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As Governor Gilmore speaks on behalf of the Republican National Committee - his fellow Republicans at home give him a tongue-lashing - and give his car tax cut a slashing.
The Senate Finance Committee says Gilmore's plans for the car tax cut are too big.
So the committee came up with a plan of its own today - and it's not NEARLY what the Governor wanted.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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((This year, the state is supposed to pick up 70 percent of your car tax tab.
But the Senators say the Governor's budget is an irresponsible slash and grab plan that breaks Gilmore's own promise of no car tax paid for only out of revenue growth.
((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD CO.: I WANT TO BE AS CLEAR AS I POSSIBLY CAN BE ON THIS POINT. WE WILL NOT SUSPEND THE CAR TAX TO SPEND MONEY ON OUR "PET PROJECTS," WHATEVER "PET PROJECTS" MEANS. WE WILL NOT STOP THE CAR TAX REPEAL TO ADD NEW PROGRAMS.))
But their version does virtually stop the car tax, increasing it only from 47-point-5 to a 50 percent phase-out... and returning money to essential services for the elderly, disabled, and mentally ill -- including keeping open the Danville facility -- and to boost teacher pay and restore law enforcement cuts.
To the Governor, that's a tax increase.
((GILMORE: THEY HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL SPENDING THAT THEY WANT TO DO. THAT'S PERFECTLY CLEAR. BUT THIS IS THE TIME TO KEEP OUR PLEDGES TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. THE HOUSE FELT THAT WAY... RIGHT APPROACH.))
A small band of protesters sided with the Governor's political action committee-- under State Police investigation for alleged eavesdropping on phone calls between voters and Senate offices.
((ADRIENNE SHIFLETT/PROTESTER: WE THINK PEOPLE OUGHT TO BE FREE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AS WE ARE HERE. AND NOT HAVE LEGISLATORS GIVING THEM A HARD TIME ABOUT IT. SO THAT'S OUR POINT.))
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(( THE COMPANY THAT WAS HIRED BY THE PAC IN ORDER TO DO THOSE PHONE CALLINGS, THAT PHONE AGENCY HAS ASSURED RAY ALLEN THAT THEY WEREN'T BREAKING ANY LAWS. AND RAY ALLEN HAS TOLD ME THAT. HE'S PROBABLY TOLD YOU THAT. I DON'T THINK THAT'S GONNA BE A PROBLEM.))
What will be a problem is reconciling a House and Senate budget that are $264 million dollars in tax breaks apart.
Ellen Qualls, News7, Richmond.))
It's wasn't his role as Governor - rather Chairman of the Republican party - that put Gilmore in the national spotlight earlier today.
Gilmore appeared on Meet the Press opposite Terry McAuliffe... the newly elected chairman of the Democratic Party.
During the program.. Gilmore said he was intent on putting concerns about the election behind him.
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((JIM GILMORE: WE'RE GOING TO MOVE AHEAD TO CIVILITY, A BRIGHTER DAY A MORE CIVIL APPROACH TO POLITICS, AND FOCUS ON WORKING PEOPLE.))
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Terry McAuliffe was elected chairman of the D-N-C yesterday after his rival withdrew from the race.
There will NOT be a moratorium on the death penalty in Virginia.
But a Senate panel endorsed a measure today that would give condemned inmates MORE time to present evidence.
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By a unanimous vote - the committee said inmates SHOULD have more than the 21-days CURRENTLY allowed to present D-N-A evidence that could clear them.
The bill goes before the full Senate tomorrow.
The same committee, in a 9-to-5 vote, decided AGAINST a bill that would have suspended executions in the state.
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And motorcyclists in the Commonwealth will have to hold onto their hats - by law.
A bill that would have repealed Virginia's 35-year-old helmet law was voted down yesterday in a 64-to-32 vote.
The state motorcyclists' coalition says wearing a helmet should be a matter of choice... and says states WITHOUT helmet laws actually have lower fatality rates.
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The docks at the Twin Ridge Marina in Franklin County will soon be torn down.
The Army Corps of Engineers is shutting down the marina at Philpott Lake this summer in hopes of finding someone who is willing to invest in rebuilding it.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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((The only noise you'll hear at Philpott Lake is the lapping of the waves.
