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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Expect high to warm up to around 50 today, with a mix of sunshine and clouds.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, coming up in the forecast.





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Henry County officials investigating the murder of the Short family visited Canada again to search for clues about

a mystery woman who may
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have information about the slayings of Michael and Mary Short, as well as the kidnapping and murder of their daughter, nine- year- old Jennifer.
The couple was found dead in their home in Bassett in August of last year.
Jennifer's remains were found a little more than a month later in North Carolina.
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A Canadian official says the American authorities are trying to establish a time line that may connect a ``person of interest'' to the slayings.
That person may have had contact with the woman.


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A new Mason Dixon poll shows that most Virginians think Governor Mark Warner is doing a good job
The poll also shows that a majority of voters supports his tax reform package.
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57 percent of the voters polled rate Warner's performance as "excellent" or "good."
That's an increase of three percent over last year.
Also, 56 percent say they support his new tax reform plan.
When asked about the individual components, 83 percent say they favor cutting the sales tax on groceries.
There is considerable less support for creating a new top state income tax rate of "six- and a quarter" percent.
Only 38 percent favor that.
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A spokesperson for the Republican Party of Virginia says the poll is good for Republicans.
He says the items with the most support, like eliminating the car tax and estate tax, are actually GOP initiatives.


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Last year more than 350-people died in drunk driving crashes. That's a one percent increase from the previous year.

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Like many agencies in the region, the Montgomery County sheriff's office has begun a new campaign to reduce those numbers. The office is stepping up patrols and holding random D-U-I checkpoints. Deputies are also going into neighborhoods, trying to raise awareness that drinking and driving don't mix.
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((DEP. JIMMY BOWYER/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: IT'S STILL A PROBLEM A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES AND THEY ASSUME THEY WON'T BE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT. IT WON'T HAPPEN TO ME.))
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Authorities say you can also help by serving a lot of food at your holiday parties and controlling the amount of alcohol served.
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The sound of Christmas music was in Salem last night.
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Salem's Christmas parade stepped off ... a few days late.
The parade was scheduled for last Friday, but like many other communities, the snow changed that.
With five marching bands and 90 entries, it's known as the largest holiday parade in Southwest Virignia.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
We'll have one more day of mild, dry weather before rain moves into the region tomorrow.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the seven day outlook, straight ahead.

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William Fleming and Magna Vista finally tangoed on the field last night after the game was cancelled twice.
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The snowstorm on Thursday and Friday dumped several inches of snow at Victory Stadium, which resulted in the postponements. And fans attending the game gave a frosty reception to the City of Roanoke because of it.
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((CAHTERINE KEITH/FOOTBALL FAN: I FELT THEY COULD HAVE WORKED A LITTLE BIT FASTER.)) ((BRIDGET NELSON/FOOTBALL FAN: I THINK THEY COULD HAVE DONE IT IN A TIMELY MANNER BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SITUATION WAS.))
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However, city officials say it would have taken crews more than three days to remove all the snow. They say that it made no sense to send crews out until the snow ended.
And because other departments were using their equipment to clear snow from the streets, only a few pieces of equipment were available. City officials believe they did a good job, despite the obstacles.
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((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: OUR STAFF DID A COMMENDABLE JOB AND THEY FEEL VERY CRUSHED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED AS THOUGH THEY WEREN'T DOING ANYTHING. THEY HAVE WORKED HARD.))
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Roanoke City says in the future they may call in volunteers to help if this situation happens again.
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Fleming went on to beat Magna Vista 13 to 8. The Colonels will now play Powhatan for the division four state title this coming Saturday at 12:30 at Liberty University.

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New technology being tested by Carilion and Virginia Tech may allow nursing home patients to be monitored in their beds.
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The Biomedical Institute and Virginia Tech unveiled the "Integrated Smart Bed" yesterday. Fiber optic sensors placed between the mattress and box spring pick up movement and wirelessly transmit data. Essentially, a laser shines through the fiber onto a camera. As the fiber moves, the speckle pattern on the camera changes. The ability to monitor patients' behavior is expected to help prevent falls and bedsores. The Smart Bed is now being tested at the Carilion Sleep Center.
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You many have another opportunity if you missed last week's Gaither Homecoming show at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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Two shows went on as scheduled last Thursday at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Though many braved the weather, some folks stayed home.
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Those who missed the Gaither Concert can now exchange their unused tickets for any other Gaither Homecoming event.
For more information you can call 1-888- 217-0301. [TAKE WDBJ WEBPAGE FS]
And for a list of other scheduled Gaither events, you can go to our webpage at WDBJ7.com and click on Websites in the News.
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The Civic Center also announced some other big shows...
3 Doors Down will play on January 17.
Alan Jackson and Martina McBride come to town on February 26.

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Expect more snow to disappear today, as temperatures warm up to around 50.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details in the forecast, up next.





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Henry County authorities investigating the murder of the Short family have headed back to Canada.
Two sheriff's officers visited an airstrip in British Columbia yesterday to search for clues about a mystery woman who may
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have information about the slayings of Michael and Mary Short, as well as the kidnapping and murder of their daughter, nine- year- old Jennifer.
The couple was found dead in their home in Bassett in August of last year.
Jennifer's remains were found a little more than a month later in North Carolina.
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A Canadian official says the American authorities are trying to establish a time line that may connect a ``person of interest'' to the slayings.
That person may have had contact with the woman.

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The six year old Rocky Mount girl who was run over in a Christmas parade on Sunday is recovering from her injuries.
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Makayla Coles was riding on a float in the Retail Merchants Christmas parade, when one of the wheels pulled her to the ground and ran over her legs. She was taken to Roanoke Community hospital, where she's recovering from some muscle damage to her leg.
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((MARGARET COLES/MAKAYLA'S MOTHER: YOU CAN IMAGINE THE WORSE. IT'S LIKE OH MY GOD YOU KNOW, WE'RE JUST GRATEFUL SHE'S OKAY REALLY.))
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Makayla's father, who is a firefighter, was actually traveling in a float behind her when the accident happened. Makayla's mom says in spite of everything, her daughter hopes to take part in future parades.
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William Fleming and Magna Vista finally met on the field last night after two cancellations due to weather.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Friday;]

The snowstorm on Thursday and Friday dumped several inches of snow at Victory Stadium, which resulted in the postponements. Fans attending the game gave a chilly reception to the City of Roanoke because of that.
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[IN Q=I felt they could]

((CAHTERINE KEITH/FOOTBALL FAN: I FELT THEY COULD HAVE WORKED A LITTLE BIT FASTER.)) ((BRIDGET NELSON/FOOTBALL FAN: I THINK THEY COULD HAVE DONE IT IN A TIMELY MANNER BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SITUATION WAS.))
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However, city officials say it would have taken crews more than three days to remove all the snow. They say that it made no sense to send crews out until the snow ended.
And because other departments were using their equipment to clear snow from the streets only a few pieces of equipment were available. City officials believe they did a good job, despite the obstacles.
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((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: OUR STAFF DID A COMMENDABLE JOB AND THEY FEEL VERY CRUSHED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED AS THOUGH THEY WEREN'T DOING ANYTHING. THEY HAVE WORKED HARD.))
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Roanoke City says in the future they may call in volunteers to help if this situation happens again.
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Fleming went on to beat Magna Vista 13 to 8. ity. The Colonels will now play Powhatan for the division four state title this coming Saturday at 12:30 at Liberty Univers