[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

Animal control officials say a purebred dog found was tortured and partially skinned. The owner of the dog has a
different theory.
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[V/O-NAT]
And we show you a device that helps firefighters actually see through smoke.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Big changes in weather conditions tomorrow thanks to a cold front. Details ahead.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[SOT 12:09:03]
[IN Q=I think we all]

((I THINK WE ALL NEED TO BE CONCERNED ANYTIME WE FIND ABUSE OF THIS NATURE.))
[RUNS=:03]
[OUT Q=OF THIS NATURE]
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[VO-NAT]

Franklin County investigators find a dead dog on a neighbor's property, mutilated and skinned.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Franklin-Dog]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC48:45]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Six]

Investigators say the animal was clearly tortured and warn neighbors to be alert. Tina Tenret tells us the dog's owner isn't so sure. We warn you, some viewers may find video in this story offensive.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I thought it was a deerskin]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tammy Javier/Investigator; :28]
[SUPER=01-Herman Smith/Neighbor; 1:13]
[SUPER=@Tina1; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:37]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Redwood]
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[SOT 12:25:39]
[IN Q=I THOUGHT]

((HERMAN SMITH: I THOUGHT IT WAS A DEERSKIN.)) [RUNS:02]
[OUT Q=A DEERSKIN]

Herman Smith first found the mutilated animal in the dark, when he went out back for firewood. But in the morning light, his view was clearer.
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[SOT 12:25:49]
[SOT 12:09:27]
[IN Q=IT WAS A DOG]

((HERMAN SMITH: IT WAS A DOG AND IT HAD BEEN SKINNED.
TAMMY JAVIER/INVESTIGATOR: OBVIOUS TORTURE TO THE MOUTH AND SOME IN THE RECTUM AREA.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=and rectum area]

In her 17 years as an investigator, Tammy Javier says she's never seen anything like this.
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[SOT 12:10:50]
[IN Q=Obviously the]

((JAVIER: OBVIOUSLY THE DOG WAS TORTURED. I DON'T KNOW IF BEFORE OR AFTER DEATH. AND THAT DISTURBS ME GREATLY. IT ALSO DISTURBS ME THAT THERE IS SOMEONE OUT THERE DOING THIS TO ANIMALS AND THAT THERE IS THAT LINK BETWEEN ANIMAL VIOLENCE AND HUMAN VIOLENCE.)) [RUNS:17]
[OUT Q=human violence]

The purebred deerhound belongs to Jeffrey Davis, who keeps several hunting dogs on land next to the Smiths. He lives at Smith Mountain Lake and was too busy for an on-camera interview. But he says this news does not surprise him. He believes the dog slipped loose last week and was probably hit by a car, then dragged by another animal to the Smiths' backyard. Investigators think not.
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[SOT 12:09:13]
[IN Q=I SEE A]

((I SEE A DOG THAT'S OBVIOUSLY BEEN SKINNED.)) [RUNS:02]
[OUT Q=BEEN SKINNED]

They are performing an autopsy to find out exactly who killed her and how. In the meantime, neighbors in this rural area are concerned.
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[SOT 12:26:08]
[IN Q=I've got four children]

((I'VE GOT FOUR CHILDREN, THREE SMALL ONES, AND THAT WORRIES ME. AND I WORRY ABOUT MY DOGS AND MY WIFE.
TINA TENRET/NEWS7: HUMANE SOCIETY INVESTIGATORS SAY IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP YOUR PETS INSIDE WHEN YOU CANNOT WATCH THEM. BUT THEY SAY PEOPLE IN THIS FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY SHOULD BE EXTRA CAREFUL. TINA TENRET NEWS7 REDWOOD))

[RUNS:24]
[OUT Q=REDWOOD]))



[Spectacle-Lens]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=500-14 TC1:16:02]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


Here's a switch. The Spectacle Lens Group, a division of Johnson and Johnson, says demand for its latest test product is so great in Virginia it's laying off 85 employees.
The company says it has to find a more efficient way to produce it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1999]


The Spectacle Lens Group makes lenses that minimize blurs and distortions.
One hundred-66 workers will remain at the plant.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]


The company is now looking for new ways to make the product.
It's also in the process of moving to a new building in Roanoke.

