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Coming up on News 7-
Gas taxes are staying put in Virginia.
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While people are on the move in one area city.. to keep the deer numbers down. We'll tell you what's being done.
Is there lead in your drinking water? We'll tell you why you should find out.
And when it's time.. it's time.. mom gives birth to a baby in a van in the middle of a snowstorm.
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News 7 at Eleven is next.

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The budget stalemate continues in Richmond... but it appears Virginians will NOT be paying more at the pump.
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Gasoline tax hikes are out but sales and income tax increases are still in.
That is what Senate conferees proposed today in an effort to break the budget stalemate.
Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has more.
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(( In the first day of the state's special budget session, the Senate offered what they described as "an enormous sacrifice."
Senate negotiators offered to drop their proposed gasoline tax increase thereby giving up on their hopes of providing one-point-six billion dollars for new road construction.
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((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER/R-FREDERICKSBURG: THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT CONCESSION TO US TO MOVE VIRTUALLY HALFWAY TO THE HOUSE.)) [RUNS:03]
But in granting the concession, Senators also conceded that halfway is as far as they will go.
They say they will continue to fight for a sales and income tax increase so that the state can pour more money into public education.
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((SENATOR JANET HOWELL/D-RESTON: WHAT THIS BATTLE IS NOW TRULY ABOUT, THAT IS EDUCATION THAT'S WHERE THE BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN RIGHT NOW.)) [RUNS:07]
But House Republicans say the tax increases in the Senate's budget are still too high.
They say they appreciate the concession but that halfway is not far enough to get them to a budget agreement.
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((DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: I'D SAY WE'RE A LOT CLOSER. THE SENATE JUST NEEDS TO COME DOWN A COUPLE BILLION MORE AND THEN WE'LL BE THERE.)) [RUNS:05]
Once again, lawmakers are stuck on the issue of raising the sales and income tax.
So despite the movement by the Senate, the state budget negotiations are still going nowhere.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))

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The problem is everywhere.
If you look in your backyard or you're out driving you likely see plenty of deer.
That's prompted numerous complaints and forced cities and towns to take drastic measures. [***NEWS 7 @ 11 IN MONITOR***]
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Justin McLeod is here now to tell us how Martinsville is dealing with its deer problem. Justin, what are they doing and is it working?
Jean, they're using bow and arrows and so far so good.
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Some communities like Blacksburg, Lynchburg, and Roanoke hire sharp shooters.
The City of Martinsville goes a step further and allows citizens to do the job.
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Here in the city of Martinsville there are a lot of wooded areas near residential neighborhoods.
With that brings a lot of deer.
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((MATT HANKINS/CITY SPOKESPERSON: ONE OF THE MAJOR COMPLAINTS WAS DEER EATING FOLIAGE IN THE SPRING AS NEW FLOWERS, A LOT OF HOMEOWNERS WERE UPSET.)) [Runs06]
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As a result, city council decided last June to allow the bowhunting of deer within city limits.
The program began this fall and since September the city has issued 48 permits and hunters have killed 33 deer.
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((EDDIE CASSADY/MARTINSVILLE POLICE CAPTAIN: THERE IS A LOT OF DEER IN THE CITY OF MARTINSVILLE. I ACTUALLY TOOK SOME COMPLAINTS TODAY FROM THE CITIZENS. I DON'T THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO TELL EXACTLY WHAT IMPACT IT WILL HAVE UNTIL WE ARE ABLE TO DO IT FOR OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.)) [RUNS:13]
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So far, it has had very little impact on the number of accidents involving deer.
Statistics provided by the city show those incidents are actually up.
But city officials say give it time. They point out there have been very few complaints about the program.
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((EDDIE CASSADY/MARTINSVILLE POLICE CAPTAIN: MOST OF THE HUNTERS ARE BEING SUMMONED BY THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE DEER AND THEY'RE NOT HAVING ANY PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER.)) [Runs07]
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In fact, there have been no major incidents and that may be because of several safety precautions.
Hunters must first obtain a state and city permit, can only hunt from an elevated platform, and must receive permission from the landowner before going on their property.
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Jean, the program is set to expire April first. City Council will decide Tuesday whether to renew it for another year.

