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[11Redistricting]
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Virginia's citizens had a chance last night to make their voices heard concerning controversial, newly-proposed political districts across the Commonwealth.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond]


A Republican map just three hours old drew only pleas to keep communities with "like interests" together.
A very similar plan released Tuesday lumps seven incumbents into three House districts in southside and southwest Virginia.
Democrats say Republicans are playing politics at the expense of seniority and experience for the region -- and have NOT given the voters enough chances to weigh in on the actual plan.
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[SOT 20:07:19]
[IN Q=That's one of the reasons]

((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D-ROANOKE: THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE'RE HAVING THESE MEETINGS NOW. BECAUSE WE HAD 15 PEOPLE IN ROANOKE THAT CAME. BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO LOOK AT, YOU KNOW? NO PLAN WHATSOEVER.))
[SOT 19:25:32 ]

((REV. FLETCHER LOWE/INTERFAITH CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY: THERE'S ENOUGH CYNICISM ABOUT POLITICS... JUST ANOTHER ILLUSTRATION OF GOTCHA POLITICS.))
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[SUPER=01-Rev. Fletcher Lowe/Interfaith Center for Pub. Policy; :14]
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[OUT Q=another illustration of gotcha politics.]
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The House plan splits 62 localities up into different districts, four more than the 1991 Democratic redistricting.


The Senate plan splits 38-- two more than now.
Republicans say they're mostly just moving lines based on math, but acknowledge some political gain.
Yesterday's new G-O-P map corrected their Tuesday mistake, finally putting Roanoke's Chip Woodrum in the same district as Vinton's Dick Cranwell.
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[11Forbes]


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There's no opposition for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor...
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[SUPER=03-Richmond]

now that former Republican party chairman Randy Forbes has dropped out of the race. Yesterday Forbes dropped out AND kicked off a congressional campaign for the Tidewater area seat opened last week by the death of Democrat Norm Sisisky.
Fauquier Delegate Jay Katzen is now the only Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.
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[11Warner-Wood]


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Democrat Mark Warner's boosting his name recognition at this weekend's Martinsville Speedway race.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Warner has agreed to sponsor driver Jon Wood for his Truck Series debut Saturday in Martinsville... AND for the races Wood will run this season at the New River Valley Speedway.
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[IN Q=You really don't see many political ties]

((YOU DON'T REALLY SEE MANY POLITICAL TIES WITH NASCAR AND IT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST AND I THINK IT'S JUST A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON BOARD WITH HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Jon Wood/Truck Series Driver]
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[OUT Q=to be on board with him.]
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The executive Director of the state Republican Party says Virginia Democrats have abandoned rural voters on issues including guns, tobacco and abortion.
Ed Matricardi (MA-tri-CAR-dee) says putting Warner's name on the side of truck isn't going to change that.

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Here's a forecast that will brighten your weekend...
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[11Bedford-Budget]


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Supervisors in Bedford County say it boils down to a matter of give-and-take: If teachers are to get a pay raise - residents will see a tax hike. Last night residents spoke their minds on the proposed real estate tax increase. Kate Weidaw reports.
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((MARSHA BENSON: IN THE LAST 5 YEARS BEDFORD COUNTY HAS GONE FROM A RANKING OF 48TH TO A MISERABLE 108-TH IN THE STATE FOR BEGINNING TEACHER SALARIES.))
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Marsha Benson has been teaching in the Bedford County school system for 28 years. Teachers like Benson say their salaries need to be increased to not only keep the current teachers but attract new ones.

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((INGRID WOODFORD: WE HAVE FAR TO LONG INVESTED IN THINGS AND NOT IN PEOPLE.))
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But in order to invest in teachers Supervisors say they need to raise the real estate tax by 8 cents. Not everyone thinks a tax hike is a good idea.

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((BRENDA GUARD: IF TEACHERS SALARIES ARE ... RESULT IN A TAX INCREASE OF 42 PERCENT THEN PERHAPS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN LINE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.))
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Tom Craighead brought a petition with 15-hundred signatures saying it should be the voters decision not the Supervisors.

