Opening day of hunting season ends with the death of a teenager in Franklin County.
Tired of paying tax on groceries? News 7 learns about a plan to reduce it.
Details and reaction coming up.
Plus Too many students and not enough classrooms- What's being done about it in Bedford?
News 7 is next.
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The governor prepares to launch a new tax cut proposal, aimed at lowering your weekly grocery bills.
Montgomery County State Senator Madison Marye offered it last year-- and Jim Gilmore said "not yet."
But this year, the Governor's getting on board the FOOD tax cut train.
Sources tell NEWS 7 he will announce a plan tomorrow to cut the sales tax on groceries by two cents on the dollar, phased in over four years.
So when we asked the Governor about his impending budget announcement...
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Sources at the Capitol say it is his own version of the food tax cut-- modelled closely on a bi-partisan committee's bill advanced last month.
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((DEL. BUTCH DAVIES/D-CULPEPER: IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME THAT THE GOVERNOR WOULD REACH OUT AND EMBRACE IT. BECAUSE UNLIKE THE CAR TAX WHICH BASICALLY FAVORS THOSE WHO ARE MORE AFFLUENT... THE FOOD TAX PROVIDES AN ACROSS THE BOARD BENEFIT.))
((GAIL NARDI/HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS: I THINK THE GOVERNOR IS GETTING READY TO HURL HIMSELF ONTO OUR BANDWAGON, AND I THINK HE'LL BE VERY WELCOME.))
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Area shoppers like the thought of more money in their pockets...
And area lawmakers don't seem to mind more money taken OUT of theirs.
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Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with local reaction to the tax cut proposal.
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Jean a couple of cents on the dollar can add up for families... up to a total of 245 million dollars annually.
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((Charles and Valerie Jones are the typical shopping family...
With two children, they spend about 100 dollars a week on groceries.
A two percent tax cut would save them 104 dollars a year.
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((CHARLES JONES/SHOPPER; CUTTING THE FOOD TAX WOULD HELP A LOT, AND I HOPE IT'S SOMETHING THEY CAN DO(:04)
DO YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE MORE THAN 2 PERCENT?
WELL YOU KNOW, I REALIZE THAT WE ALL HAVE TO PAY OUR SHARE OF TAXES TO HELP THE COMMUNITY.))
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((JULIA GALE/SHOPPER; YES I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA, PARTICULARY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T MAKE MUCH MONEY AND LOW INCOME, VERY GOOD FOR THEM))
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Delegate Chip Woodrum supports the cut, in fact he says the leglislature should cut the entire tax.
Dick Cranwell agrees, saying is food tax cut is a better deal for Southwest Virginia than the car tax cut.
[standup] While experts say the Commonwealth can support both tax cuts with the current growing economy, some people wonder what happens when the economy stops growing...
Shopper Catherine Carter says if she had to chose, she'd take the FOOD tax cut over the car tax.
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((CATHERINE CARTER/SHOPPER; OVERALL I'D SAY MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE AFFECTED MORE BY CUTTING THE FOOD TAX, DEFINITELY, THAN THE CAR TAX, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY SPENT ON FOOD, YEA, DEFINITELY.))
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It's interesting to note that just about every time we've heard a democrat say something positive about cutting the food tax, it comes with something negative about the car tax...
It will be interesting to see if democrats use a food tax cut to take another shot at the car tax cut.
NOT to be outdone in the latest tax cutting frenzy, Patrick County Democrat Barnie Day announced one of his own tonight.
Day's proposing a "back to school tax cut" that would cut the sales tax on clothes, books, and school supplies for one week in early September.
It's all up to the 1999 General Assembly.
The opening day of hunting season proved deadly for one teen-age hunter in Franklin County today- who was accidently killed by his brother.
The 17-year old was reportedly mistaken for a deer when his 20-year-old brother shot him.
It happened at around 5:30 tonight near Boones Mill, off Route 793.
Police say the teenager was carried to a nearby home, where he was pronounced dead.
The victim's identity has not yet been released so the family can be notified.
The start of the hunting season may have forced the DELAY of a murder trial in Amherst County.
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Trial for 29-year old Kenneth Eugene Branham was supposed to start today.
He charged with murdering one man and wounding another during an argument over horsehshoes last Spring.
But the judge declared a mistrial when there weren't enough prospective jurors.
25 people were summoned to court today, but two called in sick, three were disqualified and four others just didn't show up.
Prosecutors say it's possible those no- shows were in the woods instead of in court.
Branham's new trial is set for December.
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United Nations Humanitarian workers arrived back in Baghdad today-
Weapons inspectors will head back to work tomorrow.
Meanwhile soldiers wait-
President Clinton says the world is watching Saddam Hussein.
If he doesn't keep his promise to allow weapons inspections, U-S military forces are ready.
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Eight states did something that the government never could- they cut a deal with Big Tobacco.
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((CHRISTINE GREGOIRE/WASHINGTON STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL: UNDER THIS PROPOSAL BILLBOARDS, GONE. TAXI AND TRANSIT ADS, GONE. HATS, SHIRTS BACKPACKS WITH TOBACCO BRAND NAMES- GONE.))
