OUT Q=they'll deal with it]
The new 434 area code becomes mandatory January 15th of next year.
The change affects customers from Charlottesville and Lynchburg, to Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties.
Good morning, I'm Marya Jones - Hope you had a chance to get out and enjoy the sun yesterday - because it won't be around again for a while! Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast in just a couple of minutes.
A group of local actors is bringing Bedford County's role in World War Two to life.
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The 13 men and women are in a play called "Bedford Goes To War".
The historical drama was written by a local man who conducted research and interviews to tell the community's story of sacrifice through fictional characters.
Last year-- the actors put on their first performance.
Those returning for a second year-- say many in the audience were local residents who lost loved ones during the war.
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((JOE GARDNER/ACTOR: THESE ARE PEOPLE.... MEANS A LOT TO ME.))
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The two hour play is being performed at the Sedalia Center in Bedford County.
Tickets are five dollars... with performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday at eight pm... and Sunday at three.
A soldier who was also an artist captured the early hours of the D-Day invasion on paper.
Ugo Giannini (OO-go juh-NEE-nee) crouched in a shell crater on Omaha Beach and sketched the scene he saw there.
Giannini's drawings are the centerpiece of an exhibit that opened last night at the George C. Marshall Museum in Lexington.
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((I THINK HE DIDN'T THINK HE WAS GOING TO LIVE. I DON'T THINK HE THOUGHT HE WOULD MAKE IT. HE WANTED TO LEAVE A RECORD. HE DIDN'T HAVE A CAMERA AND HE SAW THIS WHOLE PANORAMA IN FRONT OF HIM, OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING. AND I THINK THAT WAS HIS WAY OF SURVIVING EMOTIONALLY.))
[SUPER=01-Maxine Giannini/Ugo Giannini's Wife]
[OUT Q=way of surviving emotionally.]
The exhibit, War and the Creative Impulse, will continue through mid-August at the Marshall Museum.
We'll have a closer look at Giannini's work, and much more, next week .. as we provide extended coverage of the National D-Day Memorial dedication in Bedford.
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News 7 at 5 AND News 7 at 6 will be broadcast live from the Memorial both June 5th and the 6th.
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And we hope you will join us at 11:00 AM, June 6th for a program we're calling: "Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom" .. live coverage of the dedication ceremony.
Good morning, I'm Marya Jones - Get those umbrellas back out - showers are on the way again! Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up in just a couple of minutes.
State police say a man driving the wrong way on Interstate 81 died after a fiery collision with a tractor-trailer early this morning.
It happened after midnight near Natural Bridge.
Police say 47-year-old James Preston Taylor drove the wrong way on I-81 for more than six miles before striking the tractor-trailer head-on.
The truck hit another tractor-trailer and caught fire, but neither driver was seriously hurt.
Taylor died at the scene.
State police say they're still investigating WHY he was driving on the wrong side of the interstate.
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Two accidents involving V-DOT workers in the last two days .. one of them fatal.
A V-DOT worker struck along Interstate 81 has died.
51- year old Denny Kegley of Buena Vista died from his injuries yesterday afternoon, one day after he was hit while picking up debris in Rockbridge County.
The driver told police Kegley walked into the path of his vehicle.
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In Wythe County, A V-DOT truck hit a motorcycle yesterday morning on highway 21.
The bike flipped several times - throwing the driver.
Lifeguard 10 was called to take the man to a hospital.
There is no word on his condition.
Police continue to search for a man who's been missing since last week.
Yesterday they searched the Roanoke River.
Rescue workers are looking for Jeroid (juh-ROD) Moore in Wasena Park along Wiley Drive.
The 30-year-old man was last seen in the river on Friday night after fleeing from police.
His family filed a missing person report Tuesday afternoon.
A Republican hopes to represent the New River Valley in Richmond.
46-year-old Dave Nutter says he will seek the Republican nomination for the 7th House of Delegates District.
The region includes the City of Radford and parts of Montgomery and Pulaski Counties.
The Montgomery County resident works as the Director of College and Media Relations at Tech.
Nutter says it's not clear if he will face opposition for the G-O-P nomination.
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((DAVE NUTTER/7TH HOUSE OF DELEGATE DISTRICT CANDIDATE; ALL I CAN DO IS ANNOUNCE TODAY AND MOVE FORWARD, BUILDING A CAMPAIGN, I TEND TO DO A LOT OF DOOR TO DOOR I MEAN THAT'S GOING TO BE A MAJOR PART OF MY CAMPAIGN KNOCKING ON DOORS AND LETTING PEOPLE KNOW I'M RUNNING. ))
[SUPER=01-Dave Nutter/(R) 7th House District Candidate;]
[OUT Q=IM RUNNING]
The delegate seat is currently held by Democrat Benny Keister, who says he will run for reelection.