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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... another pleasant day with a mix of clouds and sunshine...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your weekend forecast coming up in just a few minutes.





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The chief of staff for former House Speaker Vance Wilkins has resigned...
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Claudia Tucker says she quit the post last week. Wilkins resigned his speakership last month after admitting he paid an Amherst woman 100-thousand dollars to settle her claim that he sexually harassed her. He remains in the House of Delegates, but a delegate does not get an office allowance for a chief of staff as the speaker does. Tucker had been on a paid leave of absence since late April, after being tied to eavesdropping on a Democratic conference call.
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Help is on the way to some state schools that aren't making the grade...
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Yesterday, Governor Mark Warner announced a three million dollar plan to improve student achievement in 117 of the state's public schools.
Warner says the level of intervention will vary, with the worst schools getting the most help.
A team of educators and volunteers will intervene for 12 days at 34 of the lowest-performing schools.
Other schools will receive four days of assistance.
Warner says the focus is not on money but rather the collaboration between different school districts, business groups and communities.
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Eighteen schools in our area will receive assistance.
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School officials in western Virginia say they welcome additional help from the state, but they also argue their schools are already making progress.
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The Roanoke Academy for Mathematics and Science is one of 34 schools in the state, and one of four in our area, targeted for priority assistance. But officials say the school wouldn't have made the list if the most recent test scores were considered.
Associate Superintendent Rita Bishop says all of the Roanoke schools are making steady progress toward accreditation.
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((RITA BSIHOP/ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT FOR INSTRUCTION: FRANKLY WE'VE BEEN ON THE MOVE AND WE'VE BEEN IMPROVING FOR A LONG TIME, AND SO I PERSONALLY BELIEVE AND I THINK THE SUPERINTENDENT SHARES THIS PERSPECTIVE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE MOVING AND THE PROGRESS IS SUBSTANTIAL.))
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For a link to the Governor's website, and a complete list of the schools that are affected, visit our homepage at WDBJ7- dot- com.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Expect a gorgeous day as we wrap up the work week.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the weekend outlook, straight ahead.




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Police officers are on the front lines of fighting acts of terrorism. So, officers have come to Roanoke from all over the state to learn new ways to fight terrorism, in response to September 11th.
Part of that training included a mock terrorist attack last night at Patrick Henry High School.
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I-T-T Night Vision recently donated goggles to the Roanoke City Police Department. Officers yesterday learned how to use the equipment, last night they put it to real use. Officers say this training is invaluable, and will prepare them for any terrorist attack.
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Nearly 20 officers from all over the state are taking part in this weeklong training session, they are expected to return to their departments and teach their collegues what they have learned here.
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The training wraps up tomorrow.


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Business and political leaders from the Alleghany Highlands to the New River Valley hope to combine their resources.
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Their new plan uses a regional economic strategy to stimulate development..
Some of the goals are to seek global recognition of the benefits of living and working in the region..
To attract high-tech businesses while nurturing the ones that are already here...
And to lure a pool of highly-skilled employees to the area.
A consultant who helped develop the plan says changing times mean the old ways of doing business don't work anymore..
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((EVA KLEIN/CONSULTANT"THE REAL ECONOMY DOESN'T PLAY OUT ON THE LEVEL OF THE COUNTY OR A CITY THE REAL ECONOMY PLAYS OUT ON A MUCH LARGER REGIONAL LEVEL"))
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Members of the regional alliance have been putting together this plan for more than a year.

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A New River Valley car dealership is shifting into high gear.
Duncan AutoNet of Christiansburg announced yesterday it is buying the Pontiac and GMC franchises from the Martin Family.
Duncan will move those operations to a new dealership on North Franklin Street when construction is complete this fall.
Duncan Automotive now owns 17 franchises, including 10 in Southwest Virginia.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Sunny and mild today-- with more of the same ahead tomorrow.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner joins us in just a few minutes with the weekend forecast.






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One eastbound lane of Route 460 between Thaxton and Bedford is now open to traffic...
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The lanes have been closed since a tanker tipped over Monday, spilling thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel. V-DOT's been hauling away contaminated soil and will need to refill the evacuated areas before both lanes can be re-opened. Until that time eastbound traffic will remain reduced to one lane.
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A donation has officials at the National D-Day memorial hoping more donors will come forward.
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The "Bedford Main Street" business association handed over a check for more than 3-thouand dollars yesterday..
The money will be used to help pay down the memorial's 5-million dollar debt.
Officials say every dollar counts -- and donations they receive from their home-town of Bedford are even more special..
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((DIANE KIDD/NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL"IT MEANS A WHOLE LOT IT MEANS WE HAVE OUR GRASS-ROOTS SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITIES AROUND US WHICH IS IMMENSE.))
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The money for yesterday's donation was raised at Bedford Main Street's 4th of July celebration.

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Lynchburg residents can rest easy, now that fire officials say they're finally back up to full staff. A skeleton staff covered Lynchburg during months of manpower shortages brought on by retirements, comp time and vacations.
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The staffing shortfall actually forced the department to close one of its eight fire stations for a few hours one day last month.
But officials say the addition of ten new rookies has helped alleviate the problem... the new recruits replace personnel who have recently retired.
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((LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT: AS FAR AS WE'RE CONCERNED, WE'RE VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE TODAY. AND WE'RE TAKING STEPS TO KIND OF MINIMIZE THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF RETIREMENTS IN THE FUTURE.))
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An estimated 40 percent of the department will be eligible to retire over the next few years.
The Lynchburg Firefighters Association says it's concerned that will lead to new manpower shortages.
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Beach travellers are being warned to avoid the ocean along the Atlantic from Virginia to the Carolinas...
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Northeast winds are causing higher than normal waves-
Four to six- foot waves were reported at Virginia Beach yesterday morning, just as the National Weather Service issued the swimming advisory.
Rip currents usually cause most problems near sandbars, piers and jetties- areas that draw recreational swimmers.


Two people died in the ocean at Virginia Beach over the 4th of July holiday.
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