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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.....
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We have one school announcement to pass along to you this morning--
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Charlotte County Schools are running one hour late today.
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In just a few minutes, Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has our forecast-- he says the higher elevations can expect some snow showers.






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Many homes in Bedford County are still without power this morning, as crews continue working to restore service.

Officials say it might be this afternoon before the electricity is back on.
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That, after a natural gas leak yesterday in Forest, at the corner of U-S 221 and Graves Mill Road.
By nightfall, representatives of Columbia Gas went door to door to tell residents the bad news.
Authorities also had to evacuate everyone within a half- mile radius, including a nearby day care center and several businesses.
More than 100 children had to re- locate to the Y-M-C-A.
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A 72 year old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease is missing.
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[TAKE FS PICTURE] Pittsylvania County authorities say Lavona Elizabeth Simpson of Gretna is five feet-two inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. She has blue-gray eyes and sandy brown hair.
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[TAKE INFO FS] She is possibly driving a 1999 champagne color four door Toyota Camry Sedan with Virginia tag Y-S-T-1840.
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[TAKE FS PITTS FS] If you see Simpson, you are asked to call the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department at 1-800-791-0044.
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Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley played a sold-out concert at the Jefferson Center last night. It was his first performance in Roanoke since he filmed a video at the Civic Center last summer.
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Stanley has recorded almost two hundred albums during a career that has spanned more than fifty years, but the song, "Girl from the Greenbriar Shore" provided the soundtrack for his very FIRST music video.
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((I LEFT MY MOTHER AND MY HOME SO DEAR TO GO WITH THE GIRL FROM THE GREENBRIAR SHORE.)) ((WELL I DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER I'D EVER DO ONE LIKE THAT OR NOT. ALWAYS WANTED TO, BUT I GUESS I NEVER DID HAVE ONE TO BE WORTHY OF IT, I GUESS, OR SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT FINALLY YOU KNOW I GOT ONE.))
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A native of southwest Virginia, Stanley is known as one of the busiest musicians in bluegrass, but he has plans to slow down.
Last night, Stanley said he'll play between 70 and 80 shows next year.
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It was an extra cold night for about 300 Bedford County residents--
Crews are still working to restore their electricity, but say it might not be back on until this afternoon.
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That, after a natural gas leak yesterday in Forest, at the corner of U-S 221 and Graves Mill Road.
By nightfall, representatives of Columbia Gas went door to door to tell residents the bad news.
Authorities also had to evacuate everyone within a half- mile radius, including a nearby day care center and several businesses.
More than 100 children had to re- locate to the Y-M-C-A.
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Funding may be on the way for many of Virginia's bridges that are in need of repair.
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The Virginia Department of Transportation has found 203-million dollars in FEDERAL funds available for the repair of state bridges.
State transportation officials say localities had been misinformed about the permissible uses for the federal bridge money.
Governor Mark Warner says it is another example that VDOT is "back on the right track."
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Local governments will soon be notified that they can shift their highway planning to take into account the bridge funds.
V-DOT says more than 11-hundred of Virginia's bridges are in need of repair and would qualify for the money.
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Republican lawmakers are still suggesting that politics played a role in the closing of D-M-V offices.
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Delegate Bill Janis says he asked the D-M-V for the information they used to identify which offices to close.
He says he was told by a D-M-V worker that not all of the data had been compiled yet.
The lawmaker is questioning why that information was not collected before the decisions were made.
Janis points out that most of the closings were in Republican districts.
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((DELEGATE BILL JANIS/R- GOOCHLAND CO.: PERHAPS THIS IS AN ATTEMPT ON THE PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO REDUCE SOME OF THE RESISTANCE TO INCREASED TAXATION AMONGST REPUBLICAN VOTERS BY MAKING THEM FEEL RATHER ACUTELY THE PAIN OF THESE CLOSINGS AND REDUCTIONS EARLY ON.))
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A D-M-V spokesman denies the suggestion.
He says the agency looked at all 73 customer service centers when making the decisions.
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Many homes in Bedford County are still without heat this morning, as crews continue working to restore service.


Officials say it might be this afternoon before the heat is back on.
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[VO-NAT]
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That, after a natural gas leak yesterday in Forest, at the corner of U-S 221 and Graves Mill Road.
By nightfall, representatives of Columbia Gas went door to door to tell residents the bad news.
Authorities also had to evacuate everyone within a half- mile radius, including a nearby day care center and several businesses.
More than 100 children had to re- locate to the Y-M-C-A.
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A 72 year old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease is missing this morning.
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[TAKE FS PICTURE] Pittsylvania County authorities say Lavona Elizabeth Simpson of Gretna is five feet-two inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. She has blue-gray eyes and sandy brown hair.
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[TAKE INFO FS] She is possibly driving a 1999 champagne color four door Toyota Camry Sedan with Virginia tag Y-S-T-1840.
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[TAKE FS PITTS FS] If you see Simpson, you are asked to call the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department at 1-800-791-0044.
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Lynchburg City officials respond to a Police Department survey that showed more than half of the officers are looking for other jobs.
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The survey also showed low morale among officers and distrust of the Command Staff.
Meanwhile, city officials will take a look at the reason for communication problems, as well as decisions that were made about the structure and practices of the police department.
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((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER; I'VE GOT TO ASSUME THAT SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BROUGHT THE DEPARTMENT TO THE POINT WHERE IT IS TODAY WERE MADE LOGICALLY AND RATIONALLY, AND WITH THE INTENT OF PROVIDING THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SERVICE. SO I'M NOT PREPARED TO GO IN AND SAY LET'S GO JUST CHANGE THIS FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE.))
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While the surveys were anonymous, Payne is asking for officers and supervisors to meet him face-to-face to talk about the problems.
Lynchburg city police chief Charles Bennett was not available for comment after undergoing a heart procedure two weeks ago. He is expected to be back on the job next week.
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Complaints from neighbors has a Circuit Court Judge forcing some Roanoke college students to clean up their act.
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They signed a plea agreement yesterday promising to pick up trash along Craig Avenue by eight in the morning after a party. Residents had complained about parties and the trash left behind. 24 students were charged with misdemeanors for their failure to remove trash containers from the curb by seven A-M the day after garbage collection day. Under the deal accepted by a Circuit Court Judge, the case against the students will be dropped at the end of the Fall semester NEXT year, IF they stay out of trouble.
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((Tomorrow on News 7 Mornin'.))
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[Kim on Camera] It's another Musical Monday. The group Jya will perform for us. And Meteorlogist Leo Hirsbrunner has your back to work forecast. Get your week started with us....
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