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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... prepare for another humid day as temperatures reach the 90's again... Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has all the forecast details coming up right after the news.





[7-11Speaker]


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Two more leading contenders to replace House Speaker Vance Wilkins have withdrawn their names from the candidate pool- now only one man remains....
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Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney and Virginia Beach Delegate Bob McDonnell both announced yesterday that they're bowing out of the Speaker race.
They join Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith who announced last week that he won't be a candidate, leaving Stafford Delegate Bill Howell as currently the only lawmaker seeking the post.
Putney said yesterday he will continue as Interim Speaker until the General Assembly convenes in January.
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House Republicans will meet on July 20th to officially nominate the next Speaker.
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[7-11Henry-Supers]


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The Henry County Board of Supervisors hopes that its new budget will boost economic development....
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But- taxes and existing fees will not go up.
During a meeting yesterday morning, the panel approved a 96-million dollar budget for fiscal year 2003.
Schools and law enforcement will be allotted about one percent more than in the 2002 budget.
Acting County Administrator Benny Summerlin says the board's being cautious in preparation 2004.
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That's when the full financial effect of the VF Imagewear closing will most likely be felt.
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((BENNY SUMMERLIN/ACTING HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THE VF IMAGEWEAR IMPACT THIS YEAR IS ABOUT A HALF MILLION DOLLARS. NEXT YEAR IT'LL BE MORE THAN A MILLION BECAUSE MOST OF THE MACHINERY WAS STILL IN PLACE JANUARY FIRST OF THIS YEAR SO THEY PAID TAXES ON IT BUT THAT MACHINERY WILL BE RELOCATED BY NEXT YEAR.))
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Summerlin says the development of new jobs will help finances in general. That's why the 2003 budget includes one million dollars for the Office of Commerce, almost 767-thousand dollars more than last year.

[7-6-Donnelley]


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A Roanoke County company donates money to help homeless women and children after winning an award...
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The R-R Donnelley Company won top honors yesterday from the state for workplace health and safety.
The printing plant is one of just 16- manufacturing facilities in Virginia to make the grade.
The company celebrated by announcing a donation of 35-thousand dollars to the Roanoke Rescue Mission, for its new women's and children center.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... stay inside and try to beat the heat today...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have the steamy forecast, coming up right after the news.





[45-11Police-Chase]


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Several people were sent to the hospital after a high speed chase ended in a crash near Farmville.
State police say around 7 o-clock last night, a Prince Edward County deputy was going to serve a warrant when he observed the suspect drive away from his home.
The deputy gave chase and was joined by two state troopers. The pursuit ended near the Appomattox- Prince Edward County line when all four vehicles reportedly collided.
The injured were taken to the hospital in Farmville... authorities say none of the injuries was life-threatening.



[45-11Wythe-Raceway]


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A North Carolina man was the victim of a freak accident at the Wythe Raceway over the weekend. 39-year-old Lacy McNeill was hit by a tire while in the track infield.
He later died from head injuries.
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Raceway owner Fred Brown says Lacy was working as a pit crew chief for his son Dustin when he was hit. Brown says three cars crashed along the backstretch causing a wheel to fly in the air. 21-year-old Dustin McNeill told Brown he will continue family tradition and race his truck in the future.
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((FRED BROWN/RACEWAY OWNER; THERE'S A CERTAIN ELEMENT OF RISK THE DRIVERS ALL THE CARS ARE VERY WELL CONSTRUCTED BUT WHEN YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS AN ACCIDENT IT'S SOMETHING NO ONE CAN FORESEE. IT'S TRAGIC THAT IT HAPPENED HERE AND ANYTIME YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT WHERE THERE'S A LOSS OF LIFE IT'S JUST VERY, VERY TRAGIC.))
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The accident caused only minor injuries to another person working in the infield. Brown says the raceway will continue its Saturday night racing schedule but that he wouldn't be surprised if attendance goes down.
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[45-11Amtrak]


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If Amtrak's financial troubles aren't solved... parts of our region will be impacted...
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Anywhere from 30 to 50 people a day catch the Amtrak train during its two stops in Lynchburg... numbers that have increased slightly since September 11th.
One of Lynchburg's two ticket agents says he considers passenger rail an "essential option" for travelers that should be preserved.
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((GARLAND HARPER/AMTRAK TICKET AGENT: OUR PRESIDENT SAYS WE'RE GOING TO RUN OUT OF CASH, AND WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY TO PAY FOR DIESEL FUEL AMONG OTHER THINGS, WHAT CAN YOU DO? AND IF THE BANKS WON'T LET US MONEY BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID WE WON'T BE IN OPERATION THEN WE'RE REALLY CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.))
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Lynchburg also hopes to become a hub for regional passenger rail if the TransDominion Express becomes a reality.


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... some areas could see some isolated thunderstorms today...
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Sid Clower faces up to 60 years in prison.
The Suspended Henry County Administrator admits he stole more than three-quarters of a million dollars from Henry County...
Prosecutors say some of it went to women he had affairs with. As Marya Jones reports, the judge has warned Clower - expect to serve time.
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(( Sid Clower's plea in court was uneventful -- nothing like the tale of lies, adultery and embezzlement behind it.

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((DON CALDWELL/PROSECUTOR: IT HAS SOAP OPERA WRITTEN ALL OVER IT.)) [RUNS:03]
Prosecutors say Clower stole 778-thousand dollars over nine years ... using a fake company to divert funds from Henry County's Public Service Authority into his personal account.
Investigators found that the money went to vacations, credit card debt and support for a child born from an affair with a coworker.
Prosecutors say three women Clower had personal relationships with ALSO received P-S-A money.
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((DON CALDWELL/PROSECUTOR: THIS MAN'S A CON ARTIST AND HE'S GOING TO BE CONNING WHEN HE COMES IN TO BE SENTENCED.)) [RUNS:05]
Clower left court without comment ...
His attorneys say he pled guilty to three counts of embezzlement to "set things right."
At his sentencing next month, he'll take the stand to offer an explanation.
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((GUY HARBERT/CLOWER'S ATTORNEY: WE WILL BE ABLE TO PUT MR. CLOWER'S CONDUCT IN ITS PROPER PERSPECTIVE. HE REGRETS THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS ACTIONS AND HE DOES ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE.)) [RUNS:12]
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[SU 3:49:51 - 3:50:02] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: CLOWER WILL BE SENTENCED IN HENRY COUNTY ON JULY 30TH. THE JUDGE WARNED HIM TO GET HIS AFFAIRS "IN ORDER" BEFORE THEN ... SAYING HE OFTEN SENDS THIEVES TO PRISON. MJN7, STUART.)) [RUNS:11]))

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The mother of a fourth grader is taking on Botetourt County school administrators and sheriff's deputies over an incident at Colonial Elementary last Fall. Ten- year old Meghan Dickson was summoned to the principal's office, based on reports from other students that Meghan had taken a gun to school. According to the complaint filed yesterday in U-S District Court, the child was detained, interrogated and her bookbag was searched. Meghan says she asked school officials to call her mother, but they refused. A week later the school sent a letter home to parents indicating: "no weapon was ever found."

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