Today on News 7 at 5, the cease fire in Fallujah turns into a full scale battle. We'll have the latest.
The impasse over the state budget could be over in a matter of minutes. We'll have the latest in a live report.
How low will it go? Enough to trigger a frost advisory. The chilly overnight temperature forecast coming up.
Also today, a local rescue squad may not be able to keep making calls.
A school bus overturns in one of two accidents on a Montgomery County road today.
Plus two sisters in the National Guard decide if they will return to the country where their sister was killed in combat.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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(( ANTHONY GENNOSA YEAH IT WAS SCARY. I JUST THANK GOD, EVERYBODY GOT OUT OKAY. EVERYBODIES ALRIGHT.))
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A Montgomery county school bus driver is facing charges after flipping a bus carrying nine teenagers.
Good Evening I'm
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The bus was carrying Auburn High school students. Tonight the driver is charged with reckless driving.
The accident happened this morning in the Riner section of Montgomery County.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa was first on the scene.
Rachel were any of the students hurt?
Jean, (rachel ad lib here about injuries) They've got it under investigation.
They'll take a look at police reports and do their own digging to figure out what happened and decide what to do next.
In the meantime, the driver of the bus, 61 year old Bradford Charles Grems, from Blacksburg has been suspended with pay.
This was the scene around 9:00 this morning along Camp Carrysbrook road.
Grems says he was maneuvering to get around a blind curve when the road gave way below him and he lost control.
The school bus landed on its side down a grassy ditch.
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[IN Q=I could feel]
((ANTHONY GENNOSA: I COULD FEEL IT START TO LEAN OFF AND GO OFF THE TURN. I JUST KIND OF GRABBED ONTO MY SEAT AND HELD MYSELF UP. I ENDED UP BEING OKAY. TWO PEOPLE GOT HURT THOUGH.
TIM STUART: ALL THE STUDENTS ON THE BUS LEFT THE BUS, EXITED THE BUS EXCEPT FOR ONE WHO HAD A MINOR BACK INJURY.))
[SUPER=01-Anthony Gennosa/Junior, Auburn High School; :00]
[SUPER=01-Trooper Tim Stuart/VA State Police; :10]
[OUT Q=back injury.]
The injuries were not serious. The worst were said to be back pain and a shoulder injury.
Now in a strange coincidence. Several hours later, a dump truck carrying gravel to fix the road, over turned at almost exactly the same place as the school bus.
The driver was okay. No charges are being placed in that accident.
Coming up tonight at 6:00, I'll tell you why neighbors along Camp Carrysbrook road don't see this accidents as a coincidence at all. They say the road is becoming hazardous.
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The Senate has voted for a tax increase. Now it is the house's turn.
Today the Senate agreed to a compromise tax measure but no one knows what will happen in the house.
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Meghan Muldoon has been following the budget action in Richmond.
She joins us now from the State Capitol.
Meghan, why hasn't the House voted on the tax bill yet?
Jean, it was supposed to.
The Senate voted this morning on the measure
And the House was expected to follow suit at 3:00.
But now two hours later, delegates have been in recess, meeting with their respective caucuses and no action has been taken.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF VOTE]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Fredericksburg; :]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :]
[OUT Q=CONTINUE WITHOUT SOME ABATEMENT.]
[SOT 14:15:35 NAT SOUND OF VOTE]
By a vote of 31 to 8, the Senate agreed to raise the state sales tax and cigarette tax and freeze the phaseout of the car tax.
((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER/R-FREDERICKSBURG: I'M VERY PLEASED WITH IT IT'S A GOOD DAYS WORK.))
But not every legislator is happy with the compromise.
Lynchburg Senator Steve Newman is one of seven Senators who opposed the measure.
((SENATOR STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: WHAT WE ENDED UP GETTING OUT OF THIS BILL IS NOT LESS THAN WHAT THE GOVERNOR PROPOSED THIS ENDS UP BEING ONE-POINT-THREE-EIGHT-NINE BILLION DOLLARS. THIS IS A TREMENDOUSLY LARGE TAX INCREASE AND I THINK IN THE END ITS GOING TO HURT OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.))
Reneging on the car tax promise seems to be what's driving some lawmakers in the House to rethink their position on the measure.
But the Senate says the state can't move forward without some limit on the popular tax.
