The budget stalemate may soon become a state emergency.
We'll have the latest on negotiations.
And fans of O. Winston Link can now experience his work with two of their senses.
Tonight on News 7 sports - spring football news from both VMI and UVa is one the way tonight.
And all-state Salem guard A.J. Dowell signs to play his college basketball for Hampden-Sydney next season.
March wants to go out with a bang. Showers, possible thunderstorms and a mountain snow/rain mix all highlight the forecast this week.
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((WE ARE NOT GOING TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN, NOT THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES.))
With still no budget agreement in sight, House Republicans try to keep the state afloat.
But their proposal may already be dead in the water.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.
Virginia may be in danger of going out of business.
House Republicans say there may not be a budget agreement in time to prevent a government shutdown and that immediate action is necessary.
Meghan Muldoon joins us from the State Capitol with the latest on the budget impasse.
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Shannon, legislators have been in Richmond now for 77 days
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And the state still doesn't have a budget.
According to the Attorney General, if lawmakers can't agree on a budget by June 30, state services will come to a screeching halt.
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((DELEGATE DAVID ALBO/R-SPRINGFIELD: AT THIS RATE WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A BUDGET JUNE 30.))
Frustrated by the pace of budget negotiations, House Republicans are trying to head off a possible government shutdown.
They propose a one-year "continuity" appropriations bill that would keep schools open and state troopers on the road.
And allow the General Assembly to resolve their long-running debate over tax increases at a later date.
((DELEGATE SCOTT LINGAMFELTER/R-WOODBRIDGE: WE DO OWE IT TO THE LOCALITIES OF THIS COMMONWEALTH TO GIVE THEM A VEHICLE BY WHICH THEY CAN GET ON WITH THEIR BUSINESS.))
But Democrats called it a half-baked solution that won't solve anything.
((DELEGATE KRISTIN AMUNDSON/D-MOUNT VERNON: IF I WENT HOME AND VOTED FOR THIS THEY WOULD LAUGH ME OUT OF MOUNT VERNON.))
((DELEGATE ALBERT POLLARD/D-WHITE STONE: VIRGINIA DESERVES BETTER. THIS IS RIDICULOUS FOLKS.))
The House Appropriations Committee hastily approved the measure but Governor Warner says the proposal won't go much further than that.
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THE SENATE IS NOT GOING TO PASS THIS. I'M NOT GOING TO SIGN THIS. THIS IS NOT THE APPROACH WE NEED. THIS WOULD BE A GUARANTEED WAY TO LOSE OUR AAA BOND RATING.))
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The governor also said the House's interim budget plan is a sign that they are throwing in the towel.
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The House did vote today to recess until next Tuesday but the budget conferees will continue to meet.
The budget deadlock leaves states colleges with uncertain budgets.
But you can add Radford to list of campuses raising tuition next year.
President Douglas Covington says he will recommend a tuition increase at the school's May 7th Board of Visitors meeting.
He will not say how much tuition is likely to go up.
A Blacksburg company began laying off workers today.
Federal Mogul is letting about 55 employees go.
Their last day will be Friday. Company officials say the layoff numbers were much lower than originally expected because of some recent business changes.
Federal Mogul makes automotive engine parts and currently employees more than 430 people in Blacksburg.
City officials say the laid off workers will likely be eligible for special assistance from the Federal government.
Pearisburg Police may have helped solve a two-year-long crime spree.
They arrested 44-year-old Charles Edward Dawson and 23-year-old Charles Derek Dawson Sunday night for allegedly breaking into vending machines.
Police believe the father and son duo from West Virginia may be responsible for dozens of vending machine thefts across the New River Valley.
Similar crimes have been going on in Bland, Wytheville, and Pulaski Counties over the last two years.
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The Dawsons face numerous charges including grand larceny and trespassing.
They're being held without bond at the New River Valley Jail.
A man in charge of transporting patients to and from Virginia Tech's Adult Day services is accused of using excessive force with a 58-year-old patient.
Police say witnesses saw 71-year-old Frank Akers of Christiansburg assaulting the patient while trying to get him into the van.
The victim was not injured, but Akers is now charged with assault and battery.
