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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Dick Cranwell has some choice words for the car tax cut plan.
We'll hear from the Majority Leader on NEWS 7 at SIX... and a response from the Governor.
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[VO-NAT]


And a firebomb demonstration in the crime family case- -as the trial in federal court shifts gears to the defense.


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[ANCHOR=MIKE on TAPE]
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((AS YOU SEE BEHIND ME, VICTORY LANE IS ALL READY FOR TOMORROW'S QUALIFYING RACES AT DAYTONA. COMING IN SPORTS, WE'LL HAVE A PREVIEW OF THE TWIN 125 MILE EVENTS AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE STARTING GRID FOR BOTH RACES. ))
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[OUT Q=for both races.]

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[TALENT=Robin]
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More showers then a breezy and cool Thursday on the way. Also WeatherSchool continues for more than 1700 classrooms around the region.


[Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#97-97]
[GRAPHIC=Personal Property Tax]


It's official.
The "car tax" cut will get a rough ride in Richmond.
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[SOT 12:39:14]
[IN Q=Every body]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: EVERY BODY IN THIS CHAMBER, IF I COULD GET YOU OFF TO A DESERT ISLAND, AND YOU COULD SHOOT ME AFTER YOU TOLD ME THE TRUTH, AND YOU COULD COME ON BACK HERE, EVERY ONE OF YOU WOULD SAY THAT THIS CAR TAX IS THE BIGGEST FOOL, COCKAMAMIE SCHEME THAT HAS EVER BEEN HANDED OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
[SOT 06:18:06]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THAT HE'S SIMPLY PLAYING THE ROLE OF OBSTRUCTIONIST. HE WANTS TO STOP IT TO SHOW THAT HE CAN STOP IT. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE'S STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.))
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[OUT Q=bipartisan support.]
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To bolster that bi-partisan support, Gilmore will take off Friday on a one day campaign style tour of the state to sell the car tax idea-- again.
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[Tobacco-Retailers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#97-99]
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Governor Gilmore also announced tonight that he's pushing for a way to track tobacco retailers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]


The Governor is opposed to a move to license all tobacco retailers -- despite the fact that the state has NO record of who sells tobacco.
That makes it hard for ABC agents to crack down on cigarette sales to minors.
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[TALENT=Keith]
[SS=Jim Gilmore]


So Gilmore's new plan is to force cigarette wholesalers to turn over their lists of retailers to the state.

[Boty-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#98-10]
[GRAPHIC=Accidnet]


A limousine smashed into an underpass earlier this afternoon along Interstate 81 injuring five people.
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A witness said the limousine veered off the highway while travelling southbound near the Hollins exit then crashed into this hillside.
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((JACK WALKER: METAL TAPE FLYING UP THROUGH THE AIR--METAL FIBER GLASS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR. THANK GOD THERE WAS NO VEHICLES COMING WHEN IT HAPPENED.))
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Rescuers had to use the jaws of life to free one person whose condition is unknown.
The injured were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile state police are continuing to investigate the accident.
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[Abed]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=KHu]
[TAPE#98-9]
[GRAPHIC=Joseph Abbott]


The judge in the so-called "crime- family" trial of Joe Abbott ruled today that the fire at Mixer's Restaurant and Lounge was "unequivocally" set.
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[**Keith on ENG**]
[SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994]


Rejecting a motion to dismiss charges against the co-owners of the nightclub, Judge Sam Wilson noted that certain items were removed just before the fire broke out and that employees were given the night off.
Taken in the "light most favorable to the government," the Judge indicated Riyadh Gibriel had the opportunity and financial motive to torch the business, and- -that Ahmad Thiab did too- -through his association with Gibriel... though Thiab was in Canada at the time.
[SUPER=04-ATF Videotape]


The government rested its case last night--by playing a videotaped demonstration of a molotov cocktail.
The government says a gasoline- filled wine bottle was thrown through the window of a storeroom at the Corner Store.
...and that that's what started the fire that morning AND the fatal apartment fire a few doors away later that night.
[SUPER=04-January 13, 1995]


The fire marshal's office originally declared the apartment fire an accident. The man who made that ruling was one of the first witnesses for the defense.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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"Don't Walk on the Grass"--it may be a sign of the past in the State Capitol. That story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
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And just in time for Valentine's Day we begin a special report about how people meet each other--how has the dating game changed?
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Some workers at Columbia Alleghany Regional Hospital claim downsizing is jeopardizing patient care.
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Members of the United Paperworkers International Union say the hospital is assigning workers with little training to take care of too many patients.
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((GLENN INGLIN/UNITED PAPERWORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION: THE GOAL WAS TO MAKE A MORE EFFICIENT AND PROFICIENT TEAM ON EACH FLOOR SO THAT PATIENT CARE WOULD IMPROVE, USING THE SAME AOUNG OF PEOPLE EVEN THE POSSIBILITY OF LESS PEOPLE. BUT, YET AT THE SAME TIME PATIENT CARE SHOULD IMPROVE, BUT IT NEVER MATERIALIZED.))
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The union says it was working with the hospital to cut costs and eliminate as few jobs as possible but that the hospital backed out of the plan.
The union, which represents many non-management hospital employees, plans to hold a rally in protest of the hospital's practices.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Alleghany Regional Hospital]


Hospital officials deny patient care has suffered, pointing out that job cuts occurred among support staff and not nurses and doctors.

