[Recount]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
While George W- Bush is optimistically preparing for a possible move to the White House, Al Gore's still doing battle in Florida's Supreme Court.
Gore is appealing a lower court ruling which awarded Bush the state's 25 electoral votes.
Meanwhile, Democrats in two Florida counties are accusing Republicans of altering thousands of absentee ballot applications.
For the latest on court action in Florida, here is Jennifer Jones.
[LIVE=Jennifer Jones/FULL]
[SUPER=701-Jennifer Jones/Reporting;]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]

((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Tallahassee, FL;]
[SUPER=701-Daryl Bristow/Bush Attorney;]
[SUPER=701-Alan Greer/Plaintiff's Attorney;]
[SUPER=701-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=701-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=in Tallahassee also.]

(( This morning Florida Judge Nikki Clark hears opening arguments in a case brought by a Democratic lawyer in Seminole County.
At issue whether Republicans acted illegally when they added missing information to absentee ballot application forms. The judge could decide to toss out all the votes..which would put Florida's 25 electoral votes in Vice President Al Gore's column.

SOT: Daryl Bristow/Bush Attorney

"Somebody else hand wrote it on the form, now if that's not a hypertechnicality, I don't know what is."

SOT: Alan Greer/Plaintiff's Attorney

"It clearly appears to us..it was done to influence the outcome of the election."
While the legal maneuvering moves forward, Texas Governor George W. Bush is --looking-- forward --towards a future as President. Appearing on the CBS News broadcast "60 Minutes Two" last night Bush said he will work with leaders from both parties to enact his agenda.

SOT: Gov. George W. Bush/R-Presidential Candidate

"There is a unique opportunity to say to the country and two future generations, we proved the skeptics wrong that we can work together."
But his opponent isn't ready to pack his bags just yet --believing he'll be the one moving into 1600 Pennsylvania avenue on January 20th.

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

"I don't feel anything other than optimistic and the team feels that way in Tallahassee also." ))
[LIVE=Jennifer Jones/FULL]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]





[11Store-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=0037 TC01:49]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It's been more than a month since convenience store owner Melvin Giles was killed during a robbery in his Campbell County business.
His murder remains unsolved, but some of his fellow store owners are now taking steps to prevent becoming a victim of crime as well.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The crime sent]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./October 26; :00]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :14]
[SUPER=01-Mark Patterson/Lynchburg Police Department; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Burley Crews/Store Owner; :52]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:09]
[RUNS=1:11]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( The crime sent shock waves through the community.
When 75- year- old Melvin Giles was gunned down during an apparent robbery at his store in October, convenience store owners everywhere were reminded just how dangerous their business can be.
[natsot 2:11:34]

((COME ON LADY, GIMME YOUR PURSE.. QUICK, QUICK, QUICK!!))
[RUNS= 06]


This crime prevention seminar, which included a simulated robbery, was put on by the Lynchburg Police.
Store owners, including Giles' widow, learned about proper lighting, where to place pay phones and equipment and how to describe a robbery suspect just minutes after the crime.
[SOT 2:08:39]

((LT. MARK PATTERSON/LYNCHBURG POLICE: I THINK IT'S GOOD INFORMATION ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.. OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR.))
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=time of the year.]
[SOT 2:07:22]

((BONNIE BURLEY CREWS/STORE OWNER: AND SO MANY OF US HAVE HAD ROBBERIES IN THE PAST AND IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT WAS LAST WEEK OR 20 YEARS AGO, IT'S STILL SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU AWARE OF AND ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT IT AGAIN, YOU'RE WILLING TO DO.))
[RUNS= 16]
[OUT Q=willing to do.]


Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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[TAKE CRIMESTOPPERS FS]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The Central Virginia Food Dealers Association is offering a five thousand dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest in the Giles murder.
You can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
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[Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex Chapter 11]


A local company could become the owner of the last major Martinsville property owned by the bankrupt Tultex company.
According to published reports, the Lester Group offered three-quarters of a (m) million dollars for the Franklin Street textile plant. Any sale would have to be approved by Tultex creditors.




