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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
A good chance of scattered showers and storms today with highs in the upper 80s.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your mid- week forecast, right after the news.





[7-Roanoke-Fire]


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Fire crews are still on the scene of a house fire on Stewart Avenue in Southeast Roanoke this morning.
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They've been there for a few hours now. Firefighters searched inside until conditions became so bad they had to pull out.
They then concentrated their efforts on keeping the fire from spreading to adjacent homes. Two neighbors were evacuated, and are staying at a Red Cross shelter. Power to several homes on the block has been cut off while crews work on the blaze. Officials think no one was home when the fire broke out, but will continue their interior search when it is safe.
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[7-11581-Bridge]


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Crews will be inspecting a bridge on Interstate 581 this morning, after pieces of concrete fell onto Williamson Road yesterday.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Engineers from the Virginia Department of Transportation inspected the bridge, while crews worked to remove any other loose pieces of concrete yesterday.
No one was injured by falling debris, but the incident blocked two lanes of traffic on Williamson Road.
Crews will resume their work under the bridge at 9:30.
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[7-11Wythe-Abuse]


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Wythe County social services says it had NO legal right to stop a woman from leaving a nursing home. The woman later died from what authorities are calling neglect.
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[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./Last Week;]

65 year old Esther Crigger arrived home on a Saturday and was found dead on the following Tuesday. Deputies say her respirator was unplugged and her diaper had never been changed. They say, when she was found, her dogs had partially eaten her left arm. Her husband and two sons are all charged with felony abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.
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Wythe County's Social services director says his agency was aware Crigger was released from Asbury Place Nursing home.
He says it was her decision and unless a judge ruled she was mentally incompetent there was nothing the state could do.

[7-11Alleghany-Vandalism]


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Police in Alleghany County continue to search for a coveted high school football trophy.
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[SUPER=04-September 12, 1997]

The "Brackman Cup" is awarded each year to the winner of the Alleghany-Covington game.
[SUPER=03-Low Moor]

Deputies say the cup was taken last week when several Alleghany teens vandalized their own school. While, the trophy costs about 50-dollars, it's a prized possession the community wants back.
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[IN Q=Can it be replaced?]

((DALE MUTERSPAUGH/ALLEGHANY COUNTY SHERIFF: CAN IT BE REPLACED? YES, BUT I WOULD IMAGINE -AND I THINK I SPEAK FOR THE STUDENT BODY AND THE PUBLIC -THAT WE'D LIKE TO HAVE THE REAL THING BACK. IT MAY HAVE A SCRATCH OR TWO, BUT WE'D STILL LIKE TO RECOVER IT.))
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[OUT Q=... recover it.]
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Meanwhile, crews continue to clean up the mess. Backboards were broken in the gym, t-v's in classrooms and fire extinguishers were discharged throughout the building.
Damage is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.
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[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Partly cloudy today, with scattered showers and storms a good bet.
But the next few days look drier.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the extended outlook, coming up.

[55-Roanoke-Fire]


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A house on Stewart Avenue in Southeast Roanoke caught fire early this morning.
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Crews have been on the scene for several hours now. The blaze is under control, but firefighters are trying to keep it from spreading to adjacent homes. Two neighbors were evacuated, and are staying at a Red Cross shelter. Power to several homes on the block has been cut off while crews work on the blaze. Officials think the man who lives there is out of town, but will continue their interior search when it is safe.
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[55-VOBFiddlefest]


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Organizers have done a lot of fine tuning for the second annual Fiddlefest.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Summer]


In it's first year, the week long festival attracted fewer than ten thousand people and as a result lost more than 50-thousand dollars.
One big change this time around is the fact Fiddlefest is now entirely held on the campus of Hollins University.
Organizers are hopeful this year's event will be a hit.
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((MIKE CONNER/FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE I THINK PEOPLE HAVE JUST BECOME FAMILIAR WITH FIDDLEFEST. THEY KNOW WHERE IT IS NOW THEY KNOW IT IS GOING TO BE ONE PLACE. TICKET SALES ARE ABOUT TRIPLE, ADVANCE TICKET SALES ARE ABOUT TRIPLE WHAT THEY WERE THIS TIME LAST YEAR.))
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Fiddlefest has also been consolidated from six days to three and tickets prices have been reduced.
The festival which highlights traditional string music gets underway a week from Thursday.
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[55-11Zoo-Curator]


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The curator of Mill Mountain Zoo is leaving for another job.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Dave Wood has been top dog at the Roanoke attraction for more than four years. But next month he'll leave the Star City to take over the curator position at Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge.

