Coming up on News 7-
The House and Senate offer up their solutions to the state's budget woes.
An arrest is made in a fatal apartment fire in Greesboro.
The number of corpses recovered at a Georgia crematory could top 200.
And, excitement at Daytona for South Boston's Ward Burton.
News 7 is next.
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The focus is back on the budget in Richmond, as lawmakers offer their fix for the state's financial woes.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
The House and Senate money committees approved their own budget bills today, reopening the debate on the state's spending plans... and the cuts that will be required.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell has some of the winners and losers.
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((Lawmakers say the state's budget problems can't be fixed with a nip and a tuck.
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But members of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees offered up spending plans they say will address the state's budget problems, and spread the pain fairly.
There is some comfort for State employees who would receive no pay raise in Governor Warner's proposal. The House budget provides for a modest salary increase in December 2003... The Senate calls for a small bonus this year and next.
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Both budget bills allow the state's colleges and universities to raise tuition, and lawmakers say the money will not go to the general fund.
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Both bills actually increase total funding for public education over the current biennium... The House bill includes money for a teacher pay raise... the Senate version does not.
Lawmakers save money by freezing the car tax, closing excess prison capacity, reducing state support for constitutional officers... and the list goes on.
Lawmakers admit there is plenty to criticize, and the grumbling has already started, with House Democrats complaining that Republican leaders violated the budget framework agreed upon at the start of the session.
Governor Warner is expected to weigh in Monday afternoon when he meets with house and senate leaders.
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The House budget bill does include funding for cultural organizations in central and western Virginia.
The bill recommends more than 23- million dollars for non- state agencies during the next two- year budget period.
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More than 20 organizations in central and western Virginia are on the list, including the Art Museum of Western Virginia, Center in the Square, Virginia's Explore Park, the Harrison Museum,
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the Lynchburg Academy of Music, Mill Mountain Zoo, the Science Museum of Western Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
Virginia Tech's president is warning students and faculty, changes are on the way.
Governor Mark Warner wants Tech to cut 31-million dollars for the new fiscal year.
The governor also wants to lift the tutition freeze at state colleges and universities.
As a result, students at Virginia Tech could see a tuition increase of five percent.
Tech's president realizes that could produce a financial hardship for some students.
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Tech is also looking into cutting several positions.
President Steger believes many of those cuts can come through retirement and attrition.
Fire heavily damaged an apartment in Roanoke this evening.
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Fire officials arrived at this apartment on Bennett Drive at around 10-o'clock this evening.
The fire was contained mostly to the lower level apartment.
There is no word on the cause of the blaze, or if anyone was injured.
An arrest is made in a deadly apartment fire in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Friday's blaze near the U-N-C Greensboro campus left four people dead.
Police believe the fire may have been intentionally set.
Today 23- year old Janet Danahey (Dan-uh-hey) was charged with one count of murder in the death of a nursing student who died in the fire.
Additional charges against Danahey are pending the positive identification of the other three victims.
Officials would not release the motive or other details about
Authorities have found more decomposing bodies behind a crematory in northwest Georgia.
Nearly 100- bodies which should have been cremated have been discovered on the grounds of Tri-State Mortuary.
Some were found in storage sheds others were scattered in the woods.
Family members are in shock and disbelief.
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Brent Marsh has told investigators his family's incinerator was broken.
Investigators expect to find an additional 100- bodies-- bringing the total body count to 200.
One woman is dead and another is in custody following a stabbing in Clifton Forge.
Police say 51 year old Brenda Arnold was stabbed during an altercation at a rooming house shortly before noon on Saturday.
31 year old Tanya Williams of Clifton Forge has been charged with first degree murder.
Police say the altercation started as a verbal argument and then escalated into the stabbing.
Williams is being held at the Alleghany Regional Jail without bond.
Police in Danville are looking into their second murder this weekend.
It happened shortly after 2 this morning.
Police answered a call on the 800 block of Clay Street and found a man lying face down.
He had a gunshot wound to the face.
Police say he still has not been identified.
If you have any information, you're asked to call Danville police.
A device called a (duh-fib-ril-later) defibrillator could easily save your life if you ever go into caradic arrest.
So why then are they hard to find in public places?
Justin McLeod went searching for answers.
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This is a defibrillator.
It's a device that shocks a person's heart back into a regular heartbeat.
And in many cases, what it does could mean the difference between life and death.
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That's imporant because death usually follows unless the heart rhythm is restored within five to seven minutes.
What makes defibrillators unique is that it's practically fool-proof and anyone can use it.
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Simple to use but not always simple to find.
Defibrillators are now in place in government buildings in Roanoke County but not Roanoke City.
Valley View Mall recently installed three.
And although you won't find any at the Tanglewood Mall or the Roanoke Civic Center, that is scheduled to change in the near future.
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The American Heart Association has its own plans.
They're leading a push to have defibrillators placed in as many public places as possible, including businesses.
