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Most of Virginia gives Governor Warner's tax plan a thumbs up.
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And Victory Stadium preps for Monday night football.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports the fans and parents in Bath County get a pat on their sore backs. VMI gets some Big South football recognition,
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and the University of Central Florida gives George O'Leary a second chance as he hired as the Golden Knights head football coach.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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Another day to get things melted off before some decent rains move in Wednesday. Full forecast details and our Monday WeatherSchool just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-shot]


News 7 is next.
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Are Virginians ready for tax increases?
A poll says they're embracing Governor Warner's refrom plan.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
Keith is off tonight.

[Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Governor Mark Warner received an early Christmas present today in the form of a poll.
The latest Mason Dixon poll shows that most Virginians support his tax reform package.
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Meghan Muldoon has more on what the numbers means for the Governor.
He has made tax reform the centerpiece of his term in office
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
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While his plan reduces some taxes, it is an overall tax raiser.
So for the governor to get numbers like off the bat, is very encouraging news for him.
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(( When Governor Warner announced his long awaited tax reform plan last month, many Republicans attacked the proposal for raising taxes and indicated voters would never go for it.
Yet, a Mason Dixon poll conducted last week reveals that 56 percent of Virginians say they support the plan.
Warner's tax reform plan garnered a majority of support in every region of the state, except one.
Almost half of the voters polled in Lynchburg and southside Virginia say they don't like the plan and that doesn't surprise Republican Delegate Morgan Griffith.
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((02:55 AND WHEN YOU';RE LOOKING AT AN AREA THAT'S ECONOMICALLY DEPRESSED, DO THEY REALLY WANT TO PAY ONE PERCETN MORE FOR CLOTHES, DO THEY REALLY WANT TO PAY ONE PERCENT MORE FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES. DO THEY REALLY WANT TO PAY ONE PERCENT MORE FOR VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING BUT FOOD THAT THEY'RE HAVING TO BUY. 03:07)) [RUNS:12]
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[cover with slide 3]As for the individual components, 83 percent of the statewide respondents say they favor reducing the sales tax on groceries.
[cover with slide 4]Yet only 38 percent support a higher tax bracket for wealthier Virginians.
Still those polled backed most of Warner's proposals, even the one penny increase in the sales tax, which is a major revenue raiser.
Republicans say it is just a matter of time before voters change their minds.
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((04:09 I THINK AS WE HAVE THE TIME TO DEBATE THIS OVE RTHE NEXT THIRTY DAYS OR SO I THINK PEOPLE WOILL GET ANOTHER FEEL FOR IT, BUT AS I HAVE SADI BEFORE I WISH THE GOVERNOR HAD COME UP WITH THIS PLAN EAR;IER, SO WE COULD HAVE HAD TRUE ;UBLIC DEBATE AND TRUE DIALOGUE ON IT SO THE POEPLE OF VRIGINA WOULD HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE WE'RE GOING.04;23 )) [RUNS:14]
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[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
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I must point out that this poll did exclude one major component of Warner's tax plan.
Respondents were not asked or aware of the change in the age deduction
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I talked to the people at Mason Dixon, they acknowledged it was a mistake and they were not aware of it.

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The game is finally underway.
The matchup between William Fleming and Magna Vista was postponed twice because of last week's snow.
The snow is gone now, but the criticism is not.
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Justin McLeod is at Victory Stadium with the story tonight.
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((ROLLCUE:...the city could have done a better job.))
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A single car accident in Franklin County killed a Gretna man.
State Police say 88- year- old Herbert Edward Tuck was driving north on US 220 around 6:30 this morning.
The accident happened just north of State Route 775, when his car left the right side of the road.
The vehicle struck a sign, went through a chain link fence, became airborne, hit a parked car, and overturned several times.
Tuck was ejected from the car. Police say he was not wearing a seatbelt.

[Coles]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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A Rocky Mount girl run over during Christmas festivities yesterday says the accident won't rain on her parade.


