Virginia's governor tries to reward state employees, but the budget stalemate keeps him from putting money where his
And an Amherst middle school student tells us why she opposes the Minute of Silence... while appellate judges consider whether it's Constitutional.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Steam makes some wholesale changes in an attempt to jump start the franchise on the field.
We'll hook up with a college track star who is running his way into national contention.
And Brandy Bailey isn't the only Northside softball star zeroing in on a scholarship.
Light rain drops falling on our heads this evening but the rain won't last long. We will show you why in just a moment.
News 7 at Six is next.
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((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: IF ALL THE OTHER LEGISLATURES IN THE COUNTRY HAD A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT HAD TAKEN PLACE HERE, WE WOULD BE THE LAUGHINGSTOCK OF ALL OTHER 49 STATE LEGISLATURES.))
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State lawmakers apparently don't know the word "budge" is a part of the word "budget"...
That leaves state workers in limbo, during Governor Jim Gilmore's Virginia Public Service Week.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
Governor Jim Gilmore handed out awards to state workers on the Capitol's south portico.
Meanwhile, inside, the House of Delegates rejected the Senate's latest budget...
And thwarted the latest effort to get state pay raises and a host of other items in a new state budget.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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Governor Jim Gilmore is back at the head of state government, even taking a turn with the baton and the Virginia State Band, after a two week European trade mission.
The question many lawmakers are asking is, if he's leading, who's following?
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((WOODRUM: CAN THE GENTLEMAN TELL US WHETHER HE WOULD ANTICIPATE MEETING ON THE NEXT DAY.... IN ORDER TO KNOW HOW MANY SOCKS TO PACK. GRIFFITH: I CAN'T PREDICT WHAT THE SENATE'S GONNA DO. I'M TIRED OF TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT.))
So still, a budget standoff.
The Governor says he thinks he can take care of teachers and state workers in the winter, with a retroactive pay raise in the final budget he submits.
That's good news for Virginia Tech Housekeeping Supervisor Tammy Kast, honored by her governor, but perhaps underpaid.
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((TAMMY KAST/VA. TECH HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR: I THINK A LOT OF THE BENEFITS COMPENSATE FOR THE PAY WE GET.))
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((ELIZABETH HARMON/STAUNTON SOCIAL WORKER: OH NOOO! NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE HARD WORK I SEE FOR THE STATE, I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SEE A STATE PAY INCREASE.))
Elizabeth Harmon's another award winner.
The Governor says he won't forget the 143-thousand workers like her, NO matter what the legislature does or doesn't do.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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A federal trial judge has already upheld it.
But today, a group of federal appeals court judges heard arguments for and against Virginia's new minute of silence law.
The American Civil Liberties Union is representing a handful of students who oppose it, including Amherst's Mia Magruder.
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((MIA MAGRUDER/AMHERST MIDDLE SCHOOL: I'M UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE MOMENT OF SILENCE BECAUSE I LIVE IN A VERY CONSERVATIVE AREA, AND I'VE HAD TROUBLE BEFORE WITH CERTAIN TEACHERS. AND I THINK THAT BY IMPLEMENTING THIS LAW, IT'S SUGGESTING THAT PRAYER IS A VERY GOOD THING AND PEOPLE SHOULD PRAY.))
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((BILL HURD/ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: IT REALLY NEITHER ENCOURAGES THEM OR DISCOURAGES THEM IN THE OPTION THEY CHOOSE. THEY CAN SIT THERE QUIETLY THINKING OF NOTHING IF THEY WISH. IT IS ENTIRELY UP TO THEM. AND SINCE IT IS ALL SILENT, NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW.))
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The state says Fairfax Senator Warren Barry testified on the floor of the Senate that prayer was NOT his purpose in writing the bill.
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((STUART NEWBERGER/ACLU ATTORNEY: OF COURSE, MR. BARRY SAID ON THE FLOOR THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT PRAYER. BECAUSE HE WAS TOLD BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SAY IT'S NOT ABOUT PRAYER BECAUSE THEY KNEW THE LAW WAS GONNA BE CHALLENGED. SO THAT'S A SHAM. AND WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE SENATOR, THAT'S A SHAM.))
