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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Partly cloudy today with highs warming well into the 50s.
Steve Pardon is on weather duty today, and has details coming up.





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Little information has been released about a triple shooting in Roanoke.
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It happened last night at the Laurel Ridge Apartments off Old Spanish Trail. Roanoke police officers confirm 3 people were shot and were taken to the hospital. They have not released any information about their conditions or any possible suspects.
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[7-6-Amherst-Fire]


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An Amherst County family lost everything in a fire that swept through their home yesterday.
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The blaze at this house on Lowesville Road was reported around one o-clock in the afternoon.
Three teenagers.. two brothers and their cousin.. were home at the time when they heard a popping noise upstairs.


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[IN Q=Me and my]

((NICK SMOOT/ESCAPED FIRE: ME AND MY COUSIN TYLER WE RAN UPSTAIRS AND WE KICKED THE DOOR IN AND THERE WAS FLAMES EVERYWHERE SO WE RAN DOWNSTAIRS, GRABBED AS MUCH STUFF AS WE COULD AND RAN OUTSIDE.))
[SUPER=01-Nick Smoot/Escaped Fire; :10]
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The boys flagged down a motorist who called 9-1-1.
Fire crews were already just a mile or two down the road, battling a brush fire when the call came in.
They had a tough job from the moment they arrived.
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[SOT 14:54:32]

((TOM SHRADER/AMHERST VOL. FIRE DEPARTMENT: INITIALLY WENT INTO THE INTERIOR, WE HAD TWO MEN WHO WENT IN ON THE INTERIOR, FIRE RAN THE WHOLE CEILING SO WE PULLED THEM OUT AND ATTACKED FROM OUTSIDE.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Shrader/Amherst Volunteer Fire Department; :00]
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Crews from three area fire departments spent about an hour bringing the fire under control.
Nearly the entire house suffered smoke, water and fire damage.
Investigators say a strobe light in an upstairs bedroom apparently sparked the blaze.
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One of the victims in Sunday's fatal bus crash in Henry County says the accident has only strengthened her faith in God.
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Karen Compton was one of the eight passengers injured when the Freedom Baptist Church bus collided head-on with an on-coming car on Route-57. The bus went over a guardrail and rolled about 70-feet down an embankment. Compton says it was God, not luck that saved her life.
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((KAREN COMPTON/SURVIVED CRASH: WE HAD TO HAVE HAD GUARDIAN ANGELS WITH US, THIS BUS WENT ALMOST A HUNDRED FEET DOWN THIS HILL TUMBLING.))
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All eight passengers of the bus were taken to nearby hospitals, and are expected to recover. But the car's driver, 21-year-old Telisa Ann Hunt of Henry, died instantly. State police say it appears Hunt was driving on the wrong side of the road for several feet before she crashed, but they're still trying to find out why.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
You'll want to throw the umbrella in the car, just in case.
Rain is expected by tonight.
Steve Pardon has your Tuesday forecast, right after the news.

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A triple shooting is keeping Roanoke police officers busy this morning.
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It happened last night at the Laurel Ridge Apartments off Old Spanish Trail. Officers confirm 3 people were shot and were taken to the hospital. They have not released any information about their conditions or any possible suspects.
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With just just two days until Christmas many last minute shoppers are turning to gift cards and certificates.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


But before you buy or receive one, you should know that Virginia law favors the business rather than you the consumer.
That's because businesses get to set their own policies when it comes to gift certificates and gift cards.
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[IN Q=What everyone needs]

((JULIE WHEELER/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF THAT IS THAT STORES CAN SET THEIR OWN EXPIRATION DATES FOR THE GIFT CARDS OR GIFT CERTIFICATES AS LONG AS THEY HAVE IT ON THE CARD OR THE ACTUAL GIFT CERTIFICATE DOCUMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Wheeler/Better Business Bureau;]
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Many businesses also penalize you if you fail to use the card within a certain time limit.
They will deduct a set amount each month from the remaining balance of the card.
We checked at several area businesses and found a wide range of restrictions.
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[55-6-Maptech]


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Montgomery County is getting some new jobs.
MapTech is building a 15-thousand square foot facility in the Blacksburg Industrial Park.
The quarter of a million dollar expansion will help create five high paying jobs in the next three years.
MapTech is a computer based research company that currently employs 20-people.

