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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Today looks cloudy with a good chance of light rain.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your full forecast, coming up.




[7-VOBVinton-Racing]


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Voters passed it, but there is still opposition to a proposed off track betting parlor in Vinton.
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Colonial Downs wants to build the 15-thousand square facility behind the Lancerlot Sports Complex just off the main roadway in Vinton.
The state's racing commission visited the site yesterday afternoon and then held a public hearing at the Vinton War Memorial.
There, commissioners heard from both sides.
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[IN Q=I think it will]

((REV. JUAM BARR/MIDLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: I THINK IT WILL BRING TRAFFIC PROBLEMS, IT WILL BE CRIME PROBLEMS, ALCOHOL PROBLEMS, DOWN FAMILY VALUES, BRING MORALES DOWN, I'M JUST OPPOSED FOR THOSE REASONS.)) ((DEBRA BROGAN/VINTON RESIDENT: I BELIEVE COLONIAL DOWNS WILL HELP WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS AS FAR AS THE ROADS, THE STOP LIGHTS, AND ALL THAT. THEY HAVE PROMISED TO DO A LOT FOR OUR COMMUNITY.))
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[SUPER=01-Debra Brogan/Vinton Resident; :10]
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[OUT Q=for our community]
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Since voters already approved the referendum, the racing commission's job is to decide whether the proposed site is appropriate.
Commissioners are expected to vote on the project at its March 3rd meeting.
If approved, Colonial Downs hopes to have the facility up and running by late summer.
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[7-11Lottery-winners]


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They didn't hit the jackpot, but a Bedford County couple and a group of co-workers from Lynchburg got a huge chunk of it.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Enos Blankenship used family birth dates to choose five out of six winning numbers in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing.
He and his wife Linda spent the weekend considering how to spend their winnings, 124- thousand dollars after taxes.
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[IN Q=There's bass boats and SUVs]

((ENOS BLANKENSHIP/LOTTERY WINNER: THERE WAS BASS BOATS AND SUVS AND EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT AFTER WE DAYDREAMED ABOUT THAT ALL DAY SATURDAY WE DECIDED THAT WHAT WE WOULD DO IS PAY FOR A LOG OR TWO ON OUR LOG HOME AND GET OUR BILLS DOWN TO WHERE WE CAN SIT BACK AND RELAX A LITTLE BIT.))
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[OUT Q=sit back and relax a little bit.]
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A group of employees from American Hofmann Corporation in Lynchburg also got five out of six numbers.
They divided their winnings into 14 shares of more than eight thousand dollars each.
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[7-6-Nader]


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Presidential candidate Ralph Nader will make a campaign stop in Roanoke.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]

The Independent will speak at Hollins University on Friday, April second. A spokesman for the school says the cost of tickets is still being determined. The appearance was booked months ago although Nader announced his intention to run for the nation's top office on Sunday. Some Democrats fear Nader could pull votes from their party's eventual nominee. They've also blamed him for taking votes from Al Gore in the close 2000 presidential election.
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[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Rain showers enter the forecast today, with highs in the upper 40s.
Meanwhile, a few snowflakes could fall in the higher elevations.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, coming up.

[55-11Rooster-Beheaded]


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He beheaded a rooster as part of a ritual.
Yesterday, the Pittsylvania County man was convicted of refusing to bury a dead bird and fined 30 dollars.
Osung bemi Ola-seni identified himself as a high priest of the Ifa religion.
He said he made the sacrifice to Shango, the god of enemies, because he had been embroiled in a property line dispute with a Pittsylvania County cement plant.
Olaseni has said he was told by the god Shango to hang the rooster from a tree on his property line, facing the concrete company.
His wife has defended the sacrifice, saying it was NOT meant as a threat, but to help the couple.

[55-11Franklin-Missionary]


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As rebel forces move closer to the captial of Haiti, one Franklin County man knows what the situation is like first hand.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

Gerald Saint-Vincent returned home Friday from Haiti, after spending 17-days there performing missionary work through his church. He says although he spent most of his time in villages away from the violence, it was hard to ignore what was going on.
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[IN Q=we heard about]

((GERALD ST. VINCENT/MISSIONARY: WE HEARD ABOUT THE GUINEVERE, THE VILLAGE UP THERE WHERE THE POLICE OFFICERS WERE EXECUTED AND THE HYNCH AREA PONDESU, WE HEARD ALL THAT NEWS 01 1203 AND POLICEMEN THEY WERE FEARING FOR THEIR LIFE, THEY WERE OUTNUMBERED.))
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[OUT Q=they were outnumbered]
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Saint-Vincent says he was still able to accomplish his goals. In fact he's already making plans for his SEVENTH missionary trip there next year.
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[55-11National-guard]


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Lawmakers are saying thanks to Virginia's National Guard.
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Delegate Kirk Cox has introduced a resolution commending the 75-hundred soldiers and 12-hundred airmen in the state's National Guard.
Cox says they have served with courage in Iraq as well as helping out Virginians during times of natural disaster.

