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When the public speaks... do Roanoke county officials listen?

The latest on the debate over where to put a new jail.
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and this looks like it would hurt.... finding out what it really does to the brain- that's the game plan for tech researchers.
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In sports, the Hokies top five defense talks about stopping Miami QB Brock Berlin, the peach Bowl says it wants either the Hokies or Canes
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and the Virginia cavaliers have an opponent in the MPC Computers Bowl.
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After sustaining wind gusts to nearly 60mph, things calm down this evening and temperatures tumble. Details ahead.


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News 7 is next.
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Plans for a new regional jail have Roanoke County residents saying "not so fast."
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


But county leaders argue they're just getting started with a process that will involve the public.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Jean 2-Shot]


And I'm Jean Jadhon.
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County officials are now focusing on two sites off West River Road near Dixie Caverns, but they say site selection for the regional jail is not a done deal.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Today, they promised to consider additional locations that residents proposed at last night's community meeting.
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Joe Dashiell is here tonight with more on the citizen's concerns and the county's response.
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Keith and Jean, this proposal has generated strong opposition from residents who say they have not had enough time to consider it.
But county leaders argue it's still very early in the process.
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((As county residents gathered at the Salem Civic Center Tuesday night, they asked county leaders to slow down....
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((I'D MUCH RATHER SEE A TWO YEAR DELAY THAN HAVE YOU ALL REGISTER A DECISION THAT COULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE ENTIRE VALLEY.)) ((TAKE THE TIME AND DO IT RIGHT.))
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[OUT Q=and do it right.]


The county faces a tight deadline to secure state funding, but officials stress that next week's vote would secure an option on potential sites near West River Road.
Purchase of the land, rezoning, appropriation of funds for the development would all require more votes, more opportunities for public input.
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((YES THERE WILL BE MANY MANY OPPORUTNITIES IN THE FUTURE FOR CITIZENS TO SPEAK AND FOR CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BROADER PROCESS. AND SECURING AN OPTION IS MERELY THE FIRST STEP IN A VERY LENGTHY PROCESS.))
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And county officials say they will consider other sites than those already identified.
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((WE HAD TWELVE SITES WE DISCUSSED AT THE COMMUNITY MEETING LAST NIGHT AND WE HAVE PROBABLY A HALF DOZEN OTHER SITES THAT WE WILL BE ADDING TO THAT NUMBER THAT WE WILL BE LOOKING AT BETWEEN NOW AND THE MEETING ON DECEMBER 7TH.))
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[OUT Q=the meeting on December 7th.]))
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Residents of the area continue to organize their opposition, Keith and Jean
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It remains to be seen if today's assurances from county officials will satisfy any of their concerns.


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The city of Bedford has submitted its final plan to deal with the groundwater contamination around the city's former landfill. The proposals include building a public water line to serve six homes along Bell Town Road, a project that's expected to take a full year. It needs state and county approval first.
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The contamination was discovered late last Winter in some private wells near the landfill. The city plan also includes measures designed to reduce- -and eventually eliminate- -existing contamination. Bedford officials say groundwater should be clean in 5 to 15 years.
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[McCormick]


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Lynchburg's long-time school superintendent is leaving for a similar job in North Carolina.
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James McCormick came to the Hill City in 1990 to oversee 16 public schools and about 86-hundred students.
His new duties in Lee County will include supervising the construction of new schools to handle a growing student population.
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((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IN SOME WAYS THESE ARE FAMILIAR ACTIVITIES TO ME, BUT IN OTHER WAYS, THEY COULD BE MORE CHALLENGING BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THE SCHOOL DIVISION IS GROWING BY A HUNDRED OR MORE STUDENTS EACH YEAR.))
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[OUT Q=students each year.]
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McCormick's last day in Lynchburg will be January 2nd.
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[Daniels]


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Two-weeks after she died, a Virginia Tech student is remembered as a caring woman and an amazing student.
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A memorial service was held today at the War Memorial Chapel for Sue Daniels. While friends honored Daniels last night, an organizer of today's service says this was a chance for the tech community to pay tribute.
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((JEFF WALTERS, VT PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY: IN HER WORK SHE FOCUSED ON BASIC SCIENCE. SHE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS THERE AND ALSO IN CONSERVATION. SHE'S ESPECIALLY WELL-KNOWN FOR HER INFLUENCE ON LAND-MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION IN THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATE IN PINE FORESTS BECAUSE OF HER WORK WITH THE ENDANGERED COCKATED WOODPECKER.))
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Police say Sue Daniels died in mid-November in what they believe was a murder-suicide. Authorities say Niklan Matt Jones murdered Daniels, torched her house and then stabbed himself.
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[Helmet-Study]


