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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly cloudy today with a chance of showers.
But temperatures stay on the mild side.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details, coming up.





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A head on crash in Bedford County kills three teenagers and seriously injures three others.
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It happened about 7:45 last night on Route 619.
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State police say the teenage driver of a car ran off the road, overcorrected and hit a jeep Cherokee head-on.

The driver of the car, 17-year old Virginia Dawn Creasy of Goodview, died at the scene.
Two other passengers in her car, 16 year old Barbara Janae Mills of Goodview and and 16 year old Michael A. Williams of Roanoke... also died. Two other passengers were seriously hurt-- 21 year old Timothy Wayne Benge of Goodview and 15 year old Falon L. Worley of Moneta.
The driver of the Jeep, 21 year old Virginia L. Hoover of Goodview was also injured.
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Several of the teenagers were students at students at Staunton River High School.
State troopers say the school is planning to have counselors available today.

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There was another fatal accident yesterday, this one in Giles County. It happened shortly after 6 pm near the West Virginia line. 54 year old Kelly Lee Martin of Christiansburg and two other victims were traveling in a motorhome along Route 219 when it crossed the double line and struck a Nissan Maxima head on. The driver of the car 26 year old Melissa Raye Mann and 6 year old Lexi Thompson Mann of Peterstown West Virginia both died at the scene. Martin and two other victims were transported to the hospital were Martin died. There is no word on the other two victims. Police are not sure at this time who was driving the motorhome and are still investigating.

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Families gathered to say a goodbye to their loved ones as soldiers from the third battalion, 116th infantry were called to active duty.
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42-soldiers left Roanoke yesterday. Family and friends were onhand for support and to wish their soldier off. It was tough on the kids to understand why their "Dads" were leaving, and even tougher for the "Moms" left behind.
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((SGT. DAVID DRAPER, U.S. ARMY: IT'S THE HARDEST THING YOU'LL EVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH, UNTIL YOU DO IT- YOU DON'T KNOW IT. GOD WILLING I'LL COME BACK AND GO FISHING AND HUNTING WITH MY SON. THAT'S THE BEST PART.))
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The men will first head to Northern Virginia to meet up with the rest of their battalion, and then make their way to Fort Bragg for training- before eventually heading to the Middle East.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Throw the umbrella in the car just in case.
Scattered showers are possible, but highs will again climb well into the 60s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your seven day outlook, up next.

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If a hillside project gets the go ahead, one of the busiest intersections in Roanoke could become even more congested.

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It is called the Slate Hill Project and clearing work is already underway.
Developer James Smith wants to build a 35 acre retail and office park on this hillside near the intersection of Routes 419 and 220.
The project was supposed to go to the Planning and Zoning Commission today, but concerns from county leaders will most likely delay a decision.
The main issue? Traffic in the area.
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((JANET SCHEID/CHIEF PLANNER FOR ROANOKE COUNTY: ROUTE 419 AND 220 SOUTH ARE PROBABLY THE TWO MOST PROBLEMATIC ROADS IN ROANOKE COUNTY IN TERMS OF TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC FLOW, AND ACCIDENT RATES AND SO THE DEVELOPER IS UNDERGOING A TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY RIGHT NOW. IT SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN ANOTHER MONTH OR TWO AND BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THAT STUDY WE WILL HAVE A BIT MORE INFORMATION.))
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County leaders also say it is unusual for work to begin on a project before it receives the required rezoning.
The developer admits it is a risk but believes it is necessary to make the property marketable since there is already interest from retailers.
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There are currently no tenants for the project, but developers say they're hoping to create a boutique-like retail village with coffee shops and an organic grocery store.


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The new stadium-amiphitheater project may be on hold, but work will continue on the site for the next few weeks.
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Yesterday, council approved continued excavation, grading and erosion control at the location off Orange Avenue.
City officials say that work is about 98-percent complete and that state law requires the site to be stabilized to handle runoff and prevent erosion.
The work should be finished in about two weeks.
Because of the property's uncertain future, fences and some security lighting will be put up and grass seed planted over the next few months.
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Starting April first rates for Cox Cable are going up.
Limited basic cable is going up 46-cents... basic and standard service is increasing two-dollars and 16-cents.
Cox says digital cable will remain the same, but those customers with premium services will see an increase of more than five percent.
The company says the increases will help maintain the quality of programming and customer service.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Showers possible today, with high temperatures soaring again into the 60s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast, coming up.





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A deadly head on crash in Bedford County kills three teenagers and seriously injures three others.
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It happened about 7:45 last night on Route 619.
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State police say the teenage driver of a car ran off the road, overcorrected and hit a jeep Cherokee head-on.

The driver of the car, 17-year old Virginia Dawn Creasy of Goodview, died at the scene.
Two other passengers in her car, 16 year old Barbara Janae Mills of Goodview and and 16 year old Michael A. Williams of Roanoke... also died. Two other passengers were seriously hurt-- 21 year old Timothy Wayne Benge of Goodview and 15 year old Falon L. Worley of Moneta.
The driver of the Jeep, 21 year old Virginia L. Hoover of Goodview was also injured.
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Several of the teenagers were students at students at Staunton River High School.
State troopers say the school is planning to have counselors available today.

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A fatal accident in Giles County near the West Virginia line killed three people shortly after 6pm yesterday. 54 year old Kelly Lee Martin of Christiansburg and two other victims were traveling in a motor home on Route 219 when it crossed the double line and struck a Nissan Maxima head on. The driver of the car 26 year old Melissa Raye Mann and 6 year old Lexi Thompson Mann of Peterstown, West Virginia both died at the scene. Martin and two other victims were transported to the hospital were Martin later died. There is no word on the other two victims. Police are not sure at this time who was driving the motorhome and are still investigating.

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The state Senate has passed legislation that would allow more parents to home-school their children.
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The bill relaxes the academic qualifications required of parents who teach their children at home.
The bill would allow parents with a high school diploma to home-school their kids.
The law now requires them to have a bachelor's degree.
Proponents say that parents know what's best for their children.
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But opponents say the dumbed-down requirements will harm the children's education.
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Governor Warner opposes the bill, so it is headed for a veto.
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