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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich...... Clouds stick around on this Christmas Eve as highs hover around 30. Brent Watts will have the chilly details coming up in weather.




[7AM-Regional-Jail]


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Members of the Roanoke County regional jail citizens committee are more frustrated than pleased after finishing their work.
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Members agreed to base their votes on certain criteria.
But some feel others on the citizen's committee voted with their hearts, rather than follow the rules.
After several hours of fierce debate, members voted to submit two recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
No one walked away happy.
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[IN Q=I would have hoped]

((DON DAVIS/CITIZEN'S COMITTEE MEMBER: I WOULD HAVE HOPED THAT WE WOULD ALL BE TOGETHER AND BE ON THE SAME WAY LENGTH BUT I THINK WE'RE SENDING THE BAD SIGNAL TO THE CITIZEN'S AND EVERYBODY ELSE.)) ((PAM BERBERICH/CITIZEN'S COMMITTEE MEMBER: I DON'T THINK WE WERE GIVING MUCH TIME AND I AM HOPING THE BOARD WILL BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH A GOOD DECISION ON THEIR OWN.))
[SUPER=01-Don Davis/Citizen's Committee Member; :]
[SUPER=01-Pam Berberich/Citizen's Committee Member; :09]
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The first recommendation was the committee's top choice. That's the Center for Research Technology site followed by the Higginbotham Farm.
The second recommendation factors in the criteria members agreed on and that ranked the Higgenbotham Farm and Horne Properties at the top.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to choose a property at its meeting January 11th.
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[7-11Warner]


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Mark Warner says he'll use his final year as governor to help southwest and southside Virginia succeed economically.
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Warner hopes his "Virginia Works" initiative will help by re- investing in communities and helping existing businesses grow. He says economic development outside of northern Virginia has been one of his biggest challenges as governor.
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((MARK WARNER: HOW CAN WE BRING PROSPERITY TO COMMUNITIES LIKE MARTINSVILLE, GRUNDY, PULASKI SO THAT THAT YOUNG PERSON DOESN'T FEEL LIKE HE HAS TO PICK UP AND MOVE TO TYSON'S CORNER IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA TO GET A GOOD JOB.))
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[OUT Q=to get a good job]
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Now that Virginia has a budget surplus, Warner says it's time to make sound investments in struggling communities. Some Democrats are urging him to run for president in 2008. He says he's not ruling anything out, but wants to finish his term as governor before making any decisions.
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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich...... After a cold start don't expect a warm-up today- highs will be in the 30s.

Brent Watts will have your holiday forecast in just a few moments.[55-11Pet-Safety]


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The holidays can be a stressful time for people -- but veterinarians say it can be for pets too.
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While it's true the winter weather can be hard on an outdoor pet Doctor Sharon Coleman says table scraps cause most of the harm she sees on the holidays.
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((DR. SHARON COLEMAN:MOST OF THE TIME THE DOGS ARE FED THE MEAT, THE HAM, BONES, AND THE FAT AND THAN THOSE END UP AT THE VETERINARIAN FOR A CHECK UP DUE TO PROBLEMS FROM THAT.))
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There are steps owners can take to keep their pets safe. Don't feed your dog the post Christmas dinner table scraps. If it's below freezing outside bring your pet inside. Don't let your pet chew on holly, mistletoe, or pine needles. Keep your pets away from electrical cords. And don't think that stress only affects you on the holidays.
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[55-11Pulaski-Shelter]


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It won't be long until construction on the new Pulaski County Animal Shelter and Humane Center is finished.
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It's expected to open early next year and will house a spay and neuter clinic, puppy room, cat condo and an education room. Last year the county euthanized almost 15-hundred animals because the old shelter is too small. More than 4-thousand people have made donations to the new shelter, but the Humane Society still needs money to buy kennels and cages.
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An accident prone stretch of highway in the region will soon see some changes.
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VDOT has been studying ways to make Route 220, from Roanoke to the North Carolina border, safer.
It's ready to release its preliminary ideas, and will invite the public to take a look.
The agency will hold three information meetings in January, in Ridgeway, Rocky Mount and Roanoke County.
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Residents of the Hardy Road Trailer Park in Bedford County won't have to move out as soon as they thought.
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DJ Cooper, the owner of the trailer park, notified residents that they'll be evicted on APRIL 25th rather than the original deadline of FEBRUARY 12th. The residents are being forced out because Cooper has to shut down a sewage lagoon that is connected to their trailers.
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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich...... Mainly cloudy and cold today but Christmas will be even colder. Brent Watts will have your holiday forecast coming up in just a few moments.





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Friends and family members held a candle light vigil for two Virginia soldiers killed in this week's mess hall bombing.
Nick Mason was remembered at King George High School in Stafford County earlier in the evening.
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Meanwhile, friends here in the Roanoke Valley are remembering Mason as well. John Barrett was Mason's freshman roommate at Virginia Tech, and remembers him as a fun-loving and energetic friend.
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((JOHN BARRETT/VIRGINIA TECH JUNIOR; I TALKED TO HIM ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO WHEN HE GOT A CHANCE TO GET ON THE INTERNET IN IRAQ. HE WAS JUST A GREAT GUY. EVERYBODY LOVED HIM, IT WAS HARD NOT TO LIKE THE GUY. ))
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[OUT Q=not to like the guy.]
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Virginia Tech will consult with Mason's family to decide what sort of memorial the school will hold. Mason's friends say they will gather to remember his life when classes resume in January.
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[8-11Ruhren]


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The other Virginia soldier killed in the attack was eager to serve his country says his former R-O-T-C commander. 20-year old David Ruhren (RUIN), was from northern Stafford County.
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He was a 2002 graduate of Gar-Field High School in Prince William County and a member of the Marine Junior ROTC program.
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((LESTER JAMES/DAVID REHREN'S ROTC INSTRUCTOR: DAVID WAS ONE WHO REPRESENTED THAT WHO REALIZED IT IS AN OBLIGATION FOR ALL AMERICANS MALE OR FEMALE AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO JUST SIT BACK AND SAY OKAY I'LL LET THE NEXT GUY DO IT. YOU KNOW HE DECIDED THAT HE WANTED TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY AND HE WANTED TO STEP FORWARD AND HE PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.))
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[OUT Q=paid the ultimate sacrifice.]
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Ruhren was a member of the Virginia Army National Guard's 229th Engineer Company, based in Fredericksburg. The unit was attached to the Richmond-based 276th Engineer Battalion, whose members were eating lunch when the blast occurred.
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When he was home for Thanksgiving, Ruhren told reporters he was concerned about insurgents, saying quote, "They're not wearing a uniform. You can't tell one from the other until they're pointing a weapon at you. It's crazy," end quote.

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A soldier from Southwest Virginia is apparenly among the wounded as well.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Sergeant Kyle Wright of Cedar Bluff in Tazewell County was wounded and is recovering.
The family support coordinator for Wright's unit says he's in a hospital in Iraq.