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President Bush begins selling his economic stimulus plan to the American people today.
But Democrats say it'll only fatten the wallets of the rich.
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And traces of one of the deadliest poisons in the world turns up in London.
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The snow showers and flurries have ended across the area and now the winds will begin to pick back up. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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President Bush heads to the Windy City, as he formally unveils his plan to breathe new life into the economy.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
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While it's not officially out yet, the President's economic plan is already coming under fire from Democrats as a plan to help the rich.
Jim Acosta reports.
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(( PRESIDENT BUSH IS DEFENDING HIS ECONOMIC PLAN AS A BOLD INITIATIVE THAT SLASHES TAXES FOR FAMILIES AND ALLOWS INVESTORS TO PUMP MONEY INTO THE NATIONS BLOODSTREAM.

SOT: Bush (FROM MONDAY)

This is a plan that provides tax relief to the working citizens. It's a plan that is a very fair plan.

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THE 600 BILLION DOLLAR PROPOSAL WOULD DELIVER BIG TAX CUTS OFFER NEW RE-EMPLOYMENT ACCOUNTS TO AID THE UNEMPLOYED IN JOB SEARCHES AND ELIMINATE THE TAX ON CORPORATE DIVIDENDS.

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THE PROSPECT OF DOING AWAY WITH THE DIVIDEND TAX SENT STOCKS SOARING BUT UNLEASHED DEMOCRATIC CRITICISM THAT THE WHITE HOUSE PLAN MAINLY BENEFITS THE RICH. ITS A CHARGE THE ADMINISTRATION DENIES.

SOT: Don Evans, Commerce Secretary

"It creates the conditions for more investment in this economy which leads to job creation. That's how it stimulates this economy.
DEMOCRATS ARE PUSHING A PLAN THEY SAY WILL COST THE COUNTRY LESS AND STIMULATE THE ECONOMY SOONER OFFERING TAX REBATES INSTEAD OF CALLING FOR MORE TAX CUTS AND SENDING MONEY TO STATES TO HELP PAY FOR HOMELAND SECURITY.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader "This is our jump start to the economy as opposed to the President's Plan of careening off the road recklessly jeopardizing long term fiscal soundness for our country."
STAND-UP: THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO SHOW VOTERS HE HAS LEARNED A LESSON FROM HIS FATHER WHO LOST RE-ELECTION IN PART -- DUE TO PERCEPTIONS HE WAS OUT OF TOUCH WITH STRUGGLING AMERICANS.AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALL TO EAGER TO ARGUE IN PRESIDENT BUSHS CASE -- THE APPLE DOESNT FALL TOO FAR FROM THE TREE. JA CBS. ))

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Meanwhile another prominent Democrat says he will NOT be running for President next year.
South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle just moments ago confirmed he will not seek the nomination.
Daschle says he gave serious consideration to running, but his passion is serving his state in the Senate.

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British authorities are looking into a possible poisoning plot.
Anti-terrorist police are questioning six men after finding the biological poison, ricin (RY'-sin).
The men are of North African origin, and were arrested after traces of the poison were found.
Police say ''equipment and materials'' were found at the location where one of them was arrested.

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The British are coming... to the Persian Gulf.
Officials in London today called up 15-hundred reservists to prepare for a possible war with Iraq.
Meanwhile, there's another milestone on the path to war.
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For the first time, U-N weapons inspectors have begun using helicopters in their search for banned weapons in Iraq.


A day after Saddam Hussein accused the inspectors of being spies for the U-S, witnesses say three U-N helicopters left an Iraqi military airport on the outskirts of Baghdad.
The arms inspectors are due to report their findings to the security council on Thursday.
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A man is on trial in Fairfax today, accused of lying to authorities during the investigation of an October sniper shooting.
Matthew Dowdy is charged with obstruction of justice.
Authorities say Dowdy provided false information after the shooting of an F-B-I analyst outside a Home Depot Store in Falls Church.
He told police that he had seen a van with a burned-out taillight at the scene.
But authorities say his statements were not supported by information from other witnesses.

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Blame it on the WIND in Southern California.
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The Santa Ana winds are blowing hard, with gusts up to 70 miles an hour.
They've toppled trees and power lines, and are believed to be the cause of at least two deaths.
The hot winds are also fanning wildfires in Malibu and east of Los Angeles.
The fires have burned around 12- hundred acres so far.
Three homes have been destroyed, and hundreds of other homes are in jeopardy.
Authorities say they believe a downed power line triggered the blaze.
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[Grammy-Nominations]


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Bruce Springsteen's new album is living up to its title.
"The Rising" is sitting at the top of the list of Grammy nominations with nods for both album and song of the year.
Scott Rapoport has more on The Boss and all the other nominees.
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(( young raves, old faves, new babes...(emen, Bruce and Nora Jones)....this year's Grammy nominees have a little something for everyone.

