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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... partly sunny this afternoon with temperatures warming up into the lower 70's...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete forecast coming up.





[7-11County-Budget]


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Supervisors in Roanoke County praise the proposed budget that calls for a pay raise for County employees...
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

All of the board members at yesterday's supervisors' meeting tipped their hat to county administrator Elmer Hodge and his staff. Number crunching has been especially hard this year. The county is dealing with a nearly one million dollar deficit in its current budget-- a shortage caused when the county did not collect as much in sales and personal property taxes as expected. Despite the set back-- the proposed budget calls for NO increase in taxes or fees and a pay raise for all county employees.
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((JOE MCNAMARA/SUPERVISOR: WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GIVE SOME OF THE BEST RAISES IN THE VALLEY TO SOME OF OUR TEACHERS AND SOME OF OUR HARD WORKING COMMUNITY PEOPLE RECOGNIZING OF COURSE THE NEEDS AND SACRIFICES OUR CITIZENS ARE MAKING WITH THEIR TAX DOLLARS. BUTCH CHURCH/CHAIRMAN: A 2 AND A HALF PERCENT RAISE IN LIGHT OF WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON, I'M GOING TO ENDORSE THIS BUDGET WITH OPEN HANDS, I MEAN WITH AN OPEN HEARD AND A SMILE.))
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Only two people signed up to speak at a public hearing last night and both were opposed to the proposed budget. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposal at its May 28th meeting.
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[7-11Franklin-Zoning]


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The idea of a proposed subdivision at Smith Mountain Lake is not floating well with some of the residents.
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The land is on the north side of Route 616 ... across from the Crazy Horse Campground.
Local developers say they want to build 37 upscale single family homes -- 11 of them on the waterfront -- that will occupy an acre of land each. But the zoning they're seeking ALSO allows "large-scale development."
Nearby homeowners from Deer Creek North Cove are worried the developers will crowd the neighborhood with homes and businesses and the cove with boats.
The proposal goes before the Board of Supervisors next week.
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[7-11Blacksburg-Zoning]


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And in the New River Valley- zoning requests are also causing a stir. At a meeting last night, town council rejected a request that would have prompted another wave of commercial development.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

A local dentist wanted to build a new office on Prices Fork Road. The area is zoned rural residential and doesn't allow for commercial properties. In order for construction, council would have to alter the town's comprehensive plan and change the zoning- but that's was voted down. The Mayor said changing the zoning would open the door to future commercial development.
With the change, people would only need to get a special permit to build.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... cool temperatures this morning will warm up to partly sunny day...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the mid-week forecast in just a few minutes.





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A Montgomery County judge has declared a Salem man incompetent to stand trial on bank robbery charges. 73-year-old George Jones robbed the First National Bank of Shawsville in December 2000. He got away with around 25-hundred dollars- but was later caught. His lawyers say that Jones was suffering from early stages of dementia when he robbed the bank with a toy gun. Judge John Quigley has continued the case for six months while Jones undergoes treatment.

[45-11Eavesdropping]


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The former head of Virginia's G-O-P had his day in court yesterday on state wiretapping charges...
Ed Matricardi is now free of a state indictment- but he could still face federal charges.
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A circuit court judge granted state prosecutors' request to dismiss the state charges.
The state argued that the growing scope of the probe warranted federal prosecution.
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((BILL DINKIN/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE SCOPE OF THIS INVESTIGATION HAS EXPANDED GREATLY. IT HAS EXPANDED TO INDIVIDUALS AND PHONE CALLS THAT ARE OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION FOR THE CITY OF RICHMOND. IT WILL BE OUTSIDE OF OUR OFFICE'S JURISDICTION AND THIS COURT'S JURISDICTION. ))
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Matricardi said he's pleased with the outcome but his attorney, Steven Benjamin, expressed frustration with the way the state handled the investigation.
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((STEVEN BENJAMIN/MATRICARDI'S ATTORNEY: MR. MATRICARDI WAS EXONERATED. THIS CASE IS OVER. WHAT REMAINS ARE MANY, MANY QUESTIONS INCLUDING THE IRREGULARITY ON THE MARCH 22 CONFERENCE CALL LIST. IT APPEARS THERE WERE 49 CALLERS BUT THE IDENTITIES AND THE NUMBERS OF ONLY 48 CALLERS WAS PRODUCED TO US.))
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Benjamin maintains that his client did not commit a crime.
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[45-11Terrorism-Symposium]


