02/24/07

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GRAPHIC=News7@6 Good evening everyone.



Thanks for getting your news with us.

I'm Hollani Davis.

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GRAPHIC=VA Legislature The 2007 General Assembly session


will wrap up any minute now.

The bill on everyone's mind today
was the transportation compromise
announced yesterday.

Where does it stand?
STATE CAPITOL REPORT STATE CAPITOL ANIMATION

Richmond Bureau Chief Jennifer
Wishon tells us in today's State
Capitol Report.

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*CG live Jennifer Wishon
jwishon@wdbj7.com Hollani, lawmakers have been Richmond talking about diverting more funds to
transportation for years now....

Today the House of Delegates
overwhelmingly passed the compromise
bill, the Senate did the same only by a
much smaller margin.

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File Tape

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*CG 2line Del. Morgan Griffith

(R) Salem


:15


*CG 2line Del. Dave Albo

(R) Springfield


:32


*CG 2line Sen. Tommy Norment

(R) Williamsburg


:42


*CG 2line Sen. Phil Puckett

(D) Lebanon


1:04


*CG 2line Sen. Emmett Hanger

(R) Mt. Solon


1:16


*CG 2line Sen. Dick Saslaw

(D) Springfield


1:34





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OQ= EVERYBODY IN HERE KNOWS THIS BILL <<


DOESN'T HAVE A PRAYER IN THE WORLD OF EVER BECOMING LAW.



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OQ=nats The last remaining transportation


bill raises vehicle registration fees
by ten dollars, calls for two and a
half billion dollars in debt and
represents a major compromise by
Republican leaders in both the House
and Senate..

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INQ=I know that not everyone 3:18:44 DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: I KNOW


THAT NOT EVERYONE IS SATISFIED, BUT WE
DID LOWER THE GENERAL FUND COMPONENT.
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OQ=general fund component. No one was completely happy with


the 106- page bill that took years to
craft.

It's divided Republicans and
Democrats and strained the
legislature's relationship with
Governor Tim Kaine.

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INQ=If you want to whine 4:21:08 DEL. DAVE ALBO: IF YOU WANT TO


WHINE AND CRY AND DO A POLITICAL VOTE

YOU VOTE NO. 05

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OQ=vote no. Delegates voted 64 to 34 to pass


it.

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INQ=It has a lot of 4:49:28 SEN. TOMMY NORMENT: IT HAS A


LOT OF WARTS ON IT, BUT IT DOES
REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN
THE RIGHT DIRECTION. 07

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OQ=the right direction. Debate was much sharper in the


Senate - where the bill passed by only
three votes.

Russell County Senator Phil
Puckett, a chosen transportation
negotiator expressed his bitterness for
not being included in compromise talks.

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INQ=As I look through the overview 4:56:40 SEN. PHIL PUCKETT: AS I LOOK


THROUGH THE OVERVIEW OF THIS BILL I'VE
FOUND VERY LITTLE OF ANYTHING THERE FOR
THE RURAL AREAS OF THE COMMONWEALTH. 11

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INQ=What we have in 6:06:16 SEN. EMMETT HANGER: WHAT WE


HAVE IN FRONT OF US NOW MAY BE
PERCEIVED AS A WOUNDED BIRD. A BIRD

MAYBE WITH ONE WING, NO FEATHERS. 08

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OQ=with one wing, no feathers. Still Senator Hanger urged


senators to keep the bird on its flight
to the governor's desk.

A flight one Democratic senator
warned will surely result in a nose
dive.

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INQ=Everybody in here knows this 5:54:36 SEN. DICK SASLAW: EVERYBODY IN


HERE KNOWS THIS BILL DOESN'T HAVE A
PRAYER IN THE WORLD OF EVER BECOMING
LAW. 04

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OQ=world of ever becoming law.





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Governor Tim Kaine has said he
doesn't think the plan addresses
Virginia's needs.

He now has the opportunity to
amend or veto the bill.

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Hollani, lawmakers will return to
Richmond the first week in April to
consider his changes.

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GRAPHIC=HOLD Martinsville Delegate Ward


Armstrong is now the House of
Delegates' Minority Leader.

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*CG locator Richmond

The Democrat was elected by his
colleagues during a caucus meeting this
morning.

Armstrong is an outspoken
delegate- constantly challenging the
Republican majority.

He says he'd like to help
Democrats come up with a specific
agenda.

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(D) Martinsville 1:53:44 DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG/(D)


MARTINSVILLE: IT'S NO SECRET THAT I
ENJOY THE GIVE AND TAKE OF THE FLOOR
THAT I'M NOT AFRAID TO STAND UP AND
ENGAGE THE DEBATE FOR BOTH PERSONS ON
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AS WELL AS
OUR OWN SIDE.

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When the General Assembly session
ends Armstrong will begin fundraising
for the fall elections - working to
help Democrats pick up seats in the
House.

His new position puts him in the
running to become Speaker of the House,
if Democrats regain a majority.

