[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


It's a busy week for V-DOT.
As plows cut through the snow and ice, V-DOT administrators are trying to make the numbers add up in their plan to build new roads.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a Southside delegate will toss his hat into the ring for state Attorney General.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your day with us-- News 7 Mornin is coming up.

[Storm]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Yesterday's snow fall has led many school districts to cancel or delay classes today. We will run the list throughout the morning for you.
If you're heading out on the roads or highways today ... you could still encounter some slippery spots.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


V-DOT is working around the clock to salt roadways.
Most primary roads across the viewing areea are generally clear, but many still have patches of ice.
V-Dot reports many roads in the Alleghany Highlands and Shenandoah Valley are still snow-covered.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE V-DOT FULL SCREEN BOARD]
If you need more detailed road information, you can call V-Dot directly at 1-800-367-ROAD.
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[11VDOT]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


As V-DOT crews clear away ice and snow, its administrators have some major refiguring to do.
The agency may be wrong by three and half BILLION dollars in its road-building plan.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


That's a plan that's off by 45 percent over the price V-DOT predicted.
The Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission analyzed 300 projects over four years.
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


V-DOT admits there were design mistakes, bad management, and NO estimates for inflation.
But its commissioner says a major overhaul this year will solve the problem.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm not here]
[sot tape two 14:57:17]

((CHIP NOTTINGHAM/VDOT COMMISSIONER: I'M NOT HERE AGAIN TO APOLOGIZE FOR PAST MISTAKES. THE SIX YEAR PLAN I THINK -- IT'S GONE. IT'S A RELIC OF HISTORY NOW.))
[sot TWO 15:32:20 ]

((PHIL LEONE/JLARC: BUT I'LL TELL YA. I THINK WHAT THE GOVERNOR PUT OUT IS MORE THAN AMPLE TO GET AT THE ISSUES WE'VE RAISED IN THIS REPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Chip Nottingham/VDOT Commissioner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Phil Leone/Audit Review Commission; :10]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=in this report.]
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[TALENT=Shannon]
[SS=None]


In a related story, Governor Jim Gilmore has reversed his position on creating a regional taxing authority for road-building.
After vetoing such a bill last year, the Governor told W-T-O-P radio in Washington yesterday that he would support northern Virginians voting on whether they want their own tax increase to build roads.
He says (quote) "Let the people vote on whether they want to be taxed further."

[2Clement]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Clement]


A Southside delegate now has his eyes on statewide office.
Whitt Clement of Danville is planning to run for Virginia attorney general.
Clement would face Roanoke state senator John Edwards, and Henrico County delegate Don McEachin, for the party's nomination.
He'll be making a formal announcement after the holidays.

[Bush]


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


President-Elect George W- Bush is back in Austin this morning after a whirlwind tour through Washington D-C.
Bush spent two hours yesterday with the current President.
However, his plans to attend a holiday party cut short his visit with Vice President Al Gore.
Lee Cowan has the story.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=04-1992; :13]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:16]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=Cowan, CBS News, The White House.]



[Volcano]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Mexican residents will likely remember the name, "El Popo" for many years to come--
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Puebla, Mexico;]


Lava is still pouring out from the volcano after a dramatic eruption Monday night.
Authorities warn the danger isn't over.
As the sun rose yesterday, smoke billowed from the crater, located about 40 miles from Mexico City.
Many residents who didn't want to leave their homesare heading for shelter.
The Mexican army is also moving in to evacuate the others.
(------------)


[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, U-V-A is off to its best start since 19-92, following a win against fourth-ranked Tennessee. Here with highlights from the hardwood is Denise Allen.
Good Morning Denise.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=2:06]
[OUT Q=see you in about 30 minutes.]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly ad lib toss to Shannon/Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M00-7 2:29]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[Roll Cold out of Break]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=07-Duncan Steel; :23]
[SUPER=03-Liverpool, England; 1:53]
[RUNS=2:38]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:))

[11Death-Penalty]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC33:56]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


A long-time supporter of Virginia's death penalty now wants to abolish it.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jarratt/File Tape;]


Hanover County Republican Frank Hargrove wants his colleagues to outlaw the death penalty.
He's filing a bill later today to end it in Virginia.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT tape two 15:46:40]
[IN Q=Across the nation]

((DEL. FRANK HARGROVE/(R) HANOVER CO.: ACROSS THE NATION, NOT PARTICULARLY HERE IN VIRGINIA, DNA HAS INDICATED... AND I WONDER IN MY OWN MIND, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE WE EXECUTED THAT HAVE PROCLAIMED THEIR INNOCENCE... HAVE EXECUTED THE WRONG PERSON?))
[SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hargrove/(R) Hanover Co.;]
[RUNS=:29]
[OUT Q=the wrong person?]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=VA Death Penalty]


Hargrove says he's an "unlikely" partron of such a bill.
He hopes that "breaks the ice" and gives other lawmakers the courage to support it.
Virginia has executed 81 people in the last three decades.

