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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Partly cloudy today with milder highs in the mid 50s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete forecast, coming up. In other news, State Police say Route 460 at the Bedford - Campbell County line is closed because of an accident. There's a report of a garbage truck that has crashed and it is burning. Both sides of the road are closed. Motorists should take an alternate route.

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City Council member Linda Wyatt is trying on a new hat for the city of Roanoke.
She is among the candidates who hope to win a seat on the city school board.
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Ten people have applied for two seats on the board. City Council will make the appointments.
The list includes Dennis Binns, Chris Craft, Robert Craig, David Dabay, Roddy Hiduskey, Glenda Lee, incumbent Alvin Nash, the Reverend Samuel Robinson, Linda Wright, and Linda Wyatt.
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Ruth Willson says she is looking forward to pursuing other interests, and will not seek reappointment after two terms on the board.

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Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham may be in the hot seat in the star city, but a national magazine has named her one of its top 25 "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers."
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Burcham joins New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Los Angeles Police chief William Bratton and Virginia Governor Mark Warner on the list created by Government Technology Magazine.
The magazine says Burcham "played a key role in making Roanoke one of the nation's most tech-savvy cities."
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[7-11Clower-bill]


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Lawmakers voted down a bill that would give public officials who steal from the taxpayers longer jail terms.
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The legislation was inspired by the case of former Henry County official, Sid Clower.
The bill would require one year of jail time for every 50-thousand dollars stolen from the public.
Clower spent fourteen months behind bars for embezzling 850-thousand dollars.
But under this legislation, he would have been received a sentence of 17 years in jail.
Opponents of the measure argued that penalty is too harsh.
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But Henry County Delegate Ward Armstrong says it is justified.
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((DELEGATE WARD ARMSTRONG/D-MARTINSVILLE: IT'S ALWAYS WRONG TO STEAL BUT I THINK ITS MORE WRONG TO VIOLATE THE PUBLIC TRUST AND STEAL FROM ALL OF THE TAXPAYERS.))
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Clower recently pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud and filing false income tax returns.
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[7-6-County-Tour]


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Roanoke County officials hit the road yesterday to take a closer look at a pending development and citizen concerns.
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The group included members of the county staff, the board of supervisors and planning commission.
The bus tour took them to sites where development is raising concerns about traffic, steep slopes, erosion, and drainage.
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[IN Q=Everything up here was just bare]

((MIKE ALTIZER/VINTON SUPERVISOR; EVERYTHING UP HERE WAS JUST BARE LIKE THE FRONT YARD, SO IT WAS JUST ROLLING COMING DOWN HERE AND THEN HITTING A PIPE AND GOING UNDER THE ROAD.))
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[OUT Q=and going under the road.]
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County officials were planning to spend four hours on the road and visit at least seven different locations.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Starting off rather chilly, but temperatures will rebound into the upper 50s by this afternoon making it feel more spring-like.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the Thursday outlook, coming up.

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State Police say Eastbound Route 460 at the Bedford - Campbell County line is closed because of an accident.
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[Take map full screen] Authorities say a garbage truck crashed, and caught fire earlier this morning. Both sides of the road were closed for a while, but the westbound lanes have re- opened.
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Motorists traveling in that direction should expect some delays.[55-6-School-Board]


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Incumbant Linda Wyatt is joining a long list of candidates hoping to win a seat on the Roanoke City School Board.
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Ten people have applied for two seats on the board. City Council will make the appointments.
The list includes Dennis Binns, Chris Craft, Robert Craig, David Dabay, Roddy Hiduskey, Glenda Lee, incumbent Alvin Nash, the Reverend Samuel Robinson, Linda Wright, and Linda Wyatt.
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Ruth Willson says she is looking forward to pursuing other interests, and will not seek reappointment after two terms on the board.

