Coming up on News 7-
No More CAR TAX- The slogan is becomming reality. Lawmakers voted tonight to get rid out it.
A warning goes out to high school seniors about a possible scam-
Plus the mother of a boy with AIDS speaks out- one day after the father is charged with infecting the child.
News 7 is next.[Newsbreak]
Say goodbye to the car tax.
The Virginia General Assembly tonight voted to phase the tax out over five years- Now Jim Gilmore must sign it.
High School Seniors beware-
You may find something in the mail-
But some College officials say it could be a scam-
Michael Fortier knew about plans to bomb the Oklahoma City federal building but did NOT warn anyone.
Now prosecutors are recommending he go to prison for at least 11 years.
Plus check out this car- We'll tell you what happened.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven. [XGR]
The work the 19-98 General Assembly began in January is finally done.
Lawmakers have agreed to the largest tax cut in Virginia history, and a historic state commitment to public school construction and repair.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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((AYES 99, NOS ZERO, AYES 99, NOS ZERO, THE BILL IS PASSED.))
Governor Jim Gilmore's signature is a mere formality.
Virginia's largest tax cut ever is in writing.
But the Governor had to phone in his reaction to lawmakers from a northern Virginia dinner.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: YOU'VE MUSTERED THE COURAGE AND COOPERATION TO PROVIDE THE HARDWORKING FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA LASTING TAX RELIEF. I BELIEVE A BELL HAS BEEN RUNG IN VIRGINIA THAT CAN NEVER BY UNRUNG. THE BILL YOU PASSED FULFILLS OUR PROMISE TO ELIMINATE THE CAR TAX OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.))
Along with the car tax cut-- the first-ever long-term plan for the state to help cities and counties pay for school construction.
110- million dollars in the first two years.
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: 110- MILLION DOLLARS ISN'T GOING TO CHANGE A LOT STATEWIDE, BUT IT DOES HELP A LITTLE BIT.))
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A last minute snag took some negotiating to make sure localities matched the state money.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: ? ...FIRE TRUCK OR AN AMBULANCE OR SOMETHING ALONG THE WAY.))
Amidst the euphoria of business done, rural lawmakers had a reality check on both plans.
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE BE EVER VIGILANT. ONCE THESE THINGS ARE ON THE BOOKS, WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T CONTINUALLY DRAIN STATE RESOURCES.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE HEARD PEOPLE SAY IT COULD NOT BE DONE, IT HAS BEEN DONE. WE HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SAY IT WOULD NOT BE DONE IT HAS BEEN DONE.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, RIchmond.))[Student-card]
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The end of senior year can be an anxious time for students, closing out their high school careers and preparing for college.
Matt Feret tells us while letters and bills that will shape a student's college life roll in, one organization may be attempting to cash in.
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(( An organization called the National College Registration Board is marketing itself to prospective college students.
Colleges around the country say a high school seniors are getting letters, claiming "the Campus Card...is required for many services and purchasing privileges at whichever college or university your student chooses to attend."
Dan Miller of Ferrum College says the letter is extremely misleading.
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((DAN MILLER/FERRUM COLLEGE ENROLLMENT: COLLEGES ARE NOT INVOLVED WITH THIS. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE HAD ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE OF. ITS SOMETHING THAT AGAIN, WE'RE RECIEVING PHONE CALLS FROM ANXIOUS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ASKING US YOU KNOW, IS THIS RIGHT, IS THIS SOMTHING WE NEED.))
School officials say the card is nothing more than a glamorized debit card, sold for 25 dollars through the mail and a website.
One Franklin County senior said she thought it was just one of the many official letters that go out to incoming freshmen.
((I HADN'T REALLY HEARD OF ANYBODY HAVING ONE BUT I THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS MAYBE A NEW THING THAT CAME OUT.))
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((OFFICIALS SAY BEFORE BUYING INTO ANY UNSOCLICITED OFFERS, PARENTS SHOULD CALL THE SCHOOL'S ADMISSION OFFICES TO ENSURE ITS VALIDITY. MFE, NEWS 7, FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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State Police say three teenagers killed in a car accident yesterday in Pittsylvania County were NOT wearing seatbelts.
But State Police also say seatbelts probably would NOT have saved any lives.
17-year old Jennifer Blair was driving on State Route 863 Thursday evening when she veered into the path of a tractor trailer.
Her car was smashed beyond recognition.
