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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... bundle up for another cold morning- but temperatures will warm up this afternoon.
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has full forecast coming up in just a few minutes.





[7-11Raleigh-Murder]


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A former Franklin County resident was found dead in her Raleigh, North Carolina apartment on Tuesday. Authorities believe Stephanie Bennett was murdered. Family members say that Bennett was proud to be a recent Roanoke College graduate and proud to be living on her own- but her life was cut short.
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Bennett moved to Raleigh last summer to take a job with IBM, but she was planning to relocate to Greenville, South Carolina in July.
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Police sealed off her ground floor apartment Tuesday afternoon, and they searched a wooded area nearby, but so far investigators have revealed few details about the crime.
Yesterday, T. Carmon Bennett described his daughter as an outstanding person, "a very nice young lady" who was "easy to talk to, and intelligent."
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Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

[7-11Demon-Mascot]


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Debate about school mascots is back in the spotlight in the New River Valley- first it was over the Blacksburg Indians and now there are concerns about the Christiansburg Blue Demons...
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Debbie Logwood is one parent questioning the use of the Demon as a mascot. It's the symbol for Christiansburg middle and high schools. She believes it's in violation of the new mascot policy the school board passed in February. She would like to see it changed and says a petition has been started.
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((DEBBIE LOGWOOD/MASCOT OPPONENT; THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE THAT ARE BOTHERED BY THAT AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WOULD FIGHT AGAINST THAT.))
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Montgomery County School Board policy bans any school mascot that depicts race, religion, nationality or ethnicity. It was drafted and accepted after debate over the Indian mascot at Blacksburg High School. The Indian was banned and changed to a Bruin. But Board Chair Wat Hopkins says the Demon is not policy violation.
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[7-11ACM-Awards]


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A Lynchburg native was among the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
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Phil Vasser won the Top New Male Vocalist Award.
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The O Brother Where art thou soundtrack also won Album of the year and Vocal Event of the year awards.
That album features Franklin County's Dan Tyminski and Southwest Virginia native Ralph Stanley.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Sunshine and highs in the 70s today--- but you'll need your coat this morning.


Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your forecast details, after the news.





[45-11CSB-Problems]


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A local man wants the Lynchburg community to do more to serve the mentally ill.
Mental health advocates agree that the local Community Services Board and police need to work together to make that happen.
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Teresa Wilkerson committed suicide last summer after more than forty calls to 9-1-1 for help.
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Her father, Don Wilkerson, asked the board to help set up a crisis intervention team that would help police identify and handle persons with mental illness.
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An independent report ruled Teresa Wilkerson's death could have been prevented if case workers done a better job diagnosing her illness. The Community Services Board stands by its handling of her case.
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[45-11Roark]


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A third brush with the law could put the man who runs Cable 6 in Martinsville behind bars...
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Charles Roark pled guilty to petty larceny in a Roanoke courtroom yesterday.
Because it's his third criminal offense, he COULD face up to FIVE years in prison when he's sentenced in July.
Roark had no comment as he left the courthouse.
Prosecutors say last fall a Walmart employee spotted him stealing 14 C-Ds and D-V-Ds from the store.
He was arrested after a struggle.
It was 1988 that Roark was convicted of stealing equipment from a North Carolina television station.
In 1993, he was found guilty of petty larceny in Martinsville.
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[45-11Redistricting]


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A higher court will now hear the state redistricting dispute.
The State Supreme Court considers a Salem judge's ruling today .. that could determine whether new legislative lines must be drawn for the state's House of Delegates.
Judge Richard Pattisall ruled earlier this year that the district lines had to be re-worked.
He ordered new House of Delegates elections later this year.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore wants the state's highest court to bar enforcement of that order.
The hearing is scheduled for later this morning in Richmond.


[45-11Terrorism-drill]


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The City of Richmond is prepared for a possible terrorist attack...
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Authorities there responded to a mock chemical weapons attack yesterday.
The drill was staged as part of a program by the U-S Department of Justice.
It's designed to improve response capabilities among local, state and federal agencies.
Mock disasters, like this one, are being staged in 120 of the largest cities in the country.
The Justice Department gave state and local agencies in Richmond high marks for their response.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Chilly weather right now will give way to milder temperatures later today.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your Thursday outlook- coming up.





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More than a hundred workers received pink slips yesterday at General Electric in Salem...
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About 145 jobs will be eliminated through layoffs and early retirement. The Drives and Controls operations and the G-E Toshiba portion of the plant are part of the cuts. All of the employees being let go are salaried workers. A G-E spokesman says the cutbacks are the result of fewer orders, shifting market conditions, and the long-term outlook of the business.
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A fire gutted a Salem family's home yesterday..
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Neighbors of Gibson Brown reported smoke coming from his house on Union Street.
Brown and his family got out of their house with no burns or injuires....but were unable to save any of their belongings.
A Salem fire department captain says flames from either side of the house came out the windows, the front door, and eventually engulfed the back porch.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
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[8-Avian-Flu]


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State agriculture officials say the avian flu outbreak numbers are still climbing. More than 4-million chickens and turkeys have been killed in Virginia... and more are waiting to die. Officials say so far they have detected the virus in 171-farms in the state. They also say that they are still finding farms that have contaminated animals. Investigators have still NOT determined how the virus got onto Virginia farms. The avian flu poses no threat to humans- but can be carried on footwear and clothing, by vehicular traffic and through the air. So far farms in Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Augusta, Page and Greene counties have shown up with the avian flu.





[8-11ACM-Awards]


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A Lynchburg native was among the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
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Phil Vasser won the Top New Mail Vocalist Award.
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The O Brother Where art thou soundtrack also won Album of the year and Vocal Event of the year awards.
That album features Franklin County's Dan Tyminski and Southwest Virginia native Ralph Stanley.
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