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President Bush shares his budget plan with Congress AND the nation.
We'll have highlights from the speech.
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And a second day of testimony begins later this morning in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
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Join us for all that and more on News 7 Mornin.

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Reaction is mixed after President Bush unveiled his budget in a televised address last night.
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The new budget calls for paying down the national debt by two- trillion dollars over the next decade and setting up a commission to study Social Security reform.
But at the center of Bush's plan, the one-point-six-trillion- dollar tax cut.
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[SOT 3:01:27]
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((THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA HAVE BEEN OVERCHARGED. AND ON THEIR BEHALF, I'M ASKING FOR A REFUND.))
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President Bush is also calling for new spending on education-- allotting more than 11- percent of entire budget to the nation's children.
He'll hit the road this morning on a five- state tour to promote his budget plan.
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While the plan drew expected criticism from Democrats, Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte said it was "fair and rea

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This morning marks the second day of testimony in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas, accused of murdering Radford teen Tara Munsey.
Cameras were barred in the courtroom, but Marya Jones was there yesterday as attorneys outlined their arguments and jurors heard from the first witnesses against Thomas.

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Thomas Akers execution will go on as scheduled tomorrow night according to the Virginia Supreme Court.
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Akers is set to die for the murder of a Roanoke man in Franklin County.
He's refusing to cooperate with the attorneys handling the appeal.
But they're still planning to take the case to the U-S Supreme Court.
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Two men were taken to the hospital after a small gas main exploded in Danville.
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The accident happened just before three yesterday afternoon on Industrial Avenue at Pearl Street.
A private contractor was working on the "city owned" gas main when it exploded- trapping one man underneath some dirt.
He and another person were taken to the hospital.
Emergency Service Officials are still trying to figure out what caused the explosion.
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[Marketwatch]


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In business news, all eyes will be on Capitol Hill this morning as Fed Chief Alan Greenspan heads there to talk about the economy... following the worst consumer confidence report in 4 years.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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Opponents of a proposed gas pipeline still hope to influence where it'll go.
But they'll have to work quickly if they hope to persuade the State Corporation Commission.
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A hearing examiner has recommended that the S-C-C approve the merger of Virginia Gas and a New Jersey Company, but he also encouraged them to reconsider the possibility of co-locating the proposed pipeline along existing easements.

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Yesterday, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved funding for another look at that issue.
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((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE OPPONENT: LET'S GET THE GOOD DATA. LET'S PULL THIS TOGETHER IN THE SHORT RUN. LET'S KIND OF QUANTIFY WHAT THIS MEANS TO US AS A COUNTY, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT WHAT IT DOES TO INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY OWNERS.))
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Unless the State Corporation Commission grants an extension, the county only has until March 8th to provide additional information.

[Center-Square]


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A number of changes are coming to Center in the Square.
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The center in downtown Roanoke is home to several museums and Mill Mountain theater. However, it does NOT charge rent to any of the organizations. The facility gets much of its funding to operate and maintain the building from the state. But Center in the Square officials say, so far, the state has NOT awarded it any money in this year's budget.
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((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE: THE IMPACT OF THAT WILL BE FEWER SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO ARE ABLE TO COME TO THE MUSEUM AND WHO ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE EDUCATION FROM THE MUSEUM, LESS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, LESS TOURISM IN THE AREA, LESS THINGS THAT WILL GENERATE INCOME IN THIS REGION.))
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Sears say to make ends meet the center will be closed on Mondays and will reduce staff hours and other services. The center will also take out a loan and step up local fundraising efforts to get through the year.
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Employees at a Roanoke County company lost their health insurance and didn't even know it. Then they lost their jobs.
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Barry Moran spent 23 years at Fabricated Metals until its doors closed in October.
Moran and his wife say the company stopped paying insurance premiums two months before shutting down.. but never told employees.
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((BARRY MORAN/FORMER FMI EMPLOYEE: CLOSING IS BAD ENOUGH, BUT DOING THAT TO OUR INSURANCE AND 401 K'S IS PLUM RIDICULOUS. THEY STILL OWE US FOR A LOT OF MEDICAL BILLS AND WE ARE HERE TO GET THINGS STRAITENED OUT, WHETHER IT TAKES THE COURT TO DO IT OR WHATEVER IT MAY TAKE.))
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The company says financial trouble forced it to shut its doors and stop paying premiums.
But the company also says it DID give the insurance premium money back to its employees.
Fabricated Metals officials would not go on camera, and instead issued this statement "We have always tried to treat employees the best we can, and have done so through the years. Circumstances beyond our control forced us to close. We tried to do everything we could to honor our employees' concerns."
Yesterday employees urged Roanoke County Police to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, the company says it just doesn't have the money to pay employee medical bills.
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[Health-Check]


