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Some area schools will have a short day again today because of the heat.
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Bedford County will close two hours early today and tomorrow. There's also a change in the awards ceremonies at Bedford Middle School; 7th grade will be at 9am; 8th grade at 10am.
Campbell County will close two hours early for the rest of the school year.
Danville dismisses students two hours early today.
Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1pm today and tomorrow.
Henry County will keep the same schedule today as it did yesterday: elementary schools closing at 11:45, middle schols at 12:30 and high schools at 12:45.
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Al Bedrosian will take another shot at Dick Cranwell's seat in the House of Delegates,
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taking the GOP primary from contender Ed Lynch.
Bedrosian had 76% of the vote to Lynch's 24%.
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Eric Earnhart has the candidates reaction.
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Most of the voters in Roanoke County's Cave Spring district stayed away from the polls yesterday -
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but those who did vote gave Supervisor Fuzzy Minnix the victory. He got 86% of the vote... over opponent James Garris, who brought in 14%.
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The district's seven precincts were anything but busy for the Republican primary.
By midafternoon, one of them had seen just seven voters.
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Minnix's DEMOCRATIC opponent released a statement last night.
Gene Marrano officially invited Minnix to a public debate.

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Taking a look at your Wednesday forecast--
It's going to be another hot one today--
Mostly sunny with highs between 90 and 94 degrees--
This evening there will be some relief with calm winds, temps in the mid to low 60's and clear skies--
Taking a look at your extended forecast--
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Ninety plus temperatures are in today's forecast again so that means some schools are closing early again today.
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Bedford County will close two hours early today and tomorrow. There's also a change in the awards ceremonies at Bedford Middle School; 7th grade will be at 9am; 8th grade at 10am.
Campbell County will close two hours early for the rest of the school year.
Danville dismisses students two hours early today.
Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1pm today and tomorrow.
Henry County will keep the same schedule today as it did yesterday: elementary schools closing at 11:45, middle schols at 12:30 and high schools at 12:45.
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Lawyers say they will appeal sodomy convictions against their Roanoke clients.
A total of eight convictions were handed down yesterday- in Roanoke's first felony prosecutions aimed at solicitation of gay sex in public.
Police have previously brought misdemeanor charges such as indecent exposure in similar cases.
But the 8 men were convicted of felony sodomy after asking undercover police for oral sex at a city park.

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The crime happened more than two decades ago, but the trial continues today in Lewisburg, West Virginia for the man accused in a deadly bomb attack.
Scott Goldberg reports.
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A Bassett man faces four felony charges in connection with a double shooting that critically wounded his 14 year old niece.
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46-year-old William Edward Mize turned himself in to Henry County Sheriff's deputies yesterday morning, following an intense manhunt.
He allegedly shot his niece in the face Monday night after arguing with the girl's mother .
The girl is in critical condition at a North Carolina Hospital.
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Mize is also charged with shooting the girl's mother.
She was suffered only minor injuries.
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Unseasonably hot temperatures will send some students home early again today....
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Bedford County will close two hours early today and tomorrow. There's also a change in the awards ceremonies at Bedford Middle School; 7th grade will be at 9am; 8th grade at 10am.
Campbell County will close two hours early for the rest of the school year.
Danville dismisses students two hours early today.
Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1pm today and tomorrow.
Henry County schools also close early today, the
Elementary schools closing at 11:45, middle schools at 12:30 and high schools at 12:45.
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A mental evaluation should help a judge decide whether a Wythe county woman should be released on bond.
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34- year old Julia Alderman is accused of trying to hire three women to kill her romantic rival.
Investigators say Alderman was having an affair with a married man and wanted to have his wife killed.
She was arrested last month by Pulaski police.
Yesterday Alderman was in court hoping to be released on bond.
Prosecutors urged the judge to keep Alderman in custody-- saying she's a threat to the commonwealth's witnesses and the intended victim.
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Judge Ed Turner is waiting for health care workers to determine if Alderman is mentally stable.
If so-- bond will be set at 25-thousand dollars.

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Election night brought a mixed fortune for Governor Jim Gilmore--
Gilmore had endorsed some Republican candidates over other Republicans in four General Assembly primaries.
But TWO of his four candidates were defeated.
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Incumbent Republican Delegate Panny Rhodes says she plans to hold NO grudge against Gilmore for working against her-- and saying she'd "essentially switched parties."
But she clearly thinks Gilmore misjudged moderate voters.
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((DEL. PANNY RHODES/R-RICHMOND: DON'T DECIDE THAT CITIZENS AREN'T PAYING ATTENTION THAT CITIZENS DON'T KNOW WHAT THINGS ARE ABOUT.)) ((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: I THINK THERE WAS SOME DEGREE IN WHICH THE GOVERNOR'S SUPPORT, ALONG WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S SUPPORT, AND CONGRESSMAN BLILEY'S SUPPORT ANGERED A NUMBER OF PEOPLE.))
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In Manassas, a Senate candidate Gilmore endorsed also lost.

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Virginia's U-S Senate race may offer the nation's Republicans their BEST opportunity to win a Democratic seat.
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In our latest NEWS 7 Mason-Dixon poll, incumbent Senator Chuck Robb pulls only 38- percent support among Virginia voters polled late last week.
Republican challenger George Allen has 48- percent support.
That's about where the race stood when we polled in February.
The only silver lining for Chuck Robb is that his favorable name recognition rating -- at 45% in our poll -- is at its highest point in eight years.
But 56- percent of voters recognize George Allen's name favorably -- more than a year since he left the governor's mansion.
The Senate election is still 18 months away.
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In the Botetourt county Sheriff's race...
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Salem police officer Ronnie Sprinkle won the Republican nomination yesterday, bringing in 56% of the vote.
His opponent - Major Ken Smith - garnered 44% of the vote.
Smith is currently the chief deputy in Botetourt.
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Taking a moment now to look at the mid- week forecast...
Mostly sunny skies with more near- record heat.
Highs this afternoon in the lower 90s.
Clear overnight, with lows near 65.
As for the rest of the week...a mix of sun and clouds, with highs a little closer to normal..in the 80s.
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