[Recount]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]

The race for the White House will run through U-S Supreme Court today. George W. Bush is asking justices to throw out the hand-counted tally that narrowed his Florida lead over Al Gore. Gore's attorneys are urging the panel to let those votes stand. Meantime, Bush and Gore are skirmishing in the courts in Florida. Manuel Gallegus join us live now from Washington with the latest.
[LIVE=Gallegus /FULL]
[SUPER=701-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting]
[SUPER=705-Washington, DC]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Washington;]
[SUPER=703-Tallahassee, FL;]
[SUPER=701-Sen. Joe Lieberman/(D) V.P. Candidate;]
[SUPER=701-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=]

((Locator: Washington, DC The road to the White House takes a detour through the U-S Supreme Court today where crowds have gathered-- hoping to get a seat to history.

MOS SOT:

"It will be neat to hear what's going on to hear the arguments from both sides."
This morning the nine justices will hear oral arguments in a case brought by the Bush campaign. It claims the Florida Supreme Court overstepped its authority when it allowed the hand recounts to continue. Attorneys for Bush will also argue the Florida State Legislature has the right to slate its own state electors.
Locator: Tallahassee, FL The Legislature meanwhile--has moved a step closer to doing just that...despite objections from the Gore camp.

SOT: Sen. Joe Lieberman/D-V.P. Candidate

"I just want to appeal to Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida legislature to reconsider this."
THE VICE PRESIDENT'S TEAM IS ALSO GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER LEGAL FIGHT. MORE THAN A MILLION BALLOTS FROM MIAMI-DADE AND PALM BEACH COUNTIES WERE ORDERED DRIVEN UNDER ARMED GUARD--TO TALLAHASSEE. ON SATURDAY A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE WILL CONSIDER IF, WHEN AND HOW MANY OF THE BALLOTS SHOULD BE RECOUNTED.

SOT: GEORGE W BUSH/REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

"All options are open we want to end as quickly as possible for the good of the country."
Stand Up: Manuel Gallegus/CBS News Despite pleas from the major television networks, including CBS, the Supreme Court will not allow cameras in the courtroom. However they will release an audio tape recording of today's proceeding. Manuel Gallegus, CBS News, Washington, DCTERMS.))


[LIVE=Gallegus /FULL]
[SUPER=705-Washington;]







[11Martin]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-43 TC50:08]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A 16 year old Carroll County girl could spend the rest of her life in prison.
Robin Lee Martin was charged with murdering her grandfather.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hillsville;]


A jury deliberated for six hours yesterday before convicting her of first degree murder-
The teen shot John Mesics in the face with a shotgun as he slept in his bed in July of 1999. Martin was living at her grandparents home at the time.
During the trial, Martin's grandmother and family sat far away from her. They did not comment as they left the trial.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 8:49 - :54]
[IN Q=They're pleased]

((GREG GOAD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THEY'RE PLEASED WITH THE VERDICT. BUT OF COURSE THEY'RE STILL UPSET AS WELL BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION BEING FAMILY.))
[SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Commonwealth's Atty.;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=being family.]
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[VO-NAT]


Prosecutor Greg Goad said Martin planned the shooting during several hours on the phone with friends.
Martin's attorney argued that the shooting resulted from a combination of factors. Those included her mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, peer pressure and verbal abuse from Mesics.
Martin testified that she only meant to scare her grandfather with the shotgun.
She could face a penalty of life in prison. She'll be sentenced in February.
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[11Bedford-Protest]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC16:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The President of Bedford's chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a protest outside the Bedford Central Library last night claiming the library discriminates against hiring minorities. But the director of the library says that's false. Kate Weidaw reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bedford;:00]
[SUPER=01-Jack Mills/Bedford SCLC President;:21 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Tom Hehman/Bedford Public Library Dir.;:36]
[SUPER=@Kate1;:50]
[RUNS=1:00]
[OUT Q=kw news 7.]