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And the occasional fishing boat passing by.
But things weren't always this way.
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Willard says she's seen many folks decide to dock their boats in other lakes after the marina went up in flames last January. She and her husband have managed the lake for the last five years - but after the fire - they lost everything, including long time visitors to the lake.
((WANDA WILLARD: NOW THAT'S BURNT DOWN IT'S BEEN LIKE A GHOST TOWN HERE LAST YEAR YOU COULD COUNT ON BOTH HANDS HOW MANY BOATS I'D SEEN THE WHOLE YEAR.))
Willard says she offered to build a new 225-thousand-dollar marina - but the lake's owner - the Army Corps of Engineers - turned her down. Earlier this year she received a letter from the Corps saying her five year lease would not be renewed. Now everything she's worked to take care of the last five years will be torn down.
((WANDA WILLARD: I HAVE TO TAKE ALL THE DOCKS OUT, THE SLIPS OUT, THE CAMP GROUNDS HERE HAVE TO BE VACATED, THE SHEDS HAVE TO BE TORN DOWN AND RESTORED BACK TO IT'S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.))
But this doesn't mean it's the end of the Twin Ridge Marina.... the Corps is looking for someone who wants to invest a minimum of 150--thousand dollars to rebuild the marina and it's surroundings.
For Willard it's something she wants to see happen - even though she's saying good-bye to a job she loved.
((WANDA WILLARD: I HOPE YEARS TO COME SOMEONE WILL GET THE MARINA AND MAKE IT OPERATIONAL AGAIN AND MAKE IT LIKE IT USED TO BE, IT USED TO BE A LOT OF FUN TO COME HERE.))
Kate Weidaw News 7 Franklin County.))
An eleven year old Massachusetts boy is dead and police say another eleven year old boy is responsible.
Police say the two were watching a horror movie yesterday afternoon when they got into a fight inside the theater's arcade.
Police say Nestor Herrara suffered at least one stab wound to the chest and died an hour later at the hospital.
Authorities say they don't know what the boys were arguing about.
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((ANGEL HERRARA/VICTIM'S UNCLE: HE WAS A GOOD KID. HE'S ALWAYS BEEN A NICE KID. HE WAS ALWAYS TAKING CARE OF HIS SISTERS AND HIS LITTLE BROTHER."))
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Investigators say the juvenile suspect took off after the stabbing and remained at large for almost 24 hours.
He was arrested around four this afternoon.
Martinsville police thought they had their suspect cornered -
but Timothy Wade is still on the loose tonight.
And authorities say he has a violent criminal record.
Police surrounded Wade's mother's home for six hours last night after receiving a tip he was there.
But after using tear gas and searching the house, Wade was still nowhere to be found.
He's wanted on three outstanding warrants.
Anyone with information is asked to call Martinsville Police.
What's so good about ginseng?
A -lot - for Southwest Virginia.
We'll tell you why one local program says the region could really "dig" the popular root.
And the military continues to investigate yesterday's crash of a controversial Harrier jet... that left two people dead.
The latest, just ahead.
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The Marine Corps today suspended all Harrier jet missions at Cherry Point Air Station in North Carolina.
Yesterday-- two aviators lost their lives while trying to land.
Michael O'Looney reports-- this latest accident raises more debate over the Harrier's safety.
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((The jet crashed as it was about to land at the Point Cherry Marine Air
Station in North Carolina.
It was another deadly reminder of Harrier's poor safety record. There
have been more than 30 Harrier crashes in the last decade....killing at
least 15 pilots. And the fighter's mishap rate of 18 accidents per
100,000 flight hours makes it one of the most dangerous planes in the US
But despite its checkered history....the Marine Corp defends the plane -
which has the ability to take off and land vertically:
((Lt. John Caldwell/Marine Corp: "The Harrier is a safe program. It's
been around since the mid eighties. Whenever a problem has been
identified its been addressed and its been dealt with. ))
The Harrier crash is more bad news for the Marines. Last month the
Defense Department took over the investigation into the Marine's
troubled "Osprey" aircraft program. There have been accusations that
Marine officials falsified maintenance and performance reports for years
in order to keep that program alive. "Osprey" crashes have killed 23
marines in the past year.
