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Montgomery County authorities are looking for a missing man.
Deputies say 83 year old Ralph Price wandered away from the Wheatland Retirement Community about six o-clock last night.
Price suffers from dementia and does not have any medication with him.
He's about six feet tall and weighs 170 pounds and was last seen wearing khaki pants and a tan polo shirt.
If you've seen him, you're asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.
The long wait is nearly over.
The House and Senate have agreed on a tax plan and that means the state could have a budget in a few days.
Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has more.
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[IN Q=A ONE-POINT-FOUR BILLION]
[SUPER=01-Del. Robert Marshall/(R) Manassas; :10]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Mclean; :18]
[SUPER=01-Del. Jack Reid/(R) Henrico Co.; :35]
[OUT Q=Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.]
(( A one-point-four billion dollar tax package that freezes car tax relief passed easily in the Senate but ran into some trouble in the House.
((DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL/R-MANASSAS: I DARE SAY FEW OF ANY OF YOU WERE GOING TO RENEGE ON THIS CAR TAX PROMISE: 05))
(( IT HAS BEEN WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST UNPOPULAR GET RID OF THIS TAX AND THE NEXT YEAR.))
(( WHOSE MONEY IS THIS DOES THIS MONEY BELONG THAT YOU PROMISED YOU WERE GOING TO GIVE IT BACK TO?))
Despite a heated debate, a majority of delegates voted for the measure which also boosts the state sales tax and the state cigarette tax.
Lynchburg Delegate Preston Bryant Virginians should be happy with the results.
Governor Warner who initiated the tax debate last fall said he was proud of legislators and happy with the outcome but that it wasn't easy getting there.
((IT'S BEEN A WILD RIDE.))
MM, News 7 Richmond.))
Taxes are going up for Franklin County residents.
Last night, the Board of Supervisors passed a new budget with a four- to- three vote.
After "sharp" debate, supervisors voted to increase taxes by 53 cents - one cent lower than originally proposed.
The Board also voted NOT to grant Franklin County Speedway owner Whitey Taylor a permit to operate his race- track.
Supervisors say Taylor needs to fix the track's erosion problems.
Taxes are also going up in Montgomery County.
The Board of Supervisor's has approved a 3-cent increase to the real estate tax.
But the hike still won't raise enough money to cover the 115-million dollar budget.
The board is still more than 450-thousand dollars short.
The hike was largely needed to help cover the costs of renovations to the county courthouse and upgrades to several athletic fields.
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The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has delayed a vote on two controversial development projects.
One would be located on Keagy Road and the other is the Slate Hill Project.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kristin Peckman/Roanoke Co. Resident; :10]
[SUPER=01-Michael Altizer/Roanoke Co. Supervisor; :34]
[SUPER=01-James Smith/Slate Hill Developer; :54]
[SUPER=01-Maryellen Goodlatte/Kahn Developement's Attorney; 1:17]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY ON ROUTE 419))
If you've driven near the Tanglewood Mall lately, you've probably noticed the changing landscape on this hillside.
[SOT 18:00:37; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=Everytime I pass]
((KRISTIN PECKMAN/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: EVERY TIME I PASS BY THE TANGLEWOOD MALL AREA AND SEE THIS SCARPED HILLSIDE I'M RATHER HORRIFIED.))
[OUT Q=i'm rather horrified]
That hillside is known as the Slate Hill Project.
Developer James Smith wants to build a 35 acre office and retail park near the intersection of Routes 419 and 220.
Last month, the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the rezoning request, citing a lack of details.
Some Supervisors feel the same way.
[SOT 18:12:37; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=I have not been]
((MICHAEL ALTZIER/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR: I HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN ENOUGH INFORMATION TO ME TO JUSTIFY AT THIS POINT AND TIME WHAT IS THE RIGHT DECISION.))
[OUT Q=IS THE RIGHT DECISION]
County leaders have concerns over increased traffic and possible erosion on the hillside.
Rather than reject the project, supervisors decided to delay a vote so the developer can address some of these issues.
[SOT 18:21:39; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=Are you confident]
((JAMES SMITH/SLATE HILL DEVELOPER: ARE YOU CONFIDENT SOMETHING CAN BE WORKED OUT? I AM CERTAINLY WILLING.))
[OUT Q=i am certainly willing]
Also willing to compromise is Kahn Development.
They want to build a village style shopping complex on Route 419 near Allstate Insurance but many nearby residents oppose it.
As a result, Kahn asked and Supervisors agreed to send the project back to the Planning and Zoning Commission so the project can be changed.