[Warner]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-37 1:39:22]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


George W. Bush wants the U-S Supreme Court to bring ''legal finality'' to the Presidential election. In a legal brief filed on his behalf today, Bush asks the court to put a stop to the recounts.
At the same time Al Gore's legal team is asking the Court to stay out of Florida's presidential recount dispute. Gore lawyers say the issue doesn't "belong in federal court.''
The two sides submitted their briefs today, preparing the Justices for oral arguments Friday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=703-Roanoke]


Virginia's Democratic standard-bearer is suggesting it's time for his fellow Democrat to concede.
Mark Warner says the nation needs a resolution by the end of this week.
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[SOT 18:35]
[IN Q=What I think]

((MARK WARNER: WHAT I THINK IS WE SHOULD GO THROUGH THE FRIDAY SUPREME COURT HEARING THAT GOVERNOR BUSH ASKED FOR. AND IF THERE'S NO CHANGE I THINK WE SHOULD BRING THIS TO AN END. Gore should concede? I THINK WE SHOULD BRING THIS TO AN END... IF GOVERNOR BUSH IS STILL AHEAD, I THINK WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD.))
[SUPER=701-Mark Warner/(D) Candidate for Governor;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=move forward.]
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[VO-NAT]


Warner was in Roanoke today to address the Virginia Farm Bureau.
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[Va-Governors]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC12:36]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
Campaigns may never end in Florida... but as soon as they end in Virginia, another begins.
Tonight, Republican Attorney General Mark Earley will kick off his campaign for governor in 2001.
He takes off on a two-week bus tour after tonight's Richmond kick-off.
The first stop is Roanoke, where he will address the same farmers his two opponents addressed today.
Ellen Qualls has a look at the fledgling campaigns of John Hager and Mark Warner.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Gov. John Hager/(R) Candidate for Governor;]
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Candidate for Governor;]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; :]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Roanoke.]

(( Republican Lieutenant Governor John Hager actually kicked off a campaign way back in June.
But he has yet to unveil his campaign themes and agenda.
But to the farmers, he offered "no tractor tax."
[sot 31:30]

((HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE ELIMINATION OF THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ON FARM MACHINERY?)) [RUNS:06]
Hager has NO price tag for the program, and appears to be waiting to see what's possible from a budget standpoint, based on Governor Gilmore's budget presentation on December 20th.
[sot 41:53]

((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: I THINK THAT WILL BE A CRITICAL TIME TO SEE HOW WE STAND ECONOMICALLY...PROJECT THE FUTURE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.)) [runs:14 ]
Democratic telecommunications entrepreneur Mark Warner lost a close Senate race in 1996, and brings his considerable wealth and high tech savvy to the race for governor.
[SOT 13:53]

((MARK WARNER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, MANY COMMUNITIES, PARTICULARLY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA GOT LEFT BEHIND WHEN THE RAIL SYSTEM DIDN'T GO BY. 50 YEARS AGO, A LOT OF VIRGINIA RURAL COMMUNITIES GOT LEFT BEHIND WHEN THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM DIDN'T GO BY THEIR COMMUNITY. IF YOU GET LEFT BEHIND ONE MORE TIME, THE ABILITY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE AND KEEP ALIVE IN THIS NEW ECONOMY WILL BASICALLY DISAPPEAR.)) [RUNS:21 ]
Warner says he's committed to keeping "no car tax" going, even if Gilmore has to slow it down... but he too sits on pins and needles over the dramatic slowdown of the Virginia economy.
[SOT 19:53]

((MARK WARNER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I'M GOING TO BE ANXIOUS TO SEE GOVERNOR GILMORE'S COMMENTS AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO SEE HIS BUDGET PROJECTIONS COME LATER NEXT MONTH.)) [RUNS:06]
Warner says he'll announce his serious themes in the spring, after the General Assembly session ends.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Roanoke.))
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[TALENT=Keith]
[SS= HOLD]


We'll have highlights of Mark Earley's announcement and his agenda for governor, tonight on NEWS 7 at ELEVEN.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


A new super-store hopes to close the book on its local competition.
Still ahead on News 7, find out how Lynchburg's independent book stores plan to stay in business.
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[VO-NAT]


And a new camera could be the difference between life and death in case of fire in Roanoke County.
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[Narrows-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-38 TC1:20:06]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Two Narrows families lost their homes in an early-morning apartment fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Narrows;]


Firefighters say the flames broke out around four this morning in a rear kitchen of the old Main Street building.


The fire gutted two upstairs apartments and damaged a small-engine repair shop.
Both the families who lived there escaped unharmed.
The fire kept crews busy for more than eight hours. They had to collapse the roof to put it out.
Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause.
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[Thermal-Imaging]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-39 TC1:17:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


When a building catches fire, minutes can make the difference between life and death.
Roanoke County firefighters have a new device that will speed their search of burning structures.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


This afternoon, they demonstrated their new thermal imaging camera at the Roanoke Valley Regional Training Center.

