Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Look for mostly sunny skies today with temperatures reaching into the 80s for highs.
Jacey Birch will have your complete forecast coming up in just a few moments.
Reagan National airport re-opened yesterday and two Virginia lawmakers marked the occasion by taking the first flight out.
Governor Jim Gilmore and Senator George Allen joined other lawmakers on a U-S Airways shuttle to New York's LaGuardia airport.
The politicians said they wanted to prove it's safe to fly out of Reagan National.
The airport has been shut down since last month's attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Towers ... and is the nation's last to reopen.
Gilmore described it as the symbolic reopening of America.
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New service at Roanoke Regional Airport will add two additional daily jet flights to Charlotte, but they'll be smaller regional jets that hold about 50 passengers.
US Airways Express will expand its service when parent company US Airways pulls its big jets out of Roanoke this weekend.
Airport officials say the additional flights will supplement the turbo-prop service that will remain offered to Charlotte.
US Airways Express is also replacing big jets with smaller ones on its route to Pittsburgh.
There are new developments concerning Optical Cable.
A financial disclosure document submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission
shows the company used its own stock as collateral for investments. If those investments go bad, the company could lose eight million dollars to lenders.
That's essentially what's happening to Optical Cable's president Bob Kopstein... his lenders are attempting to sell his personal holdings in the company to pay off loans.
Also, the company's cash flow is down 40 percent from last year, partly because it used money to buy back stock in effort to boost the share price.
Finally, Optical Cable has secured a ten million dollar line of credit for potential acquisitions and joint ventures.
A clearer look at the company's health will come with the quarterly earning report due out at the end of the month.
Innotech broke ground along Interstate 581 some two years ago.
It's taken time .. but it seems as if the company may be finally firing up.
Innotech's president says the company is hiring, but would not confirm an opening date.
A city official told News 7 it could be up and running as early as December.
Johnson and Johnson broke ground on Innotech in 1999, but assembly line problems have kept it from manufacturing spectacle lenses.
Innotech promised to create 600 jobs.
About 150 people work there so far.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Get outside and enjoy the weather while it lasts. Expect sunny skies today with mild temperatures.
Jacey Birch will have your weather details coming up in just a moment.
The City of Martinsville is in need of an assistant police chief.
Clarence (Sigh-mington) Simington resigned yesterday after a two month investigation into drunk driving allegations.
State Police say Simington smelled of alcohol when they found him asleep in his damaged pickup truck on August 8th.
Chief Mike Rogers would not reveal results of an internal investigation but said Simington resigned voluntarily.
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((MIKE ROGERS/POLICE CHIEF: I THINK ITS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE ONE THING THAT WE ALL HAVE IN COMMON AS PEOPLE WE MAKE MISTAKES AND CERTAINLY CLARENCE IS NO DIFFERENT FROM MANY OF US. HE KNOWS HE HAS MADE A SERIOUS MISTAKE ON THIS OCCASION AND I GREATLY ADMIRE HIM FOR TAKING FULL RESPONSIBLITIES FOR HIS ACTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/Martinsville Police Chief]
[OUT Q=for his actions]
Simington did not face criminal charges because investigators could find no crash site, no injuries, and no weapons.
Chief Rogers will look within the department to find the next assistant chief.
An announcement is expected in the next few weeks.
Florida Power and Light wants to build a 680 megawatt natural gas-fired plant between Danville and Chatham.
F-P-L held a public hearing last night in Dry Fork.
There appears to be no major opposition to the project.
But residents do have several concerns, mainly having to do with pollution, noise, and traffic.
The White Oak Energy Center would be located on 128 acres of land off Dry Fork Road near the Pittsylvania County landfill.
County Leaders believe the project will provide a substantial tax base and help attract new businesses.
The plant would directly affect about twenty nearby homes and nearly 500 residents in the surrounding area.
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((DEANE SHELTON/AREA RESIDENT: I'M WONDERING ABOUT THE NOISE AND EVERYTHING. WE HAVE A LOT OF TRAFFIC THROUGH HERE NOW.))
((JEANE TARPLEY/AREA RESIDENT: I HEARD A FEW COMPLAINT, MOSTLY THAT LIVES ON THE BORDER BUT OTHER PEOPLE I HAVENT HEARD ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT IT.))
((CAROL CLAWSON/FPL ENERGY: PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT AIR EMISSIONS AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WITH THIS FACILITY THE AIR EMISSIONS ARE OF NON-SUBSTANTIAL NATURE.))
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[SUPER=01-Jeane Tarpley/Dry Fork Resident; :06]
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The county has already approved the project.
F-P-L must now get approval from the federal government.
If that happens, construction would begin next year and the plant is scheduled to be up and running in June of 2004.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Another sunny and warm day but be prepared because cooler weather is on the way. Today's temperatures will reach into the 80s.
Jacey Birch will have your complete forecast coming up after the news.
32 African American pastors from around Virginia have decided to endorse Republican Mark Earley.
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((ALEX BOYD/RICHMOND PASTOR: HISTORICALLY WE HAVE BLINDLY GIVEN OUR VOTES TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. AND LOOK AT THE STATE OF OUR COMMUNITY. IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE.))
[SUPER=401-Alex Boyd/Richmond Pastor;]
[OUT Q=It's time for a change.]
The pastors say their tax-exempt status prevents them from endorsing from the pulpit -- but they want their congregations to know how they personally feel.
Several praised Earley in his absence as having strong Christian principles and a record of service to black communities.
After the news conference, the 14 member Legislative Black Caucus immediately endorsed Mark Warner.
((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: WELL IT WAS AN INTERESTING NEWS CONFERENCE.... INSULTING TO THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS.))
[SUPER=401-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond]
[OUT Q=to the African-American voters.]
All the members of the caucus are Democrats.
Both Earley and Warner will debate here at Your Hometown Station Sunday at eight.
You still have a chance submit questions to be asked of the candidates.
[Take WDBJ Web Page FS]
Just go to our home page at WDBJ-7-dot-com to e-mail your question. You have until 5 o-clock today.
Two local Christian radio networks are joining forces.
On Monday, Spirit F-M and the P-A-R F-M network will merge.
The new group will be known as the Spirit F-M Network and will operate stations in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Salem, Dublin, Martinsville, Danville and Bluefield West Virginia.
New Valley Metro buses have hit the street in Roanoke.
Yesterday, the transit company introduced two "low-floor" buses, a new design that makes it easier for passengers to get on and off.
Ten new "standard floor" buses also hit the road, making the entire Valley Metro fleet wheelchair accessible.
The new buses are also more fuel efficient and produce fewer emissions than the vehicles they are replacing.