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7Ward

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A week long manhunt for two Henry County murder suspects has led to the arrest of one of the suspects.
18-year-old Harden Ward turned himself in to authorities in Prince George's County, Maryland this morning.
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Ward and his brother, 24-year-old Michael Ward, were wanted in connection with the the murder of 25-year-old Orbin Smith.
Smith was shot to death in his home following an armed robbery last month.
Michael Ward is still at large.
In addition to Smith's murder, the two are suspects in five armed robberies in the County.
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And there was another armed robbery in Henry County -- this one last night.
Authorities say the Kroger store on 220 South was robbed at about 11:30.
The suspect is described as an African-American Male, about 30 years old, between 5'9 - 5'10 and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds.
He has a mustache, and was wearing purple sweats and a camoflauge jacket at the time of the robbery.

7Snowshoe


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A 42-year-old Kentucky man was killed yesterday while skiing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
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Officials say the man, whose identity has NOT been released, was injured after he skied into woods while he was on one of the more difficult slopes.
A resort spokesman says... it appears the man lost control.
This accident marks the SECOND death in the resort's 21-year history.
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7Ramos


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A Lexington police officer has been suspended with pay while state police investigate allegations of police brutality.
Shelby Katz of Lexington filed a warrant against Officer Mark Ramos chargin him with assault and battery.
Katz claims Ramos hurt her while she was being arrested October 28th.
The Lexington Police Department says it won't comment until the investigation is complete.

7Federal-Budget


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The Government is up and running again, but THOUSANDS of federal workers are STILL feeling the affects of the RECENT shutdown.
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At the Poff Federal Building, employees in the Veterans Affairs office were welcomed back by more than 40- thousand letters.
Most of them were claims and documents that were waiting to be processed.
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((JIM MAY/VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: THAT HAS PUT US AT LEAST-- A WEEK IN PROCESSING THE MAIL AND TIME YOU DO THAT WITH OTHER MAIL THAT'S COMING IN TODAY AND FROM THIS POINT ON, I'D SAY IT PROBABLY THROWS US TWO AND THREE WEEKS BEHIND IN SCHEDULE. ))
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Backlog is also a problem at the Social Security office.
Officials say there are some OTHER factors that will make the next few days rough ones.
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((FRED AYSCUE/SOCIAL SECURITY DIRECTOR: WE'RE RUNNING A GOOD 4 DAYS BEHIND IN OUR WORK AND THIS BEING A HOLIDAY WEEKEND WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE USUALLY HIT US ANYWAY DURING THE WEEK, WE'LL GET EVEN FURTHER BEHIND. ))
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Even though the agencies are behind in their work, BOTH say the situation would be MUCH worse had the government CONTINUED to be shutdown.


7Boot-Camp


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State prison officials say a 24-year-old man died after doing pushups during his first day at Virginia's boot camp for young criminals.
Ronell Mason of Bluefield died September 18th at the Southampton Intensive Treatment Center.
An autopsy determined the cause of death was an irregualr heart rhythm, and further tests determined that Mason had Sickle cell anemia.
The disease can be complicated by rigorous, physical exercise and can even lead to death.
It is not clear whether Mason had been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia before he entered the boot camp.

7weather


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Taking a look now at weather -
It's going to be a nice day today - sunny and breezy, with highs in the 50s.
Partly cloudy and windy tonight with lows in the 30s.
For tomorrow, expect sunny and clear skies.
It'll be windy though, with cooler temperatures in the 40s.

55Arrest


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One of the two suspects in a murder in Henry County is behind bars in his home state of Maryland.
18-year-old Harden Ward surrendered in Prince George's County, Maryland this morning.
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Ward and his brother, 24-year-old Michael Ward, are suspects in the shooting death of 25-year-old Orbin Smith.
Michael Ward is still at large.
In addition to Smith's murder, the two are accused of five armed robberies in the County.
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Police say Ward's family encouraged him to surrender.

55Smart-Road


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The brakes have been put on the proposed Smart Road.
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors last night voted NOT rezone 140 acres of private land for the project.
The vote was four to three.
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The proposed six mile stretch of hi- tech highway would link Blacksburg and Interstate 81.
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The vote halts the project until the state Transportation Department decides whether or not to take the matter to court.

55Burley-Tobacco


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Tobacco farmers had a lot on their minds as the annual burley market opened in Abingdon.
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Burely is second largest variety of tobacco second only to the flue-cured variety.
Most of it comes from southside. Burely tobacco farmers are concerned aboutwhat price they will get for their crop.
Also about the recent attempts to regulate tobacco as a drug.
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((ARCHIE BAILEY/VA BURLEY COMMITTEE: IF WE ALLOW THIS IT'S JUST ANOTHER INTRUSION IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES AND OUR PERSONAL PREFERENCES.))
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Experts say burley tobacco farmers will fetch a higher price-per-pound than they did last year.
They base their prediction on the fact that FLUE-CURED growers saw gains during their auctions several months ago.
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55Armstrong


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Some furniture plants in Central Virginia are being sold.
Armstrong World Industries of Pennsylvania is selling off its furniture-making division, including plants in Appomattox and Brookneal.
The company says it will sell Thomasville Furniture Industries to Interco Incorporated of Saint Louis.

