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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly sunny again today, with more isolated thunderstorms possible.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the mid- week forecast, coming up.





[8-11Slate-Hill]


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The Slate Hill property is NOT ready for rezoning according to Roanoke County officials.
Yesterday, County Administrator Elmer Hodge encouraged the supervisors to defer action on the controversial project until changes are made.
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Hodge and members of the board said they believe the project can work, but only if the developer addresses concerns about traffic, erosion and other issues.
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[IN Q=Working through]

((MIKE WRAY/CAVE SPRING SUPERVISOR: WORKING THROUGH GIVING A LITTLE MORE TIME WITH THIS, I'D RATHER SEE IT GIVEN THE TIME, MAKE IT A NICE PROJECT, AND THEN IT WILL BE BETTER ALL THE WAY AROUND.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Wray/Cave Spring Supervisor;]
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[OUT Q=and then it will be better all the way around.]
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Developer Hunter Smith told board members that many of the issues raised at the work session are being addressed.
The supervisors are currently scheduled to consider the petition on May 25th.
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[7-VOBL'burg-Council]


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In order to balance its 141 million dollar budget, the city of Lynchburg is raising taxes.
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City council approved the first reading of a budget that includes hikes in the real estate, personal property, meals and amusement taxes.
Not everyone agreed that those increases were necessary.
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((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME VOTING FOR A BUDGET WHERE WE IN THIS PAST YEAR GAVE AWAY ONE-POINT-TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO A NON-PROFIT AND ALSO STILL FUNDING BUSES RUNNING AT NIGHT-TIME FOR 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH NO PASSENGERS ON THEM.)) ((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: YOU SIT THERE EVERY YEAR AND VOTE AGAINST THE BUDGET, BUT YOU NEVER, HARDLY EVER COME UP WITH SUGGESTIONS HOW TO CUT EXPENDITURES.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/Lynchburg Council Member; :16]
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[OUT Q=how to cut expenditures.]
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Council also heard requests from the city's 9-1-1 dispatchers and firefighters who want the same kind of pay raise Lynchburg police got last winter.
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[7-11Vick]


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Three Virginia Tech football players will be in court on Friday after the judge denied the prosecution's request for a continuance. The Commonwealth's attorney handling the case says he needs more time to review cell phone records and talk with lawyers representing the three underage girls. The girls reported drinking alcohol in Marcus Vick's apartment.
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The Tech quarterback along with Brenden Hill and Mike Imoh are charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.
In addition, Vick who was 19 at the time, is accused of having sex with a 15 year old girl.
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A full case load yesterday prevented the judge from saying WHY he declined to give the prosecutor more time to prepare.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Isolated shower and storms, with highs in the lower 80s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the extended outlook, coming up.

[55-VOBStudent-Court]


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One Roanoke school is finding a new way to administer justice.
And you may be surprised to hear who is sitting on the jury.
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Patrick Henry High School is the first in Virginia to offer youth court.
It is an intervention program where students serve as jurors to hear cases of fellow students who have committed minor offenses.
The five member panel then comes up with an appropiate punishment.
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((TAMRA HASH/PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR: YOU WANT A PUNISHMENT THAT IS GOING TO MAKE THEM THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY DID AND A PUNISHMENT THAT IS GOING TO MAKE THEM REALIZE WHAT THEY DID IS WRONG.))
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[OUT Q=what they did is wrong]
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By taking part in youth court, an offender avoids suspension but must admit guilt.
Punishments can include restitution, community service, or counseling.
Parents must agree to youth court and are encouraged to attend the proceedings.
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[55-11Gas-Prices]


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Some business owners are feeling the pinch in their pockets as gasoline prices continue to climb.
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David Hodges has owned a Roanoke Valley landscaping business for 17-years and says, during that time his biggest enemies, have been drought and the cost of fuel. In the past ten days, the price has risen ten cents. Hodges is now paying about 100 dollars a week to keep his two trucks and handful of mowers running.
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((DAVID HODGES/LANDSCAPER: I THINK THAT IT'S KINDA STRANGE THAT GAS PRICES CAN BE AT A CERTAIN LEVEL AND THEN SPIKE THIS HIGH ALL OF A SUDDEN.)) ((HODGES: BASICALLY, I MEAN IF YOU CAN'T MAKE MONEY IN THIS BUSINESS YOU DON'T NEED TO BE DOING IT.))
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[OUT Q=you don't need to be doing it.]
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The fuel industry blames the price hike on supply and demand, an increase in the price of crude oil and fuel regulations that become tighter during the warmer months. Some relief is expected by fall. Hodges says that's too late, that he plans to quit landscaping and go back to school.
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[55-11Workforce]