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Virginia's top anti-terrorism official says the federal government's color-coded guide to terrorist threats must be modified. John Hager made the remarks yesterday morning while speaking at Old Dominion University. Hager is the assistant to the governor for commonwealth preparedness. He says the current system created by the national Office of Homeland Security is too complicated and needs to include threat levels for states or regions.
Hager also says the private sector must work closely with the government to prevent terrorism since business and commercial interests are primary targets.

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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
After's yesterday's cool temperatures, get ready for more seasonable numbers today.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, coming up in the forecast.




[8-11Steam]


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The former owners of the Roanoke Steam filed for bankruptcy-- but the league says its not throwing in the towel just yet...
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The Arena "Football 2" League took over the team on Friday.
The League is looking for a local business to assume ownership of The Steam.
The deal would not include the team's equipment, which is still in the hands of the former owners.
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((ANDY GOLDSTEIN/ARENA FOOTBALL ATTORNEY; IT'S OUR ANTICIPATION THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE BANKRUPT TRUSTEE SO THAT THE NEW OPERATOR WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THAT EQUIPMENT. IF FOR SOME REASON THOSE NEGOTIATIONS ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL THEN THE NEW OPERATOR WILL GET NEW EQUIPMENT.))
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The team is hopeful its 4 and 2 record will boost poor attendance.
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[8-6-Stonewall]


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Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington is ready open its doors to the public- to show off how 20-million dollars can improve health care.
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A new facility has already replaced many areas in the old hospital building that will soon be torn down.
Renovations to other areas are also underway.
Hospital officials hope the changes will mean easier access to services for patients.
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((ROY WRIGHT/ STONEWALL JACKSON HOSPITAL CEO & PRESIDENT: IT'S NOT JUST A CONVENIENCE THING IT'S ALSO A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE THAT OUR PLANNERS HAD IN MIND WHEN THEY FELT THE NEED TO UPGRADE THIS FACILITY))
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When it's all complete next Spring the new hospital will be double the size of the old building.
The facility is equipped with some of the latest technology.
Additional services like aqua therapy will be offered.
The hospital has also added a "Fit for Life Center"... for 20 dollars anyone from the community can workout.
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((JAMES C. BRADFORD JR.: IT'S CONVENIENT AND YOU ALSO HAVE THE SECURITY THAT DOCTORS ARE CLOSE BY IN CASE SOMETHING GOES ASTRAY))
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Stonewall Jackson will focus on outpatient services and plans to eliminate 35 acute care beds that have been rarely used.
The hospital will hold it's grand opening this Saturday from 10 to 1 p-m.
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[8-11Lois-Lane]


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Prayers have been answered at local church...
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; ]

Fellowship Baptist can now move forward with plans to build a church and daycare center on a 15 acre parcel of land in the Hollins area of Roanoke County. Last night, the board of supervisors agreed to change zoning for the property from industrial to commercial-- so the church could move forward with its plans.
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((RICHARD FLORA/SUPERVISOR: LIFE ISN'T ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY, LIFE IS ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE AND I THINK THE ADDITION TO THAT NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE VERY POSITIVE, PERHAPS IT WON'T BRING IN THE TAX DOLLARS THAT SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIKE IT TO BUT IT'S CERTAINLY THE KIND OF PEOPLE WE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE COMING INTO ROANOKE COUNTY.))
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The county had originally hoped a large industry would buy the property-- which would have pumped more tax dollars into the county.
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