(([NAT SOUND ORCHESTRA PLAYING]
[RUNS= 8]


As the orchestra played inside the Bedford Central Library celebrating its 100-th birthday, folks attending the event were greeted outside with this, signs claiming the library discriminates against minorities.

[SOT 13:51]
[INQ=]

((JACK MILLS/PRES. SCLC: I'M SAYING THERE ARE NO MINORITY EMPLOYEES IN THE BEDFORD LIBRARY SYSTEM.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]



[SOT 6:40]
[INQ=]

((TOM HEHMAN/DIR. BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM: HIS FACTS ARE WRONG.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 2]


Tom Hehman has been the Director of the Bedford Public Library System since 1993.

[SOT 6:08]
[INQ=]

((TOM HEHMAN: WE'VE HIRED DOZENS OF PEOPLE IN THAT TIME AND SEVERAL OF THEM HAVE BEEN BLACK, AND I KNOW PRIOR TO MY ARRIVAL IN 1993 WE'VE HAD OTHER STAFF MEMBERS ON BOARD WHO WERE BLACK.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 12]


Jack Mills says his research shows otherwise.

[SOT 13:43]
[INQ=]

((JACK MILLS: TELL THEM TO GIVE YOU NAMES AND CHECK IT OUT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 4]


[STANDUP]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING:ACCORDING TO HEHMAN THE LIBRARY CURRENTLY EMPLOYEES ONE MINORITY.
HEHMAN ALSO SAYS IF THE SCLC BELIEVES THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM WHY HASN'T ANYONE FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]))








[6Cropp]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC31:39]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


A Wytheville doctor is facing a million dollar civil lawsuit. He's already under review by the Virginia Board of Medicine.
Darrin and Valerie Blevins are
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 26]

suing Doctor Craig S. Cropp for negligence in delivering their son two years ago-- negligence which they say resulted in severe brain damage to their child.
Last month, Dr. Cropp's license was being reviewed for his handling of 13 cases.
At that time, an informal conference committee made no determination of fault but chose to keep Cropp under observation for a year before deciding if further proceedings are necessary.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


Cropp declined comment.

[11Heilig-Meyers]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-38]
[GRAPHIC=Heilig Myers]


The latest losses reported by Heilig-Meyers Furniture company are cushioned by success at the company's Roanoke Valley stores.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Heilig-Meyers Furniture company reports losses of 600 million dollars during the first half of two-thousand.
The company filed for chapter 11 in September.
Stores in Christiansburg, Martinsville and Rainelle, West Virginia, have already closed.
Stores in Collinsville and Radford are set to close in December.
But it's business as usual at the stores in the Roanoke Valley which are holding their annual holiday sales.
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[Endeavor]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Endeavor Launch]


Space shuttle Endeavor is on its way to the international space station.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=nat sound]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=to build our future in space.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center, FL;]

The shuttle and its crew of five lifted off shortly after 10 last night. They'll catch up with the space station on Saturday and work to attach giant solar wings to it to provide power. Although Endeavour launched right on schedule, there were a couple of glitches in the countdown. NASA delayed fueling the shuttle by two hours so technicians could remove a bracket dangling from the launch pad. Then a small grass fire broke our near the pad, but was quickly put out.
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[11Miller]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-52 TC43:19]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A former Miss Virginia contestant won't do any jail time despite being convicted of embezzlement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Powhatan/File Tape]


24 year old Samantha Miller was found guilty yesterday of embezzling money from an employee fund at the C-C-I Construction in Powhatan.
Her defense attorney claimed it was Miller's personal account.
She faced up to 20 years in prison but the jury fined her 15-hundred dollars.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=shannon]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Last Spring, Miller dropped out of the Miss Virginia pageant when she learned about the charges.

