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Roanoke Stations May Have Too Much of Good Thing

Cheap airtime and undecided voters are making Roanoke, VA the belle of the ball for political campaigns looking to get their messages out to local viewers, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The AP report contrasts the size of the market with the appetite for airtime, noting the Virginia city may be market 68,

But the Roanoke market has consistently been number one in the country for the number of political ads aired. This is good news for top-rated station WDBJ-TV, a CBS affiliate. Its ad haul could top $5 million. Around the country, local stations could rake in more than $3 billion from political advertising.

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AP Launches Video Portal for Local Stations

The Associated Press announced today the launch of a new web-based video library catered to local TV broadcasters.

AP Video-US will feature stories from the U.S. and around the world with all of the elements (b-roll, nat sound, soundbites, and a suggested script) necessary to produce a segment for TV or the web.

“AP Video-US was developed in response to local broadcasters’ need for footage that can be downloaded quickly, edited easily, and then adapted for on-air and digital use,” the AP said, announcing the launch. Read more

President Obama: ‘Weather Forecasts Would Be Less Accurate’ Under GOP

Speaking to reporters and editors from the Associated Press today, President Obama criticized the budget proposed by House Republicans, saying that it would lead to greater social inequality and less accurate weather forecasts. Wait, what?

“Over time, our weather forecasts would become less accurate because we would not be able to afford to launch new satellites,” Obama said. “That means governors and mayors would have to wait longer to order evacuations in the event of a hurricane.” [h/t BuzzFeed]

KNBC Challenges Widely Reported Poverty Figures

KNBC is challenging a piece of economic information that has been widely reported this week: 1 in 2 Americans are poor or low income.

Citing the latest census data, a slew of news outlets, led by the Associated Press, reported on Thursday that nearly half of Americans have fallen into poverty or are considered low income.

KNBC is asserting that the figure is way off.

“You may have heard worried news reports that 50 percent of Americans had either fallen into poverty or are considered low income,” the NBC-owned station reported Thursday.  “But while poverty in the United States is certainly an important issue, those figures appear to be wrong.” Read more

KARK’s Brett Cummins on Bathtub Death of Friend: ‘It’s a Rough Time’

KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins, who was found asleep in an empty bathtub next to the dead body of a 24-year-old, told The Associated Press on Thursday night that he’s going through “a rough time.”

Cummins declined to comment any further but his attorney released a statement saying that he “deeply regrets the grief this incident has caused those who know him, especially his co-workers and family members.”

Cummins’s attorney also insisted that no foul play was involved in the death of Dexter Williams, who was found wearing a chain dog collar around his neck after he reportedly spent a night drinking and snorting illegal narcotics with Cummins.

The veteran weathercaster’s full statement is inside… Read more