[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


A faulty sprinkler system puts a damper on today's grand opening for a new gift shop at the Roanoke Regional Airport..
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a 19- year- old faces 12 years behind bars for selling drugs to an undercover officer at his former high school.
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[TALENT=Jacey]
[SS=None]


Sunny skies and cold temperatures today but more snow is headed our way soon. Stay here for the details.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Stay tuned-- News 7 at noon is next.



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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[VO-NAT]


A Northside High School graduate is convicted today .. of selling marijuana to an undercover cop.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.

[Chapman]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-49 23:45]
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19-year-old Derek Chapman could serve up to 12 years behind bars
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

for selling less than a half ounce of pot to Katrina Moulton on two different occasions. Officer Moulton posed as a Northside High School student last year and says she caught students selling marijuana, ecstacy and L-S-D as part of the so-called Operation Babyface. Today Derek Chapman pled guilty to selling marijuana and conspiring with another juvenile student to sell more pot. He will be sentenced in February.

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-45 43:48]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport]


What a way to open for businsess.
The new gift shop at Roanoke Regional Airport had just opened its doors for the first time this morning, when the sprinkler system accidentally went off.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Clean-up efforts are underway to mop up all the water that came down on a portion of the Hudson News and Gift shop.
The store barely had time to welcome its first customers .. when the sprinklers opened up.
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[SOT22:28:08]
[IN Q=Unfortunately]

((JAQUELINE SHUCK: UNFORTUNATELY IN DOING SOME LAST MINUTE WORK WE HAD A BREAK IN THE FIRE SPRINKLER LINE. WE ENDED UP WITH A FLOOD IN THE BRAND NEW STORE AND WE'VE BEEN DOING MOP UP EFFORTS))
[SUPER=01-Jaqueline Shuck/Roanoke Regional Airport]
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[VO-NAT]


The water also seeped down into the offices of U-S Airways. While it didn't affect customers, it did have an impact on some of the internal operations.
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[SOT22:29:31]
[IN Q=Most of the problem was with]

((JACQUELINE SHUCK: MOST OF THE PROBLEM IS THE CLEAN-UP WORK DOWN BELOW. SOME COMPUTER GOT WET, SOME FILES GOT WET. SO THEY'RE ALSO DOING AN ASSESSMENT OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED AND FIXED))
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[OUT Q=and fixed]
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[VO-NAT]


No word yet on how much damage was done to the shop. But it does have to reorder some supplies. Shuck says the goal is to have it open with the next couple of days.
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[Drake-Extrusion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-39 1:41:56]
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A Henry County Company that's driving its competitors out of business .. plans to hire seven new employees.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]


Drake Extrusion makes the fiber for trunk lining in automobiles.
Its competitors withdrew from manufacturing, so Drake Extrusion decided it was time to step-up production.
The company plans to hire seven production workers who will make in excess of eleven dollars an hour.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=With the downturn in the]

((GEOFF SCHOFIELD: WITH THE DOWNTURN IN THE ECONOMY WITHOUT THIS ADDITION, WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO CURTAIL PRODUCTION. NOT ONLY DO WE GET TO CREATE ADDITIONAL JOBS, WE GET TO PRESERVE THE JOBS WE HAVE NOW.))
[SUPER=01-Geoff Schofield/Drake Extrusion]
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[OUT Q=jobs we have now.]
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[VO-NAT]


Drake Extrusion also plans to expand its facility in Martinsville.
The company has been in business since 1995.
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[Clement]


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


A Southside lawmaker is planning to run for Virginia Attorney-General.
Delegate Whitt Clement of Danville 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 make a formal announcement after the holidays.

[11Death-Penalty]


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


A long-time supporter of Virginia's death penalty is changing course. Now he'll lead efforts to abolish it.
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[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 in Richmond today to end it in Virginia.
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[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?))
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[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.

