[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


After weeks of controversy, the Roanoke County school board will end its "Early Retirement Incentive Plan" for teachers.
But board members still have to decide how to replace it.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And this Christmas may not be so jolly for employees of e-Toys.
The Internet retailer is considering a merger and may cut its workforce.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the American Red Cross is hosting the Holiday Donorama 2000 Blood Drive.
Details on that and more, coming up on News 7 Mornin.


[11County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-48]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Schools]

The Roanoke County school board has decided to end its "Early Retirement Incentive Plan" for teachers - effective next June. But board members aren't sure what to replace it with. A proposed replacement plan drew strong criticism from teachers - so the administration is going back to the drawing board. Meredyth Censullo reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;:00]
[SUPER=04-November;:16]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/School Board Chairman;:30]
[SUPER=01-Kitty Boitnott/Education Association;1:00]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=MC, News 7]
(([NAT SOT]

((AND I'D LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS)) [RUNS03]
Seasons greetings went out to a small crowd of Roanoke County teachers - who came worried the Grinch might steal their early retirement benefits. The board laid out a new retirement plan last month - one which included a reduction in salary and health insurance benefits. But after checking their list of savings twice, the board decided the proposed plan - expected to save money - won't.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ 56:56 - 57:17]
[IN Q=We have gone...]

((WE HAVE GONE FROM A 5 YEAR, 30-PERCENT PLAN, WHICH WE ORIGINALLY THOUGHT A MONTH AGO WOULD SAVE US A COUPLE MILLION, AND NOW AFTER FACTORING IN ASSORTED COSTS...THAT COST UP TO NO SAVINGS AND IN FACT IT COULD TAKE AN ADDITIONAL 2 MILLION, WE ESTIMATE.)) [RUNS:21]
[OUT Q=estimate.]


The announcement came as a relief to a number of retired and current teachers, who had asked the board to delay their decision until after the holidays.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We were]

((WE WERE NOT SATISFIED THEY HAD LOOKED AT ALL POSSIBLE SCENARIOS OR THAT THEY HAD REALLY EXAMINED THE NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS FOR A LOT OF INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=individual people.]



(MEREDYTH CENSULLO: THE SCHOOL BOARD SAYS THEY'LL CONTINUE TO CRUNCH NUMBERS...AND THEY PLAN TO DECIDED WHAT TO REPLACE

THE EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PLAN WITH AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. MEREDYTH CENSULLO, NEWS7.)))
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[11e-toys]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=500-14]
[GRAPHIC=e-Toys]


The Internet retailer e-Toys is considering a merger and a workforce reduction.
12 hundred local jobs may be on the line.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blairs/March]


E-Toys has a local distribution center.
The company says lower-than-anticipated sales may force it to reorganize. [PRE-PRO ON TAPE]
From a company press release, "... e-Toys currently anticipates that it will be required to take steps to reduce its operating costs, which will include a reduction in workforce. The company expects to announce a specific plan for the workforce reduction in January 2001."
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[Firestone]


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


Sources say Bridgestone-Firestone may reveal preliminary findings of its investigation into faulty tires as early as today.
They say the company blames design flaws and a unique manufacturing process at a Decatur, Illinois plant for the tire problems.
So far, Firestone has recalled six-and-a-half million tires that are prone to tread separation.
The problems have led to dozens of deadly traffic accidents.


[Electoral-College]


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


President-Elect George W- Bush is probably breathing a big sigh of relief today.
The 25 electors at the heart of the month- long President election cast their votes in Florida yesterday WITHOUT any surprises.
Gretchen Carlson has more on the electoral college voting around the nation.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Jeb Bush/(R) Florida; :39 QUICK]
[SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL; :43]
[SUPER=07-Gov. Jim Gilmore; 1:08]
[SUPER=03-Frankfurt, KY; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Gretchen Carlson/Reporting; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News, New York.]

((

(LOCATOR: RICHMOND, VA)



(NAT reading names)


It happens every year we elect a President. 538 electors in 50 states and the District of Columbia come to their respective state capitols and cast their votes.

(SOT)

"My vote is for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney."
But never in modern history has so much attention been focused on this part of the political process.

(NAT)

"It's been a roller coaster!"
TV cameras were everywhere from Colorado to Ohio to Florida.

(NAT) Governor Jeb Bush - (R) Florida

"We have also been the focal point of this election."

