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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Local governments scramble to find ways to make up for pay raises that won't be coming from Richmond.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And friends of a local businessman do some fast talkin' to keep his company afloat.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Some more high school football stars pick their colleges tonight on the Big 7. We'll check in with the kings of wrestling in the state - the Grundy Golden Wave.
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And we'll hear from the Roanoke fiddler who made sweet music at the ECHL all-star game last night.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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It feels like April showers but it's late January. Tomorrow we may hit 60 with rain on the way. The unusual outlook coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[VO-NAT]
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Educators and other state employees are reeling from the news they won't be getting state raises this year.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Putting the pressure on local governments to pick up the slack.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Ketih 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Teacher-Pay]
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The governor's budget-cutting plan includes NO raises for teachers and state employees for the second year in a row.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And though localities were expecting bad news, they're still looking for ways to fill the gap in state funding. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 MB GRAPHIC***]
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Marya Jones spoke to teachers and state employees in our area today.
So what's their reaction.
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In Roanoke -- one of the largest school systems in our area -- the shortfall could mean cutbacks in school personnel.
Smaller school systems like Botetourt County are sacrificing smaller class sizes to continue funding their own teacher pay raises.
But if the trend continues, all say localities may have to cut basic services or raise taxes.
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[SUPER=01-Gwen Cannaday/Teacher;]
[SUPER=10-Gov. Mark Warner//October;]
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[NATS: 15:56 - 16:04] ((YOU EVER SEE ANYBODY HAVE A FIT OF TEMPER? WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? THEIR FACE GETS ALL RED, THEY'RE SHAKING THEIR FINGER. (LAUGHTER).)) [RUNS:08]
Gwen Cannaday and her students are no strangers to the pain of budget cuts.
After the state budget impasse last year, her fourth grade class increased from 26 to 34 students... near the state maximum.
This year, she and her fellow teachers will go without an anticipated 2 percent state raise.
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((GWEN CANNADAY: I FIND THAT A RAISE IS PRETTY IMPORTANT. ..... COUNTY IS DOING THE BEST THEY CAN.)) [RUNS:10]
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[NATS 10:19 - :26] ((JUST THEN DAD WAS (AUXILIARY) MOANING (CLASS: VERB).)) [RUNS:07]
Last year, Botetourt County's school board said it was left with no choice but to increase class sizes in order to pick up the state's slack... and continue a five-year, five percent pay raise for Botetourt teachers.
Many of those teachers still have Mark Warner's campaign promises ringing in their ears.
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((MARK WARNER: WE'RE GOING TO RAISE TEACHER SALARIES TO THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SMALLER CLASS SIZES...)) [RUNS:04]
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((DAVID MARCUM/PRINCIPAL: WE'D JUST LIKE TO SEE THE STATE DO WHAT THEY KEEP TELLING US THEY'RE GOING TO DO.)) [RUNS:04]
Botetourt County administrator Gerry Burgess says that this year, the county prepared to suffer the consequences of a state deficit, but there could be trouble down the road...
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((GERALD BURGESS: LONG-TERM, I WOULD THINK EVERY LOCALITY WOULD BE FACED WITH THE ISSUE OF A TAX INCREASE. WE DON'T SEE THAT IN BOTETOURT THIS YEAR, BUT IF WE CONTINUE THESE HITS YEAR AFTER YEAR WITH NO RESOLUTION, THERE'S NO CHOICE. )) [RUNS:18]))
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Police and sheriff's departments across the state are hurting, too.
Sheriff's deputies got NO raises last year.
Some local sheriffs I spoke to today say that makes it harder for them to recruit and retain qualified deputies.


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[Roanoke-Murder]


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An arrest today in the murder of an elderly Roanoke man.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;]

Police found 89- year old Lee Roy Anthony dead in his Leon Street home Monday afternoon. Today-- an acquaintance of Anthony's was arrested and charged with murder. 48- year old Frank Campbell Broady (Bro-dee), The Third, is being held in the Roanoke city jail without bond. Police say Anthony died from a blow to the head.
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[Keyton]


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The F-B-I has a suspect in a Roanoke bank robbery. Nelson Lee Keyton, Junior, had been fired from his job at WalMart in August. Keyton had said he had to make a house payment by October 26th, or he'd lose his home in foreclosure.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 26, 2001]

