Coming up on News 7--
An accident last night on Route 460 in Montvale is still affecting traffic.
An empty tanker truck collided with a car while crossing a bridge.
And there's a plan in the works to rescue the bankrupt Enron, at NO cost.
Another sunny dry day across our region with clouds as you head towards Lewisburg...I'll have your hometown forecast....
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Governor Mark Warner says Virginia will have to put up with some short term pain before the state's budget problems are solved.
In his first State of the Commonwealth Address last night, Warner revealed the state's revenue shortfall could reach five billion dollars over the next four and a half years.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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((Warner says the state failed to heed the warning signs, and now faces a budget that's badly out of balance. He plans to use the rainy day fund and other one-time sources of revenue, deeper budget cuts, restrictions on new spending, and a top to bottom review of state government that could consolidate some agencies.
((AND JUST LIKE ANY BUSINESS OR FAMILY THAT HAS TO TIGHTEN THEIR BELT, THIS WILL INVOLVE SOME PAIN IN THE SHORT TERM, BUT WE WILL ALL COME OUT STRONGER BY TAKING THESE STEPS. SO LET US JOIN TOGETHER TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.))
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Just as he did on Saturday, when he reached out to the Republican leadership, Warner asked lawmakers to join him in a bi-partisan dialogue.
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((THERE IS PLENTY OF HEAVY LIFTING TO DO. WE WILL ONLY SUCCEED IF WE DO IT TOGETHER.))
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Some lawmakers are waiting for more specifics, but members of both parties said they were impressed with the Governor's words.
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((I THOUGHT THE GOVERNOR CLEARLY GAVE A VERY GOOD SPEECH TONIGHT. I THINK HE CLEARLY LAID DOWN A STRONG MARKER FOR US. WE ARE FACING VERY DIFFICULT TIMES HERE IN THE STATE, AND IT'S ONE THAT'S GOING TO REQUIRE ALL OF US REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, HOUSE, EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND SENATE TO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM.))
((I THINK IT WAS AN EXCELLENT SPEECH, BECAUSE HE CARES ABOUT THE LONG-TERM BEST INTERESTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH AND IS WILLING TO GIVE AN HONEST STRAIGHT-FORWARD ASSESSMENT OF THE PROBLEM.))
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The speech also addressed the needs of rural Virginia... the Governor said he would work to double Virginia's agricultural receipts over the next decade, bring more knowledge based jobs into rural Virginia, promote tourism, and create the economic crisis task force that will help areas hit hard by recession.
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Governor Warner is wasting no time in launching his top to bottom review of state government.
This morning he announced that former Governor Doug Wilder will chair the Governor's Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness.
The panel will include 15 members appointed by the governor, and leaders of the General Assembly. It's first report is due in August.
An accident last night in Montvale will have long lasting effects on Route 460.
The accident occurred around 7-o'clock when an empty tanker truck headed westbound collided with a car on a bridge over Goose Creek.
The truck then hit both sides of the concrete guard rail.
Traffic was re-routed while the scene was being cleared.
Only one lane is open to westbound traffic and will stay that way for some time.
V-Dot officials say it will be a long process to replace the concrete sides of the bridge.
A time table has not been set.
Josanne Elizabeth Flynn of Thaxton, a passenger in the car was flown by Lifeguard 10 to Roanoke Memorial hospital.
She's listed in stable condition.
Armed Taliban and al-Qaida fighters remain a threat to U-S troops in Southern Afghanistan.
A fresh supply of rockets and mortars was found at an abandoned house near their main base.
Lee Cowan reports.
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Meanwhile, the nation is giving thanks today at a special ceremony for the soldiers who were wounded in the friendly fire incident last month in Afghanistan.
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The Special forces soldiers are being awarded the Purple Heart .
Military leaders referred to the obstacles both physical-- and emotional-- that those on the front lines are having to face every day.
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The friendly fire accident happened when an American bomb missed its intended target.
Three U-S soldiers were killed.
It's a bailout for Enron-- and it won't cost a dime.
A Swiss bank has come up with a plan to save Enron's energy- trading business.
It's acquiring that part of the bankrupt company, but won't have to pay anything for it or assume any of its debts.
Instead, the bank will share a third of its profits with Enron and its creditors.
The deal must first be approved by the government, before it becomes official.
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Coming up after this break, a legendary figure in country music is spared an ugly fate.
Also a local businessman says he wants to take a seat on Roanoke City Council.
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Workers cleaning up the mess at Ground Zero may be in need of medical help---
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A mobile medical monitoring unit opened its doors in lower Manhattan, offering free health exams.
