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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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President- Elect George W-Bush attends church service and looks ahead to the next four years in the White House...
More on transition plans, coming up.
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And a proposed new power plant could energize the job market in the Martinsville area.
We'll have a live report.
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The calm after the storm... today's sun is quickly melting last night's ice. Warmer temperatures are ahead.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Stick around for News 7 at noon.



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After a long wait, George W- Bush will get the keys to the White House and the top political title in the nation.
We'll have more on this story in just a few minutes.
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[M'Ville-Announcement]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Cinergy Coorperation an international power supplier has made a commitment to build a power plant in Martinsville.. Barring permit problems, the company plans to hire 250 people during construction and another 10 permanently after construction is complete.
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Jennifer Miele is in Martinsville where the announcement came just moments ago.
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[Presidency]


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George W- Bush won by the slimmest margin of electoral votes and without winning the popular vote.
But the President- Elect vows to be a leader who will unite, and not divide.
Lee Cowan has more from Texas.
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Less than 24 hours after asking for the nation's prayers, George W. Bush began his first full day as President-Elect, at church.

NAT/SOT CHURCH



(NARR:)

It was a peaceful start to a very busy day.

(vo: Bush arriving at statehous from any day this week)

Bush must now resign as Governor of Texas -- and leave state business
behind --- only to catch up on the business of a nation.



(vo:bush meeting with Powell/Condeleesa Rice)

Until last night, he has been hampered in building a staff and a cabinet -- unable to formally OFFER a job to anyone while his presidency was still in question. Announcements could NOW come as early as tomorrow.

(vo: Cheney arriving at transition office)


There is also the issue of the Federal Transition Office in Washington, whose keys and 5 million dollars in funding were withheld until the election was settled. Today, Bush will get both.

(vo: Gore)


But perhaps the most delicate issue facing George W. Bush is his scheduled face to face meeting with Al Gore -- set for this coming Tuesday in Washington.

It may be the most public forum he will have to prove he's serious about reaching across party lines-- a strategy his predecessor says worked well for him.

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"I came to Washington as a Governor...when we reached across party lines..the nation was the better for it.."

(COWAN ON CAM:)

".. road ahead...form administration in less time than any modern president...innauguration speech, and his first State of the Union -- set to be delivered in just six weeks. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Austin."

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Meanwhile, the resolution to America's long Presidential election is also welcomed news to other parts of the world.
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Bush's victory is making headlines all over the globe--
World leaders say they're looking forward to moving ahead in relations with the U-S.
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((GEORGE ROBERTSON/NATO SEC. GENERAL : THE U.S. IS ONE OF NATO'S KEY ALLIES...TO THE INCOMING PRESIDENT AND HIS NEW ADMINISTRATION.))
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((JAVIER SOLANA/EUROPEAN UNION:WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATION IN A CONSTRUCTIVE MANNER, AND I'M SURE THAT WE WILL MAKE PROGRESS.))
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((LAMBERTO DINI/ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: WELL, AS FRIENDS OF AMERICA, WE SHARE THE RELIEF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE A DECISION.))
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Messages of support for the President- Elect also came from Denmark, Norway, China, Japan and Israel.
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[Halifax-Suspect]


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The T-V show America's Most Wanted has helped police find a suspect in a decade-old double murder in Halifax County.
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Raymond Pin was arrested in Pennsylvania where he remains in custody. Apparently someone recognized the restaurant worker from the segment on America's Most Wanted.
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Pin is charged with the double murder that occurred in this house in Halifax County eleven years ago. Frank Sydnor and his step-daughter were killed. Investigators say the motive may be tied to gambling debts. We'll have more on this developing story tonight on News 7 at Six.
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[Floyd-Murder]


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A couple charged with the murder of a Pennsylvania woman is jailed here in Virginia.
But soon they'll return to Pennsylvania to the face charges.
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Suspect 24-year-old William Howard Housman and his girlfriend, 34-year-old Beth Ann Markman are charged with the October murder of Leslie Rae White.
A Pennsylvania prosecutor filed murder, abduction and other charges against the couple yesterday.
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The 18-year-old college student's gagged-and-bound body was found in the trunk of a junked car near an abandoned house in Floyd County.
The medical examiner said she was strangled.
Police believe Housman and Markman killed White in their Pennsylvania mobile home, then drove her body to Floyd County and dumped it.
Housman and Markman will be extradited later this month.
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[Radford-Chief]


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Radford's police chief has stepped down.
It comes on the heels of a report saying he contributed to low morale and high turnover at the department.
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A-C Earles was Radford's chief for 13 years.
He announced his retirement after a meeting with the city manager yesterday.
The move comes on the heels of a report to City Council explaining a 40-percent turnover rate that's cost the city three-quarters of a million dollars in three years.
In it, former and current officers described Earles as an INVISIBLE leader who played solitaire in his office most of the time.
Deputy Chief Jonny Butler has been appointed interim Chief until Council can find a new one.
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[I-73]


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[**ANCHOR TAG**] V-DOT's in Roanoke for a second day getting public input on the future Interstate 73. One proposed route drew a lot of criticism last night.. Meredyth Censullo reports some residents say, "forget about a new Interstate" and work with what we've got.
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((There was more pouring over maps...and looking at signs....Some even WORE signs. The towering issue for many concerned about protecting the Roanoke Valley's mountain view:
[PUT MAP 4767 - US220 & WEST HERE] the proposed Western Corridor - the I-73 route that would take the highway across the Blue Ridge Parkway...

