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[ANCHOR=Kim]

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies today with a chance for a pop up shower. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up in just a couple of minutes.



[7-Bedford-Body]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Some children made a surprising discovery in Bedford.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]

Police say the children were playing in a creek near a Winn-Dixie parking lot when they found the body of a white male. So far, police have not identified the man. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=07-Ashley Shockley;]

((ASHLEY SHOCKLEY; WE SAW A PAIR OF PANTS AND A SHIRT, MY FRIENDS AND I WERE FREAKING OUT, AND I SEEN IF IT WAS A DEAD BODY))
[RUNS=9]
[OUTQ=a dead body.]
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[VO-NAT]

Police say the cause of death is not known.
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[7-Covington-Hall]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=tha]
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A Covington landmark may get one last chance to shine-
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[VO-NAT 24 plus pad 00-21 tc 13:58]
[SUPER=03-Covington/April 22;]

The city's 89- year old City Hall is set to be torn down in October. However, a move by city council could spare the historic building. City Council has voted to make it available for sale until August 13th. But some residents who've fought to save the structure say they're still not happy. They say it's doubtful anyone would want to buy the building because city council has placed a number of restrictions on how it's to be maintained.
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[7-Flooding-VA]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=tha]
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Help is on the way for residents in Scott, Wise and Tazewell Counties. The Governor's office has authorized more than 100 National Guard troops to help flooding victims in the state. Governor Jim Gilmore has also declared a state of emergency for Scott and Wise counties.
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[VO-NAT 14 before bite]
[SUPER=03-Scott Co.;]

In Scott County-- a 77- year old man died when his mobile home was swept away by water. Others in the county had to be rescued when they could NOT make it across swollen creeks. While others lost crops and livestock.
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[SOT 19:21:56 19:22:21]
[IN Q=It moves quicker ]
[SUPER=01-Danny Bell/Rescuer;]
[SUPER=01-Benny Babb/Resident;]

((IT MOVES QUICKER THAN YOU CAN MOVE AND YOU CAN'T OUT SWIM IT, THE BIGGEST THIN IS TO TRY TO OVERCOME IT.)) ((THIS MORNING WE GOT UP AND COULD HEAR THE WATER RUSHING IN AND WE STARTED MOVING HAY.))
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[OUT Q=moving hay.]
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[VO-NAT 9 plus pad]

The American Red Cross has opened shelters for victims in Scott and Tazewell Counties.
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[7-WV-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=tha]
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The rising waters also claimed a life in West Virginia. Yesterday -- a three year old boy died after being pulled from the Tug Fork River in McDowell County. Officials say the boy was playing outside when he was swept away into a drain pipe.
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[VO-NAT 12 plus pad 01:19 1:28:18]
[SUPER=03-McDowell Co., WV/Earlier This Month;]

Officials say many of the flooded areas, such as McDowell, are the same ones hit by record floods earlier this month.
The National Weather Service yesterday - issued flash flood warnings or watches for nearly all of the state.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=kor]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Another cloudy day with a SLIGHT chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up after the news.




[45-Pledge]


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Last week - a judge sentenced a former Roanoke Police officer to prison for bribery and extortion. Yesterday - community activists spoke out. News 7's Justin McLeod shows us how residents are moving forward to take back their neighborhoods.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :10]
[SUPER=01-Sue Gross-Fisher/Area Resident; :15]
[SUPER=@justin1; :50]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/Resident; 1:08]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke]

((((NAT SOUND OF COURTROOM))
Former Roanoke Police officer Frederick Pledge admits he crossed the line and on Friday told a judge he was truly sorry.
But here on the streets, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who feels sorry for Pledge.
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[IN Q=I think its a disgrace]

((SUE GROSS-FISHER/AREA RESIDENT: I THINK ITS A DISGRACE. I THINK HE HAS CORRUPTED OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN IS OUR FUTURE. AND I THINK HE HAS CORRUPTED A LOT OF PEOPLE, OUR CITIZENS HERE IN ROANOKE VIRGINIA, I DON'T THINK IT WAS ENOUGH.))
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[OUT Q=it was enough]