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((TOM CRAIGHEAD: WE WANT THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON TAX INCREASES.))
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But others insist a tax hike is inevitable because while the county's population continues to grow economic development is not keeping pace.

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((INGRID WOODFORD: WE LIVE IN A BEDROOM COUNTY, PEOPLE HAVE THEIR HOMES HERE BUT WORK AND SHOP ELSE WHERE THERE FORE WE HAVE NOT CREATED THE NECESSARY TAX BASE THAT THE POPULATION DEMANDS.))
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Even if Bedford County teachers receive the 13 percent raise they're asking for it would rank them seventh out of the nine surrounding counties.
If the Supervisors pass the proposal it will take effect on July first. Kate Weidaw News 7 Bedford County.))




[6Dental-Clinic]


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A clinic providing dental care for some of the thousands of underserved children in the Roanoke Valley is now open for business.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Carilion hopes its Pediatric Dental Clinic gives those children a place to go.
The clinic is also dedicated to caring for children who are physically, developmentally, or mentally disabled.
The clinic accepts children from birth to 21 years of age.
The clinic is open Monday through Friday inside Roanoke Community Hospital
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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast--
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[11Hale]


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A 29- year- old Roanoke man is arraigned on felony murder, malicious wounding, and firearms charges in the death of his ex- girlfriend.
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Earl Allen Hale appeared in court yesterday. He's accused of killing 27 year old Charlene Ramsey at Hot Rods Car Care in January.
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Hale was arrested at a Richmond bus station Wednesday night after a Crime Line tip. He is currently being held in the Roanoke City jail without bond.
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[11Reynolds]


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A 20- year- old man pleads "no contest" to harming his former girlfriend.
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Maurese Reynolds beat, sodomized and shot his ex-girlfriend last September.
Under a plea agreement reached yesterday the woman did not have to testify, and the prosecutor agreed to drop four firearms charges.
The defendant faces four life terms in prison when he's sentenced later.
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[11Mad-Dog]


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A ex- convict, whose life story is the plot for a new T-V movie, is speaking out to young people--
Former businessman and drug trafficker Dale "Mad Dog" Messmer hopes to teach others by example.
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[SOT 17:59:27]

((IF YOU MAKE THE FOOLISH CHOICE THAT GETS YOU LOCKED UP YOU'LL BE FIGHTING TO SEE WHO'S ON TOP, AND THAT IS NO JOKE, THAT IS THE REAL DEAL.))
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Messmer spoke to students yesterday at Liberty High School.
The former "bouncer- slash- stuntman- slash- mercenary" says prison is filled with people who made the wrong choices.
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[IN Q=I guarantee you]

((DALE 'MAD DOG' MESSMER/EX-CONVICT: I GUARANTEE YOU, AS SURE AS THE SUN RISES AND SETS, EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THIS ROOM IS GOING TO FACE THAT EXACT SAME IDENTICAL CHOICE, MAYBE SATURDAY NIGHT. AND WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO MIGHT BE THE LAST THING YOU CHOOSE TO DO, DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU DO.))
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Messmer was at Liberty as part of the school's before- prom activities.
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[AMTax-Payers]


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If you're taking on the stressful task of filing your own income taxes, where do you go if you have a question?


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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Local tax payer and letter carrier Ed Montinez says don't turn to the Internal Revenue Service.
Ed isn't alone in his distrust.
Tonight on News 7 at Six, News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele will explain how the I-R-S is working to change its image.
And even though it's a busy time of year for the I-R-S, Ed says his letter load hasn't been too bad.
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[IN Q=These days,]

((ED MONTINEZ/TAX PAYER: THESE DAYS, PRETTY LIGHT BEING AS PEOPLE AREN'T GETTING BACK AS MUCH AS THEY SHOULD BE GETTING BACK.))
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Tonight , we'll also take a sneak peek at the new I-R-S web site that allows tax payers to file returns on-line.
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Let's look at the weekend forecast now..

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