[D'ville-Body]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC47:43]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Police in Danville are trying to determine what killed a man found dead inside a business.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


An employee of the Kent Thomas Auto Body shop on Loyal Street found the body yesterday .. lying on the floor in a back room.
The man is identified as 34-year-old Charles Percy Arnold.
There was no sign of foul play, but police have not ruled it out.
(------------)



[11Snow-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-38 TC1:44:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Now that snow is on the ground, the children and sleds are heading for the hills.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


But despite all the fun, sledding can be dangerous.
More than 8-thousand children in the U-S went to emergency rooms for sledding related injuries in 1998.
Health professionals ask parents to take a few precautions to play it safe.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT49:23]
[IN Q=Parents need the check the environment]

((ELLEN DAVIS/CARILION COMM. HEALTH EDUCATOR: PARENTS NEED TO CHECK THE ENVIRONMENT KIDS ARE GOING TO BE PLAYING IN, MAKE SURE THE TERRAIN THEY ARE SLEDDING ON IS FREE OF DEBRIS, SUCH AS ROCKS, STUMPS, TREE LIMBS, SO THAT CHILDREN DON'T GET HURT BY OBSTACLES IN THEIR PATH))
[SUPER=01-Ellen Davis/Carilion Health Educator]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=in their path]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Davis says it's also important to make sure your child's sled has a steering mechanism and that there are not too many children on one sled at a time.
Children should not sled head first on their stomachs but should sit straight-up, feet forward -- to avoid head and abdominal injuries.
(------------)



[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, cellphones and cancer. A new study may offer some comfort.
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=1:16]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((ITS A COMMON SIGHT- SOMEONE WALKING OR DRIVING WITH A CELLPHONE GLUED TO THEIR EAR.BUT WILL THAT CELLPHONE CAUSE CANCER? ITS AN ONGOING CONTROVERSY WITH THE LATEST STUDY SAYING- NO.

VT=VO

RESEARCHERS IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FOLLOWED ALMOST 900 CELLPHONE USERS FOR 3 YEARS- THE AVERAGE MONTHLY USE: ABOUT 3 HOURS.- THE RESULTS: NO INCREASE IN THE RATE OF BRAIN CANCER BETWEEN CELL PHONE USERS AND THOSE WHO DONT USE THEM.BUT KEEP IN MIND- THIS STUDY ONLY LOOKED AT 3 YEARS WORTH OF USE- A BIGGER QUESTION IS WHETHER THERES A HIGHER RISK OF CANCER WITH LONGER USE.

VT=VO

ALSO TODAY- IF YOUVE GONE THROUGH MENOPAUSE- HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED A PAP SMEAR? MOST EXPERTS SAY EVERY YEAR BUT A STUDY IN THE ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE SAYS EVERY 2 YEARS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH- THAT IS- AS LONG AS EVERYTHINGS OK.

VT=VO

AND FINALLY- LOOKING FOR A WAY TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF A HEART ATTACK THIS WINTER- GET A FLU SHOT. A STUDY FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SHOWS A FLU SHOT CAN PREVENT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD A HEART ATTACK FROM HAVING ANOTHER-- MANY OTHERS SAY A FLU SHOT CAN ALSO PREVENT A HEART ATTACK IN SOMEONE WHO'S NEVER SHOWN SIGNS OF HEART PROBLEMS.
ON CAM THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

(ad lib to weather)


[Gas-Guzzlers]


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


If you're planning to hit the road this holiday weekend, here's a list you might want to check twice.
The E-P-A has come out with and best and worst list of vehicles based on fuel efficiency.
(+++++++)

[Take Pinnacle page]
Among those cars rated best on gas mileage--
the top five include the Honda Insight, Honda Civic H-X, and the Toyota Echo.
It probably comes as no surprise that the worst three cars on gas are all Ferrari models. [Next page]
Among the biggest gas guzzlers in trucks, the Chrysler B-2-500 Wagon, the G-M Escalade, and the Lincoln Navigator. Toyotas and GM Trackers have the best truck mileage.
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[Two-Steve]


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


[On Desk]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



[Double Boxes=SYO & SPA]
(toss to Shannon)

