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[TALENT=Keith]

The Presidency hangs in the balance of arguments before the Supreme Court. We'll have a live report.
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[VO-NAT]


And test results are in on the mouse purportedly found in the K-F-C chicken. We'll hear two views of what the findings mean.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
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Coming up, area football referees pick Eastern Montgomery High School as the best sports in the area.
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[VO-NAT]


And George Welsh calls it a career at UVA. The head coach announced his retirement this morning.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
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High winds are heading toward our area followed by colder temperatures... I'll have your forecast coming up...

[Presidency]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


All eyes are- once again- -on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Any time now, the court could settle the issue of Florida's electoral votes and the Presidential election.
The justices grilled lawyers for the Bush and Gore campaigns for 90 minutes this morning, but gave no indication of how or when they would rule.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Teri/Newspath]


Teri Okita is at the Supreme Court in Washington.
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[SUPER=701-David Boies/Gore Attorney]
[SUPER=701-Ted Olson/Bush Attorney]
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[OUT Q=reflected by the ballot.]

(((NATSD: OPENING COURT CASE) We'll hear argument now in number 00949, George W. Bush and Richard Cheney v. Albert Gore, et al. TRACK: With supporters for both candidates outside and a packed house inside, the U-S Supreme Court waded again into the battle over the Presidency. Lawyers for Vice-President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush say they believe this is the endgame.
(Super: DAVID BOIES/GORE ATTORNEY)
SOT: This is the first time that the United States Supreme Court has ever taken a case that would decide the future pre

sident of the United States. TRACK: At issue is whether the Florida Supreme Court went too far in ordering a manual recount of ballots. The Justices felt strongly enough about the question to halt the recount on Saturday. But the U-S Supreme court was narrowly split, 5 to 4, on that ruling, and n today, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day OConnor, summed up the disagreement:
SOT: (JUSTICE KENNEDY) Whats the federal issue here?

TRACK: Bush's attorney says the answer is simple:
(Super: TED OLSON/BUSH ATTORNEY)
SOT: This is federal issue. What happens in Florida happens to everyone in the US.

TRACK:FONT: Artist, William Hennessy Jr. Then, justices fired question after question to both attorneys about what uniform standard to use when counting the ballots.
SOT: (JUSTICE BREYER): in your opinion, the fairest, uniform substandard?
SOT: (OLSEN): Well, certainly, at minimum Justice Breyer, the penetration of the ballot card would be required.
SOT: (BOIES): The standard is whether or not the intent of the voter is reflected by the ballot.))
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[KFC]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-40 TC1:43:05]
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Who put the mouse in the box of chicken?
Lab results were released today that the owners of a Roanoke K-F-C Restaurant claim confirm what they've been saying all along.
The people who reported finding the mouse insist the report proves nothing.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Joy/NEwsroom;]


Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has the latest.
[LIVE=Joy FULL/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Joy1;]


Keith,
The company that owns the franchise on Melrose Avenue says the test results rule in its favor -- and further prove there is no way this mouse came from its restaurant.
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[IN Q=In light of the]

((IN LIGHT OF THE STRONG FACTUAL AND SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE DISCUSSED HERE TODAY, WE ADAMANTLY PROTEST THE CONTINUED ASSOCIATION OF THIS SUBJECT WITH OUR RESTAURANT. IT IS AN UNFAIR ASSAULT ON OUR INNOCENT EMPLOYEES)) [RUNS13]
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J-R-N says analytical and forensic tests were done on the mouse, the chicken, and the breading used that night at the restaurant.
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[SOT2:22:54]
[IN Q=According to Dr. Spingaryn]

((ACCORDING TO DR. SPINGARYN, THIS COMMON FIELD MOUSE DIED VERY SHORTLY BEFORE BEING BREADED AND COOKED BY UNDETERMINED PROCESS. IT HAD NOT BEEN LIVING IN A RESTAURANT PRIOR TO ITS DEATH.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=undetermined process]