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Burlington Industries recently got a new owner. Soon it will get a new name.
The bankrupt textile maker was bought out last summer.
Soon Burlington will be combined with another textile company and given a new name-- International Textile Group.


Burlington currently operates plants in Glasgow and Hurt.


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A Narrows woman who was attacked by a bobcat yesterday talks about her experience.
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Kristy Hahn was actually visiting her mother-in law, when a 25-pound bobcat attacked her in the family's basement. The cat bit her on the neck and scratched her arm, back and shoulders before her husband threw a can of vegetables at it and scared it away.
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((KRISTY HAHN/ATTACKED BY BOBCAT: MY HUSBAND FIRST THOUGHT, BECAUSE I'M TERRIFIED OF SPIDERS AND HE THOUGHT WHENEVER I COME DOWN THE STAIRS I GOT A COBWEB ON ME AND HE WAS COMING DOWN TO TELL ME TO QUIT HOLLERIN I WAS SCARING THE BABY.))

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The bobcat was still in the basement when animal control officers shot and killed it. Hahn believes it may have gotten in through an opening used by the family's pet cats. The bobcat is now being tested for rabies and Hahn says she expects to get the results Friday.
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An armed bank robber is still on the loose in central Virginia.
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The suspect robbed this Suntrust Bank in the Graves Mill shopping center around 9:30 this morning.
He escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.. police were on the scene quickly with a helicopter and tracking dog but could not find him.
These are photographs from the bank surveillance cameras.. the robber is a black man, weighing about 225 to 250 pounds. He was wearing a blue jacket with white lining and blue jeans.
Anyone with information should call their local police.
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F-D-A advisors are considering whether the temporary use of artificial hearts is effective.
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The current device is similar to one that kept a man alive for more than 100 days in 1982. The difference is that this one would *only* be used in patients waiting for heart transplants. A recent study found that 79 percent of patients who recieved the artificial heart survived long enough to get transplants.
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[Lead-Poisoning]