[11Powell]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-39 TC1:21:12]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The man accused of abducting his estranged wife and children in Salem two weeks ago first parked his car at Goodwill on East Main Street then WALKED to his mother-in-law's house.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


That word came from an F-B-I Agent yesterday at Glenn Powell's detention hearing.
Before Powell allegedly forced Kimberly and the kids
[SUPER=03-Salem/November 16]

from her mother's, Glen allegedly told her: "I'll kill you later, if you go. I'll kill you now, if you don't."
[SUPER=03-Prince George's Co., MD/November 17]


On the way up to the room at Extended Stay America in Landover, Maryland, Powell told the children: "If Mother tries to get away during the night, this will be Daddy's last vacation with you."
During the hearing Powell alternately smiled and shook his head in reaction to the Agent's testimony.
(------------)
[Anchor=Shannon]
[SS=none]


The Magistrate found probable cause to believe Powell had committed a "dangerous and reckless act."
Judge Glen Conrad ordered him held without bond for now.

[11Holiday-Eating]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-49]
[GRAPHIC=Holiday Eating]


Packing on the pounds during the holidays can be a piece of cake -- but who wants to gain the extra weight?
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[VO-NAT]


Experts say you don't have to deprive your sweet tooth or cravings for fatty foods -- you simply have to eat in moderation.
It only takes an additional 500 calories a day, for seven days -- to gain a pound.
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[SOT37:13]
[IN Q=Pick some of the lower calorie foods]

((PICK SOME OF THE LOWER CALORIES FOOD, THEN PICK SMALLER PORTIONS OF THE RICH FOODS SO YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU'RE BEING DEPRIVED BUY YOU'RE REALLY CUTTING BACK DRASTICALLY ON THE OVERALL CALORIES))
[SUPER=01-Martha Ross/Lewis Gale Med. Ctr. Dietitian]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=overall calories]
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[VO-NAT]


And keep up the exercise.
Most people who gain weight during the holidays tend to keep it on for at least two to three months after.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new survey reveals many people are misinformed about how H-I-V and AIDS is spread.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 12/01/2000 - 03NA - 03:16:34]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL DECIDED TO FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH AMERICANS KNOW ABOUT HIV AND AIDS- AND THE WORD IS NOT GOOD. ESPECIALLY DISTURBING IS THE NUMBER OF US WHO ARE MISINFORMED ABOUT HOW THE DISEASE IS SPREAD. 4 IN 10 PEOPLE IN THIS SURVEY BELIEVE AIDS CAN BE SPREAD BY SHARING A DRINKING GLASS OR, SHAKING HANDS WITH AN INFECTED PERSON OR BEING IN A ROOM WHERE AN INFECTED PERSON COUGHS OR SNEEZES.

VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- IF YOU LIVE OR WORK WITH A SMOKER- YOU MAY NEED SOME EXTRA VITAMINS. A STUDY IN THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION FINDS PEOPLE EXPOSED TO SECONDHAND SMOKE TEND TO BE LOW IN CERTAIN VITAMINS- ESPECIALLY BETA CAROTENE AND VITAMIN A. OTHER STUDIES HAVE FOUND SECOND HAND SMOKE ALSO DEPLETES YOUR BODY'S SUPPLY OF THE ANTIOXIDANT VITAMINS C AND E. THIS MAY EXPLAIN WHY PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPOSED TO SECOND HAND SMOKE- ESPECIALLY CHILDREN- TEND TO GET SICK MORE OFTEN THAN THOSE WHO ARE NOT.

VT=VO

FINALLY - SOME REASSURING NEWS IF YOU LIVE WITH A PERSON WHO HAS PROSTATE CANCER- AND HAS RADIOACTIVE SEEDS IN THEIR BODIES TO TREAT THE CANCER. A STUDY FROM WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST LOUIS FINDS THE RADIOACTIVE SEEDS ARE OF NO RISK TO FAMILY MEMBERS OR CLOSE FRIENDS OF THE PATIENT. GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE NEAR AND DEAR.
ON CAM THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


(ad lib to weather)

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

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

Legal teams for the Bush and Gore camps will present their cases to the U-S Supreme Court this morning. They'll debate the Florida Supreme Court's deadline extension that permitted the recounting of ballots.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

A Wytheville doctor is facing a one million dollar civil lawsuit. Doctor Craig S. Cropp is being sued by a couple who say his negligence resulted in brain damage to their newborn son.

