Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Prepare yourself for another hazy - hot and humid day with highs in the mid 90's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up in just a couple of minutes.
It's the grimmest outlook in nearly 40 years for corporate income taxes- and one of the toughest announcements Governor Jim Gilmore has had to make about financial news in the Commonwealth.
The Governor revealed yesterday that "end of fiscal year revenues" fell 52 million dollars short of the projection.
But belt tightening he ordered in the spring, after the General Assembly failed to pass a new budget, means the budget remains in balance.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ALTHOUGH OUR REVENUE GROWTH HAS SLOWED, OUR CASH POSITION IS STRONG.))
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The revenue shortfall is just three one hundredths of a percent away from triggering a freeze in the car tax cut.
The Governor says he's confident he'll be able to propose the 100 percent tax phase-out in December as he prepares to leave office.
Two well known lawmakers are hoping for a return to the House of Delegates.
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Delegates Chip Woodrum and Vic Thomas captured the Democratic Nomination at a mass meeting in Roanoke last night.
Woodrum was unable to attend because of a death in the family.
Neither candidate had opposition.
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((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D-ROANOKE: WE'VE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DON'T WORK TOGETHER., WE'VE GOT TOO MUCH HERE IN VIRGINIA TO JUST WITHER AWAY, LET OUR HIGHER EDUCATION GO DOWN, WE CAN'T DO THAT. ))
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[OUT Q=can't do that.]
In other political news--- in Wytheville last night Republicans nominated Billy Ashworth to run in the sixth district.
Making a bomb threat in Amherst County schools could be costly -
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On Monday, two teenagers were found guilty of a March bomb threat that disrupted classes at Amherst County High School.
Administrators say each threat costs the school system thousands of dollars in overtime and lost classroom time.
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((DR. JOHN WALKER/AMHERST CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: MANY PARENTS ARE LEGITIMATELY CONCERNED, MANY STUDENTS ARE LEGITIMATELY CONCERNED, AS ARE STAFF MEMBERS AT THE SCHOOL.. YOU KNOW, IS IT SAFE? AND WHEN YOU HAVE THOSE KIND OF WORRIES AND CONCERNS, IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT TO FOCUS IN ON WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING AND THAT'S TEACHING AND LEARNING.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Walker/Amherst Co. School Superintendent]
[OUT Q=teaching and learning.]
Two other teens convicted of an April bomb threat were ordered to pay 9- thousand dollars in restitution.
All four students have also been expelled from school.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - There's no break from the heat today. Highs will once again be climbing into the mid 90's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up after the news.
Gyspy moths have hit forests along the Blue Ridge Mountains and western regions the hardest - according to state officials.
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Gypsy moths have attacked 440-thousand acres of trees in Virginia this year. That's up from 71-thousand acres last year.
The gypsy moth population explosion began during a drought in late 19-98. Without rain, a fungus that kills the moths didn't grow.
Once the moths strip the trees of their leaves, the trees become susceptible to diseases.
A fire in Montgomery County destroyed an elderly couple's home of more than 20 years.
The trailer on Dark Run Road in Shawsville was engulfed in flames around 2 p-m yesterday.
Resident Deward Caswell believes a window air conditioner started the blaze.
He came home from the store to find his home in flames and his wife escaping out the front door.
She was treated on the scene.
Yesterday's extreme heat forced the fire crews from Elliston, Christiansburg and Blacksburg to work in shifts.
The Fire Chief says the house is a total loss.
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Officials are looking at a new theory as to the cause of a deadly accident on Interstate 77 last month in Bland County.
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Five people, including two children, died in this accident near Bastian on July 18th.
At first State Police believed a car driven by a West Virginia man crossed the median and caused the wreck.
But following an investigation, they now say an Ohio driver, who was among those killed, was the one responsible.
Authorities say 60-year-old Renata Richter was traveling south when SHE crossed the median and hit the car carrying a family of four.
That group was headed north to West Virginia.
Your Hometown Station is one step closer to being a part of the digital domain.
Our new antenna crested the last grade on Poor Mountain yesterday morning, atop a flat bed trailer all the way from Maine.
It's 38 feet tall, weighs a ton and a half and cost about 200-thousand dollars.
It won't be put in place until Fall. Ultimately it'll be a key element in our conversion to digital television.
The new transmitter is already in place, and- -as you probably know- -we're building a new studio on Hershberger Road. All of this will enable W-D-B-J to begin broadcasting a digital signal on Channel 18.
There'll be a six years transition period when we'll be broadcasting on both Channel 7 and 18, but the F-C-C requires us to have the digital antenna on the air by May 1st.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - The heat and humidity will continue today - with highs reaching the mid 90's. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up.
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Advance Auto is becoming a bigger giant in the auto parts industry--
Company officials announced yesterday Advance has agreed to acquire smaller rival, Discount Auto Parts.
The deal is reportedly worth 267- million- dollars in cash and stock.
Combined, the two companies will operate more than 24- hundred stores in 38 states.
It'll also significantly boost Advance's foothold in the Southeast, making it only SECOND behind Memphis- based Autozone.
A routine traffic stop that escalated into a confrontation in Franklin County is getting NATIONAL attention.
A trooper stopped Ferrum homemaker Abby Newman last September during a routine license checkpoint.
Newman admits she was driving without a license ... but says it was because numeric identification cards violate her religious beliefs.
She refused to give state trooper Mike Bowen her name.
The ensuing confrontation was caught on his patrol car camera ... and ended up on the website, info-wars-dot-com.
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((TROOPER MIKE BOWEN/VA STATE POLICE: STEP OUT OF THE CAR FOR ME, STEP OUT OF THE CAR. ABBY NEWMAN: YOU ARE PHYSICALLY FORCING ME OUT. NO, SIR, DON'T YOU TOUCH ANY OF MY PERSONAL BELONGINGS IN THIS CAR. YOU'RE RIGHT I'VE RECORDED THIS CONVERSATION. TROOPER BOWEN: THAT'S ASSAULT. RESISTING ARREST. ABBY NEWMAN: IT IS NOT ASSAULT. ))
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Newman plans to defend herself against charges of assault on an officer, driving without a license and obstructing justice at her trial next week.
The Commonwealth's Attorney's office says it has received letters about the case from people around the country, as well as from anti-government groups.
A theatre in the New River Valley will be hosting some of country music's biggest stars.
The Wohlfahrt Haus (Wolf-ert House) dinner theater has decided to hold a concert series.
The August 12th kick-off show features Patty Loveless at 8.
Later this year, the Glen Campbell and the Charlie Daniels Band will perform to a capacity crowd of 6-hundred and 60.
Organizers see the idea as a boost for the local economy and are already planning ahead.
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((MARY JO BABBIT/WOHLFAHRT HAUS DINNER THEATRE; NEXT YEAR WE HOPE TO BRANCH OUT TO GO TO CONCERTS MAYBE SOME CHRISTIAN SOME POP, I'M LOOKING FOR SOME ROCK N ROLL BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN.))
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Tickets start at 60-dollars and are available at the (Wolf-ert House ) Wohlfahrt Haus box office.