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The state budget deficit just keeps on getting worse... 600-million more in red ink with lay offs looming.
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And the D-Day Memorial doubles as a memorial to law enforcement officers lost in last September's terrorism.
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Tonight on News 7 sports - the Express loses Travis Smith for at least a month with a broken hand. Only a handful of cars elect to go through second round qualifying at Daytona.
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And the Avalanche welcomes its new manager to town this morning. We'll hear from Stu Cole in sports.
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Kicking off the work week with big time winds. Looks like much of the week will be breezy. Complete details coming up.
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News 7 at Six is next.
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((TODAY'S REVENUE NUMBERS ARE ANOTHER HIT AND WE'VE GOT A TOUGH JOB IN FRONT OF US.))
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No signs of recovery yet in state revenues.
Today, Governor Warner adds millions to the budget shortfall and warns of lay-offs.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Shannon is off tonight.

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Governor Warner says the gap in the state budget now totals three point eight billion dollars over the next 29 months.
That's 600 million more than recent estimates.
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Joe Dashiell is at the capitol with the latest numbers... and the prospect for significant lay-offs.
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Keith, the governor and his financial advisors acknowledge they're making conservative revenue forecasts, but they insist they are not overplaying the problem.
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The books closed on Saturday, and the numbers were not good.
Christmas sales flat. January Revenues down more than nine percent, and tax pre-payments off more than 20 percent.
After briefing lawmakers Warner told reporters that he's cutting revenue estimates by 616 million dollars over the next 29 months.
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State agencies have submitted preliminary budget reduction plans... and Warner says that could mean the elimination of 2100 positions... perhaps 700 lay-offs.
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Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved a northern Virginia referendum that could raise taxes for transportation improvements there.
But the panel voted down the statewide sales tax referendum for public education.
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Keith, Warner is encouraging lawmakers to keep their options open, and says there are many chapters still to be written.

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The state budget plan offers no raises for teachers ...
Now it looks like Franklin County won't have them either.
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Franklin County teachers got a 3 percent raise each of the last three years.
But with no increase in state or local funding this year, the school board says it can't offer employee raises.
Franklin County teachers have a starting salary of 27-thousand-600 dollars ...
The county ranks behind 80 percent of Virginia school systems for starting teacher pay.
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Some say it could be offensive, but the national motto may soon have a prominent place in Virginia's public schools.
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This morning, the Senate Education and Health Committee endorsed legislation requiring schools to post "In God We Trust" signs in a conspicuous place.
Similar bills have already passed the House of Delegates, but some lawmakers argue a Christian message could offend Virginians of other faiths.
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The Education and Health Committee voted 9 to 6 to send the bill to the Senate floor, where it comes up for a vote tomorrow.

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A guilty verdict today in the case of a Giles County teen and what police call a threatening web site. In court today a 15-year-old Narrows High School student was convicted of a misdemeanor... communicating a threat over the Internet. Last month, Narrows Police arrested the boy because they said his web site contained satanic material and that it threatened a student and teacher. The student's attorneys say they will appeal the case. The Commonwealth's Attorney would not comment.

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It's been five months since dozens of police officers died in the terrorist attacks on New York City.. men and women who never hesitated in the face of danger.
Until today, no organized tribute had ever been paid those officers.. Steve Smallshaw tells us how Bedford County helped change that.
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((They came from across the country.. from big cities and small towns.. to gather in the shadow of the Overlord Arch and remember the deadliest day in law enforcement history.
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71 officers from five different agencies died when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on September 11th.
And in front of a memorial for different soldiers in another war.. their colleagues gathered to pay tribute to their bravery and their sacrifice.
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((JERRY KILGORE/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL: THIS MEMORIAL REMINDS US HOW A SUDDEN SURPRISE ATTACK OF TYRANTS CAN BE TURNED INTO VICTORY BY THE STRENGTH AND BY THE WILL OF OUR PEOPLE.))
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((GOD BLESS YOU..))
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After the ceremony, they gathered around the representatives from New York City.. a handshake here, a pat on the back there.. just to let them know they're not alone.
For many of those officers, the memories keep coming back.. even if their friends never will.
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((SGT. MARTY DUANE/PORT AUTHORITY POLICE: ALL THE FACES COME BACK, ALL THE FRIENDS I WORKED WITH COME BACK.. BUT FOR THAT PARTICULAR DAY, 19 OF US WENT OVER FROM MY PRECINCT AND 13 OF US DIDN'T COME BACK.))
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These officers WILL go home, but ceremonies like this make them ever mindful that the next call to duty could be their last.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))

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New money could bring new jobs to Central Virginia.
Details on that are still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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And big banking changes take effect this week in the Roanoke Valley.
Find out what that means for your checking account next.
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[Wachovia]


