President Bush lays out his trillion- dollar tax cut proposal to Congress.
` We'll have details.
And an 11-year-old Bath County boy is suspended for bringing a loaded gun to school.
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With the backdrop of the White House Rose Garden, President Bush plants the seeds of his trillion- dollar tax cut plan.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The new President has sent his one-point-six- trillion- dollar tax cut proposal to Congress.
In the Rose Garden ceremony, Bush painted a less than "rosey" picture of the nation's economy and urged fast approval of his plan.
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((CONSUMER CONFIDENCE HAS SLUMPED. MANY BUSINESS LEADERS ARE WORRIED. A WARNING LIGHT IS FLASHING ON THE DASHBOARD OF OUR ECONOMY AND WE JUST CAN'T DRIVE ON AND HOPE FOR THE BEST.))
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Bush said the tax cut would jump- start the economy.
It would cut tax rates across the board, as well as end the so-called ``marriage penalty''.
Democrats say the plan's too expensive and too generous to the wealthy.
Meanwhile, conservative members of Bush's own party say they'd prefer a larger tax cut.
Fire heavily damaged a trailer in Salem this morning.
It started around 7:30 at trailer number 22 in the Ramey Mobile Home Park.
No one was home at the time.
Officials say one firefighter was taken to Lewis Gale hospital with a hand injury.
There's no word yet on what caused the blaze.
An 11-year-old boy in Bath County has been suspended for bringing a loaded gun to school.
The principal at Millboro Elementary School says he took the 4th-grader to his office as soon as the youngster got off the bus yesterday morning.
The boy had a handgun, with several bullets in the clip.
It had NOT been fired.
He didn't say why he'd brought the gun to school.
The Commisioner of Virginia's Department of Social Services answered some tough questions from a state senate committee concerning her leadership.
Last night, the Senators fell just short of recommending that Commissioner (SAHN-ya) Sonia Rivero was NOT qualified for re-confirmation as the head of the agency she's led for the past year.
Ellen Qualls reports on the 90- minute grilling Rivero got.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Yvonne Miller/(R) Norfolk; :27]
[SUPER=01-Sonia Rivero/Social Services Commissioner; :55 ]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Leslie Byrne/(D) Alexandria; 1:02 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:41 ]
[SUPER=01-Anne Petera/Secretary of the Commonwealth; 1:48 ]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
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((LUCAS: I'D LIKE TO HAVE A LOOK SEE.))
A mostly irritated Senate Social Services and Rehabilitation Committee wants a day-long, post-session summit with Commissioner Sonia Rivero and her staff.
That's after 90 minutes of questions, and allegations that the agency under Rivero's leadership has overseen inexplicable delays in getting dollars to the neediest families and homeless shelters.... and had a general lack of compassion.
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((SEN. YVONNE MILLER/D-NORFOLK: WE SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE PEOPLE... NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR AGENCY....HELP US WITH OUR PROBLEM?))
Senator Emily Couric asked Rivero how many frontline service workers she'd visited in her year at the agency's helm.
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((SONIA RIVERO: LET'S SEE. I KNOW I WENT TO HENRICO COUNTY, THAT WAS THE FIRST ONE I WENT TO. AND THEN I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER. I CAN'T REMEMBER RIGHT NOW. SORRY.))
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((SEN. LESLIE BYRNE: HAVE YOU EVER TOLD ANYONE ON YOUR STAFF THAT OPPOSITION TO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT REGULATIONS... WOULD BE GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL?))
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((SONIA RIVERO: THAT'S A STRANGE QUESTION. I DO EXPECT OUR STAFF TO SUPPORT THE DECISIONS ONCE THEY ARE MADE AND TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNOR'S POLICIES.))
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((SEN. YVONNE MILLER: THE BUCK STOPS AT YOUR DESK. AT NO POINT HAVE I HEARD YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYTHING.))
Rivero was flanked by two of Governor Jim Gilmore's cabinet secretaries -- one of whom let the senators know the message had been received.