((SENATOR JOHN CHICHESTER/R-FREDERICKSBURG: THE CAR TAX IS A MALIGNANCY ON OUR REVENUE THAT WE CANNOT CONTINUE WITHOUT SOME ABATEMENT.))
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There have been many behind the scene discussions and manuevers as each side is trying to shore up their forces.
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Jean, the holdup appears to be a reluctance by some lawmkers to vote for the car tax freeze so it may be several more hours before they take up the measure.
Now, onto Iraq where a new round of fighting has erupted in the city of Fallujah.
A steady stream of explosions and gunfire rocked the northern area of the city for 30 minutes.
As Lisa Barron reports, much of the fighting was caught on tape.
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[SUPER=03-Near Najaf, Iraq;]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Barron/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Baghdad.]
THE CEASE FIRE IN FALLUJAH IS OVER.
U-S GUNSHIPS BATTERED THE SUNNI MUSLIM CITY AT NIGHTFALL...APPARENTLY IN
THE NORTHERN PART OF THE CITY WHERE INSURGENTS ARE CONCENTRATED.
FLAMES WERE SEEN RISING FROM NUMEROUS BUILDINGS WHILE LOUDSPEAKERS
CALLED oN FIGHTERS TO MOBILIZE.
FOR DAYS, U-S OFFICIALS AND LOCAL LEADERS HAD APPEALED TO THOSE SAME
FIGHTERS TO TURN IN THEIR WEAPONS, BUT FEW COMPLIED.
EARLIER TUESDAY....A FIERCE BATTLE NEAR NAJAF BEGAN WHEN DOZENS OF
SHIITE MILITIAMEN ATTACKED A US PATROL....THE US
MILITARY SAYS ITS TROOPS KILLED MORE THAN 60 INSURGENTS IN SEVERAL HOURS
US SOLDIERS ENTERED NAJAF FOR THE FIRST TIME YESTERDAY, TO TAKE OVER A
BASE VACATED BY DEPARTING
LISA BARRON/CBS NEWS:
THE CLASHES CAME SHORTLY AFTER THE US ISSUED AN ULTIMATUM TO RADICAL
SHIITE CLERIC MOQTADA AL SADR TO
CLEAR HIS MILITIA FROM THE CITY'S MOSQUES. THE US MILITARY SAYS IT WILL
STAY AWAY FROM THE HOLY SITES
FOR NOW -- BUT THE BLOODSHED COULD MARK A TURNING POINT.
MEANWHILE, IN BAGHDAD, ONE US SOLDIER WAS KILLED IN SADR CITY, WHERE
THERE'S BEEN SPORADIC VIOLENCE FOR WEEKS, AND ANOTHER WAS WOUNDED WHILE
OUT ON PATROL.
IT SEEMS THE ONLY PART OF THE COUNTRY THAT APPEARS TO BE TRULY STABLE IS
THE KURDISH CONTROLLED NORTH.
SPAIN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT ALL OF IT'S TROOPS HAVE NOW LEFT IRAQ...AND
GREAT BRITAIN SAYS RIGHT NOW THEY'VE GOT ENOUGH TROOPS IN THE COUNTRY.
THIS WITH JUST TWO MONTHS TO GO BEFORE THE SCHEDULED HANDOVER OF POWER
TO IRAQIS. LISA BARRON, CBS NEWS BAGHDAD.))
A local volunteer rescue squad may be desperate to fill its top position. That according to the medical director for the state office of emergency services.
The Clearbrook squad recently had its license suspended after its operational medical director resigned.
Dr. Cheryl Haas (Hoss) stepped down after learning the squad was under investigation for what one county official described as possibly "inappropriate" financial action.
Trauma surgeon Dr. Carol Gilbert, who also serves as the medical director for the Virginia Office of EMS, says Clearbrook approached her about taking over for Dr. Haas (Hoss).
She says she offered the squad a written agreement.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Carol Gilbert/VA Office of EMS Medical Dir.;]
((DR. CAROL GILBERT/MEDICAL DIRECTOR, VA OFFICE OF EMS: THEIR FORMER MEDICAL DIRECTORS HAD EXPRESSED SOME CONCERNS AND I FELT THAT WITH CLOSE SUPERVISION WE WOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP THINGS IRONED OUT.))
[OUT Q=to keep things ironed out.]
Ultimately, Gilbert did not take the position.
She says the squad had concerns with her suggestions.
Clearbrook has a matter of days to find a new O-M-D or risk losing its license completely.