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Six-year-old Makayla Coles was riding on a float in the Retail Merchants Christmas parade, when one of the wheels pulled her to the ground and ran over her legs. She was taken to Roanoke Community hospital where she is now recovering from some muscle damage to her leg. Makayla's mother says she's just glad the accident wasn't worse.
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((MARGARET COLES/MAKAYLA'S MOTHER: SHE HAD TO HAVE HAD A GUARDIAN ANGEL, I MEAN THERE'S JUST NO OTHER WAY OF PUTTING IT. I MEAN WE WE'RE SO GRATEFUL THAT SHE'S WITH US, AND YOU KNOW WE THANK ALL THE SUPPORT WE'VE GOTTEN FROM FRIENDS, FAMILY AND ANYBODY, YOU KNOW, SO WE'RE GLAD SHE'S WITH US.))
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Makayla's father, a firefighter, was traveling in a float behind his daughter when the accident happened. Her mom says in spite of everything, Makayla has not let the ordeal ruin her hopes of participating in future parades.

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A landmark Roanoke mansion is no more.
The demolition of Guildhall when News 7 returns.
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Plus a rise in drunk driving deaths has area police working harder to make this holiday season a sober one.
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[1st-Wx]
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The holiday season is traditionally one of the deadliest times of year on Virginia roadways. And now there's evidence alcohol-related crashes are on the rise in the Commonwealth. New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa has a look at the numbers -- and how local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for a crackdown.
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((This is a common site during the holidays, and not just at the bars. Private parties often have beer and liquor. Local law enforcement's just hoping it doesn't spill out onto the roads.
NATS- CARS GOING BY

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((DEPUTY SEAN RAYNE: IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING, YOU JUST KEEP GETTING DUI'S I'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 6 YEARS NOW, THEY JUST KEEP ON, IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THE NUMBERS EVER GET DOWN. THEY JUST KEEP GETTING THE SAME AMOUNT OF DUI'S EACH YEAR)) [RUNS:13]
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[START PRE-PRO HERE] Alcohol-related crashes and deaths are actually on the rise in Virginia. Last year more than 350-people died in drunk driving accidents. That's a one percent increase from the previous year.[END PRE-PRO HERE] And it's why you're about to see more deputies like Sean Raynes on the road. Like most agencies in the region, Montgomery County is stepping up patrols and holding random checkpoints.

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((MASTER DEPUTY JIMMY BOWYER: IT'S A STATEWIDE EFFORT, WE WORK WITH OTHER AGENCIES IN THE AREA TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH PATROL OUT THERE TO CATCH THE PEOPLE THAT DECIDE TO MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE AND DRIVE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE.)) [RUNS:13]
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((RACHEL DEPOMPA: AND TAKING THESE CRUISERS OUT ON THOSE EXTRA PATROLS ISN'T GOING TO COST TAXPAYERS ANY THING. THEY HAVE A GRANT TO PAY FOR THE OVERTIME.)) [RUNS:07]
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NATS- 40:09:10:00 PUTTING ALCOHOL AWAY
Police aren't asking you not have alcohol at your holiday parties, They're asking you not to drive after drinking it.



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((DEPUTY SEAN RAYNES: GET SOMEONE TO BE A DD. DESIGNATED DRIVER. OR IF YOU'RE GOING OUT WITH A BUDDY OR A FRIEND. IT DOESN'T TAKE THAT MUCH TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT'S SOBER TO DRIVE HOME.)) [RUNS:10]
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The extra patrols are underway and will last through January 2nd. NATS POLICE DOOR 4:38:36:00
Rachel DePompa, News 7, in Montogomery County.))


