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Bedford County finally has a budget.
County leaders decided last night to cut the real estate tax rate by a penny but many are not happy about it.
Justin Mcleod tells us it has to do with a dispute between the Board of Supervisors and the school board.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Fred Glover/Bedford Co. Education Association; :14]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Pollard/Bedford Co. Supervisors Chairman; :30 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-David Black/Bedford Co. School Board Chairman; :51]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF ANGRY TEACHER))
You would think residents would be happy to see a cut in their property tax but for some in Bedford County that's not the case especially for teachers.
[IN Q=We feel like]
((FRED GLOVER/BEDFORD CO. EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE BEEN UNDERCUT AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE AND WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO ABOUT IT TO SAY NO RECOURSE.))
[OUT Q=say no recourse]
The school board wants to give teachers a four to seven percent raise and administrators as much as eleven percent.
But some believe the increase for administrators is too high.
[IN Q=I've been hearing]
((BOBBY POLLARD/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I'VE BEEN HEARING FROM THE PUBLIC OUT THERE THEY ARE OUTRAGED ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RAISES.))
[OUT Q=the administrative raises]
So the Board of Supervisors asked the school board to trim the raises, it refused.
As a result, the county decided to cut the tax rate from 66 cents to 65 cents and pay for it by reducing the school system's budget by 425-thousand dollars.
[IN Q=What we're going to do]
((DAVID BLACK/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS PROBABLY PROPOSE THAT WE TAKE THE EIGHT POINT NINE PERCENT OF THE PROPOSED INCREASES AND CUT THAT.))
[OUT Q=and cut that]
That would affect not only administrators but teachers as well.
[IN Q=Excuse me but]
((TEACHER: EXCUSE ME BUT WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET AND UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BETTER SALARIES, BETTER TEACHERS, AND BETTER EDUCATION FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=CHILDREN OF THE COUNTY]
[IN Q= ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IN THE END THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGREED TO MAKE THE CUTS BUT NOT FROM INSTRUCTION. SUPERVISORS HOPE THAT WILL KEEP THE TEACHER RAISES IN TACT BUT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL BOARD SAYS THAT IS FAR FROM A DONE DEAL. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
It's an important day in Richmond.
Both the full Senate and the House are scheduled to vote on a tax bill that would end the budget impasse.
Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee approved a tax plan that freezes car tax reimbursements.
Car tax relief currently costs the state about 860 million dollars annually.
But the increasing value of motor vehicles is expected to jack up the state's payout by 150 million dollars each year.
[IN Q=IF WE DO NOTHING ON THE CAR TAX]
((SEN. RICHARD SASLAW/(D) SPRINGFIELD: IF WE DO NOTHING ON THE CAR TAX BY THE YEAR 2010 WE WOULD HAVE CONSUMED ALL THE GAINS FROM THE SALES TAX EVERY LAST PENNY OF IT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Richard Saslaw/(D) Springfield]
[OUT Q=EVERY LAST PENNY OF IT.]
The Senate's plan also raises the state sales tax by a half cent and the cigarette tax to thirty cents.
In a statement last night, Governor Mark Warner said failure to pass the proposal puts Virginia on a course that will disrupt the lives of millions who depend on state and local services.
A weekend shooting in Augusta County has been ruled a murder-suicide.
Sheriff Randy Fisher says 18-year-old Chadwick Woodson shot his former girlfriend, 19-year-old Angela Lucas and her friend, 23-year-old Jennifer Bassett at Bassett's home in Stuarts Draft early Sunday morning.
According to reports, Woodson came to the trailer early Sunday morning.
When a family member arrived just before 10:30, he found everyone but the couple's 8-month old baby dead.
People in the community say the news was shocking.
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[IN Q=It really is..]
((MIKE HUFFMAN, NEIGHBOR: IT REALLY IS, ESPECIALLY FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. YOU THINK IN A RURAL AREA LIKE THIS YOU WOULDN'T HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS...))
[OUT Q=something like this.]
The bodies were taken to the medical examiners office for autopsies.
Meanwhile, the baby is in the care of family members.
Public safety and health agencies are learning about bioterrorism.
Law enforcement, public health employees and others gathered in Roanoke yesterday to learn about Forensic Epidemiology.
The Virginia Department of Health offered the training, hoping to strengthen communication between each agency in the event of an attack.