[Backstreet-Cafe]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mce]
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[GRAPHIC=Backstreet Cafe Shooting]


Help could be on the way for some of the people wounded in the Backstreet Cafe shooting.
It's been nearly three months since a gunman opened fire there, 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.
Meredyth Censullo has the story.
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[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]
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[SOT OVER VIDEO @ 29:23 - 29:29]
[IN Q=I struggle...]

((I STRUGGLE....TYING MY SHOES IS REALLY THE WORST.))
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[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.

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[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.))
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[OUT Q=can do.]



(BUTT BUTT BUTT)



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[IN Q=Its really...]

((ITS REALLY A TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY.))
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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.

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[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.))
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[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.

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[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.))
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[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. ))
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[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Which cars get the best gas mileage ... and the worst? Still ahead, the E-P-A releases its latest figures.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it's a reverse of Elian Gonzalez. An American father travels to Cuba hoping to bring his son back home.
But first-- we've enjoyed lots of sunshine today...any more snow in the forecast, Jacey?
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[Talent=Jacey]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [Streaming Video] [music up full] [comm1]

[Bush]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]


President-elect George W- Bush has a busy schedule today--
He's back in Texas and is announcing two sets of Cabinet appointments.
Just minutes ago, he named Pennsylvania businessman Paul O'Neill as his nominee for Treasury Secretary.
Sources say Bush will name longtime friend Don Evans as Commerce Secretary and former Cuban refugee Mel Martinez as Housing Secretary.



[Cuban-Father]


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


It's the Elian Gonzalez custody battle in REVERSE--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Havana, Cuba;]


The father of a boy taken from Florida to Cuba by his mother has flown to the island to bring him back.
Jon Colombini arrived in Havana Monday, hoping to persuade his ex- wife Arletis Blanco to let him return to the U-S with their son, Jonathon.
The two share custody of the five- year- old boy, and Columbini says he wants to raise his son in the states.
Blanco took their son to Cuba on a fishing boat last month.
Florida authorities were investigating her on embezzlement charges when she left the country.
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[Volcano]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
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After days of eruptions, the volcano dubbed "El Popo" is still threatening Mexican residents..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Puebla, Mexico;]


Mexico's President Vicente Fox spent the day visiting shelters, assuring evacuees that they will be taken care of.
Fox also flew by helicopter to check on the army's progress in making evacuations.
The volcano erupted Monday night and sent many of the 41- thousand residents fleeing from their homes.
Its center is located about 40 miles from Mexico City.
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[Mideast-Peace]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Net]
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One step forward and two steps back--
Just as the Israelis and Palestinian are moving ahead to salvage their peace agreement, more violence is breaking out.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gaza Strip;]


Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip opened fire on a truck today, killing a Palestinian civil defense officer and critically injuring another.
That brings the death toll to 334, nearly all of them Palestinians.
[SUPER=03-Cairo, Egypt;]


Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat condemned the attack, as he returned from discussing mideast peace with Egyptian President Hosni (moo-BAR-ick) Mubarak.
Both the Israelis and Palestinians are working to re- start peace negotiations in Washington.
They've been on hold during the three months of fighting.
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[Gas-Guzzlers]


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


It might be too late to consider gas mileage as you prepare for holiday travel THIS weekend.
But here's something to think about before you purchase your NEXT vehicle.
The E-P-A has come out with a list of the best and worst vehicles based on fuel efficiency.
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[Take Pinnacle page]
Among those cars rated best on gas mileage--
the top five include the Honda Insight and Honda Civic H-X, as well as the Toyota Echo, G-M Imports Metro, and the Suzuki Swift.
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 G-M Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and the Chrysler Ram. Toyotas and GM Trackers have the BEST truck mileage.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Norfolk Southern announces another round of disappointing earnings. The details are still ahead.
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[VO-NAT ]


And how quickly can a dry Christmas tree go up in flames? Firefighters hope this demonstration makes a big point.


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[NS-Earnings]


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


Norfolk-Southern is warning that another disappointing economic performance is on the way.
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.


[Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=00-47 31:45]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


A Roanoke family escaped serious injury this morning after their home caught on fire.
The family residing at the home on the 28-hundred block of Lyndhurst Street Northwest woke up to find the house filled with smoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The mother and her two children were able to get out of the burning home safely.
Firefighters quickly knocked the flames down, but the home suffered about 30 thousands dollars in damages.
The woman and her children were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but there was a fire in the fireplace when the woman went to sleep.
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[11Holiday-Fire]


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

Firefighters hope a picture is worth a thousand words of holiday safety. The picture starts with a dry Christmas tree, one that could put your home and the people who live in it, at risk.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]

Fire fighters in Martinsville proved that point yesterday. They built a room and decorated it with furniture and a Christmas tree to show how quickly flames can spread. Yesterday afternoon-- they used a simulated spark to catch the bottom of the tree on fire and within seconds the room was ablaze. Martinsville fire fighters hope the demonstration will save lives.
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[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;]
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[OUT Q=here today.]
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[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.
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[11Snow-Safety]


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


And speaking of safety, now that snow is on the ground, children and sleds are doing what comes naturally ... heading for the hills.
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[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.
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[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]
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[OUT Q=in their path]
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[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.
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[S-VIRGINIA]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-81 tc 30:14]
[GRAPHIC=uva hoops]


The 14th ranked Cavaliers could earn a spot in the top 10 with last night's trouncing of fourth-ranked Tennessee at the Jimmy-V Classic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/ESPN;]


Three point specialist Keith (FREEL) Friel helped expand the Cavaliers early lead with one of his long range bombs.

Friel would go down with an injury. He ended up only playing 18 minutes but scored 16 on the night.
Isiah Victor was the go-to man last night for the Volunteers. Victor all alone under the basket gets an easy two. He ended up with 20.
But it was Donald Hand's night. The Patterson, New Jersey native led the Cavs with 21 and was three for five from three point land.
[super=33-Tennessee/89/Virginia/107;]


Everything fell for Virginia as J-C Mathis gives the Cavaliers a 20 point lead and UVA beats previously unbeaten Tennessee 107 to 89. The Cavs are seven and oh on the season.
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[S-Coach]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-85 tc 37:04]
[GRAPHIC=Jon Tenuta]

News 7 Sports confirmed yesterday that Virginia athletic director Terry Holland formally interviewed Ohio State defensive coordinator John (ten-OO-tuh) Tenuta about becoming George Welsh's replacement.
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[vo-nat]
[super=03-Columbus, OH;]


Holland visited Columbus, Ohio yesterday.
Tenuta now appears to be the top choice for the job.
He is a former three year letterman at UVa and he says this is the one head coaching job he really wants.
Out of respect to Welsh, Holland likely will not make any formal announcement until after the Oahu bowl.
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[anchor=Kimberly]
[ss=UVA Football]


The Tallahassee Democrat, a newspaper that covers Florida State, reported that Holland has interviewed FSU offensive coordinator, Mark (RICK) Richt, at UVa this past Sunday.
Va. Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has also interviewed for the position.

[S-Quarterback]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-87 17:29]
[GRAPHIC=UVa football]

The Cavaliers begin adjusting to Honolulu time today, as they seek a seventh win on the season.
As Steve Mason reports, both UVA AND Georgia have questions at quarterback.
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[SUPER=01-Ahmad Hawkins/UVa Senior Cornerback; :45]
[SUPER=01-Donny Green/UVa Senior Linebacker; 1:03]
[SUPER=03-Athens, GA/Georgia 2000 Season; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Corey Phillips/Georgia Quarterback; 1:28]
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[Reindeer]


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


And finally this afternoon--
It's news that will no doubt be disturbing to Rudolph and the rest of Santa's gang.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rovaniemi, Finland;]


In northern Finland, reindeer meat exports are up-
European consumers are looking for alternatives to beef because they fear Mad Cow disease.
Local officials say the herdsmen can't keep up with the soaring demands from countries like Germany and France.
Apparently the reindeer diet makes them especially appetizing-- it's a natural vegetarian diet with no animal rem (------------) ains mixed in with their feed.