[11Foundation]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC28:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A company that employs disabled adults in the Alleghany Highlands received an early Christmas gift.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington]

The Alleghany Foundation recently awarded Jackson River Enterprises a 250-thouand dollar grant provided it comes up with matching funds. The money will be used to help the business move into a new facility. The agency is in Covington- It employs about 45 disabled adults in a variety of jobs including recycling.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:22:31]
[IN Q=If it ]

((REPORTER SPEAKS: IF IT WASN'T FOR YOUR JOB HERE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU WOULD BE DOING? DONNA PAXTON/EMPLOYEE: NOTHING, NOTHING.)) ((JIM SNYDER/ALLEGHANY FOUNDATION PRESIDENT: WE'VE HELPED SCHOOLS, NURSING PROGRAMS, CITIES AND COUNTIES IN DIFFERENT WAYS, THERE'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF BENEFITS IN THE COMMUNITY HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Paxton/Employee; :03 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Jim Snyder/Alleghany Foundation President; :06]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=in the community here.]
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[VO-NAT]
[super=03-Clifton Forge;]

The Alleghany Foundation also awarded a 502-thousand dollar grant to help improve the look of downtown Clifton Forge.

In all-- the Foundation has awarded more than ten million dollars to various organizations over the past five years.
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[11Towers-update]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Towers shopping center is filling up with four new tenants, the ink is dry on one lease already.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Custom Food Works or CFW will be cooking next to Virginia Cleaners. C-F-W is a locally owned Pizza place.
Three more tenants are expected to sign within the next three weeks.
Towers' management says one is a national tenant.
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[Bush-Surgery]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
Former President George Bush is recuperating in a Minnesota hospital after hip replacement surgery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rochester, MN;]


Officials at the Mayo clinic say the operation to replace the 76- year- old's left hip went smoothly.
Bush is expected to remain hospitalized for five days.
Barring any complications, health experts say he should be walking without assistance in about a month.
His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush had successful hip replacement surgery at the clinic in 1997.
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[11Edwards]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC36:15]
[GRAPHIC=John Edwards]


Roanoke State Senator Democrat John Edwards announced his candidacy for Attorney General.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Edwards made the announcement yesterday afternoon at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, a project in which he has played a central role.
Edwards says his experience in elective office, and his work as a federal prosecutor make him the most qualified candidate. He says he would also bring geographic balance to the ticket.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm proud to be a Democrat]

((I'M PROUD TO BE A DEMOCRAT AND I'M PROUD TO LEAD US BACK AND REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF ALL VIRGINIANS, AND THAT IS WHY I AM TODAY OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCING THAT I AM A CANDIDATE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA. APPLAUSE))
[SUPER=01-John Edwards/(D) Attorney General Candidate]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=for Attorney General of Virginia.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Though Henrico Delegate Donald McEachin (muh-KEE-chin) enjoyed a head start in the campaign for the Democratic nomination, Edwards believes he is now well-situated to win the June primary.
He estimates the primary campaign will cost between 500- thousand and one million dollars. Last night he held a fundraiser at the Jefferson Center.
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[11Golden-Corral]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=netD]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Lab results indicate a bacteria is to blame for several illnesses connected to a local restaurant.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October]


Several people got sick after eating at the Golden Corral near Cross Roads Mall in Roanoke on the evening of October 13-th.
Health Officials say food samples collected from the buffet indicate a toxin caused by a staph bacteria caused the illnesses.
The source of the contamination is still unknown.
The Health Department says the restaurant has made several changes in food handling and sanitation.
Officials believe this was an isolated incident.
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[Gulf-Illnesses]


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


A Pentagon- funded study is suggesting that Gulf War veterans who are sick, may be suffering the effects of Iraqi nerve gas.
The report, however, failed to uncover any scientific evidence that symptoms linked to chemical agents would turn up as much as two years after exposure.
As many as 12- thousand Gulf War veterans have reported neurological and other health- related problems.
Military officials say about 100- thousand American soldiers were exposed to nerve gas.
The study calls for more research into the long- term health effects of chemical agents.

