Highs right about where we'd expect them for the end of January. And it gets even warmer tomorrow. But there's talk of perhaps more wintry weather.
We'll take a look at the 7-Day Planner.
A local county adopts new rules concerning dangerous dogs.
On health check, we'll see a program that helps patients get to their doctor's appointments.
Plus we'll see who is nominated and who was left out of this year's Academy Award nominations.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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Some local officials are making sure dog owners know "their" bark is worse than their bite.
Good Evening, I'm Shannon Young.
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Botetourt County is laying down the law when it comes to dangerous dogs.
Today the board of supervisors adopted two-provisions to the animal control ordiance.
Under the changes -an officer will immediately be able to deem a dog dangerous after an investigation in the field.
Owners of a dangerous dog would also have to carry 100-thousand dollars worth of liability insurance.
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[IN Q=There are some people...]
((LEE FITZGERALD/BOTETOURT CO. RESIDENT: THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP THEIR DOG. THE IDEA OF IF THEY CAN AFFORD TO FENCE IT, THEN YOU CAN AFFORD THE INSURANCE- THERE'S A POINT WHERE THE STRAW BREAKS THE CAMEL'S BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Lee Fitzgerald/Botetourt Co. Resident]
[OUT Q=.. the camel's back.]
Coming up tonight on News7 at six, we'll meet a Bonsack man who's dealing with dangerous dog claims and tell you what he's doing to get his black lab back.
It was capped at 70- percent during last year's budget battle.
Now House Republicans want to completely eliminate the car tax.
How do they plan to do it?
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Jennifer Wishon is in our Richmond Newsroom with the answer in this General Assembly Report.
Shannon, seven years ago the General Assembly passed a bill to completely phase out the car tax.
Last year the tax was capped while legislators worked overtime to balance the budget.
Today House Republicans announced plans to end what they call an "interruption" and get back on track with the complete phase out.
They say Virginia's economy is booming putting lawmakers in the position to make good on their promise and "restore the people's trust in their government and its leaders."
Republicans say it will cost more than a billion dollars a year starting in the next budget cycle and should take about six years for a complete phase out.
In the coming weeks they'll work to amend last year's bill that capped the tax, but not everyone thinks that's a good idea.
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Shannon, Coming up tonight at 6 we'll hear what Governor Mark Warner has to say about the plan.
A new videotape released today shows an American hostage in Iraq pleading for his life -- while captors hold a rifle to his head.
The tape surfaced just days before Iraqis are scheduled to hold elections.
Teri Okita has the latest from Baghdad.
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[IN Q=My name is]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News; :54]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Baghdad.]
(((NATSD FULL OF VIDEOTAPE: My name is Roy Hallums.)
TRACK: THE CALIFORNIA CONTRACTOR HASNT BEEN SEEN OR HEARD FROM SINCE
NOVEMBER, BUT IN THIS UNAUTHENTICATED VIDEOTAPE RELEASED TUESDAY, A
NERVOUS ROY HALLUMS PLEADS FOR HELP BUT NOT FROM THE U-S.
TAPE: Im not asking for any help from President Bush because I know of
his selfishness and unconcern for those who have been pushed into this
hellhole. I am asking for help from Arab rulers.
TRACK: ITS UNKNOWN IF THE 56-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF TWO WAS FORCED TO SAY
THAT. HES EMPLOYED BY A SAUDI COMPANY THAT SUPPLIES CATERING FOR THE
IRAQI ARMY AND IT SHOWS MORE OF THE DAILY VIOLENCE IN THE RUN-UP TO
SUNDAYS ELECTION. POLLING PLACES ARE BEING SHOT UP AND IRAQI
POLITICIANS AND POLICE ARE BEING TARGETED.
TRACK: AT LEAST 11-IRAQI POLICEMEN AND A JUDGE ARE DEAD AFTER SEVERAL
FIERCE CLASHES WITH INSURGENTS IN BAGHDAD. SOME OF THE FIGHTING BROKE
OUT AFTER POLICE TRIED TO STOP INSURGENTS FROM HANDING OUT LEAFLETS
WARNING IRAQIS NOT TO VOTE. THE FLYERS PROMISED REBELS WOULD WASH THE
STREETS WITH THE BLOOD OF VOTERS.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP BRIDGE: U-S and Iraqi officials acknowledge the elections will
not be perfect, nor will they put an end to the violence. Theyre
hoping a new government will bring about a broader representation of
cultures and religions.