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Help in taking a "bite" out of crime could soon be on the way for officers in Botetourt County.
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That's the word from Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle, who has asked for another officer in his current budget. Right now, the department has two officers in its animal control division, but these officers have to cover nearly 550-square miles, which makes their job tough.
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((DAVID HORTON, BOTETOURT ANIMAL CONTROL: AVERAGES ANYWHERE FROM 10-12 CALLS A DAY, THAT'S ON ONE SHIFT, AT NIGHT, IT AVERAGES A LITTLE SLOWER HERE AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. SUMMERTIME PICKS UP 'CAUSE PEOPLE ARE OUT..))
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The county administrator and the budget committee ARE recommending Sprinkle's budget for approval. A final budget decision is expected at the end of April.
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The small town of Altavista will turn into a ghost town tonight as many of its residents pack up and head to the capital.
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Many residents are expected to head to Richmond to cheer on the Colonels boys and girls basketball teams.
Each is playing in a semi-final game in hopes of nabbing a Single A hoops title.
Officials say the teams' success has generated a lot of excitement both in school and around town.
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((CLAY STANLEY/ALTAVISTA HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: KIDS HAVE PUT SIGNS ALL OVER THE BUILDING SAYING GOOD LUCK TO OUR TEAMS, YOU KNOW WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS, THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN RECEIVING LETTERS FROM THE COMMUNITY THANKING THEM FOR THE GOOD WILL THAT THEIR SUCCESS HAS CREATED, AND IT'S JUST BEEN.. IT'S A LOT OF FUN.))
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Stanley says they've already filled one charter bus for fans to make the trip today.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Waking up to chilly temperatures in the 20s and 30s this morning, with highs in the upper 50s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the forecast, coming up.





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State Police say one lane of Eastbound Route 460 at the Bedford - Campbell County line is closed because of an accident.
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Authorities say a tractor- trailer loaded with garbage crashed, and caught fire earlier this morning.
No one was injured. Both sides of the road were closed for a while, but the westbound lanes have re- opened, and ONE eastbound lane is also open.
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The House's top budget negotiator says he doesn't think lawmakers will be going home Saturday as planned.
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Appropriations Chairman Vince Callahan says the budget conferees are still "miles apart."
Callahan say they will have a hard time meeting their constitutional deadline which is just days away.
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((CHAIRMAN VINCE CALLAHAN/BUDGET CONFEREE: I'M NOT SATISFIED AT ALL I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD BE FARTHER ALONG BUT THE SENATE IS STONEWALLING AND THEY REFUSE TO COME WHICH ARE NOT GOING TO FLY. ))
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Senate conferees say little progress has been made.
But they say they remain committed to finding additional funding for the state's core responsibilities.
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((SENATOR WILLIAM WAMPLER/BUDGET CONFEREE: I HOPE THAT WE CAN FIND THAT COMMON GROUND WITH THE OTHER BODY WE WILL PUT EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE AS WE HAVE IN THE PAST BUT WE WILL NOT BRING A BUDGET BACK THAT TURNS OUR BACKS ON THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE IN VIRGINIA.))
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Negotiations continued last night.
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And both sides remain divided.
House budget negotiators flatly rejected the Senate's plans for boosting the sales and income taxes.
Meanwhile, Senate negotiators dismissed the House's tax strategy as impossibly low and based on untested data.




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Closer to home, local cultural organizations are finding ways to make up for what's shaping up to be another year without state funding.
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The Art Museum is implementing new ideas like Art Venture for kids, including a twice monthly reading program, to increase interest. The Executive Director says she has to be creative rather than count on lawmakers for money.
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((GEORGANNE BINGHAM/ART MUSEUM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ART MUSEUMS IS THAT PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO REALIZE THERE'S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO LOOK AT ART AND THAT ART MUSEUMS AREN'T NECESSARILY STUFFY, QUIET PLACES THAT PEOPLE GO TO LOOK AT ART. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO APPRECIATE ART.))
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The Art Museum is also celebrating a gift of Pierre Daura's (DOOR-ahz) work. The painter, who studied under Picasso's father, married a Virginian and taught at Lynchburg College and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Many of the 30-featured pieces are landscapes of Rockbridge Baths.
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