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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

A proposal to fuel the state's fiscal recovery with a gas tax hike.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And local furniture makers hammer another nail into their case against China.
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Abe Naff is named the new athletic director at Ferrum. Current and former Redskins talks about his disciplined way of life that lies ahead at Redskins Park,
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and Roger Clemens signs a one year contract to pitch for the Houston Astros.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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From the big chill this weekend to the big wind today. The breeze stays up through tomorrow.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT 10:49:45]
[IN Q=OUR BACKS ARE AGAINST THE FINANCIAL WALLS]
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[OUT Q=WE HAVE NO CHOICE.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Another of the state's top elected officials calls for a major tax increase.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


This time, your gas tank is one of the target.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Chichester-Tax]
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It looks like open season on Virginia's tax code.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The governor is calling for higher taxes.
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Now the Senate's top budget writer is introducing a tax package that would generate even higher revenue.
Meghan Muldoon has more.
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[IN Q=THE FISCAL STRUCTURE IS OUT OF BALANCE]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael O'Connor/Petroleum, Convenience and Grocery Assoc.; :37]
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((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD COUNTY: THE FISCAL STRUCTURE IS OUT OF BALANCE THEN YOU LOOK TO A REMEDY. THE PEOPLE LOOK TO THE LEGISLATURE FOR A REMEDY. THIS IS A REMEDY.)) [RUNS:12]
To fix the state's budget, Senate Finance Chairman John Chichester is proposing to raise two-point-five BILLION dollars.
Like Warner, Chichester wants to increase the state's sales tax by a penny and jack up the price of cigarettes.
Both plans raise income taxes on the wealthiest Virginians.
But unlike the Governor, Chichester's plan includes a three cent hike at the pumps...a proposal that is already under attack.
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((MICHAEL O'CONNOR/VIRGINIA PETROLEUM, CONVENIENCE AND GROCERY ASSOCIATION: OUR TAXES ARE LOWER THAN EVERY BORDER STATE. THAT MEANS WHEN A TRACTOR TRAILER WITH A 330 GALLON, THEY ARE GOING TO STOP IN VIRGINIA WITHOUT EXCEPTION RATHER THAN IN NORTH CAROLINA. GOING TO LOSE ALL THOSE INCIDENTAL SALES PLUS ALL THAT GAS TAX.)) [RUNS:21]
Like Warner, Chichester is also proposing tax cuts.
His plan calls for an immediate phaseout of the car tax, a slashing of the food tax and the elimination of the estate tax.
The veteran lawmaker says it is time for Republicans to step up and govern.
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((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER: TO COME TO RICHMOND YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT AND TO CUT AND TO CUT IN THE MIDST OF A GROWING POPULATION. IT FALLS UPON US TO CHANGE IT THAT US BEING REPUBLICANS.)) [RUNS:18]
It will be clear if the rest of his party agrees when the legislature gets back to work later this week.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))

[Henry-School]


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School consolidation and dollar signs are again on the minds of many in Henry County. Thursday the board voted to suspend the current consolidation plan, and today it met to talk "dollars and cents." [***SCHOOL CONSOL. IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Susan/Newsroom;]

Susan Bahorich was at today's meeting. Susan, is the school board any closer to a decision? Shannon, the Henry County School Board is still in limbo.
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Today members received books, as well as itemized list of consolidation-related expenses.
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Last summer the board approved more than one-point-seven million dollars to close five-schools and combine several others. But according to newly released figures, renovations to two schools that would stay open will add another million dollars to the plan. . When you're talking about more than two-point-eight million dollars total- that makes some board members nervous.
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[IN Q= Would you be willing...]

((REPORTER: WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO SCRAP THIS PLAN EVEN IF IT MEANT FORSAKING THE MONEY THAT'S ALREADY BEEN OUT THERE ON THE TABLE? MARTIN: I CANNOT GIVE YOU A DEFINITIVE ANSWER ON THAT RIGHT NOW. I WANT TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE STUFF I GOT TODAY. I REALLY DO.)) ((FLANAGAN: WE CAN'T HOLD UP PROGRESS AND THESE UPDATES TO OUR SCHOOLS HAVE NEEDED TO BE DONE. WE STILL HAVE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE AND THAT BOTHERS ME, BUT WE WILL DO THAT.))
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[SUPER=01-Terri Flanagan/Henry Co. School Board; :12]
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[OUT Q= .. but we will do that.]
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The board also saw explicit plans as to how the consolidation plan would affect each school and area.
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[LIVE= Susan /FULL Newsroom]

School Board members will take home the binders of information they received today to study and prepare for a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday night at seven o'clock.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Susan /Newsroom;]

Chairman Curtis Millner tells me the board will make a decision about the fate of the consolidation plan then, Shannon.

