[7-Campbell-Fire]

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Five fire companies battled a blaze in Campbell County early this morning.
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The fire at Hyland Auto Parts on Timberlake Road destroyed two buildings.
Some fifty firefighters tried to save the business, but could not.
Timberlake Road was closed for a time-- but is now open.
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[7-E-House-Fire]


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A Roanoke family lost their northwest home to fire last night.
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Authorities say the fire started in the kitchen of this home on the corner of tenth street and Courtland Avenue -- and quickly spread to the rest of the house.
Charlotte Parker says she and her grandchildren were outside raking leaves, when she noticed smoke coming from inside her house.
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((I DIDN'T GET NO FURTHER THAN THE DOOR TO TRY AND REACH FOR THE TELEPHONE THE SMOKE WAS SO BLACK IN THERE I COULDN'T SEE, AND THE SMOKE WAS SO STRONG I THOUGHT IT WAS BETTER FOR ME TO GET OUT.))
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Authorities say food left cooking on the stove is to blame -- but they are calling the fire an accident.
The house was a total loss.
Parker and her family were renting the home and will be staying with relatives.
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[7-E-Holiday-Traffic]


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Construction on Interstate 77 coming into Virginia from North Carolina backed up traffic about 20- miles yesterday.

Interstate 81 was NOT as severe but state police say traffic was heavy.
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Both Interstates have seen their share of accidents and delays, throughout the weekend, as travelers returned to school and home after the holiday break.
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((SGT. TOM FOSTER/STATE TROOPER: WE'VE EXPERIENCED ONE FATALITY SO FAR THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND STATE WIDE WE'VE EXPERIENCED 16 FATAL CRASHES THIS WEEKEND.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/State Police]
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[OUTQ=crashes this weekend.]
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Nationwide-- an estimated 28- million people were expected to travel by car between Wednesday and yesterday.
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[7-E-Car-Accident]


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Several local accidents caused traffic problems last night, including...
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...this seven car pile up in Botetourt County that closed down one lane in the south bound section of interstate 81 near Buchanan shortly before 8.
State police say the accident was caused by drivers following the vehicle in front of them too closely.
Three people were taken to the hospital.
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[7-Smart-Road]


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As construction on Montgomery County's Smart Road moves along, so does the price tag.
The cost for the bridge that will cross Ellett Valley is much more than orginally expected.
Because of additional inspection and engineering costs, officials say the structure will cost an extra THREE million dollars..
The bridge will be two thousand feet long and 160 feet high, making it is the tallest in the state.

[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Monday forecast.
Mostly sunny today with winds reaching 10 to 20 miles per hour.
Highs in the low to mid 50s.
Tonight, partly cloudy, breezy, and cold with lows in the upper 20s to 30.

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[45-E-Deer-Cars]


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Increased holiday traffic means an increase in auto accidents.
Motorists are also encountering another problem, dear.
As Joy Sutton reports.
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(( It's hunting season -- and officials say that means a lot of deer are coming out of the woods and onto the roads.


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[IN Q=This time of year]

(( THIS TIME OF THE YEAR THERE'S A LOT MORE ACTIVITY IN THE WOODS, HUNTERS GOING INTO THE DEER'S HABITAT AND CAUSING THEM TO COME OUT. ALSO THE VEGETATION IS BEGINNING TO DECREASE AND THE DEER COME OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS INTO THE SUBURBS AND GRAZE ON LAWNS AND GRASS PLANTED ON THE ROADWAYS.))
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And if you're like most motorists you've probably spotted a few deer.
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((ROBIN TRIPLETT:COMING HOME I'M REAL CAUTIOUS LOOKING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD A LOT TO SEE IF ONE WILL COME OUT AND HIT THE CAR BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM OUT THERE))
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((JIM MITCHELL:THEY'LL COME OUT OVER THE ROADS,AND IF YOU'VE EVER SEEN SOME OF THE CARS THAT HAVE BEEN HIT BY A DEER IT CAN TEAR THEM UP PRETTY BAD ))
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: SOMETIMES DEER APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE CATCHING DRIVERS BY SURPRISE. BUT OFFICIALS SAY IT'S NOT ALWAYS BEST TO SWERVE TO AVOID HITTING ONE))
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((SGT. FOSTER/VA STATE POLICE:WHERE WE USUALLY HAVE MORE SERIOUS INJURY RESULT IS WHEN THE MOTORIST TRIES TO AVOID THE DEER AND THEY RUN OFF THE ROAD AND STRIKE A STATIONARY OBJECT SUCH AS A LARGE TREE OR THEY SWERVE TO THE OTHER DIRECTION ON A TWO LANE ROAD AND STRIKE ONCOMING VEHICLES HEAD-ON ))
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The driver of this vehicle swerved to avoid a deer and ended up hitting a ditch and flipping the vehicle on it's side.
That's why officials advice staying in your lane -- and applying the brakes quickly.
Officials say there have been 49 crashes in Roanoke, Montgomery and Botetourt counties in November alone -- and every year state police say there is at least one fatality here locally.
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((TYPICALLY IN THIS AREA DEER RELATED CRASHES INCREASE FROM AROUND 4 TO 5 PERCENT TO 12 TO 15 PERCENT DURING HUNTING SEASON))
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Officials say it's good to use your high beams in spotting a deer -- but once you encounter one it's best to put your lights on low beam so that the animal is not distracted.
Also keep an eye out for more deer during the early evening hours just after sunset and the very early pre-dawn hours.
Joy Sutton, News 7. ))
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[45-E-Danville-Murder]


