[Recount]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Vice President Al Gore's attorneys may appeal to the Florida Supreme Court in hopes of forcing a speedy recount of the state's contested ballots.
A circuit court judge has ordered thousands of ballots brought to Tallahassee.
But he hasn't yet decided whether they'll be recounted.
Meanwhile, George W- Bush is busy preparing for a transition to the White House.
Jennifer Jones has the latest.
[LIVE=JENNIFER JONES/FULL]
[SUPER=701-Jennifer Jones/Reporting;]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]


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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=701-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=703-Tallahassee, FL;]
[SUPER=701-James Baker/Bush Advisor;]
[SUPER=703-Austin, TX;]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=]

(( Locator: Washington, DC That drumbeat you hear from the nation's capitol this morning is Vice President Al Gore once again publicly pleading for support and time.

SOT: V.P. Al Gore/D-Presidential Candidate

"Once we have that full and accurate count of the ballots cast then we will know who our next president is and our country can move forward."
But time is not on Mr. Gore's side. His legal team may appeal a Florida judge's order -- that thousands of disputed ballots be brought to Tallahassee by Friday. He hasn't decided yet whether they should be recounted. If he does, Gore's camp will be in a race against the clock to have them tabulated by the December 12th, Florida's deadline to select its 25 electoral votes.
Locator: Tallahassee, FL Bush's legal team is also gearing up to argue that case and the dozens of others filed by both sides here in the Sunshine State..maintaining as they have all along that their man is the winner.

SOT: Sec. James Baker/Bush Advisor

"America has never had a presidential election decided by a contest of the election outcome in the court. This is an extraordinary procedure."
Locator: Austin,TX Candidate Bush meanwhile has kept a low profile since his address to the nation Sunday night. Today he's at his ranch in Crawford, Texas where he's assembling a cabinet for a possible administration." ))
[LIVE=JENNIFER JONES/FULL]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]






[11Warner]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-12 44:11]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


The Democrat who's running for Virginia Governor is ready to see an end to the presidential stalemate.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=703-Roanoke]


Mark Warner says the country needs a resolution by the end of this week.
(///// SOT /////)
[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 yesterday to address the Virginia Farm Bureau.
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[11County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-43]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]

The Roanoke County school board has revamped its Early Retirement Incentive Plan, to the displeasure of hundreds of current and retired teachers. Those teachers heard the changes for the first time last night. Because of the changes, some teachers could see an increase in benefits. Others, though, will see an immediate reduction. Meredyth Censullo reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This is the...]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/School Board Chairman;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;:20]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Dyer/Retired Teacher;1:35]
[Super=@Meredyth1;]
[RUNS=2:05]
[OUT Q=Censullo, News 7.]
(((///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This is the...]

((THIS IS THE RESULT OF SEVERAL HOURS OF NUMBER CRUNCHING AND SOME SOUL SEARCHING TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING THAT IS STILL VALUED BY YOU...))

[RUNS= :18]
[OUT Q=by you.]


The school board says they decided revamp the Early Retirement plan, because changing federal guidelines would've forced them to anyway. That excuse isn't satisfying some teachers.
Under the current Early Retirement Incentive Plan, a county teacher with 10 years experience in the system can retire at 55 - receiving 30-percent of their salary for 7 years, provided they work 20-24 days a year .. Teachers aged 56-62 earn 20-percent a year. All the retirees are enrolled in the school division's health insurance program.
The New Plan for Current Retirees would pay 30-percent salary to all participants 55 and older for 5 years.. But it caps health insurance benefits at 25-hundred dollars for five years.
Future Retirees would be eligible for 20-percent of their salary for 5 years...Their health insurance would be capped at 25-hundred dollars.
The changes mean teachers who are currently taking part in the Early Retirement program will have their pay cut after five years, although they'll keep their insurance benefits the full seven years.
Many teachers say the changes will lead a number of their colleagues to return to the classroom...