Last month, Dr. Cropp's license was being reviewed for his handling of 13 cases.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


The President of Bedford's chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership is accusing the Bedford Central Library of discrimination. Jack Mills held a protest outside the library last night claiming the library discriminates against hiring minorities.
The director of the library denies the accusation.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


And that's what's making news on this Friday December 1.
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-Recount]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]

The 2000 Presidential election will again make history today. The Florida presidential war is heading for a battle in the U-S Supreme Court. George W. Bush is asking the justices to throw out the hand-counted tally that narrowed his lead over Al Gore. Bush lawyers say the Florida Supreme Court ``plainly rewrote the election laws'' in allowing hand recounts to continue. Gore's attorneys want the panel to let those votes stand. Oral arguments are scheduled to start at 10 this morning. In the meantime, Bush and Gore are skirmishing in the courts in Florida. The Bush camp is asking a Florida judge to toss out Gore's election contest. About 600-thousand ballots from Miami-Dade County will be hauled to a Tallahassee courthouse just in case another recount is ordered. Yesterday, nearly a half (m) million ballots arrived from Palm Beach County. Manuel Gallegus joins us live now from Washington with the latest.
[LIVE=Gallegus /FULL]
[SUPER=701-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting]
[SUPER=705-Washington]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=703-Tallahassee, FL;]
[SUPER=701-Sen. Joe Lieberman/(D) V.P. Candidate;]
[SUPER=701-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=]

((Locator: Washington, DC The road to the White House takes a detour through the U-S Supreme Court today where crowds have gathered-- hoping to get a seat to history.

MOS SOT:

"It will be neat to hear what's going on to hear the arguments from both sides."
This morning the nine justices will hear oral arguments in a case brought by the Bush campaign. It claims the Florida Supreme Court overstepped its authority when it allowed the hand recounts to continue. Attorneys for Bush will also argue the Florida State Legislature has the right to slate its own state electors.
Locator: Tallahassee, FL The Legislature meanwhile--has moved a step closer to doing just that...despite objections from the Gore camp.

SOT: Sen. Joe Lieberman/D-V.P. Candidate

"I just want to appeal to Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida legislature to reconsider this."
THE VICE PRESIDENT'S TEAM IS ALSO GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER LEGAL FIGHT. MORE THAN A MILLION BALLOTS FROM MIAMI-DADE AND PALM BEACH COUNTIES WERE ORDERED DRIVEN UNDER ARMED GUARD--TO TALLAHASSEE. ON SATURDAY A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE WILL CONSIDER IF, WHEN AND HOW MANY OF THE BALLOTS SHOULD BE RECOUNTED.

SOT: GEORGE W BUSH/REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

"All options are open we want to end as quickly as possible for the good of the country."
Stand Up: Manuel Gallegus/CBS News Despite pleas from the major television networks, including CBS, the Supreme Court will not allow cameras in the courtroom. However they will release an audio tape recording of today's proceeding. Manuel Gallegus, CBS News, Washington, DCTERMS.))


[LIVE=Gallegus /FULL]
[SUPER=705-Washington;]








[WTO-Anniversary]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Dozens of people are under arrest in Seattle after a rally yesterday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA;]

About 2-thousand demonstrators marked the one-year anniversary of violent protests against global trade talks in the city. Police used pepper spray to disperse about 100 demonstrators who they say refused to go home at the end of the rally. A Seattle city spokesman estimates police arrested 50 to 75 people. Police say the crowd ignored repeated orders to break up.
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[11Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-47 TC21:15]
[GRAPHIC=Jeff Thomas]


Lawyers for the man accused of killing a Radford teenager- want the trial moved out of Pulaski county.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/October;]


