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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Sunny and pleasant today, with highs in the lower 70s.
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, up next in the forecast.





[7-Accident]


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A Henry County Sheriff's Deputy is recovering after he was struck while directing school traffic. State Police say deputy Craig Oder (o-Dare) Junior was directing traffic outside Carver Middle School when he was hit yesterday afternoon.
75 year old Lorene Merriman Cruise of Collinsville said she was blinded by the sun and didn't see the deputy.
Oder (o-Dare) was treated at Martinsville Memorial Hospital and released.


[7-2AM-81-Improvements]


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Although construction work to widen Interstate 81 is at least five years away, plans for the work are gaining speed.
But a final plan has yet to be selected.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin;]


Last night, the public got its chance to sound off during a forum sponsored by the New River Valley Coalition of Chambers of Commerce.
They heard formal presentations from two builders' consortiums.
Star Solutions wants to have separate lanes for cars and trucks and charge truckers a toll.
Fluor Virginia recommends adding car lanes and charge both cars and trucks.
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[SOT 21:19:21; 21:16:17; 21:16:41]
[IN Q=You have to address]

((HAL McGRATH/FLOYD RESIDENT: YOU HAVE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM EVENTUALLY AND THE BEST SOLUTION IS GO AHEAD AND BITE THE BULLET AND ADDRESS AND GET IT PAID FOR BUT NO TOLLS.)) ((J.B. STANLEY/DUBLIN RESIDENT: SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY FOR IT, SO I DON'T KNOW. THEY SAY V-DOT THEY AIN'T GOT IT SO TOLLS ARE ABOUT THE ONLY WAY TO GET IT.)) ((PHYLLIS STANLEY/DUBLIN RESIDENT: I LOVE THE IDEA OF THE TRUCKERS HAVING THEIR OWN ROAD BECAUSE WHEN I TRAVEL THE INTERSTATE THEY MAKE ME NERVOUS, I LOVE THAT IDEA.))
[SUPER=01-Hal McGrath/Floyd Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-J. B. Stanley/Dublin Resident; :09]
[SUPER=01-Phyllis Stanley/Dublin Resident; :16]
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[OUT Q=I LOVE THAT IDEA]
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V-DOT is currently asking local governments along the I-81 corridor to consider if one or both proposals merit further consideration.
An I-81 Advisory Panel will then decide which plan to move forward with by December.
It could choose one plan, parts of both, or neither.
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[7-11Dan-River]


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Things could get worse before they get better for Danville's largest employer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape;]


Dan River's third quarter sales fell to 104 million dollars, down 30-percent from this time last year.
As a result, the company breached its contract with its lenders and had to renegotiate to avoid a penalty.
A local analyst blames the economy and uncertainty in the textile industry for the slump in sales.
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[SOT 3:44:41]
[IN Q=It could be a bump]

((PAUL HIGGINS/LEGG MASON ANAYLST: IT COULD BE A BUMP IN THE ROAD, IT COULD BE A PART OF A LONGER TERM TREND. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY IS THAT IT IS IN A LONGER TERM DOWNARD SPIRAL SO WHETHER OR NOT A COMPANY LIKE DAN RIVER CAN BUCK THAT TYPE OF TREND WE'LL HAVE TO SEE.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Higgins/Legg Mason Anaylst]
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[OUT Q=we'll have to see]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


Dan River hinted meeting fourth quarter expectations would also be difficult.


[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
The winds have diminished, and it should be a pleasant day to spend outdoors.
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, right after the news.

[55-6-Griffith-Emick]


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Democratic candidate Mark Emick who is running for the 8th District House of Delegates says voters are disadvantaged by his opponent's refusal to debate him.
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[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Emick held a news conference in Salem yesterday to voice concern over incumbent Morgan Griffith's assertion that a debate is unwarranted. At the request of Roanoke College, the Emick camp had proposed four dates for a possible joint meeting. Griffith responded with a letter saying such a request just weeks before the election "smacks of political gamesmanship". Emick disagrees.
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[IN Q=You can't say "I represent you..."]

