Virginia Republicans are proud of their re-districting map AND of a deal to start over on the state budget. We be
gin in a moment with a LIVE report from Richmond.
Legislators want to know why Norfolk Southern's laying off people in Pennsylvania, while union leaders here want to know why Virginia legislators aren't asking the same questions.
The Redskins will open their season against some familar faces, Mike Keenan is out in Boston.
And the Roanoke Express is back on the ice tonight at the Roundhouse in game three of their playoff series against Toledo, We'll have a live report.
Some passing showers signal the change to a cooler air mass for the weekend. Details ahead.
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((SEN. WALTER STOSCH/R-HENRICO CO.: I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ANY OTHER PLAN THAT CAME BEFORE US ACCOMPLISHED THESE IMPORTANT GOALS ANY BETTER OR IN ANY MORE FAIR WAY.))09
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With mixed emotions, Virginia becomes one of the first states in the nation to redraw its political boundaries based on the 2000 census.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
The hard work is done.
Each chamber of the Virginia General Assembly has signed off on its own redistricting bill.
But the hard work on the budget has still NOT begun.
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
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Republicans say it's the closest Virginia's ever come to equally-sized political districts.
And in what they think is a public relations coup:
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((DEL. JACK RUST/R-FAIRFAX: I BELIEVE THAT HOUSE BILL ONE IS FULLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. THAT IT TREATS MINORITIES FAIRLY, PROPERLY, AND LEGALLY.))
A few generations of Democratic leaders reflected on the regional cost to southwest Virginia.
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((DEL. BARNIE DAY/D-PATRICK CO.: THE REGRET THAT I HAVE IS NOT BEING FORCED OUT... THWART THE DESIRES, JUST IN THE TENTH HOUSE DISTRICT OF ABOUT 140 THOUSAND PEOPLE.))
Now certainly begins the questions of who will step aside.
Madison Marye foreshadowed a possible 2003 showdown with Bo Trumbo, in whose district he would now reside.
That's because his 39th district teleported to northern Virginia.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: IT'S BEEN SPECULATED UPON THAT I PLAN TO MOVE TO FAIRFAX. A MOVE FOR ME TO FAIRFAX WOULD BE, IF YOU CAN PICTURE THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES MOVING TO L.A.))
Trumbo had other things on his mind.
He ushered a rules change through his committee that would allow any potential state budget compromise to be considered next week with a simple majority in each chamber.
He's happy House Speaker Vance Wilkins seems receptive.
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE COMMENT WASN'T WE CAN'T DO THIS. YEAH WE CAN DO IT.))
Meanwhile, the Virginia Democratic Party staff got in a spat with the Capitol Police, trying to stage its First Annual King James the Gone-More Governor - Emperor Nero mock golf tournament.
((LARRY FRAMME/VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: IN HONOR OF OUR GOVERNOR, WHO LIKE THE EMPEROR NERO, SPENDS HIS TIME FIDDLING AND PLAYING, WHILE THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH GET BURNED.))
The Governor's press secretary Lila White called the Democratic protest "pathetic."
Quoting now, "The Governor's taking a few days' vacation with his son who's going off to college, and anyone who'd begrudge him that has serious problems."
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A cell phone may be to blame for a fatal auto accident his afternoon.
State police say the driver of the black pickup truck was headed east on Route 24 near Rustburg in Campbell County, when he veered off the road and struck a fence and a telephone pole.
The driver was killed on impact.
Authorities found a cell phone in his hand and say it's possible he was distracted while using the phone and ran off the road.
The victim's name has not been released.
In another part of Campbell County, the search is for a woman who made a quick getaway after robbing a bank.
It happened this afternoon at the SunTrust Bank on Timberlake Road.
Police say a heavyset black woman in her 30's entered the bank and handed a teller a note, then made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
No weapon was displayed.
Witnesses say the woman drove off in a green Honda Civic with Virginia tags.
Railroad unions and legislators, all unhappy with Norfolk Southern shop closings and layoffs.
Only this time, it's not in Roanoke, but in Pennsylvania.
Company officials went through a public grilling there today, and union leaders here are asking their own questions.
News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele has the story.
