Montgomery County bags the summer assessment on its merchant's tax, before it ever takes effect.
And a shooting death near Smith Mountain Lake. Investigators believe the victim went looking for her boyfriend.
The hot fun continues with temperatures soaring in central Virginia to near 90. We will look for any pop up thundershowers in a moment.
On Healthcheck tonight, helping paralyzed rats walk again. We'll whether the same techniques could help humans.
And the long-term fallout from 9-11. New York City gets hit with a pile of health-related lawsuits.
Plus, a ruling on beer and alcohol sales for Roanoke's Festival in the Park. News 7 at 5 is next.
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The first-ever summertime tax assessment in Montgomery County may be OVER, before it ever begins.
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisor's may put a stop to this August's assessment of the Merchant's Tax.
The controversial tax has been under fire for several years.
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As New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa reports, many business owners say it's STILL too high.
That's right Jean, Several business owners have told us it's too high, and many are now complaining an August assessment is way TOO much.
Car dealerships have been the most vocal about the tax on inventory.
Dealerships like Shelor have been dodging it for years by moving their cars out of the county by January first and then hauling them back.
Last year the Board of Supervisors lowered the tax, but also decided to assess it twice a year and take the average of the two days.
Tonight the board is going to take another look at that decision.
They are getting new complaints from smaller businesses that taxing inventory twice a year is costly and disruptive.
The Board meets tonight at 7:15 for a work session
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Jean, the board is expected to discuss the issue, but may or MAY NOT make a decision this evening.
This issue has been brewing for quite some time and doesn't seem to want to go away anytime soon.
Franklin County authorities are investigating a murder.
9-1-1 dispatchers say they got a call around two this morning that a woman had been shot inside a home on Water's Edge Road near Smith Mountain Lake.
When deputies arrived, they found the body of 28-year-old Charmane Tamika Davis of Danville.
Authorities believe Davis went to the home looking for her boyfriend, whom she suspected of cheating.
An autopsy is now being performed to find out exactly how she died.
So far, investigators have NOT named a suspect, but say they are following strong leads.
The Suprme Court will hear a death row inmate's claim that lethal injection would be cruel and unusual punishment. The result could affect a Christiansburg murder case from 19-97.
The Supreme Court will hear the case of David Nelson, who says his veins are badly damaged because of his intravenous drug use, and any injection would mean cutting deep into his flesh and muscle.
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That is similar to separate death sentence appeal filed by James Edward Reid.
He was scheduled to die by lethal injection last December for killing an 87-year old Christiansburg woman in 19-97.
Like David Nelson, Reid claims his veins would also need to be cut to allow for the lethal injection.
Roanoke's Festival in the Park will once again be allowed to sell alcohol, despite a challenge from the same group that battled expanded alcohol sales at the Roanoke Civic Center last year.
The ABC Board this morning gave agents permission to grant festibal several special events licenses.
A group comprised of local churches had challenged Festival's application saying alcohol should not be served at a community event.
Concerned Christians of the Valley says it will have members at the event to keep Festival honest.
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[IN Q=Well, we're gonna be monitering.]
[SUPER=01-Barney Arthur/Concerned Christians of the Valley;]
((BARNEY ARTHUR/CONCERNED CHRISTIANS OF THE VALLEY: WELL, WE'RE GONNA BE MONITERING TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON, TO MAKE REPORTS. WE'RE ASKING OUR PEOPLE TO NOTIFY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IF THEY SEE AN VIOLATION OR AN AGENT AND TO LET US KNOW SO WE CAN DOCUMENT WHAT'S GOING ON.))
[OUT Q=so we can document what's going on.]
Festival organizer Stu Israel says anyone trying to buy alcohol will have their ID checked by trained personnel.
He adds that in its 34-year history, Festival has never been cited for breaking a single ABC regulation.
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[WXPRO/FULL] WEATHER TODAY
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More violence in Baghdad- as the road to independence draws closer.
An explosive went off near the entrance to the Coalition's Green Zone- and claimed the lives of two British civilians.
Their armored civilian vehicle was charred by the blast.
It was just one of a series of explosions that shook the Iraqi capital-
Insurgents are hoping to shatter any hopes of a smooth transition of power.
In just a few hours, President Bush will present the nation with a detailed plan for the future of Iraq.
His speech comes just one month before the deadline for the transition of power.
Teri Okita has more on what we can expect to hear from the President tonight.