State Police suspect Blair wasn't paying attention to the road.
Her passengers-- 18-year old Jennifer Hodges and 15-year old Rocky Tate-- were also killed in the accident.
There are black skid marks and a torn-up roadside where the wreck happened.
State Police say the driver of the tractor trailer won't be charged.
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((SGT. M.M. SCOTT/STATE POLICE: RIGHT NOW IT LOOK LIKE THE TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVER.. THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE HE COULD DO.))
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Tunstall High School is providing counseling for students who knew the victims.
Federal prosecutors recommend eleven to 14 years in prison for Michael (FOR'-tee-ur) Fortier for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Fortier will be sentenced for not warning anyone of the bombing
and for lying to F-B-I agents.
He pleaded guilty to four felony counts in 1995.
Prosecutors say they agree with a pre-sentencing report which
says Fortier did not intend to cause deaths by his action.
They say he may deserve a lighter sentence for cooperating with authorities.
Fortier will be sentenced on May 27th.
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Tired of a hectic life.
One Danville group says they've found a way to escape the stress.
We'll take you through some landmarks of Bedford County's history, from a tavern to a treasure.
News 7 at 11 will be right back.
She is a mother who's son has AIDS-
The boy's father is accused of purposely infecting the seven-year old when he was just an infant.
Tonight we hear from the mother identified only as Jennifer- Liz Mullen has more.
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((THIS.. IS GRACE UNDER PRESSURE:
JENNIFER: WE LIVE DAILY
WITH THE REALIZATION THAT.. HE WILL DIE.
Only wanting to be known by her first name. Jennifer is talking about her
son. The seven-year-old who prosecutors say was injected with the aids virus
by his own father.
JENNIFER/MOTHER: At the age of five he manifested signs of a severe disease.. then came the devestating diagnosis that my son had contracted AIDS.
After a two year investigation, police arrested this man.. brian stewart.. a
hospital technician who they believe sneaked into the boy's hospital room..
with a syringe filled with aids-tainted blood.
TIM BRAUN/PROSECUTOR: WHEN A FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD COMES DOWN WITH AIDS.. OUR SHERRIFF MAKES IT HIS BUSINESS TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED.
What happened is unimaginable. stewart.. allegedly.. wanted to avoid paying years of child support. so now.. while brian stewart remains behind bars
awaiting trial.. his son lives with full-blown aids.. and a daily reality
that's filled with syringes.. pills.. pain and anguish.
JENNIFER/MOTHER: NOW HE'S SIMPLY TRYING TO LIVE THE LIFE OF A NORMAL SEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD.
LIZ MULLEN, CBS News, NY.))
Men sharing their committment to God with other men.
Dozens gathered in Danville tonight to sing His praises.
This was the second annual Men's Revival at G-W High School.
This religious meeting for men only was organized to help them reaffirm their faith.
The message of the night-- no matter how hectic life gets, God and family come first.
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((MORRIS PORCH/ORGANIZER: TOO MANY TIMES CHILDREN ARE LOOKING AT THE WRONG ROLE MODELS TO ROLE THEIR LIFE AFTER WHEN IT SHOULD BE RIGHT IN THEIR OWN FAMILY. IT SHOULD BE THEIR OWN FATHER OR MOTHER. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.))
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Former Atlanta Falcons football star Buddy Curry was one of the revival's featured speakers.
He shared the story of his own search for the real meaning of being a man.
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Where in the world is the Black Horse Tavern?
There's a sign in the National Forest that says it was there- -smack in the middle of Beale Treasure land.
Keith Humphry discovered what's left of the 18th Century tavern.
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((OH WE CALLED IT THE TREASURE LAND.))
Ben Richardson and his brother, Jack, once owned 380 acres that's now part of the Jefferson National Forest.
In the 15 years they owned the property, they spent a lot of time and money treasure hunting withOUT any success.
When they sold it to the government, they retained rights to the treasure.
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((WELL I WAS WILLING TO SELL IT WITHOUT HOLDING ONTO THE TREASURE RIGHTS. BUT SINCE HE DID IT, I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED.))
There's a weather-beaten sign on a broad flat spot in the old stage coach road that purports to mark the spot where the Black Horse Tavern stood.
Someone may have just assumed the tavern was right below Black Horse Gap. Local historians now know where it was. And it wasn't here.
