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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
The rain is gone, now we're left with windy conditions.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the forecast, coming up.

But first, we have some school closings and delays to pass along to you.
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[7-11Henry-Fatal]


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A car crash in Henry County leaves one person dead.
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State Police say 44-year old Lonnie Lee Wilson of Axton was travelling north on route 632 yesterday afternoon when he ran off the right side of the road.
The car overturned in a creek and landed on its top in six feet of water.
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Wilson died at the scene.

[7-6-Radford-Police]


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There are more complications in the case against Radford's Police Chief and 2-other officers.
Judge Bret Geisler (Geese-ler) has taken himself off the case.
Geisler recused himself yesterday before the arraignment.
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Chief Wesley Terry is charged with petty larceny, malfeasance in office and three counts of obtaining criminal history information under a false pretense.
He and 2-other officers are accused of conducting a search without a proper warrant and taking a knife and sheath from a residence.
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The Virginia Supreme Court will now have to designate a special judge for the case.

[7-5-Simmons]


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A pregnant 17 year old who helped abduct a woman from a Roanoke hotel parking lot last June has pleaded "no contest".

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Monique Simmons could get two life sentences, but it's likely she'll get less when she is sentenced in March. Simmons admitted to her role in the abduction of 22-year old Tiffany Young. Young was about to check in at the Wyndham Hotel when three juveniles grabbed her, threw her in the trunk of her car, and drove around for three hours. The victim managed to escape when the group stopped at a convenience store in Campbell County.
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[7-VOBHenry-Schools]


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It's been a show and tell for Henry County students who are learning the benefits of consolidation.
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The past two nights students have attended curriculum expos to find out what's in store for next year. More than a dozen new courses are being offered including Forensic Science, Clulinary Arts and Industrial Maintenance.
School officials say they hope to offer something for both college and work bound students.
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((LINDA DOOR/CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR: WE KNOW THAT MOST OF THE CAREERS THAT THESE STUDENTS WILL BE ENTERING ARE GOING TO REQUIRE SOME SORT OF POST SECONDARY EXPERIENCE BUT WE DO HAVE CAREERS STUDENTS CAN BE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN UPON GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL.))
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The expo was originally created for guidance couselors who needed to learn about the courses before offering them to students. Students say they're excited about the new classes and hope they will help make the consolidation process easier.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
A wind advisory is in effect through this afternoon.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details in the forecast...
But first we have some school closing and delays we need to tell you about this morning.
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(++++++++)[55-11Christmas-Store]



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Needy families in Montgomery County will be able to celebrate a Christmas with all the trimmings.
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The county's Christmas Store opened its doors for the 22nd straight year.
It's expected the store will help more than 11-hundred people have Christmas presents.
It's a record year for shoppers and volunteers.
More than one-thousand people are donating their time to help families pick out new toys, clothes and household gifts.
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((CATHERINE BRESKE/VOLUNTEER: THEY FILL BASKETS BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH MERCHANDISE HERE AND THEY'RE ALLOWED TO PICK SO MANY THINGS. THAT LITERALLY THEY GO HOME WITH SEVERAL BASKETS FULL OF THINGS.))
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Volunteers say they still need donations to make sure everyone in the county has a good Christmas.
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The Christmas store is in Christiansburg and is open all day, through Saturday.
That's when it will close at 2 p-m.
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If you want to try to set up a time you can call 540-381-0585. Also, the store is still accepting donations. They need money and of course clothing and toys.
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[55-11Cell-phones]


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Saving seconds can saves lives when it comes to dispatching help to those caught in an emergency.
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But as it is now , the local governments in the Roanoke Valley are unable to locate the source of a cell phone call. They've all applied for funding to put the necessary equipment in place. Roanoke County's Emergency Communications Chief acknowledges he'd like to be able to locate cell phone calls.
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((WE HAVE HAD AN INCIDENT WHERE A PERSON CALLED IN THAT NEEDED POLICE, WAS BEING ASSAULTED, COULDN'T TELL US WHERE THEY WERE. AND IT TOOK US SOME TIME TO LOCATE THAT PERSON. HAPPILY WE DID. AND EVERYTHING TURNED OUT OKAY. BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO PINPOINT A LOCATION AND GET THERE A LOT QUICKER.))
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Shumate points out the caller has to have the right cell phone equipment for the 9-1-1 center to be able to locate a signal. Roanoke County should have it's system in place by late 2005.
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[55-11Radio-Stations]


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The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on a half a dozen local radio stations. The stations were silenced Monday after they failed to renew their licenses. Management at South Boston's W-H-L-F AM radio say they planned to go out of business, but Pulaski's W-B-L-B is scrambling to get back on the air. Officials with the Christian station say the renewal was overlooked, but that they hope to be back on the air today.

Call letters of the canceled stations are now up for grabs.


[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Partly cloudy and windy today, with highs in the upper 40s.

Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the Thursday forecast--
But first we have some school closings to pass along to you this morning.
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An Axton man was killed in a car accident in Henry County.
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State Police say 44-year old Lonnie Lee Wilson was travelling north on route 632 yesterday afternoon when he ran off the right side of the road.
The car overturned in a creek and landed on its top in six feet of water.
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Wilson died at the scene.

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Governor Mark Warner made a stop in Lynchburg yesterday to defend his tax reform plan.
He explained how he hopes to overhaul the state's tax code and balance the budget at the same time.
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Warner is criss-crossing the state, trying to drum up support for his plan to raise state sales and cigarette taxes, while cutting other taxes.
Some Republicans are disputing the figures, and several analysts say the changes could end up hurting poor residents.
But Warner fired back yesterday.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: I CHALLENGE ANYONE SHOW ME A BUSINESS PLAN FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS WHERE WE CAN GROW OUR WAY OUT OF THIS PROBLEM. WE'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH IT AND THE NOTION THAT WE HAVEN'T MADE CUTS WHEN WE'VE ALREADY CUT SIX BILLION DOLLARS IS JUST CRAZY.)) ((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R-LYNCHBURG: I'M ENCOURAGED THAT MOST MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE ARE KEEPING THEIR POWDER DRY, THEY'RE NOT RULING IT OUT, THEY'RE MAKING NO COMMITMENTS EITHER WAY. THEY'RE WAITING TO UNDERSTAND THE DETAILS AND THAT'S THE MOST WE CAN HOPE FOR RIGHT NOW.))
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Warner maintains that, under his plan, two thirds of Virginians will end up paying fewer taxes than they do now.
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[8-11Boucher]


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A Democratic Congressman says he supports the new, nearly 500-billion dollar Medicare bill.
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Congressman Rick Boucher says the bill will help thousands of low income seniors in the New River Valley get free medicines and smaller co-payments.
He says local hospitals will also get nearly 80-million dollars in extra funding and doctors will receive higher Medicare Re-imbursements.
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((RICK BOUCHER: IT ALSO TREMENDOUSLY BENEFITS THE LOW INCOME ELDERLY AND EXPANDS UPON OUR STATE'S MEDICAID PROGRAM WHICH OFFERS FREE PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES BY BRINGING THE ELIGIBILITY LEVEL FROM 80-PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL WHERE IT IS TODAY TO 150-PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL UNDER THE NEW LAW.))
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But his support does not come without intense criticism of the bill's prescription medicine coverage for seniors.

Boucher says it won't take effect for 2-years and leaves a huge gap in coverage.
He adds that he'll support new legislation to change that part of the bill.
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