J-R-N says the conclusive proof is the breading.
The company sent two samples used that night to the lab. [Pre-pro] A letter from the lab says "We could not differentiate between the two types of breading nor confirm that the KFC breading was present on the subject mouse"
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The Health Department says the lab report does not rule out that the mouse could've come from the K-F-C.
And the family that found it says this whole process has been unfair.
The Cummings point out that J-R-N picked the lab, paid for the test and got the results first.
Results they say are inconclusive.
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[IN Q=They had the lab test]

((LATASHA CUMMINGS: THEY HAD THE LAB TEST IT. BUT COULDN'T NOT TELL WHERE IT CAME FROM, WHAT IT WAS FRIED IN, SO HOW DID IT GET IN, IT STILL DOES NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION HOW DID IT GET IN THE BOX OF CHICKEN)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=box of chicken]))
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The Cummings say it's also unfair the company got the results on Friday, and the Health Department and the family didn't get a copy until today.
As for J-R-N, the company says its investigation continues.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Joy /Newsroom;]


Keith,

[Radford-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-43 TC59:50]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


An accident in Martinsville just before noon killed a man.
Bobby Q. Haislip was killed when he ran into a turning tractor trailer at the intersection of Church and Cabell Streets.
[SS=Accident]


A Radford student went to the hospital this morning, after she was struck in a crosswalk on the way to class.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


Police say 22-year-old Carmen Quesenberry is in good condition.
She was hit by Aaron Keith Spitzer as she crossed Norwood Street
No charges have been filed against Spitzer.
There have been several accidents at this spot in recent months.
A 20-year-old student was critically injured in the same crosswalk, back in August.
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[Train-Fatals]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
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Lynchburg's Randolph Macon Woman's College community is in mourning today, after a weekend train accident killed two students and injured another.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


18- year- old Sarah Corvington and 19- year- old Conrad Frazier were killed and 18- year- old Esther Coker was injured when a freight train forced them from this railroad trestle Saturday night.
Frazier was a freshman at Hampden- Sydney College.. Corvington and Coker attended Randolph Macon.
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((MICHAEL KISER/RMWC SPOKESMAN: THIS IS THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE STUDENTS GREET EVERYBODY FROM THE CUSTODIAN TO SENIOR STAFF BY THEIR FIRST NAME WHEN THEY PASS THEM IN THE HALLWAY SO A LOSS LIKE THIS IN A COMMUNITY LIKE THAT IS PRETTY STAGGERING.))
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[OUT Q=is pretty staggering.]
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A memorial service may be planned when students return in January.
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[NS-shops]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern]


Norfolk Southern's Locomotive shops are set to close for two weeks beginning next Monday.
150 Roanoke employees will be on temporary furlough including machinists, boilermakers, electricians and clerks.
In an effort to reduce operating expenses, Norfolk Southern is also cutting 250 jobs system wide. Those employees may be called back to work depending on the needs of service.

[C'burg-Citations]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-38 TC1:35:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The town of Christiansburg has been cited for seven health and safety violations stemming from improper asbestos removal.
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/November 16;]


The state labor department charges that the town failed to clean up the asbestos properly, train employees to handle it, and provide medical surveillance to workers who were exposed.
The citations stem from an OSHA investigation in October.
Town officials said that workers removed asbestos pipe from a Reading Road neighborhood without knowing it contained asbestos and dumped some of it in the Christiansburg Industrial Park.
The town was not fined for the violations.
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[State-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


Facing a possible 480 million dollar shortfall, Governor Jim Gilmore has been modest in his proposal for state worker pay.
The Governor's office says tonight he will propose 3-point-5 percent pay raises for full-time workers.
But those pay raises won't come until November of next year.
There's also five million dollars for some performance bonuses.
Teachers will see NO new state money in the Governor's budget.
The Governor believes localities can fund four percent raises themselves, with money saved on Virginia Retirement System contributions-- because the stock market did well this past year.