[SOT 6:22:47 tape 1]
[IN Q=It's just shifting]
((MARY ELLEN GOODLATTE/KAHN DEVELOPMENT'S ATTORNEY: IT'S JUST SHIFTING A LITTLE BIT. IT'S SHIFTING FROM HAVING ITS ORIENTATION NEAR KEAGY ROAD AND TO HAVING ITS ORIENTATION TOWARD 419 BUT THE BASIC CONCEPT IS THE SAME.))
[OUT Q=basic concept is the same]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION WILL NOW TAKE UP THE KEAGY ROAD PROJECT AT ITS JUNE FIRST MEETING. AS FOR SLATE HILL, SUPERVISORS WILL REVISIT THAT MAY 25TH. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Security forces and police are patrolling the streets of Fallujah, just hours after another major battle between coalition forces and Iraqi insurgents.
The so-called ceasefire turned into a firestorm in Fallujah last night.
With gunfire and explosions, U-S Marines are working to wear down the gunmen, while military leaders still hold out hope they can avoid another all- out assault on the city.
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[IN Q=Our forces are]
((GEN. RICHARD MYERS/JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF CHAIRMAN: OUR FORCES ARE TRYING TO BALANCE EFFORTS TO SOLVE THESE SITUATIONS PEACEFULLY WITH SOME OF THE RESIDENTS WHILE AT THE SAME
TIME NOT TOLERATING VIOLENCE AGAINST THE COALITION. ))
[SUPER=01-Gen. Richard Myers/Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman;]
[OUT Q=against the coalition.]
Meanwhile, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice
will be talking to lawmakers today about Iraq.
She'll likely field questions about the cost -- in terms of dollars and lives.
Today the U-S Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases involving the President's ability to hold American citizens as enemy combatants.
Jose Padilla has been held without charges or access to an attorney since May 2002.
A federal appeals court ruled that this violates his constitutional rights, but the Bush administration is seeking a reversal.
It argues that Padilla was planning a dirty bomb attack.
The high court will also consider the case of Yaser Hamdi, another American citizen held as an enemy combatant after being arrested as a Taliban soldier in Afghanistan.
In business news, McDonalds has released its earnings report.
And, K-F-C is expanding its menu.
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.]
((> MCDONALD'S IS SERVING UP A STRONG PROFIT REPORT. THE GOLDEN ARCHES SAID IT
> EARNED 511 MILLION DOLLARS OR 40 CENTS A SHARE IN THE FIRST QUARTER. THAT
> WAS IN LINE WITH ESTIMATES.
> MCDONALD'S CREDITS THE GOOD REULTS TO STRONG SALES IN THE US, A GLOBAL AD
> CAMPAIGN AND A MORE DIVERSE MENU. MCDONALD'S WAS IN THE HEADLINES LAST
> WEEK, WHEN ITS CHAIRMAN AND CEO, JIM CANTALUPO UNEXPECTEDLY DIED.
> HE WAS LARGELY CREDITED WITH MCDONALD'S TURNAROUND.
> K-F-C is cooking up some chicken that won't be fried.
> The fast-food chain says it will offer new menu items, many of
> which are "Oven Roasted" including Oven roasted strips and sandwish
> KFC joins a number of other chains, like McDonald's and Wendy's. They are
> responding to consumer demand for more health-conscious food.
> ON WALL STREET.. A UNEXPECTED JUMP IN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE GAVE THE MARKET
> AN INTIAL BOOST .. BY THE CLOSING BELL
> THE DOW WAS UP 33
> BUT THE NASDAQ MOVED DOWN 4 POINTS.
> EXXONMOBIL HAS FORMERLY APPEALED A 3.5 BILLION DOLLAR PUNITIVE DAMAGE
> AWARD IN A CONTRACT DISPUTE WITH ALABAMA. EXXON MOBIL CALLS THE AWARD
> EXCESSIVE AND UNJUSTIFIED.
> JANUS CAPITAL GROUP HAS AGREED TO PAY 225 MILLION DOLLARS TO SETTLE
> ALLEGATIONS OF ALLOWING IMPROPER TRADING IN ITS MUTUAL FUNDS. UNDER TERMS
> OF THE SETTLEMENT, JANUS WILL PAY A BIT MORE THAN 100 MILLION DOLLARS IN
> FINES AND PAY 50 MILLION DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION TO INVESTORS. THE MUTUAL
> FUND GIANT ALSO AGREED TO CUT THE FEES IT CHARGES INVESTORS BY 125 MILLION
> DOLLARS OVER FIVE YEARS. JANUS CAME TO THE SETTLEMENT WITH THE ATTORNEYS
> GENERAL OF COLORADO AND NEW YORK.