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, do back belts protect against injury?

Doctor Dave Hnida takes a look in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM BACK PROBLEMS CAN BE A BIG PAIN- WITH MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION WORKERS HURTING THEIR BACKS EVERY YEAR.

VT=VO

SO MANY EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS INSIST ON BACK BELTS TO CUT THE RISK OF INJURY., BUT A STUDY IN THE JAMA SAYS BACK BELTS STRIKE OUT WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING THE BACK. RESEARCHERS STUDIED MORE THAN 9-THOUSAND WORKERS AND FOUND NO DIFFERENCE IN BACK INJURIES BETWEEN THOSE WHO WORE THEM AND THOSE WHO DIDN'T.
THE BEST PREVENTION=- ACCORDING TO THIS STUDY- PROPER LIFTING TECHNIQUES



VT=VO

IF YOU ARE NEED ESTROGEN TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS- BUT ARE WORRIED THE HORMONE MIGHT CAUSE BREAST CANCER- SOME GOOD NEWS FROM THE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY. IT SAYS WOMEN CAN PROTECT THEIR BONES WITH JUST ONE-QUARTER OF THE NORMAL DOSE OF ESTROGEN- CUTTING THE RISK OF CANCER .. AND OSTEOPOROSIS.

VT=VO

FINALLY TODAY- SOME INTERESTING NUMBERS FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATICS- WHO WENT BACK AND TOOK A LOOK AT CHILDRENS HEALTH 100 YEARS AGO COMPARED TO TODAY. LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR A CHILD BORN IN 1900- 49 - BORN IN 2000- 77 CHILDREN WHO DIE BEFORE AGE ONE: IN 1900 10% - TODAY LESS THAN 1%. AND MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATH IN CHILDREN IN 1900 : ILLNESS 66% -- TODAY : INJURY 44%. INCIDENTALLY THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH OVERALL IN 1900 WAS PNEUMONIA AND TUBERCULOSIS. NOW IT IS HEART DISEASE AND CANCER.
ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


(ad lib to weather)

[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]


Democrats in two Florida Counties are accusing the Republicans of altering thousands of G-O-P absentee ballot applications.
Separate trials begin today in Tallahassee.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


VDOT will hold several public hearings about the future of Interstate 73 next week - and at least one group plans to be there in full force. We'll tell you more about the I-73 "Regional Action Network", coming up.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And pay close attention if you've recently purchased Kroger- brand hamburger meat.
Some of it is being recalled because it MAY contain the E- coli bacteria.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, December 6th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-Recount]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Good Morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Vice President Al Gore is pinning his hopes on Florida's Supreme Court.
Gore is appealing a lower court's decision to give George W- Bush the state's 25 electoral votes.
Democrats are also accusing the Republicans of changing thousands of G-O-P absentee ballot applications.
Some were missing, or had incorrect voter I-D numbers.
The Democrats say their party's forms were tossed out for that reason.
Meanwhile, a Florida judge could throw out ALL the votes, which could mean a win for Gore.
Here with the latest is Jennifer Jones in Tallahassee.
[LIVE=Jennifer Jones/FULL]
[SUPER=701-Jennifer Jones/Reporting;]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]

((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Tallahassee, FL; :00]
[SUPER=701-Daryl Bristow/Bush Attorney; :24]
[SUPER=701-Alan Greer/Plaintiff's Attorney; :32]
[SUPER=701-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; :53]
[SUPER=701-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate; 1:16]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=in Tallahassee also.]

(( This morning Florida Judge Nikki Clark hears opening arguments in a case brought by a Democratic lawyer in Seminole County.
At issue whether Republicans acted illegally when they added missing information to absentee ballot application forms. The judge could decide to toss out all the votes..which would put Florida's 25 electoral votes in Vice President Al Gore's column.

SOT: Daryl Bristow/Bush Attorney

"Somebody else hand wrote it on the form, now if that's not a hypertechnicality, I don't know what is."