[City-Water]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#97-96]
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The Environmental Protection Agency thinks certain chemicals in drinking water may be harmful to pregnant women.

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]


One study says women who drink more than five glasses of tap water per day have more miscarriages than women who don't.
The E-P-A is waiting to see the results of its own studies -- in the meantime, it wants to reduce the acceptable level of these chemicals, called trihalomethane, from 100 micrograms per liter to 80.
Roanoke's chemical levels are well below that already -- at 30 micrograms per liter -- compared to Danville's 62 micrograms per liter.
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[Talent=Keith]
[SS=Water Quality]


The E-P-A announced today that starting next year, residents will receive lists of all chemicals in their water -- and their possible dangers.
Those reports will be enclosed in water bills.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=chu]
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A year-and-a-half long drug investigation in Halifax County has turned up another suspect.
This time narcotics agents have arrested Jamie Varon.
The South Boston man is charged with nine-counts of distributing cocaine.. and five-counts of conspiracy.
His arrest is part of "Operation Fall Harvest" which has netted close to 70-arrests.
Varon is out on 75-thousand dollars bail and no court date has been set.

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Another record on Wall Street today-- [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#97-100]
[GRAPHIC=In Search Of]


Whether you're single or divorced--you probably already know the dating scene is sometimes tough.
Maybe you've heard married folks say: "I wouldn't want to be single today." But is it really all that bad? [DISSOLVE TO FULLSCREEN "IN SEARCH OF"]
As we count down to Valentine's Day, Kimberly McBroom begins a three- part report "In Search Of..." Tonight: the current dating culture.
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(( When it comes to dating, no one's an EXPERT, but we asked some members of the local college crowd where they go looking for love.
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[SOT tape 7 11:53:46]

((TOM WARNER: YOU KNOW, LIKE AT THE BEACH, OR IN THE PARK AND STUFF IS A NICE PLACE TO MEET THEM BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU GET PEOPLE WHO LIKE SIMILAR INTERESTS THAT YOU DO. AND JUST THROUGH FRIENDS AND STUFF, BECAUSE THEN YOU KNOW YOU LIKE THEM, BECAUSE YOU TRUST YOUR FRIENDS' OPINIONS ABOUT THAT SORT OF THING. ))
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((Kimberly McBroom/News 7: What's the most important thing? MICHAEL SMITH: I'D SAY PERSONALITY, BECAUSE I'M KIND OF LOOKING FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME, YOU KNOW. ))
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If you're new to the dating game, or perhaps re- entering it after a number of years-- you're not alone in your confusion about the social rules of the '90s.
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[SOT TAPE 7 11:32:45]

((DR. KRISTI HOFFMAN/ROANOKE COLLEGE SOCIOLOGIST: WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE TO DO TODAY THAT THEY DIDN'T, THEIR PARENTS DIDN'T HAVE TO DO, THEIR GRANDPARENTS DIDN'T HAVE TO DO, IS NEGOTIATE THESE THINGS LIKE, WHO PAYS, AND WHO ASKS WHO OUT, AND WHAT'S CONSIDERED AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO MEET SOMEONE. ))
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Doctor Hoffman teaches a marriage and family course at Roanoke College-- but she says the means of getting to that point have changed a lot over the last century.
The internet, personal ads, and videodating services are relatively new-- but Hoffman says the more traditional methods are still what lead most people to the altar.
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[SOT 11:34:51 tape 7]

((DR. KRISTI HOFFMAN/ROANOKE COLLEGE SOCIOLOGIST: IN TERMS OF A LONG-TERM, MORE SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP LIKE MARRIAGE, IT SEEMS PEOPLE ARE STILL MEETING IN THE OLD- FASHIONED WAYS-- THAT'S THE BEST WAY. IN OTHER WORDS, THROUGH YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK, THROUGH FRIENDS, THROUGH FAMILY, THROUGH WORK, THROUGH SCHOOL. ))
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But personal ads are still popular in this area.
Scott Burton is in charge of the classifieds section at the Roanoke Times.
Burton says 25 to 30 new ads come in each month.
And 80- percent of those placing ads are men.
Not surprisingly, he says there's a 10- percent increase in in the number of print and voice mail personals around Valentine's Day.
But sometimes editors find themselves in a position similar to CHAPERONES.
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((SCOTT BURTON/THE ROANOKE TIMES: WE HAVE TO WATCH IT BECAUSE THEY'RE WANTING TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE WITH SEXUAL SUGGESTIONS WITH SOME INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS. SO, THAT NEGOTIATING PROCESS OF WHEN THEY CALL, OFTEN IS, WE'RE HAVING TO TONE IT DOWN JUST A LITTLE BIT. ))
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Most traditional print ads cost about 25- dollars.
But the newer voice mail personals are FREE for the person placing the ad.
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((SCOTT BURTON/THE ROANOKE TIMES: THEY CALL THE 1-900 NUMBER AND IT'S A TOLL- FREE CALL, SO THERE'S NO CHARGE FOR THE PERSON PLACING THE AD. THEY TALK TO A CONSULTANT WHO SAYS, "WHO ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MEETING? WHAT INTERESTS AND HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL THE PERSON ABOUT YOURSELF?" ))
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[SOT STANDUP HERE tape 7 13:27:52]