(LOCATOR: TALLAHASSEE, FL)


In Tallahassee, all eyes were on Governor Jeb Bush, as he took in the state's 25 electoral votes. Would any of the electors switch their votes from Bush to Gore? Electors here had been barraged with an email, letter, and phone campaign, urging them to do just that but not a single elector was swayed.

(SOT) Carol Jean Jordan - Florida Republican Elector

"It's about trust; it's about loyalty.
The ballots now move on to Capitol Hill where Congress will officially count the votes January 6th.

(SOT) Governor Jim Gilmore - (R) Virginia

"Not one drop of blood was shed, not one ounce of gun powder was fired. Power will again be passed peacefully in the United States."

(LOCATOR: FRANKFURT, KY)


Meantime, the country moves on as well with a better understanding of the Electoral College and how it determined the winner in one of the hardest fought political battles in history.

(NATS, holds uup electoral ballot to light, room laughs)


Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.
))

[11Brediger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC30:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The 12 year old boy who was injured in a hiking accident at Dragon's Tooth last month is rapidly recovering.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


Sam Brediger suffered a skull fracture when he fell nearly 75 feet.
He's now going through speech and occupational therapy at Professional Therapies in Vinton.
(///// SOT /////)
[6:16:11 SOT]
[IN Q=HE IS DOING REMARKABLY]

((RENEE KILINSKI/SPEECH THERAPIST; HE IS DOING REMARKABLE WELL FOR EVERYTHING HE'S BEEN THROUGH IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME, AND PROBABLY WILL BE BACK TO THE WAY HE WAS FUNCTIONING BEFORE ALL THIS HAPPENED))
[SUPER=01-Renee Kilinski/Speech Therapist;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=ALL THIS HAPPENED]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Sam attends three sessions a week and is also working to regain strength in his right hand.
(///// SOT /////)
[6:20:05 SOT]
[IN Q=THE MAIN EMPHASIS]

((LENORE SCHREUDERS/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST; THE MAIN EMPHASIS IS WITH HIS RIGHT HAND, HE WAS RIGHT HAND DOMINANT WE WANT TO GET HIM BACK TO USING HIS RIGHT HAND MORE AND EASIER))
[SUPER=01-Lenore Schreuders/Occupational Therapist]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=MORE AND EASIER]
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[VO-NAT]


The Brediger family wants to thank the community for its continued support.
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[11Taylor-Portrait]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC1:20:36]
[GRAPHIC=Noel Taylor]

Two portraits of the late Reverend Noel Taylor have a permanent home in city hall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday morning, artist Anne Bell and Taylor's widow B. J. unveiled a large painting of the longtime mayor, and a smaller close-up, in the lobby of the Municipal Building.
Other admirers, including city officials and members of High Street Baptist Church were also on hand for the ceremony.
Mayor Ralph Smith said the paintings will serve as a tribute to Taylor's integrity, strength and compassion.
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[Federal-Reserve]


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


In business news --
Wall Street is hoping for GOOD news when the Federal Reserve meets today.
There's widespread hope that the Fed will reverse its recent inflation- fighting policy, and try to boost the economy with an interest rate cut.
With consumer confidence sliding and stock markets wobbling, many analysts say if the Fed doesn't cut rates this time, it'll likely send the message that cuts are coming.
Here's today's opening stock numbers.

[11Bland-Body]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Two men searching for soda bottles made a gruesome discovery this weekend in Bland County. Saturday afternoon they discovered a decomposed body along Route 621 on Walker Mountain. Sheriff's officials say the unidentified remains were wrapped in plastic and a blue blanket. Authorities say the body appeared to be that of a male. It's been sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

[11Ealy]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=500-12 TC48:13]
[GRAPHIC=Legal scales]

It's been nearly a decade since Sam (E-Lee) Ealy walked out of a courtroom a free man. A Tazewell County jury acquitted Ealy of triple murder nearly ten years ago. Now the Pocahontas man is again facing the death penalty for the same three murders.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tazewell Co./File Tape;]

Last week, a FEDERAL grand jury in Abingdon charged Ealy with the murder of potential federal witnesses and murder to further a drug trafficking organization.
46-year old Pete Church was also indicted on the same charges. The two men are accused of killing Robert and (YOU-na) Una Mae Davis and her 14- year old son. The three were found shot to death in Pocahontas in 1989.
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[11Bailes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kth]
[TAPE#=00-44]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The first adult in a string of students arrested for selling drugs at Northside High School appeared in Circuit Court yesterday. Nineteen year old Russell Scott Bailes plead no contest for the distrubution of pot and acid.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Officer Katrina Moulton posed as a student for several months at the high school. She was able to bust a number of students.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I don't have ]