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Bruce was the boss at this morning's Grammy announcements, his emotional ode to 9/11, The Rising soared to five nominations, including album of the year and song of the year.

(natz of Nora Jones)


there was no keeping up with the Jones' this year. newcomer Norah Jones scoring five nominations including best new artist and record of the year.

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18 year old rocker Avril Lavigne had a big day with five nominations including best new artist, pop vocal album and our unofficial award for most shy interviewee.

sot: Avril Lavigne

"it's overwhelming.....
and then there was you know who,
natz of eminem..."this must be your job for me.."
he's back, candy branded rapper, eminem enjoyed the sweet taste of success with five nominations including record of the year and album of the year.
"take that critics."
if you are keeping score at home her are the biggies.....record of the year, the nominees are
--A Thousand Miles, Vanessa Carlton --Without Me, Eminem --Don't Know Why, Norah Jones --Dilemma, Nelly --How You Remind Me, How You Remind Me
In the category of Album of the Year, the nominees are...
--Home, Dixie Chicks --The Eminem Show, Eminem --Come Away with Me, Norah Jones --Nellyville, Nelly --The Rising, Bruce Springsteen

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Coming up next on the newscast, a longtime business in the New River Valley will close its doors unless it can find someone to buy a stake in it.
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Plus, a volcano and some bad weather panic some residents of an Italian village.
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[Custom-Meats]


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For 30-years, Custom Meats in Montgomery County has processed meat for hunters and restaurants in the region.
But that could end soon. Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has more.
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(( Larry Linkous was only 20-years old when he opened Custom Meats in 19-73. Over the last three decades, he's processed beef, pork and venison for generations.
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((LARRY LINKOUS/OWNER; WE'RE NOW DOING PROCESSING FOR GRANDSONS WE DID THEIR GRANDFATHER'S YEARS AGO WE'VE HAD THAT GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR CUSTOMERS AND I THINK THAT'S WHY WE'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL TOO.))
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Too much success is the reason Linkous needs to leave the shop February First. He has two other ventures and just not enough time for all three. NATS Business at Custom Meats is booming, especially this time of year, just days after deer season ended. This year alone, more than 13-hundred deer will be processed in the Merrimac facility.
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((RICHARD MCCOY/CUSTOMER; THEY GO OUT OF THEIR WAY FOR THE CUSTOMER SO IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO BRING THINGS AND THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF PLACES THAT PROCESSES MEAT CLOSE IN THE AREA.))
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Because of that, Linkous is anxious to find a new owner. He feels a sense of loyalty to his customers and would like to see services continue. The business is for sale and the building is for rent. Linkous says future opportunity is there.
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((THE DEER IS ON THE INCREASE ITS GOING TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE THE DEER POPULATION THE REGULATIONS ARE BECOMING MORE LIBERAL THE SEASONS ARE BECOMING LONGER SO THE DEER IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE MORE PROCESSING.))
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This pro willing to train someone, by showing them the cuts of the business. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Montgomery County.))

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Holiday sales numbers are down for electronics retailer Circuit City. The Richmond based company says sales fell five-percent last month, compared with December the year before.
Circuit City's President and C-E-O says customer traffic dropped off during the holiday shopping period despite aggressive price promotions last month. The company's board of directors has also authorized a buyback of up to 200 (m) million dollars worth of the company's stock.

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A group of Republican lawmakers want to allow state taxpayers to use the internet to track government spending.
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Yesterday, some Republican lawmakers said they're introducing legislation to require state agencies to post their budgets on the Internet.
They say much of the waste in Virginia's budget is currently hidden from taxpayers.
Supporters of the bill say providing the general public with access to all of the budget numbers will help curb wasteful spending.
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The lawmakers say that the bill should cost very little since agencies already have detailed budgets and operating web sites.
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Another lawmaker was making a stop in his home district yesterday before heading to Richmond.
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Republican Delegate Ben Cline had some business to take care of in Buena Vista.
He opened a new legislative office that will serve constituents in Rockbridge and Augusta Counties.
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((BEN CLINE/(R) LEXINGTON: I'M JUST ANXIOUS TO GET OUR FINANCES IN ORDER, BALANCE THE BUDGET WITHOUT RAISING TAXES AND TO FOCUS ON THE AREAS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THESE CONSTITUENTS. EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, JOB CREATION, THE ENVIRONMENT, MAKING SURE THAT WE RETAIN THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT'S SO GOOD IN THIS AREA.))
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The new legislative office is across from Buena Vista's municipal building.
Calls to the office during the six weeks the General Assembly is in session will be transferred to his office in Richmond.
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[Take State of Commonwealth FS]
Governor Warner presents his agenda tomorrow in his State of the Commonwealth message. News 7 will carry his address live. We'll also have reaction from Richmond, and analysis from our studio in Roanoke. Our special coverage begins Wednesday at 7:00 PM.
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Still to come on the newscast, the state water control board allows an Alleghany County woman to build a restaurant.