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In medical news, a study says an ultrasound is not the best way to detect Down's Syndrome.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((Information: ON CAM PREGNANT WOMEN WHO HAVE AN ULTRASOUND TO DETECT DOWN'S SYNDROME ARE NOT ONLY WASTING THEIR TIME- BUT MAY BE PUTTING THEMSELVES AND THEIR BABIES AT RISK.

VT=VO

A STUDY IN THE JAMA SHOWS ULTRASOUND IS VERY UNRELIABLE WHEN IT COMES TO PREDICTING DOWNS- AS A RESULT MANY WOMEN UNNECESSARILY UNDERGO A FOLLOW UP AMNIOCENTESIS WHEN THE ULTRASOUND SAYS THERE'S A PROBLEM. BUT AMNIOCENTESIS ITSELF CAN BE RISKY. EXPERTS SAY ULTRASOUND IS NOT THE WAY TO GO WHEN IT COMES TO PREDICTING DOWNS SYNDROME.

VT=VO

HOW'S YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE? HOPEFULLY YOU KNOW THE NUMBERS- AND KNOW THAT BOTH NUMBERS ARE IMPORTANT. AND GUESS WHAT- NOT ALL DOCTORS ARE AWARE OF THAT. A STUDY FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SHOWS MANY DOCTORS WORRY JUST ABOUT THE BOTTOM NUMBER- WHEN ACTUALLY ITS BAD NEWS WHEN THE TOP OR BOTTOM IS HIGH.DONT IGNORE EITHER NUMBER..

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FINALLY- WHEN WERE YOU BORN? IF IT WAS THE FALL - YOU PROBABLY WILL LIVE ABOUT 6 MONTHS LONGER THAN SOMEONE BORN IN THE SPRING. THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES SAYS THE REASON IS PROBABLY THAT MOTHERS OF FALL BABIES ATE MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES SINCE THEY WERE IN SEASON DURING THEIR PREGNANCIES. WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US- LIKE ME - A SUMMER BABY- NO DIFFERENCE EITHER WAY.
ON CAM THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAY 'S TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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President Bush takes to the airwaves as he explains his budget to Congress.
Today, he embarks on a five- state tour to promote his plan.
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Jurors have heard from the first witness in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
Testimony resumes later this morning..
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a bluegrass singer from Ferrum appears on David Letterman--
Dan Tyminski is one of several artists featured on the soundtrack of the film, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"
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And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, February 28th .
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News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[Bush]


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[NOTE ANCHOR TAG!!!!]
President Bush is heading to Pennsylvania this morning on the first of a five- state tour promoting his tax cut plan.
That after the President outlined his budget to Congress AND the entire nation last night.
Gretchen Carlson has more from Washington.
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It was a night of firsts for George W. Bush; the first time to be greeted by Congress in the House Chamber as President, the first time to address the country with a Presidential plan.

(SOT: Bush: It is a great privilege to be here to outline a new budget

and a new approach for governing our great country.)

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The new budget proposal has a few core issues -- likely to be debated heavily in the coming weeks.
It calls for -- paying down the national debt by 2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years, setting up a commission to study Social Security reform.
And a tax cut-- the President says will benefit all Americans.

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In addition to the tax cut-- the President is also calling for new spending on one of his favorite issues: education-- alloting more than 11 percent of the entire pot to the nation s kids.

(SOT): Sen. Tom Daschle/D-S. Dakota, Senate Minority Leader



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But the thunderous applause from the Republican members of the House and Senate wasn't enough to drown out all discontent among Democrats. They called some of the President's proposed cuts irresponsible.

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In local reaction to Bush's speech, Roanoke Congressman Bob Goodlatte calls the tax cut ``fair and reasonable.''

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Testimony in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas resumes today. Thomas is accused of murdering Radford teen Tara Munsey.
Cameras were barred in the courtroom, but Marya Jones was there yesterday as attorneys outlined their arguments and jurors heard from the first witnesses against Thomas.

