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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Rain likely today, with highs in the lower 60s.
The weekend looks mild.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has more on that, coming up.





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Two people are missing after a suspicious fire in Giles County.
Deputies say a home on Spruce Run Road near Newport burned to the ground around 7 yesterday morning.
Investigators say there was evidence of a struggle at the scene.
They also found remains of an animal in the debris.
Officers say they do not know the whereabouts of the woman who lived there or the man they believe is her boyfriend, although both their cars were parked outside the house at the time of the fire.

[7-6Gretna-Drowning]


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A Pittsylvania County boy is dead after wandering away from home yesterday.
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Around ten yeseterday morning, three-year-old Darrius (dah-REESE) Robertson apparently wandered away from his home on Farmers Mountain Road.
Volunteers and tracking dogs were called in and spent several hours combing the area.
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((GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: WE ALSO GOT IN TOUCH WITH VIRGINIA STATE POLICE, THEY BROUGHT IN A HELICOPTER FLARE UNIT AND THEY FLEW THE FULL PERIMETER BUT WERE NOT ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING. AND APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRTY THIS AFTERNOON, DEPUTIES CHECKING THE CREEK BANKS PROBABLY ABOUT AN AIR MILE FROM THE RESIDENCE FOUND THE CHILD IN A DEEP POOL OF WATER.))
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Goodson says it doesn't appear any foul play was involved in the boy's death.
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[7-11VMI-Death]


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A graduate of Virginia Military Institute has been killed in Iraq.
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[TAKE WULLENWABER APRISA FS] 24-year old First Lieutenant, Luke Wullenwaber (wuhl-en-way-ber) died Tuesday when a car bomb exploded beside his military vehicle near Fallujah. Wullenwaber from Lewiston Idaho. He was a 2002 graduate of V-M-I where his brother is now a First Classman.
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Wullenwaber is the fifth alumnus of V-M-I to be killed in the War in Iraq.
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Opponents of the Methadone Clinic on Hershberger road are stepping up their fight by hiring a lawyer to file suit against the company.
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C-R-C Health Corporation is planning to open the drug treatment facility in a building on Hershberger Road.
But an attorney representing opponents argues the clinic would be an unlawful use of the city's amended zoning ordinance.
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((MARY PAXTON/NORTHWEST CONCERNED CITIZENS: THEY'VE PUSHED US IN A CORNER AND THEY THINK WE'LL JUST LAY DOWN AND PLAY DEAD, BUT WE WON'T. WE WILL FIGHT TO KEEP IT OUT OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.))
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[OUT Q=to keep it out of our neighborhood.]
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The group, Northwest Concerned Citizens, is also making an appeal for financial contributions to help pay the legal bills.
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Despite the threat of a lawsuit, C-R-C Vice President Joe Pritchard says the company is still proceeding as planned.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
We'll see showers today, but they should taper off by tonight.

Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete weekend outlook, in just a few minutes.[55-Hokies-Win]


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Virginia Tech easily won last night's game against Maryland.
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The Hokies raced out to an early 24-to-3 lead and coasted past the Terps, 55-to-6.
Thirty-one of the the Hokies' points resulted from Maryland turnovers. Virginia Tech stays atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings with two games left.
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There was plenty of generosity and sympathy at last night's Virginia Tech football game.
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Frank Beamer's mother passed away at the age of 86 yesterday morning.
Before Herma Beamer died, she reportedly told her son to coach the game anyway.
He granted her wish and fans say that's a fitting tribute.
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((DEBBIE VLAHOS/VIRGINIA TECH FAN: I RESPECT HIM FOR BEING HERE AND HE SAID HIS MOM TOLD HIM HE I WANT YOU TO WIN, I WANT YOU TO COACH NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO ME AND I THINK THAT SOUNDS LIKE A WONDERFUL LADY.))
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Fans also gave their support to the needy.
As part of the Hokies for the Hungry program, the Marching Virginians collected more than 40-thousand cans of food for the Montgomery County Christmas store.
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We'll never know whether Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham was at Tanglewood Mall January 24th, much less whether she might have cut off Bill McClure in her S-U-V.
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McClure related that tale on the Web site "Roanoke Journal." Burcham sued. McClure failed to respond to the lawsuit, so he was in default. Without having to decide whether the underlying story was true, a substitute judge found in Burcham's favor. Judge Charles Flannagan ordered McClure to pay 1-thousand dollars in presumed damages, plus 15-hundred in punitive damages.
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Some Roanoke County students left the classroom for the racetrack yesterday.
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((RACE CAR))
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12 students in the Motor Sports class at Arnold Burton Technology Center got to take a spin on at the Motor Mile Speedway. They've spent the last year turning a donated 1999 Monte Carlo into their very own number 99 race car. The car topped out at about 65 miles an hour and managed a few laps before it had some engine troubles. Students say the process helped teach them more about the nation's fastest growing sport. Some of them even hope to turn the lesson into a future job in the industry.
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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Bring along the umbrella, with rain likely today.
Temperatures will stay in the 60s this weekend.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast, straight ahead.





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Some of the companies interested in working on Victory Stadium began checking the facility's structural integrity yesterday, after the committee studying the stadium asked them too.
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Three or four engineering firms were represented at the walk-through, and others can still submit a proposal. The committee wants to know if the stadium is sound, what it would cost to make repairs, and whether the structure can support bathrooms, concession stands, and other facilities on the second level.
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((JACK PARROTT/COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: ALL OF US WHO'VE WALKED THROUGH IT SEEM TO THINK THAT THE DEFICIENCIES ARE COSMETIC, BUT WE NEED AN ENGINEERING STUDY TO TELL US THAT FOR SURE.))
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The stadium committee hopes to have a structural engineer on board by mid-January... and a finished report several weeks after that.
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Two major projects in south Roanoke have approval from the Planning Commission.
Yesterday, commission members approved rezoning for the Carilion biomedical research park planned along Reserve Avenue. They also rezoned property along Franklin Road for a new retail center that will include a Ukrops Grocery Store.
Both projects now go to city council.

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The Chairman of Virginia's Senate Finance Committee wants to use the upcoming General Assembly session to take care of "unfinished business."
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Senator John Chichester told his colleagues, gathered for a retreat in Charlottesville, that the committee needs to "tidy up its affairs." He says programs approved last year, but not funded need to be top priority. The committee also heard from an economist who says Virginia must increase its productivity to compete in the global market. That's why Senator Roscoe Reynolds says he supports more funding for education.
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((ROSCOE REYNOLDS: YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET BUSINESS GROWTH WITHOUT WORKERS THAT HAVE HIGH SKILLS AND IT'S SO ESSENTIAL THAT WE DEVOTE MORE RESOURCES TO HELPING WORKERS RAISE THEIR LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE.))
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The committee also heard about options to improve transportation. Senator Chichester says transportation will eventually have to be taken off of "life support" and that he hopes progress can be made this year.
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