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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Turning mostly sunny today with highs in the low to mid 80s.
Sunshine sticks around tomorrow, too.
Brent Watts has the complete forecast, coming up.





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Police in Lynchburg are still looking for several shooting suspects.
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Authorities say one person was shot in the chest at the James Crossing Apartment Complex, formerly Greenfield Apartments. It happened between 10-thirty and 10-45 last night. The victim was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. Police are looking for a red Ford Mustang with three or four black males. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.
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Police in Blacksburg are looking for an armed robber. Police say they were called to the Speedway center on Prices Fork Road shortly after nine last night. The clerk told them he had been robbed by a man who came in and demanded money.
The suspect gestured toward his pocket as if he had a gun.
He apparently entered the store from the Food Lion parking lot on foot, and fled in the same direction. The clerk was not injured.

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Recovery efforts continue in Richmond as a result of Monday's flash flooding. Governor Mark Warner says an official damage estimate isn't available, but it may run more than 15 million dollars.
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Five people are dead, one missing, and thousands are still without electricity.
A 20-block section of downtown Richmond, including the historic Shockoe Bottom area, is condemned because of damage.

Governor Mark Warner walked through the area known for its bars and restaurants yesterday.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: THE DEVASTATION IN TERMS OF BUSINESSES IN THE BOTTOM IS OVERWHELMING. I'VE SEEN A COUPLE OF STORES THAT HAVE JUST BEEN TOTALLY WASHED OUT.))
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At last report, nearly 30-thousand customers are without electricity and many roads are still closed.
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Part-time soldiers from Central Virginia are going on active duty.
The Virginia National Guard announced yesterday that 182 soldiers home-based in Farmville are being called to active duty.
They're members of Battery B, Second Battalion, 111th Field Artillery.
The soldiers will begin 18 months of federal service on October 17.
165 National Guard troops from Martinsville and Rocky Mount will go on active duty the following weekend.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly sunny today with temperatures climbing into the 80s.
Brent Watts has your forecast details-- including a look at the tropics-- coming up.

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Three people in Campbell County received a lifesaving award for helping a man after his truck wrecked and caught fire in May. They managed to get him out, just before the car blew up.
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Ryan Shorter wrecked his car on Route 633, when he ran off the road and hit a tree.
The truck was on fire with Shorter trapped inside.
That's when two of Shorter's friends and another man arrived on the scene ... and together they pulled him to safety.
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((JERROD EPPERSON: JIMMY CAME AND WE FINALLY ALL THREE OF US JUST CAME RIGHT ON OUT AND NOT LONG AFTER WE GOT HIM OUT OF THE TRUCK, THIRTY SECONDS PROBABLY, THE TRUCK BLEW UP. WE WAS LUCKY WE GOT HIM OFF IN TIME.))
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Epperson, Merle Yoder and Jimmy Masters were honored yesterday by the Campbell County sheriff's office.
Shorter is still recovering from his injuries.
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A Roanoke County based wedding planner says anything can happen when opening a new business -- just like a wedding.
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Barbara Allen is the owner of Constantia (Con-stan-zha) -- a reception hall built inside the old Sunnybrook Inn. Allen says she originally wanted to open the hall in July, but a couple of power outages and product delays forced the delay. Now that it's up and running, business seems to be flowing quite well.
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((BARBARA ALLEN/CONSTANTIA OWNER: AND UH WE'VE GOT ALMOST 20 FUNCTIONS BOOKED FROM NOW UNTIL NEXT YEAR SO WE'RE BOOKING UP VERY FAST.))
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Allen says she used to plan weddings as a hobby, but when she was laid off earlier this year, she decided to make it a career. She says she got the name Constantia (Con- stan- zha) from a winery she admired in her native South Africa.
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Virginia's high school students did better on the Verbal part of the SAT this year, ... but math scores slipped a bit.

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[Take SAT FS 102] The College Board reports the average Virginia score was a combined 1024, just under the national average of 1026. [Take next board 103] The average verbal score in Virginia was 515, above the national norm, but the 509 average math score is below the national average.
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Virginians will find it a little more expensive to buy things now, because the tax increases approved by the General Assembly take effect today. The state sales tax is now five cents on the dollar. Smokers will find a 20-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes -- up from two-and-a-half cents.



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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
September is getting off to a gorgeous start, with plenty of sunshine.
Brent Watts has more on that-- plus the latest on Hurricane Frances-- coming up.





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A man shot last night in Lynchburg has died from his wounds.
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Authorities say Clyde Arbrey Hilliard was shot in the chest at the James Crossing Apartment Complex, formerly Greenfield Apartments. It happened between 10-thirty and 10-45 last night. Hilliard was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police are looking for a red Ford Mustang with three or four black males. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.
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Fourteen Roanoke City students are asking to be transferred, because 7 elementary schools failed to make the grade under the No Child Left Behind Act.
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This was one of the many issues discussed at a community meeting held at Breckinridge Middle School.
Last night, administrators presented the school system's six year improvement plan which federal guidelines now require.
Roanoke City Schools set similar objectives in the past, but this is the first time they span six years.
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((DORIS ENNIS/ACTING SUPERINTENDENT: WHAT THIS DOES FOR US IT REALLY KEEPS US ON TARGET BECAUSE EVERY YEAR WE GOT A CHANCE TO MONITOR OUR PROGRESS AND SEE IF WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY ALSO TO MODIFY AND ADJUST ACCORDING TO WHERE WE NEED TO.))
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Some of the things proposed in the six year plan include expanding pre school programs.
Also, students who are not doing well on the Standards of Learning may be required to attend summer school.
The school board will vote on the six year plan at its October 12th meeting.
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Some residents in Craig County are worried about financial irregularities with the school board.
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125-residents submitted a petition to Craig County Circuit Court to audit the school system from the '95 - '96 school year to the present. In court documents the group stated it wanted the audit to determine whether there had been any inappropriate spending or any wrong doing. The group also wants any recommendations for improving accounting practices. It's an idea some local residents support.
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((JANE COLE, CRAIG CO. RESIDENT: THAT'S WHY I WANT TO SEE THE AUDIT 'CAUSE WE NEED EVERY BIT OF MONEY ACCOUNTED FOR IN THIS COUNTY. 'CAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TAX INCOME.))
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School board member Tommy Zimmerman tells News 7- he hates to waste tax payers money, but says- he would like to see an audit performed and feels confident the audit will show the school finance records are in order and correct.
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Circuit Court Judge Bo Trumbo is scheduled to hear the case on September 13th.