The device detects infrared radiation. Even in thick smoke it allows a firefighter to view the heat signature of an object or a person.
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[SOT 06:21:20]
[IN Q=We'll be able]

((WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO OUR JOB MUCH QUICKER. AND I THINK SAFER IS THE MAIN POINT HERE. IT'S THE SAFETY OF THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE COUNTY AND THE SAFETY OF THE FIREFIGHTERS FOR THE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Poff/Battalion Chief]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=for the county.]
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[VO-NAT]


Initially, Roanoke County plans to put one of the cameras on each of its ladder trucks, and fire officials are hoping civic groups will help with that effort.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The city of Salem has a thermal imaging camera, and other departments in the area are now evaluating the technology.

[Bookstores]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-44 TC25:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The arrival of a new chain superstore can be bad news for smaller merchants, who often find they can't compete.
So how will Lynchburg's independent booksellers fare now that Barnes & Noble has moved to town?
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=natsot]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jane Kreger/Barnes & Noble Spokesperson; :16]
[SUPER=01-Walt Carey/Bookshop On The Avenue; :37]
[SUPER=01-Danny Givens/Givens Books; :56]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(([natsot music 19:29:10]
[RUNS= 02]


Every retailer hopes for a grand opening like Barnes & Noble had last week.
The newest link in Lynchburg's growing chain of superstores offered 23- thousand square feet in which to sip coffee, listen to CD's and.. oh yeah.. buy a few books.
[SOT 15:55:41]

((JANE KREGER/BARNES & NOBLE SPOKESPERSON: WE SPENT A LOT OF MONTHS GETTING THE STORE READY AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART WAS ACTUALLY PUTTING BOOKS IN THE HANDS OF THE CUSTOMERS TODAY.))
[RUNS= 08]
[OUT Q=customers today.]


But will that also take cash OUT of the hands of smaller bookstore owners?
On the surface, at least, THEY aren't worried.
Walt Carey's Bookshop On The Avenue is a quirky little store that sells hard to find used books but doesn't do lattes..
[SOT 12:41;29]

((WALT CAREY/BOOKSHOP ON THE AVENUE: THESE BOOKS HERE, IF YOU SPILL COFFEE ON THEM, WE CAN'T REPLACE THEM. THOSE BOOKS OVER THERE, THEY CAN DIAL UP A NUMBER AND GET FIVE NEW COPIES TOMORROW.))
[RUNS= 09]
[OUT Q=new copies tomorrow.]


Across town, Givens Books also offers a unique shopping experience...
[natsot 13:45:49]

((THERE YOU GO..THANKS!))
[RUNS= 02]


Owners figure to benefit from having spent twenty years building a loyal clientele.
[SOT 13:26:42]

((DANNY GIVENS/GIVENS BOOKS: IF WE EXPECT A DIP, YEAH, IT WILL USUALLY COME THE FIRST YEAR OR TWO AND THEN USUALLY IT BOUNCES BACK. AND I THINK MOST BOOKSTORES IN TOWN WILL FIND THE SAME THING.))
[RUNS= 09]
[OUT Q=the same thing.]
[SOT 15:56:48]

((KREGER: ALL THE BOOKSTORES WILL DO A GREAT BUSINESS. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER.. WE'LL BE CALLING THEM ON THINGS THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE.. WE INTEND TO BE A PARTNER IN THE BOOK-SELLING INDUSTRY.))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=book-selling industry.]


But will Barnes & Noble be the Grinch that steals Christmas from its competitors?
The little guys doubt it.. anything that gets more people reading, they say, is good for business everywhere.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))


[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]

Blue Chips took a dip...Tech Stocks took a dive. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=270-y/38.49/10507.58/y/145.51/2734.98/y/2.88/109.69;]

The Dow lost 38 and a half. NASDAQ fell 145 and a half - to its lowest close in more than a year. The News 7 Bloomberg index dropped almost three points.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=274-h/0.75/48.63/i/2.06/71.25/h/1.31/55.00/h/0.31/48.50/i/0.31/49.00;]
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[Promo]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The Roanoke County school board will unveil a revamped Early Retirement program to teachers tonight. Some teachers fear they'll lose benefits they've been promised.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Meredyth /Microwave;]

Meredyth Censullo talked with a school official about the new plan.
[LIVE= Meredyth Full /Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1]
[SUPER=05-Vinton]

Some teachers worry changes to the Early Retirement incentive program could be retroactive,
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[VO-NAT 00-41; 43:06]

reducing the benefits of some employees who have already retired - and limiting benefits for teachers considering early retirement. The school board will address those concerns tonight when they lay out the new plan to current and retired teachers.
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[LIVE= Meredyth Full /Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Vinton]

I spoke with Assistant Superintendent Tom Hall this afternoon .. He wouldn't discuss specifics with me, but says some teachers might come out better than they think.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Meredyth /Microwave;]

I'll have details of the plan and teachers' reactions to it, on News 7 at 11.

