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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly sunny today with unseasonably cool temperatures in the mid 40s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast details, up next.





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A Roanoke County home was heavily damaged by fire this morning.
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Firefighters were called to 1570 Reed Mountain Road around 3 o-clock. Authorities say it appears the blaze started in the chimney, but they won't know the exact cause until later today. No one was injured.
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The trial of a former Giles County pastor accused of molesting several children will be winding down today as both sides present closing arguments. Yesterday, 53-year old Roger Holcomb took the stand in his own defense.
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Holcomb faces four counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
The former pastor of the Pembroke Church of God is accused of molesting three children.
Holcomb testified yesterday that he did not molest the children, but under cross examination by prosecutors he did admit that one of the children touched his private parts three times.
Holcomb says all 3-touches were accidents or unintentional.
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A Roanoke-based company has filed for bankruptcy protection.
RBX Industries says it is disappointed with its current state, but the company says Chapter 11 reorganization is necessary and expects positive effects for continuing operations.
In February, RBX announced it would close three facilities, including the plant in Bedford, due to the weak economy and overcrowding in the rubber industry.

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A Radford Company that wanted to create a private school for troubled teens gets turned down by city council.
The company says it would have brought dozens of new jobs to the city.
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New River Industries thought it had finally found a real prospect for its old plant on main street.
The building has been sitting empty for 4-years.
Concept One wanted the land rezoned so it could create a private school for troubled 15 to 17 year olds.
Monday night, a Radford city council member made a motion to approve the rezoning, but no one would second it... basically denying the request.
An N-R-I spokesperson calls the decision short sighted.
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((KEN EHRHARDT: THE FACT THAT THE ZONING DISCUSSION WOULD PREEMPT ANYONE FROM BRINGING IN 60 TO 100 JOBS TO THE AREA FOR THE A LONG HAUL COMMITMENT IS UNCONCIOUABLE. I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY COULD DO THAT.))
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Several Radford council members expressed concerns all along with losing a prime industrial site.
Ehrhardt says Concept-One left Radford for good Monday night and won't continue negotiating for the building.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Lots of sunshine today, but it won't do much to warm things up.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the mid-week forecast, right after the news.

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Fire caused extensive damage to a Roanoke County home this morning.
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Firefighters were called to 1570 Reed Mountain Road around 3 o-clock. Authorities say it appears the blaze started in the chimney, but they won't know the exact cause until later today. No one was injured.
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A death row inmate has apparently taken his own life.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE] The autopsy has not been completed, but the group called "Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty" says Jeffrey Alan Remington was found hanging in his cell at 3:35 Monday morning. The 39 year old inmate had been serving a 42 year sentence for an abduction, robbery and rape in Richmond a decade ago.
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In the year 2000, he and another prisoner at the Augusta Correctional Center fatally stabbed a fellow inmate 68 times.
That's what put Remington on death row.

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The Reverend Jerry Falwell says President Bush's stand on gay marriage is right on time.
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Falwell says Bush is showing some political courage by bringing the issue to the forefront in an election year.. Some conservatives had hoped to get him involved earlier.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR: CONSERVATIVES ARE LIKE LIBERALS, WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO WANT EVERYTHING DONE YESTERDAY. BUT A MAN WHO IS RUNNING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AND WHO REPRESENTS ALL THE PEOPLE HAS GOT TO CAREFULLY WEIGH EVERY DECISION, EVERY PRONOUNCEMENT. AND I THINK THE PRESIDENT'S RIGHT ON TIME, I THINK THOSE WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE IMPATIENT ARE SHOUTING HALLELUJAH TODAY.))
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Falwell says it's going to be extremely tough for any politician to vote against the amendment in an election year.
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More than 12 hundred children in Northwest Roanoke will be offered after school programs, thanks to a partnership between City Schools and the local Boys and Girls Clubs.
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Two new Boys and Girls Clubs are slated to open, first at Forest Park Elementary this Spring, and at the new Academy for Mathematics and Science next January.
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((FAYE WOOD/FOREST PARK PRINCIPAL: IT'S WHAT THEY NEED TO BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS, BECAUSE MANY OF THEM DON'T GET BEYOND THEIR COMMUNITY. AND WE HAVE WONDERFULLY BRIGHT CHILDREN WHO CAN BE BENEFITS TO OUR SOCIETY IN THE FUTURE, BUT THEY NEED TO BE SHAPED AND MOLDED AND THAT'S WHAT THE GIRLS AND BOYS CLUB PROVIDES AFTER HOURS FOR OUR CHILDREN.))
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By partnering with the city schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs organization estimates it will save five million dollars on new construction.
The group is launching a fund drive for operating expenses, and yesterday celebrated a 250- thousand dollar contribution from Delta Dental Plan of Virginia.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly sunny today, with increasing clouds.
Temperatures will stay unseasonably cool.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast, coming up.





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No one was injured in an early morning fire at a Roanoke County home.
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Firefighters were called to 1570 Reed Mountain Road around 3 o-clock. Authorities say it appears the blaze started in the chimney, but they won't know the exact cause until later today. Extensive damage was done to the home.
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State budget negotiations are starting earlier this year and so is the budget bickering.
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House Republicans blasted Senate Democrats yesterday for threatening a budget impasse.
G-O-P leaders also called on Governor Warner to take a position on the Senate budget which increases revenue by nearly four billion dollars.
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((DEL. BILL HOWELL/(R) SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE; WOULD HE SIGN THE SENATE BUDGET IF IT CAME TO HIM OR ARE THE TAX INCREASES IN THAT PLAN TOO LARGE? IT'S A STRAIGHTFORWARD QUESTION.))
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But the governor's press secretary says it is a moot question.
She says the budget process doesn't work that way.
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((ELLEN QUALLS/PRESS SECRETARY: HE'S MADE HIS PRIORITIES KNOWN. HE'S CRITIQUED THE HOUSE BUDGET AND THE REVENUES IT RELIES ON. HE SAID THE SENATE PLAN IS VERY AGGRESSIVE. NOW IT IS UP TO THEM TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION.))
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House and Senate leaders are speeding up the budget negotiations, hoping to complete their work by March 13th.
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[8-6-Cow-Update]


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The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says it needs more evidence to pursue a string of livestock shootings.
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One of eight pregnant cows owned by Larry and Sandra Hollandsworth was shot to death on their Riner-area property last October. Another pregnant cow, named Blaze, was shot but survived. The Hollandsworths say Blaze's wounds healed, and she gave birth to a healthy heifer yesterday. They've named her Miracle. In all, six head of livestock were shot in Riner last October.
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The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says it has developed some suspects, but does NOT have enough evidence to press charges. The case is classified as "inactive".

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If the H-and-C Coffee sign has ever held a special place in your heart, some say now's the time to show it.
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The downtown Roanoke landmark has long been the focus of a renovation campaign but the official fundraising will begin today. In November, Roanoke City Council approved an ordinance for Downtown Roanoke, Inc. to move the sign from the top of Billy's Ritz to the Shenandoah Hotel nearby. The sign needs extensive repairs before it can be relit. Organizers estimate they'll need 170-thousand dollars to restore and relocate the sign and create an endowment fund to keep it working.
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