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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Some patchy fog as you head out-- otherwise partly cloudy and mild.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your mid- week forecast, coming up.




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It'll be more than seven years behind bars for the accomplice in a deadly Radford robbery.
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21 year old Roy Omar Hodge entered a plea agreement with the Commonwealth that spared him a first degree murder charge. Instead he plead guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. 25 year old Brian Keith Gray was shot to death in his Radford apartment last May, in what police call a home invasion drug robbery. A judge agreed to the deal, sentencing Hodge to seven years and six months in jail. He cited Hodge's cooperation with police as a reason for the lighter than normal sentence.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/December 2003;:00]

Also, a Montgomery County man accused of murder now faces more charges. The grand jury indicted Livingston "Bud" Pritchett on an assault and battery charge.
[SUPER=04-May 1997; :10]

Pritchett is accused of biting a deputy's hand while in an elevator at the Montgomery County jail. In 1999, he was convicted of a murder at the Ironto rest stop, but was later granted a new trial.
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State lawmakers return to Richmond today as the 2005 General Assembly gets underway.
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Governor Mark Warner says he's looking forward to a productive session when it starts at Noon.
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[SOT 11:51:12]
[IN Q=I think you're looking]

((MARK WARNER: I THINK YOU'RE LOOKING AT TRANSPORTATION BEING ADDRESSED, I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, I THINK THE CHARTER UNIVERSITY PROPOSAL, THE ASSISTED LIVING ISSUES ARE GOING TO BE COMING TO THE FOREFRONT.))
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[OUT Q=coming to the forefront]
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A number of Republican lawmakers announced legislation they'll sponsor. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter will push a bill that would require the governor to conduct an independent audit of the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, Delegate Terrie Suit will introduce a "landowners bill of rights" when it comes to the power of eminent domain. She'd like to see landowners compensated when they try to get more money for their property.
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[IN Q=They want to fight]

((DEL. TERRIE SUIT: THEY WANT TO FIGHT IT, THEY'RE HIRING EXPERTS, THEY'RE GETTING APPRAISALS DONE AND IF INDEED THEY ARE ABLE TO GET A HIGHER PRICE AWARDED BY THE COURT- 15 PERCENT OR MORE- WE FEEL THAT THEY SHOULD BE COMPENSATED FOR THE EXPENSES THEY'VE HAD TO GO THROUGH TO GET THE FAIR PRICE FOR THEIR PROPERTY.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Terrie Suit/(R) Virginia Beach;]
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[OUT Q=for their property]
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Thousands of other bills have been pre- filed for consideration during the 45 day session.
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[TAKE PROMO E674 Full]
Governor Warner will give the State of the Commonwealth speech to the General Assembly tonight. WDBJ-7 will carry the speech live starting at seven o'clock

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Partly cloudy with near record highs today around 70.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the seven day forecast, coming up.

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The Capitol city is back in business as state lawmakers head back to work at Noon today.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

The now quiet House and Senate will overflow when the 2005 session convenes. Governor Mark Warner says he's looking forward to a productive session, but urges legislators not to make too many spending commitments. He says more than two- billion dollars in additional spending will be needed during the next budget cycle.
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((MARK WARNER: WE WILL HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO THAT IF WE DON'T GO OFF AND SPEND WILLY NILLY OR END UP TAKING AWAY REVENUES OVER THE LONG HAUL.))
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A number of Republican legislators spent yesterday promoting bills they'll sponsor this year. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter will push a bill requiring the governor to conduct an independent audit of the Commonwealth. He says the process could cost as much as 13- million- dollars, but thinks a fresh pair of eyes could find waste that internal officials miss.
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((DEL. SCOTT LINGAMFELTER: I HOPE THAT THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, WHOEVER THAT MAY BE, WILL TAKE THIS BILL AND USE IT AS ANY GOOD CEO WOULD AND DO AN AUDIT OF THE COMPANY THAT HE HAS JUST TAKEN OVER TO ENSURE THAT HE HAS THE BEST POSSIBLE VIEW OF THE POTENTIAL FOR REFORM IN THE COMMONWEALTH.))
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Legislators will consider thousands of bills during the 45 day session.
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Governor Warner will give the State of the Commonwealth speech to the General Assembly tonight. WDBJ-7 will carry the speech live starting at seven o'clock
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A Lynchburg company is helping out with tsunami relief efforts -- after matching donations from its employees.
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The engineering firm Wiley & Wilson yesterday donated a check for nearly 36-hundred dollars to the Lynchburg American Red Cross chapter.
The amount represents the company match of donations from its 150 employees across the state.
Wiley & Wilson says its employees contribute to dozens of charities every year, but this is the biggest response they've ever had.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Feeling like spring today, with highs soaring to the 70s.
We'll also keep some clouds around.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your extended outlook, up next.





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Last night's meeting took more than four hours -- and Roanoke County Supervisors still didn't reach a final decision on where to build a new regional jail.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

In a four to one vote the board decided to option a feasibility study on Higginbotham Farms, but it also optioned an independent study to determine if the existing jail in Salem could be expanded to hold 444-beds.
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((SORRY NO CLOSED CAPTIONING))
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The vote came after hours of public comment and back and forth by the board. One the board receives the results of the studies, it has to decide by April 1st. At that point- it can decided to buy the Higgenbottam property or expand the current jail in Salem.
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Wythe County made another Methamphetamine bust this week. Drug Enforcement Agents and sheriff's deputies rounded up four people on Monday, and served warrants to another four people who were already in jail. The group faces federal drug conspiracy charges for making and selling meth. A year long investigation led to the bust.
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One suspect is still on the loose. Police are looking for 23 year old Shawn Michael Wright of Max Meadows. If you have any information you're asked to call the Wythe County Sheriff's office at 276-223-6000.
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The man accused of killing a mother and daughter with his car in Montgomery County will go on trial.
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22 year old Christopher Hight was indicted by a grand jury yesterday on two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Police say Hight hit 44 year old Joyce Sirry and her six year old daughter Betty, as they were walking to the Shawsville Post Office last June. A trial date has yet to be set.
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