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((ANNE PETERA/SECRETARY OF COMMONWEALTH: YOU HAVE THE GUARANTEE ...HE DOES FIRMLY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL DOES SERVE AT HIS PLEASURE.))
The full Senate may take up Rivero's fate.
The House has moved her name into the confirmation pile.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The cost of a car inspection may go up if a bill in the General Assembly passes.
The bill would DOUBLE the cost of a state inspection to twenty dollars for cars and fifty for trucks.
It's a move inspection station owners like.. They say they're losing money at the current rate of ten dollars a pop.
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((JOHN HARRIS/HARRIS GARAGE: THEY MAKE IT TOUGH ON YOU TO GET CERTIFICATION AND THEY ALSO MAKE IT TOUGH ON YOU WHEN YOU INSPECT THE CAR TOO. GOT DIFFERENT THINGS TO FOLLOW, RULES WE HAVE TO GO BY, CAN'T BREAK 'EM JUST BECAUSE WE LOSE THE MONEY, WE CAN'T BREAK THE RULES. I'D HATE TO SEE 'EM DO AWAY WITH IT, BECAUSE EVERYBODY NEEDS THEIR CARS INSPECTED FOR THE SAFETY OF IT ON THE HIGHWAY.))
[SUPER=01-John Harris/Harris Garage]
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Governor Gilmore vetoed a similar bill last year, saying it amounted to a tax increase on Virginians.
You've seen the pictures of the devastation caused by a massive earthquake in India last week.
But what was it like to be there?
That's what we asked Meena Shah, a Roanoke nurse born and partially raised in India.
She was visiting her parents in a city about one hundred miles from the quake's epicenter when the earth started shaking.
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[SUPER=01-Meena Shah/Earthquake Survivor;]
((I thought, "This is it now. I'm not going to get out of here."))
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Meena spoke to News 7 about the quake itself, the sights she witnessed afterwards, and the difficult task now facing her native country.
We'll have her story coming up tonight on News 7 at six.
A school bus driver in northern Utah saves the lives of a boy's basketball team, but loses her own.
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50- year- old driver Jeanine Stevens was driving the players to a game.
Authorities say Stevens encountered a car accident.
When she hit the brakes, the bus started to slide.
It struck a tractor- trailer, which crushed the cab of the bus, killing Stevens.
Police say because of Stevens' maneuvering, all of the students on the bus are fine.
A Salem bank robbery suspect has been arrested by Roanoke police.
Authorities say bank officials refused to cash a check for him yesterday.
So instead, they say he robbed the bank.
Police say 29- year- old Maurice Dooley of Roanoke 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 then took an undisclosed amount of money, and ran away.
A 43- year- old Pulaski county woman has been charged with having sex with high school students, and giving at least one of them drugs.
Investigators arrested Regina C. Quesenberry for allegedly having sex with teens between the ages of 15 and 18.
She's also charged with supplying marijuana to a minor.
Quesenberry was released on 3-thousand dollars bond.
She declined to comment.
Authorities have released the identity of the man who died in an apartment house fire Tuesday night.
Firefighters found the body of 51 year old Jeffrey Elwood Stanley in a back room of the house.
Flames ripped through the apartment house at Elm and Third around 10 Tuesday night.
Six other people who lived there lost their home in the blaze- The American Red Cross has offered them help.
Investigators say the fire was an accident -- they estimate 45-thousand dollars in damages.
Some scary moments for a Danville mother after her infant son fell into a swimming pool Tuesday.
But her quick thinking along with the help of two 9-1-1 operators helped save the boy's life.
Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Ta-Tanisha Farmer/Dispatcher; :07]
[SUPER=01-Jamie Doss/Dispatcher; :55]
[SUPER=01-Aletha Hutchinson-Evans/Mother; 1:17]
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((((NAT SOUND OF 9-1-1 OPERATOR))
The 9-1-1 call came in just after 3 Tuesday afternoon.