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The Virginia Supreme Court says the execution of Thomas Akers will go on as scheduled tomorrow night.
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Akers is set to die for the murder of a Roanoke man in Franklin County.
He's refusing to cooperate with the attorneys handling the appeal.
But they're still planning to take the case to the U-S Supreme Court.
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Lynchburg police say they're close to wrapping up their investigation into an attack on an officer by one of the department's drug dogs two weeks ago.
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Officer Rick (ru-Jerry) Ruggieri suffered injuries to his face and hands when a dog turned on him at the police training grounds.
A former police officer claims the department isn't telling the whole story about what happened - and that a less- experienced handler was present that day.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: YOU SHOULD BELIEVE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE OR SOMEONE WHO HAS NO FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE WHATSOEVER OF THE INCIDENT. AND WHEN WE LOOKED AT THE INCIDENT, SHE WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT. WAS SHE THERE? WELL, YES, BUT THERE WERE ALSO 40 OTHER PEOPLE THERE, WE DIDN'T GIVE YOU THEIR NAMES EITHER, BECAUSE THAT WASN'T GERMANE TO THE ISSUE.))
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Bennett says the department's investigation should be completed by next week.
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[Tyminski]


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A bluegrass musician from Franklin County shouldn't be singing the blues these days....
His work is getting plenty of national attention.
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Dan Tyminski serves as actor George Clooney's singing voice in the film, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"
And last night, Tyminski appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman".
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((DAVID LETTERMAN: WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT OUR NEXT GUESTS, ALL OF WHOM ARE FEATURED ON THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE FILM, "OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?" PLEASE WELCOME EMMYLOU HARRIS, ALLISON KRAUSS, GILLIAN WELCH, ALONG WITH DAN TYMINSKI AND THE SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS. KIDS?)) ((DAN TYMINSKI/SINGER: I AM A MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW....))
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The film, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" is set in 1930s Mississippi and is a re- telling of Homer's "The Odyssey".
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British authorities say as many as 15 people are feared dead in a train collision in northern England.
13 victims are confirmed dead.
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This morning's collision between a high- speed passenger train and a freight train happened about 200 miles north of London.
Dozens of people are seriously injured.
Authorities say many passengers are trapped in the wreckage.
There are reports that a vehicle slid off an icy highway and onto the rail line, causing the freight train to de- rail.
Officials say the passenger train bound for London was carrying about 100 people.
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Center in the Square has announced some changes.
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The center in downtown Roanoke is home to several museums and Mill Mountain theater. However, it does NOT charge rent to any of the organizations. The facility gets much of its funding to operate and maintain the building from the state. But Center in the Square officials say, so far, the state has NOT awarded it any money in this year's budget.
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((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE: THE IMPACT OF THAT WILL BE FEWER SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO ARE ABLE TO COME TO THE MUSEUM AND WHO ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE EDUCATION FROM THE MUSEUM, LESS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, LESS TOURISM IN THE AREA, LESS THINGS THAT WILL GENERATE INCOME IN THIS REGION.))
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Sears say to make ends meet the center will be closed on Mondays and will reduce staff hours and other services. The center will also take out a loan and step up local fundraising efforts to get through the year.
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[S-ACC]


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The President's address knocked the Duke-Maryland game off WDBJ-7 last night, but we have the highlights this morning.

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Maryland coming into Cameron Indoor Stadium looking to ruin Shane Battier's final home game as a Dookie. Battier would score 31 points, but this was Maryland's night. Actually it was "Miller Time." Watch the Terps' Danny Miller look to tip the rebound and instead tip the missed free throw right in the hoop. Miller would continue to make life miserable as he goes backdoor and scores and Maryland beats Duke 91-to-80.
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[Local-Recap]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

This morning marks the second day of testimony in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas. Thomas is accused of murdering Radford teen Tara Munsey. Yesterday, attorneys outlined their arguments and jurors heard from the first witnesses against Thomas.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


The execution of Thomas Akers will go on as scheduled tomorrow night according to the Virginia Supreme Court.
Akers is set to die for the murder of a Roanoke man in Franklin County.
He's refusing to cooperate with the attorneys handling the appeal.
But they're still planning to take the case to the U-S Supreme Court.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Emergency Service Officials are still trying to figure out what caused a small gas main explosion in Danville yesterday.
A private contractor was working on the "city owned" gas main when it exploded- trapping one man underneath some dirt.
He and another person were taken to the hospital.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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