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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
We'll see some clouds today, with temperatures staying on the warm side.
Highs will reach the mid 60s.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your work week outlook, coming up.





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Three kids are in a juvenile detention home -- awaiting a hearing -- after being charged with throwing rocks at moving cars this weekend. Danville police say the kids were throwing rocks yesterday from the Little Creek Road overpass onto the 29 Expressway.
Each one faces four counts each of throwing and object at a moving vehicle. Four cars were hit with total damage near 15-hundred dollars. No one was injured.

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One man was killed in an accident yesterday in Roanoke County. Police say 34-year-old Jeffrey Hawley was driving on *Crowells* Gap Road when he lost control and went over a steep embankment. He was killed in the accident. A juvenile passenger in the car was taken to a local hospital. Police say Hawley was NOT wearing his seat belt, but the passenger was. No charges will be filed.

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A service connecting the Roanoke area to the New River Valley continues to make gains since it began in August.
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Support for the Smart Way bus service, connecting Roanoke and Blacksburg, has grown by leaps and bounds.
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[IN Q=Our first month in August]

((DONNA CHAMBERLIN:OUR FIRST MONTH IN AUGUST WAS AROUND 14-HUNDRED, LAST MONTH WE HIT 26-96 AND FOR THE FIRST TIME WE AVERAGED OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE A DAY. IT HAS JUST BEEN BUILDING AS THE WORD SPREADS.))
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Those numbers continue to grow as Blacksburg residents see the advantages of the three dollar fare for a ride to Roanoke. On a normal day the bus will carry around one hundred passengers. But on big, Virginia Tech, sports days the fans push that number closer to four hundred.
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((MARK PETERSEN:WITH THE TECH FOOTBALL GAMES WE IN SOME CASES STANDING ROOM ONLY ON THE BUSES AND THAT'S GOOD TO SEE, AND WE ALSO SEE SOME RIDERS THAT ARE CATCHING THE VIRGINIA TECH BASKETBALL GAMES.))
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Officials are expecting today to be one of the busiest days since the Smartway service began -- as riders head out to see the Sugar Bowl.

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Hokie Nation is in full force in New Orleans, as Virginia Tech fans take to the streets and nightspots in preparation for the Sugar Bowl.
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The ninth ranked Fighting Gobblers face number three Auburn tonight in a sold out game. Virginia Tech fans quickly gobbled up the 15-thousand tickets allotted to the school -- plus more than 10-thousand from other sources. The Hokies remain 6 point underdogs.
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[TAKE SUGAR BOWL PROMO BOARD E8302] And don't forget, as you prepare for the kickoff, we'll have a live preview of the Sugar Bowl from New Orleans. Join us for that tonight at 7 o'clock.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Mostly cloudy with some scattered showers possible later.
Temperatures will stay pleasant for much of the week.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the extended forecast, after the news.

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The Hokies and Tigers kick off the 71st Sugar Bowl tonight just after 8 o'clock in the Super Dome. Mike Stevens says that's as long as the players and coaches aren't too worn out from a week of festivities.
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[TAKE SUGAR BOWL PROMO BOARD E8302] And don't forget, as you prepare for the kickoff we'll have a live preview of the Sugar Bowl from New Orleans. Join us for that tonight at 7 o'clock.
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The Montgomery County tax coffers will be fuller this year than in many past.
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For several years, dealers like Shelor, moved their cars out of the county to avoid paying the Merchants Tax. Many business owners claimed the tax was too high. It's assessed each year on New Year's Day on a business' inventory. But this year the county cut the tax in half. David Hagan of *Shelor Motor Mile* told News 7 in July he would not move his cars. From the looks of his lot on New Years Eve, it appears the dealership's paid UP.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Staying mostly cloudy today, but temperatures will make it feel like springtime.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the extended outlook, coming up.





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Humanitarian agencies and governments across the world continue to pledge money to help relief efforts in Southeast Asia.
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The death toll and missing persons total continues to rise in the nations devastated by the tsunami.
Relief has been pouring in from all over the world-- the U-S pledged 350 million and Japan plans to contribute up to 500 million.
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Groups in our area are also doing what they can to help the victims overseas.
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((AMY WHITTAKER:HERE IN THE ROANOKE AREA WE HAVE COLLECTED AROUND 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS JUST IN THREE DAYS. SO WE ARE REALLY PLEASED THAT WE CAN SEND THAT MONEY TO GET HELP.))
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Whittaker says a lot of the relief agencies are requesting money donations instead of actual goods and the Better Business Bureau offers tips for making sure your money gets in the right hands.
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[TAKE RELIEF BOARD FS] Do not send cash -- and make all checks payable to the name of the charitable organization -- not an individual. If you're donating online, look at the address in the browser window when you click the link to donate.
If it is hidden or not familiar to you be cautious. And be aware of excessive pressure for an on-the-spot donation. Also, do not give your credit card number or other personal information to a telephone solicitor.
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The new year means new life for a defunct Carroll County rescue squad.
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Hillsville will soon get its rescue squad back. The Carroll County Board of Supervisors shut down the squad last spring after the captain admitted to misusing an ambulance. Now a doctor with the Twin County Regional Hospital has agreed to become the squad's lifeline and act as its supervisor. The squad will have an organization meeting January 8th to elect new officers and could be up and running again by the end of the month.
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Loyal Hokie fans are living it up in the Big Easy as Virginia Tech gets ready for the Sugar Bowl.
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The ninth ranked Fighting Gobblers face number three Auburn tonight in a sold out game. Virginia Tech fans quickly gobbled up the 15-thousand tickets allotted to the school -- plus more than 10-thousand from other sources. The Hokies remain 6 point underdogs.
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[TAKE SUGAR BOWL PROMO BOARD E8302] And don't forget, as you prepare for the kickoff we'll have a live preview of the Sugar Bowl from New Orleans. (+++++++) Join us for that tonight at 7 o'clock.