[School-Info]


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Two school announcements for tommorrow.
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Craig County Middle School will be closed tomorrow due to a water line break.
And heating problems will close Gretna Elementary in Pittsylvania County.
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[Danville-SCLC]


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Minority leaders in Danville are gearing up to celebrate the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday, and they want everyone in the community to take part.
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The Danville chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced today it will hold a three-day celebration of King's life this weekend.
Events will start with a Youth Night Friday and finish with a march against violence on Sunday... and organizers hope all churches.. both black and white.. will get involved.
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((REV. WILLIAM KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT: WE'RE ASKING THE COMMUNITY THAT HAS BEEN NORMALLY PREDOMINANTLY WHITE, THE CHURCHES, TO TAKE A STAND IN YOUR COMMUNITY AGAINST THIS KILLING AND PROVE IT BY JOINING US IN THIS MARCH, JOINING US IN OUR THREE-DAY ACTIVITIES, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE PRESENT.))
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The march will take place Sunday afternoon at 5 near Watson and Stuart Street in Danville.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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A deadly accident now has a teenager facing manslaughter charges.
That story when News 7 returns.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And furniture makers in our area claim victory in their effort to pull the rug out from under cheap imports.
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[Towers-Wreck]
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Roanoke police are still trying to figure out what caused the accident that knocked out power to hundreds of customers Saturday night.
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The accident happened shortly after 7:30 on Brandon Avenue near Towers Mall. Police say the the car snapped a utility pole, flipped over and ended up in the Arby's parking lot.
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((AMANDA KING/ARBY'S ASST. MANAGER:AND AS SOON AS I DECIDED TO LOOK OUT THE WINDOW OVER THERE AT THAT POLE, I SEEN THE CAR COME FLYING DOWN, AND WHEN THE CAR HIT OUR POLE, IT SPUN IT AROUND AND KNOCKED THE ELECTRICITY OUT SO I JUST SAW A
BIG FLASH.))
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The man had to be cut out of the car and transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Police are NOT releasing his name or condition. They have been questioning witnesses about other vehicles that may have been involved.
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(( YEAH LATER ON THAT NIGHT THEY ASKED ME IF I SEEN A VEHICLE THAT HAD TOOK OFF AND THEY SAID IT WAS A BUG OR A STATION WAGON AND I SAID NO I DIDN'T SEE NO VEHICLE LIKE THAT))
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Police are NOT commenting on the possibility of another car. The accident knocked out power to more than a thousand customers in the area, including Towers Mall. A-E-P says some were without power for as long as seven hours.
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A Floyd County teenager faces nine charges from a fatal car crash.
The accident happened in November on Route 221.
The unidentified 17-year old driver is charged with 2 counts of manslaughter and driving under the influence.
Jonathan Quintrell and his fianc´┐Ż Megan Hall were killed in the head-on crash.
Three others in the car with the 17-year old also face alcohol-related charges.

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Several area furniture makers are claiming a victory over China tonight. A recent ruling from the International Trade Commission keeps their furniture fight with that country moving forward.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]


New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa joins us from Blacksburg to explain. Rachel?
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Shannon, Several furniture makers in Galax have been claiming for months that China is dumping cheaper bedroom furniture into the U-S and flooding their market.
Many thought this was a battle that could never be won.
Now, with the latest ruling from the International Trade Commission this fight still has legs.
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((These are the local jobs China may be slowly cutting away at.
NATS SHIRLEY WORKING :2:28:00:00
Shirley Johnson's been working at Vaughn-Bassett Furniture for nearly 5-years, but with so many plants going out of business or over seas... she fears for her job.

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((SHIRLEY JOHNSON:EVERYBODY'S WORRIED ABOUT THEIR FURNITURE JOBS IN THE US. THAT'S FOR SURE. BECAUSE ALL THESE COMPANIES AROUND HERE HAVE BEEN ON SHORT TIMES FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO.)) [RUNS:08]
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But, workers in this plant are celebrating today. Message boards even reminding them of a small victory.

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((RONNIE COX:I THINK WE CAN WIN, THERE' S NO DOUBT IN MY MIND. I BELIEVE IT'S GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.)) [RUNS:09]
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The International Trade Commission says furniture companies in the U-S are being threatened by cheap bedroom imports from China... The U-S Department of commerce will now investigate.

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((RACHEL DEPOMPA: THE FURNITURE COMPANIES HAVE ASSEMBLED THEIR CASE. THEY JUST HAVEN'T FINISHED IT. THEY NOW NEED TO PROVE THAT CHINA IS ILLEGALLY DUMPING. :09)) [RUNS:09]
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((JOHN BASSETT:WE'VE GOT TO BELIEVE IN OUR ABILITY TO COMPETE. I BELIEVE IN AMERICA AND I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE THAT WORK WITH US IN THESE FACTORIES ARE THE MOST EFFICIENT IN THE WORLD BUT THEY'VE GOT TO BE GIVEN A FAIR PLAYING FIELD TO PLAY ON.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=play on.]))
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Microwave]
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The Department of Commerce is expected to release its findings in May. Then the International Trade Commission will decide whether to place duties on Chinese goods...
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Shannon, that's essentially leveling the playing field for U-S companies.. price-wise. We'll keep you up to date on the battle.

