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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Windy today, with temperatures going downhill by this afternoon.
Brent Watts is in the weather center-- he'll have the forecast in just a few minutes.





[7-AM-South-River]


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Hurricane Isabel caused major damage for residents along the South River in Rockbridge County. Now many are wondering if it's time to pack up and move out.
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More than a hundred residents turned out last night for a community meeting at Mountain View Elementary.
State, federal, and county officials were on hand to field questions on the recovery process.
Victims say it's been a difficult one even a month after the storm struck.
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[IN Q=My daughter that is six years]

((TINA RATCLIFFE/SOUTH RIVER RESIDENT: MY DAUGHTER THAT IS SIX YEARS OLD RIGHT HERE IS THE ONE THAT RUSHED OUT OF THE HOUSE, WE'RE TRYING TO PUT STUFF UP AND SHE STARTED SCREAMING THAT THE WATER IS IN THE BACK AND I CARRIED OUT AND LAST WEEK WE HAD HEAVY RAINS AND SHE GOT SCARED AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Tina Ratcliffe/South River Resident;]
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[OUT Q=she got scared again]
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The meeting also focused on ways to prevent future flooding along the South River.
One option is to take part in the Hazard Mitigation Grant program which would possibly allow residents to sell their homes and properties to the county.
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[SOT 14:52:38]
[IN Q=Acquistion or buyout]

((BONNIE RIEDESEL/CENTRAL SHENANDOAH PLANNING COMMISSION: ACQUISITION OR BUYOUT IS 100-PERCENT FOOLPROOF. IT IS THE NUMBER OPTION THAT IS EFFECTIVE. WHEN YOU ELEVATE OR FLOOD PROOF THERE IS NO GUARANTEE YOU WON'T BE FLOODED AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Riedesel/Central Shenandoah Planning Commission;]
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[OUT Q=won't be flooded again]
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Officials stress localities all over the state will compete for this federal grant so it will be difficult to obtain.
If it does go through, it could take three to four years before a resident can actually sell their home to the county.
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[7-11Merchant-Tax]


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Some small business owners in Montgomery County say they've been overlooked, because the county spends too much time trying to please big-business owners.
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Last week, the county approved lowering its merchants tax by a fourth, in an effort to keep area car dealers, who say the tax is too high, from moving their vehicles out of the county during tax assessments. However, many weren't pleased. They wanted the tax cut in half. But, in addtion to lowering the tax, the county said it would also make assessments twice a year, instead of once, which is now upsetting some small business owners.
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((STAN DAVIS/EATS NATURAL FOODS: I FEEL LIKE EVERY SMALL BUSINESS IN THE COUNTY IS BEING PENALIZED JUST BECAUSE SHELOR AND SOME OF THE OTHER CAR DEALERSHIPS IN THE COUNTY ARE TAKING THEIR CARS OUT OF THE COUNTY.))
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[OUT Q=out of the county]
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Davis says he has to shut down his store and bring in extra help to do inventory, costing him at least a thousand dollars every time. County officials say they wish they could form a tax structure that would please everyone, but that's just not possible.
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[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Early temperatures in the 50s will give way to cooler numbers as we head through the day.
Brent Watts has the forecast details, right after the news.

[55-Rice]


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An update in the case of a man accused of killing two female hikers in the Shenandoah National Park.
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A federal judge in Charlottesville has denied a request to drop the death penalty in the case against Darrell Rice.
He's charged with capital murder in the killings of Julianne Williams and Laura Winans in 19-96.
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Judge Norman Moon ruled this week that he lacked legal authority to drop the death penalty.
Rice's attorneys are now making the same request to U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Rice's trial is scheduled to begin November third.[55-11Bedford-Melee]


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A Bedford restaurant is getting back to its usual routine, after being the site of a large-scale disturbance over the weekend.
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A dozen cops were called in to disperse a crowd of more than 75 people at the Hunan Restaurant on North Bridge Street.
Three people were hurt and five others arrested during the melee.. but authorities say they were able to restore order fairly quickly.
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[IN Q=Once you start]

