Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Keep the umbrella handy today because we could see a few showers.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast coming up in just a few moments.
A woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend last December will serve 10 years behind bars.
Brenda Warren doesn't contest the fact that she stabbed her boyfriend with a steak knife.
But in court yesterday, she hoped to convince the judge she was a victim of "battered woman" syndrome."
At least three times she'd called police. Assault and battery warrants were filed against Edward Anderson. But she never followed through in court.
Last December, the couple had another fight and she stabbed him, though she says she doesn't remember that.
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((HE JUST SAT DOWN AND STARED AT ME AND KEPT STARING AT ME. HOW LONG WAS HE ALIVE? NOT LONG. A MINUTE OR SO. DID YOU CALL 911? NO.))
[SUPER=01-Brenda Warren/Defendant; :00]
[SUPER=02-Greg Phillips/Warren's Attorney; :07 QUICK!!!!]
[OUT Q=call 911? No.]
The judge avoided ruling on whether Warren was a battered woman, noting Warren pled "no contest" to murder with malice.
The judge stuck to the 10- year sentence worked out in an earlier plea agreement.
A mobile home dealer in Bedford had a set-back yesterday.
The main office at Fleetwood Homes on Route 460 caught fire around five thirty last night.
Fire officials say a gas grill caught fire on the deck-- the blaze then quickly spread.
Last night-- officials said they weren't sure what caused the grill to ignite.
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((THE GENERAL MANAGER HE SEEN IT.... WHOLE WORKS WAS ON FIRE.))
[SUPER=01-Donald Hale/Bedford Fire Department;]
[OUT Q=was on fire.]
A Fleetwood official says they managed to get most of their files out but expect many were damaged by water and smoke.
But that same official said he didn't expect it to affect customers.
A school in Amherst County is dealing with a mold problem.
Officials say a visual inspection of
(ma-NEL-i-son) Monelison Middle School revealed mold in one classroom and in a number of partitions separating rooms.
That after several staff members expressed concern.
Southern Air Services cleaned the room and removed the partitions last night.
It will wipe down surfaces throughout the school today.
Air quality will continue to be monitored when school begins next week.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Look for partly sunny skies today with the chance for a shower or thunderstorm.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will hav your forecast details coming up after the news.
Pink slips could be coming for some Westvaco workers.
The paper and chemical manufacturer is merging with Ohio- based Meade Corporation.
However, Westvaco officials say no workers from its Covington mill should be affected.
Yesterday, the two companies announced the three billion dollar stock swap that will create the fifth largest pulp and paper company in the nation.
Westvaco has spent nearly a billion dollars on its Covington mill in the past 15 years.
That should make the site a valuable part of the new company's fleet.
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((TOM JEWELL;WESTVACO SPOKESMAN; IT CREATES A STRONGER PACKAGING COMPANY. WE'LL BE FOCUSING ON PACKAGING PAPER AND SPECIALTY CHEMICALS, AND BOTH COMPANIES BRING STRENGTHS IN THOSE MARKETS.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Jewell/Westvaco Spokesman]
[OUT Q=strengths in those markets.]
Jewell adds that the merger will help the two mid-sized companies compete in the global market.
Living along Norfolk-Southern's tracks could earn some folks a little extra cash.
That's because an N-S subsidiary wants to lay fiber optic cable along certain routes.
Yesterday, a federal judge said the company will have to pay landowners who have cable on their sides of the tracks.
The settlement gives landowners in 15 states -- including Virginia -- six thousand dollars per mile when fiber optic lines are installed.
It's not often that Stonewall Jackson rides again on the grounds of V-M-I.
But history repeated itself yesterday, as filmmakers shot several scenes from the civil war movie "Gods and Generals" on the campus.
The movie is a prequel to "Gettysburg," that chronicles the early years of the war.
Two dozen V-M-I cadets spent the day as extras.
The film allowed the students and its lead actors a chance to connect personally with the school's history.
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((FRANKIE FAISON/ACTOR: IT'S JUST AWESOME AND AWE-INSPIRING BECAUSE THIS IS ACTUALLY WHERE THE EVENTS TOOK PLACE AND AS WE RE-CREATE IT, SOMETHING'S TELLING YOU THE GHOST, THE SPIRIT IS HERE IN YOU, GIVING YOU A BIT OF ADDED ENERGY :42 AND COMMITMENT. ))
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((DAVID ROSSI/VMI FIRST CLASSMAN: THE OTHER EXTRAS WERE MAKING COMMENT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONES THAT COULD STAY IN STEP AND OUR UNIFORMS FIT, SO WE COULD TELL THE DIFFERENCE. ))
[SUPER=01-Frankie Faison/Actor; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Rossi/VMI First Classman; :21 QUICK!]
[OUT Q=tell the difference.]
The filmmakers will stay in the area until mid-September, shooting two battle scenes.
"Gods and Generals" is scheduled for release late next year.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... A few scattered showers could pass today. Temperatures will be in the 80s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast coming up in a few minutes.
Senator John Warner is on a four-day trip across Southwest Virginia.
And while today's leg of the trip brings him to the Lynchburg area .. yesterday, he spent some time in the New River Valley.
As keynote speaker at the NRV-Montgomery County Republican luncheon, Warner addressed national budget concerns.
A recent federal report says the government will have to dip into Social Security funds to make ends meet.
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[IN Q=our economy]
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/(R) VIRGINIA; OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO SOFTEN I WANT TO TRY AND REASSURE THIS AUDIENCE AND ALL AMERICANS DON'T GIVE UP ON SOCIAL SECURITY IT'S GOING TO BE SAFE AND I SAY THAT NOT AS A POLITICIAN OR FACETIOUSLY.))
[OUT Q=A POLITICIAN OR FACETIOUSLY.]
Congress goes back into session Tuesday at which time Warner says specific questions about social security will be answered.
Attorney General candidate Donaled McEachin wants to protect the elderly.
Democrat McEachin is proposing adding two years in prison to the sentence of a violent offender with an elderly victim.
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((DONALD MCEACHIN: I BELIEVE THAT ULTIMATELY, ANY SOCIETY IS JUDGED BY TWO THINGS, HOW THEY TREAT THEIR YOUNG, AND HOW THEY TREAT THEIR ELDERLY. AND IN OUR CASE, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT OUR WARS, FARMED OUR FARMLAND, REALLY BUILT THIS COUNTRY INTO THE GREAT NATION THAT IT IS TODAY. AND I THINK THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE THEIR GOLDEN YEARS THE BEST YEARS.))
[OUT Q=golden years the best years.]
But the American Civil Liberties Union says it's approaching crimes against seniors from the wrong angle.
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((KENT WILLIS/VIRGINIA ACLU: BUT WE SHOULD NOT TREAT VICTIMS DIFFERENTLY. IF YOU ARE RAPED, AND YOU ARE 18 OR 30 OR 65, YOU'RE STILL RAPED. AND THE PENALTY FOR THAT SHOULD BE INDIVIDUAL... THE AGE OF THE PERSON SHOULD NOT MATTER.))
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[OUT Q=the person should NOT matter.]
A spokesman for Republican Jerry Kilgore says, quoting now: "Jerry's always for increasing penalties for crimes of ANY kind," but McEachin's proposal is clearly "pandering to seniors to cover up his 'soft on crime' record."
Salem officials have named Pat Counts as the city's new fire chief.
Counts is a twenty-six year veteran of the department.
He joined the fire department in 1974, and has served as Assistant Chief for the last seven years.
Counts will succeed Danny Hall, who recently announced his plan to retire at the end of the year.