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((GOD MADE THOSE MOUNTAINS AND HE MADE THEM FOR US TO LOOK AT THEM AND HAVE OUR SOULS REFRESHED...I DON'T EVER REMEMBER SOMEONE TAKING A WALK ON A HIGHWAY.))
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((BUTT BUTT BUTT))

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((IF PEOPLE WANNA BYPASS US, LET 'EM GO TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND BUILD AOL'S, LET EM GO TO ATLANTA, CHARLOTTE...I LIVE HERE BECAUSE ITS BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE THESE MOUNTAINS AND ONCE YOU DESTROY THEM YOU NEVER GET THEM BACK.))
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A popular option among many Western Corridor opponents: Transportation Systems Management - or TSM - which involves making lower cost, localized improvements to Route 220 and 581...But VDOT says that option will do little for future growth.
[PUT GRAPHIC 4758 - US 220 CORRIDOR - HERE] Some folks just want Route 220 expanded and improved....Others say, no way.

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((ITS DANGEROUS AND CROWDED ON ROUTE 220 AND I WOULD DOUBT VERY SERIOUSLY THAT ANYTHING SHORT OF PROVIDING A NEW ROADWAY WOULD RELIEVE THAT PROBLEM.))
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MEREDYTH CENSULLO:....January 12th. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))
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The final public hearing on I-73 will be held from 2 to 9 today at Hotel Roanoke..V-DOT will accept written citizen comments through January 12th.

[Hickson]


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Prosecutors say they DO know the death of 13-month-old Frances Vermillion was no accident, but they may NEVER know exactly how she died.
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Sonya Hickson was found guilty yesterday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Frances Vermillion in 1998.


Hickson told police the girl had bumped her head four times in a ten- minute span.. but the judge decided her version of events did not match up with the physical evidence.
Prosecutor Randy Krantz says Hickson may have just snapped out of frustration and beat Vermillion in the head.
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((RANDY KRANTZ/PROSECUTOR: BUT IT WAS VERY CLEAR THEN FROM THE EVIDENCE, THE COMMONWEALTH FELT, THAT ONCE SHE SAW WHAT SHE HAD DONE SHE HAD TO COME UP WITH AN EXPLANATION THAT SHE THOUGHT WOULD COVER THAT BUT SIMPLY JUST COULD NOT TELL WHAT HAPPENED.))
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Hickson faces up to twenty years in prison.
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[Fraternity-Robbery]


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Three men are charged with armed robbery at a Virginia Tech fraternity.
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Tech officials say the men robbed two brothers of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at gunpoint around 11 yesterday morning, while many of the fraternity brothers slept inside.
Police say they caught Jeffrey Bombic, Carlos Coleman and Byron J. Traylor on campus minutes later, speeding away with the stolen items.
They're charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny.
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[Pope]


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U-S businessman and convicted spy Edmond Pope is now a free man.
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Pope boarded a plane to Germany earlier today.
Just last week, Pope received a 20- year prison sentence on espionage charges.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned Pope on humanitarian grounds.
Pope has suffered from a rare form of bone cancer, and his family fears the disease may have returned.
Meanwhile, a Moscow prison doctor who examined Pope before his release declared his health normal.
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[Putin]


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Russian leader Vladimir Putin is also in the news for his historical trip to Cuba.
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Putin arrived in Havana after receiving a formal invitation from leader Fidel Castro.
Putin and Castro exchanged a firm handshake in front of hundreds of T-V cameras.
He's the first Russian President to visit Cuba since the break- up of the Soviet Union.
The two countries were allies during the Cold War.
During Putin's two- day visit, the two leaders will look for ways to help wipe out Cuba's 11- billion- dollar Soviet era debt.
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[CATCE]


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Franklin County made quite an impression on some technology professionals from Northern Virginia.
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Franklin County officials are promoting the area to businesses. So they asked the state's Secretary of Technology, a Northern Virginia delegate, and several consultants to tour their special middle school -- the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration. The president of a Northern Virginia firm was so impressed, he may build a wireless modem plant in Franklin County.


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((IT'S A VERY EXCITING OPTION NOT ONLY FOR OUR PLANT BUT ALSO, I SEE TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR INTRODUCTION INTO OTHER PARTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH AND OF THE COUNTRY.))
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A consultant for 15-hundred technology companies in Northern Virginia, including America Online- was also there yesterday. He says he's also going to publicize Franklin County. (------------)