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If your home has metal pipes or even a brass faucet -- there could be lead seeping into your drinking water.
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In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 10 to 20 percent of people exposed to lead get it from their drinking water.
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((KRISTEN KIDD/PREVENTION SPECIALIST; LEAD EXPOSURE ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN UNDER SIX IS A BIG CONCERN BECAUSE IT CAN AFFECT THEIR DEVELOPMENT AND CAN AFFECT THEIR PERFORMANCE IN SCHOOL AND LATER ON IN LIFE 55 ANY EXPOSURE IS TO LEAD A CONCERN ))
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The most likely source of the lead in the water is from your home's plumbing.
To reduce your risk flush your pipes before drinking the water. Do this by running cold water for at least a minute. And always use cold water for cooking or drinking.
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((HOT WATER HAS MORE OF POTENTIAL TO LEACH LED FROM SOLDER OR THE FIXTURES.))
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If you suspect your child has been exposed to lead you can have your family physician run a blood test.
Last year, 12-hundred children in Virginia tested positive for lead poisoning.
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Still ahead on News 7, a New River Valley apartment building goes up in flames... Why investigators think a two-year old may have started the blaze.
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And the search for suspects in the deadly bombing in Iraq.
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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports Office as the Cavs open the NIT with a win at home. The Express is not so lucky going down in OT to Alaska. Liberty is getting ready for its NCAA opener tomorrow with St .Joe's. We'll chat with Steve Robinson - and what would a St. Patty's day be without a little Irish on the big 7.))
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The bomb that destroyed a Baghdad hotel contained an estimated thousand pounds of explosives- Tonight new video of that blast when it happened.
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A news station is getting ready to do a report- when you can see the blast in the background.
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((FLASH IN THE SKY AND THEN NAT SOUND OF BLAST ETC.))
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Meanwhile rescuers are still searching the scene hoping to find any survivors who may still be trapped. Skip Loescher has more.
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((A POWERFUL EXPLOSION RIPPED APART A SMALL HOTEL AND DAMAGED SOME NEARBY BUILDINGS IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD TODAY. Col. Ralph Baker/U.S. Army: It looks like it was a car bomb tonight. Possibly around a thousand pounds. We've got a crater 8-ft by 10-ft deep. THE HOTEL ERUPTED INTO A RAGING FIRE AND SECTIONS OF THE BUILDING COLLAPSED. BROKEN GLASS COULD BE FOUND SEVERAL BLOCKS AWAY. MORE THAN TWO DOZEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED WITH DOZENS MORE INJURED. A STREAM OF AMBULANCES SHUTTLED BETWEEN THE SITE AND AREA HOSPITALS. THE SITUATION WAS CHAOTIC WITH PEOPLE TRYING TO PULL VICTIMS FROM THE DEBRIS. INITIALLY SOME DISTRAUGHT IRAQI CIVILIANS PUSHED BACK U.S. FORCES WHO WERE TRYING TO HELP. U.S. TROOPS -- FEARING THAT THERE MAY BE ANOTHER EXPLOSION -- CORDONED OFF THE AREA SO THAT MORE PEOPLE DIDN'T GET HURT. SPOKESMAN SCOTT MCCLELLAN SAYS THE WHITE HOUSE REMAINS RESOLVED. Scott McClellan/White House Spokesman: Democracy is taking root in Iraq and there is no turning back. The FBI will investigate. IN Washington, I'm Skip Loescher.))

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A big St. Patricks day parade went way off course in Savannah, Georgia... when a convertible in the parade sped into the crowd.
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Police say the car apparently tried to pass a float and sped through an intersection hitting members of a marching band before ending up in a crowd of spectators.
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((OH MY GOD MAN UNBELIEVABLE. IT HAPPEN SO FAST YEA THERE WAS SCREAMING IT WAS LIKE PANIC. I HEARD SOMEBODY SCREAMING THE CAR DID FULL THROTTLE.))
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Police say the car hit three members of the New Jersey Monmouth Pipe and Drum Corps and then crashed into spectators.
Eight people were taken to the hospital- many with broken bones, cuts and bruises.
A spokesman says the driver was not drunk and did not have a health condition. The car is being inspected for mechanical defects.
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Firefighters say a two- year old caused a morning apartment fire in Radford.
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Firefighters say the boy was playing with a cigarette lighter when it set a couch on fire.
It happened around 8:00 this morning at the Riverbend Apartments.
It took two departments and nearly 30 firefighters to control the fire.
Four families lost nearly everything and damage is estimated at more than 200-thousand dollars.
You can contact the Pulaski Red Cross if you'd like to help the families.
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Still ahead tonight, Mother Nature stops one pregnant woman's trip to the hospital... but it doesn't stop the birth of her child.
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Plus a Roanoke landmark is coming down.
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An agreement with the owners of Roanoke City Mills is clearing the way for construction of the new Riverside Centre in Roanoke.
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After three years of negotiation, the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Mennel (me-NELL) Milling have agreed on a purchase price of eight million dollars.
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((JOHN BAKER: WE'VE HAD OUTSTANDING COOPERATION WITH ALL OF THE BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE AREA, AND I DO NEED TO COMPLIMENT THE OWNER OF THE MILL. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY COOPERATIVE THROUGH THE PROCESS AND THAT'S MADE IT POSSIBLE.))
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The current mill will remain in place until the company can design and build a replacement.
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But the deal will also free up land across the street for the first project in the Riverside development, a Carilion building that could begin construction this year.

