The annual state inspection for your car or truck could go up to 50 dollars by the Summer of 2002.
We'll consider the legislation.
And an apartment fire claims the life of a 51-year old Roanoke man.
Tonight on News 7 Sports it's national signing day for high school football players, and Friday Football Extra stars are being gobbled up at an amazing rate.
We'll check the tallies from many of the state colleges.
Plus, the latest on the Express,
and the Tech women are bracing themselves for defending national champion U-Conn tonight at the Cassell.
Knocking down the records in a big way tomorrow as the mercury soars. Details ahead.
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((I'D HATE TO SEE 'EM DO AWAY WITH INSPECTIONS, BUT I SURE WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM RAISE THE PRICE A LITTLE BIT TO JUSTIFY WHAT WE'VE GOT TO DO.))
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The average car owner may not be happy about it, but mechanics and service station operators are thrilled to hear the state is considering raising the price of that sticker on your windshield.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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State lawmakers want to increase the yearly inspection fee for all cars and trucks.. a move most garage owners say is long overdue.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( If you own a car, it's a necessary evil you deal with every twelve months.. shelling out ten bucks for a mechanic to inspect your vehicle and slap a yellow sticker on the front windshield.
Now state lawmakers want to hike that fee to twenty dollars for cars and fifty for trucks.
A similar bill was killed by Governor Jim Gilmore last year.. Gilmore said raising the cost of a state inspection amounted to a 30 million dollar tax increase on Virginians.
He also felt inspection stations wouldn't offer the service if they weren't making money at it.
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But garage owners will tell you differently.
A mechanic who makes, on average, 40 dollars an hour can only do one or two ten- dollar inspections in that time.
And if the inspection doesn't turn up any defects that need repair work, then the garage loses money.
((DONNIE LACKS/LACKS AUTO BODY: TO GO BY THE BOOK AND DO THE PROCEDURE THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE, IT REALLY TAKES ABOUT AN HOUR AND WE'RE ACTUALLY ON FORTY DOLLARS AN HOUR LABOR, SO TEN DOLLARS IS NOT EVEN COMING CLOSE TO THAT.))
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((JOHN HARRIS/HARRIS GARAGE: NOT MAKING ANY MONEY, BUT YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE STATE INSPECTION FOR SAFETY, BECAUSE EVERYBODY'S GOT TO HAVE THEIR CAR INSPECTED, BUT FOR THE PRICE YOU GET OUT OF IT, UNLESS YOU GENERATE SOME REPAIRS, YOU AIN'T GOING TO MAKE NOTHING.))
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Raising the price would also help garage owners recoup their investments on expensive machinery they buy to perform the inspections.
But with another Gilmore veto looming, they expect this latest effort to stall as well.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Most states don't have set fees for vehicle inspections.
Pennsylvania, for example, doesn't have a mandated fee, though typically service stations charge about 20 dollars or a little more.
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Vehicle inspections in West Virginia cost seven dollars plus tax.
New York charges the same as Virginia: 10 dollars.
Many states do not require regular safety inspections at all.
Firefighters are still trying to contain a small brush fire near downtown Christiansburg that got out of control this afternoon.
The fire scorched three acres of vacant grassland behind the Christiansburg Institute.
The smoke hung over motorists passing by this afternoon on North Franklin Street.
Firefighters still don't know what caused the brush fire.
A man died in a house fire in Roanoke overnight.
Fifty-one- year-old Jeffrey Elwood Stanley was asleep in a back bedroom upstairs.
The fire started around 10 last night in an apartment house at Elm Avenue and Third Street.
Though Stanley died, six of the building's tenants managed to get out safely.
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Jennifer Miele is at the scene of the fire with the latest.
Keith, those six survivors are currently under the care of the Red Cross, but all of them are mourning the loss of their home, their belongings, and most importantly, their neighbor.
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((NANCY HASTEAD/RESIDENT: ALL I WAS DOING WAS LAYING BED, SOMEBODY KNOCKED ON THE DOOR, SAID LETS GET OUT, THE HOUSE IS SMOKING. I GRABBED MY HOUSE COAT AND LITTLE DOG. I HAD NO SHOES, I GOT OUT.))
Last night's fire caused an estimated 45 thousand dollars worth of damage -- investigators say the building is a total loss.
Amazingly enough, this cat named "Spirit" survived the ordeal.
But all that remains today is a burnt skeleton of a building and memories of what used to be.
