[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Today Governor Gilmore announces whether he'll usher in the next phase of his plan to cut the car tax.
But he may face a hard road in the general assembly.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And to mark the holiday season, we'll show you a modern- day nativity scene at a Roanoke church.
This one features a DRIVE- THROUGH....
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your work week with us-- News 7 Mornin is next.

[11Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-47; 28:19]
[GRAPHIC=Gilmore]

Governor Gilmore will announce whether he'll pursue the next phase of his plan to eliminate Virginia's car tax today.

But he may face some opposition in the general assembly if he decides to go ahead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

Gilmore says the state of Virginia has enough money to pay for the next reductions. But some Democrats say in order to pass the plan it will take bipartisan effort. House Minority Leader Dick Cranwell says the General Assembly must determine whether cutting the car tax anymore would take state funds away from other needed areas.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19:09]
[IN Q=Can we]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: CAN WE INCREASE THE REFUND THE CAR TAX TO THE CITIZENRY THE ANSWER IS YES, THE QUESTION IS WHAT OTHER PROGRAMS WILL WE HAVE TO CUT TO DO THAT BECAUSE WE ALREADY KNOW WE HAVE A SHORT FALL OF REVENUE.))
[SUPER=@Cranwell]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=fall of revenue.]
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[VO-NAT 00-41 1:10:47]

Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith says although it will be difficult to achieve the next phase of the plan, the people of Virginia deserve it.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[ss=none]

The House Majority Leader also says the economy can handle covering 70 percent of the tax next year.


[Bush]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]


President-elect George W-Bush is in Washington for the first time since the election.
He's busy naming new appointees to his administration.
Terisa Estacio has more on that.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Condoleeza Rice/Nat'l. Security Advisor Appointee; :28]
[SUPER=01-George W. Bush/(R) President-Elect; :53]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Dick Cheney/(R) Vice-President Elect; 1:20]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=Estacio, CBS News, Austin, Texas.]

((
PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH SHOWED-OFF THREE MORE OF HIS APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION -- AND HIS PICKS WERE NO SURPRISE.

(NAT)

"THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. PRESIDENT-ELECT"
AS EXPECTED, DOCTOR CONDOLEEZA RICE HAS BEEN NAMED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. THE STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR -- WHO ONCE SERVED UNDER BUSH'S FATHER -- WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN TO EVER HOLD SUCH A POST. RICE SAYS HER APPOINTMENT REFLECTS THE ENTIRE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.

(SOT: CONDOLEEZA RICE/NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR APPOINTEE)

HE WILL HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS INCLUSIVE, AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS BI-PARTISAN, AND PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT, AN ADMINISTRATION THAT AFFIRMS UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL."
BUSH ALSO NAMED TEXAS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, AL GONZALEZ, AS WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL ... AND CAMPAIGN SPOKESWOMAN, KAREN HUGHES, AS COUNSELOR FOR STRATEGIC MATTERS. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT SAYS HE HOPES HIS CHOICES SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE.

SOT: PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH)

"THAT PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS IN LIFE CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING THEY WANT IN AMERICA."
BUSH LATER TRAVELED TO WASHINGTON DC TO FACE A MUCH BIGGER CHALLENGE. THERE HE'LL BEGIN MEETING WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ... IN AN EFFORT TO BRING BOTH SIDES TOGETHER.
BUT EVEN WITH ALL OF THIS TALK OF BI-PARTISANSHIP, VICE-PRESIDENT ELECT DICK CHENEY SAYS BUSH STILL PLANS TO PUSH FORTH A CONSERVATIVE AGENDA.

(SOT: DICK CHENEY/VICE-PRESIDENT ELECT)

"HE RAN ON A PARTICULAR PLATFORM .... WE HAVE NO INTENTION AT ALL OF BACKING OFF."