Pledge will spend the next eight years behind bars for accepting bribes from drug dealers on the streets of Northwest Roanoke.
Take Lafayette Blvd.
Pledge routinely patrolled the area and even attended neighborhood crime watch meetings.
Since his arrest, officers have tried to regain their trust.
[SOT 2:28:12]
[IN Q=The Roanoke Police Dept.]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS INCREASED ITS PRESCENCE HERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BY OPENING A SUBSTATION BACK IN FEBRUARY. BUT SOME BELIEVE ITS JUST PUT A BAND-AID ON THE PROBLEM. THE STATION ISN'T MANNED 24/7 AND SOME RESIDENTS SAY THE PROBLEMS HAVE LEFT HERE JUST TO GO FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD.))
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[OUT Q=down the road]

((NAT SOUND OF JEFF TALKING))
On that road is resident Jeff Artis who is working to rid this area of gangs and drugs.
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[IN Q=The one good thing about all]

((JEFF ARTIS/AREA RESIDENT: THE ONE GOOD THING ABOUT ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES AND WATCHDOGS IS THAT THEY ARE CONDUCTING THEIR BUSINESS IN A MORE QUIET WAY BUT IF THEY THINK THEY ARE GOING TO INTIMIDATE ME AND RUN ME OUT OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD I THINK THEY ARE SMOKING THE CRACK THEIR SELLING.))
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[OUT Q=the crack their selling]


Artis is also a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The group has accused Roanoke's Police and Sheriff's Departments of police brutality.
They want to bring in the Justice Department and a request for a federal investigation is expected to arrive at Senator John Warner's office this week.

Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Expect clouds today with a small chance of pop up showers. Highs will stay in the 70's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up in a few moments.




[8-Flooding-VA]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-39 - 31:36]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]

Governor Gilmore is helping flooding victims in the Commonwealth. He has declared a state of emergency in Scott and Wise counties.
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[VO-NAT 14 before bite]
[SUPER=03-Scott Co.;]

In Scott County-- a 77- year old man died when his mobile home was swept away by water. Others in the county had to be rescued when they could NOT make it across swollen creeks. While others lost crops and livestock.
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[SOT 19:21:56 19:22:21]
[IN Q=It moves quicker ]
[SUPER=01-Danny Bell/Rescuer;]
[SUPER=01-Benny Babb/Resident;]

((IT MOVES QUICKER THAN YOU CAN MOVE AND YOU CAN'T OUT SWIM IT, THE BIGGEST THIN IS TO TRY TO OVERCOME IT.)) ((THIS MORNING WE GOT UP AND COULD HEAR THE WATER RUSHING IN AND WE STARTED MOVING HAY.))
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=moving hay.]
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[VO-NAT 9 plus pad]

The American Red Cross has opened shelters in Scott and Tazewell Counties. The Governor's office has also authorized more than 100- National Guard troops to help.
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[8-WV-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-36 TC-38:39]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]

Flooding has also claimed a life in West Virginia. Yesterday-- a three year old boy died after being pulled from the Tug Fork River in McDowell County. Officials say the boy was playing outside when he was swept away into a drain pipe.
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[VO-NAT 12 plus pad 01:19 1:28:18]
[SUPER=03-McDowell Co., WV/Earlier This Month;]

Officials say many of the flooded areas, such as McDowell, are the same ones hit by record floods earlier this month.
The National Weather Service yesterday issued flash flood warnings or watches for nearly all of the state.
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[8-Mule-Show]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jus]
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The rains also made for a messy situation in Salem.
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[SUPER=03-Salem]


That was the site for the first annual Virginia Cheers for Ears Mule and Donkey Show.
The event drew people from across Virginia and surrounding states to test the performance and appearance skills of their animals.
Money raised from the show will go towards buying land for a state sanctuary for the animals.
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[SOT 2:12:03]
[IN Q=Basically, we're talking about]

((CHERYL HAAS/ORGANIZER: BASICALLY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT UNWANTED DONKEY'S AND MULES AND THERE'S A LOT THAT ARE SOLD AT AUCTION AND SOLD FOR FOOD AND WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TAKE THOSE ANIMALS AND GIVE THEM A HOME.))
[SUPER=01-Cheryl Haas/Organizer]
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[OUT Q=give them a home]
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[VO-NAT]


The show raised more than five thousand dollars for the facility which they hope to build somewhere in the area.
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