55Decorations


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Downtown Roanoke will be getting a face lift today...all in the spirit of the holidays.
It's the Greening of the Market.
Analysts say the holiday could be tough on retailers, so downtown Roanoke Incorporated has festive plans to draw the shoppers downtown using live greenery.
NEW holiday decorations will deck downtown Roanoke this year.
The city's old decorations were getting worn and this year new Christmas banners and lights are going up.
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The History Museum at Center in the Square will house Fantasyland. For years, people saw this display in Heironimus.
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((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: FANTASYLAND IS AN ANIMATED CHRISTMAS DISPLAY, WONDERFUL FOR CHILDREN, IT IS A NUMBER OF LITTLE ELVES, AND REINDEER, AND SANTA CLAUS WILL BE HERE.))
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More downtown buildings will have lighting.
Norfolk Southern's offices and the old Courthouse join the list.
There's also a series of events planned.
The Dickens of a Christmas program will return.
Carriage rides, caroling, and other activities will take place December first, eighth, and fifteenth.
The Festival of Trees returns to the top floor of the First Union Tower on Friday.
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Also to help celebrate the festive season, there's the Festival of Lights Parade, and the Jingle Bell Run.

55weather


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Taking a look now at weather -
We've got another nice day to look forward to.
It's going to be sunny and breezy, today with highs in the 50s.
For tonight, you can expect partly cloudy skies windy conditions - lows will be in the 30s.
Tomorrow, we'll have sunny and clear skies.
It'll be windy though, with cooler temperatures in the 40s.

8Ward


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After a week long police search for two Maryland brothers wanted in connection with a Henry County murder, one of the brothers turned himself in.
At the urging of family members 18-year-old Harden Ward surrendered to police early this morningturned in Prince George's County, Maryland.
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Ward and his brother, 24-year-old Michael Ward, are suspects in last month's shooting death of 25-year-old Orbin Smith.
Smith was shot during an armed robbery.
Michael Ward remains at large.
In addition to Smith's murder, the brothers are suspects in several armed robberies in the County.
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And last night there was another unrelated armed robbery in Henry County.
Authorities say the Kroger store on 220 South was robbed at about 11:30. ESS/FULL
The suspect is described as an African-American Male, about 30 years old, between 5'9" - 5'10" and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds.
He has a mustache, and was wearing purple sweats and a camoflauge jacket at the time of the robbery.

8Snowshoe


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For the second time since it opened 21 years ago a skier has died in an accident at Snowshoe Mountain resort.
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Officials say a 42-year old Kentucky man, was killed when he skied into woods while on one of the more difficult slopes.
A resort spokesman says... it appears the man lost control.
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In March 19-94, a 28-year-old Jacksonville Beach, Florida, woman died after she lost control while skiing and ran into a tree.

8Smart-Road


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The brakes have been put on the proposed Smart Road.
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors last night voted NOT to rezone 140 acres of private land for the project.
The vote was four to three.
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The proposed six mile stretch of hi- tech highway would link Blacksburg and Interstate 81.
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The vote halts the project until the state Transportation Department decides whether or not to take the matter to court.

8Deer-Season


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The state has already recorded eleven hunting accidents since November, and that's just with the start of Muzzloading season.
Now that general firearms season is open authorities are hoping hunters will dress the part, sporting a blaze of color.
Joe Dashiell reports from Franklin County.
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((One hunter takes aim in Franklin County, while others are checking their game nearby. ((DON BROWN/HUNTER: WHEN I FIRST SAW HIM I WAS SHAKING SO BAD I HAD TO WAIT PROBABLY 15 MINUTES AS HE WALKED ON AROUND AND HAD A BETTER SHOT AT HIM WHEN HE GOT IN AN OLD ROAD BED. THAT'S WHEN I PULLED THE TRIGGER THEN.))
State wildlife biologists report a good crop of acorns this year, an abundant supply of food for game.
And local hunters and game checking stations report a busy start to the general firearms season. ((AUDREY MITCHELL/MITCHELL'S GROCERY: WE HAD AN ELEVEN POINTER AND SEVERAL EIGHT POINTERS AS I SAY REAL NICE. THEY'RE BIGGER RACKS, BIGGER DEER THIS YEAR THAN NORMAL.))
In the early hours of the two week season general firearm season, hunters were wearing the blaze orange that state law requires. ((GEORGE BROWN/HUNTER: IT'LL SAVE YOUR LIFE. IF IT SPOOKS THE DEER YOU CAN ALWAYS GET A DEER. YOU CAN'T GET YOUR BUDDY BACK.))
And as more people head into the woods, authorities hope hunters will be carrying caution and common sense along with their ammunition.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

8weather


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Taking a look now at weather -
It's going to be a nice day today - sunny and breezy, with highs in the 50s.
Partly cloudy and windy tonight with lows in the 30s.
For tomorrow, expect sunny and clear skies. It'll be windy though, with cooler temperatures in the 40s.