[Safety-Seats]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC1:58:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Christmas shopping just got a little safer for children of needy families in Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Retail Merchants Association today donated two thousand dollars to the Lynchburg police department's child safety seat program.
The program provides seats at no cost or reduced cost to parents who couldn't afford them.. but it recently was in danger of running out of both seats and money.
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[SOT 18:56:23]
[IN Q=As the word]

((OFFICER DOUG CHILDRESS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AS THE WORD SPREAD IN THE COMMUNITY WE GOT MORE AND MORE REQUESTS FOR THE SEATS AND THE FUNDING WAS RUNNING OUT TO PURCHASE THE SEATS WITH. THIS GIFT FROM THE MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION MAKES CHRISTMAS FOR US BECAUSE IT WILL ALLOW US BECAUSE IT WILL ALLOW US TO BUY A NUMBER OF SEATS AND BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE FAMILIES WITH THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Officer Doug Childress/Lynchburg Police Department]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=families with them.]
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[VO-NAT]


Officials say the money will help buy about twenty new car seats.
They're still seeking other donations to keep the program running indefinitely.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, George Welsh talks about the Cavs spending Christmas in Hawaii. The Express is back in the Roundhouse tonight. NASCAR makes a big change at the top.
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[VO-NAT]

And had there been a change at the top at Tech could Frank Beamer have faced the music and his players. The answer in just a moment.
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[S-UVa]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-81 1752TC]
[GRAHIC=UVA]

The Virginia Cavaliers found out this afternoon that they will be bowling in Hawaii. The Cavs were officially invited to the islands to play either a Big East, Pac 10 or SEC opponent. George Welsh talked about making it to his 7th straight bowl in a teleconference earlier today.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=WE'VE ESTABLISHED...]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=...left HAWAII EARLY."]
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[VO NAT CON'T] The irony is that UVa could play Boston College and Welsh's former right hand man Tom O'Brien. The same Tom O'Brien has been rumored to be Welsh's replacement when he retires.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=laughter...]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=...good paring so."]
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[VO NAT CON'T] Welsh confirmed that he will coach the Cavs in the bowl game, but refused to say anything else about his future in Charlottesville.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NO]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=...SITUATION RIGHT NOW."]
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=uva]

The Cavs will know their opponent by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. They already know they will play in Hawaii on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.








[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-80 3607tc]
[GRAPHIC=FRANK BEAMER]


It's the day after in Blacksburg as Tech fans begin to realize that there worst fears were almost realized with Frank Beamer heading to another school.
[GRAPHIC=UNC]

Many folks who are extremely close to Beamer says he was leaning heavily toward going to Carolina on Sunday, before changing his mind yesterday morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday; :00]

Personally, I think had he decided to leave he could have said so long to athletic administration. He could have convinced his coaches to come along with him. He also could have gotten his wife and two children to agree on the move. But the one thing that would have stopped Beamer dead in his tracks would have been facing each of his players. Beamer is extremely loyal and seeing the disappointment on their faces would have been enough to kill him.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I WOULD HAVE A DEFINITE...]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=...those guys."]
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[S-Hoops]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=TECH HOOPS]


The Virginia Tech basketball team is back in the Cassell tonight at seven o'clock looking to get some consistency in its game. Tonight teh Hokies take on yet anoter in-state foe in the Liberty Flames.

[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-75]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Pee Dee]


The Roanoke Express hopes to continue its winning ways tonight at seven o'clock. Tonight the Pee Dee Pride - minus Frank Anzalone - stands in the way. Roanoke is 1 and 1 against the Pride this season. Head coach Perry Florio says the team can credit it's new found success on the ice to an infusion of new talent and a swift kick in the pants.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="I was]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=....fix that problem"]
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[S-Bath]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-85]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


Three teams from the Friday Football Extra coverage area are still in the hunt for a state championship this Saturday afternoon. Salem and Rustburg will play in separate title games at JMU, while Bath County will play the division one title game at Liberty University. All three schools have had to scramble a bit this week to secure shoes that are suited for the artificial turf surfaces.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=WE'RE GOING...]
[SUPER=01-Chris Jones/Bath Co. Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=...SEE WHAT HAPPENS."]
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[S-France]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-76 15323tc]
[GRAPHIC=BILL FRANCE]

There's a changing of the guard in NASCAR tonight. For the first time in the history of the organization a member of the France family will not be running the show at the top. Bill France Junior, who has been undergoing cancer treatments for the past 11 months, announced today that he giving up his role as stock car racing's president.
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[VO-NAT]

France, who is 67 years old, is being replaced by Mike Helton, the man on the right hand side of your screen. Helton has served as NASCAR's senior vice-president and chief operating officer. He is just the third president in NASCAR's 52 year history. Bill France Senior founded the racing organization in 194(------------) 9.