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Up next on News 7--

Authorities release new information about the human remains discovered last week in Pittsylvania County.
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And, a furniture company announces it will lay off more than 150 workers this summer in Galax.
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Sunshine helps warm temperatures up after a chilly start. Will the sunshine continue? I'll have the details in your hometown forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Workers at a Galax furniture company will soon lose their jobs. Webb Furniture Enterprises announced today it will layoff 151-workers at two of its manufacturing plants in late June.
Officials blame the layoffs on competition from cheap China imports.
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Webb Furniture was one of three Galax companies that signed a national petition last year to stop so-called illegal dumping of China imports. The Department of Commerce is expected to rule on the petition June 17th.
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Webb Furniture employs about 700-people at its four plants.

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Pittsylvania County authorities say the human remains found last week are those of a murder victim.
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The remains of a middle age white female were found near Inman Road in the Cascade community, in an open field a good distance from the highway.
Officials say they have very few clues as to the identity of the woman.
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At this time, police are not releasing the cause of death.
A cash reward is being offered for information that helps solve the case.

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A Montgomery County man is no longer missing.
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Authorities had said 83-year old Ralph Price was last seen at the Cracker Barrel in Christiansburg last night. He'd wandered away from the Wheatland Retirement Community yesterday evening. Late this morning the Montgomery County Seriff's office reported Price had been found and is okay.
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More than 100 people have been killed in fighting between police and teenage militants in Thailand.
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Most of those killed were insurgents--
Authorities say youth gangs armed with little more than machetes stormed police stations and security posts trying to steal weapons.
The government says there have been scores of similar attacks this year.
Thailand's prime minister says the attackers are NOT connected to international terrorists.
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LEO in WX-CENTER

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The state budget impasse ended last night.
The House and Senate have agreed on a tax plan and that means the state could have a budget in a few days. Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has more.
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(( A one-point-four billion dollar tax package that freezes car tax relief passed easily in the Senate but ran into some trouble in the House.
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(( WHOSE MONEY IS THIS DOES THIS MONEY BELONG THAT YOU PROMISED YOU WERE GOING TO GIVE IT BACK TO?)) [RUNS:09]
Despite a heated debate, a majority of delegates voted for the measure which also boosts the state sales tax and the state cigarette tax.
Lynchburg Delegate Preston Bryant Virginians should be happy with the results.
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Governor Warner who initiated the tax debate last fall said he was proud of legislators and happy with the outcome but that it wasn't easy getting there.
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((IT'S BEEN A WILD RIDE.)) [RUNS:02] MM, News 7 Richmond.))

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The Franklin County Board of Supervisors has passed a new budget with a four- to- three vote. After "sharp" debate last night, supervisors voted to set the real estate tax rate at 53-cents, one cent lower than originally proposed. The new rate will be 7-cents *LOWER* than the current rate of 60-cents. The Board also voted NOT to grant Franklin County Speedway owner Whitey Taylor a permit to operate his race- track. Supervisors say Taylor needs to fix the track's erosion problems.
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Three teenagers lose their lives after they become trapped in a cave. We'll have that story after the break,
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and a car crash turns into much more after it ruptures a gas line.
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A fiery accident in Florida last night--
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Flames lit up the sky when a vehicle lost control and collided with a gas line, causing a rupture and an explosion.


Firefighters were helpless, and could only try to contain the blaze while waiting for gas company officials to turn off the line.
It didn't take long for the flames to engulf the vehicle.
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((MEL O'KEEFE/WITNESS: PULLED UP AND THERE WAS NO FIRE. I PARKED AND OPENED UP MY CAR DOOR AND THERE WAS THIS GREAT BIG FLAME. ))
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One person was taken to the hospital, but it's not clear if there were any passengers in the car.
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In Saint Paul, Minnesota, three teenagers are dead and a fourth is fighting for survival after the group became tra

pped inside a cave.
The victims died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Esme (EZ- may) Murphy reports.
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(( One by one, rescuers pulled the victims out. At first firefighters thought four were dead, but paramedics were able to revive one.
Steve Zaccard/St. Paul Fire Marshall "One was not breathing and our medics resuscitated him on the way to the hospital."
Murphy Two firefighters were also taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning. They are expected to make a full recovery, but the rescue was nothing short of heroic. Firefighters going down 500 feet below ground wearing oxygen tanks to survive the lethal levels of carbon monoxide.
Doug Holton St. Paul Fire Chief " It was a very difficult rescue with the Co levels as high as it was. Our rescue lines uh didn't go all the way in, so we had to relay and basically send teams in there, and then relay the victims to a certain point and another team relayed them to a certain point and we finally got them out."
Murphy As news spread of the tragedy, people rushed the scene. Many convinced that their friends and loved ones were among the victims. As this mom wept, Scout Houke explained they feared the worst that their son Greg might be inside.
Scott Houke/Son Missing "He's run away from home and he's gotten into some things in the last few days."
Murphy Houke was later taken by police to try and get more information. This woman feared the worst as she gave the description of her son.

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"Blond, curly hair. Twenty-five years old."
Murphy Moments later, she got the good news. Her son was not inside.