Still to come on the newscast, authorities reveal the identity of a man found dead in Craig County.
plus sisters Charity and Rachel Witmer tell the National Guard if they plan to return to duty in Iraq.
Craig County authorities identified a man found dead last night as 74-year-old John Morgan Sweeney.
Sweeney was found around nine last night just North of the Paint Bank Fish Hatchery when some workers noticed his car.
Sheriff Clifford Davidson says the Salem man wasn't a stranger to the area, he would regularly go there to hunt and fish.
Authorities say he most likely died of a heart attack.
Two Wisconsin sisters have decided against rejoining their National Guard units in Iraq.
Rachel and Charity Witmer had been considering their options following the death of their sister in Baghdad.
Jennifer Donelan reports.
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[SUPER=01-Lt. Tom Donovan/Wisconsin National Guard;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News;]
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((DUTY TO COUNTRY OR FAMILY A DIFFICULT DECISION FOR TWO SISTERSBOTH
SOLDIERSBOTH GRIEVING OVER THE LOSS OF A THIRD SISTER, 24 YEAR OLD SGT.
MICHELE WITMER, WHO DIED IN IRAQ .
File/Sot - Charity Witmer (at funeral)
When they came and told me what happened, I said why? Why?
THE MILITARY GAVE THE SURVIVING SISTERS A CHOICE TO BE REASSIGNED AWAY
FROM THE DANGER - OR - RETURN TO WAR IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE DEATH TOLL
KEEPS RISING. IN A STATEMENT .... THE WOMENS COMMANDER SAID HE ASKED
THEM TO NOT TO RETURN.
Sot - Lt. Tom Donovan (08)/READING STATEMENT BY COMMANDER.
If either were harmed, a family already devastated by one tragic loss
would be needlessly shattered again forever.
AND SO THE SISTERS WILL SERVE AT HOME.
Sot - Lt. Tom Donovan/Wisconsin National Guard (08)
They were quite frankly torn by this decision they have a family here
in Wisconsin and a family in Iraq.
MICHELLE, DIED ON APRIL 9TH IN BAGHDAD WHEN HER NATIONAL GUARD UNIT WAS
AMBUSHED. HER FAMILY WENT PUBLIC AND ASKED THE PENTAGON NOT TO SEND
MICHELLES SURVIVING TWIN, CHARITY, AND OLDER SISTER RACHELBACK TO
IRAQ. LET THEM STAY HOME, THEY ASKED, THE FAMILY HAD SACRIFICED ENOUGH.
TUESDAY....JOAN APT A FAMILY SPOKESPERSON PASSED ON THE SISTER'S
Joan Apt, Family Spokesperson
"it is by far the most difficult decision we have ever made.
AFTER charity and Rachelle CAME HOME TO BURY MICHELLE THE MILITARY
FELT THEIR HIGH VISIBILITY WAS A THREAT TO THE SAFETY OF THEIR FELLOW
TROOPS. AND THE DANGER TO THEIR OWN LIVES WAS TOO MUCH TO BEAR FOR
JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS.))
A father of a leukemia patient apparently had to lug around his daughters files from one specialist to the next.
It's a story President Bush told today- He says too much paper work is crushing the nation's health care industry.
President Bush wants to computerize all medical records within the next ten years.
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((PRESIDENT BUSH: THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY IS MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY IF PATIENTS HAVE TO CARRY FILES FROM ONE SPECIALIST FROM THE NEXT. IT'S LIKE I.T. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HASN'T SHOWN UP IN HEALTHCARE YET.))
[OUT Q=in healthcare yet.]
President Bush says I-T will reduce costs and medical records.
The President spoke at the V-A medical center in Baltimore, because it has a paperless computer system.
While the president talked about healthcare, Democratic presidential hopeful, John Kerry, talked jobs.
He spoke to several hundred people in Youngstown, Ohio- an area that's lost many manufacturing jobs in recent years.
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((SEN. JOHN KERRY/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I AM HERE IN OHIO TODAY TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT I BELIEVE THAT MANUFACTURING SHOULD NOT AND MUST NOT BE A PART OF DISTANT PAST. IT HAS TO PART OF THE PRESENT AND WE HAVE TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK.))
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[OUT Q=America back to work.]
Kerry criticized President Bush for the loss of manufacturing jobs- saying the President deserves to be laid off.
