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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

A city school board member quits. We'll hear from her and the superintendent.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And see how the Governor's tax reform plan plays in southeast Roanoke.
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In sports, the Hokies talk about the Cavaliers and holding on to the commonwealth cup, the Peach and Tangerine Bowls sent out invitations,
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[VO-NAT]


and former Roanoke Catholic star J.R Reynolds has versatility and that is helping him at UVa
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[WX-Head]
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After a cold start Wednesday, temperatures will be on the upswing and so will the chances for rain late on Thanksgiving Day. Details ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=I just feel like.]

((16:21:09 I JUST FELT LIKE I HAD ENOUGH, YOU KNOW? I HAD ENOUGH. :13))
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[OUT Q=I had enough.]
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[VO-NAT]
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A Roanoke School Board member steps down.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


While the school superintendent meets with educators to talk about a controversial investigation of a teacher.


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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Payne]
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Roanoke City School Board member Melinda Payne says she and the rest of the school board just didn't see eye to eye.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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She turned in her resignation to City Council today.
Payne has served on the board for more than 8 years and says she's proud of the work it's done ... up until the last few years.
She says she's been troubled by the school system's failures on financial audits and other recent controversies.
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[IN Q=I think I'm tired]

((MELINDA PAYNE: I THINK I'M TIRED OF HITTING MY HEAD ON THE WALL WHEN IT HURTS. IT'S TIME FOR ME TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. TO DO SOMETHING WHERE I'M MAKING A DIFFERENCE. I GOT TO THE POINT WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD WHERE I DIDN'T FEEL MY COMMENTS WERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.))
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[OUT Q=making a difference.]
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Payne will continue serving through the end of December.
That leaves City Council the task of appointing her replacement.
She says Alice Hincker, an outspoken critic of the school administration, would make a good replacement.
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Today's announcement was a hot topic today at a meeting between teachers and administrators.
Some say they are surprised by Payne's resignation, others are not.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Justin /Microwave;]


Justin McLeod is at William Fleming High School with reaction and more on this afternoon's meeting. Justin?
Keith, this was a regularly scheduled employee meeting.
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[SUPER=@justin1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


The original purpose was for teachers to be able to ask questions about the investigation of Ron Mayfield.
He is the Roanoke teacher who committed suicide after being accused of hitting a student.
But also on everyone's mind was Melinda Payne's resignation.
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[SUPER=01-Gloria Manns/Roanoke School Board Chairwoman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Anita Price/Roanoke Education Assoc. President; :12]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent; :22]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :32]
[SUPER=01-Mary Page Gwaltney/Roanoke Teacher; :45]
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[OUT Q=for these children.]
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[Warner]

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On the day after Mark Warner outlined his tax reform plan, the governor said he's not ready to talk compromise.
But today in Roanoke, Warner said he WILL keep an open mind as lawmakers offer their own alternatives. [***TAX REFORM IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /BAM;]


Warner visited the area today, as he tried to build public support for his tax plan, and Joe Dashiell was there.

Shannon, the governor remains hopeful
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@joe1;]

that public support will help to bring along reluctant lawmakers.
And so today he made stops in Roanoke, Falls Church and Virginia Beach to pitch the plan.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :05]
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[OUT Q=in the absolute best interest of Virginia.]

(( [OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF GOVERNOR]
Standing in front of a Roanoke city fire truck, and facing a friendly audience in the southeast Roanoke station, Warner outlined a plan that he claims will strengthen the state's finances while it reduces taxes for a majority of Virginians.
Warner said he has tried to find middle ground, identifying enough new revenues to make a difference, without placing an undue burden on taxpayers.
[SOT 01:38:52]
[IN Q=I've been getting whacked]

((I'VE BEEN GETTING WHACKED BY BOTH ENDS OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. AND IF THAT'S WHERE I END UP, THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE MOST VIRGINIANS ARE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE.))
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[OUT Q=somewhere in the middle.]


The governor outlined a complex plan that would increase the state sales tax, but reduce the tax on groceries.

