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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Another vote and another day away from a primary seat belt law in Virginia.
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If you think gasoline prices are high, imagine what it would be like if you had a FLEET of vehicles to fill.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 Sports - qualifying results from Daytona - Roanoke gets ready to battle Hampden-Sydney tonight.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus - you know spring can't be too far away - the Salem Avalanche welcomed its new manager to town today.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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A windy night ahead with occasional snow flurries. It's a chilly forecast. Details ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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((KRISTIE HALE/GAS CUSTOMER; IT'S HORRIBLE, MY MONEY IS GOING IN THIS CAR AND I DRIVE AROUND ALL DAY WORKING AND IT'S HORRIBLE. ))
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[VO-NAT]

Supply and demand hit home as gas prices continue to go up. But local drivers aren't the only ones learning to cope.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=News 7 @ 6]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Shannon is off tonight.

[Gas-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Prices have jumped nearly eleven cents per gallon over the past two weeks according to industry analysts.
Nationwide, the average, including all grades and taxes was about 1.63 per gallon. So what kind of affect are the prices having in our area?
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Business Reporter Rachel Cannon joins us with more on that, Rachel.
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[SUPER=05-Roanoke]

Keith, in our region the lowest price for gas is about 1.41 and it goes as high as 1.63. Experts say the rising prices at the pump are following hikes for crude oil and home heating oil. They say prices should keep steady at this point, but even now, it's a challenge for many.
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[SUPER=01-Danny Carroll/Roanoke Co. Schools Vehicle Maint. Coord.; : QUICK!!]
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((NATS 00:29:36 'BUS GUY PULLING OFF NOZZLE" If you think filling your tank costly, try this on for size. Roanoke County Schools has to keep a fleet of 187 vehicles from running on empty.
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((DANNY CARROLL/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOLS VEHICLE MAINT. COORD.; IT'S GOING TO IMPACT OUR BUDGET PRETTY HEAVILY THIS YEAR. ))

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Carroll says he has seen a jump of about 14-cents per gallon. The school system buys fuel straight from vendors and doesn't pay federal and state taxes. Still, prices are fluctuating due to supply and the possibility of war with Iraq. The lesson for them, conservation counts.
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((WE'RE REDUCING OUR WARM UP TIME THAT THE BUSES ARE THERE AND WARMING UP BEFORE THEIR ROUTES WE'RE REDUCING IDLE TIME IN BETWEEN RUNS AT SCHOOLS AND THINGS LIKE THAT SO THOSE LITTLE THINGS DO ADD UP. ))
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On a smaller scale, consumers like Kristie Hale are doing what they can to lessen the burden. She only spends about ten bucks at the pump each visit and now goes for a lower grade.
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((KRISTIE HALE/GAS CUSTOMER; I USUALLY GET 89 BUT SO I'LL CUT BACK AND USE THE 87 JUST TO GET MORE IN AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL LAST A LITTLE BIT LONGER.))
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00:25:45 "THE FUEL TANK IS ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE." Working with a specific amount for fuel, Carroll already knows the rising costs will put the school system in a budget deficit. He says the busses will guzzle up to 250-thousand gallons of gas this school year.
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((WE WILL BE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL BOARD I'M SURE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND ASKING FOR AN ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION IN THAT CATEGORY. ))
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Another possibility according to Carroll is that school field trips could be scrutinized more closely if gas prices continue to rise significantly.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Rachel /Microwave;]

Keith.

[Franklin-DMV]