Even a 1998 internal review of the Harrier...published on the Marines
own web site... found the plane is:
- a single engine airplane, which is
- challenging to fly,
- difficult to maintain, and which, because of its
- relatively low priority within the Department of the Navy,
- lags other aircraft in warfighting capabilities.
But the Marines plan to keep flying the Harrier until 2008...when its
successor....the Joint Strike Fighter...comes on line.
One source familiar with the Harrier program today told CBS News
that decision is likely to "put more young lives at risk."
Michael O'Looney - CBS News - New York.))
A Moneta man is dead after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup last night.
State Police say 31-year-old Scott Daniel Flowers ran off of Route 24 in Bedford County.
He reportedly struck an embankment and ran into several trees.
Authorities say Flowers and a passenger were both partially ejected from the vehicle.
Flowers was dead at the scene - police say his passenger did not appear to be seriously injured.
Authorities say alcohol MAY have been a factor in the crash.
"Survivor" may have survived the big ratings battle with "Friends" - but at least one viewer could have survived without us telling him about it.
That's just one story pushing buttons in News 7 Feedback - still ahead.
It's Love at third sight on the Green today.
Roy Stanley has highlights from the Pebble Beach Pro Am, coming up in sports.
Wild ginseng can bring up to 600-bucks a pound... if it's top quality.
And Southwest Virginia should grow more of it.
That's what a program including Virginia Tech and the Virginia Cooperative Extension says.
The program finds that growing ginseng is a good way for Southwest Virginia to make money - WITHOUT sacrificing the area's rural character.
The battle over the Blacksburg High School mascot, and a fight between two network television programs, are the subjects in our viewer mail this week.
Here's News-7's Feedback, with assignment editor Joe McKean.
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((A committee's decision to keep the Indian symbols at Blacksburg High School brought a complaint from one Roanoke viewer (Darin Janeczko):
"After watching the first ten minutes of News 7 at Six, I have concluded that either there is no news to report in Southwest Virginia or WDBJ is so desperate to sell advertising time between 6:00pm and 6:30pm that the news staff will dig at the bottom of any barrel to find a story to report. Non-issue items such as [this] make me wonder why WDBJ doesn't add another half hour of "The Andy Griffith Show."
But other viewers were very much interested in the story. A woman from Salem (Karen Layton) wrote:
"Indians are a huge and important part of our history and most Indians feel we should teach and be proud of their heritage, yet they are fighting a local school to change the mascot name from Indians."
And from Lexington, (Catherine Roy) came this note:
"Perhaps some of the hype that goes along with the Indian mascot such as the tomahawk chop or dancing around in ways that perhaps mock their sacred rituals should be discouraged. However, the idea of having a group, animal or symbol as a mascot to represent a team is a thing of honor, not a put-down!...I wish there were a great team called the Saucy Sicilians; then I'd have a team to root for!"
And a viewer in Collinsville (Jim Maxwell) believes our coverage of the ratings duel on Thursdays between CBS and NBC was "ridiculous."
"Is it news that the TV show "Survivor" got more viewers than "Friends" on NBC? I think there should be a higher standard for news items like a hometown hero that saves someone or that helps protect a home from being robbed or burned down. Let's actually have news on and not TV ratings."
The mailing address for News-7 is PO Box 7, Roanoke.
To send a fax, the number is 343-7269.
The email address is email@example.com.
And our website, wdbj7.com has an online forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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Davis Love the third broke a three year drought on the P-G-A tour today winning the Pebble Beach Pro Am.
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Love played the first 7 holes at 8 under par today finishing the round with a 63 for a trotal of 16 under par including this birdie at the par 5 18-th hole.
But several golfers still on the course had a shot at Love including Phil Mickelson. He needed a birdie at 18 to tie love and force a playoff. Using a driver he hit his second shot into the water he finished third at 13 under.
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Vijay Singh was one shot back at 273 and Tiger Woods finished tied for 13-th place at 8 under par.
The New York Knicks took Miami to overtime before getting the 103 to 100 win over the Heat.
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After four quarters the game was tied at 91.
Miami opened the overtime when Anthony Mason taking it to the hoop for the score to make it 93 to 91.