(STANDUP)

WHO BUSH PLANS TO MEET WITH THIS WEEK ...
TERISA ESTACIO, CBS NEWS, AUSTIN, TEXAS

)[11Nativity]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-53; 7:03]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas]

A Roanoke church chose a modern way to share the story of Jesus and his birth this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Rockingham Court United Methodist Church in Southeast Roanoke told the birth of Christ through a LIVE drive- through nativity scene. This is the fourth year the church has organized the nativity scene as a gift to the community.
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[SOT 03:30:30]
[IN Q=Everybody's in ]

((ALLISON GUILLIAMS/CHURCH MEMBER: EVERYBODY'S IN GREAT SPIRITS, IT'S BEEN A REALLY GOOD NIGHT, LAST NIGHT THE WEATHER WASN'T COOPERATING WITH THE RAIN, BUT TONIGHT HAS BEEN MUCH BETTER EVEN WITH THE WIND, AND EVERYBODY'S IN GREAT SPIRITS, GOOD TROOPERS AND ARE OUT HERE BECAUSE THIS REALLY MEANS A LOT TO THE COMMUNITY IT'S BECOME A TRADITION.))
[SUPER=01-Allison Guilliams/Church Member;]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=become a tradition.]
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[VO-NAT]

Church members estimate three to four hundred cars visited the living nativity this weekend.
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[Rates]


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


A week before Christmas, and the economy doesn't appear to be in the holiday mood.
Michael O'Looney reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
[SUPER=01-Emily Wells/Shopper;]
[SUPER=01-Michael O'Looney/Reporting;]
[SUPER=01-Peter Morici/Economic Strategy Institute;]
[SUPER=01-Deon Francis/Shopper;]
[SUPER=01-Michael Gould/Bloomingdale's CEO;]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=O'Looney, CBS News.]

(( SANTA NAT: "MERRY CHRISTMAS." IT COULDN'T HAVE COME AT A WORSE TIME... JUST AS RETAILERS ARE TRYING TO RING UP HOLIDAY SALES...THE ONCE RED HOT ECONOMY IS COOLING OFF. SOME SHOPPERS WORRY THE GOOD TIMES MAY BE OVER:

(EMILY WELLS/SHOPPER)

"THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN SO GOOD, SO I THINK WE OUGHT TO BE MORE CAREFUL."
THE ECONOMY HAS SLOWED SHARPLY IN RECENT MONTHS...DRAGGED DOWN BY A VOLATILE STOCK MARKET...FALLING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AND HIGHER INTEREST RATES:

(MICHAEL O'LOONEY/BRIDGE)

"IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF...THE FEDERAL RESERVE RAISED INTEREST RATES SIX TIMES IN AN EFFORT TO SLOW THE ECONOMY AND KEEP INFLATION UNDER CONTROL. SOME ANALYSTS SAY THE FED WENT TOO FAR."

(PETER MORICI/SENIOR FELLOW - ECONOMIC STRATEGY INSTITUTE)

"THE FED TIGHTENED TOO MUCH. IT OVER-TIGHTENED AND INSTEAD OF HAVING A SOFT LANDING, NOW WE'RE IN DANGER OF A HARD LANDING.
ECONOMIST PETER MORICI SAYS THE SHARP SLOWDOWN IN GROWTH HAS PUT THE ECONOMY IN AS MUCH RISK AS WHEN IT WAS OVERHEATING. HE EXPECTS THE FED TO ANNOUNCE A BIAS TOWARD LOWERING INTEREST RATES WHEN IT MEETS THIS TUESDAY:

(PETER MORICI)


"THE ECONOMY HAS SLOWED DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY AND THERE ARE REALLY NO DISCERNABLE SIGNS OF INFLATION OUTSIDE THE USUAL SUSPECTS OF MEDICAL COSTS AND ENERGY COSTS."
A SHIFT IN FED POLICY MAY COME TOO LATE FOR MANY RETAILERS. HOLIDAY SALES HAVE BEEN LACKLUSTER AS SHOPPERS LIKE DEON FRANCIS CUT BACK ON SPENDING:

(DEON FRANCIS/SHOPPER)

"CUTTING BACK A LOT THIS YEAR. MAYBE ONE INSTEAD OF TWO GIFTS FOR THE KIDS AND MAYBE JUST THE KIDS AND THE FAMILY AND NOT THE BROTHERS AND THE SISTERS."
MANY STORES ARE NOW SLASHING PRICES:

(MICHAEL GOULD/CEO/CHMN, BLOOMINGDALES)

"THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT LIFE IS MORE DIFFICULT THAT IT USED TO BE, BUT WHERE WE NEED TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON PRICES WE'LL DO IT, AND WE'LL SEE AT THE END OF THE MONTH HOW WE COME OUT."
THE ONLY WINNERS HERE MAY BE SHOPPERS. AS RETAIL SALES FALL...SO DO THE PRICES.
IN NEW YORK, MICHAEL O'LOONEY, CBS NEWS. ))
[Anchor=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


Now here's an early look at the stock market.

[11Henry-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-54; 15:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A murder suspect in Henry County is in custody after he turned himself in.
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[VO-NAT @ 00-48 TC 45:33; 00-39 1:32:19]

Sampson Carlos Dodson was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Daniel Rose. Rose was shot to death in the King's Village area of Henry County Tuesday night.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Week]


A preliminary investigation lead police to believe the shooting was drug related. Dodson is being held, without bond, in the Henry County Jail.
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[11Barn-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-45; 36:32]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Two barns used for hay storage went up in flames...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Firefighters responded to the 28-hundred block of Hollins Road around 9:30 last night to find one of the storage sheds engulfed .. That shed burned to the ground. Another shed was also burning. Firefighters planned to let that fire burn itself out. Still no word on what caused the blaze.
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[Pope]


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


An American businessman who spent over eight months in a Russian jail is now back home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Portland, OR;]


Edmond Pope stepped off a plane in Portland last night a free man.
He'd faced 20 years in behind bars after his conviction on spying charges.
But the 54- year- old retired Navy officer was later pardoned in a "goodwill gesture," partly for health reasons.
Pope suffers from a rare form of bone cancer.
Sources say he appeared to be in good shape, although a bit tired.
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[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, are the holiday's stressing you out?

Doctor Dave Hnida has some tips that may provide some relief in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information:
VT=VO

HOLIDAYS ARENT JUST FOR KIDS- THEY'RE FOR US GROWNUPS TOO. AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF ADULTS WHO REALLY THROW THEMSELVES INTO SEASON- AND EVEN THOUGH ITS GENERALLY A HAPPY TIME- ITS A TIME THAT CAN REALLY STRESS YOU OUT. SOME OF US EAT AND DRINK TOO MUCH- SPEND MONEY WE DON'T HAVE- AND JUST GENERALLY DO A LOT OF RUNNING AROUND. SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR STRESS LEVELS OUT OF THE RED ZONE?
GRFX STRESS IS ALMOST ALWAYS AGGRAVATED BY FATIGUE- SO ITS IMPORTANT TO REST YOUR BODY- MAYBE EVEN SNEAKING A SHORT NAP EACH DAY.
GRFX REST YOUR MIND- EVEN IF ITS JUST 10 MINUTES AT THE END OF THE DAY WHERE YOU SIT AND DO NOTHING. THERE'S A LOT TO BE SAID FOR QUIET TIME.
GRFX KEEP THE ALCOHOL TO A MINIMUM-- IT MAY TEMPORARILY MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER- BUT YOU'LL PAY A PRICE LATER DOWN THE LINE.
GRFX AND RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES WITH A LITTLE EXERCISE- ABOVE AND BEYOND WALKING THE MALLS. A REGULAR WORKOUT CAN REALLY HELP YOU BURN UP THE STRESS.
ON CAM NOW YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I THAT THERE'S NO WAY TO MAKE THE HOLIDAYS 100%STRESS FREE--BUT THESE COMMON SENSE TIPS CAN MAKE THE HOLIDAYS A LITTLE EASIER TO SURVIVE. 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]


Today the nation's electoral college formally makes its choice for President.
Meanwhile, President- Elect Bush is naming members of his new adminstration.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A majority of employees at Lynchburg's B-W-X-T is interested in unionizing.
The United Electrical Workers announced yeseterday that it's signed up many of the company 850- member workforce.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the movie business has cooled off at Roanoke's Cinema Grill...
The theater says too much competition may force it to close.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Monday, December 18th .
[ANCHOR=Steve]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]