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Rocky Mount motorists don't have to wait anymore to get some basic D-M-V services.
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A temporary office is now open on Route 40, south of town.
It does just about anything the D-M-V does EXCEPT issue licenses.
Meanwhile, the Rocky Mount D-M-V office sits empty.
The D-M-V is still looking for a place for its Driver's License Travel Team, which got booted from the Armory because the National Guard needed it.
Officials say that even though they're paying rent on the vacant D-M-V building, it's not ready to serve customers until it reopens on March 20th.
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[XGR-Seatbelts]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Governor declared it dead last month...
But supporters of a tougher seat belt law say it is still alive and only one hurdle away from a critical vote in the House of Delegates.
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The House Transportation Committee is expected to vote tomorrow on legislation to allow police to pull over and ticket drivers who fail to buckle up.
Current law allows police to write a seat belt citation only if the motorist is stopped for something else.
Proponents say drivers who don't buckle up cost the state lives AND money.
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((DELEGATE JOE MAY/R-LEESBURG: IN ADDITION TO THE TRAGIC LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE, WE ARE ALL HIT IN THE POCKETBOOK. IT FORCES US ALL TO FACE HIGHER MEDICAL AND AUTO INSURANCE PREMIUMS, WORKERS COMPENSATION AND LOST WORK PRODUCTIVITY.)) ((HOUSE TRANSPORTATION CHAIRMAN JACK ROLLISON: WE CAN EXPAND THE EDUCATION AND INFORMATION AND ALLOW THAT TO BE A WAY TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF SEAT BELTS MORE AND MORE BUT NOT THROUGH THE DRACONIAN METHODS THAT ARE BEING SUGGESTED IN THIS BILL.))
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[SUPER=01-Del. Jack Rollison/(R) House Trans. Committee Chair.; :12]
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The House killed the primary seat belt law earlier in the session.
Committee members say they expect the same result tomorrow.
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[Bryant]


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A local lawmaker is in a Richmond hospital with a life-threatening condition.
Lynchburg Delegate Preston Bryant is recovering from a blood clot found on his lung.
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Bryant, seen here on Thursday, was taken to M-C-V hospital a few hours later by Capitol police after he experienced sharp pains on his right side and had trouble breathing.
The 38-year-old Republican may be released tomorrow.
But the illness could prevent him from casting any more votes this session.
A member of Bryant's staff says the legislator is in good spirits today and doing much better.
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[Missing-Child]


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It's now been more than a month since a five-year-old boy disappeared from his Grayson County home.
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Logan Nathaniel Bowman has been missing since January eighth.
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But, his mother Cynthia Davis didn't REPORT him missing until the 26th, the same day she brought domestic assault charges against her live-in boyfriend Dennis Schemerhorn (Skim-er-horn). Both are now facing child endangerment charges. They appeared in court today for a preliminary hearing, but it was continued to March Third. In the meantime, authorities say they continue to follow leads, although the chances of finding Logan alive are becoming slimmer everyday.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A former industrial site in Central Virginia may get new life.
Find out what's in store when News 7 at Six returns.
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Plus, Roanoke's former passenger rail station is looking more like its old self, as it prepares for new life as a museum.
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[Dale-Davis]


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Saddam Hussein is giving in to one more demand from U-N inspectors, but the U-S isn't interested.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


Baghdad has now agreed to allow U-2 surveillance planes to assist in the hunt for weapons of mass destruction and Iraq promises more cooperation.
The U-N's nuclear watchdog is calling on the international community to take notice of Iraq's apparent change of heart and not rush to war.
But the White House says this latest move does nothing to promote the goal of disarmament.
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[2-SHOT] We're joined by Lieutenant Colonel Dale Davis, retired Marine Corps Officer, Director of International programs at Virginia Military Institute an expert on the Middle East.

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[Stocks]


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Today's bit of positive news from Iraq gave investors the courage to get back into the stocks market. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose 56 points.
NASDAQ gained 14.
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[Allen-Morrison]


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The city of Lynchburg is on the verge of acquiring a large piece of industrial property.. but with hopes of turning it into a recreational area.
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The Allen-Morrison sign company went bankrupt six years ago, and its owners still owe Lynchburg more than 200-thousand dollars in back taxes.
City council is expected to condemn the 17-acre property tomorrow so the city can take it over.
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((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: AND SO WE THINK THAT PUBLIC OWNERSHIP IS THE APPROPRIATE WAY FOR US TO ACCOMPLISH SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH OUT THERE AT THE CITY STADIUM AND ALSO ALLOW US TO GET ON THE PROPERTY TO SECURE IT, CLEAN IT UP AND MAKE IT SAFE AND ULTIMATELY MAKE IT MORE PRODUCTIVE.))
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Parking, athletic fields and a recreational facility are just some of the uses being discussed for the property.


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[RSO-Lawsuit]


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The judge in the case of a French Horn player suing the Roanoke Symphony doesn't have enough information to determine whether Symphony Director David Wiley properly dismissed Carolyn Clark.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]

Clark's contract with the Symphony isn't clear, says to the judge. Conductor David Wiley gave Clark a series of deadlines to improve her performance before firing her. "The Court cannot determine the reasonableness of Wiley's deadlines," Judge Bill Broadhurst wrote, pointing out there aren't enough facts on the record in this case to say whether "a deadline of five months or five days was reasonable."

