[Headlines]

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Republicans in Congress will spend the next few weeks trying to sell their 792 billion-dollar tax cut plan to the voters.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And in Narrows, residents are pondering the question whether they can afford to remain a town.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Once again, high pressure keeps our forecast sunny and seasonable, with comfortable humidity levels.
As we look to the skies for any hopes of rain...there is a chance of scattered thunderstorms over the weekend.
The complete forecast, coming up.

[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Narrows]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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They're tired of seeing their municipal fees rise.
So more than 75 people in Narrows met last night .. to consider disbanding their town.
At issue-- whether residents can continue to afford to remain a town .. or if it's time to let Giles County provide services.
Teresa Hamilton has more from the meeting.
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[IN Q=Ed Gilbert; ]
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[SUPER=01-Ed Gilbert/Narrows Businessman; :37]
[SUPER=01-Larry Wilburn/Narrows Resident; 1:02]
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(( Ed Gilbert is one of several men who help organize the meeting to find out what Narrows residents are thinking.
The majority on hand were indeed interested in learning more about the possibility of saving money-- by losing town status.
There are a number of issues that have led to this point-- but the main one revolves around increasing water and sewer rates.
Last year, the town increased the rate thirty percent.
This year, the rate jumped 52- percent.
Gilbert, who owns a Laundromat, says the increase is driving him out of business.
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[in q= My average]

((ED GILBERT/NARROWS BUSINESSMAN: MY AVERAGE BILL WAS AROUND 270- TO 290 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR ROUGHLY 68-THOUSAND GALLONS OF WATER, MY LAST, MY NEWEST BILL WAS 492 DOLLAR, I CAN NOT LIVE WITH IT.))
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Gilbert says he's also disturbed by the 10- percent increase in property taxes.
He, and others at the meeting, were also concerned by the fact the town is 2-point six million dollars in debt.
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[in q= Like Ed]

((LARRY WILBURN/TOWN RESIDENT: LIKE ED SAID, THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. NEXT YEAR YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME THING YEARS TO COME, AS THE COST GOES UP FOR POLICE AND EVERYTHING ELSE, TAXES ARE GOING TO RISE. ))
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Those pushing the issue do have support on their side.
There are a little more than a thousand homes within town limits.
A petition that's been circulating asking people if they were considering the possibility of losing town status-- contained more than 500- signatures. [stand up]
Although the group will meet again a month from now, the date they're most looking forward to is Monday's Town Council meeting-- when they hope to get as many people as possible to officially voice their concerns. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Narrows. ))

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jsu]
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Many Roanoke County School Board members are saying cuts need to be made .. in renovations to Glenvar Middle School.

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


That's because the projected cost to renovate the school has risen from 6 million dollars to 7-point-9 million dollars.
And this has many Roanoke County school board members saying the cost is too high.
Now an independent engineering firm is advising the board on ways to change the plans in order to save money.
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[tax-bill]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]


The tax vote may be over in Congress...but lawmakers plan to spend the next month talking about it.
They're heading home for a late summer recess-- after approving a 792-billion dollar tax cut.
Democrats however -- say it's headed for a veto. Lisa Hughes reports.
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[SOT]

[4]
[IN Q=By one]
[SUPER=03-Capitol Hill/Yesterday; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Kay Hutchison/R-Texas; :12]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Pete Domenici/R-New Mexico; :32 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Joseph Lieberman/D-Connecticut; :57]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/Reporting; 1:07]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
(( ------------------

LOCATOR : WASHINGTON D.C.
(nats)


By one vote the Republicans passed a bill they say would keep a strong economy moving, putting more money into taxpayer's pockets over the next ten years.

SOT: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison/R-Texas

WE BELIEVE THAT THE SURPLUS SHOULD BE SHARED WITH THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE IT TO US IN THE FIRST PLACE
The Republican plan would cut income tax rates by 1% , repeal the estate tax on gifts and inheritance and provide relief from the so called marriage penalty by using a predicted budget surplus.

SOT: Sen. Pete Domenici/R-New Mexico

MR PRESIDENT--PLEASE SIGN THIS TAX BILL But the President's said repeatedly he won't.

SOT: (PRESIDENT CLINTON)

WE CAN'T SUPPORT THIS TAX PLAN BECAUSE IT SQUANDERS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
The opportunity, Democrats say to shore up Social Security and Medicare. Supporting a smaller tax plan, they insist using a PREDICTED surplus for big cuts is like spending money you may not get.