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((IT'S INTERESTING. WE'VE GOT SOME OTHER AREAS. FOR EXAMPLE, A TRAIL CALLED "OLD HOTEL," NAMED FOR WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS AN OLD HOTEL. BUT THEN THE HOTEL WAS NEVER BUILT. AND EVERYBODY JUST CALLED IT THAT.))
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Welcome to the BELLVUE Hotel- -opened in 1854- -now being renovated by its new owner, Frank Longacre of National Business College.
((IT WAS ORIGINALLY- -EITHER THE FRONT PART OR BACK PART WAS A BAR.))
This is STILL not the Black Horse Tavern....
That's the dilapidated building next door.
Privately- owned but vacant, the rock foundation appears intact... though the structure has suffered from neglect.
Perhaps it would be better off as a wayside on the Old Sweet Springs Road.
On the site of what local legend says was a toll gate on the Bufordsville- Fincastle Turnpike.
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((AS THE STORY GOES, THE GATE KEEPER WOULD CLIMB UP ON THE ROCK WITH A HORN TO SIGNIFY THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ON THE STAGE COACH, SO THE FOLKS DOWN AT BUFORD'S TAVERN- -IN WHAT IS NOW MONTVALE- -WOULD KNOW HOW MANY CHICKENS TO PUT IN THE POT. ))
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Keith Humphry, NEWS-7, Bedford County.))[Hotel-Botetourt]
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Someone will have to support a confederate hotel to keep it from crumbling.
Fire destroyed the roof and top floor of the Hotel Botetourt last year.
The county will tear down the rest of this 147-year old building, if someone does not jump to its rescue.
Confederate soldiers once slept here, and a local historian says it would be a perfect home for the elderly.
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((HARRY GLEASON/PROJECT MANAGER: WE LOSE A LOT OF RESIDENTS WHO HAVE TO MOVE TO ROANOKE COUNTY OR CITY BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THAT TYPE OF RESIDENCE AVAILABLE FOR THEM HERE IN TOWN.))
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The town is trying to find a new owner to fix up this landmark.
The catch -- replacing the roof alone could cost up to 35-thousand-dollars.
Local artist Tommy Firebaugh has raised 450 dollars to save the hotel and has his own ideas.
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((A BED AND BREAKFAST OR THEY COULD MAKE IT INTO A HOTEL AND INVITE THE JESSE JAMES GANG BACK AGAIN. I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD DRAW TO THE COMMUNITY.))
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The owner Terry Parsell would not meet with us but others says he's told them he'd sell the hotel for a dollar.
A railroad legend rolls into the Roanoke Valley.
We'll show you the pictures that made him famous,
Virginia Tech now has virtual wings, thanks to the Navy.
That story and more coming up on News 7 at 11.
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Fans of railroad photographer O. Winston Link are making tracks to the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
A new exhibit of his work debuted today.
Link's black and white photos of the glory days of steam locomotives are famous.
This show includes some of his rare color photographs.
Link also has a CD out, of his steam engine recordings.
One of the more famous ones was made in Wythe County.
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((O. WINSTON LINK/PHOTOGRAPHER: WHEN I HAD THE WOMEN PLAY THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS ON THE CHURCH BELLS AND THERE WAS A LIGHT BREEZE BLOWING AND YOU HEAR THE WIND SHIFT THE SOUND AND THE J-CLASS ENGINE ON NUMBER 42 IS WHISTLING IN THE FAR DISTANCE AND COMES INTO THE STATION.))
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Link was treated to a formal reception at the museum tonight, and was given a crystal star from the mayor.
Students at Virginia Tech are flying high thanks to a unique donation from the Navy.
The Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach donated a 13-million dollar flight simulator to the university.
The Department of Aerospace and Ocean engineering officially unveiled the unique teaching and research tool today.
The flight trainer simulates, through computer, what it's like to actually ride in an aircraft.
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((WAYNE DURHAM/ASSOC. PROFESSOR OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING: TWO TRUCKS ROLLED UP ON MARCH 5TH 1996, IT'S TAKEN US TWO YEARS TO GET IT AND RESTORE IT TO OPERATION CAPABILITY TO MAKE THE NECESSARY CHANGES AND TO DO INSTRUCTION AND RESEARCH. ))
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Durham says he's not aware of any other university that has a flight simulator like this either for instruction or research.
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But first the most watched NFL mini-camp that opened yesterday was in Indianapolis where top draft pick Peyton Manning took part in his first practice with the Colts.
