Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... The temperatures warm up leading to another sunny day.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your weekend forecast coming up in just a few minutes.
Some members of Roanoke City Council have a compromise in mind, but a public hearing on the plan to rename Elmwood Park in honor of Martin Luther King did not produce a consensus last night.
The compromise would keep the Elmwood name for the southern end of the park.
The portion that includes the lilly ponds north of Bullit Avenue would be renamed in honor of King.
But that, too, is controversial.
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((GEORGE KEGLEY/HISTORY MUSEUM BOARD MEMBER: WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBERING THE NAME OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING AND WE BELIEVE IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT THE NORTH SECTION, A KEY LOCATION IN DOWNTOWN ROANOKE BE NAMED FOR DR. KING.))
((EVELYN BETHEL/ROANOKE RESIDENT: IT IS WITH PRIDE IN DR. KING AND HUMILITY BEFORE GOD THAT I STAND TO ASK WITH EVERY BREATH IN MY BODY, THAT YOU ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL REJECT THIS PROPOSAL TO HAVE A SEPERATE BUT UNEQUAL AREA NAMED IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING.))
[SUPER=01-George Kegley/History Museum Board Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-Evelyn Bethel/Roanoke Resident; :14]
[OUT Q=Dr. Martin Luther King.]
City council listened to a variety of opinions, but will save the decision on Elmwood Park for a future meeting.
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Christopher Beck was put to death by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center last night.
Beck apologized for killing his cousin and two of her housemates before he was executed.
The Philadelphia man traveled to Arlington in 19-95 to kill his former boss. He also killed his cousin and another man who lived in her house.
A proposed luxury car dealership might be in the works for Roanoke County.
Original plans called for a Land Rover dealership on US 220 that includes the former site of the Parkway Motel.
Now the owners want to expand the project
Developers held a meeting last night in the Clearbrook community to discuss plans to add several new lines of luxury automobiles.
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((LOWELL FOUTZ/RESIDENT: I DON'T KNOW IF ITS GOING TO MAKE THE TRAFFIC PROBLEM WORSE OR BETTER BUT MAYBE IF THEY GET THE STOP LIGHTS OR WHATEVER IN THAT IT WILL IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC HERE ON 220.))
((MARY ELLEN GOODLATTE/ATTORNEY: THESE WILL BE SMALL VOLUME UPSCALE DEALERSHIPS, DEALERSHIPS LIKE MERCEDES, JAQUAR, LIKE LAND ROVER DON'T DEPEND ON VOLUME TRAFFIC.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Ellen Goodlatte/Developer's Attorney]
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The county must still approve the site plan for the project.
Developers hope to have it built and up and running by next year.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... The beautiful fall weather continues today. Look for sunny skies and dry weather.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast coming up in just a few minutes.
Even in the midst of everything that's been happening to the U-S lately, citizens from other countries continue to move to America.
In Staunton yesterday morning, more than a hundred foreigners were sworn in as new American citizens.
They say they're proud to support the US during it's shadowy war against an unseen enemy, and that they think they know what's at the heart of the terrorists' hatred.
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((SONIA LUPPI SEHRING/AMERICAN: FIRST OF ALL, I THINK IT'S JEALOUSY BECAUSE WE HAVE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED.))
((HELLA ARMSTRONG/AMERICAN: AMERICA IS REALLY, TRULY TO ME A LAND OF MILK AND HONEY. IT'S MUCH EASIER TO LIVE HERE THAN IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY... FOR ME, ANYWAY.))
[SUPER=141-Sonia Luppi Sehring; :00]
[SUPER=141-Hella Armstrong; :08]
[OUTQ=for me, anyway.]
Meantime, INS officials and Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte say they're working to make the immigration process more secure.
Legislation to that end is expected to be introduced in the next couple weeks.
Roanoke County's Optical Cable Corporation has 50 million shares up for grabs and it seems that at least one person is interested in them.
According President Bob Kopstein, he received a call from someone who was buying up shares and promised to continue to do that.
When asked how he felt about someone else trying to take control, he said simply, "Let's just say the guy wasn't happy when we got off the phone. My shares have zero value without me. "
Kopstein says Optical Cable has been flooded with calls from people who want a chunk of the company.. and others just telling him to stay strong during these tough financial times.
A Pittsylvania County judge has put the brakes on plans to build a drag strip.
On Tuesday, Judge Charles Strauss ruled that the special-use permit issued for construction of the drag strip was invalid.
Landowner Stone Gregory, the Third, wanted to build a quarter-mile drag strip off of Route 832.
Last year, the the Board of Zoning appeals issued the permit allowing for construction.
Residents who oppose the project sued, arguing the board failed to follow the county's ordinances.
Judge Strauss agreed.
No word on whether Gregory plans to appeal.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......Giles County High School is closing immediately. That's Giles County High School ONLY.
In the forecast today, look for plenty of sunshine as temperatures warm up.
Highs will be in the upper 60s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast after the news.
Virginia's largest state office building remains shut down as a precaution.
The Monroe building was evacuated on Wednesday for a "powdery substance" that officials admit may have been coffee creamer or a crushed breath mint.
Yesterday, a possible security breach in the building's ventilation system room shut the building
down for the rest of the week.
That means state checks will be delayed by at least a day.
Meanwhile, the state health comissioner issued a warning to doctors she'd heard are "inappropriately" prescribing anthrax medications.
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((DR. ANNE PETERSON/STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER: DRUGS HAVE SIDE EFFECTS. THERE CAN BE HARM THAT COMES FROM INAPPROPRIATE USAGE, BOTH FOR THE INDIVIDUALS... AND ALSO JUST FOR THE BROAD EFFECT OF USING DRUGS ON A REGULAR BASIS WHEN THEY'RE NOT NEEDED AND THE BUILDING UP OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. IF THIS IS MORE THAN A SHORT TERM EVENT, WE DO NOT WANT TO BE SETTING THE STAGE OF LATER HAVING SOME KIND OF BIOLOGICAL THREAT THAT WE NO LONGER HAVE ANTIBIOTICS THAT WORK FOR IT ANY LONGER.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Anne Peterson/State Health Commissioner;]
[OUT Q=that work for it any longer.]
Doctor Peterson says emergency resources should be devoted to credible targets, like Richmond's Federal Bank -- which a "haz-mat" team scoured today after suspicious letters were received.
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Tests on a suspicious substance found at Friendship Manor Retirement Community in Roanoke County showed no trace of Anthrax.
On Monday, a Postal worker and employee in the administrative office discovered the white powdery substance on some mail.
Roanoke Police suggest families celebrate Halloween indoors this year.
Trick or treating in the city WILL take place on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31st.
The city is encouraging churches, synagogues and civic groups to host their own events for children.
But for those who prefer going door to door, police urge some added caution...
Police say parents should go along with the kids.
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((SGT. BUTCH STEAHLY/ROANOKE P.D.: WE'RE ALSO RECOMMENDING THAT INSTEAD OF GOING OUT AND WHOLESALE TRICK OR TREATING ANY NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY CONCENTRATE ON NEIGHBORHOODS THAT THEY'RE FAMILIAR WITH OR CONCENTRATE ON FRIENDS AND FAMILY. TRICK OR TREAT WITH THEM, WHERE YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT GOOD CANDY.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Butch Steahly/Roanoke Police Dept.;]
[OUT Q=you've got good candy.]
Police say they anticipate no problems this year, but are urging added caution and supervision in light of recent national events.