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((TA-TANISHA FARMER/DISPATCHER: WHEN SHE CALLED IT WAS A LITTLE FRANTIC. SHE WAS DOING A LOT OF YELLING AND TOLD ME THE BABY HAD FELL IN THE POOL.))
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That baby is nineteen month old Tywuan Showers Evans.
Tywaun's mother thinks he climbed up the stairs of the pool while she was hanging clothes on the line.
She dived in, got the boy out, but he wasn't breathing and his lips were blue.
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((ALETHA HUTCHINSON-EVANS/MOTHER: I THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD. I THOUGHT THAT WAS IT.))
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Tywaun's grandmother ran into the house and quickly dialed 9-1-1.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IT WOULD TAKE SEVERAL MINUTES FOR PARAMEDICS TO ARRIVE. THE 9-1-1 OPERATOR REALIZED TYWAUN COULDNT WAIT THAT LONG AND NEEDED C-P-R IMMEDIATELY. SO OVER THE PHONE, THE DISPATCHER GAVE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS SO THE MOTHER COULD REVIVE THE INFANT RIGHT HERE IN THE KITCHEN.))
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((NAT SOUND OF 9-1-1 OPERATOR))
To get that information, all the dispatcher had to do was reach for this booklet.
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((JAMIE DOSS/DISPATCHER: WE CAN GO DOWN HERE TO WHERE IT SAYS AIRWAY ARREST. WE CAN FLIP THE CARDS HERE AND IT TELLS US EXACTLY WHAT TO TELL THE CALLER WHAT TO DO FROM THERE.))
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Danville is one of only a few cities here in Virginia which allows dispatchers to give detailed rescue information over the phone.
It worked in this medical emergency....Aletha Hutchinson had her son breathing again before the paramedics arrived.
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((ALETHA HUTCHINSON/MOTHER: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. I REALLY REALLY COULD USE IT.))
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Help that came over the phone.
It brings a whole new meaning to reaching out and touching someone.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville.))
Tywaun is home now with no memory of what happened.
Prince William made his official royal debut at an event that featured his father, Prince Charles AND his longtime companion, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Kimberly Dozier has the story from London.
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Stepping out for his first OFFICIAL royal engagement...dad at his side...
No, it's not His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales.
It's just William.
That's what the eighteen-year-old heir to the British throne asked to be
called. The star-studded crowd in attendance was told, no bowing or
His father approved of the break with tradition, but then HE'D invited
partner.. or mistress as she used to be called , Camilla Parker-Bowles.
It was HER first official appearance at the same event with father and
son, though she did arrive in a separate
It was a baptism by media furore -- literally, a walk into the lion's
den -- a party for Britain's media watchdog, the press complaints
The young prince came face to face with the very people he blamed...for
hounding his mother, Princess Diana, into an early grave.
The collected reporters and editors said, he was (show tabloid pix)
modest, gracious and friendly, a credit to his father AND his mother.
He even set at least one older woman's heart aflutter. (tabloid Sun pic:
Lady Victoria says I'm too old for him)
The press has largely left William alone during his high school years.
Royal watchers say the young prince hopes his debut
here will win him a little good will, and perhaps, a little privacy from
press, so when he heads off to college in Scotland, he can study in
KD, CBS News, London
In business news--
Controversy is soaring within the airline industry.
Top airline executives are appealing to Congress--
They don't want the government to approve two airline mega- mergers.
They told a Senate panel that customer service would take a nose- dive if United Airlines teams up with U-S-Airways AND if American Airlines merges with T-W-A.
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((GORDON BETHUNE/CONTINENTAL AIRLINES: IF YOU THOUGHT LAST SUMMER WAS BAD, BUCKLE UP YOUR SEAT BELT BECAUSE WITH THESE POSSIBLE MEGA- MERGERS, YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET.))
[SUPER=01-Gordon Bethune/Continental Airlines;]
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Merger opponents also say the deals would force other airlines to merge in
order to stay competitive.