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[IN Q=The Bush]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=01-Scott McClellan/White House Spokesman; :30]
[SUPER=01-Gunter Pfleuger/German Ambassador to the U.N.; 1:22]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
(( THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS LONG SAID IT HAS A STRATEGIC PLAN
FOR IRAQ, BUT SCENES LIKE THESE LEAVE LINGERING DOUBTS FOR MANY. A
ROADSIDE BOMB EXPLODED NEAR COALITION HEADQUARTERS KILLING TWO BRITISH
FOR WEEKS NOW, BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS HAVE
ASKED PRESIDENT BUSH FOR A SPECIFIC PLAN OF ACTION, NOT ONLY TO END THE
INCREASING VIOLENCE, BUT FOR WHAT IRAQ WILL LOOK LIKE AFTER THE JUNE
30TH HANDOVER. TONIGHT, THE PRESIDENT RESPONDS.
Scottt McClellan/White House Spokesman:
This is really an opportunity for the President to talk, in more
detail to the American people, about the specific steps we are taking to achieve our goals.
THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS HE'LL OUTLINE FIVE SPECIFIC AREAS IN HIS SPEECH, INCLUDING DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS AND A MULTI-NATIONAL SECURITY
FORCE MEANT TO STABILIZE THE COUNTRY.
HIS SPEECH COULDN'T COME AT A MORE CRITICAL TIME. WITH JUST FIVE WEEKS UNTIL THE HANDOVER AND LESS THAN SIX MONTHS UNTIL THE ELECTION, A NEW CBS NEWS POLL FINDS 61-PERCENT OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVE OF THE PRESIDENTS HANDLING OF IRAQ...THE WORST RATING IN HIS PRESIDENCY.
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS ALREADY LOBBYING THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE A U-S-BRITISH DRAFT RESOLUTION THAT CALLS
FOR MORE INTERNATIONAL AID IN IRAQ, INCLUDING MORE FORCES AND A GREATER
POLITICAL ROLE. SO FAR, ITS GETTING POSITIVE REVIEWS.
Gunter Pfleuger/German Ambassador to the U.N.:
I think it is important that the resolution will make clear that we
have a new start in Iraq.
STANDUP: MEANWHILE, THE PRISONER ABUSE SCANDAL CONTINUES TO BE A
PROBLEM. THE U-S COMMANDER IN IRAQ, GENERAL RICARDO SANCHEZ, REPORTEDLY
WITNESSED SOME OF USE THE ARMY FLATLY DENIES IT. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS,
The major broadcast networks, including CBS, are NOT carrying the president's address. WDBJ will carry regular programming on our main channel,
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but we will present the president's address on our digital channel. That's 7-point-2 and on Cox channel 107.
The 9-11 attacks lead to medical lawsuits -- loads of them. The details are just ahead on Healthcheck.
And researchers have found a way to help paralyzed rats walk again, but how soon could the same treatment be tried on humans?
On Healthcheck tonight, another result of the 9-11 attacks, lots of health-related lawsuits.
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The New York Daily News reports more than 17-hundred firefighters and
police officers are suing the city, claiming they were sickened by toxins from the World Trade Center wreckage.
The News says sicknesses named in the lawsuits include cancer, asthma and other
The fire department says more than 300 firefighters have retired
since September eleventh, 2001, because of sicknesses and injuries
related to the attacks.
In what could be a major step in the treatment of spinal cord injuries, researchers have helped paralyzed rats walk.
As Dr. Sean Kenniff reports, testing on humans could be next.
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[IN Q=After 19 years]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Mary Bartlett-Bunge/University of Miami Researcher; :13]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS News; 1:07]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Miami;]
((AFTER 19 YEARS OF PAINSTAKING RESEARCH, SCIENTISTS AT THE MIAMI PROJECT
TO CURE PARALYSIS, HAVE GROWN NEW SPINAL NERVE FIBERS, AND REVERSED
PARALYSIS IN LABORATORY RATS.
SOT DR. MARY BARTLETT-BUNGE/ UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, RESEARCHER
"This strategy helps in promoting fiber growth and regeneration."
IN THIS WEEK'S NATURE MEDICINE, DR. MARY BARTLETT-BUNGE CLAIMS--WHEN
SPINAL CORD INJURED ANIMALS RECEIVED HER THREE PRONGED TREATMENT, THEY
REGAINED 70% OF THEIR NORMAL LIMB FUNCTION.
SOT DR. MARY BARTLETT-BUNGE
"What we see after the treatment is that they can step much better and
the hind limbs know what the front limbs are doing, that is the walking
is much more coordinated."
