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The General Assembly convenes tomorrow.

We'll have a preview.
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And imagine wearing computer equipment.
Two local men are inventing what may be the military fashion of the future.
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Tonight on News 7 Sports - Express coach Perry Florio is suspended for tonight's game with Atlantic City - he will join us LIVE from the Roundhouse. Plus, Daytona Testing is underway.
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and Eddie Murray takes a bow and earns his way into the Baseball hall of fame.
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[WX-Head]
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Winnie the Pooh's blustery day has nothing on our forecast. West winds will howl and we'll explain.
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News 7 is next.

[Coffey]


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A Bedford teenager is charged with involuntary manslaughter for a September fourteenth car accident. State Police say 19-year old Michael Channing Coffey was under the influence and speeding when his Chevy Blazer ran off Route 122 in Moneta shortly before 10:30 p.m. One passenger, James Edward Sines (signs) the Third, was thrown from the vehicle when it overturned. The 24-year old died at the scene. Two others were injured. A grand jury today indicted Coffey on charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter, maiming and driving under the influence

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School uniforms may one day be part of the dress code for some Lynchburg public school students.
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Principals at Marvin Bass Elementary and Linkhorne Middle School say there's interest there. E.C. Glass High School is still studying the idea.
Superintendent James McCormick says any policy would have to be optional unless he could prove that a certain school was having behavior problems.
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((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THERE IS SOME LATITUDE IN THE CODE THAT ALLOWS A SCHOOL DIVISION.. IF CERTAIN KINDS OF VIOLENT BEHAVIORS, GANG-RELATED ACTIVITIES AND SUCH ARE PREVALENT, PERVASIVE AND THIS CAN BE SHOWN TO ELIMINATE THAT PROBLEM, YOU CAN MANDATE UNIFORMS. I CAN'T SHOW THAT VIOLENT BEHAVIOR, GANG ACTIVITY, MALCONTENT AND TOTAL MISBEHAVIOR RUNS RAMPANT IN OUR SCHOOLS, THAT IS NOT PERVASIVE IN OUR SCHOOLS. ))
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Uniforms are currently worn by eighth grade students at the Amelia Pride Center and sixth and seven graders at the Middle School Learning Center.
The school board will discuss the idea at tonight's meeting but members have "no" timetable for making a decision.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Virginia's General Assembly, the nation's oldest legislative body, swings into action tomorrow.
While balancing the state's budget will be lawmakers' main focus, it certainly is not the only thing on their minds.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-SHannon & Meghan/State Microwave;]


Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has been talking to lawmakers.
So what can we expect in the upcoming session?
The important things to remember is that this is an election year
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[SUPER=@Meghan1]
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While Republicans control the G.A., a Democrat occupies the Governor's house -- all of which will practically guarantees for another interesting session.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. William Wampler/(R) Bristol; :]
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(( While both parties say they plan to work together, the partisanship may have already started with Republicans firing the first shot.
In a letter, the incoming Speaker and House Appropriations Chairman accuse Warner of trying to sneak improperly vetoed items into his budget.
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The looming task for lawmakers is finding a way to plug a 1-point-2 billion dollar hole.
to do that Some Democrats are now suggesting rolling back the car tax reimbursement.
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But Republicans are making their feelings about tax increases
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With limited state funds to divy up, you can expect just as many battles between the different parts of the state as between the opposing parties.
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Democrats say their big issue this session will be protecting education from any cuts.
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Now, Republicans also say that is a priority for them. And there also looking at reopening some D-M-V offices.



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[Take State of Commonwealth FS] News 7 will present LIVE coverage of Governor Warner's address. Join us tomorrow night for the governor's message, along with analysis from our political expert Tom Morris. We also hope to have live Republican reaction from Richmond if there's time. Our coverage begins at 7.
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[Etextiles]


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Two researchers at Virginia Tech are developing a fabric that may one day help soldiers in war.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens shows us how.
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[RUNS :04] ((THIS IS THE FIBER THAT'S IN THERE AND IT FEELS JUST LIKE THREAD 21:26)) Listening to Mark Jones talk about fabrics, you would think he was into fashion.
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[RUNS :06] ((REPORTER: YOU GUYS ARE SOMEWHAT FASHION DESIGNERS, BECAUSE YOU'RE DESIGNING... TOM AND MARK: (LAUGHS) WE'RE NOT QUITE THERE YET 12:38)) But, Jones and his partner Tom Martin are actually engineering professors at Virginia Tech. They, along with some of their students, are developing ELECTRONIC TEXTILES--clothing with sensory detectors.
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[RUNS :07] ((TOM: WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO IS PUT THE COMPUTER ELEMENTS ON THE FABRIC ITSELF SO THAT IT LOOKS LIKE A PIECE OF CLOTHING 7:34)) The way it works...they take a bunch of conductive wires and microphones, weave it into the fabric to make what's called a processing board.
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[RUNS :13] (( (MARK) EACH PROCESSING BOARD HAS SEVEN MICROPHONES CONNECTED TO IT AND THEY COLLECT DATA. BASED ON THAT DATA, IF THEY HEAR A VEHICLE THE PROCESSING BOARD RUNS A BEAM-FORMING LOGARITHM, WHICH TELLS WHAT DIRECTION THE SOUND IS COMING 15:06)) And that, they hope, could one day help soldiers in battle, by incorporating e-textiles into military uniforms and gear. But, the project is only a year old. So, even if a war with Iraq is further off than some think, the pair says it's unlikely it will be completed in time.


