Governor Gilmore unveils his plans to reduce your tax tax bill. Details are just ahead on News 7,
And Henry County has a million dollar bill to pay, the county's P-S-A admits it was a chronic water polluter.
Tech looks to regroup against Rutgers.
The Woods get a new crew chief, Glavine gets another Cy Young,
and the defending Big South champion Highlanders open the season tonight at home in the dome under head coach Ron Bradley against Concord.
Let's hope it's a starry, starry night. Some will appear to fall at the Leonids come to town.
It's a Republican dream platform for 1999: another populist tax cut, and the ability to keep some promises the state made long ago.
Governor Jim Gilmore and a host of Republican lawmakers rolled out the broad outline for '99 today.
It includes the food tax cut proposal we told you about last night.
Today, the details.
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For that we go to Ellen Qualls at the State Capitol.
Keith, let me tell what today was NOT.
It was NOT a surprising array of new ideas.
It was NOT spending cuts.
[SUPER=03-Hanover Co./File Tape; :19]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax; :26]
[OUT Q=hope so.]
[sot TAPE ONE 01:24:40]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: REPUBLICANS TODAY TAKE AN ANOTHER HISTORIC STEP... FULFILL OBLIGATIONS THAT WERE ABANDONED BY OTHERS.))
Among them, money for local law enforcement, promised when localities were barred from annexing.
It's called 599 money.
[sot TAPE ONE 01:38:28]
((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-FAIRFAX: THAT'S THE NUMBER OF AN OBSCURE BILL SOME 20 YEARS AGO THAT MADE A LOT OF PROMISES THAT WEREN'T KEPT. WE'RE GONNA KEEP TO THE TUNE OF 98 MILLION DOLLARS ADDITIONAL IN THIS UPCOMING BUDGET.))
123-million more to education... so the actual 310-million dollars in profit from the Virginia Lottery would go to schools-- like Gilmore says was promised at the outset.
And the two-cent tax cut on every dollar of groceries -- a popular idea for years, made folklore last year by Montgomery County's Madison Marye.
[sot TAPE TWO 01:52:12]
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: I THINK LAST YEAR IT WAS PROPOSED SOME BY WELL MEANING INDIVIDUALS AND SOME BY THOSE WHO WANTED TO DERAIL THE CAR TAX. WE NOW SEE THAT WE CAN DO BOTH, AND I THINK EVERYBODY IN THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT WE'RE DOING IT. AND I THINK MADISON DESERVES SOME OF THE CREDIT AND SHOULD GET SOME OF THE CREDIT.))
[sot TAPE TWO 01:41:04]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ANYBODY CAN COME FORWARD AND JUST SAY THAT THEY WANT TO PUT FORWARD AN IDEA. BUT THE CHALLENGE OF STATESMANSHIP AND GOVERNANCE IS TO ACTUALLY PUT FORWARD A RESPONSIBLE IDEA THAT CAN BE PUT INTO PLACE.))
[sot T2 02:03:16]
((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-BATH CO.: BUT THE IDEAS ARE GOOD. I APPLAUD THE GOVERNOR FOR TAKING THESE ISSUES ON. THE DEVIL WILL BE IN THE DETAILS. AND THE QUESTION IS IS THE REVENUE THERE TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THESE THINGS AND MEET THE OTHER COMMITMENTS WE HAVE AS A COMMONWEALTH? CAN WE TAKE 600 MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW MONEY AND MEET THESE OBJECTIVES? I WOULD HOPE SO.))
As much as Republican legislators hope this action plan will provide them a ticket to total control of the statehouse in 1999, the Governor's staff may be hoping it gives Gilmore a ticket as well.
On the eve of announcing a second populist tax cut in two years, Time Magazine touts him as a possibility to take over as chairman of the NATIONAL Republican party, in the wake of the 98 election debacle.
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A terrible day for one family... mourning the loss of a son while consoling the brother who shot him in a hunting accident.
Investigators say it was a failure to follow the most basic rule of hunting safety that resulted in the fatal shooting.
David Johnson reports.
[IN Q=17-year old]
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[SUPER=01-Lt. Karl Martin/Game Warden; :13]
[OUT Q=Djo, N7]
(( 17-year old Raymond Hall was hunting with his older brother, Verlon, in the Cahas Mountain section of the county.
