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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... a very chilly start to the morning will warm up to temperatures reaching 60...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have the weekend forecast coming up....





[7-11Bowman]


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Canadian offiicials WILL release information they have collected about Garrision Bowman to investigators in Virginia and North Carolina. A Canadian judge made the ruling yesterday that gives them access to his van and other items for the Short family murder case.
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[SUPER=03-Yellowknife, Canada/Last Week;]


Bowman's been in custody since he was arrested two weeks ago for failing to appear in court on an impaired driving charge.
Last week, immigration officials agreed to deport him to the U.S.
In court yesterday Bowman said he wants to get to the bottom of suspicions against him, and emerge with a clean slate.
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He said he doesn't mind police examining his Ford van which is now impounded in (in-You-vik) Inuvik.
Bowman admitted that a sleeping bag seized by authorities has blood on it, but he says it's his own.
Captain Kimmy Nester with the Henry County Sheriff's Office stressed that Bowman is NOT a target of the investigation and police continue to track other leads as well.

[7-11Fitzgerald]


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The murder trial resumes this morning for a Franklin County man...
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[SUPER=03-Chatham;]

48-year-old William Fitzgerald faces charges of felony murder and driving under the influence. Last November, his vehicle struck Ellen Schenker head-on while both were driving on Route 6-70. She was killed and her son Tommy was injured. The Commonwealth's Attorney says Fitzgerald was under the influence of a prescription drug and alcohol.
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[IN Q=I BELIEVE]

((TROOPER MIKE BOWEN/STATE POLICE; I BELIEVE THERE WAS TWO EMPTIES AND THERE WERE FOUR FULL ONES THAT WERE BEHIND THE SEAT IN THE FOOD LION BAG.))
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The accident happened hours after Fitzgerald got out of jail for a previous D-U-I conviction-
His blood alcohol level tested BELOW the legal limit an hour after the crash.
The defense says Fitzgerald was improperly medicated with the drug Librium while in the state's custody.
Fitzgerald has two D-U-I convictions on his record.
The case is being held in Pittsylvania County because of pre-trial publicity.
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[7-11Indictment]


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A 39-year old Campbell County man has been indicted for defrauding B-B-and-T Bank. Reveley Wilson Swan, Junior allegedly cashed in his mother's annuity and took the money.
The indictment charges also say Swan stole blank checks from his wife and mother, and forged them. The bank reported a loss of more 63-thousand dollars. In another federal indictment, 39-year old Joanne Lee Barker was charged with passing counterfeit checks at various branches of B-B-and-T.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
You'll definitely want the winter jacket this morning, with temperatures only in the 30s in some areas.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete weekend forecast, coming up.







[45-11State-budget]


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Today's the last day for state agencies to tell employees if they are losing their jobs.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


18-hundred state workers are being laid-off because if government cutbacks announced this week by Governor Warner.

Finance Secretary John Bennett told the Senate Finance Committee yesterday that 40-percent of the 18-hundred lay-offs will be in Central Virginia.
At least 138 state workers in Southwest Virginia are losing their jobs.
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[IN Q=IT'S HARD]

((SENATOR CHARLES HAWKINS: IT'S HARD, UH, VIRGINIA IS LIKE ANY BUSINESS, UNFORTUNATELY, OUR GREATEST EXPENSE ARE IN OUR PEOPLE AND ITS ALWAYS BEEN OUR GREATEST STRENGTH. AND THE STATE OF VIRGINIA HAS GREAT PEOPLE WORKING FOR IT BUT THAT'S WHERE MOST OF THE MONEY IS SPENT.))
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The layoffs are the deepest cuts ever to the state government work force which numbers about 100-thousand.
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[45-11Arts-Reacts]


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Local arts and cultural organizations are looking at the positive side of their state budget cuts- they are still getting funding...
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Tuesday night, the Governor announced state and local museums and the arts would lose 15-percent of their allotted funds. But local executive directors, who've spent the past couple years dealing with cuts in state funding, say they news was better than anticipated.
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[IN Q=If the money stays as it is...]

