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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Expect partly sunny skies today with highs in the low 80's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up in just a couple of minutes.


[7-Missing-Girl]


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Police are searching for two teenage girls missing from the Presbyterian Children's home in Wytheville. They were last seen on Sunday.
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14- year-old Amber Dawn Thomas is five feet one inch tall and weights 115 pounds... with brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes.
She was wearing a brown shirt and green pants. [CHANGE PINNACLE]
Her friend 13 year old Stephanie Nicole Riffe is also missing- She is five feet tall and weighs 116 pounds.
Riffe has blonde hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and shorts.
Thomas' mother says the girls may have been spotted at the Flying J Truck stop hitching a ride to Miami with a trucker. [CHANGE PINNACLE]
If you have any information, call the Wytheville Town Police at 540 223-3300.
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[7-Bedford-Body]


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Bedford police have identified the man who drowned over the weekend - and now they want to talk to ANYONE who may have seen him Saturday morning.
Police say the victim was 63- year- old Benjamin Harrison Porter of Bedford.
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A group of children discovered the body on Sunday afternoon while playing in a creek near the Westgate Shopping Center.
Police say Porter was last heard from on Saturday morning. They say he was at the pay phone in front of the Bedford Winn Dixie shortly before nine AM.
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[7-2Rocky-Mount]


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Franklin County officials are looking into ways to replace jobs lost in the downturn of traditional employers like textiles and furniture.
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They wonder if they could learn something from other localities such as Botetourt County that are landing new industrial prospects... and if they could do a better job of playing to Franklin County's strengths.
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[IN Q=I think maybe we should ]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Angell/Supervisors Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Newbill/Rocky Mount Mayor; :12]

((WAYNE ANGELL/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I THINK MAYBE WE SHOULD BE A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC IN THE INDUSTRIES WE TARGET AND TRY TO WORK WITH THE TOWN AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION TO POOL OUR RESOURCES TO GIVE US A BETTER POSITION.))
((MARK NEWBILL/ROCKY MOUNT MAYOR: BRIGHTER DAYS ARE AHEAD AND WE'LL KEEP ON WORKING. AND WE JUST WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW WE'RE NOT SITTING BACK, WE'RE WORKING ON IT.))
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[OUT Q=we're working on it.]
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Though there is frustration that a strong workforce and excellent quality of life aren't enough to attract new industry, Franklin County officials say they're confident their economic development efforts will eventually pay off.

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Rocky Mount's town council will meet tonight to start picking a replacement for a member who is stepping down,
John Lester says he's resigning his position to pursue a teaching job in Madison County.
His resignation is effective August 10th.


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Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - It's beginning to feel a lot more like summer today with highs in the low 80's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete forecast coming up in just a couple of minutes.




[45-Powell]


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A Greensboro man- -on trial for kidnapping his wife last year in Salem- -cried through much of his estranged wife's testimony yesterday in federal court.
It reached the point where his own attorney moved for a mistrial, again questioning his client's competency to stand trial.
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Glenn Dexter Powell had slept behind the garage of his in-laws home- -waiting for his mother in law to leave for work, according to the prosecutor.
Around 7:30 the morning of November 16 last year, Powell allegedly entered the house armed with a 9-millimeter pistol. He threatened to kill Kimberly Powell, then took her and the three children at gunpoint.
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"I don't know how much is make believe," said Judge Turk said of Powell's tears. Powell fired back, "this is no act. These are real tears."
The trial in federal court resumes tomorrow.