The proposal calls for a ten-fold increase in the cigarette tax, but would give most Virginians a break on the state income tax.
And while he will keep an open mind on counter proposals, Warner says he will advocate for the complete package.
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[IN Q=what we needed was a plan]

((WHAT WE NEEDED WAS A PLAN AROUND WHICH PEOPLE CAN MOVE FORWARD ON. I THINK THIS IS A GOOD PLAN. I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THIS IS IN THE ABSOLUTE BEST INTEREST OF VIRGINIA.))
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[OUT Q=the absolute best interest of Virginia.]))
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While senate leaders appear to be open to the prospect of some tax hikes, leaders in the House of Delegates say they intend to hold the line against any increases.
The governor will face a fight when lawmakers take up his tax proposals in January.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /BAM;]


But Keith and Shannon, he says the issue may well be decided between now and then, as he tries to win support across the commonwealth.

[Tax-reform]


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While Warner was promoting his tax reform plan in Roanoke, state lawmakers were debating its merits in Richmond.
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The bipartisan Tax Reform Commission met today and got a close look at the plan.
Republicans on the panel say they favor some of the components of Warner's tax package.
But some questioned the governor's claim that 65 percent of Virginians will save money under the plan.
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((DELEGATE LEO WARDRUP/R-VA BEACH: THEY DID SOME RATHER ESOTERIC MODELING IN ORDER TO COME UP WITH A SAMPLING OF WHO WO

ULD BE AFFECTED. TO ME THAT SOUNDS A LITTLE BIT OFF THE WALL.))
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[OUT Q=SOUNDS A LITTLE BIT OFF THE WALL.]
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The Tax Reform Commission hopes to submit its own tax restructuring package.
But the panel adjourned today without reaching a consensus.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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Thinking about buying a live Christmas tree?
Still ahead on News 7, new rules mean some people don't have a choice.
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[VO-NAT]
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Plus two fires... two families homeless... just two days before Thanksgiving. Still, these folks say they have something to be thankful for.
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[Pulaski-Fires]
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Two families are homeless after two fires in Pulaski County overnight.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa has their story.
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[SUPER=01-Jon Painter/Family Member;:55]
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((**NATS- 8:02:13:00 THE WASHER AND DRYER WAS RIGHT THERE IN THE BATHROOM AND THE FIRE STARTED INFRONT OF THAT DOOR
It started around 10:00 at night and quickly spread through the entire house. Regina Landreth and her 3-year old daughter MacKenzie had just enough time to grab the cat and get out.

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((REGINA LANDRETH: WE KNOW GOD WAS WATCHING OUT FOR US AND HE TOOK CARE OF US AND OUR PICTURES AND ALL. WE'RE GRATEFUL AND WHERE THANKFUL FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR COMING AND HELPING US SO QUICKLY)) [RUNS:12]
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Family pictures are all that's left... Her home along Black Hollow Road in Dublin a total loss.

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[IN Q=Our 3 year old]

((REGINA LANDRETH: OUR 3 YEAR OLD KEPT SAYING ALL NIGHT, DON'T CRY IT'S JUST STUFF. SO WE'RE GONNA GO WITH THAT ATTITUDE AND START OVER. THAT'S ALL YOU CAN DO NOW)) [RUNS:09]
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Hours a later a second fire broke out in Draper. 66-year old Patsy Spencer was sleeping in her bed, when this smoke detector saved her life.

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[IN Q= Just recently]

((JON PAINTER: JUST RECENTLY WITHIN THE LAST 2 OR 3 WEEKS. MY WIFE WITH HER MOTHER DECIDED TO CHANGE ALL THE BATTERIES IN ALL THE SMOKE DETECTORS AND WERE IT NOT FOR THAT FACT SHE MIGHT NOT BE WITH US TODAY)) [RUNS:13]
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((RACHEL DEPOMPA: THE DRAPER FIRE'S BEEN SMOLDERING MOST OF THE DAY. FIREFIGHTERS SAY IT WAS CONTAINED TO THIS BACK DEN AREA, BUT THE FLAMES WERE VERY INTENSE.)) [RUNS:08]
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Both Pulaski families have lost nearly everything, but they share more than devastating fires in common.