SOT: Sen. Joseph Lieberman/D-CT

THIS BIG LUXURY LINER OF A TAX CUT IS HEADED FOR AN ICEBERG! AND IT MAY WELL TAKE THE AMERICAN ECONOMY DOWN WITH IT
STANDUP: Lisa Hughes/CBS NEWS President Clinton promises to veto the bill. But as Congress gets to ready to leave for a month-long recess..he's expected to suggest there's room for compromise. Not on this measure but on future tax relief. Some Republicans already say they're willing to talk about that. Lisa Hughes. CBS News. Washington.))

[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
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In sports, he hit it out of the ball park and then hit another...so let the bidding begin.
Steve Mason has the highlights.
Good Morning Steve.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[On Record]
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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: rangers))

[Carvins-Cove]


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[NEWSCAST=Melanie]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Water Restrictions]


The water level at Carvins Cove continues to drop, and the next level of water restrictions is getting closer.
(++++++++)

[Take Pinnacle 1004]
At last check Thursday morning, Roanoke's main water supply is down 26-and- a- half feet below full pond. That means the tougher restrictions are now less than three and a half feet away.
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[ANCHOR=]
[SS=Hold]


If the decline continues at its current rate, higher fees and penalties for excessive use could take effect next month.




[E-L'burg-Water]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-27 1:20:02]
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Lynchburg has suffered the same dry weather Roanoke has, but there are NO plans for water restrictions in the Hill City.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Officials say that's because Lynchburg can also draw water from the James River when needed.
Right now about 25 percent of the city's daily water supply comes from the James.
That could grow to 50 percent if the hot, dry weather continues.
Lynchburg's main water source.. the Pedlar Reservoir in Amherst County.. is about 15 feet below normal.
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[Tobacco]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-25 1:03:19]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco]


A drought relief bill moving through Congress includes millions for tobacco farmers.
But it's not because their crop is suffering.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/June]


The 328 million dollars is for growers whose tobacco quotas have been cut back.
Virginia senator Chuck Robb pushed for the money to be added to the drought bill.
Growers won't see the cash, though, until later this year. It will be distributed along with money from the national tobacco settlement.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=AM Healthcheck]


Good news for red wine drinkers ... if it's done in moderation, of course.
Dave Browde (BROW-dee) has our morning Healthcheck report.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There is new]
[SUPER=01-Dave Browde/Reporting]
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[On Record]
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(I'll call for #)
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[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Republican lawmakers hope to drum up public support for the tax cut approved by both houses of Congress yesterday.
President Clinton intends to veto the bill when it comes his way next month as too expensive.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Actor Robert Downey Junior has been sentenced to three years in a California state prison for violating his probation on a 19-96 drug conviction.
The judge who presided over Downey's original case said he has given the Oscar nominated actor many chances to rehabilitate himself.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


AND baseball's Mark McGwire just keeps hitting them out of the park.
Yesterday, he made two more home runs in a game against the San Diego padres.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this .
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]


Members of Congress are heading home, away from Washington after passing nearly 800 billion dollars in tax cuts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Capitol Hill/Yesterday;]

[4:02:47]
The Republican plan calls for a gradual cut in the personal income tax.
It would also raise the standard deductions for married couples.
The Republicans say its a bill that will keep a strong economy moving.
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[SOT]

(( Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison/R-Texas WE BELIEVE THAT THE SURPLUS SHOULD BE SHARED WITH THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE IT TO US IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
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Democrats want a smaller tax plan to shore up Social Security and Medicare.
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(( Sen. Joseph Lieberman/D-CT THIS BIG LUXURY LINER OF A TAX CUT IS HEADED FOR AN ICEBERG! AND IT MAY WELL TAKE THE AMERICAN ECONOMY DOWN WITH IT))
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Joeseph Lieberman/D-CT;]
[OUT=DOWN WITH IT]
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[VO-NAT]


But the G-O-P bill is not likely to ever become law.
President Clinton says he'll veto it.
Republicans don't plan to send it to him until after their month long summer break, so they can first sell their tax arguments to their constituents.
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[County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morning]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-22 1:53:20]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]


The rising price tag for renovations to Glenvar Middle School has many Roanoke County School Board members saying cuts need to be made.
As Joy Sutton reports the board is now seeking advice on how to make cost saving changes to the current design plans.
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[IN Q=The projected]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Stovall/School Board Member; :28]
[SUPER=01-Michael Crowder/Principal Glenvar Middle School; 1:13]
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(( The projected cost to renovate Glenvar Middle school has risen from 6 million dollars to 7-point-9 million dollars.
And this has many Roanoke County school board members saying the cost is too high...something has to be cut.
Now an independent engineering firm is advising the board on ways to change the plans to save money.
And for Mike Stovall saving tax payers money without jeopardizing school quality is the key.
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[SOT18:41:20]
[IN Q=Now some]