The House *Majority* Leader is
Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith.

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GRAPHIC=None Meanwhile, the House has passed a


final resolution dealing with slavery
in Virginia.

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VO-NAT The final version acknowledges


profound regret for the involuntary
servitude of Africans and the
exploitation of Native Americans.

*CG locator Richmond It also calls for reconciliation among
all Virginians.

That's different from the first
version which called for atonement for
slavery.

Some lawmakers feared issuing
atonement would be the first step
towards reparations.

The resolution passed unanimously
in the House.

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INQ=This session will be




*CG 2line Del. Donald McEachin

(D) Richmond 2:25:40 DEL. DONALD McEACHIN/(D)


RICHMOND: THIS SESSION WILL BE
REMEMBERED FOR A LOT OF THINGS, BUT 20-
YEARS HENCE, I SUSPECT THAT AMONG THOSE
THINGS WILL BE THE FACT THAT WE CAME

TOGETHER AND PASSED THIS RESOLUTION. 09

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*CG locator Richmond
Last Month The resolution received national
attention after Republican Delegate
Frank Hargrove was quoted as saying
black citizens should "get over"
slavery.

Delegate Hargrove today voted in
favor of the resolution.

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GRAPHIC=Fire, brush Roanoke County fire marshall says


a brush fire that started Thursday is
now completely out.

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*CG locator Roanoke Co.

The fire broke out around six

o'clock on Crowell Gap Road just off
Route 220.

Investigators believe the fire
started from a downed power line.

Crews had been keeping eye on it
to make sure it didn't rekindle.

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GRAPHIC=HOLD Wild fire season began just last


week and its already off to a busy
start.

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Aleesha Chaney joins us with more
details.

Aleesha, what's triggering this
fire activity?

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*CG 2line Aleesha Chaney
achaney@wdbj7.com Well Hollani, several elements
have played a role.

Among which, the weather we have
had over the past few days has
definitely contributed to the problem.

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*CG locator Roanoke Co.
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*CG 2line Amanda Robinson
Homeowner
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*CG standup Aleesha Chaney
achaney@wdbj7.com
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*CG 2line Dennis McCarthy
Virginia Dept. of Forestry
:36


*CG 2line Gary Huffman
Roanoke County Fire Marshall
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This brush fire in Roanoke County
burned just 3 acres but it's intenses
flames and quick moving nature made it
challenging for fire fighters.

At one point coming within 50
yards of this home.


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WE WERE CONCERNED. WE HAD PACKED UP
OUR FAMILY PHOTOS AND HAD A CHANGE OF
CLOTHING READY AND WERE READY TO LEAVE
AT ANY TIME IF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TOLD
US WE NEEDED TO LEAVE.

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THIS FIRE BRINGS THE TOTAL TO 28
BRUSH FIRES THAT THE VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY HAS RESPONDED TO
SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

BUT 17 OF THOSE HAVE COME OVER
THE PAST TWO DAYS.

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THE INCREASED NUMBER OF FIRES THAT WE
HAD IS DUE TO THE WIND EVENT. TYPICALLY
UNDER THE STRONG WINDS THAT WE HAVE HAD
SINCE THURSDAY. POWER LINE FIRES ARE
MORE FREQUENT AND COMMON.

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OQ= Those high winds combined with


low humidity and warm temperatures have
been the ideal recipe for these type
fires.

Local departments have also been
responding to their share of smaller
brush burns.

This is the first major one of
the season for Roanoke County.

They know that could change at
anytime but their goal remains the
same, which is a rapid response.

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YOU'RE THERE WHEN IT'S SMALL YOU'RE CAN
GET TO THAT HEAD OF THE FIRE AND STOP
IT, ESPECIALLY IN WINDY CONDITIONS A
FIRE WILL RUN VERY RAPIDLY.

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OQ= Huffman points to one factor


working to their advantage is a
statewide burn law which restricts open
air burning to the hours of 4 p.m. and
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The law went into effect with the
start of fire season on February 15 and
remains in place through the end of
April.


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Hollani, The Virginia Department
of Forestry says at least 50 percent of
fires are started by debris burning.

So the agency wants to remind
everyone to use extreme care when
burning outside.

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GRAPHIC=TECH The Virginia Tech Hokies were


back on the Cassell Coliseum hardwood
for the 2nd time in four days today
hosting Miami, with a chance to win
their 20th game for the first time in
11 years, and clinch a first round bye
in the ACC Tournament.

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*CG locator Blacksburg
Hurricanes vs. Hokies

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*CG 2line Coleman Collins
Scored 15 Points vs. Miami
:31


*CG 2line Jamon Gordon
Scored 13 Points vs. Miami
:35


*CG final Miami
57
Virginia Tech
73
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*CG 2line Zabian Dowdell
Scored 20 Points vs. Miami
1:10


*CG 2line Seth Greenberg
Hokies Now 20 & 8, 10 & 4 in the ACC
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