Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - A few scattered showers and thunderstorms may hit the area today. With highs in the mid to upper 80's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast in just a couple of minutes.
In yesterday's democratic primary, the nomination for Lietenant Governor went to Richmond Mayor Tim Kaine...
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with 40-percent of yesterday's vote.
Newport News Delegate Alan Diamonstein tallied 31 percent.
Norfolk Delegate Jerrauld Jones was third with 29-percent.
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The race for the Attorney General nomination was tighter.
Henrico County delegate Don McEachin came out on top with 33 percent.
Roanoke Senator John Edwards polled 30 percent of the vote.
Danville Delegate Whitt Clement was third with 27 Percent.
Richmond lawyer Sylvia Clute was a distant fourth. She took just 10-percent.
Roanoke voters gave most of thier support to State Senator John Edwards.
Edwards captured 88- percent of the votes cast in the city for attorney general.
Last night, he thanked his supporters and told the crowd he looks forward to continuing to represent the 21st senatorial district.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: I HAVE NO REGRETS, IT'S BEEN FUN. I'VE MET SO MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE ALL OVER VIRGINIA. IT'S REALLY BEEN A TREMENDOUS VENTURE AND ADVENTURE AND I'VE REALLY ENJOYED IT.))
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Edwards belives the fact four people were vying for attorney general is what hurt his campaign in the end.
Danville Delegate Whitt Clement says he dosen't regret seeking the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.
Clement delivered that message to a crowd of nearly one hundred supporters at his campaign headquarters in Danville.
He told the crowd he will seriously consider running for re-election to the House of Delegate now that he's lost this race.
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((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE: I'M INCLINED TO BUT I HAVE TO TALK TO MY WIFE. ITS HER TURN. BUT UNLESS SHE SAYS NO I SUSPECT I WILL BUT WE REALLY HAVEN'T CROSSED THAT BRIDGE YET.))
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Clement easily carried the vote in Southside.
The registrar in Danville says voter turnout in the city was more than 25-percent.
Comair and its pilots are talking - trying to reach the end to the nation's first airline strike in three years.
The talks stopped May 12-th after the pilots overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by the National Mediation Board.
Comair executives and striking pilots will now meet with federal mediators in Washington D-C through Thursday-- but officials with Comair and the Pilots Association say details of those negotiations won't be made public until then.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Variable clouds and rain possible in some areas today - with highs in the mid to upper 80's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have details coming up.
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Attorneys say part of the Grand Jury report into the Vinton Police Department has been "expunged".
Because the report remains under seal, we can't say exactly what was taken out.
But Philip Coulter says Judge Diane Strickland cut out the "characterization" of Coulter's client, former Police Chief Ricky Foutz.
During the few hours the report was open for public inspection last year, we read that the Grand Jury found Foutz "unqualified."
Foutz was asked to resign and is now suing the Town in Federal Court.
An International Biotechnology firm has set its sights on a local company.
and chemistry between the two was so good they decided to merge.
Sybron Biochemical will become part of Denmark-based Novozymes.
Sybron officials say they'll soon have the money they need to expand in Salem.
The company is already creating new biotech products like a microorganism that helps tomato plants grow faster and larger.
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((TED MELNICK/SYBRON BIOCHEMICAL: ALL THAT STUFF YOU LEARNED IN GRADE SCHOOL, ALL THOSE MICROORGANISMS, YOU KNOW THE BACTERIA AND THE FUNGI, TO USE THOSE MICROORGANISMS THAT ARE OCCURRING NATURALLY IN THE ENVIRONMENT, TO FORMULATE PRODUCTS THAT ARE GOING TO REPLACE CONVENTIONAL CHEMISTRY.))
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Sybron officials say their expansion plans are just the beginning of biotechnology development in the Roanoke Valley.
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Employees at the Radford Arsenal got a dose of good news -
A new business deal increases production plans at the plant and that means job security for its workers.
Alliant Techsystems which runs the Radford Plant, has joined forces with another ammunition producer General Dynamics, to form the American Powder Company.
Together they will provide the Department of Defense with propellant and ammunition by running the Radford plant at it's maximum production level.
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Nolan says they will only make marginal additions to the workforce but the current three-shift schedule "five to seven days" a week will continue.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - keep your umbrellas and rain jackets handy today because you may see a scattered shower or thunderstorm. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete forecast coming up.
Lynchburg's sheriff is stepping down after 27 years of service.
Lawrence Simpson said yesterday he will "not" seek re-election this fall.
One of the candidates who wants to replace Simpson is Danny McCain.
McCain tried to have Simpson forced out of office two years ago for what some black leaders felt was a racially insensitive comment.
Simpson says that incident did not play a role in his decision to retire.
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Simpson says he's leaving because he's tired of battling City Hall over budget cuts in his department.
McCain, Herb Duff, Ron Gillispie and Mary Preston Randolph have submitted paperwork to get on the ballot in November.
Two longtime Roanoke County School Board members are seeking re-election.
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Chairman Mike Stovall's held the Vinton district seat for six and a half years.
The former Vinton investigator says getting resource officers in every school is his proudest accomplishment.
His bid was supported by nine-year board member Jerry Canada, from the Hollins district.
Canada said he entertained a run for the Board of Supervisors, but decided there was still too much to be done for county schools.
Both men are unopposed.
The deadline to file for the November election is August 1st.
A barn fire in Bedford County is still burning this morning - according to officials.
The blaze started at about 9:30 last night at a Joco Farms Barn off of Horseshoe Bend Road.
Property Owner Diane Wilcox says this has happened before.
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No one was hurt in last night's fire and there were not any animals in the barn.
Bedford County Sheriff's deputies said it was full of hay.
Officials have not said yet how the fire started.. but they say they will be investigating.