((MARK EMICK/D-HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: YOU CAN'T SAY " I REPRESENT YOU" AND THEN, WHEN YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS HOW THAT REPRESENTATION IS PROGRESSING, YOU CAN'T TAKE A PASS.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Emick/(D) House of Delegates Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=you can't take a pass.]
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Griffith says it's past the time in a campaign when debates are scheduled but that he and Emick have at least a few more joint appearances planned before November. His office says other opportunities for debates have fallen through because of scheduling conflicts.
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[55-11Train-Ride]


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Taking a train is a rare treat for most people in the Roanoke Valley.
But some local officials got the chance yesterday to climb aboard a passenger train.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford;]


Roanoke's mayor led a group of elected and appointed leaders on a Norfolk Southern excursion from Bedford to Christiansburg.
The mayor says it was a good way to get a different perspective on the challenges they're facing.
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[IN Q=Simply making]

((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: SIMPLY MAKING A CANOE TRIP DOWN THE ROANOKE RIVER FROM SALEM TO BEDFORD COUNTY TOLD ME A LOT ABOUT NEW IDEAS DOING THIS WITH OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS CAN TELL US NEW THINGS ABOUT OUR AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor]
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[OUT Q=about our area.]
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Alleghany, Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke counties sent representatives, as did Salem, Vinton and Clifton Forge.

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[55-11Visitor-Center]


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Bedford County officials hope a new visitors center will help tourism in the future.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford;]


The 10 thousand square foot facility is being built on the site of the current center near the entrance to the National D-Day Memorial.
It will house an information center, gift shop, meeting room and museum gallery.
Officials say the bigger facility will help them accommodate the growing group tour market.
It should be finished next summer.
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[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=kor]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
A cooldown is ahead for the weekend, but in the meantime, we'll enjoy high in the 70s today.
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the seven day outlook, up next.





[8-2-5Knox]


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It's back to the witness stand today for Doctor Cecil Knox.
Yesterday Knox admitted he smoked marijuana with one of his employees and a patient, but insisted it was only after work. He denies ever trading prescriptions for marijuana.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The pain specialist is now on trial in federal court for prescribing it illegally. Testifying yesterday, he said when OxyContin was introduced around 1996, it was the exciting new medication in the war against pain. It was four or five years, Knox said, before the drug manufacturer started publishing precautions... that it could be abused and that it was highly addictive when broken down.
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[8-11Tax-amnesty]


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Virginia's coffers are in the black for the first time in three years.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond]


State revenues for July, August and September grew by eight-point-four percent over the same period last year.
That's almost double what state officials had projected.
Adding to the promising budget outlook, Virginia's tax amnesty program is on pace to meet its target goal of 48 million dollars.
The state has already collected 10 million dollars and they expect that amount to more than triple as the deadline approaches.
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[SOT 42:03]
[IN Q=AT THE MOMENT]

((KEN THORSON/VA TAX COMMISSIONER: AT THE MOMENT ALL WE'RE EXPECTING IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO MEET 48 AND A HALF MILLION. WE FEEL COMFORTABLE ABOUT MEETING THE GOAL AND WE'LL FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT. ))
[SUPER=01-Ken Thorson/Virginia Tax Commissioner]
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[OUT Q=FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT.]
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[VO-NAT]


The amnesty program will end on November third.
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[8-11Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The financial picture is looking rather bleak for Danville's largest employer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape]


Dan River's third quarter sales fell to 104 million dollars, down 30-percent from this time last year.
As a result, the company breached its contract with its lenders and had to renegotiate to avoid a penalty.
A local analyst blames the economy and uncertainty in the textile industry for the slump in sales.
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[SOT 3:44:41]
[IN Q=It could be a bump]

((PAUL HIGGINS/LEGG MASON ANAYLST: IT COULD BE A BUMP IN THE ROAD, IT COULD BE A PART OF A LONGER TERM TREND. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY IS THAT IT IS IN A LONGER TERM DOWNARD SPIRAL SO WHETHER OR NOT A COMPANY LIKE DAN RIVER CAN BUCK THAT TYPE OF TREND WE'LL HAVE TO SEE.))
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[OUT Q=we'll have to see]
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=HOLD]


Dan River hinted meeting fourth quarter expectations would also be difficult.
The company stock lost almost of third of its value in yesterday's trading.