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[RUNS :12] (( (MARK) THIS IS JUST A PROTOTYPE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU PUT OUR PROTOTYPE OUT IN THE RAIN IT WON'T WORK. SO THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE BEFORE NOW AND FIELD IN A REAL MILITARY SYSTEM. I THINK WE'RE SEVERAL YEARS FROM THAT 13:39)) Still, the project will receive funding for at least two more years...enough time for Jones and Martin to perfect it, as well as their sewing. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Blacksburg.)))

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Still ahead on News 7, a strike over health insurance could have a big effect on one local plant.
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Plus an area antiques dealer sells his share of the past to make a brighter future for himself.
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A man who makes his living with history is making a bold move for his future.
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Antique Dealer John Elkins is retiring and liquidating all his merchandise.
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Business Reporter Rachel Cannon gives us a look at what's up for grabs.
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((NATS "I LOVE ANTIQUE SILVER, I LIKE ANTIQUE PORCELAINS." Don't ask John Elkins to pick favorites when it comes to the hundreds of antiques at his retail gallery. After 26-years of collecting and selling fine pieces he has a story for each one and a great life experience from antiques.
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((JOHN ELKINS/OWNER; IT WAS FUN IT HAS HILARIOUS IT'S NEVER BEEN ALL THAT PROFITABLE BUT ITS BEEN A LOT OF FUN IT HAS ALLOWED ME TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE ABOUT 35-TIMES AND ALL OVER THE EAST COAST AND CONTACTS EVERYWHERE.))
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His travels and connections enabled him to bring pieces of the highest quality to our region, attracting buyers from far beyond. There's hand painted tables, old fashioned music stands with holders for candles, and fine oriental rugs. NATS Elkins is well-known for the years of auctions at his estate in Glade Hill, but about four-years ago, he and his wife Ibby decided to concentrate on a retail space.
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((WE HAVE 18TH, 19TH, AND 20TH CENTURY FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES AWE HAVE CUSTOM MADE PIECES LIKE THE PIECE ON YOUR LEFT THAT I HAD MADE IN ENGLAND WE HAVE GLASS CHINA PORCELAIN ORIENTALS ENGLISH PORCELAINS. ))
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This 12-thousand square foot gallery holds thousands of pieces. Beginning Wednesday, all items will be marked down 30-percent in a sale that runs until the place is empty. Elkins hopes that will be early next month. Hundreds are expected to turn out for a look.
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((BEING VERY, VERY BUSY WE'LL HAVE EXTRA HELP COMING IN TOMORROW. THE PHONES BEEN RINGING OFF THE HOOK THE LAST FEW DAYS. ))
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Many of the callers will be buying this week. For beginners Elkins gives this advice. Buy the highest quality you can afford, don't just fill your house up with stuff. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Franklin County.))


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Union workers at Salem's G-E plant are planning a two-day strike next week over health- benefits. The strike will involve about 14- thousand workers across the country. It's expected to start early Tuesday morning.

According to a statement from the I-U-E C-W-A, the union is angry that G-E has increased the amount that workers and retirees must pay toward their health insurance when the company is enjoying multi-billion dollar profits. The Salem G-E plant employs about one thousand workers. Nnearly 400 are union members.


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Wall Street had a muted reaction to President Bush's economic stimulus plan. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW lost 33 points.
NASDAQ gained ten.
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[Judge-Jones]


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An injured Pittsylvania County judge is out of the hospital ... but not back on the bench yet.
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General District Judge George Jones is recovering at home in Chatham.
Jones, his wife and his mother were injured in a car wreck on December 14th, when a lawyer struck them head-on.
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Jones suffered fractured ribs, a punctured lung and damage to his spleen and kidneys.
His mother is still hospitalized in Charlottesville.
Jones hopes to get back to work by the end of the month.