((I DON'T HAVE ANY REGRETS ABOUT THE OPERATION. I THINK IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS AND HOPEFULLY AGAIN THIS WAS A WAKE UP CALL TO THE KIDS THAT WERE INVOLVED AND TO SOME OF THOSE WE DID NOT CATCH INVOLVED WITH DRUG USE HOPEFULLY THEY WILL LEARN A LESSON FROM THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Katrina Moulton/Roanoke Co. Police Department]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=lesson from this.]
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[VO-NAT]

Moulton will return to court several more times to see other offenders from Northside High stand before a judge.
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[ANCHOR=]
[SS=none]

Bailes will return to Circuit Court February twenty-sixth for his sentencing. He faces a maximum of 50 years in prison.


[11Franklin-Fire]


[ANCHOR=shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-42 TC1:56:09]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Fire destroyed a home in Franklin County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


Flames broke out at this home on Gun Club Drive just after six last night.
Two women were inside at the time and managed to get out safely.
Fire officials are investigating, but say a malfunctioning furnace may be to blame.
(------------)



[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, some promising news for people who suffer from a ruptured disk.

Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: ON CAM HURT YOUR BACK - AND THERE'S A TERM GUARANTEED TO SEND CHILLS UP YOUR SPINE- RUPTURED DISC. AND FOR MANY- A RUPTURED DISC MEANS MONTHS OF THERAPY FOR HEALING- OR SURGERY - AND MONTHS OF HEALING.

VT=VO

BUT NOW COMES SOME PROMISING NEWS FROM THE NORTH AMERICAN SPINE SOCIETY- ARTIFICIAL DISCS. THEY'VE BEEN USED IN EUROPE FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS AND NOW AMERICAN PATIENTS ARE TESTING THE ARTIFICIAL DISCS TO SEE HOW WELL THEY WORK. SO FAR- SO GOOD- MANY OF THOSE WHO'VE HAD THE ARTIFICIAL DISC IMPLANTED HAVE FELT GREAT AFTER JUST 6 WEEKS OR SO.

VT=VO

IF YOURE HAVING SURGERY IN THE FUTURE AND YOU'RE GIVEN A CHOICE OF ANESTHESIA- WHAT'S THE SAFEST WAY TO GO? A STUDY OF MORE THAN 9 THOUSAND PATIENTS GOING UNDER THE KNIFE FINDS AN EPIDURAL- OR SPINAL ANESTHESIA IS SAFER THAN GENERAL ANESTHESIA.THE RISK OF DEATH IS A THIRD LESS.. AND THERES ALSO A LOWER RISK OF COMPLICATIONS AFTER SURGERY SUCH AS BLOOD CLOTS OR PNEUMONIA.

VT=VO

FINALLY TODAY- HOW MUCH WEIGHT WILL YOU GAIN OVER THE HOLIDAYS?. IF YOURE LIKE MOST PEOPLE THE ANSWER CAN BE FOUND IN A STUDY PUBLISHED A FEW MONTHS AGO IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE-- AND THAT ANSWER IS 1.06 POUNDS. NOT MUCH- BUT THE BAD NEWS IS MOST OF US NEVER SHED THAT LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA WEIGHT.. AND ALONG WITH THE WEIGHT WE GAIN THE REST OF THE YEAR CAN ADD UP TO A LARGER SPARE TIRE AROUND THE MIDDLE.
ON CAM THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF TODAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. I'M 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.
A man drowns in the Maury River while on a canoe trip.
Authorities say they found the victim and his partner in the water near Glasgow yesterday morning.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Governor Jim Gilmore puts the green light on his plan to cut the car tax. He wants to take 40- percent of Virginia's national tobacco settlement in a lump sum to help pay for the plan.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Virginia's 13 electors cast their votes for George W- Bush at the state capitol.
But a few eyebrows raised when one elector raised her LEFT hand instead of her right when she was sworn in.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, December 19th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[Bush]


