Up next on News 7, first the car tax.
Now the rumor mill has it that Virginians can soon say "Sayonara" to at least part of another state tax.
Plus a multi-Billion dollar settlement between state attorneys general and Big Tobacco.
Clouding up tonight but a sunny, breezy forecast for Tuesday. Details ahead.
A new AIDS treatment is able to draw the virus from one of it's most stubborn hiding places.
And an eye exam unit on wheels is passing through Roanoke handing out hundreds of free glasses.
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((Will there be any surprises? UH... MAYBE, YES. laughs ))
Governor Jim Gilmore's on the eve of a major budget announcement-- and NEWS 7 has the details.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Governor unveils a new state spending plan in December.
But today, NEWS 7 has learned he wants to cut two cents off Virginia's four-and-a-half cent food tax.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the details.
Jean, if the details sound familiar, it's because the idea originated with Democratic State Senator Madison Marye of Montgomery County last year... and were hammered out in closer detail by a bi-partisan legislative committee last month.
Tomorrow, Governor Jim Gilmore will make a food tax cut his own.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL, WE LIVE IN GOOD TIMES. WE HAVE WONDERFUL FINANCES IN THE COMMONWEALTH. WE HAD ALWAYS HOPED AT THE TIME THAT WE BEGAN TO INITIATE TAX CUT PROPOSALS FOR THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA THAT WE COULD GROW IN THE RANGE OF FIVE PERCENT. THAT WAS ALWAYS OUR HOPE. THAT TRUTH IS WE'RE NOW GROWING AT ALMOST 12 PERCENT.))
So the proposal Gilmore officials are telling lawmakers tonight is to cut two cents off the four-and-a-half cents on every dollar you pay at the grocery store.
Gilmore's plan would phase it in over four years.
The reality is, it would be hard for Jim Gilmore and Republicans to OPPOSE a tax cut in 1999.
((DEL. BUTCH DAVIES: I DON'T THINK THE GOVERNOR COULD GO INTO THIS YEAR LETTING THE DEMOCRATS TAKE CREDIT... HOW WE DO IT AS LONG AS WE LOOK OUT FOR THE TAXPAYER.))
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Remember, Jean, all 140 seats in the House and Senate are up for grabs next fall... and the control of the now evenly split House is issue number one.
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Jean Question: So what happens after Gilmore's proposal tomorrow?
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Big tobacco and eight states reach a huge deal that may mean an end to tobacco ads on T-shirt and billbaords.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[SUPER=01-Dennis Vacco/NY Attorney General]
[Super=01-Steve Parish/Philip Morris Co.]
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((Faced with individual lawsuits from nearly every state in the country, cigarette makers have agreed to settle for 206 billion dollars- It would be the largest settlement in u.s. history, and would not only provide money for anti-smoking education, but would change the way tobacco companies do business..
CHRISTINE GREGOIRE, ATTORNEY GENERAL, WASHINGTON STATE. "UNDER THIS PROPOSAL BILLBOARDS-GONE. TAXI TRANSIT ADS GONE, HATS SHIRTS
BACK PACKS WITH TOBACCO BRAND NAMES GONE. "
Attorneys general from eight states including Washington, New York, Colorado, and California negotiated the deal.
their states and dozens of others were suing the big tobacco companies in an effort to recover money spent caring for sick smokers. Now lawmakers want the emphasis to be on children.
DENNIS VACCO, NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL: FINALLY WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN THE HOLD THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY ACCOUNTABLE FOR DECADES OF MARKETING THEIR PRODUCTS AND SELLING THEIR
PRODUCTS TO OUR KIDS.
For leading tobacco companies, including philip Morris, the settlement eliminates a huge financial risk from lawsuits--
STEVE PARRISH , PHILLIP MORRIS COMPANIES: WE'RE WILLING TO SIT DOWN AND WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME UP WITH REASONABLE COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF YOUTH
SMOKING. THIS AGREEMENT IS A GREAT FIRST STEP."
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IF THE DEAL GOES THROUGH, LAWMAKERS SAY IT'S ONLY THE FIRST STEP. THEY'RE STILL FIGHTING FOR THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO BE ABLE
TO REGULATE TOBACCO-THAT'S SOMETHING HEALTH ADVOCATES WOULD CONSIDER A
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
A lack of jurors forced an Amherst County judge to declare a mistrial today in the murder case of Kenneth Eugene Branham.
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Branham's accused of killing one man and wounding another during an argument over horseshoes last Memorial Day.
25 prospective jurors had been summoned for the two- day trial.. but two called in sick, three were disqualified and four others just did NOT show up for court.
Prosecutor Ed Meeks says the first day of hunting season may have been a factor.
Branham's trial has been rescheduled for December 15th.
U-N Weapons inspectors will resume their jobs tomorrow.
They're preparing for the long trip back across the desert to Baghdad.