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=They basically...]

((THEY BASICALLY CAN'T AFFORD TO NOT DO IT..THEY CAN'T LIVE ON WHAT THE VIRGINIA RETIREMENT IS OFFERING...UNTIL THEY GET TO SOCIAL SECURITY AGE WHICH IS 62.))
[RUNS= :12]
[OUT Q=is 62.]

MEREDYTH CENSULLO: The school board is giving retired teachers until January 15th to decide if they'll return to teaching full time....But then, the question is, will they be required to teach another 10 years before retiring a second time? That question will be decided by the school board next month. Meredyth Censullo. News7.))

[11Bookstores]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-44 TC27:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The arrival of a new Barnes & Noble bookstore in Lynchburg isn't necessarily bad news for the city's smaller booksellers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Shoppers did pack the store during its grand opening last week.
Besides books, Barnes & Noble also offers a music department, children's playroom and coffee from Starbucks.
But the independent dealers say they've found a niche market that the big guys don't fill.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:41:12]
[IN Q=If you want]

((WALT CAREY/BOOKSHOP ON THE AVENUE: IF YOU WANT TO STAY ALIVE YOU BETTER FIND YOUR OWN SPECIAL NICHE BECAUSE THERE'LL BE SOMEBODY ELSE TO COME IN WANTING TO FILL YOUR NICHE IF YOU DON'T WATCH OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Walt Carey/Bookshop On The Avenue; ]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=don't watch out.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Barnes & Noble officials say there are enough book lovers in Lynchburg to keep everyone in business.
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[11Franklin-Dog]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC50:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The following story contains video that some people may find disturbing.
Investigators found a dog they think was tortured to death. Now they want people in Franklin County to be careful.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

This purebred deerhound was found on a neighbor's property in the rural Redwood community yesterday morning. Her owner, Jeffrey Davis, keeps several hunting dogs here even though he lives at Smith Mountain Lake. Davis says he thinks his dog was hit by a car then dragged into the yard by another animal. But investigators say she was mutilated.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:09:14]
[IN Q=I see a dog]

((TAMMY JAVIER/INVESTIGATOR: I SEE A DOG OBVIOUSLY SKINNED. WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE WHETHER IT WAS BEFORE OR AFTER THE DOG'S DEATH.))
[SUPER=01-Tammy Javier/Investigator;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=after its death.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Autopsy results show a blunt trauma to the left side killed the dog. Investigators say people should keep their pets inside when they cannot watch them.
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[11Narrows-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-38]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

Firefighters in Narrows spent more than eight hours trying to control an apartment fire that left two families homeless.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Narrows;]


The flames broke out around four yesterday morning in a back kitchen at the old Main Street building.
The fire gutted two upstairs apartments and damaged a small engine repair shop.
Both families who lived there escaped unharmed.
Firefighters had to collapse the roof to extinguish the flames.
They're still trying to determine the cause and damage costs.
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[11Thermal-Imaging]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-39]
[GRAPHIC=None]


When fire strikes, thick smoke can make it difficult for firefighters to search a building and bring victims to safety.
But now, Roanoke County has a new tool that could save lives.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The department demonstrated its new thermal imaging camera at the Roanoke Valley Regional Training Center.
The device detects infrared radiation. Even in thick smoke firefighters can "see" where the blaze is burning, and where victims may be located.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 06:20:53]
[IN Q=The main benefit]

((THE MAIN BENEFIT WILL BE IT WILL ALLOW FIREFIGHTERS TO SEE IN AN ENVIRONMENT TO SEE WHERE THEY'RE NOT USED TO. IT WILL CUT OUR SEARCH TIME IN HALF IF NOT MORE THAN THAT, BY 75 PERCENT.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Poff/Battalion Chief;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=by 75 percent.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Initially, Roanoke County plans to put one of the cameras on each of its ladder trucks... and fire officials are hopeful businesses and civic groups will help with that effort.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, a special computer along with a mammogram can increase the chances of finding breast cancer.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]


((Information: ON CAM GETTING YOUR MENSTRUAL PERIOD MAY MEAN MORE THAN JUST PAIN AND MOOD SWINGS- FOR MANY WOMEN IT ALSO MEANS A MIGRAINE HEADACHE.