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The Wachovia - First Union merger is just days away from hitting the streets.
By the close of business Thursday, nine area Wachovia Bank branches will become NBC branches. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 MB Graphic***]
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Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is here to tell us more about what that means for bank employees and their customers. Jen.
Keith, from what we're hearing,
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Wachovia customers have been well-informed about the change over.
But we talked to some analysts who say keeping employees informed is key to a successful merger.
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(( John Clarke spends his days in the shadows of First Union.
He could have worked there himself... but chose to get out when his employer, Dominion Bank, merged with the green giant.
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Clarke remembers feeling that way himself.
That's why he treats his employees at Catawba Capital with the honesty and understanding... two things he says the new Wachovia will have to have for a successful merger.
Financial Analyst Paul Higgins adds customer service to the mix.
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Word from NBC today is that no Wachovia employees will be let go in the winds of change. ))
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Wachovia-First Union says it is dedicated to informing employees about the merger every step of the way... with an Internet site and weekly merger updates throughout a three year merger process.
Here are some things to take note of if you are a Wachovia Customer.
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You can use Wachovia checks until Friday. [ADD]
After Friday, start using NBC checks -- you should have already received those in the mail. [ADD]
Also remember that First Union branches may not operate as Wachovia branches until late 2003.
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Keith.

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Some big money for a small town.. Amherst officials today were on the receiving end of more than three million dollars in federal aid to help bring new industry to their area.
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Congressman Bob Goodlatte helped hand over a check for more than 3-point-5 million dollars to help overhaul Amherst's wastewater treatment plant.
Another 200- thousand dollar grant will go towards infrastructure work at the Brockman Business and Industrial Park.
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((JOHN TURNER/AMHERST MAYOR: OF COURSE NEW BUSINESSES I THINK WILL TAKE A LOT CLOSER LOOK AT COMING INTO THE AREA HERE, SO I THINK THE POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH IS GREATLY ENHANCED AT THIS POINT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE PROJECTS OF THIS TYPE AND MAGNITUDE.))
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Centra Health will be the business park's first resident when its nursing home opens later this year.
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Investors carried Friday's rally into the new week. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 140 and a half points.
NASDAQ gained 28.
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[MARDI-GRAS]


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What do Mardi Gras, Mill Mountain Theater, and a downtown Roanoke restaurant all have in common?
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Patrick Evans has the answer to strange riddle tonight, as he takes a break from the festivities to tell us what this party is all about.
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Tonight on the Big 7, only a few drivers take advantage of second round qualifying at Daytona. The Express gets some good news and some bad news today. The Avalanche manager arrives in Salem.
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And we'll meet a UVa fan who is unlike no other when it comes to getting the ear of ACC refs.
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We begin tonight in Daytona where only four drivers elected to go through second round qualifying today.
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Kyle Petty, Kirk Shelmerdine and Norm Benning all had problems on Saturday during pole day and were unable to make their qualifying runs. Mike Skinner tried to better his speed, and did so by more than a mile and hour. KP's speed should help him get in the 500.
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The Fords who have been slow in qualifying and not up to speed in yesterday's Bud Shootout are being allowed to take another quarter inch off of their rear spoilers effective immediately. The Ford Spoilers will now be six inches high - a full half inch lower than Dodge and Pontiac and a quarter inch lower than Chevy.
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[graphic-texas speedway] In one other NASCAR note - the folks at the Texas Motor Speedway say they are more than ready to host the Mike Tyson-L

ennox Lewis fight. One of the fight camps already has inquired about the track's availability.[S-Avs]


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The Salem Avalanche welcomed its new skipper to town this morning. Stu Cole, who served as the Avs' hitting coach on two different occasions in 1997 and 1999 has the unenviable task of managing a defending champion.
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The Express is finally back home tomorrow night for the first time since January 26th. Roanoke hosts Greensboro tomorrow night at 7 for what is being dubbed Mardi Gras night.
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But Travis Smith will not be on the ice for that one. Smith brokehis hand in Saturday night's win in Reading when his left hand crashed into the plexiglass during a fight. He'll be out at least a month and today he was place on the 30 day injured reserve list.
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On the up-side, Tim Verbeek, who had a hat trick in that Reading win is the ECHL player of the week.

Fans can get their first look at Verbeek in action this week - as Roanoke has three home games.[S-Fan]


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The Virginia Cavaliers fell to 15th in the new associated press Top 25 poll that is out, but the Cavs are still 8th in the USA Today coaches poll.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 6999] Tomorrow night Virginia hosts North Carolina at eight at University Hall right here on Your Hometown Station. And when you're watching the game you might want to keep an eye out for one UVa fan in particular Here's Steve Mason.
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((There are the wild Wahoos and then there is Frank Davidson. This mild mannered middle aged Hampden Sydney graduate has been a UVa season ticket holder for the past 22 years. ((:))
For the past 10 years, he's occupied the visiting team's side, corner front row seat of U-Hall. he's gotten quite comfortable...with his seat and the refs. ((:)) Frank says, the refs talk to him so frequently because he never cusses at them, even though his passion for the Cavaliers gets the best of him sometimes. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) A fan got out of his front row seat and started yelling at ACC ref Duke Edsall. Edsall was ready to throw the kid out of the arena, that's when Big Frank went to work. ((:))
The kid stayed and at game's end, thanked his mentor. ((:)) avidson gave to his son. Steve Mason News 7 sports.)) Davidson is especially fond of one ref who, at the end of one game a few years back, gave Frank his whistle which D