[45-11Gilmore-Flooding]


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Governor Jim Gilmore visted areas of the Commonwealth that are drowning in problems after the latest round of flooding.
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A state helicopter took the governor over Scott and Wise Counties.
He also got a closer look from the ground.
One man was killed and many others left homeless when heavy rains forced streams and creeks out of their banks.
The governor has sent in National Guard troops and promises that more help is on the way.
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[IN Q=The state stands behind]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE STATE STANDS BEHIND THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, FAITHFULLY AND LOYALLY AND WE INTEND TO BE THERE FOR THEM NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS ANYTIME.))
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[OUT Q=what happens anytime.]
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Volunteers have been clearing debris and going door-to-door adding up the damage.
The Red Cross has about one thousand relief workers in the Applachians right now, with more aid on the way.
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[45-11WV-Flooding]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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Things aren't any better across the state line in West Virginia. McDowell County has been hammered three times in the past month. People have abandomed many homes in small communities.. some are beyond repair. Those who remained are getting help by several groups- including the Red Cros.
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((SAMUEL HAZZARD/FLOOD VICTIM; IT'S MOST GRATIFYING THAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING FROM FAR AWAY ARE CONSIDERING HOW DEVASTATING THIS FLOOD IS. JOHN REED/FLOOD RELIEF MANAGER; THE EFFORTS MOST FOLKS ARE PUTTING FORTH ITS MOST APPRECIATED, PLEASE DON'T STOP ITS NOT OVER YET.))
[SUPER=01-Samuel Hazzard/Flood Victim; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Reed/Flood Relief Manager; :06]
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[OUT Q=IT'S NOT OVER YET.]
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Organizers say nonperishable food items and cleaning supplies are needed the most. If you would like to make any kind of donation....
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[WIPE TO FULL SCREEN PINNACLE] contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-HELP-NOW.
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[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - More seasonable temperatures will be on the rise today. Highs should reach the 80's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete forecast coming up after the news.





[8-Cement-Plant]


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Expansion plans are in the mix for a Botetourt County company.
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Roanoke Cement plans to replace its 1951 packhouse with a bigger, more modern facility. The more than 37-thousand square foot building will double the current amount of storage space and allow the company to quickly switch between packaging a variety of products.
Roanoke Cement was formed in the early 1990's. Its products are distributed in six east coast states.
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[8-SML-Chicken]


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The owner of a famous fowl on Smith Mountain Lake is playing 'chicken' with the Planning Commission. Last month - the Franklin County Planning Commission ordered the now notorious chicken to be taken down . .
But as Marya Jones tells us - the owner has a new plan hatching.

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[IN Q=When this chicken]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Altadonna/Chicken Owner; :16]
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(( When this chicken crosses the road, it's bound to turn some heads before it gets to the other side.
Afterall, the 8-foot fiberglass fowl now perched atop a pink Cadillac may be Smith Mountain Lake's most famous outlaw.
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((JOE ALTADONNA: CHICKEN IS BIG STAR NOW. SO NOW WE LET IT DRIVE IN STYLE IN A PINK CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE. )) [RUNS:09]
Back in June, the county's planning commission ordered the chicken's execution...
Joe Altadonna put it out on Route 616 to promote his business, Westlake Safari Mini Golf.
But the county said he'd violated a sign law -- by putting the bird too close to other signs and the road.
Altadonna says THAT bird won't budge.
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(( THEY THINK THEY OWN THE COUNTRY AND THEY'RE WRONG. WE GOT THE RIGHT TO PUT WE WANT ON OUR OWN PROPERTY.)) [RUNS:07]
Altadonna is fighting the planning commission in court... but in the meantime, he decided to have some fun by putting ANOTHER bird on his Cadillac.
And this time, he says, it's perfectly legal.
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[SOT 12:14:36 - :41]

(( PERFECTLY LEGAL. I NEVER DO NOTHING ILLEGAL.)) [RUNS:05]
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((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: SUPPORT FOR THE BIRD HAS SPARKED T-SHIRTS, SIGNS, EVEN A NAME THE CHICKEN CONTEST THAT'S ATTRACTED MORE THAN 800 ENTRIES. SO DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE THAT THE BIRD IS ACTUALLY A ROOSTER? IT'S OWNER SAYS NO.)) [RUNS:10]
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((TO ME IT'S A CHICKEN. A ROOSTER, A CHICKEN, STILL IT'S CHICKEN.)) [RUNS:03]
To critics, the rooster may be a tacky eyesore ... but as Joe Altadonna sees it, it's poultry in motion. Marya Jones, News-7, Franklin County.))