Papers filed in court today indicate that was the day Amy Hunter says she drove Keyton to the Valley Bank, that he got out with a gun, a peach-colored pillow case and a mask that "looked like a President." Bank employees later told police the robber was wearing a Ronald Reagan mask. Hunter said she was there when Keyton burned the mask and pillow case.
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[Bus-Accident]


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Officials say a V-Dot truck collided with a Montgomery County school bus this morning. No one was hurt in the accident on Craig Mountain Road...two children and a driver were aboard the bus at the time. School officials say the bus couldn't make it up a steep hill because of icy conditions and that V-Dot was called in to bring gravel. While trying to help, the V-Dot truck slid on the ice and hit the bus. Damage to both vehicles is minor.


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A multiple car accident backed up traffic on Interstate 81 this afternoon.
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State Police say no one was injured in the 5-car wreck in Montgomery County. Officials say the vehicles collided near mile marker 125 around noon. A rain slicked highway may have been a factor in the accident. One lane remained open for traffic while crews cleared the mess.
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[City-Police]


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The Roanoke City Police Department has begun a local war on terrorism.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Today, officers presented the Homeland Defense Initiative as a response to September Eleventh.
The program is designed to train police on how to prepare and respond to terrorist attacks.
Fifteen city and two Carilion officers have already been trained.
Police said they hope to include other law enforcement agencies in their anti-terrorist efforts.
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((ERIC HORNE/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: THE TOTAL ANSWER IS GOING TO BE ONE IN WHICH ROANOKE COUNTY, ROANOKE CITY, VINTON AND REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS INTIMATELY COORDINATE AND INTIMATELY WORK TOGETHER AND INTIMATELY ADDRESS PROTOCOL AND CONTINGENCIES ON HOW THEY WILL RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT EXIST.))
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Horne also said it is important to get the community involved.
A web site and news letter will be created to inform people about HDI.
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[Tease#1]
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Rats force an area preschool to temporarily close its doors.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


That's next on News 7 at Six.
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[Rats]
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Health officials say a rodent problem at a local church is under control...
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The Raleigh Court United Methodist Church closed its preschool center January Tenth to battle rats. Health officials say rodent problems are common in older buildings, and the church has taken all the necessary steps to get their preschool reopened.
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((REV. ROY WHITE/RALEIGH COURT UMC; THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS WALKED THROUGH THE BUILDING, THEY CAN'T SEE A REASON WHY WE CAN'T RE-OPEN NOW, BUT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE OUR TIME AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE A THOROUGH CLEANING BEFORE WE REOPEN.))
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Officials say the rats came into the building through a broken sewer pipe. The rats climbed through holes around heating pipes in the pantry and the children's area. The church's preschool will re-open a week from Monday... once crews sanitize the toys, tables and shelves.
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[Death-Penalty]


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An unusual death penalty bill met an unceremonious end in the General Assembly today.
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Fairfax Senator Warren Barry was proposing legislation that would allow death penalty opponents to register with the state.
If they later became a victim of capital murder, the killer would receive a sentence of life in prison.
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((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R- FAIRFAX: THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, THOSE WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THE MOST PART HAVE A STRONG MORAL CONVICTION THAT THE DEATH PENALTY IS WRONG. I WAS SIMPLY TRYING TO ACCOMMODATE THAT POINT OF VIEW.))
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Barry said today's vote was the first unanimous decision he's received from the Courts of Justice Committee. Unfortunately, he said, it was a vote to kill the bill.

[Foster]


