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A private plane crashes and burns shortly after taking off from the airport in Lynchburg.
We'll hear from the mechanic who was on board when the plane went down.
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And the U-S Supreme Court agrees to hear the Presidential recount case a WEEK from today.

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In sports, Virginia Tech and Virginia talk about tomorrow's 82nd meeting on the gridiron, Roy Stanley will preview the Tech/UVa basketball game tonight,
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and Tech football coach Frank Beamer has been offered a new contract, the latest coming up.
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Travel problems may be a part of your day tomorrow as a winter weather advisory goes into effect late tonight and early tomorrow.

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((TODD HOLLINS/CRASH SURVIVOR: AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE BACKGROUND, THE CRASH SITE, ANYBODY WHO CAN WALK AWAY FROM THOSE IS PRETTY.. I WON'T SAY LUCKY, BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE IN LUCK, BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN GOD AND I BELIEVE HE PROTECTED US TODAY. HIS HAND WAS ON US.))
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A local pilot and his mechanic walk away unhurt from a crash landing at the Lynchburg airport this morning.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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Authorities say it was more of a "forced landing" than a plane crash.. but the aircraft was destroyed by fire just seconds after coming down.
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Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.. Steve, how did the two men on board escape this?
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Keith, the mechanic who was on board that plane is also a divinity student at Liberty University..
He says he's alive because of the skill of the pilot and a higher power that was watching over him today.
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(( The trouble began immediately after take-off.
This twin- engine King Air F-90 was headed out on a routine maintenance flight when it took off around 11:45.
The plane failed to gain altitude, and the pilot radioed the tower he had an emergency.
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((TROOPER TROY KANODE/VA STATE POLICE: HE DID INDICATE THE POWER LOSS WAS ALMOST INSTANTANEOUS AND AS A RESULT THE PLANE BEGAN TO DESCEND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THAT AND THEREFORE HE DIDN'T HAVE VERY MANY OPTIONS, BUT HE DID A GREAT JOB IN SELECTING A PLACE WHERE HE DID LAND.))
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27- year- old Todd Hollins was the mechanic on this flight.. he says everything happened so fast, there was no time for panic.
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((TODD HOLLINS/CRASH SURVIVOR: IT WASN'T LIKE YOU SEE IN THE MOVIES, WITH EVERYBODY SCREAMING AND CRYING AND HANGING ON TO EVERYTHING AND YOU GO IN NOSE FIRST. WE LANDED RELATIVELY FLAT AND ONCE AGAIN, THAT'S A TESTIMONY TO THE TRAINING OF THE PILOT WHO WAS FLYING THE AIRPLANE.. HE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB MAINTAINING CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AT ALL TIMES.))
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Realizing they couldn't return to the airport, the pilot.. 56- year- old James Lampman.. guided the aircraft toward a small field just beyond the airport runway.
It came down hard and caught fire.
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Police, fire and rescue personnel arrived minutes later to find the plane engulfed in flames.. but Lampman and Hollins were standing nearby, unhurt.
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((TODD HOLLINS: I FEEL BLESSED AND I FEEL THE LORD IS LOOKING OUT FOR MY LIFE AND HE'S GOT BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS IN STORE FOR ME.. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT.))
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The plane is privately- owned and was being serviced by Virginia Aviation, of which the pilot Jim Lampman is a co- owner.
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Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were due to arrive here today to begin looking into the cause of the crash. Keith?


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A woman was shot and killed in Danville this afternoon.
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It happened about two hours ago.
Police say a man with a gun was seen chasing a woman down Third Street.
He shot her, and then ran off.
Police know who the woman is, but they are not releasing her name.
They're still looking for the gunman.
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[Beamer-Contract]


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Virginia Tech released a statement today confirming the University's desire to keep head football coach Frank Beamer in Blacksburg by offering him more money to coach the Hokies.
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News 7 sports' Steve Mason has details on Tech's plan to keep one of the most sought- after college football coaches in the country. Steve
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Keith, both Alabama and the University of North Carolina have expressed interest in coach Beamer. Today, Tech officials announced that both parties, the university and either Beamer or his agent, have spoken at least by phone on the new contract. The new deal is worth in excess of one million dollars per year, which surpasses his current deal of around 800 thousand a year.
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Virginia Tech athletic Director Jim Weaver, in conjunction with Tech president Charles Steger, reopened contract talks with coach Beamer and his agent last week.
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Beamer has become immensely popular on the field and off it. He has led the Hokies to 97 wins, an appearance in the national championship, seven straight bowls, three Big East Championships, and an average of nine wins a year since 1993.

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Coach Beamer has said he will not comment on his contract or any job opening until after tomorrow night's game with UVa.
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Keith, the University is eager to hear back from coach Beamer on its offer. Later in sports, we'll hear from Tech senior quarterback Dave Meyer and get his thoughts on the Beamer situation.