DURING THE TREAMTENT, A NEUROPROTECTIVE DRUG CALLED ROLAPRAM IS
ADMINISTERED FOR 2 WEEKS. THEN 2 MILLION SUPPORT CELLS, CALLED SCHWANN
CELLS ARE PLACED AT THE SITE OF THE SPINAL INJURY TO SERVE AS A BRIDGE.
THEN A MOLECULE CALLED CYCLIC AMP TRIGGERS NEW NERVE FIBERS TO GROW
ACROSS THE BRIDGE, AND CONNECT.
SOT BRIDGE TC:
"This study is considered a major step forward in curing paralysis,
however just because it worked in rodents, doesn't necessarily mean it
will work in people, and human trials are still a way off."
DR. BARTLETT-BUNGE SAYS, THE RESULTS FIRST NEED TO BE REPRODUCED.
"We trust our results no question about that, but it is a good idea
before thinking about a treatment for humans to have it replicated."
BUT FOR MARK BUONICONTI, CO-FOUNDER OF THE MIAMI PROJECT, AND SPINAL
CORD INJURED, IT'S ABOUT HOPE.
SOT BUONICONTI TC:
"Finally having functional recovery in animals with spinal cord injury,
just tells me that we're on the right track."
DR. SEAN KENNIFF...CBS NEWS MIAMI))
Why wait for July and August? Just ahead in weather, Robin has some mid-summer temperatures.
And strike the pose. Former Hokies Kevin Jones and DeAngelo Hall smile .. for their rookie cards.
Many folks in the Midwest are picking up from a rash of vicious weather.
Tornados and flooding have hit state after state including Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin- As Jennifer Donelan reports, more storms are in the forecast.
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[SUPER=01-Lisa Chelton/Hallum, NE Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News;]
[super=01-Mary Hiett/Gurnee Resident;]
[Super=01-Dr. Ben Martindale/School Superintendent;]
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((THE FUTURE FORECAST MORE STORMS ARE ON THE HORIZON. IN HALLUM
NEBRASKA WHERE TORNADOS PULVERIZED HOMES INTO PILES OF STICKSTHATS BAD
Seth Severin/Hallum Resident
they always say you hear a real roar, we just kept hearing lumber
Lisa Chelton/Hallum Resident
Its tough to come outside and see your house with a condemned sign on it.
ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS WERE CONDEMNED BY STORMS THAT LEFT ONE WOMAN
DEAD, DOZENS INJURED AND TWISTED METAL LIKE IT WAS TIN FOIL.
Jennifer Donelan/CBS News:
In Illinois, rain soaked rivers continue to swell. The town of Gurnee
is underwater. This is the parking lot of a local grade school. The
worst is yet to come. The river is expected to reach its maximum
height Tuesday at midnight.
AND THAT COULD MEAN THE WORST FLOODING IN THIS TOWNS HISTORYALREADY RESIDENTS ARE PADDLING WHERE THEY SHOULD BE
DRIVINGCHECKING THEIR BUSINESSES AND FEARING THE WORST.
Mary Hiett/Gurnee Resident
Its so uncontrollable, you can do so much and thats all you can
WITH SANDBAGS, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, AND BOATSTHEYRE TRYING THEIR BEST
TO PREPARE FOR MORE RAIN THATS ON THE WAY. NO CLASSES FOR MORE THAN
2,000 CHILDREN SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED BUT OKAY FOR NOW.
Dr. Ben Martindale/School Superintendent
Were strategizing today and tomorrow as to how we can finish out
the school year.
IN WISCONSIN, FLOOD WATERS ARE MAKING THE SEARCH FOR TWO YOUNG
SISTERS IN THE SWOLLEN MILKWAUKEE RIVER DIFFICULTAT BEST. THE SIX AND
12 YEAR OLDS WERE SWEPT AWAY FROM A FLOATING PIER SUNDAY.
AND IN IOWA, HEAVY RAINS AND TORNADOESA RECIPE FOR DISASTER IN 16
COUNTIESWITH 300 PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMESHARD TO IMAGINE HERE IT COULD GET ANY WORSE THAN THIS. IF THE FORECAST IS RIGHT IT COULD.
JENNIFER DONELAN CBS NEWS.))
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Patrick Henry wins a regional tennis title. Mike has the details still ahead in sports.
And Botetourt County's newest sheriff's deputies may be "dogging it", but their co-workers don't seem to mind.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday ticker.
We begin with the crowning of a regional champ.
