[7Wx-Headline]

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
We'll see quite a few clouds today, but the skies should clear out for the weekend.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the forecast, right after the news.





[7-Glider-Crash]


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One person is dead after a glider accident in Floyd County.
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[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;]


It happened yesterday afternoon just after five on Kyle Weeks Road in the Willis section of Floyd County.
State Police say Charlie West was attempting to take off in his homemade glider.
The aircraft was being towed from a pickup truck when it lifted into the air, rolled over and crashed into the ground.
The pilot who is in his 40's died at the scene.
State Police say it was windy at the time but say it is too early to determine an exact cause.
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The F-A-A is expected to arrive at the scene this morning to take over the investigation.

[7-11Parkway-Search]


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The search will resume this morning for a local man who apparently jumped off a bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

A woman driving on the Parkway between 7:30 and 8 yesterday morning saw a man running on the Roanoke River Bridge. As she passed him, he climbed over the railing, turned his back toward the Niagra Dam and squatted down. Roanoke County police estimate it's about a 200-foot drop from the bridge to the river. Nobody actually saw the man fall but police found a suicide note, wallet and cell phone nearby. They have yet to release his identity or find his body.
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Police say seven divers searched for several hours yesterday near the bridge where the water is 10 to 15 feet deep and visibility is under twelve inches.
State Police will also send up a helicopter today to do a flyover.

[7-11Covington-Sewer]


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Residents of one Covington community community say they've had enough with sewer problems.
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[SUPER=03-Covington;]

People in the Parrish Court area say insufficient sewer lines are to blame for sewage rolling into their basements during heavy rains.
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[SOT - 11:58:02]
[IN Q=A four inch line...]

((ERIC MERCER/COVINGTON RESIDENT: A FOUR INCH LINE WILL NOT HOLD ALL THESE RESIDENCES WHEN IT RAINS. SURE, WHEN IT'S NOT RAINING, SEWER FLOWS EVENLY WITH NO BACKUPS. BUT WHEN THAT HEAVY RAIN COMES THAT'S WHEN IT ALL GOES.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Mercer/Covington Resident;]
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[OUT Q=that's when it all goes.]
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Residents in that area have scheduled a community meeting for next Saturday to talk about how to fix the problem. Representatives from the City of Covington declined an opportunity for an on-camera interview. They say they have already done all they can to correct the issue, and now it's up to the landowners to fix individual problems.
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[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly cloudy today, with a possibility of shower.
Metorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the weekend outlook, straight ahead.

[55-11Trooper-Kill]


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A news conference is scheduled for later today to release more details about the fatal shooting of a Virginia State Police Sergeant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Caroline Co.;]


First Sergeant Taylor Blanton was found in his home near Richmond yesterday with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Officials say Blanton was shot with one of his own guns.
Blanton headed the Computer Evidence Recovery Unit of the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Authorities are trying to figure out if the killing could have been related to an intruder's appearance at the home two days ago.
Police say his wife was home at the time of the shooting and may have seen the shooter.

[55-11Rice]


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Attorney's for Darrell David Rice, the man accused of killing two Appalachian Trail hikers are calling for a delay in the case and are pointing the finger elsewhere.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/April 2002]


Rice's attorneys filed a motion asking the judge to delay his trial so they can ask Attorney General John Ashcroft to dismiss the death penalty.
The trial is set to begin in Charlottesville federal court next week.
Rice is charged with a hate crime in the murders of two women in the Shenandoah National Park seven years ago.
[SUPER=03-Shenandoah National Park/May 1996;]


His attorneys say new DNA evidence from the FBI shows that hair samples taken from the crime scene did NOT belong to Rice or the victims.
BUT the lab said they were microscopically similar to hairs taken from serial killer Richard Evonitz.
Evonitz killed himself in Florida last summer.
Afterward, he was linked to the murders of three Virginia girls: Sofia Silva and sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk.
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[55-11Animal-Cruelty]


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The case against an 11 year old Vinton boy who allegedly is responsible for strangling a cat and dipping it in antifreeze is now being considered by a judge.
The boy was charged with animal cruelty earlier this month for the August killing of a cat named Sandy.
Sandy's owner, Mark Palmer, went looking for his pet and found her dead with a rubber band around her neck and coat drenched in anti- freeze. Yesterday friends of the boy testified that he bragged to them about the killing, but he maintains he only *witnessed* the event and then petted the cat after it was already dead. The 11- year- old did, however, say the rubber band around the cat's neck could have been one he discarded earlier. The boy is being held at the Coyner Springs Detention Center.