NATSD FULL: We have 90,000 ballot boxes to be distributed on 30,000
TRACK: ELECTION OFFICIALS DEMONSTRATED BALLOT BOX PROCEDURES AND HOW
POLLING WILL GO. SINCE MANY IRAQIS HAVE NEVER VOTED IN FREE ELECTIONS,
EVEN BASIC INSTRUCTIONS ARE IMPORTANT.
voice of translator
"we are saving no effort to make this process a successful one."
TRACK: TEAMS OF MONITORS AND LEGAL EXPERTS WILL BE ON SITE DURING THE
ELECTIONS TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTES. OFFICIAL RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED
IN EARLY FEBRUARY. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD.))
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A man robbed a Pulaski County Hotel at gunpoint yesterday.
The Holiday Inn Express in Dublin just off exit 98 on Interstate 81 was held up early Monday morning.
The Pulaski County Sheriff says the man robbed the clerk and got away on foot with a small amount of money.
This is a sketch of the suspect.
He's described as a white male, around 5 foot 10, with dark brown hair.
An Arizona man is recovering after being hit by dozens of pepper balls.
Gabriel Gandara was hit with about 70 rounds after ignoring commands to lie down Saturday night. Police had received a call of "shots fired."
They responded with non-lethal means.
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[IN Q=It looked to be alot...]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Kerry Fuller/Tucson Police;]
((SGT. KERRY FULLER/TUCSON POLICE: IT LOOKED TO BE A LOT OF PEPPER BALL, BUT THAT'S WHAT THE
OFFICERS NEEDED AT THE TIME.))
[OUT Q=needed at the time.]
Police say they're trained to continue firing until the suspect obeys their commands.
The department is investigating.
Coming up next on the newscast, the President of a local hospital is stepping down.
Also democrats in the U-S Senate have sharp words for Secretary of State nominee Condoleeza Rice.
Democrats in the U.S. Senate are getting in their final blasts against the Bush administration today before voting on Condoleezza Rice.
She's awaiting confirmation as the next Secretary of State.
Aleen Sirgany reports from Capitol Hill.
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[IN Q=In a marathon]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Dayton/(D) Minnesota; :07]
[SUPER=01-Sen. George Allen/(R) Virginia; :14]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ted Kennedy/(D)Massachusetts; :28]
[SUPER=01-Scott McClellan/White House Spokesman; :41]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Joseph Lieberman/(D) Connecticut; :59]
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((IN A MARATHON SESSION ON CAPITOL HILL, SENATORS ARE DUKING IT OUT...
(NAT)(Sen. Mark Dayton/(D) Minnesota)
I RISE TODAY TO REJECT AS SECRETARY OF STATE
SEN. GEORGE ALLEN: I BELIEVE, OBVIOUSLY, THAT DR. RICE WILL BE AN OUTSTANDING SECRETARY OF STATE.
IT'S MOSTLY A FORMALITY: CONDOLEEZZA RICE "WILL" BE CONFIRMED AS
SECRETARY OF STATE. BUT SOME DEMOCRATS USED THE ALL-DAY DEBATE TO ARGUE
RICE ISN'T THE PERSON FOR THE JOB, FOR ONE MAJOR REASON: IRAQ.
Sen. Ted Kennedy/(D) Massachusetts
there was no reason to go to war with iraq.dr. rice is the wrong choice
for sec of state
THE WHITE HOUSE ARGUES RICE IS THE RIGHT CHOICE, AND URGES CRITICS TO
RETHINK THEIR POSITIONS:
(SOT)Scott McClellan/White House Spokesman
I understand there are a few senate democrats who take a diff view -
they are welcome to continue debating the matter - but I hope they will
welcome the nomination and continue.
AND EVEN SOME DEMOCRATS CONCEDE... SHE WILL SUCCEED IN THE JOB.