VT=VO

A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL NEUROLOGY FINDS WOMEN GET MORE MIGRAINES IN THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THEIR MENSTRUAL CYCLE THAN ANY OTHER TIME OF THE MONTH. TO BLAME: HORMONE CHANGES. IF YOU ARE A FEMALE AND A MIGRAINE SUFFERER- TAKE NOTE OF WHEN YOU GET YOUR HEADACHES.. IF IT IS AROUND YOUR PERIOD THERE ARE MEDICATIONS YOUR DOCTOR CAN PRESCRIBE AHEAD OF TIME TO PREVENT THOSE HEADACHES FROM STRIKING.

VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- THE MOST ACCURATE MAMMOGRAM- IS ONE INTERPRETED BY A DOCTOR- AND A COMPUTER. A STUDY FROM THE RADIOLOGY SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA FINDS LETTING A SPECIAL COMPUTER HELP READ A MAMMOGRAM WILL INCREASE THE CHANCES OF DETECTING A SMALL TUMOR BY ALMOST 20%. THE COMPUTER IS CALLED THE IMAGECHECKER--AND BEST OF ALL ADDING THE COMPUTER -ADDS ONLY $15 TO THE COST OF A MAMMOGRAM.
ON CAM FINALLY TODAY- WOMEN- YOU KNOW US GUYS SOMETIMES DONT HEAR , DON'T LISTEN, DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY. . BUT NOW WE KNOW WHY. A REPORT- ALSO FROM THE RADIOLOGY SOCIETY FINDS MEN ONLY USE HALF A BRAIN TO LISTEN-- THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BRAIN.. WHILE WOMEN USE BOTH SIDES.- SO YOU SEE- ITS NOT OUR FAULT.- ITS SIMPLY A MANUFACTURING DEFECT. THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


More Presidential recounts?
It's possible, if Al Gore has his way.
Meanwhile, George W- Bush is already planning for his Presidency.
The latest on the election, coming up.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Republican Attorney General Mark Earley has begun his campaign for Governor.
Among the groups he's wooing politically, the N-Double-A-C-P.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And if one woman's experience with this bridal shop is any indication .. some area "brides-to-be" may bear some additional expenses after a store fire Monday.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, November 29th.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-Recount]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The latest twist in the election that won't end is a possible appeal to Florida's Supreme Court by Vice President Al Gore's attorneys.
Gore is asking for a speedy hand recount of Florida's contested ballots.
A circuit court judge has instead ordered a hearing on Saturday.
He's also ordered thousands of ballots brought to Tallahassee.
But there's no word yet on whether those ballots will actually be recounted.
The judge is working against a fast- approaching December 12th deadline for states to assign their Presidential electors.
Jennifer Jones is in Tallahassee with an update.
[LIVE=JENNIFER JONES/FULL]
[SUPER=701-Jennifer Jones/Reporting;]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=701-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=703-Tallahassee, FL;]
[SUPER=701-James Baker/Bush Advisor;]
[SUPER=703-Austin, TX;]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=]

(( Locator: Washington, DC That drumbeat you hear from the nation's capitol this morning is Vice President Al Gore once again publicly pleading for support and time.

SOT: V.P. Al Gore/D-Presidential Candidate

"Once we have that full and accurate count of the ballots cast then we will know who our next president is and our country can move forward."
But time is not on Mr. Gore's side. His legal team may appeal a Florida judge's order -- that thousands of disputed ballots be brought to Tallahassee by Friday. He hasn't decided yet whether they should be recounted. If he does, Gore's camp will be in a race against the clock to have them tabulated by the December 12th, Florida's deadline to select its 25 electoral votes.
Locator: Tallahassee, FL Bush's legal team is also gearing up to argue that case and the dozens of others filed by both sides here in the Sunshine State..maintaining as they have all along that their man is the winner.