Meantime, charges against a former Alleghany County magistrate will go before a grand jury.
26-year-old Jeremiah Walker is charged with abducting a 22-year-old woman, waving a gun around and then shooting into an apartment building.
The woman testified in court that she and Walker left Frankie Rowland's Steakhouse.
She says before she knew it, Walker was waving a gun around and eventually fired the weapon as she ran into her apartment.
A Pittsylvania County man has been found guilty of ten charges related to bear-baiting and taking game out of season.
Daniel Edsel Edwards of Sandy Level was arrested last year after a six-week investigation.
Edwards was given a one-year suspended sentence and fined 32-hundred dollars.
A judge dismissed 44 other related charges.
They'll probably never see it happen during their careers, but central Virginia firefighters say it always pays to be ready.
Fire crews are spending a few days this week with the state's aircraft fire training simulator at the Lynchburg airport.
Trainers can create a number of different scenarios from a fuel spill to an engine fire to a scorching blaze in the cabin.
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The simulator makes the rounds of state airports eleven months out of the year.
Contamination in the New River. Still ahead, state officials think they may have found a source.
But the water is fine for a new Henry County business, and so far, so is a dream eight years in the making.
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State officials are investigating a former limestone quarry as a possible source of contamination to the New River.
The Department of Environmental Quality says Holston River Quarry has begun working with the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up a site on the waterway's east bank.
It's about a thousand feet downstream from Claytor Dam in Pulaski County.
D-E-Q says the quarry may be the source of PCB contamination.
Officials say no one was exposed to any contaminated soil.
Business appears to be flowing for the owners of a new bottled water company in Henry County.
J-and-K Water celebrated its grand opening last week, and as Myranda Stephens tells us, getting started was as natural as the water.
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((Like any businessman, Julius Reynolds is always looking for opportunities.
So it's no surprise he found his latest venture -- on vacation.
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((WATER'S LIKE GAS. PEOPLE GOT TO HAVE WATER TO LIVE, AND GAS TO GO SOMEWHERE (LAUGHS) 42))
While on his trip eight years ago, Reynolds noticed a bottle of water cost more than the same size bottle of soda.
It gave him the idea to start his own bottled water company... not knowing he wouldn't have to go far to get things started.
((JULIUS REYNOLDS/OWNER: ONE DAY DOWN IN THE HOLLER? HERE, I WAS PUTTING IN A FISHPOND AND THE GENTLEMAN WHO WAS PUTTING IN THE FISHPOND, OPENED THE MILL AND HE SEEN ALL THIS WATER COMING UP OUT THE GROUND 37))
As it turned out, the land Reynold's wife owned, had several natural springs.
He had the water tested, and now, after years of dreaming and planning, Julius and his nephew Kimble are the owners of J-and-K Water Company.
The company distributes an average of 150-bottles a week to customers across the region.
((KIMBLE REYNOLDS/OWNER: THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING. PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY OUR WATER, IT'S A GOOD QUALITY AND I HAVE TO PUT MY MODESTY ASIDE AND SAY IT'S SOME VERY GOOD WATER 31))
Julius and Kimble hope to soon package their water in smaller bottles.
So the next time Julius goes on vacation, he won't have to worry about what the other guys are charging... he'll have his own.
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Henry County.))
A late rally today sent stocks higher.
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The Dow rose 52 points. Nasdaq gained 8 to once again reach the two-thousand mark.
It won't knock OutKast or Britney Spears off the charts, but there's new C-D set on sale in Roanoke. And some potential buyers have been waiting for it for years.
Ted Stone has the story of the greatest hits by an artist who didn't sing a note.
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In the 1950s, while he was shooting the pictures that would later make him famous, photographer O. Winston Link also made RECORDINGS of Norfolk & Western steam trains.
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At one time, Link was actually better known for his records than for his pictures.
Link's recordings have now been re-issued as a five C-D set by his longtime friend and Roanoke business manager, Joan Thomas.