((JIM BENNETT/BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT: ONCE YOU START REMOVING PEOPLE FROM THE SCENE, THE TROUBLEMAKERS, THE OTHERS DISPERSE FROM THE SCENE RATHER QUICKLY, ESPECIALLY AS THEY SEE MORE POLICE OFFICERS ARRIVING. Reporter: Is it safe to say alcohol was probably a factor in this? BENNETT: ALCOHOL PROBABLY PLAYED A GOOD PART IN THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Bennett/Bedford Police Department;]
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[OUT Q=good part in this.]
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The restaurant had about 15-hundred dollars in damage.
Owners Willis Yang and Yao Liu (yow loo) say their business has enjoyed a good reputation for 13 years.
State A-B-C investigators are looking into whether any license violations occurred.
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[55-11Tower-Power]


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The Roanoke civic center auditorium was filled with the power of music last night.
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((NAT SOUND MUSIC))
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The band Tower of Power did not just belt out sounds .. they also brought in cash for local students.
The concert benefits the downtown music lab- a non profit after school program for students interested in music.
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((NAT SOUND MUSIC))
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[OUT Q=grove get you high (3rd time)]
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Tower of Power came in from Oakland California for the event. Local students provided the warm up show.
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[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Windy weather continues, with temperatures taking a nosedive later in the day.
Brent Watts has your mid- week forecast, in just a few minutes.





[8-11Stadium-Barrels]


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With the latest discovery of hazardous waste, opponents of Roanoke's new stadium and amphitheater are calling for a complete environmental assesment of the site.
And some members of city council are taking a second look at that suggestion.
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Crews are making progress-- they're preparing the site near the Roanoke Civic Center.
On Monday, the city revealed that a barrel found earlier this month did contain hazardous waste.
A majority of city council remains committed to the controversial project, but some members say they want more information about the latest find.
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[IN Q=I think the ball is in D-E-Q's]

((BILL BESTPITCH: I THINK THE BALL IS IN DEQ'S COURT RIGHT NOW. I THINK THEY NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR WITH THE CITY ABOUT WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE US DO. IF IT'S AT ALL REASONABLE, THEN I THINK WE NEED TO GET IT DONE, SO THAT WE CAN SATISFY EVERYONE AND CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT.))
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[OUT Q=forward with the project.]
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Mayor Ralph Smith says he wants to know what it would cost to conduct more environmental testing.
Smith says it would be unfortunate if doubts about the property linger long after the new stadium is built.
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[8-11Mayfield]


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The family of Ronald Mayfield says the Roanoke School system needs to do a better job of supporting its teachers.


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Mayfield is the Roanoke teacher who was accused of assaulting a student at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in late September.
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Last Thursday, Mayfield took his own life by jumping off a bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A police investigation cleared the teacher of any wrong doing but his family claims he was never notified.
Now they're demanding a full explanation from the school system.
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[IN Q=We hope that]

((MEL MAYFIELD/RONALD MAYFIELD'S COUSIN: WE HOPE THAT THROUGH THIS ENTIRE PROCESS THAT THE TEACHERS IN NOT ONLY THE ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM BUT IN OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEMS WILL GET THE SUPPORT THAT THEY DESERVE AND NOT ONLY IN INCIDENTS LIKE THIS BUT ON AN OVERALL BASIS.))
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[OUT Q=ON AN OVERALL BASIS]
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The Roanoke Police released a statement yesterday saying a detective contacted Mayfield last Monday but the teacher put him off until later and said further contact would have to go through his attorney.
A police spokesperson says they would have told Mayfield he had been cleared but they were respecting his wishes.


[8-6-Hunting-Hills]


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Hunting Hills Country Club is trying to work its way out of a financial sand trap.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July;]


The club's directors have agreed to sell the course to a group called Old Heritage Corporation.
The 1-point-9 million dollar deal includes a 30-year lease that should lower the club's overhead, funds that will finance improvements and help find new members.
Shareholders and members will get a look at the proposal in the next few days. (------------)