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((ELIZABETH VAIL/AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: IN AMERICA, A THOUSAND PEOPLE EVERYDAY SUFFER FROM CARADIC ARREST AND NINETY FIVE PERCENT OF THOSE FOLKS DIE AND MANY OF THEM BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO GET TO A DEFIBRILLATOR IN TIME.))
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So in time, defibrillators will become more common in public places.
And for many, it's comforting to know a life saving device is just a heartbeat away.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, the federal government is now taking airport security into its own hands...
and South Boston native Ward Burton takes the checkered flag at a wild day in Daytona. Roy Stanley will have highlights and more in sports. Stay with us.
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You might call him the French version of a George Stephanopolous.. a Danville professor is making his mark in French presidential politics.
Octavius Pinkard teaches political science at Averett University and has studied French politics for years.
President Jacques Chirac is seeking re-election and his advisers want to do more to attract the youth vote.
They contacted Pinkard, who flew to France this month to discuss strategy.
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Pinkard will be back in France in April for the first round of balloting.
The federal government is now in charge of airport security.
But traveler's probably won't notice today's transfer of power.
Many of the same employees and procedures are still in place,
but the bosses are different.
Instead of reporting to the airlines, security workers now must report to the government.
The switch comes in response to the September eleventh attacks.
The change first takes place at 15 of the nation's largest airports.
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A shooting victim's background, and nude glamour photos received attention from our viewers this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with Feedback.
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((As part of our coverage on the shooting that led to the arrest of a federal drug agent on murder charges, we talked to relatives of the victim, and delved into his past.
A few viewers, including one from Roanoke (Kelly Laine) thought Keith Bailey's criminal record was irrelevant, and unnecessary to understanding what happened.
"This man was shot, unable to equally defend himself by a man that enforces the very laws that he knew he was breaking when he shot an unarmed man...It's almost like you have taken the cop's side on this matter, and felt it best to sway viewers by making them think that this man was a former lawbreaker, and that was reason enough for his death."
A piece that aired on Valentine's Day, describing a business that offered to take tasteful and artistic photographs of people in the buff went too far for many of our viewers.
(Lisa Vilagi/Salem) "The photos didn't show enough to be called pornography, but too much to be called appropriate viewing during family time viewing. Please consider all of your viewers when you plan the timing of your articles."
(David Bonham/Salem) "They were all in my mind X-rated, but what got me the most was you showed a picture of a family, father, mother, son and daughter in the nude. That was child pornography in my mind."
Any comments you'd like to make about our news judgment, or lack of it, send them along by US mail, fax, or email.
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Up ahead on News 7 at 11, Maryland topples the top ranked Duke Blue Devils... Roy Stanley will have highlights...
and a clinic at Radford University is expanding its services, to help those in need. We'll have that and more coming up... Stay with us.
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A new clinic at Radford University that offers speech and hearing services is now adding mental health counseling to the list.
In this week's Virginia Profile, New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon introduces us to one of the women providing help to people who need it.
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Anne Dornberg plays dual roles at Radford University.
She's a professor and outreach coordinator in the university's social work program as well as part time counselor in Radford clinic.
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Located in Waldron Hall, the University clinic is about a year old but the mental health services Dornberg helps provide just recently started.
As a licensed clinical social worker, she as well as nurse specialists and in some cases Radford students see clients.
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Dornberg says the clinic wants to reach those who are under or un-insured.
And while they're providing services for the community, it's also providing valuable training for Radford's students.
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Dornberg says students counseling patients are closely monitored by faculty.
People seeking treatment can call the clinic.
Dornberg says if they can't meet your needs, you will be referred to someone who can.
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Some area firefighters got fired up on the basketball court today.
It was all part of the Roanoke Dazzle's Firefighter Appreciation Day at the Civic Center.
Before the game, Roanoke City and Roanoke County squared off on the basketball court.
The players and their families then stuck around to watch the Dazzle play.
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((DONNA DANIELS/DAZZLE PRESIDENT: IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY. IT IS ALSO A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO TALK TO OUR FANS ABOUT FIRE SAFETY. WE DO REALLY TRULY THINK THIS A WIN WIN FOR BOTH OF US.))
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The firefighters passed out to the fans pamphlets and other materials on fire safety.
Fire trucks were also on hand for tours.
And in case you were wondering, the Roanoke City Fire Department beat the county firefighters 22 to 8.
Sterling Marlin has won 2 Daytona 500's in his career and he might have won a third if he had stayed in his car.
Instead South Boston's Ward Burton picked up his first win at Daytona.
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Michael Waltrip was the first car to make a move and he was the leader after 50 laps.
But his teammate Dale Earnhardt Junior had a stroke of bad luck early as he blew a tire and hit the wall bringing out the caution.
Ken Schrader was have a strong run and he was the leader after 61 laps of the race.