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A New Hampshire mother was up against Mother Nature last night...
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A snowstorm forced her to deliver her baby in the front seat of a mini van. Denise Perry was on her way to the hospital when her labor intensified so quickly that her friend had to pull the car over.
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((DENISE PERRY/MOTHER I WAS JUST TRYING TO THINK OF THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS I NEEDED TO GO THROUGH TO DELIVER THE BABY MYSELF))
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Area fire fighters were called, but their arrival was delayed almost ten minutes because of the snow. They did get there in time to help deliver the baby. Leah Christine Perry was 7- pounds 9-ounces and 17 inches long. Perry's husband is serving with the Army National Guard in Iraq.
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The Express works overtime tonight. March Madness with the Flames tomorrow. Plus, UVa rolls in the opening round of the NIT tonight.
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And what would St. Patrick's Day be without a little Irish Hoops from South Bend. Notre Dame in action tonight in the NIT against Purdue. The leprechauns were everywhere as Chris Quin scored 21, Rick Cornett 16 and Chris Thomas 11 to lead the Irish to the 71-to-59 win on St. Patty's Day.
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The Virginia Cavaliers opened up the NIT tonight with a win over George Washington to improve to 18 and 12 on the season.
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Todd Billet led the Cavs onto the floor and he led them scoring as he dropped in a game high 19 points. But no one is playing better for UVa right now than Roanoke's own J.R. Reynolds - the former Roanoke Catholic star scored 17 points tonight and chipped in with 5 assists.
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J.R. hit 6 of 11 shots, including 4 of 8 from three point range. Virginia advances with the 79-to-66 win over GW.
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And it won't be the last. The Cavs will next play Villanova on Saturday. No word on where that game will be just yet.

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For the first time in the history of Roanoke Hockey a team from Alaska set up shop in the Roundhouse tonight.
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Some Express fans donned the green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - too bad more fans didn't hold their celebration at the Civic Center on this tonight. Roanoke would score the first goal of the night as Carl Mallette takes it in off the assist from Rick Kowalsky. It's one to nothing Express. But at the 5:19 mark of the second - the Aces would finally tie it
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up as Kimbi Daniels scores. Chris Lipsett, who starred for the Express from 1996-thru-99 gets the assist.
Roanoke loses to Alaska 2-to-1 in a shootout.
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Roanoke is home both Friday and Saturday nights this week against Columbia and South Carolina.

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The Liberty Flames open the NCAA tournament tomorrow afternoon here on WDBJ-7. The LU contest
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[GO TO PINNACLE 1010] with number one seed - St. Joe's gets underway at 2:45 from Buffalo. The Flames must find a way to stop the Hawks' guard COMBO of Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.
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The Tarheels are back in the NCAA Tourney after a two year absence, and considered by many to be the most dangerous team in the tournament.
Roanoke native Steve Robinson has played a big part in the Heels' resurgence Travis Wells has more on the UNC assistant.
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((His resume includes apprenticeships at Cornell and Kansas as well as stops at Tulsa and Florida State as Head Coach.


Now 45 year old Steve Robinson makes his home in Chapel Hill where he is in his 9th season of work with Roy Williams. Together they've begun the process of putting Carolina Basketball back on the map.
Steve:
With nearly two and half decades on the sidelines, Robinson is quick to point out the changes in the game and the players.
Steve:
Steve's parents, Alexander and Lizzie still reside in Northwest Roanoke. They'll be pulling loudly for the Heels against Air Force and the Falcons Princeton type offense on Thursday night.
Robinson isn't the only area coaching tie to the dance. Former Patrick Henry High School and Hampden-Sydney star Russell Turner is a member of Mike Montgomery's staff at Stanford. Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))


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You can see even more Madness this month here on your Hometown Station.
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Starting today WDBJ-7 is teaming up with Cox Digital Cable and offering additional choices. Besides the four Thursday games we just showed you - WDBJ-7's digital channels and Cox Cable Roanoke will give digital subscribers 9 more games tomorrow - and a total of 25 Thursday and Friday.
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