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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
We'll see more sunshine today with temperatures climbing into the 70s this afternoon.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the seven day outlook, after the news.





[7-11Countess]


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A Roanoke woman convicted of killing her mother was sentenced to more than a decade behind bars.
Cindy Countess will spend 14 years in prison for second degree murder.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/September 29;]


During her trial in September, Countess said she was intoxicated by the prescription drug Paxil when she killed her mother, 82-year-old Edna Dooley.
At her sentencing yesterday, Countess said she was dealing with depression, breast cancer and "caretaker burnout''
and still doesn't remember what happened during the scuffle.
The judge said he would recommend that Countess receive psychiatric care while in prison. He also ordered probation for at least ten years after she gets out.
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[7-11Mayor-Debate]


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The future of Victory Stadium is still fresh in the minds of many voters in Roanoke this year.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


With less than a week before the election, the N-double A-C-P held a candidates forum last night at the Jefferson Center.
Six of the candidates running for city council debated for ninety minutes; the four mayoral candidates an hour.
Among the issues brought up were whether to build or renovate Victory Stadium, school violence, the performance of city manager Darlene Burcham, and race relations in the city.
The election is Tuesday.
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[7-6-Monty-Jail]


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Montgomery County is officially joining the fight for a new regional jail.
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

The decision was sparked by worries about overcrowding at the county's current jail in Christiansburg. County leaders want to avoid having to expand the downtown facility. This week the Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to give County Administrator Clay Goodman permission to discuss the need for a second regional jail with other counties.
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[7-11Smart-Road]


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V-DOT built it four years ago, now Blacksburg's Smart Road is being rated as a "smart" investment.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The two mile road was built four years ago to test out highway and vehicle research projects. Since that time, scientists have done more than 7-thousand hours of research on the road. Currently there are more than 30 experiments underway, ranging from driving in rain, sleet and snow to creating better pavement markings for drivers. Officials say a lot of the research will eventually be used along major highways. They say some of the technology is only three years away.
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[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Our run of pleasant spring weather continues today, with showers re- entering the picture by the weekend.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner explains, coming up.

[55-11Car-Tax]


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As the budget stalemate comes to an end, it is just the beginning of higher taxes and fees for Virginians, especially when it comes to their vehicles.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The Senate and House have agreed to a plan that raises taxes and freezes the phase out of the car tax. The popular phase out started in 1998. The new bill would effectively freeze that by capping payments to local governments to 950-million dollars a year, which could add up for local residents.
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[INQ=Invariably that's the way...]

((NANCY HORN, ROANOKE CO. COMMISSION OF THE REVENUE: INVARIABLY THAT'S THE WAY TAXES WORK, IF WE DON'T GET THE FULL 70-PERCENT, IF THE CAP CHANGES THAT FORMULA WE HAVE TO GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT OUR BUDGET, I'M SURE.))
[SUPER=01-Nancy Horn/Roanoke Co. Commissioner of the Revenue;]
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[OUTQ=... OUR BUDGET, I'M SURE.]
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Meanwhile, local car dealerships don't expect to see any negative effects to their business. Officials there say - people don't think of the car tax or its affects when buying a new vehicle.
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[55-11Burch]


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Roanoke County's Fire Chief is running for office, but you won't see his name on the ballot.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Yesterday, Chief Rick Burch showed off pins and pamphlets declaring his candidacy for the International Fire Chiefs Association. Burch is running for 2nd Vice President, a four year term that would allow him to serve one year as the organization's president. The nearly-one year old campaign trail has taken Burch all over the country.
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[IN Q=Naturally, I want to win...]

