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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......you'll want stay inside today as temperatures push into the 90's... Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete forecast details coming up after the news.





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Amherst lawmaker Vance Wilkins will remain as Speaker of the House for at least another week...
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Wilkins survived almost four hours of questioning last night by the Republican caucus to discuss allegations he settled a sexual harrassment complaint. Wilkins admitted to paying a settlement to a 26-year-old woman- but maintains that he did so, NOT because he was guilty of the charges- but because he wanted to protect his family and the Republican caucus. He also denied a 45-year-old woman's claim that he rubbed her leg during a Christmas party.
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Republican caucus leaders said after meeting privately with Wilkins that they were not satisfied with answers he had given them, but they took no action. They'll continue to investigate, and agreed to meet again in a week before making a decision.
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Also in Richmond yesterday, a group dominated by anti-tax conservatives says referendums that would raise sales tax rates in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads are illegal. The increased revenue would be used to build roads and alleviate traffic gridlock. A lawsuit filed by former state Republican Chairman Patrick McSweeney claims the Virginia Constitution authorizes tax-supported debt only if approved by a majority of voters in a statewide referendum. Governor Mark Warner supports the referendums. His press secretary says the governor is confident the legislation is legal.

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The company that designed the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is suing the Memorial Foundation...
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Dickson Architects filed suit in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday, just days after Coleman-Adams Construction filed a similar suit against the foundation.
Dickson says it's owed more than 800-thousand dollars for architectural work.
Coleman-Adams claims the foundation owes them more than two million for construction work.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Hot and Humid today, but we'll see some relief by the weekend.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete forecast, coming up.





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The federal government is helping to wire Danville for the future...
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Representative Virgil Goode and Senator George Allen hand delivered a check for the region's new Cyberpark.
300 acres will be wired with the latest fiber optic and electrical connections.
The Cyberpark is a project developed by both the city of Danville and Pittsylvania County in the hopes of bringing new high-tech jobs to the region.
The infrastructure located at the park will be matched only by that at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
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Senator Allen says Atlanta and Chicago are also working on Cyberpark's of the same magnitude, but Danville's will be completed first.
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And another economic development project in Danville is already taking off.
The regional airport received 3- point- 2- million dollars to create the "Mid Atlantic Center for Aviation."
The idea is to create a maintenance facility where local people do repair work for commercial and private airlines at the Danville Airport.
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((JERRY GWALTNEY/DANVILLE CITY MANAGER; THE BONUS WILL BE ABLE TO BRING IN GOOD QUALITY JOBS TO THIS AREA. THESE JOBS ARE PART OF THE GAME PLAN AND THIS IS PART OF THE OVERALL GAME PLAN.))
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Businesses like Ward Burton's racing team and V-W Daniels Construction are already taking advantage of the maintenance facility.
They are both leasing new hangers built by the airport.
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U-S Airways has filed for emergency federal loans. They are the second airline to file for the loans and are asking for one billion dollars to avoid bankruptcy.
The loan program was approved last year following September 11th.
U-S Airways must submit a detailed restructuring plan to the Air Transportation Stabilization Board.
The airline says part of that will include a plan to reduce costs by one-point-two million dollars.
U-S Airways lost two (b) billion dollars last year, and has said it could run out of money by October without the federally backed loans.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Sunny and summerlike again today, but feeling hotter than yesterday.
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Amherst lawmaker Vance Wilkins will remain as Speaker of the House for at least another week...
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Wilkins survived almost four hours of questioning last night by the Republican caucus to discuss allegations he settled a sexual harrassment complaint. Wilkins admitted to paying a settlement to a 26-year-old woman- but maintains that he did so, not because he was guilty of the charges- but because he wanted to protect his family and the Republican caucus. He also denied a 45-year-old woman's claim that he rubbed her leg during a Christmas party.
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Republican caucus leaders said after meeting privately with Wilkins that they were not satisfied with answers he had given them, but they took no action. They'll continue to investigate, and agreed to meet again in a week before making a decision.
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Virginia may be among the nation's leaders in per-capita spending on police and prisons- but the Commonwealth ranks dead last in support for parks and natural resources. Those are among the findings of a J-LARC study released yesterday. According to the research, Virginia ranked 36-th nationally in per-capita state spending in 19-99, third in spending for law enforcement and prisons, and 50-th for natural resources and parks. The state also ranked 15-th in highway maintenance and construction, 27-th in public education, 38-th in health and welfare, and 32-nd in government administration.

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The Town of Blacksburg is being honored for its commitment to the environment.
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The area is being awarded "E-2" excellence status by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Officials say a team of Blacksburg employees put together an environmental policy that improves and preserves. Changes include increased recycling and using more energy efficient bulbs in traffic lights.
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((KELLY MATTINGLY/BLACKSBURG PUBLIC WORKS DIR.; WE DON'T SEE THIS AS A MAJOR COST TO THE TOWN IN FACT WE ACTUALLY SEE THAT THIS COULD SAVE THE TOWN MONEY, WE'RE GOING TO REDUCE OUR ENERGY COSTS WE'RE GOING TO BE INVOLVED IN WASTE MINIMIZATION WITH RESPECT TO RECYCLING.))
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D-E-Q officials will present Blacksburg with the honor today. The town is only one of three areas in the state achieving E-2 status.
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