The park will also hire his wife, Laurie. Wood says the opportunity to work together was too sweet to ignore.
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((DAVE WOOD/CURATOR, MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE, NEVER EVEN LOOKED AT JOB POSTINGS. THIS JUST FELL IN OUR LAPS AND WAS SOMETHING WE FELT WE NEEDED TO DO.))
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Wood says he's most proud of acquiring Bo the Wolverine and Lian (LEE-inn), the Szechuan Takin (TOCK-inn), a relative of oxen and mountain goats.
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[55-6Methadone-Clinic]


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The company opening a conroversial methadone clinic in Roanoke says it will be open in three months or less.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


CRC Health Corporation is moving forward with plans for the facility on Hershberger Road.
Yesterday, the president said the company has slowed down the process because it wants "the opportunity to meet with local groups and develop working relationships."
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Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and residents of the neighborhood continue to oppose the project.

[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
The heat is on for one more day, before milder temperatures arrive.
We could also see some scattered showers and storms today.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast, coming up.





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Officials have confirmed that no one was home when a house in Southeast Roanoke caught fire this morning.
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Crews responded to the fire on Stewart Avenue around 3:40 this morning and are still on the scene. They searched the interior until the flames got too hot and forced them out. The blaze is under control, but firefighters are trying to keep it from spreading to adjacent homes. Two neighbors were evacuated, and are staying at a Red Cross shelter. Power to several homes on the block has been cut off while crews work on the blaze.
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[8-6L'burg-Council]


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Finding ways to get around downtown Lynchburg dominated much of city council's work session yesterday afternoon.
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Council approved spending more than 160-thousand dollars on a pedestrian bridge that would connect two sections of the Blackwater Creek bike and hiking trail.
It also will provide another way for tourists to walk from the Amazement Square children's museum to the Point of Honor historical site.
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[IN Q=So this bridge]

((TOM LEDFORD/LYNCHBURG MUSEUMS DIRECTOR: SO THIS BRIDGE, EVEN THOUGH IT IS A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, WILL BECOME A VERY IMPORTANT ACCESS POINT. POINT OF HONOR AS AN OPEN-EVERY-DAY MUSEUM WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING MORE CLOSELY WITH AMAZEMENT SQUARE WITH SHARED PROGRAMS.))
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Council also will spend 15-thousand dollars to study converting Main and Church Streets to two-way traffic.
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[8-11XGR]


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Virginia lawmakers are finally done at the state capitol this year.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The General Assembly overwhelmingly voted yesterday to correct a blunder with the state's day of rest law.
The mistake allowed weekend workers to ask for Saturdays or Sundays off.
That was a potential problem for factories, stores and restaurants in the state.
Despite having to return for a second special session this year, House leaders say they're not ashamed.
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[IN Q=AS A PART-TIME LEGISLATURE]

((HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MORGAN GRIFFITH: AS A PART-TIME LEGISLATURE WITH 3000 BILLS IN 60 DAYS WE'RE STILL THE MOST EFFICIENT ASSEMBLY IN THE COUNTRY. EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE WE'RE GOING TO MISS ONE. HOUSE SPEAKER BILL HOWELL: I CAN UNDERSTAND THE PUBLIC BEING A LITTLE CONCERNED BUT I THINK THE BIGGER ISSUE IS THERE WAS A MISTAKE AND WE CORRECTED IN A VERY WITH LITTLE COST OR EXPENSE TO ANYBODY AND TOOK CARE OF THE PROBLEM.))
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[OUT Q=AND TOOK CARE OF THE PROBLEM.]
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The changes to the day of rest law took effect immediately when Governor Warner signed the corrected bill into law.
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[8-6Merchant's-Tax]


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One of Montgomery County's auto dealers says he will NOT AVOID the next assessment of the county's controversial merchant's tax.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]

David Hagan of the Shelor Motor Mile told New 7 yesterday that his cars will stay put January first. For several years, dealers have moved their cars to other counties to avoid paying the Capital Merchant's Tax. Monday night the board of supervisors cut the tax in half. Hagan says he thinks the county will actually reap more revenue next year because of the lowered rate. (------------)