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Virginia Tech researchers are in the middle of a hard hitting study involving the football team. They're looking at those tough hits players take and specifically... the impact on the brain.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa got a look at the study today. Rachel, what have researchers learned so far?
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Keith, they've learned no matter who a team is playing or what's riding on a game... players take some major hits to the head. Some of the hits are as serious as a really bad car accident.
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((It's hits like this...
NATS- AWFUL HIT...
That cause a football player serious injury. This high schooler had to be taken to the hospital.
NATS: Tech game...
Tech players sustain an average of 50 hits to the head a game.

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((STEFAN DUMA: IF WE LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND THE LEVEL OF HITS THEY ARE TAKING. CONCUSSIONS ARE A HUGE RISK.)) [RUNS:13]
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Stefan Duma is in the middle of a three year study.. he calls the helmet project. 20 different Hokies, who NCAA rules prevent us from naming... wear special helmets like this. The helmets have sensors that record each hit to the head and transmit it to this antenna. Researchers can then look at the data on a computer.

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(( DAVID MCNEELY: WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT AT WHAT POINT DOES A PLAYER GET A CONCUSSION AND MAYBE HOW MUCH DOES IT VARY BETWEEN PLAYER TO PLAYER, BECAUSE WE SEE SOME OF THESE PLAYERS THAT SUFFER VERY SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS THAT SHOULD CAUSE A CONCUSSION BUT DON'T.)) [RUNS:13]
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During the Virginia game several players had hits over 115g's. Researchers could even tell how the game was going...

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((DAVID MCKEENLY: DURING THAT FIRST HALF THERE'S WAS A HUGE DEFENSE STRUGGLE. WE DEFINITELY SAW SOME SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS FROM OUR RUNNING BACKS ON OFFENSE AND OUR LINEBACKERS ON DEFENSE. YOU CAN DEFINITELY TELL IT WAS A FAST PACED HARD FOUGHT GAME.)) [RUNS:13]
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The work may eventually lead to newer helmet designs for college, high school and even NFL players.
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As for this week's big game in Miami, Dumas tells me he doesn't expect anything unsusal as far as hits go... he says every game in college these days is a big game.

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They offer easy money, but some lawmakers want to make it a little tougher.
Still ahead on News 7, how they want to tighten the rules on payday lenders.
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And the lights are back on for most of the viewing area.
More on the damage from today's windy weather.
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[Easy-Money]
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If you think 20 percent interest on credit is high- imagine paying 300 percent for a loan?
[ANCHOR=Jean 2-Shot]


That's how much payday lenders charge-
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[Animation]
In tonight's edition of easy money- find out why General Assembly action actually helped attract more of these businesses to Virginia.
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(( Two years ago there were only a small number of pay day lenders in Virginia- they could operate here under federal law... using out of state affiliates to make loans. Not easy- but do-able.
In 2002 state lawmakers passed a bill that essentially made it easier for pay day lenders to operate in Virginia.
So why support such a bill? MORGAN GRIFFITH: IF THE LOANS ARE GOING TO MADE SOMEWHERE THEY MAY AS WELL BE MADE BY BUSINESSES THAT PAY VIRGINIA TAXES... THAT WAS NOT MY POSITION BUT THAT WAS THE POSITION OF THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED THE BILL.
The bill open the gates for a flood of pay day lenders.. 600 opened in the Commonwealth in two years.
The Virginia law does spell out regulations- a 500 dollar limit on payday loans-
and a cap on fees at 15 dollars per 100.
... what equals a 391 percent interest rate. I VOTED AGAINS THE BILL BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS TOO HIGH THE INTEREST RATE WAS TOO HIGH SO HIGH IT SHOCKED THE CONSSCIOUS.
Delegate Dave Nutter also voted against the bill...
He proposed legislation a year later that would force pay day lenders to disclose their fees in advertising...
That bill did not pass.. but he plans to introduce it again. DAVE NUTTER: THE COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO DO THAT WHEN YOU WALK IN THE DOOR. I'D LIKE TO SEE IT IN THE ADVERTISING AND IN THE MARKETING INITIATIVES SO BEFORE THE PERSON GETS TO THE CRISIS STATE THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GETTING THEMSELVES INTO IN ADVANCE OF THAT.))
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Lawmakers say once an industry gets going so quickly such as payday lending- it's hard to stop it.
Many customer use these loans repeatedly and get into big debt.
If you have money trouble- find out where you can get help for free. tomorrow at six.

