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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
It'll be a wet Thanksgiving, with rain likely this afternoon.
Look for highs in the low to mid 50s.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your holiday forecast, straight ahead.





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A hit and run accident on Route 221 killed a Floyd County woman. State troopers say it started when the driver phoned the county sheriff's office around 8:45 last night.
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29 year old Kelli Simpkins Hill of Willis called to say she thought she hit a deer near the intersection of Routes 221 and 807 southwest of Floyd. She stopped to look, but couldn't find any animal.
A deputy sent to investigate found an unoccupied vehicle with its door open and heard someone calling for help.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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79 year old Esma Duncan Akers of Floyd had apparently been hit by a vehicle. She was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hopsital where she died about 11 o-clock.
The case will be reviewed by the Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney.


[7-11Travel]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Area Interstates aren't tied up yet as the long holiday weekend gets underway, but they may not stay that way for long.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Interstate 81 was congested yesterday, but state police say the REAL problems will be on Sunday, when everyone drives home at once.
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[SOT 12:25:28]
[IN Q=The absolute busiest]

((SGT. TOM FOSTER/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THE ABSOLUTE BUSIEST DAY FOR US IS THE SUNDAY FOLLOWING THANKSGIVING. CHRISTMAS TENDS TO BE BUSY BUT A LOT STAY AT HOME DURING THE CHRISTMASTIME. IT'S THANKSGIVING THIS WEEKEND WE'RE GOING INTO RIGHT NOW IS OUR BUSIEST TIME PERIOD OF THE YEAR. ))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/Virginia State Police;]
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[OUT Q=of the year.]
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Sunday is expected to be the Roanoke Regional Airport's busiest day of the year, too.
About 3-thousand people are expected to fly in and out.
Airport officials say this has been their best holiday weekend since 9-11.
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[7-AM-Tessa-Update]


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One little girl who wasn't expect to live has a lot to be thankful for this holiday.
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You may remember 10 year old Tessa Milliner.
She is the Roanoke girl who slide off an embankment along the Roanoke River last May.
Doctors gave her very little chance of surviving but Tessa ended up beating the odds.
She was making remarkable progress but recently suffered a setback.
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[SOT 10:56:51]
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((SHANNON MABRY/TESSA'S MOTHER: SHE IS NOT DOING GOOD IN THE SURGERY AREA. SHE WAS JUST SUPPOSE TO HAVE THE ONE SURGERY AND THAT WAS ON HALLOWEEN AND THEY ENDED UP HAVING TO DO ANOTHER ON THE SEVENTH TO REMOVE WHAT THEY HAD RECONSTRUCTED DUE TO INFECTION.))
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[OUT Q=due to infection]
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Tessa is now on anti-botics and was released from the hospital just in time for Thanksgiving.
Her long term prognosis however is uncertain.
She will have at least one more surgery and continues to have development problems.
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[55-WXHeads]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=kor]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
It's a good day to stay indoors and eat turkey, as clouds thicken up with rain likely later on.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the outlook for the holiday weekend, coming up.

[55-11Giles-Flooding]


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Governor Mark Warner is asking the President to declare a federal disaster for seven communities in Southwest Virgina that were hit hard by last week's flood.
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The request includes Buchanan, Tazewell, Bland, Giles Pulaski and Smyth counties and the city of Galax. The damage is already estimated at 2 and a half million dollars. Many are still cleaning their homes and say this Thanksgiving won't be easy.
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[SOT:10:22:00]
[IN Q=We'll go to his]

((TERRY DICKERSON: WE'LL GO TO HIS, MY HUSBAND'S MOTHER'S FOR THANKSGIVING, BUT IT'S NOTHING LIKE NORMAL YOU KNOW, NOTHING))
[SUPER=01-Terri Dickerson/Flood Victim]
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[OUT Q=you know? Nothing.]
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Federal Emergency Management Officials are not expected to make a recommendation to the President for at least a month. That means flood victims may not see federal money for sometime.
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[55-AM-LU-Ericsson]


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Jerry Falwell's plans to take over the old Ericsson factory in Lynchburg have been negotiated for about a year, but Falwell is now one step closer to taking it over.
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Falwell wants to relocate Thomas Road Baptist Church and Lynchburg Christian Academy to the site and use the property to expand Liberty University.
City planners had concerns over traffic and how Falwell was going to use the excess space in the building.
But after going back and forth on the conditions, the planning commission last night approved the rezoning of the property and the site plan for another 85 acres of land on Candlers Mountain.
The plan must still be approved by Lynchburg City Council.
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[55-11Plumbers]