Major General Claude Williams says there are many ways Virginians can show their appreciation.
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[IN Q=IF SOMEONE KNOWS OF A GUARD PERSON]

((MAJ. GEN. CLAUDE WILLIAMS/ADJUTANT GENERAL VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD: IF SOMEONE KNOWS OF A GUARD PERSON IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD THAT HAS LEFT THEN TAKE THE TIME TO WALK DOWN THE STREET AND SEE IF THE PLUMBING IS OKAY OR IT THE GUTTERS NEED CLEANING OUT. BECAUSE THINGS HAPPEN WHEN THESE SOLDIERS ARE AWAY AND SOMETIMES IT TAKES A TEAM EFFORT, KIND OF A COMMUNITY EFFORT, TO FIX THOSE THINGS.))
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[OUT Q= a community effort, to fix those things.]
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14-hundred National Guard soldiers are currently deployed away from home.
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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Clouds and showers make up today's weather picture, so be sure bring along that umbrella.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your Tuesday forecast, up next.
Meanwhile, we have some traffic information to pass along.
V-DOT is reporting an accident involving an overturned vehicle in the northbound lane of the Carter Glass Bridge in Lynchburg.
Motorists may want to avoid the area while crews clean up the wreckage.





[8-Mayor-L'Burg]


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Residents of Lynchburg received some good and bad news in the State of City address from the mayor.
The Hill City is seeing low crime rates and expanding businesses, but city officials are also preparing to deal with "unprecedented" budget shortfall of 5 million dollars.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]

As Mayor Carl Hutcherson delivered the annual State of the City message, he made it clear that funding and tax problems at the state level are having a trickle down effect on the local economy.
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[IN Q="Tax restructuring..."]

((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: TAX RESTRUCTURING IN VIRGINIA IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME. IF WE ARE TO SAVE OUR CITIES, THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MUST STEP UP WITH COURAGE AND DETERMINATION TO WORK SERIOUSLY ON RESTRUCTURING A TAX SYSTEM THAT CONTINUES TO PLACE OUR CITIES AT RISK.))
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[OUT Q=...our cities at risk."]
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City Manager Kimball Payne will present the budget to council on March 9th, and members made it clear that whatever bucks there are, they stop in council chambers.
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[IN Q="We as a group..."]

((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG VICE MAYOR: WE AS A GROUP WILL DO OUR UTMOST TO DELIVER THE SERVICES TO OUR CITIZENS IN THE BEST POSSIBLE MANNER. AT THE END OF THE PROCESS, WHEN THE BUDGET IS ADOPTED, ANY CREDIT OR BLAME SHOULD BE DIRECTED AT OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND NOT AT OUR CITY MANAGER.))
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[OUT Q="...not our city manager."]
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About 60 firefighters were also present at the address, acting as a silent reminder that their pay concerns also need to be dealt with.
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[8-6-Walton]


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A psychiatrist has concluded that a triple killer from Danville understands what execution means, despite a deteriorating mental condition.
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The psychiatrist examined Percy Walton after lawyers disagreed whether he is mentally competent to face the death penalty.
Walton was convicted of killing three of his neighbors in Danville.
He pled guilty to capital murder and said he deserved the electric chair.
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A federal judge put the execution on hold.
Next week, lawyers are expected to argue whether Walton is mentally competent to be executed.

[8-11Blacksburg-Robbery]


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Blacksburg Police are blaming a group of teenagers for a Friday night crime spree.
The first incident happened on Hunt Club Road around 10:30 p-m.
A man says he was knocked to the ground from behind, beaten and had his wallet taken.
While officers were investigating that robbery, another one happened on Patrick Henry Drive.
A man says he was jumped from behind, and his jacket stolen, but he was able to direct police to the suspects using his cell phone.
19 year old Sidney Terry is charged with 2-counts of robbery. Three teenage boys also face robbery charges.