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


The Presidential torch has been passed..
A triumphant President- Elect George W- Bush is in Washington, mending fences with Congress and preparing to take on the top job.
Lee Cowan reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; :14]
[SUPER=01-Edward McKelvey/Goldman Sachs; :50]
[SUPER=01-Arthur Cashin/Paine Webber; :56]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Dennis Hastert/(R) House Speaker; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Gephardt/(D) Minority Leader; 1:25]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Tom Daschle/(D) Minority Leader; 1:35]
[RUNS=1:56]
[OUT Q=Cowan, CBS News, Capitol Hill]




[11VA-Electors]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-43 TC1:06:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia's 13 Bush electors cast their votes in the Old House Chambers at the State Capitol.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Governor Jim Gilmore got the first word yesterday.
He outlined what he considers a nightmarish scenario: Citizens electing the President, instead of the electoral college.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT sot 12:08:22 ]
[IN Q=What if]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WHAT IF THE ELECTION WERE DECIDED BY THE POPULAR VOTE? IMAGINE THE CONTROVERSY, ATTACKS, RECOUNTS, DISCUSSIONS, ARGUMENTS, IN EVERY HAMLET, VILLAGE, CITY, COUNTY, TOWN IN AMERICA. IMAGINE.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=in America. Imagine.]
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[VO-NAT]


When the electors were sworn in, Frances Sadler of Ashland raised her LEFT hand... and a few eyebrows in the crowd looking for excitement in the razor thin election.
But when the votes were counted, the Bush-Cheney ticket got each one.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Well all the]
[sot TAPE TWO 13:22:40 ]

((EDITH LIGHT/LYNCHBURG ELECTOR: WELL ALL THE PEOPLE AT THESE TABLES HAVE BEEN SO INVOLVED IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THEY'RE SO LOYAL THAT NO, NO ONE WOULD EVER CHANGE.))
[SUPER=01-Edith Light/Lynchburg Elector; ]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=ever change.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Sadler says she didn't even realize she raised the wrong hand.
She's just left-handed.
Several Virginia electors said they were asked by Democrats to consider switching votes.
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[Substitute-Teachers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-47]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]

The Roanoke County School Board says it doesn't want to lower the expectations of its substitute teachers.
(------------)
[VO-NAT @ 500-19 TC 1:20:28]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

So they've tabled a proposal that would lower the educational requirements of its substitutes. The school system requires a four-year degree in any field to work as a sub...The school board considered lowering that requirement, allowing substitutes to have an Associate's degree or two years of college.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ 3:04:33 - :46]
[IN Q=We're gonna...]

((WE'RE GONNA INSTEAD LOOK AT MAYBE RAISING SUBSTITUTE PAY FROM 60 TO 75 DOLLARS. SO WE'VE ASKED STAFF TO GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT BUDGET IMPLICATIONS OF DOING THAT, AND IF WE FEEL LIKE WE CAN AFFORD THAT WE'LL DO IT RIGHT AWAY AND SEE IF IT IMPROVES ANYTHING OVER THE NEXT SEMESTER.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/School Board Chairman]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=right away.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The increase in substitute teacher pay could increase the budget allotment by 100-thousand dollars a year.

[11SOL-Testing]


[ANCHOR=shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Standards of Learning]


Students at three area high-schools will help test new on-line S-O-L technology.
Next year, students at William Campbell, Martinsville and Giles high schools will take part in simulated electronic testing.
Students will take on-line assessments made up of previously released S-O-L test items.
The state will use the results to choose a vendor to install testing systems state-wide.
Governor Gilmore wants to provide on-line S-O-L testing at every Virginia high school by 2003.

[11Victory-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC39:44]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


Members of Roanoke City Council have narrowed their options for Victory Stadium, and a plan that would preserve the entire facility is NO longer among the alternatives.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, City Manager Darlene Burcham encouraged council to look to the future, and consider proposals that would allow multiple uses.
On a vote of five to two, Council decided to move forward with public hearings on two of the options.
One would replace the west grandstand with a stage.
The other would re-orient the stadium, and build a new multi-purpose facility from the ground up.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I think there's been plenty]

((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK THERE'S BEEN PLENTY OF PUBLIC INPUT ON THE OPTION OF RENOVATING VICTORY STADIUM AND KEEPING IT. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY CAN MAKE THE CASE THAT CITY COUNCIL HAS NOT HEARD AND LISTENED TO THOSE ARGUMENTS. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING LEFT THAT SOMEBODY CAN ADD AT THIS POINT, THAT WE'RE NOT ALREADY AWARE OF.)) ((ALVIN HUDSON/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK THE CITY MANAGER HAS MADE HER MIND UP. I THINK A COUPLE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE MADE THEIR MIND UP. I THINK THE CITIZENS DESERVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE SOME INPUT ON THIS. THEY'RE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR IT FOR YEARS TO COME.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alvin Hudson/Roanoke City Council; :17]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=paying for it for years to come.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


