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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... today's outlook includes cooler temperatures and some scattered thunderstorms...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have the full forecast details coming up in just a few minutes...




[7-11Ronile]


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Two men remain hospitalized after an explosion at a Rocky Mount industrial plant...
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It happened just before one o-clock yesterday afternoon at the (Row-nile) Ronile plant.
The plant's owner says workers were servicing a boiler when it exploded.
John Gregory -- an outside contractor-- suffered burns to more than 80 percent of his body and remains in critical condition this morning.
(Row-nile) Ronile employee Jeff Jones had burns to his face and lungs and is in fair condition.
Both went to U-V-A Medical Center's burn unit.
At the time of the blast, about 80 of the plant's 250 workers were inside.
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[SOT 8:54:53 - 8:55:04]
[IN Q=I was in the plant]

((TOMMY CAMPBELL/RONILE EMPLOYEE: I WAS IN THE PLANT AND ALL I HEARD WAS AN EXPLOSION AND THE BUILDING SHOOK. I RAN OUTSIDE AND SAW SMOKE AND FLAMES COMING OUT THE TOP OF THE BUILDING.))
[SUPER=01-Tommy Campbell/Ronile Employee;]
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[OUT Q=top of the building.]
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Emergency officials say they're investigating what caused the boiler to explode.
They say the plant has an excellent safety record.
(Row-nile) Ronile makes and dyes yarn used in carpets.
The plant's owner says MOST employees will be called back to work later today.
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[7-VOB-Arsenal-River]


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Many residents are still unhappy with a plan to block recreation on the New River.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Over 1-hundred people attended a hearing in Blacksburg last night. The Radford Arsenal wants to control access to the part of the waterway near it for security reasons. Originally they wanted to close the 4-miles ... but under pressure from outdoors men they compromised. Now boaters would be able to travel through the area - but NOT to stop and fish.
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[SOT 16:34:25 // 2:09:04]
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((BRIAN BUTLER/RADFORD ARSENAL COMMANDER:I FEEL ITS A GREAT COMPROMISE ON OUR PART AND I FEEL I CAN DO THIS WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THE SECURITY OF THE PLANT.)) ((MARIANNA FILLMORE/CONCERNED RESIDENT; IT IS BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION HOW CLOSING ACCESS TO THE ARSENAL SECTION OF THE RIVER WILL SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF THE ARSENAL TERRORISTS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED AND COULD EASILY PENETRATE THE PROPERTY BY LAND, BY WATER, OR AIR.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Butler/Radford Arsenal Commander; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marianna Fillmore/Concerned Resident; :10]
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[OUT Q=BY WATER, OR AIR.]
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The public can submit comments until August 30th. A District Commander will consider them and make a recommendation to the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D-C. Their final decision could be implemented fairly quickly.
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[7-11Pony-Swim]


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For 77 years an annual event has made waves on Virginia's Eastern Shore...
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[SUPER=03-Chincoteague;]


About 150 wild ponies hit the water at Assateague Island and swam 80 yards across a channel to Chincoteague.
50- thousand tourists looked on.
Yearlings and younger will be auctioned later today to thin the herd and raise money for the town's volunteer fire department.
Firefighters care for the animals all year long, and drive the ponies into the water for the swim.
Ponies that aren't sold will swim back tomorrow to roam free for another year on a national wildlife refuge.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Carry along that umbrella again today, as scattered showers and thunderstorms re-enter the region.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the forecast, coming up.






[45-11Warner-Howell]


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Could the state's budget problems be ushering in an era of bipartisanship in Richmond?
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Democratic Governor Mark Warner and Republican Speaker-designate Bill Howell met yesterday for a "get-to-know-you lunch" at the Executive Mansion.
Although they arrived separately, both said that working together will be a priority during the next General Assembly as the state grapples with one of the worst budget shortfalls in its history.
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[SOT 11:47:17-28]
[IN Q=SAME WAY I TRIED TO WORK WITH THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER]

((GOVERNOR WARNER: SAME WAY I TRIED TO WORK WITH THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, SPEAKER WILKINS, I THINK ITS VERY IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY DURING THESE CHALLENGING BUDGET TIMES THAT WE WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION.))
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((SPEAKER DESIGNATE BILL HOWELL: MY VIEW IS THAT THE BUDGET OUTLOOK AT THIS POINT IS SO GRIM THAT WE'RE OBVIOUSLY ALL GOING TO HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER ON IT...IT'S MY HOPE.))
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Government revenues for the budget year that ended last month were down 3-point-8 percent.
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[45-6-Elrod]