Training will continue today with scenario- driven exercises.
U-S military officials say American troops killed 43 gunmen in an overnight battle near the Iraqi city of Najaf.
A spokesman says the fight lasted several hours.
So far, there's no word on any American casualties.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SUPER=03-Najaf, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling/1st Armored Division; :34]
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/Secretary of State; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:21]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
FIGHTING ERUPTED NEAR THE SHIITE CITY OF NAJAF OVERNIGHT. U-S FORCES
CLASHED WITH MILITIAMEN LOYAL TO ANTI-AMERICAN CLERIC MUQTADA AL-SADR. A
MILITARY SPOKESPERSON SAID MORE THAN FORTY INSURGENTS WERE KILLED IN THE
BATTLE. (END APTN)
(NAT-TANKS) (RTV MATERIAL)
ON MONDAY ABOUT 200 U-S SOLDIERS ROLLED INTO A NAJAF BASE.. WHERE
THEYLL TAKE OVER DUTIES FROM DEPARTING SPANISH FORCES. THE MOVE GIVES
THE U-S A FOOTHOLD IN THE CITY WHERE SADR AND HIS MILITIA LARGELY
CONTROL THE STREETS.
FOR NOW, THE TROOPS ARE REINFORCING THE BASE AND KEEPING CLEAR OF THE
CITYS HOLY SITES.
(Brig Gen. Mark Hertling, 1st Armored Division)
HERTLING SOT: Is there a danger for us to go in there? Yes. Would we
prefer it be taken care of by Iraqi officials? Yes.
U-S FORCES ARE ALSO TRYING TO AVOID AN ALL-OUT ASSAULT ON THE OTHER
FRONT OF THE IRAQI INSURGENCY BUT SO FAR GUNFIRE (NAT-FIRING) HAS
PLAGUED THE RENEWED CEASEFIRE IN FALLUJAH.
INSURGENTS HAVE LAUNCHED NEW ATTACKS ON U-S TROOPS.. AS MARINES AND
IRAQI FORCES GET READY FOR JOINT PATROLS IN THE CITY.
(Colin Powell, Secretary of State)
POWELL SOT: "We have been trying to find a soft way to resolve this
problem. But, at the end of the day it might be necessary to take rather
direct military action.
(APTN & RTV)
IN BOTH NAJAF AND FALLUJAH THE U-S FACES THE CHALLENGE OF PUTTING DOWN
THE MILITANTS WITHOUT TRIGGERING A WIDER REBELLION. THE BUSH
ADMINISTRATION IS GIVING NEGOTIATIONS ANOTHER CHANCE.. AND HOPING THE
JUNE 30TH HANDOVER TO A AN INTERIM IRAQI GOVERNMENT WILL DIFFUSE SOME OF
THE ANGER AGAINST THE OCCUPATION.
STAND-UP CLOSE: WITH THE HANDOVER DEADLINE QUICKLY APPROACHING,
LAWMAKERS HERE ON CAPITOL HILL ARE PUSHING FOR APPROVAL OF PRESIDENT
BUSHS CHOICE FOR U-S AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ. THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATION
COMMITTEE BEGINS HEARINGS THIS MORNING ON JOHN NEGROPONTES NOMINATION.
ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
They're mopping up wine from a highway in California--
[SUPER=03-Near Gilroy, CA;]
That after a tanker truck overturned yesterday on Highway 101, spilling wine across all northbound lanes.
The accident shut down traffic for a while.
Officials had to bring in another tanker truck to empty out the rig.
The driver was treated for minor injuries.
Authorities still don't know what caused the accident.
Blacksburg High School students will notice some familiar faces today on The Early Show.
A group from the school is scheduled to appear this morning with Dave Price on The Plaza.
You can catch that around 8:30 right here on WDBJ-7.
In business news, United Health Group has announced plans to buy Oxford Health Plans.
And, Google is considering selling its stock to the public.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((> THERE'S A BLOCKBUSTER DEAL IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY.
