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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich.... A few showers continue, as warmer temperatures move in.. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your weekend forecast in just a moment.




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Relatives of a missing woman and her granddaughter continue to wait in Salem as the search expands in North Carolina. The two were on their way to visit family in Virginia when they disappeared.
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58-year old Gail Haddock-Dail, and her 15-year old granddaughter Heather Roberts, never made it to a birthday celebration for Dail's brother -- Grady Hewitt in Salem. The last person to reportedly hear from Dail was her estranged husband, who says she called him from her cell phone around three o'clock Tuesday morning asking for help. Authorities say the call used towers in Lenoir County, North Carolina, and that's where the search for the missing travelers continues.
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Hewitt says there are many unanswered questions the family is trying to sort through.
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((GRADY HEWITT:WE'RE STILL LEFT HANGING OVER WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING, COMMANDER THOMPSON SAYS HE IS INVESTIGATING BOTH THE HOUSE FIRE AND THE MISSING COUPLE, MY SISTER AND HER GRANDDAUGHTER.))
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Dail's house was gutted by a fire a week before she went missing and Hewitt says the police are looking into a connection between the two incidents.
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A new business venture in Alleghany County has some residents upset. They say they've been left out of the project -- which could drastically change their community.
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MeadWestvaco is looking at building a distribution center in the Niceleytown-area which would consolidate warehousing and distribution. The center would mean a drastic increase in the truck and train traffic in the area. MeadWestvaco has scheduled a meeting with nearby landowners on Monday to talk about the project. Opponents say there are other available industrial sites in the area that would be more suitable.
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Central Virginia Community College dedicated its third satellite campus yesterday at the Bedford Center for Business.
The school will begin offering classes in January ... it expects to enroll between two and three hundred students.
'East Coast Fabricators' and 'Rhino Powder Coating Services' have moved into the same building.
Their owner used to do business in Salem, but needed to expand.
The building that houses all three- used to be the temporary Bedford County courthouse.
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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich... A warm up today, leads to cooler weather for this weekend. Look for highs in the mid 50s. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your seven-forecast. But first some traffic information to pass along. Commuters on Interstate 581 could face some delays heading southbound. Several cars are involved in an accident in the southbound lane near the Orange Avenue exit. The passing lane is close

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More than half the committee that's set to review plans for a regional jail in Roanoke County has taken shape.
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Residents have raised strong opposition to building the facility on property near Dixie Caverns.
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County supervisors voted to create the 'Citizens Advisory Committee' on Tuesday night, after opponents packed a public hearing.
By late yesterday afternoon, the board had appointed six of the ten members.
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The group's first meeting hasn't been scheduled, but the supervisors are developing goals for the group, and will expect a report before their meeting on January 11th.

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It's the time of year when help for the disadvantaged is most appreciated -- and most needed. But this year *that* help is in short supply.
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Several local charities say donations are down in a big way.
The Salvation Army Angel trees are still filled with many gift request cards that have yet to be filled.
... the same goes for trees set up for the League of Older Americans-
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((SUSAN WILLIAMS/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS; WE HAVE NEVER HAD THIS SORT OF SITUATION YOU SEE HERE THE NUMBER OF ANGELS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN THIS IS THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT WE'VE HAD THIS SORT OF SITUATION.)) ((JONATHAN LEE/SALVATION ARMY; DEFINITELY A PROBLEM IT'S PROBABLY THE SLOWEST YEAR WE'VE HAD IN FIVE YEARS IN TERMS OF THE ANGEL TREE PROGRAM.))
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The Salvation Army stocking drive is down- So are donations at the Community Christmas store in Salem.
Some blame the economy.
Others say online shopping keeps people away from malls and other opportunities to donate.
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Proud Virginians braved the pouring rain to see the lighting of the Capitol Holiday tree.
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A student from Highland County helped House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Has-Tert) turn on thousands of lights on the 65-foot red spruce.
The tree came from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.
Children provided most of the 45-hundred ornaments, designed around the theme: "From Virginia--Birthplace of Presidents."
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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich... Patchy Dense Fog today with shattered showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Leo will have your weather in just a minute.
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But first some traffic information we reported on during the last Morning Report. An accident on 581 has been cleared up after blocking traffic in the southbound passing lane near Orange Avenue for less than 20 minutes.








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The search for a missing women and her granddaughter has been expanded in North Carolina, while relatives in Salem await any word as to what happened. The two were on their way to visit family in Virginia.
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58 year old Gail Haddock-Dail, and 15-year old granddaughter Heather Roberts. never made it to a birthday celebration for Dail's brother -- Grady Hewitt in Salem. The last person to reportedly hear from Dail was her estranged husband, who says she called him from her cell phone around three o'clock Tuesday morning asking for help. Authorities say the call used towers in Lenoir County, North Carolina, and that's where the search for the missing travelers continues.
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Hewitt says there are many unanswered questions the family is trying to sort through.
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Dail's house was gutted by a fire a week before she disappeared and Hewitt says the police are looking into a connection between the two incidents.
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Governor Mark Warner wants 824-million dollars in new funding to improve transportation in Virginia.
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That announcement came yesterday as the governor unveiled his transportation plan. He first hopes to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund that's been looted in recent years to balance the budget. He then wants to pay off completed projects across the Commonwealth including some along Route 460 and Interstate 81.

Warner also wants to help fund some rail- related projects to reduce the stress on Virginia roads.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: THE NOTION THAT ALL THE PROBLEMS ON 81 ARE GOING TO BE SOLVED WITH ASPHALT ONLY AND NOT HAVING A RAIL COMPONENT DOESN'T MAKE LONG TERM SENSE.))
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Warner's plan allots 23-million dollars to promote upgrades to Virginia railroads. Rail companies would be required to match at least 30- percent of any state funding received.
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