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Once again, southwest Virginia will have a stake in the Grammy Awards.
Nominations were released today... and all of the projects in the running for Best Bluegrass Album have a local connection. [***GRAMMYS MONITOR GRAPHIC***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /Pulpit;]


Joe Dashiell is here tonight with more on the competition.
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Shannon, we've watched Franklin County resident Dan Tyminski collect a pile of wards in the last couple of years.
But next month, a southwest Virginia bluegrass legend, his son, and a Roanoke record company are among those in the Grammy spotlight.
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((Gary Reid has been fielding phone calls and e-mailed congratulations since the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences revealed this year's Grammy nominations.
The label is 25 years old... but the release from the Roland White Band, "Jelly on My Tofu" is the first Copper Creek album to garner a grammy nomination.
The competition will be tough. Southwest Virginia native and bluegrass elder statesman Ralph Stanley has two recordings in the running for best bluegrass album.
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((GARY REID: WELL IT'S DEFINITELY SOME STEEP COMPETITION WITH RALPH STANLEY, AS YOU MENTIONED, AND DOYLE LAWSON AND SOME OF THE OTHERS. WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT ROLAND WHITE WILL WIN WITH HIS PROJECT, BUT WE'RE HONORED AND PLEASED JUST TO BE IN THE CATEGORY WITH PEOPLE OF THAT CALIBER. ))
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In addition to the Copper Creek release and the two albums from Ralph Stanley, Stanley's son Ralph the second is also nominated. And so is the band Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, which counts Franklin County resident Dale Perry among its members.
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Shannon, The grammys will be handed out February 23rd in New York city.

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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - Eddie Murray gets a first round pass to the hall of fame while the Winston Cup Warriors return to Daytona for some preseason testing.
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And I'm Steve Mason at the Roanoke Civic Center. Perry Florio was suspended by the ECHL today. The league is keeping him quiet - but he's talking here when we come back.
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The Roanoke Express battles Atlantic City tonight at the Roanoke Civic Center in a seven o'clock clash of Northeast Division rivals. But, the big news today happened off the ice as Express head coach Perry Florio was suspended by the ECHL for tonight's game
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because of his ejection from Sunday night's game against Reading. Steve Mason joins us from the Round House with some information and an interesting guest. Steve
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Mike, Perry Florio' suspension from the ECHL came down today, he also received an undisclosed fine form the league. Because of the suspension, the ECHL told me today, that he cannot have any verbal or electronic contact with the team one hour prior to tonight's game and cannot have interaction with his team until the game is over tonight. Now, he can watch the game from the stands and Perry Florio joins us now. Perry, you were suspended because of a game and gross misconduct penalty, but , as you describe it, what is disgusting is the referees calls against Reading.
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[AFTER ESTABLISHING FLORIO SUPER, PLEASE ROLL B-ROLL VIDEO OVER FLORIO]
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Now in talking to ECHL vice president of operations and head of officials Bryan Graham today, he said that he is reviewing an edited tape you sent him of seven different cases in which the referee made bad calls in that Reading game. But he also said, that, if the ECHL chooses to penalize the ref, that information will not be made public, your thoughts.
[COACH FLORIO RESPONDS TO THIS QUESTION & THEN GO TO PAGE 2 OF SPORTS!!!!!]

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[AS FLORIO FINISHES ANSWERING THIS QUESTION--PLEASE B-ROLL SECOND TAPE OVER STEVE TALKING ABOUT THE ASSISTANT COACH WHO WILL REPLACE FLORIO TONIGHT.]
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Now, With Florio in the stands, assistant coach and G.M. Tony MacAulay is behind the bench tonight. Perry, Tony has experience coaching at the prep and junior level but this is his pro debut, what have you told him.
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MacAulay has some work to do. Atlantic City is number one in the Northeast Division and the number 2 team in the entire ECHL. But the Express is 3-2 and 1 against the Boardwalk Bullies this season and two of those three wins have come right here at the Round House. Face off is set for 7:05,
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Mike, the highlights at 11.

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The Winston Cup stars are through vacating - this morning three days of testing this week at Daytona got underway with 24 drivers taking a spin on the two and a half mile long track.
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NASCAR - is trying to market each and every event this season and the sport's governing body is calling this "Preseason Thunder." No one was more lightening quick, however, than Mike Skinner and the boys from Abingdon. Their new Pontiac Gran Prix turned in a 181 point 837 mile an hour lap. Elliott Sadler was second, while Rusty Wallace was third in his brand new Dodge.
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[S-Fame]


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This year's baseball hall of fame class will include just two former Big League stars this year. 11-time all-star catcher Gary Carter was voted into the Cooperstown shrine along with
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8-time all-star Eddie Murray. The former Oriole great is the only switch hitter in baseball history to rack up 500 homeruns and 3000 hits. Murray also is just the 38th player in history to be elected to the hall in his first year of eligibility. Murray was named on 85 percent of the ballots.
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