Many of the 600 day laborers who have spent the last four months cleaning up debris from September 11th are reporting illnesses they believe they contracted on the job.
Doctors are looking for possible toxic exposure to asbestos or fiberglass.
The workers say they weren't warned of any hazards connected to the clean-up.
The attorney general's office is investigating their allegations.
The first Republican of the campaign season is making his bid for a seat on Roanoke City Council.
Mark Hurley is a former restaurant owner and current Executive Director of a community youth program in downtown Roanoke.
He's vying for one of three open seats.
Hurley says he wants to see Roanoke Council do more to partner with neighborhoods and private organizations.
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((MARK HURLEY: I THINK SOMETHING LIKE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS. THAT'S ONE THING THAT I WILL FOCUS ON. INVESTING IN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. TO TEACH KIDS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEMSELVES, SO WE HAVE LESS DRUG ABUSE, TEEN PREGNANCY... THOSE THINGS ARE BOTH COSTLY, ECONOMICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY FOR A CITY.))
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Democrats already have a full slate, including an incumbent and three other candidates.
Hurley is the first Republican to throw his hat in the ring.
Republicans plan to name their three top picks at a mass meeting on February fifth.
A local school will stay open after all.
Efforts to close Virgilina Elementary School in Halifax County failed last night.
The Halifax County School Board voted last night. It was a tie of four to four.
That means the motion goes down in defeat- and the school will stay open.
The school is more than one hundred years old.
Residents call it a landmark and many want to keep the school open.
The county wanted to close the school, because enrollment is down- and the building needs renovation.
Last night, Virgilina's mayor said he's ecstatic- and called the decision to keep Virgilina elementary open... "a victory for the community."
The radio station that brought the Grand Ole Opry to the rest of the world says it'll keep on spinning country tunes.
W-S-M A-M Radio will remain the "Voice of Country Music."
Gaylord Entertainment, which owns the station, was considering changing it to a sports talk format.
When the owners decided to keep the station as it is, the announcement was greeted with applause from an audience at Ryman Auditorium, which included several Opry members.
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((VINCE GILL/OPRY MEMBER: IF YOU REALLY TOOK THE TIME TO LOOK AT THIS LOGICALLY AND HISTORICALLY AND ALL THOSE THINGS THAT THIS WAS THE CONCLUSION TO REACH. ))
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Management says the original idea with the sports format change was to bring a wider audience to the Opry.
But when it was all said and done, they decided to stick with tradition.
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Coming up a little later in Sports, another N-F-L head coach is let go,
But first, we'll tell you why you can see a lot of the new movies coming out first at a comic book store.
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When you think of films based on comic books, the usual suspects who come to
mind are Batman, Superman, maybe even The Hulk.
But Laurie Hibberd tells us a new batch of movies will be based on super heros
that you probably have NEVER heard of.
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((YOU PROBABLY RECOGNIZE ALL OF THESE FACES, AND MOST LIKELY, YOU KNOW
THAT THESE CHARACTERS ARE ADAPTED FROM COMIC BOOKS. WHAT YOU MAY NOT
KNOW IS THAT HE IS, TOO.
AND, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, SO ARE THESE GUYS...
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FOR YEARS HOLLYWOOD CASHED IN ON FAMILIAR COMIC BOOK FACES LIKE BATMAN
AND SUPERMAN. BUT LATELY SOME PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN SUPERHEROS HAVE MADE A
SUCCESSFUL LEAP TO THE BIG SCREEN. AND THAT SUCCESS HAS GOT HOLLYWOOD
GEARING UP TO RELEASE A WHOLE NEW GENERATION OF COMIC BOOK MOVIES.
"It's an easy jump to make."
TRACK: KEVIN SMITH IS THE DIRECTOR OF FILMS LIKE CHASING AMY, CLERKS AND
JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK. HE'S ALSO A COMIC BOOK FANATIC AND OWNER
OF HIS OWN STORE IN REDBANK NEW JERSEY.
"I mean, both are stories that are told visually. One's just graphic
arts and the other's film. But, it's a pretty easy leap to make,
particularly if you're telling fantastic stories."
ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT HAS ENTERED INTO A DEAL WITH MARVEL COMICS TO TELL
MANY FANTASTIC STORIES. IN FACT, THEIRS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMIC
BOOK MOVIE DEVELOPMENT DEALS EVER. THEIR FIRST PROPERTY TO HIT THE BIG
SCREEN? AN OBSCURE HERO NAMED IRON FIST.