SOT: Sec. James Baker/Bush Advisor

"America has never had a presidential election decided by a contest of the election outcome in the court. This is an extraordinary procedure."
Locator: Austin,TX Candidate Bush meanwhile has kept a low profile since his address to the nation Sunday night. Today he's at his ranch in Crawford, Texas where he's assembling a cabinet for a possible administration." ))
[LIVE=JENNIFER JONES/FULL]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]






[11Earley]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-47 TC16:48]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


Republican Attorney General Mark Earley kicked of his campaign for governor.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 21:00:53]
[IN Q=I'm proud]

((ATTORNEY GEN. MARK EARLEY: I'M PROUD TODAY TO ANNOUNCE MY CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))

[SUPER=@Earley]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=of Virginia.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The former Chesapeake state senator is a member of the N-double-A-C-P, and is making racial reconciliation a campaign theme.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 20:58:15+-]
[IN Q=It's about a]

((MARK EARLEY: IT'S ABOUT A PROMISE OF A VIRGINIA WHERE RACIAL RECONCILIATION IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE OF A REALITY AND IS BECOMING THE SHINING AND DISTINCTIVE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF VIRGINIA WHERE IT ALL GOT STARTED 400 YEARS AGO.))
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=400 years ago.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Earley's in Roanoke today for the first stop in a two week bus trip to introduce his candidacy across Virginia.
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[11Va-Governors]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC1:39:22]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]


The other Republican and the only Democrat running for governor are both betting their business experience will appeal to voters.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Republican John Hager will face Mark Earley in a spring convention, seeking the G-O-P nomination.
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[SOT 28:56]
[IN Q=I guess it's ]

((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: I GUESS IT'S NO SECRET THAT I AM A CANDIDATE... HAVEN'T HAD A BUSINESSMAN FOR GOVERNOR SINCE 1954...THAT'S A LONG TIME.))
[SUPER=@Hager;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=a long time.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Hager's a former tobacco executive.
Democrat Mark Warner earned his millions as a telecommunications pioneer, and now as a venture capitalist, investing money in other new businesses.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 23:01 ]
[IN Q=I don't]

((MARK WARNER/(D) CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I DON'T BELIEVE WE SHOULD BUILD A NEW ROAD... THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE A LARGE CONDUIT... REPAY PART OF THE COST OF THE ROAD.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) Candidate for Governor; ]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=of the road.]
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[VO-NAT]


Warner hammered the Gilmore administration in an afternoon speech at Roanoke College.
He accused Gilmore of mismanaging V-DOT, a children's health insurance plan, and the severance package of a state agency head whose agency was under State Police investigation.
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[11NS-Retirement]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern]


Changes are on the way to Norfolk Southern's retirement plans.
In a company-wide e-mail yesterday, the railroad said it's offering early retirement to employees age 53 and up.


[Police-Checkpoints]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Police forces all over the country are having to re- evaluate how they catch motorists who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN;]


The U-S Supreme Court has ruled that drug roadblocks and sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional.
The court's decision says checkpoints can only be made if officers have reasonable suspicion.
The city of Indianapolis was named in the ruling.
State police in Indiana have suspended the checkpoints, but don't believe it'll put much of a dent in their efforts to arrest drunk drivers.
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[Jail-Escape]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A camera inside a police car captures a police chase in Utah.
Police say an inmate took a jail cook hostage 10 days ago.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roy, UT;]