But the Knicks answered in a big way. Charlie Ward pulls up and hits the three pointer to make it 94 to 91 New York.
The Knicks went up by four but when Bruce Bowen scored this baskett Miami cut the lead to 2, 97 to 95.
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New York would seal the win when Ward hits Glen Rice on the inbounds pass Rice lays it in off the glass and the Knicks win it 103 to 100 in overtime.
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The Lakers hosted the Kings in L.A.
Kobe Bryant with the pump fake and then he slams it home for two of his 26 points the Lakers led by 4.
The Kings rallied Chris Weber wrestles the ball away from the Lakers and he jams it home but the Kings trailed by 9.
Then Hoarce Grant takes it to the hoop scoring 2 of his 10 points and the Lakers beat the Kings 100 to 94.
Carlos Boozer scored 23 as second ranked Duke rebounded from its loss earlier this week to North Carolina beating Florida State today 100 to 58.
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The Blue Devils were home in Coach K country.
Jason Williams gets it out on the break and passes to Mike Dunleavy for the jam and Duke led 27 to 19 in the first half.
Duke kicks it inside to Shane Battier he lays it in off the glass and the Blue Devils led by 12.
Steve Robinson's Seminoles stop the Duke run when Nigel Dixon takes it inside for the hoop but Florida State trailed 41 to 24 at the half.
Florida State didn't give up on this play Monte Cummings takes it to the hoop for 2 of his 13 points.
The Blue Devils blew it open midway through the second half and Duke beats Florida State 100 to 58.
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In College Park, 9-th ranked Maryland hosted Clemson.
The Tigers get it to Will Solomon he nails the three pointer cutting the Maryland lead to two.
But the Terps went on defense. Terence Morris steals this pass and takes it in for two of his 18 points Maryland led by 4.
The next trip down the floor Maryland's Juan Dixon comes up with the steal and layup and the Terps beat the Tigers 69 to 54.
Michigan State and Boston College won today.
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But a long afternoon for Seton Hall.
Jeff Greer, throwing down this slam dunk on the break, scored 24 as Rutgers upset 25-th ranked Seton Hall 70 to 64.
And here are tonight's scores.
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The Roanoke College Maroons are tied for second place in the ODAC with 4 conference games remaining before the league tournament.
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The Chemistry was perfect in the Maroons easy 69 to 44 win over Lynchburg College.
But Page Moir and his Maroons are well aware of just how balanced the conference is this season.
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The Maroons can control their own destiny heading into the conference tournament. Roanoke plays Hampden-Sydney, The top ranked team in the South Region tomorrow night at the Bast Center. Tipoff is 7 Oclock.
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Are your fish tails always about "the ones that got away?"
Now's your chance to learn from the masters and turn your fishing trips into success stories.
Next weekend at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood the best anglers in the country will be sharing their secrets.
It's called BASSMASTER University. Virginia Tech is bringing in six top pros including 2000 BASS Masters Classic Finalist Woo Daves and two time BASS Angler of the Year, Jimmy Houston.
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The purpose of the school is to teach you how to consistently be successful in the art of BASS fishing by showing techniques and tactics in presenting lures.
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BASSMASTER University is February 10th and 11th at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood. It starts at eight both mornings and costs 99 dollars.
Call 540-231-5182 for more information.
In the highest scoring game in league history, The North America All Stars beat the World All Stars 14 to 12.
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The Stars were out for the N-H-L all Star Game.
Mario Lemieux broke a 4 to 4 tie when he gets out on the break and scores the goal to make it 5 to 4 North America.
But Boston's Bill Guerin scores the hat trick on this goal and North America skates to the 14 to 12 win.
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Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon was the M-V-P of the Pro bowl. He passed for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns as the A-F-C beat the N-F-C 38 to 17.
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Lets go to Birmingham for the second day of the X-F-L Birmingham hosting Memphis.
The Man-Tax jumped out to the early lead Rashaan Salaam gets it outside and scores on the 39 yard run and Memphis led 6 to nothing.
Then in the second quarter Marcus Randall hooks up with Darryl Hobbs on the 49 yard touchdown pass and Memphis holds on for the 22 to 20 win.
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