City Council now plans to hold a public hearing in January, and make a final decision sometime in February.
(------------)



[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]


[SUPER=01-Bob Lutjen/American Red Cross]




[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[Streaming Video] [BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:))


[Roads]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC06:18]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


The snow could make roads slick in some spots this morning.
(XXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
If you need more detailed road information on the route you're taking, you can call V-Dot directly at 1-800-367-ROAD. [Take FS Valley Metro Board]
For more information on bus schedules you can call Valley Metro at 982-2222.
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[11Drowning]


[ANCHOR=shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Drowning]


A man on a canoe trip drowned in the Maury River.
Authorities aren't sure how it happened, but the victim and his partner both ended up in the water near Glasgow yesterday morning.
Rescue crews got one man out and took him to the hospital.
They recovered his friend's body about 45 minutes later.
Officials aren't releasing the dead man's name until his family is notified.

[11Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-39]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


Governor Jim Gilmore announced a plan that would help move the car tax cut forward. He wants to take 40- percent of Virginia's national tobacco settlement in a lump sum payment up front.
That's the budget maneuver that would boost state revenues high enough to keep the car tax cut from being frozen at the halfway point.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henrico Co.]


Gilmore announced the revenue windfall idea yesterday, to drum up support for the budget he'll unveil tomorrow.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 10:10:42]
[IN Q=I would]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I WOULD REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY...THE QUESTION IS WAS IT POSSIBLE TO DO IT.))
[SOT 10:20:36]

((DEL. VIOLA BASKERVILLE: WELL HE HAD MADE THAT HIS NUMBER ONE AGENDA. HE SAID HE PUT EDUCATION FIRST AND THEN THE CAR TAX, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THE CAR TAX WENT FIRST AND THEN EDUCATION. BUT NO I WAS NOT SURPRISED AT ANYTHING HE SAID.))


[SUPER=@Gilmore; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Viola Baskerville/(D) Richmond; :19]
[RUNS=:30]
[OUT Q=anything he said.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Gilmore is also including new money for Medicaid, foster care, and mental health spending.
The bill for the new spending and "no car tax" plan will also be partly paid with three to six percent budget cuts to state agencies... on top of the two to three percent cost savings they've been asked to find in the last fiscal year.
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[11Liberty-Village]


[ANCHOR=shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-49 TC21:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A 100-million dollar retirement housing project gets the go- ahead in Campbell County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rustburg]


Last night, County planners okayed designs by Savoy Senior Housing Corporation to build an Eleven-hundred, 35- unit housing development on Candlers Mountain, just outside Lynchburg.
"Liberty Village" would be marketed to people 55 and older.. and would include some assisted living residences.
It could create more than 200 full- time jobs and generate a half million dollars a year in new taxes.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:28:55 #1//10:47:34]
[IN Q=So the economic]

((BILL SPADE/SAVOY SENIOR HOUSING: SO THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY CREATED BY RESIDENTS OF A COMMUNITY LIKE THIS WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT TO THE COUNTY AS WELL AS TO THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG.)) ((WILLIAM CALOHAN/CAMPBELL CO. PLANNING COMMISSION: IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CAMPBELL COUNTY TO BRING IN A LOT OF TAX DOLLARS WITH VERY LOW IMPACT ON THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Spade/Savoy Senior Housing;:00]
[SUPER=01-William Calohan/Planning Commission; :13]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=the school systems.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Only two residents voiced concerns about the project.
The land is owned by the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who plans to help market the community among his parishioners.
If county supervisors okay the project, construction could start next summer.
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In sports, in less than a week Georgia and Virginia will meet once again in a bowl. Here with more is Denise Allen.

Good Morning Denise.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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The snow could make roads slick in some spots this morning.
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If you need more detailed road information on the route you're taking this morning, you can call V-Dot directly at 1-800-367-ROAD. [Take FS Valley Metro Board]
For more information on bus schedules you can call Valley Metro at 982-2222.
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Some schools have altered their schedules today due to the weather. We'll continue to run the closings and delays at the bottom of your screen throughout the morning.
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[Take FS WEB address] Plus update them on our web page at WDBJ-7 dot com
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Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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