SOT: Alan Greer/Plaintiff's Attorney

"It clearly appears to us..it was done to influence the outcome of the election."
While the legal maneuvering moves forward, Texas Governor George W. Bush is --looking-- forward --towards a future as President. Appearing on the CBS News broadcast "60 Minutes Two" last night Bush said he will work with leaders from both parties to enact his agenda.

SOT: Gov. George W. Bush/R-Presidential Candidate

"There is a unique opportunity to say to the country and two future generations, we proved the skeptics wrong that we can work together."
But his opponent isn't ready to pack his bags just yet --believing he'll be the one moving into 1600 Pennsylvania avenue on January 20th.

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

"I don't feel anything other than optimistic and the team feels that way in Tallahassee also." ))
[LIVE=Jennifer Jones/FULL]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]





[11I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-51]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]

VDOT will hold several public hearings about the future of Interstate 73 next week - and at least one group plans to be there in full force. The I-73 "Regional Action Network" is made up of Southwest Roanoke County and Salem residents who live in what's called the "Western Corridor". Meredyth Censullo reports, while the group is convinced the interstate is driving forward, they say it shouldn't run through the Western Corridor.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Ken Wright/I-73 Regional Impact Network;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;:06]
[SUPER=01-Kara Robinson/I-73 Regional Impact Network;:17]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Hurst/I-73 Regional Impact Network;1:07]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1;1:20]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=MC, News 7.]

((
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ Tape #1: 1:08:41 - :46]
[IN Q=Somewhere..]

((SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE MOUNTAIN AND US WILL BE A SUPERHIGHWAY...))
[RUNS= :05]
[OUT Q=superhighway.]


The mountain view from Ken Wright's backyard could someday be criss-crossed by I-73. He lives in the "Western Corridor"
[NATS - TONIGHT]
- along with all these people.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT Tape 2: 9:01 - 9:09]
[IN Q=As it stands...]

((AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, THE WESTERN CORRIDOR RUNS PARALLEL TO MY STREET. SO I'LL BE A LITTLE LEMONADE STAND ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.))
[RUNS= :08]
[OUT Q=the road.]


The Western Corridor goes from I-81 at Dixie Caverns across the Blue Ridge Parkway to Route 220. A road, opponents say will scar the face of the Roanoke Valley, while placing hundreds of homes, dozens of businesses and a handful of schools in jeopardy. So they're gathering their forces for a campaign to sway V-DOT away from the Western corridor - and into the Central one - which runs along 581 and 220. And they're choosing their weapons - letters to Senators, Supervisors, even V-DOT. Because, they say, this could be their last chance at a full-fledged assault.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ Tape 2: 6:59 - 7:18]
[IN Q=A lot of...]

((A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY "ITS NOT GONNA BE BUILT IN 10 YEARS, 20 YEARS...I'LL BE LONG GONE"...BUT THE CORRIDOR WILL BE SELECTED IN PROBABLY 6 MONTHS AND THIS IS PROBABLY OUR LAST CHANCE TO MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT TO VDOT. LAST CHANCE TO SAY WHAT WE FEEL.))
[RUNS= :19]
[OUT Q=we feel.]


MEREDYTH CENSULLO:V-DOT WILL HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS DECEMBER 13TH AND 14TH AT HOTEL ROANOKE FROM TWO UNTIL NINE P-M...CITIZEN INPUT WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL JANUARY 12TH. THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD COULD MAKE A DECISION ON WHERE I-73 WILL GO BY NEXT SUMMER..MEREDYTH CENSULLO, NEWS7. ))

(-------------)[11Beef-recall]



[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC11:08]
[GRAPHIC=Recall]



Some Kroger hamburger is being recalled because it MAY be tainted by E-coli.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Kroger is asking customers at all 53 stores in Virginia to check their freezers for Kroger brand ground beef in one, three and five pound packages dated November 19th and 20th.
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[VO-NAT]
The Minnesota Department of Health linked 22 illnesses to beef supplied by American Foods Group.


218 thousand pounds of the ground beef went to stores across 15 states.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


There are no reported illnesses in Virginia, but Kroger is taking no chances by issuing a recall.
Customers will get their money back if they return the hamburger to Kroger.
(-----------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=none]


Signs of E-coli poisoning include nausea and diarrhea.
People generally become ill two to four days after eating tainted beef.

