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A Lynchburg woman is recovering from a gun shot wound this morning. Police say someone fired a shot outside her home on 10th Street last night. The bullet entered the home and struck the woman who was standing in her bedroom. Her four year old daughter was in the same room watching T-V, but she was not injured.
The victim was taken to the hospital for observation. She's expected to be released later today. Authorities say there were two additional reports of shots being fired within a 5 to 10 block radius of the victim's home, but no one else was injured.
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[TAKE FS Crimestoppers 4366] If have any information, you're encouraged to call Central Virginia Crimestoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

(+++++++++++)[7-6-Tax-reform]



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Tax reform is set to be a major issue in the 2004 General Assembly session.
But it's a topic that's already being discussed by Republicans and Governor Mark Warner.
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One of Warner's campaign promises was to restructure Virginia's tax code.
The governor says he's working on a tax reform plan but won't release the details until after the November elections.
Republicans say that's too late.
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((BILL HOWELL/HOUSE SPEAKER: IT'S A SITUATION WHERE THE GOVERNOR HAS TO LEAD AND A GOVERNOR HAS TO EXPEND HIS POLITICAL CAPITAL TO MAKE IT WORK AND I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE TIME TO DO THAT BETWEEN DECEMBER AND JANUARY.)) ((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: ANY PLAN THAT WE LAY OUT WILL HAVE MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TIME TO BE FULLY DISCUSSED BEFORE FINAL VOTES TAKE PLACE IN MARCH.))
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Some Republicans say they are concerned that the governor is delaying the release of his tax plan because it includes tax increases.
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[7-11Central-Elementary]


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Renovation work is almost complete at Rockbridge County's Central Elementary School.
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Administrators hail a design that has done away with modular trailers, and overhauled a large part of the existing 43 year old building all while school was in session.
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((HARRY STONE/CENTRAL ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL; ESSENTIALLY IT'S A BIG NEW SCHOOL WHERE EVEN THE OLD PART OF THE SCHOOL IS NEW, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE 20 YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN AN ADMINISTRATOR IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SCHOOLS, ALL THE PEOPLE I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR, LITTLE PEOPLE AND BIG PEOPLE ARE UNDER THE SAME ROOF, AND THAT'S KINDA NEAT.))
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The school was scheduled to be completed by now, but rain hampered exterior construction. When classes start next fall, the school is expected to be able to hold up to 100 additional students.
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[45-11Dan-River]


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Dan River Incorporated is closing two plants.
It's shutting down facilities in Greenville, South Carolina and Fort Valley, Georgia, but their loss could actually benefit Danville.
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Dan River blames the weak economy for the move.
630 people will lose their jobs but the company plans to transfer some production to Danville once demand increases.
The closures will save the textile company nearly nine million dollars a year.
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[45-11Affirmative-Action]


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Virginia Tech's affirmation action programs are still taking a lot of heat.
One opponent says he hasn't seen a school with more discriminatory programs.
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Two groups that oppose affirmative action say they have found more than 70 programs at Tech that illegally favor racial and ethnic minorities.
The programs include internships, scholarships, and mentoring opportunities.
The American Civil Rights Institute bases some of its information from the school's website.
A spokesperson from Virginia Tech says the groups are relying on old information.
Larry Hincker also points out information from web sites is sometimes wrong.
Back in March the school's board of visitors voted to eliminate affirmative action and other race-based programs.
That created a storm of protest on campus and a month later, the board reversed the decision.
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[45-11College-Grads]


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Recent college graduates are getting their first taste of how difficult the 'real world' can be.
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Ashley Mitchell and Christina Key are two local examples of a tough job market. Their both still looking for a position after graduating from Roanoke College. Career service officials say one of the biggest challenges for graduates is competing with other applicants with education and experience.
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((CHRISTINA KEY/ROANOKE COLLEGE GRADUATE; YOU HAVE DEVOTED SO MUCH OF YOUR LIFE AND TIME TO EDUCATION, AND THEN WHEN YOU GET OUT THERE IS NOT A WHOLE OT THERE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS AREA.)) ((ASHLEY MITCHELL/ROANOKE COLLEGE GRADUATE; IT IS HARD TO FIND A JOB LOCALLY AND BUT I'M OPEN TO FINDING A JOB ANYWHERE JUST BECAUSE IT IS SO COMPETITIVE IN THE JOB MARKET.))
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Christina is pursuing human resources while Ashley wants to work in graphic design. The career office says out of 350-Roanoke College graduates, about half have found work but that many of those positions are out of our area.
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[8-Power-Outage]


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A-E-P officials estimate around a thousand customers are without power this morning in Botetourt County after a dump truck hit an electrical pole, catching it on fire.
State police say it happened just before 7:30 this morning south of Mill Creek Church on Route 11.
There are no reports of injuries.
A-E-P says the power should be restored by 10:30.

[8-L'Burg-Shooting]


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A Lynchburg woman is shot while standing in her bedroom-- Police say someone fired a shot last night outside her home on 10th Street. The bullet entered the home and struck the woman. Her four year old daughter was in the SAME room watching T-V, but she was NOT injured.
The victim was taken to the hospital for observation, but she's expected to be released today. Authorities say there were two other reports of shots being fired within a 5 to 10 block radius of the victim's home, but no one else was injured.
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[TAKE FS Crimestoppers 4366] If you have any information, you're asked to call Central Virginia Crimestoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

(+++++++++++)[8-11Jamestown]



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Jamestown will soon celebrate a historic milestone, and the rest of the state is joining in, as well.
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In 20-07, the state will observe the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown with a two-year long series of events.
20 communities, including Lexington and Lynchburg, are already planning their own commemorative projects to coincide with the event.
Lexington plans to extend the Chessie walking trail, and Lynchburg hopes to start a "ghost walk."
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((JOHN KNAPP/MAYOR OF LEXINGTON: IT GAVE US A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY. WE'VE GOT SO MUCH TO SHOW OURSELVES, THE STATE THE NATION.)) ((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: BY EXPANDING IT BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE JAMESTOWN AREA AND INVOLVING COMMUNITIES ALL OVER VIRGINIA WE ARE GOING TO TRULY MAKE THIS A STATEWIDE COMMEMORATION.))
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Organizers say the goal is to involve every community.
They expect the quadri- centennial event to bring a flood of tourists and money to the state.
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[8-11Wood-Carver]


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A local man has turned his hobby into an occupation.
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Greg Desaulnier (Day-Saw-neeYay) started whittling miniatures as a child, but his latest project is an American Icon.

This 10-foot Statue of Liberty is one of two that he has carved out of pine logs. He estimates it will take him 150 hours to finish the statue which will eventually end up in a Roanoke couple's backyard.
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Lady Liberty carries a price tag of around 3-thousand dollars. You can see his work in progress at the Yankee Whittler workshop in Boones Mill. (------------)