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Meanwhile- the first democratic challenger has officially announced her plans to run for Vance Wilkins' House of Delegates seat.
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[SUPER=03-Lexington;]

Mimi Elrod, an educator at Washington and Lee University and the widow of the late W-and-L president John Elrod said she wants the democratic nomination to fill the 24th district seat.
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((MIMI ELROD/(D) CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES; FRANKLY, I AM WORRIED THAT OUR FUTURE IS BEING COMPROMISED BY THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, AND I WANT TO GO TO RICHMOND AND ENSURE THAT GOVERNMENT WILL WORK TO SECURE OUR FUTURE AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE IN THIS AREA, AND THE COMMONWEALTH AS A WHOLE.))
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[WIPE TO 24TH DISTRICT MAP FS 4072ESSC] Elrod is one of three people seeking the Democratic nomination.
Amherst businessman Rodney Taylor, and retired state trooper Ronnie Campbell have also announced their intentions to run. The democrats will pick their candidate in a convention on August 10th.
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[45-11Capitol-Renovations]


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Repairs and renovations to Virginia's Capitol are on hold. That's because policy-makers aren't sure the state can afford the tens- of- millions- of dollars price tag. Architects and engineers are now trying to re-calculate the costs.
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The Capitol itself -- first built to Thomas Jefferson's designs in 17-88 -- needs a refitting from foundation-to-roof.
That could cost as much as 90-million dollars.
One financing option that officials are willing to consider is asking for private contributions. A few other states have done that.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Staying on the cool side today, with scattered showers.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has more on the wet forecast, straight ahead.






[8-11Roark]


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The man who runs the Cable T-V outlet in Henry County has been sentenced to serve 90-days in jail.
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Charles Roark got caught stealing C-D's from WalMart in Roanoke last November. He told the judge yesterday that he couldn't explain it, except that he has an impulse problem.
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((CHARLES ROARK/CABLE SIX; WHEN THOSE IMPULSES DO OCCUR, I'VE GOT TO TAKE A QUICK FLASHBACK OF ALL THE MESS THAT I'VE CREATED MYSELF. AND THE VICTIMS THAT HAVE BEN VICTIMIZED BY MY BEHAVIOR. AND KEEP IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.))
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[OUT Q=happening again.]
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The prosecutor pointed out that Roark has managed to avoid any active prison time, so far, despite the fact that this is his FIFTH larceny conviction. She recommended 90 days to serve, and Judge Jonathan Apgar adopted that sentence, though he said Roark may qualify for work release.
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[8-11Tire-Fire]


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A new attorney will now represent the 15- year old Roanoke County boy accused of setting the tire fire on Willie Keeling's property.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;]

Punishment was supposed to be fixed yesterday for the teenager but the hearing was continued after the boy's parents revealed they have hired a new attorney to represent their son. Salem attorney Jeff Dorsey will now represent the teenager-- who was found responsible for setting two fires. The judge hearing the case says he'll also be appointing a guardian to represent the teen. The judge says he wants a lawyer to assure decisions made by the boy's parents are truly in the teenager's best interest.
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[8-11L'burg-Firefighters]


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Lynchburg firefighters want the public to know that they don't have enough manpower. Firefighters say the shortages could someday threaten the safety of firefighters and the citizens they protect.
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The local firefighters association says a recent lack of personnel has forced the department to put equipment and an entire fire station out of service.
They hope city leaders take note and start looking at how to pay for more positions.
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[SOT 13:36:36]
[IN Q=We still teeter]

((ART LIPSCOMB/L'BURG FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE STILL TEETER IN A DELICATE BALANCE. CHIEF MARTINETTE WAS QUOTED IN THE PAPER AS SAYING THERE IS A DELICATE BALANCE OF WHAT COMMUNITY IS WILLING TO PAY FOR AND WHAT THE DEPARTMENT NEEDS. THIS IS VERY TRUE. I HOPE THAT AFTER TODAY, THE PUBLIC WILL START TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PROTECTION THEY HAVE AND WHAT THEY NEED AND WANT.))
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[OUT Q=they need and want.]
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Lipscomb says the firefighters still fully support Chief Buddy Martinette.
Martinette says it's "unfortunate" the association shared its concerns through the media, and not with city leaders.
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