Bedford's Independent Delegate Lacy Putney forces a power-sharing agreement
in the state HOUSE, by sitting in with the REPUBLICAN caucus.
A LIVE report from Richmond coming your way in just a moment.
And state funds flow to Lynchburg... hand-delivered by the governor- -a
LIVE story on THAT, too.
Virginia and Virginia Tech hit their respective courts tonight in mens
basketball action, the Express plays its first game after gaining a share of
first place in the division,
And what do former Winston Cup champs talk about when they're together.
Mike Stevens will tell you later in sports.
The threat of additional icing melts away. Next up clouds and drizzle for
A nasty firefight over Speaker of the House yesterday- -gave way today to
political realities at the Virginia General Assembly.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
What's going on in the House of Delegates today?
Two years ago, Keith, a 20-20 split in the Senate paved the way for power
sharing in the upper chamber.
Today, the lone Independent in the lower chamber -- Bedford Delegate Lacey
Putney -- pushed his feisty colleagues in that direction.
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((DEL. LACEY PUTNEY/I-BEDFORD: I'M NOT ORCHESTRATING ANYTHING. I'M NOT-- I'M
NOT. I'M SIMPLY SITTING WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS IS ALL I'M DOING.))
Lacey Putney doesn't much like the spotlight-- but by officially declaring
himself a member of the Republican Caucus this year, Putney's changed the
equation in the House.
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: WELL IT MAKES IT CLEAR, YOU KNOW, LACEY HAS
JOINED OUR CAUCUS BUT IS STILL AN INDEPENDENT-- WE HAVE PARAMETERS THAT ALLOW
THAT IN OUR CAUCUS. AND HIS JOINING OUR CAUCUS MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE HOUSE
IS TRULY DIVIDED 50-50. SO IN THAT SENSE, FROM A PSYCHOLOGICAL STANDPOINT IT'S
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: WELL THAT MEANS EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS. IN
DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW WE HAVE TO VIEW HIM BASICALLY AS A MEMBER OF THE
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: IT'S A LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH LACEY AND
I, SO IT TRANSCENDS WAY BACK BEFORE THIS WAS EVEN A PIPE DREAM. So what is
your goal for today? MY GOAL FOR TODAY IS TO ACHIEVE FAIRNESS IN THE HOUSE.))
The House is just now re-convening after a day of closed-door negotiations
over committee assignments.
It appears likely Democrat Tom Moss will remain Speaker -- but Republicans
may finally chair some committees AND get a one vote majority on others.
Also on tap tonight just a few blocks from here, Governor-elect Jim
Gilmore's No Car Tax celebration at the Tredegar Iron Works.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StarLink
That's billed Keith as a sort of Boston Tea Party for the car tax.
(Keith question:I take that as sort of coming attractions.)
Hundreds of people in the greater Roanoke Valley are without power tonight..
thanks to the icy weather.
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**Keith on ENG**
American Electric Power crews worked today to remove tree branches from
downed power lines.
A-E-P says at least 8-hundred customers are currently experiencing outages.
Ice scrapers came in handy for morning commuters.. as they cleared off icy
Some kids got a few extra hours of sleep.
Many area schools were delayed.. some even cancelled classes.
Generally, folks are happy the storm wasn't any worse.
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((ERIK ROBINSON:THE WAY THEY WERE TALKING ON THE RADIO AND TELEVISION THAT I
WASN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO MOVE MY CAR THIS MORNING SO I'M HAPPY IT'S NOT AS
BAD AS IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.))
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There are some weather related school announcements for tonight and
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Jackson River Technical School has no adult or evening classes tonight.
Campbell County Schools will open one hour late.
And Pittsylvania County Schools HAD scheduled a teacher work day for
tomorrow, but it is now a regular school day.
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One of the Hill City's major employers is adding on jobs. Steve Smallshaw
will have a live report coming up next on News 7 at Six.
and advice for students and parents worried that a college education will
put them deep in debt. There is financial help out there--but you have to know
where to look.
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It was the last public appearance of his four- year administration, and
Governor George Allen said it was fitting his visit to Lynchburg today was all
about economic development.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Let's dial up Steve Smallshaw.
Steve, it seems every time Allen has come to Lynchburg, it's been to talk
about a deal for the Ericsson Corporation.
Keith, by our count, this was Governor Allen's FOURTH trip to Ericsson in
the last four years.. and once again, he came bearing gifts.
