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Hurricane Bonnie remains unpredictable this morning, as she sits about 500 miles south of the Outer Banks.
A hurricane warning has been morning from South Carolina to the North Carolina- Virginia border, which means Bonnie could make landfall within the next 36 hours.
Officials in Dare County, North Carolina this morning issued a mandatory evacuation order in advance of Bonnie.
Ellen Qualls reports from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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Pittsylvania County officials say a suspect is in police custody following a murder over the weekend.
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44-year old Thomas Lee Sands was found dead in his home on (Cal-inds) Callands Road near the Henry County line Sunday night.
An autopsy showed Sands was shot several times in the neck and chest.
The sheriff's office says it will make an arrest after the Commonwealth's Attorney reviews the case.
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Firefighters kept live ammunition from adding fuel to a Bedford County fire yesterday afternoon.
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It started in a trailer off Parish Road in Chamblissburg. The owner was not home at the time and no one was hurt.

Firefighters from Vinton were called in to help keep the fire from spreading.
Some neighbors were concerned about ammunnition stored in the trailer, but firefighters say it wasn't a problem.
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((LT. CHRIS LINKOUS/VINTON FIRE DEPT.; A REPORT WAS GIVEN TO ME ABOUT THERE WAS AMMUNITION GOING OFF, BY THE TIME WE ARRIVED, UNDOUBTEDLY MOST OF IT HAD BEEN SPENT, SO IT'S ALREADY DONE. THAT'S NOT OUR MAJOR CONCERN RIGHT NOW, OUR MAJOR CONCERN WAS PROPANE TANKS ON THE SIDE AND THAT WAS TAKEN CARE OF.))
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Firefighters were able to protect the propane tanks and a fuel oil tank from the flames.
They don't know how the fire started.
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Taking a look at your Tuesday forecast..
Mostly sunny skies and hot temperatures that could reach the mid-90's.
Some clouds move in overnight, with lows in the mid- to upper-60's.
The extended forecast is less predictable- as Hurricane Bonnie continues to head for the coastline. We'll have more updates on Bonnie's path throughout the day.
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 8/26/98
Wednesday:

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Anniversary:
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V-DOT officials are asking the public to hold onto their opinions until all the facts on I-73 are known.
But yesterday, Bedford County officials followed Botetourt County in documenting its opposition.
David Johnson reports.
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(( V-Dot continues to gather information and study alternate routes for the highway that many say would bring jobs and economic growth. But Botetourt and Bedford County officials don't want the routes through their backyards.
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((GERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT CO. ADMINISTRATOR; THE BOTETOURT BOARD IS OPPOSED TO THIS ROUTE OR ANY ROUTE IN THIS AREA OF THE COUNTY BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE SERVICES IN THIS AREA. OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CALLS FOR THIS TO BE A RESIDENTIAL AND RURAL AREA. AND ALSO THEY'RE GOING TO CROSS MOUNTAINS AND THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, THINGS THAT WE FEEL WILL BE DESTROYED IF AN INTERSTATE COMES THROUGH THERE.)) [RUNS18]
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Botetourt has adopted two resolutions requesting that its area be dropped from the list of I-73 options. But V-Dot is legally bound and committed to conducting a thourough study of ALL possible alternatives.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESWOMAN; THAT INCLUDES LOOKING AT ANY OPTIONS THAT ARE OUT THERE FOR A POSSIBLE NEW INTERSTATE. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT ANY DECISION HAS BEEN MADE ABOUT WHERE A NEW INTERSTATE COULD BE LOCATED. WE DO WANT TO HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE AND WE ENCOURAGE PUBLIC INPUT. BUT WE WOULD ALSO SAY AT THIS POINT NOT ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS KNOWN. SO WAIT FOR THE FACTS, THEN GIVE US YOUR OPINION.)) [RUNS20]
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Botetourt officials say they plan to continue voicing opposition to their area being considered among the alternate routes until it is dropped as an option. David Johnson, News 7.))

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In other news from Bedford County, the planning Commission has approved expansion plans for a nursing home owner, but not before hearing from some residents who oppose the project.
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Among the growth plans David Graves has for his "Woodhaven" facility is a state of the art 50-thousand square foot nursing home with a 120-bed capacity. The project also calls for 40 assisted-care units and a retail shopping area. But some residents listed drainage, sewage odors and traffic among their reasons for being opposed.
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((WAYNE DOOLEY/OPPOSED TO EXPANSION; IT'S DEGRADING OUR PROPERTY VALUES AND EVERYTHING. WE DON'T HAVE THE FACILITIES FOR IT, LIKE SEWER AND WATER AND THAT'S WHAT THE PROBLEMS GOING TO BE.))
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Graves anticipates the expansion will be complete by the year 20-10.
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The Internal Revenue Service is making sure it gets the tax money its due from Giles County Commonwealth's Attorney Garland Spangler.
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The IRS filed a lien against Spangler's assets yesterday, allowing it to collect on the sale of his property.
The lien charges that Spangler owes employment taxes to the tune of 21-thousand dollars.
He allegedly accumulated the debt before taking office in 1996.
Spangler could NOT be reached for comment.
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Turning to weather-- forecasters continue monitoring Hurricane Bonnie, which could make landfall along the Outer Banks as early as tomrrow afternoon.
Otherwise, the sunny, hot weather will continue today with highs in the 90s.
Cloudy skies tonight, with lows in the 60s.
At this point, the extended outlook is calling for some rain possibly by Thursday.
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They're taking the threat of Hurricane Bonnie Very seriously this morning.
Officials in Dare County have issued a mandatory evacuation.
The evacuation affects some 200 thousand residents and tourists.
Hurricane Bonnie remains unpredictable as it sits about 500 miles south of the Outer Banks.
Ellen Qualls is covering the storm from South Carolina.
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A Pittsylvania County man was found dead over the weekend- the victim of several gunshot wounds to the upper body. Officials now say they have a suspect in custody.
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44-year old Thomas Lee Sands was found dead in his home on (Cal-inds) Callands Road near the Henry County line Sunday night.
An autopsy showed Sands was shot several times in the neck and chest area.
The sheriff's office says it will make an arrest after the Commonwealth's Attorney reviews the case.
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A six- to seven- foot long snake that slipped into it's owner's toilet is reportedly slithering through Roanoke County's sewer system.
Last week a man was evicted from Affordable Efficiency Inns on Overland Drive after his pet python escaped.
The apartment complex does NOT allow pets.
A Virginia Tech biomedical science professor says cooler weather will probably kill the snake.
But the weather remains warm, and Roanoke County utilities director Gary Robertson said although it would be difficult, it IS possible for the snake to resurface in another area.



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Time to check in on the forecast---


Mostly sunny and hot again today, with highs heading into the mid 90s.
Partly cloudy skies tonight, with lows in the upper 60s.
And the extended forecast is a tough call-- depending on whether Hurricane Bonnie makes landfall tomorrow near the Outer Banks, as predicted.
But at this point, expect an increase in clouds and the possibility for showers later this week.
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