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"Very relieved. Oh very relieved."
Murphy Many who came and watched the grim recovery were teenagers. Many, like Jenny Harthun admitted they and other teens often go to the caves.
Jenny Harthun/Visits Caves " We've been in the caves. We've met people down here that have been in the caves, so we're just like, I don't know, just hoping it's not any of them."
Murphy Jenny's mother can't believe it.
Harthun's mother " I am totally shocked. Um, because I've always warned her not to go into the caves."
Murphy After the last ambulance left and exhausted firefighters ended their recovery efforts, the fire marshall made a public plea.
Steve Zaccard/St. Paul Fire Marshall " You have to stay out of these caves. There..there...you don't know what the air qualities like, you don't know what the train is like, you don't know what the geography's like. You should stay out of these caves. Don't go in them. They're not here to be explored."
Murphy And the park board sealed off the entrance to this cave last night, but dozens of other entrances to dozens of other caves, remain open. And tragically these young people died just a few hundred feet from a warning sign that details how another young person once died in these caves in exactly the same way. In St. Paul, Esme Murphy for CBS News.))

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You've done it in other places, but have you ever played tourist in your *own* community?
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That's the suggestion from the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

The two are joining forces to boost awareness of the importance of tourism and support of arts and cultural attractions.
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((SUSAN JENNINGS/ARTS COUNCIL OF THE BLUE RIDGE: WELL, WE FOUND THAT WE BOTH WANTED TO DO A LOCAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE A TOURIST IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD AND GO TO THE MANY CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS HERE. IF THEY DIDN'T EXIST THERE WOULDN'T BE A WHOLE LOT TO VIIST.))
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The campaign will include a new marketing program made up of colorful posters and postcards. Blue Ridge May Days draws attention to events that will be taking place during the month of May.
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The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has put off a vote on two controversial development projects.
One would be located on Keagy Road and the other is the Slate Hill Project.
Justin McLeod has more.
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If you've driven near the Tanglewood Mall lately, you've probably noticed the changing landscape on this hillside.
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That hillside is known as the Slate Hill Project.
Developer James Smith wants to build a 35 acre office and retail park near the intersection of Routes 419 and 220.


Last month, the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the rezoning request, citing a lack of details.
Some Supervisors feel the same way.
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County leaders have concerns over increased traffic and possible erosion on the hillside.
Rather than reject the project, supervisors decided to delay a vote so the developer can address some of these issues.
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Also willing to compromise is Kahn Development.
They want to build a village style shopping complex on Route 419 near Allstate Insurance but many nearby residents oppose it.
As a result, Kahn asked and Supervisors agreed to send the project back to the Planning and Zoning Commission so the project can be changed.
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((MARY ELLEN GOODLATTE/KAHN DEVELOPMENT'S ATTORNEY: IT'S JUST SHIFTING A LITTLE BIT. IT'S SHIFTING FROM HAVING ITS ORIENTATION NEAR KEAGY ROAD AND TO HAVING ITS ORIENTATION TOWARD 419 BUT THE BASIC CONCEPT IS THE SAME.)) [Runs09]
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION WILL NOW TAKE UP THE KEAGY ROAD PROJECT AT ITS JUNE FIRST MEETING. AS FOR SLATE HILL, SUPERVISORS WILL REVISIT THAT MAY 25TH. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Up next, a leading media company decides it doesn't want to become part of the Magic Kingdom afterall.
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Plus, a record breaking sheep loses his claim to fame for a summer cut.
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Comcast is giving back its keys to the Magic Kingdom--
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The cable T-V giant is withdrawing its bid to merge with the Walt Disney Company.
Comcast made the surprise bid in February, valuing the deal at more than 54- billion dollars.
C-E-O Brian Roberts says Disney management's lack of interest led him to conclude it was time to abandon the merger.
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You could say it was a really BAAAAD hair day for a sheep in New Zealand.
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Shrek, the sheep, received a much-needed haircut today in front of a live studio audience.
He lost nearly 60 POUNDS of wool-- which will be auctioned off for charity.
A world- champion New Zealand sheep shearer did the honors, as Shrek said farewell to his fleece.
Shrek's wool, which is estimated to be enough to make 20 large men's suits, will be sold on the internet to raise money for children's medical charities.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 101 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 29.
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Up next in sports, a Blue Devil is wanting to fly the coop for the NBA.
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And the ODAC's in lacrosse get started today with Washington & Lee taking on Lynchburg.
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The ODAC men's lacrosse tournament begins today.
Top seeded Washington & Lee hosts fourth- seeded Lynchburg at four.
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Second- seeded Roanoke is at home against third- seeded Hampden-Sydney in a must win situation for all.
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Roanoke lost to the Tigers earlier in the season without one of the team's top players in Garrett Yuralian (YUR-rail-in).
He was injured, but now he's back.
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Another player from the Rockbridge Co. Wildcats put on a UVa uniform. Wildcat junior Aaron Clark made a verbal commitment to play for Al Groh yesterday afternoon. Clark is a 6-6, 230 pounder, who played tight end and defensive end this past year for coach Billy Mills in the Valley district. Last year Rockbridge's Jon Kirchner signed with the Cavs.

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Duke star Luol Deng is apparently ready to turn pro.
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The freshman standout is planning to head to the NBA after just one season in college if all goes according to plan. Deng's father says his son is making himself available for the NBA Draft, but will keep his option open of returning to school by not hiring an agent. Aldo Deng also told The News & Observer in Raleigh that his son will attend classes at Duke this summer.
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The only other Duke player to leave after just one season was Corey Maggette in 1999. He was a first round pick.

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The NBA announced its all-rookie team yesterday and two of the first team members are anything but a surprise.
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Lebron James, the NBA's rookie of the year, leads the way as a unanimous pick. This season James won every single Rookie of the Month honor, as well, in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony is also a unanimous pick on the team.
Like Lebron - Carmelo won all six rookie of the month honors in the west.
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Dwayne Wade, Kirk Hinrich (HINE-RICK), and Chris Bosh also made the team in voting done of the league's 29 coaches.
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