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We have some school information to pass along...
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The Senate Finance Committe came up with its own version of the car tax cut yesterday... Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; :14]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :43]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :54]
[SUPER=01-Adrienne Shiflett/Protester; 1:17]
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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.
[sot 14:18:14]

((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.)) [runs18 ]
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.
[SOT 16:54:39]

((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.))
[RUNS= 12]


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.
[sot 15;15:30]

((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.))
[runs= 08]



[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.))
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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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Turning to weather now--
Wintry precipitation will end and we'll be left with cloudy skies and highs in the upper 40s.


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We have several school delays to pass along...
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The Army Corps of Engineers is closing a Marina down after it was damaged by fire.
But officials hope someone with enough cash and commitment will re- build the Twin Ridge Marina.
Kate Weidaw reports from Philpott Lake.
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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.
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But things weren't always this way.

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((WANDA WILLARD/PHILPOTT LAKE MANAGER: THIS LAKE USED TO BE JAMMIN IN THE SUMMER TIME, JET SKIES, BOATS SKIERS, EVERYBODY.))
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[vids 99-54 50:53] 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.

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((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.))
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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.

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((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.))
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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.

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((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.))
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Kate Weidaw News 7 Franklin County.))


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Checking your Monday forecast now--
Some areas seeing wintry weather this morning--- but that'll taper off to just clouds.


Highs this afternoon climbing to near 50.


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Before we get to the news--here are some school announcements.

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[8-Budget]


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The Senate Finance Committee has created its own plan to cut the car tax, after criticizing Governor Gilmore's plan as being too ambitious. Ellen Qualls in our Richmond newsroom has more.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond; :04]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; :14]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :43]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :54]
[SUPER=01-Adrienne Shiflett/Protester; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:49]
[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.
[sot 14:18:14]

((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.)) [runs18 ]
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.
[SOT 16:54:39]

((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.))
[RUNS= 12]


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.
[sot 15;15:30]

((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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[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.))
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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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Let's take a break from the news to check the forecast--
Cloudy and breezy today with highs in the upper 40s to near 50.


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