Coming up today in Sports,
Duke could lose one of the best players on its basketball team. Mike Stevens will tell us why following weather.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast,
archeologists make the find of the century in Egypt.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday afternoon ticker than begins on the hardwood.
The Duke Blue Devils used to never lose a player early to the NBA.
Then in 1999 the floodgates opened and 3 Devils left early in the same season.
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Now it appears that freshman standout Luol Deng is planning on turning pro after just one season in college.
Deng's dad says his son is making himself available for the NBA Draft, but will keep open his option of returning to school by not hiring an agent.
Aldo Deng also told The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh that his son would attend classes at Duke during the summer in preparation for the June 24 draft in New York City.
Speaking of the NBA - the leagues announced its all-rookie team today and two of the first team members are no-brainers.
Lebron James, the NBA's rookie of the year, leads the way as a unanimous pick.
This season James won every single rookie of the month honor, in the Eastern Conference.
Carmelo Anthony is also a unanimous pick on the team. Like Lebron - Carmelo won all six rookie of the month honors in the west.
Dwayne Wade, Kirk Hinrich (HINE-RICK) and Chris Bosh also made the team in voting done of the league's 29 coaches.
Now that Matt Schaub has been drafted by the Atlanta falcons, his old job is up for grabs.
Marques Hagans took the most snaps with the first team during the spring football season and appears to be the starter at this point. Former Fighting Irish signal caller Chrsitian Olsen will battle Hagans for the jobs as will Sophomore Anthony Martinez and Kevin McCabe, but Hagans has qualities that Groh and his teammates like.
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[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Football Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=......do for his team"]
Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, we will introduce you to that Notre Dame transfer quarterback Christian Olsen and get his thoughts on fighting for the starting job.
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UVa already is getting some publicity in the soon to be released Athlons Sports preseason ACC guide that features Wali Lundy on the front.
The Cavs are picked 25th in the nation in the preseason and their linebackers are voted number one in the ACC.
The magazine hits stores the first week of June.
Coming up at the top of the hour - more from the Cavs on the recruiting front - plus the rest of today's sports from the region.
Take care everybody and have a safe night.
Jean will be back to wrap up News 7 at Five in just a moment.
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On Wall Street today, the major market indexes had been sharply higher on upbeat
earnings and economic news, but reports of explosions in Syria seemed to cause some market jitters in the late going.
Alexis Christoforous reports.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5.]
Archeologists in Egypt have discovered a maze of corriders crammed with mummies in almost perfect condition.
Elizabeth Palmer has more on what scientists say will certainly lead to a better understanding of the first millenium.
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[IN Q=A DISCOVERY LIKE THIS ]
[SUPER=03-Saqqara, Egypt; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Zahi Hawass/Egyptian Antiquites; :18]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Palmer/Reporting; 1:09]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, LONDON]
((A DISCOVERY LIKE THIS ONE ONLY COMES ALONG ONCE OR TWICE IN A CENTURY...
IN SAQQARA - FIFTEEN MILES SOUTH OF CAIRO - FRENCH AND EGYPTIAN
ARCHALOLOGISTS HAVE DUG SHAFTS DOWN 100 FEET UNDER THE DESERT...
AND FOUND A VAST A NETWORK OF TOMBS SOT(DR. ZAHI HAWASS, HEAD OF EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES)
And they found at the end of the shaft..Mummies! More than 50 mummies
has been found.
THE MUMMIES - WRAPPED IN LINEN - WERE PROBABLY CITIZENS OF THE ANCIENT
EGYPTIAN CITY OF MEMPHIS....LAID TO REST IN WHAT AMOUNTS TO A CROWDED
IT'S BEEN TWO THOUSAND YEARS SINCE THIS BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED
SARCOPHAGUS WAS LAST OPEN....
SOT: DR. HAWASS.
This coffin I think it's dated to dynasty 26. The person's name is
written in hieroglyphs on the top of the coffin.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS BELIEVE THEY MAY BE ABLE TO DECIPHER MORE ABOUT THESE
THEIR AGE AND THEIR CAUSE OF DEATH ....
THEY ALSO THINK THEY MAY DISCOVER GOLDEN AMULETS HIDDEN INSIDE THE
BUT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THESE PHARAONIC MYSTERIES...
THE TREASURES WILL HAVE TO COME UP TO THE SURFACE....
WHERE DELIGHTED EXPERTS ARMED WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY CAN GET A CLOSER
LOOK. ELIZABETH PALMER, CBS NEWS, LONDON.))