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The states will share 206 billion dollars over 25 years-
In exchange the state's drop their medicaid recovery lawsuits against cigarette makers.
((SEN RON WYDEN: IT DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WHEN THE TOBACCO COMPANIES MAKE A FULL COURT PRESS AROUND THE WORLD TO TARGET CHLDREN.))
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Analysts say expect cigarettes to go up by fifty cents a pack.
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Police in Burlington Wisconsin say a group of teenagers planned a shooting spree at their high school today.
But police caught wind of the plot and arrested five teens all ages 15 and 16.
((THE INFORMATION WAS THERE WAS A PACK OF FIVE MALE YOUTHS, THAT PLAN TO BRING GUNS TO SCHOOL- AND THEY HAD SPECIFICALLY TARGETTED SOME STUDENTS, TWO ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONS FROM THE SCHOOL AND ONE FACULTY MEMBERS.))
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Police say 15 to 20 people were on the hit list.
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The 14 year old Florida boy charged with killing his 8-year old neighbor- will be tried as an adult.
The girl's body was found in the boy's bedroom a
a week after she disappeared.
If Joshua Phillips is found guilty he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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Another prisoner on death row is scheduled for execution tomorrow night.
It will be Virginia's 12th execution this year, adding to the state's modern-era record.
The U-S Supreme Court rejected an emergency request today to the stay the execution of Kenneth Wilson.
He's scheduled to die for killing a neighbor in Newport News almost six years ago.
Bedford County schools aren't the only ones experiencing growing pains.
Bedford CITY is also crowded.. but educators there say it's the county's fault.
The Bedford City school board met tonight to discuss how to deal with overcrowding in its elementary and middle schools.
Each has more than ONE hundred extra students.. and officials say most of them are children who actually live in the county.
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((DR. JAMES BLEVINS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THE CITY FEELS LIKE THEY ARE PROVIDING ENOUGH SPACE FOR THEIR CURRENT STUDENTS AND THE COUNTY FEELS LIKE THAT THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR THE COUNTY STUDENTS. SO I THINK WHEN THE TWO COMMITTEES GET TOGETHER, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL HAVE TO BE WORKED OUT.))
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Blevins says mobile classrooms or rezoning may be short-term solutions to the overcrowding.
But the two school boards still have to decide who's going to pay for that.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Coming up, an area church smolders and a congregation picks up the pieces after a blaze.
Plus an aging Roanoke performance hall is set for a facelift -- worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The story straight ahead.
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((Hey Jean this is Mike Stevens in the sports office. UVa loses Colin Ducharme to a broken ankle. We'll talk with the Big south champion Radford Highlanders who open their season tomorrow night.
Plus, we'll hear from former player of the week Chris Graham, who is on the comeback trail after being told he may never walk again.
Plus, Mike Beam and Bill Elliott part ways on the Cup circuit. It's all coming up tonight in sports.))
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New life for an aging auditorium is closer tonight.
Roanoke City Council has promised an additional 800-thousand dollars for improvements to the Jefferson Center performance hall.
A 1997 bond referendum included two million dollars for the project, but the total cost has risen.
Private contributions will provide more than four million dollars, and the fundraising continues...
But supporters say the additional commitment from the city brings the goal within reach.
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((WARNER DALHOUSE/JEFFERSON CENTER FOUNDATION: EVEN WITH THE UNEXPECTED INCREASES IN THE COMPLEXITY AND COST OF THE PROJECT, THIS VIRTUALLY ASSURES THAT THE PROJECT WILL BE STARTED AND COMPLETED ON TIME, AND DONE IN A FIRST CLASS, HIGH QUALITY MANNER.))
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If all goes according to plan, Audiences will be enjoying performances on the Jefferson Center stage by the end of the year 2000.
A church fire that took more than 25-hundred gallons of water to extinquish yesterday evening still smoldered today in Collinsville.
The First Presbyterian Church caught fire before leaving a smoldering aftermath of hot spots and smoke.
No one was inside the church at the time of the blaze.
Fire officials say it will take a couple of days to determine whether the blaze that tore down the 27-year old structure is suspicious.
Members of the church plan to gather at each other's homes until they are able to re-build.
A bomb threat disrupted classes at Giles County high school, this morning.
Students were sent home for the day after a call came in before nine this morning.
Sheriff's investigators say they were able to determine where today's phone call was made.
So far, no one's been arrested but authorities DO have leads.
Students were also sent home last Wednesday after a similar bomb threat was phoned in.
School officials say they do NOT automatically dismiss students for bomb threats.
They say they make their decisions on a case by case basis.
In both instances they say it was necessary to send the students home for safety reasons.
Things are looking up - or at least a little more clear - for some Roanoke City School students.
These children with vision problems are getting free glasses.
The 40-foot long LenCrafters Vision Van is a complete eyecare facility. It travels around the country making stops in different localities to deliver optical care to needy children.