Lawyers filed a request for a change of venue, contending that "hostile" and "inflammatory" media accounts prejudiced the community.
Jeffrey Allen Thomas is accused of the capital murder of Radford teen Tara Rose Munsey.
He's being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail, awaiting trial in February.
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[11CoffeePot-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-54]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Roanoke County fire fighters responded to the Coffee Pot for a fire the last three nights in a row.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

The fire began around 10-30 last night. Fire officials say it began on one of th enight spot's outside walls. It only took a matter of minutes for the flames to be extinguished.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 30:52]
[IN Q=it looks]

((CHIEF AUDIE FERRIS: IT LOOKS LIKE THE FIRE STARTED ON THE OUTSIDE WALL THERE AND CLIMBED UP IT AND GOT INTO THE CEILING UP UNDERNEATH THE SHINGLES AND WENT TO THE PEAK.))
[SUPER=01-Chief Audie Ferris/Roanoke Co. Fire Dept.]
[RUNS=6]
[OUT Q=to the peak]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Investigators have not ruled out arson as the cause of the blaze. The damage to the building should not keep it from reopening today.
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[11Victory-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-37 TC1:43:59]
[GRAPHIC=Victory Stadium]


The fate of Victory Stadium is still uncertain.
But as, Joe Dashiell reports Roanoke City Council may be closer to making a decision.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=City Council remains divided]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 00]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor; :10]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council; :43]
[SUPER=@Joe1; 1:00]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]


((City Council remains divided over the future of Victory Stadium.
Mayor Ralph Smith believes it can be renovated for much less than consultants have estimated.
[SOT 01:09:53]
[IN Q=I understand the people's frustration]

((I UNDERSTAND THE PEOPLE'S FRUSTRATION WITH THE STADIUM ISSUE GOING ON AND ON AND ON, STILL NO EXCUSE TO MAKE A BAD DECISION.))
[RUNS= :10]
[OUT Q=make a bad decision.]


But other members of council, perhaps a majority are leaning toward construction of a new and smaller stadium.
In a letter placing the issue on Monday's agenda, Vice Mayor Bill Carder and member Nelson Harris are encouraging council to move forward.
They want council to call for a recommendation from the city manager, initiate a process to gather public input, and set aside 300- thousand dollars to help with financing.
[SOT 01:12:20]
[IN Q=Whatever the council decides]

((WHATEVER THE COUNCIL DECIDES, THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME FOLKS IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT AREN'T GOING TO LIKE THE DECISION, WHETHER IT'S PRESERVING WHAT WE'VE GOT OR BUILDING SOMETHING NEW, BUT I THINK THE WORST DECISION WE CAN MAKE IS TO CONTINUE TO NOT MAKE A DECISION.))
[RUNS= :16]
[OUT Q=not make a decision.]

[STAND-UP CLOSE]
A number of factors have delayed action on Victory Stadium, site considerations, the proposal to build the biotech center nearby, even the arrival of a new city manager... but it now appears council is moving closer to a decision on this city landmark.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[11809-Scam]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-44 TC31:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Lynchburg police are warning people to be alert about a telephone scam that could cost you hundreds of dollars.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Scam artists apparently ask the person to call a phone number with an 809 area code.
People are asked to respond to an e-mail or pager message by calling the number. They end up being charged 25 dollars or more for every minute they stay on the line.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 6:01:03]
[IN Q=The message will]

((OFFICER WHIT CLARK/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THE MESSAGE WILL ENTICE YOU SUCH AS YOU'VE WON A PRIZE, SOMEONE IS ILL IN YOUR FAMILY OR THAT YOU KNOW, THAT SOMEONE HAS DIED AND YOU NEED TO CALL THIS NUMBER RIGHT AWAY.))
[SUPER=01-Officer Whit Clark/Lynchburg Police Department]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=number right away.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


