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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... a chance of showers could hit our region later today....
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your weekend forecast coming up.





[7-11Resignation]


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Vance Wilkins has stepped down as Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates.
His resignation ends a swift and dramatic fall from the most powerful legislative position in the Commonwealth. It comes after he admitted paying at least 100-thousand dollars in hush money to a woman who accused him of sexual harassment.
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In a statement released late yesterday afternoon, Wilkins said: I don't blame anyone for my troubles. Most of them I brought upon myself. But times have changed, and the rules have changed and what was accepted in the era in which I was raised is strictly off-limits today. I didn't change with the times, and if I have offended anyone I am truly sorry and I apologize.
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Wilkins said he felt he could have held onto his position at least until next January, but he felt it was in his party's best interest to resign as speaker now.


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Fellow Republican Delegate Preston Bryant says Wilkins had no choice but to resign.
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Bryant worked as an aide to Wilkins' for two years in the early nineties.
The Lynchburg Delegate says regardless of whether the allegations are true or not, Wilkins' decision to step down was in the best interest of the Republican party.
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[IN Q=Obviously on the heels]

((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT: OBVIOUSLY ON THE HEELS OF THE EAVES DROPPING INCIDENT, ON THE HEELS OF THE SPEAKER'S PROBLEMS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BEEN FRUSTRATED AND DISTRACTED. WE'RE ANXIOUS TO GET IT BEHIND US AND I THINK WE'LL MOVE ON IN SHORT ORDER AND GET IT BEHIND US.))
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[OUT Q=get it behind us---Double Out]
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As to whether Wilkins' should resign altogether from the House of Delegates, Bryant says Wilkins' should first meet with his constituents and then make that decision.

[7-11Background-Wilkins]


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Wilkins has served in the General Assembly since 1978, most of that time in the minority.
But in the 1990s, he helped to engineer the Republican resurgence that gave the GOP control of the House of Delegates.
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[IN Q=Just knew that I would]
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[OUT Q=a deciding factor.]
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In November 1999, House Republicans gave Wilkins the nod over northern Virginia Delegate Jack Rust...
And in January, he was sworn as Speaker of the House.
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((I S. VANCE WILKINS JUNIOR))
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With a first ever Republican majority in the House of Delegates, Wilkins became the first Republican to serve as Speaker.
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[IN Q=I guess this is some sense of awe.]
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[OUT Q=the responsibility that goes with it.]
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Last night, the first Republican to serve as Speaker is also the first Virginia speaker ever pressured to step aside.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Bring along an umbrella this morning, as scattered showers move into the region.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the weekend forecast, in just a few minutes.





[45-11Air-Service]


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Local leaders want to bring more planes and lower fares to the Roanoke Regional Airport...
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Later today, Roanoke Valley officials will lay out a new plan to make that happen.
A news conference has been scheduled for early this afternoon.
One official says the meeting will outline a "new strategy to attract competitive air service."
Local leaders have reportedly assembled a team that includes former Virginia Commerce Secretary Barry DuVal.
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[45-11Moonshine-Auction]


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Some Franklin County residents don't agree with a law that allowed the federal government to seize a Penhook man's property.
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Ralph Adkins' farmhouse and 99-acres were taken by the federal government more than a year ago after a moonshine still was found on the land. Adkins said he didn't know who the still belonged to. Neighbors say he and his wife were given 30-days to vacate the property despite the fact that no charges were ever filed in connection with the case. Under federal forfeiture law, the government can sieze property if it's more likely than not that the land was used illegally. Neighbors think the law is unfair.
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((BABBIE POTTER/NEIGHBOR: IT'S JUST SENSELESS. EVERYTHING IS SENSELESS. WHY DIDN'T THEY CHARGE SOMEONE WITH SOMETHING? IF IT WAS ON THEIR PROPERTY LET THEM HAVE A WAY TO FIGHT IT IN COURT AND GET IT BACK IF THEY CAN.))
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[OUT Q=get it back if they can.]
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The U.S. Attorney's office says the Adkins has the opportunity to contest the forfeiture but didn't. The property sold at auction yesterday for 260-thousand dollars.
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[45-11Police-Accident]


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A Martinsville Police Officer will not be criminally charged for hitting a child on a bicycle with his patrol car.

It happened on May 30th, when Officer Robert Haynes decided to check on a fellow officer who had responded to a domestic abuse call.
The boy suffered a concussion and some bruises.
Police say an independent investigation by state police trained in accident reconstruction determined the officer was not speeding.


[45-6-Steam]


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The former owners of the Roanoke Steam are still feeling the heat from recent money troubles--
Now two local companies want them to pay up...
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Those former owners filed for bankruptcy protection last month.
In a creditors meeting yesterday, the former General Manager was grilled by companies who provided signs and uniform patches for the team.
They say they did the work and now they deserve to be paid.
But it's unlikely they'll see any money once the bankruptcy proceedings are completed.
They call the filing a coward's way out by millionaires who can afford to pay the small businessman.
The team's former G-M did not respond to that.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Muggy and foggy as you first head out the door.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your wet Friday forecast, coming up.





[8-11Tire-Fire]


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The 14-year old suspect in Roanoke County's tire fire now faces two felony arson charges. The case against him was upgraded yesterday from misdemeanor counts.
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In addition to the tire fire, the boy is charged with setting a brush fire near Tony Dow's home on Route 220. Dow says the boy and his friends have subjected him and his wife to racial abuse almost since the day they moved in last Summer. The kids invaded the home, Dow says, and helped themselves to everything ...including the phone.
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((TONY DOW/ROANOKE CO. HOMEOWNER; A BIG OLD $800 TELEPHONE BILL, COMING IN MY HOUSE URINATING, USING THE BATHROOM, NOT USING THE BATHROOMS GOING TO THE BATHROOM ALL OVER THE HOUSE, EATING MY FOOD, TEARING UP MY HOUSE.))
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[OUT Q=tearing up my house.]
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On April 14- -about three weeks after the tires on Willie Keeling's property were set ablaze- -Tony Dow arrived home to find several boys emerging from his home. One of them was carrying a gas can, Dow says. They set fire in the woods near Dow's home. He didn't know the boys by name, but neighbors helped identify them and one was arrested.
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[8-11Rockbridge-Fire]


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The forest fire in Rockbridge County has already burned almost 500-acres...
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A lightning strike ignited the blaze in the James River Face Wilderness on June 5th.
Because of safety concerns, forestry officials say they're trying to contain the blaze with fire lines and backburns instead of sending in crews to battle the flames.
10 and a half miles of the Appalachian Trail and the Wilderness area are closed because of the fire.
Officials say they hope to have the fire under control by next Tuesday.
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[8-11Salem-SOL]


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The Salem School System is getting high marks for its hard work this year...
All of the city's schools will receive the state's "fully accredited" rating, because of their success with the Standards of Learning tests.
This year Salem High School joined the city's other schools in reaching the required 70-percent "pass rate" in core academic areas.
School officials say it took a team effort to reach the goal..
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((WAYNE TRIPP/SALEM SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; OUR TEACHERS OUR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS OUR ADMINISTRATORS OUR LIBRARIANS EVERYBODY INVOLVED, I THINK WORKED VERY HARD MADE MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS AND MOST ESPECIALLY WE WOULD WANT TO THANK THE STUDENTS))
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[OUT Q="want to thank the students"]
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Salem is ahead of the Standards of Learning schedule..
All Virginia school systems must be fully accredited by 2007.

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