[7Wx-Headline]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
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[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......Hold on to your hats this morning, it's quite windy.
But the winds will go away and sunshine will take its place later on.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast in just a few moments.





[7-11Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=501-14 TC13:56]
[GRAPHIC=Car Tax]

Governor Gilmore is still driving towards getting rid of the car tax.
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[VO-NAT :20]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Yesterday, the Governor proposed that the state abolish the car tax by 2004. To accomplish that goal he wants to amend the state constitution to allow 20 percent of state income taxes to go to local governments. The proposal comes after legislative budget analysts predicted shortfalls higher than one billion dollars for the current budget year.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The people will be constitutionally guaranteed...]
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=...a fair share of the state's income tax.]
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[VO-NAT]

Mark Warner, who's preparing to take over at the state's helm in a matter of weeks, isn't keen on the idea.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm becoming increasingly concerned...]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Governor-Elect;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=car tax, for example.]
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[VO-NAT]

The proposal to amend the state constitution to eliminate the personal property tax will go before the General Assembly.
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[7-11Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC56:29]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]

Governor-elect Mark Warner is lining up a 28-year education veteran to serve in his new administration.
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[VO-NAT :26]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Yesterday, Warner named Belle S. Wheelan as Virginia's Secretary of Education. Wheelan has served as president of Northern Virginia Community College since 1998. Before that she headed up Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, becoming the first African-American female to serve as president of a two or four year college in Virginia.
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[7-AM-Downtown-Parking]


[ANCHOR=KIM]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


GOOD news about downtown parking - the city of Roanoke now has 358 new spaces.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A ribbon cutting ceremony opened the new Gainsboro Parking Garage Monday.
The facility is located north of Shenandoah Avenue and it will serve several different developments.
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[SOT 10:28]
[IN Q=I think it will tie together many projects]

((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: I THINK IT WILL TIE TOGETHER MANY PROJECTS INCLUDING THE EIGHT JEFFERSON PLACE APARTMENTS, THE HIGHER ED CENTER, THE HENRY STREET PROJECT AND PROVIDE A SAFE SECURE PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO PARK AND ENJOY THIS PART OF DOWNTOWN ROANOKE.))
[SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=enjoy this part of downtown Roanoke.]
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[VO-NAT]


The new garage will charge 50 cents an hour, or 35 dollars a month for an unreserved space. Parking is free at night and on weekends.
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[7-11Ammunition-Plant]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Radford Ammo. Plant]


The army has stepped up security at its ammunition plant in Radford.
The 88th Military Police Detachment from Fort Eustis is now deployed at the plant.
A spokesperson for the plant's commander says the security of the plant and surrounding community is of paramount importance.

[WXHeads]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......The skies will get a little brighter today - sunshine is on the way.
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast in just a few moments.




[45-11Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=501-14 TC13:56]
[GRAPHIC=Car Tax]

Governor Gilmore wants a dead end for the car tax.
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[VO-NAT :20]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Yesterday, the Governor proposed that the state abolish the car tax by 2004. To accomplish that goal he wants to amend the state constitution to allow 20 percent of state income taxes to go to local governments. The proposal comes after legislative budget analysts predicted shortfalls higher than a billion dollars for the current budget year.
(///// SOT at :20 /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The people will be constitutionally guaranteed...]
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=...a fair share of the state's income tax.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Mark Warner, who's preparing to take over at the state's helm in a matter of weeks, isn't keen on the idea.
(///// SOT at :06 /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm becoming increasingly concerned...]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Governor-Elect;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=car tax, for example.]
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[VO-NAT]

The proposal to amend the state constitution to eliminate the personal property tax will go before the General Assembly.
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[45-11Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC56:29]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


A 28-year education veteran has been added to the Governor- Elect's new administration.
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[VO-NAT :26]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Yesterday, Mark Warner named Belle S. Wheelan as Virginia's Secretary of Education. Wheelan has served as president of Northern Virginia Community College since 1998. Before that she headed up Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, becoming the first African-American female to serve as president of a two or four year college in Virginia.
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[45-11HCMF]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am cutin]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-49 TC1:34:20]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Virginia's third largest nursing home chain must repay the government 1-point-7 million dollars for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


H-C-M-F Chairman William Cranwell pleaded guilty to health care fraud and got 30 months probation.
He and his partners will be held personally liable for the restitution if the company can't pay it.
H-C-M-F operates 18 nursing homes.
In the 1990s, it expanded into restaurant, construction and real estate management ... all while continuing to bill Medicare and Medicaid.
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[IN Q=The company defrauded]
[SOT 15:13:16 - :28]

((ERIC BESTE/U.S. JUSTICE DEPT.: THE COMPANY DEFRAUDED THE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE PROGRAMS OUT OF SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS BY CLAIMING REIMBURSEMENT FOR SALARIES AND EXPENSES THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH OPERATING THE NURSING HOMES.))
[SOT 15:15:57 - :15:16:08]

