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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... heat and humidity move into the region for another day...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has all the details coming up in the forecast...





[7-11Salem-Tobacco]


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The price of cigarettes is going up in the City of Salem...
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Last night-- city council voted unanimously to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 15- cents to help fund a school renovation. But before voting on the ordinance-- Mayor Sonny Tarpley insisted on clearing the air-- saying council's decision was not intended to hit the wallets of a particular group of people.
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((I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT WE HAVE DOUBLED OUR DECAL TAX FOR THIS YEAR, WE PLACED A CELL PHONE TAX IN THE BUDGET OF THREE DOLLARS WHICH IS CERTAINLY GOING TO AFFECT A LOT OF PEOPLE, WE TOOK A LODGING TAX FROM FIVE PERCENT TO SEVEN PERCENT.))
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[vo-nat] Mayor Tarpley says much of the money generated will go toward improvements to Andrew Lewis Middle School. The 15- cent tax on each pack of cigarettes will go into effect December first.
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City council also took up another UNrelated matter... agreeing to purchase a nearly three acre piece of property on West Main Street for 500- thousand dollars. Council wouldn't release any details-- saying an announcement about the property is expected later today.

[7-11Pepsi-Plant]


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An economic boost is in the works for Wythe County...
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The Pepsi Bottling Group has purchased 15-acres of land ... for what officials hope will hold a new 65-million dollar plant. Pepsi is considering a facility for the location but has not committed to the project. It would create 2-hundred new jobs ... but it could possibly affect existing plants in Marion and West Virginia.
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((WAYNE SUTHERLAND/WYTHEVILLE TOWN MANAGER; PEPSI HASN'T SHARED THEIR PLANS AND EXACTLY WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO AND AT SOME POINT I'M SURE THEY WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF WHAT THEIR PLANS ARE BUT WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THOSE PLANS ARE.))

[SUPER=01-Wayne Sutherland/Wytheville Town Manager;]
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The town is facilitating the project by offering to build access roads and water sources. The deal has been in the making for about nine months. Pepsi says they will want to build quickly if plans for the plant goes through.
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[7-6-VMI]


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Virginia Military Institute has come up with even tougher challenges for this year's "rats"...
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[SUPER=03-Lexington/February 1999;]

While the physical demands have always been steep, the school has instituted what it calls "more focused training" that includes battalion runs on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then there's the "crucible" exercise: a rigorous cross country run- -interspersed with parts of the obstacle course, a SWIM down the Maury River- -ending in a run up Hospital Hill back to barracks.
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All this will take more time. So the Class of 2006 will arrive on Post this Saturday to get started.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Hot and humid today, with some areas seeing temperatures near the century mark.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, up next in the forecast.






[45-11US-Airways]


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U-S Airways says flights will continue without interruption while the company re-organizes its finances. Locally- air travellers shouldn't notice a difference...
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


It is actually US-Airways express- a subsidiary of U-S airways that services the Roanoke Valley- but it is not one of the four that joined the parent company in filing for bankruptcy.
The Director of the Roanoke Regional airport says locally the airline is doing just fine.
Jackie Schuck did say that travel is down about 8 or 9 percent in the area.
But she says US Airways Express flights are full to a "healthy" level and that, if she had her way, the company would add more service.
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[45-11Control-Tower]


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The Roanoke Regional Airport is still building on high hopes ...
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A new air traffic control tower is reaching toward the sky and is about 3-quarters of its final height. Airport Director Jackie Shuck says crews are almost to the point of building the cab, or control room. The finished tower will be almost 200-feet tall.
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((JACKIE SHUCK/AIRPORT DIRECTOR: IT WAS SOME NEGOTIATION WITH THE F-A-A TO MAKE SURE THE TOWER WAS TALL ENOUGHT THAT WE COULD CONSTRUCT ON THE FEW ACRES WE HAVE TO THE FULL EXTENT THAT WE NEEDED TO SO THAT BUILDING COULD BE AS HIGH AS NECESSARY AND THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWER COULD STILL SEE OVER IT TOWARDS THE AIRFIELD.))
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[OUT Q=see over it towards the airfield.]
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Construction is expected to be complete next March but Shuck says it'll most likely be another year before the tower's fully operational. She hopes, at some point, the F-A-A will give her permission to open the tower to the public so everyone can enjoy the view.


[45-11Gretna-Water]


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Town leaders in Gretna say they have only about three weeks' supply of water left in their reservoir.. but help may be on the way.
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Officials with the D-E-Q and the Army Corps of Engineers yesterday approved a dam and containment pond the town is building on an old dairy farm just outside the town limits.
Crews will build a pipeline from the pond and pump the water two miles to the reservoir to keep it from drying up.
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((FRED INGRAM/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SUPERVISOR; THIS IS SERIOUS, WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY. WE HAVE ABOUT MAYBE THREE WEEKS OF WATER LEFT AND SCHOOL STARTS IN TWO WEEKS AND IT'S IMPACTING ABOUT TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THIS AREA WITH THE TOWN SITUATION THE WAY IT IS. WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM.))
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[OUT Q=have a serious problem.]
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The pipeline should be operational within a week.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
High today will rise again well into the 90s, so get in air conditioning as much as you can.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete forecast, straight ahead.






[8-11Webster]


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Franklin County's Public Safety Director has resigned, after being charged in a weekend drunk driving accident.
Claude Webster was arrested Saturday when he ran his car through a fence.
No one was injured --
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but a breath test showed his blood alcohol content at POINT -ONE- SIX -- twice the legal limit.
The county named Deputy Director and Fire Marshal Bennie Russell as Webster's temporary replacement.
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((BONNIE JOHNSON/ASST. COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE'VE APPRECIATED WORKING WITH CLAUDE. HE HAS GIVEN HIS HEART AND SOUL TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT AND TO IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE COUNTY.))
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In February, Webster was placed on administrative leave for more than a month after he threatened another patron at a Wendy's drive-thru with a gun.
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He's been Franklin County's Public Safety Director for nearly nine years.
At one point, he served on Governor Gilmore's E-M-S Advisory Board.
Our attempts to reach Webster were unsuccessful.

[8-11Drought-Aid]


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Three more Virginia counties have been declared natural disaster areas because of the drought and excessive heat.

Bedford, Orange and Rockbridge Counties are the latest to join the federal list.
The designation by the U-S Agriculture Secretary means that farmers in those areas, and in 20 neighboring localities will be eligible for low- interest emergency loans to help cover their losses.
Farmers have eight months to apply.

[8-11Firefighter]


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A Roanoke County firefighter-paramedic was honored at the Salem Avalanche game last night..
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Billy (Crimes) Chrimes was helping crews fight fires out west when he was asked to put his paramedic skills to work. A fire truck carrying five firefighters went down a mountainside in California-- and Chrimes didn't think twice about doing what he could to help.
The U-S Forest Service, the Virginia Department of Forestry and Roanoke County Fire and Rescue honored Chrimes last night for his dedication.
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((BILLY CHRIMES/ROANOKE CO. PARAMEDIC-FIREFIGHTER; THERE'S A CLOSE BOND WITH THE FIRE SERVICE AND EVEN IF YOU DON'T KNOW SOMEONE IT'S JUST LIKE A BROTHER OR A SISTER SO IT WAS TOUGH KNOWING THAT'S WHO WE WERE WORKING ON BUT IT ALSO KEPT YOU GOING THROUGH IT ALL AND MADE YOU WANT TO WORK THAT MUCH HARDER TO GET THE JOB DONE.))
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The truck that tumbled 12- hundred feet down the embankment was carrying five firefighters... only two survived.
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