Manning says he has two objectives; learn his teammates names and learn the system fast enough so not to hold back the progress of the team as a whole.
The Salem Avalanche opened a seven game home stand last night with a 6-to-1 loss to the Prince Williams Cannons at Salem Memorial.
The hottest thing on this night was the world renowned Embers, who entertained outside the Stadium for the night's Party in the Park.
The Avalanche fell behind in the second as Chris Martine hits double down the third base line plating Jesus Ametller. It's one to nothing Cannons.
The barrage would not end there. Still in the second, Cordell Farley drives in a run to make it a 2-to-nothing game. That turned out to be the game winning run as Chandler Martin had his hands full tonight on the mound.
Although, the Cannons were less than perfect on the basepaths. The Cannons got a little greedy on this fielder's choice as Farley tries to score from second.
[super=37-Prince William/6/Salem/1/Salem Now 4 & 10;] But Blake Barthol says not in my house as he takes the hit and
gives Farley a souvenir.
The two teams play again tonight at 7.
It seems like the Winston Cup caravan just rolled out of Martinsville. And in a way it did.
Working on a short week the circuit pulled into Talladega yesterday for first round time trials.
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The last time the cars were on a super speedway, Dale Earnhardt won the race and started 5th at Daytona.
Since then, though, his best qualifying effort has been 25th!
But he was on the pole most of the day with a lap in just over 49 seconds.
His speed is 195 point 194 miles an hour.
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But one of the last of the 51 cars to roll out was Bobby - Bobby Labonte and just like he did at Daytona in February he won the pole despite little or no testing in Alabama.
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[OUT Q=...racing on Sunday."]
Bobby older brother Terry will start third.
Here is the complete top 25 rundown.
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[super=0107-11. Joe Nemechek//12. Jerry Nadeau//13. Ricky Rudd//14. Sterling Marlin//15. John Andretti//;]
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[super=0107-21. Wally Dallenbach//22. Jimmy Spencer//23. Rusty Wallace//24. Darrell Waltrip//25. Kenny Irwin//;]
The NBA's first round playoff series continued opening last night and the defending world champs got a real scare.
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John Calipari had his New Jersey Nets primed for a game one upset of the Bulls.
They got the game to overtime and had Chicago on the ropes before Michael Jordan made this steal and
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driving jam with 43 seconds left.
He scores 39 and the Bulls win 96-to-93 in OT.
The Carollina Panthers are one of 25 NFL teams holding mini-camp workouts this weekend across the country.
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The Panthers are coming off a disappointing 7-and-9 season, and with all the acquisitions this team made in the off season, it is anxious to get on the field and see what it has.
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[SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panthers Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=...GOING HERE."]
Most eyes yesterday were on Sean Gilbert the team's new $47 million dollar man who was going all out in practice.
[IN Q="I been...]
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[OUT Q=...all out."]
Salem went Cosmopolitan this afternoon.
One of the largest track and field meets in the state is underway.
24 teams are competing in the 33rd annual Cosmopolitan Invitational.
Because of it's size athletes, who perform well this weekend can earn a trip to the state meet.
Fans will also see some unusual match-ups this weekend.
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((RANDY LOWER/MEET DIRECTOR: YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SINGLE A KIDS COMPETING AGAINST DOUBLE-A AND TRIPLE A AND THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN OFTEN AND WE HAVE A MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION TO GET YOUNGER KIDS AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL CARRY ON TO THE HIGH SCHOOL.))
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Qualifying meets took place today.
The finals and awards ceremonies a start tomorrow morning at nine.
Still to come tonight I'll let you know where BIlly King stands heading into the weekend rounds in Las Vegas.
Plus, Roy Stanley checks in from the Greensboro Chrysler Classic where Slamming Sammy is on the minds of tournament officials and participants this week.
Bob Estes and Hal Sutton have the lead at the halfway point of the Greensboro Chrysler Classic with 12 under par totals.
Roy Stanley tells us why there is a little extra incentive to win this year's event.
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This is one you have to see to believe and it's our video of the day.
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A car carreened out of control and ended up teetering from a guardrail in Portland Oregon.
59-year old Agnes Louise Scott was driving on the Morrison Bridge when she lost control of her station wagon.
It went through a guard rail and ended up in a precarious position.
The car dangled about 40 to 50 feet from a concrete staircase until
police could come and rescue her.
Scott suffered only a minor leg injury-
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