Today is the deadline for electors all over the U-S to formally vote for President.
Meanwhile, President- Elect George W- Bush is putting together his cabinet.
Terisa Estacio introduces us to some of them.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Condoleeza Rice/Nat'l. Security Advisor Appointee; :28]
[SUPER=01-George W. Bush/(R) President-Elect; :53]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Dick Cheney/(R) Vice-President Elect; 1:20]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=Estacio, CBS News, Austin, Texas.]

((
PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH SHOWED-OFF THREE MORE OF HIS APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION -- AND HIS PICKS WERE NO SURPRISE.

(NAT)

"THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. PRESIDENT-ELECT"
AS EXPECTED, DOCTOR CONDOLEEZA RICE HAS BEEN NAMED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. THE STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR -- WHO ONCE SERVED UNDER BUSH'S FATHER -- WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN TO EVER HOLD SUCH A POST. RICE SAYS HER APPOINTMENT REFLECTS THE ENTIRE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.

(SOT: CONDOLEEZA RICE/NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR APPOINTEE)

HE WILL HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS INCLUSIVE, AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS BI-PARTISAN, AND PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT, AN ADMINISTRATION THAT AFFIRMS UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL."
BUSH ALSO NAMED TEXAS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, AL GONZALEZ, AS WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL ... AND CAMPAIGN SPOKESWOMAN, KAREN HUGHES, AS COUNSELOR FOR STRATEGIC MATTERS. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT SAYS HE HOPES HIS CHOICES SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE.

SOT: PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH)

"THAT PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS IN LIFE CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING THEY WANT IN AMERICA."
BUSH LATER TRAVELED TO WASHINGTON DC TO FACE A MUCH BIGGER CHALLENGE. THERE HE'LL BEGIN MEETING WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ... IN AN EFFORT TO BRING BOTH SIDES TOGETHER.
BUT EVEN WITH ALL OF THIS TALK OF BI-PARTISANSHIP, VICE-PRESIDENT ELECT DICK CHENEY SAYS BUSH STILL PLANS TO PUSH FORTH A CONSERVATIVE AGENDA.

(SOT: DICK CHENEY/VICE-PRESIDENT ELECT)

"HE RAN ON A PARTICULAR PLATFORM .... WE HAVE NO INTENTION AT ALL OF BACKING OFF."

(STANDUP)

WHO BUSH PLANS TO MEET WITH THIS WEEK ...
TERISA ESTACIO, CBS NEWS, AUSTIN, TEXAS
)

[11BWXT-Union]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-51; 27:40]
[GRAPHIC=BWX Technologies]


Efforts to organize a union at B-W-X-T of Lynchburg are apparently paying off.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]

United Electrical Workers announced yesterday it has signed up a majority of the company's 850- member workforce, interested in forming a union. The U-E-W has been handing out leaflets at the plant in recent weeks, hoping to organize workers and force the company into a collective bargaining agreement.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:39:12]
[IN Q=Our goal is]

((GEORGE WAKSMUNSKI/UEW REPRESENTATIVE: OUR GOAL IS TO SHOW THE TRUTH, THAT BY ORGANIZING A UNION AND GETTING YOUR WAGES, BENEFITS AND WORKING CONDITIONS GUARANTEED IN A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, THAT THEY CAN HAVE SOME SECURITY OF WHAT THEY HAVE TODAY OR NEXT WEEK OR OVER THE COURSE OF THE LENGTH OF THE CONTRACT.))
[SUPER=01-George Waksmunski/UEW Representative]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=length of the contract.]
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[VO-NAT]


Waksmunski (wax-MUN-skee) says they'd like to sign up 65 to 70 percent of the workforce before voting on whether to form a union.
Three previous efforts to form a union at B-W-X-T have failed.
This latest effort follows complaints from retirees that their insurance benefits have been slashed in recent years.
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[11Theater-Closing]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-46; 50:59]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Cinema Grill near Cross Roads Mall in Roanoke says it's having trouble attracting movie goers since the Valley View Grand opened. Now the Cinema Grill may close because of the dwindling business. Kate Weidaw has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;:00]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Steel/Cinema Grill Owner;:17]
[SUPER=01-Joshua Sayers/Likes the Cinema Grill;:57]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:22]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 Roanoke.]