((CHARLES GILLESPIE/RESIDENT: EVERYTHING'S BEEN TOTALLY DESTROYED, AT THIS POINT, FROM WHAT WE KNOW OF.))
Friends of the man found dead after the fire say he was in his early fifties.
They say he was drinking and smoking yesterday, visited his neighbors in the evening, then went upstairs to sleep.
He was found in a bedroom in the back of the house.
((MARK CLINGENPEEL/VICTIM'S FRIEND: HE WAS A MIGHTY FINE FRIEND, THOUGH, QUIET PERSON, VERY INTELLIGENT, HE DIDN'T DESERVE THIS.))
The American Red Cross is providing shelter, meals and clothing for the six who survived the fire.
((CHARLES GILLESPIE/RESIDENT: THE AMERICAN RED CROSS CAME TO OUR RESCUE LAST NIGHT VERY QUICKLY AND VERY PROMPTLY. THEY GAVE US LODGING AT JEFFERSON MOTOR LODGE LAST NIGHT.))
The Red Cross also offered assistance another family whose home on King Charles Avenue caught fire last night.
One victim in that fire is at a burn care center in Charlottesville -- her family went with her. The family will seek assistance when they return.))
The Red Cross says it will continue to provide disaster assistance to the occupants of both fires as long as necessary.
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State tax collections for January were up 22 percent over the same month last year.
Governor Jim Gilmore says that brings the year-to-date growth just up to four percent.
But that's NOT changing key minds at the capitol.
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((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD: EVEN THOUGH ONE FIGURE WOULD PUT US UP AROUND 3.8 OR 4...TO GO FORWARD WITHT HE CAR TAX. SO IT CHANGES NOTHING. AND WE'VE KNOWN WE HAD A GOOD JANUARY FOR SOME TIME.))
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The Governor's still fuming over yesterday's car tax characterization by Chichester.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: EVERYBODY HERE REMEMBER "CHRISTMAS VACATION?" ...VIOLATION OF OUR MORAL AND LEGAL OBLIGATION TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
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House Speaker Vance Wilkins is holding some of the budget cards... suggesting this week he take the unusual step of naming himself and other like-minded tax cutters to the budget conference committee.
A Danville dispatcher saves a little boy's life over the phone.
Hear how she did it later in the newscast.
And saving Roanoke's landmarks-- what's being done right, and what's not. Next on News 7 at Six.
Historic Preservation has produced some notable successes in the Roanoke Valley.
But tonight Joe Dashiell reports one recent fire is focusing fresh attention on the failures.
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((When fire destroyed the former depot of the Virginian Railway late last month, a significant piece of Roanoke's history went up in flames. For preservationists, the news was all too familiar.
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((ROBERT FRANCE/PRESERVATION FOUNDATION: I WAS REMINDED OVERWHELMINGLY OF OTHER FIRES WE'VE HAD. THE FIRE AT THE HOTEL EARLE. A COUPLE OF FIRES IN GAINSBORO NOT FAR FROM WHERE WE STAND.))
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During the last five years, the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation has issued an annual list of endangered sites...
Some like the Howbert House, at the time one of the oldest structures in the Roanoke Valley, are no longer here... Others such as Pleasant Grove in Salem are facing fewer threats... In that case, the Virginia Department of Transportation agreed to protect the grounds by adjusting a planned expansion of US 460.
Gainsboro is a neighborhood that embodies both the peril and the promise of historic preservation... from buildings such as the Ebony Club that still await renovation, to the old N&W office building that's now enjoying new life as the Higher Education Center.
And Robert France says the list goes on...
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((ROBERT FRANCE: WHAT WE MOST NEED TO DO IS EACH OF US LOOK AROUND US AND SEE THE TREASURES WE HAVE AROUND HERE. AND SAY YES, THIS IS WORTH PRESERVING.))
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The Preservation Foundation is working to establish a rapid response fund, that would allow the group to step in when historic buildings are threatened.
And members of the group are hopeful that if more residents of the Roanoke Valley recognize the value of historic places... fewer will be lost to fire, redevelopment or neglect.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Salem police say a man walked into a bank this afternoon to cash a check.
They wouldn't do it.
So, he robbed them.
Police say the man told a teller at Southwest Virginia Savings Bank on West Main Street that he had a gun.
But the teller didn't see one.
The robber took an undisclosed amount of money, and ran away.
Police have named a suspect: 29-year-old Maurice Dooley of Roanoke. They're still looking for him.
A Pulaski County woman has been charged with having sex with high school students and supplying them with drugs.
