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The Governor says it's un-spent money. Virginia Sheriffs say it's deputies' salaries.

YOU'll hear what state LAWMAKERS heard about that today.
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And it's the "too- tall condo," according to some residents. Will a Circuit judge order the top two floors lopped off?
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Tonight on News 7 Sports - the coaching carousel is spinning in the college basketball ranks. George Lynch gets recognized for his generosity. The Express hits the road.
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And the Martinsville Speedway's new 600 foot addition is finished. We'll take a peak inside Henry County's biggest garage.
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The rain is heading out of our area as some gusty winds move in...details ahead....

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((RON SPRINKLE/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF: I WISH THERE WAS SOME WAY WE COULD STOP OUR POLITICAL POSTURING AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
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[OUT Q=the people of the Commonwealth.]
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Virginia's sheriffs and correctional officers pack the house in Richmond to plead for money.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Sheriffs-Budget]


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Who's telling the truth?
Governor Jim Gilmore says the 53 million dollars he cut in state Compensation Board funding for public safety all comes from "anticipated unspent funds."
Any assertions that it will cut local sheriffs' budgets is false, according to the Governor.
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But the sheriffs feel otherwise, packing a Senate meeting room today.
They told Senate Finance Committee members about sworn officer positions that will go unfilled, low pay and low morale, and crime prevention programs that will be eliminated or scaled back.
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((JOE HIGGS/FAUQUIER CO. SHERIFF: 80 PERCENT OF THESE STATE COMP BOARD BUDGET CUTS COME FROM THE SHERIFFS BUDGET. I ASK -- NO-- I BEG YOU -- PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO RESTORE PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING.))13
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((RON SPRINKLE/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF: ACTUALLY IT'S DIFFICULT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BUDGET CUTS ARE GOING TO DO TO MY DEPARTMENT BECAUSE WE REALLY DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT. BUT WHAT WE ALL KNOW IN THIS ROOM IS THAT... BIG CUT FOR THE SHERIFFS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA.))19
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Lynchburg Mayor Carl Hutcherson also made the case for cities which are losing about 10 million dollars statewide for police departments.
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The law enforcement budget cuts are the result of the political standoff between the Governor and the Senate over the speed of car tax relief.


[Brookville-Threat]


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A lot of empty seats in Brookville High School today after a threatening message was found scribbled on a desk last week.
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The note was discovered on a desk in a health classroom.. it read "Doomsday, March 21st".
School officials say they were unable to determine who wrote it or when.
Rumors of the message spread quickly through the school last week, prompting dozens of calls from worried parents.
Principal Jim Whorley says more than half of Brookville's 825 students stayed home today.
Whorley says educators were trying to conduct "business as usual".
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[Cherry-Hill]


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The fate of a South Roanoke development project is now in the hands of a Roanoke judge. Neighbors who say the Cherry Hill Condominium project is too tall took their case to court today.
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That's where we find News 7's business reporter Jen Miele tonight.
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((ROLLCUE:...must come off.))
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[Embezzlement]


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A bank courier has been indicted for stealing a pouch intended for delivery to NationsBank in Richmond.
Last December Mary Jane Meadows allegedly took the courier package for herself, rather than delivering it. The U-S Attorney's office says the courier pouch was found in a dumpster behind Meadows' home in Roanoke.
Though the indictment indicates the contents of the pouch was worth more than a million and a half dollars, apparently very little of it was cash.


[Dutch-Inn]


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The investigation continues into what started the fire at the Dutch Inn in Collinsville Monday night.
Today a demolition crew took down part of the inn's trademark windmill tower for safety reasons.
Justin McLeod explains why the race is on to re-open the hotel as soon as possible.
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((((NAT SOUND OF TAKING OFF THE ROOF OF TOWER))
The famous Dutch Inn windmill is no more.
Safety concerns forced crews to dismantle part of the tower.
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((RICHARD BYRD/WORKER: FIRST IT WAS THE WINDMILL PART. THEN THE TIN, WITH THE WINDS WITH THE STORM WE HAD LAST NIGHT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT DIDNT BLOW OFF UNTO 220.))
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With the tower secured, investigators can finally enter the building to find out exactly what caused the fire.
The only thing firefighters can say with certainty is the fire started in the lounge.
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((RODNEY HOWELL/FIRE MARSHAL: WHILE WE'RE GETTING THE SCENE STABLIZED WE'RE INTERVIEWING THE PEOPLE WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRE, THE FIREMAN WHO TRIED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE.))
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A worker says she entered the lounge just before midnight Monday to find sparks coming from an electric outlet.
The fire destroyed the lounge and lobby but did not damage any of the inn's guest rooms.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE OWNER IS STILL OPTIMISTIC HE CAN HAVE THE INN UP AND RUNNING BY AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK. AFTER ALL, A MAJOR RACE IS COMING TO THE MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, BRINGING WITH IT THE NEED FOR HOTELS LIKE THIS ONE.))
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Hotel workers have been busy calling and reassuring race teams who plan to stay here during the weekend of April 8th.
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((STEVE GRODENSKY/OWNER: WE'RE TELLING THEM THAT OBVIOUSLY WE WON'T HAVE A RESTAURANT OR A LOUNGE BUT WE DO HOPE TO ACCOMODATE THEM FOR THEIR ROOMS.))
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The Dutch Inn also plans to accomodate all those people who are fond of the inn's trademark windmill.
They hope to have the tower reconstructed within a year. Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))

[Chavez]