((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE: IF THE MONEY STAYS AS IT IS I DON'T SEE THAT WE'LL CLOSE ANOTHER DAY. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN OUR STAFFING LEVELS THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW.))
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((KENT CHRISMAN/HISTORY MUSEUM: WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE TO REDUCE OUR MARKETING AND PROGRAMMING BUDGETS BUT WE HOPE TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A COMPLETE SLATE OF PROGRAMMING AND WE CONTINUE TO REMAIN OPEN.))
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Many local cultural agencies are still working out the numbers and have yet to decide if they'll need to make changes in staff or operations.
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[45-5Community-Colleges]


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Virginia's Community Colleges are increasing tuition by 31 percent. The State Board for Community Colleges made the decision yesterday after state budget cuts took funding away.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The state's community colleges were already facing lay-offs, larger classes, and fewer course offerings because of an earlier round of budget cuts.
Yesterday, as the board met in Roanoke to consider the situtation, community college presidents lined up in support of the tuition increase.
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[IN Q=It is the alternative]

((JACK LEWIS/NRCC PRESIDENT: IT IS THE ALTERNATIVE. IT'S A MUST THAT WE DO THIS. YOU SAW THE PRESIDENTS IN UNISON TODAY SPEAKING TO THIS.)) ((ROBERT SANDEL/VWCC PRESIDENT: PRESIDENTS CAME TOGETHER IN AN AGONIZING WAY AND SO DID THE STATE BOARD. THE STATE BOARD TOOK QUITE A STEP FORWARD. THEY ADDRESSED A TOUGH ISSUE AND ADDRESSED IT HEAD ON.))
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Tuition will increase by twelve dollars for each credit hour.
For a full-time student that will mean an increase of about 185 dollars a semester.
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[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Expect cool temperatures today, but the forecast promises a nice warm- up tomorrow.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has weekend weather details, straight ahead.






[8-11Triathlon]


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The family of a bicyclist killed in a local race is awarded five-million dollars... after suing the town for negligence.
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Gary Wayne Taylor was in the Blacksburg 2000 Triathlon... when his bicycle ran into a car at an intersection along the course.
The town's attorney said Taylor ran a stop sign, but, a jury ruled in favor of his family, who said the town should've had someone there directing traffic.
Officials say they haven't decided whether they will appeal.
The town has not held a race since Taylor's death.
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The driver who's car Taylor hit has also sued the town.
A hearing on that has not been set.



[8-6Knox-Fund]


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The doctor who's treating pain specialist Cecil Knox has also agreed to serve as a trustee of his legal defense fund.


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Doctor William Fintel says the family asked him to help see that any money raised for Knox's defense is used properly.
He says Knox is doing well in the early stages of treatment for lymphoma.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February;]

Knox was indicted in February for prescribing OxyContin without a legitimate medical purpose. Doctor Fintel wants to avoid commenting on the case, but the charges concern the renowned oncologist because he relies on OxyContin to provide his patients relief.
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[IN Q=If you come]

((DR. WILLIAM FINTEL/ DR. KNOX'S PHYSICIAN: IF YOU COME IN AND SEE ME AND SAY YOU HURT, I'M GOING TO BELIEVE YOU, BY MY NATURE, BY THE PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELEATIONSHIP. IF I KNOW YOU'RE LYING, IT'S LIKE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. UNTIL I CAN PROVE YOU'RE LYING, I'M GOING TO PRESUME YOU'RE NOT. IT'S TOUGH.))
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At the same time, Fintel says anyone who's casually prescribing pain killers should be locked up.


[8-6Transportation]


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Transportation is fueling conversation for hundreds at V-M-I...
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[SUPER=@file;]

The Virginia Transportation Conference brings together state and federal officials, as well as private transportation companies. The meeting's designed to make organizations within the Transportation Department work more efficiently, and to generate new solutions to travel problems.
[SUPER=03-Lexington;]

And the future of truck and rail traffic along the Interstate 81 corridor is just one of many issues being discussed.

The two-day conference wraps up this morning.
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