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The Roanoke City government made some history yesterday.
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The Star City installed its first African-American clerk of the court and its first female treasurer.
In an emotional ceremony, Brenda Hamilton was sworn in as Roanoke's first black clerk of the circuit court.
She was elected to that position in November but has worked at the clerk's office for 27 years.
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[IN Q=WHEN YOU'RE THE FIRST PERSON TO EVER]

((BRENDA HAMILTON/CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT: WHEN YOU'RE THE FIRST PERSON TO EVER BE IN MY SITUATION WHO HAD EVER RUN FOR ELECTED POSITION YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT BUT DOUBTS AND FEARS STEP IN THERE. YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP LOOKING FORWARD AND I'M SO GLAD THAT I NEVER TURNED BACK.))
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[OUT Q=SO GLAD THAT I NEVER TURNED BACK.]
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Evelyn Powers was also sworn in.
She will take over for retiring Treasurer David Anderson.
Powers becomes Roanoke's eighth treasurer and the first woman to hold that position.
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[IN Q=I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT]

((EVELYN POWERS/ROANOKE TREASURER; I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. I THINK THAT'S A POSITIVE FOR OUR GENDER.))
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Both constitutional officers will begin their terms on January first.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Expect some rain by later this evenign-- otherwise partly cloudy and mild.
Steve Pardon has your forecast details, coming up.





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Roanoke police are investigating a triple shooting that happened overnight.
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It happened at the Laurel Ridge Apartments off Old Spanish Trail. Officers confirm 3 people were shot and were taken to the hospital. They have not released any information about their conditions or any possible suspects.
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A fire destroys an Amherst County home leaving the family homeless.
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The blaze already had a good head start when the first crews arrived at the home on Lowesville Road yesterday afternoon.
Three boys- two brothers and their cousin.. were at home when they heard a popping noise upstairs.
After finding fire in an upstairs room, they ran from the house and asked a motorist to call 9-1-1.
It took fire crews from three departments about an hour to bring it under control.
Investigators say a malfunctioning strobe light in an upstairs bedroom started the fire.
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A Virginia Tech professor is using new technology to study accidents like the bus crash in Henry County.
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Antoine Hobeika (hoe-Bay-kah) is in the middle of a two year study on head-on collisions caused by cars trying to illegally pass.
Eight cameras line a five mile stretch of Pepper's Ferry Road in Montgomery County. When cars cross the center line, lights begin to flash, warning the driver not to pass.
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((ANTOINE HOBEIKA: THIS IS BECAME A SERIOUS PROBLEM BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE DYING ON THIS ROAD. WE CAME UP WITH TECHNOLOGY TO HELP. WE TESTED IT ON THE SMART ROAD AND AFTER WE TESTED IT, WE REFINED IT BROUGHT IT TO THE STREET.))
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The cameras are not for issuing tickets, but they could be in the future.
Researchers say the cameras are 100-percent reliable and detect, on average, two to three violators a day.
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Roanoke now has its first-ever African American clerk of court.
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In front of a packed courtroom, Brenda Hamilton was installed as the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Hamilton was elected to the position in November.
She has worked at the clerk's office for 27 years.
Hamilton says she never expected to be a trailblazer but that she is happy it worked out that way.
And while she is glad to make history, she says her election was about qualifications, not color.
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((BRENDA HAMILTON/ROANOKE'S FIRST BLACK CLERK OF COURT: IT WASN'T ABOUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY GETTING ME IN OR THE WHITE COMMUNITY. IT WAS THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. IT WASN'T ABOUT MY SKIN COLOR, IT WAS ABOUT THE SERVICE THAT I HAD GIVEN THE PEOPLE FOR 27 YEARS.))
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Roanoke also swore in the city's first female treasurer.
Evelyn Powers will take over from retiring treasurer David Anderson beginning on January first.
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