> UNITED HEALTH GROUP HAS AGREED TO BUY RIVAL HEALTH INSURER OXFORD HEALTH
> PLANS FOR ABOUT 5 BILLION DOLLARS. EXACT TERM SOF THE DEAL HAVE NOT BEEN
> RELEASED.. BUT THE BUYOUT PRICE PUTS A 15 PERCENT PERMIUM ON SHARES OF
> ON WALL STREET.. INVESTORS CONTINUE TO BE FIXATED ON THE TIMING OF A
> POSSIBLE INTEREST RATE HIKE BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE. A REPORT YESTERDAY
> THAT SHOWED A BIG SPIKE IN NEW HOME SALES LAST MONTH GOT INVESTORS WORRIED
> THAT THE FED WILL HAVE TO RAISE RATES SOON AS THE ECONOMY IMPROVES.
> THE DOW SLIPPED 28 POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ FELL 13 POINTS
> BOEING WAS A BIG WINNER YESTERDAY...JAPAN'S ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS HAS ORDERED
> 50 OF BOEING'S NEW 7E7 FUEL EFFICIENT PLANES. THE DEAL IS WORTH 6 BILLION
> IT LOOKS LIKE THE INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE GOOGLE IS GETTING CLOSER TO
> SELLING ITS STOCK TO THE PUBLIC.
> GOOGLE HAS HIRED TWO WALL STREET FIRMS, CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON AND
> MORGAN STANLEY TO LEAD ITS INITIAL PUBLIC STOCK OFFERING. THERE'S TALK
> THAT THE I-P-O COULD VALUE GOOGLE AT AROUND 5-BILLION DOLLARS.. THAT WOULD
> BE A RECORD FOR AN INTERNET IPO.
> FIND OUT MORE AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))
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Cadets at Virginia Military Institute have not stood for a prayer before dinner in more than two years.
In fact they don't even dine together as a corps, anymore.
So the prayer is a moot issue, as far as V-M-I's concerned. The U-S Supreme Court thought so too, refusing to review two lower-court rulings that found the public prayer unconstitutional.
The state appealed those decisions.
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[IN Q=This was an]
((JERRY KILGORE/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL; THIS WAS AN ADULT SETTING AT VMI AS PART OF A CEREMONY, AND NO ONE WAS EVER REQUIRED TO TAKE PART. THAT'S EXACTLY THE TYPE OF CEREMONIAL PRAYERS WE NEED TO FOSTER IN THIS COUNTRY, NOT PROHIBIT.))
[OUT Q=not prohibit.]
Justice Antonin Scalia compared yesterday's denial of the appeal to the 1996 ruling that compelled V-M-I to admit women.
"This time, however," Justice Scalia wrote, V-M-I's "cause has been ignored rather than rejected- -though the consequence will be just the same."
The jury may get the case today in the trial of a former N- B- A star.
Jayson Williams faces aggravated manslaughter charges for the shooting death of a hired driver.
During five hours of closing arguments yesterday, the defense argued the shooting was an accident and attacked the objectivity of the police investigation.
The prosecution disputed those claims, and said Williams engaged in reckless behavior that should lead to a conviction.
If convicted on ALL charges, the retired New Jersey Nets center
could face a 55- year prison sentence.
Kobe Bryant heads back to a Colorado courtroom today for more hearings just ahead of his trial on sexual assault charges.
Yesterday, Bryant's attorneys tried to convince the judge to allow testimony about the alleged victim's sexual history when the case goes to trial.
They also want to get some evidence thrown out, including Bryant's recorded statement to investigators and a T-shirt stained with the accuser's blood.
The judge plans to wrap up the hearings by tomorrow and may set a trial date.
It was the recent controversy involving Roanoke City Schools that brought Alice Hincker to public prominence, but Hincker insists she is NOT a single issue candidate.
This morning,Joe Dashiell profiles the Republican campaign for Roanoke mayor.
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[IN Q=She may be new to the political stage]
[SUPER=04-Last Week; :08]
[SUPER=04-January 29; :29]
[SUPER=01-Alice Hincker/(R) Candidate for Mayor; 1:07]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke]
((She may be new to the political stage and the campaign trail, but don't call Alice Hincker a stay- at- home mom.
[SOT HINCKER AT KIWANIS]
[IN Q=I just want to tell you]
((I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THAT I THINK THAT'S A MISNOMER, BECAUSE I HAVEN'T BEEN STAYING AT HOME MUCH FOR SEVERAL YEARS.))
[OUT Q=for several years.]
As a volunteer and consultant, Hincker was active in the community before she raised questions about the school system's record of reporting crime and violence.
And when she announced her campaign back in january, she said her concerns extended well beyond the classroom.