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((CAROLINE CROSS/UNSCOM SPOKESPERSON: WHAT WE'RE EXPETING FOR A VERY PROFESSIONAL AND COOPERATIVE RECEPTION. THAT'S WHAT IRAQI'S HAVE PROMISED. THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE SAID.))
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While the world waits to see if Saddam Hussein keeps his word- newspapers in Baghdad are touting victory- claiming Saddam's last minute change of heart confused Americans and brought an end to the crisis.
((DAVID KAYE/FRMR U.N. WEAPONS INPSECTORS: I THINK HE'S GAINED POLITICAL STATURE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WITH HIS OWN PEOPLE. HE DOES EVERYTIME HE SPINS OUT OF THE WAY OF THE U.S. AND POINTS OUT HEY I'M REALLY SMARTER THAN THESE GUYS.))
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The next few weeks will be a waiting game- UN inspectors will attempt to do their job and see if Saddam Hussein keeps his word- while U-S soldiers wait for a possible strike.
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Still ahead on News 7, it was supposed to cost several Wisconsin students and teachers their lives -- but authorities uncovered the deadly plot before it took a toll.
Plus a Collinsville church still smolders, one day after it was gutted by fire.
We'll have the latest.
The drug combo known as the AIDS Cocktail now has even more fire power for battling the disease.
and it's all aboard for Patrick Evans.
He introduces us to a man who wants to bring the Trolley to the Star City.
Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Collinsville are left looking for a new place to worship after a destructive fire last night.
This is the smoldering aftermath of the blaze that required more than 50 firefighters to contain.
Today, the smoke was still rolling and hot spots still sparking.
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((DARYL EMBERSON/COLLINSVILLE FIRE CHIEF: IT'S GOING TO TAKE A COUPLE OF DAYS FOR IT TO FINALLY COOL OFF, WHERE INVESTIGATORS CAN GET INTO IT AND GET SOME SAMPLES.))
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No one was inside the church at the time of the blaze, since there are usually no Sunday evening services.
First Presbyterian has stood here since 1971--
Now its congregation plans to gather at members homes until they're able to re-build.
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((JANET BENNETT/CHURCH ELDER: WE'RE GOING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KEEP US TOGETHER, BECAUSE THIS IS A WONDERFUL BUNCH OF PEOPLE HERE, AND WE'RE VERY CLOSE.))
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Fire officials say the fire it NOT suspicious at this time.
A planned school schooting is stopped before it could happen in Burlington Wisconsin.
Police say five male teenagers allegedly plotted an attack on students, administrators and teachers at the high school.
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((GARY LARGE/ASST. POLICE CHIEF: THEY HAD PICKED OUT SOME STUDENTS. THERE WAS A TOTAL OF ABOUT 15 TO 20 STUDENTS THAT HAD BEEN SELECTED BUT IT WAS A MENTAL THING IN THEIR HEAD. EACH ONE HAD PICKED OUT STUDENTS THAT THEY DIDN'T CARE FOR.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Large/Asst. Police Chief;]
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An informant tipped off police over the weekend.
All five boys, ages 15 and 16 were taken into custody-
Three are being held on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.
Two others who apparently tried to back out of the plan, were released to their parents custody.
Renovation of the auditorium at the Jefferson Center is now virtually assured.
That word today from supporters, after Roanoke City Council increased its commitment to the project by 800-thousand dollars.
The bond issue that city voters approved in 1997, included two million dollars for the project.
But since then, the cost has increased from five to seven million dollars.
Fundraising continues, but supporters say city council's decision brings the goal within reach.
Construction should begin this spring... with completion of the auditorium expected late in the year 2000.
Today marks the first day of the General Firearms Season for deer hunters statewide.
An abundance of kills have taken place today, particularly in Botetourt County.
That's providing some on-the-job training for a few Virginia Tech students majoring in wildlife management.
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((KACIE MILLER/WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT STUDENT; IN OUR TECHNIQUES CLASS, WE LEARN HOW TO DO A LOT OF THESE THINGS. BUT THAT'S IN THE LAB AND IN THE TEXTBOOK. THIS IS A CHANCE TO COME OUT AND LEARN HOW TO DO IT HANDS ON OUT IN THE FIELD.))
((DAVE STEFFEN/GAME BIOLOGIST; THIS IS A GOOD CHANCE FOR A LOT OF THEM, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT HAVEN'T COME UP IN A TRADITIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING KIND OF BACKGROUND TO GET SOME EXPOSURE TO THIS SIDE OF THE BUSINESS OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AND GET A LITTLE EXPERIENCE WITH THIS ASPECT OF IT.))
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[SUPER=01-Dave Steffen/Game Biologist; :08]
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The students worked the "check station", where hunters take their kills to be weighed and examined for other specifics including age and sex.
On News 7 at Six, we'll examine some of the challenges local hunters are faced with this season.
Clang, clang, clang went the Trolley.
That's what one man tells Patrick Evans you should be able to say in Roanoke.
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One local businessman thinks trolleys will boost tourism in Roanoke, so much that he's actually already purchased the trolleys.