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SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager; 1:06
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(( This time it was a check for 800- thousand dollars to help Lynchburg build a
100- thousand square foot warehouse for Ericsson's cell phone manufacturing
It also means another 150 new jobs the Allen administration can take credit
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ERICSSON'S DECISION MEANS MORE JOBS FROM THESE INDUSTRIES
AND IT DOES HELP US FINISH OFF WITH A STRONG KICK.))
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With its cell phone production doubling over the last year, Ericsson needed
Although North Carolina also was in the running, the most logical place for
expansion was in Lynchburg, right next door to the company that makes the
plastic casings for Ericsson's phones.
IN Q=In the next
((ROLF STAHRE/ERICSSON V.P. MANUFACTURING: IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE MOBILE
PHONE MARKET IS EXPECTED TO TRIPLE IN SIZE. THE LYNCHBURG MANUFACTURING
FACILITY IS CRITICAL TO OUR ABILITY TO CAPITALIZE ON THE GROWTH AS WE INCREASE
OUR SHARE OF THE MARKET.))
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The new facility will go here, on land directly adjacent to the Lynchpin
The city is spending 1- point- 2 million dollars of its own money to prepare
the site and construct the building.. Ericsson will start leasing it in May.
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((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: IT'S A GOOD LOCATION AND IT HAS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUTURE EXPANSION SHOULD THE NEED ARISE AS WELL, SO WE'RE VERY
PLEASED AND EXCITED FOR WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO FOR THE LYNCHBURG AREA.))
OUT Q=the Lynchburg area.))
Charles Church says the leasing arrangement is nothing new.. it's similar to
a locality constructing a shell building and waiting for a tenant to move in.
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This time, the tenant was already here.. and Church says the city's
willingness to build the warehouse FOR Ericsson was a big factor in the
company's decision to expand here. Keith?
The news is not as good at a factory in Chatham.
Bassett-Walker is closing its plant there, putting close to 350-people out of
It's one of three Bassett facilities closing.
And it's the latest in a series of layoffs plaguing textile plants.
Companies say there is a shrinking demand for knit products.
And plant managers say they're having a hard time paying American workers
when there's cheap labor available in other countries.
Bassett's plant in Chatham will stay open until March 14th.
A Virginia college professor received the nation's highest civilian honor at
the White House today.
Civil rights pioneer James Farmer has been given the Presidential Medal of
Farmer organized the civil rights movement's Freedom Rides in
the 1960s. He also founded the Congress of Racial Equality.
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The 78 year old Farmer is now a professor at Mary Washington College in
The stock market took a tumble today.
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The Dow fell 93 points to close at 76 hundred 92.
NASDAQ was down two points.
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A Danville man has lost a federal lawsuit against three city police
A jury this afternoon rejected the claim that he was beaten when he arrested
about four years ago.
Sam Sakellaris sued officers L-M Adkins and L-R Kennedy, saying they beat
him while he was handcuffed.
The lawsuit also said Lientenant J- C Lewis stood by and encouraged it.
But the jury sided with the defendants at the end a three-day trial in
Danville federal court.
This is the time of the school year when students and parents begin
worrying about paying for NEXT year's college bill.
Many financial aid applications must be filed this month.
In the end, many families will end up taking out loans.
But that doesn't have to be the case--not if parents and teenagers think of
the process as an on-going one.
In the first of a two- part report, Kimberly McBroom tells us how some high
school seniors are finding their special talents may translate into scholarship
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Robby Sinclair wants to be a jazz musician someday.
But his dream of attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music doesn't
((ROBBY SINCLAIR/CAVE SPRING SENIOR: I'D LIKE TO GET SCHOLARSHIPS, JUST
BECAUSE I'D FEEL BETTER ABOUT MY TALENTS IF I COULD GET SCHOLARSHIPS OFF OF IT.
BUT I THINK I'M GOING TO HAVE TO GET SOME LOANS, OF COURSE, AND SOME FINANCIAL
That strikes a familiar chord with MANY rising college freshmen.
Making the grade is important, and students like Robby with special talents
make themselves more marketable for financial assistance.
High school counselors say NOW is the time seniors should begin applying
That requires filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or
The form may look intimidating-- but it can lead to big money.
