Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Get ready for a nice one out today. Partly sunny skies with temperatures near 80.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your forecast coming up in just a few minutes
Roanoke City and Roanoke County are continuing with plans to cooperate on fire and rescue services.
But what is being called a model for regional cooperation is also raising red flags among some local leaders.
Yesterday morning, city and county officials met new recruits at the regional training center, and they celebrated the agreement that will assign six city firefighters to the county's Clearbrook Station.
They say the agreement is a significant step toward more regional cooperation.
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((FUZZY MINNIX/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: THIS TRULY COULD BE A SPRINGBOARD TO A NEW AND UNITED ROANOKE VALLEY.))
((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: AND I THINK YOU'LL FIND THAT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING FOLKS, BECAUSE WE REALIZE THIS IS WHAT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WANT, WE REALIZE WHAT THE CITIZENS OF THIS VALLEY WANT AND WHAT THEY DESERVE.))
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[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager; :08]
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But when city council considered the issue a few hours later, council member Linda Wyatt said she has concerns about combining the city's paid firefighters with the county's paid staff and volunteers.
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((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THOSE ARE PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED. YOU TWEAK THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE NOT THE PHILOSOPHY OF AN ORGANIZATION. AND THAT PHILOSOPHY, WHAT WE HAVE IN THE CITY AND WHAT THEY HAVE IN THE COUNTY ARE FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT.))
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Council ultimately approved the plan with two members voting against. Other members said the plan will benefit citizens by bringing quicker response times in the 220 corridor.
Wachovia and First Union are now one company.
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The merger that Wachovia shareholders approved last month took effect yesterday.
Customers may now use their ATM cards at both banks without paying an extra charge.
The new company will be called the Wachovia Corporation, and trade on the New York Stock Exchange using the symbol "WB".
The federal government is helping Rocky Mount with its fire protection programs.
The town's fire department will get 36-thousand dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Some 200 other departments across the country also got FEMA grants.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Look for sunny skies today with comfortable temperatures.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your forecast details coming up in just a few moments.
Officials in Danville are trying to figure out whether a pizza delivery man acted in self defense when he shot a teenager who allegedly tried to rob him at gunpoint.
It happened Sunday night in the dead- end portion of Buford Street.
Authorities say James Lester had dropped off a pizza nearby when two men approached his car, held a gun to his neck and demanded money.
After giving them his money and a pizza, Lester shot 18- year- old Kenneth Lamont Clayborne four times.
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((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL POSSIBILITIES, WHO'S THE VICTIM AND JUST EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE WITH THAT. WE HAVE NOT MADE A DETERMINATION AT THIS POINT ABOUT THE CHARGES IN THIS SITUATION.))
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Clayborne is in good condition at Duke Medical Center.
Morris says Lester did have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but Domino's owner Tom Messick says company policy forbids employees to carry firearms.
Authorities are searching for a man who robbed a New River Valley bank.
It happened at about eleven yesterday.. when the gunman walked into the First Virginia Bank in Christiansburg.
Authorities are now looking for the suspect who police think took off in a burgundy sedan.
He's described as a white male, six feet tall in his 30's.
The suspect was last seen wearing a gray, hooded sweatsuit.
The Roanoke Times still hopes to expand its operation .. but critics are prepared to argue in a debate later this week.
The Roanoke Times wants to build a 60- thousand square foot printing plant near its current building.
On Friday-- Roanoke's board of zoning appeals is scheduled to take up the company's request which has touched off debate.
Yesterday-- several downtown residents met to go over their strategy for Friday.
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((ROGER ROBERTS/PROPERTY OWNER: I DON'T THINK THAT DESIRABILITY TO LIVE THERE WILL BE VERY NICE WHEN YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU WALK OUT ON THE BACK PORCH AND LOOK AT A BRICK WALL OR LISTEN TO TRUCKS ALL NIGHT.))
((ERIN MONTGOMERY/DOWNTOWN RESIDENT: I THINK THERE'S A MUCH BETTER POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPING THAT AREA RIGHT WHERE I LIVE FOR OTHER USES, LIKE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT LOFT APARTMENTS OVER IN WAREHOUSE ROW.))
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The paper says it needs the plant and the press will keep 400 jobs downtown.
The newspaper has said without a new facility-- it may have to move out of downtown to build.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.... A nice day out today with partly sunny skies and comfortable temperatures.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your forecast coming up after the news.
A Richmond man has pleaded guilty to strangling and suffocating his girlfriend in Roanoke.
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Prosecutors say that 31-year-old Antonio John Garland told police that he killed Debra Ann Jackson Jones of Roanoke because she tried to break up with him.
Jones' estranged husband called police on February 26-th after she failed to turn up at his house.
About a week later, Garland confessed to police after he was pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk.
The judge convicted Garland of first-degree murder.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, Garland could get life in prison when he is sentenced November 13th. [8-11Sheriff
40 million dollars in state cuts means 40 deputy sheriffs positions are going unfilled around Virginia.
It's the crisis sheriffs predicted to lawmakers back in March.
But today, the State Compensation Board may come up with some emergency money to help.
That's good news for Republican Mark Earley -- whose bid for governor could be hurt by unpopular budget cuts.
After all, the politically muscular, but non-partisan Virginia Sheriffs Association says the cuts are directly linked to the car tax cut.
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((JOHN JONES/VIRGINIA SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION: WELL I THINK IT IS. I THINK WHEN THE GOVERNOR BALANCED THE BUDGET HE HAD TO FIND 421 MILLION DOLLARS ON MARCH THE 12TH TO BALANCE THE BUDGET TO PAY FOR THE CAR TAX. WHEN THAT HAPPENED 53 MILLION DOLLARS OF THAT CAME FROM THE COMPENSATION BOARD. SO THERE'S A DIRECT CONNECTION.))
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Governor Jim Gilmore appoints two of the three Compensation Board members.
The Sheriffs Association says there appears to be a coincidental link between Democrat Mark Warner making an issue of the sheriffs' budget cuts -- and the Board saying it will come up with some emergency funding today.
But it's a coincidence the Sheriffs Association says it welcomes.
Franklin County native Dan Tyminski is up for a number of bluegrass awards this year
Last night .. he received one from the Commonwealth.
Tyminski was commended in a resolution from the General Assembly presented by Rocky Mount Delegate Allen Dudley.
Dudley said he planned to present the musician with the resolution during the General Assembly session last winter, but Tyminski was too busy recording.
Among other projects, Tyminski supplied the singing voice for George Clooney in the movie, "Oh Brother Where Art Thou."