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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... some much needed rain should hit our region today....
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your mid-week forecast coming up in just a few minutes...





[7-11County-Supers]


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Supervisors in Roanoke County say that the Smart Road is taking millions of dollars away from other vital projects in western Virginia.
And yesterday, they asked the Commonwealth Transportation Board to find another source of funding for the high-tech highway.
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The Smart Road is designed as a test-bed for intelligent transportation systems. When it's completed, the highway will connect Blacksburg and Interstate- 81.
The supervisors support the project, but following major cuts in V-DOT's roadbuilding program, officials say the Salem District shouldn't carry the burden for building the Smart Road.
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((RICHARD FLORA/HOLLINS SUPERVISOR: I THINK ANYTHING THAT HAS THE IMPLICATIONS THAT THE SMART ROAD HAS, AND IT'S CERTAINLY STATEWIDE IF NOT NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS, THAT IT SHOULD BE SHARED BY EVERYBODY.)) ((HARRY NICKENS/VINTON SUPERVISOR: THE IMPACT ON I-81 IMPROVEMENTS, ON MAJOR SECONDARY ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, ON 221, 220, 419, ROUTE 11 WILL AFFECT THIS AREA OF THE STATE FOR AT LEAST SIX TO TEN YEARS.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Flora/Hollins Supervisor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/Vinton Supervisor; :12]
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[OUT Q=for at least six to ten years.]
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Yesterday, members of the board also gave preliminary approval to a sewer rate increase. The hike will pay for Roanoke County's share of improvements to the regional wastewater treatment facility.
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If the proposal receives final approval, sewer bills will rise by about eight percent this September, and anoth

er eight percent in January, 2004.[7-11Parking]


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The Town of Blacksburg is hoping that parking for Virginia Tech football games this season won't be such a headache-

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Town Council will vote on a new parking ordinance next month.
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If passed, it will allow owners of paved lots that hold 100 or more cars to get a special event permit and charge for parking. The Town is expecting approximately three-thousand more vehicles this year thanks to renovations at Lane Stadium.
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((HEATHER BROWNING/TOWN SPOKESMAN; PARTICULARLY IN THE LAST YEAR WE'VE REALLY TAKEN STRIDES TO START ADDRESSING THE PARKING DOING STUDIES TO SEE WHAT OUR CURRENT PARKING FACILITIES ARE AND HOW WE CAN IMPROVE ON THOSE AND I BELIEVE THAT PARTICULARLY WITH THE UPCOMING FOOTBALL SEASON THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT STEP.))
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Parking lot owners would be responsible for trash, noise and bathrooms needs. Blacksburg Transit would provide shuttles from the lots to the main event. Officials say the goal is to get overflow parking out of the neighborhoods and closer to downtown. A public hearing on the ordinance is set for August 13th.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... we will see some relief from the heat in the next few days...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have the full forecast details coming up right after the news...





[45-11Tanker-Accident]


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V-Dot hopes to open one more lane of Route 4-60 in Bedford County today...
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For now, the eastbound lanes remain closed between Bedford and Thaxton where a tractor trailer carrying fuel overturned on Monday.
If all goes according to plan, the site of the fuel spill will be re-paved tomorrow. Once that is done, BOTH eastbound lanes will be re-opened.
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[45-11Forest-Fire]


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Firefighters hope to have three forest fires in Rockbridge and Bath Counties all contained by tomorrow.
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The largest blaze is centered in a remote area around Skillern Mountain, north of Goshen, near the interesection of Rockbridge, Bath, and Augusta Counties.
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[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;]

The fire escaped containment lines Monday, and so far has charred about 540-acres of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Officials blame lightning for starting the Skillern Fire along with two others in Bath County on the evening of June 27th.
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[45-11Neamo]


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The suspects in February's convenience store robbery and murder were apprehended in Nebraska about a month later. Now,
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the arrest of Mark Neamo and his alleged accomplice are being challenged in court. His lawyers believe Nebraska police picked up the pair without proper authority.
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((FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY BELIEVED AN ARREST WARRANT EXISTED AT THE TIME OF THE ARREST, WHEN IN FACT IT DIDN'T. SO WHAT THEY ESTABLISHED FOR THEMSELVES AS BEING NECESSARY TO THIS ARREST DIDN'T EXIST. AND THAT'S WHERE THE PROBLEM IS.))
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If the judge agrees it IS a problem, he could throw out statements Neamo made to police. The judge could also refuse to allow prosecutors to present physical evidence seized from Neamo at the time of the arrest.
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Neamo faces capital murder charges in the Stop-In robbery last February where two people were shot, one of them fatally.
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Prosecutors say a broken fingernail drove a 15 year old girl to murder a teenaged boy. Her attorneys say it was an accident. Yesterday, a judge agreed with the defense.
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Rebecca Price cried as the judge found her guilty of INvoluntary manslaughter yesterday. Price was facing murder charges for shooting 16- year- old Neville Swain in the head last year. The teenagers had been playing with an unloaded gun inside Swain's apartment the night before.
The next day Swain broke Price's nail as they wrestled. Price says she pointed the gun at him jokingly and did not know it was loaded.
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[SUPER=01-Judge Clifford Weckstein/Roanoke Co. Circuit Court;]
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Price could face up to 10 years in prison or time in a juvenile detention facility.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... keep the umbrella handy today for some storms across the region...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full weather story coming up in just a few minutes.





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Virginia's Secretary of Finance says the Commonwealth has a "serious" revenue problem- The exact numbers are due out soon.
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The state collected less money than expected in fiscal year 2002 which ended last week.
John Bennett says the revenue shortfall will "probably exceed 200- million dollars."
Still, he says Virginia is better off than other states which rely solely on income taxes.
But he said the revenue shortfalls will force layoffs and more cuts in state programs.
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The slumping economy and sour stock market are being blamed for the lost revenue.
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[8-11Retirement-System]


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Virginia's Public employees lost about two billion dollars in the stock market in the last three months.
State retirement System officials say Virginia's public employee pension fund tumbled because of plunging stock prices.
The WorldCom accounting scandal alone cost the pension fund up to 108- million dollars.
As a result of the losses, public employers may be forced to contribute more to the pension funds.

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans are seeing their litigation drive home another benefit.
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The group recently won a court battle with the state allowing them to put the rebel flag on specialty license plates.
The organization says applications for membership have more than tripled since then.
Only members of the group, who are descendants of Confederate veterans, are eligible to display the plates.
The Virginia chapter has about 32-hundred members.
Group leaders expect that number to grow.
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A Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman says the agency has issued 550 such plates as of July 2nd.
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[8-11Appox-Water]


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Another area in our region is feeling the effects of the drought. Appomattox is the latest town to ask residents to start cutting back on their water use. Appomattox is now under partial mandatory water restrictions... which prohibit outdoor watering of lawns and gardens and the washing of vehicles until further notice.

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