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A long-time community activist hopes to be the first woman elected to Lynchburg City Council in eight years.
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Joan Foster says she'll announce her independent candidacy during a news conference tomorrow.
Foster is currently the chief operating officer for the Alliance for Families and Children, a non-profit organization that helps area families deal with personal conflicts.
Foster is seeking one of three at-large council seats up for grabs this May.
Current at-large members Mayor Carl Hutcherson, Bert Dodson and Stewart Hobbs have not announced whether they'll seek re-election.
Lynchburg's last female council member was Joan MacCallum who lost a re-election bid in 1994.
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As the owner of a local real estate auction business struggles to recover from an accident, his friends and employees are keeping the cash flowing in. Today, J. G. Sheets & Sons held an auction despite the absence of Stephen Sheets.
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[NATS - AUCTIONEER] (((auctioneer) You hung in there like Gunga Din!)) [RUNS:05]
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Wet winter weather wasn't enough to dampen a festive atmosphere as dozens crowded underneath two tents on Pelham Avenue in search of bargains. Their presence at this J. G. Sheets auction is a good sign. It means those who know and love Stephen Sheets can keep his business afloat until he can return to its helm.
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((We want to carry on the business and that's what we're doing today.)) [RUNS:04]
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Sheets is still hospitalized after being struck by a Valley Metro bus in early December. Employee and friend Wayne Ratliff wouldn't comment on the 55-year old's condition but does sound optimistic that Sheets will one day return to the business that's been in his family since 1919. Ratliff's not alone. Sheets has a network of people pulling for him.
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((We had a lot of volunteers. We had a lot of friends who showed up, called, asked and wanted to participate and help and we do appreciate that very much.)) [RUNS:10]
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Of the employees working the auction, more than half donated their time. The tents were also free of charge... proving that Stephen Sheets can not only count on his friends, he can also bank on their love.))
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Stephen Sheets is still hospitalized. His family has asked that his condition not be released.

[Stocks]


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Stocks posted a gain today for the first time in three sessions. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 17 points.
NASDAQ rose 40.
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[BICENTENNIAL]


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Salem is celebrating a very special anniversary, and will sponsor a grand ball this weekend, complete with costumes illustrating the city's 200 year history.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Aside from this weekend's ball, there are a number of Bicentennial related activities,
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Patrick /Microwave;]

and Patrick Evans is in Salem with more on how the city is planning to commemorate the occasion.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, more high school coaching and recruiting news for you. We'll hear from the Express star who hit the top shelf in the ECHL all-star game last night.
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Plus, if anything can lift the spirits of the folks in the Grundy Community - it's their ultra successful wrestling program. More on the Golden Wave in a moment.
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[S-Grundy]


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The town of Grundy is still recovering from last week's tragedies and while wounds heal, the community can find refuge in it's high school wrestling program, which is flourishing again this season.
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The nationally known Grundy Golden Wave grapplers have won 14 of the last 15 state double A championship tournaments.
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This years team has had to forfeit the first three weight classes at the first eight meets because their are no wrestlers to fill those weight classes. However the team is still 6 and 2. Six defending state champs make up the strength of the team.
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In two other wrestling notes, the much anticipated Grundy-Christiansburg match that was snowed out last Saturday has been rescheduled for February 9th in Grundy.
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And don't forget that this Friday and Saturday William Byrd high school will play host to the annual Big Orange wrestling tournament that will feature Christiansburg which is ranked second in the state. More on Kevin Dressler's Blue Demon grapplers tomorrow night.

[S-Glenvar]


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Another Friday Football Extra coaching vacancy has been filled, pending school board approval from Roanoke County. Lee Johnson is the new head football coach at Glenvar, replacing Steve Magenbauer. Johnson played high school football at Salem and he has been an assistant at William Byrd where he currently teaches Physical Education.

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Another Friday Football star from this past season has made his college choice.
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[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]

Gretna high school receiver Casey Hall, who helped lead the Hawks to an unbeaten regular season has chosen Elon over JMU and Liberty. The three year starter who had over 700 yards in catches and 11 touchdowns this year also will play receiver at Elon.


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[S-NFL]


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The Virginia Tech football team picked up the defensive commitment it was hoping for today as Varina high school Jonathan Lewis picked Tech. The six-two, 290 pound defensive lineman will likely play along side his older brother Kevin next season. He is a top 100 prospect who was recruited by every Big East and ACC school.
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[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]

Another coveted defender, former Friday Football Extra player of the week, Justin London, the all-state performer from Northside has yet pick his school, but reports say he will do do college next Thursday, January 31st. His final choices are down to Tech, Tennessee, UCLA and Maryland.
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Express center Vern Fiddler made the most of his first appearance in the ECHL all star game last night, scoring a goal in the third period of the North's 7-6 loss to the Southern Conference.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Fiddler's tally was part of a seven goal explosion in the third period of the all star game. Speaking of explosions, Fiddler has erupted of lately. In the last four games he has six goals and two assists.
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[OUT Q=......focussed everyday"]
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and Saturday against Toledo and South Carolina. The Express is back in action tomorrow night on the road against Cincinnati. Roanoke returns to the Round House Friday