43-year-old Regina C. Quesenberry was arrested and charged with having sex with children under 18 and distributing marijuana to minors.
She was released on 3-thousand dollars bond.
Quesenberry did not wish to comment on the charges.
Disappointing earnings from tech bellwether Cisco sent stocks lower.
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The DOW lost eleven points.
NASDAQ dropped 57.
Some Roanoke elementary schools are looking for help teaching students to read.
At a breakfast meeting this morning, Superintendent Wayne Harris appealed to a group of business leaders to join the HOSTS Program as mentors.
HOSTS stands for "Help One Student to Succeed."
The program is being used in second-grade classes at four Roanoke schools. It has proven effective.
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((MIKE WALLS/HOSTS; WHAT BROUGHT THE PROGRAM TO ROANOKE WAS THE ACADEMIC RESULTS. SO, IT'S A... IT DOES UTILIZE MENTORS BUT IT'S NOT A "FEEL-GOOD" MENTORING PROGRAM. IT'S A SERIOUS ACADEMIC INTERVENTION.))
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SUPERINTENDENT; WHAT WE FOUND WAS A READING INITIATIVE WHERE THE DATA SAID IT WAS HELPING YOUNGSTERS IMPROVE THEIR READING SKILLS, THEIR COMPREHENSION SKILLS BY AS MUCH AS TWO GRADE LEVELS.))
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Roanoke is the first city in Virginia to give the HOSTS Program a try.
Mentors are asked to volunteer one hour a week.
Quick thinking by a mother and a 9-1-1 dispatcher saved the life of a Danville infant.
One year old (Tie-wan) Tywaun Showers fell into his grandmother's swimming pool yesterday afternoon.
When his mother pulled him out, the child was not breathing and his lips were blue.
His mother called 9-1-1 and dispatchers instructed her how to perform C-P-R.
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((JAMIE DOSS/DANVILLE DISPATCHER: WE CAN GO DOWN HERE TO WHERE IT SAYS AIRWAY ARREST. WE CAN FLIP THE CARDS AND IT TELLS US EXACTLY WHAT TO TELL THE CALLER WHAT TO DO FROM THERE.))
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The mother was able to revive the child before paramedics arrive.
Tywaun spent the night in the hospital.
He is doing fine and should be released sometime tonight.
We'll hear from Tywaun's family tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Tech women are set to host U-Conn at the Cassell.
It's national signing day for high school football players and we will check in with many of the area's colleges who are gobbling up former Friday Football
Extra players of the week today - like William Fleming's Jermaine Hardy - who is headed to UVa.
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As much as Tech fans dreaded the day Michael Vick left town, they have been anxiously anticipating today - National Signing day. The day the top high school football players in the nation sign on the dotted line.
The Hokies hit the jackpot today getting 21 players including 13 high school all-Americans.
Denise Allen talked with Frank Beaker a short ago tonight.
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The Hokies also landed one other Friday Football extra product Tim Sandidge from Amherst County.
The Virginia Cavaliers picked up ____ signatures today in what has to be considered a half George Welsh and half Al Groh recruiting class.
Among those signing with the Cavs today
is former Friday Football Extra player of the week Jermaine Hardy who spent this past year at Hargrave Military.
The Fleming graduate says he plans to step right in at UVa and play next season.
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Another former Friday Football Extra player of the week also signed on the dotted line today as former Martinsville Bulldog Jamus Martin committed to the Thundering Herd of Marshall.
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In all, Hargrave had 24 players sign division one or division one double a scholarship papers.
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Locally, a number of players signed division one double a scholarship papers today
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including Jacob Lewis, who is now headed to William & Mary.
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With his parents and his head coach by his side along with many of his Cave Spring teammates looking on, the player of the week from this past season signed up with the Tribe.
Jacob's mom expressed what most parents around the state felt on this signing day.
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Liberty University signed 22 players in the first recruiting class for coach Ken Karcher.
Unlike past years, the Flames made a big push to keep some local talent at home.
They do just that in getting Liberty high school's Chase Andrews, Amherst County's Noah Crouch, E.C. Glass' John Davis, and Heritage's Markus Ferguson.
In keeping with a long standing tradition - VMI will not release its list of signings until later in the week.
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The defending women's college basketball champs are invading the Cassell tonight to take on the Tech women.
3rd ranked UCONN averages more than 80 points a game.
And Tech will have to be at the top of its game to pull off the upset.
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Tip off is set for 7. Highlights and postgame comments for you tonight on News 7 at 11.