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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Our Thursday should turn out pretty good, but we still can't rule out a shower.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have the complete forecast after the news.






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A fatal crash has shut down a portion of route 122 in Bedford County this morning.
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[Take Graphic Map] The accident happened just after 5:00 at the intersection of routes 122 and 24 between Bedford and Moneta. Authorities closed route 122 in the immediate area.
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Reports from the scene indicate a van heading east on route 24 ran a flashing red signal and hit a delivery truck heading north on 122. There is no word yet when 122 might reopen.







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Former Resource Officer Butch Lewis may be heading back to Patrick Henry High School.
City officials confirm they have offered Lewis a temporary assignment at his former workplace, while a new school safety task force considers the role of the resource officers.
Joe Dashiell has the latest.
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((Butch Lewis huddled with his attorneys, but neither he nor lawyer Gary Lumsden would confirm the pending deal.
In a telephone conversation, City Manager Darlene Burcham said the offer has not been put in writing yet, and has not been signed... but she confirmed that if Lewis is willing to suspend his grievances, he can take a temporary assignment at Patrick Henry.
Lewis got into trouble after sharing concerns about school safety with a newspaper reporter. He's been fighting for his position at Patrick Henry since June when he was transferred to patrol duty.
Once the task force completes its work, and changes in the School Resource Officer Program are implemented, presumably by the first of next year, Lewis would have the opportunity to renew his grievances against the city, if he chooses. [STAND-UP CLOSE]
Burcham says she hopes to set aside the controversy involving Lewis, so the community has the best possible opportunity to address the larger issues surrounding school safety, and the resource officer program.
City and School officials will meet next week, in an effort to move that process forward.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

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The Roanoke County school board has approved a compromise plan to light the soccer field at Hidden Valley High School.
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To ease neighbors' concerns, the plan includes colored poles that blend into the scenery, limiting the use of the field to just the high school soccer team, and making sure the lights are off within a half hour after a game ends.
The school board also approved renovations to Bogle (Bow-gle) Field at Cave Spring Middle School.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. There is still the chance of showers or storms popping up today, but our outlook is generally a brighter one.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, after the news.

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A delivery truck driver is dead, and a busy Bedford County highway remains closed, the result of an accident this morning near Moneta.
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[Take Graphic Map] It happened just after 5:00 at the intersection of routes 122 and 24.
Reports from the scene indicate a van heading east on route 24 ran a flashing red signal and hit a delivery truck heading north on 122.
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The van driver was not hurt.
Route 122 was still closed at last report.
There is no word yet when it might reopen.









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Virginia is revving up plans to make Virginia a bigger-name state for auto racing.
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Governor Mark Warner took to the pits at Martinsville Speedway yesterday to launch the "Virginia Motorsports Initiative".
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With 25-thousand residents employed in racing-related fields, the Governor says Virginia can only benefit from a reputation as an "automotive state". The three-part plan will focus on recruiting racing-related businesses to Virginia, supporting Martinsville and Virginia's 36 other tracks, and research and development.
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[VO NAT :11] The idea is unique in that it focuses on recruiting many businesses and not just the largest employers. The initiative is based on a similar effort in Great Britain.
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You can pick up Hokie fever along with food staples at one Blacksburg grocery store.
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Food Lion opened its new Virginia Tech theme store in Blacksburg this morning. The remodeled store features some of everything Hokie, from the school's official maroon and orange colors, to images of the Tech campus.
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((JEFF LOWRANCE/CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: WE WANTED TO MAKE THIS STORE PART OF THE FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITY. IT'S SOMETHING OF PRIDE NOT ONLY FOR FOOD LION BUT FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD, SO WE'RE JUST TICKLED WITH IT.))
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The Virginia Tech theme store is located inside the Hethwood (Heeth-wood) Shopping Plaza just up the street from the Tech campus. Of about 12-hundred Food Lion stores, only two others have university themes.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
We'll see partly sunny skies today, but scattered showers could sneak into the region later on.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the Thursday forecast, up next.






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A busy Bedford County highway remains closed at this hour, the result of an accident that killed the driver of a delivery truck.
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It happened right around 5:00 a.m. at the intersection of routes 122 and 24, just north of Moneta.
Reports from the scene indicate a van heading east on route 24 ran a flashing red signal and hit the delivery truck heading north on 122.
The van driver was not hurt.
Route 122 was still closed at last report, as state police waited for a medical examiner to arrive. There is no word yet on the victim's identity or when route 122 might reopen. We will have the latest information on News 7 at Noon.
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Authorities do NOT suspect foul play in the deaths of a father and son in Franklin County, but autopsies are scheduled on both of them today.
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The sheriff says it appears Mac Cundiff had been dead for about 10- days when he was discovered yesterday. Cundiff's adult son was also found dead in the family's mobile home in the Scruggs section of the county. Officials believe he passed away several days AFTER his father. The two lived alone and investigators say it appears both died of natural causes. Authorities suspect the elderly Cundiff died and that his son, who was mentally handicapped, was unable to care for himself. He either wasn't able to take his medication or went without food and water.
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The sheriff says a business that the Cundiffs paid to monitor their well being notified the sheriff's office yesterday, asking deputies to check on the two because they had been unable to contact them.

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The snow leopard cubs at Mill Mountain Zoo are now receiving visitors.
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The 7-week old siblings went on permanent display yesterday morning. The zoo's curator says the cats are at their cutest right now and that it won't be long before they outgrow their endearing "toddler" stage.
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((DAVE WOOD/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO CURATOR: THE CUBS ARE EATING MEAT AND MOM SOMETIMES CAN BE A LITTLE AGGRESSIVE TO THEM GETTING MORE THAN THEIR SHARE. NOW THAT THEY'RE EATING MEAT, ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY'RE GONNA ACCELERATE EVEN FASTER.))
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The cubs were recently named: Harry and Elsie. They weigh a little over six pounds each with Elsie tipping the scales slightly more than her brother.
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