((MIKE STOVALL/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: NOW SOME OF THE CUTS JUST MEET STATE STANDARDS. THEY'RE AREAS THAT WE HAVE TO GO ABOVE THE STATE STANDARD, THAT FOR US TO DO OUR JOBS FOR TAX PAYERS. WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THOSE CUTS))
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The proposed plan by the original architect calls for several improvements including: a new lecture facility, physical education lockers, new music, special education, and physical education classrooms, a new auxiliary gym, library, and middle school entrance.
For Glenvar Middle School Principal Michael Crowder this is an ideal plan and he says the cuts that the independent firm suggests are not in the school's best interest.
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[SOT18:38:59]
[IN Q=Just chopping]

((MICHAEL CROWDER/PRINCIPAL GLENVAR MIDDLE SCHOOL: JUST CHOPPING OFF A GYM, CHOPPING A LECTURE HALL OFF, USE THE LECTURE HALL YOU'VE GOT.. THEY'VE GOT TO COME UP WITH THOSE BUT THEY'RE NOT VERY REALISTIC SUGGESTIONS))
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But both the School Board and the principal agree compromises will have to be made if there is going to be any progress made on this project.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke County.))






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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The cost of rising municipal services ... like water and sewer rates .. has one town considering whether to remain a town.
That's why 75 people who live in Narrows attended a meeting last night.
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[V0-NAT] [From 99-29 26:32]
[SUPER=03-Narrows; :00]


Most are interested in learning more about the possibility of saving money-- by losing town status.
Last year, the town increased the water and sewer rate thirty percent.
This year, the rate jumped 52- percent.
And Narrows is 2-point six million dollars in debt.
A lot of people who supporting losing town status, and letting Giles County take over, plan to attend the next Town Council meeting Monday.
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[SOL-Scores]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-19 1:39:25]
[GRAPHIC=Standards of Learning]


African-American students statewide increased their SOL passing rates in 26 of the 27 tests this year.
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[VO-NAT]

[NO SUPER]
In grade five English, 22-percent more students passed this year over last year.
The high school English passing rate for black students increased by 14-percent.
Also in high school, 16-percent more black students passed the Algebra Two test.
But that was a jump from 13-percent last year to only 29-percent this year.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=Hold]


The state has yet to release the number of schools with 70-percent or more of all students passing the SOL tests this year.
Last year, the first in which the tests were given, only two-percent of schools statewide had the percent passing they'll need to be accredited in the year 2007.


[2-Scores]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=PGA logo]


In sports, Brent Geiberger shows no signs of slowing down from his first P-G-A Tour victory last weekend. He fired a 7-under-par 65 yesterday to grab the first-round lead at the Buick Open.
Marilyn Lovander's first career hole-in-one helped her gain a share of the first-round lead at the L-P-G-A Challenge in Sutton, Massachusetts. She's tied with Australia's Mardi Lunn.
For yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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[Three-Steve]


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[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-4]
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[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
(I'll intro)



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[IN Q=This is an idea]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Macneil Lyons/Ranger; :20]
[SUPER=01-Taylor Powell/Jr. Ranger; 1:36]
[SUPER=01-Kenzie Conner/Jr. Ranger; 1:46]
[SUPER=01-Jason Eide/Jr. Ranger; 2:14]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Frailin/Jr. Ranger; (QUICK!)2:28]
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[OUT Q=for many more]


[Steve Live]

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[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: ranger))

[E-AL-shooting]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An Alabama man faces three counts of Capital murder after opening fire on his former co-workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pelham, AL/Yesterday;]

[4:07:00]
The shooting spree happened yesterday in Pelham, Alabama.
Police say Alan Miller shot two co-workers before going to his former job and killing a third man there.
Authorities caught up with Miller after they spotted him driving along the interstate.
This incident comes one week after a man went on a deadly shooting spree in two Atlanta offices.
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[Downey]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Actor Robert Downey, Junior, won't be making any movies for a while.
A California judge has sentenced him to three years in prison for violating his parole.
Despite a dramatic plea yesterday from the Oscar nominated actor, the judge ruled Downey had manipulated doctors and psychiatrists too many times.
Bobbi Harley reports from Los Angeles.
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[SOT]

[4;08:33]
[IN Q=Decked out]
[SUPER=03-Malibu, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robert Downey, Jr./Actor; :17]
[SUPER=01-Robert Shapiro/Downey's Attorney; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:26]
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[OUT Q=Std]

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(LOCATOR: MALIBU, CA)


DECKED OUT IN AN ORANGE JAIL JUMPSUIT - HIS HANDS CUFFED BEHIND HIS BACK - ACTOR ROBERT DOWNEY JUNIOR PLEADED WITH A JUDGE IN A MALIBU, CALIFORNIA COURTROOM TO LET HIM STAY IN RE-HAB - AND NOT GO BACK TO JAIL.