Keith, legislators in P-A are questioning the railroad, asking officials why layoffs are happening THERE.
That leaves Union leaders HERE asking why no Virginia legislators spoke up when the ax fell in Roanoke.
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(( The last of the N-S car shops in slated to close in Hollidsaysburg Pennsylvania.
So today, at least a half dozen P-A Legislators demanded answers from Norfolk Southern officials.
The entire event sparked questions in Roanoke as well.
((T. R. MCCOY: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD ANY OF OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY TAKING UP FOR ANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS HERE?))
Tom McCoy is President of a local railroad union.
He says he's amazed legislators in Pennsylvania are standing up for workers who lost their jobs.
((T.R. MCCOY: I'VE NEVER HAD ONE EVER CALL MY OFFICE OR REQUEST A MEETING OVER NORFOLK SOUTHERN, I MEAN NO ASSISTANCE WHATSOEVER.))
Delegate Dick Cranwell says Virginia's lack of involvement doesn't mean elected officials don't care.
Cranwell told News 7, "All of us who hold an elected office are concerned about the economy in the Roanoke Valley -- but facing the railroad head to head is futile. Instead, we're working to bring other jobs and other industry to the Valley."
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As that continues, Tom McCoy will face N-S on April 17th to let the company know that union workers deserve a severance package for being laid off. ))
N-S officials admitted at today's hearing there where some problems with the Conrail merger... in fact, one official said computer problems created months of backups.
But N-S officials also said a slowing economy and rising fuel prices forced the railroad to restructure.
Keith, another hearing in Pennslyvania is scheduled for two weeks from today.
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A well-known Blacksburg attorney won't go to prison, but he's not entirely off the hook.
54-year-old Joe Painter pled guilty to two misdemeanors and no contest to three others in Montgomery County Circuit Court today. Prosecutors said they had video tape of Painter setting fires at a new subdivision going up near his home.
He received a suspended sentence of 5-years probation, an order to pay 75-hundred dollars restitution to the Blacksburg Fire Department and is required to write letters of apology.
In Salem, a young woman went to jail today without knowing how long she'll be there.
Kelly Cole was due to be sentenced for embezzlement this afternoon. Her case had already been postponed three times.
But her attorney said he'd only recently come to question her mental state. Tony Anderson mentioned certain phone calls Cole had made, but declined to say what prompted him to ask for a mental competency evaluation.
Though Judge Richard Pattisal granted the request, he had Cole locked up to "ensure that she's available for this evaluation," as the judge put it.
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Four new schools. Still ahead, one county speeds up its building plans.
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After months of debate, tonight Bedford County teachers will find out if they will get a raise.
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Kate Weidaw is at Liberty High School to bring us up to date
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A Bedford County woman is charged with shooting her ex-husband during an argument this morning.
It happened inside their Montvale mobile home.
Deputies say 32-year-old Angelia Michelle Bowles called authorities and told them she shot her ex-husband once in the stomach as they struggled for the gun.
46-year-old Walter Lester Morris is in critical condition.
Authorities say the couple divorced last month, but continued living together.
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Bowles is being held in jail without bond.
She's charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm.
Another domestic argument, this one last night in Campbell County, sent four people to the hospital with stab wounds.
Police were called to this home on Reynolds Drive just before nine.
They say 51- year- old James Murrell had stabbed 45- year- old Ella Mae Brown in the face and neck eight times, cut her son on his arm and then stabbed 39- year- old Kirk Burton in the shoulder.
Police aren't sure how, but Murrell himself was also stabbed in the throat.
He's hospitalized in very serious condition.. charges against him are pending.
Quick police work is credited with solving a robbery in a convenience store parking lot.
The Amherst County Sheriff's Department says 31 year old Rodney Orlando Irving of Lynchburg walked up to a car this morning as a woman was getting in ... grabbed her by the arm, and took her pocketbook.
Police tracked him down within minutes .. the victim got her pocketbook back.
Stocks finished a shortened week on a strong note.
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The Dow gained 113 points. NASDAQ rose more than three per cent, up 62.
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The 12 year old boy shot in the head while skeet shooting has died.