JOAN THOMAS/LINK'S BUSINESS MANAGER: HE LOVED THE SOUNDS AND SMELLS OF A LOCOMOTIVE. AND HE LOVED TO TALK ABOUT IT. AND ALL OF THAT IS CAPTURED BEAUTIFULLY ON THE RECORDINGS, EACH ONE OF THEM IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
Link recorded everything from the smallest engines on the line, to the sounds of huge freight locomotives battling Blue Ridge Grade.
((SOUNDS OF LOCOMOTIVE))
Along with the train sounds, Link's distinctive personality comes through on some of the cuts.
VOICE OF O. WINSTON LINK: THE BRAKEMAN HAS A VERY POWERFUL CIGAR. I CAN SMELL IT UP HERE, EVEN THOUGH THE WIND IS BLOWING FROM ME TO HIM. BOY, IT'S A BIG, BIG SPHERE OF STINK ALL AROUND THE GROUND.
The C-D sets are available through several sources in Roanoke, including the Link Museum.
Despite the 120-dollar price tag, Thomas says she's had inquiries about the C-Ds from as far away as London and Brussels.
And she says she's already sold one order of 100 of the sets.
VOICE OF JOAN THOMAS: I OWED IT TO HIM.
Ted Stone, News 7.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - a couple of local high school hoops stars ink schoalrship papers in the ODAC, we'll check on UVa' spring workouts.
and VMI is set to wrap up spring football drills tomorrow in Lexington.
Hampden-Sydney did some recruiting damage in Salem today, picking up Spartans guard A-J Dowell, who will suit up for the Tigers next season.
Dowell led Salem to the River Ridge and Region Three titles this season, and a spot in the state semifinals.
The regional player of the year scored nearly 12 hundred points in his career.
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Dowell chose the Tigers over Roanoke, VMI, Randolph-Macon, and Emory & Henry.
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Fellow ODAC rival Roanoke also has signed a player with lots of potential. Six foot seven Franklin County center Ty Sigmon will play for Page Moir's Maroons next season. The senior averaged 6 points and five rebounds a game this past season for the eagles Doug Conklin.
The Roanoke Dazzle is home tonight hosting Asheville.
The game tips-off at 7. Right now, Roanoke has a two game lead over Fayetteville for the final NBDL playoff spot.
One of the themes running through the Cavaliers spring season is the comeback kids. Steve Mason has more on a player who fits that description. Fullback Jason Snelling.
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((Health problems that he chose to keep private forced Snelling to red-shirt last year. Now the sophomore is back 100 percent.
Snelling hauled in the second most catches in school history for a freshman in 2002. But he enters the spring a much different player...physically. Snelling weighs 240 pounds.))
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The VMI Keydets are wrapping up spring drills this week in Lexington, and it has been a productive set of workouts for quarterback Jonathan Wilson.
Wilson led the Big South in passing yards a year ago throwing for nearly 23 hundred yards and 12 TD's.
He tallied 6 200-yard plus games and is more than ready for his 2nd full season as a starter.
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NASCAR's reigning rookie of the year is little lighter in the wallet tonight.
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Jamie McMurray was fined $10 thousand dollars and placed on double secret probation until the end of August for his bump and run antics with Matt Kenseth at Bristol.
The two bumped several times during the race, but NASCAR took exception to McMurray's after race desire to get in the spin cycle.
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If "Conjunction Junction" and "Interplanet Janet" set off catchy tunes in your head, you'll fit right in at Mill Mountain Theatre.
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Schoolhouse Rock LIVE features the songs and lessons of the series of animated shorts of the same name.
The cartoons aired Saturday mornings on ABC between 1973 and 1985.
The network recently started re-running the series to educate a whole new generation of would-be rockers.
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((PAT WILHELMS/DIRECTOR: EVERYONE KNOWS "LOLLY, LOLLY, LOLLY, GET YOUR ADVERBS HERE." ADULTS JUST HAVE A GRIN ON THEIR FACES AND YOU CAN SEE THEIR LIPS MOVING. NOSTALIA'S WHAT MAKES IT GREAT 'CAUSE PARENTS AND KIDS BOTH CAN ENJOY IT.))
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"School House Rock LIVE" runs until April tenth on the Trinkle Main Stage at Center in the Square.
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