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electricity is expected to be restored in bedford, botetourt, campbell, henry and patrick counties tonight. meanwhile ... those in the dark county ... and roanoke city could be without power until late tomorrow night. while workers are doing their many area residents are frustrated. haven't showered in two days, have stay warm and charge cell phones. they say ... they've spent nearly 200- dollars on extra from spoiling. charles nichols / lost power: "the fact that we weren't given a straight answer, or a timeline, or the reason its not going to be on until friday is blank'... answer and its very frustrating to say well, here's the problem but we're not going to provide you with what the solution is going to be." we did speak to aep crews who say they are working as
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make sure that once power is restored ... it stays on. but they say rural areas and secondary neighborhoods might take longer than others. flooding isn't the only concern for drivers following the winter weather. downed power lines are a concern in roanoke. city workers put up warning signs and barricades to keep drivers off of mason mill road after trees toppled over leaving live power lines down. 13-th street and north avenue north-east have also been barricaded. roanoke city workers say ... they've contacted a-e-p about the problem. but as of now... there is no timeline as to when the live wires will be cleared. in your w-s-l-s ten timesaver traffic report... another area to watch out for is i-81 in salem. there's about a 2-and-a-half mile backup near mile marker 1-37. the south left shoulder and left lane are both closed. while safe and salted roads are
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months... they do come with unintended consequences. the salt used to keep streets safe them as well. says it's typical to see more due to the salt used to treat roads... and temperature swings. while potholes may seem like a minor inconvenience ... consumers. according to triple a... pothole damage has cost u-s the last 5 years. as for repairs ... v-dot says it fixes potholes using a temporary cold mix patch in the winter. crews use asphalt when it becomes available during the warmer months. road salt doesn't only affect potholes... it can also damage your lawn. environmental experts say the salt absorbs water... which is good for drying out slick roads... but bad for plants. if too much salt accumulates in the soil... it can affect root systems ... leading to plant discoloration or death. to help
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experts suggest mixing salt with sand... using barriers to protect plants from road spray... or choosing plants that are more salt tolerant. a historic site that's been struggling with finances over the past few months is finally back on track. natural bridge is now caught up on more than a million dollars worth of debt. the owners of the historic hotel missed their yearly payment of more than nine hundred thousand dollars. they also owed taxes to rockbridge county and various vendors for renovation work. wsls 10's rachel lucas has been following the story. she has more on how they did it and what this means moving forward. "natural bridge is back on track. they've been able to to state lawmakers and private donors." "really we can only go up, but we're going to go up from here." it's been a rough road since the owners of natural bridge missed their yearly october
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back taxes, in all totaling a little more than a million dollars. "just this week we were able to pay the remaining portion." jennifer bell with the virginia conservation legacy fund says they now have a new financial structure in place moving forward. :24 - :29 "it's been a collaborative effort to get everything done. in january and february we were able to receive donations in order to make those payments." not only did the donors help pay the debts. they have made an agreement with the lender to cut the yearly payment of 910 thousand dollars in half to 455 thousand dollars a year - in exchange, they've agreed to foot the bill in case the owners can't make the payment. those donors make up a new steering committee to help guide the bridge in financial decisions. in the meantime - natural bridge donated the caverns back to the state - which earned them more than a million dollars in tax credit to pay debt. the governor also played a big role in securing more
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120-thousand dollars a year in his budget for the next two years to go to natural bridge. and the status of becoming a state park? "it's been a work in progress." joe elton with the virginia department of recreation and conservation says the steering committee is working to make it happen sooner than expected. 1:36 - 1:43 "that could happen as early as this summer if all of the work comes together as we had hoped." which will help attract more visitors and more revenue to the bridge. and for more information on their plan for finances moving forward, visit us online at wsls dot com. in natural bridge i'm rachel lucas wsls 10 challenges to virginia's eminent domain law are being considered by the state's highest court. a group of giles county landowners made their plea to the supreme court of virginia tuesday. the landowners object to surveyors coming onto their land to plot a path for the proposed mountain valley pipeline. a ruling is expected within six weeks. previously... a circuit court
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with the surveyors. roanoke county police officers were up bright and early this morning having coffee with people in the community. this is the first time the police department has held a "coffee with a cop" event. it's something that more than two-thousand departments across the nation are doing.. to connect with community members.. build relationships.. and of course, have some morning coffee. officers say it's nice to interact with people in the community in a less stressful environment. sgt. jeffrey johnson / roanoke co. police: "a lot of times the community only sees us when we're dealing with them, whether they've called us because they've been a victim of a crime or we've stopped them for a traffic violation. this allows for interaction we don't normally get, to see we're just like them." the department is already planning similar events for this spring. a local firefighter tells his story after falling two floors in a burning home. the accident happened nearly a week ago. roanoke county first responders were called to a fire along green hill drive.
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the home's floorboards, crews acted fast. wsls10's christina craig spoke to the firefighter who's now doing well. audio - "mayday, mayday, mayday! firefighter mauck has fallen through the floor." it's a call for help, for a firerighter in trouble. "im in the basement...i'm ok..." it was only a week ago, roanoke county fire fighter robert mauck fell through two floors in a burning home and was caught in the 24-28 "my captain immediately got on the radio. he yelled for me. i was attempting to yell back to me." suspended above the basement in sheetrock and electrical wiring and with half a tank of air left, mauck new he had to act quickly. "i could see around and i noticed in the basement, in the area i was, i could not see any fire. i didn't feel any fire coming down on me. i decided the best thing for me to do at that point was to try to get my own self out."