The Patrick Henry boys' tennis team needed just 50 minutes to dispose of Stafford this afternoon and claim the Northwest regional team tennis title at the River's Edge.
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[SUPER=01-Joel Higham/Patrick Henry Tennis Coach; :0]
[SUPER=01-Brock Newton/Patrick Henry Senior; :13]
[OUT Q=...IN THE SEMI-FINALS."]
The state tournament begins June 1st with PH hosting at the River's Edge in the quarterfinals.
The Motor Mile Speedway featured 25 laps of the best racing anywhere in the late model ranks yesterday.
That might be because the four drivers who took part in the Race of Champions were Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer and Jon Wood.
Marlin in the number 14 car was on his way to victory lane when he was spun out on the final lap by Jimmy Spencer.
That allowed Jon Wood to slide by for the win something he hopes to do soon on the truck series.
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[SUPER=01-Jon Wood/9th In Trucks Series Points; :00]
[OUT Q=...more short tracks."]
The 22 year old Wood recently bought a used limosine - and he got to put it to good use earlier this month.
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[IN Q=MY MOM...]
[OUT Q=...in the front of one."]
The top NFL rookies gathered in Los Angeles this past weekend to pose for their very first Donruss rookie cards in their new team uniforms.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
Among the participants, former Hokies Kevin Jones, who donned his Lions garb, and DeAngelo Hall, who sported the brand new Falcons duds. Both Jones and Hall are anxious to make their mark as professionals.
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[SUPER=01-Kevin Jones/Detroit Lions Rookie; :02]
[SUPER=01-DeAngelo Hall/Atlanta Falcons Rookie; :08]
[OUT Q=just practice and play."]
Coming up tonight at the top of the hour - Steve Mason will check in with the local favorites to rock the house this week at Salem Memorial at the ACC baseball tournament.
Plus, a local football player makes a wise decision.
Jean will be back in just a moment.
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A strong start gave way to a mixed finish today on Wall Street.
Alexis Christoforous has today's Marketwatch report.
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[IN Q=Wall Street]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5.]
((WALL STREET SQUANDERED AN EARLY RALLY AS OIL PRICES CONTINUE THEIR MOVE
THE DOW SLIPPED 8 POINTS WHILE THE NASDAQ MOVED UP NEARLY 11.
GASOLINE AND CRUDE OIL FUTURE CLOSED AT ANOTHER RECORD HIGH TODAY...
DESPITE NEWS THAT SAUDI ARABIA WILL INCREASED ITS OIL OUTPUT BY 2
MILLION BARRELS A DAY IN AN EFFORT TO COOL PRICES. BUT OIL TRADERS DON'T
BELIEVE THE MOVE WILL DO MUCH TO HELP PRICES AT LEAST IN THE IMMEDIATE
NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL ELIOT SPITZER FILED A CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST
FORMER NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE CHAIRMAN DICK GRASSO.... SPITZER WANTS
GRASSO TO GIVE BACK ABOUT TWO THIRS OF HIS 187 MILLION DOLLAR PAY
PACKAGE.. A PACKAGE THAT FORCED HIM TO STEP DOWN AS HEAD OF THE EXCHANGE
LAST SEPTEMBER. ALSO NAMED IN THE SUIT, THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
FOR FAILING TO COMLY WITH NON-PROFIT LAW. AND KEN LANGONE, A PERSONAL
FRIEND OF GRASSO AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE NYSE'S COMPENSATION
FIND OUT MORE AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M AC))
"Shrek" has turned into a big green monsters at the box office.
His new movie pulled in more than 104 MILLION dollars at the box office this weekend.
That's the best-ever debut for an animated feature film.
It is the second best three day total, ranking only behind 2002's "Spiderman."
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The Shrek box office bonanza didn't leave much for the rest of the top five.
Last week's number one movie, "Troy" fell to second with almost 24 MILLION dollars.
"Van Helsing" took the third spot with a little over ten million dollars.
While "Mean Girls" and "Man on Fire" round out the top five.
Botetourt County's newest deputies are being put through the paces...
Murphy and Torro joined the force this spring and along with two other dogs will allow the Sheriff's Office to have a K-9 unit on every shift.
The dogs are certified in drug tracking, area searches and aggression work.
Today, they practiced their skills on a closed course.
One deputy would act as a suspect in a high speed chase and then lead the dog and his handler on a foot pursuit.
Coming up on News 7 at six... we'll take a closer look at the program and tell you how these four-legged officers are aiding Botetourt County citizens.