((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: BUT IF YOU STILL HAVEN'T FOUND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE IN THE PERSONAL COLUMN, YOU CAN GO FOR A MORE HIGH- TECH APPROACH-- THE INTERNET. TOMORROW, WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO A WOMAN WHOSE ROMANTIC CHATS ON THE INTERNET TOOK HER ALL THE WAY TO NEW ZEALAND. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7. ))
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[WRITER=sma]
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Mike Stevens will join us track side in a few. PH's Boo Battle wants to sign--only the papers have not arrived,
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[VO-NAT]


but the big money sure has for Eric Swann; we will show you the money in sports.
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[S-Daytona]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[WRITER=mst]
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Tomorrow is a day for twins at Daytona as the track hosts two fifty lap qualifying races.
[Double Boxes=Steve/Mike STARLINK]


Mike Stevens is at the Speedway where some drivers are worried about making the BIG race.
[LIVE=Mike Full]
[SUPER=@Mike1;]
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((ROLLCUE:Who's scrambling and who's not.))
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[SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Starts 27th in First Qualifier; :19]
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[OUT Q=count on that]
[LIVE=Mike Full]

A total of 28 cars will start the first race. Here's a look at how they stack up tomorrow.
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MIKE ADLIBS ((ROLLCUE: are unsure about their status.))
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Mike adlibs to Second Set of Qualifying Boards.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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Our daytona crew is also busy [WIPE TO PINNACLE!!]
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putting together a half hour special called NASCAR 98; the Daytona 500. The program will hit the airways this Saturday at 6:30 right here on your hometown station.

[S-Swann]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=S8-3]
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Defensive tackle Eric Swann has agreed to a contract with the Phoenix Cardinals
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[SUPER=04-NFL; :00]

that will make him one of the NFL's highest paid lineman. Swann has a five year deal worth 25 million dollars. It included a seven and a half million dollar signing bonus.
The former Cardinal 1st round draft pick has been to the pro bowl twice.
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[Capitol-Grass]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#97-94]
[GRAPHIC=Session 98]


Virginia's General Assembly considers about three thousand bills each year.
Suffice it to say the state code isn't getting smaller as time goes by.
But every once in a while, there's a law that's just plain stupid...and most parties agree, it's got to go.
Ellen Qualls reports on one.
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[IN Q=For decades]
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[SUPER=01-Del. Don McEachin/(D) Richmond; :25]
[SUPER=01-Jason Roller/Future Farmer of America; :44]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Browne/Houes Page; :50]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]


(( For decades, it has been illegal to walk on the grass of around Virginia's state Capitol.
But these hallowed grounds, in the shadow of Jeffersonian architecture, are about to lose their privileged status.
The House of Delegates has approved a bill to dump the law.
After all, the politicians park their cars on it.
Capitol police officers tread on it themselves-- albeit in the service of the public.
[SOT 04:42:44]

((HAVE YOU HAVE EVER HAD YOUR CAR PARKED....DEL. DON MCEACHIN: UH NO I HAVEN'T DONE THAT.))
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We found a Future Farmer of America -- who happens to have some knowledge of turf management.
[SOT 04:24:27]

((How dangerous is...JASON ROLLER: ....AND TAKE CARE OF IT.))
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[Sot ] ((And why are you walking..YES))
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So are the Capitol Police simply ignoring a state law, right under the noses of the lawMAKERS?
[SOT 04:46:40]

((GET SOME ANSWERS HERE.))
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They say they haven't enforced it in years.
[SOT 04:48:24]

((WHY? WELL THERE WAS NO REASON TO.))
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Oh... okay.
It's just something that slipped in between the cracks.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.)) [Promo]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Local ice skating fans have been closely following the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]


Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom to tell us more about the excitement the Games are generating.
[Live=Jean Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Jean1;]


Keith, ice skating has been gaining in popularity in the region for a number of years, but never more than now, with the Olympics in full swing.
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[VO-NAT]


Watching figure skating and ice hockey is making local kids dream of becomming the next Tara Lipinski or Brett Hull.

Tonight we'll meet some of the youngsters and share their excitement and reaction to the U-S team getting its first gold medals of these Games.
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]


We'll have that story tonight on News 7 at 11 after the Games--Keith? (Keith ad lib byes) [Talent=Keith]