[Welsh]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-79 TC50:44]
[GRAPHIC=George Welsh]


University of Virginia head football coach George Welsh announced his retirement, citing physical and emotional fatigue as well as burnout. [2-SHOT]
[SUPER=@steve1]

[KEITH AND STEVE]
Steve Mason was in Charlottesville all day and has an update.
[ANCHOR=steve]


Keith, after the Cavaliers meet Georgia in a Hawaii Bowl game you and I should be attending, he will conclude the ACC's most successful coaching tenure in the conference's history.
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[OUT Q=.....higher learning"]
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[ANCHOR=steve]

Coming up later in sports, We will have more on this story and talk about some potential replacements for Welsh. One coach's name that came up is at Virginia Tech. [2-SHOT] Keith.

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


A week of public hearings on Interstate 73 is underway.
A live report from the first one is next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And a robber hits a Roanoke bank.
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[I-73]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#00-37 TC1:57:27]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]


The first of four public hearings on the future of Interstate 73 is being held right now in Martinsville.
V-Dot representatives and members of an I-73 consultant team are soliciting community input on the Interstate which will connect South Carolina and Michigan.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Meredyth/Microwave]


Meredyth Censullo is in Martinsville this evening...
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[Melrose-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC05:46]
[GRAPHIC=Bank Robbery]


It wasn't the Grinch that robbed a Roanoke Bank today, it was a man dressed as Santa Claus.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roanoke police say a man wearing a Santa hat and sunglasses walked into the First Union Bank on Melrose.
He handed a teller a note, demanding money and brandished a handgun.
Police aren't sure how much money the shamming Saint Nick got away with.
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[Stocks]


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The possibility of interest rate cuts put investors in a buying mood. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 13-points, NASDAQ climbed 97.
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[Conference-Center]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-39 TC1:28:22]
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The Conference Center at the Hotel Roanoke will be closed for construction beginning January 7th.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Eight million dollars worth of repairs will be done, including new carpeting, flooring, and furniture.
Walls below this trim line will be torn down and rebuilt in the same fashion as the old one.
Management says the fill underneath the center is expanding.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's pusing the]

((GARY WALTON/HOTEL ROANOKE GM: IT'S PUSHING THE SLAB AND STRUCTURAL AREAS UPWARD, AND CAUSING SOME STRESS ON OPENING DOOR AND WALLS BUCKLING. IT'S BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE MATERIAL HAS TO BE REMOVED.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Walton/Hotel Roanoke General Manager]
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[OUT Q=to be removed.]
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[VO-NAT]


The conference center is expected to be open for business again on May 7th.
Management says the construction won't affect the hotel or the restaurant.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports tease]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Coming up, Virginia Football coach George Welsh makes the painful decision to step down as the Cavaliers' leader.

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And Eastern Montgomery is honored in it first football season as tops in the area for sportsmanship.
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[S-Welsh]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-80]
[GRAPHIC=George Welsh]


Virginia head football coach George Welsh has informed his players that he's retiring.
He'll coach his final game for the Cavaliers in the Owahu Bowl against Georgia later this month.
Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-George Welsh/Has Led UVa to 12 Bowls; :22]
[SUPER=04-1990 Season; 1:35]
[SUPER=01-Terry Holland/UVa Athletic Director; 1:56]
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[S-Civitan]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-83 tc 31:37]
[GRAPHIC=civitan sportsmanship]


The Eastern Montgomery inaugural football team has earned its first award for the high school's new trophy case.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Mustangs have received the Roanoke Civitan Club's 50th Annual Sportsmanship Award.
The honor is voted on by members of the Western Virginia Football Officials Association.
[super=03-Montgomery Co./October 27th;]


It goes to the school that best represents sportsmanship through conduct of the coaches, players, fans and cheerleaders.
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[OUT Q=now eastern montgomery]
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Eastern Montgomery gets a trophy.
Fullback Sherman Williams picked up a 500 dollar scholarship and the team was honored at a luncheon at the Patrick Henry Hotel this afternoon in Roanoke.
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[IN Q=it's close to]

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[OUT Q=proud of the kids]

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