The case has been set for a jury trial in June.
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[Link-Museum]


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The effort to reclaim another piece of Roanoke's rail history is no longer just a concept.
Joe Dashiell reports a project that was years in the making, is now just months from completion.
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The dust is flying at the old N&W Passenger Station, as workers press forward with major renovations, and prepare the space for the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the O. Winston Link Museum.
Originally built in 1905, the station was redesigned by Raymond Loewy in the late 40s, and his vision is coming to the surface once again.
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((KENT CHRISMAN/HISTORY MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE'RE DELIGHTED WITH THE SPACE WE'RE IN RIGHT HERE IN THE LOBBY. I THINK IT'S EXCITING TO SEE THE REALLY SOARING CEILINGS THAT YOU HAVE AND THE CURVED WALLS AS LOEWY INTENDED THEM IN 1947 WHEN HE DESIGNED THE STRUCTURE.))
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When the work is complete, the lobby will look much as it did 50 years ago. So will the concourse that once lead to waiting trains, and even one set of public restrooms on the main floor.
Downstairs, brick walls are making way for the galleries that will highlight the Winston Link photographs.
Like the Hotel Roanoke and the Higher Education Center, officials predict the project will be a source of pride for residents of the Roanoke Valley.
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((JOHN BRADSHAW/HISTORY MUSEUM PRESIDENT: AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THIS FACILITY WILL EQUAL THOSE TWO WHEN WE GET IT THROUGH, AND WE'RE JUST EXCITED ABOUT THAT ASPECT OF IT. ))
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While Center in the Square has raised most of the money needed for building renovations, the History Museum is still seeking financial support to pay for exhibits and other expenses.
But officials are making progress in their efforts to acquire original Link images, and preserve his sound recordings. If all goes according to plan, they could be open to the public by the end of the year.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[Sports Tease]


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Tonight on News 7 sports - player of the week props for Travis and Ieva, plus qualifying finally gets underway at Daytona.
We'll meet the new manager of the Avalanche -
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Plus - the game ODAC fans have been waiting for all season long is set for tonight at the Bast Center as Roanoke hosts unbeaten Hampden-Sydney.
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[S-Daytona]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Loy Allen, Mike Skinner and Jimmie Johnson were relative unknown surprises when they came out of nowhere to win the Daytona 500 pole in years past. Today - another surprise "Bud Pole Winner" as Jeff Green takes the top spot in rain delayed qualifying. Travis Wells has more on today's time trials from Daytona.
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Ricky Rudd - in his first try for the Wood Brothers was a solid fifth and he will start third in the first Twin on Thursday. Tony Stewart dropped a valve and didn't even finish his lap.

[S-ODAC]


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Hampden-Sydney is 21 and OH and ranked number two in the nation in Division III. The Tigers battle ODAC rival Roanoke tonight at seven at the Bast Center in Salem.
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The Tigers are running into a Roanoke team that has won nine of 11 and played an extremely tough schedule.
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[S-Watson]


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UVa is suddenly on a roll and the ACC is taking notice.
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[SUPER=03-College Park, MD/Thursday; :00]

This afternoon Travis Watson, the senior from Brookneal, was named the ACC's player of the week for his efforts in wins over nationally ranked Maryland and N.C. State. In the two wins - Watson shot 50 percent, scored 30 points, grabbed 24 rebounds, and 8 steals in the two victories. This is the second time this season Watson has won the honor. UVa plays at Carolina on Wednesday night.
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[S-Ieva]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Ieva (YEVA) Kublina was named the Big East conference's player of the week today.

[S-Salem]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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The Salem Avalanche is getting ready for what it hopes will be another big year.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/This Morning; :00]

the Avalanche welcomed its new manager to town and showed off its new colors for the upcoming season. Brick Red has replaced the purple, and John Massarelli, who has managed in the Midwest League and New York-Penn League will now lead the Avs. He says he's prepared to play a speed or a power game.
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[ANCHOR=mike]
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Opening night is Friday April 4th - the Avs first homestand of the year.