Officials say Hall was fatally shot as he stepped out of the woods into a clearing right around dusk.
[IN Q=OUR INVESTIGATION]
((LT. KARL MARTIN/GAME WARDEN; OUR INVESTIGATION LEADS US TO BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS A TRAGIC ACCIDENT. AN AVOIDABLE ONE, BUT AN ACCIDENT.))
[OUT Q=AN ACCIDENT.]
Investigators say the shooting took place at a time when hunters are usually finishing up their day because visibility is poor.
And they say evidence indicates Hall was not wearing ANY protective blaze orange.
Martin says the accident is a prime example of the importance of wearing protective gear.
[IN Q=THE LAW REQUIRES]
((LT. KARL MARTIN; THE LAW REQUIRES THAT YOU AT LEAST WEAR A CAP THAT IS VISIBLE FOR 360-DEGREES OR A VEST. BUT YOU'RE REQUIRED A MINIMUM OF 100-SQUARE INCHES.))
[OUT Q=100-SQUARE INCHES.]
Martin says the investigation is complete, but the results will not be available until the end of the week.
He has discussed the matter with Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Hapgood.
Charges have not been placed against Verlon Hall, but Martin says they are pending.
David Johnson, News 7, Franklin County.))[Henry-PSA]
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A deal that labels Henry County as a chronic water polluter will cost the Public Service Authority a million dollars ...in fines and community service projects.
In the process the P-S-A admits it's been negligent- -dumping excessive amounts of solid waste particles into the Smith River.
[IN Q=In 1993]
[SUPER=01-Scott West/Environmental Protection Agency ]
[SUPER=01-Jennie Waering/Assistant U.S. Atty.]
[SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. Attorney]
[SUPER=01-Sid Clower/Henry Co. PSA Gen'l Mgr]
[SUPER=01-Martin Harrell/EPA Attorney]
[OUT Q=legally culpable.]
In 1993 a state game warden noticed a stream of particles floating beneath the surface of the Smith River.
He traced it back to the discharge pipe at the county's wastewater treatment plant. D-E-Q cited the plant for a one-time violation.
[IN Q=Municipal treatment]
((MUNICIPAL SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THE POLLUTION OF ALL SURFACE WATERS IN VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=waters in Virginia.]
Three years later- -in the Fall of '96- -an employee at the water treatment plant blew the whistle and the FEDS began to investigate a problem that dates back to at least to 1992.
[IN Q=But we believe]
((BUT WE BELIEVE IT HAD BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE MID-80'S, FROM THE RECORDS WE LOOKED AT AND THE INVESTIGATION WE CONDUCTED.))
[OUT Q=we conducted.]
Sewage is supposed to be broken down, treated, and hauled away.
U-S Attorney Bob Crouch, a native of Henry County, points out the fines will be paid out of existing funds... not county taxpayers.
[IN Q=This case will not]
((THIS CASE WILL NOT RESULT IN AN INCREASE TO THE RATE PAYERS.))
[OUT Q=rates they pay.]
Sid Clower will have to read a statement in Court acknowledging that the PSA is prepared to admit its negligence.
[IN Q=I have no explanation]
((SID CLOWER/PSA GENERAL MANAGER; I HAVE NO EXPLANATION AS TO WHY THESE THINGS HAPPENED, YOU'D HAVE TO ASK THE PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH IT, BUT WE DO NOT CONDONE IT, WE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT IT AND WE DO NOT APPROVE OF IT AND WE ARE SORRY FOR IT.))
[OUT Q=sorry for it]
Once the Authority discovered it was polluting the river- -county officials now admit- -they failed to investigate the depth of the problem.
[IN Q=But there's a dif]
((BUT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING RESPONSIBILE AND LEGALLY CULPABLE.))
[OUT Q=legally culpable.]
So Clower was not charged.
Former P-S-A managers Mark Nolan and Thomas Clark are expected to plead guilty in January.
Giles County schools system is offering a 250- dollar reward for information leading to whoever's responsible for phoning in several bomb threats.
Students at Giles County high school and Narrows high school were sent home today following bomb threats.
Classes were also cancelled at Giles County high school twice in the past week.
Phoning in a bomb threat is a felony that carries with it possible prison time and a fine.
If convicted-- the person responsible will also likely have to reimburse the school system for its losses.