[Stocks]


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It was a slow day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 26 points.
NASDAQ rose 25.
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[COMMERCIAL]

[Primary-Registration]


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If you are not registered to vote in next month's Democratic Presidential primary, you're out of luck. Registration for the February 10th election ended at 5 this afternoon.
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((BETTY GRAHAM/DEPUTY ASSISTANT REGISTRAR, ROANOKE COUNTY: BUT IF YOU MISSED THE DEADLINE PLEASE REGISTER. THIS YEAR IS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. WE THINK EVERY ELECTION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BUT THIS IS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SO BE SURE AND GET OUT AND REGISTER TO VOTE.))
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Of those who registered in person, the Deputy Assistant Registrar for Roanoke County says no one age group was more represented than any other.
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Of the nine major Democratic contenders, the only female, Carol Moseley Braun will NOT be on the list of candidates. The former Senator from Illinois failed to gather the signatures required to get her name on the ballot.
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Virginia will be the second Southern state, after South Carolina, to pick a Democratic opponent for President Bush.

[Radford-Sheriff]


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Radford's sheriff will soon be turning in his badge for good.
Allen Taylor is retiring after 33-years of public service.
Taylor took office in 1999. Radford will have to appoint an interim sheriff until a special election can be held. Taylor's last day will be January 31st.

[L'burg-Airport]


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It's been talked about for years, but now the idea of creating a regional authority to govern the Lynchburg airport is starting to take off.
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Leaders from four area chambers of commerce gathered today to announce their support for the initiative.
The airport currently is run and largely financed by the city of Lynchburg.. but a regional authority would give all the surrounding localities more control.
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((MARK COURTNEY/AIRPORT MANAGER: IF AN ASSET LIKE THIS IS SO VALUABLE TO THE REGION, WHY WOULDN'T THE REGIONAL BODIES WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAD SOME CONTROL. AND THE WAY THEY HAVE CONTROL IS WITH AN INDEPENDENT AIRPORT AUTHORITY,))


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The authority would be made up of members appointed by the five area governing bodies.
Supporters say fewer and fewer airports are still run by local governments.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - the Rockets is now an Astro, and Abe Naff adds the title of athletic director to his list of duties at Ferrum.
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Plus, Joe Gibbs' return has delighted fans - but will his disciplined approach be a hit with players. Some thought on that are straight ahead.
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We begin tonight with Texas two-step that has no doubt left Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner and New York fans everywhere fuming.
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Roger Clemens has followed his former Yankees pitching mate Andy Pettitte to Houston and joined the Astros. Clemens was supposedly retired, but today the six-time Cy Young award winner agreed to a one year $5 million dollar contract. It is a homecoming of sorts for "The Rocket" who pitched in college at the University of Texas. He has 310 career wins.
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On the college front - the Ferrum College Panthers have wasted little time in naming a replacement for athletic director Ted Kinder. This afternoon the school
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named head baseball coach Abe Naff its newest director of athletics. Naff has served as the Panthers head baseball coach for 19 years, and he has been a part of the Ferrum athletics community for the past 22. Naff is a 1981 Lynchburg College grad, who also has a master's degree from the school.
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Ferrum also announced that Gary Holden has been promoted to assistant athletic director. Holden is also a fixture in the Ferrum community. He too has a master's degree and more importantly, a real understanding of the college and the athletic department.

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While Joe Gibbs continues to form his staff, his new group of players better get used to a disciplined atmosphere at Redskins Park. As many of his past players found out - what Joe wants - Joe usually gets.
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[SUPER=01-Don Warren/Redskins Tight End 1979-92; :11]
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At least one of the current crop of Redskins is anxious for the discipline to take effect. Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter believes it is long overdue.
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[OUT Q=...TO QUIT PLAYING."]
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And the Washington Post is reporting today that Darrell Green, the 20 year veteran cornerback who retired after the 2002 season, will return as an assistant coach on the Gibbs' staff.

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One former Gibbs player who likely will not be joining the staff is former Hog Russ Grimm.
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Grimm is finalist for the head coaching job with the Chicago Bears. Grimm visited Halas Hall today and met with general manager Jerry Angelo. Grimm has no head coaching experience, but has been a well respected assistant with the Skins and Steelers.
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[ANCHOR=MIKE]
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And in Miami - the Dolphins have welcomed home Dan Marino tonight. He has been named the Fins director of operations.