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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Patchy fog will give way to a mixture of sunshine and clouds.
Expect highs in the upper 70s.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has full forecast, coming up.





[7-11USAir-Bankruptcy]


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U-S Airways' C-E-O is trying to assure customers that the company's in no immediate danger of shutting down -- even though it's filed for bankruptcy.
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Yesterday the president of the nation's seventh largest airline vowed to continue restructuring the airline into a low-cost carrier. The Chapter Eleven filing in U-S Bankruptcy Court came after the airline was unable to obtain 8-hundred million dollars in annual cost cuts from its workers' unions. The airline had warned during talks the concessions were needed.
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((BRUCE LAKEFIELD/US AIRWAYS PRESIDENT; OUR EMPLOYEES AT US AIRWAYS ARE SOME OF THE MOST DEDICATED AND HARDWORKING PROFESSIONALS IN THE MARKETPLACE. OUR JOB IN MANAGEMENT IS TO PRESERVE AS MANY JOBS AS POSSIBLE AS WE GO THROUGH THE TRANSFORMATION PLAN TO BECOME A COMPETATIVE CARRIER IN THE INDUSTRY.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Lakefield/US Airways President; ]
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[OUT Q=a competative carrier in the industry.]
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U-S Airways says customers will not notice the bankruptcy. The beleaguered company sent it's frequent flyers an e-mail saying bankruptcy court has given it permission to continue its frequent flyer rewards program.
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[7-11US-Airways]


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The impact of US Air filing for bankruptcy will not be felt in the Roanoke Valley -- at least not yet.
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Some travellers say they are worried about the future of the airline, while others say it's just the nature of the business since the September 11th attacks.
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((STEPHANIE NICHOLS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: IT WOULD AFFECT ME A LOT. IT'S ALREADY KIND OF WEK HERE AND I WOULD HATE TO SEE ANYMORE CHANGES WHERE WE DON'T HAVE FLIGHTS THAT TAKE OFF WHEN WE NEED TO...)) ((ARTHUR KOHTZ/LEXINGTON RESIDENT: THESE AIRLINES HAVE HAD THESE FINANCIALLY ISSUES FOR YEARS- THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO FIND FORMAT TO RESTRUCTURE DEBT AND IF THEY GO OUT SOMEONE WILL BUY THEM OR CONSOLIDATE OR ANOTHER AIRLINE WILL TAKE THEIR PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Nichols/Roanoke Resident; ]
[SUPER=01-Arthur Kohtz/Lexington Resident; :11]
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[OUTQ=... take their place.]
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Officials at the Roanoke Regional Airport say it is business as usual. While they are supportive of US Air, they're looking to other options such as "Independence Air," which could soon be a new addition.
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[INQ=Roanoke did not make...]

((J. GRANGER MACFARLANE: ROANOKE DID NOT MAKE THE FIRST CUT, BUT WE ARE VERY MUCH IN LINE TO MAKE THE SECOND CUT, FOR WHICH I THINK WILL COME LATE THIS YEAR, EARLY NEXT YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-J. Granger Macfarlane/Roanoke Regional Airport Commission; ]
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[OUTQ=... early next year.]
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Again, US Airways officials say customers should feel NO impacts of the bankruptcy filing, and all flight schedules and customer services will NOT be interrupted -- for now.
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[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Partly cloudy and pleasant today-- but we'll likely see rain moving in later this week.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast, coming up.

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Drivers headed south on Interstate 81 can expect some delays this morning. Both southbound lanes of the interstate in Wythe County...
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remain closed following a head on collision between two tractor trailers. The accident happened around 8:20 last night. State Police say a northbound tractor trailer crossed the median and struck a southbound tractor trailer head on near Interstate-77. One person was killed and two others were injured. The accident is still under investigation. There's no word on when the southbound lanes will re-open to traffic.
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[55-11Fake-Charities]


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Fake charities pop up every time there's a natural disaster -- and the Better Business Bureau advises people to use caution when donating money to unfamiliar organizations.
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Officials say several people in our area have reported calls from charities claiming to collect money for the hurricane victims in Florida, on behalf of the Red Cross.
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But, the Red Cross says it does NOT solicit donations over the phone. The B-B-B urges people to be aware of calls like these, and to make sure any charity they donate to is legitimate. Officials add that donors should also find out HOW the money they donate will be used.
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[55-11Read-Mountain]