((Row after row of empty seats are what owners at the Cinema Grill see every day.

[SOT 1:15:01]
[INQ=]

((DEBBIE STEEL/CINEMA GRILL OWNER: THE PEOPLE IN ROANOKE HAVE JUST SEEMED TO STOP COMING FOR SOME REASON.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 3]


The reason could be this theater, the Valley View Grand that has 16 theaters and is only short drive from the Cinema Grill.

[SOT 1:14:52]
[INQ=]

((DEBBIE STEEL: THE VOLUME OF PEOPLE SINCE THE VALLEY VIEW 16 OPENED HAS REALLY GONE DOWN REALLY BAD.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 8]


But that wasn't the case before it opened in May.

[SOT 1:15:10]
[INQ=]

((DEBBIE STEEL: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT USED TO BE SOLD OUT AND ITS BEEN A WHILE SINCE WE DID THAT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 4]


And the Cinema Grill isn't the only theater that's losing business since the new theater moved to town.. Valley View Cinema inside the mall closed its doors earlier this year after 15 years in business. But Steel thought they found a niche in the movie theater business in Roanoke by serving restaurant style food and alcohol. Terry Sayers and his family say they enjoy eating dinner while watching a flick.

[SOT 1:28:58]
[INQ=]

((JOSHUA SAYERS: YOU GET A LOT OF FOOD HERE AND BASICALLY THERE YOU ONLY GET POPCORN AND CANDY.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 6]


And with ticket prices costing no more than 3-50 the Sayers say it can be a cheap family outing. But Steel says she wonders if tickets aren't selling because they show movies that have already been out for a while.

[SOT 1:15:48]
[INQ=]

((DEBBIE STEEL: WE NEED PEOPLE TO CALL US AND LET US KNOW WE NEED TO KNOW IF PEOPLE WOULD LIKE US TO STAY OPEN WOULD YOU LIKE US TO GO TO FIRST RUN MOVIES.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 6]


Steel says she'll decide if she's going to shut off the lights for good by the end of the year. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))



[Ship-Mishap]


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


The U-S Coast Guard rescued the crew of a cruise ship that was tossed in rough Atlantic waters off the coast of Virginia.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Virginia Beach;]


There were no passengers on board the "Seabreeze One", when it began taking on water about 200 miles northeast of Cape Henry.
The ship was en route from Boston to Charleston, South Carolina.
Waves up to 30- feet high pounded the vessel, along with 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts.
Coast Guard officials say the Seabreeze is still afloat -- though listing heavily to one side.
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[11Tobacco]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-42; 1:53:08]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Quotas]

Good news for some tobacco growers..
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./July 1999;]

The U-S Department of Agriculture has increased the tobacco quota by about one percent. That means farmers nationwide will be able to grow almost 549- million pounds of tobacco next year. The increase follows three years of steep cuts. But, in Virginia, the increase probably won't offset what actually will be a smaller crop... Many farmers exercised their right this year to sell three percent more tobacco than the quota allowed.
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[11Rt.360-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-43; 22:55:10]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]

A Danville man is in critical condition following a head on collision.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]

The accident happened around 9 last night on Route 360 in Pittsylvania County. Authorities say 85- year old Dan Blackmon was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. State police say Blackmon pulled into the path of a Geo Tracker...when he attempted to turn into a driveway. No one else was seriously injured.
(------------)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/SPA]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

We have some school announcements to pass along this morning.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[TAKE FS SCHOOL WATCH BOARDS]

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[ANCHOR=Steve]
(Steve mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Shannon ad lib weather)
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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=It's Darlene Burcham's]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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[Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Desk=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]