[IN Q=We currently]
((BOB MCCRACKEN/GILES CO. SUPERINTENDENT:WE CURRENTLY HAVE A YOUNG MAN INVOLVED IN THIS ACTIVITY A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO AND THOSE COSTS ARE COMING TO US JUST LIKE A CAR PAYMENT, THE YOUNG MAN IS HAVING TO PAY 60- DOLLARS A MONTH UNTIL HE HAS HIS INDEBTEDNESS PAID OFF AS ORDERED BY THE COURT. ))
[SUPER=01-Bob McCracken/Giles Co. Superintendent; :00]
[OUT Q=by the court.]
So far, no one's been arrested.
But authorities are questioning several juvenile suspects.
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Layoffs are on the way at a local textile plant. Still ahead, we'll tell you how many, and where.
Next, what happens when the biggest day care center serving a rural area has to shut down? Parents improvise, in a hurry!
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A lot of parents depend on day care, so imagine what it's like when the biggest one serving a rural area has to close.
That's what happened in Floyd County, after the health department found dangerous bacteria in the water.
As Scott Goldberg reports, parents are scrambling to get by.
[SUPER=01-Eric Herold/Va. Office of Water Programs;47]
(([some nat sound of kids? pan from stacy on deck to kids at 15:16:53]
If it wasn't for people like Stacy Doss, parents like Kenneth Conner would be in a real bind.
[COVER FIRST PART OF BITE IF YOU NEED TO -- let shot of kids playing resolve]
[IN Q=the wife]
((CONNER: THE WIFE WORKS A DAYLIGHT SHIFT, THEN I WORK THE NIGHT SHIFT, SO I CAN'T WATCH HIM DURING THE DAY, SO WE HAD TO HAVE SOMEBODY.))
[OUT Q=HAVE SOMEBODY]
[shot of stacy with laughing kids at 15:30:34]
For now, Doss is that somebody.
She's watching kids before and after school...
[pictures of day care center start at beginning of tape 1]
While it stays dark inside what WAS Floyd County's only major day care center.
[IN Q=a lot of people]
((DOSS: A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST WENT BERSERK BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THEIR KIDS.))
[OUT Q=THEIR KIDS]
Copper Hill Day Care has been closed since the school year started.
That's when the well that provided healthy water for five years mysteriously started pumping out water contaminated with coliform bacteria:
[two shot from tape 3]
Potentially deadly bacteria, says water district engineer Eric Herold.
[IN Q=once we]
((HEROLD: ONCE WE DETERMINED THEIR FIRST WELL WAS CONTATMINATED, THEY IMMEDIATELY CLOSED DOWN.))
Herold has worked closely with Doug and Donnie Wood, who own the day care center and didn't want to talk on camera.
They didn't want to go out of business, either.
So they paid 17-thousand dollars to dig a second well.
[IN Q=that well]
((HEROLD: THAT WELL TURNED OUT TO BE CONTAMINATED, TOO.))
[OUT Q=CONATMINATED, TOO]
Herold said he doesn't know how bacteria got into the Woods' water.
But he does know, unless somebody gives them a grant, they'll have to pay a small fortune to get it out.
[IN Q=they're looking]
((HEROLD: THEY'RE LOOKING AT SEVERAL OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, IF THEY PROVIDE TREATMENT OR EVEN IF THEY DRILL A WELL, I MEAN, WELLS AREN'T CHEAP.))
[OUT Q=AREN'T CHEAP]
[NATSOUND OF KIDS 15:22:21 -- "They broke it!!"]
Meanwhile, the kids staying with people like Stacy Doss seem perfectly happy.
[does this shot work?? 40:55 tc tape one, walk from one room into another where the lockers are empty]
But they do miss their day care center.
Where the rooms are still filled with toys, but, for now, the lockers stay empty.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Floyd County.))
Franklin County supervisors are asking the governor to declare a state of emergency.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape]
Farmers say the recent drought killed their crops, and now they don't have enough feed for their livestock.
If the governor declares the county a disaster area, feed and funds may become available.
Supervisors say they do not know when the governor would respond.
Henry County has already been declared in a state of emergency.[Burlington-Layoffs]
Sixty people are losing their jobs in what an apparel company calls a "minor adjustment."
The layoffs are at Burlington Industry's plant in Hurt.
More than 12-hundred people work there.
Those getting laid off could get re-hired...if demand for the plant's products picks up again.