Authorities released the video yesterday.
The deputy put his training into use and bumped the getaway car.
But that wasn't enough to end the chase.
The pursuit went through a shopping mall parking lot.
It finally ended when the inmate and the deputy crashed into a home.
The hostage was shaken up, but was otherwise okay.
As for the inmate, he's back behind bars.
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[11Patina-Bride]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC20:09]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Aftermath]


If one woman's experience is any indication .. some area "brides-to-be" may bear some additional expenses after a store fire Monday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Mandy Hasenback's wedding dress was burned in a fire at Patina bridal shop.
She says she went to the store yesterday and was told by store owners to quote: "get out of their faces,"...
That they did not want to deal with her.
Hasenback says Patina later agreed to reimburse her for her dress, but would not pay for the $200 in alterations Mandy had done to the dress.
When News 7 returned to the store yesterday afternoon, the owners would not answer questions and asked us to leave.
Mandy Hasenback has ordered another dress from a different bridal shop. The dress will be here in time for her December 16th wedding.
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[11Community-Services]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-40 TC1:27:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Montgomery County's board of Supervisors is looking into a budget crisis at a human service agency.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;]


The Board passed a resolution asking New River Valley Community Services to explain its 407-thousand dollar deficit.
The shortfall prompted the agency to enact a two-week unpaid furlough for its 300 employees last month.
N-R-V-C-S helps people with substance abuse problems and mental retardation.
Officials there said the deficit was partly caused by unreceived Medicaid payments from the state.
They'll have to reply to the Board of Supervisors by December 11th.
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[11Toy-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC23:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Holiday shoppers should not forget safety when buying toys.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]



One of the years most popular toys- the scooter- has been linked to injuries- some 26 thousand in all.
For the younger children -- parents should be aware of toys that can pose a choking and strangulation hazard.
Young children can choke on small parts of toys- and cords longer than seven inches can potentially strangle a child.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT3:08:52]
[IN Q=A hundred and twenty one]

((A HUNDRED AND TWENTY ONE THOUSAND EACH YEAR GET INJURED BY TOYS MOST OF THEM ARE SCRAPES AND BRUISES THINGS LIKE THAT BUT IT CAN CAUSE DEATH WHEN YOU GET INTO THE CHOKING HAZARD AND THE STRANGULATION CONCERN.))
[SUPER=01-Ellen Davis/Carilion Health Educator]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=strangulation concern]
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[VO-NAT]


Davis says most importantly parents should follow the age recommendations on the package.
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[11Safety-Seats]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-34]
[GRAPHIC=none]


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


The Retail Merchants Association yesterday presented the Lynchburg police with two thousand dollars to buy child safety seats for parents who can't afford them.
The program had nearly exhausted its original grant and was about to start turning away needy families.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 18:55:49]
[IN Q=We are promoters]

((ROLAND PETERS/RETAIL MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION: WE ARE PROMOTERS OF "BUY IT IN THE 'BURG" AND WE CERTAINLY WANT THE CHILDREN TO BE SAFE AS OUR PARENTS GO OUT SHOPPING THIS CHRISTMAS IN THE 'BURG. NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN AND THE RETAIL MERCHANTS ARE PROUD TO TAKE PART IN THE NECESSARY PURCHASE OF CAR SEATS.))
[SUPER=01-Roland Peters/Retail Merchants Association]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=of car seats.]
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[VO-NAT]


Officials say the donation will buy about twenty new car seats.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Changes are on the way to Norfolk Southern's retirement plans.
In a company wide e-mail yesterday, the railroad said it's offering early retirement to employees age 53 and up.



(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Hundreds of current and retired Roanoke County teachers are not pleased with changes to their Early Retirement Incentive Plan.
Some teachers could see an increase in benefits as a result of the changes, but others will see an immediate reduction. The school board says it decided to revamp the plan, because changing federal guidelines would've forced the change anyway.

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Republican Attorney General Mark Earley announced his candidacy for governor. Earley will be in Roanoke today for the first stop in a two week bus trip to introduce his candidacy across Virginia.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=too much to do]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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