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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... a hot and humid start to your workweek today...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have the full forecast details coming up right after the news...





[7-11South-Boston]


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South Boston authorities are investigating a murder. The body of 33- year- old Robert Franklin Bray of Halifax County was found in his car Saturday night around 6:45 on the 300 block of Easley Street. Police say Bray died of multiple gunshot wounds. So far no one has been arrested... and police are urging anyone with information on the crime to call the South Boston Police department . The incident is still under investigation.

[7-11Cascades-Fall]


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More details have been released about the woman who fell nearly 70- feet from the top of a waterfall at the Cascades on Friday...
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31- year- old Joyce Thompson of Peterstown, West Virginia is in extremely critical condition with head trauma and internal injuries. Officials say Thompson was at the Cascades in Giles County with her two young daughters and cousin when she fell Friday afternoon. Rescue crews and National Forest personnel had to use four-wheelers to carry Thompson two and a half miles to a waiting ambulance. Thompson is being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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[7-11SML-Water]


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Water levels at Smith Mountain Lake are down because of the drought...
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[SUPER=03-Smith Mt. Lake;]


The lake is currently three feet below full pond.
Due to the on-going drought, American Electric Power has requested several variances this year to decrease the amount of water released from its Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project.
A-E-P says lake levels are continuing to decrease under the variance-- but at a slower rate.
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[IN Q=We're required by law]

((TODD BURNS/AEP SPOKESPERSON: WE ARE REQUIRED TO BY LAW TO RELEASE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WATER. THAT'S NORMALLY 650 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. WE'VE ASKED TO REDUCE THAT AMOUNT TO 450 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND AND THAT REQUEST WAS GRANTED. SO MOST DAYS OUT OF THE WEEK WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SATURDAY WHEN WE TIME THINGS TO ALLOW A LITTLE MORE WATER DOWN STREAM WE'RE RELEASING LESS WATER THAN WE NORMALLY DO FROM SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/AEP Spokesperson]
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[OUT Q=from Smith Mountain Lake]
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The current variance expires at the end of the month.
A-E-P says it plans to ask Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality to extend the variance.
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[7-11VA-Seal]


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There was a rare spotting of a baby seal in Virginia Beach this weekend...
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[VO-NAT 19:25:12]
[SUPER=03-Virginia Beach;]

Scientists say it's unusual for a seal to surface this time of year. They're usually spotted in the later months of the year as the weather gets cooler.
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[IN Q=Well the first thing]

((SUSAN BARCO/ RESEARCH SCIENTIST: WELL THE FIRST THING WE THOUGHT, WAS ITS JULY, ITS HOT, ITS VIRGINIA, A SEAL SHOULDN'T BE HERE PERIOD. JUST KNOWING THE SEAL WAS IN THE AREA WAS CAUSE FOR ALARM. ))
[SUPER=01-Susan Barco/Research Scientist; ]
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[OUT Q=cause for alarm.]
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The baby seal, named Jordan, is anywhere from six to ten weeks old. After being examined, scientists discovered that he was underweight, had a high temperature and was more congested than normal. Jordan is resting up and receiving antibiotics to help him return to full health. He will soon be headed to a stranding rehabilitation center in New Jersey.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Humid, with scattered showers this week.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has more, coming up in the forecast.






[45-11Carvins-Cove]


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Carvins Cove is expected to hit a record low early this week...
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[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove;]


The level of the city's main reservoir currently stands at 29- point- one feet below the spillway. That's just one tenth of a foot from the historic low recorded in the summer of 1999.
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[IN Q=Any time you set a new record]

((MIKE MCEVOY: ANY TIME YOU SET A NEW RECORD THERE'S ALWAYS SOME SIGNIFICANCE IN THAT. AND I THINK IN THE FUTURE YEARS, HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE OUR NEW RECORD AND WE WON'T SEE ANYTHING LOWER THAN THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Roanoke City Utilities Dir.;]
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[OUT Q=won't see anything lower than that.]
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The next ten days will also bring some progress in the city's efforts to supplement its water supply.
A temporary filter system at Crystal Spring, and a new well in southeast Roanoke should add about five million gallons a day by the end of the month.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Stage Four of the city's water conservation plan kicks in when the level of Carvins Cove hits thirty feet below the spillway.... but right now officials say they are NOT planning any tougher restrictions when the water falls below that level.

