[7Wx-Headline]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
The sun will make a few appearances today, with temperatures staying on the cool side.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your St. Patrick's Day outlook, right after the news.





[7-11XGR-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am cutins]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=04-05 TC54:54]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]



[ENG#=1]


State legislators are going to back to work to hammer out the budget after Governor Mark moved the legislature into a special session.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The move angered House Republicans.
They took particular offense at the governor's accusation that they would be vacationing if they adjourned.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 01:45:21]
[IN Q=I resent]

((DELEGATE TERRIE SUIT/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: I RESENT THIS PRESS RELEASE THAT SAYS WE ARE VACATIONING LEGISLATORS BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS PUT THE COMMONWEALTH'S BUSINESS BEFORE MY PERSONAL BUSINESS.)) ((DELEGATE VINCE CALLAHAN/R-MCLEAN: IT SEEMS TO ME IF WE ARE GOING TO GET OFF ON A GOOD FOOT DURING A SPECIAL SESSION IT SHOULD BE CONCILIATORY AND NOT CHALLENGING US AND CHASTISING US AND EVERYTHING ELSE.)) ((DELEGATE LEO WARDRUP/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: I'M SITTING ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE WHILE THE GOVERNOR SAYS I'M ON VACATION NOT WANTING TO DO THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. I'M PERSONALLY DISGUSTED BY THIS. I'M SORRY GOVERNOR BUT THE GLOVES IS OFF.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Terrie Suit/(R) Virginia Beach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) McLean; :09]
[SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach; :22]
[RUNS=:32]
[OUT Q=SORRY GOVERNOR BUT THE GLOVES IS OFF.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The session finally ended at about 7:15 last night.
Warner's special session starts at Noon and will be focused solely on the state budget.
(------------)



[7-11Bond-Rating]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am cutins]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=04-02 TC1:30:11]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]



[ENG#=2]



If the budget impasse causes the commonwealth's triple A bond rate to drop, it'll be hard to get it back.
(------------)
[VO-NAT :07]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Paul Higgins of Legg Mason says the privilege benefits the state the way an excellent credit rating benefits a consumer.
(///// SOT at :07 /////)
[SOT 12:37:47 - 12:38:13]
[IN Q=Which allows you to enoy...]

((PAUL HIGGINS/FINANCIAL ADVISOR: WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO ENJOY LOWER INTEREST, BORROW MORE MONEY, DO MORE THINGS. THE RATING IS VERY CRITICAL BECAUSE IT AFFECTS AMOUNTS AND PROJECTS THAT'LL BE PUT TO WORK.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Higgins/Financial Advisor;]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=that'll be put to work.]
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

Virginia is one of only eight states to boast the highest bond rating and has for decades. But it's been slowly eroding over the past few years because of a downturn in the economy and the technology boom and bust in the northern part of the state.

[7-11Narrows-Bobcat]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am cutins]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A bobcat is now being tested for rabies after it attacked a woman inside her Narrows home. Police say the woman was in her basement yesterday afternoon when the animal jumped on her back and bit her. She was able to get away and call police. Officers used a shotgun to kill it. Officials believe the bobcat may have gotten in through an opening used by the family's pet cats.

[55-WXHeads]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Turning partly cloudy today, but temperatures will stay in the 40s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the seven day forecast, right after the news.

[55-AM-Confed-History]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am cutins]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-09 TC 26:29]
[GRAPHIC=none]



[ENG#=1]


The idea of a confederate history month has some Pittsylvania County residents up in arms. The subject was fiercely debated at a county meeting.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Nearly a hundred people came out last night to debate the issue at the board of supervisors meeting.
The board heard an equal amount from those for and against a proclamation declaring April Confederate History and Heritage Month.
Opponents say a motion like this will only open old wounds.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:29:17]
[IN Q=It's racist]
[SUPER=01-William Pritchett/Pittsylvania Co. Supervisor;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=that is what the war was about.]
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]


But supporters say the proclamation has nothing to do with racism. Rather it seeks to honor the sacrifices made on the battlefield.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:27:31]
[IN Q=I think everyone]
[SUPER=01-Coy Harville/Pittsylvania Co. Supervisor;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=died in the Confederate War]
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]


During the nearly 90 minute debate, one woman suggested the county delay a vote so both sides could get together and discuss their differences.
One board member who liked that idea then introduced a substitute motion.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=none]


By a 4 to 3 vote, the Supervisors agreed to appoint a committee to study how the county can honor all of its history, not just the Confederacy.