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The law remains in effect while the appeals court panel considers its Constitutionality.
Roanoke County supervisors scaled the next legal hurdle toward implementing a fee for ambulance service.
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Teresa Hamilton is outside the Roanoke County administration building with more on today's action.
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Deputies are pursuing leads that a missing Rocky Mount teenager has been spotted around town ... and, for now, they've called off a water search for the boy.
Steven Dillon, a 15-year-old Benjamin Franklin Middle School student, disappeared April 27th.
Authorities spent the morning searching for the boy in the Pigg River with an infrared camera ... and found nothing.
Some of his personal belongings were discovered beside the river during searches over the weekend.
Deputies say they're investigating dozens of tips that place Dillon in the area.
A New Hampshire teenager visiting relatives in Montgomery County was killed while riding a farm tractor last night.
Authorities say it happened on Catawba Road around nine p-m.
The Sheriff's Department says the 13-year-old boy was riding a John Deere tractor in the woods when it went off the road, overturned and rolled down an embankment.
Deputies say rough terrain may have contributed to the accident.
It mills flour for Girl Scout Cookies and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,
but a high-tech building project could blow it all away.
Next on News 7 at Six, an inside look at two businesses that stand in the way of the Riverside Centre for Research and Technology.
About 30 businesses now operate in the area where Roanoke plans to build the Riverside Centre for Research and Technology.
Some hope to stay, while others are embracing the change they see as inevitable.
Tonight, we continue our series on Eminent Domain with a closer look at two businesses, and two different perspectives on this redevelopment plan.
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((The mill has been a part of the city skyline for more than 80 years. But for those who believe it's a relic of Roanoke's industrial past, just step inside.
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The Jefferson Street mill produces 500- thousand pounds of finished flour every day. Pick up a Little Debbie snack cake, a Krispy Kreme donut, or a Girl Scout Cookie, and the odds are pretty good the main ingredient came from this facility.
General Manager John Gibson wants to keep it that way.
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((JOHN GIBSON/MENNEL MILLING CO.: WHEN I SHUT THE DOOR ON THIS MILL, I'VE GOT TO OPEN THE DOOR ON ANOTHER MILL. I CANNOT TEAR THIS MILL DOWN AND MOVE IT AND KEEP THE CUSTOMER BASE THAT I HAVE. THE PROBLEM WITH THE THING IS, IF THE CITY WOULD TAKE THIS PLANT, THEY WOULD TAKE A FULLY OPERATIONAL FLOUR MILL.))
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Gibson doesn't want to move, but other businesses are preparing to pack.
Wimmer Tire has been working with Carilion Health System to find a new home in the neighborhood.
And Surfaces Incorporated, a floor and wall covering contract house that has prospered on Reserve Avenue, has reached agreement to re-develop its own property.
That's a turnaround for Brad Allen, who was skeptical when the plan was first announced.
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((BRAD ALLEN/SURFACES INC.: UNDER EMINENT DOMAIN, WHEN SOMEONE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE WHAT IS FAIRLY YOURS, THAT IS A NATURAL PROGRESSION, BUT I'M PLEASED THAT WE HAVE REASONABLE PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE THAT REALIZE WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN A BUSINESS AND ALSO WHAT IT TAKES TO MOVE A BUSINESS.))
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The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority hopes to acquire the first parcels within a year, and construction could begin a year after that.
Executive Director John Baker says he remains optimistic that most of the remaining issues can be worked out, outside of the courtroom.
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((JOHN BAKER/HOUSING AUTHORITY EXEC. DIRECTOR: THERE ARE SOME THAT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT, BUT I HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE THAT WE CAN RESOLVE THOSE ISSUES WORKING WITH THE BUSINESSES.))
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Mennel Milling Company wants to stay out of court as well, but John Gibson says he hopes planners will keep an open mind.
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((THIS IS SOMEBODY'S GOOD DREAM. AND IT IS A GOOD DREAM, BUT WE FEEL THAT WE CAN STILL BE WORKED INTO THIS SITUATION TO WHERE WE CAN BE THAT GOOD NEIGHBOR.))