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Stocks finished the day higher. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW jumped 103 points.
NASDAQ gained 11.
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[Smart-Bed]


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Carilion is dreaming of a day when a bed will provide information along with a place to sleep.
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The Biomedical Institute and Virginia Tech today unveiled the "Integrated Smart Bed." Fiber optic technology is placed between the mattress and box spring. Right now, the equipment only senses movement and wirelessly transmits data.
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((KENITH MEISSNER/VA TECH APPLIED BIOSCIENCES CENTER: BUT WE COULD BE CAPTURING OTHER TYPES OF SIGNALS... MOISTURE OR WEIGHT, ANY ONE OF A RANGE OF SENSORS.))
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[VO NAT :06] CBI and Tech are now working with local companies to develop a prototype to be used in nursing homes.
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((ANDY MUELENAER/CARILION BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE: IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME THAT WE'RE NOT JUST DOING THIS FOR A COMMERCIAL PRODUCT. I WANT TO SEE IMPROVED PATIENT CARE.))
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The Smart Bed is being tested at the Carilion Sleep Center. The Institute says keeping tabs on patients' movements will help prevent falls and bedsores. A prototype for commercial sale is expected within a year.
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[Guildhall]


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Roanoke's historic Guildhall is a memory.
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The historic mansion on Cove Road was recently demolished and is now no more than a pile of rubble.
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Guildhall, also known as the Moomaw House, was built in 1882 by Reverend D-C Moomaw. The house had stood empty for years despite local interest in renovation. Even the pastor of the Garden of Prayer Church, which owns the lot, says he would have liked to have been able to restore the manse. In its place the church will build sanctuary and gymnasium.
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - VMI makes waves on the all-Big South football team. Matthews gets all Big East props,
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And we'll salute the folks in Bath County who not only took care of their field, but more importantly took care of their kids.
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[S-Bath]


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The much delayed Fleming - Magna Vista division four state semi-final is finally underway at this hour at Victory Stadium. Of the 16 games statewide that were scheduled for this past weekend, Roanoke was the only venue west of Charlottesville that didn't get its facility ready for its athletes to play on either Saturday or Sunday. It's simply embarrassing. Especially when you consider that places like Naruna and Hot Springs got their fields in cleared in time to play as scheduled on Saturday. And Roanoke has more citizens in some of its neighborhoods than those people have in their entire towns.
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The University of Central Florida has a new head football coach tonight. No big deal except that it's George O'Leary. He's the man who two years ago was forced to resign as head coach of Notre Dame before he even coached a game because he falsified his resume.
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His deal is reportedly worth $700 thousand a season.

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The VMI football team has placed 10 players on the all Big South football team that was announced tonight. The Keydets put six guys on the first team
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including linebacker Derik Screen from Lynchburg. The former Heritage high school star led the Big South in tackles with 144. He also finished 9th in the entire nation in tackles. Former Patrick Henry star Adam Peters earned second team honors as a punter. He averaged 41 yards a kick for the season.
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The organizers of the Holiday Hoopla basketball tournament held a news conference
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today at Noon to unveil plans for this year's event. The three day tournament takes place December 26th, 27th and 29th at the Salem Civic Center. It provides players and fans a way to keep hooping over the Holidays.
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[ANCHOR=mike]
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Cave Spring, Hidden Valley, Patrick Henry, Roanoke Catholic, Salem and Fleming, Gar-Field and Osbourn make up the field. Member one federal credit union sponsors the event.

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Virginia Tech's Bryant Matthews has been named the Big East conference's co-player of the week. In three games last week he averaged -
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30 points and 10 rebounds a contest. Twice he posted career highs with 35 and 37 points. He is currently second in the Big East in scoring. The 3-and-3 Hokies host VMI on Wednesday night at the Cassell at 7pm.
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Some South Korean teachers got a lesson on how America does things, right here in Roanoke.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

A group of 18-middle school and high school teachers from Seoul, South Korea visited Fishburn Park Elementary this morning, to learn about the school's gifted education program. Last year, the South Korean government required all provinces to implement a gifted education program in their schools. Now, the teachers are visiting a number of schools across the Commonwealth as part of their training.
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((SHIRLEY WHORLEY/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: AND WHAT WE'RE FINDING IS EDUCATION IS THE SAME EVERYWHERE! AND WE'RE HERE TO OFFER THE BEST THAT WE CAN, TO SHARE WHAT WE HAVE.))
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Tomorrow the group will visit the Roanoke Valley Governor's school before heading to Chesapeake to visit schools there. (------------)