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((CAROL BENSON/LENSCRAFTERS: WE PARTNERED WITH ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS AND THEY WERE PRESCREENED AT SCHOOL AND FOUND TO HAVE A VISION HANDICAPP AND THAT'S HOW THEY WERE DETERMINED.))
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The volunteer optometrists also check the children's eyes for diseases like glaucoma that could be treated early and prevent serious problems in the future.
A total of 230 students from kindergarten through high school will be getting their new specs today, tomorrow and Wednesday.
Still ahead, an Englishman prefers the hills of Virginia for deer hunting.
We'll tell you why.
And the chimneys come tumbling down in Hong Kong.
We'll show what it looks like when 22,000 tons of material crumbles...
That's later in the newscast.
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Southwest Virginian hunters aren't the only ones who look forward to the opening day of deer-hunting season here.
David Shaw is from Northern England.
For the past four years, the fork lift driver has journeyed to Botetourt County specifically to hunt deer.
Shaw says it actually costs less for him to fly from England to Virginia than it does to hunt deer in his native country.
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((DAVID SHAW/ENGLISH HUNTER; WELL IT'S RESERVED FOR THE WELL TO DO, THE PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD IT. AND IT'S A LOT HARDER TO GET RIFLES OVER THERE AS WELL, YOU HAVE TO GET A PERMIT FOR THE RIFLE.))
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Shaw says at home he enjoys fox hunting, rabbits and pigeons.
He was among the many area hunters who enjoyed the first day of the General Firearms Season.
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Now a NASCAR note...
Mike Beam, a veteran crew chief, and the chief operating officer for Bill Elliott Racing has left the team.
Beam has oversaw the establishment of Elliott second team, but there is word that he is leaving to become the new crew chief for Elliott Sadler and the Wood Brothers.
Stay tuned on this one.
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Tennessee, which dodged death and destruction Saturday night against Arkansas is the number 1 team in the new Bowl Championship Series poll with UCLA 2 and K-State 3rd.
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The Hokies' last second loss to Syracuse this past Saturday night knocked Tech completely out of the poll.
UVa is still in the poll. The top 2 teams will play in the Fiesta Bowl.
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Those who disagree with the BCS poll say what division one really needs is a playoff like division 3.
Just don't try telling that to Emory & Henry, a team missed the playoffs despite finishing the regular season 10-and-0.
Despite the disappointment, Emory & Henry is proud of it's season and players, especially running back Oliver Jordan. The former Alleghany star was the conference's leading rusher with 1 thousand, 297 yards and scored the most touchdowns in the ODAC with 16.
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With the Arkansas Razorbackson deck this Friday in Alaska, the Virginia men's basketball team got some unwanted news last night.
Colin Ducharme, the Cavs junior starting center is out indefinitely after breaking his left ankle.
The six foot nine inch center broke the ankle when he slipped on some wet steps.
Surgery on the ankle is scheduled for today, but there is no timetable for his return.
In some better news for UVa fans, Gillen announced the formal signing of four recruits including six-ten Jason Rogers from Robert E. Lee high in Staunton.
The Radford University Men's Basketball squad is preparing for their regular season opener. The team beat Court Authority 78-76 on Friday night in their final exhibition.
Chris Whitley got a preview of the upcoming season.
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Still to come tonight, WCW highlights from Kansas
And Steve Mason checks in with the uplifting story of a former Friday Football Extra player of the week.
Former Shawsville standout Chris Graham had hoped of play college football before an auto accident on June 13th of last year alomst took away one of his legs.
But Steve Mason says Chris is some managing to get back on the good foot.
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((The car is in his yard and serves as a reminder of the accident. Chris Graham's crushed legs left doctors with a long list of repairs.
Ideally, the 1997 Three Rivers District offensive player of the year, would be able to walk with a brace, but the quarterback's dream of college football seemed over.
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Five months later, an exhausting rehabilitation at Blacksburg Physical Therapy has ultimately strengthened Graham's torn knee ligaments and leg muscles.
Last week, Chris was fitted with a brace, not to help him walk, but to stabilize his left knee so he can plant and throw during his workouts at Shawsville.
Graham plans to enroll at Clinch Valley in the fall, in Shawsville, Steve Mason news 7 sports.)) [S-NFL]
The Denver Broncos tried to become the first team since the 1990 49ers to start the season at 10-and-0 last night as they took on the Chiefs.
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John Elway sent this one out and it was just as well as his replacement Bubby Brister had things well in hand.
The 36 year old veteran ran this TD in from 38 yards out to get the scoring started.
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Terrell Davis took care of the rest as the Broncos move to 10-and-0 with the _30___ to __7__ win.
And finally tonight--it wasn't exactly a meteor shower that caused some spectacular fireworks in Hong Kong recently--
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--but when 440 pounds of explosives were used to blow up a power station, it was a stupendous blast of energy.
Five enormous chimneys weighing nearly twenty two thousand tons collapsed in a huge cloud of dust.
The chimneys had once been a part of the former British Colony's largest power stations.
But the oil-run plant, owned by China Light and Power, was closed three years ago to be replaced by more economical sources of energy.
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