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Web Staff | March 3, 2011
Southwest and central Virginia’s preeminent broadcast journalist will retire in May.   Keith Humphry joined WDBJ7 in 1980 and has anchored “News7 at Six” for 31 years.   Whether he’s investigating corruption, telling the story of a D-Day veteran, or getting the door slammed in his face by an angry subject of an investigation, Humphry’s storytelling takes viewers right along with him.   Humphry said, “WDBJ7 has let me follow any story wherever it led.  No matter what the commercial impact or whose interest was at stake, if a story was worth telling, the company always backed me up.”   He has been the face of “News7 at Six” longer than any other anchor.
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August 20, 2012
I'll be the first to say I don't like math. Matter of fact, I got into TV because I couldn't do math and I still can't. TV seemed to be a perfect fit. I always enjoyed talking. I was often asking lots of questions, and if an answer didn't feel right, I kept on asking until it felt like the truth. I've been working as a reporter for more than 20 years and still enjoy the rush of working in "hot spots,” where chaos reigns and ugly deadlines are breathing down my neck. What most folks don't realize is that I am the last link in a very long chain.
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Bethany Tucker and WDBJ7 Associate Producer | February 4, 2012
UPDATE, Sunday 4:41p.m.:     Your Hometown News Leader is learning more about a deadly home invasion just across the state line in North Carolina.     Early Saturday morning, authorities in Reidsville, North Carolina say a man and woman were shot and killed inside their home during a home invasion. They are identified as Douglas and Ladonna French, husband and wife. Their 19-year-old daughter, Whitley, was injured in the incident.     We're learning the young woman told 911 dispatchers she woke up to an attack by a masked man in her bedroom.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | July 14, 2012
They say it makes it seem that carrying a firearm in county parks is illegal, even though it's not. That's why they organized a protest and picnic today at Green Hill Park in Salem. It's all about semantics. Members of the pro-gun group say they want to make sure their 2nd amendment rights are protected. The Virginia Citizens Defense League says the purpose of this protest is to bring awareness to an issue they feel is extremely important.   This ordinance isn't a new one. It's been on the books for quite some time.  The county issued a statement.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | August 19, 2012
Businesses all around Blacksburg and the New River Valley are getting ready for an economic boom as college students head back to class next Monday. The students, their parents and friends all contribute to the local economy - IN A BIG WAY! The football games also make for an economic touchdown of sorts. Some students began moving into the dorms this weekend. However, most will arrive starting on Thursday. The Hokie House on North Main Street is known for its burgers and wings.
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July 20, 2012
August 15 Goodbye They say all good things must come to an end.  With that, I'm leaving WDBJ and the news business.  I've accepted a position as the community relations coordinator for Roanoke City Schools.  There are several reasons why I'm switching careers.  I'd like to share some with you. At 36, I need to try something new.  I haven't really been challenged for awhile.  I guess you could say I'm going through a mini mid-life...
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 19, 2012
You've been sending us your photos of acorns, and lots of them. Most come with the question: Do more acorns mean a harsh winter? So is this fact or folklore? There's always at least a little bit of truth behind some of the folklore. We've found it realy just depends on who you ask.    Long before the days of doppler radar, native Americans used the acorn crop to predict harsh or mild winters.The thought is that trees can foresee or "predict" the weather for the upcoming winter and provide enough nuts and acorns for all the animals to last them through the cold months.
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WDBJ Web Staff | May 21, 2012
A gunshot victim who was being rushed to the hospital when the car he was in crashed in Henry County had been shot 10 times. Three other people in the car died as a result of the accident. An autopsy revealed that Lamar Ward died as a result of the gunshot wounds, prior to the accident. Ward was being taken to the hospital when the car he was in crashed. Three other people died as a result of the April 28 accident: Manesha S. Ward, 24 years old; Takea Shade Turner, 21; Lazarius Amare Woods, 6 months old. Indictments have been issued for Lamont Anthony Woods for first-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of first-degree murder, and child endangerment.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | June 4, 2012
His name is Zane Angle and he's a man with a lot of muscle and a big dream. The "strong man" has his eyes on a national and, eventually, a world title. With his wrist straps and weight belts in close proximity, the tower of muscle has the necessary equipment to lift hundreds of pounds. You can check him out on youtube lifting cars and kegs that weigh hundreds of pounds. Angle has placed before as a strong man and next month he hopes to take the state title in Kentucky. Eventually he'd like to be crownded the world's strongest man. Zane showed off for us as he sprinted with 310 pounds on both sides of his body.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff/Bryce Williams | December 10, 2012
Mark Church has been named the new superintendent of Franklin County Public Schools. Church had been serving as interim superintendent since July when Charles Lackey was voted out by the school board. Prior to serving as interim superintendent, Church had been the director of career and technical education for Franklin County Public Schools. Church grew up in Franklin County, and attended Boones Mill Elementary School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and Franklin County High School.
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May 21, 2010
E-Mail Leo Follow Leo on Facebook Follow Leo on Twitter Leo Hirsbrunner joined WDBJ7 in 2000 from Attleboro, Massachusetts. A proud native of New England, Leo is a 1997 graduate of Lyndon State College located in Lyndonville, Vermont. There he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and a minor in Physics. While at college Leo interned at WPRI in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating, his first job was as fill-in Meteorologist at WVNY in Burlington, Vermont.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
PART 2 It's something no one has seen in a generation; the old bridge that crossed the Roanoke River, before the river became part of Smith Mountain Lake. But it's getting bleak on the surface of Smith Mountain Lake. The team from the lake's Marine Fire and Rescue has searched for nearly two hours for the old Halesford bridge. “Look, we know it's laying this way,” says chief Jack Gautier, motioning with his hands where he think the bridge lies. “But we don't know if were on top of it or if it's [on the north or south side of marker buoys.]
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