It happened as Matthew Strange of Charleston, South Carolina was visiting relatives in Pittsylvania County. The sheriff's department says he was accidentally shot by his 10 year old brother.
In Danville, a woman was seriously hurt when her van landed on top of her.
The accident happened this afternoon on Route 58.
Police say the woman was attempting to cross the highway, when a pickup truck hit her and another vehicle sitting at the intersection.
She was transported to Danville Regional Medical Center.
No word on her condition.
Pittsylvania County residents will get their first look tonight at four new middle schools to be built in the county.
Voters passed a 40 million dollar bond referendum last year to pay for the new middle schools.
The school district has now decided to build all four middle schools at one time rather than over four years.
Tonight, residents get the chance to express their opinions on the proposed floor- plans for the schools.
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((JERRY WEBB/SUPERINTENDENT: ITS ANOTHER EFFORT ON OUR PART TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY INFORMED TO LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW. AND TO GIVE THE COMMUNITY, IN MY OPINION THE MOST PART REASON THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT.))
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Tonight's meeting begins at seven .. at Twin Springs Elementary School on Route 41.
The district hopes to begin construction this fall and have the schools open for the 2003 school year.
Brian Greise gets a new contract with the Denver Broncos, The Roanoke Express hosts the Toledo Storm tonight at the Roundhouse
And the Boston Bruins fire head coach Mike Keenan.
The Roanoke Express plays game three of it's best of five first round ECHL playoff series with Toledo tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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Steve Mason joins from the Round House with a pregame report, Steve.
Roy, the Roanoke players have said it all week, coach Perry Florio has said it all season, the Express does not like the Toledo Storm. Game three tonight and the Express has taken the home ice advantage away from the Storm by virtue of splitting the first two games in Toledo. Head coach Perry Florio joins us now, Perry, your pre-game meeting with the team just finished up, what did you tell the guys.
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Perry, you held a 3-1 record against the Storm in the regular season, but they have tightened up defensively in the playoffs. Offensively, their sniper is Andrew Williamson. He scored 33 of his league leading 52 goals on the road this season, what do you do with him tonight.
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Finally, you are going with Daniel Berthiaume for a third straight night, any reason to that and will we see Dave Gagnon in this series.
Alright, thanks Perry, face off is set for 7:30, and as of 4:30 today, 13 hundred tickets have been sold, so plenty left for those of you who want to come out.
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Roy, we will join from the Round House again at 11 with all of your highlights.
It didn't take Mike Keenan long to wear out his welcome in Boston.
The Bruins confirmed today that the team will not pick up the two year option on Kennan's contract.
Newspaper reports say that assistant coach Peter Laviolette will be elevated to head coach.
the 51 year old Keenan coaches by intimidation and that reportedly didn't go over well with the players. His case was further hurt when the Bruins failed to make the playoffs.
Keenan took over the job when Pat Burns was fired by Boston 8 games into the N-H-L season.
In the N-F-L, Denver quarterback Brian Griese has agreed to a new deal with the Broncos.
Greise, who emerged last season as one of the N-F-L's best young quarterbacks, received a deal worth 39 million dollars and includes a signing bonus of just over 12 point 5 million.
He threw for over 26-hundred yards and 19 touchdowns and four incerceptions in 10 games last season.
One other note from the N-F-L, Oakland running back Napoleon Kaufman announced his retirement today.
Kaufman an ordained minisher has talked retirement for the past two seasons.
The Washington Redskins released its schedule and it will include several games against familar faces.
Washington opens the season on the road against the San Diego Chargers on September 9th. That means the new look Redskins will have a chance to play against former coach Norv Turner.
Then on Sunday April 30-th Washington will play the Kansas City Chiefs the club that produced much of Washington's new coaching staff under Marty Schottenheimer.
The Salem Avalanche is back on the diamond this evening at Salem Stadium.
The Avalanche concludes a three game series with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
The Pelicans bombed the Avalanche last nigght 7 to nothing. Game time tonight is 7:05.
Former Tech basketball star Tic Price is back in coaching.
Price is the new head man at McNeese State where he served as associate head coach last season.
The job opened when Ron Everhart left for Northeastern University in Boston.
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