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and radio to the crew he was ok. he never had time to think, because training kicked in and fast. 1:05-1:14 "evertime crews gear up for a call they know the dangers and risks they're taking. and, that's why training is crucial. save a life." "the training we've been given this instance." 1:16-1:24 "scenarios that's we've done they've had like a simulator where a collapsed floor you're crawling and it drops out from under you, and then you land and you're all tangled up." with only bruises to show, mauck is lucky to be standing. ironically, his firefighting days are numbered as he's accepted a new position as deputy fire marshall. in roanoke county,
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some students push themselves to succeed and get the highest g-p-a possible... leave out. the changes a local school district is making to help them
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this is a live look from our virginia tech skycam. after last night's clipper
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parts of the mountains southern parts of the nrv and mountain empire a light accumulation, it was nice once again to see the sun come back today. and temperatures did warm into the 40s, so the melting continues across the area. but we are still dealing with the ramifications of the
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week in the form of river flooding. the roanoke river at randolph is forecast to have moderate flooding, while the dan river at paces and south boston are forecast to have minor flooding. we'll keep a close eye on this for you, but any flooding is expected to end any time
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afternoon. tonight: fair skies and cold with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. once again, tonight beware of the potential for re-freezing. thursday: mostly sunny with highs in the middle 40s. we will stay mainly sunny on friday with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. we will really warm things up this weekend. saturday will country's newest millionaires
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the florida couple are part of the largest recorded lottery jack pot in history... nearly one- point-6 billion dollars. today... they walked away with a one-time lump sum payment of 327-million-800- thousand dollars. the couple says they want to use the money to help people. as for splurging on themselves... they'd like to buy a new car and get a massage. the other winning tickets were sold in tennessee and california.
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schools' grading system. and virginia's school breakfast program makes serious progress. w-s-l-s ten's jenna zibton has the details. jenna lynchburg students will have caps to their grade point averages starting next year. after some lengthy discussions... the school board voted in favor of the change five to four. the school board chair -- "mary ann hoss" says students are putting so much pressure on themselves... and families are putting so much pressure on them... but at the end of the day... it comes down to individual choices. hoss says board members voting in favor felt like students were taking excess a-p classes... and giving up the opportunity to take electives so their g-p-a would not be affected. but those voting against the change felt like high achieving weren't going to be rewarded for their work. hoss says this will help put students on a more even playing field. current 11th and 12th graders will be grandfathered in.
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current 10th grades at the start of the next school year. hoss said a school like uva doesn't look at gpas... but does weigh how many a-p classes are taken. jenna a new report by the food research and action center takes a look at federally funded school breakfast programs. vo the scorecard measures state performance... by looking at the number of low-income students eating school breakfast. west virginia tops the list, while utah is at the bottom. virginia was one of four states that showed solid gains. in henry county... all students receive free breakfast because there are so many families in poverty. on average last school year... more than eleven million students participated in school breakfast. congress is currently reviewing the federal child nutrition programs for possible changes. a bipartisan senate bill awaiting a floor vote would largely protect and strengthen these programs. jenna zibton, wsls 10. 15-million americans could be putting themselves at risk of developing dementia. the medication they're taking
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in w-s-l-s ten health team... about 20-percent of people in the united states suffer from acid reflux. and now ... there are new concerns over the medication used to prevent it. about 15-million americans use prescription medications such as nexium... pri- lo-sec... and prev-a-cid to treat their acid reflux. researchers say there may be a link between the drugs and dementia. 75-and- older who took the medication regularly "had a significantly increased risk of dementia." at risk. doctors are warning patients long. dr. john clarke/johns hopkins medicine "if you have heartburn that is mild and its possible to come off these drugs, then it's point."
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include avoiding certain foods and over-eating... losing weight... and wearing loose fitting clothes around your stomach heart burn drugs have also recently been linked to kidney disease and bone fractures. our 90 minutes of news continues next. stay with us for w-s-l-s ten at
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now at five- thirty ... the montgomery county circuit court clerk responds following a request from the board of supervisors. the answers erica williams gives. plus ... pittsylvania county begins work on next years budget. the challenges the county is facing already. thomas austin / computer science professor - san jose state univ. - "it's like if you put a key under your mat. how do you make sure only the right people use that key? and ...
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help unlock a terrorists i- phone. why the company is refusing to help. good evening and thanks for i'm john carlin. and i'm dawn jefferies. today is county circuit court clerk erica williams to provide the board of supervisors with information on turnover rates and work attendance. while the board cannot force williams to provide this met the deadline. but as wsls 10's bethany teague explains ... the board is no closer to getting answers. supervisors is seeking erica williams. chris tuck, board of supervisors - "we need to start moving forward." the board wants to know why williams' office had a 155 percent turnover rate in her first term.. and how often williams was actually at work. while the board asked for an explanation by today.. it cannot force one. chris tuck, board of supervisors - "she is a constitutional officer, and while we can ask her to respond,

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