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As many cooks prepare their Thanksgiving meal today, sometimes things get a little clogged up.
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Many area plumbers say they usually get a lot of calls around the holidays, when people make the mistake of trying to put anything and everything down the drain.
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((WILEY MCGUIRE/MCGUIRE'S PLUMBING AND HEATING: LOT OF THINGS LIKE CORN HUSKS AND THINGS LIKE THAT THEY PUT DOWN THERE, THAT SURELY WILL STOP THEM UP. ONE OF THE WORST THINGS IS GREASE.))
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[OUT Q=..worse things is grease.]
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Wiley McGuire has been operating his plumbing and heating business for almost 50-years. He says over the years, he's found just about everything you can think of to clog a drain or garbage disposal ... from turkey bones to paper towels.
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[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Rain is likely today, but snow flurries are possible late tomorrow.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the Thanksgiving forecast, up next.





[8-5-Police-Pay]


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For months, they made it clear they wanted to make more money, now Lynchburg's police force will get their wish.
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City council has approved a plan that would spend close to a half million dollars bringing Lynchburg's police salaries more in line with the market average.
The city has seen dozens of officers leave in the last two years, lured by more money in the private sector.
Chief Charles Bennett says the new pay plan will actually save the city money in the long run.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: IT COSTS ABOUT 80-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO TRAIN A POLICE OFFICER AND WHEN THAT OFFICER DOESN'T STAY, MOVES ON TO SOME OTHER DEPARTMENT OR AREA, THEN WE LOSE THAT INVESTMENT AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO MULTIPLY 80-THOUSAND MANY TIMES TO GET TO THE INVESTMENT NOW THAT HAS BEEN COMMITTED FOR THE PAY.))
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The average yearly increase for the department will be more than 46-hundred dollars.
The new salary plan will be based more on performance than length of service.
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[8-11Travel]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The road hasn't been too rocky so far this holiday weekend, but police say travel could get tricky by the time it's over.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Interstate 81 was congested today, but state police say the REAL problems will be on Sunday, when everyone drives home at once.
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[SOT 12:25:28]
[IN Q=The absolute busiest]

((SGT. TOM FOSTER/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE; THE ABSOLUTE BUSIEST DAY FOR US IS THE SUNDAY FOLLOWING THANKSGIVING. CHRISTMAS TENDS TO BE BUSY BUT A LOT STAY AT HOME DURING THE CHRISTMASTIME. IT'S THANKSGIVING THIS WEEKEND WE'RE GOING INTO RIGHT NOW IS OUR BUSIEST TIME PERIOD OF THE YEAR. ))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/Virginia State Police;]
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[OUT Q=of the year.]
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[VO-NAT]


Sunday is expected to be the Roanoke Regional Airport's busiest day of the year, too.
About 3-thousand people are expected to fly in and out.
Airport officials say this has been their best holiday weekend since 9-11.
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[8-AM-Tessa-Update]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Doctors didn't think a Roanoke girl would see another holiday, but today she and her family are giving thanks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


You may remember 10 year old Tessa Milliner.
She is the girl who slid off an embankment along the Roanoke River last May.
Doctors gave her very little chance of surviving, but Tessa ended up beating the odds.
She was making remarkable progress, but recently she suffered a setback.
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[SOT 10:56:51]
[IN Q=She's not doing good]

((SHANNON MABRY/TESSA'S MOTHER: SHE IS NOT DOING GOOD IN THE SURGERY AREA. SHE WAS JUST SUPPOSE TO HAVE THE ONE SURGERY AND THAT WAS ON HALLOWEEN AND THEY ENDED UP HAVING TO DO ANOTHER ON THE SEVENTH TO REMOVE WHAT THEY HAD RECONSTRUCTED DUE TO INFECTION.))
[SUPER=01-Shannon Mabry/Tessa's Mother;]
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[OUT Q=due to infection]
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[VO-NAT]


Tessa is now on anti-botics and was released from the hospital just in time for Thanksgiving.
Her long term prognosis however is uncertain.
She will have at least one more surgery and continues to have development problems.
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