[11Shuttle-Bus]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-42 TC1:39:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]

More than 300 Roanoke city employees have lost their free parking.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The city manager has taken free parking stickers away from 313 workers to make room for new businesses and their staffs.
Those city employees must now ride a shuttle bus downtown from the civic center or pay fifty dollars a month for a space.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:12:01]
[IN Q=The program]

((THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN VERY CONVENIENT FOR ME. IT OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MISS DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC.))
[SUPER=01-Greg Emerson/Shuttle Rider]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Even non-city employees are hopping a ride on the free shuttle. Angela Henegar takes classes at the Higher Education Center.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:31:16]
[IN Q=It's very convenient]

((I HAVE NO OTHER WAY TO GET DOWNTOWN TO GET MY LUNCH AND WITH THE BUS RUNNING EVERY TEN MINUTES I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MISSING THE NEXT BUS TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL.))
[SUPER=01-Angela Henegar/Shuttle Rider;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=to school]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

The city manager has kept her free parking sticker, along with other employees who leave the municipal building several times a day. She says she might expand the shuttle system so more downtown businesses can use satellite parking for their employees.
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[Scalper-Shooting]


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


Ticket scalpers will probably think twice before setting up shop outside L-A's Staples Center.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


An alleged scalper is in serious condition after he was shot in front of the Staples Center before an L-A Lakers game.
Authorities have a man in custody, but they're not sure whether he is the actual suspect.
Staple Center officials say the shooting should send a message to other illegal ticket sellers.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:31:34 ]
[IN Q=This helps us]

((MICHAEL ROTH/STAPLES CENTER: THIS HELPS US MAKE THE POINT THAT THE STAPLES CENTER, THE LAKERS, AND THE CLIPPERS ARE OPPOSED TO SCALPERS AND ARE DOING, EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO STOP THE ONES SHOW SHOP UP AT EVENTS. ))
[SUPER=01-Michael Roth/Staples Center;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=SHOW UP AT EVENTS.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Roth says the center is also working on introducing legislation in the next week to help prevent ticket scalping.
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[11C'burg-Development]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-38 TC01:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Christiansburg town council voted against a plan to develop rural land.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


A developer wanted to turn 89 acres of farmland on Peppers Ferry Road into commercial and residential property.
The proposal designated five acres along the road for businesses.
Behind that: 175 single family homes and 105 townhomes.
Some neighbors worried the development would strain traffic on their congested two-lane road.
Council denied the rezoning request by a 3 to 2 vote, even though the planning commission recommended it.
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[11Verizon-rates]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Verizon]


Some Virginians could see lower phone bills. Verizon has agreed to cut connection costs by 270 million dollars over the next five years.
The State Corporation Commission examined how much long distance companies had to pay Verizon to connect calls from one area of the state to another.
The S-C-C determined Verizon's fees were too high -- so they'll now be cut in half.
Certain long distance companies have agreed to pass their savings on to customers.
[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


It's been more than a month since convenience store owner Melvin Giles was killed during an apparent robbery in his Campbell County business.
His murder remains unsolved, but some of his fellow store owners are now taking steps to prevent becoming a victim of crime. They attended a crime prevention seminar last night sponsored by the Lynchburg Police.

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


Some Kroger hamburger is being recalled because it MAY be tainted by E-coli.
Kroger is asking customers at all 53 stores in Virginia to check their freezers for Kroger brand ground beef in one, three and five pound packages dated November 19th and 20th. There are no reported illnesses in Virginia, but Kroger is taking no chances by issuing a recall.

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

The Alleghany Foundation recently awarded Jackson River Enterprises a 250-thouand dollar grant provided it comes up with matching funds. The money will be used to help the business move into a new facility. The agency employs about 45 disabled adults in a variety of jobs including recycling. The foundation also awarded a 502-thousand dollar grant to help improve the look of downtown Clifton Forge.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
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(Shannon ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Steve Mason with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The high school]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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