> FIND OUT MORE AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))
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Three Minnesota teenagers are dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, and a fourth is said to be fighting fo
r his life.
[SUPER=03-St. Paul, MN;]
The group was overcome by fumes after getting trapped while exploring a cave.
Another teen managed to climb out and alerted authorities.
The victims -- two boys and a girl -- died in a large network of
caves across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul.
There are several entrances to the cave complex, and officials say
it's impossible to seal off all of them.
They say many people who venture into the caves start fires.
Searchers have found the bodies of three soldiers who died when an Army helicopter crashed on a river bank in South Carolina.
[SUPER=03-Florence Co., SC;]
They discovered the wreckage of the UH- 60 Black Hawk helicopter last night near a bridge off Interstate 95, about 100 miles northeast of
The helicopter was reported missing Monday night during a
training flight from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Florence, South
It was stormy at the time, but military officials say that
should NOT have been a factor in the chopper's disappearance.
Two accidents in one day at the "same spot on the same stretch" of road in Montgomery County.
It happened along Camp Carrysbrook Road in Riner.
A school bus carrying nine student and two teachers from Auburn High School slid off the road and onto its side around 8:15 yesterday morning.
No one was seriously hurt, but the bus driver has been charged with reckless driving. 61 year old Bradford Charles Grems has also been suspended with pay.
And just hours later, a dump truck coming to fix Carrysbrook road overturned at the same spot.
Residents say accidents like these happen all the time.
V-DOT graded the road again yesterday and widened it slightly, but residents say more needs to be done with the edges of the road to prevent future accidents.
The votes won't be counted until next week.
But the fundraising fight is shaping up as a photo finish between two of the candidates for Roanoke Mayor.
Counting loans of almost nine thousand dollars, Republican Alice Hincker has raised more than 28- thousand.
Democrat Nelson Harris has loaned his campaign one thousand dollars, and collected 25- thousand more from contributors.
Independent Mac McCadden has raised more than eight thousand seven hundred dollars.
While Independent George Sgouros (SCORE-us) has raised and spent just over two hundred.
Mac McCadden came close four years ago, and he hopes to improve on that showing next week, when Roanokers choose a new mayor.
Joe Dashiell continues our look at the candidates, with a profile of McCadden's independent campaign.
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[IN Q=On a sunny Saturday]
[SUPER=01-Mac McCadden/(I) Candidate for Roanoke Mayor; :31]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]
((On a sunny Saturday, Mac McCadden is prospecting for votes in south Roanoke, and he's encouraged by the response.
McCadden has worn many hats in his public life, the former ref and longtime sports booster who works the sidelines for the Dazzle... the former USAIR District Sales Manager now employed as the Coordinator of Student Services with Roanoke County Schools.
He's served on City Council, elected as a Republican in 1992.
And four years ago, as an independent, he came in a close second in a four-way race for mayor.
[IN Q=I don't think people]
((I DON'T THINK PEOPLE GAVE ME A SHOT TO WIN THIS THING IN 2000 AND I CAME CLOSE. AND I THINK WHEN I STARTED THIS I WAS STILL THE PERSON WHO WAS NOT THOUGHT OF AS A PRIMARY CONTENDER, BUT I AM FORMIDABLE I AM A PRIMARY CONTENDER AND I FEEL GOOD.))
[OUT Q=a primary contender and I feel good.]
While other candidates have hit hot- button issues such as school safety, the new stadium, or the state of city's leadership...
[NAT SOUND OF MCCADDEN SPEECH]
[IN Q=I run because I have a passion]
((I RUN BECAUSE I HAVE A PASSION FOR THE CITY))
[OUT Q=because I have a passion for the city.]
McCadden has focused on what he considers a fundamental issue, reversing the decline in Roanoke's population. And he hopes Roanokers will respond to that on Tuesday.
[IN Q=I'm going to be last on that]
((I'M GOING TO BE LAST ON THAT MAYOR'S LIST, BECAUSE ALPHABETICALLY I'M GOING TO BE LAST, BUT A VOTE FOR ME IS A VOTE FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE WHAT WE HAVE HERE THE GOOD THINGS, AND HOPING TO INSTILL BETTER THINGS IN ROANOKE SO OUR KIDS DO STAY HERE.))
[OUT Q=so our kids do stay here.]
Four years ago, 532 votes separated first and second place... proof McCadden says that he can be competitive and an Independent can win.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Tonight on News 7 at Six, we'll profile Democrat Nelson Harris.
Organizers for the 'Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake" day say they're doing something a little bit different this year.
Instead of the event being a half-a-day, as in past years, organizers say it will take all-day Saturday.