[55-11Danville-Churches]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am cutins]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=03-55 TC1:38:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]



[ENG#=2]


Some Danville church leaders want you to come celebrate with them regardless of your race or religion.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]

Yesterday several ministers, along with the Danville mayor announced the third annual Glory Days event. Glory Days is a chance for people of all races and religions to come together, worship and give back to the community.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=WHEN WE COME.. ]

((PASTOR DOROTHY GLASS, GLORY DAY 2004@8:58:24: WHEN WE COME TOGETHER, WE FORGET OUR DIFFERENCE, DENOMINATIONS, CULTURE, BACKGROUND, BUT WE COME TOGETHER FOR ONE PURPOSE AND THAT'S TO LOVE THE LORD.)) ((JOHN HAMLIN, DANVILLE MAYOR@13:28:12: DANVILLE'S KNOWN AS THE CITY OF CHURCHES, I THINK IT'S ONLY FITTING WHEN WE AS A COMMUNITY WANT TO COME TOGETHER AS A WHOEL WE NEED TO PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE FAITH AND LOOK AT PULLING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Dorothy Glass/Glory Days 2004; :02]
[SUPER=01-John Hamlin/Danville Mayor; :10]
[RUNS=:24]
[OUT Q=.. COMMUNITY TOGETHER.]
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]

Glory Days 2004 will take place on Saturday, March 27th from "ten a-m to two p-m" at Averett University's North Campus in Danville.

[8Wx-Headline]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Cut-ins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Report]



Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom......
Today looks a bit brighter, but we'll still see some clouds hanging around with highs only reaching the 40s.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the full forecast, coming up.





[8-6-Grayson-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am cutins]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC1:45:32]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]



[ENG#=1]



DNA test results are holding up a Grayson County murder trial.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Grayson Co./File Tape;]


37 year old Cynthia Davis was supposed to go on trial this week for the alleged murder of her 5-year old son Logan Bowman.
The boy disappeared more than a year ago and his body has never been found.
Both the prosecution and the defense want to see lab results from forensic evidence before they go to trial.
Davis will be back in court in April.
(------------)



[8-6-Glass-Foundation]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-08 TC45:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]



[ENG#=2]


One area school is not waiting on the budget crisis to be solved in Richmond. Supporters of education are looking for new ways to help out their public schools.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


In Lynchburg, residents are forming the E-C Glass High School Alumni Foundation.
The group hopes to raise one million dollars from thousands of Glass graduates and supporters.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The money will help teachers with expenses the school budget doesn't cover.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:31:48]
[IN Q=We want to]

((DAVID BICE/EC GLASS ALUMNI FOUNDATION: WE WANT TO UNDERWRITE THEIR CONTINUING EDUCATION, ASSIST THOSE TEACHERS THAT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ACHIEVING NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION, WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR NATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS.))

[SUPER=01-David Bice/E. C. Glass Alumni Foundation]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=for national memberships.]
(XXXXXXXX)

[WIPE TO WDBJ WEBPAGE FS]
The foundation already has non-profit status and its own web site.
You can find a link on our homepage at wdbj-7-dot-com.
(------------)



[8-11B'Burg-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am cutins]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-51 TC1:49:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]



[ENG#=3]



Real estate taxes won't be going up, but Blacksburg residents can expect to see several other things increase.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Next year's nearly 40 million dollar budget is balanced, but officials say they needed to raise more money to do it.
Town leaders are proposing a two percent increase in the lodging tax for area hotels.
They're hoping that could raise more than 140-thousand dollars.
The town is also considering a five dollar increase to vehicle decals and a new tax on some cable providers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT:9:23:00 ]
[IN Q=We did increase some]

((MARC VERNIEL/ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER; WE DID INCREASE SOME OF THE REVENUE ITEMS. SOME OF THE FEES, SOME OF THE TAXES, BUT MAINTAINED THE REAL ESTATE TAX RATE WHERE IT HAS BEEN FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND MAINTAIN THE SERVICE LEVELS THAT THE CITIZENS EXPECT HERE IN BLACKSBURG.))
[SUPER=01-Marc Verniel/Assistant Town Manager]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=here in blacksburg]
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]


Council members are also considering several building and permit fee increases that could raise another 164-thousand dollars.
Council is expected to vote on the budget after a public hearing in April. (------------)