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A seventeen year old faces murder charges in connection with the weekend death of another teenager.
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Police say 18 year old Torrenzo Dewhan Bennett of Ringgold was shot with a handgun in the shoulder, thigh and left side.
Authorities found Bennett outside Phatty Bobalatti's Pub and Grill on Piney Forest Road, around 12- thirty yesterday morning.
In addition to a murder charge the 17 year old also faces an attempted murder charge.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast...
Mostly sunny and breezy today, with highs in the low to mid 50s.
Turning partly cloudy tonight, with cold winds dropping overnight lows into the 20s.
The extended forecast stays chilly tomorrow, with partly cloudy skies and highs only in the 30s....temperatures eventually warm up again by Thursday.

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[8-E-Danville-Murder]


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A teenager has been charged with the murder of another teenager outside a Danville nightspot yesterday.
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Police say 18-year-old Torrenzo Dewhan Bennett of Ringgold was shot with a handgun in the shoulder, thigh and left side.
Authorities found Bennett outside Phatty Bobalatti's Pub and Grill on Piney Forest Road, around 12- thirty.
Police arrested and charged a 17 year old with the murder as well as the attempted murder of another man.
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[8-Mentally-Ill]


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The number of mentally ill youth are entering Virginia's juvenile prisons.
Officials say the number of adolescents needing treatment for mental health disorders has climbed sharply.
Currently, 47 percent of boys and 57 percent of girls in state detention centers require mental health treatment.

The percentages have risen during a time where the state has closed adolescent units at its mental hospitals.

[8-Campbell-Fire]


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An early morning fire has destroyed a Campbell County business.
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[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Firefighters arrived at Hyland Auto parts on Timberlake Road shortly after one this morning.
Some fifty firefighters from surrounding departments worked to save the business, but could not.
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[IN Q=We have received]

((JERRY WOMACK/BROOKVILLE FIRE DEPT.; WE HAVE RECEIVED ASSISTANCE FROM CAMPBELL COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD, FOREST VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT., LYNDAN FIRE DEPT., THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG, AND EVINGTON FIRE DEPT.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Womack/Brookville Fire Department;]
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[OUT Q=evington fire dept.]
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The fire destroyed two of the business's buildings.
Fire officials say clean up efforts will continue throughout the day.
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[8-E-House-Fire]


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A Roanoke family lost its home to fire yesterday afternoon.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Authorities say the fire started in the kitchen of the home on the corner of tenth street and Courtland Avenue -- and quickly spread to the rest of the house.
Charlotte Parker says she and her grandchildren were outside raking leaves, when she noticed smoke coming from inside her house.
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[SOT 6:11:13]
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((I DIDN'T GET NO FURTHER THAN THE DOOR TO TRY AND REACH FOR THE TELEPHONE THE SMOKE WAS SO BLACK IN THERE I COULDN'T SEE, AND THE SMOKE WAS SO STRONG I THOUGHT IT WAS BETTER FOR ME TO GET OUT.))
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities say food left cooking on the stove is to blame -- but they are calling the fire an accident.
The house was a total loss.
Parker and her family were renting the home and will be staying with relatives.
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[8-E-Holiday-Traffic]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-49 00:29:49]
[GRAPHIC=HOLIDAY TRAVEL]


Motorists on Interstate 77 coming into Virginia from North Carolina faced a 20- mile back up yesterday due to construction.
Interstate 81 was NOT as severe but state police say traffic was heavy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Both Interstates have seen their share of accidents and delays as travelers head back to school and home after the holiday break.
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[INQ=we've experienced]

((SGT. TOM FOSTER/STATE TROOPER: WE'VE EXPERIENCED ONE FATALITY SO FAR THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND STATE WIDE WE'VE EXPERIENCED 16 FATAL CRASHES THIS WEEKEND.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/State Police]
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[OUTQ=crashes this weekend.]
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[VO-NAT]


Nationwide-- an estimated 28- million people were expected to travel by car over the weekend.
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[8Weather]


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Let's check out the back- to-work forecast once more...
Mostly sunny today, with chilly northwest winds and highs in the low to mid 50s.
Partly cloudy and cold overnight, with lows in the 20s.
The extended forecast stays chilly tomorrow, with partly cloudy skies and highs only in the 30s....temperatures eventually warm up again by Thursday.
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