Officials say it's not because there's more trash and debris to pick up, but that they need more time to properly thank volunteers.
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[IN Q=what happens]
((ERNIE HOCH/TAKE PRIDE IN SML CHAIR: WHAT HAPPENS IS WE HAVE A "THANK YOU" PARTY FOR THE VOLUNTEERS AND WE HAD HAD THAT IN THE PAST ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. WELL THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO DO IT ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON BECAUSE WHAT WE FOUND IS THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WERE STILL OUT THERE WORKING AND A LOT OF HARDEST VOLUNTEERS AT THE DROP OFF SITES, THEY DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THE PARTY.))
[SUPER=01-Ernie Hoch/"Take Pride in SML" Chair;]
[OUT Q=to the party]
More than 700-volunteers participated in the Smith Mountain Lake cleanup day last year.
Hoch says they've just about reached that number already this year.
(Kim tosses to bump)
It's been 15-years since Botetourt County adjusted its water and sewer rates, but that's about to change.
Yesterday, the board of supervisors decided to raise the rates.
For residential customers water rates will NOT increase, but sewer rates will by two-dollars a bill, while sewer connections for residents will go up 500-bucks.
For commercial properties, the water rates will increase six-dollars for the first four-thousand gallons.
And, the county will now charge a new rate of more than three-dollars for every thousand gallons over that.
Sewer rates will increase by 20 to 25 percent depending on the size of the meters.
Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'.
In business news, Stocks closed mixed yesterday.
And Consumer Confidence is up.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((S. STOCKS CLOSED MIXED TUESDAY, WITH BLUE CHIPS A TOUCH HIGHER AND TECHS A BIT LOWER.
THE DOW GAINED 33-POINTS...
WHILE THE NASDAQ LOST FOUR.
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SOARS IN APRIL.
THE CONFERENCE BOARD SAYS ITS CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX ROSE TO 92-POINT-NINE FROM 88-POINT-FIVE IN MARCH.
THE GROUP'S SURVEY OF FIVE-THOUSAND U-S HOUSEHOLDS FOUND CONSUMERS HAVE BOTH A BETTER VIEW OF THE CURRENT ECONOMY AND THE FUTURE OUTLOOK.
THE CONFERENCE BOARD NOTES IT'S TOO SOON TO SAY THAT CONFIDENCE HAS TAKEN A LONG-TERM CHANGE IN DIRECTION.
SALES OF EXISTING HOMES IN THE U-S SOAR IN MARCH TO THE SECOND-HIGHEST LEVEL ON RECORD.
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS SAYS SALES CLIMBED FIVE-POINT-SEVEN PERCENT .. TO AN ANNUAL RATE OF SIX-POINT-FOUR-EIGHT MILLION UNITS.
THAT'S UP FROM SIX-POINT-ONE-THREE MILLION IN FEBRUARY.
MARCH SALES ROSE OVER FEBRUARY IN THE WEST, THE SOUTH AND THE MIDWEST, BUT WERE FLAT IN THE NORTHEAST.
IMCLONE POSTS A QUARTERLY PROFIT ..FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE ..AFTER BRINGING ITS KEY CANCER DRUG, ERBITUX, TO MARKET.
THE COMPANY AT THE HEART OF THE MARTHA STEWART INSIDER-TRADING SCANDAL REPORTS A FIRST-QUARTER NET PROFIT OF 76-CENTS A SHARE...COMPARED TO A LOSS OF 47 CENTS A SHARE DURING THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO.
MUCH OF THE PROFIT CAME FROM LICENSE FEES AND MILESTONE REVENUE FROM PARTNERS MERCK OF GERMANY AND BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB FOR PROGRESS IN DEVELOPING AND MANUFACTURING THE CANCER TREATMENT.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))
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It's going to be a "big job" getting a volunteer rescue squad in Roanoke County back in business.
That's 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.
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[IN Q=AT THE PRESENT TIME THEY'D HAVE TO GO BACK...]
((DR. CAROL GILBERT: AT THE PRESENT TIME THEY'D HAVE TO GO BACK THROUGH THE STATE TO GET THEIR LICENSURE BACK AND THAT REQUIRES MORE THAN ALOT MORE THAN JUST YOUR MEDICAL DIRECTOR. IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE IT'S JUST A LONG HARD ROAD TO RECOVER.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Carol Gilbert/SW Virginia EMS Medical Director;]
[OUT Q=long hard road to recover.]
Ultimately, Gilbert did not take the position.
She says the squad had concerns about her suggestions.
The squad has a matter of days to find a new OMD or risk losing its license completely.