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[TALENT=Keith]

Certain Norfolk-Southern employees learn they can now retire at age 53.
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And a Lynchburg native returns to take over as City Manager.
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In sports, Maryland names a new head football coach Butch Davis is staying in Miami.
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And Virginia Tech tailback Lee Suggs is co-player of the year in the Big East.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
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A vigorous cold front picks the winds up while dropping the temperatures. And we visit the tropics tonight in WeatherSchool.

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Norfolk Southern announces yet another move to save money.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[NS-buyouts]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The company has offered early retirement to 870 non-union employees age 53 or older.
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Jennifer Miele is at Norfolk Southern's Roanoke offices tonight with details.
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[SUPER=@Jennifer1]
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Keith, a company-wide letter went out yesterday afternoon, after Norfolk Southern's board of directors met.
This round of cutbacks is the second largest buyout N-S has offered this year.
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Those 870 employees now eligible for early retirement make up 18 percent of the company's non-union workforce. Retirement age for selected employees was lowered from 55 to 53.
The program allows certain employees to add three years to their length of service and three years to their ages in calculating their pension benefits.
The latest cutbacks come on the heels of an early November announcement that will sever 14 workers and close the Roanoke foundry in January.
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[LIVE=Jennifer FULL/Microwave]
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Keith, the company says this is an attempt to increase efficiency and reduce operating expenses.
Those who wish to apply for early retirement must do so by December 31st.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Jennifer /Microwave;]



[Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Slow but steady movement toward a contract agreement between Rubatex Corporation and its union.
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Corporate officials met today with plant management to brief them on the labor issues in dispute.
Another meeting between the company and union leaders at a Roanoke hotel was scheduled for this afternoon. The two sides never met there.
After nine-months on strike, Rubatex union members went back to work under terms of their old contract in June.
They've been working ever since without a new one.
Company officials say negotiations are moving steadily forward.
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[L'burg-Manager]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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After thirteen years as the top man in Spotsylvania County, Kimball Payne is moving south to take over the reins as Lynchburg's new city manager.
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Steve Smallshaw has the story for us tonight.
Steve, Spotsylvania has more people and a bigger budget than Lynchburg.. why the move here?
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Keith, Kimball Payne says Lynchburg has always been on a short list of localities he'd consider moving to if his career needed a new direction..
And he adds managing a city can be a lot more challenging than a mostly rural county.
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(( He's a Lynchburg native who moved away at the age of 10.. now, 37 years later, Kimball Payne is ready to take over the day- to- day operations of his hometown.
Payne was the unanimous choice of Lynchburg city council to replace the retired Charles Church, whose failing health forced him to step down in August.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I GUESS SOMETIMES YOU GO WITH A GUT FEELING AND THE GUT FEELING OF ALL OF COUNCIL, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUS, THAT THIS WAS THE PERSON THAT WE WANTED TO BE OUR NEXT CITY MANAGER.))
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Payne will have his hands full when he takes over in February.
Like most other cities, there are few extra dollars to go around in the Lynchburg budget.. the city's spending 200 million dollars to overhaul its sewer system.. and it will need to find another hundred million somewhere for school renovations over the next ten years.
Payne says dealing with fiscal stress is nothing new.
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((KIMBALL PAYNE: BUT I THINK THERE'S SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES THAT IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO AND THAT IS WE NEED TO MAKE THE MOST WE CAN OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE GET, WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO MAXIMIZE THOSE REVENUES, WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT OUR EXPENDITURES AND TO LOOK FOR NEW WAYS OF DOING THINGS.))
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Of course, there's a learning curve.. Kimball Payne says street maintenance, snow removal, even dealing with a police department will all be new territory for him.
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He's looking to learn as much as possible before he takes over in February. Keith?

[Martin]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Attorneys have wrapped up their case tonight .. in the trial of 16 year old girl charged with murdering her grandfather.
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Robin Lee Martin is on trial as an adult .. for the first degree murder of 80 year old John Mesics (MEZZ-icks).
Prosecutors say Martin shot Mesics in the head with a shotgun
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as he slept in his Carroll County home in July of 1999.
Martin's grandparents were raising her there.
The girl's best friend testified today that Martin vowed to kill her grandfather after he yelled at her for staying on the phone too long.
Taking the stand herself, Martin said she was under the influence of beer and drugs and did not mean to do it.
She claims her grandfather verbally abused her and her friends encouraged her to kill him.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The jury got the case just a few minutes ago, and are trying to decide whether to stay tonight to reach a verdict, or come back tomorrow.