Then just past the halfway point Sterling Marlin was the leader with Ricky Rudd on his rear bumper.
But three fourths of the way through the race Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick get together the end result was a 17 car crash including many of the drivers running on the lead lap.
A crash on the restart and the race was red flagged and Sterling Marlin the leader was sent to the back for getting out of his car to repair a fender.
The race restarted with 3 to go and Burton pulled away taking the checkered flag for his first Daytona 500 win.
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Elliott Sadler finished second, Geoff Bodine third, Kurt Busch fouth and Michael Waltrip fifth.
Chris Wilcox had a career high 23 as third ranked Maryland beat top ranked Duke 87 to 73.
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The Blue Devils were in trouble after the opening tipoff.
Chris Wilcox gets the steal and takes it in for the jam to make it 27 to 14 Terps in the first half.
Duke would work the outside Chris Duhon with the three pointer but the Blue Devils still trailed at the half.
Maryland would lead by 21 Jason Williams misses the jumper but Carlos Boozer is there to put it in and the lead was 11.
The Terps answer when Juan Dixon knocks down the jumper in the paint and Maryland wins it 87 to 73.
Darius Songaila threw in a career high 30 points as 19-th ranked Wake Forest beat 15-th ranked Virginia 92 to 70.
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Pete Gillen working the game as his Cavs trailed by 18 at the half.
But the Cavaliers came out firing in the second half Keith Jenifer drives to the hoop for the score but Wake was still up by 18.
Wake would up that lead to 25 but when Roger Mason drove and hit the jumper the lead was cut to 17.
The Demon Deacons had contral at both ends of the court Vytus Danelius takes it inside for the hoop to make it 68 to 48.
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Songaila missed only 2 shots in the game as the Demon Deacons rout U-V-A 92 to 70.
Randolph Macon advanced to the Championship of the ODAC with a 71 to 63 win over Roanoke College.
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The two teams huddle around their coaches getting the final instructions before the opening tipoff.
Roanoke's Nathan Stewart hits the three pointer from the corner the Maroons led 10 to 5.
The Yellow Jackets tighten the lead when Kurt Bergmann takes it inside for the reverse layup to make it 10 to 7 Maroons.
Stewart passes to Josh Foster who nails the three pointer and the Maroons maintained a 1 point lead.
Macon takes the lead when Marshal Rumney passes to Tim Smith who hits the three and the Jackets win it 71 to 63.
The Yellow Jackets will play Hampden-Sydney in the championship the Tigers beat Emory & Henry 105 to 95.
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The Tigers being introduced to a huge crowd in Salem.
Emory and Henry's Paul Russo picks off the Tiger pass passes to Kenny Caver who hits the layup for two.
Sydney's Matt McKeag passes to Brandon Randall and he pulls up and hits the three pointer.
Emory's Justin Call misses the shot but Brandon Stanley is there for the rebound and put back the Wasps led by 1.
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The Tigers Marcus Gregory passes to Randall deep on the right wing and he hits the trey and Hampden Sydney goes on to win it 105 to 95.
The Greenville Groove beat Roanoke this afternoon 86 to 73 at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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Former U-V-A guard Donald Hand getting instructions from his head coach.
Hand passes to Eric Harris he steps just inside the three point line and hits the jumper.
The Dazzle comes back Marshall Phillips takes it down the lane with the finger roll for 2.
Then off the Roanoke miss Thomas Hamilton grabs the rebound and throws the pass down court to Ausu Sesay for the jam.
Marshal Phillips works down low but kicks it out to a wide open Artie Griffin who buries the three but Greenville wins it 86 to 73.
In the N-B-A, Scott Skiles is out as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns. Owner Jerry Colangelo says Skiles wasn't fired and that he agreed to leave.
He will be replaced by assistant coach Frank Johnson.
And here are the scores from the N-B-A.
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At the Cassell today, The Lady Hokies cruised to an easy 74 to 52 win over Seton Hall.
Bonnie Henrickson watches as the Hokies take the early lead.
Ieva Kublina would take control in the opening minutes she takes it inside for the basket to make it 2 to nothing.
The next trip down the floor Kublina gets it again this time she hits the jumper as the Hokies led by four.
Seton Hall was forced out side and this three pointer would cut the lead to one 3 minutes into the game.
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Tech works the inbounds play to Sarah Hicks she hits the jumper and Tech goes on to win it 74 to 52.
UVA head coach Debbie Ryan celebrated her Silver Anniversary this week in Charlottesville.
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Ryan and the Cavaliers hit the floor against Maryland.
Telisha Quarles got the party started when she pulls up and hits the three Virginia led by 9.
The next time down the floor the Cavs get it inside going to Lynette O'Reggio who puts it in for 2.
The Lady Terps slowed the rally when Marsha Strickland nailed the three pointer cuting the lead to 9.
Virginia answered from the outside Anna Crosswhite with the three and Virginia goes on to win it 76 to 59.