[55-11Survivor]


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A Virginia Tech alum couldn't Survive the Pearl Islands.
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[SUPER=04-CBS - "Survivor"]


Michelle Tesauro was the latest castaway voted off the popular CBS reality show.
Tesauro is from New Jersey, but just got her degree in business and marketing from Tech this Spring.
Another local survivor is still in the running to win a million dollars.
Jon Dalton is a Danville native and also went to Virginia Tech.
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[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Temperatures stay mild-- look for high in the uppwer 60s today, but the clouds will be rolling in.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the Friday forecast details, in just few minutes.





[8-2AM-Glider-Crash]


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Later this morning the F-A-A is expected take over the investigation of a glider accident that killed a Willis man.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;]


It happened yesterday afternoon just after five on Kyle Weeks Road in the Willis section of Floyd County.
State Police say Charlie West was attempting to take off in his homemade glider.
The aircraft was being towed from a pickup truck when it lifted into the air, rolled over and crashed into the ground.
West died at the scene.
State Police say it was windy at the time but say it is too early to determine an exact cause.
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[8-Shelter]


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Ground was broken more than a year ago on the Recue Mission's new women and children's center, but 13 months later constuction on the project is just now ready to begin.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/September 2002;]

The project is currently on hold because there isn't enough money. The price tag for the new women and children's center is juct under 4 million dollars, but the Rescue Mission has raised only 2.8 million.
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((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: WE'VE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND BUILD WITH THE MONEY THAT WE HAVE AND GO AS FAR AS WE CAN UNTIL THE REST OF IT COMES IN, WE HOPE THAT COMES IN BY THE TIME WE NEED IT.))
[SUPER=01-Joy Sylester-Johnson/Rescue Mission;]
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[OUT Q=...we need it."]
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The three story facility will have 130 beds and will house an emergency shelter for families as well as a substance abuse program for women. The Rescue Mission is positive they can raise one and half million dollars before the facility opens next summer.
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[8-11Sinkhole]


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According to state police, work on a sinkhole on Interstate 81 could continue for several days.
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[TAKE MAP FULL]
The sinkhole opened up in Wythe County.
State Police say crews have closed one northbound lane and part of another at mile-marker 82, in the Fort Chiswell area.
The emergency shoulder is open to traffic.
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[8-11Merchants-Tax]


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Lower taxes is not want some folks in Montgomery County has in mind.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]

This week the county voted to cut its merchants tax by a fourth, from a dollar-21-cents per 100-dollars to 90-cents. However, that does NOT sit well with some area car dealers, like Shelor Automotive, who wanted the tax cut in half.


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((LARRY SHELOR/SHELOR AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY: AND HALF WOULD ACCOMMODATE THE ECONOMICS OF IT SO WE CAN BE COMPETITIVE. AND SO WE'LL BE FORCED TO CONTINUE TO MOVE OUR CARS AND THE OTHER CAR DEALERS FEEL THE SAME WAY.))
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[OUT Q=the same way]
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Board of supervisors chair, Nick Rush, was one of the three members who voted against the tax, but says the new rate is a fair compromise.
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((NICK RUSH/MONTGOMERY CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIR: THIS WAS SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS A FAIR COMPROMISE FOR BOTH SIDES AND THE COUNTY WOULD ACTUALLY RECRUIT MORE REVENUE BY THESE FOLKS KEEPING THEIR INVENTORY IN THE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Nick Rush/Montgomery Co. Board of Supervisors Chair;]
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[OUT Q=in the county]
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In addition to lowering the tax, the county will exempt the first one-thousand dollars of inventory and make assessments twice a year. The merchants will then pay the average of the two assessments. (------------)