((CHIP MAGEE/HCMF ATTORNEY: THE PRINCIPALS STOOD UP AND ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THINGS THAT WENT WRONG WITH THE COMPANY. SOME ACCOUNTING ISSUES AND SOME OVERSIGHT ISSUES. THEY'VE STEPPED UP AND TAKEN A SPEAR THROUGH THE CHEST FOR THAT AND IT'S OVER.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Beste/U.S. Justice Dept.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Magee/HCMF Attorney; :13]
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[OUT Q=for that and it's over.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


H-C-M-F's attorneys say the company stands on the brink of financial ruin because of its legal expenses and a decline in the nursing home industry.

[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Be prepared for very breezy conditions today.
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has more on the windy weather, coming up after the news.





[8-11Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC56:29]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]


A 28-year education veteran is the Governor- Elect's pick for his new administration.
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[VO-NAT :26]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Yesterday, Mark Warner named Belle S. Wheelan as Virginia's Secretary of Education. Wheelan has served as president of Northern Virginia Community College since 1998. Before that she headed up Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, becoming the first African-American female to serve as president of a two or four year college in Virginia.
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[8-AM-Downtown-Parking]


[ANCHOR=KIM]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=none]


GOOD news for downtown Roanoke - the city now has 358 new parking spaces.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A ribbon cutting ceremony opened the new Gainsboro Parking Garage Monday.
The facility is located north of Shenandoah Avenue and it will serve several different developments.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:28]
[IN Q=I think it will tie together many projects]

((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: I THINK IT WILL TIE TOGETHER MANY PROJECTS INCLUDING THE EIGHT JEFFERSON PLACE APARTMENTS, THE HIGHER ED CENTER, THE HENRY STREET PROJECT AND PROVIDE A SAFE SECURE PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO PARK AND ENJOY THIS PART OF DOWNTOWN ROANOKE.))
[SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=enjoy this part of downtown Roanoke.]
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[VO-NAT]


The new garage will charge 50 cents an hour, or 35 dollars a month for an unreserved space. Parking is free at night and on weekends.
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[8-11School-Board]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-61 TC25:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke school officials are scraping for savings, but yesterday they told members of city council that despite their efforts -they are still more than two million dollars short of what they need to fully fund the proposed budget.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Members of the school board met with city council last night.
They say teacher salaries, capital improvements, class size, and the system's ability to meet accreditation standards could all be affected.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=This is a critical time]

((SHERMAN LEA/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THIS IS A CRITICAL TIME FOR US, BUT WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THE CITY WILL SUPPORT US. THEY HAVE IN THE PAST.)) ((BILL CARDER/VICE MAYOR: IT'S A LITTLE EARLY TO SAY. WE MAY HAVE TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE, BUT HOPEFULLY WE'LL KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED THAT RICHMOND STEPS UP TO THE PLATE. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.))
[SUPER=01-Sherman Lea/School Board Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Vice Mayor; :08]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=it's really important.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Council made no commitment, but promised to consider the situation next year when the budget picture becomes clear.


[8-11Goodlatte]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-57]
[GRAPHIC=Goodlatte]


Congressman Bob Goodlatte says help would be on the way to places like Buena Vista and southside.. if the Senate would just get its act together.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Goodlatte says the House of Representatives has already passed an economic stimulus package that would give tax breaks to businesses that expand and create new jobs.
But they're still waiting for a Senate version everyone can agree on.
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[SOT 12:28:29]
[IN Q=One of the]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: ONE OF THE THINGS TAHT WOULD HELP WOULD BE INCENTIVES TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO INVEST AND BUILD SOME NEW FACILITIES DOWN THERE AN THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TAX CREDITS AND DEFERRAL OF TAX OBLIGATIONS AND SO ON WHICH WOULD BE JUST THE RIGHT THING.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/(R) 6th District]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=just the right thing.]
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[VO-NAT]


Goodlatte was in Lynchburg yesterday donating a portion of his annual pay raise to the Academy of Music, which is undergoing a 16-million dollar renovation.
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[BIRTHDAYS!] 12/19/01
Wednesday:

[SUPER=130-11/Jamie Hunt Jr./Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-14/Ashley Bland/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-11/Sarah Brim/Fieldale]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-59th/C.J. & Hazel Martin/Eden NC]



[SUPER=130-16/Linia Duncan/Moneta] preonounced "Lee-knee-a"



[SUPER=130-15/Heather Green/Covington]



[SUPER=130-19/Tim Jones/Radford]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Agnes Walker/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=131-/Donna Thurman/Snow Creek]


Anniversary: [SUPER=131-/Jimmy & Vergie Barbour/Snow Creek]