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Plus the Post Office celebrates its number one best seller.
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Protests from Alleghany County landowners were not enough to convice the State Water Control Board yeterday.
The control board issued a permit yesterday allowing Barbara Ray to build the plant, which she needs to open a 60-seat restaurant in Millboro Springs.
Ray's plans created an uproar because the plant will discharge treated waste into Lick Run, which feeds the Cowpasture.
Ray's attorney and state environmental officials told board members that the proposed plant meets all state guidelines for preserving water quality.
Opponents argued that any sewage discharges will harm the quality of the crystal clear Cowpasture and open the door for more plants along the waterway.

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They thought it was the beginning of a volcano erupting in Italy.
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Strong winds and rain are hitting the volcanic island of Stromboli.
Most of the island's population was evacuated, and people began to panic when wet ash fell on the region. Actually, officials say the falling ash was caused by the bad weather.
The volcano itself started rumbling back to life about a week ago.
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Tomorrow would have been Elvis Presley's 68th birthday, but fans have another reason to gather at Graceland this week.
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Elvis Presley Enterprises and the U-S Postal Service are marking the 10th anniversary of the Elvis stamp.
A generation ago, fans from all over the world cast their vote for the Elvis image they wanted on the stamp.
The young, suave Elvis won.
Postal officials say the Elvis stamp is their best seller.
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((BUTCH PARKER/MEMPHIS POSTMASTER:THIS STAMP HAS SOLD NATIONWIDE ABOUT 630 MILLION STAMPS SINCE WE'VE PUT IT OUT, THAT'S BY FAR THE RECORD. ))
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The stamp won't likely be accompanied by the message, "Return to Sender."
Officials say most of the stamps are kept in collector books and displays.
To date, nearly 124 million of the stamps have never been used.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN three. The NASDAQ has gained ten points.
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Coming up in sports....the Boston Celtics should pick up a little more Dazzle as the team signs a local player.
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Plus, one of the N-F-L's best quarterbacks decides if he will return for another season.
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The winner of last year's Daytona 500 is becoming the champion for Virginia's state parks.
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Governor Mark Warner says that South Boston native Ward Burton will serve as spokesperson for the Commonwealth's award-winning park system.
Burton, who is also an avid outdoorsman, say he is proud to do what he can to protect Virginia's natural resources, especially during tight fiscal times.
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((WARD BURTON/NASCAR DRIVER AND STATE PARK SPOKESMAN:THERE'S ONE THING THAT ALWAYS STAYS THE SAME IN VIRGINIA AND THAT'S VIRGINIA'S PRISTINE OUTDOORS. WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE ACCESS THAT WE DO AS VIRGINIANS TO OUR BEAUTIFUL STATE PARKS.))
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The spots featuring Burton will begin airing February first.
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The NBDL likes to bill itself as tomorrow's stars today.
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For the most part that hasn't been the case.
But the Dazzle has now sent its first player in Franchise history to the NBA. Mikki (MIKEY) Moore is a member of the Boston Celtics.
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Moore left for Boston Sunday, and cleared his physical yesterday afternoon.
The Dazzle forward and center has signed a 10 day contract with the Celtics.
In 19 games with the Dazzle this season, he was a starter and averaged 15 points.
He was also the NBDL leader in blocks per game with 2.1.
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The Dazzle plays at Asheville tonight.

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Forget the retirement party for Packers' quarterback Brett Favre. Yesterday afternoon the 33-year-old, 12 year veteran said he has no intentions of leaving the game he loves - just yet.
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As if the New York Giants didn't feel bad enough about how their season ended Sunday against the Niners - yesterday afternoon the NFL admitted that the refs should have called interference on the final play of the game. The Giants player was an ineligible receiver downfield, but pass-interference should have been called against San Francisco, as well. The League says they would have offset each other, and given the Giants another chance to kick for the win. Jim Fassel had this to say yesterday.
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