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The snow is changing schedules for many school districts in the areas.
We have all the updated information...plus the latest on road conditions coming up.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Some people are showing their generosity during this holiday season by helping pay medical bills for victims of the Backstreet Cafe shooting in Roanoke.
Several of those victims have not yet been able to return to work.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Martinsville firefighters show how dangerous neglected Christmas trees can be--
They hope to educate residents about safety so that their holiday plans don't go up in smoke.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=K imberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, December 20th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


[2Storm]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Many school districts are cancelling or delaying classes once again today ... the result of yesterday's snowfall. We will run the list throughout the morning.
If you're heading out on the roads or highways today ... you could still encounter some slippery spots.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


V-DOT is working around the clock to salt roadways.
Most primary roads across the viewing area are generally clear, but many still have patches of ice.
V-Dot reports many roads in the Alleghany Highlands and Shenandoah Valley are still snow-covered.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE V-DOT FULL SCREEN BOARD]
If you need more detailed road information, you can call V-Dot directly at 1-800-367-ROAD.
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[Backstreet-Cafe]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Backstreet Cafe Shooting]


Its been nearly three months since a gunman opened fire in Roanoke's Backstreet Cafe - killing Danny Lee Overstreet and wounding six others. Several of the victims haven't been able to return to work - and many of them have mounting medical bills. But now, in the spirit of Christmas, help could be on the way. Meredyth Censullo reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I struggle]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=04-September; :13]
[SUPER=01-Kathy Caldwell/Shooting Victim; :27]
[SUPER=01-Eddie Ratliffe/Roanoke7.com Editor; 1:13]
[SUPER=@Meredyth2; 1:42]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke]
(((///// SOT /////)
[SOT OVER VIDEO @ 29:23 - 29:29]
[IN Q=I struggle...]

((I STRUGGLE....TYING MY SHOES IS REALLY THE WORST.))
[RUNS= :06]
[OUT Q=really the worst.]


Kathy Caldwell is recovering from a gunshot wound to her hand - inflicted when Ronald Gay allegedly opened fire in the Backstreet Cafe September 22nd. And while the candlelight has faded away, the publicity receded...Caldwell continues to recover and adapt to a new way of life.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 41:14 - 41:34]
[IN Q=I don't wanna...]

((I DON'T WANNA LOSE THE USE OF MY HAND...AND IT SCARES ME THAT I MIGHT NOT GET THIS MUCH...AND WITH THIS MUCH AIN'T TOO MUCH YOU CAN DO.))
[RUNS= :20]
[OUT Q=can do.]



(BUTT BUTT BUTT)



(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 39:58 - 40:01]
[IN Q=Its really...]

((ITS REALLY A TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY.))
[RUNS= :03]
[OUT Q=community.]


Eddie Ratliffe wants to raise awareness to the shooting victims' needs. He created the website "Roanoke 7.com"...and he's contacted nightclubs and organizations across the U-S, asking them to participate in a National Commemoration for the victims on the three-month anniversary of the shooting.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 40:42 - 40:58]
[IN Q=It has been...]

((IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR THESE VICTIMS AND PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THREE MONTHS AFTER THIS INCIDENT THERE ARE PEOPLE STILL HURTING AND WE WOULD LIKE TO RIGHT THAT WRONG BEFORE THE NEW YEAR BEGINS.))
[RUNS= :16]
[OUT Q=year begins.]


Ratliffe hopes to put a dent in the victims' rising medical bills, as they continue their road to recovery. And Caldwell will tell you - that road is a long one - but one that holds lessons along the way.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ 43:50 - 43:59]
[IN Q=I appreciate...]

((I APPRECIATE WHAT I HAVE - NOT WHAT I COULD HAVE...NOT WHAT I COULD'VE DONE, BUT WHAT I CAN DO.))
[RUNS= :09]
[OUT Q=what I do.]


MEREDYTH:A benefit for the Caldwell and the other victims will be held at the Backstreet Cafe Friday. And Ratliffe encourages anyone who can't attend, to log on to Roanoke 7.com to pass along words of encouragement this holiday season. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke. ))

(-------------)[2Bush]



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


Fresh from his trip to Washington, President- Elect George W- Bush is expected to nominate several members of his new Cabinet today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]


He arrived back in Austin, Texas last night, probably surprising many by carrying his own luggage off the plane.
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Bush spent a long day in the nation's capital yesterday.
He met with President Clinton privately for more than two hours at the White House.
Officials say the two discussed the economy, but focused mainly on foreign policy issues.
Meanwhile, Bush met very briefly with Vice President Al Gore.
But the pair did pose together for a photo op.
(------------)