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Linda Chavez made her first public appearence today since her on-again, off-again nomination for Secretary of Labor by President Bush.
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Chavez's message today to Ferrum College students was titled "The Perils and Promises of Public Service."
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((ONE OF THE POINTS OF THIS CONFERENCE WAS TO INSPIRE YOUNG WOMEN TO THINK ABOUT LIFE, POLITICAL LIFE, AND I THINK, SEEING THAT YOU CAN SURVIVE UNPLEASANT EXPERIENCE IS IMPORTANT.))
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Chavez addressed everything from the role the media play in politics ...to the personal struggles and achievements in her political life.
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It is an attraction that promises to live up to its name.
This weekend, central Virginia's first children's museum opens its doors to the public.
Lynchburg bureau chief Steve Smallshaw takes us inside for a sneak preview of "Amazement Square."
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(( After four years and several million dollars worth of renovations, one of Lynchburg's oldest buildings is about to become its newest downtown attraction.
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Workers are feverishly putting the finishing touches on Amazement Square, the area's first interactive children's museum.
No detail has been spared.. handrails that are shaped like real hands lead to staircases that light up as you step on them.. everything is designed to catch the eye and capture the imagination of the young visitor.
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Four different floors contain eight galleries of exhibits that touch on a variety of educational topics: history, science, architecture.. and especially the arts.
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((KIDS DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PAINT LARGE SCALE, SO IN THIS ROOM, THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.))
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It's a place for exploration and experimentation.. and more importantly a place where kids can be kids. [Standup 12:16:35] ((Of course education really is the heartbeat of the Amazement Square museum, and all of the exhibits here contain some elements of the statewide Standards of Learning. The idea is to let kids have so much fun, they don't realize they're getting an education.))
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((SAJADIAN: WE FEEL THAT BY MAKING IT A LITTLE BIT MORE FUN AND HAVE IT BE MORE PRACTICAL OR AN INTERACTIVE APPLICATION OF CERTAIN THINGS YOU LEARN IN SCHOOL OR IN A REAL-LIFE SETTING, THAT'S WHAT MAKES THIS PLACE FUN.))
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They'll know whether they succeeded when the first customers arrive Saturday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

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Call it March Madness with a message.. some of the area's best high school basketball players will square off Saturday as part of an anti- violence rally at Liberty High School.
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A matchup of two teams of All-Stars from the Seminole District will cap a day of activities sponsored by the "What's Next?" organization.
Students who attend will be asked to sign a non- violence pledge.. it's a message organizers hope is starting to sink in.
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((JOHN EGGLESTON/"WHAT'S NEXT?" ORGANIZER: AND AS FAR AS WHETHER IT'S WORKING OR NOT, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE. WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO MEASURE IT BUT IF WE CAN CONTINUE TO GET IN KIDS' EARS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS, THEN I THINK WE'RE DOING A PRETTY GOOD JOB.))
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The "What's Next?" movement began in 1998, after a Liberty High School student was murdered by two classmates.


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In no way is the March Madness restricted to the hardwood this month. Tonight at 6:30, the University of Louisville is expected to introduce Rick Pitino as the Cardinals new head coach. Already this afternoon, Indiana University took the
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interim tag off of head coach Mike Davis's title. Davis took over for Bobby Knight and led the Hoosiers to 21 wins and an NCAA tournament berth. This afternoon he was given a 4 year contract that will pay him twice as much as Knight earned - over $400 thousand dollars a season.
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[GO TO PAGE 1201] The real madness resumes on the court tomorrow night as we bring you the Maryland and Georgetown opener in the West region. Following that one, Duke battles UCLA starting at 9:55.
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[GO TO PAGE 1202] Friday night the action begins at 7:30 with the Michigan State Spartans butting heads with Gonzaga in the early game. The late night game on Friday as Illinois and Kansas.
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Former Patrick Henry star George Lynch is making national news again. Lynch has been given the NBA community hero award for the month of February. He's also been named the Philadelphia Police Athletic League Citizen of the Year.
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The NBA community hero award is given to the player who has exemplified a commitment to community service. The 76er forward has been dedicated to helping young people not only from Philadelphia, but from his hometown as well. Last year he spear headed a trip that brought 30 Roanoke City kids to a game. Lynch works with 35 different communities around Philly and he provides 20 tickets to each group for every Sixers home game. Lynch is averaging about 9 points and over 7 rebounds a game.
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There was plenty of rain, but no Thunder in the Foothills today as the Martinsville Speedway welcomed Jeff Burton to track for a short visit.
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Burton dropped by to talk about a variety of topics including his passion for college basketball. He is great friends with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and he likes the Blue Devils' chances of making the final four.
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In basketball terms - Burton has been in a major slump this season. Through five races Jeff is way back in 35th position in the points standings.
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[VO NAT CON'T] As for the speedway, Martinsville's 10 foot widening of it's pit road is complete, all of the backstretch spots now have permanent seats attached to them, and the new 600 foot long garage area on the backstretch is completely finished.
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((CLAY CAMPBELL:))
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[TALENT=MIKE]
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Martinsville first race weekend of the year runs from April 6th through the 8th.








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The Green Bay Packers re-signed former Halifax County and UVa star Tyrone Davis to a multi-year contract this afternoon. Davis, who was an unrestricted free agent tight end
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has caught 61 passes for 674 yards and 12 touchdowns in his six year NFL career. He had shoulder surgery back in December and should be ready for training camp.
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[S-Express]


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The Express begins a four game road trip at 7:35 tonight in Richmond against the Renegades.
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Roanoke topped Wheeling 4-3 in a shootout last night at the Round House, a place the Express won't see for a while. The Express won't play at home again until March 31st, the season finale against Wheeling.
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Roanoke meets Richmond tonight for the eighth time this season and has won 5 of the first seven in a rivalry with a little less bite than in years past.
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