Patrick Evans comes to us from Roanoke Electric Supply, where Bob Zimmerman has parked his recent purchase waiting for them to hit the road.
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Still to come, Mike Stevens has a look at the pairings for Friday night's regional finals in highschool football.
Coming up next on health check --
Hundreds of Roanoke students are getting free pairs of eyeglasses.
LenCrafters is providing the specs along with an eye exam to check for future problems.
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((CAROL BENSON/LENSCRAFTERS: GLAUCOMA, CATERACTS, SOMETIMES TUMORS.))
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The Gift of Sight Vision Van is making a stop in Roanoke this week.
LensCrafters Foundation and nurses at Roanoke City Schools are providing hundreds of visually impaired students a new pair, or for some, their first pair of glasses.
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[SUPER=01-Carol Benson/LensCrafters; :21]
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((HAVE YOU EVER HAD GLASSES BEFORE? NO, YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS IS GOING TO BE A NEW WORLD FOR YOU.))
Some of these needy children have never had glasses and therefore have had difficulty in school.
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((SHANNON RICKERD: READING AND LOOKING AT THE BOARD AND OVERHEAD, "WHAT DID IT LOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW?", BLURRY.))
Now they'll not only be able to see more clearly, but correcting their vision could mean better grades.
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((CAROL BENSON/LENSCRAFTERS: BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS ARE DUE TO A VISION PROBLEM SO I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A GIFT THAT WILL HELP THEM ALL THE WAY AROUND.))
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The 40-foot long van is a complete eye care facility bringing help to inner cities, disaster areas and rural communities.
All optometrists and associates are volunteering their time to fit the students with the correct lenses and help them select the style and color they want.
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((DUANE WATT/VOLUNTEER: WE'RE LOOKING AT THE PRESCRIPTION THAT THE DOCTORS PRESCRIBED AND IT'S REALLY EYE OPENING, NO PUN INTENDED, BUT A LOT OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE NEVER HAD EYE GLASSES AND THIS IS GOING TO MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE FOR THEM. THERE GOING TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING THEY'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO SEE LEAVES ON TREES THAT THEY'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO SEE BEFORE.))
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((GREG HANSON: I CAN READ THINGS THAT ARE FAR AWAY.))
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The LensCrafters Vision Van will be in town for the next two days providing glasses to 230 children.
A powerful AIDS treatment is getting a shot in the arm.
The combination known as the AIDS cocktail now has another ingredient added to the mix.
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Current H-I-V drugs attack the virus while it's in its active phase.
These same drugs can't detect dormant strains that hide in immune cells.
But researchers say the chemical, interleukin-2, can flush out H-I-V
in some of the hardest to reach places, making it easier for the
cocktail to do its job.
The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases tested
the combination on 14 patients.
None of them had detectable levels of H-I-V in the blood or the lymph nodes.
Welcome everybody to the Monday ticker.
Despite finished the season with a perfect 10-and-0 record the Emory & Henry football team did not make the NCAA posteason football playoff.
Only four teams from each region qualify, and unfrtunately for the Wasps the four teams ranked ahead of them were also unbeaten.
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If the playoff isn't even perfect, then the polls certainly aren't either.
And this week they aren't doing the Hokies any favors after losing to Syracuse.
Tech dropped in both the writers and coaches polls and thtis afternoon they dropped out of the Bowl CHampionship Series poll.
UVa is still in the poll in the 20th spot.[S5-VHSL]
The pairings for the regional championships in high school football are all set for this Friday night.
Despite some tough losses last week, a number of Friday Football Extra's finest will still be playing this week.
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All of those games start at 7:30 Friday night with the exception of the Rustburg-Tunstall game that kicks-off at sev
Yet another of major league baseball's postseason honors was handed out this afternoon.
The american league Cy Young award
goes to an oldie but a goodie in Roger Clemens.
The Toronto Blue Jays ace complied a 20-and-6 record and an earned run average of 2 point 65.
He also had 271 strikeouts in just 234 innings.
He is now the only pitcher to ever win the Cy Young award five times.
It's not surprising that he won the honor, but it is a little surprising that his vote was unanimous and American League manager of the year Joe Torre was not a unnanimous pick.
Coming up at six, Steve Mason with the latest on Emory & Henry's disapointment of not making the NCAA playoffs.
And the story of a former Friday Football Extra player of the week who is overcoming tremendous odds to lay football again.
Have a safe night everybody.
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Finally tonight, he's no longer aboard Discovery,
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but Senator and Astronaut John Glenn is staying busy.
The Big Apple welcomed the 77-year-old today.
He unveiled the star that will sit atop the giant Christmas tree in New York City's Rockefeller Center.
Then Glenn took a trip down the big city's "Canyon of Heroes", along with astronauts who accompanied him on the most recent trip to space.
Today's ticker tape parade in New York marks the second for Glenn.
The first was held in 1962, to celebrate Glenn becoming the first American in space.