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((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD CO.: WE WILL STOP THE CAR TAX TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHIDREN FROM PAYING 20 YEARS FOR A BENEFIT WE RECEIVE NOW. THAT IS THE ONLY FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE COURSE.))10
[SOT 16:51:54 ]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN EFFECT IS A 264 MILLION DOLLAR TAX INCREASE ON THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))06
[OUT Q=of Virginia.]
Realities clash in Richmond today, with a dizzying array of political spin - JUST WITHIN the Republican party.
House budget writers released a budget today that gives Governor Jim Gilmore most of what he wants.
But his fellow Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee gave him a tongue-lashing -- and a freeze on the car tax cut.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; :14]
[SUPER=01-Adrienne Shiflett/Protester; 1:17]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
((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.))
[SOT 16:57:10 ]
(( 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.))
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Virginia's House of Delegates just gaveled into session 30 minutes ago, in their race toward a Tuesday deadline to trade bills with the Senate.
One measure that got rolled over in yesterday's session: a bill to repeal Virginia's 35 year old helmet law for adults.
The state motorcyclists' coalition says it should be a matter of choice.
And despite logic, states without helmet laws actually have lower fatality rates.
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[IN Q=I think]
((ALAN BROOM/COALITION OF MOTORCYCLISTS: I THINK PEOPLE WITHOUT HELMETS ARE MORE AWARE...NOT WEARING A HELMET.))
[SUPER=01-Alan Broom/Coalition of Motorcyclists;]
[OUT Q=wearing a helmet.]
The bill died on a 64 to 32 vote.
Opponents say they've seen the results of head injuries in crashes where helmets were NOT worn.
Martinsville Police are still searching for a man they say has a violent criminal record.
Last night police surrounded the home of Timothy Wade's mother on Pinehall Road after receiving a tip he was inside.
Wade is wanted on three outstanding warrants.
After a six hour standoff - police determined he was NOT in the house.
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[IN Q=we had]
((MIKE ROGERS: WE HAD REASON TO BELIEVE HE WAS UPSTAIRS SO ON THE FINAL PART OF THE SEARCH WE USED A CANINE, WE USED TEAR GAS AND WE DETERMINED HE WASN'T IN THE HOUSE.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/Martinsville Police Chief]
[OUT Q=in the house.]
An emergency response team was called in last night.
Anyone with information about Wade's whereabouts is asked to call the Martinsville Police Department.
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Charges are pending against a man who drove his van into a Roanoke County church last night.
Police have not yet released the name of the driver - who they say caused several hit and run accidents in the city and county before running into Harvest Ministries off Route 460.
The driver was taken to the hospital last night but has since been released.
Police say he could face a reckless driving charge.
And coming up in sports, Scores from College basketball, second ranked Duke rebounds with an impressive win over Florida State.
And in the N-B-A, the Knicks beat the Heat in overtime.
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.
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.
Maryland and Michigan State won today and Rutgers knocked off 22-nd ranked Seton Hall.
For those and afternoon scores from the N-B-A lets check the boards.
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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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[IN Q="We understand...]
[SUPER=01-Page Moir/Maroons Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=....ODAC Conference."]
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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