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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Showers early today should give way to drier weather by this evening.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the forecast, coming up.



[7-County-Fatal]


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A single vehicle accident in Roanoke County leaves one man dead.
It happened around 11:30 last night on Woodhaven Road near Sequoia Drive. Authorities say 49 year old Michael B. Slaughter, ran off the right side of the road and traveled about 200 feet through a wooded area, struck several trees and came to rest on its roof. Slaughter was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say it does not appear that he was wearing a seat belt.


[7-11DUI-laws]


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Repeat offenders who drink and drive in Virginia will soon face tougher penalities-- including time in jail.
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Governor Warner signed more than two dozen drunk driving bills into law yesterday.
Most crack down on repeat offenders by requiring them to serve mandatory jail time and forfeit their vehicles.
For awhile drunk driving accidents were down in the state, but they're back on the rise.
The 25 new measures make Virginia's drunk-driving penalties among the stiffest in the nation.
Kaye Walsh who lost her only child, Robin, to a drunk driver seven years ago says the new laws should get people's attention.
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((KAYE WALSH: THIS THRILLS ME, THESE NEW LAWS THRILL ME. NOW I'M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN TO SOMEONE ELSE.))
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[OUT Q=DOESN'T HAPEN TO SOMEONE ELSE.]
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Most of the new laws will go into effect July first.
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[7-6-LU-Athlete]


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A Liberty University football player is back in his home state more than a month after being critically injured in a fall from a railroad trestle.
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22-year-old Marlon Roman has been in a coma since he was discovered along the Blackwater Creek walking trail on April 22nd.
Friends of Roman's family here and in California helped raise close to 12-thousand dollars to defray the cost of flying him back to Los Angeles in a specially-equipped jet.
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[IN Q=The family particularly]

((JULIE FLORES/LYNCHBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN: THE FAMILY PARTICULARLY AS THEY WERE LEAVING, THE MOTHER SAID THAT SHE WISHED THAT THERE WAS SOME WAY SHE COULD EXPRESS SOME PUBLIC GRATITUDE FOR ALL THE SUPPORT THEY HAD RECEIVED, BOTH FROM THE HOSPITAL AND THE COMMUNITY AT LIBERTY AND PARTICULARLY THE LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY, THAT COMPLETE STRANGERS REACHED OUT TO HELP THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Flores/Lynchburg General Hospital Chaplain]
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[OUT Q=to help them.]
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Lynchburg General Hospital provided Roman's family with a room to stay during the past month.
Roman had to return home in order for the family's insurance to cover his medical bills.
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[7-6-Roanoke-Ax]


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Police are looking for a witness to a fatal accident in Roanoke yesterday morning.
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20-year old Kristin Monique Hoosier of Roanoke was heading west on Brandon Avenue near Brambleton when her car went off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole. Hoosier was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she died. Police say they'd like to speak to a man who may have been at the accident scene.
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They say he is white, in his fifties, wearing blue work clothes and driving a white company truck with ladder racks.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Turning partly cloudy today, with a few scttered showers and thunderstorms.
But tomorrow looks sunny.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the holiday weekend forecast, coming up.

[55-11Schermerhorn]


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Testimony resumes today in the trial of Dennis Schermerhorn.
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Schermerhorn is charged with the murder of 5-year-old Logan Bowman. Logan's mother, Cynthia Davis testified that Schermerhorn, her boyfriend at the time, refused to allow her to take Logan to the hospital one night after he had burned himself. The next morning Logan was gone. Though he has never been found, he is presumed dead. Defense attorneys attacked Davis' story and pointed out inconsistencies.
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In April, Davis entered a guilty plea to felony murder and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

[55-AM-EPA-Investigation]


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The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing its attention on a Roanoke business.
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Advanced Metal Finishing became the subject of an agency- inquiry several months ago. Yesterday special agents searched the company's business offices on Norfolk Avenue, but aren't saying what led to the investigation or what they found, if anything. Special Agent Susan Helbert says there are a number of circumstances that can lead to an investigation.
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((SUSAN HELBERT/EPA SPECIAL AGENT: WE CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS WHEN THERE HAS BEEN A COMPLAINT OR A TIP FROM VARIOUS SOURCES SUCH AS LOCAL REGULATORY AGENCIES, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS OR CONCERNED CITIZENS.))
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The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for investigating everything from violations of the Clean Air Act to conspiracy and mail fraud. Special Agent Helbert says there's no reason for the public to be alarmed. She says that whatever it is they're investigating does NOT pose a threat to the safety or health of nearby residents.