[45-11Smith-Water]


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Mayor Ralph Smith says the city of Roanoke is doing everything it can to prevent the water crisis from happening again.
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[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove;]


The Mayor plans to discuss the problem and possible solutions in his "state of the city address" this week.
Smith says it is important to look to the future and not point fingers as to what happened in the past.
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((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: YOU HAVE TO REALIZE THEY DIDN'T SEE THE HISTORY, YOU CAN'T SEE AROUND THAT. IT'S THEIR BEST JUDGMENT. WAS IT FULLY THOUGHT OUT? WELL, YOU CAN DEBATE THAT BUT WITH THE FACTS THAT THEY HAD AT THOSE TIMES IT'S REALLY HARD TO ANALYZE THOSE NUMBERS TO CRITICIZE THOSE BEFORE ME.))
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The mayor will deliver his state of the city address at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday morning.

[45-11Bikers-Food]


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Some local bikers made a hefty donation to an area food bank...
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Star City ABATE organization has been collecting food at various locations for the last several weeks.
More than thirty bikers collected that food and delivered it the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank.
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((JOE NASH/ORGANIZER: IT'S OBVIOUS THAT A LOT THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT COME HERE AND GET FOOD. I THINK OVER A THOUSAND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN GETTING THE FOOD BANK AND WE FIGURED IT WOULD BE SOMETHING GOOD FOR US TO GET INVOLVED IN.)) ((KITTY TABOR/SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK: RIGHT NOW IN THE FOOD WE HAVE A LOT SNACKS AND SODA AND WE NEED CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND SOUPS AND WHATEVER NON-PERISHABLE FOODS THAT CAN COME HERE.))
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[SUPER=01-Kitty Tabor/Second Harvest Food Bank; :09 ]
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The bikers collected more than 500 pounds of food.
They planned to hold a similar drive around Thanksgiving.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The hot weather over the weekend is lingering into Monday.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has forecast details, after the news.






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The Virginia Air National Guard will begin de-mobilizing about 300 reservists this week.
Members of the 192-nd Fighter Wing have been on active duty for the last 10 months.
They've been flying combat air patrols on the East Coast.
Officials say the de- mobilization process should be completed by late August.



[8-11Steam]


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The Roanoke Steam wrapped up its last game of the season, and possibly the last one ever. A lack of ownership caused numerous problems for the team this season... leading some to speculate the team will not be back next year. Justin McLeod has more on the team's future.
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[SUPER=01-Marc Pr'Out/Steam Fan; :11]
[SUPER=01-Ed Jenkins/Team General Manager; :23 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Matt Eres/Arenafootball2 League Official; :43]
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[SUPER=01-Richie Ingram/Steam Fan; 1:24]
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((((NAT SOUND OF FANS WALKING THROUGH THE GATE; TAPE 1 21:32))
As the fans walked through the gate (QUICK NAT SOUND OF THE GAME) and the team took the field, many wondered if the game is over for the Roanoke Steam.
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[IN Q=What would it be like]

((MARC PR'OUT/STEAM FAN: WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE NOT TO HAVE THEM AROUND? I THINK IT WOULD GET PRETTY DULL REALLY.))
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And that is a real possibility according to team officials.
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[IN Q=What are the chances]

((ED JENKINS/TEAM GENERAL MANAGER: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THE STEAM WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR? I THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN 50/50. RIGHT NOW WE'RE TALKING TO A LOCAL INVESTOR WHO IS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT KEEPING THE TEAM IN ROANOKE.))
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((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
The Roanoke Steam has been around for three seasons.
It was run by a local group until May when the owners filed for bankruptcy.
The arena football-2 league then came in and took over the team.
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[IN Q=I think the biggest]

((MATT ERES/ARENAFOOTBALL2 LEAGUE: I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS THAT IT NEEDS TO BE A LOCAL GROUP THAT COMES IN HERE TO RUN THE TEAM. THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO KNOW THAT THE TEAM IS HERE TO STAY.))
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[OUT Q=here to stay]


The league would like to have those new owners in place by the end of the summer.
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[IN Q=Part of the problem]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: PART OF THE PROBLEM IS ALSO A LACK OF FANS. THE STEAM RANKS NEXT TO LAST IN THE LEAGUE FOR HOME ATTENDANCE, AVERAGING JUST UNDER TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE PER GAME.))
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((QUICK NAT SOUND OF FANS CHEERING))
That is down from a high of just more than three thousand fans per game two years ago.
This season, overall attendance is up nearly twenty five percent but down significantly since the teams ownership problems came to light. ((NAT SOUND OF DRUM PLAYING; TAPE 1 24:26))
Loyal fans hope to drum up support by word of mouth.
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[IN Q=I'm trying to get people]

((RICHIE INGRAM/STEAM FAN: I'M TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO COME HERE FROM THE ROANOKE ALTHLETIC CLUB. A LOT OF PEOPLE I'VE WORK WITH AT PITT OHIO, TRYING TO GET PEOPLE DOWN HERE. I DON'T THINK THEY REALIZE WHAT THEY'RE MISSING.))
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And unless an owner is found quickly, they may be missing it for good.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))

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