[IN Q=I believe the city of Roanoke]
((I BELIEVE THE CITY OF ROANOKE HAS A LEADERSHIP VACUUM IN ITS SCHOOL SYSTEM, IN THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE AND IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. AND I BELIEVE THIS IS DRASTICALLY AFFECTING ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE IN ROANOKE.))
[OUT Q=all aspects of life in Roanoke.]
Since she received Ralph Smith's endorsement and the Republican nomination, Hincker has campaigned alongside fellow GOP council candidate Wendy Jones...
[NAT SOUND OF HINCKER CAMPAIGNING]
Hincker promises to make government more representative and responsive to citizens, encourage smarter spending decisions, and insure council is not just a rubber stamp for the city administration.
[SOT HINCKER INTERVIEW]
[IN Q=I hope integrity]
((I HOPE INTEGRITY IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WILL THINK ABOUT AS THEY GO IN THERE, THINKING ABOUT WHO DO THEY TRUST TO GET IN THERE AND DO THE JOB THEY WANT THEM TO DO.))
[OUT Q=the job they want them to do.]
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
The Montgomery, Radford and Floyd United Way needs some extra help.
For the first time in 12 years the agency has raised less money than the year before.
It's about 120-thousand dollars short of its goal. That's a 6-percent decrease from last year's campaign.
Agency officials say money is tight and the losses to local programs could be far-reaching.
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[IN Q=It will impact]
((KYMN DAVIDSON HAMLEY:IT WILL IMPACT US HERE, WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP OUR COSTS AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. WE HAVE CUT BACK IN EVERY AREA THAT WE POSSIBLY COULD. GOING FORWARD INTO THE NEXT WE DO NOT EXPECTE A BUDGET WITH ANY INCREASES. :47))
[SUPER=01-Kymn Davidson-Hamley/United Way;]
[OUT Q=any increases.]
The goal was to raise a little more than a million dollars.
Officials say it's not too late to help out.
The United Way is still accepting donations for it's 2003-2004 campaign through the end of June.
(Kim tosses to bump)
Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'.
In business news, Stocks closed lower yesterday.
And, Boeing's new jetliner is in demand.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
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A Carroll County man will spend 24 years in prison for the shooting death of his neighbor.
30-year old Lee Howard Wilmoth entered an alford plea to second degree murder.
That means he does not admit guilt but acknowledges there's enough evidence to convict him.
Wilmoth allegedly shot Larry Ralph King in the chest after an argument at King's home in the Cana section of the county.
A Roanoke woman is recovering after a unusual accident in her bathroom.
21-year-old Latasha Webb says she was taking a shower yesterday morning when part of the ceiling fell on her head.
It happened at the Afton Gardens apartments on Hunt Avenue.
Apartment manager, Webbie Hemp, says flooding from an overflowed toilet upstairs caused the accident, but Webb's mother says her daughter notified maintenance several months ago that she was having problems.
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[IN Q=i told her]
((DENISE ABRAMS/WEBB'S MOTHER: I TOLD HER IT'S WATER LEAKING AGAIN FROM THAT, IT'S GONE TO BUBBLING, I TOLD HER YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THAT IMMEDIATELY, NOBODY TOOK CARE OF IT.))
[SUPER=01-Denise Abrams/Webb's Mother;]
[OUT Q=took care of it]
Hemp says she was unaware of any prior complaints about the ceiling, but that she will look into it.
Webb was taken to Roanoke Community Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Roanoke is reporting success with its deer management program.
Between November and February sharpshooters took 109 deer within Roanoke City limits.
Roanoke police donated the 83-hundred pounds of meat to Hunters for the Hungry.
The program was approved by city council a year ago as a way to solve the city's deer overpopulation problem.
Officials say too many deer can result in disease, damage to landscaping and car accidents.
Police say the first season concluded with "favorable results."
Alleghany County authorities are investigating a fatal shooting.
The Sheriff's office reportedly received a 9-1-1 call around 8:30 last night.
The Sheriff says officers responded to 112 Hallie's Road in the Clearview Subdivision and found 43 year old Ronnie Eugene Sorrells with a single gunshot wound to the head.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy will be performed later today at the State Medical Examiner's office in Roanoke.
The victim's wife, Janet Gayle Sorrells, was arrested and charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
She's being held at the Alleghany Regional Jail and will be arraigned tomorrow.
A motive has not been disclosed.