(SOT) Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-CT
ONE OF THE GREAT STRENGTHS OF CONDI RICE IS THAT THE WORLD KNOWS SHE
HAS THE PRESIDENTS CONFIDENCE
THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO OFFICIALLY CONFIRM RICE TOMORROW......MAKING
HER THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO HOLD THE POST. ALEEN SIRGANY,
CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
The President and C-E-O of Danville Regional Medical Center has resigned.
Warren Callaway joined the hospital three and a half years ago.
No reason was given for his resignation, which is effective immediately.
More than 150 people in Bedford volunteer their time to make sure people in their community have access to medical care.
It's through a program called Bedford Ride.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details.
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Shannon, this program is basically all volunteer driven.
The volunteers offer non-emergergency transportation to people who are disabled, elderly or low income who don't qualify for medicaid transportation.
The program has been so successful it was given the 2004 Governor's award for Volunteerism and Community service.
[IN Q=Mary Wilkins]
[SUPER=01-Ira Doom/Bedford Ride Adminstrator;30]
[OUT Q=if i live long enough]
Mary Wilkins can't afford to miss his dialysis treatment three times a week.
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[IN Q=It means my life I really wouldn't]
((IT MEANS MY LIFE. I WOULDN'T LAST LONG WITHOUT DIALYSIS AND WITHOUT SOMEONE TO TAKE ME. IT MEANS AWFUL LOT ))
[OUT Q=an awful lot]
Wilkins is one of hundreds of Bedford residents who know rely on the service.
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[IN Q=The foundation did a study and said]
((THE FOUNDATION DID A STUDY AND SAID THAT PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE BECAUSE OF TRANSPORTATION AND SO AS RESULT THE HEALTH FOUNDATION ORIGINALLY FINANCED IT ))
[OUT Q=financed it]
It's the volunteers like Jim Welch who make this program work.
He is not only one of Wilkins drivers --he's her son-in-law as well.
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[IN Q=We were trying to find transportation because]
((WE WERE TRYING TO FIND TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE SHE'S IN A WHEELCHAIR I CALLED AND I CALLED TO SEVERAL PLACES AND THEY RECOMMENDED BEDFORD RIDE))
[OUT Q=Bedford ride]
This way Welch doesn't have to use his own vehicle. Instead the program provides one that is handicap accessible.
He also gets chance to give back to the community.
[IN Q=The Good lord]
((THE GOD LORD HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME. I'VE HAD FIVE HEART ATTACKS AND TWO BYPASS SURGERIES AND STILL ABLE TO GO AND ONE DAY SOMEBODY GOING TO HAVE HELP ME IF I LIVE LONG ENOUGH))
[OUT Q=if i live long enough]))
For more information on Bedford Ride you can call 540-587-3315. The program is administered through the Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging.
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The cost for the client depends on their income --but for some people it's free. Some drivers have even traveled as far as Charlottesville for clients.
Coming up after the break, Brent Watts will have our forecast.
And while things have thawed out nicely here, we'll see another part of the country that will have to deal with the ice for a bit longer.
The weekend blizzard may be long gone, but parts of the northeast coast are dealing with a frozen reminder.
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High winds blew the ocean spray onto homes in places like Hull, Massachusetts for two days, freezing most of the exterior of the houses along the shoreline.
Many residents could barely make it out of their homes.
Forecasters say it will be quite some time before temperatures will be warm enough for the ice to start melting.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Travis Wells will check in from the NASCAR media tour.
Then a little bit later, we'll tell you why the people behind the Aviator are flying high tody.
It seems like no matter how successful it gets, NASCAR cannot sit still - especially when it comes to changing the rules of the game.
This preseason there's a big preseason change as far as the way the starting grids are set.
Travis Wells has more on that the sport's research and development center in Concord, North Carolina.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Petty/Petty Enterprises - Owner; :18]
[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
The men who gave the NBA its biggest black eye ever were in court today.
Ten people in all were charged in the brawl between the Pistons and Pacers
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including the ring leader Ron Artest.
The judge welcomed all nine people who have been charged into her courtroom for a pretrial conference in the 52nd District Court.
Artest's bond was set at just $500 - the standard amount.
He was ordered along with all of the others involved to stay away from the arena unless he's working or in his case playing a game.
50 was the big number at Liberty University's Vines Center last night.
