Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Another comfortable day with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your forecast details coming up in just a few moments.
After two fatal shark attacks off the Virginia-North Carolina shoreline, Governor Jim Gilmore has decided to take action.
Yesterday, he appointed a task force to get more information on sharks off the Virginia coast
And he offered a little advice.
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Don't go in the ocean at feeding times.
Gilmore appointed a task force yesterday to study how to spot sharks near shore, prevent attacks, provide the quickest emergency response, and educate the public.
But he had a clear warning.
[IN Q=Well, again, as Governor,]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL, AGAIN, AS GOVERNOR, I DON'T KNOW THAT I'M QUALIFIED TO GIVE PEOPLE ADVICE. I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT SWIM AT DUSK MYSELF. AND I WISH I WERE BETTER QUALIFIED, BUT AT THIS POINT I WANT TO GET PEOPLE WHO ARE BETTER QUALIFIED.))
[OUT Q=get people who are better qualified.]
The shark task force expects to report back to the Governor in 30 to 60 days.
Gilmore says he sees NO need for immediate state action.
Martinsville's assistant police chief has escaped criminal prosecution after a month long investigation into drunk driving allegations.
State police say Major Clarence (SIME-ing-ton) Simington smelled of alcohol when they found him asleep in his severely damaged pickup truck on August 8th.
Special prosecutor Don Caldwell says he agrees with the state police's decision not to charge Simington because they could find no crash site, no injuries and no witnesses.
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[IN Q=The charge would be]
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((DON CALDWELL/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: THE CHARGE WOULD BE A DUI AS A COMMON SENSE MATTER. BUT AS A LEGAL MATTER TO PROVE THAT IN COURT, I DON'T THINK THEY HAD THE EVIDENCE TO DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Special Prosecutor;]
[OUT Q=evidence to do that.]
Simington remains on administrative leave from the Martinsville Police Department, pending the results of an internal investigation.
The next time you're at Virginia Tech and grab a drink, it'll probably be a Coke.
That's because the university has signed a contract that will make Coca-Cola the primary beverage on campus for the next ten years.
Coke is paying Tech 17-million dollars, which the school will use mostly for student life and other academic programs.
The contract makes Coke the primary soft drink at dining centers, convenience stores, vending machines and athletic events.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Look for partly sunny skies today with temperatures ending up in the 80s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast coming up in just a few moments.
A Danville man will spend 39 years in prison for abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl on school grounds in broad daylight back in February.
37 year old John Michael James pleaded guilty to abduction, rape and three firearms violations in July.
Yesterday, a judge sentenced James to 88 years in prison, but suspended 49 years.
Officials in Pittsylvania County say a man left jail on work release yesterday morning, shot a woman, then killed himself.
The shootings happened at a mobile home park near Brosville.
The sheriff's department says 52-year-old Gerry Wayne Dillard shot himself in the head, after shooting Coretha Clark in the face.
The 38-year-old woman was taken to the Danville hospital, her condition is not being released.
Officials don't know what led to the shootings.
Dillard had been in jail since July on a perjury conviction.
The crew of the U-S-S Cole has received high honors from the Navy.
Crew members received the Combat Action Ribbon and a Navy Unit (Commen- dation) Commendation.
The crew was honored for efforts to keep the Cole afloat after it was attacked by a terrorist bomber on October 12, 2000.
Seventeen sailors, including one from Pittsylvania County, died in that incident and nearly forty others were injured.
The first Farm and Family Showcase at Virginia Tech continues today.
Officials say yesterday's high attendance will likely make it a yearly event.
The university is opening its Kentland Farm for the two-day farming and agricultural showcase.
Modeled after programs at other universities, it features seminars, demonstrations and displays.
Some local schools are making the event a field trip.
Students are given the chance to find their way in, through and hopefully out of a corn maze.
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[IN Q=it was like fun / ALONG THE WAY]
((HEIDI MOCK/STUDENT; IT WAS JUST LIKE FUN, I'VE NEVER BEEN IN A CORN MAZE BEFORE SO I LIKE DOING THIS IT WAS LIKE A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR ME.))
((STEVE BICKLEY/VT ART PROFESSOR; THERE'S LOTS OF INFORMATION ABOUT CORN SO ITS SORT OF A VERY GOOD EDUCATIONAL, SCIENCE TEACHER, KIDS THAT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT CORN AND THEN PEOPLE JUST WANT AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE.))
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[SUPER=01-Steve Bickley/VT Art Professor; :07]
[OUT Q=an interesting experinece.]
Virginia Tech art students actually designed and cut out the maze.
The farm showcase continues all day today with free admission and parking.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Get outside and enjoy the weather today. Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures are heading our way.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your forecast after the news.[8-11AG-Debates]
Flip-flops or evasions?
That's what reporters were trying to sort out after what may be the last joint appearance of the two men on the ballot for Virginia's Attorney General.
Richmond newspapers in 1995 cite Democrat Donald McEachin as critical of the parole abolition adopted the previous spring by a General Assembly he was NOT a part of.
Yesterday, in a debate, McEachin denied he had ever opposed parole abolition.
Republican Jerry Kilgore was incredulous.
[IN Q=You know I have read]
((JERRY KILGORE/(R) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: YOU KNOW I HAVE READ THOSE ARTICLES...AND YOU RAN AS FAR TO THE LEFT AS YOU COULD GO.))
[SUPER=401-Jerry Kilgore/(R) Candidate for Attorney Gen.;]
[OUT Q=the left as you could go.]
But as soon as the debate was over, Jerry Kilgore was distancing himself from his own stance of this summer: to repeal Virginia's one handgun a month limit.
Kilgore now says he doesn't like the law -- but wouldn't work to repeal it.
He still wants to allow guns into bars.
[IN Q=They've got to decide whether]
((DONALD MCEACHIN/(D) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: THEY'VE GOT TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO WILL BACK THE BAN ON GUNS IN BARS, OR WHETHER THEY WILL REPEAL THE BAN ON GUNS IN BARS. SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO REPEAL ONE GUN A MONTH -- A GOOD CRIME FIGHTING TOOL -- OR SOMEONE WHO SUPPORTS ONE GUN A MONTH.))
[SUPER=401-Donald McEachin/(D) Candidate for Attorney Gen.;]
[OUT Q=supports one gun a month.]
Yesterday's debate is the last Attorney General's debate currently scheduled.
Roanoke's Festival in the Park has a new leader.
The organization introduced its new executive director last night.
Stu Israel says the possibilities are endless.
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[IN Q=We need to find]
((STU ISRAEL/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; WE NEED TO FIND THINGS THAT ARE FRESH AND KEEP IT FRESH SO THAT PEOPLE WILL COME BACK AND WE ATTRACT NEW FESTIVAL-GOERS. WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NEW ON THE DRAWING BOARD RIGHT NOW, BUT YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO FIND NEXT YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Festival in the Park Executive Director;]
[OUT Q=going to find next year.]
Israel says some events, like the A-E-P run and the 1964 Beatles tribute concert, will continue because they're so popular.
Israel also says he'll make every effort to bring the Festival Cup Bicycle Race back next year.