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((DALE JOHNSON/PATRICK HENRY GUIDANCE DEPT.: PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO
THEIR W-2, THEIR WAGE STATEMENT, AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THEY DON'T HAVE TO HAVE
FILED THEIR INCOME TAX, BUT THEY NEED TO HAVE THE FIGURES THAT THEY'RE GOING TO
USE WITH THAT. ))
High school career labs are the best immediate sources of scholarship
Deedee Harris spends a lot of time there.
SOT tape 2 8:40:00
((DEEDEE HARRIS/CAVE SPRING SENIOR: IT'S DEFINITELY WORTH IT, BECAUSE I'VE
HEARD SO MANY STORIES ABOUT APPLYING FOR-- TAKING OUT LOANS AND ALL THAT STUFF,
THAT IT'S HARD TO PAY THEM BACK AND MOST OF YOUR MONEY, ONCE YOU START MAKING
MONEY IN YOUR CAREER HAS TO GO TO PAYING STUDENT LOANS AND I KIND OF WANT TO
AVOID THAT. ))
The Internet is a key reference for both scholarships AND loans.
Counselors say there is plenty of FREE information on-line, and students
should take advantage of it BEFORE shelling out money to scholarship- hunting
SOT tape 2 8:16:06
((FRAN CASEY/CAVE SPRING GUIDANCE DEPT.: IT'S NOT NECESSARY. THERE'S SO MUCH
INFORMATION READILY AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE THAT-- I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD CAREFULLY
CONSIDER BEFORE THEY PAY PEOPLE MONEY. ))
If you're planning far ahead-- current ninth graders are the first class
eligible for the Virginia Prepaid Education Program.
It secures today's college tuition cost for tomorrow's college students.
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((GOVENOR GEORGE ALLEN: IT'S A GOOD WAY OF INVESTING. IT GIVES THEM SECURITY,
AND I THINK IT ALSO RAISES THE EXPECTATIONS IN THE MINDS OF THE PARENTS AND OF
THE YOUNGSTER. ))
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: TOMORROW, WE'LL HEAR FROM COLLEGE STUDENTS
THEMSELVES ABOUT HOW THEY'RE PAYING FOR SCHOOL.
AND HAVE YOUR PENCIL READY, WE'LL GO OVER SPECIFIC GRANTS AND LOANS, AS
WELL AS CHANGES IN STORE FOR VIRGINIA STUDENTS.
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7. ))
Mike Stevens checks in from the Carolinas with the latest from the NASCAR
Media Tour, the Express talks about playing Chesapeake.
and the Hokies will try and rebound from a tough loss to UVa tonight against
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The NASCAR Media Tour focussed on the the 50th anniversary celebration
today and tonight Mike Stevens tells us about the first of many special
gatherings planned for this season.
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Virginia is back in action tonight in Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech in an
A-C-C match up.
The Cavaliers dominated Virginia Tech a couple of nights ago at the Roanoke
But tonight's game with the Yellow Jackets is big for the Cavaliers as they
finish out the month of January with A-C-C games.
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If you want to catch cavaliers in action tonight then stick with us and
tune in to your Hometown Station. The Virginia/Georgia tech ACC showdown airs
right here on WDBJ tonight at 8.
Meantime, Virginia Tech picks up its conference scheduled tonight on the
road at Dayton, The Hottest team in the Atlantic 10.
The Hokies have six conference games this month and three of them are on the
road beginning with tonights stop in Dayton.
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((MYRON GUILLORY/VIRGINIA TECH GUARD: ))
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The Hokies and Oliver Purnell's Dayton Flyers tip it off tonight at 7
The Express is on the road for a Northeast Division game against
Chesapeake tonight. 21-10 and 3 Roanoke; atop the division might look better on
paper than the fifth place icebreakers; but; at 14 and 14; Chesapeake is
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((CHRIS LIPSETT/EXPRESS FORWARD:))
((DUANE HARMER/EXPRESS CAPTAIN:))
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Tonight on News 7 at 11, there are questions about how he will pay for it--
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but Jean Jadhon tells us Governor Elect Jim Gilmore is standing behind his
number one campaign promise.
Keith, it's the issue that put Gilmore in the Governor's Mansion--
and he's still vowing
to phase out the personal property tax on cars. His campaign staff has
organized a "No Car Tax" rally this evening in Richmond, as part of the
activities leading up to the inauguration this Saturday.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
And speaking of the Gilmore inauguration this Saturday--
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we'll have live reports on News 7 Saturday Morning. That's at eight a-m.
Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will get your weekend off to a good start.
Join them again for News 7 Sunday Morning, also at eight o'clock.
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