The Liberty women continued their domination in the conference by posting the program's 50th straight Big South win in a 73-to-48 win over Birmingham Southern.
Freshman Allyson Fasnacht - out of Glenvar - had 12 points and 8 assist.
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The Liberty men then gave coach Randy Dunton HIS 50th career win at the school.
VMI was in town looking to snap a seven game losing streak. Matt Coward and others gave their best effort, but VMI falls to 5-and-10 overall and 0-and-5 in the Big South.
LU would light up the Keydets from the outside
and the inside as Brian Woodson, David Dees and Leo Lightborne keyed the 91 to 71 win over VMI.
And finally, it was not a good day for Andre Agassi at the Australia Open.
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Playing this morning at 3:30am eastern time back here in the states, Agassi was smoked by the number one player in the world Roger Federer.
The defending Aussie Open champ beat Agassi in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals with 22 aces and in the process extended his winning streak to 26 matches.
Shannon is coming back in just a moment with more News 7 at Five.
Take care everybody.
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On Wall Street, a series of better-than-expected earnings reports boosted the stock markets today.
Ed Crane has our Market Update.
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The Aviator is soaring above the Oscar pack with eleven nominations, including one for best picture.
Other nominees include ``Ray,'' ``Sideways,'' ``Million Dollar Baby'' and ``Finding Neverland.''
Maneul Gallegus has more.
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[IN Q=Leonardo DeCaprio and the cast...]
[SUPER=01-Jeanne Wolf/Movie Critic; :20]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Gil Cates/Academy Awards Producer; 1:29 QUICK]
((-NAT SOT-THE AVIATOR, Miramax Films
LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND THE CAST OF THE AVIATOR LEAD THE PACK OF OSCAR
NOMINATIONS WITH ELEVENINCLUDING BEST PICTURE, BEST ACTOR FOR DICAPRIO,
AND SUPPORTING NODS FOR CATE BLANCHETT AND ALAN ALDA HIS FIRST
AND DIRECTOR MARTIN SCORCESE MAY FINALLY WIN THIS YEAR
-SOT-JEANNE WOLF, MOVIE CRITIC
one of the best directors ever and hes been nominated 7 times but has
-NAT SOT-CLIP - MILLION DOLLAR BABY, Warner Brothers
ALTHOUGH THE BOXING DRAMA MILLION DOLLAR BABY MAY DELIVER THE FINAL
BLOW SAY CRITICSGIVING THREE TIME NOMINEE CLINT EASTWOOD HIS DUE ALONG
WITH FELLOW NOMINEES MORGAN FREEMAN AND HILLARY SWANK ..SWANKS
COMETITION FOR BEST ACTRESSANNETTE BENING FOR BEING JULIACATALINA
SANDINO MORENO FOR MARIA FULL OF GRACE, IMELDA STAUNTON FOR VERA DRAKE
AND KATE WINSLET FOR THE ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND.
-NAT SOT-SIDEWAYS, Fox Searchlight
THOMAS HAYDEN-CHURCH AND VIRGINIA MADSEN BOTH EARNED SUPPORTING ACTOR
NODS FOR THEIR POTRAYALS OF LONELY SINGLES IN SIDEWAYSA FIRST FOR BOTH
-STAND-UP-MANUEL GALLEGUS, HOLLYWOOD
ITS ALSO THE BEST YEAR EVER FOR BLACK ACTORSWHO EARNED 5 OF THE 20
-NAT RAY, Universal Pictures
CRITICS SAY IT WILL BE JAMIE FOXXS POTRAYAL OF RAY CHARLES THAT WILL
BE THE ONE TO BEAT.
FOXXS COMPETITION, DICAPRIO, EASTWOOD, DON CHEADLE FOR HOTEL RWANDA
JOHNNY DEPP FOR FINDING NEVERLANDALSO UP FOR BEST PICTURE.
ANOTHER FIRST, CHRIS ROCK AS HOST.
-SOT-GIL CATES, ACADEMY AWARDS PRODUCER
were expecting chris rock to be edgy, funny
OVELOOKED THIS YEAR MOST NOTABLY THE PASSION OF THE CHRISTAND
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS HOLLYWOOD.))