[Salem-Abduction]


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We have new information tonight about that abduction of a woman and her three children in Salem two weeks ago.
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It started on Parkdale Drive.
According to an F-B-I affidavit, Kimberly Powell said Glenn Powell continually threatened to kill her as they drove to Maryland.
When they got there, he took their nine-year old son in with him to register for a room at an Extended Stay America.
In the morning, Kimberly says Glenn sent her to wash some clothes, but kept the nine-year old with him.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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When she returned to the room, she convinced him to let her take all three children, because she said he had the keys to the van, money and baby supplies.
She went to the front desk and told the manager she'd been kidnapped.
Powell is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in Roanoke tomorrow.

[County-Teachers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
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Roanoke County teachers are mulling over changes in their early retirement incentive program, while school board members say they will continue to tweak the controversial proposal.
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This afternoon, county teachers and school retirees gathered at Cave Spring High School to consider changes that would affect their supplemental benefits.
While the county education association hasn't taken a formal position yet, president Kitty Boitnott says teachers still have many questions and concerns.
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((KITTY BOITNOTT/RCEA PRESIDENT: THEY'RE UPSET AND DISAPPOINTED... AND HOPING THAT WE CAN COME OUT OF IT WITH A BETTER OUTCOME THAN WE CURRENTLY THINK WE MIGHT. THEY'RE UPSET.))
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School Board Chairman Jerry Canada says the board is trying to address teachers' concerns, and he does expect some changes in the proposal.
He says it's likely that school officials will hold another briefing on the subject within the next two weeks.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Republican Mark Earley just kicked off this gubernatorial campaign and he's already picked up some Southwest Virginia endorsements.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And holiday stresses come in many forms-- from shopping to cooking.
We'll have some tips for how to deal with them later in the newscast.
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[Earley]


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Mark Earley has just formally kicked off his fight for the Republican nomination for governor.
But already, he's running to the middle, against the multimillionaire Democrat he hopes to face next fall.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( A Republican attorney general battling a Republican lieutenant governor for a nomination has got to start early.
Well, Earley's his name.
And he's already got some local party leaders on board.
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((NICE BUS! DID YOU SEE ELVIS IN THE BACK?)) [runs:04]

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((BUTCH CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR: WE REALLY FEEL THAT MARK HAS THE ABILITY TO RELATE TO EVERYONE. WE FEEL LIKE HIE'S GONNA BE THE PEOPLE'S GOVERNOR.)) [runs:09 ]
It's the OTHER Mark that scares them.
A self-made high tech multimillionaire, Mark Warner claims he's the one to help all of Virginia log on to the new digital economy.
Mark Earley says his resume's richer.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: I THINK THAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE IN THE LEGISLATURE, AND THEN FOUR YEARS AS ATTORNEY GENERAL IS REALLY THE KIND OF EXPERIENCE THAT MONEY CAN'T BUY. AND I THINK IT'S ALSO THE KIND OF EXPERIENCE THAT YOU CAN'T GET ANY OTHER WAY THAN BY BEING IN THE TRENCHES.)) [runs:17 ]
Earley says he's also spent time in some trenches that are NOT typical Republican stomping grounds.
He's actually a member of the N-double-A-C-P, and has chosen a theme of racial reconciliation for this part of his campaign.
We asked what that means.
Like, will he declare a Confederate History Month?
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((WELL I THINK IT FIRST OF ALL MEANS THE GOVERNOR HAS THE OPPORTUNITY LIKE REALLY NO ONE ELSE DOES IN VIRGINIA TO SET A STANDARD AND A TONE. )) [runs:09 ]
The tone, he says, without specifics, should signal to the nation that Virginia has moved beyond the racial divide.

It's NOT a tone fellow Republican John Hager is setting... this month, joining conservative criticism of Earley for his 1990 support of a bill promoting multicultural education.
What's wrong with that?
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((JOHN HAGER: I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT, EXCEPT IT IS NOT A FAR RIGHT CONSERVATIVE POSITION.)) [runs:06]

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((MARK EARLEY....ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.)) [runs:16 ]))

[Botetourt-Fatal]


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An 88-year-old woman died when she pulled out in front of a pickup truck today in Botetourt County.
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Police say Neatie Gish was turning left from the Minute Market onto Alternate Route 220. 35-year-old Sharon Coleman was driving a pickup truck on Route 220 and could not stop in time. Police say she was barely injured and will not be charged with a crime. Both women were wearing seatbelts.
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[Henry-Fatal]


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A Martinsville teenager was killed as she headed toward school this morning. Police say 16 year old Amy Shupe veered off Route 58 into the median, flipped her car, and flew from the vehicle. Shupe was a junior at Laurel Park High School.