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A News 7 reporter spoke briefly with someone from Advanced Metal Finishing by phone, but as soon as the reporter identified herself the person hung up.

[55-11Rescue-Mission]


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Hundreds turned out to celebrate the raising of the roof at Roanoke Rescue Mission's newest building.
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As the crowd joined hands around the Lois Johnson Bettis Women and Children's Center, a plane flew overhead, snapping pictures of the occasion.
The 45-thousand square foot facility will offer services often needed in Roanoke.
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((JOY JOHNSON/DIRECTOR OF ROANOKE'S RESCUE MISSION: THE MAIN THING IS A LONG TERM RECOVERY PROGRAM FOR WOMEN WITH CHILDREN WHERE THEY CAN KEEP THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEM AND IT ALSO OFFERS US A CHANCE TO HAVE A RESPITE CARE UNIT SO WHEN HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE TO SICK TO BE IN A GENERAL SHELTER BED, JUST RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, THEY'LL NOW HAVE A PLACE TO BE. SO THIS IS TWO THINGS THAT ROANOKE HASN'T SEEN BEFORE.))
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An estimated four-thousand women in Roanoke have drug or alcohol addictions... 15-hundred of those women have dependent children.
Donations will pay for the center, though the Rescue Mission needs another 300-thousand dollars before the facility opens in August.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
It looks like the wet weather is coming to an end--
Scarttered showeres today, but mostly sunny skies are ahead for your Saturday.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the complete outlook, coming up.





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A man is dead following a single vehicle accident in Roanoke County.
It happened around 11:30 last night on Woodhaven Road near Sequoia Drive. Authorities say 49 year old Michael B. Slaughter, ran off the right side of the road and traveled approximately 200 feet through a wooded area. His vehicle struck several trees and came to rest on its roof. Slaughter was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say it does not appear that he was wearing a seat belt.


[8-11Mower-Death]


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The Botetourt County Commonwealth's Attorney says the man responsible for the death of a four-year old boy will NOT have criminal charges brought against him.
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Orville Reedy was mowing his lawn last month, when his mower stalled and rolled over Justin Simmons.
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Prosecutor Joel Branscom says even though he believes there was negligence in the supervision of Justin, he doesn't believe *that* neglience was criminal. Until News 7 talked to him, Orville Reedy says he had *NO* idea he would *NOT* be prosecuted for Justin's death.
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Reedy says there are "no winners in this case."

[8-6-West-Nile]


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Health officials say they're concerned about the West Nile Virus-- they say the sporadic rain and hot weather we've had is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitos .
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Mosquitos transfer the virus to humans. And health officials say West Nile is expected to be widespread in the state this year.
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((DICK TABB/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH MANAGER; A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE MOSQUITOS ARE ACTUALLY INFECTED WITH THE WEST NILE VIRUS. JUST BEING BITTEN BY ONE MOSQUITO THAT HAPPENS TO HAVE WEST NILE VIRUS DOESN'T MEAN YOU'LL WILL ACTUALLY CONTRACT THE DISEASE ACTUALLY THOSE CHANCES ARE FAIRLY SMALL ))
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To protect yourself: wear long, loose, light colored clothing, use insect repellent and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds around your house.
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Roanoke School officials say they're serious about carrying out the recommendations of a school safety task force.
But one school board member questions whether they've set aside enough money.
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The school board approved a revised budget that added 200- thousand dollars for school safety initiatives.
That's in addition to 300- thousand dollars already allocated for other discipline programs.
Board member Kathy Stockburger fears that won't be enough.
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((KATHY STOCKBURGER: I'M NOT SAYING POSITIVE OUTCOMES ARE DETERMINED SOLELY BY HOW MUCH MONEY WE SPEND, THAT'S NOT IT AT ALL, BUT WE DO NEED TO SPEND A SIGNIFICANT FOUNDATIONAL AMOUNT IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.))
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[OUT Q=in order to make this happen.]
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Stockburger withheld her vote.
Superintendent Wayne Harris said he believes funding approved yesterday is "a great beginning." (------------)