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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich in for Kimberly McBroom.
Patchy fog will give way to sunshine in the afternoon with a slight chance of a shower.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your Mid-week forecast in just a bit.

But first we have one school announcement to pass along to you this morning.
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Seneca Trail Christian Academy is on a 2 hour delay because of a water problems.
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Crime is a major problem in one Northwest Roanoke neighborhood, and residents say they're fed up.
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They say the problem is especially bad on Hanover Avenue near Lucy Addison Middle School where drug dealing and drive by shootings are quite common.
Last night, a group of area churches organized a meeting so residents could voice their frustrations and ask for help.
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((RAY HIGGINS/FAITH WORKS IN ROANOKE VALLEY: THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN IN ROANOKE. IT HAS NO NAME. NO ONE KNOW WHERE IT'S AT. THERE IS JUST TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SUFFERING HERE.)) ((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: THINGS DON'T GO BAD IN A DAY AND THEY DON'T CLEAR UP IN A DAY. IT TAKES A COMMITTMENT BOTH FROM THE POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.))
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City leaders promised to repair some of the sidewalks and possibly put up more lighting.
The police department agreed to increase bike patrols in the area.
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An accident on Interstate 81 involving five cars caused minor damage and no injuries.
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But it caused major headaches for drivers.
The southbound lanes of the interstate were blocked near the "Roanoke-Montgomery County" line for about an hour and a half.
Traffic finally started moving about last night.
State police say a car hydroplaned and skidded off the highway. That led to a chain-reaction crash that damaged three tractor trailers and another car.
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Roanoke Police say drivers trying to avoid the traffic jam on I-81 caused another accident on West Main Street that sent two cars into a house.
Officers say the driver of the van pulled out in front of the SUV and both vehicles ended up in the yard of a home.
No one was injured.
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A North Carolina man is behind bars in Henry County after allegedly running from police in three DIFFERENT vehicles.
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Police say 25-year-old Jason William Doss of Walnut Cove, North Carolina, fled yesterday morning after breaking into Riverside Tire on Route 220 South.
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Deputies chased Doss until he abandoned his vehicle and stole another.
Police say Doss then tried to escape on a stolen four-wheeler, but didn't get far after crashing into a chain link fence on Matrimony Creek Road.
Doss is also the suspect in a number of similar break ins over the past few days.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Today will be partly sunny with temperatures reaching the low to mid 80's.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your Wednesday forecast coming up after the news.

But first we have some school information to pass along to you this morning.
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[take schooltouch fs] Seneca Trail Christian Academy is running 2 hours late because of water problems.

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The Governor says he's closing a loophole, but some Southside legislators say he's shutting down farms and businesses.

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Governor Mark Warner has amended a bill that allows Virginia to receive its full share from the tobacco settlement fund.
He says 25 states have passed similar legislation.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: THOSE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT DOLLARS ARE CRITICAL TO SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA'S FUTURE. I SIMPLY THINK VIRGINIA SHOULD JOIN THE MAJORITY OF STATES WHO WANT MORE OF A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD.))
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Delegate Clark Hogan says Warner's amendment will put the state's independent cigarette manufacturers out of business AND cost Southside Virginia more than 500 jobs.
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((DELEGATE CLARK HOGAN/R-HALIFAX CO.: WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES AS IT STANDS IS SHIP THESE 4-5 HUNDRED JOBS IN RURAL VIRGINIA OFFSHORE. IT WON'T KEEP CHEAP CIGARETTES OFF THE MARKET BUT GUARANTEE THEY'LL BE MADE BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES WITH FOREIGN TOBACCO.))
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Legislators will vote on the change today during the General Assembly's veto session.
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Hundreds of people in Pulaski county are finally getting sewer service.
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240-households in the Rolling Hills, Vista and Orchard Subdivisions are finally getting a sewer line. Many folks in these neighborhoods have been relying on Septic systems that are starting to fail and pollute the environment. The U-S Department of Agriculture is giving the county 1.8 million dollars in loans and grants for the system.
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((NANCY VOROYKA: IT WOULD BE GREAT BECAUSE I'VE HAD TROUBLE WITH MY SEPTIC TANK. I'VE EVEN HAD TO JERK MY RUG UP OUT OF BATHROOM BECAUSE IT WAS RUINED.))
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Supervisors say the new system will not only clean-up the environment, it will also raise property values.
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Roanoke may be considered a small city, but is being recognized as an intriguing mix of "big city" and urban village.
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Roanoke was honored yesterday as one of the nation's most livable communities.
Mayor Ralph Smith traveled to the nation's capital to accept the award from the non-profit group Partners for Livable Communities.
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((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: FROM BIO-MEDICAL TO BACKPACKING, FROM DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, TO TROUT-FISHING, ROANOKE IS TRULY A FANTASTIC CITY.))
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Roanoke was actually one of five small cities in the nation honored.

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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich filling in for Kimberly McBroom.
Patchy fog this morning will turn into partly sunny skies with temperatures in the low to mid 80's and a slight chance of an afternoon shower.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your weekend outlook in a few moments.

But first we have one school announcement to pass along to you.
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Seneca Trail Christian Academy is on a 2 hour delay today because of water problems.
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Virginia's General Assembly will meet today for its annual veto session. Usually lawmakers would return to Richmond to consider bills either altered or vetoed by the governor. However this year, the veto session has been put on hold until a budget agreement has been made. Yesterday, Senate G-O-P leaders showed a draft tax plan to several House Republicans whose votes are crucial to the passage of the bill in the house. Sources say the informal Senate plan has the support of Senate Democrats. The plan contains a freeze on the car tax to localities as well as some of the original 972 million dollar House tax plan.

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Tax increases are coming to Montgomery County, but the question remains--how much? The board is looking at four real estate tax hike options including a five cent increase which would create a 450-thousand dollar budget surplus. A four cent hike would roughly balance the budget. The board will vote on Monday.

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Smoking cigarettes just got pricer in Pulaski.
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The town is considering raising the cigarette tax to 15 cents a pack which is a five cent increase. Radford is also looking at a similar tax. Town Managers say the increases may not be necessary, it just depends on what Richmond finally does with its budget.


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Budget issues are among the concerns for some residents in Franklin County.
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Dozens of residents are expected to attend a public hearing tonight over the county's 118-million dollar proposed budget, which includes a 30-percent increase on its real estate tax. Officials say the county's overall assessment value nearly doubled over the past four years, and as a result, drove the tax rate up as well.
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((VINCENT COPENHAVER/FRANKLCERTAINLY THE HUGE DEVELOPMENT THAT WE'VE EXPERIENCED DOWN AT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE THAT HAS REALLY IMPACTED OUR COUNTY, THE GROWTH DOWN IN THE LAKE AREA, OF COURSE AS YOU KNOW WE SEE SIGNS OF DEVELOPMENT EVERYDAY IN THAT AREA.))
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The board will vote on the proposed budget next week.
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