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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... showers could pop up in parts of our region today...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the details, coming up in the forecast.





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Attorneys for suspended Henry County administrator Sid Clower say he intends to plead guilty to embezzling public funds.
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Attorney Scott Austin says Clower has signed an agreement to plead guilty to three counts of embezzlement.
The counts stem from the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Henry County Public Service Authority.
Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell confirmed that the agreement had been reached, but offered no other comment.
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[7-AM-Victory-Stadium]


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Roanoke City Council's plans for a new Victory Stadium could be put on hold for a while...
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The Williamson Road Area Business Association and Farrell Properties filed a lawsuit yesterday against Roanoke AND city council. The groups say that council should have delayed a decision to rezone land for a new stadium and ampitheater until a detailed traffic and parking study is completed. They are slated to be built near the Roanoke Civic Center where traffic is already congested. In hopes of winning the appeal- the association and Farrell Properties are trying to have the zoning vote taken by city council last month thrown out. Council member Linda Wyatt told News 7 that the traffic issue will be resolved before ground is ever broken for the project.
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[7-11City-Market]


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Rumors of change at the Roanoke City Market Building has business owners asking what the future holds for the downtown landmark...
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The market building is a popular midday destination for downtown workers, and an anchor for the market area.
But there are reports that next year may bring new management, and tenants are wondering if the city has other plans for the food court.
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((DAVID ESTRADA/CHICO'S PIZZA: WE'VE BEEN HEARING RUMORS THAT THEY MAY BE DOING SOMETHING ELSE WITH THE MARKET BUILDING, WHICH WOULD PUT US OUT OF BUSINESS. SOME OF US HAVE LONG TERM LEASES, SHORT TERM LEASES AND OUR MAIN CONCERN IS: ARE WE IN BUSINESS OR NOT?)) ((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: JUST AS THE FARMER'S MARKET IS IMPORTANT TO THE ATMOSPHERE DOWN THERE, I THINK THE FOOD COURT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE THE NUMBERS WORK.))
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A meeting with the mayor brought no commitments, but Ralph Smith says he is a fan of the food court and a frequent visitor.
He says that he hopes the food court can continue to operate in the market building.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Expect some patchy fog for your drive into work today.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your forecast, coming up.





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A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in Roanoke today for Virtual I-T Incorporated.
The company makes web-based video surveillance and security equipment for customers which include Fortune 1000 companies and the U-S Department of Defense.
It's employees are often called upon to provide guidance in public policy matters concerning technology -- and has provided assistance to Roanoke County.
Virtual I-T's new office will be located on Church Avenue in downtown Roanoke.
We'll have a full report on the company and its new Roanoke facility tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.

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House Republicans will meet on July 20-th to name a person to replace Speaker Vance Wilkins...
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The 65-member caucus hopes to emerge from next month's meeting with a Speaker- elect.
Observers say the decision is critical for Republicans in light of the recent controversy.
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Four lawmakers have emerged as the top contenders for the Speaker post- Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith, Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney, Delegate Bob McConnell and Delegate Bill Howell.
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An assistant principal in Southside faces fraud charges stemming from his service as treasurer of a local church. Terry Lynn Moore was indicted by a federal Grand Jury Tuesday night on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy.
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The 45-year old educator was treasurer of Saint Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church from 1989 until 2000.
During his last six years as treasurer, the government contends, Moore defrauded the church out of nearly 100-thousand dollars.
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((JENNIE WAERING/PROSECUTOR; IN 1999, THE END OF '99 THE CHURCH WAS THINKING ABOUT EXPANDING, AND A BUILDING PROJECT AND THEY WERE TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON EXACTLY WHAT THEIR FUNDS WERE ON HAND.))
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An audit revealed discrepancies that are the subject of the federal charges.
Terry Moore was temporarily suspended WITH pay today from his job as assistant principal at Bassett High School.

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His wife, Myra- -also named in the federal indictment, was suspended, as well, from her teaching position ...at Irisburg elementary.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Our string of pleasant temperatures in the 80s will continue again this afternoon.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner is up next, with the forecast.





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Malicous wounding charges against a Lynchburg man involved in a weekend fight could be upgraded to murder.
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32-year-old Danny R. Brooks of Lynchburg was injured early Sunday morning during an altercation outside the Ale House restaurant on Wards Road.
Brooks died two days later at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police arrested 24-year-old Michael Langford at the scene and charged him with malicious wounding.
Authorities are now deciding whether to charge him with Brooks' death.
An autopsy will be performed by the Roanoke medical examiner.
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[8-11VDOT]


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V-DOT is trying to get projects that were cut BACK into its budget... and motorists on Interstate- 81 may see the results...
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Three stretches of interstate between Salem and I-581 were approved for widening and interchange improvements.
But in December, they were cut from the six-year road- building plan, because of a funding shortfall.
Yesterday, V-DOT submitted a plan that adds 102-MILLION dollars worth of projects.
Thirteen were added because V-DOT analysts found savings since presenting a tentative plan earlier this year.
The transportation board is expected to approve the final plan later today.
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The forest fire in Rockbridge County is in its final stages- after scorching 3-thousand acres.
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The Forest Service says the fire near the Devil's Marbleyard is 90 percent contained.
Tuesday's effort to fight the fire with helicopters was a success... Now ground crews are finishing the job.
About 200 firefighters are still at work.
At least five have been injured.
One firefighter is hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and another suffered second-degree burns on his hand.
A section of the Appalachian Trail has been closed ... but is should re-open Saturday.
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The Roanoke Steam's former owners owe creditors thousands of dollars.
And some local businesses are wondering if they'll ever get paid...
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One Salem business, FastSigns, is out 55-hundred dollars.
That's two week's pay for Fastsigns owner... Bill Jones.
A lot of money for a small business.
But he's sure they'll survive.
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((BILL JONES/FASTSIGNS OWNER - BUT WE'LL REBOUND, I HAVE A GOOD STAFF AND GOOD CUSTOMERS..WE'LL REBOUND.))
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The former owners also owe the Roanoke Civic Center more than eight thousand dollars.
But the Steam will continue to play home games there.... even one coming up this Saturday at 7:30.
Creditors will find out if they'll receive any money on August first... when the bankruptcy proceedings continue.

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