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Entering its first holiday season under new management, Tanglewood Mall is off to a bright start this black Friday.
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News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele is there tonight with more.
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The Election gridlock is now headed to the U-S supreme court.
That's next on NEws 7 at Six.
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And later another record year for Virginia Tech-- not in athletics or enrollment.
We're talking about royalty payments.
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[Recount]


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The Florida election deadlock is now headed to the United State Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, two counties are still working manual recounting ballots, trying to meet a Sunday deadline.
Terisa Estacio has more.
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((In a victory for George W. Bush, next Friday The U.S Supreme Court will hear oral arguments appealing a Florida Supreme court ruling allowing hand recounts. Al Gore is pushing for certification of those manual tallies while Bush is seeking to stop the process.
The Democrats were quick to react

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Just a short time earlier, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman admonished protesters who disrupted the manual vote count in Miami-Dade county where recounts have been halted.

SOT: Democratic V.P. candidate Joe Lieberman

"These demonstrations were clearly designed to intimidate and keep the vote count from moving forward."
In Florida Circuit Court in Tallahassee, they are weighing a decision on the status of overseas ballots. In Broward, Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole appealed to Florida officials to accept all military absentee ballots.

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"Not all these people voted for George Bush, some voted to vice president Gore, but the point is lets count their votes, lets count their votes, let's count their votes."
Meanwhile, the manual recounts continue in Palm Beach and Broward Counties as they work to meet the Sunday 5 P.M. deadline.

Estacio Close: Doesn't change Sunday night deadline; Most likely a challenge final vote certification regardless of winner.))

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As Virginians await a final decision in the 2000 presidential election, some politicians want us to start paying attention to next year's campaign for governor.
All three main candidates are in Roanoke next week.
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Democrat Mark Warner will be a guest speaker at the Virginia Farm Bureau's convention.
Attorney General Mark Earley will also be addressing that group.
It's one of several events Earley has planned next week as he officially begins his campaign for the Republican nomination.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager doesn't have an official kickoff planned. His advisers say Hager made his entry into the race at the G-O-P convention last June.
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A holiday mood helped stocks end an abbreviated session higher. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW rose 71 points, NASDAQ jumped 149.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained more than a point.
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[Tech-Trademark]


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The success of Tech football over the last two seasons has many vendors, even the University, cashing-in on its good fortune.
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Tech officials say it will be another record year for royalties from products carrying the Virginia Tech trademark.


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((LOCKE WHITE/VT LICENSING AND TRADEMARKS; LAST YEAR ROYALTIES WERE IN THE 530-THOUSAND DOLLAR RANGE AND IT LOOKS LIKE THIS YEAR WE'LL BE WAY OVER THAT. SO WE'RE REAL EXCITED AND HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL KEEP BUYING VIRGINIA TECH PRODUCTS))

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And hokie paraphernalia is hot nationwide.
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((WE'RE SLOWING EXPANDING INTO A WIDER REGION, AND NOW I'M GETTING PHONE CALLS FROM NATIONAL BUYERS AT THE TOP RETAILERS LIKE JC PENNY AND SEARS WHO ARE NOW CARRYING VT PRODUCTS))
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The University's also looking at the possibility of Hokies Toasties Two.
And Tech officials say even if the team doesn't beat U-V-A this weekend, they'll still have one-up.
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((WE SHOULD BE PAST UVA AS FAR AS ROYALTIES ARE CONCERNED, THAT WAS ONE OF OUR GOALS, AND WE'LL DO THAT THIS YEAR WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS))
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The University owns federal trademarks for the names Virginia Tech and Hokies.
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Frank Beamer has been offered a new contract, one of his players will respond to his status, Roy Stanley will preview tonight's Tech/UVa hoops game,
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and more on the football rivalry that will be renewed tomorrow night, including Michael Vick's thoughts on UVa's defense.
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On the eve of the 82nd meeting between Virginia Tech and Virginia in football
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Frank Beamer's contract, as we talked about earlier in the broadcast, is again a hot topic. According to Tech officials, Coach Beamer has been offered a new contract worth in excess of one million dollars. Beamer says he will not comment on his contract until after tomorrow night's game against UVa.
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Beamer's success at Tech has not gone unnoticed as other universities are now pursuing him as a possible head coach. Taking Tech to last season's national championship has been the biggest of many Beamer football success stories at tech since 1993. His players think he will stay.
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Say what you like, but another win over arch rival Virginia will only make Beamer's stock rise even higher.
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Beamer gets his main man Michael Vick back on the field tomorrow for the first time since he made a brief ineffective cameo appearance against Miami. Vick says he respects the UVa defense, but at the same time he believes it can be exploited.
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The Virginia pass defenders say one major key to this game will be limiting the Hokies signal caller's number of big plays.
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The high school football season has now reached the state semi-finals, and six area teams are still in the hunt for championships. Here's the schedule for tomorrows' final four contests that kickoff at 1:30.
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Mike Stevens will preview all five of those games tonight at 11:35 on Friday Football Extra.

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The Virginia, Virginia Tech football game is not the only sporting event taking place in Blacksburg this weekend.


Tonight at the Cassell, The Hokies and Wahoos will renew their basketball rivarly that began back in the mid 30's.

Roy Stanley has more from Blacksburg
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