Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Find a way to stay cool today - it's going to be another sunny, hot one with high's near 90. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete forecast in a couple of minutes.
Henry County sheriff's department found a body during a training exercise in Patrick County.
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While diving under Union Bridge in Philpott Lake... Henry County sheriff's deputies discovered a barrel containing a body.
The Sheriff of Patrick County says the body appears to have been there for some time.
It has been sent to the medical examiners office in Roanoke for identification.
A car accident killed a Pulaski County man yesterday afternoon.
State police say Roger East was driving north in the wrong lane on Bell Springs Road when he hit another vehicle head on.
East died in the accident but officials say it was not the collision that killed him.
Police believe East had a health problem and a possible heart attack is to blame.
No one in the other vehicle was injured and no charges are being filed.
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If you travel along Brambleton Avenue in your morning commute, you may want to go another way.
Roanoke City officials say a water main that broke last night on Brambleton Avenue near the Overland Road intersection has been repaired.
However, that section of Brambleton Avenue is still closed due to clean-up work.
Officials say the water main break also damaged part of the road.
There may be a delay in the revitilization of one of Danville's poorest neighborhoods.
A year ago, HUD awarded the Danville Housing Authority a 20-million dollar HOPE SIX grant to help public housing residents become homeowners.
To accomplish that, the Housing Authority plans to demolish the Liberty View apartments to make way for 161 single family homes.
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((DARYL DALTON/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: INITIALLY WE HAD HOPED TO DO TOTAL DEMOLITION AND HAVE THE SITE COMPLETELY EMPTY AND THEN CONSTRUCT THE NEW SITE. BUT NOW OUR PLANS ARE TO BREAK IT DOWN AND DO IT IN PHASES.))
[SUPER=01-Daryl Dalton/Executive Director]
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The Housing Authority had hoped to begin demolishing Liberty View this summer but now says it probably won't happen until early next year.
The reason for the delay? The federal government has not yet approved final plans for the project.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - You'll need your sunscreen today - its going to be another sunny and hot one with high's near 90. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your forecast coming up.
The Y-M-C-A may get a new building in downtown Roanoke.
As Joe Dashiell tells us, the city seems ready to approve a land swap AND make a significant financial contribution.
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[SUPER=01-Cal Johnson/YMCA Executive Director; :13]
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager; :35]
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((The central branch was built in 1958, and though the building has seen renovations and a major addition since then... Y officials say the new 40- thousand square foot facility is sorely needed.
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((CAL JOHNSON/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THIS FACILITY WILL ENABLE US TO SERVE MORE FOLKS, PARTICULARLY FAMILIES. WE WANT TO BE MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY AS WE OPEN UP OUR SERVICES TO MORE FOLKS.))
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The Y already owns most of the property it needs near the corner of 5th Street and Luck Avenue.
The city would contribute two lots on Church Avenue... and two million dollars over ten years.
City residents will receive a discount on initial membership fees.
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((WE THINK THEIR NEW FACILITY IN THAT PARTICULAR END OF THE CITY WILL REALLY ENHANCE THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THAT PART OF THE CITY AS WELL. SO WE'RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT PROJECT, NOT ONLY TO BENEFIT OUR RESIDETNS, BUT FOR WHAT IT WILL DO DOWNTOWN.))
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Once the new central Y is built, the city will get the old site for parking or for some other downtown development.
City council will hold a public hearing on the land swap, and vote on the agreement with the YMCA in two weeks.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Officials have cleared a Roanoke teen nightclub of any wrongdoing for using pepper spray on some teenagers it kicked out.
The two teenagers were asked to leave the Junction but got into a fight with bouncers as they were being removed.
Club owners said the pepper spray was used in self-defense; the teens' mother said the teens were attacked.
Yesterday, a Roanoke juvenile and domestic court judge dismissed assault and battery charges against the club.
The two teens received time in detention and were instructed to repay the club for a broken metal detector.
The largest private employer in Botetourt County is expanding.
Lawrence Transportation Systems, a moving and storage company, plans to add a hundred more jobs in the next year.
The company agreed to buy the old Tower Automotive shell building in the Vista Corporate Park.
Lawrence Transportation Systems will pay the county one-point-three million dollars for the building.
The site is next to the moving company's current plant, which employs 220 people.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - The heat will continue today with high's nearing 90.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up in just a couple of minutes.
The Department of Motor Vehicles in Roanoke is gearing up for some changes.
The D-M-V office is currently located in Crossroads Mall.
But a spokesperson say when its lease expires in two years, the D-M-V will be moving out.
The state is planning to build two new facilities in the Roanoke area to replace the mall location.
For one neighboring businesses in the mall-- the loss will be tremendous.
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((JAMES RANSOM/SUNCOM INDEPENDENT AGENT: THEY MOVE OUT MY BUSINESS IS GONE. I'D HAVE TO MOVE OUT MYSELF AND FIND ANOTHER LOCATION.))
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D-M-V officials say they have not decided where the new facilities will be built.
Failure to win a major increase in city dollars along with loss of state funding is causing hard times for the Harrison Museum of African American Culture.
Yesterday, Roanoke City Council approved a 5-thousand dollar increase for the museum, bringing Roanoke's contribution to 22-thousand dollars.
But that total is less than a third of what the museum got from the city five years ago.
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((ALETHA BOLDEN/HARRISON MUSEUM DIRECTOR: AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE CITY OF ROANOKE, THE STAKEHOLDERS IN OUR TAX DOLLARS, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CHARGE OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE, FOR ALL CITIZENS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY TO SUPPORT THE HARRISON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Harrison Museum Director]
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The museum also lost 75- thousand dollars in state funding this year, when lawmakers failed to pass a new budget bill.
The search for a missing man in Montgomery County is over.
83-year-old Thomas Marlow was found in good condition yesterday in Blacksburg after he was missing for almost two days.
A family spokesman says he's responsive with some scratches and that he spent last night at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
The Alzheimer's patient disappeared from Warm Hearth Village, an assisted living facility on Saturday evening.
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((MARK EGGEMAN/RESCUE WORKER; TO GET A LIVE FIND AT THIS HOUR IS JUST ELATING EVERYONE IS VERY TIRED EXHAUSTED AND LOOKING FORWARD TO FINISHING THIS THING, SO THIS IS A VERY HAPPY ENDING FOR US.))
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Workers from Warm Hearth Village will meet today with secure care systems. That's the company that makes the security bracelet Marlow was wearing.
The bracelet is worn around the ankle and it's supposed to sound an alarm when a resident leaves the building.