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((REGINA LANDRETH: IT'S HARD, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR)) [RUNS:04]
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((JON PAINTER: IT'S A DIFFICULT TIME OF YEAR, BUT THIS THANKSGIVING SHE HAS SOMETHING TO BE INCREDIBLY THANKFUL FOR, SHE GOT OUT WITH HER LIFE.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=her life.]


Firefighters believe the Draper fire was electrical and the Dublin fire may have been started by a dryer. Rachel DePompa, News 7, Pulaski. ))

[Xmas-Trees]


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It looks like "real" Christmas trees will be getting the ax this holiday season in some places.
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Under new state fire codes, live-cut trees are now prohibited in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and penal institutions. The new code also prohibits live-cut trees in buildings that do NOT have an approved fire sprinkler system, which officials say would include a lot of older apartment buildings and hotels.
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[IN Q=the one]

((MARLAN MORRIS/ROANOKE FIRE MARSHAL: THE ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLINGS ARE NOT INCLUDED SO FOLKS IN THOSE SITUATIONS AREN'T RESTRICTED AT ALL.))
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Officials say they hope to the new code will reduce the number of fires during the holiday season. Reports show there are about 15-million dollars worth of damage each year because of Christmas tree fires. Anyone who breaks the code could face a fine of up to 25-hundred dollars.
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[Stocks]


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Stocks finished the day little changed despite a pair of strong economic reports. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose 16 points.
NASDAQ lost four.
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[Keister-Morris]

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The state Board of Elections has officially certified Benny Keister as the winner for the House of Delegates 6th District, but it was a close one. The margin is just 49 votes, so close that Republican challenger Morgan Morris is entitled under state law to seek a recount.
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Plans for a bigger courthouse and better athletic fields are moving forward in Montgomery County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


The board of supervisors has approved phase one of a 20-million dollar bond package. The debt will be stretched over 20-years.
Nearly 16-million will go towards expanding and renovating the courthouse. Officials say it's overcrowded and needs more security.
Around four-million dollars will be used to help fix up the county's four high school athletic facilities.
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Words from former Roanoke Catholic star J.R. Reynolds about playing hoops at UVa, the Peach and Tangerine bowls extend invitations
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[VO-NAT]


and the Hokies are preparing for the Cavaliers see if they can hold on to the Commonwealth Cup for another year.
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[S-Hokies]

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Saturday's meeting between Tech and Virginia is once again for state bragging rights. But for the Hokies, the real task is getting their house back in order. Mike Stevens explains.
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[S-UVA]

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While the Hokies gave up 34 points against BC, Tech's defense is still considered one of the most talented and relentless unit's in college football.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


UVa's offense showed signs of balance in a win over Georgia Tech, with an effective passing and running game, which will be key against the Hokies D.
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[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/UVa Senior Quarterback; :00]
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[OUT Q=..eat up some clock"]
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[S-Bowls]

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Both Tech and UVa will most likely wait out the weekend before receiving a bowl invitation.
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A trip to the Charlotte Tire Bowl is a possibility for both the Hokies and the Cavaliers. Tire Bowl officials said today that no invites will be made until November 30th. If UVa goes to the Tire, whcih takes the fifth place teams in both the ACC and Big East, Tech could go to the Insight Bowl. If Tech goes to the Tire Bowl, UVa could go to the Humanitarian Bowl.
[SUPER=03-Clemson, SC; :00]


The Peach Bowl has picked 8 and 4 Clemson over North Carolina State as the ACC representative for the January second game in Atlanta.
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC;]

North Carolina State has received an invite to the Tangerine Bowl December 22nd.
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[S-Hoops]

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The Virginia Men's basketball team is back in action this Friday at U-Hall against the Hokies at 8 PM.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


Former Roanoke Catholic star J.R. Reynolds scored seven points and had four assists in the Wahoos season opening win over Mount St. Mary's. So far, Gillen likes what he sees in his freshman.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Basketball Coach; :03]
[SUPER=01-J.R. Reynolds/UVa Freshman Guard; :18]
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[OUT Q=......play that position"]

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