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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly cloudy today with scattered sprinkles possible.
Look for highs around 50.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete forecast, coming up.




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As voters in Roanoke County head to the polls today they can expect something new.
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Steve Pardon is live at the Hollins firestation where he's been all morning--how's it going Steve?
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Thank's Steve, Today's Democratic primary is open to any registered voter. Because Virginia does not require voter registration by party, anyone -- Democrats, Republicans and independents -- can vote in the primary. Be sure to tune in to News 7 as we bring you primary returns as they come in tonight.
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[Take WDBJ Web FS] And for continuously-updated results, you can go to our web site at wdbj7-dot-com.

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Icy conditions have Craig County election officials have changing the location of one voting precinct. It's the McGuire's Store precinct, and normally, voters would go to Kessinger's Garage to cast ballots.
But today, they should go instead to the Sinking Creek Store, located west of New Castle on route 42.

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A grand jury will hear charges against a Roanoke man accused of killing one person and shooting another.
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Yesterday, a judge heard preliminary evidence against Carl Richardson, also known as Khalif (Ka-leaf) Abdul-Mateen (Ma-teen). Richardson is charged with shooting two people last year. The December 18th incident left Neesha Edwards dead and Mike Webb fighting for his life. Webb testified about what happened that night.
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Richardson faces a number of charges including everything from murder and malicious wounding to firearms charges. The charges are scheduled to go in front of a grand jury on March first.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
The clouds will linger today, but temperatures will climb to a pleasant range...the lower 50s this afternoon.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the seven day outlook, coming up.

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Voters in Roanoke County will get a chance to cast their vote a new and different way today.
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Steve Pardon is at the Hollins firestation this morning, and has seen some voters go through--
Any problems there yet, Steve?
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Thank's Steve, Today's Democratic primary is open to any registered voter. Because Virginia does not require voter registration by party, anyone -- Democrats, Republicans and independents -- can vote in the primary.
Be sure to tune in to News 7 as we bring you primary returns as they come in tonight.
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[Take WDBJ Web FS] And for continuously-updated results, you can go to our web site at wdbj7-dot-com.

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Craig County election officials have changed the location of the McGuire's Store voting precinct because of icy conditions. Normally, voters would go to Kessinger's Garage to cast ballots. But today, they should go instead to the Sinking Creek Store, west of New Castle on route 42.

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Some candidates took time yesterday to do some last minute campaigning in the area.
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Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich held an event last night on the Virginia Tech campus.
Several hundred people heard the democrat discuss several main themes including ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq, universal health care, and withdrawl from NAFTA.
Kucinich has been barely registering in the polls in Virginia, but he did place second in this weekend's Maine caucus and third in Washington.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
We could see a few sprinkles this morning, otherwise look for mostly cloudy skies and mild highs in the 50s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has forecast details, right after the news.






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Today's Democratic primary is open to any registered voter. Because Virginia does not require voter registration by party, anyone -- Democrats, Republicans and independents -- can vote in the primary.
And remember News 7 will bring you primary returns as they come in tonight.
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[Take WDBJ Web FS] And for continuously-updated results, you can go to our web site at wdbj7-dot-com.
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Icy conditions have caused Craig County election officials have change the location of the McGuire's Store voting precinct. Normally, voters would go to Kessinger's Garage to cast ballots. But today, they should go instead to the Sinking Creek Store, west of New Castle on route 42.

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Presidential candidate John Kerry focused on President Bush yesterday during a last minute campaign stop in the Roanoke Valley.
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Standing with firefighters and other supporters outside Roanoke's Fire Station One yesterday, Kerry spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of about 500.
He never mentioned any of his Democratic rivals, instead questioning the President's record on the economy, health care, Iraq, and homeland security.
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Kerry is hoping for his first victories in the south in Virginia and Tennessee.
A poll released yesterday suggests that Kerry has expanded his lead after victories over the weekend in Michigan, Washington State and Maine.
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Meanwhile, North Carolina Senator John John Edwards continued his push for Southern support with an appearance in Fairfax last night.
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You may not have to get your coins out yet, but the House of Delegates approved a measure yesterday that would allow tolls to be imposed on all vehicles on Interstate 81.
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Currently, I-81 is the only interstate in Virginia where tolls on passenger cars, pickup trucks and motorcycles are not allowed.
That means only big trucks can pay tolls.
The bill's sponsor says that restriction may hurt the state's ability to secure federal funding to pay for improvements to the highway.
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((DELEGATE LEO WARDRUP/R-VA. BEACH: I HOPE FOLKS WILL REMOVE THIS PROHIBITION AND PROVIDE THE STATE, VDOT WITH THE FLEXIBILITY IN ORDER TO ENTER HONEST NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE SAFETY TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE ON INTERSTATE 81.))
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The House of Delegates also approved a bill yesterday that eliminates the state inheritance tax on family businesses.
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