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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Temperatures will be on the hot side again, with highs nearing 90.
Showers are possible today, but more likely tomorrow.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast, coming up.





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Fire crews in Radford are working a fire where people may be trapped. The second and third floors of an apartment building in the 700 block of Downey Street are ablaze now. The fire chief says there were reports that people were trapped inside -- there's no word on if they got out. We do have a crew on the way and we'll pass along more information as soon as we get it.


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Some educators think Virginia is dragging its feet when it comes to the S-O-Ls.
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Last year was the first time high school seniors had to pass the Standards of Learning in order to graduate.
Even though a new school year is about to begin, we still don't know how well seniors did last year.
One S-O-L critic says there's a reason why.
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((MICKEY VANDERWERKER/SOL CRITIC: I THINK THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE THAT BOTTOM LINE THE NUMBER OF KIDS WHO GRADUATED AND GOT DIPLOMAS. I THINK THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE THAT LOOK AS GOOD AS THEY CAN.))
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That's because many seniors who failed re-took the test this summer.
School systems still have several more weeks before they have to pass in final numbers to the state.
Preliminary numbers however indicate about six percent of seniors failed the S-O-L's or the required coursework to graduate.
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[7-11Edwards-Visit]


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A visit by Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards has Roanoke Valley Democrats excited.
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Edwards is scheduled to speak at Lucy Addison Aerospace Magnet School later this morning. The doors will open at 10am, and organizers are encouraging people to come early.
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Local Democrats say they are encouraged by Edwards visit, and recent polling that suggests Virginia may become a battleground state after all.
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[IN Q=You look at Colorado]

((ROY MITCHELL/ROANOKE CO. DEMOCRAT; YOU LOOK AT COLORADO FOR EXAMPLE, BUSH WON COLORADO BY 20 POINTS. NOW THEY'VE DECLARED THAT A BATTLEGROUND STATE, SO I THINK VIRGINIA IS QUITE TAKEABLE.))
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[OUT Q=is quite takeable.]
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The Edwards speech is open to the public, but space is limited and tickets are required.
They are available at the Roanoke Valley Democratic office, on the fourth floor of the Tanglewood West Building. The office will be open today from nine until five.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
We could see a few isolated showers and storms today-- otherwise partly cloudy and hot.
Highs in the upper 80s.

Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has more, coming up in the forecast.[55-Radford-Fire]


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Quick response time and hard work saved lives in Radford this morning.
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[TAKE FS RADFORD FIRE MAP E520] Fire crews have put out a blaze at an apartment complex on Downey Street. There WERE people trapped inside, but they are all safe now. The only fatality is a pet dog. The fire started on 2nd and 3rd floors. The 700 block of Downey street is closed, along with part of Jefferson street. News Seven will pass along more information as we get it.
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[55-11L'burg-Police]


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After 200 years of protecting and serving -- the Lynchburg police is celebrating its bicentennial -- and asking for public help.
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The L-P-D was officially formed in January, 1805 when the city received its state charter.
The department wants to raise 45-thousand dollars to put up a monument in front of police headquarters.
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[IN Q=Having a safe]

((CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: HAVING A SAFE AND ORDERLY COMMUNITY IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. AND I THINK FOR PROBABLY PEOPLE EVER SINCE WORLD WAR TWO THAT'S REALLY NOT BEEN SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN TOO MUCH OF A CONCERN AND NOW IT IS. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO DO IS TO NOT ONLY CALL ATTENTION TO WHAT'S GONE ON IN THE PAST BUT ALSO TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE AS WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief]
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[OUT Q=the future as well.]
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Residents can buy personalized bricks to help build the monument.
A time capsule with police memorabilia will also be buried nearby.
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[55-11Sports-Complex]


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When it comes to getting money from the state, Botetourt County has scored a home run.
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The county received a 200 thousand dollar state grant.
The money will help turn these empty acres in Daleville into a four-field baseball and softball complex, similar to Salem's Moyer Complex.
The initial construction is expected to start at the end of the year, and should be complete by next fall- weather permitting.
Botetourt was one of five communities in the state to receive a grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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[55-11Tech-Cadets]


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Virginia Tech is still attracting students who want a life in the military -- despite a war.
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272 people currently make up this year's freshman class in the Corps of Cadets. The young cadets are getting their first look at military life. Earlier this week, they had their heads shaved, and learned how to march. Yesterday they hit the obstacle course. In the last 10 years, Tech's Corps has doubled in size from around 400 to 800 cadets a year. One cadet told us, the war in Iraq is proof we still need a well trained military.
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[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Partly cloudy with isolated showers and storms today.
Look for highs around 90 this afternoon.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your Friday outlook, coming up.





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Quick response time and hard work saved lives in Radford this morning.
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Fire crews have put out a blaze at an apartment complex on Downey Street. There WERE people trapped inside, but they are all safe now. The only fatality is a pet dog. The fire started on 2nd and 3rd floors. The 700 block of Downey street is closed, along with part of Jefferson street. The fire chief says they should know in an hour if residents can move back in.
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[8-11VDOT-PAving]


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V-Dot is getting a bevy of complaints over road construction on a major road in Franklin County.
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Officials say they're forced to take the cheap route -- using tar and gravel, instead of asphalt-- to repair 20-miles of Route 40 in Franklin and Patrick Counties.
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((C. B. REYNOLDS/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; RIGHT NOW WE HOPE WE'VE GOT 225-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SPEND ON THIS KIND OF REPAIR, WE DEFINITELY DON'T HAVE THE MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PAVEMENT. REPORTER: SO IT IS ABOUT THE MONEY? REYNOLDS: IT'S A MONEY ISSUE, YEAH.))
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VDOT says it's getting about 30 complaints about flying stones and dust every day.
Officials say conditions should improve when the work is finished in about two weeks.
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[8-Burrow]


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A pair of pending Supreme Court cases could affect Richard Burrow's second trial. The former D-Day Memorial Director pled "NOT guilty" again yesterday to fraud charges first filed against him in June, 2002. Now, there are two cases challenging federal sentencing guidelines on the docket in Washington this Fall. Burrow's lawyers point out the U-S Supreme Court will hear oral arguments while Burrow's trial is still underway in Charlottesville. Attorney John Lichtenstein says the Supreme Court's ultimate decision could invalidate the Burrow verdict, requiring a THIRD trial.

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A critic of Virginia's S-O-L program thinks the state is trying to manipulate the test results.
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[VO-NAT]
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Last year was the first time high school seniors had to pass the Standards of Learning in order to graduate.
Even though a new school year is about to begin, we still don't know how well seniors did last year.
One S-O-L critic says there's a reason why.
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[SOT 17:49:19]
[IN Q=I think they're]

((MICKEY VANDERWERKER/SOL CRITIC: I THINK THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE THAT BOTTOM LINE THE NUMBER OF KIDS WHO GRADUATED AND GOT DIPLOMAS. I THINK THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE THAT LOOK AS GOOD AS THEY CAN.))
[SUPER=01-Mickey Vanderwerker/SOL Critic;]
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[OUT Q=AS THEY CAN]
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[VO-NAT]


That's because many seniors who failed re-took the test this summer.
School systems still have several more weeks before they have to pass in final numbers to the state.
Preliminary numbers however indicate about six percent of seniors failed the S-O-L's or the required coursework to graduate.
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