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The mill's 27 employees will be watching closely... along with the other businesses and property owners still wondering how the city's plans will affect them.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Tomorrow we'll turn our attention to proposed gas pipelines. Work on the most controversial in our region could begin by the end of this month.
A choppy trading day on Wall Street, as investors awaited earnings reports.
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The DOW dropped 52-points.
NASDAQ gained 25.
The Hotel Roanoke is full of history. TODAY it was added to the list of Historic Hotels of America.
At the same time the new part has a new look.
Repairs to the Hotel's conference Center are now complete, after six months of work.
Expanding fill beneath the center buckled and cracked walls. Now, 8- million dollars later, the conference center has a new ballroom and Regency Dining room.
332 luxury guest rooms are graced with new carpeting, furniture and draperies.
The 63-thousand square foot conference center also features state-of-the art technology courtesy of its partner... Virginia Tech.
Students at Oak Grove Elementary School are learning by doing.
They're spending two days this week participating in a project put on by the Richmond Science Museum.
The "Science by Van" project consists of a traveling team of instructors who conduct workshops and put up exhibits for kids.
Educators say the hands-on learning pays off.
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((BECKY ROWE/PRINCIPAL: WE'VE BEEN PLEASED WITH THE S-O-L RESULTS. WE ARE FULLY ACCREDITED. THE SCIENCE RESULTS ARE IN THE NINETY PERCENTS FOR BOTH THIRD AND FIFTH GRADES AND I THINK THAT THE SUPOORT OF TH EPARENTS AND THE INTERACTION THAT WE GET WITH THEM IS THE BUY-IN THAT MAKES IT ALL WORK.))
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Some of the exhibits allow kids to identify human bones, test their nerves, and witness the laws of physics.
Oak Grove will host the "Science by Van" project through tomorrow.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Steam is shaking things up, Northside softball is more than just Brandy Bailey.
The Earnhardt autopsy photos won't be hitting the internet.
And we'll hit the track with a Liberty Univeristy track star who has the opposition signing the Blues.
The web site that had sought Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos will not get them.
Today, the 5th district court of appeals threw out a request by web site owner Michael Uribe to have access to the photos.
Uribe's "website city dot com" posted very autopsy photos of both Rodney Orr and Neil Bonnettthis spring.
Obviously, this is considered a major victory for Earnhardt's family.
The Roanoke Steam - mired in a major slump - is making some major moves to un-slump itself.
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The Steam watched its record fall to 1-and-4 last Friday night when it lost to previously winless Norfolk.
Today the team got aggressive and signed 10 new players.
We'll see if the new additions have the ability to make a difference tonight on News 7 at 11.
One of the Redskins' most productive players over the past two seasons has signed with the Buffalo Bills.
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Fullback Larry Centers, who fell out of favor with new head coach Marty Schottenheimer signed with the Bills.
Centers is an 11 year veteran who holds the NFL record for catches by a running back with 685.
He had 81 catches in Washington last season.
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Buena Vista has celebrated the baseball exploits of Charlie Manuel, Parry McCluer high school football state titles and Fighting Blues hoops. But now Steve Mason says the city must "keep track" of another budding star.
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The Northside High School team is -- and -- on the season and looking good to grab another Blue Ridge District Championship.
Three four year letter winners are leading the team. And next season they'll be playing ball at the college level.
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Lynn Richmond is talking about seniors Brandy Bailey the ace pitcher is headed to Mississippi State next year.
Christie Gauldin will most likely suit up for Queens College next season.
And Ashley Smith is in line to get a full ride to Radford University.
The tri-captains lead by example.
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Blacksburg High School students take their fight to save the Indian mascot straight to the people who took it away.
Students are expected to address the Montgomery County School Board at its meeting tonight.
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Jean Jadhon previews what they're expected say.
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A number of students believe the board made the wrong choice last month to eliminate the mascot- even though some find it offensive.
We're told those students will present a petition to the board tonight- that peitition has more than a-thousand signatures in favor of keeping the Indian.
Just last Friday, hundreds of students marched out of classes to protest the decision.
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On News 7 at 11, board response to the student protest....
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and what the students say their next move is.