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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
The snow showers will be gradually tapering off today.
Now, let's over to Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner in the weather center.






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Blacksburg town council has approved a controversial plan to build a new sewer system.
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In a standing room only crowd last night, more than fifty people showed up to speak for and against the project.
The town wants to extend sewer service to the Tom Creek Basin.
Town council decided to approve a bond issue to pay for an estimated a 11-million dollar conventional, gravity fed sewer.
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((BILL McDONALD/SUPPORTS SEWER SYSTEM: THIS SEWER SYSTEM.....OUR QUALITY.)) ((LUCY GOLDBERG/OPPOSES SEWER PROJECT: CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PROJECT, ......INCREASE EROSION AND FLOODING.))
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After nearly three hours of debate, the town council voted as expected 4 to 3 to approve the bond.
Opponents say they'll now take their fight to the ballot box.
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Three council members are up for re-election in May and several candidates plan to make the sewer project a central issue.
Work on the new sewer system is expected to begin this spring.


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A Pittsylvania County plant is under investigation after a gas leak.
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Just after six o-clock yesterday morning, Cook Composites and Polymers in Chatham experienced a shutdown and gas was released into the air. The company makes polyester resin which goes into bathtubs, vanities and boats. No one was injured, but four-area schools shut down after students and teachers complained of watery eyes and coughing. A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Quality says historically the plant has had some problems, but most were before the current owners came on board. But, just last week there was a small release and local emergency crews were called in.
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Fire officials say a faulty heater started a fire inside a mobile classroom unit at Mount Pleasant Elementary early yesterday morning. A teacher's aid had just arrived for work when she spotted heavy smoke and flames. Firefighters were able to put the blaze out quickly, and there were NO students at the school at the time.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Still snowing in some parts of the viewing area, and that's affecting a lot of school systems.
We're running those at the top of your screen.

Now, let's check in for a winter weather update with Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner.[55-11XGR]


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Both state Senate and House negotiators broke off budget discussions last night.
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Conferees were unable to make their deadline of midnight last night to finish work on a compromise budget -- a mark missed more often than not in recent years.
They remain sharply divided on increased taxes.
Roanoke Delegate William Fralin says the governor needs to get move involved and help bring the two sides together.

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((DEL. WILLIAM FRALIN/R-ROANOKE: I CALL ON THE GOVERNOR NOW TO SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS FOR US TO LEAVE ON SATURDAY WITHOUT A BUDGET AND PUT OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN TURMOIL.))
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Governor Warner says he has been involved.
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Warner says there is still sufficient time to agree to a budget.
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Dish Network and Viacom are still at odds on programming fees, and last night some viewers of the satellite service paid the price.
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Yesterday Dish Network pulled the plug on more than a dozen Viacom channels including MTV, VH-1, B-E-T and Nickelodeon.
The networks were replaced with a message, criticizing what Dish Network describes as Viacom's "unreasonable demands."
Local service providers hope the dispute is resolved quickly.
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((MATT WHITCOMB: AS WE GO FORTH AND TRY TO COMPETE WITH CABLE, NATURALLY THIS IS NOT A POSITIVE THING FOR US, BUT IT WILL WORK OUT. AND IF IT SAVES THE CUSTOMERS A COUPLE OF BUCKS ON THEIR MONTHLY BILL, THEN MAYBE IT WILL BE WORTHWHILE.))

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CBS- owned stations in 16 major cities were also dropped from the Dish Network line-up yesterday, but the dispute should not affect the availability of WDBJ-7 on the satellite service.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Snow is falling across the region, but it shouldn't last too much longer.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner joins us now with the mid- week forecast.




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Lynchburg City Council have some tough decisions ahead of them.
The 2005 budget is facing a 17 million dollar shortfall and in order to fill it, city council can either raise taxes or cut services...or maybe both. Steve Smallshaw reports.
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A conflict of interest for one council member was temporarily solved last night after a local group took itself out of the running for city funds.
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Joan Foster learned last week that federal guidelines would not allow her to serve on council and stay in her job at the non-profit Alliance for Families and Children.
Last night, the Alliance withdrew its request for 18-thousand-500 dollars in block grant money.
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((TOM PREST/ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN: THE ALLIANCE HAS DETERMINED THAT MRS. FOSTER'S IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN THE LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY IN HER ROLE AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER CURRENTLY OUTWEIGH ANY POTENTIALLY NEGATIVE IMPACT.))
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City council voted to ask HUD for an exception to its ruling.
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