[Clinton]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


In a candid "60 Minutes Two" interview, the outgoing President says democracy prevailed in the election.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-CBS "60 Minutes II";]


President Clinton did take the opportunity to praise Al Gore's work as Vice President.
He says while he doesn't know George W- Bush personally, he wishes him well for the next four years.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:04:39]
[IN Q=I have a lot]

((I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS IN TEXAS WHO LIKE HIM, WHO SAY HE'S A GOOD MAN, LIKE HIS WIFE VERY MUCH, LIKE HIS DAUGHTERS. AND I HOPE HE'LL SUCCEED. ))
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=he'll succeed]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


In personal matters, Clinton said he was proud of his wife Hillary and said he'll support her political career.
As for the dark moments in his Presidency, Clinton listed the deaths of American soldiers in Somalia and his own impeachement hearings.
As for the future, the President squashed rumors that he'd run for New York Mayor and even joked about the prospect of hosting a talk show.
Clinton says after leaving office, he wants some down time to relax before taking on any other endeavors.
(------------)



[Clement]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Clement]


A Southside delegate is planning to run for Virginia attorney general.
Danville lawmaker Whitt Clement is raising money to run in the Democratic primary next year.
Clement would face Roanoke state senator John Edwards, and Henrico County delegate Don McEachin, for the party's nomination.
Clement has sent a letter to supporters asking for funds for a statewide campaign.
He'll be making a formal announcement after the holidays.

[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M00-7 TC 2:29]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=07-Duncan Steel; :23]
[SUPER=03-Liverpool, England; :45]
[RUNS=3:08]
[OUT Q=when News 7 returns.]




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

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

((Archive:))

[NS-Earnings]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern]


Norfolk-Southern is suggesting that another disappointing economic performance is on the way for the present three-month period.
The railroad says earnings should be in the range of five to 10 cents a share .. less than what it had projected earlier.
N-S blames a slowing economy and rising fuel prices.


[11Franklin-Library]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-43 TC1:09:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Franklin County supervisors say it's to early to decide about expanding the county library. First, they need help understanding some legal matters.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

The library's been overcrowded for about a year now. One option is to move everything into the Peebles department store in downtown Rocky Mount, drawing people and new business to Main Street.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:36:46]
[IN Q=The primary]

((THE PRIMARY ADVANTAGE IS A WORLD CLASS LIBRARY ... ARCHIVE NOW.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Shoemaker/Community Development Corp.]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=archive now.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Or, supervisors could simply expand the existing library -- and save 400-thousand-dollars.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:35:31]
[IN Q=The building is designed]

((THE BUILDING IS DESIGNED TO FUNCTION .... AS A LIBRARY.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Garst/Library Trustee; ]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=AS A LIBRARY (second time)]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

County supervisors say they do not yet have a good handle on the legal terms or costs of the Peebles proposal, so they've tabled the discussion until next month.
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[11Holiday-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-44 TC57:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Firefighters are hoping you pay a lot of attention to your Christmas tree. A dry one is more likely to put your home, and the people who live in it, at risk.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]

Fire fighters in Martinsville proved that point today. They built a room and decorated it with furniture and a Christmas tree to show how quickly flames can spread. This afternoon-- they used a simulated spark to catch the bottom of the tree on fire and within seconds the room was on fire. Martinsville fire fighters hope the demonstration will save lives.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 01:59:41]
[IN Q=First of all]

((CLARENCE MONDAY/FIRE MARSHAL: FIRST OF ALL MAKE SURE CHRISTMAS TREES ARE WATERED, THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT, A DRY TREE WILL CAUSE A FIRE TO SPREAD VERY QUICKLY AS WE SAW HERE TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Clarence Monday/Fire Marshal;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=here today.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Fire fighters also say do NOT overload electrical outlets and never go to bed or leave home with your Christmas lights plugged in.
(------------)



[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, the search for George Welsh's replacement has extended to the Big-10 and Florida. Here with details is Denise Allen.
Good Morning Denise.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy again]
[RUNS=2:50]
[OUT Q=for sports. Have a good day.]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(weather toss)

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


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Many school districts are cancelling or delaying classes once again today ... the result of yesterday's snowfall. We will run the list throughout the morning.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


If you're heading out on the roads or highways today ... you could still encounter some slippery spots.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Help may be on the way for some of the people wounded in the Backstreet Cafe shooting almost three months ago. Several victims are still unable to work, and many have mounting medical bills.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A Southside delegate is planning to run for Virginia attorney general.
Danville lawmaker Whitt Clement is raising money to run in the Democratic primary next year.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Shannon ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning, folks.]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=tonight on News 7 at 6.]
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[Double Boxes=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

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