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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. It will feel a lot like spring today, with most areas seeing highs in the 60's.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the the forecast details after the news.




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A broken sprinkler pipe created plenty of problems last night at the Hotel Roanoke.
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The hotel was evacuated for nearly a hour.
The problem caused significant water damage to several rooms on the fifth floor and some damage to rooms on the floor down below.
Some guests had to be relocated to other rooms because of the damage.
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[7-11Murder-Suspect]


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Earlier in the day, it was a much different situation at a Roanoke motel. Police moved in and made an arrest as a murder suspect was leaving his room.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roanoke Police received a tip from Tennessee authorities that 50- year- old Gerald David Thomas might be in the area.
They found the car he was driving in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road. After staking out the motel for 12 hours they took him into custody late yesterday morning.
Carilion employees who work nearby were told to stay home until the incident was over.
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[IN Q=We've had snow days.]

((TAMMY RIVERS: WE'VE HAD SNOW DAYS. WE'VE HAD FLOODS, BUT NO THIS IS THE FIRST ONE OF THESE. THE FIRST ONE OF POTENTIAL SHOTS FIRED. RIGHT THAT KIND OF SCARES YOU A LITTLE BIT.))
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[SUPER=03-Loudon Co., TN/Tuesday]


Investigators wanted to talk with Thomas about the death of a Kingsport woman.
43- year- old Adwinna Pamela Hughes was found shot to death earlier this week in Loudon County, Tennessee.
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[7-6Tax-Plan]


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A bill to raise Virginia taxes faces a final vote in the Senate later today, one day after Senators gave their initial approval.
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The Senate approved legislation yesterday to raise the cigarette tax, increase the sales tax and bump up the income tax on the wealthiest Virginians.
Anti-tax Republicans tried but failed to remove the tax increases.
They also tried to delay action on the bill by offering an amendment that would subject the tax hikes to a voter referendum.
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((SENATOR KEN CUCCINELLI/R-FAIRFAX: I BELIEVE FOR A CHANGE OF THIS MAGNITUDE IT IS APPROPRIATE TO PUT IT TO THE VOTERS.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Cuccinelli/(R) Fairfax;]
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But the majority of Senators objected, saying they were elected to make these decisions.
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[IN Q=IT IS OUR JOB, IT IS OUR ELECTION]

((SENATOR CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: IT IS OUR JOB IT IS OUR ELECTION TO STAND UP AND THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE IS RIGHT :25))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Hawkins/(R) Chatham;]
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The tax bill would raise three-point-seven billion dollars in additional revenue.
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[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. A jacket might be helpful when you head out this morning, but you may want to take it off by Noon. Meteorologist Leo H

irsbrunner has the warm forecast details right after the news.[55-VOBRoad-Construction]


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Road construction workers from Southwest Virginia say those in hard hats fave fallen upon hard times, so they travelled to Richmond yesterday to make their case.
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They brought their equipment, set up orange cones, and wore their vests and hard hats.
But the men and women who build highways weren't at the capitol to construct roads, but rather to build a case for more transportation money.
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((FRANK BUCK/W & L CONSTRUCTION AND PAVING: WE'VE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT OF WORK WE COULD SURE USE SOME EXTRA FUNDS. IF THERE'S ANY WAY THEY CAN DO TAXES OR WHATEVER THEY GOT TO DO.)) ((DAVE GEORGE/FORT CHISWELL CONSTRUCTION: IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TAXES WHEN YOU SPREAD IT OUT OVER THE WHOLE STATE TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY PEOPLE PROBABLY WOULDN'T EVEN FEEL IT. ))
[OQ=or whatever they got to do.]
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The road workers say there has been no significant funding increase for highway projects since 1986, and the state needs to raise more money.
But many House Republicans are not convinced that raising taxes is the best path to take.
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[SUPER=01-Del. Scott Lingamfelter/(R) Woodbridge;]
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((DELEGATE SCOTT LINGAMFELTER/R-WOODBRIDGE: SHOULD WE GO TO PARENTS WHO ARE TRYING TO BUY BOOKS AND BUY CLOTHES AND SAVE FOR COLLEGE TUITION AT THE VERY SAME TIME TAKE THEIR MONEY AWAY WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO DO THOSE THINGS FOR ADDITIONAL STATE SPENDING. I THINK WE NEED TO SPEND WITHIN OUR MEANS.))
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But the state's highway workers say that without better roads, Virginia is going nowhere.
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[55-11Roanoke-Fatal]


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Police are investigating the death of a man whose car crashed into a Roanoke home.
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Police say 40 year old Jonathan Wayne Roberts was travelling on Noble Avenue, when his car crossed Lane Street and hit the deck of this home. He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he later died.
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[55-11Everbrite]


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A Buena Vista company is illuminating pit roads across the country.
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Everbrite is in the process of making large Sunoco signs for the new fuel sponsor. Each sign is about 18 feet wide, holds more than 250 feet of fluorescent lights, and is hand crafted at the Buena Vista facility.
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL;]

The signs got their first major appearance at the Daytona 500 earlier this week. Everbrite has made enough signs to equip 10 NASCAR tracks so far, and is expected to have the remaining 12 tracks done by the end of April.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
You might catch an early case of spring fever, with high temperatures climbing into the lower 60s.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your weekend outlook, coming up.





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Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is attracting a lot of attention from fortune seekers.
The jackpot has climbed to 222- million dollars.
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Virginia is among eleven states that take part in Mega Millions. Lottery officials estimate that 3.2 million tickets will be sold in Virginia today.
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((Penelope Kyle/Virginia Lottery Executive Director: They shouldn't spend their lunch money, they shouldn't spend their rent money. Don't go out and overspend. This is an extremely difficult game to win. If it were easy to win, it would never have gotten to 222 million. So it's a hard game. Spend a dollar, have a ticket, get in front of your television at eleven o'clock Friday night, watch the drawing live from New York and have fun, but don't spend too much money."))
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The odds of winning are 1 in 135 million. You can see tonight's drawing right here tonight on Your Hometown Station.


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The check's in the mail, LITERALLY for 93- thousand Virginians.
They'll receive a check, thanks to an anti-trust settlement with the record industry.
Two years ago, eight music distributors and retailers agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging the companies conspired to inflate the price of C-D's.
Later today, the attorney general's office will start mailing checks for 13-dollars and 86-cents to Virginians who filed claims.
The companies will also give nearly two million dollars worth of C-D's to Virginia libraries, schools, shelters and public radio stations.

[8-6Kollmorgen]


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The expansion of a Radford company will bring dozens of new jobs. Kollmorgen will open a new customer support center in Radford.
The project will cost 2-point-8 million dollars.
The project will add 71 new jobs.
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[8-11Hokie]


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For a change, the Hokies and the Hoos are on the same team--
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For the first time, U-V-A and Tech have both agreed to license rivalry products, such as shirts and hats that take little digs at each other.
Officials say its the first of many new things to come now that Tech's headed to the A-C-C.
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[SOT:3:10:33:00]
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((LOCKE WHITE/DIRECTOR OF LICENSING AND TRADEMARK:HAVING AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR THIS YEAR AND WE WANT TO KEEP THE BALL ROLLING AND WE WANT TO KEEP ALL OUR FANS AND ALUMNI BUYING VIRGINIA TECH PRODUCTS.))
[SUPER=01-Locke White/Director of Licensing and Trademark;]
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[OUT Q=tech products.]
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This year's Tech merchandise is already outselling last year's products.
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