((RICK BURCH/ROANOKE CO. FIRE CHIEF: NATURALLY, I WANT TO WIN BUT IF I DON'T I'M NOT A LOSER BECAUSE THE PEOPLE I'VE BEEN ABLE TO MEET, GREAT LEADERS AND JUST ORDINARY PEOPLE, HAS BEEN VERY REMARKABLE, FRIENDS THAT I DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE. IT'S BEEN VERY GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Burch/Roanoke Co. Fire Chief;]
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[OUT Q=It's been very good.]
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The vote-by-mail election is scheduled for May 14th but Burch says it will be July before the results are tallied.
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[55-6-Arts-Council]


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When planning your next trip you may want to consider playing tourist in your own backyard.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

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 local arts and cultural attractions.
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[IN Q=I think one this is we have...]

((SUSAN JENNINGS/ARTS COUNCIL OF THE BLUE RIDGE: I THINK ONE THING IS WE HAVE ALL THE AMENITIES OF A VERY BIG CITY, MUSEUMS, OPERA, THEATER BUT WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE HASSLES OF GETTING TO THOSE EVENTS SO WE'RE REALLY BLESSED TO HAVE AS MUCH AS WE DO. ))
[SUPER=01-Susan Jennings/Arts Council of the Blue Ridge;]
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[OUT Q=we're really blessed to have as much as we do.]
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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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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
It's another day for the sunglasses, with mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast details, coming up.





[8-6-Pitts-Body]


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Human remains found in Pittsylvania County last week belong to a murder victim.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]

The bones were found last Thursday in a wooded patch next to a cattle field, a few hundred yards from Inman Road. The medical examiner confirmed the remains were of a mid-aged white woman, and that she was murdered. But investigators aren't revealing how she died.
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((MAJ. GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.; RIGHT NOW THERE'S SOME EVIDENCE WE'RE LOOKING AT AND THINGS AROUND THE CRIME SCENE, AND UNTIL WE CAN DEVELOP A SUSPECT OR SOME MORE INFORMATION WE'RE GOING TO WITHHOLD ANY CAUSE OF DEATH AT THIS TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Department;]
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[OUT Q=DEATH AT THIS TIME]
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Investigators are also awaiting test results that should give them a better idea of WHEN she died.
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((THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE IS DOING SOME ADDITIONAL TESTING TO TRY TO NARROW DOWN THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT THE REMAINS HAVE BEEN THERE, WE KNOW IT HAD BEEN THERE A COUPLE OF SEASONS, BUT WE'RE NOT SURE EXACTLY HOW LONG THAT IS. THE BONES WERE EXTREMELY WEATHERED.))
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[OUT Q=bones were extremely weathered.]
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Authorities ask anyone with information of the crime, or the woman's identity to call the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office.
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[8-UVA-Football]


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Three UVa football players were arrested early yesterday morning just an hour after another player was shot outside of a dorm.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Season;]

Jamaine Winborne was shot in the leg outside of Hench dorm. His injuries are serious, but not life threatening. Police are currently searching for 23 year old Aaron Joshua Robinson, a UVA student.
He's charged with malicious wounding. The incident indirectly led to the arrest of three other UVA football players, including quarterback Marques Hagans. Hagans and sophomore teammate Brandon Lee are charged with disorderly conduct, while Kenneth Tynes faces a vandalism charge. Police say Tynes threw a chair through a window at the dorm. Officials say the players were part of a large gathering that materialized after the shooting. All three have been released from the Charlottesville-Albermale regional jail on 25-hundred dollar bonds.
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UVa Police Sergeant Melissa Fielding says police were attempting to clear out the crowd, when the three players became unruly and aggressive toward police.
When they refused to leave, they were arrested. All three are scheduled to appear in Albemarle General district court next Tuesday, May 4th at 9 A-M.[8-6-Webb-Layoffs

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A Galax furniture company has announced plans to lay off nearly a quarter of its workforce.
Webb Furniture Enterprises says it will eliminate 151-workers at two of its manufacturing plants in late June. Officials blame the layoffs on competition from cheap Chinese imports.
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[SUPER=03-Galax/July 29;]

Webb Furniture was one of three Galax companies that signed a national anti-dumping petition against China last year.

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.