[Stocks]


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You'll notice a new listing on our stock report tonight.
Anthem completed its merger with Wellpoint Health Systems today, and assumed the Wellpoint name. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW jumped 162 points today.
The NASDAQ rose 41.
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[Wind-Damage]


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More than 13-hundred households in our area are without power after today's strong winds.
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At one point, more than 11-thousand customers were in the dark after trees knocked down power lines. A-E-P crews have been working to clean up the mess, but are dealing with multiple small outages. In fact, 34 outages in Roanoke are affecting nearly 7-hundred customers. A spokesman says A-E-P hopes to have all repairs made this evening.
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[Kaine-Farmer]


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The product of farming grandparents, Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine says he understands the needs of rural Virginia. Kaine spoke by video teleconference this morning to members of the Virginia Farm Bureau meeting at the Homestead.
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The likely Democratic nominee for governor celebrated Virginia's farming heritage and talked about his efforts to make sure family farms aren't affected by the estate tax. He also told members to expect a historic change in the way farmers are represented in Richmond.
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((TIM KAINE/VIRGINIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: THE AGRICULTURE IN VIRGINIA HAS BEEN A DEPARTMENT AND IT'S BEEN PUT UNDER THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE AND TRADE FOR MANY YEARS, BUT FOR AS IMPORTANT AS AGRICULTURE IS, MARK WARNER AND I, BELIEVE THERE NEEDS TO BE A SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE. IT NEEDS TO BE ELEVATED IN IMPORTANCE TO A CABINET LEVEL.))
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Earlier in the week members heard from likely Republican nominee for governor, Attorney General Jerry Kilgore.
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[Sports tease]


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the Peach Bowl chairman discusses having either Tech or Miami, Nextel Cup champ Kurt Busch paints the Big Apple red as the season ending banquet fast approaches,
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and Can Tech successfully invade Berlin this Saturday at the Orange Bowl.
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When the Hokies and Hurricanes hook up Saturday afternoon temperatures are expected to be in the 80s. The Hokies also need to but some serious HEAT on Miami quarterback Brock Berlin. Last year he threw for just 164 yards and two interceptions when Tech hammered the Canes 31-to-7. Get him rattled, and he'll likely make bad decisions.
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Be sure to join News 7 Sports LIVE from Miami with pregame reports this Friday and Saturday on News 7 Mornin.

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Both Tech and Miami have a nice back up plan. The loser of Saturday's game will go to the Peach Bowl which pays out over two million dollars and the Atlanta based bowl would love to have either the Hokies or the Canes.
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Coach Frank Beamer is 6 and 7 against Miami and while the canes have won five national titles, the Hokies have carved out a place for themselves. Tech will play in its 12th straight post season game.
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Only fitting that the Cavaliers will play in the MPC Computers Bowl December 27th, maybe the Bowl will supply some computers so that wahoos can check their final exam scores since exams kept them from the more attractive Champs Bowl.

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On a serious note, the Cavaliers will play Fresno State in the 2 pm game. The Bulldogs are 8 and 3, like the Wahoos and they were 5 and 3 in the WAC.
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[S-Hoops]


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24th ranked UVa plays on Northwestern's home court tonight at 9:30 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
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The Cavs have been working hard in practice on minimizing turnovers, the wahoos have 61 through four games but have dished out 60 assists with the point guard tandem of Sean Singletary and TJ Banniester.
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Nextel Cup champ Kurt Busch continues to make the rounds in New York ahead of Friday's awards banquet at the Waldorf Astoria.
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Today Busch spoke to the contingent at the 21 Press Club Luncheon and tomorrow he is expected to ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange.
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[WX-Almanac]


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[3 SHOT TOSS]
[WxBUG/FULL]WIND GUSTS CURRENT READINGS
[MCU/ROBIN] December certainly came in like a lion. The last few cold fronts to cross the region have done some damage. Now meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner says we can turn our attention to the holiday season with our December almanac.
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