SOT - ROBERT DOWNEY, JR./ACTOR - It's like I've got a shotgun in my

mouth, with my finger on the trigger and I like the taste of the gun metal.
FAMED O-J SIMPSON ATTORNEY ROBERT SHAPIRO ARGUED FOR THE ACTOR - POINTING TO DOCTORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS REPORTS RECOMMENDING DOWNEY STAY IN RE-HAB FOR HIS DRUG PROBLEMS.

SOT - ROBERT SHAPIRO/DOWNEY'S ATTORNEY : They all agree a structured

program is what is needed by Mr. Downey.
BUT THE JUDGE DIDN'T BUY IT - HE DECIDED THE ONLY STRUCTURED PROGRAM IN THE ACTOR'S FUTURE IS THE MAXIMUM PENALTY - THREE YEARS IN STATE PRISON - ALL FOR VIOLATING HIS PROBATION ON HIS ORIGINAL ARREST ON DRUGS AND WEAPONS CHARGES BACK IN 1996. IRONICALLY ENOUGH, DOWNEY'S LATEST FLICK "BOWFINGER" HITS THE BIG SCREEN NEXT WEEK..

NAT SOT - CLIP - COURTESY UNIVERSAL


NO MORE PICTURES ANY TIME SOON FOR THE OSCAR-NOMINATED ACTOR -- WHO TOLD THE JUDGE SENDING HIM TO JAIL DOESN'T SOLVE HIS PROBLEMS - IT ONLY STOPS THEM FOR A WHILE.

SOT - ROBERT DOWNEY, JR./ACTOR - When someone points a gun at me,

they're just interrupting my business.
STANDUP - BH))

[5-M'ville-Deputies]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=599-5 1:47:11]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities say two Martinsville deputies were just playing around - when one of them was accidentally shot in City Hall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


Deputy Bobby Branch has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm in the incident.
Sheriff Steve Draper said yesterday that Branch jokingly pointed his gun toward David Floyd and hit his shoulder against the wall, causing the gun to go off.
Floyd was shot in the hip.
Both men were suspended for 20 days without pay and placed on 12 months probation.
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[SOT 3:23:57]
[IN Q=David needs to thank the Lord]
[SUPER=01-Steve Draper/Martinsville City Sheriff;]

((STEVE DRAPER/MARTINSVILLE CITY SHERIFF: DAVID NEEDS TO THANK THE LORD THAT HE'S ALIVE. THAT HE DIDN'T GET HURT ANY WORSE THAN HE DID WHEN HE GOT SHOT. THIS INCIDENT WAS BAD AND IT WAS TRAGIC AND IT WAS EMBARRASSING TO MY DEPARTMENT, BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A WHOLE LOT WORSE. ))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Sheriff Draper says that neither of the men was fired because of their good work history and the fact that they're each less than four years away from retirement.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=College Drinking]


So how are some of Virginia's colleges doing since a crackdown last year on binge drinking?
One published report shows a sharp increase in arrests.
One of those colleges is Virginia Tech.
A Norfolk newspaper reports arrests at Tech last year increased 104 percent.
Officials say that doesn't mean that drinking is on the rise.
Instead, they said, the schools are strictly enforcing tough new policies to curb alcohol abuse.

[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, Darrell Waltrip made a big announcement yesterday in Indianapolis.
Here's Steve Mason with details and other racing news
Good Morning Steve.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy again]
[RUNS=2:58]
[OUT Q=everybody.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The cost of rising municipal services ... like water and sewer rates .. has one town considering whether to remain a town.
That's why 75 people who live in Narrows attended a meeting last night.
Most are interested in learning more about the possibility of saving money-- by losing town status.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Many Roanoke County School Board members saying cuts need to be made .. in renovations to Glenvar Middle School.


That's because the projected cost to renovate the school has risen from 6 million dollars to 7-point-9 million dollars.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]

A drought relief bill moving through Congress includes millions for tobacco farmers.
But it's not because their crop is suffering.
The 328 million dollars is for growers whose tobacco quotas have been cut back.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
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[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
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It's a Touch of Italy, right here in Southwest Virginia...
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Villa Appalaccia is a small winery...but unique in that it's said to be the only Virginia winery that specializes in ITALIAN vintage.
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((SUSANNE BECKER/VILLA APPALACCIA: PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TO COME AND VISIT AND WE USUALLY EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAKING WHITE AND RED WINES, AGAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GRAPE VARIETIES AND COMBINE IT WITH THE TASTING THAT WE DO UPSTAIRS.))
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And along with tasting such varieties as "Simpatico" and "Toscanello"...visitors can also enjoy the breathtaking view just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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g. For a more complete tour of Villa Appalaccia... check out our "Time Off" segment tomorrow on News 7 Saturday Mornin