[Franklin-Dog]


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Franklin County investigators are sending a dog they think was tortured to Virginia Tech to find out how she was killed.
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The deerhound was found dead and mutilated yesterday in a neighbor's yard. A veterinarian says the dog died from a blunt trauma to her left side. Investigators think someone tortured the animal and say the dog was cleanly skinned after she died. They're counting on a Virginia Tech pathologist to examine the dog's organs and say exactly how she was killed. Results are due Monday.
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[Stocks]


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A split decision on Wall Street as blue chips rallied, but technology shares sank once again. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW rose 126 points, NASDAQ fell 31 to close at a new one year low.
The Bloomberg News-7 Index gained about a point.
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[Holiday-Stress]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jsu]
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The holidays are stressful time of year for many people.
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One reason-- expectations are high, from shopping for the perfect gift to spending lots of money to keeping up with the Jones's.
It's enough to cause a lot of stress.
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((SUSAN HIGHFILL/LEWIS GALE MED. CTR. COUNSELOR; IF WE COULD JUST SHIFT OUR EXPECTATIONS TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT WON'T BE PERFECT. BUT IT WILL BE A GOOD TIME , THAT CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN REDUCING SOME OF THE STRESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS))
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All the stress during the holiday can not only leave you with a headache -- but can break down your immune system leaving you sick or depressed.
But there are simple ways to reduce stress like exercising or meditation.
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[IN Q=Things as small as taking the steps]

((THINGS AS SMALL AS TAKING THE STEPS INSTEAD OF RIDING THE ELEVATOR OR BELIEVE IT OR NOT MUNCHING ON A CARROT AT WORK, YOU GET THE MUSCLE WORKING AND REDUCE THE STRESS IN YOUR FACE))
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And for quick relaxation -- just take deep breaths -- and slow down.
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[Sports Tease]


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And coming up, Lee Suggs is the Big East co player of the year and he's one of several Hokies to make the all conference team.
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And Ferrum tennis player Lindsay Morton is one of three individuals in the country to receive the N-C-Double-A Outstanding Sportsperson of the year award.
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[S-Suggs]


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The Virginia Tech Hokies didn't sweep the Big East post season honors like they did last season, but Roanoke's own Lee Suggs is not only representing the
[GRAPHIC=SUGGS]

Hokies but all of the Star City tonight. The William Fleming product has been named the Big East conference's co-offensive player of the year.
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[VO-NAT]
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Suggs led the Big East in rushing with 12 hundred and seven yards. In all, Lee had 6 one hundred yard rushing games this season. He also scored 28 touchdowns to lead the entire nation in scoring.
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Joining Suggs on the All Conference first team are Hokie Linebacker Ben Taylor, offensive lineman Dave Kadela, and defensive tackle David Pugh out of Amherst County.
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Eight Tech players earned second team all-Big East honors including Michael Vick, Andre' Davis, Cory Bird and Ronyell Whitaker.

[S-Coach]


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N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers is the A-C-C's Rookie of the year. Rivers set nine N.C. State single season passing records throwing for more than 3-thousand years and 25 touchdowns.
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Meantime, The University of Maryland has a new head football coach. Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen will take over the Terps football program. He returns to his Alma Mater where he was an assistant coach for Bobby Ross in the mid 1980's.
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[SUPER=04-NCAA; :]


And Alabama will have to look elsewhere to find a new head coach. Miami's Butch Davis has said that he is staying with the Hurricanes for the foreseeable future.
That also means that Davis is not interested in coaching the N-F-L's expansion Houston Texans. Miami has offered Davis a 5 yer contract extension that would pay him about 1 point three million dollars a year.
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[S-Ferrum]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
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Ferrum College tennis player Lindsay Morton has been named the 2000 Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year.
The N-C-Double-A awards this honor to only three athletes in the country each year.
It recognizes honesty, unselfishness and responsibility.
Morton won the award for an act of true sportsmanship during the Dixie Conference Championships last April.
She was losing a tennis match when her opponent broke her racket.
The girl didn't have another racket and only had five minutes to find another or she would have to forfeit.
Morton gave the opponent one of her own spares and ended up losing the match.
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Morton, a junior, plays number two singles for Ferrum.
The Environmental Science major also tutors students in English, and as a Bonner Scholar she performs over 300 hours of community service each year.
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Lindsay will be honored in Orlando, Florida, at the NCAA Convention in January.





[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express has teamed up with local police to promote both hockey and better relationships between law enforcement and the community.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


"Cops and Kids" got it's official start today at a Roanoke Civic Center news conference. For the next 25 weeks 250 thousand trading cards of Express players, coaches and trainers will be distributed to kids by police in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem, Vinton, Botetourt, and Bedford. The hope is that this project will allow the officers to get to know kids in their area better while putting the word out on the Express at the same time.
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In addition, Express players and coaches will be going into the schools where the cards are handed out, speaking to the(------------) kids and autographing the cards.