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A Franklin County woman will finally get her diploma, 60 years after she says she let "boys" get in the way of her finishing school.
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78-year-old Nellie Kirk was about to start her senior year of high school in 1943, when she dropped out. She says she wanted to get married, rather than finish school. Now, through a workforce training program, Kirk will get her diploma and says this time, nothing's going to stop her.

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((NELLIE KIRK: AND WHEN MY MONEY RAN OUT I SAYS I'M GONE GRADUATE IF I HAVE TO BEG, BURN, STEAL GAS TO GET THERE ... AND KEEPS GOING UP I'LL HAVE TO BEG AND STEAL 39))
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Kirk's birthday is May 31st, so she'll actually be 79 when she graduates. On top of that, she was also chosen as this year's speaker for the ceremony.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Hot and humid again today, with isolated showers and storms.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your full forecast, after the news.




[7-VOBB'burg-Sewer]


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It was over before it began.
The Blacksburg Town Council has decided to stop construction on the controversial Tom's Creek Sewer Project.
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To the quiet glee of those who opposed the project, Blacksburg's plan for a 12 mile sewer line along the Tom's Creek Basin was stopped in its tracks.
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[IN Q=I'm delighted...]

((JANE GOETTE: I'M DELIGHTED AND I'M NOT SURPRISED. I THINK I EXPECTED COUNCIL TO HONOR THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AS WAS SHOWN QUITE DRAMATICALLY IN LAST WEEK'S ELECTION AND THEY'VE DONE THAT. ))
[SUPER=01-Jane Goette/Blacksburg Resident]
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[OUT Q=...done that.]
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In last week's election, record voter turnout ousted two incumbents in favor of three candidates who were against the project. Last night city council halted the process in order to go back and weigh all of its options. And that's exactly what new council members want to do.
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[IN Q=So we're going...]

((PAUL LANCASTER: SO WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THE OPTIONS AGAIN. IT SOUNDS REDUNDANT BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THIS FOR SO LONG. BUT IT'S A NEW COUNCIL, ITS TIME TO TAKE A NEW LOOK.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Lancaster/Blackburg Council Member-Elect]
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[OUT Q=...a new look.]
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The new council takes office on July first.
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[8-11Bus-Accident]


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A school bus accident yesterday ends with a Salem man being charged with reckless driving.
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39-year-old Thomas Hicks usually works at the Roanoke County School's transportation department, but yesterday morning he was filling in, DRIVING a bus. Police say Hicks cut a corner too close, pinning a car between a utility pole and the bus off Tinker Avenue in Vinton.
No one was injured in the accident, but Hicks was charged with reckless driving. School officials say Hicks will continue to work with the school system. They say he is certified to drive a bus and has a clean record.
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[8-6-Global-Contact]


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A new call center and hundreds of new jobs are heading to Pulaski.
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Global Contact Services says Pulaski County was able to provide an attractive as well as easily accessible location for a new center.
The company has invested more than one million dollars into the new facility.
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((MICHAEL SCHEWEL/VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF COMMERCE & TRADE; I THINK IT WAS GOOD EFFORTS ON THE PART OF THE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS WHO WENT OUT AND REALLY MADE THESE PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME AND WORKED HARD TO PROVIDE THIS ATTRACTIVE LOCATION FOR THEM WHERE THEY COULD GET UP AND RUNNING VERY QUICKLY.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Schewel/Virginia Secretary of Commerce & Trade]
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Local officials say they are excited about the new industry and looking forward to future growth.
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[8-11Airport]


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Roanoke officials are considering traffic improvements that could bring better access to the airport and nearby shopping areas.
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Planners recently outlined the proposal for members of city council. It would extend two- way traffic on Towne Square Boulevard to Airport Drive.
A new traffic signal and upgraded intersection would funnel traffic into the airport and onto Thirlane Road.
The project will cost approximately one million dollars, but city officials hope that businesses in the area will contribute to the improvements. (------------)