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Governor Warner says Virginia must be able to respond to terrorism, and any other disaster.
That's why he'll ask the General Assembly to act on some of the recommendations of the Secure Virginia Panel.
Warner plans to ask legislators to amend the Virginia Constitution to expand the line of succession to the governor, create a database of all medical professionals in the state, tighten security at schools and force employees in sensitive jobs to undergo background checks.
Other recommendations by the panel don't require legislative approval.

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An attempt to provide information in the Short family murder case didn't lighten the sentence for convicted drug smuggler Michael Fulcher.
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Yesterday, the 44-year old was sentenced in federal court to 7 years for conspiracy and money laundering. The charges stem from what authorities called a "continuing criminal enterprise" at the Bland Correctional Center during the 1990's. Fulcher was convicted in the case three years ago and could have received up to 30-years... but the trial was thrown out after a D-E-A agent acknowledged Fulcher may have thought he was working for the government while in prison. This time around, Fulcher reached a plea agreement on lesser charges.
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((DAVID WHALEY/FULCHER'S ATTORNEY: OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD HAVE FELT MUCH BETTER IF THE SENTENCE HAD BEEN 60 MONTHS. I ASSUME THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE FELT BETTER IF THE SENTENCE HAD BEEN 120 MONTHS. THE COURT WAS KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR THE TIME HE'S BEEN IN CUSTODY WHICH IS ALMOST TWO YEARS.))
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Fulcher's 69-year old mother, Ethel, was also sentenced for her role in the crimes. She received two years probation and a 5-thousand dollar fine.
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Investigators in the Jennifer Short case were also at the hearing, but would only say they were in search of information.
Judge Jackson Kiser said whatever information was gleaned during the hearing was too vague to be of any use and

wouldn't alter Mike Fulcher's sentence.[7-Reno]


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Former Attorney General Janet Reno will help inaugurate the 10th president of Hollins University. Reno will be the featured speaker when Nora Kizer Bell is sworn in as Hollins' president February 20th.
Bell has been at the helm since July, but the ceremony will coincide with the university's annual Founder's Day celebration. Janet Reno served as U-S Attorney General for almost eight years in the Clinton administration.

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State budget cuts are hitting hard all over our area -- but some, like Bedford County, are finding creative ways to dodge the bullet.
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The county administrator says constitutional officers there won't be losing any of their staff and services. Bill Rolfe says the commissioner of revenue and treasurer were able to make cuts in their budgets to absorb the loss in state funding with minimal impact. The office of the circuit court clerk and commonwealth's attorney will also remain intact.
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((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT WAS ABLE TO ACTUALLY FIND SOME ADDITIONAL REVENUE SOURCES FOR US AND THAT ADDITIONAL SOURCE OF REVENUE IS ACTUALLY GOING TO COVER THE REDUCTIONS WE'LL BE SEEING FROM THE COMP BOARD FOR HER OFFICE AS WELL AS THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY OFFICE. ))
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The county administrator believes more budget cuts are ahead and has asked the sheriff's office and school system, along with other county offices, to begin looking at how to cut back expenses in the future.

[45-11Kaine-education]


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Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine is proposing changes in state law to boost education spending by about one-Billion-dollars a year.
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Kaine says the state underfunds education by almost 600-million dollars a year.
He is proposing a constitutional amendment to compel the state to pay its fair share.
He says Virginia ranks near the bottom in state spending for public education.
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((LT. GOVERNOR TIM KAINE: THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE TALK A GOOD GAME. WE TALK A GOOD GAME. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO REALLY VALUING EDUCATION, ALL THE STATISTICS SHOW VIRGINIA AS A STATE DOESN'T. INSTEAD, WE PUSH IT OFF ON CITIES AND COUNTIES.))
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Kaine also wants to raise teachers' pay.
He says salaries in Virginia are from 8-hundred to 3-thousand dollars below the national average.
Kaine is also pushing for annual performance reviews of all public school teachers.
He says the additional funding for education should come from spending cuts, NOT tax increases.
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He said he had information about the Short family murder case. But whatever it was, it didn't lighten the prison sentence for convicted drug smuggler Michael Fulcher.
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Yesterday, the 44-year old was sentenced in federal court to 7 years for conspiracy and money laundering. The charges stem from what authorities called a "continuing criminal enterprise" at the Bland Correctional Center during the 1990s. Fulcher was convicted in the case three years ago and could have received up to 30-years... but the trial was thrown out after a D-E-A agent acknowledged Fulcher may have thought he was working for the government while in prison. This time around, Fulcher reached a plea agreement on lesser charges.
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((DAVID WHALEY/FULCHER'S ATTORNEY: OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD HAVE FELT MUCH BETTER IF THE SENTENCE HAD BEEN 60 MONTHS. I ASSUME THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE FELT BETTER IF THE SENTENCE HAD BEEN 120 MONTHS. THE COURT WAS KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR THE TIME HE'S BEEN IN CUSTODY WHICH IS ALMOST TWO YEARS.))
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Fulcher's 69-year old mother, Ethel, was also sentenced for her role in the crimes. She received two years probation and a 5-thousand dollar fine.
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Investigators in the Jennifer Short case were at the hearing, but would only say they were in search of information.
Judge Jackson Kiser said whatever information was gleaned during the hearing was too vague to be of any use and

wouldn't alter Mike Fulcher's sentence.[8-11Burrow]


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Former D-Day Memorial director Richard Burrow's trial is underway in Lynchburg's U-S District Court this week.
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Burrow is charged with improperly using a bank loan to secure millions of dollars in state funding for the project, and with defrauding another bank for two separate loans.
His supporters say Burrow never profited from his actions, and that everything was done for the Memorial.
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((JIM FIELDS/BURROW SUPPORTER: I FEEL LIKE ALL THE VETERANS, ALL THE VETERANS ALL THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE HONORED AND PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THIS MEMORIAL IN BEDFORD, AND I THINK ALL THE MONEY, EVERY SINGLE BIT, ALL THE MONEY HAS GONE TO THE D-DAY MEMORIAL.))
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His attorney says all the loan applications Burrow made were based on good-faith estimates of pledges he expected the memorial to receive.
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((Tomorrow on News 7 Mornin'.))
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These houses won't break the bank, but they will tempt your sweet tooth.
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