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Hikers took to the trail yesterday in an effort to help preserve a natural landmark in Roanoke County.
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More than 100-people participated in the third annual Take-a-hike-a-Thon for Read Mountain. The goal is to raise money for the Read Mountain Alliance, which works to preserve the mountain, and hopes to buy some of the land to build a public park.
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((MIKE LAFFOAN/READ MT. ALLIANCE: IT'S VERY FEW PLACES IN ROANOKE THAT YOU CAN FIND THE PRESTINE. THERE'S NO TOWERS ON THE MOUNTAIN, VERY FEW POWER LINES ON THE MOUNTAIN, AND THE UPPER SLIPS OF THE MOUNTAIN IS JUST THEOSE BEAUTIFUL WILDERNESS CONDITION AND WE WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.))
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The event raised more than eleven-thousand dollars. Organizers say they need about 500-thousand to meet their goal -- which they hope to do in the next two or three years.
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[55-Dems-Primary]


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The Virginia Democratic Party has decided to nominate the party's statewide candidates next year in a primary. Lieutenant Governor Timothy Kaine is expected to be unopposed for the nomination for governor, but there are four candidates for lieutenant governor and two for attorney general. From our area, State Senators Creigh Deeds of Bath County and John Edwards of Roanoke are expected to run for Attorney General. The primary will be June 14th, the same day as the Republican primary.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the extended forecast-- plus the latest on Hurricane Ivan-- coming up.





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Expect delays if your driving south on Interstate 81 through Wythe County this morning. Both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Wythe County...
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remain closed following a head on collision between two tractor trailers. The accident happened around 8:20 last night. State Police say a northbound tractor trailer crossed the median and struck a southbound tractor trailer head on near Interstate-77. One person was killed and two others were injured. The accident is still under investigation. Dispatchers say it'll be about six more hours before the mess is cleaned up, and the lanes reopened.
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[8-11Franklin-Homicide]


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Police in Franklin County are investigating a homicide.
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Investigators say 32-year-old Ronald Christopher Bonds was found dead inside his mobile home on English Road around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. A friend told police he went to the home to check on Bond after no one heard from him. Investigators say the body was sent to the medical examiner's office to determine exactly HOW he died. So far, officials have NOT named any suspects.
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[8-11US-Airways]


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US Air -- an airline WITH local ties -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy -- again. But, it appears the immediate impact won't be felt by flyers in the Roanoke Valley just yet.
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Some travellers say they are worried about the future of the airline, while others say it's just the nature of the business since the September 11th attacks.
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((STEPHANIE NICHOLS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: IT WOULD AFFECT ME A LOT. IT'S ALREADY KIND OF WEK HERE AND I WOULD HATE TO SEE ANYMORE CHANGES WHERE WE DON'T HAVE FLIGHTS THAT TAKE OFF WHEN WE NEED TO...)) ((ARTHUR KOHTZ/LEXINGTON RESIDENT: THESE AIRLINES HAVE HAD THESE FINANCIALLY ISSUES FOR YEARS- THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO FIND FORMAT TO RESTRUCTURE DEBT AND IF THEY GO OUT SOMEONE WILL BUY THEM OR CONSOLIDATE OR ANOTHER AIRLINE WILL TAKE THEIR PLACE.))
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[OUTQ=... take their place.]
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Officials at the Roanoke Regional Airport say it is business as usual. While they are supportive of US Air, they're looking to other options such as "Independence Air," which could soon be a new addition.
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((J. GRANGER MACFARLANE: ROANOKE DID NOT MAKE THE FIRST CUT, BUT WE ARE VERY MUCH IN LINE TO MAKE THE SECOND CUT, FOR WHICH I THINK WILL COME LATE THIS YEAR, EARLY NEXT YEAR.))
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[OUTQ=... early next year.]
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Again, US Airways officials say customers should feel NO impacts of the bankruptcy filing - including its frequent fly(------------) er program, and all flight schedules and customer services will NOT be interrupted -- for now.