State officials say the charges could run as high as 24-HUNDRED dollars a minute, while web sites devoted to Internet scams say the cost is much lower.
Just to be safe, police say if you receive such a message and don't recognize the phone number, you should ignore it.
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[6Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC21:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Gilmore administration admitted two weeks ago that lagging state revenues could force a freeze in the car tax phase-out.
It's halfway eliminated now.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


But now, the Governor himself is suggesting he might try to tap into the state's "rainy day fund" to keep the car tax cut on schedule.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:10:32]
[IN Q=Rainy day fund]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: RAINY DAY FUND IS ON THE TABLE, BECAUSE IT IS PART OF THE OVERALL BUDGET PROCESS THAT WE HAVE HERE. BUT I HAVEN'T MADE ANY DECISION ABOUT THAT. WE JUST HAVE TO SEE WHAT THE ECONOMY LOOKS LIKE. THE RAINY DAY FUND IS THERE TO SMOOTH OUT GOOD AND NOT SO GOOD ECONOMIC TIMES. LET'S SEE WHETHER OR NOT THAT IS THE RIGHT ECONOMIC APPROACH. WE DON'T KNOW YET.))
[sot 14:15:36]

((DEL. MITCH VAN YAHRES/(D) CHARLOTTESVILLE: THIS IS ABSOLUTELY IRRESPONSIBLE FISCALLY AS I SEE IT. BECAUSE AS I SAY, THE RAINY DAY FUND IS FOR USE WHEN WE HAD TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. THIS IS NOT TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. THIS IS JUST SOMETHING THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS PROMISED. BUT HE CAN'T KEEP HIS PROMISE. BUT I DON'T THINK HE SHOULD USE THE RAINY DAY FUND TO BAIL HIMSELF OUT.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Mitch Van Yahres/(D) Charlottesville; :20 ]
[RUNS=:38]
[OUT Q=bail himself out.]
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[TALENT=Shannon]
[SS=None]


The rainy day fund was created by former governor Doug Wilder, in 1991, after a recession forced him and the legislature to close a one BILLION dollar hole in the budget.

[11Brizendine]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-42 TC1:34:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A Salvation Army worker is now ringing his bell in Valley View Mall. The mall manager says peoplethreatened to boycott the mall unless the man was allowed to ring the bell.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Don Brizendine (Briz-en-dine) mentioned in a News7 story that he had to raise money without the signature Salvation Army bell, because his supervisors thought it was against Valley View Mall rules. But after the newscast, so many people called the mall to complain that managers made sure Brizendine had a bell to ring. Since then, he says, more people have given money.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:05:26]
[IN Q=More people]

((MORE PEOPLE KNOW I'M HERE AND PEOPLE COME BY WITH POSITIVE COMMENTS. BELLS ARE A PART OF CHRISTMAS.))
[SUPER=01-Don Brizendine/Bell Ringer;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=NAT BELL RINGING]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Mall managers say bell ringing is allowed in Valley View Mall because the mall is two stories high, and the sound disperses. Ringing is still forbidden in Lynchburg's River Ridge Mall, which has only one level.
(------------)


[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=SYO/SPA]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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A jury convicted a 16 year old Carroll County girl of first degree murder. Robin Lee Martin was charged with murdering her grandfather. The teen shot John Mesics in the face with a shotgun as he slept in his bed in July of 1999. Martin could face a penalty of life in prison. She'll be sentenced in February.
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A former Miss Virginia contestant is convicted of embezzlement but she won't be doing any jail time. 24 year old Samantha Miller was found guilty yesterday of embezzling money from an employee fund at the C-C-I Construction in Powhatan. The jury fined her 15-hundred dollars. Miller dropped out of the Miss Virginia pageant last spring after learning about the charges.
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Roanoke County fire fighters responded to the Coffee Pot for a fire the last three nights in a row. Officials say last night's fire began on an outside wall. It was quickly extinguished. Investigators have not ruled out arson as the cause of the blaze.
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Now here's Roy Stanley with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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