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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... stay inside and try ot beat the heat as temperatures top out into the mid- 90's again today...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the mid-week forecast coming up right after the news...





[7-VO-B-Evonitz]


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A seven-year old murder case in Spotsylvania County has been solved...
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Investigators say D-N-A evidence proves that Richard (ee-VONN'-its) Evonitz kidnapped and killed 16-year-old Sofia Silva in 1996 and sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk in 1997.
Police also linked fibers from his car and apartment to all three girls.
Evonitz lived near Fredericksburg at the time of the murders.
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[SOT 16:51:42]
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((RON LISK/VICTIMS' FATHER; PLEASE HANG ON TIGHT TO YOUR CHILDREN... TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM EVERYDAY.))
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Evonitz killed himself in June, as police in Florida tried to arrest him for the kidnapping and rape of a 15-year-old South Carolina girl.
Investigators say he has not been linked to any other unsolved murders.
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[7-11Barnette]


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It's the death penalty again for convicted killer (Akeel-ia) Aquilia Barnette.
That was the sentence from a federal jury in Charlotte late yesterday.
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[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/File Tape;]


Barnette was sentenced to die for a crime spree in which he killed a carjacking victim in Charlotte and his former girlfriend Robin Williams in Roanoke.
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Barnette had been sentenced to death after a 1998 trial, but that sentence was overturned by a federal appeals court.
Barnette would have spent the rest of his life in prison even if he escaped a death sentence this time.

[7-11L'burg-Gangs]


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Lynchburg Police say that gangs are becoming a growing problem in the city.... The groups are well-armed, violent and growing in numbers...
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Authorities say more than a half dozen organized gangs are now operating in the Hill City, and their disputes over territory and drug sales are claiming more victims.
Prosecutor Bill Petty says the situation is the worst he's seen it in 27 years on the job.
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((BILL PETTY/PROSECUTOR: THIS IS REALLY THE MOST FRIGHTENING EPISODE OF ONGOING VIOLENT CRIME THAT I'VE SEEN IN THAT ENTIRE PERIOD. IT IS NOT ISOLATED, IT IS NOT LIMITED TO ONE PARTICULAR AREA OF THE CITY AND IT REALLY DOES AFFECT US ALL.))
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Law enforcement officials briefed Lynchburg city council on the gang problem yesterday.
They hope to form a task force to start looking for some solutions.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... hot and humid again today with the chance of an afternoon thunderstorm...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete weather story coming up in just a few minutes...





[45-11SOLs]


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Thousands of Virginia students did better on the S-O-L's this past spring than they thought.
More than 56-hundred students who originally failed an English writing test now have a passing score.
The department of education's testing contractor re-calculated the scores after local school systems questioned their accuracy.

[45-11-81-Chase]


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Two men from Pennsylvania led police on a high speed chase through the New River Valley.
State police say the chase started on Interstate 81 yesterday afternoon near the Pulaski-Wythe County line when a stolen car ran through radar at 77 miles an hour and a trooper pursued.
The chase continued onto Route 100 and ended in the town of Pulaski when the suspect's vehicle hit a utility pole and the occupants fled.
The passenger was arrested almost immediately... the driver was caught a few hours later.
The two Pennsylvania men are charged with a number of crimes.

[45-11Kent-Square]


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A controversial development plan moves forward in Blacksburg...
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Plans calls for the Kent Square project to be built in downtown Blacksburg. It includes a parking garage and retail space. Last night, Blacksburg Town Council voted to invest two- million dollars in the project and will now enter into an agreement with private developers. Meetings will be held later to arrange the bond issue needed to raise the money.
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[45-6-Salem-Land]


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An expansion at a food distributor's facilities in Salem will add up to 200- new jobs... thanks to some help from city council and the Governor...
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[SUPER=03-Salem;]

U-S Foodservice is building three new buildings at its Hammit Road location. Salem will pitch in by building an access road. City Council voted to buy the necessary land for 5-hundred thousand dollars- but will have assistance of 3-hundred thousand dollars from the Governor's Opportunity Fund.
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((JOE YATES/SALEM PLANNING DIRECTOR: THAT'S 600-THOUSAND BETWEEN OUR MONEY AND STATE MONEY AND APPROXIMATELY 100-THOUSAND FOR A ROAD AND 1-HUNDRED THOUSAND FOR A TRAFFIC LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF FORT LEWIS BLVD. AND WEST MAIN STREET.))
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U-S Foodservice will pick up the extra one- hundred thousand dollar tab. Yates says he hopes to see construction on the access road completed in about six months.
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U-S Foodservice chose to stay in Salem rather than move to possible sites in North Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland, where the company's headquartered.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Staying muggy today, with high temperatures again soaring into the 80s and 90s.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your mid- week outlook, straight ahead.






[8-11Carroll-Pot]


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It's the biggest pot bust in Carroll County history. Yesterday-- authorities seized more than 12- hundred marijuana plants they say are worth more than a million dollars.


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[TAKE MAP FULL] The plants-- which ranged from one to 12- feet tall, were found inside two greenhouses in the Wards Gap section of the county. Authorities have charged 47- year old Jerry Wayne Chappell of Cana with manufacturing marijuana.
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[8-11Giles-Water]


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Giles County is the latest community to deal with water woes...
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[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]

The region is being asked to conserve water now that its main water well has fallen from 80- feet ... to 30- feet. The regional water system provides to about four-thousand connections in the county and six towns. Officials say conservation and significant rainfall is needed. The plant has been online since 19-99.
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((DON CUMBEE/GILES CO. PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY; WE'RE ASKING FOR COOPERATION WE'VE NEVER HAD TO DO THIS BEFORE SO WE'RE HOPING THAT THEY WILL CONSERVE WATER WHICH WILL ALLOW US TO YOU KNOW RECHARGE OUR SYSTEM.))
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Mandatory restrictions could be required in the future, but for now, Cumbee says they're using reservoirs with adequate water supply.
[SUPER=04-July 26;]

Cumbee says flooding last month in Giles is not to blame for the current water woes. He says the only small affect it may have had was that water usage was up during clean up efforts.
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[8-11West-Nile]


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Another bird tests positive for the West Nile Virus in Roanoke...
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Officials say a dead crow found last Thursday along the railroad tracks near 19th Street and Salem Avenue tested positive.
Those results came back from the state lab in Richmond on Monday.
This bird is the third found in the Roanoke Valley to have the virus.... another was found in Patrick County.
Officials say they will continue to test dead bluejays, crows and raptors for the virus until ten positive cases are discovered.
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[8-11Hospital-Layoffs]


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Three months after Memorial Hospital was acquired by another company, the new owner of the Martinsville medical facility is cutting jobs.
Yesterday, Province Healthcare announced a reorganization that will eliminate 96 full-time positions.
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[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


The company had agreed to keep all employees for at least a year, but officials say it became apparent that changes were needed.
Province WILL pay severance through the anniversary of the acquisition, May 15th, 2003.
The changes will not affect plans for hospital improvements, including the renovation of the top three floors and the addition of a permanent M-R-I unit.
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In a news release, officials said they had to make adjustments that would allow the hospital to operate more efficiently, but they say the changes will not affect patient care.

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