Basically Iron Fist is an American who was raised in a mystical city in
the Far East by monks in a monastery. He was trained in the martial
arts and learned to channel his life energy into his fist so that he
could strike with the force of iron.//
Laurie: Why Iron Fist? It's obscure, I've never heard of it.
Patrick: I think it's a very good example of one of these more- one of
these less familiar titles that has all the elements that makes for a
very good - a very strong film.
IT LOOKS LIKE OTHER FILMAKERS ARE AGREEING. PLANS ARE IN THE WORKS FOR
MOVIES BASED ON OTHER LESSER KNOWN COMIC BOOK HEROES LIKE DAREDEVIL,
GHOST RIDER, AND ELEKTRA. THE CHALLENGE, ACCORDING TO KEVIN SMITH, IS
KEEPING THE FANS OF THESE SMALLER BOOKS HAPPY WHILE ENGAGING A MUCH
The interesting question is which master do you serve when you're
bringing a comic book to the screen? Do you serve the loyal audience
that has been supporting it for years or do you go after the wider
audience, and you unfortunately have to fault toward the larger audience.
BUT IT'S NOT JUST THE OBSCURE BOOKS THAT ARE MAKING THE LEAP TO THE
SILVER SCREEN. THE POPULAR FAN BASE WILL BE HAPPY TO KNOW THAT FILMS
FOR BATMAN, THE HULK, SUPERMAN, X-MEN, AND THE FANTASTIC FOUR ARE IN THE
WORKS RIGHT NOW. AND, OF COURSE, THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SPIDERMAN
MOVIE HITS THEATERS WITH A VENGEANCE THIS MAY.
I hear Spiderman is phenomenal.// Based on the trailer that looks like
they nailed it, nailed it right out of the park. And it took a guy like
Sam Raimi, a dude who's real handy with the camera, as we can see in the
Evil Dead pictures, to bring it home. A fan to bring it home.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 67 points.
The Nasdaq has gained 6 points.
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Still to come on the newscast, the Dazzle tries to improve their record to 11 and 16 at the civic center last night ...
And in the N-F-L, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decide to make a change as the team fires its most successful coach.
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Despite making the playoffs four out of the last five years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired their head coach last night.
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With a 54-and-42 record throughout his stay in Tampa, Tony Dungy is noted as the Bucs' first-ever successful head coach.
He led the team to four playoff appearances.
However, it has been the team's lackluster play in the post-season in the last couple of years that seemed to spell doom for Dungy's future in Tampa.
The Bucs reportedly have already agreed to hire Bill Parcells as their new coach.
Steve Spurrier had one of the biggest checks of all college coaches at Florida, and yesterday he landed an even bigger one - he is now the highest paid head coach in the NFL.
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Yesterday, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder signed Spurrier to a five year contract worth 25 million dollars to coach the Skins next season.
While at Florida, Spurrier won six S-E-C titles and one national championship.
Former Friday Football Extra player of the week and Pulaski County quarterback Alan Wheeling will play college football at William and Mary.
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Wheeling led the Cougars to a Division four state championship appearance this past season.
The senior had nine rushing touchdowns, and showed he could throw touchdown passes as well.
At defensive back, Wheeling pulled in 14 interceptions, the most in a career ever at Pulaski.
Wheeling also maintains a grade point average of 3.89.
He said by phone last night that he is projected as a defensive back for the Tribe.
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The 2002 Winston Cup season is just around the corner. As the Daytona 500 approaches, teams are gathering in North Carolina to give the media a preview of the things to come. Here's Mike Stevens.
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Roanoke Dazzle tried to ground the Huntsville Flight last night.
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The Dazzle would simply push the visitors out of the way tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center.
In the first period, watch Roanoke's Andre McCollum gets the finger roll for two of his 16 points on the evening. The score is 20-12 in favor of the Dazzle.
Huntsville comes right back when Michael Wilkes drives down the floor and then is gonna take
[SUPER=33-Huntsville/66/Roanoke/81;]part in the nice give and go. Wilkes finishes, two of his team high 18.
In the third, Marshall Phillips goes baseline and says look out below, he slams it home, two of his game high 21.
Artie Griffin would be one of four Dazzle players in double figures as Roanoke wins 81-66.
Baseball's new home run king has a new contract.
The San Francisco Giants signed Barry Bonds to a new five year deal worth 90 MILLION dollars.
The deal only makes Bonds the fourth highest paid player in the league, behind Alex Rodriquez, Manny Ramirez, and Derek Jeter.
The 37 year-old outfielder is coming off his biggest year in the Majors.
He hit his 73rd home run on the final day of the 2001 regular season to set an new single-season record.
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