A mixed day on Wall Street. Some averages were down, others up.
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The Dow slipped about 25 points to close near 89-86. NASDAQ went the other way, climbing almost 17.
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Some area school officials say low scores on Virginia's new Standards of Learning tests should NOT cause panic.
Pittsylvania County Schools say they expect a number of their students NOT to pass the first round of SOL tests.
School administrators say there is always an adjustment period when new educational tools are implemented.
Students who fail the SOL tests will receive additional instruction.
[IN Q=The assessment is expected]
((JERRY WEBB/SUPERINTENDENT: THE ASSESSMENT IS EXPECTED TO RAISE THE BAR FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. THAT'S NOT BAD AT ALL. THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW THAT WE WANT TO RAISE THE BAR.))
[OUT Q=raise the bar.]
Webb says it will be a matter of finding the best way to go back into the classrooms to make necessary improvements.
Schools will receive the final assessment of the SOL tests by mid-December.
With all the concerns surrounding the Standards of Learning, what exactly is in the test...and if YOU had to take it, would YOU pass?
[IN Q=Well, if I'd studied them I would have known]
((EMILY HALSEY: WELL, IF I'D STUDIED THEM, I WOULD HAVE KNOWN, BUT RIGHT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, I'M WHEW, YOU KNOW I'M DIGGING DEEP HERE. IT'S ROUGH.))
[OUT Q=It's rough.]
We asked Emily Halsey and her co-workers at the Valley View salon Trade Secret to take our test of sample questions.
With the standards of learning, the answers aren't always easy.
[IN Q=I'm under a lot of pressure here]
((ANGELA GRAHAM: I'M UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE HERE, HA HA HA.))
((EVE KAY: YOU DON'T USE IT, YOU LOSE IT AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.))
[SUPER=07-Eve Kay; ]
[OUT Q=and that's the way it is.]
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Tonight on News 7 at Eleven, we'll take a closer look at what's in the Standards of Learning tests in our special report "Grade Expectations".
If you want take try some sample questions for yourself, just log on to our WDBJ-7 home page. Our "Webwatch" gives you a direct link to the state Education Department.
Coming your way tonight on the Big 7, Radford U opens its basketball season at the Dedmon Dome, Tom Glavine wins the Cy Young,
and even though their bajkcs are against the wall, Frank Beamer says there is plenty of light at the end of the tunnel.
The Tuesday night Tech report is straight ahead.
[GRAPHIC=Big east football]
Virginia Tech's postseason rides on how fast the Hokies can forget about the debacle in the dome and regroup for Rutgers.
Steve Mason has more on how they plan on doing just that this coming Saturday.
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :16]
[SUPER=01-Angelo Harrison/Va. Tech Receiver; :46]
[SUPER=03-Piscataway, NJ/Last Year; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Anthony Lambo/Va. Tech Right Tackle; 1:17]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
Tech's bowl destination is a big unknown right now with the Gator, Insight dot com, Music City, Liberty and Motor City all being mentioned.
[SUPER=01-Jim Weaver/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :00]
[OUT Q=...couple of weeks."]
The Radford University Men's Basketball squad is getting set to start its season tonight at home against Concord.
The Mountain Lions spoiled the Highlanders opening
game a year ago
with a 104-to-86 upset. The 104 points was the most scored by a Radford opponent all season, and even though both programs have lost several key players, some revenge may be coming.
[IN Q="Going into it...]
[SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach;:00]
[OUT Q=...last year, as well."]
We'll have highlights of this one for you tonight at eleven.
It's a Brave new world in the major leagues this evening.
Tom Glavine was named the national league Cy Young award winner as he barely edged the Padres Trevor Hoffman in the voting.
Glavine had 20 wins this past season.
The Wood Brothers racing team is getting some outside help for next season
[SUPER=03-Hickory, NC/January; :00]
Mike Beam, the former chief operating officer of Bill Elliott's racing operation has been hired as the Woods' new crew chief.
He'll lead the effort of rookie Elliott Sadler in 99.
NASCAR's 50th anniverary season had a little bit of everything including rookie Dale Earnhardt Junior winning the Busch driving title.
Today, the 24 year old did two hours worth of satellite
interviews with TV station across the country.
And no matter how old you are, that many interviews can bore a man to death!!
We'll talk with "Little E" about challenging Gordon later this week.
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